NASCAR should expand road course race into Chase schedule

Adding an additional race at a track like Mid-Ohio (above) or a handful of other road courses seems like a natural move. Image courtesy of @Mid-Ohio.
Adding an additional race at a track like Mid-Ohio (above) or a handful of other road courses seems like a natural move. Image courtesy of @Mid-Ohio.

Adding an additional race at a track like Mid-Ohio (above) or a handful of other road courses seems like a natural move. Image courtesy of @Mid-Ohio.

Right turns are cool too, y’all.

After another exciting road course race at Watkins Glen on Sunday, NASCAR fans deserve to have more variation on the schedule. Just two road course events are currently held per season with one race at Sonoma and The Glen.

Don’t just take it from me, the August Century Poll recently asked the question to 50 workers in the NASCAR garage and 50 media members. According to the poll, 23 people want to see Watkins Glen moved into the 10-race Chase.

The Circuit of the Americas road course in Austin, Texas garnered the second-most votes. Sonoma Raceway (12 votes), Road America (11) and Laguna Seca (10) were all considered while nine voters said there should be no road course Chase race.

Nine voters. Out of 100. That means over nine-tenths of the voters closest to the sport want to see a road course in the Chase. Of those, 56 want to see it as an additional race outside of Watkins Glen and Sonoma.

Why? Well, because it just makes sense.

Watkins Glen and Sonoma give the schedule flare, but NASCAR drivers need more challenges. Not that the two already on the schedule don’t offer that, but having a rotation of tracks like Road America and Laguna Seca would keep things entertaining. After all, isn’t the entire point of the updated rules package to make races more onerous for drivers?

Much like my thoughts on dirt-course racing being added to the schedule, I feel that road courses should be added. Repeating certain intermediate tracks has been burdening NASCAR for years and an additional road course could help ease some of that pain.

Short tracks, superspeedways and intermediate tracks are already on the Chase slate. Adding a road course just seems like the natural next move. Move Watkins Glen to the Chase to add suspense and a rotation of tracks like Mid-Ohio—where the Trucks will be this weekend—and Road America to keep things enticing. It’s really that simple.

 

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