Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 11 Toyota driver Denny Hamlin is in favor of NASCAR continuing “1-day shows” for the 2021 Cup Series Season.
Since the resumption of racing in May, NASCAR decided to remove practice and qualifying sessions and organize races as 1-day show. The reason to do so was to help teams cope with the financial difficulties posed by the pandemic and also to reduce time on the race tracks.
Hamlin strongly favors keeping the 1-day show format for the next season.
“1-day shows are certainly in the future. I think its tremendously beneficial for race teams and their financial model to not have back-up cars, back-up engines, back-up parts – all that nonsense.
“It costs a lot of money to prepare cars that 95 percent of the time you don’t even use.”
The No. 11 Toyota driver also proposed how NASCAR can keep qualifying and practice for some important races.
“I think practice and qualifying will happen on your lead events. Ones that are deemed very important events for NASCAR. Your majors, as you could probably say.”