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Ernie Leftwich promoted to Lucas Oil MLRA Series Director

November 19th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – Lucas Oil MLRA Officials are pleased to announce the promotion of former Assistant Series Director Ernie Leftwich to the role of Series Director. Leftwich has been a longtime series official and spearheaded much of the series business and operations since Lucas Oil purchased the tour prior to the 2013 season.

“I’ve been a part of the series in one way or another form 20 years,” commented Leftwich. “I want to thank Dan Robinson for his continued support over the past five years. I’ve learned a lot form him and respect the leadership example he’s instilled in me. I wish nothing more than to continue the same practices and goals we’ve always had for the series. I would also like to add a thank you to Lucas Oil Products and my entire family. The opportunity also would not be possible without the support of Gary Hubert and Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, I’m grateful to them as well!”

Previously Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson held the title of Series Director. With additional responsibilities at the track and an ever growing events schedule and facility, he is excited for Leftwich to assume a larger role.

Ernie has a great passion for the MLRA and Dirt Late Model Racing in general,” commented Robinson. “As my role with the speedway has continued to expand, it was a natural fit for Ernie to step up and take the reins of the series and lead it forward into its 30th year. I will always have a soft spot myself for MLRA and appreciate all that Harriett and Cowboy did to build it into one of the nation’s premier Late Model series. I’ll still be at the races from time to time, but I am excited to have Ernie get his much deserved chance to lead the organization moving forward.”

For those attending the Heartland Motorsports Show this weekend, be sure to stop and see Ernie and the crew at the Lucas Oil MLRA booth. They will be releasing the entire schedule of events for the 30th season, including the season opener at LaSalle Speedway, which will pay $5,000 and $15,000 to win, on March 30 and 31.

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

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

Pollard Reigns Supreme in Pro Late Models at Governor’s Cup

November 18th, 2017

SENOIA, Ga. — Bubba Pollard busted out a few tricks during the final laps of Saturday’s Pro Late Model 100 during Governor’s Cup weekend at New Smyrna Speedway. Those tricks turned into treats when the Senoia, GA driver made a pass for the lead with five laps to go and pulled away to score the victory.

Pollard qualified eighth for the 100-lap race and started from that same position. He patiently maneuvered through the field and made his way into the top five prior to the halfway mark.

On a lap 45 restart, Pollard used a strong move on the outside to take second and the battle for the lead was on from there. He stalked the back bumper of Cole Anderson’s No. 97 throughout much of the race’s second half before finally making the pass for the lead with five laps remaining.

“I was really riding behind him there,” Pollard said. “I was going to make a move with about 25 laps to go and I thought he was burning the right rear tire off of it. I stayed right there and it never really went away on him. So, I figured he would make a mistake and he never did. It was good hard clean racing. I had to make stuff happen with five to go but we never touched and it was a lot of fun.”

Another strong run was in store for Pollard in Sunday’s Florida Governor’s Cup 200. He qualified second for that race and battled near the front during the first half of the race. Pollard briefly took over the lead from eventual race winner Ty Majeski on lap 118.

After making a few adjustments on pit road during a competition caution on lap 122, the No. 26 Anderson’s Maple Syrup car was never the same. Pollard gave up the lead on lap 124 and settled for a runner-up finish.

“We just made some bad decisions on pit road,” Pollard stated. “We just didn’t adjust for the 75-lap run which was the part of the race he was better than us. It’s just a part of racing; we’ll see what we can do at the Derby.”

Pollard’s next race will be his biggest of the season when he travels to Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby on Sunday, December 3. He’ll pull double duty by competing in the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 for Pro Late Models on Saturday, December 2.

Race fans unable to attend the race can watch Pollard all week long via a television-style broadcast on Speed51.com.

For more information on Bubba Pollard, visit www.bubbapollard.com, follow him on Twitter, @BubbaPollard26 and “Like” his Facebook fan page, Bubba Pollard Racing.

Contact: Brandon Paul, 51 Sports – Email: brandon@speed51.com

From first feature win to Lucas Oil Speedway Street Stock track championship, Ott enjoyed a memorable 2017

November 17th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri- Among the four track champions in 2017 at Lucas Oil Speedway, perhaps there was no more popular one among the local fans than Toby Ott in the Big O Tires Street Stocks.

The long-time hometown racer from Wheatland, after a few weeks to reflect on a first championship that included five feature victories, said the title “means a heck of a lot more than I ever thought it would.”

Ott said the prizes and perks are obviously wonderful, but said the handshakes and pats on the back – often from strangers – top everything. “I’ve had responses from fans and people that are somewhat local, people that I didn’t even realize were race fans,” Ott said. “I’ve had people say, ‘I never really cared about the races, but you were running there so I started going.’ That’s pretty neat.”

Ott, who has been racing dirt since 2002, began the season with the goal of capturing a track championship. This despite never winning a feature on his hometown oval before finally breaking through – after many near-misses – for the first time on May 13.

Winning soon became a habit as Ott added four more feature triumphs and opened a comfortable points lead heading into the home stretch of the schedule. He finished 74 points in front of runner-up Kenny Carroll. “The first win taught me what it takes to win,” Ott said. “It’s one thing to be leading the whole race, but it’s another thing to close the deal. Once I figured that out, it pretty much opened the door. I didn’t keep making the same mistakes.

“You learn a tremendous amount when you win. There’s a lot of people who have led a lot of laps that haven’t been able to completely close the deal with the end result. So it makes a tremendous difference getting that first one under your belt.” Ott cited a couple of other keys to his season. One was opening himself to accepting support from others. While that might sound simple, he said that wasn’t the case for someone who always preferred “to do most everything myself.” “I found out that it takes help and support. You can’t be successful by trying to do everything, yourself, all the time,” Ott said. Specific help came from Trey Rutherford, his dad Bob Ott and Don Howe. Even Chris Davis of sponsor Midwest Sheet Metal sometimes pitched in on race nights and always provided moral support.

Another key was the commitment to running a GM crate motor in 2017. Ott said the crate costs less than half of the open motors a lot guys in the Street Stock division run. While sacrificing some horsepower, the crate proved a great fit to Ott’s driving style and pocketbook. “I’ve always tried to do more, with less,” he said. “I wanted to give the crate deal a shot. From what I understood about it, I knew how dependable and reliable it is. (Modified racer) Mike Striegel made me a really good deal on it. I bought it used from him, so I have to give Mike a big thanks as well. He knew what it could do.”

Ott’s sponsors include Jeff Freeman and Hobbytime Motorsports, where Ott is a service manager. He also gets support from Midwest Sheet Metal, TNT Quick Shop, Striegel’s Outlaw Race Bodies, Buck’s Service Center and Loehr Auto Sales and Construction. Looking ahead, Ott is uncertain about making a run at a repeat championship because the commitment to points race is so intense. But he always will have the title “track champion” alongside his name from now on. That never can be erased. Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the tentative 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Click LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

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

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

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2017 marked the 7th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series were held in 2017. New for 2017 was all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events. Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest!

National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

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

Young Bryant takes first Lucas Oil Speedway track championship with B-Mod crown in 2017

November 16th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Most successful race-car drivers always strive for more and Andy Bryant is no different.  Bryant, the 18-year-old up-and-comer from Fort Scott, Kansas, is proud of a championship season in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod division at Lucas Oil Speedway. Bryant won four times en route to his first track title at Lucas, where he finished 148 points in front of runner-up Kris Jackson.

But a couple of features that got away stick out in Bryant’s memory. He was leading in both when mechanical failures left him with DNFs – and damaging hits in the USRA B-Mod National Championship chase.  The (track) championship was obviously good,” Bryant said. “But we were striving for a bit more. Those two wins at Lucas when we were leading probably cost us the (national) championship.”

Bryant wound up 29 points behind Ryan Gillmore in his bid for another national title to go with the one he captured in 2015. Still, Bryant wound up with an impressive 21 wins and 45 top-five finishes in 62 USRA starts in 2017.  “Whenever you get 21 wins, it’s hard not to call it a successful year in the racing business,” Bryant said. “Most people call 10 wins a pretty successful year. So yeah, it was a good year for us.”

Winning the B-Mod title at Lucas Oil Speedway is no small feat. It’s the class with the largest average car count and some of the most-competitive racing, with the likes of Jackson, Shawn Strong, Mike Striegel and many others capable of winning. “When you’re racing with people like those guys … they race you clean but they race you hard,” Bryant said. “A week or two before the season championship Kris, Strong and myself were trading spots for the lead about every lap. I don’t think we got into each other very much, except for one incident and that was because we were three-wide.

“It’s incredibly fun to race like that. Last year whenever Kris and I would race, we would be on each other’s doors and we would always get out after the race and tell each other ‘good job’ and then do it again the next week. You can really push each other.” For Bryant, a senior at Fort Scott High School, it was a successful debut year in a new Moyer Victory Circle Modified. Crew members included Matt Bingham and Brandon Pitts.

Bryant said it was a season of maturity for him behind the wheel as he aimed for consistency. “I tried to be a smarter driver,” Bryant said. “Instead of going full-out blazing every lap like some people do, I worked on consistency. Maybe I wasn’t the quickest every lap, but being where I’m not making as many mistakes as before.”

Looking ahead to 2018, Bryant said there’s a possibility the team could upgrade engines and test the USRA Modified waters, but it’s more likely he will return for another year in the B-Mod. “Winter plans are to get all my school work lined up so I can start racing in March, and work on making the car a little better,” Bryant said.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the tentative 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com. Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984. In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

About Lucas Oil Speedway

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

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2017 marked the 7th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series were held in 2017. New for 2017 was all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

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

Ninety-five champions emerge from Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series in 2017

November 16th, 2017

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa–After nearly 700 nights of racing from January through October at 50 of America’s most popular dirt ovals, officials at the United States Racing Association have announced 95 champions for 2017 in the Summit Racing Equipment USRA Weekly Racing Series.

Among them are seven national champions, 13 regional champions, five special series champions and 70 track champions from 20 different states.

In the national points races, four drivers are first-time USRA national champions, two others earned their second titles in their class and one is now a four-time national champ in his division.

Jason Cummins of New Richland, Minn., started the season strong and never slowed down on his way to winning his second USRA Modified national championship since winning his first in 2010. While earning track championships at both the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn., and Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., Cummins rolled into victory lane 20 times in his 44 starts.

Cummins held off a late-season charge by C.A. Nix of Lawton, Okla., who had a strong season at his hometown track and the Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, as well as the Touring Outlaw Modified Series (TOMS).

Lake Ozark Speedway (Ozark, Mo.) track champion Ryan Middaugh of Fulton, Mo., broke a tie with Dustin Sorensen of Rochester, Minn., by winning 14 features to Sorensen’s six, and Trevor Latham finished fifth in national points while claiming the track title at the Tri-State Speedway in Pocola, Okla.

Previous USRA Modified national champs include Lucas Schott (2016), Jake Gallardo (2015), Fito Gallardo (2014), Matt Dotson (2013), Brandon Davis (2012), Johnny Bone Jr. (2011), Jason Cummins (2010), Greg Skaggs (2009), Brad Waits (2007, 2008), Larry Herring (2006) and Ron Luitjens (2005).

Jason Cummins is the 2017 USRA Modified national champion.

Mitch Hovden looked to be well on his way to taking a fifth trophy back to Decorah, Iowa, in the Holley USRA Stock Car division, but a dominating season and strong finish at the Summit Racing Equipment USRA Nationals put Elijah ZeVenBergen of Ocheyeden, Iowa, over the top in the final two weeks of competition.

ZeVenBergen was nearly unstoppable in 2017, winning 18 main events in just 23 starts. He competed in just seven Iron Man Challenge events but won five of them, and was the track champion at the Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa.

While Hovden held on for runner-up honors in the national standings, it was the first time since the 2010 season that he did not wind up with a national championship or Iron Man Challenge title. He did, however, claim the track championship at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah.

2013 Holley USRA Stock Car national champion Donavon Flores of Las Cruces, N.M., finished third in the final points battle while Brett Heeter of Kansas City, Kan., capped off another stellar season with another track championship at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., and a fourth-place finish in national points. Jaime Torres of Las Cruces, N.M., came home in fifth place.

Previous Holley USRA Stock Car national champs include Mitch Hovden (2011, 2012, 2015, 2016), Justin Lasiter (2014), Donavon Flores (2013), Rich Gregoire (2010), Tory Reicks (2009), Tom Schmitt (2007, 2008) and Scotty Pratt (2006).

Elijah Zevenbergen is the 2017 Holley USRA Stock Car national champion.

Twenty-nine feature wins last year was not enough for Ryan Gillmore to win the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod national championship, but 29 wins again in 2017 did the trick for the 24-year-old from Springfield, Mo. He also repeated as track champion at both the Monett Motor Speedway in Monett, Mo., and Springfield Raceway.

Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, Mo.) track champion Andy Bryant of Fort Scott, Kan., who earned the title in 2015, finished second in the final standings after a tight three-way battle in the standings between himself, Gillmore and third-place finisher Dan Hovden of Decorah, Iowa, who joined his brother Mitch as a track champ at the Upper Iowa Speedway.

Jake Richards used a victory on Friday night at the Summit Racing Equipment USRA Nationals to garner a fourth-place finish while Kris Jackson of Lebanon, Mo., rounded out the top five.

Previous Out-Pace USRA B-Mod national champs include J.C. Morton (2016), Andy Bryant (2015), Chad Clancy (2014), Troy Hovey (2013), Scott Drake (2012), Brandon Hare (2010, 2011), Matt Jones (2007, 2008, 2009) and Tony Dunker (2006).

Ryan Gillmore is the 2017 Out-Pace USRA B-Mod national champion.

In 2015, Dustin Gulbrandson of Sioux Falls, S.D., became the first driver to win a second USRA Hobby Stock national championship, and he hasn’t budged from there since. Gulbrandson’s seven wins and 29 top-five finishes in 36 starts propelled him to a fourth straight title in 2017 to become the first driver to perform the feat four straight seasons.

Mason City Motor Speedway track champion Matt White of Nashua, Iowa, made a late-season run and picked up a win at the Summit Racing Equipment USRA Nationals, but had to settle for second-place in the final standings ahead of Waukon, Iowa’s Brady Link; Chad Lonneman of Adrian, Minn.; and Steve Larson of Decorah, Iowa, won claimed the USRA Hobby Stock track championship at the Fayette County Speedway in West Union, Iowa.

Previous USRA Hobby Stock national champs include Dustin Gulbrandson (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), Adam Cline (2013), Dillon Anderson (2012), Dan Strandberg (2011), Shane Klaassen (2010), Chris Hovden (2009). Jason McDaniel (2008), Mitch Hovden (2007) and Nathan Wood (2006).

Dustin Gulbrandson is the 2017 USRA Hobby Stock national champion.

For the first time in history, a national champion will be recognized in the USRA Late Model division, and his name is Lance Hofer of Cochrane, Wis. While nailing the track championship at Bob Timm’s Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis., Hofer recorded 15 wins in his 22 starts at five different race tracks.

Justin Sass of Elgin, Minn., will be the runner-up in the class, followed by Matt LaDuke of Cochrane, Wis.; Shaun Mann of Buffalo City, Wis.; and Derek Nelson of Ashland, Wis.

Lance Hofer is the 2017 USRA Late Model national champion.

A new division to the USRA family in 2017, the USRA Tuner division will also crown its first national champion. Holding off his brother for the title, Kyle Balik of Fort Atkinson, Iowa, emerged as the USRA Tuner national champ while his brother, Mitch Balik, finished in the second spot.

Claremont, Iowa’s Steve Lane wound up third, Fayette County Speedway track champion Dylan Clinton finished fourth and Mason City Motor Speedway track champ Ryan Bryant of Mason City was fifth.

Kyle Balik is the 2017 USRA Tuner national champion.

The 2017 racing season was the second year for the USRA Limited Mods, and it was another dominating performance by Jordan Eddleman of Kirtland, N.M., who claimed his second national title as well as the track championship at the Aztec Speedway in Aztec, N.M.

Aztec’s John Hanks Jr. was the runner-up in the final standings, Albuquerque’s Brittany Yates wound up third, Sergio Luengas of Farmington, N.M., finished fourth and Travis Montgomery of La Plata, N.M., completed the top five.

Jordan Eddleman is the 2017 USRA Limited Mod national champion.

Another new incentive was added in 2017 for drivers competing in the Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series with the additional of regional points championships in four divisions. In all, 13 drivers claimed titles in regional action, which gave heavier weight to those drivers who support more USRA tracks.

The following drivers claimed Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series regional championships in 2017:

CP-Carrillo Central Region presented by MVT: Ryan Middaugh, Fulton, Mo. (USRA Modifieds), Dean Wray, Jamesport, Mo. (Holley USRA Stock Cars) and Jake Richards, Lansing, Kan. (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).

Ryan Middaugh is the 2017 CP-Carrillo Central Region champion for the USRA Modifieds.

MSD Performance Southwest Region presented by MVT: Fito Gallardo, Las Cruces, N.M. (USRA Modifieds), Jaime Torres, Las Cruces, N.M. (Holley USRA Stock Cars) and Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces, N.M. (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).

Summit Racing Equipment Mid-American Region presented by MVT: Trevor Latham, Rogers, Ark. (USRA Modifieds) and Mike Hailmann, Reeds Spring, Mo. (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).

Summit Racing Equipment Northern Region presented by MVT: Jason Cummins, New Richland, Minn. (USRA Modifieds), Luke Sathoff, Jackson, Minn. (Holley USRA Stock Cars), Jayden Larson, Mankato, Minn. (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods) and Dustin Gulbrandson, Sioux Falls, S.D. (USRA Hobby Stocks).

Summit Racing Equipment Southern Region presented by MVT: C.A. Nix, Lawton, Okla. (USRA Modifieds).

Five drivers also scored titles in five classes in special USRA-sanctioned series.

For the second straight year, Triston Dycus of Waxahachie, Texas, claimed the title of champion of the Touring Outlaw Modified Series (TOMS) which staged 18 USRA Modified points races during the 2017 campaign.

The Iron Man Challenge saw two first-time champions in Derek Green of Granada, Minn. (Holley USRA Stock Cars) and Dan Hovden of Decorah, Iowa (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).

Derek Green is the 2017 Iron Man Challenge champion in the Holley USRA Stock Car division.

The first season for the Southwest Touring Series saw R.C. Combs of Rio Rancho, N.M. claim the Holley USRA Stock Car title while Josh Cain of Moriarity, N.M. came out on top in the Out-Pace USRA B-Mods.

Last, but certainly not least, Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series competitors battled it out throughout 2017 as dozens of USRA Member Tracks, with 70 track championships being earned along the way. The following drivers earned track championships in 2017:

Atchison County Raceway (Atchison, Kan.) – Anthony Robertson, Savannah, Mo. (Holley USRA Stock Cars); Kyle Henning, Atchison (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).

Aztec Speedway (Aztec, N.M.) – Jason Keeler, Farmington (USRA Modifieds); Jeramy Bradley, Aztec (Holley USRA Stock Cars); Christopher Higgins, Bloomfield (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods); Jordan Eddleman, Kirtland (USRA Limited Mods).

Callaway Raceway (Fulton, Mo.) – Robbie Reed, Mexico (USRA Modifieds).

Caney Valley Speedway (Caney, Kan.) – Caleb Edwards, South Coffeyville, Okla. (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).

Central Missouri Speedway (Warrensburg) – Jim Moody, Odessa (USRA Modifieds); Jacob Ebert, Oak Grove (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).

Chateau Raceway (Lansing, Minn.) – Jason Cummins, New Richland (USRA Modifieds); Kadden Kath, Owatonna (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).

Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, Minn.) – Jason Cummins, New Richland (USRA Modifieds); Dustin Kruse, Brandon, S.D. (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).

Devil’s Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, Texas) – Max Eddie Thomas, Quinlan (USRA Modifieds).

Fayette County Speedway (West Union, Iowa) – Lynn Panos, Calmar (Holley USRA Stock Cars); Trevor Fecht, Allison (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods); Steve Larson, Decorah (USRA Hobby Stocks); Dylan Clinton, Elkader (USRA Tuners).

Flint Creek Speedway (Colcord, Okla.) – Steve Holzkamper, Gentry, Ark. (USRA Modifieds); Levi Phillips, Neosho, Mo. (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).

I-35 Speedway (Winston, Mo.) – Dennis Elliott, Mount Ayr, Iowa (USRA Modifieds); Dean Wray, Jamesport (Holley USRA Stock Cars); Bud Wilson, Trenton (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).

Lake Ozark Speedway (Eldon, Mo.) – Ryan Middaugh, Fulton (USRA Modifieds); Adam Hall, Columbia (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).

Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, Kan.) – Nic Bidinger, Perry (USRA Modifieds); Brett Heeter, Kansas City (Holley USRA Stock Cars); Brad Smith, Belton, Mo. (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).

Lawton Speedway (Lawton, Okla.) – James Reed, Oklahoma City (USRA Modifieds).

Legit Speedway Park (West Plains, Mo.) – Sawyer Crigler, Alton (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).

Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, Mo.) – Jeff Cutshaw, Bolivar (USRA Modifieds); Andy Bryant, Fort Scott, Kan. (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).

Mason City Motor Speedway (Mason City, Iowa) – J.D. Auringer, Evansdale (USRA Modifieds); Luke Sathoff, Jackson, Minn. (Holley USRA Stock Cars); Brandon Hare, Elma (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods); Matt White, Nashua (USRA Hobby Stocks); Ryan Bryant, Mason City (USRA Tuners).

Midway Speedway (Lebanon, Mo.) – Tyler Brown, Richland (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).

Mississippi Thunder Speedway (Fountain City, Wis.) – Josh Angst, Winona, Minn. (USRA Modifieds); Lance Hofer, Cochrane (USRA Late Models); Parker Hale, Grand Meadow, Minn. (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods); Steve Holthaus, Cresco, Iowa (USRA Hobby Stocks).

Monett Motor Speedway (Monett, Mo.) – Jackie Dalton, Carthage (USRA Modifieds); Ryan Gillmore, Springfield (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).

Nobles County Speedway (Worthington, Minn.) – Luke Sathoff, Jackson (Holley USRA Stock Cars); Cullen DeRuyter, Ruthton (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods); Dan Strandberg, Worthington (USRA Hobby Stocks); Scott Espey, Alpha (USRA Tuners).

North Central Arkansas Speedway (Flippin, Ark.) – Jason Snodgrass, Mountain Home (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).

Rapid Speedway (Rock Rapids, Iowa) – Elijah ZeVenBergen, Ocheyeden (Holley USRA Stock Cars); Tyler Johnson, Montrose, S.D. (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods); Blake Arends, Little Rock (USRA Hobby Stocks).

RPM Speedway (Crandall, Texas) – Jack Sartain, Terrell (USRA Modifieds).

Southern New Mexico Speedway (Las Cruces, N.M.) – Bumper Jones, Mesilla Park (USRA Modifieds); Jaime Torres, Las Cruces (Holley USRA Stock Cars); Jimmy Ray, Las Cruces (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).

Southern Oklahoma Speedway (Ardmore, Okla.) – Kyle Robinson, Pilot Point Texas (USRA Modifieds).

Springfield Raceway (Springfield, Mo.) – Jackie Dalton, Carthage (USRA Modifieds); Ryan Gillmore, Springfield (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).

Tri-State Speedway (Pocola, Okla.) – Trevor Latham, Rogers Ark. (USRA Modifieds); Lonny Flanagan, Rudy Ark. (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).

U.S. 36 Raceway (Osborn, Mo.) – Zach Sanders, Kearney (USRA Modifieds); Alvie Christofferson, St. Joseph (Holley USRA Stock Cars); Tim Eaton, St. Joseph (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).

Upper Iowa Speedway (Decorah, Iowa) – Mitch Hovden, Decorah (Holley USRA Stock Cars); Dan Hovden, Decorah (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods); Brady Link, Waukon (USRA Hobby Stocks).

Valley Speedway (Grain Valley, Mo.) – Tony Layne, Kansas City (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).

Wichita Speedway (Wichita Falls, Texas) – Tommy Fain, Abilene (USRA Modifieds).

Awards Banquet: The United States Racing Association will host its annual awards banquet for drivers competing in this year’s Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City.

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

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

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

Those attending this year’s celebration are encouraged to reserve their rooms as soon as possible to take advantage of huge savings. For reservations, call the Ameristar Casino Hotel at (816) 414-7435 and request the USMTS discounted room rate.

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

Tickets will go on sale this month.

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

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

The AAA-rated three-diamond full-service 184-room hotel includes 36 mini and 12 king suites. All rooms feature luxury furnishings, plasma-screen televisions, one king-sized or two queen-sized beds, mini refrigerators and in-room safes. Each king suite contains a bar, an in-room dining area and custom artwork. Non-smoking and wheelchair accessible rooms are available.

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

Situated on 183-acres immediately east of the Interstate 435 Missouri River bridge (at 210 Highway), Ameristar Casino Hotel is only seven miles east of downtown Kansas City.

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

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Central Missouri Speedway Crowns Champions and Continues Building 2018 Schedule!

November 15th, 2017

(Warrensburg, Missouri) Central Missouri Speedway (CMS) officially closed its 2017 race season last weekend by crowning its champions in each of the five weekly race divisions. This year, 280 drivers competed at CMS during weekly competition. Between the weekly, guest classes, and special-events racing, a total of 327 races were held throughout the year, among these races were 82 feature events in which 34 different drivers claimed at least one main-event victory.

The season now closed will go down in history as one of the most exciting seasons in the track’s history. The average car count for the season was 90 across 20 race nights. Pure Stock and Street Stock average car counts were 17. The new weekly racing class Midwest Mod-Lites produced 19 cars on average. There were 22 USRA Modifieds present on average throughout the year while USRA B-Mod drivers came out in full force with an average of 24 drivers on hand each week.

Pure Stocks continued to be a crowd favorite at CMS. In 2017, there were an additional 15 new drivers who competed in weekly racing compared to 2016. This season, 46 drivers competed in Pure Stock events with 7 different drivers claiming feature wins throughout the year.

For the second-consecutive season, Calhoun, Missouri’s Rodger Detherage claimed the point’s championship. Throughout the year, Detherage drove to a pair of main events and outpaced this season’s Pure Stock Rookie of the Year Joey Harper, who finished second in the standings, to claim his latest championship. Scott Martin earned most improved driver of the year.

A total of 78 different drivers participated in B-Mod action at CMS this year. There were 5 different main event winners during USRA B-Mod action this season. Oak Grove, Missouri’s Jacob Ebert claimed his fourth-consecutive CMS B-Mod title by finishing in the top five on 14 occasions during 16 race nights. Ebert claimed four main-event wins on his way to his latest championship over LaMonte, Missouri’s Cody Frazon, who was this season’s most improved driver. This year’s B-Mod Rookie of the year is Jacob Callahan.

Midwest Mod-Lites joined the CMS weekly contingent of racers in 2017, which saw 35 different drivers participate throughout the season. There were seven different drivers who claimed main event victories. Eventual champion Dillon Raffurty won seven main events and found his way to the top five on 14 occasions out of 15 races entered. The Mod-Lite Rookie of the year is Cody Miller.

CMS found itself amid a Street Stock resurgence in 2017 as 46 drivers competed throughout the season with seven different drivers taking main-event victories. Warrensburg driver Brett Wood captured his third Street Stock championship in the last four seasons after taking one feature win along with 13 top-five finishes in 15 appearances. The year’s most improved Street Stock driver is veteran Chad Eickleberry.

The ‘Mighty’ Modified drivers competed in 16 main events throughout the year with 75 drivers on the final standings sheet. Eight different drivers collected main event wins during the season. Next season, drivers will get to experience an all-new purse, which starts at $1,000 and works its way down in 100 dollar increments. However, there are chances for the winning driver to walk away with either $1200 or $1,500 depending on a count of 24 cars and a random draw.

Ten years after first capturing a CMS feature win, Jim Moody of Odessa, Missouri became a first-time CMS champion and ruled this year’s USRA Modified action. Moody visited victory lane five times and notched 11 top-five finishes in 16 starts to outpace Edgerton, Kansas Driver and this year’s most improved driver, Dalton Kirk, who finished second. All statistical information courtesy of Track Statistician Glyda Jaeger.

Since first announcing the 2018 CMS race dates back in early August, the CMS crew remained busy populating some of the details of next year’s events. The tentative schedule for next year includes 24 nights of racing from the April 21st season opener to the season-ending second annual ‘Street Stock Showdown,’ which moves to the third week of September in 2018. All total, 8 special-event nights appear on the schedule. Weekly race divisions are Pure Stocks, USRA B-Mods, Midwest Mod-Lites, Street Stocks, and USRA Modifieds.

Special events throughout the year are planned for all the weekly race divisions with special appearances for ULMA Late Models on at least two occasions and E-Mods. Stay tuned to the CMS website for additional schedule additions and details as they are confirmed for each of the special event weekends throughout the season. For a complete look at the schedule click on the Schedule link at www.centralmissourispeedway.net.

Find news and information by pointing your browser to www.centralmissourispeedway.net. The Website includes standings, results, schedule, news, and much more! Stay current with CMS on Twitter @CMSgoing_green. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Central-Missouri-Speedway. Join our email group by emailing info@centralmissourispeedway.net. Find CMS on YouTube at CMS Going Green!

CMS wishes to thank its 2017 primary sponsors for their support including Cliff Harris Warrensburg Ford, Budweiser, KMZU 100.7 FM, Sunoco Race Fuels, Midwest Coatings, Better Country KIX 105.7, KSDL, and KSIS FM, Comfort Inn Warrensburg Station, KRLI FM 103.9 & KAOL 101.3 FM The Grenade, Pepsi, 610 Sports Radio Kansas City, College Town Apartments of Warrensburg, and Heartland Waste.

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

Green Flag Pit Party Returns Bigger & Better at Snowball Derby

November 14th, 2017

Pensacola, FL — Race fans who are heading to Pensacola, Florida for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby will once again be in for a full week of excitement at Five Flags Speedway beginning Wednesday night, November 29 with the Green Flag Pit Party. This year, the Wednesday night activities are getting a high-octane facelift for the momentous occasion.

While the day includes load-in and preliminary technical inspection for Late Model teams, things begin to get cranking at 6 p.m. CT with the qualifying draw for both the Snowball Derby and Allen Turner Snowflake 100. New for this season, the draw will be held in a tent in the fan zone at Five Flags Speedway so that the track can be race ready.

For the first time in Derby history, racing will be held as a part of the Wednesday night activities with the 50-lap feature for the Lloyd’s Glass Pure Stocks kicking off the racing action for the week. It is the first of a couple of tweaks for the first few nights of feature racing.

“We’re excited about it for several reasons. It’s going to take our Pure Stock division and put them on center stage. It’s also going to free up some pit area parking for our other divisions,” said Five Flags Speedway Promoter Tim Bryant. “We’re hoping to eliminate the outside parking. It will make Thursday flow a little better with the Outlaw Stocks and the Sportsman divisions. Of course, Friday night we expect a large turnout for the 75-lap Open-Wheel Modified race.”

Following the Pure Stock feature, the Green Flag Pit Party will open up in full for race fans with many activities and amenities including a DJ, large video screen and prize giveaways. The Chili for Charity contest benefitting the Pensacola Miracle League is also back. As in year’s past, the Green Flag Pit Party will be a chance for race fans from all over to meet and mingle with all the participants who will go door to door all week long.

Admission for Wednesday night is just $5 if purchased separately. Fans who purchase the $75 weekend long reserved ticket package will be able to attend Wednesday night’s activities free of charge.

The 50th Annual Snowball Derby will kick off on Wednesday, November 29 with racing for the first time in event history on a Wednesday night. The Pure Stock division will be in action for a 50-lap feature prior to the annual Green Flag Pit Party and all-important qualifying draw for Late Model drivers.

Late Models will hit the track for the first time on Thursday, November 30 prior to 50-lap features for the Sportsman and Outlaw Stock divisions later that night.

Friday, December 1 is the most intense day in all of short track racing. It’s qualifying day for the Snowball Derby. Also on Friday night, the Modifieds will get their spotlight as they do battle for 75 laps to crown their Snowball Derby champion.

Saturday, December 2 is Allen Turner Snowflake 100 race day. Qualifying for the Snowflake 100 will begin at 2 p.m. CT. A 50-lap last chance race for the Snowflake 100 will immediately follow qualifying. The 50-lap last chance race for the Snowball Derby will also be held on Saturday evening at the conclusion of the last chance race for the Snowflake 100.

The green flag for the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 will wave at 7 p.m. Also on Saturday night, the Pro Trucks will race for 50 laps to decide who takes their Snowball Derby victory.

Sunday, December 3 is the biggest day of the year in short track racing. It’s race day for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby. Pre-race festivities will begin at Noon CT. The class photo for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby will be taken on the frontstretch at 12:30. Driver introductions will follow at 1:15 p.m. The green flag for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby will wave at 2 p.m.

More information on the 50th Annual Snowball Derby can be found by visiting www.snowballderby.com and www.5flagsspeedway.com.

US 36 Raceway Dirt Track Awards Banquet this Saturday Night 11/18/2017!!!!

November 13th, 2017

This Saturday Night at Cameron Community Center let the fun begin as we present our 2017 Awards for US 36 Raceway Dirt Track!!! A night of fun and entertainment with Free Admission, Food, Pop, Desert and Beer for Drivers and Track Workers plus one guest with music to dance the night away after the Awards. All others will be $10 at the door or reserve tickets from Jon Boller @ (816) 752-3645. Everything starts around 7:00 pm with the doors opening at 6:00 pm at Cameron Community Center 915 N Ashland Drive Cameron, MO 64429. Judy Staley will have the camera ready for pictures so comb the hair if you have any and get that smile working this Saturday Night!

Se yall there!

Gustin an army of one in 2018

November 13th, 2017

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa–Ryan Gustin has won just about every title there is to win with the United States Modified Touring Series, and in 2018 he plans to add another new title to the list: team owner. And, of course, he’ll be driving the car too.

For the first time since his initial USMTS start more than 11 years ago, ‘The Reaper’ will be the sole judge, jury and executioner of his own operation as he ventures out in 2018 on the heels of a remarkable 2017 campaign behind the wheel of a team car out of the stable of Jason Hughes. “What a great year it has been-from winning some of the biggest crown jewels in dirt modified racing to just the tour races we participated in,” Gustin announced on his Reaper Nation Facebook Page. “We would like to take the time to thank each and every one of our sponsors and all the great people that came out and spent their hard-earned money to support the love we have for dirt track racing.”

Although the partnership with Hughes lasted a little less than a year, the team accomplished more in under 365 days than most will have on their résumé by the time they hang up the helmet. There are certainly no hard feelings, Gustin noted. In fact, he and Hughes will continue to work together in different ways and offer each other support before, during and after the races.

Moreover, the team did just about everything they set out to do during the last year. For Hughes, the expense of operating a two-car team is daunting. For Gustin, it allows him to be close to his family in Marshalltown, Iowa, but still have the race car just a few steps away. For Hughes’ long-time crew chief Steve Karver, it may just allow him to rediscover what a full night of sleep feels like. “We can’t thank Jason, Steve, Jay and the entire Hughes Racing Chassis tam for such a phenomenal year we had. We have already started to plan and prepare for the 2018 season and look forward to seeing everyone next year.”

Jason Hughes (left) chats with Ryan Gustin prior to the start of a race night in 2010 at the Outlaw Motor Speedway near Muskogee, Oklahoma. This was Gustin’s first event behind the wheel of the No. 19r Gressel Racing Modified. Except that he will be responsible for the bills and have complete control over his career, not much will change for Gustin with regards to the look of the race car or the parts and pieces that go into it.

“We’ll definitely still be racing a Hughes car next year,” Gustin said. “We’re also excited to be working with JRi Shocks, AFCO Brakes, FK Rod Ends and we’ll be on Hypercoil Springs. We’re just in the process of talking to our other sponsors and manufacturers right now and hope to have some exciting news in the near future. “Will run with the USMTS and probably find a few other races to go run with when USMTS isn’t racing.”

There is, however, one big change coming in 2018 when Gustin begins using powerplants from Tri Star Engines and Transmissions. Located in Baldwin, Wisconsin, Tri Star has been supplying racing engines and support for multi-time Wissota national champ Craig Thatcher for 20 years. We just made the trip up there this past week to meet with Dave, the owner, and take a look at their facilities,” Gustin added. “Their operation is impressive. I have no doubt these guys can get it done.”

Since 2010, Gustin has almost exclusively used Mullins Race Engines-a five-time USMTS Engine Builder of the Year Award winner. The last time Gustin had his own team (so to speak) was racing for his father Rick. Chasing USMTS checkers in 2009, he was in a Skyrocket and hammering down the highways in a dually pickup pulling an open trailer. Eight seasons, two titles, more than 90 wins and over $800,000 in earnings later he’s again an army of one.

Gustin made his USMTS debut on April 15, 2007, at the Quad Cities Raceway in East Moline, Illinois. It was a sign of things to come as Gustin won his heat race and started on the front row next to his brother, Richie Gustin. Mechanical woes kept them out of the winner’s circle. In August of 2008, he snagged his first of 94 career USMTS victories at the Highway 3 Raceway in Allison, Iowa, to become the youngest winner in USMTS history at 17 years, 10 months and 13 days old-a record that still stands today.

Ryan Gustin in victory lane at the Highway 3 Raceway in Allison, Iowa, after winning his first USMTS main event on August 28, 2008. After a strong run during his first season with Gressel Racing in 2010, the 2011 campaign saw a star born when a 20-year-old Gustin recorded the second-most wins in a single season and became the youngest driver to capture the USMTS national championship.

It was sweet vindication for Gustin after two straight seasons of runner-up finishes in the points despite entering the final weekend of competition with a title within reach. Gustin won 25 times in 2011 and led 750 main event laps compared to his closest competitor, Kelly Shryock, who led 287. Gustin repeated the feat in 2012… twice. He captured both the USMTS National Championship Series title as well as the first-ever USMTS Casey’s Cup Series crown to join Shryock as the only other multi-time champ. His earnings for the 2012 campaign eclipsed the $200,000 mark-yet another record for the rising star of the dirt modified racing world.

In September of 2016, Gustin parted ways with Gressel Racing just days after turning back Scott Bloomquist to win $40,000 at the USRA Modified Nationals at the Mississippi Thunder Speedway. The following month, Gustin teamed up with Hughes and began winning right out of the box. He won $20,000 at the USRA Fall Nationals at the Southern New Mexico Speedway before capturing a few thousand more dollars at the inaugural Chisholm Trail Showdown at the 81 Speedway.

The combination of Jason Hughes (12) and Ryan Gustin (19r) in 2017 was just as potent as many had predicted. Hughes went on to capture his fourth USMTS national title while Gustin won every crown jewel event on the calendar. With close to $200,000 in winning in 2017, Gustin won every big-time, big-money, high-profile event including a second King of America crown, The $50,000-to-win Masters, two our of three nights at the 19th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree and the Silver Dollar Nationals.

For his fans, the news of Gustin returning to the USMTS full time in 2017 is welcome and exciting news. For his competitors, not so much. USMTS Awards Banquet: The sponsors, crew members, drivers and their families will be celebrated at the annual USMTS awards banquet on Saturday, January 27, at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.

A record crowd of nearly 300 people attended last year’s gala, and this year’s party will once again be a joint effort for both the USMTS and United States Racing Association (USRA). Fans and members of the media are invited to attend too. Those attending this year’s celebration are encouraged to reserve their rooms as soon as possible to take advantage of huge savings. For reservations, call the Ameristar Casino Hotel at (816) 414-7435 and request the USMTS discounted room rate.

In addition to the awards ceremony, the evening’s meal will feature a luxurious and plentiful selection of fine food, plus a huge dessert bar. A cash bar will also be available. Tickets will go on sale this month. In just 110 days from now, the USMTS will kick off the 2018 season at the South Texas Speedway in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 22-24, 2018.

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

US 36 Dirt Track Awards Banquet Saturday November 18th, 7 pm Cameron community Center!!!

November 12th, 2017

Please join US 36 Raceway Staff at Cameron Community Center November 18th starting around 7 pm for a night of fun and celebration as we present our awards for 2017. Remember all Drivers plus one get in FREE, Track Workers and Staff FREE, Award Recipients FREE and all others only $10 with tickets available from Jon Boller @ 816 752-3645 and also available at the door. Dinner will be FREE with Desert, Pop and Beer FREE! Over 54 Awards will be presented along with the Northwest Missouri Point Plaques and Honors.

Make those plans now to attend and prepare for fun and entertainment in a relaxed informal atmosphere!!!!

Stockon Breaks Through For First Win of the Year at “Western World”

November 12th, 2017

San Tan Valley, Arizona………It’s been a while since Chase Stockon has tasted victory with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars.

It’s been even longer since he’s gotten the chance to perform a series of celebratory victory donuts following a triumph in a USAC feature win.

These past 16 months have been trying on the Fort Branch, Indiana native, but the hungry Stockon had an appetite to devour that drought and earn his first series win of 2017 by leading the final 18 laps to capture the crown in the 50th Annual Torco Racing Fuels “Western World Championships” Saturday night at Arizona Speedway.

“We started off the season pretty good,” Stockon recalls. “We won a couple local shows, but as far as the USAC side of things, we really haven’t been performing that great. But everybody stuck with us all year. We’ve tried different things to get back on track to where we should be and where we are now. I don’t typically show that much emotion, but to do those donuts and hold everybody off tonight felt great.”

Stockon’s first series win since the July 2016 “Indiana Sprint Week” finale at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track came on a type of racetrack that he admits isn’t one he usually shines on. Yet, Stockon had to earn his keep by getting past both the previous night’s winner in Thomas Meseraull, but also the track’s winningest sprint car driver, R.J. Johnson, in order to return to victory lane.

“It’s been a long time,” Stockon said with a sense of relief. “A cushion kind of racetrack, especially when it’s that tall, is not my forte. Believe it or not, before the track started taking rubber, I think we were better on the cushion than everybody else. To be able to move around to get by guys like Meseraull and R.J. when the track’s in that kind of condition felt so good.”

Stockon started the 30-lapper from the fifth spot as pole starter Meseraull slid his way to the lead on the first turn of the first lap after he and outside front row starter Brody Roa banged wheels. Roa got the short end of the stick on the deal and dropped back as he fought to maintain control on the cushion while Johnson and Stockon scooted past Roa to move into second and third.

Just less than a third of the way through the race, Stockon carved his way to second past Johnson and began his ascent on Meseraull. Off turn four on the 12th lap, Stockon lined his front bumper right behind Meseraull’s tail tank and set up a picture-perfect turn one slider that stuck.

You wouldn’t expect Meseraull to go away quietly and that was the case when, four laps later, he returned the favor, sliding past Stockon in turn three to momentarily retake the top spot on the 17th lap. Stockon, however, countered Meseraull’s move and ducked underneath to exit off four and maintain the lead.

From there, Stockon’s main competition was the racetrack itself, which Stockon refused to let defeat him on this night.

“After Meseraull slid me down in (turns) three and four and I was able to cross over, I really started paying attention to the racetrack,” Stockon said. “I noticed a few lapped cars a straightaway ahead of me that were smoking their tires. That’s when I started moving down on entry trying to find something. A lot of times when you’re out front like that and it starts taking rubber, you’re pretty much just a sitting duck. We’ve lost races in the past that way and I’ve seen a lot of other guys lose them that way too. As trying as this year’s been on us, I was going to do everything in my power not to let that happen.”

“We started off the season pretty good. We won a couple local shows, but as far as the USAC side of things, we really haven’t been performing that great. But everybody stuck with us all year. We’ve tried different things to get back on track to where we should be and where we are now.
I don’t typically show that much emotion, but to do those donuts and hold everybody off tonight felt great.” – Chase Stockon
(Rich Forman Photo)

Toward the end, Stockon anticipated the changing condition of the surface, which led him to move around a little earlier than did everybody else. When he eyed the flagman hold up five fingers indicating five laps to go, Stockon muscled his 32 TBI Racing/Superior Tank & Trailer – Crescent Electric Supply/DRC/Fisher for all it was worth, burning the tires off it as he worked his way through lapped traffic with his top-five cohorts bearing down on him on a rail at the top.

Stockon split his way past the lapped cars of Logan Williams and Danny Faria, Jr. exiting turn two to escape any possible jab Meseraull had left to throw at him. With smoke pouring off the rear tires and nearly missing the rubber between turns three and four on the final lap, Stockon put his personal USAC drought to bed with his ninth career USAC National Sprint Car win, and second in the state of Arizona, following a 2013 Canyon Speedway score. He was followed to the line by Meseraull, Johnson, Robert Ballou and Tyler Courtney.

Stockon’s sixth consecutive year with a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win ties him for the second longest active win streak with Brady Bacon and trails Darland’s incomparable run of 24 consecutive years with at least one win. But, this particular win was well worth the wait. After a meeting of the minds, Stockon and crew chief D.J. Ott reached into their bag of past successes to pull out their formula that had served them so well in the past.

“We changed around a lot of things on the car,” Stockon explained. “D.J. and I went back to our old notes and found some things there that we were kind of stagnant on and we’ve been really good since then. Last night, we had a pretty decent car, but I let a few other drivers around me dictate the line I was running. Today, we got together and discussed what went wrong last night. I knew it wasn’t the car’s fault. D.J. hit the setup last night and was perfect tonight. I had to run my own race and not let anybody else get inside my head to dictate what I was going to do and try and keep my nose clean.”

One night after winning the opening night of “Western World,” Meseraull’s encore performance was impressive in its own right as he drove the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – Beaver Stripes/Spike/Wesmar to its second-straight top-two finish in as many nights.

“The car was awesome both nights,” Meseraull exclaimed. “I felt like I could’ve gotten back by Chase, but I ended up losing my brakes at the end. At that point, it’s really hard bombing a slider on a guy out of the rubber. And if you end up across it, with that big of a curb, I’m upside down. I’m good at overdriving the car, though. Every time I had a run on Chase, we got to lapped traffic. I kind of wish it was a 40-lapper tonight. I kept telling everyone I hope it’s not a 40-lapper because it’s going to lay rubber at the end. Now I’m kind of wishing it was.”

On the very same night he locked up his fifth-straight USAC Southwest Sprint Car title, Phoenix, Arizona’s R.J. Johnson showcased his abilities against the National guys by finishing a career-best third in his Bobby Martin/Martin Family Auto Museum – Pecon Builders/Sherman/Pro Flyer.

“I was honestly waiting for five (laps) to go to try to do something crazy,” Johnson admitted. “I never saw the five to go sign, so I guess I wasn’t paying attention. When the white flag came out, I threw a slide job on Meseraull, but on the same token, I didn’t want to crash us because my best past finish in the ‘Western World’ isn’t even in the top-ten.”

“Everybody’s been on me about how I need to go back east and go racing, though I’ve never had the opportunity to go do it,” Johnson continued. “For us to be able to run with them is huge. Maybe next year we can get some stuff rolling and get back there.”

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Arizona Speedway included Kevin Thomas, Jr. (ProSource/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier), Thomas Meseraull (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers 1st Heat Winner), Cody Williams (Competition Suspension, Inc./Brown & Miller Racing Solutions 2nd Heat Winner), Stevie Sussex (Chalk Stix/Circle Track Performance 3rd Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Indy Race Parts/Keizer Aluminum Wheels 4th Heat Winner), Josh Hodges (KSE Racing Products/Saldana Racing Products/Rod End Supply Hard Charger) and Brady Bacon (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

Scott goes out on top in Park City Chisholm Trail Showdown

November 11th, 2017

PARK CITY, Kansas –The United States Modified Touring Series kicked of the 2017 campaign nearly nine months ago and closed the curtain on a record-breaking season Saturday night at the 81 Speedway with the second running of the Park City Chisholm Trail Showdown presented by Kansas High Performance Racing Auction. Stormy Scott, who competed in all 71 USMTS-sanctioned races this year, finished third in the February 9 lid-lifter, and closed out the USMTS season in dominating fashion Saturday with a victory in the 40-lap main event at C. Ray Hall’s popular 4/10-mile dirt oval in Park City, Kan.

After fighting his way to a third-place finish from the 20th starting spot in Friday’s nightcap, Scott took the green flag from the inside of the third row in Saturday’s $3,000-to-win battle. Polesitter Ryan McAninch of Hutchinson, Kan., paced the first two laps before giving way to outside front row starter Cole Traugott of Woodward, Okla., who led the next seven circuits before being overpowered by Scott.

In the end, Scott streaked beneath flagman Ryne Staley’s checkered flags with a cushion of more than three seconds over Zack VanderBeek of New Sharon, Iowa, to give VanderBuilt Race Cars the top two spots. R.C. Whitwell-driving an LG2 Chassis formerly driven by VanderBeek and now owned by Robert and Mercedes Abercrombie of Las Cruces, New Mexico-outdueled Dereck Ramirez of Woodward, Oklahoma, for the third position while Lance Town of Louisburg, Kansas, charged from 12th on the grid to round out the top five.

The win was the seventh this season for Scott and his first since August 30 at the Kossuth County Speedway in Algona, Iowa. It was also the 44th career USMTS triumph for the 27-year-old from Las Cruces, New Mexico. Johnny Scott, Darron Fuqua, 22nd-starting Dave Cain, Friday’s winner Rodney Sanders and McAninch completed the top ten.

In the 20-lap B-Mod feature race, Ethan Isaacs of Bonner Springs, Kansas, scored a wire-to-wire $700 victory and Friday night’s winner Brandon Kenny was second. Mark Schafman, Jeffery Kaup and Brian Davidson were third, fourth and fifth, respectively. The sponsors, crew members, drivers and their families will be celebrated at the annual USMTS awards banquet on Saturday, January 27, at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.

A record crowd of nearly 300 people attended last year’s gala, and this year’s party will once again be a joint effort for both the USMTS and United States Racing Association (USRA). Fans and members of the media are invited to attend too. Those attending this year’s celebration are encouraged to reserve their rooms as soon as possible to take advantage of huge savings. For reservations, call the Ameristar Casino Hotel at (816) 414-7435 and request the USMTS discounted room rate.

In addition to the awards ceremony, the evening’s meal will feature a luxurious and plentiful selection of fine food, plus a huge dessert bar. A cash bar will also be available. Tickets will go on sale this month. For more information about the Ameristar Casino Hotel, check out www.ameristar.com. You can also like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Ameristar.Casino.KC and follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AmeristarKC.

In just 110 days from now, the USMTS will kick off the 2018 season at the South Texas Speedway in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 22-24, 2018. To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Lucas Oil Speedway honors season champs at banquet with Merritt named first ‘Forrest Lucas Lifetime Achievement Award’ winner

November 10th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – A banner racing season at Lucas Oil Speedway was celebrated Saturday night with the Postseason Championship Banquet at The Lodge at Old Kinderhook in Camdenton.

Top 10 in points and the champions in each of the four Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series divisions – Jeff Cutshaw (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds), Andy Bryant (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods), Toby Ott (Big O Tires Street Stocks) and Johnny Fennewald (Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models) – were recognized during the annual banquet.

In a special presentation, veteran Ozarks-area racer Rex Merritt of Billings was named winner of the first Forrest Lucas Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the sport on and off the race track.

“It was a complete surprise to me,” said Merritt, who’s raced stock cars for four decades and won at least 35 track championships. He’s also been a mentor to many drivers over the years.

“I can’t think of anyone more deserving of the first Forrest Lucas Lifetime Achievement Award,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “Rex has done so much for the sport of dirt-track racing, not only in the southwest Missouri area, but throughout the country.”

Another highlight of the evening saw Jon Binning of Warrensburg win a new Harley-Davidson Roadster, courtesy of Lawless Harley-Davidson of Scott City, Missouri. The top 10 drivers in each division were eligible for the raffle with Binning the winner.

“I can’t believe I won this because I never win drawings,” said Binning, who was eighth this season in ULMA Late Model points. “It’s awesome and thanks to Lawless Harley-Davidson.”

Other special, first-time postseason awards went to Kaeden Cornell of Willard, Missouri who was named “Most Popular Driver” for 2017 in online fan voting and to Ashlee Lancaster of Sturgeon, Missouri, who won “Best Appearing Race Car” as determined by speedway staff.

Robinson began the evening by thanking the drivers, crew members and fans for another record-breaking season, in which 113,000 fans came through the gates to eclipse the total attendance mark of 107,000 set in 2016.

Weekly Racing Series events averaged just under 2,400 fans with an average car count of 105.

“We like to set the bar high. While this was a great season, we’ve already turned our attention to making 2018 even better,” Robinson said.

Cutshaw has turned the speedway banquet into a championship tradition. The Bolivar, Missouri, driver picked up his fourth straight championship after another banner season in which he won three features and nine other top-five finishes.

“I’d like to thank Billy Mitchell who takes care of the car all week long and makes it easy without me having to do a whole lot on it, along with Michael Mitchell and Andrew Miller,” Cutshaw said. “Those guys take care of the thing. And I’d just like to thank all the Lucas Oil people who give us a great place to race.”

Bryant, of Fort Scott, Kansas, captured the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod crown with a banner season. He won four features, was second three times and added a third-place in 11 main events in 2017.

“I’d like to think we have some of the best, competitive racing of any of the classes,” Bryant said of the B-Mods. “I’d like to thank all my marketing partners and I look forward to next year. Hopefully, we’ll have another good season.”

In the Street Stock division, Ott had never won a feature on his hometown track prior to this season but broke through in a big way after celebrating in victory lane for the first time on May 13. Ott went on to win four more times and had six other top-five finishes.

“I had more people step us this year to give me to the next level,” Ott said. “Not so much financially, just the support they gave me. That was the key to my success more than anything else.”

Fennewald nailed down the ULMA Late Model championship on the final night of the regular season with a second-place finish. The Appleton City, Missouri, driver won three features in 2017 and had six other top-five finishes in 11 starts.

“I’d like to thank all the people that we raced against,” Fennewald said. “There was good racing this year. We had a lot of good help from a lot of good friends.”

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

2018 LUCAS OIL SPEEDWAY TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

March 14 – Rich Nichols Memorial Media Luncheon
March 31 – Open Test & Tune

April 7 – Weekly Show No. 1 – Weekly Championship Series Spring Opener (ULMA LM, Mod, B-Mod, SS with $1,000 to win Late Models)
April 13-14 – 5th annual MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com
April 21 – Weekly Show No. 2 – $uper $aver $pecial Night (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $750 to win B-Mod)
April 27-28 (Off Road track) – Level 5 Off Road UTV/Side by Side Racing
April 28 – Weekly Show No. 3 – $5 Dollar Admission Night (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $750 to win Street Stocks)

May 5 – 7th annual Impact Signs, Awning & Wraps Open Wheel Showdown (ASCS Warrior/Red River Region Sprints, POWRi Midgets, WAR Sprints)
May 12 – Weekly Show No. 4 – NMI Night at the Races Presented by Wild Animal Safari, FREE admission to Moms courtesy of NMI/VMG Marketing (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $1,000 to win Mods)
May 19 (Off Road) – Kansas City Off Road Racing Association Sportsman Off Road Racing
May 19 – Weekly Show No. 5 – Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Night at the Races (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $1,000 to win Late Models)
May 24-26 – 26th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com (Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series/MLRA plus Modifieds)

June 2 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
June 8-9 – 7th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic (Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series)
June 9 – Weekly Show No. 6 (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $750 to win B-Mod)
June 16 – Weekly Show No. 7 – Bolivar Herald-Free Press Mid-Season Championship (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $750 to win Street Stocks)
June 22-24 (Off Road) – 2nd annual Off Road Shootout (Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series)
June 23 – Weekly Show No. 8 – National Wild Turkey Federation Race to Save the Hunt (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $1,000 to win Modifieds)
June 29-30 (Off Road) – Lucas Oil Invitational Pro Bull Ride Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com
June 30 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled

July 5 – Weekly Show No. 9 – Casey’s General Store Thursday Night Thunder, plus fireworks (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $1,000 to win Late Models)
July 7 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
July 14 – 12th annual CMH Diamond Nationals (Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series/MLRA plus Modifieds)
July 20-21 (Off Road) – Level 5 Off Road UTV/Side by Side Racing
July 21 – Weekly Show No. 10 – Veterans and Military Appreciation Night (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mods with $750 to win B-Mods)
July 28 (Off Road) – Kansas City Off Road Racing Association Sportsman Off Road Racing
July 28 – Weekly Show No. 11 – Ozarks Food Harvest Food Drive Night (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mods with $750 to win Street Stocks)

Aug. 4 – 9th annual USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment)
Aug. 11 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
Aug. 17-18 (Off Road) – Level 5 Off Road/Side by Side Racing
Aug. 18 – Weekly Show No. 12 – TA-Petro Fan Appreciation Night (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mods with $1,000 to win Modifieds)
Aug. 25 – Weekly Show No. 13 – Bill Roberts Chevrolet-Buick Season Championship Night (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mods with class champions crowned)

Aug. 31-Sept. 2 – 8th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals (Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series)
Sept. 1 – MLRA Larry Phillips Memorial (MLRA Late Models plus $750 to win B-Mods)
Sept. 8 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
Sept. 14-15 – Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League
Sept. 20-22 – 8th annual ASCS Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial (ASCS Sprint Cars, WAR Sprints)
Sept. 29 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled

Oct. 4-6 – 5th annual Street Stocks Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt (Street Stocks, ULMA Late Models)
Oct. 12-13 – 5th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals (MLRA, TBD)
Oct. 20 – Monster Truck Nationals-Eve of Destruction

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

Veteran racer Rex Merritt of Billings, Missouri, was named recipient of the first Lucas Oil Speedway “Forrest Lucas Lifetime Achievement Award” on Saturday at the track’s postseason awards banquet. (Kenny Shaw photo)

Jon Binning won the raffle for a Harley-Davidson Roadster, courtesy Lawless Harley-Davidson of Scott City, Missouri, at Saturday night’s Lucas Oil Speedway postseason awards banquet. (Kenny Shaw photo)

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

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2017 marked the 7th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series were held in 2017. New for 2017 was all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

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

USRA Awards Banquet set for January 27

November 9th, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Missouri –The United States Racing Association will host its annual awards banquet for drivers competing in this year’s Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City.

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

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

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

Those attending this year’s celebration are encouraged to reserve their rooms as soon as possible to take advantage of huge savings. For reservations, call the Ameristar Casino Hotel at (816) 414-7435 and request the USMTS discounted room rate.

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

Tickets will go on sale this month.

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

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

The AAA-rated three-diamond full-service 184-room hotel includes 36 mini and 12 king suites. All rooms feature luxury furnishings, plasma-screen televisions, one king-sized or two queen-sized beds, mini refrigerators and in-room safes. Each king suite contains a bar, an in-room dining area and custom artwork. Non-smoking and wheelchair accessible rooms are available.

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

Situated on 183-acres immediately east of the Interstate 435 Missouri River bridge (at 210 Highway), Ameristar Casino Hotel is only seven miles east of downtown Kansas City.

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

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

Coughlin Shows Speed Deep in the Heart of Texas

November 9th, 2017

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – The “Wild West” can be one tough place, but Cody Coughlin and his ThorSport Racing team persevered in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Whether it was other trucks, his own ill-handling truck, or the gas tank, Coughlin fought through it all on Friday night to a 16th-place finish in the Lone Star state.

Coughlin qualified 15th on Friday afternoon. After his lap he said his JEGS.com Toyota Tundra was too tight on corner entry and corner exit.

That condition continued into Friday’s race as well. Coughlin and his team, led by truck chief Rich Lushes who was filling in for crew chief Michael Shelton atop the pit box, came down pit road multiple times to improve his truck’s handling.

After near-contact with Austin Cindric, Coughlin fought hard and was knocking on the door to a top-10 finish before running out of fuel on the last lap of the race.

Coughlin’s pit crew refueled the truck so he could finish the race. The Ohio native crossed the finish line in the 16th position.

“Tonight was a struggle, but we showed a lot of fight tonight,” said Coughlin. “I can’t thank my guys enough for battling hard. I also can’t thank Duke and Rhonda Thorson enough for letting me drive their trucks, and I have to thank God for keeping me safe out there. Hopefully we’ll have a better run in Phoenix next week. Even though this week didn’t go as planned, it was awesome to race in front of my aunt and uncle. They live nearby the track here in Texas so they don’t get to see me race too often. It was a lot of fun seeing them this week.”

Coughlin has just two races remaining on his 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. Coughlin’s next race will be on November 10th at the Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona.

For more information on Cody Coughlin and Team JEGS, visit codycoughlin.com and follow Cody on Twitter, @Cody_Coughlin. Follow Team JEGS on Twitter, @TeamJEGS, and “Like”JEGS Performance on Facebook. Follow ThorSport Racing on Twitter, @ThorSportRacing, and visit them online at ThorSport.com. If you need more information regarding ThorSport please contact Jessica O’Brien via email at jessica@edgehillmanagement.com. Any other inquiries for Cody Coughlin can be sent to Bob Dillner via email at bd51sports@gmail.com.

About JEGS Automotive, Inc.

In 1960, Jeg Coughlin Sr. founded JEGS as a small speed shop. It has grown into a high-performance powerhouse that includes a race team (Team JEGS), 250,000 square foot warehouse, retail store, mail order and website. The 350+ employees at JEGS still strongly believe and practice our simply business philosophy: Customer Care is #1. For more information about JEGS Automotive, Inc. visit JEGS.com.

About Ride Television Network, Inc.

Ride Television Network, Inc. is a privately held corporation based in Fort Worth, Texas. The company was formed in 2011 for the purpose of launching a 24-hour, high definition, television network. RIDE TV launched on October 1, 2014 in the United States and is now available internationally. The network features high-quality television programming showcasing both English and Western disciplines and lifestyles and includes live events, reality shows, talk shows, children’s programming, documentaries and more. For more information about RIDE TV, please visit www.ridetv.com.

About ThorSport Racing

ThorSport Racing, based in Sandusky, Ohio, is the longest-tenured NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. ThorSport Racing, which has competed in the NCWTS since 1996, will run the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra driven by two-time NCWTS drivers’ champion Matt Crafton, the No. 13 JEGS/RIDE TV Toyota Tundra driven by Cody Coughlin, the No. 27 Tundra driven by Ben Rhodes, and the No. 98 RIDE TV/Champion Power Equipment/Jive Communications/Curb Records Toyota Tundra driven by Grant Enfinger. For more information visit www.ThorSport.com.

Media contact: Bob Dillner – bd51sports@gmail.com

Meserall Cowboys Up For Wild “Western World” Night 1 Win

November 9th, 2017

San Tan Valley, Arizona………Thomas Meseraull has proven time and time again that, regardless of the situation he’s faced with, he figures out the way to get to victory lane.

Winning for a team he’s never driven for? Check. Taking an admitted “fourth-place car” to first in the final laps? Check. Having your initial instinct take a detour, yet still managing to find the quickest way around? Checkmate.

On night one of the 50th Annual Torco Racing Fuels “Western World Championships” at Arizona Speedway, chaos created opportunity for Meseraull. A wild sequence of events put forth in motion an unlikely scenario that pitted a driver who, as of a week and a half ago, was without a ride and had no plans on racing in the “Western World” versus a driver who flipped his car on the tenth lap of the feature.

After five consecutive laps of Bacon snuggling the bottom line and Meseraull rim-riding the top shelf, Meseraull prevailed on the final lap to win his third USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature of the year. For his third different team.

“I got a call a week and a half ago,” Meseraull recalled from the Reinbold/Underwood team. “I told them I’d love to come out, but I don’t have the funds. Last year, I kind of broke myself to come out here and do the points deal. They helped me out and Mike White with Beaver Stripes helped me get a plane ticket, gave me a place to stay and here we are.”

“They have a brand-new Spike with brand new shocks on it, brand new tires and a fresh motor,” Meseraull detailed. “We have good equipment. You just have to do your best. It’s what I do, jump around to different rides. They were nice enough to let me set it up. I think I’m more excited about that. I put together a combination of what we’ve been doing this year with Kevin Briscoe, Donnie Gentry and Michael Dutcher and it’s just really paid off.”

For two-thirds of the 30-lap feature, the race appeared to be owned by Courtney, who ripped around the outside of Thomas coming off turn four on the second circuit to grab the lead. Courtney instantly opened a gap over Thomas of 1.5 seconds before being encumbered by the tail end of lap traffic on the eighth trip around the one-third-mile.

Thomas was able to poke a nose under Courtney at the flag stand on lap nine and appeared poised to set up a turn one slider for the lead, but traffic stood in the way, thus negating any notion he may have had for the time being. An instant later, Courtney biked on the top, but maintained control and carried on without issue.

Just behind, seventh-running Brady Bacon ran into trouble in nearly the same spot that Courtney biked.

“I slid up, got above the cushion, got up on the right front and I can’t really tell you what happened after that,” Bacon explained. “I was waiting for a big hit, but it never really came. We bent a couple things (on the car) here and there, but nothing major. We pulled it into the infield and changed the left rear radius rod. We checked everything else over and pushed back off. It might’ve actually helped me because I had to commit to the bottom. That was the only way I was going to get up through there.”

Seemingly, the incidents fell in Courtney’s favor as he saw his lead dwindle when meeting up with lapped traffic on lap 17 when Isaac Chapple sailed over the turn two guardrail without getting upside, landing on his wheels in the area between the backside of the barrier and the billboards. On lap 23, Courtney caught another break when Chet Williams barrel-rolled hard through turn one in an accident that also involved C.J. Leary. All involved were okay.

On the ensuing restart, barring another caution, Thomas encountered what may have been his last chance at to make a run at Courtney for the lead. As Thomas slid to the inside of Courtney, the battleground for track position was not fit for two occupants.

Exiting the second turn, the two made contact, but both got back up to speed to remain in the tussle. Courtney, now trailing slightly, attempted to slide Thomas right back between turns three and four. The two banged wheels again. Thomas would get the worst end of the equation initially when he kissed the rail with his right-side tires before getting back on track, though now mired all the way back in ninth.

While chaos ensued between positions one through six, Bacon tip-toed on the bottom from seventh to the lead and built up a half-straightaway lead before 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champ Jake Swanson spun at the exit of turn four with five laps remaining to bring out the final yellow of the evening.

Though Meseraull was sitting in third, he had a pair of war-wounded racecars running first and second just ahead of him with Bacon’s car suffering from a bent Jacob’s ladder and a cracked brake fitting while Courtney’s mount had a left front tire giving out on him.

“I was killing the curb, but it was on the fence, sketchy, and I was so close to wearing it out. I thought, ‘just move down a little bit, drive the thing straight and don’t spin the tires.’ I did that and it was like, boom, rubber. I drove by Bacon on last lap. It just all fell together at the right time. It was an awesome race. USAC always puts on a good show, the best in the country, best in the world!”
- Thomas Meseraull -
(Rich Forman Photo)

When it was time for the San Jose, California native to strike, Meseraull altered his plan of attack on the fly, putting him in the spot that fits him to a T.

“I just kept pounding down the top like I do because I live or die by the top,” Meseraull put it matter of factly. “On the final restart, I was thinking I was going to bomb a slider on Sunshine (Courtney), but he moved to the bottom and Bacon moved to the bottom. All of a sudden, it was like the seas parted and I had the top all to myself.”

From that point forward, it was a tale of a two strategies with Bacon on the bottom and Meseraull topside. Meseraull managed to nose ahead on lap 27, but on laps 28 and 29, Bacon found a surge off the bottom to propel himself to satisfaction by a single car-length at the line.

Though Meseraull still trailed Bacon, albeit by a miniscule margin, he found something that turned out to be a path paved to victory.

“With two to go, I kind of felt some rubber. It was looking dark,” Meseraull noticed. “I was killing the curb, but it was on the fence, sketchy, and I was so close to wearing it out. I thought, ‘just move down a little bit, drive the thing straight and don’t spin the tires.’ I did that and it was like, boom, rubber. I drove by Bacon on last lap. It just all fell together at the right time. It was an awesome race. USAC always puts on a good show, the best in the country, best in the world!”

Meseraull emerged with the lead coming off turn two on the final trip around the oval and, though, Bacon made one last ditch effort at Meseraull off four, it was to no avail as Meseraull secured the win by 0.334 seconds over Bacon, Robert Ballou, new series point leader Chris Windom and Courtney rounding out the top-five.

Meseraull’s Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – Beaver Stripes/Spike/Wesmar ride is the sixth different car he’s raced to a top-five finish this season alone in USAC competition. It’s also the second time he’s won a USAC race in his debut in a ride this year following his “Indiana Sprint Week” win at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in July. His other win this season came in his second race aboard the Heffner Racing ride at Lincoln Speedway in Pennsylvania during “Eastern Storm.”

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon nearly pulled off an improbable victory that would’ve resulted in one of the most unique box score stats ever recorded by returning to win after flipping during the very same feature. However, it was not to be as the two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ completed an overall successful night when it comes right down to it, finishing second in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors – Dooling Machine/Spike/Stanton Mopar after earlier capturing the victory in the USAC Southwest Sprint Car feature.

“The thing that hurt us the most tonight was that we must’ve cracked a brake fitting or something,” Bacon detailed. “In the last two or three laps, I ran out of brake fluid because it was leaking just a little bit. I still had brakes up until then. I still had a little bit, but I couldn’t cut the bottom like I was able to up until that point. It was just a combination of things at the end. I knew it was going to be hard to hold off somebody with a clear track on the top, then it took rubber, which I was afraid of.”

Robert Ballou’s first ever visit to Arizona Speedway was a roller coaster ride. After qualifying 20th and starting 18th in the feature, the Rocklin, California native overcame all obstacles to race to third, thus earning KSE Racing Products, Saldana Racing Products/Rod End Supply Hard Charger honors for the night.

“I want to thank track owner Jonah (Trussel) for reworking the track and making it so that the fans got their money’s worth because I definitely believe they got their money’s worth tonight,” Ballou praised. “When you start as far back as I did, you just got to try something. We were so off when we started at the beginning of the night. I thought we had something figured out last night (in practice). We’ve been pretty good when the track’s wet. We started that way and it was way off, so we tried to fix and didn’t fix it. So, we just threw a Hail Mary set up at it for the feature. It was either going to be really good or really bad.”

Contingency award winners Friday night at Arizona Speedway included Damion Gardner (ProSource/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers 1st Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Competition Suspension, Inc./Brown & Miller Racing Solutions 2nd Heat Winner), Isaac Chapple (Chalk Stix/Circle Track Performance 3rd Heat Winner), Robert Ballou (Indy Race Parts/Keizer Aluminum Wheels 4th Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products/Saldana Racing Products/Rod End Supply Hard Charger) and Josh Hodges (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

Sanders parks it in 81 Speedway victory lane

November 8th, 2017

PARK CITY, Kan.–Rodney Sanders powered his No. 20 USMTS Modified into the lead on lap 10 and led the final 20 laps to score a $2,000 victory Friday at the 81 Speedway on opening night of the 2nd Annual Park City Chisholm Trail Showdown presented by Kansas High Performance Racing Auction.

Fresh off of a $20,000 triumph two weeks ago at the Rancho Milagro USRA Fall Nationals in Las Cruces, New Mexico, the 28-year-old from Happy, Texas, raced past Ryan McAnninch on the ninth lap and overtook leader Adam Kates with 10 laps in the books.

From there, ‘The Rocket’ blasted around the 4/10-mile dirt oval in Park City, Kan., and never relinquished the lead, scoring his second career victory at the 81 Speedway and the 79th of his USMTS career.

“The track was pretty top dominant,” Sanders said. “I kind of got held up the first couple of laps but I didn’t want to do anything stupid and was just biding our time.”

Dereck Ramirez of Woodward, Okla., followed the two-time USMTS national champ to the finish line while Stormy Scott battled his way from the 20th starting spot to claim third-place honors.

Lance Town was fourth and Zack VanderBeek raced from 13th to fifth in the United States Modified Touring Series vs. National Championship Racing Association 30-lapper.

Dan Powers, Logan Robertson, Kenny Sweet, Scott Green and Dave Cain completed the top 10 in a feature that saw 22 of the 24 starters finish on the lead lap.

In B-Mod action, 2008 USMTS Rookie of the Year Brandon Kenny of Woodward, Okla., led the final 17 of 20 laps pocket the $600 winner’s share of the purse. Early leader Brian Davidson, Jeffery Kaup, Jason Denny and Mason Lesmeister rounded out the top five.

Action fires up again on Saturday with another complete show for Modifieds and B-Mods featuring qualifying heats, last-chance races and features for race fans. Gates will open at 5 p.m. with racing action slated for 7 p.m.

More than $40,000 in prize money earmarked for competitors during the two-day event.

Spectator general admission is $20 each night or fans may purchase a two-day ticket for $35. Kids ages 6 to 11 are $5 each night. Children ages 5 and under are admitted into the grandstands for free both days. Pit passes are $35 each night.

Can’t make it to the track in person? No worries. RacinDirt.com is your live pay-per-view destination. Tune in and don’t miss a lap of the action.

Saturday will be the final event of the 2017 season for both the USMTS and NCRA as well as the 81 Speedway.

The 81 Speedway is located north of Wichita on I-135 to exit 16, then 0.7 mile west on 77th St. For more information call (316) 755-1781 or visit www.race81speedway.com online. To obtain official NCRA Modified rules go to their official website at www.racencra.com.

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

Tentative 2018 Lucas Oil Speedway schedule finds major events on dirt, water and off road facilities

November 7th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Lucas Oil Speedway’s tentative 2018 schedule was announced on Friday with major events again set for all three of the venue’s racing facilities.

“We’re excited about what’s in store for our fans and drivers in 2018 with a schedule that again has variety,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “The foundation is our 13 Weekly Racing Series schedule, but we also tried to space out our specials throughout the schedule.

“Once again, we’ll have the big Late Model specials, the Open-Wheel shows, Drag Boats, Pro Pulling, Monster Trucks and, of course, the return of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series for the second time.”

There’s even a big Bull Riding event during the summer at the Off Road track – the Lucas Oil Invitational Pro Bull Ride Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com on June 29-30.

Robinson also said there will be purse increases in the Weekly Racing Series in 2018. Late Model and Modifieds will take home $1,000 for feature wins with Street Stocks and B-Mods increasing to $750. There will also be added money to the top five in the features, increasing from $500 added per class to $1,000 added per class per night.

Engines will fire up for the first time on March 31 with an open test and tune. The season gets going on April 7 with the Weekly Championship Series Spring Opener as the ULMA Late Models, USRA Modifieds, Street Stocks and USRA B-Mods hold the first of 13 weekly points programs.

The first special of the season is set for April 13-14 with the 5th annual MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com. Modifieds and Street Stocks will join in the action.

May 5 will find the 7th annual Impact Signs, Awnings and Wraps Open Wheel Showdown, featuring the ASCS Warrior/Red River Region Sprints, POWRi Midgets and WAR Sprints.

The month of May wraps up with the 26th annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com, May 24-26. The crown jewel Late Model event is co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil MLRA. Modifieds also are on the schedule.

June is book-ended by two major events, beginning at “Lake Lucas” with the 7th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic, June 8-9. Then on June 22-24, it the 2nd annual Off Road Shootout on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series returns to the Off Road track. The popular inaugural event was held in late July last year.

“The fan support for the first Off Road Shootout was amazing and we think it will only be even more popular a month earlier, when the weather is a bit cooler,” Robinson said.

The Off Road facility also will play host to four Level 5 Off Road UTV/Side by Side programs during the season and two Kansas City Off Road Racing Association Sportsman Off Road events.

Stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Lucas Oil MLRA return to the oval track on July 14 for the 12th annual CMH Diamond Nationals. Modifieds also are on the schedule for a full program.

August fires up with national-touring Modifieds taking the spotlight, with the USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment on Aug. 4.

Labor Day Weekend is an annual speed festival on water and dirt. The 8th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals for the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series is set for Aug. 31-Sept. 2 with the MLRA Larry Phillips Memorial making Sept. 1 a big doubleheader day.

The popular Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals return on Sept. 14-15 before one of the nation’s premier open-wheel events, the 8th annual ASCS Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial on Sept. 20-22.

The 5th annual Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt, paying $10,000 to win the final-night feature, expands to three nights in 2018, Oct. 4-6, with the ULMA Late Models joining as co-headliner. Meanwhile, the 5th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals, previously held in conjunction with the Big Buck 50, is set for Oct. 12-13 with the support class to be determined.

The season will wrap up with the Monster Truck Nationals-Eve of Destruction on Oct. 20.

“The 2017 season was outstanding, with tremendous competition and great fan support,” Robinson said, noting a record 113,000 fans who came through the gates. “But now we’re focused on making 2018 event better, with the revealing of the tentative schedule the first step.”

Season passes, along with Show-Me 100 three-day passes, will go on sale later this winter. Look for that information at LucasOilSpeedway.com and on Lucas Oil Speedway’s Facebook page.

2018 LUCAS OIL SPEEDWAY TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

March 14 – Rich Nichols Memorial Media Luncheon
March 31 – Open Test & Tune

April 7 – Weekly Show No. 1 – Weekly Championship Series Spring Opener (ULMA LM, Mod, B-Mod, SS with $1,000 to win Late Models)
April 13-14 – 5th annual MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com
April 21 – Weekly Show No. 2 – $uper $aver $pecial Night (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $750 to win B-Mod)
April 27-28 (Off Road track) – Level 5 Off Road UTV/Side by Side Racing
April 28 – Weekly Show No. 3 – $5 Dollar Admission Night (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $750 to win Street Stocks)

May 5 – 7th annual Impact Signs, Awning & Wraps Open Wheel Showdown (ASCS Warrior/Red River Region Sprints, POWRi Midgets, WAR Sprints)
May 11-12 (Off Road) – Level 5 Off Road UTV/Side by Side Racing
May 12 – Weekly Show No. 4 – NMI Night at the Races Presented by Wild Animal Safari, FREE admission to Moms courtesy of NMI/VMG Marketing (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $1,000 to win Mods)
May 19 (Off Road) – Kansas City Off Road Racing Association Sportsman Off Road Racing
May 19 – Weekly Show No. 5 – Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Night at the Races (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $1,000 to win Late Models)
May 24-26 – 26th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com (Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series/MLRA plus Modifieds)

June 2 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
June 8-9 – 7th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic (Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series)
June 9 – Weekly Show No. 6 (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $750 to win B-Mod)
June 16 – Weekly Show No. 7 – Bolivar Herald-Free Press Mid-Season Championship (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $750 to win Street Stocks)
June 22-24 (Off Road) – 2nd annual Off Road Shootout (Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series)
June 23 – Weekly Show No. 8 – National Wild Turkey Federation Race to Save the Hunt (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $1,000 to win Modifieds)
June 29-30 (Off Road) – Lucas Oil Invitational Pro Bull Ride Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com
June 30 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled

July 5 – Weekly Show No. 9 – Casey’s General Store Thursday Night Thunder, plus fireworks (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $1,000 to win Late Models)
July 7 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
July 14 – 12th annual CMH Diamond Nationals (Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series/MLRA plus Modifieds)
July 20-21 (Off Road) – Level 5 Off Road UTV/Side by Side Racing
July 21 – Weekly Show No. 10 – Veterans and Military Appreciation Night (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mods with $750 to win B-Mods)
July 28 (Off Road) – Kansas City Off Road Racing Association Sportsman Off Road Racing
July 28 – Weekly Show No. 11 – Ozarks Food Harvest Food Drive Night (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mods with $750 to win Street Stocks)

Aug. 4 – 9th annual USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment)
Aug. 11 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
Aug. 17-18 (Off Road) – Level 5 Off Road/Side by Side Racing
Aug. 18 – Weekly Show No. 12 – TA-Petro Fan Appreciation Night (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mods with $1,000 to win Modifieds)
Aug. 25 – Weekly Show No. 13 – Bill Roberts Chevrolet-Buick Season Championship Night (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mods with class champions crowned)

Aug. 31-Sept. 2 – 8th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals (Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series)
Sept. 1 – MLRA Larry Phillips Memorial (MLRA Late Models plus $750 to win B-Mods)
Sept. 8 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
Sept. 14-15 – Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League
Sept. 20-22 – 8th annual ASCS Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial (ASCS Sprint Cars, WAR Sprints)
Sept. 29 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled

Oct. 4-6 – 5th annual Street Stocks Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt (Street Stocks, ULMA Late Models)
Oct. 12-13 – 5th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals (MLRA, TBD)
Oct. 20 – Monster Truck Nationals-Eve of Destruction

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedules 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

The 2018 racing season at Lucas Oil Speedway begins with a Test & Tune on March 31 and the first Weekly Racing Series program April 7. (Kenny Shaw photo)

CONTACT:

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

Dan@lucasoil.com

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

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2017 marks the 7th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series will be held in 2017. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

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

Five Days of Racing for Just $75 at the Snowball Derby

November 6th, 2017

Pensacola, FL — For some people, it may come as a surprise that one of the most sought after tickets in short track racing is also one of the most affordable. However, that is the case when it comes to the 50th Annual Snowball Derby, one of the most highly-anticipated asphalt racing events ever.

With five days of racing, many would expect to at least blow through a $100 bill to get through the gates for all five days. However, that is not the case.

A five-day reserved seat ticket for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby is only $75. That’s right, an average of $15 per day to watch one of the biggest events of the short track racing season.

With each passing day, the anticipation for the 50th Snowball Derby continues to grow for both competitors and race fans. Every day more and more people make their plans to journey to Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, November 29 – December 3, and while the demand for a seat at the Derby is at an all-time high, there are still opportunities left to get a great deal for this once in a lifetime short track event.

Once again, race fans can get a reserved seat for the entire week of the Snowball Derby for $75, the same price that was charged in 2016. The only difference this year is that for the first time in event history, the Snowball Derby will expand to five nights of racing with the Pure Stocks taking to the track on Wednesday, November 29 to start off the week along with the Late Model Qualifying Draw and Green Flag Pit Party.

Another popular ticket option is also returning for 2017. Fans can purchase a VIP ticket package that includes reserved seating and pit access for all five days for just $120.

With such high-demand to this historic event, the sooner race fans purchase tickets the more options they will have. So be sure to visit to www.5flagsspeedway.com or call the Five Flags Speedway office at 850-944-8400.

The 50th Annual Snowball Derby will kick off on Wednesday, November 29 with racing for the first time in event history on a Wednesday night. The Pure Stock division will be in action for a 50-lap feature prior to the annual Green Flag Pit Party and all-important qualifying draw for Late Model drivers.

Late Models will hit the track for the first time on Thursday, November 30 prior to 50-lap features for the Sportsman and Outlaw Stock divisions later that night.

Friday, December 1 is the most intense day in all of short track racing. It’s qualifying day for the Snowball Derby. Also on Friday night, the Modifieds will get their spotlight as they do battle for 75 laps to crown their Snowball Derby champion.

Saturday, December 2 is Allen Turner Snowflake 100 race day. Qualifying for the Snowflake 100 will begin at 2 p.m. CT. A 50-lap last chance race for the Snowflake 100 will immediately follow qualifying. The 50-lap last chance race for the Snowball Derby will also be held on Saturday evening at the conclusion of the last chance race for the Snowflake 100.

The green flag for the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 will wave at 7 p.m. Also on Saturday night, the Pro Trucks will race for 50 laps to decide who takes their Snowball Derby victory.

Sunday, December 3 is the biggest day of the year in short track racing. It’s race day for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby. Pre-race festivities will begin at Noon CT. The class photo for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby will be taken on the frontstretch at 12:30. Driver introductions will follow at 1:15 p.m. The green flag for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby will wave at 2 p.m.

More information on the 50th Annual Snowball Derby can be found by visiting www.snowballderby.com and www.5flagsspeedway.com.

Upcoming Meeting and Banquet for Us 36 Raceway Dirt Track!!!!

November 5th, 2017

US 36 Raceway Dirt Track would like to invite all interested parties to attend the Informational Meeting Monday 11/6/2017 at Cameron Community Center starting at 7:00 pm. Many subjects will be discussed on the direction for 2018 and we would like to hear your voice and opinion as we move forward. Please have your thoughts and input ready as we prepare for this meeting.

US 36 Raceway Dirt Track Awards Banquet is scheduled for Saturday 11/18/2017 at Cameron Community Center and is FREE to all Drivers plus one Guest! All Track Employees are also FREE Admission with all others only $10 at the door or by contacting Jon Boller @ 816 752-3645 for advance tickets. All food and beverage is FREE with everything starting at 7:00 pm. Dinner will be ready, Awards will be presented, then music for dancing the night away with friends and racing family. Allen and Rick Staley will MC the event, so please join us for this night of fun and festivities!!!!!
Both events will be held at Cameron Community Center 915 N Ashland Drive Cameron, MO 64429