NASCAR: Is Infineon the Best Track for Father's Day?

Daniel CaudillContributor IJune 22, 2010

PHOENIX - APRIL 10:  Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet, holds daughter Ella Sophia Gordon prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SUBWAY Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix International Raceway on April 10, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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NASCAR was born and bred in North Carolina. The majority of NASCAR drivers live and were raised in North Carolina.

Many NASCAR drivers are fathers, with some being new fathers, such as Elliott Sadler, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, and Max Papis.

Some of them are expecting, such as defending champion Jimmie Johnson, teammate Jeff Gordon, and fellow driver Juan Pablo Montoya.

You’re probably wondering what my point is. Well, this weekend’s race was at the Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Sonoma is some 2,200 miles from the central NASCAR area of North Carolina.

If you were a father of a small or even grown child, would you want them to have to travel with you 2,200 miles just to celebrate Father’s Day?

I would think not, unless you were the race winner Jimmie Johnson, whose family resides in California, and his hometown is in the same area, in which case, he wouldn’t have to travel.

NASCAR has only raced at Infineon on Father’s Day for two years now, but before that it was Michigan, which is still a long ways away.

Should NASCAR move this race, maybe to a place like Charlotte, Bristol, Martinsville, Darlington, or even reopen a place like North Wilkesboro or "The Rock" to start racing on Father’s Day?

My opinion is that they should, but it is practically impossible to get NASCAR to change their mind about something.