History was made on Wednesday night as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series took to the half-mile dirt track that is Eldora Speedway. The MudSummer Classic was the first NASCAR sanctioned event on dirt in 43 years.
Once the checkered flag dropped and the dirt settled, it was Austin Dillon who captured the victory in the MudSummer Classic.
Dillon was the first to ply Eldora Speedway in October in a clandestine test conducted by NASCAR, the first out onto the moistened soil in practice on Tuesday, and the first driver to etch his name on the trophy.
“It’s amazing, man,” Dillon said after climbing from his car. “I love this dirt racing. It’s so much fun. … This is real racing right here.”
Dillon led 22 of the scheduled 152 laps. The race went into overtime after a late caution for debris. Kyle Larson and Ryan Newman round out the top three.
The trucks put on a fantastic show complete with fender-banging, side-by-side racing and slide jobs.
Austin Dillon will now travel to Indianapolis for the NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Saturday. The next race for the Camping World Truck Series August 3rd from Pocono Raceway.