AVONDALE, Ariz. - NASCAR Chairman Brian France said discussions about the makeup of the 10 races of the Chase for the Nextel Cup, plus Speedway Motorsports Inc.'s recent acquisition of New Hampshire International Speedway, will make realignment for SMI "more possible."
France spoke Friday following a business seminar at Phoenix International Raceway. Last week, SMI owner Bruton Smith announced the purchase of the New Hampshire track and its two Nextel Cup Series dates for $340 million in cash.
Smith has yet to decide whether he will attempt to move one or both of the New Hampshire dates to other SMI tracks. He has long sought a second date for his track in Las Vegas.
"We have had conversations (about realignment), but they're not anything new. ... We'll have to see what (SMI officials) bring to us and what they think will work for them," France said.
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Asked whether NASCAR prefers to keep two Cup dates in the Boston-area TV market, France said, "I think two events that are working as well as those two events were, you'd like to think that they would work best there vs. taking one somewhere else.
"I think they've got to get in there, Bruton and Humpy (Wheeler, SMI president), and determine some of that on their own."