Eldora Speedway will host winged sprint cars for the richest purse in sprint car history for its third version of the Eldora Million, track owner Tony Stewart announced.
Set for July 12-13, the unsanctioned event will feature a winner’s purse of $1,002,023 from a total purse of $1.4 million and is a cooperative effort with the speedway’s official livestream partner, FloSports, which will provide exclusive live streaming of the event, track officials said.
“All of us at Eldora are super excited to host the first million-dollar-to-win sprint car race,” said Stewart. “Back in 2003, Eldora hosted a non-wing race that paid $200,000 to winner Jac Haudenschild, but this will be the first time a sprint car driver will race for a winner’s check worth $1 million.”
The Eldora Million format will feature a full racing program that culminates with the $1,002,023-to-win feature. Competitors will earn points in Wednesday’s preliminary action that will help seed Thursday night’s events, the track said. Wednesday’s program doubles down on racing action with competitors split into groups. Each group will compete in a full racing program highlighted by $12,000-to-win and $1,000-to-start main events. In total, Wednesday’s purse exceeds $115,000.
Combined with the $175,000-to-win 40th Kings Royal that takes place July 14-15 following The Eldora Million, the track said, overall posted prize money for the four-day stretch will exceed $2 million.