Larson Looks for More Eldora History
By: Jeff Wackerlin - @JWackerlin Twitter and Instagram | MRN.com on July 22, 2013 | 4:12 P.M. EST
"It's going to be tough to make the field because they lock in 20 trucks and there are only 10 spots to get you in. Hopefully, our truck is good and we can have a good shot at winning." (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)
Larson is one of only two drivers to sweep USAC's 4-Crown Nationals at the historic half-mile dirt oval - taking wins in Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown in 2011. Jack Hewitt first accomplished the feat in 1998. Larson, who won again in 2012 in the Midget division, has also competed in two Eldora races with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series, posting an 8.5 average finish. In his last start, the Knight Before the Kings Royal, Larson started 24th and finished seventh.
But now, he will take to Eldora in a truck - the No. 30 Chevrolet for Turner Scott Motorsports - in the first NASCAR national series race on dirt since 1970. Larson will look to stay undefeated in Truck Series competition this season after winning his only other start at Rockingham Speedway in April.
"Eldora is going to be pretty wild," Larson said. "I don't know what to expect. We tested the trucks on dirt and it's different than any type of dirt car I've ever run. It's going to be interesting but hopefully, we put on a good race and we can get a dirt race or two each year."
Since the No. 30 truck is not in the top 20 in owner points, Larson will have to race his way into the 150-lap feature through a new format that will include qualifying races and a last-chance race.
"It's exciting for the fans," Larson said. "It's different than just qualifying and racing. You get a heat race, B-Main ... kind of like your grassroots racing. It's going to be tough to make the field because they lock in 20 trucks and there are only 10 spots to get you in. Hopefully, our truck is good and we can have a good shot at winning."
For the Mudsummer Classic, Larson had Indocil Art design a new helmet that features the Eldora Speedway logo.
"I thought it would be interesting to do a special paint scheme for a race like that with it being the first-ever Truck race on dirt," Larson said. "If I can win the race, maybe I'll just retire the helmet."
Larson is one of seven drivers on the entry list that have won at Eldora in a number of series that includes Jeff Babcock, Dave Blaney, Scott Bloomquist, Tracey Hines, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace (Prelude to The Dream).
After Eldora, Larson will make his first start at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Indiana 250 Nationwide Series race on Saturday.
"I got to go to the Indy 500 this year and that was one of the coolest events I've ever been to," Larson said. "It would be really special to win that race. It would mean a whole lot to my team. A lot of my friends are from Indiana, so I'll have a lot of people there I know - kind of like a home race."
Motor Racing Network - "The Voice of NASCAR" - will have live coverage of the CarCash Mudsummer Classic Camping World Truck Series race from Eldora Speedway beginning at 8:30 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday. Visit MotorRacingNetwork.com at 7 p.m. for exclusive online coverage of the heat races.