Eldora Dirt Derby format rundown
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By AMANDA VINCENT
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series takes to the dirt at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, Wednesday for the renamed Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby. Eldora, owned by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, is the one and only dirt track stop on the yearly Truck Series schedule, and just as the racing surface differs from what series regulars are used to, the format for the event varies from the NASCAR pavement norm.
Wednesday on-track activity for the Camping World Truck Series begins with a qualifying session that calls for each truck to hit the track for two timed laps. Speeds from that qualifying sessions will set the line-ups for five 10-lap qualifying races.
The top-five finishers from each of the five qualifying race will advance to the main event, making up the top-25 spots on the starting grid for the main. Then, there will be a last-chance qualifying race for remaining trucks that didn’t finish in the top-five in their respective qualifying race. The top-two finishers from the 15-lap last-chance race will garner the 26th and 27th starting spots for the main.
The remaining positions in the back of the main 32-truck starting grid are provisional spots. Starting positions 28th through 31st will go to the top-four trucks in the owner points standings that didn’t make the main through the qualifying races or last-chance race. The 32nd and final spot will go to the most recent past Truck Series champion entered.
The main race will consist of 150-laps, split into three segments, with each segment being 10 laps longer than the preceding segment (45, 50 and 60 laps). Cautions separating the segments will not count as part of the total 150-lap distance.
Teams are not required to pit during the competition cautions between segments. Those staying out will, of course, start the next segment in front of those that pitted. Unlike in regular series races, positions can not be gained or lost in the pits, other than spots lost to trucks staying out.
Camping World Truck Series teams practiced for the Dirt Derby on Tuesday, participating in two separate practice sessions. Here is the rundown of the Wednesday schedule of NASCAR on-track activity (courtesy of NASCAR.com
The Wednesday weather forecast for Rossburg, Ohio, calls for clear skies throughout the day and night, with daytime high temperatures expected to reach the high-80s before dipping into the low 70s for an overnight low.