RaceDayCT Daily Poll: Your Thoughts On Road Course Increase In NASCAR Cup Series?

A week after running the Daytona 500 the NASCAR Cup Series returns to action today running on the road course at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR made a significant jump in the number of road course events on the Cup Series schedule in 2021. Sunday’s event at Daytona marks the first of seven road course events on the Cup Series schedule in 2021. What do you think of the change? Vote below.

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Your Thoughts On Road Course Increase In Cup Series?
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  1. Lovin’ it!

    I really think the super speedways have lost their Mojo. A pack of cars where very little “racing” happens, and most viewers watching for the “big one”, or two. After a good percebtage, or even most of the field has been destroyed, someone who should have bought a powerball ticket that day wins.

    On the other hand, shorter tracks and road courses have far fewer big ones, visible race craft, lots of racing for position all through the field, and cars can continue and even stay competitive with damage. To me, it’s very exciting to watch a trailing car work on another competitor until just the right moment, and the passed car attempts to take the position back and the battle continues. It doesn’t even have to be for the lead. I don’t care if they’re going slower.

    Most of the world calls “stock cars” touring cars, which are usually run on road courses. DTM in Germany, and the Aussie Supercar series put on fantastically exciting racing year after year. The standing starts are a blast, too.

    I think a lot of casual American TV observers who follow only the Cup prefer the big one over actual racing, but TV can do a lot to make road courses extremely exciting.

  2. I prefer to call what used to be known as super speedway racing, restrictor plate racing. It makes no sense and then makes perfect sense. The speeds cars were and can achieve are too high. If cars could run these super speedways unrestricted, with all the horsepower they can make, cars will become airborne and that is not a good thing. So plate racing has become an exercise in survival, do what needs to be done to be running on the last lap.

    So since these races at these tracks have become a last lap, one lap affair, have the big super speedways become a dinosaur?

    Like bullrings are equalizers to modifieds, road courses are equalizers to Cup cars.

  3. Two top tens for Preece. Championship next!!

  4. We already have IMSA and SCCA. Is that where NASCAR wants to go? It’s not easy to watch road racing in person; if you’re lucky you might see 1/3 – 1/2 of the track at any given time. Maybe it works for the rovals? If I’m paying to get in, I want to see the entire race, not just part of it. How about more short tracks instead?

  5. I like the Nascar schedule this year. It is different then years past. There are a few events I am actually looking forward to. The ratings havent been trending in the right direction the past several years. I think it was time for a shake up. More short tracks and road course and less 1.5 mile ovals the better.

  6. Road Course ????? i didn’t think these guys knew how to turn to the right…

  7. “It’s not easy to watch road racing in person; if you’re lucky you might see 1/3 – 1/2 of the track at any given time.”

    As a long time road course attendee, I agree with this if you don’t move around. Many road racing regular attendees move around during the event to watch different parts of the track at different times. Short tracks or the premium priced seats at large tracks definitely provide a better experience to the fan that likes to sit in one spot for the entire event.

    It’s worth mentioning that road racing bodies now provide free live broadcasts of televised events, timing, scoring, and replays available to tablets and phones, as well as portable big screens as also used by F1 and Indycar. The cars themselves also carry electronic position number boards visible to fans. Years ago, they were a set of three LED dots that the 1-2-3 running cars displayed, which has now evolved to live numbering the entire field.

    I’d love to see NASCAR adopt the number boards and provide free video and replays to fans in attendance at road courses. Since NASCAR owns IMSA, it’s not a stretch to think it’s possible.

    On the other hand, I’d wager TV brings in a lot more money than the gate for a national series, and road course racing is extremely watchable at home, especially with many live in-car cameras.

  8. The option I would’ve picked isn’t an option. I like road racing but seven races on the schedule for nascar is too many for nascar in my opinion. A couple or a few less and moving those dates to short tracks is what I personally would want. They need seven short track dates, not including any dirt. Only intermediate I’d want that doesn’t currently exist on the schedule is Rockingham and only super speedways should have multiple dates.

  9. https://www.sportsmediawatch.com/2020/11/nascar-ratings-2020-record-low-finale-season-down-slightly/

    TV ratings are everything now. The numbers are skewed by mid week races but ratings for Martinsville, Richmond and Bristol don’t look like fans think shorter tracks are more interesting. Maybe Dover is in that group as well.
    NASCAR isn’t as dumb as many believe. They may be onto something with road racing. Perhaps dirt as well we’ll see how that goes.
    . I’ve been to Pocono and Daytona and it’s impressive but you can’t really see much other then what goes by you.

  10. Barry, even moving around doesn’t get you a full view, only segments. When you’re on the hill at Lime Rock you have about a 1/2 track view with the start/finish and Big Bend, but don’t see the pass that happened in West Bend before the downhill. The best place to watch a road race is on TV, for sure.

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