On this day in Eldora History A Visual Look At Eldora On This Day Enjoy a look back in time as we review Eldora events that have occurred ‘on this day’ in history…and check back daily for the new post! (Tip: After clicking an image to view, use your back button to return to the timeline.) May 29 May 28 May 27 May 26 May 25 May 24 May 23 May 22 May 21 May 20 May 19 May 18 May 17 May 16 May 15 May 14 May 13 May 12 May 11 May 10 May 09 May 08 May 07 May 06 May 05 May 04 May 03 May 02 May 01 Apr 30 Apr 29 Apr 28 Apr 27 Apr 26 Apr 25 Apr 24 Apr 23 Apr 22 Apr 21 Apr 20 Apr 19 Apr 18 Apr 17 Apr 16 Apr 15 Apr 14 Apr 13 Apr 12 Apr 11 Apr 10Christopher Bell2016: Christopher Bell wins the 360 Sprint Feature.Greg Johnson2000: Greg Johnson wins the Late Model Feature.Dale Blaney2007: Dale Blaney snatches the 360 Sprint Feature win. Also placing first in their respected divisions were Casey Noonan (Late Model) and Mike Dirksen (Stock Car).J.J. Yeley2002: J.J. Yeley captures the USAC Sprint Feature win.Richards, Babcock & Sebetto2008: Josh Richards wins the Late Model Feature, Jeff Babcock finishes first in the Stock Car Feature, and Bryan Sebetto takes first place in the NRA Sprint Feature.Darrell Lanigan1998: Darrell Lanigan pilots his way to a Late Model Feature win. Mike Brecht wins the Modified Feature.Kings Royal To Pay $175K-To-Win2019: After months of speculation, Eldora officials announce the 36th annual Kings Royal will pay a blockbuster $175,000-to-win.Brad Doty1983: Brad Doty snatches the World of Outlaws Sprint Feature win.Woodard, Conover, & Loney2016: Earnie Woodard & Jordan Conover each win their Stock Car Feature event. Nathon Loney wins the Modified Feature.Joey Saldana1995: On this day, Joey Saldana brings home the All Star Sprint Feature win.Huntley & Woodard2001: Kevin Huntley snatches the 360 Sprint Feature win on D.A.R.E. Night, while Earnie Woodard picks up his first Stock Car victory of the season at Eldora.Gus Wasson1996: Gus Wasson wins the All Star Sprint Feature.Kenny Jacobs1997: Kenny Jacobs captures the All Star Sprint Feature win.Joey Saldana1998: Joey Saldana wins the All Star Sprint Feature.Jesse Bitterling2010: Jesse Bitterling snatches the Modified Feature win.Ken Schrader2011: Ken Schrader wins the Modified Feature at Family Fireworks Night.Ballou & Schatz2017: Robert Ballou and Donny Schatz each win their respected Feature on night #2 of #LetsRaceTwo.Tony Stewart2010: Tony Stewart brings home the win in the Modified Feature event.Brady Bacon2018: Brady Bacon wins the USAC Sprint Feature during night 1 of #LetsRaceTwo.Jerry Bowersock2008: Jerry Bowersock captures the Modified Feature win.Jud Larson1965: Jud Larson wins the USAC Feature event in his #2 Sprint Car.Al Woodard1977: Al Woodard drives his 1973 Camaro to victory lane in the 25 lap Late Model Feature.Chad Boespflug2016: Chad Boespflug wins night two of #LetsRaceTwo.Bryan Clauson2016: Bryan Clauson wins night one of #LetsRaceTwo.Slammin Sammy & Jeff Babcock2012: Sammy Swindell & Jeff Babcock each take home a Feature win in their respective divisions.Lee Brewer, Jr.1991: Lee Brewer, Jr. takes first place in the All Star Feature event in his #1S Sprint car.Brad Doty1981: Brad Doty pilots his #28D Sprint car to victory lane in the All Star Feature event.Kenny Jacobs1987: Kenny Jacobs grabs the All Star Sprint Feature win in his #56 Sprint car.Davidson, Staples, Bowersock1999: Derek Davidson – USAC Feature Winner. John Staples – UMP Modified Feature Winner. Scott Bowersock – Stock Car Feature Winner.Jay Drake2005: Jay Drake captures the USAC Sprint Car Feature win.Dave Darland2000: Dave Darland wins the USAC Feature.Hoffman, Strickler & Rahe, Jr.2018: Nick Hoffman, Kyle Strickler, and Gary Rahe, Jr. each win their Feature event at the Late Model Lidlifter.Baltes’ Birthday1921: On this day, Eldora Speedway founder, Earl Baltes, is born.Kinser & Jacobs1981: Steve Kinser wins the USAC Silver Crown Feature. 1997: Dean Jacobs grabs the All Star Sprint Feature win. Dave Peperak1981: Dave Peperak captures his first USAC win.Jack & Jac1982: Jack Hewitt wins the USAC Sprint Feature. 1999: Jac Haudenschild beats Kasey Kahne to win the All Star Sprint Feature.Brian Ruhlman2016: Brian Ruhlman is the first car to cross the finish line, winning the UMP Modified Feature.Greg Wilson2000: Greg Wilson captures the 360 Sprint Car Feature win.Track Speed Records2018: A new Eldora track speed record is set in all three divisions. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (360 Sprints) – 13.440 Brian Ruhlman (Modifieds) – 16.894 Earnie Woodard (Stocks) – 18.500Bobby Clark1996: Bobby Clark wins the 360 Sprint Car Feature.Sammy Swindell2003: Sammy Swindell picks up his first win of the 2003 season due to Steve Kinser’s last lap pass being negated.Phil Gressman1998: Phil Gressman captures his second 360 Sprint Feature win in three tries at Eldora.Dave Blaney1993: On this day, Dave Blaney took the checkered flag at the World of Outlaws event, and went on to win again the following day.Scott Orr2005: Scott Orr, piloting his red #88 Modified, captures the UMP Modified Feature win on this day.The Wild Child1995: Jac Haudenschild, aboard his famous yellow Pennzoil #22, grabs the World of Outlaws victory for car owner Jack Elden.Bobby Pierce2014: Bobby Pierce wins the DIRTcar Spring Nationals event worth $5,000. Matt Mevert wins the Modified portion.New Track Record2002: Craig Dollansky goes 12.707 in WoO qualifying to set a new track record. The record still stands to this day, though it has come under fire as of late. Eleven different drivers turned laps in the 12-second bracket in 2019.Patterson Wins 5th2003: Kris Patterson goes to victory lane in the American Late Model Series main event – his fifth such triumph at Eldora. Scott Orr wins Mods and Bob Burch wins Stocks.Easter Bunny2009: Jerry Coons, Jr. and team celebrate in victory lane with the Easter Bunny after a USAC Sprint win.Grab BagWinners on this day include Tom Bigelow (USAC), Joey Saldana (WoO), Mike Brecht (Mod), Jac Haudenschild (ASCoC), and Phil Gressman (360).Special thanks to Mike Campbell for his assistance with many of the photos used in this timeline.