By David G. Firestone
I don’t often do mid-week posts, but this week warrants one. Tonight at 7PM EST on Fox Sports 1 the CarCash Mudsummer Classic Presented by CNBC Prime’s ‘The Profit’ will be held at Eldora Speedway in Rossberg Ohio. Since that name is a bit too long, I’ll just call it the Mudsummer classic. This will be the second year in a row the Camping World Truck Series will host a points paying event on the dirt track.
Last year, Ken Schrader qualified on the pole, and Austin Dillon went on to win the race. Kyle Larson, Michael Annett, Ty Dillon, Matt Crafton, and Norm Benning will be among the drivers who will join them on this historical dirt track owned by Tony Stewart. The trucks and tires will be modifiend from their normal configuration to accommodate the dirt track. Further info can be found here. I did a little research after watching the video and found that the Truck Series switched from Goodyear Eagles to Goodyear Wranglers in 2005.
The heat race style format from last year will be back again this year, and unlike most NASCAR Big 3 series races, there will be work done on the cars while the race is under red. It will be pit stops, but it will still be allowed. The qualifying was a bit confusing, but it was still fun to watch. You had better believe I will be watching the entire event flag to flag. Fox Sports explains it in detail here.
The question that was asked numerous times last year and will be asked this year is “will there be a Nationwide or Sprint Cup Series race on dirt in the near future?” To that I say…”THERE DAMN WELL BETTER BE!” The mud racing is fun to watch, and it brings many of the drivers back to the roots. It also brings NASCAR back to its roots, as well as stock car racing as a whole back to its roots. The fans loved it last year, I’ll bet they’ll love it this year, and you know as well as I do they’ll want more. But if it does happen, it will probably happen at another track besides Eldora. Since Tony Stewart owns the track, he can’t compete because he has a really unfair advantage. So when it does happen, it will happen at another track. I think that Davenport Speedway might be a good venue.
I will enjoy tonight’s race, I hope you do too, and I’ll be back on Saturday with my usual work…this time on number design…see you then!