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Central Missouri Speedway Welcomes Track Videographer Bobby Raybourn and Technical Inspector Bob Kerbs to the Team!

March 4th, 2018

(Warrensburg, Missouri) Central Missouri Speedway (CMS) is pleased to announce the addition of Bobby Raybourn to its ranks as track videographer beginning with the 2018 race season. Raybourn first came to CMS in 2015 and boosted the track’s social media presence by assisting with the creation of the track’s CMS Going Green YouTube page, which to date has registered over 35,000 views.

Raybourn works as a freelance videographer, gaining most of his experience from the outdoor hunting field. Recently, he spent time filming with nationally-known televised shows, where he will continue this work along with his activity at CMS. His love for the videography side of televised hunting has not limited him to that field alone, he also brings his creativity of video and editing to sporting events. His own race experience allows him to capture unique moments at the track where he is a six-time feature winner behind the wheel.

Bob Kerbs was recently named CMS Technical Inspector. Kerbs’ vast experience and racing background with tech inspection at various racing venues and special events will uphold CMS’s long-standing tradition of treating all drivers fair and equal. Kerbs is currently working with CMS management to acquire additional equipment for his duties to provide fair and accurate competition among competing drivers.

A total of 28 drivers completed their early bird registration at the recent racer’s auction and trade show and saved $10 on their annual registration fee. Drivers still have time to save money and time on paperwork for the coming season by heading to the CMS website at www.centralmissourispeedway.net and hovering over the DRIVERS heading and choosing the Registration Form. CMS was often asked, “What does registering my car do for me at the track?” Recently, CMS made a change to its policy on car registration and special event entries and now offers reduced entry fees to Track Registered Drivers for all car class special events.

Last year, a total of 358 drivers took part in the action at CMS. These drivers made their way to the track from eight states and represented 171 hometowns. Additional statistical highlights from last season include the Street Stock division continuing their renaissance with their highest average car count in one season since 2007. Since first debuting in 2014, the Pure Stocks also continued to elevate their presence and begin their fifth year as a weekly car class at the track with a head of steam as average car counts per night for the class increased from five in 2014 to 16 last season. All statistics provided by Track Statistician Glyda Jaeger.

Before the season begins, CMS drivers and fans will have a preview of things to come as the track is excited to announce the annual Car Show will move to the track on Saturday, April 14. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the front side of the speedway in plain view of Highway 13. With such a high-traffic area right at its fingertips, CMS believes this is the best move. For logistical purposes, drivers wishing to participate in the car show must officially enter their car by messaging the track on the CMS Facebook page, or by emailing info@centralmissourispeedway.net, or by texting their name, car class, and car number to 660.909.1083. There is no cost for drivers to enter their car into the car show and attendance at the car show is free for race fans and families.

Best in show awards for weekly car classes will once again be presented to the drivers on opening night, Saturday, April 21. If your business would like to sponsor the “Best in Show” trophies, please contact the number listed above. Your business will present the awards on the front straightaway on opening night and you will have the opportunity to inform the audience about your business and what you offer your customers.

For drivers participating in the car show, CMS will award one free driver pit pass for the afternoon into evening Test and Tune practice session that will follow the car show beginning at 3 p.m. The car show and practice are open to ALL car classes wishing to take practice laps. Race fans and family members will have an opportunity to see the cars up close, meet and greet the drivers, and take pictures of the new car looks and vinyl wraps before drivers take to the track for the first time. Fans may watch the practice laps for free in the pit-side grandstands. There will be a charge TBD for those entering the pits. Limited concessions will be available on pit side only.

As Earl and Susan Walls begin their 23rd year as owners and promoters in 2018, CMS continues to build its business partners for the coming season. There are several opportunities for businesses to partner with the track and reach potential new customers and clients. Car class sponsorship, presenting race night sponsors, special event sponsors, driver roster partners, website partners, and billboard advertisement opportunities are all possibilities for CMS partners to reach customers each week during season and beyond.

The track has a solid rapport with its business partners and includes their information throughout the season via press and media releases and most importantly, announcers use every opportunity to talk about sponsors while on the track PA system before and during race nights. CMS cares about its business partners and shares information with race fans and drivers. For additional business partner information, contact Susan Walls at 816.229.1338. No calls after 8 p.m. please.

Stay tuned to the track website for continuing news and information and for the recently updated race schedule by pointing your browser to www.centralmissourispeedway.net. Stay current with CMS on Twitter @CMSgoing_green. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Central-Missouri-Speedway. Join our email group by emailing info@centralmissourispeedway.net. Find CMS on YouTube at CMS Going Green!

CMS wishes to thank its primary sponsors for their support, the list includes Cliff Harris Warrensburg Ford, Classic Hits KPOW FM Power 97, Budweiser, KMZU 100.7 FM, Midwest Coatings, Comfort Inn Warrensburg Station, Pepsi, and Heartland Waste. The list of 2018 business partners includes: Batliner Recycling, OK Wheel Alignment, OK Tire Stores, Kleinschmidt’s Western Store, Blue Springs Truck Line Inc., Brooks Auto LLC, Rick Darling Racing Engines/Head Porting, Sabre Solar LLC, LJS Graphics, Wilderness Ridge Tent and Canvas, Warrensburg DQ Grill and Chill, Zaxby’s, Miller Lite, Victory Trophies and Plaques, Joslins Jewelry, Eickleberry Concrete and Construction, RockAuto.com, R and B Septic Services, O’Reilly Auto Parts, JA Performance, and Seeburg Mufflers.

Davenport Rules Bubba Raceway Park

March 2nd, 2018

OCALA, FL – Jonathan Davenport’s return to the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in 2018 is off to a superb start, capturing his third series win of the year on Sunday night at Bubba Raceway Park. Davenport became the third different leader of the 50-lap main event when he took the top spot for good on lap five from Tyler Erb.

Tim McCreadie and Erb started on the front row, with McCreadie leading the first two laps until Erb forged in front on lap three. When Davenport went by Erb two laps later, he never looked back, but was challenged late in the race by Earl Pearson Jr.

Earl Pearson Jr.’s Lucas Oil, Black Diamond Chassis finished in second with last year’s Lucas Oil Rookie of the Year, Hudson O’Neal coming home in third. Jimmy Owens was fourth with Kyle Bronson taking fifth.

“I thought I was going to turn over at the start. I didn’t know that hole was quite as big as it was,” said the 34-year-old winner in Lucas Oil Victory Lane. “Tyler [Erb] had a harder tire on at the start and I knew it wouldn’t fire after a few restarts. Our car was really good through the middle of the race. The slime came back up just a little bit. Then the rubber came back really really hard. I was just trying to protect my right rear tire. I was grinding on the right front and then I started to feel it vibrate.”

“You are always concerned about tire wear at this track. This place is so oddly-shaped. You could bounce in turn one and then in three you had to be easy. If you went in too hard, you would just slide out. There is a lot going on in the cockpit that a lot of people can’t see.”

The Lance Landers Motorsports team’s winning car is sponsored by: Crop Production Services, Spartan Mowers, Valvoline, ACS Warranty, Penske Racing Shocks, Midwest Sheet Metal and Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas. His Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Durham Racing Engine.

Pearson had his best finish of the season with a runner-up position to Davenport. Pearson closed on Davenport in the final laps to make the final outcome close. “I knew that both of us were on soft tires,” said Pearson, who was referring to Davenport’s choice of tire as well. “I didn’t have much of a tire left. I just started riding to the end.”

Hudson O’Neal made his second podium finish of the week. “I think I had a little bit more of a tire left than those guys ahead of me. I didn’t know if anybody was closing in on me. I am very happy with this third-place finish after the week we had at East Bay. We struggled all of last week. It feels good to get back on the podium,” said the driver of the Todd Burns-owned, Dyno One, Club 29 entry.

Completing the top five were Don O’Neal, Matt Cosner, Jason Fitzgerald, Scott Bloomquist and Chub Frank.

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About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nation’s premier dirt late model sanctioning organization. In 2018, the LOLMDS will sanction 60 events in 22 states. The series is owned by the parent company Lucas Oil Products Inc. and receives national exposure through a TV package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios. LOLMDS events will be broadcast on four TV Networks including CBS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network and the MAVTV Motorsports Network. For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit the official website at: www.LucasDirt.com.
About Lucas Oil Racing TV
The Future of Motorsports is HERE! Get Lucas Oil Racing TV and experience racing excitement like you’ve never seen! Lucas Oil Racing TV is the online app for all your favorite devices like Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Android Devices and more! No matter where you are or when you want to watch, you can stream the best and most exciting motor racing on the planet!

Lucas Oil Racing TV has all your favorite motorsports – from grass roots to international competition, as well as exclusive LIVE EVENTS and behind the scenes interviews and footage that you won’t see anywhere else! But that’s just the beginning! Lucas Oil Racing TV brings you some of motorsports greatest broadcasters and build specialists… from Dave Despain to the mechanics of Two Guys Garage, as well as all the latest news, reviews, and interviews from every genre of racing.

Lucas Oil Racing TV is the Exclusive, Unlimited, 24/7 All-Access Motorsports App and it’s available NOW! For more information or to sign up, go to: www.LucasOilRacing.TV.
About MAVTV Motorsports Network
Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. MAVTV offers an unparalleled line-up of exclusive motorsports, that includes prestigious events such as the Chili Bowl, The AMA Pro Motocross series, the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup and NHRA Drag Racing. But MAVTV goes far beyond the national mainstream events and also covers multitudes of grassroots series’ from across the globe: Drag boats, sprint boats, drag racing, pro pulling, rally racing, drifting, dirt racing, ice racing and everything in between.

MAVTV also knows you don’t have to be a race fan to be an automotive enthusiast, which is why we have developed a package of automotive reality and custom build shows that is truly second to none. If it has a motor, it’s on MAVTV…MAVTV is THE motorsports network. To learn more about MAVTV go to: www.MAVTV.com.
About Lucas Oil Products
Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes, problem-solving additives, and car-care products. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil has established itself as a worldwide leader in the lubrication industry. Motorsports has always been part of the Lucas Oil culture and the cornerstone of the company’s marketing strategy. Such passion for motorsports has inspired Lucas Oil to sponsor many race teams, events and series at all levels, including, NHRA, IRL, ASCS, NASCAR, IHRA and many more. Lucas Oil has also taken ownership and operational control of a number of high profile racing properties, such as: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. and the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, CA.

In 2007 Lucas Oil founded its own production house, Lucas Oil Production Studios, dedicated to producing high action motorsports television. Currently Lucas Oil Production Studios produces over 300 hours of original programming for networks such as CBS, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and MAVTV. More information about Lucas Oil Products, Inc. visit the company website at: www.LucasOil.com.

USRA Iron Man Challenge kicks off March 15 at Humboldt

February 28th, 2018

HUMBOLDT, Kan.–The USRA Iron Man Challenge will kick off the 2018 campaign at the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan., during the King of America VIII Modified Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment.

Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will join the fire-breathing Modifieds of the USMTS for three days straight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 15-17.

Twenty-one nights are currently on the Iron Man Challenge schedule, and this will be the only stand-alone event for the B-Mods as the remaining slate of races will feature both the B-Mods and Holley USRA Stock Cars presented by Medieval Chassis.

All Iron Man Challenge shows also award Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national points in both divisions.

The next event on the calendar is a three-day, three-track swing of Frost Busters, April 5-7. Action begins Thursday at the 81 Speedway in Wichita, Kan., and then moves to the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., on Friday before wrapping up the tripleheader on Saturday at the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo.

2018 USRA Iron Man Challenge Schedule:

Thursday, March 15 … Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan.
Friday, March 16 … Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan.
Saturday, March 17 … Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan.
Thursday, April 5 … 81 Speedway, Park City, Kan.
Friday, April 6 … Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.
Saturday, April 7 … I-35 Speedway, Winston, Mo.
Saturday, May 26 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.
Sunday, May 27 … Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, Iowa
Thursday, May 31 … Sioux Speedway, Sioux Center, Iowa
Friday, June 1 … Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa
Saturday, June 2 … Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, Minn.
Sunday, June 17 … Mason City Motor Speedway, Mason City, Iowa
Tuesday, June 19 … Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa
Wednesday, June 20 … Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa
Tuesday, July 17 … Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa
Wednesday, July 18 … Southern Iowa Speedway, Oskaloosa, Iowa
Friday, Aug. 24 … Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa
Saturday, Aug. 25 … Park Jefferson Speedway, Jefferson, S.D.
Friday, Aug. 31 … Fayette County Speedway, West Union, Iowa
Saturday, Sept. 1 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.
Sunday, Sept. 2 … Cresco Speedway, Cresco, Iowa

The schedule is subject to change, so stay tuned to www.usraracing.com for the latest up-to-date information on the USRA Iron Man Challenge.

Dereck Green (Stock Cars) and Dan Hovden (B-Mods) are the defending series champions.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call (515) 832-6000. You can also like USRA Racing on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out the USRA YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv. Keep up to speed with everything USRA by joining our email list at www.usraracing.com/subscribe.

Last season or not, Barnett ready to make a title run in Lucas Oil Speedway Big O Tire Street Stocks

February 26th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – One of the Ozarks-area racing veterans knows he’s entering the twilight of his career. But before Bob Barnett calls it quits, he hopes to make a Lucas Oil Speedway championship run.

“I’ll be 57 this year. I’m probably the oldest one out there in our class,” Barnett said of the Big O Tires Street Stock division.

While noting that 2018 could he his final full season as a driver, there’s reason to believe Barnett will be a serious contender. The Republic, Mo., resident is coming off a strong third-place points finish at Lucas Oil Speedway last season and is eager to see what’s in store this time around.

“It was pretty decent,” Barnett said of last season, which included five top-five feature finishes including one second-place in the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series.

An engine freshening late in the season gave Barnett’s No. 27 additional speed. He was strong at the October Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt, running as high as sixth in the feature before settling for 11th. The event attracted 96 entries.

“It’s an old car, a 2009 Franklin, that we’ve raced the last two years,” said son Jay Barnett, who serves as crew chief. “Yeoman (Race Engines) went through the motor and did some updating before the Big Buck 50 and that really helped.

“We’re putting a new rear-end in the car and updating some things, trying to keep up with the times. We talked about buying a new car, but it’s not in our budget.”

Bob Barnett has been racing on area ovals since the early 1990s, first on asphalt in Limited Late Models and Pure Stocks. He switched to dirt Modifieds before taking a 10-year hiatus from racing starting in about 2003.

Barnett came back four years ago and used a 10-year-old pure stock motor that had been sitting in the corner of his garage.

“We finished eighth in points with just a regular bomber pure stock against the cars that we’re running against now,” he said. “We bought Brian Schutt’s old car after that.”

Jay Barnett has been alongside as the chief mechanic most of the way and called it “good bonding time” between father and son.

“We get on each other’s nerves a little. Our ideas clash a little bit at times, but we work together pretty good for the most part,” Jay Barnett said. “But I’m gonna say this will be his last full year, unless something happens or somebody comes along that wants to (financially) help out.”

Bob Barnett isn’t ready to declare this his swan song just yet, though he is leaning that way.

“If we can get it lined out and everything goes good this year, we might do some more,” he said. “If not, we may just try to run the big (races) if we get the car good enough and I feel that I’m still capable.”

The team’s sponsors include Bair’s Sports Bar and Grill, Mac’s Performance Powertrain Transmission, Midwest Sheet Metal, Schaeffer Racing Oil, Jet Business Solutions, Fujimo Race Bodies and Fabrication, Helling Tire, Christi Bukaty with USA Mortgage and R&R Graphics.

The Lucas Oil Speedway 2018 season begins April 7 with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opener.

For ticket information, including season passes for all events, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket information and tentative 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

Richards Goes Back-to-Back at Golden Isles

February 24th, 2018

Defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion, Josh Richards overcame several obstacles to win Saturday night’s RhinoAg Super Bowl of Racing – presented by General Tire final at Golden Isles Speedway.

Richards had to resort to a back-up car, after issues arose with his main car during an earlier heat race. Richards then had the power steering fail on the back-up car as he tried to start the B-Main. The Best Performance Motorsports team ten fixed the issue, barely making the call to start the 60-lap main event, as Richards was the final car to enter the race track.

Richards had to take a series provisional and was scheduled to start 23rd on the grid, but due to his lateness while the crew worked on his car, he was relegated to the 26th and final starting position. Richards charged through the field and despite a lap 46 pass from Tyler Erb, went on to record his second win in-a-row to start the 2018 LOLMDS season.

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the 24th time in his career, the 2017 National Champion used the same car he won the Dirt Track World Championship with last year to race in tonight’s main event. “It was close,” said Richards elaborating on the fact he nearly missed the start of the race. “No one sees what goes on behind the scenes, but this really is a team sport. I can’t thank everyone enough. This is the same car we ran at Portsmouth in October last year. We had to get it out in a hurry. I broke a power steering line out there when I was just testing it. Good thing I went out there or we would have never known.”

“Danny and all the guys from my dad’s crew chipped in to get it ready. We just threw some stuff on it and then rolled it out on the track. I didn’t expect to come out with a win. We were just hoping to finish the race. We were going along pretty good and we were passing a lot of cars. I got out in front and then I started to ride it out. When he [Tyler Erb] got by me, I picked it up and was fortunate to get back around him. We were able to pull away from him and finish it off.”

Kyle Bronson, in his Brandon Ford, Longhorn by Weaver, came home in second for his best career LOLMDS finish as he fought past Tyler Erb for the runner-up position. Dennis Erb Jr. came from eleventh to finish fourth, and Brandon Sheppard completed the top five.

Afterwards, Bronson was pleased with his crew, and he dedicated his run to his late friend Bo Hammond, who passed away last week. “Bo was a mentor of mine. He taught me a lot about these cars. I wanted to win this one for him tonight, but we will take second place. We were a bit snug at the start of the race. The car started to really come around. I want to thank Randy Weaver for his help. We had some trouble with lapped cars for a while out there. It’s a solid finish for us. Thanks to all the fans that came out tonight.”

Tyler Erb’s First Class Septic, Rocket Chassis led laps 6 through 23 before relinquishing the lead to Richards. Erb fought back and momentarily took the lead on lap 46 before Richards passed him once again. “The car was really good early on. We led a lot of laps. We started to gain back on him [Richards] and I was able to get by him, but it only lasted one lap. I really thought we had the car to win the race.”

Richards’ winning car is owned by Eric and Kelly Brock, and is sponsored by Best Performance Motorsports, Bulk Material Lift.com, Bazell Race Fuels, Keyser, Hoosier, Boxo USA, Sunoco, Integra, Valvoline, Alexander Lawn and Landscaping, and Impact Race Gear. The Rocket Chassis #1 is powered by a Durham Racing Engine.

Completing the top ten were Brent Larson, Bobby Pierce, Darrell Lanigan, Boom Briggs, and Jonathan Davenport.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Marketing Partners Include: Allstar Performance, Andy Durham Racing Engines, AR Bodies, ASi Racewear, Bad Boy Mowers, Black Diamond Chassis, Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars, Boyd Bilt Fabrication, BRODIX, CatSpot, COMP Cams, CV Products, DirtonDirt.com, Dirty Girl Racewear, Dunn-Benson Ford, E3 Spark Plugs, Earnhardt Technologies Group, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, Fast Orange, FK Rod Ends, GEICO, General Tire, Heath Lawson Photography, Hoosier Tire, Hot Rod Processing, JRi Shocks, Keyser MFG, K&N Engineering, Lucas Oil Products, Lucas Oil Racing TV, Longhorn Chassis, MAVTV Motorsports Network, Midwest Sheet Metal, Miller Welders, Öhlins Shocks, Optima Batteries, Outerwears, Performance Bodies, PFC Brakes, Pierce Race Cars, Pro Power Racing Engines, Protect The Harvest, QA1, Ram Mounts, Rhino AG, Rocket Chassis, Rugged Radios, Simpson Race Products, Spray Nine, Steel-It, Sunoco Race Fuels, Super Clean, Wallace Engines, WELD Racing, Wrisco Aluminum, 5150 Race Trailers

About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nation’s premier dirt late model sanctioning organization. In 2018, the LOLMDS will sanction 60 events in 22 states. The series is owned by the parent company Lucas Oil Products Inc. and receives national exposure through a TV package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios. LOLMDS events will be broadcast on four TV Networks including CBS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network and the MAVTV Motorsports Network. For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit the official website at: www.LucasDirt.com.
About Lucas Oil Racing TV
The Future of Motorsports is HERE! Get Lucas Oil Racing TV and experience racing excitement like you’ve never seen! Lucas Oil Racing TV is the online app for all your favorite devices like Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Android Devices and more! No matter where you are or when you want to watch, you can stream the best and most exciting motor racing on the planet!

Lucas Oil Racing TV has all your favorite motorsports – from grass roots to international competition, as well as exclusive LIVE EVENTS and behind the scenes interviews and footage that you won’t see anywhere else! But that’s just the beginning! Lucas Oil Racing TV brings you some of motorsports greatest broadcasters and build specialists… from Dave Despain to the mechanics of Two Guys Garage, as well as all the latest news, reviews, and interviews from every genre of racing.

Lucas Oil Racing TV is the Exclusive, Unlimited, 24/7 All-Access Motorsports App and it’s available NOW! For more information or to sign up, go to: www.LucasOilRacing.TV.
About MAVTV Motorsports Network
Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. MAVTV offers an unparalleled line-up of exclusive motorsports, that includes prestigious events such as the Chili Bowl, The AMA Pro Motocross series, the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup and NHRA Drag Racing. But MAVTV goes far beyond the national mainstream events and also covers multitudes of grassroots series’ from across the globe: Drag boats, sprint boats, drag racing, pro pulling, rally racing, drifting, dirt racing, ice racing and everything in between.

MAVTV also knows you don’t have to be a race fan to be an automotive enthusiast, which is why we have developed a package of automotive reality and custom build shows that is truly second to none. If it has a motor, it’s on MAVTV…MAVTV is THE motorsports network. To learn more about MAVTV go to: www.MAVTV.com.
About Lucas Oil Products
Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes, problem-solving additives, and car-care products. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil has established itself as a worldwide leader in the lubrication industry. Motorsports has always been part of the Lucas Oil culture and the cornerstone of the company’s marketing strategy. Such passion for motorsports has inspired Lucas Oil to sponsor many race teams, events and series at all levels, including, NHRA, IRL, ASCS, NASCAR, IHRA and many more. Lucas Oil has also taken ownership and operational control of a number of high profile racing properties, such as: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. and the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, CA.

In 2007 Lucas Oil founded its own production house, Lucas Oil Production Studios, dedicated to producing high action motorsports television. Currently Lucas Oil Production Studios produces over 300 hours of original programming for networks such as CBS, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and MAVTV. More information about Lucas Oil Products, Inc. visit the company website at: www.LucasOil.com.

Each of four Weekly Racing Series points leaders at midseason to receive $500 bonus award

February 22nd, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri- Drivers in Lucas Oil Speedway’s Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series again will be chasing extra money at the season’s midpoint.

For the second straight year, Victory Lane Track Action Race Review magazine, which is distributed free to fans each week at the speedway, will contribute $1,000 toward a bonus for Midseason Track Champions in each of the four weekly divisions.

Lucas Oil Speedway management also will again match the “Geared Up Program” contribution with another $1,000. The total of $2,000 will be split among the points leaders in the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods following the Midseason Championship program on June 16.

“The Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series is a big part of the racing passion for us,” Victory Lane Track Action Race Review publisher Debra M. Filkins said. “It is a privilege to encourage and support the racing teams. Victory Lane is thankful for our sponsors, our staff Danielle Miller and Jade Morris, the drivers and fans.

“It is such a pleasure to team up with Lucas Oil Speedway for the 2018 racing season. We look forward to another eventful season.”

Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said that Filkins’ Victory Lane publication has become popular for fans entering the grandstands each week. The free publication recaps the previous week’s action and includes feature stories on drivers plus previews of upcoming events along with results and points standings.

“We’re happy to partner with Debra and Victory Lane to give our drivers a nice bonus to shoot for at our Midseason Championships, with $500 to each of the four leaders,” Robinson said. “We appreciate what Debra and her staff does and look forward to partnering with Victory Lane again in 2018.”

The Lucas Oil Speedway season begins April 7 with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opener. An open test and tune is scheduled for March 31.

For ticket information, including season passes for all events and three-day passes for the 26th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket information and tentative 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

Want to view Lucas Oil Speedway races in style? Some VIP Suites available for 2018 season

February 20th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – One of the best and most-comfortable ways to take in the Lucas Oil Speedway experience is spending a night of race-viewing from one of the speedway’s nearly two dozen VIP Suites.

Located on the second and third floors of the main tower complex overlooking the front straightaway, the suites provide private, outdoor box seating along with indoor, climate-controlled comfort with all the amenities.

Twenty-one suites can hold anywhere from 12-27 guests and two more can accommodate up to 50 people. The inside portion of the suites include leather furniture and tall barstool style seating with a refrigerator, kitchen sink, counter top and cabinets, plus cable television.

Each suite for each event receives one complimentary food tray and two six-packs of choice – Coca-Cola products, water or beer. There is a menu with a selection of nine different food platters to choose from with each platter enough to feed 10-12 people. The suite hostess is happy to serve items from the bar and concessions upon request, including more food platters and drink items.

“Our suites have proven to be a big hit over the years with businesses and corporate customers who use a night at the races as a great way to entertain clients, customers and employees,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said.

“While a group of race fans often get together and rent a suite for a night, we’re seeing more and more businesses rent the suites on an annual basis,” Robinson added. “As the 2018 season approaches, we have a limited number of suites remaining and this would be an excellent time for anyone who’s interested to explore the suite experience.”

Various price levels are available for both season-long and per-event. Prices start at $7,500 for annual suite rental, which includes all Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series events plus all the marquee races throughout the dirt-track season. Weekly Racing Series prices start at $300 for any one of the 13 events.

Call Lucas Oil Speedway Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 for more pricing information, or to even arrange a tour of the suites.

The Lucas Oil Speedway 2018 season begins April 7 with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opener.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket information and tentative 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

In addition, fans can use social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

9th Annual Summit USMTS Winter Speedweeks begins Feb. 23 in Corpus Christi

February 18th, 2018

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas–The engines have been silent since November, but the Best of the Best is less than two weeks away from kicking off the 2018 campaign with the 9th Annual Summit USMTS Winter Speedweeks presented by MSD Performance.

The Summit USMTS Southern Series presented by Production Jars will open the season with a doubleheader at the South Texas Speedway in Corpus Christi on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24. Then on Sunday, Feb. 25, the action moves to the Texana Raceway in Edna. The South Texas Speedway will also host an open practice on Thursday, Feb. 22, from 6-9 p.m.

Limited Mods and Pure Stocks will join the USMTS both nights at the South Texas Speedway. Two separate and complete shows await two of the most popular racing divisions in South Texas during this big event. Limited Mods will pay $600 to win Friday and $700 to win Saturday. Pure Stocks are $400 to win Friday and $500 to win Saturday (no entry fee either class). Southern/Northern Sport Mods or USRA B-mods are welcome to come race, but must completely conform to your class rules.

Spectator gates open at 6 p.m. both Friday and Saturday with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30.

Friday’s USMTS payouts: Licensed – 1. $3000, 2. $1600, 3. $1100, 4. $900, 5. $700, 6. $600, 7. $500, 8. $450, 9. $425, 10. $400, 11. $375, 12. $350, 13. $325, 14. $300, $275 to start, $90 tow; Non-Licensed – 1. $3000, 2. $1500, 3. $1000, 4. $700, 5. $600, 6. $500, 7. $400, 8. $375, 9. $350, 10. $325, 11. $300, 12. $275, 13. $250, $225 to start; $75 tow.

Saturday’s USMTS payouts: Licensed -1. $3000, 2. $1700, 3. $1200, 4. $1000, 5. $800, 6. $700, 7. $600, 8. $500, 9. $450, 10. $400, 11. $375, 12. $350, 13. $325, $300 to start, $90 tow; Non-Licensed – 1. $3000, 2. $1500, 3. $100, 4. $800, 5. $700, 6. $600, 7. $500, 8. $450, 9. $400, 10. $350, 11. $325, 12. $300, 13. $275, $250 to start, $75 tow.

The South Texas Speedway is a 1/4-mile dirt oval located east on I-37 to exit 4A, then 3.4 miles south on FM 665/Old Brownsville Rd., then merge onto S. Padre Island Dr., then right onto FM665 W/Old Brownsville Rd., then 2.6 miles west. For more information, call (361) 548-0669 or visit www.southtxspeedway.com.

Sunday’s show at the Texana Raceway will also feature Limited Mods and Pure Stocks racing for $750 and $500 to win, respectively, with a car/driver entry fee of $55.

Gates open at 1 p.m., hot laps start at 4:30 and racing begins at 5. General admission tickets are $20 and pit passes are $35.

Sunday’s USMTS payouts: Licensed – 1. $2500, 2. $1500, 3. $1000, 4. $700, 5. $600, 6. $500, 7. $450, 8. $400, 9. $375, 10. $350, 11. $325, 12. $300, 13. $275, $250 to start, $90 tow; Non-Licensed – 1. $2500, 2. $1200, 3. $800, 4. $600, 5. $500, 6. $400, 7. $350, 8. $300, 9. $275, 10. $250, 11. $225, $200 to start, $75 tow.

The Texana Raceway is a 5.16-mile high-banked dirt oval located 2.0 miles east of Edna on SR 111, then left on Haines Rd. (FM 412). For more information, call (979) 758-4440 or visit www.texanaraceway.com.

The boys are back at it again the following Thursday, March 1, at the Grayson County Speedway in Bells, Texas, with an open practice on Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 2, will find the mud-slinging Modified monsters at the Kennedale Speedway Park and Saturday, March 3, at the Superbowl Speedway in Greenville.

This will be the only swing through the Dallas-Fort Worth area until the inaugural Summit USMTS Southern Nationals returns to Kennedale on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1-3. Prior to that, these first six races in the Lone Star State are the only Summit USMTS Southern Series events not tied in with the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup national series.

The first points race in the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental happens two weeks later on Friday, March 9, at the Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram, Miss., which will also be a Summit USMTS Southern Series points race.

The first race for the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup will happen on Friday, March 9, when both series clash at the Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram, Miss. There will be a practice on Thursday from 6-9 p.m.

On Saturday, March 10, the series will move to the ‘House of Hook’ in Meridian, Miss., at the Whynot Motorsports Park, with the final stop of the 9th Annual Summit USMTS Winter Speedweeks taking place at the Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Miss.

Twenty-one races are on the schedule for the Summit USMTS Southern Series and a driver’s best 15 performances will apply toward the final standings and year-end points funds. The Summit USMTS Southern Series champ is staring at a minimum $5,000 payday at year’s end, and any driver that competes in at least 18 of the 21 races is guaranteed to earn at least $1,000 in points fund money regardless of finishing position.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Hamilton County Speedway, Mason City Motor Speedway team up to pay up for perfect attendance

February 18th, 2018

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa–Officials at the Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa, and Mason City Motor Speedway Mason City, Iowa, have teamed up to offer some serious bonus bucks to drivers racing at both tracks in 2018.

If you do not miss a race at either track in the USRA Stock Car, USRA B-Mod, USRA Hobby Stock or USRA Tuner classes, you will cash in.

Each track will chip in $70 each points night in for the USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods, $60 for USRA Hobby Stocks and $50 for USRA Tuners (that’s $250 each night).

All drivers in each class will split the amount of money for the season.

For instance, if 20 Saturday night races are run at the Hamilton County Speedway and 16 Sunday night shows at Mason City Motor Speedway in the USRA Stock Cars, that will be 36 total nights x $70 per night to make a $2,520 dual track prize pool.

If only one driver in the USRA Stock Cars has perfect attendance, he or she will pocket the whole $2,520. If five drivers have perfect attendance, they will split the money equally, and so forth.

Racing is slated to kick off at the Hamilton County Speedway on Saturday, April 21, and the first race of 2018 at the Mason City Motor Speedway is set for Sunday, April 29.

The Hamilton County Speedway is located off of US 20 at exit 140, then 1.2 miles north, then 0.5 mile east on Bank St., then 0.4 mile south on Bluff St. If you are interested in marketing partnerships or working at the speedway, call (515) 832-6000 or check out www.HamiltonCoSpeedway.com. You can also get social on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RaceWebsterCity or Twitter at www.twitter.com/HamiltonCoSpeed.

The Mason City Motor Speedway is a half-mile clay oval located 5.1 miles east of I-35 at exit 194 on SR 122 (at the North Iowa Fairgrounds). For more information, call (641) 424-6515 or check out www.MasonCityMotorSpeedway.com online. You can also like the track’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MasonCityMotorSpeedway follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RacinMasonCity.

To learn more about the USRA, visit usraracing.com or call (515) 832-6000. You can also like USRA Racing on Facebook at facebook.com/usraracing, follow twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out the USRA YouTube channel at youtube.com/usratv. Keep up to speed with everything USRA by joining our email list at usraracing.com/subscribe.

Rancho Milagro returns as sponsor of USMTS loyalty program

February 6th, 2018

TAOS, N.M. –Rancho Milagro and Top of the World Ranch in Taos, N.M., along with their Eagle Moon Farm in Las Cruces, N.M., are back in 2018 as supporter of the USMTS loyalty program.

USMTS feature race winners last year earned more than $20,000 in additional cash from Rancho Milagro, and this year the pie will be even bigger but cut into many more slices.

The Rancho Milagro USMTS Loyalty Program will pay the top ten loyalty program members at each USMTS points race. The rules are simple: the driver must have perfect attendance and display the official Rancho Milagro decal on the race car at all times.

If a driver misses one race without using a grace race, that driver goes back to the start of the payout scale and will begin receiving bonus payouts with his or her fourth consecutive race back. Once a driver misses a second points race, he or she is no longer eligible for the the Rancho Milagro USMTS Loyalty Program bonus payouts for 2018.

About Grace Races: Each driver can maintain his or her perfect attendance by purchasing an entry fee and garnering the minimum 45 show-up points up to three times during the 2018 campaign. The USMTS also provides for a two-race hardship if needed in case of an emergency.

The Rancho Milagro USMTS Loyalty Program bonuses are for drivers who have a paid membership of $300 to be a part of the loyalty program, and bonuses will be paid out according to how the member drivers finish in relation to each other.

Drivers will also be required to display the official Rancho Milagro Racing decal to be eligible.

The highest-finishing Rancho Milagro Loyalty Program member will always get the highest payout from the program and so forth. A driver has the opportunity to earn an additional $10,000 in bonus payouts during the course of the season.

Rancho Milagro grows organic hay for dairies, operates a mother cow calf operation and is heavily involved in team roping. The group’s main ranch is called Top of The World Ranch and the Healy Foundation funds multiple land and water issues in the region.

“Rancho Milagro and Top Of The World Ranch in Taos, N.M., along with their Eagle Moon Farm in Las Cruces, N.M., ask for you to support the ranching, farming and racing industries,” said owner Trudy Healy.

In addition to a strong focus on water conservation and irrigation issues, Healy and her company is also a supporter of several racing teams including Scott Brothers Racing and team roping where they sponsor Rancho Milagro Team Roping and the New Mexico Rodeo Association

Healy served as the New Mexico Representative for Irrigation or Conservancy District Surface Water, is a founding member and sponsor of the Savory Institute International and operates the Rancho Milagro Collection Gallery.

In 2011, she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Leadership New Mexico in recognition of her philanthropy and her focus on water issues throughout the state as part of her efforts to improve the quality of life for all New Mexicans, and for future generations.

The 20th anniversary season featuring the Best of the Best in dirt modified racing features a points fund of more than $160,000 highlighted by a record top prize of $50,000 awaiting the 2018 USMTS National Champion.

The action gets going with the first Summit Racing Equipment USMTS Southern Series event on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24, at the South Texas Speedway in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The first points race in the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup happens two weeks later on Friday, March 9, at the Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram, Miss., which will also be a Summit Racing Equipment USMTS Southern Series points race.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Reserved seats for 26th annual Show-Me 100 go on sale to general public starting Feb. 1

February 4th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Fans with three-day reserved passes at last year’s Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com have only one more week to renew those same seat locations.

Lucas Oil Speedway admissions director Nichole McMillan said that starting on Feb. 1, reserved and general admission tickets to the 26th annual Show-Me 100 will be go on sale to the general public.

“It’s getting down to crunch time for those fans who want those same seat locations for the Show-Me 100 they had a year ago. If they haven’t renewed and plan to do so, time is running short,” McMillan said. “Starting on Feb. 1, those reserved three-day passes will be up for grabs.

“So please, if you want to renew make sure you do so in the next week by giving me a call at (417) 282-5984.”

The three-day passes are $100 and offer the comfort of the high-back, stadium-style seats and prime viewing on the top few rows of the front straightaway.

The 26th annual Show-Me 100 weekend features the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil MLRA, plus USRA Modifieds. Action kicks off on May 24 with the “Cowboy Classic” headlining the program, with a $6,000-to-win, $600-to-start main event which also enables drivers to earn valuable points toward starting position into the night-night main event.

The “Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson” on May 25 also will see a $6,000-to-win feature with more points earned for the starting lineup the next night. Full USRA Modified programs also are scheduled each night.

The May 26 program includes B Mains, the Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge and the 100-lap, $30,000-to-win main event along with a $1,200-to-win USRA Modified feature.

The daily ticket breakdown for Show-Me 100 weekend:

May 24: $25 general admission adults, $22 seniors (62 and up) and military; $10 youth (ages 6-15); FREE kids (ages 5-and-under); $50 family pass; $100 three-day reserved; $35 pit pass, $100 3-day pit pass.

May 25: $25 general admission adults, $22 seniors (62 and up) and Military; $10 youth (ages 6-15); FREE kids (ages 5-and-under); $50 family pass; $100 three-day reserved; $35 pit pass, $100 3-day pit pass.

May 26: $35 general admission adults, $32 seniors (62 and up) and Military; $10 youth (ages 6-15); FREE kids (ages 5-and-under); $70 family pass; $100 three-day reserved; $40 pit pass, $100 3-day pit pass.

Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Illinois, came from a 14th starting position to win his first Show-Me 100 last year. Pierce, 21, recently announced that he will follow the full Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in 2018 while driving the Dunn-Benson Motorsports car.

Fans also can still purchase season passes for all events on the dirt track in 2018 – including the Show-Me 100 – and an all-events pass that includes drag-boat races and on the off-road track. Contact McMillan at (417) 282-5984 for more information.

The Lucas Oil Speedway 2018 season begins April 7 with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opener.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket information and tentative 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

Sweet Home Webster City: Staleys bring new vision to Hamilton County Speedway in 2018

February 2nd, 2018

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa–The Hamilton County Fair in Webster City, Iowa, has inked an agreement with TTMM Promotions, LLC, of Webster City to operate weekly and special event promotions at the historic Hamilton County Speedway.

TTMM Promotions is operated by Todd and Janet Staley of Webster City. The Staleys have been involved with the Hamilton County Speedway since 1974 when Todd, who lived near by the track, worked the back of the water truck for promoter Don Cryder. Todd worked for several promoters throughout his life including John Allison, Butch Weber, Bill Rice and the late Howard Mellinger, doing everything from track maintenance to head flagman.

“Our number one goal is to facilitate great racing on a great racing surface, starting the shows on time and running a smooth and efficient program,” Todd Staley said. “We will work to bring back the fun like it was in the glory days. In today’s economy and culture, more than ever it is all about giving the paying customer an experience unlike every other, and that’s what we intend to do.”

Opening night for the 2018 season is scheduled for Saturday, April 21 with the regular season finale on Saturday, Aug. 25, before wrapping up the schedule with the return of the Fall Futurity on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29.

As far as other marquee events, Saturday, May 12, will feature Modified Mania with a $3,000-to-win main event and special pricing and giveaways for kids. The inaugural Boone River Bayou, which was thwarted by weather in 2017, is slated to happen Tuesday and Wednesday, June 19-20, and will showcase Stock Cars, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and Tuners.

What’s more, the fire-breathing Modifieds in the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup will be back on Tuesday, July 17, and the Lucas Oil ASCS 360 Sprint Car Series will make an appearance on Saturday, Aug. 18.

The complete 2018 schedule of events will be revealed in the next few days.

With this agreement, TTMM Promotions will take over the weekly racing event promotions of the Hamilton County Speedway and will partner with the Hamilton County Fair for five nights of events during the annual Hamilton County Fair, July 25-29.

In addition to a solid schedule of events, this season will feature one of the area’s most generous weekly payouts for racers and a points fund awarding drivers at year’s end that will reward them handsomely for their hard work throughout the season.

Webster City husband and wife Brad and Sarah Ratcliff will share the General Manager duties for the track, and will be in charge of the operations of the speedway for the weekly racing program.

For the drivers that put on the show each and every week, the new management team will make the transition as easy as possible for all racers that have raced at the Hamilton County Speedway in the past.

New this season, weekly racing will feature the popular and fast-growing SLMR Late Models. The rules for this class were developed by multi-time NASCAR national national champion and Dirt Late Model Hall-of-Famer Joe Kosiski and his staff.

“The rules package works great because all Late Models are welcome and extremely competitive no matter what kind of motor package is used, so all of the Late Models that have raced here will be able to race,” Todd Staley added. “These are the same rules that will be utilized at several Eastern Iowa tracks in 2018, and have been in place at several tracks in Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa for a few years now.”

The Modifieds at the Hamilton County Speedway will be sanctioned by the USRA, but the rules package will be different from the USRA Modifieds that race at other facilities throughout America’s heartland and be similar to those used at the Hamilton County Speedway in 2017. Any “open” USRA Modifieds will be required to add 50 pounds of weight for their aluminum heads and remove the spoiler. This will be the rules that will be run at Webster City for each year of the contract.

Holley USRA Stock Cars, Out-Pace USRA B-Mods and USRA Hobby Stocks will run with the 2017 classes welcome to race with no changes.

If a Stock Car driver wants to run the USRA rules, the only significant change is the 4-barrel carburetor with the small engine and the Holley 500 carburetor with the larger engine-those are both options. Everything else will be the same with minor changes.

In the B-Mod division, drivers that raced at the Hamilton County Speedway will not have to change anything. If you raced in Webster City last season, you are 100% legal to come as you are. Same goes for the Hobby Stocks.

A new class that will run weekly at the Hamilton County Speedway will be the USRA Tuners-a beginner class that is built for fun and allows new faces to get involved in dirt track racing. Sometimes called Sport Compacts or Hornets, this four-banger division will also be sanctioned under the USRA banner with track and national points funds for racers.

Perhaps the most welcome change for racers at the Hamilton County Speedway is a bigger and better weekly payout for all classes and a hearty guaranteed year-end points funds.

Late Models will pay $600 to win and $100 to start every Saturday night. Modifieds will pay $500 to win and $90 to start. Stock Cars and B-Mods will get $400 to win and $75 to start while Hobby Stocks are $300 to win and $60 to start. Tuners will race for #125 to win and $30 to start.

The year-end points fund will see both the Late Model and Modified track champions take home $1,500 with no less than $150 going to drivers finishing among the top ten. Stock Cars and B-Mods will pay $1,000 to win the track title and $125 for tenth. The Hobby Stock champ will pocket $700 with $110 for tenth, and the Tuner track champion will earn $200 with $75 for the driver finishing tenth in the final standings.

These are just track points funds and don’t include possible regional and national points fund money drivers may earn in the Summit Racing Equipment USRA Weekly Racing Series.

“There is a special place in our heart for the Hamilton County Speedway,” Todd Staley said. “We know we have a lot of work to do going forward with regards to both facility improvements and proving to fans and drivers that you don’t have to settle for what you’ve gotten in the past.”

In 1999 Todd and his wife, Janet, acquired the United States Modified Series (USMS) and changed the name to United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS). They had their share of new business struggles, but with the help of sponsors, great drivers and fans, the USMTS is considered the pinnacle of dirt modified racing in the country today. The USMTS will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary season in 2018 with a great season planned and a whopping $50,000 up for grabs for the national champion of the 43-race schedule.

Todd and Janet have also owned and operated the United States Racing Association (USRA) since 2002. The USRA sanctions weekly racing at nearly fifty premier dirt tracks throughout the United States, and offers competitors a set of smart rules with some of the best year-end and national points funds in the sport.

The Hamilton County Speedway is the oldest speedway in the state of Iowa, opening in July 1910. In 1938, work began on the current location at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. The semi-banked half-mile dirt track was completed in the spring of 1939, and the first races were held on the track in September of that year.

California’s Jimmy Wilburn guides his Sprint Car through a corner at the Hamilton County Speedway in 1948. Opening in 1910, the race track is the oldest in the state of Iowa.

The track is located off of US 20 at exit 140, then 1.2 miles north, then 0.5 mile east on Bank St., then 0.4 mile south on Bluff St. If you are interested in marketing partnerships or working at the speedway, call (515) 832-6000 or check out www.hamiltoncospeedway.com.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call (515) 832-6000. You can also like USRA Racing on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out the USRA YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv. Keep up to speed with everything USRA by joining our email list at www.usraracing.com/subscribe.

Class sponsors return for Lucas Oil Speedway 2018 Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series

January 30th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – With the 2018 season just over two months away, Lucas Oil Speedway has finalized its Weekly Racing Series sponsors with the entire lineup returning.

“Our Weekly Racing Series is the backbone of what we do at Lucas Oil Speedway and we’re proud to have all our sponsors back on board,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “We couldn’t do what we do without each of them and we’re proud to welcome them back for 2018.”

For the second straight year, Big Adventure RV will be the title sponsor for the Weekly Racing Series, which begins on April 7. Meanwhile, the lineup again finds Warsaw Auto Marine and RV-NAPA Auto Parts (ULMA Late Models), Pitts Homes (USRA Modifieds), Ozark Golf Cars (USRA B-Mods) and Big O Tires (Street Stocks) as the division sponsors.

“We appreciate what all of those people do for our weekly racers in elevating it to what we believe is the premier weekly series in the country,” Robinson said. “Their support is vital to the quality of weekly racing that we strive to put on. We hope everyone will take some time to recognize them and support those businesses who support us.”

Lucas Oil Speedway’s Weekly Racing Series averaged 105 cars and 2,400 fans last season. Robinson said weekly shows will be bigger and better than ever in 2018 with the support of people like the Pitts Family who own and operate Big Adventure RV and Pitts Homes.

“The Pitts family is a tremendously loyal supporter of dirt-track racing and specifically the Lucas Oil Speedway and we’re proud to have Big Adventure RV as our Weekly Racing Series sponsor and Pitts Homes returning as the USRA Modified sponsor,” Robinson said. “Meanwhile, we’re pleased to have Big O Tires and Warsaw Auto Marine and RV back with us and to and welcome back Ozarks Golf Cars for their third year as the USRA B-Mod sponsor.”

Big Adventure RV is located on Highway 254 South in Hermitage. Big Adventure RV has a complete line of recreational vehicles, travel trailers, fifth wheels, toy travel trailers and toy fifth wheels. They also do repair services and consignments. For more information, log onto BigAdventureRV.com or call (417) 745-6840 or 1-800-658-0356.

“Everybody here loves to go to the speedway,” Billy Pitts of Big Adventure RV and Pitts Homes said. “We’ve been there since they started with the A Mods and since starting the RV side of our business, we decided to do the weekly sponsorship, too.”

Big Adventure RV opened in early 2017 and often displays some of its inventory at the speedway so racing fans can get an up-close look.

“It’s long term,” Billy Pitts said of connecting with race fans. “It’s not like they’re going to go to the race track and say ‘dad-gum, I’m going to buy that right now.’ But when they are ready or their friends or family are ready, they can say ‘we remember seeing some campers up at the race track’ and they’ll come and find us.”

Pitts Homes was founded in 1971 by Maurice Lee Pitts and Jane Pitts and now, with five locations (Bolivar, Strafford, Hermitage, Clinton and Warsaw) it has become one of the leading retailers of modular and manufactured housing in the state of Missouri.

Visit PittsHomesInc.com or call any of the locations listed on the website for further information.

Warsaw Auto Marine and RV-NAPA Auto Parts assumed sponsorship of the ULMA Late Models last season. Located in Warsaw, the company opened in March of 2015 and continues to serve its community as a leading automotive parts retailer. Call (660) 438-2829 or visit them on Facebook for more information.

“We’re excited to keep our sponsorship this year,” Brett Heiser of Warsaw Auto Marine and RV said. “The big thing we enjoy about it is how big a part of the community that Lucas Oil Speedway has become, as far as keeping jobs local and offering new job opportunities for local people We’re proud to be a part of that.”

NAPA Auto Parts was founded in 1925 as a way to improve distribution of auto parts for people and business that needed a reliable source for parts. Visit GettheGoodStuff.net for more information on stores in Hermitage and Warsaw.

Returning for the third year as class sponsor for the USRA B-Mods is Ozarks Golf Cars. Owner Spencer King started the business in 2005 and has developed an extensive inventory to supply almost any golf car rental in southwest Missouri or the surround area and one of the largest Yamaha dealers in southwest Missouri.

“I’ve been up there for the last six or seven years (as a spectator) and we do a lot of business renting golf cars up there,” King said. “It’s worked out good mutually to sponsor the B-Mod class. It’s a great relationship between the track and our business together.”

Race teams and fans are able to rent golf carts during race events throughout the season. King said he’s found the racing community to be loyal to the sport and to the sponsors.

“We are getting our name out there more and more every year and people are calling us for their golf car needs and we’re renting more and more carts up there every year,” King said.

King provides free golf cart delivery within 75 miles of Ozark and his crew will travel anywhere within the region to fix a cart. Go to OzarkGolfCars.com or call 1-866-846-7970 for additional info.

Big O Tires enters year two of sponsoring the Street Stocks. The Osage Beach store at 4712 Jayhawk Street offers a wide range of diagnostic, repair and routine maintenance services, backed by one of the best national services warranties in the business. Call (573) 348-4600 or go online to BigOTires.com.

Kyle Uchtmann of Big O Tires said his staff at the Big O Stores in the Lake of the Ozarks area are good friends with Street Stocks racer Kenny Carroll and enjoy the partnership with the speedway.

“Lucas is a really big deal and I get a lot of messages from the local racers who say they appreciate our involvement,” Uchtmann said. “All of our people like going out there to the races.”

Following an open Test & Tune on March 31, the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series begins April 7 with the Spring Opener Presented by Fox 5 KRBK. The Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models will be the featured class, shooting for a $1,000-to-win feature prize.

The Lucas Oil MLRA Series has taken over administration of the ULMA Late Models this season with Lucas Oil Speedway serving as the flagship track. The ULMA Series utilizes a unified set of rules at various venues throughout the Midwest aimed to provide a national-caliber type of points series for drivers who cannot afford to compete with Super Late Model touring series.

Meanwhile, both Modified divisions at Lucas Oil Speedway again will be under USRA administration and earn points toward USRA national championship standings. Two years ago, JC Morton parlayed his Lucas Oil Speedway track championship into a USRA B-Mod national title.

This season also will find additional television exposure on the MAVTV Motorsports Network for the weekly racers. Several times during the season, the weekly classes will be spotlighted on “Lucas Oil Speedway Saturday Night” while running in support of major shows. In addition, full Weekly Racing Series programs on June 9 and June 23 will be shown and additional weekly races may be added to the production schedule during the season.

For ticket information, including season passes for the 2018 season, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket information and tentative 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

Cole Williams, CMS Team Up for SRL Winter Showdown

January 28th, 2018

Sellersburg, IN — The SRL Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California is one of the biggest races to win each year. After scoring multiple wins in big races in 2017, Cole Williams is now heading west to seek the $30,000 check.
Williams said the SRL Winter Showdown is one of the biggest races he’s ever attempted to run, but he cannot wait for the challenge of racing against some of the best Super Late Model drivers in the country.

“I am really excited for this opportunity,” said Williams. “Winning the Winter Showdown would be a huge deal for everyone involved, and it would be my first Super Late Model win which would make everything even cooler.”

The Sellersburg, Indiana native will be racing the Motor City GMC No. 29 machine for CMS with sponsorship from Port City Racecars, McGunnegill Engine Performance and Bordeau Metals.

Williams said the deal came about as a result of a conversation between his father, Terry, and Gary Collins. Williams and CMS are both big supporters of Port City Racecars and are on the phone with each other every week to discuss setups and more.

Williams went to test a car recently for CMS and said the test went extremely well.

“Our test session went great,” explained Williams. “We learned a lot from the different setups that we tried, and I feel confident that we have a good car to start out the weekend with and we’ll go from there.”

The 21-year-old driver has never raced at the wide, high-banked half-mile of Kern County Raceway Park before, but he knows he’ll be prepared when he gets to the track on race weekend. Williams has been talking to as many people as possible to get information on how to race the track, as well as watching past races and on-board camera footage. He said he believes he’ll have a shot to contend for the win on February 3rd.

“It would mean a ton to go out there and win,” Williams said. “I’m just thankful for CMS, Port City Racecars, McGunnegill Engine Performance, Bordeau Metals, and everyone that has made this opportunity possible.”

Race fans can watch Williams compete in the Winter Showdown via a live broadcast on Speed51.com. The broadcast will be streamed free for both monthly and yearly members to the Speed51 Network.

For more information on Cole Williams, please visit colewilliamsracing.com. Also be sure to follow Cole Williams on Twitter, @ColeWilliams46.

Large Gathering Celebrates 2017 Racing Season at ABC Raceway Banquet

January 28th, 2018

Ashland, WI — Nearly 250 fans, racers, crew persons and track personnel filled the conference hall at the AmericInn in Ashland to celebrate the 2017 stock car racing season during the ABC Raceway’s annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, January 20.

Following a buffet-style meal prepared by Country Cafe & Catering, Ashland-Bayfield County Racing Association president Eric Erickson congratulated the points champions of the track’s five weekly divisions, expressed appreciation for the track’s sponsors, and thanked the all-volunteer staff and Board of Directors of the award-winning three-eighths-mile red-clay speedplant.

Erickson noted in his comments that the Raceway had paid a record total purse of over $286,000 during the 2017 season, and a points fund totaling an additional $10,000 was handed out during the awards ceremony.

Erickson also paid tribute to several long-time members of the Raceway’s work staff, handing “Valuable Volunteer” plaques to Skip Hunter, Brian Lucas, Jenny Bowers, Laura Luger, Bobby Wherritt, and Greg Jaeger. He also presented the first-ever “Pitman Award” to Ken Bogdonovic, a popular and personable long-time crew member of the Spacek race teams.

Event emcee Nick Gima then introduced those drivers who finished in the top ten in points in each of the track’s weekly divisions in 2017, as well as others who achieved special accomplishments. Drivers in the top ten received trophies, and the divisional champions were also awarded commemorative jackets, banners and etched glass steins noting their accomplishments.

Of the five divisional champions, four were first-time honorees – an historic first in the Raceway’s 53-year history. Two of the track championships were decided by one point, while the largest winning margin was just 21 points.

Glidden’s Bill Byholm had waited 27 years to win earned his first-ever ABC Raceway points championship, topping the WISSOTA Modified division by 11 points. Despite sitting among the top 20 all-time in feature wins at ABC, Byholm did not win an A-main here in 2017, but he used five top-five feature finishes – including three runner-up efforts – and six more finishes in the top 10 over 12 shows to earn the title.

Byholm noted in his acceptance speech that one of his favorite memories of the season was running side-by-side for the lead in a handful of races with his son, Tanner, who completed his rookie season in 2017.

Defending track champion Neil Balduc of Bessemer, MI, scored two feature wins on his way to finishing second in the “big Mods,” just ahead of Pat Cook of Washburn and Steve Lavasseur of River Falls, as the top four in the final standings were separated by just 25 points. Six-time ABC champ Jeff Spacek of Phillips wound up in fifth.

Five-time track champ Steve Stuart of Ashland and Superior’s Rick Rivord headed up the second five in the Mods, and Jacob Hiatt of Mason, who scored his first career feature win in Ashland during the ‘17 season, claimed eighth, ahead of Tanner Byholm of Glidden and Medford’s Paul Niznik.

Nick Oreskovich of Mason was the only repeat track champion at ABC in 2017, scoring his second straight WISSOTA Super Stock title. Oreskovich led the division with seven heat wins, and his four feature wins on the season included an early-season run of three in a row to establish “the Flyin’ Farmer” as the man to beat.

Former ABC Super Stock champ Randy Spacek of Phillips opened 2017 with a feature win on his way to second place in the division’s points, 18 back of Oreskovich, while Montreal’s Cory Casari grabbed a feature win in the season finale to secure third in the standings. Superior’s Scott Lawrence, the 14-time ABC Raceway champion, finished fourth ahead of 2015 champ Jeff Klopstein of Tomahawk, as the top five were separated by just 46 points.

Shane Kisling of Park Falls took sixth in the Super Stocks, ahead of Superior’s Dave Flynn, Randy’s son Terran Spacek of Phillips, Ashland’s Matt Deragon, and Don Muzzy of Ironwood, MI.

Tyler Vernon of Ashland won the WISSOTA Midwest Modified track championship here in a season when the ABC Raceway hosted an average regular-season car count of 29 Mid-Mods – the highest in any division of any of WISSOTA’s 47 member tracks. Vernon collected three of the four feature wins he scored in 2017 in this division to earn the first championship of his family’s long and storied history of racing at Ashland.

Two-time defending track champion Paul Suzik of Ironwood, MI, claimed second place, just 21 points behind Vernon, thanks to two feature victories and five heat wins. Wayne Stricker of Highbridge used a division-leading seven heat wins along with three feature checkers to finish third, ahead of Ryan Adamzak of Marengo and Ashland’s Tanner Hicks.

Jesse Aho of Toivola, MI, scored a feature win here and was within just 46 points of the championship while landing sixth, with Tyler Hudack of Ashland finishing seventh. Wayne’s son Jared Stricker of Highbridge took the eighth-place trophy home, and to continue the father-son theme, Duane Dunbar of Marenisco, MI, finished ninth in the Mid-Mod standings, just ahead of his son Marcus, of Wakefield, MI.

Marengo’s Scott Ovaska became a first-time champion at ABC in 2017, winning the Six-Cylinder division’s honors by a single point. A long-time popular driver, Ovaska scored four heat wins and placed in the top three in 11 of the division’s 12 features run last summer, including winning the sixth of his career on June 10, to follow up a runner-up finish in the division in 2016.

Two-time and defending Sixes champ Tiffany Hudack of Ashland used four heat wins and four feature victories to finish second, and Mid-Mod champ Vernon won one feature and five heat races in the Sixes to claim third. Trego’s Randy Graham drove former Sixes champ Dale Coddington’s car to a division-best five feature wins on his way to a fourth-place trophy, as the top four were separated by just nine points. Ashland’s DeJay Jarecki finished fifth.

Sixth place went to Ashland’s Forrest Schultz, followed by rookie John Darwin and veteran Jonathon Popp, both of Iron River; Ashland’s Dalton Truchon, and the Spooner-based team of Josh Saunders and Matt Larson.

Andrew Hanson of Iron River was the fourth first-time ABC Raceway champion, claiming the 2017 WISSOTA Pure Stock title. The Northwestern High School senior was unable to attend the banquet as he was competing at a wrestling meet, but he did lead the division with seven heat wins, and his three feature wins on the season included two on July 29, as he finished fifth in WISSOTA’s national Pure Stock points.

Kyle Copp of Brule led the division with the first five feature wins of his career, placing him second to Hanson by just one point and setting up what could be the makings of a great friendly racing rivalry for years to come at ABC. Graham’s third-place finish included a feature win to put him just 15 points out of the championship, ahead of long-distance traveler Dylan Shelton of Wrenshall, MN, and Hayward’s Brock Beilke.

Sixth through tenth in Pure Stock points included rookie Matt Olson, Jake Nevala and Don Livingston, all of Ashland; rookie Austin Gibson of Trego, and veteran Jeff Christman of South Range.

The track’s coveted Sportsman of the Year award was presented to Mid-Mod racer Ryan Adamzak of Ashland, and the Most Improved Driver award was won by Jared Stricker.

Tanner Byholm (Modifieds), Deragon (Supers), Graham (Sixes) and Olson (Pure Stocks), plus Justin Weinberger of Park Falls (Mid-Mods), were recognized as the top ABC Raceway rookies of 2017.

Erickson presented former racer and current track-prep team leader Rick Przybylski with the annual President’s Award, honoring his significant contributions to the overall quality of the facility and the racing at ABC, prior to the introduction of the track champions.

During their acceptance speeches, all five champions were generous in their praise of the Raceway, especially with respect to the hard work of the staff, the track preparation, and the significant weekly purses and points fund.

A large number of door prizes were provided for those in attendance, and DJ-provided music completed an enjoyable evening for all in attendance.

The 2018 stock car racing season at the ABC Raceway is set to begin May 12 and include another very ambitious schedule, highlighted by the return of the Advantage RV Modified Series and the FastLane Motorsports Super Stock Series, plus a first-time visit by the UMSS sprint cars. The track is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. For more information, log on to the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com.

Looney adds name to Sunoco rookie slate

January 25th, 2018

Wheatland, Missouri – Recently Payton Looney and the Atnip Enterprisies team informed Lucas Oil MLRA officials of their intentions to follow the tour and compete for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year title.

Originally scheduled to compete last year, Looney had to remove himself from contention when engine issues reared their head on Memorial Day weekend.

“We planned to do this last season,” said Looney, who still ran several shows. “We had trouble at the Show Me 100 and it put us in a position where we had to miss several shows.”

Ironically, that weekend probably marks the biggest of Looney’s career thus far. He was Friday night’s fast qualifier, winner of two qualifying heat races and a sixth place starter in the 100 lap main event.

His strong runs, with the nation focused on Lucas Oil Speedway, proved an optimal time to shine. Not to mention he also sold out of merchandise on hand.

“I’m really looking to put a full year together on the MLRA tour,” Looney further elaborated. “I love racing at Wheatland obviously, and also places like Salina, Oklahoma and LaSalle, Illinois.”

The team will roll out their Rocket XR1, which they finished last season running. There is also a pair of Scott Bailey Chevrolet Engines in the arsenal too. Looney was quick to mention Swift Springs, and the consistency they brought to his program, once he made the switch for the second half of the season.

“We’re beyond stoked for the year,” said team owner Jeremy Atnip. “We’re looking to hire someone full-time for the season just to work on the race car. Once we get that handled we’ll be in a better spot to compete, than we ever have been. It’s always just a lot of pieces that have to come together.”

Beyond the driver’s seat Looney is a Project Manager for Atnip Entersprises, so racing only scratches the surface of Payton’s involvement with his team owner.

“I’m just looking to go out and be consistent,” commented Looney. “We won a race last year, obviously that’s the goal. I’m just lucky to be in this position!”

The 2018 schedule kicks off at Tony Izzo’s LaSalle Speedway for the Thaw Brawl Friday, March 30, and continues through Saturday, March 31. It will pay $15,000 to win the final night and $5,000 for the season opener.

For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com.

Fans may also “like” the Lucas Oil MLRA Facebook page by clicking www.Facebook.com/lucasoilmlra or follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/MLRA.

Rising USRA B-Mod prospect Taylor Moore eager to build on strong Lucas Oil Speedway season

January 23rd, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – For one of the Ozarks’ rising USRA B-Modified prospects, it’s time to start dreaming of spring-time warmth and top-five finishes in the season ahead at Lucas Oil Speedway.

But for now, Taylor Moore is keeping his skills sharp behind the wheel of go-karts. There’s a major indoor race this weekend in Lebanon where, win or lose, Moore figures it’ll help keep his driving skills sharp.

“It’s not like a big car, but the actions are kind of the same,” said the 21-year-old Moore, whose family operates the go-kart track Bois D’Arc Speedway. He said he’s won a handful of races there this winter, when weather has permitted racing outside.

“It keeps you in tune and you have to hit your marks … and it’s an adrenaline rush that’s the same as you get in a big car,” Moore added.

Moore, a third-generation racer from Bois D’Arc, has plenty to be excited about as he eyes the 2018 season. He finished third in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod points chase last season, his first driving at Lucas Oil Speedway and just his second year in a Modified.

“It started off a little rough, but definitely got better as it went along,” Moore said. “I got better as a driver and at reading race tracks. I thought finishing third in points there for my first season was pretty good. From about the middle of the year on, we were finishing top 10, top five and just trying to keep a good point average going.

“The competition in the B-Mods is so good. You have guys like (track champion) Andy Bryant, Kris Jackson, JC Morton and those are only a few. If you can go and run with those guys at Lucas and be competitive, you can go and run anywhere.”

Moore said his switch to a Hoffman Race Car about the middle of 2017 was a key and he’s confident he will continue to get better the more he races it. He utilizes a crate motor, which means less horsepower than some other competitors. But The 2014 Ash Grove High School graduate said his driving style seems to be a good fit for the power plant.

“When the track slicks off, it seems like the crate is more dominant,” Moore said. “You don’t need all that horsepower when the track slicks off. When everything slows down a little bit, I seem to get a little better.”

Moore said a goal for the new season, along with finishing near the top of season points at Lucas, is to be in the USRA B-Mod National points mix. He hopes to use some weekends when Lucas Oil Speedway isn’t running B-Mods to take his racing on the road.

Those extra races and additional travel, however, require more funding. Moore said his budget is limited, which is why he appreciates the help from his sponsors – including new backing from Mike Striegel’s Team Outlaw Race Bodies.

Striegel is one of the area’s veteran Modified drivers and he picks a young B-Mod driver each season to help. Others have included Andy Bryant the year he won the USRA B-Mod National championship, Ryan Gillmore and Kaeden Cornell. This year, it will be Moore.

“He’s a good kid and like all those young guys I’ve helped, just has that will to win and desire to get it done,” Striegel said. “I’ve watched Taylor a lot and he’s a winner. He’s a good kid, but he will race you hard. Me and him had a couple of run-ins last year and, like I told him, we’re not gonna stop racing each other hard just because I’m sponsoring him a little bit.”

Moore appreciates the kind words and support.

“To have somebody of his caliber tell me he wants to help me out, that means a lot,” Moore said. “I’m just kind of a backyard go-kart racer. I don’t have a big shop or fancy racing operation. For him to offer that really helps.”

Additional sponsors include C&M Gearworks, Jordan Valley Auto Body, Hoffman Race Cars, Midwest Sheet Metal, R&M Pallets, Schuchmann Cattle Company, Rockin’ S Farms, Billy Goin Motorsports and Bois D’Arc Speedway.

The Lucas Oil Speedway 2018 season begins April 7 with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opener.

For ticket information, including season passes for the 2018 season, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket information and tentative 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

Taylor Moore (00) and Mike Striegel (17) duel during a feature last season at Lucas Oil Speedway. Striegel, a long-time racer, is giving the 21-year-old Moore some sponsorship help in 2018. (Kenny Shaw photo)

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

US 36 Raceway/Bethany Speedway IMCA Racing 2018!!

January 21st, 2018

Hello race fans and let’s get ready to rumble on the high banks of US 36 Raceway this 2018 racing season. Kicking things off will be the Rumble in the Bullrings as we host the first night on March 30, 2018 with night number two March 31, 2018 at Eagle Raceway. The very best drivers from Non-Wing and Wing Sprint cars will set their sights on the wins at both these tracks hoping for the sweep. IMCA Stock Cars will also be doing battle on this night of competition adding to the already impressive schedule!!!
Let’s start the year off with a bang, mark that calendar now and get ready to have some fun!!! We courage you to give US 36 and Bethany Speedway a try for your Friday and Saturday Night Racing entertainment. Keep checking Facebook and check us out on the web at us36racewaydirttrack@weebly.com and Bethanyspeedway@weebly.com for updated information and schedule changes.

See you at the tracks!!!!!

Jennerstown Speedway 2018 Schedule of Events Complete! Tickets Now On Sale

January 21st, 2018

(Jennerstown, PA) The 2018 schedule of events at the Jennerstown Speedway Complex has already created a buzz among sports fans in the region, and among racing enthusiasts nationwide. Advance tickets for each date on the 2018 schedule are now on sale at www.jennerstown.org, including the two new, history-making, special events. “Opening Day 2018” will occur on May 12, to launch the chase toward the championships in all five divisions of racing, during the first “Motor Mountain Mania” of the year. Each Saturday, through September 15, stock car racing will begin at 6pm, with gates opening at 4pm.

The first of two unique special events will take place on June 23, 2018, when the open-wheeled, winged, Sprint Cars return to Jennerstown Speedway Complex for only the second time, since the track was paved in 1987. The “Must See Sprint Car Series” will make its’ first ever stop in the Keystone State, for a nationally televised race. While Sprint Cars were a staple of the Jennerstown Speedway’s dirt track era in the 1960’s and 1970’s, these methanol-burning monsters last competed at Jennerstown more than 15 years ago. Fans are already eager to see the return of these exotic, lightweight, machines that produce over 700 horsepower.

On August 11, 2018, the inaugural “Motor Mountain Masters” event will shine the national motorsports spotlight on the Jennerstown Speedway Complex. The “Masters” race will bring competitors from all over the United States, to battle alongside the Jennerstown Speedway home-track kingpins for the largest prize money payout in decades. Late Model stock cars, the top division of racing at Jennerstown and many other speedways across the country, will race 150 laps for the title of “Masters Champion.” Race teams from the Northeast, the South, the Midwest, and Canada have all expressed interest in competing. Additionally, the highest payout in recent history for the Modified division cars will await the winner of a 50-lap event on the same night. Likewise, a record payout for the 4-Cylinder competitors is promised for this first running of the “Masters.”

Just like last season, the Super Cup Stock Car Series will make two visits to Jennerstown Speedway in 2018. Four “Enduro” races, for amateur competitors, are scheduled throughout 2018, as well. The biggest races of the year for the Street Stock and Charger divisions will occur, as always, on Bill Awtey Tribute night, which honors the late, Hall of Fame driver and car builder.

Each Saturday night, as part of “Motor Mountain Mania,” the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Models, Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds, J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks, Farmers Union Co-Op Chargers, Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders compete on the paved, half-mile, oval. Adult general admission tickets for most events are just $10 and can be ordered online to avoid waiting in the ticket lines on raceday.

Driven by near-miss, Poe eager to chase Lucas Oil Speedway ULMA Late Model title in 2018

January 21st, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Though the ending wasn’t what Aaron Poe had in mind, as he fell just short of winning his first Lucas Oil Speedway track championship, there’s no doubt how successful the 2017 season was for the mid-Missouri driver.

“It was always my dream to drive Late Models. To be in contention at the end of the year, with the quality of the drivers at Lucas, I couldn’t have asked for much more,” Poe said.

Poe finished third in Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model points, just 39 behind champion Johnny Fennewald. Feature finishes of 9th and 13th in the final two races dashed Poe’s championship dreams, but the fires are stoked for a title run in 2018.

“We’re going to see if we can finally get that championship and get that monkey off our back,” Poe said in looking ahead to his third season in the division. “The first year (2016) was more of a learning year. Then last year we had a new Bob Pierce Platinum car and had a lot of good support behind us and it showed.

“We had our first win and (five) top-five finishes. We only finished outside the top 10 twice. The stats were really good. If we can improve on that, it’s the obvious goal to get that championship this year.”

Poe, 31, has become a fan favorite at Lucas Oil Speedway, driving the familiar green-and-blue No. 45 color scheme made popular by the late Allen “Cowboy” Chancellor. He said a fortunate path led him to the car, which is still supported by Cowboy’s widow Harriet Chancellor.

Poe had a solid career going in Modifieds before stepping away from the sport for about four years. He said before the 2016 season, “the stars aligned” for him to get back in with the right team which was the No. 45 team.

Brother-in-law Marc Carter had been approached by Harriet Chancellor about driving the car, but already was involved in Street Stocks and didn’t have the time for two cars in two different divisions. Carter, in turn, recommended Poe.

“So he kind of led us down this path,” Poe said of Carter. “It’s been a blessing. I can’t thank him or Harriet enough for what they’ve done for us these last two years. It’s been a huge change in my life path.

“I had taken a hiatus and during those four years, I dreaded going to the race track because I knew once I did that, I’d want back in. I got this opportunity and it’s been full steam ahead.”

The ULMA Presented by Lucas Cattle Co., is under new management this season as Lucas Oil will oversee the series which competes in Missouri and Kansas. Poe points out positives, including a special ULMA event Oct. 5-6 at Lucas Oil Speedway in conjunction with the Street Stocks Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt.

“This class is heading in the right direction as far as getting the spotlight on us a little more,” Poe said. “People can see we can compete at a high level and put on a great show.

“We love the ULMA class. It’s great for guys who want to get into Late Models but don’t want to travel across the country and spend the money on motors tires and fuel. It’s a great class for that weekend Late Model driver.”

As the car and motor await final freshening prior the Lucas Oil Speedway season opener on April 7, Poe said he’s proud to have the entire team – including father Tim Poe and crew chief Wes Kirtley – back intact.

Sponsors include Cowboys WAR, Central Bank of Warrensburg, Solar Pro Tint ‘n Tunes, Gecco Graphics, All-Star Bail Bonds, Elite Auto Repair, Spies Enterprises, McTighe Motorsports and APEX Specialty Vehicles.

The Lucas Oil Speedway 2018 season begins April 7 with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opener.

For ticket information, including season passes for the 2018 season, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the tentative 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.