By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
SPARTA, Ky. – Among the dirt ringers in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Eldora Dirt Derby will be Chris Windom. The USAC Champion will drive the No. 54 Baldwin Brothers Racing / Central Abrasives Toyota Tundra for the first-year DGR-Crosley team.
Windom has three Truck Series starts, including last year’s race at Eldora. He started 20th, driving a second truck for MB Motorsports. Windom ended the day in 19thafter getting swept up in a multi-truck accident.
“The opportunity to team with DGR-Crosley allows me to compete for a win at a track that’s had a significant impact on my career,” said Windom. “Eldora means so much to dirt racers everywhere, and the Truck Series race has become a must-see event in which I’m proud to take part.”
Windom was the 2016 USAC Silver Crown Champion and earned the 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Championship. He has six victories at the famous half-mile dirt track. Windom’s most recent win on the Eldora clay came in May during USAC’s Let’s Race Two event.
In addition to his dirt experience in USAC, Windom has four ARCA Racing Series starts at the DuQuion and Springfield dirt tracks. In those four races, he earned three top-10s, and a best-career finish of third in his ARCA debut at Springfield in 2011.
To date, DGR-Crosley has 12 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with four top-five finishes. Kyle Benjamin earned the teams’ best finish to date, second at Martinsville Speedway.
Windom will become the seventh driver to pilot the teams’ No. 54 Toyota Tundra, joining Benjamin, team co-owners David Gilliland and Bo LeMastus, Chris Eggleston, Justin Marks, and Zane Smith.
Now Windom will look to upset the Truck Series regulars in the Eldora Dirt Derby on July 18.