The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to perhaps the most anticipated race of the season on July 24th. In a bid to return to the roots of NASCAR, the trucks head to Eldora Speedway in what will surely be a night fans won't forget.
NASCAR announced today the format for the race. There will be a field of 30 trucks with the drivers in the top 20 in points locked in. The competition will be fierce to get into the main event.
Drivers are allowed two qualifying laps to determine their starting positions in the heat races. There will be five heat races. Each of these will be eight laps and only green flag laps count. The first five trucks from each race will qualify for the main race. These heat races make up 25 of the starting spot in the big race.
For those unlucky drivers who don’t make it in initially, there is a last chance race. It’s the same format as the qualifying race but this time only the first four finishers get into the race.
That leaves one spot left, which goes to any past champion that hasn’t already made the main event. If all champions are already in then the spot goes to the next highest finishing truck in the last chance race.
That leads into the main event which will be 150 laps. The first segment is 60 laps, the second in 50, and the third is 40 laps with pit stops in between in each one.
Eldora doesn’t have a pit road so pit stops will be tricky and maybe even treacherous. With this in mind NASCAR will have all pit stops under the caution flag, with lead lap trucks going first, then the lap down drivers. Officials expect this process to take about six laps.
We know from the “Prelude to the Dream” races that Tony Stewart, track owner, puts on a great show and I expect this race to be nothing less than spectacular. With some famous names in the field plus others like Kenny Wallace and Dave Blaney who have expressed interest, the dirt is set for one magical night.
Here’s to slippin’, slidin’ and dirt flyin’!