Tony Stewart To Fans: ‘Put Some Pressure On NASCAR’ For Xfinity Race At Eldora

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Tony Stewart To Fans: ‘Put Some Pressure On NASCAR’ For Xfinity Race At Eldora

Post by HiddenHollow » Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:06 pm

By Dustin Long | Jul 17, 2018, 1:04 PM EDT

Tony Stewart challenged fans to reach out to NASCAR and convince the sanctioning body to put an Xfinity race at Eldora Speedway.

“Fans, if you’re out there, think about starting to put some pressure on NASCAR,” Stewart said during an appearance Tuesday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “I think we need to get an Xfinity race. If we could get an Xfinity race and it was successful, maybe one day we could get a Cup race here at Eldora, and I think that’s something everybody would like to see.”

No move could be made until 2020. The 2019 schedule already has been announced for the Xfinity Series and also has been released for the Cup series.

This is the sixth year the Truck Series has raced at Eldora Speedway.

Stewart said on “Tradin’ Paint” that he thinks an Xfinity and Cup race could work at Eldora Speedway, the high-banked half-mile dirt track in Ohio that Stewart owns.

“Maybe one of these days we will get an Xfinity or a Cup race here because we’ve proven you can run the vehicles here,” Stewart said. “We’ve proven that the Truck drivers that have never been on dirt before can sit there and get around this track really well. If a truck can get around here, an Xfinity or Cup car get around here as well. Who knows, I never dreamed we’d have a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race here. Now maybe the dream will start now that maybe we can get an Xfinity race here in the future, too.”

The Truck series races at Eldora on Wednesday night. The Trucks will race at Eldora in 2019 on Aug. 1.

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Re: Tony Stewart To Fans: ‘Put Some Pressure On NASCAR’ For Xfinity Race At Eldora

Post by HiddenHollow » Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:30 am

Tony Stewart ramps up lobbying for Cup Series race at Eldora Speedway

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ROSSBURG, Ohio -- Tony Stewart watched NASCAR's Truck Series drivers go four wide in a battle for the lead in the waning laps and two trucks speed side by side for an incredible finish on Wednesday at Eldora Speedway.

The track's owner wants more.

Having promoted NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events at his half-mile dirt oval for the past six years, Stewart eyes a NASCAR Cup Series race sometime in the future.

The Eldora truck race is the only national series dirt race on the NASCAR schedule, and Stewart has started to publicly campaign louder for additional NASCAR national series races. NASCAR has routinely said it wants the dirt race to be special for the trucks.

"If you can do it with trucks, you can do it with Xfinity, you can do it with Cup, you can do it with anything," Stewart told ESPN Wednesday night after the Eldora Dirt Derby. "Let's try to get an Xfinity race here; let's crawl before we walk, and then walk before we sprint."

The track had another solid crowd but not a sellout of its 17,782 seats for the midweek event. Stewart has no idea how feasible it is to get a Cup race; NASCAR has not added a new date to the schedule since 2001. Any changes since then on the Cup schedule have come from realignment requests within the portfolios of current track owners.

Former Charlotte Motor Speedway president Humpy Wheeler, who was the grand marshal for Wednesday's race, said he had tested Cup cars on the dirt track at Charlotte and he believes they could run right away on a dirt track.

"Dirt has made a tremendous comeback in this country the last 20 years," Wheeler said. "They're ready for a Cup race. I would love to see a Cup race here.

"They could put some extra seats in here and end up with 35,000 to 40,000 paid and have more people than a lot of races that we run right now on superspeedways."

Stewart, who co-owns Stewart-Haas Racing that operates four Cup teams, said it would be a cost-efficient change for team owners.

"The teams are getting more used to it," Stewart said. "If you can get the truck guys to figure it out, Xfinity and Cup guys can figure it out. They all have the resources to do it.

"And you don't have to worry about aero. You don't have to bring your best aerodynamic car. I'd bring my worst aero car that I've got in my fleet."

Chase Briscoe, an Xfinity Series driver who won the truck race Wednesday night, said there is no doubt that Cup cars should run at the track.

"The Cup Series, to me, is the best race car drivers in the world," Briscoe said. "The best race car drivers should have to run a superspeedway, they should have to run on a short track, they should have to run on an intermediate course, they should have to run on a road course and they should have to run on a dirt track."

So, when's the test of Cup cars at Eldora?

"Ask NASCAR when the test is and I'll make sure the track is ready," Stewart said with a laugh. "I don't know [if it will happen]. I never thought there was a likelihood of getting a NASCAR race, period, here to even have this conversation.

"After six years of doing it with trucks, the actual physics of doing it are proven that it can happen."

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Re: Tony Stewart To Fans: ‘Put Some Pressure On NASCAR’ For Xfinity Race At Eldora

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Re: Tony Stewart To Fans: ‘Put Some Pressure On NASCAR’ For Xfinity Race At Eldora

Post by Annalee » Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:33 pm

As long as Brian France owns NASCAR, I don't think it will happen.....I am not sure he is into something like this...
1. He didn't think of it , not his idea
2. He doesn't own the track.....

It certainly would be fun to watch :s_yes
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Re: Tony Stewart To Fans: ‘Put Some Pressure On NASCAR’ For Xfinity Race At Eldora

Post by alenigma » Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:47 pm

3. Cocaine stupor.
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Re: Tony Stewart To Fans: ‘Put Some Pressure On NASCAR’ For Xfinity Race At Eldora

Post by alenigma » Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:58 pm

I t would be great for the sport, in my opinion. I saw the grandstands at the latest Eldora race, they were Packed! Can we cast our votes here?
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Re: Tony Stewart To Fans: ‘Put Some Pressure On NASCAR’ For Xfinity Race At Eldora

Post by Annalee » Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:56 pm

"When I retire, I want to be in charge." @KevinHarvick plays a game of "Dear NASCAR" with @DarylMotte.

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There maybe some hope....Kevin wants to be in charge of the whole thing...ie NASCAR...I could see Tony and Kevin in charge... This is almost more than I could ever hope.....:s_thumbsup They together have the money to buy the whole thing... :s_thumbsup
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Re: Tony Stewart To Fans: ‘Put Some Pressure On NASCAR’ For Xfinity Race At Eldora

Post by alenigma » Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:12 pm

Annalee, were you trying to leave us a link? I would love to have seen/heard the conversation with Daryl and Kevin.
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