Perhaps no driver will be as upset as Carl Edwards over Gateway International Raceway losing its NASCAR Nationwide Series races in 2011.
Officials from Dover Motorsports, which owns and operates Gateway, informed NASCAR recently that it would not request sanctions at the 1.25-mile track for either its two Nationwide races or its Camping World Truck Series race.
Edwards, from Colombia, Mo., considers Gateway his home track and is the all-time Nationwide Series race winner with three victories there.
"That’s sad, to me," Edwards said. "I know from my part and Justin Allgaier, and all the guys who go there and do the best we can to raise awareness in that area of the race and to make it an exciting race, I know it’s very frustrating for all of us that, for some reason, we haven’t had the success there fan-wise and attendance-wise that we want.
"I remember one of truck races I was in where trucks were sliding down the back straightaway sideways and we had six green-white-checkered restarts – one of the most dramatic finishes ever – and we’ve had some really dramatic Nationwide races, but I’m not smart enough to understand why that track wouldn’t succeed. It is a little heartbreaking. I like racing there a lot."