The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is set to have its biggest race of the year on Wednesday at Eldora Speedway in western Ohio. The half-mile dirt track is owned by three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and has hosted a variety of popular drivers like Kyle Larson, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Austin Dillon, all of which won there. Ty Dillon will be the lone representative from NASCAR’s top circuit this year.
Christopher Bell, who sits second in the Truck Series points, will be looking for his second Eldora Dirt Derby win after narrowly defeating Bobby Pierce by a 0.761 margin in 2015. Close races have been a theme lately at the track, with Bell losing to Larson last year by only 0.767 of a second.
“The trucks are hard to drive,” Bell said when asked about whether or not he had an advantage. “I enjoy it because I have an advantage whenever I go there over the other guys. I call it the week of Eldora now because I’ve been able to run the Kings Royal before the truck race. The week of Eldora is my second favorite week of the year besides the Chili Bowl.”
2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and current points leader Johnny Sauter has a win at Dover this season, but has never taken the checkered flag on the dirt track. In just four races at Eldora, Sauter has averaged an 18th place finish out of 25 drivers.
“Eldora is a little bit of a different situation for me,” Sauter said. “I have fun at Eldora, it’s a great atmosphere with a lot of good fans. My mindset there is to have fun. If we can stay out of trouble, we could be there in the end.”
How to watch the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Eldora Dirt Derby
Location: Eldora Speedway
Date: Wednesday, July 19
Time: 9:30pm E.T.
Length: 75 miles/150 laps
Stage 1: Ends on lap 40
Stage 2: Ends on lap 90
Final Stage: Scheduled for lap 150
TV: FOX Business
Live stream: FOX Sports GO