Based on the positive reaction to Nascar’s first-ever modern race in a football stadium, the sanctioning body has already announced that they will host this year’s All-Star Race in a basketball/hockey arena.
“We’re all about bringing the sport to the fans, shaking things up, thinking outside the box”, said Nascar spokesman Charlie Peters. “But for this year’s All-Star Race, we plan on thinking inside the box—by hosting it in a box-like arena.”
The non-points event will be the second such race to be held at a non-traditional venue in 2022, following tonight’s Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
“If the (sprint car) Chili Bowl can be held in a convention center, then the All-Star Race can be held in an arena”, Peters explained. “We’re sick and tired of people telling us what we CAN’T do—laws of physics and ventilation issues be damned.”
Holding a race with stock cars in such a confined area will require several changes to the rules.
“We’re looking at hosting several heat races on the 1/10th mile temporary surface”, Peters said. “We can probably fit as many as four cars on the track at once, but we’ll keep it to three in order to allow room for passing.”
The race’s location, meanwhile, seems to have yet to be determined.
“We’re looking at a number of locations who are interested in hosting such a once-in-a-lifetime debut event”, said Erica Franks, Nascar’s Chief Marketing Director. “Plenty of arenas have laughed at us over the phones, and asked us what we were smoking, but a select few are willing to take the plunge and try this out.”
When asked if the quality of the racing would be affected due to the large size of Nascar stock cars and small area of an average hockey arena, Peters had a confident response.
“Look—we can stand around talking about what couldn’t or shouldn’t happen, or we can go ahead and try it. I’m sure plenty of people laughed at the idea of Arena Football, and look at it now! Actually, look at it 15 years ago.”
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