NASCAR Cup
NASCAR Cup
08 Feb
-
09 Feb
Event finished
08 Feb
-
17 Feb
Event finished
21 Feb
-
23 Feb
First Practice in
1 day
R
Fontana
28 Feb
-
01 Mar
Next event in
7 days
R
Phoenix
06 Mar
-
08 Mar
Next event in
14 days
R
Atlanta
13 Mar
-
15 Mar
Next event in
21 days
R
Homestead
20 Mar
-
22 Mar
Next event in
28 days
R
27 Mar
-
29 Mar
Next event in
35 days
R
Bristol
03 Apr
-
05 Apr
Next event in
42 days
R
Richmond
17 Apr
-
19 Apr
Next event in
56 days
R
Talladega
24 Apr
-
26 Apr
Next event in
63 days
R
01 May
-
03 May
Next event in
70 days
R
Martinsville
07 May
-
09 May
Next event in
76 days
R
All-Star
15 May
-
16 May
Next event in
84 days
R
Charlotte
22 May
-
24 May
Next event in
91 days
R
29 May
-
31 May
Next event in
98 days
R
Michigan
05 Jun
-
07 Jun
Next event in
105 days
R
12 Jun
-
14 Jun
Next event in
112 days
R
Chicagoland
19 Jun
-
21 Jun
Next event in
119 days
R
26 Jun
-
28 Jun
Next event in
126 days
R
Indianapolis
03 Jul
-
05 Jul
Next event in
133 days
R
Kentucky
09 Jul
-
11 Jul
Next event in
139 days
R
17 Jul
-
19 Jul
Next event in
147 days
R
Michigan II
07 Aug
-
09 Aug
Next event in
168 days
R
Watkins Glen
14 Aug
-
16 Aug
Next event in
175 days
R
Dover II
21 Aug
-
23 Aug
Next event in
182 days
R
Daytona II
27 Aug
-
29 Aug
Next event in
188 days
R
Darlington
04 Sep
-
06 Sep
Next event in
196 days
R
Richmond II
10 Sep
-
12 Sep
Next event in
202 days
R
Bristol II
17 Sep
-
19 Sep
Next event in
209 days
R
Las Vegas II
25 Sep
-
27 Sep
Next event in
217 days
R
Talladega II
02 Oct
-
04 Oct
Next event in
224 days
R
Charlotte II
09 Oct
-
11 Oct
Next event in
231 days
R
Kansas II
16 Oct
-
18 Oct
Next event in
238 days
R
Texas II
23 Oct
-
25 Oct
Next event in
245 days
R
Martinsville II
30 Oct
-
01 Nov
Next event in
252 days
R
Phoenix II
06 Nov
-
08 Nov
Next event in
259 days

Marcus Smith: "Great racing" doesn't require schedule changes

shares
comments
Marcus Smith: "Great racing" doesn't require schedule changes
By:
Jan 29, 2019, 4:33 PM

Speedway Motorsports Inc. executive Marcus Smith welcomes the collaboration on potential NASCAR schedule changes but believes a bigger impact may be seen in the racing itself.

Speedway Motorsports Inc. CEO and Chairman of the Board Bruton Smith and General Manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway Marcus Smith
Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Alliance Truck Parts
Marcus Smith and his father, Bruton Smith and Darrell Waltrip
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Jimmy John's and Daniel Suarez, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry ARRIS
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Discount Tire, Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing, Toyota Camry 5-hour ENERGY/Bass Pro Shops, Kurt Busch, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Monster Energy, Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry M&M's M&M's Red Nose Day, wreck in turn 4
SMI Chairman and CEO Bruton Smith poses with General Managers Jeff Byrd, Eddie Gossage, Steve Page, Ed Clark, Marcus Smith, Jerry Gappens, and Chris Powell, from each track owned by SMI

“I don’t think tremendous things need to change in the schedule to make fantastic things happen,” Smith, CEO of SMI, said during a Charlotte Motor Speedway preseason media event Monday. “I think that there are opportunities with the new schedule.

“But the biggest thing that we have coming up that I am most excited about is the racing this year. I think that what we started with the All-Star Race in 2018 really sowed some great seeds for racing package for 2019.

I can’t wait for that package to hit the track. Daytona is going to be fantastic, then Atlanta and Las Vegas I think are going to be really great. That will play into how we think about the years going forward.”

In a news conference last November at Homestead-Miami Speedway, NASCAR President Steve Phelps said he was willing to assess “all options” when looking at potential changes to the sport’s schedule.

Various ideas have been floated in recent months, including doubleheader races like those used in IndyCar, a reduced or even compacted schedule within the year, fewer events or shorter ones.

“I think there are all sorts of ideas, and you always like to think about different ideas and not be constrained by the box you’re in, think creativity,” Smith said Monday.

“The thing I think will be encouraging for race fans out there is that everybody involved wants to do something that is fantastic for racing. Wherever we end up will be something that is great for racing and NASCAR and race fans.”

Multiple discussions 

Smith said there have already been numerous meetings and discussions regarding the 2020 schedule but doesn’t believe it is “ready for public consumption at this point.”

“Ideas, when you’re starting, it’s sort of like a chef trying to come up with a new recipe,” Smith said. “You’ve got to taste it a few times before you serve it at the restaurant.

“I think we have a lot of great ideas, a lot of potential, but I am way, way, way more excited about the racing we’ll see this year. I think that the No. 1 thing for all of us is the racing.

“Where a good race is doesn’t matter as much as how good the race is. If it’s a great race, race fans will love it.”

Read Also:

Next article
Joey Logano's NASCAR Cup championship trophy is going on tour

Previous article

Joey Logano's NASCAR Cup championship trophy is going on tour

Next article

Ricky Craven joins Fox Sports' NASCAR broadcast team

Ricky Craven joins Fox Sports' NASCAR broadcast team
Load comments

About this article

Series NASCAR , NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Author Jim Utter