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Kyle Larson Claims Dirt Derby At Eldora


Kyle Larson’s misfortune in NASCAR Sprint Cup races of late has been well documented, with several near misses and should-have-beens. He might want to consider campaigning for a Cup race on dirt.

Larson led 48 laps en route to his second career win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, winning Wednesday night’s Aspen Dental Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

Kyle appeared to be bit by bad luck again, cutting  a rear tire and spinning out of the lead. But with little damage, Larson rode the new tires all the way back to the lead. He regained the top spot on lap 125 from dirt track ace Bobby Pierce, after Pierce made contact with the wall trying to hold off Larson. Pierce cut his tire in the contact and spun the next lap. Pierce finished a disappointing 25th after leading 102 of the 150 laps.

From there, Larson only had to outrun defending winner Christopher Bell to claim the trophy. Bell had a few good opportunities to catch Larson but contact with the wall late ended any chance he had to make a challenge.

Rico Abreu came in third, Jake Griffin took fourth place, and Tyler Reddick finished fifth. Rounding out the top ten was Cole Custer, Cameron Hayley, Daniel Hemric, Austin Wayne Self, and Matt Crafton.

Several other regular contenders ran into trouble on the half mile dirt oval Wednesday night, in addition to Larson’s spin. A multiple truck crash in turn three damaged the rides of Spencer Gallagher, Daniel Hemric, William Byron, and John Hunter Nemechek among others. Nemechek spent several laps behind the wall for repairs. Byron was involved in another incident on lap 71, making contact with Johnny Sauter in turn four.

Pierce started on pole position by virtue of winning the first heat race of the day. The other four qualifying races were won by Reddick, Ken Schrader, JR Heffner, and Ben Rhodes. The last chance race, for drivers who did not qualify via the heat races, was won by Cody Coughlin. In comparison to the attrition filled race, the heat races were a relatively clean affair, with only a Jordan Anderson spin bringing out the yellow flag.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to the track for the July 30th race at Pocono Raceway.