To Be July 4 or Not to Be July 4: That Is the Question

Ben SwareyContributor IJuly 7, 2009

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 17: Ryan Newman, driver of the #12 Alltel Dodge, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2008 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

For the past few years, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has run the summer Daytona race on a Saturday regardless of what day of the week the 4th of July was on. The summer Daytona race used to be run on July 4, regardless of whether it was on a Saturday or not, as a tradition. So, why was this tradition broken? That I do not know, but I think it should be changed back to the way it was.

On Saturday when I was watching the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona, I was thinking, "Didn't they run this race on the 4th of July a long time ago? Why don't they do it now?"

I believe that the race should be run on the 4th of July. Running the race on the 4th of July makes the race more special and shows NASCAR'S pride in our country.

Having a race on the 4th of July would increase the number of fans in attendance for the race. That's just what NASCAR needs. However, I would pick a different track than Daytona. I would pick a track that would not be so notorious for having bad wrecks like the big one.

I think having a race at Daytona is a bad idea because Daytona is a track known for having major wrecks where drivers could get severely hurt or even die. Take the end of this weekend's race for example. If there were no SAFER barriers, Kyle Busch could have died! Who would want to have to mourn the loss of a huge NASCAR star on the 4th of July? I wouldn't!

The 4th of July is supposed to be a time to have pride in our country, not to be mourning the loss of a NASCAR star. That's what almost happened on Saturday. I believe that Bristol would be a more appropriate track to have a race on the 4th of July. Bristol has just as much excitement, but at the same time, Bristol is not notorious for wrecks that have killed drivers.