Poll: Would you like to see timed races in NASCAR?

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As we were looking at some of our favorite sites Friday morning, we came upon an interesting question posed by the guys over at Motor Racing Network (MRN.com):

“Is It Time For Timed Races?”

The guys from MRN.com suggested that NASCAR should consider shifting to timed events to, among other things, better integrate itself with TV time windows.

In other words, have a timed race run about 2 hours, 30 minutes, so that it can fit in a three-hour TV broadcast window.

Frankly, I’m not in favor of that at all. I like the system the way it is now, although I’d prefer to see some (not all) of the remaining 500-mile races on the schedule shifted to 400-mile events.

Plus, if we went to timed races, race strategy would take significant hits. We’d likely no longer see green-white-checker finishes, fuel mileage battles would likely cease to exist and, to me, timed racing would become boring.

Would you like to see timed races in NASCAR? Voice your opinion in the poll below.

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Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”