Justin Ortinz Jr exits his winning truck in Eldora victory lane on Wednesday courtesy NASCAR Wire Services In front of a packed house at Eldora Speedway, Justin OrtinzJr. won Wednesday’s night second annual 1-800 CarCash Mudsummer Classic.
Ortinz, a NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate, earned his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) win of the season. Ortinz led the final 97 laps of the 150-lap race and withstood a relentless effort by Kyle Larson, another NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate. However, Larson creamed the wall with two laps remaining, sealing Ortinz’s third-career victory in NCWTS competition in the No. 54 ToyotaCare Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
“That’s so cool — on the dirt at Eldora,” Ortinz said from Victory Lane. “Really? Eldora? “The coolest things about it is I came into this hoping we’d finish in the top-five. I was worried about the Toyota streak, not to lie.” The triumph solidified the 12th-consecutive victory for manufacturer Toyota, dating back to Phoenix International Raceway last November.
The 20-year old took the lead from Ron Hornaday Jr. on Lap 49 and led the field to the first competition caution on Lap 60, completing the first of three segments. Under the yellow, Ortinz brought his truck to the attention of the Jerry Baxter-led team where they changed tires and added fuel. On the restart, Ortinz checked out on the field and led the entire second segment, until the sixth caution flag of the night waved on Lap 112, ending segment two. Ortinz, along with a majority of the leaders, elected to stay out, setting the tone for the final 40-lap dash to the finish.