Eldora Ditching Prelude, Plans Expansion
ROSSBURG, Ohio – Today’s exciting announcement and release of 2013 major event dates by Eldora Speedway officials can be summed up with two words – aggressive expansion.
The 19th annual Dirt Late Model Dream (June 6-7-8) and the 43rd annual World 100 (September 5-6-7) will each encompass more days, offer more racing and see a significant increase in prize money.
The storied Kings Royal (July 12-13) for winged Sprint Cars will celebrate its 30th running amongst the traditional pomp and pageantry of motorsports’ most unique victory lane ceremony, and its rich $50,000 prize.
Tradition will be joined by intensified growth for the historic speed plant’s marquee dirt Late Model events, as Eldora celebrates its 60th consecutive year of racing.
Saturday’s race format of six heats races and Last Chance Features to complete the 100-lap Dirt Late Model Dream and World 100 remains untarnished. The welcome news for fans and competitors is the addition of two starting positions to each event along with an increase in starting money.
While Saturday represents time-honored tradition, Thursday and Friday of each event will signify the growth. Complete racing programs will be added to each day, to make for three full nights of racing action for the 2013 Dream and World 100.
For the 19th year, the Dirt Late Model Dream (June 6-7-8) will culminate with a chase by 28 drivers for $100,000 to the winner; the biggest of the year in dirt Late Model racing. Start money for the classic event has been increased to $2,000.
Twin 25-lap A-Feature events will highlight Thursday and Friday’ race programs, with the Thursday runs each offering $2,500 to win. Friday’s payoffs will each be $5,000; with over $304,000 in prize money up for grabs over the three nights.
Much of the same pattern will carry over to the World 100 (September 5-6-7); considered to be the most prestigious and celebrated event of the year for dirt Late Model racing.
In keeping up with the Earl Baltes established tradition of adding $1,000 to the winner’s payoff each year, the 2013 run for the cherished globed trophy will pay $46,000 to win and $2,000 to start. Two positions will also be added to the century grind to allow for 32 starters; boosting the posted awards to over $283,000 for the weekend.
Eldora’s commitment to the best possible experience for its loyal fans and competitors attending the Dirt Late Model Dream will result in a schedule change to Dream Week. The logistics associated with the Dream’s expansion for the dirt Late Model teams that supplied the cars for the Prelude, along with speedway officials who must transition the facility, prevents the Prelude to the Dream from being included on the 2013 calendar.
Advance ticket holders to the 2012 event will retain their renewal rights for the next scheduled Prelude to the Dream event going forward.