Story By: LUCAS OIL LATE MODEL DIRT SERIES – BATAVIA, OH – The most illustrious season in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series history wraps up with the 43rd Annual General Tire Dirt Track World Championship – Presented by ARP at Eldora Speedway, October 19-21.
The weekend will get underway on Thursday, October 19 with preliminary events for the Modified division. Additionally, a full program is on tap for the Eldora Stock Cars, paying $1,000-to-win.
On Friday, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will take center stage with Dirt Draft Hot Laps, Allstar Performance Time Trials, and Heats Races. The Steel Block Late Model Series will compete in their preliminary events, while the Modified division will contest their 30-lap, $5,000-to-win A-Main.
Saturday’s festivities will kick off with a Dirt Racing Outreach Service at 1:30PM, followed by a Drivers Autograph Session at 3:00PM. The on-track action will begin with Hot Laps for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at 6:00PM, followed by the crowning of the 2023 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Year. Then, B-Mains for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be contested, followed by the Jim Dunn Memorial Non-Qualifiers Race, and the 100-lap, $100,000-to-win, 43rd Annual General Tire Dirt Track World Championship – Presented by ARP.
Following Saturday’s main event, the Lucas Oil Late Model Series will crown the 2023 National Champion. The Steel Block Late Model Series will cap off the weekend with their 25-lap, $5,000-to-win A-Main.
The Turn 3 Pit Gate will open at 11:00AM on Thursday, 10:00AM on Friday, and 12:00PM (Noon) on Saturday. The General Admission Gates will open at 2:00PM each day. All times are Eastern Time.
Eldora Speedway is a half-mile facility located at 13929 State Route 118 in New Weston, Ohio. The ‘Big E’ is owned by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, Tony Stewart. The Indiana native purchased Eldora from legendary promotor Earl Baltes in 2004. Baltes built Eldora in 1954 and had been the sole owner of the facility from day number one. Eldora plays host to some of the largest dirt racing events in the country, including the Dirt Late Model Dream, Kings Royal, and World 100.
The top four drivers in the Big River Steel Chase for the Championship – Presented by ARP – Ricky Thornton Jr., Hudson O’Neal, Jonathan Davenport, and Devin Moran – will enter the season finale will their points consolidated, each with an equal opportunity at the title of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion. The series champion will receive $200,000, with the top four drivers in the final series standings earning a minimum of $100,000.
O’Neal Leads Brandon Ford TV Race Challenge to Eldora
Hudson O’Neal leads the challenge for the Brandon Ford TV Race Challenge to the 43rd Annual General Tire Dirt Track World Championship – Presented by ARP at Eldora Speedway, October 20-21.
O’Neal holds a 100-point lead over Jonathan Davenport with Ricky Thornton Jr. just 30-points behind Davenport in third. Devin Moran and Tim McCreadie rounds out the top five in the Brandon Ford TV Race Challenge standings.
The Brandon Ford TV Race Challenge is a mini-series within the 2023 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series schedule that will award points to drivers at the thirteen (13) tape-delayed events airing on the MAVTV Motorsports Network.
The driver earning the most Brandon Ford TV Race Challenge points will receive a $15,000 cash bonus, while second and third will receive $5,000 and $2,000 respectively at the year-end awards banquet. Drivers must maintain perfect attendance with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series to be eligible for these awards.