EVANSVILLE, Indiana --A historic racing season will draw to a close this weekend during the U.M.P. National Championships at Eldora Speedway. The U.M.P. Nationals traditionally mark the conclusion of yet another successful U.M.P. racing season but this year’s edition of the event will also be poignant as we remember United Midwestern Promoters’ founder Bob Memmer and wish legendary Eldora promoter Earl Baltes well in his retirement. Baltes, 83, will step down from the helm of Eldora Speedway at the conclusion of this weekend’s events after fifty-one consecutive years of leadership.
“The 2004 U.M.P. Nationals will yield the superior racing that teams and fans have come to count on at Eldora but it will also be the capstone to an era and act as a threshold to exciting new adventures,” commented Michelle Petroff, speaking on behalf of U.M.P. “Not only do we wish to remember Bob Memmer who passed away on July 8th, but also recognize Earl and Berneice Baltes for their commitment to dirt racing, Eldora Speedway and U.M.P. and wish them well in their retirement. This year’s Nationals mark the end of an era for U.M.P. and Eldora Speedway but they have all left an amazing blueprint for success and we hope to continue their legacy and tradition of excellence.”
Large crowds and several premier teams including former U.M.P., A.L.M.S. and N.A.L.M.S. champions as well as World 100 and $100,000 Dream victors are expected to participate in this weekend’s events. Over 248 drivers competed in the 2003 U.M.P. Nationals but it was Jeep Van Wormer who claimed the $10,000 prize in the late model division while Brian Ruhlman captured the title and $3,000 pay day for modifieds. Racing will commence on Saturday, October 9, 2004, with gates opening at 11 a.m. and heat races beginning at 7 p.m. as teams vie for one of the coveted 24 feature starting spots. Pre-race ceremonies will kick off at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 10, and will be followed by the Chassis Challenge, Race of States and feature events.
The schedule of events and more information on tickets is available online at http://www.eldoraspeedway.com . Come out and join us for the U.M.P. points’ finale, a weekend of exciting racing and Earl’s final farewell!