ROSSBURG, Ohio – official release — There is a lot on the line when racing action returns to Eldora Speedway Sunday night (Aug. 31) for the seventh annual Baltes Classic presented by Coors Light – saluting founders Earl and Berneice Baltes.
Earl Baltes’ vision and clever promotions greatly impacted auto racing nationwide. He carved Eldora Speedway out of a cornfield in 1954 and right through his retirement in 2004, maintained a watchful eye over his empire while ruling with a jovial iron fist with the support of his wife Berneice. Over the years, he moved Eldora Speedway into the forefront of America’s short-track racing with eye-opening events and enormous payouts.
On Sunday, the 93-year-old Baltes will return to the stage one more time and as always, Berneice will be at his side.
Following the fitting salute, it is down to business for the racers.
For the Stock Car division it will be their final night of 2014 action and a new champion will be determined. Coming into the chase, Jeff Koz holds a comfortable lead over Paul Pardo, Frank Paladino and Earnie Woodard. Interestingly enough, none of that quartet has garnered an Eldora title previously.
Running under the Sunoco American Late Model Series (ALMS) banner, Sunday’s 25-lap, $3,000 to win chase kicks off a busy UMP DIRTcar Late Model run at Eldora that spotlights six A-Feature events over the course of a seven-day period. In addition to Sunday’s headliner; twin 25-lap A-Features will kick off the 44th annual World 100 Weekend this Thursday (Sept. 4) and Friday (Sept. 5) prior to Saturday’s (Sept. 6) 100-lap World 100 chase for the famed globed trophy and $47,000 winner’s purse.
Rounding out the competition story lines Sunday night will be the heated point battle in the modified division, also running under the sanctioning eye of UMP DIRTcar. Three-time and defending champion Jerry Bowersock carries a slim two-point margin over Matt Westfall, who is seeking his first Eldora title.