95 percent of ancient Ohio was forested. But centuries ago there were also small regions of prairie. Tall grasses and wildflowers were part of the prairie ecology and so were bison. Researchers near Columbus are trying to reestablish a prairie / bison ecosystem.
NASCAR Returning To Ohio
NASCAR is coming back to Ohio after a three-year hiatus.
The new race will be part of the Nationwide Series, considered NASCAR’s minor league, and will be held at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, near Mansfield.
“We’ve always known we have a huge fan base here,” says NASCAR vice president Steve O’Donnell.
“We had the opportunity with a race opening up on the Nationwide calendar, you’ve got a great market, you’ve got Nationwide as the sponsor, you’ve got Ohio State close by. So for us, this was a big opportunity to bring a race to Mid-Ohio.”
The new race is scheduled for next August 13th. It will be the first NASCAR-sanctioned event in Ohio since a truck race left the Mansfield Motorsports Park in 2008.