What do you believe could be the most impactful shift in the 20 20 NASCAR Cup Series schedule?
Jim Utter: While you can find many date modifications, I believe that the biggest, long-term & most demanding shift is the very first steps have already been taken to shorten the entire season. Despite having two weeks off in the summer for its Cup series, the season will end on Nov. 8 second year. And without changing dates, removing the two week summer break (which is for NBC’s coverage of the Olympics) in 2021, could find the season to end at the close of October year. Should you squint both Daytona Speedweeks and the May races in Charlotte both to one week every day, you can easily bring the schedule to close in mid-October. Which appears to be the largest goal for everyone involved.
There are now only four 1.5 milers from the postseason with Bristol and Darlington joining the play offs. The move out of Homestead to Phoenix is a head scratcher to me as that race seem to fit perfectly as the title-decider and that I uncertainty Phoenix could endure to what Homestead has produced. I only hope this is a sign of the willingness to make real shift once the agreement with the paths are up so we could possibly find some intriguing new circuits over the schedule — notably more road classes.
Tim Southers: I presume there are two consequences that should be noted and recalled are, that the shortening of this schedulel by fourteen days and the first double header weekend to be held in Pocono Raceway. I presume whether the double header works for the track there could be a handful of other paths to potentially look at trying that. My first idea is Charlotte Motor Speedway with the all star race and the coca cola 600.
Brad Keselowski dominated the race in Martinsville on Sunday to combine Kyle Busch since the only real other multi-race winner in 2013.
If people perform, I believe it will soon be Logano. But with the opportunity now for teams to make alterations for their intermediate cars following West Coast swing and some brief track races beforehand, I hope to see a number more varied winners in the forthcoming weeks.
Nick: Joey Logano gets the better shot, but that I suspect somebody else can grow up and take a couple of checkered flags before either of them.
Tim: if you ask me Joey Logano seems the most prone to get yourself a second triumph this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. He’s been fast all year plus he has a fantastic history of running well at Texas therefore that I presume he is the next to win just two Cup Series races this season between he and Denny Hamlin.
The race in Martinsville Speedway was commissioned by Martinsville standards. What do you believe led to that on Sunday?
Jim: Sunday’s race appeared strikingly similar to this one per year ago in the spring that has been an absolute dud. The explanation for that race was that it was conducted Monday due to a snowstorm and the week after was an off-week and everybody”merely wanted to get home.” There was no such excuse for Sunday – that the weather has been perfect and there is yet another race on the schedule this week. I actually don’t believe a big change in down force (that isn’t any different than the thing that was conducted in 2014), unexpectedly changed the race. Perhaps it’s because there isn’t near as much on the line on the spring up as the fall race, which drops from the semi final round of the match. In other words, it may still have been in the drivers’ hands.
Nick: As Jim said, last spring’s Martinsville race has been similar, therefore I would just chalk this up to some races just aren’t memorable. I’m convinced the second Martinsville race in the play offs will be yet another thriller, therefore that I wouldn’t sweat it. Maybe not much the drivers could perform if somebody is dominant as Brad Keselowski has been.
I agree with Jim, in the spring there is still lots of rushing to do in 2013 and drivers aren’t as likely to accept risks. Now the fall race having a play off berth to progress on the line, I believe people ’ll see more aggressive racing.
Cole Custer won Auto Club Speedway in the most recent Xfinity Series race and won in Texas past November. Can he make it 2 in a row this weekend? Otherwise, that can you imagine his strongest challenger will be from the Xfinity Series race?
Jim: I’m uncertain Custer is ready to be considered a weekly challenger to Christopher Bell for wins in the Xfinity Series, but he took a major step in this direction with his execution in California. He has been a frequent performance but up to know not consistent in being able position to win. With an track this week which he has won, I wouldn’t be astonished with yet another victory and yet another move toward being a powerful challenger for its Xfinity championship in 2013.
Nick: It would be foolish to discount Christopher Bell, however of course, Kyle Busch is there too. If anyone else wants to acquire, they will need to experience that No. 18 first.
Tim: I presume he showed his team’s strength at California and Custer needs to have tons of confidence entering the race in Texas that weekend. I presume if he wins this weekend, then ’ll have the wins and optimism to be one of the chief challengers for the title along with Christopher Bell along with alternative for play off series from the fall.