Lot of empty seats at the track yesterday even though the weather was sunny and 70 degrees.
i have noticed in recent years it seems like the fall race gets a larger crowd due to the chase. it's my belief the speedway didn't sell as many advanced tickets for this race as in years past. there was a very healthy walk up crowd. as someone who has sold tickets on race day this year and years past, this was the easiest time i had selling race tickets. i had people from Christiansburg, roanoke, and lynchburg texting me race morning around 11 am looking for tickets begging me to hold them for them. i attended both the cup race and the truck race and had a good time at each. both are easily in the top-4 single day attended events in henry county, and this year the Valley Star 300 may enter the top-3 as it will be held at night. There is a ton of buzz in the short track racing community about that. a lot of people i met and talked to this weekend will be attending that race for the first time this year.
keep in mind the sport is in a transition period with the mega stars of stewart and gordon retiring. Other stars like Bobby Labonte, Carl Edward, michael waltrip, and greg biffle have either lost their rides or retired. 3 of the top 10 most popular drivers as little as 1-1/2 years ago are no longer racing. a lot of their fans are in limbo with whom to cheer for. JR is back this year, but running mediocre at best in 25th in points. Super teams Gibbs and Hendrick are winless in the first 6 races since 1994. as a former gordon fan, i find myself wanting to pull for larson. still waiting to see how that plays out.