What’s the main key to winning at Eldora? Being open-minded

Austin Dillon celebrates last year's win at Eldora Speedway.

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Wednesday night the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is running for the second time at Tony Stewart’s Eldora track. They are calling it the Mudsummer Classic. You will find a lot of similarities, believe it or not, to how everyone handles it on the asphalt tracks. It’s all about track position, and that’s going to make it interesting to see how these heat races play out.

So how you qualify and how you get situated up for the main event has so much to do with it. I think we saw last year that if you could get out front, you really could control things pretty much. Then there is the new twist this year of the pits. I just think all these things are going to play a major role.

What you learned last year certainly was important, but even more so this year, I think you have to be a little more open-minded, plus be willing to think outside the box if you are going to be the guy who ends up going to Victory Lane. I really don’t see any of the setups being radically different from last year. NASCAR didn’t change a whole lot in that area so it would be as easy as possible on the teams to be prepared to come back here.

Obviously last year was a huge success. The grandstands were packed and the show was entertaining. Obviously the goal this year will be to try and make it a little more competitive where we can see a little more passing. So much of that is going to be how Tony and his guys at Eldora configured the racetrack, meaning how they worked it, plus, quite honestly, how Mother Nature allows the racetrack to get in shape for what should be another fun race at Eldora. 

Tony Stewart recounts the events that led to his ownership of Eldora Speedway and the Mudsummer Classic

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