Delays, rule changes, and dust and mud have made today’s NASCAR Cup Series race at the temporary Bristol dirt track a fascinatingly messy affair, but the actual racing in between the problems has been promising and exciting. 200 laps into the 250 lap race, NASCAR has evidently decided that what they have seen is enough, and they have announced that dirt racing will return to Bristol next season.
No further details have been revealed, but NASCAR will have a full weekend of racing on the temporary surface and a full year of preparation time to improve the product before next season’s race. The inaugural weekend has been plagued mostly by track preparation issues, first mud kicked up by a track that was too wet on Saturday and then dust kicked up by a track that has been too dry today, but the rare long green flag runs in between all the visibility issues and pile-up crashes have been excellent. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.