Gordon Supports Mid-Week Racing
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on July 9, 2013 | 4:54 P.M. EST
Jeff Gordon says he's talked to NASCAR about running mid-week races. (Photo Getty Images)
NASCAR will run its first race on dirt since 1970 in two weeks at Eldora Speedway, so is it time for series officials to consider another change some might call radical?
A former series champion thinks so.
Jeff Gordon says he’s for running mid-week races.
“I would love to see that,’‘ Gordon said. “I think when “Monday Night Football’ ends, we should start “Monday Night Racing.’ But that is just me. Of course I came from “Thursday Night Thunder,’ and ... (it) was ridiculously successful back in the day.
“I am not saying we need to do it every week, but if we could find the right week in the schedule and mix it up, make it special, and make it make sense for the fans at home as well as the ones that could attend, then I think it would be awesome.’’
Gordon said he would be for returning the summer Daytona race to July 4, regardless of what day that is, instead of running it the Saturday night after the holiday.
“I think July 4th might make sense because everybody is off on that day and looking for something to do,’’ he said. “Of course, we are not off, but I think that is why it could work.’’
Gordon said he’s not received as favorable response from NASCAR.
“It seems like every time I talk to NASCAR about doing a weekly race or one mid-week, they say ‘Oh well if you do it on this day, you won’t get as many people coming to the track, so the track suffers, and if you do it on this day, then maybe the track does well but then the people at home won’t watch it because of this’, so it always seems to be some kind of obstacle. But (July 4) makes the most sense.”
The Camping World Truck Series will run three mid-week races this season. They competed June 27 (Thursday) at Kentucky. They’ll run July 24 (Wednesday) at Eldora and Aug. 21 (Wednesday) at Bristol.