Bubba Wallace came clean on his presidential campaign promises in 2016

Imagine waking up one fine morning and realizing Bubba Wallace is the president of NASCAR. Well, in 2016, Wallace was faced with a question; If drivers in a virtual world elect a NASCAR president and he runs for the NASCAR presidency, what changes does he promise for his campaign?

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Wallace replied, “A better schedule in a race weekend. Just how weekends are decided, there’s a lot of sitting and waiting times. So I’m going to work on that.”

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I’m not sure if he would win the organization’s presidential vote in this hypothetical situation. But his argument about improvements in scheduling was something that is addressed to this day.

Scheduling issue addressed by Bubba Wallace

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Over the years, the main argument surrounding NASCAR scheduling has been that fans find racing predictable and boring. Also, NASCAR’s tendency to race the same intermediate track multiple times in a season doesn’t favor more.

LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 16: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #45 McDonald’s Toyota, waves to the fans as he walks on stage during driver introductions before the NASCAR South Point 400 Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 16, 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Fans argue that racing becomes frustrating due to frequent places on less-than-ideal circuits. However, with the announcement of the 2023 calendar, we’ve only seen some minor changes to the overall schedule. The first is the addition of two new tracks, Chicago Street Race and North Wilkesboro Speedway. Minor changes may indicate that sports organizers have finally found a schedule that works for them. Although this may or may not be true as viewership was also affected by the sport.

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Just this year, the Daytona race is down significantly from the previous year, mostly due to an incorrect schedule. Another argument is that NASCAR is trying to compete with the biggest sport in America, the NFL, and pushing their racing all the way into the playoff season doesn’t help them either. Over the years, NASCAR has also greatly increased the number of road courses by removing freeways or short tracks. This also did not sit down well with a certain part of the fanbase.

Shrine Mandal

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Srijan Mandal is a NASCAR author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Journalism and has written for his own blog as well, covering NASCAR, F1, F2, W Series, MotoGP, DTM, IndyCar, WRC and WEC. After motorsports for over a decade, he has become a loyal supporter of McLaren Racing, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Bubba Wallace, Sir Lewis Hamilton and Ayrton Senna.

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