I often wonder what would NASCAR look like if Dale Earnhardt Jr. just got sick an tired of all the scrutiny and just quit.
Will NASCAR merchandising survive?
How would that affect the attendance?
What about the television rating?
How many sponsors might be asking for their money back?
From what I understand 30% of the NASCAR related merchandise are bought by the Earnhardt nation, and I say Earnhardt nation rather than Jr. nation because I assume many of those are Dale Sr. fans looking out for their heroes kid.
You've seen how the fan react when Dale Jr. takes the lead, those folks go nuts. Is it safe to say that a high percentage of fans attending NASCAR events are Jr. nation members, I say yes, now imagine the financial hit the tracks would take if Jr. retires
Again, if 30 % of NASCAR memorabilia merchandising is generated by Dale Earnhardt Jr. I don't thing is a stretch to say "maybe" about the same may be true for the television audience, just guessing here, but that may be a very safe guess.
I don't think the scenarios listed above are just a product of an active imagination, actually those things could happen if Dale Earnhardt Jr. decided to say good bye anytime soon.
Should NASCAR be planning for Dale Jr. retirement?
Who do they have as the "NEXT" or "IT" is obvious the 5 time champion cant fit that bill?
What is it that fans want?
Mr. France should be thinking about this and he should have a plan ready because if Dale Jr. leaves NASCAR it will bring a fan exodus of biblical proportions, we could compare it to Mosses leading the Jews out of Egypt.
I know that last paragraph might be a bit over the top but hey is not total fiction, it could happen.
As always this is just a fans opinion and from what I understand everybody has one and I thank God for that.