Earlier today, it was announced how they would go about setting the field for this historic truck race on dirt. It’s a very interesting format that will allow a total of 30 trucks to start the race.
– Two lap qualifying like we normally see will determine the starting positions for the qualifying races only
– Five qualifying races that are eight laps each and only green flag laps count
– The top five finishers from each heat race will transfer to the main event
– With 25 trucks now locked in and five spots still up for grabs, finally there will be the last chance qualifier
– The top four finishers from the LCQ transfer to the main event taking positions 26-29
– The final spot on the grid will be given to the most recent past champion not already locked in or the 5th place finisher in the LCQ should there be no PC eligible
Eldora expects at least 40 trucks to show up to the race including multiple dirt track ringers and NASCAR superstars alike. The race itself will be 150 laps in length and cut up into three segments. The segments will be 60, 50 and 40 laps each. This is the first time any NASCAR touring division has raced on dirt since September 30, 1970 in Raleigh, NC where Richard Petty won the Home State 200 at State Fairgrounds Speedway.
Statement from CWTS director, Chad Little: “NASCAR and Eldora Speedway have collectively worked together to come up with a format that embraces the history of dirt track racing while also ensuring that full-time competitors have an opportunity to be a part of this special event. This will also add an exciting element for the fans and we look forward to putting on a great show at this unique venue.”