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Baltes Classic Starts World 100 Week With Booms This Sunday At Eldora

Largest FIREWORKS Show In Eldora History Joins Sunoco American Late Models, UMP Modifieds and Stocks

Billy Moyer – 2015 Baltes Classic Winner

ROSSBURG, Ohio (September 2, 2016) – The ninth annual Baltes Classic kicks off Eldora Speedway’s biggest week of the year with a rare Sunday (September 4th) night event this Labor Day weekend honoring Eldora’s pioneering founders, the late Earl Baltes and his wife Berneice.

The racing lineup of the Sunoco American Late Models Series, DIRTcar UMP Modifieds and Eldora Stocks will grace the hallowed .500-mile clay oval per usual. However, the night will end with a bang with the largest Fireworks display in Speedway history presented by Coors Light and Homestretch Sportswear.

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A driver autograph session will take place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Fan Zone. The fan-favorite bounce houses and balloon-twisting clowns for the kids typically found at Family FIREWORKS Nights are also scheduled. Homestretch Sportswear will offer free fan giveaways while supplies last.

Sunday’s race is the last chance for local Dirt Late Model racers to get track time before next week’s World 100 Weekend. The $3,000-to-win affair typically attracts drivers from across the country as well. All-time World 100 win leader (six) Billy Moyer held off Wisconsin’s Jimmy Mars to win last year’s Baltes Classic.

Jonathan Taylor of Saltsburg, Pennsylvania is the defending winner in the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds. Chris Douglas from Lima, Ohio charged his way to the front to win the Eldora Stocks feature race.

Spectator gates open at 3:30 p.m. with the show scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets for the Baltes Classic are still just $15 with children (12 and younger) admitted free to General Admission seating for all events. Order online at or by calling the Speedway Box Office at (937) 338-3815.

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 63rd season in 2016, Eldora hosts the biggest events in short-track racing including the $100,000-to-win Dirt Late Model Dream by Ferris Mowers; the $50,000-to-win Kings Royal Weekend; the Camping World Truck Series’ Aspen Dental Dirt Derby – NASCAR’s only race on dirt; the 46th annual World 100; and the legendary 4-Crown Nationals. 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, Instagram and Snapchat, hitting ‘Like’ at and visiting