I‘m not sure how many people are fans of both NASCAR and MLB, but I’m pretty sure they are not stupid enough to show up to a race track in Ohio expecting the All-Star game.
Yes, the MLB has pressured Eldora Speedway of Rossburg, Ohio (pop. 200) to re-name a summer promotional that for the past three years has gone under the name “Mudsummer Classic,” alternately “Mud Summer Classic.”
It seems the name, which refers to a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race that takes place every summer on Eldora’s short-track dirt oval carved out of a cornfield, sounds a little too much like the “Midsummer Classic,” MLB’s nickname for the annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Which, we should point out for those of you who are confused, is an annual professional baseball game that takes place in a different major-league ballpark every summer, and has nearly nothing to do with racing 450-hp pickup trucks around a dirt track.
You know, I get that you have to protect your property and all, but this seems to be a little extreme. Is there anyone who honestly is going to go to a little town in Ohio expecting to see the All-Star game because they misunderstood the difference between Midsummer Classic and Mudsummer Classic? For their part, the officials at Eldora seem to be taking the hit in stride.
In a statement, Roger Slack, the general manager of Eldora Speedway, expressed a heartfelt apology to fans who may have been confused by the similar-sounding names: “We hope all of the baseball fans who traveled to Rossburg, Ohio the past three years in anticipation of the MLB All-Star Game enjoyed the race and the $2 beers.”