Press Release


7 p.m. Start Time! $5,000-to-win Sunoco Late Models! $3,000-to-win Modifieds! $1,000-to-win Stocks!

2017 ALMS Champion, Jon Henry

ROSSBURG, Ohio (April 25, 2018) – The arrival of spring time weather this final weekend of April brings with it the return of the Sunoco American Late Model Series. A stalwart of Eldora Speedway’s high-banks, the stars of the Midwest will run for a $5,000 winner’s purse on Saturday night with racing beginning at 7 p.m.

Jeep Van Wormer (Pinconning, Michigan) won the last Late Model feature race held at Eldora in October 2017. He hopes to repeat against the likes of 2017 track champion Kent Robinson (Bloomington, Indiana), 2017 series champion Jon Henry (Ada), former Dirt Late Model Dream winner Steve Casebolt (Richmond, Indiana) and ‘Insane’ Duane Chamberlain (Richmond, Indiana).

The DIRTcar UMP Modifieds feature will pay a handsome $3,000 to the winner and the Eldora Stock Cars have $1,000 on the line.

Last week’s Modified winner, Jacob Hawkins (Fairmont, West Virginia) will return to battle Jonathan Taylor (Saltsburg, Pennsylvania), Ryan Sutter (Coldwater), Josh Morton (Piqua) and defending track champion Jerry Bowersock (Piqua). Several drivers chasing both the rich winner’s purse and DIRTcar UMP National Points are expected.

Hailing from New Paris and the owner of Pardo Towing, which services many of the accidents that slow Interstate 70, Paul Pardo’s nickname is “No Stranger to Danger”. As last week’s Stock Car winner, Pardo spent the majority of his race up by Eldora’s intimidating wall with his left front wheel high in the air. He won a spirited battle that included a drag race to the checkered flag with defending champion Gary Rahe, Jr. (Cincinnati).

Competitors will begin entering the Pit Area at 3 p.m. Spectator Gates will open at 4 p.m. with Hot Laps beginning at 5:30 p.m. General admission is $15 for adults and children (12 & younger) are admitted FREE. Advance tickets are available online at, by calling the Eldora Speedway at (937) 338-3815 and at the box office.

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. Eldora celebrates its 65th consecutive season of racing in 2018 featuring the biggest events in short-track racing, including: the 24th running of the $100,000-to-win Dirt Late Model Dream Weekend on June 7th-8th-9th; the 35th Annual $50,000-to-win Kings Royal Weekend on July 12th-13th-14th; the Camping World Truck Series’ Eldora Dirt Derby – NASCAR’s only race on dirt on Wednesday, July 18th; the 48th Annual World 100 Weekend on September 6th-7th-8th; and the historic 4-Crown Nationals on September 21st and 22nd. The complete schedule for Eldora’s 2018, including ticket and campsite information, is available at Fans can get behind-the-scenes access by following @EldoraSpeedway on social media channels Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Exclusive video content posted on has been viewed over 4.2-million times.