Mansfield track cancels Truck race, closes

One of these days we'll have a story about something growing or getting better in the NASCAR world, but that's not happening today.

Earlier in the week, Mansfield Motorsports Park in middle Ohio canceled its Camping World Truck Series race scheduled for May at short track, and in its place, NASCAR shifted the schedule of the third-tier series to include a race at the nearly-brand-spankin'-new Iowa Speedway in September.

(I suppose if you're an Iowan, your NASCAR life just improved two-fold with the deal thanks to the track landing a Nationwide Series race date over the summer when the 2009 schedules were announced, so that's something positive, I guess?)

Unfortunately for Mansfield, the news got worse on Friday as track owner Mike Dzurilla announced he was closing the speedway for the 2009 season. The half-mile track was the shortest distance on the truck schedule and had become somewhat of a Memorial Day tradition for the truck series to race on Sunday afternoon ahead of the Sprint Cup's Coca-Cola 600.

It wasn't the most well-known track on the schedule nor the largest, but as with any good short tracks, it produced its share of controversy among the always-rowdy truck series drivers. (Want proof? stay tuned for the video.)

Mansfield track cancels Truck race, closes originally appeared on NASCAR FanHouse on Fri, 19 Dec 2008 18:00:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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