NASCAR announces format for Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway

A general view of race action during a heat race for the Feed the Children Prelude to the Dream at Eldora Speedway on June 6, 2012 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images for True Speed Communication)
A general view of race action during a heat race for the Feed the Children Prelude to the Dream at Eldora Speedway on June 6, 2012 in Rossburg, Ohio.  (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images for True Speed Communication)
A general view of race action during a heat race for the Feed the Children Prelude to the Dream at Eldora Speedway on June 6, 2012 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images for True Speed Communication)

NASCAR announced the format Tuesday to the one of the most anticipated races in recent history, the inaugural Camping World Truck Series race on the dirt at Eldora Speedway on July 24.

The Midsummer Classic will be the first event for a NASCAR national touring series on dirt since NASCAR’s premiere series competed on September 30, 1970 in Raleigh, N.C. Richard Petty won the Home State 200 at the one-mile State Fairgrounds Speedway.

In a press release NASCAR said the race will feature a traditional two-lap qualifying session, five qualifying races, one last-chance race and a champion’s provisional to determine the 30-truck starting field. The top-20 in owners’ points entering the race event will have a guaranteed starting position.

Starting position No. 30 will go to the most recent past series’ champion who has not already qualified. If the 30th starting position is not filled by an eligible champion, it will be assigned to the next highest finishing truck in the Last Chance Race. MORE>>>

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