|NASCAR buzzing after Eldora dirt race|
|Saturday, July 27, 2013 12:00 AM|
INDIANAPOLIS — The NASCAR Truck Series stop at Eldora Speedway this week created a lot of buzz that still hasn’t died down.
The Ohio race was the first for NASCAR on a dirt track since Sept. 30 1970. Some drivers in Indianapolis for this weekend’s Brickyard race were talking Friday about a possible Sprint Cup series race at the track — someday.
Clint Bowyer was part of the broadcast of Wednesday night’s event on Speed TV. A part of him wanted to be in Eldora racing.
“Basically, I was stuck in a cage in there in the Hollywood Hotel with my world racing out there and it was really hard to sit there and watch,” he said. “I thought the racing was good. Everybody was thinking, ‘Man, why is the track so dry-slick?’ It led to good racing.”
Jeff Gordon watched every minute of it, too. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was on his way to New York and didn’t get to see the finish.
He never got to see Austin Dillon capture the win but a sold-out crowd at the half-mile dirt track owned by Tony Stewart saw everything. So did 1.4 million viewers on TV.
“It was entertaining and exciting and something that was something that I hope to see more of,” Earnhardt added.
The race was a hit for everyone.
“Everywhere I’ve gone this week I’ve had people that are huge NASCAR fans and people that aren’t big NASCAR fans at all that watched it,” Gordon said. “And they were blown away. They did not expect it to go the way that it did.”
And with the excitement that surrounded the race brings up a question: Is there a future at Eldora with NASCAR?
NASCAR officials say they’re hopeful. Stewart was on hand for the race and wouldn’t mind seeing a future at his track with the series.
“The logical thing is, NASCAR will go back and evaluate how the two days went,” Stewart added after the race. “We, as a company, will do the same thing.”