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Eckes Pumped Up for a Final Snowball Derby Tune-Up

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Middletown, NY – The final Super Late Model race at Five Flags Speedway before the 50th Annual Snowball Derby is upon us. For many drivers, this race is one of the most important races of the year so they can feel out their race setups one more time. For the defending Snowball Derby champion, the importance of this particular race cannot be overstated.
“This race will help us a lot,” Eckes said. “We ran this race last year and learned a lot and hope it will do the same for us this year. There is going to be a lot of good cars there, so we’ll know where we stand at the end.”

The Middletown, New York native said this race is one of the races he most looks forward to during the year because he just loves racing at the Pensacola, Florida half-mile. “Pensacola is just a cool race track. It’s pretty racey when the flag drops and makes it interesting for everybody in how the track changes.”

Eckes said people have been asking him all season long how much pressure he feels when he and his Fury Race Cars team head back down to the location of their biggest win. Eckes said his answer to that question is pretty simple. “There’s no pressure at all,” he said. “We missed it a little bit on setup last time we went and it hurt us a lot on the long green flag run we had. Fortunately, we know what we need to fix this time and we will try to work it out in practice.”

Eckes and his team will hit the track Saturday at Five Flags Speedway for practice, qualifying, and the race, which is the season finale for the Southern Super Series. Race fans can watch Eckes go for the win live on via a pay-per-view live stream from Five Flags Speedway.

Fans looking to purchase Saturday’s live stream can do so right here.

2018 Georgia-Florida Speedweeks Dates Announced!

Sunday, 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:

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:

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.

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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:

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:

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:

Swindell, Seavey earn feature wins on Night One of Hockett/McMillin Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Sammy Swindell struck first as the three-night Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial got underway Thursday night at Lucas Oil Speedway.

The veteran open-wheel icon grabbed the lead midway through the feature and went on to capture the Lucas Oil ASCS Winged Sprint Series victory. Swindell earned $3,000 and some valuable points toward starting position in Saturday’s $10,000-to-win grand finale.

In the co-headliner, Logan Seavey captured the feature win for the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprints on a night that 56 wingless sprints checked into the pits to go along with 55 winged sprints.

Swindell, a 61-year-old from Germantown, Tenn., drove away from Aaron Reutzel after making a pass for the lead completing lap 12. The three-time World of Outlaws Sprint Series champion dominated from there.

“As long as somebody didn’t take me out or something, I was gonna be OK,” Swindell said of his drive to the checkered flag.

Reutzel wound up second with Wayne Johnson, winner of last year’s final-night Hockett/McMillian feature by a narrow margin over Swindell, finishing third.

Reutzel, starting outside of the front row, led the first 11 laps and at one point had a three-second lead before a lap-nine caution wiped out that margin. Shortly after the restart, Swindell made the pass for the lead out of turn four.

Reutzel said he was committed to running the top of the track, but as grip there began to go away he momentarily tried the bottom groove. That cost him as Swindell drove past.

“I made a mistake and just got beat,” Reutzel said. “We have a fast hot rod right now, the driver just made a mistake.”

Swindell, driving a car owned by A.G. Rains, picked up his fourth feature win of 2017.

“We’ve struggled a little bit with getting bumped around and things getting messed up,” Swindell said. “We lost our good motor that we had last year and we’ve finally got this one to where it’s rolling pretty good the last few weeks.

“We have a good race car. We just have to get a chance to prove it here. We should have probably had 10 or 12 wins this years, but things have happened. We definitely have a faster car than most of these other guys, we just have to prove it. Like tonight.”

Series points leader Sam Hafertepe Jr. finished fourth with Jason Martin fifth.

Seavey takes Wingless win: Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif., held on to win the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR feature, in just his second time driving a car-owned by Zach Daum who is currently out of action with an injury.

“I can’t thank him enough for letting me run his race cars,” Seavey said of Daum.

Chris Phillips grabbed the lead from his outside front row starting position with Seavey and Clouser closing in before the race was red-flagged on lap eight when Wyatt Burks’ car erupted into flames and rolled to a stop in turn four. Burks escaped without injury.

Two laps after the restart, Seavey used a run in turns one and two to take the lead with Clouser following him into second place.

Another red flag brought the race to a halt on lap 15 when Michael Tyre and Landon Simon got together in turn four with Simon’s motor catching fire. He was not injured, but it bunched the field again just 10 laps from the finish.

Seavey continued to lead it and had opened up a sizeable lead with Clouser and Dustin Morgan dueling for second when Casey Wills flipped in turn four, bringing out a third red flag with five laps remaining. Wills emerged from the car under his own power.

Seavey hung on to win it, holding off a fast-closing Morgan with Clouser winding up third.

“I was getting nervous there,” Seavey said of the final laps. “I knew the top (of the track) was slowing down a lot and I ran the bottom the last few laps. It was getting a little scary, but we were able to hold on.”

Two contenders were eliminated early. Series points leader Korey Weyant made contact with another car, going down the backstretch on the opening lap, and had to call it a night with a rear-end issue. Clinton Boyles, also was an early retiree with a motor problem on lap five.

The Hockett/McMillin Memorial brings the elite to Lucas Oil Speedway for an event to honor the 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.

Action continues Friday night with another full program before the Saturday-night conclusion which culminates with a $10,000-to-win feature for the ASCS.

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

Schedule and ticket prices:
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

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

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 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. 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.

2017 Wild -n- Wacky Wednesday Champions Crowned

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

WATERFORD, CT: The NLWS wrapped up its 2017 Wild -n- Wacky portion of the 2017 season schedule. Features were extended by 5-laps and when the dust settled, four champions were crowned.

First off in the 25-lap Bandoleros feature all Zachary Martinez needed to do was take the green flag in the Mikey Motorsports sponsored #14x and the championship would be secured. The N. Kingstown, RI started in the tenth spot as the green flag waved and finished fifth as the final checkered flag waved concluding the last Bandolero point race of the season. As the green waved it was Maddie Harkin jumping to the lead from the pole position and duplicated her finish last week. Harkin led all 25-laps and took down back to back wins and her third overall win in 2017. Finishing in the top-5 was PJ Evans, Brody Monahan, Nicholas Hovey and Zachary Martinez. For Monahan, it was his first podium visit on the season.

In the X-Cars feature all point leading Kyle Gero needed to do was take the green and he would notch his second championship in his career. Gero took the green for the 30-lap feature from the ninetieth spot. Gero led the X-Cars with seven wins during the 2017 season and finished fourth on his last point race of the season. Christopher Lee was the “King” of the X-Cars on this night and dominated the 30-lap feature. It was the Oakdale, CT drivers second win of the season. Rounding out the top-5 were CP Burdick, Wayne Shifflett, Kyle Gero and Dylan Cabral. It was Burdick’s first podium finish of the season.

Going into the 30-lap Super-X race it was Marc Shafer leading Don Berge by seven points for the championship. With only thirteen cars set to take the green flag all Shafer needed to do was finish in the top-5 to capture the title. Woonsocket, RI’s Gary Avery Jr shot to the lead from the outside of row one and totally dominated the race by leading all 30-laps to take his only win of the season. While Avery was holding back all challenges from multiple drivers, all eyes were on Shafer and Berge. Shafer took control of his own destiny by using a lap-9 restart and moved into the runner up spot behind Avery. Shafer was all over the bumper of Avery as the laps winded down for Berge and his title hopes. As the checkered flew it was Avery and Shafer finishing one-two, while Keith Scalia, John Yagmin and Peter Martin finished out the top five. Berge finished in the seventh spot in an ill handling car giving up his chances at the championship.

The Legends division was a carbon copy of the first two races of the night as Carlo Blandina only needed to take the green to take his first championship of his career. When the final checkered waved for the 30-lap Legends event it was the hottest driver in the division, Michael Blaskey taking his fourth Wednesday night win in a row and with a Saturday night victory in the mix completed a five-race sweep. Blaskey worked for the win as he took the green from his twelfth starting spot. The Bethany, CT driver used a lap-9 restart and took the lead from the #08 of Colin Haley who led the first nine circuits of the race. As the feature was winding down Blaskey had to fend off the hard charging Peter Bennett to capture the checkered flag. Finishing third through fifth was Anthony Marvin, John O’Sullivan and Carlo Blandina.

The Wild -n- Wacky Wednesday group will finish up the season in October at the 2017 Finale in non-point features. Congratulations to all the 2017 Champions.

The banquet honoring the 2017 champions will be this Wednesday night under the white tent. If you interested on going you can go to the Speedbowl website and print off the banquet form. The banquet is open to the public.

Fun Night at US 36 Raceway Dirt Track October 6th with all Kinds of Weird and Whacky Racing!!!!

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

US 36 Raceway sets the stage for fun and entertainment on Friday October 6th 2017 with “Fun Night” at the races! This night will feature Powder Puff (Ladies Race), Mechanics Race, Backwards Race, Race Care Soccer, Potato Sack Race for the Fans, Flag Pole Race, and much, much more!!!!!!

Grandstand Admission is $5 with pit pass $25 as the concession stand and adult beverage shack will be in full swing! We will have a “Halloween Costume” contest this night with prizes for best Adult and Kids costume!!!! Please dress up in your favorite, spooky, fun costume and let’s have some fun October 6th at US 36 Raceway Dirt Track!