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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.

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.

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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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.

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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.

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.

Iowa winner Dalton Sargeant bringing secret weapon to Lucas Oil Raceway

July 14th, 2017

TOLEDO, Ohio – Dalton Sargeant admits that he struggled at Lucas Oil Raceway last year. Maybe that’s why the Boca Raton, Florida driver is bringing a secret weapon with him this year.

“I’m going to be testing next Friday at Lucas Oil, and we’re bringing the star power of Chase Briscoe to help me,” said Sargeant, driver of the No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports Ford.

Briscoe, the 2016 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champion, dominated last year’s race, leading 130 of 200 laps. Sargeant will be in the same car that Briscoe won in at Lucas Oil last year, and the same car that Sargeant won in earlier this year at Salem.

“I definitely struggled there…the corners are so long and you have to be so patient,” Sargeant continued. “I was trying to pick up the throttle way too soon and it upset the whole corner. Chase obviously knows how to get around there, and that gives me a little extra confidence going into the race.”

It’s not just a little extra confidence…Sargeant’s got momentum on his side after winning at Iowa Speedway Saturday night, his second victory this season and third of his career. The 19-year-old driver has also established himself as a championship contender in 2017, currently in second behind leader Austin Theriault.

“We definitely feel like we’re still in this championship. We closed up the gap a little at Iowa. We lost all our points to the 52 (Theriault) in one race at Talladega. Everybody tends to have a little bad luck…I don’t wish it on them, but anything can happen. As long as we keep our performance up, we’ll be there at the end.”

Discounted tickets for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway are on sale now at several Menards stores in Indiana. The tickets are being offered at $10 off the gate price, and can be purchased up through July 20. Kids, 11 and under, are free. For a complete listing of Indiana stores selling discount tickets, CLICK HERE.

The Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 marks the 13th ARCA appearance at Lucas Oil Raceway since its debut there in 1971. Former ARCA winners at LOR include Ramo Stott, Bob Schacht, Davey Allison, Ty Dillon, Frank Kimmel, Brandon Jones, Travis Braden and Chase Briscoe.

Raceway Schedule
ARCA Racing Series practice is from 12 – 2 p.m., followed by General Tire pole qualifying at 5. Pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions begin at 8:30 with the green flag waving just after 9. The 100-lap ARCA/CRA Super Series late model race precedes the 200-lap ARCA national tour event.

Media Coverage
The Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 is live on FS1 at 9 p.m. ET. ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring and live chat of all ARCA Racing Series on-track activities.

Richards, Bloomquist in hot title chase as Lucas Oil Late Model Series returns for 11th annual Diamond Nationals

July 14th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri- Fans get their final chance to catch the stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2017 during Saturday’s 11th annual CMH Diamond Nationals.

The event, co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil MLRA, will award $12,000 plus a diamond ring to the feature winner. It kicks off a huge two-week stretch at Lucas Oil Speedway, with the inaugural GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire coming up July 21-23 on the new off-road track.

“This is arguably the biggest two-week stretch we’ve ever had,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “While there’s a lot of buzz surrounding our first Lucas Oil Off Road Series event at the new track, the Diamond Nationals remains one of the annual highlights on the schedule.

“There’s been anticipation of this event since the Show-Me 100 weekend just a little over six weeks ago. With the championship chases close for both the Lucas Oil Late Model Series and the Lucas Oil MLRA, it only adds to the event.”

A red-hot battle is underway for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championship. After two recent wins, Josh Richards of Shinnston, West Virginia has taken a slim 10-point lead over three-time series champion Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn.

No matter the outcome of Friday’s Lucas Oil Late Model Series race at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois, either Richards or Bloomquist could emerge from Lucas Oil Speedway atop the standings.

The title chase also is heating up in the Lucas Oil MLRA Series after Terry Phillips’ recent doubleheader sweep of the Freedom Classic in Salina, Okla. That brought the veteran Springfield, Mo., driver, with an MLRA-best 114 career feature wins, within 40 points of reigning MLRA champion Jesse Stovall of Billings, Mo. Tony Jackson Jr. of Lebanon, Mo., is just 42 behind Stovall.

Show-Me 100 weekend saw three different winners with Bobby Pierce taking the big finale after Tim McCreadie won the Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson and Earl Pearson Jr. captured the Cowboy Classic. Jared Landers of Batesville, Ark., won the 2016 edition of the Diamond Nationals.

Jimmy Owens, the most dominant Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model driver at Lucas Oil Speedway, is coming off a series win on Saturday at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn. Owens has won the Diamond Nationals three times to go with four Show-Me 100 victories.

Modifieds chase extra money: The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds run in support of the Late Models and will be in action gunning for a top prize of $750 to win courtesy of Clearlight Inn. The Modified winner will also receive an additional $500 bonus in memory of Ron Jenkins, the original builder of Wheatland Raceway.

Three-time defending track champion Jeff Cutshaw remains atop the Pitts Homes USRA Modified points chase, 62 in front of Jason Pursley.

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.

Josh Richards’ two recent wins have put him on top of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series standings. (Kenny Shaw photo)

The Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series returns to Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday for the CMH Diamond Nationals.

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.

2017 Lucas Oil Speedway Supporters Include:
Advanced Automotive Repair, ALPS Food Store, AM Pyrotechnics, American Broadband, American Racer Race Tires, Andy’s Frozen Custard, AR Bodies, Ash Grove Aggregates, ASI Racewear, The BarnWood Inn, Benton County Tire, Berry Tractor and Equipment Co., Big Adventure RV, Big O Tires, Bill Roberts Chevrolet-Buick, Bolivar Farmers Exchange-MFA, Bridal Cave, BWI Sanitation, Candlelight Creations-Dick’s Wild Root Horseradish, Carson’s Corner Napa Auto Parts, Casey’s General Stores, Chix Gear Racewear, Citizens Memorial Healthcare, Clearlight Inn, Comfort Inn-Bolivar, Crappie Hole Bar & Grill, DirtonDirt.com, Dr. Petteway-D.D.S, Eibach Springs, Elite Auto Repair, Fast Shafts by Axle Exchange, Foley Equipment-Cat Rental Store, FORR-Local 27, Frogs Signs, Happy Trails RV Center, Harbor Campground & Marina, Hermitage Lumber, Hobbytime Motorsports, Hoosier Race Tires, Impact Signs Awnings Wraps, inthepits.net, In the Garden of Eden, Jake’s Corner Cafe, JH Custom Wheel & Accessory, Kenny Carroll Excavating, Kettle Treats, Keyser Manufacturing, Kluhsman Racing Components, Kona Ice, Lawless Harley-Davidson, Lucas Cattle Company, Midwest Low-E Insulation, Midwest Sheet Metal, National Wild Turkey Federation, Nemo Marina, Nemo Quarry, NMI/VMG Marketing Group, OakStar Bank, O’Bannon Bank, Old Kinderhook Golf Resort, Oil & Octane Shop, Out-Pace Racing Products, Ozark Golf Cars, Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper, Ozarks Insurance Agency, Petro Stopping Centers, Pitts Homes, Pitts Realty, Pitts Cattle, RACEceiver, PolyDock Products, QC Moto, RaceNote, Racinboys.com, RacinDirt.com, RacingJunk.com, Rains Ice Company, Real Racing Wheels, Ron Jenkins Accounting & Tax Service, Route 66 Biker Gear, S & H Farm Supply, SBU Athletics, Scott Furniture, Shadow Lake Golf Course, Sidetrack RV Park, Sleep Inn-Camdenton, Southwest Electric Cooperative, Spartan Mowers, Stillwater Resort, Sunoco Race Fuels, Sunflower Resort, Tom & Jenn’s Discount Cigarettes & Liquor, Travel Centers of America, Triangle Quick Shop, US Army Corps of Engineers-Pomme de Terre, Warsaw Auto Marine & RV, Wheatland Motel, Wheeler & Sons Livestock Auction, White’s Marine Center, Whitetail Trophy Hunt, Wild Animal Safari.

Bryant prevails after early three-way battle with Strong, Jackson for USRA B-Mod win at Lucas Oil Speedway

July 10th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Andy Bryant took command after an exciting three-way battle and went on to grab the featured Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod main event victory Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Also posting feature wins on Veterans and Military Appreciation Night Presented by the Springfield News-Leader Media Group were Todd Shute (Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models), Brian Schutt (Big O Tires Street Stocks) and Tyler Wolff (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds).

A total of 94 checked into the pits including 36 in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

Bryant, Shawn Strong and Kris Jackson engaged in a back-and-forth duel early, with each taking turns leading during the first 10 laps. The first caution flew on lap 11, just after Bryant had gone back in front with a pass of Strong in turn two.

“Strong, Jackson and I were having a three-way battle for those first 10 laps,” Bryant said in Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane. “We got three-wide at one point and I didn’t know who was going to end up where.”

It was all Bryant after the restart as he pulled away to win by a comfortable margin, leaving Strong and Jackson to battle for the runner-up position as the Fort Scott, Kan., 17-year-old captured his second Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod win of the season.

The win solidified Bryant’s hold on the season points lead in the division. Bryant also has three runner-up finishes and one third-place finish this season at the speedway.

“We all raced clean for the most part. I like to race with those guys,” Bryant said of Strong and Jackson, who also have feature wins in 2017.

Bryant took home $500 for the 25-lap triumph. He dedicated the win to Dave Hill, one of his loyal supporters, who died earlier this week at the age of 37 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Strong took second with Jackson third and Steven Clancy in fourth.

Shute takes Late Model win: Todd Shute took the lead with four laps remaining and held off Aaron Marrant for his first feature win of the season in the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models.

Marrant, the reigning track champion from Richmond, Mo., started from the pole and led the first 15 laps. Shute, from Des Moines, Iowa, stuck his nose in front coming out of turn two, diving to the low side, and completed the pass coming to the start-finish line coming to the start-finish line to finish lap 16.

“Aaron got real loose there in (turn) one and two the lap before I passed him,” Shute said. “I didn’t know if he was breaking or something was going on with him. So I went low and did a slide job. That’s not how I like to pass people, but sometimes that’s how it goes.”

Shute pulled away the rest of the way with Marrant hanging on for second.

Johnny Fennewald of Appleton City settled for third, his two-race winning streak broken. Jon Sheets of Nevada was fourth.

Schutt prevails in Street Stocks: Brian Schutt put away runner-up James Flood after the two traded the lead five times over the first half of the race to win the Big O Tires Street Stocks feature.

Schutt, of Lebanon, Mo., started on the pole and led until Flood passed him on lap five. Schutt needed just one lap before going back in front, but Flood passed him again three laps later.

Again, Schutt quickly responded. He took the lead, this time for good, coming to the flag stand on lap 10. He pulled away from there for his first feature win of the season.

“It’s always fun to race with James. He races hard and he races clean,” Schutt said. “I have to thank my Dad. I couldn’t do it without him. We make a pretty good team right now.”

Flood held on for second with Johnny Coats third and season points leader Toby Ott in fourth after starting the feature 11th.

Wolff all the way: Tyler Wolff led all 20 laps for the Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature win, but it wasn’t total domination as the flag-to-flag leadership might suggest.

Wolff, of Fayetteville, Ark., held off a challenge from Arizona’s R.C. Whitwell – leading by inches at the start-finish line to complete lap 13. But after that, Wolff was able to establish command the rest of the way.

“I knew it was going to be tough,” Wolff said of his win in a rare visit to Lucas Oil Speedway. “This is a great place to race, a good crowd and great competition. This track was perfect. I couldn’t ask for any better.”

Whitwell, a frequent national competitor on the Modified and Late Model scene, held on for second with Eric Turner of Hermitage in third and Mitch Keeter of Webb City, Mo., in fourth.

CMH Diamond Nationals next: The stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series return to Lucas Oil Speedway next Saturday, July 15, for the 11th annual CMH Diamond Nationals.

The nation’s top Late Model drivers will be battling for a $12,000 winner’s check and the prestigious diamond ring that goes with the victory. Jared Landers captured the Diamond Nationals in 2016. Earlier this year as the series visited Wheatland, Bobby Pierce won the Show-Me 100 after Earl Pearson Jr. took the Cowboy Classic and Tim McCreadie captured the Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson.

The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds run in support of the Late Models and will be in action gunning for a top prize of $750 to win courtesy of Clearlight Inn. The Modified winner will also receive an additional $500 bonus in memory of Ron Jenkins, the original builder of Wheatland Raceway.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35.

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.

In the Spotlight: Unique car and all, Tonoli having fun in Lucas Oil Speedway Street Stock division

July 9th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – The Big O Tires Street Stock division is a favorite among fans at Lucas Oil Speedway because the cars look like actual stock cars of years past. Popular 1980s body styles such as the Chevrolet Monte Carlo or Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme are common.

Then there is Chris Tonoli’s black and green No. 71, which stands out from the crowd. You might call it the Flying Station Wagon.

“It is different. I just wanted a car that didn’t look like anyone else’s,” Tonoli said.

Tonoli, this week’s Tailgate Guys Radio Spotlight Driver of the Week for Lucas Oil Speedway, is coming off a season-best fourth-place finish in the ultra-competitive division last week. He doesn’t race for points, taking a race-for-fun approach to his career behind the wheel.

The California native, who moved to Missouri about 12 years ago and made Hermitage his home, has driven both Modifieds and Street Stocks. He’s back in action on Saturday night at a Veterans and Military Appreciation Night edition of the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series Presented by the Springfield News-Leader Media Group.

“I’m a pretty low-budget guy money-wise and try to do everything on the car myself and try to beat the guys that have the high-dollar cars,” Tonoli said. “I’m just having fun. I don’t try to worry about points.”

Another reason Tonoli doesn’t worry about points is his job. Locally he works for the Lucas Cattle Company in Hickory County, but he often takes off for a week at a time and travels to the upcoming Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series venue to help prepare the track.

That travel will be considerably shorter in two weeks, when the Inaugural GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire comes to the new Lucas Oil Speedway Off Road track.

“I’d love to drive one of those,” Tonoli said with a laugh, of an Off Road truck. “It should be a really good show and I hope the local fans will come out for it.”

The opportunity to work for Gary Hubert, who oversaw the transformation of the old Wheatland Raceway into what’s become a showcase full motorsports complex, is what persuaded Tonoli to make the move from California to Missouri a dozen years ago.

Tonoli had been racing car for about 10 years by then, starting in Enduros and 4-cylinder cars before moving into Modifieds.

“I knew of Gary Hubert when I was in California,” Tonoli said. “I had a county job at the time, an equipment operator at a landfill for about 18 years. It was just time for a change and I came out here.

“At that time, I don’t know how many tracks we had, but probably eight or nine with a few hours of one another. I was in racing heaven. Since then, a lot of tracks have closed.”

Tonoli said he does most all of his own maintenance on the race car with Lucas Cattle Company, Bike Worx of Urbana and his own Metal Creations Fabrications listed as a sponsors. He has fun with his own side business “just building unique little things and so forth.”

“I’ve taken a distributor off a car and made a lamp out of it,” he said. “I’ve made an entertainment center out of square tubing and steel. Just some weird, off-the-ball stuff out of automotive parts and metal.”

While others will chase track championships the rest of the season, Tonoli’s goals are more simple in his station wagon race car.

“Just try to do the best I can with what I’ve got and still have fun,” he said.

The Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds and the Big O Tires Street Stocks will join the featured Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods in action on Saturday. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35.

Admission prices:
Adults (16 and up) $12
Seniors (62 and up) $9
Youth (ages 6-15) $5
All Veterans and Active Military FREE with ID
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $25
Pit Pass $30

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.

This weekend also includes the Inaugural Red White Blue & Que professional barbecue competition at the speedway. Beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday on the midway, race fans can sample barbecue for $5 (pulled pork) and $1 (per rib bone) with proceeds going to Korean War Veterans and TheWarriorsJourney.org, and online resource for veterans and their families. Go to RedWhiteBlueQ.com for more info.

The Tailgate Guys Radio Show, with co-hosts Lyndal Scranton and Steve Koehler airs each Saturday on KICK 92.3 FM, 1340 AM or streaming at 923kick.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.

Chris Tonoli (71) battles with David Hendrix during last week’s Thursday Night Thunder program at Lucas Oil Speedway. (Kenny Shaw photo)

The Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series returns to Lucas Oil Speedway on July 15 for the CMH Diamond Nationals.

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.

Veterans and Military Appreciation Night – with racing and barbecue – as Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday

July 7th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri- Lucas Oil Speedway will honor the Military and Veterans on Saturday night with a big evening combining racing and barbecue.

The Springfield News-Leader Media Group Presents a Special Veterans and Military Appreciation Night of the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series as all Veterans and Military personnel with ID will be admitted free. The Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods will be the evening’s featured class running for a special 25-lap, $500-to-win main event.

In addition to the action on the track, at least 32 barbecue teams from the region will be competing in the Inaugural “Red White Blue & Que.” Presented by Lucas Oil Speedway, the Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned competition will bring some of the nation’s top professional teams to south-central Missouri – and raise funds for a pair of worthy causes.

Keeping with the veterans and military theme, proceeds from the Red White Blue & Que will go to Korean War Military Veterans along with 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.

Fans attending the race program will have the opportunity to sample barbecue from the competing teams, on the Lucas Oil Speedway midway prior to the races. For $5 fans can sample pulled pork plus pork ribs for $1 per bone, then vote for their favorite to determine “People’s Choice” winner.

“It’s always one of the highlights of our season to pay tribute to our Veterans and Military with our annual Military Appreciation Night,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “We want to thank the Springfield News-Leader Media Group for coming on board to be a part of this year’s big event.

“We’re also excited to be a part of the Inaugural Red White Blue & Que Barbecue event, especially with the benefits going to the Veterans and Military families,” Robinson added. “We hope everyone will come out for some great racing and enjoy some barbecue, while also paying tribute to our Veterans and Military.”

The barbecue teams will compete on Sunday for $5,000 in prize money and valuable points on the KCBS circuit as the national Team of the Year race heats up. Gettin’ Basted of Branson, Mo., ranked No. 5 in this week’s KCBS points chase, is entered in this weekend’s event.

For more information on the Red White Blue & Que, please visit RedWhiteBlueQ.com. Teams interested in entering can contact event organizer Michelle Higgins at (417) 682-1568 or via email at MichelleHiggins31@yahoo.com.

On the race track, the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds and the Big O Tires Street Stocks will join the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods in action.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35.

In the featured B-Mods, Andy Bryant of Fort Scott, Kan., has overtaken midseason points champ Shawn Strong and leads the overall championship race by 51 points. Sixteen-year-old Kaeden Cornell of Willard, Mo., is only 70 points behind.

Saturday’s admission prices:
Adults (16 and up) $12
Seniors (62 and up) $9
Youth (ages 6-15) $5
All Veterans and Active Military FREE with ID
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $25
Pit Pass $30

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.

Professional barbecue teams from throughout the region will compete – and serve samples to race fans – on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway.

The Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series returns to Lucas Oil Speedway on July 15 for the CMH Diamond Nationals.

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.

VIP suite offers ultimate fan experience for inaugural Off Road event at Lucas Oil Speedway

July 5th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – As the Inaugural GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire nears, officials at Lucas Oil Speedway are pleased to offer the ultimate fan experience as the high-flying trucks take to the new track.

Only four VIP Skybox packages will be available for each day of the July 22-23 event on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Included will be 25 VIP credentials and tickets; a 20 foot by 20 foot skybox with furniture and tables; a VIP host and dedicated grandstand seating; VIP staff and security for the skybox area; 25 VIP meals on race day; soda, water and adult beverages available and prime viewing.

“This is a premier way for fans to enjoy the complete Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series experience,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “Whether it’s a corporate outing or a group of individuals who want to go together and view the race as a group, this is sure to be a first-class way to take in the GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire.”

The VIP Suite with all its perks is being offered for just $3,000 per day. Contact admissions director Nichole McMillen at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com for further information.

“When you break it down, per person, it’s really a great deal with all you get – plus the prime viewing,” Robinson said. “The Off-Road track is really going to be something to see with side-by-side action and high-flying jumps. 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 are on sale for the event, which begins with a practice day of July 21, ushering in a form of racing rarely seen in the Midwest with the top off road short-course drivers in the world tackling the new, purpose-built track.

Classes in action include Pro 4, Pro 2, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy, Production 1000 UTV and Mod Karts.

Work on the new Off Road track, more than a mile in length, began more than a year ago and is nearing completion.

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 is coming 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 McMillen 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.

Fennewald takes Thursday Night Thunder headliner as Striegel, Duvall and Ott also prevail

July 3rd, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Johnny Fennewald pressured Aaron Poe most of the way and was running out of time. But Fennewald finally made a timely pass to claim the featured Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model main event Thursday night at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Other winners on Casey’s General Stores Thursday Night Thunder Presented by KY3 for Kids included Mike Striegel (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods), Joe Duvall (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds) and Toby Ott (Big O Tires Street Stocks).

A total of 117 cars checked into the pits, including 49 Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, for the pre-holiday-weekend program. In the annual Kids’ Bicycle Giveaway, a total of 85 new, donated bicycles were awarded to youngsters during intermission.

Fennewald earned the $1,000 winner’s check in the 25-lap Late Model feature. It was the Appleton City driver’s third feature win the Late Model division this season.

Warrensburg’s Poe started from the pole and took the lead as the green flag flew as Fennewald, who started inside of row two, advanced into second by lap eight.

Those two dueled, with Fennewald repeatedly trying to make an inside pass, until a lap 20 caution bunched the field and set the stage for a five-lap shootout.

Fennewald finally made a pass-attempt stick, coming out of turn four as he took the white flag. He held off Poe, the first-half points champ, by about four car lengths at the finish.

“Aaron I think actually had a better car than I did,” Fennewald said. “That was an awesome race there.

“I saw he was really having to let off going into the corner,” Fennewald said of Poe. “I guess you have to do what you have to do to get a win. I tried to keep this car as straight as I can. It worked tonight. It was a lot of fun racing with Aaron there and it took me until the last two laps to get him.”

Sixteen-year-old Kaeden Cornell of Willard, Mo., a ULMA Late Model rookie, finished a career-best third. Jefferson City’s Chris Cox was fourth.

Aaron Marrant, the 2016 track champion, was eliminated in a lap one crash on the back stretch. That was the first of five cautions in the 25-lapper with three of them occurring before an official lap was recorded.

Striegel grabs B-Mod win: Wheatland’s Mike Striegel assumed the lead just past the mid-point when leader Andy Bryant had a mechanical problem and went on to capture his first Lucas Oil Speedway feature win of 2017.

“Man, it’s been a long time,” Striegel said of snapping his winless streak. “The boss man (car owner) John Stewart, he ain’t give up on me all year.

“I got a gift from Andy Bryant,” added Striegel, who started outside of row two. “I hate to see guys have bad luck like that. He would have had that race, bar none.”

Bryant had built up a sizeable lead over Striegel when the race’s second caution flew on lap 11 for contact between first-half points champion Shawn Strong and Kris Jackson, who were battling hard for third. Strong was given the black flag and sent to the pits.

During that caution period, Bryant pulled off with mechanical issues, ceding the lead to Striegel with Mike Hailman of Reeds Spring in second. That’s the way they ran over the final nine laps, with Taylor Moore of Bois D’Arc winding up in third.

Duvall earns USRA Mod win: Joe Duvall is only an occasional visitor to Lucas Oil Speedway, but he’s a contender when he does roll in. The Claremore, Okla., veteran earned his second Pitts Homes USRA Modified victory of the season, taking command over the final eight laps.

“We’re gone on the road a lot racing,” said Duvall, a frequent USMTS Modified competitor. “Man, I love this place. Up until the last couple of times we’ve been here, I’ve never really had anything to take home. Praise God, we had a good hot rod tonight.

“The cool part is my best friends, my wife and daughter are here. I’m usually calling home in the middle of the night.”

Terry Schultz took the lead from his outside front-row starting position and was in front when the race’s first caution came out on lap 10. Duvall, who started seventh, had moved into second and was starting to pressure Schultz with Terry Davis in third.

It took only two laps after the restart for Duvall to take the lead with an outside pass coming out of turn four. Duvall checked out from there, pulling away for a comfortable win as the rest of the race went caution-free.

Schultz held on for second with Davis third and Jeff Cutshaw in fourth.

Ott does it again in Street Stocks: Midseason Big O Tires Street Stocks champion Toby Ott kicked off the second half in familiar fashion, driving to his third straight feature victory.

Ott, of Wheatland, passed Bobby Barnett for the lead on lap seven and drove away for his fourth win of 2017.

“I’m kind of liking it,” Ott said. “Hopefully, there’s more to come.”

Ott made the winning pass one lap after the race’s lone caution. He said Barnett made the slightest of bobbles and he was able to take advantage by driving past on the inside.

“Bobby was running real good, tight and smooth,” Ott said. “On that restart he kind of slipped up a little bit on the bottom. He gave me an inch and I was able to grasp it.”

Barnett, of Republic, Mo., finished second with Camdenton’s Kenny Carroll taking third.

Multi-tasker, ARCA racer Michael Self tests with MDM at Lucas Oil; Iowa next

July 1st, 2017

TOLEDO, Ohio- MDM Motorsports is on the march, again. Coming off ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards wins at Talladega, Toledo and Michigan, MDM is apparently looking for more. That’s why a two-car MDM team tested at Lucas Oil Raceway Tuesday with drivers Michael Self and Sheldon Creed.

The test was two-fold…get prepared for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 coming Friday, July 21, and get both drivers familiar with the track. Neither has ever raced on the historic short-track on the west side of Indianapolis.

“I spotted and coached for Justin Haley last year and 2015, but I’ve never raced there,” said Self.

“There’s definitely a good bit to figure out. It’s a very unique place. I’ve heard so many drivers talk about it. There’s a lot to know about it…now I understand why.”

Self used every inch of the day to figure things out.

“That place has three lanes and you can run a variety of those lanes. I’m so glad we went and tested…it took a while to figure it out. We tested from 9 to 5…used every bit of that time. The team made a lot of changes, but me, personally, I used it to figure it out.”

In just a handful of ARCA starts, Self has turned in some impressive numbers, finishing a career-best third last year at Kansas, and third most recently at Pocono. In his career-first start at Mobile in 2014 he was running second inside of 15 laps to go before the transmission broke. He was also inside the top-10 at Daytona this year before he got caught up in a multi-car crash.

“When I look back at my ARCA races, we’ve been a top-three competitor everywhere, and that gives me a lot of confidence going into the next one.”

As impressive as the Salt Lake City, Utah driver has been in the driver’s seat, he’s matched every bit of it on the marketing side, securing title sponsorship from Sinclair Oil Corporation. You’ll see the big green dinosaur on Self’s No. 28 Chevy at Iowa and Lucas Oil.

“That’s one of my proudest achievements, securing a marketing partnership with Sinclair Oil Corporation. They’ve been wonderful to work with, and I couldn’t be more proud of my association with them.”

Despite his limited ARCA schedule — he’ll also run the remaining races on the NASCAR K&N West tour — Self keeps himself plenty busy attending school and keeping up with his own business.

“I have my own business…coaching road racing guys. I work a lot with the Trans-Am Series. I’ve got three full-time clients. I’m also doing a lot of development work with Ganassi on some of their Cup stuff. Been sort of an ambassador for Michelin and Ford too. It’s been a busy year…I think I’ll be home six days in June.”

Self is also a student at Central Piedmont Community College, finishing up his Associates degree before he plans to transfer to UNC Charlotte to complete his schooling.

“I’m even taking a summer class…I’m going to give a speech at school today. Most of my classes are online, which works well with my schedule. I’m focused on business administration, and I’m pursuing marketing within that.”

In the meantime, it’s back to school on Lucas Oil Raceway.

“It was a really productive day. It’s good to get back…building chemistry with the MDM guys. I’ve never raced there so it’s hard to tell how good we are. We were going off last year’s notes, but it definitely gives you confidence going into raceday.”

Patience, according to Self, was his biggest takeaway.

“Absolutely…being patient. Those are really long corners. On your typical short track, you sail it in, get it turned and back in the gas. But at Lucas Oil…the corners are so particular because they’re so long…they’re a tremendous part of your lap. You’ve got to get comfortable in the corners and the balance has to be just right.”

From school, to coaching, to his corporate partnerships, to the race car, it sounds like Self knows a thing or two about balance.

Self is also scheduled to compete in ARCA Racing Series events this year at Iowa Speedway and Kansas Speedway.

Discounted tickets for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 are on sale now at several Menards stores in Indiana. The tickets are being offered at $10 off the gate price, and can be purchased up through July 20. Kids, 11 and under, are free. For a complete listing of Indiana stores selling discount tickets, CLICK HERE.

The Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 marks the 13th ARCA appearance at Lucas Oil Raceway since its debut there in 1971. Former ARCA winners at LOR include Ramo Stott, Bob Schacht, Davey Allison, Ty Dillon, Frank Kimmel, Brandon Jones, Travis Braden and Chase Briscoe.

Raceway Schedule
ARCA Racing Series practice is from 12 – 2 p.m., followed by General Tire pole qualifying at 5. Pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions begin at 8:30 with the green flag waving just after 9. The 100-lap ARCA/CRA Super Series late model race precedes the 200-lap ARCA national tour event.

Media Coverage
The Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 is live on FS1 at 9 p.m. ET. ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring and live chat of all ARCA Racing Series on-track activities.

In the Lucas Oil Speedway Spotlight: Racing a family tradition for teen B-Mod driver Lexy Vanzandt

July 1st, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Lexy Vanzandt’s summer is typical of many 16-year-olds in that the Billings High School junior stays busy hopping from basketball camps to volleyball tournaments in preparation for another athletic and school year.

But unlike many teens, who might spend precious spare time at the nearest lake, Vanzandt can be found getting her hands dirty underneath a race car. On weekends, she’s behind the wheel of that car going up against some of the nation’s best USRA B-Mod drivers.

In her first full season competing at Lucas Oil Speedway, Vanzandt is a solid sixth in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod points chase. The second half of the season begins with a special Thursday Night Thunder program Presented by Casey’s General Stores and KY3 for Kids.

“I think it’s gone pretty good,” Vanzandt said of the 2017 season. “I didn’t do very good last year (her first in B-Mods) when I went to Lucas. The competition is just ridiculous that we have around here. Everybody in the USRA, the top 10, is from around here.”

From the time Vanzandt was little, there were few doubts she would drive a race car. Her dad, Ted Vanzandt, was a racer and her grandfather, Rex Merritt, is an iconic Modified driver still going strong after nearly four decades of success.

Call it a family affair. Even her cousin, Justin Allen from Urbana, occasionally races at Lucas. Earlier this month, a heat race found Merritt in the same heat race with Vanzandt and Allen.

“That’s the main reason I got a B-Mod, so I can race her and my grandson, Justin Allen, who’s coming off pavement and back onto dirt,” Merritt said. “I’ll probably quit after this year and run very little next year. My main goal was to run with the grand kids and race with Lexy. It’s fun.

“You can’t intimidate her. I always tried to help her and coach her and now she’s using everything I’ve taught her against me. The little squirt listens very well. Almost too well.”

Vanzandt said going to the races with her family was simply a way of life, which led her into driving go-karts and, eventually, bigger cars.

“My dad started racing when my mom (Kicia) was pregnant with me and he quit when I was about 10,” she said. “There for a while when I was playing around with go-karts my mom said, ‘We’re not going to get too serious and just see how she likes it.’ A couple of years later, my dad sold all his racing stuff so i could get better go-karts. It just progressed from there.”

Vanzandt was Monett Speedway Rookie of the Year in the introductory-level Midwest Mod class in 2014, track champion there in 2015 and moved into the more-advanced B-Mods a year ago. She again won top rookie honors at Monett, along with the sportsmanship award.

This year, the team set out to test the waters as a regular at Lucas Oil Speedway. While winning a feature is an obvious goal, she said a top-five finish would be great considering the competition.

“I think she’s doing real well and I’m very proud of her,” Merritt said of the season’s first half. “Not only racing, but the way she conducts herself. Plus, she’s a 16-year-old girl who not only races, but does most all of her own maintenance. Everything on a car is hands-on for her.”

Vanzandt said that was part of the deal with her Dad and “Papa” when she began racing.

“I was told at the beginning of racing, when I was little, that if i don’t help work on the car that I won’t race that weekend,” she said. “So as soon as I get home from a (volleyball or basketball) game or practice, me and my dad go out there and we work until things get done on the car.”

That sweat equity often is exchanged from knowledge from Merritt, who always is ready to offer helpful tips both on and off the track.

“A couple of weeks ago it was me, my cousin and Papa in the same heat and I was a little nervous at first because he is such a big role model to me,” Vanzandt said. “It was hard racing with him. I catch myself watching him instead of racing, sometimes.

“But I’ve watched him race for so many years that I learn every time I’m around him, different things and different tricks that he has.”

Merritt laughed about Lexy using one of those tricks against him on a restart earlier this season.

“The only tire marks on the left side of my car are from her,” he said. “She was doing exactly what I taught her. She’s a tough little racer.”

Vanzandt said she would like to eventually work her way into a position to compete on the United States Modified Touring Series, where the best of the best in the Modified world apply their trade. Merritt said the sky is the limit.

“Her head’s on right,” he said. “She’s grown up around adults all her life. She thinks more like an adult than a teen-ager. She can go as far as she wants to.

“She’s on the A-Plus program at school and doing some college credit stuff now. She’s lettered and starts on the varsity team in basketball and volleyball. She carries that competitive spirit with her there, as well.”

Vanzandt’s sponsors include Tailpipers, Day Motors, Yeoman Race Engines, Bassett, D1 Resources, AFCO, Midwest Sheet Metal, Chix Gear, Performance Bodies, Jerovetz Shock Services and Sancrest Trailer Sales.

“I have a lot of people who help me,” she said of the sponsors. “Plus my parents and Grandpa. They’re my main help and I can’t thank them enough.”

She’s back in action on Thursday in a pre-holiday-weekend program that includes racing in all four weekly divisions plus the lake area’s largest fireworks show following the races. AM Pyrotechnics will light up the night sky in a celebration of the upcoming holiday. Fans can visit participating area Casey’s for $2 discount coupons for admission tickets.

The Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models will featured in a special 25-lap, $1,000-to-win main event courtesy of Rains Ice.

There’s also a kids’ bicycle giveaway during intermission. Youngsters can sign up for the bicycle drawings at the Frogs Signs Jr. Fan Club table on the midway. Drawings will be held, based on age groups and size of bicycles.

Anyone interesting in donating bicycles prior to Thursday can drop them off at the speedway office or contact Assistant General Manager Danny Lorton at (417) 282-5984 or via email at dlorton@lucasoilspeedway.com.

There also will be a drivers’ autograph session on the south end of the midway from 5:30-6:15 p.m. for kids to meet and get autographs of their favorite drivers.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35.

Admission prices:
Adults (16 and up) $15
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $12
Youth (ages 6-15) $5
Kids (ages 5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $30
Pit Pass $30

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.

Lexy Vanzandt is sixth in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod points chase at Lucas Oil Speedway. (Lexy Vanzandt Motorsports photos)

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.

Strong, Cutshaw and Poe join Ott as Lucas Oil Speedway Midseason champions

June 26th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Putting the wraps on a spectacular first half of the 2017 season, Wheatland’s Toby Ott rolled to victory in Saturday night’s featured Big O Tires Street Stocks main event at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Ott, who had never won a feature in his career at his hometown track prior to 2017, earned his third feature triumph of the year and wrapped up the midseason championship in a program Presented by the Bolivar Herald-Free Press.

Other feature winners in the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series included Lance Town (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds), Shawn Strong (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods) and Johnny Fennewald (Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models.

The Midseason Championship program was Presented by the Bolivar Herald-Free Press. Midseason points leaders each received a $500 bonus, courtesy of Victory Lane “Track Action Review” and Lucas Oil Speedway.

Joining Ott as midseason champs were Jeff Cutshaw (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds), Strong (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods) and Aaron Poe (Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models).

There were no doubt about Ott’s run to the midseason title as he led all 25 laps for his latest victory, finishing well in front of second-place James Flood with Johnny Coats in third.

Ott said the original lineup had him starting on the outside, but he wound up going from the pole and jumped to an immediate lead.

“I knew when we took off up through there … that was a big plus and the bottom (of the track) was going to be the place to be,” Ott said. “I was able to keep it there and it all worked out well.

“I have a bunch of people who have helped me out,” added Ott, who said a General Motors 604 crate engine has been a key to his success.

“That (motor) and the car works great together,” Ott said. “I want to promote the crate. It’s a very cost-effective way to be out here on the race track.”

The race had only one caution, after lap one, and Ott was never threatened after that re-start.

Town wires field: Lance Town of Wellsville, Kan., from his pole-position starting spot, led all 20 laps to capture the caution-free Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature.

Town’s first feature win of the season at Lucas Oil Speedway was by a comfortable margin over runner-up Phil Dixon of Crosby, Texas, with Fennewald, doing double driving duty, in third.

“Starting up front helps a lot,” Town said. “My first race here was in ’13 and I used to drag race. Watching this happen (back then) it seemed like ‘this isn’t very hard, but it’s harder than it looks.”

Cutshaw’s fourth-place finish was good enough to wrap up the midseason championship. The Bolivar driver is the three-time defending track champion in the division.

“It’s not enough as far as I’m concerned,” Cutshaw said of finishing fourth, adding that he’s been a bit off since Show-Me 100 weekend in late May. “Right now, we’re a fourth or fifth-place car. We’re gonna work on it.”

Strong doubles up: Shawn Strong’s victory over runner-up Andy Bryant propelled Strong to the midseason title. Strong began the night four points behind Bryant, of Fort Scott, Kan. Strong prevailed by one point over Bryant.

“Lucas Oil Speedway, for the B-Mods, has the best competition in the country,” Strong said. “Mike Striegel, Andy Bryant, Kris Jackson … all those guys, they’re tough to beat. I had two wins, two seconds and a fourth and I won this thing by one point. Kudos to this place.”

Bryant led the first eight laps before Strong took the lead coming out of turn two on lap No. 9. Strong, of Republic, Mo., withstood multiple restarts following cautions to prevail with Bryant finishing second, Jackson third and Striegel in fourth.

Strong paid tribute to Wanda Gilman, who along with husband Bill, are supporters of his over the last few years. Wanda Gilman is going through some health issues and Strong dedicated the win – and the midseason title – to her.

“Bill and Wanda Gilman moved up here from Texas several years ago for racing,” Strong said. “Without their support, I could not be where I am today.”

Fennewald prevails as Poe takes midseason title: Johnny Fennewald of Appleton City, Mo., led the final seven laps to earn his second feature win of the season in the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model division.

Fennewald slid past Jon Sheets coming off turn two for the lead on lap 14. Sheets started from the pole and led the first 13 laps, but Fennewald took advantage of a restart after the race’s second caution to get past Sheets.

Fennewald held on from there for the win with Todd Shute finishing second and Sheets in third.

“We were a tick off tonight and a little bit snug in the feature,” Fennewald said. “You have to do what you have to do sometimes to win a feature.”

Meanwhile, in a race within the race, Poe finished seventh just one spot behind Aaron Marrant to nip Marrant for the midseason championship.

“I knew if I could hang right with him and be on his bumper, we would be all right,” Poe said of the battle with Marrant. “This year we really want to focus on getting this championship. With the midseason championship, I think we’re on the right path.”

Thursday Night Thunder next: The second half of the Weekly Racing Series season kicks off Thursday with a pre-holiday weekend Thursday Night Thunder program. It will be KY3 for Kids Night with a Bicycle Giveaway for youngsters and a huge fireworks program following the races.

Anyone interested in donating a new bicycle can drop it off at the speedway office during weekday business hours or contact assistant General Manager Danny Lorton via email at DLorton@lucasoilspeedway.com.

In the Spotlight: First Late Model win a special one for Poe, who sits atop tight Lucas points chase

June 23rd, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Lucas Oil Speedway Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane always is a happy place, but it seemed a bit more joyous than normal two weeks ago when Aaron Poe and his inner circle paid a visit.

“That meant a lot and it was big – not just for me,” Poe said of his first win, in the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model division.

“It was big for my dad (Tim Poe) and for Harriet (Chancellor),” Poe said. “She gave us an opportunity last year to drive ‘Cowboy’s’ car. It meant a lot to dedicate that win to him.”

Harriet Chancellor remains a major backer of Aaron Poe’s race team, which carries the No. 45 that Allen “Cowboy” Chancellor drove during his racing career. “Cowboy,” who also was a long-time owner of the Lucas Oil MLRA Series, died three years ago.

Poe, the Tailgate Guys Radio Show Spotlight Driver of the Week, is carrying on the “Cowboy’s” legacy quite well. The Warrensburg, Mo., driver has been ultra consistent this season, just his second in a Late Model, and holds an 11-point lead over defending track champ Aaron Marrant entering Saturday night’s Midseason Championships.

Being in front of the points at the conclusion of this Saturday’s event would mean a $500 bonus, thanks to Victory Lane “Track Action Race Review” and Lucas Oil Speedway. But the 31-year-old Poe has his eyes on a bigger prize.

“As far as the halfway point, we definitely would like to be up front … but we’re trying not to look too far ahead,” Poe said. “We’re trying to take it one race at a time and make sure we’re in contention each night, keep our car clean and if I do that, it’s usually a top-five car. We’re trying to manage the season the best we can.”

Poe’s racing passion began when he was about seven years old when his dad took him to his first race at Sedalia State Fair Speedway. He quickly got to know Bob Larson, a leading Modified driver at the time, and began to hang in the pits each week helping any way he could.

“We followed Bob all the way until I was about 16 and able to drive my own car,” Poe said. “(Larson) let me practice in his car at Adrian Speedway and, after that, I knew that I had to get one. That was all she wrote.”

Larson retired from racing soon thereafter and Poe’s next big racing influence was Jason Bodenhamer, a leading competitor on the MLRA circuit. Poe worked in Bodenhamer’s shop for a time and got to know the Chancellors. Later, Poe began to drive his own Modified.

Then last year, Poe’s brother-in-law, Warrensburg Modified racer Marc Carter was approached by Harriet about driving the No. 45 Late Model.

“Marc didn’t have the time to dedicate to two different cars, so he threw my name in the hat to Harriet,” Poe said. “Luckily, the stars aligned and she gave us the opportunity.”

Poe finished eighth in Lucas Oil Speedway points last season. He’s used that experience to propel him into 2017 where, in a new Bob Pierce Platinum car, he has two third-place finishes and a fourth to go along with the breakthrough feature win.

“Last year we were in a 2003 Warrior. for its age and how many laps it had, it did damn good,” Poe said. “It was clean and never had been severely wrecked. But we got into watching Bobby (Pierce) and he seemed to be really similar to my driving of driving style and what’s kind of how we locked into getting a Bob Pierce car. I’m glad we went in that direction. We have it dialed in.”

Poe said he and Tim, who’s the long-time men’s golf coach at the University of Central Missouri, and Wes Kirtley do most of the upkeep on the car. Sponsors include APEX Specialty Vehicles, Elite Auto Repair, All-Star Bail Bonds, Solar Pro Tint ‘n Tunes, Cowboys WAR, Central Bank of Warrensburg, Spies Enterprises, McTighe Motorsports, Gecco Graphics and Jennifer Kirtley Photography.

“I also have to give special thanks to Mom and Dad (Rhonda and Tim Poe), Marc and Andrea Carter, Barb Poe, Wes and Jeni Kirtley, Phil Sullivan, Chuck Anderson and Mark Lewis,” Aaron Poe added.

“It’s luckily been a real easy-going year so far,” Poe said of the car’s maintenance. “Not too much damage to repair or parts to replace. Hopefully we can keep that going.”

The Bolivar Herald Free-Press Presents the Midseason Championship program with action set in the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, the Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods. The Street Stocks will be running a special 25-lap, $500 to win main event.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35. The program is sponsored by the Bolivar Herald-Free Press. Look for $5 discount admission coupons to the races in this week’s edition.

In addition to this week’s racing action, the Lake of the Ozarks Corvette Club will be displaying cars on the midway.

This Saturday’s admission prices:
Adults (16 and up) $12
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $9
Youth (ages 6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $25
Pit Pass $30

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.

The Tailgate Guys Radio show, with co-hosts Lyndal Scranton and Steve Koehler, can be heard 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 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.

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.

Aaron Poe’s Bob Pierce No. 45 Late Model is a tribute to the late Allen “Cowboy” Chancellor. (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.

Tickets available for Off Road racing debut, just one month away, at Lucas Oil Speedway

June 22nd, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – What began with construction 15 months ago is nearing reality at Lucas Oil Speedway with the inaugural GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire just one month away.

Tickets are on sale for the July 21-23 event on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing series, which will usher in a form of racing rarely seen in the Midwest with the top off road short-course drivers in the world tackling the new, purpose-built track just over one-mile in length.

Classes in action include Pro 4, Pro 2, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy, Production 1000 UTV and Mod Karts.

Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said workers have been making constant progress on the facility with the covered grandstand going up over the last few weeks.

“The Off-Road track is really going to be something to see with side-by-side action and high-flying jumps,” Robinson said. “Off-Road racing is mostly associated with the West Coast and in the desert, so this is unlike anything in this part of the country in motorsports and we’re eager to debut it in just one month.”

Robinson said there is a limited opportunity for a VIP Suite at the Off Road venue for the three-day event. The price for that package is being finalized. The package will include: 25 VIP Skybox credentials and tickets for the event; a 20 foot by 20 foot skybox with luxury furniture, tables, a VIP host and dedicated grandstand seating for guests; dedicated VIP staff and security for the skybox area; 25 VIP meals on race day; soda, water and adult beverages available plus prime viewing.

Contact admissions director Nichole McMillen at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com for further information.

One series event – this weekend at Utah Motorsports Complex – remains before the GEICO Off Road Shootout presented by General Tire. Series points leaders are Rob MacCachren (Pro 2), Kyle LeDuc (Pro 4), Eliott Watson (Pro Buggy), Brock Heger (Pro Lite and Production 1000 UTV) and Brody Eggleston (Mod Kart).

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:
Noon – Spectator gates open.
Practice – Four rounds of practice with starting times for each to be determined.

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 is coming for the first time in 2017.

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.

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 21-23 at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo.

The VIP Suite, 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.

Midseason titles at stake as Lucas Oil Speedway’s Weekly Series kicks off key stretch on Saturday

June 22nd, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – The Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series kicks off a busy stretch in the Lucas Oil Speedway spotlight this Saturday as midseason champions will be decided. There’s plenty of intrigue with compelling points chases in all four divisions.

The Bolivar Herald Free-Press Presents the Midseason Championship program with action set in the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, the Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods. The Street Stocks will be running a special 25-lap, $500 to win main event.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35. The program is sponsored by the Bolivar Herald-Free Press. Look for $5 discount admission coupons to the races in this week’s edition.

“Our weekly racers are our backbone of what we do and we appreciate those guys,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “It should be a terrific program this Saturday with the championships at stake in all four classes and it’s going to be a fun stretch of races coming up for the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series before our next big special, the Lucas Oil Late Model Diamond Nationals (July 15).”

The closest midseason championship race is in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods where Andy Bryant of Fort Scott, Kan., holds a narrow four-point lead over Shawn Strong of Republic. Going into the special, $500-to-win feature, Kaeden Cornell of Willard is lurking just 38 points behind Bryant.

Meanwhile, in the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Aaron Poe of Warrensburg is 11 points in front of defending track champion Aaron Marrant of Richmond. Races also are tight in the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds as three-time defending track champion Jeff Cutshaw of Bolivar leads Hermitage’s Jason Pursley by 31 points and in the Big O Tires Street Stocks where Wheatland’s Toby Ott is 39 points clear of clear of Camdenton’s Kenny Carroll.

Extra money is on the line. The popular Victory Lane “Track Action Race Review” weekly magazine distributed throughout the season at Lucas Oil Speedway is helping boost the bonus for midseason track champions. The “Geared Up Program” will reward Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series midseason champs with a $1,000 donation from Victory Lane to be split among the four points leaders.

In addition, Lucas Oil Speedway is matching that $1,000 total of bonus money so the leaders in each of the divisions will receive a $500 bonus.

“We want to thank Debra Filkins with Victory Lane and we wanted to match her generosity as a way of showing appreciation to our weekly drivers,” Robinson said. “We know drivers and fans have choices of where to race and watch the races and we want them to know we appreciate them and look forward to seeing them over the next several weeks during this busy stretch.”

Following this week’s action, a special Thursday Night Thunder is set for June 29. Along with kicking off the second half of the Weekly Racing Series season, it’s KY3 for Kids Night with a Bicycle Giveaway for youngsters and a huge fireworks program following the races.

Anyone interested in donating a new bicycle can drop it off at the speedway office during weekday business hours, at the office prior to Saturday’s races or contact assistant General Manager Danny Lorton via email at DLorton@lucasoilspeedway.com.

Then on July 8 is Veterans and Military Appreciation Night Presented by the Springfield News-Leader Media Group. All veterans and active military, with ID, will be admitted free. In conjunction with the races that night is the Inaugural “Red White Blue & Que” professional barbecue event with fans invited to sample BBQ prior to the races, with proceeds going toward TheWarriorsJourney.org, a Ozarks-based organization that offers help to military veterans and their families. Go to RedWhiteBlueQ.com for more info on the barbecue event.

Robinson also noted out some other things for drivers to keep in mind as the season progresses:

Harley giveaway: The Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series drivers finishing in the top 10 of points at season’s end will qualify for the third annual drawing for a Harley-Davidson Roadster from Lawless Harley-Davidson.

Drivers receive entries into the raffle for each feature win in the 2017 Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series up to and including the Season Championship Night on Aug. 26. Drivers also receive entries into the raffle based on their finishing position in top-10 in the final season points standings.

Big Buck bonus: Street Stock drivers are reminded that if they enter a minimum of 80% of the Street Stock points races during the 2017 Lucas Oil Speedway season, their entry fee for the Oct. 6-7 Big Buck 50 will be waived. There also will be track provisionals to the two highest-finishing Street Stocks points racers that do not qualify for the main event.

Corvette Club this week: In addition to this week’s racing action, the Lake of the Ozarks Corvette Club will be displaying cars on the midway.

This Saturday’s admission prices:
Adults (16 and up) $12
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $9
Youth (ages 6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $25
Pit Pass $30

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.

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.

Andy Bryant holds a four-point lead over Shawn Strong in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod division. (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.

Reutzel holds off Haftertepe to capture Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek Finale at Lucas Oil Speedway

June 19th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Aaron Reutzel held off Sam Haftertepe Jr. to claim the Lucas Oil ASCS Bob Westphal Memorial Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek Finale on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Reutzel’s third ASCS Winged Sprint Series victory of the season also clinched the seven-race Sizzlin’ Speedweek points chase as well for the Clute, Texas driver.

Reutzel started from the pole after winning his heat race and set a blistering pace in the feature after the green flag flew.

Blake Hahn was able to get past Justin Henderson and into second place on lap four and started to pressure Reutzel when the race’s first caution came out on lap eight as Harli White spun in turn four.

“Blake’s the one that really worried me because I knew he could run the bottom pretty good,” Reutzel said. “The bottom was going away for us. I figured I had to abort it and I did at the right time.”

Using the top side to his advantage, Reutzel built a comfortable lead through the middle stage of the 30-lap race. But as he closed in on lapped traffic, Haftertepe began to close in and make it interesting.

But Reutzel expertly weaved through the slower cars and, when Haftertepe made a bid on the white-flag lap, he was able to prevail by about four car lengths at the finish.

“I was going through lapped cars pretty good, so I figured I had a big gap,” Reutzel said. “I was just cruising there and when Sam showed me a nose, I decided to take back off on that last lap. We were plenty good there.”

Haftertepe, of Sunnyvale, Texas, continues to sit comfortable atop the national point standings. He gave credit to the winner.

“He didn’t really make any mistakes,” Hafertepe said of Reutzel. “We did whatever we could do. We had a pretty good race car. Hats off to Aaron. He did a really good job tonight.”

Hahn, of Sapulpa, Okla., held on to finish third and Johnny Herrera of Albuquerque, N.M., finished fourth.

Boyles earns WAR feature win: Clinton Boyles of Greenwood, Mo., took command with 15 laps remaining and drove away to the 25-lap Lucas Oil POWRi WAR Sprint feature over runner-up Korey Weyant.

Chance Morton, who started outside of Boyles on row one, took a wild ride on lap two when he rolled his car entering turn two, landing it wheels down after making contact with the wall. Morton, of Coweta, Okla., walked away uninjured.

Wyatt Burks, starting inside of row four, advanced to second by lap three when the race’s second caution flew for Rob Hockett’s spin.

Burks battled past Boyles and into the lead coming out of turn four to complete lap five. Boyles pressured the new leader over the next five laps before taking command on lap 10 and driving away to his third WAR feature win of the season.

Series points leader Weyant, of Springfield, Ill., was second and Burks, of Topeka, Kan., wound up third.

“Weyant got by me in one and two and I knew that I had to hustle around,” Boyles said. “I knew if I stayed patient, we would get there and it all ended up working out. I’m sure they were right behind me fighting for it, but it was a lot of fun.”

Weekly Series next up: The Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series returns to Lucas Oil Speedway next Saturday night, June 24, for the Bolivar Herald-Free Press Midseason Championships.

Classes in action will be 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 Street Stocks will be the evening’s featured class running a special 25-lap, $500-to-win main event.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hots laps at 7 and racing at 7:35 p.m. 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.

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.

Racing and BBQ come together for ‘Red White Blue & Que’ July 8-9 at Lucas Oil Speedway

June 17th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Championship barbecue will be on the schedule along with championship racing in just a few weeks at Lucas Oil Speedway.

The Inaugural “Red White Blue & Que” Presented by Lucas Oil Speedway is set for July 8-9. The Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned competition will bring some of the nation’s top barbecue teams to south-central Missouri – and raise funds for a worthy cause.

The barbecue contest is in conjunction with the July 8 Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series program’s Veterans & Military Appreciation Night Presented by the Springfield News-Leader Media Group. Keeping with the veterans and military theme, proceeds from the Red White Blue & Que will go to 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.

All veterans and active military, with ID, will be admitted free to the races. And fans attending the July 8 program will have the opportunity to sample barbecue from the competing teams, on the Lucas Oil Speedway midway prior to the races, for $5, and vote for their favorite to determine “People’s Choice” winner.

The barbecue teams, which will set up on the Lake Lucas midway, will compete in the KCBS competition on July 9 with a prize fund of $5,000 on the line. 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.

Team entry spots remain available. For more information on Red White Blue & Que or to download an entry form visit RedWhiteBlueQ.com. Contest organizer Michelle Higgins can be reached at MichelleHiggins31@yahoo.com or by calling (417) 682-1568.

Red White Blue & Que also a part of the Ozarks BBQ Alliance Chase, a five-competition series with a $2,000 prize fund up for grabs for teams entering at least three events. It began earlier this year at Smoke on the Border in Gravette, Ark., and continues with the Willard Freedom Feast (June 23-24), Red White Blue & Que, Rockin’ Apples in Appleton City (Aug. 25-26) and Table Rock Boats and Bones in Kimberling City, Mo. (Sept. 16-17).

Visit the Ozarks BBQ Alliance Facebook page for more information on the Chase.

Classes in action in the July 8 Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series program 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 Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods will be the evening’s featured class running for a 25-lap, $500-to-win main event.

Action at the speedway continues this Saturday night with the Lucas Oil ASCS Winged Sprint National Tour’s Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek Finale. The POWRi WAR Sprint Cars also will be on hand with gates opening at 5 p.m., hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35.

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.

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.

Open-wheel action returns to Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday for the Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek finale.

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.

Bellm seeks “hometown track” breakthrough as ASCS Sprints return to Lucas Oil Speedway

June 16th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Coming to Lucas Oil Speedway always is a treat for Kyle Bellm just because it’s a little more than an hour’s drive for his hometown of Nixa, Mo. Lots of friends and family show up to cheer him on.

“It’s always fun to race in front of what for us is a hometown crowd,” Bellm said. ‘Wheatland is what we consider our hometown track because it’s the closest track we race that has Sprint Cars every year.”

But recent results there haven’t been all that pleasant for the 26-year-old. Bellm might even feel he’s due a little good fortune when he returns to Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday for the Lucas Oil ASCS Winged Sprint National Tour’s Bob Westphal Memorial Cup Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek Finale.

A little more than a month ago, during an ASCS Warrior Region event at Lucas, Bellm went upside down early in the feature race. A promising night, following a last-to-first heat-race win, quickly was ruined.

“We’ve had some really good runs in the past at Wheatland,” Bellm said. “That last one, we were really fast. We started last in the heat and won it, then redrew the eight unfortunately (feature start invert), then tried a little too hard and made a mistake.

“We had a rocket ship for a race car. It we can take our notes from what we learned from that race and cut out some driver error, we’ve got a really good shot this time.”

Bellm returns to the Ozarks with some momentum. He won Night Two of seven-race Sizzlin’ Speedweek Series on Saturday at Route 66 Speedway in Amarillo, Texas, earning $4,000. That snapped a two-year victory drought on the national tour and was a definite shot in the arm.

Action continued Tuesday night at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas., where Bellm was 16th. Other stops before Lucas Oil Speedway are Wednesday at Lawton (Okla.) Speedway; Thursday at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla. and Friday at Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo.

With two top-five finishes in eight starts prior to Wednesday, Bellm ranks 11th in ASCS National Tour points.

“It means a lot,” Bellm said of the Saturday win. “It’s especially good on a Speedweek like this where you’re running seven races. If you have a bad night, it’s hard to bounce back. Hopefully we can ride that momentum out for the rest of the week.”

Consistency is the biggest thing Bellm said has been lacking.

“When we’ve run good, we’ve really run good; when we’ve had an off night, it’s really been off,” Bellm said. “We haven’t had much in between.”

Bellm said that Speedweek can be a grind, both mentally and physically with not only the race schedule but long hauls in between.

“But if you’re running good, you can’t wait to get to the next one,” he said. “If you have a bad night, the best thing you can do is forget about it and move on to the next one. You can get down on yourself pretty easy. You have to start every night like it’s a new one.”

It’s not lost on Bellm what a victory at Lucas Oil Speedway would mean to his team, whose primary sponsor is Resource Asset Management Solutions (RAMS). He’s been close there before, with a runner-up a couple of years ago – but never celebrated in front of friends and family in victory lane.

He figures this would be a perfect time to cast aside the recent struggles.

“I’ve gotten close,” he said. “But recently we’ve been on a little spell there. We didn’t have a very good Hockett Memorial last year, then got tangled up earlier this year. So yeah, we’re looking forward to some redemption.”

Also on hand will be the Lucas Oil POWRi WAR Sprint Car Series, featuring the top non-wing Sprint Car drivers in the region.

Father’s Day Recliner Giveaway: On the eve of Father’s Day, one lucky dad will win a “Layflat Electric Recliner” courtesy of Scott Furniture in Osecola. Registration will take place at the Protect the Harvest display on the midway with a drawing for the winner held during intermission.

Gates open at 5 p.m. Saturday with hot laps at and racing at 7:35.

(Ticket prices)
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.

Kyle Bellm of Nixa, Mo., won his heat race before an accident early in the feature took him out of contention in May’s Open-Wheel Showdown at Lucas Oil Speedway. (Kenny Shaw photo)

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.

Open-wheel action returns to Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday for the Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek finale.

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.

ASCS National Winged Sprint Car Tour returns to Lucas Oil Speedway this Saturday

June 16th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – The high-speed open-wheel action of the Lucas Oil ASCS National Winged Sprint Car Series Tour Presented by MAVTV Motorsports Network returns to Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday night for the ASCS Bob Westphal Memorial Cup Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek Finale.

Also on hand will be the Lucas Oil POWRi WAR Sprint Car Series, featuring the top non-wing Sprint Car drivers in the region.

“The Sizzlin’ Speedweek Finale with the stars of the Lucas Oil ASCS Winged Sprint Series always is a highlight on our schedule,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “The ASCS Series along with the POWRi Wingless Sprints always produce thrilling action and our fans always turn out in force for this one.”

Fans got a sample of open-wheel action last month at Lucas Oil Speedway’s Impact Signs Awnings & Wraps Open Wheel Showdown. Brad Loyet captured the Lucas Oil ASCS Red River/Warrior Region Winged Sprints feature and Justin Grant took the Lucas Oil POWRi WAR Sprints win.

The seven-race Speedweek lineup began last weekend with Jake Bubak of Arvada, Colo., winning at West Texas Speedway in Lubbock and Kyle Bellm of Nixa, Mo., capturing the win at Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo, Texas.

With two different winners added to the season through Lubbock and Amarillo, the most consistent of all has been Johnny Herrera of Albuquerque, N.M., who leads the way in Speedweek standings. Currently runner-up in the overall National Tour, Herrera continues to chase Sam Hafertepe, Jr. of Sunnyvale, Texas, in the national standings with a 63-point separation.

Action continues Tuesday night at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas; Wednesday at Lawton (Okla.) Speedway; Thursday at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla. and Friday at Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo.

In the Lucas Oil POWRi WAR Sprints, Korey Weyant of Springfield, Ill., is the points leader. He’s 95 ahead of Wyatt Burks of Topeka, Kan., and 117 in front of Chris Parkinson of Gladstone, Mo.

Father’s Day Recliner Giveaway: On the eve of Father’s Day, one lucky dad will win a “Layflat Electric Recliner” courtesy of Scott Furniture in Osecola. Registration will take place at the Protect the Harvest display on the midway with a drawing for the winner held during intermission.

Gates open at 5 p.m. Saturday with hot laps at and racing at 7:35.

(Ticket prices)
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.

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.

Open-wheel action returns to Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday for the Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek finale.

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.

Reigning Lucas Oil Top Fuel Hydro champ Sanders declared winner of windy Haas Memorial

June 14th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Bryan Sanders and Nitrochondriac remained perfect in pursuit of a repeat Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series Top Fuel Hydro championship, but this celebration was a muted one.

“It’s disappointing because we really wanted to put on a show for the fans,” Sanders said Sunday at Lucas Oil Speedway after sustained strong winds forced the final run against Kevin Burgess in Locked and Loaded to be cancelled.

Sanders, on the basis of a 260 miles-per-hour run in the semifinals earlier in the day, was declared the winner at the 6th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic. It gave the Houston, Texas, driver a third win in three attempts in 2017.

The final three pro divisions fell victim to the conditions that caused Lake Lucas to turn choppy with no forecast of a wind break until near nightfall. Travis Tuttle in Short Fuse was declared winner in Top Alcohol Hydro and Tony Scarlata in Shazam took the Top Alcohol Flat without a finals run.

The divisions that were able to make finals runs saw Shawn Reed in Top Secret capture the Pro Mods, Eric Dement in Real Bad Boy take the Pro Outlaw, Tim Connelly in Crazy Train won Pro Eliminator, Steve Prewitt in Hold My Beer & Watch take Quick Eliminator and Kelvin Perkins driving Blown Money take Top Eliminator.

Other winners included Bill Miles in Krazy Kracker (Modified Eliminator), Al Kirschner in Plum Krazy (Stock Eliminator), Tracy Lowe in Intimidator (River Racer) and Nate Stephenson driving Dominator (Personal Watercraft).

Sanders had a strong run earlier Sunday in the semifinals, going 260.4665 with a 3.56-second elapsed time at 1,000 feet. Burgess won his semifinal in Locked and Loaded at 184.8973 mph and a 4.237 ET after opponent Scott Compton in Liquid Voodoo was disqualified for not staying within its lane.

“We had a tuneup in the boat and we wanted to see what it would do,” Sanders said of his anticipation for a finals run. “I wanted to run, but I understand. You have to go with safety.

“I think this boat was very capable of running a low 3.4 (ET) and above 260 (mph). Believe it or not, a couple of runs we made this weekend, it should have been way over the 260 range but that head wind was pushing the boat back and pushing the ET down. It the wind wasn’t blowing, we would have tagged 270 (Saturday) we think.”

Sanders said it was a weekend to celebrate, especially considering the big picture of the series title chase.

“It’s a win and we’ll take it. I really wanted to race for it, but we’ll take them as we get them,” Sanders said. “That’s three in a row and hopefully we can carry the momentum into the next race and keep it going.”

Tuttle had a 196.465 mph semifinal run in Short Fuse, strong enough for the Top Alcohol win. Scarlata went 164.233 in Shazam in the Top Alcohol Flat semifinal.

Next on the dirt: Open-wheel action returns to the Lucas Oil Speedway dirt track next Saturday night. It will be the Lucas Oil ASCS National Winged Sprint Car Tour Presented by MAVTV Motorsports Network for the finale of ASCS Bob Westphal Memorial Cup Speedweek 2017.

In addition, the Lucas Oil POWRi WAR Sprint Car Series will be on hand. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35.

For ticket information 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.

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.

Fennewald captures featured USRA Modified win as Ott, Poe and Bryant also prevail at Lucas Oil Speedway

June 12th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri- Johnny Fennewald prevailed in a tight battle with Eric Turner and picked up the featured Pitts Homes USRA Modified victory Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Fennewald, of Appleton City, Mo., earned $1,000 for the 25-lap victory as the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series returned after a three-week break.

Other feature winners in a program Presented by Networks of Mid-Missouri included Toby Ott (Big O Tires Street Stocks), Aaron Poe (Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models) and Andy Bryant (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods).

Fennewald regained the lead form Turner on lap six, after Turner had passed him coming out of turn four for the lead a lap earlier. Fennewald was checking out on the field, building nearly a straightaway-margin lead, when a caution on lap 14 bunched the field.

The two leaders broke away to make it a two-car battle for the lead with Turner looking for a way around Fennewald the rest of thew way. But Turner was unable to get past and Fennewald celebrated his first feature victory of the season – at least in a Modified.

Fennewald, doing double driving duty, has one win this season at Lucas Oil Speedway in a ULMA Late Model.

“I’ll tell you what, it’s been a while since I’ve been in a Modified and it takes one heck of a driving transition,” Fennewald said. “I want it to drive like a Late Model and it won’t. I’m kind of winded. These things wear me out.

“I want to thank Wes Summers. It’s his new Longhorn chassis. I have to give a big thanks to Mikey Bryant, Mitch Keeter and Kyle Strickler. They’re really a big help to me and good buddies, all three of them. I can’t thank them enough.”

Chase Domer wound up third with three-time reigning track champion Jeff Cutshaw in fourth.

Ott earns 2nd Street Stocks win: Toby Ott of Wheatland led all 20 laps for the Big O Tires Street Stocks feature victory, though it was far from a comfortable wire-to-wire drive to victory lane.

James Flood was on Ott’s back bumper when a caution flew after Tim Petty’s motor erupted into flames, leaving a five-lap shootout for the win.

Ott was up to the task, holding on for his second feature victory of the season after more than a decade of chasing his first win at his hometown track.

“I’m very excited,” Ott said. “I got the first time a couple of weeks ago and I didn’t expect to be back this quick, but I’m sure glad I am.

“I knew if I made a mistake, (Flood) was going to capitalize. I just had to hit my marks and was able to do that. Thankfully, the good Lord blessed me tonight.”

Johnny Coats finished third with Kenny Carroll fourth.

Poe prevails in ULMA Late Models: Warrensburg’s Aaron Poe took the lead with nine laps remaining and picked up his first career Lucas Oil Speedway feature victory, prevailing in the Warsaw Marine & RV Late Model main event.

Poe, driving No. 45 as a tribute to the late Allen “Cowboy” Chancellor who owned and operated the Lucas Oil MLRA for many year, was jubilant in victory lane in dedicating the win to Chancellor. He thanked Cowboy’s widow Harriet Chancellor for the motor and car, saying “she gave us this opportunity.”

“I couldn’t ask for a better night,” Poe said. “The track was a little heavy and we didn’t think that was going to be to our liking, but it was.”

Jon Binning, also of Warresnburg, was second with Johnny Fennewald third and Aaron Marrant in fourth.

Sixteen-year-old Kaeden Cornell was battling Binning for the lead when he quickly pulled off the track with mechanical issues on lap nine.

Poe drove past Binning and into the lead on lap 11 and had built a sizeable lead when the race’s fifth caution, on lap 15, wiped out the margin. Bob Cummings smacked the wall hard entering turn three, but Cummings was not injured.

But Poe was not deterred, pulling away for the win by about a half straightaway.

Bryant breaks through in B-Mods: Andy Bryant of Fort Scott, Kan., took over after an early back-and-forth battle with Shawn Strong and went on to capture his first Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod feature of the season.

Bryant and Strong traded the lead four times over the first eight laps before Bryant went in front on lap eight and never surrendered it. Strong, seeking his second feature win of the season, finished second.

“About lap I started seeing lapped cars and I knew if we caught those, they’d either be on the bottom or I’d be able to get around them easily,” Bryant said. “One of them, I got a little too close to. But I managed to pull away from them and get a win.”

Bryant continued a solid season that includes two second-place finishes and a third in four Lucas Oil Speedway starts.

Sam Petty wound up third with Rex Merritt in fourth.

Drag Boats conclude Sunday: The 6th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic on Lake Lucas concludes on Sunday with gates opening at 8 a.m. and eliminations beginning at 9. Final-round eliminations are set for 3 p.m.

(Spectator admission)
Adults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) $22
Youth GA/Pit Pass Combo (ages 6-15) $10
Kids GA/Pit Pass Combo (ages 5 and under) FREE
Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $50 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages (6-15)
(All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area)

Next on the dirt: Open-wheel action returns to the dirt track next Saturday night. It will be the Lucas Oil ASCS National Winged Sprint Car Tour Presented by MAVTV Motorsports Network for the finale of ASCS Bob Westphal Memorial Cup Speedweek 2017.

In addition, the Lucas Oil POWRi WAR Sprint Car Series will be on hand. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35.

For ticket information on all dirt-track, drag-boat or off-road events 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.

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.

Beal brothers work together to make their marks in Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series

June 12th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – For Shannon and Casey Beal, high-speed drag-boat racing is a family affair.

After many years of sharing a boat – and Pro Modified championships on the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series – the Beal brothers now have two boats and are chasing titles in different divisions.

“At Parker (Arizona) last year, we both took first place for the first time and now, the next goal is not only to win more, but for both of us to be on the podium celebrating championships,” Shannon Beal said.

The Beals are continuing that pursuit this weekend at Lucas Oil Speedway, where the 6th annual John Haas Memorial concludes on Sunday. Casey Beal rolled into the weekend second in Pro Outlaw points, driving Another Split Decision and he is the No. 2 qualifier headed into the final day.

Shannon Beal, in Split Decision, was 12th in the Pro Outlaw division and qualified 6th for the final day of the Haas Memorial.

“This year, Casey has done well. He was runner-up last race and all I’ve done so far is break parts,” Shannon Beal said. “There are days this sport humbles us and there are days it’s just clicking and it feels good.”

The family bond is strong in the Beal pit area. Dad Steve Beal is the crew chief and primary owner of the program. Mom Shirley Beal, along Shannon’s and Casey’s wives and kids also are on hand this weekend as Wheatland is just a two-hour drive from their Kansas City home base.

Getting involved in drag-boat racing was second nature to Shannon and Casey as their dad drove drag boats when they were youngsters growing up in Derby, Kansas.

“But people were starting to get killed and he retired,” Shannon Beal said. “Then when we got old enough and saw his trophies, we said, ‘we’ve got to do this.’

“I started when I was 16 and Casey when he was 14. That was 25 years ago. We pulled a big-block Chevy (engine) out of my Camaro at home when I was 16 and stuck it in a ski boat and went racing.”

The two were hooked, but boat racing was rough and tumble in those days before Lucas Oil got involved and sanctioned a series to make safety a bigger priority.

The Beals ventured into NHRA drag racing for a couple of years, running Alcohol Funny Cars.

“But we blew up more stuff than we cared to and took a couple of years off to regroup,” Shannon Beal said.

Then came word in 2011 that “Lake Lucas” was coming to Lucas Oil Speedway. The geography, along with the organizational aspects of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, made a return to boat racing appealing.

“We heard they were building this track and we said we were going boat racing again,” Shannon Beal said. “We were having to drive to Texas or Arizona to go boat racing. Here they built one two hours from our house. We said, ‘let’s go racing again’ and we slowly stepped back in and now we’re all in.”

The two shared a boat until a couple of years ago when Another Split Decision debuted. The Beals sometimes competed against each other and had a friendly rivalry. Casey Beal talks about photos of the two, racing side-by-side, that are keepsakes.

“We like to run (against) each other,” Casey Beal said, noting some friendly trash talk took place during radio transmissions in qualifying. “But on race day, I’d rather not race him.

“The race in Parker, where we both won, that never would have been possible if we were still in the same class.”

Also with a love for boat racing, the family shares knowledge of engineering. Steve Beal is an electrical engineer, Casey owns a mechanical engineering firm and Shannon is a sales engineer who works in the oil fields.

“One thing we pride ourselves on, we don’t pay a (engine) tuner and we don’t pay an engine builder,” Shannon Beal said. “We do all of that in-house. My dad has been doing this 40-50 years and he showed us.

“We do everything from rebuild the boats, rebuild the motors and rebuild the transmissions, all in-house.”

This weekend, they look to both be sharing victories on the podium again when action concludes on Sunday.

Action in the Haas Memorial concludes on Sunday with eliminations starting at 9:30 a.m. with final eliminations starting at about 3 p.m.

On Saturday, Bryan Sanders in Nitrochondriac was top qualifier in the Top Fuel Hydro class with a run of 260.8402 mph. Andy Reynolds, in Running With Scissors, is No. 1 qualifier in Top Alcohol Hydro at 199.2356 mph.

Schedule/ticket prices:
John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic
(Sunday schedule)
8 a.m. – Spectator Gates Open
9 a.m. – Round 1 Qualifying Sportsman Session
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

(Ticket prices)
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) 2-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20
All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area.

For ticket information on all dirt-track, drag-boat or off-road events 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.

Information including schedules, season results and archived stories on the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series can be found at LucasOilDragBoats.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.

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.

There’s so sign of slowing down for Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series champion Tony Scarlata

June 11th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – As his 50th birthday nears, it might be easy for Tony Scarlata to think about slowing down. But for one of the champions of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series, there’s no hitting the brakes just yet.

“How long do I want to keep doing this? Until I can’t physically climb into and out of a boat,” Scarlata said, with a laugh.

The California native has been racing Top Alcohol Flat Bottom boats, which routinely go in excess of 160 miles per hour, since 1990. This weekend, in the Tommy Thompson-owned Shazam, Scarlata seeks his third win in three 2017 series starts during the 6th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Scarlata, from Corona, Calif., said it’s always special to return to Lake Lucas for multiple reasons. Action resumes on Saturday with day two of qualifying.

“This one’s definitely at the top,” Scarlata said. “Number one, it’s Lucas Oil and that’s our primary sponsor. Number two, there’s something special about that man-made lake.”

Scarlata explained that it’s “very close-quartered” as opposed to spread out like events on natural lakes and rivers the series often competes on. At Lake Lucas, the spectators have prime viewing “and there’s not a bad seat in the house.”

“It’s just very prestigious to win the Lucas Oil Speedway way,” Scarlata added.

While some drag-boat racers got started driving dragsters on pavement, Scarlata always has stuck to the water. He explained how it came naturally, growing up in southern California where his family always went boating. There often was friendly competition between friends and other families.

“Their boat might be fast,” Scarlata said. “You’re riding with your dad and you always want your boat to be faster than the other family’s boat. That right there, when you’re a kid, gets you hooked into going fast on the water. Then I made a trip out to a race and I was hooked right there.”

As a teen-ager, Scarlata began to lobby his dad, Jim Scarlata, about getting him a boat to race. Jim Scarlata, who punted in the NFL for the Denver Broncos, said if Tony earned a college football scholarship that he would help him buy a drag boat.

Tony Scarlata, a running back and linebacker in high school, did earn a scholarship to Oregon State where he was a punter. Upon graduation, his dad followed through with the boat and a racing career began.

Unlike other who aspired to drive the faster “jet” type boats such as Top Fuel Hydro or Top Alcohol Hydro, Scarlata always has stuck with the Top Alcohol Flats. They’re often called the “Funny Cars” of boat racing, in comparison to drag cars.

“The bottom line is the flat bottoms are the boats that you have to drive,” Scarlata said. “It’s like when you ride a motorcycle. Any time you turn, you have to lean into the turn. It’s all you. It’s the same thing in this boat. We drive these things and we tell them how they’re going to go down the track. A jet boat or a hyrdo when you get into them, all you do is step on the gas.

“If you were to throw you in my boat, you probably wouldn’t even get it off the starting line. That’s just the way they are. They are set up to be driven. That’s why I like them.”

Even though he won the season’s first two events, Scarlata said he thinks the best is yet to come from Shazam.

“We haven’t had the perfect boat or engine yet, but we’ve won,” Scarlata said. “That’s just because we know how to race. We get by with what we have. But now we have a brand new boat. We had a test in Bakersfield two weeks ago and ran the first sub-5-second pass ever, basically on our first full lap down the track. So we just packed up the boat and sent it (to Wheatland).”

Scarlata’s goals remain simple. He turns 50 in July with his eyes on a seventh series championship at season’s end.

“The goal is to go undefeated, win the championship and set records along the way,” he said. “Ultimately, at the end of the year, you want to be up there on the podium at the awards ceremony.”

Action in the Haas Memorial continues on Saturday with action also set at night on the dirt track as the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series returns. Eliminations conclude and finals for the drag boats are Sunday.

Schedule/ticket prices:
John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic
(Saturday schedule)
7 a.m. – Registration Opens
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

(Ticket prices)
Adults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) $22
Youth GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 6 to 15) $10
Kids GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 5 and under) FREE
Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $50 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages (6-15)
Adult 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$50
Seniors (62 and up)/Military 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$44
Youth Ages (6-15) 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20
All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area.

(Sunday schedule)
8 a.m. – Spectator Gates Open
9 a.m. – Round 1 Qualifying Sportsman Session
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

(Ticket prices)
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) 2-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20
All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area.

On the dirt track:
(Saturday schedule)
Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35.

(Tickets)
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
(All Saturday Drag Boat tickets plus three-day drag boat passes include admission to dirt-track races)

For ticket information on all dirt-track, drag-boat or off-road events 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.

Information including schedules, season results and archived stories on the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series can be found at LucasOilDragBoats.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 Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series returns to “Lake Lucas” June 9-11 for the 6th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic.

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.

What’s it like to go 270 mph on water? “I love it,” says Lucas Oil Top Fuel Hydro champ Sanders

June 10th, 2017

WHEATLAND, MO – The fastest man on water says driving a Top Fuel Hydro drag boat is not for everyone.

“It’s like everything slows down the faster I go,” Bryan Sanders said. “I know that not everyone is built that way.”

Sanders, who piloted the Tommy Thompson-owned Nitrochondriac to a 270 miles-per-hour run earlier this year, looks to make it three wins in three starts on the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series this weekend. The 6th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic starts a three-day run on Friday at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland.

“We’re ready, man,” Sanders said of the trip to Lake Lucas. “We’ve had a big, long break since the last race and we are ready to go racing again. We love coming to Wheatland. That’s our premier track.”

Sanders won the Haas Memorial en route to his first Top Fuel Hydro series championship in 2016. The Nitrochondriac team hasn’t missed a beat with wins in Arizona at Chandler’s Valley of the Sun Spring Nationals and Parker’s Colorado River Challenge.

His 270.38 mph clocking during a 3.445-second run at the Colorado River Challenge was one of the fastest ever on water. The fastest pass in history remains the 274.95 mph that Scott Lumbert ran two years ago in the Spirit of Texas boat.

Sanders said that all-time speed record is something he would like to achieve.

“Is there more to come from it? Yeah there’s more to come,” Sanders said earlier this week in a telephone interview from his Houston, Texas home. “We’re not really leaning on it hard and it’s running the numbers it’s running. It can do more, for sure.

“I think 275 is very reachable and very do-able. I think we can make that happen. As we learn more in the progression of the boat and if we really wanted to step on it … it’s possible this thing could run 280.”

Of course, it would take a perfect combination of water, wind, temperature and performance for that to happen.

“It depends on where you are for safety and shutdown,” Sanders said. “When you get these speeds, this thing doesn’t want to stop. Second thing is water conditions, meaning temperature of the water. The colder the water, the faster this thing wants to go. So you go to a place like Augusta (Georgia) or Parker (Arizona) where the water is cold, that’s where you get your big numbers from. Phoenix is pretty much in the middle.

“You go to hot tracks and you’re not going after the miles per hour as hard as you are the ET (elapsed time). We went to a hot track in Marble Falls (Texas) and we broke the ET record.”

Sanders credits crew chief Todd Haas and owner Thompson for the results and for putting together a championship team. Haas came over to boat racing a year ago after several years working in NHRA drag racing on pavement with drivers such as Tony Schumacher and Cruz Pedregon.

“He made a big difference. He brought a lot of knowledge in technology with him over from NHRA, which he’d been with a long time,” Sanders said. “He’s an old boat racer so he knows the boats and bringing the technology (from NHRA) … the latest and greatest … he knows the boats. He knows how to apply it.”

Sanders is a second-generation drag-boat racer. His dad drove Top Alcohol Flats for several years, but before Bryan began racing boats he drove NHRA turbocharged car-tire drag bikes.

“Then I boat one boat and then another,” he said. “Now here I am, running Top-Fuel. It just progressed.”

Asked to describe the sensation inside the capsule when the Top Fuel fires off the line and reaches 250 miles-per-hour you could almost envision Sanders smiling over the telephone.

“I tell you, I love it,” he said. “I always get that little nerve-wracking deal right before I go. Who wouldn’t? When they close that capsule, it’s game on.

“The best sensation for me is when you throw the parachutes out and everything has done what it’s supposed to do, that’s when you take your breath. There’s nothing quite like it.”

Action in the Haas Memorial begins on Friday with the opening rounds of qualifying in both the pro and sportsman divisions. Saturday includes a doubleheader with racing both on Lake Lucas during the day and the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series on the dirt track at night. Drag boat weekend concludes on Sunday.

Schedule/ticket prices for the weekend:
John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic
(Friday schedule)
7 a.m. – Registration Opens
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

(Ticket prices)
Age 6 and up GA/Pit Pass Combo-$10
5 and Under GA/Pit Pass Combo-FREE
Adult 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$50
Seniors (62 and up)/Military 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$44
Youth Ages (6-15) 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20
All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area

(Saturday schedule)
7 a.m. – Registration Opens
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

(Ticket prices)
Adults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) $22
Youth GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 6 to 15) $10
Kids GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 5 and under) FREE
Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $50 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages (6-15)
Adult 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$50
Seniors (62 and up)/Military 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$44
Youth Ages (6-15) 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20
All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area.

(Sunday schedule)
8 a.m. – Spectator Gates Open
9 a.m. – Round 1 Qualifying Sportsman Session
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

(Ticket prices)
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) 2-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20
All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area.

On the dirt track:
(Saturday schedule)
Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35.

(Tickets)
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
(All Saturday Drag Boat tickets plus three-day drag boat passes include admission to dirt-track races)

For ticket information on all dirt-track, drag-boat or off-road events 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.

Information including schedules, season results and archived stories on the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series can be found at LucasOilDragBoats.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.

Bryan Sanders (right) and Tommy Thompson, owner of Top Fuel Hydro boat Nitrochondriac, have been a potent pair on the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series. (Bryan Sanders Facebook photo)

The Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series returns to “Lake Lucas” June 9-11 for the 6th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic.

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

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 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 action set on Lake Lucas and dirt track

June 8th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Lucas Oil Speedway plays host to one of its biggest weekends of the season, with high-speed action on both water and dirt coming up.

The 6th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic, featuring Top Fuel Hydros that roar in excess of 250 miles-per-hour, begins a three-day run Friday on “Lake Lucas.” On Saturday, it’ll be a doubleheader day with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series on the dirt track in the evening.

“This is one of those weekends where fans get that rare opportunity to combine two forms of racing,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “And remember, the admission to the John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic on Saturday, plus three-day drag-boat passes, includes admission to the dirt-track races.”

Robinson also noted that admission to the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series event on Friday, Saturday and Sunday – with qualifying runs each day before finals on Sunday – includes the pit area.

The boat action will include five pro classes – Top Fuel Hydro, Top Alcohol Hydro, Top Alcohol Flat, Pro Modified and Pro Outlaw. Sportsman classes include Pro Eliminator, Top Eliminator, Modified Eliminator and Stock Eliminator. Bracket classes are River Racer, Personal Watercraft and Personal Watercraft 2.

In the featured Top Fuel Hydro, the Tommy Thompson-owned Nitrochondriac, driven by Bryan Sanders, is off to a great start in defending the series championship. Nitrochondriac has won both events this season. Sanders, the reigning Haas Memorial winner, clicked off a 270.38 mph run earlier this season in Parker, Ariz.

“Wheatland is the premier track on the circuit,” Sanders said. “Forrest Lucas did a great job building that place and we love going there.”

Other leaders in the pro divisions in 2017 are: Top Alcohol Hydro – Mike DeClark in Little White Lie; Top Alcohol Flat – Tony Scarlata in Shazam; Pro Modified – Shawn Reed in Top Secret and Pro Outlaw – Vic Esposito in Freak Show.

On the dirt track Saturday night, The Networks of Mid-Missouri Present the Big Adventure RV Weekly Championship Series 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 Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds will take center stage on the evening with a 25-lap, $1,000-to-win feature.

With just two events remaining before the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series Midseason Championships on June 29, division leaders are Jeff Cutshaw (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds), Aaron Marrant (Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models), Toby Ott (Big O Tires Street Stocks) and Kris Jackson (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods).

On the midway before Saturday night’s races, Dennis Treece, author of “The True Story of Curtis Turner,” will be doing a book signing.

Schedule/ticket prices for the weekend:
John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic
(Friday schedule)
7 a.m. – Registration Opens
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

(Ticket prices)
Age 6 and up GA/Pit Pass Combo-$10
5 and Under GA/Pit Pass Combo-FREE
Adult 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$50
Seniors (62 and up)/Military 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$44
Youth Ages (6-15) 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20
All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area

(Saturday schedule)
7 a.m. – Registration Opens
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

(Ticket prices)
Adults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) $22
Youth GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 6 to 15) $10
Kids GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 5 and under) FREE
Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo $50 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages (6-15)
Adult 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$50
Seniors (62 and up)/Military 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$44
Youth Ages (6-15) 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20
All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area.

(Sunday schedule)
8 a.m. – Spectator Gates Open
9 a.m. – Round 1 Qualifying Sportsman Session
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

(Ticket prices)
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) 2-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20
All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area.

On the dirt track:
(Saturday schedule)
Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35.

(Tickets)
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
(All Saturday Drag Boat tickets plus three-day drag boat passes include admission to dirt-track races)

For ticket information on all dirt-track, drag-boat or off-road events 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.

Information including schedules, season results and archived stories on the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series can be found at LucasOilDragBoats.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 Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series returns to “Lake Lucas” June 9-11 for the 6th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic.

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

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 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.

After week off, busy summer awaits at Lucas Oil Speedway

June 6th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – After an exciting weekend in which young phenom Bobby Pierce captured the 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com, Lucas Oil Speedway will remain quiet this weekend.

But an action-packed month of speed awaits, on both land and water.

“You know it’s summertime when the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series returns and we’re excited to welcome the drivers, crews and fans next week for the 6th annual John Haas Memorial,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “It’s always a highlight of the season when we have doubleheader action on both ‘Lake Lucas’ and on the dirt track.”

The Haas Memorial, featuring the 250-mile-per-hour Top Fuel Hydro drag boats, is set for June 9-11. On June 10, it’ll be a water/dirt doubleheader with the boats racing during the day time and the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series at night.

The big weekend kicks off a busy summer at the complex. Open-wheel action returns on June 17 for the ASCS Bob Westphal Memorial Cup Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek Finale, featuring the ASCS Winged Sprint Cars and the WAR Sprint Cars.

The Big RV Weekly Racing Series Midseason Championships, Presented by the Bolivar Herald-free Press is set for June 24. A special Casey’s General Store “Thursday Night Thunder” Presented by KY3 for Kids is June 29. A fireworks show is scheduled, plus the annual Kids’ Bicycle Giveaway.

Not too far away is the inaugural GEICO Off-Road Shootout Presented by General Tire, on the new off road track, July 21-23.

For ticket information on all dirt-track, drag-boat or off-road events contact admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at Nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.

“We want to thank all the fans for coming out during Show-Me 100 weekend, especially those who stuck around or re-arranged their plans to be with us on Sunday after Saturday’s postponement due to severe weather,” Robinson said. “We’ll catch our breath this weekend and look forward to seeing everyone next week and throughout the summer.”

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 it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

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

The Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series returns to “Lake Lucas” June 9-11 for the 6th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic.

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.

Pierce Charges to Show-Me 100 Victory at Lucas Oil Speedway

June 4th, 2017

WHEATLAND, MO- Bobby Pierce came from the 14th starting spot to win 25th Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 – Presented by Protect the Harvest.com on Sunday Night at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Pierce took the lead from Earl Pearson Jr. on lap 87 and then pulled away for his third crown-jewel victory in less than a year. The 20-year-old became the 12th different driver to win the Show-Me 100, a race his father, Bob, finished in the top-five on four different occasions.

Pearson led 86 of the 100 laps to ultimately finish second in the Carlton and Kemp Lamm-owned Longhorn Chassis Ford with Tim McCreadie taking third in the Sweeteners Plus, Pro Power, Longhorn. Scott Bloomquist; the only 5-time winner of the annual Memorial Weekend event; finished in fourth and Jonathan Davenport, the 2015 champion of the race came from the 30th starting spot to finish fifth.

“Last year we started 29th and got up to the front and had the lead under caution when we suffered a flat tire. So yes, this feels like redemption from last year’s disappointment. We started 14th tonight, but it was a lot harder, once you get up there with those guys it got a little tougher.”

“I just want to thank a lot of people associated with this car, Hoker Trucking, Allgayer Inc, Champion Spark Plugs, Premier Waste Services, Berger’s Marina, Carnaghi’s Towing.” Pierce’s Bob Pierce Platinum Race Cars is powered by a Pro Power Engine.

“The track would make the car bounce like a basketball. I know they were trying to make it a good track, and it did make for some good racing, so hats off to the track crew. I know they were wanting a good show for television. It was a heck of a race. Congrats to Earl on second and T-Mac for third. I am sorry I got into him [McCreadie] there at one point.”

Pearson was seeking his first career Show-Me 100 victory. “The track started out smooth and we had a good car all night, we got the lead from Tim [McCreadie]. It got a little choppy on the cushion and it was Bobby’s kind of track. We held him off for nearly 90 laps. It was a good run for the Lucas Oil Racing TV car. We have been running strong. The fans saw one heck of a show this weekend.”

McCreadie recorded yet another top five with his third-place finish after starting from the pole. “We struggled in the holes tonight just like we did last year. We set-up for the track like it had been the last two nights. Hats off to my guys. The Longhorn crew is working hard to get us to victory lane. It’s all about winning races. If you win races your chances of winning a championship are better against this caliber of drivers.

Completing the top ten were Gregg Satterlee, Dennis Erb Jr., Jared Landers, Josh Richards, and Shannon Babb.

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About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nation’s premier dirt late model sanctioning organization. In 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.

Pierce seizes command late to capture 25th annual Show-Me 100 at Lucas Oil Speedway

June 3rd, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – After nearly winning his first Show-Me 100 a year ago, Bobby Pierce finished it off this time.

Pierce led the final 14 laps, overtaking Earl Pearson Jr. and pulling away down the stretch to capture the 25th Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtectetheHarvest.com Sunday night at Lucas Oil Speedway.

“It’s not the World (100) or the North-South, but it feels just the same if not better,” the 20-year-old Pierce, of Oakwood, Ill., said after earning the $30,000 first prize. He’s now won all three of those “crown jewel” races in the last 10 months.

Pierce finished 3.299 seconds ahead of Pearson with Tim McCreadie third, Scott Bloomquist fourth and Jonathan Davenport – who drove from a 30th starting position – fifth.

Delayed by a day due to severe weather, the 100-lap main event did not disappoint. While Pearson dominated most of the way, leading 84 laps, it was the 14th-starting Pierce who had the right stuff at the right time.

The young star advanced from 29th to the lead a year ago before a flat tire, under caution, relegated him to a sixth-place Show-Me 100 finish.

“Whenever you can get a win, whether it’s a local race of a crown jewel like this, it’s the best thing in the world,” Pierce said, adding that that he had to work harder this year than last – even though he had only half as far to come.

“That race would make your car get up on two wheels,” Pierce said of 2016. “This race, it made your car bounce, like a basketball. It wasn’t smooth, but it was a good track for racing.”

Pole-sitter McCreadie, of Watertown, N.Y., led the first two laps before Pearson grabbed the lead coming out of turn two on lap No. 3. The Jacksonville, Fla., veteran wouldn’t give it up Pierce took over coming out of turn two on lap 87.

Pierce negotiated lapped traffic to win by a comfortable margin and an estimated crowd of 6,000 cheered as he took the checkered flag, then again as he emerged from his car in victory lane.

“The track was smooth when we started and then it got choppy,” Pearson said. “Bobby’s the man to beat in that situation. It got choppy and I was watching the leaderboard and saw that 32 coming. I knew it was gonna be hard to beat him.”

The race was red-flagged on lap 11 when Payton Looney of Republic, Mo., slowed down and came to a halt in turn two as flames shot out from underneath his car.

Looney, 22, was making his first Show-Me 100 start after qualifying sixth. He was debuting a new motor, but his night came to an early end and he wound up 30th.

“I don’t really know what happened. It just locked up,” Looney said. “It’s a disappointing end to a great weekend.”

Pierce advanced into the top five by lap 38. Meanwhile, Davenport surged from 30th into eighth by the time the race’s fifth caution came out on lap 41.

Pearson continued to lead after the restart with McCreadie a clear second followed by Owens, Bloomquist, Pierce and Davenport when caution No. 6 slowed the field on lap 47.

After the restart, McCreadie began to close the gap on Pearson and Pierce used the high groove to move into third, ahead of Bloomquist and Owens. A lap-75 caution then set the stage for a 25-lap sprint to the finish.

Pierce moving into second a lap later, following contact with McCreadie as the two battled off turn two.

“I have to apologize to ‘T Mac.’ I got into him pretty hard over there and I know he wasn’t too happy,” Pierce said. “I tried to race everybody clean, but on a treacherous track like this, it’s hard.”

Pierce said Saturday’s postponement, after two struggling days of preliminaries, worked in his team’s favor.

“The day off helped a little bit,” Pierce said. “We had a chance to sit back and analyze.”

Pearson said the weekend was terrific overall, with a win in Thursday’s “Cowboy Classic Presented by Hot Rod Processing” his first triumph at Lucas Oil Speedway in eight years.

“To have a win and a second, that’s pretty good for us at this place,” Pearson said.

In an oddity, the three B Main winners all drove No. 18 cars – Chase Junghans, Shannon Babb and Jack Sullivan.

Jake O’Neil then won the Midwest Sheet Metal Challenge last-chance race. He opted to forfeit the $2,500 first prize for an opportunity to start 29th in the Show-Me 100. He wound up 26th.

“We’re here to make the show and we’re here to put on a show for the fans,” O’Neil said. “I can’t thank everybody enough at Midwest (Sheet Metal) for giving us a chance. We’re here to race.”

Culp wins USRA Modified feature: In a highly competitive four-car battle for the win, Timmy Culp of Batesville, Ark., held on to capture the $1,200-to-win Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature.

“The track was kind of elbows up tonight,” Culp said, noting that he watched how Pierce used the high side to his advantage in the Show-Me 100 and tried to emulate that path.

Culp and Turner traded the lead three times over the first 10 laps before Culp went ahead to stay. Turner made repeated bids, including a final-lap restart, but could not get past.

Jake Lassiter was a close third with Lance Town fourth and Jason Pursley in fifth.

Up next: Lucas Oil Speedway takes next weekend off. Action resumes June 9-11 with the 6th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic on Lake Lucas. Also, on June 10 the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series resumes on the dirt track with the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds running a special 25-lap, $1,000-to-win feature.1

McCreadie captures “Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson” as Show-Me 100 weekend rolls on

May 29th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Tim McCreadie made his first-ever victory at Lucas Oil Speedway a timely one Friday night. He hopes it sets the stage for something much bigger on Saturday.

McCreadie, the veteran Dirt Late Model driver from Watertown, N.Y., beat four-time Show-Me 100 champion Jimmy Owens to capture the “Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson” to pick up $6,000.

The stakes will be $30,000-to-win Saturday’s 100-lap, 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com.

“It’s a lot of fun when you hit it right,” said McCreadie, who drives a Longhorn chassis. “Any time you can beat him and Don (O’Neal) and the guys that are on this tour, you cherish it, man. This tour is damn hard.”

McCreadie and Owens, through points earned through the first two nights of preliminary action, will start on the front row of Saturday night’s feature. McCreadie earned the most points and will start from the pole.

The weekend, which began with a win by Earl Pearson Jr. in Thursday night’s “Cowboy Classic Presented by Hot Rod Processing,” is co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

Friday’s feature was named in honor of Don and Billie Gibson, former owners of West Plains Motor Speedway and founders of the Show-Me 100 in 1993. It saw McCreadie drive from a 10th starting position to the victory, moving into second place by lap 17.

Darrell Lanigan got the jump on pole-sitter Payton Looney and zoomed to the lead at the drop of the green. He set the pace until Owens got past him on lap 14 and quickly opened up a half-straightaway’s advantage.

McCreadie, using lapped traffic to his advantage, quickly closed in. He caught and passed Owens going down the backstretch on lap 30 and started to pull away when the race’s first caution flew on lap 32 for Mason Zeigler’s spin in turn four.

Lanigan spun a lap after the restart for the second caution, leaving McCreadie, Owens, O’Neal, Looney and Scott Bloomquist as the top five with seven laps remaining.

McCreadie put it away down the stretch to win by about 10 car lengths over Owens. O’Neal finished third followed by Bloomquist, Josh Richards and Looney, a local fan favorite from Republic, Mo.

Looney accumulated enough points to earn an outside, third-row starting position for Saturday’s feature. He will be right in the middle of a bunch of the sport’s heavyweights – with McCreadie leading the charge at the start.

“We’re just thankful that the crowd came out. This is the mecca of racing right here,” McCreadie said.

“I want to thank the Labonte family for putting faith in me to drive their cars. A Longhorn Chassis won here last night with Earl [Pearson] and we brought home the win tonight,” McCreadie added.

McCreadie said he was a bit concerned with Owens behind him after the final caution.

“Jimmy Owens is a professional and he wins here more than we probably ever will,” McCreadie said. “You’re always worried. I just figured I’d stick to where I was at and, if he beat me, I’d shake his hand and tell him he did a great job.”

Owens, third in Thursday’s feature, not only is defending Show-Me 100 champ but has won the race four times in the six years it’s been held at Lucas Oil Speedway. The Newport, Tenn., veteran feels good about his chances on Saturday.

“We’ve got a good hot rod,” Owens said. “We have a good feel for this place and the car is working good. We can work up high or down low.

“We’re going to be sitting pretty good in the points tomorrow night. You’re a sitting duck when you’re out here leading because this track is so racy. You don’t know if you need to be up high or down low. You need to be about fifth or sixth tomorrow, starting.”

Looney was Miller Welders Fast Qualifier with a lap of 15.558 seconds. Looney then went on to earn the pole in the feature by holding off Pearson, Thursday’s “Cowboy Classic Presented by Hot Rod Processing” winner, in the first heat race.

“One of the biggest things here is timing in. I’m just glad we were able to do that,” Looney said.

Other heat-race winners were Dennis Erb, O’Neal, Lanigan, Owens and Mike Marlar.

Feature lineup (top 18 in points through two nights. Remainder of field will be set through B Mains on Saturday)
Row 1 – Tim McCreadie, Jimmy Owens
Row 2 – Earl Pearson Jr., Scott Bloomquist
Row 3 – Mike Marlar, Payton Looney
Row 4 – Darrell Lanigan, Mason Zeigler
Row 5 – Don O’Neal, Chris Simpson
Row 6 – Steve Francis, Rodney Sanders
Row 7 – Josh Richards, Bobby Pierce
Row 8 – Dennis Erb Jr. Greg Saterlee
Row 9 – Billy Moyer, Billy Moyer Jr.

Dotson earns USRA Modified feature win: Matt Dotson, after finishing second a night earlier, found his way into Pitts Homes USRA Modified victory lane.

Dotson, of Sturgeon, Mo., passed Timmy Culp on lap eight of the 20-lap feature and didn’t look back. The two started on the front row.

Jason Pursley of Hermitage finished third with Scott Drake in fourth and Eric Turner fifth.

Through points accumulated the first two nights, Dotson and Turner will start on the front row of Saturday’s USRA Modified feature. Jeff Cutshaw and Purlsey will start on row two.

The rest of the top 16 are Culp, Chad Wheeler, Chase Domer, Johnny Fennewald, Dean Wille, Terry Schultz, Jackie Dalton, Mickey Lassiter, Mike Striegel, Jared Russell, Lance Town and JC Morton.

Finale on Saturday: Gates open at 4 p.m. Saturday for the final night of Show-Me 100 weekend, with hot laps at 7 and racing set for 7:35 p.m. Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds also will compete for a $1,200-to-win feature.

Ticket prices:
Adults (16 and up) $30
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $27
Youth (age 6 to 15) $10
Kids (age 5 and under) FREE
Pit Pass $40
Family Pass $60

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 it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

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

The 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com is May 25-27 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.

McCreadie Wins Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson

May 28th, 2017

WHEATLAND, MO – Tim McCreadie took the lead on lap 30 from race-leader Jimmy Owens and then went on to win the 40-lap, Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson on Friday night at Lucas Oil Speedway. The event was co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil MLRA Series.

McCreadie’s second full-year of running the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tour has been off to a fruitful start. He claimed his third win of the season in the Sweeteners Plus, Penske Racing Shocks, Pro Power Racing Engines, Longhorn Chassis No. 39; it was also McCreadie’s first ever win at Lucas Oil Speedway. Owens; who has eight career wins at the track; finished in second in his Ramirez Motorsports, E3 Spark Plugs, Boomtest Well Service, Durham Racing Engines, Rocket Chassis. Don O’Neal’s Clint Bowyer Dirt Motorsports, Peak Antifreeze and Coolant, Clements Racing Engines, Club 29 entry finished third, with Scott Bloomquist and Josh Richards completing the top-five.

Darrell Lanigan led the first 14 laps of the race until Owens charged to the lead. Owens then ran the top line as McCreadie came from the outside of row number five using the bottom groove and closed the gap on the leader. McCreadie then chased down Owens and passed him on lap 30 to take the top spot. McCreadie withstood two cautions late in the race to take his car to victory lane by several car lengths at the end.

“I want to thank the Labonte family for putting faith in me to drive their cars. A Longhorn Chassis won here last night with Earl [Pearson] and we brought home the win tonight. From where we started and as good as the track was, I thought it would be tougher than it was. The car rolled through the corners at the beginning of the race and I was passing cars low and high, it handled like a dream.”

“We showed a lot of speed tonight like last night. But when I got up there with Jimmy [Owens] I knew it would be tough to get by him. He runs so well here, if you can pass Owens here, then you have really done something special. This is my first win here and I will probably never get close to what he has done at this race track. To beat guys like Jimmy and [Don] O’Neal you must be near perfect to get it done. I just hope tomorrow night that we can run all 100 laps consistently, but you never know,” said the 43-year-old driver.

Owens was all smiles afterwards even though he suffered a rare defeat at Lucas Oil Speedway. “We have had so much success here that it’s hard to get down about getting beat tonight. He [McCreadie] was good, no doubt about it. For a guy to come from where he started, that says a lot about this race track tonight. It was a good hard race and I hope the fans enjoyed it. We just have the right set-up for this track and could run anywhere on it tonight.”

“I had some miscommunication with my crew, I was running high and I should have gone down low where McCreadie was running. Anyway, I thought I could get back around him, but he was strong tonight and he deserved the win. We had a good points night again and should get a good starting spot here tomorrow night for the big show.”

O’Neal charged late in the race to capture a third place finish. O’Neal started fifth and battled with Owens for the second spot towards the end of the race. “We had a good car tonight. The crew worked hard after last night, it was a good comeback as well. Tonight’s B-Mains were awesome and I figured the feature would be the same way and it definitely did not disappoint.”

Completing the top ten were Payton Looney, Earl Pearson Jr., Dennis Erb Jr., Mike Marlar, and Chris Simpson.

Pearson holds off Bloomquist to win opening-night feature as Show-Me 100 weekend begins

May 28th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Earl Pearson Jr. fired the first winning shot Thursday night as the 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com kicked off its three-night run at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Pearson, of Jacksonville, Fla., led the final 24 laps to capture the opening-night “Cowboy Classic Presented by Hot Rod Processing,” outlasting Scott Bloomquist to take the $6,000 win.

“I enjoy coming here and racing. It’s a beautiful place,” said Pearson, a former Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series champion who last won at Lucas Oil Speedway in a mid-summer event in 2009. “All in all, for our guys and all the sponsors at Lucas Oil Speedway, I’m proud to be in victory lane.”

Four-time Show-Me 100 champ Jimmy Owens finished third, Tim McCreadie was fourth and Mike Marlar came home fifth. A total of 67 Late Models checked into the pits for the event, co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Lucas Oil MLRA.

Billings’ Jesse Stovall started on the front row alongside Bloomquist and got the jump after the green flag. Stovall led the first 14 laps until Pearson passed him in lapped traffic on lap 15 with Pearson leading until Stovall went back in front on lap 21.

Pearson grabbed the lead for good on the next lap after Stovall made contact with a slower car, damaging the right side of his car. Stovall began a steady fade over the next few laps and, after a late-race incident brought out the race’s only caution on lap 39, he wound up 20th.

“Stovall had the right line there early and in lapped traffic, he had to move around,” Pearson said. “That definitely helped us in that situation.”

The lone caution set up a six-lap shootout in the 45-lapper – a tribute to the No. 45 driven by Chancellor during his racing career. While pondering the re-start, Pearson was less than thrilled by the scenario that saw his lead over Bloomquist wiped out.

“I didn’t need to see that caution. I knew Scott would be awfully tough,” Pearson said. “I’m just glad the checkered flag came out because I could hear him back there.”

Bloomquist, of Mooresburg, Tenn., said if the final lap had been for $30,000 instead of $6,000, “there might have been a few scratches on the side of the car.”

“But the car was good,” said Bloomquist, the only five-time Show-Me 100 winner, after gaining valuable points toward a starting spot in the big show on Saturday.

Top finishers got a jump-start on collecting points, awarded on the first two nights, toward the first 16 starting positions in Saturday night’s 100-lap Show-Me 100.

“We have two more days here,” Pearson said. “Maybe we can get back into victory lane.”

For Owens, of Newport, Tenn., it was a good start at a place where he’s won seven times in the last six years.

“We’ve just got a good little set-up here that seems to work good with about any car we run here,” Owens said. “This track just suits us real good.”

Heat race winners were Bloomquist, Darrell Lanigan, Payton Looney, Stovall, Pearson and Owens. Mason Zeigler of Chalk Hill, Pennsylvania set fast time with a lap of 15.986.

Duvall wires USRA Modified field: Joe Duvall of Claremore, Okla., led all 20 laps to capture the Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature.

Matt Dotson of Sturgeon, Mo., was second and Bolivar’s Jeff Cutshaw, the three-time reigning Lucas Oil Speedway track champ, finished third.

“The local cars here that race every week are pretty good,” said Duvall, who’s spending much of his season on the United States Modified Touring Series. “I got around Cutshaw pretty quick there and I didn’t know what to do.

“I lost a USMTS race a couple of weeks ago and I wasn’t gonna let that happen again.”

Ryan Middaugh came home fourth with Chad Wheeler in fifth.

Coming up: Action resumes on Friday night with another full program for the Late Models, featuring the $6,000-to-win “Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson” honoring the long-time West Plains Motor Speedway owners who started the Show-Me 100.

Drivers will collect points from Thursday and Friday races to set the first 18 starting position for Saturday’s 100-lap Show-Me 100.

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 it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

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The 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com is May 25-27 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.

Pearson Powers to Cowboy Classic Victory

May 28th, 2017

WHEATLAND, MO – Earl Pearson Jr. gained the lead on lap 15 from Jesse Stovall and then held off Scott Bloomquist in the final laps to win the Cowboy Classic – presented by Hot Rod Processing on Thursday night at Lucas Oil Speedway. The event was co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association (MLRA).

Pearson kicked off the 25th Annual Show-Me 100 weekend with his second LOLMDS win of the season over Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Tim McCreadie, and Mike Marlar.

It was a very competitive race from start to finish as Pearson withstood a lap 39 restart challenge from Bloomquist, who had pulled even with Pearson several times in the final six laps but could never clear him.

“That was a heck of a race,” said Pearson in Lucas Oil Victory Lane. “Stovall was good early on the top. We were trying to find a spot on the track to be consistent at. The car kept moving around. The traffic was tough, but everybody gave each other plenty of room to pass. I didn’t want to see that last caution. I saw on the scoreboard that Scott [Bloomquist] was behind us. I knew he wouldn’t try a slide job and take both of us out. He drove us clean. He got beside me there several times, but my car was better into three and four than his.”

“I knew Jimmy [Owens] was back there as well. They went out before the race and tilled the top and that made for some good racing. I don’t know if it would have held up for 100 laps, but it was good enough for 45 tonight. I want to thank my crew and all my sponsors. Thanks to Carlton and Kemp Lamm and the whole Dunn-Benson Ford Team – it’s always good to win here at Lucas Oil Speedway.”

The four-time LOLMDS National Champion’s Longhorn Ford is powered by a Wallace Racing Engine and sponsored by Dunn-Benson Ford, Lucas Oil Racing TV, MAVTV, Penske Racing Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels and Freeport Recycling.

Bloomquist who started on the pole, finished second in his Crop Production Services, Reece Monument Company, and Mark Martin Automotive-sponsored Sweet-Bloomquist entry. “I knew I was a sitting duck when they went out and worked the top of the track. I waited a few laps too late to get going. I lost two positions there at the start. I could finally go to the middle and top and gained back those spots that I lost. It was a good race there among the four of us. A lot of front tires I think we’re giving up there late in the race. We will be ready for Saturday Night!”

Owens was in the hunt coming on to finish in third place. “This Ramirez Motorsports car was really good tonight. It took us a while to get going. We caught those guys up front after [Tim] McCreadie and I had a good race going on there. We just have the right set-up for this track that is why we have been so successful here in the past. We will come back tomorrow night and get better and then get ready for 100 laps on Saturday Night.”

Completing the top ten were Darrell Lanigan, Bobby Pierce, Gregg Satterlee, Mason Zeigler, and Billy Moyer Jr.

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Looney and Grady ready for Show Me 100 weekend

May 26th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri- This weekend is a big one for Dirt Late Model racing. The 25th running of the Lucas Oil Show Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com fires off Thursday evening, culminating with Saturday’s $30,000 to win feature at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri. It is the first traditional Late Model Crown Jewel of the season.

Thursday and Friday will feature $6,000 to win events, with points accumulated throughout the weekend setting up the field for Saturday’s action. Thursday’s “Cowboy Classic” honors longtime Lucas Oil MLRA owner Allen “Cowboy” Chancellor. Friday is all about the history of this great event founded by Don and Billie Gibson at West Plains Motor Speedway.

Among a host of storylines are a pair of Lucas Oil MLRA rookies who are challenging Rodney Sanders for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year crown. Payton Looney and Jeremy Grady each have their sights set on the ultra tough tour this season.

Looney, a recent graduate from Missouri State University, is in his third year driving for Jeremy Atnip and family. Recently he picked up his first Super Late Model win and is thrilled to be racing full-time this season.

“The MLRA is a really good place for us,” commented Looney. “Their professionalism of the staff is important and they have enough help to run the races. The tow money is good and they also do a good job in tech.”

Looney began racing late in the 2013 season in the ULMA weekly Late Model Division at Lucas Oil Speedway. Since then it’s been steady improvement for the second generation driver, who is charting his own path in racing.

“I really have to thank Jeremy and the Atnip family. They have provided me a tremendous opportunity to compete. Jeremy works hard to make sure we have what we need to be successful, and I appreciate that immensely.”

Looney will be behind the wheel of his Scott Bailey powered yellow and white Black Diamond this weekend.

He places the utmost importance on the Show Me 100.

“There is a ton of history with this event. It would be an accomplishment just to make the race. This is my favorite weekend of the entire season!”

Photo – Mike Ruefer

For Jeremy Grady, competition in Super Late Models has come via a different path. The Story City, Iowa racer is an electrician by day and oversees DDM Electric and its 15 employees. Grady is no stranger to the Lucas Oil MLRA and open motor competition, but it has been a few years since he was involved in it week to week.

Grady’s history in the sport dates back to 1995 when he began in the Hobby Stock division and Marshalltown and Boone Speedways in Iowa. From there he raced Stock Cars for four years, prior to his first opportunity in a Late Model.

Grady took the 2007 IMCA Deery Brothers title in 2007 and ran the WDRL for just shy of two seasons. Once the economy tanked in 2008, he was without a ride and spent four years away from the sport. During that time he started his business, always knowing in the back of his mind he wanted to race again, and do it on his own terms.

Fast forward to 2013 and he was back on the track. For the foreseeable future he sees himself on the Lucas Oil MLRA tour.

“I’m just glad to be back racing quite a bit,” Grady elaborated. “I really like the way the schedule lays out where we have some weeks off in between races. It really helps me keep my business priorities straight, as opposed to running three nights every weekend.”

Currently he has two Black Diamond cars with Clements Engines in each. This weekend he will embark on his first Show Me 100.

“We really haven’t performed where I felt like we should be. I’m going to unload a brand new Black Diamond, one of the new style cars. It’s never seen dirt. The other car we were running just was not getting the job done for us, with all this horsepower we have. I have the best equipment I’ve ever had at any point in my career, we’ve just got to pull out of this little funk.”

For complete Lucas Oil Show Me 100 event details click the corresponding links; Thursday Information, Friday Information, Saturday Information.

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By the Numbers: 25 things to know about 25th annual Show-Me 100

May 26th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri- With the Silver Anniversary Edition of the Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com coming to Lucas Oil Speedway for three big nights, it’s time to take a quick look at the numbers. Fittingly, 25 numbers to know:

1 – There can be only one first-time winner. That honor went to Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., in the inaugural Show-Me 100 on May 29, 1993, at West Plains Motor Speedway.

2 – Two full programs on the first two nights of Show-Me 100 weekend were run for the first time in 2016 and return this year, with the “Cowboy Classic Presented by Hot Rod Processing” the Thursday-night feature and the “Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson” on Friday. Both features will pay $6,000 to win.

3 – Three of Dirt Racing’s stars – Jimmy Owens, Scott Bloomquist and Bobby Pierce – were staging a classic battle for the lead with 10 laps to go a year ago. Owens prevailed after Pierce, charging from the back of the pack, and Bloomquist had tire issues.

4 – Number of top-five Show-Me 100 finishes for Bob Pierce, father of modern-day Late Model star Bobby Pierce. Bob Pierce finished as high as second in 2001, but never won the Show-Me 100.

5 – Number of Show-Me 100 wins by Scott Bloomquist – more than any other driver. The Tennessee driver won the race in 1995, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2008.

6 – Finishing position in the first Show-Me 100 of the legendary Larry Phillips, making a rare dirt-track start in the midst of a stretch of five NASCAR Racing Series Short-Track National Championships on the pavement.

7 – The seventh Show-Me 100 in 1999 saw the only Missourian to win the race as Springfield’s Terry Phillips took the checkers at West Plains Motor Speedway, finishing in front of Billy Moyer and Freddy Smith.

8 – Arkansas veteran Wendell Wallace has eight top-five finishes, including three Show-Me 100 wins. Wallace has yet to score a top-five in the seven races at Lucas Oil Speedway.

9 – The ninth Show-Me 100 in 2001 saw veteran Freddy Smith of Knoxville, Tenn., beat Bob Pierce to the finish. It was Smith’s second Show-Me win, going with one in 1998.

10 – Top-10 finishes for Missouri drivers have been common in recent years. Billings’ Jesse Stovall has three consecutive top-10 finishes, including third in 2016. Lebanon’s Tony Jackson Jr., has posted top-10 finishes the last two years.

11 – Combined number of top-two finishes for Scott Bloomquist. Along with his record five Show-Me 100 victories, Bloomquist’s six runner-up finishes (1994, 1996, 1997, 2011, 2015, 2016) are more than any driver.

12 – The only No. 12 to win the Show-Me 100 was driven by Rick Aukland of Fargo, N.D. That was in 1997 when Aukland, driving a Rayburn chassis, beat Scott Bloomquist and Wendell Wallace.

13 – It’s been said that race-car drivers are superstitious about the No. 13. Indeed, according to available records, no driver has ever started a Show-Me 100 with that number adorning his car. Conversely, at least one No. 1 car has started every Show-Me but two and 30 No. 1s have started the race through 24 years.

14 – Only 14 different drivers have posted top-five finishes through the first 24 editions of the event.

15 – As in 15.053 seconds to claim fast-qualifier honors for Bill Frye, among 102 cars, in the inaugural Show-Me 100 in 1993 at West Plains Motor Speedway. Frye went on to finish fifth in the feature.

16 – Drivers representing 16 states were among the 30 starters in the 2016 Show-Me 100, won by Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn. Jason Papich, listed from Nipomo, Calif., made the longest haul and finished 27th.

17 – Scott Bloomquist has a whopping 17 top-five finishes in the Show-Me 100, seven more than the nearest competitor, Billy Moyer.

18 – Eighteen years ago, a race-record 128 Late Models checked into the pits for the 1999 event at West Plains Motor Speedway. Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla., set fast qualifying time and Terry Phillips of Springfield, Mo., picked up the victory.

19 – At the age of 19, Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., drove from the back of the pack using the high groove and into contention for the win in 2016. A late flat tire relegated him to a sixth-place finish.

20 – Car number of Jimmy Owens, the most dominate Late Model driver at Lucas Oil Speedway. Owens has won the Show-Me 100 four times over the last six runnings and also has three wins in the mid-July Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Diamond Nationals at the speedway.

21 – Car number of the legendary Arkansas driver Billy Moyer, who has Show-Me 100 victories in 1993, 1994 (first two events) and 1996.

22 – The 22nd edition in 2014 saw veteran Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., finally break through to win his first Show-Me 100 after two decades of trying and end Jimmy Owens’ three-year stranglehold on the event.

23 – At least 23 autographed door panels of top Late Model stars will be up for silent auction on the hillside leading to the main grandstand on Saturday. Organized by long-time Ozarks racing photographer Ron Mitchell, proceeds benefit the Relay for Life and American Cancer Society.

24 – The top 24 non-qualifiers for the main event will get one more shot through the Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge, just before the feature. The winner can either keep the $2,500 check, or give it back for a chance to start the 100-lapper shotgun on the field.

25 – The Silver Anniversary Edition of one of America’s Crown Jewel events for Dirt Late Models has arrived. The winner of Saturday night’s race will earn $30,000 with the total purse of approximately $160,000.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35 Thursday and Friday. Gates open at 4 p.m. Saturday with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35.

Here’s a rundown of the three upcoming race days at Lucas Oil Speedway:

Thursday: The “Cowboy Classic Presented by Hotrod Processing” headlines opening night, with the $6,000-to-win feature honoring the late MLRA owner/promoter Allen “Cowboy” Chancellor. A full program for the Late Models and Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds is scheduled.

Friday: The “Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson” honoring the long-time West Plains Motor Speedway owners who started the Show-Me 100 also will pay $6,000 to win. Full programs for the Late Models and Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds are slated with finishing order in both helping set the field for Saturday’s features.

Saturday: Action concludes with the $30,000-to-win Show-Me 100, following the Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge in which the winner can forfeit the $2,500 check to start at the rear of the main event. The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds feature, presented by RacinDirt.com, will pay $1,200 to win and $150 to start.

A select number of three-day passes remain. Contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Ticket prices:
(Thursday)
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (age 6 to 15) $10
Kids (age 5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50
3-Day Reserved Seat Ticket $95
Pit Pass $35
3-Day Pit Pass $100

(Friday)
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (age 6 to 15) $10
Kids (age 5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50
3-Day Reserved Seat Ticket $95
Pit Pass $35
3-Day Pit Pass $100

(Saturday)
Adults (16 and up) $30
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $27
Youth (age 6 to 15) $10
Kids (age 5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $60
3-Day Reserved Seat Ticket $95
Pit Pass $40
3-Day Pit Pass $100

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 it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

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Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., has more Show-Me 100 wins (five) and second-place finishes (six) than any other driver. (Kenny Shaw photo)

Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., captured his fourth Show-Me 100 victory one year ago. (Kenny Shaw photo)

The 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com is May 25-27 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.

Spartan Mowers becomes “Official Mower” of Lucas Oil Speedway; fans can see them at Show-Me 100

May 25th, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – Spartan Mowers has signed a three-year agreement to become “Official Mower” of Lucas Oil Speedway and two of its new, 72-inch Spartan Mowers will be on display during this week’s Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com.

“I can’t say enough about how pleased we are to partner with Spartan Mowers, a company that specializes in top quality and outstanding performance,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “I think our fans will enjoy seeing the great-looking mowers up close this week and I know our maintenance staff will enjoy using them to keep our grounds looking immaculate.”

Spartan Mowers’ home office is in Batesville, Arkansas. Entrepreneurs Robert and Becky Foster founded the Intimidator Group with the all-American, hardworking values that made their previous companies successful. Their UTVs and mowers are made at the headquarters in Batesville, and sold through an ever-growing network of dealers across the United States.

Robert Foster said the fit between Spartan Mowers and Lucas Oil Speedway is ideal.

“Anything with Lucas Oil jumps out at you with speed and performance,” Foster said. “That Lucas Oil name and image is all about racing and being really cool. You’ll see that the mowers coming up there have chrome dual-exhaust, monster horsepower, big block engines on them. We’re all about speed and horsepower and Lucas Oil is all about speed and horsepower.

“The Spartan Mower is a real futuristic look. At 360 degrees it has a good look to it. At all the events we go to we get the comment of, ‘Man, that thing is a beast, but it’s sexy.’ It’s got a really cool look to it.”

The Spartan mission statement is “to offer an American-made mower that drastically changes the turf industry by giving the consumer a premium product with an all-new level of performance, durability and design at an incredible value.”

The Spartan Mower line is available in the RZ, RT and SRT models, to accommodate every customer, from personal to commercial use and fit every price range.

The Fosters own five companies headquartered in Batesville, Arkansas: Intimidator UTVs, Spartan Mowers, Bad Dawg Accessories, Ground Hog Max and Gourmet Guru Grills.

For more information on Spartan Mowers or to find a dealer near you visit SpartanMowers.com.

The 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com kicks off three big nights of full programs, starting on Thursday. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35 each night.

Full programs are scheduled three straight nights, culminating with Saturday’s 100-lap, $30,000-to-win 100-lap feature. Jimmy Owens earned his fourth Show-Me 100 victory a year ago.

A select number of three-day passes remain. Contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Gates will open at 5 p.m. each day with single-day reserved and general admission tickets going on sale at that time.

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 it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

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

The 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com is May 25-27 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.

Silver Anniversary edition of Show-Me 100 rolls into Lucas Oil Speedway for three big nights

May 23rd, 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri – One of the biggest weeks of the year for dirt-track racing has arrived and it’s a special Silver Anniversary edition rolling into Lucas Oil Speedway, Thursday-through-Saturday.

The 2017 Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com marks the 25th renewal of the crown-jewel event which began in 1993 at West Plains Motor Speedway. The event is co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

“This is something that dirt-racing fans circle on their calendars months in advance. There’s nothing quite like Show-Me 100 week and we’re ready for three big nights of racing,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “Campers started to roll in last week and there’s a definite buzz in the air.”

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35 each night.

Full programs are scheduled three straight nights, culminating with Saturday’s 100-lap, $30,000-to-win 100-lap feature. Jimmy Owens earned his fourth Show-Me 100 victory a year ago in a classic battle that saw Owens, runner-up Scott Bloomquist and young phenom Bobby Pierce engage in a memorable late-race duel.

Tire issues relegated Pierce to a final sixth-place finish. Meanwhile, Jesse Stovall of Billings earned a podium finish for the Ozarks by coming home in third. It marked the third straight year that Stovall finished in the top 10 of the Show-Me 100.

“When you’ve ran good a few times at an event like this, you have a little more confidence,” Stovall said. “That racetrack’s always been good to me. It actually used to be one of my worst tracks, but I finally went up there and raced weekly in my Modified until I figured out how to get around the place.”

Stovall said he’s yet to really hit a good stride this season, but thinks he hit on something in a Saturday MARS Dirt-Car Series win at Longdale, Okla. Jackson was second in that race with Randy Timms, Stovall’s teammate, in third.

“We were better. We’ll see how things shape up when you add the competition level of those Lucas guys,” Stovall said of this week. “But yeah, we’re definitely better.”

Springfield’s Terry Phillips is the only Missouri driver to ever win the Show-Me, taking home honors in 1999.

Bloomquist, of Mooresburg, Tenn., is chasing a repeat Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championship. Entering Tuesday’s Go 50 at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., Bloomquist already has four series wins in 2017 and leads Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., by 125 points.

On the Lucas Oil MLRA scene, Lebanon’s Tony Jackson Jr., has an early season six-point advantage over Rodney Sanders with Stovall 20 points behind Jackson.

Here’s a rundown of the three upcoming race days at Lucas Oil Speedway:

Thursday: The “Cowboy Classic Presented by Hotrod Processing” headlines opening night, with the $6,000-to-win feature honoring the late MLRA owner/promoter Allen “Cowboy” Chancellor. A full program for the Late Models and Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds is scheduled.

Friday: The “Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson” honoring the long-time West Plains Motor Speedway owners who started the Show-Me 100 also will pay $6,000 to win. Full programs for the Late Models and Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds are slated with finishing order in both helping set the field for Saturday’s features.

Saturday: Action concludes with the $30,000-to-win Show-Me 100, following the Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge in which the winner can forfeit the $2,500 check to start at the rear of the main event. The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds feature, presented by RacinDirt.com, will pay $1,200 to win and $150 to start.

A select number of three-day passes remain. Contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Gates will open at 5 p.m. each day with single-day reserved and general admission tickets going on sale at that time.

Ticket prices:
(Thursday)
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (age 6 to 15) $10
Kids (age 5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50
3-Day Reserved Seat Ticket $95
Pit Pass $35
3-Day Pit Pass $100

(Friday)
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (age 6 to 15) $10
Kids (age 5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50
3-Day Reserved Seat Ticket $95
Pit Pass $35
3-Day Pit Pass $100

(Saturday)
Adults (16 and up) $30
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $27
Youth (age 6 to 15) $10
Kids (age 5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $60
3-Day Reserved Seat Ticket $95
Pit Pass $40
3-Day Pit Pass $100

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 it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

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

Jesse Stovall of Billings was third in the 2016 Show-Me 100 and has finished in the top-10 the last three years. (Kenny Shaw photo)

The 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com is May 25-27 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.

Strong takes featured USRA B-Mod event at Lucas Oil Speedway; Fennewald, Woods, Phillips also win

May 23rd, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – Shawn Strong pulled away from Andy Bryant over the final seven laps after a race-long duel between the pair, capturing the featured Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod main event Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway. Strong, of Republic, took home $500 for the win on Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper Night at the Races Presented by KOLR 10 and Z27. A total of 145 cars checked into the pits after skies cleared earlier in the day.

Other feature winners included Johnny Fennewald (Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models), Burl Woods (Big O Tires Street Stocks) and Terry Phillips (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds). “That was a lot of fun,” said Strong, who is driving a new Larry Shaw Race Car this season. “That track’s got a lot of character. I messed up. He messed up. We all messed up. But in the end, I was able to hold on.

“This is a new car. It’s a Larry Shaw Race Car that he let me put some of my input into it. So far, so good. I have to thank Jim Ruble of Ruble Race Engines. Without him, this is not possible.” Strong and Bryant started on the front row with Strong grabbing the lead as the two quickly separated themselves from the field until a caution flag came out on lap eight.

That bunched the field, with Cody Jolly in third and Jake Richards in fourth. Bryant, of Fort Scott, Kan., pressured Strong after the restart, pulling alongside several times over the next three laps before finally making an outside pass for the lead to finish lap 13. Then it was Strong’s turn to turn up the heat on Bryant, making bids to regain the lead over the next three laps before the second caution waved. Meanwhile, Kris Jackson worked his way up to fourth after starting 13th.

Strong drove back past Bryant on lap 18 as Richards and Jackson chased the duo. That’s the way it would end as Strong – after finishes of second and fourth this season – gradually pulled away to take his first feature win of 2017 and snap Jackson’s two-race winning streak in the division. David Hendrix earned the Out-Pace Racing Products Featured Class Hard Charger Award ($100 Product Certificate) as he finished ninth after starting 23rd.

Fennewald takes ULMA win: Johnny Fennewald of Appleton City earned his first Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model feature win of the season, holding off reigning track champion Aaron Marrant of Richmond. “I’ve had a lot of bad luck here lately,” Fennewald said. “We came out last year and won a lot of races here in this thing. We had a little mechanical failure last week and tonight, we’re back on top.”

Fennewald and Larry Ferris traded the lead three times early in the race with Fennewald, who started outside of Ferris on the front row, going back in front as the race’s first caution waved on lap six. Fennewald had opened a big lead over last week’s feature winner Marrant and Aaron Poe when the fifth caution bunched the field with five laps remaining. It became a two-car breakaway as Fennewald and Marrant drove away from the pack with Fennewald able to prevail by about four car lengths at the finish.

“I just had to keep telling myself I had to keep hitting my marks and there were a lot of times that I didn’t hit my marks,” Fennewald said. “I had to get up on the wheel.” Ferris wound up third and Aaron Poe of Warrensburg rallied from a 13th starting spot to finish fourth.

Dylan Hoover earned the Keyser Manufacturing Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model Hard Charger (a $100 Product Certificate) improving from 21st to 10th. Woods earns second Street Stocks win: Burl Woods of Republic started on the pole and took the lead for good six laps into the Big O Tires Street Stocks feature. It was Woods’ second feature win of the season.

Toby Ott, who picked up his first feature win at Lucas Oil Speedway a week earlier, led fellow front-row starter Woods through a hotly contested first five laps. Woods, after a caution flag, grabbed the lead coming to the line to finish lap six and never gave it up. But it wasn’t easy as Camdenton’s Kenny Carroll pressured him over the final four laps.

“I didn’t know Kenny was there until I looked a the leader board near the end and I was like, ‘Man, where did he come from?’ ” Woods said. “It’s pretty tough to pass on this track. It was pretty tricky tonight.” Carroll worked his way from a fourth-row starting position to finish second with Ott in third. Marc Carter of Warrensburg rallied from 10th to fourth.

The AR Bodies Big O Tires Street Stock Hard Charger Award ($50 Product Certificate) went to Jay Prevente who went from 15th to sixth. Phillips rolls to USRA Mod win: Veteran Terry Phillips, making a rare Weekly Racing Series appearance, dominated the final 10 laps to pull away from Mitch Keeter for the Pitts Homes USRA Modified win.

Springfield’s Phillips started on the pole and led the first five laps until Keeter slid past him and into the lead on lap six. Keeter opened up a comfortable lead that was wiped out with a lap-10 caution flag. Phillips, who will be racing his Late Model in next week’s Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com, took advantage and regained the lead after the restart and dominated the last half of the race.

“That’s about a four-year-old car of mine I was racing against,” Phillips said of Keeter. “He made me work for it. I think we made some headway here.” Phillips noted that he was prepping his Modified for some high-paying shows out-of-state next month.

“We had a night off so we thought we’d bring in here and try some stuff,” Phillips said. Terry Schultz of Sedalia finished third and Jim Moody of Odessa was fourth. Show-Me 100 next: The 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com fires up three big nights on Thursday. Complete programs for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series/Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models are scheduled each of the three days.

The “Cowboy Classic Presented by Hotrod Processing” headlines opening night, with the $6,000-to-win feature honoring the late MLRA owner/promoter Allen “Cowboy” Chancellor. On Friday, it’s the “Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson” honoring the long-time West Plains Motor Speedway owners who started the Show-Me 100, also paying $6,000 to win. Action concludes on Saturday with the $30,000-to-win Show-Me 100, following the Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge.

Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds will be running full programs each night as well. A select number of three-day passes remain for the Show-Me 100. Contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Gates will open at 5 p.m. each day with single-day reserved and general admission tickets going on sale at that time.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the 2017 racing schedule, visit LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Lawless Harley-Davidson of Scott City will award new Roadster at Lucas postseason banquet

May 21st, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – For the third consecutive year, a highlight of Lucas Oil Speedway’s postseason awards banquet this fall will be Lawless Harley-Davidson of Scott City, Mo., awarding a new Harley-Davidson Roadster to a lucky driver.

Drivers in the top-10 of points at season’s end in Lucas Oil Speedway’s four Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series divisions will be entered into a raffle for the Roadster.

“My partner is a native Missourian. He grew up in the Springfield area and loves flat-track racing and he visits the track a lot,” said Dan Ryan of Lawless Harley-Davidson. “We have a lot of local interest and we’re big fans of the speedway.

“Race fans traditionally love their motorcycles,” Ryan added. “We’re looking at the relationship between us and Lucas Oil Speedway as a way to get our message out that we’re launching a nationwide effort to buy (pre-owned) Harleys.”

Ryan said it’s part of the “Buy USA Program” that Lawless has launched.

“We’re trying to get where people gather and let them know they don’t have to be held hostage by their local dealer,” Ryan said. “If you want to sell your bike, just call us and send us six pictures and we’ll give you a quote. If you like it, we’ll come get it. We’ll make it real easy to exchange toys, so to speak.”

The Lucas Oil Speedway banquet date will be announced later this season, along with the location and time. Points, prize money and contingency awards will be presented during the 2017 season celebration for drivers in the top-10 of the Pitts Homes USRA Modified, Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod, Big O Tires Street Stock and Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model divisions.

Drivers receive entries into the raffle for each feature win in the 2017 Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series up to and including the Season Championship Night on Aug. 26. Drivers also receive entries into the raffle based on their finishing position in top-10 in the final season points standings.

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

Example No. 2: Driver B wins 10 races, finishes first in points, and attends the banquet. Will receive 12 entries into the drawing – (10 for wins, one for points and one for attending banquet).

The winning driver must be in attendance at the championship banquet to be eligible to win. No substitutions will be allowed. Each driver will receive one additional entry into the drawing upon check-in at the banquet.

“We’re thrilled to have Lawless Harley-Davidson involved with our banquet in a big way once again,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “They are a great partner of the speedway and dirt-track racing and I know our drivers are excited to have the opportunity to again win a new Harley.”

At last year’s banquet, Terry Schultz of Sedalia won a Harley Sportster.

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 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 www.LawlessofScottCity.com.

“We’re also proud to say that Lucas Oil helps us sponsor our Great River Freedom Rally every year,” Ryan said. “That’s always held the weekend after July 4th, so it’s July 6-9 this year in the Cape Girardeau-Scott City area.”

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the 2017 racing schedule, visit LucasOilSpeedway.com.

A limited number of three-day passes for the 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com, May 25-27, remain on sale. Call McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or email Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com for 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 it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

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

The 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com is May 25-27 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.

Coca-Cola Night returns to Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday with Weekly Racing Series program

May 20th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – With defending track champions looking strong in the season’s early going, the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series resumes for all four classes Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Ozarks Cola-Cola/Dr. Pepper Night at the Races Presented by KOLR 10 and Z27 finds the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods running a special 25-lap, $500-to-win feature. The Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds and Big O Tires Street Stocks also will be in action.

Fans bringing any empty 20-ounce Coca-Cola product bottle to the main gate will receive $2 off general admission tickets. There is a limit of one per customer.

Tom Wilson of Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper said kids can stop by the company’s display on the midway and get a ticket for a chance to win a Dr. Pepper bicycle, which will be awarded during intermission.

“We’ve been involved with Lucas Oil Speedway since the beginning and you couldn’t ask for a finer group of people. We’re proud to be involved with them,” Wilson said. “We’ll have one of our Coke pick-ups on display and the (replica) Coca-Cola race car that used to be sponsored by Coke and driven by David Goldsberry will be there as well.

“It’ll be a fun night and it always is. Fans can get $2 off with an empty bottle from any Coke product and that’s a pretty good deal. We look forward to seeing everyone.”

In action last Saturday, 2016 track champs Jeff Cutshaw of Bolivar (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds) and Richmond’s Aaron Marrant (Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models) posted feature wins. Meanwhile, Kris Jackson of Lebanon is two-for-two this season in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and Wheatland’s Toby Ott leads the Big O Tires Street Stocks points after earning his first-ever feature win on his hometown track.

Ott, who’s been racing since 2002, said the outpouring of congratulations from fans and fellow competitors over the last few days is hard to put into words.

“It’s kind of overwhelming, all the congratulations I actually received over social media and everything else,” Ott said. “I’m hoping there’s more to come.

“I feel fortunate to be up there where I am,” Ott said of the points lead. “But it’s early and it’s still up for grabs.”

Also on Saturday, the Ozarks Area Racers Foundation will make its annual appearance at the speedway. Along with historical racing memorabilia, the OARF will have information about the 2018 Reunion and Hall of Fame ceremony, set for Jan. 6 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield.

This Saturday, gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35. A limited number of suites are available. Contact admissions director Nichole McMillan (417) 282-5984 by via email Nichole@Lucasoilspeedway.com for more information.

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

Camping:
Reserved with electric and water- $35/night (limited availability)
Reserved dry spots- $20/Night (limited availability)
Dry camping- $10/night

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the 2017 racing schedule, visit LucasOilSpeedway.com.

A limited number of three-day passes for the 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com, May 25-27, remain on sale. Call McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or email Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com for 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 it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

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

The 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com is May 25-27 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.

Cutshaw takes featured USRA Mod win as Ott, Marrant and Jackson also prevail at Lucas Oil Speedway

May 16th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – The new season has produced familiar results in the Lucas Oil Speedway Pitts Homes USRA Modified division, with Saturday night the latest example of Jeff Cutshaw’s dominance. Bolivar’s Cutshaw, the three-time reigning track champion, led all 25 laps to capture the $750-to-win highlight main event in a program presented by NMI/VMG Marketing Group and Wild Animal Safari.

Other winners as the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series returned for the first time since April 15 included Toby Ott (Big O Tires Street Stocks), Aaron Marrant (Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models) and Kris Jackson (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods). Cutshaw won his second feature of 2017 in four tries to go with a third and a sixth. He already has opened a sizable points lead in pursuit of a fourth straight Lucas Oil Speedway championship.

Starting outside front row, Cutshaw got the jump on pole-sitter Jason Pursley and gradually drove off to a big lead. His margin was nearly a straightaway’s size over Pursley when the race’s lone caution flew on lap 16. That bunched the field, but Cutshaw was able to re-establish command after the restart. Eric Turner got past fellow Hermitage resident Pursley over the final five laps and made a run at Cutshaw, but never could get close enough to threaten a pass.

“I didn’t know where everybody was there for a little bit. I didn’t know they were that close,” Cutshaw said of Turner. “I thought I’d better step it up there a little bit. I could feel somebody back there, but I didn’t know who it was for sure. “I usually look up there at the scoreboard (above turn three) but I didn’t do it tonight.”

Pursley finished third for his second top-three of the season. Chase Domer wound up fourth with JC Morton in fifth. Ott grabs first Street Stock feature win: Toby Ott celebrated his first career feature victory on his hometown track. While he led the final 18 circuits of the 20-lap feature, it was anything but easy.

Ott, of Wheatland, held off a hard-pressuring Marc Carter of Warrensburg who was on his back bumper over the final five laps. “It feels great,” Ott said in victory lane. “I’ve raced here since about 2002. Lots of seconds and no wins. I’m kind of speechless, really.”

Ott, starting outside of row two, slipped past Carter with an outside pass for the lead to complete lap three and never gave it back. Ott was close to his first feature win back on April 15, but surrendered the lead late to James Flood. This time, he sealed the deal. “I have a lot of support from fans and locals and it’s greatly appreciated,” Ott said. “We switched to a crate motor this year and it’s working out really well.”

Flood wound up in third, Bobby Barnett was fourth and Kenny Carroll fifth. Marrant scores first ULMA win of season: Aaron Marrant took advantage of a mishap involving race-leader Dylan Hoover with six laps remaining and went on to capture his first feature win of the season.

“Everybody has stepped their game up in this class. There’s a lot of guys capable of winning every week,” Marrant said. “The track was really good tonight. You could move around. I moved to the top and it was working pretty good.” Hoover grabbed the lead on lap four and held it until contact with Shad Badder on lap 14 sent Hoover spinning. That brought out the caution with Hoover re-starting at the rear of the field and Badder given the black flag and sent to the pits.

Richmond’s Marrant, the defending Lucas Oil Speedway ULMA Late Model track champ, inherited the lead with Binning and Aaron Poe behind him for the restart. Marrant opened a comfortable lead and breezed to his first win of the season. “It’s good to finally win again,” Marrant said, noting his early results had not been up to par. “This class is getting really tough.”

Binning held on for second with fellow Warrensburg competitor Poe third and Shane Ehlert of Republic finishing in fourth. Hoover wound up 13th. Sixteen-year-old Kaeden Cornell of Willard, making his Late Model debut, charged from a 17th-starting spot to finish eighth.

Kris Jackson prevails in B-Mods: Lebanon’s Kris Jackson made it two-for-two this season at Lucas Oil Speedway, leading flag-to-flag in capturing the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod feature. “I want to say Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers here tonight,” said Jackson, joined in victory lane by wife Krystle. “The car was pretty good tonight. We’re on a pretty good hot streak right now.”

Jackson started on the pole and jumped to a quick lead and withstood three cautions to regain command each time on the restarts. Andy Bryant of Fort Scott, Kan., finished second and JC Morton, who recently moved from Springfield to Springdale, Ark., wound up third. Morton was doing double duty, driving to top-five finishes in both Modified divisions.

Shawn Strong started ninth and finished fourth with veteran Rex Merritt of Billings charging from 10th to fifth. Next up: The Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series resumes next Saturday, May 20. Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper Bottling along with KOLR 10 & Z27 team up to present a program featuring the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods running a special 25-lap, $500-to-win feature.

Fans can bring any empty 20-ounce Coca-Cola product bottle to the gate and receive $2 off general admission tickets. Limit is one per customer. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35. A limited number of suites are available. Contact admissions director Nichole McMillan (417) 282-5984 by via email Nichole@Lucasoilspeedway.com for more information.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the 2017 racing schedule, visit LucasOilSpeedway.com. A limited number of three-day passes for the 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com remain on sale. Call McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or email Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com for 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 it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

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

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

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2017 marks the 7th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series will be held in 2017. 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.

Courtney, Loyet and Grant prevail in Open Wheel Showdown at Lucas Oil Speedway

May 10th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri- It was an emotional first career Lucas Oil POWRi Midgets win for Tyler Courtney on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway. Courtney, of Indianapolis, Ind., held off three-time series champion Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Ill., to grab the victory at the 6th annual Impact Signs Awnings & Wraps Open Wheel Showdown.

“It feels like it’s been a long time coming,” Courtney said in victory lane after charging from his sixth-row starting spot to grab the feature win. “I’ve had a couple of chances and never could follow through on my part.” Other feature winners on a night that saw 114 open-wheel cars check into the pits in three divisions were Brad Loyet (Lucas Oil ASCS Red River/Warrior Region Winged Sprints) and Justin Grant (Lucas Oil POWRi WAR Sprints).

Courtney passed Grant, who was pulling double duty, for the lead with 10 laps remaining in the POWRi Midgets feature and survived a restart with three laps to go, wiping out a sizable lead and putting Dahm on his bumper. The 26-year-old nicknamed “Sunshine” drives for Clauson-Marshall Racing, the Clauson part being the late Bryan Clauson who lost his life in a racing accident last year. “We’re trying to carry on Bryan’s legacy,” Courtney said, noting that Clauson’s family has made organ donation an emphasis in helping carry on that legacy.

“We want to get awareness out to make organ donation a common thing,” he said. “(Bryan) was a crucial part of why I’m here tonight.” Courtney praised his crew for repairing the car after an accident on Friday night at Valley Speedway.

“They did a heck of a job of putting this thing back together,” he said. “This is the least i can do for them.”
Jonathan Beason of Broken Arrow, Okla., finished third with Blake Hahn of Sapulpa, Okla., rallying for fourth after leading early in the race before a spin sent him to tailback.

Loyet wins a thriller: In a classic finish, Brad Loyet made a last-turn pass of Jonathan Cornell to take a thrilling win in the ASCS Winged Sprint feature. “What did you guys think of that race? Was it OK?” Loyet asked the fans during a victory lane interview. They cheered loudly in appreciation as the driver from Sunset Hills, Mo., pumped his fists.

Loyet, who started sixth, didn’t lead until passing Cornell in the final few hundred yards. He used a dive-bomb slide job going into the final turn. “We had a really good car and I kind of bided my time,” Loyet said. “It was a fun race and I’m glad we picked up the win.”

Cornell started on the pole and led 19 of the 25 laps. He successful held off repeated bids by Loyet – until the very end. “I’ll tell you what, it was a heck of a race,” Cornell said. “Brad did a good job. It’s one of those things … that’s kind of frustrating.”

Alex Sewell of Broken Arrow, Okla. wound up third and Josh Baughman was fourth. Veteran Johnny Herrera charged from 14 to fifth. Nixa’s Kyle Bellm won his heat race and started the feature eighth, but flipped his car on lap three of the feature after clipping a tire barrier in turn three. He was not injured.

Grant goes wire to wire: Justin Grant of Ione, Calif., starting outside front row, led all 25 laps to prevail in the POWRi WAR Sprint feature. Grant said getting the lead at the drop of the green was crucial. “It’s a lot easier to be out front and lead and not have to race guys,” Grant said. “That makes your night a heck of a lot easier.

“The running theme with this (car) is I can put it wherever I need to.” Grant was in contention for the POWRi Midget feature win earlier, but a late spin ended his chances in that one.

Zach Daum settled for his second runner-up finish of the night with Korey Weyant of Springfield, Ill., finishing in third. Up next: The Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series resumes next Saturday, May 13, with NMI Night at the Races Presented by Wild Animal Safari.

All four weekly classes will be in action, including 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 Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds will be running a special 25-lap, $750 to win feature.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35. A limited number of suites are available. Contact admissions director Nichole McMillan (417) 282-5984 by via email Nichole@Lucasoilspeedway.com for more information.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the 2017 racing schedule, visit LucasOilSpeedway.com. Three-day passes for the 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com are now on sale. Only a limited number of the three-day passes remain. Call McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or email Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com for 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 it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

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

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

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2017 marks the 7th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series will be held in 2017. 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.

Tripleheader coming to Lucas Oil Speedway with 6th annual Open Wheel Showdown on Saturday

May 6th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – It’s a triple treat for open-wheel racing fans this Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway with the 6th annual Impact Signs Awnings & Wraps Open Wheel Showdown.

Bringing some of the nation’s top open-wheel talent to south-central Missouri, the program will feature a huge triple-header. Included will be the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region Winged Sprint Cars Presented by Impact Signs Awnings & Wraps along with the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Red River Region Winged Sprint Cars; the Lucas Oil POWRi Wingless Auto Racing Sprint Cars and the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series.

“This is going to be a good one, just like always, as I know our fans are hungry to get back to the track after two weekends of rain,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “The weather forecast for Saturday looks terrific and the action on the track promises to be just as outstanding.

“Impact Signs Awnings Wraps and (owner) David Goodson is a tremendous supporter of dirt-track racing and we appreciate them returning as the title sponsor for our Open Wheel Showdown,” Robinson added. “The Open Wheel Showdown always is one of the highlights of our season.

“When you get the two ASCS Winged Sprints tours competing together along with the WAR Sprints and the POWRi Lucas National Midget Series on the same program, it’s going to be a fantastic night of open-wheel racing.”

In addition to the racing action, the first 300 youngsters through the main gates will receive free checkered flags, courtesy Impact Signs Awnings & Wraps.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35. A limited number of suites are available. Contact admissions director Nichole McMillan (417) 282-5984 by via email Nichole@Lucasoilspeedway.com for more information.

The ASCS Warrior Region finds Randy Martin of California, Mo., leading the points by a narrow seven markers over Jonathan Cornell of Sedalia. In the Red River Region, Brandon Hanks of Burlison, Iowa leads the way in the early points chase over Kade Morton of Coweta, Okla.

The POWRi Lucas Oil Midgets fire up a doubleheader weekend on Friday at Valley Speedway in Grain Valley. Christopher Bell of Norman, Okla., driving for legendary car owner Keith Kunz, leads the points, winning both features contested so far in 2017. Bell is not scheduled to be at Lucas this weekend, but Kunz is bringing a five-car lineup, he said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Carl Junction’s Andrew Felker is seventh in the early going on the POWRi Midget Series.

In the POWRi Lucas Oil Sprints, Korey Weyant of Springfield, Ill., has an early 29-point margin over Dylan Kadous of Topeka, Kan.

For more information, including complete schedules and points for the Lucas Oil POWRi Midgets and Lucas Oil POWRi Sprints, visit POWRi.com. For additional information on the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region Winged Sprint Series Presented by Impact Signs Awnings and Wraps and American Bank of Oklahoma Red River Winged Sprint Cars, go to ASCSracing.com.

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

Camping:
Reserved with Electric and Water- $35/Night (Limited Availability)
Reserved Dry Spots- $20/Night (Limited Availability)
Dry Camping- $10/Night

Impact Signs Awnings Wraps is a proud supporter of racing. In addition to its support of Lucas Oil Speedway and the ASCS Warrior Series, Impact Signs Awnings and Wraps also are fantastic supporters of area sports teams, non-profit groups and various kids activities. Contact Impact for all of your signs, banners, awnings, vehicle wraps and decal needs. Visit www.Impact4800.com or call (660) 829-4800.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the 2017 racing schedule, visit LucasOilSpeedway.com. Three-day passes for the 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com are now on sale. Only a limited number of the three-day passes remain. Call admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or email Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com for 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 it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

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

The 6th annual Open Wheel Showdown Presented by Impact Signs, Awnings and Wraps is coming to Lucas Oil Speedway on May 6.

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.

Saturday’s program at Lucas Oil Speedway rained out; Open Wheel Showdown next up

May 2nd, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – For the second straight week, rain has prevailed as Saturday’s scheduled Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series program at Lucas Oil Speedway has been canceled.

“We were very fortunate in 2016 with no rainouts of our weekly racing,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “Unfortunately, with an outdoor sport, you’re at the mercy of the elements and we’ve simply had too much rain with the forecast of a lot more on the way.

“We’ll look forward to seeing everyone next Saturday (May 6) with the Impact Signs Awnings & Wraps Open Wheel Showdown and then welcome back our Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series on May 13.”

The 6th annual Impact Signs, Awnings and Wraps Open Wheel Showdown is the first big open-wheel program of the season. The tripleheader of action features the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region Winged Sprint Cars Presented by Impact Signs Awnings & Wraps along with the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Red River Region Winged Sprint Cars; the Lucas Oil POWRi WAR Sprint Cars and the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series.

The first 300 kids through the gates next Saturday will receive checkered flags, courtesy of Impact Signs Awnings and Wraps.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35. Some suites remain available along with grandstand seating. Contact admissions direction Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or email Nichole@lucasspeedway.com for more information.

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

Camping:
Reserved with Electric and Water- $35/Night (Limited Availability)
Reserved Dry Spots- $20/Night (Limited Availability)
Dry Camping- $10/Night

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the 2017 racing schedule, visit LucasOilSpeedway.com. Three-day passes for the 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com are now on sale. Only a few hundred of the three-day passes remain. Call admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or email Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com for 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 it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

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

Less than one month before 25th annual Show-Me 100, limited number of three-day passes remain available

May 1st, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – The biggest dirt-track racing weekend of the season at Lucas Oil Speedway is only four weeks away and that means time is running out on getting the best seats in the house.

A limited number of three-day passes for the 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com, May 25-27, remain on sale at $95.

“It’s hard to believe that Show-Me 100 race weekend is less than 30 days away,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “The opportunity to assure a chair-back, reserved seat for all three days really is the best deal going, but time is running out.”

Fans interested in purchasing a three-day pass should contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com – or stop by the speedway office Monday-through-Friday during business hours.

“People can also purchase general admission tickets online in advance,” McMillan said. However, she added that reserved stadium-style seats for single days of the weekend cannot be purchased until the day of the respective show.

“So the three-day pass eliminates any doubt about having a great seat,” McMillan said.

Complete programs for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series/Lucas MLRA Late Models are scheduled each of the three days. The “Cowboy Classic Presented by Hotrod Processing” headlines opening night on May 25, with the $6,000-to-win feature honoring the late MLRA owner/promoter Allen “Cowboy” Chancellor. On May 26, it’s the “Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson” honoring the long-time West Plains Motor Speedway owners who started the Show-Me 100, also paying $6,000 to win.

Action concludes on May 27 with the $30,000-to-win Show-Me 100, following the Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge.

Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds will be running full programs each night as well.

The daily ticket breakdown for Show-Me 100 weekend:

May 25 and 26: $25 adults, $22 seniors (62 and over) and military, $10 youth (ages 6-15), FREE 5-and-under. Family pass $50 and pit pass $35 (three-day pit pass is $100). Three-day reserved seat is $95.

May 27: $30 adults, $27 seniors (62 and over) and military, $10 youth (ages 6-15), FREE 5-and-under. Family pass $60 and pit pass $40 (three-day pit pass is $100). Three-day reserved seat $95.

Those interested is any of the ticket options can call McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or stop by the speedway office during business hours, Monday-through-Friday. Fans also can get ticket info online info, including specifics on the family pass, at LucasOilSpeedway.com/tickets.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the 2017 racing schedule, visit LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Action is scheduled to resume on Saturday in the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series. The Big O Tires Street Stocks are scheduled to run a special 25-lap, $500-to-win feature.

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

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

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

The 25th annual Show-Me 100 is set for May 25-27 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.

In the Spotlight: Flood eager to build off early season success in Big O Tires Street Stock division

May 1st, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri- Since beginning his racing career in 2004, Hurley’s James Flood has driven just about everything on Ozarks dirt.

“From starting in a Bomber car to racing A Mods and I even drove Late Models for just a little while,” Flood said. “But I think this is probably where I’ll most likely stay.”

Street Stocks, where he won a Lucas Oil Speedway championship in 2008, has been Flood’s home since returning last year from a four-year racing hiatus. If early 2017 results are a predictor of what’s to come, this could be a banner year.

Driving a newly purchased Tony Jackson Jr.-built car, Flood captured the Big O Tires Street Stocks feature win April 15 on night two of the Spring Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway. Driving No. 54 instead of his traditional No. 42 as he only purchased the car two days earlier, Flood passed Toby Ott with three laps to go for the win.

“I was very surprised,” Flood said of winning that quickly in a new ride. “That doesn’t happen very often.”

Flood, the Tailgate Guys Radio Spotlight Driver of the Week at Lucas Oil Speedway, goes after another win on Saturday. The Big O Tires Street Stocks are featured in a special 25-lap, $500-to-win main event as the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series resumes.

The early competition in the division has been terrific, with battles up front and three winners in three features. Flood, 34, bounced back quickly, after an engine issue following a heat-race win on night one of the Spring Nationals prevented him from starting the feature that night.

“I lost oil pressure as I was pulling off the track (after the heat win) and luckily we found the problem and got it fixed the next day,” Flood said. “The oil pump bolts that hold the pick-up tube on, two of them had come out. Luckily we caught it coming off the track and it didn’t hurt anything.”

The feature win the next night was anything but routine. Ott led all the way until a caution with four laps remaining gave Flood’s hopes new life.

“The laps leading up to the re-start, I wasn’t too confident that I was going to get Toby,” Flood said. “He pretty well had me covered. My car was getting better and I think his was kind of going away at the end. That caution helped me.”

Flood, whose dad Ronald helps him on the car, said he doesn’t plan to points race but likely will compete at Lucas Oil Speedway often this year – including this weekend. He hopes to chase some big-paying Street Stock events in the region later in the year, including the Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt at Lucas in October.

As for switching to the Jackson-built car, Flood said the reason is simple.

“Just the success they’ve had,” he said. “They’re the car to beat.”

Flood is looking for additional sponsors to go on the new wrap, along with his company (J&H Concrete) and JJ’s Concrete.

“Hopefully the weather cooperates and we can race” this weekend, Flood said.

This week’s program is Presented by KOLR 10 and Z27 and it’s special $5 admission night. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35. Other classes in action will be the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Ozark Golf Cars B Mods and the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds. The program is Presented by KOLR 10 and KOZL 27.

In additional to the discounted admission seating in the grandstands, a select number of suites are available for Saturday’s action. Contact admissions director Nichole McMillan (417) 282-5984 or by email nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com for more information.

ADMISSION PRICES:
Adults (16 and up) $5
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $5
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $25
Pit Pass $30

Camping:
Reserved with Electric and Water- $35/Night (Limited Availability)
Reserved Dry Spots- $20/Night (Limited Availability)
Dry Camping- $10/Night

The Tailgate Guys Radio show, with co-hosts Lyndal Scranton and Steve Koehler, airs 11:05 a.m.-noon each Saturday on KICK 92.3 FM, 1340 AM and 923kick.com. For more information on the show, visit Facebook.com/TailgateGuysRadio.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the 2017 racing schedule, visit LucasOilSpeedway.com. Three-day passes for the 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com are now on sale. Only a few hundred of the three-day passes remain. Call admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or email Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com for 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 it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

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

The 6th annual Open Wheel Showdown Presented by Impact Signs, Awnings and Wraps is coming to Lucas Oil Speedway on May 6.

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.

Rain forces cancellation of Saturday’s racing program at Lucas Oil Speedway

April 24th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – The onslaught of rain and chilly temperatures – with more of both in the forecast – has forced cancellation of Saturday night’s scheduled Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series program at Lucas Oil Speedway.

“We’ve been fortunate with a tremendous run of cooperation from Mother Nature, but this time there’s no way beating her,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said, noting the speedway’s spotless record for rainouts in 2016, the lone exception night one of the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals in September.

“We look forward to welcoming the fans, drivers and crew members back out next Saturday, April 29, as we resume with action in all four divisions,” Robinson said. “We’re pleased to offer a special discount for all fans so we’ll hopefully see everyone then.”

That will be KOLR 10 and Z27 Presenting the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series with special $5 ticket prices for all adults, seniors and kids. Ages 5-and-under are still admitted FREE.

The program will see 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 in action. The Street Stocks will be running a special 25 Lap, $500 to win feature.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. next Saturday with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35. Some suites remain available along with grandstand seating. Contact admissions direction Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or email Nichole@lucasspeedway.com for more information.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the 2017 racing schedule, visit LucasOilSpeedway.com. Three-day passes for the 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com are now on sale. Only a few hundred of the three-day passes remain. Call admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or email Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com for 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 it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

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

The 6th annual Open Wheel Showdown Presented by Impact Signs, Awnings and Wraps is coming to Lucas Oil Speedway on May 6.

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.

In the Spotlight: Ott optimistic after Lucas Oil Speedway Street Stocks near-miss

April 23rd, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri- Toby Ott was so close to winning his first feature at Lucas Oil Speedway that the hometown driver could almost taste it.

Instead, the immediate bite was somewhat bitter when Ott surrendered the lead to James Flood with three laps remaining in Saturday’s Big O Tires Street Stocks main event. But after a few days to reflect upon his near-miss, Ott was upbeat and reflective.

“I would surely think we’re going to,” Ott said of attaining the long-coveted feature win – if his early strength is any indication of what lies ahead. “Hopefully this year will be a turning point and we’ll make it all happen.”

Ott, of Wheatland, is the Tailgate Guys Radio Show Spotlight Driver of the Week at Lucas Oil Speedway. He’s off to a stout start with finishes of fifth and sixth to go along with the strong second. He will pursue a win again this Saturday as the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series resumes.

“I had a really good run going until I made just a little driving oops,” Ott said of Saturday’s feature, in which he led the first 22 laps. “We had a really good car. One of my sponsors, Chris Davis, got me hooked up with another driver who gave me really good insight. We maybe found out that missing piece on setups.”

The proper setup always is key, especially when running a GM crate motor in a division in which most field open-power engines. But count Ott as a believer in the crate and not just for the affordability factor.

Ott said Burl Woods ran a crate two weeks ago and Donnie Miller had one in his Street Stock last weekend.

“I spoke to both of them and they have the same opinion that I have,” Ott said. “Is it the most horsepower out there? No. But it’s one of the raciest motors I’ve ever had. It brings you the power when you need it.

“Of course, the motor itself is more affordable. If you have motor troubles, you’re not out six weeks waiting for an engine builder to get you a new one. You can go get one in a week. That means a lot to people who are points racing.

“The only negatives to the crate are the accessories it takes to get everything out of the crate you have to have. There’s a lot of bolt-on stuff. It’s a lighter motor and a lighter front end. That’s what we’re fighting this year, a different weight ratio in the car. But I think we’re getting there.”

Ott, 43, has been racing dirt cars since 2002. He was runner-up in Limited Late Models the first season of Lucas Oil Speedway in 2006 and he can’t count how many times he’s been a feature-race runner-up in a Late Model or Street Stock over the years. He’s won features at other venues.

This year, he’s optimistic of not only visiting victory lane just a few miles from his house, but of contending for a track championship. Not a bad outlook for a guy who normally is a one-man operation on race nights, unless his dad, Bob Ott, comes along to help.

Ott’s sponsors include Jeff Freeman and Hobbytime Motorsports, where Ott is a service manager. He also gets support from Davis’ Midwest Sheet Metal, TNT Quick Shop, Mike Striegel’s Outlaw Race Bodies, Buck’s Service Center and Loehr Auto Sales.

Ott pointed out that Davis is an ally to many, with both financial and emotional support.

“Chris Davis probably does more for local racers than anybody out there,” Ott said. “Everybody knows he supports some of the Lucas Oil Late Model guys, but he does so much for the local racers around here that people don’t always know about. He’s a guy that ought to be in the (Ozarks) Racers Hall of Fame, I’d say.”

This Saturday, the Springfield News-Leader Media Group presents the first $uper $aver $pecial Night of 2017 with four admissions, four hots dogs and four 20-ounce Coca-Cola products offered to fans arriving before 6:30 p.m.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35 with all four weekly classes – 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 – back in action. The Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods will be the featured class of the evening running a special 25-lap, $500 to win main event.

In additional to the $uper $aver $pecial and regular admission prices, a select number of suites are available. Contact admissions director Nichole McMillan (417) 282-5984 or by email nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com for information.

The Tailgate Guys Guys Radio Spotlight Driver of the Week is a regular feature in 2017. For more information on the Tailgate Guys Radio Show, which airs 11:05 a.m.-noon each Saturday on KICK 92.3 FM in Springfield with co-hosts Lyndal Scranton and Steve Koehler, visit Facebook.com/TailgateGuysRadio.

SATURDAY ADMISSION PRICES
$uper $aver $pecial: 4 admissions, 4 hot dogs and 4 Coca-Cola products for $30 for fans arriving prior to 6:30 p.m.

Regular 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

Camping
Reserved with Electric and Water- $35/Night (limited availability)
Reserved Dry Spots- $20/Night (limited availability)
Dry Camping- $10/night

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the 2017 racing schedule, visit LucasOilSpeedway.com. Three-day passes for the 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com are now on sale. Only about 500 of the three-day passes remain. Call admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or email Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com for 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 it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

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

The 6th annual Open Wheel Showdown Presented by Impact Signs, Awnings and Wraps is coming to Lucas Oil Speedway on May 6.

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.

Stovall begins MLRA title defense this weekend as Lucas Oil Speedway plays host to Spring Nationals

April 19th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – The first special of the season at Lucas Oil Speedway finds the Lucas Oil MLRA Series season launching with the 4th annual MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com.

Jesse Stovall of Billings will be looking to begin a successful title defense of his first MLRA Series championship. Stovall wrapped up the 2016 season with a feature win on night one the season-ending MLRA Fall Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway, then celebrated the title on night two.

“I want to win another one, but I’m not a greedy person,” Stovall said of how important a second straight championship would be. He noted that winning one was a primary goal when he began driving Late Models a decade ago.

“As a kid when I started doing this, and when I dreamed of racing a Late Model, just winning one would be fine back then,” Stovall added. “I’m not saying we’re not going to try to win it. Absolutely, we’re going to try and win it. But … I really, really wanted to win at least one of them.”

The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds and Big O Tire Street Stocks also will run full programs both nights. The Modified program will include long-time NASCAR standout Ken Schrader, a native of St. Louis and member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

“It’s always exciting to have our first special of the season and we’re doubly fired up to have the MLRA season kicking off with a big doubleheader,” said Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson, who doubles as MLRA Series Director.

“Then you add the USRA Modifieds, with Ken Schrader joining the always-competitive field of regulars, along with the Street Stocks and it’s going to be two tremendous nights of racing,” Robinson added.

Stovall will face a strong field that’s expected to include former MLRA champ Terry Phillips of Springfield, who has a series-record 111 MLRA feature wins, and Crane’s Will Vaught, winner of last September’s MLRA Larry Phillips Memorial at Lucas.

Billy Moyer and Brian Shirley captured the MLRA Spring Nationals feature wins a year ago.

Friday night’s feature winner will collect $2,000 with Saturday’s winner earning $3,000, plus $500 in bonus money in memory of Ron Jenkins, the original builder of Wheatland Raceway.

Stovall picked up his first feature win of 2017 on Sunday at Monett Speedway, a night after settling for 15th in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Bad Boy 98 in Batesville (Ark.) Speedway). He ran top-10 for much of that race before his tires gave way.

“We’re getting rolling a little bit. We’re quite where we want to be yet, but we’re getting there,” said Stovall, who added that he’s eager to get into a more regular racing schedule in the coming weeks.

A new qualifying format for the Late Models will see each driver draw for their respective heat race, then use timed laps against others in those heats during hot laps to set the lineups for the heat races.

The MLRA’s originally scheduled opener, the Spring Meltdown at I-80 Speedway in Nebraska two weeks ago, was rained out. It has been rescheduled for Thursday Aug. 31. The complete MLRA schedule can be found at MLRAracing.com.

The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds will compete for a special $750 to win feature on Saturday while the Big O Tires Street Stock second-night feature will pay $500 courtesy of Elite Auto Repair in Warrensburg.

In season-opening action last weekend at Lucas Oil Speedway, three-time reigning USRA Modified track champion Jeff Cutshaw of Bolivar opened with a feature victory and Darrin Crisler of Clever prevailed in the Street Stock division.

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Both Friday and Saturday nights, gates at Lucas Oil Speedway will open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35.

Tickets on Friday:
Adults (16 and up) $15
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $12
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $30 ONLINE
Pit Pass $35

Tickets on Saturday:
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40 ONLINE
Pit Pass $40

Camping:
Reserved with Electric and Water- $35/Night (Limited Availability)
Reserved Dry Spots- $20/Night (Limited Availability)
Dry Camping- $10/Night

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the 2017 racing schedule, visit LucasOilSpeedway.com. Three-day passes for the 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com are now on sale. Only about 500 of the three-day passes remain. Call admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or email Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com for 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 it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

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

The 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals are set for April 14-15.

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.

Russell captures featured ULMA Late Model win as Lucas Oil Speedway season begins

April 13th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – The curtain rose on the 2017 season and the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series at Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday night with Jason Russell prevailing in the featured Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model event.

Russell’s 25-lap, flag-to-flag triumph was worth $1,000 courtesy of ALP Food Store in Pittsburg, Mo. Other feature winners during a program Presented by KOLR 10 and KOLZ 27 included Kris Jackson (Ozark Golf Cars B Mods), Jeff Cutshaw (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds) and Darrin Crisler (Big O Tires Street Stocks).

A total of 125 cars checked into the pits on the pleasant early spring evening, including 44 in the B-Mod division, 31 ULMA Late Models, 28 USRA Mods and 22 Street Stocks. Russell, of Eugene, led all the way to grab the night’s spotlight win. He pulled away from runner-up Dylan Hoover of Mexico, Mo., following the race’s third caution forced a lap-20 restart.

Hoover was able to hold off Warrensburg’s Aaron Poe with fourth-place Larry Ferris of Nevada close behind. Chris Smyser wound up in fifth. Russell, back in a Late Model after driving Modifieds the last few seasons, started on the front row. He said setting the early pace was key. “I was kind of hoping we’d start up front so I’d get the preferred line and (then) I was able to hit my marks,” Russell said. “It’s been a few years, but I always enjoy driving (Late Models) and am glad to have the opportunity.”

Jackson takes B-Mod thriller: Lebanon’s Kris Jackson led the final 14 laps, holding off Billings’ Shawn Strong by a car length at the finish, to prevail in the Ozark Golf Cars B-Mod feature. Jackson slid underneath Strong in turn two on lap seven after the race’s lone caution. While he led the rest of the way as the two pulled away from the rest of the field, Jackson had to negotiate lapped traffic over the final two laps as Strong closed in.

“I have to thank my sponsors and my cousin (Tony Jackson Jr.) at TJR (Motorsports),” Jackson said. “This is the fastest I’ve been in a long time.” It was well back to third-place Andy Bryant. USRA Mod champ prevails: Jeff Cutshaw’s pursuit of a fourth straight Pitts Homes USRA Modified track championship is off and running as the Bolivar driver prevailed in the opener.

Cutshaw, who started the feature sixth, passed Kerry Davis coming out of turn four to complete lap 14 and led the rest of the way. Davis, of Parkville, wound up second and Robert Reed of Mexico Mo., was third. “There’s nothing better than starting out with a win on the first night,” Cutshaw said. “The track was slick, but it was smooth and you could get around it pretty good.”

Davis applied heavy pressure to Cutshaw over the final three laps, but was unable to get past the three-time reigning track champ. “That was a fun race. I like racing with Kerry, he’s a good guy,” Cutshaw said. Crisler earns Street Stocks win: Darrin Crisler of Clever held off a fast-closing Burl Woods to prevail in the Big O Tires Street Stocks feature.

Crisler passed Brian Schutt for the lead with seven laps remaining. While Schutt wound up third, Republic’s Woods was charging from the back of the pack after spinning while running in the top-five and bringing out a caution on lap five. “Brand-new car and brand-new everything this year,” Crisler said, thanking his sponsors and family in victory lane. “It’s an amazing car.”

Next up: The first special of the season arrives next weekend with the 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com, Friday and Saturday nights. It marks the season openers for the MLRA Late Models with the USRA Modifieds and Street Stocks also on the programs. Gates will open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35 p.m. both nights.

Meet the Staff: Grounds and maintenance crew makes Lucas Oil Speedway sparkle

April 11th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – When fans enter Lucas Oil Speedway each weekend, they see a manicured complex from the well-kept grass, to the sparkling clean grandstands to a well-prepared racing surface.

All of this does not happen by accident. The Lucas Oil Speedway grounds and maintenance crew puts in lots of hours in relative obscurity in the days leading to an event to make sure the fan experience is top notch. “Without those guys who do the dirty work each week, with very little fanfare, we don’t have the beautiful facility that everyone sees when they arrive. It doesn’t happen by accident,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said.

That crew includes Chad Claunch, Kevin Meineke and John Dobson on the grounds and maintenance crew along with Richard Turner overseeing preparation of the dirt on the racing oval and new off road track. For Claunch, a Wheatland native, it’s a source of pride to help make his hometown motorsports complex shine. “We’re ready to go,” Claunch said of the new season, which cranks up Saturday with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opener. “I like getting it going again so we can get into our routine again.

“On big events, we might be here 60 hours a week some weeks. But we love it.” Fans who depart the track after a race might notice all the dirt that’s slung up onto the concourse or the dusty residue that’s left on the grandstand seats or the windows of the suites. Claunch, Meineke and Dobson spend the first part of the week taking care of that. After trash pickup, power washing gets things back in clean order. “From the suites all the way down to the pit-side grandstands,” Claunch said. “All of it gets power washed every week. It’s a pretty big job.”

Even the walls surrounding the track are cleaned. When that’s done, there is weed trimming to be done. Things are ramped up on multi-day events, such as the 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals, April 14-15. Instead of a day or two to get the power washing done, the crew comes in early the next morning and kick into overdrive. “We have to start early to have it ready and looking good for when the gates open,” Meineke said. Added Dobson: “It’s a lot of work, but we know we have to get it done. When we get it done and the weekend’s over, then we can sit back on the couch.” In addition to the cleaning, the trio also hangs signs and banners. Most of that was completed last week, with only some minor fine-tuning remaining ahead of the season opener.

Turner, meanwhile, can be found circling the track during the week grading it into shape or, on race nights, driving the water truck to try and get the right amount of moisture into the dirt. The Hickory County native is a full-time employee this year with the duty of also working on the off road track. “It’s been a really mild and dry winter, so we’ve been able to work on the track quite a bit,” Turner said, adding that being a track prep man includes being an amateur weather forecaster as well. Turner said it’s difficult to please all the drivers all time. Someone will always have a complaint that the track was too wet, too dry or too bumpy. Weather often plays havoc and he said his goal is to do the best he can.

“I tell drivers ‘if you give me consistent weather, I’ll give you a consistent track.’ But there’s always opinions on how to prepare it,” he said. “Some of them are good opinions and some are not. There’s just a lot of variables but … I enjoy the challenge of it.” The 2017 season goes green this Saturday with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opener. KOLR-10 and Z27 Presents the opening-night program which includes 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 running a special 25-lap, $1,000-to-win feature courtesy of ALPS Food Store in Pittsburg, Mo., as the featured class. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35. For more information on KOLR-10 and KOZL 27, go to OzarksFirst.com.

The sports staff will recap each week’s Lucas Oil Speedway feature winners on the Sunday-night newscasts.
Tickets:
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
Camping:
Reserved with Electric and Water- $35/Night (Limited Availability)
Reserved Dry Spots- $20/Night (Limited Availability)
Dry Camping- $10/Night

On the Slick Track: The Southwest Missouri Quarter Midget Association holds its first race on the Lucas Oil Speedway “Slick Track” – home for go-karts and located behind the main grandstands – earlier on Saturday. Practice is at 11 a.m. and racing at noon. Entry is $25 for driver and car with handlers, family and fans admitted free. For more information, visit Facebook.com/SMQMA.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the 2017 racing schedule, visit LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Three-day passes for the 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com are now on sale. Only about 500 of the three-day passes remain. Call admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or email Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com for 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 it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

The 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals are set for April 14-15.

A racer’s dozen (12 or more) things to know as 2017 Lucas Oil Speedway season begins

April 9th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri- On the heels of the best season in Lucas Oil Speedway history, in which a record 107,000 fans came through the gates, there’s no resting on past laurels. “We had a tremendous season in 2016,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “But now we’re on a mission to make 2017 even better.”

That mission launches on Saturday with the season opener for the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35. Before the first green flag flies in a few days, here are 12 things to know headed into the new Lucas Oil Speedway season:

1 – Silver Edition Show-Me 100: One of the nation’s crown-jewel dirt Late Model events celebrates its 25th running over Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27. If the 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com is anything like last year’s rendition, it’ll leave fans buzzing. Jimmy Owens won a thriller – the Tennessee driver’s fourth Show-Me 100 triumph – after a late-race duel with Scott Bloomquist and young phenom Bobby Pierce had the crowd of nearly 7,000 on its feet. Local favorite Jesse Stovall wound up third in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series major.

Complete programs with features are set for each night, helping set the field for the Show-Me 100 lineup on Saturday. Thursday’s feature is the “Cowboy Classic” Presented by Hot Rod Processing, named in honor of long-time MLRA owner/promoter Allen “Cowboy” Chancellor. Friday’s Late Model feature is the “Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson,” the former owners of West Plains Motor Speedway who started the Show-Me 100 in 1993. Only a few hundred three-day Show-Me 100 passes remain. Contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillian (417) 282-5984 or email nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com for info for those or general admission, daily tickets.

The new off road course also will play host to the AMA Pro-Am Motocross, Sept. 29-Oct.

1. Promoter Jay Reynolds said hundreds of riders will participate in pro and amateur divisions with UTV racing also is on the schedule. Camping spots will be at a premium that weekend, so get those reservations in now.

2 – Off Road Rumbles: A new version of racing for this part of the country of debuts July 22-23 when the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series visits the new Off Road track. Associated with the West Coast, off road short-course racing will find six divisions – Pro 4, Pro 2, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy, Production 1000 UTV and Mod Karts – competing over the two days on the 6,000 foot track in the inaugural GEICO Off-Road Shootout Presented by General Tire.

3 – On the water, too: Diversity is the name of the speed game at Lucas Oil Speedway with the third major course on the complex a liquid version. “Lake Lucas” returns for two more weekends for the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series- the 6th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic June 9-11 and the 7th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals Sept. 1-3. Featured will be the Top Fuel Hydros, including “Nitrochondriac” in which Bryan Sanders piloted to a world-record 268.40 miles-per-hour last weekend in Chandler, Arizona.

4 – New name, same game: Big Adventure RV is the new title sponsor for the Weekly Racing Series, a 13-race program that leads to track champions being crowned after the season championships on Aug. 26. Competing divisions will be the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

5 – Cutshaw goes for four: Veteran Bolivar driver Jeff Cutshaw in his familiar No. 98 has been nothing short of a dynasty in the USRA Modified division, winning the last three Lucas Oil Speedway championships. Cutshaw’s ultra consistency turned the points chase into a runaway last season as he posted three feature wins and five runner-up finishes, winding up 178 points ahead of Jason Pursley. Other reigning track champs are Derek Brown (Street Stocks), Aaron Marrant (ULMA Late Models) and J.C. Morton (USRA B-Mods).

6 – Midseason cash up for grabs: Weekly Racing Series drivers will have some extra incentive to be atop the points chase at the conclusion of the midseason championship program on June 24. Victory Lane “Track Action Review” which is distributed to fans free each week is donating $1,000 (with that figure matched by the speedway) to the midseason champs, meaning each will take home an extra $500.

7 – Stovall looks for MLRA repeat: Billings’ Jesse Stovall begins defense of his Lucas Oil MLRA title at the 4th annual MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com, April 14-15. The speedway plays host to the MLRA series four more times – as co-sanctioning body with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the Show-Me 100 May 25-27 and the Diamond Nationals on July 15, for the Larry Phillips Memorial on Sept. 2 and the 4th annual Fall Nationals Oct. 6-7.

8 – Street Stocks Spotlight: The Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt has quickly become one of the top Street Stocks races in the nation. Last year nearly 100 Street Stocks entered with more than 100 expected for the Oct. 6-7 event, held in conjunction with the MLRA Fall Nationals. Timothy Brown of Stoutland took home the $5,000 winner’s share last fall, along with a free entry into the prestigious Whitetail Trophy Hunt in central Missouri.

9 – Open-wheel action: Some of the nation’s premier open-wheel stars return for the ASCS Bob Westphal Memorial Cup Sizzlin’ Speedweek Finale on June 17. The Lucas Oil ASCS Winged Sprints and Lucas Oil POWERi WAR Sprints will be in action. Another must-see for open-wheel fans is the 7th annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial for the ASCS and WAR Sprints, Sept. 21-23. The ASCS feature winner on the final night will collect $10,000.

10 – More racing diversity: For the first time, the “Slick Track” behind the main dirt-track grandstand, which is home for go-kart racing, will play host to quarter-midget racing. The Southwest Missouri Quarter Midget Association will hold events on the track April 8, April 22, June 24 and Aug. 26. Go to facebook.com/SMQMA for more info. The USAC Central States Quarter Midgets will race on the track May 5-6.

11 – Top Mods: The nation’s top Modified series makes it lone visit to Lucas Oil Speedway on Aug. 5 for the 8th annual USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment. Part of the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup, the Mods will be joined by the Ozarks Golf Cars B-Mods, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the always popular “Battle of the Badges” for Missouri law enforcement officers, raising money for charity.

12 – Trucks that will shock and awe: The Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals returns Sept. 15-16 with four divisions of powerhouse pullers. The season will end with a bang on Oct. 21 with the Monster Truck Nationals Eve of Destruction, an event that drew about 7,000 fans last fall as over 60,000 pounds of Monster Truck Thunder wowed the spectators.

(Bonus) – Campers welcomed: The Lucas Oil Speedway campground includes state-of-the-art bathrooms and a shower house with 400,000 BTUs of propane heat capacity, which debuted in 2016. That means no more cold showers. There are 42 RV spots with power and water and five RV spots with power only as well as acres of dry camping for both RVs and tents. Call (417) 282-5984 for reservations.

(Bonus 2) – Speed and Sauce: Professional barbecue teams from throughout the Midwest will converge on Lucas Oil Speedway for the inaugural “Red White Blue & Que” on July 8-9. The Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned event will include an opportunity for fans to taste test and vote for their favorite barbecue before the races on Saturday night. The pros will compete for cash and KCBS points on Sunday. For more info on contest details follow the Tailgate Guys Radio or the Ozarks BBQ Alliance pages.

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 it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

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

The Lucas Oil Speedway complex adds an Off Road Track in 2017 with the first race- the GEICO Off Road Shootout – set for July 22-23.

The 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals are set for April 14-15.

Season goes green Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway with Big Adventure RV Weekly Series opener

April 9th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – After a successful Saturday of test and tune, it’s time to go racing for real at Lucas Oil Speedway. The 2017 season goes green this Saturday with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opener. KOLR-10 and Z27 Presents the opening-night program which includes 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 running a special 25-lap, $1,000-to-win feature courtesy of ALPS Food Store in Pittsburg, Mo., as the featured class. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35 for the first of 13 Weekly Racing Series events, culminating with track champions in the four divisions crowned on Aug. 26.

“It’s been a terrific offseason, but we’re excited to get another season going,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “It’s great to have Big Adventure RV as our new Weekly Racing Series title sponsor and the weather forecast is tremendous for Saturday. It’s going to be a fabulous opening night.”

The National Weather Service forecast for Saturday is for mostly sunny skies and a high of 73 with an overnight low of 58. Last season, Aaron Marrant of Richmond got off to a fast start by winning four of the first five ULMA Late Model features that propelled him to the track championship. Meanwhile, Bolivar’s Jeff Cutshaw will begin pursuit of his fourth straight USRA Modified title. Springfield’s J.C. Morton (USRA B-Mod) and Stoutland’s Derek Brown (Street Stock) also are reigning track champs. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. For more information on KOLR-10 and KOZL 27, go to OzarksFirst.com.

The sports staff will recap each week’s Lucas Oil Speedway feature winners on the Sunday-night newscasts.
Tickets:
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
Camping:
Reserved with Electric and Water- $35/Night (Limited Availability)
Reserved Dry Spots- $20/Night (Limited Availability)
Dry Camping- $10/Night

On the Slick Track: The Southwest Missouri Quarter Midget Association holds its first race on the Lucas Oil Speedway “Slick Track” – home for go-karts and located behind the main grandstands – earlier on Saturday. Practice is at 11 a.m. and racing at noon. Entry is $25 for driver and car with handlers, family and fans admitted free. For more information, visit Facebook.com/SMQMA. On deck: Coming up on April 14-15 is the first special event of the season, the 4th annual MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com.

The USRA Modifieds and Street Stocks will join the MLRA Late Models both nights. For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the 2017 racing schedule, visit LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Three-day passes for the 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com are now on sale. Only about 500 of the three-day passes remain. Call admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or email Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com for 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 it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

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

The 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals are set for April 14-15.

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.

Season goes green Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway with Big Adventure RV Weekly Series opener

April 7th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – After a successful Saturday of test and tune, it’s time to go racing for real at Lucas Oil Speedway.

The 2017 season goes green this Saturday with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opener. KOLR-10 and Z27 Presents the opening-night program which includes 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 running a special 25-lap, $1,000-to-win feature courtesy of ALPS Food Store in Pittsburg, Mo., as the featured class. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:35 for the first of 13 Weekly Racing Series events, culminating with track champions in the four divisions crowned on Aug. 26.

“It’s been a terrific offseason, but we’re excited to get another season going,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “It’s great to have Big Adventure RV as our new Weekly Racing Series title sponsor and the weather forecast is tremendous for Saturday. It’s going to be a fabulous opening night.” The National Weather Service forecast for Saturday is for mostly sunny skies and a high of 73 with an overnight low of 58.

Last season, Aaron Marrant of Richmond got off to a fast start by winning four of the first five ULMA Late Model features that propelled him to the track championship. Meanwhile, Bolivar’s Jeff Cutshaw will begin pursuit of his fourth straight USRA Modified title. Springfield’s J.C. Morton (USRA B-Mod) and Stoutland’s Derek Brown (Street Stock) also are reigning track champs. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. For more information on KOLR-10 and KOZL 27, go to OzarksFirst.com.

The sports staff will recap each week’s Lucas Oil Speedway feature winners on the Sunday-night newscasts.

Tickets:
Adults (16 and up) $12
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $9
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass
$25
Pit Pass $25
Camping:
Reserved with Electric and Water- $35/Night (Limited Availability)
Reserved Dry Spots- $20/Night (Limited Availability)
Dry Camping- $10/Night

On the Slick Track: The Southwest Missouri Quarter Midget Association holds its first race on the Lucas Oil Speedway “Slick Track” – home for go-karts and located behind the main grandstands – earlier on Saturday. Practice is at 11 a.m. and racing at noon. Entry is $25 for driver and car with handlers, family and fans admitted free. For more information, visit Facebook.com/SMQMA. On deck: Coming up on April 14-15 is the first special event of the season, the 4th annual MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com.

The USRA Modifieds and Street Stocks will join the MLRA Late Models both nights. For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the 2017 racing schedule, visit LucasOilSpeedway.com. Three-day passes for the 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com are now on sale. Only about 500 of the three-day passes remain. Call admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or email Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com for 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 it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

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

The 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals are set for April 14-15.

AMA Pro-Am Motocross scheduled to visit new Lucas Oil Speedway Off Road Track this fall

April 2nd, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri- The tough trucks of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series won’t provide the only action on the new Lucas Oil Speedway Off Road track in 2017.

The first Lucas Oil Speedway AMA Pro-Am Motocross is set for Sept. 29-Oct. 1 with professional and amateur divisions competing. The Nitro AX Tour is the sanctioning body and the event will be the fifth of the Nitro Summer Series. “We’re excited to partner with Jay Reynolds of the Arctic Cat Nitro Arenacross Tour to bring this thrilling form of motocross to our facility,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “It’s something that I think our fans will enjoy and it should be a lot of fun for those motocross guys as well.”

Event promoter Reynolds said the event will be one of the biggest motocross weekends the area has ever seen.
“The Lucas Oil Speedway off road track and amenities will serve as the platform for one of the greatest professional-amateur (AMA) events in the Midwest in years to come,” Reynolds said. “Motocross racers and their families will be amazed at the facilities that the Lucas Oil Speedway will offer during the weekend.

“National caliber racers from around the country will converge on the Lucas Oil Speedway and enjoy the diamond of dirt tracks and facilities.” Some of those amenities the racers and motocross fans will find include live timing and scoring, camping with full RV hookups, car and motorcycle washes, swimming, a shower house and a covered grandstand. Friday will be a practice day with gates opening at 6 a.m.and practice from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Action on Saturday and Sunday sees practice starting at 8 a.m. with races following. A highlight will be the Saturday Pro Class feature at 5 p.m., plus UTV racing and fastest amateur classes. Sunday will conclude with moto 2 along with the Nitro Summer series 4 Wheeler classes. Weekend passes are available as well as daily tickets for adults and children. Racers and fans go to www.motorheadevents.com or call (417) 863-6353 for more information. The Lucas Oil Speedway 2017 schedule fires up with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opener on April 8 followed by the 4th annual MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com on April 14-15. A practice day is set for April 1 at the speedway.

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

Three-day passes for the 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com are now on sale.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.
Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

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

The high-flying action of the AMA Pro-Am Motocross is coming to Lucas Oil Speedway’s off road track this fall.

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.

Domer aims for victory lane in 2017 Lucas Oil Speedway Pitts Homes USRA Mod division

March 29th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – Chase Domer had few complaints about his 2016 season at Lucas Oil Speedway, finishing a solid fourth in Pitts Homes USRA Modified points even without running a full schedule. But the 27-year-old from Nevada is determined to bust through a barrier this year.

“We really don’t try to points race because it seems like something always come up where you you have to miss a race here or there,” Domer said. “But I’d definitely like to get more wins this year. Over at Lucas, for sure. “We haven’t ever won over at Lucas and we’ve been racing there for a few years now. So we’re looking to win at Lucas along with picking up a few more wins elsewhere, too.”

With the season-opening Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series program coming up on April 8, Domer hopes to carry over some momentum from a strong finish. He had third-place runs in two features at Lucas in the final month of last season, boosting him up the points list behind only track champion Jeff Cutshaw, Jason Pursley and Mike Striegel. “It was a pretty good year, really solid,” Domer said. “The offseason has been an expensive one. But a good one.” That’s because of a blown motor last fall at Lakeside Speedway finished his season. But over the last few weeks, the new motor has been installed and final touches put on the car.

It’s almost time to race again. Domer is closing in on a decade in the sport, starting as an 18-year-old in the Street Stock division. He’s been in “A” Mods the last six years and feels right at home in the class. “You can go about anywhere and race them,” Domer said of his preference for the division. “There are about 10 tracks within a couple of hours (of Nevada) you can go and race at. There’s a lot of different options.

“The competition is really good. My dad (Berry Domer) raced A Mods while I was growing up and I always enjoyed watching him. He drove the Dirt Works house car while Dirt Works was still going. Then when I started taking an interest in racing, when I was a senior in high school, my grandpa (Kenny Rains) bought me my first race car.” Berry Domer raced at various Ozarks tracks, including the old Wheatland Raceway that preceded Lucas Oil Speedway. Now the three generations work together on Chase’s car. Sponsors include Schulze Racing Engines, Crosstown Vending, Allen’s Automotive, McCord Septic, Ashley Fabrication and Troop 4 Motorsports.

The Lucas Oil Speedway 2017 schedule fires up with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opener on April 8 followed by the 4th annual MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com on April 14-15. A practice day is set for April 1 at the speedway. For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit LucasOilSpeedway.com. Three-day passes for the 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com are now on sale.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

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

The 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals are set for April 14-15.

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.

Red White Blue & Que: KCBS barbecue competition at Lucas Oil Speedway to benefit military, veterans

March 28th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – Along with outstanding racing action, the great taste of professional barbecue is coming to Lucas Oil Speedway this summer. The inaugural “Red White Blue & Que,” a Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned event, is scheduled for July 8-9 at Lucas Oil Speedway.

More than 20 teams are expected to compete for a purse of at least $5,000 on the second day. Race fans attending the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series event on first day, July 8, can sample barbecue from 5-7 p.m. and vote for their favorite as teams compete for “People’s Choice” honors. The weekly racing program is Veterans & Military Appreciation Night Presented by the Springfield News-Leader Media Group. In keeping with the theme, some proceeds from the People’s Choice public sampling will go to an Ozarks military and veterans charity.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to bring some of the best barbecue teams in the nation to Wheatland,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “Along with a great night of racing, it’s a chance for our fans to sample professional barbecue for a good cause.” Barbecue teams interested in competing should contact event organizer Michelle Higgins at (417) 682-1568 or by email @michellehiggins31@yahoo.com. For updates on the contest, follow the Tailgate Guys Radio Facebook page.

This won’t be the first time racing and barbecue competitions have come together. Kansas Speedway played host to one of the world’s biggest competitions, the American Royal World Series of Barbeque, last October. It’s set to return to the speedway again this fall. For more information on the Kansas City Barbecue Society, the world’s largest barbecue organization, visit KCBS.us where point standings and the entire 2017 schedule is listed. The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Warsaw Auto Marine and RV/NAPA Auto Parts ULMA Late Models, Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and Big O Tires Street Stocks will be in acton on July 8.

The Lucas Oil Speedway 2017 schedule fires up with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opener on April 8 followed by the 4th annual MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com on April 14-15. A practice day is set for April 1 at the speedway. For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Three-day passes for the 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com are now on sale. Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

The 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals are set for April 14-15.

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.

Calling the Classics: Car Club Nights offered at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2017

March 12th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – Cars don’t have to be racing around the dirt track to grab attention in 2017 at Lucas Oil Speedway. Area car clubs or groups that would let to hold a Saturday-night outing on the speedway’s midway to show off their automobiles can do so.

“I know 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. “We would love to give them an opportunity to show those off during a night at Lucas Oil Speedway, where several thousand fans can see them up close and enjoy them.” Lorton added that individuals not in an organized club also are encouraged to band together to show off their classic or muscle car, truck or even motorcycle. The criteria for having a “Car Club Night” is simple:

- Clubs need to contact Lorton at the speedway (417) 282-5984 or email him at dlorton@lucasoilspeedway.com to reserve 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 arrive at the speedway by 3:30 p.m. as a group to set upon the midway behind the grandstands for the unique show.
- Grandstands open at 5 p.m. for fans to view the cars and mingle with the club members until the racing program begins.
- The car club members and their guests then can enjoy the night at the races as the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series competes in four divisions.
- There’s no charge (the driver and one passenger from each car are admitted free). The car club members
- and their beautiful machines – get to enjoy a fun night with well-earned recognition.
- Suites are available for rent with club members able to enjoy the races as a group from air-conditioned comfort inside – or use great seats also outside the suites to view the races.
- Clubs also can ask Lorton about turning the outing into a profitable fund-raising event.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984. In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway.

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

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.

Victory Lane magazine supplying boost to Lucas Oil Speedway Midseason Champs in 2017

March 9th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – The popular Victory Lane “Track Action Race Review” weekly magazine distributed throughout the season at Lucas Oil Speedway is helping boost the bonus for Midseason Track Champions. The “Geared Up Program” will reward leaders in the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series points at the conclusion of the June 24 program with a $1,000 donation from Victory Lane to be split among the four points leader.

In addition, Lucas Oil Speedway is matching that $1,000 total of bonus money so the leaders in 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 will receive a $500 bonus.

“We love racing, every aspect of it,” said Victory Lane Editor Debra M. Filkins. “I would like to thank all the sponsors and supporters of the 2017 season.” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson added that Filkins’ Victory Lane publication has become popular for fans each week. The free publication recaps the previous week’s action and includes feature stories on drivers plus previews of upcoming events.

“We’re happy to partner with Debra and Victory Lane to give our drivers a nice bonus to shoot for at our Midseason Championships,” Robinson said. “We appreciate what Debra does and look forward to partnering with her in the ‘Geared up Program’ in 2017.”

Filkins said Victory Lane encourages fans to participate with its “Fan It Up” program. To do so, email a “selfie” to VictoryLane417@gmail.com and include your name, favorite driver and what you like about Lucas Oil Speedway. Then watch for the “Fan It Up” section in upcoming Victory Lane issues.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

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

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

Quarter Midgets coming to Lucas Oil Speedway’s ‘slick track’ for 2017 youth events

March 7th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – Lucas Oil Speedway has reached tentative agreement to host the Southwest Missouri Quarter Midget Association (SMQMA) and the USAC Central Series Quarter Midgets in 2017, bringing yet another form of racing to the complex.

The series will compete on the Slick Track located behind the main grandstands, which usually is home for popular go-kart racing. “We’re excited to work out a program with our Slick Track to help the SMQMA and USAC Central Series Quarter Midgets grow their awareness and help the overall success of their programs in our area,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said.

The SMQMA – in its second year as a club and for ages 5-16 in southwest Missouri – has its first event April 1 with a practice at Lucas Oil Speedway. Two more April programs are set for April 8 and 22. The SMQMA has an 18-race schedule in 2017 which other Lucas Oil Speedway events on June 24 and Aug. 26.

The Lucas events will be held late morning or early afternoon ahead of the regular events at the speedway in the evenings. “We want to continuously grow to make quarter midgets the most premier and safest way to introduce kids to racing in our area,” Jason Wallace of the SMQMA said. “Holding races at Lucas Oil Speedway this year gives the club great exposure and fits perfectly with the wide variety of motorsports they host.

“Our daily race schedule at Lucas will not only allow for our members to race, but stick around for the evenings racing program on the big track. We are also very thrilled because it allows us to host a USAC Central Series quarter midget race, which will see 100-plus cars from all over the country. The SMQMA is excited for our young drivers and families to experience everything Lucas Oil Speedway has to offer.” For more information on the SMQMA including its complete schedule, go to the organization’s website.

The USAC Central Series Quarter Midgets Central Series is coming to Lucas Oil Speedway on May 5-6. Information about the series can be found here including its entire schedule. The complete Lucas Oil Speedway “Slick Track” schedule can be found here.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984. In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway.

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

February 26th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

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

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

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

January 28th, 2017

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

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

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

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ULMA veteran Binning hungry to chase first Lucas Oil Speedway championship in 2017

January 16th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

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

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

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

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2017 marks the 7th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two Nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series will be held in 2017. Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest!

National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

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

January 12th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2017 marks the 7th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two Nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series will be held in 2017. Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest!

National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Mid-American Stock Cars Set For Indy Doubleheader In May

January 11th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Track Enterprises:

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

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

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

January 5th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 2017 season begins with the Weekly Championship Series opener on April 8, followed by the 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals on April 14-15. Here is the complete schedule for 2017.
For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit lucasoilspeedway.com.
Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five race rracks in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just a quick hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, dubbed the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks,” Lucas Oil Speedway certainly lives up to the title. Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2017 marks the 7th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two Nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series will be held in 2017.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA. In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

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

January 5th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five race rracks in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just a quick hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, dubbed the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks,” Lucas Oil Speedway certainly lives up to the title. Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2017 marks the 7th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two Nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series will be held in 2017. Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest!

National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

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

January 1st, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com.
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Meet the staff: “People Person” McMillan enjoys fit as Lucas Oil Speedway admissions director

December 26th, 2016

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

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

Nichole McMillan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.
Click [www.LucasOilSpeedway.com] for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following [@LucasSpeedway] on Twitter, clicking “Like” at [www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway] and on
[www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway].
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About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five race rracks in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just a quick hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, dubbed the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks,” Lucas Oil Speedway certainly lives up to the title. Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports
Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2017 marks the 7th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two Nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series will be held in 2017.Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest!

National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

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

December 25th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 2017 season begins April 8 with the first Weekly Championship Series event. Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com  for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

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

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

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

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2017 marks the 7th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two Nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series will be held in 2017. Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest!

National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

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

December 21st, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 2017 season begins April 8 with the first Weekly Championship Series event. Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Click [www.LucasOilSpeedway.com] for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

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

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

December 13th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 2017 season begins April 8 with the first Weekly Championship Series event. Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five Race Tracks in the Nation. Located in Wheatland,Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri and just a quick hour and a half from the Kansas City Metro Area, dubbed the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” Lucas Oil Speedway certainly lives up to the title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2017 marks the 7th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two Nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series will be held in 2017. Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest!

National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

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

December 13th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 2017 season begins April 8 with the first Weekly Championship Series event. Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

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

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five Race Tracks in the Nation. Located in Wheatland,Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri and just a quick hour and a half from the Kansas City Metro Area, dubbed the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” Lucas Oil Speedway certainly lives up to the title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2017 marks the 7th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two Nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series will be held in 2017. Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest!

National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

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

December 11th, 2016

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

“Man, it’s going to be really cool. I’m pumped up about it,” Martin said of his upcoming induction into the Ozarks Area Racers Foundation Hall of Fame. Just two week after that, he will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Nine others including Mark’s father, the late Julian Martin, and Lucas Oil Speedway