Dirt Late Model star enters NASCAR Eldora Truck race

Successful Dirt Late Model ace Kyle Strickler will make his second NASCAR start next week at Eldora.

The High Side Tickler is coming back to NASCAR.

Accomplished Dirt Late Model and Modified star Kyle Strickler will make just his second start in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series in next week’s Eldora Dirt Derby, but this time for the race-winning DGR-Crosley operation. The 35-year-old made his NASCAR debut at Eldora last year but for Mittler Bros. Racing.

He will drive the No. 54 with veteran crew chief and retired dirt racer Frank Kerr on top of the pit box.

“I’m really excited for the opportunity to work with David (Gilliland) and the guys at DGR-Crosley,” said Strickler. “I feel like things are coming full circle. My first job in NASCAR was working in a fab shop for a team that David was racing for. He won that year in Kentucky, and that win helped propel him into the Cup Series. So, to say it’s cool that I now have a shot at winning for David is an understatement.”

A regular in Dirt Late Model competition, Strickler recently ran in Eldora Speedway’s Dirt Late Model Dream where he started on the pole, led for more than 40 laps before earning two top-15 finishes. Strickler is also a two-time World Short Track Champion at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

“DGR-Crosley has a lot of really great people within their organization – many of them with a lot of dirt racing experience,” Strickler remarked. “Knowing that I’m going to Eldora in top-notch equipment is a great feeling. The dirt racing community has been so supportive and excited for me to get this opportunity. I’ve had a bunch of individual chip in to make this possible, and I can’t thank everyone enough.”

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