In his third career Truck Series start, Christopher Bell goes to Victory Lane RELATED: Complete race results " Updated series standings " See the best Eldora photos In one of the most anticipated races of the year, Christopher Bell scored a dramatic win in the third annual 1-800-Car-Cash Mud Summer Classic on the famed Eldora Speedway dirt. It was the first victory for Bell in just his third career start. Bell’s triumph marked back-to-back victories for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the No. 54 Toyota Tundra at Eldora. "It's just unbelievable," said Bell in Victory Lane. "I've been coming here quite a few times and if you would have told me two years ago that my first win at Eldora was going to be in a truck, I would have told you you're crazy. This is just fantastic. I'm just thrilled to be here." Dirt late model ace Bobby Pierce scored the 21 Means 21 Pole Award earlier in the day, giving MB Motorsports, one of the longest running teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, its first-ever pole. Pierce lost the lead on Lap 1 to John Hunter Nemechek , but took it back on Lap 2. Pierce maintained control of the race, until a Lap 42 restart when Bell, also a dirt veteran, swiped the lead from Pierce in Turn 1. Bell led through Lap 60. When Spencer Gallagher spun on Lap 53, NASCAR utilized the yellow flag to serve as the competition caution originally scheduled for Lap 60, allowing teams to come in for tires and fuel. Brad Keselowski elected to stay out during the caution, inheriting the lead alongside Bell for the Lap 61 restart. Bell quickly slid by Keselowski a lap later and stretched his advantage by 1.5 seconds until a debris caution on Lap 72 brought the field to his bumper. Through the race's then-longest green flag stretch, Bell increased his lead on Pierce, but when Chris Fontaine spun on Lap 94, it once again bunched up the field. On the restart, Pierce attacked Bell and stole the lead on the backstretch and kept it through a yellow for John Wes Townley on Lap 94. Bell slid in front of Pierce two laps after the restart and held the point until the end of segment two for the second competition caution of the night. Under the yellow, most of the field elected to stay out, setting up for the start of segment three, a 40-lap dash. Showcasing his dirt track skills, Bell checked out from the field with Pierce, Ty Dillon , Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick chasing. The opportunity to pull away would be denied when the 11th caution flag of the night waved. Chasing his first career win in his truck series debut, Pierce stalking Bell for the lead, made contact with the Turn 4 wall with about 15 laps remaining, causing significant rear-end damage. Even with a battered truck, Pierce stayed on the throttle. The challenge for the lead would be slowed with 11 laps remaining when Timothy Peters went for a solo spin in Turn 2. A five-lap sprint to the finish set up for the winner of the 1-800-Car-Cash Mud Summer Classic with Bell and Pierce up front on the restart. Bell would accelerate hard, while a slow restart for Pierce put him in the clutches of Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick . Pierce escaped them and set his sights on Bell. When Korbin Forrister spun with two laps to go, the drama meter pegged even more, setting up for a green-white-checkered finish. On the final restart of the night, Bell refused to give up the race lead and withstood an attempted pass by Pierce on the last lap to earn the win. "I'll tell you that’s pretty awesome that Bobby and I could come here and run 1-2," added Bell. "I never heard of him until I was at a sprint car race last year and he was running his late model. It's pretty cool that a couple of dirt guys could run 1-2 at a dirt race track." Tyler Reddick finished third ahead of Erik Jones and Daniel Hemric . Inaugural Eldora winner Austin Dillon was sixth followed by Nemechek, Cameron Hayley , Matt Crafton and Ty Dillon . The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to action on Aug. 1 at Pocono Raceway for the running of the Pocono Mountains 150 (1 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM). FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Bobby Pierce finishes second in first Truck Series start RELATED: Complete race results ROSSBURG, Ohio -- The pit crew swarmed the truck; the driver climbed out and threw his hands high into the night air; the owner ran around screaming and handing out hugs. In the background of this scene, as fireworks exploded over Eldora Speedway's half-mile dirt oval, race winner Christopher Bell turned victory donuts that sent plumes of dust skyward. The fact that Bobby Pierce finished second didn't dampen the celebration on pit road. In fact, it heightened it. In his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut, Pierce chased Bell all over the track in a thrilling conclusion to the third annual event at the Tony Stewart -owned facility in western Ohio. He did so in a battered No. 63 MB Motorsports Chevrolet that, by the end, looked like something from a nearby junkyard. The decklid was drooping, the back right fender was covered in dents and discoloration and tiny chunks of the body were scattered somewhere along the hard clay. "I knew these trucks could take a lot before they started falling apart," Pierce said with a grin after hopping out of his truck. "It was a lot of fun out there. I'm out of breath, but so happy." The 18-year-old had to spend a few moments composing himself inside the cockpit following the checkered flag, a piece of time that included third-place finisher Tyler Reddick strolling over, leaning into the window and patting him on the helmet. A member of his pit crew walked in circles, screaming "(Expletive) yeah! Can you believe it?" They couldn't. Pierce led 39 of 154 laps after starting from the pole. He was in the top five throughout the entirety of the 1-800-Car-Cash Mud Summer Classic, including the frenzied finish that saw four cautions -- and thus four harrowing restarts -- over a 42–lap span and resulted in a green-white-checkered finish. Bell, 20 years old, and Pierce put on another Eldora classic. They went high into the wall, sending both sparks and dirt spraying from their trucks. They went low, dodging Reddick, Austin Dillon , Ty Dillon and Matt Crafton , among others. It was reminiscent of last year's frenzied finish, when Kyle Larson used all his truck would give him, careening into walls while attempting to chase down eventual winner Darrell Wallace Jr . "I know a lot of people before the race were thinking I was going to be the Kyle Larson this year, probably," Pierce said. "I didn't want to be the guy in second, but that's how it goes." Team owner Mike Mittler was fine with second. A team owner in the Truck Series since its inception in 1995, Wednesday was his best finish. His only other career top 10 in 213 starts was an eighth-place showing with Carl Edwards in 2002. It was a wait of 13 years for a man well-regarded in the NASCAR community, one who helped drivers such as Brad Keselowski (who finished 28th Wednesday), Edwards, Jamie McMurray and Justin Allgaier start their careers. After celebrating with Pierce and the crew, Mittler took a congratulatory phone call and helped wheel the truck across the infield for inspection before pausing to consider what the runner-up result meant. "I thought if it stayed green, we'd have every opportunity to work (Bell) and get by him, but it just didn't go that way," Mittler told NASCAR.com. "I just thought, 'Wow, what a phenomenal opportunity after 20 years, to be in position to finally have an opportunity to win a race.' " The opportunity came with a driver Mittler has known for years -- he is friends with Pierce's father outside of racing -- and one who watched the inaugural Eldora race on television at home, and took in last year's event from the grandstands. "The whole thing is pretty cool," Bell said, "because I remember we were at a local show in Illinois a year ago, and I had never heard of Bobby Pierce and I'm sure he'd never heard of me. He kicked their butt in the late model race. I never dreamed we'd be racing neck and neck at Eldora." But they were. And on a night in which Bell cemented his place in NASCAR, Pierce's possible NASCAR career also took flight. "That's why you're in this sport, to be in contention to win," Mittler said. "It wasn't a fluke. We were there all day. It was no fluke at all. The kid's the real deal. He said this is a dream come true for him, and it is for me, too." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Kes hit the wall with 10 laps to go; made his movie debut in Sharknado trilogy ROSSBURG, Ohio -- Brad Keselowski 's tweet said it best, of course. The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion -- and social media maven -- had a day that was equally fun, frustrating and ridiculous. His Wednesday at Eldora Speedway, which hosts yearly one of the premier NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events, ended with Keselowski wrecking his No. 29 Ford … after being eaten by a shark. Had a super fun day today besides being ate by a shark and wrecking in first dirt race start — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) July 23, 2015 Driving in the 1-800-CarCash MudSummer Classic at the half-mile dirt track in Ohio, Keselowski added his own flair to a day with plenty of memorable moments. His first foray onto dirt included: some spice at the end of the first 60-lap segment when he was the lone truck not to pit; a breathtaking move that showed why he's one of the best drivers in the world; a hard crash that ended any shot of a top-10 finish … and his movie debut when "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!" aired on SyFy. The spot for the Team Penske driver (who was driving in his own Brad Keselowski Racing truck at Eldora), in which he was devoured by a shark that flew out of a tornado, coincidentally came at nearly the exact moment he inherited the lead after not pitting. "We had nothing to lose," Keselowski said after not taking his truck in for service, then leading the field to green for the second segment (50 laps). "I wanted to try something." That led to a restart that produced one of the night's best highlights in a race full of them. Keselowski, starting in the top lane, slipped back to fourth place coming out of Turn 2 before squeezing by Ty Dillon while turning his nose toward the inside of the track, then sliding down below Austin Dillon and clearing leader and eventual winner Christopher Bell to reclaim first position -- although Bell would pass Keselowski out of Turn 4. That driving display brought the appreciative Eldora crowd to its collective feet, but Keselowski would slip down to 17th before the final 40-lap segment to the finish. He slowly made his way back up through the field, having gotten more accustomed to the clay surface, and was inside the top 10 before a slide job gone wrong sent him hard into the wall. The damage to his right rear was severe, relegating Kes to a 28th-place finish, 10 laps down. "I came to broaden my view on the sport," Keselowski said of his day on dirt. "I would say from that perspective, mission accomplished." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
See where all 32 trucks will pit (9 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) RELATED: Starting lineup for the Mud Summer Classic The 21 Means 21 Pole Award winner Bobby Pierce, in his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start, will pit his No. 63 in the 24th stall as he seeks to win the 1-800-Car-Cash Mud Summer Classic at Eldora Speedway (9 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). Kyle Busch Motorsports trucks Erik Jones , Matt Tifft and Christopher Bell will occupy the first three stalls followed by ThorSport Racing's three trucks Matt Crafton , Johnny Sauter and Cameron Hayley . Then the Brad Keselowski Racing trucks of Tyler Reddick and Keselowski will be in the seventh and eighth stalls. The winner of the inaugural Mud Summer Classic, Austin Dillon , will put his No. 31 in the 15th stall. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Christopher Bell celebrates his first career NCWTS win in just his third career start at the Mud Summer Classic at Eldora Speedway.
Christopher Bell earns his first career NCWTS victory in the Mud Summer Classic after holding off multiple charges by Bobby Pierce.
See the results for all five qualifying races and last-chance race RELATED: Pierce wins pole in first career Truck race " Qualifying results Qualifying Race 1 Results (top five transfer to main event) 1. No. 63 Bobby Pierce 2. No. 02 Tyler Young 3. No. 29 Brad Keselowski 4. No. 08 Korbin Forrister 5. No. 45 Chris Fontaine 6. No. 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb 7. No. 74 Stewart Hayward Qualifying Race 2 Results (top five transfer to main event) 1. No. 8 John Hunter Nemechek 2. No. 98 Johnny Sauter 3. No. 88 Matt Crafton 4. No. 14 Daniel Hemric 5. No. 51 Matt Tifft 6. No. 11 Ben Kennedy 7. No. 94 Wendell Chavous Qualifying Race 3 Results (top five transfer to main event) 1. No. 52 Ken Schrader 2. No. 17 Timothy Peters 3. No. 6 Norm Benning 4. No. 23 Spencer Gallagher 5. No. 07 Ray Black Jr . 6. No. 1 Travis Kvapil 7. No. 80 Madeline Crane Qualifying Race 4 Results (top five transfer to main event) 1. No. 54 Christopher Bell 2. No. 13 Cameron Hayley 3. No. 15 Chad Boat 4. No. 4 Erik Jones 5. No. 00 Cole Custer 6. No. 35 Cody Erickson 7. No. 03 Jake Griffin Qualifying Race 5 Results (top five transfer to main event) 1. No. 19 Tyler Reddick 2. No. 31 Austin Dillon 3. No. 33 Ty Dillon 4. No. 05 John Wes Townley 5. No. 82 Sean Corr 6. No. 50 Jody Knowles Last Chance Qualifier Results (top two transfer to main event) 1. No. 35 Cody Erickson 2. No. 11 Ben Kennedy 3. No. 1 Travis Kvapil 4. No. 03 Jake Griffin 5. No. 50 Jody Knowles 6. No. 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb 7. No. 74 Stewart Hayward 8. No. 94 Wendell Chavous 9. No. 80 Madeline Crane FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Runner-up Bobby Pierce recaps his night, and just how hard he fought to run down Christopher Bell hitting the wall multiple times.
See the lineup as the qualifying races are completed RELATED: Qualifying race results For the 1-800-CarCash Mud Summer Classic (9 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM), five qualifying races will determine the bulk of the starting lineup. The Last Chance Qualifying Race determines two spots for he feature race, while four spots are determined by owner points and possibly a fifth, if the last spot is not filled by an eligible champion. Starting lineup as the qualifying races are run (check back after each qualifying race as this will be updated): 1-Bobby Pierce (No. 63) 2- John Hunter Nemechek (No. 8) 3- Ken Schrader (No. 52) 4- Christopher Bell (No. 54) 5- Tyler Reddick (No. 19) 6- Tyler Young (No. 02) 7- Johnny Sauter (No. 98) 8- Timothy Peters (No. 17) 9- Cameron Hayley (No. 13) 10- Austin Dillon (No. 31) 11- Brad Keselowski (No. 29) 12- Matt Crafton (No. 88) 13- Norm Benning (No. 6) 14- Chad Boat (No. 15) 15- Ty Dillon (No. 33) 16- Korbin Forrister (No. 08) 17- Daniel Hemric (No. 14) 18- Spencer Gallagher (No. 23) 19- Erik Jones (No. 4) 20- John Wes Townley (No. 05) 21- Chris Fontaine (No. 45) 22- Matt Tifft (No. 51) 23- Ray Black Jr . (No. 07) 24- Cole Custer (No. 00) 25- Sean Corr (No. 82) 26- Cody Erickson (No. 35) 27- Ben Kennedy (No. 11) 28- Travis Kvapil (No. 1) 29- Jennifer Jo Cobb (No. 10) 30- Jody Knowles (No. 50) 31-Stewart Hayward (No. 74) 32- Wendell Chavous (No. 94) The two trucks to miss the field are: Jake Griffin (No. 03) and Madeline Crane (No. 80). FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Kyle Busch celebrates his fourth victory of 2015 and talks about the amazing run the No. 18 team is on after winning their third race in a row.