SMI interested in hosting Trucks at Dirt Track at Charlotte

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It wouldn’t happen before 2017, but Speedway Motorsports Inc. CEO Marcus Smith told Motorsport.com that he has spoken to NASCAR about possibly hosting the Camping World Truck Series at the Dirt Track at Charlotte.

Were it to become a reality, the 4/10th-mile dirt oval would join Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, which hosted its third annual Mudsummer Classic in July, as the only dirt tracks on the schedule.

“I’ve had a lot of people ask me about that – I’ve had some drivers ask me, a lot of fans have asked me about it. We are open to the idea,” Smith told Motorsport.com. “I think if teams want to do it, then I would certainly be open to doing it.

“I love what Eldora has done. I think that mid-week, primetime event is fantastic. I love going to it myself. If there is interest from teams to do it in Charlotte, then I know the Dirt Track at Charlotte would be a great place to host something like that.”

The Truck series visits Charlotte Motor Speedway the same weekend as the Sprint Cup’s All-Star race. Smith said the potential dirt track race could occur that weekend or possibly be added to its October race weekend, which hosts Cup and Xfinity night races.

An early August report by Motorsport.com said NASCAR had received “overwhelmingly positive” feedback after polling Truck teams about their interest in adding a second dirt race to the 2016 schedule, which hasn’t been released yet.