ROSSBURG, Ohio – official release — Julia Johnson photo — While plenty of action remains on Eldora Speedway’s robust 2014 schedule of events, track officials are using the momentum of a record-setting year to announce the 2015 dates for their traditional major event spectacles.
– The 21st annual Dirt Late Model Dream, paying $100,000-to-win, is scheduled for Thursday-Friday-Saturday, June 4-6.
– The 32nd annual Kings Royal Weekend, paying $50,000-to-win the battle between the World of Outlaws and sprint car racing royalty, will be contested on Friday and Saturday, July 17-18.
– The 45th annual World 100, affectionately known as ‘The Granddaddy of Them All,’ will be held Thursday-Friday-Saturday, Sept. 10-12.
– The 34th running of the Four Crown Nationals, the open wheel classic, will take place Friday & Saturday, Sept. 25-26.
Due to the positive fan reaction and support of these events through the years, track owner and three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart has instructed Eldora officials to continue offering event tickets and camping prices at 2014 levels.
“We wanted to announce our traditional Major Event dates as soon as possible for the 2015 season so our loyal fans and competitors can make their plans now,” said Roger Slack, Eldora Speedway general manager. “Friends and families can begin requesting their vacation time, booking hotels and reserving RV rentals now for their annual pilgrimage to Ohio for the biggest dirt races in the world.”
The on-track competition thus far into the 2014 campaign has produced some of the fiercest action seen on the high-banked clay oval in years.
Following a preliminary night photo-finish that found Brian Birkhofer beating Rick Eckert in the closest triumph in Eldora history, Dale McDowell rallied from his 22nd starting position to beat 24th place starter John Blankenship in this year’s Dream.
In the recently completed Kings Royal, Kerry Madsen rocketed off the high-side of the banks to become the first Australian to sit atop Eldora’s celebrated throne.
In a few short weeks, the action continues as Dirt Late Model’s most illustrious event, the famous World 100, will take to the clay Thursday-Friday-Saturday, September 4-5-6 where West Virginia’s John Blankenship will defend his title. This follows the annual Baltes Classic for UMP DIRTcar Late Models, Modifieds and Eldora Stocks on Sunday, August 31.
Completing the 2014 major event timetable will be the Four Crown Nationals featuring Steve Kinser’s “Salute To The King Tour” and the final appearance of the season for the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars on Friday, Sept. 19. The United States Auto Club (USAC) Silver Crown, National Sprint Car Series and National Midgets Tour again battle the fearsome high-banks on Saturday, Sept. 20.