A little while ago we wrote about how there has been an increase of interest in NASCAR and AUSCAR this year compared to other years.
Lots of thought has been put into the Thunderdome, parts of the track does get used by drifters and in TV ads for Vodafone though why anyone would use a brown grass infield and a track that has fading paint and a crumbling surface for a TV ad is a wonder.
A new train of thought from pundits is that instead of the sport restarting big on a place like the Thunderdome, it has to start small through the acquisition of small dirt tracks and paving them (or leaving as is) and then build the sport up to the point it needs a place like the Thunderdome.
NASCAR and dirt tracks can work, the Camping World Truck Series races once a year at Eldora and it gets lots of loving from fans, who can forget Norm Benning battling his way into the main race in his largely unsponsored truck?
It is true that NASCAR and AUSCAR could do a roaring trade as a historic series on the bill with other historic series which are steadily gaining a following but those are of course on road circuits but drivers will probably take it anyway they can.
We’ve seen NASCAR’s, AUSCAR’s and Trucks scattered across Australia, somebody has to reach out to the others and say lets all race together somewhere and see what happens otherwise nothing big is going to happen, anywhere.
EDIT: July 2017, Stock Cars Australia has taken the step of trying to get everyone together by allowing a class of AUSCARs to race in their series.