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NASCAR admits mistakes; Looks to return to roots in 2021

Steve Phelps went to his first race with his dad at the age of 5. The Vermont short track racing scene gave him the bug.

He signed with NASCAR in their New York sponsorship department. He’s since been promoted several times. Now, he works out of NASCAR Headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida and serves as the President of the sport.

He takes a seat as NASCAR President during a pivotal moment in the sport. NASCAR has long been in a decline. However, what’s new is NASCAR’s understanding and acknowledgment of what went wrong.

More importantly, they are looking to fix it. This comes in a variety of ways.

“Fans have said they want to see more short tracks, more road courses and fewer intermediate tracks. I get that. We totally understand that,” Steve Phelps said via the Dale Jr Download.

“We tried to mix up the schedule as much as we could with the limitations that we had. He have 5 year agreements. 2020 is the last year of that agreement.”

“You had to go to all the same race tracks. But, the way we kind of configured them kinda puts emphasis on short tracks and road courses.”

Bristol Motor Speedway, Martinsville Motor Speedway and The Roval are the cutoff tracks inside the 2020 NASCAR playoffs.

Outside of short tracks, the regular season now ends at Daytona International Speedway. That moves the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Which is an interesting change.

“I know we been accused of manufacturing drama. I’m ok, as long as there’s drama.”

“If I’m a race team or a driver. The likelihood of me winning Indy if I’m outside of the Playoffs, is pretty slim. The likelihood of me winning at Daytona at the final regular season event, at least I got something there.”

For 2021, the sport could look very different. NASCAR is open to making changes to please their fans. Come 2021, they will be able to do so.

2020 is the final year of the track agreements. Previously, NASCAR signed lengthy track contracts. Those contracts only allow NASCAR to move a race date around by two weeks from it’s original date.

Those track agreements also require NASCAR to continue going to those tracks. The five year agreements will expire in 2021.

Dale Jr: Will we see a new race track on the schedule for 2021? Preferably short tracks.

“I don’t know the answer to that. The changes in 2020, I think people were surprised with the degree that we changed things. Even though they’re the same tracks.”

“It’s absolutely on the table. We don’t know.”

For 2021, the sport could look very different. NASCAR is open to making changes to please their fans. Come 2021, they will be able to do so.

2020 is the final year of the track agreements. Previously, NASCAR signed lengthy track contracts. Those contracts only allow NASCAR to move a race date around by two weeks from it’s original date.

Those track agreements also require NASCAR to continue going to those tracks. The five year agreements will expire in 2021.

Dale Jr: Will we see a new race track on the schedule for 2021? Preferably short tracks.

“I don’t know the answer to that. The changes in 2020, I think people were surprised with the degree that we changed things. Even though they’re the same tracks.”

“It’s absolutely on the table. We don’t know.”

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