The single day event is not helping out the teams financially. Still pretty much same travel and accommodation costs. Save a bit on parts and wear items but is not a big enough difference to be worth it.
It does save HUGE money on the promoters side though. Only 1 night of security, lights, staff, etc.
Surprised that wheatland isn't on the midwest schedule. Midwest teams raced there in 2008, some guys went down earlier this year for the KCORR event. It is pretty awesome to have the schedule out already.
Must be a huge bump then. For example, lights alone are around $25k/night, plus staff, security, accommodations, hospitality, track rental/prep, etc. knocking a night off is saving them in the triple digits per weekend. Lucas is putting on the races for content for TV. All they need is one really cool night of racing for the content. Notice all single weekend races are night races because it looks amazing under the lights for TV. If they do a double header weekend it is always a day race and also at a track where they either own or have the rights to. Do this cuts down HUGE costs on Lucas’s end. Lucas is not in the business of putting on “races” they are in the business of putting on “shows” just like NFL/NHL/MLB/Etc.
I’m beginning to wonder if Lucas Oil, is reducing costs on the Motorsports marketing side...they recently (at least it looked like) they sold the Lucas Oil Modified Pavement Series, to SRL. Still the presenting sponsor...which is a whole lot cheaper, than owning.