The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series takes to the dirt this week for the first time in series history with the CarCash Mudsummer Classic at the Tony Stewart-owned Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, on Wednesday night. The racing surface won’t be the only thing different to the series, either. Both qualifying and racing will take on formats somewhat foreign to the series, as the action will be formatted more like what is typical of dirt track racing. Here’s a look at the schedule and format for the Wednesday night event:
There will be two two-hour practice sessions on Tuesday in preparation for the race — one from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET, and another from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be one final practice on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The top-20 trucks in owner points will be guaranteed spots in the 30-truck race field. Qualifying will be held in the form of qualifying, or heat, races on Wednesday, with the first of five eight-lap qualifying races scheduled to take the green flag at 7 p.m. Those races will determine the top-25 starters for the main event, with five spots being determined by each heat race. Those who don’t qualify in those five races will have one last shot to get in the race, as the final five on the starting grid will be determined by a 15-lap last chance race to follow soon after the other qualifying races.
The race itself, scheduled to take the green flag shortly after 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, will be a total 150 laps in length, broken up into three segments of 60, 50 and 40 laps. There will be no regular pit stops, as the track has no pit road. Instead, teams will be allowed to make adjustments to and service their trucks between the segments.
*** Also worth noting, the trucks will be minus their front splitters. They will carry, though, mesh shields to keep dirt out of their grilles, hood deflectors to keep rocks from hitting their windshields and larger rear spoilers for added grip.