Interest builds around possible changes to NASCAR schedule

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  1. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com...agues-and-Governing-Bodies/NASCAR-tracks.aspx

     
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  2. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Personally, I am not too keen on cutting a date from some of the more unique tracks (Pocono, Dover, IMS, Michigan) on the calendar. And I am not sure Ford and Chevy would be too pleased losing one of two home races at MIS. But it's apparent a handful of events need to change to make the schedule more palatable to most fans, so something's gotta give.
     
  3. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    There doesn't appear to be much of substance here. It looks like just another speculative article, chock full of the usual 'mights' and 'maybes' but nobody saying anything definite.
     
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  4. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    Only way I'm fine with Dover losing a date is if New Jersey Motorsports Park gains one.
     
  5. joe h

    joe h Team Owner

    charlotte, Chicago, atlanta, Kentucky, Kansas, Texas, Vegas are 100% of their problems, any solution that doesn’t reduce the number of races taking place at these tracks by a minimum of 50%, is only going to add to their problems.

    Chicago, Atlanta, and Kentucky need to be reconfigured, or demolished. Texas, Vegas, and Kansas should only have one race date. Right there they’re losing 6 out of 10 cookie cutters. If they do nothing else, eliminating the three double dates, reduces the number of crap races to 7.
     
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  6. lolla79

    lolla79 Crew Chief

    No track should be run twice.
     
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  7. Acs

    Acs Team Owner

    I think they'll probably take dates from Martinsville, Bristol, Richmond and Pocono and add dates to Chicago, Kentucky, Homestead and a repaved Atlanta. Because sponsorship and other bull****. Loudon lost a date to Vegas for the same reason.
     
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  8. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    I could not agree more.
     
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  9. Larsonfan1995

    Larsonfan1995 Team Owner

    Bulldoze Texas, Kentucky, and Chicago. Instead, run COTA, Eldora and Milwaukee
     
  10. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    Dover losing one date would probably be that track's demise sadly, which is why I hope they keep two dates. Fun track which produces great racing and has some fantastic facilities. Location is excellent too.

    I could see NASCAR eventually ending the Indianapolis experiment. That could result in a second Kentucky race but I seriously hope not. Obviously, Iowa's due for a Cup race.

    On the lower schedules, I think Gateway's lobbying for an XFINITY race. They're invested in this. Maybe they'll go after a Cup race when these contracts are restructured. Not my favorite track but it would be a great market for one.

    I wouldn't be surprised if the Trucks went back to Memphis International Raceway soon. And I know New Jersey Motorsports Park is lobbying for a Truck Series race which is part of why they got a K&N race. I would not be surprised if they eventually get one. They've hosted ARCA and the old Grand-Am series before.
     
  11. aunty dive

    aunty dive Team Owner

    There's nearly three full seasons remaining on the contracts with track owners.

    If we think they'll take much in the Cup Series away from said owners, we be dreaming. A re-shuffle at best.
     
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  12. joe h

    joe h Team Owner

    Yeah, the dipshits in the glass tower at Daytona are so out of touch, nothing will surprise me anymore. They may very well be in the planning stages of shutting down martinsville and darlington.
     
  13. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    The article states a lot of this discussion is about what happens after those contracts. There's an immense amount of pressure to make significant changes to the schedule when those contracts expire, so we'll see. The article pretty much states changes will come at the cost of the independent tracks, so that's not a good sign.
     
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  14. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    This will never happen. Fans would riot.
     
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  15. Pat

    Pat Team Owner

    'appears'
     
  16. KodiakRusty89

    KodiakRusty89 Team Owner

    The only thing that seriously might be happen is the end of the Brickyard. The optics have become horrendous. Hell will freeze over before the Rose Bowl starts drawing 15k people. If things don't get turned around with the date change I think it's cooked.

    Dover's spring date switched to early May which should help its attendance. Having Pocono and Dover back-2-back weeks never made sense to me given the two tracks proximity to one another. I can't see Pocono losing a date because of its location and the fact it still draws well relative to the rest of the circuit.

    I would be favor with some sort of deal with the tracks maintain 1 traditional date and a second date is dependent upon their rotation in the chase. So basically every track gets a second date every other year.
     
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  17. DIDIT

    DIDIT Old School Fan

    Michigan, Texas, Phoenix and Pocono need to drop a race. Brickyard needs to be gone. That frees up 5 dates for something new. I would say replace with Iowa, COTA, Canadian Tire Road Course, and a Thursday night show at either Eldora or Knoxville and another Thursday night show at a short track.
     
  18. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    I'm with you on most of those, but have you seen any of the recent Atlanta races? I wish the racing on every track was that kind of 'problem'.
     
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  19. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    'There doesn't appears'? That doesn't sound rite.
     
  20. aunty dive

    aunty dive Team Owner

    Phoenix?
     
  21. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    The only thing COTA has going for it is it provides an alternative to Ft. Worth that's still in Texas. I don't see stock cars being very entertaining there. It's worth trying if NASCAR can get it on the schedule for a two-year trial.
     
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  22. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    yep, it's a tweaker's ball article. They must be trying to get more paid subscribers
     
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  23. Pat

    Pat Team Owner

    Sorry, wasn't meaning your post. I thought I saw the word appears in the article along with mights and maybes. I'll go back to my room now.
     
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  24. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    M'ville just got lights, and I recall the money is already budgeted for facility upgrades to The Lady in Black. No worries, mate.
     
  25. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    If they paid attention to the numbers, Nascar should put plates on em for the 1.5's and larger tracks. Of course they would need ear plugs to drown out the screams of WWE from the ol timers.
     
  26. AtomicPunk55

    AtomicPunk55 Crew Chief

    I am sure every fan has tracks they would like to drop and that they would like to add. I am surprised that shortening the season is being discussed as it makes total sense but the die hard fans squeal at the thought of it. Having a schedule that finishes up no later than Labor Day would be a good move.
     
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  27. hidesert cowboy

    hidesert cowboy Team Owner

    hey I like pocono, I think the races there are a way than say kansas, new hampshire and quite a few other tracks. Why they had to run out and repave texas I don't know. I think they need to just patch up many of these tracks rather than complete repaves. michigan was another track that has never came in all the way since the repave. I never thought that track needed repave either.
     
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  28. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion 2018 Bold Predictor

    Im with most posters who didnt find any substance to that article, we've already known that changes are going to be made in 2021. However I will stand up for my home track of Chicagoland being dumped on, seems a great many of you find that track boring. I cant disagree, wish it was reconfigured to be a Rockingham, Wilkesboro, Bristol clone or of that ilk. I also think that of all the 1.5 milers that have a date or have two Michigan and Atlanta need to keep theirs, I find those races exciting. I am also keeping my fingers crossed for a Road America October playoff race, that'd be so exciting for me personally. If a road course is added I hope Road America is it.
     
  29. Formerjackman

    Formerjackman Team Owner

    If they could do it without killing all of the throttle response of the cars, I wouldn't object at all. I don't think we would get the desired results though.
     
  30. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Phoenix is probably one of the best tracks on the calendar today. And ISM dumping a bunch of money into it guarantees it won't go away anytime soon.
     
  31. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    @StandOnIt, you're a great racing fan, but this is a ghastly take. Why do some persist in believing the plates are the ingredient that made Daytona and Talladega popular rather than allure of the sheer size and spectacle of the venues themselves? They were the most popular events on the schedule before the plates too.

    There is no magic elixir with plates and pack racing at the intermediates. See the failed attempts in 2015 at a high downforce package meant to create packs at Michigan and Indy that were quickly scrapped after producing awful and unpopular events.
     
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  32. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    I don't agree that there is no substance to the article. It is speculative by nature, but I don't think they made this up. Local TV stations and blog posts can often be taken with a grain of salt. Sports Business Daily is a serious and reputable publication with quality reporters working there. Thank you for posting @FLRacingFan, as I don't pay to subscribe.
     
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  33. ChexOrWrex

    ChexOrWrex Ya gotta wanna

    And some should be ran 3 times
     
  34. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    It was done tongue in cheek, but fans? they come out of the woodwork for those races. By far the most popular are the restrictor plate races. And the WWE of Martinsville? ya can't beat it
     
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  35. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    I would beat a path to any track that was reconfigured as a high-banked abrasive 1-miler with a slight kink on the front stretch.
     
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  36. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    SBD is a reliable outlet, but there's nothing new about this article. It's a rehash of every 'Wait for 2021' story since the current agreement was signed. Tell me one thing you learned from it, something you didn't already know.
     
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  37. KodiakRusty89

    KodiakRusty89 Team Owner

    Pocono's racing has become good again with the return of shifting. I think in general the track is looked upon favorably after a few lean years of iffy racing and so-so safety features. I know the drivers love it. It's always been the "People's Track" in the Northeast compared to Loudon and Dover imo. Pocono and Watkins Glen have been able to maintain a loyal, almost cult like following. Talladega, Darlington, Bristol and Martinsville have a similar feel in the South imo.

    I would hate to see anything happen to Michigan. It's proximity to Detroit has always been import to NASCAR. I know they've really been hit by the attendance decline worst than others which comes into play. It's a shame too. I've been there for the August race 3 times ('03, '04','16) and went I went recently it was amazing how "different" it is. The seats I sat in 10+ years earlier in turn 4 were long gone.

    The biggest issue with the schedule is the fact there's too many 1.5'ers tri-ovals. I actually like Homestead aka Old Atlanta. Building those things was a monumental mistake. They're more of an eyesore than the Vet, Riverfront, Busch, Three Rivers etc were to football and baseball. Well maybe not, but it's close. And that's coming from someone who attends the Kentucky race.
     
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  38. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    That's a fair question. Some of the article's suggested possibilities have been bantered about elsewhere, yes. Adam Stern's reporting of what "insiders" are telling him is vague, but I am going to trust based on past work that he takes his job seriously, and that his sources aren't the equivalent of us yapping about what we'd like to see if we were king for a day.

    For me personally,

    1. I had not previously seen Michigan mentioned as a likely candidate to lose a second date. Pocono and Dover, yes.

    2. I hadn't seen the shorter schedule thing mentioned in an actual news article.
     
  39. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    Creative way of saying "Rockingham" ;)
     
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  40. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    Pocono is the most underrated track in NASCAR. I know long runs there can get procedural, but more often than not, it produces excellent racing and memorable moments. It's also very unique.

    Pocono could produce 10 consecutive races with 50+ lead change and photofinishes and the fans would still claim it's the "worst period track period ever period."
     
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