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“ACS sold out its Cup races before it went to two Cup events a year. But NASCAR and most of its major sponsors want to race twice a year at ACS because L.A. is the second-largest market in the country. One ISC track is going to lose a Cup date soon. Kansas Speedway will get a second annual Cup date when a casino is built at the facility. The process was delayed because of the economy, but it will happen in the next year or two. Seven ISC tracks have two Cup dates -- Daytona, Talladega, ACS, Michigan, Richmond, Phoenix and Martinsville. Only three would appear to be in danger of losing a date -- Martinsville, Michigan and ACS. Martinsville is an old facility in a rural market, but it has short-track racing that fans love. And the same old-school fans who complained about Darlington losing a race would howl if Martinsville lost a date. Like ACS, Michigan International Speedway is located in one of the most distressed economic areas in the nation. But it is the home track of the U.S. auto industry, and ISC is making renovations at the track. If a fan poll were taken on which track should lose a Cup race, ACS probably would top the list. But many fans would vote against it even if the racing was great because the Southeastern fan base wants more events near the home folks. Whatever happens, determining the fate of ACS's future shouldn't rest on this weekend's attendance. Paying to see a race doesn't make sense if you lost your job and your house. Terry Blount covers motorsports for ESPN.com. His book, "The Blount Report: NASCAR's Most Overrated and Underrated Drivers, Cars, Teams, and Tracks," was published by Triumph Books and is available in bookstores. Click here to order a copy. Blount can be reached at email@example.com.
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