Darrell Wallace Jr. Holds Off Kyle Larson For Win At Eldora Speedwayby Hunter Thomas July 24, 2014 0 comments
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ROSSBURG, OH – For the second time this season, Darrell Wallace Jr. went to Victory Lane in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, however, this time, it was on dirt at Eldora Speedway for the second running of the 1-800 Car Cash Mudsummer Classic on Wednesday night.
Darrell Wallace Jr. led 97 laps en route to the victory. His first win of the season came at Martinsville Speedway back in March. Wallace Jr. led the final 18 laps on Wednesday night, but the win didn’t come easy for the 20-year old. In the final segment, he had to hold off the hard charging No. 32 truck of Kyle Larson.
As the laps quickly dissipated, Larson slammed the wall every corner while trying to keep up with Wallace Jr. Finally, while coming to get the white flag, Larson’s truck couldn’t take anymore, and he had to limp the truck around to finish 26th, while Wallace Jr. sailed away and took the checkered flag.
Erik Jones who sat on the pole had an extremely rough performance. He led 24 laps; second most of any driver Wednesday night. He spun in turn four to bring out the caution on lap 28, and only 10 laps later, the caution flew once again for an accident on the frontstretch involving Jones and Bryan Silas. Jones spun exiting turn four, and Silas had nowhere to go as he bounced off the wall. Erik Jones finished 29th.
Runner-up finisher, Ron Hornaday Jr. led 17 laps during the first segment. He moves up one spot to fourth in the driver point standings.
With a third place finish, Ryan Blaney will now take over the driver point standings for the first time in his career. Blaney didn’t lead any laps on Wednesday during the main event, but he was a front runner all night long.
Veteran Ken Schrader had a great night, as well. Running inside the top-10 most of the night, he was able to crack the top-five within the final 10 laps to bring the truck home in the fourth position.
Ty Dillon who finished fifth had a fantastic run going, but on lap 88, Dillon was penalized for disobeying a NASCAR request. Teams were not allowed to take fuel during pit stops, and while the team was changing tires due to two flats, they put fuel in the truck. NASCAR held Dillon on pit road for one lap.
Wallace Jr.’s win marks Kyle Busch Motorsports’ eighth win out of the 10 races run in 2014. The win is also Toyota’s 12th consecutive victory, dating all the way back to November of last season.
Next up for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, they’ll goes from dirt to the “Tricky Triangle”. On Saturday, August 2, the series visits Pocono Raceway for the Pocono Mountains 175. The race will be live on Fox Sports 1, as well as the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and NASCAR on Sirius XM at 1 p.m. EST.
1-800-CarCash Mudsummer Classic Top-10 Results:
1.) #54 Darrell Wallace Jr.
2.) #30 Ron Hornaday Jr.
3.) #29 Ryan Blaney
4.) #52 Ken Schrader
5.) #3 Ty Dillon
6.) #8 John Hunter Nemecheck
7.) #13 Jeb Burton
8.) #98 Johnny Sauter
9.) #88 Matt Crafton
10.) #2 Austin Dillon
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Top-10 Driver Point Standings:
1.) #29 Ryan Blaney
2.) #88 Matt Crafton -10
3.) #98 Johnny Sauter -10
4.) Ron Hornaday Jr. -19
5.) #77 German Quiroga Jr. -26
6.) #54 Darrell Wallace Jr. -28
7.) #31 Ben Kennedy -37
8.) #17 Timothy Peters -42
9.) #21 Joey Coulter -57
10.) #05 John Wes Townley -65