As a boy I recall my dad speaking about the then new "Chain" restaurants popping up all over. He was a private owner of several small businesses, a few which were restaurants, but he held his head high while he maintained his success.
It all started nearly a century ago, but the Franchise boom exploded in the 60's with McDonalds taking the lead. While it use to be primarily fast food joints, it has trickled into nearly every facet of modern day consumption. Almost every penny we spend as consumers, whether it be the gas we put in our cars or the junk we put in our mouths, is related to Franchise's.
Although, while there are still the few Mom and Pop country stores across mostly rural America and private individuals do still have some hold on small business, we are ruled by these giants. The little neighborhood stores that helped build this country struggle and dwindle in numbers while the Franchise industry continues to dominate and grow.
I agree that NASCAR's future is nearing a financial crisis. The "little guy" hardly stands a chance. Look at what we're seeing already... 3 teams from a 4 team owner in the Chase and it's possible it could be a 1, 2, 3 punch. I'm talking about Hendrick of course, Gordon, Johnson and Kyle Busch. Yes these guys are good, but they also have a huge advantage over many because of the mighty $$$.
So the question is... Is Franchising the way to go for NASCAR?? Will this level the playing field or will one Franchise be stronger than another? Say goodbye to the Robby Gordon's and say hello to corporate redundancy.
I do wish there were an easy answer, but there's not and the problem will only fester and eventually infect unless some genius comes up with a viable solution.