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NASCAR sticking with Homestead for 2011 Sprint Cup finale

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09:02 AM ET 08.19 | Despite talk of moving next season's final race to Las Vegas, NASCAR has decided to stay with Homestead-Miami Speedway. Officials announced a number of changes to the 2011 schedule, including switching the race after the Daytona 500 to Phoenix and adding a second date to Kansas Speedway. "The adjustments and realignment of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule will make for an exciting race season next year," CEO Brian France said. "The revised schedule provides better situated dates for the tracks, a more challenging lineup for the drivers and ultimately more intrigue for the fans."

Miami Herald

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August 19, 2010  09:15 AM ET

Oh boy, they are going to provide more intrigue for the fans.

August 19, 2010  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Oh boy, they are going to provide more intrigue for the fans.

that's really putting some lipstick on the pig, isnt it? Sheesh

August 19, 2010  09:33 AM ET

I also like the comment about the revised schedule providing better situated dates for the tracks. They missed a very obvious change in my mind. Daytona, Phoenix, Las Vegas, BRISTOL, Fontana, Martinsville...................

rather than back and forth across the country from LV to Bristol, to Fontana to Martinsville, wouldnt it be better to leave LV to Fontana, to bristol to Martinsville?

August 19, 2010  09:34 AM ET

Disco Stu says-why is this even news??

August 19, 2010  10:30 AM ET

What is intriguing about having a race in Phoenix instead of Homestead? Now if you wanted to change the last race to Talladega or Darlington, that would be intriguing.

August 19, 2010  10:33 AM ET

So many things wrong... Kansas doesn't deserve two dates, but then again neither does Fontana. Kansas is a SLIGHT upgrade. Kentucky does deserve a Cup race, if only because they'll get the fan support, but I'm not sure it should have been at the expense of of one of Atlanta's races.

We still have to suffer through two races each at Michigan and Pocono. Iowa still doesn't have a race. We have to suffer through Chicago. Not to mention I think Homestead is a terrible track to have the finale at.

Also even worse is the fact we now have to suffer through TWO Nationwide races at Chicago.

August 19, 2010  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

So many things wrong... Kansas doesn't deserve two dates, but then again neither does Fontana. Kansas is a SLIGHT upgrade. Kentucky does deserve a Cup race, if only because they'll get the fan support, but I'm not sure it should have been at the expense of of one of Atlanta's races.We still have to suffer through two races each at Michigan and Pocono. Iowa still doesn't have a race. We have to suffer through Chicago. Not to mention I think Homestead is a terrible track to have the finale at.Also even worse is the fact we now have to suffer through TWO Nationwide races at Chicago.

i gotta agree, Michigan is Fontanas "sister track," and we all know the racing is boring as all heck at Fontana, what does that say about michigan? and for pocono, geepers, that track is so outdated and a caution lap around that track takes 20 minutes!! a 500 miler there lasts, what, 5 hours??
i agree with giving kentucky a date, they deserve it.

August 19, 2010  10:58 AM ET

As long as we have Brian France.......

August 19, 2010  11:13 AM ET

..........things will keep going down hill.

August 19, 2010  11:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

i gotta agree, Michigan is Fontanas "sister track," and we all know the racing is boring as all heck at Fontana, what does that say about michigan? and for pocono, geepers, that track is so outdated and a caution lap around that track takes 20 minutes!! a 500 miler there lasts, what, 5 hours??i agree with giving kentucky a date, they deserve it.

I think Michigan produces better racing than Fontana, and both tracks deserve at least one race. Fontana deserves one race because it's the only feasible oval for Cup in California. Michigan deserves one race because of its proximity to Detroit with the auto manufacturers.

Pocono should only have one race a year. It deserves one for two reasons. One is the fact that it is a challenging track for drivers and crew chiefs. Two is the fact that it does get great fan support. The one race should be shortened to 400 miles though, maybe even 300.

August 19, 2010  12:10 PM ET

Puttz's

August 19, 2010  12:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

What is intriguing about having a race in Phoenix instead of Homestead? Now if you wanted to change the last race to Talladega or Darlington, that would be intriguing.

they should have it at darlington.. it would be a perfect ending to a season imo

August 19, 2010  12:17 PM ET

So really M. France, in other words you are saying to the fans, basically.....things remain the same, for all practical purposes.

Pardon us all while we take a few minutes in attempts to contain our excitement.

August 19, 2010  12:25 PM ET

ORP deserves a second date before Chicago does. Since ORP doesn't have the seating capacity like Chicago, it won't get one. The problem with the finale the week before Thanksgiving is weather. Where else could you hold the finale where the fans won't be wearing winter coats. When you factor that in, the there's a handful of tracks that would be worthy places to race.

August 19, 2010  12:42 PM ET

OMG they put some NEW stuff on here for us,,ohhhhh my old heart can't handel this...LMAO

August 19, 2010  12:54 PM ET

Maybe the weather/temperature change will change the racing at Chicago so that the lead car can't take off and leave the field all the time.

And they took a track from the Chase where JJ has the highest avg. finish and replaced with it a different one where he isn't the best and still hasn't even won. People should be happy about that.

August 19, 2010  01:25 PM ET

Kansas is boring so why add another date? Homestead is equally crappy as well! France is an idiot making these bonehead calls. Final race of the season needs to be somewhere exciting. Dega, Bristol, Martinsville...even Atlanta would work.

August 19, 2010  03:17 PM ET
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HOG WASH?

There's a place up the road a piece called the Hog Wash. its a Harley Davidson "detailing" shop.

August 19, 2010  03:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

ORP deserves a second date before Chicago does. Since ORP doesn't have the seating capacity like Chicago, it won't get one. The problem with the finale the week before Thanksgiving is weather. Where else could you hold the finale where the fans won't be wearing winter coats. When you factor that in, the there's a handful of tracks that would be worthy places to race.

seating CAPACITY is meaningless, unless you sell them all. I don't recall seeing any empty seats at IRP. They STILL deserve another more than Chicago.

Agree on the weather issue, as the schedule stands, but we've all been harping to shorten the schedule = weather problem solved.

 
August 19, 2010  03:24 PM ET

RZ: I agree that ORP deserves a second Nationwide Series race before Chicago. Let's not forget that Rockingham is now open for business again as well.

Grizzly: I seem to doubt that. Chicago produces great IndyCar races, but NASCAR there has just been follow the leader. I wonder if the new Nationwide date teams them up with IndyCar though?

Amsterdam: I agree, but with weather Atlanta and Martinsville are out of the question. I don't like 'Dega as the finale. Bristol would have been great prior to the destroying of it, and due to its location weather plays a part.

As for the finale, perhaps reducing the schedule to 30 races with two exhibition races would allow the finale to be run at Martinsville, or Atlanta, or Darlington. As of right now the only feasible places are Homestead, Las Vegas, Texas, Phoenix, and heaven forbid Fontana.

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