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NASCAR should shorten Cup season from 36 to 30 races

NASCAR should shorten Cup season from 36 to 30 races

The short story is this: The NASCAR season is too long.

It’s a 36-race grind, stretching from mid-February to mid-November. Seasons come and go as the 40 drivers on the Monster Energy Cup circuit go round and round.

Baseball, basketball and the NFL — the biggest competitive beast of them all — fight for attention as the months go by. Spoiler alert: NASCAR is not winning.

TV ratings have continued to be sluggish and are plunging from week to week and season to season. A recent example:

The All-Star Race on May 20 had a 1.6 final rating and 2.9 million viewers on Fox Sports 1, down 20 percent in ratings and 13 percent in viewership.

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