Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby

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Tyler Reddick tops first of two Truck practice sessions at Eldora

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The first of two practice sessions for the Camping World Truck Series at Eldora Speedway was led by Tyler Reddick, who put down a top speed of 85.808 mph around the half-mile dirt track.

Reddick was followed by Sprint Cup driver Kyle Larson (85.800), Christopher Bell (85.062), Rico Abreu (84.790) and Bobby Pierce (84.740).

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Schedule for NASCAR Truck Series at Eldora

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The Camping World Truck Series rolls into the small town of Rossburg, Ohio, this week for its fourth annual race at Eldora Speedway, the half-mile dirt track owned by Tony Stewart.

Here’s the full schedule for the Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby, including TV and radio info. All times are Eastern.

Tuesday, July 19

3:30 – 11 p.m. – Garage open

6:30 – 7:55 p.m. – Truck practice (No TV)

9 – 9:55 p.m. – Final Truck practice (No TV)

Wednesday, July 20

noon – Truck  garage opens

4:30 p.m. – Driver-crew chief meeting

5:15 p.m – Qualifying; single car/two laps (Fox Sports 1)

7 p.m. – First qualifying race; 10 laps (FS1)

7:09 p.m. – Second qualifying race; 10 laps (FS1)

7:18 p.m. Third qualifying race; 10 laps (FS1)

7:27 p.m. – Fourth qualifying race; 10 laps (FS1)

7:36 p.m. – Fifth qualifying race; 10 laps (FS1)

8:15 p.m. – Last chance qualifying race; 15 laps (FS1)

8:40 p.m. – Driver introductions

9 p.m. – Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby; 150 laps, three segments of 40, 50 and 60 laps/75 miles (FS1, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

 

Entry list for Truck race at Eldora Speedway

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There are 38 Trucks on the preliminary entry list for the fourth annual Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway.

The Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby will feature Sprint Cup driver Kyle Larson and former Sprint Cup driver Ken Schrader.

John Wes Townley is missing the race for a “possible concussion” and will be substituted by Brady Boswell.

The No. 16 Truck will be driven by Stewart Friesen.

Last year’s event at the dirt track in Rossburg, Ohio, was won by Christopher Bell. Bell is the only previous winner competing in the race this year.

Wednesday’s race will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1.

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Kyle Larson returning to Eldora for Truck race

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After a year’s absence, Kyle Larson will return to Eldora Speedway for the July 20 Camping World Truck Series race at the half-mile dirt track in Rossburg, Ohio, according to NASCAR.com.

Larson will drive in the Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby for GMS Racing in a truck sponsored by DC Solar. The Sprint Cup driver competed in the Truck series’ race at Martinsville Speedway earlier this year for the team that fields the trucks of Johnny Sauter and Spencer Gallagher.

Larson only has 11 Truck starts on his record, but two of those came in the first two races at Eldora in 2013 and 2014. Competing for the late Steve Turner in both events, Larson finished second to Austin Dillon in 2013. Then in 2014, Larson provided one of the more exciting 26th-place finishes.

After a restart with 18 laps to go, Larson used up all of his No. 32 truck trying to catch leader Darrell Wallace Jr. Those watching were introduced to Larson’s love of riding the outside wall, as he repeatedly bounced off it for 15 laps, damaging the right side of his truck while managing to maintain speed.

But his impact with the frontstretch wall with three laps left was the last straw, crippling his truck as Wallace went on to win.

While it was fun for those watching, it wasn’t for Larson.

“I don’t know; I honestly didn’t have a ton of fun” Larson told NASCAR.com. “It was slick and slow. I guess I made it exciting to watch on TV, hitting the wall and stuff. … This year with Rico (Abreu) running and (Christopher) Bell being in it, and I thought there would be some more of those guys in it, I just thought it’d be fun to get back out and run the race again.”

Bell is the defending winner of the Eldora race and Abreu, a close friend of Larson’s and a two-time winner of the Chili Bowl, will be making his first Truck start on the dirt track.

Larson has one win in the Truck series at Rockingham Speedway in 2013. He finished fourth at Martinsville in April.

Eldora Truck race to be called the Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby

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The Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway is getting a new sponsor in Aspen Dental and a new title because Major League Baseball is a stickler for wording.

After three years of being the 1-800-CarCash Mudsummer Classic, the July 20 race on the half-mile dirt track in Rossburg, Ohio, will be called the Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby.

The race, which debuted in 2013, is the only national NASCAR event held on a dirt track and has been won by Austin Dillon, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Christopher Bell.

The Derby is a 150-lap feature broken into three segments of 40, 50 and 60 laps. Five qualifying heat races set the 32-truck field.

Aspen Dental is a main sponsor on the No. 10 Chevrolet of Danica Patrick in the Sprint Cup, which is co-owned by Tony Stewart. The three-time Cup champion also owns Eldora.

“Aspen Dental has leveraged its partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing and Danica Patrick really well and this new role with Eldora Speedway gives them another strong platform,” said Stewart in a press release. “The Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby brings dirt-track fans and NASCAR fans together under one roof. It’s unique to Eldora and it allows Aspen Dental a unique opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.”

The July 20 race will be broadcast by Fox Sports 1.