Saturday’s Leg of 32nd annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek Leads Into July 11 & 12 Kings Royal
ROSSBURG, OH (June 17) – With an ultra-successful Dirt Late Model Dream now complete, Eldora Speedway’s focus now shifts towards winged Sprint Cars; beginning with this Saturday’s (June 21) NKTelco Ohio Sprint Speedweek showdown and continuing through the 31st annual Kings Royal weekend (July 11 & 12).
Introduced in 1983 by Eldora founder Earl Baltes, the Ohio Sprint Speedweek has been a fixture in the Buckeye state since. While the participating speedways and length of the grueling week have varied over the years, Speedweek remains a focal point on the Sprint Car scene.
The UNOH All Star Sprints has overseen Speedweek since its beginning and brings into this year’s nine day stretch parity unmatched in sanctioned-racing. With 12 events completed thus far into 2014, the travelling series boasts of 11 different winners. Lee Jacobs, the third generation driver from Holmesville, OH has been the only driver to repeat a victory.
Among the winner’s list and expected to be in competition is an Eldora fan-favorite, Jac Haudenschild of Wooster, OH. Having earned the moniker ‘the Wild Child’ for his boldness behind the wheel of a Sprint Car, Haudenschild enters Saturday’s Eldora chase on a streak. He captured both of the All Star-sanctioned events on the high-banks last season and as the new season is unfolding; he sits third in series points, eight points behind second-place Aliquippa, PA’s Tim Shaffer and 113 markers behind point leader Dale Blaney from Hartford, OH.
Haudenschild’s two 2013 wins moved him into third on the all-time All Star win list at Eldora with nine victories dating back to his first triumph on July 22, 1994. Kenny Jacobs, father to Lee, heads up that list with his 21 visits to Eldora’s hallowed victory lane.
Completing Saturday’s tripleheader, presented by NKTelco, will be the UMP DIRTcar Modifieds and Eldora Stock Cars as they continue their chase in the Eldora point race.
For the winged Sprint Cars, it will be their final opportunity to gain Eldora track time before the prestigious Kings Royal weekend. Friday’s (July 11) Knight Before the Kings Royal will set the stage for the traditional pomp and circumstance that surrounds the Kings Royal and a $50,000 payday on Saturday, July 12.
Race tickets and campsites for the NKTelco Ohio Sprint Speedway, Kings Royal weekend or any other exciting Eldora event, are available by going online to www.EldoraSpeedway.com. Additionally, tickets and campsites may be purchased through the Eldora offices during normal business hours by calling (937) 338-3815 or on race day.
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