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One down. Two to go.
Last night’s race at Eldora was an experience of a lifetime. It’s hard to put it into words what it feels like to win the first NASCAR national series dirt race in more than 40 years. But I’ll try: Amazing. Stunning. Unbelievable.
And fun. Rarely have I had that much fun racing. What a show! I hope the fans enjoyed watching it as much as I did driving it.
Now, it’s on to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I’m going from one storied race track to another.
I can’t really remember how old I was when I first went to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I think I was 6 or 7. But I definitely remember what happened when I got there.
I remember walking around the track on race day with Pop Pop [Richard Childress, Austin’s grandfather] and fans were dangling clipboards over the fence from fishing lines, asking for autographs.
Even as a little kid, I realized that NASCAR had some pretty intense fans. But, heck, I thought it was really cool! I remember Pop Pop turning to me and saying,...
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Austin Dillon proved he could do it in the dirt.
On Wednesday night, Dillon became the first driver in nearly 43 years to win a national NASCAR series race on a dirt track. He held onto the lead in overtime to win the inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway.
"It's amazing man," Dillon said. "I love dirt racing; it's so fun. I want to first thank Tony...
When the decision came down to take the trucks to the dirt track, there were immediate discussions as to who would come out on top and whether a guy who runs dirt regularly would win.
In the end, it was a past series champion, current Nationwide Series regular and a guy who has his own dirt team – Austin Dillon – taking the win.
“It’s amazing,” Dillon said. “I love this...
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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.
Austin Dillon did not have a great run on Saturday but the driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet did better then his competition for the NASCAR Nationwide Series title.
Dillon finished 12th and by doing so leapfrogged both Sam Hornish and Regan Smith in the NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings.
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Hornish who entered the race with a slim lead...
Following truck qualifying for the Mudsummer Classic, Tony Stewart left his perch atop the infield concession stand.
He hadn't moved 10 feet from the bottom step Wednesday night when the Eldora Speedway track owner was approached by another grateful fan.
"Thank you, thank you, thank you," the patron exclaimed, just another satisfied customer thrilled by NASCAR'...
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“This is real racing…” is how history maker Austin Dillon described the inaugural MudSummer Classic as in victory lane following the race. Dillon put on a show by leading just about the whole second part of the race. He held off many charges by Kyle Larson, but Larson couldn’t get to the front on the final restarts. Eldora’s first race was a spectacular...
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished first (Austin Dillon), sixth (Brendan Gaughan) and 16th (Ty Dillon).
T. Dillon is fourth in the Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, trailing leader Matt Crafton by 56 markers, while Brendan Gaughan is seventh in the standings, 74 points behind the leader.
The No. 3 Chevrolet team ranks fifth...