Three Trucks races, three remarkable outcomes. The third annual Mudsummer Classic was another massive triumph for Eldora Speedway and track owner Tony Stewart.
Christopher Bell came out on top in just his third Camping World Trucks Series start. Bobby Pierce, making his first start in Trucks, led a portion of the night and finished second. Youth was served and the race got a third different winner in the summer ritual.
The only problem? Well, it’s just a summer ritual. Fans now have to wait nearly an entire year before the next NASCAR race at Eldora likely on July 20, 2016.
Eldora has become much more than just a spectacle, it’s now the highlight race of the Trucks season. So instead of repeating races in the Xfinity Series, would the series be better served with a highlight race at a track like Eldora Speedway? How about a visit to the Charlotte Motor Speedway short track leading up to the Coca-Cola 600 or Bank of America 500?
That possibility was on the mind of nearly every NASCAR fan on Wednesday night. How do we know? Look at the reaction from fans when XFINITY Racing tweeted about the prospect of holding a dirt race.
With so many drivers like Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick having dirt track experience, it would be a huge benefit for each to earn a win. While Larson and Austin Dillon aren’t full time in Xfinity, the other three could be competing for points a more familiar turf.
— XFINITY Racing (@XFINITYRacing) July 23, 2015
But why stop at Xfinity? A user on Reddit points out bringing the All-Star race to the Charlotte dirt track would bring more intrigue. If more seats were installed all the way around the .4-mile track, CMS might have another tweak to the All-Star race to draw fans back into the event.
Sure, teams likely wouldn’t want to use up equipment on a non-points race, but that’s not the point. Sprint Cup cars could be stripped bare with late-model setups. What fans want to see is NASCAR drivers at the highest level being challenged.
A dirt track would more than challenge even past champions in Sprint Cup.
NASCAR is taking baby steps to return back to its roots, and Wednesday night’s race at Eldora is proof. But the next move is to give each series a summer spectacle on a dirt track for fans to salivate over each season.
Follow Chicken Bone Alley on Twitter.