The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series returns for a Thursday night showdown on dirt in this season’s edition of the Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway, the half-mile clay oval in Rossburg, Ohio.
Before heading into Thursday’s 150-lap shootout (9 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), take a look at some key information.
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There are five qualifying races for the Eldora main event, and lineups will be determined by speeds from Wednesday’s two practice sessions. The top five trucks based on the combined practice speeds will start on the pole position for their respective qualifying races.
The top five finishing trucks from each qualifying race will transfer to the 150-lap main event.
The qualifying races begin Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Each race is 10 laps, and five trucks from each qualifying race will transfer to the feature. Those that don’t advance to the feature will race in the Last Chance Race later Thursday evening.
Caution laps do not count toward that 10-lap total. Pit road will remain closed during caution laps and there will be a free pass throughout. There will be no overtime and if the leader received the white flag at the start/finish line under green condition but they yellow flag is displayed, the race will not be restarted.
LAST CHANCE RACE
The Last Chance Race is 15 laps, and all of the above rules still apply. The lineup for the Last Chance Race is set based on finishing positions from the qualifying races. The top two finishers of the Last Chance Race will transfer to the 150-lap race (positions 26 and 27). The 28-32 starting positions will be set by the provisional rules outlined in the NGOTS Rule Book.
The Eldora Dirt Derby will be 150 laps with Stage 1 ending on Lap 40 and Stage 2 ending on Lap 90.
|HOW ELDORA RACE LINEUP IS DETERMINED|
|STARTING SPOT||HOW DETERMINED|
|1||Top finisher in Qualifying Race #1|
|2||Top finisher in Qualifying Race #2|
|3||Top finisher in Qualifying Race #3|
|4||Top finisher in Qualifying Race #4|
|5||Top finisher in Qualifying Race #5|
|6||Second finisher in Qualifying Race #1|
|7||Second finisher in Qualifying Race #2|
|8||Second finisher in Qualifying Race #3|
|9||Second finisher in Qualifying Race #4|
|10||Second finisher in Qualifying Race #5|
|11||Third finisher in Qualifying Race #1|
|12||Third finisher in Qualifying Race #2|
|13||Third finisher in Qualifying Race #3|
|14||Third finisher in Qualifying Race #4|
|15||Third finisher in Qualifying Race #5|
|16||Fourth finisher in Qualifying Race #1|
|17||Fourth finisher in Qualifying Race #2|
|18||Fourth finisher in Qualifying Race #3|
|19||Fourth finisher in Qualifying Race #4|
|20||Fourth finisher in Qualifying Race #5|
|21||Fifth finisher in Qualifying Race #1|
|22||Fifth finisher in Qualifying Race #2|
|23||Fifth finisher in Qualifying Race #3|
|24||Fifth finisher in Qualifying Race #4|
|25||Fifth finisher in Qualifying Race #5|
|26||Top finisher in Last Chance|
|27||Second finisher in Last Chance|
|32||Past series champion/owner points|
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series will use Goodyear Eagle Dirt Bias Ply tires at Eldora. Each team will get four sets for the event. This is a new tire set-up for the Gander Trucks compared to the 2018 race. The left and right-side tires features a tread compound designed to introduce more wear. There are three significant differences between this tire and ones that are used on an asphalt surface: 1. The tires are bias ply instead of radials. They are more compliant with the irregularities of the dirt. 2. The tires have a block-style tread pattern with leading edges to bite into the dirt and help move it. It’s not a smooth tread. 3. The left-side tire is significantly shorter to create more stagger between the left and right. Teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Eldora.
• Matt Crafton (2017) and Chase Briscoe (2018) are the only two drivers on the entry list with a win on the dirt track
• The most cautions in this race was 13 for 61 laps in 2015
• The fewest cautions during the Eldora Dirt Derby is six
• Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton are tied for the most starts at Eldora (six)
• Of the six races run at Eldora in NGOTS history, there have been six different pole winners from six different teams
2018 RACE WINNER
Chase Briscoe won the Eldora Dirt Derby in 2018, marking the first win for a Ford at the dirt track. He started third and led 54 laps. There were nine cautions for 41 laps and seven lead changes. Briscoe will be competing again this year with hopes of winning back-to-back races.