Interest builds around possible changes to NASCAR schedule

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The ratings increased this year and it was the most watched on cable since 2014. I was not a fan of the demo derby itself, and I like the switch to the road course. But the main impetus is that NASCAR is intent on shortening the length of the season by a few weeks.
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If they put it on FOX network, I bet it could do 4-5 million. FS1 would be lower, but I think the curiosity of the Roval would bring it up in the 3 million range.
 

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If they put it on FOX network, I bet it could do 4-5 million. FS1 would be lower, but I think the curiosity of the Roval would bring it up in the 3 million range.
I think part of it is going to be predicated on how well the season is this year.
 

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Maybe some major changes in order if they felt the need to push back the release date. However I would think over the next few months some of that stuff is going to leak out.
 

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Yep, this definitely reads as more changes, not fewer.
Maybe, maybe not... I mean, this *could* be something as simple as kicking down the road the inevitable heat on social media if they announce a schedule that's pretty much status quo. There has been so much hype about "overhauling a stale schedule." I think what they ultimately deliver is going to leave many fans underwhelmed. But we'll see, time will tell.
 

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Maybe, maybe not... I mean, this *could* be something as simple as kicking down the road the inevitable heat on social media if they announce a schedule that's pretty much status quo. There has been so much hype about "overhauling a stale schedule." I think what they ultimately deliver is going to leave many fans underwhelmed. But we'll see, time will tell.
I kinda thought along the same lines. One of the independents might of might not want to change something, or the money isn't right, or the track has something else planned, on and on, all kinds of things can cause delays. The western swing worked out great without all if the zip zagging back and forth, everybody seemed to enjoy it, should have caught Texas on the way back instead of Atlanta IMO but oh well.
 

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Maybe, maybe not... I mean, this *could* be something as simple as kicking down the road the inevitable heat on social media if they announce a schedule that's pretty much status quo. There has been so much hype about "overhauling a stale schedule." I think what they ultimately deliver is going to leave many fans underwhelmed. But we'll see, time will tell.
I'm up for a few changes but I definitely don't need wholesale changes for the sake of wholesale changes. I'm anticipating a PGA Tour type re-shuffle; a few quality changes while maintaining its identity. There's someone (name escapes me) who is a major figure at NBC Sports who oversees basically all scheduling related activity. He cut his teeth on the golf side of things and was a major influence in the new/updated PGA schedule.

If I'm running the show I wan't to see how this season plays out a bit. I certainly wouldn't schedule another double-header in 2021 until I see how Pocono goes.
 

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Maybe, maybe not... I mean, this *could* be something as simple as kicking down the road the inevitable heat on social media if they announce a schedule that's pretty much status quo. There has been so much hype about "overhauling a stale schedule." I think what they ultimately deliver is going to leave many fans underwhelmed. But we'll see, time will tell.
I hadn't thought of it that way. Just my hunch, but it seems more likely to me that it is about ongoing discussions and agreements that won't fully be in place by April than a deliberate delaying tactic. That said, I interpreted the reports that they were moving to single year sanctioning agreements as a signal that realignment could happen more gradually than all in one season.
 
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If they are still aiming to get a stadium course or two added for 2021 that would probably be the biggest holdup as far as negotiations and approvals that could delay the release. Not sure how quickly they want to get around to those types of circuits though.
 

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'Construction' seems to imply grandstands, but that is coming strictly from me with absolutely NO supporting evidence at all.
Concessions etc... They mainly had food trucks when I was there and some of the other facilities need to be upgraded to accommodate the crowd. This is still just a rumor but it was heard by somebody usually reliable. Im kinda surprised because getting in and out will be pretty rough unless they can improve that pretty quick but like i said its still a rumor so dont make travel plans just yet. ;)
 

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Maybe, maybe not... I mean, this *could* be something as simple as kicking down the road the inevitable heat on social media if they announce a schedule that's pretty much status quo. There has been so much hype about "overhauling a stale schedule." I think what they ultimately deliver is going to leave many fans underwhelmed. But we'll see, time will tell.
I believe a large part of the fan base that is expecting wholesale changes to occur are going to be very underwhelemed , I will be shocked if there are big changes, looking at the tracks, outside of road courses, there are not many tracks out there that are ready for the Cup Series , a large part of that is just with the safety part, and then everything else that goes with what is needed to support the Cup races.
 

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I was wondering if the NFL's CBA situation could be having an affect on this too. If the NFL goes to 17 or now they're saying maybe even 18 games that will impact scheduling. NBC might have to wait to see how that plays before they're able to commit to anything in the fall.

The fact the NFL TV contract is up in 2022 will likely impact NASCAR scheduling moving forward. We saw what the Olympics this year did....
 

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I was wondering if the NFL's CBA situation could be having an affect on this too. If the NFL goes to 17 or now they're saying maybe even 18 games that will impact scheduling. NBC might have to wait to see how that plays before they're able to commit to anything in the fall.

The fact the NFL TV contract is up in 2022 will likely impact NASCAR scheduling moving forward. We saw what the Olympics this year did....
Another likely reason they're going to annual contracts.
 

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I won’t post them here, but if anyone has Twitter log on and type in Homestead Speedway. Massive Rumors going around the track is doomed, being torn down for housing after the race.
That would be a shame in that Homestead is a quality unique track ala the old Atlanta! With that said, it's a track that has a pretty rough history dating back to being part of the post-Hurricane Andrew revitalization project in South Florida. Then there were the multiple reconfigurations.

The Florida sports market is brutally tough. It's Daytona, college football and whatever the flavor of the week is. Lately that's been the Heat and Lightning.
 

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Hence why theres been so many rumors about a street race in Miami.
 

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I won’t post them here, but if anyone has Twitter log on and type in Homestead Speedway. Massive Rumors going around the track is doomed, being torn down for housing after the race.
I'm not impressed by Twitter rumors coming from unnamed or unreliable sources and repeated by basement-dwelling trolls who have nothing of substance to add. I hope this is nothing more than that.

Having said that, I am concerned about the viability of a March date for Homestead. It is the perfect track for the season finale. It's just my opinion, but I regard Homestead as Nascar's greatest race track... tied with Darlington for that honor. It is a great, great track for skill-based contests of speed. If we ever lose it, it will be missed by myself and many others far more than we miss Rockingham and North Wilkesboro combined.
 

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I'll be shocked to see Homestead off the schedule from all series. I wouldn't be shocked to see it drop from Cup and replaced with the Miami street course.

I'm surprised at how quiet Road America has been since the announcement of major schedule changes got out to the public. The past few years I heard them frequently state their desire to get a Cup date. But now deafiningly quiet silence...

Iowa is practically guaranteed within 2 years.

I will be shocked if Michigan, New Hampshire, and Daytona have 2 oval races after 2022. The Clash is a test to see if it would be a well-received replacement for the summer oval. Michigan and New Hampshire racing approval has been largely lackluster for a decade.

Rockingham will be back in a few years.
 

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Hate to give rumors and innuendo the time of day, but it was jarring to see about Homestead. A great track that is very slanted to the driver skill side, fun track to watch drivers ply their craft. It’d be a mistake to lose it
 

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Rockingham will be back in a few years.
Okay, note the discussion thread and the post number. I've had it with this subject.

If the race track currently known as Rockingham Speedway, on US-1 north of Rockingham, NC, USA, has a race date on one of the three NASCAR national touring series schedule (Cup, Xfinity or equivalent name, or Trucks) before or during the 2023 season, I will buy an admission ticket for every Racing Forums member who can get there.

Now, nobody needs to post anything about The Rock again until you can post the date the ticket office opens.
 

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Okay, note the discussion thread and the post number. I've had it with this subject.

If the race track currently known as Rockingham Speedway, on US-1 north of Rockingham, NC, USA, has a race date on one of the three NASCAR national touring series schedule (Cup, Xfinity or equivalent name, or Trucks) before or during the 2023 season, I will buy an admission ticket for every Racing Forums member who can get there.

Now, nobody needs to post anything about The Rock again until you can post the date the ticket office opens.
Oooooooo you messed up, I'll be holding you to this!
 
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