ROSSBURG, Ohio (May 1, 2015) – Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio conducted the first 500-lap sprint car race in 1965, the first $1 million dollar purse for a sprint car race in 2003 and on May 8-9, will host the historic “Mother of All Sprint Car Weekends”
The winged sprint cars from the World of Outlaws (WoO) and the non-winged sprint cars from the United States Auto Club (USAC) will race at Eldora next week on Friday and Saturday night. 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.
Adult tickets are just $25 per night and can be purchased via http://www.eldoraspeedway.com/races/schedule/mother-of-all-sprint-car-weekends/tickets/ or by calling (937) 338-3815.
Both Friday and Saturday the gates open at 2 p.m. (EDT), with hot laps beginning at 6 p.m. and the racing starting at 7:30 p.m. Children aged 7-12 get in for just $6. Kids 6 and under are admitted free at the gate.
Just four drivers, Jac Haudenschild, Steve Kinser, Danny Smith and Brad Sweet have won in both divisions over the years at Eldora.
Donny Schatz, the six-time WoO champion, has already won six times already in 2015, but hasn’t won at Eldora since July 18, 2009. Since 2010, the hot driver has been Joey Saldana, who has won six times in that period.
Saldana has 12 total wins at Eldora, but is still chasing the King, as the legendary Kinser has 35 total victories at the high-banked half-mile. Recently retired Sammy Swindell has the second most with 21 trips to victory lane at Eldora.
The USAC sanctioning body has been competing at Eldora since 1962 and Dave Darland is looking for 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.
Tracy Hines is tied for the second most victories at Eldora with nine and he last won in September 2012. Should he win this week, he will be within three races of the Eldora’s favorite son Jack Hewitt, who has won 13 times at the half-mile.
It’s an exciting time at Eldora and another history making weekend at the venerable facility. The buzz for this event has been building since announced in November and ticket sales have been quite strong. Regardless of a fan’s preference for the tradition of the rim riders and the USAC non-wing sprints or the nomadic winged warriors of the World of Outlaws, it should be a fantastic weekend of racing at the “World’s Most Famous Dirt Track.”
-World of Outlaws Press Release. Photo Credit: WoO Photo