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Big Names Already Entered for Speed51 Super Select

August 4th, 2018

CONCORD, N.C. – When the green flag waves for the inaugural Speed51 Super Select at Lucas Oil Raceway (IN) on September 8, the race will have the feel of a true Super Late Model All-Star Race. On Thursday afternoon, officials from the Champion Racing Association, Track Enterprises and Speed51.com released the first look at the entry list for the (minimum) $10,000 “Winner-Take-All” event.

A total of 20 drivers have already accepted their invites to compete in the Speed51 Super Select, a non-points race that will be sanctioned by the ARCA/CRA Super Series. In all, 14 different states and 10 short track touring series are represented on the current entry list.

2017 Winchester 400 winner Noah Gragson, who currently drives for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, has accepted his invite to compete in the Speed51 Super Select. He’ll be joined by fellow KBM driver Harrison Burton, this year’s Rattler 250 winner, as they look to cash in on the $10,000 top prize.

2018 CRA SpeedFest winner and ARCA Racing Series winner Chandler Smith has also entered the event. At the age of 16, Smith is currently the youngest driver who has filed an entry for the race.

While Gragson, Burton and Smith will bring youth to the field, many of the nation’s top Super Late Model veterans will bring grit to the no-holds-barred contest.

Bubba Pollard (2017 Slinger Nationals winner), Brian Campbell (2018 Money in the Bank 150 winner), Preston Peltier (2017 & 2018 Summer Showdown winner) and Donnie Wilson (2016 Southern Super Series champion) have each accepted their invites to participate in the event.

A trio of current championship leaders will also be making the trip to Lucas Oil Raceway on September 8. ARCA Midwest Tour points leader and 2018 winner Austin Nason and ARCA/CRA Super Series points leader Josh Brock (won at Anderson Speedway earlier this year) have both accepted their invites for the race. From the other side of America, Jeremy Doss, the current SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour Series championship leader and Montana 200 victor, will be going for the checkers in this event.

Doss will not be the lone participant from the West Coast. Former SRL Tour champ and 2018 winner Derek Thorn will competing with his Campbell Motorsports Super Late Model team.

A variety of 2018 Late Model touring series winners from throughout North America will also be competing in the inaugural Speed51 Super Select.

Chris Dilbeck (CARS Tour winner), Derek Griffith (PASS North & South winner), Jesse Dutilly (Top Gun Super Six Winner), Matt Craig (PASS South winner), Matt Wallace (PASS South winner) and Roy Hayes III (RoC Late Model winner) will all be gunning for the $10,000 winner’s check.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will be well represented in Indy. Gus Dean (2018 ARCA winner at Elko) and Travis Braden (2015 ARCA winner at Lucas Oil Raceway) will both be strapping back into Late Models for one of the most anticipated events of the year.

Each member of the “Select Team” who has accepted their invite will receive free entry and four free tires for the race.

A limited number of additional invites will be sent out to 2018 race winners prior to the Speed51 Super Select on September 8. Drivers who do not receive an invite are encouraged to file an entry for the 30-lap qualifying race, “The Open,” that will be held prior to the main event. An Entry form for “The Open” race can be found by clicking here.

A detailed event schedule for the Speed51 Super Select can be found by clicking here.

The inaugural Speed51 Super Select is a combination event with the USAC Silver Crown Series presented by Traxxas on Saturday, September 8 at Lucas Oil Raceway. The facility is located just up the road from that weekend’s Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Both races are being held just down the road from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the eve of the Brickyard 400.

Companies are encouraged to email Bob Dillner at bd51sports@gmail.com and/or Adam Mackey at Adam.TrackEnterprises@gmail.com for more information regarding advertising with the Speed51 Super Select.

About Speed51.com
Since 2001, Speed51.com has been the source for short track news, behind-the-scenes stories, in-depth race coverage and live video broadcasts of short track events throughout North America, from NASCAR’s Touring Divisions (Modifieds & K&N Pro Series), to Dirt Modifieds and numerous forms of Late Model & Modified racing. Speed51 TV, the live video broadcasting arm of Speed51.com, airs live video productions of short track events on both pavement and dirt. Speed51 TV also produces race broadcasts for network television. The Speed51 Video Network carries highlights, interviews and features from short track racing around the country on Speed51.com.

About Champion Racing Association
Champion Racing Association, established in 1997 with the ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by JEGS. The Champion Racing Association is one of the top sanctioning bodies for short track racing in the United States, and serves as the sanctioning body for the ARCA/CRA Super Series, JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, CRA Late Model Sportsman and CRA Street Stocks. For more information on the Champion Racing Association, visit cra-racing.com.

About Track Enterprises
Track Enterprises is a premier racing promoter in the midwest and operates from their offices in Macon, IL. Track Enterprises operates dirt racing facilities in Macon, IL and Paducah, KY. Track Enterprises also promotes events at the Springfield Mile in Springfield, IL, DuQuoin Mile in DuQuoin, IL, Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, IN, Lucas Oil Speedway in Indianapolis, IN, the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, IN as well as events at other facilities. For more information on Track Enterprises, visit trackenterprises.com.

Johnny Scott brings USMTS national title chase to Lucas Oil Speedway for Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout

August 9th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Johnny Scott admits he thinks about winning his first United States Modified Touring Series season championship and what it would mean. At the same time, he’s trying not to think too much about it.

“If you start thinking about it a lot, it can get on your mind and start driving you crazy,” Scott said. “It can mess you up.”

Which is why Scott, the 28-year-old from Las Cruces, New Mexico, is attempting to maintain a simple mind-set for Saturday night’s 9th annual Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Scott enters the weekend with a 167-point lead over two-time USMTS national champion Rodney Sanders. Scott has been close in the past and knows a critical time of the schedule has arrived.

“I think we have about 15 more points races to go, so hopefully we can keep doing what we’ve been doing and win this deal,” Scott said. “I’ve been in this position a few times. I just take it one race at a time and just try to win that race.

“If I don’t think I’m fast enough to win that night, I try to salvage at least a top five to try and have a good points night.”

This weekend’s swing, which is part of the Casey’s Hunt for the Championship, begins Friday at Humboldt Speedway in Kansas. Scott said he’s confident about his chances at both venues.

“Wheatland is one of the nicest facilities we go to all year and we seem to have pretty good luck when we go there,” Scott said. “We’ve also run pretty decent at Humboldt. So I’m looking forward to the weekend.”

Scott won the 2015 Show-Me Shootout at Lucas Oil Speedway, one of 38 career USMTS wins. He has visited victory lane seven times in 2018 in a new VanderBuilt Race Car designed by fellow Modified driver Zack VanderBeek.

Stormy Scott, Johnny’s racing twin brother, debuted in a VanderBuilt late last season and liked it. Johnny Scott said he it’s seemed “to fit my driving style” when he began campaigning one at the start of this season.

“You definitely have to be up on the wheel of those things,” Johnny Scott said. “I wouldn’t say it’s the easiest car I’ve ever driven. But when the set-up is right, they’re by far one of the best Modifieds out there.”

Which has been key in a Modified world that Scott calls more competitive than it’s been since he joined the USMTS circuit a few years ago.

“There are so many good drivers nowadays and everybody has nice, top-of-the-line equipment,” he said. “It’s hard to just out-drive anybody these days. There’s a lot of factors that go into it. You have to have a good set-up, your mind has to be into it, confidence is a big more. It all goes together if you want to be successful.”

Standing on the cusp of a USMTS national title is a long way from Scott’s days of growing up on the ranch lands of his family in New Mexico. He said there’s a plan to move the race headquarters from Cameron, Missouri, to Albuquerque after this race season to be closer to family and friends.

A former agriculture major at New Mexico State University, Johnny Scott said he probably would be a rancher is he wasn’t a racer. He still has a passion for team calf roping and participates in competitions a few times a year when he gets back to his native state.

Calf roping presents a different type of physical demand and danger as racing, but he said it can pay more than wheeling a race car.

“For instance, my dad and one of his buddies roped in Las Vegas at the South Point three years and go fifth place and it paid $67,000 a man,” Scott said. “There is a lot of money in it, but it’s hard to win because there are so many competitors.”

Kind of like USMTS racing. Now the former series Rookie of the Year hopes to bring home the national title when he goes back to New Mexico this winter.

“This is what I’ve been trying to do my whole racing career,” he said. “If I can do that, it would definitely be a goal accomplished. It would be nice.”

It’s a big night of racing on Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway with Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and Big O Tires Street Stocks also on the schedule with weekly points programs.

Two track provisional starting positions will be awarded for the USMTS feature. Zack VanderBeek of New Sharon, Iowa, won the last appearance by the USMTS series at the track in 2016 as last year’s Show-Me Shootout was rained out.

Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps set for 6:30 and opening ceremonies at 7. Fans can pick up $2 discount-ticket coupons this week at Casey’s General Stores locations in Bolivar, Hermitage, Osceola, Stockton, Warsaw, Weaubleau and Wheatland. USMTS driver Joe Duvall will be doing a meet and greet from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Casey’s in Wheatland.

Fans also are invited to browse the Drag Boat pit area next door where up to 40 professional barbecue teams will be competing in the 2nd annual Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned Red White Blue & Que. The nation’s top two-ranked teams – Gettin’ Basted out of Branson, Missouri, and Boomerang BBQ of Lubbock, Texas – are among the entrants.

Visit RedWhiteBlueQ.com for more info and a list of participating teams.

Admission prices:
Adults (ages 16 and over) $20
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $17
Youth (ages 6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family pass $40
Pit pass $40

For ticket information on all events at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2018, contact admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can go online to purchase tickets for any event on the 2018 schedule.

For ticket information on all events at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2018, contact admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can go online to purchase tickets for any event on the 2018 schedule.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

The USMTS Modifieds return to Lucas Oil Speedway on Aug. 4 for the 9th annual Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment.

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

USMTS headed to Humboldt, Lucas Oil Speedway this weekend

August 4th, 2018

HUMBOLDT, Kan–The United States Modified Touring Series is back in action this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3-4, with a pair of pivotal points races in the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by Summit and the quest for $50,000.

The doubleheader begins Friday at the Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kan., for the 13th Annual USMTS Summer Fling @ The Bullring where the stars and cars of the USMTS will compete in their 50th feature race at the Whitworth family’s 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval.  Eighteen different drivers have tasted victory at ‘The Hummer’ since Johnny Bone Jr. won the inaugural event here on June 28, 2000, but the far-and-away all-time wins leader is Jason Hughes with 13 trips to victory lane.

Stormy Scott has been a winner at Humboldt six times while Kelly Shryock is a five-time winner, including the first King of America Modified Nationals in 2011. On eight occasions the first driver to the finish line has been Ryan Gustin or Rodney Sanders with four wins apiece.  Bone is a two-time USMTS winner here, along with Terry Phillips, Jason Krohn and Johnny Scott. Drivers getting to the winner’s circle just once include Tim Donlinger, Jon Tesch, Steve Holzkamper, William Gould, Jeremy Payne, Zack VanderBeek, Mitch Keeter, Kyle Strickler and Lucas Schott, who wired the field in the most recent visit to Humboldt this past March for the King of America VIII.

This Friday night, the Modifieds of the USMTS will share the spotlight with Rays Metal Depot NASCAR B Modifieds, Tumbleweed Music Festival NASCAR Street Stocks and Home Savings Bank NASCAR Factory Stocks. Gates open at 6 p.m. with racing at 8.  Cory Crapser and his Snickers-sponsored Modified will meet ‘n’ greet fans at the Casey’s General Store located at 712 E. Madison Ave. in Iola from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on race day while ‘Big Daddy’ Joe Duvall will have his Spike Energy machine at the 220 W. Cherry location in Chanute at the same time.

Race fans can pick up collector’s coupons good for $2 off adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Chanute, Fredonia, Iola, Neodesha and Yates Center. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Humboldt Speedway is a located 0.1 mile west of US 169 at the Humboldt Exit, then 0.5 mile south, then 0.9 mile east on Georgia Rd. For more information, call (620) 431-2470 or visit www.humboldtspeedway.com. On Saturday, the party heads east to the state-of-the-art Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., for the 9th Annual Lucas Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout presented by Foley Equipment.

Zack VanderBeek won the last appearance by the USMTS at the track in 2016 as last year’s Lucas Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout was rained out. Johnny Scott, Ryan Gustin, Jeremy Payne, Jason Krohn and Kelly Shryock have also each won one time here, but the only two-time winner of this event is Terry Phillips. Phillips, who is the all-time winningest driver in the history of the Lucas Oil MLRA, has 24 career USMTS victories but none since Aug. 5, 2016, at Humboldt. Saturday’s show on familiar ground may help keep the 52-year-old from nearby Springfield from extending his winless drought past the two-year mark.

Gates open at 4 p.m. and racing begins at 7:05 following a prayer and the national anthem at 7. Adult admission is $20, seniors 62 and older are $17, youth ages 6-15 are $10 and kids ages 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $40. Joe Duvall will have his No. 91 Spike Energy USMTS Modified at Casey’s General Store located just a few blocks from the track at 310 E. Hwy 54 in Wheatland from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Race fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Bolivar, Hermitage, Osceola, Stockton, Warsaw, Weaubleau and Wheatland. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com. Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will also be in action competing for track, regional and national points in the Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series. Big O Tires Street Stocks are also on the card.

The Lucas Oil Speedway is located at the junction of Hwy. 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Mo. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Click www.lucasoilspeedway.com for more information or call the track hotline at (417) 282-5984.

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. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Lucas Oil Speedway plays host to 9th annual USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout on Saturday

August 8th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Saturday’s 9th annual Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment could be the ultimate test of dominant home-track driver against national-touring stars.

Darron Fuqua, who’s been the Modified King of Lucas Oil Speedway this season, is ready for the challenge.

“I’m really looking forward to it. We kind of have the home-track advantage, I guess,” said Fuqua, who has seven feature wins in the Lucas Oil Speedway Pitts Homes USRA Modified division. “Hopefully we can use that to help us get our first USMTS win.”

Fuqua, who’s also the USRA Modified national points leader, and the other local competitors will find out how they measure up in a program that’s part of the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup. Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and opening ceremonies at 7.

The Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and Big O Tires Street Stocks also will be in action, running for Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series points. JC Morton holds a nine-point lead over Taylor Moore in the B-Mod season chase and David Hendrix is 35 in front of Brian Schutt in the Street Stocks.

The main event will see the cream of the Modified crop, whether track regulars in the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds or USMTS national-touring regulars, chasing a $3,000 feature win.

Johnny Scott of Las Cruces, New Mexico, leads the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup entering the weekend, 167 in front of Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas. Scott has six wins in 24 series starts this season, but it was Sanders who came home the $8,000 winner on July 21 at the Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway in Nebraska.

Fuqua, of Mayetta, Kansas, qualified for the Silver Dollar Nationals, but pulled off early in the race and finished 23rd, saying “we missed the set-up pretty bad.”

Tyler Wolff made a white-flag pass to hand Fuqua a rare weekly series defeat last Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway. Nonetheless, Fuqua’s confidence remains high entering the weekend USMTS doubleheader, which opens Friday at Humboldt Speedway in Kansas.

Fuqua said he and the team are putting in some extra preparation on the car this week, fitting it with new tires and making sure the oil is fresh and the bolts are tightened.

“We won’t leave anything on the table,” he said. “We just want to put two good runs together. Hopefully we can run top five both nights. That would be good.”

Two track provisionals will be awarded for the USMTS feature. Zack VanderBeek of New Sharon, Iowa, won the last appearance by the USMTS series at the track in 2016 as last year’s Show-Me Shootout was rained out.

Fans can pick up $2 discount-ticket coupons this week at Casey’s General Stores locations throughout the area. USMTS driver Joe Duvall will be doing a meet and greet from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Casey’s in Wheatland.

Past Show-Me Shootout winners:
June 27, 2009 – Jason Krohn, Slayton, Minn.
Aug. 13, 2011 – Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa
Aug. 11, 2012 – Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
Aug. 10, 2013 – Jeremy Payne, Springfield, Mo.
Aug. 9, 2014 – Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
Aug. 8, 2015 – Johnny Scott, Las Cruces, N.M.
Aug. 6, 2016 – Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa
Aug. 5, 2017 – Rained out

Admission prices:
Adults (ages 16 and over) $20
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $17
Youth (ages 6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family pass $40
Pit pass $40

For ticket information on all events at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2018, contact admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can go online to purchase tickets for any event on the 2018 schedule.

Bring on the Q: Championship-quality barbecue also will be happening this weekend at the speedway as the 2nd annual Red White Blue & Que will be happening next door at the Drag Boat Track midway. A total purse or more than $5,000 will be on the line.

At least 35 teams, including Kansas City Barbecue Society No. 1-ranked team in the nation Gettin’ Basted out of Branson, are entered. Fans are invited to browse the barbecue competition before Saturday’s races and check out the teams as they compete in steak, chicken wing and margarita competitions. The KCBS portion of the competition will be held on Sunday.

The Shriners will have a motorcycle night on the midway after completing a 98-mile poker run to the speedway, as part of the Red White Blue & Que festivities. In addition, the Great American Cookout Tour also will be on hand, giving grilling demos and passing out information about outdoor cooking.

Visit RedWhiteBlueQ.com for more information about the event, which benefits Korean and Vietnam War veterans, along with TheWarriorsJourney.org, an online resource to help veterans.

For ticket information on all events at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2018, contact admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can go online to purchase tickets for any event on the 2018 schedule.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

The USMTS Modifieds return to Lucas Oil Speedway on Aug. 4 for the 9th annual Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment.

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

Derek Brown captures Lucas Oil Speedway spotlight Street Stocks feature; Wolff, Jackson and Fennewald also prevail

August 5th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – In a battle of the last two track champions, Derek Brown outdueled Toby Ott to win Saturday night’s Big O Tires Street Stocks 25-lap main event at Lucas Oil Speedway. Brown, of Stoutland, Missouri, started up front and led all the way to collect the $750 prize in the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series headliner.

Other feature winners in the program presented by OnMedia/DISH/DirecTV were Tyler Wolff (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds), Kris Jackson (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods) and Johnny Fennewald (Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models). It was Ozarks Food Harvest Food Drive Night with fans bringing at least four non-perishable food items admitted free. Final totals won’t be known for a few days, but last year, fans donated 7,813 pounds of food at the event, providing 6,510 meals to people in need. Since the event at Lucas Oil Speedway started in 2008, more than 54,000 pounds of non-perishable food has been collected at the speedway.

Brown captures “fun” battle: Derek Brown might have led all the way, but it was far from an easy breeze. He had to hold off repeated charges from Ott and Tim Brown to prevail. “That was fun. I like ‘em when they’re like that,” Derek Brown said. Derek Brown (2016 track champion), Tim Brown (2016 Big Buck 50 winner) and Toby Ott (reigning track champ) ran 1-2-3 through the first 14 laps with another perennial Street Stocks contender, Burl Woods, in fourth.

But Woods spun in turn four on lap 14 to bring out the caution to bunch the field. On the restart, Ott slipped past Tim Brown and into second and set his sights on Derek Brown as those two broke away from the others. But their margin was wiped out with a lap-20 caution, setting up a five-lap dash. The top three were unchanged when another caution flew on lap 22, leaving another restart for Derek Brown to negotiate. Using the high side, as he rode the entire race, Brown held off Ott by a car length to earn his first win of the season.

“I could see him down there,” Derek Brown said of Ott. “There’s probably not anybody that’ll race you cleaner than him, so I wasn’t worried about him pinching me and I wasn’t gonna pinch him.” Tim Brown was third and David Hendrix, a six-time winner this season, finished fourth.

Wolff wins in dramatic fashion: Tyler Wolff passed Pitts Homes USRA Modified points leader and seven-time Lucas Oil Speedway feature winner Darron Fuqua coming to the white flag and then held on to grab the victory. Wolff, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, put a slide job on Fuqua going into turn three and made it stick. Fuqua hung on for second with Chase Domer, who led the first 15 laps, settling for third.

“That was awesome racing. I hope that it was all good and clean,” Wolff said. “He’s a good driver. That was exciting.” Domer started on the pole and took the lead with outside row one starter Lance Town and No. 6 starting Wolff trading second place four times in a race that saw four cautions over the first eight laps.

As Domer and Wolff dueled for the lead, ninth-starting Fuqua climbed into third by lap 11 as he got past teammate Town. Fuqua, also the USRA national points leader, took over the lead on lap 16 and appeared to be on his way to another win. But Wolff had other ideas. “I saw how Fuqua was making time in (turns) three and four I thought I’d better get after it,” Wolff said. “Once I did the slide, I went to the bottom because I felt like I was pretty good there.”

Jackson makes it four: Kris Jackson of Lebanon sprinted from his outside front row starting spot and into a lead he never surrendered in dominating the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod feature. The only mystery was whether Jackson could handle a lap-eight restart that wiped away a big lead. He did, without any problem.

“I kind of felt like we were on a pretty good roll,” Jackson said. “This was a horsepower track tonight. I can’t say enough about what (engine builder) Jim Ruble does for us. I have a lot of people here watching me here tonight.” Jackson drove away to a three-second lead when caution brought Taylor Moore, Robert Heydenreich and JC Morton behind him for the restart.

Jackson, who’s often been dominant this season in compiling 16 feature wins overall in leading USRA B-Mod national points, drove away for his fourth Lucas Oil Speedway feature victory in in 2018 and second straight. Moore finished about 10 car lengths behind Jackson to earn second with season points leader Morton third and Heydenreich in fourth.

Fast start key for Fennewald: Johnny Fennewald led flag to flag, earning his fourth Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model feature victory of the season. Fennewald, of Appleton City, beat fellow front-row starter Kaeden Cornell into the first turn and those two set a blistering pace, running 1-2 until a caution on lap nine just as the duo was catching lapped traffic.

“I knew my car might be a little bit tight, so I was gonna have to get off to a good start,” Fennewald said. “It worked pretty good.” Those two resumed the tussle after the restart, with Aaron Poe joining the battle. But Cornell and Poe took a spin while battling for second, amid slower traffic, to bring out the yellow with five laps remaining.

Both Cornell and Poe were relegated to the back of the cars on the lead lap for the restart, knocking them both out of contention for the win. Fennewald cruised from there with Daniel Jessen finishing second and Tom Cordray third. Cornell rallied all the way back to fourth and Poe made it back to sixth, just behind Phil Edmondson.

USMTS Show-Me Shootout next: Many of the nation’s premier Modified drivers will roll into Lucas Oil Speedway next Saturday for the 9th annual USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment. The Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and Big O Tires Street Stocks also will be in action.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and opening ceremonies at 7.

For ticket information on all events at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2018, contact admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can go online to purchase tickets for any event on the 2018 schedule.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

The USMTS Modifieds return to Lucas Oil Speedway on Aug. 4 for the 9th annual Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment.

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

Rain and Saturated Grounds Force Cancellation of Racing for Saturday July 28th at Virginia Motor Speedway

August 4th, 2018

Jamaica, VA – Persistent heavy rains all week and downpours overnight have forced officials at Virginia Motor Speedway to cancel racing activities for Saturday July 28th.

“With the amount of rain we had during the week, the torrential downpours overnight and a forecast for more of the same today have forced us to make this difficult decision. The grounds just can’t take any more moisture,” commented track General Manager Clarke Sawyer.

The speedway will return to racing on Saturday August 4th and host Atlantic Broadband Night and week 9 of Aaron’s Dirt Series Championship weekly action featuring the Victory Lap Pro Late Model, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modified and Collision One Limited Stock Car divisions in action.

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway is a ½ mile dirt oval track is located on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, VA in Jamaica, VA. The speedway is just a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Southern Maryland and the Hampton Roads area.

Race fans can go to www.vamotorspeedway.com to view the complete schedule Virginia Motor Speedway’s 2018 season, find detailed event information, get the latest news, and get complete ticket and camping information. In addition, fans can get social with Virginia Motor Speedway by following @vamotorspeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/VaMotorSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/VaMotorSpeedway.

MEDIA CONTACT: DAVE SEAY (804) 758-1867 OR (804) 357-7223

Lucas Oil Speedway Spotlight: Young Franklin gaining experience, momentum in USRA B-Mod division

August 2nd, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri- After he failed to qualify for the first three Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod feature races of Lucas Oil Speedway’s season, Mitchell Franklin could have quickly loaded up his car and gone home.

Instead, the 19-year-old from Camdenton found a good viewing area from the pit-side grandstands and watched intently while taking mental notes. He still goes to racing school, even now in features while chasing the frontrunners.

“I do a lot of watching,” Franklin said. “I watch all of those guys in the front. This is our first year in a B-Mod and my second year of racing overall. I didn’t really have a handle on how to drive the track and, watching guys like (Kris) Jackson, (Taylor) Moore and others in the front … I kind of picked up some driving techniques that have really helped.”

Young Franklin not only has qualified for five straight features, he’s posted four top-10 finishes along the way and climbed all the way to sixth in the ultra-competitive division’s points chase.

This week’s Lucas Oil Speedway Spotlight Driver of the Week will look to keep his momentum and racing education growing when the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series resumes on Saturday night as OnMedia/DISH/DirecTV Presents the program.

Fans gain free admission by bringing four non-perishable food items as part of Ozarks Food Harvest Food Drive Night at the Races. Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and opening ceremonies at 7:05.

Franklin and his F1 car have been getting more and more calls from the track announcers in recent weeks, including a 12th-to-8th run in last Saturday’s caution-free 25-lap main event won by Jackson. Franklin said it’s a pleasant turnaround from the first few weeks.

“The start of our season was pretty rough,” Franklin said. “We just didn’t have a handle on the car and I made a couple of mistakes. We were just getting ourselves in some bad situations.

“We built a brand-new race car this year and we finally have a good baseline set-up on it that we can adjust and tune to the track a little better. We’ve helped ourselves and had a little better results.”

While Mitchell is a relative newcomer, the Franklin name isn’t new around Lucas Oil Speedway. Josh Franklin, Mitchell’s dad, raced Street Stocks for a couple of seasons before building some top-notch cars in that division.

“He has an 8-to-5 job now, so he’s not as hot and heavy into building car as he used to be,” Mitchell Franklin said. “But he’s still heavily involved in the sport.”

Mitchell Franklin got his racing start a year ago, driving a Midwest Mod at Lebanon Midway Speedway. He said it seemed a natural progression to move up to a B-Mod this season at Lucas Oil Speedway, where he hung out so often as a kid and often cheered for Street Stock driver Kenny Carroll, also from Camdenton.

“It’s what I’ve known my whole life. I always wanted to race,” Mitchell Franklin said. “When I was seven or eight, I had a sprint cart, but it scared me to death. I didn’t want to race again until I was a little more mature and understood it a little better.

“My dad is good friends with Kenny Carroll and he’s always been one of my favorites. I’ve learned a lot from him. Also, Kris Jackson has been a real good influence. I used to go to the track when I was little and he’d be one I’d root for.”

Like a host of other young drivers, Franklin also credits veteran Modified driver Mike Striegel as a positive influence and said Pro 4 Off Road driver CJ Greaves is a racer he admires from afar.

No matter what happens the rest of the 2018 season, it’s been a year of progression for Franklin. He’s positioned himself to accomplish a primary goal of finishing top 10 in points and thus earning recognition as the Lucas Oil Speedway postseason awards banquet.

“We’d also love a top-five feature finish and a trip to the tech shed,” Franklin said. “That would really top off our year.”

Franklin’s sponsors include MoBell Audio, Kenny Carroll Excavating, Hawken Carstar, Whitetail Trophy Hunt, Duke’s Auto Body, Kansas City Off Road Racing Association, B&G Custom Fabrication, Hendrix Construction and Ruble Racing Engines.

The Big O Tires Street Stocks will be the featured class on Saturday night, running a special 25-lap, $750-to-win main event. Drivers entering this week’s action will receive 50 free admission tickets for the Season Championship races on Aug. 25.

Admission prices:
(Free with four non-perishable food items)
Adults (16 and over) $12
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $9
Youth (ages 6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family pass $25
Pit pass $30

Earlier on Saturday, the Kansas City Off Road Racing Association will be in action at the Lucas Oil Speedway Off Road track. Race classes will include 170 kids UTV, 1000 UTV, Unlimited/Turbo UTV, 1600 limited Buggy, Super Buggy, Formula 4X4 and Mini Stock/Bro Lite trucks. Gates will open at 9 a.m. with practice at 10 a.m., the first round of racing at noon and the final round at approximately 3 p.m. Times are subject to change based on number of entries.

Off Road admission prices
(Includes dirt-track admission)
Adults (16 and over) $15
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $12
Youth (ages 6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Racer pit pass $30

For ticket information on all events at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2018, contact admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can go online to purchase tickets for any event on the 2018 schedule.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

The USMTS Modifieds return to Lucas Oil Speedway on Aug. 4 for the 9th annual Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment.

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

Professional BBQ returns to Lucas Oil Speedway for “Red White Blue & Que” in conjunction with USMTS Shootout

August 1st, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri- Along with the nation’s top Modified drivers, Lucas Oil Speedway will play host to some of the country’s best professional barbecue teams in less than two weeks. And openings remain for teams wishing to compete.

The second annual Red White Blue & Que Presented by Lucas Oil Speedway returns Aug. 4-5. The Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned competition is set for Sunday also will include a Steak Cookoff Association event on Saturday – plus a big charity Poker Run.

On the track on Saturday night will be the United States Modified Touring Series competing in the 9th annual USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment. Race fans are invited to walk over to the drag boat midway and check out the barbecue teams – including the nation’s No. 1-ranked team – prior to Saturday night’s races.

The teams also will have a chicken wing competition, with a celebrity panel of judges including drivers, determining the winners at 5 p.m.

Proceeds from the barbecue and steak events will go to Korean War Veterans, Vietnam War Veterans and The Warriors Journey, an online resource for military warriors and their families. Visit TheWarriorsJourney.org for more information on the organization based in Springfield, Mo., and the ways it offers help to military veterans and their families.

The barbecue teams, which will set up on the Lake Lucas midway, will compete in the KCBS competition on Aug. 5 with a prize fund of at least $5,000 on the line. Included in the early entries is Gettin’ Basted out of Branson, the nation’s No. 1-ranked team in the KCBS Team of the Year standings.

Red White Blue & Que is a Missouri State Championship points event and a qualifying event for the American Royal World Championships and Jack Daniels Invitational, two of barbecue’s majors later in the year.

For entry or sponsorship interest for Red White Blue & Que, contact contest organizer Michelle Higgins at MichelleHiggins31@yahoo.com or by calling (417) 682-1568. For the SCA Steak competition, contact Jim Altic at JimAltic@gmail.com or call (417) 830-5090. Entry forms also can be found at redwhiteblueq.com, at OzarksBBQAlliance.com or at http://steakcookoffs.com/event-2830601.

The Abou Ben Adhem Cruisers also will hold a 98-mile motorcycle Poker Run, starting in Strafford and winding its way to Lucas Oil Speedway. Registration will be 10 a.m.-noon on Aug. 4 with the last motorcycle out at noon. Cost is $25 per driver and $15 per passenger with payouts to the top three hands, plus worst hand.

The participants will receive a general admission ticket to the 9th annual USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout. Proceeds benefit the Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Cruisers Unit. Contact Frank Kremske at (417) 719-2993 or Harley Harden (417) 569-6666 for more info.

Up next: This weekend at Lucas Oil Speedway, the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series resumes next Saturday night as OnMedia/DISH/DirecTV present the action featuring the Big O Tires Street Stocks in a 25-lap, $750 main event. Join forces with Lucas Oil Speedway and Ozarks Food Harvest and get free general admission by bringing four non-perishable food items to the races.

Drivers are reminded that those attending this Saturday’s races will receive 50 free general admission tickets to the season-championship program on Aug. 28.

During the day time this Saturday, the Kansas City Off Road Racing Association visits the Off Road track as the Midwest sportsman racers compete. Race classes will include 170 Kids UTV, 1000 UTV, Unlimited/Turbo UTV, 1600 limited Buggy, Super Buggy, Formula 4X4 and Mini Stock/Bro Lite trucks.

For ticket information on all events at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2018, contact admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can go online to purchase tickets for any event on the 2018 schedule.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

Jackson takes B-Mod headliner at Lucas Oil Speedway; Fennewald, Carter and Hubert also earn feature wins

July 28th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri- Kris Jackson made a mid-race pass of Taylor Moore and went on to capture the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod 25-lap feature Saturday night, the headliner on the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series program at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Jackson slipped past Moore with an inside move to complete lap 12 in a race that went caution-free. Jackson, of Lebanon, Missouri, went on to win by 2.34 seconds over Moore for his third victory of the season at Lucas Oil Speedway and 15th feature win overall in 2018.

Other feature winners on Veterans and Military Appreciation Night Presented by Fox 5 KRBK were Johnny Fennewald (Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models), Marc Carter (Big O Tires Street Stocks) and Evan Hubert (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds).

Jackson’s biggest challenge after making the winning pass was working his way through lapped traffic. The USRA national points leader did so with expertise, continuing to compile a season to remember.

“I want to say thanks to all our veterans tonight,” Jackson said in victory lane. “This night’s about them. We’ve raced with quite a few of them and I can’t say enough about what they do for us.”

Jackson called his 2018 success “a team effort” while rattling off his list of sponsors.

“I’m pretty proud of what we’re doing right now,” Jackson said. “I feel we’re pretty fast. That was a good, clean race, Taylor and JC (Morton) and all those guys. I’m just glad to be here.”

Moore finished second for his seventh top-five finish of the season. Morton, the season points leader at Lucas Oil Speedway, was third with Robert Heydenreich fourth.

Jackson said he was excited to hear the news on Friday about the Lucas Oil B-Mod Clash of Champions I, paying $3,000 to win, Oct. 12-13 at Lucas Oil Speedway.

“This is kind of our little spot I feel like,” he said. “We can usually get a car around here. I’m excited about that one.”

Fennewald dominates ULMA feature: Johnny Fennewald of Appleton City dominated the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model feature, opening a big lead and then holding off challengers on two late restarts.

“We’ve just been struggling a little bit,” Fennewald said of his season. “We should have won a lot of races, but couldn’t seem to make it happen. This track, when it gets slick, is a lot of fun to race on.”

Fennewald had checked out on the field, opening a 3.5-second lead over Josh Poe, when a lap-16 caution wiped out the cushion. Fennewald took over the lead on lap three when pole-starting Phil Edmondson slipped in turn two.

Fennewald sprinted away from there and was working through lapped traffic and in command when two late cautions put mystery back into the outcome.

Jon Binning and Josh Poe collided going down the front stretch to bring out a yellow with three laps remaining. That left Tom Cordray, Aaron Marrant and Kaeden Cornell behind Fennewald for the final restart.

Fennewald was up to the task, going on to win his third feature of the season. Cordray finished second with season points leader Marrant third and Cornell in fourth.

Carter earns Street Stocks win: Marc Carter of Warrensburg outdueled Brian Schutt to win the Big O Tires Street Stocks feature and end David Hendrix’s six-race winning streak.

Carter passed Schutt on lap nine after the two had swapped the lead three times to that point. Carter held on from there to earn his first feature win of the season with Schutt in second and Toby Ott third.

“We had a real stacked field,” Carter said. “The track was slick and it was in good shape. It was really nice to pull this one out. I always love running down here.”

Hendrix, Ted Welschmeyer and James Flood got together on the front stretch to finish lap two, bringing out a caution. Hendrix’s car suffered front-end damage and he had to restart in 21st.

Hendrix rallied all the way to fourth, ensuring that he will maintain his points lead over Schutt.

Hubert wires field in USRA Mods: Evan Hubert controlled things from start to finish, winning the 20-lap Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature for his third win of the season.

Starting the outside of row one, Hubert got the jump going into turn one from inside front-row starter Chase Jones. He gradually pulled away from there, finishing about a straightaway’s margin in front of runner-up Lucas Gibbs.

“The hardest part of the deal, I was out front and I didn’t know where to go. Everywhere (on the track) was good,” Hubert said. “The car was great. We kind of threw the book at it before the race. It was kind of scary and I didn’t know if it was going to work or not, but it worked flawlessly.”

Jones narrowly beat seventh-starting Jeff Cutshaw in a tight battle for third.

Lucas Oil B-Mod Clash of Champions I, with $3,000 to the winner, to run in conjunction with MLRA Fall Nationals

July 28th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Drivers and fans who have hungered for a major event for B-Mods at Lucas Oil Speedway are getting their wish.

The Lucas Oil B-Mod Clash of Champions I will be held Oct. 11-13 and run in conjunction with the Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals. It will pay $3,000 to win and drivers are encouraged to be prompt in making plans to attend.

“There have been so may B-Mod drivers asking for a special event at Lucas Oil Speedway that we are going to give them their shot,” Lucas Oil Speedway assistant General Manager Danny Lorton said. “We will be taking the first 100 pre-entries only. We know that it could draw more, but we want to start with 100 for the first one and then grow it from there, next year.”

The Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod division often attracts more than 50 cars in Lucas Oil Speedway’s Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series, the largest of the four weekly divisions.

Lorton said the Lucas Oil B-Mod Clash of Champions will be a mixture of USRA B-Mods vs. IMCA Northern Sport Mods. USRA national points will be awarded to the USRA entrants.

Pre-entry fee will be $150 with a deadline of Sept. 21 and $175 from then until the Sept. 28 final deadline. Look for the entry form at LucasOilSpeedway.com or email Lorton at DLorton@lucasoilspeedway.com for more information.

The format of the Lucas Oil B-Mod Clash of Champions I will be:

October 11 – Open practice from 6-9 p.m. for B-Mods and MLRA Late Models.

October 12 – Two rounds of B-Mod heat races. Following the second round, the top 14 drivers in passing points will be locked into Saturday night’s A Feature. A full Lucas Oil MLRA program will be held.

October 13 – “Alphabet” Mains will be held and the top 10 out of the B-Main will advance to the 40-lap A-Main headliner. Another full Lucas Oil MLRA program will be held and a season champion determined.

For ticket information on all events at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2018, contact admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can go online to purchase tickets for any event on the 2018 schedule.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

The Lucas Oil B-Mod Clash of Champions is coming to Lucas Oil Speedway, October 11-13, in conjunction with the MLRA Fall Nationals.

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

History made as Bloomquist wins No. 600, at Lucas Oil Speedway CMH Diamond Nationals

July 19th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – One of dirt racing’s all-time greats scored a milestone victory Saturday night and, in the process, completed a sweep of the season’s two biggest Late Model races at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Scott Bloomquist overtook Jimmy Owens to complete lap 32 and went on to capture the 50-lap Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series CMH Diamond Nationals for career victory No. 600. “We earned that one. It feels really good,” the 54-year-old from Mooresburg, Tennessee, said after emerging from his car to a cascade of noise from the big crowd. “It takes everybody. When you look at all the names on this car, they mean so much to us.

“You go though ups and downs and a lot of things through a full career. You learn from a lot of things. We’re surely closer to our winter years in life than our spring.” It’s been a long, winding and winning road for Bloomquist. The native of Fort Dodge, Iowa, took home $12,000 and a diamond ring for the latest triumph in a career spanning nearing four decades.

Rookie Mason Zeigler finished second with Earl Pearson Jr. third and Will Vaught fourth. Owens, after leading the first 31 laps, faded to fifth. For Bloomquist, who won the Show-Me 100 at Lucas Oil Speedway on May 26, it was his sixth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season and 92nd of his a racing career that began in 1980 in Corona, California.

Zeigler gave futile chase over the final 18 laps and could only chuckle and pay tribute to Bloomquist in a post-race interview. “I had the car to win tonight,” Zeigler said. “I just got out-drove by a 60-year-old with arthritis.”

Zeigler was kiddingly referring to Bloomquist and a shoulder injury that briefly sidelined a few weeks after the Show-Me 100. One diagnosis seemed to have Bloomquist headed for season-ending shoulder surgery. Another offered a differing opinion and he returned to racing. “I think we can take what we learned with this arm and go forward with that,” Bloomquist said. “Sometimes you’ve got to get a second opinion and we’re happy to be out here.”

Owens got the jump from his outside front-row starting position and set a blistering pace at the front, catching heavy lapped traffic by lap 15. Bloomquist took advantage and closed to within a couple of car lengths of Owens when the race’s second caution flag waved on lap 27 as Payton Looney came to a stop in turn four.

Zeigler slipped past Bloomquist on the restart with Will Vaught in fourth and Earl Pearson Jr. in fifth. Meanwhile, 22nd-starting Davenport worked his way to seventh, just behind Bobby Pierce. A lap-30 caution for debris again bunched the field and that’s when Bloomquist made his move. He passed Zeigler and pulled alongside Owens after the green flew, but was not quite able to make the pass for the lead stick.

Bloomquist did make it stick on the next lap, passing Owens as the two came to the start-finish line to complete lap 32. He dominated from there, pulling away to win by about a straightaway’s margin. “We had to work a little bit for it,” Bloomquist said. “Jimmy was pretty good. We racd pretty hard out there. He wasn’t going to give nothing. We earned that one.”

Bloomquist praised crew chief Cody Mallory saying the two “put in ridiculous hours” on the car. “There’s been a whole lot of races where it’s just him and I that go to the races,” Bloomquist said. “We’re gonna keep working hard and we’ll hopefully keep knocking them down. We have a lot of racing to come.”

Fuqua earns Modified win in a thriller: Darron Fuqua beat Jon Sheets in a classic battle to capture the $1,000-to-win, 30-lap Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature. It was Fuqua’s seventh victory of the season at Lucas Oil Speedway and Sheets’ third runner-up finish. “That was a hell of a race,” Fuqua said. “I didn’t know if I was going to get him or not. I have to thank Jon Sheets for driving me so good. Last week we raced hard. I just look forward to next week.”

It was also Fuqua’s 14th feature victory overall this season as he continues to lead the USRA Modified national points. While not quite as dramatic as last week’s last-lap pass of Sheets, this one was another thriller for the Mayetta, Kansas driver. Fuqua took over the lead coming out of turn four to complete lap 20, but had to hold off repeated battles the rest of the way. But again, as the duo weaved through lapped traffic, it was Sheets taking the checkers and Sheets settling for second for the third time in four weeks.

“We’re close. He’s No. 1 in the nation for a reason,” Sheets said. Lance Town finished third with Joe Duvall fourth.

After Lucas Oil MLRA sweep, Vaught looks to keep rolling at 12th annual CMH Diamond Nationals

July 19th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri– Will Vaught has settled into a racing sweet spot in 2018.

No longer consumed by full-time racing as he was a decade ago or rarely climbing behind the wheel the past two years, the 31-year-old from Crane, Missouri, seems to have found a perfect middle ground.

“I had a lot of fun when I was racing for a living,” Vaught said. “But now, it’s fun but it’s a different kind of fun I guess you could say.”

Such as last weekend when Vaught swept both ends of a Lucas Oil MLRA Series doubleheader at Lake Ozark Speedway, giving him three for the season. Vaught’s family including wife Ashtin, son Maddox (8), daughter Mallory (7) and six-month old son Myles joined him in victory lane.

“We got to celebrate together,” Vaught said. “That was more fun than anything. The kids were excited, maybe more than I was. They’re getting to the age where they understand things and how racing is and how hard it is to win.

“So it’s still a lot of fun. We’ve just made it into a different kind of fun, an all-around different feeling than it used to be.”

Vaught would enjoy nothing more than another family celebration on Saturday night at the 12th annual CMH Diamond Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Lucas Oil MLRA come together for a single-night program awarding $12,000 plus a diamond ring to the feature winner.

“We’re kind of getting settled with this new car,” Vaught said of the Rocket XR1 chassis. “It’s taken us a little longer than I expected to get a good balance with it. They asked me after we won (at Lake Ozark) Friday night, ‘well, I know you want to duplicate this win.’ I didn’t really expect us to win again (Saturday) against some really good cars. Racing has so many circumstances.

“But everything just kind of fell our way and we were blessed to win Saturday as well. Going into Wheatland, we’re confident with the race car. Lake Ozark, it’s not just like Wheatland, but I think it races similar. Hopefully it will fall into place for us again.”

Vaught said he’s raced about 15 times this year, which is about his total amount of outings in 2016 and 2017 combined. He took a step back those years as Maddox and Mallory were growing up and he was getting a business in his hometown up and running.

“Just a lot of things that were a priority at that time,” Vaught said. “This year, I have some good guys at the shop (Johnson’s Service Center) where I can leave a little early on Fridays to go race.”

Maddox and Mallory both are involved in quarter-midget racing and Maddox is playing summer baseball. Watching their endeavors has provided further balance to Vaught’s racing and business ventures.

His most-recent success also can be attributed to a different mindset on the race track. He laughed about a late June three-race MLRA swing in which he compiled two fourth-place finishes and a sixth.

“It was almost pleasing,” Vaught said of the competitive, but non-winning outings. “We’ve never been like that. We’ve always been guys that raced to win. I told Eric (crew chief Eric Barnes) ‘I don’t know what our deal was, but we were pretty pleased with fourth.’ And I was like, ‘I’m done with this. I’m ready to win.’

“I guess you could say that was a little motivating last weekend. We worked hard and the car was good.”

So don’t expect Vaught, even though he plans to follow the MLRA circuit throughout, to worry a lot about the points chase. He enters the Diamond Nationals event 76 behind Chad Simpson of Mount Vernon, Iowa and 14 in back of second-place Tony Jackson Jr.

“We’ll just go race and have fun and try to win,” said Vaught, whose sponsors include Johnson’s Service Center, Wright Asphalt Products, Keyser Manufacturing, Integra Racing Shocks and GW Performance.

Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Georgia, leads the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt championship standings. Defending Diamond Nationals winner and reigning series champion Josh Richards of Shinnston, West Virginia, enters this weekend 120 points behind.

Also on tap Saturday is a full Pitts Homes USRA Modified program, paying $1,000 to win. Darron Fuqua of Mayetta, Kansas has won six USRA Modified features at Lucas Oil Speedway this season.

Grandstand gates open at 4 p.m. on Saturday with hot laps at 6:30 and opening ceremonies at 7.

Admission prices:
Adults (16 and over) $30
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $27
Youth (6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family pass $60
Pit pass $40

For ticket information on all events at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2018, contact admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can go online to purchase tickets for any event on the 2018 schedule.

Citizens Memorial Hospital (CMH) is location in Bolivar, Missouri and serves eight counties in southwest Missouri. A 2014 and 2010 Missouri Quality Award recipient, CMH is a Level III Trauma Center and has implemented a STEMI Program. CMH also has 32 primary and specialty physician clinics, seven long-term care facilities, and other ancillary services. Go to CitzensMemorial.com for more information.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

The CMH Diamond Nationals, featuring the stars of the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series, returns to Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday.

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

Russell grabs ULMA Late Model headliner as Morton, Fuqua, Hendrix also win at Lucas Oil Speedway “Thursday Thunder”

July 10th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Jason Russell led the final 21 laps, but needed a flawless restart with two laps remaining to earn the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model feature victory in the headliner of “Thursday Night Thunder” at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Russell, of Eugene, Mo., earned $1,000 courtesy of Rains Ice as he fought off Johnny Fennewald and Midseason Champion Aaron Marrant for his first victory of the season.

Other feature winners in the program Presented by KY3 and Casey’s included JC Morton (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods), Darron Fuqua (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds) and David Hendrix (Big O Tires Street Stocks).

Another highlight of the evening was the annual Kids’ Night with 104 bicycles awarded, during intermission, to members of the Frog’s Signs Junior Fan Club. The bikes were donated by drivers, sponsors, fans and area businesses.

Russell made the most of a rare appearance at Lucas Oil Speedway as 31 Late Models checked into the pits for the special Thursday program to celebrate the July 4th holiday.

“I love coming down here,” Russell said. “You’re going to race against the best in every class when you come down here. It’s good to come out on top.”

Fennewald got the jump from his pole-position starting spot and led the first four laps before surrendering the point to Russell coming out of turn four to complete lap five.

Meanwhile, sixth-starting Marrant was gradually working his way through the field and got past Fennewald and into second by lap 16.

As Marrant and Fennewald dueled behind him, Russell was able to open up about a 10-car-length lead. Marrant finally was able to shed Fennewald and mount a charge, pulling onto Russell’s back bumper with three laps to go.

On lap 23, Marrant slid past Russell and into the lead in turn two, but Russell returned the favor coming out of turn four and regained the lead coming to the start-finish line. A caution then waved before the white flag flew, setting up a two-lap shootout between the leaders with Fennewald and Kaeden Cornell right behind.

Russell got a great restart and went on to earn the victory with Marrant slipping back to fourth on the final lap. Fennewald beat Cornell to the line for second.

“Marrant and Johnny and those guys are real good drivers and top competition,” Russell said. “I just have to thank my guys for (working) hot nights through the week. We wouldn’t be sitting in victory lane without them.”

After the leaders took the checkers, a wild, multi-car crash occurred on the front stretch. Cole Henson wound up on his roof near the flag stand, but neither he nor any other drivers were injured.

Morton scores first in B Mods: JC Morton of Springfield moved into the points leads the last outing at Lucas Oil Speedway and he earned his first feature victory of the season Thursday night.

Morton took over the lead when front-running Kris Jackson spun out with a big lead, eight laps from the finish.

“There early Jackson got out into the lead and had a straightaway on us. I was just trying to maintain and hope for a yellow,” Morton said.

Jackson started on the pole and drove to a straightaway-margin lead by lap seven and was extending it further when he spun in turn one on lap 12 to bring out the caution.

“I was trying to watch the lapped cars and I saw (Jackson) jump the cushion a little bit,” Morton said. “That’s just part of racing.”

It sent Jackson to tailback and elevated Morton into the lead with Andy Bryant and Shawn Strong second and third.

Morton withstood several runs by Bryant and four restarts after caution flags over the final eight laps to earn the victory.

Bryant finished second with Strong in third. Jackson passed 11 cars over the final eight laps, working his way back into ninth at the finish.

Fuqua wins his sixth: Make it a six pack of Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature wins at Lucas Oil Speedway this season for Darron Fuqua. This one might have been the hardest-earned yet as Fuqua, of Mayetta, Kansas, got past Jon Sheets on the final circuit.

“I’m just thrilled and tickled to death,” Fuqua said after the thrilling finish, in which he actually made the last-lap pass twice. The first was wiped out by a caution flag.

The 10th-starting Fuqua worked his way into second place, behind Sheets, by lap 10 when another caution waved.

Those two ran 1-2 until the white-flag lap when Fuqua used a slide job to get past Sheets going into turn three, for an apparent race-winning move. But a spinning car ahead of them brought out a caution and leaving restart consistent of a a one-lap sprint.

Fuqua this time used the high side to gain momentum and pass Sheets coming out of turn two. He held on to take another victory and leave Sheets with his second runner-up finish of the season.

“I showed him the bottom enough that he would probably stop down there and keep that lane blocked,” Fuqua said. “I had one more shot and thought if I could beat him on the outside by the back straightaway, I can win this deal. I got a run, got beside him and it worked out.”

Terry Schultz finished third with Mike Striegel fourth and Chad Lyle was fifth.

Make it another for Hendrix: It was also a familiar sight in victory lane in the Big O Tires Street Stocks division as David Hendrix of Waynesville, Mo., made it six straight feature wins.

Hendrix took over the lead from Brian Schutt on lap three and appeared on his way to an easy win, opening a big lead when third-place Burl Woods spun to bring out a caution with five laps to go.

Hendrix sped away after the restart and relegated Schutt to his third runner-up finish of the season. Francisco Escamilla edged out Johnny Coats for third.

“I’m just thankful. My car owner Jay (Prevete) is here tonight and he’s let me drive it this year,” Hendrix said. “We’ve been working our butts off on it and couldn’t do it without him.

“I don’t know. It’s been a good year. That’s six in a row and I don’t know what to say, really.”

Diamond Nationals Next: Racing resumes on Saturday, July 14 with the 12th annual CMH Diamond Nationals featuring the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series going after a $12,000 feature prize and diamond ring. Josh Richards captured the event in 2017. The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds also will be in action, with a $1,000-to-win feature.

For ticket information on all events at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2018, contact admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can go online to purchase tickets for any event on the 2018 schedule.

Fuqua and Hendrix continue to dominate as Jackson and Fennewald also win at Lucas Oil Speedway

June 25th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Chalk up another Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature victory for Darron Fuqua.

The Kansas driver, who had rarely raced at Lucas Oil Speedway prior to 2018, made it five feature wins on the season as he captured the $1,000 headliner on Saturday night’s Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series program.

David Hendrix also celebrated his fifth straight win, taking the Big O Tires Street Stocks feature win. Other feature winners on National Wild Turkey Federation Race to Save the Hunt Night were Kris Jackson (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods) and Johnny Fennewald (Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models).

A total of 109 cars checked into the pits in the four divisions as the second half of the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series got underway.

Fuqua had to work for his latest triumph. Unlike some of his other wins, in which he dominated all the way, the Mayetta, Kansas driver did not lead until lap 15 when he got past fellow Kansan Nic Bidinger.

Bidinger started on the pole and set the pace until Jon Sheets went around for the lead on lap three. But Sheets could only stay up front for two laps, when Bidinger regained command as Fuqua moved into second place. That’s how it stayed until Bidinger, under pressure from Fuqua, took a spin in turn two on the 15th lap to bring out the race’s fifth caution.

“That was a really good race with Nic. We both were so good on the top,” Fuqua said. “I kept waiting for him to get tight. Everything I tried, I lost ground so I decided to go back to the top. We could run him down, but there was nowhere to pass him at that time.

“Finally he pushed and let me my there. I was trying to be patient, but we were running out of laps.”

Cutshaw, Sheets and fast-climbing RC Whitwell followed Fuqua on the restart, with 10 laps remaining.

The race went green the rest of the way and Fuqua drove away to win by about 10 car lengths. Whitwell, after starting 17th, finished second with Cutshaw third and Sheets fourth.

Hendrix streak grows: David Hendrix continued his dream season in the Big O Tires Street Stocks by taking the lead from Toby Ott midway through the 20-lapper. The Waynesville driver then pulled away for his fifth straight feature victory.

“We’re using some new springs and shocks, some new stuff this year. I didn’t want to say too much about it, but it’s been working pretty good so far,” Hendrix said. “We’re very lucky and thankful. We work real hard on it. It’s something I had in my head for a long time and it seems to be working pretty good.”

Ott, the reigning track champ, started on the pole and led nine laps. But Hendrix, coming from the seventh starting position, was reeling him in and made an outside pass for the lead out of turn four on lap 10.

Hendrix rolled from there, finishing well ahead of Ott and Brian Schutt, who recorded a third straight third-place finish.

“I didn’t think I was going to get Toby there for a long time,” Hendrix said. “He was way better than I was on the bottom. I thought I had to go to the outside and try something. There was a pretty good strip of brown coming off (turn) four where I could get a good run. I think that was the difference for me.”

Jackson earns B-Mod win: Kris Jackson of Lebanon took the lead on lap six and went on to earn his second Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod victory of the season at Lucas Oil Speedway – and eighth feature win overall this season.

“We broke a transmission in our heat race,” Jackson said, explaining why his car slowed dramatically soon after taking the checkers in the heat win. “We’ve been down here working non-stop ever since to get it ready.”

Midseason points champion Taylor Moore led the first six laps as JC Morton and Jackson were in pursuit, the trio going three-wide in turn two at one point. Jackson, who started fifth, made it into second by lap three before getting past Moore for the lead to complete lap seven.

But a caution flag on lap 10 wiped out a 12 car-length lead that Jackson had built and bunched the field with Moore, Jackson and Shawn Strong right behind him for the restart.

Jackson checked out on the contenders after it went back green and cruised to the win, finishing about a straightaway ahead of Morton who earned his third runner-up finish of the season. Andy Bryant, who started ninth, rallied into third with Moore’s fourth place his fifth top-five of 2018.

Fennewald grabs ULMA feature: Johnny Fennewald of Appleton City, Missouri, took advantage of a restart with seventh laps remaining to get past Aaron Marrant for the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model feature victory.

“We had a really good car,” Fennewald said. “We’ve been struggling in heat races and not been qualifying very good. I’ve been working my butt off, trying to figure things out on this new car. I think we’ve about figured it out.”

Marrant and Fennewald started up front and sprinted away from the field with first-half points champ Marrant, using the high side, setting the pace until caution for debris on lap 13.

That allowed Kaeden Cornell a chance to make up the big gap on the top two. But it was Fennewald who took advantage of the restart, making an inside pass in turn three to grab the lead to finish lap 14.

Fennewald held on the rest of the way for his second feature win of the season and deny Marrant his fourth. Kaeden Cornell finished third with Josh Poe in fourth.

“Aaron’s a good racer. We race hard all the time,” Fennewald said. “He’s usually the guy to beat, or I am. Now we have Kaeden in the mix with us.”

Off Road continues Sunday: Action in the GEICO Off Road Shootout on the Lucas Oil Speedway 1.2-mile course next door continues on Sunday.

GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire
Sunday General Admission Tickets
Adults (16 and over) $25 advance online, $30 at the gate
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $22 advance online, $27 at the gate
Youth (ages 6-15) $10
Kids (5-and-under) FREE
Adult Weekend Pass $50 advance online, $60 at the gate
Senior (62 and over)/Military Weekend Pass $44 advance online, $54 at the gate
Youth (ages 6-15) $20 in advance online and at the gate

Bull riding next at dirt track: The Lucas Oil Invitational Pro Bull Ride Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com is next Friday and Saturday at the dirt oval. Gates will open at 5 p.m. with the show at 7 for the Amped Up Pro Bull Tour event.

Next dirt-track racing July 5: Lucas Oil Speedway’s Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series resumes July 5 with “Thursday Night Thunder” plus fireworks in a program presented by Casey’s General Stores and KY3. The Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models will be the featured class with a $1,000-to-win main event courtesy of Rains Ice. Visit participating area Casey’s locations for $2 discount admission coupon.

For ticket information on all events at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2018, contact admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can go online to purchase tickets for any event on the 2018 schedule.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

MacCachren, LeDuc win headline features as GEICO Off Road Shootout opens at Lucas Oil Speedway

June 25th, 2018

The GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tires continues Sunday at Lucas Oil Speedway. Rob MacCachren won Saturday’s Pro 2 main event.

WHEATLAND, Missouri – The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series returned to Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday and a near-capacity crowd saw Rob MacCachren put on a show in the 2nd annual GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire.

MacCachren, of Las Vegas, made a last-to-first charge through the field to earn his third Pro 2 victory of the season, besting runner-up Rodrigo Ampudia with a late pass.

“We love coming here. These fans are second to none,” MacCachren said, noting that his crew made several changes on the truck right before the race. “I just want to thank my guys for working so hard.”

Other winners on Saturday in the pro divisions included Kyle Leduc (Pro 4), Brock Heger (Production 1000 UTV), Darren Hardesty (Pro Buggy) and Ryan Beat (Pro Lites).

Day two is set for Sunday as spectator gates open at 8 a.m. with practice starting at 8:30 a.m. followed by qualifying. Junior Kart races begin at about 11:30 a.m. Opening ceremonies are at 2 p.m., followed by the Pro 2, UTV, Pro Buggy, Pro Lite and Pro 4 races.

MacCachren qualified fifth, but had to start last in the 10-truck field due to an unscheduled pit visit prior to the field rolling off the starting grid.

Jerett Brooks took the lead on lap five before Brian Deegan went in front the next time around. But Deegan slowed suddenly to bring out a caution, sending Brooks back into the lead before the steadily advancing MacCachren made the winning move the next time around.

The first half of the 10-lap race saw pole-starting Jeremy McGrath and season points leader R.J. Anderson battle it out for the lead. Anderson pressed the issue on lap four, trying to get past McGrath, and the two tangled in the S curve as the rest of the field drove past.

Anderson rallied to finish third, protecting his season points lead, and McGrath salvaged fourth.

LeDuc outruns Anderson: Kyle LeDuc battled with season points leader R.J. Anderson through all 10 laps, but was able to prevail in the Pro 4 feature. Doug Mittag finished third.

“We were hooked up today,” LeDuc said. “We went early and risked a little bit at the beginning. The truck was dialed in and fast and good. We had a great day.”

LeDuc and Anderson started on the front row and pulled away from the field to turn it into a two-truck race. Anderson made a pass attempt a couple of times, but was never able to get alongside the leader.

“So close. My team gave me an awesome truck,” Anderson said after his second podium finish of the day. “We battled and went toe-to-toe for a bit. It was a fun battle. We just didn’t have enough to get by him.”

Anderson has yet to win a main event in 2018, but remains in the points lead.

Heger takes UTV feature: Brock Heger of El Centro, California, backed up a Production 1000 win at Lucas Oil Speedway a year ago with another one, going wire-to-wire to prevail on Saturday.

“I was able to get out front early. The car ran super good,” Heger said.

Mickey Thomas started seventh and rallied to finish second with Jason Weller in third.

“We tried to let the track come to us, and it did at the end,” Thomas said.

Hardesty wins his third: Two-time series champion Darren Hardesty picked up his third win of the season, taking the Pro Buggy division after emerging the better of a mid-race skirmish with Bud Ward.

Ward led the first five laps, but he and Hardesty made wheel-to-wheel contact battling for the lead. Ward’s vehicle came to a stop and he was sent to tailback under the caution flag and had to settle for eighth.

“It was a great race up there,” said Hardesty, who said the contact was unavoidable. “After that, we kept chugging along. My spotter was telling me, ‘Drive it like a go-kart’ and that’s what we did.”

Matthew Brister finished second and Eliott Watson, who won at Wheatland in 2017, wound up second.

Beat wins Pro Lites: Ryan Beat of El Cajon, California, led all the way in the Pro Lite feature, but it wasn’t easy as he held off fellow front-row starter Brandon Arthur throughout.

“This place is awesome. I love racing here and this track is by far the best we race at,” Beat said. “We’ll come back and try to do it again” Sunday.

Brock Heger was running a strong third and in contention with the top two until a lap-six spin ended his chances at victory. That put Chris Polvoorde into third and that’s where he finished.

GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire
General Admission Tickets
Sunday
(All tickets include access to Off Road pit area)
Adults (16 and over) $25 advance online, $30 at the gate
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $22 advance online, $27 at the gate
Youth (ages 6-15) $10
Kids (5-and-under) FREE

For ticket information on all events at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2018, contact admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can go online to purchase tickets for any event on the 2018 schedule.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

The GEICO Off Road Shootout returns to Lucas Oil Speedway’s Off Road course this weekend, in Wheatland, Missouri.

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

Lucas Oil Speedway Spotlight: Youngsters Cornell, Moore look to continue momentum into season’s second half

June 25th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri- The first half of the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series concluded with two young drivers making loud statements that they have arrived as contenders. One did so with a dominating victory and the other with a daring pass for the sweetest third-place of his career.

Either way, it was a memorable night for 17-year-old Kaeden Cornell in the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model division and 22-year-old Taylor Moore in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods. They are Tailgate Guys Radio Drivers of the Week for Lucas Oil Speedway and look to continue momentum as the second half of the season begins this Saturday night.

Cornell scored a dominating first career victory at Lucas Oil Speedway and just his second win in a Late Model since first climbing into the Rick Hoover Motorsports car last summer. Moore, meanwhile, edged JC Morton for a Midseason Championship when he passed the former track champ on the final lap for third place.

“I still don’t think it’s all the way sunk in yet,” Cornell said this week. “Every time I go out in public, especially with Willard being Willard, a pretty small town, everybody is telling me ‘good job.’

“It’s a pretty big deal to win at Lucas. Just the pedestal that Lucas is on is pretty unreal and a lot of people notice. A lot of work went into that one. All three years we’ve been running there, I think every one of those (races) went into this win.”

Hopes were high as Cornell, voted by fans as Lucas Oil Speedway’s “Most Popular Driver” in 2017 – moved into the Late Model full time in 2018 after splitting time between it and his B-Mod a year ago. But a series of mechanical failures made for a nightmarish first couple of months that left him buried in the points chase.

Cornell said the team did its best to remain positive even as “we were breaking stuff that no one’s ever heard of. Dad (Aaron) just kept saying ‘stay positive, it’ll come.’”

Sure enough, it did. And with a backup motor less powerful than two others that he gone sour. Cornell found a high groove and sailed to victory by a comfortable margin over Johnny Fennewald.

The win was extra special because it came on Father’s Day weekend and Kaeden thanked Aaron, who does the majority of wrenching on the car, in victory lane. He also thanked Hoover, the veteran car owner who identified Cornell as a youngster with personality and talent over a year ago.

“That man has done more for us, especially this year with everything that’s happened,” Cornell said. “We owed that one to Rick.”

Meanwhile, Moore enjoyed a career highlight without winning the race. As Andy Bryant passed Kris Jackson on the last lap for the win, Moore was using a high-side move of his own to get past Morton about 50 yards behind the top two. That was enough for a four-point margin and a $500 bonus for the midseason points title.

Moore admitted he “would have laughed” if someone suggested to him before the season he would be atop the points at midseason. The Bois D’Arc resident, who grew up excelling in go-karts, has five top-five finishes in five starts.

“At the beginning of the year, I wasn’t really going for that,” he said of the points chase. “We’re gonna try to keep getting top-five finishes and hopefully some top-threes. I’d love to win one. That’s the ultimate goal. But as long as we keep being consistent, that’ll pay off in the end.”

Winning the duel with Morton was especially meaningful in that the 2016 USRA B-Mod national champ often offers Moore helpful advice.

“We’ve known each other for a long time and raced go-karts together,” Moore said. “He’s helped me quite a bit. You get comfortable racing against somebody like him and he’s a good friend.”

As for the decisive pass, Moore said he decided to be aggressive and see what happened.

“The track seemed heavy to me at the time and JC had gotten past me about the middle of the race. I finally went for it on the top and I found some speed up there,” he said. “It worked out in my favor.

“To race against JC and all those guys of his caliber … it’s a lot of fun.”

The Tailgate Guys Radio Show airs each Saturday, 11:05 a.m.-noon on KICK 92.3 FM, 1340 AM and online streaming at 923kick.com. The show covers barbecue and sports with a segment each week on news from Lucas Oil Speedway.

Saturday is National Wild Turkey Federation Race to Save the Hunt Night with the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds in the spotlight for a 25-lap, $1,000-to-win main event. The Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and Big O Tires Street Stocks also will resume chase of season championships.

The dirt-track program is sandwiched between a big weekend on the off road course next door. Those purchasing tickets to the day-time GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire or a weekend pass to the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series action will gain free admission to the oval-track action.

Gates at the dirt track will open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and opening ceremonies at 7.

Fans interested in the also attending the GEICO Off Road Shootout can purchase tickets online prior to the event at a discount. Off road tickets include access to the pit area, where spectators can get up close to the race vehicles and drivers.

Spectator gates at the off road track will open at 8 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday with practice starting at 8:30 a.m. followed by qualifying. A drivers’ autograph session is set for 11 a.m. with Junior Kart, Mod Kart and Turbo UTV races beginning at 11:30 a.m. Opening ceremonies are at 2 p.m., followed by the Pro 2, UTV, Pro Buggy, Pro Lite and Pro 4 races.

For Friday practice, spectator gates open at noon with practice sessions at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

A look at the weekend schedule and ticket prices:

GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire
General Admission Tickets
Friday practice day
Adults (16 and over) $10
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $10
Youth (ages 6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Adult Weekend Pass $50 advance online, $60 at the gate
Senior (62 and over)/Military Weekend Pass $44 advance online, $54 at the gate
Youth (ages 6-15) Weekend Pass $20

Saturday-Sunday
(All tickets include access to Off Road pit area. All Saturday and three-day tickets include entry to the Dirt Track Event on Saturday night)
Adults (16 and over) $25 advance online, $30 at the gate
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $22 advance online, $27 at the gate
Youth (ages 6-15) $10
Kids (5-and-under) FREE
Adult Weekend Pass $50 advance online, $60 at the gate
Senior (62 and over)/Military Weekend Pass $44 advance online, $54 at the gate
Youth (ages 6-15) $20 in advance online and at the gate

Saturday dirt-track tickets
(Free with Off Road admission)
Adults (16 and over) $12
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $9
Youth (ages 6-15) $5
Kids (5-and-under) FREE
Family pass $25
Pit pass $30

For ticket information on all events at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2018, contact admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can go online to purchase tickets for any event on the 2018 schedule.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

The GEICO Off Road Shootout returns to Lucas Oil Speedway’s Off Road course this weekend, in Wheatland, Missouri.

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

Off Road stars return to Lucas Oil Speedway this weekend for 2nd annual Off Road Shootout

June 19th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – One of the most-anticipated weekends of the Lucas Oil Speedway season is days away as the high-flying Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series makes its return for the 2nd annual GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire.

Action will fire up on Friday with practice sessions before full racing programs on the 1.2-mile off road course Saturday and Sunday. In addition, the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series will be in action on the dirt oval Saturday night and fans purchasing off road tickets will be admitted free to that event.

“Our inaugural Off Road Shootout last summer was a huge success and the anticipation for the return of the Lucas Oil Off Road Series has been running high,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “We’re excited to welcome back short-course racing to the Midwest with a bigger and better show than the first one.”

In the featured pro divisions last summer, Doug Mittag and the now-retired off road legend Carl Renezeder captured Pro 4 wins at Lucas Oil Speedway with Brian Deegan and Jeremy McGrath earning Pro 2 victories.

Championship battles in the Lucas Oil Off Road Series are tight in 2018. Rob MacCachren leads R.J. Anderson by eight points in the Pro 2 division with Anderson, who does double duty, leading the Pro 4 chase by 11 points over Mittag.

Ryan Beat sits atop the Pro Lite division by five points over Christopher Polvoorde. In Pro Buggy, Michael Ward is two points ahead of Trevor Briska while Mason Prater and Bronson Chiaramonte are tied for the Mod Kart lead. Check out LucasOilOffRoad.com for more information on the series, including full points standings.

For fans unfamiliar with the Lucas Oil Speedway off road course, it has a total of nine turns including an over-under section and a 15-to-20-degree “Daytona Turn” and a massive table top where trucks fly more than 200 feet through the air. There are two large, covered grandstands for spectators to get shade from the heat.

“We had some great racing and this is a great facility,” McGrath said following his win at Wheatland last summer, when he made a memorable last-to-first charge through the field. “We’ll be all smiles when we get back here next year.”

Fans can save on advance tickets for the GEICO Off Road Shootout by purchasing tickets online prior to the event. Off road tickets include access to the pit area, where spectators can get up close to the race vehicles and drivers.

Off Road tickets, whether for the weekend that begins with Friday’s practice day or single-day tickets for Saturday’s action, also include admission to the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series on the dirt oval on Saturday night. The National Wild Turkey Federation presents that program, featuring the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds in a $1,000-to-win, 25-lap main event feature.

Spectator gates will open at 8 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday with practice starting at 8:30 a.m. followed by qualifying. A drivers’ autograph session is set for 11 a.m. with Junior Kart, Mod Kart and Turbo UTV races beginning at 11:30 a.m. Opening ceremonies are at 2 p.m., followed by the Pro 2, UTV, Pro Buggy, Pro Lite and Pro 4 races.

For Friday practice, spectator gates open at noon with practice sessions at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire
General Admission Tickets
Friday practice day
Adults (16 and over) $10
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $10
Youth (ages 6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Adult Weekend Pass $50 advance online, $60 at the gate
Senior (62 and over)/Military Weekend Pass $44 advance online, $54 at the gate
Youth (ages 6-15) Weekend Pass $20

Saturday-Sunday
(All tickets include access to Off Road pit area. All Saturday and three-day tickets include entry to the Dirt Track Event on Saturday night)
Adults (16 and over) $25 advance online, $30 at the gate
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $22 advance online, $27 at the gate
Youth (ages 6-15) $10
Kids (5-and-under) FREE
Adult Weekend Pass $50 advance online, $60 at the gate
Senior (62 and over)/Military Weekend Pass $44 advance online, $54 at the gate
Youth (ages 6-15) $20 in advance online and at the gate

Saturday dirt-track tickets
(Free with Off Road admission)
Adults (16 and over) $12
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $9
Youth (ages 6-15) $5
Kids (5-and-under) FREE
Family pass $25
Pit pass $30

For ticket information on all events at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2018, contact admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can go online to purchase tickets for any event on the 2018 schedule.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

The GEICO Off Road Shootout returns to Lucas Oil Speedway’s Off Road course this weekend, in Wheatland, Missouri.

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

Actress Christina Moore from movie “DIRT” to visit Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday

June 19th, 2018

Christina Moore from the Off Road-inspired movie “DIRT” will appear at Lucas Oil Speedway next Saturday during the GEICO Off Road Shootout and the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series.

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Christina Moore, one of the stars of the movie “DIRT,” will be in attendance next Saturday at the 2nd annual GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire at Lucas Oil Speedway along with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series that night.

Moore co-starred and was a producer of the movie released last spring that is set in the world of Off Road Racing. It’s now available for purchase on DVD or digitally via various outlets.

The GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire is part of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. After a Friday practice day, the event has full programs both Saturday and Sunday on Lucas Oil Speedway’s Off Road course.

Moore, who also appears on the television programs “Marlon” on NBC and “Claws” on TNT, said she became a huge off road racing fan during the process of shooting the movie.

“I was not aware of the (Lucas Oil Off Road) Series before we started to get involved with it and researching it, but once I got deep into it, I became a huge fan,” Moore said. She called the project “a scream” to work on.

“It was great, great, great fun to make that film,” she said. “We had full access to all the (video) footage in different seasons and were given introductions to all the pro drivers, many of whom have appearances in the film. They were so helpful, especially Carl Renezeder and Rob MacCachren, the big dogs of the sport. Without their assistance and generosity, we couldn’t have made it.”

Moore plays the role of Glenda Radden, wife of the team owner Rick Radden. The film takes viewers into the world of Off Road Truck Racing with an intriguing storyline with Entourage alum Kevin Dillon as Rick Radden, a former Off Road Truck driver and team owner along with DeRon Horton as Dez Truss.

For both Rick Radden and Truss, second chances do not come easy. However, another shot is just around the bend as worlds collide for the unsuspecting duo of Rick Radden and Truss.

Moore said it was the “underdog story” that appealed to her in both appearing in the movie and producing.

“It has a ton of heart,” Moore said of the movie’s storyline. “It’s set in a racing form that people largely are not exposed to and that made it super fun. I think Off Road Truck short-course racing is ridiculously cinematic.”

Caught boosting cars for an auto-theft ring, 17-year old Truss is given one last chance to turn his life around. When he is introduced to former Off Road Truck-driver-turned team owner Radden, neither suspects that this is the change both so desperately need. In exchange for a roof over his head, Dez is offered the chance to use the skills he developed in the streets as part of the pit crew for Rick’s team.

Faced with an underperforming and apathetic driver, Rick finds himself in search of a lifeline for his struggling off road racing team. In an unexpected turn of events, he looks to Dez to take the lead and become the new face of Team Radden. But, does Dez have what it takes to end the team’s losing streak? Will his life of crime catch up with him as he looks to turn over a new leaf?

The cast also includes Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (The CHI, Treme, Heroes, Bosch), Devan Long (S.W.A.T., Training Day), Matthew Glave (Feud, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce) and Dominic Devore (Small Arms, The Release).

DIRT is a FORREST FILMS / ESX ENTERTAINMENT co-production. Forrest Lucas, executive producer, and Ali Afshar and Christina Moore, producers, present this Sports Drama directed by Alex Ranarivelo. DIRT was written by John Ducey with Alex Ranarivelo.

Moore said Lucas was a treat to get to know and work with on the movie. She said she’s working on four more FORREST FILMS productions.

“Forrest is the greatest,” Moore said. “He is kind and fair and clearly is wildly generous. And he has a really good sense of humor.”

Fans can save on advance tickets for the GEICO Off Road Shootout by purchasing tickets online prior to the event.

Off Road tickets, whether for the weekend that begins with Friday’s practice day or single-day tickets for Saturday’s action, also include admission to the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series on the dirt oval on Saturday night.

Spectator gates will open at 8 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday with practice starting at 8:30 a.m. followed by qualifying. A drivers’ autograph session is set for 11 a.m. with Junior Kart, Mod Kart and Turbo UTV races beginning at 11:30 a.m. Opening ceremonies are at 2 p.m., followed by the Pro 2, UTV, Pro Buggy, Pro Lite and Pro 4 races.

For Friday practice, spectator gates open at noon with practice sessions at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire
General Admission Tickets
Friday practice day
Adults (16 and over) $10
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $10
Youth (ages 6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Adult Weekend Pass $50 advance online, $60 at the gate
Senior (62 and over)/Military Weekend Pass $44 advance online, $54 at the gate
Youth (ages 6-15) Weekend Pass $20

Saturday-Sunday
(All tickets include access to Off Road pit area. All Saturday and three-day tickets include entry to the Dirt Track Event on Saturday night)
Adults (16 and over) $25 advance online, $30 at the gate
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $22 advance online, $27 at the gate
Youth (ages 6-15) $10
Kids (5-and-under) FREE
Adult Weekend Pass $50 advance online, $60 at the gate
Senior (62 and over)/Military Weekend Pass $44 advance online, $54 at the gate
Youth (ages 6-15) $20 in advance online and at the gate

For ticket information on all events at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2018, contact admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can go online to purchase tickets for any event on the 2018 schedule.

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

Hendrix grabs Street Stocks feature, midseason crown; Bryant, Cornell, Hubert also win at Lucas Oil Speedway

June 19th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – David Hendrix continued his dominating season in the Lucas Oil Speedway Big O Tires Street Stock division Saturday night, winning his fourth straight feature in the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series. Along with the feature victory, Hendrix also celebrated a midseason championship and took home a $500 bonus in addition to the $750 for winning the night’s headliner main event. Midseason champions in each division received $500 in bonus money courtesy of Victory Lane Magazine and Lucas Oil Speedway.

In a classic finish with a race for the win and a duel for third that decided the midseason championship, Andy Bryant won the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods feature with Taylor Moore taking the midseason title. Both made decisive, last-lap passes.

The Warsaw Auto Marine and RV Late Model division saw 17-year-old Kaeden Cornell pick up his first career Lucas Oil Speedway win, with Aaron Marrant’s ninth-place run good enough to nail down the midseason championship.

In the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Evan Hubert captured the feature and Darron Fuqua clinched the midseason title as a total of 83 cars in the fourth divisions checked into the pits in a program presented by the Bolivar Herald-Free Press.

Hendrix again outran his cousin, Brian Schutt, as the top two Street Stock drivers all season distanced themselves from the rest of the field. Schutt won the season opener back in mid-April and Hendrix, of Waynesville, has won every feature since.

“He definitely made me work for it,” Hendrix said of Schutt. “It’s been an awesome year and I couldn’t do it without everybody who helps us, especially Jay Prevete who owns the car.”

Hendrix said he was concerned as he entered lapped traffic late in the race and his water temperature rose to 240 degrees. Meanwhile, Schutt was closing in.

“I got to watching my gauge instead of hitting my marks,” Hendrix said. “I thought, ‘I better get my elbows out and start driving this thing.’”

Ted Welschmeyer finished third with Dewayne Applegate fourth.

Late drama in B-Mods: Andy Bryant and Taylor Moore both used last-lap magic to earn trips to victory lane to celebrate in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod feature. Bryant earned the feature victory with a pass of Kris Jackson and Moore’s pass gave him third place over JC Morton, just enough to give him the points edge.

Jackson led the first 19 laps until Bryant, the 2017 track champion, found a way past him for his second straight feature win.

“I didn’t think the top on three and four would work, but it did and we came home with the W,” Bryant said. “Coming to the white, I knew I could get him (in turn two) but I didn’t know if it would stick in three and four, but I had to try it.”

Meanwhile, Moore had to overcome hard-charging 2016 track champ JC Morton – who began the night one point behind Moore in the points race. As Moore started up front, Morton worked his way from a 17th starting position into fifth when the race’s first caution bunched the field on lap 11, putting Morton one position behind Moore in the running order.

Two laps after the restart, Morton slipped past Moore and into third as Jackson and Bryant continued to run 1-2. But another caution, with three laps to go, set it up for a final shootout for those top four and what amounted to two separate match races.

And what a finish it was. Bryant and Moore both used the high groove to make decisive, last-lap moves as Bryant went past Jackson in turn two and Moore went around Morton coming out of turn four to send both to victory lane to celebrate. He finished five points ahead of Morton to earn the bonus check.

“It was nice starting up front. We’re usually about mid-pack,” said Moore, who recorded his fourth top-five finish in five starts. “Man, it’s awesome. We’ve been plugging along and getting top-fives. That makes it nice.”

Cornell earns first: Kaeden Cornell of Willard, in his first full season in the Late Model division after moving up from B-Mods, took the lead on lap two and never relinquished it en route to the feature win.

“This season has not gone as planned, at all. To be honest, it’s been an awful season with bad luck stuff. But I guess I’ll take this,” Cornell said. “First of all, I have to thank God. I’m the most-blessed kid on the planet. And happy Father’s Day to my dad (Aaron) and to (car owner) Rick Hoover.”

Cornell started third in the feature and overtook Josh Poe for the lead on lap two. He dominated, but had to make clean restarts after four cautions after he went in front.

Defending track champ Johnny Fennewald was second, about eight car lengths behind Cornell, with Aaron Poe finishing third and Josh Poe in fourth.

Marrant said his banner season sputtered a bit on Saturday, after winning his heat race. He speculated it was due to some carburetor problems.

“We’ve been having a pretty good year so far,” Marrant said. “We had some issues tonight and didn’t run very good. Hopefully we get that fixed and get back to doing what we’ve been doing.”

Hubert leads all the way: Evan Hubert prevailed in a race-long duel with Jon Sheets to captured the Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature win. Hubert led all 20 laps, but it was a battle with Sheets and then others over the final four laps.

“That was awesome. The track was good, too,” Hubert said. “Everybody was moving around back there it looked like. We’ve got things figured out for the most part.”

While the run was solid, it was not without a hectic afternoon.

“Today was a heck of a day,” Hubert said. “We had to change a motor about 2 o’clock.”

A lap 16 caution, when fourth-running Lance Town spun in turn four, gave Sheets and third-place Mike Striegel a final chance to overtake the leader. But Hubert was up to the challenge, hanging on for his second feature win of the season.

Darron Fuqua was a solid third place and that was good enough to give the four-time feature winner the midseason points title. Striegel finished fourth and four-time defending track champ Jeff Cutshaw wound up fifth.

Fuqua, of Mayetta, Kansas, completed a solid first two months with his sixth top-five finish in eight starts.

“There’s a whole bunch of people that help out. I couldn’t do it without their help,” Fuqua said.

Darron Fuqua celebrates his first Lucas Oil Speedway feature win, after a last-turn pass gave him the Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature Saturday night. (Kenny Shaw photo)

May 17th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – On a Saturday night of memorable finishes in the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series, Darron Fuqua earned a thriller in the main event at Lucas Oil Speedway.
Fuqua passed Chase Domer in the final turn of the final lap of the Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature, earning $1,000 in the night’s 25-lap headliner.

Meanwhile, Aaron Marrant made some last-lap magic of his own with a last-lap pass to capture the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model feature. David Hendrix (Big O Tires Street Stocks) and Kris Jackson (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods) also visited victory lane in a program presented by NMI/VMG Marketing and Wild Animal Safari. Fuqua, of Mayetta, Kan., weaved through lapped traffic and made a daring pass of Domer in the final 75 yards. It was Fuqua’s first win at Lucas Oil Speedway and the 99th of the veteran driver’s career. Surely few were more exciting or satisfying than this one.

“I felt like I had a good car, but he was so good on the top,” Fuqua said of Domer. “I was good on the bottom. It was basically follow him until he left me just a little bit around the top and that was the only thing I had. “I just put it in there as hard as I could and I had enough momentum to get around him.” Fuqua worked his way from the ninth starting position and into contention as Domer and fellow front-row starter Ronnie Woods traded the lead five times over the first 15 laps.

In a race with only one caution, Domer caught lapped traffic with five laps to go and Fuqua continued his steady gain, setting up the thrilling finish. “I was hoping to have a lane down low, but there was a lapped car there,” Fuqua said. “I just did the one thing I had, 110 percent.”

Mark Dotson came home third with Lance Town coming all the way from 17th to fourth and Woods finishing fifth. Marrant in a Late Model thriller: Aaron Marrant threw a winning slide job on Shane Essary going into turn three on the final lap to capture the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model feature.

Essary led all the way – until Marrant, from Richmond, Missouri – drove deep into the third turn in a last-ditch move to steal the win on the final circuit. It was Marrant’s second feature win of the young season at Lucas Oil Speedway. “We were about the same speed,” Marrant said of he and Essary. “I knew it was gonna be a Hail Mary. I wanted to wait until the last lap because I didn’t want to lose position and lose myself an opportunity in that last corner.”

Essary started on the pole and Marrant on the outside of turn two. They broke away from the field to turn it into a two-car race when a lap-14 caution, after Gregg Truelove spun in turn four, bunched the field. Just one lap later, Larry Ferris’ strong run ended when he found the wall in turn four to bring out caution number six. Ferris was running fifth at the time.

Essary again had to weather a restart and he did so, until the very end. “I knew I was close enough that I could probably do it,” Marrant said. “It started to get a little slicker going into three. I just knew I couldn’t mess up in one and two. I had to stay on his back bumper to get it done. Coming off two, I was right there with him. I’m just glad that everything worked out.”

Josh Poe came home third with Daniel Jessen fourth and Tom Cordray fifth. Hendrix makes it two straight: David Hendrix continued his strong start to the 2018 Big O Tires Street Stocks season, making a winning pass with five laps remaining to earn his second straight feature win.

Hendrix, of Waynesville, passed Brian Schutt coming to the start-finish line to complete lap 15 and held on from there. James Flood finished second with Schutt third and Derek Brown finishing fourth after starting 13th. “I was getting some pretty hot pressure from Flood and Brown and I was like man, I’ve got to find something different, to go,” Hendrix said. “I think Brian’s car was getting tight. Mine was pretty tight. The track’s a lot different than it was last week.”

Hendrix spun in his heat race, but rallied to finish third to earn a third-row starting spot in the feature. “We were terrible in the heat race. I ran out of patience and out of talent and spun out on my own,” he said. “This definitely helps make up for it a little.”

Jackson rolls to B-Mod win: Kris Jackson of Lebanon led all 20 laps, but had to withstand a couple of late restarts that wiped out sizeable leads for the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod feature victory. “It’s just glad to be back in victory lane,” Jackson said following his first Lucas Oil Speedway feature win of 2018. “This is a horsepower track tonight and I think I have the best of that. I have to chalk this one up to (engine builder Jim) Ruble. He won us this race.”

JC Morton, who started 12th, worked his way to second with six laps to go but was still about eight car lengths behind Jackson. A lap-16 caution wiped that cushion away, however, and set the stage for a four-lap shootout. Jackson re-established a comfortable lead and took the white flag well ahead of Morton. But David Harris spun into the front-stretch wall to bring out the caution and force Jackson to earn the win via a green-white restart.

Tyler Brown finished in third with Shawn Strong fourth and Taylor Moore fifth.

Up next: Racing resumes next Saturday night as Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper Bottling Company along with OnMedia/DISH/DirecTV team up to present the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series. The Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models will be running a special 25-lap $1,000 to win main event as the featured class of the evening.

Gates on Saturday will open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and opening ceremonies at 7. Meanwhile, earlier that day on the Off Road track, the Kansas City Off Road Racing Association with practice starting at 10 a.m., opening ceremonies at noon and features at about 3 p.m. For ticket information for any event in 2018 at Lucas Oil Speedway – including the 26th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by Protecttheharvest.com May 24-26, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com. Tickets also can be purchased online for any event during the 2018 season.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket information and 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com. Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984. In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

The 26th annual Show-Me 100 comes to Lucas Oil Speedway, May 24-26.

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

Lucas Oil Speedway Spotlight: Arkansas’ Latham finds winning combination in Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds

May 16th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missour – Prior to this season, Trevor Latham had entered only a handful of races at Lucas Oil Speedway and had little success when he did. “That place is a lot different than most that we run,” the Rogers, Arkansas driver said, noting the composition of the dirt and banking of the 3/8-mile oval track. So it’s little wonder Latham had marginal expectations when he returned for the first two weekends of action in the Pitts Homes USRA Modified division.

But on the three-hour drive to the speedway, Latham said he “had some ideas pop into my head. We threw a couple of things at the car. It just seemed to work. It’s kind of amazing.” Following a second-place finish in a makeup feature on April 28 from the previous week’s rainout, Latham captured his first Lucas Oil Speedway feature win later in the program. That puts Latham, the Tailgate Guys Radio Show Spotlight Driver of the Week, atop the early points standings just ahead of four-time defending track champion Jeff Cutshaw.

How long he will stay there is uncertain. As the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series was off last weekend, Latham traveled to Tri-State Speedway for a United States Modified Touring Series event. He was running in the top 10 on what he described as a rough track when he got into the wall, damaged his car and had to pull off.Latham said earlier this week that if he’s able to repair the damage in time, he could return to Lucas Oil Speedway this Saturday to see if his new-found success can continue.

“It’s really good competition there,” said Latham, who finished fifth in USRA National points in 2017 while earning the USRA Mid-American Region championship. “You have (Jeff) Cutshaw who is really consistent and good. Also guys like Ryan Middaugh who shows up and he’s always tough, along with guys like Jason Pursley and Lucas Gibbs. “More than half the field is good, and you’re usually racing a full field. Both nights we’ve been there, they had more than 30 cars. You don’t always get that everywhere else. Even if there are a few slower guys, when there are that many makes it difficult in heats races.”

Latham, 28, has been racing since 2009 with a four-year break mixed in to earn an engineering degree from the University of Arkansas. He works at Pratt & Whitney in Springdale, Arkansas, which does a lot of repair on airplane jet engineFor the last couple of years, Latham has driven a Hughes Chassis after striking up a friendship with veteran Oklahoma racer and car-builder Jason Hughes. He plans to join Hughes at some USMTS national programs later this spring and summer and for that reason, it’s doubtful that Latham will make a full-time run at dethroning four-time Lucas Oil Speedway USRA Modified champion Cutshaw.

But he is eager to get back as often as he can. “Especially now, that we maybe have something figured out, I want to get back up there,” Latham said. “It’s a fantastic facility.” Cody Howerton, who just turned 21, serves as his crew chief and Latham said Howerton has been a key to his success.

“He works hard and does whatever I ask,” Latham said. “I just buy his pit pass – and at first I didn’t even buy his pit pass. He’s invaluable. I wish I could give him more than I do. Running one of these weekly yourself, without any big sponsors, finances are tough. It’s invaluable to have somebody like that who sacrifices for you.” Sponsors on Latham’s No. 27 car include TL Wood Products, Shamrock Bolt & Screw, Hughes Racing Chassis, Joey Talarksi and Carolyn Hooper-American Sharpening, Henryetta Ford, Oelke Construction, Bryke Racing, BCS Motorsports and Wholesale Laminiates and Cabinet Components.

This Saturday, the Pitts Homes USRA Modified division will be featured, running a special 25-lap, $1,000-to-win main event. The Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods also will be in action. It’s a Mother’s Day Weekend tribute program as NMI/VMG Marketing Group and Wild Animal Safari team up to present the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series. All Mothers will be admitted FREE, courtesy of NMI/VMG Marketing Group.

Gates on Saturday will open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and opening ceremonies at 7.

Admission prices:
(All Mothers are FREE)
Adults (16 and over) $12
Seniors (62 and over/Military) $9
Youth (ages 6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family pass $25
Pit pass $30

For ticket information for any event in 2018 at Lucas Oil Speedway – including the 26th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by Protecttheharvest.com May 24-26, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com. Tickets also can be purchased online for any event during the 2018 season. The Tailgate Guys Radio Show airs each Saturday from 11:05 a.m.-noon on KICK 92.3 FM, 1340 AM and 923kick.com. Co-hosts Lyndal Scranton and Steve Koehler talk barbecue and sports with a segment dedicated to racing action at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket information and 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com. Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984. In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

The 26th annual Show-Me 100 comes to Lucas Oil Speedway, May 24-26.

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

Carrick earns first POWRi National Midget win; Seavey, Moore also grab Open Wheel Showdown wins at Lucas Oil Speedway

May 8th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri– – Young Tanner Carrick captured his first POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League feature victory at Saturday night’s 7th annual Impact Signs Awnings and Wraps Open Wheel Showdown at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Carrick, a 16-year-old from Lincoln, California, started outside of row one and led all but one of 30 laps for a memorable victory.

“It feels awesome,” a happy Carrick said in victory lane. “And there’s going to be more.”

Other winners on the program, which saw 108 open-wheel cars check into the pits, were Mitchell Moore (POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprints) and Logan Seavey (ASCS Warrior Region/Red River Region Winged Sprints). Seavey nearly pulled off a double, finishing second to Carrick in the evening’s first feature.

Carrick lost the lead only for a few seconds, when veteran Jerry Coons slid past him coming out of turn four to complete lap nine. Carrick was back in front halfway through the next lap and was in command the rest of the way, his drive slowed only by three caution flags.

After the final re-start, just past the race’s mid point, Keith Kunz Motorsports teammate Seavey pulled up alongside Carrick but was not able to make the pass.
Carrick drove away from there with Seavey winding up a distant second. Pole-sitter Ryan Robinson was third and another Kunz car, driven by Tucker Klaasmeyer, rallied from an 11th-starting position to finish fourth.

“I’ve been so close the last three or four weeks,” Carrick said. “Tonight, I told everyone I was going to win it and I won it. I can’t thank everyone enough on the team. We’ve had a ton of speed. I just haven’t been able to capitalize and tonight I did.”

Seavey said he did all he could, but was no match for his teammate.

“Overall, it was a good night,” Seavey said. “We’d have liked to win. But Tanner was really good tonight. He ran a really good race and didn’t make any mistakes.”

Seavey’s night got better a little later.

Seavey dominates in Winged Sprints: Seavey, while unable to pull off the POWRi Midget win, got the job done by leading all 25 laps of the ASCS Warrior/Red Region Winged Sprint feature.

“I hadn’t run a winged car in almost two years,” Seavey said. “This place has been pretty good to me. I won the Hockett (Memorial) here last year. This is my first time to win here in a Sprint car and it was really cool.”

Mason Daniel rolled his car in turn four and Evan Martin slid into him, turning his car on its side, to bring out a red flat on lap seven. Seavey had worked his way into lapped traffic by then with more than a straightaway-margin lead over Nick Howard.

Seavey, of Sutter, California, pushed out to a comfortable lead after the restart before a lap 14 caution bunched the field, with Howard second and Alex Sewell in third. The scenario played out again, with a caution on lap 21 again wiping away a big Seavey lead to set up a four-lap sprint to the finish.

Howard was no match and settled for second with Taylor Walton in third.

Seavey said the cautions “didn’t help me, but I was able to stick it on the restarts and take off.”

Moore hangs on for POWRi WAR Sprint win: Mitchell Moore dominated most of the way, then had to fend off a last-lap charge from Riley Kreisel to prevail in the POWRi WAR Sprint feature.

Moore, from Edgerton, Kansas, bolted from his front-row starting spot and opened a four-second lead through 22 green-flag laps. But when Luke Howard spun in turn two to bring out the race’s first caution, Moore’s lead was wiped out and it put Korey Weyant right behind for a three-lap shootout.

Taking advantage of two lapped cars between first and second, Moore re-established command as Kreisel slid past Weyant and into second with two laps to go.

Kreisel made a big charge on the final lap, pressuring Moore with a low-side slide into turn three, but Moore was able to hang on for his eighth career win. Kreisel was second and Weyant finished third.

Moore said the win was special because it was his first at Lucas Oil Speedway and represented a strong showing after a poor one the last time he was here.

“Back when we used to be fast we almost won here several times,” Moore said. “I always felt like one of these days we were gonna win one at Lucas Oil. At the Hockett Memorial last year, I missed the show here all three nights. I didn’t know if it was me or the car. I was really starting to second-guess everything and was considering retirement.

“I guess we’ll race a little longer.”

Next up: NMI/VMG Marketing Group and Wild Animal Safari team up to present the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series on Saturday, May 12. The Pitts Homes USRA Modified division will be featured, running a special 25-lap, $1,000-to-win main event. The Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods also will be in action.

As it will be Mother’s Day Weekend, all Moms will be admitted FREE courtesy of NMI/VMG Marketing Group.

For ticket information for any event in 2018 at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com. Tickets also can be purchased online for any event during the 2018 season.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket information and 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can purchase general admission tickets for any 2018 event on the web.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

USRA Modifieds shoot for $1,000-to-win Saturday – and Moms are admitted free – at Lucas Oil Speedway

May 8th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri- With temperatures on the rise and more weekend sunshine in the forecast, Lucas Oil Speedway returns to action on Saturday with a special Mother’s Day Weekend tribute program.

NMI/VMG Marketing Group and Wild Animal Safari team up to present the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series. All Mothers will be admitted FREE, courtesy of NMI/VMG Marketing Group.

“After a super weekend of open-wheel racing, we’re excited to welcome back our four weekly divisions,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “The competition on the race track and the car counts both have been outstanding so far and this week should be more of the same.

“Thanks for NMI/VMG Marketing Group, we’re proud to welcome all Moms for a special free night at the speedway.”

The Pitts Homes USRA Modified division will be featured, running a special 25-lap, $1,000-to-win main event. The Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods also will be in action.

After two early April rainouts, the points chases in the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series will begin to settle into a flow this week. With just two weekly programs in the books, there is little separation in any of the divisions after eight different winners in eight feature races so far.

In the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Trevor Latham of Rogers, Arkansas, holds an eight-point lead over four-time reigning track champion Jeff Cutshaw. Latham has a feature win and a runner-up finish in 2018 and Cutshaw already has a win.

The Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods find a tie atop the standings with JC Morton of Springfield and Kris Jackson of Lebanon – both former track champions – at the top. Mike Striegel and Robert Heydenreich Jr. are tied for third, only eight points behind.

David Hendrix of Waynesville paces the Big O Tires Street Stocks with a four-point margin over Brian Schutt. In the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Aaron Marrant of Richmond is two points clear of both Aaron Poe and Larry Ferris.

Gates on Saturday will open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and opening ceremonies at 7.

Admission prices:
(All Mothers are FREE)
Adults (16 and over) $12
Seniors (62 and over/Military) $9
Youth (ages 6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family pass $25
Pit pass $30

NMI/VMG is the union of two of the most reputable agencies in Springfield, Missouri – Nichols Media, Inc. and Vietti Marketing Group with a combined experience that includes over 40-plus years in the advertising industry.

Wild Animal Safari, located in Strafford, Missouri, is one of the nation’s best drive-through animal parks. For ticket information and hours of operation visit animalsafari.com.

For ticket information for any event in 2018 at Lucas Oil Speedway – including the 26th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by Protecttheharvest.com May 24-26, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com. Tickets also can be purchased online for any event during the 2018 season.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

The 26th annual Show-Me 100 comes to Lucas Oil Speedway, May 24-26.

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

Poor weather forced to Postpone MLRA Spring Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway

April 19th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – With a forecast of severe thunderstorms on Friday and freezing cold on Saturday, the 5th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway has been postponed.

“As much as we try to be optimistic, it just looks like Mother Nature is determined to win again,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said in announcing postponement of the MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com.

The doubleheader had been set for Friday and Saturday and comes on the heels of cancellation of last week’s scheduled opener of the Big Adventure RV Racing Series due to rain and cold.

“With the distances many of our drivers and fans are planning to travel, plus the safety factor when it comes to possibly severe storms on Friday, it just looks like the smart move to go ahead and call it with plenty of notice,” Robinson said. “We want everyone to enjoy their experience at the race track.

“We’ll try it again next week with the Weekly Racing Series and hope for 75 degrees and sunny.”

Robinson said Lucas Oil Speedway and the Lucas Oil MLRA will work to find a suitable makeup date later in the season.

Lucas Oil Speedway will try again to open its season next week. The Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series program on April 21 is $uper $aver $pecial Night Presented by OnMedia/Dish/DirecTV. Four general admission tickets include four hot dogs and four 20-ounce soft drinks for just $30 for all fans arriving before 5:30 p.m.

Classes in action include the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods. The Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods will be the featured class of the evening running a special 25-lap, $750-to-win main event.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7:05.

The next scheduled Lucas Oil MLRA event is April 20 at Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa with another event the following night at 34 Raceway in Burlington, Iowa.

For ticket information for any event in 2018 at Lucas Oil Speedway, including general admission or three-day reserved seats for the 26th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket information and 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can purchase general admission tickets for any 2018 event on the web.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

Lucas Oil Speedway is set to play host to the 5th Annual Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com

April 18th, 2018

Wheatland, Missouri – Following a very successful season opening double header at the LaSalle Speedway, Lucas Oil MLRA drivers and teams are headed to the series home base, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri for the 5th Annual running of the RacingJunk.com Spring Nationals. The two-day event, April 13th – 14th will be the first of five series visits to the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” in 2018.

Both nights will feature complete shows for the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Model competitors, each offering up a cool $3,000 payday to the feature winners. Saturday’s payout will include a $500 winner’s bonus in memory of Ron Jenkins, the original builder of Wheatland Raceway.

Will Vaught along with Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas each claimed victories a year ago in the annual spring opener in Wheatland.

One driver looking to ignite his season is defending Spring Nationals race winner Will Vaught. The Crane, MO native is looking to return full time this season to the MLRA tour. The last time he completed a full season run with the Lucas Oil MLRA was in 2013, a campaign which end just 39 points shy of a series championship as he finished as the series runner-up to eventual champion Tony Jackson, Jr.

A busy off season for Vaught and team has them ready to once again make a run to the top of the series standings. Vaught commented, “We are more prepared for a full season than in recent years, from the hauler all the way to the car and motors. We are prepared for the long run and not just hit and miss like the past few seasons.”

Vaught’s high expectations for the upcoming season will find him behind the wheel of a newly prepared Rocket Chassis. “We just have to keep everything together and have some luck along the way, but our goal is to run the entire MLRA season,” said Vaught. Adding to the team’s arsenal they have made the move to Scott Bailey Racing Engines for this season. “This new Rocket and the Scott Bailey motor program is the best package we have had to start a season out in a long time,” said the 7-time MLRA series feature winner.

For the 31 year-old Vaught, getting the season off to a quick start will be key, but he is quick to point out how challenging the Lucas Oil Speedway can be. “Wheatland is tricky. I have been successful there in the past but it’s hard to say what will happen on a given weekend there. I really like the tire package we run there with the harder tire on the front because it can often make it more of a challenge for drivers in the slick.”

Joining the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models both nights will be the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds featuring NASCAR Star Kenny Schrader, along with complete shows for the Big O Tires Street Stocks.

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.

New car, new season, new goals: Holtkamp aims high as Lucas Oil Speedway ULMA Late Model season nears

April 17th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – With a new Rocket-chassis Late Model to dial in, Cody Holtkamp learned a few things during last weekend’s Lucas Oil Speedway test and tune.

“We worked out a couple of bugs and we were ready to go and try to make a good showing this weekend,” Holtkamp said.

But those plans for Holtkamp – and everyone else – were thrown a wintry curveball. This Saturday’s season-opening program at Lucas Oil Speedway was cancelled due to an awful weather forecast. While disappointed, Holtkamp tried to look on the bright side.

“Now we’ll have another week to go back to the shop and do a little more work,” Holtkamp said. “We’ll do a couple of suspension adjustments and maybe get ahead in tire preparation. That takes some time and we’ll try to use it to our advantage.”

Holtkamp, a 28-year-old form Holts Summit, Missouri, has set a lofty goal in 2018. He wants to win the Lucas Cattle Company ULMA Late Model National Championship after finishing a mere two points behind Aaron Marrant for the title a year ago.

Much of that work will include chasing a track title at Lucas Oil Speedway, where he wound up fourth in last season’s Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model points chase. Overall, he had 17 top-five finishes with one of his three second-place finishes occurring at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Turn one of those runner-up finishes into wins, and it’s likely that Holtkamp would have enjoyed the championship spoils instead of Marrant.

“We came close,” Holtkamp said of the national championship. “Everybody called me ‘Mr. Consistent’ last year. We had several top-10s, top-fives and seconds. We just couldn’t get it done” and win.

“Yep, that’s my goal,” he said when asked about the national title. “I want to try and add that to my resume. Something that I can take into the future.”

Holtkamp has been racing Late Models for about four years after getting his start in Street Stocks. He’s excited to get into the new Rocket, hoping it’s exactly what he needs to take the next step in his racing career.

“It’s 10 years newer than what I had been running,” Holtkamp said. “So it’s 10 years’ newer technology. Those guys (at Rocket headquarters) in West Virginia definitely do their homework. They know their stuff.

“I’ve just been in it one time so far so it’s hard for me to tell about it so far, handling-wise. We’ll get that figured out as the races come and we get some track time. I’m looking forward to it.”

The first Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series program, which includes the ULMA cars, is set for April 21 after the 5th annual MLRA Spring Nationals get things going at Lucas Oil Speedway on April 13-14.

Holtkamp said he plans to mix it up in open Late Model company a few times this season when he’s not racing the weekly shows at Lucas.

“Since we don’t have any Friday races in the ULMA other than some special shows, we’re going to go over into the St. Louis and Illinois area into UMP territory and race a little over there on Fridays,” Holtkamp said. “We also have some special shows we’ll attend and try to make the Show-Me 100. We were just a couple of spots away from making the Show-Me the year before last.

“We’re looking forward to the new season. I’m blessed and lucky and couldn’t do this without my dad (Joe Holtkamp) and brother (Tyler Holtkamp). They own the truck and trailer and Tyler is kind of like my crew chief. He calms me down if something doesn’t go my way which, unfortunately, sometimes happens.”

Holtkamp’s sponsors include Spectators Sports Bar and Grill, Melloway Fast Signs, Renee Conklin Show Horses, Fast Shafts, KB Marine Services, Prison Brews Restaurant, Scotty and G-$Money$, Kelly Stewart Professional Auctioneering, Schaeffer’s Racing Oil, Aces Pest Solutions, Bodies by Schell, Holtkamp Motorsports, Mid-State Vacuum Center, Hoover Enterprises, Calwood Auto Sales, Giest Family, Affordable Towing, ISP Safety Products, PEM Racing and Air Photography.

For ticket information for any event in 2018, including general admission or three-day reserved seats for the 26th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket information and 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can purchase general admission tickets for any 2018 event on the web.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

The 5th annual MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com is set for April 13-14 at Lucas Oil Speedway.

CONTACT:

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

Dan@lucasoil.com

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

High-performance company Rod End Supply, leaving mark across racing platforms, joins Lucas Oil Speedway

April 4th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Rod End Supply, a long-time leader in high-performance parts for various forms of motorsports as well as industrial machinery, has signed a three-year agreement as a Lucas Oil Speedway sponsor.

“We’re excited to have Rod End Supply joining us. I think it’s going to be a great fit as Bob Douglas not only has a proven and high-quality company, but he’s a true racing enthusiast,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said.

Rod End Supply will have signage across each form of competition at Lucas Oil Speedway with visibility at the dirt track, off road track and the drag boat facility.

Douglas, the owner and president of Rod End Supply, said Lucas Oil Speedway and Lucas Oil are two brands that “are known throughout the United States.”

“It’s a very good organization and they put on high-quality races as well as the oil product itself and we want to be involved with them,” Douglas said. “It should be a very good partnership.”

Part of the sponsorship includes contingency awards throughout the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series season. The certificates consist of a $30 off of a $100 order from all products in the Rod Ends Supply catalog for all heat races for all classes as well as feature winners for all events. The company also will provide additional cash point fund awards for each weekly class champion at the awards banquet (Street Stocks and B-Mods $250 each, USRA Mods $500 and ULMA Late Models $1,000) plus banners to the champions.

Based in Olathe, Kansas, Rod End Supply prides itself on having the unique opportunity to be involved with all sorts of industrial, farming and high performance related industries including auto racing.

Whether it’s a go-kart, micro, mini-sprint, midget, modified, late model, sprint or a tractor, Rod End Supply has the assortment of rod ends, radius rods and specialty products that will help lead the field in performing at your maximum potential.

One of its business mottos is “we don’t just sell ‘em, we race ‘em.”

“Our product not only lends itself to racing, but we do a lot in the street rod industry, off road and drag racing,” Douglas said. “We’re involved in a lot of different things, plus we’re involved in a lot of industrial applications as well. It should be a very good avenue for us to do some advertising.”

Douglas described himself as a racing enthusiast since the age of five.

“I started to races when I was five and I’ll turn 71 in July,” Douglas said. “I also run a group of race cars up here in the Kansas City area and I have a race car myself. Our cars are called Lightning Sprints. These cars are the same size as a Midget, but we run a wing and a 1,000-cc motorcycle engine and a chain drive.”

Since 1989, Rod End Supply has provided superior products priced competitively, with prompt and courteous service. Visit RodEndSupply.com for more information about the company.

Lucas Oil Speedway comes to life this Saturday with an Open Test & Tune from 2-6 p.m. The season opener of the Big Adventure Weekly Racing Series is set for April 7 with action in in the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Big O Tires Street Stocks and Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

For ticket information for any event in 2018, including general admission or three-day reserved seats for the 26th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket information and 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can purchase general admission tickets for any 2018 event on the web.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

Former USRA B-Mod National Champion Morton returns to Lucas Oil Speedway Weekly Series in 2018

March 31st, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri- Even though it didn’t work out at planned, JC Morton is glad he ventured out and tried a new racing opportunity last season.

“If I hadn’t, I’d have sat here and kicked myself in the butt saying I regret this and I regret that,” Morton said of driving for a team based in northern Arkansas. Morton and his wife, Destiny, even moved there for most of 2017.

“Some things don’t work out and you learn from them,” Morton said. “So I’m glad I tried it. But I’m glad to be back home.”

Morton is back at home in Springfield and scheduled to return to his racing home at Lucas Oil Speedway. He plans to race weekly in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, a division in which he won the track championship in 2016. That also was a springboard to his USRA B-Mod National Championship that season.

“I’m definitely excited about being back home,” Morton said this week. “Last year we raced two hours away (from Springfield) every weekend. It was a struggle for Dad (his crew chief Gene Morton) and the family to get down there. Dad’s the backer for just about everything for me as far as making sure we’re ready to race. It wasn’t very much fun without him for a lot of the races.

“I’m ready to get back into the Lucas swing. The publicity and the competitiveness there … you have 8-10 cars that are capable of winning on a given night and 40-50 cars for a typical weekly show. I’m just ready to get back to what I know.”

Even before the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opener on April 7, Morton already is showing championship form. He captured the Iron Man Challenge for USRA B-Mods last weekend at Humboldt Speedway in Kansas.

Driving a new Phoenix-chassis car, Morton recorded three top-four feature finishes three straight nights, including a wire-to-wire triumph in the $1,000-to-win finale.

“It’s been a pretty good car right out of the box,” Morton said of the Phoenix, which is built in Nevada, Missouri. “They called me during the winter and we talked back and forth for about two months and came to an agreement.”

Morton, 28, said he doesn’t have a master plan to chase another USRA B-Mod National Championship. Time will tell whether that chance presents itself.

“The national points deal usually doesn’t come into play until a month is left in the season and you see yourself in the top three or four,” Morton said. “That’s when you really pursue it.

“You just get yourself ready to go and try to win races every week,” added Morton, who plans to compete in the B-Mod Bedlam at Salina, Oklahoma, March 30-31 before opening the Lucas Oil Speedway season.

Morton’s sponsors on the No. 18 car include Phoenix Race Car, Yeoman Race Engines, Midwest Sheet Metal, Troop 4 Shocks, Lucas Gibbs Racing, Chris Claunch Photography, R&R Graphics and Fast Shafts.

The Lucas Oil Speedway dirt track roars to life on March 31 with an open test and tune from 2-6 p.m. The season begins on April 7 with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opener with action in the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Big O Tires Street Stocks and Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

For ticket information for any event in 2018, including general admission or three-day reserved seats for the 26th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket information and 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can purchase general admission tickets for any 2018 event on the web.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

CONTACT:

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

Dan@lucasoil.com

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

Army, racing veteran Welschmeyer looks to break into Big O Tires Street Stock victory lane in 2018

March 29th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Even before a new racing season begins, veteran mid-Missouri Street Stock driver Ted Welschmeyer already is a winner.

Welschmeyer took home a first-place trophy from a car show held last weekend at Capital Mall in Jefferson City. Among 31 race cars on display, Welschmeyer and his No. 21W received the most donations from fans as funds were raised for the Missouri Veterans Honor Flight.

“Being a veteran myself, that hits close to home for me,” said Welschmeyer, who is set to return as a regular in the Big O Tires Street Stocks division at Lucas Oil Speedway. The Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series begins on April 7.

Welschmeyer’s car took in more than $400 in donations as the event raised $2,068 for the Honor Flight, which transports Missouri veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit memorials dedicated to honor their services and sacrifices.

“I appreciate everyone that came out and voted for all the cars,” Welschmeyer said. “The vets are the biggest winners in this deal. It’s great to support them.”

Welschmeyer, from the small town of Tebbetts, Missouri, spent seven years in the United States Army on active duty and 18 more in the Army Reserves. He earned two bronze stars before retiring in 2014.

Racing was a passion before, during and after his time in the Army which included deployments in Iraq and Kuwait where Welschmeyer was a commander of the 428th Transportation Company.

Welschmeyer has won two track championships at LA Raceway in LaMonte, Missouri, and one at Callaway Raceway in Fulton. He finished fifth in 2017 in the Lucas Oil Speedway points chase despite scuffling with motor issues for more than half a season.

“We finally got our engine back at the end of the year last year and were able to finish strong,” Welschmeyer said, noting a seventh-place finish out of nearly 100 entries in the season-ending Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt.

“When we showed up for the Big Buck 50, it was like having a different car,” he said. “It was a much-faster car. So I think we’re moving in the right direction.

“We’ve done some updating on the chassis this winter and hopefully it will be a little bit better. We’ve had some help from Brian Schutt on our chassis set-up and it’s been working. I appreciate the help from everyone.”

Welschmeyer said the stout run in the Big Buck 50 at Lucas Oil Speedway provided positive momentum that cannot be over-estimated headed into the offseason.

“That was huge. I’m much more confident going into the 2018 season,” he said. “Last year was a struggle. About halfway through, we started making some gains on the car in its speed and handling. We’re going to hopefully keep it going forward.”

The goal for the new season is to celebrate a feature win at Lucas Oil Speedway for the first time. If that happens, he figures the points-chase contention will take care of itself.

“I want to win there,” he said. “It’s tough competition, but I think we can do it.”

Welschmeyer owns and operates Bronze Star Truck and Trailer in Jefferson City and self-sponsors his racing operation along with his wife, Victoria. Son Gary along with friend and fellow racer Mike Lucas give him some race-night help.

“We don’t have a lot of help, but we have enough,” Welschmeyer said. “We’re ready to get the season started.”

The Lucas Oil Speedway dirt track roars to life on March 31 with an open test and tune from 2-6 p.m. The season begins on April 7 with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opener with action in the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Big O Tires Street Stocks and Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

For ticket information for any event in 2018, including general admission or three-day reserved seats for the 26th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket information and 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can purchase general admission tickets for any 2018 event on the web.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

The 26th annual Show-Me 100 is set for May 24-26 at Lucas Oil Speedway.

March 14th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – One of the most-compelling races of Show-Me 100 weekend over the last few years at Lucas Oil Speedway has been the win-and-you’re-in Midwest Sheet Metal Challenge.

“At the end of the day, there’s a lot of guys loading up their stuff and we’re giving 24 of them an opportunity,” said Midwest Sheet Metal owner Chris Davis, the man who again will sponsor the last-chance 20-lap race that gives the winner the option of taking a $2,500 winner’s check – or surrendering it for a starting spot at the rear of the Show-Me 100 field.

This year will mark the sixth Midwest Sheet Metal Challenge, prior to the May 26 main event. It allows drivers failing to nail down a feature starting spot in the Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com through conventional means one final chance to crack the big show – which pays $30,000 to win.

“That one guy is going to get an opportunity to change his whole life,” Davis said of the appeal of the race format. The last-to-first storybook run nearly came to fruition a couple of times.

In 2016, Bobby Pierce won the Midwest Sheet Metal Challenge and started 29th in the Show-Me 100. He was dueling for the lead late in the event, bringing fans to their feet in a duel with Scott Bloomquist and Jimmy Owens before a flat tire ruined his chances. Pierce still wound up sixth and earned $5,000.

Three years ago, Midwest Sheet Metal Challenge winner Chris Simpson went from 31st to third and took home $6,000. Last year’s last-chance winner, Jake O’Neil, wasn’t as fortunate as he finished 26th in the main event after starting 29th.

“Everybody in racing wants to give to the leaders and the winners, and that’s all fine and good,” Davis said. “I’m giving 24 guys, who otherwise wouldn’t be getting anything, an opportunity to win 30 grand. They get that one more chance.”

Davis and Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson came up with the idea for the Challenge six years ago. In the format, the top 24 drivers not already locked into the main event after heat races and B-mains are eligible for the 20-lap Challenge.

In addition to the winner’s share, the Midwest Sheet Metal Challenge pays a minimum of $250 to start so it gives everyone in the field a chance for additional winnings despite not making the main event.

The Show-Me 100 is co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

“The Midwest Sheet Metal Challenge has really become an exciting part of Show-Me 100 weekend for the fans,” Robinson said. “It’s also an important event for the racers as they know it gives them not only one last shot to get into the Show-Me 100, but it also gives them a chance to make a little extra money if they have had a bit of a rough weekend.

“Chris Davis (owner of Midwest Sheet Metal) is a terrific supporter of dirt-track racing in not only southwest Missouri but all over the country. We appreciate him stepping up and making this race a key part of our biggest weekend once again.”

Something else that’s become a Show-Me 100 weekend tradition is the Midwest Sheet Metal Challenge $5 t-shirts. Davis’ wife, Jan, designs new shirts each year. What began as an inventory of about 200 shirts six years ago will be around 2,000 this year.

Midwest Sheet Metal is a family owned and operated business specializing in the design and custom fabrication of carbon steel, stainless and aluminum products. Midwest Sheet Metal has one of the nation’s largest in-stock inventories of steel, aluminum, stainless and structural shapes.

For more information on the company, check out www.msmfab.com or call (417) 869-1252.

Three-day Show-Me 100 reserved-seat passes are $100 and offer the comfort of the high-back, stadium-style seats and prime viewing on the top few rows of the front straightaway. For information on the passes – or to purchase general admission Show-Me 100 tickets – contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.

The 26th annual Show-Me 100 kicks off on May 24 with the “Cowboy Classic” headlining the program, with a $6,000-to-win, $600-to-start main event which also enables drivers to earn valuable points toward starting position into the night-night main event.

The “Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson” on May 25 also will see a $6,000-to-win feature with more points earned for the starting lineup the next night. Full USRA Modified programs also are scheduled each night.

The May 26 program includes B Mains, the Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge and the 100-lap, $30,000-to-win main event along with a $1,200-to-win USRA Modified feature.

The Lucas Oil Speedway dirt track roars to life on March 31 with an open test and tune from 2-6 p.m. The season begins on April 7 with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opener with action in the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Big O Tires Street Stocks and Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

For ticket information for any event in 2018, including season passes for all events plus three-day reserved seats for the 26th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

Team Domer on a mission to find victory lane in 2018 at Lucas Oil Speedway

March 13th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Whether it’s working evenings in the shop or applying elbow grease in the pits on race nights, racing is a family effort for Chase Domer and Company.

Chase Domer’s dad, Berry Domer, drove Modifieds for many years on area ovals. Grandpa Kenny Rains bought Chase his first race car about 10 years ago. And now, father-in-law Kerry Schulze is a big part of the motor program for Domer’s No. 227 USRA Modified.

“We were all good family friends even before he became my father-in-law,” Chase Domer said of Schulze. “He’s always helped me out and now we definitely all spend more time together.”

Team Domer has a definite goal in 2018 and that’s to finally celebrate in victory lane at Lucas Oil Speedway. Chase Domer, of Nevada, Mo., has done just about everything but that the last two seasons, often running near the front and finishing fourth in Pitts Homes USRA Modified points in both 2016 and 2017.

“We would really like to get our first win at Lucas,” Chase Domer said. “We came close last year. We got a second and had some really consistent finishes without any real bad ones. But we would really like to be a little better and win one.”

It won’t be easy. The USRA Modified division is rugged, with the likes of four-time reigning Lucas Oil Speedway track champion Jeff Cutshaw leading the way.

“It’s getting harder and harder all the time,” Domer said. “Over there at Lucas with Cutshaw and (Eric) Turner, (Johnny) Fennewald, Terry Schultz when he pops in. They all raced with my Dad back in the day.

“There’s a lot of good experience and great equipment to compete with. It’s a lot of work, especially trying to run two nights a week. It’s a full-time job outside of a real full-time job.”

Domer plans to race his GRT at Humboldt Speedway in Kansas on Fridays this year and at Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturdays. He doesn’t envision tying himself to chasing points at either track.

“It’s just too hard to make it every week,” he said. “There’s always something that comes up. This year, I have one wedding where I know I won’t be there for a weekend. There’s just always something going on.”

Domer hopes to take the key first step toward victory lane at Lucas Oil Speedway’s Open Test and Tune on March 31. Some people call it a “Play Day” but it’s anything but play for Domer.

“That’s a big deal for us,” Domer said. “We really need it. Over there, we’re constantly trying something because we haven’t quite been able to do what it takes to win. We need to try some stuff and not waste a night of racing trying some stuff.”

He also pointed out that winning could be more meaningful than ever, in terms of exposure for himself and sponsors. More of Lucas Oil Speedway’s races are set to be televised on the MAVTV Motorsports Network and LucasOilRacing.TV.

“It’s pretty cool,” Domer said of the television coverage. He noted that friends are telling him about seeing him on past Lucas Oil Speedway races from 2017 that have aired this winter.

“I’m at work or out and about all the time and people are texting me that they see me on TV,” Domer said. “I got quite a bit of exposure last year. I wish I had some better runs when we are on TV. Maybe those will come” this year.

Domer’s sponsors include Schulze Racing Engines, Wheeler Metals, Allen’s Automotive, Troop 4 Motorsports, True Commodities, Crosstown Vending, Ashley Fabrication, The Hair Handlers and GRT Race Cars.

The Lucas Oil Speedway dirt track roars to life on March 31 with an open test and tune from 2-6 p.m. The season begins on April 7 with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opener with action in the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Big O Tires Street Stocks and Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

For ticket information for any event in 2018, including season passes for all events plus three-day passes for the 26th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

Don’t miss out on three-day Show-Me 100 passes as Lucas Oil Speedway season gets ready to fire up

March 8th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – With the Lucas Oil Speedway season just one month away, fans are reminded to finalize their plans for the 26th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by Protecttheharvest.com while three-day passes still remain.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series crown-jewel event, co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil MLRA, is set for May 24-26.

“We just want to remind fans that there is still time to get the three-day passes for the Show-Me 100 in prime locations, though the availability is becoming limited,” Lucas Oil Speedway Admissions Director Nichole McMillan said. “Of course, the general admission tickets for the individual days of the Show-Me also can be purchased at any time by contacting us.”

For Show-Me 100 ticket information, contact McMillan at Nichole@Lucasoilspeedway.com or call the office at (417) 282-5984. Tickets also can be purchased online for the Show-Me 100 or any event during the 2018 season.

The three-day Show-Me 100 passes are $100 and offer the comfort of the high-back, stadium-style seats and prime viewing on the top few rows of the front straightaway. Because the seats are reserved, the advantage is fans don’t have to worry about arriving extra early to get the seat they want.

The 26th annual Show-Me 100 kicks off on May 24 with the “Cowboy Classic” headlining the program, with a $6,000-to-win, $600-to-start main event which also enables drivers to earn valuable points toward starting position into the night-night main event.

The “Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson” on May 25 also will see a $6,000-to-win feature with more points earned for the starting lineup the next night. Full USRA Modified programs also are scheduled each night.

The May 26 program includes B Mains, the Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge and the 100-lap, $30,000-to-win main event along with a $1,200-to-win USRA Modified feature.

The daily ticket breakdown for Show-Me 100 weekend:

May 24: $25 general admission adults, $22 seniors (62 and up) and military; $10 youth (ages 6-15); FREE kids (ages 5-and-under); $50 family pass; $100 three-day reserved; $35 pit pass, $100 3-day pit pass.

May 25: $25 general admission adults, $22 seniors (62 and up) and Military; $10 youth (ages 6-15); FREE kids (ages 5-and-under); $50 family pass; $100 three-day reserved; $35 pit pass, $100 3-day pit pass.

May 26: $35 general admission adults, $32 seniors (62 and up) and Military; $10 youth (ages 6-15); FREE kids (ages 5-and-under); $70 family pass; $100 three-day reserved; $40 pit pass, $100 3-day pit pass.

Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Illinois, came from a 14th starting position to win his first Show-Me 100 last year. He’s expected to return along with reigning Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series champion Josh Richards and four-time Show-Me 100 winner Jimmy Owens.

The Lucas Oil Speedway dirt track roars to life on March 31 with an open test and tune from 2-6 p.m. The season begins on April 7 with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opener with action in the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Big O Tires Street Stocks and Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

For ticket information for any event in 2018, including season passes for all events plus three-day passes for the 26th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com, contact McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

Lucas Oil Speedway had some remaining sponsorship and marketing opportunities available for the dirt track, drag-boat track and off road track in 2018.

March 9th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – With lots of attention building toward the opening of the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series season on the dirt track, new marketing opportunities have been announced for the Off Road Track and “Lake Lucas” drag boat lake.

“These new sponsorship and marketing programs have several available options at each of those venues and they’re a great way for a business to get tremendous visibility,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said.

Lucas Oil Speedway has unveiled a new, electronic media and information guide where complete details on the sponsor and marketing packages can be found, plus demographics about the customers and fan base of the south-central Missouri motorsports complex.

Bronze, Silver and Gold level partnerships are available for events at both the Off Road and Drag Boat tracks. Those packages include tickets, signage, public address announcement during the events, social media promotion, VIP seating and product or business information for all competitors at the pit entrance/registration areas.

There also are some remaining marketing and sponsor packages available at the dirt track. Those include race-night naming rights, heat and feature-race sponsorship, billboards, midway displays, race-night souvenir program advertising and jumbo-tron advertising.

Lucas Oil Speedway had a record 113,000 fans attend races in 2017.

This year, the visibility of the complex, on a national level, will grow to a new height as more events are scheduled for television on the MAVTV Motorsports Network and LucasOilRacing.TV, an exclusive 24/7 on-demand streaming service devoted to motorsports.

For the first time in its 26-year history, the entire program from the final night of the Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com, on May 26, will air live on MAVTV Motorsports Network.

In addition to traditional marketing opportunities, Lucas Oil Speedway is in the highly advantageous position to utilize Lucas Oil Production Studios’ professionally crafted HD television productions of race events held at the Speedway for broadcast on national networks.

Among those major events that are produced are the Show-Me 100, John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic, Lucas Oil Late Model Diamond Nationals, the Diamond Drag Boat Nationals, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Truck and Tractor Pulls and Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.

The Team Lucas platform generates millions of dollars in exposure value through hundreds of professional events and over 300 original hours of national television on four major networks: CBS, CBS Sports Network, NBC Sports Network and MAVTV Motorsports Network.

For further details or more information on all marketing and sponsorship packages, go to the electronic media guide or contact Robinson at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Dan@LucasOil.com.

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

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

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

Check out Lucas Oil Speedway booth at Chili Cookoff for 2018 track info, a chance to win season passes – and great chili

March 6th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – The Lucas Oil Speedway team again will have its championship chili hot and ready for public consumption on Saturday at one of the Ozarks’ biggest fundraisers, the 37th annual Sertoma Chili Cook Off.

Located at the Expo Center at 635 E. St. Louis in downtown Springfield, the Sertoma Chili Cook Off will find more than 70 area businesses serving up chili. Lucas Oil Speedway won the “People’s Choice” voting for best chili one year ago and will return to defend its title.

You can find the Lucas Oil Speedway team at booths U18 and U19 on the upstairs level. There will be free schedules and information on the 2018 Lucas Oil Speedway season available, along raffle tickets sold for a chance to win two general admission season passes to the dirt track.

Tickets are $15 in advance at Hy-Vee, Casey’s General Store and online at sertomachilicookoff.com and $18 at the door. However, you can get advance tickets for $13 by contacting Lucas Oil Speedway’s Angie Doke at (417) 399-5090.

Tickets allow unlimited sampling of chili with fan votes taken for the “People’s Choice” honors that Lucas Oil Speedway won in 2017.

Area Sertoma Clubs have donated over $2 million dollars toward the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield from this event over the 37-year history.

“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.

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

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

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

Calling the Classics: Car Club Nights returning for 2018 Lucas Oil Speedway season

March 5th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – With another Lucas Oil Speedway racing season rapidly approaching, track officials are looking for awesome-looking vehicles to make an impression off the track as well.

Area car clubs or groups that would like to organize a Saturday-night outing on the speedway’s midway, to show off their vehicles before and during the races, can do so during the 2018 season.

“There are a lot of terrific clubs with great-looking, classic cars, muscle cars and trucks in this part of the country,” Lucas Oil Speedway Assistant General Manager Danny Lorton said. “I can say that last season was a success with the car-club outings we had. Club members and racing fans both enjoyed the displays on the midway.

“We’re looking forward to having those clubs back again and hopefully attract some new ones. We would love to give them an opportunity to show off during a night of Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series action, where several thousand fans can view them up close.”

Lorton said that individual car owners not in an organized club also can band together to show off their classic or muscle car, truck or even motorcycles.

The process to putting together a Lucas Oil Speedway “Car Club Night” is simple:

Clubs need to contact Lorton at the speedway office (417) 282-5984 or email him at DLorton@Lucasoilspeedway.com to inquire about a date.

Lucas Oil Speedway will publicize the club’s appearance in pre-race press releases the week of the event.

Clubs and their members need to arrive at the speedway by 3 p.m. of race day as a group to set up on the midway, behind the main grandstands.

This year, the grandstands will open at 4 p.m. for race fans to view the cars and mingle with club members until the racing program begins at 7:05 p.m.

Car club members and their guests can enjoy the night at the races as the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series competes in four divisions – Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and Big O Tires Street Stocks.

There is no admission charge for the driver and one passenger from each show car. The car club members – and their beautiful machine – get to enjoy a night with well-earned recognition.

Suites are available for rent with club members able to enjoy the races as a group from temperature-controlled comfort inside, or use the seats with prime viewing just outside to enjoy the races.

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

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

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

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

February 22nd, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

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

February 26th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

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

February 20th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can use social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

Reserved seats for 26th annual Show-Me 100 go on sale to general public starting Feb. 1

February 4th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Fans with three-day reserved passes at last year’s Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com have only one more week to renew those same seat locations.

Lucas Oil Speedway admissions director Nichole McMillan said that starting on Feb. 1, reserved and general admission tickets to the 26th annual Show-Me 100 will be go on sale to the general public.

“It’s getting down to crunch time for those fans who want those same seat locations for the Show-Me 100 they had a year ago. If they haven’t renewed and plan to do so, time is running short,” McMillan said. “Starting on Feb. 1, those reserved three-day passes will be up for grabs.

“So please, if you want to renew make sure you do so in the next week by giving me a call at (417) 282-5984.”

The three-day passes are $100 and offer the comfort of the high-back, stadium-style seats and prime viewing on the top few rows of the front straightaway.

The 26th annual Show-Me 100 weekend features the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil MLRA, plus USRA Modifieds. Action kicks off on May 24 with the “Cowboy Classic” headlining the program, with a $6,000-to-win, $600-to-start main event which also enables drivers to earn valuable points toward starting position into the night-night main event.

The “Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson” on May 25 also will see a $6,000-to-win feature with more points earned for the starting lineup the next night. Full USRA Modified programs also are scheduled each night.

The May 26 program includes B Mains, the Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge and the 100-lap, $30,000-to-win main event along with a $1,200-to-win USRA Modified feature.

The daily ticket breakdown for Show-Me 100 weekend:

May 24: $25 general admission adults, $22 seniors (62 and up) and military; $10 youth (ages 6-15); FREE kids (ages 5-and-under); $50 family pass; $100 three-day reserved; $35 pit pass, $100 3-day pit pass.

May 25: $25 general admission adults, $22 seniors (62 and up) and Military; $10 youth (ages 6-15); FREE kids (ages 5-and-under); $50 family pass; $100 three-day reserved; $35 pit pass, $100 3-day pit pass.

May 26: $35 general admission adults, $32 seniors (62 and up) and Military; $10 youth (ages 6-15); FREE kids (ages 5-and-under); $70 family pass; $100 three-day reserved; $40 pit pass, $100 3-day pit pass.

Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Illinois, came from a 14th starting position to win his first Show-Me 100 last year. Pierce, 21, recently announced that he will follow the full Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in 2018 while driving the Dunn-Benson Motorsports car.

Fans also can still purchase season passes for all events on the dirt track in 2018 – including the Show-Me 100 – and an all-events pass that includes drag-boat races and on the off-road track. Contact McMillan at (417) 282-5984 for more information.

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

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

Rising USRA B-Mod prospect Taylor Moore eager to build on strong Lucas Oil Speedway season

January 23rd, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – For one of the Ozarks’ rising USRA B-Modified prospects, it’s time to start dreaming of spring-time warmth and top-five finishes in the season ahead at Lucas Oil Speedway.

But for now, Taylor Moore is keeping his skills sharp behind the wheel of go-karts. There’s a major indoor race this weekend in Lebanon where, win or lose, Moore figures it’ll help keep his driving skills sharp.

“It’s not like a big car, but the actions are kind of the same,” said the 21-year-old Moore, whose family operates the go-kart track Bois D’Arc Speedway. He said he’s won a handful of races there this winter, when weather has permitted racing outside.

“It keeps you in tune and you have to hit your marks … and it’s an adrenaline rush that’s the same as you get in a big car,” Moore added.

Moore, a third-generation racer from Bois D’Arc, has plenty to be excited about as he eyes the 2018 season. He finished third in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod points chase last season, his first driving at Lucas Oil Speedway and just his second year in a Modified.

“It started off a little rough, but definitely got better as it went along,” Moore said. “I got better as a driver and at reading race tracks. I thought finishing third in points there for my first season was pretty good. From about the middle of the year on, we were finishing top 10, top five and just trying to keep a good point average going.

“The competition in the B-Mods is so good. You have guys like (track champion) Andy Bryant, Kris Jackson, JC Morton and those are only a few. If you can go and run with those guys at Lucas and be competitive, you can go and run anywhere.”

Moore said his switch to a Hoffman Race Car about the middle of 2017 was a key and he’s confident he will continue to get better the more he races it. He utilizes a crate motor, which means less horsepower than some other competitors. But The 2014 Ash Grove High School graduate said his driving style seems to be a good fit for the power plant.

“When the track slicks off, it seems like the crate is more dominant,” Moore said. “You don’t need all that horsepower when the track slicks off. When everything slows down a little bit, I seem to get a little better.”

Moore said a goal for the new season, along with finishing near the top of season points at Lucas, is to be in the USRA B-Mod National points mix. He hopes to use some weekends when Lucas Oil Speedway isn’t running B-Mods to take his racing on the road.

Those extra races and additional travel, however, require more funding. Moore said his budget is limited, which is why he appreciates the help from his sponsors – including new backing from Mike Striegel’s Team Outlaw Race Bodies.

Striegel is one of the area’s veteran Modified drivers and he picks a young B-Mod driver each season to help. Others have included Andy Bryant the year he won the USRA B-Mod National championship, Ryan Gillmore and Kaeden Cornell. This year, it will be Moore.

“He’s a good kid and like all those young guys I’ve helped, just has that will to win and desire to get it done,” Striegel said. “I’ve watched Taylor a lot and he’s a winner. He’s a good kid, but he will race you hard. Me and him had a couple of run-ins last year and, like I told him, we’re not gonna stop racing each other hard just because I’m sponsoring him a little bit.”

Moore appreciates the kind words and support.

“To have somebody of his caliber tell me he wants to help me out, that means a lot,” Moore said. “I’m just kind of a backyard go-kart racer. I don’t have a big shop or fancy racing operation. For him to offer that really helps.”

Additional sponsors include C&M Gearworks, Jordan Valley Auto Body, Hoffman Race Cars, Midwest Sheet Metal, R&M Pallets, Schuchmann Cattle Company, Rockin’ S Farms, Billy Goin Motorsports and Bois D’Arc Speedway.

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

For ticket information, including season passes for the 2018 season, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

Taylor Moore (00) and Mike Striegel (17) duel during a feature last season at Lucas Oil Speedway. Striegel, a long-time racer, is giving the 21-year-old Moore some sponsorship help in 2018. (Kenny Shaw photo)

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

Driven by near-miss, Poe eager to chase Lucas Oil Speedway ULMA Late Model title in 2018

January 21st, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Though the ending wasn’t what Aaron Poe had in mind, as he fell just short of winning his first Lucas Oil Speedway track championship, there’s no doubt how successful the 2017 season was for the mid-Missouri driver.

“It was always my dream to drive Late Models. To be in contention at the end of the year, with the quality of the drivers at Lucas, I couldn’t have asked for much more,” Poe said.

Poe finished third in Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model points, just 39 behind champion Johnny Fennewald. Feature finishes of 9th and 13th in the final two races dashed Poe’s championship dreams, but the fires are stoked for a title run in 2018.

“We’re going to see if we can finally get that championship and get that monkey off our back,” Poe said in looking ahead to his third season in the division. “The first year (2016) was more of a learning year. Then last year we had a new Bob Pierce Platinum car and had a lot of good support behind us and it showed.

“We had our first win and (five) top-five finishes. We only finished outside the top 10 twice. The stats were really good. If we can improve on that, it’s the obvious goal to get that championship this year.”

Poe, 31, has become a fan favorite at Lucas Oil Speedway, driving the familiar green-and-blue No. 45 color scheme made popular by the late Allen “Cowboy” Chancellor. He said a fortunate path led him to the car, which is still supported by Cowboy’s widow Harriet Chancellor.

Poe had a solid career going in Modifieds before stepping away from the sport for about four years. He said before the 2016 season, “the stars aligned” for him to get back in with the right team which was the No. 45 team.

Brother-in-law Marc Carter had been approached by Harriet Chancellor about driving the car, but already was involved in Street Stocks and didn’t have the time for two cars in two different divisions. Carter, in turn, recommended Poe.

“So he kind of led us down this path,” Poe said of Carter. “It’s been a blessing. I can’t thank him or Harriet enough for what they’ve done for us these last two years. It’s been a huge change in my life path.

“I had taken a hiatus and during those four years, I dreaded going to the race track because I knew once I did that, I’d want back in. I got this opportunity and it’s been full steam ahead.”

The ULMA Presented by Lucas Cattle Co., is under new management this season as Lucas Oil will oversee the series which competes in Missouri and Kansas. Poe points out positives, including a special ULMA event Oct. 5-6 at Lucas Oil Speedway in conjunction with the Street Stocks Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt.

“This class is heading in the right direction as far as getting the spotlight on us a little more,” Poe said. “People can see we can compete at a high level and put on a great show.

“We love the ULMA class. It’s great for guys who want to get into Late Models but don’t want to travel across the country and spend the money on motors tires and fuel. It’s a great class for that weekend Late Model driver.”

As the car and motor await final freshening prior the Lucas Oil Speedway season opener on April 7, Poe said he’s proud to have the entire team – including father Tim Poe and crew chief Wes Kirtley – back intact.

Sponsors include Cowboys WAR, Central Bank of Warrensburg, Solar Pro Tint ‘n Tunes, Gecco Graphics, All-Star Bail Bonds, Elite Auto Repair, Spies Enterprises, McTighe Motorsports and APEX Specialty Vehicles.

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

For ticket information, including season passes for the 2018 season, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

Deadline to renew Show-Me 100 reserved seats nears with general public sale starting February 1

January 17th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – It’s time to start thinking about tickets for one of dirt-track racing’s crown-jewel events, the 26th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com May 24-26 at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Fans who purchased three-day passes for stadium-style reserved seats at last year’s Show-Me 100 have until Jan. 31 to renew those seats. Beginning on Feb. 1, three-day reserved seats and general admission tickets to the Show-Me 100 – plus other events during the 2018 season – will go on sale.

“We just want to make those fans who purchased reserved seats last year aware of the deadline, if they want those same seats again,” Lucas Oil Speedway admissions director Nichole McMillan said. “We expect a rush on tickets once they become available to the general public, so please contact us before the end of January if you want to renew.”

The three-day passes are $100 and offer the comfort of the high-back, stadium-style seats and prime viewing on the top few rows of the front straightaway. Fans can contact the speedway office at (417) 282-5984 or contact McMillan via email at Nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.

The 26th annual Show-Me 100 weekend features the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil MLRA, plus USRA Modifieds. Action kicks off on May 24 with the “Cowboy Classic” headlining the program, with a $6,000-to-win, $600-to-start main event which also enables drivers to earn valuable points toward starting position into the night-night main event.

The “Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson” on May 25 also will see a $6,000-to-win feature with more points earned for the starting lineup the next night. Full USRA Modified programs also are scheduled each night.

The May 26 program includes B Mains, the Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge and the 100-lap, $30,000-to-win main event along with a $1,200-to-win USRA Modified feature.

The daily ticket breakdown for Show-Me 100 weekend:

May 24: $25 general admission adults, $22 seniors (62 and up) and military; $10 youth (ages 6-15); FREE kids (ages 5-and-under); $50 family pass; $100 three-day reserved; $35 pit pass, $100 3-day reserved pit pass.

May 25: $25 general admission adults, $22 seniors (62 and up) and Military; $10 youth (ages 6-15); FREE kids (ages 5-and-under); $50 family pass; $100 three-day reserved; $35 pit pass, $100 3-day reserved pit pass.

May 26: $35 general admission adults, $32 seniors (62 and up) and Military; $10 youth (ages 6-15); FREE kids (ages 5-and-under); $70 family pass; $100 three-day reserved; $40 pit pass, $100 3-day reserved pit pass.

Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Illinois, came from a 14th starting position to win his first Show-Me 100 last year. Pierce, 21, recently announced that he will follow the full Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in 2018 while driving the Dunn-Benson Motorsports car.

Fans also can still purchase season passes for all events on the dirt track in 2018 – including the Show-Me 100 – and an all-events pass that includes drag-boat races and on the off-road track. Contact McMillan at (417) 282-5984 for more information.

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

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

Bobby Pierce (32) and Earl Pearson Jr. battle for the lead at the 2017 Show-Me 100. (Kenny Shaw photo)

CONTACT:

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

Dan@lucasoil.com

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, “Lake Lucas.” Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

Look for Lucas Oil Speedway, MLRA booths at annual Racers Reunion this Saturday

January 8th, 2018

WHEATLAND, Missouri – One of the highlights of the racing offseason returns on Saturday with the 31st annual Ozarks Area Racers Foundation Reunion and Hall of Fame ceremony at the Ozarks Empire Fairgrounds E-Plex in Springfield.

Lucas Oil Speedway and the Lucas Oil MLRA both will have information booths at the event, with schedules and information about the 2018 season.

“This is always the time of the winter when fans and drivers turn their attention to the new racing season and the Racers Reunion is an opportunity for everyone to gather and have a lot of fun,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “We’re excited to again be a part of it and want to encourage everyone to come out, stop by our booths and say hello.”

Fans also will get the opportunity to hear from some of the stars of the sport and get autographs from the 10 inductees into the Hall of Fame. Headlining the class of 2018 are former NASCAR drivers and Missouri natives Carl Edwards and Ken Schrader.

“That area, to me, has so many amazing people,” Edwards said. “I’m reminded every time I go there how good the people are and how many great racers there are down there. It’s amazing to me that they’re going to induct me. I never imagined that.”

Schrader again is expected to compete at the Lucas Oil Speedway 5th annual MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com, April 13-14, driving his USRA Modified.

Joining Edwards and Schrader in the Legend category are former Ozarks-area racers Jim Campbell and James Taylor along with the late Daryl Williams. Pioneer category inductees will be Mike Mittler, the St. Louis native and long-time NASCAR Truck Series team owner, along with Bob Aton, Chris Davis, Lonnie Snodgrass and Dan Williams.

Doors open at 4 p.m. with an autograph session from 5:15-6:15 and the induction ceremony at 6:30. There also will be a question-and-answer session with a panel of retired and current area drivers from approximately 5-6 p.m. Vintage and modern-day race cars, plus racing memorabilia, will be on display.

Tickets are $15 in advance at area O’Reilly Auto Parts stores and $20 the day of the event.

The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks also will hold a blood drive, in honor of Mittler and local racing crewman and four-time transplant recipient Brandon Riddle, from 2-5 p.m. Saturday in the Darr Family Lobby at the E-Plex.

Mittler is battling Multiple Myeloma and will undergo an autologous stem cell transplant in February. As a result of his own fight with cancer, he is urging people to donate blood so that others battling cancer, heart disease, illness and injury will have the chance at survival.

Mittler said it’s important to use the blood drive and Ozarks Area Racers Hall of Fame induction as a rallying cry for everyone, and particularly those in racing, to undergo yearly health checks.

“Unfortunately, my health took a severe turn but I’m dealing with it and working through it,” he said. “My message is to try and help other people. Racers are kind of a unique group. A lot of them, like me, are hard-headed and it’s hard to get them to stop and go to the doctor.

“Had I not been going to the doctor for my yearly check up, I would not have found this out and my disease would have progressed much further.”

The Lucas Oil Speedway 2018 season begins April 7 with the Weekly Racing Series opener. Meanwhile, the Lucas Oil MLRA opener is set for March 30-31 with the 7th annual Thaw Brawl at LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois.

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

The complete Lucas Oil MLRA schedule can be found at MLRAracing.com.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

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

December 30th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Many of the nation’s best barbecue teams will return to Lucas Oil Speedway next summer during a big weekend in which America’s premier dirt-track modified series will be featured.

The 2nd annual Red White Blue & Que, a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned event, will be held on Aug. 4-5. Professional teams from throughout the region will set up on the midway of Lake Lucas and compete for prize money of at least $5,000.

“We’re excited to have the barbecue teams returning for an even bigger and better second Red White Blue & Que,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “Last year’s inaugural event was well received by everyone and we’re looking forward to growing it bigger in year two – with a great night of racing also on tap.”

The 9th annual USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment will bring the popular open-wheel stars back to the Lucas Oil Speedway dirt track on Saturday, Aug. 4. Big O Tires Street Stocks and Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods also will be on the program.

Meanwhile, the barbecue competition again will pay tribute to the Military and Veterans. Like last year, proceeds will go to TheWarriorsJourney.org and Korean War Veterans of the Ozarks. Last year’s event raised a little over $1,000 for the organizations.

The inaugural Red White Blue & Que attracted 31 teams with Thump & Strum BBQ from Independence, Missouri winning the Grand Championship and Gettin’ Basted from Branson earning Reserve Grand honors. Gettin’ Basted went on to finish third in the final KCBS National Team of the Year standings.

Fans coming to the races on Saturday night are invited to visit the barbecue teams at the Lake Lucas midway and ask them questions about cooking. The teams will have a “Just For Fun” competition on Saturday, with a celebrity panel of USMTS drivers serving as judges on the dirt-track midway at approximately 5 p.m.

There also will be a Kids Q competition on the Lake Lucas midway from approximately 6-7 p.m. The official KCBS competition, which is not open to the public, will be held on Sunday.

For more information on Red White Blue & Que, contact contest organizer Michelle Higgins at MichelleHiggins31@yahoo.com or by calling (417) 682-1568. Visit KCBS.us to find out more about the Kansas City Barbecue Society.

Red White Blue & Que is a Missouri State Championship points event and a qualifying event for the American Royal World Championships and Jack Daniels Invitational, two of barbecue’s majors later in the year.

The 2018 season begins with the weekly racing series opener on April 7, followed by the 5th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals on April 13-14.

For ticket information, including season passes for the 2018 season or to purchase gift cards, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five race tracks in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just a quick hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, dubbed the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks,” Lucas Oil Speedway certainly lives up to the title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2017 marked the 7th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series were held in 2017. New for 2017 was all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Father-son bonding a big part of equation for Lucas Oil Speedway USRA Modified runner-up Pursley

December 16th, 2017

WHEATLAND, MO – One of the most consistent drivers at Lucas Oil Speedway over the years has been Jason Pursley, who enjoyed another stellar season with a second-place finish in Pitts Homes USRA Modified points in 2017. Put on-track success is not the only gratifying thing about the dirt-track life for the veteran driver from Hermitage, who’s known as the “Racing Principal” for his full-time job as elementary-school boss man at Hickory County R-1 Skyline-Urbana.

Racing is a family sport for Pursley, whose 14-year-old son Dayton has been alongside every step of the way since he was old enough to carry a wrench. Not only has Dayton developed into a more-than-capable crew member, father and son have used the sport to form a bond. “That’s one thing I’ve always said about racing,” Jason Pursley said. “It’s a lot more than just going in circles. Because Dayton is involved in racing, we spend countless hours together in the shop and at the race track.

“And as the parent of a teenager, I know where he’s going to be on Saturday nights. That means something to a parent.” Dayton has become an important part of the operation in his dad’s Tom Campbell Racing No. 38 GRT, learning all aspects of what makes a race car tick. That’s been by design, as Jason Pursley required it before Dayton gets his chance to live his dream of racing.

“I’ve given him more and more responsibility every year,” Jason Pursley said. “He wants to race and I told him he had to learn how to work on them first. He’s done a good job and I let him do pretty much everything on the car now.” So Dayton, a freshman basketball player at Skyline High School, will be making his racing debut next season in a B Mod. Jason Pursley said his son likely will start out at one of the area Friday-night speedways and eventually join the action at Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday nights.

“I want him to get a little experience first,” Jason Pursley said, noting that Dayton will make it four generations of racing Pursleys. “It’s kind of a family deal for us,” Jason Pursley said. “He really wanted to race last year because he had a car, we just didn’t get it put together. I wanted him to learn to work on them first because I think it makes you a better driver if you have to fix your own stuff if you tear it up.” Meanwhile, Jason Pursley will be looking to overtake four-time USRA Modified track champ Jeff Cutshaw after finishing runner-up for the second straight year and sixth or seventh time overall. This was the closest he’s come to a title, winding up just 21 points behind Cutshaw.

“Our season was better than last because we were more consistent,” Pursley said. “We kind of got the car figured out and had a lot of consistent runs. “I can’t thank Tom Campbell enough for all he does for us. Without him, I probably wouldn’t be racing right now. I met Tom at the race track. We’ve become really good friends. Racing has a way of bringing people together. That’s one of the things that I really love about the sport.”

Team sponsors include Fugate Motors, Midwest Low-E Insulation, NAPA Auto Parts, Christian Home Care, Fellers Masonry, Mach One Machine and Vinyl Works. Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the tentative 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Season passes for the 218 season are available and those who had them in 2017 can renew at a $25 discount through the end of the year. Contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or email her at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com to purchase a pass or get more information. Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984. In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five race tracks in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just a quick hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, dubbed the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks,” Lucas Oil Speedway certainly lives up to the title. Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2017 marked the 7th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series were held in 2017. New for 2017 was all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

Mittler hopes to help shine spotlight on preventive health through blood drive at Ozarks’ Racers Hall of Fame event

December 15th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Mike Mittler is renowned for his ability to spot young driving talent, opening the NASCAR door to guys like fellow Missourians Carl Edwards and Jamie McMurray.

But when Mittler is inducted into the Ozarks Area Racers Foundation Hall of Fame next month in Springfield, the St. Louis native wants to use his time it the spotlight to raise awareness for a bigger cause.

The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will conduct a blood drive – in honor of Mittler and area racing crewman and four-time organ transplant recipient Brandon Riddle – before the induction ceremony, from 2-5 p.m. on Jan. 6 inside the Ozarks Empire Fairgrounds E-Plex.

Mittler was diagnosed a few months ago with Multiple Myeloma and will undergo an autologous stem cell transplant in February. He’s optimistic about his health outlook, though is realistic about the challenges ahead.

Mittler said it’s important to use the blood drive and Ozarks Area Racers Hall of Fame induction as a rallying cry for everyone, and particularly those in racing, to undergo yearly health checks.

“Unfortunately, my health took a severe turn but I’m dealing with it and working through it,” he said. “My message is to try and help other people. Racers are kind of a unique group. A lot of them, like me, are hard-headed and it’s hard to get them to stop and go to the doctor.

“Had I not been going to the doctor for my yearly check up, I would not have found this out and my disease would have progressed much further.”

Mittler said he’s “humbled and honored” to go into the Ozarks Area Racers Foundation Hall of Fame. His wife, Beverly, grew up in Springfield and often attended races at the old Fairgrounds Speedway – which was literally a few feet from where the Hall of Fame event will be held.

“This means so much to me, especially when you look at the people who already are in there and look at who is going in this year,” Mittler said.

Among those joining Mittler in the 10-person class are former NASCAR drivers Edwards and Ken Schrader, along with former southwest Missouri racers Jim Campbell, James Taylor, Bob Aton and the late Daryl Williams plus mechanics Lonnie Snodgrass and Dan Williams and Springfield businessman Chris Davis.

“If it weren’t for Mike Mittler, I wouldn’t have been able to live my dream as a race-car driver,” said Edwards, who went on to win 72 races in NASCAR’s top three divisions after Mittler gave him his big break in the Mittler Brothers NASCAR Truck Series entry in 2002.

“It’s just a spectacular list of people whose careers have been launched by Mike Mittler,” Edwards said. “And through it all, he’s just the same, humble guy who works 25 hours a day and has integrity that’s unmatched.”

Edwards’ respect for Mittler was recently highlighted at a ceremony in St. Louis. Edwards, who unexpectedly walked away from NASCAR after the 2016 season, received the prestigious Stan Musial Award for sportsmanship. He, in turn, presented the plaque to Mittler.

“I was absolutely shocked by that,” Mittler said. “That just shows you the class that Carl has.”

Mittler is a St. Louis native who co-founded Mittler Brothers Machine & Tool along with brother, Paul, in 1980. While he never drove a race car, his love for the sport is matched by few.

“I’ve done every job in racing but drive the race car or drive the hauler,” Mittler said with a laugh. “I was always an owner-mechanic guy. Driving was never my thing. The competition part, for me, was to build cars and trucks for many years. I’ve been associated with a lot of great people.”

Mittler’s love for the sport began in the 1970s when he worked on teams that propelled Rusty Wallace and Kenny Wallace to winning stints on the American Speed Association and NASCAR levels. He’s remained active as a team owner of MB Motorsports on the NASCAR Truck Series, all the while maintaining a highly successful business in his hometown.

Long-time Mittler friend Dan Robinson, General Manager of Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri, said Mittler’s influence is felt on all levels of the sport.

“Mike Mittler has provided a valuable steppingstone for many up and coming racers through his MB Motorsports NASCAR Truck Series team,” Robinson said. “But what a lot of people don’t realize is how he has helped thousands of short-track racers across the country by building high-quality, American-made, affordable fabrication equipment that you will find in nearly every shop in North America.”

Tickets to the 31st annual Ozarks Area Racers Foundation Reunion and Hall of Fame event are $20 at the door or $15 in advance at area O’Reilly Auto Parts locations. Doors open at 4 p.m. with an autograph session from 5-6:30 p.m. with a separate question-and-answer forum that will include past Hall of Fame inductees. The Salute to Area Track Champions and the induction program will begin shortly after 6:30.

Race cars and other racing memorabilia will be on display and a silent auction will be held during the evening.

Those wishing to donate blood can do so from 2-5 p.m. in the Darr Family Lobby between the East and West Rooms at the E-Plex. Please visit cbco.org for more information about the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks.

Lucas Oil Speedway and the Lucas Oil MLRA will have booths at the annual event with information about the 2018 season.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

Tickets to the 31st annual Ozarks Area Racers’ Reunion and Hall of Fame are $15 in advance at area O’Reilly Auto Parts locations.

CONTACT:

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

Dan@lucasoil.com

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five race tracks in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just a quick hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, dubbed the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks,” Lucas Oil Speedway certainly lives up to the title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2017 marked the 7th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series were held in 2017. New for 2017 was all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

After big year, Kris Jackson eyes pursuit of Lucas Oil Speedway B-Mod title in 2018

December 14th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Three months have passed, but Kris Jackson vividly recalls the magical September week that was a highlight not only of his season but of a two-decade racing career.

“In eight days, I won $12,075,” Jackson said of the sweep of a USRA B-Modified feature at West Plains’ Legit Motor Speedway, the Larry Phillips Memorial B-Mod feature at Lucas Oil Speedway and the biggie, the $10,000-to-win Modified Madness Nationals at Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Wisconsin.

“That’s by far the neatest thing I’ve ever done,” Jackson said of the capper up north. “I was beside myself when I was lucky enough to start on the pole and win that race.”

What a year it was for Jackson, a 33-year-old from Lebanon, Missouri. He won 17 USRA-sanctioned features overall, including four at Lucas Oil Speedway where he finished runner-up to Andy Bryant in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod points chase despite missing a couple of races.

As he enjoys the offseason, Jackson said he’s planning a run at another Lucas Oil Speedway championship in 2018. He was track champion there three straight years, from 2012-14, but hasn’t committed to weekly points racing the last couple of years.

Jackson is hungry to do it again, while still being able to enter some select, big-paying B-Mod races around the country.

“The competition at Wheatland is unreal,” Jackson said. “I feel if you can go there and win and win consistently, you can do it anywhere. For several years, I didn’t want to get back into points racing, but I think I want to next year.

“Whenever you have to race against people like Andy Bryant, JC Morton, Mike Striegel, Ryan Gillmore and all of those others who are so fast around here … if you can win around here you can go anywhere and win.”

Gillmore was USRA B-Mod National Champion in 2017 with Bryant the runner-up. Morton, the national champ and Lucas Oil Speedway champ in 2016, has indicated he’s returning to Lucas as a full-time competitor next year as well.

Jackson, who wound up fifth in national points this year, will be in a new car. The Shaw/TJR Motorsports chassis that was so good to him has been sold and Jackson will be in an Elite chassis in 2018.

“My cousin, Tony (Jackson), owns my chassis and gets me what he thinks is good,” Kris Jackson said. “A lot of it has to do with how much time he has to put into it. I know he’s real busy right now. We just got a car that’s pretty well all but turn-key. I can pretty well just put the motor in and race it.

“I really liked (the old) car. It was probably my favorite race car I ever had.”

Asked if it was hard to let it go, Jackson said you can’t become too sentimental in the racing business.

“They’re just race cars. They get bent up and get used up,” Jackson said. “And whenever you have somebody willing to pay for one, it’s time to let it go.”

For Jackson, who began racing go-karts at the age of 14 and advanced through the ranks to become one of the region’s top B-Mod drivers, one of the most fun things about 2017 was watching his 6-year-old son, Karter, enjoy his racing success and trips to victory lane.

“He’s probably ruined. He probably will have to have (a race car) before too long,” Jackson said with a laugh. “He’s definitely gonna race something. He already has a (go-kart) he drives around the shop and at home, but it’s not a racing one.”

Jackson also was often joined in victory lane by wife, Krystle, and crew members Jared and Jordan Medley. During the Modified Madness race weekend in Wisconsin, Jordan Medley made the trip and was particularly key as he and Kris worked to install a new engine after mechanical issues in practice the night before qualifying.

“Jordan and I were the only people in the pits grinding our tires with no motor in the car,” Jackson said. “Jim Ruble had a motor at his shop that he rebuilt overnight and brought it to us. We fired it up and raced it on Thursday and qualified for the pole.”

Ruble Racing Engines is a long-time sponsor, along with Joe’s Pharmacy, TJR Motorsports, Vans Motor Sales, Show-Me Dents, Starnes Excavating and East 32 Meat Processing.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

Missouri native, dirt-track warrior Schrader headed to Ozarks Area Racers Hall of Fame in January

December 9th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri- Ken Schrader has been driving race cars for nearly 50 years and he has no plans on slowing down soon. The St. Louis native entered 65 dirt-track events in 2017, including two nights of the Spring Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri.

“I’m sure we’ll hit that spring-time show at Wheatland again next year,” the 62-year-old Schrader said, looking ahead to another busy driving schedule in his Modified for 2018.

Long known as one of the busiest drivers in the country, including his three-decade career as a NASCAR regular, Schrader also co-owns several dirt tracks and a championship Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) team.

Proud of his Midwestern racing roots, Schrader said he’s humbled to be part of the 10-person induction class for the Ozarks Area Racers Foundation Hall of Fame on Jan. 6. Former NASCAR driver and fellow Missourian Carl Edwards along with St. Louis’ Mike Mittler are among those joining Schrader as honorees at the event, at the Ozarks Empire Fairgrounds E-Plex in Springfield.

Joining Schrader and Edwards in the “Legend” or driving category are Jim Campbell of Harrison, Ark., James Taylor of Fair Grove and the late Daryl Williams of Springfield. Inductees in the “Pioneer” division (for non-drivers) along with NASCAR Truck Series team owner Mittler include former Springfieldian Bob Aton, businessman and racing booster Chris Davis, and mechanics Lonnie Snodgrass and Dan Williams of Springfield.

“When I look at the names going in, I’m quite honored,” Schrader said. “I grew up in Missouri, but I didn’t get to race in the Ozarks as much as I really wanted to when I was young. That’s when Springfield was a real hot bed for racing. We had a lot of tracks in the St. Louis area back then and I raced closer to home.

“When those guys would come up to St. Louis and race with us, it was, ‘Oh my gosh, the boys are in town.’ I was a huge Larry Phillips fan. Dean Roper probably helped me as much as anyone in my career as far as driving. So yeah, this means a lot to me.”

Schrader said he raced a few times on the old half-mile asphalt track at the Springfield Fairgrounds as a teen, driving car No. 100. He called it a big-time deal whenever he rolled into the Fairgrounds, where the fans came out in force as Phillips usually ruled the place and youngsters like Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin cut their racing teeth.

Schrader went on to achieve big-time success, making 763 NASCAR Cup Series starts. He won four races and had 184 top-10 finishes, all the while spending much of his spare time in between traveling the country racing on dirt tracks.

It’s a lifestyle that has continued after retirement from the top level. The past season saw Schrader race 65 times, which he called “down a little bit” from previous years mainly due to 18 rainouts. He won nine times in his Federated Auto Parts Modified.

Another highlight came in the ARCA Series where his young driver, Austin Theriault, won seven of 20 races en route to the championship driving the Federated Auto Parts Ford.

“We’re happy because it looks like Austin is going to be able to move up the ladder and that’s always the goal with a young driver,” Schrader said. “We’ve in the process of signing a new driver and we should be able to announce that in the near future.”

Tickets to the 31st annual Ozarks Area Racers Foundation Reunion and Hall of Fame event are $20 at the door or $15 in advance at area O’Reilly Auto Parts locations. Doors open at 4 p.m. with an autograph session from 5-6:30 p.m. with a separate question-and-answer forum that will include past Hall of Fame inductees. The Salute to Area Track Champions and the induction program will begin shortly after 6:30.

Race cars and other racing memorabilia will be on display and a silent auction will be held during the evening.

The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks also will hold a blood drive from 2-5 p.m. that day in the Darr Family Lobby between the East and West Rooms at the E-Plex in honor of Mike Mittler and Brandon Riddle.

Mittler, the popular owner of MB Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, is battling Multiple Myeloma and will undergo an autologous stem cell transplant in February. Riddle, 33, is a four-time transplant recipient of three livers and a kidney. He pits for Ricky Icenhower, Rod Icenhower and his dad, Mark Riddle, at I-44 Speedway.

Lucas Oil Speedway and the Lucas Oil MLRA will have booths at the annual event with information about the 2018 season.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

Tickets on sale, rooms available for USMTS awards banquet

December 5th, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo.-The United States Modified Touring Series will celebrate the sponsors, crew members, drivers and their families at the annual USMTS awards banquet on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Mo.

Headlining the honorees, Jason Hughes of Watts, Okla., will be celebrated for capturing the 2017 USMTS National Championship-his third straight and fourth overall-following a wild USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

A record crowd of nearly 300 people attended last year’s gala, and this year’s party will once again be a joint effort for both the USMTS and United States Racing Association (USRA). Fans and members of the media are invited to attend too.

Individual tickets are $40 each and are on sale now by calling the USMTS offices at (515) 832-7944 during normal business hours. The deadline to order tickets is Jan. 12.

Those attending this year’s celebration are encouraged to reserve their rooms as soon as possible to take advantage of huge savings. For reservations, call the Ameristar Casino Hotel at (816) 414-7435 and request the discounted room rate for “US Modified Touring” using code SCUSMA8.

In addition to the awards ceremony, the evening’s meal will feature a luxurious and plentiful selection of fine food, plus a huge dessert bar. A cash bar will also be available.

The Ameristar Casino Hotel is an entertainment hub that offers something for everyone with huge casino floors, nine restaurants ranging from casual to fine dining, a luxury hotel, 18 movie screens, supervised child care and more.

Located just east of downtown Kansas City, the property features the largest casino and the most games in the Kansas City area, as well as one of the largest poker rooms in the Midwest. The property includes a 140,000 square-foot casino, seven dining venues, live entertainment in several venues featuring local and regional acts, an 18-screen movie theater and more.

The AAA-rated three-diamond full-service 184-room hotel includes 36 mini and 12 king suites. All rooms feature luxury furnishings, plasma-screen televisions, one king-sized or two queen-sized beds, mini refrigerators and in-room safes. Each king suite contains a bar, an in-room dining area and custom artwork. Non-smoking and wheelchair accessible rooms are available.

The awards banquet will be held inside the Star Pavilion. With more than 12,000 square feet of function space, the Star Pavilion serves a multitude of events including corporate meetings, training seminars, trade shows, social receptions and live performances. The list of entertainers who have appeared on stage could go on forever.

Situated on 183-acres immediately east of the Interstate 435 Missouri River bridge (at 210 Highway), Ameristar Casino Hotel is only seven miles east of downtown Kansas City.

For more information, check out www.ameristar.com.

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. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Looking for a Christmas gift for race fans? Lucas Oil Speedway 2018 season passes, gift cards are on sale

December 1st, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri- With Christmas quickly approaching, the search for that perfect gift for the race fan on your shopping list leads directly to Lucas Oil Speedway. Season passes for the 2018 season are available now and those who had them in 2017 can renew at a $25 discount through the end of the year. Contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or email her at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com to purchase a pass or get more information.

“If you’re looking for something special for that race fan in your family or friend who loves racing, give them the gift that lasts all year long – that season pass to Lucas Oil Speedway,” McMillan said. “You can purchase them for all events at Lucas Oil Speedway or just for the dirt track. Either way, it’s a great value for the race fan.” McMillan said that gift cards also are available, for the first time, in any dollar amount. They can be redeemed in any department at the speedway.

Season passes for the dirt-track events – 13 weekly racing programs plus 21 nights of special events – are $450 (ages 16-61) and $350 for seniors (62 and up). The special events include The Lucas Oil MLRA and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series including the three-night Show-Me 100 and Diamond Nationals, ASCS/POWRi events, USMTS, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals and Monster Trucks. Each season pass holder is entitled to one reserved stadium-style seat, complete with high backs and armrests located in the top six rows of the main grandstand.

A second option is an all-events pass, at $550 for adults (16-61) and $450 for seniors (62 and over). In addition to the dirt-track events, that includes both races on Lake Lucas – the 7th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic June 8-9 and the 8th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals Aug. 31-Sept. 2 – plus the second annual Off Road Shootout on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series June 22-24 plus other events on the off road track. “When you add up all the events, it really is a great deal,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said of the season-pass options. “Along with the value, it assures you a reserved seat for all the big events that attract large crowds. It really is a great Christmas-gift option to consider.”

The 2017 season begins with the weekly racing series opener on April 7, followed by the 5th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals on April 13-14.

2018 LUCAS OIL SPEEDWAY TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

March 14 – Rich Nichols Memorial Media Luncheon
March 31 – Open Test & Tune
April 7 – Weekly Show No. 1 – Weekly Championship Series Spring Opener (ULMA LM, Mod, B-Mod, SS with $1,000 to win Late Models)
April 13-14 – 5th annual MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com
April 21 – Weekly Show No. 2 – $uper $aver $pecial Night (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $750 to win B-Mod)
April 27-28 (Off Road track) – Level 5 Off Road UTV/Side by Side Racing
April 28 – Weekly Show No. 3 – $5 Dollar Admission Night (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $750 to win Street Stocks)
May 5 – 7th annual Impact Signs, Awning & Wraps Open Wheel Showdown (ASCS Warrior/Red River Region Sprints, POWRi Midgets, WAR Sprints)
May 12 – Weekly Show No. 4 – NMI Night at the Races Presented by Wild Animal Safari, FREE admission to Moms courtesy of NMI/VMG Marketing (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $1,000 to win Mods)
May 19 (Off Road) – Kansas City Off Road Racing Association Sportsman Off Road Racing
May 19 – Weekly Show No. 5 – Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Night at the Races (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $1,000 to win Late Models)
May 24-26 – 26th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com (Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series/MLRA plus Modifieds)
June 2 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
June 8-9 – 7th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic (Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series)
June 9 – Weekly Show No. 6 (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $750 to win B-Mod)
June 16 – Weekly Show No. 7 – Bolivar Herald-Free Press Mid-Season Championship (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $750 to win Street Stocks)
June 22-24 (Off Road) – 2nd annual Off Road Shootout (Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series)
June 23 – Weekly Show No. 8 – National Wild Turkey Federation Race to Save the Hunt (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $1,000 to win Modifieds)
June 29-30 (Off Road) – Lucas Oil Invitational Pro Bull Ride Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com
June 30 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
July 5 – Weekly Show No. 9 – Casey’s General Store Thursday Night Thunder, plus fireworks (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $1,000 to win Late Models)
July 7 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
July 14 – 12th annual CMH Diamond Nationals (Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series/MLRA plus Modifieds)
July 20-21 (Off Road) – Level 5 Off Road UTV/Side by Side Racing
July 21 – Weekly Show No. 10 – Veterans and Military Appreciation Night (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mods with $750 to win B-Mods)
July 28 (Off Road) – Kansas City Off Road Racing Association Sportsman Off Road Racing
July 28 – Weekly Show No. 11 – Ozarks Food Harvest Food Drive Night (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mods with $750 to win Street Stocks)
Aug. 4 – 9th annual USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment)
Aug. 11 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
Aug. 17-18 (Off Road) – Level 5 Off Road/Side by Side Racing
Aug. 18 – Weekly Show No. 12 – TA-Petro Fan Appreciation Night (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mods with $1,000 to win Modifieds)
Aug. 25 – Weekly Show No. 13 – Bill Roberts Chevrolet-Buick Season Championship Night (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mods with class champions crowned)
Aug. 31-Sept. 2 – 8th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals (Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series)
Sept. 1 – MLRA Larry Phillips Memorial (MLRA Late Models plus $750 to win B-Mods)
Sept. 8 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
Sept. 14-15 – Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League
Sept. 20-22 – 8th annual ASCS Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial (ASCS Sprint Cars, WAR Sprints)
Sept. 29 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
Oct. 4-6 – 5th annual Street Stocks Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt (Street Stocks, ULMA Late Models)
Oct. 12-13 – 5th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals (MLRA, TBD)
Oct. 20 – Monster Truck Nationals-Eve of Destruction

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the tentative 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com. Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984. In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

Young Bryant takes first Lucas Oil Speedway track championship with B-Mod crown in 2017

November 16th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Most successful race-car drivers always strive for more and Andy Bryant is no different.  Bryant, the 18-year-old up-and-comer from Fort Scott, Kansas, is proud of a championship season in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod division at Lucas Oil Speedway. Bryant won four times en route to his first track title at Lucas, where he finished 148 points in front of runner-up Kris Jackson.

But a couple of features that got away stick out in Bryant’s memory. He was leading in both when mechanical failures left him with DNFs – and damaging hits in the USRA B-Mod National Championship chase.  The (track) championship was obviously good,” Bryant said. “But we were striving for a bit more. Those two wins at Lucas when we were leading probably cost us the (national) championship.”

Bryant wound up 29 points behind Ryan Gillmore in his bid for another national title to go with the one he captured in 2015. Still, Bryant wound up with an impressive 21 wins and 45 top-five finishes in 62 USRA starts in 2017.  “Whenever you get 21 wins, it’s hard not to call it a successful year in the racing business,” Bryant said. “Most people call 10 wins a pretty successful year. So yeah, it was a good year for us.”

Winning the B-Mod title at Lucas Oil Speedway is no small feat. It’s the class with the largest average car count and some of the most-competitive racing, with the likes of Jackson, Shawn Strong, Mike Striegel and many others capable of winning. “When you’re racing with people like those guys … they race you clean but they race you hard,” Bryant said. “A week or two before the season championship Kris, Strong and myself were trading spots for the lead about every lap. I don’t think we got into each other very much, except for one incident and that was because we were three-wide.

“It’s incredibly fun to race like that. Last year whenever Kris and I would race, we would be on each other’s doors and we would always get out after the race and tell each other ‘good job’ and then do it again the next week. You can really push each other.” For Bryant, a senior at Fort Scott High School, it was a successful debut year in a new Moyer Victory Circle Modified. Crew members included Matt Bingham and Brandon Pitts.

Bryant said it was a season of maturity for him behind the wheel as he aimed for consistency. “I tried to be a smarter driver,” Bryant said. “Instead of going full-out blazing every lap like some people do, I worked on consistency. Maybe I wasn’t the quickest every lap, but being where I’m not making as many mistakes as before.”

Looking ahead to 2018, Bryant said there’s a possibility the team could upgrade engines and test the USRA Modified waters, but it’s more likely he will return for another year in the B-Mod. “Winter plans are to get all my school work lined up so I can start racing in March, and work on making the car a little better,” Bryant said.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the tentative 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com. Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984. In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

About Lucas Oil Speedway

Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five race tracks in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just a quick hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, dubbed the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks,” Lucas Oil Speedway certainly lives up to the title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2017 marked the 7th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series were held in 2017. New for 2017 was all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

From first feature win to Lucas Oil Speedway Street Stock track championship, Ott enjoyed a memorable 2017

November 17th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri- Among the four track champions in 2017 at Lucas Oil Speedway, perhaps there was no more popular one among the local fans than Toby Ott in the Big O Tires Street Stocks.

The long-time hometown racer from Wheatland, after a few weeks to reflect on a first championship that included five feature victories, said the title “means a heck of a lot more than I ever thought it would.”

Ott said the prizes and perks are obviously wonderful, but said the handshakes and pats on the back – often from strangers – top everything. “I’ve had responses from fans and people that are somewhat local, people that I didn’t even realize were race fans,” Ott said. “I’ve had people say, ‘I never really cared about the races, but you were running there so I started going.’ That’s pretty neat.”

Ott, who has been racing dirt since 2002, began the season with the goal of capturing a track championship. This despite never winning a feature on his hometown oval before finally breaking through – after many near-misses – for the first time on May 13.

Winning soon became a habit as Ott added four more feature triumphs and opened a comfortable points lead heading into the home stretch of the schedule. He finished 74 points in front of runner-up Kenny Carroll. “The first win taught me what it takes to win,” Ott said. “It’s one thing to be leading the whole race, but it’s another thing to close the deal. Once I figured that out, it pretty much opened the door. I didn’t keep making the same mistakes.

“You learn a tremendous amount when you win. There’s a lot of people who have led a lot of laps that haven’t been able to completely close the deal with the end result. So it makes a tremendous difference getting that first one under your belt.” Ott cited a couple of other keys to his season. One was opening himself to accepting support from others. While that might sound simple, he said that wasn’t the case for someone who always preferred “to do most everything myself.” “I found out that it takes help and support. You can’t be successful by trying to do everything, yourself, all the time,” Ott said. Specific help came from Trey Rutherford, his dad Bob Ott and Don Howe. Even Chris Davis of sponsor Midwest Sheet Metal sometimes pitched in on race nights and always provided moral support.

Another key was the commitment to running a GM crate motor in 2017. Ott said the crate costs less than half of the open motors a lot guys in the Street Stock division run. While sacrificing some horsepower, the crate proved a great fit to Ott’s driving style and pocketbook. “I’ve always tried to do more, with less,” he said. “I wanted to give the crate deal a shot. From what I understood about it, I knew how dependable and reliable it is. (Modified racer) Mike Striegel made me a really good deal on it. I bought it used from him, so I have to give Mike a big thanks as well. He knew what it could do.”

Ott’s sponsors include Jeff Freeman and Hobbytime Motorsports, where Ott is a service manager. He also gets support from Midwest Sheet Metal, TNT Quick Shop, Striegel’s Outlaw Race Bodies, Buck’s Service Center and Loehr Auto Sales and Construction. Looking ahead, Ott is uncertain about making a run at a repeat championship because the commitment to points race is so intense. But he always will have the title “track champion” alongside his name from now on. That never can be erased. Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the tentative 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Click LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five race tracks in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just a quick hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, dubbed the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks,” Lucas Oil Speedway certainly lives up to the title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2017 marked the 7th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series were held in 2017. New for 2017 was all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events. Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest!

National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Lucas Oil Speedway honors season champs at banquet with Merritt named first ‘Forrest Lucas Lifetime Achievement Award’ winner

November 10th, 2017

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.

Top 10 in points and the champions in each of the four Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series divisions – Jeff Cutshaw (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds), Andy Bryant (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods), Toby Ott (Big O Tires Street Stocks) and Johnny Fennewald (Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models) – were recognized during the annual banquet.

In a special presentation, veteran Ozarks-area racer Rex Merritt of Billings was named winner of the first Forrest Lucas Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the sport on and off the race track.

“It was a complete surprise to me,” said Merritt, who’s raced stock cars for four decades and won at least 35 track championships. He’s also been a mentor to many drivers over the years.

“I can’t think of anyone more deserving of the first Forrest Lucas Lifetime Achievement Award,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “Rex has done so much for the sport of dirt-track racing, not only in the southwest Missouri area, but throughout the country.”

Another highlight of the evening saw Jon Binning of Warrensburg win a new Harley-Davidson Roadster, courtesy of Lawless Harley-Davidson of Scott City, Missouri. The top 10 drivers in each division were eligible for the raffle with Binning the winner.

“I can’t believe I won this because I never win drawings,” said Binning, who was eighth this season in ULMA Late Model points. “It’s awesome and thanks to Lawless Harley-Davidson.”

Other special, first-time postseason awards went to Kaeden Cornell of Willard, Missouri who was named “Most Popular Driver” for 2017 in online fan voting and to Ashlee Lancaster of Sturgeon, Missouri, who won “Best Appearing Race Car” as determined by speedway staff.

Robinson began the evening by thanking the drivers, crew members and fans for another record-breaking season, in which 113,000 fans came through the gates to eclipse the total attendance mark of 107,000 set in 2016.

Weekly Racing Series events averaged just under 2,400 fans with an average car count of 105.

“We like to set the bar high. While this was a great season, we’ve already turned our attention to making 2018 even better,” Robinson said.

Cutshaw has turned the speedway banquet into a championship tradition. The Bolivar, Missouri, driver picked up his fourth straight championship after another banner season in which he won three features and nine other top-five finishes.

“I’d like to thank Billy Mitchell who takes care of the car all week long and makes it easy without me having to do a whole lot on it, along with Michael Mitchell and Andrew Miller,” Cutshaw said. “Those guys take care of the thing. And I’d just like to thank all the Lucas Oil people who give us a great place to race.”

Bryant, of Fort Scott, Kansas, captured the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod crown with a banner season. He won four features, was second three times and added a third-place in 11 main events in 2017.

“I’d like to think we have some of the best, competitive racing of any of the classes,” Bryant said of the B-Mods. “I’d like to thank all my marketing partners and I look forward to next year. Hopefully, we’ll have another good season.”

In the Street Stock division, Ott had never won a feature on his hometown track prior to this season but broke through in a big way after celebrating in victory lane for the first time on May 13. Ott went on to win four more times and had six other top-five finishes.

“I had more people step us this year to give me to the next level,” Ott said. “Not so much financially, just the support they gave me. That was the key to my success more than anything else.”

Fennewald nailed down the ULMA Late Model championship on the final night of the regular season with a second-place finish. The Appleton City, Missouri, driver won three features in 2017 and had six other top-five finishes in 11 starts.

“I’d like to thank all the people that we raced against,” Fennewald said. “There was good racing this year. We had a lot of good help from a lot of good friends.”

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

2018 LUCAS OIL SPEEDWAY TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

March 14 – Rich Nichols Memorial Media Luncheon
March 31 – Open Test & Tune

April 7 – Weekly Show No. 1 – Weekly Championship Series Spring Opener (ULMA LM, Mod, B-Mod, SS with $1,000 to win Late Models)
April 13-14 – 5th annual MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com
April 21 – Weekly Show No. 2 – $uper $aver $pecial Night (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $750 to win B-Mod)
April 27-28 (Off Road track) – Level 5 Off Road UTV/Side by Side Racing
April 28 – Weekly Show No. 3 – $5 Dollar Admission Night (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $750 to win Street Stocks)

May 5 – 7th annual Impact Signs, Awning & Wraps Open Wheel Showdown (ASCS Warrior/Red River Region Sprints, POWRi Midgets, WAR Sprints)
May 12 – Weekly Show No. 4 – NMI Night at the Races Presented by Wild Animal Safari, FREE admission to Moms courtesy of NMI/VMG Marketing (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $1,000 to win Mods)
May 19 (Off Road) – Kansas City Off Road Racing Association Sportsman Off Road Racing
May 19 – Weekly Show No. 5 – Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Night at the Races (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $1,000 to win Late Models)
May 24-26 – 26th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com (Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series/MLRA plus Modifieds)

June 2 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
June 8-9 – 7th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic (Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series)
June 9 – Weekly Show No. 6 (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $750 to win B-Mod)
June 16 – Weekly Show No. 7 – Bolivar Herald-Free Press Mid-Season Championship (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $750 to win Street Stocks)
June 22-24 (Off Road) – 2nd annual Off Road Shootout (Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series)
June 23 – Weekly Show No. 8 – National Wild Turkey Federation Race to Save the Hunt (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $1,000 to win Modifieds)
June 29-30 (Off Road) – Lucas Oil Invitational Pro Bull Ride Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com
June 30 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled

July 5 – Weekly Show No. 9 – Casey’s General Store Thursday Night Thunder, plus fireworks (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $1,000 to win Late Models)
July 7 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
July 14 – 12th annual CMH Diamond Nationals (Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series/MLRA plus Modifieds)
July 20-21 (Off Road) – Level 5 Off Road UTV/Side by Side Racing
July 21 – Weekly Show No. 10 – Veterans and Military Appreciation Night (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mods with $750 to win B-Mods)
July 28 (Off Road) – Kansas City Off Road Racing Association Sportsman Off Road Racing
July 28 – Weekly Show No. 11 – Ozarks Food Harvest Food Drive Night (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mods with $750 to win Street Stocks)

Aug. 4 – 9th annual USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment)
Aug. 11 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
Aug. 17-18 (Off Road) – Level 5 Off Road/Side by Side Racing
Aug. 18 – Weekly Show No. 12 – TA-Petro Fan Appreciation Night (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mods with $1,000 to win Modifieds)
Aug. 25 – Weekly Show No. 13 – Bill Roberts Chevrolet-Buick Season Championship Night (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mods with class champions crowned)

Aug. 31-Sept. 2 – 8th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals (Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series)
Sept. 1 – MLRA Larry Phillips Memorial (MLRA Late Models plus $750 to win B-Mods)
Sept. 8 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
Sept. 14-15 – Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League
Sept. 20-22 – 8th annual ASCS Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial (ASCS Sprint Cars, WAR Sprints)
Sept. 29 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled

Oct. 4-6 – 5th annual Street Stocks Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt (Street Stocks, ULMA Late Models)
Oct. 12-13 – 5th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals (MLRA, TBD)
Oct. 20 – Monster Truck Nationals-Eve of Destruction

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

Veteran racer Rex Merritt of Billings, Missouri, was named recipient of the first Lucas Oil Speedway “Forrest Lucas Lifetime Achievement Award” on Saturday at the track’s postseason awards banquet. (Kenny Shaw photo)

Jon Binning won the raffle for a Harley-Davidson Roadster, courtesy Lawless Harley-Davidson of Scott City, Missouri, at Saturday night’s Lucas Oil Speedway postseason awards banquet. (Kenny Shaw photo)

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five race tracks in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just a quick hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, dubbed the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks,” Lucas Oil Speedway certainly lives up to the title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2017 marked the 7th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series were held in 2017. New for 2017 was all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Tentative 2018 Lucas Oil Speedway schedule finds major events on dirt, water and off road facilities

November 7th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Lucas Oil Speedway’s tentative 2018 schedule was announced on Friday with major events again set for all three of the venue’s racing facilities.

“We’re excited about what’s in store for our fans and drivers in 2018 with a schedule that again has variety,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “The foundation is our 13 Weekly Racing Series schedule, but we also tried to space out our specials throughout the schedule.

“Once again, we’ll have the big Late Model specials, the Open-Wheel shows, Drag Boats, Pro Pulling, Monster Trucks and, of course, the return of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series for the second time.”

There’s even a big Bull Riding event during the summer at the Off Road track – the Lucas Oil Invitational Pro Bull Ride Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com on June 29-30.

Robinson also said there will be purse increases in the Weekly Racing Series in 2018. Late Model and Modifieds will take home $1,000 for feature wins with Street Stocks and B-Mods increasing to $750. There will also be added money to the top five in the features, increasing from $500 added per class to $1,000 added per class per night.

Engines will fire up for the first time on March 31 with an open test and tune. The season gets going on April 7 with the Weekly Championship Series Spring Opener as the ULMA Late Models, USRA Modifieds, Street Stocks and USRA B-Mods hold the first of 13 weekly points programs.

The first special of the season is set for April 13-14 with the 5th annual MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com. Modifieds and Street Stocks will join in the action.

May 5 will find the 7th annual Impact Signs, Awnings and Wraps Open Wheel Showdown, featuring the ASCS Warrior/Red River Region Sprints, POWRi Midgets and WAR Sprints.

The month of May wraps up with the 26th annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com, May 24-26. The crown jewel Late Model event is co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil MLRA. Modifieds also are on the schedule.

June is book-ended by two major events, beginning at “Lake Lucas” with the 7th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic, June 8-9. Then on June 22-24, it the 2nd annual Off Road Shootout on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series returns to the Off Road track. The popular inaugural event was held in late July last year.

“The fan support for the first Off Road Shootout was amazing and we think it will only be even more popular a month earlier, when the weather is a bit cooler,” Robinson said.

The Off Road facility also will play host to four Level 5 Off Road UTV/Side by Side programs during the season and two Kansas City Off Road Racing Association Sportsman Off Road events.

Stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Lucas Oil MLRA return to the oval track on July 14 for the 12th annual CMH Diamond Nationals. Modifieds also are on the schedule for a full program.

August fires up with national-touring Modifieds taking the spotlight, with the USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment on Aug. 4.

Labor Day Weekend is an annual speed festival on water and dirt. The 8th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals for the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series is set for Aug. 31-Sept. 2 with the MLRA Larry Phillips Memorial making Sept. 1 a big doubleheader day.

The popular Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals return on Sept. 14-15 before one of the nation’s premier open-wheel events, the 8th annual ASCS Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial on Sept. 20-22.

The 5th annual Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt, paying $10,000 to win the final-night feature, expands to three nights in 2018, Oct. 4-6, with the ULMA Late Models joining as co-headliner. Meanwhile, the 5th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals, previously held in conjunction with the Big Buck 50, is set for Oct. 12-13 with the support class to be determined.

The season will wrap up with the Monster Truck Nationals-Eve of Destruction on Oct. 20.

“The 2017 season was outstanding, with tremendous competition and great fan support,” Robinson said, noting a record 113,000 fans who came through the gates. “But now we’re focused on making 2018 event better, with the revealing of the tentative schedule the first step.”

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.

2018 LUCAS OIL SPEEDWAY TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

March 14 – Rich Nichols Memorial Media Luncheon
March 31 – Open Test & Tune

April 7 – Weekly Show No. 1 – Weekly Championship Series Spring Opener (ULMA LM, Mod, B-Mod, SS with $1,000 to win Late Models)
April 13-14 – 5th annual MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com
April 21 – Weekly Show No. 2 – $uper $aver $pecial Night (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $750 to win B-Mod)
April 27-28 (Off Road track) – Level 5 Off Road UTV/Side by Side Racing
April 28 – Weekly Show No. 3 – $5 Dollar Admission Night (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $750 to win Street Stocks)

May 5 – 7th annual Impact Signs, Awning & Wraps Open Wheel Showdown (ASCS Warrior/Red River Region Sprints, POWRi Midgets, WAR Sprints)
May 11-12 (Off Road) – Level 5 Off Road UTV/Side by Side Racing
May 12 – Weekly Show No. 4 – NMI Night at the Races Presented by Wild Animal Safari, FREE admission to Moms courtesy of NMI/VMG Marketing (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $1,000 to win Mods)
May 19 (Off Road) – Kansas City Off Road Racing Association Sportsman Off Road Racing
May 19 – Weekly Show No. 5 – Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Night at the Races (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $1,000 to win Late Models)
May 24-26 – 26th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com (Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series/MLRA plus Modifieds)

June 2 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
June 8-9 – 7th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic (Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series)
June 9 – Weekly Show No. 6 (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $750 to win B-Mod)
June 16 – Weekly Show No. 7 – Bolivar Herald-Free Press Mid-Season Championship (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $750 to win Street Stocks)
June 22-24 (Off Road) – 2nd annual Off Road Shootout (Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series)
June 23 – Weekly Show No. 8 – National Wild Turkey Federation Race to Save the Hunt (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $1,000 to win Modifieds)
June 29-30 (Off Road) – Lucas Oil Invitational Pro Bull Ride Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com
June 30 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled

July 5 – Weekly Show No. 9 – Casey’s General Store Thursday Night Thunder, plus fireworks (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mod with $1,000 to win Late Models)
July 7 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
July 14 – 12th annual CMH Diamond Nationals (Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series/MLRA plus Modifieds)
July 20-21 (Off Road) – Level 5 Off Road UTV/Side by Side Racing
July 21 – Weekly Show No. 10 – Veterans and Military Appreciation Night (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mods with $750 to win B-Mods)
July 28 (Off Road) – Kansas City Off Road Racing Association Sportsman Off Road Racing
July 28 – Weekly Show No. 11 – Ozarks Food Harvest Food Drive Night (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mods with $750 to win Street Stocks)

Aug. 4 – 9th annual USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment)
Aug. 11 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
Aug. 17-18 (Off Road) – Level 5 Off Road/Side by Side Racing
Aug. 18 – Weekly Show No. 12 – TA-Petro Fan Appreciation Night (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mods with $1,000 to win Modifieds)
Aug. 25 – Weekly Show No. 13 – Bill Roberts Chevrolet-Buick Season Championship Night (LM, Mod, SS, B-Mods with class champions crowned)

Aug. 31-Sept. 2 – 8th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals (Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series)
Sept. 1 – MLRA Larry Phillips Memorial (MLRA Late Models plus $750 to win B-Mods)
Sept. 8 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
Sept. 14-15 – Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League
Sept. 20-22 – 8th annual ASCS Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial (ASCS Sprint Cars, WAR Sprints)
Sept. 29 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled

Oct. 4-6 – 5th annual Street Stocks Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt (Street Stocks, ULMA Late Models)
Oct. 12-13 – 5th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals (MLRA, TBD)
Oct. 20 – Monster Truck Nationals-Eve of Destruction

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

The 2018 racing season at Lucas Oil Speedway begins with a Test & Tune on March 31 and the first Weekly Racing Series program April 7. (Kenny Shaw photo)

CONTACT:

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

Dan@lucasoil.com

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Diamond Dozen: A look back at memorable moments, events from the 2017 Lucas Oil Speedway season

October 30th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – The checkered flag has dropped on the 2017 racing season at Lucas Oil Speedway and what a year it was, with memories made and records broken.

“It was a great season, with the Inaugural Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series event and all the other specials along with our ultra-competitive Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “I can’t thank our drivers, crew members and fans enough for their support.

“It was our best season on record in terms of attendance,” Robinson added, noting that 113,000 fans came through the gates in 2017, breaking the previous total attendance record of 107,000 from 2016. “Whether it was the consistent quality of our weekly racing or our special events, it was a year to remember.”

Before looking ahead to 2018, we offer up 12 memorable moments from the 2017 Lucas Oil Speedway season:

1 – Off Road Track opens for high-flying thrills: After more than a year of construction, the new Lucas Oil Speedway Off Road track opened to rave reviews and big crowds the weekend of July 22-23. The high-flying jumps and full-contact action of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series certainly did not disappoint.

The legendary Carl Renezeder, in his final season before retirement, captured the Pro 4 win to highlight the first day. Day two found X Games legend Jeremy McGrath rallying from the back after an early spin to score a last-lap win in the Pro 2 feature.

2 – Pierce captures his first Show-Me 100: After nearly winning his first Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com a year before, this time 20-year-old Bobby Pierce got it done. In a race delayed a day by Memorial Day-weekend severe weather, the 14th-starting Pierce led the final 14 laps and beat runner-up Earl Pearson jr. by 3.299 seconds. Tim McCreadie was third and Scott Bloomquist fourth in front of an estimated 6,000 fans.

“Whenever you can get a win, whether it’s a local race or a crown jewel like this, it’s the best thing in the world,” Pierce said in victory lane.

3 – Hafertepe gets coveted Hockett/McMillin Memorial win: Sam Hafertepe Jr. held on to claim one of sprint-car racing’s crown jewel events, September’s Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial in front of a near-capacity crowd. With his 14th feature win of the Lucas Oil ASCS Winged Sprint Car season, Hafertepe denied veteran Sammy Swindell a weekend sweep after Swindell won features on the first two nights.

In the co-headliner, Logan Seavey finished off a sweep with his third win in as many nights in the POWRi Lucas Oil Wingless Auto Racing Series feature.

4 – Stovall breaks through, with Big Buck win to Anglin: The oval-track season came to an exciting close as Jesse Stovall, putting a tough-luck season behind him, led all 50 laps to capture the Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals final-night feature. Terry Phillips joined him in post-race festivities, commemorating Phillips’ fourth MLRA championship.

Meanwhile, Arkansas driver Tony Anglin took command over the final 10 laps and held off Derek Brown to win the Street Stocks Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt. Both Stovall and Anglin earned $5,000 and it was announced that the 2018 Big Buck 50 would pay $10,000 to win.

5 – Compton takes battle of teammates at Diamond Drag Boat Nationals: In a Labor Day Weekend battle on the water, Scott Compton in Liquid Voodoo defeated teammate and reigning Top Fuel Hydro champion Bryan Sanders in Nitrochondriac in the finals of the 7th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals.

Both boats had put up world-record legs of 270 miles-per-hour on “Lake Lucas” in qualifying. Compton had an elapsed time of 3.5224 seconds and speed of 252.5205 miles-per-hour in the finals with Sanders shutting down early due to mechanical issues.

6 – Richards rolls at Diamond Nationals: Josh Richards’ summertime roll on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series continued at mid-July’s 11th annual CMH Diamond Nationals. Richards took command late, after Jimmy Owens had dominated most of the event, for his seventh win of the season and a $12,000 winner’s check.

Veteran Don O’Neal wound up second with Darrell Lanigan third. The 60-lap race had only one caution – for second-running Owens three laps from the finish as he aggressively tried to overtake Richards.

7 – Open-Wheel Showdown produces a classic: With 114 cars in three classes, open-wheel fans were in heaven for May’s 6th annual Impact Signs Awnings & Wraps Open-Wheel Showdown. The race of the night saw Brad Loyet make a last-turn pass of Jonathan Cornell to take a thrilling win in the ASCS Winged Sprint feature. Justin Grant captured the POWRi WAR Sprints win and Tyler Courtney beat Zach Daum in POWRi Midget feature.

8 – Spring heats up with MLRA Spring Nationals: Will Vaught, taking advantage of a restart slip by leader Tony Jackson Jr. with five laps remaining, grabbed the Night One feature win in the Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals. The next night, Rodney Sanders passed Randy Timms coming to the white flag for his first MLRA triumph.

9 – Ott busts through, with more to follow: Hometown driver Toby Ott earned his first career Street Stock feature win at the speedway, leading the final 18 laps of the 20-lap feature. He held off Marc Carter, who was on his back bumper over the final five laps. Ott, racing since 2002, said in victory lane, “I’m kind of speechless, really.” Ott won three more times in 2017 en route to a track championship.

10 – Timms wins wild Larry Phillips Memorial: After a battle of attrition, Randy Timms was the man standing in victory lane at the conclusion of a wild Larry Phillips Memorial on Labor Day Weekend. Timms started 14th and led only one lap – the final one – in winning his first MLRA race. When Jesse Stovall broke, Billy Moyer Jr., inherited the lead coming to the white flag. But Moyer slid too high in turn two on the final lap and Timms drove past.

11 – Last-lap fireworks at Thursday Night Thunder: In a pre-July 4th thriller, Johnny Fennewald made a pass-attempt stick, coming out of turn four as he took the white flag. He held off Aaron Poe, the first-half points champ, for the featured Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model win. A whopping 117 cars entered the week-night event, with 85 new bicycles awarded to kids in the annual Kids’ Bicycle Giveaway during intermission.

12 – A sign of big things to come: Opening night of the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series found 125 cars in the pits. Jeff Cutshaw wound up in Pitts Homes USRA Modified victory lane, a successful start as his chase of a fourth straight track championship began. “There’s nothing better than starting out with a win on the first night,” said Cutshaw, who followed through with another track championship when the points chase concluded in August.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

Bobby Pierce captured his first Show-Me 100, one of the memorable moments in 2017 at Lucas Oil Speedway. (Kenny Shaw photo)

Sam Hafertepe Jr. prevailed in one of open-wheel racing’s short-track majors, winning the Hockett/McMillin Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Liquid Voodoo, driven by Scott Compton, captured the Diamond Drag Boat Nationals during Labor Day Weekend. (Kenny Shaw photo)

Lucas Oil Speedway’s 2017 total attendance of 113,000 was an all-time high for the facility. (Kenny Shaw photo)

CONTACT:

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

Dan@lucasoil.com

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Lawless Harley-Davidson will award cycle to a lucky Lucas Oil Speedway driver at Nov. 4 banquet

October 28th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – For the third straight year, one of the highlights of Lucas Oil Speedway’s Postseason Awards Banquet will be a raffle to give away a Harley-Davidson Roadster from Lawless Harley-Davidson of Scott City, Missouri.

The top 10 drivers in points in each of the four Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series divisions, plus other drivers with feature wins, will be eligible for the raffle. But as with cash and contingency awards, drivers must be present at the Nov. 4 event at The Lodge at Old Kinderhook to win.

“We appreciate Lawless Harley-Davidson for once again sponsoring the Harley giveaway,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “Lawless is a great Missouri company that truly cares about dirt-track racing and a great partner of Lucas Oil Speedway.

“The Harley giveaway has proven to be a very popular part of the evening’s festivities and I know it will be again this year.”

Drivers in the Pitts Homes USRA Modified, Big O Tires Street Stocks, Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models will be eligible to win the Harley based on finishing position in the top 10 of points and feature wins.

Each driver will receive one additional entry into the drawing upon check-in at the banquet. Terry Schultz won the Harley at last year’s banquet.

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).

Example No. 3: Driver C wins 2 races, finishes outside the top 10 in points and attends the banquet. Will receive three entries into the drawing – (two for the wins and one for attending banquet).

Tickets to the banquet are $40 and can be reserved by calling the Lucas Oil Speedway office – by this Friday’s deadline – at (417) 282-5984 or by emailing Nichole McMillan at nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com. Tables of 10 also are available for $400.

The first Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series “Most Popular Driver Award” will be unveiled at the banquet along with the “Best Appearing Car” Award.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour from 6-7 p.m. followed by dinner and the awards program. A cash bar will be available.

No tickets will be available after the Oct. 27 deadline. The banquet is open to all fans.

Group guest room rate at The Lodge at Old Kinderhook include a Standard Room with king bed or double queen is available for $119 per night, based on availability. For room reservations, call (888) 346-4949 and mention “Lucas Oil Speedway Banquet.”

Old Kinderhook is a premier hotel, resort and golf destination on Lake of the Ozarks. Visit oldkinderhook.com for more information.

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, visit LawlessofScottCity.com.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

The Lodge at Old Kinderhook in Camdenton will play host to the annual Lucas Oil Speedway Postseason Awards Banquet, on Nov. 4.

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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Make reservations by Oct. 27 for Lucas Oil Speedway postseason championship awards banquet

October 23rd, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Deadline to reserve tickets for the annual celebration of Lucas Oil Speedway’s season – the 2017 Championship Banquet at The Lodge at Old Kinderhook in Camdenton – is quickly approaching.

“It’s always a fun night of reflection and celebration and we want to make sure everyone who wants to attend gets those RSVPs in,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said, noting the Oct. 27 deadline.

The top 10 drivers in each of the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series divisions will be honored at the Nov. 4 banquet, including season champions Jeff Cutshaw (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds), Johnny Fennewald (Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models), Toby Ott (Big O Tires Street Stocks) and Andy Bryant (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods).

All of the top 10 in season points in the four divisions also will be entered in a drawing to win a Harley-Davidson Roadster from Lawless Harley-Davidson of Scott City, Mo.

Drivers must be present to qualify for the Harley drawing and to receive awards, including cash and contingencies.

The first Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series “Most Popular Driver Award” will be unveiled at the banquet along with the “Best Appearing Car” Award.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour from 6-7 p.m. followed by dinner and the awards program. A cash bar will be available.

Banquet tickets are $40 and can be reserved by calling Lucas Oil Speedway admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by emailing nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Tables of 10 are available for $400.

No tickets will be available after the Oct. 27 deadline. The banquet is open to all fans.

Group guest room rate at The Lodge at Old Kinderhook include a standard room with king bed or double queen is available for $119 per night, based on availability. For room reservations, call (888) 346-4949 and mention “Lucas Oil Speedway Banquet.”

Old Kinderhook is a premier hotel, resort and golf destination on Lake of the Ozarks. Visit oldkinderhook.com for more information.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

Monster Truck Nationals “Eve of Destruction” wraps up Lucas Oil Speedway season on Saturday

October 21st, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Fans get one final chance in 2017 to hear the engines roar at Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday night with a huge demonstration of Monster Truck power.

The Monster Truck Nationals “Eve of Destruction” combines a powerhouse program of metal-crushing, fire-breathing trucks and a high-flying freestyle motorcycle show along with an early Halloween trick-or-treat celebration.

“It’s a great way to finish another outstanding season, with a show that traditionally draws a big crowd,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “Just the pure power, the sounds, the flames and the pure shock and awe of the Monster Trucks, it’s unlike anything else we have at the speedway.

“And we encourage our fans, of all ages, to come dressed in their favorite Halloween costume. We’ll make it a ‘Spooktacular’ night of fun for all and look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday.”

Always one of the most-popular and hottest-selling tickets of the year, fans can save $5 off gate admission by purchasing tickets in advance at participating O’Reilly Auto Parts locations.

The big one-day show will feature six world-famous Monster Trucks – Bigfoot, Raminator, Heavy Hitter, Big Kahana, Snakebite and Basher.

A free Pit Party is included in the paid 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 and get autographs and photos with the drivers and vehicles.

Fans also can take a Sergeant Smash Monster Truck Ride during intermission for just $10 per person.

This year, Freestyle Insanity Moto-X will be on display as well. Keith Sayers will bring in the greatest in high-flying motorcycle action, featuring stunts like the cliffhanger, death grip and perhaps even a back flip.

The trucks also will hold a Wheelie Contest, Donut Contest and Long Jump Contest. The evening will conclude with a Grand Finale Truck Parade.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. with the Pit Party from 5-6:30 p.m. with showtime at 7. A giant 76 by 50 foot American flag presented by Naval Enlisted Reserve of Oklahoma will be displayed on the infield for the National Anthem. Engines will fire at 7:15 p.m.

Advance ticket prices:
Adults (16 and up) $20 in advance
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
**Applicable fees may be applied

Day of show ticket prices:
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50

For ticket information, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Tickets also can be purchased online at https://www.showclix.com/events/8559.

The latest information on the Monster Truck National series may be found at www.MonsterNationals.com.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

The Monster Truck Nationals returns to Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday night.

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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Save with advance tickets for Lucas Oil Speedway’s upcoming Monster Truck Nationals “Eve of Destruction”

October 15th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – After the exciting conclusion of the oval-track season at last weekend’s MLRA Fall Nationals and Street Stocks Big Buck 50, Lucas Oil Speedway now turns it attention to one final “Spooktacular” event in 2017.

It’s the Monster Truck Nationals “Eve of Destruction” coming to the speedway October 21, a combination of big, powerful trucks and a Halloween trick-or-treat celebration with fans of all ages encouraged to dress in spooky outfits.

Always one of the most-popular and hottest-selling tickets of the year, fans can save $5 off gate admission by purchasing tickets in advance at participating O’Reilly Auto Parts locations. That also will assure a seat as the event traditionally attracts a near-capacity crowd.

“This is one of our most-popular events of the season and tickets are sure to be a premium come show day,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Robinson said. “At the very least, by getting tickets ahead of time you can avoid standing in lines at the box office.

“If you’ve never seen the Monster Truck Nationals, it’s impressive. The power, the sounds, the flames … it’s unlike anything else we have at Lucas Oil Speedway. Combine all of that with the Halloween celebration and it’s a great family-night-out opportunity.”

The big one-day show will feature six world-famous Monster Trucks – Bigfoot, Raminator, Heavy Hitter, Big Kahana, Snakebite and Basher.

A free Pit Party is included in the paid 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 and get autographs and photos with the drivers and vehicles.

Fans also can take a Sergeant Smash Monster Truck Ride during intermission for just $10 per person.

This year, Freestyle Insanity Moto-X will be on display as well. Keith Sayers will bring in the great in high-flying motorcycle action featuring stunts like the cliffhanger, death grip and perhaps even a back flip.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. with the Pit Party from 5-6:30 p.m. with showtime at 7.

Advance ticket prices:
Adults (16 and up) $20 in advance
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
**Applicable fees may be applied

Day of show ticket prices:
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50

For ticket information, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Tickets also can be purchased online at https://www.showclix.com/events/8559.

The latest information on the Monster Truck National series may be found at www.MonsterNationals.com.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

The Monster Truck Nationals returns to Lucas Oil Speedway, October 21.

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.

Stovall breaks through for MLRA Fall Nationals win; Anglin captures Street Stocks Big Buck 50 at Lucas Oil Speedway

October 11th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri –Jesse Stovall finished off a frustrating Lucas Oil MLRA Late Model season on a high note Saturday night, leading all 50 laps to capture the 4th annual Fall Nationals finale at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Meanwhile, Terry Phillips wrapped up his fourth MLRA championship as the series schedule came to a conclusion in front of a big crowd.

In the co-headliner, Tony Anglin of Walnut Ridge, Ark., took command with 11 laps remaining and pulled away to capture the $5,000-to-win Street Stocks Big 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt.

Stovall, the 2016 MLRA champion from Billings, Mo., earned $5,000 for his first series win this season. He suffered a concussion after flipping his car in a mid-summer practice accident in Nebraska and missed a race.

He also suffered a mechanical failure with one lap to go, while leading the Larry Phillips Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway, on Sept. 2. Early in Friday’s Fall Nationals opening feature, Stovall hit the wall while battling for second place.

“I’ve had a heck of a year since I had that flip and I can’t seem to put anything together,” Stovall said. “This is really satisfying to finally get it done.”

Stovall, driving a Black Diamond chassis, was the class of the field from the outset, beating fellow front-row starter Dave Eckrich to lead the first lap.

Austin Siebert moved into second with Tony Jackson Jr. third and Billy Moyer fourth when a lap nine caution bunched the field behind Stovall.

Stovall quickly opened up nearly a straightaway-margin lead over Siebert and Moyer when another caution came out on lap 17 as Tad Pospisil slowed in turn four.

By the time the race reached the midpoint on lap 25, Stovall was a full straightaway in front of Moyer, Siebert and Chad Simpson and just getting ready to enter lapped traffic. One lap later, Martin spun and brought out the fifth caution of the event to wipe out Stovall’s large lead.

It didn’t matter. Stovall checked out after the restart and, as the race went green the rest of the way, finished well ahead of Moyer with Simpson third and Jack Sullivan fourth. Randy Timms, winner of Friday’s feature, was fifth.

“This has been the most trying year I’ve had,” Stovall said. “It’s very difficult for me and for everybody involved to try and run two cars out of one trailer. It’s definitely been a learning curve. All in all, I can’t say it’s been a good year because it really hasn’t been – until now.

“It’s a good way to end the year. This series has been more than good to me.”

Stovall congratulated his good friend Phillips, of Springfield, Mo., in post-race ceremonies.

“This guy, he’s a hell of a racer,” Stovall said. “He’s a road warrior and he’s taught me a lot and congrats to him.”

Phillips, who finished 14th in Saturday’s feature, made light of his ongoing struggles at Lucas Oil Speedway. But he was relentless in is Black Diamond with his consistency in 2017, winning four times along the way en route to his fourth career MLRA championship.

“We’ve had some good wins this year,” Phillips said. “It’s been a long year and Jesse had some bad luck. It’s just a long grind. When we get this place figured out, we’ll surely be better. I just want to thank everybody on this car. It takes everybody to make this operation go.”

Phillips now has won 10 regional Late Model touring series titles, counting six in the MARS Dirt-Car Series. He credited his late father, short-track legend Larry Phillips, for instilling the determination in him to achieve success.

“I learned this racing deal from the best racer that’s ever been, my dad. I just try to make him proud every day,” Phillips said.

Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas, finished 18th in the feature but wrapped up the Sunoco Race Fuels Rookie of the Year honors. Sanders also finished runner-up to Phillips in the points chase.

Anglin captures Big Buck 50: The sixth lead change of the race was decisive as Tony Anglin went in front with 11 laps remaining. From there, he pulled away to win by nearly a straightaway over runner-up Derek Brown and third-place Jeremy Russell.

In addition to the $5,000 winner’s check, Anglin earned a free entry valued at $3,000 into the Whitetail Trophy Hunt later this fall.

“Man, that was one good show there,” Anglin said. “I didn’t know whether to go to the bottom or go to the top. Them ruts were beating me to death.

“I struggled Thursday night (in practice) and Friday night in qualifying. We just threw a bunch of stuff at it this afternoon and here we are.”

Anglin passed Derek Brown in turn two on lap 39 to take the lead. Just three laps before that, Brown slid past Anglin after Anglin did the same to him a lap before.

Fifth in the Big Buck 50 a year ago, Anglin had plenty in reserve down the stretch. Brown, who suffered damage to the nose of his car in a first-lap incident, barely held off Russell in the battle for second.

“We run at Batesville a lot and it’s top-notch competition there,” Anglin said. “Man, I don’t know what to say about this. We’re just glad to be here.”

Defending Big Buck 50 winner Tim Brown moved quickly from his outside row two starting spot and led the opening lap, just ahead of pole-starting Peyton Taylor and Robbie Arnold.

Derek Brown slipped past Tim Brown and into the lead on lap 17. The battle for second was a hot one with Tim Brown, Burl Woods, Jeremy Russell and Anglin dueling it out.

But on lap 28, the race lost two contenders. Woods appeared to hit the big tire guarding the infield, in turn four, and Tim Brown plowed into the back of him to bring out the caution.

That left Derek Brown leading Anglin, Russell, James Flood and Kenny Carroll as the race went back to green with 22 laps remaining. Derek Brown and Anglin went back and forth until the eventual winning pass on lap 39.

Taylor, of Ash Flat, Ark., had fast qualifying time on Friday night and earned the pole position for the feature by winning his heat winners’ dash on Friday. He was battling Tim Brown for the lead in the early going, but pulled off on lap nine with a flat tire and again, this time for good, with mechanical issues on lap 12.

Fourth-place finisher Edwin Wells of Morrilton, Ark., who started 22nd, won the “Hard Charger” Award sponsored by Ray’s Lake Service worth $500.

Doug Moore earned the “Hard Luck” Award as the first non-feature qualifier for the Big Buck 50. He earned a $500 bonus from Alamo Arms LLC, of Montreal, Mo.

Big Buck 2018 getting bigger: Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson announced on Saturday that the 2018 Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt will pay $10,000 to win and become a three-day show – Oct. 4-6 – with the ULMA Late Models co-headlining, with full shows both nights.

The Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals will be run a week later, Oct. 12-13 of 2018. Support classes for that weekend will be determined at a later date.

LUCAS OIL SPEEDWAY RESULTS (October 7, 2017)
Street Stocks Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt
A Feature – 1, Tony Anglin. 2, Derek Brown. 3, Jeremy Russell. 4, Edwin Wells. 5, Brian Schutt. 6, Robert Arnold. 7, Ted Welschmeyer. 8, Dalton Imhoff. 9, Brian Worley. 10, Jason Winkle. 11, Bobby Barnett. 12, Josh Halbrook. 13, Matt Becker. 14, Dalton Garrison. 15, James Flood. 16, Kenny Carroll. 17, Burl Woods. 18, Tim Brown. 19, Kris Lloyd. 20, David Hendrix. 21, Dale Nelson. 22, Jimmy Myers. 23, Brian Parker. 24, Payton Taylor. 25, Toby Ott. 26, Kyle Slader.
B Feature (top 8 advance) – 1, Tony Anglin. 2, Jimmy Myers. 3, Ted Welschmeyer. 4, Dalton Garrison. 5, Toby Ott. 6, Edwin Wells. 7, Kyle Slader. 8, Kris Lloyd. 9, Doug Moore. 10, Bobby Ratteree. 11, Terry Schultz. 12, Dennis Schoenfeld. 13, Jessie Shearin. 14, Cole Henson. 15, Heath Teel. 16, Aaron Poe. 17, Scott Johnson. 18, Mike Striegel. 19, Jeff Floyd. 20, Rob White. 21, Darrin Crisler. 22, Derek Henson.
C Feature (top 6 advance) – 1, Mike Striegel. 2, Rob White. 3, Kyle Slader. 4, Jesse Shearin. 5, Cole Henson. 6, Scott Johnson. 7, Bobby Barnett. 8, Robert Southerland. 9, Marlin Cathey. 10, Chip Shaddox. 11, Shane Bias. 12, Tim Petty. 13, Randy Gilmore. 14, Cody Nelson. 15, Jay Lamons. 16, Justin Jarrett. 17, Jason Thurman. 18, Dexter Frost. 19, Dom Wadlow. 20, Bryan Arnold. 21, Whitney Nunally. 22, Evan Hayes.
D Feature (top 6 advance) – 1, Chip Shaddox. 2, Whitney Nunally. 3, Martin Cathey. 4, Jay Lamons. 5, Bryan Arnold. 6, Evan Hayes. 7, Josh Halbrook. 8, Chuck Knight. 9, Tim Eaton. 10 John Kelly. 11, Ray Phipps. 12, Michael Muskrat. 13, Chris Tonoli. 14, Michael Mullins. 15, Travis Goodman. 16, Darren Fox. 17, Steve Scott. 18, Cody Vail. 19, Dale Berry. 20, Steve Whitman. 21, Dale Eaton. 22, Kiel Morton.
E Feature (top 6 advance) – 1, Kiel Morton. 2, John Kelly. 3, Jay Lamons. 4, Dale Eaton. 5, Chuck Knight. 6, Michael Musktra. 7, Drayl Dooling. 8, Rusty Etherton. 9, Devin Irvin. 10, Stewart Burton. 11, John Scott. 12, Scott Lucke. 13, Nicholas Fritsch. 14, Jake Haynes. 15, Carmon VIncent. 16, Joe Miller. 17, Terry Muskrat. 18, Steve Sanders. 19, Bobby Ruff. 20, Jerry Brown. 21, Brandon Dunhan. 22, John Coats.
F Feature (top 6 advance) – 1, Chuck Knight. 2, John Scott. 3, Carmon Vincent. 4, Stewart Burton. 5, Joe Miller. 6, Daryl Dooling. 7, Tony Bowman. 8, Matt Harp. 9, Ethan Mullins. 10, Brandon Hays. 11, Larry Ferris. 12, Mark Mullins. 13, Marc Carter.

Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals
A Feature – 1, Jesse Stovall. 2, Billy Moyer. 3, Chad Simpson. 4, Jack Sullivan. 5, Randy Timms. 6, Mason Oberkramer. 7, Brent Larson. 8, Austin Siebert. 9, Chase Junghans. 10, Tim Manville. 11, Payton Looney. 12, Jeremy Grady. 13, Cade Dillard. 14, Terry Phillips. 15, Tony Jackson Jr. 16, Logan Martin. 17, Raymond Merrill. 18, Rodney Sanders. 19, Tad Pospisil. 20, Jason Rauen. 21, Dave Eckrich. 22, Rickey Frankel. 23, Jake Davis. 24, Kaeden Cornell.
Heat one – 1, Dave Eckrich. 2, Chad Simpson. 3, Brent Larson. 4, Payton Looney. 5, Matt Furman. 6, Logan Martin. 7, Robby Moore. 8, Cole Wells.
Heat two – 1, Jesse Stovall. 2, Rickey Frankel. 3, Jake Davis. 4, Terry Phillips. 5, Cade Dillard. 6, Tad Pospisil. 7, Bill Leighton Jr.
Heat three – 1, Tony Jackson Jr. 2, Billy Moyer. 3, Jack Sullivan. 4, Kaeden Cornell. 5, Chase Junghans. 6, Tim Manville. 7, Jeremy Grady. 8, Cliff Morrow.
Heat four – 1, Austin Siebert. 2, Mason Oberkramer. 3, Randy Timms. 4, Raymond Merrill. 5, Jason Rauen. 6, Todd Shute. 7, Rodney Sanders.
B Feature – 1, Dillard. 2, Martin. 3, Rauen. 4, Junghans. 5, Pospisil. 6, Manville. 7, Furman. 8, Grady. 9, Moore. 10, Shute. 11, Leighton Jr. 12, Wells. 13, Sanders. 14, Morrow. 15, Wyman.

Monster Truck Nationals: The final event this season at Lucas Oil Speedway is the Monster Truck Nationals “Eve of Destruction” on Oct. 21. Gates will open at 4 p.m. with a pit party from 5-6:30 p.m. and showtime at 7. Pit admission is included in the ticket price.

For ticket information for all Lucas Oil Speedway events, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Timms again victorious at Wheatland

October 10th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – 31 Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models rolled into Lucas Oil Speedway, Friday night, for the opening round of the 4th Annual Fall Nationals. For the second straight race, Randy Timms climbed out of his race car in Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane.

Taking the lead from DirtOnDirt.com polesitter, Brent Larson, on lap two, Timms rolled raced virtually uncontested the remainder of the feature.

“I felt like we had the best starting spot being on the outside,” said Timms. “We just did our thing and it all worked out. I’ve always liked this place, we’ve just been getting better with our little race car here.”

Cade Dillard closed in late, running second, but never got any further. It was a great performance, especially considering it was his first time in the car, and only third ever Late Model race. He was quick to thank his owner, Shane Sprinkle, crew and sponsors for their help.

“We took off and I knew we were pretty decent,” Dillard stated. “We got up to second there and then, rookie mistake there, I burnt the brakes off of it. Bad habits from my mod. I was riding them way too hard. We had a really good hot rod. I’ve dreamed of driving a Late Model since I was about four years old. To be able to do this is pretty cool for me.”

Larson quietly settled into third and clicked off his laps just behind Timms and Dillard in his Longhorn Chassis.

Racing resumes Saturday evening at 6:35 with the final points event of the season for the Lucas Oil MLRA. Terry Phillips leads Rodney Sanders by 54 points for the championship.

The Big Buck 50 Street Stock special also concludes with the running of their $5,000 to win feature. 96 Street Stocks raced in Friday’s qualifying program.

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.

Team Anglin, Arkansas invaders look to make impact at Lucas Oil Speedway Street Stock Big Buck 50

October 9th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – This weekend’s Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt will bring some of the region’s top Street Stock drivers to Lucas Oil Speedway in pursuit of a big pay day.

Look for several invaders from Arkansas to descend upon south-central Missouri, including a three-car entry from veteran Tony Anglin of Walnut Ridge.

“We’re looking forward to it,” said Anglin, who will field cars for himself, nephew Whitney Nunally and the well-known Late Model veteran Jeff Floyd.

Anglin drove to a fifth-place finish in last year’s Big Buck 50. He’s optimistic about his team’s chances this time around in a race that pays $5,000 to the winner, plus a free entry into November’s Whitetail Trophy Hunt valued at $3,000.

Just a few weeks ago, Anglin had victory in his sights at the $10,000-to-win Mid-America Street Stock Championship at Batesville Motor Speedway. It ended in heartbreaking fashion.

“We led every lap until six to go, then broke a trolling arm bolt,” Anglin said. “Whitney ended up fifth and Jeff was ninth. We just had some bad luck. So maybe we’ll have some good luck” at Wheatland.

Anglin came to Lucas Oil Speedway late in the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series season to do some testing and suffered a motor problem. He said he usually runs good there.

“I enjoy coming there. I wish it was a little closer. We’d run there every week,” Anglin said. “I think we’ll be all right this weekend. I hope so. We’ll come up Thursday and do some practicing and see where we are.”

Anglin is a 30-year racing veteran, starting out in Bombers in his native Arkansas before a stint in Modifieds. He started building Street Stocks for himself and to sell to others several years ago and has been in that division since.

“It’s top-notch now,” Anglin said of the quality of Street Stock racing in Arkansas. “You run weekly and it’s top of the line. Batesville’s our home track and we also run some at West Plains.”

Anglin said he and Floyd, well known in a successful Late Model career, have known each other since childhood.

“We went to school together, we raced together,” Anglin said. “I pit-crewed for Jeff and his dad back in the day. That’s where my racing got started, helping his dad, Randy. Jeff started racing a year and a half before I did. He got out of his Late Model for a while, then got back in it last year.

“He helps me a lot and I help him a lot. When the $10,000 deal came up at Batesville, I had an extra car. I went down to Jeff’s shop and said, ‘Hey man, let’s go race.’ He was up for it.”

Anglin said that along with the fun of driving the full-bodied Street Stocks is the appeal of more, big-money shows popping around for the division in this part of the country.

“If a man could have some good luck, he could make himself some pocket change for the winter,” Anglin said.

Lucas Oil Speedway’s biggest Street Stock race of the season attracted 93 entries a year ago and at least that many are expected this weekend. Along with $5,000, the winner of Saturday’s feature will receive a free entry into the Whitetail Trophy Hunt in central Missouri, Nov. 11-13. That is valued at $3,000.

Co-headlining the Friday and Saturday program is the 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Late Model Fall Nationals, with Springfield’s Terry Phillips looking to clinch his fourth series championship. The Late Models run full programs Friday and Saturday with features paying $3,000 and $5,000 to win.

An open practice session kicks things off on Thursday, from 6-9 p.m. Pit admission is $20 and spectators in the grandstand are admitted free. The Diamond Bar will be open with the band Phat Mike and the Bartenders playing following the practice.

The complete weekend will be filmed by Lucas Oil production for a later broadcast on MAVTV and will also included in the offerings on Lucas Oil Racing TV.

Schedule/format
(Thursday practice)
6-9 p.m. – $20 pits, FREE grandstands (Diamond Bar open after practice with Phat Mike and the Bartenders playing)

(Friday)
Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35
Street stock time trials
Heat races for MLRA (passing points)
Heat races for Street Stocks (first and second place finishers lock into Saturday’s A-Main)
B-Main for MLRA
Street Stocks Top 16, two dashes for Saturday A-Main lineup (first place in heats run for starting positions 1-8, second place in heats run for positions 9-16)
MLRA feature (40 laps)

(Saturday)
Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 and racing at 6:35
MLRA time trials
Street Stocks F-Feature, 12 laps (top 6 transfer to E-Feature)
Opening ceremonies/National Anthem
Street Stocks E-Feature, 14 laps (top 6 transfer to D-Feature)
MLRA heat races
Street Stocks D-Feature, 16 laps (top 6 transfer to C-Feature)
Hot laps for Top 16 Street Stock A Feature qualifiers
Street Stocks C-Feature, 18 laps (top 6 transfer to B-Feature)
MLRA B-Feature
Street Stocks B-Feature, 20 laps (top 8 transfer to A-Feature)
Intermission
MLRA Feature (50 laps)
Street Stocks Feature (50 laps)

Tickets
(Friday)
Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35
Adults (16 and up) $15
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $12
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $30
Pit Pass $35

(Saturday)
Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 and racing at 6:35
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 $40

For ticket information for all Lucas Oil Speedway events, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

The Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt and 4th annual MLRA Fall Nationals are set for Oct. 6-7 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. 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Phillips on cusp of fourth title with Fall Nationals ahead

October 8th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – This weekend the curtain falls on the 29th season of Lucas Oil MLRA action. The Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals takes place Friday and Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri. Each night features a complete show. Friday’s winner pockets $3,000, with $5,000 scheduled for Saturday’s top performer.

Terry Phillips holds the points lead by 42 over Sunoco Rookie of the Year winner Rodney Sanders. Although not mathematically eliminated from the championship, Sanders would need a lot of bad fortune by Phillips to have a shot at the title. Phillips admittedly wouldn’t place Lucas Oil Speedway in his list of best tracks performance-wise, but he rarely does not finish races. Sanders went from the tail to second in his last Lucas Oil Speedway appearance.

Jesse Stovall is currently third. Randy Timms and JC Wyman round out the top five. Timms is the most recent series winner, when he led the final lap of the Larry Phillips Memorial over Labor Day weekend.

Lucas Oil MLRA winners at Lucas Oil Speedway this season include Rodney Sanders, Will Vaught and Randy Timms.

“It’ has been an exciting season for the series,” commented Assistant Series Director Ernie Leftwich. “We’ve had a variety of winners and showcased our tour at some great places. To end the year in Wheatland is just perfect.”

Friday drivers will draw and compete utilizing passing points. Saturday competitors will time trial for heat race starting positions.

Practice will be held Thursday evening from 6-9 PM, for competitors wanting to get a few extra laps around Lucas Oil Speedway. Grandstand attendance is free for Thursday.

A big part of this weekend will be the $5,000 to win Big Buck 50 Street Stock race. They will run heat races on Friday and last chances transfer features, prior to the A feature Saturday.

Lucas Oil Speedway Information
Gates: Friday – 5 PM, Saturday – 4 PM
Racing: Friday – Hot Laps 7 PM, Racing 7:35 PM, Saturday – Hot Laps 6 PM, Racing 6:35 PM
Admission: Friday – Adults $15, Seniors (62 and up) $12, Youth (6-15) $15, Kids (5 and under) FREE, Family Pass $30, Pit Pass $35, Saturday – Adults $20, Seniors (62 and up) $17, Youth (6-15) $15, Kids (5 and under) FREE, Family Pass $40, Pit Pass $40
Support Class: Street Stocks ($5,000 to Win)
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.

Iowa’s Wyman looks to change his luck as MLRA Fall Nationals visit Lucas Oil Speedway this weekend

October 7th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Perhaps if the Lucas Oil MLRA had a category for torn-up sheet metal, J.C. Wyman might have already clinched that championship.

“It’s been a rough second half of the season. We’ve got torn up a lot,” Wyman said earlier this week from his home in Griswold, Iowa. “It sure hasn’t been what we wanted it to be.”

Wyman looks forward to having a final chance to turn his luck around this weekend when the MLRA Series wraps its season. The 4th annual Fall Nationals are Friday and Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway with drivers chasing feature wins paying $3,000 and $5,000, respectively.

“We’re looking forward to getting down there and trying some new things,” Wyman said. “We’re just looking for a couple of good days on the track and seeing how it goes.

“We’ve got torn up a bunch and just can’t seem to catch a break. We changed motors about midseason and maybe that’s a part of our problem. It doesn’t seem to maybe fit my driving style with the motor we have in now. I don’t know. It’s just not been the season I wanted it to be.

“But we’ll take some swings with some things this weekend and maybe it’ll work.”

That said, Wyman enters the weekend fifth in MLRA Series points. That would be a career-best finish – up one from last season and three notches higher than 2015. Wyman’s only MLRA career feature win came a year ago at Lakeside Speedway.

Through his on-track problems this season, Wyman said he’s plugged away and tried to make the best of it.

“We’re at least consistent,” he said. “We’ve been anywhere from a fifth to 10th-place car for the most part. We just haven’t been able to break through into the top five.”

Wyman, 34, said it’s easy to explain why his passion remains strong. From a racing family that saw his grandfather, Jim Wyman, race on Iowa dirt tracks and his uncles, Mark and Jerry Wyman race Modifieds, there’s a definite thirst to succeed.

“I love the sport,” J.C. Wyman said. “I wouldn’t choose to do anything else. I love everything about it, the ins and the outs. But was everybody gets faster and the times and technology changes, it seems to make it harder to put the effort in, to be a top two or top three car.

“I’m working on that for next year already, trying to figure out how to balance my time better.”

Working full-time as a mechanic in the family auto repair business and raising three children, ages 5, 8 and 10 makes life run proceed at a fast pace.

Having a strong showing this weekend would be either positive momentum to take into the offseason or motivation to race a few more times in 2018 before the snow flies.

“If we can run good, that will continue to keep us moving forward in a positive way,” he said, adding that his team, starting with car owners Jack and Mary Ann McKee, deserves praise for keeping him pumped up.

“Mom and Dad (Glenda and Jim Wyman) along with Dusty Wyman, Kevin Carlisle, Tyler Johnson and Anthony Lappe – if it wasn’t for them, I don’t know where we would be.”

As Wyman looks to clinch a top-five series finish this weekend, Springfield’s Terry Phillips will be aiming to nail down his fourth MLRA championship. Phillips begins the weekend 42 points in front of Rodney Sanders, with reigning series champ Jesse Stovall in third and Randy Timms fourth.

Co-headlining this weekend’s action is the Street Stocks Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt. The first 16 starters for the $5,000-to-win 50-lap Saturday feature will be determined via Friday-night qualifying.

The biggest Street Stock race of the season attracted 93 entries a year ago and at least that many are expected this weekend. Along with $5,000, the winner of Saturday’s feature will receive a free entry into the Whitetail Trophy Hunt in central Missouri, Nov. 11-13. That is valued at $3,000.

An open practice session has been scheduled for Thursday, from 6-9 p.m. Pit admission is $20 and spectators in the grandstand are admitted free. The Diamond Bar will be open with the band Phat Mike and the Bartenders playing following the practice.

The complete weekend will be filmed by Lucas Oil production for a later broadcast on MAVTV and will also included in the offerings on Lucas Oil Racing TV.

Schedule/format
(Thursday practice)
6-9 p.m. – $20 pits, FREE grandstands (Diamond Bar open after practice with Phat Mike and the Bartenders playing)

(Friday)
Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35
Street stock time trials
Heat races for MLRA (passing points)
Heat races for Street Stocks (first and second place finishers lock into Saturday’s A-Main)
B-Main for MLRA
Street Stocks Top 16, two dashes for Saturday A-Main lineup (first place in heats run for starting positions 1-8, second place in heats run for positions 9-16)
MLRA feature (40 laps)

(Saturday)
Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 and racing at 6:35
MLRA time trials
Street Stocks F-Feature, 12 laps (top 6 transfer to E-Feature)
Opening ceremonies/National Anthem
Street Stocks E-Feature, 14 laps (top 6 transfer to D-Feature)
MLRA heat races
Street Stocks D-Feature, 16 laps (top 6 transfer to C-Feature)
Hot laps for Top 16 Street Stock A Feature qualifiers
Street Stocks C-Feature, 18 laps (top 6 transfer to B-Feature)
MLRA B-Feature
Street Stocks B-Feature, 20 laps (top 8 transfer to A-Feature)
Intermission
MLRA Feature (50 laps)
Street Stocks Feature (50 laps)

Tickets
(Friday)
Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35
Adults (16 and up) $15
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $12
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $30
Pit Pass $35

(Saturday)
Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 and racing at 6:35
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 $40

For ticket information for all Lucas Oil Speedway events, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

The Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt and 4th annual MLRA Fall Nationals are set for Oct. 6-7 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. 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Long list of injuries doesn’t deter Williamson from fearless approach on motocross track

October 3rd, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Jeremi Williamson reads off his list of injuries suffered while competing in motocross like some people run down their grocery-shopping list.

“I broke my wrist, I cracked my collarbone, broke the top of my foot, collapsed my lung, have had 13 concussions and been in a coma,” Williamson calmly states. “It sounds bad. But listening to other people in this sport, they have had it worse.”

No one will argue that high-level motocross racing is a dangerous sport. But for Williamson and other top riders, competing in this weekend’s inaugural Lucas Oil Speedway USA Pro-Am Motocross, you accept it or get out.

Racing with fear is not an option. The 20-year-old Williamson, from Willard, Mo., is one of the nation’s best riders in the 250 Pro and 450 Pro divisions. He’s been race-riding since he was six years old and has been able to win despite the looming danger.

“The fear is in the back of your mind,” Williamson said. “But you don’t feel it or you don’t listen to it. Once you’re a motocrosser, you live for (racing). You can’t stop, literally. Once you start riding, you’re pretty much hooked.”

Williamson said he was hooked on the sport from the start.

“It was about six years old. My dad never rode, but he had a (motorcycle) and rode in the woods,” Williamson said. “He took me out to a track and I just fell in love with it. it just sparked from there.”

This season has seen Williamson bounce back from a broken wrist at an indoor arena cross back in February that sidelined him for about three months. He entered this weekend’s action on the Lucas Oil Speedway Off Road track second in Nitro Summer Series 250 Pro points and 3rd in the 450 Pro standings.

This weekend, Williamson relishes the opportunity to compete in a big outdoor event close to home. His typical schedule finds him going out of state to race at least two weekends per month.

“I just want to give a big shout out to Jay Freeman for building the (motocross) layout and to Jay Reynolds for putting this event on,” Williamson said. “A lot of people are looking forward to it.”

Motocross racing action on Sunday begins at 7:30 a.m. with Quad and UTV racing set for noon after an 11 a.m. practice.

Sunday admission prices:
Adults – $15
Youth (Ages 4-12) – $10
Kids (3 and Under) – FREE

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

Jeremi Williamson, 20, has been competing in motocross since the age of 6. (Motorhead Events photo)

The Lucas Oil Speedway USA Pro-Am Motocross is set for this 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. 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Teen Hannah one to watch as Lucas Oil Speedway USA Pro-Am Motocross gets underway

October 2nd, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Matthew Hannah said his decision to enter his first motocross five years ago was a “spontaneous action” when his dad entered him in a local event.

Young Hannah surprised himself with a second-place finish.

“I thought it was pretty cool,” Hannah said of his first taste of the action-packed, two-wheel sport. “I was hooked immediately. It just kind of went on from there.”

Pretty soon, the former baseball and basketball player turned his full competitive attention to motocross. Now one of the nation’s leading amateur riders, the 17-year-old senior at Fair Play High School gets to compete in a big-time “home” event this weekend.

Hannah will be part of the inaugural Lucas Oil Speedway USA Pro-Am Motocross at Lucas Oil Speedway’s Off Road track. Practice got under way Friday with racing on Saturday and Sunday.

Hannah is in the midst of a successful season, despite breaking his wrist earlier in the summer practicing for a major motocross event, the 36th annual Loretta Lynn AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. A few months earlier, he won the Amsoil National Arenacross Championship in Las Vegas, riding in the 250 C class main event.

“It was extremely difficult,” Hannah said of racing with the injury. “I had a custom wrist brace built right before which helped tremendously. But it was extremely painful, because the track is not smooth. But I had to deal with it because it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to race that race and worth it in the long run.”

Injuries are part of a sport that Hannah accepts. He’s also broke a femur bone in a leg, fractured multiple ribs, his collarbone and hand.

“It’s a high-risk sport,” Hannah said, adding that his competitive juices counteract any fears when he’s racing. His dad, Lane, introduced him to motorcycle racing in 2012 on a bike trail near the family home and he’s raced all over the country since.

“There’s nothing more competitive than sitting on that (starting) gate with 40 of the other fastest guys in the world, knowing how special that feeling is,” Hannah said. “You’re not playing basketball at the (YMCA). You’re at the top of the sport. It’s a motivating thing being on that stage and seeing all the fans and the cameras.”

This weekend, on the Lucas Oil Speedway Off Road track, there will be plenty of cameras and spectators. He said winning so close to home would be special, if he can pull it off. Fair Play is planning a field trip from the school with dozens of classmates expected to attend on Saturday.

“This is the first time a lot of them have had a chance to come and watch,” Hannah said. “Winning in front of them would mean a lot.”

Hannah is hopeful that the many first-time motocross fans attending this weekend will be impressed by everything they see in both the motocross and utility vehicle classes.

“It’s going to be an action-packed weekend,” he said. “Not just motocross, but the UTVs and ATVs as well. There’s going to be a lot of fast guys there.”

Jay Reynolds of Motorhead Events said at least 400 entries in about 40 classes of both pro and amateur divisions will be racing motorcycles, ATVs and UTVs this weekend. Activities opened with Friday check-in and practice with full day-time programs set for Saturday and Sunday.

The outdoor national style Pro-Am event is sanctioned by the AMA and promoted by the Nitro Arenacross Tour LLC. Go to www.motorheadevents.com for more information.

Admission prices:
(Friday gate)
Adult All-Weekend pass – $35
Youth (Ages 4-12) All-Weekend pass – $20
Kids (3 and Under) – FREE

(Saturday gate)
Adult Saturday-Sunday pass – $20
Youth (Ages 4-12) Saturday-Sunday pass – $10
Kids (3 and Under) – FREE

(Sunday gate)
Adults – $15
Youth (Ages 4-12) – $10
Kids (3 and Under) – FREE

Racing schedule:
(Friday)
Move-in/practice

(Saturday)
7:30 a.m. – Racing begins
1 p.m. – Pro practice
4 p.m. – Pro classes, UTV National race, super-mini, college boy (runs in conjunction with AMA classes)

(Sunday)
8 a.m. – Racing begins
11 a.m. – Quad and UTV practice
Noon – Quad and UTV racing

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

UTV racing is one of the many divisions racing this weekend at Lucas Oil Speedway. (Motorhead Events photo)

The Lucas Oil Speedway USA Pro-Am Motocross is set for this 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. 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

The Lucas Oil Speedway postseason awards banquet is set for Nov. 4 at The Lodge at Old Kinderhook in Camdenton.

October 2nd, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Ticket reservations for the annual Lucas Oil Speedway postseason awards banquet, where the top 10 drivers in each of the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series divisions will be honored, are being accepted.

The banquet is scheduled for Nov. 4 at the Lodge at Old Kinderhook in Camdenton, Missouri. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour from 6-7 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards program. A cash bar will be available.

Banquet tickets are $40 and can be reserved by calling Lucas Oil Speedway admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by emailing nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Tables of 10 are available for $400.

Reservation deadline is Oct. 27 and no tickets will be available after that. Drivers must attend the banquet to receive awards, including cash and contingencies.

“The banquet always is a chance to look back and celebrate our season and the drivers,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “This year, we’re adding some new, fun awards in addition to the Harley-Davidson giveaway. It should make for an enjoyable evening.”

The top 10 drivers in the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Big O Tires Street Stocks and Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, will be recognized and for the third consecutive year a drawing will be held for a Harley-Davidson Roadster to a lucky driver from Lawless Harley-Davidson of Scott City, Missouri.

Track champions for the 2017 season were Jeff Cutshaw (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds), Johnny Fennewald (Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models), Toby Ott (Big O Tires Street Stocks) and Andy Bryant (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods).

The first Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series “Most Popular Driver Award” will be unveiled at the banquet. It will be determined through fan voting through Oct. 1 by going to the website https://www.lucasoilinvite.com/speedway-2017.

Also, the “Best Looking Car Award,” which will be selected by the speedway staff, will be announced at the banquet along with the first “Lucas Oil Speedway Forrest Lucas Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Group guest room rates including a standard room with king-sized bed or double queen is available for $119 per night, based on availability. For room reservations, call (888) 346-4949 and mention “Lucas Oil Speedway Banquet.”

Old Kinderhook is a premier hotel, resort and golf destination on Lake of the Ozarks. Visit oldkinderhook.com for more information.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

Fans can vote for Lucas Oil Speedway’s Most Popular Driver Award through Oct. 1, with the winner announced at the Nov. 4 banquet.

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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

‘Alphabet Soup’ qualifying format expected to add spice to Lucas Oil Speedway Big Buck 50

September 30th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – The format has been released for one of the nation’s premier Street Stock events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt.

An “Alphabet Soup” type of format will be used to set the starting featuring lineup at the Oct. 6-7 event, Lucas Oil Speedway Assistant General Manager Danny Lorton said on Wednesday.

“In the past, drivers just ran four B-mains on Saturday and only the top two of each B-main advanced to the A-main,” Lorton said. “Looking back at the race results of years past, normally the two cars that started on front row seemed to be the ones that advanced to the A-main feature.

“I want to give all the drivers a better shot at advancing into the A-main, so this year we will run the ‘Alphabet Soup’ format as some call it, very similar to how the Chili Bowl and Knoxville Nationals does. This gives a driver a better shot at advancing especially if they draw a bad heat race on Friday – plus this will make it more exciting for the fans.”

Lorton said based on past car counts, it looks like there could be an F-feature, meaning a driver could advance through several rungs on the ladder all the way to the A-feature.

An open practice session has been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 5 from 6-9 p.m. It’s $20 to get into the pits and free for spectators in the grandstand. Also, the Diamond Bar will be open with the band Phat Mike and the Bartenders playing following the practice.

On Friday, drivers will run time trials in groups of three to determine fast qualifier and set the field for heat-race lineups. The top 16 drivers will be split into two dashes which will determine the first eight rows of Saturday’s main event.

Heat-race winners will run the first dash, determining starting positions 1-8 in Saturday’s A-main with the second-place heat finishers running another dash to set positions 9-16.

On Saturday, the transfer features will consist of 20 laps with the top six in each transferring on before the top eight in the B-feature advance to the 50-lap, $5,000-to-win, main event.

“I am looking forward to this event and to see how exciting it will be if we have a driver come all the way from the F to the A-main. That would be cool,” Lorton said.

Street Stock drivers can enter the 2017 Big Buck 50 for $100 per car prior to Oct. 1 with the fee $125 after that date. For rules and entry forms, drivers can visit lucasoilspeedway.com/about/rules-forms.

The 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals will run in conjunction with the Big Buck 50 and crown a season champion for that Late Model series. The Late Models will run full programs both nights with $3,000 to Friday’s feature winner and $5,000 to the Saturday winner.

Lucas Oil Speedway recently announced three additional awards for the Big Buck 50:

Fast time award: Tony Jackson Racing out of Lebanon once again will sponsor the Fast Time Award, with $500 going to the quickest qualifier in time trials on opening night Oct. 6. Jackson, a veteran Late Model standout, also has become a leading builder of Street Stocks through Tony Jackson Racing.

Hard charger award: Ray’s Lake Service returns as sponsor for the Hard Charger Award, with the driver advancing the most positions in the feature earning a $500 bonus.

First non-transfer award: Alamo Arms LLC, of Montreal, Mo., will award $500 to the first non-transfer car into the feature.

Along with the $5,000 first prize, the Big Buck 50 winner also will receive a free entry into the Whitetail Trophy Hunt, which is valued at $3,000.

The 2016 Big Buck 50 champion cashed in big. Tim Brown of Stoutland, Mo., took home the $5,000 winner’s share and the free Whitetail Trophy Hunt entry. Then Brown won another $2,000 when he bagged a buck big enough to finish ninth among 189 hunters. That also won Brown another free entry into the 2017 Whitetail Trophy Hunt.

This November will mark the 29th year for the Whitetail Trophy Hunt. For more information about the hunt, set for Nov. 11-13, go to whitetail.net or call 1-800-633-4868. This tremendously popular hunt brings 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.

The schedule and ticket information for the event:
(Thursday practice)
6-9 p.m. – $20 pits, FREE grandstands (Diamond Bar open after practice with Phat Mike and the Bartenders playing)

(Friday)
Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35
Adults (16 and up) $15
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $12
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $30
Pit Pass $35

(Saturday)
Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6 and racing at 6:35
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 $40

For ticket information for all Lucas Oil Speedway events, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

The Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt and 4th annual MLRA Fall Nationals are set for Oct. 6-7 at Lucas Oil Speedway.

CONTACT:

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

Dan@lucasoil.com

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Inaugural Lucas Oil Speedway USA Pro-Am Motocross event visits Off Road facility this weekend

September 29th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Premier riders from all over the country converge on Lucas Oil Speedway this weekend for the inaugural Lucas Oil Speedway USA Pro-Am Motocross event on the Off Road track.

At least 400 entries in about 40 classes of both pro and amateur divisions will be racing motorcycles, ATVs and UTVs, starting with a Friday practice day. Full day-time programs are set for Saturday and Sunday.

“We’re excited to play host to the first USA Pro-Am Motocross and bring another form of racing to the Lucas Oil Speedway motorsports complex,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “We think it’s going to be an outstanding weekend for both the riders and the fans at our Off Road track and can’t wait to see everyone.”

Jay Reynolds of Motorhead Events said the sparkling new Off Road track and the amenities that Lucas Oil Speedway offers makes this a one-of-a-kind weekend for the competitors and spectators.

“The big thing about it is the facility,” Reynolds said of Lucas Oil Speedway. “It being an AMA Pro-Am, all the up-and-coming pros can come and get points to go race Supercross and the AMA Nationals. This will draw a lot of really fast riders from all over the nation.”

Pro riders will compete for $4,000 in purse money. Saturday at 4 p.m. will feature a pro program with all-star classes.

A full UTV and ATV race program will take place Sunday at noon and will provide huge action with the ATVs on the Motocross Track and the UTVs on the Off Road Truck track. Reynolds added that the UTVs will race on the existing off-road track layout “which will be a real neat thing for the spectators to watch.”

Riders and fans will enjoy amenities that include live timing and scoring, full RV hookups, car and bike wash, 10 acres of shaded camping, basketball court, bounce house, fishing ponds, swimming lakes, full shower houses, propane and camping log sales and covered grandstands.

The outdoor national style Pro-Am event is sanctioned by the AMA and promoted by the Nitro Arenacross Tour LLC. Go to www.motorheadevents.com or call (417) 863-6353 for classes, race info and schedule.

Advance tickets can be purchased online at https://www.showclix.com/events/8559. For ticket info on any event at the speedway, contact Lucas Oil Speedway admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com for more info.

Admission prices:
(Friday gate)
Adult All-Weekend pass – $35
Youth (Ages 4-12) All-Weekend pass – $20
Kids (3 and Under) – FREE

(Saturday gate)
Adult Saturday-Sunday pass – $20
Youth (Ages 4-12) Saturday-Sunday pass – $10
Kids (3 and Under) – FREE

(Sunday gate)
Adults – $15
Youth (Ages 4-12) – $10
Kids (3 and Under) – FREE

Racing schedule:
(Friday)
Move-in/practice

(Saturday)
8 a.m. – Moto 1 racing begins
4 p.m. – Pro program with all-star classes

(Sunday)
8 a.m. – Moto 2 racing begins
11 a.m.-4 p.m. – Motos, UTVs and ATVs
4 p.m. – Nitro Summer Series Awards

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

UTV racing is one of the many divisions racing this weekend at Lucas Oil Speedway. (Motorhead Events photo)

The Lucas Oil Speedway USA Pro-Am Motocross is set for this weekend.

CONTACT:

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

Dan@lucasoil.com

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Hard-driving Hafertepe captures coveted Hockett/McMillin Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway

September 26th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Sam Haferepe Jr. worried that he had driven too hard and burned up his tires as the laps in Saturday night’s 7th annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial dwindled.

But there was a good reason the Lucas Oil ASCS Winged Sprint Series championship leader was pushing his car to the limit at Lucas Oil Speedway.

“Normally I don’t drive like that, but this is the Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial,” Hafertepe said. “It’s $10,000. This is a big race to win and it’s one that we hadn’t won that I really wanted to win.”

Hafertepe held on to claim one of sprint-car racing’s crown jewel events before a big crowd, capturing his 14th Lucas Oil ASCS Tour feature win of the season.

In the co-headliner, Logan Seavey finished off a sweep with his third win in as many nights in the POWRi Lucas Oil Wingless Auto Racing Series feature. Seavey earned $2,077 with a wire-to-wire triumph.

Hafertepe, of Sunnyvale, Texas, passed Sammy Swindell early in the 30-lap feature and denied the veteran a three-night sweep. Matt Covington wound up second with Jason Martin third. Swindell recovered from a spin that put him tailback to finish fourth.

“This is the one that we haven’t been able to tie down,” Hafertepe said. “I thought we had the car to win last year and messed up. Sammy’s been really good and he’s a tough competitor. I knew he was going to bring everything he had and we got the best of him.”

Starting from the pole, Swindell roared to the lead and paced the field until Hafertepe used the high groove to make a pass coming out of turn four to complete lap six.

“We got the top (groove) rolling and just got right by him,” Hafertepe said. “I knew we were pretty good, to drive around Sammy. After that, I guess I drove a little bit too hard – but I guess you have to do that sometimes.”

A four-car pileup among lapped cars, right in front of the leaders in turns one and two, sent the race to a caution on lap 10. Hafertepe navigated his way through the clutter and Swindell spun to a stop, trying to avoid hitting anyone.

That forced Swindell to the rear for the restart and elevated Wayne Johnson to second and Covington in third.

Hafertepe and Johnson broke away from the field, but Johnson and the lapped car of Thomas Kennedy tangled on lap 23 coming down the front straightaway. That ended Johnson’s chances to repeat his Hockett/McMillin win from a year ago.

One lap after the restart, fourth-running Giovanni Scelzi hit the wall in turn four to bring out a red flag. That left a six-lap shootout with Hafertepe leading Covington, Johnny Herrera, Jason Martin and Swindell.

Hafertepe, nursing a right rear tire that he said was burned up, was up to the challenge.

“I could barely stay on the race track the last two or three laps,” Hafertepe said. “I’m just lucky to come out here with a win.”

Covington hung on for second with Martin joining the top two on the podium.

“We had a really good run and a good car,” Covington said. “Sam’s been so fast all year. He just ran a perfect race. We ran a pretty good race and it’s good to get the runner-up position.”

Seavey cruises to WAR win: It was fitting that Logan Seavey, a 20-year-old from Sutter, Calif., led flag-to-flag in the POWRi Lucas Oil War Series feature, considering he dominated all three days.

Driving a car owned by Zach Daum, who is currently sidelined by an injury, Seavey said he didn’t have any idea he might be coming to the Hockett/McMillin Memorial until a few days before.

“We race against Zach every week in the Midgets and it’s nice to be able to get here and run in his stuff and know it’s going to be good every time you hit the track,” Seavey said.

Seavey outdueled Clinton Boyles for the lead at the conclusion of lap one and was setting the pace when a red flag came out on lap four when Katlynn Leer flipped in turn three. She climbed out of her car uninjured.

Seavey opened a big lead after the restart and was ahead of Dustin Morgan and Mario Clouser – but battling lapped traffic – when another red flew on lap 22. A four-car wreck eliminated contenders Morgan and Boyles as R.J. Miller flipped in turn three. Miller was not injured, but he, Morgan and Boyles were done for the night.

“I was a little worried once I got to them,” Seavey said of his battle with lapped traffic just before the red. “It was pretty sketchy there a couple of times. We were able to get through there right before that wreck and it worked out perfect for us.

“Everything just went right for us this weekend.”

Quinton Benson, Clouser, Chris Phillips and Andrew Deal lined up behind Seavey as the race resumed with eight laps to go.

Seavey, with a clear track ahead of him, pulled away after the restart to prevail. Ninth-starting Quinton Benson finished second and Clouser wound up third.

“Hats off to Logan; he was the class of the field all weekend,” Benson said.

Last-lap pass sets up Swindell for chance to sweep Hockett/McMillin Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway

September 25th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Sammy Swindell and Logan Seavey have put themselves in position to make the 7th annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial something special. Swindell took advantage of a last-lap spin by Wayne Johnson to capture Friday’s middle leg of the three-night crown jewel on the Lucas Oil ASCS Winged Sprint Series at Lucas Oil Speedway.

The veteran backed up his win in Thursday’s opener and, after taking a second straight $3,000 prize, will take aim at Saturday’s $10,000 check in the finale. Meanwhile, Seavey grabbed the feature win in the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Series for a second straight night. Seavey again earned a $1,077 winner’s share and also will go for a sweep on Saturday night in a feature paying $2,077.

For the 61-year-old Swindell, of Germantown, Tenn., the chance to sweep the weekend would be especially sweet considering his curtailed racing schedule these days. “It would be great,” Swindell said, noting that he’s known the Hockett family “for a long time and been friends with them. It would be great to come out of here with this and hopefully we can do this again and keep rolling like we’ve been rolling.”

Johnson, winner of last year’s Hockett/McMillin Memorial, got the jump on fellow front-row starter Sam Haftertepe Jr. at the drop of the green and appeared on his way to becoming a wire-to-wire winner. But as Johnson weaved through lapped traffic during the closing laps, Swindell closed in as he hugged the low groove. With the crowd standing as the white flag flew, Johnson spun in turn two and Swindell drove past.

“I was hoping there was going to be enough room (to get by). I saw him start to lose it,” Swindell said. “With about eight or nine or laps to go, we lost a brake and I was having to be real careful. I knew if we finished up in the top three we’d be on the front row tomorrow and I didn’t want to give that up. “This car was awesome. Another good car and another good night. I’ve just been blessed to be able to do this stuff and be able to compete like this. Wayne did a good job. He thought he was going where he needed to go.

“To come home with a win like that, when they hand it to you, you have to take it.” Series points leader Sam Hafertepe Jr. finished second with Blake Hahn third, Tony Bruce Jr., fourth and Johnson recovered to salvage fifth.

Hafertepe said there’s no doubt who the man to beat will be on Saturday night. “Sammy’s been the class of the field the last two nights in the features,” Hafertepe said. “He’s got the car to beat right now. We’ll just keep on working on it. Big money’s on the line tomorrow.”

Seavey doubles up in WAR: Logan Seavey turned a close race into a runaway over the final 11 laps to make it two straight Wingless Auto Racing Series wins in two nights. Asked if his car can possibly get any better as he goes for the sweep on Saturday night, Seavey said he wasn’t sure.

“I don’t know if we can get it any better than it was tonight,” Seavey said. “Last night we thought we could maybe improve it a little bit. We’ll just keep watching the track tomorrow and see what we need to do to get this thing right and win this third feature.” Clinton Boyles grabbed the lead at the start from his outside front-row starting spot and used the high groove to complete lap one as the leader. But Seavey, utilizing a slide job in turns three and four, passed him one lap later.

Seavey opened up an eight-car-length lead by lap eight, but Boyles began to close in and was on Seavey’s bumper when a caution flag flew on lap 14. After the restart it was all Seavey. The Sutter, Calif., driver pulled away and won by nearly a straightaway’s margin to make it 2-for-2 this week – and two wins in two starts in the car as a sub for injured car owner Zach Daum.

“I just have to thank (Daum) for letting me race this awesome race car,” Seavey said. “This car is just unreal.” Wyatt Burks rallied from an 11th starting position to finish second with Danny Smith coming from 15th to third. Boyles slipped late and wound up fourth.

The Hockett/McMillin Memorial brings the elite to Lucas Oil Speedway for an event to honor the memory of open-wheel champion Jesse Hockett, who lost his life in a shop accident in 2010 and his cousin and crew chief, Daniel McMillin, who was killed in an auto accident in 2006. Action concludes Saturday night with another full program for both divisions, which culminates with a $10,000-to-win feature for the ASCS.

For more information including news, schedules and points standings on the Lucas Oil ASCS, visit ASCSracing.com. Go to POWRi.com for stories, schedules and points standings in the WAR Sprint Car Series.

Schedule and ticket prices:
(Saturday)
Gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 5:45 and racing at 6:35
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (6 to 15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50
Pit Pass $40

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Swindell, Seavey earn feature wins on Night One of Hockett/McMillin Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway

September 24th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Sammy Swindell struck first as the three-night Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial got underway Thursday night at Lucas Oil Speedway.

The veteran open-wheel icon grabbed the lead midway through the feature and went on to capture the Lucas Oil ASCS Winged Sprint Series victory. Swindell earned $3,000 and some valuable points toward starting position in Saturday’s $10,000-to-win grand finale.

In the co-headliner, Logan Seavey captured the feature win for the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprints on a night that 56 wingless sprints checked into the pits to go along with 55 winged sprints.

Swindell, a 61-year-old from Germantown, Tenn., drove away from Aaron Reutzel after making a pass for the lead completing lap 12. The three-time World of Outlaws Sprint Series champion dominated from there.

“As long as somebody didn’t take me out or something, I was gonna be OK,” Swindell said of his drive to the checkered flag.

Reutzel wound up second with Wayne Johnson, winner of last year’s final-night Hockett/McMillian feature by a narrow margin over Swindell, finishing third.

Reutzel, starting outside of the front row, led the first 11 laps and at one point had a three-second lead before a lap-nine caution wiped out that margin. Shortly after the restart, Swindell made the pass for the lead out of turn four.

Reutzel said he was committed to running the top of the track, but as grip there began to go away he momentarily tried the bottom groove. That cost him as Swindell drove past.

“I made a mistake and just got beat,” Reutzel said. “We have a fast hot rod right now, the driver just made a mistake.”

Swindell, driving a car owned by A.G. Rains, picked up his fourth feature win of 2017.

“We’ve struggled a little bit with getting bumped around and things getting messed up,” Swindell said. “We lost our good motor that we had last year and we’ve finally got this one to where it’s rolling pretty good the last few weeks.

“We have a good race car. We just have to get a chance to prove it here. We should have probably had 10 or 12 wins this years, but things have happened. We definitely have a faster car than most of these other guys, we just have to prove it. Like tonight.”

Series points leader Sam Hafertepe Jr. finished fourth with Jason Martin fifth.

Seavey takes Wingless win: Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif., held on to win the POWRi Lucas Oil WAR feature, in just his second time driving a car-owned by Zach Daum who is currently out of action with an injury.

“I can’t thank him enough for letting me run his race cars,” Seavey said of Daum.

Chris Phillips grabbed the lead from his outside front row starting position with Seavey and Clouser closing in before the race was red-flagged on lap eight when Wyatt Burks’ car erupted into flames and rolled to a stop in turn four. Burks escaped without injury.

Two laps after the restart, Seavey used a run in turns one and two to take the lead with Clouser following him into second place.

Another red flag brought the race to a halt on lap 15 when Michael Tyre and Landon Simon got together in turn four with Simon’s motor catching fire. He was not injured, but it bunched the field again just 10 laps from the finish.

Seavey continued to lead it and had opened up a sizeable lead with Clouser and Dustin Morgan dueling for second when Casey Wills flipped in turn four, bringing out a third red flag with five laps remaining. Wills emerged from the car under his own power.

Seavey hung on to win it, holding off a fast-closing Morgan with Clouser winding up third.

“I was getting nervous there,” Seavey said of the final laps. “I knew the top (of the track) was slowing down a lot and I ran the bottom the last few laps. It was getting a little scary, but we were able to hold on.”

Two contenders were eliminated early. Series points leader Korey Weyant made contact with another car, going down the backstretch on the opening lap, and had to call it a night with a rear-end issue. Clinton Boyles, also was an early retiree with a motor problem on lap five.

The Hockett/McMillin Memorial brings the elite to Lucas Oil Speedway for an event to honor the memory of open-wheel champion Jesse Hockett, who lost his life in a shop accident in 2010 and his cousin and crew chief, Daniel McMillin, who was killed in an auto accident in 2006.

Action continues Friday night with another full program before the Saturday-night conclusion which culminates with a $10,000-to-win feature for the ASCS.

For more information including news, schedules and points standings on the Lucas Oil ASCS, visit ASCSracing.com. Go to POWRi.com for stories, schedules and points standings in the WAR Sprint Car Series.

Schedule and ticket prices:
(Friday)
Gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 5:45 and racing at 6:35
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6 to 15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40
Pit Pass $35
3-Day Pit Pass-$100

(Saturday)
Gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 5:45 and racing at 6:35
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (6 to 15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50
Pit Pass $40
3-Day Pit Pass-$100

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway.

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Lucas Oil Speedway Spotlight: Veteran Sammy Swindell one to watch at Hockett/McMillin Memorial

September 21st, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – After decades of hauling coast-to-coast and becoming one of open-wheel racing’s short-track icons, Sammy Swindell’s pace has slowed a bit these days.

Not that the 61-year-old Swindell has lost any speed when he does climb behind the wheel. It’s just that his schedule, which includes this week’s Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway, is on his terms.

“We’re just doing a few races, here and there,” Swindell said earlier this week. “Most of the time in years past, I was always running a team and having to go do too many things. Now, I’m just going and driving for some people. It gives me time to do some other things in life.”

The three-time World of Outlaws Sprint champion and five-time winner of the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals nearly won the Hockett/McMillian Memorial, a crown jewel on the Lucas Oil ASCS Winged Sprint Series, a year ago.

In a classic final-night battle that had a big crowd on its feet, Swindell finished runner-up to Wayne Johnson. He returns this week, again driving the car owned by A.G. Rains he brought to Lucas Oil Speedway a year ago.

“We were right up there about every night last year,” Swindell said. “Just a couple of times we had to start a ways back and had to work our way up. But it was good. It was fun.”

Fun is what Swindell, from Germantown, Tenn., is having in his curtailed – yet still busy by most standards – racing schedule. He’s made 37 starts in 2017 and been ultra consistent, with 19 top-10 finishes and three feature wins.

But after so many years of living and breathing racing 24/7, Swindell said it’s gratifying to now “do what other people do” on weekends – or whenever. A baseball fan, he’s taken in Memphis Redbirds games and visited several ballparks all over the country.

“Some of it is just slowing down,” Swindell said. “Taking the boat out on the lake and just doing things other people do with their time off. Just kind of whatever comes up. Just do whatever feels good that day.

“It’s where you don’t have to have a plan – other than going to those few races. That’s the only thing you have to do. You can do whatever works that day.”

Describing himself as an avid sports fan, Swindell said he never was a devoted follower or fan of any specific teams in the various sports because of his hectic, laser-focused racing schedule.

“I just enjoy watching the games,” he said. I haven’t ever had the time where I could sit down and dedicate myself to a certain team. I’m that way with most sports.”

Swindell, whose career included sampling of Indy-car and NASCAR racing, said he views the health of sprint-car racing as strong these days.

“It seems like it’s doing OK,” he said. “The economy and everything in general, people seem to be spending a little more money than they have in the past 5-8 years or so. Most of the places we’ve been to have had decent crowds and a lot of enthusiasm.

“We can tell a little bit by our shirt sales. They’ve been a little better than in the last few years.”

The Hockett/McMillin Memorial will see the elite of the Lucas Oil ASCS Winged Sprint Cars and the POWRi WAR Wingless Sprint Cars on hand with full programs Thursday through Saturday, culminating with Saturday’s $10,000-to-win feature for the ASCS Winged Sprints.

The event is named in memory of open-wheel champion Jesse Hockett, who lost his life in a shop accident in 2010 and his cousin and crew chief, Daniel McMillin, who was killed in an auto accident in 2006.

“For the 360 series, it’s one of their major races,” Swindell said of the event. “I knew Jesse quite a bit. I’ve known the whole family for a long time.”

Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Sunnyvale, Texas, enters the weekend with a commanding lead in the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour championship race. Haftertepe has 13 wins and 19 top-five finishes in 31 starts this season and sits 239 points in front of second-place Aaron Reutzel of Clute, Texas.

Reutzel held off Hafterepe to win the ASCS Bob Westphal Memorial Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek Finale at Lucas Oil Speedway back in June.

In the POWRi WAR Sprint Cars division, Korey Weyant of Springfield, Ill., has a 110-point lead over Chris Parkinson of Gladstone, Mo., in the points chase.

For more information including news, schedules and points standings on the Lucas Oil ASCS, visit ASCSracing.com. Go to POWRi.com for stories, schedules and points standings in the WAR Sprint Car Series.

Schedule and ticket prices:
(Thursday)
Gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 5:45 and racing at 6:35
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6 to 15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40
Pit Pass $35
3-Day Pit Pass-$100

(Friday)
Gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 5:45 and racing at 6:35
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6 to 15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40
Pit Pass $35
3-Day Pit Pass-$100

(Saturday)
Gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 5:45 and racing at 6:35
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (6 to 15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50
Pit Pass $40
3-Day Pit Pass-$100

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway.

The three-day Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial is set for Thursday through 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. 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Major open-wheel event at Lucas Oil Speedway this week with 7th annual Hockett/McMillin Memorial

September 22nd, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri (September 19, 2017) – One of the country’s biggest open-wheel dirt-track events of the season arrives with the 7th annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway, Thursday through Saturday.

The elite of the Lucas Oil ASCS Winged Sprint Cars and the POWRi WAR Wingless Sprint Cars will be on hand with full programs each night, culminating with Saturday’s $10,000-to-win feature for the ASCS Winged Sprints.

“This is a big event on so many levels as the top sprint-car drivers in the country, in both the winged and wingless divisions, will chase the prestigious Hockett/McMiillin trophy,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “The weather forecast looks outstanding and we can’t wait to see everyone starting on Thursday.”

The event is named in memory of open-wheel champion Jesse Hockett, who lost his life in a shop accident in 2010 and his cousin and crew chief, Daniel McMillin, who was killed in an auto accident in 2006.

“Jesse and Daniel impacted the sport in so many positive ways,” Robinson said. “It means so much to us to honor their contributions through this event.”

Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Sunnyvale, Texas, enters the weekend with a commanding lead in the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour championship race. Haftertepe has 13 wins and 19 top-five finishes in 31 starts this season and sits 239 points in front of second-place Aaron Reutzel of Clute, Texas.

Reutzel has five feature wins on the tour in 2017 and he’s 104 points ahead of third-place Wayne Johnson of Oklahoma City.

Reutzel held off Hafterepe to win the ASCS Bob Westphal Memorial Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek Finale at Lucas Oil Speedway back in June.

Expanding to three days in 2016 for the first time, the field of 68 drivers from 14 states and two countries participated. Johnson held off open-wheel veteran Sammy Swindell in a thriller to capture the final-night ASCS feature to pocket $10,000.

The format will again see drivers racing all three days with a couple small changes. Where the 2016 edition saw a complete start over on Saturday with only the top-eight in event points locked in, Thursday and Friday event points will now count for last-chance qualifiers on Saturday with the top-two from each going to make up rows five through eight in the A-Feature.

Event points will also put more emphasis on the A-Mains each night.

“Last year showed us a couple places where we could improve the format,” ASCS National Director Matt Ward said. “We listened to several teams and came up with what we felt was going to be best for everyone.

“Letting the qualifying nights set the Last Chance Qualifiers was the biggest thing because it makes it too easy for someone to show up on the final night and bypass everyone who had raced hard for two nights. Beyond that, it’s just small changes to make the event as fair as possible for everyone who is planning on taking part.”

In the POWRi WAR Sprint Cars division, Korey Weyant of Springfield, Ill., has a 110-point lead over Chris Parkinson of Gladstone, Mo., in the points chase. Weyant has five wins in 16 feature starts this season and was runner-up to Clinton Boyles at the Bob Wesphalt Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway on June 17.

For more information including news, schedules and points standings on the Lucas Oil ASCS, visit ASCSracing.com. Go to POWRi.com for stories, schedules and points standings in the WAR Sprint Car Series.

Schedule and ticket prices:
(Thursday)
Gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 5:45 and racing at 6:35
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6 to 15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40
Pit Pass $35
3-Day Pit Pass-$100

(Friday)
Gates open at 4 pm, hot laps at 5:45 and racing at 6:35
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6 to 15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40
Pit Pass $35
3-Day Pit Pass-$100

(Saturday)
Gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 5:45 and racing at 6:35
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (6 to 15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50
Pit Pass $40
3-Day Pit Pass-$100

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway.

The three-day Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial is set for Thursday through 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. 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Remainder of Pro Pulling Nationals Canceled

September 20th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Despite a promising forecast for Sunday, continued heavy rain throughout the region on an already extremely saturated grounds has forced Lucas Oil Speedway and Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Officials to cancel the remainder of the Pro Pulling Nationals.

“We did everything we could to get the event in but Mother Nature was unwilling to cooperate.” stated Lucas Oil General Manager Dan Robinson.

Admission tickets for the Saturday event of the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals will be able to be redeemed at any remaining 2017 Lucas Oil Speedway event.

Action will resume this Thursday-Saturday, September 21st-23rd with the 7th Annual Jesse Hocket/Daniel McMillin Memorial featuring the ASCS Winged Sprint Cars and the POWRi WAR Wingless Sprint Cars.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway.

CONTACT:

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

Dan@lucasoil.com

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Lucas Pro Pulling Spotlight: Involvement in the sport a way of life for Nelson family

September 20th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – There will be a whole lot of “Midnight” on Saturday night when the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League’s Champions Tour visits Lucas Oil Speedway.

Night two of the Lucas Pro Pulling Nationals will find the Nelson family out of central Illinois out in full force, piloting five vehicles in the Optima Batteries Super Modified 2WD Class. Four of the five have “Midnight” in their names.

“It’s one of those things that’s in our blood,” said Jeremy Nelson, the oldest of the five family competitors and driver of a souped-up 1941 Dodge Panel Van called “Midnight Gambler.”

The remainder of the Nelson family pulling roster: Nelson’s wife, Misty, in a 2017 Chevrolet Colorado named “Midnight Chaos;” brother Jared Nelson in a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado called “Midnight Revenger;” Jared Nelson’s wife, Bethany, in a 2011 Ford Ranger “Sweet Revenge” and Jeremy Nelson’s father-in-law, John Mumma, in 2007 Chevrolet SSR “After Midnight.”

The Nelson family is a perennial contender on the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, with one of them winning a season championship in five of the last six years. Entering this weekend’s season finale, Jared Nelson in “Midnight Revenger” sits atop the points race.

Jeremy Nelson, from Sidney, Illinois, said pulling has been a family fabric for as long as he can remember.

“I’m the oldest of all of us (pulling now) and was the first one involved,” he said. “My dad (Dale Nelson) was involved in pulling since I can remember. He let me starting driving the truck I’m driving when I was 16 and then we got a second truck and let my brother drive it. He just kind of passed the torch.”

Jeremy Nelson said he met his wife through pulling. For years now, it’s become a way of life in the summer and early fall for the entire family.

“I’m turning 40 this year,” Jeremy Nelson said. “It’s the only thing I’ve known in the summer. Chasing the pulling circuit all around. It is in our blood.”

Aside from the competition, Nelson said the friendships that have been forged make it all worthwhile.

“The people we meet and the fans we meet are just great,” he said. “We have fans that have turned into friends over the years. That’s the exciting part. It’s sure not the money or the workload involved because it can be like a second job in the summer time.

“Between the Illinois pulling circuit and the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, we’ll hit about 35 events a year. It gets to be expensive when you work a full-time job and you do this on the side.”

Nelson described the trucks, which in his class turn around 3,000 horsepower, as something that’s best appreciated in person.

“You can watch it on television, but in person you can feel the horsepower. It really is something else,” Nelson said.

Being fan-friendly also is something that Nelson said he enjoys about the sport. Fans are welcomed in the “Midnight” pits.

“We let kids sit in our trucks and get their pictures taken,” Nelson said. “They all seem to enjoy that. We want to invite them to come by on Saturday.”

The infield in front of the Lucas Oil Speedway main grandstand will be transformed into a pulling area for the powerful machines, with gates opening at 5 p.m. and opening ceremonies at 7 both Friday and Saturday.

Friday will find the ARP Light Weight Super Stock Tractors, ARP Super Stock Diesel Trucks, Limited Pro Diesel Trucks and Limited Pro Stock Tractors.

Then on Saturday night it’s the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Champions’ Tour. Classes in action will include the E3 Sparkplugs Super Modified Tractors, MAVTV Unlimited Super Stock Tractors, Super Farm Tractors, Optima Batteries Super Modified 2WD Trucks , Pro Modified 4 WD Trucks and Protect the Harvest Pro Stock Tractors.

For ticket information, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Tickets also can be purchased online at https://www.showclix.com/events/8559.

TICKETS:
(Friday)
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40

(Saturday)
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50

For more information on the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, including complete schedules and archived stories, visit ProPulling.com.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway.

Jared Nelson in “Midnight Revenger” will be competing Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway. (Lucas Oil Pro Pulling photo)

The Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals return to Lucas Oil Speedway this Friday and 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. 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Trio of awards announced for Lucas Oil Speedway Street Stocks Big Buck 50 next month

September 18th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – As the countdown continues toward next month’s Street Stock Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt at Lucas Oil Speedway, three additional awards have been announced for one of the region’s premier events for the division.

In addition to the $5,000 prize for winning the 50-lap feature on Oct. 7 and a free entry into the Whitetail Trophy Hunt, the event has been enhanced in other ways.

“The Big Buck 50 has quickly become one of the premier races for the Street Stocks in this part of the country and a great chance for Lucas Oil Speedway to give those guys time in the spotlight,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “We’re pleased to offer the additional awards, thanks to some terrific partners.”

Tony Jackson Racing out of Lebanon once again will sponsor the Fast Time Award, with $500 going to the quickest qualifier in time trials on opening night Oct. 6. Jackson, a veteran Late Model standout, also has become a leading builder of Street Stocks through Tony Jackson Racing.

Ray’s Lake Service returns as sponsor for the Hard Charger Award, with the driver advancing the most positions in the feature earning a $500 bonus.

James Ray of Ray’s Lake Service in Lake Ozark Mo., said he’s been a sponsor of Street Stock drivers Kenny Carroll and Craig Danuser (owner of the Whitetail Trophy Hunt) the last few years and enjoys being involved in the Big Buck 50.

“I actually work for Craig as a guide on the deer hunt,” Ray said. “I enjoy watching the Street Stocks and my dad used to race those when I was a kid. We’re glad to be involved.”

For information on Ray’s Lake Service, which has been doing boat lifts on Lake of the Ozarks for 22 years, contact Ray at (573) 216-1529.

Alamo Arms LLC, of Montreal, Mo., will award $500 to the first non-transfer car into the feature.

“It’s a very popular thing and everybody loves this race,” said Becky Carroll of Alamo Arms, who said she likes the idea of awarding a driver “who just barely missed” making the main event.

Alamo Arms LLC, is your go-to place for firearms, ammo and reloading supplies. It is conveniently located at the junction of Highways 7 and E. For more information, call (573) 346-9944. This October marks the fifth anniversary of Alamo Arms, which is owned by Tom and Becky Carroll.

The 2016 Big Buck 50 champion cashed in big. Tim Brown of Stoutland, Mo., took home the $5,000 winner’s share and the free Whitetail Trophy Hunt entry. Then Brown won another $2,000 when he bagged a buck big enough to finish ninth among 189 hunters. That also won Brown another free entry into the 2017 Whitetail Trophy Hunt.

Street Stock drivers can enter the 2017 Big Buck 50 for $100 per car prior to Oct. 1 with the fee $125 after that date.

For rules and entry forms, drivers can visit lucasoilspeedway.com/about/rules-forms.

Action kicks off on Oct. 6 with a qualifying session and 10-lap heat races, helping to set the field for Saturday’s 50-lap feature.

The 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals will run in conjunction with the Big Buck 50 and crown a season champion for that Late Model series.

This November will mark the 29th year for the Whitetail Trophy Hunt. For more information about the hunt, set for Nov. 11-13, go to whitetail.net or call 1-800-633-4868. This tremendously popular hunt brings 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 ticket information on remaining 2017 Lucas Oil Speedway events, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedules can be found by visiting 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 its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click 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 Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt will co-headline Oct. 6-7 with the Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway.

CONTACT:

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

Dan@lucasoil.com

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Fan voting through end of September to determine Lucas Oil Speedway “Most Popular Driver” Award

September 17th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Whether or not your favorite Lucas Oil Speedway driver won a 2017 track championship or not, he or she can still walk away with a prestigious honor at the postseason awards banquet later this fall.

The first Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series “Most Popular Driver Award” will be unveiled at the banquet. It will be determined through fan voting between now and October 1 by going to the website https://www.lucasoilinvite.com/speedway-2017.

Lucas Oil Speedway assistant General Manager Danny Lorton said this is a way to add another exciting element to the season-ending celebration.

“We were wanting to add some different things to the banquet starting this year, and this was one of a couple things that came to my mind,” Lorton said. “I thought it would be cool to let the fans vote for their favorite driver and the one with the most votes will be the 2017 Lucas Oil Speedway Most Popular Driver, and that driver will be given The Most Popular driver award at the banquet.”

Lorton said the speedway also will select a “Best Appearing Car” Award at the banquet, Nov. 4 at the Lodge at Old Kinderhook in Camdenton. Advance tickets are $40 and RSVPs should be directed to Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 by Oct. 27. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with a social hour at 6 and dinner at 7 with the awards program to follow.

The top 10 drivers in each of the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series classes will be recognized and for the third consecutive year a drawing will be held for a Harley-Davidson Roadster to a lucky driver from Lawless Harley-Davidson of Scott City, Mo.

Action at Lucas Oil Speedway resumes this weekend, Sept. 15-16, with the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals. Gates open at 5 p.m. with opening ceremonies at 7 p.m., both Friday and Saturday.

For ticket information on remaining 2017 Lucas Oil Speedway events, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedules can be found by visiting 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 its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click 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.

Voting for the Lucas Oil Speedway “Most Popular Driver” Award is open.

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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Busy home stretch at Lucas Oil Speedway begins this weekend with two-night Pro Pulling Nationals

September 14th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Back-to-back nights of raw power will be on display at Lucas Oil Speedway this weekend with the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals kicking off a busy home stretch of the 2017 season.

“These trucks and tractors are impressive and always a fan favorite,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said of the Lucas Pro Pulling League, with different classes set to compete on Friday and Saturday night.

The infield in front of the main grandstand will be transformed into a pulling area for the powerful machines, with gates opening at 5 p.m. and opening ceremonies at 7 both nights.

Friday will find the ARP Light Weight Super Stock Tractors, ARP Super Stock Diesel Trucks, Limited Pro Diesel Trucks and Limited Pro Stock Tractors.

Then on Saturday night it’s the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Champions’ Tour. Classes in action will include the E3 Sparkplugs Super Modified Tractors, MAVTV Unlimited Super Stock Tractors, Super Farm Tractors, Optima Batteries Super Modified 2WD Trucks , Pro Modified 4 WD Trucks and Protect the Harvest Pro Stock Tractors.

Season championship leaders on the Champions’ Tour heading into the weekend are: Midnight Raider (Pro Modified 4WD Trucks), Blaster/NAPA Auto Parts Fully Loaded (MAVTV Unlimited Super Stock Tractors), Midnight Revenger (Optima Batteries Super Modified 2WD Trucks), Crank It Up (Super Farm Tractors), Ram Mounts Dirtslinger (E3 Sparkplugs Super Modified Tractors) and TS Performance Young Buck (Protect the Harvest Pro Stock Tractors).

For ticket information, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Tickets also can be purchased online at https://www.showclix.com/events/8559.

TICKETS:
(Friday)
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40

(Saturday)
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50

For more information on the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, including complete schedules and archived stories, visit ProPulling.com.

Big events on the horizon: Meanwhile, a major open-wheel event – the 7th annual ASCS Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial – is just over a week away. Set for Sept. 21-23, the ASCS Winged Sprint Cars and WAR Sprint Cars will be featured.

A top prize of $10,000 will be on the line for the final-night ASCS feature winner. Last year, 68 drivers from 14 states entered the ASCS event with Wayne Johnson winning a thriller over Sammy Swindell.

Wrapping up the month will be the first Lucas Oil Speedway USA Pro-Am Motocross on the Off Road track, Sept. 30-31 and Oct. 1.

Coming up on Oct. 6-7 will be the 4th annual MLRA Fall Nationals and Street Stock Big Buck 50. The Late Models not only will crown the MLRA season champion that weekend, but will chase a $5,000-to-win 50-lap feature on Oct. 7. The Street Stock drivers also will go 50 laps for $5,000-to-win on Oct. 7, with the winner also earning a free spot in the Whitetail Trophy Hunt valued at $3,000.

The Monster Truck Nationals wrap up the Lucas Oil Speedway season with the big “Eve of Destruction” show on Oct. 21.

“While the season is starting to wind down, it’s far from over,” Robinson said. “There a lot of different forms of action over the next several weeks and we look forward to seeing our fans, starting with this weekend’s Pro Pulling event.”

For ticket information on any remaining Lucas Oil Speedway event, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedules can be found by visiting 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 its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click 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.

Advance tickets for the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals, this Friday and Saturday, are on sale. Contact Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984. (Mike Musslin photo)

The Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals returns to Lucas Oil Speedway this Friday and Saturday, Sept 15-16.

CONTACT:

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

Dan@lucasoil.com

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Fan-favorite “Eve of Destruction” Monster Truck Nationals will wrap up Lucas Oil Speedway season Oct. 21

September 13th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – One of the most-popular events of the year – and always one of the hottest-selling tickets – is set to conclude the Lucas Oil Speedway season on October 21.

Save that date for the Monster Truck Nationals “Eve of Destruction” at the speedway, when the fire-breathing vehicles arrive for an early Halloween treat of raw power sure to please adults and kids alike.

“If you’ve never experienced the Monster Truck Nationals, or even if you’ve seen it several times, it’s truly a sight to behold,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “The power, the sound, the flames shooting out … it’s absolute an impressive display.

“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.”

For ticket information, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Tickets also can be purchased online at https://www.showclix.com/events/8559.

Once again this year, fans can purchase advance tickets at area O’Reilly Auto Parts locations, beginning Sept. 28.

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

A free Pit Party is included in the paid 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 and get autographs and photos with the drivers and vehicles.

Fans also can take a Sergeant Smash Monster Truck Ride during intermission for just $10 per person.

This year, Freestyle Insanity Moto-X will be on display as well. Keith Sayers will bring in the great in high-flying motorcycle action featuring stunts like the cliffhanger, death grip and even a back flip.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. with the Pit Party from 5-6:30 p.m. with showtime at 7 p.m.

(Advance ticket prices)
Adults (16 and up) $20 in advance
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
**Applicable fees may be applied

(Day of show ticket prices)
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedules, 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 its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Two nights of powerful Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League coming to Lucas Oil Speedway

September 7th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – After a busy Labor Day Weekend with big crowds at both the dirt track for the Larry Phillips Memorial and Lake Lucas for the Diamond Drag Boat Nationals, Lucas Oil Speedway will remain quiet this weekend.

But the noise and power returns in a big way Sept. 15-16 with two big nights of the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals.

“What a tremendous Labor Day Weekend it was, but now the anticipation is quickly building for one of the largest truck and tractor pulls in the country, right here in Wheatland,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “Two nights means twice the opportunity for our fans, who always turn out in force for this big show.

“This will be one of those events where we would encourage fans to get your tickets in advance. It’s always an impressive program and this year promises to be more of the same.”

For ticket information, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Tickets also can be puchased online at https://www.showclix.com/events/8559.

This is set to be the first time for back-to-back nights for the Lucas Pro Pulling League in Wheatland. Last year was the first time that the event was scheduled for two nights, but night one was rained out.

The infield in front of the main grandstand will be converted into a pulling area for the powerful pullers to display their impressive strength.

The first night on Friday, Sept. 15 will find the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling classes in action including the Lightweight Super Stock Tractors, 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 Champions’ Tour for its only appearance of 2017 at the speedway. Classes in action include the E3 Spark Plugs Super Modified Tractors, Unlimited Super Stock Tractors, SPEEDCO Modified 4WD Trucks, Optima Batteries Super Modified 2WD Trucks, Protect the Harvest Pro Stock Tractors and Super Farm Tractors.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. both days with pulling getting underway at 7.

TICKETS:
(Friday)
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40

(Saturday)
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50

For more information on the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, including complete schedules and archived stories, visit ProPulling.com.

More big events on deck: Meanwhile, Lucas Oil Speedway is ready for a big September including one of the nation’s premier open-wheel events – the 7th annual ASCS Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial – set for Sept. 21-23. Featured will be the ASCS Winged Sprint Cars and WAR Sprint Cars.

Wrapping up the month will be the first Lucas Oil Speedway USA Pro-Am Motocross on the Off Road track, Sept. 30-31 and Oct. 1.

Advance tickets for the Hockett/McMillin Memorial, the USA Pro-Am Motocross or any remaining speedway event, 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 schedules, 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 its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click 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.

Advance tickets for the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals, Sept. 15-16, are on sale. Contact Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984.

The Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals returns to Lucas Oil Speedway Sept. 15-16.

CONTACT:

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

Dan@lucasoil.com

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Compton, Liquid Voodoo earn first Top Fuel Hydro title at Lucas Oil Diamond Drag Boat Nationals

September 7th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Scott Compton failed to back up his world-record leg and wasn’t the least bit disappointed. Getting to the finish line first was all that mattered on Sunday at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Compton, piloting Liquid Voodoo, defeated teammate and reigning Top Fuel Hydro champion Bryan Sanders in Nitrochondriac, in the finals of the 7th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals before a large crowd.

Shortly after finishing the run, celebration was under way for Compton, a second-year Top Fuel Hydro driver from O’Fallon, Ill., and for the entire Liquid Voodoo team. The boat is owned by Scott Palmer of Cassville, Mo., and drag-boat racing legend Tommy Thompson from Locust Grove, Okla.

“Records are cool, but getting that first win was what mattered,” Compton said after an elapsed time of 3.5224 seconds and speed of 252.5205 miles-per-hour in the finals on Lake Lucas.

Both Compton and Sanders had a leg on the world record after posting 270 mile-per-hour qualifying runs earlier in the weekend. Sanders, of Houston, Texas, shut down early in the final with a mechanical issue.

The Liquid Voodoo team’s improvement has been notable in 2017. Fourth in points coming to the Diamond Drag Boat Nationals but with momentum of two straight finals appearances, this was Compton’s time to break through.

Compton was hired to drive the boat in 2016 after Palmer, an NHRA Top Fuel racer, got into the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series as an owner. Palmer is having a career year of his own in the NHRA Top Fuel division and is competing at this weekend’s U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.

“That felt awesome. I can’t say enough about this team,” Compton said after his run. “This boat is flying. We’re doing consistent numbers. I am so pumped up.

“With our teammate Bryan and Nitrochondriac helping us so much, and running against us side-by-side in our first win, it’s bittersweet. But man, I’m stoked.”

There was a world record set in the Top Alcohol Flat division. Tony Scarlata of Perris, Calif., driving the Thompson-owned Shazam, went 5.019 at 169.1554 mph to set records for both elapsed time and speed. Scarlata defeated Bill Diez in War Party.

Meanwhile, Shelby Ebert of Wamego, Kan., captured her first Pro Mod title in Can’t Touch This. Ebert defeated Bill Weir in Alkahaulic Behavior in the finals with a 7.0398 ET at 180.7051 miles per hour. Weir, in a close race, ran a 7.0574 at 173.421 miles per hour.

“I’m so glad that I could win my home race where my friends and family could be here and my fiancee could be here,” Ebert said. “I’ve been watching these Pro Mod guys since I was tiny and I always dreamed of going Pro Mod racing. To be standing up here accepting a Pro Modified trophy is surreal.”

The Top Alcohol Hydro championship went to Travis Tutle of Rio Vista, Texas, in Short Fuse. Tutle charged over Lake Lucas at 201.1197 miles per hour with an elapsed time of 4.4617.

Cole Allen of Fort Smith, Ark., driving Desperado, defeated Shannon Beal in Split Decision 2 for the Pro Outlaw title. Allen went 176.1799 miles per hour with a 5.4421 elapsed time.

Timms takes checkers in Larry Phillips Memorial

September 6th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri– It was all smiles for Randy Timms and his team following the running of the Larry Phillips Memorial, Saturday night, at Lucas Oil Speedway, in Wheatland, Missouri. Starting 14th Timms pushed forward early on and proved he was going to contend. The win for Timms is his first ever in Lucas Oil MLRA action.

However, it took a crazy late race turn for the winner to emerge. With two laps to go, Jesse Stovall’s rear end broke on the Shannon Scott owned Rocket he was driving. He dove off into the infield and a three car scrum ensued for the win.

“Apparently it took some misfortune for my teammate, but we’ll take it any way we can get it,” Timms said. “I didn’t even know Jesse left the track. I thought we were racing for second. When we came off four and I saw (a lapped car) in front of me, I looked up and was like, ‘holy crap, did we just win this?’ I was rolling around and saw 5 (his car number) on the scoreboard. I was like, ‘what happened?’”

Initially it appeared third starting Billy Moyer Jr. was headed for the checkers, but he went over the top of turn two and Timms gave him no room to breathe. Once out front Timms flew down the backstretch and through the final two turns to score the $5,575 payday, in memory of Larry Phillips.

Behind Timms 24th place starting Rodney Sanders earned the Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger of the night, with a hard fought race through the field.

Stovall wrestled the lead away just before lap 20 from Payton Looney, who set the pace early. Stovall appeared to be headed to Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane prior to his mechanical failure. It’s the second year in a row the reigning series champion had a large lead in this race wiped out, due to mechanical gremlins.

Lucas Oil Speedway Contingencies 9/2/17
Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane – Randy Timms
Casey’s General Store’s “Hard Charger of the Race” – Rodney Sanders
DirtonDirt.com “Pole Award” – Dave Eckrich
GRT Race Cars – Jeremy Grady
Hooker Harness “11th Place Finisher” – Jesse Stovall
KRC “Hard Luck Award” – Tony Jackson Jr
Landrum Springs “Landrum Springs Performer of the Race” – Terry Phillips
Malvern Bank & Trust “Most Laps Led” – Jesse Stovall
Midwest Sheet Metal “Points Leader Spoiler Challenge” – Terry Phillips
Mittler Brothers Machine and Tool “Crew Chief of the Race” – Bob Arnold
Performance Bodies “Performer of the Race” – Randy Timms
Real Racing Wheels – Payton Looney
Sunoco “Rookie of the Race” – Rodney Sanders
Wehrs Machine – Chase Junghans

Swift Springs Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. Payton Looney 2. Jeremy Grady 3. Terry Phillips 4. Dean Moore 5. Chase Junghans 6. Joe Godsey 7. Scott Crigler

Casey’s General Stores Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. Jesse Stovall 2. Logan Martin 3. Tony Jackson Jr. 4. Randy Timms 5. Chris Jackson 6. Austin Siebert 7. Rodney Sanders

Chix Gear Racewear Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. Dave Eckrich 2. Will Vaught 3. Jeff Roth 4. Bob King 5. Kaeden Cornell 6. Jacob Magee

Malvern Bank Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. Billy Moyer Jr. 2. Joseph Gorby 3. Brad Looney 4. Austin Rettig 5. J.C. Wyman 6. Mark Harrison

MAVTV Feature (50 Laps):1. Randy Timms 2. Rodney Sanders 3. Billy Moyer Jr. 4. Terry Phillips 5. Austin Siebert 6. Austin Rettig 7. Bob King 8. Dave Eckrich 9. Joe Gorby 10. Mark Harrison 11. Jesse Stovall 12. Chase Junghans 13. Will Vaught 14. Joe Godsey 15. Payton Looney 16. Kris Jackson 17. Logan Martin 18. JC Wyman 19. Jeff Roth 20. Jeremy Grady 21. Scott Crigler 22. Brad Looney 23. Tony Jackson Jr. 24. Dean Moore 25. Kaeden Cornell

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.

After 270 mph qualifying run, Compton and Liquid Voodoo chasing first Top Fuel win at Diamond Nationals

September 5th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Speed has always been Scott Compton’s game, first as a dual-sport athlete running the football and sprinting in track. Later, he drove drag cars.

These days, Compton is a blur on the water as the pilot of the Tommy Thompson-Scott Palmer Top Fuel Hydro “Liquid Voodoo” with Saturday the pinnacle of his career. At least, thus far.

Compton zipped through a morning qualifying run with an elapsed time 3.4517 seconds and put a leg on the world record at 270.4543 miles-per-hour.

“I can’t say enough about this team,” Compton said after the run. “Scott Palmer and Tommy Thompson, we can’t thank you enough.”

On Sunday, Compton takes aim on a breakthrough first career Top Fuel victory, at the 7th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals.

Just one year ago, “Lake Lucas” was the site of Compton’s first final-round appearance. Now he’s chasing a third straight step-ladder final in a season that he says is “getting better and better as it goes on.”

Compton is something of a “hometown” favorite because of the connection to Palmer, a veteran NHRA Top Fuel driver from Cassville, Mo. Palmer, who’s competing at this weekend’s NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, got involved in the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series as an owner a couple of years ago.

While Palmer had no desire to drive the boat himself, he found an aspiring candidate in Compton. A former drag-racer from O’Fallon, Ill., Compton had been helping out on Palmer’s NHRA crew in spare time from his electrical contracting business.

The first year together on the drag-boat circuit was a challenging one as both learned the ropes of boat racing. But this year, with backing from boat-racing legend Tommy Thompson and the Liquid Voodoo has made big strides.

“I’m comfortable, but I don’t know if you ever get used to it,” he said of driving a Top Fuel Hydro, the water equivalent of a Top Fuel drag car. “The sensation is awesome. It’s a pretty good adrenaline rush, I’ll tell you. I love it.”

The team entered this weekend fourth in Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series Top Fuel Hydro points. Like for Palmer in Indianapolis, this weekend is a big one for Compton and the boat team in Wheatland.

Less than 24 hours after Palmer ran a career-best in his car, going 328.54 mph, Compton and Liquid Voodoo delivered.

“He stays really involved,” Compton said of Palmer. “He doesn’t come around much because of his NHRA schedule. But he’s on the phone constantly with us and is very supportive.”

For Compton, a former standout football running back and sprint-relay runner at McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill., nothing would make him more proud than to give team Liquid Voodoo a Diamond Drag Boat Nationals title.

“I have confidence in myself and the team. I hope we can pull out our first win here this weekend,” Compton said.

The finals could be something. Series points leader Bryan Sanders, the 2016 champ, also posted a 270 mph qualifying run on Friday in the Thompson-owned “Nitrochondriac.” He came back on Saturday and went 266.

Elimination rounds begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday.

Sunday schedule:
8 a.m. – Spectator gates open
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 tickets:
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)

For information on the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series, including archived stories, past results, point standings and the schedule log onto lucasoildragboats.com.

For ticket information 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 schedules, 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 its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click 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.

Scott Compton and team celebrate after their qualifying run on Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway. (Team Liquid Voodoo photo)

The 7th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals return to Lake Lucas Sept. 1-3.

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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Racing Schmidts make claim as fastest family on water at this weekend’s Diamond Drag Boat Nationals

September 4th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – They’re one of the first families of drag boat racing, three generations strong spanning nearly 40 years in the sport.

Dave Schmidt, the patriarch, spent Friday morning proudly watching son David and grandsons Jeremy and Justin making qualifying runs on Lake Lucas as the 7th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals got underway.

“Racing is in our blood, I guess you could say,” said Dave Schmidt, himself a former boat racer. “Now the boys are taking it to the next level. We’re passing the torch.”

The Smithton, Illinois racers will have a large contingent of family and friends cheering them on this weekend. David Schmidt has the Division III Pro Eliminator points lead in his “Just Another Quickie” boat. Jeremy Schmidt is third in Top Eliminator in “Bad Influence” with Justin Schmidt sixth in Top Eliminator driving “Game Changer.”

It all began when Dave Schmidt began racing boats with buddies on southern Illinois lakes in about 1980.

“I called it lake racing,” the elder Schmidt said. “It was where you had a fast boat and a bunch of us would get together and race. Then we realized that we needed some safety built into it. That’s how the drag boat clubs came into being. The put on races with timers and safety requirements.”

David Schmidt said he and his father began racing together in about 1987. While Dave stepped out of the flat-bottom Top Eliminator boats he raced in about 2000, he remains involved by attending most events and offering helpful hints.

Having a vault of knowledge like his father and grandfather is invaluable, said Justin Schmidt who turns 21 on Saturday.

“It’s great. A lot of times you come back and you might lose a round, just from a lack of seat time,” Justin Schmidt said. “Just anything you have a question about, they’re there to give you knowledge. I think that does help a lot to be competitive, as quick as we have, versus just coming into it blind.”

Jeremy Schmidt, 18, said boat racing has been a way of life and “a fun thing to be a part of. It’s a good, family sport.

“There’s no doubt that every lap you take is another learning curve. It is nice to have Dad’s and Grandpa’s experience to call upon. They have a lot of knowledge to teach us about tuning the boats and driving these things.”

The brothers have yet to line up head-to-head during an elimination battle, but both say their competitive spirit would come out. Each would dearly like to beat the other.

Meanwhile, as David Schmidt chases a championship in the Pro Eliminator division, he said there’s a reason why he’s having more fun and success than ever. Having his boys alongside not only is priceless, but a performance booster.

“It kind of rejuvenated some of my passion and some of that desire to work on the boat all week so you can go racing on the weekend and see them have some fun,” David Schmidt said of having Jeremy and Justin involved. “We’re all having a lot of fun with it.”

Nitrochondriac goes 270: A highlight of Friday’s opening day of qualifying was Bryan Sanders, driving Top Fuel Hydro points leader Nitrochondriac, going 270.002 miles per hour with an ET of 3.45 seconds.

Qualifying runs continue on Saturday to set the brackets for eliminations which begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday.

Daily schedule and ticket info:
(Saturday schedule)
8 a.m. – Spectator gates open
9 a.m. – Round 1 qualifying, sportsman session
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

(Saturday tickets)
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 two adults and up to three 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

(Sunday schedule)
8 a.m. – Spectator gates open
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 tickets)
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

For information on the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series, including archived stories, past results, point standings and the schedule log onto lucasoildragboats.com.

Larry Phillips Memorial: Meanwhile, on the dirt track Saturday night it’s the Larry Phillips Memorial. The Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models race for a $5,075-to-win feature and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods go after $1,075 in a 30-lap main event.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. Saturday evening on the dirt track with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. Fans who purchase a boat-race ticket Saturday or a three-day Diamond Drag Boat Nationals pass admitted to the dirt track free.

(Larry Phillips Memorial admission)
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40
Pit Pass $40

For ticket information 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 schedules, 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 its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click 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.

David Schmidt leads Class 3 Pro Eliminator points on the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series. (Kenny Shaw photo)

David Schmidt makes a qualifying run in his Pro Eliminator “Just Another Quickie” on Friday at Lucas Oil Speedway. (Kenny Shaw photo)

The 7th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals return to Lake Lucas Sept. 1-3.

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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Diamond Drag Boat Spotlight: Ebert proves she belongs in highly competitive Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing world

September 2nd, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Shelby Ebert’s hot-pink boat will be easy for fans to spot at this weekend’s 7th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway.

She’s also distinctive as the only woman running the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series national schedule. At 22 years old, Ebert also is the youngest regular in the highly competitive Pro Mod division.

Ebert doesn’t mind being considered a trailblazer in the sport. She’s earned her keep, currently fifth in the series points standings in the family owned “Can’t Touch This” boat.

It hasn’t been easy for the outgoing Ebert.

“There were some obstacles in the beginning as I was moving through the classes,” Ebert said this week after completing a day of studies at Kansas State University, where she’s a senior majoring in accounting and marketing.

“I had to earn my place more than a man would, just because it’s not normal for a woman to come into this sport and succeed and do well,” Ebert said. “I have to prove myself 10 times more than men do, unfortunately, because it’s just not a woman’s sport, typically.”

But Ebert, from Wamego, Kan., never had any doubt that she wanted to race boats at a high level. From infancy, she was around the sport as her father, Todd Ebert, competed on the water. He still does, in the Quick Eliminator class.

“I went to my first race when I was only a few months old,” Ebert said. “It’s basically been my life, my whole life. When I was about three years old, I told my parents that I was going to race, just like my dad.

“They sold a boat and I chased it down the driveway as the new owners were taking it away. I was yelling ‘bring my boat back.’ I’ve been addicted to it from the start.”

Ebert’s parents surprised her with a jet ski on her 13th birthday. Later, they bought her a hydroplane identical to her dad’s. She worked her way up through the sportsman classes and launched her career in Pro Mods on the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series last year, finishing inside the top 10 of points in 2016.

This year has admittedly been a roller coaster of results.

“The first half did not go well,” she said. “I have been everything from on fire to almost sinking to not starting every race. We were struggling. But we finally turned the season around in mid-July.”

Included was a second-place finish in Marble Falls, Texas, narrowly missing a win in the finals against Mike Lamb.

“I learn more all the time,” she said of the Pro Mods. “It is difficult going from an open boat to a capsule boat. You’re strapped in and can’t move around so much. You have the capsule and the parachute to worry about and all those things. But it’s also easier because I’ve had so many people who have been so supportive.”

She said veteran drag-boat drivers like multi-time champions Scotty Lumbert and Tony Scarlata, along with veterans Tim Ortiz and Marty Logan “have been so supportive. I know that I can go to them with a question or if I need a suggestion. They are so helpful.”

This weekend is one of the highlights of the season as “Lake Lucas” is the Ebert’s home track because it’s the closest to their Kansas home. Along with many other teams on the circuit, they enjoy attending the dirt-track races on Saturday night and even take a spin on the go-kart track.

There’s no doubt the best highlight of all would be a Pro Mod win. She’s hopeful that the close second in Marble Falls will be a springboard.

“We are going to finish in the top 10 of points, but we’re only two rounds out of second place,” Ebert said. “If we could go into the World Finals with a chance at second, that would be awesome.”

This weekend on Lake Lucas, qualifying runs will occur Friday and Saturday to set the brackets for eliminations which begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday.

Daily schedule and ticket info:
(Friday schedule)
8 a.m. – Spectator gates open
9 a.m. – Round 1 qualifying, sportsman session
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

(Friday tickets)
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

(Saturday schedule)
8 a.m. – Spectator gates open
9 a.m. – Round 1 qualifying, sportsman session
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

(Saturday tickets)
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 two adults and up to three 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

(Sunday schedule)
8 a.m. – Spectator gates open
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 tickets)
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

For information on the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series, including archived stories, past results, point standings and the schedule log onto lucasoildragboats.com.

Larry Phillips Memorial: Meanwhile, on the dirt track Saturday night it’s the Larry Phillips Memorial. The Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models race for a $5,075-to-win feature and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods go after $1,075 in a 30-lap main event.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. Saturday evening on the dirt track with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. Fans who purchase a boat-race ticket Saturday or a three-day Diamond Drag Boat Nationals pass admitted to the dirt track free.

(Larry Phillips Memorial admission)
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40
Pit Pass $40

For ticket information 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 schedules, 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 its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click 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.

Shelby Ebert is fifth in the Pro Mod division points race on the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series entering this weekend’s event at Wheatland. (Kenny Shaw photo)

The 7th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals return to Lake Lucas Sept. 1-3.

CONTACT:

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

Dan@lucasoil.com

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Lucas Oil Speedway doubles USRA B-Mod purse, including $1,075 to win, for Larry Phillips Memorial program

September 1st, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – A big Labor Day Weekend of racing at Lucas Oil Speedway has become even more intriguing with a significant purse boost to the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod portion of Saturday night’s Larry Phillips Memorial.

Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson announced on Monday that the winner of the 30-lap B-Mod feature will take home $1,075 – more than double the originally listed payout. Robinson also said the remaining feature finishing positions also will be doubled.

“Our Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod racing this season has been outstanding and we’re so appreciative of how all of those guys have supported us throughout the 2017 season,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “We really want to give them an opportunity to be showcased during one of our big weekends.”

Robinson noted that there will be no entry fee for the B-Mod drivers and that the event also will count toward USRA national points.

“This also is another way to pay tribute to the late, great Larry Philips,” Robinson said, noting the five-time NASCAR Weekly Racing Series National Champion from Springfield and his iconic car No. 75. “We’ve doubled the $500-to-win and added $75 to it.”

The complete B-Mod payout will be:

1 – $1,075
2 – $800
3 – $600
4 – $500
5 – $400
6 – $190
7 – $180
8 – $170
9 – $160
10 – $150
11 – $140
12 – $130
13 – $120
14-24 – $100
B-Main non-transfers – $80

Andy Bryant of Fort Scott, Kan., won the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series finale last Saturday, also clinching the track championship. Bryant also is chasing the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod national championship and held a narrow lead over Ryan Gillmore of Springfield, Mo., is the most-recently updated points at USRAracing.com.

The other half of Saturday’s Lucas Oil Speedway doubleheader will find the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models chasing a $5,075 feature prize in the Larry Phillips Memorial.

The entire program this weekend, both the B-Mods and Late Models, will be filmed for broadcast later this fall on MAVTV.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30.

(Admission prices)
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass (two adults, up to three children) $40
Pit Pass $40

Meanwhile, the 7th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals will bring the stars of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series to “Lake Lucas” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Fans purchasing tickets for the boat races on Saturday, or those with three-day passes, will get free admission to the Larry Phillips Memorial.

For ticket information 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 schedules, 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 its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click 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.

CONTACT:

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

Dan@lucasoil.com

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Bryant doubles up as Cutshaw makes it four straight Lucas Oil Speedway championships

August 29th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – The dream season continues for young Andy Bryant.

Bryant doubled up Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway, capturing both the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod feature and the track championship on the final night of the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series season.

Other feature winners on Bill Roberts Chevrolet-Buick Season Championship Night Presented by KYOO-Your Country 99 & KPOW-Power 97.7 were: Mitch Keeter (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds), Brian Schutt (Big O Tires Street Stocks) and Shane Essary (Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models).

Cutshaw finished second to Keeter to clinch his fourth straight Pitts Homes USRA Modified track championship. Meanwhile, Toby Ott earned the Big O Tires Street Stock track championship and Johnny Fennewald captured the Warsaw Auto Marine & ULMA Late Model title on a night that saw 97 cars check into the pits.

Bryant, quickly moving from his fourth-row starting position, overtook pole-starting JC Morton to grab the lead completing lap two. The 17-year-old from Fort Scott, Kan., dominated from there.

“The track was great tonight,” Bryant said. “We started eighth and got a really good start. Kris (Jackson) put up a good fight on that last restart. He had me looking back. It was a great track, a great race and I’m glad to win it.”

Bryant had opened a big lead when a caution for debris on lap 13 bunched the field for a seven-lap shootout. But Bryant prevailed for his fourth feature victory of the season to with with three runner-up finishes and two thirds.

“It’s just been a pretty decent year,” said Bryant, who was leading in the most recent Out-Pace USRA B-Mod National standings as well. “I’d just like to thank everybody that helps me, both my family and sponsors. They’re what allows us to compete at this level to be successful.”

Jackson finished second with Taylor Moore in third.

Keeter takes win, Cutshaw title: As Mitch Keeter drove to his first feature win of the season in the Pitts Homes USRA Modified division, Jeff Cutshaw used a strong second-place run to win a fourth straight Lucas Oil Speedway championship.

Cutshaw, of Bolivar, Mo., won the previous week’s feature to regain the lead. Jason Pursley of Hermitage, who began the night 10 points behind Cutshaw, finished fifth.

“Four in a row is kind of a nice thing. This field is tough,” Cutshaw said. “Jason runs great. It was a tight battle all the way until the end this year. I want to thank Pitts Homes for sponsoring this class. They do a lot for us.”

Keeter, of Webb City, Mo., started outside of row two and moved past Scott Drake and into the lead on lap four. He held off Cutshaw the rest of the way with Joe Duvall finishing third and Drake in fourth.

“This car has been good for me all year,” Keeter said. “I race in Oklahoma on Saturdays and every chance I get, I come over here. It’s a great track and I enjoy coming here.”

Schutt takes Street Stock win: Brian Schutt of Lebanon finished off a strong final stretch of his season, taking his third feature win over the final five races in the Big O Tires Street Stock division.

Schutt, of Lebanon, Mo., held off James Flood by one car length as Flood used the high groove to pressure him over the final five laps. Marc Carter was third and Kenny Carroll finished fourth.

“We probably shouldn’t even be here this week. We broke an oil pump last week, under caution, got it shut off and didn’t hurt the motor,” Schutt said. “I had a last-minute spring change and the car was really, really good. We’ve been building on stuff.”

Wheatland’s Toby Ott wrapped up the championship at his hometown track with a solid fifth-place run. He began the night with a comfortable lead over former track champion Carroll.

“That’s a pretty good, respectable finish for us tonight,” Ott said. “We’ve been trying some stuff and it’s worked out pretty well. A bunch of the guys had it hooked up tonight. We did what we could and we’re happy to come out with what we got tonight.

“It’s been a great season. I don’t have a complaint. I finished every race and that’s all you can ask for. Everything has been completely awesome.”

Essary earns ULMA win as Fennewald takes home title: Racing veteran Shane Essary of Aurora, Mo., led all 20 laps to grab his first Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA feature win of the season.

Essary started outside of the front row and held off challenges from runner-up – and season points champ – Johnny Fennewald on three restarts in the second half of the race.

“I’d like to thank my sponsors and Rick Hoover,” Essary said. “He owns the car and gives me a chance to drive and I’m just having a good time.”

Fennewald, of Appleton City, Mo., used his strong runner-up run to nail down his first track title. Defending division champion Aaron Marrant finished third.

“I just had a goal the last couple of weeks to keep my head, run clean and just finish races,” Fennewald said. “We started the season with two DNFs. I didn’t have very many points and we were way behind. We just started (getting) firsts and seconds and now, look where we’re at.

“I’ve wanted to win one of these for a long time. It’s really hard to do. It just takes a lot of work. I have a lot of good help and a lot of good sponsors behind me.”

Three-day event on Lucas Oil Speedway Off Road track to bring hundreds of motocross riders

August 28th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Anticipation for first Lucas Oil Speedway USA Pro-Am Motocross is building with the inaugural event on the Lucas Oil Speedway Off Road track about a month away.

Professional and amateur riders from all over the country are expected for the three-day American Motorcycle Association event, which begins with a Sept. 29 practice day before racing on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

Jay Reynolds of Motorhead Events said he expects at least 400 entries in about 40 classes of pro and amateur racing for both motorcycles and ATVs.

“The big thing about it is the facility,” Reynolds said of Lucas Oil Speedway. “It being an AMA Pro-Am, all the up-and-coming pros can come and get points to go race Supercross and the AMA Nationals. This will draw a lot of really fast riders from all over the nation.

“About five years ago one of top amateur races in nation was called the Branson USA and it died out,” Reynolds said. “We’re expecting this event to grow into one of the top amateur national events over the next couple of years.”

Pro riders will compete for $4,000 in purse money. Saturday at 4 p.m. will feature a pro program with all-star classes.

“We will be utilizing the off-road truck track and building some jumps around it and going into the infield in certain places to try and develop two different tracks,” Reynolds said. “But it will follow the design of the truck track a lot.”

Reynolds added that the UTVs will race on the existing off-road track layout “which will be a real neat thing for the spectators to watch.”

Riders and fans will enjoy amenities that include live timing and scoring, full RV hookups, car and bike wash, 10 acres of shaded camping, basketball court, bounce house, fishing ponds, swimming lakes, full shower houses, propane and camping log sales and covered grandstands.

“We’re excited to play host to the Lucas Oil USA Pro-Am Motocross,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “We think it’ll an outstanding time and a great weekend for the riders and the fans and we look forward to seeing everyone in just a few weeks.”

The outdoor national style Pro-Am event is sanctioned by the AMA and promoted by the Nitro Arenacross Tour LLC. Go to www.motorheadevents.com or call (417) 863-6353 for classes, race info and schedule.

Advance tickets can be purchased online at https://www.showclix.com/events/8559. For ticket info on any event at the speedway, contact Lucas Oil Speedway admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com for more info.

Admission prices:
(Friday gate)
Adult All Weekend Pass-$35
Youth (Ages 4-12) All Weekend Pass-$20
Kids (3 and Under) All Weekend Pass-FREE

(Saturday gate)
Adult All Weekend Pass-$20
Youth (Ages 4-12) All Weekend Pass-$10
Kids (3 and Under) All Weekend Pass-FREE

(Sunday gate)
Adult One Day Pass-$15
Youth (Ages 4-12) One Day Pass-$10
Kids (3 and Under) One Day Pass-FREE

Camping
Reserved with Electric and Water- $35/Night (Limited Availability)
Reserved Dry Spots- $20/Night (Limited Availability)
Dry Camping- $10/Night

Schedule:
(Friday)
Move-in/practice

(Saturday)
8 a.m. – Moto 1 racing begins
4 p.m. – Pro program with all-star classes
7 p.m. – Championship go-kart races

(Sunday)
8 a.m. – Moto 2 racing begins
11 a.m.-4 p.m. – Motos
4 p.m. – Nitro Summer Series Awards

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedules, 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 its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click 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.

Motocross riders from across the nation will compete at the Lucas Oil Speedway USA Pro-Am Motocross, Sept. 29-30, Oct. 1.

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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

In the Spotlight: Second-generation racer Scott Chism finds fit in Lucas Oil Speedway Street Stock division

August 26th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – The makings of a much-needed good night as he finished second in a heat race turned in the blink of an eye – and a smoking motor – as Scott Chism came to the checkered flag.

A blown motor left Chism loading up early and a non-starter in last Saturday’s Big O Tires Street Stocks feature at Lucas Oil Speedway. He’s 10th in the points chase entering this week’s Season Championship program, which is admittedly disappointing.

“It’s been a little bit of a rough year,” the Bolivar, Mo., driver said in reviewing his 2017 season. “This is the first year I’ve run the Street Stocks and it’s a learning process. There’s more than goes into those than people think.

“But I’m enjoying it and having fun. The guys that race the Street Stocks at Lucas are a good group of guys.”

Chism, the Tailgate Guys Radio Show Spotlight Driver of the Week for Lucas Oil Speedway, is carrying on the legacy of one of the Ozarks’ favorite drivers. His green-colored No. 8 is a tribute to his father, Ozarks Area Racers Foundation Hall of Famer, Roger Chism.

For Scott Chism, 48, the complimentary comments about his car are frequent from fans who remember seeing his dad race. The decision to build and race a Street Stock after many years in a Modified was made in harmony with his dad’s wishes.

“I started in about the mid-1990s, running Modifieds, and I struggled there for a while,” Scott Chism said. “The last about 10 years, I went to running B-Mods and we started finding our niche in those. Then it got to the point where I just wanted to try something new.

“My dad’s always liked those old Street Stocks, so I told him I’d build one. He passed away about a year ago. But he liked those old cars and they’re a lot of fun. I’m having fun racing again.”

Scott Chism said his dad always was the driving force behind his racing. Roger quit racing in the late 1980s after a long career on area speedways.

“He pushed me,” Chism said. “He’s one of those types that could drive the wheels off anything, but when it came to working on them, he didn’t do that much. So a lot of times we lacked information, but we always figured something out. He kept pushing me to keep going, to keep trying and I appreciate that.”

Scott Chism also appreciates good friends who are willing to help in difficult times. After the blown motor last week, Modified racer Tracy Wolf has offered to loan him a motor if Chism can’t get his own fixed in time for Saturday’s races.

“Tracy Wolf is good people,” Chism said, adding that the camaraderie among the drivers as a whole is strong.

“They make things real competitive every night, but you can drive clean with them and race hard and have fun. You can then go back to the pits and talk,” Chism said. “It’s just a good time.”

Chism’s said his race crew consists of wife Freda, son Bau Chism who’s crew chief and friend Brandon Patton.

Sponsors include Stepping Stone Office Products in Bolivar, Joe’s Tire of Stockton, R & R Graphics and Double H Lawn Care.

He’s hoping for a strong finish on Saturday to build some momentum for specials around the region this fall – including the Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt at Lucas Oil Speedway Oct. 6-7.

“We’re gonna try to move around a little bit and see what we can do,” Chism said. “If you can run well at Lucas, you can go about anywhere and be competitive.”

Champions in the Big O Tires Street Stocks, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models will be determined on Saturday. It’s Bill Roberts Chevrolet-Buick Season Championship Night Presented by KYOO-Your Country 99 & KPOW-Power 97.7.

It also will be Public Safety Appreciation Night as all police, fire and rescue personnel will be admitted free with ID. Police, fire and rescue vehicles will be displayed on the midway.

For ticket information for that and all Lucas Oil Speedway 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 schedules, visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com.

The Tailgate Guys Radio Show, with co-hosts Lyndal Scranton and Steve Koehler, airs each Saturday from 11:05 a.m.-noon on KICK 92.3 FM, 1340 AM and online at 923kick.com.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click 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 Diamond Drag Boat Nationals return to Lake Lucas Sept. 1-3.

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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Tight points battles bring drama to Season Championship Night at Lucas Oil Speedway

August 25th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – It began in April and reaches the finish line on Saturday with plenty of drama surrounding the championship chases in the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series.

Track champions in all four divisions will be crowned on the final night of the regular season on Bill Roberts Chevrolet-Buick Season Championship Night Presented by KYOO-Your Country 99 & KPOW-Power 97.7.

It also will be Public Safety Appreciation Night as all police, fire and rescue personnel will be admitted free with ID. Police, fire and rescue vehicles will be displayed on the midway.

General Manager Dan Robinson said Saturday night is a time to fans to recognize the public safety personnel, along with the drivers and crew members who have devoted themselves toward the weekly series throughout the 2017 season.

“It’s a direct reflection of a tremendous competitive season that our points races are going right down to the wire and especially close in two of the divisions,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “It literally could come down to the final lap of the season to decide a couple of our champions.

“Our weekly drivers have put on some memorable shows for our fans this season and it will be a highlight to recognize our champions at the conclusion of the action on Saturday night.”

The Pitts Homes USRA Modified chase finds Bolivar’s Jeff Cutshaw back in front after his feature victory last week. Cutshaw, seeking a fourth straight Lucas Oil Speedway title, is 10 points ahead of Jason Pursley and 37 in front of Eric Turner. Pursley was on top entering last Saturday’s program, but finished ninth in the main event.

Things are just as unsettled in the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model points after Johnny Fennewald of Appleton City jumped past Aaron Poe to take over the lead. Fennewald is 18 points in front of Poe and 27 clear of Aaron Marrant, the reigning champ who won Saturday’s feature to keep his title hopes alive.

In the Big O Tires Street Stock division, Wheatland’s Toby Ott is on the brink of his first championship. Ott, with five wins this season, leads Kenny Carroll by 77 points.

The leader with the most cushion is Andy Bryant in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods. Bryant, of Fort Scott, Kan., is 112 ahead of second-place Shawn Strong.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35.

Admission:
Adults (age 16 and up) $12
Seniors (age 62 and up)/Military $9
Youth (ages 6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $25
Pit Pass-$30

Bill Roberts Chevrolet-Buick, located in Bolivar, Missouri since 1930, runs true to their slogan “The Dealer You Can Trust” 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 ticket information for that and all Lucas Oil Speedway 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 schedules, 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 its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click 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 Diamond Drag Boat Nationals return to Lake Lucas Sept. 1-3.

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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Cutshaw rolls in featured USRA Modified main event at Lucas Oil Speedway; Henson, Marrant and Jackson also prevail

August 22nd, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri- Jeff Cutshaw served noticed Saturday night that his pursuit of a fourth straight Pitts Homes USRA Modified track championship is very much alive.

Leading wire-to-wire in a caution-free 25-lap feature, Cutshaw captured the $750 spotlight event on Fan Appreciation Night at Lucas Oil Speedway. He also earned a $350 gift card from TA/Petro Stopping Centers, which presented the program along with Ozarks CW and Ozarks Sports Zone.

Other feature winners in the next-to-last Big Adventure RV Racing Series points program of the regular season season were: Cole Henson (Big O Tires Street Stocks), Aaron Marrant (Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models) and Kris Jackson (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods).

Cutshaw, of Bolivar, Mo., began the night 16 points behind Jason Pursley in the points chase. The reigning champ was dominant from from his front-row starting spot following a heat-race win.

“The track was pretty good tonight,” Cutshaw said. “It was fast. You could drive it in there as hard as you wanted to.”

Cutshaw apologized for some post-race contact between he and Pursley on the cool-down lap. The two continued to race for a lap after the checkered flag. Pursley wound up disqualified from his eighth-place finish after starting the feature 14th.

“I ran out of (visor) tear offs as we got into lapped cars,” Cutshaw said. “I couldn’t see if we had took the checkered flag or not. I apologize for getting into Jason there.”

Chase Jones of El Dorado Springs, Mo., finished about five car lengths behind Cutshaw. Jason Payton of Fort Smith, Ark., was third with Donnie Fellers of Wheatland, Mo., fourth and Lucas Schott of Chatfield, Minn., fifth.

Henson takes Street Stock win: Cole Henson of Russellville, Mo., took control after a quartet of drivers had traded the lead over the first portion to collect the Big O Tires Street Stock feature.

Third-starting Dewayne Applegate of Dunnegan, Mo., led the first eight laps of the 20-lap main event. Darrin Crisler took over the lead with a backstretch pass on lap 8, but on the next circuit Crisler slowed with a flat right-rear tire to relinquish the lead back to Applegate.

It was then James Flood’s turn to go in front as he made the pass of Applegate on the restart. He led until lap 13 when Henson passed him coming out of turn four to become the fourth leader of the race.

Henson pulled away for the win, surviving two starts following caution flags over the final seven laps. Flood, who started 10th, wound up in second with 11th-starting Heath Teel finishing third.

“This was a heck of a track. It was hammer down racing,” said Henson, who drove from a third-row starting position. “This is the best race I’ve ever been in, I’ll tell you. It’s a dream come true to win at Lucas Oil Speedway.”

Marrant romps in ULMA feature: Aaron Marrant posted one of the most-dominant feature wins of the season, finishing a half-lap clear of runner-up Cody Holtkamp for Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model honors.

Marrant’s winning margin was just over eight seconds. He ran sub 16-second laps most of the way in the caution-free 20-lapper.

“The track was crazy fast; I’m wore out,” Marrant said. “I can’t thank (my crew) guys enough. We had some new car blues when we first got this thing. We have a pretty good set-up now, I think.”

Marrant, the defending track champion, lapped all the way up to seventh place in the 24-car field. He said getting the jump on fellow front-row starter Johnny Fennewald was key.

“I almost knew lining up, whichever one of us got out front was going to be hard to beat,” said Marrant, who kept his hopes to repeating as track champ alive. He began the night in third, 43 behind Aaron Poe and 36 behind Fennewald.

Holtkamp used a last-lap pass to finish second ahead of Fennewald. Poe finished 13th, setting the stage for a three-way battle for the title next week.

Jackson captures fourth B-Mod win: Kris Jackson led all the way to grab his fourth Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod feature victory of the season.

“I don’t know if the lap times were right, but I caught a couple of them (on the scoreboard) under caution,” Jackson said. “It looks like we were pretty good tonight.

“The car drove great. This was a horsepower track and I wouldn’t have had those lap times without that Ruble Racing Engine.”

Making the the night even better for the Jackson family – wife Krystle celebrated her birthday and she won the track’s 50/50 raffle.

Jackson started on the pole and beat outside front-row starter David Hendrix to the lead as the green flag flew. Hendrix finished a close second and division points leader Andy Bryant rallied from 15th to finish third.

Season Championships next: Champions in all four divisions will be crowned next Saturday in the Big RV Weekly Racing Series on Bill Roberts Chevrolet-Buick Season Championship Night Presented by KYOO-Your Country 99 & KPOW-Power 97.7.

It also will be Public Safety Appreciation Night as all police, fire and rescue personnel are admitted FREE to the Speedway with ID.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35.

For ticket information for that and all Lucas Oil Speedway 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 schedules, visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com.

“Top Eliminator Club” tickets, including group discounts, available for Diamond Drag Boat Nationals on Lake Lucas

August 20th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Just two weeks before the world’s fastest boats return to Lucas Oil Speedway, fans still have an opportunity to enjoy a one-of-a-kind Labor Day Weekend racing experience.

The 7th Annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals visit “Lake Lucas” Sept. 1-3 for a key stop on the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series. The new, all-inclusive VIP “Top Eliminator Club” is a new option to watch the event.

With prime viewing from a designated, shaded area near the starting line, fans will be able to use the three-day pass to see and feel the power of the 260-mile-per-hour Top Fuel Hydro boats fire off the line, along with the four other pro divisions and multiple sportsman classes.

Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said the set-up will be similar to popular VIP areas at Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing facilities in Marble Falls, Texas, and Chandler, Arizona.

“We think it’ll be a perfect way for our fans to enjoy the event and we’re excited to offer it for the first time,” Robinson said. “This not only will be a way to see the boats from a prime location, but also will offer comforts and amenities to make it a complete fan experience.”

Space is limited to the first 100 people to reserve in advance by calling admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.

The three-day package is $179 and, in addition to admission and a seat in the shaded viewing area, it will include: A continental-style breakfast, lunch and light hors d’oeuvres each day; two non-alcohol drink tickets per day (soda or energy drink); two alcohol drink tickets per day (beer, wine or basic mixed drinks); unlimited free water; dedicated cash bar with hostess and a gift bag.

Groups of 10 or more, based on availability, can purchase discounted Top Eliminator Club tickets for $149 apiece with an Aug. 25 deadline.

“The Diamond Drag Boat Nationals always is one of our most-exciting weekends of the year, with the world’s fastest boats putting on a great show,” Robinson said. “If you’ve ever wanted to see the boats up-close in an ideal setting, this is a chance to do so. ”

Qualifying runs are scheduled each day with action starting at 9 a.m. Final eliminations are set for 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3.

In addition to the action on Lake Lucas, the Lucas Oil MLRA Series’ Larry Phillips Memorial is set for Saturday night, Sept. 2 on the dirt track. Those with tickets to the Diamond Drag Boat Nationals on Saturday, including Top Eliminator Club members, will be admitted free. The Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods also will be in action on the dirt.

For ticket information for all Lucas Oil Speedway 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 schedules, 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 its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click 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 Diamond Drag Boat Nationals return to Lake Lucas Sept. 1-3.

CONTACT:

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

Dan@lucasoil.com

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Lucas Oil Speedway Spotlight: Young Moore carries on family racing tradition with strong B-Mod season

August 19th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Third-generation racer Taylor Moore is showing he’s plenty capable of hanging with some of the best in the highly competitive Ozarks Golf Cars USRA B-Mod division at Lucas Oil Speedway.

“The whole reason to go into a B-Mod was to run against a high level of competition and travel a little bit more, which is what we’ve done,” Moore said of his first season as a weekly regular at the track.

The 21-year-old from Bois D’Arc, a small community west of Springfield, is fourth in the Lucas Oil Speedway points with two weeks remaining in the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series. While he’s probably too far behind leaders Andy Bryant and Shawn Strong to catch them, he is just 29 behind third-place Kaeden Cornell.

Another solid finish when action resumes on Saturday night would help ensure an impressive finish in the final standings.

“I”m looking forward to getting back to Lucas and see what we can throw at ‘em this week,” said Moore, the Tailgate Guys Radio Show Spotlight Driver of the Week for Lucas Oil Speedway. “We’ve made quite a few changes to the car. I think we’re going to be even better up there.”

The 2014 graduate of Ash Grove High School has followed in a family racing tradition. Grandfather Darrell Moore and his father Timmy Moore competed on Ozarks-area ovals and Timmy Moore now helps Taylor out with his racing program.

It’s been a natural progression for the younger Moore, who began in go-karts and raced the entry-level Midwest Mod class for about five years. He won more than 25 features and a track championship at Springfield Raceway before entering the B-Mod class in 2016.

“We’re doing pretty good for being in just the second year in a B-Mod against this type of competition,” Moore said. “It’s tough. You have your dominant guys like Andy Bryant, Shawn Strong and Ryan Gillmore. It seems like anywhere you go there’s somebody really fast.

“We were able to go to West Plains last week when Lucas was off and got a win. That was a nice confidence booster.”

Moore set out to make running for points at Lucas Oil Speedway a priority in 2017. The experience has exceeded his expectations.

“I really didn’t have any intention of being as high as I am in points,” Moore said. “We were third for a while, then had a bad week with a transmission failure that dropped us back.

“I looked forward to running weekly at Lucas this year. I enjoy the facility and the track’s always in decent shape. It’s not like when you go to some places that will beat you up a little bit.”

Moore, who works for the City of Springfield operating heavy equipment with emphasis on street maintenance, said he foresees the B-Mod as his racing home for a while. There’s plenty more to learn and bigger goals to shoot for.

“I would like to run better in the USRA national points in the years to come,” he said. “This is just my second year and I feel like I’m a little behind the guys who have run them for several years. The more I race with them and the more I travel and race, I feel that I can prove myself even more.”

Moore’s sponsors include C&M Gearworks, Jordan Valley Auto Body, Hoffman Race Cars, Midwest Sheet Metal, R&M Pallets, Schuchmann Cattle Company, Rockin’ S Farms, Billy Goin Motorsports and Bois D’Arc Speedway. Moore and his dad oversee go-kart events at Bois D’Arc Speedway in the fall and winter.

Timmy Moore, Goin, Jason Cobb and little brother Colton Moore help out on the car. Colton, who is 10, already is racing go-karts.

“We just hope to finish out the season strong,” Moore said of the final programs of the regular season at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Saturday night, TA/Petro Stopping Centers along with the Ozarks CW & Ozarks Sports Zone Present Fan Appreciation Night with food and drink specials all night. TA/Petro items also will be given away.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and opening ceremonies at 7:35.

Ticket prices:
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 $30

For ticket information for all Lucas Oil Speedway 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 schedules, visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com.

The Tailgate Guys Radio Show, with co-hosts Lyndal Scranton and Steve Koehler, airs each Saturday from 11:05 a.m.-noon on KICK 92.3 FM, 1340 AM or online at 923kick.com.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click 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.

Taylor Moore had a season-best third-place finish in the June 29 Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod feature. (Kenny Shaw photo)

The 7th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals return to Lake Lucas Sept. 1-3.

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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Close championship chases as Weekly Racing Series action resumes Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway

August 17th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri- Season-championship battles are in the home stretch at Lucas Oil Speedway as action resumes Saturday night with the next-to-last Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series event of the season.

TA/Petro Stopping Centers along with the Ozarks CW & Ozarks Sports Zone Present Fan Appreciation Night, with food and drink specials all night along with giveaways of TA/Petro items.

“We appreciate our fans and this is just a way to give them a little extra thanks for supporting us,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “The racing this season has been tremendous and we have some terrific battles shaping up for the division championships.

“We hope everyone comes out Saturday for what’s sure to be a fun night. Thanks to TA-Petro and the Ozarks CW and Ozarks Sports Zone for their support.”

On the track, the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds will be featured with a special 25-lap, $750-to-win main event. “Racing Principal” Jason Pursley will be looking to protect a narrow 16-point lead over three-time reigning track champion Jeff Cutshaw.

Pursley, in his 14th year as principal at Hickory County R-1 Skyline-Urbana Elementary, is seeking his first Lucas Oil Speedway season championship.

“It’s hard not to think about it,” Pursley said of the championship chase. “Jeff took off a week (last month) and that’s the only reason we’re in the lead, but we’re still running good. It’s hard not to think about it because we’ve finished second about six or seven times.

“It’s still tight,” Pursley added of the points battle. “Anything can happen. But if we run good for two weeks, then it should take care of itself.”

Pursley has used consistency to climb to the top of the Pitts Homes USRA Modified battle, with six top-five finishes and a pair of second-place runs, including a runner-up run to Eric Turner the last time out on July 29. The Hermitage resident in his second season driving a GRT for Tom Campbell Racing.

“We’ve been doing it with our backup motor,” Pursley said. “We hurt our good motor, then got off a little bit in the middle of the year. We found out what the problem was (with the set-up) and have been running consistent.

“When Tom bought this car last year, it was first time I drove a GRT, and it took a little adjusting. You never know about race cars. They can be finicky creatures. But hopefully we’re edging in the right direction.”

There are other tight points battles. Andy Bryant is 21 in front of Shawn Strong in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, Aaron Poe is seven ahead of Johnny Fennewald in the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models and Toby Ott is 86 clear of Kenny Carroll in the Big O Tires Street Stocks chase.

The Show-Me Vintage Racing Car Club will visit the midway. Along with the food and drink specials, TA/Petro items will be given away during the evening, including t-shirts, can koozies, hats and key chains.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and opening ceremonies at 7:35.

Ticket prices:
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 $30

For ticket information for all Lucas Oil Speedway events, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.

TA and Petro Stopping Centers is the largest full-service travel center company in the United States, serving professional drivers and motorists alike.

For more information and to find a location near you, visit www.TA-Petro.com.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedules, 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 its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click 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 Diamond Drag Boat Nationals return to Lake Lucas Sept. 1-3.

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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

McCreadie Charges to First-Career North/South 100 Victory!

August 15th, 2017

UNION, KY – Tim McCreadie passed race-leader, Scott Bloomquist on lap 97 and then held off Bobby Pierce and Bloomquist to win the 35th Annual Sunoco Race Fuels North/South 100 – presented by Lucas Oil on Saturday night at the Florence Speedway. Bloomquist had been the dominant car for most of the race until McCreadie and Pierce went to the outside of the track – both forging ahead of Bloomquist with three laps remaining.

McCreadie earned $50,000 in his first-ever win at the King Family promoted facility. Pierce; last year’s winner; came home in second with Bloomquist; a 2-time winner of the race; finishing in third. Jimmy Owens led the first 17 laps, but finished in fourth. Darrell Lanigan was fifth at the checkered flag.

With a standing-room only crowd on hand for the event; McCreadie did his patented victory lane celebration that had the crowd cheering ever louder. “I think we all have learned a lot from Bobby [Pierce] – if there is something out there you need to run it. Bobby and I probably raced a bit too clean; we had an issue at the Show-Me. I appreciate that he ran me clean. He [Pierce] is turning into a true professional. He could have raced me dirty, but he didn’t.”

“Thanks to Sweeteners Plus and Longhorn Chassis this makes perfect sense. Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would turn out like this. Thanks to everybody at the shop, also a big thanks to Pro Power Racing Engines and Penske Racing Shocks. I was a little free early on, but as the track burned off we got better. I was tighter through the center than I would have liked. I am bullheaded sometimes, but I put my faith in my guys tonight and it paid off.”

Bloomquist took the lead from Owens on lap 18 and was in control of the race until with ten laps to go when McCreadie and Pierce both went to the top side to track Bloomquist down. The crowd then got on its collective feet as McCreadie took the lead from Bloomquist.

“Congrats to McCreadie on the win. That is what you call racing,” said Pierce. “A few months ago at the Show-Me I I kind of rubbed him a little bit. He wasn’t happy about that. Tonight we were duking it out and we kind of came up through the field like teammates there, it’s like we were drafting of each other. Last year there was a lot of cushion to use as compared to this year, so it made it a little tougher.”

Bloomquist; who was looking for his first North/South 100 win since 2000 and was coming off three-straight years of runner-up finishes; looked to be headed to his third win in the event until McCreadie and Pierce caught him. “We didn’t realize they were that high and I didn’t think there much up there to work with. I didn’t really get a signal to where they were at on the track. I had no way of knowing. We kind of stayed right in the middle and was pacing ourselves.”

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Lucas Oil Racing TV has all your favorite motorsports – from grass roots to international competition, as well as exclusive LIVE EVENTS and behind the scenes interviews and footage that you won’t see anywhere else! But that’s just the beginning! Lucas Oil Racing TV brings you some of motorsports greatest broadcasters and build specialists… from Dave Despain to the mechanics of Two Guys Garage, as well as all the latest news, reviews, and interviews from every genre of racing.

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About MAVTV Motorsports Network
Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. MAVTV offers an unparalleled line-up of exclusive motorsports, that includes prestigious events such as the Chili Bowl, The AMA Pro Motocross series, the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup and NHRA Drag Racing. But MAVTV goes far beyond the national mainstream events and also covers multitudes of grassroots series’ from across the globe: Drag boats, sprint boats, drag racing, pro pulling, rally racing, drifting, dirt racing, ice racing and everything in between.

MAVTV also knows you don’t have to be a race fan to be an automotive enthusiast, which is why we have developed a package of automotive reality and custom build shows that is truly second to none. If it has a motor, it’s on MAVTV…MAVTV is THE motorsports network. To learn more about MAVTV go to: www.MAVTV.com.
About Lucas Oil Products
Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes, problem-solving additives, and car-care products. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil has established itself as a worldwide leader in the lubrication industry. Motorsports has always been part of the Lucas Oil culture and the cornerstone of the company’s marketing strategy. Such passion for motorsports has inspired Lucas Oil to sponsor many race teams, events and series at all levels, including, NHRA, IRL, ASCS, NASCAR, IHRA and many more. Lucas Oil has also taken ownership and operational control of a number of high profile racing properties, such as: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. and the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, CA.

In 2007 Lucas Oil founded its own production house, Lucas Oil Production Studios, dedicated to producing high action motorsports television. Currently Lucas Oil Production Studios produces over 300 hours of original programming for networks such as CBS, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and MAVTV. More information about Lucas Oil Products, Inc. visit the company website at: www.LucasOil.com.

Street Stocks in spotlight, with a chance to win big, at Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt

August 13th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – The biggest Street Stock race of the season – and one of the biggest in the country for the popular division – is just eight weeks away at Lucas Oil Speedway.

The Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt is set for Oct. 6-7. It promises to be the biggest and best yet since Craig Danuser of Whitetail Trophy Hunt and Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson put the special together in 2015.

Winner of the 50-lap feature on night two will earn $5,000 plus a free entry into the prestigious Whitetail Trophy Hunt, held in the Lake of the Ozarks area Nov. 11-13, valued at $3,000. First place in the Whitetail Trophy Hunt is worth $15,000 with $7,500 for second.

The 2016 Big Buck 50 champion cashed in big. Tim Brown of Stoutland, Mo., took home the $5,000 winner’s share and the free Whitetail Trophy Hunt entry. Then Brown won another $2,000 when he bagged a buck good enough to finish ninth among 189 hunters. That also won Brown another free entry into the 2017 Whitetail Trophy Hunt.

Last winter, Brown said he figured the prize package wound up being worth about $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.

Street Stock drivers can enter for $100 per car prior to Oct. 1 with the fee $125 after that date. But Lucas Oil Speedway drivers in the Big O Tires Street Stock division can get the entire entry fee waived if they participate in at least 80 percent of this season’s Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series events.

“Even though the race has only been around since 2015, it already has become one of our highlight events,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “We want to thank Craig Danuser and the entire team at Whitetail Trophy Hunt for their partnership in making this happen.

“We hope the drivers will take advantage of the early bird entry discount – or for our weekly drivers, the chance to get a free entry,” Robinson added.

For rules and entry forms, drivers can visit lucasoilspeedway.com/about/rules-forms.

Action kicks off on Oct. 6 with a qualifying session and 10-lap heat races, helping to set the field for Saturday’s 50-lap feature.

The 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals will run in conjunction with the Big Buck 50 and crown a season champion after the Saturday finale.

This November will mark the 29th year for the Whitetail Trophy Hunt. For more information about the hunt, set for Nov. 11-13, go to whitetail.net or call 1-800-633-4868. This tremendously popular hunt brings 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.

Action at Lucas Oil Speedway resumes on Aug. 19 as TA/Petro along with the Ozarks CW & Ozarks Zone Present Fan Appreciation Night. There will be food and drink specials all night long. It also will be a pivotal evening as the chase for Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series championship resumes.

The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds will be featured, with a special 25-lap, $750-to-win main event. The Big O Tires Street Stocks, Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models also will be in action.

For ticket information for all Lucas Oil Speedway 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 schedules, 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 its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click 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.

Tim Brown of Stoutland, Mo., captured the 2016 Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt 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. 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Weekly Racing Series championships, Diamond Drag Boat Nationals on horizon at Lucas Oil Speedway

August 12th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – In what might be described as the calm before a frenetic month, Lucas Oil Speedway takes a scheduled break this weekend.

“We’re looking forward to one of the most-exciting stretches of the season just ahead,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “It’s hard to believe that it’s already into August and we’re going to crown track champions soon, but there’s a lot of action ahead.”

Here’s what to know over the next month:

Weekly Series hits home stretch: When action resumes on Aug. 19 as TA/Petro along with the Ozarks CW & Ozarks Zone Present Fan Appreciation Night, there will be food and drink specials all night long. It also will be a pivotal evening as the chase for Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series championships charges toward the finish line.

With just two weeks remaining in the regular season, three of the four divisions are separated by just a handful of points. Jason Purlsey leads Jeff Cutshaw by 16 points in the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Andy Bryant is 21 clear of Shawn Strong in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and Aaron Poe leads Johnny Fennewald by just seven points in the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models.

Meanwhile, Toby Ott is 86 points in front of Kenny Carroll in the Big O Tires Street Stocks chase.

The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds will be featured on Aug. 19 with a special 25-lap, $750-to-win main event.

2017 champions will be crowned: What happens on Aug. 19 will set the stage for the Weekly Racing Series Season Championship on Aug. 26. Track champions will be crowned in all four divisions on Bill Roberts Chevrolet-Buick Season Championship Night Presented by KYOO-Your Country 99 & KPOW-Power 97.7.

In addition, it is Public Safety Appreciation Night as all Police, Fire and Rescue Personnel are admitted free with ID.

Drag boats with a VIP experience: The 7th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals featuring the stars of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series is set for Sept. 1-3. There’s a new twist this year with the all-inclusive VIP “Top Eliminator Club” available for all three-days on “Lake Lucas” with prime viewing from a designated shaded area near the starting line.

It will include amenities to make the weekend at the drag boat races a one-of-a-kind experience. Space is limited for the first 100 people to reserve in advance by calling admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.

The three-day ticket is priced for $179 and, in addition to admission and a seat in the shaded viewing area, it will include: A continental-style breakfast, lunch and light hors d’oeuvres each day; two non-alcohol drink tickets per day (soda or energy drink); two alcohol drink tickets per day (beer, wine or basic mixed drinks); unlimited free water; dedicated cash bar with hostess and a gift bag.

Make it a Labor Day Weekend Saturday doubleheader: Action will not be limited to the water on Labor Day Weekend. The Lucas Oil MLRA Dirt Series returns on Saturday, Sept. 2 for the Larry Phillips Memorial, a race named in honor of the short-track racing legend and NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee from Springfield.

The Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods join the Late Models in action, running for a $500 first prize. Fans buying tickets to the Diamond Drag Boat Nationals, either on Saturday for via the Top Eliminator Club or three-day pass, will be admitted free to the dirt track.

Lots more to follow: Other events to mark on the calendar include the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals (Sept. 15-16), the 7th annual ASCS Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial (Sept. 21-23), AMA Pro-Am Motocross on the Off-Road track (Sept. 29-30, Oct. 1), the MLRA Fall Nationals and Street Stock Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt (Oct. 6-7) and the Monster Truck Nationals Eve of Destruction (Oct. 21).

For ticket information for all Lucas Oil Speedway 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 schedules, 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 its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click 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.

Rain washes out USMTS Show-Me Shootout at Lucas Oil Speedway

August 8th, 2017

Heavy mid-day rain with the forecast of more throughout the evening and overnight hours forced cancellation of Saturday night’s 8th Annual USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout presented by Foley Equipment at the Lucas Oil Speedway.

“We hate to call it, but we don’t really have a choice,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “We’ve had so much rain already with a Flash Flood Watch already in place throughout Sunday morning that it’s in everyone’s safety and best interest to make the early call.”

Tyler Wolff of Fayetteville, Ark.,, and Stormy Scott of Las Cruces, N.M., captured the first two feature wins on the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup.

Opening weekend for the series’ championship chase wraps up Sunday, Aug. 6, at the Monett Motor Speedway in Monett, Mo., with Out-Pace USRA B-Mods,, Midwest Modifieds, Legends Cars and Pure Stocks also on the card.

Times:
Pit Gate Opens – 3:00 p.m.
Grandstands Open – 4:30 p.m.
Hot Laps – 6:00 p.m.
First Heat Race – 6:30 p.m.

Tickets:
Grandstands – $22 Adults, $10 Kids 6-15, Free for 5 and under
Pits – $40 for 6 and up, $10 for 5 and under

Race ans can get $2-off coupons toward adult general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in in Aurora, Billings, Carthage, Cassville, Clever, Diamond, Marionville, Miller, Monett, Mount Vernon, Neosho, Pierce City and Sarcoxie.

Ricky Thornton Jr. will meet and greet fans at the Casey’s General Store located at 728 U.S. Hwy. 60 West in Monett from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fans can get special $5 coupons directly from the driver during his appearance.

The Monett Motor Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile red clay oval located one mile east of SR 37 on US 60, then north on Chapel Dr. For more information check out www.monettmotorspeedway.com.

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. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Rain forces cancellation of USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout at Lucas Oil Speedway

August 9th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Heavy mid-day rain with the forecast of more throughout the evening and overnight hours forced cancellation of Saturday night’s 8th Annual USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment at Lucas Oil Speedway.

The event, part of the United States Modified Series Hunt for the Casey’s Cup, will not be made up.

“We hate to call it, but we don’t really have a choice,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “We’ve had so much rain already with a Flash Flood Watch already in place throughout Sunday morning that it’s in everyone’s safety and best interest to make the early call.”

Tyler Wolff of Fayetteville, Ark., and Stormy Scott of Las Cruces, N.M., captured the first two feature wins on the Hunt for the Casey’s Cup. Zack VanderBeek of New Sharon, Iowa captured last year’s Show-Me Shootout over Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa.

Up next: After a busy stretch of events over the last month, Lucas Oil Speedway takes a scheduled week off next weekend before roaring back into action on Saturday, Aug. 19 with the next-to-last Big Adventure Weekly Racing Series program of the season.

TA/Petro along with The Ozarks CW & Ozarks Sports Zone Present Fan Appreciation Night with Food and Drink Specials all night long. Classes in action include the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, the Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods. The USRA Modifieds will compete in a a special 25-lap, $750-to-win main event.

For ticket information for all Lucas Oil Speedway 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 schedules, 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 its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click 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 Diamond Drag Boat Nationals return to Lake Lucas Sept. 1-3.

CONTACT:

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

Dan@lucasoil.com

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Lucas Oil Speedway Spotlight: Modified veteran Duvall hopes extra track time pays off at USMTS Show-Me Shootout

August 7th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri- Of the 40 or more Modified drivers expected to roll into Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday for the 8th annual USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment, few will have less help or bigger dreams than Joe Duvall and Scott Drake.

Duvall, the veteran racer from Claremore, Okla., and Drake, the Joplin-area resident, have been working together for about three years. Drake serves as Duvall’s crew chief though often – with this weekend an example – Drake will be behind the wheel of Duvall’s second car.

“There are times when we do real good and there are times when we downright suck,” Duvall said. “But you won’t find two guys having any more fun than us.”

Duvall and Drake will attempt to make a push against some of the nation’s best as Lucas Oil Speedway plays host to race three on the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup.

“There would be nothing more cool than for us to finish 1-2,” Duvall said. “I’m as big a fan of his as he is of me. I wouldn’t mind running second to him the same as he wouldn’t mind running second to me. Either way, we’re both winning.”

Wherever they finish, Duvall and Drake earn their way. Help is limited, or not at all. They do nearly all their own work on the cars, ahead of time and on race nights.

“From time to time, we have a friend who will go along or if we’re racing close enough, somebody comes and helps us,” Duvall said. “But usually, it’s just me and him.”

That can create quite a hectic schedule. Duvall said it behooves them to qualify straight from their heat races into the feature. If both wind up running B-Mains, he said “then we’re kind of hosed.”

“(But) we know each other and what the other thinks, we’re wired so much alike,” Duvall added. “We sort of know what the other is thinking. Very seldom do you find a partnership like this that works, but ours really works.”

Duvall’s had some past success in national-level Modified events and doesn’t back down from the challenge. With an eye toward the Show-Me Shootout, he came to Lucas Oil Speedway twice earlier this summer with one feature win and another start that didn’t go so well.

He’s hopeful that the extra track time pays off on Saturday.

“Lucas is a cool place to win at. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Saturday night show or one of the big events,” Duvall said. “If you stroll into that place and win, you’ve done something.

“If would be good to park it on the front stretch Saturday night. Now that would be big. There’s a lot of people that watch what goes on there from a weekly standpoint. People from all over notice. Maybe it gives you some bragging rights.”

Running up front is a priority for Duvall, who has an impressive 20 top-10 finishes in 37 starts this season. But he’s only won twice, which is less impressive to him. He’s yet to win a USMTS main event, but has at least a dozen career top-five finishes in the premier series.

“It’s never exactly what you expect of yourself,” he said. “Even a top-10 finish, a lot of times, you should be celebrating. But that’s not what you go after. They give ice cream to winners.

“You don’t want to be a sore loser, but there’s nothing like winning. Or at least running top-three.”

Duvall, 44, hasn’t taken the typical path in his racing career. He raced flat-track motorcycles for years, into his 30s, and only stopped that, he laughed, “because I got too old, basically.”

“So I came home and raced cars with the family,” he said. “I’ve been racing cars since about 2004. Originally, I thought I would race at home. That only lasted a few years and I got back to what I know and that is racing on the road.”

Over the last several years, he’s balanced a busy racing schedule with running his own business, Duvall Electric. He said he enjoys driving Modifieds over Late Models because they’re a unique combination of power and balance.

“You have to drive these things hard,” he said. “I have weird analogies when I look at life and a lot of things. Driving a Modified is like having a fat kid on the other end of the teeter totter. You have to be real careful to not let him slam into the ground, but at the other end you have to be real careful not to let yourself get thrown into the trees.

“A Late Model, you can be more aggressive and they’re more forgiving. These things, you have to kind of walk a tightrope.”

It’s a high-wire act that he hopes will find himself or Drake near the front of the field on Saturday night.

Along with the USMTS standouts, a strong cast of local favorites in the Lucas Oil Speedway Pitts Homes USRA Modified division are expected. There will be two track provisional starting spots in the feature available to Lucas Oil Speedway weekly drivers who don’t otherwise qualify for the main event.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35.

Admission:
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40
Pit Pass-$40

For ticket information, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedules, 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 its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click 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.

Modified stars continue pursuit of USMTS Hunt for Casey’s Cup on Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway

August 3rd, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – The stars of the United States Modified Touring Series make their lone appearance of the season at Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday night for the 8th annual USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment.

The nation’s premier Modified drivers make Lucas Oil Speedway stop No. 3 on the 24-event Hunt for the Casey’s Cup with the feature winner earning $3,000. Also in action will be the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and Big O Tires Street Stocks.

“It’s always one of our biggest events of the season when the USMTS visits and this year’s event is no exception,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “These guys are the best in the business and put on a great show. Mix in the B-Mods and Street Stocks and it’s going to be a tremendous program.”

Zack VanderBeek of New Sharon, Iowa captured last year’s Show-Me Shootout over Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa. Gustin recently won the 7th annual Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway in Nebraska, taking home $10,000.

At the conclusion of The Hunt on Sept. 21, following the first night of the 19th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree, the 2017 USMTS national champion will be crowned and earn $26,000 for his or her efforts.

Jason Hughes, third in last year’s Show-Me Shootout, went on to capture the 2016 Hunt for the Casey’s Cup national title.

Along with the USMTS standouts, a strong cast of local favorites in the Lucas Oil Speedway Pitts Homes USRA Modified division are expected. There will be two track provisional starting spots in the feature available to Lucas Oil Speedway weekly drivers who don’t otherwise qualify for the main event.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35.

Admission:
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40
Pit Pass-$40

For ticket information, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online.

Foley Equipment, in business since 1940, is the Caterpillar dealership for Kansas and western Missouri. From 19 locations in 14 cities, Foley Equipment serves 104 of 105 counties in Kansas and 40 counties in western Missouri. For more information on the company, visit FoleyRental.com.

Another successful Food Drive Night: Meanwhile, last Saturday’s highlights were not limited to the race track. Lucas Oil Speedway fans contributed 7,813 pounds of non-perishable food items as they came through the gates, going to the Ozarks Food Harvest. Jenna Brown of Ozarks Food Harvest said that will provide 6,510 meals to those in a 28-county area of southwest Missouri.

“We’re pleased that we were able to provide a platform to help out the Ozarks Food Harvest and our neighbors throughout the Ozarks,” Robinson said. “It’s gratifying to see how our fans came through once again and we thank them.”

That brought the total of the annual food drive at the speedway, which began in 2008, to 54,213 pounds of food collected which has provided meals for approximately 45,110 people.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedules, visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com.

To get ticket information on any event this season at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com for further information.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click 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.

Schutt leads all the way for featured Street Stocks win on Ozarks Food Harvest Night at Lucas Oil Speedway

July 31st, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Brian Schutt led all 25 laps to capture the Big O Tires Street Stocks feature Saturday night in the program headliner at Lucas Oil Speedway.

But the flag-to-flag triumph was anything but a comfortable drive for the veteran from Lebanon, Mo.

“I’ll tell you what, I don’t get that nervous that much any more, but this place made me nervous tonight,” Schutt said after his second feature victory of the season earned him the $500 winner’s check.

“It’s about the hardest place in the country to get around and to figure out,” Schutt added. “You really have to be on our toes to get the set-up right to get around this place.”

Other feature winners on Ozarks Food Harvest Night, Presented by KOLR 10 and Z 27 included Eric Turner (Pitts Homes USRA Modified), Kris Jackson (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods) and Todd Shute (Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models).

Schutt started outside front row and led throughout, with Darrin Crisler moving into second on lap three. The two stayed that way, comfortably in front of the rest of the field, until a caution on lap 21 when Ted Welschmeyer slowed in turn one.

That bunched the field and set up a four-lap shootout with Kenny Carroll in third and James Flood fourth. The race went green for two laps until Josh Halbrook spun to bring out one more yellow and set them up, in the same running order, for a two-lap sprint.

Schutt was able to hang on for his second win of the season with Crisler finishing second, Flood third and Marc Carter fourth.

“The restart before the end I made a couple of mistakes and I thought, ‘I’m gonna have to get my stuff together here or I’m going to get passed,’ ” Schutt said. “You kind of get in a rhythm and a caution comes out and the tires cool down. It takes a couple of laps to get then fired back up again.

“It was real nerve-wracking there at the end.”

Toby Ott, the season points leader with five wins, spun ion lap two, bringing out the race’s first caution. That dropped Ott, running third at the time, all the way to 15th for the restart.

Ott rallied to finish fifth, preserving his season points lead with just two Big RV Adventure Weekly Racing Series programs remaining in 2017.

Turner earns USRA Modified win: After three second-place finishes this season, Eric Turner finally found his way to victory lane in the Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature.

Turne passed fellow Hermitage resident Jason Pursley with seven laps remaining and went on to hold off Pursley in the 20-lap main event. He said it was gratifying to prevail after being close so often in 2017.

“It’s an old car, but a new-to-us chassis,” said Turner, who was driving a Moyer Victory Circle car. “I just want to thank all the fans. We have a great crowd here tonight.”

Pursley made sure he would leave with his points lead – eight at the start of the night over Jason Pursley – with his runner-up finish. Nic Bidinger of Perry, Kan., was third and Cutshaw was fourth.

Jackson takes B Mods feature: Kris Jackson of Lebanon, Mo., inherited the lead when leader Andy Bryant suffered mechanical issues and went on to grab the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod feature win.

Bryant passed Kris Jackson on the outside coming out of turn four to complete lap four to take the lead. But his pursuit of a third straight feature win and fourth of the season ended on a lap eight restart when his car lost power in turn two.

That left it to Jackson and Strong to duel over the final 12 laps with Jackson riding the high side and Strong using the low groove. Jackson went on to win by about eight car lengths.

“I don’t know what Andy broke, but I hate it for him,” Jackson said. “He was really good tonight. He’s come a long way the last couple of years and my hat’s off to him. But, if you can’t finish, you can’t win. Tonight, it’s ours and we’re glad to be back in victory lane.”

It was Jackson’s third win at Lucas Oil Speedway this season, but first since May 13.

Mike Striegel finished third with David Hendrix in fourth.

Shute wins again in Late Models: Todd Shute’s dominance in the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model division continues as he captured a third straight feature victory.

Shute, of Des Moines, Iowa, lapped up to the seventh-place finisher in the 24-car lineup in a race that went caution-free. Johnny Fennewald was second, about a quarter-lap behind Shute and Jon Binning was third.

Shute started inside of row two and grapped the lead from Fennewald on lap five. He pulled away from there to keep his roll going in the car owned by Eddie and Sandy Young of Sedalia.

“When you’re gonna make the move on those guys, you have to make it right now,” Shute said, adding that he marveled at the big crowd.

“What a crowd. Every Saturday night the grandstands are pretty much full,” he said. “We appreciate you guys coming out to watch us try to put on a show for you.”

The Lucas Oil Speedway event is the largest one-day food drive of the year for Ozarks Food Harvest. The Springfield-based organization serves approximately 30,000 individuals per week, distributing 17 million meals annually through its network of 270 organizations and programs in 28 counties.

Totals for the 2017 drive were not immediately available, but fans donated 9,825 pounds of food last year at the speedway. Since the yearly event began in 2008, nearly 46,400 pounds of food had been collected at Lucas Oil Speedway, providing 38,600 meals to those in need.

More information about the Ozarks Food Harvest can be found at OzarksFoodHarvest.org.

Next up: The 8th annual USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment rolls into Lucas Oil Speedway next Saturday, Aug. 5. It’s part of The Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup as the stars of the United States Modified Touring Series make their only appearance of 2017 at the speedway. The Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and the Big O Tires Street Stocks will also be in action. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35.

Lucas Oil Speedway Spotlight: Shute making most of limited starts in ULMA Late Model

July 30th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – A chance meeting turned into a chance to make a big impact for Todd Shute.

The veteran Iowa driver, who’s spent most of his career racing Modifieds, has become a force at Lucas Oil Speedway in the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model division. Shute has won two straight features to go with a second place in late June.

“It’s going real well. We’ve had some minor bugs, but we’re getting all that stuff worked out and it’s been a lot of fun,” said Shute, the Tailgate Guys Radio Show Spotlight Driver of the Week for Lucas Oil Speedway.

Shute tries to make it three straight on Saturday night when KOLR 10 and Z27 Present Ozarks Food Harvest Night at the Races. Fans will be receive one free general admission ticket by bringing four non-perishable food items to the front gate.

One of the emerging names during the Big RV Weekly Racing Series in 2017 is Shute. It hasn’t been a conventional path to south-central Missouri for the Des Moines, Iowa, resident who works during the week for Karl Performance.

“I don’t see the car until I get down there,” Shute said of the Longhorn-chassis that’s owned by Eddie and Sandy Young of Sedalia, Mo., and is housed and prepared by his race-night crew in Independence, Mo.

“The guys are doing a good job of tweaking on things we need to,” Shute added. “We’re gaining on it and getting better every time we go down there.”

Shute joked that he “fell into this deal. I’m just the guy who was lucky enough they chose to put into” the car.

It all began before about a year ago, when Shute attended his cousin’s wedding. He takes the unlikely story from there.

“My cousin’s from Cole Camp, a little town south of Sedalia,” Shute began. “The lady he was marrying turns out to be Ed and Sandy Young’s daughter. We all kind of figured out that I raced. They had owned some (Modifieds) in the past that Terry Schultz out of Sedalia had drove and they had just bought a Late Model.

“We all had some beverages. They were kind of looking for a driver. Now, when you’ve had a few beverages, you never know how serious things are. But I gave them my phone number on a napkin. A few months later, Eddie calls me and says, ‘We about have that thing ready, you still want to drive it?’ ”

Shute recalled thinking at the time that he “had no idea what I was getting into,” but said it’s been a great experience.

“You couldn’t ask for better people,” he said of the Youngs. “Just as nice as they come and generous. And I feel like we’ve got as good of equipment as we possibly can. I’m very fortunate.”

Shute said he drove the car, then adorned with No. 2, about six times late in the 2016 season with some decent results. This year, the number was changed to Shute’s familiar No. 5 and he’s become not only a contender but now a multiple winner.

With his only previous experience in a Late Model being in a Rayburn chassis owned by Billy Moyer Sr. about 10 years ago, Shute is comfortable and confident in the car. In victory lane interviews, he’s quick to mention the owners and crew (Fred Reneau, Jim Whisler, Richard Collins, Steve Downing, Robert Collins, Richard Collins and Troy Shute.

He also pays tribute to the late Jim Hammer, who was the crew chief prior to his death before the season.

“He was crew chief and he built the engine,” Shute said of Hammer, who battled cancer and some other health issues. “Him and I got along real good, along with all the crew guys. We have a real good chemistry. But we definitely miss Jim being around.”

With his own Modified program an immediate priority, Shute said he’s open to expanding into doing some open Late Model racing later this year for the Youngs.

“That’s something we have talked about,” Shute said. “He has an open engine coming.”

For now, he’s glad to make occasional visits to Lucas Oil Speedway to feed his Late Model appetite.

“We enjoy coming down there and racing the ULMA,” he said. “It’s a five and a half hour drive, but when you pull into the drive of Lucas Oil Speedway, you forget about the drive. That place is the Taj Mahal of dirt racing.”

The Tailgate Guys Radio Show, with co-hosts Lyndal Scranton and Steve Koehler, airs each Saturday on KICK 92.3 FM, 1340 AM and online at 923kick.com. Topics include barbecue, sports and a preview of each week’s racing at Lucas Oil Speedway.

This Saturday night, the Big O Tires Street Stocks will be featured with a special 25-lap, $500-to-win main event. The Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods also will be in action.

Looking ahead to Season Championship night on Aug. 26, drivers attending this Saturday’s races will receive 50 complimentary general admission tickets to hand out to family, friends, sponsors and fans for the Aug. 26 event. The driver that has the most tickets redeemed that night will receive one free annual crew member pit pass for the 2018 season.

The drivers will need to pick up their Aug. 26 tickets at driver payout following this Saturday’s program.

Gates open on Saturday at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35.

Admission prices:
(One FREE admission for four non-perishable food items)
Adults (16 and up) $12
Seniors/Military (62 and up) $9
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5-and-under) FREE
Family Pass $25
Pit Pass $30

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedules, visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com.

To get ticket information on any event this season at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com for further information.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click 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.

Mittag wins co-headliner in Pro 4 division as inaugural event wraps up on new Wheatland track

July 26th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Jeremy McGrath appeared down and out after an early spin dropped him to the rear of the field at Sunday’s finale of the GEICO Off Road Shootout at Lucas Oil Speedway. But the veteran kept plugging away and his persistence paid off with a Pro 2 feature victory to wrap up the inaugural weekend of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at the new 1.3-mile track.

McGrath made a last-lap pass for the win before a big crowd that roared its approval as the Motocross legend and former X Games star took the checkered flag. “We had some great racing and this is a great facility – by far the best one we have,” McGrath said. “We’ll be all smiles when we get back here next year.” In the co-headliner, Doug Mittag captured the Pro 4 feature as many of the contenders were eliminated in a race full of mayhem. Other feature winners in the second half of the weekend doubleheader saw Brandon Arthur double up, winning both the Pro Lite and Production 1000 UTV classes, Darren Hardesty won Pro Buggy and Trey D. Gibbs captured Mod Karts. Those who stuck around for the weekend finale in the Pro 2 class saw McGrath, after early misfortune, drive from last to first. It was the second win of the season for the series points leader. Rob MacCachren started on the pole and was eliminated early due to mechanical problems. McGrath, spun on the opening lap and dropped back to ninth place among the nine remaining trucks.

Saturday’s feature winner Brian Deegan appeared to be on his way to a sweep. Patrick Clark and R.J. Anderson were giving chase when a caution came out on lap seven as Rodrigo Ampudia rolled his truck in the final turn. Anderson was racing for position in the S curve after the restart when he was clipped by Bradley Morris and wound up on his top. Anderson crawled out, but his chance for victory was dashed. That left a two-lap shootout for the win, with Deegan leading Clark and Jerett Brooks – and McGrath lurking in fourth. As the race restarted, Deegan slowed suddenly after the table top jump on the backstretch, and pulled off the track. Clark assumed the lead and appeared in position for his first win of the season as he took the white flag. But Clark slowed in turn three of the final lap with mechanical issues of his own. McGrath, of Encinitis, Calif., got past Brooks who has to slow for a lapped truck, and found himself in front and went on to grab his third Pro 2 win of the season.

Brooks finished second and Kyle Hart was third. “The first half of the race I felt liked Stevie Wonder out there; I couldn’t drive it that good,” McGrath said. “We were having a tough time. But we set up the truck today for late in the race. “The track is tough on the trucks. It’s hot. My guys provided me a great truck at the end. When Jerett got unlucky and ran up behind a lapped car, the timing was right.” Brooks was nearly as happy after his best finish of the season. “We’re super pumped,” Brooks said. “A big thanks to the whole team. They worked their butts off.” Mittag wins Pro 4 thriller: Doug Mittag earned his first Pro 4 victory of the season in a wild race that had a big crowd on its feet. “It’s been a long time coming,” Mittag said. “I just want to thank my crew and I want to thank the fans coming out. This is an awesome facility.” The Pro 4 race had slam-banging action throughout, beginning when pole-sitter Bradley Morris got tangled up racing for position and hit the wall on the opening lap.

On lap three, season points leader Kyle LeDuc popped the wall in turn one after making contact with Rob MacCachren. It was the second straight day that an accident took LeDuc out of contention. MacCachren pitted for a flat tire and was half a lap behind the lead pack when the race resumed. And Carl Renezeder, who won Saturday’s Pro 4 opener, was dealt a blow in a lap six crash in the S curve. Mittag, of Temecula, Calif., took advantage of the carnage to assume the lead, with R.J. Anderson and Adrian Cenni behind him for a restart following the lap-six caution. Mittag held on for the win as a melee broke out behind him, with MacCachren and Renezeder storming back into late contention in a wild final lap. “It was a heck of a race. We just raced as hard as we could by ourselves for a while and were able to make it back up there,” MacCachren said. Chad Hord slipping into third, just a few feet in front of Renezeder at the finish line. It was Hord’s series debut. Pro Lites to Arthur: Brandon Arthur scored a front-running win in the Pro Lite division, leading all nine laps for his second win on Sunday. “It’s gonna make the drive home a lot easier,” the Californian said of his double win on the final day of the weekend doubleheader.

Hailie Deegan finished second with the finish line arriving not a second too soon. Her truck’s motor erupted in flames coming down the front stretch. Ryan Beat wound up in third. Hardesty wins in Pro Buggy: Darren Hardesty took the Pro Buggy victory despite crossing the finish line in second place. Eliott Watson, who passed Hardesty on the final lap to take the checkered flag, was disqualified for excessive contact on the pass. Watson, the winner of Saturday’s feature, was placed eighth in the official finish by series officials. Sterling Cling finished second with Broc Dickerson in third. Arthur takes UTV win: Brandon Arthur passed Jacob Weller with two laps remaining and went on to win the Production 1000 UTV feature.

Bouncing back from a sixth-place finish on Saturday, Arthur, of Ramona, Calif., took his fourth victory of the season. It was his first since May 20 as he snapped a four-race winless streak. “We’ve been fighting it a little bit, but … I think we’ve figured it out. What a great day,” Arthur said. Dustin Nelson finished third and Paul O’Brien, who started from the pole and led the first three laps, was fourth. Sweep for Gibbs: Trey Gibbs took a front-running victory in the Mod Kart class, an introductory division for ages 10-15. It was Gibbs’ third win of the season and gave him a weekend sweep of the doubleheader at Lucas Oil Speedway. Gibbs, of Murieta, Calif., never trailed, opening a comfortable lead over the final half of the race. Ricky Gutierrez was second and Brody Eggleson took third. “This is my first sweep; I’m pumped,” Gibbs said. “It feels great to go out there and take the points lead. I’d like to give a big thanks to all the fans for coming out.”

For complete information on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, please visit www.LucasOilOffRoad.com. Up next: The Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series resumes next Saturday night on the Lucas Oil Speedway oval track. KOLR 10 and Z27 present the action, featuring the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds the Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods. Join Forces with Lucas Oil Speedway, KOLR 10 & Z27 and the Ozarks Food Harvest and bring four non-perishable food items and get FREE Admission to the races. The Lucas Oil Street Stocks will be the evening’s featured class running for a special 25-lap, $500-to-win main event. Construction on the Lucas Oil Speedway Off Road track, which is approximately 6,000 feet in length, began in the spring of 2016. It joins a vast complex that includes the dirt track which plays host to the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series, “Lake Lucas” where the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series holds two major events each year and the Slick Track where go-kart racing is held weekly and competitive quarter midget racing has been held for the first time in 2017.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedules, visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com. To get ticket information on any event this season at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com for further information. Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Shute and Bryant both win second straight Weekly Racing Series features at Lucas Oil Speedway

July 25th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri- Todd Shute recovered from an early race bobble and went on to capture the featured Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model feature Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Shute earned his second straight victory, taking home $1,000 in the special 25-lap main event of the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series.

Other feature winners on a program presented by the National Wild Turkey Federation were Andy Bryant (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B Mods), Toby Ott (Big O Tires Street Stocks) and Robert Reed (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds).

Shute took over after an early race duel with Johnny Fennewald, opened a seemingly comfortable lead and then had to hold off a charging Fennewald on the final lap of the caution-free ULMA Late Model feature.

The Des Moines, Iowa driver second straight victory at Lucas Oil Speedway. He denied Fennewald a fourth feature win in 2017.

The top two started on the front row with Shute jumping to the lead before Fennewald, of Appleton City, Mo., wrested it away with a pass going down the backstretch on lap four when Shute suddenly slowed.

“I accidentally shook the car up doing down the backstretch,” Shute said of a split-second hiccup that helped Fennewald take the lead. “This car’s a little bit different than the one I normally drive and I put a lot of rear brake into it.

“The track was a little bit slicker than I expected. But I think it was good racing and hopefully you guys enjoyed it.”

But just two laps later, Shute reclaimed the top spot coming off turn four. He weaved through lapped traffic midway through the race, never allowing Fennewald an opening to get back past him.

Chris Cox was third and season points leader Aaron Poe was fourth.

Bryant makes if three: Season points leader Andy Bryant won his second straight feature in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and his third win overall of the season.

The Fort Scott, Kan., driver took the lead from Shawn Strong coming out of turn four to complete lap four and held on for another win. Strong was second, Ryan Gillmore third and Kaeden Cornell finished fourth.

“We have a bunch of class drivers out here,” Bryant said, referring to another duel with Strong, whom he also beat to the line on July 8 at Lucas Oil Speedway. “The track was great and we had a pretty decent race.”

Ott wins his fifth: Toby Ott’s season of dominance continued as the hometown driver earned his fifth Big O Tires Street Stocks win of the season.

Ott and Brown traded the lead four times in the first half of the race, including on three straight laps. Ott took the lead for good coming down the front straighaway to complete lap 10 and pulled away from there.

“I’ll tell you what, Tim’s won a lot of big shows and I felt very fortunate to be running beside him,” Ott said. “Then I got by him, I never saw him again and I thought, ‘what is going on?’ ”

Brown held on for second with Marc Carter third.

Reed rolls in USRA Mods: Robert Reed of Mexico, Mo., held off a last-lap bid from Eric Turner to complete a flag-to-flag victory in the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds.

“It was a good track tonight – my kind of track – slicked off and smooth,” Reed said. “It’s what I like.”

Reed set sail from the pole and opened a straightaway-length lead over Turner before a lap 17 caution wiped that out and left a three-lap shootout for the win.

Turner pulled to the back bumper coming into the final turn of the final lap, but could not get past. Jason Pursley finished third and John Allen was fourth.

“That last lap, I could feel it back there,” Reed said.

Up next: The Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series resumes next Saturday night. KOLR 10 and Z27 present the action, featuring the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds the Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

Help the Ozarks Food Harvest by bringing four non-perishable food items and get FREE Admission to the races. The Street Stocks will be the evening’s featured class running for a special 25-lap, $500 to win main event.

Off Road finale Sunday: Meanwhile, action on the new Off Road track concludes Sunday with the final day of the GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire. A look at the schedule and ticket info:

9 a.m. – Spectator gates open.
9:30 a.m. – Mod Kart qualifying, followed by Pro 4, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy and Pro 2 qualifying.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Break for lunch/vendor exhibit visits.
1 p.m. – Mod Kart exhibition race, UTV race.
2:30 p.m. – Opening ceremonies followed by Pro 4, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy and Pro 2 races.

Tickets: $30 general admission/pit pass combo (ages 16 and up); seniors (62 and up) $27 ; youth (ages 6-15) $10. All tickets include access to the pit area. FREE ages 5-and-under. Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $60 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages (6-15).

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedules, visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com.

To get ticket information on any event this season at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com for further information.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Deegan scores Pro 2 victory in co-headliner at Lucas Oil Off Road GEICO Shootout Presented by General Tire

July 25th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – On his retirement tour and with his remaining starts dwindling, one of the old pros of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series scored a memorable victory on Saturday.

Carl Renezeder held off Rob MacCachren to capture the Pro 4 division of the inaugural GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire at the new Lucas Oil Speedway off road track.

“I’d like to start by thanking Forest Lucas for having the vision to create this for all of and for all the fans in Missouri and the surrounding states,” Renezeder said. “It’s a real honor.”

In the co-headliner on opening race day at the new venue, Brian Deegan earned the Pro 2 division victory in front of a big crowd.

Other feature winners in the first half of the weekend doubleheader were Jerett Brooks (Pro Lite), Eliott Watson (Pro Buggy), Trey Gibbs (Mod Karts) and Brock Heger (Production 1000 UTVs).

The six divisions will go again on Sunday, beginning with 9:30 a.m. qualifying before afternoon features.

Renezeder, who announced earlier this year that the 2017 season would be his last as a driver, took the lead on lap six after MacCachren and Kyle LeDuc were tussling side-by-side and made contact.

The 53-year-old Renezeder took advantage by slipping past those two and led the rest of the way, holding off MacCachren’s repeated bids over the final four laps. Bradley Morris was a distant third to earn a podium appearance.

“The racing was awesome,” Renezeder said after his 123rd career short-course victory, noting that there’s a learning curve on the new track in first attaining speed and then racing for position to make clean passes.

“It’s tough. You have to be on your game,” Renezeder said. “Once I got out in front, the race actually got tougher, believe it or not, because Rob was right on my tail.”

Pro 4 series points leader LeDuc was eliminated from contention when he hit the wall hard, following a restart for the race’s third caution, on lap seven.

“It’s a real technical track,” MacCachren said. “We’re all making mistakes here and there. But Carl drove a great race.”

Renezeder, of Laguana Beach, Calif., won the only previous Off Road event in Wheatland, on the oval track turned into a temporary road course, 10 years ago. This time, on the new nine-turn purpose-built 1.3-mile track, he quickly moved into contention from his seventh-starting position.

Deegan wins a thriller: Series veteran Brian Deegan took the lead on lap three and held off R.J. Anderson by two truck lengths for the Pro 2 feature win.

Points leader Jeremy McGrath recovered from an early flat tire that dropped him to the back of the field and rallied to finish third.

Anderson took the lead from the inside of the front row and was in front of Deegan when the caution came out on lap three. Deegan, of Temecula, Calif., slipped into the lead on the restart as Anderson and Rob MacCachren made contract in turn two.

Deegan, nicknamed “The General” for his many business interests, held off the hard-charging Anderson over the final two laps for the hard-earned victory, his third of the season.

“I really wanted to win that first race here,” Deegan said. “It’s just an awesome track. Just looking at the track, I knew that technically I had to be perfect. Nine turns in 10 laps, that’s 90 turns.

“I have to thank my crew for setting me up with such a good truck.”

Anderson continued his consistency, posting his third straight runner-up finish.

“My team gave me an awesome truck,” Anderson said. “I think we gave the fans a good show. We had a good battle going there.”

Kyle Hart took a wild ride, rolling his truck multiple times coming off the big jump on the back stretch as he was battling for fifth place on lap seven. He was not injured.

McGrath, after back-to-back fourth place finishes, said he was happy with his finish considering the flat tire.

“The new Lucas Oil facility is amazing. This has been awesome,” McGrath said. “We must have hit a rock or something. We had to change a tire and come from the back. We’re just trying to get some momentum back.”

Brooks takes Pro Lites: Reigning Pro Lites champion Jerett Brooks led flag-to-flag, holding off a late bid from Brock Heger for his second win of the season.

“I just tried to my lines every lap,” Brooks said of the closing laps. “I had a few bobbles, but we were able to hang on.”

Brooks started on the pole and got the jump on Brandon Arthur, who began on the front row outside. Brooks opened a big lead before a competition caution on lap five bunched the field, then held off Heger after the restart. Cole Mamer was third for his first podium finish of the year.

Watson hangs on in Pro Buggy: Series points leader Eliott Watson held off Darren Hardesty for the Pro Buggy victory, giving Watson his third victory of the season.

Watson, of El Centro, Calif., started on the pole and led all the way. Hardesty started outside of him on the front row, falling back to fourth for a time before rallying late. Sterling Cling finished third.

Gibbs captures Mod Karts: Trey Gibbs of Murieta, Calif., scored a dominant victory in the Mod Karts, which served as the feature opener on the new track.

Gibbs’ win was his second of the season as he drove to the front from a ninth-starting position. Gibbs finished well clear of 10-year-old Luke Knupp and third-place Chris Nunes.

“We started the race tight,” Gibbs said. “We started ninth and had our work cut out, but didn’t want to rush anything. It worked out. I’m super pumped to get the first Mod Kart win at Wheatland.”

Production 1000 UTVs to Heger: Season points leader Brock Heger capture the Production 1000 UTV feature, finishing in front of Dustin Nelson in second and Mickey Thomas in third for his first podium finish of 2017.

It was the third straight feature victory for Heger, of El Centro, Calif.

The event concludes the second half of the weekend on Sunday. A look at the schedule and ticket info:

9 a.m. – Spectator gates open.
9:30 a.m. – Mod Kart qualifying, followed by Pro 4, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy and Pro 2 qualifying.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Break for lunch/vendor exhibit visits.
1 p.m. – Mod Kart exhibition race, UTV race.
2:30 p.m. – Opening ceremonies followed by Pro 4, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy and Pro 2 races.

Tickets: $30 general admission/pit pass combo (ages 16 and up); seniors (62 and up) $27; youth (ages 6-15) $10. All tickets include access to the pit area. FREE ages 5-and-under. Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $60 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages (6-15).

Construction on the Lucas Oil Speedway Off Road track, which is approximately 6,000 feet in length, began in the spring of 2016. It joins a vast complex that includes the dirt track which plays host to the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series, “Lake Lucas” where the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series holds two major events each year and the Slick Track where go-kart racing is held weekly and competitive quarter midget racing has been held for the first time in 2017.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedules, visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com.

To get ticket information on any event this season at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com for further information.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

McGrath one to watch as GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire debuts at Wheatland

July 25th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Jeremy McGrath has spent three decades going fast, at the wheel of various vehicles. He’s was the face of supercross with seven AMA championships, been an X Games action-sport legend on his bike and even raced Late Model stock cars briefly for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Whether it’s two wheels or four, McGrath said nothing he’s driven quite compares to piloting a Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro 2 Truck.

“I have driven a lot of different race vehicles, a lot of bikes and a lot of everything,” McGrath said. “The Pro 2 is unlike any of the others. It’s a handful.”

McGrath is among the stars of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series christening the new 1.3-mile track at Lucas Oil Speedway this weekend. The GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire continues Saturday and Sunday with qualifying in the mornings and races in the afternoon.

Action both Saturday and Sunday begins with qualifying at 9:30 a.m. with gates opening at 9.

Count McGrath impressed with the new nine-turn layout in south-central Missouri that’s spreading short-course, off-road racing to the Midwest.

“It’s exciting to get to go to a new track,” McGrath said. “I’m holding out hope that we don’t get any rain and we’re going to have a great race. Hot and dry, that works for me.”

McGrath leads the points chase in the high-powered, two-wheel-drive division heading into the weekend. Expanding on his thoughts on the Pro 2 being “a handful” to drive, McGrath said the motor capable of 900 horsepower makes it a unique beast.

“Being a two-wheel drive, it’s pretty loose to drive,” he said. “Add to that the dirt and you’ve got a real good time, for sure. It’s funny, when you start driving Pro 2s, it has so much power that it kind of scares you.

“But you get used to it after a while and it’s more of a nervous excitement. I enjoy it a lot.”

McGrath, who won a round earlier this season at Ensenada, Mexico, said all forms of racing have some common denominators with his super cross success translating nicely to the off-road trucks.

“Not so much in the driving part, but the racing part,” McGrath said. “When you’re in the field, racing against other guys, you have a lot of those same circumstances that you would have when racing dirt bikes in a pack of 20 guys.

“Sometimes, it doesn’t seem you have as much room on a truck track because the trucks are so big and the tracks are so big, but within reason. You have to make those passes count when you go for them. They’re hard to come by sometimes.”

The full-contact nature of trucks can lead to some on-track anger at times. McGrath said that’s simply the nature of the sport.

“It definitely gets heated. From time to time, people get mad,” he said. “But that’s why we call it racing. I have a lot of great friends at the race track. It really helps when you know the competition.

“You now when guys are going to pull the dirty moves or what I would call the bad-etiquette driving. When you’re around those guys, you plan accordingly.”

McGrath said the best thing about the new track in Wheatland is how it spreads the sport, which mostly is based on the West Coast, to a new fan base.

“Lucas Oil Off Road short-course racing is like an undiscovered jewel,” McGrath said. “People who have not seen this sort of racing in person need to do themselves a favor and check it out. TV is good, but TV doesn’t do it justice.”

“I’m excited to get this short-course racing in front of new fans. The more eye balls we can get onto this, the better. It’s fun to watch. I find myself running up to the stands to watch the show when I’m not racing.”

McGrath, 45, said he plans to race as long as he’s competing for wins and having fun. The resident of Encinitis, Calif., said his wife, Kim, and daughters Rhowan and Bergen often get to travel with him to races though they were unable to make this trip.

“Right now I’m leading the points and have been able to battle for wins on most every occasion this year,” he said. “As long as I have a fast truck and can compete up front, you never know how long I’ll want to race.

“My main sponsor, Maxxis Tires, and us have another year on our contract after this. So it’ll be for sure next year. From there, we’ll play it by ear. I’m just trying to spread the word about our sport as much as I can and have fun.”

Here’s a weekend schedule for the GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire:

Saturday and Sunday
9 a.m. – Spectator gates open.
9:30 a.m. – Mod Kart qualifying, followed by Pro 4, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy and Pro 2 qualifying.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Break for lunch/vendor exhibit visits.
1 p.m. – Mod Kart exhibition race, UTV race.
2:30 p.m. – Opening ceremonies followed by Pro 4, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy and Pro 2 races.

Tickets: $30 general admission/pit pass combo (ages 16 and up) day of event and $25 in advance online; seniors (62 and up) 3-day pass $27 day of event and $22 in advance online. Youth (ages 6-15) 3-day pass $10 (day of event and online). All tickets include access to the pit area. FREE ages 5-and-under. Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $60 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages (6-15) can only be purchased day of event at the gate; Adult Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$60 (Day of Event) and $50 in advance online; Seniors (62 and up)/Military Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$54 (day of event) and $44 in advance online. Youth Ages (6-15) Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20 (day of event and online).

Off Road event tickets on Saturday also include admission to Saturday night’s Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series program on the oval track. Hot laps there begin at 7 p.m.

For complete information on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, please visit www.LucasOilOffRoad.com.

Construction on the Lucas Oil Speedway Off Road track, which is approximately 6,000 feet in length, began in the spring of 2016. It joins a vast complex that includes the dirt track which plays host to the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series, “Lake Lucas” where the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series holds two major events each year and the Slick Track where go-kart racing is held weekly and competitive quarter midget racing has been held for the first time in 2017.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedules, visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com.

To get ticket information on any event this season at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com for further information.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click 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.

Jeremy McGrath celebrating his victory in Mexico earlier this season. (Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series photo)

The high-flying action of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series comes to the Midwest, Friday-through-Sunday, at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo.

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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Steve Francis Tops Silver Dollar Nationals Preliminaries

July 24th, 2017

GREENWOOD, NE – A total of 51 entrants were on hand for Friday night’s qualifying program for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil MLRA co-sanctioned, 7th Annual Silver Dollar nationals at I-80 Speedway. Two rounds of passing point heat races highlighted the racing action; with ten different drivers taking the checkered flag.

In the first heat of round one, Chad Simpson took the lead at the start of the race. Simpson led the entire distance for the victory in the Brinkman Motorsports, Liebe Trucking, Black Diamond entry. The current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points leader, Josh Richards – in only his second-ever appearance at I-80 Speedway – finished a close second. Earl Pearson Jr. was the big mover in this heat, as he came from ninth to finish in third.

In heat number two, the inaugural Silver Dollar Nationals winner, Don O’Neal took the lead at the start of the 12-lap race and went on unchallenged for the win in the Peak Antifreeze and Coolant, Club 29 entry for Clint Bowyer Dirt Motorsports. Shannon Babb came from the sixth starting spot to take second behind O’Neal. Brian Shirley roared from ninth to finish third.

The third heat of round one would go to veteran driver, Steve Francis, who started in third. Francis’ Rhino Ag, Josh Roberts Trucking, Capital Race Cars entry became the first driver from outside of the front row to win a heat race. Terry Phillips finished in second with 16-year-old, Hudson O’Neal coming home in third after starting in fifth.

Darrell Lanigan shot from his fifth starting spot to take the early lead in heat number four. Lanigan’s Clint Bowyer Dirt Motorsports, I-Racing.com, Club 29 Race Car pulled away from the field for a convincing win. Tony Jackson Jr. finished in second with seventh starting Jason Krohn gaining the third spot on the final lap.

The fifth and final heat race of round one saw Dennis Erb Jr. lead all 12 laps for the win. Erb’s Vomac Truck Sales, McBride Mack, Black Diamond Chassis won over Chase Junghans and ninth-place starter, Scott Bloomquist.

Brian Shirley claimed the victory in heat number one of round two in his Bob Cullen, Thomason Express, Rocket Chassis. Steve Francis came from eighth to conclude a solid night, with Jason Krohn finishing in third.

The second heat of round two belonged to Tim McCreadie as he stormed on for an impressive win in the Sweeteners Plus, Pro Power Racing Engines, Longhorn Chassis. Kyle Berck, the winner on Thursday Night at I-80 Speedway in the Malvern Bank Super Late Model Series, narrowly held off Timothy Culp for second. Culp in his first-ever appearance at I-80 Speedway came from seventh to finish in third.

Scott Bloomquist took the lead at the start of heat number three and ran away with the win in the Crop Production Services, Reece Monument Company, Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car. Bloomquist, the only 2-time winner of the Silver Dollar Nationals, won his heat over Earl Pearson Jr. and Billy Moyer.

Rodney Sanders, who is leading the Lucas Oil MLRA Rookie of the Year chase, led all the way to capture heat four in the Swan Energy, MB Customs entry. Don O’Neal charged from the tenth starting spot to finish in second. Tad Pospisil was third.

The fifth and final heat of the night went to Brandon Sheppard in the Seubert Calf Ranches, Valvoline, Rocket House Car after overcoming problems in round one. Kyle Bronson in his first-ever I-80 Speedway appearance was second with Corey Zeitner taking third.

About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nation’s premier dirt late model sanctioning organization. In 2016, the LOLMDS will sanction 53 events in 19 states. The series is owned by the parent company Lucas Oil Products Inc. and receives national exposure through a TV package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios. LOLMDS events will be broadcast on four TV Networks including CBS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network and the MAVTV Motorsports Network. For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit the official website at: www.LucasDirt.com.
About Lucas Oil Racing TV
The Future of Motorsports is HERE! Get Lucas Oil Racing TV and experience racing excitement like you’ve never seen! Lucas Oil Racing TV is the online app for all your favorite devices like Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Android Devices and more! No matter where you are or when you want to watch, you can stream the best and most exciting motor racing on the planet!

Lucas Oil Racing TV has all your favorite motorsports – from grass roots to international competition, as well as exclusive LIVE EVENTS and behind the scenes interviews and footage that you won’t see anywhere else! But that’s just the beginning! Lucas Oil Racing TV brings you some of motorsports greatest broadcasters and build specialists… from Dave Despain to the mechanics of Two Guys Garage, as well as all the latest news, reviews, and interviews from every genre of racing.

Lucas Oil Racing TV is the Exclusive, Unlimited, 24/7 All-Access Motorsports App and it’s available NOW! For more information or to sign up, go to: www.LucasOilRacing.TV.
About MAVTV Motorsports Network
Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. MAVTV offers an unparalleled line-up of exclusive motorsports, that includes prestigious events such as the Chili Bowl, The AMA Pro Motocross series, the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup and NHRA Drag Racing. But MAVTV goes far beyond the national mainstream events and also covers multitudes of grassroots series’ from across the globe: Drag boats, sprint boats, drag racing, pro pulling, rally racing, drifting, dirt racing, ice racing and everything in between.

MAVTV also knows you don’t have to be a race fan to be an automotive enthusiast, which is why we have developed a package of automotive reality and custom build shows that is truly second to none. If it has a motor, it’s on MAVTV…MAVTV is THE motorsports network. To learn more about MAVTV go to: www.MAVTV.com.
About Lucas Oil Products
Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes, problem-solving additives, and car-care products. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil has established itself as a worldwide leader in the lubrication industry. Motorsports has always been part of the Lucas Oil culture and the cornerstone of the company’s marketing strategy. Such passion for motorsports has inspired Lucas Oil to sponsor many race teams, events and series at all levels, including, NHRA, IRL, ASCS, NASCAR, IHRA and many more. Lucas Oil has also taken ownership and operational control of a number of high profile racing properties, such as: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. and the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, CA.

In 2007 Lucas Oil founded its own production house, Lucas Oil Production Studios, dedicated to producing high action motorsports television. Currently Lucas Oil Production Studios produces over 300 hours of original programming for networks such as CBS, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and MAVTV. More information about Lucas Oil Products, Inc. visit the company website at: www.LucasOil.com.

Sargeant wins again…takes ARCA checkers at Lucas Oil Raceway

July 24th, 2017

BROWNSBURG, Ind. — Dalton Sargeant drove underneath Michael Self with eight laps to go, then scooted away to win the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 Friday night at Lucas Oil Raceway. The Boca Raton, Florida racer also inched closer to Austin Theriault in ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship standings with nine races left.

Sargeant, in the No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports-Big Tine Ford, also caught a break when Mother Nature intervened late in the going with just enough rain to bring out the final caution on lap 174. Sargeant darted onto pit road for four fresh General Tires with 20 laps remaining and, once the brief shower let up, took off like a rocket when the green flag unfurled for the final time on lap 189 of the 200-lap race.

When Sargeant got to Self, a great two-wide battled ensued for nearly two laps before Sargeant finally cleared the former leader for good. In the end, Sargeant beat Self to the line by a full second.

“I was just begging there at the end to go back to green,” said Sargeant. “Just a smart call from Chad (Bryant/crew chief) to stay out and pit when we did. Great car…great call. I knew it was going to take everything I had. We closed the points gap a little more…just really excited for the rest of the year.”

Self, in the No. 28 MDM Motorsports-Sinclair Lubricants Chevrolet, finished a career-best second. However, just before the last caution, Self, who led 29 laps, had built and second-and-half lead and was pulling away from everyone. Self had pitted with 70 laps to go for his last set of General Tires.

“If not for that last yellow, they never would have caught us,” said Self. “Our car was so loose in the beginning…wrecking every lap. But the crew took some big swings at it and put four fresh tires on it for that last run. If not for the rain, we would have won it. It was a really hard-fought race. The 77 made a smart call…they’re a championship team. I can’t complain, but I really want to win one.”

Chad Finley, in the No. 51 Auto Value-Air Lift Company Chevrolet, led 74 laps and finished third. Like Sargeant, he pitted under the last caution, but ran out of time trying to make his way back to the front.

“I’m disappointed,” said Finley. “I’m proud of my team…proud of my sponsors Auto Value, Air Lift, XLT…but I thought we had the best car…thought we were better than everyone. Car was phenomenal in clean air. We just didn’t have enough time. We needed one more caution. We’ll get ‘em at Chicagoland.”

Championship leader Austin Theriault finished fourth in the No. 52 EJP Ford for Ken Schrader Racing. Self’s MDM teammate, Sheldon Creed, who led 25 laps, finished fifth in the No. 41 United Rentals Toyota.

The night started off great for Austin Cindric, setting a new one-lap track record in General Tire Pole Qualifying. Cindric, in the No. 99 Pirtek Ford, led the first 53 laps before he stalled on the track and brought out the first caution. Cindric’s crew got it fixed but not before he lost several laps. He was later involved in a frontstretch incident that resulted in damage to the back of his car. He eventually fell out just past the halfway point. That gave the lead to Riley Herbst who led the next 11 laps before Creed raced his way to the front. Creed then swapped the lead back and forth with Finley before Finley took control. But Finley eventually fell back on older tires while Self, on fresher tires, charged his way forward.

Gus Dean, Zane Smith, Bret Holmes, Shane Lee and Christian Eckes completed the top-10.
Sargeant, who won last time out at Iowa Speedway, unofficially trimmed Theriault’s points lead to 130, shaving 30 points off the leader. The ARCA Racing Series is off to Pocono Raceway next for the ModSpace 150 Friday, July 28.

Lucas Oil Speedway Spotlight: Street Stocks driver Welschmeyer takes pride in Military service

July 23rd, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Military and Veterans Appreciation Night at the Races earlier this month had special significance for Lucas Oil Speedway Big O Tires Street Stocks driver Ted Welschmeyer.

The long-time racer from the mid-Missouri town of Tebbetts, just outside of Jefferson City, spent seven years in the United States Army on active duty and 18 more in the Army Reserves. He earned two bronze stars and several other awards before retiring in 2014.

“It means all the world to us,” Welschmeyer said of recognition for him and others who served in the Armed Forces. “We just think of it as a job, but when people recognize us for what we did … it’s not something we look for, but it’s something that is greatly appreciated.”

Welschmeyer, the Tailgate Guys Radio Spotlight Driver of the Week for Lucas Oil Speedway’s Big RV Adventure Weekly Racing Series, is putting together a consistent season. He’s seventh in the Street Stocks points chase and feels that he’s trending upward.

After early season motor issues and running a borrowed engine in recent weeks, he gets his primary power plant back in the car for Saturday’s races.

“It’s been a struggle, but it’s getting better,” Welschmeyer said of his season. “We’re trying to get this car to work a little better. We got it to work a little better the last two weeks with some help from (fellow racer) Brian Schutt and now we’re going to get my bigger motor back and we’re going to be a little more competitive.”

Welschmeyer said he’s always raced in the Street Stock division because he enjoys taking a street-legal vehicle and turning it into a race car.

“I build all my cars,” said Welschmeyer, whose No. 21W car is a 1980s Olds Cutlass body style. “When I go out and do good, it’s what I did and not because of what I bought from somebody else.”

Welschmeyer has three track championships to his credit (two at LA Raceway in LaMonte, Mo., and one at Callaway Raceway). He said racing was a popular subject of conversation during separate, year-long deployments in Iraq and Kuwait where he was a commander of the 428th Transportation Company.

“All my guys knew I raced,” Welschmeyer said, adding that he missed racing while overseas.

“But we were pretty busy over there and you don’t have time to really miss it,” he added. “You stay pretty focused on what you have to do while you’re over there. But I was always looking forward to coming back and (racing) again.”

Welschmeyer said a military career might not be for everyone, but it suited him from an early age.

“As a kid, I always wanted to do the Army thing,” he said. “I won’t say it was always great, but overall it was a great experience for me. I got to travel the world for free. It was something that I always wanted to do. When I got deployed, I felt that I had done my part. I enjoyed it for a lot of years.”

Welschmeyer now puts his professional expertise to use in private business. He owns and operates Bronze Star Truck and Trailer in Jefferson City and said he approaches business with the same pride he viewed his military service.

“I think I provide more than just repair. I like to think that I provide a service,” Welschmeyer said.

Welschmeyer self-sponsors his race car and thanked his wife, Victoria, for supporting his racing endeavors. He said his goals for the rest of the season are simple.

“We just want to get back to where we’re competitive,” he said. “Over the last two or three years, we haven’t been as competitive as we were in the past I think we’re on the right track back to that. I just want to have fun and be competitive.”

This Saturday night’s Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series is part of a big weekend at Lucas Oil Speedway. The new off road track debuts with the GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire during the day time Saturday and Sunday. Fans purchasing off racing tickets Saturday or a weekend pass are admitted to the dirt track free Saturday night.

The Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series this week is presented by The National Wild Turkey Federation. The program will feature the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, running a special 25-lap feature for $1,000 to win. The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods also will be in action.

Hot laps are set for 7 p.m. with racing at 7:35.

Dirt-track-only admission:
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-$30

For ticket information either the Off Road track or dirt track program, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Here’s a rundown of the GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire, for the practice day on Friday and races on Saturday and Sunday:

Friday
Noon – Spectator gates open.
1:30 p.m. – Session 1 practice (3 laps for each class); a 30-minute break before session 2 practice.
4:30 p.m. – Session 3 practice.

Tickets: $10 general admission/pit pass combo (ages 6 and up), FREE (ages 5-and-under). 3-day pass, GA/pit pass combo ($60 day of event, $50 in advance online at www.showclix.com/events/8559). Seniors (62 and up) 3-day pass $54 day of event and $44 in advance online. Youth (ages 6-15) 3-day pass $20 (day of event and online). All tickets include access to the pit area.

Saturday and Sunday
9 a.m. – Spectator gates open.
9:30 a.m. – Mod Kart qualifying, followed by Pro 4, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy and Pro 2 qualifying.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Break for lunch/vendor exhibit visits.
1 p.m. – Mod Kart exhibition race, UTV race.
2:30 p.m. – Opening ceremonies followed by Pro 4, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy and Pro 2 races.

Tickets: $30 general admission/pit pass combo (ages 16 and up) day of event and $25 in advance online; seniors (62 and up) 3-day pass $27 day of event and $22 in advance online. Youth (ages 6-15) 3-day pass $10 (day of event and online). All tickets include access to the pit area. FREE ages 5-and-under. Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $60 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages (6-15) can only be purchased day of event at the gate; Adult Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$60 (Day of Event) and $50 in advance online; Seniors (62 and up)/Military Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$54 (day of event) and $44 in advance online. Youth Ages (6-15) Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20 (day of event and online).

The Tailgate Guys Radio Show, with co-hosts Lyndal Scranton and Steve Koehler, airs each Saturday from 11:05 a.m.-noon on KICK 92.3 FM, 1340 AM and online at 923kick.com.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedules, visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com.

To get ticket information on any event this season at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com for further information.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Some viewing tips for GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire on new Lucas Oil Speedway track

July 23rd, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – A new form of racing roars into south-central Missouri this weekend when the Lucas Oil Speedway Off Road track opens for the Inaugural GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire.

What exactly is Off Road Racing and what can fans seeing it for the first time expect? With the help of Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Director Ritchie Lewis, we attempt to answer some basics to enhance the viewing experience.

Lewis described Off Road racing as “like Super Cross on steroids.” For instance, the four-wheel drive trucks (Pro 4s) weigh 4,000 pounds and are capable of going more than 100 miles-per-hour. They’ll body slam into each other at times – or soar as high as four stories into the air.

What kinds of vehicles will be racing? At Lucas Oil Speedway, with the new 1.3-mile track, there will be six divisions:

Pro 4 – The big, bad trucks are four-wheel drive, full-sized vehicles with between 700 and 900 horsepower and a wheelbase between 113 and 122 inches. Minimum weight of 4,000 pounds, including driver, makes this a beast of a battering ram.

Pro 2 – This is a two-wheel drive, full-sized truck built on a standardized chassis. Like the Pro 4, it has horsepower of more than 700 and a wheelbase of between 113 and 122 inches. Weight is a minimum of 3,750 pounds.

Pro Lite – These also are two-wheel drive trucks, but in the mid-sized class on a standardized chassis. Horsepower is 300 and maximum wheelbase is 122 inches with, driver included, a 2,800-pound minimum weight.

Pro Buggy – Like its name suggests, these are buggy-type vehicles with 1,650-1,835 cc motors capable of about 210 horsepower. Minimum weight is 1,800 pounds and maximum width if 93 inches.

Mod Kart – For drivers ages 10-15, this is an advanced kart class using 250-450 cc motorcycle engines capable of about 48 horsepower. Including driver, minimum weight is 815 pounds. They’ll race in a shortened course this weekend.

Production 1000 UTV – Utility Task Vehicles (UTVs) former the new Production 1000 class, a showcase for the all-purpose vehicles.

What is short-course racing? Unlike the long courses in the desert, short courses are enclosed and purpose-built for racing. The one at Lucas Oil Speedway is more than 6,000 feet or about 1.3 miles in length with seven left-hand and two right-hand turns, including some high-flying jumps.

Are there specific areas to keep an eye on? Lewis said the front straightaway, right in front of the covered grandstands, will be fun. It includes a couple of jumps and the backstretch features perhaps the high-speed section of the track with the biggest jump, launching the vehicles four stories into the air and off the ground for about 100 feet.

Grandstand seating should provide great viewing all the way around. But fans might use binoculars to focus on a specific driver and to watch them work the wheel inside the cockpit.

“To me, it’s kind of three tracks in one,” Lewis said of the Lucas layout. “It has a lot of really cool high-banked, high-speed stuff in it and then it also has a lot of real technical rhythm sections and things of that nature, with switchbacks, and it also has a lot of real high, long jump stuff in it as well. It’s kind of got the best of all three worlds … a big track (1.3 miles) but it has a lot of short-track stuff to it as well.”

How fast will be the vehicles go? Lewis said the featured Pro 2 and Pro 4 trucks are capable of doing more than 100 miles per hour, but likely will dial back from that to preserve the health of the truck’s motor, chassis and tires.

Can fans see the vehicles up close and meet the drivers? Part of the beauty of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is that admission includes a pit pass. So you can watch your favorite driver tear up the race track and then go right down to his/her pit and watch the crew work to get ready for the next race. The drivers enjoy meeting fans and are often available for photos and autographs throughout the day.

Who are some of the leading drivers? Season championship points leaders in 2017 include Kyle LeDuc (Pro 4), Jeremy McGrath (Pro 2), Jerett Brooks (Pro Lite), Eliott Watson (Pro Buggy), Cole Keatts (Mod Kart) and Brock Heger (Prod 1000 UTV).

McGrath is the most successful AMA Supercross racer in history who also became a star for his participation in ESPN’s X Games. He’s made a smooth transition into racing trucks and is seeking his second win of the 2017 season this weekend.

When does it start and end? The complete daily schedule is listed below, but Off Road Racing is a daylight sport. Gates to the public open at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday with qualifying starting at 9:30 a.m. After a break during the lunch hour, races in the afternoon begin at 1 p.m. for Mod Karts and UTVs and at 2:30 for opening ceremonies and the rest of the races.

What else goes on or is available to do between races? You can grab a bite to eat from our concessions stands, enjoy a cold beer or soda or check out some of the great merchandise. Vendors will have a wide variety of items for sale.

How about the dirt oval track on Saturday? Fans purchasing tickets to Saturday’s Off Road races or a three-day Off Road pass get free admission to Saturday night’s Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series program on the Lucas Oil Speedway dirt track.

For ticket information either the Off Road track or dirt track program, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Here’s a rundown of the GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire, for the practice day on Friday and races on Saturday and Sunday:

Friday
Noon – Spectator gates open.
1:30 p.m. – Session 1 practice (3 laps for each class); a 30-minute break before session 2 practice.
4:30 p.m. – Session 3 practice.

Tickets: $10 general admission/pit pass combo (ages 6 and up), FREE (ages 5-and-under). 3-day pass, GA/pit pass combo ($60 day of event, $50 in advance online at www.showclix.com/events/8559). Seniors (62 and up) 3-day pass $54 day of event and $44 in advance online. Youth (ages 6-15) 3-day pass $20 (day of event and online). All tickets include access to the pit area.

Saturday and Sunday
9 a.m. – Spectator gates open.
9:30 a.m. – Mod Kart qualifying, followed by Pro 4, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy and Pro 2 qualifying.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Break for lunch/vendor exhibit visits.
1 p.m. – Mod Kart exhibition race, UTV race.
2:30 p.m. – Opening ceremonies followed by Pro 4, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy and Pro 2 races.

Tickets: $30 general admission/pit pass combo (ages 16 and up) day of event and $25 in advance online; seniors (62 and up) 3-day pass $27 day of event and $22 in advance online. Youth (ages 6-15) 3-day pass $10 (day of event and online). All tickets include access to the pit area. FREE ages 5-and-under. Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $60 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages (6-15) can only be purchased day of event at the gate; Adult Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$60 (Day of Event) and $50 in advance online; Seniors (62 and up)/Military Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$54 (day of event) and $44 in advance online. Youth Ages (6-15) Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20 (day of event and online).

For complete information on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, please visit www.LucasOilOffRoad.com.

Construction on the Lucas Oil Speedway Off Road track, which is approximately 6,000 feet in length, began in the spring of 2016. It joins a vast complex that includes the dirt track which plays host to the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series, “Lake Lucas” where the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series holds two major events each year and the Slick Track where go-kart racing is held weekly and competitive quarter midget racing has been held for the first time in 2017.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedules, visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com.

To get ticket information on any event this season at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com for further information.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click 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 high-flying action of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series comes to the Midwest, Friday-through-Sunday, at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo.

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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Kosiski eager for 7th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals

July 20th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri- All eyes in Dirt Late Model racing will be squarely focused on I-80 Speedway this weekend for the running of the 7th Annual Imperial Tile Silver Dollar Nationals. Saturday’s 80 lap feature will pay a record $53,000 to win. The winners take is the third largest in the country.

Built from simply an idea, the race has steadily seen purse improvements from its $25,000 to win inception. Former winners include Don O’Neal, Brian Birkhofer, Jimmy Owens, Scott Bloomquist (twice) and Jonathan Davenport.
This weekend the Lucas Oil MLRA again teams with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the final time this season.

Currently, defending series champion Jesse Stovall leads the points, with Terry Phillips 40 markers back in second. Tony Jackson Jr, Rodney Sanders and Randy Timms sit third through fifth respectively. JC Wyman, Brantlee Gotschall, Jeremy Grady, Payton Looney and Raymond Merrill fill out the top ten drivers in points.

One driver who has been on the MLRA tour full time in the past and has a special connection to this weekend is 26 year old Andrew Kosiski, son of Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer Joe Kosiski. The family owns and operates I-80 Speedway and founded the Silver Dollar Nationals.

Kosiski has been feeling out a brand new Rocket XR1 this year. He has made the occasional Super Late Model start, even qualifying for two of the four features in Arizona this past January, but the bulk of his work has come on the Malvern Bank Late Model Tour, and weekly starts at both I-80 and Adams County Speedway’s.

“We’ve had our ups and downs this year with this new car,” commented Kosiski. “It’s kind of hard to tell where we’re at because this year the competition has been so much stronger around here, than the past few years. We’re averaging 30 cars every night. We’re also in the top 10 in all the points chases, but just haven’t been able to break through for that first win of the year yet.”

The neat thing for Kosiski is he will be able to run Thursday’s program, and then remove his Pro Power Engine’s restrictor plate and some weight in the front of the car and have his Super Late Model combination ready to hot lap. All told he anticipates a 15 minute turn around.

“This is by far my favorite weekend of the season,” he further elaborated. “There is just so much going on, which fans most likely don’t realize, to get ready for an event of this magnitude. Our family and staff have been working non-stop to pull this off, and of course we all want it all to be absolutely perfect!”

With the increase in purse, more cars than ever are expected for both the Late Models and Modifieds. One of the things unique to this event is the double heat race Friday format. It is a format brought to dirt racing by the Kosiski’s.

“We get a lot of fan feedback that Friday night is their favorite night of the entire event. They love the double heats and the racing it provides. It really brings the best drivers to the forefront. I don’t think there is a better format in dirt racing.”

Kosiski is honest when he says he would be happy to just make the show. Doing so would be quite a feat, when the Belt Bash Non-Qualifiers race will be chalk full of race winners and various former champions.

“I did get a little spoiled last year,” he confessed. “I was in the feature on an SLMR provisional and we knew it going into the event. This year, we’re not in the same position. I really loved running the entire distance last year and am hoping we can have a little luck and get back in the show. It definitely raised my own level of expectation.”

Most of all Andrew hoped for another huge turnout of fans and a great weekend of racing for everybody.

If you cannot attend in person DirtOnDirt.com will have it all live on PPV.

Since the event’s inception the USMTS has been part of the show as a co-headliner. This season the country’s top Dirt Modified series will race the same format as the Late Models, running for an event record $10,000 top prize.

Action begins Thursday with the Prelude to the Silver Dollar Nationals, featuring the Malvern Bank Super Late Models, Nebraska 360 Sprint Cars, B-Mods and practice for the Lucas Oil / MLRA Late Models and USMTS Modifieds. Thursday tickets for adults are $18.

There will also be live music in the pits, Friday, following the races and all fans are welcome to attend. Saturday has pre-race entertainment scheduled as well.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank the following event partners for their support; Al Belt Custom Homes, Imperial Tile, Strobel Manufacturing, Malvern Bank, Cubby’s Convenience Store, Moock Trucking and Wojo Painting.

I-80 Speedway Information July 21-22
Gates: (Friday) 4:30 PM, (Saturday) 4:30 PM
Racing: (Friday) Hot laps 7:00 PM, Racing 7:30 PM, (Saturday) Hot Laps 7:00 PM, Racing 7:30 PM
Admission: (Friday) Adults GA $33, Kids (6-12) GA $10, Kids (5 and under) FREE, (Saturday) Adults $38, Kids (6-12) $10, Kids (5 and under) FREE
Classes: Lucas Oil / MLRA Late Models (53,000 to Win) and USMTS Modifieds ($10,000 to Win)
Website: I-80Speedway.com

For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com.

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First trip to new Lucas Oil Speedway off road venue part of champ Renezeder’s last go-around

July 21st, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri- After racing trucks at high speeds, banging doors with opponents and soaring through the air for 19 years, Carl Renezeder said his decision to retire from the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at season’s end is simple.

“I’ve been in this sport for a long time and I just think I’ve kind of run my course in short-course racing,” Renezeder said. “I’m ready to try some different things.”

But before the nine-time national champion with 122 short-course victories calls it quits, Renezeder is eager to chase one more series title – and fly around the new off road track at Lucas Oil Speedway this weekend.

The 53-year-old southern California native is one of the star attractions as the series makes a rare appearance in this part of the country. But for those with long memories, it’s not Renezeder’s first time to race in south-central Missouri.

Back in 2007, the Lucas Oil World Series of Off Road Racing came to the oval track. But now it’s a whole new ballgame, with a devoted, 1.3-mile course built with turns, jumps and banking that promises to challenge the sport’s best drivers.

“My understanding is this is going to be a little different than other tracks we see,” Renezeder said. “It’s longer than what we’re used to and has some different elements. It’ll be interesting.”

Renezeder has been thrilling fans for two decades in the unique form of racing that is most-often associated with the deserts of the southwestern United States. In fact, he got his start in desert racing, doing Baja 1000 and 500 events more than 20 years ago.

But the short-course style of off road appealed to him and he’s been one of the sports stars ever since, driving in both the Pro 4 and Pro 2 divisions. He became the first driver to win championships in both the two-wheel and four-wheel divisions in the same season when he captured the 2009 Unlimited 2 and Unlimited 4 divisions in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.

This season he has one victory and is third in Pro 4 points, behind Kyle LeDuc and Rob MacCachren.

“It’s the door-to-door, side-by-side type of racing that we get to do that appeals to me,” Renezeder said. “We get to fly through the air and the trucks have a lot of horsepower. It’s just a lot of fun.”

He said the fans seeing the sport in person for the first time will literally feel the power.

“It’s similar to drag racing, though not quite to that extent, but you’re going to hear 12 trucks get on the gas at the start of the race and … you feel it through your whole body,” Renezeder said. “Seeing the trucks jumping through the air, on some tracks as far as 200 feet, that’s something people aren’t used to seeing.”

With only three events remaining on the 2017 schedule after this weekend, Renezeder’s days of going fast and flying high are limited. But he said it’s time and is content with his decision.

“I have bucket-list items that I need to check off,” Renezeder said of what’s next. “I want to get back to doing triathlons again and training on my bicycle and swimming. Just doing some things that I haven’t been able to do as much as I would have liked these last few years.”

Practice day for the GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire is Friday with gates opening at noon. On Saturday and Sunday, gates open at 9 a.m. with qualifying kicking off a 9:30 a.m.

Off road classes in action include Pro 4, Pro 2, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy, Production 1000 UTV and Mod Karts.

The Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series also will be in action Saturday night on the oval track, making for a full day of racing. Fans with Off Road event tickets will be admitted free to the races that night.

For ticket information either the Off Road track or dirt track program, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Here’s a rundown of the GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire, for the practice day on Friday and races on Saturday and Sunday:

Friday
Noon – Spectator gates open.
1:30 p.m. – Session 1 practice (3 laps for each class); a 30-minute break before session 2 practice.
4:30 p.m. – Session 3 practice.

Tickets: $10 general admission/pit pass combo (ages 6 and up), FREE (ages 5-and-under). 3-day pass, GA/pit pass combo ($60 day of event, $50 in advance online at www.showclix.com/events/8559). Seniors (62 and up) 3-day pass $54 day of event and $44 in advance online. Youth (ages 6-15) 3-day pass $20 (day of event and online). All tickets include access to the pit area.

Saturday and Sunday
9 a.m. – Spectator gates open.
9:30 a.m. – Mod Kart qualifying, followed by Pro 4, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy and Pro 2 qualifying.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Break for lunch/vendor exhibit visits.
1 p.m. – Mod Kart exhibition race, UTV race.
2:30 p.m. – Opening ceremonies followed by Pro 4, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy and Pro 2 races.

Tickets: $30 general admission/pit pass combo (ages 16 and up) day of event and $25 in advance online; seniors (62 and up) 3-day pass $27 day of event and $22 in advance online. Youth (ages 6-15) 3-day pass $10 (day of event and online). All tickets include access to the pit area. FREE ages 5-and-under. Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $60 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages (6-15) can only be purchased day of event at the gate; Adult Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$60 (Day of Event) and $50 in advance online; Seniors (62 and up)/Military Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$54 (day of event) and $44 in advance online. Youth Ages (6-15) Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20 (day of event and online).

For complete information on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, please visit www.LucasOilOffRoad.com.

Construction on the Lucas Oil Speedway Off Road track, which is approximately 6,000 feet in length, began in the spring of 2016. It joins a vast complex that includes the dirt track which plays host to the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series, “Lake Lucas” where the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series holds two major events each year and the Slick Track where go-kart racing is held weekly and competitive quarter midget racing has been held for the first time in 2017.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedules, visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com.

To get ticket information on any event this season at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com for further information.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click 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 high-flying action of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series comes to the Midwest, Friday-through-Sunday, at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo.

CONTACT:

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

Dan@lucasoil.com

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Big weekend ahead at Lucas Oil Speedway with new Off Road venue joining regular oval track action

July 22nd, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – After an exciting edition of the CMH Diamond Nationals, attention now turns to one of the biggest weekends in Lucas Oil Speedway history.

The unveiling of the new off road course for the Inaugural GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire highlights a weekend of action that also will include the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series on the dirt oval track on Saturday night.

“We’ve been eagerly awaiting this weekend for more than a year, since construction of the off road track began,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “We been receiving calls about tickets for months and have fans coming from all over the country for this.

“The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is something that is truly unique and thrilling to see and we’re excited to open up our new, purpose-built venue for what is sure to be action-packed and memorable racing. Saturday, with the doubleheader of off road in the day and our dirt track at night, offers a combination unlike any venue in the country.”

Engines fire up on Friday as gates open at noon for a practice day as Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series teams get their all-important first test session on the new track.

Off Road racing veteran Carl Renezeder, who’s won nine off road short-course championships, said the practice day will be important for the drivers and teams to get a good read on the surface and layout before qualifying and racing on Saturday and Sunday.

“I’ve seen some pictures and there’s been talk of some interesting elements on the track with some big, wide-open turns and banks and over-under jumps,” Renezeder said. “It’ll be interesting to get there and see what it looks like.

“Gearing will be important. We’re used to driving on smaller, tighter tracks and apparently, this one is pretty wide open.”

Robinson reminds fans that the grandstand at the new off road track is covered and that ample concessions will be available through the daytime programs each day. He also encourages fans to arrive early on Saturday and stay throughout as a ticket to the off road event – either that day for via a weekend pass – includes admission to the dirt track that night.

Gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday for the GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire with qualifying kicking off a 9:30 a.m.

Off road classes in action include Pro 4, Pro 2, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy, Production 1000 UTV and Mod Karts.

“We also invite our Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series drivers and crews to arrive early, get their pit passes and enjoy the day at the off road event,” Robinson said.

The Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series on Saturday night is presented by The National Wild Turkey Federation. The program will feature the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, running a special 25-lap feature for $1,000 to win. The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods also will be in action.

Hot laps are set for 7 p.m. with racing at 7:35.

Dirt-track-only admission:
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-$30

For ticket information either the Off Road track or dirt track program, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Here’s a rundown of the GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire, for the practice day on Friday and races on Saturday and Sunday:

Friday
Noon – Spectator gates open.
1:30 p.m. – Session 1 practice (3 laps for each class); a 30-minute break before session 2 practice.
4:30 p.m. – Session 3 practice.

Tickets: $10 general admission/pit pass combo (ages 6 and up), FREE (ages 5-and-under). 3-day pass, GA/pit pass combo ($60 day of event, $50 in advance online at www.showclix.com/events/8559). Seniors (62 and up) 3-day pass $54 day of event and $44 in advance online. Youth (ages 6-15) 3-day pass $20 (day of event and online). All tickets include access to the pit area.

Saturday and Sunday
9 a.m. – Spectator gates open.
9:30 a.m. – Mod Kart qualifying, followed by Pro 4, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy and Pro 2 qualifying.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Break for lunch/vendor exhibit visits.
1 p.m. – Mod Kart exhibition race, UTV race.
2:30 p.m. – Opening ceremonies followed by Pro 4, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy and Pro 2 races.

Tickets: $30 general admission/pit pass combo (ages 16 and up) day of event and $25 in advance online; seniors (62 and up) 3-day pass $27 day of event and $22 in advance online. Youth (ages 6-15) 3-day pass $10 (day of event and online). All tickets include access to the pit area. FREE ages 5-and-under. Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $60 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages (6-15) can only be purchased day of event at the gate; Adult Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$60 (Day of Event) and $50 in advance online; Seniors (62 and up)/Military Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$54 (day of event) and $44 in advance online. Youth Ages (6-15) Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20 (day of event and online).

For complete information on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, please visit www.LucasOilOffRoad.com.

Construction on the Lucas Oil Speedway Off Road track, which is approximately 6,000 feet in length, began in the spring of 2016. It joins a vast complex that includes the dirt track which plays host to the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series, “Lake Lucas” where the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series holds two major events each year and the Slick Track where go-kart racing is held weekly and competitive quarter midget racing has been held for the first time in 2017.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedules, visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com.

To get ticket information on any event this season at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com for further information.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click 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 high-flying action of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series comes to the Midwest, Friday-through-Sunday, at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo.

The view from the new, covered grandstand at the Lucas Oil Speedway Off Road track, set for its first event this weekend.

CONTACT:

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

Dan@lucasoil.com

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Richards grabs first Lucas Oil Speedway victory

July 21st, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points leader, Josh Richards extended his lead over his competitors as he won the CMH Diamond Nationals on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway. For the 29-year-old driver in his first season of following the tour, it was his seventh series win of the year and his first ever at the Wheatland, MO facility.

Jimmy Owens looked to be on his way to another victory at the track, but Richards, tracked him down and took the lead with 8 laps to-go. Owens then got too high in turn four while trying to get back around Richards and his car stalled with three laps remaining in the race. Richards then went unchallenged for the win.

“We weren’t very fast in hot laps or qualifying. We basically went with the same set-up as last night, and then we made some adjustments. We weren’t that great at the beginning, but the longer the race went, the tires on the car felt good; I hate it for Jimmy though. I saw that he tried to get back by me on the outside and he got up close to the wall and the car must have stalled or something.”

The race went the first 57 laps caution-free until Owens brought out the only caution of the race. The long green-flag conditions helped Richards out he said. “Jimmy was pretty good early, and he was so far out there, but he eventually came back to us. We just have to focus on being fast, the last two nights helped a lot. It can turnaround in a heartbeat.”

The Eric and Kelly Brock-owned Best Performance Motorsports Rocket is powered by a Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by Bulk Material Lift.com, Peoples National Bank, Corey Frazier-State Farm Insurance, Valvoline, Keyser, Riggs Motorsports, Integra, Sunoco, and Alexander Lawn and Garden.

Hudson O’Neal started on the outside of row number one and trailed Owens for the first 37 laps of the race until Richards went by him. At one-point Hudson O’Neal had pulled to within two car lengths of Owens in traffic, but Owens pulled out to a straightaway lead after that.

Don O’Neal made a late-race charge, passing his son to move into third-place. After the caution for Owens, O’Neal fought off challenges from his son and his Clint Bowyer Racing-teammate, Darrell Lanigan, who came home in third.

“We still have some work to do to catch the number 1 car, but we are getting there,” said the 2014 LOLMDS National Champion, Don O’Neal. “We have a third last night and a second tonight, so we are getting close to having this Peak Antifreeze and Coolant and Cometic Gasket car back to Victory Lane.

“We keep coming up short, but we have got to keep digging. We were good out in the open and with traffic. This was a new car last night and we are happy to keep getting these podium finishes. If we keep running like this, the wins will come.”

Lanigan commented on his podium finish as well. “Tonight was a good night for the Clint Bowyer team. On that final restart, I thought I could roll the top and go by those guys ahead of me, but it just didn’t work out as I had planned.”

Completing the top ten were Tim McCreadie, Dennis Erb Jr., Jake O’Neil, Earl Pearson Jr. and Steve Francis.

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.

Richards Takes Second Straight Lucas Oil Victory

July 19th, 2017

WHEATLAND, MO- Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points leader, Josh Richards extended his lead over his competitors as he won the CMH Diamond Nationals on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway. For the 29-year-old driver in his first season of following the tour, it was his seventh series win of the year and his first ever at the Wheatland, MO facility.

Jimmy Owens looked to be on his way to another victory at the track, but Richards, tracked him down and took the lead with 8 laps to-go. Owens then got too high in turn four while trying to get back around Richards and his car stalled with three laps remaining in the race. Richards then went unchallenged for the win.

“We weren’t very fast in hot laps or qualifying. We basically went with the same set-up as last night, and then we made some adjustments. We weren’t that great at the beginning, but the longer the race went, the tires on the car felt good; I hate it for Jimmy though. I saw that he tried to get back by me on the outside and he got up close to the wall and the car must have stalled or something.”

The race went the first 57 laps caution-free until Owens brought out the only caution of the race. The long green-flag conditions helped Richards out he said. “Jimmy was pretty good early, and he was so far out there, but he eventually came back to us. We just have to focus on being fast, the last two nights helped a lot. It can turnaround in a heartbeat.”

The Eric and Kelly Brock-owned Best Performance Motorsports Rocket is powered by a Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by Bulk Material Lift.com, Peoples National Bank, Corey Frazier-State Farm Insurance, Valvoline, Keyser, Riggs Motorsports, Integra, Sunoco, and Alexander Lawn and Garden.

Hudson O’Neal started on the outside of row number one and trailed Owens for the first 37 laps of the race until Richards went by him. At one-point Hudson O’Neal had pulled to within two car lengths of Owens in traffic, but Owens pulled out to a straightaway lead after that.

Don O’Neal made a late-race charge, passing his son to move into third-place. After the caution for Owens, O’Neal fought off challenges from his son and his Clint Bowyer Racing-teammate, Darrell Lanigan, who came home in third.

“We still have some work to do to catch the number 1 car, but we are getting there,” said the 2014 LOLMDS National Champion, Don O’Neal. “We have a third last night and a second tonight, so we are getting close to having this Peak Antifreeze and Coolant and Cometic Gasket car back to Victory Lane.

“We keep coming up short, but we have got to keep digging. We were good out in the open and with traffic. This was a new car last night and we are happy to keep getting these podium finishes. If we keep running like this, the wins will come.”

Lanigan commented on his podium finish as well. “Tonight was a good night for the Clint Bowyer team. On that final restart, I thought I could roll the top and go by those guys ahead of me, but it just didn’t work out as I had planned.”

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Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes, problem-solving additives, and car-care products. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil has established itself as a worldwide leader in the lubrication industry. Motorsports has always been part of the Lucas Oil culture and the cornerstone of the company’s marketing strategy. Such passion for motorsports has inspired Lucas Oil to sponsor many race teams, events and series at all levels, including, NHRA, IRL, ASCS, NASCAR, IHRA and many more. Lucas Oil has also taken ownership and operational control of a number of high profile racing properties, such as: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. and the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, CA.

In 2007 Lucas Oil founded its own production house, Lucas Oil Production Studios, dedicated to producing high action motorsports television. Currently Lucas Oil Production Studios produces over 300 hours of original programming for networks such as CBS, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and MAVTV. More information about Lucas Oil Products, Inc. visit the company website at: www.LucasOil.com.

Richards’ roll continues with CMH Diamond Nationals’ victory at Lucas Oil Speedway

July 18th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Josh Richards’ summertime roll continued Saturday night on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

Taking command late after Jimmy Owens had dominated most of the race, Richards captured the 11th annual CMH Diamond Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway. It was the series points leader’s seventh win of the season.

“We just have to try and focus on being fast,” said Richards, who also won Friday night’s tour stop at Tri-City Speedway. “The last two nights definitely helps a lot. It can turn around in a heartbeat, but we’ll try to enjoy it while we can.”

Richards, of Shinnston, West Virginia, earned $12,000 and extended his series points lead over Scott Bloomquist, who finished 12th.

Veteran Don O’Neal wound up second and Darrell Lanigan was third in front of a big crowd in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series’ final visit this season to the speedway.

Matt Johnson prevailed over Jeff Cutshaw in the Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature. Johnson took home $750 courtesy of Clearlight Inn plus an additional $500 in bonus money in memory of Ron Jenkins, the original builder of Wheatland Raceway which held its first race on July 15, 2000.

The Late Model feature, co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil MLRA, appeared to belong to Owens who started on the pole and dominated the first 51 laps. Already with seven feature wins at Lucas Oil Speedway over the last seven seasons, Owens led by as much as a straightaway’s margin midway through the race.

But Richards, who started eighth, maintained a steady advance and moved past 16-year-old Hudson O’Neal and into second on lap 37. Richards kept closing the gap on Owens as the two weaved through lapped traffic.

“I think it helped,” Richards said of the long green-flag run. “The track changed so much. The top was pretty good early. Then it got pushed so far out there. There were some wet crumbs in the middle. It’s really fun as a driver because you can move around and hit and miss a bunch of different spots.”

Richards, in his Rocket race car, made the winning pass coming out of turn two on lap 52. Owens, seeking his fourth Diamond Nationals win, attempted to regroup and made one more run at Richards.

But with three laps to go, Owens brought out the race’s lone caution when he jumped the cushion, grazed the wall and came to a stop in turn four.

“I hate it for Jimmy,” Richards said. “He tried to get back by me and got up into the wall. But we’ll definitely take it.

“We definitely didn’t have the speed we needed early, in hot laps or qualifying. We were chasing ourselves a little bit and went in a direction for the heat race and felt a little better. In the feature we didn’t really feel that great at the beginning. The longer the race went, the track got to where you lost your front tires and the car felt really good then.”

Owens’ miscue not only only dropped him to the back of the field with only a sprint to the finish remaining, it relegated him to 15th place finish.

Richards was able to easily pull away once the race went back green to capture his first career victory at Lucas Oil Speedway. Don O’Neal was second with Darrell Lanigan third, Hudson O’Neal fourth and Ozarks-area driver Jesse Stovall fifth.

“We were third last night and second tonight. We’re getting close to getting this car into victory lane,” Don O’Neal said. “We just have to keep digging. Everybody’s working hard.”

Don O’Neal set Miller Welders Fast Time overall with a 15.505-second qualifying lap, in Group B. Will Vaught has fast time in Group A at 15.555.

Heat-race winners were Hudson O’Neal, Owens, Steve Francis and Lanigan. Hudson O’Neal won his with a last-lap slide job over his dad, Don, who had led the first nine laps.

Johnson earns USRA Mod win: Matt Johnson of Archie, Mo., took the lead from speedway points leader Jeff Cutshaw on the backstretch on lap six and went on to win the 20-lap Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature.

Cutshaw, starting outside on the front row, grabbed the lead after the start. Following four early cautions, he maintained the lead through five laps before Johnson started to pressure him, making making the pass coming out of turn two.

“These fans are great and it’s a beautiful night for racing,” Johnson said. “These guys we race against are good. I can’t say enough about this MB Custom (car) and Scott Bailey engine. We’ve been thrashing this thing all night, having some issues. But it was top notch in the feature.”

Cutshaw hung on for second, well ahead of Tracy Wolff in third. Terry Schultz was fourth and Scott Drake finished fifth.

“The yellows kind of messed up my groove a little bit,” Cutshaw said. “The car was good; it was a little tight in (turns) one and two. But (Johnson) ran a great race.”

Up next: One of the biggest weekends of the season is coming up, with the Geico Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire set for next Saturday and Sunday, July 22-23, on the new Lucas Oil Speedway Off Road track. The venue opens on Friday with a practice day for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, with gates opening at noon that day.

Saturday will be a day-night doubleheader. On the dirt track, the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series fires back up with National Wild Turkey Federation Night, featuring the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, the Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods. The Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models will be the evening’s featured class running a special 25-lap, $1,000 to win main event. The American Red Cross will be on hand with the Bloodmobile from 4 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

For ticket information on either the Geico Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire or the the Weekly Racing Series, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com for further information.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedules, 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 its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Only two VIP Skyboxes per day, offering ultimate fan experience, remain for Lucas Oil Speedway Off Road weekend

July 16th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – With only one week remaining until the Inaugural GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire on the new Lucas Oil Speedway Off Road track, the clock is ticking on a memorable viewing experience.

Only two VIP Skybox packages remain for each day of the July 22-23 event on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Included in the package will be 25 VIP credentials and tickets; a 20 foot by 20 foot skybox with and tables and chairs; a VIP host and dedicated grandstand seating; VIP staff and security in the skybox area; 25 VIP meals on race day; soda, water and adult beverages offered, in addition to the prime viewing atop the grandstands.

“It’s going to be the ultimate way for fans to enjoy the complete experience off a day at the races for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, with all the amenities and prime viewing,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “This is a perfect opportunity for a corporate outing for 25 people or for individuals who want to take in the event as a group in a first-class manner.

“This has been a highly anticipated event since we announced it was coming to Lucas Oil Speedway more than a year ago. It’s going to be a memorable weekend of racing that’s totally new to our area of the country.”

The VIP Skybox with all its perks is being offered for just $3,000 per day. Contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com for further information.

“The Off-Road track is really going to be something to see with side-by-side action and high-flying jumps,” Robinson said. “We can’t wait for the fans who have never seen this type of racing in person to experience all the speed and thrills of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.”

General admission tickets also are on sale for the event, which begins with a practice day of July 21 where the world’s top off road short-course drivers tackle the new track for the first time.

Classes in action include Pro 4, Pro 2, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy, Production 1000 UTV and Mod Karts.

For complete information on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, please visit www.LucasOilOffRoad.com.

Here’s a rundown of the GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire, for the practice day on July 21 and races over the following two days:

Friday, July 21:
TBA – Spectator gates open.
1:30 p.m. – Session 1 practice (3 laps for each class); a 30-minute break before session 2 practice.
4:30 p.m. – Session 3 practice.

Tickets: $10 general admission/pit pass combo (ages 6 and up), FREE (ages 5-and-under). 3-day pass, GA/pit pass combo ($60 day of event, $50 in advance online at www.showclix.com/events/8559). Seniors (62 and up) 3-day pass $54 day of event and $44 in advance online. Youth (ages 6-15) 3-day pass $20 (day of event and online). All tickets include access to the pit area.

Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23:
8 a.m. – Spectator gates open.
8:30 a.m. – Mod Kart qualifying, followed by Pro 4, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy and Pro 2 qualifying/
11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Break for lunch/vendor exhibit visits
1 p.m. – Mod Kart exhibition race, UTV race.
2:30 p.m. – Opening ceremonies followed by Pro 4, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy and Pro 2 races.

Tickets: $30 general admission/pit pass combo (ages 16 and up) day of event and $25 in advance online; seniors (62 and up) 3-day pass $27 day of event and $22 in advance online. Youth (ages 6-15) 3-day pass $10 (day of event and online). All tickets include access to the pit area. FREE ages 5-and-under. Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $60 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages (6-15) can only be purchased day of event at the gate; Adult Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$60 (Day of Event) and $50 in advance online; Seniors (62 and up)/Military Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$54 (day of event) and $44 in advance online. Youth Ages (6-15) Weekend (3-Day) GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20 (day of event and online).

Construction on the Lucas Oil Speedway Off Road track, which is approximately 6,000 feet in length with eight left-hand turns, began in the spring of 2016. It joins a vast complex that includes the dirt track which plays host to the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series, “Lake Lucas” where the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series holds two major events each year and the Slick Track where go-kart racing is held weekly and competitive quarter midget racing has been held for the first time in 2017.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedules, visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com for further information.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click 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 high-flying action of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series comes to the Midwest, July 22-23 at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo.

The VIP Skybox, like this one at the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona, will provide prime viewing at the GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire. (Dan Robinson photo)

CONTACT:

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

Dan@lucasoil.com

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five 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. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Phillips red-hot entering CMH Diamond Nationals

July 15th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – This weekend the stars of the Lucas Oil MLRA join forces with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the running of the 11th Annual CMH Diamond Nationals. It marks a stretch of three straight events co-sanctioned with the country’s top national tour.

Coming off a weekend sweep of the Freedom Classic in Salina, Oklahoma, Springfield, Missouri’s Terry Phillips heads into the event riding high.

In addition to the weekend sweep he has topped four of the last six Late Model events he has entered, and trails only Jesse Stovall, by 40 markers, in the season long standings.

Confidence is high right now,” commented Phillips.”We go to compete, but Wheatland has had a way of humbling me over the years. It’s not a place where I’ve been real good, but maybe we can turn it around this weekend. We’ve been lucky and hit on a setup that’s worked good on both of our cars.”

Phillips will be looking to kick the long winless streak in his Late Model at Lucas Oil Speedway. However, he does have a win there this season in his Modified.

He also has a new helper on the team and says the addition of 14 year old Cade (Tiny) Dancer has been enjoyable.

“He’s a neighborhood kid that’s been helping me the last few weekends. He’s been my good luck charm. He wanted to learn about racing, so I was happy to let him help us.”

In addition to Phillips, the pits will be full of drivers from all over the country.

Josh Richards holds a narrow advantage over Scott Bloomquist for the top spot in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Standings. Tim McCreadie, Don O’Neal and Earl Pearson Jr complete the top five. Jimmy Owens is the most recent winner, scoring a win last Saturday night at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Tennessee.

On the MLRA side, behind Stovall and Phillips, Tony Jackson Jr, Rodney Sanders and Randy Timms are all in close proximity occupying points positions three through five.

$12,000 is up for grabs to the winner of Saturday’s 60 lap main event. The victor also gets a one of a kind diamond ring to commemorate the accomplishment.

The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds are also in action racing for $750 to win Courtesy of Clearlight Inn. There is also a $500 winner’s bonus in memory of Ron Jenkins, who built Wheatland Raceway.

Lucas Oil Speedway Information 7/15/17
Gates: 5:00 PM
Racing: 7:35 PM
Admission: Adults $25, Seniors (62 and Older) $22, Youth (6-15) $10, Kids (5 and Under) FREE, Family Pass $50, Pit Pass $40
Support Class: USRA Modifieds ($1,250 to Win)
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 Spotlight: Logan Martin takes next Late Model step in CMH Diamond Nationals

July 15th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Logan Martin’s first full season driving a dirt Late Model has included a regional touring-series feature win and an impressive run in his first Show-Me 100.

“It’s been good,” the 21-year-old former Modified driver from West Plains, Mo., said. “The main thing is we wanted to race and we wanted to click off a few wins.”

Martin looks for more highlights on Saturday night when he joins the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the 11th annual CMH Diamond Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway. The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds also are on the program, which begins with hot laps at 7 p.m.

Overall, Martin has five feature wins in 2017 in his new Rocket XR1. He is on a two-race winning streak after claiming the MARS Dirt-Car Series Tony Roper Memorial at Monett on July 2 and a weekly show at his hometown Legit Motor Speedway last Saturday.

“We’re up to five wins on the season and we’re coming off two wins in a row heading into this weekend,” said Martin, who also plans to enter Friday’s LOLMDS event at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois. “That’s a real confidence booster.”

“We’re not running a tour full time, just running when we can. I’m happy with it,” Martin added.

Martin credits Bill Frye, the former Late Model driving champion from Arkansas, for much of his success. Frye has supplied support and shared knowledge with many, including Martin.

“We got the new Rocket XR1 over the winter and Bill Frye has helped us a ton,” Martin said. “He’s made the transition easy. He’s helped our notebook and sped up our transition in terms of set-ups. I call him every week to bounce ideas off him, kind of go over what we did over the weekend and what we can do better.

“He’s always full of answers. It just makes going to the track a lot easier. His clientele is large and he has guys calling every week with information.”

For Martin, who recently opened his own body and repair shop in Seymour, Mo., another highlight came when he set fast qualifying time July 1 at a Summer Nationals Tour event at I-55 Speedway in Pevely, Mo. He wound up 12th in the feature, but with little time-trial experience, he learned he could run with national-touring teams – much like he did at the Show-Me 100 in late May.

The Show-Me, where Martin was 12th, is special to Martin because he grew up watching it as a youngster when it was held at the former West Plains Motor Speedway.

“It was definitely cool, not only to make the Show-Me on our first attempt, but with the history of the Show-Me at West Plains,” Martin said, noting that former West Plains Speedway owners Don and Billie Gibson used to let him run his micro-sprint during intermissions.

“I really wanted to make the (preliminary Don and Billie Gibson Tribute on Friday night (during Show-Me weekend). They have done so much for the sport,” Martin added.

It was at West Plains’ Legit Speedway last fall, in one of his first outings in a Late Model, where he won a MARS feature. He called that “totally unexpected” but a great springboard into the offseason.

“That meant a lot to everybody, for the (racing fans) in the town, to me and the team,” he said.

Martin’s sponsors include Big Lot Reliable Chevrolet, Adams Construction, Steed Brothers Trucking, Bill Frye Motorsports and Integra Shocks and Springs.

“I also have to thank my crew, Michael Cawvey, Garrett Graves and Matthew Hayes, my parents and my girlfriend Larissa Atnip for all their support,” Martin said. “They help out a ton.”

With the future looking bright, Martin said he wants to keep focused on the near term for now with the goal of finishing 2017 strong.

“It would be cool to run a full schedule of one of the regional tours or a national tour. That’s always a goal,” Martin said. “Finding the backing and the finances to make it happen is the most difficult part.”

CMH continues its support: Citizens Memorial Healthcare headquartered in Bolivar, Mo., is a long-time supporter of Lucas Oil Speedway and the Diamond Nationals. With more than 30 family medicine and specialty clinics, CMH delivers personal, collaborate and multi-disciplinary care using advanced technology, treating a wide range of conditions – from common to more complex issues.

CMH is recognized nationally for innovation and excellence, receiving the 2010 and 2014 prestigious Missouri Quality Award, the Davies Award of Excellence, and named one of the Top 10 Rural Hospitals in America. CMH was also the recipient of the Healthgrades 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award. More information is available at www.citizensmemorial.com.

On Saturday night, gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35.

Ticket information:
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (ages 6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50
Pit Pass $40

For ticket information on all all events at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at Nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the 2017 racing schedule, 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 its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Please visit 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 Dirt Late Model Series returns to Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday for the CMH Diamond Nationals.

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