The Milwaukee Mile is back in the NASCAR business.
The truck series will race at the track Sunday, Aug. 27, 2023, according to a schedule reported by The Athletic ahead of a Wednesday afternoon announcement.
The race is among the biggest surprises on the schedule.
The Mile has not hosted a national-level NASCAR race since 2009, when nonpayment of a sanction fee led to what has become the Xfinity Series racing at Road America in Elkhart Lake beginning in 2010.
Wisconsin fans will have two NASCAR weekends, with Road America retaining the Xfinity Series after its successful two-year run with the Cup Series was not renewed. That will be Saturday, July 29, 2023, The Athletic reported.
Two weeks after this year’s July 3 Cup race at Road America, NASCAR announced a plan for a Fourth of July weekend Chicago street race from 2023-25. At the time, Road America President Mike Kertscher said respondents to a fan survey said they would support a NASCAR weekend even without Cup so the track remained interested.
As for the Mile, Track Enterprises has promoted ARCA Menards Series and Midwest Tour and other grassroots races at the track, and its owner Bob Sargent has been bullish even as those lower-level events have had modest attendance.
The Mile has not had a race on the level of the truck series or higher since 2015, the last of three IndyCar Series events promoted by Michael Andretti. Andretti, who enjoyed great success at the Mile as a driver, had hoped to rebuild the racing tradition there but grew frustrated as attendance lagged — despite fans’ expressed interest in the track — and the weekend lost money year after year.