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Westfall, Stemler, Trent to Be Crowned Eldora Champions; Schlenk Earns Sunoco American Late Model Series Championship

The Eldora Ballroom will play host to the annual Awards Banquet on January 23.
The Eldora Ballroom will play host to the annual Awards Banquet on January 23.

ROSSBURG, Ohio (November 23, 2015) – The Eldora Speedway Championship Banquet is set for Saturday, January 23, 2016 in the Eldora Speedway Ballroom in Rossburg, Ohio.

Doors open at 5 p.m. (EST), with opening remarks at 6:30 p.m., followed by the distribution of awards and over $30,000 in championship money and awards. Matt Westfall won the Eldora Late Model championship, while Travis Stemler took the Modified division. Rob Trent captured the Eldora stock car title.

The Sunoco American Late Model Series (ALMS) will join the ceremony with the presentation of their championship awards and point fund as well. Rusty Schlenk will take the stage as the ALMS champion.

Eldora owner Tony Stewart will present the championship hardware.

Tickets are available for $23 per person and will go on sale December 14, 2015 by contacting the Eldora office at (937) 338-3815 during normal business hours or online at The deadline for ordering tickets is January 15, 2016.

In addition to the hardware and point fund distribution, numerous specialty awards will be distributed, including: Rookie of the Year; Most Improved Driver; Hard Luck Award; Best Appearing Car and the coveted Chick Hale Sportsman of the Year trophy.

Westfall, from Pleasant Hill, Ohio, scored eight top-10 finishes in 11 Late Model races to take the crown by 26 points over Josh Rice. Westfall won the 2014 Eldora Modified championship.

Stemler scored two wins and seven top-10 finishes in nine Modified races to take the crown from Eldora fan favorite Jerry Bowersock. Stemler hails from Ionia, Michigan.

Rob Trent and Frank Paladino, both from Lima, Ohio, each won two races and had six top-10s, but Trent faired just a bit better winning the Eldora stock championship by three points. It was Trent’s third Eldora title.

Additional information regarding Eldora Speedway and its 63rd season, including ticket and campsite purchases is also available at

About Eldora Speedway:
Since carved from a cornfield in the natural amphitheater that existed between the Eldora Ballroom and the Wabash River by bandleader Earl Baltes in 1954, Eldora Speedway has grown to be a frontrunner in motorsports growth and stability. Celebrating its 63nd season in 2016, Eldora hosts the biggest events in short-track racing including the 22nd annual Dirt Late Model Dream by Ferris Mowers; the 33rd annual Kings Royal Weekend; the fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on dirt; and the 46th annual World 100. The complete schedule for Eldora’s 63rd consecutive season, including ticket and campsite information, will be available soon at and can be requested by phone at (937) 338-3815. Fans can get behind-the-scenes access of Eldora Speedway by following @EldoraSpeedway on Twitter, hitting ‘Like’ at and on The Eldora Speedway app for the iPhone, iPad and Android is available for free download via iTunes and Google Play.