Race Date:Wednesday, July 23, 2014
TV: Fox Sports 1
Wednesday, July 23
Practice: 10:00 AM ET
Final practice: 11:30 AM ET
Qualifying: 5:00 PM ET
Qualifying / heat races: 7:00 PM ET
Pre-race: 8:30 PM ET
Race: 9:00 PM ET
Tuesday, July 22
11:00 AM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER
12:30 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
3:00 PM 5:00 PM BROADCASTING SET- UP
5:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE CLOSES
Wednesday, July 23
8:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
8:30 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING
9:00 AM NCWTS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
10:00 AM 11:00 AM NCWTS PRACTICE
11:30 AM 1:00 PM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
1:45 PM 2:30 PM NCWTS Autograph Session
3:30 PM NCWTS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING(Pavilion)
5:10 PM NCWTS QUALIFYING
7:00 PM NCWTS 1ST QUALIFYING RACE (10 LAPS) followed by
7:10 PM APPROX. NCWTS 2ND QUALIFYING RACE (10 LAPS) followed by
7:20 PM APPROX. NCWTS 3 RD QUALIFYING RACE (10 LAPS) followed by
7:30 PM APPROX. NCWTS 4TH QUALIFYING RACE (10 LAPS) followed by
7:40 PM APPROX. NCWTS 5TH QUALIFYING RACE (10 LAPS) followed by
8:15 PM APPROX. NCWTS LAST CHANCE RACE (15 LAPS)
8:40 PM NCWTS DRIVER INTRODUCTION-SECURITY- CLEAR PIT ROAD
9:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
9:00 PM NCWTS RACE (150 LAPS 60-50-40, 75 MILES)
9:02 PM Invocation
9:03 PM National Anthem
Wallace wins at Eldora: #54-Darrell Wallace, Jr. won the 1800CarCash Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway. #30-Ron Hornaday, Jr. finished second followed by: #29-Ryan Blaney, #52-Ken Schrader, #3-Ty Dillon, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #13-Jeb Burton, #98-Johnny Sauter, #88-Matt Crafton, and #2-Austin Dillon. There were 7 cautions for 33 laps and 5 lead changes among 5 leaders. Complete results are on the Eldora race results page (pdf).(7-23-2014)See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Eldora Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-23-2014)
Eldora Race Fast Facts:
Darrell Wallace Jr. won the 2nd Annual 1-800 Car Cash Mudsummer Classic, his third victory in 32 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2014.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in two races at Eldora Speedway.
Ron Hornaday Jr. (second) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Eldora Speedway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2014.
Ryan Blaney (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Eldora Speedway.
Tyler Reddick (11th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Ryan Blaney leads the point standings by 4 points over Matt Crafton.
Driver standings following Eldora:
1) #29-Ryan Blaney, 369
2) #88-Matt Crafton, 365, -4
3) #98-Johnny Sauter, 359, -10
4) #30-Ron Hornaday, 350, -19
5) #77-German Quiroga, 343, -26
6) #54-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 341, -28
7) #31-Ben Kennedy, 301, -29
8) #17-Timothy Peters, 327, - 42
9) #21-Joey Coulter, 312, -57
10) #05-John Wes Townley, 304, -65
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(7-23-2014)
Owner Standings following Iowa are posted (pdf).(7-23-2014)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Eldora: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #03-Michael Affarano, 30th
Caution 2: none
Caution 3: #03-Michael Affarano, 30th
Caution 4: none
Caution 5: #03-Michael Affarano, 30th
Caution 6: #3-Ty Dillon, 5th
Caution 7: none
Jones, Burton, Hornaday, Blaney, Sauter win heats: #51-Erik Jones, #13-Jeb Burton, #30-Ron Hornaday, Jr.,#29-Ryan Blaney, #98-Johnny Sauter won the heat races, securing top-five starting spots. #05-John Wes Townley won the last chance race. Failed to qualify: #0-Joe Cobb, #07-Jared Landers, #10-Jennifer Jo Cobb, #82-Cody Erickson. See the starting lineup on the Starting lineup page(pdf)(7-23-2014)
Heat race groups:
Race 1:#51-Erik Jones, #54-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #32-Kyle Larson, #80-Jody Knowles, #31-Ben Kennedy, #63-JR Heffner, #0-Joe Cobb
Race 2:#35-Mason Mingus, #13-Jeb Burton, #05-John Wes Townley, #21-Joey Coulter, #20-Gray Gaulding, #82-Cody Erickson, #03-Michael Affarano
Race 3:#30-Ron Hornaday, Jr., #9-Chase Pistone, #19-Tyler Reddick, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #3-Ty Dillon, #14-Michael Annett, #10-Jennifer Jo Cobb
Race 4:#88-Matt Crafton, #17-Timothy Peters, #29-Ryan Blaney, #2-Austin Dillon, #77-German Quiroga, #6-Norm Benning, #07-Jared Landers
Race 5: #52-Ken Schrader, #99-Bryan Silas, #02-Tyler Young, #98-Johnny Sauter, #08-Korbin Forrister, #50-TJ Bell
Jones on pole for the Mudsummer Classic at Eldora: #51-Erik Jones earned the pole for the 1800CarCash Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday, running a fast lap at 90.393mph. #35-Mason Mingus, #30-Ron Hornaday, Jr., #88-Matt Crafton, #52-Ken Schrader, #54-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #13-Jeb Burton, #9-Chase Pistone, #17-Timothy Peters, and #99-Bryan Silas completed the top-10. Five qualifying races and a last chance race will determine the starting lineup. See complete results on the Qualifying results (pdf) page.(7-23-2014)
Eldora Qualifying Notes:
Erik Jones won the Keystone Light 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the 2nd Annual 1-800 Car Cash Mudsummer Classic with a lap of 19.913 seconds, 90.393 mph.
This is his first pole in ten NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his first pole and fifth top-10 start in 2014.
This is his first pole at Eldora Speedway.
Mason Mingus (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2014 and his first at Eldora Speedway.
Ron Hornaday Jr. (third) posted his first top-10 start at Eldora Speedway. It is his eighth in ten races this season.
Mason Mingus (second) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(7-23-2014)
Blaney fastest in final practice: #29-Ryan Blaney was fastest during the opening practice at Eldora Speedway with a speed of 87.869mph. He was followed by #35-Mason Mingus, #2-Austin Dillon, #30-Ron Hornaday, Jr., #3-Ty Dillon, #80-Jody Knowles, #63-JR Heffner, #9-Chase Pistone, #32-Kyle Larson, and #52-Ken Schrader. 34 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Eldora practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(7-23-2014)
Jones fastest in practice: #51-Erik Jones was fastest during the opening practice at Eldora Speedway with a speed of 90.749mph. #35-Mason Mingus was second, followed by #88-Matt Crafton, #19-Tyler Reddick, #32-Kyle Larson, #77-German Quiroga, #54-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #17-Timothy Peters, #9-Chase Pistone, and #98-Johnny Sauter. 32 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Eldora practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(7-23-2014)
Entry List:There are 33 trucks on the preliminary entry list for next Wednesday's 1800Car Cash Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway. A few notes:
Ken Schrader is in the #00;
Austin Dillon is in the #2;
Ty Dillon is in the #3;
Norm Benning is in the #6;
Michael Annett is in the #14;
Kyle Larson is in the #32;
UPDATE: Cody Erickson is entered in the #82;
UPDATE 2: Korbin Forrister is listed in the 08 in place of original entry Weller. Michael Affarano was added.
UPDATE 3: Jared Landers is entered in the #07 in place of original entry Black.
UPDATE 4: Joe Cobb is entered in the #0 and Ken Schrader's entry changes from #00 to #52;
See the complete list on the Eldora entry list page.
Get The Dirt On Eldora
From asphalt to dirt, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series makes a transition to the high-banked clay oval of Eldora Speedway on July 23 for the second consecutive season. The only dirt track on the schedule, Eldora will challenge even the most seasoned of veterans as it remains unique to the truck series among national series schedules.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson and NCWTS Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Tyler Reddick will use their dirt racing backgrounds to their advantage as both drivers have experience in navigating the turns of Eldora.
In 2012, Reddick became the youngest driver to start in the World 100 at Eldora. At 16 years old, he was one of 123 entries in the annual dirt Late Model event and started on the outside pole, leading the first three laps. Although Reddick now focuses primarily on trucks, he recently made his first 2014 dirt Late Model start on July 4, and then won his second start the follow day at Highland Speedway in Illinois.
Larson is also a household name at Eldora as the driver has frequented the track on numerous occasions. In his first visit in September 2011, he became the second driver to sweep all three USAC features in the 4-Crown Nationals, finding Victory Lane in the National Midget, Sprint Car and Silver Crown Series' events. Since then, Larson created his own sprint car team, Larson Marks Racing in 2014 and experienced his first win as an owner when driver Shane Stewart won the World of Outlaws STP Series at Eldora earlier this year.
Eldora has been good to Larson and Reddick in the past and with many drivers having limited experience on dirt, familiarity of the track may prove to be the key to success.
Summer Heats Up Championship Battle
Seven points is all that separates the top three drivers in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points standings. Defending champion Matt Crafton overtook teammate Johnny Sauter to regain the points lead following a third-place showing at Iowa Speedway. Sauter fell to third as a runner-up finish by Ryan Blaney put the driver in second, just two points behind Crafton. Comparing the three.....
Crafton is the only driver to visit Victory Lane, earning wins at Martinsville Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway earlier this year. He owns the highest average driver rating (106.7) and has led almost two times the number of laps Sauter and Blaney have led combined. With an average finish of 9.8 in the next three-race stretch, experience is on his side.
Blaney has been the biggest mover, earning 84 points in the last three races to jump from fifth to second. He also owns the highest average finish (8.1), reinforced by five top-five and seven top-10 finishes this season. Although he has yet to win a race, Blaney is the only driver to have earned a victory in one of the next three races (Pocono - 2013).
Sauter is one of two drivers to have remained in the top five in points standings all season (Ron Hornaday Jr.). Prior to an 18th-place finish at Iowa Speedway, he was the most consistent of the three with five consecutive top-10 finishes. Look for Sauter to rebound and continue to build his championship run.
Austin Dillon Digs In
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Austin Dillon returns to Eldora Speedway as the defending 1-800 Car Cash Mudsummer Classic race winner. In 2013, Dillon became the first driver in 43 years to win a NASCAR national series race on dirt. Richard Petty was the last to accomplish the feat in September 1970 at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.
In the inaugural event at Eldora, Dillon led a race-high 64 laps, posting a 127.3 driver rating on his way to Victory Lane. He returns to the track with limited seat time in the truck series, but that has not stopped him in the past. After winning the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship, Dillon has made six series starts, posting five top-10 finishes. In three starts this season, he has yet to finish outside the top ten.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Etc.
Gray Gaulding, 16, and John Hunter Nemechek, 17, will make their third and fourth (respectively) series starts as they run a limited schedule due to age limits...Toyota has won the last 11 races, dating back to Phoenix International Raceway in November 2013. ... It's a family affair at Eldora Speedway for brothers Ty and Austin Dillon who race together in the truck series for the first time since November 2013 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Diggin' the Dirt
Eldora Speedway continues to remain unique to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as the only dirt track on the NASCAR national series schedule, and the only race to award the winner a golden shovel. The 1-800 CarCash Mudsummer Classic on Wednesday July 23 will carry on the "ceremonial digging" tradition instituted at the inaugural event, in which the race winner scoops dirt from the track as a keepsake. FOX Sports 1 will provide coverage of practice, qualifying and the qualifying races throughout the day, with the race's start scheduled for 9 p.m. ET.
Defending race winner Austin Dillon returns to add to his dirt collection while runner-up Kyle Larson hopes to start one of his own.
It will not be an easy path to the finish, as the race format at Eldora presents a unique challenge. With five qualifying races and a Last Chance Race drivers must stay focused on running at the front. Ken Schrader, Jared Landers, Timothy Peters, Jeb Burton and Kenny Wallace were the drivers to beat in qualifying last season, but it was Norm Benning who stole the show in the Last Chance Race, beating and banging his way across the finish line to make the inaugural starting lineup. He'll make an anticipated return on Wednesday.
Although some drivers have become acquainted with Eldora, almost half of the entries have yet to make a truck series start at the dirt track.
Busy Week on Tap for Townley
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver John Wes Townley is scheduled to compete in five races over an eight-day span. He, along with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson and NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Ty Dillon, competed this past weekend in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway. All three will get their midweek racing fix at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday and will then head to Indianapolis Motor Speedway later this week. Larson will hit a total of four races, competing in each national series while Dillon is scheduled for three.
Townley began his five-race stint starting on the ARCA Racing Series pole for the first time this season at Chicagoland before jumping into the driver's seat in the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 on Saturday night. Now, Townley travels to Eldora Speedway and continues to build on a career-best season in which he has earned two top-five and three top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Following the Wednesday night showdown, he will find himself back in the ARCA Racing Series at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, and capping off his whirlwind week with his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at the Brickyard.
Schrader Back in Action
NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader makes his return to the truck series at Eldora Speedway where he became the oldest pole winner in NASCAR national series history last season at the age of 58. It was his second career pole in the series and first since 2004.
Schrader has a strong dirt racing background, competing at local tracks around the country for his team, Ken Schrader Racing. He is coming off a recent win at the dirt track of El Paso County Speedway (Kan.) in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified Series on July 19.
Schrader began competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 1995, posting one career-series win at Saugus Speedway (Calif.) that same year. In 101 starts, he has accumulated 11 top-five and 36 top-10 finishes.
Congratulations 2015 Champ Kyle Busch
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