Twin World 100 races on tap this week at Eldora Speedway

World 100 Eldora
World of Outlaws / Jacy Norgaard

This week, the best dirt late model racers will gather at Eldora Speedway for a pair of World 100 races, to compete in the 51st and 50th editions of the iconic showdown. And if it looks odd to the eye to see the number 51 in front of the 50, it’s because that’s they way they will be run with the 2021 race to be held on Thursday and the makeup date for 2020 occurring on Saturday.

The beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic last year disrupted many sporting events. The ripple effect created some interesting and packed weekends, especially at Eldora where some of the most famous dirt track races are held. In July, Eldora played host to a pair of Kings Royals spring car races. Kyle Larson won one of those two events.

This June, Eldora was the site of two Dirt Late Model Dreams following that formula. Brandon Overton won both 100-lap events this spring and will see if he can keep his perfect record alive in the World 100s. He will have to pick up the pace, however. In three previous starts in the World 100, he has one only top-10 finish, which was a fifth in 2018.

And he’s going to have to outrun Jonathan Davenport, who won three of the last five Dreams in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

In addition to the most of the top names in late model racing, the dirt regulars are going to have to deal with NASCAR superstar Larson Thursday night. Conflict with the Race 2 of the NASCAR playoffs on Saturday will keep him from starting both events.

If Larson has a bucket list, winning one of the 100-lap features at Eldora must be on it. The World 100 and Dream are widely considered the cream of this form of racing.

Larson was in both editions of the the Dream earlier this year and got progressively stronger. He finished 13th in 27th Dream as the first driver one lap down to Overton. In the 26th edition that happened later in the week, he improved to sixth.

More importantly, since that sixth-pace finish this June, Larson won one of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series marquee events in August. He pocketed $50,000 for his 100-lap Prairie Dirt Classic win at Fairbury (Ill.) Speedway victory and beat both Davenport and Overton in that event.

Final 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona results, stats


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona overall results were all streaks: two consecutive victories in the endurance classic for Meyer Shank Racing and three in a row for Acura.

And Helio Castroneves became the second driver to win three consecutive Rolex 24s and the first to win in three straight years (Peter Gregg won in 1973, ’75 and ’76; the race wasn’t held in ’74 because of a global oil crisis).

Starting from the pole position, Tom Blomqvist took the checkered flag in the No. 60 ARX-06 that led a race-high 365 of 783 laps with co-drivers Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Colin Braun.

RESULTS: Click here for the finishing order in the 61st Rolex 24 at Daytona l By class

Meyer Shank Racing now has two Rolex 24 victories and the 2022 championship since entering the premier prototype category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021.

“I think what’s so special about this team is we are a small team compared to some of our opponents, but the atmosphere, the way we work, enables people to get the best out of themselves, and I think that’s why we’re such high achievers,” Blomqvist said. “I think there’s no egos. It’s a very open book, and that just enables each and every one of us to reach our potential. I think that’s why we’ve achieved so much success in really a short time at this level of competition.”

It’s the 16th IMSA victory for MSR.

The 61st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona marked the debut of the Grand Touring Prototype category that brought hybrid engine technology to IMSA’s top level.

In other categories:

LMP2: James Allen passed Ben Hanley on the final lap and delivered a victory in the No. 55 ORECA by 0.016 seconds. It’s the second IMSA victory for Proton Competition, which last won at Sebring in 2012. It was the first Rolex 24 victory for Allen and co-drivers Gianmaria Bruni, Fred Poordad and Francesco Pizzi.

GTD Pro: Cooper MacNeil won in the last start of his IMSA career as the No. 79 Mercedes-AMG GT3 scored the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for WeatherTech Racing and the team’s fourth career victory.

MacNeil, who co-drove with Maro Engel, Jules Gounon and Daniel Juncadella, earned his 12th career victory and first at the Rolex 24.

“Winning by last IMSA race is tremendous,” MacNeil said.

GTD: The No. 27 Heart of Racing Team delivered the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for Aston Martin, which has been competing in endurance races at Daytona International Speedway since 1964. Drivers Marco Sorensen, Roman De Angelis, Darren Turner and Ian James (also the team principal) earned the victory in the English brand’s 13th attempt.

It’s also the first Rolex 24 at Daytona win for Heart of Racing, which has seven IMSA wins.

LMP3: Anthony Mantella, Wayne Boyd, Nico Varrone and Thomas Merrill drove the No. 17 AWA Duqueine D08 to victory by 12 laps for the team’s first class win in IMSA.


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NEXT: The 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season will resume with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring March 18 with coverage across NBC, USA and Peacock.