The Original $100,000-to-win Sprint Car Race Will Be Showcased Thursday of Expanded Kings Royal Week

Eldora Speedway® officials today announced The Historical Big 1™ – the original $100,000-to-win sprint car race – will return in 2022 after a 19-year absence from the schedule.

First held in 1993, Eldora Speedway® founder Earl Baltes chose an early August weekend to promote The Historical Big One™ on 11 occasions through 2003.

The modern-day iteration will continue the tradition of paying $100,000-to-win. However, the purse will be expanded, pay deeper throughout the field, and the event will take place on the Thursday night of the 39thKings Royal® Week, which will officially expand to four days in 2022.

As part of Kings Royal® Week, The Historical Big 1™ expands on the multiple-year agreement announced in November 2020 between Eldora Speedway® and World Racing Group. The event will be sanctioned by the World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and livestreamed exclusively on DIRTVision.

Past winners of the event include Eldora fan-favorite ‘The Wild Child’ Jac Haudenschild, who won the inaugural event; followed by fellow Holmes County, Ohio-native Kenny Jacobs in 1994; and ‘The King of the Outlaws’ Steve Kinser in 1995 and 2000. They were followed by: Mark Kinser (1996); Dave Blaney (1997); Dale Blaney (1998); Kevin Gobrecht (1999); P.J. Chesson (2001); Donny Schatz (2002); and Daryn Pittman (2003).

Additional details will be released in the coming weeks via Eldora Speedway’s official social channels and on

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