NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race at Eldora Speedway offers unique qualifying, race procedures


Tony Stewart testing a NCWTS truck at Eldora Speedway on July 24, 2012. Photo/YouTube by Eldora Speedway

Procedures for the inaugural “Mudsummer Classic” – the highly anticipated NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway – and it’s qualifying race scheduled to run on Wednesday, July 24 have been announced. Unlike asphalt tracks, dirt tracks have historically used a format much different than typical races and that will be the case for this event, the first NASCAR national series race held on dirt in more than 40 years.

The race will feature a traditional two-lap qualifying session, five qualifying races, one last-chance race and a champion’s provisional to determine the 30-truck starting field. The top-20 in owners’ points entering the race event will have a guaranteed starting position.
Here are additional details for each round of qualifying:
Two-lap qualifying determines starting position for the qualifying races
Qualifying Races

•  Five qualifying races
•  Eight laps each; only green flag laps count
•  Five trucks transfer from each qualifying race
•  Lineup for the qualifying races will be based on qualifying speeds with four locked-in trucks (trucks in the top 20)
•  The top-five trucks in qualifying will start on the pole for their respective qualifying race
•  Highest finishing non-locked-in truck will transfer to race from each qualifying race
•  At the completion of the qualifying races, 25 trucks will have earned spots into the feature.

Last Chance Race
•  15 laps; only green flag laps count
•  The top-four finishers will transfer to the feature and start in positions 26-29
•  The lineup will be based on the finish from the qualifying races

Starting position No. 30 will go to the most recent past series’ champion who has not already qualified. If the 30th starting position is not filled by an eligible champion, it will be assigned to the next highest finishing truck in the Last Chance Race.
The race length and format are also new for the series. The race will be 150 laps divided into three segments. The segments will be 60, 50 and 40 laps.
There will be pit stops between each segment, with teams having the opportunity to change tires and work on their trucks.
More details on the event schedule will be released later this spring.
The “Mudsummer Classic” will be the first NASCAR national touring series event held on dirt since NASCAR’s premiere series competed on September 30, 1970 in Raleigh, N.C. Richard Petty won the Home State 200 at the one-mile State Fairgrounds Speedway.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series releases 2013 Schedule

Date Site
2/22 Daytona International Speedway
4/6 Martinsville Speedway
4/14 Rockingham Speedway
4/20 Kansas Speedway
5/17 Charlotte Motor Speedway
5/31 Dover International Speedway
6/7 Texas Motor Speedway
6/27 Kentucky Speedway
7/13 Iowa Speedway
7/24 Eldora Speedway
8/3 Pocono Raceway
8/17 Michigan International Speedway
8/21 Bristol Motor Speedway
9/1 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
9/8 Iowa Speedway
9/13 Chicagoland Speedway
9/28 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
10/19 Talladega Superspeedway
10/26 Martinsville Speedway
11/1 Texas Motor Speedway
11/8 Phoenix International Raceway
11/15 Homestead-Miami Speedway

Clint Bowyer wins 7th Annual Prelude to the Dream

Clint Bowyer, driver of the #33 Crawford Supply/Klotz Synthetic Lubrication Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the Prelude To The Dream at Eldora Speedway on June 8, 2011 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images

The box score says that Clint Bowyer led all 30 laps in Wednesday night’s Prelude to the Dream all-star dirt Late Model race at Eldora Speedway, but the native of Emporia, Kan., had to fend off strong charges from J.J. Yeley and Aric Almirola to finally capture a victory in the prestigious race that’s a who’s who of racing’s elite.

After finishing second in the past two Prelude to the Dream events, Bowyer sealed his first Prelude triumph by .531 of a second over Yeley, a former USAC champion who has logged numerous laps at Eldora.

Stewart, owner of Eldora Speedway and a three-time Prelude victor, finished 20th in the race he created in 2005.

The race was a team event. There was still an individual race winner in Bowyer, but there was also a race within the race, with the field broken up into four teams, each representing a children’s hospital:

·      Team Levine: Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Bill Elliott, David Reutimann, Austin Dillon, Ray Evernham and Cruz Pedregon.

·      Team Atlanta: Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Bowyer, Ken Schrader, David Gilliland, Leffler and Ron Capps.

·      Team St. Louis: Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, Bobby Labonte, Justin Allgaier, Kenny Wallace, Ron Hornaday and Ricky Carmichael.

·      Team Dallas: Tony Stewart, Tony Kanaan, Matt Kenseth, Brian Vickers, Ambrose, Almirola and Yeley.

Each hospital received a donation, with the payout breakdown as follows:

·      Winning team received 30 percent of net proceeds raised from the pay-per-view telecast.

·      Second-place team received 25 percent of net proceeds raised from the pay-per-view telecast.

·      Third- and fourth-place teams each received 20 percent of net proceeds raised from the pay-per-view telecast.

The finishing positions of the top-five drivers from each team were added together, with the lowest team score winning 30 percent of the net money raised. The cumulative efforts of Busch (fourth), Allgaier (fifth), Carmichael (sixth) and Kahne (10th) put Team St. Louis on top. Team Atlanta finished second, while Team Dallas and Team Levine finished third and fourth, respectively. As a result, Team Atlanta will receive 25 percent of the net money raised, and Team Dallas and Team Levine will each receive 20 percent of the net money raised.

Source: True Speed Communications PR

WoO Sprint Car Racing’s “Month of Money” kicks off

The schedule shows another three-race week for the World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car Series. But everyone who follows and competes in the sport knows this week isn’t just another week. It’s the start of Sprint car racing’s annual “Month of Money,” and the stakes each night rise with extra money on the line. Tony Stewart Racing’s (TSR) Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz look at this point of the season as a time to get greedy.

Kinser is currently 26 points behind leader Joey Saldana, while Schatz is in fourth position, 179 points back of the leader.

The fun begins with Wednesday’s 22nd annual Brad Doty Classic at Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima, Ohio, and continues at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, on Friday and Saturday night. Eldora hosts its 27th annual Kings Royal weekend, culminating with a 40-lap A-Feature that pays $50,000 to the winner on Saturday night.

Wednesday at Limaland Raceway Park, the pit gates will open at 3 p.m. EDT, with the grandstands opening at 4 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. For more details and ticket information, call (419) 998-3199, or visit
Eldora Speedway on Friday, the pit gates will open at 1 p.m. EDT, with the grandstands opening at 3 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. For Saturday’s Kings Royal program, the pit gates will open at 12 p.m. EDT, with the grandstands opening at 2 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. More details are available by calling Eldora Speedway at (937) 338-3815, or visit

Here’s the remainder of the WoO schedule for 2010:

July 14 Limaland Motorsports Park Lima, Ohio
July 16 Eldora Speedway Rossburg, Ohio
July 17 Eldora Speedway Rossburg, Ohio
July 20 Lernerville Speedway Sarver, Pa.
July 23 Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, Pa.
July 24 Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, Pa.
July 25 Lebanon Valley Speedway West Lebanon, N.Y.
July 27 Autodrome Drummond Drummondville, Quebec
July 30 Ohsweken Speedway Ohsweken, Ontario
July 31 Ohsweken Speedway Ohsweken, Ontario
Aug. 3 Fulton Speedway Fulton, N.Y.

And the winner of The Gillette Fusion ProGlide Prelude to the Dream is….

I won’t spoil it for you, but if you DO want to know, click on the link below.

 The Gillette Fusion ProGlide Prelude to the Dream 

The Gillette Fusion ProGlide Prelude to the Dream was presented live on HBO Pay-Per-View® last evening with net proceeds from the telecast supporting four of the nation’s top children’s hospitals.  

Check your local HBO-PPV listings for upcoming re-airing of the race.

NASCAR drivers give their view on the Gillette Fusion ProGlide Prelude to the Dream


Ok, so the Indianapolis 500 winner, Dario Franchitti can’t make the race due to prior obligations at Watkins Glen…. So, IZOD IndyCar Series star Tony Kanaan will compete in his spot.
Travis Pastrana, X Games freestyle motocross, a five-time United States amateur motocross champion, and winner of four consecutive championships in the Rally America Series, will be trying something new.  The Red Bull athlete will take on yet another challenge when he competes in the Gillette Fusion ProGlide Prelude to the Dream at the legendary Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
Pastrana is well known for doing the impossible, such as intentionally flipping his motorcycle over an airborne helicopter to jumping his Subaru WRX a world-record 269 feet last New Year’s Eve, while LIVE on TV.
“Compared to the Cup drivers, I am the low man on the totem pole and have very little experience, but I know it will be a good time and I’m honored to be a part of this event, ” said Pastrana.
Pastrana joins Team Levine with Busch, Johnson, Kenseth, Reutimann, Blaney, and Ambrose.
Also joining the upper ranks is NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Ricky Carmichael (G.O.A.T). He earned the nickname “GOAT,” meaning “Greatest Of All Time,” by scoring an incredible 15 American Motorcycle Association (AMA) championships – 10 consecutive Motocross titles and five Supercross titles – and becoming the winningest rider in history with 150 victories before retiring from the sport at the end of 2007 to embark on a career in stock car racing.
Carmichael is currently running a full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Carmichael will be joing Team St. Jude with Hamlin, Edwards, Schrader, Almirola, and Ray Evernham.
Here’s a sneak peak as to what to expect:

The Gillette Fusion ProGlide Prelude to the Dream airs on HBO Pay-Per-View on June 9th at 7pm ET/ 4 pm PT.  Tickets are available Mon/Tues by phone (937.338.3815) – Wed: walkups are welcome at Eldora Speedway.