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2018 Georgia-Florida Speedweeks Dates Announced!

September 24th, 2017

BATAVIA, OH – The highly-anticipated kickoff to the 2018 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season begins with a nine-race stretch in February. Marking some of the most important dates on the motorsports calendar, fans will enjoy an action-packed schedule of nine events in ten days, at three different venues in Georgia and Florida.

The 2018 LOLMDS campaign will begin February 1st-3rd at Golden Isles Speedway with the annual Super Bowl of Racing. The 4/10-mile oval will host an Open Practice for all drivers on Thursday, February 1st – followed by two thrilling nights of racing. Each night, a complete program will be highlighted by $10,000-to-win main event on Friday night and a $12,000-to-win finale on Saturday night.

To purchase tickets or find more information, call the track office at: (912) 386-0061 or visit: www.gisdirt.com.

The tour then heads to the Sunshine State for the 42nd Annual Wrisco Industries East Bay Winternationals. The LOLMDS will invade the 1/3-mile bullring on Sunday, February 4th for an Open Practice – followed by six straight nights of racing action. From February 5th through February 10th the nation’s top dirt late model drivers will battle in pursuit of nearly $200,000 in prize money. Each day will feature a full program that includes: Hot Laps, Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, Strawberry Dash, and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series main event.

Advanced ticket sales for the 42nd Annual Wrisco Industries East Bay Winternationals will begin on Monday, October 2nd. To purchase tickets or find more information, visit: www.ebrp.co.

The LOLMDS Speedweeks slate wraps up at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, FL on Sunday, February 11th. The Lucas Oil Winter Nationals will include a complete program of: Hot Laps, Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win main event.

For additional information, visit: www.bubbaracewaypark.com.

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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.

Watch a Double Dose of Five Flags Late Models Saturday

September 23rd, 2017

This Saturday night, September 23, Five Flags Speedway (FL) is set to explode with double Late Model action as the Southern Super Series Super Late Models and Allen Turner Pro Late Models each hit the track for a final season-ending duel in the Night of Champions. If you can’t make it to Pensacola, FL, you can watch both races from the comfort of your home or wherever you might be via a live pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51.com.

Live video tickets to watch both Late Model races can be purchased today for $19.99 by clicking here.

The championships for both the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco and Deep South Cranes Blizzard Series will be on the line for Super Late Model competitors in a final 125-lap showdown.

Bubba Pollard looks to continue his awesome season and hold off Jeff Choquette and Casey Roderick for the Blizzard Series title. Meanwhile, Stephen Nasse will look to score his first career Southern Super Series championship as he holds a slim 11-point lead over Chandler Smith entering the final race of 2017.

As such, the Allen Turner Pro Late Model championship closes out their season with a 100-lap feature with Roderick playing defense atop the points against the likes of Wayne Niedecken, Jr. and Chris Davidson.

It will also be the final racing opportunity at Five Flags for both divisions until the 50th Annual Snowball Derby weekend November 29 – December 3. In addition to series and track regulars, a number of outsiders are expected to arrive in Pensacola to begin their preparations for the Snowball Derby and Snowflake 100.

Purchasing a pay-per-view ticket is simple and only a free, basic Speed51.com membership is needed to purchase access to watch Friday’s broadcast from Five Flags Speedway.

Speed51 Network yearly subscribers will receive 10% off the purchase of their live video ticket.

So get in on the action for this double dose of Late Model excitement and get tuned-up for the Snowball Derby this Saturday night. Order your video tickets now for just $19.99 for the Night of Champions at the historic Five Flags Speedway.

USRA Nationals at I-35 Speedway Winston, MO!

September 23rd, 2017

The countdown to the USRA Nationals is on! Four weeks until the 2017 event will be held at I-35 Speedway. October 11 will be practice night with grandstand entrance free and pit entrance $20. October 12 and October 13 pit prices are $35 with grandstand entrance $20 each night. The super exciting and always competitive finale October 14 will find a pit pass costing $40 and the grandstand ticket will be $25.
USRA sent all their members a newsletter with the payout for this big race! Just one of the advantages of USRA membership, members get the information first!

Since the announcement of camping spots last week, several have been reserved. Camping is located on the north side of track property next to a small lake. Access is via gravel road. Grass lots. Water/electric hookups are not available. Camping costs will be $20 per night or $50 for the week. Please see are camping map at www.i-35speedway.net (click on events, usra nationals, accommodations) or contact Diana Green at 816-668-1714 (email: dcgreen84@aol.com) to reserve your camping location.

Major open-wheel event at Lucas Oil Speedway this week with 7th annual Hockett/McMillin Memorial

September 22nd, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri (September 19, 2017) – One of the country’s biggest open-wheel dirt-track events of the season arrives with the 7th annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway, Thursday through Saturday.

The elite of the Lucas Oil ASCS Winged Sprint Cars and the POWRi WAR Wingless Sprint Cars will be on hand with full programs each night, culminating with Saturday’s $10,000-to-win feature for the ASCS Winged Sprints.

“This is a big event on so many levels as the top sprint-car drivers in the country, in both the winged and wingless divisions, will chase the prestigious Hockett/McMiillin trophy,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “The weather forecast looks outstanding and we can’t wait to see everyone starting on Thursday.”

The event is named in memory of open-wheel champion Jesse Hockett, who lost his life in a shop accident in 2010 and his cousin and crew chief, Daniel McMillin, who was killed in an auto accident in 2006.

“Jesse and Daniel impacted the sport in so many positive ways,” Robinson said. “It means so much to us to honor their contributions through this event.”

Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Sunnyvale, Texas, enters the weekend with a commanding lead in the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour championship race. Haftertepe has 13 wins and 19 top-five finishes in 31 starts this season and sits 239 points in front of second-place Aaron Reutzel of Clute, Texas.

Reutzel has five feature wins on the tour in 2017 and he’s 104 points ahead of third-place Wayne Johnson of Oklahoma City.

Reutzel held off Hafterepe to win the ASCS Bob Westphal Memorial Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek Finale at Lucas Oil Speedway back in June.

Expanding to three days in 2016 for the first time, the field of 68 drivers from 14 states and two countries participated. Johnson held off open-wheel veteran Sammy Swindell in a thriller to capture the final-night ASCS feature to pocket $10,000.

The format will again see drivers racing all three days with a couple small changes. Where the 2016 edition saw a complete start over on Saturday with only the top-eight in event points locked in, Thursday and Friday event points will now count for last-chance qualifiers on Saturday with the top-two from each going to make up rows five through eight in the A-Feature.

Event points will also put more emphasis on the A-Mains each night.

“Last year showed us a couple places where we could improve the format,” ASCS National Director Matt Ward said. “We listened to several teams and came up with what we felt was going to be best for everyone.

“Letting the qualifying nights set the Last Chance Qualifiers was the biggest thing because it makes it too easy for someone to show up on the final night and bypass everyone who had raced hard for two nights. Beyond that, it’s just small changes to make the event as fair as possible for everyone who is planning on taking part.”

In the POWRi WAR Sprint Cars division, Korey Weyant of Springfield, Ill., has a 110-point lead over Chris Parkinson of Gladstone, Mo., in the points chase. Weyant has five wins in 16 feature starts this season and was runner-up to Clinton Boyles at the Bob Wesphalt Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway on June 17.

For more information including news, schedules and points standings on the Lucas Oil ASCS, visit ASCSracing.com. Go to POWRi.com for stories, schedules and points standings in the WAR Sprint Car Series.

Schedule and ticket prices:
(Thursday)
Gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 5:45 and racing at 6:35
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6 to 15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40
Pit Pass $35
3-Day Pit Pass-$100

(Friday)
Gates open at 4 pm, hot laps at 5:45 and racing at 6:35
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6 to 15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40
Pit Pass $35
3-Day Pit Pass-$100

(Saturday)
Gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 5:45 and racing at 6:35
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (6 to 15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50
Pit Pass $40
3-Day Pit Pass-$100

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

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

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

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

The three-day Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial is set for Thursday through Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway.

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.

Breaking News from US 36 Raceway Dirt Track and Boller Motorsports!

September 22nd, 2017

Jon Boller Jr and US 36 Raceway will see racing action for the next two seasons, 2018 and 2019, as a new contract has been signed. Boller Motorsports would like to thank Owner Mike Franks for working with him on this two year deal keeping dirt track racing at US 36 Raceway for our Drivers and Fans!

We ask that all Fans and Drivers please give US 36 Raceway Dirt Track a try as we would like to be your home track for great racing action and Family fun! Jon and Beth Boller have poured heart and soul into the track to make it a success and now make plans for the next two years of exciting racing Under the Lights on Friday Nights at US 36 Raceway Dirt Track!!!!

A USAC Racing Feast: 36th 4-Crown Nationals Arrive at Eldora

September 21st, 2017

Only one event brings together USAC’s best of the best from a variety of disciplines. Only one event brings all three of USAC’s national divisions together at one venue. Only one event showcases what race fans could only dream of: a racer’s delight featuring a pit overflowing with the baddest racing machines on planet earth.

All converge on Eldora Speedway this Saturday night, September 23rd for the 36th running of the “4-Crown Nationals” – a grand event that’s seen its share of heroes instantly become legends at this fabled dirt track stadium. You could say to win one of these is a feather in a driver’s cap or, in this case, a prong on their crown.

At press time, the only one anticipated to go for all four crowns is Brady Bacon. The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native picked up a sprint car win on this weekend under the sunshine on his way to the series title in 2014.

Among his arsenal this weekend is the Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise No. 199, the very same team that’s won the last three 4-Crown Silver Crown events with drivers Jerry Coons, Jr. in 2014, Christopher Bell in 2015 and Chris Windom in 2016. Bacon is still seeking career Silver Crown victory number one.

4-Crown weekend last year was the beginning of Justin Grant and Sam McGhee Motorsports’ winning ways. After capturing the victory in the 2016 sprint portion, the team has carried the momentum into 2017 where they won at Eldora earlier this May and have been at the top of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings since day one.

Chris Windom trails Grant by 70, but Eldora and, specifically the 4-Crown, have been kind to him over the years. The Canton, Illinois driver picked off both the Sprint Car and Silver Crown features in 2013, the most recent driver to win both of those particular features in the same night.

Rocklin, California’s Robert Ballou followed up Grant’s victory in May at Eldora with a win the next night in the series’ last visit to the Big E. Five of Ballou’s 28 career USAC National Sprint Car victories have come at Eldora, including his first three as well as the 4-Crown a decade ago back in 2007.

Fellow Californian Thomas Meseraull finally broke through for his first USAC National Sprint Car win at the 2015 “4-Crown.” Since then, he’s become one of the series’ most spectacular, highly-acclaimed drivers. This Saturday, he’s aboard the SC Racing No. 9x, which he started last year’s event in from the front row.

Only Jack Hewitt owns more 4-Crown victories than Dave Darland’s 14, half of which have come at the 4-Crown. The “People’s Champ” from Lincoln, Indiana aims to make this weekend’s stop the place to extend his record streak of consecutive seasons with a USAC National win from 24 to 25.

Like Darland, the versatile Jerry Coons, Jr. has also won his fair share at the 4-Crown with four victories in the midget, sprint and Silver Crown divisions and currently runs second in the Silver Crown standings aboard Gene Nolen’s #20 behind Kody Swanson.

Swanson has yet to win a USAC race at Eldora, last scoring a pair of runner-up finishes during the 2015 4-Crown in both DePalma Motorsports’ sprint car and Silver Crown car. This Saturday, he makes his USAC debut under the Nolen Racing banner behind the wheel of the team’s new Maxim Sprint Car with which he recorded a victory with in a non-sanctioned event at Lawrenceburg Speedway last weekend.

As the Kingsburg, California native closes out another banner season by wrapping up his third Silver Crown title in a four-year span, another past USAC champ and two-time 4-Crown winner makes his 4-Crown return in Keith Kunz’s top-notch midget as well as his own sprinter in the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions portion of the program.

The always-exciting Rutherford, California native swept last year’s midget program with fast time, a heat win and a stirring drive in the feature to back up his victory in 2013.

Spectator gates open Saturday at noon. An autograph session featuring USAC’s drivers will begin in the fan zone located between turns three and four. The drivers meeting will take place at 4pm with cars hitting the track at 4:30pm. Racing is scheduled to start at 8pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $30. General admission for children age 12 and under is FREE! Reserved seating for adults is $34 with reserved tickets for children age 12 and under just $14.

All drivers competing in the 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway this Saturday must fill out a membership. NO COST! Please fill out the driver info portion of the sheet, print off and bring with you to the track. The form can be found at http://www.eldoraspeedway.com/forms/competitor-membership-app.pdf.

Lucas Oil Speedway Spotlight: Veteran Sammy Swindell one to watch at Hockett/McMillin Memorial

September 21st, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – After decades of hauling coast-to-coast and becoming one of open-wheel racing’s short-track icons, Sammy Swindell’s pace has slowed a bit these days.

Not that the 61-year-old Swindell has lost any speed when he does climb behind the wheel. It’s just that his schedule, which includes this week’s Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway, is on his terms.

“We’re just doing a few races, here and there,” Swindell said earlier this week. “Most of the time in years past, I was always running a team and having to go do too many things. Now, I’m just going and driving for some people. It gives me time to do some other things in life.”

The three-time World of Outlaws Sprint champion and five-time winner of the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals nearly won the Hockett/McMillian Memorial, a crown jewel on the Lucas Oil ASCS Winged Sprint Series, a year ago.

In a classic final-night battle that had a big crowd on its feet, Swindell finished runner-up to Wayne Johnson. He returns this week, again driving the car owned by A.G. Rains he brought to Lucas Oil Speedway a year ago.

“We were right up there about every night last year,” Swindell said. “Just a couple of times we had to start a ways back and had to work our way up. But it was good. It was fun.”

Fun is what Swindell, from Germantown, Tenn., is having in his curtailed – yet still busy by most standards – racing schedule. He’s made 37 starts in 2017 and been ultra consistent, with 19 top-10 finishes and three feature wins.

But after so many years of living and breathing racing 24/7, Swindell said it’s gratifying to now “do what other people do” on weekends – or whenever. A baseball fan, he’s taken in Memphis Redbirds games and visited several ballparks all over the country.

“Some of it is just slowing down,” Swindell said. “Taking the boat out on the lake and just doing things other people do with their time off. Just kind of whatever comes up. Just do whatever feels good that day.

“It’s where you don’t have to have a plan – other than going to those few races. That’s the only thing you have to do. You can do whatever works that day.”

Describing himself as an avid sports fan, Swindell said he never was a devoted follower or fan of any specific teams in the various sports because of his hectic, laser-focused racing schedule.

“I just enjoy watching the games,” he said. I haven’t ever had the time where I could sit down and dedicate myself to a certain team. I’m that way with most sports.”

Swindell, whose career included sampling of Indy-car and NASCAR racing, said he views the health of sprint-car racing as strong these days.

“It seems like it’s doing OK,” he said. “The economy and everything in general, people seem to be spending a little more money than they have in the past 5-8 years or so. Most of the places we’ve been to have had decent crowds and a lot of enthusiasm.

“We can tell a little bit by our shirt sales. They’ve been a little better than in the last few years.”

The Hockett/McMillin Memorial will see the elite of the Lucas Oil ASCS Winged Sprint Cars and the POWRi WAR Wingless Sprint Cars on hand with full programs Thursday through Saturday, culminating with Saturday’s $10,000-to-win feature for the ASCS Winged Sprints.

The event is named in memory of open-wheel champion Jesse Hockett, who lost his life in a shop accident in 2010 and his cousin and crew chief, Daniel McMillin, who was killed in an auto accident in 2006.

“For the 360 series, it’s one of their major races,” Swindell said of the event. “I knew Jesse quite a bit. I’ve known the whole family for a long time.”

Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Sunnyvale, Texas, enters the weekend with a commanding lead in the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour championship race. Haftertepe has 13 wins and 19 top-five finishes in 31 starts this season and sits 239 points in front of second-place Aaron Reutzel of Clute, Texas.

Reutzel held off Hafterepe to win the ASCS Bob Westphal Memorial Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek Finale at Lucas Oil Speedway back in June.

In the POWRi WAR Sprint Cars division, Korey Weyant of Springfield, Ill., has a 110-point lead over Chris Parkinson of Gladstone, Mo., in the points chase.

For more information including news, schedules and points standings on the Lucas Oil ASCS, visit ASCSracing.com. Go to POWRi.com for stories, schedules and points standings in the WAR Sprint Car Series.

Schedule and ticket prices:
(Thursday)
Gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 5:45 and racing at 6:35
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6 to 15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40
Pit Pass $35
3-Day Pit Pass-$100

(Friday)
Gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 5:45 and racing at 6:35
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6 to 15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40
Pit Pass $35
3-Day Pit Pass-$100

(Saturday)
Gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 5:45 and racing at 6:35
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (6 to 15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50
Pit Pass $40
3-Day Pit Pass-$100

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

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

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

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

The three-day Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial is set for Thursday through Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway.

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.

Ross Bailes Holds off Late Charge by Chris Ferguson for $20,000 FASTRAK World Championship Victory

September 21st, 2017

Jamaica, VA – Ross Bailes of Clover, SC put on a clinic leading flag to flag to capture the $20,000 FASTRAK World Championship presented by James River Equipment victory at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway. Bailes took the lead on the drop of the green flag and then held off a hard charging Chris Ferguson of Mt. Holly, NC by .985 seconds for the victory.

“If you don’t have a Barry Wright ICON race car you need to get you one, this car was flawless all weekend; I can’t thank Barry Wright and the crew enough for putting such a great cat under me,” commented Bailes in WhosYourDriver.org Victory Lane

The event attracted a record car count for Virginia Motor Speedway of 71 entrants. In other action Jake Hawkins of Fairmont, WV held off Chris Arnold of Matoaca, VA for his first Southeast Dirt Modified Series win and the $3000 check.

Ross Bailes and Corey Almond led the 24 car field to the green with Bailes jumping to the lead out of turn 2 and Jake Hawkins following to second. The races first caution would fly on lap 3 with Hawkins blowing a motor while running second. On the restart Bailes pulled away with Ryan Montgomery working his way to second. By lap 17 Bailes was working traffic and on the following lap split two lapped cars to make it three-wide in turn 1 as he had Montgomery closing. On a lap 19 restart Almond spun in front of the field collecting Thomas Robinson and Justin Williams bring out a red flag.

On the restart an eight car pile-up when one car drove over the hood of another car coming to the green caused yet another red flag and thinning the field out. On the restart Bailes pulled away from the field as Chris Ferguson began to pick off several positions over the next three laps moving to third. By the halfway point of the race Bailes had stretched his lead to a little over four seconds. On lap 38 Ferguson worked inside Montgomery on turn 3 to take over the second spot.

On lap 42 Bailes came up on a side-by side battle and very patiently worked his way past them and extending his lead. With the laps winding down the car on the move was that of Tyler Bare who had been caught up in the big wreck on lap 19. By lap 48 Bare had worked his way back to sixth. On lap 52 Walker Arthur worked his way into fourth as caution came out for Daryl Charlier who slowed in turn 2 closing the gap between Bailes and Ferguson setting up an eight lap shootout for the $20,000 top prize.

On the restart Ferguson tried to stay with the leader but Bailes was able to stretch his lead to four car lengths. With two to go Ferguson closed to within two car lengths. But Bailes was able to hold on for the $20,000 win. Rounding out the top five were Ferguson, Ryan Montgomery, Walker Arthur and Tyler Bare.

Heat race winners were Ross Bailes, Corey Almond, Jake Hawkins, Jensen Ford, Thomas Robinson, Ryan Montgomery, Brent Hilton and Trent Ivey. B Main winners were Joshua Bishop, Brett Hamm, Daryl Charlier and Tyler Bare.

In the Southeast Dirt Modified Series 30 lap feature Jake Hawkins and Buck Stevens led the field to green with Hawkins leading the first circuit with Chris Arnold taking second in a three wide battle. Multiple cautions slowed the pace of the race with Hawkins able to hold on to the top spot each restart. Several times Arnold would get inside of Hawkins and looked to have enough momentum to get the lead only to have a caution fly.

On lap 15 Arnold pulled a slide job on Hawkins in turn 2 but jumped the cushion allowing Hawkins back around to regain the lead. That bobble also allowed Ryan Ayers to get by for second. Over the final 15 laps the battle was for second back as Hawkins put it on cruise to go on to take the $3000 victory. Arnold was able to get inside Ayers out of turn 4 and nnip him at the line for second. Ayers, Jordan Taylor and Mike Reynolds rounded out the top five.

The 2017 Aaron’s Dirt Series Championship weekly racing season at Virginia Motor Speedway has concluded. The next event will be the 13th annual Run-A-Muck Mud Bog and Mud Sling over at The Pit at Virginia Motor Speedway on Saturday October 14th. Eleven divisions will compete at the state-of-art mud bog facility. Stone Crusher with driver Steve Sims will be on hand for a bone crushing monster truck freestyle show. For more information visit www.thepitatvms.com.

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway is a ½ mile dirt oval track is located on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, VA in Jamaica, VA. The speedway is just a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Southern Maryland and the Hampton Roads area.

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

Murty, VanDeest and Borchardt post Night #1 World Nationals wins

September 21st, 2017

Marshalltown Speedway held Night #1 of the 11th Annual World Nationals on Friday night with full shows run in the IMCA Stock Car, IMCA Northern SportMod and IMCA Hobby Stock classes. The 59 IMCA Modifieds began their qualifying for tomorrow’s $10,000 to win show. Ten drivers locked themselves into the feature.

Andrew Borchardt took home a World National’s win in the IMCA Hobby Stock division. Borchardt, from Plymouth, Iowa led all twenty laps on his way to the $500 pay off. Eric Knutson finished as the runner up after starting sixth. Third went to fifth place starter, Justin Wacha, Mike Goldsberry from Runnels, was fourth and Chanse Hollatz completed the top five.

It was a $1,000 win for Jared VanDeest in the IMCA Northern SportMod class. VanDeest took command at lap two, only to have a hard charging Jake McBirnie begin his relentless pestering at lap five. McBirnie, who started eleventh and briefly took the lead with three laps remaining, only to have VanDeest surge back ahead on lap nineteen of the twenty lap feature. VanDeest was able to fend off McBirnie the rest of the way to the checkers and the win. McBirnie had to settle for second place, Sam Wieben started twenty-first and flew through the field to finish in third place, Tyler Soppe was fourth and pole sitter Austin Luellen finished fifth.

Damon Murty went home $1,000 richer by winning the IMCA Stock Car feature. A yellow with two laps remaining of the twenty lap feature, shuffled things up on the restart. Murty took advantage when then leader David Brandies and Cayden Carter got together as the race went green. Murty swung to the topside and made it to the checkers first to score the win. Todd Inman took advantage of the shuffling on the track and scooted across the line in second place. Third went to Travis VanStraten, and Paul Shepard was fourth.

The ten Modified drivers earning the top ten points are locked into tomorrow’s $10,000 to win World Nationals feature. They earned their way through two heat races. Those top ten drivers are Tyler Droste, Chris Abelson, Terry Phillips, Joel Rust, Jordan Grabouski, Kelly Shryock, Tim Ward, Kurt Kile, Cayden Carter, and Richie Gustin.

The IMCA Modifieds will complete their qualifying tomorrow to set the field for the grand finale run for the $10,000. Complete shows will also be run in the IMCA Stock Car, IMCA Northern SportMod, and IMCA Hobby Stock classes.

Terry Phillips takes 11th Annual World Nationals title

September 16, 2017

Night #2 of the World National’s at the Marshalltown Speedway had rain threats on Saturday night, but Mother Nature did not win this time. The racing went on as planned and with the bit of natural moisture that fell from the sky earlier, it was to the tracks benefit.

A full show was held for the IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Northern SportMods, and the IMCA Hobby Stocks and the IMCA Modifieds completed their qualifying with heats and a Final Four to fill in the 24 car starting field for the $10,000 grand finale.

The Hobby Stocks ran 20-laps for their main event. This one had some strange turn of events. Aaron Rudolph looked destined to earn the $500 prize money as he led from lap eight and pulled away to a substantial lead. A yellow flew at lap eighteen when second place runner Jeff Anderson went spinning in turn four, and brought out a yellow. This moved third place running Gene Nicklas into the runner up spot for the restart. However, before the race went green, leader Aaron Rudolph suddenly drove off the track and into the pits…his night was done. Now Gene Nicklas had inherited the lead for the green-white-checkered finish. Nicklas held on to that top spot and took the win. Chanse Hollatz claimed the runner up spot, after starting tenth. Third was early leader Jim Ball, fourth went to Mike Goldsberry and Andrew Burg rounded out the top five. Nicklas, a regular at the Marshalltown Speedway during the season, started fifteenth, and took it to victory lane.

Jared VanDeest doubled down and matched his win from Night #1 in the IMCA Northern SportMod feature. VanDeest started fourth and led the entire race on his way to the winner’s circle. Jake McBirnie started eighth and tried his hardest to reel in the leader, but had to settle for the runner up spot. Tyler Soppe took third after starting twelfth, Colby Fett came from nineteenth starting spot, to finish fourth, and Johnathon Logue was fifth. VanDeest took the $1,000 win for the second night in a row.

It was another thriller in the IMCA Stock Car main event. Jeff Mueller held down the top spot for much of the race, holding back The Chelsea Charger, Damon Murty. Mueller ran the bottom and Murty was motoring on the very top of the track. Murty made it work at lap eight, but his pass was only brief as Mueller gained back the lead the next lap. All eyes were on the two front runners, as Murty began again to reel in the #77M of Mueller. Murty was able to get that extra surge of momentum from his topside run and as they came out of turn four to the checkers, beat Mueller to the finish line, snatching the $1,000 win. Mueller had to settle for second place, Jay Schmidt had a good run to finish third after starting thirteenth, Paul Shepard came from twelfth, to finish fourth, and David Brandies was fifth. Murty also matched his win from the previous night.

The cream does rise to the top, and the 50 lap IMCA Modified feature showed just that as the fans were treated to some spectacular racing through the entire field. Veteran racer Terry Phillips from Springfield, Missouri showed his expertise on the track, and went home $10,000 richer with the win. Richie Gustin gave him a run for the money when he took the lead at lap twenty-one….only to have Phillips come right back and regain it the next lap. From then on, Phillips put distance between himself and Gustin, and took the comfortable win. Gustin had to be content with the runner up spot this night. Cayden Carter started ninth and finished third, fourth was Chris Abelson, and Joel Rust rounded out the top five.

The Marshalltown Speedway’s 2017 season has now come to end. Thanks to the drivers, and fans for making it a great one. See you in 2018!

Doubleheader at Brownstown Speedway This Weekend!

September 20th, 2017

BATAVIA, OH – The stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series are en route to Brownstown Speedway and will tackle the quarter-mile bullring this coming Friday-Saturday, September 22nd-23rd for the 38th Annual Jackson 100.

The defending LOLMDS National Champion, Scott Bloomquist will return to defend his Jackson 100 title. In 2016, Bloomquist led 97 laps of the 100-lap main event to win his sixth-career Jackson 100. Trailing Bloomquist to the finish line was Jimmy Owens, Darrell Lanigan, Tim McCreadie, and Chris Simpson. The stars of the LOLMDS are once again expected to battle a strong contingent of local and regional standouts.

The festivities will kick off on Friday night, September 22nd with a Tribute to Steve Barnett. A full program is on tap, which includes: Hot Laps, Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and a 30-lap, $7,000-to-win main event. Racing action on Friday night will also include the 5th Annual Bowman 50, which pays $2,000-to-win for Indiana Pro Late Models, as well as a complete program for Pure Stocks.

Steve Barnett, who began his racing career in 1975, is recognized as one of the most accomplished short-track drivers in Indiana history. Barnett, a longtime Brownstown Speedway Late Model racer, announced his retirement earlier in 2017 to focus on his duties as mayor of his hometown of Franklin, Indiana.

On Saturday, September 23rd a Dirt Racing Outreach Service will take place at 3:30pm, followed by a Driver Autograph Session at 4:30pm. Then, the 38th Annual Jackson 100 will feature a complete program of Hot Laps, Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and a 100-lap, $15,000-to-win finale for the LOLMDS. The Open Wheel Modifieds and Super Stocks will also be in competition on Saturday night.

For tickets and more information, visit: www.brownstownspeedway.com.

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
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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.

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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.

Bacon Goes With Gormly for Saturday’s 4 Crown Champ Car Run at Eldora

September 20th, 2017

The most dominant USAC Silver Crown team at the “4-Crown Nationals” over the past three years has come out of Fred Gormly’s RPM Auto Enterprise stable. This Saturday, September 23 in the 36th running of the event at Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway, two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ Brady Bacon will take his turn to become Gormly’s fourth different winner in as many years when he makes his debut in the team’s No. 199.

Bacon, a 2014 winner of the USAC Sprint Car portion of the “4-Crown,” has made two previous Eldora Silver Crown starts, both for Paul Martens’ Oklahoma-based team. The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native driver finished 5th in 2015 and 4th in 2014 in each of his pair of starts.

Gormly’s team, however, has yet to finish outside the “top-one” at Eldora over the past three years. Jerry Coons, Jr. won for the team in 2014, followed by dominating, flawless performances by Christopher Bell (2015) and Chris Windom (2016), which he used to clinch the Silver Crown driver’s title a year ago.

In fact, Gormly-owned cars have led the last 101 laps at Eldora dating to 2014. Additionally, his cars have won the ProSource Pole Position in each of the past three years: Coons (2014), Bell (2015) and Tyler Courtney (2016).

However, Gormly’s team scaled back from competing on the full schedule in 2017, racing solely on the pavement (until this coming weekend) where drivers Davey Hamilton, Davey Hamilton, Jr. and Joe Liguori have each raced to top-five finishes this season.

Bacon has made 15 career Silver Crown starts since his 2014, including two in 2017: a 6th at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track and a 5th at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

At press time, Bacon appears to be the sole driver competing in all four legs of Saturday’s “4-Crown Nationals.” In addition to Gormly’s Silver Crown car, Bacon has rides in the Dooling/Hayward Motorsports No. 63 USAC Sprint Car, the FMR Racing No. 76m USAC Midget and the Bacon/Marshall Motorsports No. 99 wing sprint car for the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions portion of the program.

Gates open Saturday at noon. An autograph session featuring USAC’s drivers will begin in the fan zone located between turns three and four at 3pm. The drivers meeting will take place at 4pm with cars hitting the track at 4:30pm. Racing is scheduled to start at 8pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $30. General admission for children age 12 and under is FREE! Reserved seating for adults is $34 with reserved tickets for children age 12 and under just $14.

Lincoln County Highlights

September 20th, 2017

The competitors got the 2017 season off to a fast start and finished strong by competing in the Abegg/Gentry Memorial that was held at Lincoln County Raceway in North Platte, Nebraska on Friday evening. Gaining access to the winners circle on this special night of racing action at Lincoln County Raceway were Colton Osborn, Tony Schultz, Casey Werkmeister, Brady Weinman and Ramsey Meyer.

In the biggest spotlight of the evening were the IMCA Sport Compacts that were competing in one of the highest paying events for the four-cylinder hot rods in the State of Nebraska. Veteran wheelman Ramsey Meyer of Pierce, Nebraska had driven his hot rod into the winners circle in North Platte before and on Friday evening, Meyer made a return trip to the cherished land after winning the feature. Chasing down Meyer during the spotlighted main event was John Martinez of Beatrice and Andrew Baumgardner of North Platte, who crossed the finish line in second and third place, respectively. Lincoln County Raceway regular Darryl Cauffman did some of his best driving of the year and the results reflected his stellar performance in finishing fourth place overall. Joshua Young of XX rounded out the top five finishers in fifth place.

Winning his second straight IMCA Modified feature at Lincoln County Raceway was Colton Osborn of Cozad. Osborn was able to wheel his Dirt Boss Chassis to the winners circle in fine fashion. Veteran wheelman Jay Steffens was able to cash in on his consistency with a runner-up finish. Steffens has been Mr. Consistency all season long to earn the season points championship in the division. Cale Osborn of Cozad made a valiant return to the modified division for the special night of racing and his efforts were rewarded with a third place finish. Jeremy Frenier of Ft. Morgan and Crete’s Brandon Spanjer rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth respectively.

Experience paid off big time in the IMCA Northern Sport Modified division, as veteran wheelmen that included North Platte’s Tony Schultz and Bryan Herrick of Curtis battled for the top spot to finish first and second overall when all the smoke cleared in the feature event. Close behind the top two finishers was Gothenburg’s Jamey Kennicutt with a podium finish in third place overall.

Doing his best to hold off the charges from a stacked field of competitors was Casey Werkmeister of Maywood in winning the top honors in the IMCA Stock Car feature event. Werkmeister was able to hold off the efforts of runner-up finisher Mikey Dancer of North Platte in the final laps. Crossing the finish line with a third place finish was Casey Woken of Norton, Kansas.

Scoring rave reviews in front of a passionate crowd that had assembled at Lincoln County Raceway on Friday evening was Brady Weinman of Arnold in winning the IMCA Hobby Stock feature. On Weinman’s heels was Luke Wassom of Broken Bow in second place overall. Doing his best to keep his elbows up and moving forward throughout the feature event, North Platte’s Robbie Kosmacek was third overall.

Justin Williams Scores Biggest Win of Career with $5000 Fasttrak World Challenge Victory at Virginia Motor Speedway

September 20th, 2017

Jamaica, VA – 2017 Virginia Motor Speedway Pro Late Model Champion Justin Williams of Concord, VA used a little home cooking to take home the $5000 FASTRAK World Challenge victory at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway on night one of the FASTRAK World Championship presented by James River Equipment weekend.

Williams powered to the outside of Walker Arthur on lap 15 of the 40 lap affair and then held off Tyler Bare of Rockbridge Baths, VA for the victory.

“Getting this win is pretty awesome, I have to thank Tyler Bare for running me clean right there at the end, he probably had the faster car, I was slowing him up there in three and four. Like I said this is pretty awesome it is the biggest money race I have ever won,” commented Williams in WhosYourDriver.org Victory Lane.

Rounding out the top five were Bare, Walker Arthur of Forest, VA, Henry Hornsby of Bradley, WV and Logan Roberson of Waynesboro, VA.

It took a couple starts to get the FASTRAK World Challenge feature underway. When the field finally got to racing it was Walker Arthur by inches at the line over David Smith. The two ran side-by-side for the next lap until Arthur took control.

Arthur would pace the field with Justin Williams following in second. On lap 14 Arthur and Williams began working heavy traffic. The following circuit Williams slide under Arthur in turn 1 with lapped traffic all around them and took over the top spot officially on lap 16.

With Williams in control the best race on the track was for second with Arthur, Stephen Childress and Tyler Bare. Arthur and Childress battled side-by-side with Bare just behind in third. On alp 18 Childress took second from Arthur. For the next 14 laps Arthur looked high and low around Childress to no avail. Several times Childress squeezed him up into the wall as the two jostled for second. On lap 33 coming to the line Childress and Arthur touched sending Childress spinning into the inside wall in turn 1.

On the final restart Bare got inside Arthur in turn 1 for second and made a last lap dash to get inside Williams for the lead heading to the white flag. Williams was able to hold Bare off by inches at the line and go on to record the $5000 win. Rounding out the top five were Bare, Arthur, Henry Hornsby and Logan Roberson.

Heat race wins went to Walker Arthur, Davis Smith, Justin Williams and Ron Parker. B Main wins went to Jared Powell and Ryan Montgomery.

In the Southeast Modified Dirt Series heat race winners were Jacob Hawkins, Chris Arnold and Joey Polevoy. They will run their $3000 to win feature on Saturday.

The Speedway will return to racing tomorrow Saturday September 16th for the $20,000 to win FASTRAK World Championship presented by James River Equipment. Also on the program will be the Southeast Dirt Modified Series in the $3000 to win Southeast Modified Championship

Admission price for adults is only $30, seniors (60+) / Military $25, students 11 – 17 years old $15 and children 10 and under admitted free. Pit passes will be $40.

Competitor gates for Saturday September 16th will open at 8am with spectator gates opening at 4pm. On track activities will begin at 6pm with hot laps.

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway is a ½ mile dirt oval track is located on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, VA in Jamaica, VA. The speedway is just a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Southern Maryland and the Hampton Roads area.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: DAVE SEAY (804) 758-1867 OR (804) 357-7223

Remainder of Pro Pulling Nationals Canceled

September 20th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Despite a promising forecast for Sunday, continued heavy rain throughout the region on an already extremely saturated grounds has forced Lucas Oil Speedway and Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Officials to cancel the remainder of the Pro Pulling Nationals.

“We did everything we could to get the event in but Mother Nature was unwilling to cooperate.” stated Lucas Oil General Manager Dan Robinson.

Admission tickets for the Saturday event of the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals will be able to be redeemed at any remaining 2017 Lucas Oil Speedway event.

Action will resume this Thursday-Saturday, September 21st-23rd with the 7th Annual Jesse Hocket/Daniel McMillin Memorial featuring the ASCS Winged Sprint Cars and the POWRi WAR Wingless Sprint Cars.

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

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

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

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

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.

Schlenk Wins Feature/Shiels Wins Championship At Oakshade Raceway

September 20th, 2017

Tight point battles were finally settled on Oakshade Raceway’s Season Championship Night which was highlighted by Devin Shiels earning his first ever Oakshade Raceway UMP Late Model Championship. There were also a lot of kids dressed up in great costumes who came for the candy as well as the great racing for the annual Trick or Treat Night.

At the start of the Season Championship UMP Late Model feature, Brad Wade seemed to be the car to beat. He was able to fend off a challenge from Brad Eitnear around lap five, but later lost the lead on lap 15 of the 25-lap race to Steve Kester and then brought out the caution flag, forcing him to restart at the rear. As the field reverted to the line up of the last completed green-flag lap, Eitnear would lead the field back to the green flag. As soon as the leaders hit the backstretch, Kester jumped to the outside of Eitnear and McClure, Ohio’s Rusty Schlenk dove to the inside for a three-wide battle for the lead. Kester would take over the lead for a couple laps, but Schlenk would take over for good on lap 17. Schlenk went on to post his seventh Oakshade feature win of the year and ended up fourth in the final point standings, one point behind Kester who ended up spinning and finishing outside the top ten in the race. Devin Shiels capped off his championship season with a second place finish. Casey Noonan started deep in the field and ended up getting by defending track champion Brian Ruhlman for third. Eric Spangler got by Hillard Miller late in the race to end up fifth.

Brian Fisher darted out to a big lead in the UMP Sportsman Season Championship feature event. A caution on lap nine wiped out Fisher’s lead putting point-leader Drew Smith on his rear bumper for the restart. Smith, from Sylvania, Ohio, passed Fisher for the lead on lap 10 and went on to earn his fifth feature win of the season and more importantly the 2017 Sportsman Track Championship. Fisher held on finish second followed closely by Rusty Smith. Brandon Gregory finished fourth and the defending Oakshade UMP Sportsman track champion, Mike Jessen, ended up fifth.

Jeff Foks Jr. from Holland, Ohio, nursed a slim 16-point advantage in the Bomber point standings at the beginning of the night and was able to stay out of trouble to pick up his fourth Bomber A Main win of the season and his fourth Bomber track championship. William Cundick started on the pole of the Bomber A Main and led the first lap. Terry Rushlow took over on lap two after a lap one caution. It only took three laps for Foks to reach the front after starting 10th. Rushlow held on to finish second and passing the most cars to end up third was last week’s feature winner Craig Dippman. Dippman started 23rd. Donovan Paskan finished fourth and Cundick slipped back to finish fifth.

The closest point battle of the night was in the Compacts with Jeff Foks Sr. holding just a six point lead heading in to the night. That lead proved not to be enough as Waldron, Michigan’s Brogan Rehklau picked an incredible 12th feature win of the year and finished far enough ahead of Foks to earn his second Compact track championship. Randy Murday finished the race second followed by Jason Deshler, Nathan Goodman and Josh Proffitt. Foks ended up 10th.

Season Championship Night was capped off by perhaps one of the most exciting races of the evening that had no championship implications. Brandon Clark charged through the field to the front after starting at the tail and put on a heck of a battle with Oregon, Ohio’s Taylor Dippman for the win. Both drivers traded the lead several times in the closing laps. Clark held the lead at the white flag, but Dippman made a nice move coming off turn four on the high side to beat Clark to the finish line. Amy Clair got by Cody Stetten late in the race to end up third and Scott Hammer rounded out the top five finishers.

Another great night of late season racing action is on tap for Saturday, September 23rd with the Papa Boiler Bomber Spectacular paying $1,000 to win and the UMP Sportsman Dirty 30 paying $1,200 to win and $125 to start. UMP Late Models and Compact will round out the evening’s racing program with gates opening at 4pm, hot laps at 6pm and racing at 7pm.

Thomas Gets Tri-State Reveng

September 20th, 2017

Haubstadt, Indiana………Kevin Thomas, Jr. was bound and determined not to let history repeat itself in Saturday night’s USAC AMSOIL National/MSCS Sprint Car “Haubstadt Hustler” at Tri-State Speedway.

For the second time in a row at the southwestern Indiana quarter-mile paperclip, a green-white-checker duel for the victory came down to he and July Tri-State winner Kyle Cummins.

The setting was the same in the Thomas v. Cummins sequel on the final restart. Thomas led Cummins when the green flag dropped, but heading into the final corner on the final lap, the roles became reversed when Thomas responded to Cummins’ final haymaker by crossing underneath off turn four to defeat Cummins by the blink of an eye, a scant margin of 0.053 seconds to win the $12,500 prize.

“You have to restart on a very racy racetrack with Kyle Cummins on your tail, what do you do,” Thomas pondered. “You just got to drive your (rear) off and hope for the best. These guys gave me a great racecar. To set up a car here to run 40 laps with as much as the track changes, that’s pretty amazing. Hats off to them for reading the racetrack right and making all the right changes. Kyle Cummins is the king of this place. To beat him here doesn’t happen very often and, last time, it didn’t happen.”

In fact, it was even a similar scenario as the night before at the Terre Haute Action Track. Thomas led until four laps to go when Chris Windom used a slider to get by for the top spot. Thomas didn’t have much of an opportunity to respond as he ran out of fuel two laps short of the finish. At Tri-State, lack of fuel came into play on the 40th and final lap. Another lap or another caution would’ve spelled doom for the Cullman, Alabama native who freely admitted in the post-race that his first investment is going to be the purchase of a larger tail tank heading into next Saturday’s “4-Crown Nationals” at Eldora Speedway.

“I had to get going, so I tightened myself up and gave it as much throttle as I could to keep the wheels spinning,” Thomas detailed. “I slung it in there and hoped for the best. All you can do here is choose the right line. The bottom started to dry up a little bit, so I tightened up and got some momentum. Going down the back straight on the last lap, I ran out of fuel. Cummins slid me getting into turn three, but the car picked up just enough to cross him under and get the bite coming off the corner to get back by him. Honestly, if he doesn’t mess up or wheelie, he wins that race.”

With all of his past accolades at Tri-State, Cummins was odds-on favorite after picking up the $500 Unique Breedz bonus for recording ProSource Fast Qualifying time, then winning his heat race. After pole-sitter C.J. Leary’s car jumped out of gear as he led the field into turn one on the opening lap, the inside rows were moved up, placing Cummins in the envious position on the pole.

However, Thomas wouldn’t let Cummins get away scot-free as he ran him down from his outside second row starting position, making the move for the lead with an inside turn two pass on the fourth circuit.

Thomas immediately stretched his lead out to as much as a half-straightaway over Cummins during the next few laps. Yet, the faster you break away, the faster you enter lap traffic, which Thomas did on lap 15. However, Thomas seemingly caught a break when the yellow flag waved for the stopped car of Shane Cottle in turn one, erasing the potential hazard of wading through the lappers for the time-being.

Thomas was gone again when he saw green on the lap 16 restart, but once again, eight laps later, just as Thomas was about to encounter the tail-end of the field, another yellow forced the stoppage of action when Jon Stanbrough spun off turn four in front of the second-place cars of Cummins and Thomas Meseraull, forcing the two to take evasive action to escape unscathed.

With that said, Cummins felt the traffic wouldn’t have made much of a difference at that point in the race as his car hadn’t fully came to him yet.

“Even in traffic, he was still better,” Cummins credits Thomas. “In traffic, I still wasn’t catching him. As the race went on, the car got a little bit better. I was always just bound up a little too tight. Once he passed me, I’m half throttle trying not to wheelie. I knew he was going to be quicker at the get-go. I kind of let him get out front there. Forty laps is a long race and I knew once it got slick, we were going to have a better car.”

On the other hand, Thomas has a love-hate relationship with the lapped cars and, just like many things in racing, sometimes they can help in one instance and may be a hindrance on another occasion.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (middle) proudly displays the $12,500 combined prizes for winning Saturday night’s “Haubstadt Hustler” at Tri-State Speedway. Thomas is joined in victory lane by second-place finisher Kyle Cummins (right)
and third-place finisher Thomas Meseraull.
(David Nearpass Photo)

“Sometimes I like lap traffic and sometimes I don’t,” Thomas admits. “Tonight, a few of those times, I liked it. Then, there were a couple times, they were three-wide and there was nowhere to go. If you made one mistake and pushed, Kyle Cummins is going to peel your stickers off on his way by. You have to focus so hard on, not necessarily hitting your marks, but keeping your car rotated. You have to run the car so tight here. The corners are so sharp that, if you make a mistake, you’ll push for a hundred yards it feels like. It’s a big concentration track. It’s mentally and physically tough. It’s 40 laps around this place as hard as you can go. There’s no cruising whatsoever. You’re always working at the wheel.”

On a restart with 13 laps remaining following a Dakota Jackson spin, Cummins finally stuck close to Thomas when the field got up to speed. For the next eight laps, Cummins was just two car-lengths away as both rode the lip of the cushion, ready to strike when opportunity arose until Dave Darland’s left rear tire went flat with four to go, leaving rubber scattered on the racing surface to bring out the yellow once again.

On the lap 37 resumption, Thomas responded with a great restart, gapping Cummins by about four car-lengths over the next two trips around the oval. With two to go, Thomas’ recurring nightmare reemerged when yet another late-race caution interrupted his run to the checker. The four-car incident in turn four involved Josh Hodges, Chase Stockon, Donny Brackett and Isaac Chapple. All were able to restart.

Once again, Thomas was set up in a green-white-checker situation with Tri-State Speedway master Kyle Cummins breathing down his HANS device. Thomas didn’t exactly know who was behind him on the final restart, but he had an inkling.

“These corners are so sharp, you can turn your head and see a color of a car,” Thomas explained. “On that longer green flag run toward the end, I could see a big white car. I just knew that had to be Cummins. It always is. Near the end, I kept looking back and I didn’t see a white car, but I knew he didn’t drop out, so I had the feeling he was on my tail.”

Cummins threw his first shot heading into turn one on the restart, sliding past Thomas momentarily before snagging the turn two cushion with the right rear.

“I knew if I could break his momentum and get in front of him, he wouldn’t be able to catch me,” Cummins believed. “It was like we were the same speed. I knew I couldn’t slide him. On the restart, I knew I was going to have to do something. I was all over him when we took the green. I got just enough of a run and just threw it in there. When I came up there, I was hard on the throttle and I was just trying to touch the cushion a little bit. It threw the front end and got me behind. If I wouldn’t have messed the cushion up, I would’ve been a lot closer and I think it would’ve been a lot better.”

Yet Cummins wasn’t completely out of the picture frame. As he fell back roughly five to six car-lengths, he shadowed Thomas for a full circuit before sizing up his next move midway down the back straightaway on the final lap. At the same moment, Thomas was experiencing issues of his own.

“I had to get going, so I tightened myself up and gave it as much throttle as I could to keep the wheels spinning,” Thomas details. “I slung it in there and hoped for the best. All you can do here is choose the right line. The bottom started to dry up a little bit, so I tightened up and got some momentum. But going down the back straight, that’s when I ran out of fuel.”

Cummins quickly erased the gap as he threw his car to the bottom on the entry to turn three as Thomas rode the cushion, surprising even Cummins to an extent.

“I thought there was no way I’d be that close to him,” Cummins admitted. “I’m like ‘where’d he go?’

Cummins took over the lead when he slid up in front of Thomas at the exit of turn four. Thomas quickly countered under Cummins and, in a drag race to the line, defeated Cummins by a mere 0.053 seconds to win his second “Haubstadt Hustler.” Meseraull, Chet Williams and Tyler Courtney rounded out the top-five.

Thomas picked up his third USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car points-paying feature of the year in his KT Motorsports/Jeff’s Jam-It-In Storage – Abreu Vineyards/DRC/Speedway Chevy. It marked the first National victory with newly-hired crew chief Davey Jones who the team brought aboard during USAC/CRA’s “California Sprint Week” a couple weeks back, marking three wins out of six for the combo since joining forces.

After throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Thomas on the final restart, Princeton, Indiana’s Cummins came up just short, finishing in the runner-up position in his Rock Steady Racing/Debra Corn Foster Care – ProGlide Bearings/Mach-1/Cummins.

Throughout the race, Cummins’ mount continually got better and better, but was quite a handful at the beginning of the 40-lapper.

“I knew at the beginning we were going to be way too tight,” Cummins acknowledges. “The track looked like it had moisture, but then I thought it was going to blow off a little bit better, so we tightened it up quite a bit more. At the beginning, I had to be careful. The car was wanting to wheelie. I thought as the race went on, every time we had a yellow, the car got a little better.”

“We know next time to go ahead and keep it a little looser,” Cummins said in retrospect. “I got it as loose as I could with the shocks. At the end, I just got it to where it was good. If we had a chance to do it all over again, it would’ve been so much better. But at the last race, we said ‘this is what we’re going to do. We’re going to tighten her up just a hair more.’ But the track just didn’t get slick enough for us. On the last lap, I didn’t think it was even going to be close. I was so tight, even the middle was decent. But, now we know for the next time and we’ll get it a little looser.”

Lucas Pro Pulling Spotlight: Involvement in the sport a way of life for Nelson family

September 20th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – There will be a whole lot of “Midnight” on Saturday night when the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League’s Champions Tour visits Lucas Oil Speedway.

Night two of the Lucas Pro Pulling Nationals will find the Nelson family out of central Illinois out in full force, piloting five vehicles in the Optima Batteries Super Modified 2WD Class. Four of the five have “Midnight” in their names.

“It’s one of those things that’s in our blood,” said Jeremy Nelson, the oldest of the five family competitors and driver of a souped-up 1941 Dodge Panel Van called “Midnight Gambler.”

The remainder of the Nelson family pulling roster: Nelson’s wife, Misty, in a 2017 Chevrolet Colorado named “Midnight Chaos;” brother Jared Nelson in a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado called “Midnight Revenger;” Jared Nelson’s wife, Bethany, in a 2011 Ford Ranger “Sweet Revenge” and Jeremy Nelson’s father-in-law, John Mumma, in 2007 Chevrolet SSR “After Midnight.”

The Nelson family is a perennial contender on the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, with one of them winning a season championship in five of the last six years. Entering this weekend’s season finale, Jared Nelson in “Midnight Revenger” sits atop the points race.

Jeremy Nelson, from Sidney, Illinois, said pulling has been a family fabric for as long as he can remember.

“I’m the oldest of all of us (pulling now) and was the first one involved,” he said. “My dad (Dale Nelson) was involved in pulling since I can remember. He let me starting driving the truck I’m driving when I was 16 and then we got a second truck and let my brother drive it. He just kind of passed the torch.”

Jeremy Nelson said he met his wife through pulling. For years now, it’s become a way of life in the summer and early fall for the entire family.

“I’m turning 40 this year,” Jeremy Nelson said. “It’s the only thing I’ve known in the summer. Chasing the pulling circuit all around. It is in our blood.”

Aside from the competition, Nelson said the friendships that have been forged make it all worthwhile.

“The people we meet and the fans we meet are just great,” he said. “We have fans that have turned into friends over the years. That’s the exciting part. It’s sure not the money or the workload involved because it can be like a second job in the summer time.

“Between the Illinois pulling circuit and the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, we’ll hit about 35 events a year. It gets to be expensive when you work a full-time job and you do this on the side.”

Nelson described the trucks, which in his class turn around 3,000 horsepower, as something that’s best appreciated in person.

“You can watch it on television, but in person you can feel the horsepower. It really is something else,” Nelson said.

Being fan-friendly also is something that Nelson said he enjoys about the sport. Fans are welcomed in the “Midnight” pits.

“We let kids sit in our trucks and get their pictures taken,” Nelson said. “They all seem to enjoy that. We want to invite them to come by on Saturday.”

The infield in front of the Lucas Oil Speedway main grandstand will be transformed into a pulling area for the powerful machines, with gates opening at 5 p.m. and opening ceremonies at 7 both Friday and Saturday.

Friday will find the ARP Light Weight Super Stock Tractors, ARP Super Stock Diesel Trucks, Limited Pro Diesel Trucks and Limited Pro Stock Tractors.

Then on Saturday night it’s the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Champions’ Tour. Classes in action will include the E3 Sparkplugs Super Modified Tractors, MAVTV Unlimited Super Stock Tractors, Super Farm Tractors, Optima Batteries Super Modified 2WD Trucks , Pro Modified 4 WD Trucks and Protect the Harvest Pro Stock Tractors.

For ticket information, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Tickets also can be purchased online at https://www.showclix.com/events/8559.

TICKETS:
(Friday)
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40

(Saturday)
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50

For more information on the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, including complete schedules and archived stories, visit ProPulling.com.

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

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

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

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

Jared Nelson in “Midnight Revenger” will be competing Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway. (Lucas Oil Pro Pulling photo)

The Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals return to Lucas Oil Speedway this Friday and Saturday.

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.

Marlar Makes History with Back-to-Back Knoxville Nationals Championships

September 20th, 2017

KNOXVILLE, IA – Mike Marlar became the first driver in the 14-year history of the Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals to win in back-to-back years – taking the $40,000 top prize on Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway. Marlar took the lead from race-leader Josh Richards on lap 92 and then sped away for the win in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned event.

Jonathan Davenport made a valiant charge in the last five laps to finish second after pitting for a right-front, flat tire on lap 50. Jared Landers, the 2015 winner of the race came home third, with Jimmy Mars and Jimmy Owens completing the top five drivers.

Davenport led the first 19 laps of the race until Richards took over the point. Richards then held the top spot until Marlar got by him late in the race. Richards had a right-front tire go down, putting him into the turn three wall. Richards changed the tire and ran just a few more laps before calling it a night. He was credited with an 18th place finish as his points lead over Tim McCreadie shrunk to just 90 points.

Marlar returned in his Ronnie Delk-owned, Rocket Chassis to defend his crown-jewel victory. “Tonight makes me feel really good about being a racecar driver. That wasn’t a race, that was a battle right there. With 25 to go, I thought man I need to start going and give it all I had. I let Jared Landers get by me and then I got back by him when he got high in turn one. I thought now I am good. I could run this thing to death. I think I could do it.”

“There was a caution as soon as I got passed by Landers. Luckily, I got back by him on the restart. I don’t think Josh was at his best when I caught him and passed him for the lead. I think he was having an issue. This is awesome. I want to thank Josh and Jerry for their help. Without them I couldn’t do this. They are back at the shop everyday working on the car. My car owner Ronnie Delk and my wife Stacy, thanks for all they do.”

Davenport came up just short of his first win in the event. “I had a plan on that last restart and it just worked out. I wondered where everyone was going. Everybody took off and went to the bottom of the track. They just left the door open for me and I took advantage of it. Our car wasn’t any good in traffic for whatever reason. The best car won the race. Josh must have been pretty good too. He passed me early on. I just to thank my guys for getting me back out there after we pitted.”

Landers sat out last year’s event due to an injury and returned this weekend to score two podium finishes. “I hurt my tires by lap 50. I was worried about it. I got up there with Josh and I had some good momentum going and I jumped the cushion and it hurt me. I cost us that spot. I will take a top-three. That was a lot of laps there. I hadn’t raced that hard for a while.”

Completing the top ten were Brandon Sheppard, Hudson O’Neal, Bobby Pierce, Steve Francis, and Tim McCreadie.

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.

ABC Raceway Staff Hoping for Biggest-Ever Red Clay Classic

September 20th, 2017

Ashland, WI, September 16 — It can be argued that the ABC Raceway’s 42nd annual Red Clay Classic could be the biggest and best one yet. The traditional finale of the Northland’s stock car racing season, the Red Clay Classic is one of the most popular events on the calendar for race fans. In its four decades-plus of existence, it has grown to become one of the best-attended, highest-paying events of its kind in the Midwest.

If the recent efforts of the Raceway’s Board of Directors and nearly 50 volunteer workers pay off, this year’s edition – slated for Friday and Saturday, September 29-30, and to be presented by FastLane Motorsports of Ashland and Tim’s Automotive Machine of Bloomer – may become one of the most successful ever. So much has been added to make the 42nd running of the PolyDome Dirt Track Series event a special one that it’s hard to pin down any one item as a featured attraction. “One of our goals every year is to come up with different things that make the Red Clay Classic stand out from all of the other racing invitationals during this time of year,” Raceway president Eric Erickson explained recently. “Whether it’s changes to the purse for the drivers, special activities for the fans, or upgrades to our facility, we want to keep improving the Classic to make it memorable for all who attend.”

Changes to the purse are always of interest to the drivers, so the ABC Raceway recently announced a significant increase to the overall payout, to an event-record $90,000. This purse bump should once again attract upwards of 200 WISSOTA Late Model, Modified, Super Stock and Midwest Modified drivers to the three-eighths-mile red-clay oval. Because of the increase, approximately 30 percent of the finishing positions in this year’s four Red Clay Classic features will pay out higher than in 2016, and each of this year’s four feature winners will take home larger paychecks than were handed out to last year’s RCC champions. The winner of the Mid-Mod A-feature will claim a $1,200 share, while the Super Stock champ will take home $2,500. First place in the Modified A-main now pays $3,500, and the Late Model feature winner will earn a track-record $5,000 payday.

Additional bonuses will be provided during Friday’s heat race action, which will be sponsored by Gatorade and North Star Beverage of Hurley. The winners will receive limited-edition commemorative shirts compliments of SSR Race Cars of Spring Valley and Champ Pans of Eau Claire – a tradition that was started last year and found to be greatly appreciated by the drivers. After each of Saturday’s features, Northern Clearing Inc of Ashland will award a $150 bonus to the driver that posts the fastest lap in their respective race, based on the track’s electronic scoring and timing system. And the hugely popular “Bridesmaid’s Challenge” will again be offered to each feature’s second-place finisher, providing cash bonuses if those drivers don bridesmaid’s gowns during their post-race Victory Lane interviews in front of the huge crowd expected to be in attendance.

Also of benefit to the drivers is that the draw fee for this year’s Red Clay Classic has once again been waived. Drivers will need only pay the $65 two-day pit-pass fee in order to compete during the race weekend, saving them some significant entry money. As for the racing itself, two interesting changes are planned for the program. On Friday night, a special race is in the works honoring 2008 Red Clay Classic Late Model champion Harry Hanson. The fan-favorite driver from Eveleth, MN, who is closing out his 45th season in racing and 28th in a Late Model, has announced that this year’s Classic will be his last race event in that division. Details are still being finalized and should be announced soon.

On Saturday, the Raceway will also honor Duane Mahder, the 1990 RCC Late Model champ from Eau Claire who lost his life in a tragic vehicle accident shortly after last year’s Classic. In Mahder’s memory, the ABC Raceway Board has voted to run this year’s Late Model feature at a distance of 55 laps, rather than the traditional 50, to match the car number of the popular racing legend. For the fans, a variety of activities will be offered, both at the track and throughout the area. On Friday night immediately after the races there will be a party with live music at the grandstand pavilion area, and on Saturday fans can vote online via the Raceway’s website for a “fans’ choice” entry into one of the feature races from those drivers that did not otherwise qualify through Friday’s heats.

Also on Saturday, the annual Red Clay Classic scramble golf tournament will be held at the Chequamegon Bay Golf Club beginning at 9:30 am, with prizes to be awarded afterwards at the course’s Niblick restaurant. Fans are reminded that Ashland’s downtown merchants will have a variety of “MarketFest” sidewalk sales going on during Saturday of the race weekend, and that the city’s Historic Mural Walk is also downtown and convenient to enjoy before race time. Other opportunities for shopping, sightseeing and exploring abound in neighboring communities such as Washburn, Bayfield, Odanah and Mellen.

The festivities start on the Thursday evening prior to the race weekend, when the Neighborly Bar of downtown Ashland will host a pre-Red Clay Classic party, offering special RCC apparel for sale with proceeds going toward the “Bridesmaid’s Challenge” fund. Fans who have reserved camping sites on the Raceway property will be allowed to bring their RVs onto the grounds beginning at 5 pm on Thursday evening. At-the-track campers will be required to check in immediately upon arrival at the main grandstand ticket office before setting up at their sites.

For those still looking for camping near the track, the owner of the property directly adjacent to and east of the Raceway grounds will have sites available on a first-come, first-served basis (no advance reservations), beginning on Thursday evening. On Friday the pit gates will open to the race teams at 12:30 pm, while the main grandstand ticket windows and gates will open at 3. Hot lap sessions will start at 5:30, followed by heat races for all four divisions beginning at 7 pm.

On Saturday, the pits will open at noon, the grandstand gates will open at 2:30 pm, and racing will begin with semi-feature action at 5. The four big A-mains will then follow the last-chance semi-features. Adult grandstand tickets are available at $22 for Friday’s program, $25 for Saturday, or $42 for a two-day pass. Tickets for kids ages 6-12 are $13 each night, while a two-day kids’ pass is just $23. A limited number of reserved grandstand seats can still be purchased with any two-day pass for an additional $10 charge.

New for this year, a limited number of locations along the top walkway of the main grandstand are marked for bring-your-own lawn chair seating. These spots can be reserved for the price of an adult two-day pass plus the $10 additional charge. To buy tickets or reserve a seat, fans can call (715) 682-2672 Monday through Friday (evenings only) or send an e-mail to tickets@abcraceway.com.

A limited number of reserved pit spots are still available for just $30 each by calling (715) 746-2390 (evenings) or by e-mailing to tickets@abcraceway.com. Prior to each night’s race program, “Z-93 Race Night” will provide up-to-date Red Clay Classic news and weather information live from the track on WBSZ, 93.3 FM, and online at www.wbszfm.com, from 3-4 pm.

The ABC Raceway is located 3-1/2 miles south of Ashland on State Highway 13 and one mile west on Butterworth Road. Additional event information is available on the track’s website, www.abcraceway.com. Additional Ashland area hotel and community information is available by visiting www.visitashland.com.

Entry List: 19th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree

September 20th, 2017

SPRING VALLEY, Minn.–As of Thursday, Sept. 14, the following drivers are pre-entered (showing car number, driver’s name, hometown, sponsor, chassis and engine builder) for the 19th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree:

The Featherlite Fall Jamboree takes place Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 21-23, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., where the world’s elite Modified and B-Mod drivers will be racing for three nights and nearly $150,000 in posted prize money.

The entry fee remains $200 through Friday, Sept. 15, at 5 p.m. CST. After that, the price goes up to $300 through Wednesday, Sept. 20. On race day, the entry fee is $400.

Fans will witness a complete program all three nights, with $5,000 going to the USMTS Modified winner on the first two nights while Saturday’s winner will pocket a cool $10,000. The Iron Man Challenge Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will battle for $750 to win Thursday, $1,000 to win Friday and $1,200 to win Saturday.

Thursday is the final event in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental with the crowning of the 2017 USMTS national champion at the conclusion of the night’s main event. B-Mod drivers will earn points in both the Iron Man Challenge and Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national points all three nights.

Saturday’s annual Modified Non-Qualifiers Race will dole out $2,000 to the winner prior to the $10,000-to-win championship race which will start a minimum of 30 cars three-wide on the high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval. The Non-Qualifiers Race will also have 30 cars on the track.

New for 2017, a second Non-Qualifiers Race for the Modifieds has been added to Thursday’s program which will pay $700 to win and no less than $100 to start for each of the 24 starters.

There will be a complete show each night. The top 15 in heat race passing points are locked into “A” Main each night with the top 8 redrawing for the first eight starting positions. An additional 15 drivers will advance from the “B” Mains.

RULES & PROCEDURES

Modifieds: USMTS rules apply. The top 15 in passing points each night are locked into “A” Main each night with the top-8 redrawing for position. Another 15 drivers will advance from “B” Mains to create a 30-car “A” Main each night. Saturday’s “A” Main will start three wide. The top 24 from Thursday’s “B” Mains and top 30 from Saturday’s “B” Mains not advancing to the “A” Main those nights are eligible for the Non-Qualifiers Race (complete redraw for starting spot both nights). USMTS points, provisionals and Top Dog Bonus will be Thursday only. Friday and Saturday will be co-sanctioned by the USRA with Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national points being awarded.

B-Mods: USRA rules apply. The top 15 in passing points each night are locked into the “A” Main each night with the top 8 redrawing for starting spots. An additional 15 drivers will advance from the “B” Mains to 30-car “A” Main each night. Iron Man Challenge and Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national points will be awarded each night. USRA license not required. Midwest Mods permitted with some changes (call 515-832-6000).

PAYOUTS

Thursday Modified “A” Main: 1. $5000, 2. $2500, 3. $1800, 4. $1300, 5. $1000, 6. $850, 7. $775, 8. $700, 9. $650, 10. $600, 11. $575, 12. $550, 13. $525, 14. $500, 15. $475, 16. $450, 17. $425, 18. $400, 19-30. $350.

Thursday Modified Non-Qualifiers Race: 1. $700, 2. $500, 3. $400, 4. $350, 5. $300, 6. $275, 7. $250, 8. $225, 9. $200, 10. $175, 11. $150, 12. $140, 13, $130, 14. $125, 15. $120, 16. $115, 17. $110, 18. $105, 19-24. $100; Tow $50.

Friday Modified “A” Main: 1. $5000, 2. $3000, 3. $2000, 4. $1500, 5. $1000, 6. $900, 7. $800, 8. $750, 9. $700, 10. $650, 11. $625, 12. $600, 13. $575, 14. $550, 15. $525, 16. $500, 17. $475, 18. $450, 19. $425, 20-30. $400; Tow $50.

Saturday Modified “A” Main: 1. $10,000, 2. $5000, 3. $4000, 4. $3300, 5. $2700, 6. $2200, 7. $2000, 8. $1700, 9. $1500, 10. $1300, 11. $1200, 12. $1100, 13. $1000, 14. $900, 15. $850, 16. $800, 17. $775, 18. $750, 19. $725, 20. $700, 21. $675, 22-30. $650.

Saturday Modified Non-Qualifiers Race: 1. $2000, 2. $1500, 3. $1000, 4. $800, 5. $700, 6. $600, 7. $500, 8. $475, 9. $450, 10. $425, 11. $400, 12. $375, 13. $350, 14. $325, 15. $300, 16. $290, 17. $280, 18. $275, 19. $270, 20. $265, 21. $260, 22. $255, 23-30. $250; Tow $100.

Thursday B-Mod “A” Main: 1. $750, 2. $500, 3. $400, 4. $350, 5. $300, 6. $250, 7. $200, 8. $170, 9. $130, 10. $120, 11. $110, 12. $100, 13. $95, 14. $90, 15. $85, 16. $80, 17-30. $75; Tow $25.

Friday B-Mod “A” Main: 1. $1000, 2. $700, 3. $500, 4. $400, 5. $350, 6. $300, 7. $275, 8. $250, 9. $225, 10. $200, 11. $175, 12. $160, 13. $150, 14. $145, 15. $140, 16. $130, 17. $120, 18. $115, 19. $110, 20. $105, 21-30. $100; Tow $25.

Saturday B-Mod “A” Main: 1. $1200, 2. $800, 3. $600, 4. $500, 5. $400, 6. $350, 7. $300, 8. $275, 9. $250, 10. $225, 11. $200, 12. $190, 13. $180, 14. $175, 15. $170, 16. $165, 17. $160, 18. $155, 19-30. $150; Tow $50.

ENTRY FEES

Modifieds: Three-day entry is $200 if paid by 5 p.m. CST on Friday, Sept. 15. After that, the three-day entry is $300 through Wednesday, Sept. 20. The three-day entry is $400 on race day. Thursday only is $100 in advance or $125 at the gate; Friday only is $125 in advance or $150 at the gate; Saturday only is $200 in advance or $250 at the gate.

B-Mods: Three-day entry in advance is $100 for licensed or $125 for non-licensed drivers; Three-day entry is $150 for all drivers at the gate; Thursday only is $35 for licensed or $50 for non-licensed; Friday only is $60 for licensed or $75 for non-licensed; Saturday only is $75 for licensed or $100 for non-licensed.

Ticket prices for spectators are $25 Thursday, $25 Friday and $30 Saturday. A three-day reserved ticket is $80. Kids ages 12 and under are $10 per night or a three-day reserved ticket is $30.

For fans unable to attend in person, all three nights of the 19th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree will be broadcast live at www.RacinDirt.com.

The Deer Creek Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval which sits on 60 acres with one of America’s most popular state-of-the-art racing complexes and an adjoining campground. The track is located 11.3 miles south of I-90 at exit 209 on on US 63 (0.7 mile north of SR 16). The physical address for mapping is 25262 US Hwy 63, Spring Valley, MN 55975. For more information, call (507) 754-6107 or check out www.deercreekspeedway.com online.

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