After the U.S. economy cratered in 2008, there was a meeting of racetrack presidents in Charlotte the following year, during which time the main focus of discussion was what was needed to “fix” NASCAR — the mission was to come up with fresh ideas on how to boost ticket sales and TV ratings and get fans energized about the sport again.”That’s easy,” one of the track presidents piped up. “Have Junior win five or six races a year.”He, of course, was referring to Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR’s perennially most popular driver and the one personality who is head and shoulders above all others in moving the needle. And short of winning his first NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, nothing but nothing is — or could be — bigger in the NASCAR universe than Earnhardt winning a Daytona 500.Well, let’s call it the five-year-plan, because win Daytona is exactly what Earnhardt did on a bizarre Sunday night at Daytona International Speedway, outlasting a more-than-6-hour rain delay and a handful of crashes that snared nine to 12 cars each.And when the dust settled, reaction to Earnhardt’s triumph was overwhelmingly positive, in part because Earnhardt is liked and respected by most of his competitors,… Read full this story
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