All heat results from MudSummer Classic at Eldora

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For those of you keeping score at home, here’s the results of all five heat races and the “last chance” race prior to Wednesday night’s second annual MudSummer Classic at Eldora Speedway:

Qualifying Race 1 

RESULTS (bolded names transferred to main event)
1. Erik Jones
2. Darrell Wallace Jr.
3. Kyle Larson
4. JR Heffner

5. Jody Knowles
6. Ben Kennedy
7. Joe Cobb

Qualifying Race 2 (bolded names transferred to main event)
RESULTS
1. Jeb Burton
2. Joey Coulter
3. Mason Mingus
4. Gray Gaulding
5. Michael Affarano

6. John Wes Townley
7. Cody Erickson

Qualifying Race 3
RESULTS
(bolded names transferred to main event)
1. Ron Hornaday Jr.
2. Tyler Reddick
3. Ty Dillon
4. John Hunter Nemechek

5. Michael Annett
6. Chase Pistone
7. Jennifer Jo Cobb

Qualifying Race 4
RESULTS (bolded names transferred to main event)
1. Ryan Blaney
2. Matt Crafton
3. Timothy Peters
4. Austin Dillon

5. Norm Benning
6. German Quiroga
7. Jared Landers

Qualifying Race 5
RESULTS
(bolded names transferred to main event)
1. Johnny Sauter
2. Ken Schrader

3. Tyler Young
4. T.J. Bell
5. Bryan Silas
6. Korbin Forrister

Last-chance Race
RESULTS
(bolded names transferred to main event)
1. John Wes Townley
2. Tyler Young
3. Jody Knowles
4. Norm Benning
5. Michael Annett

6. Cody Erickson
7. Jennifer Jo Cobb
8. Joe Cobb
9. Jared Landers (withdrew)

F1 2017 driver review: Nico Hulkenberg

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Nico Hulkenberg

Team: Renault
Car No.: 27
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 0
Best Finish: P6 (Spain, Great Britain, Belgium, Abu Dhabi)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 43
Championship Position: 10th

Expectations were hard to peg for Renault heading into its second full season back in F1 with a factory team, but Nico Hulkenberg was surely expected to be the man spearheading its charge.

With teammate Jolyon Palmer severely underperforming, Hulkenberg did exactly that, bringing home all but 14 of the team’s points in the final standings. However, consistency was never something he truly found.

Many of Renault’s issues were down to reliability issues, sidelining Hulkenberg for six races – four coming in a five-race stint from Singapore to Mexico – yet he only scored points in consecutive races on three occasions.

When Hulkenberg and Renault were on form, they proved to be a potent combination, often topping the midfield fight and even looking faster than Force India come the end of the season. His run to sixth at the final race in Abu Dhabi was crucial for the constructors’ championship as Renault jumped Toro Rosso, securing an extra slice of prize money in the process.

But for a driver who was so often tipped as being a future star in F1, Hulkenberg still has a lot to prove. Renault is set to offer a good platform for the German moving forward with factory support, yet if he cannot beat new teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. through 2018, concerns will surely be raised.

Season High: Charging to sixth in Abu Dhabi despite a penalty.

Season Low: A tough run to 16th in Malaysia.