Nov 4, 2012; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Sprint Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) comes through turn two during the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Should NASCAR Reform Their Schedule?


Does NASCAR need add and remove tracks? It seems a lot of fans are complaining about these "cookie cutter" tracks and that they're too boring. There are plenty of good tracks NASCAR can add to the Sprint Cup tour.

Adding more races would mean two things. NASCAR could either extend the season which is a horrible idea. The season is already too long as it is. Or NASCAR can take races away from tracks that don't bring excitement. ALL of the tracks that nascar added in the late 1990s have been a bust with racing and excitement. So I imagine fans wouldn't be angry if they decided to take Las Vegas, fontana, chicagoland, Kansas, Kentucky or Texas off the schedule. Those tracks bring no excitement. When the next race is at darlington, Bristol, talladega and Daytona fans get excited days even weeks before the race happens. At the cookie cutter tracks most fans get excited on race day only.

 If you took a pole of 100 NASCAR fans, I guarantee that over 90 people would agree that rockingham should have a sprint cup race. And what's stopping them? The track is up to NASCAR safety regulations and the camping world truck series raced there earlier this year. Rockingham isn't the only track that old school NASCAR fans would like to see back on the tour, North Wilkesboro Speedway last NASCAR sanctioned race was in 1996 and was won by Jeff Gordon. The only problem with North Wilkesboro is it has not been used in many years. It still has Winston Cup logos around the track, no SAFER barriers and the track surface is no where near race ready. There was hope for racing to return to the track a few years ago with late model racing scheduled for the track but that idea was canceled. due to financial reasons. Maybe if Bruton Smith would spend a few of his dollars he could help North Wilkesboro reopen.

Those two tracks are what most fans say they want to see back on the schedule but there are other tracks that would be great for a Sprint Cup race. Hickory Motor Speedway would bring back ALL old school, traditional NASCAR fans. It is called "The Worlds Most Famous Short Track". So why doesn't the worlds best stock car drivers race there? South Boston speedway in Virgina would be a great race to add. Sprint Cup has not raced at South Boston Speedway since 1971. Bowman Gray Stadium in North Carolina has held racing since 1949 and would bring back many old school fans. All of these tracks are located in the Southern United States. That's where NASCAR started and where the heart of the sport is.

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