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The Checkered Flag writes:
"What is your ideal NASCAR schedule?"
Posted by Mile501 on July 28, 2010
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With all the talk about next year's schedule, I thought it would be fun to put this together. Below you will find my ideal schedule for the 2011 season. Now, let me make a critical point before going any farther. I realize that next year's actual schedule, once it comes out, won't look anything like this. This isn't a prediction. Basically, it's an "if I were in charge of NASCAR, what would I do?" type of thing, just for fun.

With that said, here is my ideal schedule for Sprint Cup in 2011:

(02/12 Bud Shootout for pole winners)
1. Sun 02/20 Daytona (500 miles)
2. Sun 02/27 Texas (500 miles)
3. Sun 03/06 Las Vegas (400 miles)
4. Sun 03/13 Talladega (400 miles)
5. Sat 03/19 Darlington (400 miles)
6. Sun 03/27 Bristol (500 laps)
7. Sun 04/03 Martinsville (400 laps)
8. Sun 04/10 Atlanta (500 miles)
9. Sun 04/17 North Wilkesboro (400 laps)
(04/24 - off week - Easter)
10. Sat 04/30 Richmond (400 laps)
11. Sun 05/08 Road America (75 laps)
12. Sun 05/15 Dover (400 laps/miles)
(05/21 All-Star Race for race winners)
13. Sun 05/29 Charlotte (600 miles)
14. Sun 06/05 Chicago (400 miles)
15. Sun 06/12 Watkins Glen (100 laps)
16. Sun 06/19 Pocono (400 miles)
(06/26 - off week)
17. Sat 07/02 Daytona (400 miles)
18. Sun 07/10 New Hampshire (300 laps)
19. Sun 07/17 Iowa (400 laps)
20. Sun 07/24 Michigan (400 miles)
--. Fri 07/29 IRP (300 laps) *
21. Sun 07/31 Indianapolis (400 miles)
22. Sat 08/06 Gateway (300 miles/240 laps)
23. Sat 08/13 Charlotte (400 miles)
24. Sat 08/20 Richmond (400 laps)
(08/28 - off week)

The Chase:
25. Sun 09/04 Darlington (500 miles)
26. Sat 09/10 Bristol (500 laps)
27. Sun 09/18 Martinsville (400 laps)
28. Sun 09/25 Rockingham (400 miles)
29. Sun 10/02 Sonoma (110 laps)
30. Sun 10/09 Phoenix (312 laps)
31. Sun 10/16 Homestead (400 miles)
32. Sun 10/23 Atlanta (500 miles)

* IRP would be a unique non-points event. The finishing order in this race would determine the starting lineup for the Brickyard 400.

This would take the Cup series to 27 tracks, several more than they visit currently. It also shortens the season a bit and ends it in late October instead of mid to late November. A few races are shortened from their current lengths, but many remain the same. Fontana and Kansas have been dropped. Fontana is by far my least-favorite track, and I needed to drop one more to make the schedule work, so I picked Kansas. I'm not a big fan of any track that uses a casino to try to get a second race date. Several former Cup tracks and current Nationwide/truck tracks have also been added for more variety.

So, if you were in charge of NASCAR, what would you do? I'd love to hear what you think of my ideas! Even more, if you would like to post your own ideal schedule (even if it isn't this detailed and only includes a list of tracks), I would love to see it!


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