The Generation 6 Cup cars were introduced in 2013.
The playoffs were expanded to 16 drivers in 2014, with knockout rounds and wholesale changes to how the champion was determined.
Horsepower was cut in 2015.
There were new aero packages in 2015, ’16 and ’17.
Stage racing was adding in 2017.
But while darn near everything else changed in NASCAR — much to the grousing of some fans — the schedule stayed more or less the same for seven years.
Sure, occasionally Martinsville and Talladega might flip-flop, or Charlotte and Kansas, but the playoffs featured the same 10 tracks for seven years. The schedule had become the stalest part of the racing. It was boring in its uniformity.
That’s why I welcome the changes for next year. They will add energy and excitement to a sport that needs more of both.
Sure, I have questions, as you probably do. Will the date change help the Brickyard 400 draw a bigger crowd? Will the Charlotte roval work well? We’ll see.
But you don’t know until you try it.
In my book, the 2018 Monster Energy Cup Series is a bold move by NASCAR and the tracks. And I think it’s definitely a step in the right direction.