It‘s been almost two years since NASCAR revealed plans to convert the 2-mile Auto Club Speedway into a half-mile short track.
Three weeks ago, after the successful running of the Busch Clash at the L.A. Coliseum, Cup driver Kyle Busch said there was “no question, after what we saw today” that Auto Club would be “cut up.”
Now, on the eve of the sport‘s return to Fontana for the first time since March 1, 2020, when those short track plans could be a reality aren‘t any clearer.
Dave Allen, the president of Auto Club Speedway, was asked about the status of the track conversion on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio‘s “Tradin‘ Paint” Friday. Allen said a “timetable has not been established as of yet.”
“We had to pump the brakes a little bit with where we were going,” Allen said. “We definitely are looking at the potential of changing the facility to a half-mile track. A lot of fans have said they want to see more short track racing. So that‘s what we‘ve been looking at. The timetable has not been established as of yet. I hope as we get through the year, a little further, we‘ll have a little bit more direction on that, but the excitement within the company to continue to strategize and to develop what that looks like moving forward is very, very strong.”
— Speed Sport —