Brad Keselowski is a past champion who's always got one eye on where NASCAR is headed, and over the Easter weekend, he put together a manifesto for change that's well worth consideration.
Noting that virtually every element of the NASCAR experience has changed in recent years except the schedule, Keselowski rolled up his sleeves and went to work shuffling the calendar.
Let's throw it right up here, and then analyze below:
A few things jump right out at you:
New tracks: Keselowski brings in two new tracks, Iowa and Road Atlanta. This brings the total number of races to 38, but the season is actually shorter. This is because of the ...
Doubleheaders: This is the most intriguing element of Keselowski's proposal, two races per week for 10 weeks of the year. The races would be run on Wednesday night and Sunday afternoon.
Reshuffled dates: Keselowski has created a "West Coast Swing" that keeps the teams out west for several weeks right after Daytona, helping on logistical fronts.
Shortened season: The doubleheaders shorten the season to the point that it wraps up in mid-October, and Keselowski offers up an idea that's been floated elsewhere: Las Vegas for the finale.
Revamped All-Star Race: Keselowski swipes a move from football here, moving the All-Star Race to the week before the championship. He offers added incentive: winner gets the pole in the season finale.
This is an outstanding thought experiment. Logistically, it would be difficult to implement because of a thousand different competing concerns, but not impossible. The greatest hurdle would almost certainly be entrenched thinking. The major problem appears to be weather: what if a Wednesday race gets rained out? That throws the entire tight schedule into disarray.
Beyond that, though, this makes some real sense. What are your thoughts, friends? Good ideas or madness?