Eldora Photo Diary

To reach Eldora Speedway, one must first navigate 
miles of sprawling metropolitan development.

The track itself is a combination of rugged intensity, and bucolic

charm. Also, a metric sh-t-ton of dirt. 


Just how dusty is it in the Eldora Speedway infield? This picture of
Clay Greenfield’s #68 1-800-Pavement truck was taken with no filter.


What happens in Rossburg, Ohio, STAYS in Rossburg Ohio. Right, Eddie Gossage?


The #34 Turner Scott Motorsports entry of Ryan Newman inhales a cloud of dust on way out for practice.
Considering he made out with a dirty yard of bricks days later, this probably wasn’t a big deal.

 Track panorama. Once the dust settled, it was a gorgeous day out there.


Track president Roger Slack & Co. did a masterful job with the event, which included trucking in this temporary media center complete with TVs, working wi-fi, etc.
to accommodate the many credentialed media and/or Twitter losers (That’d be me).


The qualifying heat races were intense and riveting. And as we found out from the
deluge of angry Twitter traffic, NOT broadcast live on Speed.

Roger Slack and track owner Tony Stewart were gracious and humble
in the drivers’ meeting, despite probably knowing that the event would reach a
level of awesomeness that would have NASCAR fans calling for an
immediate air-drop of dirt onto every racing surface in the nation.

Following the heat races, the right rear panels of most trucks, like the #30 of Kyle Larson pictured here, resembled
crude 3rd-grade papier-mâché projects that would have received no better than a D-.

Eventual co-star of the show Clay Greenfield stopped by the official tweet-up, answering questions, signing
autographs, and discussing his deep-rooted friendship with Norm Benning.

During the heat races, Matt Crafton’s line was somewhere between
“huggy pole” and “cutting directly through the infield.”

Last time I saw the stands completely packed was at Kentucky Speedway three years ago.
The difference at Eldora was that they were all able to eventually leave.

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The legendary four-wide salute was three more than the salute Norm Benning
gave to Clay Greenfield after the last-chance qualifier.

Pre-race fireworks. Or Scott Bloomquist detonating trees with his mind.
Word is he’s capable of such sorcery.

Eventual winner Austin Dillon sadly did not perform his legendary victory belly-flop, which
on a slick track, could have probably made it all the way around to turn three at least.

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