Size / Type: One-Half Mile Oval
Banking: Turns - 24 degrees / Straights - 8 degrees
Year Built: 1954
Seating: Permanent - 17,782 / Hillside - unlimited
Eldora Speedway is a half-mile dirt racing facility located in western Ohio.
The 'Big E' is owned by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, Tony Stewart.
The Indiana native purchased Eldora from legendary promotor Earl Baltes in 2004.
Baltes built Eldora in 1954 and had been the sole owner of the facility from day number one.
Stewart would like to have Nationwide and Sprint Cup races at Eldora UPDATE: While he's not planning for it, Tony Stewart would love for the addition of more NASCAR Racing at Eldora Speedway. Stewart, along with track general manager Roger Slack, talked about the possibility during a press conference for the unveiling of the new infield building that will be added for the 2015 season. "I'd love for the Truck Series to not be the only NASCAR that comes here," Stewart said. "If this continues to go as well as we hope it does there's no reason that the other two divisions couldn't come possibly in the future. I think we can make it work. If you can take the trucks and make them work here, the Cup cars and Nationwide cars aren't much of a stretch from that. So it's definitely feasible to do that." The new building, which will begin to be constructed in October, will house the media center that will also double as an infield hospitality suite. The building will also be the site of the infield care center along with a concession stand with double lines. Stewart said the decision to build in the infield building had no bearing on the possibilty of getting a Nationwide of Cup Series race in the future. "This is part of the continued process of us making the commitment of improving the facility to making it bigger and better," he said. "But we are very appreciative and very content if we only run truck races from here on out. We get the privilege to keep hosting Truck races and we are very happy doing that."(Motor Racing Network)(7-24-2014)
UPDATE: NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O'Donnell said there have been no discussions about adding another major NASCAR race at Eldora. "We haven't had any discussions with Tony beyond that (truck race)," O'Donnell said. "I wouldn't rule out looking at potential other venues for trucks, but I think for the most part, we want to keep the uniqueness of that event. It has been really successful. They have done a great job for us. They set the bar very high. But we like where we're at right now with it." The Eldora event is a successful weeknight event. Whether that success could translate to a Cup race on a weeknight remains to be seen. Both the track and television partner would have to be prepared for it, and so far NASCAR has not had a track want a weeknight prime-time event that it could then pitch to the networks. The truck race at Eldora was the biggest sports cable event of Wednesday night, giving Fox Sports 1 a rare evening win over ESPN. "One of the challenges with most of the venues, especially on the Cup side, is big camping unlike other sports, so that presents a challenge," O'Donnell said. "It is something we have discussed with promoters. But we just aren't there from a logistics standpoint to be able to pull it off. But it has worked for the trucks. That is something going forward you could see us take a bigger look at with some other venues that have interest."(Sporting News)(7-29-2014)
Changes made to Eldora format: NASCAR today announced a series of format enhancements to the second annual NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway, scheduled for July 23. Among the enhancements, aimed to bolster the emphasis on both driver skill and team strategy, are: Pit stops during competition cautions are now optional, whereas they were mandatory in last year's inaugural event. Each qualifying race will now be 10 laps each. Last year, each race was eight laps. A random draw will determine qualifying order. Last year, practice speeds dictated the qualifying order.Owner points will be awarded to the top five team owners whose trucks do not transfer to the main feature. Last season, teams that did not advance to the main feature did not earn owner points.
"Last year's inaugural event at Eldora Speedway was an incredible success, and these enhancements will only increase the excitement for our fans," said Chad Little, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series managing director. "NASCAR continually works with team owners and drivers to ensure that NASCAR fans get what they've come to expect out of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - close, thrilling racing, every single lap."
The event continues to showcase a traditional two-lap qualifying session, five qualifying races, one last-chance race and a champion's provisional to determine the 30-truck starting field. The top 20 in owner points entering the event will have a guaranteed starting position. The overall race procedures for the Mudsummer Classic are as follows:
Two-lap, single-truck qualifying determines starting position for the qualifying races with random draw determining the qualifying order.
Five qualifying races will be held at 10 laps each and only green flag laps are counted.
Lineup for the qualifying races will be based on qualifying speeds.
The top five trucks in qualifying will start on the pole for their respective qualifying races with four locked-in trucks (top 20 in owner points) starting in each qualifying race.
Five trucks from each qualifying race will transfer to the feature - four locked-in trucks and one non-locked-in truck.
Upon completion of the qualifying races, 25 trucks will earn spots in the feature race.
Last Chance Race:
The lineup will be based on finishing position from the qualifying races and the race will be 15 laps with only green flag laps counted.
Top-four finishers transfer to the feature and start in positions 26-29.
The 30th starting position goes to the most recent past series champion. If the position is not filled by an eligible champion, it will be assigned to the next highest finishing truck of the Last Chance Race.
Owner points will be awarded to the top five team owners whose trucks do not transfer into the feature.
The race will be 150 laps divided into three segments of 60, 50 and 40 laps with competition cautions at the breaks on Lap 60 and Lap 110.
Caution laps will not count during the competition cautions and positions cannot be improved on pit road.
Teams are not required to pit during the competition cautions. Those teams that do not elect to pit, may remain on the track and start in front of the pitting teams.(NASCAR)(6-3-2014)
Eldora announces trucks to return next season: Eldora Speedway officials today announced the dates for its four Major Events in 2014. The 61st consecutive season of racing at the legendary high-banked clay oval will once again feature dirt racing's greatest spectacles for Dirt Late Models, the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return Wednesday, July 23 for the second running of the 1-800 CarCash Mudsummer Classic. Eldora officials also announced no major changes to the race formats. After rave reviews from both the capacity crowd on hand and millions watching on television, the 1-800 CarCash Mudsummer Classic will see the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series return to Eldora for the second consecutive year. NASCAR's return to dirt for the first-time in nearly 43 years produced one of the most celebrated events conducted by the storied sanctioning body.(Eldora Speedway PR)(10-16-2013)
NASCAR wants to return to Eldora: NASCAR officials deemed Wednesday night's inaugural Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway enough of a success to warrant strong consideration to keep the dirt track owned by Tony Stewart a part of the schedule in 2014. "Felt it over-delivered on everything they'd done,'' NASCAR vice president Steve O'Donnell said Thursday. "Terrific turnout, really happy with how the competitors performed all night, so all in all, a great night for NASCAR and the sport. "We'll take a look at it and have conversations with Tony ... and still want to go through the garage area and meet with team owners and competitors and get their feedback as well. And want to see the ratings. So far everything we've seen, it's something we'd certainly entertain doing again for 2014." The race drew a 1.20 rating, making it the 10th-most watched Truck race ever on Speed, now Fox Sports, with 1.4 million total viewers, and the most-watched sports program for the day on cable. O'Donnell, who played a key role in NASCAR's return to dirt in a national series for the first time in more than 40 years, said it would be premature to think other dirt tracks will be considered for the schedule moving forward. He also ruled out the Nationwide Series racing at the Rossburg, Ohio, half-mile track next year.(ESPN)(7-26-2013)
Eldora race gets sponsor: Eldora Speedway officials and Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World and star of CNBC Prime's "The Profit", announced today that 1-800 CarCash will serve as title sponsor of the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race July 24 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. CarCash sells your vehicle at the highest possible price without any hassle. Immediate payment is guaranteed, and there is no obligation to purchase another vehicle. The CarCash Mudsummer Classic presented by CNBC Prime's "The Profit" will run under the lights on Wednesday, July 24, marking the return to a dirt track for a national NASCAR series for the first time in 42 years.(Eldora Speedway PR)(7-10-2013)
Tony Stewart says Eldora is safe: Jason Leffler's death at a dirt track in New Jersey on Wednesday raised safety questions about Eldora Speedway, which will host a NASCAR Truck Series event in July. NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp and Eldora Speedway owner Tony Stewart said the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln that invented SAFER barriers recommended the technology not be installed at the half-mile clay oval. "We went over that track top to bottom," Tharp said on Friday at Michigan International Speedway. "There were some recommendations they made to improve the safety features of it. Those have been done. I do know the consensus recommendation was do not install SAFER barriers because it could reverse what you want because of the way the dirt is. "We would not have agreed to race there if we had not gotten a sign-off by all of our safety people."
The improvements at Eldora, where NASCAR will run one of its top three series on dirt for the first time since 1970, include:
" Replacing portions of the infield wall with new walls that feature a design approved by University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility.
" The Turn 4 pit entry wall being further protected by energy-absorbing impact attenuators.
" The track retrofitting the pedestrian gate at the start/finish line and the vehicle crossover gate in Turn 3 as well as adding a new pedestrian gate on the pit wall -- all with designs approved by University of Nebraska.
" Pit lane being widened in two positions.
" A permanent helipad for emergency flight care being installed.
" An infield care center being brought in that meets or exceeds all of NASCAR's medical standards -- including a trauma center and critical care unit.(ESPN)(6-15-2013)
Extra practice added to Eldora schedule: Eldora Speedway has added a pair of Camping World Truck Series practice sessions on the day before NASCAR's historic, sold-out return to dirt racing. The half-mile facility owned by Tony Stewart announced Wednesday that it would host a pair of two-hour Truck Series practices on Tuesday, July 23, the day preceding the Mudsummer Classic. The first practice will begin at 4:30 p.m., and the evening will also include a 25-lap dirt late model race. Tickets start at $10 and go on sale Thursday. The added Tuesday night slate, dubbed "Tailgate Tuesday" by the track, will be part of a race week that will have a traditional dirt-track feel. NASCAR announced in April that the event will consist of five qualifying races, one last-chance race, and a 150-lap feature split into segments of 60, 50 and 40 laps.(Yahoo! Sports)(5-15-2013)
NASCAR announces Eldora race format: NASCAR announced today the qualifying and race procedures for the inaugural "Mudsummer Classic" the highly anticipated Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday, July 24. Unlike asphalt tracks, dirt tracks have historically used a format much different than typical races and that will be the case for this event, the first NASCAR national series race held on dirt in more than 40 years. The race will feature a traditional two-lap qualifying session, five qualifying races, one last-chance race and a champion's provisional to determine the 30-truck starting field. The top-20 in owners' points entering the race event will have a guaranteed starting position. Here are additional details for each round of qualifying: Two-lap qualifying determines starting position for the qualifying races. Qualifying Races: Five qualifying races; Eight laps each; only green flag laps count; Five trucks transfer from each qualifying race; Lineup for the qualifying races will be based on qualifying speeds with four locked-in trucks (trucks in the top 20); The top-five trucks in qualifying will start on the pole for their respective qualifying race; Highest finishing non-locked-in truck will transfer to race from each qualifying race; At the completion of the qualifying races, 25 trucks will have earned spots into the feature. Last Chance Race: 15 laps; only green flag laps count; The top-four finishers will transfer to the feature and start in positions 26-29; The lineup will be based on the finish from the qualifying races. Starting position No. 30 will go to the most recent past series' champion who has not already qualified. If the 30th starting position is not filled by an eligible champion, it will be assigned to the next highest finishing truck in the Last Chance Race. The race length and format are also new for the series. The race will be 150 laps divided into three segments. The segments will be 60, 50 and 40 laps. There will be pit stops between each segment, with teams having the opportunity to change tires and work on their trucks. More details on the event schedule will be released later this spring. The "Mudsummer Classic" will be the first NASCAR national touring series event held on dirt since NASCAR's premiere series competed on September 30, 1970 in Raleigh, N.C. Richard Petty won the Home State 200 at the one-mile State Fairgrounds Speedway.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(4-9-2013)
Sellout "imminent" for Truck Series Eldora dirt race UPDATE: Eldora Speedway officials announced Monday that brisk weekend sales have reduced the number of remaining reserved seats to just 600 for the Wednesday, July 24 running of the Inaugural Mudsummer Classic. The highly anticipated NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event will be NASCAR's first national series event held on a dirt track since September 1970.
In just 16 days of ticket sales, fans from 48 states, the Virgin Islands, seven Canadian provinces and New Zealand have secured their ticket to witness NASCAR stars take on 'dirt track ringers' in another historic Eldora moment.
Due to the demand, Eldora Speedway officials also announced that 1,000 General Admission tickets will go on public sale Tuesday at 10 a.m. The tickets, which allow fans to bring their own lawn chairs and view all of the action from the popular grass hillsides in a festival setting are an Eldora tradition, and will be available from www.EldoraSpeedway.com or by calling the Eldora Speedway Ticket Office at (937) 338-3815. General Admission tickets are $36 for adults and $12 for children (12 & younger).( Eldora Speedway) (1-21-2013)
UPDATE: Eldora Speedway officials have announced that all reserved grandstand seats have been sold for the Inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Mudsummer Classic. The final pairs of tickets were sold last Friday and sales of the remaining single seats continued throughout the weekend until the final one (Sec NTD Row 1 Seat 78) was purchased at 12:35 a.m. Tuesday morning. There are 300 General Admission tickets remaining for the event. Eldora's popular General Admission grassy hillside area, which allows fans to watch from blankets or their own lawn chairs in a festival-style setting, are going fast. General admission tickets are priced at $36 for adults and $12 for children 12 and younger. They are available from www.EldoraSpeedway.com or by calling the Eldora Speedway Ticket Office at (937) 338-3815.( Eldora Speedway) (1-29-2013)
Eldora Truck race tickets on sale Saturday: With the interest in Eldora Speedway's Inaugural Mudsummer Classic featuring the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (Wednesday, July 24) reaching a feverish pitch, speedway officials are gearing up for Saturday morning's opening of public ticket sales at 10 a.m. Following the recently-concluded pre-sale campaign offered to 2012 Prelude to the Dream ticket holders, all remaining seats will be available for the first NASCAR national series event on a dirt track since 1970, and the Eldora ticketing staff is prepared for the expected onslaught of ticket sales. Campsite reservations will also become available on Saturday. The most efficient method to obtain tickets is by using the TicketForce-powered online system at www.EldoraSpeedway.com. With its capability to process up to 800 different orders simultaneously, it has a flawless track record of handling Eldora's rich history of marquee events and massive opening day ticket sales. Race fans that do not have access to a computer can call into the Eldora Box Office at (937) 338-3815 where a full staff of Ticketing Specialists will be available to assist a cue of up to 25 calls at a time. In addition, the Speedway Box Office will be open for walk-up sales beginning at 10 a.m.(Eldora Speedway)(1-4-2013)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tackles Eldora in 2013: Eldora Speedway and NASCAR announced another milestone event in the legendary half-mile oval's rich history as the 60-year-old track will play host to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2013. The Inaugural Mudsummer Classic on Wednesday, July 24 will mark the first NASCAR-sanctioned National Tour event held on dirt since September 1970 in Raleigh, N.C.
"Eldora typically hosts 10 different touring series each year, and we're very proud to have NASCAR join the list of series that will compete at our track," said Tony Stewart, the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and owner of Eldora Speedway. "NASCAR's history began in the sands of Daytona and on the dirt of the Carolinas, and having the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on the dirt at Eldora brings that history back to a new generation of fans, as well as Eldora's own fan base. The same fans who come to watch a dirt Late Model, a World of Outlaws Sprint Car or USAC Midget might not be the same fan who takes in a NASCAR race. But by bringing NASCAR to their world, at one of the most well-known dirt tracks in the country, will make the Inaugural Mudsummer Classic a must-see for fans of dirt-track racing and NASCAR."
"We've been looking at getting the trucks back to short tracks - to the roots of racing including the dirt - and we're excited to announce our 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race at Eldora," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. "The door-to-door racing that our truck series is known for, plus Eldora's popularity and Tony's dedication to putting on great shows for the fans, is a perfect fit. We'll have a maximum starting field of 30 trucks at Eldora. More details on the race format are still being developed."
NASCAR has had a little known representation at Eldora since the early 1970s in the form of concrete footprints from the late Bill France, Sr., acquired by Eldora Speedway founder Earl Baltes just days before a Daytona 500. The brazen idea to acknowledge France came from Baltes' admiration of France and his commitment to auto racing. "Bill France was a real special man," reflects Baltes, who sold his beloved track to Stewart in November 2004. "NASCAR was big at the time - still is - and I thought having a small remembrance of it at Eldora was neat, but this is even better. I guess I never thought I would see the day that NASCAR and the vision created by Bill France, Sr. would ever be here."
Since its opening in 1954, Eldora Speedway has proved to be the frontrunner in motorsports growth and stability. The first USAC National Sprint Car Series event held at the facility took place on April 22, 1962, and was won by Stan Bowman. In 1978, the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series brought the thrill of winged Sprint Car racing to Eldora Speedway, with Bobby Allen winning the first-ever event on April 16, 1978. In the Late Model ranks, the first annual World 100 was won by Bruce Gould in 1971.
Eldora shocked the Sprint Car fraternity with the $50,000-to-win Kings Royal that made its debut on July 28, 1984 with a win collected by Steve Kinser. The presence of Late Model racing was bolstered with the creation of the Dirt Late Model Dream and its $100,000 top prize, a revered amount first won by Freddy Smith on June 11, 1994.
The new millennium brought forth the highest paying race in the history of short track racing and The Eldora Million on June 9, 2001. Late Model driver Donnie Moran became the only grassroots driver to ever earn $1 million in a single race.
In 2005, Stewart and the Eldora Speedway staff announced they would begin a new tradition, one that would bring mainstream interest into the heart of short-track racing. Featuring some of the biggest names from NASCAR, NHRA, INDYCAR, the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and extreme sports, the annual Prelude To The Dream saw some of the largest crowds in the track's history and raised more than $4 million for charity.
With that event on hiatus for 2013 to allow for an expanded 19th annual Dirt Late Model Dream that will now encompass three days of racing, the Inaugural Mudsummer Classic featuring the stars of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will write yet another chapter in Eldora's impressive history. Initial talks between Eldora Promoter and General Manager Roger Slack and NASCAR Officials in mid-September led to a quickly organized two-day test in October with Stewart and Austin Dillon, the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion and 2010 World 100 Fast Qualifier. The two drivers tested identically-prepared Chevrolet Silverados from Richard Childress Racing.(Eldora Speedway)(11-28-2012)
Another new track in 2013 - Greenville Pickens; possibly heat races? NASCAR tentatively plans to add Eldora Speedway in Ohio and Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina to the Truck Series schedule in 2013, NASCAR officials confirmed on Friday. The series is looking to move to Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina in 2014. NASCAR executive Steve O'Donnell said on Saturday that experts from the University of Nebraska that developed the SAFER barriers used at all tracks in the top three series are scheduled to visit Eldora Speedway after Thanksgiving. O'Donnell said that if plans to design a barrier that can be anchored to dirt is financially feasible for track owner Tony Stewart, the series will schedule a race at the half-mile track next season. It will be the first time NASCAR has scheduled a race on dirt since 1970. O'Donnell said Nebraska officials already have visited Greenville-Pickens Speedway, a half-mile paved track in South Carolina, and plans are moving forward to add barriers. O'Donnell also said NASCAR is considering heat races in the Truck Series, another way for the sport to get back to its roots. O'Donnell said the Truck schedule should be released in the next week or two.(ESPN.com.)(11-17-2012)
Possible Truck Series race on the dirt at Eldora UPDATE2: NASCAR may be considering adding a dirt race at Eldora Speedway to its Truck Series schedule. Multiple sources within the series said they've been told a dirt track could be added to the schedule in 2013. Sources also said a Richard Childress Racing truck was prepared for a test at Eldora, owned by three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart. The test was scheduled to take place Monday or Tuesday, the sources said. Officials at Eldora could not be reached for comment. Stewart has been asking NASCAR to add a race at his half-mile track in Rossburg, Ohio, for several years. It is the site of his annual Prelude to the Dream charity event. NASCAR officials declined to address specifically whether Eldora was under consideration for a truck race, but the series is looking at potential venues it hasn't been to before. "We've made several site visits over the past few months to look at possible future venues for our Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series," spokesman Kerry Tharp said on Tuesday. "We expect the 2013 schedules for both of those series to be finished up and released within the next couple of weeks."(ESPN.com)(10-17-2012)
UPDATE: Stewart comments: "The rumor about the Trucks, trust me I would be ecstatic if we could get any NASCAR race at Eldora that would be great. I have talked to NASCAR they have been looking at all kinds of different tracks. It has been brought up in conversation but that is about as far as it has come right now."(Team Chevy Racing PR)(10-19-2012)
UPDATE2: The NASCAR Truck Series will race next season on the half-mile dirt track at Eldora Speedway near Rossburg, Ohio, multiple sources confirmed. An official announcement of the move could come as early as Wednesday. The race would be the first on dirt for any of NASCAR's three national series - Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Trucks - in its "modern era." The track, owned by Cup driver #14-Tony Stewart, does not have energy-absorbing SAFER barriers installed and no permanent medical facility on property. Sources said NASCAR is expected to waive its policy - adapted beginning in 2005 - that SAFER barriers be installed at all oval tracks hosting its three national series. Why NASCAR is willing to make an exception in this case is unclear.(Charlotte Observer)(11-13-2012)
Prelude to a Dream will not run in 2013: According to a news release issued Thursday by Eldora Speedway, the track will not host the Prelude to the Dream next year. "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."(Eldora Speedway)(10-18-2012)
Truck race possible at Eldora: NASCAR may be considering adding a dirt race at Eldora Speedway to its Truck Series schedule. Multiple sources within the series said they've been told a dirt track could be added to the schedule in 2013. Sources also said a Richard Childress Racing truck was prepared for a test at Eldora, owned by three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart. The test was scheduled to take place Monday or Tuesday, the sources said. Officials at Eldora could not be reached for comment. NASCAR officials declined to address specifically whether Eldora was under consideration for a truck race, but the series is looking at potential venues it hasn't been to before. "We've made several site visits over the past few months to look at possible future venues for our Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series," spokesman Kerry Tharp said on Tuesday. "We expect the 2013 schedules for both of those series to be finished up and released within the next couple of weeks."(ESPN)(10-17-2012)
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