I have seen a lot of talk over the last week about what NASCAR should do with the Championship race. Should they change the format? Should they change the venue? This also brought up some talk about some other playoff tracks, and then the racing/schedule in general. So, I thought it would be fun to dive deeper into Jeff Gluck’s poll results and see what the fans enjoyed. I also thought it would be a cool way to review 2022 and see where NASCAR hit and missed on this NextGen car.
Please comment on my Twitter post and open a dialogue about this. It will make for some fun conversation!
“Was it a good race?” Poll Results
Since 2016: 261 races used
AVG “Yes” Vote
Mile or Less: 68.89%
Road Courses: 73.15%
2022 Only: 37 races used
AVG “Yes” Vote
Mile or Less: 63.7%
Road Courses: 62.5%
Just based on these numbers, it confirms some suspicions we had. Short track racing enjoyment was down, and intermediates were up. I was curious to see where Road Courses and Superspeedways landed, and Road Courses were down while Superspeedways were up. I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts on why they think that is.
When I was in school, a passing grade was a 65. Looking back, it’s sad that that, was a goal I was trying to achieve. Regardless, we will use that mark as a “passing grade” when looking at these poll results.
Since 2016; Over 65% Yes: 153 races.
That’s only 59% of the races used in this poll. But, before you go knocking NASCAR for this, there was great improvement this season. The NextGen races had a passing grade in 26/37 races, over 70%! We know there are some shortcomings with this new car, but if we are looking at the results of this poll, they did a good job in making these races more enjoyable for the fans.
Below, you’ll see a breakdown of how often each track shows up inside this 153-race sample. I’ve also added notes to see which one of these tracks had a passing grade in 2022.
Breakdown of the Over 65% Yes:
I have expressed some of my opinions on here but would really enjoy hearing all of yours. Again, the whole point of this was to open a fun dialogue within the NASCAR fanbase, the NASCAR gambling/DFS community, etc. Chime in with your thoughts!
Please make sure you’re following Jeff Gluck @jeff_gluck on Twitter. Creating this poll was a great idea and fun way to see how racing fans enjoyed each race.
Thank you, Jeff, and thank you all for taking the time to check this out!