The long, hot summer has been taking a toll on car counts at the Bullring. While this year’s numbers are still way ahead of 2011, as the thermometer has climbed in recent weeks the car counts have gone a bit south.
In fairness to the pit counts, this is the time of the year when you normally begin to see a drop-off due to a variety of circumstances. Some drivers run out of money after one too many crashes, some travelers don’t find the track to their liking or some drivers simply get mad. It’s all part of the dirt soap opera we love to watch unfold each summer.
Here’s a look at how the 2012 car counts have gone month by month:
April (2 shows, 3 rainouts): 88.5 average car count.
May (4 shows): 90.3 average car count.
June (4 shows): 88.3 average car count.
July (3 shows, 1 “heat” out): 75.3 average car count. (UMP Summer Nationals not included)
Here’s a look at how the 2011 car counts had gone month by month at the same point of the season:
April (2 shows, 2 rainouts): 54.0 (Deery Brothers show not included)
May (2 shows, 3 rainouts): 67.0 average car count.
June (3 shows, 2 rainouts): 54.0 average car count.
July (3 shows): 59.0 average car count.