Imagine the Southern 500 returning to Darlington on Labor Day weekend for a real American donnybrook? How about a road course- Sonoma- in the Chase? A season finale at Phoenix? Road America with a Cup date? For this NASCAR fan it would be Christmas come early.
This is what Mike Mulhern is hearing (click here), a guy a little closer to the closed door than this West Coast Boy is. Like he says, it could all come to nothing, but from what I know of what a lot of fans think, this would be a huge shot of positive vibe for NASCAR. They need it.
Right up there with the invention of the Chase, the loss of the holiday weekend date for Darlington surely ranks in the top five of most hated moves by the Daytona Brass in the 21st Century. That one’s a no-brainer (sorry Atlanta, but I’m sure you will keep a date.) There’s just something uniquely American about a holiday weekend race at one of the sport’s classic tracks.
While some fans really hate the idea, you can count this observer among those (and I’m not alone) who love road course racing. The idea of adding Road America to the Cup schedule would be a boon. The NNS date at Road America is one of the few Nationwide races I watch: one, because it’s a road course, and two, because the aren’t usually a bunch of Cup Raiders around to crash the party.
If you’re going to have a real playoff, then one road course has to be in the Chase. The idea giving a little love to the Left Coast sounds good here. Sonoma has given NASCAR some good racing in recent.
It seems that if all the season ending festivities are going to be in Las Vegas, then it only makes sense to end the season in nearby Phoenix instead of Miami. Phoenix isn’t quite a real short track, but it’s closer to the genuine article then Homestead-Miami.
We’ll see what happens. I’m sure that not everyone reading this shares my excitement for all the changes on the table. When Brian France was talking “impactful changes” a couple of seasons ago, THIS was more like what I had in mind. It doesn’t fix everything, and Lord knows the folks at Dover will be madder than a wet hen if they lose a date, but the schedule needs a face lift, and this sounds like a quantum leap in the right direction.