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More Dirt for Trucks? Yes Please!

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While competition has certainly been stronger this year for both Cup and XFINITY with the addition of the stages, the Camping World Truck Series is still where the best racing can be found.

It seems the series, diverse with youth and experience in drivers, puts on the best racing with side-by-side battles throughout the event, just to be capped off with a thrilling battle to the checkered flag.

The diversity of the tracks also helps as while they run super speedways, intermediates, short tracks, and road courses – there’s also the addition of dirt racing.

With the fact the event is sold out each year and thrills, it’s an obvious reason why there should be more of them on the schedule.

The fan turnout is no surprise as each year has been a thrill for the fans to watch. Since the first event at Eldora Raceway, they have been able to have discussions in the years following. Who remembers Norm Benning thrilling pass to make the field? Or what about the battle between Kyle Larson and Darrell Wallace Jr.?

There’s also the unknown factor, as each year is entirely different – depending on track conditions. While teams can put together a notebook and know what to expect and how to set up their vehicles, it changes with each session on dirt, depending on the amount of water.

“One of the biggest things on dirt is trying to learn what the dirt does throughout the event,” Matt Crafton said. “When it’s muddy and packed, that’s when it’s the fastest. Then when the main comes, the track is real slick at that point, and you try to make all the right adjustments.”

There’s also the added challenge it gives the drivers due to how different asphalt and dirt are. As Crafton noted, “Everything that you thought you knew about turning left on an oval, you might as well throw it out on dirt.”

A champion is always someone that overcome every challenge thrown their way – and what better way than to give them something different? Besides, you may end up seeing new faces up front as they’ll be able to handle it while the regulars won’t.

Let’s face it – even if a driver isn’t able to capitalize, it’s not the worst scenario as we have the Chase and once we get to September, everything is (mostly) reset anyway. Though if a driver can make it work and get a win, then the window of opportunity is open.



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Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.