Known for packed stands, hard-nosed, close-quarters racing and a rabid fan base of dirt-track enthusiasts, Eldora — despite having hosted just one truck race — has already become one of the most anticipated events on the series schedule.
As was the case with last year’s inaugural truck event at the popular Rossburg, Ohio, facility, Wednesday night’s race under the lights will showcase several well-known drivers who don’t ordinarily compete in the Truck Series.
Among them: Sprint Cup Series rookie and 2013 Eldora winner, fellow Sprint Cup Series rookies Kyle Larson and Michael Annett, and veteran NASCAR driver and noted short track racer Ken Schrader. Also among the 34 entries looking to fill only 30 available starting spots is Austin’s younger brother Ty Dillon, who moved from the Truck Series to the Nationwide Series this year.
Like 2013, Eldora’s qualifying and race procedures will break from the series’ traditional format, as all but perhaps the final position on the 30-truck grid will be set based on the results of five heat races and a Last Chance Race, while the 150-lap feature will be broken up into three segments of different lap totals.