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Hey so...

 

NASCAR is the only thing on TV right now, and I'm channeling my inner five-year-old.

 

Since a little before the cancellation of everything, I've been on a little racing kick, and I'm really enjoying having a sport to follow during the summer since I'm not big into the MLB or MLS.

 

2021 is supposed to be a big year for NASCAR, or it was supposed to be until the pandemic hit (hence the 2021+). There's supposed to be a new generation of car, hopefully a new audience, and a whole new era of the sport. Despite NASCAR's President telling the media not to expect wholesale changes to the schedule, everyone seems to think there will be a whole new schedule, fit with new (and totally race ready) tracks such as North Wilkesboro, Nashville Fairgrounds, and Slinger Speedway, which will be run twice each. The rest of the races will obviously be run at Watkins Glen ten times and ten more will alternate between Bristol and Martinsville and the last ten will be run at Daytona backwards. Dem Toyoters and one and a half mile ovals are ruin this garsh darn sport, right?

 

Anyway, I'm kinda believing the hype a little bit, and I was procrastinating other projects, researching all kinds of tracks and stuff, that I created a new one: my version of the "perfect" NASCAR schedule. I tried to keep this pretty realistic. Keep in mind that NASCAR owns ISC now so I put priority of those tracks compared to SMI and independent ones. For NASCAR, that's just one less group that gets a portion of the profits. There are still 36 races due to TV contracts mostly, but the season was still shortened with more races per week (like they're doing now). Also, I tried to cut costs with shorter races (which should increase viewership too), shorter distance between races, and less practice and qualifying as a result of more racing in a short period of time.

 

Maybe this will start a conversation, maybe it won't, but it's burning a whole in my Spreadsheet so here we go...

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Not bad right? All the names of the races are weird estimations and creation by me.

 

The basic idea of the regular season schedule is regions of tracks, called "legs" and named after the manufacturer plus Toyota bc why not, separated by big crown jewel events, which are named after NASCAR's four premier sponsors plus the Daytona 500. The playoffs are essentially a mini version of the regular season. There are plenty of road courses and short tracks that the fans want, but you gotta still get to the Chicagolands and Homesteads for the fans that go to those races. Alienating one and a half mile tracks and their fanbases is what got NASCAR in some trouble in the first place. 

 

As far as types of tracks go, there are pretty much 1-2 mile ovals mixed in with as many dirt tracks, short tracks, and road courses I could fit in. Each regional swing has the normal tracks everyone complains about in between at least one or two "exciting" tracks. For example, the Atlantic swing has Pocono and New Hampshire, but there's two road courses and a short track to break it up.

 

Alright so anyone who thinks Nashville is ready to host the Cup Series next year is just oblivious to how long it takes to build a state of the art facility. That's why Bristol still has two dates. There is absolutely no way a track that much great racing with that much history shouldn't have a second race. The daytime spring attendance hasn't been stellar (even though its still better than a lot of races), so why not get rid of the daytime part? Put the night race during the regular season, and people will come anyway because it's the good ol' Bristol night race even under its 80s name, the Busch 500. Put a late summer playoff cutoff race at sunset in Thunder Valley, and people will still come. The place is just too massive and amazing to not try to get the cars here twice, and the way I have it set up should near sell the place out for both.

 

Texas still has two dates because Circuit of the Americas has no ties to NASCAR, so you couldn't really put a race there. You still need two races in the state because the attendance is there for the most part, and it would be a shame to see state-of-the-art Texas Motor Speedway, built specifically for the sport, deteriorate more and more. My solution is  to finally utilize the 0.5-mile dirt track on the property. Make it a big Texas weekend, one race on the dirt and one race on the 1.5 track, to reward the Texans for watching generally cruddy races two times a year. Ratings should be high and attendance should go from good to great. Texas is one of two dirt races on the schedule, the other at Las Vegas for the same reason as Texas, but its race isn't on the same weekend because everything has to be bigger in Texas, I guess. Vegas' dirt race is also during the playoffs, which should create great moments (if dirt is even possible, but I'll assume it is). Since the capacity at these two tracks is only around 15,000, they should be easy sellouts, and create a great atmosphere during the week in primetime. Also, ticket prices will start higher, since people will want to get their hands on them anyway and there is only a limited supply.

 

The "Penske Challenge" is literally -insert gimmick here-. NASCAR won't be leaving Indy any time soon because Roger Penske owns it, and while I agree the racing isn't the best there, I think the people of Indianapolis can come around on the sport again. Some ideas are a fan vote race, a big payout race at Lucas Oil Speedway, or a team relay on the oval, which I think they tried to do at Speedweeks a long time ago. Anything that will be entertaining and bring people to the track, similar to the All-Star Race. Then, the playoffs kickoff on the road course, hopefully creating a big weekend that you can't miss but otherwise would. If it doesn't work, this is really the place I think NASCAR should try different experiments in that Penske Challenge Saturday non-points event, maybe something will stick.

 

Some rapid changes: Sonoma gets moved to right after the Daytona 500 to hopefully keep any new viewers that tuned in to that race hooked in (which is a theme after the Crown Jewels), with a beautiful road course to kick off the West Coast swing. Pocono still has that double header, but one of the races is the Poval to mix it up (see what I did there), which wouldn't be the full road course they have up there but the one that only cuts out turn three on the regular triangle. Sebring has been added to the schedule a week or so after the 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race, so maybe people will spend the week during spring break. It is a road course, is attended well for IMSA, and NASCAR owns it, so I think it is a no brainer to go to this Florida track. Rockingham is on here, and no it is not the same situation as North Wilkesboro because it just hosted truck races a year ago plus it was just renovated. It was home to some of the best races in NASCAR history, and hopefully some day SMI buys the place the All-Star race rotates between Charlotte, Martinsville, and here. The tour goes to Iowa because once again, it is owned by NASCAR and it is a short track.

 

Other than all of that, the big thing is probably the championship race, which I have at Atlanta, but it could really be any track not owned by NASCAR. Much like the NFL, cities that have tracks would have to bid and spend money on facilities to show that they deserve to host the final race of the season. It has to be a hyped up event with lots of other things to do and place to stay in the area. These cities could include:

 - Las Vegas, NV (Las Vegas Motor Speedway)

 - Fort Worth, TX (Texas Motor Speedway)

 - Charlotte, NC (Charlotte Motor Speedway)

 - St. Louis, MO (Worldwide Technology Raceway)

 - Memphis, TN (Memphis International)

 - any other city willing to put the money and marketing into their racetrack

This seems sorta far fetched, but it's really not. If anything, it could be an excuse to redevelop an area of a city that you see so many times with arenas and stadiums. For example, if Memphis renovated and expanded its racetrack, it could create a new district in the area, bring NASCAR to a new city, and create new jobs in the area. If these tracks that have all been comfortable with each other going along with renovations and innovations at a slower speed, and now they're forced to upgrade in order to host NASCAR's final race, it will keep the sport fresh and on its toes. Also not that any date put as the championship would not have a date all year, and would be put in the spot of the track that hosted the championship the year before, after (makes sense right?)

 

A few more things: the schedule goes at a breakneck speed to be done the day before Labor Day, the day the NFL starts, so it doesn't have to compete for FOX time, and it has a significant date every year. I think almost everyone associates NASCAR with the summer more than the already sports-filled fall anyway. Like they're doing now, these Sunday-Thursday races and similar would invert the top twenty for the next race, instead of qualifying and practicing over and over. Most of those two race weeks have ISC or SMI tracks in them that aren't far apart, so a ticket could be sold for both races at a lower price than the cost of one to try to get people to come to more races for less money. Some tracks were kinda moved around for weather, but not really. It rains at random all over the place, so to say that putting somewhere like Atlanta in the summer or something because of rain doesn't make a ton of sense.

 

Anyway, I have typed too much, and I could honestly go on, it was that interesting to try to get that perfect schedule, I just had to share it somewhere. I doubt anyone will read all of this or even see it, but it was fun to do. I think I have carpal tunnel from all the typing, and it is wayyyyy past my bedtime. I think I might just fall asleep right on my keyboaedhsvgao4dex bsxz

 

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Starting the season with the Busch Clash on Super Bowl Sunday is a non starter.  The whole schedule needs to be pushed back by 1 week at least, maybe 2.

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1 hour ago, TBGKon said:

Starting the season with the Busch Clash on Super Bowl Sunday is a non starter.  The whole schedule needs to be pushed back by 1 week at least, maybe 2.

 

They oughta make the Clash on a Thursday. First race of the Daytona 500 weekend. 

 

If they push back a week, the final playoff race will be eclipsed by Week 1 NFL. 

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5 hours ago, TBGKon said:

Starting the season with the Busch Clash on Super Bowl Sunday is a non starter.  The whole schedule needs to be pushed back by 1 week at least, maybe 2.

 

4 hours ago, WSU151 said:

 

They oughta make the Clash on a Thursday. First race of the Daytona 500 weekend. 

 

If they push back a week, the final playoff race will be eclipsed by Week 1 NFL. 

 

The Clash and Speedweeks are already set for 2021, so that is how I kept them. Personally, I would have the Daytona 500 on Pro Bowl Sunday and then go out to Sonoma the Saturday before the Super Bowl. Generally, the first game of the NFL is played on Labor Day, so I thought it could be a tradition to air the last NASCAR race the day before. Anyone looking for pregame NFL coverage may just enjoy a championship battle. I think that NASCAR is associated with the summer, and I'm sure a lot of people don't even know it goes well into the heart of fall and the football season. Having the championship be the day before Labor Day can be a sort of send off to summer.

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Week one of the NFL has been the week after Labor Day since 2001. 

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55 minutes ago, WSU151 said:

Week one of the NFL has been the week after Labor Day since 2001. 

 

You're right idk where I thought it was Labor Day. Stupid me lol

 

Still, I think Labor Day Weekend is a good championship date for the Cup Series in my opinion, even if the regular season would have to be pretty rigorous.

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15 hours ago, WSU151 said:

 

They oughta make the Clash on a Thursday. First race of the Daytona 500 weekend. 

 

If they push back a week, the final playoff race will be eclipsed by Week 1 NFL. 

That won’t work since they race their back up car for the 500 for it, they need time to repair it if something happens to both cars

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17 hours ago, WSU151 said:

 

They oughta make the Clash on a Thursday. First race of the Daytona 500 weekend. 

 

If they push back a week, the final playoff race will be eclipsed by Week 1 NFL. 

Funny enough, the Busch Clash is on a Tuesday, Feb. 9, and as someone else said the need the time in between to repair the backup car for the 500 if necessary.

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Sebring also wouldnt be the best option, it would need some serious repaving for NASCAR I presume, as from Wikipedia:

 

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Sebring is renowned for its rough, bumpy and changing surfaces. The course still runs on old sections of World War II-era landing fields that were constructed of concrete sections with large seams. The transitions between sections are quite rough and often, sparks fly from the undercarriages of the cars as they traverse them. Much of the track has intentionally been left with its original concrete runway surface. The 12 Hours of Sebring is renowned as a race that is even harder on machinery and drivers than Le Mans, and is seen as an ideal preparation run for the famed French race..

 

The track surface has 3.04 miles (4.89 km) of asphalt and 0.7 miles (1.1 km) of concrete. Mario Andretti, a 3-time 12 Hours winner, said that one of the hardest parts about the original Sebring track was "finding the track to begin with." There had been many accounts of drivers retiring due to accidents at night, quite simply because they got lost on the runway sections and couldn't find the track again. Some drivers got lost even during the day, mostly because the track was poorly marked down with white lines and cones

 

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8 hours ago, TBGKon said:

Sebring also wouldnt be the best option, it would need some serious repaving for NASCAR I presume, as from Wikipedia:

 

 

After doing more research, you're probably right. I have no idea if Cup Series cars could run on there, but from watching some footage and listening to how rough the 12 Hours of Sebring is on IMSA drivers, it would definitely be tough. At any rate, you aren't looking at 350 miles like I have it. It wouldn't be able to surpass 250 I would think, just because of the wear it would have on the cars, and they couldn't be worked on too much because I have Darlington four days after.

 

Cup cars have tested at Sebring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yTanhDhF5g , but even in 2013 and 2016 they ran Generation 4 models that were in NASCAR in the 1990s and early 2000s, not current cars or even the Car of Tomorrow. I assume this is because the older bodies are elevated a good few inches above the track, compared to the newer bodies which  leave less room. I'm guessing the older generation can take the bounces more. There's not even much hope for the Next Gen because that model looks even closer to the ground.

 

I know in 2013 K&N ran a race at Road Atlanta, which is owned by NASCAR. It was just renovated, and I wouldn't be surprised if the lower series start racing there next year. This would be another nice road course in the southwest market, and when I made the schedule, I really only picked Sebring because it had steady attendance for all of its events. But with the upgrades to Road Atlanta, could it bring more people in to support a Cup race? I think it is probably possible. So if Sebring wouldn't work out, Road Atlanta could possibly work for a road course in the South Leg of the tour.

 

Edit: Also, Sebring doesn't have lights so I have no idea what I was thinking to have it at 7 on a Saturday

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11 hours ago, hkynik_55 said:

After doing more research, you're probably right. I have no idea if Cup Series cars could run on there, but from watching some footage and listening to how rough the 12 Hours of Sebring is on IMSA drivers, it would definitely be tough. At any rate, you aren't looking at 350 miles like I have it. It wouldn't be able to surpass 250 I would think, just because of the wear it would have on the cars, and they couldn't be worked on too much because I have Darlington four days after.

 

Cup cars have tested at Sebring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yTanhDhF5g , but even in 2013 and 2016 they ran Generation 4 models that were in NASCAR in the 1990s and early 2000s, not current cars or even the Car of Tomorrow. I assume this is because the older bodies are elevated a good few inches above the track, compared to the newer bodies which  leave less room. I'm guessing the older generation can take the bounces more. There's not even much hope for the Next Gen because that model looks even closer to the ground.

 

I know in 2013 K&N ran a race at Road Atlanta, which is owned by NASCAR. It was just renovated, and I wouldn't be surprised if the lower series start racing there next year. This would be another nice road course in the southwest market, and when I made the schedule, I really only picked Sebring because it had steady attendance for all of its events. But with the upgrades to Road Atlanta, could it bring more people in to support a Cup race? I think it is probably possible. So if Sebring wouldn't work out, Road Atlanta could possibly work for a road course in the South Leg of the tour.

 

Edit: Also, Sebring doesn't have lights so I have no idea what I was thinking to have it at 7 on a Saturday

Gen 4 sucked to the ground too, it’s just how they worked the shocks when it was stopped it would not have air pushing down on them so they would be high, but the second they get any air pushing on the nose it would instantly suck to the ground with no gap between the valence and the asphalt.

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16 hours ago, hkynik_55 said:

I know in 2013 K&N ran a race at Road Atlanta, which is owned by NASCAR. It was just renovated, and I wouldn't be surprised if the lower series start racing there next year. This would be another nice road course in the southwest market, and when I made the schedule, I really only picked Sebring because it had steady attendance for all of its events. But with the upgrades to Road Atlanta, could it bring more people in to support a Cup race? I think it is probably possible. So if Sebring wouldn't work out, Road Atlanta could possibly work for a road course in the South Leg of the tour.

You also have Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, AL as well.  Not sure if this would be blocked for Talladega, but its an option.

 

I also wonder if a way to expand to the Pacific Northwest could world with an expansion to the Portland International Raceway road course.

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1 hour ago, TBGKon said:

You also have Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, AL as well.  Not sure if this would be blocked for Talladega, but its an option.

 

I also wonder if a way to expand to the Pacific Northwest could world with an expansion to the Portland International Raceway road course.

Those would be amazing, but NASCAR doesn't own them. At the same time, though, they don't own Nashville or Dover (more on that later), and they still have two dates in 2021 that we know of already. I think Barber Motorsports Park would be great because Talladega always has some of the best attendance and ratings, maybe only behind Daytona in that regard, so giving that fanbase a road course would be a hit. Portland would be great because it would expand into the Pacific Northwest, and just the novelty of having stock cars there should get people to the track. I know ISC, now owned by NASCAR, in particular announced plans to expand to the Pacific Northwest fifteen to twenty years ago, but just couldn't take the risk when the sport's popularity started to decline. Would they be willing to buy Portland? They may even be inclined to buy BMP as a sister track to Talladega. I think five is probably the limit to road courses in the Cup Series, so even like a rotating lineup of them every year could keep things fresh.

 

6 hours ago, dont care said:

Gen 4 sucked to the ground too, it’s just how they worked the shocks when it was stopped it would not have air pushing down on them so they would be high, but the second they get any air pushing on the nose it would instantly suck to the ground with no gap between the valence and the asphalt.

Oh jeez, I have no idea why they tested those cars at Sebring then. Maybe for cost reasons? I'm pretty dumb when it comes to how the cars work.

 

Alright so just what everyone wants, they just announced a new mile and a half to replace a Dover date in 2021, Nashville Superspeedway. Which in case anyone doesn't know, is different from the short track, Nashville Fairgrounds, that everyone wants to see renovated and added to the Cup Series. I mean... it's a newish market that could work for NASCAR, but another mile and a half? What are they trying to do, screw Nashville over before they can even try the Fairgrounds? Apparently, SMI urged Dover Motorsports to move one of their dates that is usually at Dover to Nashville Superspeedway in order to test out the market. How much more testing out do they need? The awards are already there, the lower level series races are well attended at the Fairgrounds, and Tennessee is one of the only states that has a steadily growing interest in racing. If anything, this is just going to turn existing fans away that live in that area, because no matter if the racing ends up good or not, no ones going to want to spend money on an old mile and a half that hasn't hasted a Cup race in years because the racing even sucked back then. Casual fans in the area may be treated to bad racing, and they'll be turned off to the sport. And everyone else will have to watch another "cookie-cutter" track instead of pretty consistently decent racing at Dover (in my opinion anyway). I mean, whatever now there's some excitement sort of, but I don't see how this is going to help SMI. If the event is a hit, you just helped Dover Motorsports compete with one of your own tracks, Bristol, and now you either have to buy it off of them for a higher price than it was worth or risk having the Fairgrounds become pointless as you watch another Nashville track dominate. If it is a failure, then you just turned off every casual Nashville fan and this whole thing was a waste of time. Everyone thinks that the Fairgrounds are going to come to the Cup Series already because SMI showed us all the wonderful plans, so when it is revealed that the actual NASCAR coming to Nashville is a dusty mile and a half, everyone is disappointed. Just renovate Nashville Fairgrounds a stage at a time over a four or five year period while hosting races, and stop stalling.

 

Update since posting: There's a four year lock on Nashville Superspeedway, and I don't get it.

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Where did you get this info that “everyone wants to see renovated and added to the Cup Series.” for Nashville fairgrounds. I’m going to assume it’s not in most fans consciousness especially since they already race at Nashville super speedway in the truck and xfinity series and doesn’t require a renovation as you stated.

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45 minutes ago, hkynik_55 said:

Alright so just what everyone wants, they just announced a new mile and a half to replace a Dover date in 2021, Nashville Superspeedway. Which in case anyone doesn't know, is different from the short track, Nashville Fairgrounds, that everyone wants to see renovated and added to the Cup Series. I mean... it's a newish market that could work for NASCAR, but another mile and a half? What are they trying to do, screw Nashville over before they can even try the Fairgrounds? Apparently, SMI urged Dover Motorsports to move one of their dates that is usually at Dover to Nashville Superspeedway in order to test out the market. How much more testing out do they need? The awards are already there, the lower level series races are well attended at the Fairgrounds, and Tennessee is one of the only states that has a steadily growing interest in racing. If anything, this is just going to turn existing fans away that live in that area, because no matter if the racing ends up good or not, no ones going to want to spend money on an old mile and a half that hasn't hasted a Cup race in years because the racing even sucked back then. Casual fans in the area may be treated to bad racing, and they'll be turned off to the sport. And everyone else will have to watch another "cookie-cutter" track instead of pretty consistently decent racing at Dover (in my opinion anyway). I mean, whatever now there's some excitement sort of, but I don't see how this is going to help SMI. If the event is a hit, you just helped Dover Motorsports compete with one of your own tracks, Bristol, and now you either have to buy it off of them for a higher price than it was worth or risk having the Fairgrounds become pointless as you watch another Nashville track dominate. If it is a failure, then you just turned off every casual Nashville fan and this whole thing was a waste of time. Everyone thinks that the Fairgrounds are going to come to the Cup Series already because SMI showed us all the wonderful plans, so when it is revealed that the actual NASCAR coming to Nashville is a dusty mile and a half, everyone is disappointed. Just renovate Nashville Fairgrounds a stage at a time over a four or five year period while hosting races, and stop stalling.

 

Update since posting: There's a four year lock on Nashville Superspeedway, and I don't get it.

 

It's not really a cookie cutter since the track is concrete while the other intermediates are asphalt.  I don't know if concrete makes the racing better, but it's definitely different.  Beyond that, I don't know enough about this to have much of an opinion.  I just know the Fairgrounds seems to have been preferred.

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The move to the superspeedway by Dover could be a way to play hardball and beat Fairgrounds to the punch.  Getting to Nashville first...

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55 minutes ago, TBGKon said:

The move to the superspeedway by Dover could be a way to play hardball and beat Fairgrounds to the punch.  Getting to Nashville first...

Actually the exact opposite. The Fairgrounds seem to be a long term goal for NASCAR, with the Superspeedway being used to prove that the demand is there. It's possible that Dover may have been blackmailed into making this move in return for being able to keep two dates on the schedule at all.

 

I'm quite excited for this. The track, while not short by any means, definitely isn't another cookie cutter and IIRC it put on pretty good shows in the lower series. Nashville is a huge market that has been left untouched for years and I'm sure that they'll sell well.

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3 hours ago, dont care said:

Where did you get this info that “everyone wants to see renovated and added to the Cup Series.” for Nashville fairgrounds. I’m going to assume it’s not in most fans consciousness especially since they already race at Nashville super speedway in the truck and xfinity series and doesn’t require a renovation as you stated.

You can go onto any social media post regarding the recent move and half the comments are somewhere along the lines of "I'm glad their coming to Nashville, but I wish it was the Fairgrounds.." Sure, the Superspeedway doesn't require as much updating, but more short tracks is literally all the fans want (and maybe road courses). That Bristol race on Sunday was great for all 500 laps. There were a lot of wrecks, passing, lead changes, and a fantastic finish. The Coke 600 at Charlotte the week before wasn't the worst race in my opinion, but you'd be hard pressed to find a good battle or any lead changes. Bristol is a short track and Charlotte is an intermediate. Personally, I think there is too much hate on mile and a halfs, but 90 percent of NASCAR fans will tell you they want more short tracks and less d-shaped ovals, so this announcement left many disappointed. 

 

3 hours ago, See Red said:

 

It's not really a cookie cutter since the track is concrete while the other intermediates are asphalt.  I don't know if concrete makes the racing better, but it's definitely different.  Beyond that, I don't know enough about this to have much of an opinion.  I just know the Fairgrounds seems to have been preferred.

Yeah, I think that too, especially with some drivers already saying it'll be slippery and hard to drive on. If anything, that will set this race apart from the others. Part of what makes Bristol so awesome is two or three grooves to race on. That high groove is faster on its own partly because of the concrete surface, but when the PJ1, a compound that creates more grip, comes in on the bottom, you see drivers pick both grooves. It is, as Kyle Petty may say, "incredible" to watch. If the Superspeedway has some sort of compound at some other groove that isn't the preferred way around, you may see some unique racing. It has been tried at other mile and a halfs, but none of those are concrete. 

 

1 hour ago, Magic Dynasty said:

Actually the exact opposite. The Fairgrounds seem to be a long term goal for NASCAR, with the Superspeedway being used to prove that the demand is there. It's possible that Dover may have been blackmailed into making this move in return for being able to keep two dates on the schedule at all.

 

I'm quite excited for this. The track, while not short by any means, definitely isn't another cookie cutter and IIRC it put on pretty good shows in the lower series. Nashville is a huge market that has been left untouched for years and I'm sure that they'll sell well.

Yeah, it is actually from this tweet where I got the whole SMI pushing Dover Motorsports to move their date to Nashville. I have no doubt that this will sell well, at first anyway. From what I've seen, everyone is happy in Nashville to get a race. Nashville is probably the perfect big "NASCAR city" that could stick with the likes of Charlotte, Atlanta, and Las Vegas. 

 

The thing I was really trying to say in my post was that this kills the Nashville Fairgrounds hopes, and it was a stupid move by SMI if they urged Dover Motorsports to put a race at the Superspeedway, because they already bought, manage, and own the Fairgrounds. If it is a hit, there is no reason for Dover Motorsports to move a race from there, no reason for NASCAR to ever taking a date away from Nashville Superspeedway and give it to SMI, and no reason for Tennessee to approve a tax to cover the cost of trying to renovate the Fairgrounds. If the Superspeedway goes over well, which I think it will for at least that four year contract period, there is no reason to sink money into a different Nashville track. The best racing track in the world could be sitting on the other side of Nashville, but if it doesn't have parking, independent funding, or capacity, there is no reason to abandon a track that is already making money for everyone and go spend money on a new one. If SMI blackmailed Dover, they are fools because it means their Nashville project is dead, and they may have to watch as another company takes their idea and runs with it. 

 

As far the fan in me is concerned with the announcement, I really couldn't care all that much. I'm excited to see the look and branding of a new race, being a big architecture and logo (who woulda thought) guy myself. I think there are good intermediate races, even if you get a dud sometimes. Nashville deserves a race to go to in their backyard, as well as St. Louis and Memphis finally having a drivable race to go to, about three hours away where the previous closest was probably Talladega at almost five hours away from each city. I think everyone is too negative already because its an intermediate (*ahem* Chase Elliot), and that if its not a short track it deserves to be burned, but there hasn't been a new track in what ten years? Still, the more business side of me, or more accurately "How do we make everyone (but the Nashville taxpayers) happy?" side of me, sees a missed opportunity to go back to the roots of NASCAR and bring a new short track to a market that thirsts for it.

 

I'm so glad this thread has such a vibrant discussion. I'm happy this many people care about NASCAR. 

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