Shelbyville Daily Union

July 26, 2013

Dillon tackles dirt of Eldora

Goggles Paisano
Shelbyville Daily Union

---- — NASCAR returned to dirt Wednesday night for the first time since Richard Petty won at the fairgrounds in 1970. The Nascar truck series ran the MidSummer Classic at Eldora Speedway, which is owned by Driver/Owner Tony Stewart.

Austin Dillon would take the lead on lap 89 of 150 and never look back. Kyle Larson was second, followed by Cup regular Ryan Newman, who said there was no way in the world he would miss this.

Dillon started the feature way back in the 19th position, but worked his way through traffic and up to the front. Larson did the same, starting back in 13th place.

After Dillon took the lead, Larson and Newman would battle back and forth, swapping positions numerous times and over multiple cautions in the final laps. Newman was also battling break issues, but afterward said that you don’t really need breaks around here.

The race was split into three segments of 60, 50 and 40 laps in length that followed several qualifying races. Five eight-lap qualifying races, each consisting of seven trucks, set the top-25 of the starting grid, while a 15-lap “last chance” race was held for the 10 drivers who didn’t get in through one of the previous qualifying races. Five drivers advanced from the “last chance” race to claim the last five spots on the 30-truck starting grid. So only five drivers did not make the feature. The top 20 in points were locked in before the qualifiers even started.