Hardly a day goes by that there isn’t something on social media from a ‘fan” who laments the “good old days of NASCAR”. A time when drivers drove to the track, dropped the family off, and raced the family car in hopes of having the vehicle in good enough shape to drive back home.
Former driver and current NASCAR team owner Justin Marks has suggested something very similar with “NASCAR Classic”. His idea would see race cars from days gone by getting back on the track with legends of the sport behind the steering wheel.
The idea has drawn a good deal of positive response from fans, drivers, and crew chiefs alike.
According to Marks, “what if we did the first ever NASCAR historic race event? Four races: 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 00’s. Let’s find all the restored, track-ready cars in the US. Get a bunch of legends to the event. And celebrate the decades of history. N Wilkesboro? The Rock? Charlotte? What do y’all think… The quality of the competition would be second to just a celebration of the history. Probably wouldn’t be an all out race, just a demonstration of the legacy.”
Former crew chief, broadcaster, and current SRX Racing co-owner Ray Evernham added, “I’m in, I’ll bring the cars.”
David Ragan, Garrett Smithely, and Ricky Carmichael all responded with excitement for the idea. Bobby Labonte, who has driven in the SRX Series the past two seasons responded with “interesting.”
NASCAR had a somewhat different response…
Only days after Justin Marks’ idea, NASCAR filed a “Classic” trademark with “Entertainment services, namely, conducting motorsports racing events’ regulating, governing and sanctioning motorsports racing events; providing an online database featuring news and information regarding motorsports via computer information networks, global networks and wireless networks. Entertainment services, namely, programs featuring motorsports racing and news, information and developments regarding motorsports racing, all rendered through television and radio; providing an online database featuring historical technical specifications and historical rule books pertaining to motorsports and motorsports services. Entertainment services, namely, providing a website featuring historical technical specifications and historical rule books pertaining to motorsports and motorsports series. Entertainment services, namely, licensing historical technical specifications and historical rule books pertaining to motorsports and motorsports series to third parties for use in connection with the regulating, governing, sanctioning and conducting of motorsports racing events.”
Only time will tell whether or not Marks’ idea will become a reality.
Recently, the idea has also come to light of having some exhibition styled races outside of the NASCAR name using non-NASCAR sanctioned tracks.