NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- Eldora Race Info, Links and News

Aspen Dental Dirt Derby150

TRACK: Eldora Speedway

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race #11 of 23 for the 2016 season


Race: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 in Rossburg, OH

Title Sponsor: Aspen Dental

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 9:16pm/et

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9:00 PM NCWTS RACE (150 LAPS / 40-50-60, 75 MILES)

NCWTS = NASCAR Camping World Truck Series


  • Larson wins Truck Series Race at Eldora #24-Kyle Larson overcame a one-lap deficit to win the Aspen Dental Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday. Larson was penalized one lap for intentionally bringing out a caution just 50 laps into the race. In the closing laps, he was able to hold off the defending race-winner, #4-Christopher Bell, to get the win. Bell finished second, followed by: #98-Rico Abreu, #11-Jake Griffin, #29-Tyler Reddick, #00-Cole Custer, #13-Cameron Hayley, #19-Daniel Hemric, #22-Austin Wayne Self, and #88-Matt Crafton.
    #63-Bobby Pierce led the field to green and held the position for 102 of the event's 150 laps. With just over 25 laps remaining however, Pierce bounced hard off of the wall while chasing down Larson. The damage was done and he ended the race in 25th.
    There were 9 cautions for 52 laps and 3 lead changes among 2 leaders.
    The average speed was 41.971mph.
    Complete results are on the Eldora race results page (pdf).

  • Eldora Race Fast Facts:
    Kyle Larson(i) won the 4th Annual Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby 150, his second victory in 12 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
    This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in three races at Eldora Speedway.
    Christopher Bell (second) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Eldora Speedway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2016.
    Rico Abreu (third) posted his first top-10 finish at Eldora Speedway and best of his NCWTS career.
    Christopher Bell (second) was the highest finishing rookie.
    William Byron # leads the point standings by 9 points over Matt Crafton.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(7-20-2016)

  • Driver standings following Eldora:
    1) #9-William Byron #, 282
    2) #88-Matt Crafton, 273, -9
    3) #19-Daniel Hemric, 271, -11
    4) #21-Johnny Sauter, 253, -29
    5) #17-Timothy Peters, 252, -30
    6) #4-Christopher Bell #, 245, -37
    7) #29-Tyler Reddick, 243, -39
    8) #8-John Hunter Nemechek, 232, -50
    9) #33-Ben Kennedy, 225 -57
    10) #13-Cameron Hayley, 220, -62
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(7-20-2016)

  • Owner Standings following Eldora are posted (pdf).(7-20-2016)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Eldora: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #33-Kennedy, 11th
    Caution 2: #98-Abreu, 3rd
    Caution 3: #00-Custer, 6th
    Caution 4 #19-Hemric, 8th
    Caution 5: #33-Kennedy, 11th
    Caution 6: #24-Larson, 1st
    Caution 7: #9-Byron, 14th
    Caution 8: #44-Heffner, 15th
    Caution 9: #44-Heffner, 15th


  • Pierce, Reddick, Schrader, Heffner, Rhodes win heats: #63-Bobby Pierce, #29-Tyler Reddick, #71-Ken Schrader, #44-JR Heffner, #41-Ben Rhodes won the heat races, securing top-five starting spots. #51-Cody Coughlin won the last chance race. #98-Rico Abreu followed Coughlin in the final transfer slot. The remainder of the field was set on points.
    Failed to qualify: #78-Chris Fontaine, #82-Sean Corr , #43-Korbin Forrister, #6-Norm Benning, and #10-Caleb Roark.
    #75-Caleb Holman had the fastest individual lap in qualifying. He will start sixth, followed by #24-Kyle Larson, #21-Johnny Sauter, #23-Spencer Gallagher, and #4-Christopher Bell.
    See the starting lineup on the Starting lineup page(pdf)(7-20-2016)

  • Qualifying race results: #63-Pierce won race 1. See results on the Race 1 results (pdf) page
    #29-Reddick won race 2. See results on the Race 2 results (pdf) page
    #71-Schrader won race 3. See results on the Race 3 results (pdf) page
    #44-Heffner won race 4. See results on the Race 4 results (pdf) page
    #41-Rhodes won race 5. See results on the Race 5 results (pdf) page
    #51-Coughlin won the Last Chance race. See results on the Last Chance Race results (pdf) page

  • Heat race groups:
    Race 1: #75-Holman, #11-Griffin, #8-Nemechek, #63-Pierce, #10-Roark, #66-Anderson, #05-Boswell, #49-Edwards
    Race 2:#29-Reddick, #16-Friesen, #24-Larson, #43-Forrister, #22-Self, #88-Crafton, #51-Coughlin, #33-Kennedy
    Race 3: #71-Schrader, #98-Abreu, #21-Sauter, #00-Custer, #80-Shipley, #50-Kvapil, #9-Byron
    Race 4: #44-Heffner, #86-Brown, #02-Young, #23-Gallagher, #78-Fontaine, #6-Benning, #17-Peters
    Race 5: #41-Rhodes, #4-Bell, #07-Creed, #19-Hemric, #1-Cobb, #13-Hayley. #82-Corr

  • Holman fastest in qualifying at Eldora: #75-Caleb Holman ran the fastest lap for the Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway with a speed of 86.659mph. #29-Tyler Reddick, #71-Ken Schrader, #44-JR Heffner, #41-Ben Rhodes, #11-Jake Griffin, #16-Stewart Friesen, #98-Rico Abreu, #86-Brandon Brown, and #4-Christopher Bell followed in the top-10. Five qualifying races and a last chance race will determine the starting lineup. See complete results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) page.(7-20-2016)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)

  • Bell fastest in final Truck practice: #4-Christopher Bell was fastest in final practice for the Aspen Dental Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway with a speed of 82.369mph. He was followed by #13-Cameron Hayley, #98-Rico Abreu, #24-Kyle Larson, #41-Ben Rhodes, #63-Bobby Pierce, #29-Tyler Reddick, #88-Matt Crafton, #19-Daniel Hemric, and #33-Ben Kennedy. 36 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Eldora practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(7-19-2016)

  • Reddick fastest in first Truck practice: #29-Tyler Reddick was fastest during opening practice at Eldora Speedway with a speed of 85.808mph. #24-Kyle Larson was second, followed by: #4-Christopher Bell, #98-Rico Abreu, #63-Bobby Pierce, #88-Matt Crafton, #19-Daniel Hemric, #11-Jake Griffin, #33-Ben Kennedy, #16-Stewart Friesen. 38 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Eldora practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(7-19-2016)

  • Truck Series Entry List: There are 38 trucks on the preliminary entry list for Wednesday's Aspen Dental Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway. A few notes:
    David Levine is in the #1;
    The #05 is TBA;
    Norm Benning is in the #6;
    The #07 is TBA;
    Jake Griffin is in the #11;
    The #16 is TBA, but expected to be Stewart Friesen;
    Kyle Larson is in the #24;
    JR Heffner is in the #44;
    Bobby Pierce is in the #63;
    Ken Schrader is in the #71;
    Justin Shipley is in the #80;
    UPDATE: The 1 is TBA, Levine will not be in the truck;
    UPDATE 2: Brady Boswell will be in the #05; and Sheldon Creed will be in the #07;
    See the complete list on the Eldora entry list page.


    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- Race No. 11 - Aspen Dental Dirt Derby Eldora Speedway (0.5-mile oval) - Rossburg, Ohio Fast Facts for July 19-20, 2016

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Dirt Bias Ply

    Set limits: 4 sets for the event

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-3004; Right-side -- D-3006

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 85.79 in. (2,179 mm); Right-side -- 88.50 in. (2,248 mm)

    Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front -- 18 psi; Left Rear - 18 psi; Right Front -- 22 psi; Right Rear -- 22 psi

    Notes: This is the same combination of left- and right-side tires NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams have run at Eldora since the inaugural event in 2013 . . . there are three main differences between this tire set-up and the one that Camping World Truck teams "normally" run on asphalt ovals -- (1) these are bias ply tires, not radials, and are more compliant and able to envelope the irregularities of the dirt surface, (2) these tires have a block-style tread pattern to help evacuate the dirt, not a "slick" or smooth tread, and (3) this left-side tire (D-3004) is significantly shorter to build in more stagger between the left- and right-side tires . . . when originally designed for the Trucks at Eldora three years ago, this tire was based on a dirt modified tire already in Goodyear Racing's tire line . . . at that time, the Eldora tire was widened out to 11 inches (from 10 inches on the dirt modified tire) to give the trucks more grip . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Eldora.


    A Guide To Eldora

    Eldora's qualifying and race formats differ from the knockout qualifying seen weekly in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series. Below is a guide to how it works.

    At Eldora, two-lap, single-truck qualifying determines the starting position for the qualifying races (five in total). A random draw determines the qualifying order with the fastest qualifier earning the Keystone Light Pole Award.

    Each of the five qualifying races last 10 laps each with only green-flag laps counting. The top-five trucks in the two-lap qualifying will start on the pole for their respective qualifying races. The lineups for the qualifying races are filled based on qualifying speeds (sixth competes in the first qualifying race, seventh in the second, eighth in the third, etc.)

    The top-five trucks from each qualifying race will transfer to the race. Upon completion of the qualifying races, 25 trucks will earn spots in the Aspen Dental Dirt Derby.

    When the five qualifying races are completed, there will be a last-chance qualifying race. The lineup will be based on finishing position from the qualifying races and the race will be 15 laps with only green flag laps counted. The top-two finishers transfer to the race where they will start in positions 26-27.

    The 28th-31st starting positions go to the highest-ranking eligible trucks in owner points that have not already earned a starting position through qualifying.

    The 32nd starting position goes to the most recent eligible past series champion; if position is not filled by an eligible champion, it will be assigned based upon owner points.

    The race will be 150 laps divided into three segments of 40, 50 and 60 laps with competition cautions at the breaks on Lap 40 and Lap 90. Caution laps will not count during the competition cautions and positions cannot be improved on pit road.

    Teams are not required to pit during the competition cautions. Those teams that do not elect to pit may remain on the track and start in front of the pitting teams.

    There is no caution clock for the Eldora race.

    Dirt Aces Prepare For Eldora With Kings Royal

    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers, and open-wheel dirt standouts, Rico Abreu and Christopher Bell both competed in the 33rd annual Kings Royal sprint car races at Eldora Speedway over the weekend in preparation for Wednesday’s Aspen Dental Dirt Derby at the Tony Stewart-owned track (9 p.m. ET on FS1).

    Abreu finished second in the A-Main, while Bell placed 21st after a late-race wreck.

    At 14th on the Chase Grid (54 points below the cutoff line), Abreu essentially needs to win to get into the Chase. Eldora could be the spot as the two-time defending Chili Bowl Nationals champion is one of the best dirt racers in the world.

    “I’ve struggled reading asphalt tracks this year,” Abreu said. “My sponsor, Safelite, is based in Columbus (Ohio), so there will be a lot of people

    Abreu’s dirt highlights include: 2015 and 2016 Chili Bowl Nationals winner, 2015 Pepsi Nationals winner, 2014 USAC Midget National champion, 2013 and 2014 Johnny Key Classic winner, 2013 4 Crown Nationals Winner at Eldora Speedway, and 2013 and 2014 Belleville Midget Nationals winner.

    Bell ranks fifth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase Grid and is virtually guaranteed a spot in the playoffs by virtue of his win at Gateway. He claims one victory, four top fives and six top 10s in 10 starts this season. He is the defending winner of the Aspen Dental Dirt Derby.

    In 2015, Bell tallied six POWRi Midget wins, two USAC National Midget wins, one USAC Silver Crown win and his second career World of Outlaws Sprint Car victory. In 2013, he was the 2013 USAC National Midget champion.

    Chase Outlook

    Six races remain until the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase. Currently, five drivers are virtually guaranteed berths since they have won a race, but that could change if there are more than eight winners. The berths would then be determined by number of wins, followed by points.

    Through the first 10 races, the Chase Grid reads as follows: William Byron (4 wins), Matt Crafton (2 wins), Johnny Sauter (1 win), John Hunter Nemechek (1 win), Christopher Bell (1 win), Daniel Hemric (43 points ahead of Ben Kennedy on the cutoff line), Timothy Peters (+43) and Tyler Reddick (+14).

    The following drivers are on the outside of the Chase Grid looking in: Ben Kennedy (14 points behind Tyler Reddick on the cutoff line), Ben Rhodes (-16), Cameron Hayley (-23), Spencer Gallagher (-24) and Cole Custer (-26).

    Reddick: “Running Well At Eldora Would Mean A Lot To Me”

    For Tyler Reddick, a 20-year-old who began his career racing on dirt, Eldora Speedway means more than a change of scenery.

    "Running well at Eldora would mean a lot to me, since I have a dirt racing background,” he said. “I’ve spent time there racing dirt late models before moving up to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.”

    In fact, Reddick holds the title of youngest driver to start a World 100 from the pole at Eldora. He scored a third-place finish in last year’s Aspen Dental Dirt Derby and an 11th-place showing in the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Eldora race.

    “Qualifying and where we start the [qualifying] race is important,” Reddick noted. “A lot of it is going to be luck right off the bat with the qualifying draw. The higher number we draw puts us toward the end of qualifying and makes it harder for us to put in a good qualifying lap. In the past, Eldora has been a one-day show, but this year is a little different. We’re going to have two different practice sessions the night before our race.  I don’t think the track is going to get as dry in practice as it may have in the past when we practiced in the daytime. It’s going to be harder for everyone to get their trucks dialed in.”

    Reddick currently holds the final position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase by 12 points over Ben Kennedy. He has three top fives and six top 10s in 10 starts this season.

    Dirt Devil: Larson Set To Run For GMS At Eldora

    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Kyle Larson will compete at Eldora in the No. 24 GMS Racing Chevrolet.

    A dirt-racing phenom growing up, Larson won the 2014 Crown Nationals, becoming only the second driver to triumph in all three USAC cars in a single night.

    Larson competed in the first two editions of the Aspen Dental Dirt Derby, finishing runner-up in 2013 and 26th in 2014.

    In 11 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, the NASCAR Next and Drive for Diversity (operated by Rev Racing) alum, claims one win (Rockingham, 2013), five top fives and eight top 10s.

    Pierce Returns To Eldora After Breakout 2015 Performance

    Christopher Bell might’ve won the 2015 Aspen Dental Dirt Derby, but Bobby Pierce was just as much the story.

    In his first ever NASCAR start, Pierce captured the 21 Means 21 Keystone Light Pole Award at Eldora and battled back-and-forth with Bell the entire race to a runner-up finish.

    Also an experienced dirt racer (see a trend), Pierce won the 2015 UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals championship and the 2014 UMP DIRTcar Late Model points championship.

    Pierce’s runner-up showing was the best-ever finish for Missouri-based MB Motorsports - the only team to compete in every season of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. MB Motorsports has helped matriculate Carl Edwards, Jamie McMurray, Regan Smith, Justin Allgaier and Brad Keselowski.


    Pierce has made three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts this year.

    Byron Goes For Rookie Wins Record In Dirt Debut

    William Byron couldn’t have planned his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie season any better through the first 10 races of 2016.

    The 18-year-old Charlotte, North Carolina, native paces the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in points (+13 above second-place Matt Crafton, wins (4), average start (5.6), average finish (9.0) and driver rating (113.7). He ranks second to two-time series champion Matt Crafton in fastest laps (182, Crafton has 212), and laps led (357, Crafton has 398).

    Byron has 13 more races to gain sole possession of the rookie wins record held by him and Kurt Busch (2000), beginning with Wednesday’s Aspen Dental Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway. The No. 9 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota driver has never competed on dirt, but had his mom drive him to Chattanooga, Tennessee, following the Kentucky race two weeks ago.

    Furthermore, Byron has three wins in his last four races, while KBM has visited Victory Lane in the last four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series contests (Texas: Byron, Iowa: Byron, Gateway: Christopher Bell, Kentucky: Byron).

    Byron’s performance through the first 10 races compares favorably to last year’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Erik Jones, a fellow Kyle Busch Motorsports driver, whose crew chief was also Rudy Fugle. Jones had one win, six top fives and seven top 10s through the first 10 races, compared to Byron’s four wins, five top fives and six top 10s. Although he didn’t have to navigate the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase, Jones finished his season strong with at least a top-10 finish in the last 15 races.

    Griffin Tapped To Drive For Red Horse Racing

    Red Horse Racing has tapped 17-year-old Jake Griffin to wheel its No. 11 Toyota in Wednesday’s Aspen Dental Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway.

    Griffin’s racing experience includes experience in a variety of series, including; NASCAR, UMP A-Modified, UMP B-Modified, Crate Late Model and Super Late Model. His resume displays more than 100 feature wins, 300+ top-five finishes, one regional championship and six track championships.

    "We're really glad to have Jake on board," said Red Horse Racing owner Tom DeLoach. "He's definitely got some experience on dirt, so we're looking forward to seeing what he can do at Eldora.”

    Busy Week Ahead For Tony Stewart

    There aren’t many people in NASCAR busier than Tony Stewart. Each week, the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion has to fulfill his obligations as a driver, owner of a four-car Sprint Cup Series team and owner of Eldora Speedway in addition to a litany of other responsibilities that would take too long to list.

    Following his runner-up showing in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Stewart answered a question about his preparation for Wednesday’s Aspen Dental Dirt Derby at Eldora.

    What do you have on your plate leading up to Eldora to get the facility ready and get everything ready to go?

    STEWART:  Like I do every year, I'm flying from here straight to Eldora, and I'll be there from tonight through Wednesday night.  A lot of the stuff that we do for the racetrack side, at least from my role, is done in the middle of the night.  When everybody else is either finishing at the bar or coming home from the bar, I'm still working.  We'll do what we have to.  I've got a great staff there.  I have Roger Slack and Larry Boos, and we've got a great track crew that is as dedicated as any to get this thing done and to get it done right, so we'll go back there and we'll kick butt and get after it and get ready for Tuesday and Wednesday.



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