NASCAR considers shortening some race weekends
By AMANDA VINCENT
NASCAR stakeholders are considering shortening some of its race weekends, according to a report from Sports Business Journal, paring down some weekends from 72 hours to 48 hours.
The “premise of the two-day proposal for race weekends is that some races during NASCAR’s 10-month, 36-race Cup Series season may be better off being held in 48 hours rather than 72,” the report read.
A typical race weekend starts on Friday and ends Sunday with the running of the weekend’s Sprint Cup Series race, regardless of how many of NASCAR’s three national series (Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck) are running at the same track during a given race weekend. Some triple-header race weekends are even longer, stretching to four days, with the Truck Series kicking-off on-track activity with practice on Thursday.
Charlotte Motor Speedway race weekends are examples of lengthy race weekends. At Charlotte, Sprint Cup qualifying is traditionally held on Thursdays, with no track activity scheduled on Friday before resuming on Saturday.