NASCAR President gives major update on demolished Auto Club Speedway’s future

Auto Club hosted one of the best races of 2023 before getting demolished.


NASCAR President gives major update on demolished Auto Club Speedway’s future

Auto club Speedway Fontana (Via IMAGO)

Auto Club Speedway was demolished by NASCAR after the 2023 regular season race at the track, which saw Kyle Busch scoring his first win with RCR. The two-time Cup champion became the last race winner at the 1.5-mile track. Now NASCAR President Steve Phelps has confirmed the sanctioning body’s plans for the track.

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He pointed out that NASCAR has a complete rendering ready for the track including its configuration and Asphalt, which was made with the help of iRacing. He admitted that the size of the track is yet to be decided upon, but confirmed that it will 100% be a short track. This is because the track no longer has much real estate like it used to.

We’ve got rendering of what that racetrack will look like, both the surface itself, working with iRacing to make sure whatever asphalt track we put down there, whatever size – it will be a short track for sure just based on the fact that we don’t have as much real estate as we had [before].
Phelps said, as reported by On3.com.

The uncertainty the sanctioning body has about how long the track will be is a matter of concern. The track’s history and legacy aren’t something that shouldn’t be forgotten and the fact that racing has been great there unlike in the past with Next-Gen cars, means failure to have a better track will negatively affect the future of the sport in the region.

Steve Phelps claims NASCAR fans asked for more sort tracks

Phelps while talking about the massive reconstruction project that NASCAR has undertaken pointed out that having more tracks has always been a demand from the sports fans. But he made a concerning revelation about when will track welcomes racing once again.

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Denny Hamlin and Steve Phelps
Denny Hamlin and Steve Phelps (Via IMAGO)

He said that the track would come back once the Next-Gen car’s performance in the short track came back to normal. NASCAR is working on making short-track racing back again but it is still uncertain when will the projects succeed and when will the track return to the sport.

Oh, and by the way, fans for years and years and years said ‘Hey we need some more short tracks.’ And as we continue to improve on our short track package with this Next Gen car, at some point, that track will come online. When that is, I don’t know but that’s our desire and that’s what we’re working towards.

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