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Eldora adds Truck Series practice day

May 15, 2013, Staff report,

'Tailgate Tuesday' an extra day to prepare for sold-out dirt race

Eldora Speedway has added a pair of Camping World Truck Series practice sessions on the day before NASCAR's historic, sold-out return to dirt racing.

The half-mile facility owned by Tony Stewart announced Wednesday that it would host a pair of two-hour Truck Series practices on Tuesday, July 23, the day preceding the Mudsummer Classic. The first practice will begin at 4:30 p.m., and the evening will also include a 25-lap dirt late model race. Tickets start at $10 and go on sale Thursday.

The Mudsummer Classic will be the first NASCAR national series event on dirt since the final Cup Series event on that surface, at the North Carolina Fairgrounds in Raleigh in 1970. Eldora sold out its reserved grandstand seats about a month after they went on sale, and sold out of general admission tickets shortly afterward. About 20,000 spectators are expected for the event.

The added Tuesday night slate -- dubbed "Tailgate Tuesday" by the track -- will be part of a race week that will have a traditional dirt-track feel. NASCAR announced in April that the event will consist of five qualifying races, one last-chance race, and a 150-lap feature split into segments of 60, 50 and 40 laps.



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