When it was announced that Eldora Speedway would host the first NASCAR race on dirt in over four decades, it was clear the challenges that would come of it. The truck setup would be different, new equipment would be added, and even the tire would be new for teams.
But, now another major factor has come into play. Over the years, when NASCAR goes road racing, the road "ringers" would make their presence felt, trying to capture a win in normally their only race of the year.
Guys like Boris Said, Ron Fellows, Scott Pruitt and others would take over top rides and despite not breaking through in the top tier, have won races on the road course.
Now, NASCAR has a different style of "ringer" to worry about.
When it comes to dirt track racing, the regulars in the Camping World Truck Series are at a disadvantage. Some have dirt experience, yet it has been years since they were on that surface. This gives guys like Scott Bloomquist a strong advantage, as drivers like him are getting into top trucks for top teams and can ultimately steal a victory away from the regulars.
It's a lot different than when regulars in Sprint Cup come over to the Truck Series to compete, as there's not many in this event. Only Ryan Newman is listed as an entry for the Midsummer Classic, so there is a big possibility of a ringer to take a win.
With limited testing available to teams, much less testing on the dirt, the Truck Series is likely to see a new winner tonight, but that's not to say the regulars won't get the job done.
Drivers like Ty and Austin Dillon, who each came from a late model background, were fastest in Tuesday's practice session. Others like Matt Crafton, Ron Hornaday and Jeb Burton are certainly ones to watch, but this race ultimately could be the one where the outsiders are victorious. It seems as though it's written in the stars, or in this case the clay.
They may be called "ringers" but after tonight, there's a chance one will be called victorious.