Don't get me wrong, I love North Wilkesboro, Rockingham, and Darlington. Atlanta is an SMI cookie cutter track, but has had so many great moments. I wish all of those tracks still had two races each. I'm thrilled that the truck series is going to run the Rock. Thank you Andy Hillenburg for doing what it takes to get NASCAR back.
However, you have to go where the money is. Texas Motor Speedway is in the middle of one of NASCAR's biggest markets. That's why they now have two races.
The market in the southeast was/is dwindling. I hate that, but it's true. I never thought I'd see the day when Bristol has 60,000 empty seats.
I've been to races as SMI tracks, and I've been to ISC tracks, and a few 'independents,' and I've got to say Bruton and his track promoters do WAY more for the fans than anyone else. They listen to the fans and they do what they say they're going to. At every SMI track I've been to, it's evident that everyone who works there values the fans, from Bruton Smith, to the track promoters, to the people in the ticket office, to the ones selling hot dogs and cleaning up trash.
Greedy or not, I'm a big Bruton Smith fan.