ROSSBURG, Ohio — Tradition and focus summarize the 2011 Eldora Speedway schedule of events as released by track officials this week.
While the 27-date slate mostly mirrors that of previous years, track owner Tony Stewart has held the line on general admission pricing, a stand he committed to when purchasing the facility from Earl Baltes in the fall of 2004.
Headlining the lineup will be Eldora’s signature events, the Dirt Late Model Dream (June 10-11), Kings Royal weekend (July 15-16) and the World 100 (Sept. 9-10).
In addition, the highly anticipated Prelude to the Dream will be contested June 8, and the annual Four Crown Nationals will make up the weekend of Sept. 23-24.
Among the alterations to the schedule, is a return, after a one-year absence, of the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints Oct. 1. Tentatively this will serve as the season championship title race for the touring All Stars.
A revision to the Sept. 4 Baltes Classic has piqued the interest of the dirt-late-model fraternity. On that night, sanctioned by the Sunoco American Late Model Series, the WIX Filters sponsored main event will line up 33 cars on the one-half mile clay oval in three-abreast formation. It will mark the largest field of cars to take the green flag at the track in recent history.
In keeping with Eldora custom, an alphabet of sanctioning bodies will see action on the legendary speed plant.
Joining the All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC) as winged sprint car hosts will be the World of Outlaws (WoO) for two doubleheader weekends (May 6-7, July 15-16) and a single night stand (Sept. 23). Additionally, the National Racing Alliance Sprint Invaders will see action May 29, July 15-16, July 30 and Oct. 1.
Non-winged sprint-car action under the United States Auto Club banner will fill the stage April 8-9 and again Sept. 24, while non-sanctioned April 30 and again July 30.
The United Midwestern Promoters flag will fly over late-model competition April 16 and May 29, in addition to the Baltes Classic (Sept. 4), the Dirt Late Model Dream and the World 100.
Joining the majority of the events will be the Eldora Stock Cars and UMP Modifieds.
Variety will be fulfilled with supplementary dates including an Ohio State Tractor & Truck Pull (June 25) and a monster truck show (Aug. 6).
The complete schedule of events is available on www.eldoraspeedway.com.