Source: NASCAR Online Talladega races to be shorter TALLADEGA, Ala. (Jan. 21, 1998) Talladega Superspeedway has reduced the length of its NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division and ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series races to 300 ...
Source: NASCAR Online
Talladega races to be shorter
TALLADEGA, Ala. (Jan. 21, 1998) Talladega Superspeedway has reduced the length of its NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division and ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series races to 300 miles, speedway officials have announced.
The NASCAR Busch Series 300 is set for Saturday, April 25, while the Winn-Dixie 300 ARCA event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10.
In the past, both events were 500 kilometers, which equals 312 miles -- 117 laps around the 2.66-mile track. The NASCAR Busch Series and ARCA events are now 113 laps in length.
"Last year during our Busch Series race we had a fan call and ask us why we did the length in kilometers, but the average speed in miles per hour," said Grant Lynch, Talladega Superspeedway president. "I thought about what the fan said and it made a lot of sense. Everything else at Talladega Superspeedway is measured in miles, so we feel this is an appropriate change.
"I don't think it will take anything away from the races. We are only talking about four laps. While things do happen at Talladega every lap, I don't think this will change the strategies or the outcome of the races."
Mark Martin is the defending champion of the NASCAR Busch Series 300, while Tim Steele won last season's ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series event. Both drivers were leading their respective races on lap 113.
"All this will do is make people start jockeying for the best position a few laps early," Lynch said. "I believe we have the most exciting race on the Busch schedule, as well as the most exciting race on the ARCA schedule.
"I don't see why that won't continue."