Interest builds around possible changes to NASCAR schedule

Discussion in 'NASCAR chat' started by FLRacingFan, Mar 19, 2018.

  1. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion 2018 Bold Predictor

    May is nice weather in the Midwest at least that’s IMO
  2. Formerjackman

    Formerjackman Team Owner

    The last 40 years or so, May has been very cool and rainy in Indiana. In fact, Labor Day is often the FIRST truly warm weekend of the year. IF it doesn't rain. The year I graduated from high school (1985) I went on a school camping trip to southern Indiana in the middle of May. We nearly froze to death. By Memorial Day, it was 92 degrees. On June 7th this year, myself and some of my friends ran a leg of the Hot Rod Power Tour from Indy to Fort Wayne. The HIGH temp for the day was 57 degrees, and it rained off and on for 12 hours and there was a cold wind blowing. It felt about 35 degrees.
  3. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Remember the Gator

    As long as we're getting things on the record, I've posted here many times the Darlington race should have been left on Mothers' Day. I say that not because of the infrequent hurricanes (which don't happen often enough to be worth rescheduling) but because the temperatures are just nicer. Also, in May the sun isn't in your face in Brasington Tower for the first third of the race.

    Regardless of where the series is on any given weekend, there's a chance some form of weather will interrupt it. When that happens, there's a 100% chance someone will bitch about it, say NASCAR should have seen it coming, and swap the date with another track that's likely had problems of its own within the last several years. More often they just say the race date should be moved with no suggestion of when it should be run. No matter how you juggle the schedule, some tracks are going to have summer dates in the heat and thunderstorms and tornadoes and hurricanes and fires. Some are going to have spring dates and get showers and snow and melt and floods. Unless you have money tied up in tickets and reservations, suck it up. None of us are going to die if a race is postponed.
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  4. AuzGrams

    AuzGrams Team Owner

    Darlington should be on Labor Day just like Daytona should be on the 4th of July.
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  5. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    The key thing with Daytona moving is that it could be a lot harder to re-schedule the event should things like states of emergency and evacuations come into play. We’re talking about things like having emergency personnel re-assigned days in advance and the track being used as a staging site for emergency operations. It’s not just like a late afternoon summer storm where you can show up the next day and run with relative ease.
  6. DIDIT

    DIDIT Old School Fan

    Did you really mean the 20+ other cars looking in? I am thinking 1 or 2 at the most.
  7. Spotter22

    Spotter22 Team Owner

    I mean anyone with out a win who needs a win
  8. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion 2018 Bold Predictor

    Cool idea
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  9. DewChaser988

    DewChaser988 NASCAR fan since 1998

  10. AuzGrams

    AuzGrams Team Owner

    Especially being the last race of the regular season, what the hell they gonna do, cancel it?

    Sometimes tradition is a thing that doesn't need to be messed with, and the Firecracker 400 was one of those races (IMO) just like the Southern 500.

    I personally thought the Brickyard as the finale regular season race is/was fine, maybe avoid any sort of conflict with the Colts and/or college football if need be (though not sure you can work around this much at a lot of places).
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2019
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  11. Conover

    Conover Team Owner

    I know most are good with the finale being in Phoenix or moving around, but it saddens me. Homestead is a great venue for this, for that time of year, and moving their race to the spring will hurt attendance. We will be there again for all three championships. Will probably go next year but not committed yet. Agree the Firecracker was best served at Daytona, but many tracks are going to experience changes. Hopeful Gateway gets a date.
  12. AuzGrams

    AuzGrams Team Owner

    I agree, PHX is actually within 10 hours distance of me and I'm not overly sold it on as the finale yet. Gateway seems appropriate to add if they want Phoenix as the finale.

    Really, only Richmond & New Hampshire (3 races) are similar to Phoenix off the top of my head, a 4th race at Gateway makes sense besides the fact it isn't ISC/SMI.
  13. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    I think the Firecracker 400 will be back in Independence Day in 10 years or so.

    I too would like to see Gateway added to the schedule. Huge sports market there.
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  14. Mispeedway15

    Mispeedway15 Team Owner

    I’ve always thought it limited NASCARs reach. We only run 23 tracks, this pales in comparison to the NFL and NHL(including Seattle) which are at 32 and the MLB and NBA which are at 30
  15. AuzGrams

    AuzGrams Team Owner

    If we were being honest from a market standpoint, the Pacific NW could really use a race, maybe Denver (aka Pikes Peak would have worked), Mosport, etc.
  16. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion 2018 Bold Predictor

    It’s crazy that the Pacific NW doesn’t have an NBA Team (Seattle) and a Nascar race...Of any kind. If a boom ever happens again and it’s feasible to build tracks...I hope a clone of North Wilkesboro is built in Washington or Oregon.
  17. Mispeedway15

    Mispeedway15 Team Owner

    They could just use Portland
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  18. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Remember the Gator

    The facilities that host those leagues host between 18 and 160 events each, not 2 or 3. They’re also tax-payer subsidized.

    Two more reasons comparisons to stick and ball sports don’t work.
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  19. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    There are some that want the driver to get out of the car and go to jumping up and down beating their chests and strutting some kind of goofy bow legged cake walk around the car in victory lane.
  20. DewChaser988

    DewChaser988 NASCAR fan since 1998

    Portland International Raceway is the only facility in the Pacific Northwest that handle the Cup Series,
  21. JohnHill

    JohnHill member of Who Dat Nation

    I already miss that race on July 4th weekend. It was one of those races I looked forward to, it would give the season a nice push going into the 2nd half and all. It just felt right.
  22. Speedbowl14

    Speedbowl14 Ryan Preece and short tracks

    That turn 1 tho...


    fyi those that don't know it's a flat 90 degree turn that Indycar proved is a total cluster with only 22 cars on-track.
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  23. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    In its current state, no it cannot accommodate the standards the Cup Series is accustomed to. Not even close. The Truck Series should be workable.
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2019
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  24. Mispeedway15

    Mispeedway15 Team Owner

    I’m talking about the reach of the sport. I’m sure people in Seattle got much more into baseball when the Mariners came than before
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  25. AuzGrams

    AuzGrams Team Owner

    Honestly it would make sense for the Truck Series to add another road course to it's schedule if they're gonna have 1 at CTMP/Mosport. Though not sure how many teams would head up to Portland. I'd probably make the trip up there for Trucks over IndyCar personally. Maybe put it with IndyCar, actually.
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  26. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion 2018 Bold Predictor

    Well this intrigues me on a Tuesday morning

  27. sdj

    sdj Just a race fan

    What track is this? Rockingham?
  28. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion 2018 Bold Predictor

    North Wilkesboro
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  29. LewTheShoe

    LewTheShoe Team Owner

    Pocono 2020 double header...

    Saturday 325 miles.
    Sunday 350 miles.

    I'll wait to see before complaining, but woulda preferred 350 & 400 miles. (From Jayski)
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  30. AuzGrams

    AuzGrams Team Owner

    Should have done 300 & 400 miles, only 25 miles more than what they have now and it makes both unique in their own.
  31. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion 2018 Bold Predictor

    I’m just happy Pocono still has a race
  32. Spotter22

    Spotter22 Team Owner

    Damn What a schedule! Thursday - Sunday, Practice qualifying for all divisions, 4 Races from the Top 3 Series and an ARCA race! Pack the motorhome and dont forget the beer, and lots of it!
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  33. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion 2018 Bold Predictor

    This is interesting to say the least.
  34. Conover

    Conover Team Owner

    I’m guessing they are going to do some kind of fund raising event there at North Wilksboro with hot laps around the track. Ride with Jeff type deal.
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  35. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Remember the Gator

    Trying to figure out why this is in this forum. NW ain't coming back, people. That's gone past dreaming and on to delusional.
  36. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion 2018 Bold Predictor

    Figure out what....Are you that upset over this being in this forum? Is it going to ruin your day? The negativity on this board is really draining, life sucking almost. I just posted this on here to have a little fun no where did I say that track is coming back or there’s a race there next year. No one is being delusional. No one is dreaming of anything. I thought it would fit here as a little diversion or if someone wanted to take a break debating crew members throwing drivers to the ground. I don’t think it’s a big deal I posted this here. Good god, some of you really need to lighten up.
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  37. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Remember the Gator

    You posted about a closed track in a discussion about changes to the schedule. Forgive me for assuming your post was on the topic at hand; silly of me.
  38. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Remember the Gator

    Oh, I didn't answer your question. "Figure out why you didn't post this somewhere more appropriate", like the Random discussion.
  39. kkfan91

    kkfan91 Taking a 10-200

    As anticipated it had nothing to do with racing there just Jeff raffling his car for charity
  40. pjmolo

    pjmolo Director of driver attitude adjustments . . .


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