ROSSBURG, Ohio – Three days of hard racing with four championships to be decided, will make up the DIRTcar Fall Nationals by Allstar Performance scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
The UMP National Modifieds will race all three days with the UMP Late Models joining them on Saturday night.
The Eldora Speedway Modified championship will be determined this weekend, while for the Late Models, three titles are on the line. The UMP Late Model National, the Sunoco American Late Model Series and the Eldora Late Model championships will all be decided.
Mike Harrison, from Highland, Illinois, has already clinched the UMP Modified National Championship with his victory last week at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois. He will battle local Eldora favorites Jerry Bowersock, who holds a one point lead over Travis Stemler as they battle for the Eldora Speedway Modified championship.
The format for the Modifieds is unique as there are four A-Features on Thursday and four on Friday that pay out $1,000 each. On Saturday, there are up to seven preliminary races or “Alphabet Soup Features” that drivers can work their way through to get to the 30-lap A-Feature paying $5,000-to-win.
For the late models, they will race a full racing program on Saturday, with qualifying, heat races, last chance races and another $5,000-to-win A-Feature.
Bobby Pierce leads Rusty Schlenk by 40 points and appears on his way to his second consecutive UMP Late Model National Championship. Pierce, from Oakwood, Illinois, also competed in his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora where he started on the pole and finished second.
On the strength of seven top-10 finishes in 10 races Matt Westfall leads the Eldora Late Model points by 31 points over Josh Rice. Westfall, from Ludlow Falls, Ohio, won the 2014 Eldora Modified championship.
Schlenk and 2014 Sunoco America Late Model champion Brandon Thirlby are tied in points heading in to Eldora.
Thirlby, from Traverse City, Michigan, and Schlenk, from Jackson, Michigan, will decide who the champion is going to be this weekend at Eldora.
Former NASCAR stars Kenny Schrader and Kenny Wallace are expected to compete all three nights in the Modified division along with several local and nationals stars.
This is the penultimate race on Eldora’s schedule, as the Modifieds and Late Model divisions will be making their final 2015 appearance, the open-wheeled Sprint Cars have one more event on Saturday, October 10.
The UNOH Sprintacular will feature the winged All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars, non-winged BOSS (Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series) and the winged NRA (National Racing Alliance) Sprint Invaders.
-Eldora Speedway Press Release. Photo credit: Kevin Howdeshell