Monday, December 12, 2016
No More NOD!
Okay, I've been snowed in for the last couple of days with no race to fill the monotony so I've had a lot of time to think and here's what I've decided - when Brian France finally gives it up and names me Dictator of NASCAR, I'm going to make some radical changes for the sake of alleviating the suffering of those of us with NOD.
I'm going to break the Cup teams up into two divisions, call them Group A and Group B. Each group with have 25 teams and they'll each race every other weekend. The only weeks off will be Christmas week and the first week in January. The banquet will be held in Las Vegas on that week.
The first year, we'll draw straws to see who gets to start the season in Daytona. then after that Group A and Group B will take their turn by week. The next year, we'll switch who gets to begin the season so that every driver has the opportunity to drive in all the premiere races every other year - the Daytona 500, the Brickyard, the Coca Cola 600.
Each division can have its own All-Star Race. Maybe some week night, we'll have a 20-lap rubber match between the winners.
Each team will be in 23 races. The regular season will consist of 15 races, followed by a Chase of 8 races. The next-to-last race will pit the highest two scorers from each group against one another. The championship race will narrow it down to the highest two in points in each group.
Of course, this is more races than we have now, which is the point really, so avid NASCAR fans don't have to face more than two weeks in any year without a race.No more NOD! (I'm surprised NASCAR didn't think of this already if they really care about their fans!) So, naturally, we'll need more more tracks. I suggest adding Iowa to Cup's schedule and adding in another road course, perhaps Mid-America (though going back to Montreal would be even better). Maybe some of you have some other ideas.
To decide who is in Group A and Group B, we'll take the prior year and the champion would be the first team into Group A, then the runner up into Group B and so on down the line so each division would have an equal number of top teams versus small, less well-funded teams.
And we'll need more teams to make up 50. I will allow each owner to have 5 teams, provided their fifth driver has been in Cup less than five years. This will encourage team owners to create more slots for up and coming young drivers.
We should start a grant fund to help new teams who want to join NASCAR with seed money and sponsorship, just to give them an initial boost and expand the pool.
Cup drivers will only be allowed to race in the Camping World Truck or Xfinity series on their off-weeks.
Okay, my plan is almost perfected. I'll be ready by the time I get my opportunity.
Once that happens, NOD will be a thing of the past!