Tony Stewart is hoping Eldora Speedway can add another NASCAR race, or two, to its schedule in the future.
The Eldora Dirt Derby for the Camping World Truck Series — a perennial favorite stop on the NASCAR calendar — will run at Stewart’s Ohio track for the sixth straight year Wednesday night. As such, Stewart, speaking Tuesday during a “Tradin’ Paint” appearance on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, said the proven ability of trucks running on dirt, and drivers with limited dirt experience getting around the track mean an Xfinity or Cup car can do the same.
“Maybe one of these days we’ll get an Xfinity or a Cup race here because we’ve proven you can run the vehicles here, and we’ve proven that the truck drivers that have never been on dirt before can sit there and get around this track really well,” Stewart (pictured above presenting the Truck race winner’s trophy to Darrell Wallace back in 2014) said. “If a truck can get around here, an Xfinity car or Cup car can get around here as well.
“Who knows, I never dreamed we’d have a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race here. But maybe the dream will start now that maybe we can get an Xfinity race here in the future, too.”
Eldora is the only dirt track on the NASCAR national series schedule. NASCAR is locked into its Xfinity and Cup Series schedules through the next two years, having made a five-year agreement with the tracks back in 2015. If the sanctioning body were to look at other venues, it wouldn’t happen until at least 2021. Until then, Stewart is calling on the fans to make their voices heard.
“Fans, if you’re out there, think about starting to put some pressure on NASCAR,” said Stewart. “I think we need to get an Xfinity race, and if we could get an Xfinity race and it was successful, maybe one day we could get a Cup race here at Eldora, and that’s something that I think everybody would love to see.
“So, we need to start putting some pressure on NASCAR to get an Xfinity race here as well.”