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Main » 2013 » November » 29 » Truck Series: Tex Perry's Eldora Review
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Truck Series: Tex Perry's Eldora Review


Rossburg, OH
Eldora Speedway

The NORL Fight Dirty Truck Series made it first ever trip to the dirt banks of Eldora Speedway. Tony Pizzaro would claim the pole award at 116.482 mph to dirt ringer John Battista's 116.407mph. Pizzaro, Battista and Crapser would jump out to the early lead in a caution filled first segment. But Alex Crapser would win the first segment and lead the field into the pits for a mandatory 2 tire change.

Rod Weston(#56) would lead the charge off pit road followed by Crapsers #04 and Tim McDonnells #31. Chased by Ben Geer (#29), TEX Perry (#7), Battista's #39, Mark Herons 01. New comer Connor Germain(#21), polesitter, Pizzaro and Lucky Dog  JT Armstrong (#5) would round out the field before the invert.

In an anonymous vote as fans came in the gate not revealed until the end of the scheduled pitstop, fans voted to invert the top 6 trucks shuffling the order to Battista leading followed by Perry, Geer, McDonnell, Crapser, and Weston. Pizzaro was heard on the radio saying "I dropped to the tail cause I thought they would invert the field!" McDonnell and Geer would pit after the invert dropping them to the tail with Pizzaro. Having a lot of ground to make up the field went green again.

Battista would jump out to the lead at the start of the 2nd segment as Weston jumped from 4th to 2nd around Crapser and Perry. Pizzaro would be the big winner coming from the back around the field to jump into 3rd. Perry would settle into 4th until the 04 and 01 would tangle on the front stretch drawing the 1st caution of the segment. The next yellow would fly on lap 69 after the #7 of Perry sent the #29 of Geer spinning into the outside wall in turn 4. Pizzaro would eventually win the 2nd segment followed by the 39, 31, 56 and 04. Pizzaro would lead the charge out of the pits after the mandatory stop and go followed by McDonnell Crapser Geer and Battista. Heron, Weston, Perry, Armstrong and Germain would round out the field.

Pizzaro would lead the field to the final segment to determine the first ever FDTS Dawn of the Dirt winner. Early caution would see the 01 touch the 39 sending Battista bouncing off the turn 4 wall. Heron would eventually end up locking bumpers with the 56 of Weston sending both trucks into the wall. Weston would bounce off while Heron getting the raw end rolling his truck into turn 1. Heron would continue as he was able to land on this wheels. McDonnell would lead the field back to green after getting around Pizzaro coming back to the caution. Carpser and Geer would both get loose out of turn 2 bringing out the next caution and allowing Perry in the #7 to jump up to 3rd place for the restart. McDonnell and Pizzaro would jump away on the restart while Perry would fall back. Battista would rally from 5th to slide into 3rd and Crapser would jump to 4th ahead of Perry. Battista would run down the leaders in the final 10 laps but would eventually run out of race allowing McDonnell to take the win closely followed by Pizzaro and Battista. Crapser would end up 4th chased by Perry claiming another top 5 in the series. Victory Celebrations would ensue through the night at Eldora by the #31 team. Tim was caught on the radio asking his crew "i know how to do burnouts on the asphalt but how do I do them on the dirt?" Congratulations to Tim McDonnell and the #31 Caterpillar team on the win in the first ever Dawn of the Dirt at Eldora.

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