Mudsummer Classic at Eldora – a new dirt classic
NASCAR’s first off-road dirt competition since 1970 (!) takes place this July 24th on the high banks of Tony Stewart-owned Eldora Speedway in Ohio. There the Camping World Truck Series, one of NASCAR’s three top-tier touring series will conduct a compelling night of dirt- and action-packed racing.
NASCAR devised a unique format for this historic event, one that has its traditions in racing on the dirt. It encompasses the standard two-lap qualifying effort, which will determine the line-ups for five qualifying heat races of eight laps each (only green flag laps to count). With 30 places to fill on the grid, five trucks transfer from each qualifying race.
At the close of the five qualifying heats, a total of 25 trucks will be locked in for the 30-truck field (including the top 20 in owners points), leading to a Last Chance race of 15 laps, where the top four finishers transfer to the feature with their starting spots of 26-29th. The final starting position goes to the most recent past series’ champion who has not already qualified; if that 30th position isn’t filled by an eligible champion, it’s assigned to the next highest finishing truck in the Last Chance race.
The feature race has a special format as well, with a total of 150 laps separated into three segments of 60 laps, 50 laps and 40 laps for the final segment. NASCAR will allow pit stops between each segment with teams able to change tires and work on their trucks during that down time.
The “Mudsummer Classic”, as the Eldora Speedway race night is named, brings NASCAR’s trucks to the dirt for the first occasion since the premier series, then called Grand National and now named the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, competed in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Home State 200 on the one-mile State Fairgrounds Speedway dirt went to none other than The King, Richard Petty.
The half-mile Eldora Speedway race track is located in Rossburg, Ohio and is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. The track has already announced a ticket sell-out for the Mudsummer Classic NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
By Anne Proffit