I have never been a fan of this cross-country zig zag and believe some place like Texas or Kansas should be scheduled between a race in some place like Florida and Phoenix.
Used to be. Up until 2005 they went from Daytona to Rockingham. That was easy as it was just an hour or two from most shops. The big teams already had their Phoenix cars loaded up and were going to leave on schedule no matter when the 500 was run. The smaller teams don't have multiple haulers and can't do that.