Press Release


Sunday Night Special Honors Track Founders with Late Models, Modifieds and Stock Cars

ROSSBURG, Ohio (August 30, 2019) – The 12th running of the Baltes Classic by Coors Light kicks off Eldora Speedway’s biggest week of the year with a rare Sunday night (September 1st) event this Labor Day weekend honoring Eldora’s pioneering founders.

Promoted for several years as the “Johnny Appleseed Classic,” the event was renamed in honor of the Baltes Family by track owner Tony Stewart after he purchased the track from the late Earl Baltes and wife Berneice. The Sunday night event has long been the final opportunity for local and regional Dirt Late Model drivers to get valued track time on the high-banked half-mile clay oval ahead of next weekend’s World 100.

Six-time World 100 champion Billy Moyer of Batesville, Arkansas is the defending winner of the featured Sunoco American Late Model Series. He captured the $5,000 winner’s prize over rising star Nick Hoffman of Mooresville, North Carolina in a photo finish.

With rain wreaking havoc on Eldora’s 2019 calendar in April, May and June, both the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds and Eldora Stocks have contested an abbreviated season around Eldora’s Major Event schedule.

Clark Lake, Michigan’s Brian Ruhlman leads five other drivers by just nine points in the battle for the $5,000-to-win Modified Championship. Eldora veteran Jerry Bowersock of Wapakoneta trails by just two points followed by Indiana’s Dylan Woodling, Buckeye stalwarts Josh Morton and Brian Gray, and Pennsylvania’s Jonathon Taylor.

Similarly, in the Eldora Stocks, Earnie Woodard of Georgetown, Kentucky leads five drivers by just 11 points as the always wild Eldora Stock Cars chase the $5,000-to-win Championship and their share of Eldora’s $60,000 prize fund. New York’s Daniel Sanchez is just three points behind, while veterans Donnie Jeschke and Paul Pardo are nine and 10 markers behind respectively, and Jeremy Creech and Andy Welch are tied just 11 points out of the lead.

Spectator gates open at 4 p.m. on Sunday with the show scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the Baltes Classic are still just $19 with children (12 and younger) admitted free to General Admission seating for all events. Tickets and event information is available 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. Eldora celebrates its 66th consecutive season of racing in 2019 featuring the biggest events in short-track racing, including: the Dirt Late Model Dream Weekend in June; the Kings Royal Weekend for winged Sprint Cars in July; the only NASCAR National Series event on dirt – the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Eldora Dirt Derby on the last Thursday of July; 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 nearly 6-million times.