There is no way NASCAR could maintain the growth they had from 1993 to about 2009. New tracks being built, exisiting tracks building seats that were sold out before they were completed. Many new fans came in, drawn by the excitement being generated, and then left just as fast when the next big thing came along. Then the conversion from race fan to "driver fan". Cant remember how many times I would see people in Dale Jr, (no knock on him, he`s a pretty good guy) gear get up and leave if he dropped out. The old fans like me and most of you lost interest and left as well. The Chase and this playoff and stage nonsense did me in, you race all season and bust your behind and have the point lead then with 10 races left we reset the field, Plus the fact that the drivers no longer had the character they had. You lost guys like Ricky Rudd taking 5 minutes to talk to me in the pits at Texas. Good guys who you saw race at your local track and make it big. No matter what the NASCAR mouthpieces say, they are in trouble and they know it..