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Historic Big 1 returns to Eldora in 2022

The Historical Big 1 will return to Eldora Speedway in 2022. (Frank Smith Photo)

ROSSBURG, Ohio – Eldora Speedway officials announced on Saturday that The Historical Big 1 – the original $ 100,000 winning sprint car race – will return after a 19-year absence in 2022.

First held in 1993, Eldora Speedway founder Earl Baltes chose a weekend in early August to advertise The Historical Big One eleven times by 2003.

The modern iteration will continue the tradition of paying $ 100,000 to win. However, the wallet will expand, the entire field will be paid for, and the event will take place on the Thursday evening of the 39th Kings Royal Week, which will be officially expanded to four days in 2022.

As part of Kings Royal Week, The Historical Big 1 is expanding the multi-year agreement between Eldora Speedway and World Racing Group announced in November 2020. The event is approved by the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and broadcast live exclusively on DIRTVision.

Past winners of the event include Jac Haudenschild, who won the opening event; followed by Kenny Jacobs of Holmes County, Ohio, 1994; and Steve Kinser 1995 and 2000. This was followed by: Mark Kinser (1996); Dave Blaney (1997); Dale Blaney (1998); Kevin Gobrecht (1999); PJ Chesson (2001); Donny Schatz (2002); and Daryn Pittman (2003).

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