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September 5, 2018 Posted by ChrisOwens in News

11TH ANNUAL BALTES CLASSIC

(Courtesy DIRTcar PR)
ROSSBURG, OH — Sep. 2, 2018 — The Sunoco American Late Model Series continues to roll through the 2018 racing season as the traditional tripleheader of action over the Labor Day Holiday Weekend concluded at Eldora Speedway (OH) with the 11th annual Baltes Classic. The highlight of the Labor Day Weekend was on the biggest stage in all of dirt track racing. The famed ½ (0.500) high-banked dirt oval located just east of the Indiana/Ohio state line in Rossburg, OH hosted the series in a 30-Lap / $5,000 to win showdown. When the checkered flag flew, National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame legend, Billy Moyer would be standing in victory lane after holding off a ferocious charge from Nick Hoffman to win. 

The Baltes Classic was the third of four appearances at Eldora in 2018 and milestone race #90 all-time for the series at the track that has hosted the series the most of any other in the 24-year history of the Sunoco ALMS. Moyer and former five-time track champion, Matt Miller led the field to the green flag to begin the 30-Lap feature. Several quick cautions early on slowed the pace, but each time, Moyer would beat out Hoffman, who slipped past Miller from his third starting position, to the first corner to grab the lead. Moyer and Hoffman would soon pull away from the rest of the field once they started clicking off laps setting up a battle for the ages in the later laps.

As Hoffman continued to size up Moyer, the two leaders approached lapped traffic and the slide job wars began between the two drivers. The crafty veteran Moyer never relented even after Hoffman would slide past him on several occasions, even briefly taking the lead with three laps to go. But Moyer, knew what to do to get back past Hoffman and slide-jobbed Hoffman one last time with two laps to go and in the end, would beat Hoffman to the line by just 0.196 seconds to score his fourth career win in the Baltes Classic and his eighth career Sunoco ALMS victory, his first of 2018. For Moyer, it was his sixth Sunoco ALMS win of his career at Eldora alone, with his only other two Sunoco ALMS triumphs coming at Farmer City Raceway (IL).

Hoffman settled for second over five-time track champion, Matt Miller while two-time and defending DIRTcar National Champion, Rusty Schlenk was fourth ahead of part-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver, Chad Finley who completed the top five after starting 13th. Defending track champion, Kent Robinson started 17th and charged his way to a sixth-place finish as Shanon Buckingham overcame an early caution to score a seventh place showing Eldora Late Model points leader coming into the night, Devin Gilpin was eighth as Scott James and Joey Coulter were the top 10.

Earlier in the evening, Greg Johnson out-timed the 31-car field in Qualifying with a 15.542 = 115.815mph. Moyer, Miller, Hoffman and Schlenk won the Heat Races while Robinson scored the victory in the Last Chance Showdown.

The Baltes Classic was the final tune-up for the Dirt Late Model racings most prestigious event, the 48th annual World 100 this Thursday-Friday-Saturday, September 6-7-8th. While the fourth and final appearance of 2018 at Eldora for the Sunoco American Late Model Series is also the final race of the year for the series on Saturday, October 13th as part of the tracks Last Call For Them All weekend.

For more information about the Sunoco American Late Model Series, visit the series website, which is located at: americanlatemodelseries.com. You can also follow the series on all Social Media outlets on Facebook and Twitter via the DIRTcar Racing pages using the hashtag #ALMS.

In DIRTcar Modified action, Brian Ruhlman held off Jacob Hawkins to win his series leading 38th win at Eldora. Paul Pardo was victorious in the Eldora Stock Car division.

11th Annual Baltes Classic

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