Anyone expecting seismic changes to the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule for 2014 will come away feeling like the kid who got underwear instead of a guitar for Christmas. Those rumors dangling around out there sure sounded cool, but it appears it will be a while before we see Iowa and Road America on the Cup schedule, or a return of Labor Day weekend racing (and two dates) at Darlington.
As for the swap they made between Kansas and Darlington, ho hum. If I lived near one of those tracks, I’d have more of a vested interest, but I don’t. Otherwise, I love the racing at Darlington; Kansas, not so much, though the new track has taken drivers out of their comfort zone, which isn’t entirely a bad thing.
Now that I’ve complained, I will say what I like:
I like that the season starts at Daytona. Everyone’s still feeling a bit festive after the Super Bowl, and competing against the NBA and NCAA hoops (pre-March Madness) isn’t unmanageable competition. I’m not sure it work as well at season’s end, though yours truly is no fan of Miami Homestead.
As one who takes celebrating Easter and Mother’s Day seriously, I like it that they don’t race those two days. At least in that respect, NASCAR knows what side their bread is buttered on. Going back to Daytona and Charlotte near national holidays seems fitting as well, especially that Memorial Day weekend marathon known as the 600, on the same day they race at Indy. Tradition baby!
I love the night racing at Richmond and Bristol. There’s just something about that summer date at Thunder Valley.
Not everyone agrees, but the road courses are a good thing. Yes, it looks a little funny, but this fan believes the racing is good there.
We still need more variety, and some of the Chase dates are just dreadful. Chicagoland? Seriously? It’s not a fit for opening the Chase.
For what its worth: the tracks I love……Richmond, Martinsville, Sonoma Talladega, Watkins Glen, and Bristol. Non-cup- Iowa, Road America. Bring back O’Reilly and The Rock. Give Darlington TWO dates please.
The tracks that could go away……Indianapolis, Chicagol and Texas, don’t want two dates at Charlotte, Pocono, Kansas or Michigan. If Auto Club resembles more like what we had last spring, I will spare the track neighboring my birthplace any more dissing than it already gets. Las Vegas isn’t a real favorite either.
You may disagree, and I’m cool with that. I know some of that will depend on your hometown as well as the racing itself.