Saturday marked the only time this season that NASCAR has a doubleheader scheduled among its top national series, but a series executive says the sanctioning body would be for more such events in the future.
The Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series held their races Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway — the third year in a row those series raced on the same day at Atlanta.
Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, said Monday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “The Morning Drive’’ that more doubleheaders could be a possibility.
“From our standpoint, we are certainly open to it,’’ O’Donnell said. “We love it. It always feels good having two races during the day. For us, it’s something we’d love to expand on. For the fans, it’s a full day of racing … getting to see some of NASCAR’s rising stars come up through the system and also see some of the Monster Energy Series drivers out there on Saturday.’’
Last year, there were two additional doubleheaders because of weather issues.
Rain forced the September Xfinity race at Dover to be moved to the same day as the Cup race. The Xfinity race started four hours before the Cup race.
Rain from Hurricane Matthew forced the Cup and Xfinity races to be held on the same day in October at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Cup race was run first. The Xfinity race followed about 45 minutes after the end of the Cup race.