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)

Rinus VeeKay to drive for Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020

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Ed Carpenter Racing has signed 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay to drive the full 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, the team announced Wednesday.

VeeKay will drive the No. 21 Chevrolet previously occupied by Spencer Pigot.

“I’m so happy!” the 19-year-old driver from the Netherlands said in a press release. “It’s a dream come true and something we have worked extremely hard for over the last couple of years. To step up from USF2000 to the NTT IndyCar Series in three years is really special.”

In his maiden Indy Lights season this year, VeeKay collected six race victories and seven pole potions. VeeKay previously won the 2018 Indy Pro 2000 championship, and finished second in the 2017 USF2000 standings.

VeeKay’s success in the ladder series caught the attention of Carpenter, who gave VeeKay the opportunity to first test for the team at Portland International Raceway in August.

“I have been following Rinus’s path through the Road to Indy, especially the past two years,” Carpenter said. “It was clear to me that he deserves to be in an Indy car. After his first day in a car at Portland this past season, that feeling became even more apparent. His pace, feedback and demeanor inside the car was very impressive for such a young driver.”

As a driver, Carpenter will be VeeKay’s teammate during the five oval races in 2020, once again returning to the team’s No. 20 entry. An announcement on which driver will pilot the No. 20 on the road and street circuits will be made at a later time.

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