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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.

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.

Central Missouri Speedway 2018 Driver Registration and General Information!

January 19th, 2018

(Warrensburg, Missouri) Central Missouri Speedway continues its countdown towards an all-new race season and preparing for one of the long-standing off-season events, the annual racers auction, at the Missouri State Fairgrounds. The event begins on Saturday, January 20th at the Mathewson Exhibition Center, located at 2503 West 16th Street, Sedalia, Missouri 65301.

Drivers may register at this event on day one, Saturday, and save $10 on registration. Printed car class and track rules, schedules, and general information will be available at the auction. Participating drivers are reminded they may pickup their 2017 race season 1099 tax forms at the auction. Those forms not picked up at the event will be mailed out on a later date. Track personnel will assist drivers with 2018 track registration and questions on Saturday, January 20th only, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the auction. Drivers unable to make it to the auction may access the registration form at www.centralmissourispeedway.net under the “Drivers” tab and send the form in using the address information provided on the form.

The track is pleased to announce in 2018, registered drivers will receive a discount on special event entries. This includes track specials for Modifieds, Street Stocks, Midwest Mod-Lites, B-Mods, and Pure Stocks throughout the season. Registration is $50 per driver, per class, if received by March 1, 2018, after this date, registration increases to $60.

A recently announced change for next year’s schedule will bring smiles to the B-Mod drivers as the track will host a two-night special event paying $1,000 to the winner each night over the Labor Day weekend. Each night’s purse is over $5,400 in payout for the booming car class.

Earl and Susan Walls, who begin their 23rd year as owners and promoters in 2018, recently put the finishing touches on their purse structure for the new season after previously announcing a significant boost in the payout for Modified drivers. Now, the Walls are pleased to announce that nearly $300,000 will be paid out next season from weekly racing throughout the year with an additional $144,000 in special event payout going to participating drivers during the 2018 season.

The Walls wish to remind drivers and teams that although Modified and B-Mods will carry the USRA sanctioning banner in 2018, CMS will not utilize USRA for tire testing and will conduct its own testing. The Walls stated, “We will will use our own equipment for tire testing and act accordingly. In doing so, we know everyone is treated equal and fair.”

CMS is building its marketing and business partners for the fast-approaching race season. There are several ways in which businesses, both large and small, may become involved with the speedway to reach new and loyal customers. 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 throughout the season.

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, Budweiser, KMZU 100.7 FM, Midwest Coatings, Better Country KIX 105.7, KSDL, and KSIS FM, Comfort Inn Warrensburg Station, KRLI FM 103.9 & KAOL 101.3 FM The Grenade, Pepsi, 610 Sports Radio Kansas City, and Heartland Waste.

The list of 2017 business partners includes: Batliner Recycling, Kleinschmidt’s Western Store, OK Wheel Alignment, OK Tire Stores, Blue Springs Truck Line Inc., Brooks Auto LLC, Rick Darling Racing Engines/Head Porting, KMMO Radio, Sabre Solar LLC, KDKD Radio, LJS Graphics, Wilderness Ridge Tent & Canvas, DQ Grill & Chill of Warrensburg, Zaxby’s, Miller Lite, Victory Trophies & Plaques, Joslins Jewelry, Eickleberry Concrete & Construction, RockAuto.com, R & B Septic Services, O’Reilly Auto Parts, JA Performance, and Seeburg Mufflers. To join the CMS business team, call Susan Walls at (816) 229-1338. No calls after 8 p.m.

Deadline to renew Show-Me 100 reserved seats nears with general public sale starting February 1

January 17th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – It’s time to start thinking about tickets for one of dirt-track racing’s crown-jewel events, the 26th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com May 24-26 at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Fans who purchased three-day passes for stadium-style reserved seats at last year’s Show-Me 100 have until Jan. 31 to renew those seats. Beginning on Feb. 1, three-day reserved seats and general admission tickets to the Show-Me 100 – plus other events during the 2018 season – will go on sale.

“We just want to make those fans who purchased reserved seats last year aware of the deadline, if they want those same seats again,” Lucas Oil Speedway admissions director Nichole McMillan said. “We expect a rush on tickets once they become available to the general public, so please contact us before the end of January if you want to renew.”

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. Fans can contact the speedway office at (417) 282-5984 or contact McMillan via email at Nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.

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 reserved 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 reserved 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 reserved 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 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.

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

Bobby Pierce (32) and Earl Pearson Jr. battle for the lead at the 2017 Show-Me 100. (Kenny Shaw photo)

CONTACT:

Dan Robinson
Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager
Lucas Oil MLRA Series Director
Office: (417) 282-5984

Dan@lucasoil.com

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.

Stateline Speedway Honors Champions!

January 15th, 2018

Warren, PA: The New Stateline Speedway honored its top drivers at the Warren (PA) Women’s Club with its annual awards banquet. Track owners Jim Scott, Jean Scott, and new partner Dave Turner handed out awards to the top ten drivers in each of its seven divisions.

The award winners were (left to right in the accompanying photo) Challenger champion Andy Proper, Pro Mod Champion Dennis Lunger, Super Late Model and Crate Late Model Champion Max Blair, Street Stock Champion John Boardman, E-Mod Champion Greg Johnson, Super Sportsman Champion Jim Kibbe.

A tentative schedule was released for the 2018 season that will feature several special events including an 80th birthday celebration for owner Jim Scott, himself a former top Late Model driver at the track, Tony Stewart’s All-Star Circuit of Champions, a memorial event for the RUSH Crate Late Models honoring Bill Law, the annual Paula Southwell Memorial, a “topless” night for the RUSH Crate Late Models, “Open Wheel Mania” for E-Mods, Pro Mods, BRP Big Block Modifieds, RUSH Sprints, and Vintage Modifieds! Also on the schedule is a “Run What You Bring” for the Super Late Models, the Penn-Ohio Street Stocks, a special Thursday event to honor the original owners on the 62nd anniversary of the first race at the track. The RUSH Pro Mods will have their “Manufacturer’s Night” at Stateline this summer. Of course there will be a “Fan Appreciation Night” featuring specials for racing fans. All cars will be displayed on the racing surface and drivers will be autographing souvenirs for the fans. The season will start with open practices scheduled for April 14, and April 26 or 27, depending on weather. The first points event will be run April 28 with the final points racing set for September 1. The final event of the season is scheduled to be an “Enduro” on September 3. Of course this is a tentative schedule with changes possible during the year. Always check www.newstatelinespeedway.com for the latest information.

With the ambitious schedule there will be something for all fans to enjoy at the New Stateline Speedway in 2018! Classes for 2018 will include the Super Late Models, RUSH Crate Late Models, E-Mods, RUSH Pro Mods, Street Stocks, and Super Challengers.

Virginia Motor Speedway Releases 2018 Schedule

January 12th, 2018

Jamaica, VA – Virginia Motor Speedway has released the schedule for the 2018 season. It will mark the 49th season of action at the ½ mile speed plant in Jamaica, VA. The schedule includes twelve (12) nights of Aaron’s Dirt Series Championship weekly racing action, two Ultimate Super Late Model sanctioned events – the April 14th $20,000 to win Aaron’s King of the Commonwealth and the $20,000 to win 42ND Annual USA 100 presented by Commonwealth Motorsports; the $20,000 to win FASTRAK World Championship presented by James River Equipment weekend and two mud bogs at the facilities state-of-the-art 200 mud bog pit.

The 49thAnnual season opening event will take place on Saturday evening April 7TH featuring a full program of Aaron’s Dirt Series Championship action that will include the Victory Lap Pro Late Model, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modified and Collision One Limited Stock divisions.

The season’s first special event will be April 14th and see the return of the Ultimate Super Late Model Series for the $20,000 to win Aaron’s King of the Commonwealth along with a $3000 to win FASTRAK National event for Pro Late Models. The event will have a Sunday April 15th rain date.

June 16TH the Ultimate Super Late Model Series stars and cars will return for the 42ND Annual USA 100 presented by Commonwealth Motorsports and pay $20,000 to win. There will also be a $3000 to win FASTRAK National event for Pro Late Models. The event will have a Sunday June 17th rain date.

The 2018 FASTRAK World Championship returns September 14-15, 2018 and will once again pay $20,000 to win. The weekend will also include a $5000 to win FASTRAK World Challenge event for FASTRAK members only and with a weekend support division to be announced. The World Championship has a Sunday September 16th rain date.

The very popular mud bogs are scheduled for May 19th and October 13th.

For a complete look at the 2018 schedule visit www.vamotorspeedway.com

Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vamotorspeedway and “Follow” us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/vamotorspeedway.

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway is a 1/2-mile, dirt oval. The track is located on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, VA in Jamaica, VA. The speedway is just a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Southern Maryland and the Hampton Roads area.

To learn more about Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway and its 2018 schedule of events, fans may call the Speedway office at (804) 758-1VMS or visit the track’s website at www.vamotorspeedway.com.

Cole Wells joins Sunoco rookie contingent

January 12th, 2018

Wheatland, Missouri – Recently Aurora, Missouri driver Cole Wells informed Lucas Oil MLRA officials of his intentions to joint the tour for the coming season and compete for the Sunoco Racing Fuels Rookie of the Year Award. Wells, 22, has competed in the Late Model division for the past seven years on mostly the local level, with scattered starts regionally.

To date Wells biggest triumph came last summer in the Four State Dirt Track Championship at his hometrack Monett Speedway in Monett, Missouri. Wells will have the opportunity to defend the win this year when the Lucas Oil MLRA makes a return to Monett Speedway, for the first time in several years. In addition to the career win, Wells has two track titles there.

This past season Wells was running his own program, and rolling along pretty well until he had engine trouble. Instead of a major setback, Wells was able to work with Scott Fry, who had a TNT Chassis. The partnership blossomed over the year and Wells now has the resources of his team, but also the offerings of Fry.

“I just knew I couldn’t ever tackle something like the MLRA series on my own,” said Wells. “Teaming with Scott gives us a lot more equipment at our disposal. I knew I had to try something like this now when I had the resources available, or just be settled where we were.”

The majority of tracks on the schedule will be new for Wells and he knows there will be a pretty steep learning curve.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing all these new places. Specifically I can’t wait to race at LaSalle (Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois), Park Jefferson (International Speedway in Jefferson, South Dakota) and the quarter mile in Davenport (Iowa).”

Joining Wells on the road will be a pair of guys who remain on his crew. Kyle Medlin works on tires and Jackson Bailey helps on the car overall.

“These guys are great friends. They are with me through thick and thin and extremely loyal. I couldn’t ask for better help.”

Wells has a strong group of supporters who are behind him this season including; Midwest Sheet Metal, Bass Livestock, Wilson’s & Sons Hardwood Flooring, Marty’s Machine, TNT Race Cars, Jason’s Stump Grinding, Global Steel Buildings, Tri Rivers Logging, Waltz Tractor and Bowling Farms.

Cole is a machinist by day at Midwest Sheet Metal in Springfield, Missouri. Running this type of schedule will require a few extra days off for Wells and he is quick to thank owner, Chris Davis, who is an avid supporter of racing, for his understanding.

“When I told him this is what I’d like to do, I think he was really excited. I appreciate so much what he does for me. Kyle, my tire guy, also works there so he will have to miss a few days too. Not many people would work with that kind of schedule!”

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.

In addition to major events, Lucas Oil Speedway weekly racers set for more exposure on MAVTV in 2018

January 10th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Racing fans worldwide got a glimpse of the weekly action from Lucas Oil Speedway late in the 2017 season, when “Lucas Oil Speedway Saturday Night Racing” premiered on MAVTV Motorsports Network.

This season, the television exposure is expanding to include even more of the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series action – along with all of the track’s major events on MAVTV.

“We’re excited that grass roots racing is going to get more exposure than ever before on MAVTV,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said, noting increased exposure for the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks, Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models in 2018.

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. Additional weekly races may be added to the production schedule during the season.

The first races scheduled for taping for television are the 5th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com, April 13-14. But not only will the MLRA Late Models be featured, the USRA Modifieds and Street Stocks which also are on the program both nights will get television time.

The MAVTV cameras and Lucas Oil production team is scheduled to be on site throughout the season to capture the action on the dirt track, “Lake Lucas” drag boat track and off road track.

“This is a unique opportunity for our drivers and their sponsors to get television exposure, on a national and even international level,” Robinson said. “While it’s become common in recent years for our major, headline programs to get on television now our support classes who run with us each week are going to also receive that exposure.

“We’re thrilled to partner with MAVTV and LucasOilRacingTV.com and look forward to welcoming their on-site production crews throughout 2018.”

Major events on the television schedule that also will incorporate the support classes into the productions include the Open Wheel Showdown on May 5 (ASCS Sprints, POWRi Midgets and WAR Sprints), the 26th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com on May 24-26 (including USRA Modifieds), the Lucas Oil Late Model Diamond Nationals on July 14 (including USRA Modifieds), and the Show-Me Shootout on Aug. 4 (USMTS Modifieds, Street Stocks and B-Mods).

Other major televised events include the John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic June 8-9, The Off Road Shootout June 22-24, the Diamond Drag Boat Nationals Aug. 31-Sept. 2, MLRA Larry Phillips Memorial on Sept. 1 (including B-Mods), the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals Sept. 14-15 and the ASCS Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial Sept. 20-22 which will also include WAR Sprints.

The season’s final month will see a pair of big televised shows with the Street Stocks Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt and ULMA Late Models Oct. 4-6, plus the 5th annual MLRA Fall Nationals Oct. 12-13 with the support class still to be determined.

Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. MAVTV offers an unparalleled lineup of exclusive motorsports that includes prestigious events such as the Chili Bowl, The AMA Pro Motocross series, the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup and more. For more information on the network, including live-event schedules, visit MAVTV.com.

The MAVTV shows are recorded and shown at a later date and also are uploaded for on-demand viewing from LucasOilRacingTV.com, a 24/7 viewing experience than brings motorsports to you whenever you like. You can access it all on the most popular handheld devices, smartphones and computers.

The Lucas Oil Speedway 2018 season begins April 7 with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opener with the 2nd annual Off Road Shootout June 22-24. Meanwhile, the Lucas Oil MLRA opener is set for March 30-31 with the 7th annual Thaw Brawl at LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois.

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

For ticket information, including season passes for the 2018 season, contact Lucas Oil Speedway admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@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

CONTACT:

Dan Robinson
Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager
Lucas Oil MLRA Series Director
Office: (417) 282-5984

Dan@lucasoil.com

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.

Great Turnout for the 2018 US 36 Drivers Meeting!!!

January 8th, 2018

Over 100 drivers and crew members packed into Cameron Community Center for the 2018 US 36 /Bethany Speedway Drivers meeting to register and select pit stalls. Beginners, Hall of Famers and Veteran Drivers alike will set the star studded venue for the upcoming season as we prepare for a stellar season. We were pleasantly surprised with the large turnout and interest displayed as we unveil the IMCA Banner for 2018 at both US 36 Raceway and Bethany Speedway!! Reminding all that pit admission has been lowered to $30 from previous $35 admission for adults. Jon and Beth Boller continue to strive and work to be your Friday and Saturday Night Racing Entertainment for 2018 and beyond.

US 36 Raceway Dirt Track is proud to introduce Becky Parsons to the racing family as she will be taking entries and scoring bringing us a vast knowledge of racing and experience to the booth. We also welcome Brian Piper to the infield also with experience and knowledge as we move forward.

We at US 36 Raceway would like to thank everyone for attending the drivers meeting and look forward to seeing you at the tracks!
See you there!

Look for Lucas Oil Speedway, MLRA booths at annual Racers Reunion this Saturday

January 8th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – One of the highlights of the racing offseason returns on Saturday with the 31st annual Ozarks Area Racers Foundation Reunion and Hall of Fame ceremony at the Ozarks Empire Fairgrounds E-Plex in Springfield.

Lucas Oil Speedway and the Lucas Oil MLRA both will have information booths at the event, with schedules and information about the 2018 season.

“This is always the time of the winter when fans and drivers turn their attention to the new racing season and the Racers Reunion is an opportunity for everyone to gather and have a lot of fun,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “We’re excited to again be a part of it and want to encourage everyone to come out, stop by our booths and say hello.”

Fans also will get the opportunity to hear from some of the stars of the sport and get autographs from the 10 inductees into the Hall of Fame. Headlining the class of 2018 are former NASCAR drivers and Missouri natives Carl Edwards and Ken Schrader.

“That area, to me, has so many amazing people,” Edwards said. “I’m reminded every time I go there how good the people are and how many great racers there are down there. It’s amazing to me that they’re going to induct me. I never imagined that.”

Schrader again is expected to compete at the Lucas Oil Speedway 5th annual MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com, April 13-14, driving his USRA Modified.

Joining Edwards and Schrader in the Legend category are former Ozarks-area racers Jim Campbell and James Taylor along with the late Daryl Williams. Pioneer category inductees will be Mike Mittler, the St. Louis native and long-time NASCAR Truck Series team owner, along with Bob Aton, Chris Davis, Lonnie Snodgrass and Dan Williams.

Doors open at 4 p.m. with an autograph session from 5:15-6:15 and the induction ceremony at 6:30. There also will be a question-and-answer session with a panel of retired and current area drivers from approximately 5-6 p.m. Vintage and modern-day race cars, plus racing memorabilia, will be on display.

Tickets are $15 in advance at area O’Reilly Auto Parts stores and $20 the day of the event.

The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks also will hold a blood drive, in honor of Mittler and local racing crewman and four-time transplant recipient Brandon Riddle, from 2-5 p.m. Saturday in the Darr Family Lobby at the E-Plex.

Mittler is battling Multiple Myeloma and will undergo an autologous stem cell transplant in February. As a result of his own fight with cancer, he is urging people to donate blood so that others battling cancer, heart disease, illness and injury will have the chance at survival.

Mittler said it’s important to use the blood drive and Ozarks Area Racers Hall of Fame induction as a rallying cry for everyone, and particularly those in racing, to undergo yearly health checks.

“Unfortunately, my health took a severe turn but I’m dealing with it and working through it,” he said. “My message is to try and help other people. Racers are kind of a unique group. A lot of them, like me, are hard-headed and it’s hard to get them to stop and go to the doctor.

“Had I not been going to the doctor for my yearly check up, I would not have found this out and my disease would have progressed much further.”

The Lucas Oil Speedway 2018 season begins April 7 with the Weekly Racing Series opener. Meanwhile, the Lucas Oil MLRA opener is set for March 30-31 with the 7th annual Thaw Brawl at LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois.

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

The complete Lucas Oil MLRA schedule can be found at MLRAracing.com.

For ticket information, including season passes for the 2018 season, contact Lucas Oil Speedway admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@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

USRA to sanction Modifieds, Stock Cars, B-Mods at Lakeside Speedway again in 2018

January 1st, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Kan. –Officials at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., have announce that they are continuing their partnership with the United States Racing Association for the 2018 season.

Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series divisions competing at the historic 4/10-mile clay oval include USRA Modifieds, Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods. The track’s Grand National, Factory Stock and E-Mod divisions will follow Lakeside Speedway track rules.

All classes will see a significant increase in the points fund that will be paid out in all divisions and total more than $20,000. Including points funds from the USRA, the track will dole out a points fund of $6,075 for USRA Modifieds, $3,225 for Holley USRA Stock Cars and $5,025 for Out-Pace USRA B-Mods.

The amount of the points fund for each class is the minimum guaranteed amount, and equates to an increase of more than 50% over the total payout for the 2017 racing season. Drivers must compete in at least 75% of Lakeside Speedway weekly points races to be eligible for the increase.

“We feel our decision provides our drivers a great points fund, while offering them the competitive edge that USRA has to offer,” said Lakeside Speedway promoter Pete Howey. “We would like to thank all of ours drivers for a great 2017 season. We would also like to thank our fans and sponsors and looking forward to a great 2018
season.”

The Lakeside Speedway is located 1.0 mile west of I-435 (exit 18) on SR 5 (northwest of Kansas City). For more information, call (913) 299-9206 or visit lakesidespeedway.net.

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.

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Professional barbecue returning to Lucas Oil Speedway in 2018, on USMTS weekend

December 30th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Many of the nation’s best barbecue teams will return to Lucas Oil Speedway next summer during a big weekend in which America’s premier dirt-track modified series will be featured.

The 2nd annual Red White Blue & Que, a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned event, will be held on Aug. 4-5. Professional teams from throughout the region will set up on the midway of Lake Lucas and compete for prize money of at least $5,000.

“We’re excited to have the barbecue teams returning for an even bigger and better second Red White Blue & Que,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “Last year’s inaugural event was well received by everyone and we’re looking forward to growing it bigger in year two – with a great night of racing also on tap.”

The 9th annual USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment will bring the popular open-wheel stars back to the Lucas Oil Speedway dirt track on Saturday, Aug. 4. Big O Tires Street Stocks and Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods also will be on the program.

Meanwhile, the barbecue competition again will pay tribute to the Military and Veterans. Like last year, proceeds will go to TheWarriorsJourney.org and Korean War Veterans of the Ozarks. Last year’s event raised a little over $1,000 for the organizations.

The inaugural Red White Blue & Que attracted 31 teams with Thump & Strum BBQ from Independence, Missouri winning the Grand Championship and Gettin’ Basted from Branson earning Reserve Grand honors. Gettin’ Basted went on to finish third in the final KCBS National Team of the Year standings.

Fans coming to the races on Saturday night are invited to visit the barbecue teams at the Lake Lucas midway and ask them questions about cooking. The teams will have a “Just For Fun” competition on Saturday, with a celebrity panel of USMTS drivers serving as judges on the dirt-track midway at approximately 5 p.m.

There also will be a Kids Q competition on the Lake Lucas midway from approximately 6-7 p.m. The official KCBS competition, which is not open to the public, will be held on Sunday.

For more information on Red White Blue & Que, contact contest organizer Michelle Higgins at MichelleHiggins31@yahoo.com or by calling (417) 682-1568. Visit KCBS.us to find out more about the Kansas City Barbecue Society.

Red White Blue & Que is a Missouri State Championship points event and a qualifying event for the American Royal World Championships and Jack Daniels Invitational, two of barbecue’s majors later in the year.

The 2018 season begins with the weekly racing series opener on April 7, followed by the 5th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals on April 13-14.

For ticket information, including season passes for the 2018 season or to purchase gift cards, 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.

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 race tracks in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just a quick hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, dubbed the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks,” Lucas Oil Speedway certainly lives up to the 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. 2017 marked the 7th 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 were held in 2017. New for 2017 was all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. 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 incredible 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, racing weekly.

“Rumble in the Bullring” Friday March 30th 2018 at US 36 Raceway Dirt Track!!!

December 28th, 2017

Kicking off 2018 in style, US 36 Raceway Dirt Track presents “Rumble in the Bullring” featuring POWERi War Series Non-Wing Sprint Cars, IMCA Winged Sprint Cars and IMCA Stock Cars! March 30th is the date and our first race of 2018. US 36 Raceway is proud to be part of this two day “Rumble” as Eagle Raceway will hold the second day March 31st for a weekend of great racing action!

Make those plans now, mark your calendar and get ready for racing at US 36 Raceway Dirt Track!!!!

Hotel rooms going fast for USRA Awards Banquet

December 26th, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo.–The United States Racing Association will host its annual awards banquet for drivers competing in this year’s Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City.

Those attending this year’s celebration are encouraged to reserve their rooms as soon as possible to take advantage of huge savings. For reservations, call the Ameristar Casino Hotel at (816) 414-7107 and request the discounted room rate for “US Modified Touring” using code SCUSMA8.

Headlining the honorees will be Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national champions Jason Cummins (USRA Modifieds), Elijah Zevenbergen (Holley USRA Stock Cars), Lance Hofer (USRA Late Models), Ryan Gillmore (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods), Jordan Eddleman (USRA Limited Mods), Dustin Gulbrandson (USRA Hobby Stocks) and Kyle Balik (USRA Tuners).

USRA-sanctioned series competitors such as Iron Man Challenge champions Derek Green (Holley USRA Stock Cars) and Dan Hovden (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods) will also be honored along with 13 first-ever USRA Regional champs and several USRA member track operators, marketing partners and more.

A record crowd of nearly 300 people attended last year’s gala, and this year’s party will once again be a joint effort for both the USRA and United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS). Fans and members of the media are invited to attend too.

Individual tickets are $40 each and are on sale now by calling the USMTS offices at (515) 832-7944 during normal business hours. The deadline to order tickets is Jan. 12.

In addition to the awards ceremony, the evening’s meal will feature a luxurious and plentiful selection of fine food, plus a huge dessert bar. A cash bar will also be available.

The Ameristar Casino Hotel is an entertainment hub that offers something for everyone with huge casino floors, nine restaurants ranging from casual to fine dining, a luxury hotel, 18 movie screens, supervised child care and more.

Located just east of downtown Kansas City, the property features the largest casino and the most games in the Kansas City area, as well as one of the largest poker rooms in the Midwest. The property includes a 140,000 square-foot casino, seven dining venues, live entertainment in several venues featuring local and regional acts, an 18-screen movie theater and more.

The awards banquet will be held inside the Star Pavilion. With more than 12,000 square feet of function space, the Star Pavilion serves a multitude of events including corporate meetings, training seminars, trade shows, social receptions and live performances. The list of entertainers who have appeared on stage could go on forever.

For more information, check out www.ameristar.com. You can also like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Ameristar.Casino.KC and follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AmeristarKC.

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.

2018 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Schedule has 19 dates at 6 Tracks

December 24th, 2017

Entering their tenth campaign, the cars and stars of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series are set for nineteen events at six racetracks. Opening with the two-day, non-point “Outlaw Showdown” at Las Vegas on February 28th, the traditional 360s will close out the schedule with Ventura’s two-day (non-points) “78th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” on November 22nd.

The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host the season openers on February 28th and March 1st. Held during NASCAR weekend, the non-point events will also showcase the famed World of Outlaws Sprint Cars. Last March, Ryan Bernal claimed both main events at the fast 1/2-mile oval in front of a packed grandstand. The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is located twelve miles north of downtown Las Vegas, Nevada off Interstate 15 at Exit 54 (Speedway Blvd). For more information, visit www.lvms.com/dirt or call 800.644-4444.

Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway has five dates on the schedule. Promoted by Steve Faria, the lightning fast 1/3-mile oval will feature the USAC 360s and World of Outlaws Sprint Cars on March 9th and 10th. The popular two-day “Peter Murphy Classic” will open on May 18th, and the “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial” is scheduled for June 2nd. Last season, Jake Swanson, Ryan Bernal (twice), and Kyle Hirst scored victories at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California and for more details, visit www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

Located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura Raceway will host five dates on the calendar. Promoted by Jim Naylor, “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” will host the “Battle of the Beach” races on March 31st, July 14th, August 25th, along with the non-point “78th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” on November 21st and 22nd. The November 22nd “Battle of the Beach” finale will also showcase the USAC National and Western States Midgets. Last season, Ryan Bernal, Jake Swanson, Brady Bacon, and “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney earned victories at the seaside 1/5-mile oval. Ventura Raceway is located at 10 West Harbor Boulevard in Ventura, California and for more details, visit www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

The USAC West Coast Sprints will make two appearances at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Promoted by Bubby Morse, the 3/8-mile oval will host the April 7th and May 12th dates on the schedule. Last year, Austin Liggett scored two Hanford wins and “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. also took the checkered flags. Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is located at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California and for more information, visit www.kellerautospeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

Santa Maria Raceway will host four nights on the schedule. The traditional 360 sprints will headline the action at “The West’s Best Short Track” on April 28th, June 9th “Ron Otto Memorial,” August 11th “Bud Stanfield Memorial,” and the October 6th “Championship Night.” Last season, Ryan Bernal, Max Adams, and Tristan Guardino raced to victory at the at the Central Coast 1/3-mile clay oval. As a bonus, the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets will join the card at the April, August, and October shows. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California and for more information, visit www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

Bakersfield Speedway returns to the USAC West Coast Sprint calendar on July 28th. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, “The West’s Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval” last featured the non-winged 360s on March 9, 2016 and Troy Rutherford earned the main event win. Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California and for more information, visit www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The USAC Western Awards Banquet (and Roast) will be held Saturday, January 27th at the Orleans Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The hotel will also host a Bowling Tournament the previous night at 8:00pm. Tickets for both the Awards Banquet and Bowling Tournament can be downloaded at www.westcoastsprintcars.com/2017/banquet2017.docx and orders must be received by January 20th. The Orleans Hotel and Casino is located at 4500 West Tropicana Avenue in Las Vegas Nevada. Online room reservations can be made at www.orleanscasino.com/groups for a special block rate (Group Code: A8SAC01) of $50 for Thursday, $117 for Friday, $117 for Saturday, and $50 for Sunday. For more room reservation information, call 800.675.3267.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. Series officials are looking for associate and contingency sponsors for the upcoming season. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson.

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
6-Ryan Bernal, 3-Austin Liggett, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Max Adams, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Kyle Hirst.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
January 26: Orleans Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV (Bowling Tournament / 8pm)
January 27: Orleans Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV (USAC Western Awards Banquet / 12pm)
February 28: The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV (Outlaw Showdown / Non-Points)
March 1: The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV (Outlaw Showdown / Non-Points)
March 9: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
March 10: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
March 31: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
April 7: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds – Hanford, CA
April 28: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
May 12: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds – Hanford, CA
May 18: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
May 19: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
June 2: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 9: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
July 14: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
July 28: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 25: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 21: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 22: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle at the Beach / Non-Points)

Jennerstown Speedway Complex To Host National Late Model Event

December 24th, 2017

(Jennerstown, PA) On Saturday, August 11, 2018, Jennerstown Speedway Complex will host the biggest Late Model race in the Northeastern United States; the first annual “Motor Mountain Masters” event. The weekend of activities will showcase a 150-lap (three segment) Late Model feature, paying $6,000 to win and $800 to start. Uniquely, the race will allow multiple forms of Late Model cars to compete head-to-head, bringing together “Template Body” cars from all over of the Unites States. Late Model Stocks, Pro Late Models, Super Late Models, are all eligible to compete, as straight-rail and perimeter chassis cars will be welcome on the same starting grid. Also a part of the “Motor Mountain Masters” weekend, the Modifieds will be competing in a 50-lap feature, offering $3,000 to win and $200 to start. The 4-Cylinder competitors were race in a 35-lap feature, with the winner taking home $1,000.

Jennerstown Speedway Complex last hosted a major, “open competition” Late Model event more than 20 years ago, when Ohio legend Tim “The Iceman” Ice defeated a field of drivers from 13 states. The “Motor Mountain Masters” race is expected to draw race teams from across the nation, but this time, a wider variety of cars will battle for supremacy on the big, half-mile, paved oval. Bringing together the types of Late Models that compete in the Midwest, Southeast, Northeast, and in touring series all over the country is the goal of this race. Modeled after a successful blending of multiple forms of Late Models on the West Coast, the detailed rules and weight requirements will be released in the Spring of 2018.

With open practice for all three divisions on Friday, August 10, the colossal weekend of action promises to be the most newsworthy happening in asphalt racing during 2018. On Saturday, August 11, Pit Gates open 10am, with Tech Inspections starting at 11 am, at the same time tire/fuel sales will begin. After Saturday afternoon practice sessions, Late Models and Modifieds will run green/white/checkered Time Trials, to establish heat race starting grids. Heats will begin at 5pm. The Late Model, Modified and 4-Cylinder feature events will offer 30 starting positions, each. Six McCreary Tires are permitted for the Late Model race – this is an impound tire race. A used tire must be in the event of a flat. For the Modifieds and 4-Cylinders, four American Racer tires are permitted; no tire changes unless it is a verified flat. A used tire must be in the event of a flat. Four cylinders will draw pills for heat races.

Complete rules and details will be released in the Spring of 2018.

US 36 Raceway Dirt Track/Bethany Speedway Drivers Meeting Scheduled for 1/6/2018 @ Cameron Community Center!

December 23rd, 2017

Make your plans now to attend the 2018 Drivers Meeting for US 36 Raceway Dirt Track/Bethany Speedway starting at 10 am 1/6/2018 at Cameron Community Center. Registration forms will be available or can be printed off our web site along with prices. Pit stalls can also be rented for US 36 as we prepare for 2018.
Questions will be addressed and payouts will be determined so let your voice be heard 1/6/2018!
See you there!

Father-son bonding a big part of equation for Lucas Oil Speedway USRA Modified runner-up Pursley

December 16th, 2017

WHEATLAND, MO – One of the most consistent drivers at Lucas Oil Speedway over the years has been Jason Pursley, who enjoyed another stellar season with a second-place finish in Pitts Homes USRA Modified points in 2017. Put on-track success is not the only gratifying thing about the dirt-track life for the veteran driver from Hermitage, who’s known as the “Racing Principal” for his full-time job as elementary-school boss man at Hickory County R-1 Skyline-Urbana.

Racing is a family sport for Pursley, whose 14-year-old son Dayton has been alongside every step of the way since he was old enough to carry a wrench. Not only has Dayton developed into a more-than-capable crew member, father and son have used the sport to form a bond. “That’s one thing I’ve always said about racing,” Jason Pursley said. “It’s a lot more than just going in circles. Because Dayton is involved in racing, we spend countless hours together in the shop and at the race track.

“And as the parent of a teenager, I know where he’s going to be on Saturday nights. That means something to a parent.” Dayton has become an important part of the operation in his dad’s Tom Campbell Racing No. 38 GRT, learning all aspects of what makes a race car tick. That’s been by design, as Jason Pursley required it before Dayton gets his chance to live his dream of racing.

“I’ve given him more and more responsibility every year,” Jason Pursley said. “He wants to race and I told him he had to learn how to work on them first. He’s done a good job and I let him do pretty much everything on the car now.” So Dayton, a freshman basketball player at Skyline High School, will be making his racing debut next season in a B Mod. Jason Pursley said his son likely will start out at one of the area Friday-night speedways and eventually join the action at Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday nights.

“I want him to get a little experience first,” Jason Pursley said, noting that Dayton will make it four generations of racing Pursleys. “It’s kind of a family deal for us,” Jason Pursley said. “He really wanted to race last year because he had a car, we just didn’t get it put together. I wanted him to learn to work on them first because I think it makes you a better driver if you have to fix your own stuff if you tear it up.” Meanwhile, Jason Pursley will be looking to overtake four-time USRA Modified track champ Jeff Cutshaw after finishing runner-up for the second straight year and sixth or seventh time overall. This was the closest he’s come to a title, winding up just 21 points behind Cutshaw.

“Our season was better than last because we were more consistent,” Pursley said. “We kind of got the car figured out and had a lot of consistent runs. “I can’t thank Tom Campbell enough for all he does for us. Without him, I probably wouldn’t be racing right now. I met Tom at the race track. We’ve become really good friends. Racing has a way of bringing people together. That’s one of the things that I really love about the sport.”

Team sponsors include Fugate Motors, Midwest Low-E Insulation, NAPA Auto Parts, Christian Home Care, Fellers Masonry, Mach One Machine and Vinyl Works. Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the tentative 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Season passes for the 218 season are available and those who had them in 2017 can renew at a $25 discount through the end of the year. Contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or email her at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com to purchase a pass or get more information. 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 race tracks in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just a quick hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, dubbed the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks,” Lucas Oil Speedway certainly lives up to the 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. 2017 marked the 7th 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 were held in 2017. New for 2017 was all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. 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.

Darland Says Hello to Goodnight for 2018 USAC Sprint Season

December 16th, 2017

National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Dave Darland has joined Matt and Gene Goodnight’s Hartford City, Indiana-based team for a full run at the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car schedule in 2018.

Darland, USAC’s winningest USAC National Sprint Car driver of all-time with 59 victories, will sport No. 36D, a number that has ridden along with Darland to numerous titles and victories, including his very first USAC win at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in 1993.

The Lincoln, Indiana driver is one of just six drivers who owns titles in all three USAC National divisions, including Silver Crown (1997), Sprint Car (1999) and Midget (2001 & 2002). He will pilot a second Goodnight-owned entry with Scott Benic on the wrenches. Darland and Benic teamed up for six USAC National Sprint Car victories in 2008 and 2009.

In 2010, Darland drove for the Goodnight family for much of the USAC Sprint schedule, picking up a win in the Indiana Sprint Week opener at Lawrenceburg Speedway. In three starts with Goodnight in 2017, Darland was ProSource Fast Qualifier in all three and had finishes of fourth at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway and fifth at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. At the “Fall Nationals” in Lawrenceburg, Ind., he was in contention for the lead when mechanical trouble sidelined him.

In addition to the full USAC schedule, Darland will be competing in select local events around the Midwest in Goodnight’s Maxim chassis with a Claxton engine. Darland will make his season debut in the car in the USAC season-opening “Winter Dirt Games” on February 15-16-17 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida.

Mittler hopes to help shine spotlight on preventive health through blood drive at Ozarks’ Racers Hall of Fame event

December 15th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Mike Mittler is renowned for his ability to spot young driving talent, opening the NASCAR door to guys like fellow Missourians Carl Edwards and Jamie McMurray.

But when Mittler is inducted into the Ozarks Area Racers Foundation Hall of Fame next month in Springfield, the St. Louis native wants to use his time it the spotlight to raise awareness for a bigger cause.

The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will conduct a blood drive – in honor of Mittler and area racing crewman and four-time organ transplant recipient Brandon Riddle – before the induction ceremony, from 2-5 p.m. on Jan. 6 inside the Ozarks Empire Fairgrounds E-Plex.

Mittler was diagnosed a few months ago with Multiple Myeloma and will undergo an autologous stem cell transplant in February. He’s optimistic about his health outlook, though is realistic about the challenges ahead.

Mittler said it’s important to use the blood drive and Ozarks Area Racers Hall of Fame induction as a rallying cry for everyone, and particularly those in racing, to undergo yearly health checks.

“Unfortunately, my health took a severe turn but I’m dealing with it and working through it,” he said. “My message is to try and help other people. Racers are kind of a unique group. A lot of them, like me, are hard-headed and it’s hard to get them to stop and go to the doctor.

“Had I not been going to the doctor for my yearly check up, I would not have found this out and my disease would have progressed much further.”

Mittler said he’s “humbled and honored” to go into the Ozarks Area Racers Foundation Hall of Fame. His wife, Beverly, grew up in Springfield and often attended races at the old Fairgrounds Speedway – which was literally a few feet from where the Hall of Fame event will be held.

“This means so much to me, especially when you look at the people who already are in there and look at who is going in this year,” Mittler said.

Among those joining Mittler in the 10-person class are former NASCAR drivers Edwards and Ken Schrader, along with former southwest Missouri racers Jim Campbell, James Taylor, Bob Aton and the late Daryl Williams plus mechanics Lonnie Snodgrass and Dan Williams and Springfield businessman Chris Davis.

“If it weren’t for Mike Mittler, I wouldn’t have been able to live my dream as a race-car driver,” said Edwards, who went on to win 72 races in NASCAR’s top three divisions after Mittler gave him his big break in the Mittler Brothers NASCAR Truck Series entry in 2002.

“It’s just a spectacular list of people whose careers have been launched by Mike Mittler,” Edwards said. “And through it all, he’s just the same, humble guy who works 25 hours a day and has integrity that’s unmatched.”

Edwards’ respect for Mittler was recently highlighted at a ceremony in St. Louis. Edwards, who unexpectedly walked away from NASCAR after the 2016 season, received the prestigious Stan Musial Award for sportsmanship. He, in turn, presented the plaque to Mittler.

“I was absolutely shocked by that,” Mittler said. “That just shows you the class that Carl has.”

Mittler is a St. Louis native who co-founded Mittler Brothers Machine & Tool along with brother, Paul, in 1980. While he never drove a race car, his love for the sport is matched by few.

“I’ve done every job in racing but drive the race car or drive the hauler,” Mittler said with a laugh. “I was always an owner-mechanic guy. Driving was never my thing. The competition part, for me, was to build cars and trucks for many years. I’ve been associated with a lot of great people.”

Mittler’s love for the sport began in the 1970s when he worked on teams that propelled Rusty Wallace and Kenny Wallace to winning stints on the American Speed Association and NASCAR levels. He’s remained active as a team owner of MB Motorsports on the NASCAR Truck Series, all the while maintaining a highly successful business in his hometown.

Long-time Mittler friend Dan Robinson, General Manager of Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri, said Mittler’s influence is felt on all levels of the sport.

“Mike Mittler has provided a valuable steppingstone for many up and coming racers through his MB Motorsports NASCAR Truck Series team,” Robinson said. “But what a lot of people don’t realize is how he has helped thousands of short-track racers across the country by building high-quality, American-made, affordable fabrication equipment that you will find in nearly every shop in North America.”

Tickets to the 31st annual Ozarks Area Racers Foundation Reunion and Hall of Fame event are $20 at the door or $15 in advance at area O’Reilly Auto Parts locations. Doors open at 4 p.m. with an autograph session from 5-6:30 p.m. with a separate question-and-answer forum that will include past Hall of Fame inductees. The Salute to Area Track Champions and the induction program will begin shortly after 6:30.

Race cars and other racing memorabilia will be on display and a silent auction will be held during the evening.

Those wishing to donate blood can do so from 2-5 p.m. in the Darr Family Lobby between the East and West Rooms at the E-Plex. Please visit cbco.org for more information about the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks.

Lucas Oil Speedway and the Lucas Oil MLRA will have booths at the annual event with information about the 2018 season.

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.

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

Tickets to the 31st annual Ozarks Area Racers’ Reunion and Hall of Fame are $15 in advance at area O’Reilly Auto Parts locations.

CONTACT:

Dan Robinson
Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager
Lucas Oil MLRA Series Director
Office: (417) 282-5984

Dan@lucasoil.com

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five race tracks in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just a quick hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, dubbed the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks,” Lucas Oil Speedway certainly lives up to the 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. 2017 marked the 7th 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 were held in 2017. New for 2017 was all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. 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 incredible 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, racing weekly.

After big year, Kris Jackson eyes pursuit of Lucas Oil Speedway B-Mod title in 2018

December 14th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Three months have passed, but Kris Jackson vividly recalls the magical September week that was a highlight not only of his season but of a two-decade racing career.

“In eight days, I won $12,075,” Jackson said of the sweep of a USRA B-Modified feature at West Plains’ Legit Motor Speedway, the Larry Phillips Memorial B-Mod feature at Lucas Oil Speedway and the biggie, the $10,000-to-win Modified Madness Nationals at Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Wisconsin.

“That’s by far the neatest thing I’ve ever done,” Jackson said of the capper up north. “I was beside myself when I was lucky enough to start on the pole and win that race.”

What a year it was for Jackson, a 33-year-old from Lebanon, Missouri. He won 17 USRA-sanctioned features overall, including four at Lucas Oil Speedway where he finished runner-up to Andy Bryant in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod points chase despite missing a couple of races.

As he enjoys the offseason, Jackson said he’s planning a run at another Lucas Oil Speedway championship in 2018. He was track champion there three straight years, from 2012-14, but hasn’t committed to weekly points racing the last couple of years.

Jackson is hungry to do it again, while still being able to enter some select, big-paying B-Mod races around the country.

“The competition at Wheatland is unreal,” Jackson said. “I feel if you can go there and win and win consistently, you can do it anywhere. For several years, I didn’t want to get back into points racing, but I think I want to next year.

“Whenever you have to race against people like Andy Bryant, JC Morton, Mike Striegel, Ryan Gillmore and all of those others who are so fast around here … if you can win around here you can go anywhere and win.”

Gillmore was USRA B-Mod National Champion in 2017 with Bryant the runner-up. Morton, the national champ and Lucas Oil Speedway champ in 2016, has indicated he’s returning to Lucas as a full-time competitor next year as well.

Jackson, who wound up fifth in national points this year, will be in a new car. The Shaw/TJR Motorsports chassis that was so good to him has been sold and Jackson will be in an Elite chassis in 2018.

“My cousin, Tony (Jackson), owns my chassis and gets me what he thinks is good,” Kris Jackson said. “A lot of it has to do with how much time he has to put into it. I know he’s real busy right now. We just got a car that’s pretty well all but turn-key. I can pretty well just put the motor in and race it.

“I really liked (the old) car. It was probably my favorite race car I ever had.”

Asked if it was hard to let it go, Jackson said you can’t become too sentimental in the racing business.

“They’re just race cars. They get bent up and get used up,” Jackson said. “And whenever you have somebody willing to pay for one, it’s time to let it go.”

For Jackson, who began racing go-karts at the age of 14 and advanced through the ranks to become one of the region’s top B-Mod drivers, one of the most fun things about 2017 was watching his 6-year-old son, Karter, enjoy his racing success and trips to victory lane.

“He’s probably ruined. He probably will have to have (a race car) before too long,” Jackson said with a laugh. “He’s definitely gonna race something. He already has a (go-kart) he drives around the shop and at home, but it’s not a racing one.”

Jackson also was often joined in victory lane by wife, Krystle, and crew members Jared and Jordan Medley. During the Modified Madness race weekend in Wisconsin, Jordan Medley made the trip and was particularly key as he and Kris worked to install a new engine after mechanical issues in practice the night before qualifying.

“Jordan and I were the only people in the pits grinding our tires with no motor in the car,” Jackson said. “Jim Ruble had a motor at his shop that he rebuilt overnight and brought it to us. We fired it up and raced it on Thursday and qualified for the pole.”

Ruble Racing Engines is a long-time sponsor, along with Joe’s Pharmacy, TJR Motorsports, Vans Motor Sales, Show-Me Dents, Starnes Excavating and East 32 Meat Processing.

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.

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