Eldora Speedway founder Earl Baltes dies at 93

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Earl Baltes, founder of one of North America’s most successful and iconic dirt tracks, Eldora Speedway, has died at 93.

The news broke this morning, and was confirmed once new track owner Tony Stewart released a statement via the track’s official website.

“Earl Baltes was the yardstick other track promoters measured themselves  by,” Stewart said in a statement. “He constantly raised the bar, and he did it by creating events everyone else was afraid to promote. He did them himself, too. Not as a fair board, or a public company, or with major sponsors or millions of dollars in TV money.

“He put it on the line with the support of his family. He and his wife, Berneice, created a happening at Eldora. They turned Eldora into more than just a racetrack. They made it a place to be. They were integral to the evolution of dirt-track racing and the sport as a whole. Earl will be missed, but he won’t ever be forgotten because of his devotion to auto racing.”

More information is linked here from NASCAR Talk’s Nate Ryan.