The Eldora Dirt Derby invites NASCAR fans to southwestern Ohio to see trucks racing around the dirt track. Launched in 2012, this is one of the only NASCAR events to take place in the Buckeye State every year and the only NASCAR race on a dirt track. Austin Dillon won the inaugural race, which sold out. The day begins with five qualifying events that determine where the racers start and several qualifying laps that put them on the grid for the big race. During the Last Chance race, just 27 of the drivers who started the day hit the track. Fans will find souvenir and food stands set up around the 2020 Eldora Dirt Derby, and many drivers sign autographs and meet with fans in their souvenir haulers, so the entire event is filled with fun activities.
Eldora offers many amenities to help visitors find what they need, including bathrooms with running hot and cold water as well as food vendors who sell both snacks and dishes. Cold Stone Creamery often has a booth that sells ice cream sundaes, too. Near the Middle Gate at Turn 4 is a fully stocked medical tent with health care professionals who can help guests with dehydration or other minor injuries. The track has several handicap-accessible entrances available, and there are ATMs for those who need to make a withdrawal. Several suite rentals are also available.
The Eldora Dirt Derby NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race and related events take place at the Eldora Speedway.
13929 State Route 118
New Weston, OH 45348
To keep fans entertained, the Eldora Speedway will host meet and greet sessions with several prominent racers in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series and some of the newer races to this series. Local news stations such as WHIO will broadcast live from the speedway. Fans can visit some of the booths around the speedway to enter contests and win free prizes.
The Eldora Dirt Derby offers on-site camping for fans to stay close to the action in an RV. This gives you the chance to see track owner and legendary NASCAR racer Tony Stewart working at the track. If you don't have an RV or you want to avoid bringing yours to the track, renting with RVshare is a good option. You can enjoy the comfort of an RV rental and the fun of staying at the track. Some of the amenities you get as a camper include the following:
• Stay Sunday, July 26 through Friday, July 31 for just $59.
• Pick from multiple places to stay, including Lots 1-5, Turn 1 South Lot, Eldora Village and Northside Camping.
• Stop by the Portakleen on-site to fill up your water tanks for a small fee. The Portakleen also lets you empty your tanks for a fee.
• Get clean before or after any of the qualifying heats with the on-site showers. You'll see large signs and bright colors that direct you to the showers, which charge visitors a small fee.
• Enjoy quiet nights when you camp at the track. Though Eldora does allow campers to use generators, it has quiet hours every night from 1:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.
• Purchase your campsite online and have the reservation held at will call. When you arrive at the track, you can pick up your reservation at the box office and then check in at one of the lots.
• Bring a golf cart to easily get around the lot and the track. Eldora welcomes guests to use golf carts as long as visitors have a permit sticker and meet all safety regulations. You can see what you need to do to get a parking permit for your golf cart here.
• Check out the Fan Zone any day of the week and before other guests arrive to see the schedules for meet and greets and to pick up souvenirs. The Fan Zone is located near Turn 4.
Whether you're coming to the race in an RV or planning to stay in a hotel, here are some of your options.
RV camping is one of the best ways to experience the Eldora Dirt Derby because you can make new friends before the race starts and have access to amenities such as comfortable beds and a full kitchen. Campsites are available for a low price and let you spend the whole week at the track.
In addition to the campgrounds at Eldora Speedway, you can stay at Speedy Camping and Parking, which is right across the street from the track. Mercer County Fairgrounds has an on-site campground that accepts Passport America and Good Sam discounts. It is 20 minutes from the track and has full hookups available. Roughly 40 minutes from the track is Arrowhead Campground, which has full hookups and a peaceful environment.
As Eldora is in a small town, there aren't as many hotels close by as there are at other NASCAR tracks and races. The Inn at Versailles is the closest. This boutique hotel is 13 miles from the track and offers clean rooms with Wi-Fi access and a continental breakfast served every morning. You can stay at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Greenville to enjoy amenities such as a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi and a full hot breakfast. Some of the other nearby hotels for those who don't want to rent or bring an RV include the Quality Inn in Greenville and The Crescent Motel in Minster.
The Eldora Speedway does not offer shuttle service because the venue asks visitors to park in one of the nearby parking lots. You can get directions to the track from the official website or follow the directions listed below.
• Directions from Dayton, Cincinnati and other cities
Take I-75 North to Exit 60 to reach I-70 West. Follow I-70 until you reach Exit 24, which is State Route 49 North and takes you toward Greenville. You'll then take a right on U.S. Route 127 North and follow it until you reach North Star. When you reach the first traffic light, take a left and follow the signs to the track.
• Directions from Columbus
When traveling from the east, you'll take I-70 West until you hit Exit 24 and get on State Route 49 North. Continue on this road until you reach U.S. 127 North and turn right. You'll stay on U.S. 127 North until you reach the traffic light in North Star and turn left.
The Eldora Speedway has several parking lots conveniently located off the main road and does not charge for parking. As you come down State Route 118, you'll find the main parking lot, which is right in front of the main entrance. You can park here and show your tickets at the gate to get inside. This lot is also close to will call if you reserve your tickets online. The Northside Camp and Park lot also offers free parking and is close to North Star Fort Loramie Road. A third parking lot sits on the north side of the track.
Tickets for the Eldora Dirt Derby are available now! Reserved seating for visitors 13 and up starts at $34 per ticket. Seats for those 12 and under go for $10 per ticket. Reserved seating takes some of the hassles out of finding where to sit because you'll have a seat number printed on your ticket. Some of the seats available in the terrace section require a lawn chair, but your ticket will tell you if you need to bring a chair.
General admission seating is available for $29 a seat. You don't need to pay extra for kids 12 and under, but you will need to pick up a ticket for them. All sections between SJ and SR require a lawn chair. You can bring coolers of up to 14 inches in size as long as you do not bring alcohol or glass containers with you. The Eldora Speedway requires that guests purchase tickets for both Wednesday and Thursday to experience all the races.
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