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Gas Prices Put NASCAR Fans Under Yellow Flag

21 May 2008 No Comment

Perhaps the rising prices at the pump have already put you in a panic. Our first $70 fill-up was quiet an eye-opener. But, now this article from TheTimesNews.com details the toll that rising prices are wreaking on one of my favorite sports-NASCAR.
Seems that gas-guzzling is not just for Earnhardt and Gordon, but essential to the transportation and fan culture of NASCAR. For many fans, the venues are more than 250 miles away and a trip to an event is not just one day at the game; its a weekend of camping out and tailgating in your RV. With prices at 4 dollars/gallon, NASCAR fans are starting to do the math. So, what can be done to get NASCAR fans to their favorite races?

We could always bring back a retro ideo of H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler, president of Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord.
During the energy crisis of the 70s, he hired a former oil company executive to drive up the interstates leading to Charlotte and pay gas station owners $500 each to guarantee a fill-up to any fan holding race tickets.”

That is a bit of American capitalism and ingenuity at work.

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