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NASCAR Insider Isn’t Thrilled About the Possibility of the “Oftentimes Boring” Indianapolis Oval Making a Comeback After the President Hinted at the Return

The Indianapolis oval is an interesting track because it holds a lot of prestige as a track for NASCAR. But it seems like people are coming out talking about the rather mediocre racing on there. Even reporters and writers are in doubt about its relevance.

Being the home of the iconic Indy500—with more than 110 years of historical glory—and as a track in NASCAR, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is quite significant. But time and time again, it has failed to provide quality racing. Of course, it meant that the oval was soon phased out for its road course alternative.

Talking about the track on The Pit Reporters Podcast, NASCAR journalist Jeff Gluck of The Athletic once said, “It’s a little bit odd to be this passionate about the oval when the races were not consistently amazing and oftentimes boring.

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“But to me, if you’re going to be in Indianapolis … the whole point of going there is the prestige of the oval, the place that the Indy 500 is run for all those years. That’s the magic. The road course, there’s nothing there that does anything for me.”

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Clearly, he knows what he’s talking about and there is some good reasoning behind those words. But Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s president is sure that NASCAR will return to the oval.

Will the oval return to NASCAR soon?

Indianapolis oval will be on the NASCAR calendar sooner than expected—at least that’s what its president wants you to believe because no one knows yet. The oval got phased out for a fair enough reason.

CBS Sports reported the track’s president commenting about the return, saying “Those conversations have happened. In fact, they continue to happen.”

“We never said we’re not gonna go back to the oval when we switched to the road course. We wanted to see how it worked. That’s why we started with Xfinity and then rolled it into Cup, and then we wanted to give it some time to really see how it worked instead of just one year.”

“Winning on the oval is special. So we do want to get on the oval at some point in time.”

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