NCWTS: Trucks Back on Dirt; Erik Jones Leads First Eldora Practice

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After heavy rains pummeled the half-mile Eldora Speedway within the last week, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series took to track Wednesday morning.

Saturday’s World of Outlaws event there didn’t end until 4:30 a.m. ET and the trucks brought in the racing groove. A familiar name topped the leaderboard after the 55-minute session concluded.

Coming within a restart short of winning at Kentucky Speedway, Kyle Busch Motorsports driver and 2014 Mudsummer Classic pole-sitter Erik Jones turned a lap of 20.122 seconds (89.454 mph) in his No. 4 Special Olympics World Games Toyota. Jones led the KBM brigade, as all three of the team’s trucks were in the top 10, with Christopher Bell in fourth (88.443 mph) and Matt Tifft 10th (87.281 mph).

With drivers trying to get around the half-mile dirt track, even some of the sport’s best spun their trucks out. A trend in practice throughout the last two years see many drivers lose control of their machines. 2012 Sprint Cup Series champ Brad Keselowski tries his hand on the dirt in his No. 29 Ford.

Keselowski and Austin Dillon are the only Cup drivers entered in Wednesday night’s race. Dillon slotted in right behind Jones with a speed of 89.299 mph (20.157 mph) in his No. 31 NTS Motorsports Chevrolet. Bob Newberry’s team has yet to win a race in the Truck Series.

Bobby Pierce in Mike Mittler’s No. 63 Chevrolet was third quick (88.898 mph) and is attempting to make his series debut. MB Motorsports made last year’s Mudsummer Classic with dirt driver J.R. Heffner.

Christopher Bell was fourth, with two-time defending series champion Matt Crafton (88.054 mph) rounding out the top-five. Crafton led ThorSport Racing with the fifth-quickest time and Johnny Sauter finished the practice in 11th (87.125 mph)

Jody Knowles returns to Eldora for the second straight year and was sixth quick with a time of 20.499 seconds (87.809 mph) in the No. 50 MAKE Motorsports Ford.

NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Ty Dillon, Jake Griffin, Chad Boat and Matt Tifft completed the top-10.  32 trucks made a lap.

Final practice is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. ET and will run until 12:55 p.m. ET and shown on FOX Sports 1.


RESULTS: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series; 1-800-CarCash Mudsummer Classic Practice; Eldora Speedway; July 22, 2015

  1. Erik Jones
  2. Austin Dillon
  3. Bobby Pierce
  4. Christopher Bell
  5. Matt Crafton
  6. Jody Knowles
  7. Ty Dillon
  8. Jake Griffin
  9. Chad Boat
  10. Matt Tifft
  11. Johnny Sauter
  12. Tyler Reddick
  13. Daniel Hemric
  14. John Hunter Nemechek
  15. Cole Custer
  16. Timothy Peters
  17. Cameron Hayley
  18. Ray Black Jr.
  19. John Wes Townley
  20. Sean Corr
  21. Tyler Young
  22. Ken Schrader
  23. Spencer Gallagher
  24. Brad Keselowski
  25. Cody Erickson
  26. Chris Fontaine
  27. Korbin Forrister
  28. Madeline Crane
  29. Ben Kennedy
  30. Wendell Chavous
  31. Jennifer Jo Cobb
  32. Norm Benning


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