Jul 23, 2014, 10:19 PM EDT
Darrell Wallace Jr. continues to lead after 110 laps (at the time of a second and final mandatory competition caution) in Wednesday night’s MudSummer Classic at Eldora Speedway.
Just one more segment remains, a 40-lap sprint to determine the race winner.
Wallace has led 62 laps after the first two segments.
Last year’s MudSummer Classic winner, Austin Dillon, is running 12th.
Pole-sitter Erik Jones has struggled with tires, brakes and body damage and is running 29th (next-to-last), six laps off the lead lap.
In one of the most controversial parts of the evening and in a battle for third place on Lap 83, Ty Dillon got into the rear of Kyle Larson and spun him.
But in a spectacular bit of driving, Larson collected his truck after the spin – tapping the left rear of Dillon’s truck for good measure as he drove by Larson, who managed to lose just two positions in the incident.
Likely due to the incident, Dillon suffered a cut left rear tire and was forced to pit a few laps later.
Then it got real interesting. When Dillon pitted, his crew added fuel, which was only allowed during the race’s two scheduled competition cautions after Laps 60 and 110.
Officials then ordered Dillon to come back onto pit row twice more on the next two laps after his original stop.
The first stop was to change the left side tires back to the original right rear and left front (essentially negating switching all four tires on the original stop).
The second stop was to put another pair of tires on the right side (to effectively take away any advantage gained by adding fuel).
Dillon went from third place coming onto pit road for the first time, to the only truck one lap down in 28th place. He moved up to 27th at the time of the second competition caution.
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