Press Release


$100,000 To Win Saturday’s Race; $306,625 is Largest Dirt Late Model Purse in the World

2014 Dirt Late Model Dream winner - Dale McDowell

ROSSBURG, Ohio (May 15, 2015) – The entry form for the 21st annual $100,000-to-win Dirt Late Model Dream Weekend presented by Ferris Commercial Mowers on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 4, 5 and 6 has been posted to

The Dirt Late Model Dream, sanctioned by DIRTcar, is the richest dirt late model race in the world with $100,000 going to the winner of Saturday night’s 100-lap feature event. A total purse of $306,625 is available for the three nights of racing, including $214,875 available on Saturday.

The format for 2015 has been changed slightly from 2014 to streamline Thursday and Friday’s preliminary programs and give racers more opportunities to improve their seeding for Saturday’s traditional six qualifying Heat Races.

On Thursday and Friday, multi-car group qualifying, using groups coming from a random draw at inspection, will be used to determine that group’s heat race lineup. The driver’s fastest time from Thursday and Friday will be used as a tiebreaker, if necessary, for Saturday’s lineups.

The preliminary format plans for eight heat races of eight laps in distance. Cars finishing first through fifth advance into one of two A-Features and the balance of the finishers will advance into one of two B-Features.

Heats one, three, five and seven will determine the first A-Feature and at least one B-Feature. Heats two, four, six and eight will determine the second A-Feature and at least one B-Feature. The B-Features are 10 laps and assuming Eldora has four B-Features, cars finishing first and second will advance to their respective A-Feature.

Each preliminary night will continue to run two A-Features of 25-laps, starting 24 cars. Starting positions one through 20 will be lined up by heat race finish. The redraw procedure will be detailed at the driver meeting. Starting positions 21 through 24 will be lined up by B-Feature finish.

The winner of the Thursday night races gets $2,500, while Friday it moves up to $5,000.

On Saturday night, there will be six heat races of 15 laps in distance. Pre-invert lineups established by average finish from preliminary nights in staggered order with ties broken by

1) Best finish from Thursday or Friday races

2) Fastest qualifying time

3) Postmark of entry blank

The inversion, up to six cars, will be determined randomly. Cars finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the heat races advance to the Dirt Late Model Dream presented by Ferris Mowers. Cars finishing fourth through 11th advance to a B-Feature, in order of finishing position.

Heats one, two and three will determine the first B-Feature and heats four, five and six will determine the second B-Feature. There will be two B-Features of 20 laps in distance. Cars finishing first through fourth will advance to the Dirt

Late Model Dream presented by Ferris Commercial Mowers. The remaining cars may choose to restart in their current running order for a B-Scramble of five laps in distance.

The two fastest qualifiers not advancing through the Heat Races will start 19th and 20th in the Dirt Late Model Dream presented by Ferris Commercial Mowers (if they finished in a B-Feature qualifying position, they will be removed and the finish of that Heat Race adjusted accordingly).

The Dirt Late Model Dream present by Ferris Commercial Mowers will be 100 laps in distance, starting 28 cars.

Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Georgia was the 2014 winner rallying from the 22nd starting position.  Defending World 100 champion Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tennessee has six Dream wins, the most of any driver.

Tickets for the Dirt Late Model Dream or any other event can be purchased at or by calling (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. Celebrating its 62nd season in 2015, Eldora hosts the biggest events in short-track racing including the 21st annual Dirt Late Model Dream by Ferris Mowers; the 32nd annual Kings Royal Weekend; the third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 1-800-CAR-CASH Mud Summer Classic; and the 45th annual World 100. The complete schedule for Eldora’s 62nd consecutive season, including ticket and campsite information, is available 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 The Eldora Speedway app for the iPhone, iPad and Android is available for free download via iTunes and Google Play.