For the third week in a row, NASCAR offers up a triple header weekend of racing. The Gander Outdoors Truck Series gets the weekend started off with some Thursday night racing running on the dirt. In what is one of the most anticipated races of the season – Eldora Speedway.

The lineup for the Eldora Dirt Derby is set like no other – by qualifying races. Each heat is 10 green flag laps in length with the top five positions moving on to the main race.

Chase Briscoe gets out in front for the lead in the first heat with Johnny Sauter a half second behind.

Halfway through the first heat, Chase Briscoe has led every lap and has a lead of over a second on Johnny Sauter.

Chase Briscoe wins heat one. He will also sit on the pole and bring the field to green.

Matt Crafton brings the field down for the green flag start of heat number two.

Matt Crafton lead lap one and by lap three has a lead of nearly a second on Tyler Dippel with “Wathermelon Man” Ross Chastain in third.

Matt Crafton wins heat number two by over two seconds on Tyler Dippel. Crafton will start alongside Chase Briscoe on the front row.

Brett Moffitt brings the field to the green flag for heat number three with Todd Gilliand alongside on the front row.

Brett Moffitt takes the lead but Todd Gilliland is less than half a second behind.

With four laps to go, Brett Moffitt has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Jake Griffin.

With only two laps remaining in the heat, the caution flag comes out.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag and holds on to his lead.

Brett Moffitt wins heat number three with Todd Gilliland coming in second.

Stewart Friesen brings the field down for the green flag start of heat number four and jumps out in front for the lead.

With a lead of a half second, Stewart Friesen wins heat number four.

Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag in heat number five but it is Kyle Strickler who gets out in front for the lead.

Mason Massey brings out the caution flag on lap two.

Kyle Strickler brings the field down for the green flag restart and holds on to his lead with Sheldon Creed in second and Grant Enfinger in third.

With four laps to go, Kyle Strickler has a lead of over a second on Sheldon Creed.

With a lead of over a second and half, Kyle Strickler wins heat number five.

There is one more heat of the night before the main event. The Last Chance Heat gives the drivers who did not finish in the top five of their heat one last chance to make it into the main race.

Austin Wayne Self will bring the seven truck field to the green flag for the last chance qualifying race.

Unlike the heat races, the last chance qualifier is a 15 lap race.

Tyler Ankrum gets out in front for the lead and quickly pulls out to a lead of over two seconds on Austin Wayne Self. Self himself spins out and brings out the caution flag on lap three.

Tyler Ankrum brings the field down for the green flag restart with Norm Benning alongside on the front row.

Lap four and Tyler Ankrum has a lead of nearly two seconds. Austin Wayne Self spins out again and brings out the second caution flag on lap five.

Thirty-two teams brought trucks to the track, all 32 will be entered into the race.

Tyler Ankrum brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap five and holds on to his lead.

Leader Tyler Ankrum gets into the wall but the track stays green and he leads Norm Benning by over two seconds.

The caution flag comes out for a third time for a spinning truck on lap nine.

Tyler Ankrum brings the field donw for the green flag restart on lap nine and holds on to his lead.

With five laps remaining in the heat, Tyler Ankrum has begun lapping traffic with a three second lead on Norm Benning.

With a lead of over six seconds, Tyler Ankrum wins the final heat of the night.

Only one more race after tonight in the regular season for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series.

Stage one of the race is 40 laps, stage two is 50 laps, and stage three of the race is 60 laps for a total of 150 laps around the half mile track.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag start of the race with Matt Crafton starting alongside. The drivers quickly get three and four wide across the wide track with Chase Briscoe leading the first lap.

Unlike many tracks, hitting the wall is not the end of the night for the drivers; they can bounce off and keep going.

Lap six, Chase Briscoe has a lead of over half a second on Stewart Friesen.

Lap 10, Chase Briscoe has already begun lapping the slower traffic with two trucks not on the lead lap.

The first caution flag of the race came out for the spinning truck of Landon Huffman.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 17 and quickly jumps out to a lead of over half a second on Sheldon Creed.

Lap 22, Chase Briscoe has a one second lead on Sheldon Creed.

Lap 23, Jake Griffin brings out the second caution flag of the race with a flat tire.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 30 and jumps out in front for the lead as drivers get three and four wide across the track.

Seven laps remain in the stage, Chase Briscoe has a lead of over half a second on Todd Gilliland.

Chase Briscoe wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Chase Briscoe
Todd Gilliland
Brett Moffitt
Sheldon Creed
Matt Crafton
Stewart Friesen
Ben Rhodes
Carson Hocevar
Ross Chastain
Kyle Strickler

Unlike asphalt racing, the trucks can only pit 16 at a time due to the layout of pit road. Several drivers did not make a pit stop.

Christian Eckes team is reporting overheating conditions. The team is monitoring the situation.

Leading every lap so far, Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two and jumps out in front for the lead on lap 43.

Lap 49, Chase Briscoe has a lead of nearly a second on Matt Crafton with 26 trucks on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out on lap 56 when Harrison Burton spins out.

Brett Moffitt is also reporting some overheating conditions. He is on pit road getting water put into his truck.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 61 and holds on to the lead with Matt Crafton close behind.

Lap 63, the caution flag comes out for a big wreck on the track. Austin Wayne Self, Austin Hill, Harrison Burton, and Christian Eckes were among those involved in the wreck.

With 18 laps remaining in stage two, Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart and continues to dominate the race. He has led every lap so far.

Mason Massey brings out the caution flag on lap 76 when he spins out.

Lap 81, Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart and once again gets out in front for the lead with Stewart Friesen close behind

Five to go in stage two, Chase Briscoe has a one second lead on Stewart Friesen.

Leading all 90 laps of the race, Chase Briscoe wins stage two for the sweep.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Chase Briscoe
Stewart Friesen
Matt Crafton
Kyle Strickler
Grant Enfinger
Ross Chastain
Todd Gilliland
Mike Marlar
Tyle Dippel
Ben Rhodes

Chase Briscoe finally gives up his lead when he makes a trip down pit road for adjustments and fuel.

After staying out on the track Stewart Friesen brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 95 and gets out in front for the lead as drivers get three wide across the track looking for grip and position.

Ross Chastain spins multiple times and brings out the caution flag on lap 95.

Stewart Friesen brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 101 and edges out Todd Gilliland to hold on to the lead.

The caution flag comes out on lap 103 for multiple trucks spining and wrecking. Kyle Strickler, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Sheldon Creed, Devin Dodson, and Johnny Sauter were among those that were involved in the incident.

Stewart Friesen brings the field down for the green flag restart with 36 laps remaining in the race. Friesen holds on to his lead as Todd Gilliland and Grant Enfinger battle for second.

The caution flag comes out with 31 laps to go for Norm Benning.

Stewart Friesen brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 25 laps remaining in the race. Friesen holds on to his lead as drivers battle for position behind him.

Twenty to go, Stewart Friesen has a lead of over a second and a half on Grant Enfinger.

The caution flag comes out with 18 laps remainin in the race.

Stewart Friesen brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 12 laps remaining in the race. Friesen holds on to the lead.

The caution flag comes out with just 10 to go when Jennifer Jo Cobb spins out and stalls on the track.

Stewart Friesen brings the field down for the green flag restart for a two lap shootout.

With Stewart Friesen in the lead, drivers are getting four wide across the track.

Stewart Friesen takes the white flag.

And after being on the playoff bubble and leading the series in second place finishes, Stewart Friesen gets his first career truck race…and the golden shovel.

The unofficial results of the Eldora Dirt Derby:
Stewart Friesen
Sheldon Creed
Grant Enfinger
Mike Marlar
Todd Gilliland
Christian Eckes
Chase Briscoe
Tyler Dippel
Tyler Ankrum
Matt Crafton
Justin Shipley
Ross Chastain
Austin Wayne Self
Ben Rhodes
Mark Smith
Tim Ward
Darwin Peters Jr
Kyle Strickler
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Jeffrey Abbey
Johnny Sauter
Norm Benning
Mason Massey IV
Landon Huffman
Carson Hocevar
Jake Griffin
Colt Gilliam
Gus Dean
Brett Moffitt
Devin Dodson
Harrison Burton
Austin Hill

 

feature photo credit: By EldoraSpeedway – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=65911639

 

 

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