NASCAR Fans Violently Disagree With Kevin Harvick & Denny Hamlin’s F1 Idea: “You Better Leave the Coke 600 Alone”

Published 09/27/2022, 6:30 AM EDT
DAYTONA, FL – FEBRUARY 16: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Busch Light #BUSCHRACETEAM Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang, fields questions from the media during Daytona 500 Media Day on February 16, 2022 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Kevin Harvick is well known to be outspoken in matters that surround drivers’ safety or other things that would concern his fellow drivers. Recently, Harvick took to Twitter to call for short races, which was then backed up and supported by Denny Hamlin. However, fans were skeptical and asked them not to think about the removal of “Crown Jewels.”

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In his Tweet, Harvick stated, Shorter races. Daytona 500 should be the only 500-mile race.

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Denny Hamlin later commented on his retweet and said, Keep tweeting, please. Co-sign

Fans interjected and commented that Harvick should have included the Coke 600 and the Southern 500 in his tweet. Long races have been a reason for multiple fans of the sport to slowly draw their interests elsewhere. On one end we have proper endurance races like the World Endurance Series, which last all the way from 8 to 24 hours. But in all considerations, NASCAR is a sport of its own, and ever since the introduction of playoffs and stage breaks the length of races has only increased. This increase in time might have been one of the contributing factors for people to be turned away from the sport in droves.

NASCAR fans react to Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin’s tweet

Fans remained highly critical of the long drawn-out races but also stayed put regarding the “Crown Jewel” events. They suggested that everything else should be shortened except for races such as the Coke 600, Daytona 500, and Southern 500.

Jul 3, 2022; Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick (4) before the KWIK TRIP 250 at Road America. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Fans brought out valid arguments, stating that the current structure with multiple 500-mile races, causes boredom and leads to people losing interest in these events. Almost everyone unanimously agreed that the Coke 600 and Daytona 500 should be left alone, just the way it is.

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Srijan Mandal

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Srijan Mandal is a NASCAR author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Journalism and has been writing for his own blog as well, covering NASCAR, F1, F2, W Series, MotoGP, DTM, IndyCar, WRC, and WEC. Following motorsports for more than a decade, he has become a devout supporter of McLaren Racing, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Bubba Wallace, Sir Lewis Hamilton, and Ayrton Senna.

Edited By: Nizamul Haque Bhuyan

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