The new NASCAR season is here. So many things have changed since last season, 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. Fans are still getting used to the new racing formats (and still arguing about them). Like it or hate it, anticipating it or dreading it, the new season and all it will bring is here.

Here at, 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 over 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 well are the networks balancing the race broadcast against the commercials that must run?

To ready you, I have put together the following facts concerning last year’s racing season. These were compiled from my Commercial Breakdown Reports for the 2017 season. You can browse through them individually at either this site, or under Jayski’s TV/Media page ).

Total number of commercials: 4,385. (That is 3,393 traditional commercials, and 992 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 2017 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?): 4. All occurred during the first half of the season, during Fox Sports’ stint as broadcasters.

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).