It’s no secret that Tony Stewart felt let down by NASCAR when the first Cup Series race on dirt since 1970 was not offered to the track he owns, Eldora Speedway, in Rossburg, Ohio.
In an interview with the Associated Press in Jan. 2021, Stewart said it was his decision to pull Eldora off the Truck Series schedule that year, an event that first brought NASCAR back to dirt after a four-decade absence. In his eyes, he and his staff did all the legwork to prove that such an event would be feasible in modern times and felt strongly disappointed that NASCAR didn’t even honor the diligence they put in with an opportunity to at least talk about a Cup Series date.
On Thursday, Eldora Speedway is hosting an event that will pay over a million dollars to the winner of a Sprint Car race appropriately titled The Eldora Million. It’s the second year in a row that Stewart has promoted a million-dollar race, the 2022 version for Late Models, before offering the same opportunity for Sprint Cars this summer.
The point is that Stewart is still convinced his facility can host any event in the world, even the NASCAR Cup Series. And with Bristol Motor Speedway expected to lose its dirt track race next season, Stewart still would like the opportunity to discuss hosting the Cup Series at Eldora.
“But that’s in NASCAR’s hands at this point, but yes, we would be absolutely interested in that conversation, yes.”
— Sportsnaut —