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Photos: Day 2 of NASCAR's return to dirt

July 24, 2013, Staff report,

Images from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Eldora Speedway

PREVIOUSLY: Day 1 photo gallery

The second (and final) day at Eldora Speedway will see final practice, qualifying, qualifying heat races and a last-chance race.

Oh, and the main event itself.

Below are some of Wednesday's best images. Take a look, and then continue to check back as we add more pictures.

With a grinning Tony Stewart looking on, Austin Dillon took home plenty of hardware with his win Wednesday. In addition to a slick trophy, the 23-year-old received a golden shovel.

You’ve heard of kissing the bricks. After his win Wednesday night, Austin Dillon kissed the dirt.

Can you feel the heat? Drivers and fans could after this planned explosion prior to the race.

Before the green flag dropped, the trucks lined up four-wide for a celebratory lap to say “thank you” to the fans as fireworks exploded overhead. The four-wide “thank you” lap is a common occurrence on smaller circuits, and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series thought it was worth adopting for this historic race at Eldora Speedway.

Ken Schrader won the Keystone Light Pole Award on Wednesday, becoming the oldest driver in NASCAR history to win a pole for a national series. Schrader is 58 years old. Schrader still had to race his way into the field, though, and he did so by winning the first qualifying heat race, guaranteeing he would start at the front of the grid.

Ty Dillon tried a slide job on Johnny Sauter during the fifth qualifying race, and he didn’t quite give Sauter enough room on the outside. Sauter’s No. 98 Toyota got into the wall as the trucks made contact. “It’s just dirt racing,” Dillon said on SPEED afterward. “Whatever, man” a miffed Sauter would reply in a separate interview.

The sun is so bright, it’s difficult to make out which truck is on the track (it’s Justin Jennings’ No. 63 Chevrolet). It’s bad for the drivers, too, who were getting quite a glare during qualifying races.

Peace, man. Darrell Wallace Jr. posted the fastest time in the final practice session Wednesday morning in his Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota.

The mud was flying Wednesday at Eldora. Just take a look at this truck.

Dust is constantly kicked up around the half-mile track, and that doesn’t affect solely NASCAR drivers and teams. Folks in the stands have to find creative ways to keep clean, as evidenced by this man’s skeleton face.

The confines at Eldora Speedway are quite cozy, so most fans got great views of the morning practice session.

The stands were jam-packed for the early-morning practice session. You can bet they’ll be even fuller for the 9:35 p.m. main event.

Jeb Burton remembers former NASCAR driver Jason Leffler on his No. 4 Chevrolet.