Bubba Wallace Came Clean on His Presidential Campaign Promises in 2016

Imagine you wake up one fine morning and realize Bubba Wallace is the president of NASCAR. Well, back in 2016, Wallace faced a question; if in a hypothetical world the drivers elected the NASCAR president and he ran for the NASCAR president, what changes would he promise for his campaign?

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Wallace replied, “Better scheduling on a race weekend. Just how the weekends are mapped out, there’s a lot of sit-around-and-wait time. So I’d work on that.”

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Not sure if he would have won the organization’s presidential vote in that hypothetical situation. But his argument about the improvements in scheduling has been something that is being addressed to this day.

The scheduling issue Bubba Wallace had addressed

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Over the years, the main argument surrounding NASCAR’s scheduling has been that fans find the races to become predictable and boring. Also, NASCAR’s tendency to race at the same intermediate track multiple times in a season does no further favors.

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

Fans argue that the racing becomes underwhelming because of repetitive venues at less-than-ideal tracks. However, with the announcement of the 2023 calendar, we have seen only a few minor changes to the overall schedule. One is the addition of two new tracks, which are the Chicago Street race and the North Wilkesboro Speedway. The minor changes may hint that the sport’s organizers have finally found a schedule that works for them. Although that may or may not be true as the viewership has also been tanking for the sport.

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Just this year, the Daytona race had yielded a significant drop from the year before, mostly because of incorrect scheduling. Another argument being NASCAR trying to compete with America’s biggest sport, which is NFL, and pushing their races all the way into playoff season does not help them either. Over the years, NASCAR has also significantly increased the number of road courses by removing speedways or short tracks. That too has not settled well with a certain fragment of the fan base.

Srijan Mandal

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Srijan Mandal is a NASCAR author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Journalism and has been writing for his own blog as well, covering NASCAR, F1, F2, W Series, MotoGP, DTM, IndyCar, WRC, and WEC. Following motorsports for more than a decade, he has become a devoted supporter of McLaren Racing, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Bubba Wallace, Sir Lewis Hamilton, and Ayrton Senna.

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