Saturday Night Speedfest equals exciting, heart pounding racing at Eldora


ROSSBURG – After a gorgeous 65-degree evening at Eldora Speedway’s 63rd season opener Saturday night, two racing divisions return and third will be coming for the first time since 2012.

Saturday Night Speedfest is set for Saturday and will see the return of UMP Modifieds and a double feature for the Eldora stock cars. David Mielke, from Gladwin, Michigan, started fifth to win last week’s UMP Modified race while Paul Pardo won the stock car show.

Pardo, from New Paris, has won three straight Eldora stock car A-Mains, dating back to last August.

The Vores Compact Touring Series will return to Eldora for the first time since the 2012 season. Last week the series raced at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway with Jeff Williams scoring a victory in the 30 lap A-Main.

Admission gates will open at 4 p.m., with hot laps 5 p.m. and a complete racing program beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets can be bought at www.EldoraSpeedway.com, by phone at 937-338-3815 or at the box office at the race track. It’s $12 for adults and kids 12 and younger are free.

Last Saturday was a wild night for the UMP Modifieds at Eldora as several drivers thought they could challenge Mielke for the win.

Evan Taylor, from Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, was running second in the A-Main, but clipped the wall in turn three early in the race and was done for the night. Ryan Sutter, an early leader, was running third but was collected in a wreck involving Scott Williams which took him out of contention.

There was a five-car pileup on the first lap in turns three and four and Collin Thirlby, from Traverse City, Michigan, flipped his car. And in the third heat race earlier in the night, Jason Kenney, from Celina, took a violent flip on the frontstetch.

Pardo started fifth in the A-Main of the stock car division, but took the lead in turn one from Donnie Jeschke and never looked back.

The Vores Compact Touring Series debuted at Eldora with an exhibition race in late 2011. They raced at Eldora in 2012 and are returning this Saturday. Steve Vore of Vores Welding & Steel in in nearby Fort Recovery is the series founder.

The cars are front wheel drive compact cars with either four or six cylinders.

The complete schedule for Eldora’s 63nd consecutive season, including ticket and campsite information, is available at www.EldoraSpeedway.com.

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