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NASCAR Truck Series at Eldora 2014: Full Schedule, Standings and Preview

ROSSBURG, OH - JULY 24:  Austin Dillon, driver of the #39 American Ethanol Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway on July 24, 2013 in Rossburg, Ohio.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IJuly 21, 2014

Over the last two weeks, youth has dominated the lower NASCAR series. Between Erik Jones pacing the field in the American Ethanol 200 and Chase Elliott winning the EnjoyIllinois.com 300, two of the youngest drivers in the sport visited Victory Lane.

With both the Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series taking one weekend off, they return to two completely different tracks.

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For the truck series, the drivers will return to the dirt track at Eldora Speedway in New Weston, Ohio. After the inaugural race at the course last season, the second event promises to be just as intriguing with veterans and young drivers looking to master the dirt.

Before the truck race gets underway, here's a look at the schedule, standings and preview for the 1-800 CarCash Mudsummer Classic.

 

1-800 CarCash Mudsummer Classic Information

Where: Eldora Speedway, New Weston, Ohio

When: Wednesday, July 23, 9 p.m. ET

TV: Fox Sports 1

Live StreamFox Sports Go

2014 CWTS Standings
Pos.DriverPointsWinsTop 5Top 10
1Matt Crafton330256
2Ryan Blaney328057
3Johnny Sauter323047
4German Quiroga Jr.311027
5Ron Hornaday Jr.307026
6Ben Kennedy301015
7Timothy Peters299046
8Darrell Wallace Jr.293134
9Joey Coulter282023
10John Wes Townley279023
NASCAR.com

 

Race Preview

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Before moving on to the next race, a look back at what occurred in the previous event is necessary.

Though Jones was able to win the truck race at Iowa Speedway, the Kyle Busch Motorsports driver would later find out that he was penalized. The infraction was for failing to meet post-race height requirements, per Fox Sports: NASCAR:

The 18-year-old driver also made his first start in the Nationwide Series and came away with a top-10 finish at Chicagoland. Danielle Trotta of Fox Sports 1 noted the strong finish for the deserving young man:

He might only be a part-time driver, but Jones has certainly made his case thus far as one to watch in any race that he enters. Coming into a track like Eldora where every driver has limited experience, Jones might just be in contention yet again on Wednesday night.

The unique track in Ohio draws plenty of attention from NASCAR fans and also brings quite a few Sprint Cup regulars to the course.

Some of those familiar names at Eldora include Austin Dillon and Kyle Larson, who were pitted against one another last season. While Dillon took the victory in 2013, it was Larson who felt he should have taken the checkered flag if not for getting caught behind lapped traffic and a late caution.

Now a Sprint Cup full-timer, Larson spoke about growing from last year's race, per Brian Eberly of Motor Racing Digest:

Now competing for Rookie of the Year in Sprint Cup, there will be no love lost between the two emerging stars in the sport. On a dirt track where anything can happen, expect both to trade plenty of paint on Wednesday night.

As for the other contenders, points leader Matt Crafton and Darrell Wallace Jr. both finished inside the top 10 last season. With the two drivers holding a combined three victories, both will be in contention again on Wednesday night.

The truck series will take center stage on Wednesday night ahead of both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup races. On a dirt track, anything can happen with some of the sport's best hoping to visit Victory Lane.

 

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