“Dirtrax Dominator” Scott Bloomquist was one of the favorites going into Wednesday night’s CarCash MudSummer Classic Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway, but a win was not in the dirt for the six-time World 100 winner, who finished 25th in the first dirt track race in NASCAR’s top-tier divisions since 1970.
Bloomquist started 21st in the event after battling a loose truck in his qualifying heat. The No. 51 Toyota Tundra of Kyle Busch Motorsports remained loose in the early stages of the race, with Bloomquist dropping back to 30th by Lap 20. The Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer remained at the rear of the field as the 150-lap race ended.
“We just fired off loose in the beginning of the race, got stuck in the bottom line and fell backwards,” said Bloomquist on the KBM website. “After that the truck was better, but the track didn’t widen out and it was hard to make up any ground.”
The KBM regulars, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Joey Coulter, had a much better time of it than the dirt track veteran. Wallace Jr., in his first career start on dirt, started 17th and went on to finish seventh. The driver of the No. 54 Camping World/Good Sam Toyota moved into the top 10 by Lap 42, staying there for much of the rest of the event.
“It was an action-packed weekend, actually week on Tuesday and Wednesday,” said Wallace Jr. “This is the most fun I’ve ever had in my career I’d say. This was my first time on dirt. We tested two weeks ago and didn’t know what to expect. We were pretty quick and then came here. Jerry (Baxter, crew chief) and the guys were on it both days. They gave me a great Toyota Tundra to come out here and compete with the guys, it was kind of a given that one of the dirt racers would win. So congrats to Austin (Dillon). There for a little bit we were seventh and we ended up seventh. Looks like all but one or two are not dirt racers, so I’ll take a third-place overall which is definitely what we need to get our season turned back around.”
Coulter, who started 11th in the No. 18 Darrell Gwynn Foundation Toyota, started the race from the 11th position, and by night’s end was the highest-finishing Truck Series regular with a fourth-place finish. Coulter raced mid-pack through the first two segments of the race, restarting ninth for the final 40-lap segment. He worked his way up to the third position before the green-white-checkered finish, losing a spot in Ryan Newman in the final laps to finish a respectable fourth.
Austin Dillon won the inaugural event, followed by Kyle Larson, Newman, Coulter and Brendan Gaughan. Wallace Jr. and Coulter each gained a position in points, Wallace Jr. moving up to ninth and Coulter up to 12th.
The Truck Series gets back on track Saturday, August 3rd at Pocono Raceway, where Coulter is the race’s defending champion. Keep up with the action at www.kylebuschmotorsports.com and www.nascar.com.
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