JOLIET, ILL. (AP) - Even NASCAR drivers who aren’t running the midweek race at Eldora Speedway can’t wait to watch the Truck Series get down and dirty.
On Wednesday night, NASCAR’s third-tier series will race at the half-mile dirt track in Ohio — the first time a NASCAR national series has raced on a dirt surface since 1970.
“I’m glad not involved in it, actually,” Joey Logano said after winning Sunday’s Nationwide race at Chicagoland Speedway. “I don’t think I want to be in the middle of what’s going to happen out there. But I am excited to watch that. I will be glued to my TV Wednesday night to watch a truck go around Eldora in the dirt. It could be a mess, it could be pretty cool.”
Austin Dillon is running the Eldora race, and is looking forward to being part of a unique experience.
“I hope the fans enjoy it,” Dillon said. “I really am interested to see how it turns out. I’ve run some late-model races there but it’s totally different.”
Ryan Newman, Dave Blaney and Ken Schrader are among other notable names expected to run in a race that has been dubbed the “mudsummer classic.” The track is owned by Sprint Cup Series star Tony Stewart.
Sam Hornish Jr. grew up in Ohio. And while he isn’t racing there Wednesday, he will be watching.
“As far as just being a fan, I grew up not too far from Eldora,” Hornish said. “I have never had the opportunity to actually go and race there, but I’ve been there many times to watch from the grandstands. I’m really looking forward to it.”