In an interview with NBC Sports, NASCAR President Steve Phelps addressed specific concerns regarding the NASCAR Cup Series schedule. NASCAR executives have ambitious plans for the future, and one thing that won't change is the length of their schedule, which will remain at 38 races on the calendar.
"For the foreseeable future we are going to have 38 (total) races on the calendar,” Phelps said, as quoted by on3.com! “Our season is long enough, so I don’t see that expanding”.
Schedule variation will continue.
Phelps has emphasized many times so far that they are trying to make moves that will cause even greater interest in NASCAR and arouse excitement among fans. Although fans are often dissatisfied with certain decisions, Phelps believes that NASCAR is going in the right direction as it has been.
“I think the one thing I will say is that schedule variation is going to continue. Are we going to continue to race in Atlanta and Richmond and Charlotte and other places that are fixtures on our schedule? We are. We have to make sure we’re going to places that have demand”.
More horsepower is what drivers want, as well as fans. However, that is not a realistic option at the moment, at least according to Phelps. It also seems that the NASCAR president does not know what the best option is at the moment.
Despite everything, he will continue to be engaged and seek the best for NASCAR. “I don’t think the answer is more horsepower because more horsepower is expensive. If you ask a driver what’s going to solve it, they’re always going to say ‘Give me more horsepower.’ It’s a thing.
I’m not a driver, but I’ve listened to enough drivers and that’s their solution. So the question is is that really what it is? I don’t know. I think there’s some gearing things that we’re looking at as well. Some shifting things. ”