Now that North Wilkesboro Speedway has hosted its first Cup race since 1996, what must be subsequent for the monitor?
NASCAR on NBC analysts Kyle Petty, Jeff Burton and Dale Jarrett mentioned that subject on this week’s MotorMouths.
Jeff Burton stated that even when Cup returns to North Wilkesboro subsequent 12 months, it doesn’t essentially should go there yearly.
“I feel a part of the joy about North Wilkesboro is that we weren’t there,” Burton stated. “I’m not saying that it was good to go away, however what I’m saying is when you make North Wilkesboro a regular-season race subsequent 12 months, it doesn’t should be that manner the next 12 months.
“The identical manner with Indy. Do it’s important to run the street course? Can it’s the oval? The identical with the Roval at Charlotte. We’re studying that we don’t should have these everlasting amenities which are solely owned by NASCAR or (Speedway Motorsports). We’re discovering out that we are able to do different issues. I feel that flexibility is de facto necessary.
“Even with the All-Star Race. I feel it was the correct place, the correct time (at North Wilkesboro), no query. That’s not essentially the case three years from now. We will’t simply say, ‘Hey that’s it, that’s how we’re going to do it.’
“We now have to stay versatile. We’ve obtained to offer our followers completely different stuff, various things, completely different concepts, completely different thought processes. It’s not a foul factor when you don’t go to a specific racetrack yearly. It’s OK to go away from it and are available again.
“I feel we’re studying that with the (Conflict on the ) Coliseum, with this race, with Chicago. There’s some flexibility that we are able to have now that we’ve by no means had. Take full benefit of it.”
Petty stated there’s a place on the schedule for North Wilkesboro.
“I might like to see it return there,” Petty stated. “I by no means wished to see them lose the dates. … I feel it’s time for these locations to come back again.”
Petty famous the capability crowd of practically 30,000 appeared good on the TV broadcast.
“It appears to be like spectacular on TV as a result of the stands have been packed,” he stated. “There was not a parking place anyplace. The visible of this place on TV was incredible.
“Hear, we all know this sport is a TV sport now. So it’s about eyes watching this factor. So, I don’t care whether or not they race in your yard that holds no person or they race at Wilkesboro that holds … 30,000 or they race at Daytona that holds 120,000 or 150,000 or no matter these numbers are.
“I don’t care about how many individuals come to the race. I care about how many individuals see the race. I feel it is a venue that individuals would tune in to see.”