In a Nutshell: Darrell Wallace, Jr. put on a clinic in Wednesday night’s 1800CarCash Mudsummer Classic, grabbing the victory by 5.489 seconds over Ron Hornaday, Jr. at Eldora Speedway. The driver of the No. 54 Toyota held off a hard-charging Kyle Larson until the latter’s truck couldn’t take anymore punishment and gave up, leaving Wallace to coast to his second win of the season. Ryan Blaney, Ken Schrader and Ty Dillon rounded out the top 5.
Who Should Have Won: Darrell Wallace, Jr. Once again, the Kyle Busch Motorsports were stout, leading a combined 121 of 150 laps. Though Erik Jones saw his fair share of troubles after leading the first 24 circuits, his teammate and race winner Wallace held the top spot for a race high 97 circuits en route to his third career victory.
Race #1: Winner – Erik Jones; Transfer – J.R. Heffner
Race #2: Winner – Jeb Burton; Transfer – Mike Affarano
Race #3: Winner – Ron Hornaday, Jr.; Transfer – Ty Dillon
Race #4: Winner – Ryan Blaney; Transfer – Austin Dillon
Race #5: Winner – Johnny Sauter; Transfer – Ken Schrader
Last Chance Race: Winner – Jon Wes Townley; Transfers – Townley, Tyler Young, Jody Knowles, Norm Benning, Michael Annett
Ty Dillon’s Odd Penalty
Kyle Larson and Ty Dillon found themselves engaged in a heated battle, swapping positions back and forth. The two got together after Larson bounced his truck off the outside wall, and as Larson spun, he clipped the left rear corner of Dillon’s truck, ultimately causing a flat tire. Crew chief Danny Stockman called his driver down pit road to replace the tire, and after asking permission from the official in their pit area, the crew changed four tires and added fuel, both of which were against the special rules put in place for the event.
Through that caution, the sanctioning body tried to sort out the error and allowed the No. 3 crew to put the old left front and right rear tires back on without penalty. However, since they couldn’t undo the decision to take fuel, Dillon was held for one lap for “disobeying a NASCAR request.” Stockman was clearly upset with the penalty, and though he wasn’t able to get to victory lane, the younger Dillon brother still managed a top-5 finish.
- Following a hard wreck on his single-truck qualifying effort, Jared Landers was forced to withdraw from the event, leaving only 33 of the 34 on the entry list to fill the 30 spots for the feature.
- NASCAR really needs to revisit their guidelines for throwing the yellow flag. Sure, each caution that was thrown was for a legitimate reason, but there was one glaring error. As Kyle Larson and Darrell Wallace, Jr. battled for the lead inside 25 laps to go, the duo went speeding by Jody Knowles in his No. 80 Ford sitting on the track facing the wrong direction. Thankfully, Larson and Wallace were both able to get by Knowles safely, but the caution should have flown long before the leaders were in that position.
- Kyle Larson almost literally drove the wheels off of his No. 32, bouncing off of the outside wall so many times that I lost count. The majority of those hits allowed Larson to continue racing, but with just a couple laps remaining, the Cup Series rookie ended up causing terminal damage to his truck. He was credited with a 25th-place DNF.
“Thanks to Turner Scott Motorsports for building a strong truck to make it last that long,” Larson said. “Didn’t realize how stupid I was driving. Darrell did a really good job. He was fast all day today and he ran close to the wall the whole time and never really hit it.”
- Following last year’s inaugural Mudsummer Classic, the general consensus on social media was that the racing was fantastic and the addition of Eldora Speedway to the Truck Series schedule was the best thing that had happened in the series. Well this year’s event didn’t disappoint either. Even though the new had worn off a bit, the quality of racing was even better, and a slight reconfigure of the surface this past spring allowed for multiple racing grooves.
With all of that said, many have said that NASCAR needs to consider adding a couple more dirt races to the schedule. While that idea is certainly a great one, the appeal of Eldora on the schedule is its unique style, and as much as I would like to have another dirt race on the schedule, the shine would definitely wear off if there were too many of them.
— Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) July 24, 2014
— Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) July 24, 2014
What a night I love dirt racing! After all the cars we passed and having the night we had still had a great time we will be back!
— Ty Dillon (@tydillon) July 24, 2014
— Ron Hornaday (@RonHornaday) July 24, 2014
— Jeb Burton (@JebBurtonRacing) July 24, 2014
Not a great night but we made progress. Had a bad fast truck all night I just couldn't get it figured out.
— Mason Mingus (@Mason_Mingus) July 24, 2014
Well "horrible" is a good word to explain my night! No drive off no matter where I was on track! 0 positives came out of tonight!
— Gray Gaulding (@graygaulding) July 24, 2014
Can't thank my guys enough for all their hard work. I put us behind during LCQ. Passed a lot of trucks tonight, just needed track position!
— Tyler Young (@TylerYoung02) July 24, 2014
Up Next: The Camping World Truck Series heads to Pocono Raceway next weekend for the Pocono Mountains 150. The race will air live on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 1:00 PM ET on Saturday, August 2nd.