NASCAR is bringing a whole new sense to the phrase “Slinging Mud” when the Camping World Truck Series roars into Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway next week. The sold out Carcash Mudsummer Classic will be the first race of its kind in more than 42 years at NASCAR’s national level and is sure to be one of the most exciting and action packed races of the 2013 season.
As the entry list for this race continues to grow fans will have a rare chance to watch dirt track regulars compete against some of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series top level drivers, including Brendan Gaughan, Johnny Sauter and Ron Hornaday. While these drivers have continued to turn heads in this series over the years, they will have a definite challenge against dirt track aces like Scott Bloomquist who has won almost everything there is to win on dirt, including titles at Eldora Speedway. NASCAR’s bad boy who has continued to dominate this season, selected this king of dirt track racing to compete in the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 on Wednesday night.
Joining Bloomquist on the entry list for the inaugural Mudsummer Classic, are dirt specialists Tracy Hines, J.R. Heffner and Jeff Babcock. Eddie Sharp Racing also selected dirt track regular, Jared Landers to don the seat of their No. 6 truck for his first Camping World Truck Series debut. While these dirt track aces are sure to give some of NASCAR’s major players a run for their money they will still have their work cut out for them against national level series drivers like Ryan Newman, Dave Blaney, Austin and Ty Dillon and Kyle Larson who cut their teeth on dirt tracks across the nation.
A dirt track ace in his own right, NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, Austin Dillon, who has always enjoyed the challenge of dirt track racing, said that those competing will need to be able to transition and change driving styles throughout this race to be competitive.
“You have to change your driving style throughout a race on a dirt track probably 10, 11 times, depending on what transition it goes through. So it’s always changing. The track is changing. You’re having to change with it.”
So, as these drivers try and master the art of slinging mud this fan will be tuning in to see who can withstand this challenge.