ROSSBURG, Ohio – The 45th World 100 will pay out the largest purse at Eldora Speedway since the 2001 Eldora Million.
A total of $318,580 will be available for the Sept. 10-12 events, with $48,000 going to the winner of the 100-lap World 100. The late Earl Baltes posted $4,000 for the winner of the first World 100 in 1971 and then added $1,000 each year following.
The 21st annual Dirt Late Model Dream by Ferris Mowers, which was conducted in June at Eldora, had a purse of $306,625. At the time, it was the richest dirt late-model race in the world.
On Thursday and Friday, multi-car group qualifying, using groups coming from a random draw at inspection, will be used to determine that group’s heat race lineup. The driver’s fastest time from Thursday and Friday will be used as a tiebreaker for Saturday’s lineups.
The preliminary format plans for up to 12 heat races of eight laps in distance. Cars finishing first through third advance into one of two A-Features and the balance of the finishers will advance into one of up to four B-Features.
Heats one, three, five, seven, nine and 11 will determine the first A-Feature and at least one B-Feature. Heats two, four, six, eight, 10 and 12 will determine the second A-Feature and at least one B-Feature. The B-Features are 10 laps and assuming Eldora has four B-Features, cars finishing first and second will advance to their respective A-Feature.
Each preliminary night will continue to run two A-Features of 25-laps, starting 24 cars. Starting positions 1-18 will be lined up by heat race finish. The redraw procedure will be detailed at the driver meeting. Positions 19-24 will be lined up by B-Feature finish.
The winner of the Thursday and Friday night A-Features wins $5,000 each.
The inversion, up to six cars, will be determined randomly using the Wheel of Misfortune. Cars finishing first, second and third in the heat races advance to the World 100. Cars finishing fourth through 11th advance to a B-Feature, in order of finishing position.
Heats one, two and three will determine the first B-Feature and heats four, five and six will determine the second B-Feature. There will be two B-Features of 20 laps in distance. Cars finishing first through fifth will advance to the World 100. The remaining cars may choose to restart in their current running order for a B-Scramble of five laps in distance.
The two fastest qualifiers not advancing through the Heat Races will start 19th and 20th in the World 100 (if they finished in a B-Feature qualifying position, they will be removed and the finish of that Heat Race adjusted accordingly).