I am with you on the starting from the back thing. One of the reasons I picked Track Attack, was because of the big grids and I love actualy racing cars rather that romping around with a handful of cars.
The two races I enjoyed more than most in 2019 was the Donnington one where I fell off and the Brands one below and both of these I started from last, I so love the challenge of working out mentaly of how to get through a feild
As for the stadium attendance, some of the decline would have been down to lack of stadiums to actually race at due to the price of land and that its more profitable to build houses or in the case of Harringay a Tesco supermarket. I think one of the biggest reasons for attendance decline would be poor promotion because years ago many of the promotors were very much larger than life characters, but boy did they know how to promote.
Long gone are the days when I raced three times a week, with maybe a Thursday at Aldershot, Crayford on a Friday night, Harringay Saturday, and then off to Brands, Lydden, or Snetterton for the Sunday or a bank holiday Monday.
My mate in Canada would probably pin this down better, but I think we did 50 plus meetings one year!
The only way I was able to afford this was because providing I started at least one race, I got start money then proper prize money. Unlike racing now, where I pay just to be able to race and may get a piece of plastic at the end
Interestingly F1 Stock cars Midlands and up has survived fairly well, but not for much longer as they too are rapidly losing tracks to houses just like we also lost drag racing Shakespeare County.
With Nascar, promotion in America to get bums on seats is still huge and still survives OK at the moment but even that has seen some decline.