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USRA Iron Man Challenge kicks off March 15 at Humboldt

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

HUMBOLDT, Kan.–The USRA Iron Man Challenge will kick off the 2018 campaign at the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan., during the King of America VIII Modified Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment.

Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will join the fire-breathing Modifieds of the USMTS for three days straight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 15-17.

Twenty-one nights are currently on the Iron Man Challenge schedule, and this will be the only stand-alone event for the B-Mods as the remaining slate of races will feature both the B-Mods and Holley USRA Stock Cars presented by Medieval Chassis.

All Iron Man Challenge shows also award Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national points in both divisions.

The next event on the calendar is a three-day, three-track swing of Frost Busters, April 5-7. Action begins Thursday at the 81 Speedway in Wichita, Kan., and then moves to the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., on Friday before wrapping up the tripleheader on Saturday at the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo.

2018 USRA Iron Man Challenge Schedule:

Thursday, March 15 … Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan.
Friday, March 16 … Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan.
Saturday, March 17 … Humboldt Speedway, Humboldt, Kan.
Thursday, April 5 … 81 Speedway, Park City, Kan.
Friday, April 6 … Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.
Saturday, April 7 … I-35 Speedway, Winston, Mo.
Saturday, May 26 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.
Sunday, May 27 … Upper Iowa Speedway, Decorah, Iowa
Thursday, May 31 … Sioux Speedway, Sioux Center, Iowa
Friday, June 1 … Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa
Saturday, June 2 … Nobles County Speedway, Worthington, Minn.
Sunday, June 17 … Mason City Motor Speedway, Mason City, Iowa
Tuesday, June 19 … Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa
Wednesday, June 20 … Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa
Tuesday, July 17 … Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City, Iowa
Wednesday, July 18 … Southern Iowa Speedway, Oskaloosa, Iowa
Friday, Aug. 24 … Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa
Saturday, Aug. 25 … Park Jefferson Speedway, Jefferson, S.D.
Friday, Aug. 31 … Fayette County Speedway, West Union, Iowa
Saturday, Sept. 1 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.
Sunday, Sept. 2 … Cresco Speedway, Cresco, Iowa

The schedule is subject to change, so stay tuned to www.usraracing.com for the latest up-to-date information on the USRA Iron Man Challenge.

Dereck Green (Stock Cars) and Dan Hovden (B-Mods) are the defending series champions.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call (515) 832-6000. You can also like USRA Racing on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out the USRA YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv. Keep up to speed with everything USRA by joining our email list at www.usraracing.com/subscribe.

Last season or not, Barnett ready to make a title run in Lucas Oil Speedway Big O Tire Street Stocks

Monday, February 26th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – One of the Ozarks-area racing veterans knows he’s entering the twilight of his career. But before Bob Barnett calls it quits, he hopes to make a Lucas Oil Speedway championship run.

“I’ll be 57 this year. I’m probably the oldest one out there in our class,” Barnett said of the Big O Tires Street Stock division.

While noting that 2018 could he his final full season as a driver, there’s reason to believe Barnett will be a serious contender. The Republic, Mo., resident is coming off a strong third-place points finish at Lucas Oil Speedway last season and is eager to see what’s in store this time around.

“It was pretty decent,” Barnett said of last season, which included five top-five feature finishes including one second-place in the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series.

An engine freshening late in the season gave Barnett’s No. 27 additional speed. He was strong at the October Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt, running as high as sixth in the feature before settling for 11th. The event attracted 96 entries.

“It’s an old car, a 2009 Franklin, that we’ve raced the last two years,” said son Jay Barnett, who serves as crew chief. “Yeoman (Race Engines) went through the motor and did some updating before the Big Buck 50 and that really helped.

“We’re putting a new rear-end in the car and updating some things, trying to keep up with the times. We talked about buying a new car, but it’s not in our budget.”

Bob Barnett has been racing on area ovals since the early 1990s, first on asphalt in Limited Late Models and Pure Stocks. He switched to dirt Modifieds before taking a 10-year hiatus from racing starting in about 2003.

Barnett came back four years ago and used a 10-year-old pure stock motor that had been sitting in the corner of his garage.

“We finished eighth in points with just a regular bomber pure stock against the cars that we’re running against now,” he said. “We bought Brian Schutt’s old car after that.”

Jay Barnett has been alongside as the chief mechanic most of the way and called it “good bonding time” between father and son.

“We get on each other’s nerves a little. Our ideas clash a little bit at times, but we work together pretty good for the most part,” Jay Barnett said. “But I’m gonna say this will be his last full year, unless something happens or somebody comes along that wants to (financially) help out.”

Bob Barnett isn’t ready to declare this his swan song just yet, though he is leaning that way.

“If we can get it lined out and everything goes good this year, we might do some more,” he said. “If not, we may just try to run the big (races) if we get the car good enough and I feel that I’m still capable.”

The team’s sponsors include Bair’s Sports Bar and Grill, Mac’s Performance Powertrain Transmission, Midwest Sheet Metal, Schaeffer Racing Oil, Jet Business Solutions, Fujimo Race Bodies and Fabrication, Helling Tire, Christi Bukaty with USA Mortgage and R&R Graphics.

The Lucas Oil Speedway 2018 season begins April 7 with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opener.

For ticket information, including season passes for all events, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket information and tentative 2018 schedule can be found by visiting 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

Richards Goes Back-to-Back at Golden Isles

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

Defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion, Josh Richards overcame several obstacles to win Saturday night’s RhinoAg Super Bowl of Racing – presented by General Tire final at Golden Isles Speedway.

Richards had to resort to a back-up car, after issues arose with his main car during an earlier heat race. Richards then had the power steering fail on the back-up car as he tried to start the B-Main. The Best Performance Motorsports team ten fixed the issue, barely making the call to start the 60-lap main event, as Richards was the final car to enter the race track.

Richards had to take a series provisional and was scheduled to start 23rd on the grid, but due to his lateness while the crew worked on his car, he was relegated to the 26th and final starting position. Richards charged through the field and despite a lap 46 pass from Tyler Erb, went on to record his second win in-a-row to start the 2018 LOLMDS season.

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the 24th time in his career, the 2017 National Champion used the same car he won the Dirt Track World Championship with last year to race in tonight’s main event. “It was close,” said Richards elaborating on the fact he nearly missed the start of the race. “No one sees what goes on behind the scenes, but this really is a team sport. I can’t thank everyone enough. This is the same car we ran at Portsmouth in October last year. We had to get it out in a hurry. I broke a power steering line out there when I was just testing it. Good thing I went out there or we would have never known.”

“Danny and all the guys from my dad’s crew chipped in to get it ready. We just threw some stuff on it and then rolled it out on the track. I didn’t expect to come out with a win. We were just hoping to finish the race. We were going along pretty good and we were passing a lot of cars. I got out in front and then I started to ride it out. When he [Tyler Erb] got by me, I picked it up and was fortunate to get back around him. We were able to pull away from him and finish it off.”

Kyle Bronson, in his Brandon Ford, Longhorn by Weaver, came home in second for his best career LOLMDS finish as he fought past Tyler Erb for the runner-up position. Dennis Erb Jr. came from eleventh to finish fourth, and Brandon Sheppard completed the top five.

Afterwards, Bronson was pleased with his crew, and he dedicated his run to his late friend Bo Hammond, who passed away last week. “Bo was a mentor of mine. He taught me a lot about these cars. I wanted to win this one for him tonight, but we will take second place. We were a bit snug at the start of the race. The car started to really come around. I want to thank Randy Weaver for his help. We had some trouble with lapped cars for a while out there. It’s a solid finish for us. Thanks to all the fans that came out tonight.”

Tyler Erb’s First Class Septic, Rocket Chassis led laps 6 through 23 before relinquishing the lead to Richards. Erb fought back and momentarily took the lead on lap 46 before Richards passed him once again. “The car was really good early on. We led a lot of laps. We started to gain back on him [Richards] and I was able to get by him, but it only lasted one lap. I really thought we had the car to win the race.”

Richards’ winning car is owned by Eric and Kelly Brock, and is sponsored by Best Performance Motorsports, Bulk Material Lift.com, Bazell Race Fuels, Keyser, Hoosier, Boxo USA, Sunoco, Integra, Valvoline, Alexander Lawn and Landscaping, and Impact Race Gear. The Rocket Chassis #1 is powered by a Durham Racing Engine.

Completing the top ten were Brent Larson, Bobby Pierce, Darrell Lanigan, Boom Briggs, and Jonathan Davenport.

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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 2018, the LOLMDS will sanction 60 events in 22 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: www.LucasDirt.com.
About Lucas Oil Racing TV
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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: www.MAVTV.com.
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: www.LucasOil.com.

Each of four Weekly Racing Series points leaders at midseason to receive $500 bonus award

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri- Drivers in Lucas Oil Speedway’s Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series again will be chasing extra money at the season’s midpoint.

For the second straight year, Victory Lane Track Action Race Review magazine, which is distributed free to fans each week at the speedway, will contribute $1,000 toward a bonus for Midseason Track Champions in each of the four weekly divisions.

Lucas Oil Speedway management also will again match the “Geared Up Program” contribution with another $1,000. The total of $2,000 will be split among the points leaders in the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods following the Midseason Championship program on June 16.

“The Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series is a big part of the racing passion for us,” Victory Lane Track Action Race Review publisher Debra M. Filkins said. “It is a privilege to encourage and support the racing teams. Victory Lane is thankful for our sponsors, our staff Danielle Miller and Jade Morris, the drivers and fans.

“It is such a pleasure to team up with Lucas Oil Speedway for the 2018 racing season. We look forward to another eventful season.”

Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said that Filkins’ Victory Lane publication has become popular for fans entering the grandstands each week. The free publication recaps the previous week’s action and includes feature stories on drivers plus previews of upcoming events along with results and points standings.

“We’re happy to partner with Debra and Victory Lane to give our drivers a nice bonus to shoot for at our Midseason Championships, with $500 to each of the four leaders,” Robinson said. “We appreciate what Debra and her staff does and look forward to partnering with Victory Lane again in 2018.”

The Lucas Oil Speedway season begins April 7 with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opener. An open test and tune is scheduled for March 31.

For ticket information, including season passes for all events and three-day passes for the 26th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket information and tentative 2018 schedule can be found by visiting 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

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.

Want to view Lucas Oil Speedway races in style? Some VIP Suites available for 2018 season

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – One of the best and most-comfortable ways to take in the Lucas Oil Speedway experience is spending a night of race-viewing from one of the speedway’s nearly two dozen VIP Suites.

Located on the second and third floors of the main tower complex overlooking the front straightaway, the suites provide private, outdoor box seating along with indoor, climate-controlled comfort with all the amenities.

Twenty-one suites can hold anywhere from 12-27 guests and two more can accommodate up to 50 people. The inside portion of the suites include leather furniture and tall barstool style seating with a refrigerator, kitchen sink, counter top and cabinets, plus cable television.

Each suite for each event receives one complimentary food tray and two six-packs of choice – Coca-Cola products, water or beer. There is a menu with a selection of nine different food platters to choose from with each platter enough to feed 10-12 people. The suite hostess is happy to serve items from the bar and concessions upon request, including more food platters and drink items.

“Our suites have proven to be a big hit over the years with businesses and corporate customers who use a night at the races as a great way to entertain clients, customers and employees,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said.

“While a group of race fans often get together and rent a suite for a night, we’re seeing more and more businesses rent the suites on an annual basis,” Robinson added. “As the 2018 season approaches, we have a limited number of suites remaining and this would be an excellent time for anyone who’s interested to explore the suite experience.”

Various price levels are available for both season-long and per-event. Prices start at $7,500 for annual suite rental, which includes all Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series events plus all the marquee races throughout the dirt-track season. Weekly Racing Series prices start at $300 for any one of the 13 events.

Call Lucas Oil Speedway Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 for more pricing information, or to even arrange a tour of the suites.

The Lucas Oil Speedway 2018 season begins April 7 with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opener.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket information and tentative 2018 schedule can be found by visiting 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 use social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway