Report: No midweek Cup points races expected on 2018 schedule

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A Sports Business Journal story, citing unnamed sources, states that NASCAR is not expected to hold a midweek Cup points race next year.

The story quoted a track source as saying: “Midweek points races are an idea, but there’s a whole lot of work that needs to be done to make them viable.”

The story did say that sources would not rule out NASCAR moving the All-Star Race, which is held on a Saturday night, to the middle of the week in 2018.

NASCAR is determining next season’s schedule. Based on when the 2017 scheduled was announced (May 2016), NASCAR is about a month away from releasing the 2018 schedule.

The Sports Business Journal story stated that NASCAR and industry stakeholders, including tracks and media partners, have examined “the idea of moving a handful of races to midweek dates. This could serve as a way to get away from hyper-competitive sports weekends and energize a fan base that at times yearns for a shakeup to the schedule.”

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