Interest builds around possible changes to NASCAR schedule

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  1. Conover

    Conover Team Owner

    Wow, I never realized there were that many seats there...good.
     
  2. DewChaser988

    DewChaser988 NASCAR fan since 1998

    Well, actually 78,000 but still
     
  3. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    I found this from 1996 about changes to the schedule. This was about North Wilkesboro and the direction Nascar was going.

     
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  4. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion 2018 Bold Predictor

    its almost as if they predicted the future...... I might watch an old Wilkesboro race today since my favorite team the Dallas Cowboys dont have a shot to make the playoffs and my Chicago Bears are eliminated as well. Might cue up the 1988 Rudd vs Earnhardt double spin.
     
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  5. Larsonfan1995

    Larsonfan1995 Team Owner

    Which is too many these days for cup races. The first one will sell out but they will be around the average 50k after that. Just like Kentucky.
     
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  6. AuzGrams

    AuzGrams Team Owner

    I really hope Portland International Raceway makes it onto the top 3 schedules.
     
  7. DewChaser988

    DewChaser988 NASCAR fan since 1998

    We'll see, Gateway also has a unique advantage in that it's really close to be a major city
     
  8. SpeedPagan

    SpeedPagan The iRacing Guru

    I say put a dirt track on the schedule. Let's see these drivers tear it up in the mud!
     
  9. Mispeedway15

    Mispeedway15 Team Owner

    They have to go to single file restarts on dirt. Eldora has been a **** show as of late because it’s so hard to line cars up during cautions due to the sliding and wide racing
     
  10. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    huh?
     
  11. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses.

    Kentucky's barely half an hour out of Cincinnati and 45 minutes from Louisville.
     
  12. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    I don't see any comparison to Kentucky.
     
  13. DewChaser988

    DewChaser988 NASCAR fan since 1998

    To be honest, I think dirt should be a Truck Series only thing. I love dirt racing and all, but the Cup Series has been an asphalt only series for almost 50 years now, running asphalt exclusively isn't the problem with the schedule. The problem is too many mile and a half intermediate tracks.

    Failing that, I do think the Truck Series needs to go back to being basically it's own thing among the NASCAR national touring series, and not a glorified development series like it has become. It was arguably at it's best when it was a largely short track series. Running dirt gives the series a unique identity that Cup and Xfinity don't have.

    Also, for many of the Truck Series drivers, Eldora is their Daytona 500
     
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  14. Ford Racing

    Ford Racing Team Owner

    Pretty obvious that his point was that Gateway does not have unique advantage. It certainly hasn't helped Kentucky's crowds.
     
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  15. DewChaser988

    DewChaser988 NASCAR fan since 1998

    Again, it does have a unique advantage that Kentucky doesn't. It's in a major metropolitan area, only about 15 minutes away from downtown St. Louis and a market that supports the hell out of auto racing. St. Louis in general is a great sports town.
     
  16. Larsonfan1995

    Larsonfan1995 Team Owner

    And Kentucky is 25 minutes from Cincinnati
     
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  17. DewChaser988

    DewChaser988 NASCAR fan since 1998

    So? I was referring to Downtown St. Louis.
     
  18. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    I never said anything about a unique advantage. What I said was I don't see any comparison to Kentucky.
     
  19. Larsonfan1995

    Larsonfan1995 Team Owner

    Don't you consider Cincinnati a major metro area?
     
  20. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses.

    Charlotte has a 'new' track 15 minutes from a major city in a racing-savvy town and can't sell out the Roval. Anyone have the figures for Joliet or Kansas? I'm pretty sure they're well under 80K and don't fill the seats for Chase races, even after Kansas added a casino.

    Bristol used to have a waiting list for 160K out in the middle of nowhere. Times have changed.
     
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  21. Mispeedway15

    Mispeedway15 Team Owner

    Dirt races need single file restarts. Makes it easier if a wreck or spin out happens to reset the field
     
  22. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    It isn't open wheel
     
  23. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

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  24. kkfan91

    kkfan91 Taking a 10-200

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  25. AuzGrams

    AuzGrams Team Owner

    I think people are gonna be really disappointed at the 2021 schedule besides maybe a Gateway midweek race and a Bristol spring for Nashville swap if it gets rebuilt quick enough which I doubt.
     
  26. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    that's what Nascar fans do.
     
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  28. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses.

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  29. kkfan91

    kkfan91 Taking a 10-200

     
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  30. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses.

    :XXROFL:

    I didn't watch the whole thing but do yourselves a favor: Start at 10:40 and watch for 30 seconds. That's some serious one-handed driving! 22:50 will demonstrate why Mountain Dew and golf carts don't mix.
     
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  31. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    KaBam SMI putting on the pressure for another date at Hotlanta
     
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  32. kkfan91

    kkfan91 Taking a 10-200

    Maybe take one back away from Texas?
     
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  33. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion 2018 Bold Predictor

    I’d so be excited for 2 Atlanta races...only if.....they go back to the old configuration. A late spring night race and a late round play off race would be okay with me
     
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  34. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    R you crazy? :D Texas and Kansas pull more in the stands than most of them on the East coast or the rust belt do. I wonder if SMI has bought up property around the track and is looking to imitate Kansas
     
  35. Formerjackman

    Formerjackman Team Owner

    Is there ANY evidence that having a casino helps races attendance? I would tell Atlanta and SMI that when you consistently sell out the race you HAVE, then another race would be considered. Frankly, the idea of adding a second race to ANY track is a step in the WRONG direction.
     
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  36. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    you obviously don't gamble
     
  37. AuzGrams

    AuzGrams Team Owner

    With most tracks rightsizing it looked to me Atlanta did a decent job of drawing people last year. Not sure if it warrants a 2nd date over Gateway, Nashville Fairgrounds (if built) but it's SMI politics.
     
  38. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    There are a lot of "if's" to go yet for anything to happen along those lines, but SMI spending a billion bucks on a resort is an eye opener.
     
  39. Formerjackman

    Formerjackman Team Owner

    No I don't. Never understood the attraction to it. That aside, the more relevant question might be "do gamblers care about going to auto races"?
     
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  40. kkfan91

    kkfan91 Taking a 10-200

    Dover says no
     
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