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MLRA Heads North–Rapid Speedway & Park Jefferson Await

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Wheatland, Missouri- For the first time since May 26th, the Lucas Oil Midwest Latemodel Racing Association (MLRA) will hit the dirt this weekend as they embark on the series northern most weekend of the season. A combination of new and old tracks will await the series drivers as they make stops at Rapid Speedway along with a return visit to Park Jefferson International Speedway.

On Friday night June 22nd, the MLRA will make their long awaited and inaugural appearance at the Rapid Speedway. Located on the famed fairground in Rock Rapids, IA, this 3/8 mile dirt oval is known for its wide turns and three wide racing action which is something that fans will see plenty of when the MLRA rolls into town on Friday night.

Rapid Speedway will mark the third new venue to date in 2018 for the MLRA, and one that Series Director Ernie Leftwich has had on his bucket list for a number of years. “I’ve had my eye on Rock Rapids for a few years now, and we were finally able to get a second stop worked in with it to make it happen this year.” Leftwich went on to say, “I am really excited to get to Rock Rapids. It looks to be one of the good old fairgrounds type race tracks where the guys will have to get up on the wheel and really get after it.”

Friday’s $3,000 to win event is quite possibly the biggest open late model event to hit the Rapid Speedway to date, and one that has the town buzzing with excitement leading up to race day.

Saturday night’s action will migrate south to Park Jefferson International Speedway, situated just north of Sioux City, Iowa. The unique 4/10th mile semi-banked oval, returns to the MLRA schedule for the first time since 2015. Former series winners include Kelly Boen, Jesse Stovall, and Chad Simpson.

Dating back to the days of the NASCAR Winston Racing Series and Busch All-Star Tour, PJ has a rich history of open late model racing that the MLRA and its drivers will look to revive this weekend. Another $3,000 payday will await Saturday night’s victor.

Simpson will carrier the bright yellow Midwest Sheet Metal spoiler into the weekend’s action as he sits atop the standings just 74 markers ahead of Tony Jackson Jr. Crane Missouri’s Will Vaught is in 3rd followed by a pair of Sunoco Rookie Candidates in Payton Looney and Wisconsin driver Mitch McGrath.

Another series driver who is eager to get back behind the wheel this weekend is former MLRA winner, JC Wyman. Already with a runner-up finish this season at Davenport, the Griswold, IA driver is feeling confident heading into the weekend. “I really like PJ. The last time there we had a top ten finish and back then it was a learning curve for us, so I am looking forward to getting back there and doing it again.”

JC Wyman (4) battles in early season action with Rob Toland (39)
Photo- Lloyd Collins FastTrackPhotos

While he may not have had the results he wanted at the recent “Show-Me 100″, Wyman came away encouraged. “We tried a bunch of stuff at the Show-Me, from set up to the way I was driving the car, and things started to go in the right direction again.” Our finishes at the Show-Me were not as good as what I felt like we raced each night. We fired off good, but the cautions really cost me.”

Wyman also comes into the weekend 3rd in the Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger Standings and is ready to get his Jack McKee Racing entry back to the front. Wyman concluded, “Winning one of these MLRA races is tough, but I know we can get back inside the top five and start to string some top five’s together and see where it goes from there.”

This weekend will be the first of three consecutive weekends of action for the MLRA as point battles begin to heat up. Combined with other regional late model series having an off weekend, both stops are shaping up to be highly competitive events that fans will not want to miss.

Rapid Speedway: Rock Rapids, IA Race Day Info– 6/22

Gates: 5:30 PM
Racing: Hot Laps – 7:00 PM, Races to follow
Admission: Adults $20, Students/Seniors $18, Kids 12 & under FREE
Support Classes: USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Modifieds, USRA Hobby Stock, Sportsmans
Website: www.rockrapidsspeedway.com

Park Jefferson International Speedway: Jefferson, SD Race Day Info 6/23

Gates: 5:00 PM
Racing: Hot Laps – 6:30 PM, Races to follow
Race Day Admission: Adults $25, Seniors 70+ $20, 6-16 yrs, $10
Advance Tickets Online: Adults $19, Seniors 70+ $15, & 6-16 yrs $5
Support Classes: IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Sprints, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks, IMCA Sport Compacts
Website: www.parkjeff.com

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

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

Off Road stars return to Lucas Oil Speedway this weekend for 2nd annual Off Road Shootout

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – One of the most-anticipated weekends of the Lucas Oil Speedway season is days away as the high-flying Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series makes its return for the 2nd annual GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire.

Action will fire up on Friday with practice sessions before full racing programs on the 1.2-mile off road course Saturday and Sunday. In addition, the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series will be in action on the dirt oval Saturday night and fans purchasing off road tickets will be admitted free to that event.

“Our inaugural Off Road Shootout last summer was a huge success and the anticipation for the return of the Lucas Oil Off Road Series has been running high,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “We’re excited to welcome back short-course racing to the Midwest with a bigger and better show than the first one.”

In the featured pro divisions last summer, Doug Mittag and the now-retired off road legend Carl Renezeder captured Pro 4 wins at Lucas Oil Speedway with Brian Deegan and Jeremy McGrath earning Pro 2 victories.

Championship battles in the Lucas Oil Off Road Series are tight in 2018. Rob MacCachren leads R.J. Anderson by eight points in the Pro 2 division with Anderson, who does double duty, leading the Pro 4 chase by 11 points over Mittag.

Ryan Beat sits atop the Pro Lite division by five points over Christopher Polvoorde. In Pro Buggy, Michael Ward is two points ahead of Trevor Briska while Mason Prater and Bronson Chiaramonte are tied for the Mod Kart lead. Check out LucasOilOffRoad.com for more information on the series, including full points standings.

For fans unfamiliar with the Lucas Oil Speedway off road course, it has a total of nine turns including an over-under section and a 15-to-20-degree “Daytona Turn” and a massive table top where trucks fly more than 200 feet through the air. There are two large, covered grandstands for spectators to get shade from the heat.

“We had some great racing and this is a great facility,” McGrath said following his win at Wheatland last summer, when he made a memorable last-to-first charge through the field. “We’ll be all smiles when we get back here next year.”

Fans can save on advance tickets for the GEICO Off Road Shootout by purchasing tickets online prior to the event. Off road tickets include access to the pit area, where spectators can get up close to the race vehicles and drivers.

Off Road tickets, whether for the weekend that begins with Friday’s practice day or single-day tickets for Saturday’s action, also include admission to the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series on the dirt oval on Saturday night. The National Wild Turkey Federation presents that program, featuring the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds in a $1,000-to-win, 25-lap main event feature.

Spectator gates will open at 8 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday with practice starting at 8:30 a.m. followed by qualifying. A drivers’ autograph session is set for 11 a.m. with Junior Kart, Mod Kart and Turbo UTV races beginning at 11:30 a.m. Opening ceremonies are at 2 p.m., followed by the Pro 2, UTV, Pro Buggy, Pro Lite and Pro 4 races.

For Friday practice, spectator gates open at noon with practice sessions at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire
General Admission Tickets
Friday practice day
Adults (16 and over) $10
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $10
Youth (ages 6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Adult Weekend Pass $50 advance online, $60 at the gate
Senior (62 and over)/Military Weekend Pass $44 advance online, $54 at the gate
Youth (ages 6-15) Weekend Pass $20

Saturday-Sunday
(All tickets include access to Off Road pit area. All Saturday and three-day tickets include entry to the Dirt Track Event on Saturday night)
Adults (16 and over) $25 advance online, $30 at the gate
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $22 advance online, $27 at the gate
Youth (ages 6-15) $10
Kids (5-and-under) FREE
Adult Weekend Pass $50 advance online, $60 at the gate
Senior (62 and over)/Military Weekend Pass $44 advance online, $54 at the gate
Youth (ages 6-15) $20 in advance online and at the gate

Saturday dirt-track tickets
(Free with Off Road admission)
Adults (16 and over) $12
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $9
Youth (ages 6-15) $5
Kids (5-and-under) FREE
Family pass $25
Pit pass $30

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 GEICO Off Road Shootout returns to Lucas Oil Speedway’s Off Road course this weekend, in Wheatland, Missouri.

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.

Westfall GMC Night at US 36 Raceway this Friday Featuring the Pure Stock Shootout!!

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Big things happening this Friday at US 36 Raceway on Westfall GMC Night at the Races!!!! The Pure Stock Shootout will see a great payout with $500 to win, 2nd $250, 3rd $150, 4th $130, 5th $120, 6th $110, 7th $100, 8th $95, 9th $95, 10th $90, 11th $90, 12th $85, 13th $85. 14th $85, 15th $80, 16th $80, 17th $75, 18th $75, 19th $75, 20th $75!!!!

IMCA Stock Cars will also see added money paying $525 to win, $250 for 2nd, $175 for 3rd, $170 for 4th, $150 for 5th, $130 for 6th, $110 for 7th, $105 for 8th, $100 for 9th, $95 for 10th, $95 for 11th, $95 for 12th and $90 13th thru 20th!!!!

All IMCA A-Modified Drivers racing will receive FREE Admission to the pits this Friday Night!!!!!

Intermission will see a Jump Rope Contest for kids and kids at heart, bring your own or I will have some available!!!
More details and updates coming soon so keep an eye on our Facebook page!!!

Actress Christina Moore from movie “DIRT” to visit Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Christina Moore from the Off Road-inspired movie “DIRT” will appear at Lucas Oil Speedway next Saturday during the GEICO Off Road Shootout and the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series.

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Christina Moore, one of the stars of the movie “DIRT,” will be in attendance next Saturday at the 2nd annual GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire at Lucas Oil Speedway along with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series that night.

Moore co-starred and was a producer of the movie released last spring that is set in the world of Off Road Racing. It’s now available for purchase on DVD or digitally via various outlets.

The GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire is part of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. After a Friday practice day, the event has full programs both Saturday and Sunday on Lucas Oil Speedway’s Off Road course.

Moore, who also appears on the television programs “Marlon” on NBC and “Claws” on TNT, said she became a huge off road racing fan during the process of shooting the movie.

“I was not aware of the (Lucas Oil Off Road) Series before we started to get involved with it and researching it, but once I got deep into it, I became a huge fan,” Moore said. She called the project “a scream” to work on.

“It was great, great, great fun to make that film,” she said. “We had full access to all the (video) footage in different seasons and were given introductions to all the pro drivers, many of whom have appearances in the film. They were so helpful, especially Carl Renezeder and Rob MacCachren, the big dogs of the sport. Without their assistance and generosity, we couldn’t have made it.”

Moore plays the role of Glenda Radden, wife of the team owner Rick Radden. The film takes viewers into the world of Off Road Truck Racing with an intriguing storyline with Entourage alum Kevin Dillon as Rick Radden, a former Off Road Truck driver and team owner along with DeRon Horton as Dez Truss.

For both Rick Radden and Truss, second chances do not come easy. However, another shot is just around the bend as worlds collide for the unsuspecting duo of Rick Radden and Truss.

Moore said it was the “underdog story” that appealed to her in both appearing in the movie and producing.

“It has a ton of heart,” Moore said of the movie’s storyline. “It’s set in a racing form that people largely are not exposed to and that made it super fun. I think Off Road Truck short-course racing is ridiculously cinematic.”

Caught boosting cars for an auto-theft ring, 17-year old Truss is given one last chance to turn his life around. When he is introduced to former Off Road Truck-driver-turned team owner Radden, neither suspects that this is the change both so desperately need. In exchange for a roof over his head, Dez is offered the chance to use the skills he developed in the streets as part of the pit crew for Rick’s team.

Faced with an underperforming and apathetic driver, Rick finds himself in search of a lifeline for his struggling off road racing team. In an unexpected turn of events, he looks to Dez to take the lead and become the new face of Team Radden. But, does Dez have what it takes to end the team’s losing streak? Will his life of crime catch up with him as he looks to turn over a new leaf?

The cast also includes Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (The CHI, Treme, Heroes, Bosch), Devan Long (S.W.A.T., Training Day), Matthew Glave (Feud, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce) and Dominic Devore (Small Arms, The Release).

DIRT is a FORREST FILMS / ESX ENTERTAINMENT co-production. Forrest Lucas, executive producer, and Ali Afshar and Christina Moore, producers, present this Sports Drama directed by Alex Ranarivelo. DIRT was written by John Ducey with Alex Ranarivelo.

Moore said Lucas was a treat to get to know and work with on the movie. She said she’s working on four more FORREST FILMS productions.

“Forrest is the greatest,” Moore said. “He is kind and fair and clearly is wildly generous. And he has a really good sense of humor.”

Fans can save on advance tickets for the GEICO Off Road Shootout by purchasing tickets online prior to the event.

Off Road tickets, whether for the weekend that begins with Friday’s practice day or single-day tickets for Saturday’s action, also include admission to the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series on the dirt oval on Saturday night.

Spectator gates will open at 8 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday with practice starting at 8:30 a.m. followed by qualifying. A drivers’ autograph session is set for 11 a.m. with Junior Kart, Mod Kart and Turbo UTV races beginning at 11:30 a.m. Opening ceremonies are at 2 p.m., followed by the Pro 2, UTV, Pro Buggy, Pro Lite and Pro 4 races.

For Friday practice, spectator gates open at noon with practice sessions at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire
General Admission Tickets
Friday practice day
Adults (16 and over) $10
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $10
Youth (ages 6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Adult Weekend Pass $50 advance online, $60 at the gate
Senior (62 and over)/Military Weekend Pass $44 advance online, $54 at the gate
Youth (ages 6-15) Weekend Pass $20

Saturday-Sunday
(All tickets include access to Off Road pit area. All Saturday and three-day tickets include entry to the Dirt Track Event on Saturday night)
Adults (16 and over) $25 advance online, $30 at the gate
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $22 advance online, $27 at the gate
Youth (ages 6-15) $10
Kids (5-and-under) FREE
Adult Weekend Pass $50 advance online, $60 at the gate
Senior (62 and over)/Military Weekend Pass $44 advance online, $54 at the gate
Youth (ages 6-15) $20 in advance online and at the gate

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.

Steve Kester Wins Oakshade Raceway’s 29th Annual Barney Oldfield Race

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

A huge crowd braved the hot and humid weather Saturday evening at Oakshade Raceway to witness a first time Barney Oldfield Race winner. Holland, Ohio’s Steve Kester continued his success in 2018 at Oakshade with the Sunoco American Late Model Series (ALMS) 29th Annual Barney Oldfield Race win, and his third feature win of the season at the 3/8′s mile banked dirt oval.

At the start of the 40-lap ALMS main event, Dan Wallace jumped out in front of the field after starting on the pole. Jon Henry was running second when he suddenly slowed on lap 18 which brought out the caution flag. This moved Dona Marcoullier up to second for the restart behind Wallace. A few laps later, Brad Wade spun in turn two spoiling a nice top five run for the Dundee, Michigan, driver. That brought out the yellow once more and now it was Kester restarting in second behind Wallace. One lap after the restart, Kester took the lead from Wallace.

A big crash on lap 29 brought out the red flag so that track crews could clear the cars of Ken Hahn, Steve Miller, Brad Wade and Matt Lindsey who all piled into turn one. A few laps after returning to green flag racing, Marcoullier took over second from Wallace who later slowed and retired to the pits with only three laps remaining. Marcoullier was unable to mount a challenge for the lead and settled for a second place finish following Kester who led the final 14 laps to earn the $5,400 check for the win. Devin Shiels had a great run to finish third after starting 14th and ALMS point leader Casey Noonan took fourth after racing his way into the feature through the last chance race and starting 16th. Ryan Missler gained six positions to finish fifth.

Mathew Chapman has been on a tear the past few weeks in the AmeriGas UMP Sportsman class and notched his third consecutive feature win Saturday night. Brandon Gregory started on the poll and led the first few laps, but Chapman took command on lap four and pulled away. Gregory, Tim Fisher and Mike Jessen had a good battle for second behind the Tecumseh, Michigan, driver with Gregory coming out on top for second. Fisher, who has one feature win this season, settled for third with Jessen fourth. Rusty Smith was fifth.

The Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber A Main featured a lot of lead changes and a three-wide race for the lead at the finish. Chuck Stuckey took the lead from the pole and fended off contenders early. Last week’s B Main winner, Rich Riffe, finally took the lead away on lap nine, but last week’s A Main winner, Chris Henry, got by him on a lap 11 restart. Bomber point leader Jeff Foks Jr. joined the battle with Henry and Riffe at the finish, but in the end, Henry was able to come out ahead. It was the second consecutive A Main win for the driver from Jackson, Michigan. Riffe held on for second with Foks coming home third. Tim Hancock and Chuck Stuckey were the rest of the top five finishers.

Eric Carr took the early lead of the Compact feature event after a little contact with Cameron Tusing. Nathan Goodman moved up from his sixth starting position to challenge the Wauseon, Ohio, driver for the lead, but Carr was able to hang on and pick up his first feature win of the year. Goodman settled for second followed by Josh Proffitt and last week’s feature winner, Joe Elliott. Jason Deshler moved up eight spots to finish fifth.

Jake Gamber led at the start of the Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bomber B Main, but fell off the pace early. Shane Estes then took command, but Toledo, Ohio’s Dylan Burt got by on lap four after starting at the back of the field. Burt went on to pick up the checkered flag over Taylor Dippman. Estes slipped back to finish third followed by Dave McMannamy and Dave “Gumby” Golembiewski Sr.

Oakshade Raceway returns to action this coming Saturday, June 23 with a full racing program of UMP Late Models, AmeriGas UMP Sportsman, Hot Rod Welding & Engineering Bombers and Compact. Gates open at 4pm, hot laps starts at 6pm and racing begins at 7pm.