After NASCAR returned still reeling from the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, they moved a model of 1-day shows for the rest of the season. Practice and qualifying sessions were abrogated in a bid to limit the number of days that teams have to spend on tracks. However, this model is there to stay in NASCAR, even after this season, believes the Cup Series star, Denny Hamlin.
“1-day shows are certainly in the future. I think its tremendously beneficial for race teams and their financial model to not have back-up cars, back-up engines, back-up parts – all that nonsense,” Hamlin said during a media interaction.
“It costs a lot of money to prepare cars that 95 percent of the time you don’t even use.”
Hamlin then gave his views on how and when practice and qualifying should happen going forward. “I think practice and qualifying will happen on your lead events. Ones that are deemed very important events for NASCAR. Your majors as you could probably say.“
Denny Hamlin wants fans back soon
The call for 1-day races has been going around for quite some time. Along with the factors that Hamlin highlighted, it adds to the excitement level for fans who want to see more and more races.
Hamlin then went on to say that bringing back fans to stadiums should be prioritized by NASCAR. “The number focus for NASCAR and everyone is getting our fans back. Every driver wants to get the fans back.“
He felt that despite the attendance just a quarter of the full capacity at Darlington last weekend, the atmosphere and excitement levels were much higher than usual. He wishes for that to continue.
“I’d like to see, somehow, in Phoenix we have some sort of crowd. If we do make it to the final four, I would like to see some kind of way we can entertain our sponsors there at the race track,” Hamlin continued.
He then expressed that he believes NASCAR will work on a model that will keep all factors in mind and all stakeholders in consideration.