A total of 150 entries have been received for the "Mopar Million Sprint at Eldora," scheduled September 19-20 at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, establishing an all-time record for pre-entries for a USAC-sanctioned event. The largest...
A total of 150 entries have been received for the "Mopar Million Sprint at Eldora," scheduled September 19-20 at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, establishing an all-time record for pre-entries for a USAC-sanctioned event.
The largest field of USAC Sprint cars previously in USAC's 48-year history was the 73 on hand for the July 22, 1998 "Jim Hurtubise Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. That event was rained out prior to qualifying.
Other USAC entry records include the 117 received for the 1984 Indianapolis 500, of which only 87 actually appeared to compete. That was the largest previous single-series pre-entry prior to the upcoming "Mopar Million Sprint at Eldora."
The largest field of cars for a single-series USAC event in history was the 107 on hand for the 1990 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" Midget race in Gardena, Calif. That was the final race in the storied history of legendary Ascot Park Speedway!
The all-time record field of USAC cars on hand for a single event (multi-series) was the 176 on hand for the 1990 "4-Crown Nationals" - also at Eldora Speedway - featuring USAC Silver Crown, Sprint, Midget and Let Model series.
Listed among the 150 entries for the "Mopar Million Sprint at Eldora" are drivers from 16 states, including 56 from Indiana. Other states represented are Ohio (27), Illinois (11), California (10), Pennsylvania (6), Oklahoma and North Carolina (3 each), Arizona, Michigan and New Mexico (2 each), and New Jersey, Texas, Iowa, Kentucky, Arkansas and North Dakota (1 each). Twenty-two entries are unassigned and have until the "pill draw" to lock in drivers.
Entered drivers include 15 who have won in USAC competition at the 1/2-mile dirt oval.
Qualifications and ten 12-lap heat races are slated for Friday, September 19, with Saturday's program featuring 15-lap F, E and D Mains, 20-lap C and B Mains and the 40-lap A Main.
The Million Dollar total purse, an all-time American Sprint car record, features a $200,000 prize for the winner, with the runner-up receiving $125,000 and third-place $100,000. All A-Main starters are guaranteed $10,000!