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NASCAR may be looking to add a second dirt race for the Camping World Truck Series

By admin | September 10, 2013

By Richard Allen

 

By virtually all accounts, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on dirt at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway was a great success. The grandstands were packed, television ratings were high and the buzz for the race even overshadowed the coverage of qualifying for the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

As a result, NASCAR may very well be looking to multiply that excitement by adding a second CWTS race on dirt for 2014. Sources inside the dirt and NASCAR racing industry report that the Knoxville Raceway in Iowa may well be the site of that second dirt event, should it come to pass.

The Knoxville Raceway hosts major events for both Sprint Cars and Late Models. The track is also the home of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum.

Austin Dillon won NASCAR’s first sanctioned dirt race in over 40 years when he took the checkered flag in the CWTS event in Rossburg, Ohio this past July.

*Since the original writing of this piece, it has come to light that the Iowa Speedway in Newton, IA is experiencing financial difficulties. That track has hosted CWTS events since 2009. This may or may not have any relationship to the possibility of a CWTS event at the Knoxville Speedway, but it is an interesting coincidence.

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7 Responses to “NASCAR may be looking to add a second dirt race for the Camping World Truck Series”

  1. Ricky Whittenburg Says:
    September 10th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I’ve got a couple of friends in the Charlotte area that swears that they are going to have a CWTS dirt race next May instead of them running at the big track on All Star Weekend. And “maybe” a special race with All Star drivers in IROC style (identically prepared) cars at the dirt track the night before also. They said the All Star guys in dirt cars may be a stretch but that the CWTS race was a 90% probability.

  2. Troy VandeKamp Says:
    September 10th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    While I can see Knoxville being an option, I would venture a guess that Charlotte, Texas, or Vegas (all SMI tracks) will get a dirt track event first (although none of those tracks are conducive to good dirt track racing).

    Living in Knoxville, I can also see the Fairboard and Raceway staff being leery of this type of event due to additional expenditures that would have to be made (NASCAR requires so many extra’s that aren’t really necessarry in Knoxville like on-site medical center (hospital is literally less than 1 mile away and there is another one 150 feet off the backstretch) on-site life flight helicoptor (there is one stationed in Knoxville daily 365 days a year), ticket prices (Knoxville won’t want the prices to be much over $25 per person and kids 1/2 price (to make sure the event is FAMILY friendly), as well as the sponsorship $$$”s needed for the event - although I could see Casey’s General Store stepping up to the plate).

    Seating capacity wise it’s a no brainer, (track seats just under 25,000 with 52 additional VIP suites).

  3. Ike Says:
    September 10th, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Put the dirt back on Bristol and run some late model and sprint events before the truck race. That’s what needs to happen.

  4. Tony Geinzer Says:
    September 10th, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    I am a fan of Knoxville being involved for the trucks, but, I think, too, tie it in with Lucas Nationals or offer Nationwide,too, but, I don’t want a Stand Alone for just because, but a good race.

  5. Leto Says:
    September 11th, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    With Rockingham looking like it’s shutting down, and Iowa’s financial issues, dirt might be the only way for NASCAR to keep the Truck series at 20+ races a year.

    Which in my opinion is bad, because Eldora wasn’t all that exciting to me. There was a great battle for the last spot in the field in the LCQ. But for the most part is was a matter of where you restarted (much like Atlanta’s races a few weeks ago) and if you restarted on the inside you got screwed.

    I’d much rather see NASCAR take the Trucks and Nationwide to South Boston, Mobile, maybe even Palm Beach or New Jersey, than another dirt race.

  6. Troy VandeKamp Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    I agree with Leto except for the fact that Eldora is notorious for being one lane (even in dirt circles), many other dirt tracks offer MUCH, MUCH better racing action….

  7. thomas Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    If they would have prepared Eldora in a normal manner the racing wouldve been better…the trucks have windshields for Pete’s sake, NASCAR will be better prepared for future races..drivers need tearoffs and no windshields, and bigger fuel cell to run 100 laps for the A main.