Late-Model Drivers Discuss Eldora Changes
ROSSBURG, Ohio – Laps, more laps! To a driver, that is the biggest key to success at Eldora Speedway.
“I’ve got a lot of laps up there, but it’s not ever enough,” offered Billy Moyer, one of only five drivers that have triumphed in each of Eldora’s signature events, the Dirt Late Model Dream and the World 100.
That need has been satisfied with the recent announcement surrounding the expansion of the Dream (June 6-8, 2013) and World 100 (September 5-7, 2013) weekends. Each weekend will now encompass three full nights of racing, with Twin 25-lap feature events on Thursday and Friday preceding the traditional 100-lap features that concludes the Saturday races.
The Twin 25-lap features, each starting 24 cars, will give 48 drivers on the added nights an opportunity to compete for feature race money and a trip to the hallowed Eldora victory stage. Included within the expansion, that includes complete race programs each night, is a substantial increase in prize money; a total of $304,000 has been posted for the Dream, and $283,000 for the World 100, along with added starting berths.
That move has been warmly embraced by many drivers, as documented in a recent video shoot.
“It’s so hard to get laps there,” echoed Josh Richards, who is eagerly awaiting his first Eldora major event win, while 2004 World 100 winner Chub Frank reiterated “Eldora is a tough race track and you definitely need as much seat time as you can get.”
“If we’re going to be there three days, it will be nice to take a paycheck out of there three nights,” acknowledged Tim McCreadie, another driver who is hoping their success can be carried over to the famed Eldora victory lane. Scott Bloomquist, another driver with Dream and World 100 wins, agreed, “I think the fans will enjoy it – they are going to see a lot more racing, that is what they come to see,” while 1999 World 100 winner Steve Francis summed it up with “Fans come to see races. For the drivers, it offers two more opportunities to actually race and play with our race cars to try and tune in.”
And, from the response of the drivers queried, the opportunity to ‘tweak’ their cars comes with the addition of the revered ‘more laps’.
Says Bloomquist of the two additional nights, “we’ll try multiple combinations of different things we want to try; things that you just couldn’t take a chance on before.” But Moyer cautioned, “just because you hit it right one night, you might get your butt kicked the next.”
An increase in the car count and a higher level of competition is expected by the drivers. A pair of popular young Illinois drivers is excited. Brandon Sheppard quipped “it’s a lot better for your average Joe weekend warrior,” while Jason Feger jumped in with “three features (for the racers, a total of five for the fans) instead of one is pretty neat.”