ROSSBURG – Tony Stewart continues to invest in Eldora Speedway as he announced prior to Wednesday’s MudSummer Classic that a multipurpose building will be constructed in the track’s infield.
Construction on the new infield building is slated to begin in October, and it is scheduled to be ready in the spring of 2015. The new building will include a media center, infield hospitality suite, infield care center, new restrooms and new concession stands.
“We’ve got a lot of big things in mind,” Stewart, the owner of Eldora Speedway, said. “This is something I look at not as an investment; this is something I look at … this is personal project for me. This is something we will continue to reinvest as much as we can in this facility and keep the tradition and the history of this facility alive and thriving as long as we can.”
The new building will be same height as the current structure in the Eldora infield so it won’t obstruct the view from the grandstands, Eldora General Manger Roger Slack said.
The speedway has worked to improve its facilities year after year, Slack said, including building suites for fans. However, not much work had been done in the infield for teams, he said, and the new project will go to making a better experience for them.
“It’s going to be a significant investment but a significant improvement,” Slack said.
While Stewart announced the new structure prior to Eldora’s NASCAR truck race, he said, the series or the prospect of attracting other NASCAR events didn’t influence the decision to construct the new infield building. Rather, he said it is an opportunity to continue the work Eldora’s original owners, Earl and Bernice Baltes, to make the track a premiere dirt track in the United States.
“This place when we bought it from Earl and Bernice was one of the premiere dirt tracks in the country, and our intention is to try and maintain that,” Stewart said.
Work on the new building at Eldora will be done by local companies.
“I still say the hardest working people in this country are in these two (Darke and Mercer) counties,” Slack said. “They will pull off that building under budget and ahead of schedule unlike anywhere else.”