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McGrath one to watch as GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire debuts at Wheatland

July 25th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Jeremy McGrath has spent three decades going fast, at the wheel of various vehicles. He’s was the face of supercross with seven AMA championships, been an X Games action-sport legend on his bike and even raced Late Model stock cars briefly for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Whether it’s two wheels or four, McGrath said nothing he’s driven quite compares to piloting a Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro 2 Truck.

“I have driven a lot of different race vehicles, a lot of bikes and a lot of everything,” McGrath said. “The Pro 2 is unlike any of the others. It’s a handful.”

McGrath is among the stars of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series christening the new 1.3-mile track at Lucas Oil Speedway this weekend. The GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire continues Saturday and Sunday with qualifying in the mornings and races in the afternoon.

Action both Saturday and Sunday begins with qualifying at 9:30 a.m. with gates opening at 9.

Count McGrath impressed with the new nine-turn layout in south-central Missouri that’s spreading short-course, off-road racing to the Midwest.

“It’s exciting to get to go to a new track,” McGrath said. “I’m holding out hope that we don’t get any rain and we’re going to have a great race. Hot and dry, that works for me.”

McGrath leads the points chase in the high-powered, two-wheel-drive division heading into the weekend. Expanding on his thoughts on the Pro 2 being “a handful” to drive, McGrath said the motor capable of 900 horsepower makes it a unique beast.

“Being a two-wheel drive, it’s pretty loose to drive,” he said. “Add to that the dirt and you’ve got a real good time, for sure. It’s funny, when you start driving Pro 2s, it has so much power that it kind of scares you.

“But you get used to it after a while and it’s more of a nervous excitement. I enjoy it a lot.”

McGrath, who won a round earlier this season at Ensenada, Mexico, said all forms of racing have some common denominators with his super cross success translating nicely to the off-road trucks.

“Not so much in the driving part, but the racing part,” McGrath said. “When you’re in the field, racing against other guys, you have a lot of those same circumstances that you would have when racing dirt bikes in a pack of 20 guys.

“Sometimes, it doesn’t seem you have as much room on a truck track because the trucks are so big and the tracks are so big, but within reason. You have to make those passes count when you go for them. They’re hard to come by sometimes.”

The full-contact nature of trucks can lead to some on-track anger at times. McGrath said that’s simply the nature of the sport.

“It definitely gets heated. From time to time, people get mad,” he said. “But that’s why we call it racing. I have a lot of great friends at the race track. It really helps when you know the competition.

“You now when guys are going to pull the dirty moves or what I would call the bad-etiquette driving. When you’re around those guys, you plan accordingly.”

McGrath said the best thing about the new track in Wheatland is how it spreads the sport, which mostly is based on the West Coast, to a new fan base.

“Lucas Oil Off Road short-course racing is like an undiscovered jewel,” McGrath said. “People who have not seen this sort of racing in person need to do themselves a favor and check it out. TV is good, but TV doesn’t do it justice.”

“I’m excited to get this short-course racing in front of new fans. The more eye balls we can get onto this, the better. It’s fun to watch. I find myself running up to the stands to watch the show when I’m not racing.”

McGrath, 45, said he plans to race as long as he’s competing for wins and having fun. The resident of Encinitis, Calif., said his wife, Kim, and daughters Rhowan and Bergen often get to travel with him to races though they were unable to make this trip.

“Right now I’m leading the points and have been able to battle for wins on most every occasion this year,” he said. “As long as I have a fast truck and can compete up front, you never know how long I’ll want to race.

“My main sponsor, Maxxis Tires, and us have another year on our contract after this. So it’ll be for sure next year. From there, we’ll play it by ear. I’m just trying to spread the word about our sport as much as I can and have fun.”

Here’s a weekend schedule for the GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire:

Saturday and Sunday
9 a.m. – Spectator gates open.
9:30 a.m. – Mod Kart qualifying, followed by Pro 4, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy and Pro 2 qualifying.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Break for lunch/vendor exhibit visits.
1 p.m. – Mod Kart exhibition race, UTV race.
2:30 p.m. – Opening ceremonies followed by Pro 4, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy and Pro 2 races.

Tickets: $30 general admission/pit pass combo (ages 16 and up) day of event and $25 in advance online; seniors (62 and up) 3-day pass $27 day of event and $22 in advance online. Youth (ages 6-15) 3-day pass $10 (day of event and online). All tickets include access to the pit area. FREE ages 5-and-under. Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $60 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages (6-15) can only be purchased day of event at the gate; Adult Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$60 (Day of Event) and $50 in advance online; Seniors (62 and up)/Military Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$54 (day of event) and $44 in advance online. Youth Ages (6-15) Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20 (day of event and online).

Off Road event tickets on Saturday also include admission to Saturday night’s Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series program on the oval track. Hot laps there begin at 7 p.m.

For complete information on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, please visit www.LucasOilOffRoad.com.

Construction on the Lucas Oil Speedway Off Road track, which is approximately 6,000 feet in length, began in the spring of 2016. It joins a vast complex that includes the dirt track which plays host to the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series, “Lake Lucas” where the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series holds two major events each year and the Slick Track where go-kart racing is held weekly and competitive quarter midget racing has been held for the first time in 2017.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedules, visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com.

To get ticket information on any event this season at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com for further information.

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

Click www.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.

Jeremy McGrath celebrating his victory in Mexico earlier this season. (Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series photo)

The high-flying action of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series comes to the Midwest, Friday-through-Sunday, at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo.

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.

Scott secures USMTS pole for Saturday’s Silver Dollar Nationals finale

July 24th, 2017

GREENWOOD, Neb. –Johnny Scott of Las Cruces, N.M., claimed the Pole Dash victory Friday night at the I-80 Speedway, and locked himself into the pole position for Saturday’s $10,000-to-win United States Modified Touring Series finale of the 7th Annual Silver Dollard Nationals.

Following two runner-up finishes in both of his heat races earlier, Scott drew the pole position for the start of the Pole Dash which featured the top 12 drivers that racked up the most passing points during the dual qualifying races.

The first four laps were led by Tyler Wolff of Fayetteville, Ark., who held the advantage over Scott in the early going by pounding the no-margin-for-error high side of the high-banked 4/10-mile speedplant.

But racing into the third turn to complete the fifth lap, the outside concrete wall won the battle and Wolff’s limped to the pit area with damage to the right rear of his No. 4w Lobo Racing machine.

Current MSD Central Region points leader, Cade Dillard of Robeline, La., won both of his qualifying heats and challenged Scott repeatedly for the final five circuits but had to settle for second place while Scott claimed the checkers in the $1,000 winner-take-all contest and earned the pole position for Saturday’s finale.

Two-time USMTS national champion Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa, also captured both of his heat races, started third in the Pole Dash and finished there.

Scott, Dillard and Gustin will fill the front row for the start of Saturday’s 40-lap, $10,000-to-win star-studded main event that features a three-wide start.

Zack VanderBeek finished fourth, with Jake Timm, Jesse Sobbing, Rodney Sanders, Dereck Ramirez, Brad Dierks, Terry Phillips, Wolff and R.C. Whitwell claiming the final eight spots in the Pole Dash and also punching their tickets to Saturday’s feature race.

Sanders, who also competed with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on Friday night and won his second qualifying heat with the full-fendered cars, is seeking his eighth USMTS win at the I-80 Speedway.

The pilot from Happy, Texas, has won seven of the last eight USMTS races here, including a clean sweep of the Silver Dollar Nationals for four straight seasons.

Phillips, who claimed the 2nd Annual Silver Dollar Nationals trophy and is also racing double-duty this weekend, is the only other former USMTS feature winner here on the entry list.

Timm, Wolff, Phillips, Whitwell and Lance Town were also heat race winners Friday night.

The Casey’s USMTS National Tour powered by S&S Fishing & Rental will join the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series again Saturday. USMTS competitors will be running two Real Racing Wheels “B” Mains to fill out the starting field for the $600-to-start feature while the 80-lap LOLMDS feature pays a whopping $53,000 to win and $1,700 to start.

Not only is the Silver Dollar Nationals a must-see crown jewel on the USMTS calendar, this year’s race also serves as the final contest in the MSD Ignition USMTS Central Region presented by Summit Racing Equipment.

For those unable to attend Saturday’s finale, every lap of every race will be carried live at www.DirtonDirt.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.

Steve Francis Tops Silver Dollar Nationals Preliminaries

July 24th, 2017

GREENWOOD, NE – A total of 51 entrants were on hand for Friday night’s qualifying program for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil MLRA co-sanctioned, 7th Annual Silver Dollar nationals at I-80 Speedway. Two rounds of passing point heat races highlighted the racing action; with ten different drivers taking the checkered flag.

In the first heat of round one, Chad Simpson took the lead at the start of the race. Simpson led the entire distance for the victory in the Brinkman Motorsports, Liebe Trucking, Black Diamond entry. The current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points leader, Josh Richards – in only his second-ever appearance at I-80 Speedway – finished a close second. Earl Pearson Jr. was the big mover in this heat, as he came from ninth to finish in third.

In heat number two, the inaugural Silver Dollar Nationals winner, Don O’Neal took the lead at the start of the 12-lap race and went on unchallenged for the win in the Peak Antifreeze and Coolant, Club 29 entry for Clint Bowyer Dirt Motorsports. Shannon Babb came from the sixth starting spot to take second behind O’Neal. Brian Shirley roared from ninth to finish third.

The third heat of round one would go to veteran driver, Steve Francis, who started in third. Francis’ Rhino Ag, Josh Roberts Trucking, Capital Race Cars entry became the first driver from outside of the front row to win a heat race. Terry Phillips finished in second with 16-year-old, Hudson O’Neal coming home in third after starting in fifth.

Darrell Lanigan shot from his fifth starting spot to take the early lead in heat number four. Lanigan’s Clint Bowyer Dirt Motorsports, I-Racing.com, Club 29 Race Car pulled away from the field for a convincing win. Tony Jackson Jr. finished in second with seventh starting Jason Krohn gaining the third spot on the final lap.

The fifth and final heat race of round one saw Dennis Erb Jr. lead all 12 laps for the win. Erb’s Vomac Truck Sales, McBride Mack, Black Diamond Chassis won over Chase Junghans and ninth-place starter, Scott Bloomquist.

Brian Shirley claimed the victory in heat number one of round two in his Bob Cullen, Thomason Express, Rocket Chassis. Steve Francis came from eighth to conclude a solid night, with Jason Krohn finishing in third.

The second heat of round two belonged to Tim McCreadie as he stormed on for an impressive win in the Sweeteners Plus, Pro Power Racing Engines, Longhorn Chassis. Kyle Berck, the winner on Thursday Night at I-80 Speedway in the Malvern Bank Super Late Model Series, narrowly held off Timothy Culp for second. Culp in his first-ever appearance at I-80 Speedway came from seventh to finish in third.

Scott Bloomquist took the lead at the start of heat number three and ran away with the win in the Crop Production Services, Reece Monument Company, Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car. Bloomquist, the only 2-time winner of the Silver Dollar Nationals, won his heat over Earl Pearson Jr. and Billy Moyer.

Rodney Sanders, who is leading the Lucas Oil MLRA Rookie of the Year chase, led all the way to capture heat four in the Swan Energy, MB Customs entry. Don O’Neal charged from the tenth starting spot to finish in second. Tad Pospisil was third.

The fifth and final heat of the night went to Brandon Sheppard in the Seubert Calf Ranches, Valvoline, Rocket House Car after overcoming problems in round one. Kyle Bronson in his first-ever I-80 Speedway appearance was second with Corey Zeitner taking third.

About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nation’s premier dirt late model sanctioning organization. In 2016, the LOLMDS will sanction 53 events in 19 states. The series is owned by the parent company Lucas Oil Products Inc. and receives national exposure through a TV package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios. LOLMDS events will be broadcast on four TV Networks including CBS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network and the MAVTV Motorsports Network. For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit the official website at: www.LucasDirt.com.
About Lucas Oil Racing TV
The Future of Motorsports is HERE! Get Lucas Oil Racing TV and experience racing excitement like you’ve never seen! Lucas Oil Racing TV is the online app for all your favorite devices like Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Android Devices and more! No matter where you are or when you want to watch, you can stream the best and most exciting motor racing on the planet!

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

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

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

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

Sargeant wins again…takes ARCA checkers at Lucas Oil Raceway

July 24th, 2017

BROWNSBURG, Ind. — Dalton Sargeant drove underneath Michael Self with eight laps to go, then scooted away to win the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 Friday night at Lucas Oil Raceway. The Boca Raton, Florida racer also inched closer to Austin Theriault in ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship standings with nine races left.

Sargeant, in the No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports-Big Tine Ford, also caught a break when Mother Nature intervened late in the going with just enough rain to bring out the final caution on lap 174. Sargeant darted onto pit road for four fresh General Tires with 20 laps remaining and, once the brief shower let up, took off like a rocket when the green flag unfurled for the final time on lap 189 of the 200-lap race.

When Sargeant got to Self, a great two-wide battled ensued for nearly two laps before Sargeant finally cleared the former leader for good. In the end, Sargeant beat Self to the line by a full second.

“I was just begging there at the end to go back to green,” said Sargeant. “Just a smart call from Chad (Bryant/crew chief) to stay out and pit when we did. Great car…great call. I knew it was going to take everything I had. We closed the points gap a little more…just really excited for the rest of the year.”

Self, in the No. 28 MDM Motorsports-Sinclair Lubricants Chevrolet, finished a career-best second. However, just before the last caution, Self, who led 29 laps, had built and second-and-half lead and was pulling away from everyone. Self had pitted with 70 laps to go for his last set of General Tires.

“If not for that last yellow, they never would have caught us,” said Self. “Our car was so loose in the beginning…wrecking every lap. But the crew took some big swings at it and put four fresh tires on it for that last run. If not for the rain, we would have won it. It was a really hard-fought race. The 77 made a smart call…they’re a championship team. I can’t complain, but I really want to win one.”

Chad Finley, in the No. 51 Auto Value-Air Lift Company Chevrolet, led 74 laps and finished third. Like Sargeant, he pitted under the last caution, but ran out of time trying to make his way back to the front.

“I’m disappointed,” said Finley. “I’m proud of my team…proud of my sponsors Auto Value, Air Lift, XLT…but I thought we had the best car…thought we were better than everyone. Car was phenomenal in clean air. We just didn’t have enough time. We needed one more caution. We’ll get ‘em at Chicagoland.”

Championship leader Austin Theriault finished fourth in the No. 52 EJP Ford for Ken Schrader Racing. Self’s MDM teammate, Sheldon Creed, who led 25 laps, finished fifth in the No. 41 United Rentals Toyota.

The night started off great for Austin Cindric, setting a new one-lap track record in General Tire Pole Qualifying. Cindric, in the No. 99 Pirtek Ford, led the first 53 laps before he stalled on the track and brought out the first caution. Cindric’s crew got it fixed but not before he lost several laps. He was later involved in a frontstretch incident that resulted in damage to the back of his car. He eventually fell out just past the halfway point. That gave the lead to Riley Herbst who led the next 11 laps before Creed raced his way to the front. Creed then swapped the lead back and forth with Finley before Finley took control. But Finley eventually fell back on older tires while Self, on fresher tires, charged his way forward.

Gus Dean, Zane Smith, Bret Holmes, Shane Lee and Christian Eckes completed the top-10.
Sargeant, who won last time out at Iowa Speedway, unofficially trimmed Theriault’s points lead to 130, shaving 30 points off the leader. The ARCA Racing Series is off to Pocono Raceway next for the ModSpace 150 Friday, July 28.

Eldora Dirt Provides Cody Coughlin With Career Best NASCAR Finish

July 24th, 2017

ROSSBURG, OHIO – Cody Coughlin hit the dirt at Eldora Speedway in his home state of Ohio on Wednesday night for the second race on dirt in his career. He walked out of the legendary half-mile oval with a career-best finish. After starting 27th, Coughlin finished in the 11th position, one better than his previous career-best finish of 12th at Texas Motor Speedway in June 2016 and at Daytona International Speedway earlier this year.

“I don’t know what we found for the 150-lap feature, but it worked,” said Coughlin. “I never would have thought that my career best finish would come at a dirt race, but I’m very happy about that. These two days were tough, but running through the field like that was a lot of fun.”

The Delaware, Ohio native’s time at Eldora Speedway got off to a rough start during practice on Tuesday night. Coughlin spun around and hit the wall in turn three. His ThorSport Racing crew worked hard to fix the JEGS.com/RIDE TV Toyota Tundra for final practice.

The No. 13 machine looked good as new for Wednesday’s race. Coughlin finished second in Wednesday’s Last Chance Qualifier race to secure the 27th starting position.

When the green flag waved on the 150-lap feature Coughlin went right to the bottom of the track and started to head to the front of the field. Coughlin was up to 11th by the end of the first stage of 40 laps.

At the end of the night, Coughlin found himself in the 11th position, the best finishing position of his young NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career.

“I am so thankful for the hard work that all of my guys put in to get this truck fixed yesterday night in practice, and for everything they did today to help me out. We’re closing in on our first top 10 finish and once we get that one I think a lot more will come. I’m so thankful that Duke and Rhonda Thorson let me race their trucks. I have a lot of fun working with this whole group.”

Coughlin will be back in action on Saturday, July 29 at Pocono Raceway (PA) for the Overton’s 150.

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.

Lucas Oil Speedway Spotlight: Street Stocks driver Welschmeyer takes pride in Military service

July 23rd, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Military and Veterans Appreciation Night at the Races earlier this month had special significance for Lucas Oil Speedway Big O Tires Street Stocks driver Ted Welschmeyer.

The long-time racer from the mid-Missouri town of Tebbetts, just outside of Jefferson City, spent seven years in the United States Army on active duty and 18 more in the Army Reserves. He earned two bronze stars and several other awards before retiring in 2014.

“It means all the world to us,” Welschmeyer said of recognition for him and others who served in the Armed Forces. “We just think of it as a job, but when people recognize us for what we did … it’s not something we look for, but it’s something that is greatly appreciated.”

Welschmeyer, the Tailgate Guys Radio Spotlight Driver of the Week for Lucas Oil Speedway’s Big RV Adventure Weekly Racing Series, is putting together a consistent season. He’s seventh in the Street Stocks points chase and feels that he’s trending upward.

After early season motor issues and running a borrowed engine in recent weeks, he gets his primary power plant back in the car for Saturday’s races.

“It’s been a struggle, but it’s getting better,” Welschmeyer said of his season. “We’re trying to get this car to work a little better. We got it to work a little better the last two weeks with some help from (fellow racer) Brian Schutt and now we’re going to get my bigger motor back and we’re going to be a little more competitive.”

Welschmeyer said he’s always raced in the Street Stock division because he enjoys taking a street-legal vehicle and turning it into a race car.

“I build all my cars,” said Welschmeyer, whose No. 21W car is a 1980s Olds Cutlass body style. “When I go out and do good, it’s what I did and not because of what I bought from somebody else.”

Welschmeyer has three track championships to his credit (two at LA Raceway in LaMonte, Mo., and one at Callaway Raceway). He said racing was a popular subject of conversation during separate, year-long deployments in Iraq and Kuwait where he was a commander of the 428th Transportation Company.

“All my guys knew I raced,” Welschmeyer said, adding that he missed racing while overseas.

“But we were pretty busy over there and you don’t have time to really miss it,” he added. “You stay pretty focused on what you have to do while you’re over there. But I was always looking forward to coming back and (racing) again.”

Welschmeyer said a military career might not be for everyone, but it suited him from an early age.

“As a kid, I always wanted to do the Army thing,” he said. “I won’t say it was always great, but overall it was a great experience for me. I got to travel the world for free. It was something that I always wanted to do. When I got deployed, I felt that I had done my part. I enjoyed it for a lot of years.”

Welschmeyer now puts his professional expertise to use in private business. He owns and operates Bronze Star Truck and Trailer in Jefferson City and said he approaches business with the same pride he viewed his military service.

“I think I provide more than just repair. I like to think that I provide a service,” Welschmeyer said.

Welschmeyer self-sponsors his race car and thanked his wife, Victoria, for supporting his racing endeavors. He said his goals for the rest of the season are simple.

“We just want to get back to where we’re competitive,” he said. “Over the last two or three years, we haven’t been as competitive as we were in the past I think we’re on the right track back to that. I just want to have fun and be competitive.”

This Saturday night’s Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series is part of a big weekend at Lucas Oil Speedway. The new off road track debuts with the GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire during the day time Saturday and Sunday. Fans purchasing off racing tickets Saturday or a weekend pass are admitted to the dirt track free Saturday night.

The Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series this week is presented by The National Wild Turkey Federation. The program will feature the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, running a special 25-lap feature for $1,000 to win. The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods also will be in action.

Hot laps are set for 7 p.m. with racing at 7:35.

Dirt-track-only admission:
Adults (16 and up) $12
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $9
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family pass $25
Pit pass-$30

For ticket information either the Off Road track or dirt track program, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Here’s a rundown of the GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire, for the practice day on Friday and races on Saturday and Sunday:

Friday
Noon – Spectator gates open.
1:30 p.m. – Session 1 practice (3 laps for each class); a 30-minute break before session 2 practice.
4:30 p.m. – Session 3 practice.

Tickets: $10 general admission/pit pass combo (ages 6 and up), FREE (ages 5-and-under). 3-day pass, GA/pit pass combo ($60 day of event, $50 in advance online at www.showclix.com/events/8559). Seniors (62 and up) 3-day pass $54 day of event and $44 in advance online. Youth (ages 6-15) 3-day pass $20 (day of event and online). All tickets include access to the pit area.

Saturday and Sunday
9 a.m. – Spectator gates open.
9:30 a.m. – Mod Kart qualifying, followed by Pro 4, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy and Pro 2 qualifying.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Break for lunch/vendor exhibit visits.
1 p.m. – Mod Kart exhibition race, UTV race.
2:30 p.m. – Opening ceremonies followed by Pro 4, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy and Pro 2 races.

Tickets: $30 general admission/pit pass combo (ages 16 and up) day of event and $25 in advance online; seniors (62 and up) 3-day pass $27 day of event and $22 in advance online. Youth (ages 6-15) 3-day pass $10 (day of event and online). All tickets include access to the pit area. FREE ages 5-and-under. Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $60 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages (6-15) can only be purchased day of event at the gate; Adult Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$60 (Day of Event) and $50 in advance online; Seniors (62 and up)/Military Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$54 (day of event) and $44 in advance online. Youth Ages (6-15) Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20 (day of event and online).

The Tailgate Guys Radio Show, with co-hosts Lyndal Scranton and Steve Koehler, airs each Saturday from 11:05 a.m.-noon on KICK 92.3 FM, 1340 AM and online at 923kick.com.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedules, visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com.

To get ticket information on any event this season at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com for further information.

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

Click www.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 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.

US 36 Raceway Dirt Track Cancelled for Friday Night 7/21/2017 due to Extreme Heat

July 23rd, 2017

Due to extreme heat and the interest of our fans US 36 Raceway Dirt Track has cancelled Miller Welding Friday Night 7/21/2017 racing activities! With predicted heat index over 105 degrees the comfort and safety of our fans would be in jeopardy. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope to see everyone next Friday Night for the ASCS Summer Nationals!

Due to Excessive Heat and Heat Index Warnings Predicted for Saturday, July 22nd, Central Missouri Speedway is Canceling Racing for the Night!

July 23rd, 2017

(Warrensburg, MO) With wide-spread expected heat and heat index warnings over the next several days, Central Missouri Speedway has decided to cancel racing for Saturday, July 22nd. Promoter Earl Walls said, “It’s just not safe for the racers and fans this weekend.”

Racing resumes at CMS the following Saturday, July 29th for KDKD/Ag 1280 Radio Race Night featuring USRA Modifieds, Street Stocks, Midwest Mod-Lites, USRA B-Mods, and Pure Stocks.

On Saturday, July 29th pit gates will open at 4:30, grandstands at 5, driver pill draw closes at 6:15. Warning: late drivers will not be awarded passing points. Call the track report line on race day at 660-747-2166 if something prevents you from arriving on time. The pit meeting takes place at 6:30, hot laps roll out at 7:00 and racing begins at 7:30.

General admission next week is as follows: Adults $12, Military w/I.D. and Seniors 65 to 74 $10, kids ages six to twelve $5, five years and under are free, seniors 75 and older are also free. Seniors 80 and older may receive free pit admission courtesy of promoter Earl Walls, who recently celebrated his own 80th birthday in 2017! Pit passes for anyone entering the pits up to age 79 are $30. There will be no private vehicles allowed in the pits on Saturday, only race cars and haulers are permitted.

In just a few weeks, CMS will host one of the most anticipated nights of the year with the annual “Kid’s Night at the Races” on Saturday, August 5th. CMS is currently seeking donations to make for an unforgettable night for the participating kids ages toddler to 12 years. Donations of bikes, backpacks, school supplies, hero cards, t-shirts, business coupons, and various small-sized treats are requested. CMS will also take monetary donations for the event, funds will be used to purchase school supplies to stuff the backpacks and goodie bags with to ensure every child on hand goes home with a bag and plenty of chances to win additional prizes. Donations may be dropped off on the pit side of the speedway to anyone working in the pit entrance office.

Although it seems too early to think about fall racing, October will be here before a blink of an eye and this year CMS has one additional huge event planned for Friday, October 20th and Saturday, October 21st for the first annual ‘Triple SSS at CMS’ Street Stock Showdown. Drivers will gun for a $5,000 payday on the hollowed grounds of CMS over this two-day event. USRA B-Mods are also part of the program each night. You can find all you need to know for the Triple SSS weekend on the CMS website under the heading of Street Stock Showdown Headquarters at www.centralmissourispeedway.net.

Keep up 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! Keep up with CMS news and information by pointing your browser to www.centralmissourispeedway.net. The Website includes standings, results, schedule, news, and much more!

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 partner team, call Susan Walls at (816) 229-1338. No calls after 8 p.m. please.

Some viewing tips for GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire on new Lucas Oil Speedway track

July 23rd, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – A new form of racing roars into south-central Missouri this weekend when the Lucas Oil Speedway Off Road track opens for the Inaugural GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire.

What exactly is Off Road Racing and what can fans seeing it for the first time expect? With the help of Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Director Ritchie Lewis, we attempt to answer some basics to enhance the viewing experience.

Lewis described Off Road racing as “like Super Cross on steroids.” For instance, the four-wheel drive trucks (Pro 4s) weigh 4,000 pounds and are capable of going more than 100 miles-per-hour. They’ll body slam into each other at times – or soar as high as four stories into the air.

What kinds of vehicles will be racing? At Lucas Oil Speedway, with the new 1.3-mile track, there will be six divisions:

Pro 4 – The big, bad trucks are four-wheel drive, full-sized vehicles with between 700 and 900 horsepower and a wheelbase between 113 and 122 inches. Minimum weight of 4,000 pounds, including driver, makes this a beast of a battering ram.

Pro 2 – This is a two-wheel drive, full-sized truck built on a standardized chassis. Like the Pro 4, it has horsepower of more than 700 and a wheelbase of between 113 and 122 inches. Weight is a minimum of 3,750 pounds.

Pro Lite – These also are two-wheel drive trucks, but in the mid-sized class on a standardized chassis. Horsepower is 300 and maximum wheelbase is 122 inches with, driver included, a 2,800-pound minimum weight.

Pro Buggy – Like its name suggests, these are buggy-type vehicles with 1,650-1,835 cc motors capable of about 210 horsepower. Minimum weight is 1,800 pounds and maximum width if 93 inches.

Mod Kart – For drivers ages 10-15, this is an advanced kart class using 250-450 cc motorcycle engines capable of about 48 horsepower. Including driver, minimum weight is 815 pounds. They’ll race in a shortened course this weekend.

Production 1000 UTV – Utility Task Vehicles (UTVs) former the new Production 1000 class, a showcase for the all-purpose vehicles.

What is short-course racing? Unlike the long courses in the desert, short courses are enclosed and purpose-built for racing. The one at Lucas Oil Speedway is more than 6,000 feet or about 1.3 miles in length with seven left-hand and two right-hand turns, including some high-flying jumps.

Are there specific areas to keep an eye on? Lewis said the front straightaway, right in front of the covered grandstands, will be fun. It includes a couple of jumps and the backstretch features perhaps the high-speed section of the track with the biggest jump, launching the vehicles four stories into the air and off the ground for about 100 feet.

Grandstand seating should provide great viewing all the way around. But fans might use binoculars to focus on a specific driver and to watch them work the wheel inside the cockpit.

“To me, it’s kind of three tracks in one,” Lewis said of the Lucas layout. “It has a lot of really cool high-banked, high-speed stuff in it and then it also has a lot of real technical rhythm sections and things of that nature, with switchbacks, and it also has a lot of real high, long jump stuff in it as well. It’s kind of got the best of all three worlds … a big track (1.3 miles) but it has a lot of short-track stuff to it as well.”

How fast will be the vehicles go? Lewis said the featured Pro 2 and Pro 4 trucks are capable of doing more than 100 miles per hour, but likely will dial back from that to preserve the health of the truck’s motor, chassis and tires.

Can fans see the vehicles up close and meet the drivers? Part of the beauty of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is that admission includes a pit pass. So you can watch your favorite driver tear up the race track and then go right down to his/her pit and watch the crew work to get ready for the next race. The drivers enjoy meeting fans and are often available for photos and autographs throughout the day.

Who are some of the leading drivers? Season championship points leaders in 2017 include Kyle LeDuc (Pro 4), Jeremy McGrath (Pro 2), Jerett Brooks (Pro Lite), Eliott Watson (Pro Buggy), Cole Keatts (Mod Kart) and Brock Heger (Prod 1000 UTV).

McGrath is the most successful AMA Supercross racer in history who also became a star for his participation in ESPN’s X Games. He’s made a smooth transition into racing trucks and is seeking his second win of the 2017 season this weekend.

When does it start and end? The complete daily schedule is listed below, but Off Road Racing is a daylight sport. Gates to the public open at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday with qualifying starting at 9:30 a.m. After a break during the lunch hour, races in the afternoon begin at 1 p.m. for Mod Karts and UTVs and at 2:30 for opening ceremonies and the rest of the races.

What else goes on or is available to do between races? You can grab a bite to eat from our concessions stands, enjoy a cold beer or soda or check out some of the great merchandise. Vendors will have a wide variety of items for sale.

How about the dirt oval track on Saturday? Fans purchasing tickets to Saturday’s Off Road races or a three-day Off Road pass get free admission to Saturday night’s Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series program on the Lucas Oil Speedway dirt track.

For ticket information either the Off Road track or dirt track program, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Here’s a rundown of the GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire, for the practice day on Friday and races on Saturday and Sunday:

Friday
Noon – Spectator gates open.
1:30 p.m. – Session 1 practice (3 laps for each class); a 30-minute break before session 2 practice.
4:30 p.m. – Session 3 practice.

Tickets: $10 general admission/pit pass combo (ages 6 and up), FREE (ages 5-and-under). 3-day pass, GA/pit pass combo ($60 day of event, $50 in advance online at www.showclix.com/events/8559). Seniors (62 and up) 3-day pass $54 day of event and $44 in advance online. Youth (ages 6-15) 3-day pass $20 (day of event and online). All tickets include access to the pit area.

Saturday and Sunday
9 a.m. – Spectator gates open.
9:30 a.m. – Mod Kart qualifying, followed by Pro 4, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy and Pro 2 qualifying.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Break for lunch/vendor exhibit visits.
1 p.m. – Mod Kart exhibition race, UTV race.
2:30 p.m. – Opening ceremonies followed by Pro 4, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy and Pro 2 races.

Tickets: $30 general admission/pit pass combo (ages 16 and up) day of event and $25 in advance online; seniors (62 and up) 3-day pass $27 day of event and $22 in advance online. Youth (ages 6-15) 3-day pass $10 (day of event and online). All tickets include access to the pit area. FREE ages 5-and-under. Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $60 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages (6-15) can only be purchased day of event at the gate; Adult Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$60 (Day of Event) and $50 in advance online; Seniors (62 and up)/Military Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$54 (day of event) and $44 in advance online. Youth Ages (6-15) Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20 (day of event and online).

For complete information on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, please visit www.LucasOilOffRoad.com.

Construction on the Lucas Oil Speedway Off Road track, which is approximately 6,000 feet in length, began in the spring of 2016. It joins a vast complex that includes the dirt track which plays host to the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series, “Lake Lucas” where the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series holds two major events each year and the Slick Track where go-kart racing is held weekly and competitive quarter midget racing has been held for the first time in 2017.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedules, visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com.

To get ticket information on any event this season at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com for further information.

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

Click www.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 high-flying action of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series comes to the Midwest, Friday-through-Sunday, at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo.

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.

Michael Faccinto Grabs Petaluma “Hall of Fame Race”

July 22nd, 2017

Slipping past a bicycling Ronnie Gardner on the lap 23 restart, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) scored last Saturday’s “Jack London Hall of Fame Race” at Petaluma Speedway. Co-sanctioned with BCRA, the 30-lap triumph was Faccinto’s first Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget victory of the season. Frankie Guerrini, Alex Schutte, Shannon McQueen, and Danny Carroll rounded out the top-five drivers.

With four official lead changes and four different leaders, the main event showcased torrid battles for position on the heavy Petaluma surface. Second starting Frankie Guerrini grabbed the early lead and quickly felt pressure from Courtney Crone. As Guerrini’s mount wheelied several times on the hooked up adobe clay, Crone managed to grab the top spot on the lap fourteen. Looking for her first series win, Courtney’s lead was taken by Ronnie Gardner six laps later.

While most racers chose the bottom line, the eighth starting Gardner preferred the top groove against a stout cushion. Several caution flags slowed the action and Gardner, who earlier won the companion winged 360 sprint car main, lost the lead to Faccinto on a restart. Saving his mount and losing a few positions, Gardner made his way back to third, only to flip along with the second running Crone on the backstretch. Both drivers were ok as Gardner returned to action and a shaken Crone was done for the night. Faccinto ran away from the competition and won his second Petaluma “Hall of Fame Race.”

Racing the MF Motorsports’ #35 CP Carrillo / OZV Spike, Michael Faccinto earned his fifth career series win after starting sixth. Qualifying second out of 23 racers, the 2016 Louie Vermeil Classic winner placed third in his heat race. To date, Michael ranks fifth in the point chase with one Woodland Auto Display Top Qualifier Award, three top-10 finishes, and 7 feature laps led.

After leading the opening 13 laps, a resurging Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) took second in the Petaluma feature. Driving the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini was seventh quick overall and ran second to Danny Carroll in his heat race. The 2015 BCRA Champion is currently third in the standings with four top-10 finishes.

Alex Schutte (Redding, California) charged from fifth to third in the “Jack London Hall of Fame Race.” Piloting the Schutte/McElwee #28 Proficio / Aircraft Electrical Components Spike, Schutte qualified fourth overall and took fourth in his heat race. The 2010 Champion is eleventh in points with two top-10 finishes and 12 feature laps led to his credit.

After a last corner scramble, Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, California) emerged with a fourth place finish from ninth at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Boss, McQueen was ninth fast in time trials and scored third in her heat race. The 2012 Champion is tenth in the point chase with one top-10 finish on the season.

Danny Carroll (Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia) took fifth at the Petaluma checkered flags after starting twelfth. Racing Sean Dodenhoff’s #9C Lightning Medical / Rocket Sports & Entertainment Spike, Carroll qualified thirteenth overall and won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1.

J.R. Williams (Carson City, Nevada) earned the night’s Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger / Best Passing Job honors with a twelfth place run from twenty-third. Piloting his #74 Carson City Dodge-Chrysler / Les Schwab Tire Spike, Williams was twenty-third fast in time trials and scored eighth in his heat race.

Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) earned his second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the campaign. Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 PAC Springs / Wilwood Brakes Stewart, Gardner took third in his heat race and rebounded to score sixth in the main event. To date, the point leader has two feature wins, two heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 40 feature laps led.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) raced to victory in the Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #2. Racing the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott qualified fourteenth overall and ran seventh in the feature after slowing through the last corners. At press time, the 2015 Rookie of the Year is second in points with three heat race victories and four top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) won the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3. Piloting the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby was twelfth fast in time trials and scored fifteenth in the main event. To date, Robert is sixth in the point chase with two heat race victories, one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, and two top-10 finishes.

The Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets will take a break before returning to action on Saturday, August 19th, at Mike Kappmeyer’s Santa Maria Raceway. The fifth point race will also feature the Western RaceSaver 305 Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, American Stocks, Mini Stocks, and WRA Vintage Cars. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $16 and for more event information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

The Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Esslinger Engineering, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
August 19: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
September 2: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 7: *Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions)
September 16: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
September 30: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
October 14: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
October 28: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 18: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
November 23: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)

Bloomquist Survives Epic Battle to Win at Brown County

July 22nd, 2017

ABERDEEN, SD –The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series’ first-ever visit to the Dakotas will go down as a memorable one. Scott Bloomquist survived several challenges to win Tuesday night at Brown County Speedway. Josh Richards came from the ninth starting spot to finish second with Tim McCreadie, who led a number of laps, ultimately came home in third. Completing the top five were Hudson O’Neal and Brandon Sheppard.

With his sixth LOLMDS win of the year, Bloomquist now has 584 career victories. Bloomquist took the lead for good with nine laps to go from McCreadie and then had to hold off a hard-charging Richards at the end.

“Man, it feels good to get back to victory lane. We have had trouble with the car vapor-locking. We dropped out of four races, and the decent point lead we had went south on us in a hurry with those. We are just glad to be back on top here tonight. The car ran well all night tonight. The Andy Durham engine was as smooth as it could be,” said the 53-year-old driver.

Bloomquist was able to find traction in the middle line and top line of the race track after he and McCreadie raced side-by-side for several laps in heavy lapped traffic. “Yes, I think that helped me. We pretty much stayed there the rest of the race. We might have went low a few times. There were a couple of rough spots, but all-in-all, the track was really good after they went out and worked on it.”

McCreadie jumped to the lead in his Sweeteners Plus, Longhorn and led the first 16 laps of the race. Bloomquist who started alongside McCreadie on the front row then caught McCreadie in traffic as he would take over the lead on lap 17. For the next 17 laps, the two put on a show for the lead going back and forth for the top spot. A caution on lap 34 allowed McCreadie some breathing room as all lapped cars restarted on the tail.

McCreadie led until lap 37 when Bloomquist forged ahead again. Bloomquist, McCreadie and fast-qualifier, Mike Marlar then staged a three-car battle for the lead, with Hudson O’Neal gaining on the leaders and bringing several others to join the fight for the lead with him. A caution on lap 41 set-up a nine-lap dash to the finish in which Bloomquist held off all challengers for the win.

Bloomquist’s Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car is sponsored by Reece Monument Company, Crop Production Services, Mark Martin Automotive, Sweet Mfg., Base Racing Fuel, Horton Coal, Sorbera Chiropractic, Petroff Towing, and Crossfit by Overton.

Richards maintains his LOLMDS points lead with his second-place finish in his Best Performance Motorsports, Rocket. “It was a little hairy at the start. I got into Darrell [Lanigan] there and everybody was jammed up. It looked like it was going to be one-lane on the bottom, but the groove moved up fortunately for us. If we could have restart the race near the end I think we could have been good. We were just able to get by Mikey [Marlar] and Timmy [McCreadie] there at the end.”

McCreadie was credited with a third-place finish after Richards got around him late in the race. “We had a lot of fun out there. It got to be where I just couldn’t steer as well through the center. I was a little bit of a sitting duck. The car just wasn’t comfortable running up top.”

Completing the top ten were Jimmy Owens, Mike Marlar, Kent Arment, Don O’Neal, and Darrell Lanigan.

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About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nation’s premier dirt late model sanctioning organization. In 2016, the LOLMDS will sanction 53 events in 19 states. The series is owned by the parent company Lucas Oil Products Inc. and receives national exposure through a TV package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios. LOLMDS events will be broadcast on four TV Networks including CBS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network and the MAVTV Motorsports Network. For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit the official website at: www.LucasDirt.com.
About Lucas Oil Racing TV
The Future of Motorsports is HERE! Get Lucas Oil Racing TV and experience racing excitement like you’ve never seen! Lucas Oil Racing TV is the online app for all your favorite devices like Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Android Devices and more! No matter where you are or when you want to watch, you can stream the best and most exciting motor racing on the planet!

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

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

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

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

Beaver Dam Ahead for IRA Sprints

July 22nd, 2017

This Saturday, July 22nd, the cars and stars of the Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association return to the high banked 1/3rd mile Beaver Dam Raceway in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. In recent times Beaver Dam has been dominated by Bill Balog who has won on 7 of his last 9 appearances at Beaver Dam Raceway including the 2016 World of Outlaws event. Hometown hero Scotty Neitzel will be trying hard to dethrone Balog as the King of Beaver Dam, as will another hometown driver and king in his own right, the King Of the Sherm Nation, Jeremy Schultz. It seems though that the driver that stands the best chance of beating Balog is the driver of the Scott Thiel Builders 64 machine, Scotty Thiel. Thiel has won 2 of the last 4 IRA shows and 3 of his last 5 races overall. The STM team has come on strong in July and if they want to challenge Balog for the 2017 IRA championship, they will need to keep the momentum going.
Kyle Marten and Steve Meyer have both proven consistent as well this season, as Meyer has scored 6 top tens, and has continually been fast. Marten has been even stronger with 11 top tens and one win on the season, he will be looking to continue that momentum on Saturday.

Saturday the pit gates will open at 3:30 with grandstands opening at 4:30. Qualifying is scheduled for 6 with racing to follow.

The IRA would like to thank our wonderful sponsors, Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts, Osborn and Son Trucking, TW Metals, Carriage Auto Body, Cummins Onan, Hopf Farms, Hagar’s Half Pound Cookies and Hoosier Tire.

Coughlin Set to Sling Some Dirt in Front of His Home State Fans

July 22nd, 2017

DELAWARE, OHIO – For the second time in Cody Coughlin’s life he will race on a dirt-covered race track. After a strong run in last year’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway (OH), Coughlin will return to his home-state track, this time with his JEGS.com/RIDE TV Toyota Tundra for Ohio-based ThorSport Racing.

In 2016, Coughlin won the last-chance qualifier and raced his way into the top 10 before a cut tire prematurely ended his night. The confidence of racing strong on the dirt this year has stuck with Coughlin as he prepares for his second dirt start on Wednesday, July 19.

“After last year’s run I’m very optimistic that we’ll be pretty good in the race,” said Coughlin. “I imagine that there will still be a big transition because I don’t race on dirt hardly ever, but I’m confident we can come out of there with a top 10. Kenny Wallace (NASCAR & Dirt Modified Racer / FOX TV commentator) helped me a bunch last year in how to get around a dirt track and I haven’t forgotten what he told me. This year I’ll have Donnie Moran with me and he knows a thing or two about winning at Eldora Speedway.”

Donnie Moran will be Coughlin’s driver coach at Eldora Speedway. Moran is a five-time crown-jewel winner of Dirt Late Model races at Eldora Speedway (four World 100 wins / one Dream win). In fact, he is also known as the “Million Dollar Man” for his victory at Eldora in 2000 when the race paid a million dollars to win.

Wednesday’s race is also Coughlin’s only race of the year in his home-state of Ohio. Coughlin hails from Delaware, Ohio, which is less than 100 miles east of Rossburg where Eldora Speedway is located.

“It’s always fun to race in front of friends and family. That doesn’t happen often now that I’m racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. We only have one race in Ohio, so that makes this race at Eldora even more special. It’s also the home race for ThorSport too, since our shop is in Sandusky, so it’ll be cool to be near our home and the team’s home.”

Coughlin will hit the track on Tuesday, July 18 for two practice sessions at Eldora. The first session will begin at 7 p.m. ET and final practice will begin at 9 p.m. ET.

Wednesday, July 19 is Eldora Dirt Derby race day. Qualifying will take place at 5:15 p.m. ET. Heat races will follow at 7:30 p.m. ET with the feature race set to begin at 9:30 p.m. ET. Wednesday’s race will air live on FOX Business.

Race fans will have the chance to meet Coughlin at Eldora Speedway at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series autograph session from 3-3:45 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

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.

Big weekend ahead at Lucas Oil Speedway with new Off Road venue joining regular oval track action

July 22nd, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – After an exciting edition of the CMH Diamond Nationals, attention now turns to one of the biggest weekends in Lucas Oil Speedway history.

The unveiling of the new off road course for the Inaugural GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire highlights a weekend of action that also will include the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series on the dirt oval track on Saturday night.

“We’ve been eagerly awaiting this weekend for more than a year, since construction of the off road track began,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “We been receiving calls about tickets for months and have fans coming from all over the country for this.

“The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is something that is truly unique and thrilling to see and we’re excited to open up our new, purpose-built venue for what is sure to be action-packed and memorable racing. Saturday, with the doubleheader of off road in the day and our dirt track at night, offers a combination unlike any venue in the country.”

Engines fire up on Friday as gates open at noon for a practice day as Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series teams get their all-important first test session on the new track.

Off Road racing veteran Carl Renezeder, who’s won nine off road short-course championships, said the practice day will be important for the drivers and teams to get a good read on the surface and layout before qualifying and racing on Saturday and Sunday.

“I’ve seen some pictures and there’s been talk of some interesting elements on the track with some big, wide-open turns and banks and over-under jumps,” Renezeder said. “It’ll be interesting to get there and see what it looks like.

“Gearing will be important. We’re used to driving on smaller, tighter tracks and apparently, this one is pretty wide open.”

Robinson reminds fans that the grandstand at the new off road track is covered and that ample concessions will be available through the daytime programs each day. He also encourages fans to arrive early on Saturday and stay throughout as a ticket to the off road event – either that day for via a weekend pass – includes admission to the dirt track that night.

Gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday for the GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire with qualifying kicking off a 9:30 a.m.

Off road classes in action include Pro 4, Pro 2, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy, Production 1000 UTV and Mod Karts.

“We also invite our Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series drivers and crews to arrive early, get their pit passes and enjoy the day at the off road event,” Robinson said.

The Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series on Saturday night is presented by The National Wild Turkey Federation. The program will feature the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, running a special 25-lap feature for $1,000 to win. The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods also will be in action.

Hot laps are set for 7 p.m. with racing at 7:35.

Dirt-track-only admission:
Adults (16 and up) $12
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $9
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family pass $25
Pit pass-$30

For ticket information either the Off Road track or dirt track program, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Here’s a rundown of the GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire, for the practice day on Friday and races on Saturday and Sunday:

Friday
Noon – Spectator gates open.
1:30 p.m. – Session 1 practice (3 laps for each class); a 30-minute break before session 2 practice.
4:30 p.m. – Session 3 practice.

Tickets: $10 general admission/pit pass combo (ages 6 and up), FREE (ages 5-and-under). 3-day pass, GA/pit pass combo ($60 day of event, $50 in advance online at www.showclix.com/events/8559). Seniors (62 and up) 3-day pass $54 day of event and $44 in advance online. Youth (ages 6-15) 3-day pass $20 (day of event and online). All tickets include access to the pit area.

Saturday and Sunday
9 a.m. – Spectator gates open.
9:30 a.m. – Mod Kart qualifying, followed by Pro 4, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy and Pro 2 qualifying.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Break for lunch/vendor exhibit visits.
1 p.m. – Mod Kart exhibition race, UTV race.
2:30 p.m. – Opening ceremonies followed by Pro 4, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy and Pro 2 races.

Tickets: $30 general admission/pit pass combo (ages 16 and up) day of event and $25 in advance online; seniors (62 and up) 3-day pass $27 day of event and $22 in advance online. Youth (ages 6-15) 3-day pass $10 (day of event and online). All tickets include access to the pit area. FREE ages 5-and-under. Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $60 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages (6-15) can only be purchased day of event at the gate; Adult Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$60 (Day of Event) and $50 in advance online; Seniors (62 and up)/Military Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$54 (day of event) and $44 in advance online. Youth Ages (6-15) Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20 (day of event and online).

For complete information on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, please visit www.LucasOilOffRoad.com.

Construction on the Lucas Oil Speedway Off Road track, which is approximately 6,000 feet in length, began in the spring of 2016. It joins a vast complex that includes the dirt track which plays host to the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series, “Lake Lucas” where the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series holds two major events each year and the Slick Track where go-kart racing is held weekly and competitive quarter midget racing has been held for the first time in 2017.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedules, visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com.

To get ticket information on any event this season at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com for further information.

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

Click www.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 high-flying action of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series comes to the Midwest, Friday-through-Sunday, at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo.

The view from the new, covered grandstand at the Lucas Oil Speedway Off Road track, set for its first event this weekend.

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.

Thiel Victorious Again with Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprints

July 21st, 2017

22 Bumper to Bumper Interstate Racing Association(IRA) sprint car teams signed in to compete in the Norm Nelson Classic at the Historic Angell Park Speedway. Osborn and Son Trucking Qualifying saw Bill Balog take quick time over Jeremy Schultz and Paul Nienhiser. Scotty Thiel and and Scotty Neitzel rounded out the top 5.

Weld Wheels Heat Race 1 saw Thiel quickly move from 3rd to the lead followed close behind by Balog. Balog would make a few challenges for the lead, but could not find a way around Thiel’s Professional Plating machine. At the line it would be Thiel over Balog. Todd Daun came across in 3rd followed by Steve Meyer and Mike Reinke.
Allstar Performance Heat Race 2 would be dominated by outside front row starter, Phillip Mock. Mock picked up the win over Neitzel and Russel Borland. Schultz and Ben Schmidt would finish 4th and 5th respectively.
DMI Racing/ R&H Enterprises Heat Race 3 was won by pole sitter Kyle Marten in the Oostburg Concrete 99. Nienhiser would come home in 2nd ahead of Wayne Modjeski and Tayler Malsam. Scott Uttech would complete the top 5 in his 7 machine.

A main action saw Neitzel take the early lead but soon Thiel was on his bumper. Thiel was able to get around the 2w of Neitzel and take off from the field. As the race wore on Schultz moved into 2nd ahead of Nienhiser. Balog had moved from his 10th starting position into 4 when the caution flag fell with just 3 laps remaining for Steve Meyer who blew a tire. The restart gave Balog a chance to move around Nienhiser for 3rd, and Schultz an opportunity to challenge for the win, but the 64 machine was just too strong and it was Scotty Thiel pulling into victory lane for the 2nd time this year in IRA competition. Schultz would settle for 2nd and Balog would come home 3rd. Scotty Neitzel would bring his 2w across in 4th and Nienhiser would finish in 5th.

The IRA is set to return to action Saturday night July 22nd at the Beaver Dam Raceway in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Then the teams travel north to the Langlade County Speedway in Antigo, Wisconsin on July 28.

The IRA would like to thank our wonderful sponsors, Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts, Osborn and Son Trucking, TW Metals, Carriage Auto Body, Cummins Onan, Hopf Farms, Hagar’s Half Pound Cookies and Hoosier Tire..

Miller Welding Night at the Races this Friday, US 36 Raceway Dirt Track!!!

July 21st, 2017

Make your plans now to attend this Friday as Miller Welding and Boller Motorsports presents USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Modifieds, Pure Stocks and E-Modifieds all performing on the grandest stage of all, The US 36 High Banks!!! After a stellar week of racing action last Friday Night we expect more of the same this week as they go side by side and wheel to wheel for your racing entertainment. Who will “park it” in Lake Road Warehouse Winners Circle this week, be there to find out!!!!

Concessions will be hot and ready, beer iced down and cold with racing like no other. Intermission will feature a good old fashioned water balloon fight down front! Come prepared to get wet and have fun as this will be for kids of all ages as we will try to get the drivers involved as well. Drivers against the fans? Who’s in?
Get ready to have fun this Friday Night as Miller Welding and Boller Motorsports presents Racing Under the Lights at US 36 Raceway Dirt Track !!!!

USMTS Nebraska bound for 7th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals

July 21st, 2017

GREENWOOD, Neb.-The United States Modified Touring Series brings the best of the best in the dirt modified world to share the limelight with the best of the best in the dirt late model world this week as the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., hosts the 7th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals.

Joining the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for two huge nights at the 4/10-mile clay oval, the stars and cars of the Casey’s USMTS National Tour powered by S&S Fishing & Rental will have an open practice this Thursday night, July 20, followed by double qualifying heats and a pole dash on Friday, July 21. Last-chance races and the big $10,000-to-win star-studded main event with a three-wide start happen on Saturday, July 22.

Tommy Myer of Blooming Prairie, Minn., won the first-ever USMTS race at the I-80 Speedway in 2005. The series returned in 2011 to be a part of the Silver Dollar Nationals with Fertile, Iowa’s Kelly Shryock capturing the preliminary night feature and Jeremy Payne of Springfield, Mo., collecting the winner’s check on Saturday. One year later, Jason Hughes of Watts, Okla., won the Friday night feature while another Springfield driver, Terry Phillips, claimed the 2nd Annual Silver Dollar Nationals trophy.

But since 2013, nobody has been close to matching the dominance of Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas. Since topping the preliminary night of the 3rd Annual Silver Dollar Nationals on July 19, 2013, ‘The Rocket’ has won seven of the last eight USMTS races at the I-80 Speedway, including a clean sweep of the Silver Dollar Nationals for four straight seasons.

Hughes-a three-time and defending USMTS national champion-captured a 2013 race here during the Casey’s Hunt for the USMTS National Championship, and another in 2012.

This year’s event will get underway on Thursday, July 20, with an open practice for the USMTS and LOLMDS. Thursday night’s action also includes a complete program for the Malvern Bank SLMR Late Models, Nebraska 360 Sprint Car Series and B-Mods.

Both the late models and USMTS will run double qualifying heat races on Friday, which will qualify cars into Saturday night’s mega-features. The Friday night portion of the 7th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals will finish off with the $1,000-to-win, winner-take-all, 10-lap Pole Dash for the USMTS modifieds.

The top 12 in passing points from the double qualifying heats advance to the USMTS Pole Dash. The top four in passing points will be inverted with the remaining eight drivers starting heads-up. How they finish the dash is how they will start the feature on Saturday night.

On Saturday night, USMTS Modifieds will be running “B” features to fill out the starting field for the 40-lap main event that will start three-wide. Saturday’s USMTS feature pays $10,000 to win and $600 to start while the 80-lap LOLMDS feature pays a whopping $53,000 to win and $1,700 to start.

Not only is the Silver Dollar Nationals a must-see crown jewel on the USMTS calendar, this year’s race also serves as the final contest in the MSD Ignition USMTS Central Region presented by Summit Racing Equipment.

Cade Dillard of Robeline, La., leads the standings but lurking just 23 points back is New Sharon, Iowa’s Zack VanderBeek who is coming off of three out of four wins during this past weekend’s swing through the Bay area of Wisconsin/

Other drivers expected for this year’s Silver Dollar Nationals include two-time USMTS national champ Ryan Gustin and teammate Jason Hughes, plus Kevin Rutherford, Ryan Schaffer, Darron Fuqua, Pat Graham, Jesse Sobbing, Lucas Schott, Jardin Fuller, Zane DeVilbiss, Dylan Smith, Bumper Jones and many more.

The I-80 Speedway is located one block north of I-80 at exit 420, halfway between Omaha and Lincoln at 13909 238th St. in Greenwood, NE 68366. For more information, visit www.i-80speedway.com or call (402)-342-3453.

For those unable to attend this year’s Silver Dollar Nationals, www.DirtonDirt.com has you covered with complete live coverage both nights.

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.

Richards grabs first Lucas Oil Speedway victory

July 21st, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points leader, Josh Richards extended his lead over his competitors as he won the CMH Diamond Nationals on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway. For the 29-year-old driver in his first season of following the tour, it was his seventh series win of the year and his first ever at the Wheatland, MO facility.

Jimmy Owens looked to be on his way to another victory at the track, but Richards, tracked him down and took the lead with 8 laps to-go. Owens then got too high in turn four while trying to get back around Richards and his car stalled with three laps remaining in the race. Richards then went unchallenged for the win.

“We weren’t very fast in hot laps or qualifying. We basically went with the same set-up as last night, and then we made some adjustments. We weren’t that great at the beginning, but the longer the race went, the tires on the car felt good; I hate it for Jimmy though. I saw that he tried to get back by me on the outside and he got up close to the wall and the car must have stalled or something.”

The race went the first 57 laps caution-free until Owens brought out the only caution of the race. The long green-flag conditions helped Richards out he said. “Jimmy was pretty good early, and he was so far out there, but he eventually came back to us. We just have to focus on being fast, the last two nights helped a lot. It can turnaround in a heartbeat.”

The Eric and Kelly Brock-owned Best Performance Motorsports Rocket is powered by a Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by Bulk Material Lift.com, Peoples National Bank, Corey Frazier-State Farm Insurance, Valvoline, Keyser, Riggs Motorsports, Integra, Sunoco, and Alexander Lawn and Garden.

Hudson O’Neal started on the outside of row number one and trailed Owens for the first 37 laps of the race until Richards went by him. At one-point Hudson O’Neal had pulled to within two car lengths of Owens in traffic, but Owens pulled out to a straightaway lead after that.

Don O’Neal made a late-race charge, passing his son to move into third-place. After the caution for Owens, O’Neal fought off challenges from his son and his Clint Bowyer Racing-teammate, Darrell Lanigan, who came home in third.

“We still have some work to do to catch the number 1 car, but we are getting there,” said the 2014 LOLMDS National Champion, Don O’Neal. “We have a third last night and a second tonight, so we are getting close to having this Peak Antifreeze and Coolant and Cometic Gasket car back to Victory Lane.

“We keep coming up short, but we have got to keep digging. We were good out in the open and with traffic. This was a new car last night and we are happy to keep getting these podium finishes. If we keep running like this, the wins will come.”

Lanigan commented on his podium finish as well. “Tonight was a good night for the Clint Bowyer team. On that final restart, I thought I could roll the top and go by those guys ahead of me, but it just didn’t work out as I had planned.”

Completing the top ten were Tim McCreadie, Dennis Erb Jr., Jake O’Neil, Earl Pearson Jr. and Steve Francis.

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.

First trip to new Lucas Oil Speedway off road venue part of champ Renezeder’s last go-around

July 21st, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri- After racing trucks at high speeds, banging doors with opponents and soaring through the air for 19 years, Carl Renezeder said his decision to retire from the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at season’s end is simple.

“I’ve been in this sport for a long time and I just think I’ve kind of run my course in short-course racing,” Renezeder said. “I’m ready to try some different things.”

But before the nine-time national champion with 122 short-course victories calls it quits, Renezeder is eager to chase one more series title – and fly around the new off road track at Lucas Oil Speedway this weekend.

The 53-year-old southern California native is one of the star attractions as the series makes a rare appearance in this part of the country. But for those with long memories, it’s not Renezeder’s first time to race in south-central Missouri.

Back in 2007, the Lucas Oil World Series of Off Road Racing came to the oval track. But now it’s a whole new ballgame, with a devoted, 1.3-mile course built with turns, jumps and banking that promises to challenge the sport’s best drivers.

“My understanding is this is going to be a little different than other tracks we see,” Renezeder said. “It’s longer than what we’re used to and has some different elements. It’ll be interesting.”

Renezeder has been thrilling fans for two decades in the unique form of racing that is most-often associated with the deserts of the southwestern United States. In fact, he got his start in desert racing, doing Baja 1000 and 500 events more than 20 years ago.

But the short-course style of off road appealed to him and he’s been one of the sports stars ever since, driving in both the Pro 4 and Pro 2 divisions. He became the first driver to win championships in both the two-wheel and four-wheel divisions in the same season when he captured the 2009 Unlimited 2 and Unlimited 4 divisions in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.

This season he has one victory and is third in Pro 4 points, behind Kyle LeDuc and Rob MacCachren.

“It’s the door-to-door, side-by-side type of racing that we get to do that appeals to me,” Renezeder said. “We get to fly through the air and the trucks have a lot of horsepower. It’s just a lot of fun.”

He said the fans seeing the sport in person for the first time will literally feel the power.

“It’s similar to drag racing, though not quite to that extent, but you’re going to hear 12 trucks get on the gas at the start of the race and … you feel it through your whole body,” Renezeder said. “Seeing the trucks jumping through the air, on some tracks as far as 200 feet, that’s something people aren’t used to seeing.”

With only three events remaining on the 2017 schedule after this weekend, Renezeder’s days of going fast and flying high are limited. But he said it’s time and is content with his decision.

“I have bucket-list items that I need to check off,” Renezeder said of what’s next. “I want to get back to doing triathlons again and training on my bicycle and swimming. Just doing some things that I haven’t been able to do as much as I would have liked these last few years.”

Practice day for the GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire is Friday with gates opening at noon. On Saturday and Sunday, gates open at 9 a.m. with qualifying kicking off a 9:30 a.m.

Off road classes in action include Pro 4, Pro 2, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy, Production 1000 UTV and Mod Karts.

The Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series also will be in action Saturday night on the oval track, making for a full day of racing. Fans with Off Road event tickets will be admitted free to the races that night.

For ticket information either the Off Road track or dirt track program, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Here’s a rundown of the GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire, for the practice day on Friday and races on Saturday and Sunday:

Friday
Noon – Spectator gates open.
1:30 p.m. – Session 1 practice (3 laps for each class); a 30-minute break before session 2 practice.
4:30 p.m. – Session 3 practice.

Tickets: $10 general admission/pit pass combo (ages 6 and up), FREE (ages 5-and-under). 3-day pass, GA/pit pass combo ($60 day of event, $50 in advance online at www.showclix.com/events/8559). Seniors (62 and up) 3-day pass $54 day of event and $44 in advance online. Youth (ages 6-15) 3-day pass $20 (day of event and online). All tickets include access to the pit area.

Saturday and Sunday
9 a.m. – Spectator gates open.
9:30 a.m. – Mod Kart qualifying, followed by Pro 4, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy and Pro 2 qualifying.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Break for lunch/vendor exhibit visits.
1 p.m. – Mod Kart exhibition race, UTV race.
2:30 p.m. – Opening ceremonies followed by Pro 4, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy and Pro 2 races.

Tickets: $30 general admission/pit pass combo (ages 16 and up) day of event and $25 in advance online; seniors (62 and up) 3-day pass $27 day of event and $22 in advance online. Youth (ages 6-15) 3-day pass $10 (day of event and online). All tickets include access to the pit area. FREE ages 5-and-under. Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $60 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages (6-15) can only be purchased day of event at the gate; Adult Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$60 (Day of Event) and $50 in advance online; Seniors (62 and up)/Military Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$54 (day of event) and $44 in advance online. Youth Ages (6-15) Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20 (day of event and online).

For complete information on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, please visit www.LucasOilOffRoad.com.

Construction on the Lucas Oil Speedway Off Road track, which is approximately 6,000 feet in length, began in the spring of 2016. It joins a vast complex that includes the dirt track which plays host to the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series, “Lake Lucas” where the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series holds two major events each year and the Slick Track where go-kart racing is held weekly and competitive quarter midget racing has been held for the first time in 2017.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedules, visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com.

To get ticket information on any event this season at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com for further information.

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

Click www.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 high-flying action of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series comes to the Midwest, Friday-through-Sunday, at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo.

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.

Cummins’ Last Lap, Last Corner Move Nets Spectacular Haubstadt ISW Victory

July 20th, 2017

Haubstadt, Indiana………As soon as the yellow light switched on for the final caution period of the evening, Kyle Cummins devised a plan.

It was a plan born out of necessity that Cummins felt served as his best bet to compete for a victory in the closing laps of Saturday night’s penultimate Indiana Sprint Week presented by Camping World round at Tri-State Speedway.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. seemingly had the event stowed away for safe-keeping after leading the first 27 circuits of the 30-lap event, but a double-dose of yellow flags in the final laps would turn the tide for Cummins of nearby Princeton, Indiana.

Following a yellow for a Donny Brackett spin between turns three and four with three to go, Cummins hatched his plan after deciphering that he had no way of passing Thomas had he maintained his line on the bottom. This time around, Cummins had full intentions of executing his plan of attack, but decided at the last instant to abort the mission.

“I knew on that one yellow (on lap 28), I was going to the top,” Cummins remembered. “I looked up there and thought the bottom looked so much better. As soon as we took the green, I went in there on the bottom and I felt like it was already too late.”

Cummins would soon receive a reprieve when tenth-running Dave Darland’s car went up in smoke as Thomas rounded turns three and four and was seemingly headed home to take the checkered. The plan was renewed and Cummins wasn’t going to let this second chance slip away.

“As soon as it went yellow, I knew 100 percent what I was going to do,” Cummins exclaimed. “It was so much better up top. The bottom was good, but once everyone was running it, it started getting slick and you really had to chock it up getting in. We got the car to where, once I loosened it up a little bit to be able to get in a little harder on the top, that thing came around there and man, was it good!”

After serving as Thomas’ shadow throughout the entire duration of the event prior to the final caution, Cummins decided the lower portion of the track was not among the options if a win was in the cards. On the green-white-checkered restart, Cummins went topside while Thomas remained tried-and-true to the bottom.

Cummins’ first shot was fired when he diamonded off of turn two and used a huge run to dive to the bottom of turn three on the white flag lap. Thomas anticipated Cummins’ presence and snubbed him from the lead, diving to the bottom simultaneously with Cummins to protect his spot for the time being.

On the final lap, Cummins came off turn two like a Concorde on takeoff, staying to the outside of Thomas rather than diving to the inside this time around. Thomas slid up the track from the entrance of turn three to the exit of four, allowing Cummins to counterpunch underneath. Lines changed, wheels banged, a smoke signal lifting into the sky off Cummins’ right rear rubber in a drag race off four to the finish line where Cummins swiftly prevailed for a spectacular single car-length victory in his Rock Steady Racing/ProGlide Bearings/Mach-1/Cummins for his third career USAC National Sprint Car victory and his second ISW win in as many seasons.

“As soon as it went yellow, I’m like, ‘okay this is perfect,’” Cummins explained. “I was too tight to run the top, but I decided I was going to run the top and forget about the bottom, so I adjusted my shocks to only run the top. On lap 29, I found out it was way faster to run the top. However, he was up in the way, so I tried to dive him and I had to let off going into three or we would’ve collided. That set me up for the next lap. I went up to the top and he didn’t come out as far, allowing me to get around him on the outside. Going into (turn) three, I had my mind set to run all the way around the top. When I saw him, I figured we were going to run into each other coming out of four, so I tried to diamond her down. He got on her and got a little tight. It let me get down, get the power to the ground and get to the checkered flag first.”

Cullman, Alabama’s Thomas led the first 29 and three-quarters of a lap before surrendering the position to Cummins, but wasn’t able to finish off the one that paid the most in his KT Motorsports/Abreu Vineyards – KT Construction Services/DRC/Speedway Chevy.

“On the last restart, I saw Kyle peek underneath me,” Thomas recalls. “He’s always good here and he’s going to find a way that’s faster. That’s exactly what he did. He waited until the last lap, got a good run off (turns) one and two to pull alongside me going down the backstretch. I probably dove into turn three a little too hard. I didn’t necessarily miss my marks, but I maybe could’ve slowed down a bit more to make my corner a little shorter and not load the right rear so much to where it lifted the front wheels off the ground. That’s just the way it goes sometimes. When you give a driver like Kyle that many opportunities, he’s going to find the sweet spot and he did.”

Although the spectacular highlight-reel, last corner, last lap pass for the win is certainly the moment of the night everyone will remember, the most crucial pass of the night may very well have occurred in the second heat when sixth-quickest qualifier Cummins snagged the fourth and final transfer spot from Critter Malone in the second heat race. Without that pass, Cummins would’ve been relegated to a feature starting spot outside of the fourth row instead of the outside front row position he would begin from due to the inversion of the fastest six qualifiers to transfer through each of the heat races.

“Track position is crucial, especially when it goes green for a long stretch like that,” Cummins said. “We would’ve been starting a few rows back. We might’ve gotten there, but without having a yellow, most likely, we wouldn’t have been able to catch him. There might’ve been lapped cars between us too at some point, so that was really important to get that spot.”

Kyle Cummins (Middle) enjoys his second-career “Indiana Sprint Week” presented by Camping World victory Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt along with 2nd place finisher Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Right)
and 3rd place finisher Tyler Courtney (Left).
(Ryan Sellers Photo)

Despite becoming the most synonymous name in sprint car racing at Tri-State Speedway over the past several years due to his mounting success, surprisingly, he and the team found the early-going to be a struggle to even be able to contend for a transfer spot.

“This thing was like driving a modified,” Cummins remembers. “I couldn’t get her turned. It was pushing and I was doing all I could do to get into fourth there. On the white flag, I really didn’t think I was going to get him. I went in there and it looked like he got tight, just like I did. It’s Sprint Week, so I had to drift up. The difference between starting on the front row and starting seventh is a big deal. That was probably the biggest move to put us in position to win.

Following a top-five run at Kokomo on the opening night of Indiana Sprint Week last Saturday, Cummins has had a tumultuous time obtaining the results they expected with finishes of 21st at Lawrenceburg, 18th at Gas City and a DNQ the previous night at Bloomington serving as the lead-in to his epic Haubstadt performance Saturday night, where he feels right at home.

“It seems like even when we’re not all that good, we’ve still got a chance here,” Cummins said. “I’ve raced here enough to where I can manipulate the car or, at least, get it to be competitive. This is my motor. It doesn’t run nearly as hot. I knew I could run the whole race and be on the gas hard and not have to worry about it overheating. At Kokomo, we were good, but we had a little problem right before the feature and made a little mistake. At Lawrenceburg, we just had a rough go of it and got into the wall. We didn’t know at the time that it bent the rear end. At Gas City, we weren’t that good. In Terre haute hot laps, I was terrible. At Bloomington, we were awful. After last night, we all looked at each other and threw everything we had at it. It just wasn’t working. We pulled the rear-end out today and it was bent pretty good. We put a new rear-end on and it brought the car back to life. I wish we would’ve found out about it earlier and it might’ve turned out to have been a lot better week for us overall.”

The sight of Kyle Cummins and Hank Byram’s Rock Steady No. 3R hasn’t been as prevalent this year as much as it had been during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, only making a smattering of series start in 2017 due to mechanical issues. Cummins was set on running his own No. 3c when time allowed, but an 11th hour agreement between Cummins and Byram pit the dynamic duo back together for ISW and their victory at Haubstadt.

“(Car owner) Hank (Byram) only has his one motor,” Cummins explained. “It got hot here in the spring race. The heads were so old, they were giving up. He had to take a break and he actually still hasn’t gotten his motor back. I was jumping back and forth between Rick Pollock’s car and my own car. I knew I was going to get my motor, so I figured if I was going to get my own motor, I was going to run my own car. We ran down here and won the first night. I was going to run Sprint Week, but I didn’t have the equipment, didn’t have the time and didn’t have any spares. I just had the car I had. Hank offered me a deal where I’d put my motor in his car and we’d make it a bit easier on both of us. I felt comfortable in the car and I knew we’d be pretty good, so we decided to get back together.”

“I don’t know how much more we’ll run,” Cummins added. “It depends when he gets his motor back. We haven’t raced much, once a month it seems, which makes it tough coming off a year like we had last year. I felt at the beginning of the year that we were battling issues here and there. Now we’re throwing different motors in and changing stuff around. This car had to be clipped and redone. We finally got this car running pretty good and ready to finish out the season.”

Meanwhile, with his second-place run, Thomas extended his Indiana Sprint Week point lead to 21 heading into the final series event Sunday, July 16 at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Indiana. Though Thomas gained a little bit of breathing room with the uptick in the point differential between he and Robert Ballou, it’s certainly not enough for him to breathe easily and

“You just have to be aggressive,” Thomas mandates. “You can’t points race in this deal because, at the end of the day, you’ll get beat. It’s just like what happened tonight. I raced defensively instead of offensively and I got beat. That’s just something you can’t do in racing. Some people are capable of point racing, but I’m not. Sunday at Putnamville, we’re going to be aggressive and be the fastest in everything we’re in tomorrow. Hopefully it works out. If it does, it does. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t.”

Meanwhile, just behind the leaders, a battle for the third-spot was nearly as furious with Indianapolis, Indiana’s Tyler Courtney nabbing the spot from new USAC National Sprint Car point leader Justin Grant on the final lap in his TOPP Motorsports/TOPP Performance Race Parts – Custom Pump & Controls/Maxim/Claxton.

“We were really good at about the halfway point,” Courtney said. “We got to fourth and that put us in position to run down Justin at the end. I just wasn’t able to clear him in traffic. Luckily, we got a yellow toward the end and I was able to run it as hard as I could on the top those last couple of laps, then get him there coming to the checkered. We ran second down here at the end of last year, but we kind of struggled in the spring. To run third at a track we’re notoriously bad at is like a win for us.”

Contingency award winners Saturday at Tri-State Speedway include Justin Grant (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products 1st Heat Winner), Josh Hodges (Competition Suspension, Inc. 2nd Heat Winner), Jarett Andretti (Chalk Stix 3rd Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Indy Race Parts 4th Heat Winner), Carson Short (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Brady Short (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).