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Time to attach the mud flaps, because Cody Coughlin is set for an off-road detour through the dirt in Ohio.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) is headed to the Eldora Speedway for a night designed to reconnect NASCAR with its early roots and give the fans, who are raised on asphalt and stock cars, a taste of the wild races run in the dust.

In one of the most anticipated NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races of the year, Coughlin, driver of the No. 2 JEGS Chevrolet Silverado, will return to the legendary half-mile dirt oval on Wednesday, July 18. The Eldora Speedway is also known as “the Big E,” and is one of the most prestigious and popular dirt tracks in motorsports. The Tony Stewart-owned facility in Rossburg, Ohio, hosts the only race in NASCAR's three national series held on a dirt track.

Stewart, a three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) champion, and co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), is one of Coughlin’s role models, and one of the integral reasons he pursued a career in NASCAR. Stewart has always been kind to Coughlin as he has pursued his dream.

 "I do not know if ‘excited’ would be the word I choose to use for this week’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the Eldora Speedway,” Coughlin said. “It’s different for me. While dirt racing is not my background, I have had some speed at the Eldora Speedway in my last two races. My hope is to build that experience on dirt, and get even better this year with GMS Racing.

 “I am excited that the Eldora Speedway is in my home state - which adds a fun element for me with the support of my family and friends in attendance.”

 The sixth annual NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Eldora Dirt Derby is the only series event in Coughlin’s home-state of Ohio. Coughlin’s hometown of Delaware is less than 100 miles east of the Eldora Speedway. The 22-year old is the only active NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver from Ohio, and the only other active NASCAR driver from Ohio is in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). In addition, Terry Cook, former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver and spotter for Coughlin, is an Ohio native hailing from Sylvania.

 This weekend marks Coughlin’s third Eldora Speedway appearance with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Last year Coughlin finished in the 11th-place at the half-mile clay oval. On July 20, 2016, Coughlin made his track debut at the Eldora Speedway, leading 10 laps in the Last Change Qualifying Race to victory in an exciting battle to transfer into the race.

 “I am excited to see the progression in the dirt arena at the Eldora Speedway this week, and I hope to have a clean race and get a solid run in for our team,” Coughlin said.

 “Our No. 2 JEGS Chevrolet Silverado team is within three points of the ninth-place in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver point standings and, with some help, the top-eight in the point standings will be within reach as well. We need to have solid performance from here out, and I have complete confidence that our GMS Racing team can do this!”

 Coughlin is ranked in the 10th place in the driver point standings, and the No. 2 JEGS Chevrolet Silverado is in the 13th place in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner points.

 In eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts on short tracks (less than one mile in length), Coughlin has recorded one top-10 finish on these racetracks, but the dual Champion Racing Association (CRA) champion’s many years of short-track experience, success and knowledge in the Late Model ranks will give him a familiar, veteran’s mindset going into the event on Wednesday.

Since entering the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2013, the Statesville, N.C.,-based GMS Racing team has logged 10 starts at the Eldora Speedway, resulting in one victory with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson in 2016, one top-five finish and three top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 11.1 and an average finishing position of 15.7 with 48 laps led at the Rossburg, Ohio,-facility.

 Jerry Baxter, crew chief for the No. 2 JEGS Chevrolet Silverado, boasts on victory (2014) with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace, two top-five and three top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the Eldora Speedway in five starts.

 The Eldora Dirt Derby will be broadcast live on FS1 on Wednesday, July 18 starting with Eldora Heat Races at 7:00 p.m. (ET), and the Eldora Dirt Derby at 9:00 p.m. (ET). It will also broadcast live at 7:00 p.m. (ET) on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Qualifying for the 13th event of the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule will air on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. (ET) on FS1.

 The Eldora Dirt Derby at the Eldora Speedway will re-air on Thursday, July 19 at 4:00 a.m. (ET) on FS1, and again at 7:00 p.m. (ET) on FS2.

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) rookie Justin Fontaine (@driverFontaine) has embraced every new scenario he’s encountered this year at Niece Motorsports, but Wednesday night’s Eldora Dirt Derby may be his biggest challenge yet.

Still, the Asheville, N.C.-native is focused and determined to conquer the unknown and deliver his Niece Motorsports team their third top-10 finish of the year in some midweek competition.

“I better be ready,” Fontaine laughed. “This dirt racing is completely new to me but it’s something I have to embrace and make the best of the opportunity in our No. 45 ProMATIC Automation Chevrolet.”

To prepare himself for his 16th Truck Series race of his career, Fontaine has been studying video, observing pictures and talking to his competitors and friends – trying to gather as much intel as possible before Tuesday night’s practice sessions.

“I think it’s going to be an adjustment for a few laps,” Fontaine added. “But, hopefully we’ll be able to adapt pretty quickly and get a balance with our truck and look forward to qualifying and the race.”

For Fontaine, his Niece Motorsports team led by crew chief Cody Efaw hasn’t put any expectations on the 20-year-old driver other than to race his heart out. Those same expectations set forth earlier this year for the former ARCA Racing Series competitor paid off with strong finishes.

Fontaine is poised to make it happen again.

“I think it would be hard on anyone to set expectations for Eldora,” sounded Fontaine. “It’s a night where it’s going to be a lot of fun – and there’s going to be some beating and banging, but I have to be smart behind the wheel and I know Cody will be on his game atop the pit box.

“We’ll just see what unfolds. I’d like to think we can leave there with a top-10 finish, but we’ll see. It’s still nice to have some goals – even in unchartered waters.”

Just past the halfway mark of the 2018 Truck Series season, Fontaine has put together three competitive finishes in the last four races, including a solid 17th place result at Kentucky Speedway last Thursday night.

“Overall, we made some significant gains from the start of the season to Kentucky last week,” offered Fontaine. “I’ve made some mistakes and put my Niece Motorsports team in a hole, but they have stuck with me and that’s the motivation I need to keep giving nothing less than 150 percent behind the wheel.

“I’m still learning. I’m learning with every practice, every qualifying run and throughout each race. It’s been a big leap to jump from ARCA full-time to Trucks full-time – but the gains we’ve made so far should make us better for this second half of the season and that’s something I’m looking forward to.

“Eldora provides that opportunity for surprises – and I hope we’re on the good fortune of that when the checkered flag waves on Wednesday night. Then, we’ll refocus on Pocono in a couple weeks.

“I can’t wait to get there.”

For the first time this season, Niece Motorsports will field three Truck Series entries at Eldora Speedway with newcomer Max McLaughlin set to make his entrance into Trucks behind the wheel of the No. 38 Chevrolet Silverado on Wednesday night.

“It’s a cool opportunity for Niece Motorsports on Wednesday night and I think I can really learn a lot from Max and Austin,” sounded Fontaine. “Austin has raced at Eldora before and Max is an accomplished racer on dirt.

“I’ll take any help I can get and I’m excited to see all three of us battle it out in Ohio this week.”

After 12 races, Fontaine sits 16th in the series’ standings. He carries an average finish of 19.2 entering Eldora. He earned a career-best ninth place result at Las Vegas in March.

In addition to a full-time NASCAR driver, Fontaine just completed his freshman year as a student at the University of North Carolina (Charlotte), where he is pursuing a business degree.

For more on Justin Fontaine, please visit JustinFontaine.com, like his Facebook page (Justin Fontaine) or follow him on Twitter @driverFontaine.

The Eldora Dirt Derby (150 laps | 75 miles) is the 13th of 23 races on the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule. Practice begins on Tues., July 17 from 7:05 p.m. – 7:55 p.m., while final practice is set for 9:05 a.m. – 9:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day beginning at 4:35 p.m.; with the qualifying races set to follow beginning at 7:00 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 9:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).

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Veteran NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) doesn’t know what his second trip to Eldora Speedway will bring. However, the Niece Motorsports driver is keen on having a lot of fun in Wednesday night’s Eldora Dirt Derby.

Self will make his second Truck Series start at the famed Ohio dirt race track in this week’s highly anticipated race and hopes to return to the top-10 after finishing ninth in his Eldora debut in 2016.

And on the heels of yet another solid top-15 performance in his No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado last Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway, the Austin, Texas native is hopeful that Eldora brings his fourth career top-10 run.

“I’m so ready for Eldora,” said Self who enters Eldora 14th in the championship standings. “It’s an important race, but it’s also one of the races we’ll have the most fun at too. It’s such a blast to be on the edge out of control while doing everything you can to get to the front.

“My debut at Eldora went better than I expected, and I hope I can utilize what I learn on Tuesday and Wednesday and bring home a good finish for our Niece Motorsports team.”

Posting his seventh top-17 finish or fifth top-15 finish in the last seven consecutive races, Self believes his team is on the cusp of a breakthrough where they’ll emerge from outside the teens and into the top-10 where they can become a threat as the heart of the Truck Series season surges forward.

“I’m really proud of my Niece Motorsports team,” added Self. “We’ve had to overcome some setbacks and some adversity over the last two months or so – but we’ve been diligently working to become a better race team and I think we’re just about there.

“Make no mistake about it, we want to be racing inside the top-10 each week and we’re gaining ground on that. We just need to keep taking steps forward and good things will come to our GO TEXAN team.”

For the first time this season, Niece Motorsports will field three Truck Series entries at Eldora Speedway with newcomer Max McLaughlin set to make his entrance into Trucks behind the wheel of the No. 38 Chevrolet Silverado on Wednesday night.

“I’m excited for Max,” added Self. “I’ve had some time to spend with him in the shop and he’s a great guy. “The Truck Series competition is no cakewalk, but his dirt experience should pay some dividends to him. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to not only race with him, but Justin (Fontaine, teammate) and hope we can bring strong finishes home for all three Niece Motorsports trucks.”

After 12 races, Self sits 14th in the series’ standings. He carries an average finish of 17.3 entering Eldora.

Like last year, the Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN program and AM Technical Solutions will also support Self in his 53rd career start.

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In 52 NCWTS races, the 2015 ARCA Racing Series rookie of the year has one top-five (second at Daytona 2017) and three top-10 finishes. The Texan maintains an average finish of 18.5 during his three years of competition.

For more on Austin Wayne Self, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

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The Eldora Dirt Derby (150 laps | 75 miles) is the 13th of 23 races on the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule. Practice begins on Tues., July 17 from 7:05 p.m. – 7:55 p.m., while final practice is set for 9:05 a.m. – 9:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day beginning at 4:35 p.m.; with the qualifying races set to follow beginning at 7:00 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 9:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).

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As the silhouette of a NASCAR Camping World Truck sat outside of the garage area at the Charlotte Motor Speedway during the Roval test at the track last Tuesday afternoon, paint scheme hidden by a car cover, Truck series driver and owner, Jordan Anderson, and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veteran, Ryan Newman, approached the truck from the garage area. As the two drivers greeted the crowd and began to pull the car cover off, it was announced that the two racers had partnered up for Newman to make his return to the dirt at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday, July 18th, for the Dirt Derby 150 driving Anderson’s #3 Chevrolet Silverado.
 
Thanks to an introduction through mutual friend, Ginger Rust, and support from VRX Ryan Newman VR Experience/eSports and MotoShield Pro, Newman and Anderson began the discussion about racing Eldora just a few weeks ago. Both grassroots racers at heart, with a passion and love for the sport, the story comes full circle as Newman and Anderson met for the first time at the Charlotte track in 2001 while Anderson (age 11) was racing Bandolero cars, and Newman was making his mark as a rookie in the Cup series. Since that initial meeting, Anderson has looked up to the Cup veteran for motivation on his career path, including a route of going to college and graduating with a degree and ultimately starting up his own race team.
 
“This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for our team, and an honor to have someone like Ryan that I’ve looked up to come in and drive for us at Eldora.” stated Anderson. “This team was nothing but a dream just seven months ago, and to have this season progress the way it has, and have this deal come together for Eldora has been humbling. We’ve been blessed with some amazing people that have shown their belief in us this year and have been responsible for helping us grow to where we are now. And this is a perfect example of just that. It’s been great to have him help us at the shop to prep the truck and learn from him. I know we’re all excited to get to the track this week and see him up front.”
 
“I’m really looking forward to getting back to Eldora and working with Jordan and his team. It just made sense for us to do it,” Newman said. “It‘s a great opportunity for him. It‘s a great opportunity for me, for VRX eSports, for Chevrolet. It all lines up. He’s got a lot of respect for me and the history of the sport, him being a college graduate and so many other things. Dirt racing is part of where I came from; it makes up part of my roots. Growing up in the Midwest and having raced there in the past, both in the Truck Series and in USAC competition, it’s certainly a special place. It’s going to be great going back to basics with what we’re doing, and his team’s grassroots approach, rolling into the racetrack with their dually and gooseneck trailer making the most of what resources we have and hopefully bringing them a win home.”
 
Be sure to ride along with Ryan as he goes for the win, and watch the NCWTS Dirty Derby 150 at Eldora Speedway on Fox Sports 1 with in-truck footage being presented by MotoShield Pro.
 
For more information on Ryan Newman and Jordan Anderson Racing, stay tuned to the following social media channels for updates throughout the race week;

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RJ Otto (@RJOtto), a successful dirt modified racer in the Midwest will attempt to make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut in Wednesday night’s Eldora Dirt Derby for JJL Motorsports.
 
Otto, 26, will drive the No. 97 Chris Sanford Cattle | S&S Express Ford in the 13th Truck Series race of the season. JJL Motorsports crew chief Matt Noyce will oversee the effort.
 
Otto’s unique paint scheme is a tribute to Red Farmer, an accomplished dirt racer and an original member of NASCAR’s ‘Alabama Gang.’
 
“I’m excited about this opportunity to make my Truck Series debut at Eldora,” said Otto. “This is a huge chance for me to put myself and the JJL Motorsports team in the spotlight. It’s going to be a very competitive race, but we’re up for the challenge and I can’t wait to get going.”
 
Otto, a native of Gahanna, Ohio is no stranger to Eldora’s turf. An accomplished dirt racer – Otto has visited Victory Lane at the historic half-mile dirt track throughout his racing career in modified competition.
 
Now sitting center stage in one of the most anticipated races of the year, Otto is determined to turn heads.
 
“A lot of people have put time, effort and support into making Eldora possible and I’m forever grateful,” sounded Otto. “With the support of Matt, Jesse and Jason (Little), David Calabrese and others, we’re going there as an underdog – but hope to perform as a top dog.”
 
The underdog role is something that JJL Motorsports has been accustomed to this season. Jesse Little fresh off making his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at Kentucky Speedway Saturday night has turned impressive performances in his No. 97 Ford truck.  
 
Thus far in 2018, Little and JJL have crafted four top-10 finishes in five races, including a career-best sixth at Iowa Speedway last month. Recently, Little turned in a seventh-place result at Gateway (Ill.) Motorsport Park in late June.
 
Otto hopes to continue JJL’s success, this time on dirt.
 
“I think we’ll have a truck capable of a top-10 run,” Otto insisted. “We just have to pace ourselves. We gotta make sure we use both practice sessions Tuesday to our advantage and then lay down a good qualifying lap on Wednesday that will put in a good spot for our qualifying races a short time later.
 
“Once in the race, we can focus on that. I’d be ecstatic with a top-10 finish for Chris Sanford Cattle and S&S Express. Hopefully Eldora opens the door to more opportunities along the way.
 
"We’ll see.”
 
“JJL Motorsports is proud to have RJ Otto behind the wheel this week at Eldora,” said JJL Motorsports team principal Jason Little. “As we continue to enhance our organization, we’re opening the doors to build a strong foundation with support from Ford Performance that will allow us to put additional drivers in our No. 97 truck in hopes of running more races this year – while also looking ahead to bigger things in 2019.
 
“We wish RJ the best of luck in his Eldora Truck debut.”
 
The Eldora Dirt Derby (150 laps | 75 miles) is the 13th of 23 races on the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule. Practice begins on Tues., July 17 from 7:05 p.m. – 7:55 p.m., while final practice is set for 9:05 a.m. – 9:55 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day beginning at 4:35 p.m.; with the qualifying races set to follow beginning at 7:00 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 9:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern). 

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At least half of FOX Sports’ broadcast team for Wednesday’s NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES race at Eldora Speedway, Tony Stewart’s half-mile dirt track, has extensive dirt-racing experience. 

NASCAR stars and veteran dirt aces Christopher Bell and Kyle Larson make their FOX NASCAR broadcasting debuts Wednesday during FS1’s live, full-day coverage, culminating with the race telecast at 9:00 PM ET.  Larson offers analysis from the FOX Sports television booth alongside Vince Welch and Michael Waltrip, while Bell teams with Hermie Sadler, former NASCAR driver and 1988 World Karting Association champion (on dirt), and fellow dirt-racing legend Kenny Wallace to cover pit road.

Bell, the reigning Truck Series champion, won the Chili Bowl Nationals championship in 2017 and 2018 and the 2013 USAC National Midget championship. Additionally, he went to victory lane in the 2015 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES race at Eldora. Larson took the honors in 2016 and also won the 2011 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora, becoming just the second driver in history to win in all three types of USAC cars in a single night.  He also earned the 2011 Belleville Midget Nationals championship.

Wallace, a FOX Sports reporter and two-time winner at Eldora, won the 2005 Prelude to the Dream and has competed at Eldora annually ever since. Renowned for “racing anything and everything,” he is scheduled to drive the No. 36 Toyota DIRTcar in more than 60 dirt races across the country this year, scaling back a bit from last year’s 80 to afford himself more family time.  Last weekend (July 14-15), Wallace was north of the border, racing at Riverside International Speedway in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Before he hits the airwaves on FS1, Wallace has a date with the dirt at the clay oval, climbing behind the wheel Tuesday and Wednesday. On Wednesday, he’ll jump out of his race car and straight into a FOX Sports polo for his broadcasting duties.

In the Q&A below, FOX Sports catches up with Wallace for his take on everything Eldora, as well as his advice for Bell and Larson:

FOX SPORTS: You have enjoyed quite a bit of success at Eldora, including wins in the 2005 Prelude to the Dream and an A-main, and have more than a dozen starts there.  What about Eldora suits your driving style so much?

Wallace: “Eldora is what we call ‘momentum racing’ in the dirt world. Ninety-five percent of dirt racing is bullring racing where you go down the straightaway, use the brakes, toss the car in the corner, turn around and come back.  Eldora is unique because you always have to keep speed up and use very little brakes, if none at all. I have been successful there because I grew up on momentum racing on asphalt in ASA.  The people who are the best there keep their car straight all the time -- they don’t try to get it sideways.  Sideways is bad at Eldora.” 

FOX SPORTS: What’s the most challenging aspect of driving a truck at Eldora?

Wallace: “A truck is an incredibly hard vehicle to drive there because it doesn’t have really wide tires.  In the dirt racing world, you can do whatever you want with your chassis, within reason.  But in NASCAR, you are limited in what you can do.  You do what you can with the chassis and then adapt as a driver.  When you run really high against the wall in the truck, it provides good momentum and keeps your speed up.  The key is to run high and maintain momentum, but don’t hit the wall so badly that you destroy your truck.”

FOX SPORTS: How does a driver achieve success at Eldora?

Wallace:  “The driver who will be successful at Eldora is one who is able to adapt well and goes in prepared. A few years ago, I started seeing Matt Crafton at dirt tracks in Kentucky. He told me he loves dirt racing and wanted to get prepared because he knew he would have to run Eldora in the truck. There’s so much to learn. It paid off when he won last year – running right through the middle of the track.  He put a lot of effort in it. If you go into Eldora and don’t want to be there, you won’t be any good. It’s no different than Bristol or a road course – you better like it or you won’t be good. I’ve seen great asphalt drivers study, learn, adapt and win at Eldora. But you don’t just show up unprepared and win.”

FOX SPORTS: Should the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES have a dirt race on the schedule?

Wallace: “One year ago on SiriusXM Radio, I said times have changed and NASCAR probably needs to consider it. Who would have ever thought we would see a dirt track inside Indianapolis Motor Speedway or a ‘roval’ at Charlotte? So many of us started out racing on dirt, so it would only make sense to give it a shot. If NASCAR doesn’t, it risks falling behind. Times have changed in such crazy ways, and we can’t keep doing the same thing over and over. It’s time to shake things up.”

FOX SPORTS:  Who is your pick to win at Eldora?

Wallace:  I believe there are some names coming – Stewart Friesen is incredible in the Super DIRTcar Series. There’s Kyle Strickler, who is very good at Eldora. Mike McLaughlin’s son, Max, is young and talented. There is some new talent this year that should make folks take notice, but to be the man, you have to beat the man.  [Matt] Crafton has been running dirt lately and won last year.”

FOX SPORTS: If you could give one piece of advice to a newcomer at Eldora, what would it be?

Wallace: “Do not drive terribly fast. You will be amazed by how little throttle you need to give it.  You can actually win by pushing the throttle only halfway.  The track is incredibly slippery, so don’t think your truck will hook up and go fast.  You will be amazed by how fast your truck will go with minimal throttle.”

FOX SPORTS: What will be the biggest challenge for Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell moving from the driver’s seat to a broadcasting role at Eldora?

Wallace: “My advice to them would be don’t change.  Just be yourself. Don’t try to be a TV guy.  Talk like a dirt racer and give fans dirt-racing lingo. Just do what you normally do and the fans will appreciate and enjoy it. They are arguably the greatest dirt racers of this era and at such a young age. Either could have entered this race and won, so FOX is extremely fortunate to have them on the broadcast.”

FOX SPORTS: You’re pulling double duty Wednesday at Eldora between your dirt car and your FOX NASCAR duties.  How are you going to make it all work?

Wallace: “I’m racing my Toyota dirt modified car in the full show Tuesday night. On Wednesday, I was invited to be in the invitational race because I won the Prelude to the Dream and have won an A-main at Eldora.  I’ll be coming right out of my car and putting my headset on. It’s going to be a crazy day for me, but running my dirt car keeps me young, happy and sane.”

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Joining ThorSport Racing for the Sixth Annual NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway, Chase Briscoe will pilot the No. 27 Ford Performance Ford F-150 as he looks to ace the dirt at the half-mile clay oval.
 
Briscoe, a driver in Ford Performance's Driver Development Program, is no stranger to dirt. Previously competing in the NCWTS for Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR), and currently competing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) and International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), Briscoe cut his teeth racing on dirt at tracks in Indiana and surrounding states.
 
The 23-year-old, Mitchell, Indiana-native worked his way up to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards, on his way to the NCWTS and beyond. Winning the 2016 ARCA Racing Series championship, he amassed six wins, six pole awards, including a first-place starting position at Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois, one of two dirt races on the series' schedule.
 
With one start at Eldora in a NCWTS Ford F-150 with BKR, he started 12th in 2017's feature race, finishing third, while leading eight laps in his heat race prior to the main event that day.
 
"I'm really excited to get to Eldora Speedway for this race. Growing up racing and having a family that's been in sprint cars since the '70s, it doesn't get much more special than Eldora - it's pretty much the Daytona of dirt racing," reflects Briscoe. "My Grandpa has had drivers go to victory lane in his cars there, and hopefully I can finally see a win there as well. It would mean so much to me to add my name to the list of drivers who have won at Eldora, and I'm so blessed that Ford is granting me the opportunity to run this race. I think it's probably the toughest field we have ever seen for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Eldora, so it should be an awesome race."
 
Taking the green flag for the 2018 Eldora Dirt Derby, televised action heats up Wednesday, July 18, at 9 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 (FS1). Additional coverage can be found via the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Channel 90.
 
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AUSTIN HILL FINISHES 16TH AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY

Austin Hill made his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky., in Thursday night’s Buckle Up in Your Truck 225. After two practice sessions, Hill made the final round of NCWTS qualifying and earned the 12th starting spot for the 150-lap race where he finished 16th.
 
STAGE 1 RECAP:
 

  • Started Stage 1: P12
  • Finished Stage 1: P16
 
The Winston, Ga., native started Thursday night’s Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 from the outside of row six. Stage 1 was fairly uneventful after an early caution on the opening lap. Hill finished the opening stage in 16th-place.
 
STAGE 2 RECAP:
 
  • Started Stage 2: P15
  • Finished Stage 2: P16
 
Hill brought the Whitetail Heaven No. 02 down pit road on lap 39 for four fresh tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment and lined up 15th to start Stage 2. The second stage went caution free and Hill finished in 16th.
 
STAGE 3 RECAP: 
 
  • Started Stage 3: P16
  • Finished Stage 3: P16

 
Hill came to pit road on lap 72 for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment to help with a tight-handling Whitetail Heaven No. 02 and restarted the final stage in 16th. On lap 125, he came to pit road again for right side tires and fuel but was caught speeding and served a pass-through penalty. The remaining 25 laps of the race went caution free and Hill finished 16th.

 

TATE FOGLEMAN RELEGATED TO 28TH-PLACE FINISH AFTER BRAKE ISSUES

Tate Fogleman made his second-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start in Thursday night’s Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky. He started the 150-lap race from 16th and finished 28th after suffering from brake issues. 
 
STAGE 1 RECAP:
 

  • Started Stage 1: P16
  • Finished Stage 1: P17
 
Fogleman started Thursday night’s Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 from the 16th position and restarted 14th after a caution on the opening lap of the 150-lap race. The opening stage went on caution free and the Durham, N.C., native finished in 17th.
 
STAGE 2 RECAP:
 
  • Started Stage 2: P19
  • Finished Stage 2: P18
 
Fogleman brought the Young’s Building Systems Randco No. 20 down pit road on lap 39 for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment and restarted 19th to kick off Stage 2. The middle stage was completed caution free and Fogleman finished in 18th.
 
STAGE 3 RECAP:
 
  • Started Stage 3: P14
  • Finished Stage 3: P28

 
Fogleman came down pit road on lap 72 for four fresh tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment to help with a vibration and tight-handling Young’s Building System Randco No. 20 and restarted the final stage in 14th. On lap 106 and giving up his 16th-place running position, the 18-year-old brought his truck into the garage for a broken right front brake caliper relegating him to a 28th-place finish.

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Chris Eggleston, No. 17 BlazeMaster Fire Protection Toyota Tundra
Practice: 3rd
Qualifying: 4th (lap time of 29.522 seconds)
Race Result: 11th 
 
Race Recap: Eggleston and the No. 17 BlazeMaster Toyota rolled off the trailer with decent speed and handling, but the team went to work making changes after being scored 13th in the first practice session at Kentucky Speedway. The adjustments proved to be positive as they came away 3rd quick in the final practice session. Eggleston showed impressive speeds during qualifying where he advanced to Round 2, and scored a fourth-place starting position in Thursday evening's Buckle Up in Your Truck 225. 
 
When the race went green Eggleston started on the outside row. He lost a few positions on the initial start, but was able to stay in the top-10 for the first 25 laps of racing. At the conclusion of Stage 1, Eggleston crossed the finish line 13th. The No. 17 machine was loose and free-in proving to be a handful for the 29-year-old driver Erie, Colo., driver. Eggleston was still fighting an ill-handling truck during Stage 2 where he went on to finish 15th. During Stage 3, Eggleston's Crew Chief called for a two-tire green flag stop. This pit strategy helped the No. 17 BlazeMaster gain some track position and go on to finish 11th at Kentucky Speedway. 
 
Eggleston on Kentucky: "Really proud of the DGR-Crosley guys for bringing such a fast BlazeMaster Fire Protection Toyota. After qualifying 4th and running inside the top four for the better half of the first stage, I thought we were set to have a promising night. However we just got way too loose and lost several positions before the conclusion of the first Stage. With Track position being king, we could never really gain any of it back. Tic Tac [Chris Lawson, Crew Chief]  made a good call at the end for two tires which ended up helping the balance of our Toyota Tundra and we were able to come home 11th.  I certainly wish we could have finished better as we showed much more speed than 11th all day."
 
Bo LeMastus, No. 54 Crosley Brands Toyota Tundra
Practice: 21st
Qualifying: 22nd (lap time of 30.595 seconds)
Race Result: 20th
 
Race Recap: The No. 54 team unloaded a well-handling Toyota Tundra right off the bat for LeMastus. They were scored 16th quickest in first practice and 21st in the final practice session at Kentucky Speedway. When qualifying rolled around LeMastus laid down a 30.595-second lap, securing a 22nd-place starting position in 
Thursday night's Buckle Up in Your Truck 225. 
 
LeMastus started the 150 lap race on the inside lane from the 22nd position. The Louisville, Ky. native maintained that position on the initial start, and for most of the first 35 lap stage. He was scored one lap down in 21st at the conclusion of Stage 1, but was given the Free Pass when the stage-ending caution flew putting him back on the lead lap. LeMastus stayed inside the top-20 for the next 35 laps of racing, and earned a 19th-place finish in Stage 2. During the final stage, LeMastus continued to run 19th until the No. 54 team was hit with a pit road speeding penalty during green flag pits stops on lap 125. After serving the pass-through penalty, LeMastus ended up with a 20th-place finish in the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225.
 
LeMastus on Kentucky: "The DGR-Crosley guys brought me a great truck this weekend. It was money from the time we unloaded until the end of the race. The 20th-place finish doesn't show how good we really were. I'm thankful to the team for all the hard work that they put into these truck. Overall, wish we could have had a better finish, but happy that we are leaving without a scratch on the No. 54 Crosley Brands truck. We learned a lot and I'll continue working to get better at the mile and a half tracks."
 
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DGR-Crosley announced today that Tyler Dippel will drive for them in the sixth annual Eldora Dirt Derby next week at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Dippel will drive the No. 17 Hue Jackson Foundation / Caruso Logistics / D&A Concrete Toyota Tundra in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut. 
 
The 18-year-old Wallkill, N.Y., native currently competes for DGR-Crosley full time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. With seven races complete in the season, Dippel has a win, four top-five finishes and sits second in the Championship Points standings. Dippel also has eight career ARCA Racing Series starts under his belt, where he has earned two top-five finishes. 
 
While most of Dippel's recent racing experience has taken place in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, his racing career started at age seven on dirt. As a 10-year-old, he won his first National Championship. A few years later, he became the youngest driver to win in a Northeast Dirt Big Block Modified after collecting his first Big Block Modifed win at Georgetown Speedway. The following year Dippel continued his successful run on dirt, earning Rookie of the Year honors in the DIRTcar Northeast Series. 
 
"I'm super excited to make my Truck Series debut with DGR-Crosley at Eldora," said Dippel. "I've been looking forward to this race all year. I come from a dirt background and think we can run really well there, and have a shot to win. I spend a lot of time in the shop and at the track with the DGR-Crosley guys, so it'll be a smooth transition to the truck team. I'll have my K&N crew chief, Chris Lawson, calling the shots for me at Eldora and Jason [Hedlesky] spotting for me. I'm excited - can't wait to get on the track next week."
 
Qualifying for the Eldora Dirt Derby will take place on Wednesday, July 18, at 4:30 p.m., ET with racing action starting at 9:00 p.m.
 
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Brett Moffitt endured a trying evening at Kentucky Speedway which resulted in an 18th-place finish. The three-time race winner on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tour this year settled for an uncharacteristic result after wrestling with an ill-tempered balance on the No. 16 ADVICS / AISIN Group Toyota Tundra. Despite Thursday night’s result, Moffitt remains third in the championship standings and holds the second position on the NCWTS Playoff Grid.
 
Moffitt began the night from the 13th position, and immediately encountered handling issues similar to what he and the ADVICS / AISIN Group team fought in the morning practices. The handling on corner entry was too free and was compounded by being too tight in the center and exit of each corner. He finished Stage 1 in 15th position and immediately came to pit road for adjustments under the caution.
 
Crew chief Scott Zipadelli and the HRE team gave Moffitt four tires and significant chassis adjustments before the lap 42 restart, but those did not offer significant improvement. Moffitt ran in 12th position for the majority of Stage 2 with similar handing ailments and held that position to the end of the stage on lap 70.
 
By taking four tires on the first pit stop, Zipadelli was able to give Moffitt two tires under the stage break and bought the team much needed track position and restarted third on lap 77. Even with further chassis adjustments, Moffitt reported his tight conditions worsened throughout the race’s final stage and relegated him down the running order. With less than 40 laps to go, Moffitt pitted for four tires during a green flag pit cycle and was forced to return to pit road with a tire issue. Moffitt cycled back to 19th position two laps down on lap 127. Over the final 23 circuits, Moffitt gained one position to take the checkered flag in 18th and held his position in the championship standings. 
 
 
Brett Moffitt Quote:
 
“We just missed the balance tonight on our ADVICS / AISIN Group Toyota. It’s disappointing because of how well we’ve run on the 1.5-mile track all season. This is a tough race team, so we’ll go back to the shop tomorrow, go over all our notes and learn what we can do when we go to Pocono in a few weeks. We’ll focus on Eldora next week and see what we can do on dirt.”

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