WHEATLAND, Missouri – With record car counts expected and big money on the line, one of the nation’s elite open-wheel events of 2018 rolls into Lucas Oil Speedway this week for the 8th annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial.
The three-night event begins on Thursday and features the Lucas Oil ASCS Winged Sprint Cars and POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprints. Full programs for all the ASCS Winged Sprints are set for Thursday and Friday, paying $3,000 to win the features and helping set the field for Saturday’s $10,000-to-win feature. Total purse for the ASCS cars is just over $60,000.
With a record number of pre-entries (78 as of Monday) already received for the POWRi WAR Sprints, the fields will be split with half running on Thursday and half on Friday. Drivers will be competing for points every single time they hit the track to gather points for Saturday, when the feature will pay $3,077. The features on Thursday and Friday will pay $1,377 to win.
“It’s a big event on so many levels as top sprint-car drivers, in both the winged and wingless divisions, will chase the prestigious Hockett/McMiillin trophy,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Danny Lorton said. “It’s not only top-quality open-wheel racing, but a time to pay tribute to two of the icons of the sport in this part of the country. Jesse and Daniel impacted the sport in so many positive ways and it’s an honor for us to recognize their contributions through this event.”
Hockett, from Warsaw, Missouri, was a star in both the winged and non-winged sprint divisions when he lost his life in a shop accident in 2010. His cousin and crew chief, Daniel McMillin, was killed in an automobile accident in 2006.
The Hockett/McMillin Memorial quickly grew into a major event. Last year, Sam Haftertepe of Sunnyvale, Texas, captured his first Hockett/McMillin victory and he again will be the man to beat. Haftertepe is leading the ASCS points in pursuit of a third straight series title, but is just 16 in front of Seth Bergman of Snohomish, Washington.
Blake Hahn is only 79 points removed from the top spot. Wayne Johnson holds fourth with Johnny Herrera working back into the top-five over the last couple events.
For the POWRi WAR Sprints, drivers will be competing for points every single time they hit the track on the preliminary nights. Group qualifying, heat races, qualifiers, and feature all will be opportunities to gather points by passing cars and/or finishing at the front. Total purse will exceed $40,000, the most ever for the Hockett/McMillin Memorial.
Eighteen-year-old Riley Kreisel of Warsaw leads the POWRi WAR points by 137 over Quinton Benson of Sweet Springs, Missouri with Ty Hulsey of Owasso, Oklahoma 198 behind Kreisel.
For more information on the series, includng full schedules and point standings, visit ASCSracing.com or POWRi.com.
Gates open at 4 p.m. each day. On Thursday and Friday, hot lap are scheduled for 6:15 p.m. with racing at 7:05. On Saturday, hot laps begin at 5:45 with racing at 6:35.
LIVE PD Watch Party: As if Saturday night’s racing isn’t enough, there will be a watch party for the popular reality television program “Live PD” with televisions throughout the facility tuned to the show. Members of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, including Corporal James Craigmyle and K-9 Lor, will be on hand and they will be on the midway prior to the races for a meet and greet with fans.
The hit show, which airs on the A&E Network on Friday and Saturday nights from 8-11 p.m., features law enforcement officers from across the country during their nighttime patrols. The Greene County Sheriff’s office has been one of the agencies on the show since March with members like Craigmyle and K-9 Lor, plus Deputy Dustin Kendrick and K-9 Stark, becoming popular among viewers nationwide.
For ticket information on all events at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2018, contact Admission Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can go online to purchase tickets for any event on the 2018 schedule.
September 20th-22nd, 2018: 8th Annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial
The 8th Annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial is set for Thursday through Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway.
Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived race recaps, previews and driver features, along with ticket information and 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.
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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.