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Eldora Speedway

Fast Facts: Eldora's 48th annual World 100

September 4, 2018, 6:32 pm
By Robert Holman
DirtonDirt.com weekend editor

Editor’s note: After rain washed out the Sept. 8-9 portion of the World 100, the Crown Jewel event resumes this weekend with Friday’s twin $10,000-to-win features. Saturday’s action includes heats, consolations and the 100-lap main event.

Dates: Sept. 6; Oct. 12-13 (Twin $10,000-to-win features Sept. 6; twin $10,000-to-win features Friday, Oct. 12 and heats, consolations and $51,000-to-win main event Saturday, Oct. 13). | Complete World 100 coverage

Track: Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio (high-banked, half-mile clay oval).

Purse: Total purse of $432,800 includes $51,000 to 100-lap winner and at least $2,500 to all 30 starters.

Sanction: DIRTcar (non-touring points)

Last year’s winner: Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., who won his second World 100

Tickets: Thursday general admission $24 (12-and-under free); Friday $24 (12-and-under free); Saturday $40 ($12-and-under free). Add $4 for reserved seats (12-and-under reserved seats are $10 Thursday and Friday and $16 Saturday).

Pit passes: Thursday $29; Friday $29; Saturday $45 (three-day pit pass is $93; two-day pit-pass is $69).

On the web: eldoraspeedway.com

Track phone: (937) 338-3815

Pay-per-view: Live productions each night available at DirtonDirt.com or eldoraspeedway.com with multiple announcers, multiple cameras, on-screen race lineups and a live timing and scoring feed. Prices are $23.95 Thursday, $23.95 Friday and $39.95 Saturday. Follow this link for complete information.

Notes: The last 10 World 100s have produced nine different winners. … Last year’s event drew 106 entrants. … Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga.., is the last repeat winner, picking up victories in 2017 and 2015. … There were 10 different winners in the first 10 World 100s. … Larry Moore of Dayton, Ohio, was the first two-time winner, with victories in 1979 and 1981. Moore won again in 1985, becoming the event’s first three-time winner. … Seven drivers have won multiple globes, led by the six World 100 victories of Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark. … Donnie Moran and Scott Bloomquist have won four apiece. Other multiple winners: Jeff Purvis (three), Larry Moore (three), Brian Birkhofer (two), Jimmy Owens (two) and Davenport (two) … Only three drivers have won back-to-back World 100s. Purvis (’83-’84) was the first to accomplish the feat. Moyer (’93-’94) and Moran (’96-’97) are the other two. … To set Saturday’s heat race lineups, drivers earn points through their time trials, heats and features on Thursday and Friday; combined Thursday-Friday points determine Saturday’s heats. … Provisionals for Saturday’s 10th row will be based on those points rather than qualifying times. … Drivers are required to us a Hoosier LM 20 on the left front, right front and left rear. They may use an LM-20 or Hoosier LM-40 on the right rear. Grooving, siping, needling or pinning is allowed. … Saturday’s program includes two consolation races, with the top five from each advancing to the World 100, along with two consolation “scrambles” among drivers who fail to transfer. … DIRTcar points are awarded to all drivers throughout the weekend. … First-time World 100 entrants will vie for extra cash with the Shane Unger Memorial Rookies of the Race awards program. $5,000 is up for grabs. The award pays tribute to late Ohio driver Shane Unger, who died after an accident during 2016 World 100 preliminaries. … Drivers are also competing for $10,000 in posted awards via the Every Lap Matters program. The top-three performing drivers in the Thursday and Friday programs, ranked by total points for the night, earn money and the top-three performing drivers in accumulated points after the two preliminary programs will be awarded prize money. … Eldora has hosted three Sunoco American Late Model Series races this season with Nick Hoffman of Mooresville, N.C., Devin Gilpin of Columbus, Ind., and Moyer earning victories. Moyer won Sunday’s Baltes Classic, his second straight victory in the event and fourth overall.

World 100 winners

Year: Driver, hometown
2017: Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, Ga.
2016: Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, Ill.
2015: Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, Ga.
2014: Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.
2013: John Blankenship, Williamson, W.Va.
2012: Brian Birkhofer, Muscatine, Iowa
2011: Jimmy Owens, Newport, Tenn.
2010: Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.
2009: Bart Hartman, Zanesville, Ohio
2008: Shane Clanton, Locust Grove, Ga.
2007: Jimmy Owens, Newport, Tenn.
2006: Earl Pearson Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.
2005: Dale McDowell, Rossville, Ga.
2004: Chub Frank, Bear Lake, Pa.
2003: Dan Schlieper, Pewaukee, Wis.
2002: Brian Birkhofer, Muscatine, Iowa
2001: Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.
2000: Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.
1999: Steve Francis, Ashland, Ky.
1998: Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.
1997: Donnie Moran, Dresden, Ohio
1996: Donnie Moran, Dresden, Ohio
1995: Jack Boggs, Grayson, Ky.
1994: Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.
1993: Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.
1992: Donnie Moran, Frazeysburg, Ohio
1991: Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.
1990: Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.
1989: Donnie Moran, Frazeysburg, Ohio
1988: Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.
1987: Randy Boggs, Grayson, Ky.
1986: Jeff Purvis, Clarksville, Tenn.
1985: Larry Moore, Dayton, Ohio
1984: Jeff Purvis, Clarksville, Tenn.
1983: Jeff Purvis, Clarksville, Tenn.
1982: Mike Duvall, Gaffney, S.C.
1981: Larry Moore, Dayton, Ohio
1980: Charlie Swartz, Lucasville, Ohio
1979: Larry Moore, Dayton, Ohio
1978: Ken Walton, Viola, Iowa
1977: Doug Kenimer, Dalton, Ga.
1976: Charles Hughes, Dalton, Ga.
1975: Joe Merryfield, Des Moines, Iowa
1974: Ed Sanger, Waterloo, Iowa
1973: Floyd Gilbert, Lockland, Ohio
1972: Verlin Eaker, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1971: Bruce Gould, Milford, Ohio

(Complete race history)

Weekend purses

Thursday and Friday twin features
1. $10,000
2. $4,000
3. $3,000
4. $2,500
5. $2,000
6. $1,800
7. $1,500
8. $1,400
9. $1,300
10. $1,200
11. $1,100
12. $1,000
13. $975
14. $950
15. $925
16. $900
17. $875
18. $850
19. $825
20. $800
21. $775
22. $750
23. $725
24. $700
Saturday feature
1. $51,000
2. $20,000
3. $12,500
4. $10,000
5. $8,750
6. $7,500
7. $6,500
8. $6,000
9. $5,500
10. $5,000
11. $4,000
12. $3,000
13. $2,950
14. $2,900
15. $2,875
16. $2,850
17. $2,825
18. $2,800
19. $2,775
20. $2,750
21. $2,725
22. $2,700
23. $2,675
24. $2,650
25. $2,625
26. $2,600
27. $2,575
28. $2,550
29. $2,525
30. $2,500

(Drivers failing to transfer from heats $250; consolation scrambles pay $1,500-to-win, etc.)

World 100 lineup structure

Row 1: Sixth heat winner, fifth heat winner
Row 2: Fourth heat winner, third heat winner
Row 3: Second heat winner, first heat winner
Row 4: First heat runner-up, second heat runner-up
Row 5: Third heat runner-up, fourth heat runner-up
Row 6: Fifth heat runner-up, sixth heat runner-up
Row 7: First heat third place, second heat third place
Row 8: Third heat third place, fourth heat third place
Row 9: Fifth heat third place, sixth heat third place
Row 10: Provisional starters
Row 11: First consy winner, second consy winner
Row 12: First consy runner-up, second consy runner-up
Row 13: First consy third place, second consy third place
Row 14: First consy fourth place, second consy fourth place
Row 15: First consy fifth place, second consy fifth place

Event schedule

(For camping and other details, visit eldoraspeedway.com)
Wednesday (Sept. 5)
9 a.m.-6 p.m.: Main gate ticket office open
9 a.m.:  Turn one camping load-in
Noon-7 p.m.: Main concessions open
Noon: Turn one camping load-in
5-9 p.m.: Showers open (front of Lot 2; hours may vary based on demand)
6 p.m.: Turn one camping load-in
7:30 p.m.: Turn four bar opens
8 p.m.: Pre-race party in Fan Zone

Thursday (Sept. 6)
6 a.m.-6 p.m.: Showers open (front of Lot 2)
7-11 a.m.: Breakfast at turn four concessions
8 a.m.: Hillside markings may begin
10 a.m.: Turn-three race registration opens (pit passes and media credential sign-in)
10 a.m.: Main gate ticket office opens (tickets, pit passes and will call)
10 a.m.: Turn-four ticket office opens (tickets and pit passes)
11 a.m.: Turn-three pit gate opens
11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: Technical inspection for Late Models
11 a.m.: All ADA parking opens (permit required)
11 a.m.: Grandstand cleared and secured for grand opening
Noon: All admission gates/suites/concessions open
5 p.m.: Drivers’ meeting
6 p.m.: Hot laps
8 p.m.: Racing begins

Friday (Oct. 12)
6 a.m.-6 p.m.: Showers open (front of Lot 2)
7-11 a.m.: Breakfast at turn four concessions
10 a.m.: Turn-three race registration opens (pit passes and media credential sign-in)
10 a.m.: Main gate ticket office opens (tickets, pit passes and will call)
10 a.m.: Turn-four ticket office opens (tickets and pit passes)
11 a.m.: All ADA parking opens (permit required)
11 a.m.: Grandstand cleared and secured for grand opening
11 a.m.: Pit gate opens
Noon: Grandstand gates/suites/concessions open
Noon: Turn-three pit gate opens
Noon-4:30 p.m.: Technical inspection for Late Models
12:15 p.m.: Cornhole tournament registration (in barn)
1 p.m.: Cornhole tournament (in barn)
5 p.m.: Drivers’ meeting
6 p.m.: Hot laps
8 p.m.: Racing begins

Saturday (Oct. 13)
6 a.m.-6 p.m.: Showers open (front of Lot 2)
7-11 a.m.: Breakfast at turn four concessions
10 a.m.: Turn-three race registration opens (pit passes and media credential sign-in)
10 a.m.: Main gate ticket office opens (tickets, pit passes and will call)
10 a.m.: Turn-four ticket office opens (tickets and pit passes)
10 a.m.: All ADA parking opens (permit required)
11 a.m.: Grandstand cleared and secured for grand opening
Noon: All admission gates/suites/concessions open
Noon: Turn-three pit gate open
3:30 p.m.: Autograph session in Fan Zone
4:30 p.m.: Drivers’ meeting in Fan Zone
6 p.m.: Hot laps by heat race lineups (at track discretion)
7 p.m.: Heat races begin
 
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