Snapshot: Previewing the Eldora Truck race
July 23, 2014, Zack Albert, NASCAR.com
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What: 2nd annual 1-800-CarCash Mudsummer Classic
Where: Eldora Speedway, a half-mile dirt oval in Rossburg, Ohio
When: Wednesday, July 23 at 9 p.m. ET
TV/Radio: FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 150 laps; 75 miles (3 segments: 60 laps, 50 laps, 40 laps)
Pit road speed: 30 mph
Caution car speed: 35 mph
Fuel window: 162 laps
Keystone Light Pole Qualifying: 5:10 p.m. ET; Five qualifying races of 10 laps each, 7 p.m. ET, plus 15-lap last-chance qualifying race (all events airing on FOX Sports 1)
Fastest in practice:
First practice: Erik Jones, Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 Toyota
Final practice: Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski Racing No. 29 Ford
Last year's winner: Austin Dillon, RSS Racing No. 39 Chevrolet (will drive the No. 2 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing in this year's event)
They said it I: "I want to go around the campgrounds and I want to see what the atmosphere is like. Last year it was a draining experience for me. Every night when we were done, all I wanted to do was go to sleep. But this year after you get that first event under your belt, it's like the final scene of the movie Field of Dreams. You're out in the middle of a corn field and all of a sudden there is a speedway, and you'll see campers before you'll ever see the racetrack." -- Eldora Speedway owner and three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart
They said it II: "Among Truck Series races, I would definitely say (Eldora's) probably right around the Daytona level, probably second or third. I wouldn't really see too many other races there that would really be much higher than it." -- Erik Jones, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' most recent winner, July 11 at Iowa Speedway
They said it III: "If the fans are happy, that's what makes the sport go 'round. I think that it's good that NASCAR has allowed it to come back. I still like my pavement racing, but once in a while on dirt's not bad." -- Jeb Burton, who took 18th place in the inaugural event at Eldora last season
They said it IV: "It's probably the most fun we'll have besides going to Canada. I say that because we're on dirt for Eldora, then we're turning right for Canada, so it's totally different than what we go to throughout the rest of the season." -- Darrell Wallace Jr., looking ahead not only to dirt-track racing, but the series' road course race Aug. 31 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the former Mosport circuit
They said it V: "The energy was very high and it was cool to be a part of it for sure. Looking forward to going back. Always the second time you go back, you still want it be the same as the first. There isn't any doubt in my mind there will still be a lot of excitement." -- Timothy Peters, the sixth-place finisher from the inaugural Mudsummer Classic
Sibling act: The Brothers Dillon -- Austin and Ty -- have an extensive dirt-track pedigree with their penchant for extracurricular racing. They also may hold the distinction for being the earliest to publicly commit to the second Mudsummer Classic. During Austin Dillon's NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion's Day last December in Columbus, Ohio, he was asked by a Nationwide Insurance employee about whether he'd defend his Eldora crown. Without missing a beat, he replied, "Oh, we'll be at Eldora." Sure enough, seven months later, both brothers are on the entry list.
Different type of encore: Tyler Reddick raced a year ago at Eldora Speedway, but it wasn't in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Reddick, 18, finished third here in both preliminary races for dirt late model cars in 2013. This season, he'll have a chance in the main event in the No. 19 Ford for Brad Keselowski Racing.
The Fraternal Order of Go-Fast: Short-track racing veteran Ken Schrader made history during Keystone Light Pole Qualifying for last year's event, becoming the oldest pole winner in NASCAR national series history at age 58 and earning his place in "the Fraternal Order of Go-Fast," as the Eldora public address announcers put it. One year older, Schrader is back for more in No. 52 for team owner Gene Haas.
Fast times: Schrader's pole-winning lap clocked in at 92.329 mph (19.709 seconds), underscoring the unfamiliar turf for the heavier trucks that compete on asphalt every race except this one. As a comparison, the overall record at the half-mile track is a blazing 141.654 mph (12.707 seconds) by Craig Dollansky in a winged sprint car on April 13, 2002.
Former Iowa Speedway winners in the field: Austin Dillon (1).