We’ve arrived at the most highly anticipated NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race of the season. Wednesday night’s Eldora Dirt Derby (9 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) always gets rave reviews by the entire NASCAR fan base. Well, for the sixth year, they’re back.
Here are the top five storylines for this weeks race.
For the second straight week, the Truck Series drivers will race on a weeknight. Last week, it was at Kentucky on a Thursday night. This week, it’s six days later on Wednesday night in Eldora. In a growing case of fans wanting the Cup Series to move some races to a weeknight, pay particular attention to the ratings and attendance as popularity surely helps make the cause for other series to try it out.
NASCAR started their roots on a beach in Daytona. They also used to run events on dirt tracks around the country too. Now, the Truck Series is back for the sixth straight year in hosting NASCAR’s only dirt race among their big three series’. Like the point above, this race is always met with a ton of attention. It’s a show that the series needs for their future growth.
Talented One Offs
Arguably, three of the top five favorites this week will be making their first Truck Series start of the season. Chase Brisoce, a dirt racer by trade, hasn’t raced in the series since he won the season finale last year in Homestead. But, Briscoe finished third in this race as a rookie in 2017 and could very well win with his No. 27 Ford with ThorSport Racing despite this being his first race in 2018.
So can Ryan Newman. There’s been 225 races run since Newman last won in the series but he’s only made five attempts since then. One of which was a third place run in this race in 2013. Newman, is a talented racer on dirt and can contend too.
You also have to look at Ty Dillon. He grew up racing on dirt and should contend too. There’s even more making appearances too. I mean, just look at the past winners of this race. Austin Dillon, Bubba Wallace, Christopher Bell, Kyle Larson and Matt Crafton.
That says it all.
39 Trucks For 32 Spots
The point above this says it all. We will have bumping this week but with how this races’ lineup is determined, we have heat races. That makes setting the field even more interesting as you will have eight drivers going home. In turn, that makes the last chance race as good as the main feature later on in the night.
With how star studded this field really is, we could have some big names missing out on the show.
Friesen’s Best Shot At a Win
Lets be honest, Stewart Friesen is a dirt racer by trade. That has translated well as he’s been very successful in the Truck Series this season. Friesen, has been so close to victory this year as he’s had two runner-up finishes including just last Thursday night in Kentucky. Overa ll, he’s had four top sixes in his last seven starts on the season.
Now, he heads to a track where he started on the pole and led 93 laps en route to a second place run last year. Friesen to a dirt track is like AJ Allmendinger to a road course.
This is his shot to win. With how well he’s been running this season, he’s got to be the overall favorite.