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For the 2nd year in a row, The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returned to its roots to race on dirt at Eldora Speedway for the 1-800-CarCash MudSummer Classic. Chase Pistone, who has been involved in many different forms of racing throughout his career, only had one day of testing on dirt leading into the Ohio event. Searching for grip and learning his line, Pistone and NTS Motorsports came home strong at the end of the mid-week, primetime television, event.

With early morning rain showers moving through Rossburg, Ohio the schedule was altered by Mother Nature once again after teams arrived at the 60 year old red clay racing venue. After NASCAR and Eldora Speedway officials cleared the surface, the track was opened for the first time for one hour of practice. With 10 total laps tallied on the board, Pistone and Crew Chief Ryan McKinney were looking for ways to allow Chase to get back in the gas without losing traction in the rear end of the truck.  Making a few "big swings" at the adjustments, Pistone got back out on track for his third total run of the day. With a lap time of 20.152, the No.9 Chevrolet Silverado sat 9th on the leader board going into final practice.

 

With only 90 minutes of practice remaining before qualifying, Pistone and McKinney knocked the mud off of their chassis and made a few track bar and tire pressure changes to allow Pistone to use more throttle on the exit of the turns. After a total of 58 laps on track, Pistone posted a lap time of 20.758 and a top speed of 86.59 which held a spot inside the top ten once again. Ending final practice, Pistone sat 8th on the board, and was confident and comfortable going into the season's only 2-lap, single truck, qualifying session.

 

With NASCAR forgoing knockout qualifying, and replacing it with 2-laps for each truck to determine their starting spot for 1 of 5 heat races, Pistone rolled off of the line 4th to post his fastest time. With loose dirt still making up the majority of the racing surface, Pistone knew he would have to slide his way around the half-mile track. On his first lap, Pistone made slight contact with the outside wall but kept his foot on the gas and roared around to his second circuit. When he took the checkered flag, Pistone held onto a time of 20.155 which would place him 8th on the board, and sat him on the outside of row one for a 10 lap heat race to determine his place in the final starting lineup for the 75 mile main event.

 

As the NASCAR Camping World Trucks roared to life for 1 of 5 heat races, Pistone started in 2nd for the 3rd 10 lap shootout. Just after taking the green, Pistone was in a search for grip coming off of the corners as the racing surface had dramatically changed since his last time out. Knowing that he was locked in to the event and not wanting to damage a fast Chevrolet Silverado, Pistone kept his cool and fought his way around to complete his heat. After 10 laps, Pistone was 6th, and would start the main event on the inside of row 12 in 23rd.

 

After a long day of slinging dirt in Ohio, Chase Pistone strapped in to make his first career start that was not on asphalt or concrete. As one of the many drivers in the field to take the green for their first time on dirt, the NTS Motorsports driver was aware of the challenges ahead of him and his team. After three laps during the first of three segments, Pistone had made his way into the top 20 and was silent on the radio until the first caution on lap 26. Under the yellow flag condition, Pistone radioed into his crew; "It's very, very, slick out here, guys! I need some help with drive off".  By lap 39 the caution would be displayed once again and Pistone made his way down pit road for adjustments. Restarting just inside the top 25, Pistone would hold on until the competition caution at lap 60 and the end of segment one.

 

During the five minute break allowed for teams to gauge their setups and make changes on pit road, Pistone came to the service of his NTS Motorsports crew and radioed to Ryan McKinney, "Those adjustments we made during that last stop, they really helped. Give me some more of what we did the last time".  With the green being displayed for lap 61, Pistone would restart in 25th, and began making his way through the field. Within five laps Pistone knew that his crew chief had made the right changes and said, "It feels a lot better, boys!" By the end of the 2nd segment, at lap 110, Pistone was running in 23rd and knew he could pick off a few more positions after another round of changes from McKinney.

 

With 40 laps remaining to sling some dirt at Eldora, Pistone was just outside the top 20 and was confident he could capitalize on a few more spots going into the final segment of the night. As the green was displayed for the concluding 20 miles of the race, Pistone picked his way through spins and wrecks in front of him and kept the No.9 Chevrolet Silverado in one piece. As the laps ticked away, Pistone had moved up to 18th with only 23 circuits remaining until the checkered flag. Racing multiple lines and running three consecutive laps in the middle of a 3-wide battle, Chase kept digging until the end. By lap 150, and the end of the 2nd annual MudSummer Classic, Pistone came home in 17th after a tough but strong day on the Ohio dirt. The next event for NTS Motorsports in The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be the Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014.

 

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Joey Coulter drove GMS Racing’s No. 21 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet Silverado to a 14th-place finish on Wednesday night in the second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) 1-800-Carcash Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway. Coulter qualified 17th and finished second in his heat race to advance to the feature event and start seventh. By Lap 10 Coulter was digging through the pack in ninth-place. Under the first caution on Lap 28, Coulter reported being tight in and through the center and that the track was ‘icy,’ which prompted crew chief, Jeff Stankiewicz, to start building out a pit road plan, knowing the first NASCAR mandatory caution would be on Lap 60. By the time officials displayed the caution flag signaling the end of the first of three pre-designated segments, the 24-year-old driver was in 12th-place. During the break, the Stankiewicz-led crew pitted for four tires with an air pressure adjustment and one can of fuel. Following the Lap 64 green-flag restart for the second segment set for 50 laps, Coulter continued to adapt to evolving track conditions as the Allegiant Travel team restarted from 12th position. The Miami Springs, Fla., native even had to battle in three-wide racing, when handling issues prevented Coulter from being able to run his preferred bottom line. When the competition caution was displayed to signal the end of the second segment on Lap 110, Coulter was in the 15th spot, and the team chose not to pit to save track position. By Lap 140, Coulter had his Chevrolet Silverado in 16th-postion but ultimately worked his way up to 14th when the checkered flag waved.

 

Coulter currently sits ninth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver points standings, only 57 points back from first.

 

Start – 7          Finish – 14         Laps Led – 0

 

Joey Coulter Quote:

"I had a lot of fun tonight at Eldora Speedway and enjoy racing on dirt. After finishing fourth in last year’s event, this was not the finish I was looking for, but I was happy that our No. 21 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet Silverado was able to gain a few positions there at the end and managed a top-15 finish for GMS Racing.”

 

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After growing up racing dirt modifieds and sprint cars, Jimmy Weller has always dreamed of competing on Sprint Car racing's highest stage.  However, a horrific crash when he was just 18 years old re-directed that vision and left Weller dreaming of competing at NASCAR's highest level.  Now a fan of racing on both dirt and asphalt, the Hubbard, Ohio native will have a special kind of 'double duty' on Saturday, August 16.  On that day, Weller will race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Michigan International Speedway, and will immediately travel back to Hartford, Ohio to race a big block dirt modified at Sharon Speedway.

"This whole season has been so special to me," commented Weller.  "You just never know if you'll make it to the top levels of NASCAR, and I've really appreciated the opportunity to race in the Camping World Truck Series with SS Green Light Racing.  To make it even more fun, I have also been able to continue racing our big block dirt modified at Sharon Speedway most every weekend.  I've always loved racing on dirt, but racing on asphalt has been a lot of fun too.  I can't wait for the Michigan race weekend.  Having both of those worlds collide to race in both arenas--especially on the same day--is really cool."

 

Weller will race the No. 08 Geneva-Liberty Steel / Integrated Metal Products Chevrolet Silverado on Saturday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway.  It will be his seventh race of the season with SS Green Light Racing.  In February 2014, the team brought home Weller's career-best NASCAR Camping World Truck Series result--a ninth-place finish at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.  

 

Later that evening, Weller will race the No. 23 Liberty Steel Products / TFI Transportation / Hughes Construction dirt modified for his family's team at Sharon Speedway.  Weller has competed in 10 races at Sharon Speedway this season and has recorded seven top-10 finishes, including a victory on July 5.  It was Weller's first win at Sharon Speedway in nearly 10 years.  His last win at the track came in 2004 while racing a 410 Sprint Car.

 

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Ryan Blaney BKR Eldora Post-Race

Written by Friday, 25 July 2014 09:16

Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, grabbed the lead in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings with a third place finish in the 1-800 Car Cash Mudsummer Classic Wednesday night at Eldora (Rossburg, Ohio) Speedway.

 

Blaney grabbed his third consecutive top five and sixth in 10 races this season.  He enjoys a four point lead in the series standings and one point lead in the owner's championship standings.  Ryan scored his first top five in two races at Eldora.

 

But the end result didn't come without its challenges.  Blaney made contact with the outside wall during the day's first practice session and the No. 29 Cooper Standard team worked hard to make repairs.  When he returned to the track for the final session, Blaney posted the quickest practice time.  Ryan used the inside line to win the fourth heat race and earn the fourth place starting position.

 

When the race started, Blaney had his hands full with his truck.  He fell back to ninth place when the competition caution came out on lap 60.  Moments later crew chief Chad Kendrick made a big chassis adjustment on the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford       F-150, a call that worked well.

Blaney fell in line 11th following the scramble on the lap 63 restart but began to work his way towards the front when the race settled down.  He was fifth by lap 90 and stayed in the top five for the remainder of the night.  During the final segment of the race he was moved up to fourth place and then advanced to third when a truck in front him encountered problems in the closing laps. 

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Tyler Reddick BKR Eldora Post-Race

Written by Friday, 25 July 2014 09:15
Tyler Reddick (@tylerreddick), driver of the No. 19 Broken Bow Records Ford F-150, scored a respectable 11th place finish in the 1-800 Car Cash Mudsummer Classic Wednesday night at Eldora (Rossburg, Ohio) Speedway.

 

Reddick turned in a solid performance throughout practice, qualifying and the race.  He scored a second place finish in the third heat race to earn the eighth place starting position in the main event. 

 

When the race went green, Reddick continued to run well, steadily working his way into the top five when the first competition caution waved on lap 60.  Tyler and Crew Chief Doug Randolph chose to pit for four tires and adjustments, the only stop the team would make all evening.

 

On the restart he was shuffled out of line with the three - and sometimes four - wide racing but once again began to steadily work his way up through the field.  He was 10th at lap 80.  He climbed back up to seventh place when the seventh and final caution waved on lap 129, setting up an 18 lap dash to the finish.

  

The final restart and a tight handling truck worked against Reddick's hopes for a top 10.  He made it through the final chaotic start and held on in the closing laps to finish 11th.
 
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Ben Kennedy and the No. 31 Heater.com team overcame an unlucky qualifying draw and a heat race spin to earn a top-15 finish in the Daytona Beach native's dirt track debut. After taking the green flag from the 21st position, Kennedy learned quickly over the course of the challenging race, bringing home a 13th-place finish in the second annual Mudsummer Classic.

 

After working hard to quickly learn the 0.5-mile dirt oval, Kennedy unfortunately was the last truck to make a qualifying run as a result of a random draw. The qualifying order affected the Heater.com Silverado, given that 33 trucks had taken to the track since the dirt surface had been tended. As the 21st-fastest truck in the single-truck qualifying session, Kennedy earned a fifth-place starting spot in the first heat of the night, and a last-lap spin in the qualifying race put the 22-year-old 21st on the starting grid for the 150-lap main event. Taking the green flag after a four-wide fan salute, Kennedy reported that his Heater.com machine was good on entry but lacking rear grip getting back on the throttle. Only permitted to make changes under the two competition cautions, Kennedy was forced to wait out the 60 laps of the opening segment before bringing his truck to pit road in the 13th position. After taking four sticker tires and fuel, Kennedy was 14th when the final competition caution came after 110 laps of racing. Crew chief Michael Shelton made the call to keep Kennedy out of the pits under the yellow flag, a strategy which gained him two spots on the racetrack for a 40-lap sprint to the finish. With tempers flaring and bold moves abounding on the track, Kennedy managed to keep his Silverado relatively damage-free in the closing laps. Scored in the 15th position on the final restart of the night on lap 133, Kennedy had fewer than 20 short laps to march to the front. Kennedy managed to pick up two more positions before the checkered flag waved, crossing the finish line in 13th.

 

Ben Kennedy on Eldora Speedway

"That was a blast. It was absolutely crazy out there, but so much fun. There obviously wasn't a whole lot of grip out there, but by the end I found a line that was working for me and I was able to control a lot with the throttle. I would have liked to have gotten the Heater.com Chevy into the top 10, but considering that was my first time ever racing on dirt, I don't think that 13th is too bad. Heading to Pocono next week is going to be a huge switch, but that's a track I've looked forward to racing at for a long time. I had a chance to test an ARCA [Racing Series] car there earlier this year, so I'm hoping to get up to speed in the truck pretty fast."

 

Kennedy is seventh in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings, only 11 points outside of the top five. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series next heads to Pocono Raceway for the 11th race of the 2014 season. The Pocono Mountains 150 will air live on Saturday, August 2 at 1:00 p.m. EDT on FOX Sports 1.

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Heading into Eldora Speedway on Wednesday night, Ron Hornaday Jr. looked to get his 2014 season back on track following a disappointing finish at Iowa Speedway a few weeks ago. Hornaday looked to put together a solid run in his second-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Eldora Speedway. The four-time NCWTS champion and his Exide team accomplished that feat, leading laps and bringing home a runner-up finish for Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) at Eldora.

 

During the one-day show at Eldora, the NCWTS had two practice sessions where Hornaday and the No. 30 Exide team put down the 13th and fourth- fastest laps, respectively. Hornaday then went out in qualifying and laid down a lap of 20.025 sec., which was good enough for the third starting position. Due to Eldora's unique format, the lap Hornaday laid down determined the starting positions in the NCWTS qualifying heat races. The NCWTS veteran competed in the third of five heat races from the pole and went on to lead every lap en route to winning the heat. Winning the third qualifier put Hornaday in the third starting position for the 150-lap main event.Taking the green flag in the third position, thHornaday quickly settled into his spot. Prior to the first caution of the race, a flying Hornaday was able to move into the second position on lap 26, while the NCWTS veteran reported that the Exide truck had no forward bite. Hornaday was able to take advantage of the first restart following the lap 28 caution. Hornaday battled with the leader for one lap before moving to the point position on lap 32. The NCWTS veteran remained in the top spot for the following 17 laps before surrendering the lead to the eventual race winner on lap 49. By the time the first competition yellow began after 60 laps, Hornaday slipped a few positions to fourth in the running order. When the race resumed with 90 laps remaining, Hornaday moved forward to the third position, continuing to battle with the race leaders. By lap 70, Hornaday was back up to second, where the NCWTS veteran remained until the second competition caution flew on lap 110. When the race resumed, Hornaday slipped one position to third. Hornaday remained in the third position in the race's closing laps, until on the final lap, when TSM teammate Larson lost his brakes, moving the No. 30 Exide truck into the second position, where Hornaday would ultimately finish. The top-five finish was Hornaday's third of 2014. Hornaday now sits fourth in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings, 19 points out of the championship lead heading into Pocono Raceway next weekend.

 

Ron Hornaday on his run at Eldora Speedway:

"Well, that was a fun race, but anytime you can run up front and lead laps it's going to be fun; that was definitely the case tonight out on the dirt. I can't thank Turner Scott Motorsports enough for the opportunity to go out and compete in these trucks. I also want to thank Exide for coming on board for this weeks race at Eldora. Getting to meet them this week was a lot of fun and it was even more enjoyable being able to put together a solid run for everyone here. Our No. 30 team will look to build upon this and have another strong run next weekend at Pocono."

 

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In his grand return to dirt with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), Kyle Larson stole the show with his wall-scraping, slide job-making moves at a track he's more than familiar with: Eldora Speedway. With dirt racing and sprint car roots, Larson arrived at the half-mile dirt oval with his sights set on a win after settling for the runner-up spot in last year's inaugural event. Larson and his Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) team kicked off the one-day show by laying down the fifth- and ninth-fastest speeds during the two practice sessions. Larson then claimed the No. 32 GLAD Chevrolet an 11th-place starting position for the 1-800-CarCash Mudsummer Classic. Competing in the first heat race, Larson started in third and maintained his position throughout the 10-lap shootout, making slight contact with the wall in the final laps. In true dirt racing form, Larson took the green flag with scrapes and scuffs, and quickly began making moves around the slick oval. At the end of the first 60-lap segment, Larson had moved into the sixth position and told crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. that he needed more forward drive in his GLAD Chevy. During the first competition caution, Larson came to pit road for a scheduled stop and rejoined the field in the sixth position. As the second 50-lap segment began, Larson found himself in the fourth position after two early cautions. Fourth wasn't good enough, however, and Larson joined in a tight battle for the second and third positions. Taking the field three wide into Turn 2, Larson made contact with a battling competitor, causing his truck to do a complete 360-degree spin. Shockingly, Larson rebounded in a flash and continued to race within the top five until the second segment concluded. The No. 32 GLAD Chevy had heavy damage to the right-front nose, but that didn't faze the dirt track veteran or his TSM team. Hillman called for Larson to remain on the track during the final competition caution and with 35 laps to go in the main event, Larson found something in his No. 32 truck; and it was working. Before he knew it, Larson found himself battling for the lead and this time around, he wasn't going down without a fight. Making contact with the wall several times, Larson continued to make daring moves around the track, and his persistence paid off when he took the lead as the yellow flag waved with 23 laps to go. Larson led five laps under caution before losing the lead as the field went green on lap 133. Doing everything he could to close the gap and retake the lead in the final laps, Larson caught the wall one final time as he approached Turn 3 and broke a brake rotor on his GLAD Chevy truck. As the packed crowd watched in shock and disappointment, Larson drove the No. 32 TSM truck behind the wall, ultimately finishing two laps down in the 26th position.

 

Kyle Larson on Racing at Eldora Speedway

"What a night; I wanted that win so bad and I guess I just overdrove it on those final laps. I hate it for my Turner Scott Motorsports team; I wanted to get the win for all of us and feel kind of bad. Overall, I think we had a great time throughout the day, though, and really made it fun. Hillman and the guys at the shop built me an extremely strong truck, and as hard as I raced, I can't believe it lasted that long. I can't thank GLAD enough for giving me the opportunity to even come out here and race. I've missed dirt racing a lot and I'm walking away from tonight with nothing but a smile on my face. I'm excited to be back with Hillman and the No. 32 Turner Scott team next weekend in the Truck Series race at Pocono. We got an ARCA [Racing Series] win there last month, so hopefully we can get us a Truck win, too."

 

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The 2nd annual 1-800-CarCash Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH is one of NASCAR's most unique and anticipated events of the season. The 10th event on the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule presents the competitors with numerous challenges, and Matt Crafton's IDEAL Door/Menards team overcame numerous obstacles to score a ninth-place finish at "The Big E." Crafton's seventh top-10 finish of the season came a year after he scored an eighth-place finish in the inaugural event at Eldora Speedway, but the 2014 running required the No. 88 IDEAL Door/Menards team to "dig" for every position.

By way of his qualifying lap, Crafton started Heat Race 4 from the pole and finished second in the 10-lap qualifying event, lining the Tulare, CA driver up in the ninth position for the main event. The ThorSport Racing driver immediately battled a lack of forward bite in his Toyota Tundra in the early stages of the 150-lap event. With trucks utilizing every inch of the half-mile clay oval, Crafton's handling made it difficult to advance through the maze of traffic. Describing his Tundra as "riding a dolphin in the water", Crafton felt a lot of movement in his No. 88 machine. When the first competition caution was displayed at lap-62, Crafton was scored in the 16th position. The pre-designated competition caution could not have come at a more "IDEAL" time; the Carl Joiner-led crew found a broken shock on the Toyota Tundra during a scheduled pit stop. Along with replacing the shock, the team made numerous adjustments to help give Crafton the forward bite he was seeking.

 

The adjustments aided Crafton's Tundra and helped him move through the field after being buried as far back as 17th. The 2014 NCWTS reigning champion drove his way into the top-10 by the time the second scheduled competition caution fell at lap-112. While the truck was more competitive now, after the first round of adjustments, it still was not to Crafton's liking and the team elected to pit, as they felt they were not in position to win with what they had. The ThorSport Racing veteran driver restarted in the 17th position and utilized the bottom line to drive through the field in the closing laps. When the dust settled, Crafton would come across the line ninth, scoring his second consecutive top-10 finish at Eldora Speedway.

 

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Track best for Sauter at Eldora

Written by Thursday, 24 July 2014 14:20

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) visited Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH for only the second time in series history on Wednesday night for the 1-800-CarCash Mudsummer Classic. Johnny Sauter, who was looking for redemption after the inaugural event at the half-mile clay oval, dug his heels deep into the Western Ohio mud and brought home an eighth-place finish in the 10th race on the 2014 schedule. The solid run was Sauter's track-best finish at "The Big E" and his eighth top-10 finish of the season.

Starting fourth in Heat Race 5, Sauter battled with dirt-track specialist, Ken Schrader throughout the 10-lap shootout for position and made his way around the No. 52 machine on a restart with five laps remaining, and never looked back. Sauter would win his heat, placing the Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Toyota Tundra on the inside of row three, in the fifth position, for the main event.

 

Sauter started NASCAR's only dirt race from the fifth position, a track-best start for the Necedah, WI driver and his fourth top-five start of the 2014 season. Battling a SmokeySnuff.com Tundra that was "loose" in the early stages, Sauter was scored seventh when officials displayed the caution flag on lap 62, signaling the end of the first of three pre-designated segments. During the break, crew chief Dennis Conner brought the No. 98 machine down pit road for four tires, fuel, and a chassis adjustment to aid in the handling. In the second 50-lap segment, Sauter's Tundra swung to the tight side and the ThorSport Racing driver fell as far back as 14th. However, in the late running of the second segment, Sauter radioed into his crew that he was, "a lot better, I'm just a little tight in the center and loose off." Therefore, when the final competition caution was displayed at lap 112 to signal the end of the second segment, the team stayed out and rallied in the final 40 laps to finish eighth in the 2nd annual Mudsummer Classic.

 

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