Dirt brings new faces to Truck Series

With the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series taking to the dirt for the first time, ever, with Wednesday’s running of the Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, several drivers not normally seen in Camping World Truck Series competition headed to the Tony Stewart-owned track to play in the dirt.

Thirty-six drivers are on the entry list for Wednesday night; 30 of those will emerge from the qualifying, or heat, races to compete in the 150-lap main event. Included in the list of those set to compete in trucks on Wednesday include former Nationwide and Sprint Cup series driver Dave Blaney, who will join Brad Keselowski Racing in a one-off deal to be a teammate to his son, Ryan Blaney. Dave Blaney will be in the No. 19, while Ryan Blaney will be in his normal No. 29.

Sprint Cup Series regular Ryan Newman also plans a rare start in Truck Series competition. He’ll be in a No. 34 Turner Scott Motorsports entry. In addition to Newman and the team’s regular Truck Series drivers, James Buescher (No. 31) and Miguel Paludo (No. 32), Kyle Larson also makes a return to the series in a TSM truck, driving the No. 30. Larson, now a regular on the Nationwide circuit, scored his first Truck Series win earlier this year.

“I’m ready to have some fun at Eldora,” Newman said. “We tested at 311 Motor Speedway, and that was an interesting experience in the truck, to say the least. Trucks on a dirt track are completely different from cars.”

Scott Bloomquist joins the Kyle Busch Motorsports camp to drive the No. 51, joining the team’s regular drivers, Joey Coulter (No. 18) and Darrell Wallace Jr. (No. 54) for some dirt track racing. Meanwhile, ThorSport Racing adds Tracy Hines to its driver stable, as a teammate to series regulars Johnny Sauter (No. 98) and Matt Crafton (No. 88).

“It will be very exciting,” Bloomquist said of climbing into a truck. “It’s going to be something different, I’m sure, but it’s a race car, and I’ve driven a lot of race cars — never a truck, but it’s still a race car.”

Below, is the full entry list:

Trk Driver Team Name Hometown D.O.B. Age

1 60 Dakoda Armstrong Winfield Chevrolet New Castle, IN 07/16/1991 22

2 *84 Jeff Babcock BulkMaterialLift.com Chevrolet Wayne, OH 03/07/1980 33

3 *57 Norm Benning Stone Mountain Guns and Gold Chevrolet Level Green, PA 01/16/1952 61

4 29 Ryan Blaney # Cooper Standard Ford High Point, NC 12/31/1993 19

5 19 Dave Blaney(i) Reese Towpower Ford Hartford, OH 10/24/1962 50

6 51 Scott Bloomquist ToyotaCare Toyota Mooresburg, TN 11/14/1963 49

7 *5 Jason Bowles(i) Valvoline Chevrolet Ontario, CA 11/04/1982 30

8 31 James Buescher Rheem Chevrolet Plano, TX 03/26/1990 23

9 4 Jeb Burton # Arrowhead Chevrolet Halifax, VA 08/06/1992 20

10 *10 Joe Cobb Driven2Honor.org RAM Kansas City, KS 02/14/1947 66

11 18 Joey Coulter Darrell Gwynn Foundation Toyota Miami Springs, FL 06/08/1990 23

12 88 Matt Crafton IdealDoor/Menards Toyota Tulare, CA 06/11/1976 37

13 3 Ty Dillon Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet Welcome, NC 02/27/1992 21

14 39 Austin Dillon(i) American Ethanol Chevrolet Welcome, NC 04/27/1990 23

15 62 Brendan Gaughan South Point Chevrolet Las Vegas, NV 07/10/1975 38

16 *68 Clay Greenfield 1-800-Pavement RAM Clarksville, TN 06/03/1984 29

17 *8 Max Gresham Made in the USA Brand Chevrolet Milner, GA 04/30/1993 20

18 *44 .R. Heffner A.Cararusso&SonInc/ParkEastSalesLLC Chevrolet Stephentown, NY 03/31/1972 41

19 13 Tracy Hines SealMaster Toyota New Castle, IN 05/01/1972 41

20 9 Ron Hornaday Jr. Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevrolet Palmdale, CA 06/20/1958 55

21 *63 Justin Jennings LG Seeds Ford LaGrange, MO 10/10/1970 42

22 *93 Chris Jones RSS Racing Chevrolet Forest, VA 05/24/1987 26

23 *6 Jared Landers Mark Martin Automotive/Peak Oil Chevrolet Batesville, AR 05/01/1982 31

24 *30 Kyle Larson(i) Clorox Chevrolet Elk Grove, CA 07/31/1992 20

25 *24 Brennan Newberry # Qore-24 Chevrolet Bakersfield, CA 02/09/1990 23

26 *34 Ryan Newman(i) Oral B/Aggressive Hydraulics/WIX Filters Chevrolet South Bend, IN 12/08/1977 35

27 32 Miguel Paludo AccuDoc Solutions Chevrolet Nova Prata, BRA 07/26/1983 29

28 17 Timothy Peters Parts Plus Toyota Providence, NC 08/29/1980 32

29 77 German Quiroga # Otter Box Toyota Mexico City, MEX 05/20/1980 33

30 98 Johnny Sauter Carolina Nut Co./Curb Records Toyota Necedah, WI 05/01/1978 35

31 *52 Ken Schrader(i) Federated Auto Parts Toyota Fenton, MO 05/29/1955 58

32 *99 Bryan Silas Bell Trucks America, Inc. Ford Stuart, FL 06/13/1987 26

33 7 John Wes Townley Zaxby’s Toyota Watkinsville, GA 12/31/1989 23

34 54 Darrell Wallace Jr. # Camping World/Good Sam Toyota Mobile, AL 10/08/1993 19

35 81 Kenny Wallace(i) Jegs Toyota St. Louis, MO 08/23/1963 49

36 *07 Jimmy Weller III P&L Transportation Chevrolet Hubbard, OH 11/20/1985 27

* Required to qualify on time, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

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Topics: Camping World Truck Series, Eldora Speedway, NASCAR

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