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Archive for October, 2015

Join the Lucas Oil Speedway Team for 2016, Employment Opportunities Available! Online Employment Webpage Also Introduced

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

Wheatland, MO (October 30th, 2015) – As Lucas Oil Speedway continues to grow and evolve into one of America’s premier motorsports facilities, it takes a strong group of team members to produce these events. With this growth, Lucas Oil Speedway is seeking additional skilled team members to join our organization for 2016 and beyond. Officials with Lucas Oil Speedway are also pleased to introduce a brand new online employment webpage with job postings, online applications, and future job posting notifications.

Lucas Oil Speedway is currently seeking both full-time and part-time seasonal positions for the 2016 season with additional positions to be added in the near future.

“This is really an important step for our organization as we continue to strive to find high quality individuals to join our team.” stated Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson. “We will continue to add positions as the need arises and with this online system, prospective employees can browse opportunities, apply online and sign up for future notifications of job openings with just a few clicks.” Please visit for the most up to date information about “America’s New Motorsports Destination”, Lucas Oil Speedway. Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, MO. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s 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 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 and on

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Factory Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Haws Heads to Hickory Eyeing a Win and CARS Tour Championship

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

YOUNGSVILLE, N.C.– For much of the CARS Late Model Stock Tour’s inaugural season Brayton Haws has been the driver to beat, however he trails Myatt Snider by three points heading into the Liberty University 300 at North Carolina’s Hickory Motor Speedway.

But Haws is as confident as he’s ever been heading into a race. The last time the tour ran at Hickory it was the No. 41 Rheem Ford of Haws that pulled into victory lane.

Now, with a championship on the line, Haws said he believes he can replicate that performance and get the job done once again on Saturday night to win the title.

“If I do the same thing I did the last time I went to Hickory then it really just falls into our hands,” said Haws. “Last time we went to Hickory we ran really well all race and won. It gives me a lot of confidence because we’ve raced at that track numerous times and have we’ve had consecutive good finishes there. And the last CARS Tour race there we won, Myatt (Snyder) finished second and Deac (McCaskill; tied with Haws) finished 13th.”

For Haws, the strategy on Saturday night is actually pretty simple. He just wants to score as many points as possible, and win the race. If he does that, the championship should be his.

“We just need to do what we did last time,” he said. “We had a really good car there so we have a lot of confidence. We’re going to be really good.”

At this point in time, Haws has only encountered one problem. He’s still only 15 years old and he’s still in school. But he isn’t thinking about school at a time like this.

“I’m so focused on the race and the championship,” said Haws. “That’s all that’s on my mind right now. This is probably the most focused I’ve been. Right now our heads are really in the game. We really want that championship.”

The championship would close out a season that has seen Haws win three races, seven top-10 finishes, and lead 338 laps. The championship is really the only goal left for Haws to accomplish, and it would mean a lot for Haws to be remembered as the inaugural champion.

“It would be a very good accomplishment for me to win the inaugural championship,” he said. That would be awesome. It would really mean a lot to me, my team and also my mom and dad.”

The CARS Racing Tour Liberty University 300 takes place this Saturday, October 31 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway. Practice is set to begin at 12:30 p.m. ET with qualifying taking place at 4:30 p.m. The first green flag will fly on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET.

For more information on Brayton Haws visit his website at, and follow him on Twitter at @BraytonHaws.

FASTRAK Pro Late Models to become top division at Virginia Motor Speedway starting in 2016

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Jamaica, VA – When the green flag drops to signal the start of weekly competition at Virginia Motor Speedway in 2016 fans will see a major change in the division line-up with the FASTRAK Pro Late Model division taking over as the top division at the ½ mile speed plant in Jamaica, VA. After much discussion the speedway will be dropping the Limited Late Model division and elevate the FASTRAK Pro Late Models to the tracks premier division for the 2016 season and beyond.

“With the car counts going down in the Limited Late Model division and the cost to field one of those cars going up we felt it was time to make the switch with the FASTRAK Pro Late Model class being one of our fastest growing divisions in 2015,” commented track owner Bill Sawyer. “This move will only help grow the division and also highlight our commitment to not only the FASTRAK Pro Late Model division but also our hosting the FASTRAK World Championship,” concluded Sawyer.

The division will now be known as the Victory Lap Pro Late Model division as long-time limited late model sponsor Victory Lap, LLC takes over the division sponsorship. With the move the FASTRAK Pro Late Model division weekly payout will now be $1000 to win and $100 to start the A-Main. The division will also take over the Championship payout from the Limited Late Models as they now compete for a $12,500 point fund of which $5000 is earmarked for the Champion.

“This move by Bill Sawyer only shows his commitment for the FASTRAK Pro Late Model division as a whole and I can’t be happier to be partnered with Bill and Virginia Motor Speedway,” stated Stan Lester. “In 2015 Virginia Motor Speedway had the highest average weekly car count of any of our partner tracks and this move will undoubtedly push those car count numbers even higher,” added Lester. “No one likes to have their division deleted from the program but when you do the math it is purely a business decision and I applaud Bill for getting this information out early,” concluded Lester.

2015 FASTRAK Pro Late Model division sponsor Aaron’s Inc. is expected to return in 2016 as not only the title sponsor of the Ultimate Super Late Model sanctioned King of the Commonwealth but also move them to the prestigious position as title sponsor of the Dirt Series Championship which crowns an overall track champion.

The FASTRAK Pro Late Model division took a prominent roll at the speedway during the 2015 season with the track hosting two FASTRAK National Tour events and the $15,000 to win FASTRAK World Championship.

For more info on the payouts and point fund visit and for FASTRAK rules visit

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway is a 1/2-mile, dirt oval. The track is located on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, VA and is just a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Southern Maryland and the Hampton Roads area. To learn more about Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway and its 2016 schedule of events, fans may call the Speedway office at (804) 758-1VMS or visit the track’s web site at

2016 Florida Sprint Car Openers Set at Ocala

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Race fans and teams can begin planning their 2016 USAC racing calendars with the announcement of the February 18-20 “Winter Dirt Games VII” AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car races at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

An open practice on February 17 precedes the three-night racing program at the 3/8-mile dirt track which has hosted the USAC Sprint Car openers the past five years. Ironically, the winner of the Ocala series opener the past two years has gone on to claim the AMSOIL USAC National Championship and current point leader Robert Ballou opened the 2015 campaign with an Ocala victory.

The Florida events continue a long history of USAC racing in the Sunshine State. Bob Sweikert captured the inaugural USAC Sprint race at Southland Speedway in West Palm Beach in 1956 and the 77 USAC races held in Florida to date include a number of different series. Damion Gardner, winner of two of the three races in USAC’s 2011 Ocala debut, leads all drivers with five career USAC Florida victories.

In addition to the numerous vacation opportunities within easy driving distance of Ocala, race fans can expect exciting racing at Bubba Raceway Park. Last year’s three races produced three different winners, Ballou, Brady Bacon and Dave Darland. Race fans can also take advantage of Bubba Raceway Park’s free camping facilities on its 45-acres and they are welcomed to bring RVs or tents to enjoy the great racing and great weather in central Florida.

The remainder of the 2016 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car calendar is expected to be released the week of the Performance Racing Industry Show in Indianapolis in early December.

Bell Aiming to Cap Off Stellar Season With Snowball Victory

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Pensacola, FL – Christopher Bell has had one heck of a 2015 season with wins coming in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on the dirt at Eldora, and in a Super Late Model on the high-banks of Winchester Speedway in Indiana. There’s only one way to cap off this season, and that’s with a win in the 48th Annual Snowball Derby on December 6.

That’s what the Norman, Oklahoma native has his eyes on as he’s set to make his Snowball Derby debut this year driving the No. 51 for Kyle Busch Motorsports at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.

“It would be huge (to win) with it being only my first career start in the Snowball Derby,” said Bell. “To win would be really special. That would be a dream come true.”

Bell raced during Derby week in 2014, but he ran the Pro Late Model for KBM in the Snowflake 100. Bell started 14th in that race and raced his way up to sixth in an event that was mostly caution-free.

Bell now believes he will see more success at Five Flags this year in the Derby for a couple of reasons. For one, he’s already been to the race track before, but also because he’ll be in the higher-powered Super Late Model this year.

“I think it’s going to play more of an advantage to me because of my background,” he said. “The Crate cars didn’t really fit my driving style as much as the high-horsepower cars do.”

Bell comes from the dirt racing world of Sprint Cars and Midgets, both of which are cars that have an extremely high power-to-weight ratio. He’s excelled in that realm of racing, and he’s starting to do the same on the asphalt side.

The 21-year-old driver had a great chance to win another prestigious race earlier this month when he had arguably the fastest car in the Winchester 400. However, his chances came to an end when he hit the wall while trying to make the pass for the win late in the going.

“At Winchester all I asked for was to be there at the end and have a shot at it and we did,” said Bell. “Unfortunately I made a little mistake and gave it away. Hopefully I’ll have a second chance at the Snowball.”

But Bell said his strong run for much of that race has given him plenty of confidence heading into the Derby, even with the way Winchester ended.

“That should give us some confidence going into the Snowball Derby because the Winchester 400 is such a prestigious event and we definitely had the best car at that race,” he said. “I thought we had a really good shot at that race. As long as we keep getting shots at these races then that’s all you can ask for.”

As confident as he is, Bell is still nervous about one aspect of the weekend, and that’s qualifying during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night on Friday, December 4.

“I’m expecting qualifying to be the most intense part of the weekend,” Bell said. “I just remember last year watching practice times that when everyone went out for qualifying they all picked up a lot so that’s going to be very stressful for me.”

As long as Bell makes the race he believes he has a chance to win and take home the Tom Dawson trophy, one of the trophies he most wants in racing.

“I have a special place in my heart for a Golden Driller (the Chili Bowl trophy) that hopefully will come pretty quick,” Bell said. “But the Tom Dawson trophy would be right up there with it, that’s for sure.”

The 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend kicks off with the Cat Country/WEAR-TV3 Green Flag Party on Wednesday, December 2. On-track activities start Thursday, December 3, for the opening practice rounds for the Snowball Derby Super Late Models and Snowflake 100 Pro Late Models. The Five Flags Butler U-Pull-It Bombers and Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Sportsman divisions will also have feature events on Snowball Derby Thursday.

The top Snowball Derby starting spots will be set on Friday, December 4 during WXBM 102.7 Pole Night at Five Flags. The Five Flags Faith Chapel Super Stocks and Modifieds will also battle in their Snowball Derby features after Super Late Model qualifying.

The Allen Turner Hyundai Snowflake 100 takes center stage on Saturday, December 5 as the top Pro Late Model racers in the country qualify and battle for 100 laps at Five Flags. In addition, Saturday’s action features the final 50-lap qualifying event for Snowball Derby drivers to make one last effort to qualify for the 300-lap Super Late Model race. The Better Built Tool Box Pro Trucks will also have a 50-lap feature on Snowball Derby Saturday.

Then on Sunday, December 6, the green flag will drop on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby at 2 p.m. CT at Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway.

For more information on the 48th Annual Snowball Derby weekend at Five Flags Speedway, visit All media credential requests and inquiries for the Snowball Derby can be sent to Matt Kentfield at and/or Pat Bryant at

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