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Eldora Speedway announces Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals
CENTER LINE, Mich.
Eldora Speedway and Mopar have jointly unveiled the second largest payoff in non-winged racing history with the Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals, which will feature $266,250 in prize money and bonuses up for grabs. The marquee September 22 and 23 event, which coincides with the 25th anniversary of the historic 4-Crown Nationals, will offer an unprecedented $25,000 winner's paycheck to each of USAC's premier divisions (Midget, Sprint, Silver Crown), and $2,500 to the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) Modified victor.
Intensifying the event is a $100,000 bonus being posted by Mopar, to any driver able to sweep the three USAC non-winged events. Additionally, a $25,000 "Jack Hewitt Bonus" is being posted for a clean sweep victory in all four legs of the Mopar Thunder, a stunning feat accomplished by Hewitt in 1998.
"We are happy to continue to build our relationship with the legendary Eldora Speedway and the race fans who support these first class racing events," said Kevin Miller, Senior Manager, Mopar Brand, Performance and Motorsports. "Sponsoring events such as the Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4 Crown Nationals gives us a platform to build on our leadership position in the sport of open wheel racing. Working with a group such as Eldora Speedway allows Mopar the opportunity to showcase our authentic motorsports programs."
Tony Stewart, reigning NASCAR Nextel Cup Champion and owner of Eldora Speedway, explains, "Eldora has a long history of high paying events. When I bought the track from Earl [Baltes], I knew I had big shoes to fill in following that reputation. We're ecstatic to promote such a marquee event with Mopar and celebrate what will be 25 years of the 4-Crown Nationals. As a driver who started my career in these non-winged cars, I can tell you that these massive purses and bonuses, and the allure of Eldora, should attract drivers from every garage in America. If I didn't have Cup commitments in Dover that weekend, I'd try to win all four myself."
Tickets for the Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals will be available online at www.eldoraspeedway.com beginning May 1. Race fans will also be able to purchase tickets at Eldora Speedway daily from 9 to 5 p.m. EST. The USAC Silver Crown finale from the Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals event will be televised on The Outdoor Channel on September 30, 2006, at 5 p.m. EST.
For more information regarding Eldora Speedway, Mopar, the Mopar Thunder @ the USAC 4-Crown Nationals event, USAC Racing or The Outdoor Channel, log on to www.eldoraspeedway.com, www.mopar.com, www.moparspeed.com, www.usacracing.com or www.outdoorchannel.com.
Mopar is based in Center Line, Mich., and is the exclusive original equipment supplier of parts and accessories for Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles.