The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


July 25, 2013

Trucks on dirt a fun event

OK, let's see a show of hands as to how many of you thought the NASCAR truck race at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday night was going to be a crash fest.

Facebook was full of comments before the race about the potential of it being a wreck fest and most were picking Kyle Larson to win.

I wonder how many of you remember the first truck race in 1995? They ran two 100-lap features with a 30-minute break in between. Wednesday's night race was the best truck race in the series' 18 years of existence.

There were many highlights from Wednesday night, but a tip-of-the-cap has to go to Level Green's Norm Benning.

The 61-year-old former late model racer from western Pennsylvania got the last qualifying spot and then saluted the kid who tried to take him out by telling him he was No. 1 afterwards. It was a classic moment.

Benning finished 26th in the feature, but he showed a lot of the younger kids how to get up on the wheel and get the job done.

His name was even trending world-wide on Twitter.

While Benning stole the show during qualifying, Kyle Larson of Elk Grove, Calif., was the real star of the race.

Had it not been for the first caution for debris, Austin Dillon would not have been in victory lane.

Larson was quite poised afterwards, but you could tell he was bummed out after finishing second.

His talents should have him in an IndyCar, but more often than not, the young kids are chasing the money.

Over the 2012 Christmas holiday, Larson swept all four nights of the International midget World Series in New Zealand and led every lap of each feature. He's got talent and he has a very bright future.

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