Posted By Pete Pistone
CONCORD, N.C. - Add Rick Hendrick to the list of people within the NASCAR community who believe there's a need for shorter races and a more compressed season. The ten-time Sprint Cup winning car owner made the comments during the annual NASCAR Sprint Media Tour on Wednesday.
"I absolutely think the races ought to be shorter and the season ought to be shorter," said Hendrick.
Hendrick driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. agreed with his team owner to an extent and said the length of races is "like the pink elephant in the room nobody wants to talk about."
Discussion about shortening events to help increase fan interest and perhaps generate higher television ratings came up this week when FOX Sports president David Hill told reporters he'd like to see race lengths no more than four hours at most.
In recent years some tracks have cut the distance of races including Dover International Speedway lopping off 100 miles to both its spring and fall events and Auto Club Speedway shortening its now only Sprint Cup event to 400 miles.
There has been no indication NASCAR has any immediate plants to cut the schedule from its current 36-race slate, which runs from February to November.