Press Release


Early Season Race Time Is Set for 6 p.m. (EDT); Tickets are $12 For Adults; Kids 12 and Under Get in FREE!

Photo: April 14, 2016
Photo: April 14, 2016

ROSSBURG, Ohio (April 14, 2016) – The weather forecast for Saturday, April 16 says it’s is supposed to be 70 degrees and sunny, which is perfect for Eldora Speedway’s 63rd season-opening race.

The season kicks off with the Sunoco American Late Model Series, the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds and the Eldora Stock cars competing on the legendary half-mile clay oval.

Eldora will use its early season post-time with the admission gates opening at 2 pm (EDT), hot laps 4:30 pm and a complete racing program beginning at 6 pm. Tickets can be bought at, by phone at (937) 338-3815 or at the box office at the race track. It’s $12 for adults and kids 12 and under are free.


Rusty Schlenk, of McClure, Ohio, won the 2015 Eldora Late Model opener and is expected to defend. 17-year old Josh Rice of Kentucky, fan-favorite Jeep Van Wormer of Pinconning, Michigan and Richmond, Indiana’s Steve Casebolt and ‘Insane’ Duane Chamberlain are all expected to race in the season-opener.

The DIRTcar UMP Modifieds will be competitive as the division always is. Last year Jonathan Taylor and 2016 champion Travis Stemler from Ionia, Michigan each won two races. Taylor and his brother, Evan, tow-in from Pennsylvania to compete at Eldora and Stemler is stepping up to Late Models for 2016 which means the championship race is wide open.

The Eldora Stocks also return this weekend and Rob Trent won the 2015 championship by just three points over Frank Paladino. Both are from Lima, Ohio. Paul Pardo, from New Paris, Ohio, swept the stock car races last August on Family Fireworks Night.

This is the first of several highly-anticipated events as part of Eldora’s 63rd season.

The four major events start with the 22nd annual Dirt Late Model Dream presented by Ferris Mowers (June 9-10-11); the expanded 33rd annual Kings Royal (July 14-15-16), the Fourth Annual NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (July 19-20) and the 46th annual World 100 (September 8-9-10).

Tickets are also available for the #LetRaceTwo Weekend featuring the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and the USAC National Sprint Cars (May 6-7) and the 35th Four Crown Nationals (September 23-24) where $100,000 will be awarded to any driver winning all four races on Saturday.

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. Baltes chose to sell the legendary high-banked clay oval to motorsports entrepreneur and NASCAR, IndyCar and USAC champion Tony Stewart in 2004. 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, is available 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