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  • Article by: DAN GELSTON , AP Sports Writer
  • Last update: July 17, 2013 - 3:59 PM

GETTING DIRTY: Go ahead, spill the dirt.

NASCAR is set for its first dirt race in more than 40 years on Tuesday when the Truck Series hits Eldora Speedway.

The last time one of NASCAR's top touring series competed on dirt was Sept. 30, 1970, when Richard Petty won a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (called the Grand National Division at that time) race at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

There are five, eight-lap qualifying events and a 15-lap last-chance race to come up with the 30 competitors (regularly 36 in the Truck Series) who will start the 150-lap race at the Tony Stewart-owned track. The race is broken into three segments of 60, 50 and 40 laps.

Set the DVR so the kids can watch the next day. The green flag drops at 9:30 p.m. ET on Speed.

"I really feel like this is a way for NASCAR to get back to the roots of the sport," analyst Kenny Wallace said. "We've had a lot of fans express their concerns that we've forgotten our roots, country music, Saturday night racing, etc. I just really look at this as a home run, no matter what."

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IRON MAN: NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Josh Wise missed the memo that he should be off this weekend.

With a rare break in Cup action, Wise will still line up for some serious action on Sunday in the form of a triathlon.

Wise is participating in a 70.3-mile half-Ironman that will include a 1.2-mile swim in Lake Michigan, a 56-mile bike course and a 13.1-mile run in Racine, Wis.

Wise has been training for the July 21 event in Racine for about a year. At the most intense part of his training, Wise was swimming five miles, biking 150 miles and running 20 miles per week. In these final days before the race, he will carry a lighter training schedule to allow his body to recover and be in prime condition for Sunday.

"I've always trained really hard to be in good shape in the race car, and this just added a fun element to that for me and goals for me to set," he said.

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ARCA MARK: Frank Kimmel will try and set the ARCA mark for career wins Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway

Kimmel matched Iggy Katona's record of 79 wins when he took the checkered flag June 30 at Winchester Speedway. Kimmel has won nine series championships since his 1990 debut.

"It crossed my mind, but then I told myself not to think about it too early," Kimmel said.

Kimmel's 79 wins have come at 28 different tracks, including Chicagoland Speedway in 2003

Katona drove in the ARCA series from 1953 to 1977, winning at 40 different tracks in more than 600 career starts.

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