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- Austin Dillon qualified 19th followed by Ty Dillon, who qualified 24th
- Ty and Austin Dillon finished third and fourth in their respective heat races, and started 13th and 19th, respectively, in the main 150-lap event.
- Ty Dillon recorded his 18th career top-five finish in the Camping World Truck Series by finishing fifth.
- Austin Dillon recorded his 38th career top-10 finish in the Camping World Truck Series by finishing 10th
- Next up for the Dillon Brothers; Ty Dillon will compete in Saturday's Lilly Diabetes 250, Austin Dillon will run in the 20th Annual Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Austin Dillon Earns 10th-Place Finish at Eldora Speedway
Austin Dillon earned a 10th-place finish in the No. 2 American Ethanol Chevrolet Silverado at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday evening. The 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion started NASCAR's only race on dirt from the 19th position. He showed speed in the early stages of the event, advancing to 13th by the time officials displayed the caution flag on lap 60 signaling the end of the first of three pre-designated segments. During the break, the Nick Harrison-led crew pitted for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment to correct a tight-handling condition and give the black and green machine more forward drive off the corners. Restarting from the 14th position for the second segment set for 50 laps, Dillon continued his forward progression in the running order, working his way into the ninth spot before steering issues began to plague the Welcome, N.C. driver. When the competition caution was displayed to signal the end of the second segment, the team determined the sway bar arm was touching the tie bar rod, creating the steering issues. He started the final segment from the 12th spot and ultimately worked his way up to 10th in the American Ethanol Chevrolet for the race's finish.
Start - 19th Finish - 10th Laps Led - 0 Points - N/A
Ty Dillon Finishes Fifth at Second Annual Mudsummer Classic
Ty Dillon drove Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Silverado to a fifth-place finish Wednesday night in the second-annual NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 1-800-Carcash Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway. Dillon qualified 24th, but finished third in his heat race to advance to the feature event and start 13th. The 22-year-old driver, who competed in the inaugural Mudsummer Classic a year ago, quickly drove his Silverado inside the top-five. By lap 19 Dillon was in fifth-place. By the first competition caution on lap 60 Dillon was in second place. Following the lap-63 green-flag restart, the team ran into some difficulties on lap 86 - Dillon made contact with another truck, which forced a trip to pit road for repairs. The team was penalized for an illegal pit stop, which put the former Truck Series regular a lap down. A second competition caution on lap 110 allowed the No. 3 team to earn the "Lucky Dog" award and move back to the lead lap. By lap 135, Dillon had his Chevrolet Silverado inside the top-10 and when the checkered flag waved he raced under it in fifth place for his best career-high finish at Eldora Speedway.
Start - 13th Finish - 5th Laps Led - 0 Points - N/A
TY DILLON QUOTE:"We had a good enough truck to win this thing tonight. We ran into a misunderstanding there with our pit stop, but we kept our chin up and kept digging. I was really proud of our attitude and Danny's (Stockman) determination to win tonight. This is such a great event and I'm very fortunate to be able to have raced tonight. I hope to be a part of this race for many years to come."
Erik Jones dirt debut got off to a promising start as the talented youngster turned the fastest lap of the day's two practice sessions, captured his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pole, led wire-to-wire in his heat race and then led the first 24 laps of the 1-800-CarCash MudSummer Classic at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Jones cut a tire on lap 25 and shortly after spun bringing out the first caution of the race. After beginning to work his way back through the field, the ToyotaCare Tundra brushed the wall and suffered suspension damage. After the team made repairs on pit road, the No. 51 team returned to the track six laps down and limped to a disappointing 29th-place finish.
"We had a fast ToyotaCare Tundra from the start -- it was cool to sit on the pole here -- just wish we wouldn't have cut that tire," said Jones, who was making his first career start in any series on dirt. "I think we could've ran up front all night and been battling for the win at the end. Once we got back in traffic, it's hard to pass and we couldn't make it up. We ended up making contact with the wall and breaking something in the suspension. It's disappointing when you have such a fast truck and things don't play out. We're ready to head to Pocono -- I know we'll have a fast Tundra there."
After spinning off Turn 2 during the first of two qualifying laps, Jones rebounded to capture his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pole with a lap of 19.913 seconds at 90.393 mph on his second lap. With the fast time in qualifying, the No. 51 ToyotaCare team earned the first starting position in the first of five 10-lap qualifying races. The Michigan native led wire-to-wire to earn the right to lead the field to green in the 150-lap main event.
When the green flag dropped, the 18-year-old picked up right where he left off in the heat, putting his ToyotaCare Tundra out front for the first 24 laps of the 150-lap event. On lap 25, Jones abruptly began falling backwards as he communicated to his crew that he had a right rear tire going down. A few laps later, the youngster spun and the field was slowed for the first time.
Jones brought his Toyota down pit road, where his Kyle Busch Motorsports crew replaced his right rear tire and returned the youngster to the track scored in the 26th position for the ensuing restart on lap 33. Slowly but surely, he began working his way back through the field. By lap 50 he was scored in the 15th position and on lap 80 he had maneuvered his way up to the 11th spot. Shortly after, the No. 51 Tundra brushed the wall and damaged the suspension, which lead to a flat right front tire. With another flat tire, Jones spun again and slowed the field for the second time on lap 38.
After the caution flew, Jones brought his Tundra to the attention of his crew. The team replaced the tire, cleared the fenders and returned their driver to the track one lap down. Back on the track, the Michigan native reported that his front brakes were not functioning properly and was forced to return to pit road. This time around, the team quickly repaired the suspension of the truck, but Jones was six laps down when he returned to the track. He was able to continue on the rest of the race, but limped to a disappointing 29th-place finish.
Darrell Wallace Jr. picked up his second win of 2014 and the third of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career. Ron Hornaday Jr. crossed the stripe 5.489 seconds behind him in the runner-up position. Ryan Blaney, Ken Schrader and Ty Dillon rounded out the top-five finishers.
Wallace Jr.'s win was Toyota's 12th straight dating back to Jones' victory at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway last November, the longest win streak by any manufacturer in the history of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. For KBM, it marked the team's 11th win across the last 14 Truck Series races, dating back to Wallace Jr.'s historic win at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway last October.
The 10th race of the 2014 season featured seven cautions for a total of 33 laps. There were five lead changes among five drivers. With Wallace Jr.'s 97 laps led, KBM drivers combined to lead 121 of the 150 laps. The No. 51 team fell to second in the Owner's point standings, one point behind the No. 29 team.
Jones returns to the No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra when the Truck Series resumes action at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway on Saturday, Aug. 2. Live coverage of the Pocono Mountains 150 on Fox Sports 1 begins with the Truck Series Setup Show at 1 p.m. ET.
Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports, spent his afternoon in the Buffalo area promoting the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - Cheez-It™ 355 at The Glen. Making appearances on behalf of Watkins Glen International, Kahne visited Pole Position Raceway at the Walden Galleria Mall in Buffalo, NY and the GM Tonawanda Engine Plantin Tonawanda, NY.
“The Cheez-It 355 race weekend is right around the corner, August 7-10, and Kasey's visit with fans, right here in my hometown, has been amazing,” stated Michael Printup, President of Watkins Glen International. “We are thrilled to be guests of Pole Position Raceway and the GM Tonawanda Engine Plant, because it is with their support and the support of our sponsors and fans that we can continue to host New York’s only annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend.”
Kahne began the day at Pole Position Raceway inside the Walden Galleria Mall in Buffalo, NY. Pole Position Raceway is a legendary indoor motorsports entertainment facility that boasts the fastest electric karts on the east coast. Pole Position Raceway is a destination for racers and race fans alike.
Kahne commenced the excitement doing what he does best, racing. While the karts at the Pole Position Raceway do not reach the speeds of Kahne’s No. 5 Farmers Insurances Chevrolet SS, Kahne gave the media a preview of his competitive edge by setting the best lap and giving them a chance to beat his time.
Kasey Kahne made another Buffalo area pit stop at the GM Tonawanda Engine Plant where he met with GM joint leadership and guests, and received a plant tour of the GEN 5 product line.
As the NASCAR community looks back on 20 years of racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, many in the sport say their most memorable experiences are from the inaugural event.
That’s true for Eddie and Len Wood, co-owners of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion. NASCAR’s first trip to the famous Brickyard was their first trip too.
Although their father Glen Wood and uncles Leonard, Delano and Ray Lee hold a major place in Indy lore through their work getting Jim Clark and his Lotus Ford to victory in the 1965 Indianapolis 500, the younger generation had never seen the place before NASCAR went there in 1994.
“Len and I were too young to go back when our dad and uncles were there,” Eddie Wood said. “And after that we were always busy at Charlotte on Memorial Day weekend when the Indy 500 was being run.”
The brothers spent their first moments at the Brickyard back in ’94, more as tourists than race team members. They walked out onto the track, onto the yard of bricks at the start/finish line and stood under the Gasoline Alley sign.
“I took Len’s picture, and he took mine,” Wood said.
The brothers also got to know some of the officials at the track, including some old timers who were working there when the Woods went to Victory Lane in ‘65.
“We learned a lot about things that happened there prior to NASCAR and the stock cars coming there,” Wood said. “One of those officials gave us an original brick from the track. That was pretty special.”
The Woods’ Ford, driven in the inaugural Brickyard 400 by Morgan Shepherd, was pretty special too. He finished 10th in that historic race and backed it up with another 10th in the second running.
The Motorcraft/Quick Lane team, even after adopting a limited schedule, has kept Indianapolis on its schedule every year.
“It’s one of the most prestigious races we run,” Wood said.
Over the years, seven drivers have driven the No. 21 at Indy, including Michael Waltrip, Elliott Sadler, Ricky Rudd, Ken Schrader, Bill Elliott and Trevor Bayne, who has driven the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford the past three years and will be behind the wheel again this weekend.
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MB Motorsports returns to Eldora Speedway for the second annual 1-800-CarCash Mudsummer Classic with dirt track veteran JR Heffner behind the wheel of the #63 A. Colarusso and Son / Park East Sales / Snap On Tools Chevy.
Heffner, a native of Stephentown, NY, has been named Mr. DIRT Track USA three times. “We tested with JR at Moberly speedway, which is the same track we first tested Carl Edwards on when it was asphalt,” says team owner Mike Mittler. “We want to thank David Claypool and his staff for doing a great job with the track after an early morning rain that required the track being packed in. The test went very well and we are looking forward to a strong run.”
Heffner agrees. “I’m glad we had a chance to get some laps in together before we get to Eldora. We were able to get our communication going pretty well in a short period of time, so we
should be able to come up to speed fairly quickly.”
Adds Mittler, “Anytime you work with somebody new, there’s a learning curve- in the communication between driver and crew, what that particular driver likes as far as how the truck is set
up and so on. We were able to make some pretty good headway in a short period of time.”
“It’s great having a chance to race at Eldora with the last original team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is very cool,” beams Heffner. “There’s a lot of history with this team
and to be able to add my name to the list of their drivers is very cool.”
Mittler is proud of the way his team’s effort. "Our guys have really gone all out this season. We’ve made every race and when we hit a stretch of bad luck, no one gave up, they kept their
nose to the grindstone. We worked our way through it and have a pretty good streak going right now.”
“I feel pretty confident that we can put on a good show for our partners at A. Colarusso and Son, Park East Sales and Snap On Tools,” notes Heffner. “I’m really looking forward to Eldora.”
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David Starr is back behind the wheel of the No. 44 Camry this weekend when the NASCAR Nationwide Series races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. On board the No. 44 Camry this weekend is the Hard Hat Heroes™ initiative.
NCCER and Build Your Future's military recruitment initiative, Hard Hat Heroes™, is committed to helping returning military members make a smooth transition, enabling them to continue to serve the country they love through building America. As a part of the Hard Hat Heroes™ initiative, NCCER and BYF are working with a task force of contractors, owners and other stakeholders to develop a program to assess, train and transition veterans into high-skill, high-wage careers in construction.
"Creating an avenue to connect our returning military with the rewarding careers available through construction is a top priority for NCCER and BYF," said Don Whyte, President of NCCER.
Starr is looking forward to racing at the historic 2.5-mile rectangular, oval speedway in Indianapolis this weekend. BYF and NCCER have been a partner of Starr's racing career for years and we are happy to have such a great cause on board the No. 44 Camry this weekend.
"I'm extremely excited to come back to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year! Ever since I was a little boy I've been watching the races at Indy and to have the opportunity to race at the racing capital of the world is very special to me," said Starr. "I am honored to have NCCER and BYF's Hard Hat Heroes initiative gracing the hood of my Toyota Camry. It's such a special, rewarding program for our returning military."
John Wes Townley piloting the No. 25 Zaxby’s / The Identical Athenian Motorsports Toyota Camry will make his first start on the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday, July 26, 2014 in the running of the Lilly Diabetes 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
Townley made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut in 2008 and has hardly been a rookie but the Watkinsville, Georgia driver will be attempting to make his first start on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis, Indiana race track.
“It is a little intimidating to be racing on one of the most famous racetracks in the world,” John Wes Townley said. “The Brickyard has a vast amount of history in all forms of auto racing and I’m thrilled with the opportunity to race in the Nationwide Series there. I’ve been watching the race tapes and really trying to learn the track from a far. I’ve asked my crew chief, Mike Beam and other drivers but until you get there, you really just don’t know. This team has been improving every week and I look forward to a solid finish for Athenian, Zaxby’s and the movie The Identical.”
Townley will carry ‘The Identical’ movie (www.TheIdenticalMovie.com) on the No. 25 Athenian Motorsports Toyota Camry at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway. The Identical opens September 5, 2014 and stars Blake Rayne, Ashley Judd and Ray Liotta. Additionally, Townley will appear in the movie’s music video for “BEE BOPPIN BABY” that will coincide with the movie release in September.
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