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July 24, 2013

Dillon Holds Off Larson and Newman In First National Series Dirt Event Since 1970

Austin Dillon makes history by winning the Inaugural Mudsummer Classic NASCAR event at Eldora Speedway.

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Source: NASCAR.com
Date: July 24, 2013

Forty-plus years since a NASCAR national series raced on dirt?

Well worth the wait.

Austin Dillon led 63 of 153 laps in a fireworks-filled CarCash Mudsummer Classic presented by CNBC Prime’s The Profit at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, on Wednesday night, ending any questions that might have remained regarding NASCAR’s venture into dirt racing.

Coming down to a thrilling green-white-checkered finish, Dillon sped out in front of Kyle Larson and Ryan Newman on the restart to breeze through the final three laps while all of the action happened in his rearview.

A caution flag was thrown for debris on the track with 11 laps remaining, setting up a free-for-all restart with five laps left. Larson and Newman banged bodies battling for second, sending sparks flying before Newman eventually gave way. Another caution was thrown for more debris with three laps left, setting up the final restart.

Larson and Newman finished second and third, respectively, while Joey Coulter and Brendan Gaughan rounded out the top-five. Series points leader Matt Crafton finished eighth, while reigning series champion James Buescher and dirt track master Scott Bloomquist finished 19th and 25th, respectively.

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