NASCAR has announced the qualifying and race procedures for the inaugural “Mudsummer Classic,” the highly anticipated NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway on July 24.
Unlike asphalt tracks, dirt tracks have historically used a format much different than typical races and that will be the case for this event, the first NASCAR national series race held on dirt in more than 40 years.
The race will feature a traditional two-lap qualifying session, five qualifying races, one last-chance race, and a champion’s provisional to determine the 30-truck starting field. The top-20 in owners’ points entering the race event will have a guaranteed starting position.
Additional details for each round of qualifying:
Last Chance Race:
Starting position No. 30 will go to the most recent past series’ champion who has not already qualified. If the 30th starting position is not filled by an eligible champion, it will be assigned to the next highest finishing truck in the Last Chance Race.
The race length and format are also new for the series. The race will be 150 laps divided into three segments. The segments will be 60, 50 and 40 laps.
There will be pit stops between each segment, with teams having the opportunity to change tires and work on their trucks.
More details on the event schedule will be released later this spring.
The “Mudsummer Classic” will be the first NASCAR national touring series event held on dirt since NASCAR’s premier series competed on September 30, 1970, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Richard Petty won the Home State 200 at the one-mile State Fairgrounds Speedway.