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Ryan Timmons Gets First Win at Bakersfield

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Last Saturday night, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) earned his first career USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph at Bakersfield Speedway. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons claimed the eleventh point race over fast qualifier Tristan Guardino, point leader Austin Liggett, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, and Koen Shaw.

After daytime temperatures reached triple digits during the day and a full moon on display in the night sky, officials reworked the track surface prior to the main event. This gave the drivers two grooves of racing that was met with praise after the checkered flags.

Going for this third win of the season, Austin Liggett started on the pole position and set a torrid pace on the outside lane. While some racers were struggling with the Bakersfield clay, Ryan Timmons closed within striking distance for the top spot. A Timmons bobble gave Liggett some breathing room, but Ryan quickly regrouped and began to apply pressure. Liggett led the first twenty-two laps until Timmons executed a successful “slide job” in the third turn to grab the top spot.

Looking for his first series win, Timmons was able to shake free from his challengers, but slower traffic would become a factor. As the leader’s progress slowed, Liggett and fast qualifier Tristan Guardino were gaining ground. Guardino slipped by Liggett for second and briefly raced three wide with Timmons and a slower car. Timmons managed to hold onto the lead and sailed to his first main event victory.

Before starting on the outside of the front row of the feature, Ryan Timmons qualified fourth out of a season low twelve cars and won the Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply second heat race. While scoring several podium finishes in the last few races, Timmons put it all together at Bakersfield to become the 49th different driver to claim a USAC West Coast win. To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year is third in points with two heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) earned Bakersfield’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job” honors with a second place run from ninth. In the night of firsts, Guardino raced the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim to his career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and scored fifth in his heat race. At press time, Tristan ranks second in points with one feature win, five heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led on the year.

After leading the first twenty-two laps, Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) had to settle for third at Bakersfield. Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett was third quick in time trials and won the 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The point leader heads to Santa Maria with a 106-point advantage on the strength of two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 82 feature laps led to his credit.

Making his first start in three years, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride (Bakersfield, California) placed fourth at his hometown track. Piloting Bob and Toni Van Meter’s #87 American Fabrication / Fred Cummings Motorsports Spike, Kirkbride qualified ninth overall and ran second to Liggett in his heat race.

Koen Shaw (Fresno, California) raced from eighth to fifth in the Bakersfield return. Racing the family owned #88K Shaw Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw was second fast in time trials and ran fourth in his heat race. To date, Koen has taken over fourth in the point chase with two Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards and seven top-10 finishes in the campaign.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are back in action on Saturday, August 11th, at Santa Maria Raceway. Co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360 Sprints, the “Bud Stanfield Memorial” will also feature the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water, Mini Stocks, IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, and Santa Maria Dwarf Cars. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Advance tickets are on sale and visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232 for more information.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.

August 11: #Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 25: **Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3)
October 6: #Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 21: **Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 22: **Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)

Johnny Scott brings USMTS national title chase to Lucas Oil Speedway for Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Johnny Scott admits he thinks about winning his first United States Modified Touring Series season championship and what it would mean. At the same time, he’s trying not to think too much about it.

“If you start thinking about it a lot, it can get on your mind and start driving you crazy,” Scott said. “It can mess you up.”

Which is why Scott, the 28-year-old from Las Cruces, New Mexico, is attempting to maintain a simple mind-set for Saturday night’s 9th annual Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Scott enters the weekend with a 167-point lead over two-time USMTS national champion Rodney Sanders. Scott has been close in the past and knows a critical time of the schedule has arrived.

“I think we have about 15 more points races to go, so hopefully we can keep doing what we’ve been doing and win this deal,” Scott said. “I’ve been in this position a few times. I just take it one race at a time and just try to win that race.

“If I don’t think I’m fast enough to win that night, I try to salvage at least a top five to try and have a good points night.”

This weekend’s swing, which is part of the Casey’s Hunt for the Championship, begins Friday at Humboldt Speedway in Kansas. Scott said he’s confident about his chances at both venues.

“Wheatland is one of the nicest facilities we go to all year and we seem to have pretty good luck when we go there,” Scott said. “We’ve also run pretty decent at Humboldt. So I’m looking forward to the weekend.”

Scott won the 2015 Show-Me Shootout at Lucas Oil Speedway, one of 38 career USMTS wins. He has visited victory lane seven times in 2018 in a new VanderBuilt Race Car designed by fellow Modified driver Zack VanderBeek.

Stormy Scott, Johnny’s racing twin brother, debuted in a VanderBuilt late last season and liked it. Johnny Scott said he it’s seemed “to fit my driving style” when he began campaigning one at the start of this season.

“You definitely have to be up on the wheel of those things,” Johnny Scott said. “I wouldn’t say it’s the easiest car I’ve ever driven. But when the set-up is right, they’re by far one of the best Modifieds out there.”

Which has been key in a Modified world that Scott calls more competitive than it’s been since he joined the USMTS circuit a few years ago.

“There are so many good drivers nowadays and everybody has nice, top-of-the-line equipment,” he said. “It’s hard to just out-drive anybody these days. There’s a lot of factors that go into it. You have to have a good set-up, your mind has to be into it, confidence is a big more. It all goes together if you want to be successful.”

Standing on the cusp of a USMTS national title is a long way from Scott’s days of growing up on the ranch lands of his family in New Mexico. He said there’s a plan to move the race headquarters from Cameron, Missouri, to Albuquerque after this race season to be closer to family and friends.

A former agriculture major at New Mexico State University, Johnny Scott said he probably would be a rancher is he wasn’t a racer. He still has a passion for team calf roping and participates in competitions a few times a year when he gets back to his native state.

Calf roping presents a different type of physical demand and danger as racing, but he said it can pay more than wheeling a race car.

“For instance, my dad and one of his buddies roped in Las Vegas at the South Point three years and go fifth place and it paid $67,000 a man,” Scott said. “There is a lot of money in it, but it’s hard to win because there are so many competitors.”

Kind of like USMTS racing. Now the former series Rookie of the Year hopes to bring home the national title when he goes back to New Mexico this winter.

“This is what I’ve been trying to do my whole racing career,” he said. “If I can do that, it would definitely be a goal accomplished. It would be nice.”

It’s a big night of racing on Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway with Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and Big O Tires Street Stocks also on the schedule with weekly points programs.

Two track provisional starting positions will be awarded for the USMTS feature. Zack VanderBeek of New Sharon, Iowa, won the last appearance by the USMTS series at the track in 2016 as last year’s Show-Me Shootout was rained out.

Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps set for 6:30 and opening ceremonies at 7. Fans can pick up $2 discount-ticket coupons this week at Casey’s General Stores locations in Bolivar, Hermitage, Osceola, Stockton, Warsaw, Weaubleau and Wheatland. USMTS driver Joe Duvall will be doing a meet and greet from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Casey’s in Wheatland.

Fans also are invited to browse the Drag Boat pit area next door where up to 40 professional barbecue teams will be competing in the 2nd annual Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned Red White Blue & Que. The nation’s top two-ranked teams – Gettin’ Basted out of Branson, Missouri, and Boomerang BBQ of Lubbock, Texas – are among the entrants.

Visit RedWhiteBlueQ.com for more info and a list of participating teams.

Admission prices:
Adults (ages 16 and over) $20
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $17
Youth (ages 6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family pass $40
Pit pass $40

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

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

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

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

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

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

The USMTS Modifieds return to Lucas Oil Speedway on Aug. 4 for the 9th annual Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment.

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

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

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

Danny Richards Wins Rice Lake Speedway “Little Dream” and $16,088 Top Prize

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Rice Lake WI – Danny Richards made the winning pass on Eric Olson with nine laps to go and then held on through two tense late race yellow flag restarts to win the twenty fourth annual Street Stock “Little Dream” race Tuesday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. Richards, who last won a feature race at Rice Lake in 2008, earned an event record $16,088 for his thirty five lap triumph as fans and local businesses once again came through to support the event and contribute to the purse, making it a record breaking event.

Sixty drivers from five states and Canada signed in to try and qualify for the Street Stock feature and after two sets of heat races, Olson started on the pole, having earned the highest number of passing points. However, it was rookie driver Dustin Doughty who got a good jump at the start and led the opening lap for the twenty six drivers that took the green. Olson then pulled up beside Doughty and they raced side by side before Olson claimed the top spot. Ryan Satter was on the move as he pulled in to challenge the leaders while Richards, who started sixth on the grid, was also moving up.

The first yellow waved with seven laps complete for a spinning Cody Kummer and after racing resumed, Olson continued to show the way with Satter working his way into second past Doughty and then going after leader Olson.

However, the next eighteen laps of the race ran under the green and Olson was able to extend his lead to nearly a full straightaway over Satter while Richards moved into second with Jimmy Randall also advancing up to fourth after starting ninth of the field.

At the half way point of the race, Olson continued to maintain a comfortable lead over Satter, Richards, Randall and Doughty. Randall and Satter made contact while battling for the third spot and while they both were able to keep running, Satter slipped high and lost several positions.

They continued to run in that order until a spinning Mike Knudtson triggered the yellow flag once again and set up a ten lap sprint to the checkered. However, at this point the whole complexion of the race changed as on the green, Olson pushed up the track and lost just enough momentum that Richards was able to drive around him and take over the top spot, thus forcing Olson to chase rather than controlling the lead that he had held for a number of laps.

The intensity level picked up as the laps ran down with two late yellow with three and two laps to go respectively, slowing and bunching the field. One of the yellows was for debris on the track and one for a spinning Tim Johnson as the former “Little Dream” winner would not repeat.

On the green following each of the last two yellows, Richards rode the high side into turn one and both times Olson passed him for the lead, only to see the yellow wave twice and save him from losing the top spot.

Finally, the field was able to complete the last two laps and on the final restart, this time Richards drove the low line through turn one and held off the charging Olson. Randall was also pushing hard and he was able to edge past Olson to take over the second spot. The final tour saw Richards able to maintain his lead with a smooth final lap and while Randall gave it a shot, he came up a car length short as Richards drove on to the record breaking win. Olson finished a close third and reported that a tight race car was his downfall at the end of the race with Sam Fankhauser, up from fifteenth to fourth and Doughty rounding out the top five.

The second five consisted of Jason Havel, Satter, Jeff Crouse, who earned the Hard Charger award after starting twenty second, Hunter VanGilder and Brett Miller as nineteen drivers completed the distance, all on the lead lap.

Olson turned the fastest lap of the race with a time of 18,171 seconds while heat race wins went to Doughty, Kummer, Kyle Dykhoff, Randall, Jay Kesan, Kolby Kiehl, Kark Genett, VanGilder, Keith Tourville and Knudtson while Olson was the only double heat race winner. Brian Johanson won the “Long Haul” award after towing from Edmore North Dakota for the race.

Current national point leader in the WISSOTA Street Stocks, Justin Vogel, won the Non Qualifiers Feature and opted to pass on the money and instead, start at the back of the main event. He was scored twentieth in the final running order after spinning on the last lap of the feature race.

The Midwest Modifieds were also on the card and Kevin Adams led all twenty laps of that race to earn his fourth feature win of the year at the track. He started on the pole, got the early jump on Alex Williamson and then pulled away from the field. Williamson ran a strong second for much of the first half of the race before being overtaken by Joe Chaplin Jr for the spot.

The Midwest Modifieds were flying around the track as they used at least three grooves and there was much passing and repassing going on in the pack. Two yellows slowed the first half of the field with Scott Bintz riding over a tire on another car and breaking his steering and then a tougher crash when current track point leader Austin Ellis spun in heavy traffic and got drilled by Aric Lindberg and Gunner Peterson with all three cars retired for the event.

The last thirteen laps of the race ran off nonstop and Adams was cruising on the high side as he pulled away from the pack. The most impressive drive of the late going saw Calvin Iverson move up from his third row starting spot as he got his car to work right on the low side of the track and he was able to drive past Williamson, defending national champion Sketter Estey and on the final couple of laps, Chaplin Jr to take over second and record an impressive finish for last year’s national rookie of the year.

On a beautiful night for racing in northern Wisconsin, a spectacular crowd was on hand that helped build the purse into a record breaking one once again.

The speedway will now take this Saturday night, August 4th off so that fans and track officials can rest up for the frantic final few weeks of the regular season. Racing will resume on Saturday night, August 11th with Hall of Fame night that will see Tom Nesbitt, Todd Madsen, Rod Hensel and Dave Greschner inducted into the Rice Lake Speedway Hall of Fame. It will also be the Race of Champions qualifiers for the ROC race to be held during the WISSOTA 100 at the I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls Minnesota. This race was rained out on June 16th with the feature winners guaranteed starting spots in the ROC race during the “100.” The draw/redraw qualifying format will be in effect and all five classes that race at the speedway on a weekly basis will be in attendance. Warmups begin at 6:30 pm with racing to follow.

Check the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net or the face book page of the track for more details.

Central Missouri Speedway Turns the Spotlight to Kid’s Night plus Championship Racing this Saturday!

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

(Warrensburg, Missouri) Kid’s Night steals the spotlight this Saturday at Central Missouri Speedway in an action-packed night of young race fan fun as championship racing continues in all divisions. The special night for kids from toddler age to 12-years old features foot races on the track for girls and boys age groups, chances to win prizes and bikes, a free hot dog and drink and of course, the traditional goodie bags stuffed full of trinkets, hero cards, school supplies, snacks and much more for every kid 12 and under in attendance.

For a complete rundown of the weekend’s events visit www.centralmissourispeedway.net. For Saturday’s events, Adult general admission is $12, Active Military $10, Senior Citizens ages 65 to 74 years $10, Kids ages 6 to 12 years $6, Senior Citizens 75 and older free, Children 5 and under free. All pit passes, regardless of age are $30. All minors 18 years and older will require a minor release form, available on-site. Pit gates will open at 4:30 followed by spectator grandstands at 5. Driver pill-draw ends at 6:15 (no passing points if driver checks in late), the pit meeting takes place at 6:30, and practice ‘hot laps’ begin at 7. Racing begins at 7:30.

Event organizer Barb Myers is seeking volunteers for the event to help organize the kids in age groups and to catch the kids as they come across the finish line. If you would like to volunteer, see Barb on the evening of the event or email us at info@centralmissourispeedway.net. Drivers and fans are encouraged to donate items for the bag staffing. Bicycle donations are also being sought for the Kid’s Night activities.

According to Myers, items still needed to enhance the kid’s night goodie bags include spiral paper, scissors, black ink pens, bottle glue, colored pencils, and crayons. Donations may be made up to race night. The CMS crew will stuff the bags this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the track inside the tech barn and donations may be dropped off at this time.

All drivers in the area are reminded that CMS has waved the track registration fee for the remainder of the year. Drivers that have been thinking about giving CMS a go this season, your time is now. Still not sure, head over to our CMSgoing_green YouTube page and check out the action from this season.

Stay current with CMS on Twitter @CMSgoing_green, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Central-Missouri-Speedway. Join our email group by emailing info@centralmissourispeedway.net, or find CMS on YouTube at CMS Going Green! For additional race-day information, call the track line at (660) 747-2166.

Lucas Oil Speedway plays host to 9th annual USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout on Saturday

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Saturday’s 9th annual Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment could be the ultimate test of dominant home-track driver against national-touring stars.

Darron Fuqua, who’s been the Modified King of Lucas Oil Speedway this season, is ready for the challenge.

“I’m really looking forward to it. We kind of have the home-track advantage, I guess,” said Fuqua, who has seven feature wins in the Lucas Oil Speedway Pitts Homes USRA Modified division. “Hopefully we can use that to help us get our first USMTS win.”

Fuqua, who’s also the USRA Modified national points leader, and the other local competitors will find out how they measure up in a program that’s part of the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup. Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and opening ceremonies at 7.

The Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and Big O Tires Street Stocks also will be in action, running for Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series points. JC Morton holds a nine-point lead over Taylor Moore in the B-Mod season chase and David Hendrix is 35 in front of Brian Schutt in the Street Stocks.

The main event will see the cream of the Modified crop, whether track regulars in the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds or USMTS national-touring regulars, chasing a $3,000 feature win.

Johnny Scott of Las Cruces, New Mexico, leads the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup entering the weekend, 167 in front of Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas. Scott has six wins in 24 series starts this season, but it was Sanders who came home the $8,000 winner on July 21 at the Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway in Nebraska.

Fuqua, of Mayetta, Kansas, qualified for the Silver Dollar Nationals, but pulled off early in the race and finished 23rd, saying “we missed the set-up pretty bad.”

Tyler Wolff made a white-flag pass to hand Fuqua a rare weekly series defeat last Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway. Nonetheless, Fuqua’s confidence remains high entering the weekend USMTS doubleheader, which opens Friday at Humboldt Speedway in Kansas.

Fuqua said he and the team are putting in some extra preparation on the car this week, fitting it with new tires and making sure the oil is fresh and the bolts are tightened.

“We won’t leave anything on the table,” he said. “We just want to put two good runs together. Hopefully we can run top five both nights. That would be good.”

Two track provisionals will be awarded for the USMTS feature. Zack VanderBeek of New Sharon, Iowa, won the last appearance by the USMTS series at the track in 2016 as last year’s Show-Me Shootout was rained out.

Fans can pick up $2 discount-ticket coupons this week at Casey’s General Stores locations throughout the area. USMTS driver Joe Duvall will be doing a meet and greet from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Casey’s in Wheatland.

Past Show-Me Shootout winners:
June 27, 2009 – Jason Krohn, Slayton, Minn.
Aug. 13, 2011 – Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa
Aug. 11, 2012 – Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
Aug. 10, 2013 – Jeremy Payne, Springfield, Mo.
Aug. 9, 2014 – Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
Aug. 8, 2015 – Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
Aug. 6, 2016 – Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa
Aug. 5, 2017 – Rained out

Admission prices:
Adults (ages 16 and over) $20
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $17
Youth (ages 6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family pass $40
Pit pass $40

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

Bring on the Q: Championship-quality barbecue also will be happening this weekend at the speedway as the 2nd annual Red White Blue & Que will be happening next door at the Drag Boat Track midway. A total purse or more than $5,000 will be on the line.

At least 35 teams, including Kansas City Barbecue Society No. 1-ranked team in the nation Gettin’ Basted out of Branson, are entered. Fans are invited to browse the barbecue competition before Saturday’s races and check out the teams as they compete in steak, chicken wing and margarita competitions. The KCBS portion of the competition will be held on Sunday.

The Shriners will have a motorcycle night on the midway after completing a 98-mile poker run to the speedway, as part of the Red White Blue & Que festivities. In addition, the Great American Cookout Tour also will be on hand, giving grilling demos and passing out information about outdoor cooking.

Visit RedWhiteBlueQ.com for more information about the event, which benefits Korean and Vietnam War veterans, along with TheWarriorsJourney.org, an online resource to help veterans.

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

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

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

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

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

The USMTS Modifieds return to Lucas Oil Speedway on Aug. 4 for the 9th annual Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment.

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

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

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