News broke yesterday that New Hampshire Motor Speedway would lose its Chase race weekend starting in 2018 to make way for a NASCAR triple-header weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Although NHMS doesnít host a fall XFINITY series race, Speedway Motorsports Inc., the company that owns both tracks, will move the NXS September event from Kentucky Speedway to Vegas.
NHMS currently hosts the second race in the NASCAR playoffs and at this time NASCAR hasnít determined where in the playoffs Las Vegas weekend will fall. One good thing for New Hampshire is that they’ll will continue to host its July race weekend.
New Hampshire, a 1.058 flat oval, is one of five non-1.5 mile tracks currently in the Chase. With the move to Las Vegas, six “cookie cutter” 1.5-mile tracks will be in the playoffs.
I personally not happy that the 2018 schedule will have yet another 1.5-mile race added. I enjoy the different tracks that the seriesí visit during the year and the different configurations of those tracks. In my opinion, the circuit visits too many cookie cutter tracks and the races there have been less than appealing in recent years. Let’s not also forget that many of those tracks have had, or are scheduled, for repaves. I feel that the tracks that have had recent repaves have lost not only the character of the track, but the heart-beating racing we have seen throughout history.
In addition, other NASCAR news broke that Charlotte Motor Speedway may change a race from their oval track to their road course configuration. Now, Iím a huge fan of more road courses, but take it to a true road course. There are many great road facilities that would be a better fit than Charlotte, including Mid-Ohio, Road America and The Circuit of the Americas (COTA).
As I bring up COTA, there has been discussion that the new facility wants a NASCAR race. However, Texas Motor Speedway, also a SMI-owned track, has fought to block the COTA from getting a NASCAR race as TMS feels itíll take away from their revenue.
Part of SMIís decision to move from New Hampshire to Las Vegas was because they over valued the track when it was purchased in 2007. The move will help generate more revenue for LVMS, the city of Las Vegas and Speedway Motorsports.
NASCAR will be at LVMS this weekend for the XFINITY Series Boyd Gaming 300 and MENCS Kobalt 400.