Ep. 159: Marcus Smith on the Roval debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway
By Nate Ryan, NASCAR on NBC Sports
The president and CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc. on Charlotte Motor Speedway's new road course being the talk of the playoffs (1:00), whether the goal was to freak out drivers about how treacherous the track might be? (2:45); why drivers seemingly have bought into the Roval as a good thing even if it makes them uncomfortable (5:00); whether it proves what might be perceived as bad for drivers is good for fans (6:00); on the resistance he faced to the Roval (8:15); Mario Andretti’s involvement with the road course and how Marcus secured the Porsche 918 to put him on track (10:00); Mario’s three pieces of Roval feedback (12:00); how Marcus came up with the Roval idea for the Cup Series (14:00); on if there were any moments of doubt it wouldn't work (16:45); the appeal of road courses as the new short tracks (19:45); could this be a blueprint for street races? (21:30); will the drafting/All-Star Race package be coming to the 2019 Coca-Cola 600? (25:00); should NASCAR pull back on the drafting package because the racing has been better lately? (26:45); how Charlotte’s new synthetic turf should help with crashes and is it headed to other tracks? (29:30).