I got a phone call from my assignment editor on Monday evening seeing if I was available for a unique NASCAR event of course I said yes! For the first time in 43 years NASCAR was returning to its roots, racing on dirt. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series was heading to Eldora Speedway. Eldora Speedway founded in 1954, and is a half mile clay track.
I thought I would have heard about this before but I hadn’t. After a few quick google searches I realized this was going to be a big event. Tickets had been sold out since January selling tickets from 48 of the 50 states. I made the two hour drive to the middle of no where Ohio where there was nothing besides a race track and corn fields. After picking up credentials, I was ready to get to work.
Goodyear Racing made a special treaded tire just for this event.
Some general views of Eldora Speedway
Brothers Ty Dillon (left) and Austin talk prior to the start of practice.
Austin Dillion puts on his gloves inside of his car.
Austin Dillion makes his way onto the dirt race track for this first time. Austin was the first person on the track during practice and he came away with the victory.
A pile of clay next to a pair of Goodyear racing tires following practice.
Camping World Truck Series driver Brendan Gaughan during practice.
NASCAR official points as Ty Dillon makes his way onto the track during practice.
Moving onto Wednesday (race day)
Track owner and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart (left) talks with general manager Rocker Slack during the drivers meeting.
Prior to the race they had qualifying which was two laps around the track. Then they had qualifying heats which were a few cars on the track at a time.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Clay Greenfield
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver James Buescher (31) and Kenny Wallace (81)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver German Quiroga Jr
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Ty Dillon
Then some late model dirt cars where on the track for some practice laps.
Time for the race. at 9:10pm they had driver introductions and Austin Dillion was being interviewed by television and a giant flame shoots off behind him.
Austin Dillon during the Mudsummer Classic.
Austin Dillon takes the checkered flag to win the first ever NASCAR race on dirt in 43 years.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Austin Dillon receives the trophy from track owner Tony Stewart after winning the Mudsummer Classic.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Austin Dillon celebrates after winning the Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway.
That wraps one of my favorite shoots in a long time! I am heading to Indianapolis this weekend for the Brickyard 400.