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

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.

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