For the young guns of the Florida Pro Truck Challenge Series, new challenges await this weekend at Volusia Speedway Park as Asphalt Pro Trucks hit the dirt for the first time in series history.
With nothing but cash and bragging rights on the line, several series regulars who have never raced on dirt before look to give it a shot this weekend in a non-points paying spectacular, leaving their teams without any idea what to expect for this one-off event streamed live Saturday night on Speed51’s Summer Thunder TV.
“I was really excited when I heard about this race because I’ve never gotten the chance to race on dirt before since there are not many dirt tracks around here,” said series regular Brey Holmes. “I’ve never even been to a dirt track. But I think there’s going to be a great turnout because the truck series has been doing pretty good so far.”
With a lack of experience on dirt, Holmes plans to lean heavily on outside help.
“I don’t really know exactly what we’re going to do to the truck to prepare it for the race. Josh Todd helps me a lot on the setup and we will have some other experienced dirt racers on hand to help us get the truck to turn.”
For Dodge Carlbert, racing is a family affair. Routinely each weekend he, his father, and younger brother can be seen at multiple tracks all over the state competing for wins and championships. But he has never seen something like this, Asphalt Pro Trucks on a dirt race track.
“At first I thought this was a pretty crazy idea,” Carlbert admitted. “I didn’t think it was going to work. But when I talked to my dad he told me that Becca Monopoli had won the twin 25’s and how they had done it before. So I think it’s really cool. I think Donnie deserves a lot of credit here for building up this truck series. I think we’ve averaged 20 to 30 trucks every weekend on asphalt, so if we can get a good car count on dirt it’ll be awesome to see.”
Race fans can expect to see the unexpected Saturday evening when they tune into Speed51’s live broadcast of all the action from Volusia Speedway Park.
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-Story by: Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com National Correspondent – Twitter: @AJorgensen24
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