So Darlington kicks off the playoffs on the 2020 Cup schedule? Nice. Not only are we talking about the Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend, it gets the playoffs started right, and right before football season gets going in earnest. That could be a really nice launch in a foreground environment.
The second Phoenix race will mark the season finale. Like that too. There’s nothing to dislike about Homestead, but there’s really nothing special about it. ISM- as it is now called- is a big short track, or a little super speedway if you will. With all the current favorite sons out west- Harvick, Larson, Busch, and so on- it makes sense from here.
You also have to love having Martinsville the weekend before the finale. Yours truly is no weatherman, and he doesn’t play one on TV, so one does wonder a bit about the weather. Still, gotta like racing there on a classic track to determine the final four.
I’ll suspect some will not be happy about the move of the second Daytona race to the end of August. There’s a certain nostalgia about what was once known as the Firecracker 400. Maybe it’s a west coast thing. It doesn’t elicit the same feeling…..August seems like a better fit.
As for Indy on July 5, why not? It’s racing in the heartland on a holiday. Perhaps it has the effect of causing us to forget that the racing itself is nothing about which to write home.
All of this still doesn’t get us down to the real conversation that needs to be had, but it’s a move, nonetheless. There are some positives to take away from it.
They still need to have a serious conversation about short tracks, and within that, a discussion about Road America and Iowa. This will do for now.