This weekend marks the 42nd annual World 100, The Grandaddy of them all! Over a hundred of the best dirt late model drivers in the country will converge at Eldora Speedway in hopes of making dirt track history.
One driver making a return to the infamous half mile is Dan Schlieper. A former winner of the World 100, Schlieper recently had entered into a some what forced retirement.
“Basically I just fell on financial hard times; I couldn’t keep up with the pace I needed to field my own car, so I had to quit. But when Mark called me, I felt rejuvenated,” said the 41-year-old Schlieper.
Mark Saul a seasoned crew chief within the dirt late model ranks has spent the last summer building a brand new dirt late model team and has decided to put Schlieper in the car for the maiden voyage, “He knows the place; he’s not hard on equipment and the fans like him. What more could a car owner ask for, ” Asked Saul.
“This is the biggest race of the year, and I’m ready to go,” Schlieper recently told the folks at Eldora Speedway. “I still remember that night in 2003 and I feel like when I get behind the seat this weekend, I’m going to be right where I left off – racing hard and racing to win.”
Friday’s action on the famous half-mile clay oval features two rounds of single-lap time trial runs and then Qualifying Features. Saturday’s main event includes six heat races, two B-Features plus the new B-Scrambles and the $45,000 to win World 100.
Tickets for the World 100, priced as low as $40 for the two-nights, remain available and can be purchased 24 hours a day online through the track website www.EldoraSpeedway.com or by calling the track ticket office at (937) 338-3815 during normal business hours.