Bright lights, big track

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JULY 26: Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 RKMotorsCharlotte.com Toyota, looks on in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samuel Deeds 400 At The Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JULY 26:  Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 RKMotorsCharlotte.com Toyota, looks on in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samuel Deeds 400 At The Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – JULY 26: Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 RKMotorsCharlotte.com Toyota, looks on in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samuel Deeds 400 At The Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A NASCAR race under the lights at Indianapolis Motor Speedway?

That’s not just a far-fetched dream. In reality, lights are among capital improvements reportedly being considered by the top brass at the Brickyard.

Lighting the 2.5-mile speedway, however, would be an enormous proposition.

“Boy, you’re going to need nuclear power to light this place,” Clint Bowyer said Friday morning. “You’re going to have to shut down downtown to have enough power to light this track — it’s huge. But I don’t know. I don’t know that (lighting) matters.

“Just look back at all the races that have been run on this place. That’s what’s important about this track, in my opinion, is the tradition of coming back here. I think that’s why the fans have come here for years and year and years. It’s always been a day race — I don’t see why it shouldn’t be.”

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.