Eldora adds $196,000 to Dream, World purses
ROSSBURG, Ohio (Oct. 17) — After tweaking formats for its biggest Dirt Late Model races in 2012, Eldora Speedway plans even bigger — and richer — changes next year in celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Tony Stewart-owned oval founded by Earl Baltes.
The $100,000-to-win Dream XIV and the 43rd annual World 100 will be expanded to three days of racing each and a total of nearly $200,000 has been added to the purses for the crown jewel events. In addition, two more starters have been added to each lineup for the 100-lap features.
While Eldora’s marquee Dirt Late Model races highlight the 2013 schedule, missing from the slate is the Prelude to the Dream, the charity all-star Dirt Late Model event featuring some of NASCAR’s biggest stars. The track cited logistics from the Dream expansion from keeping the race on the calendar, but said that advance ticket-holders for the event will retain renewal rights for the next scheduled Prelude.
The Dream is scheduled for June 6-8 while the World 100 is Sept. 5-7, its traditional weekend following Labor Day. Each event will open with action on Thursday and Friday while Saturday’s traditional six heat races and consolation races will remain intact.
More details for Eldora in 2013:
Dream XIV: Still carrying a sport-best $100,000 winner’s purse, the race now carries the richest overall weekend purse in the sport at $304,000, up from $210,000 in 2012. The race will start 28 cars and start money for the feature event is $2,000, up from $1,750. The weekend will kick off Thursday with twin 25-lap features paying $2,500-to win. Friday evening's action will include a pair of $5,000-to-win twin features.
World 100: Along with the globe trophy, the winner will receive $46,000 from a purse of $283,000, up from $180,900 in 2012. The 32 starters is up two from 2012 and a big increase for a race that started no more than 24 cars through 2004. The $2,000-to-start purse is up from $1,600 last season. Thursday and Friday's action is expected to follow much the same pattern as Dream weekend, but details haven't been announced.
Tickets: Dream and World 100 tickets will cost the same as 2012, the track announced. For the first time, fans can renew seats and campsites in a single order using the track’s TicketForce online system. Renewal notices will be emailed Oct. 19; the renewal deadline is Nov. 16. For fans wanting to add Thursday or Friday tickets to a Saturday package, they can upgrade tickets tickets as soon as the renewal process begins. For complete ticket information, visit eldoraspeedway.com or call the ticket office (937) 338-3815.
Correction: Fixes that Thursday and Friday's World 100 details haven't been announced; also clarifies ticket renewal and upgrades.