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The Camping World Truck Series Schedule Needs Changes

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Nearly a month after an exciting race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the Camping World Truck Series returned to action this past weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

Once again, an entertaining race was provided, as the first round of their playoffs wrapped up.

So, after another solid event, what’s next for the series as they head into to the final weeks of the season? Oh, a week off.

With all the talk and rumors of future schedule changes, attention needs to be given to the trucks.

Yes, this next break will be the last before the final four races are run in consecutive order but consider the following.

Their JAGS Metal 350 at Texas Motor Speedway in November will be the first time since August that the trucks have had back-to-back events, not to forget they haven’t had three consecutive races since June.

This is unacceptable for a series that is so highly regarded in NASCAR, and one that often puts on some of the best races of the year. How is a casual fan supposed to keep track when there is such an inconsistent schedule in place?

Missing a month, especially during the playoffs and everything else going in the sport, will decrease the attention of the audience and make them care less.

So, what can NASCAR do to fix this?

Well, they definitely could increase the schedule. After all, the trucks ran 25 races in 2011 and increased from 22 to 23 in 2015. So, it’s not out of the realm of possibilities; but, that brings up the question of what could be added?

Well, how about giving them weekends with one of the K&N Pro Series, or even with NASCAR’s newest acquisition, the ARCA Series?

This would be a winning move for everyone, as it would bring more attention to these lower-levels and may entice more fans to show up rather than if it were just a stand-alone weekend.

There is also the option of making more double-header events with XFINITY Series, something NASCAR as toyed with and done, see the Atlanta Motor Speedway weekend. This would also pair well with the sport’s recent push to have two-day shows.

Now, if the powers that be are content with the current amount of truck races, maybe the schedule could be condensed to eliminate some of the breaks it currently sees.

The point is that there are options for NASCAR and something needs to be done. This is a series that is highly praised throughout the garage and with its fanbase.

It is vital that the future plans with the sport are not all about the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, because where the place where several top stars got their first big break, needs to be addressed too.

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Mitchell Breuer

Mitchell Breuer, is a 21-year-old Minnesota native who is currently attending Winona State University to obtain a degree in Mass Communications-Journalism. In addition to POPULAR SPEED, Mitchell is currently the sports editor at WSU's student paper, The Winonan.