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July 27, 2013

Dirt race buzz builds

INDIANAPOLIS — The NASCAR Truck Series stop at Eldora Speedway this week created a lot of buzz that still hasn’t died down.

The Ohio race was the first for NASCAR on a dirt track since Sept. 30 1970. Some drivers in Indianapolis for this weekend’s Brickyard race were talking Friday about a possible Sprint Cup series race at the track — someday.

Clint Bowyer, who is second in the Sprint Cup Series standings, was part of the broadcast of Wednesday night’s event on Speed TV. A part of him wanted to be in Eldora racing.

“Basically, I was stuck in a cage in there in the Hollywood Hotel with my world racing out there and it was really hard to sit there and watch,” he said. “I thought the racing was good. Everybody was thinking, ‘Man, why is the track so dry-slick?’ It led to good racing.”

Jeff Gordon watched every minute of it, too. Dale Earnhardt Jr. tried. He was on his way to New York and didn’t get to see the finish.

“I had it recorded on my TV and it recorded an hour and a half of it, so I didn’t get to see the last segment,” he said. “It was some kind of communication error. But, that was disappointing to say the least because I had pretty much cut off all contact with anyone who might ruin the outcome for me.”

He never got to see Austin Dillon capture the win. But a sold-out crowd at the half-mile dirt track owned by Tony Stewart saw everything. So did 1.4 million viewers on TV.

But the portion of the race Earnhardt was able to enjoy was enough to make an impact.

“It was entertaining and exciting and something that was something that I hope to see more of,” Earnhardt said. “Just from a viewer’s standpoint.”

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