Eldora Speedway

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Eldora Speedway is a half-mile dirt racing facility located in western Ohio. The ‘Big E’ is owned by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, Tony Stewart. The Indiana native purchased Eldora from legendary promotor Earl Baltes in 2004. Baltes built Eldora in 1954 and had been the sole owner of the facility from day number one.

Eldora plays host to some of the largest dirt racing events in the country, including the Dirt Late Model Dream, Kings Royal, and World 100 – all of which attract over 20,000 spectators on an annual basis.


Racing Terms
Track Packing After water is applied to the dirt surface just prior to racing, track crews may call upon the help of ‘packer trucks’ to help iron in the racing surface by making several laps with their large tires.  This process is known as track packing.
Hot Laps Otherwise known as practice; these are laps given to a driver at the beginning of a race night, just prior to qualifying.
Time Trial A timed lap(s) given to each driver.  The results of time trials are typically used to line up heat races.
Heat Race A short distance race (typically 8-10 laps), whose results are used to line up feature events.  For example: drivers finishing 1st, 2nd, & 3rd in a heat race would advance to the A-Feature event; drivers finishing 4th, 5th, and 6th would advance to the B-Feature; and so on…
B-Feature Drivers who failed to transfer to the A-Feature event through their heat race are required to run a B-Feature.  This is the last chance for drivers to advance to the A-Feature.  Only the top finishers of the B-Feature will advance.
A-Feature The main event for a racing division is called the A-Feature.  This race is longer in distance, sometimes up to 100 laps in major events.
Pit Area The pit area at Eldora is located inside of the racing oval.  This is the working area where teams are located on race night.  An overflow pit area, located behind the turn three bleachers is also used on occasion.
Driver Meeting A meeting where drivers and officials meet before a race to discuss the upcoming event, rules, procedures, and any other pertinent information.
Banking The Eldora Speedway is banked 24 degrees in the corners and 8 degrees on the straightaway
Cushion As race cars continue to make laps around the track, they tend to push loose dirt up the track.  As the dirt gets pushed up higher and higher, a ‘cushion’ of loose dirt develops.  Drivers will often race their cars right up against the cushion.
Late Model Late models are full-bodied stock cars that push over 800 horsepower.  The largest dirt late model events in the country are run at Eldora each season – The World 100 and Dirt Late Model Dream.
Invert Often times, heat races or feature events are ‘inverted’ – meaning a select number of cars may have their starting position inverted.  Example: An invert of 8 is drawn for heat races.  This means the top 8 positions in each heat race are inverted – the driver originally scheduled to start first will now start eighth and the driver scheduled to start eighth will start first.


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