WINNING MATTERS Eldora Speedway Plays Host to the Best Open Wheel Drivers During the American Revolution Weekend Presented by Chevy INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 18, 2008) -- Racers want to win every time they climb into their race car. Certain...
Eldora Speedway Plays Host to the Best Open Wheel Drivers During the American Revolution Weekend Presented by Chevy
INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 18, 2008) -- Racers want to win every time they climb into their race car. Certain tracks and certain events seem to bring out the best in all of them. Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio holds tradition like no other track and always seems to get the driver's attention. The high-banked half-mile oval is one of the fastest dirt tracks in the world, and this weekend some of the best open wheel racers will try to conquer the track and the competition during the American Revolution Weekend presented by Chevy.
With the racing season making its final corner in 2008, every driver is pushing during that final surge down the stretch. On Friday and Saturday night, some of the best Midget, Silver Crown, non-wing and winged Sprint car drivers will compete at Eldora, with the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint cars taking center stage on Friday. And on Saturday, "the Big E" hosts the 26th annual USAC 4-crown Nationals.
For open wheel fans, it doesn't get much better with complete programs for the Outlaws on Friday and on Saturday, all three USAC divisions will take to the track for qualifying, vying to make the feature events that conclude the weekend's festivities.
The competition for winning at Eldora continues to be at an all-time high as evidenced by results from the last nine Outlaw feature events. Seven different WoO racers have crossed the finish line first in the past two seasons including: Donny Schatz (twice), Joey Saldana (twice), Jason Meyers, Paul McMahan, Steve Kinser, Craig Dollansky and Daryn Pittman. In all, 30 different drivers have won during the series' 30 seasons of racing on the historic half-mile, and there will be more than 30 others vying for the top spot in Friday's 30-lap "A" Feature.
Saturday's USAC 4-crown Nationals offers the rare occasion when a track hosts all three national USAC series, giving some of the competitors the opportunity to race in all three divisions, and culminates with a 25-lap Midget feature, 30-lap feature event and 50-lap Silver Crown feature.
Thirty-three different drivers have won a feature event in the prestigious 4-crown while competing in the Midget, Sprint Car or Silver Crown classes. It's a literal "Who's Who" of racing greats and a list that every driver that pulls through the pit gate wants to be on.
With only a handful of races remaining in 2008, both nights of action will also likely have a big effect on the championship chases.
Two-time defending WoO champion Donny Schatz took the points lead with his victory at Eldora back on May 31 behind the wheel of the Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) No. 15 Armor All sprinter and hasn't relinquished the post since. Meyers, Dollansky, Saldana and Kinser are all top-five contenders who will be giving chase with only 13 races remaining.
Tony Stewart Racing's Tracy Hines leads the USAC contingent into action Saturday following his Midget Series victory last Sunday at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway in the TSR No. 21 Chevrolet/Bass Pro entry. He comes to the event as the USAC Midget Series national points leader and most recent winner. He also won both USAC Sprint Series events at Eldora this season, but is chasing his TSR teammate, Levi Jones, who leads the USAC Sprint Series point standings.
The two-day American Revolution Weekend presented by Chevy will kick off on Friday, with gates opening at 3 p.m. EDT. Practice for the WoO Sprint Series and United Midwest Promoters UMP Modifieds begins at 6 p.m. with racing scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
For Saturday's American Revolution Weekend/USAC 4-Crown finale, gates will open at 11 a.m. Practice and qualifying for the USAC Silver Crown, Sprint and Midget divisions will take place between 3-6 p.m. An autograph session featuring the stars of USAC is scheduled for 6:15-7 p.m. The event is open to the public and will be conducted in the multi-purpose building outside turns three and four on the Eldora Speedway property. Racing for all three USAC divisions will begin Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.
Reserved seating for both nights of the American Revolution Weekend at Eldora Speedway can be purchased by calling (937) 338-3815. Race fans can also purchase tickets at the gate each day.
For more information regarding Eldora Speedway or the American Revolution Weekend presented by Chevrolet, please visit www.eldoraspeedway.com.
For complete results from this weekend's American Revolution Weekend/USAC 4-Crown Nationals, log on to www.usacracing.com. For information regarding TSR or Chevrolet, log on to www.tonystewartracing.com or www.chevrolet.com.