Is it time to shorten Nascar Sprint Cup races?

Everyone is trying to find an answer to Nascar’s declining television ratings. Some point to a dull Chase format, some to boring races and some to bad television production of Nascar races.

One idea that I like has actually been suggested by Fox Sports Chairman David Hill. (Here’s the story) His idea? Shorten all Sprint Cup races to fit into a 3 hour window with another one hour set aside for pre-race and post-race combined.

California finally caught on that 500 miles was too long there and shortened their race to 400 miles.  It turned into a better race.

Do we really need 500 miles twice at Pocono? 500 laps at a Bristol?

I would keep Daytona obviously at 500 miles, the 600 at Charlotte but everything else would be negotiable.

A NFL football game runs approximately 3 hours, a college football game about the same.  NBA game?  A little over two hours.  NHL? Two-and-a-half hours.

America’s attention span keeps getting shorter and shorter and maybe it’s time to fit the product to the audience.

One idea I’m not in favor of that Hill suggested is that many of the races move to Saturday night to stay away from going up against the NFL.

To me that forgets the person who is paying their hard earned money to attend the race as opposed to someone sitting in their La-Z-Boy at home.

Would I really want fans driving hours to go back home after a race ended at 10:30 at night? No matter what, fans that buy tickets must come first in any decision. They have earned that right by giving up not only money but their time to attend a race in person.

As I’ve said before, Nascar and its television partners can market the hell out of the racing but it still comes down to the product every week on the race track. Come up with a great solution to that and all will be well.

Nascar it’s time to give Pocono Speedway an ultimatum!

Twice this year fate has been tempted at Pocono Speedway because of a lack of safety improvements.

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In June, Kasey Kahne almost went out of the track when turned at high speed.

 

 

 

sadleruse This past Sunday, Elliott Sadler went head first into a wall in front of a dirt embankment that tore the engine from his car. That same incident saw Kurt Busch hit an inside wall at high speed ripping an entire wheel assembly off the car. Those incidents show the horrendous safety shortcomings of Pocono.

 

I believe Nascar needs to take a stand and tell Pocono ALL safety concerns must be addressed and fixed to Nascar and most importantly driver standards before one more wheel will turn at the track in a Nascar machine but will they?

No more talking the talk of safety.  It is past time to walk the walk especially at Pocono.