Mudsummer Classic format announced
NASCAR officials have announced the format for the Camping World Truck Series’ second visit to Eldora Speedway, the Tony Stewart-owned dirt track in New Weston, Ohio.
The Mudsummer Classic, which will be a 150-lap race divided into three segments of 60, 50 and 40 laps, with competition cautions at the breaks on Lap 60 and Lap 110, is set for July 23.
Pit stops during competition caution periods, which were mandatory last year, are now optional. Qualifying heat races will be 10 laps each, up from eight last year, and the top five teams that do not advance to the main event through the heat races or the last-chance race will receive owner points, which they did not get last year.
The qualifying order will be set by random draw instead of practice speeds.
The starting field will consist of 30 trucks, and the top 20 in the owner points standings will be assured of starting spots.
“Last year’s inaugural event at Eldora Speedway was an incredible success, and these enhancements will only increase the excitement for our fans,” Chad Little, managing director of the Truck Series, said in a release. “NASCAR continually works with team owners and drivers to ensure that NASCAR fans get what they’ve come to expect out of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series — close, thrilling racing, every single lap.”
Ed Negre dies at 86
Ed Negre, the independent driver/owner who provided the car for Dale Earnhardt’s debut in the series now known as Sprint Cup, died June 4 at the age of 86.
Negre, from Kelso, Washington, made 338 starts from 1955 through 1979. He scored four top-5 and 26 top-10 finishes, with a best run of fourth at Portland, Oregon, in 1956.
In 1975, at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Earnhardt drove Negre’s No. 8 Dodge to a 22nd-place finish.