Once-dominant Yates Racing fighting for survival

The name Yates used to mean royalty in NASCAR. A dominant operation that others tried to catch, the race team reached its high when Dale Jarrett won the 1999 Cup championship. Full Story
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Hmmmmmm

Louisville, KY

#1 Jan 25, 2008
TV ratings dropping, sponsorships getting harder to find, empty seats at the racetrack.... Can anybody say "over exposure?"
TB Chief

Decatur, IL

#2 Jan 25, 2008
I don't know if it's overeposure or not but whatever it is it is not good. You seem to have about four or five teams that are the "haves" and the rest are the "have nots". It sounds like Rouch is going to help tham survive so they can build what I would call a satelite team similar to what GINN did. Then somehow Rousch will gobble it up in some one elses name for next to nothing. It could also be a sign of how bad the economy is. These companies are having a hard time justifying spending 15 million dollars on Nascar. People are also tired of the constant rule changing and car changing by Brian France. He is ruining the sport. One more thing about the empty seats, the prices are terribly high for an average family to attend a race. Concessions and parking and tickets will eat you alive.
Mikey fan

Perrysburg, OH

#3 Jan 25, 2008
Hmmmmmm wrote:
TV ratings dropping, sponsorships getting harder to find, empty seats at the racetrack.... Can anybody say "over exposure?"
When you're #1(be it a sport, entertainer or college football team), sadly,there is only one way to go........
Phoenix

United States

#4 Jan 25, 2008
Mikey fan wrote:
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When you're #1(be it a sport, entertainer or college football team), sadly,there is only one way to go........
Down!! There's an old saying, be careful of the people you step on climbing to the top, cause these same people will be the ones that catch you as you fall.

Since: Oct 07

Oswego, NY

#5 Jan 25, 2008
I am not going to say overexposure, but I will say that with a not so hot economy getting sponsors is not as easy.

I do not like to see more and more teams going a full season with a patchwork of sponsors, but that is what we have to live with now.

Morgan McClure is almost gone and it would really suck to see Robert Yates to go as well.
Star Reader

Pryor, OK

#6 Jan 25, 2008
With 43 cars and drivers in the Series, there are a variety of talents on the racetrack. David and Travis are in the middle of the pack as far as talent. There is a decline in the economy so the entertainment dollars have to be decided on more stringently. Some of the tracks, Daytona and Bristol, will always be filled. As far as tv ratings, tv coverage is terrible.
Zippie

San Francisco, CA

#7 Jan 25, 2008
FOX's coverage is good, other networks suck.

To many races. Ticket prices have gone sky-high. Get rid of the '10 race chase'. Get rid of Sprint/Nextel... they can't even keep their head above water in their own business. Let the drivers and crews get heated, without fear of being sent to 'anger management' training

Let somebody smack the crap outta Jeff Gordon without being fined... please!!!

The 'yuppie-factor' has worn off.... NASCAR better capture the 'core' race fans, before they get loose.
Zippie

San Francisco, CA

#8 Jan 25, 2008
Oh yeah.... the COT cars look like ricers on a Saturday nite around an A&W.

Good move letting Toyota in tho....
Mikey fan

Perrysburg, OH

#9 Jan 25, 2008
Star Reader wrote:
With 43 cars and drivers in the Series, there are a variety of talents on the racetrack. David and Travis are in the middle of the pack as far as talent. There is a decline in the economy so the entertainment dollars have to be decided on more stringently. Some of the tracks, Daytona and Bristol, will always be filled. As far as tv ratings, tv coverage is terrible.
No Kidding!! Too many commercials!! Qualifying is a joke, one driver qualifies, then 3 commercials, when tv coverage resumes, 4 drivers have qualified and you never get to see them. Maybe if they just had two commentators, instead of three, they could save some $$ there and might need less commercials??
Star Reader

Pryor, OK

#10 Jan 25, 2008
Zippie wrote:
FOX's coverage is good, other networks suck.
To many races. Ticket prices have gone sky-high. Get rid of the '10 race chase'. Get rid of Sprint/Nextel... they can't even keep their head above water in their own business. Let the drivers and crews get heated, without fear of being sent to 'anger management' training
Let somebody smack the crap outta Jeff Gordon without being fined... please!!!
The 'yuppie-factor' has worn off.... NASCAR better capture the 'core' race fans, before they get loose.
FOX's coverage is the best. One disappointment I had last year was the ABC/ESPN coverage wasn't done with the same "side-by-side" thing they do for IRL. That would have made it better than it was. I don't want to see 5 minutes of commercials every 5 or so minutes of racing coverage. One thought I have always had is to have sponsored green flag commercial free runs. Main sponsors in the series could pay extra sponsorship dollars to get X number of miles of the sponsored green flag runs. They would try talking more about the driver and car that the sponsor has in the series during that time.
NHL Fan

Highland, MI

#11 Jan 25, 2008
I bet Doug wishes he did the deal with Newman, Haas, Lanigan Racing.

“IN GOD WE TRUST”

Since: Jun 07

Raleigh

#12 Jan 25, 2008
NHL Fan wrote:
I bet Doug wishes he did the deal with Newman, Haas, Lanigan Racing.
When does Haas get out of jail?

Since: May 07

United States

#13 Jan 26, 2008
Whoyakidding wrote:
<quoted text>When does Haas get out of jail?
Was it tax evasion he got nailed for? I can't remember. Also, what was the reason the Newman, etc., thing fell through?

Thanks for your help.
raker

United States

#14 Jan 26, 2008
tv coverage is a joke, maybe we get 20 min. coverage of the race out of a hours time. i can not stand to watch any more. ticket prices are out of bounds for a family to take their kids to a race. ever changing rules make nascar anything but a sport for real race fans.
susan

Renton, WA

#15 Jan 26, 2008
Whoyakidding wrote:
<quoted text>When does Haas get out of jail?
he just went to jail recently..isnt it 2 years? cant remember....there was an update story on thats racin a few weeks ago...about the situation

Since: May 07

United States

#16 Jan 27, 2008
susan wrote:
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he just went to jail recently..isnt it 2 years? cant remember....there was an update story on thats racin a few weeks ago...about the situation
Thanks Susan! I'll check the archives on that's racin' and see what I can come up with. There's so much information out there it's hard to keep up with it all.
Gary Holmes

London, Canada

#17 Jan 27, 2008
They will not minnimise commersials, and that is bad,,anyway l watched a 1993 race l taped at pocono, hardly any commercials, it was a pleasure to watch, l taped about 300 races over the years and am going to check em all out,,,sure was better driving, more skill etc. and l enjoyed going to races at M.I.S and pocono, the price was reasonable,, not now,,the best item l bought was a recorder with comm.skip and watch race later,,PERFECT
SMOKE FAN

Greencastle, IN

#18 Jan 27, 2008
Hmmmmmm wrote:
TV ratings dropping, sponsorships getting harder to find, empty seats at the racetrack.... Can anybody say "over exposure?"
Dude if NASCAR would just start the season the Saturday before the NFL conference championship games. Then the following weekend have their second race on Sunday. Then on SB weekend have another Saturday race. Then move the Winston Cup to Laborday weekend, they would be just fine. Becaues dude, face it after Labor day weekend, people and some NASCAR drivers wanna watch football on Sunday. Tony Stewert I for one know would love to watch the Colts on sunday.

Since: Jan 07

AOL

#19 Jan 27, 2008
SMOKE FAN wrote:
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Dude if NASCAR would just start the season the Saturday before the NFL conference championship games. Then the following weekend have their second race on Sunday. Then on SB weekend have another Saturday race. Then move the Winston Cup to Laborday weekend, they would be just fine. Becaues dude, face it after Labor day weekend, people and some NASCAR drivers wanna watch football on Sunday. Tony Stewert I for one know would love to watch the Colts on sunday.
I second that idea
SMOKE FAN

Greencastle, IN

#20 Jan 27, 2008
fan of all wrote:
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I second that idea
Sweet!!!!!!! Hey we should start a blog on this.

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