Want to have some fun on Twitter? Do what NASCAR analyst/writer Pete Pistone did and suggest messing with the sport’s opening day.
“Would you be on board if the NASCAR season started on the west coast in mid-January” was the tweet Pistone sent out. Open the floodgates. Suggesting that NASCAR dare mess with the Daytona 500, in favor of a west coast track no less, amounted to sacrilege.
“It starts with the Daytona 500” was a fairly common response and to be expected. Surprisingly, though, at least half the responses were open to the idea, noting that NASCAR’s opener wasn’t always held at Daytona but was indeed out west.
1970 to 1981 to be exact. For twelve seasons, NASCAR opened outside of Los Angeles at the Riverside International Raceway, not Daytona. So to suggest that the opener is moved is not necessarily radical thinking. Drivers have been complaining loudly that NASCAR needs to shake things up, so maybe this is one way. Pistone found a good deal of support to the idea, but some thought it was better to address the length of the season and number of races.
NASCAR fans are not if not opinionated. For the most part, what was clear is that the fans sounding off aren’t exactly happy with the way things are now and are willing to consider alternatives, even if that means touching the untouchable.