I'm 2016 we witnessed multiple times of boring events at certain tracks during the season. I'm not calling the sport I love boring, but I think it's a good idea to ponder which tracks we could use one of or do without completely. Let's start with New Hampshire. Flat as flat can get, but I do find it relevant to the schedule just not twice. It would be better if instead it were in the third round of the chase instead of the first. I believe it would make the track more exciting and meaningful.
One track I do admire is Michigan. Like Auto Club, it produces fast and exciting races. However, Auto Club having only one event makes that track special as opposed to Michigan being kind of a lack luster for a second time thrill. The new aero package shows very little affect on the big Speedways and is more of conundrum on restarts. I would give Michigan one race only.
When looking at the schedule on which track that could be taken out, I think most fans would agree Indianapolis would be the one. I myself still like the track however it's doesn't produce the same momentum is did years ago when NASCAR first started racing there in 1994. Back then it was a whole different era with limited options of TV viewing and travel not as expensive, people had more of reason to get out and enjoy live events. Given it only has one race on the schedule, it's kinda lost its special tradition. Things are just different.
Last venue I could see having one race would be the fall race in its spot now in the chase is Phoenix. Phoenix is a track configuration of its own that offers an exciting show, but lacks the second race excitement effect of its own uniqueness. It has had rich tradition over the years and deserves a date.
You can say that everyone would have their own opinion of what track they would want to see more or less of, but it's all up to the sanctioning body on that. Most tracks mile and a half could use one along with 2+ mile tracks. Ones that are a hot topic that are wanted more of is road courses. Those have been in the discussion of possibly being used more along with one being in the chase. For now, we have to make the best of it for the remaining 4 contract years the sport has with the race tracks. As a fan with the fan base we need to start announcing our opinions on a much needed schedule change now to convince NASCAR it's what the sport needs and what we want.
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