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Stewart Wants NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide Races On The Dirt At Eldora
Published July 24, 2014
THINGS STAYING THE SAME: In Charlotte, Jim Utter notes NASCAR Chair & CEO Brian France “confirmed on Monday what has become apparent in recent weeks -- next season’s Sprint Cup Series schedule will not look all that different from this year’s.” The bulk of the schedule -- outside an "occasional date swap between tracks -- has remained the same for nearly a decade.” The addition of Kentucky Speedway in ‘11 “was the most recent significant change to the schedule.” With two organizations -- ISC and SMI -- together owning roughly 90% of the 36 Sprint Cup points races, there “is little room to maneuver when trying to make changes.” Fox and NBC beginning next season “will basically split the Cup and Nationwide series seasons.” Each network, “obviously, wants to maintain the significant race events they already enjoy under the current schedule” (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER 7/24).
TRIMMING THE BOTTOM LINE? Driver Greg Biffle said he believes the newly formed Race Team Alliance will "help our sport, long-term." He said, "You've got NASCAR making rules and rule changes and trying to make the sport more competitive, more entertaining, (with) more passing and more exciting racing on the race track." Biffle viewed "cost savings to race teams as perhaps the most important area for RTA." Biffle: "That's, ultimately, what we need to do is reduce costs for these teams, so we can make sure everyone can participate in it, and not get too much of the big two or three or four teams that nobody else will be able to compete against" (FREEP.com, 7/23).