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.