With attendance plummeting NASCAR will no longer provide attendance estimates NASCAR will end its policy of providing estimated attendance figures in its race reports this season.
Spokesman Kerry Tharp said tracks still will have the option of providing crowd estimates, but it will be their prerogative.
"NASCAR's race reports generally becomes a box score for the media, and box scores from sporting events do not generally provide estimates," Tharp said.
Of the 23 tracks that play host to races in NASCAR's premier series, 21 are owned by publicly traded companies such as International Speedway Corp. and Speedway Motorsports Inc. Officials with those tracks have said they don't provide attendance figures because they don't want to provide earnings guidance.
NASCAR regularly began including estimates with its race reports during the 2003 season. Calculating the figures is an inexact science at best because it includes several categories, such as grandstands, suites and the infield.
According to NASCAR estimates, 3,518,000 million attended last year's 36 Sprint Cup races. The average of 97,722 per event was the lowest since NASCAR began adding the crowd figures to race reports and down from a high of 4,670,400 (129,733 per race) in the 2005 season. USA Today
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