* Family Fun Night Focuses on Fan Involvement as 2013 Points Chase Continues
* Continuation of Modified Parity Could Establish Record
* Cry in Stock Car Division is ‘Stop Barney Craig’
FAMILY FUN NIGHT FOCUSES ON FAN INVOLVEMENT AS 2013 POINTS CHASE CONTINUES
While action on Eldora’s fabled .500-mile clay oval is the attraction, Saturday’s (August 10) Family Fun Night focuses upon fan and driver involvement in a relaxed atmosphere. For the UMP DIRTcar Modified and Eldora Stock Car drivers, their chase towards the 2013 Eldora championship title will continue; for the fans, it will be an opportunity to mingle with, and greet, the drivers during an extensive pre-race autograph session. And for the kids, there will be inflatable bounces, balloon twisting clowns and a massive post-race fireworks display.
On the race track, it will be Jerry Bowersock (UMP DIRTcar Modified) and Barney Craig (Eldora Stock Cars) hoping to expand upon their current stronghold of first place in the cumulative points race, as they thwart off all challengers.
Bowersock, who tasted divisional championship honors in 2008 and 2012 is clinging on to a slim ten point lead over young Aaron Orr; who in turn has a 5 point advantage over Ryan Sutter. The tightness continues through the top five as Jon Henry holds down fourth, four points behind Sutter, while Brian Post sits only two points behind Henry.
Meanwhile in the Stock Car ranks, Craig holds on to an 18-point lead in hopes of defending his 2012 Eldora title. He previously captured championships in 1992, 1993 and 1999. Behind him, only nine points separate the four drivers that complete the top five. Earnie Woodard comes into Family Fun Night with a three point advantage over Jeremy Creech; while five points behind him sits Shawn Phillippi with a one-point margin over Paul Pardo.
UMP DIRTcar MODIFIEDS
1. Jerry Bowersock – 184
2. Aaron Orr – 174
3. Ryan Sutter – 169
4. Jon Henry – 165
5. Brian Post – 163
ELDORA STOCK CARS
1. Barney Craig – 192
2. Earnie Woodard – 174
3. Jeremy Creech
4. Shawn Phillippi – 166
5. Paul Pardo – 165
CONTINUATION OF MODIFIED PARITY COULD ESTABLISH RECORD
ROSSBURG, OH (August 6) – Thus far into the 2013 racing season for UMP DIRTcar Modifieds at Eldora Speedway there have been five completed A-Feature events with that many different winners. Only once in the 23-year history of that division competing on Eldora’s famed .500-mile clay oval, 1996, has that fete been completed. A fresh face in victory lane during Saturday night’s (August 10) Family Fun Night action could establish a new mark.
Brian Post kicked off this season’s winning trend, followed in successive events by Jon Henry, Jerry Bowersock, Brian Ruhlman and Ryan Sutter. The wins for Post and Sutter marked their first-ever Modified triumphs, as they pushed the number of winning drivers to 60 among the 237 features contested to date.
CRY IN STOCK CAR DIVISION IS ‘STOP BARNEY CRAIG’
ROSSBURG, OH (August 6) – Barney Craig captured three Eldora Speedway Stock Car titles during the 90’s decade (1992, 1993, 1999), but then entered a mammoth drought that found him absent from the legendary Eldora podium until last season when he garnered yet another title.
That momentum carried over into this year, where the seasoned veteran has amassed a remarkable five victories in the six A-features contested thus far. Paul Pardo has been the only driver to stop Craig.
Complete event information, along with ticket and campsite purchase opportunities, may be obtained by visiting the track’s website www.EldoraSpeedway.com, or by calling the speedway office at (937) 338-3815. Additionally, race fans and race teams can get behind-the-scenes access by following @EldoraSpeedway on Twitter, hitting ‘Like’ at Facebook.com/EldoraSpeedway and view video highlights at YouTube.com/EldoraSpeedwayInc. The new Eldora Speedway app for the iPhone, iPad and Android is now available for download via iTunes and Google Play.