NASCAR Truck Series goes off-roading at Eldora

NASCAR is set for an off-road detour through the dirt.




The Truck Series is headed for the Eldora Speedway half-mile dirt track for a one-night only special designed to reconnect NASCAR with its early roots and give fans raised on asphalt and stock cars a taste of the wild races run in the dust.




The last time one of NASCAR's top touring series competed on dirt was Sept. 30, 1970, when Richard Petty won a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (called the Grand National Division at that time) race at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.




The dirt drought ends when the trucks race Wednesday night at Tony Stewart-owned Eldora in Rossburg, Ohio.

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ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 24: German Quiroga, drives the #77 Otter Box Toyota, during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 24, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
The CarCash Mudsummer Classic
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 24: German Quiroga, drives the #77 Otter Box Toyota, during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 24, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 24: Crew members prepare their Goodyear Racing tire, made for dirt track racing, during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 24, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
The CarCash Mudsummer Classic
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 24: Crew members prepare their Goodyear Racing tire, made for dirt track racing, during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 24, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 24: Crew members prepare their Goodyear Racing tire, made for dirt track racing, during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 24, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
The CarCash Mudsummer Classic
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 24: Crew members prepare their Goodyear Racing tire, made for dirt track racing, during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 24, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 24: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #29 Cooper Standard Ford, prepares for practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 24, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
The CarCash Mudsummer Classic
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 24: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #29 Cooper Standard Ford, prepares for practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 24, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 23: Darrell Wallace Jr., drives the #54 Camping World/Good Sam Toyota, during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Eldora Speedway Practice
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 23: Darrell Wallace Jr., drives the #54 Camping World/Good Sam Toyota, during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 23: A detail view of the Goodyear Racing tire made for dirt track racing during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Eldora Speedway Practice
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 23: A detail view of the Goodyear Racing tire made for dirt track racing during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 23: Ty Dillon, driver of the #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet, looks over the track before practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Eldora Speedway - Day 1
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 23: Ty Dillon, driver of the #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet, looks over the track before practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 23: Darrell Wallace Jr., drives the #54 Camping World/Good Sam Toyota, during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Eldora Speedway Practice
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 23: Darrell Wallace Jr., drives the #54 Camping World/Good Sam Toyota, during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 23: A detail view of the Goodyear Racing tire made for dirt track racing during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Eldora Speedway Practice
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 23: A detail view of the Goodyear Racing tire made for dirt track racing during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 23: Ty Dillon, driver of the #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet, looks over the track before practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Eldora Speedway - Day 1
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 23: Ty Dillon, driver of the #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet, looks over the track before practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 23: Darrell Wallace Jr., drives the #54 Camping World/Good Sam Toyota, during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Eldora Speedway Practice
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 23: Darrell Wallace Jr., drives the #54 Camping World/Good Sam Toyota, during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 23: A detail view of the Goodyear Racing tire made for dirt track racing during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Eldora Speedway Practice
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 23: A detail view of the Goodyear Racing tire made for dirt track racing during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 23: Ty Dillon, driver of the #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet, looks over the track before practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Eldora Speedway - Day 1
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 23: Ty Dillon, driver of the #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet, looks over the track before practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 23: Darrell Wallace Jr., drives the #54 Camping World/Good Sam Toyota, during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Eldora Speedway Practice
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 23: Darrell Wallace Jr., drives the #54 Camping World/Good Sam Toyota, during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 23: A detail view of the Goodyear Racing tire made for dirt track racing during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Eldora Speedway Practice
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 23: A detail view of the Goodyear Racing tire made for dirt track racing during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 23: Ty Dillon, driver of the #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet, looks over the track before practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Eldora Speedway - Day 1
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 23: Ty Dillon, driver of the #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet, looks over the track before practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 23: A detail view of the Goodyear Racing tire made for dirt track racing during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Eldora Speedway Practice
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 23: A detail view of the Goodyear Racing tire made for dirt track racing during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 23: Ty Dillon, driver of the #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet, looks over the track before practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Eldora Speedway - Day 1
ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 23: Ty Dillon, driver of the #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet, looks over the track before practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 23, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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