NASCAR Truck Series headed to dirt
Monday, Nov. 12, 2012
The NASCAR Truck Series will race next season on the half-mile dirt track at Eldora Speedway near Rossburg, Ohio, multiple sources confirmed to The Observer and ThatsRacin.com.
An official announcement of the move could come as early as Wednesday.
The race would be the first on dirt for any of NASCARs three national series Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Trucks.
The track, owned by Cup driver Tony Stewart, does not have energy-absorbing SAFER barriers installed and no permanent medical facility on property.
Sources said NASCAR is expected to waive its policy adapted beginning in 2005 that SAFER barriers be installed at all tracks hosting its three national series. Why NASCAR is willing to make an exception in this case is unclear.
Eldora Speedway, built in 1954 by Earl Baltes, has a permanent seating capacity of approximately 20,000. Stewart has hosted a charity race featuring many NASCAR drivers at the track since 2005.