LONG POND, PA - AUGUST 05: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge, sits in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at Pocono Raceway on August 5, 2011 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)
A couple years ago, I often heard from fans via social media – and in person – who said they were fed up with NASCAR for various reasons and vowed to quit following the sport.
Based on TV ratings compared to a few years ago, some of them actually followed through on those threats – but most stayed loyal to racing. And these days, with the implementation of NASCAR's fan council, fan-friendly rule changes and more responsive officials, I hardly hear any fans say, "I'm done with NASCAR."
In fact, I can't remember the last time a fan relayed a threat to stop watching races because they were upset about a rule, policy or the direction of the sport.
Of course, that doesn't mean complaints have stopped.
But in recognition of a more-content fan base overall, here's a list of complaints you won't hear from NASCAR fans nowadays:
1. Jimmie Johnson wins too much.
Comment: It doesn't seem to be a problem lately.
2. Intermediate oval races are wreck-fests.
Comment: Hardly any crashes on the ovals these days, really.
3. I don't see enough Dale Earnhardt Jr. commercials for Nationwide Insurance.
Comment: Call 866-500-5555.
4. The media hasn't done a thorough job of covering Danica Patrick's NASCAR arrival.
Comment: Hourly updates are the best we can offer.
5. Richard Childress has gone soft in his old age.
Comment: Ask Kyle Busch about that.
6. My favorite driver is Carl Edwards and I don't get to see him on TV enough.
Comment: Which channel are you watching?
7. That Steve Wallace guy really needs to get his hair pulled to teach him a lesson.
Comment: Problem solved.
Kyle Busch is a punk and I can't stand him.
Comment: On second thought, plenty of fans still skeptical about "new Kyle."
9. Modern-day NASCAR drivers aren't as tough as the old-school racers.
Comment: See "Keselowski, Brad."
10. The NASCAR media is too chummy with one another and act like one big family.