Despite many NASCAR traditions going the wayside over the years, NASCAR should have a second thought about the annual 600-mile. Among the drivers, there is still place in the cup series for an endurance- style race such as the annual Coca-Cola at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
According to Hamlin, the sport doesn’t need any particular thing because even if the race were 300 miles, the same core group would watch the race presumably with more interest because it is not that long.
In response to a question on tradition, Hamlin said that all sports adapt and change and he didn’t like it when people always say that that is the way it has always been. To him, he would be happy with a Coke 300 trophy as a Coke 600. He added that many prefer to come All-Star week and not 600 because it’s just too long and they do not want to sit for long hours.
A challenge for man and machine
The main objective of the 600-mile race was a billing of the ultimate test of man and machine in stock car racing.
Clint Bowyer, who won the pole for last weekend’s All-Star Race noted that the race has a lot of challenges because of its length, but he felt that it was essential to have at least one of those long races.
Kevin Harvic who has been a driver open to many of NASCAR’s recent change said that the 600-race mile is something NASCAR needs to support because it was a crown jewel race close to home and everyone puts effort into it. He pointed out the Coke 600, Dayton 500 and the Southern 500 and suggested shortening of the race.
Kyle Busch agreed that it was a tight race for drivers, but it is still crucial because it’s a tradition that that has been of significant impact in sports just like the Southern 500, Brickyard 400, Coca-Cola 600 and Dayton 500.