Days before taking the track on only one of two restrictor plate races at Talladega, Kevin Harvick referenced wanting to see variety at the Sprint Cup level. In other words, he wants to see what nearly every NASCAR fan wants.
With just six short track and two road course races currently on the schedule, Harvick pointed out that he’d like to see NASCAR add one of each in the future. He also wants to see a wild card race on the schedule each year to give other tracks a chance to host a NASCAR race at the highest level.
“The most stagnant thing in our sport is our schedule and our venues that we go to,” Harvick told reporters in Talladega. “You can beat a dead horse as much as you want, but it doesn’t come back to life … Our schedule is definitely weak link.”
Some of the short tracks mentioned by Harvick were the Milwaukee Mile and Iowa, which have never hosted a Sprint Cup event. Among the road courses Harvick mentioned, Laguna Seca is a track that’s also never hosted a NASCAR event in its nearly 60-year history.
The epic presser was followed by a mic drop moment by the Stewart-Haas Racing driver.
Harvick exits stage right, grins at me and says “chew on that for awhile.” #PuppetMaster
— Jenna Fryer (@JennaFryer) May 1, 2015
Harvick also called out the sport earlier in the season at Auto Club Speedway. It was a similar argument with Harvick simply wanting to see diversity on the schedule.
“I think some markets are just one-race markets,” Harvick said at Auto Club Speedway. “I would say 90 percent of them are one-race markets, but a lot of them still have two races.
“And you just see those mediocre crowds. I think when people know that you’re only coming one time a year, you have to go to that one particular race.”
Apparently dominating at the current Sprint Cup tracks isn’t enough for Harvick. He must own every course, and he’ll stop at nothing to do so.
When the best driver currently in the sport wants to see changes, NASCAR might actually listen. Will anything change? We’ll see. But having Harvick speak out won’t hurt if the sport wants to continue to see growth.
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