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King of NASCAR for a Day

With all the talk about making changes to the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup it brought up the thought about what I would do if I was the King of NASCAR for a Day.

The first thing I would do is get rid of a bunch of 500 mile races on 1.5 mile speedways. Racing on 1.5 mile speedways is probably the least exciting of NASCAR racing. We do not really need 100 more miles of racing on these tracks.

Nationwide and Truck series races are more exciting on these speedway than Sprint Cup Series races. The main reason is these races are typically about 300 miles. There is no time to ride around and work on the car or truck.

I proclaim both races at Texas, Charlotte and Atlanta in the fall to be 400 mile races. I will keep the Coca-Cola 600, Southern 500 and the wide open racing at Talladega. One must respect the iconic historic racing of those races.

The next proclamation would be to have a couple more short track races in the season. Short track racing is more often than not shorter in length and more exciting than racing at those larger tracks. These races keep the young people who grew up on the internet and have a short attention span engaged. They are the key to attracting and keeping young race fans.

We need to have a Sprint Cup race at Iowa Speedway. Going back to the historic Milwaukee Mile would also be good. Look at the racing at Phoenix. Like all good leaders I will let my minions figure out which tracks would lose race dates to fit these in.

NASCAR needs to make the All Star Race even more special. What better place to have an All Star Race than at an All Star Track. One that is rich with history. One that is tough and fitting of a driver that has attained All Star status.

I proclaim that NASCAR will hold an All Star Rock and Roll weekend at “The Rock”. What a better way to showcase All Stars in all three series than to have a knock down drag out race at Rockingham Speedway. It fits in with tradition is close to where the drivers and teams live and more importantly is a short track. The racing has always been good at “The Rock”

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for

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4 thoughts on “King of NASCAR for a Day”

  1. Good ideas! Definitely shorten the races. How about introducing some heat races and a “B” feature into some instead of a 500 “sleeper”?

  2. Excellent idea about Rockingham. Also excellent idea about Milwaukee. But “Back”? If Cup has raced there before, it must before my days, and I go back quite a ways.

    1. Caught me. I really meant NASCAR back to the Milwaukee Mile since the Nationwide and Trucks used to run there years back.

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