Why NASCAR Shouldn't Run Special Configurations at Road Courses
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has run at the 2.45-mile Watkins Glen International since 1991. However, the full track is 3.45 miles long. So why doesn't NASCAR run the full 3.45 miles? That makes no sense to me at all.
I would like to see NASCAR run the full 3.45-mile circuit. In my opinion, NASCAR should race the full circuit, not just part of it. Racing only part of the course is boring. If part of the track is not raced on, why does it exist?
Racing the full circuit increases the fans' attendance. The bigger the track is, the more grandstands there are. If NASCAR would run the full Watkins Glen International, more fans could go to the race.
Running the entire track also increases difficulty for the drivers. Difficult races tend to produce more wrecks. Wrecks make drivers' tempers flare, which is entertaining to the fans. If the drivers' tempers would not flare, where would the excitement be in NASCAR racing?
If NASCAR ran the full course, there would be more drama. NASCAR fans like drama on the track. Drama on the track is what makes NASCAR interesting. As the TNT motto goes, "TNT: We Know Drama."
I believe that by limiting the length of the track, NASCAR is just making the race dull. Running the full course extends the length of the race. The fans go to the races to be at the track for a few hours, not just for a little while.
NASCAR fans did not pay for their tickets to see a boring race. Running only part of the track is boring. To me, watching a race on a partial track is not what I would pay for. If I am going to pay for a race ticket, I want to see the race run on the full circuit.
If NASCAR built a track, and they are only going to run on part of it, they are wasting their money. In this economy, money does not need to be wasted. I say that NASCAR either needs to run tracks in their entirety, or not run at the track at all.
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