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Alexander: The end at Auto Club Speedway? It’s just a hiatus

Kyle Busch does a burnout as celebrates winning the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Kyle Busch takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Race cars line up 5-wide as a salute to race fans prior to the start of the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Brandon Jones’ race car comes to a stop after hitting barrels of sand a the entrance to pit lane during the late laps of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Production Alliance Group 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Race cars pull off the pit lane for practice for Sunday’s NASCAR Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Driver Austin Cindric celebrates with a crew member after winning the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Driver Bubba Wallace speaks with his crew after spinning out during qualifying for Sunday’s NASCAR Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Kyle Larson walks to his race car for qualifying for Sunday’s NASCAR Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Kyle Busch walks with his crew as they push his car toward the qualifying line for Sunday’s NASCAR Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Driver Ryan Blaney signs autographs for race fans prior to qualifying for Sunday’s NASCAR Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Bubba Wallace climbs out of his race car after spinning out during qualifying for Sunday’s NASCAR Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Brad Keselowski prepares for qualifying for Sunday’s NASCAR Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Daniel Suarez climbs into his race car for qualifying for Sunday’s NASCAR Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Driver Austin Cindric celebrates with a crew member after winning the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Driver Austin Cindric celebrates with a crew member after winning the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Drivers Daniiel Suarez (99) and Chase Elliott (9) race down the front stretch during practice for Sunday’s NASCAR Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Kyle Busch walks down the pit lane to his race car as he prepares for qualifying for Sunday’s NASCAR Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Brad Keselowski prepares for qualifying for Sunday’s NASCAR Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Driver Bubba Wallace prepares for qualifying for Sunday’s NASCAR Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Brad Keselowski prepares for qualifying for Sunday’s NASCAR Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

The crew of Cole Custer celebrates after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Production Alliance Group 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Race winner Cole Custer does a burnout as his crew celebrates following the NASCAR Xfinity Series Production Alliance Group 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

A crew member for Ryan Vargas spills fuel during a pit stop during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Production Alliance Group 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Daniel Hemric makes a pit stop during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Production Alliance Group 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Cars race into turn one during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Production Alliance Group 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

The wrecks race car of Brandon Jones is towed down the pit lane after he crashed during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Production Alliance Group 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Trevor Bayne makes his first pit stop during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Production Alliance Group 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Daniel Hemric makes a pit stop during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Production Alliance Group 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

A pit board representing the Rip character from the Yellowstone television series is seen in the pits during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Production Alliance Group 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Cole Custer celebrates after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Production Alliance Group 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Race winner Cole Custer does a burnout as his crew celebrates following the NASCAR Xfinity Series Production Alliance Group 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Cole Custer does a burnout after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Production Alliance Group 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

A crew member for Ryan Vargas spills fuel during a pit stop during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Production Alliance Group 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Cole Custer celebrates after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Production Alliance Group 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Kyle Busch does a burnout as celebrates winning the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Kyle Busch celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

The crew of Kyle Busch come to celebrate with their driver after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Kyle Busch celebrates as he drives to victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Kyle Busch leads the field down the back straightaway during the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Kyle Busch celebrates as he drives to victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Kyle Busch races through turn 4 during the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Ross Chastain leads Kyle Busch through turn 4 during the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Kyle Busch celebrates with his crew after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Safety crews chase after Martin Truex Jr’s. loose tire during the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Alex Bowman races through turns 3 and 4 during the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Kyle Busch celebrates as he drives to victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Cars race through turns one and two during the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

A military jet flies does a flyover prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Kyle Busch races out of turn 2 during the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Kyle Busch does a burnout as celebrates winning the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Chase Elliott leads Kevin Harvick during the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Cars race down the front straightawy during the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Race fans try to stay warm during the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Pit boards light up as cars enter the pits during the closing laps of the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Chase Elliott races out of turn two as Chase Briscoe follows during the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Race fans watch from atop their recreational vehicles in the infield during the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., front right, leads the field towards turn one after taking the green flag to start the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

A military jet flies does a flyover prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Race cars line up 5-wide as a salute to race fans prior to the start of the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Race fans cheer for their favorite driver during the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., front right, takes the green flag to start the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Cars pull into the pits for the first round of pit stops during the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Cars exit the pits during the first round of pit stops during the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Cars race into turns one and two at the start of the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Cars pull into the pits for the first round of pit stops during the NASCAR Cup Series Pala 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. The race was the last on the 2-mile oval, due to a planned reconfiguation of the track, which which opened in 1997. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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FONTANA — The mood was melancholy here Sunday, largely because so much of Auto Club Speedway’s future was unknown and therefore uncertain.

But by the end of the afternoon, after Kyle Busch won the final NASCAR Cup Series race on the two-mile oval that played host to its first race in 1997, track president Dave Allen had reassurance for those race fans worried that Southern California, and particularly the Inland Empire, might be about to totally lose another track. There will be an announcement in the coming months, and there will be a brand-new racing facility on this land in years to come.

“I’m hopeful that we get to a point here in the near future, some time this year, (that) there’s going to be a few different bites at the apple as it relates to more information coming out and a timeline established,” Allen said.

“And honestly, I can’t wait to share some of the things that we’ve been working on from a design perspective, because we’ve been working on it for quite a while.”

It will be a short track, a half-mile oval, and the hints are that this will be what Allen called “the most state-of-the-art short track that’s ever been built,” a facility that not only will transform NASCAR racing in Southern California but could serve as a venue for regular local racing programs as well.

The references to the last race, which will be followed by at least one year off the Cup series schedule and maybe two, may have thrown all of us off. The competitors and the broadcasters treated it as the end of an era, as they should have, but the general public seemed uncertain whether “last race” referred to the last on the two-mile oval or the last race ever.

Those fears weren’t soothed by a Friday report by Sports Business Journal, citing sources and public documents, that NASCAR, which owns the speedway, has closed on a deal to sell 433 of the property’s 522 acres to an entity called Speedway SBC Development LLC, with the sale price estimated at $544 million.

The publication further reported that the purchasing entity is tied to real estate developer Hillwood, a Dallas-based company that is working with NASCAR to, as SBJ put it, “sell off parts of its vast properties, as it sought to find new revenue streams and better utilize the huge amount of acreage it owns across the country.”

True. Allen noted that Hillwood is “a partner of ours as a company that’s helping us reassess all of our land holdings across the country,” and it is but one of many moving parts that NASCAR and the track administration have been dealing with.

But the report set off the conspiracy theorists on social media, who wondered if the 89 remaining acres would be enough to build a half-mile track plus parking and campgrounds, what the other land would be used for, and whether NASCAR might eventually throw in the towel, sell the rest of the land for development and close the track.

 

IMO, 90 acres isn’t big enough, especially with homes and businesses surrounding it. I think the remaining acres are going to be sold as well, and NASCAR is finished in the Fontana market.

— Family Man (@TeamKFBfan8) February 25, 2023

That sucks!! Surely will miss @AutoClubSpdwy

— TalksWithTreiPodcast (@That_Guy_Trei) February 24, 2023

Riverside Redux

— SuitcaseBlake (@suitcase_e) February 25, 2023

Maybe it’s because we’ve been here before, with the closings of Riverside International Raceway in 1989 and Ontario Motor Speedway, modeled after Indianapolis and itself advertised as state-of-the-art, in 1980, not to mention the closing of Ascot and the frequent threats to Irwindale Speedway. It’s understandable that local NASCAR fans might fear the worst, isn’t it?

“It just shows you how passionate the fan base is about what we have here in this two-mile track,” Allen said. “I’m one of them. I’ve been here 23 years. There’s a lot of emotion that’s boiling through me this weekend, and moments when you get sentimental about it. But at the same time, what we’re trying to do is solidify NASCAR, big-time NASCAR racing, here for a long time to come.

“I think we’re headed in the right direction. It just needs a little bit more time, a little bit more patience, and we’ll get it out there.”

The details will soothe a lot of nerves when they are unveiled. Allen equated it to building a home, and dealing with “so many different things that can go one way or another,” among them the land sale and dealing with local zoning issues and with San Bernardino County officials on what the new project will look like.

Sunday, when a pretty good crowd braved temperatures in the high 40s to show up for the final race, was a reminder of what we’re losing, if temporarily, starting with a ceremonial five-wide parade in front of the grandstand.

This was a track, particularly a track surface, that drivers hated early on but learned to love as it aged. This week, the competitors universally talked of how they’d miss it.

It was fitting that Busch, who won five Cup races all told on this track, won the last one.

“I mean, it’s a two-mile racetrack,” he said. “It’s big, it gets spread out. But man, you can move around and you can spread out and you can make your own destiny by trying to find something else that’ll help work for your race car. It’s a sad day for me to see this racetrack (having) its last race being a two-mile configuration.

“…I hope the next track that we have puts on the show that we’ve been able to see here for the last 10-12 years. But repaves are always tough, man. It takes a good five years for a repave to turn into something that’s decent.”

We’ve got time.

jalexander@scng.com

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