NASCAR plans to shorten some Winston Cup races in '92

December 05, 1991|By Knight-Ridder News Service

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR plans to shorten the distance of some Winston Cup Series races in 1992, including events at North Carolina Motor Speedway and Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

The changes likely will be announced soon by NASCAR president Bill France Jr.

Promoters at N.C. Motor Speedway, which is near Rockingham, plus Darlington, Dover Downs and possibly Pocono Raceway have been given an option of reducing their races from 500 miles to either 400 miles or 500 kilometers, which is 312 miles.

A NASCAR source, who asked not to be named, said Darlington officials already have chosen to cut their spring race, the TranSouth 500, to 400 miles. However, the Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend, a classic that dates to 1950 and is NASCAR's oldest superspeedway event, will remain a 500-miler.

The Charlotte Observer learned, additionally, that a day is to be cut from the race week schedules at N.C. Motor Speedway before the spring race and probably at Darlington. First-round qualifying for Winston Cup cars will be held on Fridays rather than Thursdays, with the fields filled Saturdays. All Grand National qualifying would be held Fridays for the companion races on Saturday afternoons.

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