I used to write full-time for two NASCAR news sites (Insiderracingnews.com, Speedwaymedia.com), and the only thing I could do was write funny insult hit pieces, simply because the series is sooo bad. I had a fairly large fan following, simply because I found new and creative ways to talk about how bad the sport was getting to be, and they were tired of pounding their head against the wall, with nobody listening. I think the funniest bit was a story I had written about the need to ****can the existing 15" wheel/tire combo, and mandate at least a 17" or 18" wheel, and allow only a 14" brake rotor, so the guys aren't melting the inside tire beads off on short tracks and places that are hard on the brakes, like Martinsville.
I wrote the op-ed piece, and the announcers at the next week's race actually brought up the same issue, word for word, about updating to 17" or 18" wheels, and swing more in line with a lot of other racing series who run those sizes of wheels (less tuning grief with running the shorter-profile rubber)....but of course, they're still stuck on 15" tires and wheels.
However, the money shriveled down to nothing....and I can't afford to write as a volunteer....and I sure as hell don't like the sport, so I walked away. I still occasionally do a hit piece when I'm bored, and have a few free hours to wile away, but it's been a while since I've done any work for either site; my last piece for Insiderracingnews.com was an Onion-style story about Jimmie Johnson going on a robot attack, and the owner of the site got pissed about the hate mail from Johnson fans, never mind I asked the owner four times (and got okayed) if it was okay to do it.
Let's just say that it's gotten worse since I was doing it full time: there are only maybe 7-9 people who are making more than a pittance to cover this sport, the rest are only getting in to see the races for free if they do PR
work for a race team or sponsor. The sport is going downhill, and to be honest, I think that V8 Supercar, once it begins running here in the states (first race here is at Austin's new F1 track in 2013), this series will be the death knell for NASCAR as we know it, although the new NASCAR offering from Ford looks eerily like an Aussie V8 Supercar...