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More Saturday-Sunday shows?
« on: July 06, 2017, 01:29:42 PM »
More Saturday-Sunday shows? (from Jayski)

NASCAR will have some two-day shows for Sunday races coming up where NASCAR Cup cars are on the track for only Saturday and Sunday. At Indianapolis, that means qualifying in the early evening Saturday after the Xfinity Series race. At Pocono, Watkins Glen and Martinsville, that means qualifying the same day as the race.

It will be interesting to see if fans will like the new format. Watkins Glen is on pace to sell as many tickets as it did in its successful weekend last year, so that might not be the best measure. Pocono and Martinsville could be more of the barometers if it works.

Teams could like it, although a NASCAR Cup garage that is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday at Indianapolis -- that race won't be an impound race while the others will be -- probably isn't going to get much love.

The other races will be impound events with such little time between qualifying and the race. It seems to work fine for the Camping World Truck Series and the Xfinity Series, even when there is an occasional wreck in qualifying that forces a team to scramble to bring out a backup car.

Maybe the biggest question is if it does work for the tracks that do it: Will other tracks decide it will work for them or be afraid to pull the trigger based on tradition and the belief they need qualifying on another day to potentially attract fans who can't afford nor attend Sunday?