The new NASCAR season is almost here. So many things will have changed, including which drivers will be driving on certain teams, new rookies on the scene, and long-time drivers who are not racing this season at all. There are totally new racing formats for all three series, and the phrase, ‘Sprint Cup’, is being replaced with ‘Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’. Like it or hate it, anticipating it or dreading it, the new season and all it will bring is almost here.

Here at CawsnJaws.com, one of our reasons for being is recording the number of commercials that are included in each Cup broadcast. We have been doing this for the fans for ten years! We have enjoyed bringing hard facts to a hot-button issue that are discussed in journalists’ articles and in social media of all kinds. How will the new race format affect the number and placement of the ads? Only time will tell, and that time is almost here.

To ready you, I have compiled the following facts concerning last year’s racing season. These were compiled from my Commercial Breakdown Reports for the 2016 season. You can browse through them individually at either this site, or under Jayski’s TV/Media page ):

Total number of commercials: 4,463. (That is 3,724 traditional commercials, and 739 side-by-side.) Yes, that is a lot of Coca-Cola, KFC, and Chevy love. But, as we have discovered over the years, those stats usually mean this: three hours of racing to one hour of commercials. Usually around 100 commercials per race. ‘Usually’ can be affected by a whole lot of circumstances; but it is a good barometer of what fans have been experiencing for quite a while.

There are a few other notable statistics: Total number of missed restarts: 0. That’s right. That is what we recorded for the whole 2016 season. We are human, we could have missed something. But that is a nice statistic to report even if it is off by a few numbers.

How about those mystery cautions (you know, where you never actually see any debris… it is only referred to but not seen?): 13. The fans can debate these forever, as proving they are strategically-placed race delays or the real thing is impossible to determine. How will the new race formats affect this number? Will there now be no need for manually-induced pauses in the race, or did they never really do that in the first place? The answers will unfold before us very soon.

We will be pleased to bring you another racing season of statistics about what you see on your TV screen, for you to chew on (or spit out, as the case may be).