Charlotte plays host to Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR’s longest race, and also has a Chase race in October, in addition to the May Sprint All-Star Race.

“My preference is to make the events where they are more successful,” France said Saturday at CMS. “We have gotten a long way with our position in motorsports because we've had historically important events, like this weekend, that happen every year that people can count on.

“That said, for one reason or another, (if) a certain market is not performing as well, it may be a better opportunity. … We'll take a look at it (but) my preference would be to keep the event here in Charlotte.”

NASCAR typically begins talking to teams about race dates for the following year in May, and France said he did not “see a new venue in ’14 at this time.”

He also said it was not a priority for NASCAR to try to arrange a Memorial Day weekend schedule that would make it easier for a driver to run both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600. Tony Stewart, John Andretti, Robby Gordon and others have run both races on the same day in the past.

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