Both the NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck series are expected to make visits to new venues in 2013, with new stops in the state of Ohio for each circuit.
The official 2013 Truck Series schedule has yet to be released, but several media outlets have reported that multiple unnamed sources have confirmed a trip to Eldora Speedway in Rossburg.
A trip to Eldora would be historic for any of NASCAR’s national series, as the half-mile track is a dirt track. A race at Eldora Speedway in 2013 would be the first dirt track race, ever, for the Truck Series and the first for any of NASCAR’s national touring series since the premier series raced on dirt in Raleigh, N.C., in 1970.
Eldora is a half-mile dirt track owned by three-time Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart. It has a permanent seating capacity of about 20,000 and has no SAFER barriers. According to the Charlotte Observer, NASCAR may make an exception to its SAFER barrier requirement for a race at Eldora Speedway.
The Nationwide Series schedule for next season was released earlier this week. The road course at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal has been removed from the yearly schedule, but it has been replaced with another road course — Mid-Ohio in Lexington.
“With Mid-Ohio on the schedule, the NASCAR Nationwide Series has another opportunity to lead the way at a new venue,” NASCAR Senior Vice President of Racing Operations Steve O’Donnell said. “This gives us the opportunity to bring the series’ signature side-by-side racing to a new fan base, and build enthusiasm among race fans that have yet to experience the unparalleled experience of attending a NASCAR event.
Mid-Ohio is a 2.4-mile road course. The Nationwide circuit will head to the track on Aug. 17.
The 2013 Nationwide schedule is 33-races long, with Mid-Ohio the only new track on the docket and the Montreal race the only event removed from last year’s schedule.
Also with the release of the Nationwide schedule came the announcement regarding details of the 2013 Dash 4 Cash program. The qualifying race for the 2013 installment of the program will be the June 28 race at Kentucky Speedway. The program will then run through the next four races, including events at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Here is a look at the 2013 Nationwide Series schedule:
2/23 Daytona International Speedway
3/2 Phoenix International Raceway
3/9 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
3/16 Bristol Motor Speedway
3/23 Auto Club Speedway
4/12 Texas Motor Speedway
4/26 Richmond International Raceway
5/4 Talladega Superspeedway
5/10 Darlington Raceway
5/25 Charlotte Motor Speedway
6/1 Dover International Speedway
6/8 Iowa Speedway
6/15 Michigan International Speedway
6/22 Road America
6/28 Kentucky Speedway
7/5 Daytona International Speedway
7/13 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
7/21 Chicagoland Speedway
7/27 Indianapolis Motor Speedway
8/3 Iowa Speedway
8/10 Watkins Glen International
8/23 Bristol Motor Speedway
8/31 Atlanta Motor Speedway
9/6 Richmond International Raceway
9/14 Chicagoland Speedway
9/21 Kentucky Speedway
9/28 Dover International Speedway
10/5 Kansas Speedway
10/11 Charlotte Motor Speedway
11/2 Texas Motor Speedway
11/9 Phoenix International Raceway
11/16 Homestead-Miami Speedway
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