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Eldora Speedway, New Weston

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Auto Race Track · Tourist Spot
Eldora Speedway (nicknamed "The Big E", "Auto Racing's Showcase Since 1954," and "The World's Greatest Dirt Track") is a 0.5 mi (804.672 m) high-banked clay dirt oval. Located north of Rossburg, Ohio in the village of New Weston, Ohio, it features permanent and festival-style seating believedto be in the range of 30,000. The 22,000 permanent grandstand and VIP suite seats make it the largest sports stadium in the Dayton, Ohio-region according to the Dayton Business Journal.
Originally constructed as a 1/4-mile semi-banked clay dirt oval by track founder and legendary promoter Earl Baltes, Eldora was enlarged to a 3/8-mile length and later to the "half-mile" standard required by the United States Auto Club (USAC) for National Championship events featuring the stars of the Indianapolis 500. Baltes, an enterprising big band leader and dance promoter, was never afraid to think big, took big risks and created events that drivers and fans could never fathom – drawing them to his speedway in rural Darke County, Ohio.

The track currently hosts events like The Kings Royal, the World 100, and the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series' Eldora Dirt Derby. In 2013, Dirt Late Model Dream and World 100 expanded from one day shows to full three-day Thursday, Friday and Saturday race weekend programs which have proven to be hugely popular. The Kings Royal followed suit in 2016.
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  • Really hoping that the races can happen this year. We had such an amazing time last year and are very sad that we had to miss one race already!  more »
  • I have been going to this track for the past 7 years. Free parking and good food. Race fans are the best and yest to meet unfriendly people there. Good selection of merchandise for the drivers that...  more »
  • First off accessibility and parking were very good. It didn't take long at all to get in and out of the track. Secondly from the ticket prices to the food and drink prices everything was reasonable if not, dare I say, cheaply priced making this a very affordable and family friendly venue. Lastly the track itself is kept to a good quality and working order. On the night I went the race and track officials ran a very packed event with very few interuptions or breaks in the action. All in all a great venue to watch some incredible racing.
  • Very easy to get around. Plenty of restrooms which is a major plus! The loudspeakers could've been louder and the video screen was a little hard to see. It's a great place and we had a blast. I found the staff very friendly and helpful.

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