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Plans to convert Auto Club Speedway into a short track have been put on hold

FONTANA, CA – MARCH 17: A general view of the track during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 race at Auto Club Speedway on March 17, 2019 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images) | Getty Images

It’s been nearly two years since NASCAR revealed plans to convert the two-mile Auto Club Speedway into a short half-mile track.

Three weeks ago, after the successful run of the Bosch game at the Los Angeles Coliseum, Trophy driver Kyle Busch said “there was no doubt, after what we saw today” that the Automobile Club would be “truncated.”

Now, on the eve of the sport’s return to Fontana for the first time since March 1, 2020, when those short track plans are a reality is no more apparent.

Dave Allen, president of Auto Club Speedway, was asked about the status of the diversion on “Tradin’ Paint” for SiriusXM Radio NASCAR on Friday. “No timeline has been set yet,” Allen said.

“We had to hit the brakes a little bit with what we were going on,” Allen said. “We are definitely looking into the possibility of changing the facility to a half-mile track. A lot of fans have said they want to see more short track races. That’s what we were looking for. The schedule hasn’t been set yet. I hope as we get closer to the year, a little later, To have a little more direction in that, but the excitement within the company to continue to strategize and develop what appears to be going forward is very, very strong.”

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