Earlier this week I wrote about the potential of more night racing coming to NASCAR down the road specifically in the Sprint Cup Series.

FOX turning most of its Saturday night programming to sports and NASCAR’s new television contract that will begin in a couple of years most certainly points to the Cup Series holding more races under the lights.

Look no further than the packed grandstands at Saturday night’s Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway for proof that for NASCAR to grow, more prime time events are actually a good thing.

And if the television Gods are smiling on the sport, I have a feeling the ratings for Saturday night’s telecast on FOX will also be a positive story.

As of now there are 12 events runs under the lights during the Sprint Cup season including 10 points-paying races and the Budweiser Shootout/Sprint All-Star Race exhibitions.

Word is one or perhaps two more prime time events are under consideration as early as 2013.