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.
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 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).
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.
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.