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Wallace Holds Off Larson On The Eldora Dirt

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Thursday, July 24 2014

Darrell Wallace Jr. won Wednesday night's Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Ashley R Dickerson)

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Darrell Wallace Jr. won Wednesday night’s second annual NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Mudsummer Classic at the Eldora Speedway dirt short track.

For Wallace, it was his second win in the series of the season and third of his career. For fans, it featured a wild, banzai chase over the final 25 laps that saw Kyle Larson pound his truck into the concrete walls in pursuit of the unflappable Wallace.

In the end, Wallace got the victory in his Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota while Larson’s truck limped back to its hauler all but destroyed.

“That’s so cool – on the dirt at Eldora,” Wallace said from Victory Lane. “Really? Eldora?

“The coolest things about it is I came into this hoping we’d finish in the top-five.”

Wallace finished 5.4-seconds ahead of runner-up Ron Hornaday Jr. Ryan Blaney was third with Ken Schrader and Ty Dillon rounding out the top-five.

Larson, who led five laps during the final segment, settled for 26th.

“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. Sucks, but Darrell (Wallace Jr.) 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.”

Next up for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is a trip to Long Pond, Pennsylvania for the running of the Pocono Mountains 125 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway on Saturday, August 2.

“This is awesome,” Wallace said. “I am still trying to figure out how this happened. All day I was like ‘I don’t know what I am doing.’ This year was a little different for us. We went and tested a few weeks ago and this time we knew what to test for. We weren’t that sideways last year, so I was able to practice that during the test. We just got better throughout the day. I said from the start of the race our Toyota Tundra was really good and it showed. We were able to start sixth, get out to the lead fairly quick and control our own destiny. So proud to work with my guys, these guys never give up no matter what race we go to – road course, dirt, Martinsville, one of our best tracks, or Gateway, a track we’d never been to – and they always want to win. Excited to go to Pocono Raceway, but very cool to be here at Eldora Speedway and to get the golden shovel and iconic trophy with such a great fan base.”

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – 1-800-CarCash Mudsummer Classic

Eldora Speedway

Rossburg, Ohio

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

1. (6) Darrell Wallace Jr., Toyota, 150, $33585.

2. (3) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet, 150, $22160.

3. (4) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 150, $18510.

4. (10) Ken Schrader, Toyota, 150, $14410.

5. (13) Ty Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 150, $9885.

6. (18) John H. Nemechek, Toyota, 150, $10310.

7. (2) Jeb Burton, Toyota, 150, $9760.

8. (5) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 150, $9710.

9. (9) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 150, $10660.

10. (19) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 150, $8635.

11. (8) Tyler Reddick #, Ford, 150, $10560.

12. (24) German Quiroga, Toyota, 150, $9510.

13. (21) Ben Kennedy #, Chevrolet, 150, $9460.

14. (7) Joey Coulter, Chevrolet, 150, $9410.

15. (27) Tyler Young #, Chevrolet, 150, $10185.

16. (14) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 150, $9310.

17. (23) Chase Pistone #, Chevrolet, 150, $9260.

18. (16) JR Heffner, Chevrolet, 150, $9210.

19. (26) John Wes Townley, Toyota, 150, $6755.

20. (17) Gray Gaulding #, Chevrolet, 150, $9580.

21. (15) TJ Bell, Chevrolet, 150, $8905.

22. (12) Mason Mingus #, Toyota, 150, $7605.

23. (20) Bryan Silas, Chevrolet, 150, $7555.

24. (25) Korbin Forrister, Chevrolet, 150, $6505.

25. (30) Michael Annett(i), Chevrolet, 149, $6605.

26. (11) Kyle Larson(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 148, $6405.

27. (29) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, 148, $6355.

28. (28) Jody Knowles, Ford, 148, $6305.

29. (1) Erik Jones, Toyota, 144, $6205.

30. (22) Michael Affarano, Chevrolet, Overheating, 93, $6564.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 50.195 mph.

Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 29 Mins, 39 Secs. Margin of Victory: 5.489 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 7 for 33 laps.

Lead Changes: 5 among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders: E. Jones 1-24; J. Burton 25-31; R. Hornaday Jr. 32-48; D. Wallace Jr. 49-127; K. Larson(i) 128-132; D. Wallace Jr. 133-150.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): D. Wallace Jr. 2 times for 97 laps; E. Jones 1 time for 24 laps; R. Hornaday Jr. 1 time for 17 laps; J. Burton 1 time for 7 laps; K. Larson(i) 1 time for 5 laps.

Top 10 in Points: R. Blaney – 369; M. Crafton – 365; J. Sauter – 359; R. Hornaday Jr. – 350; G. Quiroga – 343; D. Wallace Jr. – 341; B. Kennedy # – 332; T. Peters – 327; J. Coulter – 312; J. Townley – 304.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Thursday, July 24 2014
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