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Eldora truck race results: Highlights from NASCAR’s 2019 Dirt Derby

Truck racing at Eldora Speedway is no longer NASCAR’s dirty little secret. The annual Eldora Dirt Derby has become something of a crown jewel in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series, and as the only dirt race across NASCAR’s three premier national series, it is a highlight on America’s racing calendar.

The seventh annual Eldora Dirt Derby, which took the green flag Thursday at 9 p.m. ET after five qualifying races set the field a couple hours prior, was the 15th and most exciting race on the NASCAR Truck Series schedule. Its exclusivity as a dirt race also came with a unique qualifying format that made for a long, action-packed night of racing on the half-mile in western Ohio.

Thursday night’s racing began with the first of five qualifying races at 7 p.m. ET. The lineups for these 10-lap heat races were determined by speeds in Wednesday’s pair of practice sessions. The top five finishers in each of the five qualifying races automatically advanced to the Eldora Dirt Derby, and those who did not automatically advance were entered in a sixth qualifying race called the “Last Chance” race.

Chase Briscoe, the winner of last year’s Eldora Dirt Derby, started on the pole after winning the first qualifying race. But it was Stewart Friesen who took the checkered flag at Eldora on Thursday night for his first career Truck Series win.

SN tracked the Eldora truck race and provided live updates, results and highlights. Here is how Friesen won his first truck race.

Eldora truck race: Live updates, results, highlights

— 11:01 p.m. ET: Checkered flag. Stewart Friesen wins after running away from the field in the last two laps. He earns his first career NASCAR Truck Series win.

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— 10:55 p.m. ET: Caution. Chase Briscoe gets spun, just as he was charging back to the front. He loses control, and Ben Rhodes gets into his left-rear quarter panel to turn him around.

— NASCAR Gander Trucks (@NASCAR_Trucks) August 2, 2019

— 10:50 p.m. ET: Caution. (Lots of these tonight, naturally.) A couple cars in the back of the pack spin to set up a 12-lap shootout for the win.

— 10:42 p.m. ET: Quick caution. Norm Benning spins on his own.

— 10:31 p.m. ET: Caution. Bad things are happening everywhere. Kyle Strickler spins. Johnny Sauter is somehow damaged. Dirt-track racing in a nutshell.

— 10:24 p.m. ET: Caution. Ross Chastain goes for a spin cycle. Loses it himself out of the corner.

— NASCAR Gander Trucks (@NASCAR_Trucks) August 2, 2019

— 10:10 p.m. ET: Chase Briscoe wins Stage 2. He’s dominating.

— 10:03 p.m. ET: Caution. Mason Massey spins on his own thanks to a flat left-front tire.

— 9:55 p.m. ET: Caution for the first real incident of the race. Austin Hill and Harrison Burton are involved among others.

— NASCAR Gander Trucks (@NASCAR_Trucks) August 2, 2019

— 9:49 p.m. ET: Caution comes out when Harrison Burton spins in Turn 2. Just a single-car spin.

— 9:32 p.m. ET: Chase Briscoe wins Stage 1. He doesn’t run away with it, though, as Todd Gilliland finishes right on his tail.

— 9:23 p.m. ET: Caution comes out when Jake Griffin spins as the result of a flat tire.

— 9:17 p.m. ET: Caution comes out for a spin. Landon Huffman goes around.

— 9:13 p.m. ET: Green flag. The Eldora Dirt Derby is underway.

  • Qualifying race one

Drivers: Chase Briscoe, Johnny Sauter, Jeffrey Abbey, Harrison Burton, Austin Wayne Self, Colt Gilliam, Jennifer Jo Cobb

Qualifying race one results:

Pos. Driver
1. Chase Briscoe
2. Johnny Sauter
3. Harrison Burton
4. Colt Gilliam
5. Jeffrey Abbey
6. Austin Wayne Self
7. Jennifer Jo Cobb
  • Qualifying race two

Drivers: Matt Crafton, Tyler Dippel, Christian Eckes, Ross Chastain, Tyler Ankrum, Landon Huffman, Darwin Peters Jr.

Qualifying race two results:

Pos. Driver
1. Matt Crafton
2. Tyler Dippel
3. Ross Chastain
4. Christian Eckes
5. Landon Huffman
6. Tyler Ankrum
7. Darwin Peters Jr.
  • Qualifying race three

Drivers: Brett Moffitt, Todd Gilliland, Mike Marlar, Jake Griffin, Carson Hocevar, Devin Dodson

Qualifying race three results:

Pos. Driver
1. Brett Moffitt
2. Todd Gilliland
3. Carson Hocevar
4. Jake Griffin
5. Mike Marlar
6. Devin Dodson
  • Qualifying race four

Drivers: Stewart Friesen, Ben Rhodes, Justin Shipley, Austin Hill, Mark Smith, Norm Benning

Qualifying race four results:

Pos. Driver
1. Stewart Friesen
2. Ben Rhodes
3. Justin Shipley
4. Austin Hill
5. Norm Benning
6. Mark Smith
  • Qualifying race five

Drivers: Sheldon Creed, Kyle Strickler, Grant Enfinger, Gus Dean, Mason Massey IV, Tim Ward

Here is how Stewart Friesen won his first NASCAR Truck Series race on the dirt of Eldora Speedway on Thursday night.

Eldora qualifying race results; Derby starting lineup

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Chase Briscoe and Matt Crafton will start on the front row of the Eldora Dirt Derby after winning their respective qualifying races.

Briscoe and Crafton are the winners of the last two Eldora races.

The 32-truck field was formed through six qualifying races.

Last chance qualifying race

Tyler Ankrum won the last chance qualifying race for the Eldora Dirt Derby, leading all 15 laps.

He beat Norm Benning by more than six seconds. With the win Ankrum will start 26th in the main event. Benning will start 27th in the 32-truck field.

Austin Wayne Self spun to bring out the red flag twice, on Lap 3 and Lap 5. He was running second the first time. Self went behind the wall and finished last.

Devin Dodson spun on his own on Lap 8 to cause a red flag. He finish sixth a lap down.

Check back for the starting lineup for the Derby.

Fifth qualifying race

Kyle Strickler won the fifth of six qualifying races for the Eldora Dirt Derby.

Stickler, driving DGR-Crosley’s No. 54 Toyota, led all 10 laps and beat Sheldon Creed.

Mason Massey brought out the red flag on Lap 2 after he stalled on the track. He did not finish the race and advanced to the last chance qualifying race.

Fourth qualifying race

Stewart Friesen won over Ben Rhodes after leading all 10 laps.

Norm Benning finished last out of six trucks and advanced to the last chance qualifying race.

Third qualifying race

Brett Moffitt won the race after leading all 10 laps.

Mike Marlar and Devin Dodson both spun with two laps to go in the race, causing a red flag. Dodson finished last and will advance to the last chance qualifying race.

Second qualifying race

Matt Crafton won the race, leading all 10 laps.

Tyler Ankrum and Darwin Peters advance to the last chance qualifying race.

First qualifying race

Chase Briscoe easily won the first race, leading all 10 laps.

He beat Johnny Sauter, Harrison Burton, Colt Gilliam and Jeffrey Abbey, who all advance to the main event.

Austin Wayne Self and Jennifer Jo Cobb advanced to the last chance qualifying race.

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