|Sandusky, OH (July 21, 2014) – Eldora Speedway, the historic half-mile clay oval seated in Rossburg, Ohio, plays host to some of the largest dirt racing events in the country, including the Prelude to the Dream, Dirt Late Model Dream, Kings Royal and World 100. In 2013, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) wrote yet another chapter in the track’s 60-year-old history when the inaugural Mudsummer Classic made its debut. It was the first NASCAR-sanctioned National touring event held on dirt since Richard Petty’s Sprint Cup Series win at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in 1970.
Matt Crafton, who is looking to make history as the first driver to win back-to-back NCWTS championships, wouldn’t mind if history repeated itself in Wednesday night’s 2nd annual 1-800-CarCash Mudsummer Classic at Eldora. Following a solid eighth-place finish in the inaugural event, Crafton left the Tony Stewart-owned track with the championship point lead. Currently, the NCWTS reigning champion has a two point lead over second-place Ryan Blaney, and he’s not afraid to get down and dirty in the dirt to keep a tight grip on his lead in the 2014 standings.
Sounding off – Matt Crafton:
“I don’t have a lot of dirt racing experience so I’ve been running some dirt late model races to get ready for Eldora. To be honest though, you can’t use much of what you learn in a dirt late model to help you with these Toyota Tundra’s, it doesn’t correlate. The only thing it will help you with is learning the dirt. The dirt surface is constantly changing; you have to be able to change with it. Throw everything you knew about driving a truck out the window when driving on dirt. We were points racing last year at Eldora, so we had to take what we can get, this year we are going for broke.”
Crafton’s Eldora Stats (2013):
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