NASCAR's Return To The Dirt Track Did Not Disappoint

By Christy Valdez
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

After several months of waiting and anticipation, NASCAR made its return to the dirt track after more than 43 years.

In a historic night for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with their first taste of dirt track racing, the night did not disappoint. A field of drivers that featured those with dirt course experience and many trying it out for the first time led to some of the most exciting racing of the 2013 season.

From start to finish, the action at Eldora Speedway provided much to talk about and plenty to leave many NASCAR fans wanting more. From the drop of the green flag in the heat races to the main events, the trucks put on a show.

Throughout the heat races, it was nice to see drivers race their way in. Ken Schrader set the mood for the night when he schooled the entire field to win the pole and start up front. His pole win might have started the race on a positive note, but it was Norm Benning’s performance in the last-chance qualifier heat race that provided much of the action.

With all the bumping and banging to race his way in, Benning provided one of the night’s greatest highlights.

One amazing sight to see was that prior to the green flag for the main event, all the trucks went four-wide for a lap around the track with the fireworks in the background.

Another highlight was just how diverse the field was, with driver known as the dirt ringers, the regular Truck Series drivers, Cup drivers and even Nationwide drivers. The race even gave fans the opportunity to see the combination of brothers and even father and son race.

Eldora provided some exciting racing from the action on the track and from the drivers themselves. Many went into the race with no dirt track experience and still managed to put on a great race, and some even walked out with great finishes.

The race at Eldora may now be in the books with Austin Dillon as its inaugural winner for the MudSummer Classic, but all the hype and reaction the race received may well lead to a second round.

Christy Valdez is a NASCAR writer for Rant Sports. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy 

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