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Anonymous asked in SportsAuto RacingNASCAR · 2 months ago

True Or False: 1998 WAS THE ABSOLUTE PEAK OF NASCAR?

Considering that was the year Dale Earnhardt WON HIS FIRST AND ONLY DAYTONA 500 EVER AND THE ABSOLUTE PEAK of the RAINBOW WARRIOR, JEFF GORDON'S RACING CAREER, would you say 1998 was the ABSOLUTE PEAK OF NASCAR???

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  • 3 weeks ago

    The late 90's were the peak for NASCAR imho. It was growing very fast, its TV ratings were climbing faster than the NFL, it was expanding tracks across the country and a new generation of drivers were camera and publicity savvy on race day and through the week.

    Then NASCAR got greedy, TV time outs in the guise of debris on the tracks when there were none became routine. Other rule changes and marketing gimmicks started coming out one after another and pre-race drama situations were so contrived and obviously phony that millions of life long fans turned their backs.

    When Winston was forced to drop its sponsorship of the CUP for pure PC reasons, NASCAR started going PC itself. It jumped the shark and has been trying to reinvent itself ever since. 

  • Laughy
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    the peak of NASCAR was 2012 when Dodge won it's last Championship in NASCAR

  • Funnel
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    Thats an opinion question. It's always been climbing and still does, so how has it ever peaked? There's been peak years better than others but those guys basically don't care about if Nascar peaked. They just want to race and win and have fun doing it. Screw a peak. That makes it cool.

  • 2 months ago

    Yes actually, it was among the best seasons, if for 

    no other reason than because the audio mix was far better. 

     

    The microphones that were being used to pick up 

    the ambient track sounds, and the in-car mics that were 

    a 'great' addition, did not drown out the rest of the broadcast. 

    You could actually "hear" every last scintilla of the commentary 

    from the booth and the on-track reporters back in the day. 

    Nowadays, I rarely watch any NASCAR event on FOX networks 

    because the person who is in charge of the "final" audio mix that 

    goes out over the air, should've been replaced a very long time ago. 

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  • 2 months ago

    False. 2006 was the peak - Jimmie Johnson won his first Championship (his 2013 championship season and Austin Dillon in 2013 was the downfall of NASCAR), it was the final season with Benny Parsons as the commentator, and Kasey Kahne was NASCAR's hottest driver with six wins (one at California Speedway i remember watching) 

    2006 was also the year where notable current or retired drivers either tried to start their first race or competed in the ROTY in Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer (now retired), J.J. Yeley, Martin Truex Jr., AJ Allmendinger (did not qualify in 2006 anyways in three races), and Juan Pablo Montoya.    Only Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. are still racing, J.J. Yeley and AJ Allmendinger are racing in Xfinity Series today, and Juan Pablo Montoya is in the DPi division in the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship Series.

  • Adam
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    2020 was peak for NASCAR in my opinion and I'll say the same for IRL and every other series that managed to continue. Living alone during lockdown ain't been fantastic. However having the racing events on a Sunday gave me something to watch. Used to have a group chat on hangouts with my pals where we watch the races with a few beers and a laugh. It kept us relatively sane during that period. For that they deserve all the credit. I've always watched NASCAR, but during lockdown it gained a few more fans due to it simply being on

  • 2 months ago

    I love Formula 1 but too many rules, even if you are better and avoid gas fullation you will penalize and they give you the third place and NASCAR is the only race we can cheat and legally win the first place but, Daytona is not the same anymore, people with more money make their cars win the race, i hate that.

    When we gonna watch a full race without policies or other people interferences.

    Challenges become a money treated.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Nascar was the savior though when covid ridiculously shut every sport down last year, Nascar and UFC on tv was the only thing to watch, glad they lead the way.

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