ROSSBURG, Ohio — Ryan Newman never expected to have the opportunity to compete on dirt at the NASCAR level but he says he never thought he would race in a stock car with wings, the original Car of Tomorrow, either.
After finishing third in the inaugural Mudsummer Classic, Newman told reporters after the race that he enjoyed the experience and that NASCAR should consider making more stops on dirt if that’s what the fans wanted.
“It’s awesome — it’s fun,” Newman said. “It’s very simple, a lot of simplicity to it, and I’m not saying that this makes it great but you have to ask the fans.
“But if you were to ask my opinion — I’d say absolutely.”
When asked about which tracks he would like NASCAR to look at next, Newman suggested many of the classic fairground speedways, specifically mentioning Indianapolis, DuQuoin and the Illinois State Fairgrounds — both tracks that are on the ARCA Racing Series schedule.
It should be noted that ARCA uses passed down Sprint Cup chassis in their tour.
“There are other great race tracks that I think we could go to as well but this was a great show at least from our perspective, to do something that was off the charts different and great at the same time…I didn’t do this because I was a Cup driver or anything, I did it because I’m a driver and wanted to run this first race back on dirt.”
Newman competed in the race for Turner Scott Motorsports adding that he expressed an interest in doing it the moment they announced it and that he would do it again. But which dirt tracks would you like to see NASCAR run and should it extend to Nationwide or Cup too?
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