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Archive for June, 2007

Lucas Oil Speedway Racing Action Cancelled for June 30th

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

Action at the “The Diamond of Dirt Tracks” will resume on July 7th with a full compliment of weekly racing series action along with a special guest appearance by Bigfoot, the King of the Monster Trucks.

Upcoming Events: July 14th will feature the Sawyer Tire Spring-Bling
Shootout for the Factory Stocks and Late Models along with exciting weekly
racing in all classes. The Lucas Oil Dirt Series and The MLRA Late Models
return for a $10,000 to win show on July 21st. The month will wrap up on
July 28th with another night of weekly racing series action as the race for
the points championships heat up along with the weather.

Tune in every Monday night at 6:30pm to KYOO 1200AM and 99.1FM for the Lucas
Oil Speedway Power Hour Radio show live from Smith’s Restaurant in Bolivar
hosted by Randy Bowman and Kevin Fletcher.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located 5 Blocks south of US Highway 54, on State
Highway 83, in Wheatland, MO. To learn more about the Lucas Oil Speedway and
the 2007 schedule of events, fans may call the Speedway office at (417)
282-5984 or visit the track’s website at

The races for Friday night, June 29, have been cancelled due to the rain.

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

Items from Steve Kinser, Danny Lasoski, Jesse Hockett, Randy Martin and many more to be given away at intermission. Before the races, a group of “old-time” drivers will be on hand to meet the crowd and share stories such as Shorty Ackers, Jay Lyle, Bill Utz, Greg Weld, Roy Hibbard & Ray Lee Goodwin. A
spectacular fireworks show will also highlight the Sunday evening show.

Action Packed Holiday run for the O’Reilly MLRA

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

Action gets underway Monday, July 2, with the second visit to Lebanon Midway
Speedway of the 2007 Thunder Tour. The first visit, scheduled for June 1,
was halted early in the evening due to rain and the competitors of the O’Reilly MLRA are eager to get back to the Lebanon, MO facility known for it’s side by side action. The event, billed as the 1st Annual Larry Phillips Shootout Birthday Bash, will see the winner take home a cool $7,500 at the end of the 75 lap feature event. The increased payout is expected to draw some of the top late model drivers in the area such as Al Purkey, Alan Vaughn, John Anderson, Gary Stolba, and Jeremy Payne. Springfield, MO’s Terry Phillips will also be competing as he looks to honor his fathers memory by picking up the big check at the end of the night. The Lebanon Midway Speedway Modifieds and Bombers will also be competing during the evening. Gates open at 4:30 pm with hot laps set to get underway at 6:50 and racing action rolling off at 8:00 pm. Grandstand admission for adults is $25.00 with kids 11-15 $5.00 while those 10 and under are free. Pit passes on the night will be $30.00 per person.

The next night, July 3, the O’Reilly MLRA travelers will head north to 24
Raceway in Moberly, MO. The event will mark the first event for the series
at the facility since the 2000 season where Leslie Essary picked up the win.
Modifieds and Hornets will also be competing on the 1/2 mile in central Missouri. In addition to the racing activities the track will also be having a fireworks display following the races. Gates open at 5:00 pm with hot laps starting at 6:45 and racing rolling out at 7:30 pm. Adult admission for the night is $17.00 with kids 6-12 only $5.00 and those 6 & under free.

For more information on Lebanon Midway Speedway visit them on the web at or by calling 417-532-6254.

For all the latest news and information on the O’Reilly MLRA visit us on the
web at or by calling (816) 650-5063 or (816) 305-6572.

The O’Reilly MLRA would like to thank the sponsors of the 2007 Thunder Tour
including O’Reilly Auto Parts, Hoosier Race Tire, Midwest Walnut, Hatfield
Racing Engines, Larry Shaw Race Cars, Taylor Cable Products, Afco, GRT Race
Cars, The Driveline Shop, Sunoco Race Fuels, Weld Wheels, Chase Race Decals,
Gameday Trophy, Bodee’s Race Bodies, Duralite, Holley Race Products, Rod End
Supply, Schoenfeld Headers, Kluhsman Racing Components, Performance Race
Bodies, ATL Fuel Cells, Shepherd of the Hills Entertainment, Racing Optics,
Impact Sign & Lighting

FIREWORKS + Great Racing = Lakeside Speedway Friday Night

Saturday, June 30th, 2007


After 7 races in the books, John Allen, has had a great run. He is the only driver to win 3 features on the year and he also has 3 runner-up finishes to his credit. Watching Allen in victory lane last week, it looked like he removed the monkey from his back that plagued him for the last couple of seasons.

Allen has been a front runner at Lakeside, but many opportunities for wins were lost for many different reasons. Three consecutive NCRA Modified Championships helped make Allen a household name in modified racing. He won and finished a lot of races. Since coming to Lakeside, he hadn’t enjoyed that same kind of success. Until now! The start to this season is one Allen would like to continue on as the season goes on.

Terry Bruner also had a strong run last week. This year Bruner is running a chassis built by fellow competitor, Nick Newton. Bruner made his way through the field last week and mounted a serious run at Allen for the lead, only to see it fade with a couple of laps to go. This 2nd place finish was one of Bruner’s top finishes ever at Lakeside Speedway.

Finishing in 3rd spot was Gene Claxton. For yet another week, Claxton battled his race car lap after lap. As the laps wound down, Claxton placed his mod on the high side of Lakeside and let it eat. On the last couple of laps he gained about 3 spots to finish 3rd.

A couple of newcomers to the top 5 were Kevin Sloan in 4th and Mark Schafman in 5th. Sloan has been putting some good laps together and on this night he stayed up front all night long. Sloan, like Bruner, had his best career finish at Lakeside. Mark Schafman, on the other hand, would have liked to finish where he ran a majority of the race at, up front. In the early going he led some laps before finishing in the 5th position.

Driver To Watch This Week: Justin Boney

Boney returned to Lakeside Speedway last Friday night after a little hiatus. Boney is looking to rekindle the fire that put him into the front of the competition. A new ride is on the horizon for Boney and will it put him up front? I would say that if he can get things going in the right direction, look out. Watch Boney this week and see where he finishes up at the end of the night.

Grand Nationals

Last Friday night’s Grand National race was outstanding. It may not have looked like it to the crowd in attendance, but it sure was one of the best of ’07.

Cody Owens capped off a great night by winning his 2nd Grand National feature in ’07. He led from start to finish. Another strong performance from this youngster on the verge of breaking out.

Mike Busby, a rookie in the Grand Nationals, showed everyone how fast he was by
finishing in 2nd place. Busby has been one of those drivers that showed a ton of speed, but hadn’t yet put together a good run for the full 20 laps of the feature. Fans can now say they have seen him put together 20 good laps as he had his career best finish.

Finishing 3rd last week was Nic Bidinger. Bidinger could have been the fastest racer on the track. Early in the race, he spun bringing out the yellow. For bringing out the yellow, he got to restart at the rear of the field. Bidinger put together his concentration and focus and began clipping off cars at an alarming rate. By the end of the night, he would find himself in the 3rd spot.
A couple of Grand National veterans Tim Billings and Scotty Martin would finish 4th and 5th respectively.

Driver To Watch This Week: Jimmy Winkler

Winkler has done very well over the last few weeks considering the circumstances. It was just a couple of weeks ago he lost his mother. It would be a tough situation for anyone to handle, but Winkler has embraced his time behind the wheel and he has made the best of it. Each week he races a little harder towards the front. Don’t be suprised to see him there this weekend.

Factory Stock

For the 2nd straight week we have another new face in victory lane, Jake Newman. Newman just missed out on his first win the week before, but he got the job done last week, but not after a hard charge from Tyler Schmidt.

Joe Smith Jr. and Jim Baker started on the front row. Smith would lead a majority of the event, until giving way to Tim Shields. Shields was trailed by Newman, who took his shot at the lead as soon as Shields moved into the top spot.

Newman would get by Shields and probably thought that he was sailing off to his 1st win of the season. Tyler Schmidt would bring the crowd to its’ feet as he began to inch closer and closer to Newman. Working the low line. Schmidt pulled even with Newman going into three. Exiting turn four, the two racers drag raced there way to the flagstand. When the dust settled, Newman had inched out Schmidt by a few feet.

The previous week’s winner, Jay Kelly, finished 3rd on the night, Will Whisler gave a hard fought effort for 4th and Buzz Kaster landed yet another top 5 on the race season.

Driver To Watch This Week: Johhny Wishbone

This driver is an enigma, wrapped up in a riddle…. Just who is Johnny Wishbone. He looks a little like a guy that used to race modifieds, but you never know looks can be decieving. Watch this driver this week, because as he gets more time behind the wheel the faster he gets.

As always the gates open at 5:00 p.m., hot laps are at 6:30 and racing gets underway at 7:30 p.m.

Next week Lakeside Speedway will host a double header. Friday night will be the
regular weekly series; Modifieds, Grand Nationals & Factory Stocks. Saturday night it’s the O’Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour. Make your plans today…..


Saturday, June 30th, 2007

In the USRA B-Mod feature, Brett Moffitt of Grimes led all 10 laps for the
win with West Des Moines driver Mike Giles taking the second spot, followed
by Andrew Schroeder in the third spot and Paul Underwood in fourth.

The MUSCO Lighting USRA Modified feature was won by Ron Ver Beek of
Oskaloosa holding of Zack VanderBeek for the win. After the feature, Ver
Beek thanked his crew and all the people who help on his machine along with
the Pro-Line team who sold him a very good Skyrocket Chassis. VanderBeek
took the second spot followed by Richie Gustin Jr. of Gilman in third and
last week’s winner, Scott Dickey, working his way from 10th to finish

In the USRA Hobby Stock feature, Mike Shelton of Ottumwa paced the field the
first 12 laps of the 15-lap event before Jason McDaniel of Eldon passed
Shelton on the bottom of turn 4 for the lead. McDaniel went on to take his
second straight win at Osky with Shelton taking the runner-up spot, followed
by Bill Gibson of Knoxville in third with fourth going to Don Nunnikhoven of
Sully, who raced his way from the back after a crash on the first lap.

The USRA Stock Car feature was a good one with Bert McDaniel Jr. of Eldon
leading the field for the first 15 laps before losing the lead to defending
track champion Brad Pinkerton of New Sharon, who crossed the line to take
the checkers first. McDaniel took the second spot with Pat Rachels of
Knoxville, who led lap 4, settling for the third spot with Matt Greiner of
Washington in fourth. Pinkerton and the Pro-Line Buildings team donated
their winnings to an eight-year-old boy from New Sharon who is battling

The “Preacher Feature” was a thriller featuring side-by-side action with
Brent Myer taking the win from Phillip Westra, who lost the lead on the
final lap to Myer. After winning last year, Myer made it two win in a row
driving the Joe and Sharon Ferguson Stock Car for the First Church of the
Nazarene of Oskaloosa.

There will be fireworks in the air and on the track at the Southern Iowa
Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on the Fourth of July as the 14th Annual
Greiner Buildings Stock Car Shootout presented by Mike’s Tire & Alignment
and PBM Performance Products takes place at the Mahaska County Half-Mile
Monster. USRA Stock Car drivers will be battling for a whopping $2,000 to
win and $100 to start the evening’s main event. Also on the card will be
USRA B-Mods ($200 to win) and USRA Hobby Stocks ($500 to win), along with
the MUSCO Lighting USRA Modifieds. A huge fireworks show provided by the
City of Oskaloosa will take place after the races.

The Southern Iowa Speedway is located one half-mile west of US 63 on SR 92,
then four blocks north on N. I St. (at the Southern Iowa Fairgrounds). For
day-of-race information, call the track hotline at (507) 634-4281 or visit online.