Press Release


To the Victor Goes the Spoils in Sprint Car Racing’s Most-Fabled Event

ROSSBURG, Ohio (May 23, 2019) – After months of speculation, Eldora Speedway officials today announced the 36th annual Kings Royal will pay a blockbuster $175,000-to-win.

The Kings Royal Weekend featuring the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and all of sprint car racing’s royalty takes place Thursday-Friday-Saturday, July-18-19-20.

Renown for the most unique victory lane in all of motorsports, filled with pomp and circumstance surrounding the post-race crowning of the “King,” the winner’s purse has remained steadfast at $50,000 since the inaugural Kings Royal in 1984.

With today’s announcement, the posted awards for the week, including point fund contributions and specialty awards, bring the 2019 Kings Royal Weekend purse to $594,275. A massive increase from just a few years ago when the purse monies stretched to $181,000.

In keeping with the theme of ‘To the Victor Goes the Spoils,’ the prize money for second place will remain at $20,000.

The 2019 edition of Kings Royal Weekend actually kicks off on Wednesday, July 17 with the re-scheduled World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Series and USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars “#LetsRaceTwo Doubleheader” that was interrupted by rain on Saturday, May 11. The #LetsRaceTwo event will be restarted in its entirety.

Prior to this announcement, reserved seats, tickets and campsites were selling at a record pace. Make your plans now by calling (937) 338-3815 or select and purchase online 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. 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 66th consecutive season of racing in 2019 featuring the biggest events in short-track racing, including: the 25th running of the Dirt Late Model Dream Weekend on June 6th-7th-8th; the 36th Kings Royal Weekend on July 18th-19th-20th; the only NASCAR National Series event on dirt – the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Eldora Dirt Derby on Thursday, August 1st; the 49th Annual World 100 Weekend on September 5th-6th-7th; and the historic 4-Crown Nationals on September 27th and 28th. The complete schedule for Eldora’s 2019 calendar, including ticket and campsite information, is available at Fans can get behind-the-scenes access by following @EldoraSpeedway on social channels Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Exclusive video content posted on has been viewed over 5-million times.