This week, Johnson had plenty to say to sports journalist Graham Bensinger for the latest episode of In Depth With Graham Bensinger. Excerpts of Bensinger’s interview for his syndicated talk show were posted to Bensinger’s YouTube channel on Wednesday.
This is one of those interviews sure to make some in NASCAR-land cringe. Johnson reveals how his relationship with long-time crew chief Chad Knaus eroded toward the end of their time together. Johnson also shares his views that NASCAR’s season could stand for a major cutback in the number of races, that the money for the teams in the sport certainly isn’t what it used to be, and the series might not have handled the noose incident last year in Talladega the way he might have.
Johnson says NASCAR earnings potential has dropped by roughly 50% since in just he last six years. Add that to the fact that Johnson says NASCAR should take a hard look at reducing the scheduled by 8-to-10 races.
If Johnson were running the NASCAR show, the show would have fewer episodes then the current 36-race slate. And those 36 races do not include a few non-points races like the All-Star Race and next year’s season-opening Clash at the Coliseum set for the L.A. Coliseum.
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