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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.
“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.”
“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.”
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.”
The race was a hit for everyone.
“Everywhere I’ve gone this week I’ve had people that are huge NASCAR fans and people that aren’t big NASCAR fans at all that watched it,” Gordon said. “And they were blown away. They did not expect it to go the way that it did.”
And with the excitement that surrounded the race brings up a question: Is there a future at Eldora with NASCAR?
NASCAR officials say they’re hopeful. Stewart was on hand for the race and wouldn’t mind seeing a future at his track with the series.
“The logical thing is, NASCAR will go back and evaluate how the two days went,” Stewart said after the race. “We, as a company, will do the same thing.”
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