Sports and Outdoors

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

33rd Annual Eldora Speedway Event Showcases Variety of Open Wheeled Cars, Winged & Non-Winged


33rd Annual Eldora Speedway Event Showcases Variety of Open Wheeled Cars, Winged & Non-Winged

ROSSBURG, Ohio — A smorgasbord of racing may well be the best description for the 33rd Four Crown Nationals scheduled for Sept. 19, 20 at Eldora Speedway.
Over the course of two days, the historic one-half mile clay oval will host multiple open-wheeled divisions, beginning with the winged World of Outlaws (WoO) STP Sprint Car Series and the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds on Friday.
Saturday will see the three national non-winged series of the United States Auto Club (USAC) — Midget, Sprint Car and Silver Crown divisions in their only same-day appearance together on the 2014 schedule.
As if all that isn’t enough, members of the Vintage Auto Racing Club (VARC) will host a display and on-track exhibition, while the USAC Quarter Midgets will be competing on Little Eldora Speedway.

Coming into Friday’s chase, four different WoO winners have found their way to Eldora’s victory lane in as many contests this year. With this being the final 2014 WoO showing at Eldora, the balance of the field is hoping to keep that streak going and make it five different winners.

Among the hopefuls is 20-time WoO champion Steve Kinser. The Bloomington, Ind., veteran is making his final Eldora appearance as a full-time WoO point follower and would like nothing better than to close out that campaign with his 36th WoO win at Eldora. The traveling Outlaws have completed 149 races at Eldora and Kinser’s 35 victories sets him high atop the all-time win list.

Shane Stewart (Tulsa, Okla.) and David Gravel (Watertown, Conn.) captured their first-ever Eldora WoO wins when the tour invaded in May, while the recently retired Sammy Swindell (Germantown, Tenn.) captured the final checkered flag of his storied career on July 11. The next night saw Australian driver Kerry Madsen increasing his Eldora win total to three with a convincing $50,000 Kings Royal victory.

For the Modifieds, it will be their final tune-up before the three-day UMP Fall Nationals (October 2, 3, 4). Earlier in the season, teammates Jeff Babcock (Wayne, Ohio) and Matt Westfall (Ludlow Falls, Ohio) traded wins with three apiece before Jacob Hawkins (Fairmont, W.Va.) and Jonathan Taylor (Saltsburg, Penn.) moved in to end that streak with their recent ventures into victory lane.

When Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) captured April’s USAC Sprint Car main event at Eldora, it inched him closer to August’s historic moment when he moved past veteran Tom Bigelow (Whitewater, Wis.) to become USAC’s all-time leading feature winner with 53 checkered flags. Darland is hoping to retain that momentum Saturday night as he comes into the event only three points behind Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) in the cumulative 2014 USAC National Sprint Car Series point chase. Bacon has yet to score an Eldora USAC Sprint win while Darland has amassed five.

Rico Abreu (Rutherford, Calif.) turned the trick in the USAC Midget portion of the Four Crown last year and rides into Saturday as the current point leader with a comfortable margin over veteran charger Tracy Hines (New Castle, Ind.) and young upstart Christopher Bell (Norman, Okla.).

Closing out Saturday’s tripleheader will be the time-honored Silver Crown division. Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.), winless in Eldora action thus far, leads the point chase over Hines, Bobby East (Brownsburg, Ind.) and last year’s Four Crown winner Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.).

Each night’s card will include full racing programs of Heat Races, B-Features as needed and the concluding A-Features.

During the daytime, the future stars of racing will be honing their Quarter Midget racing skills on the adjoining Little Eldora Speedway and the VARC members will be on hand with their biggest display of the year to bench race and retell the history of their restored race cars.

Autumn Owls at Ouabache State Park

Autumn Owls – Sept. 27, 2014 at Ouabache State Park

All programs for this event will be held at the Campview Shelter in the middle of Campground A.

2:00 pm What a “Hoot!” – LIVE Owls – Part 1
Discover fascinating facts about two of Indiana’s common owls and meet some up close! Join interpretive naturalist, Jennifer, as she sheds some light on these nocturnal wonders.

3:00 pm Owl Make- it/Take-it
Use your craftiness to create an owl masterpiece as a souvenir.

4:30 pm What a “Hoot!” – LIVE Owls – Part 2
Meet another resident owl of Indiana. Join interpretive naturalist, Teresa Rody, as she unveils the mysteries of this silent flyer.

7:00 pm Movie
Enjoy a family-friendly movie about owls. Feel free to bring your own chair and/or a blanket.
Following the Movie Owl Prowl**
Step outside for a short hike as we attempt to call-in some owls.
** weather permitting

Parents and children are encouraged to attend Ouabache’s interpretive programs together. Children under age 10 must bring an adult.