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Is side-by-side coverage feasible in NASCAR?

May 29, 2002
Missoura Ozarks
2012 💯 4LT GS Roadster

A camera hovers above Texas Motor Speedway. Credit: Autostock

Commercially saturated NASCAR broadcasts have long been a considerable point of contention for viewers, to the point now that one mother/son tandem on a fan-produced Web site tracks weekly the number of commercials and companies advertised therein; short corporate promotions and the number of companies promoted therein; restarts missed due to commercials and total minutes of commercial time vs. race time in each NASCAR broadcast.

That, to me, is a sign. Fans are fed up.

They plead incessantly that side-by-side coverage be implemented into NASCAR broadcasts as it is during Indy Racing League events, and quite frankly don't care why, as I wrote here two weeks ago, it's "simply not an option in NASCAR."

If it can work for the IRL, it can work for NASCAR, they say. And while the hows and whys are indeed complicated, I'm not certain that rationale isn't fundamentally true.


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