The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Heads to Eldora Speedway for the Knight Before the Kings Royal and the Kings Royal
The feeling of winning the Kings Royal is pretty indescribable
CONCORD, N.C. – July 8, 2014 – Many have tried but few have actually been crowned at Eldora Speedway’s legendary Kings Royal. This weekend, the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series rolls into the storied half-mile oval for the Knight Before the Kings Royal on July 11 and the Kings Royal on July 12, where one driver will be lucky enough to stand out among the crowd and be called ‘King.’
Some of the most recent winners at Eldora Speedway and last year’s ‘King’ Brad Sweet talk about the experience of winning at the track, and the experience of winning one of the most coveted prizes in all of sprint car racing.
Brad Sweet – won the 2013 King’s Royal
“The feeling of winning the Kings Royal is pretty indescribable. You never know what it’s going to feel like to win a big race – you always dream about doing it. Once you do it, it’s just nice to have it on your resume and no one can ever take it away from you. There’s only so many guys that can say they’ve won the Kings Royal. It’s just unbelievable that I get to put my name on the trophy with those guys. If it never happens again, at least I’ll get to say I did it once.”
Daryn Pittman – won the Knight Before the Kings Royal on July 19, 2002, the Kings Royal on July 13, 2008 and on May 4, 2013.
“It’s a great place to win at, but this is the Kings Royal, so this isn’t just Eldora. This is the one you want to win. We’ve done it once. It was one of the highlights of my career. It would mean the world to do it again.”
“We were really good there this spring – we felt like we really let one slip away from us a little bit. We’ve had a good car there pretty much every time we’ve been in this car, so I’m excited about it.”
Kerry Madsen – won on May 3, 2013 and the Knight Before the Kings Royal on July 12, 2013.
“Winning a race at Eldora is the best feeling in the world. If you’ve won a race at Eldora you’ve done something. You’re a good sprint car driver if you can win at Eldora.”
“Running second in the Kings Royal is the most empty feeling there is. We really want to get one [a Kings Royal win].”
David Gravel – won on May 3, 2014
“To win [the Kings Royal] would be amazing. Obviously we were good the last time we ran there, hopefully we can be half as good as we were last time. The Kings Royal format is definitely a little different. If we have a little luck I think we’ll have a good shot.”
Shane Stewart won at Eldora earlier this season giving his team owner Kyle Larson his first win as a car owner. Stewart dominated the event, holding off Joey Saldana and Paul McMahan.
For the first time ever, fans will be able to watch all of the action from the Knight Before the Kings Royal and the Kings Royal on DIRTVision. See one or both events as Johnny Gibson, the voice of the Outlaws, calls all the action from Eldora Speedway. For more information, visit http://www.DIRTVision.com.
The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series swings into Pennsylvania next for stops at Lernerville Speedway’s Silver Cup, Lincoln Speedway and Williams Grove Speedway for the Summer Nationals.