Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Guide to the Mudsummer Classic Truck Race at Eldora Speedway

Credit: Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images
Finally, arguably the most anticipated race of the year has arrived!

NASCAR returns to its roots on the dirt as the Camping World Truck Series runs at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. For all the current news, check the track website here, but we've put together some basics for your convenience right here.

Credit: Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images
Track owner Tony Stewart watches the action. 
The Race: The CarCash Mudsummer Classic presented by CNBC Prime's The Profit
The Place: Eldora Speedway
The Date: Wednesday, July 24
The Time: 9:35 p.m. (ET)
TV: SPEED, 7 p.m. (ET) (Qualifying 7-9 p.m., Truck Setup 9-9:30 p.m. Race 8:30-11 p.m.)
Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Ch. 90
Distance: 75 miles (150 laps)






The Format:
Qualifying
Two-lap qualifying determines starting position for the qualifying races

Qualifying Races
  • Five qualifying races
  • Eight laps each; only green flag laps count
  • Five trucks transfer from each qualifying race
  • Lineup for the qualifying races will be based on qualifying speeds with four locked-in trucks (trucks in the top 20)
  • The top-five trucks in qualifying will start on the pole for their respective qualifying race
  • Highest finishing non-locked-in truck will transfer to race from each qualifying race
  • At the completion of the qualifying races, 25 trucks will have earned spots into the feature.
  • Last Chance Race
Last Chance Race 
15 laps; only green flag laps count
  • The top-four finishers will transfer to the feature and start in positions 26-29
  • The lineup will be based on the finish from the qualifying races
  • Starting position No. 30 will go to the most recent past series’ champion who has not already qualified. If the 30th starting position is not filled by an eligible champion, it will be assigned to the next highest finishing truck in the Last Chance Race.
It's no surprise that young dirt-track regulars Austin and Ty Dillon and Kyle Larson did well in practice. Also at the top of the charts, experienced dirt racers Dave Blaney, Ken Schrader and Tracy Hines.


First Practice 
Pos. Driver                     Car#    Time   
1Kyle Larson*30Leader
2Dave Blaney19-0.211
3Ryan Blaney29-0.273
4Austin Dillon39-0.337
5Ty Dillon3-0.56
6Brendan Gaughan62-0.704
7John Wes Townley7-0.838
8Scott Bloomquist51-0.851
9Ron Hornaday Jr9-0.854
10Dakoda Armstrong60-0.893
11Ryan Newman*34-0.909
12Joey Coulter18-0.91
13Jeff Babcock*84-0.959
14Max Gresham*8-1.2
15Jeb Burton4-1.21
16Darrell Wallace Jr54-1.23
17Brennan Newberry*24-1.242
18James Buescher31-1.315
19Timothy Peters17-1.354
20Tracy Hines13-1.362
21Jared Landers*6-1.467
22Johnny Sauter98-1.517
23Ken Schrader*52-1.582
24Miguel Paludo32-1.588
25Jr Heffner*44-1.735
26German Quiroga Jr77-1.945
27Kenny Wallace81-1.952
28Norm Benning*57-2.153
29Justin Jennings*63-2.226
30Clay Greenfield*68-2.246
31Jason Bowles*5-2.313
32Matt Crafton88-2.342
33Bryan Silas*99-2.465
34Joe Cobb*10-3.244

Second Practice
Pos. Driver                     Car#         Time   
1Austin Dillon39Leader
2Ty Dillon3-0.059
3Kyle Larson*30-0.075
4Ken Schrader*52-0.104
5Tracy Hines13-0.109
6Ryan Newman*34-0.186
7Dave Blaney19-0.228
8Ron Hornaday Jr9-0.233
9Ryan Blaney29-0.292
10Jeb Burton4-0.333
11Darrell Wallace Jr54-0.354
12Brennan Newberry*24-0.377
13Matt Crafton88-0.381
14Scott Bloomquist51-0.386
15Johnny Sauter98-0.407
16Brendan Gaughan62-0.42
17Kenny Wallace81-0.44
18Joey Coulter18-0.473
19Timothy Peters17-0.482
20Miguel Paludo32-0.563
21Jared Landers*6-0.567
22Jeff Babcock*84-0.641
23Jason Bowles*5-0.649
24Max Gresham*8-0.658
25German Quiroga Jr77-0.67
26James Buescher31-0.719
27Dakoda Armstrong60-0.751
28Jr Heffner*44-0.756
29Jimmy Weller III*07-0.766
30Norm Benning*57-0.867
31John Wes Townley7-0.966
32Bryan Silas*99-0.987
33Joe Cobb*10-1.035
34Clay Greenfield*68-1.048
35Justin Jennings*63-1.125

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