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Eldora truck race: TV channel, schedule, qualifying format for NASCAR’s 2019 Dirt Derby – Sporting News

Eldora truck race: TV channel, schedule, qualifying format for NASCAR’s 2019 Dirt Derby – Sporting News
01 Aug
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The most exciting race on the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series schedule, an event that is becoming an annual highlight across all three of NASCAR’s national series, is scheduled for Thursday. The Eldora Dirt Derby is the lone dirt race on those three schedules, an exclusivity that only adds to the appeal of such a unique event.

The TV channel for the 2019 Eldora truck race is FS1. Due to the Eldora Dirt Derby’s uncommon qualifying format, there are two start times to note. The first of five qualifying races begins with a start time of 7 p.m. ET. After those five heat races set the field for the Eldora Dirt Derby, the race itself will follow with a start time of 9 p.m. ET.

The annual arrival of the truck race at Eldora presents the same question: Why don’t NASCAR Cup or Xfinity cars race on dirt at least once a year, too? While a Cup Series race at Eldora has been described as “feasible,” complications such at the venue’s need to be retrofitted for Cup accommodations have kept any such race off the schedule.

MORE: Watch the Eldora Dirt Derby live with fuboTV (7-day trial)

Of course, Eldora Speedway owner Tony Stewart wants to see Xfinity and Cup Series races at his track, and he’s not alone. Seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson told Sporting News last month he would be “totally fine with” racing on dirt.

For the time being, though, the Truck Series gets the spotlight at the half-mile dirt track in western Ohio. Here is all you need to know about the 2019 Eldora Dirt Derby, including the TV channel, schedule and qualifying format.

Eldora truck race: TV channel, start time for NASCAR’s 2019 Dirt Derby

  • Race: Eldora Dirt Derby
  • Date: Thursday, Aug. 1
  • Qualifying start time: 7 p.m. ET
  • Race start time: 9 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: FS1
  • Live stream: fuboTV
  • Radio: MRN

With this year’s Eldora truck race bumping up against the NASCAR events at Watkins Glen this weekend, there are no Cup Series regulars in the 32-truck field for Thursday night’s race. But Chase Briscoe, last year’s Eldora Dirt Derby winner, is a full-time Xfinity driver who will make his first Truck Series start of the season Thursday and, after the race, immediately head to Watkins Glen.

The relativey late start time of 9 p.m. ET for the truck race at Eldora will make such a quick turnaround tough on Briscoe.

Eldora truck race: TV schedule

FS1 returns as the TV channel that will broadcast this year’s Eldora Dirt Derby. It’s part of Fox’s season-long NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series coverage that splits 23 races among two networks, Fox and FS1.

Below is the TV schedule for Thursday night’s Eldora Dirt Derby, including replays of the race Friday on FS1 and FS2.

Time Event TV channel
7 p.m. ET Qualifying FS1
9 p.m. ET Race FS1
4 a.m. ET (Fri.) Race (re-air) FS1
8:30 a.m. ET (Fri.) Race (re-air) FS2

In addition to FS1’s TV coverage, the 2019 Eldora truck race can be streamed live on Fox Sports Go or fubo TV.

New fuboTV users can sign up with a seven-day free trial.

Eldora truck race: Qualifying, race format

The format for the Eldora Dirt Derby is the same as last year’s race with one small tweak. Rather than single-car qualifying, top speeds from a pair of practice sessions Wednesday will set the field for Thursday’s qualifying races.

The first of five qualifying races begins at 7 p.m. ET. Each of these five heat races is scheduled for 10 laps. Below are the start times for each of the five heat races.

  • Qualifying race 1: 7 p.m. ET
  • Qualifying race 2: 7:09 p.m. ET
  • Qualifying race 3: 7:18 p.m. ET
  • Qualifying race 4: 7:27 p.m. ET
  • Qualifying race 5: 7:36 p.m. ET

The top five finishers in each qualifying race will automatically advance to the Eldora Dirt Derby. After those races, there will be one 15-lap “last chance” qualifying race for trucks that have yet to advance, with the top two finishers getting into the race. The last five spots will be set by owner points.

Below is a breakdown of how the field will be set for the Eldora Dirt Derby, via NASCAR.com.

Starting position How position was earned
1 Top finisher in qualifying race 1
2 Top finisher in qualifying race 2
3 Top finisher in qualifying race 3
4 Top finisher in qualifying race 4
5 Top finisher in qualifying race 5
6 Second finisher in qualifying race 1
7 Second finisher in qualifying race 2
8 Second finisher in qualifying race 3
9 Second finisher in qualifying race 4
10 Second finisher in qualifying race 5
11 Third finisher in qualifying race 1
12 Third finisher in qualifying race 2
13 Third finisher in qualifying race 3
14 Third finisher in qualifying race 4
15 Third finisher in qualifying race 5
16 Fourth finisher in qualifying race 1
17 Fourth finisher in qualifying race 2
18 Fourth finisher in qualifying race 3
19 Fourth finisher in qualifying race 4
20 Fourth finisher in qualifying race 5
21 Fifth finisher in qualifying race 1
22 Fifth finisher in qualifying race 2
23 Fifth finisher in qualifying race 3
24 Fifth finisher in qualifying race 4
25 Fifth finisher in qualifying race 5
26 Top finisher in last chance
27 Second finisher in last chance
28 Owner points
29 Owner points
30 Owner points
31 Owner points
32 Past series champion/owner points

The Eldora Dirt Derby, set to go green at 9 p.m. ET on FS1, will be 150 laps broken into three stages – 40 laps, 50 laps and 60 laps, respectively.

Source: https://www.sportingnews.com/us/motorsports/news/eldora-truck-race-tv-channel-schedule-qualifying-format-nascar-2019-dirt-derby/8tcexioav7q31mn5kk2l8wx10

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