Monday, April 26, 2010

Should Cup races be run on Saturday?

These past two weekends, race fans have been treated to a Cup-Nationwide doubleheader. While it was due to weather delays, doing this is on a more weekly basis could be very beneficial to everyone involved. No one likes a Sunday race getting postponed to Monday and NASCAR has contemplated in the past having more two day race weekends. Having said that, here is my proposal – move the Cup races to Saturday. By doing this, you will have one less day at the track, which means money and time saved by the race teams. And more importantly to the fans, if the race gets rained out on Saturday, then it can be postponed to Sunday, not Monday.

Having more doubleheaders could possibly promote more fans in the stands as well. All tracks in NASCAR have been struggling to sell out as of late and track owners could take advantage of two races in one day. Both races at Talladega and Texas accepted tickets from either event in their rain delayed races. From my point of view, this was an attempt to fill the stands up. If more races were run like this, great things would come for the sport.

Let me mention one other thing regarding Saturday races. Earlier I stated how this could benefit everyone in the sport. However, it might be too much for drivers trying to run double duty every week. Eight hundred miles a day every week would no doubt be mentally draining. This more than likely would eliminate the problem of guys like Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch dominating Nationwide every weekend.

Before I sign out, I am really shocked that not much has been made about the record number of lead changes yesterday (88). This is a record that stood for 26 years and was not only broken, but was shattered. Lead changes are one of the most important elements to an exciting race, and this feat should be recognized by the fans and media.

3 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good way to get the Cup guys out of the Nationwide Series. Doubt it will ever happen. Nascar would lose money at the gate if you had both races in one day. And since money rules the sport, nothing will change.

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  2. I agree with both points, it would give another team a chance to reach the checkered flag but NASCAR would lose money; and at te end of the day is their biggest concern. Maybe scheduling a few doubleheaders to see how it plays out would be more beneficial...Hey Putty, what do you think?

    ACW

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  3. I love watching my races on Sunday, but there is nothing I hate more than the race being postponed till Monday. It doesn't appear NASCAR is going to do rain tires anytime soon, so I think having them race on Saturday with Sunday being the rain day would not hurt ratings as much.

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