NASCAR was off last week for Easter break and that got former Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski thinking about the series' schedule.
So in hopes of sparking a fresh conversation about the schedule, the Team Penske driver designed his own "dream" calendar that he outlined on his blog (bradracing.com).
Keselowski said he was "not trying to disrespect any of the parties" currently involved in compiling the schedule.
"This is just my attempt to tackle the schedule in a way that sounds fun to me, and gets everyone talking about how we might improve things," he wrote on the blog.
Among other things, Keselowski not only would shuffle the order of several races, he would shorten the overall calendar so the season ends about six weeks earlier (it currently ends in mid-November) and avoids competing against the NFL too long.
He would finish the season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, instead of Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida, partly because NASCAR holds its annual year-end awards dinner in Las Vegas.
The driver also would move the All-Star Race from mid-May to just before the finale in Las Vegas, and the All-Star Race would be held at different tracks each year.
Keselowski also would hold "double-headers" during certain weeks, when the Cup series would race at one track on Wednesday nights and another on Sunday, such as Dover, Del., and Loudon, N.H.
He also proposed adding a twisty road course, Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, to the 10-race Chase for the Cup title playoff.
And after the season opener at Daytona, Keselowski proposed a "NASCAR Goes West" stretch at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Phoenix and Sonoma before heading back East. This year the order was Daytona, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Bristol (Tenn.) and Fontana.
"California/Los Angeles is a pretty big market for us, and the Auto Club 400 has turned into one of our best races of the year," Keselowski wrote. "I think going from Daytona, one of our biggest races, to California keeps the season rolling with big marquee races."
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