For Eldora Speedway race fans, the first Saturday in December is one of the most anticipated dates on their off-season calendar. It is the traditional date for the opening of public ticket and campsite sales for the historic speed plant’s marquee major events for the upcoming season, and the Eldora Speedway staff is prepared for this year’s campaign.
This Saturday (Dec. 6), starting promptly at 10 a.m., race fans can go online to EldoraSpeedway.com, or call the speedway office at (937) 338-3815 to purchase remaining tickets and campsites for the Dirt Late Model Dream weekend on June 4, 5 and 6, Kings Royal weekend on July 17 and 18, the 1-800 Car Cash Mud Summer Classic for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on July 22 and the World 100 weekend on September 10, 11 and 12.
“Due to the volume of orders, a race fan’s best bet is the online route,” said Eldora Ticket Manager Tess Thwaits. “Our proven TicketForce-prepared design is easy and quick and capable of assisting a large quantity of orders simultaneously. We will also have a full staff answering the phones from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. Additionally, our box office will be open during these hours for walk-in orders.”
The 2014 season on Eldora’s one-half mile clay oval produced some of the most competitive and exciting racing seen in its 61 years of action and has created an unprecedented appeal for race tickets and campsites.
Dale McDowell’s powerful drive from 22nd to the lead in 79 laps during this past June’s Dirt Late Model Dream was just the beginning of what fans would see as the slate of time-honored Eldora events unfolded throughout the summer. In July Kerry Madsen thwarted a powerful late-race charge from six-time World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz to become the first-ever Australian winner in the event’s illustrious 31-year history.
And then ten days later, Darrell Wallace, Jr. prevailed over NASCAR’s only National Series dirt race, in a battle that found Kyle Larson stealing the show with his relentless pounding of Eldora’s concrete walls trying to chase down Wallace. The repeated slamming of the walls and a broken brake line ended Larson’s stint two laps from the finish as Wallace bested Ron Hornaday, Jr.
An unbelievable run by Scott Bloomquist in September’s 44th annual running of the famous World 100 closed out the major event schedule. Fans were in awe at Bloomquist’s prowess. During a lap 20 caution period, Bloomquist was motioned to the pit area for an inspection by DIRTcar UMP officials. It was determined that Bloomquist had an unapproved window net and was removed from his lead position to the tail of the pack. Lap after lap, car after car, Bloomquist moved his way back to the front and re-took the lead on lap 72 as he devoured the balance of the field for his fourth victory in the prestigious event.
Race fans were abuzz throughout the season and have been flooding the Eldora offices inquiring about the upcoming ticket sale date. Eldora, through its online ticketing, phone sales and in-person sales is ready for the onslaught this Saturday.
Tickets and camping for the balance of Eldora’s exciting 2015 season, which can be viewed at the track’s website www.EldoraSpeedway.com, will go on sale Monday, February 9.