Bubba Wallace wins on dirt

ROSSBURG – Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. in his #54 Toyota Care Toyota bested the field at the second annual 1-800 Car Cash Mudsummer Classic. The win gave him his second win of the season. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series took the 1/2-mile clay oval and once again brought racing back to its roots.

Wallace faced strong competition from Ron Hornaday Jr., who finished with a season best second place and Kyle Larson. Larson was running near the top most of the evening and briefly held the lead near lap 130 and in second at lap 140, but with a lot of damage on his Glad Chevrolet he began to fade. An accident caused him to finish in 26th place, one lap down. Wallace took the lead by lap 50 and only lost it briefly to Larson.

Wallace said, “This is awesome. All day I was like I don’t know what I’m doing.”  At the break he told his crew chief, “I still don’t know what I’m doing.” After the first practice, Jerry Baxter, Wallace’s crew chief, made a few changes. “It was a total night to day change,” said Wallace. He felt he had a top three truck. Baxter knew they had something special during the race, “He kept telling me the truck was really, really good.”

Wallace commented on Larson and the battle between the two, “He was using the wall all day. At the end of the day it was downfall. I was getting into the fence every other lap, but I don’t think I hit it as hard as him.”

“If you don’t like that race, you don’t know what racing is.” – Tony Stewart

Rounding out the top five were Ryan Blaney, Ken Schrader and Ty Dillon. Dillon and his brother, Austin, were the only two racers finishing in the top 10 that were not racing for points.

The win will let Wallace make up a little ground on the points leader is only 28 points behind the new leader. Blaney moved to the top of the points battle with his third place finish. Matt Crafton sits second in points after finishing ninth. Johnny Sauter is third in points and also had a top 10 finish in eighth place. Hornaday is fourth in points and German Quiroga is fifth. Quiroga finished just outside the top 10 in 12th place.

Tony Stewart said, “If you don’t like that race, you don’t know what racing is.” Pointed out there was a lot of four-wide and three-wide racing. “As good as it was last year that definitely topped it.”

Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. receives the Mudsummer Classic Trophy from Tony Stewart, track owner.

Unofficial results

1. Darrell Wallace Jr.

2. Ron Hornaday Jr.

3. Ryan Blaney

4. Ken Schrader

5. Ty Dillon

6 John H. Nemechek

7. Jeb Burton

8. Johnny Sauter

9. Matt Crafton

10. Austin Dillon

11. Tyler Reddick

12. German Quiroga

13. Ben Kennedy

14. Joey Coulter

15. Tyler Young

16. Timothy Peters

17. Chase Pistone

18. JR Heffner

19. John Wes Townley

20. Gray Gaulding

21. TJ Bell

22. Mason Mingus

23. Bryan Silas

24. Korbin Forrister

25. Michael Annett

26. Kyle Larson

27. Norm Benning

28. Jody Knowles

29. Erik Jones

30. Michael Affarano

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