Politics stifles a schedule revolution

Updated: August 18, 2010, 9:54 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

We now know the 2011 Sprint Cup schedule has some significant differences from 2010.

Different? Yes. Better? Well, maybe. As good as it can be? Not even close.

Doing what's best overall is compromised by doing what is best for two very powerful organizations: International Speedway Corp. and Speedway Motorsports Inc.

NASCAR and the track owners made changes which they hope will increase interest and cause a bit of a buzz in 2011: Chicagoland starts the Chase; ...

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