Gas 'N' Go: Should NASCAR Race Easter Weekend?

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The last time NASCAR raced on Easter weekend was with the Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series in 2011. (Photo: Getty Images)

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The pits are open again and, MRN.com's Pete Pistone and Dustin Long each answer this week's featured question in "Gas 'N' Go."

None of NASCAR's three national series race on Easter weekend. Should at least one of those series race Saturday?

MRN Staff

Answer

Pete Pistone
Pete Pistone

NASCAR is missing a great opportunity to showcase either the Nationwide Series or the Camping World Truck Series this Easter weekend.

It's a good idea for the Sprint Cup Series to take a breather at least a couple times a season. Teams need a break from the long grind of the schedule and quite frankly a little "absence makes the heart grow fonder" probably isn't a bad thing for the fan base. But when the top division steps aside, NASCAR needs to shine a spotlight on the other circuits.

Easter used to mean a Saturday Nationwide Series race back in the day at Hickory Motor Speedway and then later at Nashville Superspeedway. When Nashville stopped hosting races a few years ago it left a void that needs to be filled.

NASCAR should do all it can to put together an Easter weekend event next year, perhaps a Nationwide/Truck Series doubleheader (the Truck schedule needs to not have a two-month gap between the first two races of the season as well). Better yet make it a short-track double dip and really give NASCAR fans a holiday treat.

Dustin Long
Dustin Long

No way. Been there done that and not enough people came to make it viable. What’s wrong with having a weekend off? People complain that the season is too long but want another race? Come on folks. Pick one or the other. 

A USA Today article listed Easter as among the busier times for travel as families come together for this holiday. Obviously, more people travel for Thanksgiving or Christmas, but the point is why do you want to have a race when people are focused on other things?

What’s the problem with going a weekend without racing? It only makes you appreciate it more when it returns. Besides, there will be racing every weekend between now and just before Thanksgiving. Isn’t that enough?

The opinions expressed here are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Motor Racing Netwo

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