NASCAR holds town hall meeting with drivers

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR leaders are talking to drivers in an open meeting about everything from the sport's toughened drug policy to the economy, competition and fan interest.

NASCAR chairman Brian France, his sister, Lesa, and president Mike Helton ran the first of 2 town hall sessions Tuesday.

The session lasted more than two hours, and drivers emerged encouraged by the conversation. Attendance, TV ratings and sponsorship opportunities have all declined this season as NASCAR adjusts to the reeling economy.

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