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Archive for January, 2018

Stateline Speedway Honors Champions!

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Warren, PA: The New Stateline Speedway honored its top drivers at the Warren (PA) Women’s Club with its annual awards banquet. Track owners Jim Scott, Jean Scott, and new partner Dave Turner handed out awards to the top ten drivers in each of its seven divisions.

The award winners were (left to right in the accompanying photo) Challenger champion Andy Proper, Pro Mod Champion Dennis Lunger, Super Late Model and Crate Late Model Champion Max Blair, Street Stock Champion John Boardman, E-Mod Champion Greg Johnson, Super Sportsman Champion Jim Kibbe.

A tentative schedule was released for the 2018 season that will feature several special events including an 80th birthday celebration for owner Jim Scott, himself a former top Late Model driver at the track, Tony Stewart’s All-Star Circuit of Champions, a memorial event for the RUSH Crate Late Models honoring Bill Law, the annual Paula Southwell Memorial, a “topless” night for the RUSH Crate Late Models, “Open Wheel Mania” for E-Mods, Pro Mods, BRP Big Block Modifieds, RUSH Sprints, and Vintage Modifieds! Also on the schedule is a “Run What You Bring” for the Super Late Models, the Penn-Ohio Street Stocks, a special Thursday event to honor the original owners on the 62nd anniversary of the first race at the track. The RUSH Pro Mods will have their “Manufacturer’s Night” at Stateline this summer. Of course there will be a “Fan Appreciation Night” featuring specials for racing fans. All cars will be displayed on the racing surface and drivers will be autographing souvenirs for the fans. The season will start with open practices scheduled for April 14, and April 26 or 27, depending on weather. The first points event will be run April 28 with the final points racing set for September 1. The final event of the season is scheduled to be an “Enduro” on September 3. Of course this is a tentative schedule with changes possible during the year. Always check www.newstatelinespeedway.com for the latest information.

With the ambitious schedule there will be something for all fans to enjoy at the New Stateline Speedway in 2018! Classes for 2018 will include the Super Late Models, RUSH Crate Late Models, E-Mods, RUSH Pro Mods, Street Stocks, and Super Challengers.

Virginia Motor Speedway Releases 2018 Schedule

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Jamaica, VA – Virginia Motor Speedway has released the schedule for the 2018 season. It will mark the 49th season of action at the ½ mile speed plant in Jamaica, VA. The schedule includes twelve (12) nights of Aaron’s Dirt Series Championship weekly racing action, two Ultimate Super Late Model sanctioned events – the April 14th $20,000 to win Aaron’s King of the Commonwealth and the $20,000 to win 42ND Annual USA 100 presented by Commonwealth Motorsports; the $20,000 to win FASTRAK World Championship presented by James River Equipment weekend and two mud bogs at the facilities state-of-the-art 200 mud bog pit.

The 49thAnnual season opening event will take place on Saturday evening April 7TH featuring a full program of Aaron’s Dirt Series Championship action that will include the Victory Lap Pro Late Model, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modified and Collision One Limited Stock divisions.

The season’s first special event will be April 14th and see the return of the Ultimate Super Late Model Series for the $20,000 to win Aaron’s King of the Commonwealth along with a $3000 to win FASTRAK National event for Pro Late Models. The event will have a Sunday April 15th rain date.

June 16TH the Ultimate Super Late Model Series stars and cars will return for the 42ND Annual USA 100 presented by Commonwealth Motorsports and pay $20,000 to win. There will also be a $3000 to win FASTRAK National event for Pro Late Models. The event will have a Sunday June 17th rain date.

The 2018 FASTRAK World Championship returns September 14-15, 2018 and will once again pay $20,000 to win. The weekend will also include a $5000 to win FASTRAK World Challenge event for FASTRAK members only and with a weekend support division to be announced. The World Championship has a Sunday September 16th rain date.

The very popular mud bogs are scheduled for May 19th and October 13th.

For a complete look at the 2018 schedule visit www.vamotorspeedway.com

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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 in Jamaica, VA. The speedway 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 2018 schedule of events, fans may call the Speedway office at (804) 758-1VMS or visit the track’s website at www.vamotorspeedway.com.

Cole Wells joins Sunoco rookie contingent

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Wheatland, Missouri – Recently Aurora, Missouri driver Cole Wells informed Lucas Oil MLRA officials of his intentions to joint the tour for the coming season and compete for the Sunoco Racing Fuels Rookie of the Year Award. Wells, 22, has competed in the Late Model division for the past seven years on mostly the local level, with scattered starts regionally.

To date Wells biggest triumph came last summer in the Four State Dirt Track Championship at his hometrack Monett Speedway in Monett, Missouri. Wells will have the opportunity to defend the win this year when the Lucas Oil MLRA makes a return to Monett Speedway, for the first time in several years. In addition to the career win, Wells has two track titles there.

This past season Wells was running his own program, and rolling along pretty well until he had engine trouble. Instead of a major setback, Wells was able to work with Scott Fry, who had a TNT Chassis. The partnership blossomed over the year and Wells now has the resources of his team, but also the offerings of Fry.

“I just knew I couldn’t ever tackle something like the MLRA series on my own,” said Wells. “Teaming with Scott gives us a lot more equipment at our disposal. I knew I had to try something like this now when I had the resources available, or just be settled where we were.”

The majority of tracks on the schedule will be new for Wells and he knows there will be a pretty steep learning curve.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing all these new places. Specifically I can’t wait to race at LaSalle (Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois), Park Jefferson (International Speedway in Jefferson, South Dakota) and the quarter mile in Davenport (Iowa).”

Joining Wells on the road will be a pair of guys who remain on his crew. Kyle Medlin works on tires and Jackson Bailey helps on the car overall.

“These guys are great friends. They are with me through thick and thin and extremely loyal. I couldn’t ask for better help.”

Wells has a strong group of supporters who are behind him this season including; Midwest Sheet Metal, Bass Livestock, Wilson’s & Sons Hardwood Flooring, Marty’s Machine, TNT Race Cars, Jason’s Stump Grinding, Global Steel Buildings, Tri Rivers Logging, Waltz Tractor and Bowling Farms.

Cole is a machinist by day at Midwest Sheet Metal in Springfield, Missouri. Running this type of schedule will require a few extra days off for Wells and he is quick to thank owner, Chris Davis, who is an avid supporter of racing, for his understanding.

“When I told him this is what I’d like to do, I think he was really excited. I appreciate so much what he does for me. Kyle, my tire guy, also works there so he will have to miss a few days too. Not many people would work with that kind of schedule!”

The 2018 schedule kicks off at Tony Izzo’s LaSalle Speedway for the Thaw Brawl Friday, March 30 and continues through Saturday, March 31. It will pay $15,000 to win the final night and $5,000 for the season opener.

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.

In addition to major events, Lucas Oil Speedway weekly racers set for more exposure on MAVTV in 2018

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Racing fans worldwide got a glimpse of the weekly action from Lucas Oil Speedway late in the 2017 season, when “Lucas Oil Speedway Saturday Night Racing” premiered on MAVTV Motorsports Network.

This season, the television exposure is expanding to include even more of the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series action – along with all of the track’s major events on MAVTV.

“We’re excited that grass roots racing is going to get more exposure than ever before on MAVTV,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said, noting increased exposure for the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks, Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models in 2018.

Several times during the season, the weekly classes will be spotlighted on “Lucas Oil Speedway Saturday Night” while running in support of major shows. In addition, full Weekly Racing Series programs on June 9 and June 23. Additional weekly races may be added to the production schedule during the season.

The first races scheduled for taping for television are the 5th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com, April 13-14. But not only will the MLRA Late Models be featured, the USRA Modifieds and Street Stocks which also are on the program both nights will get television time.

The MAVTV cameras and Lucas Oil production team is scheduled to be on site throughout the season to capture the action on the dirt track, “Lake Lucas” drag boat track and off road track.

“This is a unique opportunity for our drivers and their sponsors to get television exposure, on a national and even international level,” Robinson said. “While it’s become common in recent years for our major, headline programs to get on television now our support classes who run with us each week are going to also receive that exposure.

“We’re thrilled to partner with MAVTV and LucasOilRacingTV.com and look forward to welcoming their on-site production crews throughout 2018.”

Major events on the television schedule that also will incorporate the support classes into the productions include the Open Wheel Showdown on May 5 (ASCS Sprints, POWRi Midgets and WAR Sprints), the 26th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com on May 24-26 (including USRA Modifieds), the Lucas Oil Late Model Diamond Nationals on July 14 (including USRA Modifieds), and the Show-Me Shootout on Aug. 4 (USMTS Modifieds, Street Stocks and B-Mods).

Other major televised events include the John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic June 8-9, The Off Road Shootout June 22-24, the Diamond Drag Boat Nationals Aug. 31-Sept. 2, MLRA Larry Phillips Memorial on Sept. 1 (including B-Mods), the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals Sept. 14-15 and the ASCS Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial Sept. 20-22 which will also include WAR Sprints.

The season’s final month will see a pair of big televised shows with the Street Stocks Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt and ULMA Late Models Oct. 4-6, plus the 5th annual MLRA Fall Nationals Oct. 12-13 with the support class still to be determined.

Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. MAVTV offers an unparalleled lineup of exclusive motorsports that includes prestigious events such as the Chili Bowl, The AMA Pro Motocross series, the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup and more. For more information on the network, including live-event schedules, visit MAVTV.com.

The MAVTV shows are recorded and shown at a later date and also are uploaded for on-demand viewing from LucasOilRacingTV.com, a 24/7 viewing experience than brings motorsports to you whenever you like. You can access it all on the most popular handheld devices, smartphones and computers.

The Lucas Oil Speedway 2018 season begins April 7 with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opener with the 2nd annual Off Road Shootout June 22-24. Meanwhile, the Lucas Oil MLRA opener is set for March 30-31 with the 7th annual Thaw Brawl at LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the tentative 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com.

For ticket information, including season passes for the 2018 season, contact Lucas Oil Speedway admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@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

CONTACT:

Dan Robinson
Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager
Lucas Oil MLRA Series Director
Office: (417) 282-5984

Dan@lucasoil.com

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.

Great Turnout for the 2018 US 36 Drivers Meeting!!!

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Over 100 drivers and crew members packed into Cameron Community Center for the 2018 US 36 /Bethany Speedway Drivers meeting to register and select pit stalls. Beginners, Hall of Famers and Veteran Drivers alike will set the star studded venue for the upcoming season as we prepare for a stellar season. We were pleasantly surprised with the large turnout and interest displayed as we unveil the IMCA Banner for 2018 at both US 36 Raceway and Bethany Speedway!! Reminding all that pit admission has been lowered to $30 from previous $35 admission for adults. Jon and Beth Boller continue to strive and work to be your Friday and Saturday Night Racing Entertainment for 2018 and beyond.

US 36 Raceway Dirt Track is proud to introduce Becky Parsons to the racing family as she will be taking entries and scoring bringing us a vast knowledge of racing and experience to the booth. We also welcome Brian Piper to the infield also with experience and knowledge as we move forward.

We at US 36 Raceway would like to thank everyone for attending the drivers meeting and look forward to seeing you at the tracks!
See you there!