04:00 PM ET 11.21 |
Are you as tired as me of seeing too many NASCAR races that look the same ... after all to the casual viewer what's the difference between Michigan and California tracks ... and don't Atlanta, Charlotte, Texas, and Las Vegas all look alike ... and what's with 2 races at Pocono only 7 weeks apart and why does New Hampshire have 2 dates and Darlington only 1. Well, I have a proposed solution that could peak interest again. If I scheduled NASCAR I'd lose the 2nd dates at Atlanta, New Hampshire and either Michigan or California, and replace them with road courses at Mexico City and Montreal and then I'd give Darlington its 2nd date back and finish the season there. Here's my proposed schedule with my changes highlighted.
2008 SkedMy ProposalNotes
Daytona 500Daytona 500Traditional startCaliforniaLas VegasFrom Daytona to Vegas, lots of promotion and mediaLas VegasCaliforniaTwo well promoted races ahead may help sell thisAtlantaBristolThis makes 3 of 4 races big promotion racesBristolAtlantaMoving Atlanta back diversifies the schedule a bitOffMartinsvilleNo need for an off week, schedule gets moved aheadMartinsvilleTexasStart 2nd westward tripTexasMexico CityAdd road course & run with Busch/NationwidePhoenixPhoenixNo changeOffOffNo changeTalladegaTalladegaNo changeRichmondRichmondNo changeDarlingtonDarlingtonNo changeAll-StarAll-StarNo changeCharlotteCharlotteNo changeDoverDoverNo changePoconoPoconoNo changeMichiganMichiganNo changeInfineonInfineonNo changeNew HampshireOffMake 2nd off week here at halfway point (almost) move NH downDaytona Daytona No changeChicagolandChicagolandNo changeOffNew HampshireMoved from end of JuneIndianapolisIndianapolisNo changePoconoMontrealAre 2 Pocono's necessary? No, but Montreal is!Watkins GlenWatkins GlenNo change, and 2 road courses in a row could effect standingsMichiganOffLose either Michigan or California for final break of seasonBristolKentuckySettle lawsuit, lose New Hampshire 2nd race, move Bristol into chaseCaliforniaCaliforniaNo change unless Michigan stays, then this gets droppedRichmondRichmondNo change BristolStart chase at Bristol on a Saturday night. No NFL conflict eitherNew Hampshire New Hampshire isn't worthy of a 2nd date or chase raceDoverDoverNo changeKansasKansasNo changeTalladegaTalladegaNo changeCharlotteCharlotteNo changeMartinsvilleMartinsvilleNo changeAtlantaTexasLose Atlanta, which doesn't sell out anyway, and move schedule upTexasPhoenixUp one weekPhoenixHomesteadUp one weekHomesteadDarlingtonFinal race is Darlington, replacing Atlanta, and is run under the lightsCHASE RACES Saturday night!