Here’s how that happened…
On Thursday night, Eldora Speedway welcomed dirt late model competitors for the conclusion of the first of two World 100’s. Thursday’s finale paid $54,000 to win and $3,000 just to start the main event.
There were two B-Mains toward the end of the night. A last chance for drivers to transfer into the feature and start at the back of the field. The top 3 would transfer.
The top 3 would go to the scales at the conclusion of the B Main. The remaining cars would stay on the track for a scramble. The winner of the short race would also transfer.
In the first B-Main, Dennis Erb Jr finished 4th. However, he pulled to the scales forfeiting his pole position (and a start at all) for the start of the scramble.
Officials were confused, the team was also confused. The team voiced that confusion but they would miss out on the race for pulling to the scales.
There was no communication or clarification on the incident over the raceceiver from the officials to the drivers ahead of the second B Main. So, the same mistake was made.
In the second B-Main, Zack Dohm also finished 4th and yet again, he pulled to the scales. The same mistake, made in back to back B-Mains.
Dohm also forfeited his pole position in the scramble. He would not start the race as he entered the pit area.
Worst of all, both drivers missed their opportunity to join the 51st annual World 100 starting grid.
Two teams making the same mistake appeared odd. And there’s a reason for it…
In the lineup board near the media center, the paper for each of the B-Mains stated that the top 4 transfer into the main event. However, it wasn’t the top 4. It was the top 3 in the B-Main and the winner of the scramble.
The official rules for the event state that the top 3 advance. However, the sheet of paper in the pit area said something slightly different and two teams were caught off guard.
Friday night, the second World 100 is set to begin. Anther two day show with a $53,000 to win check being handed out on Saturday.
Zack Dohm stated via social media, “Hopefully today goes a little better.”