Let’s face it, NASCAR needs to do something to keep the fans interested, and to their credit the sanctioning body has made changes that have helped the fans (double file restarts, green white checker, etc). But it comes down to the tracks itself; if the fan hates the track they are not going to come back. Here are 8 races who need to lose their date, and if they do loose their date here are 8 races that could fill those spots.
To big, to long of a race, drivers complain about it fans complain about it. It is just not a good race. Don’t take both races away just one. Make it a unique a one stop race.
What to replace it with: Nashville
Replace the June race with a night Nashville race. This can allow the drivers to reach a new market in south that would enjoy the race.
I know Vegas only has one date, but even that is way to much. It’s a boring cookie cutter race, and I know that NASCAR will never do it because of the Vegas market, but it’s pushing the real fans away watching this snoozer every year.
What to replace it with: The Rock
Rockingham should have at least one sprint cup race at their track and this should be the one. The racing is just that much better.
Michigan is not the Car Empire it once was, it seem like for years that the only reason that NASCAR still went up there was because of this reason. The racing is just not good anymore there it has become another snoozer.
What to replace it with: Summer Night race at Myrtle Beach speedway.
For this to happen of course the track would have to be changed for more seating, but the marketing possibilities are endless. Not only can you market the race to the beach families coming in for the week, but this can become the biggest beach party on the east coast in the summer time. Where would you rather be? Michigan in June, or Myrtle Beach on a Saturday night?
Did anyone see how many seats were empty at the monster mile the other day? The track is to gimmicky, if your going to call it a monster the racing should be better then what it is now.
What to replace it with: Summer Night Race at Martinsville
If NASCAR would allow this and move Martinsville to the summer time, and the track would put lights up, it would be the hottest ticket on the circuit. The race is already better then Bristol and the track caters to the real NASCAR fan. And just think about the Nightly party on the hill behind the track before a summer night race!
I am going to get some flak over this pick, but two simple things have led me to put Bristol on this list. Continuing boring racing, and just plan old greed. Since the track has change its service it has just become a long boring drive along. And I think when you have to pay 150 dollars for front row seats I think your pushing it. And as you seen with the spring race now one is going anyone. They need to get rid of the spring race at Bristol!
What to replace it with: Kentucky
Let Kentucky shine here with giving the Bristol Spring race to them, see what they can do with it. Should be better racing.
Just like Pocono this track only needs one race. Maybe I am showing my east coast bias, but the only thing that saved this race this year was the green white checker finish. The race is just to unique, which means you love the track or hate it, well I hate it.
What to replace it with: Homestead
Give Homestead another race in the spring, we only get to see this track the last race of the season when every drive is to scared to race because it’s the end of the season.(no one wants to be the one to race the championship leader to hard) Lets see them race under the lights during a race that matters.
Richmond has become a snoozer yet again, and sadly this it’s because of scheduling and greed. Its stink to tailgate and camp there because the track is in the worst part of Richmond, which overcharges its fans who come to the race (300 bucks to camp for the night????You got to be kidding) The spring race either needs to be taking away or moved to earlier in the year.
What to replace it with: Gateway
Gateway has become a great Nationwide race, its always packed with fans (it even has two dates for the lower series) Lets see the big boys run a summer night race in August there instead of Michigan.
For me I believe both races dates need to be gone, but to be fair to dwindling crowd that still goes to the boring races in California I say keep one for them. It’s a failure out there 90,000 seat race track that maybe brings in 40,000 fans or less to the track. The racing is boring; and it needs to loose a date! Keep the spring race get rid of the fall race.
What to replace it with: 2nd Darlington Race
This is where true racing and true race fans are from. The success of the spring race there proves that Darlington should have a second race date again. Just think about how cool it would be to see Darlington "the lady in black" as one of the chase races.