Tuesday night’s NASCAR Cup Series Busch Clash at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course on FS1 was packed-full of crazy on-track action, but at the end of the day the race recorded a significant decline in viewership than what the Busch Clash received in 2020.
Last year’s Busch Clash recorded 2.5-million viewers, while the 2021 edition recorded a total of 1.6-million (according to ShowBuzzDaily). This equates to roughly a 36-percent drop in viewership of this event from 2020.
There are several factors that could have contributed to the lower rating.
Obviously, the race being run on a Tuesday night instead of a Sunday, like was the case in 2020, would lead to a diminishing of ratings. But there is also the factor of the race moving from the 2.5-mile superspeedway layout of Daytona to the Road Course layout.
Several diehard fans voiced displeasure on social media leading up to the event that they were not a fan of the race taking place on the road course. But at the end of the day, the layout produced an enthralling event with numerous lead changes and treacherous moments.