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ROSSBURG, Ohio-- With the pages of the calendar flipping over to the month of September, the eyes of the dirt late model fraternity are beginning to focus upon Eldora Speedway and the staging of its World 100. The annual event, considered to be the most prestigious of all dirt late model events throughout the year, will be held on its traditional date, the weekend following Labor Day (September 10 & 11).
This year’s chase, the 29th, will offer $32,000 to the winner. Granted, it isn’t the largest payoff of the year for the racers, but at stake is the prominence of a World 100 victory. A grueling race format, accompanied by a field of entrants exceeding 200 in recent years, makes a trip to victory late especially tough. But no race commands as much attention and respect as Eldora’s premier event, so a victory is revered by all.
Eighteen different drivers have been presented the globed trophy representing a World 100 win over the 28 year span, but most recently two drivers have dominated the affair. Billy Moyer, the defending champion, and Donnie Moran have combined to win eight of the last ten chases around the one-half mile clay oval.
Moyer’s wins have come in 1991, 1993, 1994 and last year, while Moran was victorious in 1989, 1992, 1996 and 1997. Scoff Bloomquist (1990) and Jack Boggs (1995) have interrupted the win skein enjoyed by Moyer and Moran.
While those two have impressive records, and among the ones to beat, over two hundred drivers will have other thoughts. Among those will be Rick Eckert, who captured Eldora’s major spring race, the Dirt Late Model Dream and took $100,000 back to Pennsylvania with him.
The format for the World 100 remains unchanged from previous years. Friday’s slate calls for two rounds of one-lap time trial runs, with the fastest 120 cars locked into Saturday’s program, which will consist of six heat races, a B-Main and the famed World 100. Non-qualifier races will also complete the Friday program.
Ticket and entry information may be obtained by contacting the Eldora Speedway office at (937) 338-3815 during normal business hours.