Darrell Wallace Jr. dominated the 1-800-CAR-CASH Mudsummer Classic dirt race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Wednesday night at Eldora Speedway, leading 97 laps of the 150 official laps that made up the distance on his way to his second win of the season. He took the lead in the final 20 laps of the first of the three segments that made up the race and was up front at the end of every segment.
“Man, this Toyota Tundra was on a rail tonight,” Wallace said. “From the drop of the green flag, it was bad ass.”
After Kyle Larson hit the wall and dropped from second to outside the top-10 in the final laps, Ron Hornaday moved up to take second-place honors.
“We’re turning it around, and I’m having a blast,” Hornaday said. “What a fun, what a blast.”
Ryan Blaney finished third, Ken Schrader fourth, Ty Dillon fifth and John Hunter Nemechek was sixth. ThorSport Racing drivers Jeb Burton, Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton finished seventh through ninth, and Austin Dillon rounded out the top-10.
After Wallace took the lead in the final third of the first segment, he led most of the remaining laps. Larson moved into second early in the third segment and battled Wallace for the lead most of the remaining distance. Larson did take the lead, temporarily, just before a yellow flag around lap 130, but when the race restarted, Wallace moved back to the front and led the 18 laps that remained.
“For some reason, I had a vision that he (Larson) was going to stink up the show on the last lap,” Wallace said.
Larson, again, battled Wallace for the lead, scraping the wall several times before finally hitting the wall hard enough in the closing laps that he fell off the pace and dropped back through the field.
“I hit the wall way too many times. I hit it pretty hard on that last restart,” Larson said. “I feel really stupid. It sucks to lose that way.”
Wallace’s KBM teammate, Erik Jones, was fastest in qualifying earlier in the day and won the first of five heat races. Jones then went on to lead the first 24 laps of the feature race before losing the lead to Jeb Burton and soon after spinning because of a right-rear tire issue. Burton and Hornaday then each led laps before Wallace took the lead.
Other heat race winners included Burton, Hornaday, Blaney and Sauter. John Wes Townley won the 15-lap Last Chance race.