Tuesday, May 25, 2010

NASCAR, for the love of God, please don't shorten the races

Forgive me in advance, but this is going to sound like a rant, which it probably is.

Believe it or not, NASCAR is better than any other sport when it comes to listening to the fans. Unfortunately, this is a major problem. As the cliché goes, if it aint broke, don’t fix it. Well NASCAR isn’t broke but they started addressing some concerns from the fans. Some of the changes have been great. We have the spoiler back, double file restarts, consistent start times, and green white checkered finishes (some hate this, but we the fans asked for it). This is all good, but it appears to be causing more problems, not solving them. I am digressing a little bit, but the fact that NASCAR has been listening worries me that they will make another change – shorter races. While it makes good sense economically and I wouldn’t mind an abbreviated race at Fontana (I’d rather it off the schedule), shorter races will be the death of NASCAR. I may be in the minority here, but shortening the races in an attempt to make them more exciting is a no win situation.

First of all, it will piss off even more longtime fans who enjoy the current length of races. We don’t need to lose any more veteran fans. Secondly, I guarantee racing will not be any better if it is only 300 laps. The All Star Challenge this past weekend was the perfect example. A 100 lap race, no points on the line. However, we still saw drivers biding their time, waiting to the end. That doesn’t bother me one bit, it’s a part of racing. As a matter of fact, thats an aspect of racing that I enjoy. If you don’t buy that example, look at the Nationwide series. If you find that more exciting, why not make that the series you watch? After all, it has most of the Cup drivers in there. Here is another thing. If you have a problem with the length of a race, there are many simple solutions. During the parts you find "boring", do some laundry, watch NFL, exercise, etc. For people that enjoy the length of the races, what are we to do if they are shortened? That’s an hour or two less in my week that I am watching NASCAR. It is also an hour or two more in the week I spend getting excited about the next race. NASCAR, I beg you, please don’t shorten the races.

Out of curiosity, how many of you that are in favor of shorter races enjoy watching qualifying and practice?


  1. I think the big issue is the boringness of the races not the length. Some people relate boring to too long. I would like to see some races shortened, but that is not the problem Nascar is facing. Until Nascar decides to concentrate on putting a car on th track that provides good racing, discourages the practice of points racing, i.e. get rid of the Chase, it doesn't matter how long the races are, the parades each Sunday are still going to continue.

  2. I know that the wife and I would be upset if they shortened the race at Vegas, the only one we can get to reasonably from where we are. Be darned if I'll pay money for flight/hotel/food and watch a 250 mi race. Agree with post before me, length isn't problem, just the fact that races are getting bored. This in a big part due to fact that NASCAR has over regulated the cars, let them make a few more adjustments/modifications to cars like they used to.

  3. You can count on me being ticked off if they shorten the length of any race. The change that should be made is any 1.5 and 2 mile race track should only have 1 date except Charlotte. Have a few more short tracks added. Everything is boring if it looks the same after a while.

  4. I think every race should be either 250miles or 375 miles. Of course, that would mean that they would all be run on 1/2 or 3/4 mile tracks.

    OK, you can leave Daytona and Talladega in there @ 500 miles.

  5. I agree, its not that the races are to long, its that the action is not long enough!!!!!

    Its been high time for Nascar to start giving 'incentive to lead laps", especially in the early and mid portains of a race! The way it is now is you are basically sitting for 3 hours just to watch the last 30 minutes!

    Paying points or money to lead laps would surely be of help! The distance of a race does not matter!! I have seen better 600 Charlotte races than New Hampshire 300s!!!!!!!

  6. Why not have a halftime. Most sports do. Let them work on the cars. This will make the cars that are off more competitive and better racing.
    It gives the drivers a break and the fans a break.