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DAN SCHLIEPER WINS WORLD 100
FOR $36,000 PAYDAY AT ELDORA SPEEDWAY

9-10-03

Dan Schlieper is joined in victory lane by Hoosier Tire Midwest representatives (left to right) Abe Hunt, Terry Young (Schlieper), and Kelly Kovski (Photo courtesy of Rick Schwallie) ROSSBURG, OH (September 5-6) -- The Super Bowl of dirt Late Model racing was contested this past weekend at Eldora Speedway with Dan Schlieper besting 221 other drivers to claim the coveted World 100 trophy and the $36,000 payout. In front of a packed house, Schlieper led all 100 laps en route to the historic win. The annual two-day event was a UMP sanctioned event which utilizes a Hoosier "tire-rule" which meant all 222 competitors rode on USA-made Hoosier tires. 

On Friday, 222 Late Model drivers each took turns making qualifying runs around the famous 1/2-mile oval. Each driver was clocked twice with the best lap being the driver's official time. Scott Bloomquist, the 2001 World 100 winner, was the fastest in qualifying with his lap of 15.870 seconds on his 2nd lap. Darrell Lanigan was the only other driver to eclipse the 15-second barrier in qualifying posting a 15.997 second lap. 

On Saturday, a series of six heat races were contested to further reduce the field of hopefuls to 24 for the night's feature race. Randy Korte won the first heat, while Dale McDowell, Ray Cook, Chub Frank, Matt Miller and Dan Schleiper won heats two through six. With the 222-car field now whittled down to 24, it was time for the 100-lap World 100 feature race. 

After 100-laps, Dan Schlieper crossed the line first ahead of Scott Bloomquist who finished runner-up the past two years after winning the title in 2001. 

Dale McDowell and last year's winner Brian Birkhofer finished third and fourth, respectively. Steve Shaver rounded out the top five with Matt Miller, RJ Conley, John Gill and Earl Pearson, Jr., and Terry Phillips rounding out the top ten.

Nineteen of the 24 starters were still running when the race ended with 14 of them on the lead-lap when the checkered flag fell.

Special thanks goes out to Hoosier Tire Midwest who serviced the event. The entire Hoosier organization also congratulates Dan Schlieper on his big win and wishes to thank all the drivers who competed on Hoosier tires in the 33rd annual World 100. 

      

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