Interest builds around possible changes to NASCAR schedule

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Maybe we need to send some people in Nascar management in for drug testing. Yeah lets take a race away from a place that continues to pack in fans for a street course in the hole they call Chicago.
Indeed…one look at little Ben gives me zero confidence in the direction nascar is lurching. He does appear to be coming off a bender or something. Loves to sport that bit of metrosexual beard he can finally grow. Nothing against thirty years olds but few should be given the reins of an entire sport’s future like this. He‘s so proud of these “splash” events….needs to stick to planning the outer venue entertainment.
 

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And they said on DBC this week that the town of Daytona was happy with the change because economically moving it didn't change much on the 4th weekend and it gives them another big weekend.

I listened to but f*ck em, nascar belongs at Daytona on July 4th for the Firecracker 400… Daytona being the cut off race for the chase is fun and games until somebody gets seriously injured trying to win it with a bonehead move.


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Indeed…one look at little Ben gives me zero confidence in the direction nascar is lurching. He does appear to be coming off a bender or something. Loves to sport that bit of metrosexual beard he can finally grow. Nothing against thirty years olds but few should be given the reins of an entire sport’s future like this. He‘s so proud of these “splash” events….needs to stick to planning the outer venue entertainment.

We have the NASCAR shills to defend every move they do. I’ll wait until I hear more news about Road America and their Xfinity race, but this is a lateral move.
 

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Depends on how you measure success and failure. It was no where near sold out. As an event it might be considered a success, as an race it's questionable. It's not clear how many attended to see the concerts opposed to actually watching the race.

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I wonder how many will be first timers at Chicago.
The Coliseum could hold about 60,000 fans for The Clash, and although it wasn’t a sellout, the crowd was both strong and loud. NASCAR said at the start of the week that 70% of those who purchased tickets identified as first-time race attendees,
 

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I wonder how many will be first timers at Chicago.
The Coliseum could hold about 60,000 fans for The Clash, and although it wasn’t a sellout, the crowd was both strong and loud. NASCAR said at the start of the week that 70% of those who purchased tickets identified as first-time race attendees,
I hope this draws a big crowd! I think the sanctioning body needs to put in some real road course racing rules though, double file restarts will be a total **** show there
 

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I wonder how many will be first timers at Chicago.
The Coliseum could hold about 60,000 fans for The Clash, and although it wasn’t a sellout, the crowd was both strong and loud. NASCAR said at the start of the week that 70% of those who purchased tickets identified as first-time race attendees,
The fanbase still can’t admit they were wrong about the LA Coliseum and NASCAR hit a home run.
 

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Deep down inside I think they should have just ditched the Phoenix Spring race, added Chicagoland… I mean Chicago Street, and kept Road America while moving IMS to the oval.

Phoenix is a sellout race but no casino to back itself up.
 

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Deep down inside I think they should have just ditched the Phoenix Spring race, added Chicagoland… I mean Chicago Street, and kept Road America while moving IMS to the oval.

Phoenix is a sellout race but no casino to back itself up.
yeah they just spent millions re doing Phoenix. Makes sense. 178 mil to be exact
 

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Yeah I will. Proof is here, either that or you can't count. Which one is it?


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Thats not the point of discussion. I have been on the south side of Chicago and will never go back there. While the race will not go through that area, I am sure many people attending the race and looking for affordable accommodations will find themselves there. It happened to me and I didn't have a clue.
If someone is coming in for the race and looking for accommodations that charge less than places in downtown Chicago, try looking in south suburban Homewood or Flossmoor.

The Metra Electric train has stops in those towns and terminates downtown at Millennium Station, a very short walking distance from the race site.
 

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If someone is coming in for the race and looking for accommodations that charge less than places in downtown Chicago, try looking in south suburban Homewood or Flossmoor.

The Metra Electric train has stops in those towns and terminates downtown at Millennium Station, a very short walking distance from the race site.
Should be pretty simple to find accommodations along the Metra train routes it looks like. Google is your friend Chicago probably has a pretty good public transportation system, buses, trains etc.
 

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Should be pretty simple to find accommodations along the Metra train routes it looks like. Google is your friend Chicago probably has a pretty good public transportation system, buses, trains etc.
If someone is coming in for the race and looking for accommodations that charge less than places in downtown Chicago, try looking in south suburban Homewood or Flossmoor.

The Metra Electric train has stops in those towns and terminates downtown at Millennium Station, a very short walking distance from the race site.
so if I were to come to this race out of town I'd do it one of two ways. If I was flying in, I'd stay around the airports. The trains from both Midway and O'Hare take you right to into the city. Midway is closer to where the race is going to be (Midway is in Chicago. You can be into downtown from there by car in no more than 30 min on a good day. Traffic is the great equalizer around here.) but if you're staying in the hotels around there......... I found my experiences there to be sketchy at night. Plus there's not much to do, besides restaurants and hotel bars. If you're flying into O'Hare, its a bit farther by car, but again you have the train or trains to take you anywhere you need to be. Its a bit nicer in Rosement, actually alot nicer. The hotels are higher end and you have nicer restaurants, an indoor mall thats huge and a casino. All that is off 294 ( one of our express ways. Which will also take you into the city). If you're driving in, I'd stay in Oak Brook which has a nice outdoor mall, nice restaurants and its not too bad to get into the city...the hotels are really nice too. I'd bank on an hour with moderate traffic. If cost control is your thing, you might want to not think about staying in Downtown Chicago that weekend, as I said earlier and I think the locals on here would back me up.... cost control is going out the window the first 10 minutes of your stay in the city. It'd probably be the easiest way to see everything, get around and be in the middle of it all though and at that point who cares about cost.
 

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Seems like NASCAR is trying to hit major metropolitan cities compared to previous tracks in the middle of no where as their marketing evolves. Think its good to attract new fans.
NASCAR did the same thing in the late 90's and early 20's. They saw an initial boom, then the bottom fell out.
 
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