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Poll: Would you like to see timed races in NASCAR?

Aug 1, 2014, 10:10 AM EDT

Would you like to see the Daytona 500 become the 3.5 Hours of Daytona? Take our poll below on whether NASCAR should consider switching to timed races. Would you like to see the Daytona 500 become the 3.5 Hours of Daytona? Take our poll below on whether NASCAR should consider switching to timed races.

As we were looking at some of our favorite sites Friday morning, we came upon an interesting question posed by the guys over at Motor Racing Network (MRN.com):

“Is It Time For Timed Races?”

The guys from MRN.com suggested that NASCAR should consider shifting to timed events to, among other things, better integrate itself with TV time windows.

In other words, have a timed race run about 2 hours, 30 minutes, so that it can fit in a three-hour TV broadcast window.

Frankly, I’m not in favor of that at all. I like the system the way it is now, although I’d prefer to see some (not all) of the remaining 500-mile races on the schedule shifted to 400-mile events.

Plus, if we went to timed races, race strategy would take significant hits. We’d likely no longer see green-white-checker finishes, fuel mileage battles would likely cease to exist and, to me, timed racing would become boring.

Would you like to see timed races in NASCAR? Voice your opinion in the poll below.

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  1. indycarseries500 - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    I say sure give it a shot, maybe with a Kansas or Chicagoland or Vegas. If it works go with that format for all races but the Daytona 500.

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    That’s stupid

  3. elcaminobilly - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    No with a but…implement a time limit for rain delays, whereas if it doesn’t stop raining by a specific time the race goes to the next day.

    • indycarseries500 - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      That’s dumb, stick with the “do everything we can to get the race in today.” Got to take care of the promoters and most importantly the fans who spent their hard earned money on tickets.

  4. wallio - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    I don’t see how losing G-W-C finishes is bad. But anyway…

    Do what Champ Car did in its death knells. Have some timed races, and leave others as it is. Maybe if a track has two races, make the second timed. Plus make the roadies timed since NASCAR doesn’t use local yellows. And add another 600 miler too.

    • besweeet - Aug 2, 2014 at 6:55 PM

      I like this idea. Might also make room for potential standing starts.

  5. kitnamania13 - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Imagine the phantom debris cautions that would happen if the races were timed!

  6. berone2012 - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Have a demolition derby on the infield to determine track position and then run a G-W-C and call it a race.
    Seems that the crashing, “rubbin’ and tradin’ paint” with a must-have G-W-C are all most care about seeing anyway.

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