“I don’t think that number is accurate,” Gossage said.
Gossage could not comment more on attendance numbers for the spring race at Texas, as it’s against company policy at Speedway Motorsports Inc.
“We’ve not been allowed to as a public company forever because it is perceived, or could be argued, we’re giving you inside information on our sales that would affect stock price, etc., etc.,” Gossage said.
Gossage acknowledged that part of the article is accurate in saying race tracks such as TMS are struggling to fill seats. But, Gossage said, that’s something every sport is battling these days.
Watching a sporting event at home typically provides a better view, is more economical and less of a hassle, compared to attending live.
“All sports are dealing with soft attendance,” Gossage said. “But no sport comes to a venue that has 150,000 seats but auto racing. And it’s obvious [when there’s empty seats].
“The media just loves to take shots no matter what, but the crowd we had at Texas would’ve filled up [previous NASCAR stops at] Martinsville or California.
“We’ve got 135,000 seats, one of the biggest stadiums on the planet. All of us wish we were sold out, but that’s just not today’s standard.”