It’s not too often people get fired up for a Wednesday. But this is no ordinary Wednesday, this is the Wednesday the Camping World Truck Series takes on the dirt at Eldora Speedway.
"Last season, this race was probably one of the coolest races I've ever participated in,” said Ty Dillon. “With my dirt racing background, I couldn't be more excited to be competing in this event. It's a great show for the fans and a little change of pace from asphalt racing."
And it’s a mid-week show, on the dirt combining Sprint Cup Series drivers like Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon, with truck regulars like Darrell Wallace and Matt Crafton, along with dirt specialist like Ken Schrader and Jared Landers. And those big lumbering trucks sliding around on the dirt is truly a sight to see.
“It’s big old heavy things to run on those tracks,” said Schrader. “But it doesn’t make any difference, it’s what everybody has got.”
This race will have its challenges this year, It’s not the shiny new toy anymore. It’s not the novelty act it was in year one. But that is why track owner and three time cup series champion Tony Stewart says, they continue to work hard to improve track conditions, which in turn should continue to improve the racing.
“Unlike a pavement track that you can't make any changes to it, but a dirt track like that, we have that opportunity to try to tune the racetrack and make it better and more competitive,” said Stewart.” So we did do that, and that was something that right after the event, after getting the first one done, we were able to look at that and say maybe we can tweak the racetrack and make a difference. So we'll see if those changes work.”
And if it does maybe we will get to see even more dirt shows in NASCAR.
“I don’t think we’ll see it in the Sprint Cup Series,” said Schrader. “But rumor mill is going around that there might be a couple more in the truck series. So we’ll just have to see what happens.”