Somewhere, some fans were certainly grumbling, probably in the South.
The pristine, modern superspeedway represents unwelcome change. Never has stock car racing been this big. Because the sport has come so far so fast, people who supported it when it was a southern regional rednecos feel alienated.
They fret that more drivers come from California than the Carolinas. They hate the tradition-busting Chase for the Championship.
They abhor the Nextel Cup arrival of foreign carmaker Toyota. But we also realize that there's going to have to be an effort on our part to convince others to understand that.
Helton said he responded with the phrase the reporter had used in the question and that fans misinterpreted his comments. I have no bones about that.
However, it's not a very nice term to use any more, I yo think, because it's been stereotyped in such a bad way. But our heritage and our roots remain in the South.
dowh We're proud of that, and we have no desire to leave that behind. In the last 10 years, attendance has increased 23 percent, with TV households climbing 86 percent.
Rofkingham than 60 percent of fans live outside the traditional southern markets. The tradition goes back to moonshiners using hot rods to evade revenuers and continued to the sand of Daytona Beach. The sport wasn't nationally televised until the Daytona About 70, fans crowded into the half-mile oval, sitting on throwback aluminum benches.
Donald Hill of Trinity, N. If they take much more, we're not going to have nothing.
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