NASCAR Trucks’ Mudsummer Classic starting grid

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The heat races and last chance qualifier are in the books for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Here’s the starting grid via SPEED Channel, based on results from earlier in the night.

Starting Grid
1.  #52 Ken Schrader
2.  #6 Jared Landers
3.  #17 Timothy Peters
4.  #81 Kenny Wallace
5.  #4 Jeb Burton
6.  #19 Dave Blaney
7.  #88 Matt Crafton
8.  #62 Brendan Gaughan
9.  #31 James Buescher
10. #34 Ryan Newman
11. #18 Joey Coulter
12. #32 Miguel Paludo
13. #30 Kyle Larson
14. #8 Max Gresham
15. #3 Ty Dillon
16. #13 Tracy Hines
17. #54 Darrell Wallace Jr.
18. #9 Ron Hornaday Jr.
19. #39 Austin Dillon
20. #98 Johnny Sauter
21. #51 Scott Bloomquist
22. #60 Dakoda Armstrong
23. #29 Ryan Blaney
24. #7 John Wes Townley
25. #77 German Quiroga
26. #24 Brennan Newberry
27. #84 Jeff Babcock
28. #5 Jason Bowles
29. #63 Justin Jennings
30. #57 Norm Benning

Did not qualify
    #68 Clay Greenfield
    #07 Jimmy Weller
    #99 Bryan Silas
    #10 Joe Cobb
    #44 JR Heffner

Top Fuel driver Austin Prock earns 2019 NHRA top rookie honors

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Having just completed a promising first year in NHRA Top Fuel competition, Austin Prock is on the road to even greater drag racing success in his career.

That’s why it’s not surprising that Prock was named the winner of the 2019 Auto Club Road to the Future Award during Monday night’s annual NHRA Awards dinner at the Ray Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.

The Road to the Future Award is NHRA’s version of Rookie of the Year, and Prock was among the brightest young stars on the circuit this past season, including winning his first national event at the Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in suburban Seattle, the 16th race on the 24-race schedule.

What made that first win all the more sweeter is it came at the same event that his boss, legendary 16-time Funny Car champion John Force, captured his milestone 150th career win.

One month ago, Prock set a personal best run of 3.688 seconds at 334.40 mph over veteran driver Doug Kalitta in the first round of eliminations at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals three weeks ago in Ennis, Texas (suburban Dallas).

“I am proud of the season this Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist team put together,” Prock said in a media release. “My guys worked their asses off all season long to give me the opportunity to win the Auto Club Road the Future Award. I couldn’t have done it without them.

“I would have never been here without John Force and Robert Hight (president of John Force Racing). They gave me the opportunity to fulfill my dream and I owe the world to them. I hope I made them proud.”

Prock became only the 10th rookie in the history of the NHRA pro ranks to both win a race in their first season and also go on to win the Road to the Future award. He also was the 13th rookie in the sport’s history to qualify for the Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s six race playoffs.

Prock becomes the sixth John Force Racing driver to earn the Road to the Future Award, joining Tony Pedregon (1996), Hight (2005), Ashley Force-Hood (2007), Mike Neff (2008), Courtney Force (2012) and Brittany Force (2013).

Austin Prock is the son of veteran crew chief Jimmy Prock, who tuned Hight to his third career NHRA Funny Car championship this past Sunday.

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