14: NASCAR Lost Itself
The ’90s marked the wild ride in popularity for NASCAR. During the decade, the sport transitioned from its Southern roots. This was not a welcomed departure for traditionalists who believed the sport lost its way. NASCAR was at one point one of the staples of the South. Now that the motorsport had gone mainstream, there were a whole new generation of fans enjoying it (via NASCAR).
The new breed of NASCAR was different from the traditional stock car racing of the past. New technology was creeping in, and the cars were becoming a lot different. 1990s drivers and enthusiasts had to deal with this reality. The sport they had followed for a decade began to change altogether.