NASCAR Takes Serious Look At Starting, Ending Season Earlier

NASCAR to copy IndyCar's early schedule tactic
NASCAR to copy IndyCar's early schedule tactic

NASCAR is in "deep discussion about major revisions to the Cup Series’ marathon 36-race, February-to-November schedule once the sanctioning body’s existing five-year contracts with its host racetracks expires" after the '20 season, with one idea being to "start before the Daytona 500," according to Michael Knight of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC.

NASCAR President Steve Phelps said, "If a decision was made to run before the Daytona 500, obviously weather plays a huge factor in that. Our options would be limited."

He said there will be "some meaningful changes our fans will like."

April 1 is NASCAR’s target date to reveal its '20 schedule.

Phelps: "What it looks like in 2021 and beyond, everything’s on the table. Do I think we potentially could end our season earlier? I do."

Driver Jimmie Johnson said, “It’s foolish for us to go up against the NFL. In my own heart, I also believe there is such a thing as oversaturation for any sport. I think the shorter season is helpful and would be welcomed by teams" ARIZONA REPUBLIC

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