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Racing, chili and charity: Stop by and see Lucas Oil Speedway staff at Sertoma Chili Cook Off

February 26th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri- Come out and join the Lucas Oil Speedway staff this Saturday at one of the Ozarks’ biggest fundraisers, the 36th annual Sertoma Chili Cook Off.

Lucas Oil Speedway will be located in booths 66 and 67 at the Expo Center, 636 E. St. Louis, in downtown Springfield. The Lucas team will be among more than 70 teams serving up chili and competing for votes in the “People’s Choice” category of the event. Unlimited chili sampling is included in the ticket price, which is $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Parties of 30 or more can get tickets for $12 per person by contacting Angie Doke of Lucas Oil Speedway at (417) 399-5090 or from Laurie Looney at Harbell’s Grill and Sports Bar – site of the Lucas Oil Speedway/Lucas Oil MLRA Watch Party at noon Sunday.

There also will be schedules for the 2017 Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series season and the special events at the track, along with prize giveaways that include a set of General Admission season passes. Raffle tickets for the passes are 11 tickets for $10 and $20 for an arm’s length. The raffle winner of the passes will be drawn at Sunday’s Watch Party at Harbell’s.

“Lucas Oil Speedway is proud to be a part of one of the largest fundraisers for children’s charities of the year,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “This also is a fun opportunity for our fans to come out and see our staff, talk racing, get info on the upcoming season and taste some of our fabulous chili.” The Sertoma Chili Cook Off runs from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and also includes two stages with some of the area’s best bands and musicians. Sertoma is one of the oldest service clubs in the United States and is a non-profit organization. Proceeds from the Chili Cook Off go toward the Springfield Boys and Girls Clubs. For more information on tickets and the complete schedule, go to SertomaChiliCookoff.com.

The 2017 Lucas Oil Speedway season begins with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opener on April 8, followed by the 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals on April 14-15. Here is the complete schedule for 2017. For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit lucasoilspeedway.com. Three-day passes for the 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com are now on sale.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s 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 www.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.

The Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opens on April 8.

After solid 2016 season at Lucas, Strong primed for big year in USRA B-Mod division

January 28th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – After finishing last season with a rush in his USRA B-Modified, Shawn Strong got a running start to 2017 with a highly successful visit to the Wild West Shootout in Arizona. “It definitely was a confidence booster,” Strong said of a victory, a runner-up finish (rallying from starting 23rd) and a fourth (after beginning 15th) in four starts during the series of races at Arizona Speedway near Phoenix. So it’s little wonder that the Billings’ driver – after three Lucas Oil Speedway feature wins and a fourth-place finish in the track’s 2016 points chase despite missing some events – is fired up and primed for a big 2017.

“I really believe that we have the speed and all the backing to make it happen,” Strong said. “I feel like we’re just coming into a sweet spot of a career. The knowledge is there. We don’t come to the track guessing what we’re going to do. I look for us to have a very good year.” Strong, 37, has been driving B-Mods for about eight years after spending a couple of years in Street Stocks. The 2016 season was his best yet with the success at Lucas along with a $5,000-to-win triumph at Legit Motor Speedway in West Plains among several other feature wins around the region. “We hit on some things mid-summer and from then on, we were pretty good just about everywhere we went the rest of the season,” Strong said of his Ruble Racing Engine-powered Larry Shaw Race Car.

“That relationship has been really big,” Strong said of Shaw, based in Batesville, Ark. “Those guys took a little of what they do and took a little of the key things that I do and put them together. I can’t complain. They’re a huge part of why we’re doing as good as we are.” A new Shaw car – but with a twist – is under construction. Strong said it’s an “SS” (Shawn Strong) model with some of his own ideas incorporated into the design. “We just swapped a few little things around and created that car,” Strong said.

“Just some things we’ve learned from this car over a period of time. We have it probably two-thirds of the way done and Jim Ruble’s putting a motor in it for me. “We still have the car in the that we call ‘Old Faithful.’ We’ll take it to the (March) races and have the new one ready for when we start racing closer to the house” in April.

Strong will look to get off to a good start at Humboldt’s “Battle of the Bullring” in March, a traditional opener for the regional Modifieds out in Kansas. Then it’s on to the regular season, starting in April at Lucas Oil Speedway. Mike Warnow returns as crew chief and Strong’s sponsor list, along with Shaw Race Cars and Ruble Racing Engines, includes: AFCO Racing Products, Dynatech Headers, Speedway Motors, Gilman Racing, Midwest Sheet Metal, R&R Graphics and Base Heating and Cooling. The 2017 Lucas Oil Speedway season begins with the Weekly Championship Series opener on April 8, followed by the 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals on April 14-15. Here is the complete schedule [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001P0I1zfT0R4UqeSHoJs4wbLLnedvD9hQaYR4R6zmLKXFOw8DTKGtuoQk6Q6EiqNi4zlFXPTzyX1F7uxtuUEEtkRsfwVUYYrvdpoXtpis7k0eczxL6tCU1DunXoqPxRhzjVbOKgnoGWJXK2BALj24FEJHGsmRIYXrSmQnPFZ3bZznMxfGS596TEa8ePBC8mdds&c=pOcUYxBM4s48-gXNkDbl6t_NRQw2fJsHnK6MJ4L4-i9j_uzUD0H6Ow==&ch=iZDnCuZbjC9S6cc87Z27dvHRO8OagklFTiKJH2pYT3aoXBAoVH_Rcw==]
for 2017.

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Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s 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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ULMA veteran Binning hungry to chase first Lucas Oil Speedway championship in 2017

January 16th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – The goal for Jon Binning is clear as he focuses on the 2017 racing season, which fires up in early April at Lucas Oil Speedway. “I really want to get a championship at Wheatland,” the former Lucas Cattle Company ULMA Late Model National Champion said, noting some close-but-no-cigar points finishes in the past at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Binning, of Warrensburg, is coming off a solid third-place finish last season that included three runner-up finishes. But priorities – Binning missed a night of racing for his daughter’s high school graduation – plus a blown motor late in the schedule scuttled his title hopes.

Aaron Marrant rode an early season four-race winning streak to the Lucas Oil Speedway championship with Tommy Cordray second. Binning, the 2014 ULMA National Champ, is hungry to earn his first title at the Wheatland oval. It won’t be easy in a division that seems to be getting more competitive by the year. “You can’t have any mistakes,” Binning said. “There are just too many good cars.
And you have to have a little luck on your side.

“It was very tough (in 2016). There were so many good cars and a lot of new drivers. Jon Sheets and Johnny Fennewald both came in (from Modifieds) and were good. It’s great to have them. They’re both good guys. “I don’t mind it when guys come in and they’re not going to wreck you.” Binning, 44, said the quality of Limited Late Model racing at Lucas Oil Speedway stacks up with any venue in the nation. He said as many as 10 drivers are capable of winning on any given night.

“Then we have 20-some cars there every weekend; that’s got to be at the top of any track in the country for Late Models,” Binning said. Binning, who began his racing career 11 years ago at I-35 Speedway, also plans to race at his hometown Central Missouri Speedway in Warrensburg this season. What car he will drive is a little bit uncertain as his 2013 Rocket is for sale.

“If anybody wants to buy it, they can,” Binning said. “But if I don’t sell it, I’ll race it. If I do, then I’ll buy something newer. A lot of people are buying these newer cars and that’s fine. I just don’t think that it’s necessarily the answer to every problem.” Binning emphasizes that any success he has is a team effort. Crew help includes Scott Davis, Jeremy Wetzel, George Hicks, Joe Bartlett, Jonna Ingham and Binning’s wife, Nikki. The sponsor lineup finds All-Pro Electrical Technology, D&M Plumbing, RCI, Scott Bailey Racing Engines, B&D Transmission, Bybee Lawn Care along with John and Danny Linenberger.

“We’re looking forward to the season,” Binning said of his anticipated Lucas Oil Speedway title chase. “I have another daughter who will graduate this year. I’ll pray for rain that day. If that doesn’t happen, then we’ll try to win it in 12 races.”

The 2017 season begins with the Weekly Championship Series opener on April 8, followed by the 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals on April 14-15. Here is the complete schedule for 2017.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

Season tickets for the Lucas Oil Speedway 2017 season are available. Call admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984.

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 marks 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 will be held in 2017. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Young Cornell looks to take next step in 2017 after strong B-Mod season at Lucas Oil Speedway

January 12th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – For now, Kaeden Cornell is content with bouncing a basketball, balancing school work and getting his driver’s license as a newly minted 16-year-old. In other words, living the typical life of a high school sophomore.

But the roar of a race-car engine – as is the new race season at Lucas Oil Speedway – isn’t all that far away. So it’s not surprising that Cornell, a soft-spoken teen from Willard, Mo., is thinking of warmer and faster times. “The winter’s going good, but … hopefully (the race season) will be here soon,” Cornell said of the 2017 season, when he will again campaign his USRA B-Mod. It’s little wonder why Cornell is eager to get going again. He solidified his place as an up-and-comer on the Ozarks’ racing scene with a solid third-place finish in the Lucas Oil Speedway points standings. This in arguably the deepest, most-competitive division where track champ J.C. Morton was also crowned USRA B-Mod national champion.

“Just never stop learning and never stop driving hard,” Cornell said of what he learned the most last season, just his second in a B-Mod. “There were some nights I never thought we’d come close to having a good run and we’d keep working hard and end up pulling out a top-five finish. “Every week it seemed like we were in the B-Main and it just sucks we were in the back of the A-Feature every week. But most time, we wound up in the top-10.” Cornell, who began his racing career in go-karts when he was five years old, showed remarkable consistency and patience on the track, traits uncommon for most young drivers. His older peers noticed.

In fact, veteran Modified driver Mike Striegel thinks so much of Cornell that his Outlaw Race Bodies is helping sponsor the youngster’s race team this season. “That’s what this sport needs, is young kids,” Striegel said. “He’s not as aggressive as a lot of them. Sometimes that’s bad and sometimes that’s not. But all in all, he’s classy. He gets in a wreck or has a problem, he comes in the pits and doesn’t throw crap and his parents don’t want to fight.

“I think a lot of him. Andy Bryant, another young driver, I sponsored (in 2014). Not that I’m a scout, but I think I have an eye for somebody who’s gonna go somewhere. (Cornell) has a chance to go somewhere.” Cornell said Striegel’s belief in him is a boost financially and emotionally with those confident words. “You go to a race and Mike knows everybody,” Cornell said. “And you watch him as a driver, you look up to a guy like him. For Mike to recognize me, as a kid, it’s pretty unbelievable. It’s very nice of him to help us this year and we appreciate it.”

Cornell’s other sponsors include Cloverleaf Auto Repair, Signature Wood Floors and D.R. Racing. Hid dad, Aaron Cornell, does most of the mechanical upkeep and grandpa Glen Cornell, who used to do mechanical work for some ARCA teams, supplies helpful advice. Team Cornell envisions a similar schedule this season with track points at Lucas the main objective. Occasional trips to other tracks for special events are slotted. Kaeden Cornell said he “just wants to keep learning, keep getting better” as a driver. An obvious goal is to fine victory lane for the first time in the B Mod.

“We wanted to win last year, but it was such good competition,” he said. “Everybody says the competition in their class at their local race track is real tough, but I don’t think anything comes close to what Lucas has to offer. If you run top-five there, you’ve done something.” The 2017 season begins with the Weekly Championship Series opener on April 8, followed by the 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals on April 14-15. Here is the complete schedule for 2017.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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 race rracks 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 marks 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 will be held in 2017. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Mid-American Stock Cars Set For Indy Doubleheader In May

January 11th, 2017

Stock Car Racing will take a step back into history, as the Mid-American Stock Car Series heads into central Indiana to help celebrate this county’s most important racing weekend at two of the country’s most historic racetracks.

The series, known as the Midwest’s premier traveling sportsman series, will attempt to invoke the memories of days gone by, as it’s drivers and teams will compete on Thursday, May 25th on the 1 mile dirt oval of the Indiana State Fairgrounds. In a show of versatility, less than 24 hrs later on May 26th, the VERY same drivers AND cars will take to the track 21 miles to the west, for 40 laps of feature racing on the pavement at the fast 5/8-mile Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana.

Mid-American teams were intrigued when series owner Dave Gruenberg revealed a 2017 schedule that would have them competing on consecutive days at a couple of very different venues. Veteran drivers and newcomers alike were sent into their respective think tanks to consider how best confront these challenges.

Defending series Champion Ryan Gutneckt of Oak Creek WI, will lead the Mid-Am troops onto the Indy Mile, with “The Franklin Flyer”, former dirt late model standout Bill Prietzel also a favorite. Not to be denied will be strong contingent of drivers from the Hoosier State, led by many time MASCS competitor and central Indiana stalwart A.J. Smith.

Friday night’s contest will prove to be a dogfight as well. When the series last visited Lucas Oil Raceway in 2015, Waukesha, Wisconsin’s Rick Tackman proved up to the task and drove his Ford to victory in the 40 lap event. Indiana’s Tim Fulford registered a close second, and both are planning a return for this year’s event.

The two events are run in conjunction with Track Enterprises Week Of Indy events. Thursday’s festivities at the Indiana State Fairgrounds will feature the USAC Silver Crown Series, as will Friday’s event at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Learn more at www.midamericanracing.com or www.trackenterprises.com.

About Track Enterprises:

Track Enterprises is a racing promotion company that oversees popular events that feature top touring series like the ARCA Racing Series, USAC Racing, Dirtcar UMP, POWRi Racing, All Star Circuit Of Champions, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, CRA, Southern Super Series, and more. The company also oversees all racing promotions at Macon Speedway, Lincoln Speedway, and the Terre Haute Action Track.

For more information on the upcoming racing schedule, visit www.trackenterprises.com, like the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TrackEnterprises, or call the office at 217-764-3200.

“Wheatland Outlaw” Striegel seems to be picking up speed with age after another solid year

January 5th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri- Instead of slowing down with age, Mike Striegel seems to be picking up speed. Coming off his first Lucas Oil Speedway track championship in 2015, in the USRA B-Modified divsion, Striegel finished a solid third in the USRA Modified chase at his hometown track in 2016.

“I think we did pretty well,” the driver known by his fans as the “Wheatland Outlaw” said in reviewing the season. “We ended up third in points, which was pretty good with what we had, running a 604 crate engine against some of those $20,000 and $30,000 spec motors.

“I think we did fairly well. I owe a lot of that to Jeremy Payne and John Allen. Jeremy helped me with my set-ups and John gave us pull bars and parts to make that set-up work. So yeah, it was a pretty good year for us.”

Striegel, 46, plans to campaign a B-Mod, owned by Springfield businessman John Stewart, and do more traveling to race in the new year. He still has several races circled on his calendar at his hometown speedway.
Striegel also will make a return to the USRA A-Modified ranks during Show-Me 100 weekend at Lucas Oil Speedway. That’s where he won back-to-back features on Show-Me weekend last year, in front of big crowds and a Lucas Oil Racing TV audience. Plans are to use the same car for the A-Mod races, just switching out the rear end and motor to make it compatible to the rules package.

Following last season’s Show-Me wins, Striegel excitedly exited the car for victory lane interviews for television, pumping his fists. He called it second on his list of most-memorable and meaningful career wins.
“My favorite win, forever, was when I won my first-ever race at Wheatland a few years ago, just a week or so after Allen “Cowboy” Chancellor died,” Striegel said of his friend who was a long-time racer and former owner of the Lucas Oil MLRA Series. “I put his number on my car (that race) which was No. 45. I won that race and it
was so special because he was such a good friend. That was pretty awesome.” Striegel said one of the most appealing things about racing is going against young, up-and-coming talent.

“That’s what keeps me sharp,” he said. “You’ve got the likes of (teens) Andy Bryant and Kaeden Cornell. Those kids are the future of our sport.” Striegel has been busy this winter. Along with his plumbing business, his Outlaw Racing Bodies is gobbling up much of spare time. He’s also going to supply bodies to Cornell in 2017, as he did Bryant a couple of years ago. He’s also preparing his own car for perhaps his busiest season. “There’s a lot of people involved in the success of a race-car driver and I couldn’t do it without them,” Striegel said of sponsors that include Stewart’s ENS (Enhanced Network Solutions), Gary Hubert and Lucas Oil Products, Allen’s Automotive, Fast Shafts, Scism Signs, JRS Shocks by Stovall and Real Wheels.

This will be his third year of driving a car owned by Stewart, who gives Striegel a chance to chase his racing dreams like never before. “He doesn’t worry about costs, he worries more about what’s going to help you win,”
Striegel said. “That’s something I’ve never had.”

The 2017 season begins with the Weekly Championship Series opener on April 8, followed by the 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals on April 14-15. Here is the complete schedule for 2017.
For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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 race rracks 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 marks 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 will be held in 2017.

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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Forrest Lucas among 10 inductees into 30th annual Ozarks’ Hall of Fame Class

January 5th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – The biggest annual offseason gathering of Ozarks race fans returns to its historical roots on Saturday when the 30th annual Ozarks Area Racers Foundation Reunion takes place at the Ozark Empire Fairground E-Plex. Among 10 inductees into the Ozarks Area Racers Foundation Hall of Fame is Forrest Lucas, founder of Lucas Oil Products and owner of the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland – a motorsports complex that changed the area’s racing landscape when it opened in 2006.

Nine others including NASCAR great Mark Martin will enter the Hall along with Lucas in ceremonies inside the E-Plex – just a few yards from where the old Fairgrounds Speedway race track once sat. Doors will open at 4 p.m. with an autograph session from 5:30-6:30. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 with a Salute to Champions from local tracks, followed by the Hall of Fame induction. Advance tickets are $15 at O’Reilly Auto Parts locations and $20 at the door. Area speedways will have informational booths and there will be Ozarks-area racing memorabilia along with vintage and modern race cars on display. One of those cars will be a Mark Martin tribute car. A silent auction featuring various racing items also is scheduled.

Lucas is among five inductees in the “Pioneer” Division, for their contributions to the Ozarks’ racing scene in ways other than driving. Other Ozarks Area Racers Foundation new Hall of Famers in the “Legend” division for driving are Terry Bivins, Rick Sharp, Robbie Johnson and the late Rayme Johnson. The “Pioneer” inductees along with Lucas include the late Julian Marin, Bill Davis, Ned Reynolds and Ronnie Williams. This year’s induction class will bring the total in the Hall to 187. Names of the Hall of Famers are engraved on a black, granite monument permanently on display on the West side of the Fairgrounds on what once was the entrance to the old pit road. Lucas, an Indiana native whose entrepreneurial spirit built Lucas Oil Products into one of the nation’s top companies, purchased the old Wheatland Raceway in 2004 rom Ron and Mary Jenkins. Construction began, literally transforming the landscape of the small Hickory County town.

As part of Lucas’ multi-million dollar vision, Lucas Oil Speedway became much more than a race track. A new grandstand with 21 luxury VIP suites, a state-of-the-art bar, concession stand and gift shop were erected. A new pit area was installed with concrete pit stalls plus electric and water in nearly every pit stall. An enclosed tech building was constructed, along with stadium-quality lighting, a high definition video board and scoreboard featuring live-scoring. In June 2006, a capacity crowd of about 7,000 enjoyed the inaugural event at Lucas Oil Speedway. A decade later, America’s “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” at the corners of Highways 54 and 83 is going strong with 100-150 employees during the racing season. The complex has played host to some of the biggest events in racing: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, Casey’s General Stores USMTS Modifieds, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and The Lucas Oil MLRA. The once inconspicuous little dirt track has become one of the nation’s top motorsports destinations. More than 100,000 fans came through the gates in 2016.

“I always wanted a place where we could tape some of the races for television and for it to be real professional quality,” Lucas said last year of his decision to build the facility. His racing-centric MAV-TV and the newly launched Lucas Oil Racing Television [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001oQndd8hEMzAbSnl4VFCZJBOtoGTc2fV75OgOK6pKE7ADIIA5J8C9ZRaqBEkcqnO8hPUxq6qm4hUgpUwRUgVsVyK8BhOYgPBqW2gboXFJP5ihQuuBsrVd7KvJ-M6jYYd9p8NUwJU7tllg45XHsxcoNh-R2DvOnmxLOhAw8mQzq6g=&c=MQy-ZTxgQf6Vt0Ok9YgVdg6W0Nt8R9uFG8HPuLhaTVN7UhqHSYfmXA==&ch=pPQAv2WejQaqWTEqQpgGmGHUpeiQIaN4h0pi0wTpvIrzZmL4MuYRtg==] are ideal avenues to expose some of Lucas Oil Speedway’s marquee events to a worldwide audience. “Everybody who comes there says it’s the best dirt track they’ve ever been to and that’s what I want,” Lucas said. “What did I want when we built it? We’re pretty much getting it. We’re having a lot of big races and it is a big name in the racing world. We try to have the best oil in the world, the best television channel in the world and I wanted to have the best race track in the world.

And it keeps growing. A new off-road track is slated to open next summer when the inaugural Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series event is held July 22-23. Lucas also is prominent in ProtecttheHarvest.com [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001oQndd8hEMzAbSnl4VFCZJBOtoGTc2fV75OgOK6pKE7ADIIA5J8C9ZSuR77uawHbqol5ggNIujAgm-u1VboDhG58LinZkKMKz4QDA_YjJdCTpdS7Gm9ruMjm7fFMm5WlmOSrmUUz74J5w2gb4g0oqcjY3_S-GXGPtJ0ApiZeNmwK0mVJbV2e0dg==&c=MQy-ZTxgQf6Vt0Ok9YgVdg6W0Nt8R9uFG8HPuLhaTVN7UhqHSYfmXA==&ch=pPQAv2WejQaqWTEqQpgGmGHUpeiQIaN4h0pi0wTpvIrzZmL4MuYRtg==], non-profit formed in 2014 that seeks to actively inform and communicate with the general public about issues regarding agriculture, hunting, fishing and animal ownership. The 2017 season at Lucas Oil Speedway begins with the Weekly Championship Series opener on April 8, followed by the 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals on April 14-15. Here is the complete schedule [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001oQndd8hEMzAbSnl4VFCZJBOtoGTc2fV75OgOK6pKE7ADIIA5J8C9Zfw_JClQwDmMMxSLDEDsHSM1VNPTr3srn_K4TiROrupkjq4ewdfTGe-WbrpKEMdjjVAfRooNrOJwQtloSt4hpkfAIz_x8ZvkqHvBOycano21r3STppCzXS0t4sK2-maEk2-02gRQ1_8-&c=MQy-ZTxgQf6Vt0Ok9YgVdg6W0Nt8R9uFG8HPuLhaTVN7UhqHSYfmXA==&ch=pPQAv2WejQaqWTEqQpgGmGHUpeiQIaN4h0pi0wTpvIrzZmL4MuYRtg==] for 2017.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit lucasoilspeedway.com [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001oQndd8hEMzAbSnl4VFCZJBOtoGTc2fV75OgOK6pKE7ADIIA5J8C9Zd_w_CogtrBos5BVMNyaGflhtPFk5sP-HtDJ2Qjdlf42gIYlalrIUY68u3cDSSMpX1c551oBKBluTMtmzFDI28clCgBLOJlIfCW7IlehuCT3EtCYklEGoVfEtOZvKrD4-A==&c=MQy-ZTxgQf6Vt0Ok9YgVdg6W0Nt8R9uFG8HPuLhaTVN7UhqHSYfmXA==&ch=pPQAv2WejQaqWTEqQpgGmGHUpeiQIaN4h0pi0wTpvIrzZmL4MuYRtg==]. Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s 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 www.LucasOilSpeedway.com [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001oQndd8hEMzAbSnl4VFCZJBOtoGTc2fV75OgOK6pKE7ADIIA5J8C9Zd_w_CogtrBos5BVMNyaGflhtPFk5sP-HtDJ2Qjdlf42gIYlalrIUY68u3cDSSMpX1c551oBKBluTMtmzFDI28clCgBLOJlIfCW7IlehuCT3EtCYklEGoVfEtOZvKrD4-A==&c=MQy-ZTxgQf6Vt0Ok9YgVdg6W0Nt8R9uFG8HPuLhaTVN7UhqHSYfmXA==&ch=pPQAv2WejQaqWTEqQpgGmGHUpeiQIaN4h0pi0wTpvIrzZmL4MuYRtg==] for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

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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 race rracks 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 marks 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 will be held in 2017. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Sanders preparing for full-time run with Lucas Oil MLRA in 2017

January 1st, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – With three months until the Lucas Oil MLRA throws its first green flag of the year, the first bit of driver news has revealed itself. Happy, Texas standout Rodney Sanders has declared his intentions to follow the tour in 2017 and compete for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year title.

Sanders, 27, comes in with a mile long list of racing accomplishments, however most of it has been in the Modified ranks. At the top of the resume is a pair of USMTS National Titles. The first came in 2013 with a repeat effort the following season. Along the way, Sanders has piled wins on top of wins. In the USMTS alone he has visited victory lane 66 times over the past four seasons, nailing down 28 in 2014, his best mark to date.

He has scattered in Late Model racing during this time period, but it has never been the team’s focus. Sanders has won two features with the Lucas Oil MLRA. The first came in April, 2014, in the finale of the Spring Meltdown at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska. The other win was this past July at Salina Highbanks Speedway
in Salina, Oklahoma.

“I’ve always wanted to go Late Model racing on a full-time basis and this season David Tanner, owner of Wichita Falls, Texas based Wichita Tank, is willing to do what it takes to make that possible,” commented Sanders. “I really owe a lot to David and his family and appreciate their support.” Most other partners remain in place for Sanders including Western Flyer Xpress and Swan Energy. New to the team is Town Oilfield Services.
Last fall Sanders lost longtime crew chief Grant Snider. Danny Crane and Brad Carney will be turning the wrenches and keeping the cars ready to race all year.

They will begin the year with two MB Customs Late Models, three Clements Engines and one Pro Power bullet. He plans to be racing nearly every weekend with plenty of Modified action sprinkled in over the course of the year. “I’d really like to win the Rookie deal,” Sanders further elaborated. “That’s a great prize put up by Sunoco. $2,500 and six barrels of fuel could really help us in the future. Phillips and Stovall, among others, are tough to beat but I’m really looking forward to competing with them and the rest of the racers who run with MLRA.” The season comes to life March 31, and April 1, with a pair of shows at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska. This has been the traditional start to the season for the past several years, and the Spring Meltdown promises to be action packed.

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.

Meet the staff: “People Person” McMillan enjoys fit as Lucas Oil Speedway admissions director

December 26th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – From big-city Cleveland, Ohio, to farm-country Wheatland, Missouri. It’s an unlikely road traveled, but Nichole McMillan feels right at home in south-central Missouri and in her job as Lucas Oil Speedway Admissions Director.

“I’ve really gotten a great opportunity and I’m really enjoying it,” McMillan said of directing ticket sales – all-season passes, weekly tickets and VIP suite admissions – at Lucas Oil Speedway since last June. But McMillan, who grew up in Cleveland before moving to Missouri when a military parent was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, has been around the speedway for a while.

Nichole McMillan

McMillan served as bartender – mostly on the pit side – for five years before moving into the Admissions Director job shortly after last year’s Show-Me 100 Presented by [ProtectTheHarvest.com].

“I got to know some great people,” McMillan said of the previous position at the speedway. She added the new role “is a job that I truly enjoy. It’s a job that I can come to every day and be excited to do.” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson called McMillan a “people person” and said her outgoing personality is a key asset in one of the most-important jobs behind the scenes at the speedway.

“Nichole’s positive attitude really rubs off on all who are around her,” Robinson said. “She’s a pleasure to work with and definitely the go-to person for anyone who wants to inquire about finding the perfect seat location.” The offseason is a busy time for McMillan as fans renew season passes. She said there are a couple of deadlines to be aware of, the first an end-of-the-year one for season-pass renewals at a $25 discount.

The speedway office is open through midday on Friday, Dec. 23. But those calling the office at (417) 282-5984 and leaving a detailed message for McMillan, during the holiday break until the office re-opens on Jan. 3, will qualify for the discount. “We’ve seen a lot of renewals from last year,” McMillan said. “It’s definitely a
great holiday gift that we hope people will take advantage of.” Season passes for the dirt-track events – 13 weekly racing programs plus 11 special events – are $400 for adults and $300 for seniors. That covers all three nights of the 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by [ProtectTheHarvest.com]

May 25-27, the 11th annual CMH Diamond Nationals on July 15, open-wheel specials that include the three-night ASCS Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial Sept. 21-23, the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League and the Lucas Oil Monster Truck Nationals. All-Events Passes are $500 for adults and $400 for seniors. In addition to the dirt-track events, that includes both races on Lake Lucas – the 6th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic June 9-11 and the 7th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals on Sept. 1-3 – plus the Inaugural Off-Road Race on the new off-road track July 22-23.

“We’re getting a lot of questions about the Off-Road event and that is included in the All-Events package,” McMillan said. A second deadline fans need to know about: Feb. 1 for renewing Show-Me 100 tickets. Starting that day, the Show-Me tickets will go on sale to the public for all three nights. “Once those go on sale, it’s going to be a free-for-all,” McMillan said. “Lots of people are waiting to sign up for reserved seats for Show-Me week.” Another common question McMillan gets is about the air-conditioned suites at the dirt track. She pointed out that suites can be purchased in groups of at least 12 most race weeks other than the Show-Me 100. “They just have to be early to call,” McMillan said. “There is some misunderstanding in that we don’t sell individual seats for the suites. It’s a group thing, seating 12 all the way up to 36.”

The 2017 season begins with the Weekly Championship Series opener on April 8, followed by the 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals on April 14-15. Here is the [complete schedule]
for 2017.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit [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 it’s 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 [www.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].
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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 race rracks 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 marks 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 will be held in 2017.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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Looking to upgrade: ULMA veteran Cordray looks to rediscover championship form in 2017 at Lucas

December 25th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – When it comes to the racing game, Tom Cordray long has been a one-man band. There’s no outside sponsor money flowing into the operation. The veteran Late Model racer does all the mechanical preparation and race-night work himself. Which makes Cordray’s rock-solid career in the ULMA Late Model division – including a pair of championships at Lucas Oil Speedway – all the more impressive. But after a runner-up finish at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2016, Cordray is looking for bigger and better results. He’s put his Rocket by Lanigan chassis up for sale and has a Bob Pierce car on order.

“I feel like I can still drive the car all right,” Cordray said. “I”m just missing something on the set-ups a little bit. What I liked about the Pierce deal, his cars in Illinois are in places where they run with steel motors. Our (ULMA) deal is we have to have a steel block. So we’ll see.” Cordray, who owns and operates Tom’s Collision and Cordray’s Used Cars in the northern Missouri town of Browning, finished 66 points behind Aaron Marrant at Lucas Oil Speedway last season. He was ninth in Lucas Cattle Company ULMA national points with eight top-five finishes in 18 starts.

“It was all right,” Cordray said in evaluating his season. “It was a good run, but I’d have like to have got a feature win. It’s so tough. The technology part … I’m behind. I have to figure something out. “A few of the guys with new cars have come in and I don’t know if it’s the knowledge from the newer cars or the knowledge they have from racing. But they’ve made it pretty hard on us.”

Cordray pointed to Marrant, the Lucas Cattle Company ULMA Rookie of the Year and national points runner-up, as a talented racer. But Marrant drives a Late Model for Bob Morton and Chris Ricketts from the Kansas City area and, unlike Cordray, has only the driving part to worry about. Being a one-man operation has its challenges, but is nothing new for Cordray who points out “that’s how it’s been for 30 years.”

Cordray broke into racing at the Kirksville Speedway in the Sportsman class in 1985, driving a 1969 Chevelle he paid $500 for. He moved to Modifieds in 1989 and stayed in the open-wheel division until getting into Late Models in 2005. He won track championships at Lucas in 2009 and 2010 and has finished top-five four more times since.

“Everybody ought to get in what they can afford,” Cordray said. “I Just like the Late Models. The looks, the wider tires. You can run three-wide. If you rub each other a little bit, you’ll be all right. I just like these cars and the way they drive.” Cordray said he’s hoping that Pierce, the veteran car-builder and one-time Late Model championship driver can provide some much-needed set-up help. The ULMA division perhaps isn’t growing by volume, but the quality seems better with each passing year.

In 2017, Cordray plans to hit all the division’s races at Lucas and perhaps make some shows at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.

“Running two nights in a row is tough,” Cordray said. “I wish I could race more, but I can only do so much. I started Tom’s Collision in 1995 and it’s a good business. If it wasn’t for that, i wouldn’t be able to do any of this racing. “I’ve been fortunate to win four championships, two at Lucas and two at Winston (I-35 Speedway). There’s people that I’ve called and bugged a lot that’s helped me with set-ups get those championships. But as far as getting to the race track and working on it during the week, that’s all me.”The 2017 Lucas Oil Speedway season begins with the Weekly Championship Series opener on April 8, followed by the 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals on April 14-15.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit lucasoilspeedway.com.

The 2017 season begins April 8 with the first Weekly Championship Series event. Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s 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 www.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.

Season passes for the 2017 Lucas Oil Speedway season are available with 2016 season pass holders receiving a discount if purchased prior to the end of the year. Call (417) 282-5984 for more info.

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five race rracks 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 marks 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 will be held in 2017. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Brown takes pride in runner-up finish in competitive Lucas USRA B-Mod division

December 21st, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- Because Tyler Brown failed to win a feature in 2016 in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod division at Lucas Oil Speedway, he knows a lot of fans might consider his season a disappointment. But the Richland driver, mindful of how ultra competitive the speedway’s largest classification is each week, figures that finishing second in points to JC Morton looks pretty good on a resume.

“The points show that we did better than people thought,” Brown said in reviewing his season. “I don’t see being second to JC as bad at all. JC ran off from the rest of us. He’s the man.” Brown’s runner-up finish at Lucas Oil Speedway showed continued progress for the 31-year-old, who climbed from fourth in the B-Mod points a year earlier. He also wound up third in the points chase at Lebanon Midway Speedway, despite running only
a partial schedule there. It took a while for Brown to hit his stride after returning to a GRT chassis. “We had to adjust back to the GRT,” he said. “It’s what we had raced before but this, while it wasn’t a new car per se, it was new to us. We struggled with it a little bit and finally got a balance on it. But for a while, we struggled and didn’t know what to do.”

That’s when an old pro’s advice really helped. Brown dad, Ricky Brown, used to race at Lebanon I-44 Speedway when it was dirt in the 1980s. One of the guys he raced against, and became friends with, was dirt-track legend and Ava native Bill Frye. So about halfway through the 2016 season, the Browns hauled the car to Frye’s shop in Greenbrier, Arkansas and asked for advice.

“I’d like to know what that guy’s forgotten about cars,” Tyler Brown said of Frye. “He’s very good with them and knows how to balance them out. You tell him your driving style and he knows what to do from there. “Basically he looked the car over and said was were in a pretty good spot, that we just needed to tweak it in some different areas and run some different shocks.” The first race after Frye’s intervention saw a season-best third-place feature finish at Lucas, behind Morton and Gene Sisco.

“At Lucas, a top-five is something you don’t thumb your nose at,” Brown said. “We went around Andy Bryant and I think that’s the first time I ever passed him.” Brown looks to 2017 with plans to run the same car and motor. He does most all of the crew work himself, including building the engine that proved dependable. “We had a pretty mean motor and it’s still together,” he said. “We’re gonna tune it a little better and see if we can get it a little faster.” But Brown isn’t sure he will be able to points race again. Without significant sponsor help, he’s eyeing only a partial schedule next season in a car owned by uncles Johnny and Bruce McDaniel.

“After we spent a wad of money, we might have to take an easy season and not spend quite as much,” he said. “Our big sponsor dropped out on us. We’ll run here and there, wherever we can afford. “I’m like to see some special shows (for B-Mods) at Lucas. It’s the biggest class and brings the most cars.” He does get some sponsor help from Shelter Insurance and Burger Stand of Richland. “Uncle Johnny and uncle Bruce are the car owners; they put the money into the car,” Brown said. “I’d like to thank them and thank Bill Frye for all he did for us this year.”

The 2017 Lucas Oil Speedway season begins with the Weekly Championship Series opener on April 8, followed by the 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals on April 14-15. For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit
[lucasoilspeedway.com].

The 2017 season begins April 8 with the first Weekly Championship Series event. Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s 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 [www.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].

Home in the Dome? Veteran Beach looking for Late Model fun after Lucas runner-up Street Stock season

December 13th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- Steve Beach is getting to the point of his racing career where having fun takes priority over chasing championships. Some of that fun will begin this week when Beach assumes the David role against a bunch of dirt-racing Goliaths.

Beach, of Eldon, Mo., is taking a recently acquired Late Model to the much-hyped Gateway Dirt Nationals at the America’s Center Dome in St. Louis. With 200 Late Model entries in the inaugural $20,000-to-win indoor event, making it past preliminaries will be a challenge.

But for a self-proclaimed “budget racer” like Beach, who’s coming off a second-place finish in the 2016 Street Stock points chase at Lucas Oil Speedway, it’s an opportunity he’s pretty pumped about.

“I think it’ll be cool to run alongside (Scott) Bloomquist or Billy Moyer or Shannon Babb or Jimmy Owens,” Beach said. “It would be kind of cool to be out there with them and hopefully have some competitive laps with them. I think that would be awesome.” Beach, 49, decided to make the switch back to Late Models after a highly competitive season in the Street Stocks at Lucas. But while consistent throughout, the central Missouri resident was disappointed that he failed to win a feature in 2016. Of course, few in the division beside track champ Derek Brown won a feature, either.

“I beat him fair and square one night,” Beach said of Brown. “Timothy (Brown) won that night and I was second and Derek was third. That was about as close to a win as I’ve ever been there. We had some good runs. There’s some really good, stiff competition.

“But I guess for us building our own motors and our own car, we hung right in there.” Beach decided to trade his Street Stock after the season for a 2010 Shaw Late Model. Suddenly with an eye toward the Gateway Nationals – which he originally had purchased tickets for earlier this year merely as a spectator – he shook the car down at the recent Turkey Bowl at Springfield Raceway. Beyond the Gateway Nationals, Beach said he plans to campaign in the Lucas Cattle Company ULMA Late Model division next season. He has no illusions of winning championships on a limited budget, but said the Late Model has always been his favorite kind of car to race.

Beach won championships at the now-closed Lake Ozark Speedway only a few miles from his home, along with track titles in a Limited Late Model at Double X Speedway in California. “I’ve always had a hankering for Late Models,” Beach said. “I’m kind of winding down in my racing. I’ve been doing it 25 years or better and tried the Street Stock thing and gave it everything we had to win that and couldn’t get it done. So I’m going to run what I want to run.

“We had the chance to trade the Street Stock for a pretty nice Late Model. I thought we’d give it a shot. At least I’ll be racing the type of car that I want.” Beach said contributions from Allen “Buddy” Weider have been invaluable throughout his career along with race-night help from Jesse Carter. But Beach, who owns and operates Beach Motorsports Repair and Fabrication, said most of the week-day work falls to him.

“Allen is a jack-of-all-trades guy, a really good fabricator and motor builder and it’s awesome to have him in my corner,” Beach said. “But pretty much all the work during the week falls to me. It’s pretty hard to take those guys away form their families or jobs for something that doesn’t pay more than a sandwich and a couple of cold beers every once in a while.” Team Beach will look to catch lightning in a bottle this week at the Gateway Nationals. Beach figures the small, one-fifth mile track is something of an equalizer for a guy like him who’s running a motor out of his Street Stock. “It’s about 630 horses and not a 900 (horsepower) like a lot of those guys have,” Beach said. “But on a one-fifth mile track, I don’t think you need it. There’s no way you can open it all the way up. I think some of the guys like me have as good a chance as anyone.” The 2017 Lucas Oil Speedway season begins with the Weekly Championship Series opener on April 8, followed by the 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals on April 14-15. For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit lucasoilspeedway.com.

The 2017 season begins April 8 with the first Weekly Championship Series event. Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s 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 www.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.

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 marks 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 will be held in 2017. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Meet the staff: Lorton enjoys first year as Lucas Oil Speedway Assistant General Manager

December 13th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Danny Lorton recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of being hired as Lucas Oil Speedway’s Assistant General Manager. Lorton said working at one of America’s premier motorsports facilities has been everything he anticipated and then some. “It’s been awesome,” Lorton said of working as the top aide to General Manager Dan Robinson. “I can’t believe how well it went. The staff here has been outstanding.”
Lorton, a native of Moberly and former United States Navy veteran, kicks off an offseason series of stories on staff members at Lucas Oil Speedway. His duties at the speed complex are many.

“The main duties are assistant to Dan and helping him with whatever he needs,” Lorton said. “As far as the track itself, I’m the operations manager. During race-day events, it’s operations/competition director/jack of all trades you might say.” Lorton brought a background as both a driver and racing administrator when hired by Robinson a year ago after three seasons as competition director at Randolph County Raceway in Moberly. He drove and owned race cars before going into the administrative side as a founding member of the ULMA Board of Directors.

Lucas Oil Speedway veteran USRA Modified driver Jason Pursley said Lorton’s experience as a driver serves him well in a job in which he directly interacts with drivers on a weekly basis. “Danny came in and did a great job,” Pursley said. “He’s very personable. You can tell he used to race and that’s always a plus, having a guy who understands the racing part of it and the racers’ side of it. He would talk to you. “Even if you didn’t always agree, you could still talk it out with Danny. I think he was a positive hire for the track.”

Lorton appreciates the feedback he gets from drivers and said he tries to use his past experiences as a positive. “Having been in both shoes, so to speak, I kind of understand the situation a little better from both sides,” Lorton said. One of the areas that Lorton worked on that fans saw was increased interaction between drivers and fans. Each week, prior to hot laps, cars were on display with drivers available to chat or sign autographs. Lorton said this was an especially important cause for him because it involved youngsters.

“That’s our future,” Lorton said of young fans. Lorton’s family consists of wife Lisa, daughter Tara Ragain, son-in-law Travis Ragain and three grandchildren – Trent Everhart, Lexi Everhart and Kordell Everhart. As for goals in 2017, Lorton said topping the track’s success in 2016 will be a tall order but that’s a challenge he’s eager to tackle. “Dan is a great boss and Lucas Oil is a great company to work for,” Lorton said. “Racing is a family and here you feel like family with everybody that you work with.” Robinson said he’s looking forward to having Lorton alongside for another successful season.

“Danny is a tremendous asset to our operation here at Lucas Oil Speedway with his diverse background as a driver, track operations experience and sanctioning body affiliation,” Robinson said. “He has a keen eye for detail and sets a high standard for himself and for those around him. We are proud to have him on our team.”

The 2017 season begins with the Weekly Championship Series opener on April 8, followed by the 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals on April 14-15. For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit lucasoilspeedway.com.

The 2017 season begins April 8 with the first Weekly Championship Series event. Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s 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 www.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 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 marks 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 will be held in 2017. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Mark Martin reflects on Ozarks’ racing memories ahead of Hall of Fame induction

December 11th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- The flat, half-mile asphalt oval where so many memories were made is long gone. But when Mark Martin returns to the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield on Jan. 7, memories are sure to come flooding back.

“Man, it’s going to be really cool. I’m pumped up about it,” Martin said of his upcoming induction into the Ozarks Area Racers Foundation Hall of Fame. Just two week after that, he will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Nine others including Mark’s father, the late Julian Martin, and Lucas Oil Speedway owner Forrest Lucas, will join the Arkansas native in ceremonies inside the E-Plex- just a lug nut’s toss from where the old track once sat.

Doors will open at 4 p.m. with an autograph session from 5:30-6:30. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 with a Salute to Champions from local tracks, followed by the Hall of Fame induction. Advance tickets are $15 at O’Reilly Auto Parts locations and $20 at the door.

Area speedways will have informational booths and there will be Ozarks-area racing memorabilia along with vintage and modern race cars on display. One of those cars will be a Mark Martin tribute car. Those times at the Fairgrounds were special as Martin, as a teen-aged phenom, cut his racing teeth before graduating to a championship career in the American Speed Association and then onto NASCAR. The Batesville, Ark., native won 40 Sprint Cup races and 49 Xfinity Series races in a 31-year career at stock-car racing’s highest level.

Martin, in a recent interview, said he couldn’t have done it without the racing education in southwest Missouri. Arkansas car builder Larry Shaw, who recently produced his 5,000th race car, and Julian Martin were the driving forces behind igniting his young career.

“But I had a lot of people along the way that made contributions,” Mark Martin said. “I couldn’t have done it without them.” He reeled off names and memories as if the races were four weeks ago, not four decades ago. The first name he mentioned? Larry Phillips, the short-track legend from Springfield who was a fierce competitor but took young drivers of that era, like Martin and Rusty Wallace, under his wing as race-shop employees.

“The Master,” Martin called the late Phillips. “Just learning from him. If you wanted to win a race, you had to figure out how to beat Larry Phillips and that was a tall order. It was a good training ground. “I had some great, great times and great experiences racing against a lot of great people,” Martin added. “Back in 1977 and ’78, the promoter there at the Fairgrounds would bring in Late Model super stars. Guys like Freddy Fryar, Larry Shuler, Tom Reffner, Donnie Allison. I got a chance when I was a teen-ager and just getting my career started on asphalt to race with some of the great pavement drivers, ever.”

But it was in 1976, in a rare dirt-track race at the old Bolivar Speedway, that stands out as one of Martin’s top moments. “We went up there and had a win that was one of the top five wins of my career, as far as being memorable,” Martin said. “We won that dirt-track race, starting in the back. It was certainly not something we would have ever expected to do. I was just a kid, a dirt-track racer from Arkansas and they had super stars there like Ken Essary and other dirt-track greats from that region. It was a big win for me.”

But it was on the Fairgrounds pavement where Martin, driving his orange No. 2 Chevy Camaro, served notice that he was something special. The track, being mostly flat, wasn’t easy to solve. “I remember getting around it fast, which was thrilling to me,” Martin said. “The thing I really remember is turn one was tricky. You could get into it too hard really easy. You had to back off (the throttle) at about the start-finish line to get through that turn without back it into the fence.

“Man, there was a lot of great racing there. Rusty (Wallace) and I raced there a lot. Rusty and Phillips and I had some epic races there in ’77 and ’78.” Martin said Phillips never offered any advice on the driving part of racing. While many saw Phillips’ fierce, seemingly always serious side, Martin recalled him as “funny. He was quite the comedian.”

It was about this time, after Martin graduated from high school, that he moved to Springfield for the summer and went to work on Phillips’ race shop on Commercial Street. “So I was working for him during the week and racing against him on weekends,” Martin said. “I worked for him in his shop. He taught me how to make parts. Shoot, I learned to fabricate (metal) and everything else. He was the man who gave me my first job. “There was even a time or two when he had me prepare his car. He had me change gears and prepare his car to race – against me. That was kind of funny.”

Martin has returned to the Ozarks a couple of times since, as a spectator for dirt-track events at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, since retiring from NASCAR in 2014. He’s now a part-owner of top-flight dirt Late Model race teams for drivers Scott Bloomquist and Jared Landers. “I enjoy it because I only have to participate in the level that I want,” Martin said. “I kind of dabble. I watch from afar, mostly.” Martin was unable to attend the Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com at Lucas last spring, but the reasons were understandable. He attended the Indianapolis 500 for the first time and then flew to Charlotte for the Coca-Cola 600 as NASCAR’s guest, only a few days after finding out he would enter the NASCAR Hall of Fame
in 2017.

“I’d love to get back there,” Martin said of Lucas Oil Speedway. “I stay pretty busy, but if it’ll fit into next year’s schedule, I’ll be there.” But first, he’s eager to re-visit the Springfield Fairgrounds for the first time since creating so many memories – for himself and thousands of Ozarks’ race fans. “For me, it was like going to the big time,” Martin said of the Fairgrounds. “Leaving the dirt tracks of Arkansas and going up there and racing … man, it was awesome.” Other Ozarks Area Racers Foundation new Hall of Famers in the “Legend” division for driving are Terry Bivins, Rick Sharp, Robbie Johnson and the late Rayme Johnson.

The “Pioneer” inductees include Julian Marin, Forrest Lucas, Bill Davis, Ned Reynolds and Ronnie Williams.
This year’s induction class will bring the total in the Hall to 187. Names of the Hall of Famers are engraved on a black, granite monument permanently on display on the West side of the Fairgrounds on what once was the entrance to the old pit road.

For more information on the Ozarks Area Racers Foundation, check out the group’s Facebook page.

The 2017 Lucas Oil Speedway season begins with the Weekly Championship Series opener on April 8, followed by the 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals on April 14-15.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

The 2017 Ozarks Area Racers Foundation Reunion and Hall of Fame induction is set for Jan. 7 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E-Plex.

Racing Principal” looks ahead after latest USRA Modified runner-up finish at Lucas

December 5th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- Finishing second in the highly competitive Pitts Homes USRA Modified points chase at Lucas Oil Speedway is nothing to sneeze at, but forgive Jason Pursley for feeling a bit underwhelmed. He’s been down that road before. The veteran Hermitage resident also known as the “Racing Principal” said he has been runner-up in the championship standings five or six times after finishing a distant second to Bolivar’s Jeff Cutshaw in 2016. “It was just an average season, really,” Pursley said earlier this week during a break in his schedule as the boss man at Hickory County R-1 Skyline-Urbana Elementary. “We struggled a little bit. We got a new car this year and it took a little while to get adjusted to the feel of it, to get the feel for what I look for.”

By the end of the season, Pursley felt dialed in and running his best in the GRT Race Car owned by Warsaw’s Tom Campbell. But by then, Cutshaw had checked out and clinched his third straight Lucas Oil Speedway championship. “Jeff is so consistent,” Pursley said. “In order for anyone to beat him for the championship, it’s tough. He finished out of the top five only twice all year. He’s so consistent. But I really enjoy racing with Jeff and hopefully, next year, we’ll be closer to him.”

Pursley has long been one of the most-consistent Modified racers in the Ozarks, always knocking hard at a top-five finish each week. And the 2016 season served as a rebound from the year before, when he was fourth in points. Most disappointing to Pursley was the lack of victories. He did pick up a second and a third at his home track, but desired more. “That’s what we always strive for, even though it’s really difficult – especially racing with the best Modifieds in the area every week,” he said. “But it’s always disappointing not to win races. We’ll just put our heads down and work a little harder.

“We ended on a pretty good note so there’s not going to be a lot to do over the offseason. We’ll freshen everything, send the shocks off and of course put a new body on. But it’s going to be a pretty quiet offseason.” Pursley relishes the stability in his race team. He and Campbell have partnered for a half-dozen years, which is an extended run compared to most driver-owner combos. Pursley said they remain solidly on the same page. “Tom is my number one guy,” Pursley said. “I really enjoy driving for him. He’s about the best car owner a guy could ask for. He has expectations to do well, but he understands racing and if you don’t do well, he doesn’t put a lot of pressure on you. “We’ve become really good friends, either with racing or without racing.”

Campbell and Dayton Pursley, Jason’s eighth-grade son, serve as crew members. Sponsors include Fugate Motors, Midwest Low-E Insulation, NAPA Auto Parts, Christian Home Car, Fellers Masonry, Mach One Machine and Vinyl Works. The 2017 season, while four months from starting, is one that Jason Pursley views with great anticipation. “I would love to finally get a championship at Lucas,” Pursley said. “We have championships at Springfield and Urbana. I’ve never been able to quite pull one off at Wheatland. That’s always the goal.”

The 2017 season begins with the Weekly Championship Series opener on April 8, followed by the 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals on April 14-15. For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

Season passes for Lucas Oil Speedway are available by contacing Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984.

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 marks 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 will be held in 2017. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Hot start propels Derek Brown to Lucas Oil Speedway Street Stock track championship

December 1st, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Even a disappointing finish to the 2016 racing season cannot dull the spectacular results Derek Brown compiled in a memorable ride to a Lucas Oil Speedway track championship. Brown, of Stoutland, rolled to nine victories in the Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stock division and turned the points race into a runaway. In winning his first title, he was 220 points clear of runner-up Steve Beach.

Of course, the most recent results are the freshest and Brown is still smarting from a flat tire that cost him a shot at the season-ending Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt. With it evaporated a chance for a $5,000 prize and a free entry into the Whitetail Trophy Hunt, valued at nearly $3,000. It helped soften the blow a bit that Tim Brown, Derek’s father, went on to win the Big Buck 50 and finish ninth in the Whitetail Trophy Hunt which was worth another $2,000.

“I’m glad that he won it,” Derek Brown said. “He won a couple of big shows at Batesville (Arkansas) early in the year and ran second in a $10,000 race down there late in the year. He had a real good year.” But Derek Brown’s year was even more memorable, especially the way it started. Brown won four of five Lucas Oil Speedway features before the end of April and that red-hot start charted a championship course. Even though Brown didn’t initially intend to chase points, he couldn’t resist after such a start.

“This is the most I’ve ever raced in one season,” he said. “I usually just do big shows and might only race once or twice a month. But I decided early in the year that I was going to try and run for points and we stuck with it.” Brown said the key was “working on the car as much as I could and making sure that I finished every race, not having DNFs. I got the car pretty good right out of the gate. We won four there in April. That really helped get it started.”

The early success didn’t evolve from any magical formula. Brown said he dialed up set-ups that worked at Lucas Oil Speedway in the past and things clicked. By July, Brown had eight wins in 11 races and a big enough points lead that even some bad late-season luck could not detour his title run. “The last month of the season I actually had five right-front flats,” Brown said. “In the $10,000-to-win at Batesville, I had two, then I had one in the Big Buck 50. So it was a rough last month.”

The 2017 season will take on a different approach – and a new car as Brown sold his Street Stock after the Big Buck 50. He said it’s likely a return to picking his spots is in a new Street Stock that will be completed by the Lucas season opener April 8. “I also have a B-Mod that we’re going to try and run some at Lucas,” Brown said. “But I won’t be doing any points racing any time soon.” Brown’s demanding travel schedule with his job of installing fiber-optic cable in multiple states makes it difficult to commit to weekly racing.

“We leave to go to work on Sundays and come home on Fridays,” he said. “We pretty much work on (the car) all of Friday night and Saturday to get it going. Sunday, we get up and wash it and put it in the shop, then go to work again.” Brown said returning sponsors for 2017 include Ruble Race Engines, Double B Cattle Company and AFCO Shocks. “We’re kind of hoping someone else comes on board this winter,” Brown said. For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit lucasoilspeedway.com.

The 2017 season begins April 8 with the first Weekly Championship Series event. Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s 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 www.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 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 marks 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 will be held in 2017. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Big winner: Big Buck 50 victor Tim Brown cashes in during Whitetail Trophy Hunt

November 19th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – For Tim Brown, his October win in the Big Buck 50 Street Stock Special Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt is the victory that keeps on giving. Not only did the veteran Stoutland, Missouri, driver earn $5,000 when he defeated 92 other Street Stock drivers at Lucas Oil Speedway, he earned a free entry – valued at nearly $3,000 – in the Whitetail Trophy Hunt. During last weekend’s hunt in the Lake of the Ozarks area, he bagged a buck that wound up in ninth place among 189 hunters, good for another $2,000.

“You go and hunt and make money. How is that not a good deal?” Brown said. Brown also won another free entry into the 2017 Whitetail Trophy Hunt. While his biggest previous win on the race track was a $10,500 prize for a race win at Batesville (Ark.) Speedway, Brown figures this prize package is worth at least $13,000. “The $5,000 to win the race and a $3,000 hunt, then I won a $3,000 hunt again next year and won $2,000 for (ninth place),” Brown said. “Then next year, it might keep totaling up. It’s a pretty good deal.”

It’s the kind of scenario that Craig Danuser of Whitetail Trophy Hunt envisioned when he and Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson put together the first Big Buck 50 in 2015. While this year’s race drew 93 Street Stock entries, Danuser looks to easily bust into triple-digits next year. First place in the Whitetail Trophy Hunt is worth $15,000 with $7,500 for second. “It couldn’t have worked out any better for us, or for Lucas Oil Speedway, by Timmy winning,” Danuser said. “We’ll have everybody at the Big Buck 50 and their brother wanting to come and win that deal next year. Timmy’s won $13,000 in cash and prizes and that’s still counting because he has next year’s hunt for free.

“My goal is we’ll have 125 entries, for sure, next year,” Danuser said. “We want to build this as the biggest Street Stock race in the United States.” Brown said the hunt was held within a mile or two of where he was born, making the experience even more special. “I knew the territory, though I had never been on this White Tail hunt,” Brown said.

“I ended up hunting where I basically grew up hunting as a kid. It was a pretty neat deal.” This was the 28th year for the Whitetail Trophy Hunt. For more information about the 2016 hunt or to get entry info for 2017 set for Nov. 11-13, go to whitetail.net or call 1-800-633-4868. For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit lucasoilspeedway.com. The 2017 season begins April 8 with the first Weekly Championship Series event.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s 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 www.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 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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Make it three: Consistency leads to another Lucas Oil Speedway championship for Cutshaw

November 17th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – The end result might not suggest it, but Jeff Cutshaw claims the Lucas Oil Speedway Pitts Homes USRA Modified Track Championship is not necessarily in his scope at the beginning of the season. “Not really. We go to race to have a good time and the points just follow along,”Cutshaw said.

The formula has worked with devastating domination as the ultra-consistent Bolivar driver has celebrated three straight USRA Modified championships, the 2016 edition by a whopping 178-point margin over runner-up Jason Pursley of Hermitage.

Cutshaw posted three wins and five second-places finishes in 19 races, turning the points chase into a runaway by the season’s second half. The two-decade racing veteran called it a total team effort with the best part of the three-peat the reward for crew members Billy Mitchell, Andrew Miller and Michael Miller.

“We try to focus on finishing every race,” Cutshaw said. “That’s the only thing when you’re points racing, just the consistency more than anything else. I think we kind of gave away some races that we maybe could have been more aggressive at, that we would have maybe won if we had pushed the issue a little harder. “I mainly race the points deal for my pit crew guys more than anything else. That’s real important to them and gives them a sense of accomplishment.”

Mitchell houses the car at his shop during the week. Cutshaw said he just shows up at the track on Saturdays, makes some minor tweaks and goes racing. “He takes really good care of it,” Cutshaw said of Mitchell. “That way, you can concentrate on other stuff. That means a lot. Those guys deserve an awful lot of credit. They sure make my life a lot easier. “I get the thrill of getting in the drivers’ seat and running around. They do all the hard work.”

Asked how this championship compares to the others, Cutshaw said his one might have been a little harder. It certainly was different after the midseason month-long suspension of second-place Eric Turner for a tires violation widened the gap.

“That don’t make it any more satisfying,” Cutshaw said. “That actually took away from the points because of that. The challenge wasn’t really there. Not that Pursley didn’t put up a good challenge. We were just so far ahead of him it was hard for him to catch back up. “I think we just kind of consistently … we had so many top-five finishes. We were top-five every night except two.” Cutshaw’s sponsors include SCP Racing Engines out of St. Louis along with his wife’s businesses, The Look Salon and Electric Beach Tanning Salon in Bolivar.

“They built us great motors,” he said of SCP. “For the last three years, we’ve won championships with their motors and never had a failure.” Thoughts already have turned toward a fourth straight Lucas Oil Speedway championship. Cutshaw plans to return with the same car and motor package and already had put a new body on the car going into the winter.

“We’re looking to travel a little more” in 2017, Cutshaw said. “I changed jobs about four months ago. I’m working a little closer now. We might run Humboldt on Friday, do a little more traveling and maybe hit a few more races next year. For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit lucasoilspeedway.com.

The 2017 season begins April 8 with the first Weekly Championship Series event. Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s 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 www.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 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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Series Adopts Unified Dirt Late Model Council Safety Specs

November 12th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- The Lucas Oil MLRA will officially adopt the Unified Dirt Late Model Council’s technical and driver personal protection specifications, adding them to the rule books for 2017. The Council’s sanctioning body committee met in October to develop unified specifications for all Council members, including the World of Outlaws, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil MLRA, Ultimate Late Model Series, Southern Nationals Series, DIRTcar Racing and Eldora Speedway. All dirt late model sanctions will be encouraged to adopt the specifications effective January 1, 2017.

The adopted specifications, detailed in the below bulletin, will be integrated into the 2017 General Rules and Specifications. This includes fuel cells, battery and electrical systems, wheels and wheel discs/covers, and personal safety equipment such as drivers’ gloves, head and neck systems, seats and fire suppression. In addition to the outlined technical and driver personal protection specifications, the Council will meet at PRI in December to address weighted suspension components, rear end construction materials and axles.

Specifications for these components will be released after the December meeting. The Lucas Oil MLRA will continue to work with their partners to ensure the safety and consistency of its cars and drivers, and to solidify the sport in all its facets.

THIS DOCUMENT IS INTENDED AS A GUIDE TO THE UNIFIED LATE MODEL COUNCIL RULES,
RULE ADJUSTMENTS, RULE ADDITIONS, REFINEMENTS, AND ADDENDUMS.
Please note: The bullet points of this bulletin will be applied to each Series’
individual rule book, amending the applicable rule section or in some cases creating
a new section.
LATE MODEL TECHNICAL BULLETIN
Effective January 1, 2017
Fuel, Fuel Cells, Fuel Systems:

* An approved fuel cell must be used at all times.
* The only fuel cells that are approved are those that meet and/or exceed the FIA / FT3 specifications.
* Fuel cells must be used in accordance with the FT3 specifications. Alterations of any kind will not be permitted. (Example: alterations to top plate, alterations or removal of foam, etc.)
* Fuel valve plate, fuel pickup and fuel return fittings must be on the top of the fuel cell.
* Fuel cells that are not contained within a welded steel tubing “rack” must have two (2) equally spaced steel straps that measure two (2) inches wide by 1/8 inch in thickness that completely surround the fuel cell. The straps must be bolted to the frame. Longitudinal (front to rear) orientation is recommended
for strap mounting.
* Willy’s Carburetor roll over plate part # WCD4000 is approved for competition. Electrical Systems, Batteries, Electrical Accessories:
* The battery must be securely mounted with positive fasteners and brackets.
* The battery terminals must be insulated or enclosed with a non-conductive material that will prevent contact with any part of the race car should the battery become dislodged from the battery mount.
* One (1) mandatory battery disconnect switch must be installed on the rear deck, behind the driver seat, in a Location that is easily accessible from outside the race car. The switch must be clearly labeled with off/on direction. The switch must be directly in-line with the NEGATIVE battery cable and be capable of completely disconnecting the NEGATIVE terminal of the battery from the race car. Negative or “ground” wiring connections must not be made anywhere from the battery negative terminal to the input side of the disconnect switch. An additional battery disconnect switch within the drivers reach may also be used. Wheel, Wheel Discs, Wheel Spacers:

* Only aluminum wheels will be permitted.
* Only approved wheel discs will be permitted. Approved wheel discs are wheel discs that are fastened to the wheel using a minimum of three (3), 5/16 inch diameter magnetic steel hex head bolts. The use of wheel discs with any other type of fastener will not be permitted.
* Only aluminum wheel spacers will be permitted.

Personal Safety Equipment:
* Drivers must wear gloves at all times they are on track, during practice and competition.
* Driver’s gloves must meet or exceed the SFI 3.3 specification and have a legible and valid SFI 3.3 label.
* Drivers, at all times they are on the track, must have their helmets correctly (following manufacturers installation and use instructions) connected to an approved head and neck restraint. The head and neck restraint must be SFI 38.1 approved and display a legible and valid SFI 38.1 label.

Race Car Installed Safety Equipment:
A. Seats
* All racecars must be equipped with a complete driver full containment type seat with head rest and head surround. All seats must meet or exceed the SFI 39.2 specification and display a legible and valid SFI 39.2 label.
* Seats must be used as supplied and instructed by the seat manufacturer with the exception of trimming the length of the left side head surround for the purpose of egress only. If the left side head surround is trimmed to a distance that is less than the most forward surface of the drivers helmet (usually the area crossing the chin) then a left side head net meeting the SFI 37.1 must be installed with a quick release latch.
* Seats must be mounted to a seat frame that is welded to the racecar frame/roll cage structure. Attaching points, angles, and materials for the seat frame and mounting of the seat to the seat frame must be in accordance to the seat manufacturer instructions.
B. Fire Suppression
* All racecars must be equipped with a thermally deployed automatic fire suppression system. The fire suppression system will consist of a DOT approved cylinder manufactured from aluminum or steel with a capacity of ten (10) lbs. of fire extinguishing agent, steel or steel reinforced lines, and two (2) thermally activated discharge nozzles.
* All systems must meet or exceed SFI 17.1 specifications.
* Systems must be fully charged with ten (10) lbs. of DuPont FE-36, 3M NOVEC 1230, or Fire Aide and display a legible and valid SFI and manufacturer label depicting fire extinguishing agent, capacity, and certification date. Cylinders that or beyond useful certification date must be inspected, serviced and re-labeled by the manufacturer.
* Cylinders must be mounted forward of the fuel cell. Cylinders must be securely mounted to the frame/roll cage assembly. The certification label must be unobstructed and easily accessible for inspection when the mounting is complete.
* The cylinder must be connected to the nozzles with steel or steel reinforced lines.
* Two (2) thermally activated nozzles must be used. One (1) nozzle must be located directly above the fuel cell in the fuel cell area and the second nozzle must be located in the driver cockpit area.
* An optional manual override cable may be added to the system.
As agreed by the Unified Late Model Council – November 5, 2016 rev.

The right call: Morton uses Lucas track championship as springboard to USRA B-Mod national crown

November 10th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Quality over quantity proved a winning motto in 2016 for J.C. Morton. One of the region’s winningest USRA B-Mod drivers in recent years chose to run the full Lucas Oil Speedway schedule. He figured the consistently large car counts and challenging competition would force him to up his game.

That decision stunted his overall victory total a bit – but it paid off big in the long haul. Morton not only won the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod track championship at Lucas, the formula sent him to his first USRA B-Mod national championship after some near-misses.

J.C. Morton drove to three feature wins en route to the Lucas Oil Speedway 2016 Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod Track Championship. (Chris Bork photo)

“We didn’t have the wins we were used to having,” Morton said of his total of 10 USRA wins in 43 starts. But he had 38 top-five finishes in an all-Missouri top-five in national USRA point that found Morton 16 points ahead of fellow Springfieldian Ryan Gillmore with Chad Clancy third, Kris Jackson fourth and Andy Bryant fifth
in the final national points. “Our win count was down, but our consistency was there,” Morton said. “There were
several nights where we started 10th or worse and we wound up running up near the front. You make more points like that than if you start on the pole and win.” That one of the reason that Team Morton decided to campaign at Lucas after earning the track championship at Monett Speedway and finishing runner-up at Springfield Raceway in 2015. He wound up with three wins and nine top-three finishes in 13 events at Lucas in 2016.

“We had been so close two or three times before,” Morton said of the national crown. “This is a huge accomplishment for me and my dad (Gene) and my wife (Destiny) and our little girl Zoey. It’s pretty phenomenal.” Morton recalled coming up one point short a couple of years ago when a victory he thought was going to count ended up being unsanctioned.

“Then we lost by 13 points one other year and in second, 26 points behind, another one,” Morton said. “The car counts those years go me.” Which is why a decision to run for the track championship at Lucas Oil Speedway was a key piece of the 2016 puzzle. B-Mod fields at Lucas typically were at least 40 cars and averaged 38.4. That proved important in the points formula. “You get the full field effect every night,” Morton said. Morton praised the B-Mod talent in Missouri with the likes of Lucas Oil Speedway regulars like Jackson and Bryant, whom he frequently battled up front.

“The competition in the B-Mods is unbelievable, but I love it that way,” Morton said. “I don’t want an easy win. I want to race agains the best.”

Late in the season, Morton knew he didn’t have to drive for wins every night. Solid finishes were most important in protecting his track points lead and staying at or near the top of the USRA standings.

“There was a stretch where we were points racing at Lucas and we started 15th or 16th, one night I started 20th. Told dad I was just looking to get top-five,” Morton said. “We ended up making it to third that night. I told him I didn’t care about pressuring for the lead. I was happy just making it there and covering my points for the weekly deal.” Morton, 26, said it was sweet to share the title with his dad, Gene, who’s his long-time crew chief.

“The only thing that could have been better is if ‘Papa’ (grandfather Larry Morton) could have been there,” Morton said. “But I’m sure he’s looking down on us.” Morton’s sponsors include Cedar Creek Beef Jerky, Tailpipers Automotive, Yeoman Race Engines, Hoffman Race Cars, Taylor-Made Roofing, R&R Graphics, S&S Recycling, Midwest Sheet Metal and Racin’ Dirt. “Hopefully this will open more doors on the horizon,” he said.

Morton has his Hoffman Race Car is for sale. His plans are not finalized for 2017, but he’s openly entertaining his options with Hoffman, Tony Jackson Racing and Terry Phillips Racing. He would drive an A-Mod is the right offer came along. “If it’s us footing the bill, then it’s probably gonna be another B-Mod; if it’s up to me, I’m happy with that,” Morton said. “People always say, ‘Are you ever gonna move up?’ The B-Mod deal is so competitive. We went to Wisconsin (B-Mod Natoinals) and there were 140 B-Mods there and we ran ninth. It’s hard to move up when it’s that competitive and that much fun.” For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit lucasoilspeedway.com [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001h4kNSmyUJwqz2ElAUIz0z4Zw8GWW8h6VJ1S_aX8FrDMY7WAK5zfe0l3U1umypj3BL_nop8hTGs3bk615pXcJkyd6yrjcCAlDa-vXl_4N71GStPVAmFGCwvCS02t_mmbAbqu0EYXbPE52z4ItGa7-psfpVKsPUX5po1dfyxxEcqCWBnqDJDSSJw==&c=vtnSjNwFuskis_DsCArat8Q_A655XxC0XmOL4NL43ECaGjcv308biA==&ch=8NFYGd-TGeBnxRZfX0CMte4OKPfncDPTq5yfFwq79p4U0hg-cyg4iw==].

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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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Season champs honored at Lucas Oil Speedway postseason awards banquet

November 10th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- A banner racing season at Lucas Oil Speedway was celebrated Saturday night with the Postseason Championship Banquet at The Lodge at Old Kinderhook in Camdenton. About 175 people attended the festive event where the top 10 in points and the champions in each of the four Budweiser Weekly Championship Series classes – Jeff Cutshaw (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds), J.C. Morton (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods), Derek Brown (Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks) and Aaron Marrant (ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models) – were recognized during the annual banquet.

Pitts Homes USRA Modified champ Jeff Cutshaw and Lucas Oil Speedway assistant general manager Danny Lorton.

“It was a season to remember at Lucas Oil Speedway for the great racing on the track and the tremendous support of our fans and our sponsors,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “We like to set the bar high. While this was a great season, we’ve already turned our attention to making 2017 even better.”
Lucas Oil Speedway attracted 107,518 fans in 2016, the first time the speedway has cracked 100,000 in fans through the gates during a season. Average attendance for weekly programs was 2,353 with an overall average of 3,049.

Ozark Golf Cars B Mod track champ J.C. Morton and Lucas Oil Speedway assistant general manager Danny Lorton.

Robinson said Lucas Oil Speedway topped 5,000 fans in four events – the final night of the Show-Me 100 (6,554 fans), the Diamond Nationals (5,238), the Lucas Oil Diamond Drag Boat Nationals/Lucas Oil MLRA Larry Phillips Memorial (6,350) and the Monster Truck Nationals (7,048). In the four weekly divisions, 424 race teams unloaded in the pit area in 2016 including 162 USRA B-Mods, 139 USRA Modifieds, 71 Street Stocks and 52 ULMA Late Models. “The quality of our racing, whether it was during the weekly shows or our special events, stands up to any in the nation,” Robinson said.

Derek Brown, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stock track champ, along with Lucas Oil Speedway assistant general manager Danny Lorton.

The ultra-consistent Cutshaw, of Bolivar, won three features to go with five second-place finishes to run away with the USRA Modified championship. He wound up 178 ahead of Jason Pursley of Hermitage. “I’d just like to thank Dan (Robinson) and the track staff. They do an awful lot for everybody,” Cutshaw said. “I also want to thank all my crew guys who work on (the car) all week long.” Morton parlayed his Lucas Oil Speedway championship into the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod National Championship. The Springfield native finished the season in style at Lucas, making a last-lap pass on Season Championship night for his third feature win of the season.
“I just want to thank everybody that helps put this show on. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to race week to week,” said Morton, who finished 136 points clear of runner-up Tyler Brown of Richland. “I have to thank my sponsors and my family.”

Terry Schultz won a drawing for a 2015 Harley-Davidson 883 Sportster, courtesy of Lawless Harley-Davidson of Scott City, to conclude the Lucas Oil Speedway Awards Banquet.

Brown, of Stoutland, took the mystery out of the Street Stocks points chase early, winning four of five feature races in April. He finished the season with nine wins and 15 top-fives in 17 starts and was 220 ahead of Eldon’s Steve Beach when the season wrapped up. “I’d like to thank my parents, Jim and Sally Ruble (of Ruble Race Engines) and the staff at Lucas Oil Speedway,” Brown said. Marrant, of Richmond, was unable to attend the banquet. He took command early in the season, winning three straight ULMA Late Model races to take command of the points chase. He finished 66 points in front of Browning’s Tommy Cordray. Terry Schultz of Sedalia won a drawing for a 2015 Harley-Davidson 883 Sportster, courtesy of Lawless Harley-Davidson of Scott City. The top 10 finishers in points in each of the divisions were eligible. The tentative 2017 Lucas Oil Speedway schedule was unveiled this week. The season fires up April 1 with an open Test and Tune. The regular season begins with the first Weekly Championship Series program on April 8.

Season passes, along with Show-Me 100 three-day passes, will go on sale later this winter. Look for that information at LucasOilSpeedway.com and on Lucas Oil Speedway’s Facebook page.

Below is the tentative 2017 Lucas Oil Speedway schedule:
April 1 – Open Test & Tune
April 8 – Weekly Series Show No. 1, Presented by KOLR 10 and Z27 (USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Mods, Street Stocks, ULMA Late Models)
April 14-15 – 4th annual MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com (MLRA, USRA Modifieds, Street Stocks)
April 22 – Weekly Show No. 2, Presented by Springfield News-Leader Media Group. $uper $aver $pecial Night
April 29 – Weekly Show No. 3, $5 Dollar Night at the Races, Presented by KOLR 10 & Z 27
May 6 – 6th annual Impact Signs, Awnings & Wraps Open Wheel Showdown (ASCS Warrior/Red River Region Sprints, POWRi Midgets, WAR Sprints)
May 13 – Weekly Show No. 4, NMI Night at the Races Presented by Wild Animal Safari
May 20 – Weekly Show No. 5, Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Night at the Races Presented by KOLR 10 and Z 27
May 25-27 – 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com (LOLMDS/MLRA Late Models, USRA Modifieds)
June 3 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
June 9-11 – 6th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic
June 10 – Weekly Show No. 6, Presented by the Networks of Mid-Missouri
June 17 – ASCS Bob Westphal Memorial Cup Sizzlin’ Speedweek Finale (ASCS Winged Sprints, WAR Sprints)
June 24 – Weekly Show No. 7, Bolivar Herald-Free Press Mid-Season Championships
June 29 – Weekly Show No. 8, Casey’s General Store Thursday Night Thunder Presented by KY3 for Kids Night plus Fireworks
July 1 – No racing unless otherwise schedule
July 8 – Weekly Show No. 9, Veterans and Military Appreciation Night Presented by Springfield News-Leader Media Group
July 15 – 11th annual CMH Diamond Nationals (LOLMDS/MLRA Late Models, USRA Modifieds)
July 22-23 – Inaugural Lucas Oil Off Road race
July 22 – Weekly Show No. 10, National Wild Turkey Federation Race to Save the Hunt Night $uper $aver $pecial Night
July 29 – Weekly Show No. 11, Ozarks Food Harvest Food Drive Night Presented by KOLR 10 and Z 27
Aug. 5 – 8th annual USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment (USMTS, Street Stocks, USRA B-Mods, Battle of the Badges)
Aug. 12 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
Aug. 19 – Weekly Show No. 12, TA/Petro Fan Appreciation Night Presented by the Ozarks CW and Ozarks Sports Zone Night at the Races
Aug. 26 – Weekly Show No. 13, Bill Roberts Chevrolet-Buick Season Championship Night Presented by KYOO Your Country 99 & KPOW Power 97.7
Sept. 1-3 – 7th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals
Sept. 2 – MLRA Larry Phillips Memorial Presented by G2 Gemini Apparel (MLRA, USRA B-Mods)
Sept. 9 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
Sept. 15-16 – Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals
Sept. 21-23 – 7th annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial (ASCS Sprints, WAR Sprints)
Sept. 30 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
Oct. 6-7 – 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals and Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt (MLRA and Street Stocks)
Oct. 14 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
Oct. 21 – Monster Truck Nationals-Eve of Destruction

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

The 2017 Lucas Oil Speedway tentative schedule is out with 13 weekly programs plus at least one special per month starting in April.

November 7th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – The Inaugural Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series event next July highlights the tentative Lucas Oil Speedway 2017 schedule, announced on Thursday by Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson.

The new Off Road track, which is under construction southeast of the dirt track, will bring a new form of racing to Lucas Oil Speedway – and to this part of the country – in a big two-day show, July 22-23. Otherwise, fans will find the schedule similar to last year’s with at least one special event each month plus 13 Weekly Shows featuring the USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Mods, Street Stocks and ULMA Late Models.

The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series debuts at Lucas Oil Speedway next July.

“We’re excited about what’s in store for our fans and drivers in 2017 with a schedule that has a little bit of everything,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “We run the gamut with our Weekly Series to big Late Model specials, the Open-Wheel shows, Drag Boats, Pro Pulling, Monster Trucks and, of course, the much-anticipated first Off Road weekend on the new track.

“The Off-Road form of racing, while new to this part of the country, is something that we feel fans will quickly embrace. We’re eager for 2017 to be out biggest, best season yet after a record-breaking 2016.” Engines will fire for the first time on April 1 with an open Test and Tune for all four divisions. The season goes green on April 8 with the first Weekly Championship Series program Presented by KOLR 10 and Z 27 with the ULMA Late Models featured in a $1,000-to-win feature.

The USRA Modifieds and Street Stocks join the MLRA Late Models. May begins with the 6th annual Impact Signs, Awnings & Wraps Open Wheel Showdown with the ASCS Warrior/Red River Region Sprints, POWRi Midgets and WAR Sprints.

The month wraps up with the 25th annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com, May 25-27. Three-day passes for the Show-Me 100 will go on sale later this winter. June finds Lake Lucas firing up June 9-11 with the 6th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic. The ASCS Bob Westphal Memorial Cup Sizzlin’ Speedweek Finale for ASCS Winged Sprints and WAR Sprints is set for June 17. Before the Off Road weekend, July finds the 11th annual CMH Diamond Nationals for the Lucas Oil Model Dirt Series and MLRA Late Models July 15. The Off Road weekend includes a Weekly Series program on July 22.

The Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series visits Lake Lucas twice in 2017 – June 9-11 for the John Haas Memorial and Sept. 1-3 for the Diamond Drag Boat Nationals.

August commences with national-touring Modifieds in the spotlight, for the 8th annual USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout on Aug. 5. The month concludes – as does the regular season – with the Weekly Series Season Championship Night on Aug. 26 as the four division champs are crowned.

Labor Day Weekend is arguably the busiest of the season, with the three-day 7th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals Sept. 1-3 and the Lucas Oil MLRA Larry Phillips Memorial on the dirt track Sept. 2. USRA B-Mods join the Late Models in the big Saturday-night program after action on Lake Lucas earlier in the day. Following a weekend off, the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals are set for Sept. 15-16. Then it’s the three-day Open-Wheel crown jewel, the 7th annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial for ASCS Sprints and WAR Sprints Sept. 21-23.

The season speeds to a conclusion next October with the 4th annual MLRA Fall Nationals and Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt Oct. 6-7. The Monster Truck Nationals-Eve of Destruction wraps the schedule on Oct. 21. Season passes, along with Show-Me 100 three-day passes, will go on sale later this winter. Look for that information at LucasOilSpeedway.com and on Lucas Oil Speedway’s Facebook page.

Below is the tentative 2017 Lucas Oil Speedway schedule:
April 1 – Open Test & Tune
April 8 – Weekly Series Show No. 1, Presented by KOLR 10 and Z27 (USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Mods, Street Stocks, ULMA Late Models)
April 14-15 – 4th annual MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com (MLRA, USRA Modifieds, Street Stocks)
April 22 – Weekly Show No. 2, Presented by Springfield News-Leader Media Group. $uper $aver $pecial Night
April 29 – Weekly Show No. 3, $5 Dollar Night at the Races, Presented by KOLR 10 & Z 27
May 6 – 6th annual Impact Signs, Awnings & Wraps Open Wheel Showdown (ASCS Warrior/Red River Region Sprints, POWRi Midgets, WAR Sprints)
May 13 – Weekly Show No. 4, NMI Night at the Races Presented by Wild Animal Safari
May 20 – Weekly Show No. 5, Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Night at the Races Presented by KOLR 10 and Z 27
May 25-27 – 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com (LOLMDS/MLRA Late Models, USRA Modifieds)
June 3 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
June 9-11 – 6th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic
June 10 – Weekly Show No. 6, Presented by the Networks of Mid-Missouri
June 17 – ASCS Bob Westphal Memorial Cup Sizzlin’ Speedweek Finale (ASCS Winged Sprints, WAR Sprints)
June 24 – Weekly Show No. 7, Bolivar Herald-Free Press Mid-Season Championships
June 29 – Weekly Show No. 8, Casey’s General Store Thursday Night Thunder Presented by KY3 for Kids Night plus Fireworks
July 1 – No racing unless otherwise schedule
July 8 – Weekly Show No. 9, Veterans and Military Appreciation Night Presented by Springfield News-Leader Media Group
July 15 – 11th annual CMH Diamond Nationals (LOLMDS/MLRA Late Models, USRA Modifieds)
July 22 – Weekly Show No. 10, National Wild Turkey Federation Race to Save the Hunt Night $uper $aver $pecial Night
July 29 – Weekly Show No. 11, Ozarks Food Harvest Food Drive Night Presented by KOLR 10 and Z 27
Aug. 5 – 8th annual USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment (USMTS, Street Stocks, USRA B-Mods, Battle of the Badges)
Aug. 12 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
Aug. 19 – Weekly Show No. 12, TA/Petro Fan Appreciation Night Presented by the Ozarks CW and Ozarks Sports Zone Night at the Races
Aug. 26 – Weekly Show No. 13, Bill Roberts Chevrolet-Buick Season Championship Night Presented by KYOO Your Country 99 & KPOW Power 97.7
Sept. 1-3 – 7th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals
Sept. 2 – MLRA Larry Phillips Memorial Presented by G2 Gemini Apparel (MLRA, USRA B-Mods)
Sept. 9 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
Sept. 15-16 – Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals
Sept. 21-23 – 7th annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial (ASCS Sprints, WAR Sprints)
Sept. 30 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
Oct. 6-7 – 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals and Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt (MLRA and Street Stocks)
Oct. 14 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
Oct. 21 – Monster Truck Nationals-Eve of Destruction For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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 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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Looking back: 12 memorable moments from 2016 Lucas Oil Speedway season

October 28th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri–The 2016 season at Lucas Oil Speedway will go down as one to remember.

“It’s our best season on record in terms of attendance and car count. I don’t think anyone would dispute that it also was our best season for excitement and competition,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “Whether it was the consistent quality of our Budweiser Weekly Championship Series or our special events, the memories are numerous.

“As we head into the offseason and look ahead to 2017, when the new Off-Road track opens, I just want to thank our fans, our drivers and our crew members for a tremendous season.” Even the weatherman had a stellar season. Only one event – Night One of the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League event in September – fell victim to rain.

Here’s our look back at 12 Moments to Remember from the 2016 Lucas Oil Speedway season:

1 – Owens in a Show-Me 100 thriller. In a race for the ages that had a near-capacity crowd on its feet, Jimmy Owens prevailed in the 24th edition of the Dirt Late Model Crown Jewel. Owens’ fourth Show-Me 100 triumph was worth $30,000 and ended a 13-month drought between wins. Scott Bloomquist was second and local favorite Jesse Stovall – who started at the rear of the field – was third. Bloomquist slid past Owens and into the lead coming out of turn four on lap 91. But the five-time Show-Me 100 winner hit a bump in turn one and the left tire came flying off his car, bringing out a caution. A lap earlier, 19-year-old Bobby Pierce – who started 29th after winning the last-chance Midwest Sheet Metal Challenge – had briefly taken the lead from Owens as those two and Bloomquist put on a thrilling three-wide duel for the lead with the crowd roaring. During the caution for Bloomquist’s misfortune, Pierce had to pit for a flat right rear tire. Jonathan Davenport wound up fourth with Lebanon’s Tony Jackson Jr. fifth and Pierce sixth. No other cars were on the lead lap.

2 – Classic in Hockett/McMillin Memorial. Wayne Johnson outdueled open-wheel legend Sammy Swindell with a pass with one lap remaining to capture the 6th annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial on a cool autumn evening. The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series major earned Johnson $10,000.

In the co-headliner, Terry Babb prevailed in the Boss Chassis Wingless Auto Racing Series feature for a $1,200 pay day as the three-night open-wheel bonanza came to a dramatic conclusion. Johnson followed up his Friday-night victory with a thrilling duel in which he came out in front of 60-year-old veteran Swindell. The two traded the lead three times over the final four laps with Johnson’s pass coming to the white flag proving decisive in front of a large crowd.

3 – Big finish at MLRA Fall Nationals/Big Buck 50. Teen sensation Bobby Pierce passed Jesse Stovall – who clinched his first Lucas Oil MLRA Championship – coming to the white flag and went on to win the $5,000 prize at the Fall Nationals. It was the 23rd feature triumph of the season for Pierce, who started the feature 17th.

In the co-headliner, Timothy Brown of Stoutland captured the $5,000 prize in the 50-lap Big Buck 50 Street Stock Special Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt. A total of 155 cars checked into the pits for Night Two of the big special – 92 Street Stocks and 63 Late Models – as the oval-track season came to a close.

4 – Marrant by a whisker. In one of the closest finishes in speedway history, Aaron Marrant beat Justin Russell by .0036 of a second to take the ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models victory on May 14. Marrant, earning his third straight victory in the division in which he would go on and win the season championship, made a high-side pass coming to the finish line as he and Russell were mixed in with slower traffic. Russell, the 2015 champ, made a pass of Marrant in lapped traffic on lap 18. But Marrant made the final move, winning by a few inches.

5 – Landers shines in Diamond Nationals. One night after destroying his primary car, Jared Landers picked up one of the biggest wins of his career in front of a big crowd at the 10th annual CMH Diamond Nationals. Landers took home $12,000 and a diamond ring.

Jimmy Owens was second, just falling short of his fourth Diamond Nationals triumph, and Jonathan Davenport was third. Landers’ win came in his backup car after he flipped and destroyed his Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car in qualifying on Friday at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. Landers, of Batesville, Ark., held off Owens in a three-lap shootout at the finish following the race’s fourth caution, on lap 57.

6 – Sanders celebrates on Lake Lucas. Bryan Sanders, driving the Tommy Thompson-owned Nitrochondriac, zipped past Scott Lumbert in the Spirit of Texas in the weather-delayed finals of the 5th annual John Haas Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway. Sanders covered the 1,000 feet in 3.67 seconds at 247.93 miles per hour. Lumbert shut down his David Kirkland-owned Spirit of Texas about halfway through the run. The final event of the day was about ready to run when strong winds off a nearby line of thunderstorms forced the boats off the water and spectators to head for cover.

7 – Brown makes it four. Stoutland’s Derek Brown closed out a memorable April with his fourth feature victory in five starts at Lucas Oil Speedway, leading start-to-finish in the Carson’s Corner NAPA Auto Parts Street Stock feature. That fast opening month propelled Brown to the track championship in the Street Stock division. David Hendrix of Buckhorn closed within two car lengths by the final lap but couldn’t get to Brown’s bumper and had to settle for his second runner-up finish of the season. Timothy Brown, Derek’s father, was third.

8 – VanderBeek best of the USMTS best. Zack VanderBeek took the lead just before the halfway point and went to beat a star-studded field of the nation’s top Modified racers in the 7th annual Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout on Aug. 4. Zack VanderBeek prevailed over a stellar field at the USMTS Slick Mist Shootout. Race three of the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup saw VanderBeek, of New Sharon, Iowa., collect $3,000 by leading the final 22 laps. Ryan Gustin finished second with defending USMTS National Champion Jason Hughes third. Springfield’s Terry Phillips led the first 17 laps and finished fifth, behind Cade Dillard.

9 – Moyer in vintage form. The season kicked off on a cool April night with Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer Billy Moyer showing he still has it. Moyer led wire-to-wire in the 30-lap Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals feature to prevail at Lucas Oil Speedway for only the second time in a career that includes more than 800 wins. Moyer, of Batesville, Ark., joked that he didn’t remember his other win at Lucas Oil Speedway, eight years ago. “That’s a long, long time ago,” he said. “I barely remember this track from when Forrest Lucas took it over and re-done it.” Jimmy Mars, of Menomonie, Wis., gave futile chase to finish second with MLRA rookie Payton Looney of Republic a strong third.

10 – Finishing in style. Season championship night for the four weekly divisions saw 125 cars check into the pits. J.C. Morton of Springfield not only celebrated the season championship in the Ozark Golf Cars B-Mods, he did so in style by winning the feature with a last-lap pass of Andy Bryant.

Meanwhile, it was all in the Brown Family on the Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks with Timothy Brown taking the feature win and his son, Derek Brown, finishing second. Derek Brown joined his dad in Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane to celebrate his season championship.

11 – Vaught cashes in. Crane’s Will Vaught had been close, but had never won a Late Model feature at Lucas Oil Speedway. That all changed on Labor Day Weekend as Vaught – taking command after mechanical issues sidelined a dominant Jesse Stovall – won the Lucas Oil MLRA Larry Phillips Memorial. Josh Hughes of West Plains wound up an MLRA career-best second with J.C. Wyman of Griswold, Iowa, third. “Everything just fell into place,” Vaught said in Andy’s Frozen Custard victory lane. “The Larry Phillips Memorial. He was one of my idols when I was little. This means everything.”

12 – Underdogs on the water. Hugs and high-fives came from all corners after Mike Robbins pulled off what had to be the upset victory of the year in the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series’ Top Fuel Hydro division. “Man, I’m just about speechless. I’m in shock,” Robbins said after piloting Nitro Nuts past the Scott Compton-driven Liquid Voodoo – owned by NHRA Top Fuel veteran Scott Palmer of Cassville – in an all first-timer’s final in the 6th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals on Lake Lucas.

Robbins ran a 3.79 elapsed time for 1,000 feet at 226.31 miles per hour. He easily outdistanced Compton, who eased his boat before the finish. For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Harley giveaway adds extra excitement to Lucas Oil Speedway Championship Banquet

October 25th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Along with season points prize money and contingency awards, one lucky weekly competitor will walk away from the Lucas Oil Speedway 2016 Championship Awards Banquet with a new 2015 Harley-Davidson 883
Sportster, courtesy of Lawless Harley-Davidson of Scott City.

Eligible drivers will be entered into a raffle for the motorcycle, to be awarded during the Nov. 5 banquet at The Lodge at Old Kinderhook in Camdenton. “Our weekly racers are the stars of our season at Lucas Oil Speedway and we’re proud to have Lawless Harley-Davidson take care of them with this terrific giveaway,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. He noted the motorcycle is valued at more than $7,500. Jeff Cheek, owner of Lawless Harley-Davidson, said he’s pleased that the motorcycle will go to a weekly racer. This is the second straight year Lawless Harley-Davidson has awarded a motorcycle.

“These are the guys that run all the time,” Cheek said. “When they’re not racing, they’re going to their jobs and saving money to go the parts store or the salvage yard and work on that old car and get it ready for the next race.” “I’ve been around dirt-track racing all my life and I have found that Dan Robinson the team he has at Lucas Oil Speedway provide the best experience that I have ever had – whether it being NASCAR or a local dirt track,” Cheek added. “The racers are as fine as you’ll find in the country and we’re happy to be a small part of a good experience for them and for the fans.

The Lodge at Old Kinderhook plays host to the Lucas Oil Speedway Championship Banquet on Nov. 5.

Drivers in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, Carson’s Corner NAPA Auto Parts Street Stocks, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds and the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models were eligible to win based on the following: Drivers received entries into the raffle for each win in the 2016 Budweiser Weekly Championship Series up to and including the Season Championship Night on August 27. Drivers also received entries into the raffle based on their finishing position in top-10 in the final season points standings.

Example No. 1: Driver A wins three races, finishes sixth in points, and attends the banquet. Will receive 10 entries into the drawing – (three for wins, six for points and 1 for attending banquet).

Example No. 2: Driver B wins 10 races, finishes first in points, and attends the banquet. Will receive 12 entries into the drawing- (10 for wins, one for points and one for attending banquet). The winning driver must be in attendance at the championship banquet to be eligible to win. No substitutions will be allowed. Each driver will receive one additional entry into the drawing upon check-in at the banquet on Nov. 5.

Tickets to the banquet are $40 and can be reserved by calling the Lucas Oil Speedway office at (417) 282-5984 or by emailing Nichole McMillan at nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com [mailto:nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com]. Tables of 10 also are available for $400. Deadline for banquet reservations is Oct. 28. Tickets will not be available at the door and all tickets must be paid for in advance with cash, check or credit card acceptable methods of payment.

The top 10 in each of the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series divisions will be honored during the banquet. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour from 6-7 followed by the dinner and awards program. A cash bar will be available. Group guest room rates at The Lodge at Old Kinderhook, including a standard room with king bed or double queen is available for $119 based on availability. For room reservations, call (888) 346-4949 and mention “Lucas Oil Speedway Banquet.” For more info on The Lodge at Old Kinderhook, visit www.OldKinderhook.com.

About Lawless Harley-Davidson
Lawless Harley-Davidson is an authorized Harley-Davidson dealership in Scott City, Mo. Along with a large selection of new models, Lawless Harley-Davidson carries a wide variety of pre-owned models and offers MotorClothes & store, which means they have plenty of bikes and gear for you to choose from. Lawless Harley-Davidson provides superior customer service and has an entire team that consists of professional sales members, finance experts, service technicians and a knowledgeable parts and accessories staff to support you. They pride themselves on having well-trained experts that strive for customer satisfaction. Lawless Harley-Davidson is located near the areas of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Chaffee, Mo., Jackson, Mo., and Sikeston, Mo. For more info, please visit www.LawlessofScottCity.com.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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 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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Deadline approaching to reserve Lucas Oil Speedway Championship Banquet tickets

October 22nd, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Deadline to reserve tickets for the annual Lucas Oil Speedway Championship Banquet at The Lodge at Old Kinderhook in Camdenton is quickly approaching.

The top 10 in each of the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series divisions will be honored during the Nov. 5 banquet. Champions for 2016 included Jeff Cutshaw (Pitts Homes USRA Modified), Derek Brown (Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks), J.C. Morton (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B Mods) and Aaron Marrant (ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models). Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour from 6-7 followed by the dinner and awards program. A cash bar will be available. “This is always a fun event for drivers, crew members and fans as we get together to celebrate a tremendous season,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “The deadline to reserve tickets will be upon us before we know it, so we want to make sure to get the word out so everyone who would like to attend is able to.”

Tickets are $40 and can be reserved by calling the Lucas Oil Speedway Office at (417) 282-5984 or by emailing Nichole McMillan at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Tables of 10 are also available for $400. Please RSVP and order tickets no later than Oct. 28. Banquet tickets will not be available for purchase after that date and tickets will not be available at the door. All tickets must be paid for in advance. Cash, checks, or credit cards are acceptable methods of payment.

Deadline to reserve tickets to the Lucas Oil Speedway Championship Banquet at The Lodge at Old Kinderhook is Oct. 28.

Drivers must attend the awards banquet to receive their awards, including cash and contingencies.

Group guest room rates at The Lodge at Old Kinderhook, including a standard room with king bed or double queen is available for $119 based on availability. For room reservations, call (888) 346-4949 and mention “Lucas Oil Speedway Banquet.” For more info on The Lodge at Old Kinderhook, visit www.OldKinderhook.com.

The final event of the 2016 season at Lucas Oil Speedway is set for Saturday with the Monster Truck Nationals “Spooktacular.” Gates open at 5 p.m. with a Pit Party and trick-or-treating. Advance tickets are on sale at O’Reilly Auto Parts locations. For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

Lucas Oil Speedway plays host to the Monster Truck Nationals Eve of Destruction on Oct. 22. Advance tickets are on sale at O’Reilly Auto Parts.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Big finish to Lucas Oil Speedway season awaits as Monster Truck Nationals visit on Saturday

October 21st, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- The Lucas Oil Speedway motorsports season is just days from an exciting conclusion. The final chapter will offer a memorable combination of big, powerful machines and an early Halloween “Spooktacular” for the entire family.

The Monster Truck Nationals “Eve of Destruction” descends upon Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday and the weather forecast – a day-time high of 70 and abundant sunshine- couldn’t be more perfect for an autumn celebration. Advance tickets at a discounted price remain on sale at area O’Reilly Auto Parts locations. They’re also available at LucasOilSpeedway.com and MonsterNationals.com. “What a way to finish off a tremendous 2016 season,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “The Monster Truck Nationals annually is one of our most-popular events with its array of pure, ground-shaking power from the most famous Monster Trucks in the world. We’re combining it into a Halloween celebration this year which should be a hit with fans of all ages.”

More than 60,000 pounds of Monster Truck Thunder will be on display at the big one-day show. Included with be six of the most-famous Monster Trucks in the world – Bigfoot, Raminator, Heavy Hitter, Barbarian, Snakebite and Dawg Pound. Joining those 10-foot-tall and 10,000-pound trucks will be the car-eating, flame-throwing mechanical monster from the Jurassic age – Megasaurus – and the high-horsepower stunts of Wheelie Wizard. A free Pit Party with trick-or-treating is included in the admission ticket with that starting at 5 p.m. Kids of all ages are invited to come in Halloween costume to the Pit Party, meet the drivers, get autographs and up-close photos of the Monster Trucks. Fans also can take a Real Monster Truck Ride at the Pit Party, during intermission and immediately following the Monster Truck program, which fires up at 7 p.m.

“We anticipate a large crowd, so not only do advance tickets assure you of a seat it also is a great way to save money,” Robinson said. “We’re eager to see all our great race fans one more time in 2016.” Advance ticket prices (at O’Reilly Auto Parts locations, LucasOilSpeedway.com or MonsterNationals.com
are:
Adults (16 and up) – $20
Youth (6-15) – $10
Seniors (62 and up) – $17
Active military (with ID) – $17
Kids (5 and under) – FREE
Day of show ticket prices at the gate are:
Adults (16 and up) – $22
Youth (6-15) – $10
Seniors (62 and up) – $19
Active military (with ID) – $19
Kids (5 and under) – FREE
Family pass (available only at the gate) – $40 click here for information For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

Lucas Oil Speedway plays host to the Monster Truck Nationals Eve of Destruction on Oct. 22. Advance tickets are on sale at O’Reilly Auto Parts.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016.

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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Save with advance tickets for Lucas Oil Speedway’s Monster Truck Nationals “Spooktacular”

October 11th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – After the oval-track season came to a memorable conclusion at Lucas Oil Speedway last weekend with the MLRA Fall Nationals and Big Buck 50, the focus shifts to a “Spooktacular” ending to the 2016 season. The Monster Truck Nationals Eve of Destruction comes to Lucas Oil Speedway on Oct. 22 and it will be a combination of big, powerful machines and a Halloween trick-or-treat celebration.

More than 60,000 pounds of Monster Truck Thunder makes its annual visit for the big one-day show. It will combine scary speed, ground-shaking sound of furious action from six world-famous Monster Trucks – Bigfoot, Raminator, Heavy Hitter, Barbarian, Snakebite and Dawg Pound.

Joining those 10-foot-tall and 10,000-pound giant trucks will be the car-eating, flame-throwing mechanical monster form the Jurassic age – Megasaurus – and the high-horsepower stunts of Wheelie Wizard. Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson pointed out that the event is expected to attract a large crowd and that fans, by purchasing tickets in advance, not only can assure themselves of a seat but save money in the process.

Advance tickets, available at area O’Reilly Auto Parts locations, are $2 cheaper than they will be at the gate. Tickets also are on sale at LucasOilSpeedway.com and MonsterNationals.com.

“This is one of our most-popular events of the season and tickets are sure to be a premium come show day,” Robinson said. “If you’ve never seen the Monster Truck Nationals, it’s impressive. The pure power, the sounds, the flames shooting out … it’s unlike anything else we have at Lucas Oil Speedway. “Combine all of that with the Halloween celebration and it’s a great opportunity for a family night out.”

A free Pit Party, with trick-or-treating encouraged, is included in the admission ticket at 5 p.m. Kids are invited to come in Halloween costume to the Pit Party for trick or treating. Fans also can take a Real Monster Truck Ride at the Pit Party, during intermission and immediately following the Monster Truck program, which fires up at 7 p.m.

When the Monster Trucks begin battle with their 1,500-horsepower motors go full throttle at the green light, the competition gets serious. Bigfoot will look to throw a Halloween scare into the challengers as the “Original Monster Truck.” Some other big events during the program will be: Meet the drivers: Come early and not only see the big machines up close, but meet the drivers for autographs and pictures. Sergeant Smash Monster Truck Ride: Get the kids and buckle in for the ride of your life on board a real Monster Truck during the Pit Party and during intermission. Megasaurus: The three-story high machine weighs 35,000 pounds and chomps cars and flings fire. This will be its first appearance at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Wheelie Wizard: Riding forward, backward and wheeling the Wheelie Wizard even rides a wheelie on a Honda CRF50 without a front wheel. Advance ticket prices (at O’Reilly Auto Parts locations, LucasOilSpeedway.com or MonsterNationals.com are:

Adults (16 and up) – $20
Youth (6-15) – $10
Seniors (62 and up) – $17
Active military (with ID) – $17
Kids (5 and under) – FREE
Family pass – $40
Day of show ticket prices are:
Adults (16 and up) – $22
Youth (6-15) – $10
Seniors (62 and up) – $19
Active military (with ID) – $19
Kids (5 and under) – FREE
Family pass – $40

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

Lucas Oil Speedway plays host to the Monster Truck Nationals Eve of Destruction on Oct. 22. Advance tickets are on sale at O’Reilly Auto Parts.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Pierce Wins CCSDS at Lucas Oil Speedway; Sullivan Crowned the Champion

October 11th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Bobby Pierce came to life in the closing laps of the $5,000-to-win finale on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway with the COMP Cams Super Dirt Series (CCSDS) and Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association (MLRA). He took the lead coming to the white flag and rolled to his first ever Lucas Oil Speedway victory and 23rd overall this season.

“I didn’t think I would be able to get around him [Stovall],” commented Pierce. “He was so perfect on the top. He could even maneuver around three and four good. I saw some lapped cars in the way and thought this might be my chance. He jumped the cushion over there [in turn two]. It’s real easy to do at this place.”

Stovall led several laps in the feature before lapped traffic slowed his pace. He slipped over the berm in turn two on lap 49 and opened the door for Pierce to take the top spot. Stovall held on to second, and by merely starting the feature captured his first ever Lucas Oil MLRA title.

“That [championship] was the ultimate goal,” said Stovall. “It was a good race. Bobby is one of the best in the business right now. He’s got that golden horseshoe right now. He does a good job. His dad is awesome at getting the car underneath him every time he’s on the racetrack. That’s a hard team to beat.”

Chris Simpson finished third in his final start of the season. He rolled from 15th and made his way into contention.

Pierce’s win came following a full night of racing. He struggled in his heat, had to run the B Feature, which he won, started towards the back of the feature, and passed the most cars during the main event to also earn the Larry Shaw Race Cars Hard Charger award.

Jack Sullivan continued his good fortune from Friday. Both shows combined were enough for him to capture the COMPp Cams Super Dirt Series crown. He came into the weekend down 37 markers and ultimately claimed the championship by 3 points. It is his second-straight series title.

“Wow, what a weekend for our team,” said Sullivan after learning he had rallied to claim the championship. “We had some bad luck there early in the season, and I didn’t know if I could recover to get this championship. This weekend we were able to do just that though. I want to thank my team, my family, my sponsors, and all of my fans for never giving up on me.”

Jackson, Tennessee’s Jonathan Rowan was crowned the Kuntz & Co. Rookie of the Year with the COMP Cams Super Dirt Series.

“It was a really tight battle with Austin [Theiss] and I for the rookie
title the whole year, and it feels amazing to officially claim it,” noted
Rowan. “We had so much fun on the road with the series in 2016, and I
learned so much along the way. We are really looking forward to next year.”

For the latest information on the COMP Cams Super Dirt Series presented by Lucas Oil, please visitwww.COMPDirt.com .

Pierce captures MLRA Fall Nationals and Timothy Brown bags Big Buck 50 at Lucas Oil Speedway

October 10th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- Bobby Pierce, in a thrilling 17th-to-first drive, captured the 3rd annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals finale Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway. Pierce passed Jesse Stovall – who clinched his first MLRA championship – on lap 49 of the 50-lap feature and denied Stovall of a weekend Fall Nationals sweep. A night earlier, Stovall beat Pierce to the finish line.

“Congrats to Jesse on winning last night and second tonight. I’m just glad we were one spot better tonight,” the 19-year-old Pierce said after his 23rd feature victory of the season – including the World 100 and North-South 100. “It’s been a crazy year so far. We have a couple of races left and hopefully we can get some more wins,” added Pierce, of Oakwood, Ill. He earned $5,000 for his first main event win at Lucas Oil Speedway.

In the co-headliner, Timothy Brown of Stoutland captured the $5,000 prize in the 50-lap Big Buck 50 Street Stock Special Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt. He also earned a free entry into the Whitetail Hunt later this fall, which has a $15,000 first prize. A total of 155 cars checked into the pits – 92 Street Stocks and 63 Late Models – as the oval-track racing season at Lucas Oil Speedway came to a close. Pierce brought the big crowd to its feet when he passed Stovall coming out of turn two on the next-to-final circuit in the season’s final MLRA race. Stovall slipped high, into the cushion, and lost momentum as he encountered slower traffic.

“We were riding pretty good and those lapped cars … at the end of the day it was a good race,” Stovall said. “Bobby is one of the best in the business. He’s a good little driver. He has that golden horseshoe right now.

“Just two laps short. You hate to lose them like that. But I’ve won some like that. That’s part of the game.”
Stovall’s disappointment at finishing second was softened by his MLRA championship. He entered the night with an all-but-insurmountable 74-point lead over reigning champ Terry Phillips after capturing Friday’s Fall Nationals feature win. “That was the ultimate goal,” said Stovall, who finished just behind Phillips for
the series crown a year ago. Manville bolted from his pole starting position and opened a big lead in the early
going, a straightaway margin in front of Brantlee Gotschall and Stovall. But Stovall began to gradually reel in the leader and, with Manville caught up by slower traffic, drove into the lead with an outside pass going into turn three on lap 21.

Meanwhile, Chris Simpson drove from his 15th starting spot to crack the top five when the race’s third caution flew on lap 22. A five-car accident in turn one brought out the fifth caution on lap 31, wiping away a 10 car-length lead that Stovall had built over Manville with Simpson in third. Pierce moved into the top five and set his sights on the leaders. But Stovall still appeared to be in command until the final five laps when lapped cars dented his momentum and allowed Pierce to close in. Simpson, of Oxford, Iowa, wound up third with Manville fourth and Garret Alberton in fifth. Twelve of the 26 starters finished on the lead lap with Dirt Hall of Famer Billy Moyer first out of the race with lap one mechanical issues.

The Comp Camps Super Dirt Series, which was co-sanctioning the Late Model portion, crowned Jack Sullivan as its champion. Sullivan finished sixth with series runner-up Hunter Rasdon in 13th – three points behind Sullivan. Brown prevails in Big Buck 50: Derek Brown’s misfortune was Timothy Brown’s path to victory in the Big Buck 50.

Derek Brown had an apparent flat tire with six laps remaining, ending his bid for a 10th win of the season at Lucas Oil Speedway. Timothy Brown said he hated to see his son eliminated in heartbreaking fashion. “We both wanted that (Whitetail) hunt,” Timothy Brown said. Burl Woods of Republic finished second, Robbie Arnold was third and Brian Schutt finished fourth. Schutt, who started 20th, won the Ray’s Lake Service Hard Charger Award which was worth $500.

Woods started up front after winning the pole dash and led the first seven laps of the feature. Derek Brown went in front on lap eight with Timothy Brown grabbing the lead two laps later. Those three dueled at the front and were pulling away from the rest of the field until a lap 25 caution bunched things up. Derek Brown took command through a lap 44 caution with Timothy Brown in second and Arnold moving into third. The race took a major turn on the restart when Derek Brown spun in turn two and went to the pits as the race’s sixth caution waved for an accident in turn four.

“I’d get my tires hot and I’d have to let them cool a little bit,” Timothy Brown said. “Then I could make a run on him. But I hated to see him go out that way, though.” Woods said it was no surprised to see the Browns up front. “I’ve been looking at the back of those cars most of the year up here. They’re good guys,” Woods said. “The competition we run against is second to none.” Defending champion Jeremy Russell of Jonesboro, Ark., was caught up in an accident on lap five and rallied to finish seventh

Up next: The final remaining event of the 2016 season at Lucas Oil Speedway is set for Oct. 22 with the Lucas Oil Monster Truck Nationals “Spooktacular.” Gates open at 5 p.m. with a pit party from 5-6:30 and showtime at 7. For ticket info, log onto LucasOilSpeedway.com.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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 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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Austin Theiss Finishes 2nd in Showdown; Lucas Oil Speedway Next

October 7th, 2016

The win on Saturday night in his Northside Plumbing Supply #7D MB Customs/ Vic Hill Racing Engine Super Late Model, but he was still pleased with his run.

of this year at unfamiliar tracks has definitely been a learning experience, On Friday night Austin Theiss visited Cotton Bowl Speedway (Paige, Texas) for the opening round of the two-day Showdown, which was sanctioned by the Southern Texas Late Model Series (STLMS) event. After recording the fastest with a qualifier victory, sending him into the redraw on Saturday.

Receiving the 2nd-starting spot for the A-Main, Austin and Kevin Sitton exchanged the lead back and forth for the entire distance of the A-Main. At settled into a runner-up finish behind Sitton with Colton Horner, Corey Babbitt, and David Hennan rounding out the Top 5.

Full results from this event are available atwww.STLMS.com .

This weekend, October 7-8 Austin will conclude his rookie campaign on the road with the COMP Cams Super Dirt Series (CCSDS) as he travels to Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, Missouri) for the 3rd annual Lucas Oil Fall Nationals. The event, will also be sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model

For more information on the event, please visitwww.COMPDirt.com .

Austin Theiss and Theiss Motorsports would like to thank their sponsors including Saye Plumbing Contractors, Inc., Northside Plumbing Supply, Nolls Automotive, Integra Racing Shocks, MB Customs Race Cars, Love Graphics, Razor Edge Graphics, Bodies by Theiss Motorsports, Vic Hill Race Engines, GRT Race Cars, Race Safe Technologies, DirtCarLift.com, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For the latest information on Austin Theiss, please visitwww.AustinTheiss.com .

Rasdon leads Comp Cams Super Dirt Series into Wheatland

October 7th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – A big part of the 3rd Annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals this weekend is the first time appearance to be made by the Comp Cams Super Dirt Series Presented by Lucas Oil. Racing primarily in the Mid South Region, the series has not contested an event in the state of Missouri since 2011.

“We’re thrilled to welcome in the drivers and staff which make up the CCSDS,” commented Lucas Oil MLRA Series Director Dan Robinson. “Chris Ellis has done a good job growing the tour and we couldn’t be happier to have them here in Wheatland running alongside the Lucas Oil MLRA. It will help make for a great weekend. Our fans are sure to see some drivers not typically at Lucas Oil Speedway.”

Back in the 2006 season, Arkansas Driver Jeff Floyd called Chris Ellis after traveling a long distance to get rained out at a facility for the third time that year. The jest of the conversation was, there were several Arkansas drivers who felt like they needed to race closer to home. Ellis, was gathered with several Batesville
Motor Speedway Officials at the time, including the legendary Mooney Starr. Starr told Ellis it would never work. The next spring, the Mid South Racing Association was formed and in business.

The tour operated for two seasons before Memphis, Tennessee based Comp Cams became involved with the tour. Following the third year of racing, Comp Cams entered into a multi-year marketing agreement and the tour was renamed the Comp Cams Super Dirt Series, which obviously still exists to this day.

“We started out very humbly,” commented owner Chris Ellis. “It was never really hard for us to get races in the beginning, but the funding to run it and pay the points fund has always been a challenge. We have a great group of friends who have really supported us. I can’t thank Chris Douglas with Comp Cams enough for the continued support. They have been great for our series. Also, Lucas Oil for getting involved with us a few years back too. There are so many other folks who just want to see the series operate and they continue to support it. I have an immense amount of appreciation for everyone who keeps it running. It’s a team effort for sure.” By day, Ellis is the Athletic Director for the Beebe, Arkansas School District and his time commitments mean his series staff often has to run the events or at the least get weekend’s started. They began with a staff of three and have grown to five or seven depending on particular event needs.

On the racing side of things, Joey Mack won the first two series championships in 2007 and 2008. Billy Moyer Jr. took the crown in 2009. 2010 belonged to Bill Frye, and in 2011 Brandon Smith sat at the top of the heap. 2012 came down to a tiebreaker scenario and Jon Mitchell was the winner. 2013 and 2014 went to Kyle Beard, while Jack Sullivan captured his first crown last year. This season there is a little separation at the top, but not much. Jonesboro, Arkansas native Hunter Rasdon holds a 34 point lead over Beard and a 37 marker advantage over Sullivan. “We planned to run the Comp Cams deal last year, but had trouble early,” commented Rasdon. “We came back determined to follow it this year for points and have made it to the last weekend. Ronnie Stuckey with Black Diamond is also giving away a new Black Diamond Chassis to the highest finishing car in points running his cars.That was appealing to our team as well.”

Rasdon has been a quick study in the Late Model ranks. It is only his second full year and he has knocked down five wins on the tour. As for this week, Rasdon has raced at Lucas Oil Speedway three times in the past; Show Me 100 (2015 & 2016) and Diamond Nationals (2015).

“I have never been real good at Wheatland,” said Rasdon. ” I hope we can get rid of that monkey on our back this weekend. I stayed home from the Gumbo Nationals last weekend just to go over both race cars so I knew we were prepared. We’ll be there Thursday night to practice. Hopefully we will be a little better there.” Wendell Wallace leads the series all-time wins list with 20 trips to victory Lane. Jack Sullivan and Billy Moyer Jr. are second and third respectively. 11 drivers have at least five wins in the 178 total races contested in its history. More information about the series can also be found on their website CompDirt.com. Action gets started Friday night at Lucas Oil Speedway and concludes Saturday. Champions for both the Lucas Oil MLRA and Comp Cams Super Dirt Series Presented by Lucas Oil will be crowned in this blockbuster final weekend for 2016. Also on the card will be the Big Buck 50 Street Stock race. Attracting talent from all over the Midwest and South, this race is the fastest growing street stock special event in the country. It will provide awesome entertainment and edge of your seat action. The top prize this year for the Big Buck 50 is $5,000.

Lucas Oil Speedway Information 10/7/16 & 10/8/16
Gates: Friday 5:00 PM — Saturday 4:00 PM
Racing: Friday – Hot Laps 7:00 PM Racing 7:30 PM — Saturday – Hot Laps 6:00 PM
Racing 6:30 PM
Admission: Friday – Adults $15, Seniors (62 and up) and Military $12, Youth (12-15) $5, Kids (11 and under) FREE, Family Pass $30, Pit Pass $35 — Saturday – Adults $20, Seniors (62 and up) and Military $17, Youth (12-15) $5, Kids (11 and under)FREE, Family Pass $40, Pit Pass $35
Support Class: Big Buck 50 ($5,000 to win Street Stock Special Event)
Website: LucasOilSpeedway.com
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.

Big doubleheader weekend of MLRA Fall Nationals, Street Stocks Big Buck 50 coming to Lucas Oil Speedway

October 7th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – The season-long journey to crown a Lucas Oil MLRA Series champion will culminate this weekend at Lucas Oil Speedway with the 3rd annual Fall Nationals. Held in conjunction with the Big Buck 50 Street Stocks Special Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt, the two-night program Friday and Saturday will determine if Jesse Stovall can hold on to his points lead over reigning MLRA champ Terry Phillips in the season-ending event.

World 100 winner Bobby Pierce is an expected entrant at this weekend’s Lucas Oil 3rd annual MLRA Fall Nationals.

Adding some extra spice to the Fall Nationals, a couple of national Late Model standouts have indicated plans to attend – 2016 World 100 winner Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., and Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill.

Stovall, from Billings, holds a 72-point lead over his good friend and rival Phillips of Springfield. Tad Pospisil of Norfolk, Neb., hangs onto third in the standings and already has clinched the Sunoco Race Fuels MLRA Rookie of the Year honors. Stovall swept the Fall Nationals last year and looked on his way to victory at last month’s Larry Phillips Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway before mechanical problems ruined his night.

“I have no doubt, we have the race car to be as good as we were the last time at Wheatland,” Stovall said. “There are a lot of factors thought and things that will need to go our way. We went to West Plains last weekend and tested to just further try and be ready for this weekend.”

A new twist to the event will see the addition of the Arkansas-based Comp Cams Super Dirt Series running co-sanctioned with the Lucas Oil MLRA. Hunter Rasdon of Jonesboro, Ark., has a 34-point lead over Kyle Beard, with Jack Sullivan just three points behind Beard. The CCSDS will crown their champion in Wheatland as well.

In addition, rising 19-year-old star Pierce plans to enter both nights. The recent World 100 winner was sixth in May’s Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com  at Lucas Oil Speedway after suffering a flat tire upon taking the lead late in the race. The veteran Shirley, meanwhile, won the Lucas MLRA Spring Nationals at the speedway back in April.

Late Models will run full programs both nights starting with qualifying heats. Features will pay $3,000-to-win on Friday and $5,000-to-win on Saturday. Meanwhile, entries continue to roll in for Lucas Oil Speedway’s biggest race of the year for Street Stocks, the Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt. The winning driver will take home $5,000 and also receive a free entry into the Whitetail Trophy Hunt later in the fall which has a $15,000 first prize.

“This race gives our Street Stock drivers an opportunity to not only compete for extra money but also get the big-race exposure that’s often only associated with the Late Models,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “We’re thrilled to have Whitetail Trophy Hunt returning as the presenting sponsor and we’re pleased to welcome Tony Jackson Racing and Ray’s Lake Service on board as well.” Tony Jackson Racing is sponsoring a $500 Fast Qualifier Award and James Ray of Ray’s Lake Service is sponsoring a $500 Hard Charger Award.

There will be an open practice session for Street Stocks and Late Models from 6-9 p.m. Thursday. Pit passes will be $25 with three-day pit passes $90. Friday night will see a special qualifying session to set the field for 10-lap heat races. Those results will help determine the feature starting spots for the 50-lap feature the next night.

Facebook fun and prizes: Driver are encouraged to post pics of their car in the comments section of Lucas Oil Speedway’s Facebook page post on the Big Buck 50. The picture with the most “likes” at the close of business on Wednesday will receive two FREE crew members pit passes for the event. Use hash tag #BigBuck50.

This year marks the 28th anniversary of the Whitetail Trophy Hunt at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Event dates will be Nov. 12-14, with this tremendously popular hunt bringing in participants from all over the United States and abroad. Entries are received on a first come, first served basis and limited to a maximum of 230 hunters.

For more information on the Whitetail Trophy Hunt visit Whitetail.net or call 1-800-633-4868. Information on the Lucas Oil MLRA Series can be found at MLRARacing.com.

On Friday, gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. It’ll be Free Kids Friday with youngsters 11-and-under admitted free.

Admission prices are:
Adults (16 and up) $15
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $12
Youth (12-15) $5
Kids (11 and under) FREE
Family Pass $30 (click here for information)
Pit Pass $35

On Saturday, Oct. 8 gates open an hour earlier at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 and racing at 6:30. Admission prices:
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40 (click here for information).
Pit Pass $35

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

The 3rd annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals and Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt are coming to Lucas Oil Speedway Oct. 7-8.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

3rd Annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals caps season

October 6th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – This weekend the 2016 Lucas Oil MLRA Series Champion will be crowned. Friday and Saturday’s MLRA events at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri mark the final two shows of the year.

Friday’s race pays $3,000 to win and Saturday’s victory will pocket the winner $5,000. This season marks the 3rd Annual running of the MLRA Fall Nationals. Jesse Stovall still leads the season long championship standings, though he had a tough last couple of races. Over Labor Day weekend, he lost a rear end at Lakeside Speedway. The following night at Lucas Oil Speedway, he had over a straightaway lead with less than 15 laps to go, and exited the track with an expiring engine. “We had a bad couple of nights,” commented Stovall. “In those situations you worry about losing the money for the race, but also the championship points too. After those two races it took us a little bit to recover. ”

Stovall swept the Fall Nationals last season and looked untouchable for much of the Larry Phillips Memorial prior to pulling off. “I have no doubt, we have the race car to be as good as we were the last time at Wheatland,” Stovall went on to elaborate. “There are a lot of factors though and things that will need to go our way. We went to West Plains last weekend and tested to just further try and be ready for this weekend.”

The points gap between Stovall and second place Terry Phillips is 72. If Stovall were to have a bad night, the championship could very much be up for grabs. Tad Pospisil has already locked up the Sunoco Race Fuels Rookie of the Year honors and sits third in the overall standings, but Dave Eckrich is just one marker back in fourth. 2013 MLRA Champion Tony Jackson Jr. is fifth. Thursday night the speedway will be open and running a practice session from 6-9 PM, where drivers will have the opportunity to hot lap ahead of the weekend’s show. Grandstand admission will be free for practice.

The Comp Cams Super Dirt Series Presented by Lucas Oil is also be joining the party this weekend, crowning their Champion and adding to the show! It is the first time the Arkansas based tour has ever raced at Lucas Oil Speedway, and the first time the Lucas Oil MLRA has co-sanctioned an event with them.

Also on the card will be the Big Buck 50 Street Stock race. Attracting talent from all over the Midwest and South, this race is the fastest growing street stock special event in the country. It will provide awesome entertainment and edge of your seat action. The top prize this year for the Big Buck 50 is $5,000.Lucas Oil Speedway Information 10/7/16 & 10/8/16 Gates: Friday 5:00 PM — Saturday 4:00 PM Racing: Friday – Hot Laps 7:00 PM Racing 7:30 PM — Saturday – Hot Laps 6:00 PM Racing 6:30 PM

Admission: Friday – Adults $15, Seniors (62 and up) and Military $12, Youth (12-15) $5, Kids (11 and under) FREE, Family Pass $30, Pit Pass $35 — Saturday – Adults $20, Seniors (62 and up) and Military $17, Youth (12-15) $5, Kids (11 and under)
FREE, Family Pass $40, Pit Pass $35
Support Class: Big Buck 50 ($5,000 to win Street Stock Special Event)
Website: LucasOilSpeedway.com
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.

The Monster Truck Nationals are returning to Lucas Oil Speedway on Oct. 22.

October 3rd, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – As the calendar gets ready to turn to October, one of the most popular events on the Lucas Oil Speedway schedule draws near. The Monster Truck Nationals – which will conclude the on-track action for 2016 at the speedway – is set to combine the big, awe-inspiring machines with an early Halloween “Spooktacular” on Oct. 22.

More than 60,000 pounds of Monster Truck Thunder makes its annual visit for a big one-day show. It will combine scary speed, ground-shaking sound of furious action from six world-famous Monster Trucks – Bigfoot, Raminator, Heavy Hitter, Barbarian, Snakebite and Dawg Pound. Joining those 10-foot-tall and 10,000-pound giant trucks will be the car-eating, flame-throwing mechanical monster form the Jurassic age – Megasaurus – and the high-horsepower stunts of Wheelie Wizard.

“We’re just a few weeks away from the Monster Truck Nationals, an event that if you’ve never experienced it live, it’s truly something to behold,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “The pure power, the sounds, the flames shooting out. It’s impressive. “This is always one of our most-popular events of the year, for the entire family, and tickets are sure to go fast as we get nearer to October 22. Make sure to save the date and get your tickets in advance so you won’t miss out.”

A free Pit Party is included in the paid adult admission ticket and will start the evening at 5 p.m. Kids are invited to come in Halloween costume to the Pit Party for Trick or Treating. Fans also can take a Real Monster Truck Ride at the Pit Party, during intermission and immediately following the Monster Truck program, which fires up at 7 p.m.

When the Monster Trucks begin battle with their 1,500-horsepower motors go full throttle at the green light, the competition gets serious. Bigfoot will look to throw a Halloween scare into the challengers as the “Original Monster Truck.” Some other big events during the program will be: Meet the drivers: Come early and not only see the big machines up close, but meet the drivers for autographs and pictures.

Sergeant Smash Monster Truck Ride: Get the kids and buckle in for the ride of your life on board a real Monster Truck during the Pit Party and during intermission. Wheelie Wizard: Riding forward, backward and wheeling the Wheelie Wizard even rides a wheelie on a Honda CRF50 without a front wheel. Advance tickets are available online at LucasOilSpeedway.com, ShowClix.com and area O’Reilly Auto Parts locations.

Advance ticket prices are:
Adults (16 and up) – $20
Youth (6-15) – $10
Seniors (62 and up) – $17
Active military (with ID) – $17
Kids (5 and under) – FREE
Family pass – $40 click here for more information
Day of show ticket prices are:
Adults (16 and up) – $22
Youth (6-15) – $10
Seniors (62 and up) – $19
Active military (with ID) – $19
Kids (5 and under) – FREE
Family pass – $40 click here for more information
Next up: Lucas Oil Speedway racing action resumes Oct. 7-8 with the 3rd annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals and Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt. For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

Street Stock Spotlight: Anticipation builds as Big Buck 50 nears as Lucas Oil Speedway

October 1st, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Entries continue to roll in and anticipation is building as drivers and fans gear up for Lucas Oil Speedway’s biggest race of the year for Street Stocks, the Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt, on Oct. 7-8.

Co-headlining the final racing event of 2016 at the speedway with the 3rd annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals, the Big Buck 50 puts Street Stocks front and center with a $5,000-to-win, 50-lap feature wrapping the program on Oct. 8. The winning driver also will receive a free entry into the Whitetail Trophy Hunt later in the fall which has a $15,000 first prize. Last year’s race, won by Jeremy Russell, attracted a field of 75. “There’s a lot of buzz building as we near the Big Buck 50,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “Last year’s Big Buck 50 proved extremely popular for drivers and fans and this year’s promises to be even better.

“This race gives our Street Stock drivers an opportunity to not only compete for extra money but also get the big-race exposure that’s often only associated with the Late Models. We’re thrilled to have Whitetail Trophy Hunt returning as the presenting sponsor and we’re pleased to welcome Tony Jackson Racing and Ray’s Lake Service on board as well.”

Tony Jackson Racing is sponsoring a $500 Fast Qualifier Award and James Ray of Ray’s Lake Service is sponsoring a $500 Hard Charger Award. Opening night will see a special qualifying session to set the field for 10-lap heat races. Those results will help determine the feature starting spots for the 50-lap feature the next night. Drivers interested in pre-entry for the Big Buck 50 may download an entry form for the race here.

Entry is $100 prior to Oct. 1 and $125 after that date. There will be an open practice session for Street Stocks and Late Models from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. Pit passes will be $25 with three-day pit passes $90.

Facebook fun and prizes: Driver are encouraged to post pics of their car in the comments section of Lucas Oil Speedway’s Facebook page post on the Big Buck 50. The picture with the most “likes” at the close of business on Wednesday, Oct. 5 will receive two FREE crew members pit passes for the event. Use hash tag #BigBuck50.

This year marks the 28th anniversary of the Whitetail Trophy Hunt at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Event dates will be Nov. 12-14, with this tremendously popular hunt bringing in participants from all over the United States and abroad. Entries are received on a first come, first served basis and limited to a maximum of 230 hunters. For more information on the Whitetail Trophy Hunt visit Whitetail.net or call 1-800-633-4868.

The Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models will be running qualifying heats both nights with a $3,000-to-win feature on Friday and a $5,000 feature on Saturday. On Friday, Oct. 7 gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. It’ll be Free Kids Friday with youngsters 11-and-under admitted free.
Admission prices are:
Adults (16 and up) $15
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $12
Youth (12-15) $5
Kids (11 and under) FREE
Family Pass $30 (click here for information)
Pit Pass $35

On Saturday, Oct. 8 gates open an hour earlier at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 and racing at 6:30. Admission prices:
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40 (click here for information)
Pit Pass $35
For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

The 3rd annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals and Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt are coming to Lucas Oil Speedway Oct. 7-8.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Tickets on sale for Lucas Oil Speedway Championship Banquet

September 30th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – As the racing season at Lucas Oil Speedway enters the home stretch, it’s time to think about celebrating the accomplishments from 2016 with the annual Lucas Oil Speedway Championship Banquet.

The top 10 drivers in each of the four Lucas Oil Speedway Budweiser Weekly Championship Series divisions will be recognized at the banquet, Saturday, Nov. 5 at The Lodge at Old Kinderhook, 678 Old Kinderhook Drive, in Camdenton. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour from 6-7 p.m. followed by the dinner and awards program. A cash bar will be available. “This is always a fun event as we get to gather the top-finishing drivers in all four divisions in our championship chases and give them well-earned recognition,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “It’s also an opportunity for our fans to come out and share in the fun as we take a look back on a tremendous 2016 season.”

Tickets are $40 and can be reserved by calling the Lucas Oil Speedway office at (417) 282-5984 or by emailing Nichole McMillan at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Tables of 10 are also available for $400. All tickets must be paid for in advance. Cash, checks, or credit cards are acceptable methods of payment. Please RSVP and order tickets no later than Oct. 28th. Banquet tickets will not be available for purchase after that date and tickets will not be available at the door.

Drivers must attend the awards banquet to receive their awards, including cash and contingencies. As an added bonus, a 2015 Harley Sportster courtesy of Lawless Harley-Davidson will be awarded to one lucky driver. Group guest room rates at The Lodge at Old Kinderhook, including a standard room with king bed or double queen is available for $119 based on availability. For room reservations, call (888) 346-4949 and mention “Lucas Oil Speedway Banquet.”

For more information on The Lodge at Old Kinderhook go to www.OldKinderhook.com Still to come: Two big racing events remain on the Lucas Oil Speedway 2016 schedule. The 3rd annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals and Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt is Oct. 7-8; the Lucas Oil Monster Truck Nationals Eve of Destruction is set for Oct. 22. For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

The 3rd annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals and Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt are coming to Lucas Oil Speedway Oct. 7-8.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Johnson, Weyant capture Night Two Hockett/McMillin Memorial wins at Lucas Oil Speedway

September 26th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- It didn’t take long – just under seven minutes to be exact – for Wayne Johnson to score a wire-to-wire 25-lap victory Friday in Night Two of the 6th annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway. Johnson captured his third Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour victory of the season and first since May with the lightning-quick performance in a caution-free event. Johnson, of Knoxville, Iowa, earned $3,000. Korey Weyant grabbed the win in the Boss Wingless Auto Racing Series feature. It was another big car count, with 63 ASCS and 45 WAR entries in the pits.

The big finale on Saturday feature sees the ASCS drivers chasing a $10,000 feature prize and the WAR group gunning for a $1,200 winner’s check. Johnson said the win was sweet and one he’s wanted for a long time because Hockett, the Missouri open-wheel ace, was “a good friend of mine. “We’ll just keep working on this thing,” Johnson said, looking ahead to Saturday. “I think we can make it even better.”

Aaron Reutzel, who chased Johnson in heavy lapped traffic over the final laps, settled for second ahead of veteran Sammy Swindell who grabbed third after a runner-up finish on Thursday. Those two exchanged some words and gestures after the race. Johnson said things got hairy late in the race when he had to navigate slower traffic as Reutzel, who started fifth, and Swindell, advancing from seventh, gave hot pursuit. “I felt I picked the wrong line with about three to go,” Johnson said. “I got trapped behind a lapped car. But I figured if I can’t pass him, they can’t pass me either.” Johnson was able to quickly solve the dilemma, find an opening and celebrated the win.

Tony Bruce finished fourth and Jack Dover took fifth. Johnny Herrera, the Night One feature winner, salvaged 10th after starting the feature 20th. Weyant takes control: Korey Weyant, after a runner-up feature finish on Thursday, sailed into the lead on lap nine and went on to win the 25-lap WAR feature and earn $1,000. It was his fifth series victory of the season. “We messed up in the beginning,” the Springfield, Ill., driver said in a victory lane interview, noting he slipped from a front-row starting spot back to fourth in the early laps.

“The track was so good. I knew once everybody got back in line we could pick them off one at a time. We had the right combination tonight,” Weyant added. Weyant pulled away to a comfortable lead after making an outside pass of Ron Caho Jr. for the lead in turn two. He was never threatened as the race went caution free after a red flat on lap two when Ryan Kitchen of Lincoln, Neb., flipped for the second straight night. He was not injured.

Pole-sitter Derek Hagar wound up second. Meanwhile, Thursday feature winner Zach Daum was involved in a heat-race crash and did not make the feature. Ryan Kitchen of Lincoln, Neb., got upside down for the second night in a row to bring out a red flag after one lap of the feature. He walked away uninjured. Earlier start Saturday: A reminder that final-night action begins an hour earlier than the first two programs. Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 5:45 and racing at 6:30. Ticket prices are:
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (6 – 15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50
Pit Pass $40
Action will be filmed for broadcast on MAVTV and will be shown live on LucasOilRacing.tv. Live coverage can also be found at racinboys.com.

Herrera, Daum prevail as Hockett/McMillin Memorial opens at Lucas Oil Speedway

September 25th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Johnny Herrera made a late-race pass and held off veteran Sammy Swindell to prevail in the main event on Night One of the Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway. Herrera, of Albuquerque, N.M., earned $3,000 for his fifth Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour victory of the season as the mega three-night Sprint Car event got underway. Zach Daum drove to victory in the Boss Chassis Wingless Auto Racing Series feature on a night that 65 ASCS cars and 44 WAR Wingless Sprints checked into the pits.

Swindell, the 60-year-old veteran and three-time World of Outlaws Series champion, led the first 13 laps before Jonathan Cornell took the lead on lap 14 after a restart for the race’s fourth caution. A red flag flew later that lap when Josh Baughman wound up on his top after jumping the cushion out of turn four. He was not injured and, because the red came out before the lap was official, Cornell was scored behind Swindell. Swindell took advantage and went on to open up the lead on the restart with Cornell slipping to third behind Herrera.

Herrera tightened the margin and was pressuring Swindell when the sixth caution flew on lap 21. He quickly drove around Swindell on the high side to take his first lead of the race on lap 22 – but another red flag when Blake Hahn wound up on his side – halted things with three laps remaining. But Herrera pulled away after the final restart to earn the victory. “I had a really good car,” Herrera said. “Sammy is tough to beat. To out-run him, it’s always great.”

Swindell said he had some brake issues late in the race and had to fight to hang on for second. John Carney wound up third, Brad Loyet was fourth and Cornell took fifth.

A scary situation occurred on lap seven of B-Main 3 when Ray Allen Kulhanek of Danbury, Texas, had his car catch fire going down the back straightaway while leading the race. He spun the car to a stop against the wall near turn four, climbed from the cockpit and rolled, with his driver’s suit ablaze, until fire and safety crews arrived. Daum earns WAR win: Zach Daum grabbed the lead with an outside pass of Korey Weyant coming to the finish of lap 17 and went on to capture the 25-lap WAR feature and $1,000 prize on night one of the Hockett-McMillin Memorial. Daum, of Pocahontas, Ill., posted his second win in three WAR visits to Lucas Oil
Speedway this season. It was hard-earned as he needed several laps, working both inside and outside, before making the pass of Weyant. “This is as good as any dirt track is for the feature,” Daum said. “They did an
excellent job on the track and for as many cars as are here … they did an excellent job on the surface.”

Weyant, of Springfield, Ill., held on for second and Clinton Boyles of Greenwood, Mo., charged from ninth to finish third. Driver in both the ASCS and WAR divisions accumulate points the first two nights that go toward starting spots in Saturday’s finale night of action.

NASCAR legend Bobby Allison will be on hand as part of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety’s 2016 Designated Drivers Are Legendary campaign, showcasing the importance of sober driving in communities around Missouri.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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 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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Hafertepe’s title chase resumes at Lucas Oil Speedway during Hockett/McMillin Memorial

September 24th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – As he closes in on the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series championship, Sam Hafertepe Jr. is taking time to appreciate and enjoy the ride. Hafertepe rolls into Lucas Oil Speedway for the three-day Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial starting on Thursday with a 253-point lead over Johnny Herrera. With seven wins and 22 top-five finishes in 27 features, it’s been a banner season for the 30-year-old Texan.

And one that he fully appreciates. Just 16 months ago, Hafertepe broke his right arm in a violent crash at the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Okalhoma. The break was so severe that surgeons had to insert screws and a plate into the arm. He couldn’t race for three months.

There were nagging questions that lingered in Hafertepe’s mind when he returned to the cockpit his Winged Sprint Car. “I didn’t think it would bother me physically, but mentally when you get hurt like that it sometimes puts some doubt in the back of your mind,” he said. “I didn’t know if it would affect my ability to drive and didn’t know if I’d still be as aggressive. “But to be honest, I feel like it’s made me a better race-car driver because it made me appreciate the time that I do have in the car and how important every race
is and not take any of them for granted.” The Hockett/McMillin Memorial – paying tribute to two of the best to drive open-wheel cars in this part of the country – is an opportunity Hafertepe relishes. “To be able to win a race with those two guys’ names on it would be really special,” Hafertepe said.

For the first time, the Hockett/McMillin Memorial is a three-night show with full programs Thursday and Friday helping set the starting grid for Saturday’s $10,000-to-win feature for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series Tour presented by MAVTV Motorsports Network. The Boss Chassis Wingless Auto Racing Series also will be in action with full programs all three nights to make it the best of both the Winged and Wingless open-wheel
sprint cars. Hafertepe, of Sunnyvale, Texas, prevailed in his last appearance at Lucas Oil Speedway back in June, the ASCS Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek Finale. That gives him some additional swagger in the return to the Show-me State.

“We feel like we have that place figured out a little bit and can come in there and do some good,” he said. “At that time of the year (June) we had been working on a few things and getting a lot better at some different places, just hitting n some things that made the car faster. That night (at Lucas) it all came together.” Hafertepe said his big 2016 season really began over the final months of 2015. He made a triumphant return from the broken arm with six wins in 13 races as he paired with car owner Keith Dobbs. “After I broke my arm, I decided to sell all my equipment and stop being the car owner,” Hafertepe said. “Keith called me about that time and … I started driving his stuff. We won six of 13 races that we ran in his car and finished the year off with a national win at Devil’s Bowl. That kind of set us up for this year.

“Keith gave me an opportunity at a time we needed it and I’m grateful for that.” Despite the sizable lead in the points chase, Haftertepe said he’s keeping his focus on the next step of the process which is Thursday’s Hockett/McMillin opener. “We’re quite a ways from clinching, but we do have a pretty good lead,” he said. “As long as we keep our runs consistent and do what we’ve done all year, we should be OK.”

Past Lucas ASCS Hockett/McMillin winners are: Jason Johnson (2011 and 2012), Johnny Herrera (2013), Derek Hagar (2014) and Brad Loyet (2015). Action will be filmed for broadcast on MAVTV and will be shown live on
[LucasOilRacing.tv].

Live coverage can also be found at [Racinboys.com].

For updates on the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, log
onto [ASCSracing.com]. For info on the WAR Series visit
[WARSprints.com].

A reminder that Friday is part of the Free Kids Friday initiative at Lucas Oil Speedway this season with all youngsters 11-and-under admitted free. Kids 5-and-under always are free at the speedway. Here’s a look at the schedule and ticket prices each day:

Thursday (Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 6:45 and racing at 7:30)
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6 – 15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40 [(Click Here For More Information)]
Pit Pass $35
3-Day Pit Pass-$100
Friday
(Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps at 6:45 and racing at 7:30)
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Free kids Friday (11-and-under)
Family Pass $40 [(Click Here For More Information)]
Pit Pass $35
Saturday, September 24, 2016
(Gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 5:45 and racing at 6:30)
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (6 – 15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50 [(Click Here For More Information)]
Pit Pass $40
For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info
and schedule information for the season, visit [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 it’s 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 [www.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].

The three-night Hockett/McMillin Memorial opens Thursday at Lucas Oil Speedway.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Three-day Hockett/McMillin Memorial fires up Thursday at Lucas Oil Speedway

September 23rd, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Fans of open-wheel racing surely have had this week circled on the calendar for months. And with perfect fall weather in the forecast, the 6th annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway figures to be epic.

For the first time, the Hockett/McMillin Memorial is a three-night show with full programs Thursday and Friday helping set the starting grid for Saturday’s $10,000-to-win feature for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series Tour presented by MAVTV Motorsports Network. The Boss Chassis Wingless Auto Racing Series also will be in action with full programs all three nights to make it the best of both the Winged and Wingless open-wheel
sprint cars. “This is such a special event on so many levels as the top Sprint Car drivers throughout the nation, in both the Winged and Wingless cars, will go after the coveted Hockett/McMillin Memorial trophy on their wall.” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “We’re excited about expanding the event to three nights for the first time. “With perfect weather in the forecast, we anticipate big crowds so we would encourage fans to arrive as early as they can to get their favorite seats,” Robinson added.

In the ASCS division, combined points from heat races, qualifiers, B-Mains and A-Mains will set the lineup for the top-eight on Saturday night. Any tie in points will be broken by Friday’s passing point totals. ASCS A-Feature winners the first two nights will earn $3,000 with $1,500 for second. For the WAR Series, both Thursday and Friday will be complete shows in which all competitors will participate in order to accumulate points towards the finale on Saturday. Competitors will be rewarded points Thursday and Friday night each
time they take to the racing surface with the top six in points at the conclusion of Friday’s event locking into Saturday night’s A-Main finale.

All drivers, other than the six locked in competitors, will draw in for heat race position Saturday. The top 10 in passing points from heat races will transfer directly to the 30 lap A-Main. The remainder of the field will run a 12 lap B-Main with 6 cars transferring to the A-Main that will be $1,200 to win and $200 to start.
The top six locked in drivers will redraw for their starting positions in the A-Main. Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Sunnyvale, Texas, has a big lead in the ASCS championship chase with only a few events remaining. He’s 253 points clear of second-place Johnny Herrera of Albuquerque, N.M. Ozarks-area driver Kyle Bellm of Nixa is 10th in points. Among those scheduled to challenge Hafertepe is open-wheel veteran Sammy Swindell, a five time Chili Bowl champ and three-time World of Outlaws Sprint champion. In the WAR points race, Clinton Broyles of Greenwood, Mo., has a 133-point lead over Chris Parkinson of Gladstone, Mo.

When the Lucas ASCS National Series visited Lucas Oil Speedway back in June, Haftertepe prevailed in a stirring duel with Brad Loyet for one of his seven ASCS wins in 2016. Korey Weyant captured the WAR feature over Riley Kriesel. Past Lucas ASCS Hockett/McMillin winners are: Jason Johnson (2011 and 2012), Johnny Herrera (2013), Derek Hagar (2014) and Loyet (2015). Action will be filmed for broadcast on MAVTV and will be shown live on LucasOilRacing.tv.

Live coverage can also be found at Racinboys.com. For updates on the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, log onto ASCSracing.com. For info on the WAR Series visit WARSprints.com.

A reminder that Friday is part of the Free Kids Friday initiative at Lucas Oil Speedway this season with all youngsters 11-and-under admitted free. Kids 5-and-under always are free at the speedway. Here’s a look at the schedule and ticket prices each day:
Thursday
(Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 6:45 and racing at 7:30)
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6 – 15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40 (Click Here For More Information)
Pit Pass $35
3-Day Pit Pass-$100
Friday
(Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps at 6:45 and racing at 7:30)
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Free kids Friday (11-and-under)
Family Pass $40 (Click Here For More Information)
Pit Pass $35
Saturday, September 24, 2016
(Gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 5:45 and racing at 6:30)
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (6 – 15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50 (Click Here For More Information)
Pit Pass $40
For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info
and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

The three-night Hockett/McMillin Memorial opens Thursday at Lucas Oil Speedway.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Friday’s portion of Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals cancelled due to rain

September 18th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – With Mother Nature dumping heavy rain on the Lucas Oil Speedway grounds throughout the day on Friday, officials with Lucas Oil Speedway and the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League were forced to cancel the Friday night portion of the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals. Saturday’s weather forecast looks much better and is on as scheduled. Friday’s event will not be made up. “We waited as long as we could but the persistent heavy rain left us with little choice but to pull the plug.” stated Lucas Oil Speedway GM Dan Robinson. “The outlook for Saturday is much better with warmer temps and sunshine expected.”

Season championship leaders on the Champion’s Tour include: Fully Loaded (MAV-TV Unlimited Super Stock Tractors), Midnight Revenger (Optima Batteries Super Modified 2 WD Trucks), Lucas Oil Green Streak (E3 Sparkplugs Super Modified Tractors), Lethal Weapon (ARP Super Stock Diesel Trucks), Greenline Express (Protect the Harvest Pro Stock Tractors), Armed and Dangerous Excessive Force (ARP Lightweight Super Stock Tractors), Maximus Prime (Mac Trailer Hot Rod Semis), Fast & Furious (Super Farmer Tractors) and Stray Dog (TS Performance Modified 4WD Trucks).

For the latest in Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League pulling season points races log onto www.propulling.com and follow them on social media on both Facebook and Twitter (@propulling) and on Instagram (propullingleague). Gates open at 5 p.m. on Saturday with action firing up at 7.
Ticket information for Saturday is:
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50

Meanwhile, Lucas Oil Speedway has a busy stretch of events to conclude the 2016 season. A rundown of what’s coming up: 6th annual ASCS Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial: Three full nights of open-wheel racing is set Sept. 22-24 with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network and the WAR Wingless Auto Racing Series Sprint Cars. Full shows for both are set all three nights and Saturday night’s ASCS feature will pay a whopping $10,000 to the winner.

3rd annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals and Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt: On Oct. 7-8, it’s the best of Late Models with the MLRA in complete programs both nights to wrap up its season. The Big Buck 50, meanwhile, puts Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks in the spotlight, with a $5,000-to-win feature on night two. The winner also will be awarded into an entry for the Whitetail Trophy Hunt in November.

Lucas Oil Monster Truck Nationals: It’s an early Halloween Spook-tacular celebration when the Lucas Monster Truck Nationals makes it annual visit to the speedway in a big one-day show. Over 60,000 pounds of Monster Truck Thunder from six world-famous Monster Trucks – Bigfoot, Raminator, Heavy Hitter, Barbarian, Snakebite and Dawg Pound – will be on display. Joining those 10-foot-tall and 10,000-pound giant trucks will be the car-eating, flame-throwing mechanical monster form the Jurassic age – Megasaurus – and the high-horsepower stunts of Wheelie Wizard. For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

Lucas Pro Pulling League two-night show ignites home stretch of Lucas Oil Speedway season

September 14th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- An action-packed home stretch of the Lucas Oil Speedway season fires up with a big doubleheader weekend Friday and Saturday for the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals. This marks the first time that pure power and noise of the Truck and Tractors is a two-night show at the speedway, where infield adjacent to the front straightaway has been converted into a pulling zone.

The Lucas Pro Pulling Nationals is a two-night program, Friday and Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway.

The first night action on Friday will find the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals in action with classes including ARP Lightweight Super Stock Tractors, ARP Super Stock Diesel Trucks, Limited Pro Stock Tractors and 2.6 Diesel Trucks.

Then on Saturday night it’s the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Champion’s Tour for its only appearance of 2016 at the speedway. Classes in action include the E3 Spark Plugs Super Modified Tractors, Unlimited Super Stock Tractors, Pro Modified 4WD Trucks, Optima Batteries Super Modified 2WD Trucks, Protect the Harvest Pro Stock Tractors and Super Farm Tractors. “It’s Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals week, which is always a big one for us and one that fans have been anticipating,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “This is the first time it’s a big two-night event which means twice the opportunity for our fans to come out and enjoy the power of the Lucas Pro Pulling League.

Pure power awaits at the Lucas Pro Pulling Nationals, Friday and Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway.

“This event always draws capacity crowds and a large amount of pulling vehicles so I urge you to get here early and grab a great seat.”

Season championship leaders on the Champion’s Tour include: Fully Loaded (MAV-TV Unlimited Super Stock Tractors), Midnight Revenger (Optima Batteries Super Modified 2 WD Trucks), Lucas Oil Green Streak (E3 Sparkplugs Super Modified Tractors), Lethal Weapon (ARP Super Stock Diesel Trucks), Greenline Express (Protect the Harvest Pro Stock Tractors), Armed and Dangerous Excessive Force (ARP Lightweight Super Stock Tractors), Maximus Prime (Mac Trailer Hot Rod Semis), Fast & Furious (Super Farmer Tractors) and Stray Dog (TS Performance Modified 4WD Trucks). For the latest in Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League pulling season points races log onto www.propulling.com and follow them on social media on both Facebook and Twitter (@propulling) and on Instagram (propullingleague).

Gates open at 5 p.m. both nights with action firing up at 7. Friday night is part of the Free Kids Fridays throughout 2016 where youngsters 11-and-under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
Ticket information for Friday is:
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (12-15) $5
Kids (11 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40 (Click Here for more information)
Ticket information for Saturday is:
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50 (Click Here for more information)

Meanwhile, Lucas Oil Speedway has a busy stretch of events to conclude the 2016 season. A rundown of what’s coming up:
6th annual ASCS Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial: Three full nights of open-wheel racing is set Sept. 22-24 with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network and the WAR Wingless Auto Racing Series Sprint Cars. Full shows for both are set all three nights and Saturday night’s ASCS feature will pay a whopping $10,000 to the winner.

3rd annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals and Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt: On Oct. 7-8, it’s the best of Late Models with the MLRA in complete programs both nights to wrap up its season. The Big Buck 50, meanwhile, puts Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks in the spotlight, with a $5,000-to-win feature on night two. The winner also will be awarded into an entry for the Whitetail Trophy Hunt in November.

Lucas Oil Monster Truck Nationals: It’s an early Halloween Spook-tacular celebration when the Lucas Monster Truck Nationals makes it annual visit to the speedway in a big one-day show. Over 60,000 pounds of Monster Truck Thunder from six world-famous Monster Trucks – Bigfoot, Raminator, Heavy Hitter, Barbarian, Snakebite and Dawg Pound – will be on display. Joining those 10-foot-tall and 10,000-pound giant trucks will be the car-eating, flame-throwing mechanical monster form the Jurassic age – Megasaurus – and the high-horsepower stunts of Wheelie Wizard. For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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 and Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway.

The Lucas Pro Pulling League returns to Lucas Oil Speedway, Sept. 16-17.

For first time, two nights of Lucas Pro Pulling League coming to Lucas Oil Speedway

September 10th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – While all is quiet this weekend at Lucas Oil Speedway, that will change big time is just over a week. Pure power will be on display not one, but for the first time for two nights, as the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League invades Lucas Oil Speedway on Sept. 16-17. The first night action will find the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals in a special Friday-night show. Classes in action will include ARP Lightweight Super Stock Tractors, ARP Super Stock Diesel Trucks, Limited Pro Stock Tractors and 2.6 Diesel Trucks.

The Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League is a two-night show at Lucas Oil Speedway, Sept. 16-17.

Then on Saturday night it’s the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Champion’s Tour for its only appearance of 2016 at the speedway. Classes in action include the E3 Spark Plugs Super Modified Tractors, Unlimited Super Stock Tractors, Pro Modified 4WD Trucks, Optima Batteries Super Modified 2WD Trucks, Protect the Harvest Pro Stock Tractors and Super Farm Tractors.

“The anticipation continues to grow as we are just a week away from one of the largest and most lucrative truck and truck pulls in the country, right here in Wheatland,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “For the first time, it’s a big two-night event which means twice the opportunity for our fans to come out and enjoy the power of the Lucas Pro Pulling League. “This event always draws capacity crowds and a large amount of pulling vehicles so I urge you to get here early and grab a great seat.” For more information, visit ProPulling.com.

Gates open at 5 p.m. both nights with action firing up at 7.
Ticket information for Friday is:
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (12-15) $5
Kids (11 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40
Ticket information for Saturday is:
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50 (Click Here for more information) For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

The Lucas Pro Pulling League returns to Lucas Oil Speedway, Sept. 16-17.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Anticipation building for Street Stocks Big Buck 50 at Lucas Oil Speedway

September 7th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Anticipation is building for one of the biggest Street Stock races in the Midwest, next month’s Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt at Lucas Oil Speedway.

The big two-night show, Oct. 7-8, will be run in conjunction with the 3rd annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals. Winner of the Oct. 8 50-lap feature for Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks will collect $5,000 – plus a free entry in the Whitetail Trophy Hunt which has a $15,000 first prize. Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said that the Big Buck 50, giving the Street Stocks extra money and exposure, proved to be one of the most-popular races of the season at Lucas Oil Speedway when it debuted a year ago.

Darrin Crisler (9) and 2016 Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks champion Derek Brown (11) will be two to watch at the Big Buck 50. (Chris Bork photo)

“This race gives our Street Stock drivers an opportunity to not only compete for extra money but also get the big-race exposure that’s often only associated with the Late Models,” Robinson said. “We’re thrilled to have Whitetail Trophy Hunt returning as the presenting sponsor and we expect a deep field of Street Stock competitors from all over the country for this race.”

Opening night will see a special qualifying session to set the field for 10-lap heat races. Those results will help determine the feature starting spots for the 50-lap feature the next night. Tony Jackson Racing is sponsoring a $500 Fast Qualifier Award and James Ray of Ray’s Lake Service is sponsoring a $500 Hard Charger Award. “We build a handful of Street stocks and they’ve had pretty good success,” Tony Jackson Jr. said. “It’s a good class and we just wanted to give back to it a little bit.

“A lot of those guys pull a long way to race and it’s a pretty big race for those guys. It’s very competitive. They put on some of the best racing out there.” Derek Brown, driving a Tony Jackson Racing Street Stock, won nine features and the 2016 season championship at Lucas Oil Speedway.

James Ray of Ray’s Lake Service, which is located in Lake Ozark and specializes in boat lift installation and repair said he’s closely followed the Street Stock division as a sponsor of Lucas Oil Speedway regulars Kenny Carroll and Craig Danuser. “I’ve been around racing all my life,” Ray said. “I really enjoy watching Kenny and Craig race and I just enjoy all the people there at the speedway.” Drivers interested in pre-entry for the Big Buck 50 may download an entry form for the race. Entry is $100 prior to Oct. 1 and $125 after that date. Rules for the race:

- Any car utilizing track rules other than Lucas Oil Speedway track rules must present a copy of those rules. In pre-tech. If a copy is not presented than that car must meet Lucas Oil Speedway track rules.
- Cars must meet Factory Stock/Street Stock Area Track Rules utilizing OEM type suspension i.e: nomfabricated 3-link cars, front clip/tube chassis leaf cars, etc. USRA and IMCA Stock Cars Allowed.
- Carburetors will be inspected and marked by LOS Official and must be ran during the entire event.
- Rear suspension points must use OEM type rubber bushings. No monoball or spherical bearing type control arm bushings, or leaf spring bushings.
- Bert/Brinn style transmissions allowed but must have 50# bolted in front of mid-plate. (Berts/Brinns only allowed if you are allowed to run them under the track rules you are claiming.)
- USRA and IMCA Stock Cars will be allowed to run Stud Girdles.
- Tire rule is open to area track tire rules but tires MUST durometer a minimum of 55. Softening is not allowed. USRA and IMCA Stock Cars will be allowed to run Hoosier A-40 or 10 inch Hoosier asphalt takeoffs (10.0 / 27.0 0-15). May re-groove tires. Tires MUST durometer minimum of 55 hardness. Softening is not allowed. May run 15 inch diameter with 8 or 10 inch width wheels.
- Lucas Oil Speedway will have two (2) provisionals based on final 2016 LOS Season Points Standing and that driver must be running under LOS track rules.
- The top 10 cars that qualify for the main event will be impounded and held in
tech barn.
- Format for the event is as follows: Thursday, Oct. 6th open practice (6-9 p.m.),
Friday, Oct. 7th 2-lap qualifying, and heat races, Saturday, Oct. 9th B-mains, 50-lap feature.

- Entry fee of $100 per car if received before Oct. 1 , after that date entry fee will be $125 per car. – Payout : 1) $5,000, 2) $2,500, 3) $1,250, 4) $1,000, 5) $900, 6) $800, 7) $700, 8) $600, 9) $500, 10) $400, 11) $350, 12-24. $300. (Non-Transfers) $100

This year marks the 28th anniversary of the Whitetail Trophy Hunt at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Event dates will be Nov. 12-14, with this tremendously popular hunt bringing in participants from all over the United States and abroad. Entries are received on a first come, first served basis and limited to a maximum of 230 hunters. For more information on the Whitetail Trophy Hunt visit Whitetail.net or call 1-800-633-4868.

The Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models will be running qualifying heats both nights with a $3,000-to-win feature on Friday and a $5,000 feature on Saturday. On Friday, Oct. 7 gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. It’ll be Free Kids Friday with youngsters 11-and-under admitted free.
Admission prices are:
Adults (16 and up) $15
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $12
Youth (12-15) $5
Kids (11 and under) FREE
Family Pass $30 (Click Here for more information)
Pit Pass $35

On Saturday, Oct. 8 gates open an hour earlier at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 and racing at 6:30. Admission prices:
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40 (Click Here for more information)
Pit Pass $35

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s 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 www.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 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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016.

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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Robbins, Nitro Nuts celebrate surprise Top Fuel win at Diamond Drag Boat Nationals

September 7th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Hugs and high-fives came from all corners of the pit area Sunday after Mike Robbins pulled off what had to be the upset victory of the year in the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series’ Top Fuel Hydro divison. “Man, I’m just about speechless. I’m in shock,” Robbins said after piloting Nitro Nuts past the Scott Compton-driven Liquid Voodoo in an all first-timer’s final in the 6th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Robbins ran a 3.79 elapsed time for 1,000 feet at 226.31 miles per hour. He easily outdistanced Compton, who eased his boat before the finish. “This is the just the second race and the eighth pass on the boat,” Robbin said. “It took us two years to get everything in place. We wanted to race the first week we got the boat, but were like, ‘No, we have to be patient. We have to get the right parts and get the right people.’ It worked.”
Robbins, of Youngsville, North Carolina, shocked Top Fuel Hydro championship leader Bryan Sanders in Nitrochondriac in the semifinals. Earlier, Liquid Voodoo, a boat owned by NHRA Top Fuel Drag driver Scott Palmer of Cassville, Mo., upset Daryl Erlich and Problem Child to reach the final with a blistering run of 239.41 miles per hour. With only one other event in the boat this season, Robbins said the weekend played
out like a dream.

“You hope,” he said of his realistic chances for victory. “Round after round, we kept winning. I red-lighted in the second round and it was so bad that I was bummed the whole ride. But (the opponent) didn’t crank. We got lucky.” Robbins has been something of a nomad in a boat-race career that began in 1997, seeing him race for a number of teams. He’s driven three different Top Fuel boats this year alone before getting his own Nitro Nuts team going with a crew that he said is literally from all over the map. He said the victory was special for many reasons, but quickly dedicated it to reigning Top Fuel Hydro champion Scott Lumbert who was critically injured in a racing accident last month. “We just want to giver a shout-out to Scotty and all the Spirit of Texas team,” Robbins said. “It’s a big family out here.” Liquid Voodoo fell short in the final, but it still felt like a victory for the team. Palmer, who’s back on the NHRA road next week driving his Top Fuel dragster, considers Wheatland’s Lucas Oil Speedway his hometown track for the boat team.

“It’s great to do it anywhere,” Palmer said. “We’ve only had this boat, our 14th race with a Top Fuel Hydro. To do this well at our hometown race? It’s even better.” Other pro division winners in Sunday’s finals were: Rick Allen of Fort Smith, Ark., in Total Kaos (Top Alcohol Hydro), Bill Miller of Taylor, Texas driving Party to the Max (Top Alcohol Flat), Tim Ortiz of Conroe, Texas aboard Empty Pockets (Pro Mod), Gus Word of Sonora, Texas in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (Pro Outlaw) and David Schmidt of Smithton, Ill., driving Just Another Quickie (Pro Eliminator). For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit lucasoilspeedway.com. Action at Lucas Oil Speedway resumes Sept. 16-17 with the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s 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 www.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 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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Vaught shines in Larry Phillips Memorial

September 6th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- When the checkers flew on the 2016 edition of the Larry Philips Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway, it was all smiles for the Will Vaught and his team. Considering all of the success Vaught has had throughout his career, oddly enough, prior to Saturday, he had never won a feature of any kind at the Wheatland, Missouri track.

“Everything fell in place tonight,” stated Vaught in Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane. “About two weeks ago we did this shock package and spring package for this place, because we haven’t been so good in the features. Tonight we had something there.”

Vaught fired from ninth and noted how special it was for him to win the race honoring Larry Phillips.

“Wow, the Larry Phillips Memorial, man that’s one of my idols when I was little,” Vaught continued. “To win that little trophy means more than about anything. ”

From lap 13 to 37 however, it looked like a Jesse Stovall runaway. He took command of the race from Jason Papich, and led by over a straightaway, when he had engine trouble and pulled off.

“I’ve been beat a lot leading laps like Jesse was,” Vaught further elaborated. “He was setting a blistering pace, he might have had the best car. I was trying to bide my time, not saying I would have caught him. He had heartbreak there.”

Friday’s Lakeside Speedway winner JC Wyman was the top qualifier and started the feature from the DirtOnDirt.com pole. He led the opening 10 circuits before Jason Papich emerged from a fierce three way battle, which included Stovall, with the lead.

Once Vaught took control at lap 38, he rolled on the final 12 laps unchallenged. Josh Hughes quietly worked his way forward after starting 13th. He ended the night second. It marked Hughes’ best finish in a Lucas Oil MLRA series event.

“It feels really good,” Hughes said to the crowd after the race. “Lance Wright is here. He tuned it before I went out, and it made a giant difference. I messed up several times, but I’m happy with the run.”

The race for third was intense late. It appeared Tim Manville had it sewn up, but Wyman had one last push and made his way back inside the top three.

“I wanted that podium finish,” commented Wyman. “I think the driver just decided to show up and drive the rest of the year. We changed motors, and I think that might have helped me be a little better.”

Tim Manville settled for fourth, and Chase Junghans was strong for the second night in a row. He completed the top five.

Only three race remain on the series schedule; Saturday, October 1, at State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, Missouri, and the following weekend back at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri for the Fall Nationals two day season finale.

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.

Closing in: Sanders, Nitrochondriac could clinch Lucas Top Fuel Hydro title Sunday at Diamond Nationals

September 5th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- Bryan Sanders admits he’s allowed himself to think “a little bit” about winning his first Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series Top Fuel Hydro championship. “But I’m just taking them one at a time,” said Sanders, who pilots the Tommy Thompson-owned Nitrochondriac – one of the top attractions at this weekend’s 6th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway.

“We have a pretty good lead right now, but it’s not big enough where it’s all sewn up,” Sanders said. “We’re taking it one round at a time and we’re just focusing on this weekend and trying to get the win.” The win, if it comes in Sunday’s finals, would clinch that title with two events still to come. Sanders served notice in Saturday’s qualifying that he’s all business. Nitrochondriac earned the No. 1 qualifying slot, zipping the 1,000 feet in 3.47 seconds at 263 miles-per-hour.

It’s been a dream season for the Nitrochondriac team, which has led the standings from the start. A win on Lake Lucas during June’s John Haas Memorial was a key piece of the puzzle. Sanders, who owns an automobile detailing company in Houston, Texas, said it’s been a full-out team effort to reach the brink of a title. Nitrochondriac was the Top Fuel Hydro runner-up each of the last two seasons. “It all starts with Tommy Thompson,” Sanders said of the Tulsa-area resident who owns Nitrochondriac and several other drag-boat teams. “The team he has put together is phenomenal. Whatever this team needs to be the best, he gets it. “Todd Haas, our crew chief, came over from NHRA and he’s an old-time boat racer before he went to NHRA and worked on Tony Schumacher’s car and Cruz Pedregon. He brought all that knowledge over to us.

“Tom Conway is another legend of the sport building our motors. They’re fantastic. We can go out and set a record run like we did at Marble Falls, going 3.38 (a record for elapsed time at 1,000 feet), come back and the motor looks like it just came out of the box.

“Then every crew member is doing their job correctly. You can have the best crew chief and best engine builder, but if the motor comes apart and doesn’t go back together the correct way, you aren’t achieving anything.” Sanders is a second-generation drag-boat racer. His dad drove Top Alcohol Flats for several years, but before Bryan began racing boats he drove NHRA turbocharged car-tire drag bikes. “Then I boat one boat and then another,” he said. “Now here I am, running Top-Fuel. It just progressed.” Asked to describe the sensation inside the capsule when the Top Fuel fires off the line and reaches 250 miles-per-hour plus in three seconds, Sanders paused. “It’s hard to describe,” he said, mentioning more than four Gs (gravitational pull) upon acceleration. “For me, when I get three-quarters track and this thing is moving smooth as glass … you’re like ‘come on, come on, let’s finish this thing.’

“Even though it’s happening in 3.3 seconds, it seems like 3.3 minutes. Then when you throw the ‘chutes and you’ve make it at 260, there’s nothing like it. Sanders admitted some of his job about season has been tempered by the critical injury suffered three weeks ago to two-time defending Top Fuel champ Scott Lumbert. Spirit of Texas, driven by Lumbert, crashed in the finals of the race at Marble Falls, Texas. “There’s only eight of us in the world, Top Fuel Hydro drivers. We’re a tight-knit group,” Sanders said. Sanders said he’s avoided any serious crashes during his career.

“All you can do in this sport is safety, safety, safety,” he said. “It’s sad to say, but every time there is a crash, it’s a learning experience for all of us. We re-designed some things in the capsule since (Marble Falls). I rely on my crew to give me the safest boat they can give me. “I’ve been real lucky and blessed. I hope it stays that way.”

Schedule and ticket prices for Sunday: (Schedule)
9 a.m. – Round 1 Eliminations (PM, PO)
9:30 a.m. – Round 1 Eliminations (TFH, TAH, TAF)
10:30 a.m. – Round 1 Eliminations (QE, PE, TE, ME, SE, RR, PWC, JR)
12:30 p.m. – Round 2 Eliminations (PM, PO)
1 p.m. – Round 2 Eliminations (TFH, TAH, TAF)
1:30 p.m. – Round 2 Eliminations (QE, PE, TE, ME, SE, RR, PWC, JR)
2:30 p.m. – Round 3 Eliminations (PM, PO)
2:45 p.m. – Round 3 Eliminations (JR, PWC, RR, SE, ME, TE, PE, QE)
3 p.m. – Final Round Eliminations All Classes
(Admission)
Adults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) – $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) – $22
Youth GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 6 to 15) – $10
Kids GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 5 and under) – FREE
Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo – $50 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3
Kids Ages (6-15)
Adult 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo – $50
Seniors (62 and up)/Military 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo – $44
Youth Ages (6-15) 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo – $20
(All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area)

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

The power, speed and sound of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series returns to Lake Lucas for the Diamond Drag Boat Nationals over Labor Day weekend.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Closing in: Sanders, Nitrochondriac could clinch Lucas Top Fuel Hydro title Sunday at Diamond Nationals

September 5th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Bryan Sanders admits he’s allowed himself to think “a little bit” about winning his first Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series Top Fuel Hydro championship. “But I’m just taking them one at a time,” said Sanders, who pilots the Tommy Thompson-owned Nitrochondriac – one of the top attractions at this weekend’s 6th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway.

“We have a pretty good lead right now, but it’s not big enough where it’s all sewn up,” Sanders said. “We’re taking it one round at a time and we’re just focusing on this weekend and trying to get the win.” The win, if it comes in Sunday’s finals, would clinch that title with two events still to come. Sanders served notice in Saturday’s qualifying that he’s all business. Nitrochondriac earned the No. 1 qualifying slot, zipping the 1,000 feet in 3.47 seconds at 263 miles-per-hour. It’s been a dream season for the Nitrochondriac team, which has led the standings from the start. A win on Lake Lucas during June’s John Haas Memorial was a key piece
of the puzzle.

Sanders, who owns an automobile detailing company in Houston, Texas, said it’s been a full-out team effort to reach the brink of a title. Nitrochondriac was the Top Fuel Hydro runner-up each of the last two seasons. “It all starts with Tommy Thompson,” Sanders said of the Tulsa-area resident who owns Nitrochondriac and several other drag-boat teams. “The team he has put together is phenomenal. Whatever this team needs to be the best, he gets it. “Todd Haas, our crew chief, came over from NHRA and he’s an old-time boat racer before he went to NHRA and worked on Tony Schumacher’s car and Cruz Pedregon. He brought all that knowledge over to us.

“Tom Conway is another legend of the sport building our motors. They’re fantastic. We can go out and set a record run like we did at Marble Falls, going 3.38 (a record for elapsed time at 1,000 feet), come back and the motor looks like it just came out of the box. “Then every crew member is doing their job correctly. You can have the best crew chief and best engine builder, but if the motor comes apart and doesn’t go back together the correct way, you aren’t achieving anything.”

Sanders is a second-generation drag-boat racer. His dad drove Top Alcohol Flats for several years, but before Bryan began racing boats he drove NHRA turbocharged car-tire drag bikes. “Then I boat one boat and then another,” he said. “Now here I am, running Top-Fuel. It just progressed.” Asked to describe the sensation inside the capsule when the Top Fuel fires off the line and reaches 250 miles-per-hour plus in three seconds, Sanders paused. “It’s hard to describe,” he said, mentioning more than four Gs (gravitational pull) upon acceleration. “For me, when I get three-quarters track and this thing is moving smooth as glass … you’re like ‘come on, come on, let’s finish this thing.’

“Even though it’s happening in 3.3 seconds, it seems like 3.3 minutes. Then when you throw the ‘chutes and you’ve make it at 260, there’s nothing like it.” Sanders admitted some of his job about season has been tempered by the critical injury suffered three weeks ago to two-time defending Top Fuel champ Scott Lumbert. Spirit of Texas, driven by Lumbert, crashed in the finals of the race at Marble Falls, Texas.

“There’s only eight of us in the world, Top Fuel Hydro drivers. We’re a tight-knit group,” Sanders said. Sanders said he’s avoided any serious crashes during his career. “All you can do in this sport is safety, safety, safety,” he said. “It’s sad to say, but every time there is a crash, it’s a learning experience for all of us. We re-designed some things in the capsule since (Marble Falls). I rely on my crew to give me the safest boat they can give me.
“I’ve been real lucky and blessed. I hope it stays that way.”
Schedule and ticket prices for Sunday: (Schedule)
9 a.m. – Round 1 Eliminations (PM, PO)
9:30 a.m. – Round 1 Eliminations (TFH, TAH, TAF)
10:30 a.m. – Round 1 Eliminations (QE, PE, TE, ME, SE, RR, PWC, JR)
12:30 p.m. – Round 2 Eliminations (PM, PO)
1 p.m. – Round 2 Eliminations (TFH, TAH, TAF)
1:30 p.m. – Round 2 Eliminations (QE, PE, TE, ME, SE, RR, PWC, JR)
2:30 p.m. – Round 3 Eliminations (PM, PO)
2:45 p.m. – Round 3 Eliminations (JR, PWC, RR, SE, ME, TE, PE, QE)
3 p.m. – Final Round Eliminations All Classes
(Admission)
Adults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) – $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) – $22
Youth GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 6 to 15) – $10
Kids GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 5 and under) – FREE
Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo – $50 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3
Kids Ages (6-15)
Adult 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo – $50
Seniors (62 and up)/Military 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo – $44
Youth Ages (6-15) 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo – $20
(All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area)

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

The power, speed and sound of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series returns to Lake Lucas for the Diamond Drag Boat Nationals over Labor Day weekend.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016.

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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Thoughts with ‘champ’ Lumbert as Lucas Oil Diamond Drag Boat Nationals get underway

September 4th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – There’s a significant void in the pit area and on the water at this weekend’s 6th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Instead of a crew busily preparing Spirit of Texas for qualifying runs, the Top Fuel Hydro boat’s pit space is occupied by memorabilia and assorted merchandise. The mission is not to win a race, but help out a champion in need. Scott Lumbert, driver of Spirit of Texas and the two-time reigning Top Fuel Hydro champ on the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series, was critically injured in a crash Aug. 14 in Marble Falls, Texas. He’s been moved to a medial facility in the St. Louis area, closer to his home in Illinois. David Kirkland, owner of the Spirit of Texas team, said there’s a long road ahead for Lumbert. “He’s had a severe brain trauma injury,” Kirkland said. “Physically, everything else, he’s fine. But it’s going to take constant care, 24-hour care.”

It’s going to be costly. That’s where the racing community come in, banding together to help not only lend moral support to the family but to raise funds for medical expenses for the family. Wife Lynn has been by Scott’s side throughout. In the Spirit of Texas pit area this weekend, the goal is to raise as much money as possible to help. Raffles will be held each day. Items up for bid include autographed memorabilia from Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series drivers and NHRA drivers, diecast cars, handmade jewelry, gift cards, gift baskets and racing “swag.” There is much more, including customized posters and photos from Marsha Waz. Eddie Knox and Marty Logan have created customized decals. Thompson Thompson Motorsports has custom t-shirts will proceeds going to “Racing for Scotty” and the Lumbert family.

“The drag boat racing community is a very tight-knit family,” said Bryan Sanders, who pilots the Top Fuel Hydro Nitrochondriac. “That’s not just racers or the crews. That’s the fans also. “Anybody I go up against, we’re friends first. We’re a tight-knit group.” Sanders described the 34-year-old Lumbert, the 2014 and 2015 Top Fuel Hydro champion, as a class act on and off the water. “Scotty, he’s the champ,” Sanders said. “He’s a fierce competitor and a good competitor. He’ll always come over before a run and wish me good luck and say, ‘See you at the other end.’ There’s not one time I can think of that he hasn’t done that.” Raffles will continue and merchandise will be on sale throughout the weekend at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Schedule and ticket prices for Saturday and Sunday:
Saturday (schedule)
8 a.m. – Spectator gates open
9 a.m. – Round 1 Qualifying Sportsman Session
Opening Ceremonies-National Anthem
10:30 a.m. – Round 1 Qualifying Pro Session
12:30 p.m. – Round 2 Qualifying Sportsman Session
2 p.m. – Round 2 Qualifying Pro Session
5 p.m. – Gates open to dirt track
7 p.m. – Hot laps
7:30 p.m. – Racing begins
Saturday (admission)
Adults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) – $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) – $22
Youth GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 6 to 15) – $10
Kids GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 5 and under) – FREE
Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo – $50 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3
Kids Ages (6-15)
Adult 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo – $50
Seniors (62 and up)/Military 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo – $44
Youth Ages (6-15) 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo – $20
(All Saturday and 3-Day tickets include entry to the Dirt Track Event on Saturday night) (All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area)
Admission to dirt-track only
Adults (16 and up) – $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military – $17
Youth (12-15) – $5
Kids (11 and under) – FREE
Family Pass – $40
Pit Pass – $35
Sunday (schedule)
9 a.m. – Round 1 Eliminations (PM, PO)
9:30 a.m. – Round 1 Eliminations (TFH, TAH, TAF)
10:30 a.m. – Round 1 Eliminations (QE, PE, TE, ME, SE, RR, PWC, JR)
12:30 p.m. – Round 2 Eliminations (PM, PO)
1 p.m. – Round 2 Eliminations (TFH, TAH, TAF)
1:30 p.m. – Round 2 Eliminations (QE, PE, TE, ME, SE, RR, PWC, JR)
2:30 p.m. – Round 3 Eliminations (PM, PO)
2:45 p.m. – Round 3 Eliminations (JR, PWC, RR, SE, ME, TE, PE, QE)
3 p.m. – Final Round Eliminations All Classes
Sunday (admission)
Adults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) – $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) – $22
Youth GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 6 to 15) – $10
Kids GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 5 and under) – FREE
Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo – $50 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3
Kids Ages (6-15)
Adult 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo – $50
Seniors (62 and up)/Military 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo – $44
Youth Ages (6-15) 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo – $20
(All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area)

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

The power, speed and sound of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series returns to Lake Lucas for the Diamond Drag Boat Nationals over Labor Day weekend.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Terry Phillips looks to keep Lucas Oil MLRA title hopes going in Larry Phillips Memorial

September 3rd, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Terry Phillips isn’t giving up on repeating his Lucas Oil MLRA championship, but knows there’s work to do and not a lot of time to get it done. Only five MLRA events remain, including one special to the veteran Springfield driver. That’s Saturday night for the Larry Phillips Memorial Presented by G2 Gemini Apparel at Lucas Oil Speedway, which pays tribute to Terry Phillips’ legendary father. The feature winner will earn $5,075 – the extra $75 significant as 75 was Larry Phillips’ iconic car number. It’s also Terry Phillips’ number, of course. “It means a lot to me,” Phillips said of his emotional tie to the race, in its second year at Lucas Oil Speedway after being at some other area ovals in the years since Larry Phillips’ passing in 2004. Larry Phillips won an unprecedented five NASCAR Weekly Racing Series National Championships.

Terry Phillips joked that it might not have been the smartest decision on his part to have the race at Lucas Oil Speedway, because his fortunes there the last few years haven’t been up to his high standards. But he said his father would have approved of the sparkling facility. “It’s a hell of a facility and good people running it,” Phillips said. “I want this race to be as top-notch as we can get it because it means a lot to me. He (Larry Phillips) would have like it there. It’s kind of like pavement, so he’d have liked it for sure.” Phillips said, “Wheatland has been humbling for me, for whatever reason.” But he vows to take a fresh attitude into this weekend’s visit.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. Fans attending the Diamond Drag Boat Nationals next door at Lake Lucas during the day – or who purchased a three-day pass for the boat races – will be admitted free to the MLRA program. The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds also are on the program, running for $1,200 to win. Terry Phillips has some momentum after winning the last MLRA races, on back-to-back nights three weeks ago at Junction Motor Speedway in Nebraska. “It’s just about getting the little things right and hitting the right set-up,” Phillips added of the key to finding victory lane. Phillips enters this weekend, which begins with Friday’s $3,000-to-win MLRA Clyde Ellis Memorial at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., 92 points behind Billings’ Jesse Stovall.

“You just do what you can do,” Phillips said of his title chances. “He’s got a big lead and he hasn’t had any bad luck. So if he has some bad luck and I don’t, we might get back in the hunt. But right now, he has such a big lead it’s going to be tough to catch him.”

Marty Denney’s Larry Phillips’ Tribute Car will be on display during Saturday’s program. Also, the Ozarks Area Racers Association will be on hand to promote the Jan. 6 Ozarks Area Racers Hall of Fame and Reunion ceremony which will be at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. Among the inductees is former NASCAR great Mark Martin and Lucas Oil founder Forrest Lucas. For a complete rundown of the 10-man class and for ticket info, visit the Ozarks Area Racers Association Facebook page.

Admission to dirt-track only for Saturday:
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (12-15) $5
Kids (11 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40 (Click Here for more information)
Pit Pass $35

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

The power, speed and sound of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series returns to Lake Lucas for the Diamond Drag Boat Nationals over Labor Day weekend.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016.

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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Big Labor Day Weekend of speed on water, dirt coming to Lucas Oil Speedway

September 3rd, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Labor Day Weekend means speed and plenty of it – on the water and dirt – at Lucas Oil Speedway. The 6th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals on the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series fires up with qualifying rounds at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday, leading into eliminations on Sunday on Lake Lucas.

Stock cars join the fun, turning Saturday into a day-night doubleheader as the Lucas Oil MLRA returns to the dirt track for the Larry Phillips Memorial Presented by G2 Gemini Apparel. The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds also are on the 7:30 p.m. program. Fans with tickets to the Diamond Drag Boat Nationals on Saturday – or with a three-day pass to the boat races – include admission to the dirt track.

Two large covered grandstands with great views of Lake Lucas await fans at this weekend’s Diamond Drag Boat Nationals.

“Labor Day is considered the conclusion of summer and what better way to celebrate it than a trip to Lucas Oil Speedway for a full weekend of non-stop action,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said.

“From the pure power and intensity of the Top Fuel Hydro boats that eclipse 250 miles per through the other pro divisions and sportsman classes, it’s going to be three days of fast and furious action on the water. “Where else can you go and watch the nation’s best drag boats and the region’s best open competition Late models and Modifieds at the same place on the same weekend for one low ticket price? On Saturday, fans can see both the boats and the cars with one ticket.” Robinson reminds fans that there is ample seating under covered grandstands alongside Lake Lucas – with a terrific view of the boat-race course while providing ample shade.

A quick preview at what to expect:
In the water: Drag boat racing is scheduled in five pro divisions and eight sportsman classes. Qualifying is set to begin at 9 a.m. the first two days with eliminations set to begin at 9 a.m. on the final day. Opening ceremonies with the National Anthem are set before the 10:30 a.m. qualifying sessions for the pro divisions. In the Top Fuel Hydro class, Bryan Sanders driving the Tommy Thompson-owned Nitrochondriac prevailed at Lake Lucas back in June at the 5th annual John Haas Memorial, clocked at 247.93 miles per hours in the finals at 3.67 seconds.

Nitrochondriac set a new Top Fuel Hydro world record Aug. 13 in qualifying at Marble Falls, Texas, with a 3.3859-second run over 1,000 feet. Nitrochondriac sits atop the Top Fuel championship standings with only three races remaining. Other points leaders in the pro divisions are Mike DeClark in Little White Lie (Top Alcohol Hydro), Don Bausher in Habit Forming (Top Alcohol Flat), Kevin Helm in Fist Full of Dollar (Pro Mod) and Tom Brasher in Desperado (Pro Outlaw). Kids 11-and-under also are free on Friday as part of the season-long Free Kids Friday promotion.

The Lucas Oil Speedway Drag Boat Lake – approximately 4,000 feet long and 400 feet wide – is the world’s only purpose-built drag boat lake and located just south of the dirt track. On the dirt: The Lucas Oil MLRA is charging into the home stretch of its schedule and finds Jesse Stovall of Billings leaders reigning series champ Terry Phillips of Springfield by 92 points.

This is the second straight year that Lucas Oil Speedway has played host to the Larry Phillips Memorial, paying tribute to one of the greatest to ever drive a race car. Phillips, who died in 2004, was a five-time NASCAR Weekly Racing Series National Champion and is on the ballot for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The winner of the feature will earn $5,075 – with the extra $75 a tribute to Phillips’ iconic car number. R.C. Whitwell won last year’s Phillips Memorial for his first MLRA win.

The Larry Phillips Memorial follows an MLRA stop at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., on Friday night for the Clyde Ellis Memorial. Only three races remain following next weekend, including the season-concluding 3rd annual Fall Nationals Oct. 7-8 at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Schedule/ticket prices for the weekend are:

Saturday (schedule)
8 a.m. – Spectator gates open
9 a.m. – Round 1 Qualifying Sportsman Session
Opening Ceremonies-National Anthem
10:30 a.m. – Round 1 Qualifying Pro Session
12:30 p.m. – Round 2 Qualifying Sportsman Session
2 p.m. – Round 2 Qualifying Pro Session
5 p.m. – Gates open to dirt track
7 p.m. – Hot laps
7:30 p.m. – Racing begins
Saturday (admission)
Adults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) – $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) – $22
Youth GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 6 to 15) – $10
Kids GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 5 and under) – FREE
Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo – $50 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3
Kids Ages (6-15)
Adult 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo – $50
Seniors (62 and up)/Military 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo – $44
Youth Ages (6-15) 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo – $20
(All Saturday and 3-Day tickets include entry to the Dirt Track Event on Saturday night)
(All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area)
Admission to dirt-track only
Adults (16 and up) – $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military – $17
Youth (12-15) – $5
Kids (11 and under) – FREE
Family Pass – $40 (Click Here for more information)
Pit Pass – $35
Sunday (schedule)
9 a.m. – Round 1 Eliminations (PM, PO)
9:30 a.m. – Round 1 Eliminations (TFH, TAH, TAF)
10:30 a.m. – Round 1 Eliminations (QE, PE, TE, ME, SE, RR, PWC, JR)
12:30 p.m. – Round 2 Eliminations (PM, PO)
1 p.m. – Round 2 Eliminations (TFH, TAH, TAF)
1:30 p.m. – Round 2 Eliminations (QE, PE, TE, ME, SE, RR, PWC, JR)
2:30 p.m. – Round 3 Eliminations (PM, PO)
2:45 p.m. – Round 3 Eliminations (JR, PWC, RR, SE, ME, TE, PE, QE)
3 p.m. – Final Round Eliminations All Classes
Sunday (admission)
Adults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) – $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) – $22
Youth GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 6 to 15) – $10
Kids GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 5 and under) – FREE
Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo – $50 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3
Kids Ages (6-15)
Adult 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo – $50
Seniors (62 and up)/Military 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo – $44
Youth Ages (6-15) 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo – $20
(All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area) For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

The power, speed and sound of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series returns to Lake Lucas for the Diamond Drag Boat Nationals over Labor Day weekend.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016.

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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Color it Brown while Morton doubles up: Season champs crowned at Lucas Oil Speedway

August 31st, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – It was celebration time for the Brown family Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway. Timothy Brown drove to victory in the Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks feature and his son, Derek Brown, celebrated the track championship after a second-place finish. “I wouldn’t rather lose to anyone else out here,” Derek Brown said on Bill Roberts Chevrolet-Buick Season Championship Night Presented by KYOO-Your Country 99 and KPOW-Power 97.7.

Other feature winners on what also was Public Safety Appreciation Night, as 125 cars checked into the pits, were: J.C. Morton (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods), Todd Shute (ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models) and Eric Turner (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds). Joining Brown as track champs for 2016 were Morton (Ozark Golf Cars B-Mods), Aaron Marrant (ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models) and Jeff Cutshaw (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds).
Timothy Brown captured his third Street Stocks feature victory of the season, hanging on to defeat his son after the race’s fourth caution wiped out a big lead with two laps to go. Both Browns went to victory lane for the post-race celebration. Timothy Brown said it was gratifying to finish in front of son. Both are from Stoutland and have been competing against each other for several years.

“That’s better than him in front of me,” a smiling Timothy Brown said of the order of finish. Derek Brown fell just short of his 10th feature win of the season, but with an insurmountable points lead headed into the final night of the regular season was plenty happy. “We definitely put a good one together,” Derek Brown said of a season that included two second places and a trio of third-place finishes in 16 races. Johnny Coats of Joplin, winner of the previous two features, finished third ahead of Republic’s Burl Woods.

Brandon Dunham was named AR Bodies Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stock Hard Charger, starting 22nd and finishing 13th. He received a $50 product certificate. Morton wins night, season: Springfield’s J.C. Morton clinched the B-Mod season championship in style, making a last-lap pass of Andy Bryant to claim his third feature victory
of the season. Bryant, of Fort Scott, Kan., was unable to hang on after the race’s fifth caution led to a restart with two laps to go. Morton used the high line to sail past Bryant in turn two on the final lap.

“I kind on set up on a mission tonight to be the only car out here” in B-Mod victory lane, Morton said. “There at the end there were two grooves, real racy, and I figured Andy would move up to block. He let me race and I was able to get by.” Shawn Strong of Billings, who was seeking his third straight victory, finished third. That was Strong’s fifth straight top-three finish to close the season. Shute scores first: Todd Shute, who’s only had a handful of starts in a ULMA Late Model, took the lead with five laps remaining and held off Jon Sheets for his first feature victory.

Shute, of Des Moines, Iowa, has been a Modified regular but got into a Late Model owned by Ed Young for the first time about a month ago. He was second at Lucas Oil Speedway a week earlier and broke through this time.
“I’m just glad I could sit in this chair,” Shute said of the Late Model ride. “Once I got by (Marrant) I was pretty sure we could stay out front.”

Marrant, of Richmond, led the first 15 laps and wound up third. Marrant also visited victory lane as the season champ, never giving up the points lead after four straight victories early in the season. “We had a pretty good year, came out real strong,” Marrant said. “We’ve had a (tough) time this last month or so, but luckily we started strong.” Sheets drove from a 13th starting position to finish second, earning the Keyser Manufacturing ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Model Hard Charger Award. He picked up a $100 product certificate. Turner hangs on: Eric Turner of Hermitage led the final 11 laps, surviving several restarts after caution flags over the final half of the Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature.

Sedalia’s Terry Schultz finished second, harassing Turner over the final few laps – but was unable to get past as Turner hugged the bottom line around the track. Johnny Fennewald was third and Aaron Marrant fourth. “Schultz was rolling up there (on the high line) and I wanted to move up there, but I figured I’d better stay down low,” Turner said. Bolivar’s Cutshaw was running in the top five when he was involved in an accident
with five laps remaining. He wound up 22nd, but had plenty of margin for error atop the standings to repeat his track championship.

Up next: Labor Day Weekend will be gigantic at Lucas Oil Speedway, with action on dirt and water. The 6th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals on the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series is next Friday through Sunday on Lake Lucas. Action will fire up with qualifying at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday with two runs both days. Eliminations are set for Sunday, Sept. 4.

Meanwhile, the Lucas Oil MLRA returns to the dirt track on Saturday night for the Larry Phillips Memorial Presented by G2 Gemini Apparel. The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds will join the Late Models in a big program, starting at 7:30. Fans purchasing boat-race tickets that day – or a three-day boat race admission – will receive free admission to the stock-car races. For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

The power, speed and sound of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series returns to Lake Lucas for the Diamond Drag Boat Nationals over Labor Day weekend. 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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016.

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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Halloween treat: Save the date for Monster Truck Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway

August 27th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – One of the most-popular events of the year will conclude the Lucas Oil Speedway season when the Monster Truck Nationals arrive for an early Halloween celebration of raw power. Mark your calendar for October 22 when over 60,000 pounds of Monster Truck Thunder makes its annual visit for a big one-day show. It will combine scary speed, ground-shaking sound of furious action from six world-famous Monster Trucks – Bigfoot, Raminator, Heavy Hitter, Barbarian, Snakebite and Dawg Pound. Joining those 10-foot-tall and 10,000-pound giant trucks will be the car-eating, flame-throwing mechanical monster form the Jurassic age – Megasaurus – and the high-horsepower stunts of Wheelie Wizard.

Bigfoot will be in action at Lucas Oil Speedway on Oct. 22 for the Monster Truck Nationals.

“If you’ve never experienced the Monster Truck Nationals, it’s truly a sight to behold,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “The pure power, the sound, the flames shooting … it’s impressive. This is always one of our most-popular events for the entire family and tickets are sure to go fast so save the date and make sure to get your tickets in advance.”

A free Pit Party is included in the paid adult admission ticket and will start the evening at 5 p.m. Kids are invited to come in Halloween costume to the Pit Party for Trick or Treating. Fans also can take a Real Monster Truck Ride at the Pit Party, during intermission and immediately following the Monster Truck program,
which fires up at7 p.m. When the Monster Trucks begin battle with their 1,500-horsepower motors go full
throttle at the green light, the competition gets serious. Bigfoot will look to throw a Halloween scare into the challengers as the “Original Monster Truck.” The program will include high-flying wheelies, spinning donuts, long jumps, side-by-side races and car-crushing, axle-wrenching freestyles that are sure to amaze the crown. And while the Monster Trucks refuel and re-tune for the next round, another Halloween-spooky scare will find the Megasaurus – the 35,000-pound Jurassic-age beast that chomps cars and flings fire – showing its stuff as it devours a sedan-sized snack. Advance tickets are available online at LucasOilSpeedway.com
and ShowClix.com.

Tickets also can be purchased at O’Reilly Auto Parts locations starting about 30 days prior to the event.
Advance ticket prices are:
Adults (16 and up) – $20
Youth (6-15) – $10
Seniors (62 and up) – $17
Active military (with ID) – $17
Kids (5 and under) – FREE
Family pass – $40 click here for more information

Day of show ticket prices are:
Adults (16 and up) – $22
Youth (6-15) – $10
Seniors (62 and up) – $19
Active military (with ID) – $19
Kids (5 and under) – FREE
Family pass – $40 click here for more information.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

The power, speed and sound of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series returns to Lake Lucas for the Diamond Drag Boat Nationals over Labor Day weekend.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Season Championship program coming up Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway

August 25th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Track champions in all four divisions will be crowned Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway with the final week of the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series in action. Bill Robert Chevrolet-Buick Season Championship Night Presented by KYOO-Your Country 99 & KPOW-Power 97.7 will wrap up the speedway’s regular season. “It’s been a tremendous regular season in all four of our weekly divisions and some very deserving champions will be crowned on Saturday,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “Not only have our champions found their way into victory lane multiple times this season, their consistency has stood out, week after week. We’ll be proud to salute them this week.”

Jeff Cutshaw of Bolivar is on the verge of his third straight championship in the Pitts Homes USRA Modified division. Other points leaders are Aaron Marrant of Richmond (ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models), Stoutland’s Derek Brown (Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks) and J.C. Morton of Springfield (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods).

Also on Saturday, the American Cancer Society hosts the Hickory County Relay for Life Cancer Survivor Night. Cancer survivors in attendance can sign-up for the 2016 Relay for Life at Lucas Oil Speedway and receive free admission to the race. It’s also Public Safety Appreciation Night as all police, fire, and rescue personnel are admitted free with ID. “Of course, while this wraps up the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series, there is a lot of racing remaining at Lucas Oil Speedway,” Robinson said. “We’re looking forward to big events in September and October.” Coming up Sept. 2-4 is the 6th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals as the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series returns to Lake Lucas. Also that weekend, on Sept. 3, is the Lucas Oil MLRA Larry Phillips Memorial on the dirt track with the Late Models joined by USRA Modifieds.

The Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals are Sept. 16-17, the 6th annual Lucas Oil ASCS Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial is Sept. 22-24, the 3rd annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals and Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt is Oct. 7-8 and the Lucas Oil Monster Truck Nationals-Eve of Destruction is Oct. 22. Here’s a quick look at the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series chases: Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds: Cutshaw has a commanding 202-point lead over Jason Pursley after a second-place finish last week – Cutshaw’s 10th top-three in a season that includes three wins.

Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks: With nine victories this season, Brown is 201 points clear of Eldon’s Steve Beach. Third-place Johnny Coats of Joplin has been hot of late, winning the last two features.

ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models: Marrant continues to ride the wave of a four-race winning streak early in the season and leads Tommy Cordray by 59 points. Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods: Morton holds an 86-point lead over Richland’s Tyler Brown after a solid fourth-place run last Saturday. Morton has finished top-five in all but two of the 13 features this season. Bill Roberts Chevrolet-Buick, located in Bolivar, Missouri since 1930, runs true to their slogan “Honest Deals, Fair Prices” each and every day. For more information visit www.billrobertschevrolet.com. For more information about KYOO, Your Bolivar Country Radio Station or to listen live, visit www.yourcountry99.com. KPOW Power 97.7 “Classic Hits” is a Regional Superstation in west central Missouri. To learn more or listen live, visit www.power977.com.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

The power, speed and sound of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series returns to Lake Lucas for the Diamond Drag Boat Nationals over Labor Day weekend.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Schott takes USRA Modified headliner while Coats, Sheets and Strong also win at Lucas Oil Speedway

August 21st, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Young Lucas Schott has enjoyed a banner season up north in his USRA Modified. Saturday night, the Minnesota native made a long road trip pay off.

Schott earned his first victory at Lucas Oil Speedway – and 11th win of the season – by capturing the Pitts Homes USRA Modified 25-lap feature for a $750 payoff. Also claiming feature victories on Travel Centers of America Fan Appreciation Night Presented by Petro Stopping Centers were: Johnny Coats (Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks), Larry Ferris (ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models) and Shawn Strong (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods).

A total of 112 cars checked into the pits on the pleasant evening, the final chance for drivers to advance in the points chase ahead of the season championships next week. Schott, who celebrated his 20th birthday earlier this month, had to put in some extra work after appearing to have the race won as he took the white flag. But the second caution of the race put his celebration on hold – as did another yellow flag on the first attempt at a restart. But Schott finally was able to exhale, holding off Cutshaw on a one-lap shootout. Cutshaw, the series points leader who’s nearing a repeat of his 2015 track title, pulled to the back bumper of Schott but was unable to get past.

“There are a lot of good guys here,” Schott said of the Lucas Oil Speedway regulars. “Starting sixth, I was a little worried. There were a lot of fast guys up front. I just stayed up top and I’m glad I had a good restart” at the finish. Aaron Marrant of Richmond finished third with Sparta’s Steve Muilenburg grabbing fourth. Bolivar’s Cutshaw took the lead from Dylan Hoover on the second lap and was in command until Schott drove past on the high side coming out on turn four to complete lap 19.

Muilenburg captured the Out-Pace Racing Products Featured Class Hard Charger Award after starting 14th. He earned a $100 product certificate and Out-Pace ball hat. Coats goes back-to-back: Joplin’s Johnny Coats claimed his second straight Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stock victory, taking the lead with five laps to go and hangingoff defending track champion Kenny Carroll for the win.

Coats inside second row and spent the first 15 laps on the bumper of James Flood before taking the lead. Carroll had his best finish of theseason, working his way up from the fifth row to get into contention. Tony Anglin of Walnut Ridge, Ark., finished third and points leader Derek Brown of Stoutland was fourth.

Darren Turner of Hartsburg earned the AR Bodies Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stock Hard Charger Award, advancing from 15th to sixth. He earned a $50 product certificate. Ferris gets Late Model win: Larry Ferris took the checkered flag second in the ALPS Food Stores ULMA Modified feature, but was elevated to the victory after fellow Nevada driver Jon Sheets’ car failed to pass post-race technical inspection. Todd Shute of Des Moines, Iowa wound up in second after holding off Appleton City’s Johnny Fennewald in a tight battle behind Sheets and Ferris. The Keyser Manufacturing ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Model Hard Charger went to Fennewald, who drove from an 11th starting position. He earned a $100 product certificate from Keyser. Strong repeats: Shawn Strong of Billings continue his late-season surge, earning his second straight Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod victory.

Strong started on row two and grabbed the lead on lap three. He held it the remainder of way, despite four cautions that bunched the field. Parker Hale of Grand Meadow, Minn., was second.

“The car was really good and it was an awesome race track,” Strong said. “I was getting worried with about five to go. The motor, something happened and it would barely run.” Prior to his wins, Strong had back-to-back second-place feature finishes. Fifteen-year-old Kaeden Cornell of Willard held off season points leader J.C. Morton of Springfield in a tight battle for third. It was Cornell’s best finish of his B-Mod career at Lucas and his fourth straight top-five. Up next: The regular season concludes and track champs will be crowned next Saturday.

It will be Bill Roberts Chevrolet-Buick Season Championship Night Presented by KYOO-Your Country 99 & KPOW-Power 97.7. In addition, the American Cancer Society hosts the Hickory County Relay for Life Cancer Survivor Night. Cancer survivors in attendance can sign-up for the 2016 Relay for Life at Lucas Oil Speedway and receive free admission to the race. Also, it is Public Safety Appreciation Night as all police, fire, and rescue personnel are admitted free with ID.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

In the Spotlight: Young Cornell impressive in Lucas Oil Speedway Ozark Golf Cars B-Mods

August 22nd, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- Rarely do young race-car drivers show an ability to run near the front and do so while demonstrating respect for veteran competitors and their equipment. Kaeden Cornell has demonstrated all of that at Lucas Oil Speedway. The 15-year-old from Willard is an impressive fourth in the highly competitive Ozark Golf Cars B-Mod points chase without denting fenders or making enemies.

“He races with a lot of respect and he takes a lot of advice from us older guys,” series points leader J.C. Morton said of Cornell. “There’s been several nights when we’ve raced side by side and never have touched. He seems to be pretty good and respectful. “Usually a young kid like that, they’re pretty aggressive, overdriving and don’t take care of their equipment. It seems like for the most part he takes care of his stuff and keeps his nose clean. He races you like you’d like to be raced with.” Cornell is the Tailgate Guys Radio Show Spotlight Driver of the Week for Lucas Oil Speedway. He looks for a fourth straight top-five finish when the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series resumes on Saturday with Travel Centers of America Night at the Races along with Petro Stopping Centers Fan Appreciation Night.

The sophomore at Willard High School, who also plays small forward for the school’s basketball team, said he strives to stay in good standing with the older drivers. “I haven’t really made any enemies that I know of,” Cornell said. “They have been very supportive of me whenever I ask questions. Me and Andy Bryant (another teen
Modified driver, from Fort Scott, Kan.) raced go-karts together. He’s helped me quite a bit.”

Cornell started racing go-karts when he was five years old, graduated to Midwest Mods at 13 and into B Mods a year ago. His dad, Aaron Cornell, raced Pro-4s on area tracks before Kaeden was born and grandpa Glen Cornell used to do mechanical work for ARCA teams. Kaeden said his dad puts in long hours in the shop preparing the car. Nathan Gold and Mitchell Waiters also help out behind the scenes.

“We’ve figured out the car better than we ever have and I think I’m getting better as a driver,” Cornell said of the recent streak of solid finishes. He added that there’s no substitute for experience, especially against top-notch competition alongside drivers like Morton, Kris Jackson and other B Mod regulars at Lucas. “You get top-of-the-line competition every weekend, with 40-50 B Mods every week,” Cornell said. The biggest goal for the rest of the season is to maintain consistency. “I’d like to keep getting top-fives,” he said. “A win would be nice, but in the B-Mod division that’s pretty hard no matter where you race. I think we’re getting close, but we want to finish out the season how we’re running right now. That would be pretty good.”

Cornell’s weekends in the fall will be busy. This week he’s headed to Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., on Friday before returning to Lucas on Saturday. He’s scheduled to make his first visit to the Fall Jamboree at Deer Creek Speedway in Minnesota in October.

“We can’t do all we do without our sponsors and I have to thank them,” Cornell said, mentioning Cloverleaf Auto Repair, Signature Wood Floors and D.R. Racing. “I also have to thank God,” he added. “And also my grandparents, Linda Cornell and Glen Cornell. We couldn’t do it without them.”

Only two weeks remain in the regular season at Lucas Oil Speedway. Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds will run a special 25-lap feature on Saturday, paying $750 to win. ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and Ozark Golf Cars B Mods also are on the schedule.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. Saturday with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30.
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For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit [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 it’s 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 www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

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Martin, Lucas among 10 named to 2017 Ozarks Racers Foundation Hall of Fame class

August 13th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – A few weeks ahead of his induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Arkansas native Mark Martin will headline a 10-person class for the Ozarks Area Racers Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies for Martin, who cut his racing teeth at the Springfield Fairgrounds Speedway as a teen-ager, and nine others including Lucas Oil Products founder Forrest Lucas, are set for next Jan. 7 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E-Plex.

This will mark the 30th Ozarks Area Racers Reunion and Hall of Fame ceremony and bring the total in the Hall to 185. Hall of Famers’ names are on a display on a granite display on the west side of the Fairgrounds near the “old pit road” – where cars once lined up to pull into the race track. Martin will enter the Ozarks Area Racers Hall in the “Legends” category along with drivers Terry Bivins, Rick Sharp, Robbie Johnson and the late Rayme Johnson.

Lucas, whose sparkling Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland turned 10 years old this year, is part of the “Pioneers” category for impacting the sport in ways other than driving. Other Pioneers for the 2017 class are the late Julian Martin (Mark’s father and his first car owner), Bill Davis (an Arkansas native who owned NASCAR teams and helped launch Mark Martin’s career), sports journalist Ned Reynolds and racing announcer Ronnie Williams.

Lucas’ impact on motorsports is sweeping, both locally and nationally since he and wife Charlotte founded Lucas Oil Company in 1989. He’s been a sponsor of race teams in NASCAR and NHRA and Lucas Oil is a sponsor of multiple racing series including the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series and the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. In recent years, Lucas has been a driving force behind televised motorsports through MAVTV and the new LucasOilRacing.TV, the world’s first streaming TV network devoted entirely to motorsports. Martin, a native of Batesville, Ark., won 40 NASCAR Sprint Cup races and 49 times in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. He was runner-up for the Sprint Cup Championship five times. His final full season was 2011, but he still competed part-time up until 2013 when he subbed for Tony Stewart at Stewart-Haas Racing. In recent years, Martin has become involved in dirt-track racing as a sponsorship partner with Scott Bloomquist and Batesville’s Jared Landers in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

Before the induction ceremony, an autograph session is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Doors open at 4 with race cars (both modern-day and vintage) on display with a large display of racing memorabilia. There also will be a silent auction for an array of racing items. The formal program is set for 6:30 p.m. with a Salute to Champions honoring champions from Ozarks-area speedways. Tickets are $15 for ages 12 and over and can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/30th-annual-ozark-area-racers-reunion-tickets-26447755950. Tickets will be available at O’Reilly Auto Parts location starting in December. At the door, tickets will be $20 – but due to the expected high demand fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early. For more information, visit the Ozarks Area Racers Foundation Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Ozarks-Area-Racers-Association-48433833708/.

Up next at Lucas Oil Speedway: No racing is scheduled this week at Lucas Oil Speedway. The next action is Aug. 20 with Travel Centers of America Night at the Races Presented by Petro Stopping Centers.

The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds will be featured, running a special 25-lap feature paying $750 to win. Other classes in action include the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, the Carson’s Corner Napa Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods. Gates will open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30 in the next-to-last Budweiser Weekly Championship Series program before the season championships on Aug. 27.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

Martin, Lucas among 10 named to 2017 Ozarks Racers Foundation Hall of Fame class

August 12th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- A few weeks ahead of his induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Arkansas native Mark Martin will headline a 10-person class for the Ozarks Area Racers Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies for Martin, who cut his racing teeth at the Springfield Fairgrounds Speedway as a teen-ager, and nine others including Lucas Oil Products founder Forrest Lucas, are set for next Jan. 7 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E-Plex.

This will mark the 30th Ozarks Area Racers Reunion and Hall of Fame ceremony and bring the total in the Hall to 185. Hall of Famers’ names are on a display on a granite display on the west side of the Fairgrounds near the “old pit road” – where cars once lined up to pull into the race track. Martin will enter the Ozarks Area Racers Hall in the “Legends” category along with drivers Terry Bivins, Rick Sharp, Robbie Johnson and the late Rayme Johnson.

Lucas, whose sparkling Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland turned 10 years old this year, is part of the “Pioneers” category for impacting the sport in ways other than driving. Other Pioneers for the 2017 class are the late Julian Martin (Mark’s father and his first car owner), Bill Davis (an Arkansas native who owned NASCAR teams and helped launch Mark Martin’s career), sports journalist Ned Reynolds and racing announcer Ronnie Williams.

Lucas’ impact on motorsports is sweeping, both locally and nationally since he and wife Charlotte founded Lucas Oil Company in 1989. He’s been a sponsor of race teams in NASCAR and NHRA and Lucas Oil is a sponsor of multiple racing series including the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series and the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. In recent years, Lucas has been a driving force behind televised motorsports through MAVTV and the new LucasOilRacing.TV, the world’s first streaming TV network devoted entirely to motorsports. Martin, a native of Batesville, Ark., won 40 NASCAR Sprint Cup races and 49 times in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. He was runner-up for the Sprint Cup Championship five times. His final full season was 2011, but he still competed part-time up until 2013 when he subbed for Tony Stewart at Stewart-Haas Racing. In recent years, Martin has become involved in dirt-track racing as a sponsorship partner with Scott Bloomquist and Batesville’s Jared Landers in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

Before the induction ceremony, an autograph session is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Doors open at 4 with race cars (both modern-day and vintage) on display with a large display of racing memorabilia. There also will be a silent auction for an array of racing items. The formal program is set for 6:30 p.m. with a Salute to Champions honoring champions from Ozarks-area speedways. Tickets are $15 for ages 12 and over and can be purchased online at. Tickets will be available at O’Reilly Auto Parts location starting in December. At the door, tickets will be $20 – but due to the expected high demand fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early. For more information, visit the Ozarks Area Racers Foundation Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Ozarks-Area-Racers-Association-48433833708/.

Up next at Lucas Oil Speedway: No racing is scheduled this week at Lucas Oil Speedway. The next action is Aug. 20 with Travel Centers of America Night at the Races Presented by Petro Stopping Centers.

The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds will be featured, running a special 25-lap feature paying $750 to win. Other classes in action include the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, the Carson’s Corner Napa Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods. Gates will open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30 in the next-to-last Budweiser Weekly Championship Series program before the season championships on Aug. 27. For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.LucasOilSpeedway.com

for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

VanderBeek shows the way at Lucas Oil Speedway

August 7th, 2016

WHEATLAND, Mo. — The third race of the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup produced a third different winner Saturday when Zack VanderBeek won the 7th Annual Lucas Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout at the Lucas Oil Speedway.

VanderBeek got by early leader Terry Phillips as they completed lap 18, and then cruised the final distance to register his sixth main event win of the 2016 campaign and 34th of his USMTS career.

Phillips, who led the final 22 laps of Friday night’s feature at the Humboldt Speedway, jumped out front from the inside or the second row to led the first lap of Saturday’s 42-lapper.

For the third night in a row, Cade Dillard was in contention for the top spot and pressured Phillips in the opening laps before VanderBeek joined the duo to make it a three-man fight for the lead.

Following a caution on lap 14, VanderBeek put the heat on Phillips before making pass in turn four with 17 laps in the books.

From there, VanderBeek survived four more yellow flags en route to a $3,000 payday and his first-ever win at the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks.”

Ryan Gustin, who won here in 2011, made a blistering charge through the field and into the runner-up spot from 20th on the grid but could not find a way to challenge VanderBeek over the final dozen laps.

Meanwhile, defending USMTS national champ Jason Hughes remained atop the points standings with a third-place finish after starting 18th.

“This place is awesome,” VanderBeek said in Widow Wax Victory Lane. “I wish there were a hundred tracks like this around the country.”

“With guys like Hughes and Gustin behind you, it’s tough to know where to run, so I just ran the line I run the whole race.”

Dillard held off Phillips for the fourth position.

Rodney Sanders passed 10 cars to get sixth, Mike Jergens turned his weekend around with a seventh-place showing and Jeremy Payne came home eighth.

Jesse Sobbing used a provisional and finished ninth after starting 25th while Dereck Ramirez rounded out the top 10 finishers.

Hughes continues to lead the points in The Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental with a 24-point cushion over Sobbing and Dillard just another three markers back. Sanders sits fourth, VanderBeek is fifth and the rest of the top 10 are Cody Bauman, Gustin, Joe Duvall, Ramirez and Brock Bauman.

The four-race weekend wraps up Sunday at the Monett Speedway in Monett, Mo. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m. with Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, Midwest Mods, Legends Cars and Pro-Fours also on the card.

Grandstand admission is $20, juniors are $5 and kids free. Pit passes are $30. Race fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off adult grandstand admission at Caseys General Stores locations in Aurora, Mount Vernon, Monett, Pierce City and Sarcoxie.

Joe Big Daddy Duvall and the #91 AMP Energy Modified will be at the Caseys General Store located at 728 U.S. Hwy. 60 West in Monett from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

After early season test, Dillard returns to Lucas as one to watch in USMTS Show-Me Shootout

August 5th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Many fans at Lucas Oil Speedway were surprised back in mid-May when Cade Dillard, a championship contender on the United States Modified Touring Series, dropped in to enter a weekly Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds race.

Dillard weaved his way through the field from a 22nd starting position in the feature- result of a struggling heat-race result – to finish a close third. The payoff was worth a few hundred dollars, but money wasn’t the point. “We had been running up north and were headed back (home),” Dillard said. “We swung by Wheatland to do some testing, mainly for the Hunt. We learned some stuff about what to do and about what not to do. Hopefully it’ll pay off.”

Dillard, a rising star in the Modified ranks from Robeline, La., will be one of the favorites when he returns to Lucas Oil Speedway for Saturday night’s 7th annual Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout. The $3,000-to-win race is stop three on the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup.

The 25-year-old Dillard, who uses Humboldt in southeast Kansas as an in-season base for his MB Custom Modified, qualified second to defending Hunt champion Jason Hughes in regional points. He was runner-up to Hughes in the Northern, Southern and Central regions. “Things have been going good. It’s been a good year,” Dillard said earlier this week from Humboldt. “Now we’re looking forward to the Hunt. It’s going to be a real
tough, real competitive deal.”

The Hunt is the biggest stretch of the season for the USMTS, 22 races over the next month in seven states leading to a $25,000 payoff for the points champ. Preparation for the Hunt was on Dillard’s mind earlier this year when he made the surprise appearance at Lucas Oil Speedway. He finds out Saturday whether or not it helps him earn valuable points or even a victory. “There are a lot of good cars running it,” Dillard said of the Hunt. “You just need to finish every night and get top three or four every night to collect some good points. Hopefully, you get some wins. But most of all, you want to stay consistent and be able to finish every race.”
The 2014 USMTS Rookie of the Year has six victories in 45 starts. Consistency has been a trademark as he’s collected a whopping 29 top-five finishes in his first full season of driving for Shane Sprinkle with crew chief Donnie Pederson, who formerly worked with Louisiana Late Model driver Chris Brown.

Making the full USMTS rounds for the third year has helped him feel more comfortable and confident with the grind of the travel and adapting to the various track surfaces. “For sure, we’re a lot more comfortable,” Dillard said. “That makes a big difference. We have the equipment under us now with some good backing. Pretty much before we did it on our own and didn’t have any help. It was a lot more stressful of a deal. “Now we have good equipment and better help. We go to the track with high expectations every night out.”

Dillard has been racing Modifieds since he turned 12. He credits his parents, Greg and Pam, with helping him get started and recalled watching his dad race Modifieds in the south when he was a youngster. “When I was about 10 years old they would throw some blankets in the car (seat) to I could see over the steering wheel and I would go out after the races and make laps,” he said. “I did that for about two years, then when I was 12 they got me my first Modified for Christmas and I started (racing) from there.” Life on the road is something of a necessity to achieve his racing dreams. Dillard said the struggling, oil-based economy back home has left racing in that part of the country struggling to survive. Several tracks in Louisiana have cut out Modifieds, he said.

Dillard’s sponsors include S&S Fishing & Rental, Jody’s Oilfield Service, Joel’s Auto Sales, Moran Trucking, Nichols Home Decor, Performance Graphix, Production Jars LLC, Scotty Carnline Electric, The Comeauxs and Turner Kutrite Services. Winning the Hunt would be a major boost for Dillard. The stop at Lucas Oil Speedway
could be a major part of that efffort. “That track changes pretty fast,” Dillard said. “But hopefully we learned some things (earlier this year) that will help us there.” For more information on the United States Modified Touring Series, including a complete Hunt schedule, visit USMTS.com. Also on the program: The Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks also will be in action. Completing the program will be the annual Battle of the Badges, with law enforcement officers from throughout the state racing old
police cars for bragging rights and to raise money for Special Olympics of Missouri. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. Admission prices are:
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40
Pit Pass-$35
To inquire about availability of air-conditioned suites for Saturday’s races or upcoming events, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

Diamond Drag Boat Nationals one month away on “Lake Lucas,” part of big Labor Day Weekend

August 4th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – One of the biggest weekends of the year at Lucas Oil Speedway, featuring the second and final visit by the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series, is just one month away.

The 6th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals returns to “Lake Lucas” over Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 2-4. Action in five professional divisions – including the ever-popular Top Fuel Hydro boats – and eight sportsman divisions will be in action each day. “The Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series put on a great show here back in June for the John Haas Memorial and anticipation has building toward another spectacular, three days of action on the water,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “We can’t wait to see what’s in store next and, of course, Saturday is going to be gigantic with our big Larry Phillips Memorial on the dirt track that night.”

Covered grandstands await fans at Lake Lucas for the Diamond Drag Boat Nationals, Sept. 2-4.

Robinson pointed out that the Drag Boat admission on Saturday – or a three-day Drag Boat pass – will include free admission to the Lucas Oil MLRA Series Larry Phillips Memorial that headlines a full program on the dirt track on Sept. 3. Qualifying is set to begin at 9 a.m. for the sportsman division and 10:30 a.m. for the pro drag boat racers the first two days on Lake Lucas with eliminations set to begin at 9 a.m. on the final day. Final eliminations are set to begin at approximately 3 p.m. on Sept. 4. The Lucas Oil Speedway Drag Boat Lake – 4,000 feet long and 400 feet wide – is the world’s only purpose-built drag boat lake and located just south of the dirt track. Bryan Sanders, piloting Nitrochondriac to a speed of 347.93 miles per hour with a run of 3.67 seconds at 1,000 feet, defeated Scotty Lumbert in Spirit of Texas for the Top Fuel title back in June.

Through five events this season, Nitrochondriac sits atop the Top Fuel championship standings by a 176-point margin over the Eddie Knox-owned Problem Child. Other pro division leaders include Rick Allen’s Total Kaos (Top Alcohol Hydro), Don Bausher’s Habit Forming (Top Alcohol Flat), Jimmy Booher’s Hillbilly Express (Pro Modifieds) and Mike Murray’s Desperado (Pro Outlaw). For complete information on the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series, including full point standings and schedules, visit LucasOilDragBoats.com.

Admission prices for the Diamond Drag Boat Nationals are:
Friday Age 6 and up GA/Pit Pass Combo-$10 5 and Under GA/Pit Pass Combo-FREE Adult 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$50 Seniors (62 and up)/Military 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$44 Youth Ages (6-15) 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20 (All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area) Saturday Adults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) $25 Seniors (62 and up)/Military GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) $22 Youth GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 6 to 15) $10 Kids GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 5 and under) FREE Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $50 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages (6-15) Adult 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$50 Seniors (62 and up)/Military 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$44 Youth Ages (6-15) 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20 (All Saturday and 3-day tickets include entry to the Dirt Track Event on Saturday night) (All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area) Sunday Adults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) $25 Seniors (62 and up)/Military GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) $22 Youth GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 6 to 15) $10 Kids GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 5 and under) FREE Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $50 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages (6-15) Adult 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$50 Seniors (62 and up)/Military 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$44 Youth Ages (6-15) 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20 (All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area) On the dirt track Sept. 3, the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds – in their final appearance of the season – will join the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models for a full program starting with hot laps at 7 p.m.

For ticket information about the Diamond Drag Boat Nationals or to inquire about availability of suites for the Larry Phillips Memorial contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com. For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

Derek Brown earns 9th Street Stock win of season; Wolff, Methvin and Sheets also win at Lucas Oil Speedway

August 2nd, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – In what’s become a familiar sight in 2016 at Lucas Oil Speedway, Derek Brown sped his way to victory lane yet again. Brown out-ran his father, Timothy Brown, and went on to win the featured Carson’s Corner NAPA Auto Parts Street Stock main event Saturday night. Derek Brown picked up $500 for his ninth feature win of the season. Other features winners on Ozarks Food Harvest Food Drive Night Presented by KOLR 10 included Tyler Wolff (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds), Kanyan Methvin (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B Mods) and Jon Sheets (ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models). An estimated 10,000 pounds of food was donated by the fans coming through the gates, topping last year’s record total of 8,144.

After Derek Brown and Timothy Brown traded the lead three times through the first 11 laps, Derek Brown took the lead for good with a high-side pass coming out of turn four. The Stoutland resident opened a half-straightaway lead before a caution flag bunched the field on lap 15. But Derek Brown soon was in total command again after the restart and led the remaining 10 laps comfortably to turn the tables of his father, who beat him a week earlier to snap the younger Brown’s four-race winning streak. “There’s no one out here that I’d rather race with than him,” Derek Brown said of his dad.

Timothy Brown settled for second this time with Darrin Crisler of Clever third and Fair Grove’s Shawn Whitman fourth. Whitman, who started 13th, received the Out-Pace Racing Products Featured Class Hard Charger Award – a $100 product certificate and ball cap. He also was the AR Bodies Street Stocks Hard Charger, earning a $50 product certificate.

Wolff captures USRA Mod win: Tyler Wolff took the lead on lap 11 and went on to capture the Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature. It was Wolff’s second feature win in three weeks at Lucas Oil Speedway. The Fayetteville, Ark., driver started fifth and drove past Lance Town just after the midway point of the 20-lap event. Wolff went on to beat second-place Jeremy Rasmussen of Rogers, Ark., and third-place Chase Domer of Nevada, who rallied from a ninth-place starting spot. Mickey Burrell of Fair Grove finished an impressive fourth after starting 14th. Methvin wins B-Mod thriller: In the race of the night, Kanyan Methvin made a last-lap pass of Chad Clancy and Shawn Strong to capture his first Ozark Golf Cars B-Mod feature of the season.

Clancy led the first 19 laps but Methvin, of Yellville, Ark., pressured him through the final half of the 20-lap race. Strong, of Billings, become a factor over the final five laps as he charged from his 18th starting position to turn it into a three-car shootout. Methvin, in only his third trip to Lucas, prevailed by a half-car length over Strong with Clancy, of Excelsior Springs, winding up third. He let out a loud cheer in victory lane.

“I seen somebody poke his nose between us,” Methvin said of Strong. “I think that actually helped me get past
(Clancy).”

It was a tough night for points leader J.C. Morton of Springfield, who had mechanical issues and finished 20th. Late Model repeat for Sheets: Nevada’s Jon Sheets – after winning his first time in a Late Model a week earlier – made it two straight by leading all 20 laps of the ALPS Food Stores ULMA feature.

“I’ve watched these enough. They’re all really good racers,” Sheets said. “I’m just fortunate enough to have some really good people helping me.”

Jon Binning of Warrensburg was a distant second with Hunter Duren of Yellville, Ark. third. Todd Shute of Des Moines, Iowa, a frequent national-level Modified competitor, was fourth. Ethan Young, improving from a 23rd starting position to finish ninth, won the Keyser Manufacturing Late Model Hard Charger Award. Young collected a $100 product certificate. Next up: The 7th annual Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment, featuring the United States Modified Touring Series, headlines next Saturday’s program at Lucas Oil Speedway.

The Ozark Golf Cars B Mods and Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks also are on the program – along with the annual Battle of the Badges with law enforcement officers from throughout Missouri racing late model Fort Crown Victoria “cop cars” to raise money for charity. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

The 7th annual Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout featuring the USMTS Modifieds is next Saturday, Aug. 6 at Lucas Oil Speedway.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Weekly Series racing resumes Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway with $uper $aver $pecial

July 21st, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Following Jared Landers’ exciting victory over Jimmy Owens in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series CMH Diamond Nationals, the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series resumes this Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway with a special offer for fans. The National Wild Turkey Federation and Lucas Oil Racing TV team up to present this week’s program, which is the final $uper $aver $pecial Night of the 2016 season. Fans arriving before 6:30 p.m. can received four general admission tickets, four hot dogs and four 20-ounce Coca-Cola products for $30. “It’s a great opportunity for families to spend a night at the races and get a great deal on tickets, food and drink all rolled into one extra-affordable price,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “Our weekly championship chases are ready to resume with some tight battles throughout the standings to keep an eye on.”

The ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models will be featured, running a special $25-lap, $1,000-to-win feature in memory of Ron Jenkins, original builder of Wheatland Raceway. The Ozark Golf Cars B-Mods, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds also will be in action. Blood drive: Also on the schedule is a chance for fans to help a good cause as the American Red Cross will be on hand at Lucas Oil Speedway with the Bloodmobile 4-7:30 p.m. on Saturday. To schedule an appointment in advance, go to www.redcrossblood.org.

Take a break from the heat: As usual, fans can beat the heat before or during the races on the lower level of the tower complex in the comfort of the Diamond Bar, in the Track Treasures Gift Shop or in the Diamond Cafe which features a full menu of food selections. The north end of the complex finds the restaurant seating area with tables, in air-conditioned comfort. Air-conditioned suites available: A limited number of air-conditioned suites also are available. To inquire about the availability of suites for Saturday or other upcoming races, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.

A quick look at the four divisions heading into the week: ALPS Food stores ULMA Late Models: In the featured division this week, Aaron Marrant of Richmond will be looking to solidify his points lead while chasing his fifth feature win of the season. Marrant is 60 points clear of Bobby Penney of Lawson and 85 in front of third-place Tommy Cordray of Browning. Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds: Following a runner-up finish last week, Bolivar’s Jeff Cutshaw has a 142-point lead over Jason Pursley of Hermitage. Cutshaw has reeled off five straight top-three finishes and remains on pace to successfully defend his 2015 track championship.

Ozark Golf Cars B-Mods: Coming off his first finish outside the top four all season the last time the B Mods competed, Springfield’s J.C. Morton will be looking to build on his 90-point lead over Richland’s Tyler Brown. Lebanon’s Kris Jackson is 92 points behind Morton. Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks: Derek Brown of Stoutland is putting together one of the most dominant seasons, in any class, in track history. Brown has eight victories – including four in a row – and leads Eldon’s Steve Beach by 174 points and Joplin’s Johnny Coats by 217.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. This week’s admission prices are: Adults (16 and up) $12 Seniors (62 and up)/Military $9 Youth (6-15) $5 Kids (5 and under) FREE $uper $aver $pecial (Four general admissions, four hot dogs, four 20-ounce Coca-Cola products) $30 Family Pass $25 (Click Here for more information) Pit Pass-$25 For more info on the National Wild Turkey Federation visit www.NWTF.org. To find out more about Lucas Oil Racing TV – the first streaming TV network dedicated solely to the world of motorsports 24 hours a day 7 days a week – go to www.LucasOilRacing.tv.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

Jared Landers Bounces Back for Diamond Nationals Triumph

July 20th, 2016

Batesville, Arkansas – One night after destroying a car in a violent flip, Jared Landers rebounded in impressive fashion to score the $12,000 victory in the CMH Diamond Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway. The triumph came behind the wheel of his Crop Production Services #777 Mark Martin Automotive/Sweet Bloomquist/Durham Racing Engine Super Late Model.

“It means a lot to bounce back and get this win in front of such a big crowd tonight,” said Landers in victory lane. “After destroying that car last night, my team worked their tails off to get ready for tonight. I want to
thank all of my sponsors and also Scott Bloomquist for building a really safe race car that allowed me to keep racing the night after a hard wreck.”

Back with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS), Jared Landers visited Tri-County Speedway (Granite City, Illinois) on Friday night for the Battle at the Beach 50. Running into trouble early in the night, Sanders was able to walk away, uninjured, after flipping end-over-end in time trials. After pulling out his secondary car, Landers utilized a provisional to start 23rd on the grid for the feature. Advancing fifteen spots in the A-Main, Jared reeled in an impressive 8th-place outing in the 50-lap affair.

The following night brought 41 cars to Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, Missouri) for the annual CMH Diamond Nationals. Starting the night with a heat race win, Landers earned the 2nd-starting spot for the feature
alongside Brandon Sheppard. Passing for the lead on lap 13, Jared held on for the remainder of the 60-lap, A-Main, picking up his third win of the season, which came over Jimmy Owens, Jonathan Davenport, Tim McCreadie, and Scott Bloomquist. Jared pocketed a $12,000 payday for his triumph in the A-Main.

Jared remains in third in the LOLMDS point standings. Full results from these events are available at www.LucasDirt.com .

Up next for Jared is a trip to I-80 Speedway (Greenwood, Nebraska) this weekend, July 22-23, to compete in the 6th annual Silver Dollar Nationals. A $40,000 top prize will be on the line for the victor of the 80-lap finale. For more information on the events, please visit www.LucasDirt.com .

Jared would like to thank all of his sponsors including Crop Production Services, Bad Boy Mowers, Big Dog Motorsports, ASC Warranty, Burger Fusion Company, Mark Martin Automotive, Double L Motorsports, Sweet Bloomquist Race Cars, Durham Racing Engines, Hoosier Tire, FK Rod Ends, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Peterson Fluid Systems, Sweet Manufacturing, Stealth Racing Carburetors,Hooker Harness, Mark 4 ATV Superstore, Performance Rod & Custom, Penske Shocks, Hawkeye Truck Sales, Lucas Oil Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Weld Racing, Bell Helmets, Fast Shafts, Sunoco Race Fuels, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For the latest news, updates, and other information regarding Jared Landers, please point your browsers to www.JaredLanders.com .

Landers Takes CMH Diamond Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway

July 18th, 2016

WHEATLAND, MO – Jared Landers won his second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event of the season on Saturday Night at Lucas Oil Speedway, the site of his first win back in May. Landers was the third different leader of the race. He took the lead on lap 13 and then held off a furious three-lap challenge from several drivers at the end of the race to take the win in the CMH Diamond Nationals. The event was co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Midwest Latemodel Racing Association. After winning the Show-Me 100 at Lucas Oil Speedway back on Memorial Day Weekend, Jimmy Owens captured another podium finish, ending as the night’s runner-up. Jonathan Davenport came from seventh to finish third. Tim McCreadie was fourth, and Scott Bloomquist came home in fifth.

Just over 24 hours earlier, Jared Landers had gone end over end in a series of flips at Tri-City Speedway during Time Trials. “Scott [Bloomquist] builds an awesome race car, after what happened last night when I flipped, our team brought out the back-up car and had a Top-Ten finish last night. Our team is extremely thankful to back that up here tonight and with this win.”

“I thought to myself, just be patient. Stick to the line, and don’t try too hard. I stuck the right rear in one of those holes, and I figured if I needed to just slow down and set a good pace. I am usually the guy trying to blast to the lead. We have had some good runs and had a good chance to win the Show-Me back in May. My crew, Jason, and Jake have put together a great car that can run in the rough.”

Landers’ Sweet-Bloomquist, Andy Durham Racing Engines-powered entry is sponsored by Crop Production Services, Mark Martin Automotive, ASC Warranty, Bad Boy Mowers, and Penske Shocks.” Owens owns several wins at LOS and was happy with his second place finish. “We had a really good hot rod tonight. Our hats are off to Jared [Landers] and his crew, they did a great job tonight. Coming back to win tonight after what happened to him last night says a lot about them [the Landers Team]. Keeping this E3 Spark Plugs, Cheap Cars, Barry Wright Race Car up front is thanks to my crew. We had a great car tonight, but we came up just a little bit short.”

Davenport earned his first podium finish since May by claiming the third spot. “There was probably a little bit of attrition that helped us out tonight. We never gave up; we are still quite a bit off on the car. We are missing something somewhere. It’s been a while since we’ve had a top three finish. Everybody goes through a slump. Kevin [Rumley] and I will put our heads together. We are getting a little better. We have got to build back up. We are now looking forward to I-80 next weekend.” Completing the top ten were Brandon Sheppard, Tyler Erb, Earl Pearson Jr., Jake O’Neil, and Jesse Stovall.

In preliminary action, Robert Baker set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 41 entrants, with a lap of 15.300 seconds. Clay Daly set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.514 seconds. Brandon Sheppard, Tim McCreadie, Jared Landers and Jimmy Owens won their respective heat races. Dave Eckrich and Brandon Overton won their respective B-Mains.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the latest series standings, 2016 tour schedule, driver information, and more visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com.

​​Lucas Oil Raceway To Come Alive With Two Day Racing Show This Week

July 18th, 2016

Another big racing weekend in Indianapolis is set to go, featuring some of the best in the country preparing to entertain fans. From open wheel cars to stock cars, national series will be making their mark next weekend at the historic Lucas Oil Raceway. It all leads right up to the NASCAR weekend in the Circle City.

Action will begin on Thursday, July 21 with the USAC Silver Crown Champ cars and ends on Friday, July 22 with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. Throw in a USAC Hall of Fame Induction ceremony Thursday night and a big Super Late Model race for the CRA Super Series Powered By JEGS on Friday, and you have a can’t miss start to a racing weekend in Indy.

The Thursday, July 21 show will be action packed with the Rich Vogler/Hall Of Fame Classic 100 for the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars. While that is the headline event for the evening, the INEX Thunder Roadsters and Vintage Cars will also be on hand. Finishing out the on track action will be the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered By JEGS as they have two extra practice sessions to dial in their cars for Friday’s event.

If that isn’t enough of a draw, USAC will be holding their 2016 Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony on track, right before the Rich Vogler Classic 100. The twelve-member class of inductees announced includes eight drivers, two officials, a car owner-chief mechanic, and a chief mechanic. They are Tony Stewart, Rick Mears, Russ Clendenen, Jimmy Davies, Bob Higman, Tommy Hinnershitz, Dick King, Pat O’Connor, Bob Tattersall, Steve Butler, Kevin Olson, and Willie Davis.

Then on Friday, July 22, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will be in town for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 presented by JIVE. 30+ ARCA drivers, from veterans to up and coming youngsters are on the entry list and expected to compete for the top prize. Among them, Mitchell, IN driver Chase Briscoe who will be one of the favorites to find victory lane, continue his hot streak, and extend his point lead. Josh Williams, Kyle Weatherman, Matt Kurzejewski, and Tom Hessert complete the top five in points and should be challengers for the win.

Race fans will be getting their early Friday, so they can catch the CSX Play It Safe 100 for the ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by JEGS, which will take the green at 7:00. The entry list is filling up with some of the best Late Model competitors in the country. Delaware, OH driver, Cody Coughlin, is leading the points in both the Super Series and All-Stars Tour of CRA. In addition to that, he competes on a part-time basis for the Kyle Busch Motorsports Truck Team.

Coughlin, though, will not have it easy at LOR. Last year’s winner and full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver, John Hunter Nemechek will be back to defend his ’15 win. William Byron, Travis Braden, Stephen Wallace, Johnny VanDoorn, Todd Gilliland, and Brian Campbell are just some of the other big names on the entry list.

Thursday’s schedule of events has pits opening at 2:00, grandstands at 4:00, CRA testing at 4:15, Thunder Roadster practice/qualifying at 5:15, USAC Silver Crown practice at 5:30, Thunder Roadster heats at 6:05, Silver Crown qualifying at 6:30, and a final CRA test at 6:45. Feature racing will begin for the Thunder Roadsters at 7:30, followed by Vintage car laps at 7:45 and the Hall Of Fame Induction at 8:00. The green flag should wave for the USAC Silver Crown Rich Vogler Classic 100 around 9:00.

Friday’s schedule will see pits opening at 8:30 AM, grandstands at 12:30, practice at 12:45, and qualifying at 5:30. The green will wave on the ARCA/CRA Super Series CSX Play It Safe 100 at 7:00 with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 presented by JIVE to go green at 9:00.

There are a number of ways to purchase tickets for the event. In addition to purchasing them at the gate each day, discounted general admission tickets are available online at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/track-enterprises. General admission tickets are also available at Central Indiana area Menards stores for Friday’s event. Tickets for either day can also be ordered by phone at 217-764-3200. And again, tickets will also be available at the gate each day.

The two events are promotions of Track Enterprises, based out of Macon, IL. Track Enterprises is the promotion company of Macon IL Speedway, Lincoln IL Speedway, Terre Haute IN Action Track, and numerous ARCA, USAC, CRA, UMP, and POWRi events. The website can be located at www.trackenterprises.com. Like the company’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/trackenterprises.

Two competitors disqualified for infractions on June 30th, 2016

July 14th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Lucas Oil Speedway and USRA Officials have disqualified two competitors following failed post-race inspections at the USRA Modified sanctioned event at Lucas Oil Speedway on June 30, 2016. Tire samples collected from the No. 8F driven by Johnny Fennewald and the No. 99T driven by Eric Turner and tested by an independent laboratory did not meet established benchmarks in chemical analysis.

A total of (3) samples were taken in the USRA Modified Division from participants. The tire samples collected from the No. 98 driven by Jeff Cutshaw did meet established benchmarks in chemical analysis. Fennewald and Turner were found to be in violation of USRA rule 11.2.2 and were fined and suspended in accordance with USRA rule 2.15.5.

11.2.2 – Softening is not allowed. Solvents of any kind are not allowed. Altering tires with any components or chemicals which alter the manufacturer’s baseline-settings of the tire is not allowed. Traces of chemicals and/or excessive quantities of chemicals found to be outside the baseline on any test shall result in the penalties declared in Rule 2.15.5 plus an additional indefinite financial penalty and indefinite length of suspension.

2.15.5 – Any illegal part discovered through inspection any time after the driver signs in to compete in that event can be confiscated by an official and forfeited by the driver. For first infraction, driver discovered to be using illegal parts of any kind shall be subject to a fine of up to two thousand dollars ($2,000), suspension from all events for up to fourteen (14) days, possible loss of all points (national and track) earned to date for the current season and forfeiture of all cash and/or awards earned at the event. For second infraction, driver shall be subject to a fine of up to five thousand dollars ($5,000), suspension from all events for up to one (1) year, loss of all points (national and track) earned to date for the current season and forfeiture of all cash and/or awards earned at the event. Confiscated parts will be sent to manufacturer for inspection. Failure by the driver to surrender any illegal part for confiscation shall result in a separate penalty, in addition to other applicable penalties under this rule. Both drivers have been disqualified from the event, including the loss of all purse money and championship points earned during the event, fined $2,000, and the loss of all track and national points earned for the 2016 season. The total penalty, including loss of money, fine and the cost of the tire analysis was $2,750 for Fennewald and $2,650 for Turner.

Each has been placed under a (30) day suspension from all USRA and Lucas Oil Speedway events beginning on July 12, 2016 and concluding on August 12, 2016 and will be on probation following the conclusion of the suspension for the remainder of the 2016 season. For more information on USRA Racing and all USRA sanctioned events, please visit www.USRAracing.com. For more information on Lucas Oil Speedway, please visit www.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 it’s 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 www.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 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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Late Model stars return to Lucas Oil Speedway for 10th annual CMH Diamond Nationals on Saturday

July 13th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- Nearly 7,000 fans left Lucas Oil Speedway buzzing after the 24th edition of the Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com, having witnessed one of the best dirt Late Model races in recent memory. Now seven weeks later, the stars and cars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series return to Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday night, ready to fire it back up at the 10th annual CMH Diamond Nationals. The winner of the 50-lap feature receives $12,000 and a diamond ring.

“I think everybody who witnessed the Show-Me 100 will talk about that race for years to come,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “Now we’re ready for a renewal that great action. This is always one of our biggest events of the season and, after the great Show-Me 100, anticipation is higher than ever for the CMH Diamond Nationals.”

It was at the Show-Me 100 on May 28 that Jimmy Owens prevailed over Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., and Jesse Stovall of Billings after a late restart. On lap 89, the big crowd was on its feet and cheering loudly when Bloomquist, Owens and Bobby Pierce – after starting at the rear of the field – jockeyed for the lead. Bloomquist, just seconds after making the pass, lost his left rear wheel in turn one. Pierce, in line to inherit the lead, soon had to pit to replace a flat tire. Owens, of Newport, Tenn., went on to win his fourth Show-Me 100 and this Saturday, he will shoot for his fourth Diamond Nationals triumph. Meanwhile, Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., will be going for a Diamond Nationals repeat after beating Bloomquist to the finish line in last year’s race. Those two are at it again this year in fighting it out atop the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championship standings.

Bloomquist leads Davenport, the reigning series champ, by 245 points. Bloomquist is on a recent hot streak that includes a three-race winning streak interrupted Saturday at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Tennessee as Dale McDowell prevailed. Davenport will be looking to get back into victory lane for the first time since May 26 when he won the Cowboy Classic at Lucas Oil Speedway. The CMH Diamond Nationals is co-sanctioned by the Lucas MLRA and the usual array of local standouts is expected, including Stovall, Springfield Terry Phillips and Lebanon’s Tony Jackson Jr. For complete schedule, results and standings for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt series visit LucasDirt.com.

For a rundown of the MLRA schedule, results and standings go to MLRARacing.com. The USRA Modifieds also are scheduled to run for a $750 winner’s check courtesy of Hermitage Lumber. Eric Turner of Hermitage has been on a roll in the division, with three wins in the last four races and he’s closed to within 20 of Bolivar’s Jeff Cutshaw in the points race. Citizens Memorial Hospital, headquartered in Bolivar, has grown tremendously in the past two decades – not only physically as a hospital, but also in the number of services offered. Today, the state-of-the-art acute care hospital employs more than 1,500 individuals in nine counties. For more info, visit CitizensMemorial.com.

Gates open Saturday at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7:30 pm and qualifying for the Late Models to follow.
Admission prices are:
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (6 to 15) $10
Kids (5 and under) Free
Family Pass $50 (Click Here for more information)
Pit Pass $40

To purchase tickets or to inquire about the availability of suites for upcoming races, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com. For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

Lucas Oil Speedway plays host to the 10th annual Lucas Oil CMH Diamond Nationals on Saturday, July 16.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Muilenburg takes featured B-Mod win; Fennewald, Brown and Turner also prevail at Lucas Oil Speedway

July 11th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Ozarks racing veteran Steve Muilenburg stayed patient as other contenders fell by the wayside and drove to the featured Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod victory Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway.
Other features winners as 114 cars checked into the pits on Kids’ Night Presented by KQFX Fox 22 were Johnny Fennewald (ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models), Derek Brown (Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks) and Eric Turner (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds).

Youngsters also took home 55 new bicycles donated by Lucas Oil Speedway drivers, sponsors and staff. In the B-Mod feature, Sparta’s Muilenburg captured his first feature win of the season by leading the final seven circuits in the 25-lap feature. He earned $500 for the victory as 48 B-Mods were on hand for the action.

Muilenburg, who started seventh, grabbed the lead on lap 18 after leaders J.C. Morton and Ryan Gillmore had two rounds of contact and neither could not continue. Andy Bryant of Fort Scott, Kan., was second with Dylan Allen of Chanute, Kan., finishing third.

Kris Jackson and Shawn Strong battled door-to-door for the lead until a lap-five caution slowed the field. Both Jackson and Strong headed to the pits with mechanical issues, handing the lead to Andy Bryant.
Morton grabbed the lead on lap six and held it until lap 18 when Gillmore made a pass in turn two as the two cars made contact. Morton and Gillmore collided again before the lap was over, in turns three and four, bringing out the eighth caution of the race as both headed for the pits.

It marked the first time in nine features this season that Morton, the season points leader, has finished outside of the top four. James Thompson of Springfield went from 21st to eighth. That earned him the Out-Pace
Racing Products Featured Class Hard-Charger Award, a $100 product certificate and Out-Pace ball cap. Fennewald wire-to-wire: Johnny Fennewald of Appleton City made it two wins in three weeks since debuting his ULMA Late Model, beating Jon Binning and Larry Ferris to the checkers. Fennewald took the lead from his outside front-row starting position, beating Ferris into turn one. He was never seriously threatened in a race that went all green after two early cautions.

“When the track gets like this I just smile because I know I’m going to go forward,” Fennewald said of the dry-slick conditions that he prefers. “This late model deal is a lot of fun. We’ve won two Late Models races and a Modified race the last three times we’ve been here, so maybe it’s turning around.” It was a rough night for season points leader Aaron Marrant, who wound up 20th after starting at the rear of the field after mechanical issues in his heat race. The Keyser Manufacturing Hard Charger ULMA Late Model Hard Charger Award went to Chris Cox, who went from 14th to eighth. He picked up a $100 product certificate.

Turner stays hot: Eric Turner of Hermitage made it three USRA Mod wins in the last four races by leading all 20 laps of the night’s closing feature.

Turner thanks the fans and also picked a kid out of the crowd on Kids’ Night for a pair of boots from one of his sponsors, PFI Western Wear and Boot Daddy Boots. Jon Sheets of Nevada was a distant second and Bolivar’s Jeff Cutshaw, who continues to hold a narrow season points lead over Turner, finished third. Brown makes it eight: Stoutland’s Derek Brown led all 20 laps, claiming his eighth Street Stocks feature victory of the season. “That was fun. I like it slick,’ Brown said of the track conditions. “The car was good. I can’t ask for anything better.”

Toby Ott of Wheatland came home second and Darrin Crisler of Clever was third.The AR Bodies Hard Charger for the Street Stocks went to Steve Beach. He earned a $50 product certificate for going from 12th to fifth. Diamond Nationals next: Next Saturday is the10th annual CMH Diamond Nationals, featuring the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series. The event, co-sanctioned by the Lucas MLRA, awards $12,000 and a diamond ring, to the feature winner. The USRA Modifieds also are scheduled to run for a $750 winner’s check courtesy of Hermitage Lumber.

The last time the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series appeared at Lucas Oil Speedway, at the Show-Me 100 on May 28, produced one of the most-memorable races in recent years. Jimmy Owens prevailed in a dramatic finish over Scott Bloomquist and local standout Jesse Stovall. To purchase tickets or to inquire about the availability of suites for upcoming races, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

Lucas Oil Speedway plays host to the 10th annual Lucas Oil CMH Diamond Nationals on Saturday, July 16.

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 KansasCity 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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016.

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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

In the Spotlight: Young Heydenreich earning his way in Lucas Oil Speedway B-Mod class

July 8th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – He’s only been driving a race car for two years and isn’t afraid to ask questions – and soak up knowledge – from more-experienced drivers in the ultra-competitive Ozark Golf Cars B-Mod division. Like a good student paying attention in class, Robert Heydenreich is passing his tests at Lucas Oil Speedway. After a career-best fifth-place finish in last week’s B-Mod feature, the 20-year-old from Bolivar is a solid fifth in the points chase. “Hopefully the wins come, but … my goal this year was top-five, getting more seat
time and getting better,” said Heydenreich, who is the Tailgate Guys Radio Show Spotlight Driver of the Week for Lucas Oil Speedway. “I just want to keep learning as much as I can.”

The B-Mods will be featured when action resumes Saturday night with a 25-lap, $500-to-win main event. Look for Heydenreich and his sharp red-and-white No. 134 car to be in the mix, like last week when he won his heat and started on the front row of the feature alongside points leader J.C. Morton.

The Double H Motorsports team – formed by Heydenreich and his dad Robert Heydenreich Sr. – is a relative newcomer to the scene. Certainly, Double H is one of the hardest-working race teams around with the elder Heydenreich working three jobs – including on the safety and EMS crew at Lucas on race nights – and Robert Jr. working 10-hour days as a pipe welder.

“We love what we do and we are having a great time,” said Heydenreich Sr., who raced drag cars for a time in the 1980s and 1990s. Father and son work on the race car late at night, usually after 9 p.m., following
long days at their jobs. “My dad doesn’t get near as much credit as he should,” Heydenreich said. “Not only
does he work as full-time job Monday-through-Friday, he works a part-time job after that job and he works at the race track on weekends. We love the sport. I’d spend every last penny I have on the race car if I had to.”

Heydenreich, a 2014 Bolivar High School graduate, said he always wanted to drive a race car “since I was a little kid and my parents put me on a four-wheeler and I went wide-open. Anything with four wheels and an engine, I wanted to drive fast.” His parents gave him encouragement to chase the dream, as did grandparents Vernie and Verla Heydenreich.

Even a mishap earlier this season, when Heydenreich rolled his car after hitting a rut in turn one while contending for a heat-race win, did not shake the young driver’s confidence. More than anything, it led to a new nickname. Heydenreich said he’s always gone by “Lil Bert” to differentiate himself from his dad. But after rolling his car, he removed his helmet, unhooked the window netting and looked at track photographer Chris Bork who was clicking away. “The first thing I said was, ‘Chris, did you get that?’ He started calling me
‘Hollywood’ after that. Now (track announcer) Kevin Fletcher is calling me ‘Hollywood.’ I don’t know if it’ll stick, but I can’t be ‘Lil Bert’ forever.” Whatever he’s called, Heydenreich said he strives to earn respect from the more-proven B-Mod drivers like Morton and Kris Jackson.

“I’m new to this and always asking questions. They’re super cool about it,” Heydenreich said. “If I’m trying to keep my car underneath me and be a clean driver. “My goal is to drive professionally. I know that sounds crazy. Some of these kids have been driving since they started little in go-karts. This is the first thing I’ve driven. But my goal is to drive a race car (full time) and be able to pay the bills.” Double H Motorsports’ major sponsor are Big Slice Pizza, Boone’s BBQ and Discount Cigarettes and Liquor. More support comes from Team Cocktail Apparel, Yeoman Race Engines, Hot Mama Racing Club, My Oil Depot, Get Right Graphics, Midwest Sheet Metal, Hood’s Machine and Welding and Hoffman Race Cars.

Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway, KQFX Fox 22 Presents a Special Kids’ night with ages 15 and under admitted free. Frogs Jr Fan Club members will be eligible to be in a drawing for free bicycles, donated by areas businesses and Lucas Oil Speedway drivers, to be awarded during intermission. The ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds and Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks also will be in action as gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets or to inquire about the availability of suites, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com. The Tailgate Guys Radio Show airs each Saturday from 11:05 a.m.-noon on AM 1340 KICK and online at 1340BigTalker.com.

Co-hosts Lyndal Scranton and Steve Koehler talk barbecue and sports with an array of guests. The show’s Facebook page is Facebook.com/TailgateGuysRadio. For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info
and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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 .

Forrest Lucas cinema debut of “The Dog Lover” on Friday includes VIP Meet and Greet

July 8th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – The historic Gillioz Theatre is proud to host Forrest and Charlotte Lucas for their film “The Dog Lover” for a special debut screening on Friday July 8th. The event features a VIP meet and greet, raffle and live auction, the premiere of the feature film and a lively after-party to follow. Forrest Lucas, the President and CEO of Lucas Oil Products, and a Missouri rancher in his own right, is launching the first of a slate of movies. He along with ESX Entertainment in Hollywood have produced “The Dog Lover,” airing nationwide July 8.

The Dog Lover features James Remar, Lea Thompson, Jason Blair, Sherry Stringfield, Christina Moore and Allison Paige – a dramatic thriller about an animal rights activist who goes undercover at a dog-breeding facility, where the owner is suspected of inhumane treatment of animals. The Dog Lover is about a passionate belief that goes wrong. It’s not just the animals that can suffer, but their human guardians as well. The Gillioz Theatre is located at 325 Park Central East, Springfield, Mo.The premier film will have two screenings, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. with tickets $15. An additional special VIP Package also is available, that includes a reception in the The Gallery located on the second floor of the Gillioz.

Schedule of events:
* 2 p.m. – Doors open for early screening.
* 3 p.m. – Early screening begins.
* 5:30 – Doors open for VIP Guests and Sponsors. Attendees can walk the red carpet, mingle with Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, sponsors and guests.
* 6 p.m. – General admission doors open.
* 6:40 p.m. – Raffle & Auction featuring Protect the Harvest merchandise autographed by Forrest Lucas, with all proceeds benefiting the non-profit. The Future Farmers of America (FFA), Osceola Chapter will be on hand to assist.
* 7 p.m. – Late film screening begins.
* 8:30 p.m.-midnight – After-party with hors d’oeuvres, a live band, and cash bar at Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E-Plex, 3001 N Grant Ave, Springfield, Mo.Admission is free with a ticket stub.

Directed by Alex Ranarivelo, “The Dog Lover” was shot on location in Petaluma, Northern California and has a running time of 101 minutes. Executive Producer Forrest Lucas and his non-profit organization – Protect The
Harvest, paired with Ali Afshar of Hollywood to produce “The Dog Lover.” ESX Entertainment is committed to bringing inspirational, hopeful content to the marketplace.

The partnership of Forrest Lucas (of Protect the Harvest & Lucas Oil) and Ali Afshar was created to make films that focused on reigniting the American dream through cinematic storytelling. The company aspires to give a voice to situations and characters that exemplify the backbone of the country while providing top
shelf production quality entertainment.

Tickets to the event and the VIP reception are on sale at the Gillioz box office at 325 Park Central Square East, by calling 417-863-9491 or online at gillioz.org The film is proudly supported by PFI Western Store in Springfield, Mo. For more information on PFI Western Store, go to PFIWestern.com.

For complete event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the Lucas Oil Speedway season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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 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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

ARCA point leader Briscoe brings momentum, fans to Lucas Oil Raceway

July 7th, 2016

TOLEDO, Ohio- With momentum on his side and a ton of fans along for the ride, current ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship leader Chase Briscoe will be a crowd favorite at Lucas Oil Raceway (LOR) when the Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 presented by Jive rolls off Friday night, July 22.

Coming off his career-first ARCA Racing Series win at Winchester Speedway in late June, Briscoe will also have another feather in his cap at LOR – he’s actually raced on the track before, which is a bit of an anomaly for the Mitchell, Indiana rookie. Most of the tracks on the ARCA tour are new to Briscoe, whose experience prior to
ARCA has been in sprint cars on dirt tracks. LOR, however, will be a rare return trip for Briscoe who made his ARCA debut with his Cunningham Motorsports team last year at LOR, finishing 10th.

“We didn’t run really great last year (at LOR), but it definitely helps to have that seat-time,” Briscoe said. “I have an idea of how the race plays out.” Briscoe also learned some of the characteristics of the track.

“The track’s relatively flat so you tend to run right up by the fence. The car feels so tight because the corners are long and flat. If we can loosen up the car more than what we had last year, we can put ourselves in a position to win.” Briscoe’s hometown of Mitchell is about a hundred miles away from the track. His sponsor, Big Tine, is located just west of Indianapolis in Rockville, Indiana, near Terre Haute.

“We’re going to have a ton of family and friends at the race to help cheer us on.

I went to a corporate function over the July 4 holiday at Big Tine. I had a really good time. They had over a thousand people there for their fireworks display…it was a lot of fun. The President/CEO Mike Bassett made up about 500 t-shirts with the car and Big Tine. He was just giving them away and I was signing them. We’re going to have a lot of people come out and watch.” Briscoe drives the No. 77 Big Tine Ford for Cunningham Motorsports. Outside of the victory at Winchester, he also finished second at Michigan, third at Talladega, and fourth at Daytona, Toledo and New Jersey (road course).

The Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 presented by Jive marks the 12th ARCA appearance at Lucas Oil Raceway since its debut there in 1971. Former ARCA winners at LOR include Ramo Stott, Bob Schacht, Davey Allison, Ty Dillon, Frank Kimmel, Brandon Jones and last year’s winner Travis Braden. Discounted tickets for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 are on sale now at several Menards stores in Indiana. The tickets are being offered at $10 off the gate price, and can be purchased up through July 21.

Indiana stores slated to sell the discount tickets include locations in Anderson, Avon, Bloomington, Camby, Carmel, Columbus, Fishers, Fort Wayne East, Fort Wayne South, Fort Wayne West, Greenwood, Indy East, Indy South, Kokomo, Lafayette South, Lebanon, Muncie, Richmond, Terre Haute and West Lafayette.

Raceday Schedule

There are two practice sessions for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 from 1:35 – 2:20, followed by final practice from 3:00 – 3:45. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell is at 5:30. Pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions begin at 8:30 with the green flag waving just after 9:00. Media Coverage The Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 is live on FS1. ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring and live chat of all ARCA Racing Series on-track activities. ARCA CONTACT: Don Radebaugh, dradebaugh@arcaracing.com

Kids’ Night, with free admission and bike giveaways, coming Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway

July 6th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – It’s all about the youngsters when racing returns Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway as KQFX Fox 22 Presents a Special Kids’ Night with ages 15 and under admitted free. And that’s not the only perk. The “Frogs Signs Jr Fan Club” members will be eligible to be in a drawing for free bicycles, donated by areas businesses and Lucas Oil Speedway drivers, to be awarded during intermission. Kids can sign up to join at the “Frogs Signs Jr Fan Club” table and different-sized bikes will be awarded to different age groups.

Kids 15 and under are admitted free on Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Frogs Signs and U.S. Automotive are among those donating the bicycles, according to Lucas Oil Speedway Assistant General Manager Danny Lorton. “We’re appreciative of those companies, several of our drivers and some of our track officials for their efforts in rounding up bicycles to help make it a special night for the kids,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “Along with our Free Kids Fridays this season, this is another opportunity for youngsters to enjoy a terrific free night at the races in a family friendly environment – and for those of all ages to see some great racing.”

Free Kids Fridays sees youngsters 11-and-under admitted free during all special Friday events this season at the speedway. The next one is Sept. 2 for opening day of the 6th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals. B-Mods in the spotlight: The Budweiser Weekly Championship Series resumes on Saturday with the Ozark Golf Cars B-Mods featured with a 25-lap, $500-to-win feature. The ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds and Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks also will be in action as gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30 p.m.

Admission prices are:
Adults (16 and up) $12
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $9
Youth (15 and under) FREE
Family Pass $25 (click here for details)
Pit Pass $25
To purchase tickets or to inquire about the availability of suites for Saturday or other upcoming races, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.
Championship chases: In the B-Mod division, points leader J.C. Morton of Springfield will be aiming for a second straight feature victory. Morton’s points lead has grown to 145 over Kris Jacks of Lebanon.

Another wide lead exists in the Street Stocks after Derek Brown of Stoutland grabbed his seventh feature win last week. Brown is 158 in front of Eldon’s Steve Beach. Closer points chases exist in the other divisions. Bolivar’s Jeff Cutshaw is 29 ahead of Eric Turner of Hermitage for the USRA Modified lead. In the ULMA Late Models, Richmond’s Aaron Marrant leads Robert James Penney of Lawson by 80. Diamond Nationals coming: A reminder, the 10th annual CMH Diamond Nationals featuring the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series is coming up on July 16. The event, co-sanctioned by the Lucas MLRA, awards $12,000 and a diamond ring, to the feature winner.
The USRA Modifieds also are scheduled to run for a $750 winner’s check courtesy of Hermitage Lumber.
For complete event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 LucusOilSpeedway.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.

Lucas Oil Speedway plays host to the 10th annual Lucas Oil CMH Diamond Nationals on Saturday, July 16.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Smyser takes Late Model win as Morton, Fennewald and Brown also prevail at Lucas Oil Speedway

July 2nd, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- Chris Smyser took command early and went on to hold off division points leader Aaron Marrant for the featured ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Model victory Thursday night at Lucas Oil Speedway. Other winners in a special Casey’s Thursday Night Thunder Presented by KRBK Fox 5 included J.C. Morton (Ozark Golf Cars B-Mods), Johnny Fennewald (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds) and Derek Brown (Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks). The start of action as the second half of the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series schedule began was delayed about 50 minutes following a heavy downpour. A total of 88 cars checked into the pits for the 4th of July Holiday Weekend special. In the night’s featured event, Smyser grabbed the lead from Marrant coming to the flag concluding lap five. The Lancaster driver held on the rest of the way to record his first feature victory of the season and deny Marrant his fifth. Smyser earned $1,000, courtesy of Rains Ice, for the victory. Marrant made a bid on the final lap, closing quickly as Smyser found himself in slower traffic. But Smyser, after one runner-up and two third-place finishes this season, held on as the checkered flag waved. Robert James Penney of Lawson finished third. David Melloway finished 12th after starting 20th, earning the Keyser Manufacturing Hard Charger Award for the biggest Late Model mover and the Out-Pace Racing Products Featured Class Hard Charger award. Both were worth $100 in product certificates.

Morton all the way: Season points leader J.C. Morton of Springfield solidified his hold on the top spot in the championship chase with a wire-to-wire victory in the 20-lap Ozark Golf Cars B-Mod feature.

It was the second feature victory of the season for Morton, who has been no worse than fourth in all eight of his feature races this season. Gene Sisco of Alton finished second and was no match for Morton following a two-lap shootout at the finish following a lap 18 caution. Tyler Brown of Richland charged from 12th to finish third. Fennewald hangs on: After earning a Late Model win last weekend, Johnny Fennewald broke through for his first Modified victory after three runner-up finishes in the division. Fennewald, of Appleton City, held off a fast-closing Eric Turner with Bolivar’s Jeff Cutshaw third. Turner, of Hermitage charged from a 14th starting position and into contention in the closing laps, finishing on Fennewald’s bumper. Cutshaw maintained his points lead with his sixth top-three finish of the season. Dylan Hoover of Vandalia led the first 15 laps and appeared on his way to victory, but spun in turn one to bring out a caution and end hopes for his first win of the season.

Seven for Brown: Stoutland’s Derek Brown led all the way to take his seventh Street Stock feature victory of the season, holding off a stiff challenge from Burl Woods over the final seven laps. Brown started inside of the second row and had the lead before the first lap was complete. Woods, of Republic, rallied from eighth to second midway through the 20-lap feature but was unable to get around Brown. Darrin Crisler of Billings was third. Johnny Coats earned the AR Bodies Street Stock Hard Charger award, a $50 product certificate, going from 20th to ninth. Up next: Racing at Lucas Oil Speedway returns on Saturday, July 9 as KQFX Fox 22 Presents a Special Kids’ Night as youngsters 15 and under will be admitted free. The Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods will be featured with a special 25-lap, $500-to-win feature.

The ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds and Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks also will be in action as gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets or to inquire about the availability of suites for upcoming races, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.

For complete event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

Lucas Oil Speedway plays host to the 10th annual Lucas Oil CMH Diamond Nationals on Saturday, July 16.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Rookie Snider at home on Lucas Oil Raceway half-mile; ARCA returns July 22

July 2nd, 2016

TOLEDO, Ohio – Myatt Snider is the son of longtime NASCAR TV analyst Marty Snider. Whether he eventually follows in his father’s broadcast footsteps remains to be seen. No matter the direction he chooses, he’s got options. As it turns out, the 21-year-old ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards rookie has proven to be an effective race car driver, winning in his ARCA debut at Toledo Speedway back in May in the No. 22 Cunningham Motorsports-Original Louisiana Hot Sauce Ford. Snider also made his superspeedway debut at Pocono Raceway in early June where he led the most laps and finished ninth.

Having honed his racing skills in the short track world, safe to say the Charlotte, North Carolina college student is more than ready to take on Lucas Oil Raceway when the Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 presented by Jive comes to life Friday night, July 22, live on FS1. “I grew up racing on flat tracks in the Legends and Bandolero cars pretty much with no banking at all, so I don’t see Lucas Oil Raceway being a problem for me…I think I’ll fit right in,” Snider said. “I’ve never seen it, but I’ve heard about it when the Xfinity Series used to race there. It’s super flat but fun to race I’ve heard. I don’t really know much about the track, but I’ll watch plenty of video before we get there.”

Snider, who has raced in more than 60 late model stock features over the last few years, competed at Martinsville Speedway, another flat half-mile track. “Of all the tracks I’ve raced at, I’d say Martinsville is the closest to Lucas Oil. Martinsville’s flat all the way around, but the corners at Lucas Oil are more drawn out. It’s tighter at Martinsville. We get around there (Martinsville) pretty good, so we should be fine at Indy.” Snider will be driving for longtime ARCA team Cunningham Motorsports. Snider’s Cunningham teammate at Lucas Oil will be rookie Chase Briscoe, who currently leads the ARCA national championship standings. “I feel so blessed to have this incredible opportunity with Cunningham Motorsports, and I am so thankful to everyone who had a hand in making it happen. The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is the logical next step in advancing up the ladder.” The ARCA Racing Series is also Snider’s maiden voyage with radial tires.

“The adapting to the tires hasn’t been as difficult as I expected. I really expected to feel like I was riding on rocks, and that’s not the case. The major transition is in how you have to drive the car and that’s a work in progress for me. “The biggest adjustment for me is in the braking. In the late models, using the braking was part of the technique in getting through the corners. With these cars, it’s totally different. As Paul Andrews (Snider’s Crew Chief) has preached, that brake pedal is your enemy. The more brake you use, the more heat you build into the front end. I continue to work on that and think I am really getting a big grasp on it, but it’s a work in progress.

“Can’t wait to get to Lucas Oil. That’s Brickyard 400 weekend, so that should add a lot of excitement…there’ll be a lot of eyes on our race. We won at Toledo…we can do it again. I know Cunningham will give me a car capable of winning…I just have to do my part and get it done.”

The Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 presented by Jive marks the 12th ARCA appearance at Lucas Oil Raceway since its debut there in 1971. Former ARCA winners at LOR include Ramo Stott, Bob Schacht, Davey Allison, Ty Dillon, Frank Kimmel, Brandon Jones and last year’s winner Travis Braden. Discounted tickets for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 are on sale now at several Menards stores in Indiana. The tickets are being offered at $10 off the gate price, and can be purchased up through July 21.

Indiana stores slated to sell the discount tickets include locations in Anderson, Avon, Bloomington, Camby, Carmel, Columbus, Fishers, Fort Wayne East, Fort Wayne South, Fort Wayne West, Greenwood, Indy East, Indy South, Kokomo, Lafayette South, Lebanon, Muncie, Richmond, Terre Haute and West Lafayette.

There are two practice sessions for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 from 1:35 – 2:20, followed by final practice from 3:00 – 3:45. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell is at 5:30. Pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions begin at 8:30 with the green flag waving just after 9:00.

Media Coverage The Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 is live on FS1 July 22 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern. ARCAracing.com

will feature live timing and scoring and live chat of all ARCA Racing Series on-track activities.

Lucas Oil Speedway to fire up 4th of July weekend with Thursday Night Thunder

June 30th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri-The 4th of July Holiday Weekend will get off to a roaring start at Lucas Oil Speedway with a special Casey’s General Stores Thursday Night Thunder edition of the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series. Presented by KRBK Fox 5, all four classes will be in action and the night will conclude with one of the biggest fireworks shows in the area, courtesy of AM Pyrotechnics.

“It’s become a tradition to have Thursday-night racing heading into the big Independence Day Weekend and it’s quickly grown into one of our most-popular events of the season,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “When you combine the outstanding racing in all our divisions with the awesome job that AM Pyrotechnics does capping the evening, it’s a perfect way for families to come out and kick off the big weekend,” Robinson added.

The ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models will be the featured class, running a 25-lap, $1,000-to-win feature courtesy of Rains Ice. It’s the first leg of the 2016 ULMA Triple Crown Shootout – the first of four straight race nights for the ULMA Late Models. After racing at Lucas Oil Speedway, the Late Models are at Lakeside Speedway on Friday, Randolph County Raceway in Moberly on Saturday and Central Missouri Speedway in Warrensburg on Sunday where the Jake Williams Memorial ULMA Triple Crown champion will be crowned.

For Thursday Night Thunder in Wheatland, visit participating area Casey’s locations for $2 discount coupons to the night’s activities, which also includes the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, the Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and Ozark Golf Cars B-Mods. As part of the evening’s “Salute to America” all Veterans with ID and Scouts in uniform will be admitted free. The lake area’s wildest fireworks show, courtesy of AM Pyrotechnics, will light up the night sky at the conclusion of the racing program as we celebrate our nation’s independence.

Ticket prices for Thursday’s program are:
Adults (16 and up) $12
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $9
Youth (6-15) $5
Veterans and Scouts in Uniform FREE
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $25
Pit Pass $25
To purchase tickets or to inquire about the availability of suites for upcoming races, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com. In the featured ULMA Late Model division, points leader Aaron Marrant of Richmond will be looking to get back to victory lane after finishing second and third, respectively, in the last two races after winning four in a row. Marrant leads Robert James Penney of Lawson by 76 points.

The USRA Modified championship chase continues to tighten after Eric Turner of Hermitage took his second straight feature win last Saturday. Turner is within 33 points of Bolivar’s Jeff Cutshaw, the reigning track champion. Another tight race is taking place in the B-Mod class, with Springfield’s J.C. Morton 45 clear of Lebanon’s Kris Jackson. Morton has not finished lower than fourth in seven features while Jackson, contending for a win, had a late flat tire and wound up 16th last week. The biggest runaway is in the Street Stocks where Derek Brown of Stoutland, after earning his seventh feature win in nine attempts, leads Eldon’s Steve Beach by 145 points.

For complete event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

Lucas Oil Speedway plays host to the 10th annual Lucas Oil CMH Diamond Nationals on Saturday, July 16.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Lucas Oil Speedway to fire up 4th of July weekend with Thursday Night Thunder

June 29th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – The 4th of July Holiday Weekend will get off to a roaring start at Lucas Oil Speedway with a special Casey’s General Stores Thursday Night Thunder edition of the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series.

Presented by KRBK Fox 5, all four classes will be in action and the night will conclude with one of the biggest fireworks shows in the area, courtesy of AM Pyrotechnics. “It’s become a tradition to have Thursday-night racing heading into the big Independence Day Weekend and it’s quickly grown into one of our most-popular events of the season,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said.

“When you combine the outstanding racing in all our divisions with the awesome job that AM Pyrotechnics does capping the evening, it’s a perfect way for families to come out and kick off the big weekend,” Robinson added.

The ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models will be the featured class, running a 25-lap, $1,000-to-win feature courtesy of Rains Ice. It’s the first leg of the 2016 ULMA Triple Crown Shootout – the first of four straight race nights for the ULMA Late Models. After racing at Lucas Oil Speedway, the Late Models are at Lakeside Speedway on Friday, Randolph County Raceway in Moberly on Saturday and Central Missouri Speedway in Warrensburg on Sunday where the Jake Williams Memorial ULMA Triple Crown champion will be crowned.

For Thursday Night Thunder in Wheatland, visit participating area Casey’s locations for $2 discount coupons to the night’s activities, which also includes the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, the Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and Ozark Golf Cars B-Mods. As part of the evening’s “Salute to America” all Veterans with ID and Scouts in uniform will be admitted free. The lake area’s wildest fireworks show, courtesy of AM Pyrotechnics, will light up the night sky at the conclusion of the racing program as we celebrate our nation’s independence. Ticket prices for Thursday’s program are:
Adults (16 and up) $12
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $9
Youth (6-15) $5
Veterans and Scouts in Uniform FREE Kids (5 and under) FREE Family Pass $25 Pit Pass $25 To purchase tickets or to inquire about the availability of suites for upcoming races, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com. In the featured ULMA Late Model division, points leader Aaron Marrant of Richmond will be looking to get back to victory lane after finishing second and third, respectively, in the last two races after winning four in a row. Marrant leads Robert James Penney of Lawson by 76 points.

The USRA Modified championship chase continues to tighten after Eric Turner of Hermitage took his second straight feature win last Saturday. Turner is within 33 points of Bolivar’s Jeff Cutshaw, the reigning track champion. Another tight race is taking place in the B-Mod class, with Springfield’s J.C. Morton 45 clear of Lebanon’s Kris Jackson. Morton has not finished lower than fourth in seven features while Jackson, contending for a win, had a late flat tire and wound up 16th last week. The biggest runaway is in the Street Stocks where Derek Brown of Stoutland, after earning his seventh feature win in nine attempts, leads Eldon’s Steve Beach by 145 points.

For complete event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

Lucas Oil Speedway plays host to the 10th annual Lucas Oil CMH Diamond Nationals on Saturday, July 16.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016.

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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Derek Brown makes it six while Turner, Fennewald and Strong also prevail at Lucas Oil Speedway

June 27th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – The first half of the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series 2016 season at Lucas Oil Speedway wound up with a familiar face in victory lane.

Derek Brown of Stoutland made it six victories in nine attempts in the Carson’s Corner NAPA Auto Parts Street Stock division by out-running newcomer Tony Anglin to the finish at the Bolivar Herald-Free Press Midseason Championships. Other feature winners were Shawn Strong (Ozark Golf Cars B-Mods), Johnny Fennewald (ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models) and Eric Turner (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds). Ninety-nine cars checked into the pits as the season’s first half wrapped up. Brown, already 114 ahead of Steve Beach in the season points chase, picked up $500 in the 25-lap Street Stock feature while clinching the Midseason Championship. Anglin, of Walnut Ridge, Ark., finished ahead of Johnny Coats, James Flood and Sundance Keepper in his debut at the speedway this year.

Shawn Whitman, going from 15th to ninth, picked up the Out-Pace Racing Products Hard Charger Award going to the driver advancing furthest in the week’s featured division. The always-competitive B-Mod division saw Shawn Strong of Billings prevail as 38 B-Mods checked into the pits. Strong scored his first feature victory of the season as he beat runner-up J.C. Morton, though Morton’s finish was enough to secure him the Midseason Championship after his seventh straight finish of fourth or better. Andy Bryant of Fort Scott, Kan., wound up third.

Fennewald, from Appleton City, grabbed his first ULMA Late Models feature win by holding off Chris Smyser of Lancaster. Third-place Aaron Marrant of Richmond, a winner of four Late Model features this season, wrapped up the Midseason Championship with a solid run, finishing ahead of Bobby Penney and Aaron Poe.

The Keyser Manufacturing Hard Charger Award, which goes to the Late Model driver making the biggest move each week, went to Chris Cain after he advanced from 20th to 11th. Hermitage’s Turner made it two straight USRA Modifieds victories and three on the season. He again beat reigning track champion Jeff Cutshaw of Bolivar, just as he did the last time the two met on the race track on June 11. But Cutshaw nailed down the Midseason Championship with his finish. Next up is a special Casey’s General Stores Thursday Night Thunder edition of the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series, Presented by KRBK Fox 5 on June 30. There will be no Saturday racing on July 2.

The ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models will be the featured class, running a 25-lap, $1,000-to-win feature courtesy of Rains Ice. It’s the first leg of the 2016 ULMA Triple Crown Shootout. Visit participating area Casey’s locations for $2 discount coupons to the night’s activities. As part of the evening’s “Salute to America” all Veterans with ID and Scouts in uniform will be admitted free. The area’s wildest fireworks show, courtesy of AM Pyrotechnics, will light up the night sky at the conclusion of the racing program as we celebrate our Nation’s Independence.

For complete event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

Lucas Oil Updates

June 26th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- Darrin Crisler’s track-championship hopes were over before they started as he missed the first month of racing at Lucas Oil Speedway while awaiting key parts for a new engine.

“We had some parts that got put on back order and it kind of held us up,” Crisler said. But since returning to the driver’s seat, Crisler has been making up for lost time in the Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stock division. Before a sixth-place the last time out on June 11, Crisler grabbed a long-awaited Lucas Oil Speedway feature victory on May 21. “So far it’s going pretty good,” the 31-year-old Clever resident said of his season. “I got my first win at Lucas and that’s kind of icing on the cake after chasing it all year last year.”

Crisler, the Tailgate Guys Radio Show Spotlight Driver of the Week, will seek his second victory Saturday night when the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series resumes with the Bolivar Herald-Free Press Midseason Championships. The ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Ozark Golf Cars B Mods and Pitts Home USRA Modifieds also will be in action. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30.

Driving his own chassis built from the ground up by his dad Tim Crisler’s help, Darrin Crisler did what few have been able to – beat Derek Brown – in the late-May triumph. Brown, of Stoutland, is the runaway points leader and has won five of eight Street Stocks features this season. Asked how he did it, Crisler quickly gave praise to his supporting cast. “I’ve had a lot of help from some really good, long-time friends,” Crisler said.

“Bob and Erik Maggard (long-time area racers) helped me out a lot with my car. We completely changed our entire set-up package and … some nights you just get lucky. That happened to be one of those nights.” Crisler, who works as a police officer in Miller, has been racing competitively since climbing behind the wheel of a go-kart as a six-yearold. He began driving full-bodied cars in entry-level classes such as Bombers and Super Stocks at 15, then tried Modifieds for a brief time.

“I didn’t care for them too much,” Crisler said of the open-wheel cars. “I got back into the full-bodied cars. It’s a style of car that I’ve always enjoyed driving.” These days, the Street Stock division is probably more competitive than it’s ever been with Brown leading the way. You have guys like Tim Brown, who’s been racing forever. He and my father raced together,” Crisler said. “Derek Brown, Kenny Carroll, Burl Woods. The list goes on. You have the toughest race cars in the country to race against on a weekly basis.”

That made his breakthrough victory all the sweeter. Last season, Crisler said he had a couple of second-place finishes at Lucas Oil Speedway and several other top-fives. He was running fourth in the Big Buck 50 last fall before succumbing to motor issues.

The Big Buck 50 is one of a few big-money races around the region that Crisler has circled for the rest of this season. Even thought he the points chase is out of reach, he also has the goal of rallying into the top-10 and visiting victory lane some more at Lucas Oil Speedway. “I have a little boy who likes those trophies,” Crisler said of 5-year-old son Gavin.

“He will be a fourth-generation racer. He’s racing go-karts now.”
Tim Crisler raced for several years and Darrin’s grandfather, Ron Crisler, drove sprint cars in the late 1950s and 1960s. These days, Tim Crisler provides the majority of his race-night help, along with mother Melynda and wife Amanda. Sponsors include Mac’s Performance Powertrain, Comfort Heating & Air in Republic and The Auto Shop in Springfield.

The Tailgate Guys Radio Show can be heard from 11:05 a.m.-noon Saturdays on AM 1340 KICK or online at 1340BigTalker.com. The show’s Facebook page is facebook.com/TailgateGuysRadio Look for discount coupons for this week’s races in the Bolivar Herald-Free Press.

For more information on the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, please visit www.BolivarMONews.com
Ticket prices for Saturday’s program are:
Adults (16 and up) $12
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $9
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $25 click here for more information

Pit Pass $25 To purchase tickets or to inquire about the availability of suites for upcoming races, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.

A reminder, a special Casey’s General Stores Thursday Night Thunder edition of the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series Presented by KRBK Fox 5 is coming up on June 30. There will be no Saturday racing on July 2. For complete event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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

​​All-ARCA double header July 22 at Lucas Oil Raceway; discounted tickets on sale at 20 area Menards stores

June 24th, 2016

TOLEDO, Ohio – The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is headed back to Lucas Oil Raceway, and it’s bringing along the ARCA/CRA Super Series for an all-ARCA double header Friday night, July 22.

The 100-lap ARCA/CRA Super Series race will kick off the big night of stock car racing, culminating with the Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 presented by Jive under the lights.

“The track has a history of producing great, exciting racing and the ARCA Racing Series event Friday July 22 under the lights will surely add to that tradition,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “Everyone associated with our series really looks forward to returning to Lucas Oil Raceway.”

The Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 presented by Jive, live on FS1, is scheduled to get the green flag shortly after 9 p.m. Friday night. The race will once again be part of a huge weekend of racing in the Indianapolis area featuring USAC, ARCA and NASCAR.

The on-track activities at Lucas Oil Raceway will include USAC Silver Crown Series open wheel racing action on Thursday, July 21, with the ARCA/CRA Super Series late models and ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards stock car double-header on Friday, July 22. NASCAR’s Xfinity and Sprint Cup Series round out the weekend of racing action at nearby Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“We are pleased to once again be bringing ARCA back to Lucas Oil Raceway,” said Bob Sargent, whose Track Enterprises company will promote the event. “It should be great for both the fans and drivers, who love the Lucas Oil Raceway oval.”

The Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 presented by Jive marks the 12th ARCA appearance at Lucas Oil Raceway since its debut there in 1971. Former ARCA winners at LOR include Ramo Stott, Bob Schacht, Davey Allison, Ty Dillon, Frank Kimmel, Brandon Jones and last year’s winner Travis Braden.

Discounted tickets for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 are on sale now at several Menards stores in Indiana. The tickets are being offered at $10 off the gate price, and can be purchased up through July 21.

Indiana stores slated to sell the discount tickets include locations in Anderson, Avon, Bloomington, Camby, Carmel, Columbus, Fishers, Fort Wayne East, Fort Wayne South, Fort Wayne West, Greenwood, Indy East, Indy South, Kokomo, Lafayette South, Lebanon, Muncie, Richmond, Terre Haute and West Lafayette.

There are two practice sessions for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 from 1:35- 2:20, followed by final practice from 3:00 – 3:45. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell is at 5:30. Pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions begin at 8:30 with the green flag waving just after 9:00.

For more information on the event or to order reserved seating, call the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200 or check out the website at www.trackenterprises.com.

All-ARCA double header July 22 at Lucas Oil Raceway; discounted tickets on sale at 20 area Menards stores

June 24th, 2016

TOLEDO, Ohio – The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is headed back to Lucas Oil Raceway, and it’s bringing along the ARCA/CRA Super Series for an all-ARCA double header Friday night, July 22. The 100-lap ARCA/CRA Super Series race will kick off the big night of stock car racing, culminating with the Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 presented by Jive under the lights. “The track has a history of producing great, exciting racing and the ARCA Racing Series event Friday July 22 under the lights will surely add to that tradition,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “Everyone associated with our series really looks forward to returning to Lucas Oil Raceway.”

The Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 presented by Jive, live on FS1, is scheduled to get the green flag shortly after 9 p.m. Friday night. The race will once again be part of a huge weekend of racing in the Indianapolis area featuring USAC, ARCA and NASCAR.

The on-track activities at Lucas Oil Raceway will include USAC Silver Crown Series open wheel racing action on Thursday, July 21, with the ARCA/CRA Super Series late models and ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards stock car double-header on Friday, July 22. NASCAR’s Xfinity and Sprint Cup Series round out the weekend of racing action at nearby Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“We are pleased to once again be bringing ARCA back to Lucas Oil Raceway,” said Bob Sargent, whose Track Enterprises company will promote the event. “It should be great for both the fans and drivers, who love the Lucas Oil Raceway oval.”

The Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 presented by Jive marks the 12th ARCA appearance at Lucas Oil Raceway since its debut there in 1971. Former ARCA winners at LOR include Ramo Stott, Bob Schacht, Davey Allison, Ty Dillon, Frank Kimmel, Brandon Jones and last year’s winner Travis Braden. Discounted tickets for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 are on sale now at several Menards stores in Indiana. The tickets are being offered at $10 off the gate price, and can be purchased up through July 21.

Indiana stores slated to sell the discount tickets include locations in Anderson, Avon, Bloomington, Camby, Carmel, Columbus, Fishers, Fort Wayne East, Fort Wayne South, Fort Wayne West, Greenwood, Indy East, Indy South, Kokomo, Lafayette South, Lebanon, Muncie, Richmond, Terre Haute and West Lafayette.

There are two practice sessions for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 from 1:35 – 2:20, followed by final practice from 3:00 – 3:45. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell is at 5:30. Pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions begin at 8:30 with the green flag waving just after 9:00.
Media Coverage The Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 is live on FS1. ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring and live chat of all ARCA Racing Series on-track activities.

ARCA CONTACT: Don Radebaugh, dradebaugh@arcaracing.com

Hafertepe outduels Loyet to take Lucas Oil ASCS Sizzlin’ Speedweek finale

June 21st, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – San Hafertepe Jr. strengthened his hold on the Lucas Oil ASCS National Winged Sprint Car championship lead, winning Saturday night’s Bob Westphal Memorial Cup Cup Sizzlin’ Speedweek Finale at Lucas Oil Speedway. Hafertepe, of Sunnyvale, Texas, pulled away after a late restart to beat Brad Loyet in the race Presented by MAVTV to post his third national-series feature win of the season and second of Speedweek 2016 while earning the Speedweek championship.

“Me and Brad had it going,” a smiling Haftertepe said in a victory lane interview.

“That was a hell of a race. If the fans don’t like that, I don’t know what they want. Brad races clean. We both race hard. Just a hell of a race.”

In the Boss Chassis WAR Wingless Auto Racing Sprint Car feature, Korey Weyant made it three straight feature wins in the series with a late pass. A crowd of approximately 3,700 was on its feet through much of the ASCS 30-lap feature which saw Hafertepe grab the lead on a lap two restart. But it was anything but an easy drive the rest of the way. Ray Allen Kulhanek was running third on lap 12 when he spun going for second place in a battle with Loyet. Kulhanek kept rolling and collected Tommy Bryant to bring out the race’s third caution. Before the caution, Loyet grabbed the lead for a moment, but Hafertepe was credited with the lead at the caution.

A fourth caution waved on lap 24 when third-running Matt Covington spun after shredding a tire. Hafertepe and Loyet had been trading slide jobs for several laps, but Loyet unable to make his passes stick. Third wasn’t the place to be as Josh Baughman had a flat on lap 25 as he gave chase to the top two. One lap after the restart, Johnny Herrera – who entered the night one point behind Hafertepe in the ASCS national standings – had a mechanical failure while running seventh. He finished 16th. Hafertepe, who appeared much superior in clean air, was able to drive away after the restart.

“The yellows fell wrong for us,” said Loyet, who won a night earlier at the State Fair Speedway in Sedalia. “But overall, it was a good night for us.” Jonathan Cornell of Sedalia wound up third with Logan Forler of Boise, Idaho in fourth. Heat race winners for the ASCS Series were Covington, Loyet, Chance Morton, Brandon Hanks and Kulhanek. Covington went on to win the first qualifier for the feature, with Aaron Reutzel and Wayne Johnson winning the others.

Korey Weyant made it three straight WAR Wingless Racing Series victories with his Saturday win at Lucas Oil Speedway. (Chris Bork photo)

Weyant wins WAR feature: Korey Weyant of Springfield, Ill., made it three straight victories in the Boss Chassis WAR Wingless Series with a late pass to prevail.

Weyant lost the lead on lap 17 when Mitch Wissmiller passed him coming to the start-finish line. But Wissmiller spun as Weyant put a slide job on him and brought out the caution on lap 21 – just four laps after taking the lead and four laps from the finish. “We lost the lead a couple of times,” Weyant said. “The top wasn’t that great in (turns) three and four), but I was kind of committed to it. Mitch got me and I gained on him in three and four and I tried to do a slide job. Sure enough, it worked.”

Weyant held off runner-up Riley Kriesel of Warsaw over the final four laps. Craig Carroll charged from a 13th starting position to finish third with Clinton Boyles comings home in fourth. Weekly racing set to return: The Budweiser Weekly Championship Series resumes next Saturday, June 25, with the Bolivar Hearld-Free Press Midseason Championships. Discount coupons for the program are available in the Bolivar Herald-Free Press.

The Carson’s Corner NAPA Auto Parts Street Stocks will be featured and run a 25-lap, $500-to-win feature. Also in action will be the ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds and Ozark Golf Cars B-Mods. Gates at Lucas Oil Speedway open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30.

The 5th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic wrapped up Sunday at Lucas Oil Speedway.

June 16th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – An uneasy wait proved worth it for Byrant Sanders, who celebrated his second Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series Top Fuel Hydro victory of the season on Sunday.

Sanders, driving the Tommy Thompson-owned Nitrochondriac, zipped past Scott Lumbert in the Spirit of Texas in the weather-delayed finals of the 5th annual John Haas Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway. Sanders, of Houston, Texas, covered the 1,000 feet in 3.67 seconds at 247.93 miles per hour. Lumbert shut down his David Kirkland-owned Spirit of Texas about halfway through the run.

Bryan Sanders (left) drove Nitrochondriac, owned by Tommy Thompson (right) to the Haas Memorial Top Fuel Hydro victory.

The final event of the day was about ready to run when strong winds off a nearby line of thunderstorms forced the boats off the water and spectators to head for cover. Then, about an hour into the delay, Sanders and Lumbert fired up their boats on the line when a lightning strike apparently shut down the electronic scoring.

“It was rough. It was nerve-wracking. I have a headache right now,” Sanders said of the emotions involved with being so close to blasting off the line – twice – and then having to re-set. “One minute the adrenaline is going through the roof as you’re fixing to drive one of these big monsters and then you get pulled back,” Sanders said. “You kind of calm down a little bit and you’re going through the roof again. It’s nerve-wracking, I’ll tell you.” But once go-time finally did arrive, Sanders was ready.

“When I close the lid and close that shield, it’s game on,” Sanders said. “I don’t think about anything other than the job I have to do.” It was Nitrochondriac’s second victory in three Top Fuel races this season as Sanders increased his championship points lead over Problem Child, driving by Daryl Erlich. Sanders said after three straight runner-up finishes in the championship chase, the team is on a mission to bring home the big trophy.

“We’re having a great season,” Sanders said. “We’ve been in the final round all three races and won two out of the three. Hopefully this is our year. I’m tired of being runner-up. I want that ring.” It was a solid Sunday for Tommy Thompson Motorsports as he also had a winner in the Top Alcohol Flat division. Thompson’s Shazam, driven by Tony Scarlata, prevailed in the finals. Other winners in the pro divisions included: Mike DeClark of Anaheim, Calif., in Little White Lie (Top Alcohol Hydro), Tom Brasher in Desperado (Pro Outlaw) and Kevn Helm of Moore, Okla., in Fist Full of Dollar (Pro Mod).

The event honors the memory of John Haas, the four-time World Champion in Top Fuel Hydro who lost his life in a 2010 qualifying accident in Oklahoma. The Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series will return to Lucas Oil Speedway Sept. 2-4 for the Diamond Drag Boat Nationals. 5th annual John Haas Memorial Finals For complete event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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 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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

“Mr. Drag Boat Racing” Tommy Thompson a big part of Haas Memorial, which wrapped up Sunday

June 14th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Tommy Thompson has been climbing behind the wheel of a drag boat for 34 years, but his impact on the sport goes well beyond driving. “He is probably Mr. Drag Boat Racing,” said Scott Palmer, the veteran NHRA Top Fuel drag racer who is campaigning Liquid Voodoo in the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series for
a second straight year.

Thompson, 72, owns a boat in each of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series’ five pro divisions. He also helps at least 10 other boat teams with support, financial or parts.

Bryan Sanders (left) piloted Nitrochondriac, owned by Tommy Thompson (right) to the top qualifying position for eliminations at the John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic. (Photo courtesy Tommy Thompson Motorsports)

The Thompson Motorsports fast fleet is out in force at Lucas Oil Speedway this weekend, where the 5th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic wraps up on Sunday with eliminations. Action begins at 9 a.m. with final eliminations at approximately 3 p.m. Nitrochondriac, owned by Thompson and driven by Bryan Sanders, tops qualifying in the Top Fuel division headed into the final day. Nitrochondriac had a time of 3.586 and speed of 245 miles-per-hour on Saturday at “Lake Lucas.” The No. 2 qualifier in the Top Fuel division is Spirit of Texas at 3.587. Thompson, a Tulsa businessman, loves the sport of drag boat racing and has backed up that love with his financial support. He often reaches out to help those outside his own teams to help pump necessary life into the sport.

“We need boats, we need the players,” Thompson said. “Money’s tough right now for a lot of the guys. Without a little bit of help, they couldn’t run. “Forrest Lucas has done a lot for the sport. Without him, it wouldn’t be here today. But he can only do so much. Without a little help in the background, our sport would die.” Thompson added that drag boat racing “is a great sport. But it is an expensive sport.”

One that Thompson quickly became fascinated by after attending some drag boat races near his native Tulsa some 40 years ago. “I’ve always been fascinated by water,” Thompson said. “I don’t like being in it, but I like being on it. Used to watch them drag race (boats) in the mid-70s. I said,’One day, I’m gonna do that.’ I set my sights on it. I’ve been lucky. God has blessed me.” Thompson said more man-made drag-boat facilities, like the one Lucas built in Wheatland, is one of the keys to the sport’s future.

“I really believe if we can build the sport and add a few boats and keep the guys excited about it … you’ll see some of the other race tracks that has room add a water feature,” Thompson said. “This is what it’s gonna take to make this sport.”

The event honors the memory of John Haas, the four-time World Champion in Top Fuel Hydro who lost his life in a 2010 qualifying accident in Oklahoma.

Ticket prices for Sunday’s event:
Sunday, June 12
Adults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) $22
Youth ages 6-15 GA/Pit Pass Combo $10
Kids ages 11 and under GA/Pit Pass Combo FREE
Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $50 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages (6-15)

Turner captures featured USRA Mod win at Lucas; Brown, Melloway and Bryant also prevail

June 14th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Eric Turner rode the high line around Lucas Oil Speedway to his second victory of the season, taking Saturday night’s featured Pitts Homes USRA Modified win in a duel with Jeff Cutshaw. Turner, of Hermitage, earned $1,000 from Rains Ice on Hunting for Heroes Night at the Races Presented by KMIZ ABC 17. Other winners as 94 cars checked into the pit area were: Derek Brown (Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks), Jon Melloway (ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models) and Andy Bryant (Ozark Golf Cars B-Mods).

Turner had more late-race drama than he wanted. With the checkers in sight on the 25th and final lap, a caution flag came out after Dwight Niehoff spun in turn four. That set up a one-lap shootout for the win. But Turner, who had opened a 12-car length lead over Cutshaw and had it wiped out after the caution, pulled away on the restart to earn the victory. Cutshaw grabbed the lead on lap five form Tad Davis with Turner in pursuit. He moved to the outside groove and went past Cutshaw on lap 15.

“That was a good race. I didn’t know really what to do, it was kind of a gamble to go up there on the top,” Turning said, noting that he had wanted to run that line all season but the track had not been conducive to doing so. Cutshaw, the division’s points leader, wound up second with Johnny Fennewald of Appleton City third. John Sheets earned the $100 product certificate Out-Pace Racing Products Featured Class Hard-Charger Award, advancing from 21st to sixth.

Five for Brown: Derek Brown of Stoutland made if five Street Stock feature victories in eight attempts this season. Brown, the division’s runaway points leader, led all 20 laps but had to hold off a hard-charging Johnny Coats of Joplin over the final five laps. Coats settled for his second straight runner-up finish and Marc Carter of Warrensburg finished third. “It was really good. I don’t know what else I could do to make it much better, but I guess I have to,” Brown said. “It looked like (Coats) was close the whole race.” Shawn Whitman, going from 15th to fourth, earned the AR Bodies Street Stock $50 Hard-Charger product certificate. Melloway denies Marrant: Jon Melloway snapped Aaron Marrant’s four-race winning streak in the ULMA Late Model division, holding on after a restart with three laps remaining.

“When there’s a high line here, this is a very fast track,” Melloway said. “This is one of the track I definitely have wanted to win at. It’s the best facility in the United States and to win here is quite an honor.”

Melloway, of Hallsville, took his first Lucas Oil Speedway feature win the season by denying Richmond’s Marrant. Kenny Mudd of Winfield finished third. Earning the Keyser Manufacturing Hard Charger Award, worth a $100 product certificate, was Lane Elhert. He finished sixth after starting 15th. Bryant wins, then crashes: Just after crossing the finish line for his second feature victory of the season, Bryant’s car veered right and into the wall entering turn one. He car was damaged, but he was not injured.

“The right front caught when I got past the flag stand. I don’t know,” Bryant said in a somewhat-subdued victory lane celebration, his towed car behind him. Bryant, of Fort Scott, Kan., took command on lap three, taking over the lead from pole-sitter J.C. Morton. Lebanon’s Kris Jackson finished second and Springfield’s Morton wound up third. For Morton, the season points leader, it was his sixth straight finish of fourth or better in as many races.

The program was part of a big weekend at Lucas Oil Speedway, that includes the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series. The 5th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic concludes on Sunday as eliminations begin at 9 a.m.
Admission to the final day of the Haas Memorial:
Adults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) $22
Youth ages 6-15 GA/Pit Pass Combo $10
Kids ages 11 and under GA/Pit Pass Combo FREE
Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $50 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages (6-15)
Next up on the dirt track is the ASCS Bob Westphal Memorial Cup Sizzlin’ Speedweek Finale, next Saturday night. The Lucas Oil ASCS National Winged Sprint Tour Presented by MAV-TV Motorsports Network is joined by the WAR Wingless Auto Racing Series Sprint Cars.

To inquire about the availability of suites for the Westphal Memorial, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com

For complete event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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 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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

In the Spotlight: Hometown driver Striegel on a roll in USRA Modified division

June 11th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – When the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series resumes Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway with Hunting for Heroes Night at the Races Presented by KMIZ ABC 17, Mike Striegel will be shooting to make it three straight wins.

Not bad for a guy who initially wasn’t planning to compete in Pitts Homes USRA Modified division. It’s doubly impressive considering Striegel is doing so with a motor that’s underpowered compared to most in the classification. But Striegel, who lives just across Highway 54 from the speedway, latched onto the magic formula with back-to-back wins during Show-Me 100 weekend. It was a happy victory lane as the racing veteran, along with some of his sponsors, celebrated in front of a big crowd and a Lucas Oil Racing TV audience.

“It was a pretty neat deal,” Striegel said earlier this week. “It was Show-Me 100 weekend and all the fans and a packed house and on TV. Obviously, being in the A-Mod class new this year, that’s pretty cool, too.” Striegel is the Tailgate Guys Radio Show Spotlight Driver of the Week at Lucas Oil Speedway. He tries to make it three straight on Saturday as the USRA Modifieds are joined by the Ozark Golf Cars B-Mods, Pitts Homes ULMA Late Models and Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks.

Fans attending the 5th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic are admitted free to the dirt-track program with a three-day boat ticket or Saturday boat-track admission. Striegel initially was preparing to run another season in his B-Mod, where he was defending Lucas Oil Speedway champ in the Ozark Golf Cars B-Mod division, along with doing some IMCA Modified racing. After breaking a motor in his B-Mod at an Illinois special, Striegel drove a car owned by Brent Givens in the USRA Mod class at Lucas in April. He finished in the top-10 with the open-motor power and decided to try the crate motor in his car, owned by Springfield’s John Stewart, and test the top-mod waters. Things really clicked during Show-Me 100 weekend with Striegel taking home the $1,200 winner’s share in front of about 7,000 fans on May 28 after a $500 win the previous night. He said Jeremy Payne, who’s a proven national-level talent on the USMTS Modified circuit, gave him valuable guidance after Payne’s Late Model was derailed by mechanical problems at the Show-Me.

“He pitted with me and told me what I needed to do,” Striegel said of Payne. “His bad fortune that weekend (in his Late Model) was good fortune for me, you might say. He’s the key to my success in his A-Mod venture.” Striegel, 45, said the crate motor in the A-Mod seems to be a good fit for him. “For an old guy like me – at least older than a lot of them – it kind of plays into my wheelhouse,” Striegel said. “I’ve been running the B-Mod for so many years lately and used to keeping the car freed up and straight and getting all the power on the ground. It kind of fits my style of driving.

“I wasn’t going to run with the USRA (Mods) but Wheatland, of all places, you can run a crate and be competitive. It don’t take a lot of motor. You can only get so much horsepower to that eight-inch tire. I think that’s where the crate is shining.” Striegel credits car owner Stewart and his ENS (Enhanced Networking Solutions) sponsorship with helping his racing dreams come true. John Allen Automotive, Lucas Oil, Carson’s Corner NAPA, Fast Shafts, Bob Scism Signs, JSR Shocks by Jesse Stovall and Wheeler Metals are other vital sponsors.

“GRT Race Cars, in my opinion, is the best Modified you can own,” he said. “I have the right car, the right sponsors and I’m in the right spot to win several more races. I have confidence, for sure.” Saturday night’s racing program is part of a big motorsports weekend at Lucas Oil Speedway, Included is the 5th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic, which begins a three-day run on Friday with qualifying. As the weekly classes resume, points leaders in the championship chases are: Bolivar’s Jeff Cutshaw (USRA Mods), Richmond’s Aaron Marrant (ULMA Late Models), Springfield’s J.C. Morton (B-Mods) and Stoutland’s Derek Brown (Street Stocks).

Gates to the dirt track open at 5 p.m. Saturday with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30.
Ticket prices for the drag boats are:
Friday, June 10
Youth ages 12 – 15 GA/Pit Pass Combo-$10
Kids ages 11 and Under GA/Pit Pass Combo-FREE
Adult 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$50
Seniors (62 and up)/Military 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$44
Youth Ages (6-15) 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20
All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area.

Saturday, June 11
Adults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) $22
Youth age 6-15 GA/Pit Pass Combo $10
Kids age 5 and under GA/Pit Pass Combo FREE
Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $50 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids
Ages (6-15)
Adult 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$50
Seniors (62 and up)/Military 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$44
Youth Ages (6-15) 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20
All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area.
(All Saturday and 3-Day tickets include entry to the Dirt Track Event on Saturday night)

Sunday, June 12
Adults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) $22
Youth ages 6-15 GA/Pit Pass Combo $10
Kids ages 11 and under GA/Pit Pass Combo FREE
Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $50 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids
Ages (6-15)
Adult 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$50
Seniors (62 and Up)/Military 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$44
Youth Ages (6-15) 2-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20
All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area.
Admission to the dirt-track program:
Adults (16 and up) $12
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $9
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $25
Pit Pass $25
To purchase tickets or to inquire about the availability of suites, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com For complete event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit lucasoilspeedway.com
The Tailgate Guys Radio Show can be heard from 11:05 a.m.-noon Saturdays on AM 1340 KICK and online at 1340BigTalker.com.

For more show information, check out the Facebook page at Facebook.com/TailgateGuysRadio. Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s 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 www.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.

The speed and thrills of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series returns to Lucas Oil Speedway, June 10-12, for the 5th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Big weekend at Lucas Oil Speedway ahead with John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic

June 10th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- With plenty of summertime sun in the forecast, a big motorsports weekend awaits fans at Lucas Oil Speedway on both land and water. The 5th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic kicks things off Friday with first-round qualifying, starting three days of pure speed on “Lake Lucas.” “It’s always one of our most-anticipated weekends of the season,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said of the first of two visits by the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series. The Diamond Drag Boat Nationals is set for Sept. 2-4.

Two large covered grandstands give prime viewing and shade from the sun for fans attending the 5th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic.

“From the pure power and intensity of the Top Fuel Hydro boats that eclipse 250 miles per hour through four other pro classes and the multiple sportsman divisions, the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series promises to be three days of non-stop action,” Robinson said.

Robinson reminds fans attending the Haas Memorial that there will be ample seating in the covered grandstands, with prime viewing of the drag-boat course, to combat the sun and heat. Ample concessions outlets will also be available to provide hydration options. For the first time, qualifying is scheduled on day one of the three-day weekend. In past years, the first day has been test and tune. Drag boat racing is scheduled in five pro divisions and eight sportsman classes.

Qualifying is set to begin at 9 a.m. the first two days with eliminations set to begin at 9 a.m. on the final day. Opening ceremonies with the National Anthem are set before the 10:30 a.m. qualifying sessions for the pro divisions. Final eliminations are set to begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 12. Through two events this season on the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, Bryan Sanders, driving the Tommy Thompson boat Nitrochondriac, holds a narrow points lead in the Top Fuel division over the Eddie Knox boat Problem Child driven by Daryl Erlich. The Top Alcohol Hydro class finds Rick Allen’s Total Kaos leading the points ahead of Andy Reynolds in Running With Scissors. Top Alcohol Flat is led by Don Bausher in Habit Forming with Jimmy Booher’s Hillbilly Express atop the Pro Mod division. Desperado, owned by Mike Murray and piloted by Tom Brasher, leads Pro Outlaw.

The Lucas Oil Speedway Drag Boat Lake – approximately 4,000 feet long and 400 feet wide – is the world’s only purpose-built drag boat lake and located just south of the dirt track. Veteran NHRA Top Fuel car driver Scott Palmer of Highlandville returns for his second season in the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series with his Top Fuel boat driven by Scott Compton. Palmer’s Liquid Voodoo sits fifth in the season points race.

The race honors the memory of John Haas, the four-time World Champion in Top Fuel Hydro who lost his life in a 2010 qualifying accident in Oklahoma.
Ticket prices for the drag boats are:
Friday, June 10
Youth ages 12 – 15 GA/Pit Pass Combo-$10
Kids ages 11 and Under GA/Pit Pass Combo-FREE
Adult 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$50
Seniors (62 and up)/Military 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$44
Youth Ages (6-15) 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20
All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area.
Saturday, June 11
Adults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) $22
Youth age 6-15 GA/Pit Pass Combo $10
Kids age 5 and under GA/Pit Pass Combo FREE
Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $50 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids
Ages (6-15)
Adult 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$50
Seniors (62 and up)/Military 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$44
Youth Ages (6-15) 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20
All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area.
(All Saturday and 3-Day tickets include entry to the Dirt Track Event on Saturday night)
Sunday, June 12
Adults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) $22
Youth ages 6-15 GA/Pit Pass Combo $10
Kids ages 11 and under GA/Pit Pass Combo FREE
Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $50 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids
Ages (6-15)
Adult 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$50
Seniors (62 and Up)/Military 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$44
Youth Ages (6-15) 2-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20
All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area. On the dirt track: The Budweiser Weekly Championship Series returns to action on Saturday night on the Lucas Oil Speedway dirt. Hunting for Heroes Night at the Races Presented by KMIZ ABC 17 will find the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds the featured division, running a $1,000-to-win feature Courtesy of Rains Ice. Ozark Golf Cars B-Mods, ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models and Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks also are on the program. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30.

Admission to the dirt-track program is free to those purchasing Drag Boat tickets for Saturday or a three-day pass. Otherwise, ticket prices for the dirt-track program:
Adults (16 and up) $12
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $9
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $25
Pit Pass $25

To purchase tickets or to inquire about the availability of suites, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com For complete event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

The speed and thrills of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series returns to Lucas Oil Speedway, June 10-12, for the 5th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Big Buck 50, putting Street Stocks in Lucas Oil Speedway spotlight, returning this fall

June 4th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – An opportunity for one of Lucas Oil Speedway’s most-popular divisions to be in the spotlight and compete for big money is returning this fall. The Street Stock Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt is scheduled for a big two-night show, Oct. 7-8, run in conjunction with the 3rd annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals. Winner of the Oct. 8 50-lap feature for the Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks will collect $5,000 plus a free entry into the Whitetail Trophy Hunt, which includes a $15,000 first prize.

“This race proved extremely popular last season, giving our Street Stock drivers an opportunity to not only compete for extra money but also get the big-race exposure that’s often only associated with the Late Models,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “We’re thrilled to have Whitetail Trophy Hunt returning as the presenting sponsor. “We’re expecting a deep field of Street Stock competitors from all over the country for this race,” Robinson added. “It should make for an entertaining and highly competitive weekend of racing.”

Complete entry details will be announced in the near future on LucasOilSpeedway.com. Last year’s Big Buck 50 attracted more than 75 entries with Jeremy Russell driving to the victory. “The Street Stockers are such a popular division, we felt we needed to kick that up a notch,” Craig Danuser of Whitetail Trophy Hunt said. “I felt we could have a big race and draw lots of cars and that kind of proved itself last year and I think it will keep getting bigger and bigger every year.”

This year marks the 28th anniversary of the Whitetail Trophy Hunt at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Event dates will be Nov. 12-14, with this tremendously popular hunt bringing in participants from all over the United States and abroad. Entries are received on a first come, first served basis and limited to a maximum of 230 hunters. Missouri holds the world record for non-typical whitetail deer racks and the results from each year’s hunt reflects the kind of trophy deer that makes this region of the country famous. Superior deer hunting is not the only thing the Whitetail Trophy Hunt is noted for. Many hunters bring their families along to enjoy the beautiful lake area scenery, unique shops, crafts and outlet malls.

The Whitetail Trophy Hunt builds a camaraderie that brings hunters back again and again. More than $4.5 million in cash and prizes has been awarded over the years to many fortunate whitetail hunters. Plus, the five-year Show-Me Showdown is in its second year for the 2016 hunt. This promotion will provide an additional cash bonus prize fund that can go up to $55,000. For more information on the Whitetail Trophy Hunt visit Whitetail.net or call 1-800-633-4868.

Big Buck 50 weekend will begin on Oct. 7 with the Street Stocks in a special qualifying session followed by 10-lap qualifying heats to help set the front of the field for Saturday night’s feature. The Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models will be running qualifying heats both nights with a $3,000-to-win feature on Friday and a $5,000 feature on Saturday. Through the first part of the 2016 season, Derek Brown of Stoutland has already captured four feature victories and leads the Street Stock points chase. He’s 98 in front of Eldon’s Steve Beach entering the next Budweiser Weekly Championship Series race on June 11.

Racing resumes at Lucas Oil Speedway June 10-12 with the 5th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic on the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series.

The Budweiser Weekly Championship Series resumes on June 11. Hunting for Heroes Night at the Races Presented by KMIZ ABC 17 will find the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds the featured division, running a $1,000-to-win feature Courtesy of Rains Ice. Ozark Golf Cars B-Mods, ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models and Carson’s Corner NAPAStreet Stocks also are on the program.

To purchase tickets or to inquire about the availability of suites, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.

For complete event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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.

Jared Landers Wins Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson; Tazewell and Florence Next

June 2nd, 2016

Batesville, Arkansas – Jared Landers registered his first triumph of 2016 over the Memorial Day weekend in his Crop Production Services #777 Mark Martin Automotive/Sweet Bloomquist/Durham Racing Engine Super Late Model. The victory came in the second round of the 24th Annual Lucas Oil Show Me 100 at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Jared Landers and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) invaded Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, Missouri) on Thursday night to compete in the annual Cowboy Classic, which served as the opening round of the 24th Annual Lucas Oil Show Me 100. In a stacked field of 57-entries, Landers earned the 3rd-starting spot for his heat after timing in 7th fastest in his group. Cruising to a heat race win, Jared started on the pole for the $6,000-to-win feature. Running in 2nd on lap-2, Landers brought out a caution after getting turned around in turn-2. With slight damage to his mount Jared rejoined the tail of the field before registering a 22nd-place finish.

On Friday night in a field of 56-cars, Jared had redemption from the night before on his mind. He improved one position in his heat, capturing a heat race win. Earning the pole position for the feature, which payed honor to Don and Billie Gibson, Landers swapped in and out for the lead early in the event. Grabbing the lead for good on lap-10, Jared Landers went on to secure his first victory of the season with Scott Bloomquist, Tim McCreadie, Jimmy Owens, and Steve Francis rounding out the top five. Landers was awarded a $6,000 payday for his win in the 40-lap A-Main.

Wrapping up the Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, Jared Landers locked into the 5th-starting position for the 24th Annual Show-Me 100 finale via preliminary points from the previous two nights. Battling in the Top-5 early on, Jared slipped by race leader Jonathan Davenport on lap 45. Following a slip-up on lap 53, Landers pulled off seven laps later with a busted radiator, logging a 16th-place outing.

“Man, this weekend had no shortage of ups and downs,” Landers said with a smile. “Thursday night I got a little too aggressive early in the feature and it bit me. Then on Friday night we had a great car and got the win. I really think we had a car to win Saturday night, but that track was so tough, and I just misjudged one lap. That’s all it took to knock the radiator out, and we were done.”

He concluded by saying, “The positive from the weekend is that our team just keeps getting better and better. I want to thank my team, my sponsors, and my fans for their constant support. Hopefully this was the first of many wins to come this year.”

Jared remains in third in the latest LOLMDS point standings. Full results from the weekend are available at www.LucasDirt.com.

Up next for the Batesville, Arkansas-pilot is a LOLMDS doubleheader in Tennessee and Kentucky on June 3-4. Friday night will take the team to Tazewell Speedway (Tazewell, Tennessee) for a $10,000-to-win affair, while Saturday night will see the team in action at Florence Speedway (Union, Kentucky) in the $30,000-to-win, 30th Annual Ralph Latham Memorial. For more information on the events, please visitwww.LucasDirt.com .

Jared would like to thank all of his sponsors including Crop Production Services, Bad Boy Mowers, Big Dog Motorsports, ASC Warranty, Burger Fusion Company, Mark Martin Automotive, Double L Motorsports, Sweet Bloomquist Race Cars, Durham Racing Engines, Hoosier Tire, FK Rod Ends, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Peterson Fluid Systems, Sweet Manufacturing, Stealth Racing Carburetors, Hooker Harness, Mark 4 ATV Superstore, Performance Rod & Custom, Penske Shocks, Hawkeye Truck Sales, Lucas Oil Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Weld Racing, Bell Helmets, Fast Shafts, Sunoco Race Fuels, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For the latest news, updates, and other information regarding Jared Landers, please point your browsers towww.JaredLanders.com .

Drag boats next up at Lucas Oil Speedway for 5th annual John Haas Memorial

June 3rd, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – After a Show-Me 100 that fans will be talking about for years, Lucas Oil Speedway is taking this weekend off before firing back up in a big way for an action-packed June that will see a wide variety of racing. Anticipation is building toward the first big event of the season on “Lake Lucas” coming up June 10-12. The 5th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic on the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series returns with qualifying runs – including the popular, 250-miles-per hour Top Fuel Hydros – scheduled on all three days for the first time. The Lucas Oil Speedway Drag Boat Lake – approximately 4,000 feet long and 400 feet wide – is the world’s only purpose-built drag boat lake and located just south of the dirt track. “I know fans are still buzzing about the Show-Me 100,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said, reflecting on Jimmy Owens’ victory in a thrilling race Saturday night in front of a large crowd. “Now we’re eager to start the next segment of our season, beginning with the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series.

The 5th annual John Haas Memorial, which includes the 250-mile-per-hour Top Fuel “We’re going to have nearly every form of racing available during June, with the Drag Boats getting us started along with our Budweiser Weekly Championship Series on the dirt track that same weekend. And the week after will be the Open-Wheel cars returning for the Bob Westphal Memorial Cup followed by our Midseason Championships.” Drag boat racing is scheduled in five pro divisions and eight sportsman classes. Qualifying is set to begin at 9 a.m. the first two days with eliminations set to begin at 9 a.m. on the final day. Opening ceremonies and the National Anthem are before the 10:30 a.m. qualifying sessions for the pro divisions. Final eliminations are set to begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 12.

Through two events this season, Bryan Sanders, driving the Tommy Thompson boat Nitrochondriac, holds a narrow points lead in the Top Fuel division over the Eddie Knox boat Problem Child driven by Daryl Erlich. Veteran NHRA Top Fuel car driver Scott Palmer of Highlandville returns for his second season in the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series with his Top Fuel boat driven by Scott Compton. Palmer’s Liquid Voodoo sits fifth in the season points race. The race honors the memory of John Haas, the four-time World Champion in Top Fuel Hydro who lost his life in a 2010 qualifying accident in Oklahoma. The only other visit of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series to the speedway will be Sept. 2-4 for the 6th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals.

Ticket prices are:
Friday, June 10
Youth ages 12 – 15 GA/Pit Pass Combo-$10
Kids ages 11 and Under GA/Pit Pass Combo-FREE
Adult 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$50
Seniors (62 and up)/Military 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$44
Youth Ages (6-15) 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20
All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area.
Saturday, June 11
Adults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) $22
Youth age 6-15 GA/Pit Pass Combo $10
Kids age 5 and under GA/Pit Pass Combo FREE
Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $50 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids
Ages (6-15)
Adult 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$50
Seniors (62 and up)/Military 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$44
Youth Ages (6-15) 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20 All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area.

(All Saturday and 3-Day tickets include entry to the Dirt Track Event on Saturday night)
Sunday, June 12
Adults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) $22
Youth ages 6-15 GA/Pit Pass Combo $10
Kids ages 11 and under GA/Pit Pass Combo FREE
Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $50 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids
Ages (6-15)
Adult 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$50
Seniors (62 and Up)/Military 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$44
Youth Ages (6-15) 2-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20
All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area.

On the dirt: The Budweiser Weekly Championship Series returns to action on Saturday, June 11. Hunting for Heroes Night at the Races Presented by KMIZ ABC 17 will find the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds the featured division, running a $1,000-to-win feature Courtesy of Rains Ice.

Ozark Golf Cars B-Mods, ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models and Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks also are on the program. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. Admission to the dirt-track program is free to those purchasing Drag Boat tickets for Saturday or a three-day pass. Otherwise, ticket prices for the dirt-track program:
Adults (16 and up) $12
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $9
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $25 (Click Here for more information)
Pit Pass $25
To purchase tickets or to inquire about the availability of suites, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com

Mark your calendar: Later on in June, open-wheel action returns to Lucas Oil Speedway. The Lucas Oil ACSC Bob Westphal Memorial Cup Sizzlin’ Speedweek Finale is June 18. The non-winged WAR Sprints will join the ASCS Winged Sprints for a big night of racing. One week later, the Bolivar Herald-Free Press Mid-Season Championship for the Budweiser Weekly Series comes up on June 25.

For complete event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

Owens Wins Wild Show-Me at Lucas Oil Speedway

May 31st, 2016

WHEATLAND, MO- Jimmy Owens became a 4-time winner of the Show-Me 100 by taking the $30,000 victory on Saturday Night at Lucas Oil Speedway. In front of a tremendous crowd and while closing out an absolutely action-packed race that was filled with drama, Owens picked up the lead for the final time when Scott Bloomquist lost a left rear wheel and Bobby Pierce had to pit with a flat tire.

After the final caution on lap 98 for Pierce, Owens led a 2-lap dash to the finish for the victory in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series/Lucas Oil MLRA co-sanctioned event. Bloomquist fought back to finish second, followed by Jesse Stovall, Jonathan Davenport and Tony Jackson Jr. “We felt we had the best car here all weekend. I started having rear brake problems. The car started to really push and it wouldn’t go through the corners. We had that final caution there near the end, and I was hoping to stay green. I would rather be lucky than good sometimes, and it’s going to be a great ride home. I want to thank everyone at R&W Motorsports, Barry and Lance Wright, and all the crew. They have all worked so hard for this. This is just awesome,” said Owens in Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the 54th time in his career.

“A big thanks to E3 Spark Plus, Wehrs Machine, and Ohlins Shocks, they all proved themselves tonight. Also thanks to a new sponsor; Cheap Cars. Thanks to Red Line Oil, and especially to Chris Davis of Midwest Sheet Metal. Thank God everybody had a safe night; there were some tough wrecks out there tonight. That highside was treacherous, but that’s where you had to be.” Davenport bolted to the lead at the start of the race and led the first 44 circuits until Friday night’s winner, Jared Landers stormed to the point. Landers held the lead until Bloomquist forged ahead on lap 55. Bloomquist held the point until Owens wrestled the lead from him. Bloomquist rebounded to take the lead with nine laps to go but as he was entering turn number one, he lost his left rear tire. The caution came out, and he pitted for a new tire and wheel.

“I felt a little vibration,” said Bloomquist on his left rear wheel. “I tried to stay on the bottom the best I could, but when Jimmy and Pierce went by me I thought I had better get up there with them. It’s just unfortunate that the wheel broke. To get a second place finish after what happened is pretty remarkable. Fortunately, there weren’t a lot of cars left on the lead lap so we restarted fifth, which helped.” The biggest story of the race was the amazing performance by Bobby Pierce. Pierce won the Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge and charged from the 29th starting spot to take over the lead under the caution as Bloomquist pitted. Under that caution, Pierce’s right rear tire went flat, forcing him to pit as well. Stovall came out late to the starting grid due to mechanical issues and quietly charged through the field. He was running second to Owens with nine laps remaining.

“I was riding around in the early part of the race, and then cars started dropping out and I realized that I was up to 12th. I thought; let’s keep going and the next thing I knew I am up to second challenging for the lead.” “On that last restart I thought about going low and sliding him [Owens], but it just wouldn’t stick down there and I ended up going to the top, but it wasn’t good enough. Then I lost it a little bit in turn four on the final lap and Bloomquist got by him. To finish third in this race feels great.” Completing the top ten were Pierce, Steve Francis, Tim McCreadie, Dennis Erb Jr., and Chris Brown.

In preliminary action, Jason Papich, Chris Simpson, and Will Vaught won their respective B-Mains. Bobby Pierce won the Midwest Sheet Metal Challenge.

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Owens celebrates wild Show-Me 100 win in race for the ages

May 30th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Jimmy Owens broke a long winless streak in major fashion Saturday night as the veteran Tennessee driver won a thrilling edition of the 24th annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Owens’ fourth Show-Me 100 triumph was worth $30,000 and ended a 13-month drought between wins. Scott Bloomquist was second and local favorite Jesse Stovall was third in a race that had a near-capacity crowd on its feet, roaring approval.

“I’m really happy for my crew and my sponsors,” a jubilant Owens said in victory lane, a 45-race winless stretch over. “I just want to thank everybody that’s a part of it. Thank God we had a great night and everybody had a safe night. There’s lots of stuff tore up. “The high side was treacherous, but that’s where you had to be. Me and Barry (car owner Barry Wright) had been talking, feel like we’re just a centimeter from where we need to be. It was just our night.” The race was nothing short of sensational, with drama and three-wide duels for the lead plus deep runs from those who started at the rear of the field.

Bloomquist slid past Owens and into the lead coming out of turn four on lap 91. But the five-time Show-Me 100 winner hit a bump in turn one and the left tire came flying off his car, bringing out a caution.

A lap earlier, Pierce – who started 29th after winning the last-chance Midwest Sheet Metal Challenge – had briefly taken the lead from Owens as those two and Bloomquist put on a thrilling duel for the lead with the crowd roaring. During the caution for Bloomquist’s misfortune, Pierce had to pit for a flat right rear tire. That left Owens in the lead with Stovall – himself flying into contention after starting 30th – in second and defending champ Jonathan Davenport third. Because the leaders had lapped all the way up to fifth place, Bloomquist and Pierce were able to fix the flats and rejoin the lead lap cars, in fifth and sixth places, respectively. Owens assumed command after the restart with Stovall holding off Davenport for second. But the race went to yellow for the 11th time on lap 98 when Pierce had another flat.

That set the stage for a two-lap shootout. Owens took the drama away with a solid restart and he cruised to the checkers as fireworks erupted on the infield. “I thought if I could get a good start with Owens, maybe I could run down in there and slide him,” Stovall said. “But my car didn’t fire off very well at all. I bobbled and Scott got back by e. But I never would have dreamed you could have come from the back of this field … and come to third.” Bloomquist finished runner-up in the Show-Me 100 for the second straight year. He has not won the race since it moved to Lucas Oil Speedway in 2010.

“It was just unfortunate that the wheel had to break,” Bloomquist said. “This race has eluded us here for way too many years. We’ve been right there in the hunt. We just keep coming back. We know we’re going to get it.” Davenport wound up fourth with Lebanon’s Tony Jackson Jr. fifth and Pierce sixth. No other cars were on the lead lap. Davenport roared away to the lead as the green flag flew and was already lapping cars when the race’s first caution came on lap nine when Chris Simpson came to a stop on the track.

Davenport held a narrow lead on a fast-closing Bloomquist and Jared Landers when the race’s sixth caution waved on lap 44. By that point, Jackson Jr. had roared from 15th to fifth and putting pressure on fourth-place Owens. Landers grabbed the lead with turn-four slide job on Davenport on lap 45. Four laps later, the race was halted by the eighth caution, as Jake O’Neil and Garrett Alberson had a hard crash in turn one, but walk away without injury.

The other big mover by the mid-point was Pierce, advancing from 29th to sixth after getting into the field in the last-chance Midwest Sheet Metal Challenge. Landers nearly spun out while exiting turn two on lap 53 and Bloomquist slipped past him for the lead. Bloomquist opened up a half-straightaway’s lead when the caution came out on lap 60 with Landers, winner on Friday’s Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson, pulling into the pits with a broken radiator to end his night. Two of the four southwest Missouri drivers in the field were involved in an accident on a lap-nine restart. Springfield’s Terry Phillips and Crane’s Will Vaught tangled, along with Earl Pearson Jr., in turn four. That brought out the race’s second caution and ended the night for Phillips, the 1999 Show-Me 100 winner. Pierce held off Jack Sullivan on a final-lap restart after a caution to win the Midwest Sheet Metal Challenge, for the top 24 non-qualifiers for the Show-Me 100. The 19-year-old from Oakwood, Ill., then traded the $2,500 winner’s check for a starting spot on the tail of the feature field – and nearly pulled off an improbable last-to-first dash.

Striegel does it again: Mike Striegel of Wheatland captured the Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature, presented by RacinDirt.com, making it two feature wins in two nights. This one earned the veteran who lives near the speedway $1,200.”The track was similar to what we had last night,” Striegel said. “I made a small change and it all worked out.”

Johnny Fennewald came home second with Eric Turner third.

Tanner Takes “Carb Night Classic” As Swansons Run 1-2 Lucas Oil Raceway

May 28th, 2016

In recent years, Tanner Swanson hasn’t gotten behind the wheel of a racecar as often as he once did. Despite his limited schedule of races that one could count on a single hand, the 25-year-old Kingsburg, California driver makes each and every one of those opportunities count, specifically at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana where Friday night he earned his fifth victory in his last six visits to the .686-mile paved oval at the “Carb Night Classic…The Race Before the 500″. In the process, he tied Mike Bliss to become the winningest driver in USAC Silver Crown competition at Lucas Oil Raceway.

To put his domination in perspective, Tanner’s only defeat in the past four seasons at Lucas Oil Raceway in a Silver Crown car came after leading the opening 99 and three-quarters of a lap in a race in July 2014 before David Byrne snuck by him for the win on the final corner. However, early on in the night, it was not a simple cakewalk for Tanner after only managing a fourth-place qualifying run in ProSource Qualifying. Up front, it was
three-time Lucas Oil Raceway Silver Crown winner Bobby Santos on the pole with Tanner’s brother Kody Swanson, a one-time Lucas Oil Silver Crown winner and the previous night’s victor at the “Hoosier Hundred” at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, alongside.

At the drop of the green flag, the top-three consisted of highly-accomplished pavement shoe Santos in the lead with K. Swanson and T. Swanson running one, two, three. By lap three, Tanner had got around Kody for the second spot. The three followed nose-to-tail, trying to maintain a quick pace, but also conserving the tires with a full load of fuel behind them. On lap 21, fourth-running Jerry Coons, Jr. went for a scary ride after his throttle stuck at the end of the back straightaway. With nowhere to go and no time to slow the car down, Coons pummeled the SAFER barrier, leaving a trail of rubber against the pearly white wall from the entrance of three to between turns three and four. Coons was uninjured. Tanner would size up Santos, peeking his nose alongside Santos multiple times in a bid for the top spot through the middle portion of the 100-lap event. But luck didn’t seem to be on Tanner’s side as yellow flags flew on multiple occasions just as Tanner appeared ready to pounce on Santos for the lead. By lap 70, the trio of Santos, T.Swanson and K.Swanson were all running just feet from each other in a high-stakes, high-speed game of poker as each stayed within striking distance but trying not to show their hand quite yet.

Santos was able to withstand each challenge to his perch, but on lap 81, his car quickly slowed with apparent engine trouble, giving way to Tanner Swanson for the remaining 20 circuits. From that point forward, Tanner went relatively unchallenged, making his way with ease around a handful of backmarkers in the final few laps to take the checkered flag over Kody, Chris Windom, first-time series starter Robert Stout, Aaron Pierce. Justin Grant came home 6th in his pavement Silver Crown debut while David Byrne, Joe Axsom, Shane Cockrum and Joe Liguori rounded out the top-10.

Throughout the 56-year history of Lucas Oil Raceway, there have been distinct eras of domination in USAC competition. In the last 20 years, when one showed up to the Brownsburg, Indiana oval, for a time, it seemed no one could beat names such as the aforementioned Mike Bliss and Bobby Santos, but also Dave Steele and Tracy Hines.

In the mid-2010s, the name that strikes fear into competitors signing in at the pit window at Lucas Oil belongs to Tanner Swanson, who led the remaining 20 laps of Friday night’s race to take the victory in his Bowman Racing/Bowman Properties- Bowman-Elmore Racing/Beast/Kistler Chevy. “We were great on the long runs, but on the restarts, I was super tight all the time,” Tanner recalled. “We lost our radios as soon as I went green, but I figured Kody was close and I was trying to make moves that wouldn’t put us both in a bad spot. I hate to win one when the leader falls out, but I’m glad that this team and all their hard work paid off.”

In the 46-year existence of USAC’s Silver Crown division, Friday night’s race marked just the fourth time that the series has raced on back-to-back nights. Kody Swanson once again proved to be the most versatile, following up Thursday night’s “Hoosier Hundred” victory on the dirt with a second place run on the pavement one night later in the DePalma Motorsports/Radio Hospital – Champion Oil/Hampshire/Hampshire Chevy to extend his championship point lead to 24 over Chris Windom heading into June 10th’s race at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. “I always say I should win every night I get in this car and I mean it,” Kody declared.

“Tonight was one of those nights where I thought we’d maybe be able to double up. Tanner just does a phenomenal job and I hated to see Bobby (Santos) out because he was making Tanner press awfully hard. I was just hoping to capitalize late in the race because I thought we had that good of a car. With about 30 to go, the power steering started going out, so that made it tough, but the guys gave me a car that I could still handle despite that. But we’ll take second. I think it’s the first time in two years I’ve even been able to see that #02 car (of Tanner Swanson) here, so we’re looking forward to coming back in July.” Canton, Illinois driver Chris Windom collected his third top-five finish in the three series races run thus far in 2016, finishing a season-best third on Friday night in his RPM-Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise/Beast/J & D Mopar.

“The car took off really well on the restarts; that’s how I got by Pierce and Wilson early on,” Windom said. “We just didn’t have the four-tire grip that the #63 and the #02 had, but at the end, we came on a lot stronger. We just couldn’t keep up with them for that long to be there at the end.”

“Carb Night Classic” contingency award winners included Bobby Santos (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Shane Cockrum (KSE Hard Charger) and Shane Cottle (Wilwood Brakes 13th place finisher).

Landers bounces back to win Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson as Show-Me 100 weekend rolls on

May 28th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Jared Landers turned disappointment to elation in the span of 24 hours.

The Batesville, Arkansas-driver captured the Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson on Friday night at Lucas Oil Speedway on Night Two of the Show-Me 100 Presented by [ProtectTheHarvest.com].
Landers, felled by a spin and mechanical issues on opening night of the three-race weekend leading into Saturday’s Show-Me 100, earned $6,000 for his fifth career Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series victory.

Teammate Scott Bloomquist finished second and Tim McCreadie came home third. Now the stage is set for the main event, Saturday’s $30,000-to-win Show-Me 100. Based on feature results the first two nights, with drivers accumulating points for the finishes, three-time Show-Me 100 winners Jimmie Owens and reigning race champ Jonathan Davenport will make up the front row. Action begins at 7 p.m. with hot laps, followed by B-Mains at 7:30 along with the Midwest Sheet Metal Challenge for the top 24 remaining non-qualifiers. That winner
receives $2,500 – or the option to start at the tail of the feature. Landers said he first thought about calling it a weekend after his motor broke early in Thursday’s Cowboy Classic.

“We needed this win,” Landers said in a victory lane interview. “I’m glad the crew is behind us. They needed it more than anybody. We weren’t going to race today but … I’m glad we did.”

Landers and McCreadie traded the lead three times in the first 10 laps, with Landers moving out to a straightway-margin advantage after going in front on lap 10. But as the cars weaved into lapped traffic, McCreadie and Bloomquist began to close in. The trio had to take evasive measures when Brantlee Gotschall’s car suddenly slowed in front of them on lap 22, bringing out a caution. Landers roared away on the restart and opened up a cushion over Bloomquist, but the pair caught lapped cars again with five laps to go. Landers weaved his way through traffic to hang on for the victory in a race named in honor of the Gibsons, former
owners of West Plains Motor Speedway where the Show-Me originated. “It’s nice to see Jared win,” Bloomquist said. They both drive Bloomquist Race Cars and the 52-year-old veteran is considered a mentor to the 24-year-old Landers.

“The whole family and crew, they all work hard,” the Mooresburg, Tennessee-driver added of Landers. “They had some problems last night just like we did and we both rebounded. Hopefully this sets the stage for tomorrow. I’ll be glad to race him for it tomorrow.” McCreadie finished third, Owens was fourth, Steve Francis came from 16th to finish fifth and Dennis Erb Jr., was sixth.

Davenport faded over the final 15 laps and finished 10th. He had won his previous four features at Lucas Oil Speedway, including Thursday’s Cowboy Classic. Will Vaught of Crane, who wrecked in time trials on Thursday and did not race the rest of the night, made it into Thursday’s feature by winning a B-main. He started
finished seventh after starting 20th, the highest of the Missouri qualifiers. Springfield’s Terry Phillips was 14th, Lebanon’s Tony Jackson Jr. 15th and Billings’ Jesse Stovall was 16th. McCreadie posted fast qualifying time with a lap of 14.927 seconds, then won his heat race to nail down the pole position for the feature.
Other heat race winners were Landers, Billy Moyer, Darrell Lanigan, Davenport and Bloomquist with Lanigan joining McCreadie on the front row for the feature. Show-Me 100 lineup: (first 16, remainder of field will be set in Saturday preliminaries:

Row 1 – Jimmy Owens, Jonathan Davenport
Row 2 – Chris Simpson, Dennis Erb Jr.
Row 3 – Jared Landers, Steve Francis
Row 4 – Tim McCreadie, Scott Bloomquist
Row 5 – Brandon Sheppard, Darrell Lanigan
Row 6 – Chris Brown, Don O’Neal
Row 7 – Garrett Alberson, Shannon Babb
Row 8 – Tony Jackson Jr., Ryan Gustin
Row 9 – Billy Moyer, Jason Rauen
Modified feature: Hometown driver Mike Striegel led wire-to-wire to take the Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature and the $500 payoff. Terry Schultz of Sedalia followed up his feature win on Thursday with a runner-up finish and Hermitage’s Eric Turner finished third. Striegel, who lives just across Highway 54 from the speedway, pumped his fists and waved his armsin a victory lane celebration.

“The guy that was behindme has probably won more races in a Modified here than anybody,” Striegel said of Turner. “He came up beside me (afterward) and gave me a thumbs-up.” The Modifieds run for a $1,200 prize on Saturday night. Gates open at 4 p.m. Saturday with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. Ticket prices for the final night of the Show-Me 100 are:
Adults (16 and up) $30
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $27
Youth (6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $60
Pit Pass $40

Jonathan Davenport made his fourth straight visit to victory lane at Lucas Oil Speedway, capturing Thursday night’s Cowboy Classic to open Show-Me 100 weekend.

May 27th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- Jonathan Davenport picked right up where he left off at Lucas Oil Speedway. The Georgia driver dominated Thursday night’s “Cowboy Classic” as the 24th annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com weekend began.

Davenport earned $6,000 for his seventh Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model victory of the season and his fourth straight victory at Lucas Oil Speedway dating to 2015. He swept the Cowboy Classic, the Diamond Nationals and the Show-Me 100 a year ago, leading 169 of a possible 195 laps. This time he led 44 of 45 laps, taking the lead on lap two in the race named in honor of the late Allen “Cowboy” Chancellor, former co-owner of the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In the Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature, Terry Schultz picked up the $500 victory with a last-lap pass of Johnny Fennwald.

Action continues on Friday night with the “Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson” – who started the Show-Me 100 in 1993 at West Plains Motor Speedway – worth $6,000 to win the Late Model feature. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 with full Late Model and Modified programs.

Friday’s Late Model feature results, combined with the finish of Thursday’s main event, will determine the first 16 starters for Saturday’s 100-lap Show-Me 100. Davenport took a big step toward a prime starting position in the $30,000-to-win main event, beating three-time Show-Me 100 winner Jimmy Owens and third-place Brandon Sheppard to the finish by nearly a straightaway’s margin. “This is awesome,” Davenport said in victory lane. “We got a really good combination. We had to find something new. We weren’t that good at the beginning in hot laps.” The eventful race saw pole sitter Jared Landers spin in turn two on the second lap while battling Davenport for the lead. Collected in the accident was seventh-starting Tim McCreadie.

Light rain began during the cleanup and the race was delayed 34 minutes before going green again. Davenport, who assumed the lead after Landers’ spin, quickly opened a comfortable lead after the restart with Babb and Owens battling for second. Owens, the Show-Me 100 in 2011, 2012 and 2013, began to close in and moved within two car lengths by lap 25 as the two were in the midst of lapped traffic. But Davenport was able to re-establish a big lead and was pulling away when a caution on lap 38, seven laps from the finish, gave Owens and the 14th-starting Sheppard a chance.

The race’s third caution waved before a lap could be completed after the restart when R.C. Whitwell hit the wall in turn four. Again, Davenport used a clear track ahead of him to pull away. He said the ride wasn’t easy, especially with rough spots between turns one and two causing him and others turbulence.

“The track was demanding,” Davenport said. “Those last five laps I started driving a little crazy there. I lost my brakes. Any way, we held on and it was just another great run for us.” Owens, searching for his first win in 13 months and 43 races, was pleased with his runner-up run. “We still have a little bit of work to do, but the car is coming together real good,” Owens said. “We’ve had a lot of good runs in the past and things didn’t turn out for us. We were able to bring in a good second-place run.”Shannon Babb finished fourth with Chris Brown fifth and Chad Simpson said.

Five-time Show-Me 100 winner Scott Bloomquist was scheduled to start fifth in the feature, but pulled to the infield with a mechanical issue, on one of the parade laps. He was able to get the car going again during the rain delay and returned, two laps down and finishing 19th. Heat race winners for the Late Models were Davenport, Owens, Jared Landers, Bloomquist, Justin Kay and Ryan Gustin. Owens set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 15.304 in Group B. Reid Millard of Jefferson City, a part-time racer, had the fast time at 15.316 but was found to be using the wrong tire and did not start his qualifying heat.

Schultz in a thriller: Terry Schultz of Sedalia won his third feature of the season at Lucas Oil Speedway as he pulled off a pass of Fennewald going down the back stretch of the final lap. “He got tied up in the lapped traffic and we did too a little bit,” Schultz said. “We got lucky, really.” Derek Ramirez was third and Eric Turner wound up fourth. Ticket prices for the remainder of Show-Me 100 weekend are:
FRIDAY:
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (12-15) $10
Kids (11 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50
Pit Pass $35
SATURDAY:
Adults (16 and up) $30
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $27
Youth (6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $60
Pit Pass $40
Friday’s program will be part of the 2016 Free Kids Fridays promotion. Youngsters 11-and-under will be admitted free with a paid adult admission.

The 24th annual Show-Me 100 has a three-night total purse of approximately $170,000 and features all three nights. (Chris Bork photo)

May 26th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – It’s the weekend that dirt-track racing fans long ago circled on the calendar. Now it’s here. The 24th annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com begins its three-night run on Thursday at Lucas Oil Speedway. Here are 12 things to know before the engines fire up: Three nights, three features: For the first time, Late Model features will be run each night. The Cowboy Classic (honoring the late Allen “Cowboy” Chancellor, former owner of the MLRA) on Thursday and the Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson (who started the Show-Me 100 in 1993 at West Plains Motor Speedway) on Friday are worth $6,000 to the winner. Of course, Saturday’s Show-Me 100 winner will take home $30,000 and total purse of the weekend has been bumped to approximately $170,000. Setting it up:Driver will earn points based on their feature-finishing results the first two nights, helping to determine a portion of the starting field for Saturday night’s feature. So more than money will be on the line on Thursday and Friday. Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds also have full programs each of the first two nights with $500-to-win features and a $1,000-to-win feature Presented by RacinDirt.com
on Saturday.

Defending champ looks strong: Reigning Show-Me 100 winner Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., is off to a strong start in his bid to repeat as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series champion. Davenport has six series wins this season and sits atop the points chase. Davenport was 3-for-3 at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2015, also winning the Cowboy Classic and Diamond Nationals. He led 169 out of the 195 laps in those races. Bloomquist looms large:He’s perhaps the biggest name in dirt-track racing history and always polarizing, with either cheers and boos from the fans and little middle ground. Scott Bloomquist has five Show-Me 100 victories – more than any other driver – but none since the race moved to Lucas Oil Speedway in 2010. He was second, to Davenport, in the 2015 Show-Me. He enters the weekend ranked No. 1 in the DirtonDirt.com top 25 poll.

More Bloomquist: The 52-year-old from Mooresburg, Tenn., is the only driver to have started all 23 Show-Me 100s. Billy Moyer is next with 22 starts (did not make the field in 2011) and Wendell Wallace has 21 (failed to make the race in 2011 and 2013). Terry Phillips and Don O’Neal both have 17 Show-Me 100 starts. Show-Me the locals: Phillips, the veteran from Springfield, is the lone Missouri driver to win the Show-Me 100 (he celebrated in 1999 at West Plains Motor Speedway). Jesse Stovall of Billings and Tony Jackson Jr. of Lebanon qualified on the front row of last year’s event with Stovall finishing fifth and Jackson ninth. Justin Wells of Aurora was fourth in the 2006 edition – one of just seven combined top-five finishes for Show-Me state drivers. Second-generation contender: Bob Pierce drove to a third-place finish in the inaugural Show-Me 100 in 1993.

Now his 19-year-old son, Bobby Pierce, is one of the rising stars in the sport with a part-time ride in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Bobby Pierce, of Oakwood, Ill., was a fast-closing second at Lucas Oil Speedway to Brian Shirley on April 9 in the MLRA Spring Nationals and said at the time it was a valuable scouting mission to work on set-up for the Show-Me 100. Don’t give up:The top 24 drivers not qualifying for the Show-Me 100 through the first two nights or B-mains will be in the 4th annual Midwest Sheet Metal Challenge. The 20-lap, $2,500-to-win race is more than a consolation. The winner will have the option to forfeit the paycheck for a chance to start at the tail of the Show-Me 100 field. Last year, Chris Simpson did so and drove from 31st to third.

Cool souvenirs, terrific charity: In what’s become a Show-Me 100 tradition, Ron Mitchell returns with his door-panel auction on the hillside between the front gate and main grandstand. Mitchell will have more than 25 door panels on display on Saturday, including from cars of Brian Shirley, Ryan Gustin, Jesse Stovall, Terry Phillips, Tony Jackson Jr. and Randy Weaver, among others. Sign-up sheets for the silent auction will determine the winner. Proceeds will benefit Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.

Set your clocks: Gates open at 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday, with hot laps at 7 p.m. each day. Time trials for the Late Models commence at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday with heat races for the Late Models and USRA Modifieds to follow. On Saturday night, the B-mains will begin the racing program at 7:30.

Rain, rain stay away: Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager says every effort will be made to run complete programs each night, as scheduled, despite a forecast of rain a portion of each day this week. The official rain date for the Show-Me 100 is Sunday. For updates, dial up the Lucas Oil Speedway Facebook page facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway or check twitter @LucasSpeedway throughout the weekend. Lights, cameras, action: For the first time, all three nights of the Show-Me 100 will be streamed live on LucasOilRacing.TV – the new Motorsports App that provides exclusive, unlimited/ 24/7 all-access motorsports coverage. Go to LucasOilRacing.TV for more info. The Show-Me 100 will be shown later this summer on CBS, NBC Sports and MAV-TV.
Ticket prices for the Show-Me 100 weekend are:
THURSDAY:
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50
3-Day Reserved Seat Ticket $95
Pit Pass $35
3-Day Pit Pass $100
FRIDAY:
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (12-15) $10
Kids (11 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50
3-Day Reserved Seat Ticket $95
Pit Pass $35
3-Day Pit Pass $100
SATURDAY:
Adults (16 and up) $30
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $27
Youth (6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $60
3-Day Reserved Seat Ticket $95
Pit Pass $40
3-Day Pit Pass $100
Friday’s program will be part of the 2016 Free Kids Fridays promotion. Youngsters 11-and-under will be admitted free with a paid adult admission.

For complete event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

Protect the home dirt: Stovall seeks Show-Me 100 mojo

May 26th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – For a brief moment last year, it appeared that Jesse Stovall was primed to become only the second Missouri driver to win his state’s biggest dirt-track race. Stovall’s daring, sliding turn-one pass of Jonathan Davenport on lap 69 of the Show-Me 100 brought the big crowd at Lucas Oil Speedway to its feet and an avalanche of cheers. But the thrill was fleeting, as Davenport regained the lead before the lap was completed and went on to win his first Show-Me 100. Stovall wound up fifth, part of a behemoth season that found the Billings driver win 19 times in his Late Model. He returns to Show-Me 100 this week looking to regain some of that 2015 mojo.

“Just short of horrible,” Stovall said of the first two months of his 2016 season, which includes just a single victory. “I just haven’t had a good start. “But it’s absolutely a confidence booster,” he added of running up front in last year’s Show-Me 100. “When you take the mind-set away of simply making the race and having the mind-set of winning the race … you get the hunger in you that you want to win that thing.” The 24th annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com begins on Thursday night with the “Cowboy Classic” and continues on Friday with the Tribute of Don and Billie Gibson. Both are $6,000-to-win features that will help set the lineup for Saturday’s 100-lap, $30,000-to-win main event.

That’s when Stovall and other Missourians hope to change the answer to a trivia question. Veteran Springfield driver Terry Phillips (1999) is the only home-state driver to win the race. Last year, Stovall and Lebanon’s Tony Jackson Jr. qualified for the front row with Jackson finishing ninth. Stovall said the desire to win his state’s biggest race goes deep, starting with the simple fact it’s one of the crown-jewel events in the sport.

“To be a Missouri driver to win that event – to win a crown jewel event so close to home – it just has so much history behind it,” Stovall said. “That’s more of what primes you to win it, more than just being a Missouri driver. “All your buddies who have won it … you just to try and match hopefully what some of those guys have done and get your name checked off. It’s kind of like a bucket-list deal.” Stovall said he knows it would be considered a monumental upset to knock off the likes of Davenport, five-time Show-Me 100 winner Scott Bloomquist or three-time winner Jimmy Owens. But having the in-it-to-win-it mentality is the only way to approach the race. “You have to mentally prepare yourself to go and make 100 laps,” he said. “We used to go to that race to simply try to make the race. Now we’re going there to try and win it.

“No matter how bad a year I’ve had so far, I have a good race car and I know that. Maybe things will fall together and we’ll have another good run and I can win this thing. We’re going there to win the race, no matter who’s there.” Stovall said he’s seemingly found more than his share of bad luck this year, be it flat tires or lapped cars taking him out. But he also knows things can change in an eye blink in this sport. “In the years I’ve done this, I’ve learned you have to take the bad with the good,” he said. “Like I said over the winter, last year was so good and if we could just do half of that this year we would be great. Well, we’ve failed to do that so far. “It’s one of those deals where you have to bit your tongue and keep going, or quit. One of the two. Quitting is not an option in my book.”

The 24th Show-Me 100 is bigger than ever, with full Late Model programs and features each of the three nights for the first time. The purse for the weekend has been increased to approximately $170,000. Up to three B features on Saturday, lined up by average finishes on Thursday and Friday, will determine the remainder of the starting field for the Show-Me 100. The winner of the Midwest Sheet Metal Challenge also will have the option of declining the $2,500 winner’s share and riding shotgun on the Show-Me 100 field. The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds also will be in action with full programs the first two nights with B-Mains and a main event on Saturday. For ticket info contact Anna Harnden at (417) 282-5984 or via email at anna@lucasoilspeedway.com.

Ticket prices for the Show-Me 100 weekend are:
THURSDAY:
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50
3-Day Reserved Seat Ticket $95
Pit Pass $35
3-Day Pit Pass $100
FRIDAY:
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (12-15) $10
Kids (11 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50
3-Day Reserved Seat Ticket $95
Pit Pass $35
3-Day Pit Pass $100
SATURDAY:
Adults (16 and up) $30
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $27
Youth (6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $60
3-Day Reserved Seat Ticket $95
Pit Pass $40
3-Day Pit Pass $100
Friday’s program will be part of the 2016 Free Kids Fridays promotion. Youngsters 11-and-under will be admitted free with a paid adult admission. For complete event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

The 24th annual Show-Me 100 is Thursday-through-Saturday.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Jackson takes featured B-Mod win; Marrant, Crisler, Cutshaw also prevail at Lucas Oil Speedway

May 24th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Kris Jackson didn’t need to see a caution flag late in the Ozark Golf Cars B-Mod feature as it wiped out a wide lead the Lebanon driver had built.

But Jackson held off a charging J.C. Morton on Saturday night and become the first two-time winner in the B-Mod division this season at Lucas Oil Speedway. Other feature winners on Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Night at the Races Presented by KOZL 27 included Aaron Marrant (ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models), Darrin Crisler
(Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stock) and Jeff Cutshaw (Pitts Home USRA Modifieds). Jackson picked up the $500 winner’s share in the featured B-Mod division, prevailing by a car length at the finish as points leader Morton made a daring dive to the inside out of turn four.

The race went to caution on lap 22 after Jackson had built a straightaway-margin lead.
“I have to thank all my sponsors,” Jackson said. “I have to thank my guys for coping with me. It was a pretty good night and we had a pretty good car tonight.” Morton, of Springfield, clicked off a fifth straight top-five finish on the heels of a feature win a week earlier. Andy Bryant of Fort Scott, Kan., finished third.
The Out-Pace Racing Products Hard Charger Award, worth $100 to the driver making the biggest move in the featured division each week, went to Rusty Rickard. After starting 20th, Rickard wound up 11th.

Marrant does it again: Taking the lead shortly after the start, Richmond’s Aaron Marrant drove to his fourth straight ULMA Late Model victory. Jon Binning of Warrensburg was a distant second with Nevada’s Larry Ferris third. Marrant, the track points leader who’s also atop the Lucas Cattle Company ULMA Rookie of the Year standings, started sixth and had the lead by lap three. “We were trying some things in the heat race that didn’t work out,” Marrant said. “(Crew chief) Michael (Meise) made some adjustments and made that thing a rocket.” It was a tough night for Jonathan Melloway, the feature pole-sitter and Lucas Cattle Company ULMA national points leader. The Hallsville driver hit the front-stretch wall on lap one and was relegated to a 20th-place finish. Bobby Penney earned the $100 Keyser Manufacturing Hard Charger Award for the ULMA
Late Models, going from 19th to seventh.

Crisler all the way: Darrin Crisler of Clever led wire-to-wire to take his first Street Stocks feature victory of the season. Joplin’s Johnny Coats was second and Steve Beach of Eldon wound up third. “It’s been a long time coming. We worked really hard in the offseason and were five weeks behind and got a late start,” Crisler said. “A lot of people worked hard to get us here.”

Stoutland’s Derek Brown, who has dominated the Street Stocks this season with four feature victories, suffered a flat tire on lap eight. After a quick tire change, Brown drove from the back of the pack after the re-start and salvaged fourth place. Cutshaw picks up Modified win: Reigning track champion Jeff Cutshaw widened his
lead in this year’s points chase with his second feature win of the season. Jason Pursley of Hermitage finished second and, after grabbing the Late Model win earlier in the program, Aaron Marrant finished third in his Modified. Last week’s feature winner, Eric Turner, was involved in a lap 14 crash and wound up 23rd.

Show-Me week arrives: Saturday was the final racing program before the 24th annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Presented by Protecttheharvest.com rolls into Lucas Oil Speedway for a big three-day show Thursday-through-Saturday. For the first time, full Late Model programs are scheduled each night, with $6,000-to-win features Thursday and Friday and the 100-lap, $30,000-to-win feature on Saturday. Action begins Thursday with the “Cowboy Classic” presented by Hot Rod Processing, in honor of Allen “Cowboy” Chancellor, former co-owner of the MLRA. The Friday feature will pay tribute to Don and Billie Gibson, former owners of West Plains Motor Speedway where the Show-Me 100 originated in 1993.

Up to three B features on Saturday, lined up by average finishes on Thursday and Friday, will determine the remainder of the starting field for the Show-Me 100. The winner of Saturday’s Midwest Sheet Metal Challenge, for the top 24 non-qualifiers, also will have to the option to take the $2,500 prize or start on the tail of the Show-Me 100 field.

The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds also will be in action with full programs the first two nights with B-Mains and a main event on Saturday. For ticket info contact Anna Harnden at (417) 282-5984 or via email at anna@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 it’s 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 www.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. The Budweiser Weekly Series resumes with Round 4 on Saturday with NMI Media Nightat the Races Presented by Sport Boats USA
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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Anticipation High for Expanded Lucas Oil Show-Me 100

May 22nd, 2016

WAYCROSS, GA – As the 24th Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 – Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com approaches, anticipation is high for the bigger, richer format of the crown jewel event, which will be held at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO.

This blockbuster weekend, which is co-sanctioned with the Lucas Oil Midwest Latemodel Racing Association (MLRA), kicks off on Thursday, May 26th at the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks.” Thursday’s program will feature a $6,000-to-win, $600-to-start event, honoring longtime MLRA Owner/Promoter Allen “Cowboy” Chancellor. The 3rd Annual “Cowboy Classic” will include a full program of: Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and a 40-lap main event.

The action on Friday, May 27th will pay tribute to Don and Billie Gibson, former promoters of West Plains Motor Speedway and founders of the Show-Me 100. The activities will include a complete program of: Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and a 40-lap, $6,000-to-win main event. Drivers will earn points in each of the two preliminary nights that will determine the line-ups for Saturday night’s finale. The USRA Modifieds will be featured as the support class each night. Their activities on Thursday and Friday, May 26th-27th will feature a complete program of: Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and a 20-lap, $500-to-win main event each night.

On Saturday night, consolation events for the LOLMDS and the USRA Modifieds will be held, plus the Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge. The top-24 drivers that did not transfer into the Show-Me 100 (via preliminary events) will be eligible to start the $2,500 to win, non-qualifiers race – held prior to the Show-Me 100 main event. The winner of the 20-lap, Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge has the choice of keeping their $2,500 winnings, or forfeiting their earnings to start last in the main event. The Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 main event will follow the Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge on Saturday night. The USRA Modifieds will cap off the weekend action with their $1,000-to-win main event.

Memorial Weekend and the Show-Me 100 is a tradition. Racers and fans alike can come out and enjoy numerous activities, including: camping, fishing, fireworks, a huge vendor midway area, and more. In addition, the award-winning, Lucas Oil Production Studios will be on hand to tape all the action for broadcast on CBS, NBC Sports, and MAVTV Motorsports Network at a later date. LucasOilRacing.TV will offer a “LIVE” Broadcast of the Show-Me 100 events, providing multi-camera coverage of all the racing action as it happens LIVE, including driver interviews, instant replays and more! To learn more, visit: www.lucasoilracing.tv.

For tickets or more information on Lucas Oil Speedway, visit www.lucasoilspeedway.com or call the track office at (417) 282-5984.

In the Spotlight: Lucas Oil Speedway ULMA Late Model rookie Marrant on a roll

May 19th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- Aaron Marrant has watched the video replay multiple times and still marvels at how he prevailed in one of the closest finishes in Lucas Oil Speedway history.

“I’ve had a couple where I’ve been on the opposite end, where I got passed for a win coming off turn four,” Marrant said. “But those weren’t ever this close.” Marrant made a high-side pass of Justin Russell, with the two mixed in with slower traffic, and won by .0036 of a second in Saturday’s ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Model feature. It was too close to call to the naked eye, a matter of an inch or two, and took the electronic scoring transponder to determine the winner.

Like the finish, it’s been an eye-opening 2016 season for Marrant, a 30-year-old from Richmond, Mo. The victory was the third straight for the Late Model rookie, who is this week’s Tailgate Guys Radio Show Spotlight Driver at Lucas Oil Speedway. Marrant is a long-time USRA Modified competitor and he continues to pull double duty in the Pitts Homes USRA Modified division. He’s leading the Lucas Oil Speedway points by 11 over Larry Ferris of Nevada. He atop the Lucas Cattle Company ULMA Hoosier Tire Rookie of the Year standings and moved into the top 10 of national points. Count a Late Model feature win at Central Missouri Speedway on May 7, when the ULMA cars did not compete at Lucas Oil Speedway, and Marrant has four straight feature wins in the No. 1x car.

“It’s pretty awesome,” Marrant said of his winning streak. “I drove that car three times last year and, other than that, it’s the only Late Model experience I have. I didn’t really know what to expect (this season) but we’re having pretty good luck so far.”

Car owners Bob Morton and Chris Ricketts, from the Kansas City area, approached Marrant in the offseason about driving the Late Model with an eye on ULMA national points. The sampling he got in the car last fall, which included a win at Lakeside Speedway, was enough to sell him on the idea. Marrant continues to drive his No. 70 Modified, which can make for hectic race nights- especially when the divisions are stacked back-to-back.

“But most of the time, I actually like it,” he said of double duty. “I think it helps me out on the track, especially in the class that runs after the other. You learn a lot about the race track, about which line is working, where the grip is and where the little holes are. “So I like running two classes. I think it helps me.” Marrant is eighth in Modified points at Lucas Oil Speedway, with a pair of top-five finishes. He said the difference in how the Late Model and Modified drive is not a huge issue.

“The Late Model seems to have more traction, which is natural with the bigger tires and body,” he said. “But when the track gets slicked off, the Late Model doesn’t have much traction, either. They’re both a handful at times.” Now Marrant appears to be a serious contender in the ULMA division – though the initial 2016 result was ominous. “We were sitting pretty good to win that one, too,” Marrant said. But while weaving through lapped traffic, he got caught up in an accident not of his making and wound up 19th.

“We had some back luck that night, but we’ve turned it around seem to be going pretty good ever since,” Marrant said. “Hopefully we can keep it up.” Marrant’s Late Model sponsors include Burlington Auto Repair and Unique Painting. He credits crew chief Michael Meise with much of the team’s success, saying, “Michael does most of the work. He works his tail off.”

Marrant will go after his fourth straight win Saturday when racing resumes at Lucas Oil Speedway with Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Night at the Races Presented by KOZL 27. The Ozark Golf Cars B-Mods are featured, with a special 25-lap main event paying $500 to win.

The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds and Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks also are scheduled. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30.
Ticket prices for Saturday:
Adults (16 and up) $12
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $9
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5-and-under) FREE

To inquire about the availability of VIP Suites for Saturday’s races contact Anna Harnden at (417) 282-5984 or via email at anna@lucasoilspeedway.com Saturday marks the final weekly racing program before the 24th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by Protecttheharvest.com rolls into Lucas Oil Speedway for a big three-day show May 26-28. For info on any remaining three-day passes for the Show-Me 100, contact Harnden by phone or email.

The Tailgate Guys Radio Show Spotlight Driver of the Week, featuring competitors at Lucas Oil Speedway, is a regular feature during the 2016 season. The Tailgate Guys Radio Show airs on Saturdays from 11-noon on AM 1340 KICK in Springfield and can be heard online at 1340BigTalker.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 it’s 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 www.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.

Lucas Oil Speedway Weekly Series resumes Saturday with B-Mods featured

May 19th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- Fresh off his first feature victory of the season, Springfield’s J.C. Morton looks to build on his points lead Saturday night when the Ozark Golf Cars B-Mods headline the racing program at Lucas Oil Speedway. Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Night at the Races Presented by KOZL 27 will see the B-Mods running a special 25-lap feature paying $500 to win. Round Five of the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series also finds the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds and the Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks in action. Gates open at 5 p.m with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. Morton became the fourth feature winner in four B-Mod events this season when he edged Steve Muilenburg by a car length on Saturday. Morton also has a third-place finish and two fourth places to open a 19-point lead over Lebanon’s Kris Jackson as the championship chase begins to take shape.

Springfield’s J.C. Morton looks to build on his points lead when the Ozark Golf Cars B-Mods are featured on Saturday night. (Chris Bork photo)

“It felt good to finally get that monkey off our back,” Morton said of his feature win. “Hopefully many more wins will follow. “We tried some different set-ups since week one and we’ve kind of gone back to where we were a year ago, a year and a half ago when we were running good,” Morton added.

“Hopefully we’ll keep clicking off these good finishes.” Morton said he’s enjoyed racing up front with Jackson so often. Jackson has one win and a second-place so far and wound up fourth last Saturday after dueling side-by-side with Morton early in the feature. “He races with a lot of respect. I think we have a mutual feeling there,” Morton said of Jackson. “He left me plenty of room Saturday night to race side by side and didn’t try pinching me. You’re going to rub a little here and there, though not intentionally. But I feel that the respect is definitely there between us.”

In the ULMA Late Model division, Marrant will be aiming for his fourth straight Feature victory this week after edging Justin Russell by inches at the finish last Saturday.

Marrant, of Richmond, leads Nevada’s Larry Ferris by 11 points with Tommy Cordray of Browning 23 behind and defending track champ Russell 32 back. Bolivar’s Jeff Cutshaw remains on top of the USRA Modified standings after his second-place Saturday to Eric Turner. Cutshaw is 27 points in front of Hermitage’s Jason Pursley with Turner, also of Hermitage, 53 behind. The biggest cushion for a division lead is in the Street Stocks, where Stoutland’s Derek Brown is 59 clear of Buckhorn’s David Hendrix. Brown had a three-race win streak snapped on Saturday, settling for a third-place finish behind his dad, Timothy Brown, in the feature.
Ticket prices for Saturday:
Adults (16 and up) $12
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $9
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5-and-under) FREE

To inquire about the availability of VIP Suites for Saturday’s races contact Anna Harnden at (417) 282-5984 or via email at anna@lucasoilspeedway.com Saturday marks the final weekly racing program before the 24th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by protecttheharvest.com rolls into Lucas Oil Speedway for a big three-day show May 26-28. For info on any remaining three-day passes for the Show-Me 100, contact Harden by phone or email. A reminder for Show-Me weekend, Friday’s program will be part of the 2016 Free Kids Fridays promotion. Youngsters 12-and-under will be admitted free with a paid adult admission.

For complete event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

The Budweiser Weekly Series resumes with Round 4 on Saturday with NMI Media Night at the Races Presented by Sport Boats USA

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. 2016 marks the 6th season for the LiquidQuarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two Nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Turner prevails in USRA Modifieds with Marrant, Morton and Timothy Brown also taking Lucas wins

May 17th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Two weeks after a fiery ending in his bid to reach victory lane, Eric Turner was cool to the finish in busting a long spell of frustration.

“We were way due,” Turner said Saturday night after holding off Jeff Cutshaw for the Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature at Lucas Oil Speedway. Other feature victory on NMI Night at the Races Presented by Sport Boats USA included Timothy Brown (Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks), Aaron Marrant (ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models) and J.C. Morton (Ozark Golf Cars B-Mods). A total of 92 cars in the four divisions checked into the pits on the cool, windy evening for Round Four of the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series.

Turner, from Hermitage, grabbed the lead from Steve Muilenburg on lap eight of the 25-lap feature and led the rest of the way. But it wasn’t easy with multiple caution flags wiping out his lead, including one with a single lap remaining. That put Bolivar’s Cutshaw, the reigning track champ, on his tail. Turned held on, just barely for the $750 win, as Cutshaw dove to the low side in turn four. “I could hear him talking to me, telling me to get out of the way,” Turner joked of the final lap. “I was just trying to protect the bottom.”
Asked how long it had been since his last win at Lucas Oil Speedway, the former track champ joked “about 38 years – it seems like. I don’t know. A long time.”

Turner was a serious contender for a win two weeks earlier, the last time the Modifieds raced, but his car erupted into flames and he had to make a hasty exit after pulling to the infield. But Turner said he drew upon the positives of running strong rather than the flip side.

“I have to thank (car owners) Richard and Christine Smith and all my sponsors,” Turner said. “Things are turning around. I see a lot of good things happening and we’re ready to kick some (butt) the rest of the year.”
Cade Dillard of Mony, La., a frequent USMTS Modified competitor, wound up third as he charged from an 18th starting position.

Dillard picked up the $100 Out-Pace Racing Products Hard Charger Award, which goes to the driver in the week’s featured division gaining the most positions. Marrant by inches: Marrant, of Richmond, beat Justin Russell by .0036 of a second to take the ULMA Late Models victory. Marrant, earning his third straight victory in the division, made a high-side pass coming to the finish line as he and Russell were mixed in with slower traffic. Henley’s Russell, the 2015 champ, made a pass of Marrant in lapped traffic on lap 18. But Marrant made the final move, winning by a few inches. “I don’t think you can get much more exciting than that,” Marrant said. “Luckily, there was just enough hole to shoot through off turn four and … I nipped him there.” David Melloway of Columbia picked up the Keyser Manufacturing Hard Charger Award, worth $100, given in the ULMA Late Model division. Melloway improved from 18th to 12th in the feature.

Morton takes B-Mod win: Springfield’s Morton grabbed the lead on lap six and, hugging the low line around the track, hung on for his first B-Mod victory of the season. The track’s points leader had been knocking off consistent top-five finishes through the first three events – and finally celebrate a trip to victory lane. “It was a heck of a race,” Morton aid. “Dad (Gene Morton) said Steve (Muilenburg) was a little faster, but we had the line and just protected it and made sure it didn’t open up any.” Sparta’s Muilenburg was second with Billings’ Shawn Strong finishing third. Lebanon’s Kris Jackson led early and found up fourth. Keeping it in the family: Derek Brown’s three-race winning streak came to an end in the Street Stock division, but the victory lane celebration stayed in the family. Stout land’s Timothy Brown, Derek’s dad, led all 20 laps for his first feature victory of the season. Steve Beach of Eldon finished second with season points leader Derek Brown, also of Stoutland, settling for third.

“I couldn’t think of anybody better to beat the 11 (Derek Brown) than me,” said Timothy Brown, who turned 47 earlier in the week. He earned the pole position for the feature by driving from tailback to first in his heat race, picking up valuable passing points. Next up: Racing resumes next Saturday, May 21, with the Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Night at the Races Presented by KOZL 27. The Ozark Golf Cars B-Mods will be running a special 25-lap feature paying $500 to the winner.

Also in action will be the ALPS Foods Store ULMA Late Models, the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds and the Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. That will be the final weekly program before the 24th annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Presented by Protecttheharvest.com

For complete event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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

Hometown Hall of Fame honor gives Phillips cause to reflect

May 14th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – There are plenty of races remaining and more checkered flags to chase. But the type of honor Terry Phillips received this week tends to turn even steely-souled veterans a bit reflective. So it was with Phillips on Tuesday after he was named part of the 2016 induction class for the Springfield (Missouri) Area Sports Hall of Fame. “I guess when you get a little older you need to look back at what you’ve done and
appreciate it,” the 30-year dirt-track racing veteran from Springfield said. “You tend to always be looking to the next weekend and the next race and that’s all you think about.

“Moments like this make you stop and think about what you’ve done and what my father’s done and the ones before me accomplished. It’s pretty humbling.” Phillips, who turns 50 next month, will officially enter the Hall of Fame in ceremonies Sept. 20 at the University Plaza Convention Center. Tickets will go on sale later this summer at springfieldmosportshof.com. Other members of the induction class are baseball player Mark Bailey, basketball player Virgle Fredrick, football coach Bob Price and boxer Jon Pinney. Phillips’ father, racing legend Larry Phillips, went into the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. Other racers in the Hall include Lester Friebe and the Roper Family (Dean, Tony and Dale). Terry Phillips said the opportunity to represent the racing community in a club with only 117 other members, most of whom made their marks mainstream sports, is significant.

“There’s not a lot of racing people in things like this,” Phillips said. “It’s good to be recognized and represent racing fans and racing people. “Racing’s a big deal around here and a lot of people don’t know it. We work hard and work a lot of hours. It’s a tough deal and it’s good to be recognized.” Phillips is a three-time Lucas Oil MLRA Series champ and all-time MLRA leader with 109 feature wins. He has six MARS Dirt-Car championships and 87 career wins in that series – more than double anyone else.

Phillips’ wife, Lisa, and Carol Kuntz, wife of the late founder of Andy’s Frozen Custard, John Kuntz, attended the Hall of Fame announcement. Andy’s Frozen Custard and Don Babb of Bolivar are Phillips’ major racing sponsors. “I have to thank my wife and my family to supporting me in a sport where I stay gone a lot,” Phillips said. “Thanks to Carol and (her son) Andy Kuntz for their support, along with Don Babb. It we didn’t have them, we’d be in trouble. “My dad told me one time that if you won three races, you could pretty well pay for your race car. You can’t do that these days.” Phillips also thanked his father, who died in 2004, for “teaching me everything I know.”

Shortly after the luncheon announcing the new Hall of Famers, the time for reflection on past accomplishments was done. Phillips was back at his race shop, preparing for a big MLRA weekend with races Friday at the Dubuque (Iowa) Fairgrounds and Saturday at Deer Creek in Spring Valley, Minn. Both features will pay $5,000 to win. Still in search of his first Late Model victory of 2016, Phillips said he’s boosted by a strong third-place run in his Black Diamond chassis last Friday at Davenport, Iowa. “I’ve never run Dubuque before, but I’ve heard it’s a real good track,” Phillips said. “Deer Creek, I’ve raced there a bunch in my Modified, but never in the Late Model. So I might have a little advantage over these guys. We’ll see. It’s a cool track.”

Phillips said it’s important to build positive momentum with the 24th annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com at Lucas Oil Speedway just two weeks away. Phillips admits he often struggles at Lucas Oil Speedway, but is hopeful of finding the right combination this year. “That race is huge for us around here,” Phillips said of the Show-Me 100. “It might even be on TV and in the papers. It’s a huge deal. People come from all over the country to watch that race. It’s good for our area. Hopefully, we’ll run good.” Show-Me 100 reminder: There also are a select number of three-day passes remaining for the Show-Me 100 – which for the first time this year has full Lucas Oil Late Model Series features each of the three nights. Those passes are $95 and include reserved seats along the front straightaway. Call Anna Harnden at (417) 282-5984 for more information.

On tap this Saturday: The Budweiser Weekly Championship Series resumes on Saturday with a program presented by Nichols Media Inc. (NMI) and Sport Boats USA. Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds will be featured, running a $750-to-win, 25-lap feature. Also on the program will be Carson’s Corner NAPA Auto Street Stocks, the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and the ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30.

For complete event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

The Budweiser Weekly Series resumes with Round 4 on Saturday with NMI Media Night at the Races Presented by Sport Boats USA

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Weekly Championship Series resumes as busy May rolls on at Lucas Oil Speedway

May 12th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- After a thrilling Open Wheel Showdown to kick off the big month of May at Lucas Oil Speedway, the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series returns on Saturday night. Nichols Media Inc. and Sport Boats USA team up to present Round 4 of the Weekly Championship Series with the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds featured, running a $750-to-win, 25-lap feature.

Also on the program will be Carson’s Corner NAPA Auto Street Stocks, the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and the ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. This is the first of two Weekly Championship Series programs before the 24th annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Presented by protecttheharvest.com rolls into Lucas Oil Speedway May 26-28.

“What a great month of racing, starting with the awesome show that that the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Cars, the Boss Chassis WAR Sprints and the Lucas POWRi Midget Series put on in our Open Wheel Showdown,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “Now we’re ready for two great weeks in our four regular classes with each of those off to terrific starts to the 2016 season.” The USRA Modified division has seen four different winners so far this season after Matt Dotson’s feature victory on April 30. Defending track champion Jeff Cutshaw of Bolivar has one feature triumph and leads the 2016 points chase by six over Jason Pursley of Hermitage.

Derek Brown will be looking for his fourth straight Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks feature victor on Saturday. (Chris Bork photo)

One of the intriguing storylines as the regular classes return to action centers on the Street Stocks. Derek Brown of Stoutland has been nearly unbeatable, winning four of five features including three in a row. He’s already opened a 40-point lead over David Hendrix of Buckhorn. Hendrix has two runner-up finishes, including April 30 when he closed to within two car lengths of Brown as the checkered flag waved. J.C. Morton of Springfield has yet to win, but consistency has landed him on top of the B-Mod points chase by six over Kris Jackson of Lebanon. Jackson has one win and one second-place so far, but wound up 14th as Andy Bryant came home the winner on April 30. In the ULMA Late Models, Aaron Marrant of Richmond is riding a two-race winning streak in Saturday’s action. Nevada’s Larry Ferris has used finishes of second, fourth and sixth to lead the points by eight over Marrant.

Ticket prices for Saturday are:
Adults (16 and up) $12
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $9
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $25
Pit Pass $25
To inquire about the availability of VIP Suites for this Saturday’s program, contact Anna Harnden at (417) 282-5984 or via email at anna@lucasoilspeedway.com. Show-Me 100 reminder: There also are a select number of three-day passes remaining for the Show-Me 100 – which for the first time this year has full Lucas Oil Late
Model Series features each of the three nights. “It’s hard to believe that our biggest weekend, the Show-Me 100, is only a couple of weeks away,” Robinson said. “There’s still time to get some of the best seats
in the house, but we encourage fans to get those three-day passes this week if they haven’t done so already.”

Those passes are $95 and include reserved seats along the front straightaway. Call Harnden at (417) 282-5984 or email here at anna@lucasoilspeedway.com to get more information. For complete event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

The Budweiser Weekly Series resumes with Round 4 on Saturday with NMI Media Night at the Races Presented by Sport Boats USA 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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Thorson, Hanks and Dahm prevail at Lucas Oil Speedway Open Wheel Showdown

May 10th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Tanner Thorson celebrated his 20th birthday with the best possible present – a victory in the Lucas Oil POWRi Midget feature Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway. Thorson, of Minden, Nevada, completed a sweep of the Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals after capturing the POWRi feature win a night earlier at Valley Speedway.

The POWRi Midgets’ lone visit to Lucas Oil Speedway was part of the 5th annual Impact Signs Awnings Wraps Open Wheel Showdown. Brandon Hanks (Lucas Oil ASCS Warrior/Red River Region Sprints) and Zach Dahm (Boss Chassic WAR Sprints) prevailed in the other features in front of about 4,000 fans. The pits were filled with 104 cars in the three divisions. Thorson, driving a Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports car, took the lead on lap seven and held it the rest of the way. He had to withstand a re-start after a lap 23 caution that wiped out his sizable lead, but was able to navigate the final seven laps for the win.

“This track is pretty sweet,” Thorson said after his fifth career POWRi Midgets win. “I can’t thank all the fans enough for coming out. This is crazy to get all these people to come out.” As for winning on his birthday, Thorson said, “Just another day. But it is pretty cool to be able to win on your birthday. I think I’ve won on all my birthdays so that’s a trend I hope continues.”

A night earlier at Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Thorson advanced from a 12th starting position to win his first feature of the season. Carson Macedo of Lamar, Calif., was second and Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, Ind., would up third as the Kunz Motorsports team swept the first three spots. Justin Peck made an impressive run from 14th to fourth in the feature.

In the ASCS feature, Hanks was an impressive wire-to-wire winner for his third ASCS victory of the season. “I had an idea about 2016. We’re going to call it the sweet 16 because it’s the best year I’ve ever had,” Hanks said. “Before tonight, I can’t even tell you the last time I made a show here.” A bean farmer from Burlison, Tenn., the 20-year-old Hanks joked in victory lane that it felt good to win in front of “my people” in the middle of Missouri farm country.

The race lost a contender on lap six when veteran Johnny Herrera, the ASCS National Tour points leader, rolled his car onto its side in turn two when a car suddenly slowed in front of him. Herrera was running second at the time. Derek Hager of Marion, Ark., a past winner at Lucas Oil Speedway, was a distant second with Josh Baughman of Odessa, Texas, third.

In the first B main for the ASCS cars, Ricky Lee Stangl brought out the red flag with a hard crash, flipping his car on the front stretch after clobbering the turn-four wall. Stangl, of Lee’s Summit, climbed out of the mangled car without apparent injury. Dahm grabbed the lead away from Clinton Boyles just before the midpoint of the WAR Sprint feature and went on to earn the victory. Dahm, of Pocahontas, Ill., finished ahead of runner-up Korey Weyant of Springfield, Ill. “The first few laps we were biding our time,” Dahm said. “I went back to the top (of the track) and was like ‘we have a good car now.’ He kind of bobbled and I got by him and, after that, I just tried to hit my marks.” Boyles, seeking his third straight series win, settled for third. Racing at Lucas Oil Speedway resumes next Saturday, May 14 with the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series back in action. Presented by Nichols Media, Inc. and Sport Boats USA, the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds will be featured and run a $750-to-win, 25-lap feature. Also on the program will be the Carson’s Corner NAPA Auto Street Stocks, the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and the ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30.

To inquire about availability of VIP Suites for next Saturday’s program, contact Anna Harnden at (417) 282-5984 or via email at anna@lucasoilspeedway.com. For complete event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit lucasoilspeedway.com.

For complete results, see www.ASCSracing.com

Complete results at www.WARSprints.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 it’s 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 www.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.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

In the spotlight: Nixa Sprint-car driver Bellm aims high on ASCS National Tour in 2016

May 6th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- With one regional series victory already under his belt this season, Nixa’s Kyle Bellm believes he’s ready to become a legitimate player on the Lucas Oil ASCS National Sprint Car Series. “Last year we were seventh in points on the national tour and Rookie of the Year,” Bellm said. “That was an excellent year. Now we want to better ourselves a few spots and win some races.”

Bellm, the Tailgate Guys Radio Show Spotlight Driver of the Week for Lucas Oil Speedway, is scheduled to join the ASCS Warrior and Red River Regions at Saturday night’s 5th annual Impact Signs Awnings Wraps Open Wheel Showdown. The 25-year-old Bellm, who bucked the Ozarks’ norm of desiring to drive Modifieds or Late Models while growing up, has been wheeling a 360 Sprint since he was 16 after starting in Go-Karts at 8. He’s happy with his career path.

“We fell in love with the open-wheel cars and didn’t know if we wanted to switch to anything else,” Bellm said. “We thought about a Modified at one time. I started racing 305 Sprints at Lebanon Midway back when they raced them weekly and raced 360s at Lake of the Ozarks Speedway when it was open. “I fell in love with Sprint cars. I guess you can say the rest is history.” Bellm began racing on the ASCS regional tours before making the move to the national circuit last year for the first time. He finished second in Warrior Region points
in 2014. The family owned race team, with Kyle and dad David doing the mechanical work, still doesn’t match the top outfits on the circuit in financial resources. But the addition of a solid sponsor – Resource Asset Management Solutions – is helping to level the playing field.

“I have the best equipment I’ve ever had,” Bellm said. “Having them on board has really helped. I’m not saying we’re 100 percent where we need to be, but we’re headed in the right direction.”

Bellm’s team was tested earlier this spring as his primary car was badly damaged when he flipped it during a race at Creek County Speedway in Oklahoma. The frame was bent and Bellm has since been in his backup car.

No matter. He won shortly after the accident, taking a Red River Region feature at Humboldt Speedway in Kansas. He was scheduled to start third in a feature at Callaway Speedway in Fulton last Friday, optimistic about another win, when the program was rained out. Before coming to Wheatland on Saturday, he’s scheduled for an ASCS National Tour race at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., on Thursday night. Bellm said racing at Lucas Oil Speedway always is special. “We have a lot of fans come from around home. Wheatland is always a place we look forward to coming,” he said. Scoring a victory at Lucas Oil Speedway, only an hour’s drive from home, would be sweet.

“We’ve had pretty good success there, but haven’t won yet,” he said. “We had one podium finish on the national tour and ran top-five a couple of nights. Last year at the Jesse Hockett Memorial, we were really fast, just had a few bad-luck things that kept us from an excellent finish.” With the ASCS National Tour getting busy soon, Bellm has some clear goals. Other sponsors include Christian County Collision Repair, Schure Built Suspensions, Colorvision and PPG Automotive Finishes.

“Starting next weekend, when we go to Texas Motor Speedway, we only have one weekend off for the next couple of months,” Bellm said. “We’ll be going hot and heavy. “Realistic goals for our team start with us wanting to win at least five races. The goal every night is to finish top-five. We feel that we’re capable and that’s where we need to be. The ultimate goal is to win a championship, but realistically, a goal is top-five in national points.”

For complete information on the ASCS national and regional series, including schedules and point standings, visit www.ASCSracing.com. In addition to the ASCS Warrior and Red River cars on Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway, the Boss Chassis WAR Wingless Auto Racing Sprint Cars and the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series will be in action. The Tailgate Guys Radio Show Spotlight Driver of the Week, featuring competitors at Lucas Oil Speedway, is a regular feature during the 2016 season. The Tailgate Guys Radio Show airs on Saturdays from 11-noon on AM 1340 KICK in Springfield and can be heard online at 1340BigTalker.com. For more information on the show, check out its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TailgateGuysRadio

At Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday, gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30.
Ticket prices are:
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40
Pit Pass $35

A limited number of VIP Suites are available for Saturday. Contact Anna Harnden at (417) 282-5984 or via email at anna@lucasoilspeedway.com.

Impact Signs Awnings Wraps is a proud supporter of racing. In addition to its support of Lucas Oil Speedway and the ASCS Warrior Series, Impact Signs Awnings and Wraps also are fantastic supporters of area sports teams, non-profit groups and various kids activities. Contact Impact for all of your signs, banners, awnings, vehicle wraps and decal needs. Visit www.Impact4800.com or call (660) 829-4800. For complete event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

Marrant Keeps Rolling in Early Season ULMA Action!

May 6th, 2016

Aaron Marrant continued capturing early season Lucas Cattle Company ULMA headlines by racing his way to his second-consecutive main event at Lucas Oil Speedway last Saturday. Marrant originally hoped for a weekend sweep beginning on Friday, but wet conditions halted the action at Lakeside Speedway on Friday.

A strong field of 24 drivers made their way to Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri on Saturday evening where it took three heat races to sort out the main event starting lineup. In preliminary action, Marrant held off a forward-moving Tommy Cordray to take heat one. David Melloway topped Larry Ferris in heat race two while Bobby Penney claimed the checkers in heat three over Justin Russell.

In the main event, Marrant and Cordray shared the front row where it didn’t take long for Marrant to assert himself out front in route to his second-consecutive win after dominating all 20 laps. Cordray finished a strong second, his best run of the year, while 2016 winner David Melloway finished third. Unfortunately, a pileup on lap six slowed the pace and led to an early retirement from the event for Russell as his car was too badly damaged to continue. Ferris advanced one position to fourth in the main event with 2015 ULMA Champion Jon Melloway finishing fifth. Jon Binning advanced from 13th to sixth and earned the hard-charger of the race. Ethan Young, Penney, Todd McCoin, and Chris Cox completed the top ten.

ULMA weekly championship racing takes a week off at Lucas Oil Speedway this coming Saturday as the track is set to host an open-wheel special event. ULMA will return to action at Lucas Oil Speedway the following Saturday, May 14th. For more information and details on the many upcoming special events at the speedway, visit www.lucasoilspeedway.com.
The planned Friday event at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas was canceled due to wet conditions; however, ULMA drivers have another chance to compete at the track on Friday, May 27th. Lakeside Speedway is found on the web at www.lakesidespeedway.net.

Late Models had the weekend off at Callaway Raceway last weekend but action resumes this Friday, May 6th. Gates open at 5 with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. The track is located at 7419 County Road 405, Fulton, MO. For additional information call (573) 592-7795 or (573) 642-6580 or visit www.callawayraceways.com.

ULMA drivers have two geographical choices to compete at on Saturday, May 7th as northern and eastern-based teams can choose from action at Randolph County Raceway (RCR) right in their backyard with gates opening at 5, hot laps beginning at 6:15 p.m. and racing at 7 pm. In addition to ULMA Late Models, USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Mods, RCR Hobby Stocks, and RCR Sport 4 Cylinders will also compete. For general track information and event schedules be sure to visit the track online at www.randolphcountyraceway.com. In ULMA’s last appearance at RCR, Chris Smyser captured his first victory of the season. This Saturday at RCR is “Ladies Night” at the track with special $5 grandstand admission for the ladies.

For western-central and southern-based teams, Central Missouri Speedway (CMS) in Warrensburg, Missouri hosts ULMA drivers on Saturday, May 7th for the first appearance of seven this year. An anonymous fan has informed the speedway and ULMA that he will add $100 to the winner’s share, making the event win worth $700 at CMS. Along with ULMA Late Models, USRA Modifieds, Street Stocks, B-Mods, and Pure Stocks will also compete. Pits open at 4:30 p.m., grandstands at 5, driver pill draw cutoff at 6:15 (no passing points awarded to late drivers), Pit Meeting 6:30, Hot Laps at 7, and racing at 7:30. For additional information be sure to visit the track online at www.centralmissourispeedway.net or on race day call 660-747-2166. The track is located 4 miles north of Warrensburg on Hwy 13 or 13 miles south of I-70 on Hwy 13 from the Higginsville exit.

ULMA is now offering the specially made all new 2016 “Decade of Racing, ULMA Ten-Year Anniversary” t-shirts on a pre-order only basis. The artwork is visible at www.ulmaracing.com. It is a two-sided shirt available in child sizes on up to Triple XLg. The shirts will only be available in white, pink, and bright yellow/green. The fabric is similar to that of moisture wicking, as in it is light, comfortable to wear, and breaths easily.

Deadline for pre-order is Sunday, May 15th at midnight. Send your name, desired sizes, and colors to either unitedlatemodelassociation@hotmail.com or samonthemic@hotmail.com. There are no limits on amount ordered. Payment due upon delivery. Cost is $15 per shirt, $18 for XXLg and XXXLg. Example Ordering Specifics: “I need 2 XLg White, 3 Sm Yellow/Green, 1 Med Pink.”

For all ULMA events this season drivers must possess a valid ULMA license or purchase the $10 temporary license while on site at each event. Drivers are highly encouraged to make their way to the ULMA website at www.ulmaracing.com and complete the licensing paperwork prior to checking in at weekend events, printing it out, and bringing it with them to the tracks they will race at this season. Drivers must be in compliance with ULMA Rules and Regulations as written.

For a printable schedule and printable copies of the association’s rules and regulations, be sure to visit www.ulmaracing.com. During the race season the association is also active on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ULMA-United-Late-Model-Association. ULMA’s outstanding group of season sponsors includes Lucas Cattle Company, Hoosier Tire Midwest, Radical Race Wear, FastShafts.com, RacingJunk.com, RacinDirt.com, and Photographics by Shelly Payne.

Upcoming ULMA Events
Friday, May 6 – Callaway Raceway
Saturday, May 7 – Randolph County Raceway
Saturday, May 7 – Central Missouri Speedway
Friday, May 13 – Callaway Raceway
Saturday, May 14 – Lucas Oil Speedway
Friday, May 20 – Callaway Raceway
Saturday, May 21 – Lucas Oil Speedway

Felker shoots for ‘home’ track win as Open-Wheel Showdown comes to Lucas Oil Speedway

May 4th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Andrew Felker hopes this is the year he gets to finally celebrate in front of a large continent of friends and family at his “home” track. “We’ve had quick cars there, but haven’t been able to get the monkey off our back and finish it off,” the Carl Junction driver said of past visits to Lucas Oil Speedway
in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series. “Hopefully this time we can rid of our bad luck and win one.”
Felker, a two-time winner on the POWRi Midget Series already this season, will be one to watch on Saturday when the 5th annual Impact Signs Awnings Wraps Open Wheel Showdown returns to Lucas Oil Speedway.

The Triple header of open-wheel action features the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region Winged Sprint Cars along with the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Red River Region Winged Sprint Cars; the Boss Chassis WAR Wingless Auto Racing Sprint Cars and the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series. Impact Signs, Awnings, Wraps of Sedalia also is a presenting sponsor of the ASCS Warrior Region in 2016.

“Impact Signs, Awnings, Wraps and (owner) David Goodson is a tremendous supporter of dirt-track racing and we appreciate them returning as the title sponsor for our Open-Wheel Showdown,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “The Open Wheel Showdown always is one of the highlights of our season. “When you get the two ASCS Winged Sprints tours competing together along with the Boss Chassis Wingless Sprints and the POWRi Lucas National Midget Series on the same program – and combine it with a terrific weather forecast – it’s going to be a fantastic night of open-wheel racing.”

Here’s a look at the program:
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series
Zach Daum, a two-time series champion, leads the series points with Felker 60 behind after his win last Friday at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville, Illinois. The series was rained out on Saturday at I-55 Speedway. Felker, 23, said he’s riding momentum into this weekend after the victory. Winning for the first time so close to home would be sweet. “A lot of hard work in the offseason is starting to pay off and hopefully we can
keep it rolling,” Felker said. “Last year at Lucas we were running second, battling for the win, and had a battery go bad, but the season is going really good and hopefully we can finish it off this time.” The series kicks off the weekend with a Friday race at Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo. Saturday’s event includes the POWRi West Midget Series and is the only visit of the season for the POWRi Midget Series to Lucas Oil Speedway.
For a full schedule, point standings and more information on the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series follow www.POWRi.com ASCS Speedway Motors Warrior Region and ASCS Red River Region Jonathan Cornell of Sedalia has rebounded from flipping his car in the season-opening race at State Fair Speedway in Sedalia with a pair of top-five finishes to lead the Warrior Region points. Cody Baker of Lone Jack, Mo., is 17 points behind with
Evan Martin of Lohman, Mo., 22 back.

In the Red River Region chase, Brandon Hanks of Burlison, Tenn., is out to a 69-point lead over Mickey Walker of Broken Arrow, Okla.

Nixa’s Kyle Bellm, an ASCS National Tour regular, is seventh in the Warrior Region and recently won a Red River Region feature at Humboldt Speedway on April 22. For more information, point standings and full schedules for both regions, go to www.ASCSRacing.com Boss Chassis WAR Sprint Series Clinton Boyles of Greenwood, Mo., sits atop the early points chase in the Wingless Auto Racing (WAR) Sprint Series with a 43-point margin of T.J. Muths of Sedalia.

The 20-year-old Boyles recently earned the first WAR Sprint Series win of his career in just his fourth start when he prevailed at I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo. Twenty-seven drivers have competed in the first three events of the season with three different winners. Complete information, points and schedules for the Boss Chassis WAR Series can be found at www.warsprints.com.

At Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday, gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30.

Ticket prices are:
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40
Pit Pass $35
A limited number of VIP Suites are available for Saturday. Contact Anna Harnden at (417) 282-5984 or via email at anna@lucasoilspeedway.com.

Impact Signs Awnings Wraps is a proud supporter of racing. In addition to its support of Lucas Oil Speedway and the ASCS Warrior Series, Impact Signs Awnings and Wraps also are fantastic supporters of area sports teams, non-profit groups and various kids activities. Contact Impact for all of your signs, banners, awnings, vehicle wraps and decal needs. Visit www.Impact4800.com or call (660) 829-4800. For complete event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

It’s Open Wheel Showdown Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Brown does it again in Street Stocks with Dotson, Bryant, Marrant also taking feature wins at Lucas Oil Speedway

May 2nd, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Derek Brown closed out a memorable April with his fourth feature victory in five starts at Lucas Oil Speedway, leading start-to-finish in Saturday night’s Carson’s Corner NAPA Auto Parts Street Stock feature. Other winners on $5 Night Presented by KOLR Channel 10 were Matt Dotson (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds), Andy Bryant (Ozark Golf Cars B-Mods) and Aaron Marrant (ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models).

With several tracks in the region rained out, a whopping 142 cars checked into the pits. Included were 58 B-Mods and 40 USRA Modifieds. Brown, of Stoutland, remained red-hot in 2016. He started form the pole and led every step in the 25-lap Street Stock feature, which was the highlighted class on the program and worth $500. David Hendrix of Buckhorn, closed within two car lengths by the final lap but couldn’t get to Brown’s bumper and had to settle for his second runner-up finish of the season. Timothy Brown, Derek’s father, finished third.

“I never seen anybody,” Derek Brown said in victory lane, when asked about Hendrix’s close pursuit in the closing laps. “I just kind of ran my own race.” Brown said the track was slicker than it has been and that meant driving it a bit different. “I’ve got a little work to do if it’s going to be like this” in future weeks, Brown added.

In the USRA Modified feature, Dotson held off a final-lap charge for this first victory of the season. Dotson, of Hallsville, advanced from an eighth starting position and grabbed the lead midway through the 20-lapper and held it the rest of the way. “From where I was at it was a pretty good show,” Dotson said in victory lane. “The track was tricky tonight.” Dotson said he didn’t enjoy seeing a caution with five laps to go after Eric Turner’s car erupted in flames. Turner, running fifth at the time, escaped without injury and Dotson had enough car to hold on for his first feature victory of the season. Paden Phillips of Chanute, Kan., nipped Stormy Scott of Cameron for the runner-up spot.

The B-Mod feature saw Bryant, a high school sophomore from Fort Scott, Kan., make a lap 14 pass of Kris Jackson and go on to win his first feature of the season. Jackson, the feature winner the previous week, spun a lap later and wound up 14th. Logan Martin of West Plains finished second with Billings’ Shawn Strong third and J.C. Morton of Springfield impressively charging to fourth after starting 20th. “It was a really good track, real racy,” Bryant said before thanking his family and sponsors in victory lane. Marrant, of Richmond, led all the way for his second straight ULMA Late Model triumph, finishing ahead of fellow front-row starter Tommy Cordray of Browning, Mo. David Melloway of Columbia was a distant third. The Late Model feature included a six-car pileup on lap six that eliminated reigning track champ Justin Russell.

Jon Binning earned the Keyser Manufacturing Products “Hard Charger” award for the ULMA Late Models, starting 13th and finishing sixth. Johnny Coats took the Out-Pace Racing Products “Hard Charger” for the night’s featured class, the Street Stocks, going from 21st to 11th. Racing action resumes next Saturday with the 5th annual Impact Signs, Awnings and Wraps Open Wheel Showdown. The triple header of open-wheel action features the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region Winged Sprint Cars along with the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Red River Region Winged Sprint Cars, WAR Wingless Auto Racing Sprint Cars and the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series.

Gates open at 5 next Saturday with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s 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 www.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 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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Racing resumes Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway with $5 Night Presented by KOLR Channel 10

April 28th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – When the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series at Lucas Oil Speedway resumes on Saturday, Derek Brown looks to continue his early domination. Brown, of Stoutland, will be aiming for his fourth feature victory of the month in the Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stock division. It’s part of the storyline to watch on $5 Night at the Races Presented by KOLR Channel 10.

The Ozark Golf Cars B-Mods, ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models and Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds also are in action as a busy month of April racing comes to a close with round three of the weekly series. Special $5 ticket prices for all adults, seniors, military and youth are on tap with kids 5-and-under, as always, admitted free. Gates open at 5 with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30.

“This is a terrific opportunity for our fans to come out, bring the entire family and enjoy a night at the races at a great price thanks to our friends at KOLR Channel 10,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “We’ve had a tremendous first few weeks of racing to our 2016 season and are looking to finish out April with another big, full program.” The Street Stock division will be featured, paying $500 to win the 25-lap feature. So far, Brown has been dominated with three wins and a second place that has him 35 points in front of Buckhorn’s David Hendrix in the early points chase.

Last week’s feature winners, in addition to Brown, were Logan Martin in the USRA Modifieds, Aaron Marrant in the ULMA Late Models and Kris Jackson in the B-Mods. Martin, a 20-year-old from West Plains, had a particularly busy week with double duty. He also finished third in his B-Mod to go along with his feature triumph in his USRA Modified. Lebanon’s Jackson leads the B-Mod points chase with Jeff Cutshaw of Bolivar atop the USRA Mods standings. Justin Russell of Henley and Nevada’s Larry Ferris are tied in ULMA points.

A limited number of VIP Suites are available for Saturday’s event. Contact Anna Harnden at (417) 282-5984 or via email at anna@lucasoilspeedway.com. For complete event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

Kris Jackson takes B-Mod feature win as Martin, Marrant and Brown also prevail

April 25th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – After narrowly missing the feature victory a week earlier, Lebanon’s Kris Jackson didn’t let one get away Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway. Jackson held on to beat Brian McGowen to the finish line in the featured Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod class, which attracted 43 entries. Other feature winners on a program presented by KOLZ-Mix 92.7 were Logan Martin in the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Aaron Marrant in the ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models and Stoutland’s Derek Brown in the Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks.

Martin had a particularly busy evening, also finishing third in his B-Mod to go along with his feature triumph in the USRA Modified. Jackson lost the lead coming out of turn four in the April 16 at Lucas Oil Speedway, as Chad Clancy made the pass and beat him by inches for the win. This one belonged to Jackson, who started on the outside of the front row after winning his heat race and then the $500-to-win, 25-lap feature. McGowen, of Pittsburg, Kan., was runner-up on the busy night of B-Mod racing, with 42 cars checking in to contest five heats races to shape the feature lineup. A total of 102 cars checked into the pits. Including the busy B-Mod show, 22 USRA Modifieds, 21 ULMA Late Models and 16 Street Stocks were on hand. Brown made it three feature wins on the young season in the Street Stock division, starting third in the feature and overhauling runner-up Burl Woods of Republic for the win, which further solidified his early points lead. Tim Brown of Stoutland
finished third.

The USRA Mods saw West Plains’ Martin, who recently turned 20, beat Jason Russell and Mitch Keeter for the victory after starting fourth in his feature. Tad Davis was fourth and Jason Pursley fifth. Marrant, much like Kris Jackson in his feature, made amends and prevailed one after a near-miss when he was involved in an accident while battling for second place in the April 16 feature. Henley’s Justin Russell, a former track champ, was second and Timmy Cordray finished third.

Matt Rose of Liberal was the “Hard Charger” in the B-Mod feature, finishing 10th after starting 18th. Rose earned $100 from Out-Pace Racing Products, which sponsors a “Hard Charger” in the feature class each week. Meanwhile, Larry Farris was the Keyser Manufacturing Products “Hard Charger” in the ULMA Late Models, finishing sixth after starting 19th. He received $100 from Keyser, which gives a weekly “Hard Charger” award in the division. Photos from Saturday’s races are available at [CBracephotos.com].

Racing resumes next Saturday for $5 Night Presented by KOLR Channel 10. It will mark round three of the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series. Special $5 ticket prices for all adults, seniors, and youth with kids 5-and-under, as always, admitted free. The Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks will be featured, paying $500-to-win in a 25-lap feature. Other regular classes also will be in action, including ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

Gates open at 5 with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30.A limited number of VIP Suites are available for next Saturday’s event. Contact Anna Harnden at (417) 282-5984 or by email at anna@lucasoilspeedway.com.
For complete event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit
[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 it’s 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
[www.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].

In the spotlight: Morton eager to chase Lucas Oil Speedway B-Mod crown in 2016

April 22nd, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- J.C. Morton had a great view of an exciting finish in last week’s Ozark Golf Cars B-Mod feature at Lucas Oil Speedway. Unfortunately for Morton, he was a few feet behind winner Chad Clancy and runner-up Kris Jackson in the race of the night. Clancy passed Jackson coming out of the final turn and won by inches. “It was a heck of a race,” Morton said earlier this week. “I just wish we could have been in front.”
Morton figures to have plenty of chances to do just that. One of the region’s top B-Mod drivers has decided
to make Lucas Oil Speedway his Saturday-night home this season and chase a track championship.

Week One was a solid start for the 26-year-old from Springfield, who is this week’s Tailgate Guys Radio Show Spotlight Driver of the Week for Lucas Oil Speedway. After starting the evening riding around the speedway’s go-kart track with his three-year-old daughter Zoey – “she loves racing,” Morton said – he dueled with Jackson for the lead for much of the race, working the high side of the track.

Each time Morton seemed ready to make a pass, the caution flag flew. “I wish we could have had a longer green-flag run,” Morton said. “But that’s part of it. Some nights you don’t want a yellow and there are nights you want one and can’t get it. It goes both ways.”

Morton, track champion at Monett Speedway last season and runner-up in points at Springfield Raceway, said he’s excited about bringing his program to Lucas Oil Speedway on a regular basis. Morton finished in the top 10 of the USRA B-Mod national points in 2015 and won a $7,500 special at Legit Speedway in West Plains last fall. The plan for 2016 includes a floating schedule on Friday nights with Monett, Lakeside Speedway and Humboldt Speedway in the mix.

“We thought about it all winter,” Morton said of racing at Lucas Oil Speedway. “They stepped up their pay and are one of the best-paying tracks around. The car count’s always good, the competition’s always good and the race track is always good. “I think we’re going to chase the points and try to win that (Lucas) track championship.”

The first B-Mod feature of the season found Clancy, Jackson and Morton finishing within a car length of one another. Morton said that’s typical of the competition level in what’s become the largest class around. Morton noted that “it’s pretty stout about anywhere you go. There are always at least 7-10 cars that could win.” Asked his goals beyond the Lucas track chase, Morton said he keeps things pretty simple. “We don’t really focus on the (USRA) national deal until it comes down to the last month and we’ll see where we’re sitting there,” he said. “We go to the race track to win. You race a little different when you’re points racing, but for the most part we’re going there to win.”

Morton said he’s matured as a driver over the last couple of years. He said it helps at the start of a new work week if there’s not a lot of repairs that need to be made to the race car for him and his father and crew chief, Gene Morton. “That and replacing parts gets pricey,” said Morton, who works full time at SRC Heavy Duty in Springfield. Morton’s sponsors include Taylor-Made Roofing, Tailpipers Automotive, S&S Recycling, Yeoman Race Engines, Hoffman Race Cars, R&R Graphics, Midwest Sheet Metal and RacinDirt.com. While the B-Mod class is a comfortable fit, Morton dreams of bigger opportunities down the road. “I’m happy with the B-Mod deal, but I would love to get the opportunity to try an A-Mod or a Late Model someday,” he said. “We’ll just trying to keep popping off good finishes and hopefully someday, somebody might see us, pick us up and take us on a journey we haven’t been on yet.”

The Tailgate Guys Radio Show Spotlight Driver of the Week, featuring competitors at Lucas Oil Speedway, is a regular feature during the 2016 season. The Tailgate Guys Radio Show airs on Saturdays from 11-noon on AM 1340 KICK in Springfield and can be heard online at 1340BigTalker.com. For more information on the show, check out its Facebook page at facebook.com/TailgateGuysRadio.

Racing resumes on Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway with round two of the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series. Along with B-Mod, the ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds and Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks will be in action. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. Presented by KLOZ-Mix 92.7, it’s the first Super Saver Special of the season with fans arriving before 6:30 p.m. receiving four admissions, four hot dogs and four 20-ounce Coca-Cola products for $30. A limited number of VIP Suites are available for Saturday’s event. Contact Anna Harnden at (417) 282-5984 or by email at anna@lucasoilspeedway.com. For complete event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

Round two of Budweiser Weekly Championship Series set for Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway

April 20th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Round two of the Lucas Oil Speedway’s Budweiser weekly Championship Series resumes on Saturday with the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods the feature division.

Presented by KLOZ-Mix 92.7, it’s the first Super Saver Special of the season with fans arriving before 6:30 p.m. receiving four admissions, four hot dogs and four 20-ounce Coca-Cola products for $30. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. Classes in action include the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, the Carson’s Corner Napa Street Stocks, and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods. The 25-lap B-Mod feature will pay $500 to win. If it’s anything like last week’s B-Mod feature, fans will be on their feet throughout. Chris Clancy of Excelsior Springs made a low-side pass of Lebanon’s Kris Jackson coming out of the final corner to win the B-Mod feature by inches at the finish line with J.C. Morton on their bumpers for third.

B-Mod class always puts on a tremendous show with last week’s race as good as you’ll see,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “We look forward to more this week with those guys the featured class.”

Other feature winners last Saturday were Bolivar’s Jeff Cutshaw (USRA Mods), Stoutland’s Derek Brown (Street Stocks) and Todd McCoin of Barnett (Late Models). Justin Russell of Henley charged from a 24th starting position to finish sixth in the Late Model feature. That earned the defending track champ “Hard Charger” awards of $100 from Keyser Manufacturing Products, which gives the Hard Charger Award to the ULMA Late Models each week and $100 from Out-Pace Racing Products, which awards the Hard Charger to the featured class each week. A total of 104 cars checked into the pits for last week’s program, including 38 in the deep B-Mod division. The program included a tribute to 2014 Late Model track champion Jake Williams, who lost his life last December. As a final racing tribute, Williams’ widow, Laura Williams, is donating a $100 bonus for the next five weeks to the Late Model driver finishing in the same position that her husband did in corresponding races two years ago.
Admission prices this week:
Super Saver Special (before 6:30 p.m.) – $30 for four admissions, four hot dogs and four 20-ounce Coca-Cola products
Adults (16 and up) – $12
Seniors (62 and up)/Military – $9
Youth (6-15) – $5
Kids (5 and under) – FREE
Family Pass – $25
Pit pass – $25
A limited number of VIP Suites are available for Saturday’s event. Contact Anna Harnden at (417) 282-5984 or by email at anna@lucasoilspeedway.com. For complete event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

McCoin, Cutshaw, Clancy and Brown take home wins as Weekly Championship Series begins

April 18th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Todd McCoin hopped out of his race car and pumped his fist. It was time to celebrate at a place where Lady Luck has not always ridding alongside. “It’s been a long time coming at this track,” McCoin said Saturday night after his wire-to-wire victory in the ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Model feature at Lucas Oil
Speedway. McCoin earned $1,000 courtesy of ALPS Food Store in Pittsburg, Mo., on the opening night of the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series – a program presented by KOZL Channel 27.

Other feature winners included Chad Clancy (Ozark Golf Cars B-Mods), Jeff Cutshaw (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds) and Derek Brown (Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks). Before the racing program, there was a special tribute to Jake Williams, a former ULMA Late Model track champ who lost his life during the offseason. Late Model Briver Jon Binning drove Williams’ No. 72 race car a lap around the track after a video presentation in a ceremonial pace lap.

McCoin, of Barnett, Mo., said the victory was sweet because, “I’ve had some pretty bad luck here. I think we might have turned it around.” Larry Ferris of Nevada finished second with Chris Smyser of Lancaster wound up third. The first half of the race hotly contested. McCoin led, but Aaron Marrant and Jeremy Kelley were in hot pursuit with the trio weaving in and out of lapped traffic. But Marrant and Kelley were eliminated in a lap-26 accident. McCoin was dominated after the re-start.

“That was unfortunate for those two,” McCoin said of the misfortunate for Marrant and Kelley. “Things happen, I guess.” The “Hard Charger” was Jason Russell, who finished sixth after starting 24th in the feature. Russell picked up $100 from Keyser Manufacturing Products which gives the Hard Charger Award to the ULMA Late Models each week and $100 from Out-Pace Racing Products, which awards the Hard Charger to the featured class each week.

In the closest finish of the night, Clancy beat Kris Jackson by about a foot at the finish line to take the B-Mod victory. Clancy, of Excelsior Springs, made a dive to the inside of Jackson coming out of turn four and just beat the Lebanon driver in a photo finish.

J.C. Morton of Springfield was close behind the top two after pushing Jackson for the lead midway through the race. Brian McGowan of Pittsburg, Kan., was fourth. “I didn’t think I had anything for him there,” Clancy said. “I don’t know what happened on the last corner. I cut it down and it worked. Those guys are all great to race with every week. I’ve never won here. I’ve always wanted to. “This year is off to a great start,” added Clancy, who won his third straight race after taking two wins at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. Bolivar’s Cutshaw, the reigning USRA Mod track champ, led all the way to earn his first victory of the season and take his first step toward defending the title. Eric Turner of Hermitage charged from deep in the field to finish second and Dylan Hoover of Vandalia was third.

Brown, of Stoutland, won his second feature of the season, driving away to a comfortable margin over the final 10 laps. David Hendrix of Buckhorn was second and Timothy Brown of Stoutland finished third. Racing resumes next Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway as KLOZ-Mix 92.7 presents round No. 2 of the Budweiser Weekly Racing Series. It’s also the first $uper $aver $pecial Night of 2016 as (4) Admissions, (4) Hot Dogs, and (4) 20 ounce Cola-Cola products are just $30 for all fans arriving before 6:30pm.

Classes in action include the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, the Carson’s Corner Napa Street Stocks, and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods. The Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods will be the featured class of the evening running a Special 25 Lap, $500 to win Main Event. Gates open at 5:00, Hot Laps at 7:00, and racing at 7:30. A limited number of VIP Suites are available for next Saturday’s event. Contact LaRay Hankins at (417) 282-5984 or via email at laray@lucasoilspeedway.com for more info.

For complete event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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 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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

In the spotlight: Schultz off to flying USRA Modified start

April 16th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Terry Schultz is not the best-funded driver in the pit area, evidenced by his plain-blue race car that’s missing the traditional assortment of sponsor lettering. Nor is he one who leaps from his car with fist pumps and boastful words to celebrate victories. Instead, the veteran driver from Sedalia quietly – and effectively – goes about his business.

“He’s kind of a quiet guy, but he’s one of the best drivers in the area and he has been for years,” fellow USRA Modified competitor Jason Pursley said of Schultz, this week’s Tailgate Guys Radio Show Spotlight Driver of the Week at Lucas Oil Speedway. Schultz got his season off to a flying start last weekend, sweeping both ends of the Pitts Homes USRA Modified doubleheader at Lucas Oil Speedway’s Spring Nationals.

The soft-spoken Schultz, who started racing Street Stocks in 1990 and has been in mostly Modifieds since 2000, said there was nothing magical about his success. “Luck played a lot into it,” Schultz said earlier this week. “Sometimes, it just works out for you. We ran that car (MB Custom Chassis) all of last year and it was still pretty good from last year. We worked on a few things over the winter that looked like they might pan out. Luckily, they did.”

The car noticeably was missing sponsorship. Schultz said he’s making do by footing his own bill, at least for now. “It would be nice,” he said of sponsorship, “but we’ll do as much as we can for as long as we can without any. If something comes along, that’s great. If not, we’ll keep chugging along.” Asked if finding victory lane twice in a weekend might grab attention of potential sponsors, Schultz laughed and said, “It doesn’t hurt, that’s for sure.”

“We did it for a long, long time on our own,” he added. “Then we got real lucky the last several years and had a whole bunch of help. Now if we have to stay doing it the old way, so be it.” Schultz, 42, beat Johnny Fennewald to the finish line in Friday’s feature and then held off Darron Fuqua on Saturday. Pursley, who finished third on Saturday after an epic battle for the lead with Schutlz for much of the race, offered up praise for the winner.

“Terry is one of those guys you can race with and have confidence that he’s not going to run into you and he’s going to race you right,” Pursley said. “He’s been close to winning that USRA Modified (national) championship before. I hope he gets it one of these days.”

Schultz plans another nomadic schedule in 2016. He doesn’t have intentions to chase any specific track championship and plans to race at several tracks, including Lucas Oil Speedway, Central Missouri Speedway in Warrensburg and Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

“There are about 10 tracks within a couple of hundred miles of us,” Schultz said. “We just kind of take it week by week and not really making up a schedule.” Asked if this could be the year he improves on more spot from his second-place USRA Modified championship finish from 2015, Schultz said he’s not focused on that. “We try not to set goals. We just try to run each race as it comes and do the best we can,” he said. “We’ll get to about the middle of the year and see how things are going and see what we want to do then.” The Tailgate Guys Radio Show Spotlight Driver of the Week, featuring competitors at Lucas Oil Speedway, will be a regular feature during the 2016 season.

The Tailgate Guys Radio Show airs on Saturdays from 11-noon on AM 1340 KICK in Springfield and can be heard online at 1340BigTalker.com. For more information on the show, check out its Facebook page at facebook.com/TailgateGuysRadio. Racing resumes on Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway with the first week of the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series beginning. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30.

Ticket prices are:
Adults (16 and up) $12
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $9
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $25
Pit Pass $25

A limited number of VIP Suites are available for Saturday’s event. Contact LaRay Hankins at (417) 282-5984 or via email at laray@lucasoilspeedway.com for more info. For complete event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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 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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Lucas Oil Speedway kicks off Budweiser Weekly Championship Series this week

April 15th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – After an action-packed opening weekly that featured the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models Spring Nationals, it’s time to wave the green flag on the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series at Lucas Oil Speedway. Saturday’s regular-season opener, presented by KOZL 27, will find all four classifications in action for the first of 13 weekly programs that will culminate in track champions being crowned.

“We had a great weekend with the 3rd annual Spring Nationals and now we’re pumped to get started with the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “We have a tremendously talented and loyal group of drivers who compete with us on a weekly basis and I know our fans are as eager as I am to follow them on the road to crowning Lucas Oil Speedway track champions in the fall.”

A couple of classes got a jump start as part of the Spring Nationals doubleheader program. Terry Schultz of Sedalia scored a sweep in the Pitts Home USRA Modified division with Derek Brown of Stoutland and Burl Woods of Republic taking wins in the Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks.

Now it’s time for the ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models and Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods to join in. The Late Models are the featured division this week, running for $1,000 to win courtesy of ALPS Food Store in Pittsburg, Mo. Justin Russell of Henley is the reigning ULMA Late Model track champion with Mike Striegel of Wheatland the defending B-Mod champ. Those two, along with Kenny Carroll (Street Stocks) and Jeff Cutshaw (USRA Mods) will be on the midway in a 2015 Track Champions Salute from 5-6 p.m.

There also will be a special tribute before heat races to Jake Williams, the 2014 ULMA Late Model track champ who lost his life during the offseason. Late Model driver Jon Binning will pilot Williams’ No. 72 race car a lap around the track after a video presentation.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. Ticket prices are:
Adults (16 and up) $12
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $9
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $25
Pit Pass $25

A limited number of VIP Suites are available for Saturday’s event. Contact LaRay Hankins at (417) 282-5984 or via email at laray@lucasoilspeedway.com for more info. For complete event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit 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 it’s 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 www.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 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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Hall of Famer Moyer, Brown and Schultz take opening-high honors at Lucas Oil Speedway

April 10th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Lucas Oil Speedway kicked off a new season with one of dirt-racing’s all-time greats putting on a show on a cool, windy Friday night. Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer Billy Moyer may be semi-retired, but he looked in vintage form with a wire-to-wire victory in the 30-lap Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com.

The Batesville, Ark., driver took home $2,000 and now will take aim on the $5,000 prize in Saturday night’s finale. Meanwhile, Stoutland’s Derek Brown led all the way to take the Carson’s Corner NAPA Auto Parts Street Stock feature win and Terry Schultz of Sedalia grabbed opening-night honors in the Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature. A total of 92 cars checked into the pits in the three divisions, including 44 Late Models.

Moyer, 58, won for only the second time at Lucas Oil Speedway since Forrest Lucas transformed the old Wheatland Raceway into a sparkling, state-of-the-art facility10 years ago. Moyer’s only other feature victory here was in 2008. Now racing only occasionally and still recovering from recent knee surgery, Moyer made it look easy.

“This is pretty good tonight. We hit everything pretty close to right,” Moyer said in an Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane interview. “It didn’t drive exactly the way I wanted it to, but it was fast. We had tons of traction, but we need to get it to center it a little better.”

Moyer joked that he didn’t remember his other win at Lucas Oil Speedway, eight years ago. “That’s a long, long time ago,” he said, laughing. “I barely remember this track from when Forrest Lucas took it over and re-done it.” Mars, of Menomonie, Wis., gave futile chase to finish second. He was racing for the first time since January’s excursion to the Wild West Shootout in Arizona. “You want to win, but to get beat by Moyer, that’s all right,” the 44-year-old Mars said. “It’s fun competing with him.”

As the veterans showed the way, 21-year-old Payton Looney of Republic was a solid third. Looney is competing in open Late Models for the first time this season after two successful years in limited Late Models. Looney easily won his heat race and then said he did a double take when he saw the feature lineup. “I saw that I was starting alongside Moyer on the front row and didn’t hardly know what to think,” he said.

Looney held off another hard-charging youngster, 19-year-old Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., who finished fourth.

Stoutland’s Derek Brown led all 20 lap to take the Carson’s Corner NAPA Auto Parts Street Stock victory. He finished about a straightaway ahead of second-place Burl Woods with Timothy Brown coming home third. “The first night on it, things turned out pretty good,” Brown said, adding that he found a groove around the smooth surface early and maintained it. “It seemed that the bottom was better,” Brown said of his preferred line.
Camdenton’s Kenny Carroll wound up sixth as he began defense of his Street Stock track championship. David Hendrix was fourth and John Coats finished fifth.

Schultz held off Fennewald in a caution-filled Modified feature that included a re-start with one lap remaining that closed the gap between the two. “I felt like we could get a real good re-start and it didn’t really bother me,” Schutlz said of the finish. Defending USRA Modified track champ Jeff Cutshaw of Bolivar was third with Logan Martin of West Plains fourth.

Racing resumes on Saturday night with gates opening at 5 p.m., hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. The first 500 fans through the gates will receive a free 2016 Lucas Oil Speedway scheduled magnet. Saturday’s 45-lap MLRA feature winner will take home $5,000, which includes a $1,500 bonus from Pitts Homes commemorating its 45th year in business and $500 in memory of Ron Jenkins, who built the original Wheatland Raceway. Saturday’s USRA Modified feature winner will collect $750 courtesy of Clearlight Inn. The Street Stock winner gets $500 courtesy of Elite Auto Repair. For complete event information, archived stories and schedule information for the season, visit lucasoilspeedway.com.

Please visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for the most up to date information about “America’s New Motorsports Destination,” Lucas Oil Speedway.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s 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 www.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 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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016.

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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Twelve things (plus one) to know about Lucas Oil Speedway’s 2016 season

April 9th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – The 2016 season at Lucas Oil Speedway takes the green flag Friday night, with the Lucas Oil MLRA Series’ 3rd annual Spring Nationals headlining a two-night program. The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds and Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks also have full shows both nights.

It’s going to be a terrific next seven months at America’s Newest Motorsports Destination. Here are 12 things to know as another season fires up:
1 – Free Kids Fridays: Right out of the gates comes Lucas Oil Speedway’s newest promotion. The MLRA Spring Nationals first night marks the first of seven “Free Kids Fridays” on the 2106 schedule with kids 11-and-under free with a paid adult. The others are May 27 for the middle night of the Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com;
June 10 for the opening day of the 5th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic; Sept. 2 for the first day of the 6th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals; Sept. 16 for night one of the Lucas Oil Pro Puling Nationals; Sept. 23 for the middle night of the Lucas Oil ASCS Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial and Oct. 7 for the
opener of the 3rd annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals.

2 – Show-Me 100 grows: One of Dirt Late Model’s signature races, the 24th annual
Show-Me 100 Presented by Protectetheharvest.com,
is growing. Each night (May 26-28) will have full programs with $6,000-to-win features both of the first two nights, helping to align the field for Saturday’s $30,000-to-win 100-lap features. The total purse has been increased to about $170,000.

3 – Seeing Red:A new look for fans are walls on the back straightaway and front stretch that have been painted red, with white lettering. It’s a sharp contrast – especially under the lights – to the white walls that remain in the turns and the plush green infield grass.

4 – Drag Boats Times Three: The Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series visits “Lake Lucas” twice with both the John Haas Memorial (June 10-12) and the Diamond Drag Boat Nationals (Sept. 2-4) expanded to three-day programs. That means the popular top-fuel hydro boats will be in action each day.

5 – Weekly Championship Chase: The Budweiser Weekly Championship Series opens its 13-week chase April 16. Defending champs are Camdenton’s Kenny Carroll (Carson’sCorner NAPA Street Stocks), Henley’s Justin Russell (ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models), Bolivar’s Jeff Cutshaw (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds) and Wheatland’s Mike
Striegel (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B Mods).

6 – New name, same excitement: The Carson’s Corner NAPA Auto Parts Street Stock division was formerly the Factory Stock division. The name change came about with some rules changes aimed at making the division – for full-bodied, 1980s-style cars – more uniform to other tracks in the region.

7 – Show-Me 100 passes on sale: Want to assure yourself of one of the best seats in the house for one of the biggest events in dirt racing? Three-day passes for the 24th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by
[protecttheharvest.com] remain on sale. Three-day tickets – in the comfort of stadium-style seat with high backs along the front straightaway – are $95 and can be purchased by calling the Lucas Oil Speedway office at (417) 282-5984.
Ticket info for all of Lucas Oil Speedway’s events can be found at [LucasOilSpeedway.com/tickets]

Lucas Oil MLRA ready to sling dirt in season opener

April 7th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri -This weekend marks the return of the Lucas Oil MLRA. Fans, competitors and officials will gather this weekend at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri for the Third Annual Spring Nationals presented by RacingJunk.com.

This season is the 28th consecutive year of racing for the Missouri based MLRA tour. It’s long track record of over 600 successful events make it the third oldest continually operating Late Model tour in the country. Typically the second racing weekend of the year, this year’s early race at Wheatland is wide open with the cancellation of last weekend’s event in Nebraska. Drivers will converge form across the region to compete for Friday’s $2,000 to win top prize, while Saturday’s winner will net $5,000. It’s the only chance for Super Late Model pilots to get some laps on the speedway prior to May’s 24th Annual Show Me 100.

“We’ve made the MLRA Spring Nationals an annual kickoff to our season and the big-show, two-night format has proven a popular way to get things going,” commented Lucas Oil MLRA and Speedway Director Dan Robinson. “Along with the usual excitement for a new season, it’s also the MLRA season opener and that doubles the anticipation.”

“The weather forecast, while a little cool on Friday, has no mention of rain. Everything at the speedway is in place and ready to go. We can’t wait to see all our great fans as we fire up another season.”

Among the speedway’s changes are several facility upgrades. Aesthetically fans will notice the front and backstretch walls painted bright red, the infield grass has also filled in and it’s beautiful green will provide a contrast not before seen on a race night.

Saturday’s feature was originally scheduled to pay $3,000, however Pitts Homes, longtime supporter of the track, has added $1,500 to the winner’s purse in celebration of their 45th Anniversary of business. $500 was also added from Mary Jenkins, wife of the late Ron Jenkins, who initially built Wheatland Raceway.

Practice prior to the Third Annual Spring Nationals will take place Thursday evening from 6-9 PM. Pit Passes are $25. The grandstand will be open for fans absolutely free and limited concessions will be available from the pit side concession stand.

Lucas Oil Speedway Information 4/8/16 & 4/9/16
Gates: 5:00 PM
Racing: Hot Laps 7:00 PM, Racing 7:30 PM
Admission: Friday – Adults (16 and up) $15, Seniors (62 and up)/Military $12, Youth (12-15) $5, Kids (11 and under) FREE, Family Pass $30, Pit Pass $35 Saturday – Adults (16 and up) $20, Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17, Youth (6-15) $5, Kids (5 and under) FREE, Family Pass $40, Pit Pass $35

Support Classes: Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds and Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks Website: LucasOilSpeedway.com 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.

Lucas Oil Speedway season opens this weekend with 3rd annual MLRA Spring Nationals

April 5th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – It’s time to go racing at Lucas Oil Speedway with green flag waving on the 2016 season this weekend. Headlining a two-night season-opening program is the Lucas Oil MLRA Series with the 3rd annual MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com. Also on Friday and Saturday, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds and Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks will have full programs.

“We’ve made the MLRA Spring Nationals an annual kickoff to our season and the big-show, two-night format has proven a popular way to get things going,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “Along with the usual excitement for a new season, it’s also the MLRA season opener and that doubles the anticipation. “The weather forecast, while a little cool on Friday, has no mention of rain. Everything at the speedway is in place and ready to go. We can’t wait to see all our great fans as we fire up another season.”

Expected to lead the way into the MLRA opener is Springfield’s Terry Phillips, who won his 3rd series championship in 2015, and Billings’ Jesse Stovall, winning of 10 MLRA features last season. NASCAR star and Missouri native Ken Schrader will be on hand both nights, competing in the USRA Modified division. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m. both nights. The first 500 fans through the gates each night will receive a free 2016 Lucas Oil Speedway scheduled magnet.

Winner of Friday’s 30-lap MLRA feature will receive $2,000. Saturday’s 45-lap feature winner will take home $5,000, which includes a $1,500 bonus from Pitts Homes commemorating its 45th year in business and $500 in memory of Ron Jenkins, who built the original Wheatland Raceway.

Saturday’s USRA Modified feature winner will collect $750 courtesy of Clearlight Inn. The Street Stock winner gets $500 courtesy of Elite Auto Repair. After the cancellation of last weekend’s scheduled Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Meltdown at I-80 Speedway due to the weather, an open practice is set for 6-9 p.m. Thursday. USRA Mods and Street Stocks also are invited with pit passes $25. There will be limited concessions available and grandstand admission is free. Friday also marks the first “Free Kids Friday” of the Lucas Oil Speedway season with kids 11-and-under admitted free with a paid adult admission. Ticket prices for the weekend:
Friday: Adults (16 and up) $15 Seniors (62 and up)/military $12 Youth (12-15) $5 Kids (11 and under) FREE with paid adult Family Pass $30 click here for more information Pit Pass $35
Saturday: Adults (16 and up) $20 Seniors (62 and up)/military $17 Youth (6-15) $5 Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40 click here for more information  Pit Pass $35

A limited number of VIP Suites are available for Saturday’s event. Contact LaRay Hankins at (417) 282-5984 or via email at laray@lucasoilspeedway.com for more info.Opening night for the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series, with racing in all four weekly divisions, is set for April 16.

Please visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for the most up to date information about “America’s New Motorsports Destination,” Lucas Oil Speedway.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s 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 www.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 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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Busy Martin gears up for Modified double duty again at Lucas Oil Speedway

April 1st, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – There are times that Logan Martin wonders how he squeezes everything into a 24-hour window. Certainly, there are many short nights when sleep takes a backseat. The 20-year-old from West Plains commutes to Springfield twice a week for classes at Missouri State University, where he is majoring in accounting. The other three weekdays, Martin works for an accounting firm in his hometown.

Week nights and weekends when Martin isn’t studying, there are two race cars to care for with an eye toward the rapidly approaching 2016 season. “We work a lot of hours,” Martin said recently. “I told my dad last week, I was going to bed at midnight or 2 in the morning and waking up at 6.” He’s not complaining. The 2014 West Plains High School graduate, who celebrated a birthday earlier this week, loves his busy life.

Martin plans another season of campaigning both an A Mod and B Mod at Lucas Oil Speedway. He wound up fifth in the Pitts Home USRA A-Mod points chase last season and sixth in the Ozark Golf Cars B-Mod division. Without quality help in the race shop, Martin said he couldn’t come close to being ready to race at a high level. Dad Brent Martin, along with uncle Duane Martin and cousin Michael Martin and Chris Johnson, provide necessary support. “They work hard to make sure we have the best-prepared stuff,” Martin said. “They’re experienced and know what they’re doing. Without those guys, there’s no way we could run two cars.”

Martin picked up 17 feature victories last season, including a night at Lucas when he won in both cars.
“A lot of guys will get a new car every year,” Martin said. “We’ve stayed with the same cars and the same shock and spring package the last three or four years, with minute changes. “I feel that I’ve gotten better as a driver. My IQ level, like knowing when to make passes, when to settle, when to throw a slide job on a guy … things like that, I feel that I’ve gotten smarter. The chemistry in our team is better, too. All that adds up to good wins and quality wins.”

Martin started racing at the age of nine in go-karts and moved into micro sprints a year later. He credits racing against open-wheel drivers like Andrew Felker, Tyler Thomas and Harley White in the micro sprints as giving him quality experience as he moved into Modifieds when he was 15. But even with his success and a seemingly bright racing future, Martin’s long-term goals are education based. He plans to become a CPA and possibly run his own accounting firm at some point.

“Either that or work for someone or maybe work at the family business,” Martin said. That is Mr. Dent Collision Repair in West Plains, one of his racing sponsors. “Running a Late Model would be awesome and driving for someone would be awesome,” he said. “But those opportunities are few and far between. I’m not putting all my eggs in that basket.” For now, racing will continue as a hobby that is balanced with school and work. Martin finished sixth earlier this month at the Battle at the Bullring B Mod Nationals at Humboldt Speedway. That’s the sight of the King of America this weekend, a race that Martin will skip for the first time in four years. “We just have too much going on,” he said.

“We’re going to run both cars again and we’ll race at Lucas quite a bit,” Martin said of his season plans. “I don’t think we’re going to run anywhere for points. I have a guy wanting me to drive an IMCA Mod for him and run in some of the bigger IMCA shows, maybe five or six times throughout the year. “Our goals are to just win as much as possible and have a good time doing it.” Sponsors, along with Mr. Dent Collision Repair, include: Adams Construction, Reliable Chevrolet, Steed Brothers Trucking, Bill Frye Motorsports, CPD Suspensions, Chariots Car Rental, Schoenfeld Headers, Fast Shafts, SCP Performance, Atnip Enterprises and Gary’s Tire.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s season fires up April 8-9 with the Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals with the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series starting April 16. Please visit [www.LucasOilSpeedway.com] for the most up to date information about “America’s New Motorsports Destination,” Lucas Oil Speedway. Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s 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 [www.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].

New Off Road track coming to Lucas Oil Speedway

March 31st, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson announced on Wednesday that an Off-Road track will be added to the facility and host a Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series event in 2017. “We’re pleased to announce the addition of another exciting form of motorsports, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, to our already huge array of world-class racing entertainment,” Robinson said during the Lucas Oil Speedway media day. “This form of racing, while new to this part of the country, is something that we feel fans will quickly embrace.”

Robinson said the Off Road track will be a new, purpose-built facility on the property. When Lucas Oil Speedway played host to a Lucas Off Road Racing Series event in the past, a temporary layout was constructed utilizing the dirt oval. Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Director Ritchie Lewis said the process of mapping
out the approximate mile-long track on the Lucas Oil Speedway property has begun. Construction is scheduled to begin later this spring with the first race in 2017. Lewis described Off Road Racing as “extremely high-flying with door-to-door contact.”

“It’s motocross racing and super cross racing on four wheels,” Lewis added. “It’s called short-course racing, a scaled-down version of off-road racing in the desert. There are left-hand turns, right-hand turns, rhythm jumps, long jumps, ski-type jumps. It’s extremely competitive and exciting.” The Lucas Off Road Racing Series currently competes exclusively on six tracks in the western United States.

“We have big names such as Jeremy McGrath, Brian Deegan, Rob Maccachren and Carl Renezeder,” Lewis said. “It’s a Who’s Who ofOff Road Racing and those guys, plus many others, will be coming to Wheatland. Our talent pool is deep.”
The series has five divisions:
Pro 4 – Four-wheel drive, full-sized trucks with 700-900 horsepower. The trucks weigh a minimum of 4,000 pounds, including driver, with a 113-122 inch wheelbase.
Pro 2 – Two-wheel drive, full-sized trucks with 700-900 horsepower. Weight is a minimum of 3,750 pounds, including driver and wheelbase is 113-122 inches.
Pro Lite – Two-wheel drive, mid-sized trucks that are around 300 horsepower and a minimum 2,800 pounds including the driver.
Pro Buggy – Open-wheeled buggies with 1,650-1,835 cc motors at about 210 horsepower. Weight is at least 1,800 pounds, including driver.
Modified Kart – Go-karts with 250-450 cc motorcycle engines at about 48 horsepower. This class is for drivers ages 10-15.

“We’ll probably run three of four classes at Wheatland,” Lewis said. “I’m sure we’ll run Pro-4, Pro-2 and Pro Lite, though we haven’t made a final call yet. We’re a ways out from doing that.” The Lucas Oil Speedway Motorsports Complex includes a state of the art 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval along with the world’s only purpose built drag boat racing facility.

The “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” opened in 2006 and features television-quality Musco Lighting and a Bose Stadium Sound system. A huge permanent HD Jumbo-Tron and 20 position scoring pylon in turn 3 keeps fans updated on all of the racing action on the track.

The drag boat lake, which opened in 2011, features an ultra-wide in-ramp as well as dual out-ramps with one for each lane which provides for minimal downtime between runs. A RV overlook on the south side of the track is a great way to catch all of the racing action from the comfort of your RV. Aluminum bleachers with backrests
adorn the north side of the track as well as a complete concrete walkway.

Please visit [www.LucasOilSpeedway.com] . for the most up to date information about “America’s New Motorsports Destination,” Lucas Oil Speedway.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s 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 [www.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].

Lucas Oil Speedway preseason Test and Tune for all classes set for Saturday

March 30th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Engines will roar to life for the first time in 2016 at Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday with a preseason Test and Tune session from 2-6 p.m. Drivers in all of the Lucas Oil Speedway divisions – ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks – will have the opportunity to get practice time ahead of the new season.

Pit passes for drivers and crew members are $20 and spectator grandstand admission is free. Limited concessions, along with restrooms, will be available behind the backstretch grandstands adjacent to the pit area. “With a terrific weather forecast for this weekend, this is an ideal opportunity for our drivers to get some testing done,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “Fans eager to see cars on the track for the first time in 2016 are invited to come out as we’ll open up the grandstands to them for free. It should be a fun day.”

The Lucas Oil Speedway Parts Store also will be open with a full assortment of Lucas Oil Products, Hoosier Late Model Tires, American Racer USRA Modified tires and Sunoco Racing fuel available for purchase. The Rex Merritt Racing School, originally scheduled in conjunction with the practice day, has been cancelled.

The season opener at Lucas Oil Speedway is set for April 8-9 with the 3rd annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals. Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds and Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks also will be on the program both nights. Opening night for the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series, with racing in all four weekly divisions, is set for April 16. Please visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for the most up to date information about “America’s New Motorsports Destination,” Lucas Oil Speedway.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s 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 www.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.

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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016.

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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Spring Meltdown cancelled season opener moves to Wheatland

March 30th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – With winter weather still lingering around the Midwest and Great Plains regions, the Lucas Oil MLRA season opener scheduled for the coming weekend has been cancelled. Originally scheduled as a two-day event, April 1 and 2, at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska, the season opener will now take place the following weekend at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri. The following excerpt is from an I-80 Speedway release explaining the cause for cancellation. “There are a number of reasons that we reached this decision. First, we are very concerned about our exposed water lines to the bathrooms and concession areas.

With a forecast low in the 20′s and 30 mph wind gusts there is a real possibility that the weather would freeze our water lines if we were to activate it. It is currently turned off and winterized at the present time.” “Secondly, we are worried about providing the drivers a good racing surface as without a full water system we may not been able to properly prepare the race track. We also want the drivers, crews and fans to enjoy the races and with low temperatures and gusty winds this does not make for an enjoyable situation.”

The Lucas Oil MLRA will return to I-80 Speedway later in the season for the Annual Alphabet Soup race on Friday, June 24. The series will also race as part of the Sixth Annual Silver Dollar Nationals Thursday through Saturday, July 21-23. April 8 and 9 will now open the Lucas Oil MLRA season. More information about the Third Annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals can be found at LucasOilSpeedway.com.

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.

Hendrix eager for fresh start in Carson’s Corner NAPA Auto Parts Street Stock division

March 26th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri -The old racing term “checkers or wreckers” applied to David Hendrix’s 2015 season at Lucas Oil Speedway. Hendrix celebrated in victory lane twice in his Street Stock, a seemingly sure way to wind up in championship contention. But instead, the veteran competitor from Laquey wound up a distant fifth in Carson’s Corner NAPA Auto Parts points behind champ Kenny Carroll.

“If we finished the feature, we hardly ever finished out of the top three,” Hendrix said. “We were either right up front, contending for the win, or we broke something and dropped out.

“We really struggled last year with a new car and had a lot of mechanical issues. It definitely wasn’t the year we were hoping for.” With another new car and a fresh slate, Hendrix is optimistic the 2016 season that begins next month will produce more consistency. The 39-year-old is eager for his 11th full season of racing in a division that he clearly enjoys. Hendrix has dabbled in driving Modifieds, including a memorable win in one at the 2009 Diamond Nationals at the Wheatland oval.

“It takes everything we have financially and the Modified is just too much for us,” Hendrix said. “We’re comfortable in the Street Stocks and have a lot more fun there. It’s where we have the most fun and, at this point in my career, that’s what it need to be about. We’re out there to have fun.” With the help of his dad and crew chief, Eugene, the final touches are being applies to a new car from Rippen Race Cars. Hendrix looks to debut it at the Lucas Oil Speedway practice day on April 2.

“I absolutely couldn’t do it without him,” Hendrix said of his dad. “He’s the crew chief and just loves it. “We fired the motor up the other night for the first time,” Hendrix added. “We’re just waiting for the wrap to get here. We’re real close. I’m very, very pleased with how this car has come together. I have really, really, high hopes for this season.”

Hendrix said his goal is to contend for a track championship, though he could be lured away a time or two for big-money races down south. “We’re planning on running Lucas weekly,” Hendrix said. “I’d like to run for the points there again. But I have a guy out of Arkansas wanting me to drive his car in some big Street Stock races. I’m not sure what will happen.” Hendrix’s sponsor lineup includes 1800NameTape.com, SCP Race Parts, Security Bank of Pulaski County, Bales Construction and Schutt Performance.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s season fires up April 8-9 with the Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals with the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series starting April 16. Please visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for the most up to date information about “America’s New Motorsports Destination,” Lucas Oil Speedway.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s 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 www.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 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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016.

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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

For love of the sport, Warsaw police lieutenant ready for another B-Mod season

March 22nd, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – When Jim Cihy climbs behind the wheel of a race car on weekends, it’s a welcomed bit of stress relief from what can be a rather intense work schedule. “I’ve raced on and off since I was a kid,” said Cihy, who turns 50 the first week of April. “I just love to do it.”

Cihy is a lieutenant with the Warsaw Police Department. Factor in frequently teaching CCW (concealed and carry weapons) classes and working on his B Modified, there isn’t a lot of down time. Which is fine with Cihy, who said recently that he is ready to fire up his No. 99 for another season at Lucas Oil Speedway. He wound up fifth in the Ozark Golf Cars B-Mod class last season.

“The season went pretty good mechanically,” Cihy said. “We chased a lot of issues with the car, trying to get forward drive. We didn’t have a lot of great finishes, but stayed consistent enough to get up there in points. We had a couple of top-10s but we failed to finish only two features all year.” Cihy said he’s been racing weekly for the last 12 years after dabbling in the sport for many years before that. He ran pure stocks and finished second at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2006 before moving into B Mods. “That class was cancelled early the next season when we were running second in points,” Cihy said. “We move up into A Mods and ran that from 2007 to 2012, when they brought the B Mods back.”

The B-Mod class has boomed in popularity since. It’s been common to have 50 entries at Lucas, making it arguably the most competitive class at the speedway. “I raced A Mods for a long time and I think the B Mods are far more competitive,” Cihy said. “I think there are great drivers in the A-Mod class, but the money plays a big part there. I think the cars are a little closer together, just the amount of competition in the B-Mod class with so many great drivers, it’s just a tough class.

“When you show up at Lucas and there are 50 cars and 26 are going home, it’s a tall order just to make the feature.” Racing is a family affair for the Cihys. Jim has spent much of the offseason not only prepping his own car, but a B Mod for his son Matt. “He raced when he was younger in sprint-karts and he wants to run again,” Cihy said.

“My oldest boy, Cole, races the hobby class over at Urbana. He bought the (B Mod) and and is going to the Police Academy and doesn’t have time. Matt is finishing up Fire Academy and he’s going to start racing some weekends.” Jim Cihy, meanwhile, looks for another solid season in his B Mod. “I would love to do another top-five in points,” he said. “With that class, top-10 would be great and top-five would be a dream season. I’d like to get enough car under me to maybe get up there and win a feature.” Sponsors include Subway, Lucas Oil, Lucas Cattle Company, Eddie Barnes Well Drilling and Anglers Port Marina. The charity Hunting for Heroes also has a place on the car. Continuing the family theme, wife Tara and daughter Megan along with sons Matt and Cole help out along with Kirk Sledd. “We just want to have a competitive, clean year and not tear a lot of stuff up,” Cihy said of the 2016 season.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s season fires up April 8-9 with the Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals with the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series starting April 16. Please visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for the most up to date information about “America’s New Motorsports Destination,” Lucas Oil Speedway. Warsaw’s Jim Cihy was fifth in the Ozark Golf Cars B-Mod class at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2015.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s 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 www.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 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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Lucas Oil Speedway to phase in non-smoking policy

March 18th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – As one of America’s premier motorsports destinations, Lucas Oil Speedway continues to be committed to the total fan experience. Based on fan feedback, the facility will move toward becoming a non-smoking facility. Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson announced this week that smoking will not be allowed inside any facility buildings beginning with the 2016 season. This includes the Diamond Cafe Concession Stand, Track Treasures Gift Shop, VIP Suites (inside only), Parts Store, Restrooms and the Diamond Bar. Robinson added that beginning with the 2017 season, smoking will be prohibited in all grandstand seating areas and in any lines for goods and services. The exception will be the outside seating area located just in front of the VIP Suites.

“Racing facilities, sports stadiums and entertainment venues across the nation, almost exclusively, have policies with smoking allowed only in designated areas,” Robinson said. “Many of our fans have expressed a desire for this sort of policy at Lucas Oil Speedway. At the same time, our customers who do smoke will be provided designated areas throughout the facility to do so in 2017.

“At Lucas Oil Speedway, we’re committed to being the best guest fan experience in short-track racing and we always welcome and listen to feedback from our fans. We’re looking forward to another outstanding season that gets going in a few short weeks.” Lucas Oil Speedway’s season fires up April 8-9 with the Lucas Oil MLRA Sprin Nationals with the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series starting April 16.

Please visit [www.LucasOilSpeedway.com]
for the most up to date information about “America’s New Motorsports Destination,” Lucas Oil Speedway.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s 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 [www.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].

Binning eager to reclaim championship ULMA form

March 15th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- The winter has zoomed along faster than normal for Jon Binning, who wasted no time getting to work on his Late Model after the 2015 Lucas Oil Speedway season concluded. “We’re getting real close to having the car ready to go,” Binning said. “It’s the earliest we’ve ever been ready. We didn’t hesitate after last season. We had an odd year.”

Binning and his Rocket Race Car will be on display at the Lucas Oil Speedway booth during this weekend’s 5th annual KOZL Man Show at the Springfield Expo Center. The Warrensburg driver, the 2014 Lucas Cattle Company ULMA National Champion, is hungry to return to championship form.

Three disastrous races doomed Binning last season at Lucas Oil Speedway, relegating him to a fifth-place finish in the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Model Division. His goal, along with chasing another ULMA National title, is to win a track championship at the Wheatland oval to go with two earlier track championships he won at Central Missouri Speedway in Warrensburg. “Last year we blew a motor the first night and (a few weeks later) a guy spun in front of me and took the front end clear out of the car,” Binning said. “Then a guy got into us during a heat race and I backed it into the wall. “Other than that, we had a good season. Just three nights of bad luck and it ruins your chances of winning a championship.”

Binning won two Lucas Oil Speedway features and several top-fives, but wound up behind division champ Justin Russell, Payton Looney, Todd McCoin and Larry Jones in the standings. Binning, 43, began his racing career 10 years ago after watching his father, Ron Binning, compete in the Late Model division. Jon Binning purchased his first race car from long-time regional racer Jason Bodenhamer. “We raced six times that first year and seven times the next,” Binning said. “By the third year, we ran a full season and have been at it ever since.”
Binning captured his first track championship in 2008, at Central Missouri Speedway. He made a national splash with his 2014 ULMA crown, by one point over Dwight Niehoff. He’s planning to run the usual Warrensburg-Wheatland schedule this season and, as he’s done in the past, occasionally drop in on some Lucas Oil MLRA events. The mind-set is simple.

“I really go out with the intention that I’m going to win every, single night,” Binning said. “I know that’s not possible, but you have to go out there thinking you’re going to win.” Crew members helping Binning on the car are his wife, Nikki, along with Scott Davis, Jeremy Wetzel and George Hicks. Sponsors are All-Pro Electrical Technology, D&M Plumbing, RCI, Scott Bailey Racing Engines, B&D Transmission, Animal’s Race Bodies
and Bybee Lawn Care. Binning will be at the Man Show with his car at the Lucas Oil Speedway booth, with information and schedules for the 2016 season available. Hours are noon-9 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday.

The event offers over 90,000 square feet of indoor exhibitor space with displays showcasing a wide range of new products, services and programs that men will find useful in their professional and personal lives. Tickets are $15 at the door, but $10 in advance at area O’Reilly Auto Parts stores. Kids 12-and-under are admitted free, as are all women who accompany a man with a paid admission. Lucas Oil Speedway’s season fires up April 8-9 with the Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals with the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series starting April 16.

Please visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for the most up to date information about “America’s New Motorsports Destination,” Lucas Oil Speedway. Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s 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 www.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 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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016. 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

New car gives Richland’s Brown new hope in Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod chase

March 13th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Along with its ultra competitive nature, the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod division at Lucas Oil Speedway often offers up camaraderie between the drivers. Richland driver Tyler Brown gave an example of how Lebanon’s Kris Jackson, a former track champ and a regular near the top of the B-Mod standings, always is willing to dispense helpful advice.

“He helps me a lot, always giving me set-up advice if I ask,” Brown said. “We’re race-track friends. Any time I have a question, he answers it. We work with each other and I’d say we have a pretty good partnership.” Brown then tossed out a quick, good-natured barb at his racing buddy. “Maybe I can get up there and hit old Kris Jackson in the bumper this year,” Brown said, laughing.

For Brown, the goal of running up front could become more of a reality with the addition of a new GRT Race Car. He’s been putting the final touches on the car in preparation for an April 2 practice session ahead of the first Budweiser Weekly Championship Series action of the season on April 16.

Brown is coming off a fourth-place finish in the B-Mod class in 2015 behind track champion Mike Striegel, runner-up Jackson and third-place Andy Bryant. “I think it’s a little tougher division than the A-Mods,” Brown said. “I raced an A-Mod for a couple of years and I think the B-Mods are harder to make the feature in.”

Brown, 30, has been racing for a dozen years. His dad, Ricky Brown, won a championship back in the 1980s at Lebanon I-44 Speedway when it was dirt. “He got to where he didn’t want to race any more so I took the car over,” Tyler Brown said. “He kind of put me in the care and let me get after it.” Brown won 10 features and a track championship in 2013 at Lebanon Midway Speedway. He decided to bring his program to Lucas Oil Speedway each week last season.

“It upped the bar a little bit for us,” Brown said. Last season included a second-place finish at Lucas to go with several top-10s. “We’re going to look to be in the top five more often this year and we’d like to pick up a win,” Brown said. “I’ve raced over there five years and never have won. “I think we should have a pretty mean machine and should be better than the one we had last year. Hopefully, we can go out and prove it.”

Brown’s GRT includes a Mullens engine and he gets crew help from Johnny McDaniel and Bruce McDaniel. The team is sponsored by Premier Auto Enterprise, Shelter Insurance and Burger Stand of Richland. Lucas Oil Speedway’s season fires up April 8-9 with the Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals with the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series starting April 16.

Please visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for the most up to date information about “America’s New Motorsports Destination,” Lucas Oil Speedway.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s 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 www.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.

Racing veteran Barnett looks to move up in Lucas Oil Speedway Street Stock class

March 10th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Few drivers at Lucas Oil Speedway have a more varied racing background than Republic’s Bobby Barnett. From a start more than two decades ago on area pavement tracks to a stint in a dirt Modified to his current “home” in the Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stock division, Barnett is looking to step up his game in 2016. Taking a you’re-never-too-old-to-learn approach, the 54-year-old Barnett attended a dirt-track racing school in Kansas City over the winter. Barnett called the experience interesting and enlightening and, along with son and crew chief Jay Barnett, is eager to see how it translates to the track. First indication will come at a preseason practice at Lucas Oil Speedway on April 2.

“I think that really helped him learn a little bit more about the suspension,” Jay Barnett said. “I think that’s going to help us have a good year.” Barnett figures to be one to watch in the growing Street Stock division, with a new rules package requiring two-barrel carburetors among other tweaks in a class at Lucas formerly known as Factory Stocks. “We’re still working on the front-end stuff, changing over some stuff and putting weight jacks in it and switching the shock package,” Barnett said. A poor start doomed Barnett’s title chances a year ago. Jay Barnett recalled an ignition switch coming loose along with a broken shock before a midseason motor failure burying the team in the points.

Barnett was still able to rally with a series of top-five finishes over the second half of the season. He finished a solid fourth in the standings, behind track champion Kenny Carrolll, runner-up Chip Shadow and third-place Johnny Coats. Even with a better start, Barnett said, “I don’t think we’d have caught 94 (Carroll)
but the other two, we’d have been right there with them. We had those three bad races that really hurt us.”
Barnett is unsure of the new rules package, concerned that the associated costs.

He said rules changes and costs are reasons he took a hiatus from racing a few years ago before getting back in for the 2014 season. Jay Barnett is taking a more optimistic approach, figuring that additional cars
will make the Street Stock division stronger than ever.

“I think it’s going to be a really competitive year with a lot of new cars,” Jay Barnett said. “I also think it’s going to be a good year for us. We’re going to travel around a little more from just racing at Lucas. We’re looking forward to it.” Barnett’s No. 27 car is sponsored by Conklin Excavating, Bair’s Sports Bar and Grill, Villars Automotive, Mac’s Performance Powertrain and Midwest Sheet Metal. Lucas Oil Speedway’s season fires up April 8-9 with the Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals with the first Budweiser Weekly Championship Series race set for April 16.

Racing veteran Bobby Barnett finished fourth in the Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stock division last season. (Photo by Chris Bork)

Please visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for the most up to date information about “America’s New Motorsports Destination,” Lucas Oil Speedway. Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s 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 www.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 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. 2016 marks the 6th 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 will be held in 2016.

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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Hot Rod Processing to sponsor Lucas Oil Speedway, Lucas Oil MLRA Series

March 3rd, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Hot Rod Processing has signed as an associate sponsor for Lucas Oil Speedway and the Lucas Oil MLRA Series for the next three seasons, Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson announced this week. The credit card processing company based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, also will be presenting sponsor of the May 26th, opening-night feature race of the 24th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com.

The “Cowboy Classic Presented by Hot Rod Processing” will pay $6,000 to the winner of the main event to kick off the three-day, crown jewel weekend of racing. Hot Rod Processing had previously been title sponsor of the Manufacturer’s Dash