Suddenly everything about the NASCAR schedule makes sense thanks to Kurt Busch. Over the last several weeks fans and media people have flooded social media with ideas on how to improve the schedule that takes teams back and forth across the country. This is done seemly with no rhyme or reason.
During a media session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Busch offered up one of the best suggestions I’ve heard so far.
Kurt's Simple Big Idea
Kurt pushed aside all of the talk about flipping trips from coast to coast, adding road courses, dropping in a few dirt tracks for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Cars and other suggestions that have been offered up recently. His idea is so simple it’s almost too easy and leaves me wondering… “Why the heck didn’t I come up with that idea?” When asked if he had any ideas about possible schedule changes Kurt offered up the best idea to date if a change to the schedule was going to be made.
“Maybe we should put Richmond in the Chase and use Talladega as the cutoff to get in," Busch said. "We're all driving around (at Talladega) very tentative and trying not to get in a wreck. But why not make it the final race to get in and throw a huge Wild Card in to try to make it into the Chase? By then, you have 15 guys that are pretty much locked in,” he continued. “That means those top 15 guys are going to throw it all on the line to try to win. They're not going to be riding in the back to protect their points. I would change Richmond and Talladega, and it works because (International Speedway Corporation) owns both those tracks.”
AMAZING! What a great idea. Richmond is the last race before the chase begins. It makes for great racing as drivers are going crazy to try and get the final spot, or spots, into the chase races for the Sprint Cup Championship which is decided over the last ten races. Richmond could move to a chase race and Talladega would turn into a hotly contested race for a final shot at the Championship!
I think this is probably one of the best ideas to come up about the schedule since the NASCAR Chase began. It puts two of NASCAR’s legendary tracks into focus for drivers and teams as must wins or at least turns both races where running safely in the back is no longer an option.
The Brickyard 400 after the Indy 500
Another topic the driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing touched on was what his feelings were about returning to Indianapolis Motor Speedway after running the Indianapolis 500 earlier in the season. The driver noted that the history of the track has really opened his eyes to what racing at the Brickyard means. Busch said that returning to Indy for the Crown Royal Presents, the John Wayne Walding 400 at The Brickyard includes more respect for those who have raced there before him.
"The atmosphere here at Indianapolis is always special, and now I have a greater appreciation for the speedway. And I hope the respect that I'm going to show it this weekend, it will help me bounce up on some of my results here at the track."
Earlier during the season Busch drove what is referred to as the “Double.” He raced in both the Indianapolis 500 and then flew to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600.