-The surface at Daytona has not been re-paved since 1979. Last year it fell apart on national television. They spent $20 million to repave it correctly for the 500.
-NASCAR is discussing simplification of their convoluted points system, presumably so fans can keep up with the numbers.
-Fox wants shorter Cup events with built in minutes in the front and rear and four hour windows. Good luck.
-None of their races sold out last season.
-Many primary sponsors are leaving and a new trend is selling partial season sponsorships to folks willing to share. So much for consistency.
Is INDYCAR a better alternative these days? We already know it costs less. Sponsor spend more than doubled in 2010. Ratings in targeted demographics are up over 40%, something no other sport can claim. Randy Bernard and his staff are pounding the pavement with more ferocity than INDYCAR has ever seen.
This may be an interesting year all the way around.