Eldora: 100th Outlaws event preview

Eldora to Host 100th Outlaws Event this Weekend ROSSBURG, OH (April 5) -- The World of Outlaws Sprint Series and Eldora Speedway will celebrate milestones this weekend when sprint car racing's premier series invades "The World's Fastest ...

Eldora to Host 100th Outlaws Event this Weekend

ROSSBURG, OH (April 5) -- The World of Outlaws Sprint Series and Eldora Speedway will celebrate milestones this weekend when sprint car racing's premier series invades "The World's Fastest Half-Mile."

The World of Outlaws will run its 100th event at Eldora, while Earl Baltes and his staff celebrate the facility's 50th Anniversary.

"Earl Baltes was very instrumental with us getting the World of Outlaws started back in 1978," World of Outlaws Sprint Series President Ted Johnson said Monday. "He booked the second race and brought in Jimmy Boyd and other well-known drivers from all over the country. Since then, Eldora has been our home track and we're proud to have raced there more any other facility. We've run some great races there. The fans love it and they always fill the place."

Defending and 18-time series champion Steve Kinser will lead the World of Outlaws Sprint Series into the double-feature event. "The King of the Outlaws" leads the race for the 2004 series championship by 70 points over Donny Schatz and Tim Shaffer. Kinser, who won the 500th "A" Feature of his career March 27th, has won 29 at Eldora Speedway. He crossed the finish line first in four of the five main events the series ran at Eldora in 2003, but was disqualified when he failed to comply with the weight rule last April 19th.

Sammy Swindell, who received credit for that $10,000 victory, has won 15 World of Outlaws Sprint Series "A" Features at Eldora Speedway. Bobby "Scruffy" Allen won the series' first main event at Eldora Speedway on April 16, 1978.

Jason Meyers, who hit the retaining wall and almost spun a lap after taking the lead late in the race, held off hard charging Ohioan Jac Haudenschild to win the World of Outlaws Sprint Series main event at Eldora last August 8th. Meyers, who drove Karavan Motorsports' #7 VMAC Maxim after Craig Dollansky suffered a back injury last May, led the final 8 2/3 laps to win his second "A" Feature of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series' 25th Anniversary Season.

Dollansky, who set Eldora Speedway's single-lap record with a 141.654-M.P.H. lap on April 13, 2002, also won the main event that night. "The Crowd Pleaser" ranks 11th in the point standings with four top-10 finishes, including a pair of runner-up runs, in six main events this year.

Shaffer, the series' 1999 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, won "A" Features at "The Big E" in 1999 and 2000. World of Outlaws Sprint Series regulars Daryn Pittman and Joey Saldana have each won an "A" Feature at Eldora Speedway in recent years.

Mark Kinser, who won series championships in 1996 and 1999, has won six main events at "The World's Fastest Half-Mile." Dave Blaney, the World of Outlaws Sprint Series' 1995 champion, won five "A" Features at Eldora. Former World of Outlaws Sprint Series Director of Competition Rick Ferkel won four "A" Features at "The World's Fastest Half-Mile."

Haudenschild, who lives in Wooster, OH, is a four-time winner at Eldora Speedway. Andy Hillenburg, the series' Rookie of the Year in 1988, won two main events at Eldora.

Brad Doty, the color commentator on The Outdoor Channel's World of Outlaws Sprint Series telecasts, won an "A" Feature at Eldora Speedway on May 22, 1983. The Outdoor Channel will tape this weekend's action for its April 28th "Wednesday Night Horsepower" show. Each one-hour telecast will begin at 8 p.m. every Wednesday during the racing season and will be replayed Saturdays at 8 a.m. Eastern Time and Thursdays at 10 p.m. Pacific Time.

Eldora Speedway's gates at scheduled to open at 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Hot laps will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the green flag will drop for the First Heat Race at 8 p.m. each evening.

Tickets for fans 16 and older will cost $23 Friday and $25 Saturday. Fans between the ages of 13 and 15 can purchase tickets for $10 Friday and $12 Saturday. Tickets for children who are between 7 and 12 will cost $5 Friday and $6 Saturday, and youngsters six years old and under will be admitted free of charge.

-WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Joey Saldana , Dave Blaney