NASCAR Trucks to add dirt track to schedule

Thursday, November 29, 2012

NASCAR Camping World Truck series driver Joey Coulter will have to bust out his Husky Liners® mud flaps for next season because it's going to get dirty.

In the latest NASCAR breaking news, Tony Stewart, three-time NASCAR champion and owner of the Eldora Speedway, along with Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Racing Operations, announced that the NASCAR Camping World Truck series is adding the dirt track of Eldora to its 22-race schedule.

"We've had talks about getting the trucks on dirt in the past," NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations Steve O'Donnell said. "The door-to-door racing that our Truck Series is known for plus Eldora's popularity and Tony's dedication to putting on great shows for the fans is a perfect fit."

On July 24, NASCAR will return to dirt after not having held a dirt race since 1970. Stewart, who has been joking for years to bring a race to Eldora, said it is a dream come true for him. NASCAR officials ran a two-day test of the track in October, Stewart, along with Austin Dillon, 2012 Nationwide Series rookie of the year and 2011 Truck Series champion, tested identically prepared Chevrolet Silverados on the track.

Stewart said not talking about the test earlier was one of the hardest things he's had to do is in professional racing career.