ROSSBURG, OH (Oct. 20) -- Due to
the success of last month's Mopar Million at Eldora Speedway, the three
participating parties - Mopar, Eldora Speedway and the United States Auto
Club (USAC) - have agreed to present another major event for non-winged
Sprint Cars in 2004. To be named the Mopar Thunder Sprint at Eldora, prize
money in excess of $175,000 will be on the line for the one-night event,
Saturday, August 7, 2004. Of that amount, $50,000 has been earmarked for
the victor, and in keeping pace with the successful formula of the Mopar
Million, the payoff will be generously spread throughout the starting field,
with last place in the 40-lap chase guaranteed a minimum of $2,000.
"We were more than pleased with
the outcome of the Mopar Million," stated Kevin Miller, Senior Brand Manager
- Mopar Excitement, "and look forward to continuing that enthusiasm and
interest in non-winged Sprint Car racing right through the new Mopar Thunder".
Echoed Eldora's Earl Baltes, "USAC and non-winged Sprint racing has always
been an important ingredient of Eldora's success, and now with Mopar joining
in, we are definitely eager to step up to the plate and create an annual
'payday' for the non-wingers".
The Mopar Thunder will conclude three
successive nights of Sprint Car racing on Eldora's famed high-banked one-half
mile clay oval. Kicking off the activity will be the winged Sprints of the
All Star Circuit of Champions on Thursday, August 5, while the traveling
World of Outlaws (WoO) will fill the Friday, August 6 time frame. Saturday's
rich Mopar Thunder for USAC Sprint Cars will replace the Historical Big
One, which after eleven years, is being removed from the Eldora Speedway
USAC officials are working with the
Eldora staff to assure that the Mopar Thunder will become a National Sprint
event. Tickets for all three nights of racing will be available at the Eldora
Speedway box office, 937.338.3815 starting November 1.