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Chase Briscoe holds off Grant Enfinger in Truck Series race at Eldora

23 July 2018

"I wouldn't like to see Cup on dirt", he said.

If there was ever a great advertisement for the idea of the top stars of NASCAR doing battle on the dirt track at Eldora Speedway, the 2018 Eldora Dirt Derby provided it on Wednesday night.

"Absolutely", the 2018 Eldora Dirt Derby victor Chase Briscoe stated from the media center after the event.

The best way to score maximum playoff points in a race is to start up front, earn stage points and win races.

Enfinger would come from deep in the starting field. "They're ready for a Cup race". If we went to Eldora, yeah, I mean I would be excited because I would be really fast and I feel like I would definitely have the best shot to win. "There were a lot of good trucks that we had to get around".

Crafton, 42, is now seventh in the series standings with five top-10 finishes in 12 races.

Briscoe took the lead from Seavey on a restart with five laps left, with a wreck in the backstretch then bringing out the final caution. "Not until these tracks and NASCAR get together and are willing to make changes". As owner of the track, Stewart has a vested interest in seeing that happen.

With NASCAR rules requiring a green-white-checkered flag finish, Briscoe and Enfinger lined up side-by-side for the two-lap shootout for the famed golden shovel. The duo bounced off one another, Enfinger got into the outside wall, and Briscoe won.

"None of this is ever going to happen", Hamlin said.

One thing to keep an eye on is how this race appeals to the racing fandom.

"I think they need to do it".

"He used me up pretty good", Enfinger said. 'Yeah, I'm going to make it Cup racing. He drove the No. 27 Ford for Sandusky, Ohio-based ThorSport Racing, finishing 0.38 seconds ahead of teammate Enfinger.

Stewart Friesen was third in the half-mile oval, followed by 2017 race victor Matt Crafton, Brett Moffitt, Noah Gragson, John Hunter Nemechek, Logan Seavey, Justin Haley and Nick Hoffman. Ben Rhodes, the victor last week in Kentucky, took the first stage, but he overshot a corner and hit the wall early in the second. He's now eighth in the standings but has yet to win a race this season.

Larson, who races midgets and sprint cars on dirt every chance he gets, is foremost among Chevrolet drivers in the Cup series.

"To me, the road course guys have their road course ringer tracks. Why shouldn't the dirt guys have a race here too?"

Ben Rhodes claims the pole for the Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway on July 18, 2018. A win at Eldora would help give that resume a little bit of a bump, and maybe help him with finding that elusive weekly spot in a auto. Coldwater's Ryan Sutter finished 16th.

So, when's the test of Cup cars at Eldora?

After a busy week-long stretch, Eldora officials will take off a couple weeks before returning to action August 4 with the second and final Family Fireworks Night of the season.

Chase Briscoe holds off Grant Enfinger in Truck Series race at Eldora