After reading about and watching DVD’s of Eldora for many years, I finally made it to “The Big E”.
First Impressions: Big, Loud and Fast !
Think about this for a moment….The cars were lapping the ½ mile in around 13.5 seconds…….. That’s about the same time that we see for most of the ¼ mile tracks in Australia.
That puts it into perspective don’t you think. Roughly double the distance, in around the same time !
Tyler Walker won the race in spectacular fashion and was crowned the 28th “King”. Earl Bates, the creator of Eldora way back in 1954 presented Tyler Walker with his ceremonial crown and robe. Needless to say, Walker was over the moon.
Sammy Swindell was dealt a hard blow, leading virtually the entire race until his right rear exploded exiting turn 4 on the very last lap. The finish line and the $50,000 to win cheque was literally 100m away and it vaporised from his grasp in a nanosecond. Tyler Walker was able to capitalise on Swindell’s misfortune and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
Paul McMahan was third home and best placed Aussie was Kerry Madsen in 9th. Other Aussies nominated for the event were Marty Perovich and Bruce White but they were unable to transfer to the A Main.
Joey Saldana took a massive hit on turn 2 in the A Main and was taken from the track by ambulance. Unconfirmed reports suggest that Joey suffered broken ribs, a collapsed lung and required the insertion of a plate in his arm. Our thoughts are with Joey.
Next Sprintcar Race that I will attend : Williams Grove 22 & 23 July.