Playing Dirty...The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Eldora Speedway for its second year of playing in the dirt. The inaugural race last year at the Rossburg, Ohio track was NASCAR's first event on a dirt track in 43 years; a grandstand sellout which brought fans from 48 states, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand and Australia to a town with a population of 201. While Ben Kennedy has never made a start on dirt, the 22-year-old tested with Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) at Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, Virginia earlier this month.
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This Week's Silverado...Kennedy and the No. 31 Heater.com crew will utilize chassis TSM-019 this week at Eldora Speedway. This is the same truck that James Buescher drove in the inaugural race at Eldora last year.
Watch and Listen...The 1-800-CarCash Mudsummer Classic can be seen live on Wednesday, July 23 on FOX Sports 1. Heat race coverage will begin at 7:00 p.m. EDT, with race coverage beginning at 8:30 p.m. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Previous Race Recap...Kennedy overcame handling struggles early in the weekend to run a strong race at Iowa Speedway, earning a top-10 finish in his second start at the 0.875-mile track. After running 19th in both practice and qualifying, the TSM team made adjustments under the first caution of the night that dramatically changed the handling of the No. 31 Heater.com Chevrolet, allowing Kennedy to work his way into the top 10 and never look back, crossing the finish line sixth in the American Ethanol 200.
Ben Kennedy on Eldora Speedway:
"I'm really pretty pumped about this one. Our team tested a couple weeks ago at Wythe Raceway and it was only the second time I'd ever driven on dirt; it was a blast. Probably the most fun I've ever had in a racecar. Eldora can be a little bit of a wild card race because it's so different from what we do every other week and you're going to have some ringers and dirt guys to compete against, but I can't wait to get out there and see how it goes. The show that Eldora Speedway put on last year was unreal and the support from the fans was huge. I'm really excited that I get to be in that field this time."