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Erik Jones, Ryan Blaney fastest in Eldora Truck practices

Jul 23, 2014, 2:50 PM EDT

Austin Dillon won the inaugural MudSummer Classic race at Eldora Speedway in 2013. (Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Getty Images

Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney recorded the top speeds in the two practice sessions for Wednesday night’s second annual MudSummer Classic NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Eldora Speedway.

Pole qualifying begins at 5:10 pm ET and will be televised on Fox Sports 1. All drivers will take two laps, with the best lap counted towards the qualifying result.

The main event race at the western Ohio half-mile dirt track begins at 9 pm ET (televised on Fox Sports 1). It will be preceded by five 10-lap heat races that begin at 7 pm ET, followed by a “last-chance” qualifying race at 8:10 pm ET.

Last year’s MudSummer Classic was the first NASCAR race run on dirt since 1970, and the first-ever for the Camping World Truck Series.

In Wednesday’s first practice session, Jones – who won his first NCWTS race at Iowa on July 12 – took to dirt like a duck to water (this is his first race on dirt of his career).

The 18-year-old rookie from Michigan topped the field with a speed of 90.749 mph at a time of 19.835 seconds.

Mason Mingus was second-fastest (90.653 mph), while NCWTS points standings leader Matt Crafton was third (90.221), Tyler Reddick was fourth (90.149) and Kyle Larson rounded out the top-five (90.009).

Sixth through 10th in the first practice session were German Quiroga Jr. (89.632), Darrell Wallace Jr. (89.592), Timothy Peters (89.486), Chase Pistone (89.321) and Johnny Sauter (89.303).

Last year’s winner, Austin Dillon, was 25th-fastest (87.796 mph) out of only 32 trucks that took to the track in the opening session.

As for the second session, what a turnaround it was for Blaney, who is currently second in the NCWTS points standings.

After managing to be no faster than 28th (87.256 mph) in the opening session, Blaney was at the front of the pack in the second practice session with a speed of 87.869 mph.

All speeds in the second session were considerably lower than the opening practice, which saw five drivers exceed 90 mph.

And just like he was in the opening practice, Mingus once again was second-fastest in the second session at 87.771 mph.

Dillon, the 2011 NCWTS and 2013 Nationwide Series champion, also made a huge climb up from the opening session, with the third-fastest effort in the second practice at 87.596 mph.

Fourth fastest in the second practice was Ron Hornaday Jr. (87.125 mph), followed by Austin Dillon’s younger brother Ty, who was fifth-fastest at 87.007 mph).

Sixth- through 10th-fastest were Jody Knowles (86.931), JR Heffner (86.747), Chase Pistone (86.714), Larson (86.647) and Ken Schrader (36.626).

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  1. manik56 - Jul 23, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Western Ohio. I would even accept northwestern Ohio since it the track sits north of 70. There is nothing south about its location unless you hail from Michigan.

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