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Mt. Hebron grad Ciccarelli preparing for second go at Eldora Dirt Derby

Mt. Hebron grad Ciccarelli preparing for second go at Eldora Dirt Derby

Ray Ciccarelli pulls out a drawer from the white, bulky cabinet in his racing trailer and begins to rummage through an assortment of tools.

He’s running on just three hours of sleep, arriving back in his Reisterstown home that morning after attending the NASCAR Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway the night prior, but the grogginess doesn’t matter. Ciccarelli is in race mode as he makes the finishing touches to his dirt modified ahead of an 18-lap race on July 13 at Bedford Fairgrounds Speedway in southwest Pennsylvania, prepping for another go-around at a childhood dream that seemed shattered not long ago.

On Wednesday July 18, the 48-year-old Ciccarelli — a 1989 graduate...

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