Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski decided to make his own list of the most influential people, places and things to fans in NASCAR, which he posted on Twitter on Saturday.
Here's what he posted:
Brad K's Top 25 NASCAR
Note: I didn't include the fans because it seems redundant. This is
the top 25 most influential to the fan experience. They come so far before
everyone else it seems silly to list them here.
1). Sponsors- from driver behavior to car paint schemes and even
race formats. Nothing else even comes close.
2). TV- commercial breaks + often
biased personalities and corporate influence dictate how the majority
experiences a race.
3). At Track experience, (hotel prices, traffic, restrooms,
concessions and phone service)
4). Schedule- over and under saturation of a
market. Competition against other sports and holidays
5). Goodyear- unfairly, usually only a negative. When they miss,
we all lose.
6). The Weather- start time delays, lightning strikes and beyond.
7). Dale jr- unquestionable fan favorite. When he's running well, a large
portion of NASCAR's fan base is happy.
8). Track Inspectors- in a sport where
fractions of an inch mean everything, their interpretations rule the land.
France family- majority owners of NASCAR and ISC tracks.
10). Robin Pemperton/John Darby/David Hoots- these 3 control the
majority of both the day to day and long term vision of the competition side of
11). Mike Helton- Boss of the 3 above.
12). Bruton smith- majority
owner of Smi tracks and catalyst for many of the sports innovations. 1
surfaces- new surfaces produce less side by side racing. Properly maintained
older surfaces have become fan favorites.
14). Car manufactures- they speak,
auto racing listens. See the gen-6 & EFI.
15). Rick Hendrick- richest team, with the strongest relationships
in the sport.
16). Lobbyists- track upgrades, military sponsors and traffic
patterns can all be radically effected by these groups.
17). JGR- owns 3 of the
winningest teams in cup, dominant in nationwide.
18). Danica Patrick- brings a
new level of excitement to the fan base as the first well known female in a
major male dominated sport.
19). Tony Stewart- Team owner, multiple NASCAR
champion. His resume commands industry respect.
20). Jeff Gordon- The kid from Indiana now has the Ironman
record behind him along with 4 championships.
21). Print, digital and social
media- The only source for a detailed analysis of the sport, hardcore fans call
22). NASCAR driver services team- commercials, media previews and at
track autograph sessions are predominately controlled by this group.
car- nothing has brought more buzz to NASCAR in 2013
24). Kyle Busch- wins
races, draws love and hate by fans and sponsors alike.
25). Me- You're reading
this aren't you?
To read The Charlotte Observer's biggest influences list, go here.