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NASCAR Returns To Dirt Track Racing With Rave Reviews; More To Come?
Published July 25, 2013
CATCH ME RIDIN' DIRTY: USA TODAY's Jeff Gluck writes the race "should be the catalyst for change in the sport, the kind of moment that lays the groundwork for the future." The trucks were "heavy, clumsy and painfully slow." It featured "only one wreck." and "no side-by-side finish." But the race "was still 10 times better than many of the events held on 1.5-mile cookie cutter tracks used by the Sprint Cup Series." There was "entertainment from start to finish -- something that can't be said about many NASCAR races these days" (USATODAY.com, 7/25). YAHOO SPORTS' Nick Bromberg writes the race "went from novelty to mainstay in the span of three hours." Bromberg: "If you watched and weren't entertained, I don't know what to tell you" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 7/25). NASCAR President Mike Helton said of the event, "It not only gives up a Wednesday night level of excitement, it also gives us, NASCAR, and motorsports in general, an opportunity to show dirt track racing to the world." He added, "What the future holds? We'll see, but I know tonight is something everybody is going to check off and say that was a historic moment" ("NCWTS Setup with Krista Voda," Speed, 7/24).