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Austin Dillon Set to Defend Mudsummer Classic Win at Eldora Speedway Next Wednesday

July 16th, 2014 at 11:37 PM
By Mark Eddinger

The entry list for the second annual 1-800 CarCash Mudsummer Classic NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on the Eldora Speedway dirt track was released today. Headlining the field of 33 entries on the preliminary list is Austin Dillon, who won last season's inaugural event.

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Austin Dillon will drive the No. 2 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing with sponsorship from American Ethanol. His younger brother Ty Dillon will also race and he will be in the No. 3 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing.

Like Austin Dillon, two other NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookies are entered in the race. Kyle Larson, who nearly won last season, will drive the No. 32 Chevrolet for Turner Scott Motorsports. Michael Annett will drive the No. 14 Chevrolet for NTS Motorsports in what will be his first Truck Series start since the 2008 season.

NASCAR veteran and last season's pole winner at Eldora Speedway, Ken Schrader, will drive the No. 00 Chevrolet owned by Gene Haas. Erik Jones is entered in the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 Toyota truck that has won six of the nine races this season.

Norm Benning, who usually drives the No. 57 truck, has entered the Mudsummer Classic in a self-owned No. 6 Chevrolet. Last season Benning battled his way into the Eldora main event race in exciting fashion in last year's last chance qualifying race.

Current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader and last year's champion Matt Crafton headlines the truck series full-time drivers. Joining him are his ThorSport Racing teammates Johnny Sauter and Jeb Burton, Red Horse Racing drivers Timothy Peters and German Quiroga, Brad Keselowski Racing drivers Ryan Blaney and Tyler Reddick, Darrell Wallace Jr of Kyle Busch Motorsports, and Turner Scott Motorsports drivers Ron Hornaday Jr and Ben Kennedy.

Youngsters John Hunter Nemechek and Gray Gaulding are also entered.

Thirty trucks will advance through the qualifying races into the 150-lap main event meaning at this point three teams will not make the race. Unlike last season the teams that do not make the race will still earn owner's points.

The 10-lap heat races will start at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday, July 23rd and the main event scheduled for 9 p.m. ET. Both can be seen live on Fox Sports 1.

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Tags: Austin Dillon, Camping World Truck Series, Eldora Speedway, Erik Jones, Ken Schrader, Kyle Larson, Matt Crafton, Michael Annett, Motorsports, Mudsummer Classic, NASCAR, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Norm Benning, Richard Childress Racing, Ty Dillon

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