I think that after last year's 500, it's not a surprise.
That snooze-fest probably turned off more than just the casual fan to plate racing.
I know my Dad said that exact thing. He's not a die-hard fan, but he lives about 40 minutes from Daytona and like most sports fan, has at least had an interest in THAT race. (He does like Tony.
He was always an AJ Foyt fan and lived in Indy...he loves that Tony took the 14 because of his love for AJ too.)
Growing up, there wasn't a lot of races on ABC's Wide World of Sports, but I never missed that race as a kid. While this year's had too many wrecks for my liking, at least the racing was improved over the last several plate races.
I'm wondering too how they calculated these stats with such a separation in the race from the rain delay. At what times do they take the rating? Because the finishing time was so late, it may affect it in some way.