What happens in Vegas... can happen twice. Being it's 21st year in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Las Vegas Motor Speedway is one of the best mile and a half tracks on the schedule and is now getting a second date in September 2018 during the playoffs. It has been debated over much of the 2016 season which tracks do or do not deserve a second helping and which could only use one. The one losing out next year is New Hampshire. New Hampshire has the some of the best fans, but the track itself just doesn't share the same spunk. Being a huge flat Martinsville it doesn't over much excitement as Vegas does. I have said for along time that New Hampshire is a track that needs only one race due to fan reaction and dull racing. Most complain why tracks do not succeed much as other are because of high travel costs especially with hotels. Vegas is the right spot with decent pricing all year around depending on events, but you still get a good deal because it's a tourism city and hotels can compete with lower pricing and unlike rural area race tracks those towns will suck the profit dry. Some might say that it's another boring Mile and a half. To a certain extent I agree, but the schedule needs new life in certain areas. Being in the playoffs now, fans can visit the city to do other things before the race being that of other shows and events which gives that race more value to the race weekend. When it's all said and done the reason we have scheduling changes and why we lose one date for the other is because NASCAR is the sanctioning body that does what it does for the best value in the entertainment factor the fan. It's not a set in franchise like the MLB and the NFL where they have designated arenas. The tracks just happen to lose out which they have no control over.
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