Anyone else think NASCAR’s inaugural Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway was an amazing spectacle?
I’m not a massive trucks fan, but after watching them slip n’ slide on the dirt oval, I couldn’t look away for a second. It appears I’m not alone either, as officials deemed the Mudsummer Classic race such a success they are considering to keep the dirt track, owned by Tony Stewart, a part of the schedule in 2014.
“… it over-delivered on everything they’d done,” NASCAR vice president Steve O’Donnell told ESPN. “Terrific turnout, really happy with how the competitors performed all night, so all in all, a great night for NASCAR and the sport.”
The race grabbed the attention of a 1.20 rating (1.4 million), making it the 10th-most watched Truck race ever on Fox Sports and the most-watched sports program for the day on cable.
O’Donnell, who played a key role in NASCAR’s return to dirt in a national series for the first time in more than 40 years, said it be premature to think other dirt tracks will be considered for the schedule moving forward. He said the fan and social media response surpassed expectations, noting that 61-year-old Norm Benning was trending on Twitter when he earned the transfer spot into the main event in the “last chance” race.
“The numbers were higher than any other truck race in our history; rivaled some Cup races,” O’Donnell said of social media response. “Clearly the fans were engaged, which is terrific.”
I for one really hope we see some more of this slippery racing on other tracks in the future.