There was a major shakeup for the 2018 NASCAR schedule, and the race schedule will look a bit different down the stretch next season.
The biggest change was the Brickyard 400 moving from July to the last race of the regular season. Richmond is moving from the last regular season race to the second race of the playoffs, while Chicagoland is moving from the first race of the playoffs to July 1.
Dover is moving from the Round of 16 to the Round of 12, while Charlotte is moving to the final race of the round of 16.
NBC NASCAR analyst Kyle Petty isn’t very keen on the Brickyard 400 being the last race of the regular season.
“I like that they’re willing to move things around, for the fan base as much as anything else,” Petty said via Yahoo Sports. “But I’ll say this straight up, I don’t like Indianapolis being the last race of the regular season. … It is a big event, but it is not the race that I want to see as the final (regular) season race.
“… But any of the other changes, I am a big fan of mixing it up, I have to admit that.”
Analyst Steve Letarte disagreed with Petty and said he loves the idea of having the Brickyard as the regular season finale.
“So it doesn’t happen often, but KP (Petty) and I are completely at odds on this one,” Letarte said. I think Indianapolis as the final race of the season is a spectacular place. It gets it out of the heat of the summer for the fan base.”
The Brickyard 400 is usually an entertaining race each year, and it could be an intriguing way to finish the regular season. If it doesn’t work out, they can always change the schedule for the next year.