By Larry Boos
ROSSBURG, Ohio (June 17) – Following a successful Dream Week that found Eldora Speedway busy for five consecutive days of activity with increased attendance and higher car counts, the .500 mile clay oval will host its next event on Saturday, June 30 with the Chevrolet Performance Clash. That night’s return to racing will include another gigantic fireworks extravaganza that Eldora Speedway has become well-known for. The absence of racing does not limit all action at the historic facility.
Community Blood Center Hosts Thursday Blood Drive in Eldora Ballroom
On Thursday (June 21), the Eldora Ballroom will be the scene of the annual Eldora Speedway Blood Drive. Entering its fourth year, the drive is organized through the Community Blood Center of Dayton (OH), and has seen increased donor levels with each successive drive.
Each pint of donated blood can help save up to three lives, as blood is needed for surgeries, accident victims, cancer patients, premature babies and those needing organ transplants.
Appointments for the 2:30 – 6:30 p.m. blood drive are encouraged at www.DonorTime.com, but not necessary. Each registrant will receive a complimentary iFocus t-shirt and be entered into a drawing that will see Eldora Speedway race tickets distributed every half-hour.
Hoosier Racing Tire Hotshoe Classic Showcases Little Eldora Speedway
Little Eldora Speedway, located in the shadows of the famed Eldora Speedway, will host its first-ever evening race on Saturday (June 23), with the Hoosier Racing Tire Hotshoe Classic. Over $5,200 in posted prize money awaits the multiple classes of competition, with the Senior Medium class as the headliner in the busy program that takes the green flag at 7:30 p.m.
Go-kart racing has been the training ground for many racers that compete on Eldora’s legendary .500 mile clay oval, including track owner and three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart. The most recent graduate from Little Eldora to big Eldora is Max Stambaugh, who recently competed with the NRA Sprint Invaders.
The Hoosier Racing Tire Hotshoe Classic offers free general admission.
Ongoing Eldora Improvement Projects Includes Ease of Walking
Since his purchase of Eldora Speedway from Earl Baltes in 2004, Tony Stewart has made nearly $2 million dollars in improvements to the famed facility, with his pledge to improve upon fan and competitor amenities.
His most recent project will be popular among race fans that make use of the ‘bypass’ in turn four. Designed to ease the heavy foot traffic in that area, the stone walkway is being replaced with concrete for ease of stride.
FASTRAK Pro Late Models Up Next On Eldora Menu
Racing action on Eldora’s .500 mile clay oval resumes Saturday, June 30 with the Chevrolet Performance Clash for FASTRAK Pro Late Models, as they return for their annual appearance. A heavy influence of Southern states drivers will battle against those from the Northeast area in a Civil War of sorts. At $5,000 to win, the race is one of the most prestigious events on the FASTRAK calendar.
Joining the FASTRAK Pro Late Models will be the UMP DIRTcar Modifieds and Eldora Stock Cars, as they continue their battle towards the cumulative point championship.
Complete race information, including the purchase of event tickets, can be found on www.EldoraSpeedway.com, or by calling the speedway office at (937) 338-3815.