ROSSBURG, Ohio — Cody Coughlin and Rico Abreu advanced to the Aspen Dental Dirt Derby 150 by claiming the top two spots Wednesday in the 15-lap last chance qualifier at Eldora Speedway.
Abreu, who had wrecked with Travis Kvapil in the third heat race, rebounded in his repaired No. 98 Toyota. The two-time Chili Bowl winner is a Camping World Truck Series rookie but has spent much of his career on dirt tracks, including the half-mile track at Eldora.
Failing to advance to the main event through the qualifier were Austin Wayne Self, Chris Fontaine, Wayne Edwards, Norm Benning, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Sean Corr, Jordan Anderson, Travis Kvapil and Caleb Roark.
ROSSBURG, Ohio — Bobby Pierce, a surprise runner-up in the Aspen Dental Dirt Derby 150 last year, won the first heat Wednesday night at Eldora Speedway.
Caleb Holman finished second, transferring to the main event with Jake Griffin, Brady Boswell and John Hunter Nemechek.
Failing to transfer were Wayne Edwards, Caleb Roark and Wayne Edwards, who crashed twice.