Apr 27, 2013; Richmond, VA, USA; Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart (14) wrecks with Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) during the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Does Richmond Prove NASCAR Needs More Short Tracks?

Richmond may have been my favorite race so far this season. It was great racing and lot’s of good action through out the night. Some of that action was after the races and in fact, one happened in the middle of the night in the motor home lot!

NASCAR is seeing a decline in terms of fans, attendance, and TV ratings. They seem to show that they believe they know what the issue is, but I have my personal doubts.

The racing, especially on the mile and half tracks, has been boring. Let’s be honest. The racing at the short tracks has been…awesome! The one exception of course is Fontana. The three short tracks thus far have had great racing and good action on the track (safe action too). They’ve also brought about some great headlines for our sport.

The reaction of the fans online show that the short tracks have definitely made an impact in 2013 too. All kinds of heated interaction between one driver’s fans and another. Tweets about how exciting the races have been at the three short tracks have been countless.

So all of this leads me to the question: Does Richmond (and really the first two short tracks) prove that NASCAR needs to add more short tracks to the schedule?

Personally, it wouldn’t break my heart to see some of the mile-and-a-half tracks lose some races on the circuit this season.

Tags: NASCAR Nationwide Series Richmond International Raceway Sprint Cup Series

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