World 100

The World 100 is a dirt late model racing event that has been held every year since 1971 at the famed 1/2 mile Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, and is considered by many race fans to be the most prestigious dirt late model event in the United States. In 1971 the winner received $3,000 and each year since then, the winner's purse has been raised by $1,000; in 2019 the winner received a total check of $52,000.

World 100
VenueEldora Speedway
LocationRossburg, Ohio
Coordinates: 40°19′6.43″N 84°38′1.79″W / 40.3184528°N 84.6338306°W / 40.3184528; -84.6338306
First race1971
Laps100
Most wins (driver)Billy Moyer (6)
SurfaceClay
Length0.5 mi (0.80 km)

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying for the World 100 feature race is a 3 day event. Typically, the Thursday and Friday prior to the World 100 is filled with the prototypical event schedule (hot laps, heat races, B-Main/Last Chance Qualifier, Feature event). Both Thursday and Friday have Twin Features. Drivers earn points based on their performances the first two days. On Saturday (the day of the World 100) drivers are seeded into their heat races based on the points accumulated through the previous 2 days. How they finish in their heat races immediately determines where the predetermined number of qualifying drivers will start. There is also a predetermined number of drivers that start in reverse order, resulting from the "Wheel of Misfortune" that has gained some fame at Eldora.

This process saw Hudson O'Neal, son of legendary driver Don O'Neal, become the youngest driver to start on the pole at 17-years-old in 2017.

In 2018, both Friday and Saturday racing were rained out and moved from the September date, to Columbus Day weekend in October. The results from Thursday were carried over to the rain date, and drivers ran Friday's schedule the morning of the World 100, essentially making the day a double-header. Tim McCreadie won the marathon event, becoming the first driver from the state of New York to win the World 100.

WinnersEdit

  • 1971: Bruce Gould, Milford, Ohio.
  • 1972: Verlin Eaker, Cedar Rapids, Iowa;
  • 1973: Floyd Gilbert, Lockland, Ohio;
  • 1974: Ed Sanger, Waterloo, Iowa;
  • 1975: Joe Merryfield, Des Moines, Iowa;
  • 1976: Charlie Hughes, Dalton, Ga.;
  • 1977: Doug Kenimer, Dalton, Ga.;
  • 1978: Ken Walton, Viola, Iowa;
  • 1979: Larry Moore, Dayton, Ohio;
  • 1980: Charlie Swartz, Lucasville, Ohio;
  • 1981: Larry Moore, Dayton, Ohio;
  • 1982: Mike Duvall, Gaffney, S.C.;
  • 1983: Jeff Purvis, Clarksville, Tenn.;
  • 1984: Jeff Purvis, Clarksville, Tenn.;
  • 1985: Larry Moore, Dayton, Ohio;
  • 1986: Jeff Purvis, Clarksville, Tenn.;
  • 1987: Randy Boggs, Grayson, Ky.;
  • 1988: Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.;
  • 1989: Donnie Moran, Frazeysburg, Ohio;
  • 1990: Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.;
  • 1991: Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.;
  • 1992: Donnie Moran, Frazeysburg, Ohio;
  • 1993: Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.;
  • 1994: Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.;
  • 1995: Jack Boggs, Grayson, Ky.;
  • 1996: Donnie Moran, Dresden, Ohio;
  • 1997: Donnie Moran, Dresden, Ohio;
  • 1998: Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.;
  • 1999: Steve Francis, Ashland, Ky.;
  • 2000: Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.;
  • 2001: Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.;
  • 2002: Brian Birkhofer, Muscatine, Iowa;
  • 2003: Dan Schlieper, Pewaukee, Wis.;
  • 2004: Chub Frank, Bear Lake, Pa.;
  • 2005: Dale McDowell, Rossville, Ga.;
  • 2006: Earl Pearson Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.;
  • 2007: Jimmy Owens, Newport, Tenn.;
  • 2008: Shane Clanton, Locust Grove, Ga.;
  • 2009: Bart Hartman, Zanesville, Ohio;
  • 2010: Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.;
  • 2011: Jimmy Owens, Newport, Tenn.;
  • 2012: Brian Birkhofer, Muscatine, Iowa;
  • 2013: John Blankenship, Williamson, W.Va.;
  • 2014: Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.;
  • 2015: Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, Ga.;
  • 2016: Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, Ill.;
  • 2017: Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, Ga.;
  • 2018: Tim McCreadie, Watertown, NY.;
  • 2019: Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, Ga.;
  • 2020: Not Zach Peterson

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ dirtondirt.com