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BRUTON FROM THE HIP: MOTORSPORTS CHAIR IDEAS FOR NASCAR
Published January 13, 1999
Speedway Motorsports Chair Bruton Smith "is pressing" NASCAR to split its Winston Cup schedule into two divisions, allowing for more races to accommodate new tracks, according to Larry Woody of the Nashville TENNESSEAN. Smith said that he has been talking with NASCAR President Bill France about the idea for "three or four years," but "so far, nothing has happened." Smith: "Sponsors like to see their car win or run in the top five. Increasing the races would increase their chances." The Winston Cup series currently has 34 races per season (TENNESSEAN, 1/13). Smith said that one league could race in the East, one in the West, and both televised as a Sunday doubleheader (DETROIT NEWS, 1/13). NASCAR'S CRYSTAL BALL: Speaking at NASCAR's Media Tour in Charlotte, Speedway Motorsports President Humpy Wheeler said he "believes" NASCAR racing in the year 2020 will include drivers earning up to $50M a year, HDTV putting "fans in the driver's seats" and satellite TV producers able to "bankroll" ten int'l races (PHILA. DAILY NEWS, 1/13).