NASCAR Is Looking To Move Brickyard 400 Date & Run The Road Course?

NASCAR is delaying their release of the 2018 schedule due to a hold up that apparently involves Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A conflict over the date and what layout to use is the root of the cause. Adam Stern from Sports Business Journal was the first with the news. If you don’t follow him on Twitter go ahead and do it because that guy get’s a lot of insider news before anyone else.

Stern had this to say about the schedule and the rumored changes:

Moving the race up a few weeks doesn’t entirely make sense. Kentucky Speedway hosts their race on July 8th this year while Indianapolis hosts theirs on July 23rd a mere two weeks later. Those dates are already almost too close together, in fact they are too close together. It forces both the Cincinnati, Louisville and Columbus markets to pick between the two because they are so close together.

If Indianapolis is going to move up a few weeks it’s either taking Kentucky’s spot after the summer Daytona race or it has to be moved to June which would put it in the Fox portion of the schedule and ensure they have 3 of the 4 “Crown Jewel” races. Not so fast though, there could be a major change coming to the that track.

NASCAR has been exploring the idea of running the road course. The oval race at IMS has never been fantastic, the track wasn’t designed for stock cars. For the past 24 years the mystique and history of the track has over shadowed the product on the track. The past few years have seen the attendance at the speedway dwindle to a mere rumored 50k while the Indy 500 is drawing in over 300k again this season. So why not change things up and run the road course at IMS?

That will breathe new life into the race date and event. Another road course on the NASCAR schedule is never a bad thing but is the IMS road course good for NASCAR? No not really. It’s a pretty slow course for stock cars, the biggest issue is going to be will they run what is turn one on the oval or will the run the Indycar grand prix layout through there? If they run the Indycar layout the race will be atrocious, it kills a great passing zone into turn one of the road course.

Switching to the road course takes away it’s status of a crown jewel and sets NASCAR up for a “Triple Crown” which honestly would be a great marketing ploy for NASCAR. Win the Daytona 500, Coke 600 and Southern 500 in a year and you’ve won the Triple Crown. It would also give Fox a road course date. It seems like this is going to happen and we should welcome any sort of change in the monotonous NASCAR schedule.

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