ROSSBURG, Ohio — staff report — Tom Pennington/Getty Images North America photo — After a sluggish run in the opening practice session, Ryan Blaney bounced back with the top time in the second session in preparation for the 1-800-CarCrash Mudsummer Classic, being run tonight (9 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1) on the half-mile dirt track at Eldora Speedway.
Blaney, driving for Brad Keselowski Racing, turned in a time of 87.869 mph on the seventh of his 70 laps. He edged out Mason Mingus (87.771) by .023 of a second.
Mingus, a 19-year-old in his first full season as a Trucks driver, had a solid morning; he also placed second in the first practice of the day.
Austin Dillon had the third-fastest lap of the second practice with a time of 87.596. Now a full-time driver on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Dillon won last year’s Mudsummer Classic, which marked the first NASCAR race on dirt since 1970 and the first ever in the Trucks Series.
Regarded as a dirt-track ace — he does it in his spare time — Dillon will be among the favorites to win tonight’s race. He has five Truck Series wins in 58 starts, and won the Series title in 2011.
Ron Hornaday Jr. (87.125 mph) was fourth in the session, and Ty Dillon, Austin’s younger brother, placed fifth (87.007).
Also among the top 10 were: Jody Knowles (86.931), JR Heffner (86.747), Chase Pistone(86.714), Kyle Larson (86.647) and Ken Schrader (36.626).
Camping World Truck Series points leader Matt Crafton was 16th on the speed chart in the second session (86.261).
The times in the second session were slower. Five drivers in the opening practice had a lap of 90-plus miles per hour.