By admin | May 22, 2013
By Richard Allen
With the longest race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule set for this weekend, this would seem to be a good time to discuss the length of races. While I consider myself very much a purist when it comes to many racing related topics, I have come to believe that many events on the schedule are too long.
In my opinion, there are only three races that should maintain a distance of 500 or 600 miles. The Daytona 500, the Southern 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 are the only races that should go such a distance. These three races are ‘crown jewels’ and should not be tampered with.
However, I am of the opinion that no other race should run 500 miles or laps. Rather, 400 miles or laps is plenty long enough for all other events. This includes races at Talladega, Bristol, Martinsville and all other “500s”.
Long race distances used to be essential for testing the durability of both man and machines. Now, the cars have become almost bullet proof and rarely drop out due to mechanical troubles. Further, driversÂ almost neverÂ need relief with the modern day comforts of cool suits and power steering available. Quite simply, the distance just isn’t needed as part of the equation.
Also, television and other forms of media are better suited for shorter distances and overall race lengths.
So, what are your thoughts? Are NASCAR Sprint Cup races too long or are they of the appropriate length?
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