Camping World Truck Series Eldora 2017 NASCAR Race Info
Eldora Dirt Derby 150
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race #11 of 23 for the 2017 season
Race: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 in Rossburg, Ohio
Title Sponsor: Dirt Derby
Race Time: 9:30pm/et
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 9:47pm/et
Television Race Coverage: Fox Business Network – 9:00pm/et
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Times are local to the Track and subject to change
Tuesday, July 18
3:00 PM 5:00 PM BROADCASTING SET-UP
3:00 PM 5:00 PM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
4:00 PM 8:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPEN
5:00 PM 11:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPEN
6:00 PM NCWTS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
7:00 PM 7:55 PM NCWTS 1ST PRACTICE
9:00 PM 9:55 PM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
Wednesday, July 19
1:00 PM 9:30 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPEN
1:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
3:00 PM 3:45 PM NCWTS AUTOGRAPH SESSION
4:30 PM NCWTS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
5:00 PM NCWTS QUALIFYING (SINGLE VEHICLE / TWO LAPS)
7:30 PM NCWTS 1ST QUALIFYING RACE (10 LAPS)
7:39 PM NCWTS 2ND QUALIFYING RACE (10 LAPS)
7:48 PM NCWTS 3RD QUALIFYING RACE (10 LAPS)
7:57 PM NCWTS 4TH QUALIFYING RACE (10 LAPS)
8:06 PM NCWTS 5TH QUALIFYING RACE (10 LAPS)
8:45 PM NCWTS LAST CHANCE QUALIFYING RACE (15 LAPS)
9:10 PM NCWTS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
9:30 PM NCWTS RACE (150 LAPS / 40-50-60, 75 MILES)
NCWTS = NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Crafton wins Eldora: #88-Matt Crafton won the Dirt Derby 150 at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday night after he took the lead with 16 laps to go following a restart. He held on to the top spot following another caution flag and final restart with 10 laps remaining. It was Crafton’s first race win of the season, his 14th of his career. Pole-sitter #52-Stewart Friesen led 93 of the 150 laps and finished second despite valiant efforts. The dirt racing veteran Friesen and eventual third place finisher, #29-Chase Briscoe, had an intense battle for the runner-up spot in the closing laps. #98-Grant Enfinger, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #63-Bobby Pierce, #18-Noah Gragson, #24-Justin Haley, #4-Christopher Bell, and #19-Austin Cindric were the remainder of the top-10.
There were 10 caution flags for 59 laps and seven lead changes among four leaders.
See results on the Eldora race results page(7-19-2017)
Stage 1 – 40 laps, winner, #88-Matt Crafton
Stage 2 – 90 laps, winner, #52-Stewart Friesen
Stage 3 – 150 laps, winner, #88-Matt Crafton
Eldora Truck Series Race Fast Facts:
Matt Crafton won the 5th Annual Eldora Dirt Derby 150, his 14th victory in 395 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in five races at Eldora Speedway.
Stewart Friesen (second) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Eldora Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2017.
Chase Briscoe (third) posted his first top-10 finish at Eldora Speedway.
Grant Enfinger (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Johnny Sauter leads the point standings by 7 points over Christopher Bell.
Truck Series point standings following Eldora:
1) #21-Johnny Sauter, 478
2) #4-Christopher Bell, 471, -7
3) #29-Chase Briscoe, 431, -47
4) #88-Matt Crafton, 427, -51
5) #98-Grant Enfinger, 356, -122
6) #8-John Hunter Nemechek, 354, -124
7) #27-Ben Rhodes, 337, -141
8) #16-Ryan Truex, 336, -142
9) #18-Noah Gragson, 329, -149
10) #19-Austin Cindric, 292, -186
See complete standings on Driver points standings page and the owner’s standings are posted on the Owner points standings page.(7-19-2017)
Free Pass – Who got a lap back on each caution at Eldora: (and their finish)
Caution 1: none
Caution 2: none
Caution 3: #63-Pierce, 6th
Caution 4: none
Caution 5: #1-Hightower, 24th
Caution 6: #63-Pierce, 6th
Caution 7: #1-Hightower, 24th
Caution 8: #13-Coughlin, 11th
Caution 9: none
Caution 10: #99-Dillon, 12th
QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION
Heat race winners: #52-Friesen, #88-Crafton, #33-Grala , #4-Bell, #99-T Dillon, and Pierce, last chance qualifier winner.
Friesen fastest in qualifying at Eldora: #52-Stewart Friesen was fastest in single-truck qualifying for the Dirt Derby 150 at Eldora Speedway. Friesen ran a fast lap in 20.000 seconds at 90.000mph. #29-Chase Briscoe was second quick, followed by #33-Kaz Grala, #4-Christopher Bell, #18-Noah Gragson in the top-five.
The qualifying session set the lineup for the qualifying races to determine the starting order.
The #44-JR Heffner withdrew from the event with a blown engine.(7-19-2017)
Qualifying race 1: #52-Friesen, #40-Shipley, #8-Nemechek, #45-Abbey, #63-Pierce, #98-Enfinger, #6-Benning
Qualifying race 2: #29-Briscoe, #88-Crafton, #27-Rhodes, #19-Cindric, #02-Johnston, #49-Chavous, #13-Coughlin
Qualifying race 3: #33-Grala, #16-Truex, #51-Burton, #24-Haley, #10-Ciccarelli, #83-Yeley, #57-Regan
Qualifying race 4: #4-Bell, #75-Holman, #21-Sauter, #20-Creed, #66-Schrader, #0-Forrister, #44-Heffner
Qualifying race 5: #18-Gragson, #89-Abreu, #36-Windom, #99-TDillon, #1-Hightower, #50-Harmon
Eldora Qualifying Fast Facts:
Stewart Friesen won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the 5th Annual Eldora Dirt Derby 150 with a lap of 20.000 seconds, 90.000 mph.
This is his first pole in 15 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2017.
This is his first pole in two races at Eldora Speedway.
Chase Briscoe (second) posted his eighth top-10 start of 2017 and his first at Eldora Speedway.
Kaz Grala (third) posted his first top-10 start at Eldora Speedway. It is his fifth in 11 races this season.
Kaz Grala (third) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Qualifying will consist of two single-truck rounds to determine the fields for the five qualifying races. A last chance race will determine the final positions for the main event. Qualifying rules
Holman paces final Eldora Truck practice: #75-Caleb Holman was fastest during final practice for Wednesday’s Dirt Derby 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway with a speed of mph. #
#4-Christopher Bell, #99-Ty Dillon, #88-Matt Crafton, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #21-Johnny Sauter, #29-Chase Briscoe, #27-Ben Rhodes, #33-Kaz Grala, and #63-Bobby Pierece were the remainder of the top-10.
#21-Sauter was involved in a spin near the end of the session, collecting #51-Harrison Burton. Both teams are attempting to repair their trucks.
#29-Briscoe made heavy contact with the wall, forcing NASCAR and the track to make fast repairs to the wall following the impact. Briscoe’s crew pulled out the backup.
34 trucks are entered and all 34 practiced during the session. See complete results on the Practice 2 speeds (pdf)(7-19-2017)
Friesen fastest in opening Eldora Truck practice: #52-Stewart Friesen was fastest during the opening practice for Wednesday’s Camping World Truck Series race on the dirt at Eldora Speedway at 92.086mph. #99-Ty Dillon, #4-Christopher Bell, #27-Ben Rhodes, #89-Rico Abreu, #21-Johnny Sauter, #29-Chase Briscoe, #88-Matt Crafton, #18-Noah gragson, and #75-Caleb Holman were the remainder of the top-10. 31 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Practice 1 speeds (pdf)(7-19-2017)
Truck Series entry list: There are 34 trucks entered for Wednesday’s Dirt Derby 150 at Eldora Speedway. See the complete list on the Eldora entry list page (pdf).(7-17-2017)
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series — Race No. 11 – Eldora Dirt Derby
Eldora Speedway (0.5-mile oval) – Rossburg, Ohio
Fast Facts for July 18-19, 2017
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Dirt Bias Ply
Set limits: 4 sets for the event
Tire Codes: Left-side — D-3014; Right-side — D-3016
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 a brand new tire combination for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
teams at Eldora . . . compared to what was run at Eldora last year, there are both
construction and compound changes on both the left- and right-side, with the net
result being the cars having more grip . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear
test at Eldora on May 15 . . . drivers participating in that test were Christopher Bell
and Stewart Friesen . . . 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-3014) is significantly shorter to build in more stagger between the left- and
right-side tires . . . teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Eldora.
NASCAR NEWS & NOTES
The House That Tony Stewart Built
Eldora Speedway is a half-mile dirt racing facility located in western Ohio. The facility is owned by three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, Tony Stewart. Stewart, an Indiana native, purchased the neighboring state dirt track from Earl Baltes in 2004.
Eldora Speedway has hosted four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series since the 2013 season.
In those four races, there have been four different winners.
Starting with the most recent, below are the four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winners at Eldora Speedway:
Kyle Larson 07/20/2016
Christopher Bell 07/22/2015
Darrell Wallace Jr. 07/23/2014
Austin Dillon 07/24/2013
Three of the four Eldora Speedway winners are currently full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers or have made starts in the series this season. Kyle Larson (Chip Ganassi Racing) and Austin Dillon (Richard Childress Racing) both have Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins this season and have qualified for the playoffs, while Darrell Wallace Jr. spent time in the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford filling in for the injured Aric Almirola.
Christopher Bell, who won at Eldora in 2015, is a rising NASCAR star with five career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins. He has also made two NASCAR XFINITY Series starts this season.
One thing to watch this week at Eldora? The finish. Over the last two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Eldora, the margin of victory has been nearly identical.
In 2016, Larson beat out Bell by 0.767 of a second.
In 2015, Bell edged out Bobby Pierce by 0.761 of a second in the closest margin of victory in track history in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
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, a random draw determines the qualifying order for two-lap, single-truck qualifying that determines the starting positions for the qualifying races (five races in total). The fastest qualifier earns the Keystone Light Pole Award.
Each of the five qualifying races consist of 10 laps, 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 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
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 counting. 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 that 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 stages: Stage 1 ends on lap 40, Stage 2 ends on lap 90, and the Final Stage ends on lap 150. During the competition cautions at the stage breaks on Lap 40 and Lap 90, caution laps will not count 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.
Bell Looking To Ring In Pay Dirt At Eldora
Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Christopher Bell is widely considered a dirt dynamo. He grew up in Oklahoma and got his start in racing with sprint cars in 2011. In 2013, Bell won the USAC National Midget Championship and in 2014, he won 24 Quarter Midget races and 26 total dirt races, including the Turkey Night Grand Prix.
In 2015, Bell appeared in seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races with Kyle Busch Motorsports and won his first career race at … Eldora Speedway.
Bell got a full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ride with Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2016 and would prove how good he is on dirt tracks as he finished second at Eldora to Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson.
During the 2016 NASCAR off-season, in what’s highly regarded as the “Super Bowl of midget racing,” Bell won the 2017 Chili Bowl Nationals.
When asked about his career thus far after winning his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race this season last Thursday at Kentucky, Bell was proud that he’s been able to race cars at all levels and be successful.
“Being successful in multiple cars is something I’ve felt like I’ve done my entire career and I want to continue that. It’s why Kyle Larson is where is he is today, because he’s won in everything he’s got in. I want to continue that for my personal goals – to continue to win in everything I drive.”
When asked if he has an advantage at Eldora in a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series truck, Bell was not shy in his answer.
“Eldora is different. The trucks are hard to drive. I enjoy it because I have an advantage whenever I go there over the other guys. I call it the week of Eldora now because I’ve been able to run the Kings Royal before the truck race. The week of Eldora is my second favorite week of the year besides the Chili Bowl.”
You can find the audio from that post-race media availability here.
Bell will be looking for his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at Eldora Speedway this Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET on FOX Business Network, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and his third-consecutive top-two finish.
Briscoe Hoping To Dig Deep At Eldora
Brad Keselowski Racing driver Chase Briscoe will be racing close to home this week at Eldora Speedway. Briscoe, a native of Mitchell, Indiana, is looking for his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win when he makes his series debut at Eldora Wednesday night (9:30 p.m. ET on FOX Business Network, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
In a NASCAR teleconference with fellow NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Christopher Bell, Briscoe was eager to make his debut at a dirt track he visited frequently as a kid.
“This is the one track I have been looking forward to racing at more than any. I have been going there ever since I was little. Eldora is a Daytona or Indianapolis for us dirt guys, it will definitely be an honor for us come Wednesday.”
You can find the audio from that teleconference here.
Briscoe is a co-leader in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year points standings with ThorSport Racing driver Grant Enfinger. The two are tied at 125 points apiece heading into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora.
Briscoe has had a strong Sunoco Rookie campaign through 10 races this season. He has four top fives, five top 10s, two Keystone Light Poles and has led 105 laps. Briscoe has yet to finish outside the top-25 this season.
He currently sits third in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points standings.
Reigning Champion Looking To Enjoy Eldora
Defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Johnny Sauter is having another championship-like run through 10 races this season.
Sauter has one win (Dover), seven top fives, nine top 10s and 316 laps led. He has yet to finish outside the top-15 this season.
But there’s one thing that the champ has yet to master… dirt.
In his four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Eldora Speedway, Sauter has finished 13th (2016), 22nd (2015), eighth (2014) and 29th (2013).
This year, Sauter is looking to have fun at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ only stop at a dirt track. When asked about his mindset going into Eldora, he responded:
“Eldora is a little bit of a different situation for me. I have fun at Eldora, it’s a great atmosphere with a lot of good fans. My mindset there is to have fun. If we can stay out of trouble, we could be there in the end.”
But just because he’s looking to have fun at Eldora, doesn’t mean he’s not going to compete and is preparing for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the dirt track. Sauter was preparing by going to a local dirt-track near his home in Wisconsin.
“This week for the first time ever, I have taken it upon myself to try and gear up a dirt car, it’s a street stock. I live in Wisconsin so there’s a dirt track called Beaver Dam Raceway that’s a half-mile track. I want to go over there for four of five hours on Sunday. I can honestly say this is my way of getting prepared on my own.”
Sauter will be looking for his first-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at Eldora Speedway when he takes his Chevrolet Silverado to the dirt Wednesday night (9:30 p.m. ET on FOX Business Network, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Eldora Speedway Quick Facts
As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Eldora Speedway Wednesday, July 19 (9:30 p.m. ET on FOX Business Network, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), below are some series quick facts at the dirt track:
Pole Winners: 4
Youngest Pole Winner: Erik Jones (07/23/2014 – 18 years, 1 month, 23 days)
Oldest Pole Winner: Ken Schrader (07/24/2013 – 58 years, 1 months, 25 days)
Race Winners: 4
Youngest Winner: Christopher Bell (07/22/2015 – 20 years, 7 months, 6 days)
Oldest Winner: Kyle Larson (07/20/2016 – 23 years, 6 months, 50 days)
Races Won from Pole (or 1st Starting Position):0
Race Record: Austin Dillon 67.401 mph (07/24/2013)
Qualifying Record: Ken Schrader 91.329 mph (07/24/2013)
First Time Diggers At Eldora
There are nine Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders making their track debut at Eldora Speedway in Wednesday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race (9:30 p.m. ET on FOX Business Network, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). They include: Chase Briscoe, Wendell Chavous, Austin Cindric, Cody Coughlin, Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen, Noah Gragson, Kaz Grala and Justin Haley.
One current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver won his first career win at Eldora – Kyle Busch Motorsports’ Christopher Bell (07/22/2015).
Over the last three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Eldora Speedway, there have been three drivers who have won their first career pole at Eldora.
They include Caleb Holman (07/20/2016), Bobby Pierce (07/22/2015) and current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver and former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion (2015) Erik Jones (07/23/2014).
Familiar Faces Running Eldora
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ty Dillon headlines a group of non-NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regulars making starts this week at Eldora Speedway.
Dillon will be running in the No. 99 K&L Ready Mix Chevrolet for Matthew Miller at Eldora and will be looking for his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win there. Dillon has three career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Eldora and has one top five and two top 10s.
Bobby Pierce will be making his third career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Eldora and has been successful in his last two runs there.
He finished a career-best second at Eldora Speedway in 2015 in his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start there.
Dirt ace Rico Abreu will make his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start this season at Eldora. Abreu made his track debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Eldora last season and finished third after starting 27th.
Blast From The Past
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series racing at Eldora Speedway remains a popular and special race on the calendar each season for multiple reasons.
It’s the only NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race run at dirt track and its unique qualifying format makes it’s a must-watch for racing fans.
Both of those reasons combined for a big one in 2013 thanks to Norm Benning when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series made its inaugural trip to Eldora Speedway.
In 2013 at Eldora Speedway, Benning had to race his way into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series main event by finishing in the top five during the qualifying races to earn a transfer spot.
Benning took fifth in the last chance heat race and provided fans and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitors alike with excitement as he battled Clay Greenfield in the final laps. Both drivers raced hard, but Benning was able to use the outside wall on the final lap to get around and beat Greenfield. Click here to see a video of the moment.
With his truck receiving some damage due to his battle in the qualifying race, crew members from other teams assisted Benning in repairing the truck for the main NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event.
Benning would go on to finish 26th in the race, but the thrill of an underdog racing his way into the main NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Eldora proved to be true in the first NASCAR national series event at the dirt track.