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Archive for December, 2017

Professional barbecue returning to Lucas Oil Speedway in 2018, on USMTS weekend

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Many of the nation’s best barbecue teams will return to Lucas Oil Speedway next summer during a big weekend in which America’s premier dirt-track modified series will be featured.

The 2nd annual Red White Blue & Que, a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned event, will be held on Aug. 4-5. Professional teams from throughout the region will set up on the midway of Lake Lucas and compete for prize money of at least $5,000.

“We’re excited to have the barbecue teams returning for an even bigger and better second Red White Blue & Que,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “Last year’s inaugural event was well received by everyone and we’re looking forward to growing it bigger in year two – with a great night of racing also on tap.”

The 9th annual USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment will bring the popular open-wheel stars back to the Lucas Oil Speedway dirt track on Saturday, Aug. 4. Big O Tires Street Stocks and Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods also will be on the program.

Meanwhile, the barbecue competition again will pay tribute to the Military and Veterans. Like last year, proceeds will go to and Korean War Veterans of the Ozarks. Last year’s event raised a little over $1,000 for the organizations.

The inaugural Red White Blue & Que attracted 31 teams with Thump & Strum BBQ from Independence, Missouri winning the Grand Championship and Gettin’ Basted from Branson earning Reserve Grand honors. Gettin’ Basted went on to finish third in the final KCBS National Team of the Year standings.

Fans coming to the races on Saturday night are invited to visit the barbecue teams at the Lake Lucas midway and ask them questions about cooking. The teams will have a “Just For Fun” competition on Saturday, with a celebrity panel of USMTS drivers serving as judges on the dirt-track midway at approximately 5 p.m.

There also will be a Kids Q competition on the Lake Lucas midway from approximately 6-7 p.m. The official KCBS competition, which is not open to the public, will be held on Sunday.

For more information on Red White Blue & Que, contact contest organizer Michelle Higgins at or by calling (417) 682-1568. Visit to find out more about the Kansas City Barbecue Society.

Red White Blue & Que is a Missouri State Championship points event and a qualifying event for the American Royal World Championships and Jack Daniels Invitational, two of barbecue’s majors later in the year.

The 2018 season begins with the weekly racing series opener on April 7, followed by the 5th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals on April 13-14.

For ticket information, including season passes for the 2018 season or to purchase gift cards, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the tentative 2018 schedule 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 marked 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 were held in 2017. New for 2017 was 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.

“Rumble in the Bullring” Friday March 30th 2018 at US 36 Raceway Dirt Track!!!

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Kicking off 2018 in style, US 36 Raceway Dirt Track presents “Rumble in the Bullring” featuring POWERi War Series Non-Wing Sprint Cars, IMCA Winged Sprint Cars and IMCA Stock Cars! March 30th is the date and our first race of 2018. US 36 Raceway is proud to be part of this two day “Rumble” as Eagle Raceway will hold the second day March 31st for a weekend of great racing action!

Make those plans now, mark your calendar and get ready for racing at US 36 Raceway Dirt Track!!!!

Hotel rooms going fast for USRA Awards Banquet

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo.–The United States Racing Association will host its annual awards banquet for drivers competing in this year’s Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City.

Those attending this year’s celebration are encouraged to reserve their rooms as soon as possible to take advantage of huge savings. For reservations, call the Ameristar Casino Hotel at (816) 414-7107 and request the discounted room rate for “US Modified Touring” using code SCUSMA8.

Headlining the honorees will be Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national champions Jason Cummins (USRA Modifieds), Elijah Zevenbergen (Holley USRA Stock Cars), Lance Hofer (USRA Late Models), Ryan Gillmore (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods), Jordan Eddleman (USRA Limited Mods), Dustin Gulbrandson (USRA Hobby Stocks) and Kyle Balik (USRA Tuners).

USRA-sanctioned series competitors such as Iron Man Challenge champions Derek Green (Holley USRA Stock Cars) and Dan Hovden (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods) will also be honored along with 13 first-ever USRA Regional champs and several USRA member track operators, marketing partners and more.

A record crowd of nearly 300 people attended last year’s gala, and this year’s party will once again be a joint effort for both the USRA and United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS). Fans and members of the media are invited to attend too.

Individual tickets are $40 each and are on sale now by calling the USMTS offices at (515) 832-7944 during normal business hours. The deadline to order tickets is Jan. 12.

In addition to the awards ceremony, the evening’s meal will feature a luxurious and plentiful selection of fine food, plus a huge dessert bar. A cash bar will also be available.

The Ameristar Casino Hotel is an entertainment hub that offers something for everyone with huge casino floors, nine restaurants ranging from casual to fine dining, a luxury hotel, 18 movie screens, supervised child care and more.

Located just east of downtown Kansas City, the property features the largest casino and the most games in the Kansas City area, as well as one of the largest poker rooms in the Midwest. The property includes a 140,000 square-foot casino, seven dining venues, live entertainment in several venues featuring local and regional acts, an 18-screen movie theater and more.

The awards banquet will be held inside the Star Pavilion. With more than 12,000 square feet of function space, the Star Pavilion serves a multitude of events including corporate meetings, training seminars, trade shows, social receptions and live performances. The list of entertainers who have appeared on stage could go on forever.

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2018 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Schedule has 19 dates at 6 Tracks

Sunday, December 24th, 2017

Entering their tenth campaign, the cars and stars of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series are set for nineteen events at six racetracks. Opening with the two-day, non-point “Outlaw Showdown” at Las Vegas on February 28th, the traditional 360s will close out the schedule with Ventura’s two-day (non-points) “78th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” on November 22nd.

The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host the season openers on February 28th and March 1st. Held during NASCAR weekend, the non-point events will also showcase the famed World of Outlaws Sprint Cars. Last March, Ryan Bernal claimed both main events at the fast 1/2-mile oval in front of a packed grandstand. The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is located twelve miles north of downtown Las Vegas, Nevada off Interstate 15 at Exit 54 (Speedway Blvd). For more information, visit or call 800.644-4444.

Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway has five dates on the schedule. Promoted by Steve Faria, the lightning fast 1/3-mile oval will feature the USAC 360s and World of Outlaws Sprint Cars on March 9th and 10th. The popular two-day “Peter Murphy Classic” will open on May 18th, and the “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial” is scheduled for June 2nd. Last season, Jake Swanson, Ryan Bernal (twice), and Kyle Hirst scored victories at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California and for more details, visit or call 559.688.0909.

Located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura Raceway will host five dates on the calendar. Promoted by Jim Naylor, “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” will host the “Battle of the Beach” races on March 31st, July 14th, August 25th, along with the non-point “78th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” on November 21st and 22nd. The November 22nd “Battle of the Beach” finale will also showcase the USAC National and Western States Midgets. Last season, Ryan Bernal, Jake Swanson, Brady Bacon, and “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney earned victories at the seaside 1/5-mile oval. Ventura Raceway is located at 10 West Harbor Boulevard in Ventura, California and for more details, visit or call 805.648.RACE.

The USAC West Coast Sprints will make two appearances at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Promoted by Bubby Morse, the 3/8-mile oval will host the April 7th and May 12th dates on the schedule. Last year, Austin Liggett scored two Hanford wins and “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. also took the checkered flags. Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is located at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California and for more information, visit or call 559.651.1990.

Santa Maria Raceway will host four nights on the schedule. The traditional 360 sprints will headline the action at “The West’s Best Short Track” on April 28th, June 9th “Ron Otto Memorial,” August 11th “Bud Stanfield Memorial,” and the October 6th “Championship Night.” Last season, Ryan Bernal, Max Adams, and Tristan Guardino raced to victory at the at the Central Coast 1/3-mile clay oval. As a bonus, the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets will join the card at the April, August, and October shows. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California and for more information, visit or call 805.922.2232.

Bakersfield Speedway returns to the USAC West Coast Sprint calendar on July 28th. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, “The West’s Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval” last featured the non-winged 360s on March 9, 2016 and Troy Rutherford earned the main event win. Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California and for more information, visit or call 661.393.3373.

The USAC Western Awards Banquet (and Roast) will be held Saturday, January 27th at the Orleans Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The hotel will also host a Bowling Tournament the previous night at 8:00pm. Tickets for both the Awards Banquet and Bowling Tournament can be downloaded at and orders must be received by January 20th. The Orleans Hotel and Casino is located at 4500 West Tropicana Avenue in Las Vegas Nevada. Online room reservations can be made at for a special block rate (Group Code: A8SAC01) of $50 for Thursday, $117 for Friday, $117 for Saturday, and $50 for Sunday. For more room reservation information, call 800.675.3267.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. Series officials are looking for associate and contingency sponsors for the upcoming season. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at

For more information, visit and You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at and 805.407.7229.
2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson.

6-Ryan Bernal, 3-Austin Liggett, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Max Adams, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Kyle Hirst.

January 26: Orleans Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV (Bowling Tournament / 8pm)
January 27: Orleans Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV (USAC Western Awards Banquet / 12pm)
February 28: The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV (Outlaw Showdown / Non-Points)
March 1: The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV (Outlaw Showdown / Non-Points)
March 9: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
March 10: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
March 31: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
April 7: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds – Hanford, CA
April 28: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
May 12: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds – Hanford, CA
May 18: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
May 19: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
June 2: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 9: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
July 14: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
July 28: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
August 11: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 25: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach)
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 / Battle at the Beach / Non-Points)

Jennerstown Speedway Complex To Host National Late Model Event

Sunday, December 24th, 2017

(Jennerstown, PA) On Saturday, August 11, 2018, Jennerstown Speedway Complex will host the biggest Late Model race in the Northeastern United States; the first annual “Motor Mountain Masters” event. The weekend of activities will showcase a 150-lap (three segment) Late Model feature, paying $6,000 to win and $800 to start. Uniquely, the race will allow multiple forms of Late Model cars to compete head-to-head, bringing together “Template Body” cars from all over of the Unites States. Late Model Stocks, Pro Late Models, Super Late Models, are all eligible to compete, as straight-rail and perimeter chassis cars will be welcome on the same starting grid. Also a part of the “Motor Mountain Masters” weekend, the Modifieds will be competing in a 50-lap feature, offering $3,000 to win and $200 to start. The 4-Cylinder competitors were race in a 35-lap feature, with the winner taking home $1,000.

Jennerstown Speedway Complex last hosted a major, “open competition” Late Model event more than 20 years ago, when Ohio legend Tim “The Iceman” Ice defeated a field of drivers from 13 states. The “Motor Mountain Masters” race is expected to draw race teams from across the nation, but this time, a wider variety of cars will battle for supremacy on the big, half-mile, paved oval. Bringing together the types of Late Models that compete in the Midwest, Southeast, Northeast, and in touring series all over the country is the goal of this race. Modeled after a successful blending of multiple forms of Late Models on the West Coast, the detailed rules and weight requirements will be released in the Spring of 2018.

With open practice for all three divisions on Friday, August 10, the colossal weekend of action promises to be the most newsworthy happening in asphalt racing during 2018. On Saturday, August 11, Pit Gates open 10am, with Tech Inspections starting at 11 am, at the same time tire/fuel sales will begin. After Saturday afternoon practice sessions, Late Models and Modifieds will run green/white/checkered Time Trials, to establish heat race starting grids. Heats will begin at 5pm. The Late Model, Modified and 4-Cylinder feature events will offer 30 starting positions, each. Six McCreary Tires are permitted for the Late Model race – this is an impound tire race. A used tire must be in the event of a flat. For the Modifieds and 4-Cylinders, four American Racer tires are permitted; no tire changes unless it is a verified flat. A used tire must be in the event of a flat. Four cylinders will draw pills for heat races.

Complete rules and details will be released in the Spring of 2018.