on Saturday night. It looked like a good crowd.....for a county fair!
Seriously, with no Cup racing this weekend, Gateway had most of the country's racing attention focused on it. As far as Nationwide races go, it did pretty well. I didn't see that many empty seats. Of course, one big problem with Gateway is that there aren't that many seats, period.
NASCAR does some things to throw the loyal dogs at DVD a bone or two. There are at least 2 weekends where there are no Cup races where NASCAR holds a Nationwide race: one at Nashville and this one at Gateway. Despite having the weekends largely to themselves, these DVD facilities don't draw more than 25-30,000 fans and still produce operating losses.
Maybe they do scrape some positive cash flows out of these events due to the fixed costs associated with the tracks themselves. Even so, how much longer will NASCAR keep giving this group opportunities to hold Nationwide races on Non-Cup weekends? Nobody's making any real money on that deal, and that's the bottom line.
The bottom line is you are right..but remember the most important thing- Nascar hasn't reallocated broadcast revenues to a higher level for non cut races that these dopes "Expected". Why in the hell would they expect that when ISC and TRK are basically a oligopoly. There is no way ISC will increase the share of broadcast revenue to non cup race events. In any event these midwest tracks will be DOWN this year and can't be justified as anything but a misplaced egotistical adventure. Also- the greyhound crown comes to these races- "County fair" as you say..ticket prices are LOWER.