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Pro Pulling a family affair for Team Shelton, which is grounded this weekend as hurricane approaches home state

September 22nd, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – While Stan Shelton’s heart will be in Missouri this weekend, his five Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League vehicles will remain parked in North Carolina.

With his home state in the target zone of hurricane Florence, Team Shelton (Stan and his three children who compete) almost certainly will miss this weekend’s Pro Pulling Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway.

He said if the storm miraculously veers south at the last minute, he could make an overnight, 17-hour haul on Friday to make it for Saturday night’s round. But that seemed unlikely, meaning one of the top teams on the circuit will miss the big season finale.

“We definitely don’t want to miss it,” Shelton said via phone from New London, N.C. “We’ve worked hard to build up this organization and we don’t like to miss events.”

But as an insurance adjuster, Shelton said it’s important for him to be available for his clients, even if the main portion of Florence spares his part of the state, northeast of Charlotte, a direct hit.

Shelton has two trucks in the Super Mod division that is scheduled to compete on Saturday night – the Shel-Shocked vehicle that he drives and Ruckus, driven by sons Grayson and Reese Shelton which is fourth in series points.

All three Shelton children drive the Mini-Rod tractors which are in action on Friday night. Sawed Off driven by 22-year-old Grayson is fourth in points with Cuttin’ Up piloted by 20-year-old Reese fifth. Daughter Camille, 17, drives Splinter and is seventh in the Mini-Rods point standings.

“We had a good start to the year, a little bit of a struggle in the middle and a good end,” Shelton said. “That’s why we were really excited about coming to Lucas Oil Speedway and hopefully top things off with some top-five finishes.

“But insurance is our livelihood. If I’m worrying about customers back home, I’m not going to have a real good time pulling.”

Pulling has been a part of the Shelton family’s fabric since Stan Shelton bought his first competition some 25 years ago.

“In elementary school some friends of mine’s dad had a single-engine Modified tractor and I went to the first even with them, when I was about 10 years old,” Shelton said. “The big motors and big tires … I was hooked pretty quick.

“Before I got out of college, I bought a little garden tractor for pulling. When I got out of college, I bought my first two-wheel-drive vehicle. My dad signed the note for me to buy it. It sounds funny at the time when he asked me, ‘What are you gonna do if it blows up? You gonna borrow more money to fix it?’ I said, “Well, I hadn’t really thought about that.

“But that turned out to be a great experience. I was a kid that needed something going on all the time, and even as an adult I do. I need to stay busy. Pulling is a great avenue and I had a lot of fun during those early years. We wife wasn’t against it and had a good time going. We raised our kids on it.”

The family aspect of the sport appeals to Shelton.

“Pulling has the demographic that we like to be around, and the fans. Hard-working people,” Shelton said. “That’s what we pride ourselves on. The sport has helped raise our kids. They have a lot of values today from the inspiration of the people who are in the sport. We’re appreciative of the sport and happy to be a part of it.”

Even though the travel – which they will unfortunately have to miss this weekend – is extensive it’s worth it to the Sheltons.

“We log a lot of miles coming from North Carolina to run the circuit, more so than anyone else I guess,” Stan Shelton said. “Most of the circuit is in the Midwest and Northeast. But we really love it.”

Gates opening at at 4 p.m. with opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Classes scheduled to be in action on Friday include the Light Weight Super Stock Tractors, Mini Rod Tractors, Limited Pro Stock Diesel Trucks and Limited Pro Stock Tractors. On Saturday, classes include Super Modified Tractors, Unlimited Super Stock Tractors, Super Farm Tractors, Super Modified 2WD Trucks, Pro Modified 4WD Trucks and 10,000 Pro Stock Tractors.

Admission prices:
Friday
Adults $20
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $17
Youth (ages 6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family pass $40

Saturday
Adults $25
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $22
Youth (ages 6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family pass $50

Visit ProPulling.com for more information on the series, including full schedules and season points.

For ticket information on all events at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2018, contact Admission Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can go online to purchase tickets for any event on the 2018 schedule

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived race recaps, previews and driver features, along with ticket information and 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.

Robinson promoted to expanded role and Lorton elevated to General Manager at Lucas Oil Speedway

September 21st, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri- Dan Robinson, General Manager of the highly successful Lucas Oil Speedway since 2009, has been promoted to Lucas Oil Director of Racing Operations for Lucas Oil Speedway, the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series, the Lucas Oil MLRA and the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League.

In a related move, Danny Lorton has been elevated to Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager. Lorton had previously been Assistant General Manager and Competition Director at the Wheatland, Missouri motorsports complex since December of 2015.

Dan Robinson
“I’m thrilled to accept this new role and the opportunity to work with some great racers, owners, sponsors and fans in the different racing venues affiliated with Lucas Oil,” said Robinson, who had been Interim Director of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series since June.

“I’m also very happy that Danny has been promoted to General Manager at Lucas Oil Speedway,” Robinson added. “He already has been running a lot of the day-to-day operations since I’ve been more involved with the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series. While I will still be around a lot at Lucas Oil Speedway, I know Danny and our team at the speedway won’t miss a beat.”

Racing has been a lifelong passion for Robinson, a Wisconsin native who has overseen the growth of Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., into one of the nation’s showcase racing complexes with an oval dirt track, drag-boat racing lake and off road track.

Among Robinson’s awards are the 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Great Plains Region Auto Racing Promoter of the Year and 2015 “Innovator of the Year” at the Race Track Business Conference in Indianapolis. In February 2017, he received the 41st Auto Racing Promoter of the Year Award, sponsored by Racing Promotion Monthly and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Robinson’s love of racing began as a crew member of a Dirt Late Model team at Wilmot Speedway at the age of 13 before later moving to southwest Missouri and working for five-time NASCAR Weekly Racing Series champion Larry Phillips and son Terry Phillips. He also worked for the Mittler Brothers NASCAR Truck team, along with being mentored in track operations by the late Bill Willard at Lebanon I-44 Speedway.

Since coming to Lucas Oil Speedway in 2007 and quickly working his way through the ranks, the track has enjoyed unparalleled success at the dirt oval and with the addition of the drag boat lake in 2011 and off road track in 2016. Robinson has presided over a diverse schedule of events at the dirt track, including weekly races, the nationally televised Show-Me 100, Diamond Nationals and ASCS Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s signature event, the Show-Me 100 was named the 2015 Most Outstanding Short Track Event by Racing Promotion Monthly.

Robinson and wife Dee Ann reside in Bolivar, Missouri and have two children, daughter Denae and son Dylan. Both attend Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar.

Danny Lorton, a native of Moberly, Mo., has done everything from drive race-cars to oversee competition during a lengthy career in the racing business. He said he looks forward to his new role in continuing the legacy of excellence at Lucas Oil Speedway.

“I am thankful for the opportunity,” Lorton said. “Dan Robinson has done an outstanding job with the speedway and I will continue to maintain and build to the standards that he has set. I have learned a lot from Dan and will continue to learn more as I take on this new position. I am very pleased to see Dan moving to a higher position with the Lucas Oil company. We both couldn’t ask for a better company to work for.”

Lorton got involved in racing at a young age with his father, who raced on the dirt tracks in central Missouri for many years. After high school, Lorton spent three years in the United States Navy starting in 1979 before three more years in the Naval Reserves.

While working as a supervisor at Mack Hils Inc., a metal fabrication plant in central Missouri for 18 years, Lorton began his own career racing in 1992 driving street stocks. He drove a Modified from 1997-2005, then both a Modified and Late Model for two seasons and a Late Model for seven years.

Lorton was a co-founder of the United Late Model Association, a cost-affordable series for Late Models in 2006, as well as serving on the ULMA Board of Directors until the Lucas Oil MLRA and its Series Director, Ernie Leftwich, began overseeing the series in 2018.

Lorton remained active as a racer until 2013 when he was named Race/Competition Director of the Randolph County Raceway in Moberly. He spent three years there until his hiring as Lucas Oil Speedway’s Assistant General Manager in December of 2015.

Danny and his wife Lisa of 34 years now reside in Humansville, Mo. He has one daughter, Tara Ragain of Clifton Hill, Mo., and three grandchildren.

Robinson and Lorton will begin a search for a new Lucas Oil Speedway Assistant General Manager with more information to be posted over the next few weeks at LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived race recaps, previews and driver features, along with ticket information and 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.

The Mad Man Victorious at Northern Nationals

September 20th, 2018

Kerry Madson used lapped traffic to maneuver past Skyler Gee in the closing laps of the feature to claim his 2nd career Northern Nationals Victory.

26 teams signed in to compete with the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association (IRA) at the Gondik Law Speedway in Superior, Wisconsin for the annual Northern Nationals. Qualifying was claimed by Indiana’s Parker Price-Miller. Sammy Swindell timed the Thone Motorsport car in 2nd followed by Kerry Madsen, Terry McCarl, and Skyler Gee.

Heat race number 1 saw Bill Balog take the lead on the start and never look back. Parker Price-Miller quickly moved from 4th to 2nd behind Balog but could not catch him. Alan Gilbertson would bring his 97 machine home 3rd with Terry McCarl 4th and Ben Schmidt 5th.
Heat race 2 saw trouble on the initial green flag as Jeremy Schultz and Sammy Swindell would make contact both cars getting upside down. Once the race restarted Jake Blackhust jumped out in front of the field and claimed the victory. Steve Meyer crossed the line in 2nd followed by Skyler Gee and Jon Agan. Russel Borland would round out the top 5 with his Wiese Trucking 23.
The 3rd heat race was won by 4th place starting Kerry Madsen over Lynton Jeffrey. Scotty Thiel brought his Scott Thiel Builders 64 across in 3rd trailed by RJ Johnson and Travis Whitney.

The A main kept fans on the edge of their seat as Skyler Gee grabbed the lead at the drop of the green flag. Jake Blackhust settled into 2nd with Bill Balog in 3rd. The caution flag would fly bunching the field up. On the restart Gee once again gapped the field into 1 while Balog threw a slider on Blackhurst for 2nd. The caution would once again fly, erasing Balog’s pass. This time on the restart Blackhurst knew what to expect and was able to break Balog’s momentum before he would complete the pass. As the trio settled back into line, Kerry Madsen went to work on Bill Balog for 3rd. Madsen and Balog battled hard, exchanging slide jobs and nearly touching multiple times. The Mad Man eventually came out on top and set his sights on 2nd place Jake Blackhurst. A caution flag would once again bunch the field up and give Madsen the chance he needed to pass the Hanna City, Illinois native and grab 2nd place. Madsen now set to work tracking down Gee’s 99 machine. As the laps began to wind down, Gee entered heavy lapped traffic, and that would give Kerry Madsen the break he needed. Madsen used a lapped car to sneak past the Pat Buck Motorsports car piloted by Gee and take the lead. The Australian never looked back, leading the final laps and claiming victory. Gee settled for 2nd after leading much of the feature and 7th starting Terry McCarl rounded out the podium. Bill Balog who had a right rear go flat in the final laps, limped his 17b across in 4th and Jake Blackhurst was 5th.

Aussies Dominate the Richert!

September 19th, 2018

Brooke Tatnell out dueled fellow Australian Kerry Madsen to claim the 18th Annual Jerry Richert Memorial, in honor of his father in law and the 1962 Knoxville Nationals Champion Jerry Richert.

Heat race number 1 saw Jeremy Schultz take the early lead in the Captain Jim’s Yacht Sales 5J. Travis Whitney challenged Schultz hard for the lead in the early laps before his DeWall Motorsports 16 popped out of gear sending him to the tail. Kerry Madsen would challenge Schultz for the lead on the restart but could not get around the 5J. Jeremy Schultz claimed the win over Madsen. Hunter Schurenburg finished in 3rd followed by Lynton Jeffrey and Russel Borland.

The 2nd heat race was dominated by Minnesota’s Davey Heskin. Brooke Tatnell brought his 55 home in 2nd after fending off many challenges from the 2018 Knoxville Raceway rookie of the year Carson McCarl. McCarl settled for 3rd in front of Mike Reinke and Wayne Modjeski picked up the 5th and final transfer spot in the Oz Motorsports 73.

Heat 3 saw Scotty Thiel take the early lead but a motor problem at halfway would sideline the Professional Platting 64, giving the lead to Terry McCarl. McCarl would claim the win, followed by Parker Price-Miller. Sammy Swindell picked up 3rd with current points leader Jake Blackhurst in 4th and Jason Johnson in 5th.

The 4th heat race saw Wade Nygaard lead flag to flag picking up the win. Behind Nygaard, Bill Balog and Mark Dobmeier battled fiercely for second. Balog eventually getting the better of the two and finishing in second. Dobmeier was relegated to third over Brandon McMullen and Steve Meyer.

The B main saw Austin McCarl take the early lead but Travis Whitney quickly moved past the 17A and into the lead. McCarl took the lead back near the halfway point. A red flag with 1 to go for Tori Knutson getting upside down would create a green white checkered restart with McCarl leading over Skyler Gee. McCarl got a good restart and was able to use that to claim victory over Gee and Scott Winters. RJ Johnson would grab the 4th and final transfer spot over Travis Whitney who faded after leading early.

In The A main Lynton Jeffrey took the initial lead but quickly faced challenges from Brooke Tatnell. Tatnell would eventually take the lead from Jeffery as they neared lapped traffic. Kerry Madsen drove into 2nd and set his sights on Tatnell. A caution for Mark Dobmeier who stopped in turn three would set up a four lap dash to the finish. The pair of Australians dueled for the victory with Brooke Tatnell coming out on top of the Jerry Richert Memorial for the third time in his career. Madsen took second and Terry McCarl stood on the bottom step of the podium. Davey Heskin would bring his 56n home in 4th with Hunter Schuerenberg in 5th.

Hurricane Florence Forces Postponement of this Weekend’s FASTRAK World Championship to October 5 – 6

September 18th, 2018

Jamaica, VA – Officials of both Virginia Motor Speedway and FASTRAK Racing have made the decision to postpone this weekend’s FASTRAK World Championship to Friday and Saturday October 5 – 6, 2018 due to Hurricane Florence that is anticipated to hit the East Coast later this week.

“With Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina declaring States of Emergencies due to the impending hurricane expected to hit the East Coast later this week we have made the decision to postpone the weekend’s FASTRAK World Championship so that our fans and competitors can make the necessary preparations to be ready for Florence,” commented Owner Bill Sawyer.

Sawyer added, “you always hate to postpone an event but the safety of our fans, competitors and staff is much more important.”

FASTRAK General Manager DJ Irvine stated, “With the impending hurricane we, along with Virginia Motor Speedway, feel that this is the absolute best decision for our teams, fans, and staff. Ultimately, we want everyone to stay safe. We are still looking forward to the FASTRAK World Championship.”

With the postponement officials have decided to extend the pre-registration deadline till Friday September 28th, allowing teams the chance to save up to $95 in registration fees.

This mega race will pay the winner a cool $20,000 and with a total two-day payout of over $80,000 it makes it the richest weekend in all of Pro Late Model racing.

The October 5 – 6th weekend will kick off with the $5000 to win FASTRAK World Challenge presented by WhosYourDriver.org on Friday October 5th. The event is a member only $40 lap race. Members are required to have competed in at least seven FASTRAK sanctioned events during the 2018 season.

The following night, Saturday October 6th will be the FASTRAK World Championship presented by James River Equipment, a $20,000 to win 60 lap feature event that is open to all Pro Late Model competitors. In the event of rain, Sunday October 7th is currently scheduled as the rain date.

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway is a ½ mile dirt oval 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.

Race fans can go to www.vamotorspeedway.com to view the complete schedule Virginia Motor Speedway’s 2017 season, find detailed event information, get the latest news, and get complete ticket and camping information. In addition, fans can get social with Virginia Motor Speedway by following @vamotorspeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/VaMotorSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/VaMotorSpeedway.

Tickets on sale for Lucas Oil Speedway postseason awards banquet, set for Nov. 3 at Old Kinderhook

September 17th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri- The top 10 drivers in each of the four Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series divisions will be honored at the annual Lucas Oil Speedway postseason awards banquet, Nov. 3 at The Lodge at Old Kinderhook in Camdenton.

Tickets for the event are $40 and are on sale by sending an RSVP by Oct. 26 to Lucas Oil Speedway Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com. Fans are welcomed to attend, with a social hour at 6 p.m. with invocation, dinner and the awards to follow starting at 7.

“This is always a fun and festive way to celebrate our season and honor our track champions, along with all members of our top 10 in the respective classes,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said.

Awards also will be presented for Most Popular Driver, Best Appearing Race Car and the Forrest Lucas Lifetime Achievement Award. The Most Popular Driver Award will again be selected in online fan voting at a link to be released soon via the Lucas Oil Speedway social media platforms.

The Lodge at Old Kinderhook is located at 678 Old Kinderhook Drive in Camdenton. To reserve a hotel room at a discounted rate of $125, call (573) 317-3500 and reference the Lucas Oil Speedway awards banquet. Visit OldKinderhook.com for more information.

Here are the top 10 drivers in each division who will be honored at the banquet:

Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models – 1, Johnny Fennewald. 2, Aaron Marrant. 3, Kaeden Cornell. 4, Daniel Jessen. 5, Aaron Poe. 6, Josh Poe. 7, Tommy Cordray. 8, Ashlee Lancaster. 9, Lane Ehlert. 10, Larry Jones.

Big O Tires Street Stocks – 1, David Hendrix. 2, Brian Schutt. 3, Bobby Barnett. 4, Toby Ott. 5, Tim Petty. 6, Johnny Coats. 7, Francisco Escamilla. 8, James Flood. 9, Bradley Gideon. 10, Ted Welschmeyer.

Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds – 1, Darron Fuqua. 2, Jeff Cutshaw. 3, Lance Town. 4, Jason Pursley. 5, Jon Sheets. 6, Evan Hubert. 7, Mike Striegel. 8, Tracy Wolf. 9, Ronnie Woods. 10, Chase Domer.

Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods – 1, JC Morton. 2, Taylor Moore. 3, Kris Jackson. 4, Robert Heydenreich. 5, Mitchell Franklin. 6, Mike Striegel. 7, Ricky Watkins. 8, Austin Joplin. 9, Robbe Ewing. 10, Quentin Taylor.

Pro Pulling Nationals this weekend: The Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Nationals are Friday and Saturday nights at Lucas Oil Speedway, as the infield in front of the main grandstand is transformed into a pulling area for the powerhouse machines. Gates open at 4 p.m. both days with pulling set to begin at 7 p.m.

Fans also are reminded that it’s just one more week until the 8th annual ASCS Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial for Lucas Oil ASCS Sprints and WAR Sprints. A $10,000 pay day awaits the ASCS Sprints feature winner on night three.

Other remaining events at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2018:

Oct. 4-6 – 5th annual Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt, with ULMA Late Models also in action. The Street Stocks will race for $10,000 to win on the final night and ULMA Late Models with features paying $1,000 and $2,000 on Friday and Saturday.

Oct. 12-13 – 5th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals plus the Inaugural B-Mod Clash of Champions. The B-Mods get a shot in the spotlight, with a $3,000-to-win final-night feature. Meanwhile, an MLRA season champion will be crowned with full programs on both nights for the Late Models.

Oct. 20 – Monster Truck Nationals Eve of Destruction will see over 60,000 pounds of Monster Truck Thunder on display with the big machines crushes cars and racing side by side and in wheelie shootouts.

For ticket information on all events at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2018, contact Admission Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can go online to purchase tickets for any event on the 2018 schedule.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived race recaps, previews and driver features, along with ticket information and 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.

Winged Sprint Cars Compete at Jennerstown Speedway Finale Saturday!

September 16th, 2018

(Jennerstown, PA) For the first time since the Jennerstown Speedway Complex changed from a dirt track to a paved oval speedway, the Xtreme Sprint Car Tour will bring open-wheel, winged sprint cars to the Laurel Highlands. The nationally televised race will occur this Saturday, September 15th, and sports fans are eager to witness the record-shattering speeds that these unique machines will reach, in competition. On the same night, the nationally televised Super Cup Stock Car Series will crown the 2018 Tour Champion. And, all five divisions of Jennerstown Speedway’s weekly racers will compete for the final time, to decide the Track Champions of 2018, after the event closes out racing for the year.
Utilizing fuel-injected 410 cubic inch engines, Sprint Cars boast the most favorable “horsepower to weight ratio” in all of motorsports. Weighing only 1600 pounds, and producing upwards of 700 horsepower, sprint cars accelerate like no other machine. (Compare these numbers to the average weight of a passenger car at more than 4000 pounds, and the average mid-size sedan which produces 180 horsepower.) The most noticeable trait of the open-cockpit, open-wheel sprint cars, is the large overhead wing. The giant aluminum side panels of the wing stabilize the cars, aerodynamically, through the turns of an oval track like Jennerstown. The center panel of the wing supplies tremendous downforce on the straight-aways, using the wind to press down on the rear, drive wheels of the car. Fueled by methanol, these amazingly engineered speedsters provide thrills all over the nation, and are making their first stop in tour history at Jennerstown Speedway, Saturday night.

“In the 1970’s and 1980’s Sprint Cars were the main attraction at Jennerstown Speedway, sliding through the dirt and dust, every Saturday night,” Speedway Promoter Mike Lysakowski pointed out. “The difference on the asphalt surface is, instead of losing velocity to ‘tire spin’ on a slick mud track, these cars will put all that power to the ground with great traction, and reach speeds that may have never been witnessed before. We expect to re-write the track’s record time, after the qualifying session for the sprint cars at 5pm on Saturday. This date should be a historic one to remember, in the history of Jennerstown Speedway.”

Televised on the MAV-TV network, the Xtreme Sprint Car tour, is part of the “Must See Racing” group based in the Midwest. Most of the events in the series’ history have occurred in Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio. Southern visits occur each year also in the Carolinas, but the reach of the series is far beyond the states in which the sprint cars actually perform. Through the national cable network coverage, “The World’s Fastest Short Track Cars” are brought into the homes of over 140 million viewers each year.

“It’s a documented statement; not just hype, when Must See Racing uses the phrase ‘World’s Fastest Short Track Cars,’” Lysakowski confirmed. “With four times the power of your street car, and less than half the weight, the talented drivers of these machines need fighter-pilot reflexes and vision to race one another wheel-to-wheel.”

A “Practice ‘n Party” Night has been added to the weekend agenda, as well. Admission to Jennerstown Speedway on Friday night is FREE to race fans, to watch on-track practice and testing for all types of race cars, and live entertainment at “Racer’s Pub” on the speedway’s “Midway.” Cars will hit the speedway at 6pm, and alternate testing sessions (by division) until 10pm. Racer’s Pub will remain open until 11pm, to allow fans and drivers to socialize and discuss the big event on Saturday.

Joining the Xtreme Sprint Cars on Saturday, will be Super Cup Stock Series tour, along with the five divisions of cars that make up the weekly “Motor Mountain Mania:” the Martella’s Pharmacies RUSH Late Models, Stoystown Auto Modifieds, the J&J Truck Equipment RUSH Street Stocks, Farmers Union Co-Op Chargers, and Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders, making for a seven division night of racing.

The Xtreme Sprint Cars and Super Cup Series will participate in qualifying time trials at 5:00pm. The 2018 finale begins with opening ceremonies at 5:55pm and racing action getting underway at 6:00pm. For more information visit www.jennerstown.org.

Brad Eitniear Earns Modified Win At Oakshade Raceway

September 15th, 2018

The UMP Modifieds made their third and final visit of the season to Oakshade Raceway under gloomy skies on Saturday night. The rain held off and Wauseon Ohio’s Brad Eitniear drove his way to the feature win.

The night started off with the make up Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber B Main that was washed out at the end of last week’s action due to rain. Curt Dickie out of Lyons, Ohio, was the class of the field. Dickie grabbed the lead early and led all the way to the checkered flag. Zach Stotz started second and finished second with Gabe Mueller moving up from deep in the field to end up third. Justin Gamber and Scott Robertson were the rest of the top five finishers.

A little later in the night, the UMP Modifieds took to the track for their main event. Brandon Vaughan took the lead at the drop of the green flag, but Brad Eitniear quickly worked his way up into contention. After Eitniear moved up to second, the yellow flew on lap four for an incident involving Brian Przepioria and Ray Jackson. Once the green flag came back out, Eitniear took command of the race lead and Brian Ruhlman moved up to second. Despite several more cautions that kept the field tight, Eitniear went on to the easy victory over Ruhlman. Troy Catterene finished third with Vaughan slipping back to fourth. Bill Griffin finished fifth.

Mathew Chapman has really come on strong late in the season in the AmeriGas UMP Sportsman class at Oakshade. Chapman took over the point lead after last week’s feature win and was able to add to that lead slightly after earning his fifth consecutive feature win. Brandon Gregory led the first few laps, but Chapman got by on lap four and never looked back. It was the eighth feature win of the year for the Tecumseh, Michigan driver. Mike Jessen’s second place finish minimized the points he lost to Chapman as he now trails by six heading in to next weekend’s season championship. Gregory held on to finish third followed by Brian Fisher and Rusty Smith.

Cody Houston started on the pole of the Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber A Main and led at the start. Toledo, Ohio’s Richard Riffe took advantage of a restart after an early caution to snatch the lead away from Houston. Bomber point leader Jeff Foks Jr. began pressuring Riffe late in the race, but a late race caution would foil his bid for a sixth feature win of the season. Foks ended up coming to a stop on the track after the caution flag flew and would have to restart at the tail of the field. Instead Foks took the 70 car to the pits as the rest the field prepared for a two-lap shootout to the finish. With Chris Henry restarting second, Riffe was able to hang on to pick up his first feature win of the season and closed to within 18 points of Foks. Henry settled for a second place finish followed by Cody Houston, Adam Noonan and Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Sr.

The point lead in the Compact class changed hands for the second time in as many weeks. Nathan Goodman took over the point lead after winning the feature last week, but with Goodman finishing 13th and Joe Elliot picking up his second feature win of the season, the Osseo, Michigan driver now find himself atop the points. Devin Goodman finished second followed by Brogan Rehklau and Arron Barrick. Eric Carr remains a point contender as well with his fifth place finish. The top three in points are separated by less than 25 points.

Sylvania, Ohio’s Scott Hammer took command at the start of the final event of the night, the Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber B Main, and led the entire distance. Hammer was able to fend off a challenge about midway through from Dylan Burt to earn his first feature win of the year. Drew Smith was able to get by Burt to finish second.

Devin Shiels has all but wrapped up a second consecutive UMP Late Model track championship at Oakshade Raceway, but there is much left to be determined in the other three regular classes’ point races. It will all be decided Saturday, September 15 as Oakshade Raceway hosts Season Championship Night for the UMP Late Models, AmeriGas UMP Sportsman, Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bombers and the Compacts. Gates open at 4pm, hot laps begin at 6pm and racing starts at 7pm.

Jennerstown Speedway Cancelled For September 8

September 14th, 2018

The Jennerstown Speedway Complex has been forced to cancel FFX Trucking Night at the Races, and all activities scheduled for Saturday, September 8th, 2018 due to inclement weather.

Next weekend will be the grand finale to the 2018 season, with a unique “Triple Header” of action. The long awaited return of winged Sprint Cars to Jennerstown Speedway will mark the first ever visit of the nationally televised Xtreme Sprint Series on September 15th. Also, the nationally televised Super Cup Stock Car Series will be in action, for their 2018 tour finale. And, all five divisions of Jennerstown’s “Motor Mountain Mania” will compete in heat races and feature events, to crown the five 2018 Champions. Qualifying begins at 5pm with racing at 6pm on September 15th.

Ryan Robbins wins Super Late Model race on Championship Night at Oxford Plains Speedway

September 13th, 2018

Gabe Brown, 15, is youngest champion of top class in racetrack’s long history

Oxford, Maine — Ryan Robbins of Dixfield drove to his second Super Late Model victory of the season, while Gabe Brown of Center Conway, New Hampshire earned his first stock car racing championship atop the Budweiser Championship Series racing card at Oxford Plains Speedway Saturday night.

Robbins, a former PASS Modified track and series champion, became the only two-time winner in points-counting races in the top class of competition at the historic Route 26 oval track this season.

Brown, 15, made history with his title, becoming the youngest-ever premiere division champion in the almost six decades of motorized competition at OPS. Brown hopes to secure his ‘highway’ driver’s license after turning 16 later this week

Austin Teras of Gray, who won a Super Late Model race earlier this season at age 15, was the runner-up in the points finale. Tracy Gordon of Strong, a PASS Open race winner and BCS winner earlier in the season, claimed third-place hardware following the 50-lap race.

TJ Brackett of Buckfield passed a lot of cars as he tried to unseat Brown from the top of the standings, but the two-time track champion in the top class had to settle for runner-up honors in the championship battle for the second straight season. Livermore’s Scott McDaniel, another first-time winner in the top class earlier this year, rounded out the top five.

Brown crossed the finish line in sixth position, bouncing back from a mid-race altercation. Ryan Deane of Winterport, Calvin Rose, Jr. of Turner, Ivan Kaffel of Raymond and Anson’s Scott Moore rounded out the top ten. Shawn Martin of Turner led much of the race before getting shuffled out of the lead pack. He finished 11th.

Buckfield’s Kyle Treadwell outran all foes in the 30-lap Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Street Stock class, picking up his first win in the division after joining the class late in the year. Treadwell led all the way, extending his lead throughout the 30-lapper while turning in the quickest Street Stock laps of the night by a wide margin.

Nick Stanley of Oxford had his best Street Stock finish, earning runner-up honors ahead of Norway’s Jordan Russell. Last year’s champion, Billy Childs, Jr. of Leeds, was the fourth-place finisher. Matt Dufault of Turner earned a fifth-place finish, and nailed down the 2018 Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Street Stock division championship by a narrow margin over Livermore native and Gray resident Tyler King.

In a unique twist, feature winner Treadwell, who is the track announcer for Oxford Acceleration Series action on Wednesday nights during the summer, interviewed champion Dufault in victory lane following their event

Kyle Hewins of Leeds prevailed in an unusually-clean 20-lap main event for the Budweiser Championship Series Bandits division, cruising to yet another impressive victory. Arthur ‘Junior’ Goldrup of Oakland, an occasional Oxford Plains Speedway visitor since his former home track closed, earned second-place honors. Mike McKinney of Berlin, New Hampshire worked race traffic nicely to earn a third-place finish. Cody White of South Paris and Auburn’s Jeff Libby rounded out the top five. Dustin Salley of Poland finished tenth in the race, but earned enough points to claim the 2018 track title in the four-cylinder class.

Kyle Kilgore of South Paris wrapped up his Championship season in style, winning the 20-lap Figure 8 race for the eighth time this year. Five-time 2018 winner Dale Lawrence of Lisbon completed the best season of his 30-year career with a second-place finish, and second in championship points. Poland’s Larry Lizotte, Greg Durgin of South Paris and Lisbon’s Robert Morey filled out the top five.

Auburn’s Thomas Brackett put an exclamation point on his successful first year of stock car racing competition, winning the 15-lap Rookie division race and wrapping up the first-ever championship for the new class for young racers. It was the 13th win of the year for Brackett. Brady Childs of Leeds and Owen Stuart from Naples wre second and third, respectively, ahead of points runner-up Brady Heath of Waterford.

Wade Gelinas of Limington won his second consecutive 20-lap main event in the Outlaw class. Ajay Cates of Lyman moved up to challenge Gelinas, but had to settle for a second-place race trophy to go along with his 2018 track title in the Outlaw class. Rick Thompson of Naples earned a third-place finish, ahead of Poland’s Maggie Ferland and championship runner-up Calab Emerson-Mains of Richmond.

Conrad Childs of Auburn pulled off a last-lap move that earned the top step on the podium following the 20-lap Rebel division feature race. Lovell’s Josh Straiton crossed the finish line in second position, just ahead of Waterford’s Jamie Heath, who wrapped up the Championship in the Rebels class. Heath had to walk to victory lane after his car, which had been leading the race as the final lap began, ended up against the frontstretch wall as the checkered flag waved. Oxford’s Doug Degroat and Ralph Green of Auburn closed out the top-five rundown.

Brandon Varney of Mechanic Falls prevailed in one of the tighter Oxford Acceleration Series championship battles, winning the 20-lap Cruiser main event to remain atop the season-long rankings. Luke DeCoster of Greene kept the race close, finishing in second position. The champ’s car owner and father, Kevin Varney of Mechanic Falls, earned third-place hardware. Will Dunphy of New Gloucester and Oxford’s William Barker filled out the top five.

Oxford’s own Ryan Farrar completed a season-long sweep of Truck division main event racing action with yet another 20-lap score putting the exclamation point on his second straight championship season. It was the fourth Truck title for Farrrar. Kolby Morrell of Sebago made a late charge into second position, with third-place hardware earned by Chuck Estes of New Gloucester. After battling for the race lead, a late incident dropped Arundel’s Jared Kimball to fourth in the finishing order, ahead of Norway’s Randy Green.

Kyle Hewins of Leeds was triumphant in the 15-lap four-cylinder Figure 8 race. Brandon Varney of Mechanic Falls was the best of the rest, in front of Travis ‘The Tornado’ Verrill, from South Paris. Dustin Salley of Mechanic Falls and Buckfield’s Chad Wills completed the top five rundown. Kevin Varney of Mechanic Falls claimed the track championship in the first-year racing class.

Maggie Ferland of Poland won for the second time in two attempts this year in Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Ladies division competition. Lisbon’s Breanna Spaulding earned runner-up honors and wrapped up the 2018 Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Ladies Championship. Spaulding dedicated her championship to the late Rachel Dubois, a former competitor in the division who passed away in 2016 following a lifelong battle with Cystic Fibrosis. Kathryn Childs of Auburn, Chloe Kiley of South Paris and Greene’s Susan Veinott rounded out the top five.

Following a few weekends off a doubleheader weekend of automotive competition closes out the Oxford Plains Speedway season on October 13-14. On Saturday, October 13 at 2:00 p.m. the Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models make their final Northern New England appearance, topping a racing card including championship-deciding races for the PASS Mods and Bandits Triple Crown Series. On Sunday, October 14 at 1:30 p.m. the Speedway hosts the annual Armageddon of Destruction, with the regular Motor Mayhem events plus all six Oxford Acceleration Series divisions.

Virginia Motor Speedway to Host FASTRAK World Championship Friday and Saturday, September 14-15

September 13th, 2018

Jamaica, VA – Pro Late Model racing’s richest weekend is almost here. The much anticipated FASTRAK World Championship weekend is set for Friday and Saturday September 14 – 15, 2018 at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway in Jamaica, VA. Track officials are busy preparing the facilities for what is expected to be another record car count. The weekend will put the spotlight squarely on the country’s best Pro Late Model drivers. This mega race will pay the winner a cool $20,000. With a total payout over $80,000, it is the richest weekend in all of Pro Late Model racing.

The weekend kicks off with Friday’s FASTRAK World Challenge, a member only $5,000 to win, 40 lap race. Members are required to have competed in at least seven FASTRAK sanctioned events in the 2018 season.

The following night is the FASTRAK World Championship presented by James River Equipment, a $20,000 to win 60 lap feature event that is open to all Pro Late Model competitors. In the event of rain, Sunday September 16th is currently scheduled as the rain date.

Admission prices for Friday’s World Challenge event are adults $15, senior and military $12, students (11-17) $10 and children 10 and under free.

Admission for Saturday’s FASTRAK World Championship are adults $35, senior and military $25, students (11-17) $15 and children 10 and under free. Bring your Friday night ticket stub and receive $5 off your Saturday general admission ticket. Discount is not good for pit passes.

Pit passes, regardless of age, are $45 for either a single or two-day pass and will also get you a seat in the grandstands.

The speedway offers free camping (no hook-ups) and plenty of well-lit and free parking.

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway is a ½ mile dirt oval 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.

Race fans can go to www.vamotorspeedway.com to view the complete schedule Virginia Motor Speedway’s 2017 season, find detailed event information, get the latest news, and get complete ticket and camping information. In addition, fans can get social with Virginia Motor Speedway by following @vamotorspeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/VaMotorSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/VaMotorSpeedway.

Mother Nature black flags Davenport Speedway again

September 13th, 2018

Night of Destruction rescheduled for Saturday, September 29th

DAVENPORT, Ia. – Rain continues to plague the Davenport Speedway. Inches of rain received this week has washed out Friday’s Night of Destruction. The event has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 29th. More information will be released at a later date.

The Night of Destruction consists of Cheater Races in the modified, street stock, sportmod, and 4-stock classes. Following the racing program is the motorized mayhem known as The Trailer Race.

The next event at the Davenport Speedway will be the Iowa Governor’s Cup, on Friday, September 21st. The official stock car championship of the State of Iowa features a one-night format on the quarter-mile dirt oval. The Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models is the featured class.

Also racing at the Iowa Governor’s Cup will be IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, and Street Stocks. Modifieds will be racing for $1,000-to-win. SportMod and Street Stock classes will each be racing for a $500 top prize.

For more information, visit our website at “davenportspeedway.com” or call (563) 652-5302.

Heroes of the Past Return to Jennerstown Saturday Night

September 13th, 2018

(Jennerstown,PA) Saturday night, the heroes of decades-gone-by will reunite at the Jennerstown Speedway Complex, as FFX Trucking presents “Motor Mountain Mania” stock car racing. Former Champions, former winners, plus current and past Hall of Fame inductees will sign autographs, pose for photos, and greet race fans prior to the start of five division racing action, at 6pm.

“Chargin’ Charlie” Cragan will be among the previous Champions in attendance on Saturday. While Cragan was a winning driver during the dirt track era of Jennerstown Speedway, he is best known for his dominating performances on the asphalt surface, during the early 1990’s. Cragan won 37 times after the speedway was paved, and earned Track Champion titles in 1992 and 1993. Cragan was also honored as a NASCAR Northeast Region Champion, as driver of the Biter Brothers Racing Team #42. Mark Cottone, the 1998 Jennerstown Champion will also meet fans before the races on September 8th. A winner 19 times, Cottone was competing more recently than Cragan, but also claimed a 4-Cylinder Division Championship in the earlier stages of his career (1988). Larry Wright will be among the honored guests, as well. Wright was a superstar of the dirt track era, and one of the biggest winners at Jennerstown during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Famous for his red and white Fords #31, Wright will be touring the asphalt oval for the first time during the “Arsenberger Trucking Legends Salute.” Other former winners that will be part of the on track race car parade include “Snooky” Williams, Bill Krause, and Larry Hemminger. Dan White and Bob Arsenberger will also participate in this special event.

The 2018 Tri-Star Motors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will also take place Saturday night. On this special night each year, many former inductees attend to congratulate the newest class. The 2018 class of inductees includes: Dirt track era superstars Ed Lynch, Sr., Paul Fess, Sr., and Jerry Price. Recently retired asphalt era star Bobby Henry and engine builder “Rocket Rick” Koontz will also be enshrined. The late Jack Sotosky will also be inducted. Sotosky’s career was a true “bridge,” between the dirt and asphalt chapters of the Jennerstown Speedway story. A successful dirt Late Model racer in the 1970’s, Sotosky went on to win the asphalt Street Stock Championship, in 1993, during the late stages of his career.

Free admission for all CDL drivers and one guest each, is being provided by FFX Trucking on September 8th, as well. “National Truck Drivers Appreciation Week” starts on September 9th, and FFX is proud to offer all drivers with a valid CDL (any state) complimentary admission to see the racing action on this special Saturday night, launching the week of recognition one day early.

Gates open at 4pm on Saturday, with the Legends Autograph Session scheduled to start at 5:30pm. Racing will commence at 6pm.

“Chargin’ Charlie” Cragan, was among the most popular drivers of the 1990’s at Jennerstown Speedway Complex, and he will once again “suit up” and steer a race car around the oval on Saturday night, as part of the “Legends Salute” parade. Dave Singer Photo 1993

Pro Pulling Nationals next after quiet upcoming weekend at Lucas Oil Speedway

September 13th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri- Following a weekend of record-breaking speed on Lake Lucas and a memorable Lucas Oil MLRA Larry Phillips Memorial at the dirt track, Lucas Oil Speedway will take this weekend off before continuing a huge stretch of season-ending special events.

Action resumes on Sept. 14-15 with the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals, featuring two nights of some of the nation’s most-powerful trucks and tractors. The infield in front of the main grandstand will be transformed into a pulling area for the powerful machines, with gates opening at 4 p.m. both nights and pulling set for 7 p.m. on Sept. 14 and 6 p.m. on Sept. 15.

Classes in action on Friday tentatively include the Light Weight Super Stock Tractors, Mini Rod Tractors, Limited Pro Stock Diesel Trucks and Limited Pro Stock Tractors. On Saturday, classes include Super Modified Tractors, Unlimited Super Stock Tractors, Super Farm Tractors, Super Modified 2WD Trucks, Pro Modified 4WD Trucks and 10,000 Pro Stock Tractors.

“This is always one of the most popular events of the season and the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League never fails to put on a terrific show,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said.

Admission prices:
Friday
Adults $20
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $17
Youth (ages 6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family pass $40

Saturday
Adults $25
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $22
Youth (ages 6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family pass $50

Visit ProPulling.com for more information on the series, including full schedules and season points.

The big Labor Day Weekend of racing included the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series 8th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals, where Mike Robbins in Nitro Nuts set a new Top Fuel Hydro record with a speed of 243 miles per hour on the 875-foot course. Meanwhile, Will Vaught captured the MLRA Larry Phillips Memorial at the dirt track, taking home $5,075.

Before the Phillips Memorial, Robinson announced that beginning in 2019 the final Weekly Racing Series program will be named the “Rowdy and Julia Rempfer Season Championships.”

The Rempfers, who worked at the speedway, were killed in an automobile accident on August 25. Harold “Rowdy” Rempfer also was Mayor of Wheatland.

“Rowdy and Julia were beloved members of our community and our Lucas Oil Speedway family and this is something that we can do to honor their memory,” Robinson said.

Here’s a look at the remainder of the 2018 schedule at Lucas Oil Speedway:

Sept. 20-22 – 8th annual ASCS Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial for Lucas Oil ASCS Sprints and WAR Sprints. A $10,000 pay day awaits the ASCS Sprints feature winner on night three.

Oct. 4-6 – 5th annual Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt, with ULMA Late Models also in action. The Street Stocks will race for $10,000 to win on the final night and ULMA Late Models with features paying $1,000 and $2,000 on Friday and Saturday.

Oct. 12-13 – 5th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals plus the Inaugural B-Mod Clash of Champions. The B-Mods get a shot in the spotlight, with a $3,000-to-win final-night feature. Meanwhile, an MLRA season champion will be crowned with full programs on both nights for the Late Models.

Oct. 20 – Monster Truck Nationals Eve of Destruction will see over 60,000 pounds of Monster Truck Thunder on display with the big machines crushes cars and racing side by side and in wheelie shootouts.

For ticket information on all events at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2018, contact Admission Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can go online to purchase tickets for any event on the 2018 schedule.

September 14th-15th, 2018: Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals
The Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals come to Lucas Oil Speedway, Sept. 14-15.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived race recaps, previews and driver features, along with ticket information and 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.

Hibner, Ross, Pugh and Lefholz Grab Bethany Fair Race Wins!!!!!

September 13th, 2018

After a beautiful opening ceremonies Vintage Racers reminding us of years gone by would take to the track for a very short-lived feature. Ron Lefholz #20L would win both heat race and feature as Allen Guthrie and Steve Tanner would come together on the track taking both contenders from the race. As Lefholz would celebrate the win, Tanner #XX was second with Guthrie #51 third.

E-Modified would see 18 tough competitors take to the 3/8th mile Speedway and duel it out for the win. Great racing action would happen in the front of the pack between our heat race winners Caleb Pugh #8s, Sturgis Streeter #Y3 and Leroy Morrison #50 until Steven Makar #4M would find the fast line. The always fast and furious #74 of Justin Asher was in the mix as well with Josh Adkins knocking on the door wanting by. As the race ended and several of the front runners not getting past post-race inspections, Caleb Pugh would win the feature and biggest race and paycheck of his career with Justin Asher second and Josh Adkins third. Fourth would belong to Austin Bouzek #14B, who would recover from an early race mishap and charge back through the pack with the always fast Jason Nelson #12GA fifth place on the feature.
#8s “Pepe” Caleb Pugh from Cameron, MO E-Modified Feature Winner!

Pure/Hobby Stocks would see an exciting race with a familiar face in Pettijohns Auto Center Winners Circle as Mich Ross #20X would pick up his 50th win of his career. Heat winner Ross, sporting a freshly cut mullet, would have to work the high line to get around a very fast Mike Kincaid #12 as the two would battle side by side throughout the feature. The always fast CJ Turner #91 would follow Ross to the front and stayed within striking distance but have to settle for second as the night would belong to Ross. Kincaid would fade only slightly to place third with other heat winner Carson Masoner driving #47X, in his first appearance in a Pure Stock this 2018 season, a very close fourth. Fifth place would see one-time leader and other heat race winner Justin Adkins #15 as he was in the hunt for the win all feature.

Twenty-two Sport/B Modifieds would take to the track with talent second to none in our main event of the night. At the drop of the green Lonnie Hibner #22L would take the top spot and see the rest of the loaded field challenge the entire feature. Austin Charles #81 and Daniel Harris #07 would battle Hibner for the lead until contact between the two would send both to the rear of the field. Colton Nelson #93N would challenge coming from back to front along with heat winner Chad Staus #C3 as the race progressed. In the midway point Ethan Isaacs #66 would try Hibner on the high side getting by only to see the caution on the track putting Hibner back out front. On the restart Hibner was ready and took the lead never relinquishing on his way to the win. Great racing followed behind the leader as Isaacs and #Zee28 of veteran driver Randy Zimmerman would put on a show battling side by side for second. As the checkers fell, with the race shortened by 4 laps due to light failure in turn 3, Hibner would win, Isaacs second and Zimmerman third. Colton Nelson would end the night fourth with younger brother Garrett Nelson #95N rounding out the night’s top five. Other heat race winners were Steve Starmer #11s and Brett Lowry #72.

A special thanks to Blanton Farms and Construction for donating the bikes given away during Intermission. A special thanks to the Northwest Mo State Fair Board for all their hard work enabling us to race, hats off for your efforts!

Fuqua and Foster grab Special-Event Wins while Henson and Streeter also grab Hardware at Central Missouri Speedway!

September 13th, 2018

(Warrensburg, MO) The regular race season came to a close in a big way as 97 drivers checked in to Central Missouri Speedway (CMS) for night two of the annual Labor Day weekend special events. Among competitors on hand were 12 E-Mods, 21 ULMA Late Models, 36 B-Mods, and 28 Modifieds.

Modified drivers were gunning for a $3,000 payday while B-Mods competed in their second-consecutive $1,000-to-win track special. The night also served as the conclusion of the regular race season at CMS after a successful season before the staff regroups one more time for the upcoming Second-Annual Street Stock Showdown in mid-September.

To sort out the lineups for the main-event starting grids, drivers competed in preliminary heat races beginning with the guest class E-Mod drivers. Sturgis Streeter collected the first checkered flag of the evening by going the distance ahead of Leroy Morrison while Shawn Burns took the second heat with Steven Makar in second.

The B-mod competition got underway with Grinnell, Iowa driver Brett Lowry taking the win over Jim Moody in heat one, Patrick Royalty was looking to make it two-in-a-row for the weekend and began strong with a heat win in the second prelim over Cody Brill. For heat three it was Dakota Foster taking the checkers with Jeremy Lile in second. The final heat belonged to Jake Richards ahead of Gunner Martin. B-Main victories went to Steve McDowell and Doug Wetzel.

In ULMA Late Model action, three heat races were completed with Aaron Marrant tracking down Jon Binning late in the race to take the win with Binning second. Johnny Fennewald flew from the inside of row three to the front of the field in heat two for the win over Cole Henson. For the final heat, Browning, Missouri’s Tommy Cordray bolted to the victory over Dustin Hodges.

Modifieds finished the prelim action with two heats with Nathan Vaughn going to victory in the first prelim over Jim Moody while Jimmy Dowell ran strong for the victory in heat two over Kyle Westerhold. In the 20-lap scramble to determine the final starting positions for the main event later in the night, Johnny Fennewald took the victory ahead of Dalton Kirk.

Main Events Recap: The second half main-event portion of the program began with E-mods hitting the track for their 15-lap main event. It was an exciting race for drivers and fans as Shawn Burns shot out to an early race lead ahead of Sturgis Streeter and Leroy Morrison. For a while it appeared that Burns would return to victory lane for a second time but as the laps wore on, Streeter showed some speed and moved to the front ahead of Burns and Morrison. Meanwhile, Kit Bailey moved forward in the lineup to blast into the top five; however, when the race concluded it was Streeter enjoying the victory lane celebration with his first-ever CMS win ahead of Burns, Morrison, Bailey, and a strong run by Jessie Mulich in fifth.

For the $1,000-to-win B-Mod special, the drivers and fans alike experienced and witnessed one of the best races of the entire season with clean and close-quarters racing near the front of the field in the exciting 25-lap event! Jeremy Lile and Dakota Foster started the event on row one with Foster taking command until an early caution flag by lap three. After the restart, Foster again was solid through another quick caution at the lap-five marker. Once the field went back to green-flag racing, a long run of racing took place and this is when things really picked up. Lap-after-lap, the night one winner, Patrick Royalty reeled in and then eventually passed Foster for the lead by lap fourteen. Meanwhile, newly crowned Track Champion Seven Clancy and long-distance traveler Brett Lowry of Iowa pulled up to make it a four-car race for the win as the drivers raced close quarters giving each other room in a near-perfect display of professionalism and respect on the track with the crowd showing their appreciation cheering them on! Lile stayed in the mix until he was heartbreakingly forced to retire for the night as the leaders carried on after a lap 17 caution. Then, the furious battle continued as Foster, catfishing the low side eventually moved back to the front, in which he ultimately went on to capture the victory, just edging Royalty at the line as the pair came to the checkers nearly side-by-side for the finish. Clancy was third with Lowry a strong fourth followed by Gunner Martin, who advanced forward to make it a solid top-five effort in his substitute driving role.

ULMA Late Models finished their CMS season strong with the strong field of drivers on hand for the 20-lap main event. Johnny Fennewald and Aaron Marrant occupied row one to start the race ahead of Tommy Cordray and Cole Henson. In the close-quarters matchup. Marrant and Fennewald raced close at the front until Marrant emerged as the front-runner through the early stages. Meanwhile, Henson and Cordray along with Cody Holtkamp, Dustin Hodges, Jon Binning, and Kaeden Cornell fought hard to occupy positions in the top five. An unfortunate incident near the back of the field interrupted an otherwise great night of action for the drivers as contact in turn four collected the top three drivers and four other competitors. All involved were charged with being involved in the caution after either stopping on the track, tires leaving the racing surface on the inside or outside of the track, or coming to a complete stop, or doing a 360-spin, which is loss of forward momentum according to the CMS rules. After the race was realigned and restarted, it was Russellville, Missouri’s Henson took command with Aaron Poe moving into second. As the laps wore down, Binning came to life and advanced positions to the top three behind Poe. Kaeden Cornell was also strong inside the top five with Holtkamp in the mix as well. Ultimately, Henson, who had very limited experience at CMS behind the wheel of a Street Stock, went on to collect his first-ever ULMA and CMS win over Poe, Binning, Cornell, and Holtkamp to complete the top five. An anonymous donor made things a little better at the pay window as each driver received the benefits of the donation when pay was collected.

The final event of the night was the 35-lap, $3,000-to-win Modified main event, which served as the final Modified special of the year at CMS. Night one scramble winner and runner-up finisher Darron Fuqua and Terry Schultz began the event on row one with Schultz taking command early on. A quick restart at the start of the race saw Schultz lead the way as Jesse Willard and Chad Lyle were early retirees from the event. With Schultz out front, Fuqua stayed close through lap six as the pair tried to distance themselves from any pursuers. Close-quarters racing then ensued with two lanes of great action until Fuqua advanced forward to grab the lead on lap ten as Schultz dropped to second. Kevin Blackburn advanced from ninth to third by the first third of the race with Jason Pursley also experiencing a stellar run to the top five. Meanwhile, Dean Wille, Randall Schiffelbein, Jr., and Johnny Fennewald also fought hard for a top-five run. Caution flew again on lap 14 for a quick spin and then racing resumed with Fuqua and Schultz going back to work at the front. Nathan Vaughn and Brian Johnson retired from the event at the second third of the race. Wille and Pursley were going after it for the battle for fourth while Blackburn then pressured Schultz for the second spot. In lapped traffic, Blackburn then moved to second and began clicking off some quick laps to shorten the gap between himself and leader Fuqua. Caution flew a final time with five laps remaining setting up a quick dash to the finish. Fuqua motored off turn four to lead the charge with Blackburn and Schultz in hot pursuit. However, Blackburn’s chances of taking the victory came up just a bit short as Fuqua swept the weekend victories by claiming the win over Blackburn, Schultz, Pursley, and Wille by race end.

Coming Up Next: The final race of the season takes place at CMS on Friday, September 3rd and Saturday, September 4th for the Second-Annual Street Stock Showdown. Action begins with three rounds of heat races for the Street Stocks on Friday when B-Mods and Mod-Lites also compete throughout the night. Then, on Saturday the weekend concludes with Street Stocks returning for B-Mains and the $5,000-to-win Showdown. Mod-Lites and B-Mods round out the program with another night of heats and main events. On both nights, Pits open at 4:30, Grandstands at 5, Driver Pill Draw Cutoff at 6:15, Pit Meeting at 6:30, Hot Laps at 7, and Racing at 7:30. General Admission: Adults $15, Military/Student I.D. $12, Seniors Age 65-74 $10, Kids 6 to 12 Years $6, Children Five and Under and Seniors 75 and Older Free! All Pit Passes $35.

On Race Day Call 660.747-2166. For complete information, click on the “Labor Day Weekend at CMS” race tab at www.centralmissourispeedway.net. Complete results, schedule of events, and much more may be found on the track’s website. For this event, CMS is offering an outstanding advertising and small business campaign for race sponsorship. For just $250, potential sponsors receive the following business transactions for their support of the race: 2 complimentary general admission tickets to Saturday’s finale, your business included in pre- and post-race press releases, your business name said over the PA throughout the weekend as a presenting race sponsor, example, “Up next is the Bill Jones Automotive Street Stock heat race number one.” Plus, your business printed on the night 2 driver roster with logo or text or both, your business, and CMS Website and Facebook presence for your business. Last year our Event Flyer and Page Boost reached over 5,000 people! We are very active on Social Media and made a special post for all race sponsors last year spotlighting their Business and Social Media presence. Call Sam Stoecklin at 660.909.1083 or Susan Walls at 816.229.1338 for additional details, no calls after 8 p.m. please.

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CMS wishes to thank its primary sponsors for their support, the list includes Cliff Harris Warrensburg Ford, Midwest Coatings, Comfort Inn Warrensburg Station, Classic Hits KPOW FM Power 97, Pepsi, Seeburg Mufflers, Heartland Waste, Country 94.1 KFKF, and Kenny’s Tile. The list of 2018 business partners includes: World Finance, Batliner Recycling, Budweiser, Logan Contractors Supply, Miller Lite, Zaxby’s, Fairfield Inn, and Alternative Wire and Cable.

Adams and Havel Repeat as Rice Lake Speedway Concludes Racing Season

September 13th, 2018

Rice Lake WI – The Rice Lake Speedway wrapped up their 2018 racing season on Sunday night with the second half of the Labor Day weekend doubleheader and both Kevin Adams and Jason Havel won main events again, making them double winners for the weekend. Other winners on Sunday night included Terran Spacek, Eric Olson and Justin Oestreich.

Despite some heavy rains during the morning, the track prep crew was able to get the race track in fine shape after a long day of work and the program went off right on schedule with the race teams and officials enduring the muddy conditions in the infield and pit area.

Adams, after fighting his way through some heavy traffic, got up on the high side of the track to make his winning moves in the Midwest Modified feature event. Craig Elliott started on the pole and led the opening laps as he was challenged by Tanner Hicks early before Shane Halopka moved up from the third row to put the pressure on. Both Adams, and Calvin Iverson, who shared the fourth row, were trying to move up but both found the traffic to be heavy as a big group of cars battled for the third and on back positions.

An extended yellow resulted as a result of Doug Toepper blowing on the front straightaway and dumping fluids all over the track but once racing resumed, Elliott, having a great run, continued to hold the lead. Iverson was able to make some advances on the low side and he slipped inside Halopka to take over the second spot.

With his lane continuing to be blocked, Adams jumped up to the high side of the track and made immediate progress. One by one, he was able to pick off the contenders and he was flying on the top lane of the track. He eventually caught up to the leader and while Elliott continued to make strong laps, Adams used the high side to gain the momentum and he was able to slip around Elliott and take over the lead.

One late yellow bunched the field and set up a two lap sprint to the finish and Adams powered away from the field to open up a safe margin and cruise home the winner. The win for him was his eighth in the Midwest Modified at Rice Lake this year. Iverson nearly got under Elliott on the last lap but Craig hung on and fought him off and came home second, his best finish of the season at the track. Behind Iverson, it was Halopka and Hicks who rounded out the top five.

Kyle Copp and James Vendela were the early leaders of the Pure Stock feature as they battled back in forth for the top spot during the first couple of laps. Vendela edged in front but soon was being challenged by Havel, who started right behind him and found a hole to get up to the front. Jason drove into the lead and after a couple of quick yellows for minor incidents, the race then clicked off nonstop to the end.

Havel stretched his lead as Copp, Vendela, George Richards and Tyler Wahlstrom all battled for position behind him. Copp settled into second while Richards was able to drive past Vendela to take over the second spot and try to reel in Copp.

Up front, Havel was just cruising and with no yellows to bunch up the field, he was just able to drive on unhindered as he raced home to complete his weekend double wins. Copp fought off a late race challenge by Richards to hold on to the second spot with Vendela and Wahlstrom rounding out the top five.

Matt Deragon and Rich Bishop fought for the lead on the opening lap of the Super Stock feature before Deragon claimed the top spot. One early tangle slowed the action and after that, the racers ran off the last sixteen laps without a slowdown and this gave some of the drivers farther back a chance to charge forward.

As Deragon continued to lead, a large pack of cars behind him fought for position as Jason Schill, Marcus Simonson, Eric Olson, Spacek, Aaron Wilson and Nick Oreskovich were all in tight formation as they raced for position. Spacek moved up the track and started to advance as he was able to drive around a couple of cars and move into the second spot. He then began to close in on Deragon and a race for the lead ensued. Spacek had the speed on the top side and he was able to drive into the lead and then start to edge away.

Olson also started to pick up ground and he moved into the mix, challenging Deragon for the second spot. Also at this time, Jesse Redetzke, who was mired in the middle of the pack, moved up to the top side and the increase in his speed was profound and he started to pick off competitors in bunches as he stormed up through the field.

The top three competitors broke away from the field but were still running quite close together as the laps ran off. Olson was trying to set up a pass for second when suddenly, a huge ball of smoke came from under the hood of the Deragon car and he slid into the infield which allowed the race to continue.

Spacek had opened up a little breathing room and was unchallenged over the last few laps as he drove home for the win, his second of the year at the track. However, Redetzke continued his charge and he was blinding fast at the end, Despite a considerable gap, he caught Olson at the end and drove from ninth to finish second. Olson, Oreskovich and Wilson completed the top five.

While Olson wasn’t able to win the Super Stock main, he dominated the Street Stock feature to get his second win of the year in that class. He started on the pole and drove away from the field, not really being challenged throughout the event. He took the lead right after the start, and after a lap four spin by Zach Manley slowed the action, Olson again pulled away on the restart.

The driver on the move was Danny Richards who started eighth and steadily moved toward the front. Kolby Kiehl was Olson’s nearest challenger and he stayed close but wasn’t able to provide a serious challenge.

Richards, however, continued his charge and was able to get past Kiehl and move into second. Olson kept the hammer down and drove home for the victory with Richards chasing him at the finish. Manley fought his way back up through the field and settled for fourth with Jamey Fisher rounding out the top five.

Jake Miller and Pat Hoffman battled on the opening lap of the Modifed main event before Miller was able to lead the opening lap. He continued to hold the top spot as Neil Balduc and then Oestreich closed in on him. Oestreich was too strong however, and he was able to take over the top spot.

Meanwhile, Adams and Ashley Anderson were trying to thread their way to the front as they fought up through the pack. Adams broke to the high side of the track, the area he used in the Midwest Modified feature and he found some open space and started to challenge. Anderson soon followed him and the two moved up into the second and third places.

A couple of yellow flags at mid race bunched the field and while Oestreich continued to lead, he was now about to feel heavy pressure from Adams and then Anderson who caught the front two and it was suddenly a cluster of three fighting for the lead. Oestreich hugged the bottom while Adams rode the high side and Anderson sized things up behind him, looking for an opening.

Suddenly, the battle was down to two as Anderson dropped a drive shaft on lap fifteen, which set up a five lap scramble for the win between Oestreich and Adams. The pattern continued as Oestreich rode the low side while Adams climbed the banking. Adams would draw near several times down the front chute but then lose a little time in turn one and then try and fight his way back down the back chute as the two put on quite a show for the fans.

They crossed the line for the white flag nearly side by side but Oestreich again edged away through turn one and then down the back chute. Adams made a hard charge off turn four but came up just a little bit short as Oestreich drove a remarkably consistent race to earn his second win of the year at Rice Lake. The margin at the line was .199 seconds as Oestreich earned a grand for his win.

Jake Smith drove an excellent race of his own as the rookie Modified driver started ninth and took over third after Anderson dropped out and he held that spot to the finish. Mike Anderson also had to do much digging in the race to get up to fourth with Balduc rounding out the top five.

The 2018 racing season is now complete for the Rice Lake Speedway. Fans should check the speedway face book page for news of when the banquet celebrating the racing season will be held and for other announcements. The 2019 season is expected to start in mid April.

4-State Dirt Track Championship Goes to Vaught–MLRA Point Battle Tightens

September 13th, 2018

Monett, Missouri – In dramatic dirt track fashion at the Monett Motor Speedway, Sunday nights 48th Annual 4-State Dirt Track Championship would come down to the final turn before Will Vaught could breathe ease in Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane. Vaught took home the $3,000 pay day, and also for the first time in his career, has now won three consecutive Lucas Oil MLRA feature events.

Vaught captured the DirtonDirt.com Pole through qualifying action for the 4th time this season and jumped to the early lead. Vaught’s lead would be short lived, as outside front row starter Jesse Stovall, swept around Vaught on lap four to take over the top spot. Vaught would settle into second with JC Wyman solidly in third.

Lap traffic would quickly come into play on the 3/8 mile speedway, as Stovall who was setting a blistering pace rolled upon the tail of the field. Just as Stovall crossed the start finish line on lap ten, he would have to make a quick decision with lap traffic entering turn one. The Billings, MO driver and 2016 MLRA champ, would split the middle between a pair of cars, and as he pointed the nose to the bottom he would make hard contact with the inside berm of the speedway sending the race leader around and out of the race.

Vaught would inherit the lead on the restart with twenty laps to go, now with Wyman and series point leader Chad Simpson directly behind him. Vaught would dominate the restart and take to the top side to stretch out the advantage over the remainder of the race which would go caution free. However, with just a handful of circuits remaining Simpson would use lapped traffic to again chase down the 1v of Vaught.

Simpson would make multiple attempts to grab the lead on the bottom of the speedway. Taking the white flag, the duo exited turn two side by side with Simpson on the bottom and Vaught on the top. The two leaders would come together and both go sideways in the center of the back straight-a-way. Fortunately for both, they would return to the throttle and battle off turn number four with Vaught holding onto the top spot for his sixth MLRA win of the season. Simpson finished second, marking his third consecutive top three while JC Wyman duplicated his best finish of the season in third. Tony Jackson, Jr. came home in fourth as Logan Martin would come homr in 5th.

Vaught who was tangled up in heat race action, said of his race car, “The car wasn’t right in the feature, we barely got to the line-up in time and still something was broke on the right front. We’ll get that thing fixed and get a little faster, we’re just doing what we have to do right now.”

Simpson who was making his first ever start at Monett explained following the race, “Will is on fire, he’s got a good race car right now. We are inching and getting closer and closer. I tried to squeeze him a little bit there at the end and gave him just enough room. It was good hard racing, that was fun,” exclaimed Simpson who now maintains a 24-point advantage over Vaught in the championship battle.

For JC Wyman, his third place run was ever so close to his second career MLRA win. With a clear view of the last lap contact between the leaders he commented, “When they got together I seen smoke and two cars going sideways, and I thought oh boy here we go, sometimes it pays to be in the right place but I’ll take a third-it’s like a win the way this year has been going.”

Coming up next for the MLRA will be their season finale at the Lucas Oil Speedway. The “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” in Wheatland, MO will host the 5th Annual Fall Nationals on Friday and Saturday, October 12th and 13th. Friday nights action will pay $3,000 to win, while Saturday’s season finale will pay out $5,000.

Ebert family doubles the fun while Robbins sets Top Fuel Hydro record at Diamond Drag Boat Nationals

September 13th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri- Shelby Ebert repeated her Pro Mod championship at the 8th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals on Sunday at Lucas Oil Speedway, but this celebration was even better than a year ago.

That’s because Ebert’s dad, Todd Ebert, won the Quick Eliminator final a few minutes prior. So when Shelby followed up, it became an absolute day to remember for Team Ebert.

“It’s a really big day, a father-daughter win,” a smiling Todd Ebert said. “We did this years ago in Oklahoma. It doesn’t happen very often. And this tops that.”

That was about seven years ago when Shelby was a 16-year-old working her way up through the ranks in a sportsman class. This time, both took home pro division trophies on a day that saw blazing speeds on Lake Lucas.

In a record-breaking Top Fuel Hydro final, Mike Robbins in “Nitro Nuts” went an 875-foot record 243.9502 miles per hour in 3.23 seconds. He beat season points leader and No. 1 qualifier Tyler Speer who recorded a 232.077 speed at 3.26 seconds in “Shockwave.”

Other pro division winners included Andy Reynolds in “Running with Scissors” (Top Alcohol Hydro), Bill Diez in “War Party” (Top Alcohol Flat) and Theresa Ward in “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” (Pro Outlaw).

But no one doubled up like the Ebert family of Wamego, Kansas. Shelby Ebert, driving her hot-pink “Can’t Touch This” beat Rob Burklin’s “The Pearl” by the narrowest of margins, .0013 seconds with a speed of 165 miles per hour. Todd Ebert drove “Another Wet Dream” to the win over Tip Draffen’s “Haulin Glass.” Both drivers red-lighted at the start, but Ebert got the win by not jumping the start as much.

“This is incredible,” Shelby Ebert said. “I can’t even describe the feeling, when your Dad is successful and you are as well.”

She was sitting in the holding area watching Todd Ebert’s race and didn’t know how it turned out, as both Todd and had red lights on the takeoff. Todd Ebert’s minus-.0269 time reaction violation was less than Draffen’s minus-.1292.

“When I heard on the radio that he won, I got doubly excited,” Shelby Ebert said. “At that point, it didn’t really matter what I did. I was just relieved and happy that he won. That’s great for us. If I won, that’s stellar and if I got second it’s still a great day.”

But Ebert admitted, one she found out she had won in the close duel with Burklin, that the win was extra special. Her first Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series win a year ago was at the top of her career list – until Sunday.

“That father-daughter championship definitely is number one. My first win here a year ago was definitely number two,” she said. “We’re not ever going to be able to re-do these times in our lives. It’s great to be able to enjoy this with him.”

The Top Fuel Hydro final, on a day in which excessive wind delayed the action a couple of times, was one for the books with both top seeds blazing down the track.

“I just want to thank all the fans for hanging out today and waiting for the wind to die down so we could put on a show,” said Robbins, who also won the 2016 Diamond Drag Boat Nationals. “And I think we put on a pretty good show.

“Hats off to Tyler. I’ve been chasing him all year so I owe him one.”

Rusty Schlenk Overcomes Adversity For $2,000 ALMS Win At Oakshade Raceway

September 13th, 2018

The final American Late Model Series (ALMS) event of the season at Oakshade Raceway produced some incredible racing action in which Rusty Schlenk had to overcome adversity to earn the $2,000 pay day.

Just making the 30-lap ALMS feature proved to be quite a feat. Ryan Missler and Rusty Schlenk had an epic battle for the lead in their heat race, racing side by side and swapping the lead a couple times with slide jobs and crossovers. Unfortunately for Schlenk, he was spun out after sliding up right in front of Missler in turn one on the final lap of the heat race which gave Missler the heat race win and forced Rusty to the last chance race which he would win.

Missler then started on the pole of the ALMS feature with Schlenk starting 16th. Missler, still looking for his first Oakshade feature win of the year after being close a couple times, darted out to a big lead early and appeared to be poised to make it to victory lane. Oakshade points contender Steve Kester got caught up in a accident with a lapped car while running in third, bringing out the yellow flag on lap 16 and forcing him to the pits. Kester would return to the race one lap down. McClure, Ohio’s Rusty Schlenk had worked his way up to fourth by this time and would restart in the second row of the double-file restart behind Missler and Chad Finley. One lap after the restart, Schlenk moved up to second and then another caution period would put Missler and Schlenk side by side for the restart in front of the field. The two drivers then continued their epic battle for the lead, just as they had in the heat race. Schlenk was able to finally gain the lead on lap 22 after multiple laps of door to door racing. Schlenk went on to pick up his fifth feature win of the year at Oakshade Raceway. Point leader Devin Shiels looks to have all but sewn up a second consecutive late model point championship at Oakshade with a second place finish with only one more night of UMP Late Model points racing left on the schedule. Ryan Missler slipped back to finish third, but with Kester’s misfortune earlier in the race, the Bellevue, Ohio driver moved up to second in the points. Chad Finley finished fourth and ALMS point leader Casey Noonan took fifth.

Mathew Chapman racked up his fourth consecutive AmeriGas UMP Sportsman feature win, which earned him the point lead for the first time this season with only two weeks until season championship night. Tim Fisher suffered a blown engine a couple weeks back and announced he was done for the season even though he was sitting fourth in points. Another racer stepped up and helped get a new power plant into the 4 car and that powered Fisher to a second place finish in the feature. Mike Jessen entered the night with the points lead, but after finishing third, he now trails Chapman by three points. Jerry Signor and Josh Robertson were the rest of the top five finishers.

Up until Saturday night, only two drivers had won the Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber A Mains all season long. One of those drivers, Jeff Foks Jr., started on the pole appeared to be on his way to win number six after leading much of the first part of the race. Multiple cautions kept the field tight and after one of the restarts, Foks’ car fell off the pace and dropped through the field. That turned the lead over to Sylvania, Ohio’s Adam Noonan who went on to become only the third different Bomber A Main winner this season. Cody Houston capped off a nice run with a second place finish with Chris Henry, who has six A Main wins, finishing in third. Ryder Price, winner of last week’s B Main, started outside the top 10 and managed a fourth place finish. Rich Riffe finished fifth.

The Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber point battle tightened up after Jeff Foks’ mechanical issues knocked him back to a 15th place finish. Foks remains atop the points with Rich Riffe and Adam Noonan within 60 points.

The Compact class has a new point leader after Saturday night’s action. Nathan Goodman out of Wauseon, Ohio, posted his third feature win out of the last five events which catapulted him to the top of the point standings in an incredibly tight point battle with Eric Carr and Joe Elliot. Those three drivers are separated by less than 10 points. Last week’s feature winner, Ken Watts came up one spot short this week and ended up finishing second with Joe Elliot and Eric Carr third and fourth respectively. Jason Deshler started on the pole and ended up fifth.

Rain put a halt to the night’s final event, the Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber B Main. Zach Stotz took the early lead, but only one lap could be officially completed before a light rain started to fall and made the track too slick to race on. Officials tried to wait out the brief shower and it appeared as though the field was just a couple of laps away from going back to green when bigger drops began falling once again. Driver’s were then sent to the pits after it was decided the race would be made up next week.

So now in addition to the special $800 to win UMP Modifieds, AmeriGas UMP Sportsman, Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bombers and Compacts show, there will be an extra Bomber B Main run this coming Saturday, September 8. Gates open at 4pm with hot laps starting at 6pm. Racing will begin at 7pm sharp!