MIDWEST: Drivers, Crews, Fans Excited for ‘Mother of All Sprint Car Weekends’ at Eldora

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Fans are excited, the crews are ready and the drivers think it’s a “must see” event.

The winged sprint cars from the World of Outlaws (WoO) and the traditional non-winged sprint cars from the United States Auto Club (USAC) will race at Eldora this Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9. It is the first time the two prolific sanctioning bodies will showcase their national winged and non-winged sprint car tours on the same track on the same nights.

The USAC sanctioning body has been competing at Eldora since 1962 and Dave Darland is looking for both his 100th USAC win and his 56th in sprint cars. Darland has won twice this season and has five wins at Eldora including in April 2014.

“It will be a great opportunity for winged and non-winged fans to get to see the other in competition and enjoy the plusses of each series,” Darland said.  I hope everybody has a fun time and comes away with good memories. I’m looking forward to the May 8-9 races at Eldora. It’s one of my favorite tracks and has been very kind to me in the past. It would be great to get my 100th USAC National victory there. The weekend presents a one-of-a-kind opportunity for USAC and the World of Outlaws and it should generate a huge following of fans.”

Four drivers, Jac Haudenschild, Steve Kinser, Danny Smith, and Brad Sweet have won in both divisions at Eldora. And there has been plenty of build up to this event.

Since 2010, the hot driver at Eldora in World of Outlaws competition has been Joey Saldana, who has won six times in that period.

“I love going there,” Saldana said. “It’s about two-and-a-half hours from my house (in Brownsburg, Indiana). It’s awesome to be able to race that close to home and to be able to race on a track as prestigious as that. You want to be able to excel and definitely going in there in May for a two day show gets you ready for the Kings Royal (in July). Not that it’s the same track but it’s the same atmosphere. It’s just such a different track to race.”

He is also excited about racing with USAC.

“Huge fan,” Saldana said. “Looking forward to it. For me, growing up, that’s what I got to see a lot of. One of my last races was Four Crown when my dad was racing a sprint car and champ car there at Eldora. I think it’s a great way to get fans to see both styles of racing. I’m a fan of sprint car racing so I’m looking forward to racing and watching the USAC guys.”

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