Eldora explained: Qualifying, tires and more
July 23, 2013, NASCAR.com
Mudsummer Classic will feature a different take on traditional qualifying
The race will feature a traditional two-lap qualifying session, five qualifying heat races, one last-chance race and a champion’s provisional to determine the 30-truck starting field. The top-20 in owners’ points entering the race event will have a guaranteed starting position.
Here are additional details for each round of qualifying:
Two-lap qualifying determines starting position for the qualifying heat 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
• 15 laps; only green flag laps count
• The top-four finishers will transfer to the feature race 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.
The “Mudsummer Classic” will be the first NASCAR national touring series event held on dirt since NASCAR’s premiere series competed Sept. 30, 1970, in Raleigh, N.C. Richard Petty won the Home State 200 at the half-mile State Fairgrounds Speedway.