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Offseason preparation has Jackson optimistic for season ahead

February 28th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri- Tony Jackson Jr. has been burning the candle at both ends lately. New cars and more engines than ever, a day at the track in Wisconsin, a sellout of his street stock business and a brand new crew chief highlight his last few months. “I’m sure ready to get racing,” said Jackson from his race shop earlier this week. “This is without the question the most prepared I have ever been heading into a season.”

Jackson is eyeing a calendar full of race dates and will run the majority of the Lucas Oil MLRA tour like previous seasons. The 2013 series champion has nothing but good things to say about the events on the schedule this season. “It’s a really good schedule this year,” Jackson elaborated. “I like running at all the tracks on the schedule, there’s not even one where I would like to shy away from. It should be a great year.”

New to the team are three MB Customs Race Cars, built by Jimmy and Chris Mars, from Menomonie, Wisconsin. The five race ready power plants come by way of Cornett Racing Engines. “I’ve been in several cars the last few years and this time around I was really looking for something that not everybody else in the pits was unloading,” said Jackson. “I also wanted to be back on Integra Shocks. Those are kind of just home to me. This deal came about, and I couldn’t be happier.”

About a month ago Jackson and Mars were able to get away and spend a day testing at Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wisconsin. He felt comfortable right off the bat and his lap times were in line with Mars right out of the trailer. The past couple of seasons he has also established himself as a force in the street stock world, building some of the most successful cars in the country. Gone are the jigs and related components. When asked about the decision, he was very matter of fact.

“I think I proved what we needed to with those cars. I felt like that success came at a cost to my racing, and it had to go. For me to race the way we need to, I couldn’t continue building those cars.” Also new is Tony Allen, a highly respected veteran Dirt Late Model Crew Chief. Allen was looking for a spot to land when Jason Papich sold his operation at the end of the year. Jackson provided him the opportunity to remain in the midwest.

Allen joins Dustin Atkinson and Jeff Morgan. Atkinson works full time for TJR and specializes in sheet metal and body work. Morgan handles tire duty in the evenings, and is occasionally at the track to help as well.”I think it’s important to set realistic goals heading into the season,” Jackson offered. “This year I’d really like to win ten races. I’ve had a few years better and several worse. We’re extremely prepared, with folks like Jim and Vicki O’Dell on board, and also Raymond Merrill, who is planning to race a bunch with us this season. I can’t thank them and all of our sponsors enough for their help.” The first weekend of racing for the Lucas Oil MLRA is just under two months away. It will again originate from the Kosiski family’s I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska, March 31, and April 1. The Spring Meltdown will pay $2,000 and $3,000 to win respectively.

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.

Midwest Sheet Metal bringing spoiler program to MLRA

February 27th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – Lucas Oil MLRA Officials are pleased to welcome back Springfield, Missouri based Midwest Sheet Metal, in a larger capacity. For the coming season Midwest Sheet Metal will present the “MLRA Point Leader Spoiler Challenge.”

The current point leader heading into every event will carry a special fluorescent yellow spoiler built by Midwest Sheet Metal. The spoiler will carry the Midwest Sheet Metal logo on both side supports of each spoiler. The driver leaving each event with the points lead will also receive a $25 product certificate. The 2017 series champion will pocket an additional $500 from Midwest Sheet Metal at the year end awards banquet.

“Racing has become a big part of what we do at Midwest Sheet Metal,” commented owner Chris Davis.”We’ve been involved with Lucas Oil for several years now, and are thrilled to extend our partnership even further. The spoilers look really neat and will stand out well on the track.”

In addition to stocking virtually any color of aluminum for race car bodies, Midwest Sheet Metal offers body components, bracing kits, spoilers and custom fabrication. They also boast a full machine shop with a CNC mill on site. Midwest Sheet Metal has become a leader in the metal industry with a large inventory of stainless and carbon steel, to go along with aluminum.

Midwest Sheet Metal will also be presenting the “Midwest Sheet Metal Show Me Challenge” at the Show Me 100 on Saturday, May 27. This race annually has been packed with excitement. The race’s winner will get the opportunity to take the $2,500 check or start at the tail of the prestigious Show Me 100 main event. Annually this has been an incredibly exciting feature, with every winner thus far electing to roll onto the main event. Previous winners include Mike Marlar, Tommy Weder Jr., Chris Simpson and Bobby Pierce. On three of the four occasions the winner has finished the main event inside of the top ten.

“Chris Davis has done so much for racing in our area and beyond,” said Lucas Oil MLRA Series Director Dan Robinson. “We’re thrilled to continue our partnership and excited to see how these new spoilers look on the track!”

The first weekend of racing for the Lucas Oil MLRA is less than two months away. It will again originate from the Kosiski family’s I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska, March 31, and April 1. The Spring Meltdown will pay $2,000 and $3,000 to win respectively.

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.

Siebert on the mend and almost ready to go racing

February 13th, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – It has been a little bit of a different offseason for Grandview, Missouri’s Austin Siebert compared to previous years. During the final night of the 2016 Lucas Oil MLRA season at Lucas Oil Speedway, Siebert knocked front wheels with another competitor and it jerked the steering wheel out of his hands. He didn’t think much about it at the time and the contact didn’t even cause a yellow.

He had pain in his right wrist the following days, which would not subside. He visited the doctor and it was determined he would need surgery to repair his injured wrist. Austin underwent an operation last week, and is now on the mend. When reached by phone to talk about the upcoming season, spirits were high, and he was at work, anticipating the upcoming season. Siebert hopes to be ready to race when the season starts but realistically, thinks it will be closer to May before he jumps back behind the wheel. His particular surgery typically comes with a three month recovery period.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever been hurt racing,” said Siebert. “The Late Model steering is so fast and the tires are so big, it doesn’t take much contact and wheel just jerks out of your hand. It’s not uncommon for it to spin two full times over before you really even have time to react.”

Once he returns to the pilot’s seat, he plans to pick up the remainder of the Lucas Oil MLRA tour and build on a good foundation established last season. The Kenny’s Tile operation will feature the same Capital Race Car to begin the season as was campaigned last year.

“It took me awhile to get comfortable in it,” said Siebert. “Their recommended things to try just really don’t fit with the hard tires we race on. I kind of went on my own with shocks, late in the year, and really had a better feel for the car. I plan to start out a little more on my own deal and hope to learn some more.” Siebert plans a new car sometime around mid season, but doesn’t have any particular brand he is leaning towards right now. He will also run a Modified quite bit. The team has a pair of MB Customs in the stable as well as a GRT.

This coming season marks his third in Late Models. A pavement crossover, Siebert got his start in Super Trucks at I-70 Speedway. The Odessa, Missouri track’s decline ran nearly parallel to the transformation of Wheatland Raceway into Lucas Oil Speedway and they opted to give dirt racing a shot.

“I’m so glad it worked out like it did,” Austin further elaborated. “I love dirt racing. You show up at five or so and run the race, and if you are close to home you can be home by midnight a lot of times. It seems like when we pavement raced, we tested and practiced all the time, actual racing was such a small part of it.”
The first weekend of racing for the Lucas Oil MLRA is just under two months away. It will again originate from the Kosiski family’s I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska, March 31, and April 1. The Spring Meltdown will pay $2,000 and $3,000 to win respectively.

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.

Missy Holman promoted within Lucas Oil MLRA

February 2nd, 2017

Wheatland, Missouri – With the expanding reach and popularity of the Lucas Oil MLRA, series officials are pleased to announce the full-time hiring of Missy Holman. Holman, who has worked seasonally for the Lucas Oil MLRA for the past 13 years, will now take on additional responsibilities in her new role as Administrative
Manager.

“It’s great to be able to get up in the morning and do something that I love,” commented Holman. “The MLRA has been a part of my life for a long time and I’m glad to take a larger role with the series and such a great company like Lucas Oil Products. My family also supports what I do, so that’s a huge plus too.” Holman takes care of a number of race night tasks and will continue those. She oversees the driver sign in and draw, setting of the race lineups, handling and distributing the electronic transponders, hand scoring as a backup measure, processing the driver’s pay and providing final results.

She will add a number of business related items to her list of responsibilities which will occupy a good deal of time throughout the week. Missy has a deep love of racing. Her father raced as she grew up. Her first trip
to the track was at four years old. She also met her husband Robert at the races. He competed at dirt tracks throughout the Midwest for 30 years. Currently, her nephew Jace Boney competes in go-karts, and she loves watching him race! She has worked alongside Assistant Series Director Ernie Leftwich off and on for 20 years and there is plenty of mutual respect and friendship between the two. “With the amount of time it takes to keep MLRA rolling, it was time to hire someone and there was no better choice than Missy,” commented Leftwich. “She’s extremely important to the series and myself, and is a lot of what makes our racing happen. She does a great job and is a great person too.”

The first weekend of racing for the Lucas Oil MLRA is just over two months away. It will once again come to life at the Kosiski family’s I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska, March 31 and April 1. The Spring Meltdown will pay $2,000 and $3,000 to win respectively.

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 .

Banquet caps 2016 Lucas Oil MLRA campaign

December 7th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Saturday evening the Lucas Oil MLRA officially put the wraps on the 2016 season with the annual Championship Awards Banquet. Held at Harrah’s Casino in Kansas City, Missouri, the evening paid tribute to the top ten is series points and highlighted the accomplishments of Series Champion, Jesse Stovall and Sunoco Rookie of the Year, Tad Pospisil.

The night started with a social hour, then opening remarks from Series Director, Dan Robinson prior to dinner. Following the meal, Assistant Series Director, Ernie Leftwich took the stage and thanked all of the marketing partners for their support, track promoters, staff and other key individuals to the series.

There was a special mention and photo slideshow dedicated to longtime series photographer Lloyd Collins, who is stepping away from the series for the upcoming season. Collins has been apart of the Lucas Oil MLRA for the past ten years.

The awards portion of the program was the final order of business for the evening. In addition to dispersing the $44,000 total series points fund, there were many season long awards handed out too.

Jesse Stovall amassed five wins on the tour this year with victories at Southern Iowa Speedway, I-80 Speedway, Adams County Speedway, Deer Creek Speedway and Lucas Oil Speedway. His championship share of the points fund is $15,000.

Tad Pospisil had a season best runner up finish at Junction Motor Speedway in his maiden trek though the Lucas Oil MLRA schedule. His lucrative bonus, courtesy of Rookie of the Year sponsor Sunoco Race Fuels, consists of $2,500 and six barrels of his choice of fuel for the coming season.

This week Lucas Oil MLRA officials will be busy at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show, held annually at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. They will meet with racers, marketing partners and various other industry insiders, in preparation for the 2017 season and beyond.

Season Long Award Winners
RacingJunk.com
Hard Luck Award $500 Brantlee Gotschall
Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger Award $750 Terry Phillips
Lucas Oil MLRA Crew Chief of the Year $250 Tony (Tommy Boy) Rogers
DirtOnDirt.com
Pole Award $500 Jesse Stovall
Malvern Bank Most Laps Led $1,000 Jesse Stovall

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 .

2017 Lucas Oil MLRA Slate Revealed

November 22nd, 2016

Des Moines, Iowa – Lucas Oil MLRA officials have been busy over the past few weeks since the conclusion of the 2016 season. Rules meetings, promoters workshops and scheduling have taken a large amount of time. At this afternoon’s opening of the Annual Heartland Auto Racing Show, in Des Moines, Iowa, the series was pleased to reveal the events schedule for the upcoming campaign.

27 nights of racing comprise a cross section of tracks across the region. Every speedway on the docket has previously hosted a Lucas Oil MLRA event so there is a lot of familiarity to fans and competitors.

The biggest addition this year is the return of the Mid America Speedway in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma. Under the guidance of seven-time Lucas Oil MLRA Champion Al Purkey, his home track is slated to host a pair of $10,000 to win two-day shows.

“We want to bring Mid America Speedway back to a place it once was on the MLRA schedule,” said Purkey. “We want to step up and show everyone our commitment to the sport and MLRA. A pair of $10,000 to win shows is a great way to do that.”

The speedway recently was purchased by Oklahoma businessman John Fiore. Plans call for a renovation of the facility in stages, after it has sat idle for the past two seasons. Purkey has been hired to fill the promoter’s role of a place he is extremely fond of.

“Mid America is going to have a new look, attitude and plan. We’re really excited for all of the great race fans in the region to come see what we’re all about. I’ve been involved in racing my whole life and am ready to step to the other side of the fence.”

The year kicks off with the two traditional opening weekends in April. March 31 and April 1 is the running of the Spring Meltdown at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska. After a weekend off, the tour rolls south from Nebraska, to its home track Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri for the 4th Annual Spring Nationals.
Once again both weekends are two day shows with payouts each night.

Iowa continues to be a staple of the Lucas Oil MLRA and this year the first trip to the hawkeye state occurs in early May. Previously, Lee County Speedway and Davenport Speedway have produced barn burner features in front of packed grandstands. Those two tracks return May 4 and 5, with a stop the following night, still to be determined.

Concluding May is the first traditional Late Model Crown Jewel of the season with the 25th Annual Show Me 100 at Lucas Oil Speedway. For the second straight year there will be two preliminary shows leading up to the $30,000 to win finale. May 25-27 will be a wild weekend for sure.

Rolling into June, there is a three day weekend right from the outset. June 1 is not yet filled, but the second and third will be at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa and Randolph County Speedway in Moberly, Missouri.

Completing the month is the Adams County Speedway Ray Houck Liberty 50 in Corning, Iowa, June 24. Expect a show the night before too, with details to be released at a later date.

Another wildly successful event takes place June 30 and July 1 at the state of the art Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Oklahoma. Drawing nearly 3,500 fans through the gates last year, the Freedom Classic is a must see race.

The first of two previously mentioned Mid America Speedway weekends follows up the trip to Salina. July 7 will be the qualifying night, with the $10,000 to win main event the next evening.

Lucas Oil MLRA competitors will then join forces with the stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series to complete the month, with the 11th Annual Diamond Nationals, July 15, at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri. Then the 7th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals follows at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska from July 20-22.

On the heels of a whirlwind July slammed full of racing, August is relatively quiet this year, with only one event scheduled. August 11 and 12 finds the series back at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska. Each night pays and the purse increase, which began last year, was met with increased competitor attendance.

Labor Day weekend action heads back to Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas for the third year in a row, with the running of the Clyde Ellis Memorial. Lucas Oil Speedway runs the Larry Phillips Memorial the next night, completing the holiday weekend. September wraps with the second event of the year in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma and another $10,000 to win blockbuster.

The extremely popular Fall Nationals is back for the fourth straight time. This event concludes the season. Last year it boasted the largest car counts of the season with 53 competitors on Friday and 63 on Saturday. Saturday’s show was one of the top five events, car count wise, in the entire country. 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.

Late race theatrics land Pierce in Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane

October 11th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- It looked like a story book ending to the season for Jesse Stovall Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway, in the finale of the 3rd Annual Fall Nationals. That was until Bobby Pierce came to life. He took the lead coming to the white flag and rolled to his first ever Lucas Oil Speedway victory and 23rd overall this season.

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

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

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

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

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

Jack Sullivan continued his good fortune from Friday too. Both shows combined were enough for him to capture the Comp Cams Super Dirt Series crown. He came into the weekend down 37 markers. It is his second straight series title. 63 cars signed in to compete Saturday marking the high water point for competitors on any single night this season, less the Show Me 100.

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/lucasoilmlr or follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/MLRA.

Stovall rallies from deep in the field to win Fall Nationals night one

October 10th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- Friday’s opening round of the 3rd Annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals had a little bit of everything … lead changes, contact and heartbreak.

Billy Moyer sat on the DirtOnDirt.com pole and showed the way early on, prior to jumping the berm in turn two on lap 13. Tucson, Arizona’s Jake O’Neil seized the opportunity and took control of the race. He led until a yellow waved for Joseph Gorby who hit the wall in turn four.

While under yellow, O’Neil pulled to a stop on the track and was pushed to the pits. Later, it was determined he had a mud clod pass thorugh his radiator causing his engine to run hot.

Moyer re-assumed the point and looked to be well on his way to the win, until Jesse Stovall and Bobby Pierce came to life. Stovall started 19th and was involved in a 13 car wreck in the middle of three and four on the opening lap. Pierce snuck through, and both went to the front as the laps clicked away.

Stovall was running second and took the lead for the first time on lap 35, Moyer passed him back, before Stovall took the lead for good. With two laps left to go, Stovall got into Brantlee Gotschall whom he was trying to lap. It caused damage to both cars and setup a two lap shootout to the checkers.

Lucas Oil MLRA rules call for a single file restart in the main event with less than five laps to go. Bobby Pierce who passed Moyer before the yellow, fired at Stovall’s tail. The two were racing so closely they had no margin for error. The #00 had just enough left to seal the deal and win the opening night of the Fall Nationals for the second straight year, it is Stovall’s eighth win of the season and fifth with the Lucas Oil MLRA.

“It was awesome to start that deep in the field and work your way up through there,”said Stovall in Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane. “At the end of the day, we’ve got something else were working for here. Hopefully we can calm down a little bit tomorrow and just go out and race.”

Pierce seems to have a knack for charging through the field at Wheatland. He’s done it in the Spring Nationals and Show Me 100 both earlier this season.

“This was a lot of fun,”commented Pierce. “The track was very race-able. I like coming here. The dirt is just a little different than what we are used to. I’m glad with the run we had, starting in the back like that. Maybe tomorrow we can just be a little bit better.”

There were a couple other things of note form the evening. Brian Shirley made his first appearance in over a month Friday. He suffered a concussion earlier this season and had been away from the seat for several weeks. He was running third late and jumped over the pesky turn two berm and fell to fifth before coming back one spot.

The Comp Cams Super Dirt Series also had their share of excitement as far as pointsare concerned. Hunter Rasdon got together with another car in hot laps and damagedhis car to a point where they had to unload the backup. He was part of the 13 carpileup, like Stovall, in the feature’s opening lap. Ultimately he left the track on the hook early and surrendered several points to seventh place finishing JackSullivan. The CCSDS championship battle will come right down to the wire Saturday.

Racing begins one hour earlier Saturday, with hot laps at 6:00 PM and racing at 6:30 PM. The Street Stocks will also be in action completing their $5,000 to win program. Champions from both the Lucas Oil MLRA and Comp Cams Super Dirt Series will be crowned.

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.

Stovall wins a wild one as Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals begin

October 9th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- Jesse Stovall captured the 3rd annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals opener in a thriller Friday night at Lucas Oil Speedway. The victory – as he held off young phenom Bobby Pierce and Hall of Fame veteran Billy Moyer – all but clinched Stovall’s first MLRA championship heading into Saturday night’s season finale. “If it is, great. We’ll celebrate that at a later date,” Stovall said of the points chase after collecting the $3,000 victory on a chilly evening. “We’re out here to win races. That’s what wins championships.”

Meanwhile, night one of the Big Buck 50 Street Stock Special Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt saw the first 16 starters in Saturday night’s feature determined following eight heat races and qualifying.

Street Stock drivers will go after a $5,000-to-win prize in the 50-lap feature and the MLRA Late Models also take aim on a $5,000 prize. The first half of the two-night show saw an impressive car count of 93 Street Stocks and 53 Late Models. The Comp Camps Super Dirt Series Presented by Lucas Oil joined the MLRA Late Models. Stovall, of Billings, began the night 72 points ahead of reigning MLRA champ Terry Phillips. It appeared a trip to victory lane was a longshot at best with the way things were going.

Stovall struggled in his heat race and had to win one of three B-Mains to earn his way into the feature, starting 19th. He then was caught up in a first-lap pileup in which 13 cars were involved with his car sitting atop a big tire that guards the infield in the middle of turn three. “Everybody’s nerves are kind of wild and crazy,” Stovall said of the start of the race. He also noted that once his car checked out OK, he wanted to be smooth and work his way gradually through the field.

Sure enough, he was in the top five by lap seven and firmly in contention. Meanwhile, Arizona’s Jake O’Neil took advantage when Moyer slid high into turn-two cushion and went past the veteran to grab the lead on lap 13. But during a lap 19 caution, O’Neil pulled off the track with a mechanical issue giving the lead back to Moyer with Terry Phillips in second and Stovall third. Lurking in sixth was Pierce, the 19-year-old World 100 champ who started the feature 16th. Things really heated up from there. Stovall took the lead from Moyer in a front-straightaway pass to complete lap 35. Moyer went back in front on lap 36 and Stovall returned the favored the next time around.

Pierce passed Moyer just before the fifth caution of the race waved on lap 38 when Stovall and the lapped car of Brantlee Gotschall got together in turn two. Stovall’s momentum was not affected and, despite damage to the right-rear quarter panel, remained in front with Pierce scored in second and Moyer third. Stovall bolted away on the restart and held with Pierce finishing second, Moyer third, Brian Shirley fourth and Phillips fifth. In victory lane, Stovall said apologized to Gotschall saying that he was just racing hard.

“Bobby and Billy were right there. You have to go, go, go,” Stovall said. As for Saturday, with the MLRA championship apparently in hand, Stovall said: “Hopefully we can kind of calm down a little bit and we can just go out and race.” Pierce, from Oakwood, Ill., came up just shy of his 23rd feature win of a breakout season.

“This was a lot of fun,” Pierce said. “The track was very raceable at the top. I like coming here. I’m glad with the run we had starting back. Maybe tomorrow we’ll be even better.” The 59-year-old Moyer, meanwhile, hedged on whether this weekend is his last visit to Lucas Oil Speedway. Moyer, of Batesville, Ark., has called himself semi-retired this year and has not committed to racing again in 2017.

“We’ll see,” Moyer said. He won the first half of the MLRA Spring Nationals at the speedway back in April for one of 10 wins this season and 815 in his career. Big Buck 50: Dale Nelson of Milan, Tenn., earned a $500 bonus from Tony Jackson Racing for setting fast qualifying time in the Street Stocks. Nelson toured the track in 17.684 seconds.

“I’m excited,” Nelson said. “We were planning on coming to this last year and didn’t make it. We made it a priority to come and make this race (this year). We wanted to come and see this great facility that y’all got.” Defending Big Buck 50 champ Jeremy Russell of Jonesboro, Ark., won his heat race to lock himself into the feature. Other heat race winners were 2016 Lucas Oil Speedway Street Stocks champ Derek Brown, Burl Woods, Jarad Hays, Richie Tosh, Brian Webster, Timothy Brown and Tony Anglin. Four B-Mains will be contested Saturday night to finalize the field for the Big Buck 50.

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

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

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

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

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2016 marks the 6th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two Nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series will be held in 2016. Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest!

National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Final Missouri State Fair Speedway stop cancelled

October 2nd, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – With just days to go before the scheduled running of the Lucas Oil MLRA’s event at the Missouri State Fair Speedway, promoter Gerry Olson has cancelled the event. Citing a lack of guaranteed car count (27 attended a day race there in mid-April) Olson opted to cancel not only Late Models, but the ASCS Warrior Region event as well.

“It’s never our preference to have events cancelled in this fashion, especially not twice in a season,” commented MLRA Series Director Dan Robinson. “But, we respect the decision to cancel, and we’ll move forward. It will make our season finale held at Lucas Oil Speedway that much bigger!”

The stage is now set for a huge weekend to crown the 2016 Lucas Oil MLRA Series Champion, October 7 and 8, at Lucas Oil Speedway, in Wheatland, Missouri. Jesse Stovall currently holds a 72 point advantage over 2015 MLRA Champion Terry Phillips. Tad Pospisil has clinched the season long Sunoco Race Fuels Rookie of the Year Points chase and occupies third.

A new twist to the event will see the addition of the Arkansas based Comp Cams Super Dirt Series in action with the Lucas Oil MLRA too. Hunter Rasdon has a 34 point lead over Kyle Beard, with Jack Sullivan just three markers back of Beard. The CCSDS will crown their champion in Wheatland as well.

Street Stocks will also be in action running for a $5,000 top prize in the Big Buck 50, the fastest growing Street Stock race in the country. For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com

Johnson, Babb celebrate Hockett/McMillin Memorial wins at Lucas Oil Speedway

September 27th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – In an absolute classic, Wayne Johnson outdueled Sammy Swindell in Saturday night’s main event at the 6th annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway. Johnson passed Swindell with one lap remaining to capture the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series major and pocket $10,000. In the co-headliner, Terry Babb prevailed in the Boss Chassis Wingless Auto Racing Series feature for a $1,200 pay day as the three-night open-wheel bonanza came to a dramatic conclusion.

Johnson followed up his Friday-night victory with a thrilling duel in which he came out in front of 60-year-old veteran Swindell. The two traded the lead three times over the final four laps with Johnson’s pass coming to the white flag proving decisive.

Johnson, of Knoxville, Iowa, scored his fourth series victory of the season. None has been more important considering that Johnson was a good friend of Hockett, the Missouri sprint-car ace who died in a work accident six years ago at the height of his racing career and McMillin, Hockett’s cousin and crew chief. “They’re all really dear to my heart,” Johnson said of the Hockett family. “I’ve wanted to win this damn race for a long time. We’ve always sucked here. Somebody up (above) let us win this one. Thank you!” Johnson, starting on the front row alongside Swindell, led the first three laps before Swindell, the three-time World of Outlaws Sprint champ, grabbed command and held it for the majority of the 30-lapper. The race was delayed for about 10 minutes under a red flag for repairs to the front straightaway fence after Brian Bell’s wild flip on lap 10. Bell, running mid-pack at the time, was not injured.

The red flag also came out after one lap when Thomas Kennedy flipped in turn two, one of at least a dozen flips throughout the program. All drivers walked away without injury. After the restart, Swindell and series points leader Sam Haftertepe Jr. broke away with Swindell about five car lengths in front when the race’s third red flag brought the race to a half on lap 20. Jason McDougal rolled his car in turn two, but was not injured.

On the restart, Haftertepe got out of shape in the cushion in turn two and slipped back to sixth. Meanwhile, Johnson began his charge on the high side and closed in on Swindwell, setting up a classic final few laps. “I run right through the middle on that (last) restart,” said Johnson, who went from fourth to second on the first lap when the race resumed. “I got by (Logan) Forler and Sam messed up. Then I just set sail.

“I could see Sam really getting tight on the curve. Everybody was and I was, too. I thought I’d try something different. I just drove up above (the groove) and turned down the hill and that thing just launched through there.” Said Swindell: “If I hadn’t messed up we could have had it. We had a really good car. That one, we just gave it away really.” Forler finished third, Haftertepe rallied from his slip-up to take fourth and Derek Hagar, who started 18th, was fifth.

Johnny Herrera, winner of Thursday’s feature, flipped his car in turn two of Qualifier No. 3. He was not injured, but the car suffered substantial damage. The crew was able to repair it and Herrera finished second in his B-Main and started 21st in the feature. He finished 10th. Babb takes WAR feature: Terry Babb of Decatur, Ill., earned his fourth Wingless Auto Racing Series victory of the year, leading all 30 laps to earn his first Hockett/McMillin win. “I was just trying to make some smooth laps. I knew nobody could pass me if I was smooth,” Babb said of holding off all comers through five restarts resulting from caution flags. “I tried to be patient and it worked out.

“It’s really cool,” Babb added of what it meant to win a race named in honor of Hockett, whose love for non-winged sprints was renowned. “I started racing in 1986 running wings and started running non-wings a few years ago. It’s a lot more fun, like (it was) for Jesse.”

Babb jumped to the lead from his outside front row starting position, getting the jump of polesitter Layne Himebaugh. Meanwhile, Himbaught, Korey Weyant, Wyatt Burks and Clinton Boyles took turns in second place. Series points leader Boyles of Greenwood, Mo., wound second. Weyant of Springfield, Ill., winner of Friday’s feature and runner-up on Thursday, finished off a strong weekend with a third-place run and Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Ill., rallied from 16th to fourth.

Funds for Kulhanek: Helmets were passed through the stands during intermission to accept donations for ASCS driver Ray Allen Kulhanek’s medical expenses. According to the ASCS, a total of $4,284 was raised the last two nights for Kulhanek. The Danbury, Texas, driver suffered burns to his arms, legs and ankles when his car caught fire during a Thursday qualifying race. A Go Fund Me account has been set up at https://www.gofundme.com/2qpn75b4.

Next up: Lucas Oil Speedway takes next weekend off before action resumes Oct. 7-8 with the final dirt-track event of the season. That will be the 3rd annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals and Street Stock Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt. The MLRA will conclude it season and crown a Late Model champion with full programs both nights. The Street Stocks run for big bucks with a qualifying session and qualifying heat races on Friday for Saturday night’s $5,000-to-win, 50-lap feature. For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit lucasoilspeedway.com.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984. In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway.

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

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

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2016 marks the 6th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two Nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series will be held in 2016. Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest!

National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Vaught takes command late to capture Lucas Oil MLRA Larry Phillips Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway

September 5th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Once a rising star in the Late Model ranks, Will Vaught races only part-time these days as he raises a family and runs a business. He scored one of his biggest career victories Saturday night. Vaught, of Crane, Mo., took the lead with 13 laps remaining and went on to win the Lucas Oil MLRA Larry Phillips Memorial Presented by G2 Gemini Apparel at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Josh Hughes of West Plains wound up an MLRA career-best second with J.C. Wyman of Griswold, Iowa, third. “Everything just fell into place,” Vaught said in Andy’s Frozen Custard victory lane. “The Larry Phillips Memorial. He was one of my idols when I was little. This means everything.” Vaught’s first-ever win at Lucas Oil Speedway was worth $5,075. The extra $75 was a tribute to Larry Phillips, the late great four-time NASCAR Weekly Racing Series National Champion.

For the majority of the race, it appeared that MLRA points leader Jesse Stovall was headed to victory. Stovall took the lead from Jason Papich on lap 13 and, after a lap 19 restart, soon opened a straightaway-length lead over Vaught. But Stovall’s car began to leak white smoke that kept getting thicker with each lap. He slowed on lap 37 and pulled to the pits, giving Vaught a lead that he held the remainder of the 50-lap feature. “I’ve been beat a lot by leading laps like Jesse was,” Vaught said. “He was setting a blistering pace. He had a good car and that’s heartbreak.”

Vaught, who started ninth in the feature, said he’s only entered seven or eight events this season, preferring to oversee the quarter-midget racing of his young children – son Maddox and daughter Mallory. But he began preparing for the trip to Lucas Oil Speedway two weeks ago, working on a shocks and springs package. “We always qualify good here and are good in the heats, and are mediocre in the features here,” he said. “Tonight we had something there. We are very blessed.” Stovall settled for 16th, but gained ground in the championship chase as second-place Terry Phillips retired with early mechanical issues and finished 23rd.

Chase Junghans started 22nd and finished fifth and Tony Jackson Jr. of Lebanon finished sixth after starting 19th. Turner wins Modified feature: Eric Turner of Hermitage held off hard-charging track champion Jeff Cutshaw of Bolivar to win the Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature and earn $1,200.

Turner, who also won the regular-season finale a week earlier, took the lead from Jason Russell on the 20th lap of the 30-lap race. Turner held on, barely, as he and Cutshaw weaved through slower traffic over the final two laps. “Getting caught up in the lapped cars I was trying to be patient,” Turner said. “I knew (Cutshaw) would be down there.” Turner advanced from a 14th starting position and moved into contention quickly. “The car was good. I knew about lap 15 that we were ready to rock ‘n roll,” Turner said. Russell wound up third with Mitch Keeter fourth. Drag boat finals Sunday: The Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series wraps up the 6th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals on Sunday.

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

Next on the dirt: The next action on the dirt track is the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals for the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Sept. 16-17.

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

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984. In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway.

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

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2016 marks the 6th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two Nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series will be held in 2016.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds,vCarson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Wyman wires field for first series triumph

September 4th, 2016

Kansas City, Kansas – Lakeside Speedway has a way of bringing out the unexpected in Lucas Oil MLRA events. Since the 2009 season, there have been 10 races held at the Kansas City, Kansas oval. Including Friday’s triumph by JC Wyman, there have been a total of five first time series winners in those 10 races.

Wyman rolled from the outside of the front row and led the entire distance, in a caution-free 40 lap feature, to score the biggest win of his career. The night honored longtime Kansas City racing supporter Clyde Ellis, who was instrumental in Lakeside Speedway among other ventures.

“I’m still kind of speechless,” commented Wyman in Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane. “With the way the track was, it was a workout The car was great, it would turn, it would come off. It worked out well for me.”

Starting 10th, Chase Junghans was the driver to pay attention too during the feature. He quickly worked his way into the top five, and then took his time getting around Terry Phillips for second.

Up front Wyman moved in and out of lapped traffic and Junghans pulled to his back bumper, even showing himself to Wyman with less than five to go. However, Junghans march to the front ended with the runner up position.

“I just had to hit the holes right, and I could get a really good run. His (Wyman’s) car was just a little bit better through the rough. We took the last month off and rebuilt the whole thing. We’ll just see if we can back it up tomorrow night.”

Terry Phillips, Tony Jackson Jr and Justin Asplin made up the balance of the top five finishers.

Saturday attention shifts to Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri for the running of the Larry Phillips Memorial, in conjunction with the Diamond Drag Boat Nationals on Lake Lucas. $5,075 is earmarked for the winner.

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Lucas Oil MLRA honors two legends this weekend

September 1st, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – A pair of racing icons will be remembered this weekend when the Lucas Oil MLRA swings into action. Racing starts Friday night at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, with the running of the Clyde Ellis Memorial. Saturday action hits Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri, for the running of the Larry Phillips Memorial.

“Both night’s are going to be big this weekend,” commented Assistant Series Director Ernie Leftwich. “We get to remember a couple of very important people in our sport, at a pair of great tracks. The staff and drivers are ready to get after it!” In the Kansas City area, few names in racing loom larger than the late Clyde Ellis. Owner of Seeburg Muffler, Ellis is held in the highest regard around the area and beyond. His contributions to racing throughout his life were numerous. “There are a lot of things we would not have in the Kansas City area without Clyde’s generosity,” commented the RacinBoys’ Kirk Elliott. “I’m not real sure Lakeside Speedway would exist today without him. When the old track closed in 1998, he was instrumental in opening the current facility. Clyde was a stabilizing force for the track early on, and a major figure in racing during his lifetime. Clyde was also special for the way he went about his business. He did a lot behind the scenes and never asked for a return.”

Friday’s show will pay $3,000 to win. Jesse Stovall was the winner of this race last season. Lakeside Speedway is a favorite of many of the competitors and always provides outstanding racing. Saturday’s stop at Lucas Oil Speedway will remember and pay tribute to one of the very best short track racers ever, Larry Phillips. Phillips list of accomplishments come from a range of tracks across the entire country. The one most recall from memory first is the five NASCAR Weekly National Championships, which to date has never been duplicated.
Phillips son, Terry, currently sits second in the MLRA standings, the winner of the two previous races.

Many knew Larry in one capacity or another. Rogersville, Missouri’s Terry Brumley raced against Larry Phillips and worked for him for nearly a decade, while running a car he owned two of those years.

“Larry was like a big brother to me,” stated Brumley, a 2009 inductee into the Ozarks Area Racers Association Hall of Fame. “When I worked for him, through most of the seventies, he expected eight hours work for eight hours pay. Larry was always thinking about how to make his car faster. When I raced for him we were always running two totally different setups at the same track, just to try and learn something to get better. Larry was one of the five most driven people I’ve ever been around in racing.” Brumley readily admits it was not always chipper around the shop, especially when he got the best of Phillips on a given weekend. “When I was running for him we were really pretty even. There were plenty of times after I won, it was a challenge for me to go work in his shop the following Monday!” Saturday’s tilt pays the winner $5,075. Last season RC Whitwell captured the checkers. It was his first Lucas Oil MLRA victory. Saturday’s race also runs in conjunction with the Diamond Drag Boat Nationals at Lake Lucas. Fans are welcome to come to the speedway early and take in all or part of the day’s festivities.

Jesse Stovall continues to lead the point standings. Positions two through five belong to Terry Phillips, Tad Pospisil, Dave Eckrich and Tony Jackson Jr. Includingthe two shows this weekend, five races remain in the 2016 season.

Lakeside Speedway Information 9/2/16
Gates: 5:00 PM
Racing: Hot Laps 7:00 PM, Racing 7:30 PM
Admission: Adults $20, Seniors/Military $17, Suites (Adult) $30, Suites (Kids 2-12)
$10, Terrace $20, Pit Pass $30
Support Classes: USRA Divisions – Modifieds, B-Mods, Stock Cars and unsanctioned Factory Stocks
Website: LakesideSpeedway.net
Lucas Oil Speedway Information 9/3/16
Gates: 5:00 PM
Racing: Hot Laps 7:00 PM, Racing 7:30 PM
Admission: Adults $20, Seniors (62 and Up)/Military $17, Youth (12-15) $5, Kids
(11 and Under) FREE, Family Pass $40, Pit Pass $35
Support Class: USRA Modifieds ($1,000 to Win)
Website: LucasOilSpeedway.com

For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com. Fans may also “like” the Lucas Oil MLRA Facebook page by clicking www.Facebook.com/lucasoilmlra or follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/MLRA.

Phillips breaks drought at McCool Junction

August 15th, 2016

McCool Junction, Nebraska – Terry Phillips rolled into Junction Motor Speedway and prepared to break a couple streaks. Prior to Friday’s win he had not won with the Lucas Oil MLRA since July4, 2014, and he had not won at Junction Motor Speedway since 2008.

Phillips led the entire way from the DirtOnDirt.com pole. Behind him Stovall and Gustin ran each other incredibly hard, much like they have several times over the past week.

“It’s just a good car, Andy Durham builds a hell of a motor, these (crew) guys work hard,” Phillips said of the combination putting him in Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane. “We’ve been on a grind here, they’ve done a good job getting these cars ready. I want to thank all them, the Friesen’s, for having us up here. It’s a beautiful facility, the track was spot on tonight, hopefully we can do the same thing tomorrow night.”

Early in the evening it looked like Kyle Berck might give Phillips fits, however during the first green flag run, Berck chunked out his right rear tire. On the restart he dropped a couple of spots immediately, and just hung on to an ill handling car the remainder of the feature.

Stovall started the main event third and raced in the top three throughout the feature. His second place finish gives him three top three finishes in four races this week.”

“It’s a good night when you can run second, there’s a lot of people behind you who wanted to run second,” commented Stovall. “Congratulations to TP there, me and him is good buddies. I’m glad he finally got him an MLRA win.”

Third through fifth Friday went to Ryan Gustin, Austin Siebert and Tad Pospisil. Saturday action starts half an hour earlier at 7:00 PM. It is another full program at Junction Motor Speedway, with $5,000 going to the winner.

For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com.

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Deer Creek checkers wave for Stovall

August 13th, 2016

Spring Valley, Minnesota – Wednesday’s Lucas Oil MLRA stop at Deer Creek Speedway did not disappoint. Jimmy Mars started upfront and swapped the lead with Jesse Stovall a couple of times before settling in behind the current series points leader. When Stovall assumed the lead for good, he rolled on to score his fourth MLRA victory of the year.

“It sure is a long ways up here, but it’s a heck of a race track,” stated Stovall in Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane. “I’d come back again. I was just trying to hit my marks every time. I really appreciate them having us up here on a week night like this. This place is awesome there ain’t a hole in it. The older I get the more I like to run on these places. I can do both, but this right here is what it’s all about.”

Ryan Gustin pressured Stovall and and mounted a big charge late, but it was not enough. Earlier on, he dueled with Jimmy Mars for several laps before moving into second.

“I think we had a really good car, but Jesse, he ain’t no rookie,” stated Gustin. “He ain’t going to make mistakes. He knows you’re there. He’s going to do what he has to do.”

For Mars, Wednesday was a race closer to his shop than many he runs in a given season. Along with his primary car, Mars unloaded his backup for Rodney Sanders to race. The evening ended with him securing the final spot on the podium.

“It went alright, just weren’t quite as fast as them guys, so congratulations to Jesse and Ryan,” Mars said. “It was fun, we were just off a little tonight. I was just trying to be patient on that bottom. I knew that middle groove was better. I just couldn’t ever get up there.”

Local favorite Jordan Yaggy finished fourth, and Monday and Tuesday’s winner, Chris Simpson, was fifth.

Tomorrow is an off day for the series before racing at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska, Friday and Saturday evenings.

For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com.

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Comp Cams Super Dirt Series joins Lucas Oil MLRA at Fall Nationals

August 11th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – The final event of the 2016 campaign for the Lucas Oil MLRA is getting bigger! The 3rd Annual Fall Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri has added the Beebe, Arkansas based Comp Cams Super Dirt Series Presented by Lucas Oil, in what promises to be a spectacular season finale.

Slated for Friday, October 7, and Saturday, October 8, each night is a standalone show. Friday’s event pays $3,000 to win and Saturday’s show will put $5,000 in the winner’s pocket. The weekend marks the season finale for both tours.

It will mark the first time the Comp Cams Super Dirt Series has raced at Lucas Oil Speedway and the first time the two regional tours have ever teamed on the same event weekend.

“We’re really excited to welcome the Comp Cams Super Dirt Series to Lucas Oil Speedway and the Fall Nationals,” commented MLRA Assistant Series Director Ernie Leftwich. “It will be neat to see some new competitors here from a competition standpoint, while also adding more value to the tickets purchased by our great race fans.”

Originally formed as the Mid South Racing Association (MSRA), the tour began racing in 2007. Under the guidance and ownership of Chris Ellis, the Comp Cams Super Dirt Series Presented by Lucas Oil is the most popular regional tour in the mid south.

Currently, Jonesboro, Arkansas standout Hunter Rasdon is leading the series standings, with former champion Kyle Beard hot on his heels. Jack Sullivan, Austin Theiss and Jonathan Rowan complete the top five. Some others who regularly run with the tour include; Wendell Wallace, Jon Mitchell, Gavin Landers and Timothy Culp.

“We we’re really happy when the opportunity presented itself for our series to race at Wheatland,” stated Comp Cams Super Dirt Series Owner Chris Ellis. “As a Lucas Oil affiliated tour, this will be a big couple of night’s for us. A few of our racers have run there in other shows, but a lot of them never have. I’m excited for fans to see a few different drivers there too.”

The weekend is also known for one of the largest street stock races in the country. The Big Buck 50 is also on the calendar, further making this a can’t miss two days worth of excitement. Car counts have pushed above 70 for just the street stocks during the first two editions of this race.

For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com.

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Lucas Oil MLRA set for busiest stretch in series history

August 5th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – A pair of additions to the Lucas Oil MLRA schedule and an untimely rainout have setup the biggest stretch of racing over the course of one week, in the 28 year history of the Lucas Oil MLRA. It all starts Monday, August 8 and runs through Saturday, August 13, with five races slated for the six day time period.

The swing commences with a pair of shows at Keith Simmons promoted race tracks. For the second year in a row, MLRA competitors will be running in the Monday Mayhem and Tornado Tuesday events at Farley Speedway and West Liberty Raceway in eastern Iowa. Both shows pay $10,000 to win and will draw some of the most diverse fields of the entire year. Coming off a huge Late Model weekend at Cedar Lake Speedway and another slated for the following weekend at Florence Speedway, many teams stop in and run in between the crown jewels.

Once the dust settles on the first two shows of the week, action moves north to Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota for the first ever Lucas Oil MLRA race held in the state. One of the most anticipated shows in recent memory, Wednesday’s $5,000 to win tilt promises to be one for the ages. The Queensland family owns and operates the track widely regarded as one of the top racing facilities and destinations in the country.

Thursday will present a much needed off day for teams to travel south and west to Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska. The speedway has proven to be wide open as far as winner’s since Kelly Boen retired. New this year at Junction is an increased race purse. Friday’s show will pay $3,000 to win and Saturday’s feature winner will pocket $5,000. Delmar Friesen and his family operate the track and are longtime supporters of dirt Late Model racing and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

These five races will go a long way towards determining the series champion for the 2016 season. They represent half of the remaining events on the season schedule. Jesse Stovall continues to lead the standings. Terry Phillips, Jason Papich, Dave Eckrich and Tad Pospisil complete the top five. Last season Stovall won both the Farley and Junction stops. Billy Moyer took the checkers at West Liberty Raceway.

Farley Speedway Information 8/8/16
Gates: 5:00 PM
Racing: Hot Laps 6:30 PM, Racing to Follow
Admission: Adults $30, Pit Pass $35
Support Class: IMCA Late Models ($1,000 to Win)
Website: SimmonsPromotionsInc.com

West Liberty Speedway Information 8/9/16
Gates: 5:00 PM
Racing: Hot Laps 6:30 PM, Racing to Follow
Admission: Adults $30, Pit Pass $35
Support Class: IMCA Late Models ($1,000 to Win)
Website: SimmonsPromotionsInc.com

Deer Creek Speedway Information 8/10/16
Gates: 4:00 PM
Racing: 7:00 PM
Admission: Adults $20, Kids (12 and Under) $5
Support Classes: USRA B-Mods, Stock Cars
Website: DeerCreekSpeedway.com

Junction Motor Speedway Information 8/12/16 & 8/13/16
Gates: 4:00 PM (Both Days)
Racing: 5:00 PM (Both Days)
Admission: Adults $18, Youth (6-12) $12, Kids (5 and Under) FREE (Same Both Days)
Support Classes: Friday – IMCA Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks, Sport Compacts, Saturday – IMCA Modifieds, Late Models, Sport Mods
Website: JunctionMotorSpeedway.com

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USMTS Modified stars return to Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday for Show-Me Shootout

August 2nd, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri-  For fans of Modified racing, it’s one of the highlights of the season and a must-see during the United States Modified Touring Series’ Hunt for the Casey’s Cup. It’s the 7th annual USMTS Slick-Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway.  The race, paying $3,000 to win, is stop three on the 22-race Hunt Series that kicks off Thursday at Valley Speedway. “This is always one of those races that Lucas Oil Speedway fans circle on the calendar each year,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “This brings together the top-level Modified drivers in the country, including some of the familiar names from southwest Missouri that always are capable of winning.”

That happened two years ago when Terry Phillips beat fellow Springfield driver Jeremy Payne in a memorable,  back-and-forth duel. Last year, New Mexico driver Johnny Scott beat his brother Stormy Scott for the victory. The Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks also will be in action. Completing the program will be the annual Battle of the Badges, with law enforcement officers from throughout the state racing old police cars for bragging rights and to raise money for Special Olympics of Missouri.

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, including the Kansas City metropolitan area. For more information on the company, visit FoleyRental.com.

Entering the Hunt for the Casey’s Cup, Lucas Schott of Chatfield, Minn., won the last USMTS race on Friday, beating reigning USMTS National Champion Jason Hughes to the finish. Casey’s Crew named: Four United States Modified Touring Series competitors will comprise the Casey’s Crew during this year’s Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental. Each driver will carry an associate sponsorship from Casey’s General Stores during the championship series and primary sponsorship from one of three popular brands available in Casey’s General Store locations. Grant Junghans Rookie of the Year contenders Brock and Cody Bauman of Eureka, Ill., will double-team the Sour Patch Kids cars for this year’s Hunt campaign. The “Bash Bros” have not missed a race this season and although they are in just their first full season with the USMTS, they have garnered a huge following on social media for their colorful and unique photos and videos promoting their team and sponsors. Joe Duvall of Claremore, Okla.., will be sporting the AMP livery again this year, along with teammate Scott Drake on a limited basis. This will be Duvall’s second straight year representing AMP Energy-the Official Energy Drink of the USMTS-and third year competing in the Hunt.

Mike Jergens of Plover, Iowa, has shown the MSD Central Region drivers that he is a force to be reckoned with this season. Jergens came on board with the series this year and has had success at several races, including a top 10 finish at the King of America VI Modified Nationals. Jergens will be sporting the Snickers wrap this season. Throughout the Hunt, race fans will have opportunities to see the cars, meet the drivers, grab some free product samples and pick up $2-off admission coupons at the Casey’s General Stores locations during the Hunt. For more information on the United States Modified Touring Series, including a complete Hunt schedule, visit USMTS.com.

Battle of Badges: The Battle of Badges will find officers driving Ford Crown Victorias that will provide a “cop car” look for the race. Each driver seeks the support of sponsors and must raise at least $500 dollars per race to compete. All the cars on the track were at one point police cruisers. Some of these cars went on to be taxi cabs and have racked up over 300,000 miles on them. The driver and their crew-members have stripped the vehicles of their factory interior and replaced it with roll cages and the safety equipment necessary to be on the track.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. Admission prices are:
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $17
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40 (Click Here for more information)
Pit Pass-$35

Record-setting Food Drive: Final results are in and Lucas Oil Speedway fans set a record with 9,825 pounds of food collected during the annual Ozarks Food Harvest Food Drive Night last Saturday – topping the total of 8,144 collected a year ago. According to Christine Temple of Ozarks Food Harvest, it will provide 8,187 meals to people struggling with hunger in our community. 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.

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Annual Food Drive Night coming up Saturday as Weekly Series resumes at Lucas Oil Speedway

July 29th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – When the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series at Lucas Oil Speedway resumes on Saturday, fans will have a chance to help neighbors in need. The annual Ozarks Food Harvest Food Drive Night Presented by KOLR Channel 10 will attempt to surpass the record 8,144 pounds of food collected during last year’s drive at the speedway. More than 36,500 pounds of food has been gathered since the partnership began in 2008.

Fans bringing four or more non-perishable food items will be given a free general admission. “This is always one of our most-popular and important events each season and our fans always rise to the occasion to help out a great cause,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “We’re happy to again partner with our friends at KOLR Channel 10 and the Ozarks Food Harvest for a night that will make a difference for those in need.” Ozarks Food Harvest is the only food bank serving southwest Missouri, distributing over 14.6 million meals every year through its network of 200 pantries and programs in 28 counties. Hickory County CARES Food Pantry in Wheatland benefits from weekly deliveries by Ozarks Food Harvest.

More information about the Ozarks Food Harvest can be found at OzarksFoodHarvest.org.  Also Bike Night: The speedway also is hosting a “Bike Night” on Saturday with with the Top of the Ozarks chapter of BACA – Bikers Against Child Abuse – displaying their motorcycles on the midway prior to the races. Megan Dollens with Aaron Sachs & Associates will have a display for Ozarks On Two Wheels.

Fans are encouraged to ride their motorcycle to the races and join the display – and bring four non-perishable food items to gain free admission. Lucas Oil Speedway has been included in the 2016 Missouri Motorcycle Guide – listing 30 of the best motorcycle routes in Missouri – with this an opportunity to take in the ride and a night at the races. The Lucas Oil Speedway loop is featured on page 61 of the digital guide at http://www.missourilife.com/travel/motorcycle-guide.

Racing action: On the track, the Carson’s Corner Street Stocks will be highlighted in a special 25-lap feature with $500 going to the winner. The ALPS Food Stores Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds and Ozark Golf Cars B Mods also will be in action. A quick rundown of the four divisions with only three race weekends remaining prior to the Aug. 27 season championships:
Carson’s Corner Street Stocks: Derek Brown saw his winning streak snapped at four when his father, Timothy Brown, took last week’s feature win. But Derek Brown of Stoutland remains solidly in front of the championship chase, leading Steve Beach of Eldon by 187 points.

Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds: Bolivar’s Jeff Cutshaw picked up feature victory No. 3 last Saturday and that widened his points lead over second-place Jason Pursley of Hermitage to 168. Cutshaw, the reigning Modified track champ, has six straight top-three finishes.

ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models: Despite an uncharacteristic eighth-place finish last week, Richmond’s Aaron Marrant maintains a comfortable lead in the championship race. He’s 66 points ahead of Lawson’s Bobby Penney and 77 in front of Tommy Cordray of Browning. Ozark Golf Cars B-Mods: Springfield’s J.C. Morton will take an 83-point cushion over Lebanon’s Kris Jackson into this week’s action. Morton was third last week with Jackson claiming his third feature victory of the season.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30.
Admission prices:
Adults (16 and up) – $12
Seniors (62 and up)/Military – $9
Youth (6-15) – $5
Kids (5 and under) – FREE
Fans who bring four non-perishable food items – FREE for general admission Family Pass $25 (Click Here for more information)  Pit Pass – $25
A limited number of air-conditioned suites are available. To inquire about the availability of suites for Saturday or other upcoming races, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit lucasoilspeedway.com . Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

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Davenport claims first career Silver Dollar Nationals victory

July 27th, 2016

Greenwood, Nebraska – The defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion, Jonathan Davenport returned to Victory Lane on Saturday night, pocketing $40,000 for his efforts. Davenport took the lead from Chris Simpson on lap 13 and lead the rest of the way to win the sixth edition of the Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway. In a race that saw three different leaders in the first 13 laps, Davenport charged from the seventh starting spot to take the point from Simpson. He averted several charges from other competitors throughout the remainder of the race to take home his first LOLMDS win since the Cowboy Classic at Lucas Oil Speedway on May 26th.

“The car was just super tonight, we have worked so hard to get back here to victory lane, we have had brake issues, and all kinds of things that didn’t happen last year. So it feels good to get a win here tongiht. It’s a great race track and the fans get to see a great race every time we come here,” said Davenport in Lucas Oil Victory Lane.

Davenport’s winning K&L Rumley Enterprises/Longhorn Chassis is sponsored by: Baird Transport, Elite Concrete, Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, JRi Shocks, National Transportation, FK Rod End, Midwest Sheet Metal and Bryson Motorsports.

Hall-of-Famer, Billy Moyer in likely his final start at I-80 Speedway finished in second. Davenport and Moyer had a two-lap shootout to the finish, after third-place running Jesse Stovall blew a tire bringing out the final caution of the event. Brandon Sheppard charged from the 25th starting spot to finish third in his Best Performance Motorsports/Rocket Chassis. Tim McCreadie finished fourth, while Earl Pearson Jr. drove by Shannon Babb on the final lap to take fifth. Jared Landers, the polesitter for the 80-lap main event, jumped to the lead at the onset. Chris Simpson, who started alongside Landers on the front row, used the low-line on the track to overtake Landers for the lead on lap ten Simpson, who had to switch to a backup car for the main event, held the point until Davenport took over on lap 13. A torrid battle amongst Davenport, Simpson, Moyer and Dennis Erb Jr. then ensued. Moyer climbed to second on lap 34 and stayed there until Erb got around him on lap 43.

Erb then had Sheppard join him as they tracked down Davenport for the top spot. Sheppard, using the high side, passed Erb for second on lap 57. However, Erb would battle back to regain the runner-up position from Sheppard shortly after. Erb suffered a flat tire on lap 66, ending his hopes for a victory.

Moyer, in his All-Makes Collision/McCarthy’s One Hour Heating and Cooling, self-designed chassis wasn’t able to muster enough momentum in the final two circuits to overtake Davenport. “I knew I would have a tough time getting by him. I was just hanging on there at the end. I figured I would get passed there by some cars, but fortunately we stayed in second. Thanks to Joe Kosiski and everybody here. We really hadn’t run that much here in the past, but they have done a great job with this facility.” Completing the top ten were Shannon Babb, Scott Bloomquist, Dave Eckrich, Jared Landers and Don O’Neal.

In preliminary action, RC Whitwell, Jesse Stovall, Chris Simpson, Jared Landers, Terry Phillips, Jimmy Owens won their respective first round heat races. Shannon Babb, Shane Clanton, Tim McCreadie, Billy Moyer, Brandon Sheppard won their respective second round heat races. Darrell Lanigan and Tyler Erb won their respective B-Mains. Brantlee Gotschall won the Non-Qualifiers Race.

MLRA again part of I-80 Speedway’s Silver Dollar Nationals

July 22nd, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- This weekend the Lucas Oil MLRA once again teams up with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the running of the 6th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska. This year’s edition will pay a record $40,000 to win and is the fastest growing dirt Late Model race in the nation.

Unique to the event from it’s inception, is the two heat race format adopted by many other events since. Friday evening competitors will draw once for two heat race starting positions and the top passing point accumulators will qualify for the 80 lap finale Saturday.

Over the years Lucas Oil MLRA drivers have fared fairly well in the event. In the previous five editions, series regulars have finished inside of the top 10 on 12 occasions. The best thus far is a runner up by Tony Jackson Jr. in his 2013 championship season. Last year, Jesse Stovall ran third. Each year at least one regular competitor with the series has been inside the top ten.

Qualifying has been good to MLRA cars too. Chris Simpson rolled from the pole in the 2011 edition. Simpson’s brother Chad, fired from the outside pole in 2014, and Nebraska’s own Tad Pospisil took the green last year from the outside of the front row. Pospisil’s 2015 qualifying effort is the best ever posted by a home state driver.

He won the opening heat and finished second in the final heat of the weekend. This season Pospisil and team are following the Lucas Oil MLRA full time and he is leading the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Points Standings.
Previous winners of the prestigious race include; Don O’Neal, Brian Birkhofer, Jimmy Owens and Scott Bloomquist the past two seasons. Practice will take place Thursday evening as part of a scheduled race night at the track featuring SLMR Late Models, 360 Sprint Cars and B-Mods.

Saturday will also feature the Belt Bash non-qualifiers race, paying $3,000 to win or the final spot in the main event. Also on the card will be two night’s of racing for the USMTS. The Modifieds will run the same two heat race format as the Late Models. Their Saturday night feature will pay $5,000 to win. For those race fans unable to attend the entire weekend will be broadcast live on DirtOnDirt.com.

Visit the site for ordering information, so you don’t miss a minute of the action. Silver Dollar Nationals Information 7/22/16 & 7/23/16
Racing: 7:30 PM Both Days
Admission: Adults $32 Friday, Adults $35 Saturday, Pit Pass $40 each day, Reserve
Tickets on sale by calling 402-342-3453
Support Class: USMTS Modifieds ($5,000 to win)
Website: I-80Speedway.com

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State Fair Speedway cancelled for Thursday

July 7th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – State Fair Speedway officials recently informed the Lucas Oil MLRA they were unable to host Thursday’s event originally scheduled as the Fireman’s 50 paying $5,000 to win. The forecast for extremely hot weather warranted the decision. Officials are looking for possible makeup dates.

Gerry Olson is in his first season promoting the speedway on a special event basis. Olson took the reins last summer with the final night of the State Fair and a wildly successful Sprint Car event. This season, Olson and several local supporters stepped up to offer a variety of divisions the opportunity to compete, after the speedway sat idle for over three years.

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Sanders scores first Salina Highbanks win

July 4th, 2016

Salina, Oklahoma – Saturday’s forecast was much more favorable for racing at the Salina Highbanks Speedway, compared to Friday’s show lost to an early evening downpour. 35 of the top Super Late Models in the region signed in for $5,000 to win in the 3rd Annual Freedom Classic.

Will Vaught looked to be the one headed for Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane, until his right rear tire went flat four laps shy of the checkers. He started out front and led until that point. Rodney Sanders inherited the point and rolled the final four laps to score his first win, in any division, at Salina, and first Late Model win of the season.

“We’ve been second here so many times it feels good to get a win,” said Sanders. “I lost brakes there the last 20 laps. We’ve kind of struggled this year . I saw Will was going pretty hard there at the beginning. I could run with him a little bit, then I lost brakes and was just gonna ride. Luckily we held on for the win.”

Jesse Stovall had won the previous four Late Model races at the highbanks, but fell one spot short of making it five Saturday.

“All in all I guess it was a good points night,” commented Stovall. “I really like this place. It just didn’t turn out like I thought it would tonight. I knew the bottom was gonna be there, so I thought I’d give the top a shot. Congratulations to Rodney, he got the job done. Will was probably in the cat bird’s seat, his tire just gave up on him.”

Sunoco Rookie of the Year points leader Tad Pospisil, qualified well for the feature and kept his car underneath him to record his best finish of the season in third.

“We were just way too tight to run in the rubber,” Pospisil commented after the race. “It was survival of the fittest. I’m glad to see all these fans here. This is an amazing facility.”

The initial start of the main event was called back when some front running cars stumbled on the takeoff, piling up a few of the competitors starting deeper in the field. Brantlee Gotschall lost power and slowed on lap 11 drawing a yellow, and the only other break in the pace was for Vaught near the end.

Heat race winners early in the evening were; Tad Pospisil, Josh Hughes, Will Vaught and Ryan Gustin.

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Independence Day weekend blockbuster in Oklahoma

July 2nd, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – For the third straight year the stars of the Lucas Oil MLRA will spend Independence Day weekend at Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Oklahoma. Friday’s show will pay $3,000 to win and Saturday has $5,000 on the line for the winner. Be sure to stay after the racing concludes each night for fireworks. Jesse Stovall swept the weekend last year and won all four Super Late Model events at the track in 2015. The timing of the event is good for Stovall, as he rolls into the weekend on a hot streak having won last weekend’s stops at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska and Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa. “It was a great weekend for us and couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Stovall.

“We were really fast at both places. I’d never won at I-80 before and to keep our good luck going at Adams County gave us a good feeling. I’m not having quite the year we had last year, but hopefully this is a good start for a strong second half of the season.” Stovall ranks the highbanks as one of his favorite places to compete. “I really like our chances at Salina, our record there is good. It’s a great facility and the track is shaped well, with good dirt. I love racing there.” Stovall leads the charge this weekend out front in the points standings, Terry Phillips continues to hold down the runner up spot. Jason Papich has moved up to third and Dave Eckrich has jumped to fourth. Tony Jackson Jr. completes the top five.

Originally built in the early 1990′s the speedway sat dormant for a number of years prior to reopening in 2011 with current ownership. The track features one of the most aggressive special event schedules in the country, coupled with a weekly racing series every Saturday throughout the season. In addition to racing the speedway features the ultra-popular Finish Line Restaurant overlooking the front stretch. The restaurant features delicious meal options including their famous steaks.

There are several different admission options for the weekend too. Check out the track website SalinaHighbanksSpeedway.com for descriptions. You can also download the track’s app from your smartphone’s app store. Among the support classes for the weekend will be the track’s A-Modified division.The Mods will be running for $1,500 to win each night.

Salina Highbanks Speedway Information 7/1/16 & 7/2/16
Gates: 5 PM Both Days
Racing: Friday 7:30 PM, Saturday 7:00 PM
Admission: Friday: Adult VIP $25, Kids VIP $25, Adult Beer Garden $25, Adult GA $15, Seniors $10, Kids $5, Pit Pass $35 – Saturday: Adult VIP $30, Kids VIP $30, Adult Beer Garden $25, Adult GA $20, Seniors $15, Kids $10, Pit Pass $35 – Two Day Adult GA $30, Two Day Pit Pass $60 Support Classes: A-Modifieds, B-Modifieds, Pure Stocks Website: SalinaHighbanksSpeedway.com For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com.

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Stovall defends title in Liberty 50 at Adams County

June 27th, 2016

Corning, Iowa- On Saturday night the Adams County Speedway played host to the annual $5,000 to win Ray Houck Memorial, “Liberty 50″. For the second time in as many nights and 3rd time on the season, it was Jesse Stovall parking his Malvern Bank sponsored entry in the Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane. Stovall, the races defending winner rolled off from the outside front row and quickly worked his way around pole sitter J. C. Wyman off the exit of turn two to set the early pace. Three cautions over the first 13 laps would keep the field tight as the likes of Wyman, Jason Papich, and Terry Phillips would battle for the second position. A long green flag run would ensue putting Stovall deep into lapped traffic where he was able to continue to build on his race lead. With 13 laps remaining Phillips cleared Papich for the 2nd spot off turn four only to find himself making contact with the lapped car of Matt Buller. Phillips would continue on but Buller would come to rest on the front stretch putting the field under caution.

The final caution of the event would wave with only 6 laps remaining, giving Phillips one last shot at Stovall. Phillips would drive deep to the top of turn one, but as he had done all night, Stovall was able to launch off the bottom of turn two and cruise to his 3rd Lucas Oil MLRA win of the season. The exit of turn two proved to be the money corner for Stovall who said of his unique line, “That’s a little trick I figured out last year and I don’t know if any of the other guys could see me do it. I tried not to do it for a couple laps just to try and mess with them. It’s all just a part of the game we all play”. Stovall who completed a sweep of the weekends racing action wrapped up by saying, “To have a weekend like this is paying off for all of the work and years I have been driving up and down the road doing this.”

Terry Phillips would come home in the runner up spot, his third consecutive podium finish. Phillips jokingly said of his good friend and travel partner Stovall, “I’m about sick of him (Stovall) to tell you the truth. If he wasn’t here I would be a hero. He is hard to beat but were working at it and getting closer to where we need to be.” After a great dual with Phillips, Nipomo California’s Jason Papich would come home with a season best 3rd place finish on the MLRA tour. When asked about numerous re-starts besides Phillips he said, “I couldn’t figure out to restart high or low, I tried both and just picked the wrong spot on one of them and Phillips got around me. After that it just became harder to pass.”

Completing the top five was Dave Eckrich and DirtonDirt.com
Pole winner J. C. Wyman, whom had his best finish of the season at his former home track. Earlier in the night heat race wins went to Stovall and Eckrich, while Payton Looney claimed the Casey’s General Store Hard Charger Award as a result of his 9 position improvement in the final run down. Tour action now heads south for the 3rd Annual “Freedom Classic,” at the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, OK. Friday July, 1 will feature a $3,000 to win main event leading up to Saturdays $5,000 to win weekend finale.

Stovall perfect in Alphabet Soup win at I-80

June 26th, 2016

Greenwood, Nebraska- Jesse Stovall led every lap from his DirtonDirt.com pole position to collect his 2nd MLRA win of the 2016 season in the $3,000 to win Alphabet Soup Classic at the I-80 Speedway. Stovall began his night by winning his heat race in dominating fashion, a race where he started in the 8th position only to be leading by the end of lap one.

Stovall started the main event alongside Tony Jackson, Jr. but immediately took advantage of the clean air at the drop of the green flag. In a race that saw four cautions Jesse had to defend his top spot on each of the ensuing restarts. Among the drivers that took a shot at Stovall was Slayton, MN driver Jason Krohn, who was able to pull alongside the eventual winner late in the event. However, a few laps later Krohn would slow on the race track bringing out the night’s final caution. Krohn would take his ride pit side and retire from the event with mechanical issues. The final restart came with only 8 laps remaining and this time it gave the inside track to Chad Simpson. Simpson attempted to cut under Stovall exciting turn four on the re-start but Stovall was able to protect his line and drive away for his 2nd Lucas Oil MLRA win of the year.

In Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane Stovall commented about the heavy pressure on the re-starts. “I was a little concerned about every one of them (re-starts). Chad, Terry and Jason are all really good racers”. “I’ve never won a (points) race here at I-80, and I’m really excited to be able to finally do it.” Stovall went on to say, “I didn’t know quite what to do entering that last corner but I guess on the last re-start I did things like I needed to and got to driving away again”.

Second finishing Chad Simpson said, “We had a couple of shots at him, I just couldn’t get through one and two like I needed. In three and four I was really good, but in one and two I just needed a little more.” Simpson finished by saying, “We started deep, (8th) and came up and ran 2nd, we’ve got nothing to hang our heads about tonight.” Defending MLRA Champion Terry Philips rounded out a solid podium finish in 3rd.

Phillips who ran the top side for most of the event said, “We got the car too tight and I just couldn’t run the bottom very well. Tonight we just had a 3rd place car.” Rounding out the top five was Tony Jackson Jr. and Brantlee Gotschall, while Kyle Berck secured the Casey’s General Store Hard Charger award by advancing 13 positions to finish in 8th. Heat race wins were collected by Gotschall, Stovall and Phillips.

The Lucas Oil MLRA moves east on Saturday night to the Adams County Speedway in Corning, IA. Jesse Stovall will look to defend his 2015 series win at the ½ mile facility when the green flag drops on the $5,000 to win, “Liberty 50″.

Chad Simpson wins a thriller at Randolph County Raceway

June 8th, 2016

Moberly, Missouri – Saturday night’s MLRA stop at the Randolph County Raceway put a wrap on the series three-day weekend swing that put three different drivers in Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane. Mt. Vernon, Iowa’s Chad Simpson topped Saturday nights field of 31 MLRA Late Models in what proved to be a feature fans won’t soon forget. Simpson who started on the DirtonDirt.com pole, led the race’s first 11 laps before Ryan Gustin powered around for the race lead. The two Iowa drivers would swap the lead each of the next three laps in a battle that took them through heavy lapped traffic at the 3/8 mile high banked oval.

Gustin appeared to take control of the main event until Simpson used lapped traffic to again chase him down and regain the race lead for the final time with 12 laps remaining. A late race caution would slow the action and also see Gustin taking his Rocket chassis to the infield, ending his bid for a 2nd MLRA feature win at the Moberly, Missouri race track. On the restart, Simpson was again able to distance himself from the field to capture his first Lucas Oil MLRA win of 2016. Simpson commented, “I don’t know what it is about these MLRA races, but they sure are hard for me to win.” As for the battle with Gustin, he stated, “Ryan was really good, and he beat us last time we were here. As soon as I seen him get under me that one time, I knew I was in trouble. We just had to tighten the belts up a little bit and drive a little harder.” Terry Phillips completed a solid night coming home in second. Phillips said, “I ran him (Simpson) down there one time and we actually hit once, but I couldn’t maneuver in the traffic as good as them guys. Out in the open when I get going it takes me a few laps and then we could run them down.”

MLRA point leader Jesse Stovall used the late race caution to further advance his position and come home in third. “I got to thank the guys at Black Diamond, they gave me a few pointers tonight and you are never too old or too young to learn, so it’s great to have them here to help you.”

Rounding out the night’s top 5 were Rodney Sanders and Austin Siebert who also captured the Casey’s Hard Charger award. Heat race winners on the night were Phillips, Tad Pospisil, and Gustin, while Tim Manville captured the Hoosier Tire B Main.

Next up for the Lucas Oil MLRA Series is a double header weekend on June 24th and 25th. Action starts on the 24th at the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, NE for the annual “Alphabet Soup” race and will conclude the next night at the Adams County Speedway in Corning, IA with the “Liberty 50″.

Chris Simpson outduels Mars for MLRA win at Lee County

June 6th, 2016

Donnellson, Iowa – Friday night marked the Lucas Oil MLRA’s second stop of the season at the Lee County Speedway. A total of 35 cars checked into the pit area to do battle for the $3,000 top prize. Jimmy Mars brought the field to the green flag from his DirtOnDirt.com pole position alongside front row starter Tony Jackson Jr. Oxford, Iowa’s Chris Simpson wasted no time in marching to the runner-up spot from his 5th starting position to contend for the race lead with Mars.

As the Lucas Oil Racing TV feature event neared the mid-point the race leaders encountered heavy lap traffic in an event that would go caution free. Simpson tried numerous times to overtake Mars for the lead to no avail, but finally with just 6 laps remaining Simpson was able to pin his Longhorn chassis to the bottom of turn 4 and overtake Mars for the lead and eventual win. In Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane Simpson commented on the battle with Mars.

“We both had really good cars, and sometimes running 2nd at that point is where you need to be to see where he’s losing a little and I’m gaining a little.” As for the pass for the race lead Simpson said, “I just kept arching it into three really good and getting a straight run off of 4, and I’m pretty sure that won me the race.”

Mars was able to hold onto the runner-up position ahead of Tony Jackson Jr., Jesse Stovall, and Rodney Sanders. Mars said, “I didn’t want to give that up (the lead), but I got screwed up off turn four one time and I guess that’s all it took.” The classy veteran went on to say, “We’ve won races like that before and it just wasn’t our night to do that.” Jackson remained within striking distance of the leaders, but was fortunate to hang onto yet another podium finish. “We got into a lapped car and cut my left front tire down. I would have liked to have seen a yellow, but after the flat tire come I was just glad to see the checkered come out,” commented Jackson.

Mars picked up the Malvern Trust & Savings Bank “Most Laps Led” award for leading 34 of the events 40 laps, while Ryan Gustin captured the Casey’s “Hard Charger” award for improving 8 places to finish 10th.

Saturday Night will conclude the Lucas Oil MLRA’s weekend swing as action moves
to the Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Missouri for another $3,000 to win event.

Busy weekend of speed on tap

June 3rd, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – The second scheduled triple header of the weekend is quickly approaching. This Thursday through Saturday the Lucas Oil MLRA invades three familiar ovals across Iowa and Missouri.

Right out of the gate is the first return trip of the year. Lee County Speedway hosted the series back on May 5th. Brandon Sheppard wowed the packed grandstands as he took the lead and rolled to his first victory of the year. Brian Birkhofer led the first half of the feature before retiring just short of the finish. The stop in Donnellson, Iowa kicks off the weekend Thursday evening. Stop two of three is Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Last year’s visit to the monster half-mile was unfortunately washed away, along with the final weekend visit to Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Missouri.

Two seasons ago was the last time the series raced at both facilities. Former Lucas Oil MLRA Champion John Anderson captured the checkers in Oskaloosa, while Ryan Gustin delivered one of his most dominant Late Model performances to date, two nights later, in Moberly. Jason Papich is clinging to a slim 16 point advantage over both Terry Phillips and Jesse Stovall. Dave Eckrich is fourth and Tony Jackson Jr. sits fifth. Both Stovall and Jackson are coming off of incredible runs inside of the top five in last weekend’s Show Me 100. Both are expected at all three stops this weekend.

“It seems like forever since we’ve ran one of our events,” commented Assistant Series Director Ernie Leftwich. “The rain was pretty cruel to us in May. I’m ready to getgoing again and know many of the racers are too. This is a great weekend on tap, and we are glad to be returning to some awesome places. I hope to see a ton of
Lucas Oil MLRA fans this weekend!”

Southern Iowa Speedway Information 6/2/16
Gates: 5:30 PM
Racing: Hot Laps 6:45 PM, Racing 7:15 PM
Admission: Adults $20, Students (13-17) $10, Kids (6-12) $5, Pit Pass $30
Support Classes: IMCA – Modifides, Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks, Sport Mods, Sport Compacts
Website:
[OskySpeedway.com]

Lee County Speedway Information 6/3/16
Gates: 5:30 PM
Racing: Hot Laps 6:45 PM, Racing 7:15 PM
Admission: Adutls $20, Youth (11-17) $10, Kids (10 and Under) FREE, Pit Pass $30
Support Classes: IMCA – Modifieds, Stock Cars, Sport Mods, Sport Compacts
Website: [LeeCountySpeedway.com]

Randolph County Raceway Information 6/4/16
Gates: 5:00 PM
Racing: 7:00 PM
Admission: Adults $20, Youth (6-13) $10, Kids (5 and Under) FREE, Pit Pass $35
Support Classes: USRA – Modifieds, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks, 4 cylinders
Website: [RandolphCountyRaceway.com]

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website at [www.MLRARacing.com].

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Midwest Sheet Metal Challenge returns as key part of Show-Me 100 weekend

May 21st, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – It’s one week and counting until the season’s biggest weekend at Lucas Oil Speedway with the 24th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by Protecttheharvest.com set to fire up May 26-28. For the fourth straight year, drivers failing to nail down a coveted starting spot in the 100-lap Saturday feature through convention means will still have hope. The 4th annual Midwest Sheet Metal Challenge provides a last-chance opportunity.

It’s one that Iowa driver Chris Simpson made the most of a year ago. “That race is huge,” Simpson said of the Midwest Sheet Metal Challenge, where the top 24 drivers not already locked into the main event after heat races and B-mains are eligible for the 20-lap, $2,500-to-win race. The winner has the choice to keep the prize money – or forfeit it and start shotgun in the Show-Me 100 for a chance at the $30,000 first prize.

For Simpson, a winner of the Midwest Sheet Metal Challenge in 2015, it was a no-brainer. He elected to start 31st in the feature, the proceeded to drive to a third-place Show-Me 100 finish.

Simpson not only turned $2,000 into $6,000, he said it was about the prestige of being a part of one of dirt-racing’s biggest races. “Any time you get another chance to make the Show-Me, it’s big,” Simpson said. “We knew we had a good car later in the night. We just had kind of buried ourselves in the (B main) and the heat and we were excited to have that extra chance to get in there. “A lot of guys don’t take advantage of that. They just take the money and go home. For me, there was no doubt. It gave me and opportunity to move up through the field like we did. It really proves that it’s worth taking the extra shot to get into the feature and work your way up there.”

In addition to the winner’s share, which has been increased by $500 over a year ago, the Midwest Sheet Metal Challenge pays a minimum of $250 to start so it gives everyone in the field a chance for additional winnings despite not making the main event. The Show-Me 100 is co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

“This is the fourth year in a row that Midwest Sheet Metal has stepped up to sponsor this race,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said of the Springfield, Mo., company. “It has really become an important factor for the racers as they know it give them not only one last shot to get into the Show-Me 100 but it also gives them a chance to make a little extra money if they have had a bit of a rough weekend. “Chris Davis (owner of Midwest Sheet Metal) is a terrific supporter of dirt-track racing and we appreciate him stepping up and making this race a key part of our biggest weekend once again.”

Midwest Sheet Metal is a family owned and operated business specializing in the design and custom fabrication of carbon steel, stainless and aluminum products. Midwest Sheet Metal has one of the area’s largest in-stock inventories of steel, aluminum, stainless and structural shapes. For more information on the company, check out www.msmfab.com or call (417) 869-1252.

The 24th Show-Me 100 is bigger than ever, with full Late Model programs and features each of the three nights for the first time. The purse for the weekend has been increased to approximately $170,000, including $6,000-to-win features on Thursday and Friday. Action begins Thursday, May 26 with the “Cowboy Classic” presented by Hot Rod Processing, in honor of Allen “Cowboy” Chancellor, former co-owner of the MLRA. The Friday feature will pay tribute to Don and Billie Gibson, former owners of West Plains Motor Speedway where the Show-Me 100 originated in 1993. First place in the Show-Me 100 remains $30,000, but the payout will increase about $30,000 throughout the remainder of the field. Second will pay $15,000 (an increase of $5,000) with third $10,000 (up from $6,000). Earning a starting spot will guarantee $2,000, up from $1,500.

Up to three B features on Saturday, lined up by average finishes on Thursday and Friday, will determine the remainder of the starting field for the Show-Me 100 – along with possibly the winner of the Midwest Sheet Metal Challenge riding shotgun on the field. The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds also will be in action with full programs the first two nights with B-Mains and a main event on Saturday. For ticket info contact Anna Harnden at (417) 282-5984 or via email at anna@lucasoilspeedway.com.

Ticket prices for the Show-Me 100 weekend are:
THURSDAY:
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50 (Click Here for more information)
3-Day Reserved Seat Ticket $95
Pit Pass $35
3-Day Pit Pass $100
FRIDAY:
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (12-15) $10
Kids (11 and under) FREE
Family Pass $50 (Click Here for more information)
3-Day Reserved Seat Ticket $95
Pit Pass $35
3-Day Pit Pass $100
SATURDAY:
Adults (16 and up) $30
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $27
Youth (6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $60 (Click Here for more information)
3-Day Reserved Seat Ticket $95
Pit Pass $40
3-Day Pit Pass $100
A reminder for Show-Me weekend, Friday’s program will be part of the 2016 Free Kids Fridays promotion. Youngsters 11-and-under will be admitted free with a paid adult admission. For complete event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit lucasoilspeedway.com Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

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

The 24th annual Show-Me 100 is May 26-28.

About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five Race Tracks in the Nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri and just a quick hour and a half from the Kansas City Metro Area, dubbed the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” Lucas Oil Speedway certainly lives up to the title. Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2016 marks the 6th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two Nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series will be held in 2016.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Deer Creek Speedway rescheduled for MLRA

May 20th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- With last weekend’s unfortunate postponement of the Lucas Oil MLRA series weekend events in Iowa and Minnesota, series officials are pleased to announce a make-up date has been secured for the race at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota. Mark your calendars for this one, Wednesday, August 10, 2016 the series will venture north to the Queensland family’s house of speed.

This race comes on the heels of two consecutive nights of racing in Iowa. Monday, August 8th, at Farley Speedway in Farley, Iowa and Tuesday, August 9th, at West Liberty Raceway in West Liberty, Iowa will get the week of racing started off right. Each of those shows will pay $10,000 to win and Wednesday’s stop at Deer Creek remains the originally advertised $5,000 to win purse structure.

“It was important for us to work with Deer Creek Speedway and see if they had any flexibility in their schedule when we lost our original show,” commented Assistant Series Director Ernie Leftwich. “I’m thankful we were able to reach a common date and try this event again. It’s an outstanding track and the Queensland family has been great to work with. I can’t wait to bring the Lucas Oil MLRA to Deer Creek Speedway!” Officials are also mulling over the options in an effort to try and put the Dubuque Speedway race back on the schedule too. Nothing has been confirmed at this time however.

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.

Dubuque and Deer Creek in the cross hairs

May 13th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- Throughout the history of the Lucas Oil MLRA there have been in excess of 600 completed events. During that time, none have come at Dubuque Speedway or Deer Creek Speedway. It’s about to change this weekend.

For the second straight weekend the state of Iowa will factor into the plans of the region’s top touring drivers. Dubuque Speedway is the third in the trio of speedway’s operated by Keith Simmons and his team at Simmons Promotions. His other two are on the schedule later in the season. Cosgrove, Iowa’s Dave Eckrich currently sits fourth in series standings, and is looking forward to the weekend and racing in front of a lot home state fans Friday. “We haven’t raced at Dubuque in something like 10 years and the track is really different than when I was last there,” commented Eckrich. “There is a wall which wasn’t there so it’ll be interesting for me to get back on the track. It’s pretty close to the house and our fan base is pretty good there, so I’m really hoping for a good showing.”

Once the show concludes in Dubuque, all eyes will turn to Minnesota and the state-of-the-art Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, owned by the Queensland family. Saturday’s stop is one of the most anticipated on the entire schedule. It also marks the first time the Lucas Oil MLRA has raced in the state. Known primarily for Modified racing unmatched by most places, Deer Creek has a diverse schedule and boasts many special events across several divisions of racing. The headline event for the track every season is the Fall Jamboree, heading into its 18th year. Defending Lucas Oil MLRA champion Terry Phillips is a regular at the Jamboree and even won it in 2011.

“I love the place, and I always have,” said Phillips. “I’ve won a few times there and been in a bunch of good races, but I’ve never raced my Late Model there, so that will be different this weekend. The shape of the track lends itself to a lot of slide job opportunities and these cars are quite a bit wider than our Mods, so there could be some sparks flying for sure. We’ll just have to see how it goes.” Both races pay $5,000 to win and excellent fields are expected each night. Jason Papich continues to set the pace in the points chase, with five events in the books this season. Terry Phillips and Jesse Stovall are tied for second, just 16 points back. Dave Eckrich and Tony Jackson Jr. round out the top five.

Dubuque Speedway Information 5/13/16
Gates: 5:30 PM
Racing: Hot Laps 7 PM, Racing to Follow
Admission: Adults $25, Pit Pass $35
Support Classes: IMCA Late Models
Website: SimmonsPromotionsInc.com
Deer Creek Speedway Information 5/14/16
Gates: 3:30 PM
Racing: 6:00 PM
Admission: Adults $20, Pit Pass $30, Kids (12 and Under) $5
Support Classes: USRA Modifieds, WISSOTA Super Stocks, Street Stocks, Midwest Mods
Website: DeerCreekSpeedway.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.

Simpson shines on the quarter-mile in Davenport

May 8th, 2016

Davenport, Iowa – Friday’s 2nd Annual Short Track Challenge at Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa, boasted another good field of competitors. Following an impressive run Thursday night, Oxford, Iowa’s Chris Simpson finished two spots better Friday and ended his evening in Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane. Simpson started the race from the DirtonDirt.com pole and led the entire way in a 40 lap caution free feature. It was his first win of the season, and it came aboard his new Longhorn Chassis.

“I really thought somebody would roll me on the outside and obviously Gustin was coming,” said Simpson. “Man I was wasting a lot of time down there hitting those holes. You just don’t ever leave the place where you are leading from. We had a good car. It’s cool to win here. My whole family’s here.”

Ryan Gustin finished as the night’s runner up. He moved towards the middle of the track in the race’s waning stages and marched forward. On the final lap, Gustin had one last burst of speed and came up just short of Simpson in a finish which brought the crowd to it’s feet.

“The track was awesome, you could race all over it,” Gustin shared. “It was a great night. This car was a hundred times better than what we had last night.”

Terry Phillips raced between second and fourth the entire distance of the feature. Battling back and forth with Gustin and Jesse Stovall, Phillips ended with the final spot on the podium.

“We had a heck of a race for second, third and fourth,” commented Phillips. “The choppiness in the track kinda made it a little racier than I thought it was going to be. I like coming to this short track. This little track is a racy son of a gun.”

The Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger Award went to Brian Birkhofer. He was buried back in his heat early on and ran second in the B Feature. When the money was on the line, Birky went from 18th to 11th.

Saturday concludes the Lucas Oil MLRA weekend. The tour heads south of Davenport to the Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, Missouri.

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 MLRA on the road for three straight this weekend

May 4th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Action will be in high gear this weekend with the Lucas Oil MLRA racing in Iowa and Missouri. Beginning Thursday, a weekend triple-header is on tap.

Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa fires up as the first venue of the swing. Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa is the host track Friday and Saturday wraps up the swing at Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, Missouri.

“These are all three outstanding tracks in our region, and we are fortunate to be working with some top notch race promoters too,” commented MLRA Assistant Series Director Ernie Leftwich. “In past seasons these shows have had huge attendance, and we are looking forward to a great weekend of racing. We’d like to welcome all of the Late Model fans out to visit us!”

This year marks the third ever visit to the Lee County Speedway, and it is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the raciest tracks on the series schedule. The previous two features have been down to the wire all the way to the checkers.

Last season the visit to Davenport Speedway was unfortunately washed out. The series raced there in 2014 and sent the crowd home with their jaw on the ground. Davenport Speedway actually has a quarter-mile track inside of a big half-mile speedway. The Lucas Oil MLRA will utilize the quarter-mile track. Also on the schedule last season but lost due to rain, is Saturday’s venue, Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, Missouri. It’s been many years since the last series race contested at the northeast Missouri oval.

Jason Papich currently leads the way in the series standings with three races complete. Not yet appearing in Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane, Papich has been consistent early on recording two finishes inside of the top five.

Papich has relocated his team to southern Missouri for the season and is traveling from California on race weekends to compete. The 2014 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Year runner up has a feel for the upper echelon’s of the sport and is fitting in nicely on the tour this season.

He began his career in 2008 and currently wheels Club 29 Race Cars built by Ronnie Stuckey and Darrell Lanigan. His power is delivered courtesy of Jay Dickens.

Points are tight throughout the top ten, with nearly every spot on the line and able to change this weekend. Tony Jackson Jr and Randy Timms are tied for second just eight markers back of Papich. Completing the top five are Rodney Sanders and Terry Phillips.

Lee County Speedway Information 5/5/16
Gates: 5:30 PM
Racing: Hot Laps 6:45 PM Racing 7:15 PM
Admission: Adults $20, Youth (11-17) $10, Kids (10 and Under) FREE, Pit Pass $30
Support Classes: Lee County Late Models, IMCA – Modifieds, Sport Mods, Stock Cars, Sport Compacts
Website: LeeCountySpeedway.com

Davenport Speedway Information 5/6/16
Gates: 5:00 PM
Racing: Hot Laps 6:15 PM, Racing 6:45 PM
Admission: Adults $20, Students/Seniors $18, Kids (12 and Under): FREE, Pit Pass $30
Support Classes: Street Stocks, IMCA – Modifieds, Sport Mods
Website: DavenportSpeedway.com

Scotland County Speedway Information 5/7/16
Gates: 5:30 PM
Racing: Hot Laps 6:45 PM, Racing 7:15 PM
Admission: Adults $20, Students $10, Kids (6 and Under) FREE, Pit Pass $30
Support Classes: Modifieds, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, Stock Cars, Sport Compacts 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.

Moyer Jr. tops the field at Missouri State Fair Speedway

April 20th, 2016

Sedalia, Missouri – Sunday afternoon marked a return to the State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, Missouri for the Lucas Oil MLRA. A good field of 27 competitors signed in to run for the $5,000 top prize. Justin Asplin led the field to green from the DirtOnDirt.com pole. An opening lap pile up caused a good deal of body damage to several cars. Once back underway only two additional quick yellows slowed the pace.

Billy Moyer Jr. ventured in from Batesville, Arkansas and was fast from hot laps. Jr. won his heat early in the day and rolled from third. He quickly took the lead and pushed on to his second win of the season and first with the Lucas Oil MLRA since 2012 in La Monte, Missouri.

“We had a heck of a car,” said Moyer Jr. following the feature. “I was just glad to win the thing.”

A 22 lap scamper to the checkers had cars racing all over the track. On a couple of occasions Moyer Jr. had to exercise patience to navigate lapped cars. Terry Phillips closed nearly to his bumper, but he was able to maneuver out of the close quarters.

The runner up finish for Phillips is his best of the season. Moving from 11th, he made a lot happen in a relatively short amount of time. Phillips also captured the Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger of the Race award. “I always love coming here,” commented Phillips “I miss this place. I’m glad somebody got it going again here. It was a pretty good race track for a daytime race. They did all they could to get it wet early. All in all it was a good night for us.”

Rolling off just one row ahead of Phillips, Rodney Sanders worked forward into third where he finished. “It was pretty bottom dominant,” Sanders said. “We had a good car there just a little bit too tight. I can’t say enough about Jimmy (Mars) and the guys, they’ve been working hard. I felt like we had a pretty good weekend. Just got to improve a little bit, but I think we are getting in the right direction.”

Next up for the series will be a tri-fecta of events in Iowa and Missouri in early May. 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
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Moyer Jr. tops the field at Missouri State Fair Speedway

April 18th, 2016

Sedalia, Missouri – Sunday afternoon marked a return to the State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, Missouri for the Lucas Oil MLRA. A good field of 27 competitors signed in to run for the $5,000 top prize. Justin Asplin led the field to green from the DirtOnDirt.com pole. An opening lap pile up caused a good deal of body damage to several cars. Once back underway only two additional quick yellows slowed the pace.

Billy Moyer Jr. ventured in from Batesville, Arkansas and was fast from hot laps. Jr. won his heat early in the day and rolled from third. He quickly took the lead and pushed on to his second win of the season and first with the Lucas Oil MLRA since 2012 in La Monte, Missouri.

“We had a heck of a car,” said Moyer Jr. following the feature. “I was just glad to win the thing.”

A 22 lap scamper to the checkers had cars racing all over the track. On a couple of occasions Moyer Jr. had to exercise patience to navigate lapped cars. Terry Phillips closed nearly to his bumper, but he was able to maneuver out of the close quarters.

The runner up finish for Phillips is his best of the season. Moving from 11th, he made a lot happen in a relatively short amount of time. Phillips also captured the Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger of the Race award.

“I always love coming here,” commented Phillips “I miss this place. I’m glad somebody got it going again here. It was a pretty good race track for a daytime race. They did all they could to get it wet early. All in all it was a good night for us.”

Rolling off just one row ahead of Phillips, Rodney Sanders worked forward into third where he finished.

“It was pretty bottom dominant,” Sanders said. “We had a good car there just a little bit too tight. I can’t say enough about Jimmy (Mars) and the guys, they’ve been working hard. I felt like we had a pretty good weekend. Just got to improve a little bit, but I think we are getting in the right direction.”

Next up for the series will be a tri-fecta of events in Iowa and Missouri in early May.

State Fair Speedway Contingencies 4/17/16
Hooker Harness “11th Place” – Robert Baker
Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane – Billy Moyer Jr.
Fasttrack Photos – Billy Moyer Jr.
Crew Chief of the Race – Billy Moyer Jr
Casey’s General Stores “Hard Charger of the Race” – Terry Phillips
Sunoco “Rookie of the Race” – Tad Pospisil
Real Racing Wheels – Jacob Magee
Wehrs Machine – Curt Acker
DirtonDirt.com “Pole Award”- Justin Asplin
Malvern Bank & Trust “Most Laps Led” – Billy Moyer Jr
AR Bodies – Brantlee Gotschall
KRC – Austin Siebert
RacingJunk.com “Hard Luck Award” – Jesse Stovall
Landrum Springs “Top Performer” – Dave Eckrich
Performance Bodies “Performer of the Race” – Terry Phillips

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 MLRA heads back to Missouri State Fair Speedway

April 16th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – For many years the Lucas Oil MLRA was a staple attraction at the Missouri State Fair Speedway. This season they are headed back to the massive half-mile speed factory, for the first of three scheduled events. Sunday’s event marks the first time the series has raced at speedway since 2011. It sat idle for over three years prior to running a Sprint Car show on the final night of the Missouri State Fair last year.

The track has been a relative mainstay on the tour’s schedule throughout its 27 year history. The tour’s first race was held August 18, 1990 with Little Rock, Arkansas standout Tommy Joe Pauchert taking the checkers. Other events were held every year through 1992. There were also a three races there in 1994. 1997-2000 regular events were held, and beginning in 2006 all the way until the last show to date in 2011. New this time around is Promoter Gerry Olson. Olson, a native of Terre Haute, Indiana is a former Sprint Car racer and noted fan of the division. All seven shows on the speedway schedule this year will feature an open wheel flair, with the Lucas Oil MLRA dropping in occasionally.

Olson is longtime friends with noted racing promoter and National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Executive Director Bob Baker. Baker and Olson talked about the Speedway and as Olson put it, “One thing led to another, and here we are!” This isn’t Olson’s first go around promoting however, he was at the helm for the first show back at the fairgrounds last season and estimates he’s promoted 35 national Sprint Car events over his career.

“David Goodson with Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps located in Sedalia has been wonderful to work with in anticipation of this season,” said Olson “Also the business community of Sedalia has really stepped up from a marketing standpoint. I’m really looking forward to all the shows this season.” For fans wanting to make the trip to the mammoth facility Sunday, be sure and take note of the special start time of 2 PM. It will be a high speed weekend with only two divisions competing. The Lucas Oil MLRA for $5,000 to win, and the ASCS Warrior Region also racing for a $5,000 top prize.

Missouri State Fair Speedway Information 4/17/16
Gates: 10 AM
Racing: Hot Laps 1:00 PM, Racing 2:00 PM
Admission : Adults $25, Seniors/Military $21, Teens 13-17 $10, Kids 12 and Under FREE
Support Class: ASCS Warrior Region Sprint Cars – $5,000 to Win 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.

Shirley uncontested in Spring Nationals finale

April 12th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Brian Shirley and his team drove through the night, from Tennessee, to run in Saturday’s Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com finale at Lucas Oil Speedway. The decision paid off as Shirley blistered the field to score his first ever Lucas Oil MLRA victory.

“It was really great,” stated Shirley in Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane . “We’ve had Bob Cullen come on board, put together really every piece of the puzzle that we needed. I can’t even explain why I’ve been so lucky to be put in this situation. It (the car) was that good, it just made it real easy to control where I needed to be in lap traffic. I love coming to Lucas Oil. I’m so happy to be here and win my first race here.”

The feature ran caution free and Shirley won by nearly seven and a half seconds. There was an outstanding race among several cars behind him.

Oakwood, Illinois youngster Bobby Pierce started mid-pack and pushed forward. A late race surge moved him to second in the feature.

“I got held up in the beginning there,” said Pierce “We were really fast once the rear tires got going. It was a perfect track tonight. I would have liked to seen a caution. I’ve got a seven hour drive back home, I know I’m gonna be kicking myself in the butt praying for a caution the whole race. That is just the way racing goes.”

A new car, and a night under his belt, proved to be the magic formula for Nevada, Missouri’s Brantlee Gotschall. Starting sixth, he raced the entire feature around cars for position and in and out of lapped traffic. When the checkers flew he was third.

“We fought brake problems all night tonight and even in the a (feature) there,” commented Gotschall. “We struggled through it and ended up pretty good. It’s been a great night, a lot different than last night for sure.”

Rodney Sanders, Tony Jackson Jr., Jesse Stovall, Randy Timms and Brian Shirley were the five heat race winners. There were 47 cars in the pits tonight.

Next weekend the series heads to the Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, Missouri for a Sunday afternoon event.

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Shirley spanks field in MLRA Spring Nationals finale; Woods wins and Schultz doubles up

April 12th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Brian Shirley and his team made an overnight drive for the final night of the Lucas Oil MLRA 3rd Annual Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com. It was worth the trip.

The veteran Illinois driver, a night after a fifth-place run in a World of Outlaws Late Model race in Wheel, Tenn., led all 45 laps in a caution-free feature at Lucas Oil Speedway, picking up $5,000 on Saturday night.
Meanwhile, Republic’s Burl Woods captured the Carson’s Corner NAPA Auto Parts Street Stock feature and Terry Schultz of Sedalia won the Pitts Home USRA Modified main event for the second night in a row. A total of 104 cars checked into the pits on the back half of the season-opening doubleheader at Lucas Oil Speedway. The Late Model feature clicked off in 13 minutes with Shirley taking the other 23 drivers in the feature to the proverbial woodshed. Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., made a run from a 13th starting position to finish
a distant second. Nevada’s Brantlee Gotschall came home a solid third to lead Ozarks-area competitors.

Shirley, of Chatham, Ill., earned his first-ever win at Lucas Oil Speedway. The winner’s share included a $1,500 bonus from Pitts Homes, commemorating its 45th year in business, and $500 in memory of Ron Jenkins, who built the original Wheatland Raceway. Shirley, a regular on the World of Outlaws Tour, said after the race in Tennessee he left it to his crew to decide where to race on Saturday. The scheduled WOO race Saturday at Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway was cancelled due to cold weather. “They said, ‘You want to go to Wheatland?’ I said, ‘I don’t know. I’m going to sleep and whether we wake up in Wheatland or Springfield, Illinois, that’s where we’ll race.’ ”

The choice was a good one after the eight-hour haul. Shirley won his heat race in dominant fashion, earning the pole position for the feature. He opened a clear lead, built it to half a lap by the mid-point and had plenty of margin over the hard-charging 19-year-old Pierce.

“t was that good and that made it real easy,” Shirley said of his Longhorn Race Car. ” I got to control where I wanted to be in lap traffic because I had such a big lead. We love coming to Lucas Oil Speedway and thankful to win my first race here.” Pierce, who’s slated to run three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races later this spring, was eating into Shirley’s lead. But without a caution, he had no chance. “It was $10,000 to win, I probably would have took somebody out,” Pierce said, laughing.

“We were really fast once the rear tires got going. It was a perfect track tonight. They hit it on the money. Thanks to the fans for coming out and congrats to Brian on the win. “Maybe we’ll be back for the Show-Me (100) and hopefully we’ll have a better run,” Pierce said. Gotschall’s strong finish came despite brake issues throughout. “But we struggled through it and ended up pretty good. It’s been a great night,” he said.

Lebanon’s Tony Jackson Jr. finished fourth with Randy Timms of Wheatland, Okla., fifth ahead of Billings’ Jesse Stovall. The next MLRA race is April 17 at State Fair Speedway in Sedalia.

In the Street Stock division, Woods moved from his third starting position to get the lead on lap three and led the rest of the way in the 25-lap feature. Woods finished comfortably ahead of Derek Brown of Stoutland, denying Brown a sweep of the season-opening weekend action. David Hendrix of Buckhorn finished third with Hurley’s James Flood fourth. Woods was driving a new car built by Tony Jackson Jr., Motorsports – the same builder of Brown’s car. He won $500, courtesy of Elite Auto Repair.

“It’s one heck of a car,” Woods said. “We struggled last year and got behind on some stuff. Tim Brown (another TJR Motorsports driver) has been really strong and me and Tim talked and I decided to go with Tony.” Schultz passed Jason Pursley for the USRA Modified lead on the 17th lap after the two dueled for several laps – Schultz working the outside cushion and Pursley hugging the inside line.

Pursley, of Hermitage, slipped to third behind Darron Fuqua of Mayetta, Kan., in the final laps. Jon Sheets of Nevada was fourth with NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader of Concord, N.C., fifth. “Me and Pursley had a good race going on,” Schultz said. “There’s no one better to race with than him.”

Racing resumes next Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway with opening night of the 13-event Budweiser Weekly Championship Series, presented by KOZL 27. Defending track champs are Camdenton’s Kenny Carroll (Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks), Henley’s Justin Russell (Alps Food Store ULMA Late Models), Bolivar’s Jeff Cutshaw (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds) and Wheatland’s Mike Striegel (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B Mods). Gates will open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. For complete event information, archived stories and schedule information for the season, visit lucasoilspeedway.com.

Visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for the most up to date information about “America’s New Motorsports Destination,” Lucas Oil Speedway.

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

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

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

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2016 marks the 6th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two Nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series will be held in 2016.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Moyer nails down first win of the year in MLRA lid lifter

April 10th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – The semi-retired Billy Moyer rolled into Lucas Oil Speedway and walked away with the $2,000 top prize, Friday, in the opening round of the 3rd Annual Spring Nationals Presented by [RacingJunk.com]. The win for Moyer is the 806th of his Hall of Fame career and first of the season. He led from the drop of the green and was never seriously challenged.

“It was pretty good tonight,” said Moyer in Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane. “It didn’t drive how I wanted it to, but it was fast for sure. We had tons of traction, we’ve just got to maybe get it to circle the center better. If it wins, it don’t matter what it is, it just makes it a little harder to drive that way.”

Jimmy Mars made the long trek from his home in Menomonie, Wisconsin. His second place finish, marked the first time he had sat behind the wheel since racing in Arizona in January. Mars did his work early in the race moving up three spots.

“You want to win, but you get by Moyer that’s alright I guess, it’s fun beating him though too. It’s a little confusing when the track is wet and slimy. Last night we felt real good when the track was slick. Overall it went good. We got a second, so we’ll take that.”

With two of the sport’s icons occupying the top two positions, Republic, Missouri’s Payton Looney finished up third. In his first full year of Super Late Model racing the young driver looked wise beyond his years as he navigated lapped traffic and kept his car underneath him.

“We we’re pretty good there in the heat race, them mom came down with the lineup and said we started next to Moyer,” commented Looney. “We had an alright race car. The slicker it got the worse we got. Lapped traffic there killed me. We’re happy to come away with third.”

Bobby Pierce and Jason Papich completed the top five. Heat race victories went to Jason Papich, Jack Sullivan, Billy Moyer, Payton Looney and Gavin Landers.

Racing begins Saturday at 7:30 PM with another complete show for the Lucas Oil MLRA. $5,000 is up for grabs, with the extra purse money courtesy of Pitts Homes, celebrating their 45th Anniversary in business. Mary Jenkins, wife of the late Ron Jenkins, who founded the original Wheatland Raceway has also put up $500 to the winner.

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New car, new season has MLRA veteran Dave Eckrich fired up

March 23rd, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Dave Eckrich has been driving race cars for more than two decades. His heart rate still gets pumping a bit faster as the green flag waves on a new season. “You’re anxious,” Eckrich said recently from his race shop in Cosgrove, Iowa. “You don’t get quite as crazy as you used to. When you’re young, it’s like having buck fever. Race fever. But yeah, we still get pretty excited about it.” Eckrich, 46, is eager to see what happens in his first full season in a Black Diamond Race Car after switching to the hot brand late last year. He gets going this weekend at the Thaw Brawl in LaSalle, Illinois.

Moreover, Eckrich is hoping to contend for a championship on the [Lucas Oil Midwest
Late Model Racing Association Series
], which opens its schedule April 1-2 with the Spring Meltdown at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska.

This after a disappointing ninth-place finish in MLRA points as Eckrich returned to the circuit in 2015. He’s a past MLRA feature winner at the series’ flagship track, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland. “We’re going to start our racing the MLRA and see how it goes,” Eckrich said of his 2016 plans. “We’ll make a judgement sometime in June and decide whether we’re going to stay on it throughout or hit and miss.”

Eckrich, who comes from a racing family with brothers Denny and Andy also long-time dirt-track competitors, said last season “was kind of disappointing as a whole.” “We didn’t have that many good runs and it seems like when we did have a good run, we had some breakage,” he said.

The switch to Black Diamond for the final five races did not produce any victories, but it did spark some renewed optimism. “It was real encouraging,” Eckrich said. “We learned a little bit with it, then went down to Florida and helped a few guys and learned a little more. We’re encouraged and hopeful that we can start off on the right foot.” Eckrich, who builds and sells race cars out of the family’s Precision Performance Racing shop, said keeping pace with rapidly technology in the Late Model world is challenging.

“The aerodynamics plays a big part of the game right now,” Eckrich said. “There’s some rules that need to be addressed about aerodynamics. It’s really hard to keep up with all the stuff unless you’re full time and don’t do anything else.” That doesn’t mean Eckrich is backing down from big goals. He would like to win an MLRA championship, but knows it’ll be tough with the like of reigning series champ Terry Phillips and last year’s runner-up Jesse Stovall around. “We have to have everything go right,” Eckrich said. “To race against Terry on his home race tracks is kind of hard sometimes. But that’s our goal, to win the MLRA championship.”

Sponsors, along with Precision Performance and Shocks by Precision Performance include BDI Loctite and Noel’s Tree and Crane. “If we can go to (I-80) and get off to a good start, pull off a top-five or maybe win one of them, that would be a big jump start,” Eckrich said. For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com].

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Iowa’s Wyman aims higher as new Lucas Oil MLRA season nears

March 12th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri- Hailing from a state that produces dirt racing talent like it grows corn, J.C. Wyman is eager to add his name to the driving elite. “It makes it challenging,” Wyman said of the Iowa tradition of Late Model excellence that includes names like Birkhofer, Simpson and Utter.

“Knowing the group of guys I grew up watching and racing with, for them to be able to out-compete me sometimes is discouraging,” Wyman added. “But hopefully, with the new car and the knowledge that I’ve gained, that’ll really help me out.” Wyman, 33, is ready to take the next step in his career. The Griswold, Iowa, resident is planning to campaign a new Black Diamond Race Car in his second full season on the Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association circuit.

This after an up-and-down eighth-place finish in MLRA points last season. “Finishing eighth in the points, with those guys, I was pretty happy with that,” Wyman said. “I got a couple of top-10s, but I was disappointed that I didn’t have any top-fives. The end result, though, eighth in points, was a little better than I expected.” Wyman, a former NASCAR Whelan Racing Series state champ from 2012 at the Adams County Speedway, thought he was ready to take the plunge into regional touring racing in 2014. But his first taste of the MLRA was eye-opening.

“In 2014, we started out trying to follow it and ran the first 8-10 shows,” Wyman said. “We realized that we weren’t quite ready for it yet. We backed off and went back to local racing and prepared ourselves for 2015.” Things went much better. Despite the void of top-five finishes, Wyman found that he belonged and learned plenty along the way that should serve him well in the upcoming season.

“Man, I learned a lot,” Wyman said. “Just how to race these other top drivers. You can race then hard, but you can race them clean. You get on the edge of being out of control, yet you’re in control. I learned a bunch about car control.” There also was the camaraderie in the pits. Wyman felt like he had mutual respect that grew as the year went on.

“I had a lot of fun racing last year,” he said. “I got to know a few of the guys and hopefully I’ll get to know more of them this year. I just had a lot of fun.” Racing is a family tradition for Wyman that dates to the late 1950s when his grandfather, Jim Wyman, raced on Iowa dirt. Later, his uncles Mark and Jerry Wyman drove Modifieds at nearby Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa, where J.C. Wyman began his career in a Modified at age 16.

Now starting his sixth full season in a Late Model where he’s driving for car owner Jack McKee, the family bond is strong. Wyman is sponsored by his father J.D. Wyman Motorsports, Wyman’s Carquest, Wyman’s Bodyworx and Clean Car Center. Wife Liz and Wyman’s father, who goes by “Little Jim,” help on the crew. Jeb Peck serves as crew chief and his value is obvious. “Jeb has been a tremendous help since coming on board a couple of years ago,” Wyman said. “He knows what I need to do and what needs to be done. I’m impressed with the ability he has brought to the team.”

The new Black Diamond is scheduled to arrive next week with the season-opening MLRA Spring Meltdown firing up April 1-2 at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska. “The goal for this year is getting a couple of podium finishes,” Wyman said. “That and having fun.”

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Iowa driver Chad Simpson,the 2014 Lucas Oil MLRA champion, plans to open his season April 1-2 at the MLRA Spring Meltdown at I-80 Speedway.

March 5th, 2016

Wheatland, Missouri – Chad Simpson’s offseason has been typically busy, preparing his Victory Circle race cars for another dirt Late Model season. Other things, even more important, have grabbed Simpson’s attention. “I have a daughter playing club basketball and I’ve been traveling around doing all that stuff,” Simpson said earlier this week from his home in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

“It’s been fun.” As daughter Peyton (10) and son Clay (7) get more and more involved in activities, Simpson’s racing schedule will be affected. [The 2014 Lucas Oil MLRA Series] champion said he’s going to “pick and choose” his races carefully in 2016.

“The kids are getting a little older,” Simpson said. “They’re playing sports, with softball and baseball this summer. We’ll see where their games are and we’ll go racing when we can.” This is not to say that Simpson, 37, is going to be any less committed or less competitive when he rolls into a race track. His first scheduled races are the Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Meltdown, April 1-2 at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska. Simpson said he might not chase any touring series full time, but his mission remains clear when he fires up the motor. “We want to win. Win all of them,” Simpson said of his goal for 2016. “That’s always the goal. Win as many races as we can and have fun doing it.”

Simpson won five times in 2015, including once on the MLRA circuit at Park Jefferson Speedway in South Dakota. The original plan to chase a repeat MLRA championship fell part early with some DNFs, but Simpson said it turned out to be “a pretty good” season. The finish was especially satisfying. Simpson captured his first victory in a national-touring series event when he won a $7,000 feature during the Knoxville Nationals week in his home state. “I’ve been doing the dirt Late Models since about 2003 and I always had in the back of my mind a goal to win a national-tour event,” Simpson said. “Whether it was World of Outlaws or Lucas Oil Dirt Series, it’s always been a goal to win one of those races.”

Coming at historic Knoxville Raceway, in his home state late in the 2015 season, was icing on the proverbial cake. “I’ve won races that have paid more and won championships that have paid more,” Simpson said. “But for it to be right there in your home state, in front of your home crowd, to finally pick up that national-tour win that I had been shooting for so many years … it was big for us.” Armed with that momentum, Simpson heads into the new racing season with no changes in his program. He’s back in Victory Circle Race Car with Jay Pickens Racing Engines. With youth softball and baseball games to attend, Simpson’s schedule is fluid. But he does have one of dirt-racing’s crown jewel events – the 24th annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 presented by [Protecttheharvest.com] – already circled.

“We’re looking forward to making it down there and seeing if we can do something,” Simpson said. “We’ve kind of struggled in the past trying to get qualified for it. I know if we can qualify good we can run good in the main.” For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at
[www.MLRARacing.com].

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Technical Bulletin: Rules Update

March 3rd, 2016

Wheatland, MO -As the Lucas Oil MLRA Series continues to prepare for the upcoming season, series officials have made a few revisions to the 2016 Rule Book.

A complete 2016 Rule Book is available at: http://www.mlraracing.com/images/rules/mlra-2016-rulebook-2-26-16.pdf.

All revisions are listed in red. The tire rules are also posted for the first ten races.

The series will kick off the 2016 season with a practice on Thursday, March 31, at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska. Friday night, April 1, will be the first of two consecutive events. It pays the winner $2,000. Saturday night, April 2, will pay $5,000 to win.

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Home-track title on Lucas dirt Turner’s 2016 goal

February 25th, 2016

Wheatland, MO – With a half-dozen track championships during an 18-year racing career, Eric Turner has plenty to brag about when flashing his dirt-track resume.

But there’s one missing jewel that Turner desperately wants to add. “Winning a championship at Wheatland would mean more to me than any of them,” Turner said of the Pitts Home USRA Modified division at Lucas Oil Speedway.
Turner, 38, has been close a few times since the speedway – located about five minutes from his home in Hermitage – opened in its current multi-million dollar sparkling form 10 years ago. He was third last season, behind Jeff Cutshaw and Jason Russell in the top-mod class, but never got fully rolling in dividing seat time between two cars.

This year, he plans to campaign a GRT owned by Christine and Richard Smith from Kansas City. “We’re going to run for a championship at Wheatland. That’s our goal and it was our last year, too,” Turner said. “This year I’m back in my GRT, in more of a comfort zone where I know a little bit more about what I need to do. “Last year, I struggled all year long. I sort of lacked that edge to be in the top three where I could dig and get a shot at two or three wins. I just never could get the Hughes (Chassis) car to my liking. At least with the GRT, I kind of have a baseline to go by.”

Turner knows it’ll be difficult. He calls the USRA Mod division at Lucas Oil Speedway “by far the best it’s been.” “We used to have three or four guys that could run for a win and now it’s probably seven or eight,” he added. “It’s almost doubled within just the last five years. That’s a lot for a local track. Last year, you have to work your butt off just to keep from having to race your way into the feature through the ‘B’ (feature).”

Turner isn’t sure, but he believes one of his track championships in a Modified came at the old Wheatland Raceway, a forerunner of the current racing complex. His other championships came at Dallas County Speedway in Urbana and Springfield Raceway. The “new” Lucas Oil Speedway is dear to Turner’s heart because he befriended Lucas Oil founder and speedway owner Forrest Lucas when Lucas built the complex. Lucas Oil and Forrest Lucas’ MAV-TV have been prominent on Turner’s cars over the last decade.

“We’ve kind of been a partnership since the time they’ve been here,” Turner said of the Lucas family. “I would like to win one championship for them. It’s not like Forrest needs the exposure, but I would like to win a championship with his name on the car real big.”

Along with Lucas Oil and MAV-TV, Turner welcomes back Henryetta Ford, RacinDirt.com and Smith Racing as sponsors. Before the Modified fires up, Turner is going to have a little Late Model fun. He’s scheduled to fly to the west coast on Friday and, through some past acquaintances, drive a Late Model at Las Vegas Speedway next week.

“After that, we’ll get back, turn around and get the Modified out,” Turner said. “We’re all geared up and ready.” Eric Turner said winning a track championship at Lucas Oil Speedway is his clear goal for 2016.
Lucas Oil Speedway’s season fires up April 8-9 with the Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals with the first Budweiser Weekly Championship Series race set for April 16.

Please visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for the most up to date information about “America’s New Motorsports Destination,” Lucas Oil Speedway.

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

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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 Tracks in the Nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri and just a quick hour and a half from the Kansas City Metro Area, dubbed the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” Lucas Oil Speedway certainly lives up to the title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2016 marks the 6th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two Nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series will be held in 2016. Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest!

National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Arizona’s O’Neil eager to take next Late Model step

February 25th, 2016

Wheatland, MO- Jake O’Neil’s racing education included more than cracking the code combination for correct tires, shocks and springs. The 23-year-old Arizona resident, who spent much of 2015 more than 1,000 miles from
home, learned how to live out of a suitcase and juggle business records while seeing new places and race tracks.

All in all, it turned out pretty well. O’Neil finished a solid fifth on the [Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association Series ] and was runner-up for [Sunoco Race Fuels] MLRA Rookie of the Year.

He learned plenty, on and off the track, while chasing a dream of driving Dirt Late Models. “There’s no Late Model racing out here at all this year,” O’Neil said from his home in Tucson, Arizona. He noted that the West Coast Late Model Shootout Series, which at least offered a regional option for Late Model enthusiasts, is no more. “So we’re planning on going back east this year,” O’Neil said. “We’re going to travel around and do different stuff. I’m not going to commit to one series or another right now. We’re going to see how it goes.”

O’Neil said he does have the first two weekends of the MLRA schedule – April 1-2 at [I-80 Speedway] in Greenwood, Nebraska for the Spring Meltdown and April 8-9 at [Lucas Oil Speedway] in Wheatland, Missouri for the 3rd annual Spring Nationals – on his calendar. The former Modified racer called those “my two favorite tracks that I’ve been to so far.”

“‘Last year at I-80 we were doing really good at the Silver Dollar Nationals,” he said. “We ended up second in our first heat and were running second, behind (Scott) Bloomquist in our second heat, and broke a right front and put the car intothe wall. “We would have had a really good starting position for the Silver Dollar (feature). I’m looking forward to getting back there.”

As for 2016 goals, O’Neil said some of dirt-racing’s crown jewel events – including the Dream 100 at Eldora Speedway, the Show-Me 100 Presented by [ProtecttheHarvest.com] at Wheatland and the Silver Dollar Nationals – have been circled. “I picked up a terrific sponsor,” O’Neil said of Joey Moriarty, owner of Total Seal Piston Rings. “He’s helping us get up and down the road.”

O’Neil, along with crew chief Ricky McGuire, is eager to put some of the knowledge he gained in 2015 to use in his Black Diamond Race Car. “We started out pretty terrible,” he recalled of his rookie MLRA season a year ago.
“We were so inexperienced and so out of our element. It took us time to get going. “By the end of the year, we really improved and learned a lot. Our finishes showed it. When we started out, we could barely make the show and were running 15th most of the time. By the end, we ran second, third and fifth We were in contention.”
O’Neil’s sponsors, in addition to Total Seal Piston Rings, include: Cornett Engines, Red Eye Radiator, Shepherd Enterprises, Border International, Shop Quik Convenience Stores, VP of Heartland and Fast Shafts.

For more on Jake O’Neil and his race team, follow their Facebook site at [Facebook.com/ONeilBros088]. For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at [www.MLRARacing.com].

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Consistency nice, winning better is Utter’s mantra as new MLRA season nears

February 11th, 2016

Wheatland, MO – Jason Utter’s 2015 dirt Late Model season was rock solid, with a dozen top-five finishes and 16 top-10s in 31 starts. That consistency led to a career-best third-place finish in the Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association standings. Certainly it was a year that many gladly would have embraced.

But as a new season nears, the Iowa corn farmer is willing to trade some of that consistency for celebratory trips to victory lane. “We’re gonna try and win more races instead of trying to run for points,” Utter said earlier this week from his home in Columbus Junction, Iowa. Utter said “we came out all right” in evaluating last season, but said he became a bit too conservative.

“I kind of got caught up in that points deal and I was content with running second, third or fifth when I probably should have moved up the track and got up on the cushion and let it hang out,” Utter added. “So I think we’ll go for more wins this year.”

Utter, 36, will be busy over the new couple of months. There’s a racing season to prepare for, with [the Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Meltdown at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska, set to kick it off April 1-2.

There's also corn to plant. Utter and his father, Bob Utter, own farms in eastern Iowa and keep a close eye on the commodities market. These days, Jason Utter will quickly tell you, corn is cheap. That might be good
for the grocery shopper, but not so much for the farmer who depends on his crop sales to make a decent living.
And when you have a race team? The market price of corn can determine a season's schedule and whether it's feasible to chase a series from track to track.

"It's pretty expensive to run up and down the road," Utter said. "If the corn prices will go up a little bit, we'd commit to (MLRA). But at the moment, the corn is down and the financial part is a stickler with us. But hopefully, it works out."

Utter is eager to battle the likes of reigning MLRA champ Terry Phillips, along with Jesse Stovall, Jake O'Neil and Chad Simpson for victories. Utter often found himself content for decent finishes in 2015 as those drivers celebrated. Year two in a Black Diamond Race Car figures to be better. He settled into the hottest brand in Late Model racing a year ago after a long stretch in a Mastersbilt chassis. "We went through the notes during the winter and picked out the pages that were good," Utter said. "We'll try and use those."

Racing and farming always has been a family affair for the Utters. Jason began racing go-karts at his dad's Spring Run Speedway as an 8-year-old. Now the two coordinate the racing and farming with Bob Utter serving as his son's crew chief when they aren't spraying crops or driving combines.

"I'm fortunate in that my dad allows me to help him put the crops in and then go racing in the summer," Utter said. "It works out pretty good where in the summer he overlooks the farming operation. Then come the fall, I'm back on the combine." Utter heads into the new racing season with sponsors Bug Soother, Beckman's Oasis,
Cox Metal Fabrication and Louisa Gold Farms.

Winning races - along with running for an MLRA championship - would be his ideal scenario. For more on Jason Utter, visit the team's website at UtterMotorsports.com]

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Fire still burns for Lucas Oil MLRA champ Phillips

January 31st, 2016

Wheatland, MO – The hair is thinning, his 50th birthday arrives later this year and he answers to “Grandpa.” But don’t dare suggest to Terry Phillips that it’s time to slow down and head for the early-bird buffet at the local dinner.

“Oh yeah, I’m as fired up as I’ve ever been,” the long-time Springfield Late Model driver said earlier this week. This on the heels of a 2015 that found Phillips in Late Model victory lane only two times, both unsanctioned events. Certainly, it was far from the lofty standards he’s set in nearly three decades on the dirt.

But consider Phillips’ “off” season resulted in a Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association championship. It was his third series title, but first since 1996. Wins were rare, but Phillips peppered opponents with consistency. He posted nine top-five MLRA feature finishes. “It means a lot,” Phillips said of the championship. “We didn’t have the year we wanted as far as wins. But winning a championship kind of helps morale. It wasn’t bad at all.

“We ran consistent. We weren’t winning all the time, but found ourselves leading the points and we thought we ought to finish it off.” Phillips noted that he hadn’t chased a series points title “in quite a while.” He’s
been picking and choosing his spots in recent years, targeting good-paying events in both the Late Model and Modified divisions.

Plans have not been poured into a concrete mold for this season, but Phillips said he plans to frequent the MLRA schedule again. Whether that translates into points racing and pursuit of a repeat title will depend on how the early portion of the season goes. Either way, he’s optimistic that victory-lane celebrations will be more frequent. A recent venture to the Wild West Shootout in Arizona gave Phillips a chance to shake down his still near-new Black Diamond car that he began racing late last season. The results in Tucson were not what he wanted with an eighth on the final night his best finish. He was running second early in the feature before popping the wall and compromising the front end.

“We learned some stuff out there,” Phillips said. “Hopefully we’ll take that and get better. I just started running these cars at the end of last year and just ran the basic set-up. When you travel, you have to try some different things and learn what works. It’s just a different deal.” Technology continues to evolve quickly in the Late Model world. Phillips said for a guy like him, that barely knows how to operate a computer, it’s a new world. Shocks are a key issue in dialing the car in, Phillips said, and he discovered some helpful hints about that while in Tucson.

“It used to be you could figure it out on your own, but it’s a little different now,” Phillips added, noting the need to lean on chassis manufacturers for direction at times. Phillips sounded a bit like his dad, the late short-track Hall of Famer Larry Phillips, when assessing his internal fire as he ages.

Asked how long he wants to race, Phillips laughed and said, “I’m kind of like my Old Man. If I’m competitive, I’ll race. If I feel like I can’t go out and win, then I’ll quit. “Right now, I’m feeling like I have plenty of years in me. Hell, I might race 20 more years. We’ll see.”

The 2016 season begins April 1-2, at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska. Two complete shows make the weekend. Friday’s feature will pay  the winner $2,000 and Saturday’s winner will net $5,000.  For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com.

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Tad Pospisil Enters Sunoco Rookie Program

January 27th, 2016

Wheatland, MO -The first domino has fallen in the 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Chase for the Lucas Oil MLRA. Norfolk, Nebraska’s Tad Pospisil has informed series officials of his intentions to pursue a full year on the tour and the spoils from Sunoco Race Fuels.

“We have a lot of challenges ahead,” commented Pospisil. “It kind of feels like we are starting over, the will be a ton of new competitors and new tracks. However, I really would like to build my name in the sport and improve behind the wheel.

It’s going to be neat to do some traveling and see several new places.” Pospisil has competed at five tracks currently on the season schedule, so he won’t be totally in the dark when familiarizing himself to various tracks. Last season he did quite well in his Black Diamond Chassis. According to Pospisil his high point was starting on the outside pole of the 5th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals, his state’s biggest race. He also secured the I-80 Speedway Super Late Model Track Championship. Other track titles won in his career include; Wagner Speedway in Wagner, South Dakota and Boone County Raceway in Albion, NE. Originally a go-kart racer, Pospisil won three National Championships in a 10 year karting career. Once he and his grandfather decided to get into full size cars, it was a headfirst dive into the wide world of Dirt Late Models. “We knocked off a few spoilers,” Pospisil joked. “It was quite the transition. We took a step back early on, in terms of success.”

This season will be his seventh since the move, and he has 43 Late Model wins to his name. Pospisil has regularly competed in a select few Lucas Oil MLRA events in the past, mainly at I-80 Speedway. In last year’s Spring Meltdown finale, he registered his best series finish of second. Pospisil will start the year with two Black Diamond Chassis. His engine program is spearheaded by Scott Bailey. Primary sponsors for the team include Window World, Texas Energy Mutual and Signor Trucking.

At season’s end the Sunoco Race Fuels Rookie of the Year will be awarded a check for $2,500, plus six barrels of fuel for the coming season. Those awards are in addition to all other point fund monies and contingencies.

Sunoco’s involvement with the Lucas Oil MLRA has been invaluable. Their support of the Rookie of the Year program has been a huge addition to the tour, and provided outstanding support to many up and coming drivers. The 2016 campaign begins April 1st and 2nd at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska. Two complete shows make the weekend. Friday’s tilt pays the winner $2,000 and Saturday’s winner will net $5,000.

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.

Visit Lucas Oil Speedway, MLRA at pair of weekend events

January 25th, 2016

Wheatland, MO – Lucas Oil Speedway and the Lucas Oil MLRA will be represented at two major offseason events this weekend.

The Kansas City Boat & Sportshow at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City runs through Sunday. Stop by and see Lucas Oil MLRA assistant director Ernie Leftwich along with LaRay Hankins and Kebra Keightley of Lucas Oil Speedway at the Lucas MLRA/Lucas Oil Speedway booth. They’ll have free schedule cards for the 2016 Lucas Oil Speedway and Lucas MLRA season. Enter drawings for prizes, including race tickets, boat key chains, hats, coozies and more.

Joining the Lucas contingent will be Mike and Debbie Faulconer and their retro Drag Boat “Panic Mouse.”

The show features expanded hands-on educational seminars and specials on hundreds of boats, RVs and marine accessories, the Kansas Boat & Sportshow is the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts to dive into summer. Show hours are through 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. For more info visit kansascitysportshow.com.

In Sedalia, the 18th annual Bodee’s Racers Auction and Trade Show is Saturday and Sunday at the Mathewson Exhibition Center on the Missouri State Fair Grounds. Long time area racer Jason Bodenhamer puts on the annual event, bringing out a slew of consignors for a massive two-day auction including cars, chassis, tires, trailers, parts and more.

Many vendors will have products and services on display at the Mathewson Center, including Lucas Oil Speedway and the Lucas Oil MLRA. Lucas Oil Speedway Assistant General Manager Danny Lorton and track announcer Kevin Fletcher will be on hand at the Lucas Oil Speedway/Lucas Oil MLRA booth. Stop by and grab a 2016 schedule, class rules information, driver registration forms and ask any questions about the upcoming season.

Bodee’s Racers Auction and Trade Show started with its first inaugural event in 1999. Since then the annual event has grown to be the biggest in the state. Doors open at 8 a.m. and the auction starts at 9 both both Saturday and Sunday. Visit Bodeesracersauction.com for more info. Please visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for the most up to date information about “America’s New Motorsports Destination”, Lucas Oil Speedway.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, MO. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

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

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

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2016 marks the 6th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two Nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series will be held in 2016. Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest!

National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

RacingJunk.com continues as “Official Classifieds” for Lucas Oil Speedway and Lucas Oil MLRA

January 24th, 2016

Wheatland, MO – The world’s largest motorsports marketplace – RacingJunk.com- has signed a two-year extension as “official classifieds” for Lucas Oil Speedway and the Lucas Oil MLRA.Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager and MLRA Series director Dan Robinson announced the agreement earlier this week. RacingJunk.com also will be presenting sponsor for the MLRA Spring Nationals, April 8-9, at Lucas Oil Speedway.

“We are very pleased to extend our affiliation with our friends at RacingJunk.com and look forward to them continuing as a key part of Lucas Oil Speedway and the Lucas MLRA,” Robinson said. “They’re passionate about motorsports, providing a great service for racers at the local level with their free classifieds.” RacingJunk.com is known nationally as the go-to place to buy, sell and trade race cars, motors, parts and equipment for all forms of motorsports. “Lucas Oil Speedway provides one of the best tracks in the country for racers to compete and for fans to take in all that short track dirt racing has to offer,” said Shawn Stewart, Director of Business Development for RacingJunk.com.

“As the official classifieds partner of both Lucas Oil Speedway and the MLRA series we look forward to providing racers a free marketplace to buy, sell and trade,” Stewart added. Along with a presence during the weekly races at Lucas Oil Speedway, RacingJunk.com will be highly visible throughout the Lucas Oil MLRA tour in 2016 and 2017. Please visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for the most up to date information about “America’s New Motorsports Destination”, Lucas Oil Speedway.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, MO. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984. In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway.

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

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2016 marks the 6th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two Nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series will be held in 2016. Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest!

National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Lucas Oil MLRA Reveals 2016 Slate at Heartland Auto Racing Show

November 23rd, 2015

DES MOINES, IOWA -Heading into the 28th straight year of racing, Lucas Oil MLRA series officials are pleased to announce the schedule of events for the coming year. Several traditional weekends remain, with a return to some familiar venues and a new track or two thrown in.

“It’s always important to lay out a good schedule and to let all of our fans and competitors know as soon as possible,” commented Series Director Dan Robinson. “Ernie Leftwich has worked diligently throughout the past year to put this together and has done a great job making all the dates fit. We’d like to thank all of the race tracks for having us at their venues too.”

The season gets started at the Kosiski family’s I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska for the “Spring Meltdown.” In all there will be five nights of Lucas Oil MLRA racing at I-80 Speedway this season. The following weekend is the first two of nine total nights of series action at its home track Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri. A familiar venue, Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, Missouri waits the following weekend. It has been a fixture of the series in past seasons, but this year marks the series first visit since a 2012 event was cut short. May begins with a trio of events all lost to rain in 2014. Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa, Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa and Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, Missouri. New ground will again be marked by the series the following weekend, with a May 14 stop at the Queensland Family’s Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota.

Officials are currently still in negotiations on a stop the night before Deer Creek Speedway. This will mark the first time the Lucas Oil MLRA has ever raced in the Viking state. The month concludes in grand fashion with the “Third Annual Cowboy Classic” honoring the longtime MLRA Series owner Allen “Cowboy” Chancellor and the “24th Annual Show Me 100″ at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri.

Firing off in the first weekend in June is a return trip to Iowa. Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa and Randolph County Speedway in Moberly, Missouri make up the three stops. The Oskaloosa and Moberly visits were also lost to rain last year, so anticipation is higher than ever for those shows. The “Alphabet Soup” race at I-80 Speedway and “Liberty 50″ at Adams County Speedway wrap up the month.

July is always one of the tour’s busiest months, and this year is no exception, with seven confirmed nights and possibly two more on tap. The Salina Highbanks Speedway has built their “Freedom Classic” around Super Late Model racing, and for the third year in a row the series is excited to head back to the Sooner State. A rare Thursday evening tilt is on tap in Sedalia, Missouri on July 7. The “Diamond Nationals” returns the following weekend, and the “Silver Dollar Nationals” rounds out the month. It marks the biggest paying race on the series schedule with $40,000 to the winner.

Junction Motor Speedway returns for its traditional two-day “King of the Hill” special event. This year the event increases in purse with $3,000 and $5,000 on the line respectively. The final night of the 2016 Missouri State Fair will also find the series back in Sedalia, Missouri running alongside the Lucas Oil ASCS. Labor Day weekend will be the same as last year, with a Friday stop at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas and the “Larry Phillips Memorial” the following evening at Lucas Oil Speedway. Those two dates are the only action scheduled for September. Saturday, October 1, marks the fourth and final visit to the Missouri State Fair Speedway. The final weekend of the year is the following weekend at Lucas Oil Speedway. The “Third Annual Fall Nationals” winds down the season.

The series will sit idle for competitors to take in the Bad Boy 98 and Topless 100 at Batesville Motor Speedway in Batesville, Arkansas, The Dream and World 100 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio and the Knoxville Late Model Nationals in Knoxville, Iowa. Copies of the schedule will also be available at the Lucas Oil MLRA/Lucas Oil Speedway booth at the Heartland Auto Racing Show in Des Moines, Iowa on Friday-Saturday, Nov. 20-21. For more info about the show, please visit www.HeartlandAutoRacingShow.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.

Jeremy Russell celebrates Big Buck 50 win!

October 14th, 2015

WHEATLAND, MO – Jesse Stovall continued his domination of Lucas Oil MLRA victory lane as he swept both MLRA events in weekend action at Lucas Oil Speedway. Jonesboro, Arkansas’ Jeremy Russell topped a stellar field of more than 75 Factory Stocks to score a thrilling win in the Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt. Logan Martin and Shawn Strong took home top honors in the USRA B-Mods as Martin scored the win in Friday’s main event while Strong topped the field on Saturday night.

Third starting Jesse Stovall made his way to the front just prior to the halfway point of Saturday’s MLRA Fall Nationals finale at Lucas Oil Speedway. Once at the front he set his own pace, weaving in and out of lapped traffic, en route to his series leading 10th win of the season and first ever weekend sweep at the Diamond of the Dirt Tracks.
“This is the best (season) by far,” commented Stovall of his overall 2015 campaign. “Even though we didn’t get a championship, winning all these races, having all the success we’ve had, I have a race team now. “Tommy Boy” (Crew Chief Tony Rogers) came in about May and we started winning races. It was huge to me to have somebody to help. He’s done a very good job.”

Outside pole sitter Brad Looney quickly took command of the race from the drop of the green. Looney set a blistering pace early. DirtonDirt.com polesitter Chad Simpson slipped back a bit, but charged forward and raced alongside Terry Phillips for much of the feature. Simpson crossed the finish line second and Phillips was third. Only needing a 10th place or better finish in the main event to secure the championship, regardless of others performance, Phillips was crowned the series champion for the third time in his storied career. His first Lucas Oil MLRA title came in 1994 and second in 1996.

Fourth and fifth respectively were Brad Looney and Jason Utter. Al Humphrey Racing’s RC Whitwell claimed the Sunoco Race Fuels Rookie of the Year honors. Whitwell also gained 11 positions in the feature to secure the night’s Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger award. Sunday evening the series celebrates the year at the annual Championship Banquet, held at the Old Kinderhook Resort at the Lake of the Ozarks. The top drivers, marketing partners and race tracks will be highlighted. With a posted first place prize of $4,000 for the Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt featuring the Carson’s Corner Napa Auto Parts Factory Stocks, a record car count of 75 of nation’s best Factory Stocks took to the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. In one of the most entertaining 50 lappers in history, Jeremy Russell worked his way from his sixth starting spot to hold off repeated challengers to score the emotional win.

Kyle Slader started third and hung in the top-3 throughout the Factory Stock main event as he settled for runner up honors hot on Russell’s heels. Stoutland’s Tim Brown charged from 18th to third at the finish after changing engines on Friday night and giving up his pole starting spot after setting Fast Time on Friday. Former Track Champion David Hendrix worked his way into the lead late in the race despite going tailback from an early race spin but the handling on his machine went away in the closing laps he was scored in fourth at the finish. Jared Hays rounded out the top-5.
A good heat race early in the evening put Jesse Stovall in a prime position to win Fridaynight in the Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri. Stovall rolled off from the inside of the second row for the Lucas Cattle Company 30 laps feature. He raced hard with Josh Hughes making his way around him for the lead and eventual win.

“This track is definitely a different track to race on,” said Stovall. “You just have to have things completely right no matter who’s here. We got a chance to test last night, and I really feel like that made us better for tonight. I just kind of started rolling the outside. I found a strip of brown over in three and four, and just got around him (Josh Hughes) there, and tried to just start driving smart and smooth.” The win is Stovall’s ninth of the season with the series and 18th overall. Coming into the evening he trailed Terry Philips in the point standings by 44 markers. Phillips finished the evening fifth, but had a little tougher road to the feature. He won his B-Feature placing him on the inside of the ninth row for the main event. With the benefit of only two yellows, he made his way forward. The difference in points is now 30, with only Saturday’s race left.

Jake O’Neil continued his late season surge, with a strong runner up finish. RC Whitwell was right behind him in third. The two are also contending for the Sunoco Race Fuels Rookie of the Year title. Whitwell holds a 37 point margin there. Jason Utter had another solid evening like so many times this year. He was right in the thick of the action, finishing fourth.

For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com.

2nd Annual MLRA Fall Nationals, Big Buck 50 Factory Stock Event, and USRA B-Mods this weekend, October 9th-10th!!

October 7th, 2015

WHEATLAND, MO – The final racing weekend of the 2015 Lucas Oil Speedway oval track season is this weekend, Friday & Saturday Oct. 9th-10th as the Lucas Oil MLRA and the Carson’s Corner Napa Factory Stocks team up for the 2nd Annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals and Factory Stock “Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt” plus USRA B-Mods running for National Points both nights.

“This event has the potential to be one of the largest of the season here as Mother Nature has done her part to ensure great weather and car counts in the 150-175 range are expected in the three classes.” stated Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson. “The phone just continues to ring off the hook as fans and drivers alike make plans to make their last pilgrimage of 2015 to Wheatland for the final special event of the season here at Lucas Oil Speedway!”

The Lucas Oil MLRA will run complete shows both nights with a $3,000 to win main event on Friday night and $5,000 to win main on Saturday night, while the Factory Stocks will qualify and run heat races on Friday night before battling it out for 50 laps and $4,000 to win on Saturday. The USRA B-Mods will also be in action running a full show both nights with USRA National Points on the line highlighted by a special $500 to win, 25-lap Main Event on Saturday night.

Hermitage Lumber is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this week with special sales and promotions including bonuses for MLRA Competitors at this weekend’s Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals. Hermitage Lumber will award a total of $2,000 over the course of the two day event.

On Friday night Oct. 9th, the leader of the MLRA main event at lap 20 will receive a bonus check for $500 while the 20th place finisher in the main event will receive an extra $250. On Saturday night Oct. 10th, the MLRA leader at lap 20 will receive a check for $1,000 with the 20th place finisher again receiving an additional $250.

Springfield, Missouri Veteran Terry Phillips leads the Lucas Oil MLRA points standings MLRA Logo going into the final weekend by just 44 points over Billings, Missouri’s Jesse Stovall. Phillips has been the model of consistency throughout the season as he leads the points standings despite not visiting Andy’s Frozen Custard MLRA victory lane in 2015. Stovall meanwhile has (8) MLRA wins in 2015 as he has steadily moved up the points standings throughout the season to put pressure on Phillips late in the season.

Columbus Junction, Iowa’s Jason Utter has been a welcome addition to the Lucas Oil MLRA tour in 2015 as he sits solidly in the third spot in his first full season of MLRA racing. A pair of Tucson, Arizona racers not only sit in fourth and fifth in overall points respectively but R.C. Whitwell and Jake O’Neil also sit 1-2 in the race for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year title with only 41 points separating the two heading into the final weekend of racing.

Defending Lucas Oil MLRA Champion, Chad Simpson out of Mount Vernon, IA has slipped back to the sixth spot in 2015 as lady luck has not been on his side throughout the 2015 campaign but with his dominating preliminary win in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned Knoxville Late Model Nationals just two weeks ago, he is always a force to be reckoned with. Fellow Iowa driver, Jason O’Brien holds down the seventh spot, just 10 points in front of the GRT House Car driver Jeremy Payne, who now calls Springfield, Missouri home. Marshalltown, Iowa’s Ryan “The Reaper” Gustin and Griswold, Iowa’s JC Wyman sit 9th and 10th respectively. For the complete and updated Lucas Oil MLRA points standings, driver profiles, and series information please visit www.MLRARacing.com.

In addition to the MLRA as the event headliner, a tremendous amount of buzz continues to surround the $4,000 to win Factory Stock Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt. Terry Schultz won the inaugural event in 2014 on a soggy weekend as the veteran modified driver topped a field of 47 cars. With perfect weather forecast for the weekend, car counts for this event could climb into the 70-80 range as the best Factory Stocks in the country will converge upon Wheatland for their chance to shine at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Tony Jackson and TJR Motorsports has pledged $200 to the Factory Stock Fast Qualifier on Friday night.

The Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt, featuring the Carson’s Corner Napa Auto Parts Factory Stocks entry fee is $125 payable the day of the race. Entry forms and rules can be downloaded and printed by clicking here. For more information about the Whitetail Trophy Hunt, please click www.Whitetail.net.

And last but certainly not least, a strong field of USRA B-Mods are expected to be in attendance as they will compete in complete shows both nights with precious USRA National points on the line. Fort Scott, Kansas’ driver Andy Bryant has competed at Lucas Oil Speedway all season and leads the USRA National Points heading into the final weekend of points racing.

For the complete and updated USRA National Standings and info on the USRA Nationals Championships to be held Oct. 15th-17th at Lakeside Speedway, please visit www.USRAracing.com. Finally, if you can’t make it to this mega event to close your racing season, we have your fix as RacinDirt.com and Lucas Oil Speedway officials are pleased to announce a partnership bringing the event into homes across the country and around the world. All three classes, every lap, both nights will be broadcast live on RacinDirt.com for the first ever internet pay-per-view from Wheatland, Missouri. Every class will be broadcast on the RacinDirt.com production of the 2nd Annual Fall Nationals. For more information about the pay-per-view of this event, visit RacinDirt.com or email racindirt@racindirt.com [mailto:racindirt@racindirt.com] with questions. PPV Slide Thursday, October 8th, 2015 Information Open Practice from (6-9)pm for all classes followed by James Clay and the Boomchux at the Diamond Bar until 12am. Spectator Grandstand Admission-FREE Pit Passes $20 **Limited Concessions will be available on Pit Side only but will be accessible from from both the Pit and Spectator side of Pit Concession Stand.

Friday, October 9th, 2015 Information
Pits Closed and Cleared at 4:00 PM
Spectator Gates open at 5:00 PM, Hot Laps at 7:00 PM and racing at 7:30 PM
Adults (16 and up) $15
Seniors (62 and up) $12
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $30
Pit Pass $30
Saturday, October 10th, 2015 Information
Pits Closed and Cleared at 3:00 PM
Spectator Gates open at 4:00 PM, Hot Laps at 6:00 PM and racing at 6:30 PM
Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up) $15
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40
Pit Pass $35
Advance Tickets are on sale now! Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com to get your tickets today for the 2nd Annual MLRA Fall Nationals. to download and print the complete remaining 2015 Lucas Oil Speedway Event Schedule. Please visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for the most up to date information about “America’s New Motorsports Destination”, Lucas Oil Speedway.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, MO. 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.

Whitwell Breaks Through in Larry Phillips Memorial

September 8th, 2015

WHEATLAND, MO – It was an all rookie front row for the start of the Lucas Oil MLRA Larry Phillips Memorial Saturday evening at Lucas Oil Speedway. When the checkers fell, RC Whitwell hoisted the winners trophy in Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane. The win is his first with the series. Whitwell is campaigning a Victory Circle Race Car this season for Giltner, Nebraska based Al Humphrey Racing. He didn’t immediately jump to the lead though. Early in the feature, Jake O’Neil jumped out and set the pace. Once Whitwell got rolling, he pulled alongside O’Neil and then to the lead. Briefly, on lap 18, Whitwell lost the lead to eventual runner up Terry Phillips. However, on the following circuit, he took it back and never allowed Phillips closer than a car length for the rest of the feature.

“He (O’Neil) took off pretty fast there,” commented Whitwell. “It was awesome to have an all Tucson front row tonight. I just stayed calm and drove my race and stuck to it. This Larry Phillips Memorial race is awesome. Unfortunately I didn’t get to meet the guy. He’s a real special guy to racing, and won a lot of races andone that I look up too.”

Terry Phillips settled for second in a race that honored his late father. Driving a new Black Diamond Race Car, Phillips was complimentary of both his car and the event.

“I think we’ve got us a hot rod here,” said Phillips. “I don’t know a lot about it. This ain’t bad right off the block. We just had a few obstacles tonight I need to deal with. I thank everybody for coming out for this deal. This is the way it ought to be. I’m just really glad me and Dan got together and done this.” O’Neil had another solid night behind the wheel of his Red Eye Radiator Club 29. Saturday’s third place finish is his second in a row.

Kenny’s Tile contributed an additional $500 to Whitwell. The evening’s Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger was Tony Jackson Jr. He secured a $500 bonus from Lawless Harley Davidson® along with a custom jacket and shirt.

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

Stovall Dominates at Lakeside Speedway

September 7th, 2015

Kansas City, KS – After an almost two year hiatus from Lakeside Speedway, the Lucas Oil MLRA returned to the Kansas City oval Friday evening. Jesse Stovall qualified on the outside pole and took the lead exiting turn two on the
opening lap. The thirty lap feature was contested caution free. Stovall pulled away form the field lap after lap in his most dominant performance of the season. His margin of victory was over 10 seconds.

“It definitely was a heck of a night for us,” stated Stovall in Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane. “I worked really hard on this car this week. We just went through this thing end to end hand got the race car back this week. Tonight this car was, holy cow! It was fun to drive.”

Early in the running it appeared Dave Eckrich, in a new Black Diamond Chassis, was well on his way to at least a runner up finish. However, something went wrong with his car and he was forced to exit the speedway. Jason Utter was one spot back of Eckrich and inherited second. He stayed there for the remainder of the feature. The second place effort is his fourth of the year and second in a row.

“We’ll just keep plugging away and maybe catch Stovall some day. We just couldn’t turn as god as Stovall probably. When you can’t turn against this competition they’re going to get away from you. ” Tucson, Arizona rookie Jake O’Neil finished third Friday evening. The final spot on the podium marked his best result of the season.

“I couldn’t get through the center, that’s where I was lacking,” said O’Neil. “We fell back for a while and got back to third. I just have to thanks everybody that helped me. We’re very fortunate to be out here. I can’t thank them enough.” Saturday evening the series heads south to the home confines of Lucas Oil Speedway for the annual Larry Phillips Memorial, ran in conjunction with the Diamond Dag Boat Nationals.

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.

Lawless Harley-Davidson® Revs up the Competition at the MLRA Larry Phillips Memorial!

August 28th, 2015

WHEATLAND, MO – Proud Lucas Oil Speedway supporter Lawless Harley-Davidson® of Scott City, Missouri has put their mark on the map as they have generously raised the stakes for MLRA drivers at the Larry Phillips Memorial on September 5th. Lawless will award an extra $500 as well as an Official Harley-Davidson® branded Leather Coat & Lawless branded T-shirt to the MLRA Hard Charger on Saturday, September 5th at the Larry Phillips Memorial.

Jeff Cheek, owner of Lawless Harley-Davidson® states, “I credit Larry for my love of short track racing and I wanted to honor his hard charging style with some incentives to the MLRA competitors.” Thousands of drivers and fans would agree with Cheek as Phillips has left a legacy few can compete with.

Temperatures are heating up as the stars and cars of the MLRA series look to invade the Lucas Oil Speedway in September. Terry Phillips, son of late legend Larry Phillips, leads the points with a small margin over rising superstar Jesse Stovall. Other steady contenders such as Jason Utter, RC Whitwell, and young success Ryan Gustin remain in the top-5 in points as well. Chad Simpson captured the 2014 Lucas Oil MLRA Championship and is expected to lead a strong field of drivers into battle.

Lawless Harley-Davidson® is an authorized Harley-Davidson® dealership in Scott City, MO. Along with a large selection of new models, Lawless Harley-Davidson® offers a wide variety of pre-owned models and offers MotorClothes and more in the store, which means they have plenty of bikes and gear for you to choose from. Lawless Harley-Davidson® provides superior customer service and has an entire team that consists of professional sales members, finance experts, service technicians, and a knowledgeable parts and accessories staff to support you. They pride themselves
on having well-trained experts that strive for customer satisfaction. Stop in and visit their friendly, reliable, and experienced Harley-Davidson staff between the hours of 9:00am – 7:00pm Monday through Saturday, and 11:00am – 4:00pm on Sundays, or call them at (573) 334-7716.

For more information about Lawless Harley-Davidson® be sure to visit www.lawlessofscottcity.com.

Don’t miss a minute of the racing action or a second of the fun Saturday, September 5th Lucas Oil Speedway! Saturday, September 5th, 2015 Information G2 Gemini Apparel presents the Lucas Oil MLRA Dirt Late Model Racing Series as they
visit they Dirt Track for their fourth time in 2015, for the MLRA Larry Phillips Memorial Presented by G2 Gemini Apparel. The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds will also be in action as the drivers battle for a special $1,000 to win top prize courtesy of Behlin Building Systems and Bret Givens Construction. Lucas Oil Speedway is “America’s
New Motorsports Destination”.

Gates open at 5:00 PM
Hot Laps at 7:00 PM
Racing at 7:30 PM

Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up) $15
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40
Pit Pass $30
Special Links: www.mlraracing.com, www.lawlessofscottcity.com, www.pittshomesinc.com, www.lucasoilspeedway.com
to download and print the complete 2015 Lucas Oil Speedway Event Schedule. Please visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com
for the most up to date information about “America’s New Motorsports Destination”, Lucas Oil Speedway. Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, MO. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate, this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue
to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

In addition, fans can 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. 2015 marks the 5th 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 2015.

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 Stores ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Factory Stocks and the Tri-Lakes RV USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Stovall Climbs the Stairway to Seven in Nebraska

August 10th, 2015

McCool Junction, NE -It’s been a year to remember for Jesse Stovall. The Billings, Missouri driver has rampaged through the summertime months with the Lucas Oil MLRA, winning more features than anyone else on the series. Coming into Friday night’s opening round of the two-day ‘King of the Hill’ event at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska, Stovall had claimed six victories on the 2015 MLRA tour, including Monday’s night’s 50 lap $10,000 to win event at the Farley (IA) Speedway.

Friday evening, a front row starting spot and a little bit of luck helped Stovall to his seventh win in the last nine races, as he captured the 25 lap $2,000 to win main event, outrunning Jason Utter and Terry Phillips in the process. Stovall started the race from the outside of the front row, along with Nebraska veteran Kyle Berck. At the drop of the green flag, Berck was able to pull away while Stovall settled into second. Berck held the lead for most of the race, despite having to weather several caution flags. But when the fifth of seven yellow flags flew on lap 21, Berck was be sidelined thanks to troubles under the hood of his machine. As the field slowed following an incident involving Jason O’Brien, Berck quickly pulled his vehicle to the infield, relinquishing the top spot to Stovall.

When the field took the green with four to go, the new look top five included Stovall, Utter, Phillips, Sunoco Rookie of the Year point leader RC Whitwell and local favorite Mike Wiarda. As the race resumed, Whitwell made a big move, powering past Phillips into the third spot. Soon after, Whitwell set his sights on Utter for second. Following a caution one lap later for Robbie Anderson’s stalled car, Whitwell and Utter went to war for the runner up spot, with the exchange becoming physical. The end result put Whitwell’s vehicle nose first against the turn two wall and brought out the final caution flag. Whitwell was sidelined for the night while Utter continued on.

On the restart with two laps remaining, a new challenger entered the fray in the form of another rookie, Jake O’Neil. The Arizona racer restarted the race in fifth and quickly pounced into the fourth spot and then challenged Phillips for third. Both Phillips and O’Neil exchanged slide jobs, with Phillips holding the edge for third as the checkered flag flew. Ahead of them, Stovall sailed on to claim his first ever win at Junction Motor Speedway while Utter held on for second spot. Bill Leighton Jr moved into the top five on the last lap, pushing past Wiarda during the race’s final circuit.

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.

9th Annual King of the Hill this Weekend

August 6th, 2015

WHEATLAND, MO -With only six races left in the 2015 season for the Lucas Oil MLRA, there is virtually no margin for error for the teams looking to climb in the points chase. Terry Phillips continues to show the way out front with a 46 point advantage over Jesse Stovall. Stovall’s six series wins give him the most wins so far, by quite a large margin. Ryan Gustin is the only other driver with multiple wins. His two came on back to back weekends in April.

Following a pair of wildly successful and entertaining shows early this week in eastern Iowa, attention now shifts to the Friesen Family’s Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska and the running of the 9th Annual King of the Hill Late Model Shootout.

Giltner, Nebraska’s Al and Lori Humphrey operate Al Humphrey Racing just a few miles from Junction Motor Speedway. This season they brought Tucson, Arizona driver RC Whitwell into the team to wheel their Victory Circle Race Cars. Whitwell is currently leading the Sunoco Race Fuels Rookie of the Year standings.

Junction Motor Speedway is always a place Humphrey enjoys competing, whether it be behind the wheel or as a team owner.

“McCool came a long kind of late in my career,” said Humphrey. “I actually won the first competitive event held there. I’ve won several times there. It’s a good place Delmar does a good job with it. He definitely made a tremendous investment to give us racers a nice facility that is forty miles from our shop.”

In terms of Humphrey’s MLRA success at Junction, August 13, 2011 comes to mind. Kelly Boen was at the tail end of sweeping the King of the Hill three years in a row (2009-2011). Short of Boen being virtually unbeatable there, Humphrey led the first portion of the race and finished second amongst a stout field.

Now primarily serving in the owner’s capacity for the team, Humphrey relies on his driver to go out and perform. To this point the team is pleased with the job done by their first year driver.

“It’s been pretty good,” Humphrey further elaborated. “The car has had some speed. We just, for whatever reason, can’t get the pieces to fall to put together a lot of good finishes. Earlier this week at Farley we were running pretty good and got the radiator knocked out of it. We struggle qualifying and tend to draw in back those nights. Times when we are in the back of the feature, it never fails, those races go flag to flag. The car always goes forward. The performance has been good. RC works really hard on this thing. I can’t ask for more out of him.”

Whitwell will once again join the cast of Lucas Oil MLRA stars Friday and Saturday in two complete shows at Junction Motor Speedway.

Junction Motor Speedway Information 8/7/15 & 8/8/15

Gates: 5:30 PM Friday & 5:00 PM Saturday

Racing: 7:30 Friday & 7:00 PM Saturday

Admission: Adults $18 Friday, Adults $20 Saturday, Youth (6-12), $5, Kids 5 and Under FREE

Support Classes: Friday – NASCAR Hobby Stocks & 4 Cylinders, Saturday – NASCAR Late Models, Modifieds, B-Mods

Website: JunctionMotorSpeedway.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.

Moyer Tames Tornado Tuesday at West Liberty

August 7th, 2015

WEST LIBERTY, IA- Tornado Tuesday at West Liberty Raceway provided a fury of action throughout the entire evening. It was capped by an entertaining feature, and great run to the checkers, in the first ever Lucas Oil MLRA event sanctioned at the Simmons Promotions Inc. ½ mile oval. Billy Moyer fired from the DirtonDirt.com poleand set the pace the entire way for his 40th career Lucas Oil MLRA victory.

“I feel like we’ve had a real good combination on some short tracks, but I haven’t run on a lot of these big tracks with it,” commented Moyer of his new Victory Race Car. “We threw some stuff at it and it worked. I’m just not real familiar with the car yet, but I couldn’t have been happier with it.”

Moyer, originally from Iowa, reminisced about a career that began just a couple of hours away.

“I never believed we’d win that many races. Starting out a little kid here in Des Moines, starting out in an old ’71 Camaro. It’s good to be back around the family there in Des Moines, and my uncle there getting hooked up with him, and building these cars just puts some enjoyment back in it again.”

Lapped traffic was the only thing to slow Moyer’s blistering pace. Mike Marlar, started seventh and worked his way forward. On the lap 23 restart, he forged ahead to second and on more than one occasion threatened to take the lead. Marlar ended second, but gave it everything he had.

“I just needed him to mess up and guys knocking on 800 wins don’t mess up much,” commented Marlar on what it would have taken to top Moyer. “We had a good run. We was probably pretty close on speed. We just couldn’t get around him. I love coming out to Iowa here because man, you’ve got some really fast race tracks, and it’s pretty cool to get to go that fast and everybody race that good.”

Chris Simpson had a tough evening with engine heating issues Monday, but those problems weren’t as significant Tuesday. After running in the second position early in the feature, he settled into third a few car lengths back of Marlar. Simpson crossed the finish line with the final podium spot.

“I just got a little tight in and the motor started running a little hot. On these lap cars you have to take advantage right away. I kind of slowed up, and Mikey dove on me there and got by me. Overall its a good night.”

Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger honors went to JC Wyman. He advanced to 10th after rolling off the starting grid 22nd. Only one yellow, just prior to the race’s halfway point, slowed the field. Jake O’Neil and Chad Simpson had mechanical issues during hot laps and neither were able to continue the rest of the evening.

This weekend the Lucas Oil MLRA heads west across Interstate 80, from Iowa, to the Friesen family’s Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska. The Annual King of the Hill two day show will pay $2,000 and $3,000 to win, beginning Friday.

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.

Monday Mayhem Dominated by Stovall

August 4th, 2015

FARLEY, IA -Monday was another chance for Jesse Stovall and the rest of Lucas Oil MLRA’s best to get back to action. Just as he has done for much of the season, Stovall held off the entire field and took the checkers. His 50 lap wire-to-wire win is his sixth of the season in MLRA action and 11th overall. The $10,000 winner’s portion he received matches his biggest career single event payday.

“It really feels good to be able to come down here and race on these dirt tracks that have some good character to them,” said Stovall. “This definitely brings our game back up. It’s a really fun place to race.”

Stovall was never seriously challenged, however around the features midway point, third place finishing Terry Phillips significantly narrowed the gap between himself and Stovall. Just as Phillips was continuing forward the yellow waved.

Stovall’s wins have vaulted him up the points charts since missing the opening two features. However, since climbing to second he knows it will be tough to grab the top spot.

“It’s gonna be very, very tough to get anything done with him points wise. So we’ll just keep trying to win races. At the end of the year I just hope we can finish off strong, no matter win or lose the points chase. I knew when I got close to him, he’d (Phillips) turn the heat up. He’s a veteran. He’s a very good racer. He’s done it a lot of years.”

Chad Simpson rolled from the outside of the third row and steadily moved towards the front. He had several attempts to overtake Stovall on restarts, but Stovall was flawless and Simpson settled for second.

“It’s good to run back here in Iowa,” commented Simpson to many of his home state fans. “We’ve raced a lot of races up here. I just needed a few more laps. We’re just gonna keep making this Victory Circle, Jay Dickens go and see what we can do.”

Jason Feger and Tim McCreadie each put together solid runs to complete the top five. McCreadie moved ahead 10 spots during the feature.

Mike Marlar had a good night suddenly come to an end running in fifth, when he spun exiting turn two. Ryan Gustin expired an engine during his heat race and scratched from action for the remainder of the night. JC Wyman also had significant front end damage, from the B feature, and utilized a series provisional to make the feature.

Tuesday night the Lucas Oil MLRA heads to West Liberty Raceway on the Muscatine County Fairgrounds in West Liberty, Iowa. The stop will also pay the winner $10,000. Action gets underway at 7 PM.

Lucas Oil MLRA Ready for Farley and West Liberty

August 1st, 2015

WHEATLAND, MO-”Monday Mayhem” and “Tornado Tuesday” are next on the Lucas Oil MLRA schedule as the series continues to break new ground at tracks across the region. Held at Keith Simmons promoted tracks of Farley Speedway and West Liberty Raceway, both in eastern Iowa, the twin $10,000 to win stops mark some of the largest single event payouts in series history.

“We’re extremely appreciative of the entire Simmons Promotions group for entrusting us with these huge events,” commented Series Director, Dan Robinson. “There will be the usual outstanding field of Lucas Oil MLRA drivers, plus a nice mix of other regional and national competitors.”

The “Monday Mayhem” race at Farley Speedway takes place Monday, August 3rd. This race is brand new, and complements “Tornado Tuesday” at West Liberty Raceway on Tuesday, August 4th, which has been a staple in the region for several years.

Farley Speedway consists of both a 1/2 mile and 3/8 mile track. Next week the race will be contested on the 3/8 mile track. According to Simmons, Farley is one of only four privately held dirt tracks in the state. It offers incredible amenities to fans including skybox viewing and Musco lightning. The track is wide and racy, with a 16,000 sq. ft. banquet facility on the grounds too.

West Liberty Raceway is a throwback to a generation of racing gone by. It has a 1930′s style covered grandstand, with a top notch surface and intense action. The 1/2 mile track is located on the Muscatine County Fairgrounds.

Terry Phillips is currently out front in the season long point standings, with Jesse Stovall in second. Ryan Gustin, Jason Utter and Chad Simpson complete the top five. RC Whitwell holds a narrow advantage over Jake O’Neil in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year chase.

Farley Speedway Information 8/3/15

Racing: 7 PM

Admission: $30 Adults, $20 Students, Kids (12 and Under) FREE

Support Class: IMCA Late Models

West Liberty Raceway Information 8/4/15

Racing: 7 PM

Admission: $30 Adults, $20 Students, Kids (12 and Under) FREE

Support Class: IMCA Late Models

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.

9th Annual CMH Diamond Nationals and Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Finale this Saturday & Sunday, July 11th & 12th!

July 10th, 2015

WHEATLAND, MO – The 9th Annual CMH Diamond Nationals along with the final day of the 23rd Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com takes place this Saturday & Sunday, July 11th & 12th at Lucas Oil Speedway in
Wheatland, Missouri.

“The weather for this weekend looks to be near perfect with full sunshine in the forecast for both days with very mild evening temperatures in the 70′s & 80′s. This should turn out to be one of the biggest weekends of the year in Late Model racing as the best drivers in the business run for $10,000 to win on Saturday and a whopping $30,000 to win on Sunday. It is the one weekend you definitely won’t want to miss.” stated Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson.First up on Saturday, the 9th Annual CMH Diamond Nationals features the Lucas Oil

Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil MLRA as the country’s top dirt late model drivers attempt to claim the $10,000 winner’s share of the purse and the prestigious Diamond Ring that goes with it. Jimmy Owens held off a hard charging Scott Bloomquist to take home the check and the ring in the 2014 edition of this huge event. Kenny’s Tile Racing has stepped up to award Saturday night’s Diamond Nationals winner an additional $500. For more info on Kenny’s Tile Racing, search “Kenny’s Tile Racing” on Facebook.

Other top drivers expected to be in attendance include Don O’Neal, Jared Landers, Eddie Carrier Jr., Tony Jackson Jr., Terry Phillips, Chad Simpson, Earl Pearson Jr., Steve Francis, Jonathan Davenport, Jesse Stovall and many more of the top dirt late model drivers in the country!

The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds run in support of the Late Models on Saturday gunning for a top prize of $750 to win courtesy of Clearlight Inn in Hermitage, Missouri. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety also presents Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety Night. They will be checking seat belts and giving away t-shirts while supplies last. Bring the entire family out this weekend as we invite you to come early and visit the pit area to meet your favorite drivers. The Party Station Kids Zone and the Frog’s Sign Jr. Fan Club will have tons of inflatables, games and give-a-ways for the Jr. race fans in your family.

Saturday, July 11th Event Information
Gates open at 5:00 PM
Hot Laps at 7:00 PM
Racing to follow

Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up) $20
Youth (6 to 15) $10
Kids (5 and under) Free
Family Pass $50
Pit Pass $40

The Family Pass is designed to help families find a great entertainment value at an affordable price. To qualify for the pass there must be at least two adults and one child present at the time of purchase. Maximum number of children under the age of 16 to be covered per pass is 3.

PASS INCLUDES:

Entry for Two Adults (age 16 and up)
Entry for up to Three Youth (age 6-15)
One Free Go Kart Pass
Two – $2 off Coupons for $5 Kids Meal
10% off any Track Treasures Gift Shop Purchase
One – ½ off Coupon for Funnel Cake

About CMH

Providing Regional Health Care Like You Are Family…

Since 1982, Citizens Memorial Healthcare’s (CMH) number-one priority and commitment is to our community’s health improvement. As a fully integrated and nationally recognized healthcare system, we are proud to show how efficiently, aggressively and progressively health care can be delivered, within the confines of a solid community. We are dedicated to planned and consistent growth and we closely monitor the health of our community members to develop new services and technologies to meet their ongoing and changing needs.

CMH has grown tremendously in the past two decades – not only physically as a hospital, but also in the number of services we offer. Today, we are a state-of-the-art acute care hospital and we employ more than 1,500 individuals in nine counties.

The CMH Mission: Caring for every generation through exceptional services by leading physicians and a compassionate healthcare team. For more information, please visit www.CitizensMemorial.com.

With the final night of the 23rd Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com postponed due to rain on May 23rd with just one Late Model B-Main complete, we will pick up with the Saturday portion of the program as originally scheduled on Sunday, July 12th.

The 23rd Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com features the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil MLRA as Martinsville, Indiana’s Don O’Neal attempts to defend his title against the top late model drivers in the country such as Jimmy Owens, Scott Bloomquist, Steve Francis, Chad Simpson, Eddie Carrier Jr., Jared Landers, Terry Phillips, Earl Pearson Jr. and more! Local favorites Jesse Stovall and Tony Jackson Jr. are slated to lead the field to the green flag from the front row on Sunday.

The racing action on Sunday, July 12th will begin with the conclusion of B-Mains for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and USRA Modifieds. Eddie Carrier Jr. currently leads the second of three Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series B-Mains, with 10 of 20 laps complete.

On Sunday evening, consolation events for the LOLMDS/MLRA and the USRA Modifieds will be held, plus the Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge. The top-24 drivers that did not transfer into the Show-Me 100 (via preliminary events) will be eligible to start the $2,000 to win, $250 to start, non-qualifiers race – held prior to the Show-Me 100 main event. The winner of the 20-lap, Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge has the choice of keeping their $2,000 winnings, or forfeiting their earnings to start last in the main event.

The $30,000 to win Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 main event will follow the Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge on Sunday night.

Once again, Kenny’s Tile Racing has stepped up to award Sunday night’s Show-Me 100 winner an additional $500.

The “Dirt Trackin’” app will also award a $500 bonus to the highest finisher that is featured in the wildly popular app available on Android and Apple devices as Lucas Oil Speedway is one of the featured tracks in the game.

The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds will cap off the weekend action with their $1,000-to-win $150 to start main event courtesy of RacinDirt.com.

***Rain Out Tickets and Pit Bands from May 23rd will only be honored on Sunday,
July 12th.

***Tickets are still available at the gate as well for those that were unable to attend the event on May 23rd.

Sunday, July 12th Event Information
Gates open at 4:00 PM
Hot Laps at 7:00 PM
Racing to follow

Adults (16 and up) $30
Seniors (62 and up) $25
Youth (6 to 15) $10
Kids (5 and under) Free
Family Pass $60
Pit Pass $40

Weekend Camping Info

Reserved With Electric and Water-$100 (Sold Out)
Reserved Dry Spots-$50 (Limited Availability)
Dry Camping-FREE

***Any Lucas Oil/MLRA Late Models and USRA Modifieds that were not here on May 22nd-23rd will be allowed to race on Sunday starting at the tail of a B-Main provided the driver pays a double pit pass and pays appropriate entry fees for the Late Models.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, MO. 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.

For more information, please call the track office at (417) 282-5984 or visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com.

For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series including updated driver points standings and the complete 2015 schedule, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com.

Stovall Sweeps Salina

July 7th, 2015

SALINA, OK -Independence Day at the Salina Highbanks Speedway’s Freedom Classic ended with Jesse Stovall in Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane. Stovall picked up the $5,000 pay day in addition to winning Friday night’s feature.
A lucrative weekend for the Billings, Missouri driver of the Swafford’s Service, Malvern Bank, Black Diamond at Oklahoma’s biggest Late Model event of the year.

“We’ve had some really good luck on our side,” said Stovall. “Chad probably had the preferred line and slipped up a little bit. The rubber came there and he just probably didn’t know exactly where it was yet and I slipped by him. He’s a heck of a racer, and them guys always race you clean. This car is truly a class act.”

Chad Simpson started the 40 lap feature from the DirtonDirt.com pole position. Simpson led early on, but caught lap traffic, allowing Stovall to make a pass for lead. Simpson retained second, while Stovall held on to the top spot for the remainder of the race. Tony Jackson Jr. followed Simpson to the checkers recording a podium finish in third.

Tommy Weder Jr. finished fourth and Jake O’Neil completed the top five. Next on the schedule for the Lucas Oil MLRA is the CMH Diamond Nationals $10,000 to win event at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO in conjunction with the Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series. The one day event will be a stand alone show followed by the rescheduled Show-Me 100 on Sunday, paying $30,000 to the winner.

Independence Day Weekend in the Sooner State

July 2nd, 2015

WHEATLAND, MO -This weekend the Lucas Oil MLRA makes its lone journey to Oklahoma for the season. Action will be quick and abundant at Salina Highbanks Speedway, both Friday and Saturday, in the 2nd Annual Freedom Classic.

This will be the second consecutive season for the Lucas Oil MLRA to visit with the current speedway ownership group in place. Salina Highbanks Speedway offers a unique race track featuring more banking on the straightaways than many tracks feature in the turns. The size and shape allows for high speed excitement and the ability to race at least four wide in the turns, if necessary.

Terry Phillips continues to lead the series championship standings, with Ryan Gustin hot on his heels in second. Jason Utter continues to impress and sits third, while one of the hottest drivers in the country, Jesse Stovall, is fourth. 2014 champion Chad Simpson rounds out the top five.

Last season Phillips and Jeremy Payne were victorious in the 1st Annual Freedom Classic.

A newer driver in the Super Late Model ranks, Shannon Scott, will be making his Salina Highbanks Late Model debut this weekend. However, he has quite a few laps at Salina in lower divisions and is proud to call it one of his home tracks.

“I was off chasing the Rookie of the Year title with the Comp Cams Series last year and couldn’t make this race,” said Scott. “I love this track and the people who own and run it. The atmosphere is great there too. I know Salina is where we need to be this weekend.”

Scott began in the track’s 360 Modified division in 2011 with six wins and a second place finish in the points standings. The following year he came back and ran a full season in the A-Modified division, finishing with Rookie of the Year honors and a feature win.

“Last year we took the car up there and tested a couple times. I really enjoy the track. You can really keep your foot in the gas and keep momentum up. I like racing that way. I’m excited to be able to race it there finally.”

In just his second full year of running Super Late Models, Scott has knocked down a pair of wins at Outlaw Motor Speedway, just down the highway from Salina. He fields a Rocket Chassis, with a Cornett Engine supplying the power. Scott’s support for the operation comes from Henryetta Ford, which he and wife Rikki have owned for seven plus years.

Following the conclusion of Friday evening’s racing program, fans will want to stick around for a huge Independence Day fireworks display. Friday’s race winner will earn $3,000, while Saturday’s event boasts a $5,000 top prize.

Salina Highbanks Speedway Information 7/4/15 & 7/5/15
Gates: 5:00 PM
Racing: 7:00 PM

Admission: Adult Gen. Admission $20, Kids (7-12) $10, Kids (6 and Under) FREE, VIP $35, Beer Garden $20, Pit Pass $35, Youth Pit Pass $25

Support Classes: Friday – A-Modifieds, Grand Nationals, Factory Stocks, Saturday – A-Modifieds, 360 Modifieds, Pure Stocks

Website: SalinaHighbanksSpeedway.com For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com.

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Stovall Snares $5,000 at Adams County Speedway

June 30th, 2015

Corning, IA -Thirty-nine drivers were on hand for the running of the Annual Ray Houck Liberty 50. Three lead changes took place during the main event. Once out front Jesse Stovall set a blistering pace to score the win. It was his second in the last three Lucas Oil MLRA visits to Adams County Speedway and earned the #00 team $5,000.

“What a race car,” exclaimed Stovall in Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane. “I just throw something different at it every night. This hot rod, I knew when I brought this thing here I’d have something to contend with.”

Bill Leighton brought the field to the green flag from the DirtOnDirt.com pole, and nine time Adams County Speedway track champion Chris Spieker jumped out front. A couple of quick yellows early slowed the pace but once back underway, Kyle Berck dove underneath Spieker and took over control of the race.

A few laps later, Spieker and Berck made contact and opened the door for Stovall who never looked back. Third starting Earl Pearson Jr. fell back early, but rallied as the race wore on. Driving the Moring Motorsports #1, Pearson made it to second and closed the distance between he and Stovall late in the feature to less than one second at the finish.

Chris Spieker held on for third, with Friday’s winner Kyle Berck fourth. Ryan Gustin made a late race pass on Billy Moyer to earn fifth.

Terry Phillips continues to ride at the top of the championship standings with a 28 point cushion over Ryan Gustin. Stovall’s string of performances this season have shot him up to fourth in the current standings. Mechanical trouble cut his opening weekend short, but since then he has only finished outside of the top three once, with three wins to his credit.

A special thanks is also in order for Malvern Bank. They donated an additional $2,500 throughout the feature event purse.

The four qualifying heat races were won by Bill Leighton, Jason O’Brien, Earl Pearson Jr. and Kyle Berck. Next weekend the Lucas Oil MLRA will be right back at it with Friday and Saturday races at the state-of-the-art Salina High Banks Speedway in Salina, Oklahoma.

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Berck Collects Alphabet Soup Top Prize

June 29th, 2015

Greenwood, NE -The 14th Annual Alphabet Soup race fired off Friday evening at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska. Following an exciting 35 lap feature, Kyle Berck won for the first time with the Lucas Oil MLRA in nearly three seasons.

“We struggled early in the year and got some momentum (now),” exclaimed Berck. “The crew’s worked their tale off. In all honesty I really thought I had the dominant car. That’s maybe trying to be a little over confident, but we haven’t won a big show in quite a while. The car was excellent in the heat race. I really felt the race was going to come to us like it did.”

DirtOnDirt.com pole sitter RC Whitwell was out front early, but had his advantage negated by a yellow flag on lap 12. Berck took over the lead, but Whitwell was still in contention until lap 17, when he was sideways and stalled at the top of turns one and two. Terry Phillips and Ryan Gustin narrowly slid by, but Jeremy Payne was not so fortunate. He and Whitwell made hard contact ending both their night’s.

Back under green, Berck pulled away. Chad Simpson and Jesse Stovall raced each other hard for the runner up position. Simspon was a little faster and finished second, with Stovall claiming the final podium position.

“It’s the old Greenwood tonight,” commented Simpson of the great surface. “You can run the top. You can run the bottom. These guys are all good. We’re happy coming out of here with second.”

Four yellows slowed the pace of the race, the most serious being for the Whitwell and Payne collision. Tad Pospisil was the evening’s Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger with a big push forward from 18th to fourth.

Saturday evening the Lucas Oil MLRA will wrap up the weekend with the Ray Houck Liberty 50 at Adams County Speedway. The 50 lap feature winner will pocket $5,000.

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I-80 & Adams County in the Spotlight this Weekend

June 28th, 2015

Wheatland, MO -With the temperature rising outside, so has the Lucas Oil MLRA action on the track. This weekend will feature another pair of exciting shows. Friday the 14th Annual Alphabet Soup race will commence from I-80 Speedway
in Greenwood, Nebraska. Saturday the tour heads back to Iowa for the Ray Houck Liberty 50 at Adams County Speedway.

“With the bad weather last year, we weren’t able to get either of these races in,” said Lucas Oil MLRA Race Director Ernie Leftwich. “We are all more than ready to bring these shows back this year to all the great fans in the area and beyond. These places are both big and fast and always put on great racing.”

Friday’s event pays $3,000 to win, while Saturday features a $5,000 top prize to the winner of the 50 lap feature. Jesse Stovall comes in on a two race winning streak and is a former Liberty 50 winner. Terry Phillips sits at the top of the standings, with Ryan Gustin just 22 markers back. Jason Utter, Jeremy Payne and RC Whitwell complete the balance of the top five.

Through the first eight races of the season, six different drivers have graced Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane.

Ryan Gustin and Tony Jackson Jr. are the two most current winners of these respective races, held in 2013. Gustin’s I-80 Speedway win in July of 2013, awarded him a provisional which he utilized to race to the lead of the Silver Dollar Nationals. Jackson’s Adams County Speedway win, put him in the points lead for the first time that season. He rolled on to capture the Lucas Oil MLRA championship.

Series points leader Terry Phillips is eying the weekend with anticipation. Phillips has knocked down several wins over the years at I-80 Speedway and is looking for hisfirst at Adams County Speedway.

“I-80 is one of my favorite tracks,” stated Phillips. “There are so many good cars there, the heats can be kind of tough with a bad draw, but the features are usually really good. The Kosiski’s always put on a good show. The track is wide and shaped good. It races really well.”Adams County Speedway has provided its share of challenges to Phillips over the years.

“I was leading there back in 2012 and Jesse Stovall passed me for the lead. The dirt there is really good. I like the speed we carry around it. It seems like the line changes quite a bit which is tough to keep up with.”

“We’re not having the best year overall,” Phillips concluded. “To be out front in the points makes me feel pretty good. I just go week to week and try not to race over my head or do something stupid. We’ll see how the points shake out in the fall.”

I-80 Speedway Information 6/26/15
Gates: 5:30 PM
Racing: 7:15 PM
Admission: Adults $20, Juniors (6-12) $5, Kids (5 and Under) FREE, Pit Pass $30
Support Classes: Nebraska 360 Sprints, Good Old Timers Racing Association
Website: I-80Speedway.com

Adams County Speedway Information 6/27/15
Gates: 5:00 PM
Racing: 7:00 PM
Admission: Adults $15, High School Age Kids $10, 7th Grade and Under FREE, Pit Pass $35
Support Classes: NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Divisions
Website: ACSpeeedway.com

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Stovall Wires Field in Carlson Clash Finale

June 1st, 2015

Jefferson, SD -Jesse Stovall bettered his Friday Carlson Clash finishing position, by one spot, Saturday, at Park Jefferson International Speedway. He wired the field and was never seriously challenged in winning his 6th career Lucas Oil MLRA feature event.

“It’s just awesome to be racing this well right now,” commented Stovall after the race. “We have these Black Diamond Race Cars rolling. It kind of brought my energy back up about racing. I know how hard it is to run good and win races and also how easy it is to fall down. Racing now on several different surfaces has proven to me how versatile this car is. I’m so glad we decided to make the trip here to race.”

Behind Stovall, Terry Phillips locked up second early. However, behind Phillips it was a complete free for all. With so many different fast lines on the speedway, drivers were able to maneuver where their particular car worked well and the racing was intense.

Kyle Berck made a host of changes during the afternoon to his Longhorn Chassis and advanced throughout the feature. Late in the running, he rolled to the bottom of Jason Utter and took control of third.

Utter, Rodney Sanders and Stormy Scott all raced in close quarters late. Utter had another good night running fourth. Rodney Sanders was the evening’s Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger with a 13 position gain to fifth.

Overall five drivers in the feature moved forward nine or more positions. Stovall’s margin of victory was 3.179 seconds. The race was slowed by only one yellow. It was a single car caution thrown for Dan Shepherd. 13 cars finished on the lead lap, and 19 were running at the end.

The three qualifying heats were won by Jesse Stovall, Jason Utter and Stormy Scott.

Saturday’s event at Park Jefferson International Speedway marked the 600th feature contested by the Lucas Oil MLRA. The first race took place on April 21, 1989, at the now closed Thunderbird Speedway in Muskogee, Oklahoma. It was won by Larry Phillips.

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Simpson Stands Tall at Park Jefferson

May 31st, 2015

Jefferson, SD -The stars all somewhat aligned Friday and there was finally a reprieve from the rain. The Lucas Oil MLRA raced at Park Jefferson International Speedway in Jefferson, South Dakota. Reigning series champion Chad Simpson had a good start to the season and bolstered it Friday with a win. It was his first Lucas Oil MLRA sanctioned win since April, 2013.

“We’ve got a lot of wins over the years,” said Simpson in Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane. “I think we finally got that monkey off our back. It feels good to finally win one. Now we can go after it.”

Several different drivers held the second spot during the feature. Jesse Stovall had just enough left at the end to hold on to second and continue his recent strong performance.

Terry Phillips lead early until Simpson moved in front of him exiting turn two. Phillips regained the lead briefly once more, but ended third.

“When we broke out there right away, I knew the top of one and two was going to be pretty good,” continued Simpson. “For some reason my car seemed to work really good on the bottom of three and four. It worked out good for us.”

With only one yellow flag, for Scott Lewis, during the main event, lapped traffic was prevalent through much of the race. Stovall closed the gap on Simpson but never made a push back for the lead.

Chris Spieker and Rodney Sanders completed the top five. The evening’s three heat races were won by Terry Phillips, Jesse Stovall and RC Whitwell. The 2nd Annual Carlson Clash wraps up Saturday with a $3,000 to win feature event. For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com.

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Whitwell Added to Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender List

May 30th, 2015

WHEATLAND, MO -2015 has brought a change for racer and team owner Al Humphrey. Last season he fielded a successful operation culminating in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year honor for his driver, Travis Dickes. Dickes has scaled his racing back this season, and Humphrey tapped Tucson, Arizona standout RC Whitwell to fill the ride just prior to the season opening in April.

Whitwell has made occasional starts with the Lucas Oil MLRA in previous seasons driving for Jeff Sires and Steve Rushin, but now will be in the seat of the #6 going forward. The team is taking a somewhat cautious approach to the year, but early results have been good for them. They made the first four races of the season and recorded a best finish of seventh. He currently sits fifth in the standings.

“Al asked me to drive for him out in Tucson at the Wild West Shootout earlier this season,” commented Whitwell. “I was already committed to another team, so I wasn’t able too. However once Arizona was over I reached out to him and just prior to the start of the year and we put a deal together. It’s still a little bit of a week to week deal, but everything is working out great so far.”

Whitwell had a change of pace last season. He served as a crew member for eight months with Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Champion Earl Pearson Jr. and his Bobby Labonte Racing team. While driving was out of the question he certainly felt the time away from the wheel was good for other aspects of his career.

“It was an awesome experience for me. Those guys really taught me about preparation. They have spares for almost everything, and they are in the trailer and ready to go at all times. All those guys in the series drive so hard too, it was really remarkable to see week in and week out. I also worked in the Longhorn Chassis shop and picked up quite a few things from there too.”

Whitwell’s resume is solid, boasting over 150 Modified wins and six track championships. Currently he holds 22 Late Model wins, but none of those are with the MLRA. His biggest triumph came in 2014 with the now defunct NDRL. He won the first event in their January Winter Extreme at USA Raceway.

“I am really happy about my opportunity here. We just need to get some shows in and some more experience under our belt.”

Humphrey fields Victory Circle and Lazer Race Cars with Kuntz & Company power plants. They receive sponsorship support from Al Humphrey Racing, BSB Manufacturing, Joyce Agronomics, Midwest Sheet Metal and Barnett Harley Davidson.

Whitwell joins Jake O’Neil, Jim Shereck and Dan Shepherd who are also vying for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year title. Racing resumes this weekend with a pair of shows at Park Jefferson International Speedway in Jefferson, South Dakota. Park Jeff. Int. Speedway Information 5/29/15 & 5/30/15

Gates: Both Days 5:00 PM

Racing: Friday 7:30 PM, Saturday 7:00 PM

Admission: Adults $20, Youth (6-16) $8, Kids (5 and Under) FREE, VIP Adults $35, Children (2-16) $15, Pit Pass $30

Support Classes: Friday – A Modifieds, Stock Cars, Bombers, Saturday – Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, Sport Compacts

Website: ParkJeffersonSpeedway.MyRacePass.com For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com.

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Mother Nature Wins

May 10th, 2015

WHEATLAND, MO – Mother Nature has spoken, this weekend’s three race swing across Iowa and Missouri, has been canceled. Due to heavy rain all week and thunderstorms forecast for the remainder of the weekend, Lucas Oil MLRA series officials have postponed the events and are currently working on a make-up plan. Stay tuned to the series website and social media pages for information on reschedule dates for Lee County Speedway, Davenport Speedway and Scotland County Speedway. For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series
website at www.MLRARacing.com.

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Three in a Row up Next for Lucas Oil MLRA Standouts

May 6th, 2015

WHEATLAND, MO -After a furious two weekend stretch during the beginning of April, the Lucas Oil MLRA is ready to welcome the month of May with a trio of shows slated to begin Thursday evening. Last season two of the most memorable features of the entire year were contested at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa and Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa. Those two tracks make up the first two legs of the swing. Saturday, action moves just south of the Iowa border to Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, Missouri.

Last season marked the first visit by the series to both Iowa tracks. There is a bit of history with the Lucas Oil MLRA at Scotland County Speedway, however the last race was contested there in 2006.

Ryan Gustin has won two of the first four races this season and currently sits at the top of the standings. Jeremy Payne and Terry Phillips are both within 30 markers of Gustin and sit second and third respectively. Jason Utter has started the year well and holds down fourth, while Tad Pospisil rounds out the top five.

Utter is attempting the series schedule in it’s entirety for the first time in his 13 year Late Model career. He has one Lucas Oil MLRA victory to his credit in a 2011 thriller at I-80 Speedway. Over the off-season he made some changes to his program. Most notably was his move to Black Diamond Chassis, the first ever chassis switch of his career.

“Our team had wanted to see what else was out there for quite a while,” said Utter, Tuesday morning from his Columbus Junction, Iowa shop. “I stewed on it for over a year. I was lucky enough to win this past year’s Tornado Tuesday at West Liberty Raceway. When we made it back to the trailer Ronnie Stuckey was the second one over to congratulate me. We talked for a while that night, and then had a chance encounter at PRI after the show was over one evening. I asked him if he would build us a car and the rest is history.”

Utter knows the importance of having someone to talk to about car specifics and feels that has made the difference in performance early on this season.

“We were always just so hit and miss in previous seasons. I just knew as much as Ronnie talked with us when we weren’t in his cars, that once we got one it would be a great fit!”

Utter is centrally located between both Lee County and Davenport Speedway. He has experience at both tracks and spoke highly of each. Scotland County Speedway will be new for him and a majority of the field Saturday evening. Utter receives support for his operation from Cox Design, Louisa Gold Farms and Wyffles Hybrids.

Lee County Speedway Information 5/7/15

Gates: 5:30 PM

Racing: Hot Laps 6:45 PM, Racing 7:15 PM

Admission: Adults $20, Kids (11-17) $10, Kids (10 and Under) FREE, Pit Pass $30

Support Classes: IMCA – Modifieds, Stock Cars, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, Sport Compacts

Website: LeeCountySpeedway.com

Davenport Speedway Information 5/8/15

Gates: 5:00 PM

Racing: Hot Laps 6:30 PM, Racing 7:00 PM

Admission: Adults $20, Seniors and Students $18, Kids (11 and Under) FREE, Pit Pass $30

Support Classes: IMCA – Modifieds, Stock Cars, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, Sport Compacts

Website: DavenportSpeedway.com

Scotland County Speedway Information 5/9/15

Gates: 5:00 PM

Racing: Hot Laps 6:45 PM, Racing 7:30 PM

Admission: Adults $20, Kids (11-17) $10, Kids (10 and Under) FREE, Pit Pass $30 For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com.

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Landers Dominates Spring Nationals Finale

April 15th, 2015

WHEATLAND, MO – Saturday’s Lucas Oil MLRA finale of the 2nd Annual Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com was a commanding performance by Jared Landers. Landers, who’s schedule changed mid-week with the announcement of the postponement of a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event in Mississippi, qualified on the DirtOnDirt.com pole. He set a torrid pace lapping up to the 12th place finisher in the feature.

The forty lap event ran caution free. Landers’ win is his first ever with the Lucas Oil MLRA and first ever at Lucas Oil Speedway. The event served as tune up for the Double L Motorsports team for the quickly approaching 23rd Annual Show Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com.

“It was a good car,” commented Landers in Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane. “It was a good car last night. This was the first time I’ve capitalized on a car that was good. Tonight we had nowhere to go but backwards, so I had to stay out there. The race track actually turned around from last night. I think they’ve got something to work with now. It’s gonna be a good race for the Show Me.”

Behind the leader there was furious scrum of three to five cars consistently jockeying for position. Once lapped traffic came into play positions were heavily contested all the way to the checkers. Will Vaught showed well in only his third race in a Rocket Chassis. He emerged with a runner up finish.

“We’re happy,” said Vaught following the race.” After last night, we struggled so bad and really didn’t have no luck. To come out and run second is alright.” Jason Utter qualified well and started 7th. He raced up near the front and finished the evening third in his Black Diamond Chassis. Jack Sullivan and Jesse Stovall completed the night’s top five finishers.

Prior to the event, during the four wide parade lap, all of the 26 feature starters released purple balloons in honor of Autism Awareness month in April. Several cars also sported Autism Awareness stickers while competing this weekend. The traditional black and white checkered flag was replaced with a blue and white flag to further raise awareness of the disorder.

Next up for the series is a busy three day weekend in Iowa and Missouri in early May. Ryan Gustin holds a 22 point lead over Jeremy Payne in the season standings. Terry Phillips, Jason Utter and Tad Pospisil round out the top five.

Late Pass Propels Gustin to Victor

April 14th, 2015

WHEATLAND, MO -It looked like Friday’s opening night of the 2nd Annual Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com was going to go to Jesse Stovall. He led the majority of the laps in the Lucas Oil MLRA sanctioned feature at Lucas Oil Speedway. Ryan Gustin made a late charge with 11 laps to go, on a restart, to conclude the evening in Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane.

“You just had to slow down so much to hit that bottom there,” commented Gustin. “I think Jesse missed it just a little bit and got tight. I just hit it right and got a good run down the backstretch and held him off. The restarts worked out in our favor.”

Stovall earned the DirtonDirt.com pole award, advancing from seventh, to win his heat. An expired engine cut his trip short last week to Nebraska. He was looking to turn it around this weekend at one of his best tracks. Stovall’s sizable lead was cut short late in the feature when Jeremy Payne brought out the races third yellow. Stovall ended the evening second.

“We’ve just had some terrible luck,” said Stovall. “These are a tough group of guys to race with. With Ryan and Billy and all these guys I knew I was going to have to go hard.”

Third place finisher Billy Moyer never led Friday, but ran in the runner up spot for a good portion of the race. Moyer was quick to credit Gustin for having a car which allowed him to move off the bottom and advance forward.

Chad Simpson shook off a tough opening weekend in Nebraska with a fourth place run. Jared Landers made his last minute trip pay off finishing fifth.

Early in the night there were five heats contested. Those wins went to; Jesse Stovall, Tony Jackson Jr., Will Vaught, Jack Sullivan and Jeremy Payne.

Saturday evening racing gets underway at 7:30 PM. The winner’s share of the purse is $3,000, with an extra $500 thrown in from Kenny’s Tile.

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.

2nd Annual MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com this Friday-Saturday, April 10th-11!

April 10th, 2015

WHEATLAND, MO – The signs of spring are all around us… the snow has melted… the flowers are blooming… and the ROARING, RIPPING THUNDER of dirt track racing is BACK at the Lucas Oil Speedway! The Lucas Oil MLRA Dirt Late Model Series makes its first appearance of 2015 as RacingJunk.com presents the 2nd Annual MLRA Spring Nationals this Friday and Saturday, April 10th-11th! See all your favorite drivers, including NASCAR star, Ken Schrader, battling their MLRA Logo way to a blazing finish! Start the racing year off right with the biggest party in town… Lucas Oil’s MLRA Dirt Late Model Racing Series…ONLY at the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO!

“The Spring MLRA event has always been a great show for our fans here in Wheatland and the 2-day format worked so well last year that we decided to make that an annual tradition.” stated Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson. “We’re very proud to partner with RacingJunk.com again for 2015 and are thrilled that NASCAR star Ken Schrader could once again make it for the weekend to compete with the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds.”

Be one of the first 500 fans through the gate both nights receive a free 2015 schedule magnet courtesy of City Magnet.

Stormy Scott, wheeling a Rowland Racing machine holds a narrow point lead in the MLRA standings after a pair of top-5 finishes at last weekend’s Spring Meltdown at I-80 Speedway. Jeremy Payne, Terry Phillips, Tad Pospisil, and Ryan Gustin round out the top-5. For the complete MLRA Points Standings and 2015 schedule, please visit www.mlra.com.

The Lucas Oil MLRA will run a complete show both nights with $2,000 on the line on Friday night followed by a $3,000 to win main event on Saturday plus the winning driver will be awarded a $500 bonus courtesy of Kenny’s Tile Racing.

In addition to the MLRA Late Models, NASCAR Star Ken Schrader leads a stellar field of Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds both nights as he makes his second career appearance at Lucas Oil Speedway. The Carson’s Corner Napa Auto Parts Factory Stocks will be in action as well with all three classes running complete shows each nights.

The USRA Modifieds will run a complete $500 to win show on Friday followed by a special $1,000 to win show on Saturday with both shows counting towards Track and National USRA Points. The Factory Stocks hit the dirt for $300 to win on Friday followed by a special $750 to win event courtesy of Elite Auto Repair on Saturday as both shows will also be counted toward 2015 track points. Each winning driver this weekend will also receive one entry per win into the Lawless Harley-Davidson Giveaway Bike valued at $10,000!

Saturday night will also include many great attractions and activities for the entire family at Lucas Oil Speedway. A driver autograph session will take place before hot laps with the Lucas Oil MLRA drivers on Saturday. Bounce Houses from Party Station, Buck’s Pork Rinds & Kettle Treats, Frog’s Sign Jr. Fan Club, CB Race Photo’s and much more! Don’t miss a minute of the racing action or a second of the fun this Friday and Saturday Night at Lucas Oil Speedway!

Be sure to pick your copy of the Souvenir Program this weekend to get a preview of the 2015 season plus check out the special coupons available inside.

An open practice session will be held on Thursday evening, April 9th from 6-9pm. Pit passes are $20 with FREE Grandstand admission. There will be pit concessions available and the Diamond Bar will be open after the practice session.

Friday, April 10th, 2015 Information Gates open at 5:00 PM Hot Laps at 7:00 PM and racing at 7:30 PM

Adults (16 and up) $15
Seniors (62 and up) $12
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $30
Pit Pass $30

Saturday, April 11th, 2015 Information
Gates open at 5:00 PM Hot Laps at 7:00 PM and racing at 7:30 PM

Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up) $15
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40
Pit Pass $35

A limited number of VIP Suites are available for Saturday’s event. Please contact LaRay Hankins at (417) 282-5984 or via email at laray@lucasoilspeedway.com [mailto:laray@lucasoilspeedway.com].

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Click HERE to download and print the complete 2015 Lucas Oil Speedway Event Schedule.

Please visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for the most up to date information about “America’s New Motorsports Destination”, Lucas Oil Speedway.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, MO. 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.

Race fans can go to www.LucasOilSpeedway.com  to view the complete schedule for Lucas Oil Speedway’s 2015 season once posted, find detailed event information, get the latest news, and get complete ticket and campsite information. In addition, fans can 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. 2015 marks the 5th 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 2015.

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 Stores ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Factory Stocks and the Tri-Lakes RV USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

2nd Annual MLRA Spring Nationals @ Lucas Oil Speedway April 10th & 11th

Gustin Grabs Lead Late at I-80 Speedway

April 5th, 2015

Greenwood, NE -A chilly Friday night at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska provided no shortage of excitement as the Lucas Oil MLRA opened their 2015 campaign at the Kosiski family’s friendly confines. Ryan Gustin made a bold pass off turn four on lap 20 of 25, and held off the field with a two lap restart to secure the win.

“I was just trying to be patient there early,” said Gustin. “Overall it was a really good night for us. I didn’t really know if we had anything for him (Terry Phillips) until we got in lapped traffic. You’ve got to be there at the end and finish.”

Terry Phillips, the DirtOnDirt.com polesitter, led the majority of the race but lapped traffic slowed his pace as the race wore on. Gustin was never challenged once he passed for the lead. Phillips had a close call at the race’s outset. Outside front row starter Brian Kosiski made contact with the #75 and cost both of them the lead.

“Sometimes when you are in the lead you are a sitting duck,”stated Phillips following the race. “All in all we had a good car. I haven’t even run second all year, so it wasn’t even a bad run for us.”

Kosiski was in the midst of his best ever run with the series, when he stalled exiting turn four and had to be towed off the track with two laps to go.

Stormy Scott rolled from eighth in the main event and bobbed in and out of lapped traffic to record a strong third place finish in his Rowland Racing Club 29 Car.

Heat race wins went to Chris Spieker, Brian Kosiski, Terry Phillips, Denny Eckrich and Jeremy Payne. 45 cars signed in to compete in the season opening event.

Saturday action gets underway right around 6 PM. The Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models are the headlining attraction with a $5,000 to win top prize on the line.

Cubby’s Chase to the Silver Dollar Nationals Details

April 4th, 2015

WHEATLAND, MO– -I-80 Speedway has established the Cubby’s Chase to the Silver Dollar Nationals race to be held on Friday, July 17. The race will be held after all other Silver Dollar National events have been concluded on that night. To qualify points will be awarded for both nights of the Spring Meltdown (April 3 & 4) as well as the Alphabet Soup Race on June 26. Each winner of these three races is automatically qualified into the chase. If a driver repeats as a winner, then the runner-up to that driver in his second win qualifies.

Feature race points for all three races will be awarded as follows: (second) 100 (third) 96 (fourth) 94 and then a drop of two points per position for the rest of the A feature. First place will receive no points as they are automatically qualified for the Chase. All other cars will receive 40 points.

The top four in Chase points (not including the winners) also qualify for the Chase. The top two in each series (CBC, MLRA, SLMR) points (not including any of the above) are also qualified. Finally, the winners of the following SLMR Super Series races (Friday, June 5 at I-80 Speedway, Saturday, June 6 at Adams County Speedway, Thursday, July 2 at US 30 Speedway and Thursday, July 16 at I-80) also qualify for the Chase race. If a driver is a previous winner then we will take the runner-up to that driver in his second win. Finally, the driver receiving the most votes in the Cubby’s fan favorite voting will be added to the field.

To set the field for the Chase, there will be two drawings. The following drivers will be in the first draw for the first ten starting positions. The winner’s of the following races (Spring Meltdown both April 3 & April 4, the Alphabet Soup, the June 5 SLMR race, June 6 SLMR race, and the July 2 SLMR) plus the top four in chase points. Lucky Fans as they are chosen will draw for the drivers.

The second draw will be for the last eight starting spots and will include the top two points provisionals from the each of the CBC, MLRA and SLMR plus the July 16 Billy’s Cafe SLMR winner and the fan’s favorite driver. Again Lucky Fans as they are chose will draw for the drivers.

The purse for the Chase race will pay as follows: $2,000, 1,300, 1,000, 750, 600,500, 450, 400, 300, 300, 300, 300, 200, 200, 200, 200, 200, 200 for a possible total of $9,600.

The Chase race will feature three six-lap segments. We will start with 18 cars in the first segment, race for six laps, throw the yellow, the last six cars in the field will be sent pitside, the lineups confirmed and the second segment restarted, two abreast with twelve cars for six more laps and then the yellow waves again and the field is reduced to eight, then the lineups are set two abreast and the final six laps are completed.

18 lucky fans will be paired up with the 18 drivers. You can enter the Cubby’s Lucky Fan contest with your purchase receipt at the Cubby’s Greenwood Truck Plaza located across from I-80 Speedway at 13604 238th Street, Greenwood, NE.

17 Lucky Fans will be receiving a $50 gift certificate from Cubbys with the fan who is paired up with the winning driver receiving a $100 gift certificate. 17 of the drivers in the Cubby’s Chase to the Silver Dollar Nationals will be receiving a $50 gift certificate from Cubbys with the winner of the race receiving a $200 gift certificate.

Cubby’s involvement is part of Cubby’s Silver Dollar Nationals open house. The whole week of the Silver Dollar Nationals Cubby’s will be giving a discount of five (5) cents per gallon off gasoline or diesel (If paid for in Cash). This is Cubbys way of saying Thanks to the fans.

I-80 Speedway is located one block north of Interstate 80 Exit 420, halfway between Omaha and Lincoln. The Physical Address is 13909 – 238th Street, Greenwood, NE. For more information, visit www.i-80speedway.com or call (402)-342-3453. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. The Lucas Oil MLRA roars back to action April 3-4 for the Annual Spring Meltdown at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska. It marks the first of three stops at the
Kosiski family oval for the season.

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.

Spring Meltdown Drawing Near

April 2nd, 2015

WHEATLAND, MO -After a busy off-season, the Lucas Oil MLRA is fired up and ready to go for the 2015 campaign. The 27th rendition looks to be possibly the strongest for one of the county’s most seasoned tours. There is a stellar group of drivers who are eying the $15,000 top prize for the overall championship. Also impressive are the four rookies who have thrown their name in the hat for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year honor.

Racing gets started this weekend Friday, April 3, and Saturday, April 4. The Annual trek to I-80 Speedway for the Spring Meltdown has been a staple of the schedule for the past several seasons. An addition this year is the Saturday night purse increase to $5,000 to win. Friday will also be a complete show paying $2,000 to win.

“This season is really shaping up as something special,” commented Series Director Dan Robinson. “We have more marketing partner, track and driver interest than I can remember in quite some time. Over the off-season Ernie Leftwich and I worked hard to put a solid schedule together. Now we are ready to see it all come together.”

I-80 Seedway has been a staple of the early season Lucas Oil MLRA schedule. The Kosiski’s 4/10 mile oval has hosted the series lid lifter six of the past 10 years. Known for the Silver Dollar Nationals, I-80 Speedway will host the Lucas Oil MLRA a total of five times this season.

A new twist this year at I-80 Speedway is the Cubby’s Chase to the Silver Dollar Nationals. Through various qualifying stipulations, 18 drivers will make the field for the final race of the night on Friday of the Silver Dollar Nationals. Drivers competing this weekend and also at the Alphabet Soup race in June are eligible. The knockout style 18 lap race will pay $2,000 to win. Look for a follow up release with all of the specific details.

I-80 Speedway Information 4/3/15 & 4/4/15
Racing: 7:15 PM Friday & 5:55 PM Saturday
Admission: Adults $20 Friday & $25 Saturday, Kids (6-12) $5, Age 5 and under FREE
Support Classes: 360 Sprints, A-Mods, Stock Cars
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.

Performance Bodies Steps up for MLRA Competitors

March 29th, 2015

WHEATLAND, MO -Cedar Falls, Iowa based Performance Bodies has supported the Lucas Oil MLRA on a regular basis for many seasons. Series officials are elated to announce the agreement has grown to a multi-year partnership, with more offered to the racers than ever before. There will not only be nightly winners of Performance Bodies products, but also a special prize at the yearend banquet.

“Performance Bodies is proud to partner with the Lucas Oil MLRA once again for the 2015 racing season. Dan, Ernie and the entire MLRA staff do a phenomenal job promoting the series,” exclaimed Scott Braun President of Performance Bodies.

“We’re excited to announce that our commitment to the contingency awards program, for the MLRA competitors, has more than doubled this year. For the 2015 race season, Performance Bodies will offer the Performance Bodies Performer of the Race a complete MD3 Evolution Nosepiece Package, which includes the nosepiece, a pair of Molded Dirt Fenders, an Aero Valance and Headlight Graphic Package.”

To keep track of the award winners throughout the season, a special page will be created on the series official website, MLRARacing.com to track the Performance Bodies Performer of the Race. Fans will be able to visit the website the first of every week following events, and stay up to date on the award winners.

“To see Performance Bodies step up like they have this year is just amazing,” commented Series Director Dan Robinson. “It’s really a testament to our great racers, outstanding events and all the fans who support the Lucas Oil MLRA.”

Performance Bodies has been in business over 35 years. They have become an industry leader in Aluminum Stock Car Body Manufacturing. They also stock a warehouse full of racecar parts.

A staple of the company has been their Legendary Same Day Shipping. All parts ordered during business hours leave the same day. Performance Bodies also offers a full online store for those who want to browse anytime.

The Lucas Oil MLRA roars back to action April 3-4 for the Annual Spring Meltdown at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska. It marks the first of three stops at the Kosiski family oval for the season. 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.

Victory Lane Sweeter Than Ever with Andy’s Frozen Custard!

March 13th, 2015

WHEATLAND, MO – Lucas Oil MLRA and Lucas Oil Speedway officials are pleased to welcome the world’s largest dessert only franchise, Andy’s Frozen Custard, to an increased role in 2015. Originally partnered with the wildly popular
text program for both entities, Andy’s partnership has grown to include Victory Lane naming rights for the coming year at all Lucas Oil MLRA and Speedway events.

“Andy’s Frozen Custard has been an outstanding supporter of racing in the Midwest Andy’s Logo  for many years,” commented Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager and Lucas Oil MLRA Series Director Dan Robinson. “We are thrilled they wanted to be a part of our Victory Lane all season. Andy’s Frozen Custard is the leader in their market, just like our race winners on the track. The pairing couldn’t be better.”

Andy’s Frozen Custard traces its roots back to Osage Beach, Missouri nearly thirty years ago. One storefront evolved into 23 currently, with plans to double the amount of locations between corporate and franchise stores in the next 24-48 months. Among the markets currently boasting stores, many are in close proximity to Lucas Oil MLRA events. Lucas Oil Speedway is situated with six stores in an hour or less radius.

“We’ve gotten to know Dan over the past several years and are fans of Lucas Oil, the track and MLRA,” stated Andy’s Frozen Custard Director of Corporate Operations Todd Arth. “Our founder, the Late John Kuntz was a big fan of racing. We want to carry that on, while also establishing a next level marketing program.”

Andy’s Frozen Custard first entered the dirt racing industry as a partner to two-time Lucas Oil MLRA Champion Terry Phillips. The relationship has been strong for over ten years now. Arth noted the desire for additional exposure and brand presence at events where Phillips is scheduled to compete.

“We feel like this really takes our motorsports marketing full circle, we have a little more to go along with our car on the track. We all love to watch Terry compete. John’s wife Carol is still a big fan or racing too, as are all of us. We’re serious about our support of racing and would like to extend a special invitation to all motorsports fans to join us for some fresh frozen custard soon!”

Learn more about Andy’s Frozen Custard by visiting their website; EatAndys.com.

The 2015 Lucas Oil Speedway season kicks off on April 9th-11th with the 2nd Annual MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com.

Please visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com  for the most up to date information about “America’s New Motorsports Destination”, Lucas Oil Speedway.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, MO. 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.

Race fans can go to www.LucasOilSpeedway.com  to view the complete schedule for Lucas Oil Speedway’s 2015 season once posted, find detailed event information, get the latest news, and get complete ticket and campsite information.

In addition, fans can 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. 2015 marks the 5th 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 2015.

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 Stores ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Factory Stocks and the Tri-Lakes RV USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Victory Lane Sweeter Than Ever with Andy’s Frozen Custard

March 12th, 2015

WHEATLAND, MO-Lucas Oil MLRA and Lucas Oil Speedway officials are pleased to welcome the world’s largest dessert only franchise, Andy’s Frozen Custard, to an increased role in 2015. Originally partnered with the wildly popular text program for both entities, Andy’s partnership has grown to include Victory Lane naming rights for the coming year at all Lucas Oil MLRA and Speedway events.

“Andy’s Frozen Custard has been an outstanding supporter of racing in the Midwest for many years,” commented Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager and Lucas Oil MLRA Series Director Dan Robinson. “We are thrilled they wanted to be a part of our Victory Lane all season. Andy’s Frozen Custard is the leader in their market, just like our race winners on the track. The pairing couldn’t be better.”

Andy’s Frozen Custard traces its roots back to Osage Beach, Missouri nearly thirty years ago. One storefront evolved into 23 currently, with plans to double the amount of locations between corporate and franchise stores in the next 24-48 months. Among the markets currently boasting stores, many are in close proximity to Lucas Oil MLRA events. Lucas Oil Speedway is situated with six stores in an hour or less radius.

“We’ve gotten to know Dan over the past several years and are fans of Lucas Oil, the track and MLRA,” stated Andy’s Frozen Custard Director of Corporate Operations Todd Arth. “Our founder, the Late John Kuntz was a big fan of racing. We want to carry that on, while also establishing a next level marketing program.”

Andy’s Frozen Custard first entered the dirt racing industry as a partner to two-time Lucas Oil MLRA Champion Terry Phillips. The relationship has been strong for over ten years now. Arth noted the desire for additional exposure and brand presence at events where Phillips is scheduled to compete.

“We feel like this really takes our motorsports marketing full circle, we have a little more to go along with our car on the track. We all love to watch Terry compete. John’s wife Carol is still a big fan or racing too, as are all of us. We’re serious about our support of racing and would like to extend a special invitation to all motorsports fans to join us for some fresh frozen custard soon!”

Learn more about Andy’s Frozen Custard by visiting their website; EatAndys.com.

The Lucas Oil MLRA roars back to action April 3-4 for the Annual Spring Meltdown at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska. It marks the first of three stops at the Kosiski family oval for the season. 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.

Eckrich & Lewis Back Again, Skelton Added to Sunoco Rookie List

March 5th, 2015

WHEATLAND, MO -Two additional drivers have declared their intentions to race with the Lucas Oil MLRA in 2015, and one newcomer is also in the fold. Veteran Iowa standout, Dave Eckrich joins 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year winner Scott Lewis, from Colorado, as the latest to return to the tour. Alvord, Texas driver Farrel (Gene) Skelton joins a quickly growing list of candidates in the race for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year honor.

Eckrich, a Lucas Oil MLRA feature winner and regular over the past few seasons, has two Barry Wright Race Cars and several Grove Automotive power plants at the ready. He is entering his 20th season behind the wheel of a Dirt Late Model. This season will be a little different for Eckrich as he lost good friend and supporter, Bill Hausz.

“Losing Bill was really tough last year, and still is,” commented Eckrich. “We are gearing up for the season though. We are going to have all the same help; it’s just going to be a little harder without Bill. We had a lot of adversity last year, but in spite of it all the cars worked pretty well for us. We have made some small tweaks, which we are looking forward to trying.”

Eckrich is in an interesting position with his race program as the family run business, Precision Performance, specializes in helping customers elevate their racing programs. Eckrich is continually testing shocks in search of the next package to offer a boost in performance, conducting a lot of his own research and development for the company.

“The shock deal is a big part of our business. I have new stuff on the car constantly, and there is no question it hurts our consistency at times. We have times where we will try 8 or 9 different combinations and maybe only hit on it once.”

Shocks aside, Eckrich spoke highly about the opportunity to race at both Farley and West Liberty, Iowa in early August. The two consecutive $10,000 to win shows are in a close proximity to his shop, and West Liberty is a place he has a lot of experience over the years. The Silver Dollar Nationals also ranks high on his favorites list.

Eckrich receives support from Precision Performance, BDI Loctite, Grove Automotive and Noel’s Tree & Crane.

A rookie year on a new tour is always a big task no matter the driver. Scott Lewis handled the challenge admirably and walked away with the spoils courtesy of Sunoco Race Fuel. Reloaded and ready, Lewis made a pretty significant change to his program over the winter, purchasing a new Rocket Chassis and Custom Race Engine.

“Last year everything went like we expected it with an older car and new tracks,” said Lewis. “We learned a lot and are much more confident heading into the season.”

Lewis was the long tow winner at most, if not all stops last season. He noted the travel was never really much of an issue, except for the Thursday evening practices were tough for the team to make. Races over 30 laps were also mostly new to Lewis, so there are a number of reasons for his optimism.

Key supporters for the team include All-Pro Automotive & Machine, A Better Hardwood Floor, Overnight Wraps, Irishman Trucking & Excavating, Custom Race Engines and Gibtec Racing Systems.

New to the Lucas Oil MLRA but certainly not new to racing is Farrel (Gene) Skelton. Skelton began racing back in 1973 in the Street Stock division. He competed for 8 years straight, before getting out of the seat to raise a family. When Skelton’s son began racing in 2000 he got involved again. Coming out of retirement in 2012 after a 32 year absence, Skelton got behind the wheel once again.

“MLRA has the best regional talent of any series in the country,” commented Skelton. “We can really see how we stack up and better ourselves. I’ve always enjoyed big challenges and this will be one. This is pipedream for an old man. I’m looking forward to it!”

Skelton’s Rayburn Chassis is powered by a Wells Racing Engine and he receives support form Skelton Racing and a long-time friend, Mongoose.

The Lucas Oil MLRA roars back to action April 3-4 for the Annual Spring Meltdown at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska. It marks the first of three stops at the Kosiski family oval for the season. 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.

Lakeside Speedway Added to Lucas Oil MLRA Schedule

March 7th, 2015

WHEATLAND, MO-The Lucas Oil MLRA is pleased to announce its return to Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas this coming season. The 4/10 mile oval sits just north of Kansas Speedway and has hosted the Lucas Oil MLRA every season
since its conversion to dirt in 2000, less the 2011 season which was flooded out, and last year. The 2015 show will run over Labor Day weekend on Friday, September 4th, setting up a two show weekend. The following night moves to Lucas Oil Speedway for the Larry Phillips Memorial.

“Lakeside Speedway is a fan and driver favorite,” commented MLRA Race Director Ernie Leftwich. “We’ve raced there so much over the years; it really felt awkward not going there last season. I’m so appreciative of the Mars family for booking this race. It also fills a gap in our schedule and makes for an outstanding weekend of racing.”

The return to Lakeside will also mark the Lucas Oil MLRA’s 30th feature there. Terry Phillips leads all drivers with seven of his series leading 109 wins at Lakeside. Kyle Berck and Chad Lyle are next in line with three victories each. John Anderson and Chris Simpson each have won twice. Twelve drivers have all graced Lakeside Victory Lane once.

Lakeside Speedway General Manager Pete Howey added; “We’re very excited for our race fans. The MLRA hasn’t been to Lakeside in a while now. We’re putting together several great shows this season to make the Lakeside experience fun for the whole family.”

The Lucas Oil MLRA roars back to action April 3-4 for the Annual Spring Meltdown at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska. It marks the first of three stops at the Kosiski family oval for the season. 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.

O’Neil and Sherek Enter Sunoco Rookie Chase

February 19th, 2015

WHEATLAND, MO -With less than two months to go before the Lucas Oil MLRA fires up its season, two more drivers have chosen to enter the Sunoco Race Fuels Rookie of the Year battle. Both are relatively new to dirt Late Model racing and graduates of the Modified division.

Twenty-two year old, Jake O’Neil from Tucson, Arizona is ready for the season on the road with the Lucas Oil MLRA. The team only raced a minimal amount last season in preparation for the coming year. With four years under his belt, O’Neil began in the X-Mod division which is nearly an equivalent car to the traditional B-Mod. From there he progressed to the Modified ranks, scoring his career biggest win of $5,000 in 2013 at Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo, Texas.

“There is zero Super Late Model racing out here,” commented O’Neil on his decision to run a schedule so far east of his hometown. “I had two choices, I could run IMCA around here or take the program east. The only way to get better is to run against good cars. I really am excited to see all these new places and surfaces. I’ve probably won around 20 races in my career, but have only competed at seven different tracks, so I’m ready to see new things.”

Helping O’Neil this year is; Red Eye Radiator, Sierra Mining & Crushing, Beck Carburation, LG2 by Owens and 51 Media and Graphics.

Competing alongside O’Neil and previously announced Dan Shepherd, is St.Charles Missouri driver Jim Sherek. Sherek is a 25 year veteran of dirt racing, but until 2014 had never raced in the division full time. Sherek competed locally in the hotbed of weekly Super Late Model racing in the St.Louis area until making this jump for 2015.

“The MLRA just looked like a better fit for us this year,” commented Sherek. “My crew chief, Mark, is from Nebraska and has family there. We are familiar with the Lake of the Ozarks area and southern Missouri so that is a plus too.”

Sherek runs Barry Wright Race Cars with Clements Engines, and is certain they have enough equipment to make the entire year. He receives his primary support from Illinois businessman John Kuebler and also owns four IMO’S Pizza franchises.

“We ran our first MLRA show back in 2013 at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City and we had a great time. I like the limited tire rule and also the schedule of events. I’m just another guy trying to have some fun.”

Sherek holds 113 career wins in the Modified division, including three victories in a row at the Springfield Mile, Volusia Speedway during Speedweeks and also the 4 Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway.

The Lucas Oil MLRA roars back to action April 3-4 for the Annual Spring Meltdown at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska. It marks the first of three stops at the Kosiski family oval for the season

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.

$2,500 in Bonus Checks to be Distributed at Select MLRA Events

February 15th, 2015

WHEATLAND, MO -Kenny’s Tile Racing, based in Grandview, Missouri has partnered with Lucas Oil MLRA and Lucas Oil Speedway to offer a $500 Winner’s Bonus at five events at Lucas Oil Speedway during the 2015 season.

The following Lucas Oil MLRA races at Lucas Oil Speedway will see an increase in the winner’s paycheck:
*April 11th – MLRA Spring Nationals – $500.00 Bonus to the Feature Winner
*May 21st – MLRA Cowboy Classic – $500.00 Bonus to the Feature Winner
*May 23rd – LOLMDS/MLRA Show Me 100 – $500.00 Bonus to the Feature Winner
*July 11th – LOLMDS/MLRA Diamond National – $500.00 Bonus to the Feature Winner
*September 5th – MLRA Larry Phillips Memorial – $500.00 Bonus to the Feature Winner

“Kenny’s Tile Racing was formed with the singular purpose of helping to spread the word of racing and to also do what we can to support the local racing community,” stated Kenny’s Tile General Manager Brad Barlow. “We appreciate the sacrifices racers and their families make on a weekly basis to participate in the sport we all love. We hope to help those racers to be able to continue to follow their dreams. We also hope to help all local track promoters, owners and racing internet broadcasters by raising interest in the local racer and therefore encouraging more fans to come out and follow those racers who work diligently every week to put on a great show.”

Kenny’s Tile is a family owned business dating back to 1954. They are celebrating their 61st year in business, and currently Travis Siebert oversees the operation which does much more than just tile. They also offer and install hardwood flooring, granite countertops, natural stone, staircase remodel, carpet, custom whirlpool bathtubs made right in their own factory in Grandview, MO, as well as accessible interiors.

Kenny’s Tile has also been an ardent supporter of short-track racing in many facets for several years. Travis’s son Austin Siebert competes regularly with the Lucas Oil MLRA in the Kenny’s Tile Rocket Chassis. Siebert is also a winner at Lucas Oil Speedway in the Pitts Homes USRA Modified division.

Visit Kenny’s Tile online at www.KennysTile.com and follow Kenny’s Tile Racing on Facebook for more information.

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.

Chad Simpson Set to Defend 2014 MLRA Championship

January 25th, 2015

WHEATLAND, MO – 2014 Lucas Oil MLRA Champion Chad Simpson and his Brinkman Motorsports team put together an amazingly consistent season culminating with the series championship. It was a first for the driver and team. Through the early part of the off-season the team hinted they would like to return, but remained non-committal until recently. Late last week on Simpson’s website, ChadSimpsonRacing.com he announced their plans to vie for a second straight Lucas Oil MLRA title.

“In the off-season we sit back and see how everything looks and fits,” said Simpson. “MLRA’s early schedule release helps all of us get our vacation days locked in. It also looks favorable for our home base, with several shows around us.”

Simpson finished the year piloting Victory Circle Race Cars. He will begin the season in the same brand, along with Jay Dickens Engines. Gus Farmer returns for his second year as Simpson’s Crew Chief. Waylon Schultz will also be back to assist, along with Team Owners Bud and Denise Brinkman.

“Dan and Ernie really do a good job running the entire series too,” Simpson further elaborated. “It’s really professional. They run it just like the Lucas Oil Late Model Series. We know how everything works and the money we are racing for. Things like that are important to us.”

When asked if anything less than another title would be viewed as a disappointment, Simpson simply stated, “I ain’t going out there to lose it!”

The 2015 campaign gets underway April 3 & 4 with the Annual Spring Meltdown at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska. The following weekend will move south to Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri for the 2nd Annual Spring Nationals. Those two weekends will round out the tour’s opening month of scheduled events. 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.

Dan Shepherd First to Commit for Sunoco Rookie of the Year Chase

December 24th, 2014

Wheatland, MO -For the third year in a row, Sunoco Race Fuels will present the Lucas Oil MLRA Rookie of the Year program. Travis Dickes and Scott Lewis each captured the honor the past two seasons. As we move closer to 2015 and the start of the season, the first name has been thrown in the hat to challenge for the award and its spoils.

Denver, Colorado’s Dan Shepherd recently declared his intentions to follow the tour. Shepherd has 12 previous years of racing experience, but less than 50 total starts in a Late Model, by his estimation. Shepherd has won some heats and trophy dashes, but the Dirt Late Model checkered flag has eluded him to this point.

Shepherd’s story is not the typical racers bio. He started a trucking company 24 years ago in the Denver area, and raced off and on at I-76 Speedway and the now defunct Rocky Mountain Speedway, both in his home state. Shepherd began with the Econo division and then moved onto Super Stocks.

His introduction to Late Models came when he purchased a car from Kelly Boen. However, at the same time his trucking business, Shepherd Enterprises, began to demand more of his time and the focus was never completely on the racing program. There was even a stretch where Shepherd sat completely idle for a few seasons.

Armed with two brand new 2015 Rocket Chassis, and 3 fresh Jay Dickens power plants, Shepherd is certainly up to the task equipment wise. His children are now at the point where they can oversee the 80 trucks the family has on the road.

“I’m really looking forward to this challenge,” said an excited Shepherd. “I’m of an age where I can finally focus on racing. This is something I’ve always wanted to do, but it was important that my business be in a position to succeed without me looking over it all day, every day. I also knew I had to be able to afford to do it the right way, or it wasn’t worth pursuing. It seems like everything is in place right now. I’m looking to run against great competition with guys who race clean.”

Shepherd chuckled as he continued, “I know this series will be tough, but I didn’t sign up for a bowling league!” His #68 carries sponsorship from Shepherd Enterprises, Kuchar Electric and TRB Excavatiing. Former Boen crew member Doug Hoffman will fill the role of Crew Chief, and Johnathan Lindquist will assist Hoffman in prepping the equipment in the shop and at the track.

Once again the Sunoco Rookie of the Year will pay the winner six barrels of fuel and a $2,500 check, in addition to the series point fund and contingencies. Second place will receive $1,500, with third collecting a $500 check.

“Sunoco Race Fuels have made a huge impact on our rookie program over the past two seasons,” said Series Director Dan Robinson. “We are thankful to renew this partnership for another season. It helps us attract new teams to the series, and we appreciate their support immensely.”

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 .

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MLRA Adds Two $10,000 to Win Blockbuster Shows in Iowa

December 18th, 2014

Wheatland, MO -With an extremely successful PRI Trade Show in the rear view mirror, the Lucas Oil MLRA is pleased to announce a pair of new dates to the 2015 schedule. The series will break new ground in the state of Iowa with a pair of standalone $10,000 to win races at Farley Speedway in Farley, Iowa on Monday, August 3rd, and West Liberty Raceway in West Liberty, Iowa on Tuesday, August 4th. Keith Simmons, owner of Simmons Promotions, has overseen each of those two tracks along with Dubuque Fair Speedway for the last 14 years.

Fans familiar with Dirt Late Model racing might recall the Tuesday race at West Liberty as “Tornado Tuesday.” Built on a decade’s worth of success with that particular race, Simmons is expanding to include another night at Farley. There is not an official name for the event yet as he is finalizing details on his end.

“I couldn’t be more excited to bring the Lucas Oil MLRA to a pair of new tracks, offering that kind of payout to our drivers,” commented MLRA Race Director Ernie Leftwich. “I think we had an awesome schedule assembled and then with the addition of these two dates, it really puts it over the top.”

Farley Speedway consists of both a 1/2 mile and 3/8 mile track. In August, the race will be contested on the 3/8 mile track. According to Simmons, Farley is one of only four privately held dirt tracks in the state. It offers incredible amenities to fans including skybox viewing and Musco lightning. The track is wide and racy, with a 16,000 sq. ft. banquet facility on the grounds too.

West Liberty Raceway is a throwback to a generation of racing gone by. It has a 1930′s style covered grandstand, with a top notch surface and intense action. The 1/2 mile track is located on the Muscatine County Fairgrounds.

“We we’re really looking for more of a dynamic event,” commented Simmons. “The Lucas Oil MLRA offers a great package to promoters and they have an excellent core group of racers following their series. We are really looking to start a new tradition here in our area and beyond. Our goal is to build these two races into one mega event for years to come.”

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.

2015 MLRA Schedule Announced

November 24th, 2014

Wheatland, MO – As the Lucas Oil MLRA looks forward to their 27th consecutive season of Dirt Late Model racing, Lucas Oil MLRA Officials are pleased to release the following 2015 Schedule. The 2015 schedule includes 23 confirmed dates with additional dates still in process. “Ernie Leftwich (Lucas Oil MLRA Competition Director) has worked really hard the last couple of seasons to tailor a schedule that works well in this region as we continue to provide our drivers desirable racing weekends which provides our fans the opportunity to take in the nation’s premier dirt late model regional touring series at many great venues.” commented Lucas Oil MLRA Series Director Dan Robinson. “2015 will once again see a great mix of events within a couple hours either side of Kansas City.”

The 27th season of MLRA action will get underway on April 3rd and 4th at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, NE for the annual Spring Meltdown. Not only is this the first race of the 2015 MLRA season, this also begins a new element, the “Chase to the Silver Dollar Nationals”. The Chase to the SDN is a race within a race for Super Late Models as qualifying will begin with the April 3rd-4th MLRA event at the Kosiski family promoted speed plant and will culminate with a special knockout style feature event on Friday, July 17th immediately after the super late model double qualifiers are complete. The event will pay $2,000 to win/$200 to start event for the top 16 qualifiers
throughout the season at select I-80 Speedway SLM events. Additional details can be found at www.I-80Speedway.com.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts the second weekend of racing action with the return of the 2nd Annual MLRA Spring Nationals on April 10th-11th which was expanded into a 2-day show in 2014. Lucas Oil Speedway has spent the early off-season hauling in hundreds of loads of new clay to improve the racing surface and reshape the racetrack as well as additional aesthetic improvements including the addition of concrete roads, improved drainage, and grass to the infield thus an open practice is also scheduled for Thursday, April 2nd as drivers take the track for the first time
in 2015 in it’s updated configuration.

As the temps warm up in May so does the on track action beginning with a 3-day jaunt through Iowa set for May 7th-9th starting with a trip to the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa on May 7th followed by the 2nd Annual Short Track Challenge at Davenport Speedway on May 8th and concluding with a visit to Scotland County Speedway in Memphis, Missouri on May 9th.

Attention shifts back to Lucas Oil Speedway on Memorial Day Weekend as the first Dirt Late Model Crown Jewel event of the season kicks off on Thursday night, May 21st with the 2nd Annual MLRA Cowboy Classic with $5,045 going to the winner followed by the 23rd Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 on Friday-Saturday. The Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com will once again pay $30,000 to the winner in the annual event co-sanctioned with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and will be scheduled for television broadcast on CBS and MAVTV.

Park Jefferson Speedway in Park Jefferson, South Dakota returns to the MLRA calendar after a brief hiatus on May 29th-30th as the 2nd Annual Carlson Clash garners MLRA sanctioning in 2015.

Five races in June are highlighted by a 3-day tour beginning at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa on June 11th followed by stops at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa on June 12th and a return visit to the Randolph County Speedway in Moberly, Missouri on June 13th. I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, NE and Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa will wind up the month on June 26th and 27th with the annual Alphabet Soup Race and the Liberty 50 respectively. The Alphabet Soup race at I-80 is scheduled to be one of the races included in the previously noted “Chase to the Silver Dollar Nationals”.

An Independence Day weekend blowout on July 3rd and 4th at the Salina Highbanks Speedway for the “2nd Annual Freedom Classic” will begin the month of July after a very successful inaugural visit to the David Edwards promoted facility in 2014. The stars of the MLRA will once again team up with the stars of the LOLMDS at both Lucas Oil Speedway for the “9th Annual CMH Diamond Nationals” on July 11th followed by one of the most anticipated events of the season on July 16th-18th at the I-80 Speedway for the Silver Dollar Nationals.

The series final weekend in Nebraska is August 7th and 8th at Junction Motor Speedway for the annual “King of the Hill Challenge” at the Delmar Freisen promoted facility.

A new name will adorn the series’ annual Labor Day weekend visit to Lucas Oil Speedway as the Larry Phillips Memorial gains MLRA sanctioning and will be relocated to the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks”, Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday, September 5th as part of the CBS televised Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series National event.

With a break in the schedule in September to allow MLRA competitors a chance at competing in the World 100 and the Knoxville Late Model Nationals, the 2015 Lucas Oil MLRA Champion will be crowned at the series’ final event of the season, the “2nd Annual MLRA Fall Nationals” on October 8th-10th at Lucas Oil Speedway with the weekend to inlclude an open practice session followed by a $3,000 and a $5,000 to win main event on Friday and Saturday respectively.

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2015 MLRA (Tentative) Schedule
Date Track Event Title Location To Win
April 2nd I-80 Speedway Spring Meltdown Greenwood, NE Practice
April 3rd I-80 Speedway Spring Meltdown Greenwood, NE $2,000
April 4th I-80 Speedway Spring Meltdown Greenwood, NE $5,000
April 9th Lucas Oil Speedway 2nd Annual Spring Nationals Wheatland, MO Practice
April 10th Lucas Oil Speedway 2nd Annual Spring Nationals Wheatland, MO $2,000
April 11th Lucas Oil Speedway 2nd Annual Spring Nationals Wheatland, MO $3,000
May 7th Lee County Speedway Donnellson, IA $3,000
May 8th Davenport Speedway 2nd Annual Short Track Challenge Davenport, IA $3,000
May 9th Scotland County Speedway Memphis, MO $3,000
May 21st Lucas Oil Speedway 2nd Annual Cowboy Classic Wheatland, MO $5,000
May 22nd Lucas Oil Speedway 23rd Annual Show Me 100 Wheatland, MO
May 23rd Lucas Oil Speedway 23rd Annual Show Me 100 Wheatland, MO $30,000
May 29th Park Jefferson International Speedway 2nd Annual Carlson Clash Park Jefferson, SD $2,000
May 30th Park Jefferson International Speedway 2nd Annual Carlson Clash Park Jefferson, SD $3,000
June 5th-6thEldora DREAM Rossburg, OH
OFF
June 11th Southern Iowa Speedway Okaloosa, IA $3,000
June 12th Lee County Speedway Donnellson, IA $3,000
June 13th Randolph County Speedway Moberly, MO $3,000
June 26th I-80 Speedway Alphabet Soup Race Greenwood, NE $3,000
June 27th Adams County Speedway Liberty 50 Corning, IA $5,000
July 3rd Salina High Banks Speedway 2nd Annual Freedom Classic Salina, OK $3,000
July 4th Salina High Banks Speedway 2nd Annual Freedom Classic Salina, OK $5,000
July 10th TBA TBA TBA TBA
July 11th Lucas Oil Speedway 9th Annual CMH Diamond Nationals Wheatland, MO $10,000
July 16th I-80 Speedway Silver Dollar Nationals Greenwood, NE Practice
July 17th I-80 Speedway Silver Dollar Nationals Greenwood, NE
July 18th I-80 Speedway Silver Dollar Nationals Greenwood, NE $30,000
August 7th Junction Motor Speedway King of the Hill McCool Junction, NE $2,000
August 8th Junction Motor Speedway King of the Hill McCool Junction, NE $3,000
Sept. 4th TBA TBA TBA TBA
Sept. 5th Lucas Oil Speedway Larry Phillips Memorial Presented by G2 Gemini Wheatland, MO $3,000
Sept. 11th-12th Eldora Speedway WORLD 100 Rossburg, OH
OFF
Sept. 24th-26th Knoxville Raceway Late Model Nationals Knoxville, IA
OFF
Oct. 8th Lucas Oil Speedway 2nd Annual Fall Nationals Wheatland, MO Practice
Oct. 9th Lucas Oil Speedway 2ndAnnual Fall Nationals Wheatland, MO $3,000
Oct. 10th Lucas Oil Speedway 2nd Annual Fall Nationals Wheatland, Mo $5,000
TBA
Lucas Oil MLRA Banquet
Lucas Oil MLRA Banquet TBA

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A full schedule will be released in the coming weeks, with other off-season announcements coming over the course of the next few months.

Busy Off-Season Ahead for Lucas Oil MLRA

October 25th, 2014

Wheatland, MO -Recently the Lucas Oil MLRA wrapped up its 2014 season with a final show at Lucas Oil Speedway, won by Marshalltown, Iowa’s Ryan Gustin. The following evening everyone gathered for a celebration of the season at the annual championship banquet. It was held at Old Kinderhook, a fantastic new venue, at Lake of the Ozarks near Wheatland, Missouri.

Chad Simpson was crowned the champion and gave an excellent acceptance speech thanking all of the individuals and partners who help the Brinkman Motorsports team operate at a high level. Scott Lewis finished as the highest points earning rookie and was awarded the Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors.

The series is now headed into a busy off-season with planning and trade show events scheduled over the winter. The first event is the Heartland Auto Racing Show November 21-22 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. The booth number for the two day show is 713. Drivers and industry representatives are encouraged to attend, and the Lucas Oil MLRA officials invite interested individuals to see them and discuss the upcoming season there.

For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at MLRARacing.com. You can also like the series on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

A full schedule will be released in the coming weeks, with other off-season announcements coming over the course of the next few months.

Gustin Wins Feature; Simpson Collects Championship

October 14th, 2014

Wheatland, MO -Dirt on Dirt.com polesitter Terry Phillips took command early in the running of the ABC 17 Fall Nationals 50 lap feature Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway. Phillips led the first 37 circuits before Ryan Gustin took over the top spot for good exiting turn four, collecting his first ever Dirt Late Model win at the Diamond of the Dirt Tracks.

“It seemed like the longer it went, the better our car got,” commented Gustin following the win. “It was a good night and an awesome race track. It has been a great season.”

With just seven laps remaining Gustin got into the back of Brian Schutt, whom he was trying to put down a lap. The result was the final yellow of the event and a quick shootout to the checkers. Phillips left the bottom lane open for 2014 Series champion Chad Simpson and he took advantage of the line and jumped up to second where he finished.

“The car was good we just needed a little more right rear,” said Simpson of his Saturday run. “These championships, they’re just amazing. We really wanted to get a win in the series this year. We’re consistent, we’ve got good equipment, we’ve got good cars. We made so many changes this year, for us to still run as consistent as we did, just tells a lot about our whole team.”

Tony Jackson Jr. debuted a new Black Diamond Club 29 Race Car and picked off five spots to finish third. Phillips faded to fourth, and Brantlee Gotschall completed the remainder of the top five.

Sunday night the stars of the series will be honored at the season ending banquet at the Old Kinderhook Resort at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Jackson Victorious in G2 Gemini Summer Shootout

September 1st, 2014

Wheatland, MO -In a night full of action, the G2 Gemini Summer Shootout kept fans on the edge of their seats the entire time. Justin Asplin earned the DirtonDirt.com Pole Award and fired alongside Scott Lewis for the 40 lap feature.

Will Vaught asserted himself early and took control of the race. For the majority of the night it looked like Vaught would be the car in RACEceiver Victory Lane. However, late in the race with lapped traffic all around, Jackson and Vaught ran together in turn one. The damage cut down Vaught’s tire, and he was forced to pit for a new left rear. The incident gave Jackson the lead after he and Bodenhamer got together in turn one a couple of laps later, resulting in a caution. Jackson never looked back in winning his first ever Super Late Model feature at Lucas Oil Speedway.

“Will (Vaught) was good,” said Jackson following the feature. “I got a lot of respect for Will. I was catching him in lapped traffic. He didn’t look like he was as maneuverable as I was. I was running the bottom. He just kind of made a last minute decision to get down there. I tired to stay off of him. In the next turn he got beside me and I give him a lot of room, cause I felt like, I didn’t want him to feel like that’s how I won the race.”

Jack Sullivan was in the thick of the race from about the midpoint on. He started 18th and fell back before mounting a serious charge forward. He kept his Rocket Chassis out of danger and avoided any run ins to score the runner up finishing position.

Jesse Stovall had an eventful race, as he and Asplin had a couple of chance meetings under green and then another under caution. Stovall suffered a good amount of damage, but held on to nail down the third position.

In the points chase, both Chad Simpson and Terry Phillips had tough evenings. They, like Sullivan, were able to just run their respective races and both ended with good results to show for their efforts. Simpson ran 5th, with Phillips one spot back of him.

Only two more races remain in the 2014 Lucas Oil MLRA season. They will be contested October 10th and 11th right back at Lucas Oil Speedway.

4th Annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals and G2 Gemini Apparel MLRA Summer Shootout this weekend!

August 29th, 2014

WHEATLAND, MO-The Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series returns for its final appearance of 2014, this Friday-Sunday, August 29th-31st for the 4th Annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals featuring the 250 mile-per-hour Top Fuel Hydros plus G2 Gemini Apparel presents the MLRA Dirt Late Model Summer Shootout on Saturday night, August 30th! Three full days of racing action and entertainment for the whole family!

“The biggest weekend of the 2014 season is finally here and the anticipation is at an all time high.” stated Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson. “The fastest boats in the country have already begun to arrive in the pits and the course is taking shape.”

“We are expecting very large crowds throughout the weekend so I urge you to get your hotels or camping spots reserved and get your advanced tickets ahead of time at www.LucasOilSpeedway.com so that you can walk right in the gates without waiting in line to purchase tickets.”

The 3-day festival of speed, fun, and entertainment kicks off on Friday, August 29th with an open competitor Test & Tune from 9am-12:30 but for the first time ever ever, activities on Friday will also include one complete round of qualifying for all classes including all Sportsman and Pro classes highlighted by ever unpredictable Top Fuel Hydros from 1:00-3:30pm.

“This is really an important step for the event to add that round of qualifying on Friday.” stated Robinson “as it means that fans are almost guaranteed to see all the boats run all three days. In the past, the test & tune was optional and many of the faster boats chose to sit out and save their equipment until Saturday but not this year, all classes are scheduled to run all three days.”

Saturday’s action begins at 10am with a full day of Drag Boat Qualifying, including everyone’s favorite the Top Fuel Hydros, racing down the lake at speeds in excess of 250 MPH! The Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series will wrap up qualifying just in time for fans to make their way over to the dirt track for the

G2 Gemini MLRA Summer Shootout.

Mount Vernon, Iowa’s Chad Simpson holds a narrow 69 point lead over Springfield, Missouri’s Terry Phillips in the season long MLRA Championship Chase. With $15,000 on the line to the season champion, and only three races remaining on the 2014 schedule, the championship chase is in high gear. Fellow Missouri resident Jeremy Payne and Nebraska driver Travis Dickes are deadlocked for the 3rd third spot in the championship standings. Cosgrove, Iowa’s Dave Eckrich holds down the fifth spot. Ryan Gustin, Scott Lewis, John Anderson, Tommy Weder Jr., and Bill Koons round out the Top-10. For the complete and updated points standings, please visit www.MLRAracing.com.

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The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds will also be in action as the drivers battle for a special $1,000 to win/$150 to start main event courtesy of Behlin Building Systems and Bret Givens Construction.

The weekend concludes on Sunday, August 31st, with Final Elimination Rounds to crown the Champions of the 4th Annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals. Gates open at 8am Sunday, with Eliminations slated for 10am.

The weekend will be filled with fun activities, give-a-ways, great food, interesting displays and tons of horsepower! Bring the entire family out for a great weekend at Lake Lucas and Lucas Oil Speedway. The Show-Me Beach Swimming Beach, will be open with horse shoe pits, volleyball and tether ball. FREE Bounce Houses, a REAL Pirate Ship, the Miss GEICO Off-Shore Boat, Les Shockley’s “Super Shockwave Jet Truck, great food from local vendors and more, all await fans of every age!

A full detailed schedule is listed below including ticket prices, gate times and classes in action.

***All schedules are tentative and may change without notice.

Friday, August 29th, 2014 Information
Tentative Friday Event Schedule-Subject to change without notice

7:00am – Competitor Registration Opens
8:00am – Spectator Gates Open
9:00am-12:30pm – Test & Tune
1:00pm-3:30pm – Round 1 Qualifying (TFH – PWC)
3:00pm-4:30pm – Test & Tune Continued (PWC – QE)

Friday Grandstand Admission
Age 6 and up GA/Pit Pass Combo Friday only-$10
5 and Under GA/Pit Pass Combo-FREE
Adult 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$50
Seniors Ages (62 and Up)/Active Military with ID 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$40
Juniors Ages (6-15) 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20

* All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area.

Lakeside RV Packages (Must Be Reserved in Advance)

$500-Includes (1) 15′ x 45′ Space, (4) 3-Day Tickets, (1) Additional Parking Spot,
(1) Golf Cart Pass

Weekend Camping Spots

Reserved With Electric and Water-$100 (Limited Availability)
Reserved Dry Spots-$50 (Limited Availability)
Dry Camping-FREE

Saturday, August 30th, 2014 Information

Tentative Saturday Event Schedule-Subject to change without notice

7:00am-10:00am – Registration Open
8:00am – Spectator Gates Open
10:00am-12:00pm – Round 2 Qualifying (PWC – PM)
12:00pm-1:00pm – Round 2 Qualifying (TFH – TAF)
1:00pm-3:00pm – Round 3 Qualifying (PWC – PM)
3:00pm-4:00pm – Round 3 Qualifying (TFH – TAF)

Saturday Spectator Admission

Adults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) $25
Seniors GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) $20
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 Ages (62 and Up)/Active Military with ID 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$40
Juniors Ages (6-15) 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20

* All Saturday and 3-Day tickets include entry to the Dirt Track Event on Saturday night, August 30th.

** All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area.

G2 Gemini MLRA Summer Shootout-Dirt Track

Dirt Track Gates open at 5:00, Hot Laps at 7:00, and racing at 7:30

Dirt Track only Ticket Pricing

Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up) $15
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40

**Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages (6-15)
Pit Pass $30

Sunday, August 31st, 2014 Information

Tentative Sunday Event Schedule-Subject to change without notice

8:00am – Spectator Gates Open
10:00am-10:30am – Round 1 Eliminations (PM)
10:30am-11:30am – Round 1 Eliminations (TFH – TAF)
11:30am-12:30pm – Round 1 Eliminations (PWC – PO)
12:30pm-1:00pm – Round 2 Eliminations (PM)
1:00pm-2:00pm – Round 2 Eliminations (TFH – TAF)
2:00pm-3:00pm – Round 2 Eliminations (PWC – PO)
3:00pm-3:15pm – Round 3 Eliminations (PM)
3:15pm-3:45pm – Round 3 Eliminations (TAF – TFH)
3:45pm-4:15pm – Round 4 Eliminations (PWC – PM)

Will adjust for any class with 5 rounds. TFH on the ramp at 10:00, 12:30, 2:45

Sunday Spectator Admission

Adults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) $25
Seniors GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) $20
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 Ages (62 and Up)/Active Military with ID 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$40
Juniors Ages (6-15) 3-Day GA/Pit Pass Combo-$20

* All tickets include access to Drag Boat pit area.

For more information, season schedule, and updated points standings for the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series, please visit www.LucasOilDragBoats.com.

For more information, season schedule, and updated points standings for the Lucas Oil MLRA Dirt Late Model Racing Series, please visit www.MLRAracing.com.

Show your AAA Member Card at the gate to receive $3 off regular general admission prices. Advanced tickets are also available at www.LucasOilSpeedway.com.

A limited number of VIP Suites are available for Saturday’s dirt track event. Please contact LaRay Hankins at (417) 282-5984 or via email at laray@lucasoilspeedway.com [mailto:laray@lucasoilspeedway.com].

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, MO. 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.

Race fans can go to www.LucasOilSpeedway.com to view the complete schedule for Lucas Oil Speedway’s 2014 season, find detailed event information, get the latest news, and get complete ticket and campsite information. In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway.

4th Annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals and MLRA Summer Shootout, August 29th-31st

4th Annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals and MLRA Summer Shootout, August 29th-31st

Click the link below for the tentative 2014 Lucas Oil Speedway schedule. All events, dates, classes, and payouts are tentative and subject to change.

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. 2014 marks the 4th 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 2014 plus National Boat Racing Association (NBRA) 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.

Lucas Oil MLRA Announces Season Ending Banquet Information

August 16th, 2014

Wheatland, MO -Recently, Lucas Oil MLRA officials decided on the date and location for the season ending championship banquet. The evening designed to honor the champion and all of the competitors will take place Sunday, October 12th in the Trophy Room at the Old Kinderhook Resort at the Lake of the Ozarks.

This event will put the wraps on the season, and follow a busy two night season finale at Lucas Oil Speedway in the ABC 17 Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals.

“We have traditionally held our banquets in November, and in Kansas City, however our schedule this year has us finishing up in Wheatland, so we want to go ahead and get our banquet in while everyone is together,” commented Race Director Ernie Leftwich. “It’s always hard to get everyone’s schedules clear later on in the year, so instead of making another trip, we think this will work out best for everyone.”

The location is an easy one for those in attendance at Lucas Oil Speedway earlier in the weekend. It is a straight shot east on US Hwy. 54 about 30 minutes east of the track on the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. There is an 18 hole golf course, and plenty of accommodations in either one, two or three room golf cottages within walking distance to the banquet hall.

Added Series Director Dan Robinson, “We have other Lucas Oil events at Old Kinderhook, and really like the idea of moving our series banquet there. The staff is outstanding and the venue itself is beautiful.”

Additional Banquet Information
Date: Sunday, October 12, 2014
Location: Old Kinderhook
20 Eagle Ridge Road
Camdenton, MO 65020
Time: Social Hour 5:30 – 7:00 PM Dinner and Awards to follow
Tickets: $35 RSVP with LaRay Hankins at 417-282-5984 by 9/15/14
Lodging: Old Kinderhook 573-317-3570 mention MLRA Banquet for special rate

Night Two for Lucas Oil MLRA Washed Out at Junction Motor Speedway!

August 11th, 2014

Wheatland, MO -Mother Nature washed out the planned second night of the King of the Hill Late Model Showdown at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska. Overnight thunderstorms with heavy rains saturated the speedway grounds forcing the cancellation of night two of the annual event.

The quest for the 2014 Lucas Oil MLRA Championship now turns to Lucas Oil Speedway with Iowa’s Chad Simpson leading the standings heading into the final three events.

The MLRA contingent first heads to Wheatland, Missouri on Saturday, August 30 for a $3,000-to-win main event. Then, drivers return to the ‘Diamond of Dirt Tracks’ one final time for a two-night swing on Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11 for the First Annual ABC 17 MLRA Fall Nationals.

The weekend features two nights of action with the night one winner taking away $3,000 for the victory. On night two, drivers return for another round of competition with the victor taking a way a cool $5,000.

So far in 2014, Terry Phillips, Rodney Sanders, Jesse Stovall, Jeremy Payne, Chris Simpson, Travis Dickes, Will Vaught, Billy Moyer, John Anderson, and Ryan Gustin have visited Lucas Oil MLRA Victory lane. Many of these drivers along with MLRA regulars and the regions best drivers will compete during the season-ending events. Stay tuned for future updates and information on the remaining schedule by visiting the Lucas Oil MLRA online at www.mlraracing.com.

Gustin Dominates Night One King of the Hill Action!

August 10th, 2014

Wheatland, MO -Those in attendance for night one of the annual King of the Hill Late Model Shootout will remember the 25-lap, $2,000-to-win main event by one word … domination!

Marshalltown, Iowa’s Ryan Gustin began the main event at Delmar Friesen’s pristine Junction Motor Speedway from pole position alongside Mike Wiarda of Aurora, Nebraska. Gustin made quick work of Wiarda and the rest of the field darting out to an early race lead.

Former MLRA Champion John Anderson drew the first of two cautions during the race when his car went around in turns three and four. One lap later on the third circuit, Tommy Weder, Jr. of Oklahoma also found trouble in turns three and four to draw the second and final caution flag of the event.

Gustin led the field after both restarts as Wiarda, Chad Simpson, Terry Phillips, and Jase Kaser tried to keep up with ‘The Reaper’s’ torrid pace. With each passing lap Gustin’s built a sizeable lead over Simpson with Phillips gaining ground to move inside the top three.

Meanwhile, fourteenth-starting Travis Dickes and seventeenth-starting Bill Leighton of Omaha continued raced their way towards the top five. As Gustin went unchallenged at the front, Phillips, Simpson, and Wiarda did all they could to keep the leader within site of the same straightaway.

With less than five laps remaining, Phillips surged into the runner-up position when Simpson’s car veered out of the preferred racing line. Simpson quickly regrouped and held on to the third position by lap 23.

Gustin virtually went unchallenged save for a few close calls with lapped traffic as he claimed his third Lucas Oil MLRA main event of the year and fourth of his young and storied career.

Phillips claimed the second spot after starting fifth with series point’s leader Chad Simpson finishing third. Wiarda held on for fourth while Dickes charged his way into the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Bill Leighton, Justin Asplin, J.C. Wyman, Justin Zeitner, and defending series champion, Tony Jackson, Jr.

Preliminary heat race victories went to Weder, Simpson, and Wiarda, while Jackson claimed the b-main. Twenty-eight cars competed throughout the evening for the night one portion of the double-header weekend.

On Saturday, drivers return for a $3,000-to-win main event with gates opening at 5 and racing at 7. Adult General Admission is $20 with kids ages 6 to 12 remaining $5. Saturday Pit Passes are $30.

Heading West on I-80 towards Grand Island, the speedway is located off Exit 353 via US-81, the physical address is 1206 Rd. 4, McCool Junction, NE 68401. Visit the speedway online at www.junctionmotorspeedway.com or call (402) 724-3100 for more information.

Junction Motor Speedway King of the Hill Late Model Showdown Awaits Lucas Oil MLRA

August 7th, 2014

Wheatland, MO -Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska is the site of this weekend’s King of the Hill Late Model Shoot Out, where Lucas Oil MLRA drivers will compete in a pair of highly anticipated summer-stretch events at track owner Delmar Friesen’s beloved speed plant.

Friday and Saturday events mark the 67th and 68th time MLRA drivers will compete on Cornhusker State soil and the 18th and 19th appearances in McCool Junction’s history. In the 17 previously contested MLRA events at the speedway, seven drivers made their way to victory lane, including both Will Vaught and Tony Jackson, Jr. (2013), Kyle Berck (2012), John Anderson (2007, 2008, and 2012), Terry Phillips (2008), and Al Purkey (2004 and 2005). Kelly Boen racked up eight victories including bell ringers in 2006 and 2007 and back-to-back victories in 2009, 2010, and 2011.

Joining the Lucas Oil MLRA for this weekend’s action is the MARS DIRTcar Series and National Championship Racing Association (NCRA) Late Models. The event traditionally draws a solid field of competitors, which is likely to include current Lucas Oil MLRA point’s leader, Chad Simpson, a pair of Missouri-based drivers, Terry Phillips and Jeremy Payne, and current NCRA point’s leader Kyle Berck and defending Lucas Oil MLRA and MARS DIRTcar series champion, Tony Jackson, Jr.

Junction Motor Speedway General Track Manager Mandi Oswald says she looks forward to this event each year. “This is one of the largest shows in our area, the fans embrace it and it brings a great crop of racers from three of the best Late Model groups in the business.” Oswald went on to say, “Everyone always seems to have a great time at this event and it has produced some great racing over the years. We offer nightly camping at the track, our Sidewalk Café offers some of the best concessions in the business, and our facility is very family-oriented. The staff is a very close-knit group and we look forward to this race each year.”

Friday evening, drivers compete for a $2,000 top prize. Gates open at 5:30 with racing at 7:30. Adult General Admission is $18; kids age 6 to 12 are $5. Friday Pit Passes are $30. On Saturday, drivers return for a $3,000-to-win main event with gates opening at 5 and racing at 7. Adult General Admission is $20 with kids ages 6 to 12 remaining $5. Saturday Pit Passes are $30.

Heading West on I-80 towards Grand Island, the speedway is located off Exit 353 via US-81, the physical address is 1206 Rd. 4, McCool Junction, NE 68401. Visit the speedway online at www.junctionmotorspeedway.com or call (402) 724-3100 for more information. For a full rundown of the remaining Lucas Oil MLRA 2014 schedule and a complete view of the championship standings, visit www.mlraracing.com.

Late Season Schedule Amendments

July 31st, 2014

Wheatland, MO – Lucas Oil MLRA officials recently made some schedule changes to the remaining dates on the 2014 schedule. Series and track officials from both Thunder Hill Speedway in Mayetta, Kansas and Outlaw Motorsports Park in Muskogee, Oklahoma have mutually agreed to forgo their scheduled dates.

Thunder Hill Speedway was scheduled for Saturday, August 23. The series worked to find a companion race for that date on Friday, August 22 and nothing emerged. Outlaw Motorsports Park had a two day race booked for October 19 and 20.

“We really take a hard look at putting two dates together for every race weekend,” commented Race Director Ernie Leftwich. “We aren’t always able to do that, but for some of our dates it’s a must. We hate to lose our second date at Thunder Hill, but it’s really in the best interest of all involved. Outlaw is a new ownership group for us to work with, and we had a couple of outstanding races there back in May. They have had a lot of big events this season, and it just wasn’t in the cards for us to race there again this year.”

The Lucas Oil MLRA is very much looking forward to returning to Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska, August 8 and 9. The annual King of the Hill Late Model Shootout is always a fan favorite, and draws the top competitors across the Midwest to the Friesen family’s beautiful facility.

Silver Dollar Nationals Right Around the Corner

July 17th, 2014

Wheatland, MO – Another marquee event on the 2014 schedule fires off this weekend. For the fourth consecutive season the Lucas Oil MLRA is delighted to be taking part in the Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska. Previous winners of the event include; Don O’Neal, Brian Birkhofer and Jimmy Owens.

Perhaps the most memorable moment of the event, to date, is not the winners list though? Last year Ryan Gustin was a provisional qualifier into the feature. He utilized a promoter’s provisional obtained by winning a Lucas Oil MLRA race at I-80 Speedway earlier in the season.

Gustin was the final starter on the grid in 34th place. He worked forward and kept picking off cars one by one until taking the lead. Once out front, he kept his pace until getting together with Kyle Berck. The damage ended his night and what could have been a monumental upset in the sport of Dirt Late Model racing.

“We’ve got a pretty good car right now,”commented Gustin. “We need to be able to get qualified better, we’re lacking some horsepower right now.”

The team is currently waiting on a new spread bore engine, which will not be available for this weekend. He thinks the two heat race qualifying format will be better for them this weekend compared to traditional time trials. Gustin is frequently asked about his showing in the 2013 Silver Dollar Nationals.

“I’ll never forget it. I’m sure a lot of other people won’t either. To come in here and race with these guys night in and night out, you realize that stuff don’t happen everyday. We’ve got a lot better equipment this year. We’ve also got our stuff together a lot more than what we did last year. We always enjoy going there.”

Competitors will practice Thursday evening in preparation for the $30,000 to win event. Friday each racer will compete in two heats. Saturday will be the last chance qualifiers, Belt Bash non qualifiers race and 80 lap main event.

There will be a who’s who of racers vying for the win, and a huge crowd is anticipated. Chad Simpson still leads the standings, with Terry Phillips and Jeremy Payne sitting second and third. Travis Dickes is currently fourth, and Dave Eckrich rounds out the top five.

I-80 Speedway Information 7/15/14
Gates: 5:00 PM
Racing: 8:00 PM
Admission: Adults $28 (Friday) $34 (Saturday), Kids (6-12) $10, Kids (5 and Under)
FREE in General Admission, Pit Pass $40
Support Class: USMTS Modifieds
Website: I-80Speedway.net

Tri-City and Lucas Oil Speedway’s Await Lucas Oil MLRA Competitors

July 11th, 2014

Wheatland, MO -The Lucas Oil MLRA’s busy stretch of racing continues this weekend with a pair of co-sanctioned events alongside the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Friday action will commence from Kevin and Tammy Gundaker’s Tri-City Speedway for the Battle at the Beach, just outside of St. Louis, Missouri, in Granite City, Illinois. Saturday the series returns home to compete in the 8th Annual CMH Diamond Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri. Both events will pay the winner $10,000 respectively.

“We’re glad to be a part of the Battle at the Beach on Friday,” stated Lucas Oil MLRA Series Director Dan Robinson. “Kevin and Tammy have a fantastic track, and it makes for a nice weekend of racing when paired with our CMH Diamond Nationals event which is always fun!”

Jeremy Payne is the most recent winner in Lucas Oil MLRA  action. He survived to score the $5,000 win last Saturday evening at Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Oklahoma. Late race contact put his march to the checkers in jeopardy, but he had just enough left to get the job done.

“Looking back, that was one of the wildest finishes to any race I’ve ever won,” commented Payne. “I just knew something was broke on the car, or at the very least I had a flat tire or two. It was crazy how it all ended. I was real cautious on the restart, and when I went into one it was not as good, but overall there was not much wrong with the car. The front end toe was knocked out just a little.”

A pair of top five finishes at Salina, along with a special event Modified win at Humboldt Speedway last weekend, has given Payne a shot of confidence. The timing for him could not be better as the series embarks on arguably its toughest stretch of events over the next two weekends, with a standalone Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event thrown in the middle.

“I think in all the times I’ve raced at Tri-City Speedway I have one good finish there,” said Payne. “Wheatland, on the other hand is a real good track for me.
I’m looking forward to racing at both this weekend. I know both will be incredibly tough with all of the Lucas Oil Late Model guys competing.” His season to this point has been a mixed bag of sorts. His two Lucas Oil MLRA wins have stood out as bright spots.

“Coming into a completely new program over the winter and having two wins by July is something I would not have expected to do prior to the year,” Payne further commented. “We’re further along than I expected honestly. We just need to get qualified better. Leading the Casey’s  Hard Charger Points is kind of a double edged sword. We’re glad to be passing cars and fast when the money’s on the line, but it would sure be nice to start a little closer to the front.”

Looking at the rest of the tour regulars, Chad Simpson continues to lead the standings by 69 markers over Terry Phillips. Payne sits third, with Travis Dickes hot on his heels in fourth. Dave Eckrich rounds out the top five. Scott Lewis is tops in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year chase, and Tony Jackson Jr. has captured the most DirtOnDirt.com  Pole Awards to this point. Overall there have been 12 winners in 17 contested races thus far.

Tri City Speedway Information 7/11/14

Gates: 5:00 PM
Racing: Hot Laps 6:30 PM, Time Trials 7:00 PM, Racing 7:30 PM

Admission: Adults $28, Kids (12 and under) FREE

Support Classes: UMP Modifieds, UMP Crate Late Models

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Lucas Oil Speedway Information 7/12/14

Gates: 5:00 PM
Racing: Hot Laps 7:00 PM, Racing 7:30 PM

Admission: Adults $25, Seniors (62 and up) $20, Youth (6-15) $10, Kids (5 and under) FREE, Family Pass $50, Pit Pass $40

Support Classes: USRA Modifieds

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Payne Scores Second MLRA Win of 2014 Season

July 9th, 2014

Salina, OK – The Inaugural Freedom Classic at Salina Highbanks Speedway ended with a bang! Jeremy Payne took home the giant, custom American Eagle trophy and the $5,000 paycheck. Payne took the green flag from the inside of the second row and quickly jumped to second ahead of Ryan Gustin. Chad Simpson started on the DirtOnDirt.com Pole and midway through the race, cut a tire down. Payne restarted after the caution out front and held it for the reminder of the race. An attempted pass by Gustin on lap 36 ended with the 19R up on the left side of Payne, who was able to keep momentum and the lead during the incident.

“The track was really good there for the first half of the race and then it kind of started cleaning up. Down there in three and four, you know he (Gustin) just had a good run and he is a hard racer, when five thousand is on the line you are going to race like that,” commented Payne following the victory.

Lebanon, Missouri’s Tony Jackson Jr. was the Casey’s General Store Hard Charger of the night. Jackson Jr. had to run a B Feature to make the show and started the main event from 18th. He picked off cars one by one to challenge Payne for the lead with only four laps to go. A late race caution gave Jackson Jr. another chance, but with little passing left in the track, Payne held him off for the win.

Travis Dickes from Madison, NE finished 3rd . Dickes started 5th and ran strong all night. Jack Sullivan kept up with the leaders to record a strong 4th. Tommy Weder Jr. rounded out the top five. Springfield, Missouri’s Terry Phillips started the 40 Lap Feature from fourth and pulled into the infield early in the race for what he thought was a flat tire. Phillips joined the field at the rear and worked his way back to finish 7th nearly edging Brantlee Gotschall who crossed the finish line just ahead of him.

The Lucas Oil MLRA will be back in action next weekend for two back -to-back nights of racing. Friday, July 11th at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, IL and Saturday, July 12th at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. Both events will pay $10,000 to the winner and are co-sanctioned with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. For more information on upcoming events check out MLRAracing.com.

Phillips Fends off Simpson for Freedom Classic Triumph

July 7th, 2014

Salina, OK – Terry Phillips continued his hot streak, Friday, in the 1st Annual Freedom Classic at Salina Highbanks Speedway. In his Andy’s Frozen Custard, Don Babb Motorsports Rocket Chassis, Phillips took the lead early and held off challenges from Lucas Oil MLRA series points leader Chad Simpson to score his 109th career victory on the tour.

“This track is so wide and good you can race all over it, stated Phillips. I love coming here this is my kind of race track. Hats off to the person that prepares this thing and the owners here.”

The moment of the race came near the midway point, when Phillips entered turns three and four too high and almost gave away the lead. He slid and Simpson nearly ran squarely into the back of him.

“I went in there a little too hard and about went off the end,” said Phillips of the near incident. “I finally figured this corner (turns three and four) out. I finally settled down a little bit and got comfortable with the line I was running.”

Chad Simpson continued his fine season with another runner up finish and kept firm control of the points lead. “Great race track. It’s the first time we’ve ever been here. We’re getting closer and closer. Hopefully one of these days we’ll get one.”

The feature was only slowed once, for Travis Dickes, on lap 10. The leaders worked in and out of a good deal of lapped traffic over the final 20 circuits.

Saturday evening the show is once again at the Salina Highbanks Speedway. The winner will receive $5,000 and custom eagle trophy. Racing begins at 7 PM.

Lucas Oil MLRA I-80 Speedway and Adams County Speedway Events Rained Out!

June 29th, 2014

WHEATLAND, MO – Mother Nature’s fury has wiped out both Lucas Oil MLRA events scheduled for Friday, June 27th at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska and Saturday, June 28th at Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa.

Unfortunately, morning thunder storms and heavy rain rolled through eastern Nebraska, forcing the cancellation of the 13th Annual Alphabet Soup Race at I-80 Speedway.

In neighboring Iowa, “Nearly four inches of rain on Thursday night with more on the way have the grounds too wet to race” the planned Liberty 50, said officials from Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa, where officials are searching for “A date to reschedule.”

The stars and cars of MLRA now turn their attention to Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Oklahoma for a $3,000-to-win event on Friday, July 4th followed by a $5,000-to-win event on Saturday, July 5th during the First Annual ‘Freedom Classic’ co-sanctioned with the MARS DIRTcar series. Stay tuned to www.mlraracing.com for the latest news and updates from the Lucas Oil MLRA series.

I-80 Speedway’s Alphabet Soup and Adams County Speedway’s Liberty 50 Await Lucas Oil MLRA Contingent!

June 28th, 2014

WHEATLAND, MO -Two pivotal stops are just days away for Lucas Oil MLRA drivers with events slated at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska and Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa.

Action begins Friday, June 27 at the Kosiski family’s high-banked I-80 Speedway for the 13th running of the annual ‘Alphabet Soup Race’ featuring not only the Lucas Oil MLRA drivers, but also the MARS DIRTcar Series, and Corn Belt Clash (CBC) Late Model Series regulars gunning for $3,700-to-win.

One year ago during the Alphabet Soup race, eventual winner Ryan Gustin launched himself into the world of Late Model racing. By virtue of his win, Gustin earned a provisional starting spot for the later-contested Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway, where he thrilled the crowd during a breathtaking run from 34th on the starting grid all the way to first, before ultimately making contact with a lapped car and exiting the race shortly after taking the lead.

Gustin, fresh off an MLRA win at Humboldt Speedway, is just one driver to keep an eye on this weekend. Terry Phillips of Springfield, Missouri is another one to watch. Phillips is a multiple-time I-80 winner who picked up his latest win there in April when he and Rodney Sanders both scored Spring Meltdown victories.

Grandstands open at 5:30, hot laps begin at 6:45, with racing at 7:15. Pit gates open at 4. Adult general admission is $20, “Juniors” aged 6 to 12 are $5, children five and under are free. The speedway sits just north of I-80 at exit 420. The actual location is 13909, 238th Street in Greenwood, Nebraska. Find the track online at www.i-80speedway.com or call (402)-342-3453.

On Saturday, June 28th, at Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa, the three series compete together once again during the Liberty 50 for a cool $5,000 to win!

Last year, defending Lucas Oil MLRA Champion Tony Jackson, Jr., claimed the victory. Jesse Stovall drove to victory in 2012 with Chad Simpson claiming the victory during the event in 2011.

Adult General Admission is $20, Jr. High School aged $10, K-6 Free, Family Pack $50. Hot laps begin at 6:15 with racing at 7. Visit the track online at www.acspeedway.com or call 641-322-4184.

Regarding the weekend events, MLRA Competition Director Ernie Leftwich stated, “This is one weekend that I really look forward to; the MLRA Series has been part of the “Soup Race” for a number of years now. The race at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood is what I feel is a practice run for our regional rivers to gear up for the Silver Dollar Nationals.

Leftwich also stated, “Adams County Speedway is one of our bigger paying races. Not only are you getting the “Stars and Cars” of the Lucas Oil MLRA Series, but you have a mixture of drivers from the MARS Dirt Car Series and the Corn Belt Series as well.”

Heading into this weekend’s action, Iowa’s Chris Simpson leads the Lucas Oil MLRA standings ahead of Terry Phillips, Travis Dickes, Jeremy Payne, and Dave Eckrich. For additional information and event details, visit www.mlraracing.com.

Phillips Leads Entire Distance at Thunder Hill

June 24th, 2014

Mayetta, KS- Saturday evening the Lucas Oil MLRA series made its way to Thunder Hill Speedway for the first time in the 2014 season. Tony Jackson Jr. set quick time overall and redrew the pole for the 40 lap feature. Terry Phillips fired from the outside pole and led every lap for the $3,000 victory.

“The car was good tonight,” said Phillips following the race. “I didn’t have much of a tire there at the end. I was trying to pass ‘em (lapped cars) without using my tires up. This track’s pretty wide and eventually they got out of the way.”

Lapped traffic made the show interesting. At one point Phillips had five lapped cars squarely in front of him. Payne narrowed the gap during that portion of the event. He closed to Phillips’ rear bumper, but no closer.

Jason Krohn made the lengthy trip south from his home in Slayton, Minnesota. He had only one race on his brand new Club 29 Race Car prior to this weekend. He picked off a few cars, and held off both Chad Simpson and Ryan Gustin to run third.

Next weekend the Lucas Oil MLRA will run another pair of shows. Friday night the show is at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska, and Saturday it is back to the state of Iowa for the annual stop at Adams County Speedway.

Gustin Rolls in Lucas Oil MLRA Stop at Humboldt Speedway

June 23rd, 2014

Humboldt, KS – Friday night marked the lone stop for the Lucas Oil MLRA in Southeast Kansas at Humboldt Speedway. The Whitworth family had the track in tip top shape and racy from top to bottom. Ryan Gustin earned the DirtonDirt.com Pole Award through the redraw. He ended the evening with his second trip to RACEceiver Victory Lane in as many races.

“I knew we were going to get in lapped traffic quick,” said Gustin of the initial laps. “I was trying to be a little patient there in the beginning till we go to him (Phillips). That’s when the race began. It was a good night for us.”

Terry Phillips fired from the outside pole and quickly jumped out front. He set a torrid pace early, until he got hung up in lapped traffic. Gustin used a lap down car as a pick and never looked back.

“He’s running good,” said Phillips of Gustin. “We both know this track. We run here in the mod quite a bit. I needed to be down I guess. I didn’t know that. I got snookered there.”

Behind the lead duo it was some distance back to the next group of cars. Dave Eckrich, Travis Dickes and Jesse Stovall were in close quarters for a good deal of the race. Eckrich got the best of the three car scrum and finished third, his best run of the season to date.

‘It’s getting better,” commented Eckrich of his season. “We’ve made some changes, and this car is coming alive.”

The win is Gustin’s third with the Lucas Oil MLRA. His victory breaks up the two race streak started by Stovall in the 2012 season.The 40 lap feature was contested caution free.

Saturday the tour rolls into Thunder Hill Speedway in Mayetta, Kansas for the first of two stops this year.

Sunflower State Weekend on the Horizon

June 20th, 2014

Wheatland, MO- The Lucas Oil MLRA is excited to return to two outstanding tracks in the Sunflower State this weekend. Friday the series returns to the Whitworth family’s Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kansas. Saturday action will shift north to the Conkwright family’s Thunder Hill Speedway.

“We are certainly glad to be going back to these two tracks again,” commented Race Director Ernie Leftwich. “We’ve had a lot of good shows so far this year, and we’re excited to bring the series to the fans in Kansas for the first time this season.”

Chad Simpson had another good weekend with three straight third place finishes. He was able to put about thirty more points between he and second place in the standings. His advantage heading into the weekend is 99 markers in front of Terry Phillips. Travis Dickes sits third, 114 points back. Jeremy Payne and John Anderson fill out the top five points positions.

Jesse Stovall has won the last two Lucas Oil MLRA shows at Humboldt. Thunder Hill Speedway has produced a slew of winners over the past five years, since the Conkwright’s assumed ownership. 2013 MLRA Champion Tony Jackson Jr. won the most recent race there.

Humboldt Speedway Information 6/20/14
Gates: 6:00 PM
Racing: Hot Laps 6:30 PM, Racing 8:00 PM
Admission: Adults $17, Youth (6-12) $10, Kids 5 and Under FREE
Support Classes: USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Mods, Purestock
Website: HumboldtSpeedway.com

Thunder Hill Speedway Information 6/21/14
Gates: 5:00 PM
Racing: Drivers Meeting 6:30 PM – Racing to Follow
Admission: Adults $15, Kids (12 and Under) FREE
Support Classes: IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Northern Sport Mods
Website: RaceThunderHillSpeedway.com

Dominant Performance by Gustin at Randolph County Raceway

June 18th, 2014

Moberly, MO – Saturday’s trip to the Randolph County Raceway was the first visit there in four years for the Lucas Oil MLRA. The fans turned out and so did the competitors for the finale of the three day weekend swing. Ryan Gustin qualified for the outside pole of the main event and cruised to his second ever Lucas Oil MLRA win.

“We learned quite a bit tonight and tried some new things that we’ve never tried before,” said Gustin. “I think we hit on something there. Hopefully we can keep it up and go get us some more wins throughout the season. This place is kind of different than anywhere else we’ll go the rest of the season. We already got a good heat race package when the track’s got some bite in it. Now I think we’ve got something figured out when it gets slick.”

The racing was good behind Gustin. Terry Phillips went back and forth with Chad Simpson and Jeremy Payne over the course of the forty lap feature. Two yellows for mechanical failures were the only stoppages of the race.

Next weekend The Lucas Oil MLRA will run at a pair of Kansas tracks. Friday will be the annual trek to Humboldt Speedway, and the Saturday show will move to Thunder Hill Speedway. Both races pay $3,000 to win.

Phillips Wins Thriller in Donnellson

June 14th, 2014

Donnellson, IA – In a heavyweight slugfest Friday night at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA, Terry Phillips threw the haymaker just shy of the checkers en route to his Lucas Oil MLRA series leading 107th victory. Phillips hung around the top five for the duration of the main event and gradually worked forward. Early in the race he went toe to toe with Chad Simpson. Then when a lapped car slowed race leader Ryan Gustin’s pace, Phillips jumped all over the young driver and slid in front of him exiting turn two. He had the momentum and kept Gustin at bay to roll on to victory in a fantastic feature event.

“They done a heck of a job here,” stated Phillips in RACEceiver Victory Lane. “This is a race track here now. You can race all over it. Hats off to them. Thanks to all the fans for coming out. I haven’t seen this many fans in a long time. That’s quite a race there.”

Early in the evening the drivers all took two laps on the clock to align the heat races. The top three heat race finishers then redrew for feature starting positions. Friday’s winner, John Anderson, redrew the number one “Lucas Oil Super Coolant” bottle and set the pace. Andy Eckrich drew the outside pole for the 40 lap feature.

Anderson quickly assumed the lead and was holding his own, until Gustin came to life, inches from the wall. Once he carved out his line, the #19r began picking off front of the pack cars with ease. Anderson was committed to the bottom, but abruptly changed his line once Gustin rolled both the third and fourth place cars in one turn.

Anderson held on a little longer, but Gustin passed him several laps later in turnsone and two. Ultimately Gustin held off all but Phillips to run a strong second. Chad Simpson still searching for his first Lucas Oil MLRA win of the season, scored his ninth top five finish in the series first 12 races. Those runs have him out front in the championship standings.

Friday’s race was the first ever appearance by the Lucas Oil MLRA at the Lee County Speedway. Saturday will wrap up the three day run, with an event at Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Missouri.

Anderson Nails Down First Win of the Season

June 13th, 2014

Oskaloosa, IA – Thursday night the Lucas Oil MLRA kicked off a three day swing at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa. John Anderson stood tallest among the 28 competitors to score his first win of the season and first for new car owner Bill Koons and BK Motorsports. The team rolled out a new car for evening, and it seemed to fit Anderson like a glove.

“Seems like it’s been forever,” said Anderson. “It (the car) really performed well. We were fast tonight right off the truck. I got to drive Bill’s car at the Show Me (100) because I hurt an engine there. I knew right then that car had a pretty good feel to it, so he went and got the same type. It feels really good. I’ve been doubting myself, and wanting to even do it and different things like that. Hopefully we’ll be up there some more this year.”

Initially the race was halted by a lap one melee involving at least 10 cars. Some continued, while damage forced others out. Once the lineup was situated, Anderson rolled from the outside pole and led every lap. Lapped traffic made it interesting at times, as second finishing Chris Simpson pulled to Anderson’s bumper on a couple of occasions. Matt Furman and Chad Simpson swapped third and fourth during the course of the race too.

KK Motorsports owner Bill Koons was excited following the main event and enjoyed the post race celebration on the frontstretch. “After getting off to somewhat of a slow start, it was a very positive night for everybody, since we’ve been preparing a new car for John to drive,” commented Koons. “The win is a huge momentum boost for my team. I can’t thank Rocket Chassis enough for helping us get where we are.”

Once the race was restarted from the outset, the feature ran caution free. The trip to Lucas Oil MLRA RACEceiver Victory Lane is the 30th for Anderson. He sits fifth on the all-time wins list.

The new track tour continues Friday, for the series, at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa. Saturday the swing concludes at Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Missouri.

Busy Six Weekend Stretch Begins Thursday

June 12th, 2014

Wheatland, MO – This weekend will begin the heart of the 2014 schedule for the Lucas Oil MLRA. With temperatures rising outside, the next six weekends will be chock-full of Lucas Oil MLRA competition. Whoever survives and thrives over this stretch of the schedule is likely to be sitting well in the standings with a realistic shot at the season championship. Twelve races comprise this next stretch and it all gets started with inaugural visits to a pair of Southern Iowa tracks promoted by Mike Van Gendren and a return visit Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Missouri, this weekend.

Thursday the stars of the series will visit Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa. A track best known for Sprint Car racing, the long straightaways and sweeping turns will provide a chance to see the speed and power of Super Late Models. Friday the show shifts south and east to Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa. Both shows will offer a possible $5,000 to win for those drivers who took part in the Gamblers Challenge announced several weeks ago.

Saturday is a return to Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Missouri. The series last visited the high banked facility on June 24th, 2010. In an entertaining feature, three time series champion John Anderson darted underneath the checkers ahead of Dave Eckrich, just as his engine was in the process of expiring. New ownership took over the facility last year and the Lucas Oil MLRA is excited to showcase itself to the new owners, fans and valued partners in Central Missouri.

Chad Simpson leads the series standings and is expected to be at all three stops this weekend as he chases the 2014 crown. Travis Dickes and Terry Phillips are second and third respectively, very much within striking distance of Simpson. Jeremy Payne and John Anderson complete the balance of the top five in the standings to this point.

Southern Iowa Speedway information Thursday 6/12/14
Gates:Pits 5:00 PM, Granstands 5:30 PM
Racing: Hot Laps 7:00 PM, Racing 7:30 PM
Admission: Adults $17, Youth (7-17) $10, Kids (6 and under) FREE
Support Classes: IMCA Modifieds, Stockcars, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, Sport Compacts
Website:OSKYSpeedway.com

Lee County Speedway Information Friday 6/13/14
Gates: Grandstands 5:30 PM
Racing: Hot Laps: 7:00 PM, Racing 7:30 PM
Admission: Adults $20, Youth (7-17) $10, Kids (6 and under) FREE
Support Classes: IMCA Modifieds, Stockcars, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, Sport Compacts
Website:LeeCountySpeedway.com

Randolph County Speedway Information Saturday 6/14/14
Gates: Pits 4:00 PM, Grandstands 5:00 PM
Racing: Hot Laps 6:30 PM, Racing 7:00 PM
Admission: Adults: $20, Youth (6-11) $10, Kids (5 and under) FREE
Support Classes: USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Mods, Hobby Stocks, 4 Cylinders
Website: RandolphCountyRaceway.com

Jackson and Marlar on the Front Row for 22nd Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100

May 26th, 2014

Wheatland, MO – Tony Jackson Jr. and Mike Marlar will make up the front row for Saturday Night’s 22nd Annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com. The Show-Me 100 will be the first crown jewel event this season at the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” Lucas Oil Speedway.

A total of 65 drivers took part in Miller Welders Time Trials on Friday Night for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Lucas Oil Midwest Racing Association co-sanctioned event.

Jesse Stovall represented the Show-Me State well by capturing Fast Shafts Heat One. Stovall bolted from his third starting spot to pass fast qualifier Ryan Gustin as he went on for the victory in the 20-lap race. Trailing Stovall and Gustin to the finish line to earn the final transfer spot was former Show-Me winner, Terry Phillips.

The Eibach Springs Second Heat was taken by another Missouri driver, Tony Jackson Jr. The defending Lucas Oil MLRA Champion dominated his heat in a new Rocket Chassis by Frye. Garrett Alberson made his first ever Show-Me 100 by taking the runner-up spot ahead of Jason Bodenhamer, who qualified for his home-state’s richest race.

Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Leader, Don O’Neal started third and quickly made his way to the front by capturing the Simpson Performance Products Heat Three win. Modified standout Rodney Sanders will make his first career start in the Show-Me as he finished second, well behind O’Neal. Will Vaught took the third and final transfer spot.

Jimmy Owens, the 3-time and defending LOLMDS Champion and attempting to win a record 4th straight Show-Me 100 took control of FK Rod Ends Heat Four after sprinting to a huge lead. Owens led every lap ahead of Billy Moyer Jr., and Shannon Babb, who rallied from his seventh starting spot to take third to transfer to the main event.

Mike Marlar took home the win in Fast Shafts Heat Five. Robert Baker continued his solid performance for the weekend in taking the second transfer spot. Three-time Show-Me 100 winner Billy Moyer rounded out the transfer cars by nabbing the third spot.

Scott Bloomquist was victorious in the Eibach Springs Heat Six as the 5-time Show-Me 100 victor held off young, Bobby Pierce for the win. Eddie Carrier, Jr. made a late-race charge from his seventh spot to pass Brian Shirley near the end to take the final transfer position.

After the heat races were complete there was a redraw for the top three finishers in each heat race to set the top 18 starters for tomorrow night’s 100-lap feature event. Drivers redrew their starting position with their respective transfers. Tony Jackson Jr. and Mike Marlar will start on the front-row of the 100-lap $30,000-to-win event Saturday Night. Don O’Neal and Jesse Stovall will make-up row two, with Scott Bloomquist and Jimmy Owens starting alongside each other in row three. In preliminary action, Ryan Gustin set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 65 entrants, with a lap of 15.144 seconds. Jimmy Owens set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.442 seconds. Jesse Stovall, Tony Jackson Jr., Don O’Neal, Jimmy Owens, Mike Marlar, and Scott Bloomquist won their respective heat races. Don O’Neal won the HotRod Tracker Manufacturers Dash and Brian Birkhofer won the Crawford Supply Traeger Grills Race of Champions.

Bloomquist Edges Baker in Inaugural Cowboy Classic

May 25th, 2014

Wheatland, MO – If the inaugural Lucas Oil MLRA Cowboy Classic was a preview of what is in store for the weekend, hold on! Scott Bloomquist and Robert Baker locked horns and the winner was not decided until the checkers waved. Bloomquist edged Baker for his second ever win at Lucas Oil Speedway.

“We just moved up and gained back towards him,” said Bloomquist in RACEceiver Victory Lane. “That’s why I knew when we started the race again we were going to focus on running up high. The car was just a little bit free on entrance to get it to stick real good in the bottom. Overall the thing was awesome really. We could really maneuver the car about anywhere we wanted.”

Second finishing Robert Baker led the first 14 laps until Bloomquist took over the position in lapped traffic. Once out front Bloomquist showed the way, but did not pull away from Baker, who appeared unphased running up front with some of the most well known Dirt Late Model racers in the country. Baker was not content to just ride though. Without the aid of any yellows, he jumped back to the lead and began to stretch his advantage somewhat.

The only caution of the night waved on lap 36 for debris in turn three. On the restart, Bloomquist was too much to handle as he rolled on for the final nine laps. For his efforts, the owner of Team Zero was awarded with a $5,045 check, $200 PFI Western Store Merchandise Certificate, one off Cowboy boot trophy and custom pedal car built by Sedalia, Missouri resident and ardent Dirt Late Model supporter Bob Hiller.

Behind the lead duo there were cars all over the track, at times running three wide. Don O’Neal and Eddie Carrier Jr moved forward late to secure fourth and fifth respectively. Early on Jesse Stovall, Jared Landers and Chad Simpson put on a performance rivaling the lead duo.

On Friday night, May 23rd, the LucasOil Show-Me 100 Presented by Protecttheharvest.com will get underway with Miller Welders Time Trials and Heat Races for the LucasOil Late Model Dirt Series. The driver that sets fast time will win $500 from Miller Welders at this year’s event. After the LOLMDS Heat Races on Friday night, there will be two special Dashes for fans and racers to enjoy.

Friday night racing action includes the $1,000 to win Crawford Supply Race of Champions – Presented by Traeger Grills, which, in 2014, will not only showcase all previous Show-Me 100 Champions, but will now also include all previous LucasOil Late Model Dirt Series and LucasOil MLRA Champions that are entered in this year’s Show-Me 100.

Following the Race of Champions race will be the Hot Rod Tracker Manufacturers Dash, featuring the fastest qualifiers in each chassis brand, racing for a $1,000 to win top prize. The USRA Modifieds will be running preliminary events as they attempt to qualify for their feature event on Saturday night.

Tentative Friday Event Schedule

Pits and Grandstand Open-Your Invited to Visit Early!
1:30pm-Pits Closed and Cleared
2:00pm- Pits Re-Open
4:30pm- Grandstands Closed and Cleared
5:00pm- Grandstands Re-Open
2:00-5:30pm-Tech Inspection, Drivers much have their cars cleared through Tech building
by 5:30pm.
6:45pm-Hot Laps
7:30-Invocation and National Anthem
7:35pm-Racing Begins

LOLMDS Qualifying for Show-Me 100 USRA Modifieds Heat Races- (8 Laps) Track Prep- (15-20 Minutes) LOLMDS Heat Races- (20 Laps) Intermission/Track Prep if Necessary Hot Rod Tracker Manufacturers Dash for Cash-$1,000 to win (10 Laps) USRA Modifieds Pole Dash-Top 10 in Passing Points for 10-Lap Dash to set first 5 rows. Crawford Supply Race of Champions Presented by Traeger Grills-$1,000 to Win (12 Laps) (All Past Show-Me 100 Winners, all past LucasOil Late Model Dirt Series Champions, and all past LucasOil MLRA Champions eligible)

Gamblers challenge Raises Stakes in Upcoming Iowa Events

May 23rd, 2014

Wheatland, MO – When the Lucas Oil MLRA visits the state of Iowa next, there will be added incentives. The Thursday, June 12th visit to Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, and the Friday, June 13th stop at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson will have the possibility of paying the winner $5,000 instead of the originally advertised $3,000 to win.

Here’s how the Gamblers Challenge, instituted by track promoter Mike Van Genderen, works. Drivers wanting to partake in the challenge will need to either pay an additional entry of $100 for one of the races or pay $175 to be included in the challenge for both nights.

There will be a total of $10,000 available if a driver can sweep the weekend and an additional $4,000 in prize money total for a sweep. The deadline to enter is June 5th. If drivers want to enter the challenge for one of the events only, they are asked to designate the race when sending entry money.

Moyer Bests Field in Dominant MLRA Performance

May 19th, 2014

Muskogee, OK – Saturday’s Lucas Oil MLRA finale at Outlaw Motorsports Park in Muskogee, OK was another showing of just how strong Billy Moyer is behind the wheel. He paced Travis Dickes for the first couple of circuits before a restart bunched the field. Moyer chose the highside and Dickes left it open when the green waved. From that point there was little doubt Moyer was going to be denied. When the race’s final yellow waved on lap 23 for Will Vaught, Moyer was nearly a straightaway ahead.

“It felt like we had a pretty good hot rod there,” stated Moyer standing in RACEceiver Victory Lane for the 780th time in his Hall of Fame career. “That restart come out he (Dickes) kind of liked the bottom it looked like. It was way early in the race. There was a lot of good track left up there on top at that time for sure. I just elected to go up there and give it a shot. It stuck good and away we went.”

With the race win never really in question, a slew of cars worked behind the leader. Terry Phillips was once again right up there, as was Chad Simpson. On the race’s final circuit, Phillips passed Simpson to finish in the runner up spot for the second straight night.

“My car seems to come on toward the end of the race,” stated Phillips. “I got to figure that out for little short races, or quit running with Billy Moyer. We had a new car. This is the second time I’ve run it. We’ll get it figured out.”

Chad Simpson’s third place run now gives him seven top five finishes in the series first eight races of the year. In the early stages it looked like Simpson might have been in a bad spot .

“Will got in there, and got kind of hot, and kind of got sideways a little bit,” said Simpson after surveying the nose damage on his Rocket. “I was right on the outside of him. He just swung his tail out and I hooked him. Just a racing deal. It happens. The car is coming around. We keep working on it. It’s getting better.”

Travis Dickes and Jeremy Payne completed the remainder of the top five. Three yellows slowed the pace of the race. Through eight races this season, there have been eight different winners.

Vaught Holds off Phillips and Moyer for First MLRA Win of the Season

May 18th, 2014

Muskogee, OK – The first visit to Outlaw Motorsports Park by the Lucas Oil MLRA in seven years was a good one. Three heat races set the field for an exciting feature, led to wire to wire by Will Vaught. Firing from the outside pole, Vaught jumped to lead over Billy Moyer, and navigated a swarm of lapped cars to hold on for the $2,000 payday.

“Jumping out in the lead there early, I didn’t really know the distance,” said Vaught, in RACEceiver Victory Lane, regarding his initial advantage. “Gary Winger has been working on my shock package and we’re trying to dial this thing in. We actually won with the other car, and been running good with the other car. Obviously we found something on the old car and put it on this one. This one has been pretty good tonight.”

Phillips rolled from the outside of row three and steadily pushed forward. During the middle portion of the race he worked to third, and moved around Moyer in lapped traffic to slide into the runner up spot.

“The car was pretty good,” commented Phillips. “It came on there at the end. He (Moyer) was getting tight getting in, and my car would turn good. He was a little better than me off. Out in the open with lap cars out of your way, it seemed like I was gaining ground on Will, but he got gone. He had a good car.”

Moyer looked early on like he might be the car to beat as he ran down and passed Phillips in his heat race. It was still a quality showing for Moyer, who continues to fine tune his new Longhorn Chassis.

“We started on the front row and run third, so that isn’t very good,” said Moyer. “Them guys done a good job. We just gotta pick our game up a little bit. It’s a different tire package, what they run here. So we’re just trying to work on the car a little for that.”

The race was only slowed by one yellow flag for a spinning Brian Parker in the middle of turns three and four. The lapped cars made racing up front intense. Chad Simpson and Ryan Gustin also jockeyed for positions in the front portion of the field, adding to the overall excitement of the race.

Saturday the Lucas Oil MLRA will wrap up its weekend with a $3,000 to win show at Outlaw Motorsports Park. Racing will begin at 7:00 PM. It will be the final points race prior to next weekend’s 22nd Annual Lucas Oil Show Me 100.

Lucas Oil MLRA Invades Outlaw for Twin Bill

May 16th, 2014

Wheatland, MO – Fresh off of a highly successful weekend in the Hawkeye state, the Lucas Oil MLRA is right back at it this weekend at Outlaw Motorsports Park, located just south of Muskogee, Oklahoma. The two night show will find the stars of the series racing for $2,000 to win on Friday night and $3,000 to win on Saturday. There have been 14 previous shows sanctioned by the Lucas Oil MLRA at Outlaw, but none since the 2006 season.

“Outlaw (Motorsports Park) is a super nice place and the folks who run it are good people,” commented recent MLRA winner Jesse Stovall. “We’ve had some success there in the past and are looking to have a strong weekend prior to the Show Me 100. I’m really looking forward to getting another weekend of racing under my belt in these new Victory Circle Cars.”

Chad Simpson currently leads the standings and is looking for his first MLRA victory of the season. One of last weekend’s winners, Travis Dickes, currently sits in second place. Brad Looney is just four markers back of Dickes in third, with both Terry Phillips and Jeremy Payne hot on Dickes and Looney’s heels.

The Sunoco Rookie of the Year chase is separated by just twenty points, with Scott Lewis leading J.C. Wyman.

Outlaw Motorsports Park Information Friday 5/16/14 & Saturday 5/17/14

Gates: 5:00 PM Grandstand (Both Days)

Racing: 7:00 PM Racing (Both Days)

Admission: Adults $15, Youth $7, Kids 7 and Under FREE (Both Days)

Support Classes: Grand Nationals & IMCA Stock Cars (Friday), IMCA Modifieds, Outlaw Modifieds, IMCA Sport Mods (Saturday)

Website: OutlawMotorsportsPark.com

Travis Dickes Captures First-Ever MLRA Main Event

May 12th, 2014

Maquoketa, IA – Night two of the Lucas Oil MLRA/Corn Belt Clash double-hitter weekend wrapped up Saturday night with a first-time winner in RACEceiver Victory Lane. Madison, Nebraska’s Travis Dickes dominated the race by leading all but the opening lap at Jackson County Speedway.

Dickes and fellow Nebraska driver John Anderson started on row one for the 40-lap Lucas Cattle Company a-main event. Anderson looked strong early leading lap one ahead of Dickes and New Berlin, Illinois racer Brandon Sheppard.

Anderson’s time at the front didn’t last long as he slipped back to third behind Brian Birkhofer and ultimately outside of the top five. The first of three caution flags waved over the field by lap five with Dickes showing the way over Sheppard, Birkhofer, Brad Looney and Chad Simpson.

On lap eight, Birkhofer pressured Dickes for the lead but once again Dickes fought off all challengers to maintain his position out front. By lap 12, Chad Simpson charged into fourth while Sheppard took over second from Birkhofer, who slipped to third. Sheppard thought about stepping out of line by lap 15 looking for a way to the front but thought better of it and moved right back down to the low side holding onto second position. The second caution flag fell over the field for the stalled car of Bill Koons.

For the restart, Dickes hammered the throttle while Sheppard went back to work trying searching for a way to pass for the lead. Chad Simpson, Brian Birkhofer, and tenth-starting Brad Looney battled close with Birkhofer ultimately fading to fourth on the restart.

A lap 22 three-car incident brought out the third and final caution as Chad Simpson moved to second with his Brother Chris moving to fourth one spot behind Sheppard. Brady Smith and Ryan Gustin ran in the sixth and seventh positions respectively just outside of the top five.

At the front, Chad Simpson tried extremely hard to find a way around Dickes, but just as he had the entire race distance, Dickes turned back all pursuers. Just shy of lap 30, Dickes left the door a little open coming off turn four but yet again Chad Simpson was unable to gain ground.

With eight laps remaining, Dickes encountered lapped traffic for the first time during the race but again he mastered his line and cleanly made his way through lapped cars, keeping Chad Simpson and Sheppard at bay. Dickes lightly clipped the infield tire in turn one running the low line but it didn’t slow him down any as he increased his lead in the closing laps.

At race end, Dickes found himself in RACEceiver Victory Lane for the first time on the MLRA circuit. After his win, Dickes stated, “Starting up front was huge, luckily I was able to stay there the whole time. When you can run with them guys [Sheppard, Birkhofer, and the Simpson Brothers] and stay in front, you’ve got to take your hat off to the Victory Circle guys and Jim Kuntz. I just knew if I stayed committed to my line, we’d be fine; I tried to stay smooth and patient as long as I could.”

Chad Simpson came away with the runner-up finish just in front of Brandon Sheppard, Chris Simpson, and Brady Smith inside the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Ryan Gustin, Brian Birkhofer, Jeremy Payne, Brad Looney, and John Anderson.

Heat race winners were John Anderson, Chad Simpson, Travis Dickes, and Jake Meier. Spencer Diercks claimed the lone b-main event. The Jackson County Speedway event marked the tenth time MLRA held a race in the state of Iowa.

Up next for the MLRA contingent are back-to-back nights at Outlaw Motorsports Park in Muskogee, Oklahoma, on May 16 and 17. The event marks the first time MLRA drivers have visited the track since July 2006, when Terry Phillips drove to victory. For additional information visit the track’s website at www.outlawmotorsports.com.

Chris Simpson Captures Home-State Victory in Lucas Oil MLRA Thriller at Davenport Speedway!

May 12th, 2014

Davenport, IA – A strong field of 45 Lucas Oil MLRA competitors jammed the pits at Davenport Speedway Friday night, culminating in a race for the ages among three Iowa natives and one Missourian gunning for a $3,000 victory on a crisp and cool early May night . It was MLRA’s first visit to the speedway in its 26-year history.

Earlier in the week, Chris Simpson, driver of the Rocket Chassis, Pro Power #32, stated he was “Looking forward to racing a little closer to home than normal and that a victory on Hawkeye State soil would mean a great deal to his race team and sponsors.”

Starting on the pole of the 40-lap Lucas Cattle Company main event, alongside Late Model rising star Ryan Gustin, Simpson did all he could to keep ‘The Reaper’ from leading the opening laps, but Gustin’s #19r quickly darted out to the lead, leaving Simpson to battle with fellow Iowan Brian Birkhofer in the early stages of the race.

With such an intense battle taking shape at the front of the field, it proved hard for onlookers to turn their attention away from the leaders but the battles from fifth on back were just as impressive with the likes of Chad Simpson, Brandon Sheppard,
and Billy Drake doing all they could to advance towards the front.

For a while, it appeared Gustin was on his way to dominating and picking up yet another early season win in the process until Birkhofer made his way to the front in front of the enthusiastic crowd, relegating Gustin to second and Simpson third, while current MLRA point’s leader Terry Phillips charged his way into the mix from his fifth-starting position.

Two-thirds of the way through the race Iowa drivers held down the top three positions as Birkhofer led Simpson and Gustin through heavy lapped traffic, which proved crucial in the closing laps when Phillips turned up the wick in the final stages of the race.

With just five laps remaining, it was anyone’s win for the taking as race leaders mastered lapped traffic and the racy track surface. The event unfolded at a blistering pace, leaving race officials scrambling to catch their breath as the white flag briefly flew just in time for the checkered flag to wave over the nail-biting finish. In the end, Chris Simpson came away as the winner ahead of fifth-starting Terry Phillips in second. After his home-state victory, Simpson said, “It was a good track, I fell back a little bit at the start there, I think we put a little bit too much fuel in it, she wouldn’t fire up right away but the longer that race went the better
this thing got. I just gotta thank Birkhofer for everything he does for me, to be able to run with him, I thought he was gone when he got around me. Lapped traffic helped me tonight and I had a helluva car. This is close to home and it means a lot for me to win here.”

Birkhofer edged Gustin for third leaving ‘The Reaper’ in fourth, one spot ahead of seventh-starting Chad Simpson. Brady Smith advanced from his b-main transfer and 19th starting position to claim sixth, Rich Bell, Jeremy Payne, Dave Eckrich, and Billy Drake rounded out the top ten. Sheppard experienced troubles on the final lap and fell to 18th at the finish.

Phillips maintained his lead atop the point standings but he was unsure at the conclusion of the night where his next night of racing would unfold due to another event scheduled in his hometown of Springfield, Missouri on Saturday night.

Heat race winners included Brandon Sheppard, Rich Bell, Chris Simpson, Terry Phillips, and Jason O’Brien, while Jeremy Payne and Jason Jaggers drove to victory in the b-mains.

Lucas Oil MLRA competitors make the short jaunt to Jackson County Speedway in Maquoketa, Iowa on Saturday, May 10 for the second night of the weekend double-hitter. Jackson County Speedway is a 3/8 mile semi -banked oval located just East of Maquoketa, for more information visit their website at DarkSidePromo.com .

Cowboy Classic Qualifying Format Revealed

May 11th, 2014

Wheatland, MO – Lucas Oil Speedway and MLRA Officials are pleased to announce details for the Inaugural Lucas Oil MLRA “Cowboy Classic” on May 22nd, 2014 to kick off the 22nd Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com on Memorial Day Weekend. Beginning in 2014, the Thursday night MLRA race will honor former MLRA Owner/Promoter Allen “Cowboy” Chancellor who recently succumbed to a short illness.

“Cowboy, as he was affectionately called throughout the racing industry was a great friend to all of us.” stated Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager and Lucas Oil MLRA Series Director Dan Robinson. “This will be an annual tribute to kick off one of the biggest dirt late model weekends of racing in the country in memory of Cowboy.”

During Cowboy’s long racing career driving primarily dirt late models prior to purchasing the MLRA with wife Harriett, he drove the #45 car and that is what most people remember him by. In honor of Cowboy and the #45, the Thursday MLRA event will pay $5,045 to win and $545 to start. The race will now be a 45-lap main event. The Thursday night MLRA race will also see an increase of more than $3,000 in total purse money to over $25,000 for the main event. The complete purse is as follows: 1st) $5,045, 2nd) $3,045, 3rd) $2,045, 4th) $1,545, 5th) $1,245, 6th) $1,045, 7th) $945, 8th) $845, 9th) $745, 10th) $645, 11th-26th) $545.

The race winner will also receive a one of a kind unique cowboy themed trophy and a $200 gift certificate to PFI Western Store. To see the vast product lines offered by PFI visit them online at PFIWestern.com.

With the large turnout of cars expected for the event some qualifying format changes have been implemented for the Thursday night showdown. Drivers will draw for their heat race pairings and race against only those competitors in their assigned heat. Three cars at a time will take to the speedway for a two lap time trial session. The heats will then be set based off a heads up lineup following time trials. There will be six heat races with the top three finishers in each heat transferring on to the evening’s main event. Following the heats, there will be three last chance B Mains contested, with the top two finishers transferring.

Prior to the B Mains, the heat race winners, 2nd place finishers and 3rd place finishers will redraw amongst their finishing peers across all six heats. This means all winners will redraw for spots 1-6, 2nd place finishers redraw for spots 7-12 and 3rd place runners for positions 13-18.

There will also be two Lucas Oil MLRA provisionals up for grabs as well as two Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series provisionals. There will be no emergency provisionals awarded, as no points are on the line for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, and for the Lucas Oil MLRA, there will only be 25 appearance points awarded to every car in attendance. The same will be true for MLRA competitors of the Friday and Saturday portion of the weekend as well.

There will also be a complete Pitts Homes USRA Modified Show featuring NASCAR Star and TV personality Kenny Wallace. Both the Lucas Oil MLRA and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will receive two provisionals in addition to the standard starting field.

Action on Friday, May 23rd kicks off with Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Qualifying followed by six huge 20-lap heat races as the top-3 in each heat race automatically transfer to the $30,000 to win Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 on Saturday night.

Friday night racing action also includes the $1,000 to win Crawford Supply Race of Champions Presented by Traeger Grills which in 2014 will not only showcase all previous Show-Me 100 Champions but will now also include all previous Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Lucas Oil MLRA Champions that are entered in this year’s Show-Me 100.

The Hot Rod Tracker Manufacturers Dash featuring the fastest qualifiers in each chassis brand will also be running for a $1,000 to win top prize. The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds will be running preliminary events as they attempt to qualify for their main event on Saturday night.

On Saturday night May 24th, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series competitors not already locked into the 100-lap main event will attempt to work their way in through B-Mains and the Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge.

The $30,000 to win, 100-lap finale is set to follow as Jimmy Owens looks to continue his stranglehold on the Lucas Oil Speedway. The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds round out the weekend action with a special $1,000 to win Main Event Presented by RacinDirt.com.

A limited number of 2-day Reserved Seat Tickets remain and can only be purchased by calling the track office at (417) 282-5984.

Advanced General Admission tickets for all 3-days of action are available at LucasOilSpeedway.com as well as the complete weekend schedule, pricing, and ticket information. Weekend highlights include the first appearance at Lucas Oil Speedway of the mobile Ole Smoky Shine Shack, the AAA NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Show Car driven by Joey Logano, the GEICO Sprint Cup Show Car and a spectacular laser light show on Saturday night plus a full weekend of vendors on the vendor midway.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, MO. 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 LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

Lucas Oil MLRA series coming to DavenportSpeedway

May 10th, 2014

DAVENPORT, Ia. – The Davenport Speedway will roar intoaction this Friday, when the Lucas Oil MLRA super late models make theirinaugural visit. The event isco-sanctioned by the Cornbelt Clash Late Model Series.

The Lucas Oil MLRA Series is based in Wheatland,Missouri. The Midwest Late model Racing Association series will compete in sixstates in 2014: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. The defending series champion isTony Jackson Jr., of Lebanon, Missouri.

Also racing at theevent will be four of the Davenport Speedway’s weekly classes. The Milan Heating& Air IMCA Modifieds, Koehler Electric Street Stocks, Hawkeye Auto IMCASportMods, and Roto-Rooter 4-Stocks will all see action.

Tickets for therace will be $20 for adults, $18 seniors & students. Pit passes will be $30.

The Davenport Speedway is located at the MississippiValley Fairgrounds, on West Locust Street in Davenport, Iowa. Pit gates willopen at 4:30pm, grandstand at 5:00pm, with hotlaps at 6:30, and racing at7:00pm.

For more information, visit our website at “davenportspeedway.com”or call (563) 652-5302.

MLRA Set to Invade Iowa in Weekend Double – Hitter

May 10th, 2014

Wheatland, MO – Lucas Oil MLRA drivers are just days away from invading the ‘Hawkeye’ state for a pair of events this weekend. Action begins Friday, May 9 at Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa, followed by a Saturday, May 10 appearance at Jackson County Speedway in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Throughout its 26-year history, MLRA drivers competed in eight prior events in Iowa; however, this weekend’s swing marks the first time the tour is set to visit both Davenport Speedway and Jackson County Speedway.

Regarding the weekend double-hitter, MLRA Race Director Ernie Leftwich recently stated, “It will set up a nice weekend for our drivers between Jackson County Speedway and Davenport, Iowa.”

Leftwich is not the only one anxiously awaiting this weekend’s action. Iowa native Chris Simpson is looking forward to a rare opportunity to race close to home on the big stage. “Both tracks are about an hour away, so it will be nice to have family, friends, and sponsors be able to watch us race,” stated Simpson. He went on to say, “We are bringing out last year’s car, the one I won with at Lakeside Speedway, for these two races, it’s a 2013 MB Customs.”

Simpson has two trips to victory lane at Jackson County Speedway in Corn Belt Clash (CBC) Late Model Series competition but admitted eight years have passed since he raced on the smaller track at Davenport. Regardless, Simpson is anxious to see who shows up to compete during the double-bill. Both of this weekend’s events are co-sanctioned by the CBC.

Terry Phillips currently leads Chad Simpson, Brad Looney, Travis Dickes, and Tommy Weder, Jr., in the championship point standings. Phillips, Rodney Sanders, Jeremy Payne and Jesse Stovall have already registered MLRA wins this season.

At Davenport Speedway, MLRA events will take place on the quarter-mile track, which is located on the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. For additional information visit DavenportSpeedway.com. Jackson County Speedway is a 3/8 mile semi -banked oval located just East of Maquoketa, Iowa, visit their website to learn more at DarkSidePromo.com.

Thursday Night MLRA Event during Show-Me 100 Week to be titled the “Cowboy Classic” beginning in 2014 to honor former MLRA Owner/Promoter Allen “Cowboy” Chancellor

May 6th, 2014

WHEATLAND, MO- Lucas Oil Speedway Officials are pleased to announce details for the Inaugural Lucas Oil MLRA “Cowboy Classic” on May 22nd, 2014 to kick off the 22nd Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com on Memorial Day Weekend. Beginning in 2014, the Thursday night MLRA race will honor former MLRA Owner/Promoter Allen “Cowboy” Chancellor who recently succumbed to a short illness. “Cowboy, as he was affectionately called throughout the racing industry was a great friend to all of us.” stated Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager and Lucas Oil MLRA Series Director Dan Robinson. “This will be an annual tribute to kick off one of the biggest dirt late model weekends of racing in the country in memory of Cowboy.” During Cowboy’s long racing career driving primarily dirt late models prior to purchasing the MLRA with wife Harriett, he drove the #45 car and that is what most people remember him by. In honor of Cowboy and the #45, the Thursday MLRA event will pay $5,045 to win and $545 to start. The race will now be a 45-lap main event. The Thursday night MLRA race will also see an increase of more than $3,000 in total purse money to over $25,000 for the main event.

The complete purse is as follow: 1st) $5,045, 2nd) $3,045, 3rd) $2,045, 4th) $1,545, 5th) $1,245, 6th) $1,045, 7th) $945, 8th)
$845, 9th) $745, 10th) $645, 11th-26th) $545. In addition to a name and purse structure change, the race will also see a change
in format as the standard passing point system typically used in most MLRA races will not be utilized due to the high car counts expected. Final details are being penned, but MLRA Officials plan to use an on track qualifying procedure to set the field. Complete details will be released soon by MLRA.

The 22nd Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com gets underway on Thursday, May 22nd Show-Me 100 Logo with the freshly announced $5,045 to win Lucas Oil MLRA “Cowboy Classic” plus a complete Pitts Homes USRA Modified Show featuring NASCAR Star and TV personality Kenny Wallace. Both the Lucas Oil MLRA and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will receive two provisionals in addition to the standard starting field.

Action on Friday, May 23rd kicks off with Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Qualifying followed by six huge 20-lap heat races as the top-3 in each heat race automatically transfer to the $30,000 to win Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 on Saturday night.

Friday night racing action also includes the $1,000 to win Crawford Supply Race of Champions Presented by Traeger Grills which in 2014 will not only showcase all previous Show-Me 100 Champions but will now also include all previous Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Lucas Oil MLRA Champions that are entered in this year’s Show-Me 100.

The Hot Rod Tracker Manufacturers Dash featuring the fastest qualifiers in each chassis brand will also be running for a $1,000 to win top prize. The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds will be running preliminary events as they attempt to qualify for their main event on Saturday night. On Saturday night May 24th, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series competitors not already locked into the 100-lap main event will attempt to work their way in through B-Mains and the Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge.

The $30,000 to win, 100-lap finale is set to follow as Jimmy Owens looks to continue his stranglehold on the Lucas Oil Speedway. The Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds round out the weekend action with a special $1,000 to win Main Event Presented by RacinDirt.com.

A limited number of 2-day Reserved Seat Tickets remain and can only be purchased by calling the track office at (417) 282-5984. Advanced General Admission tickets for all 3-days of action are available at www.LucasOilSpeedway.com  as well as the complete weekend schedule, pricing, and ticket information. Weekend highlights include the first appearance at Lucas Oil Speedway of the mobile Ole Smoky Shine Shack, the AAA NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Show Car driven by Joey Logano, the GEICO Sprint Cup Show Car and a spectacular laser light show on Saturday night plus a full weekend of vendors on the vendor midway.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, MO. 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.  for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

Race fans can go to www.LucasOilSpeedway.com  to view the complete schedule for Lucas Oil Speedway’s 2014 season, find detailed event information, get the latest news, and get complete ticket and campsite information.

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

Click the link below for the tentative 2014 Lucas Oil Speedway schedule. All events, dates, classes, and payouts are tentative and subject to change.

Printable 2014 Tentative Schedule

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. 2014 marks the 4th 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 2014 plus National Boat Racing Association (NBRA) 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Factory Stocks and the Tri-Lakes RV USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

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Lucas Oil MLRA to make first ever swing through Eastern Iowa

May 3rd, 2014

For the first time in its twenty-sixyear history, the Lucas Oil MLRA Series will journey into Eastern Iowa for apair of races. The super late model traveling racing series will compete at theDavenport Speedway on Friday, May 9th and the Jackson CountySpeedway in Maquoketa on Saturday, May 10th.

Previous Lucas Oil MLRA appearances in the HawkeyeState have been at Adams County, Crawford County, and Shelby County Speedways,all in western Iowa.

Both events are co-sanctioned by the Cornbelt ClashLate Model Series.

After the first four races of the 2014 Lucas Oil MLRAseason, Terry Phillips of Springfield, MO leads the point standings. ChadSimpson of Mt. Vernon, IA is second and trails by 28 points.

The Lucas Oil MLRA Series is a super late modelorganization based in Wheatland, Missouri. The Midwest Latemodel Racing Association series will compete in six midwest states in 2014: Illinois, Iowa,Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.

Jackson County Speedway Added to Schedule

April 19th, 2014

Wheatland, MO – Lucas Oil MLRA Series Officials have made an amendment to the 2014 schedule. When the initial schedule was released it showed a date of Saturday, May 10th, at Independence Speedway in Independence, Iowa. Recently the series was informed the track would no longer be able to host them.

A new venue was secured, and officials are pleased to announce on Saturday, May 10th, they will make their inaugural stop at Jackson County Speedway in Maquoketa, IA. “We’re excited to make our first ever visit to Jackson County Speedway,” commented MLRA Race Director Ernie Leftwich. “We are certainly glad to be working with them. It will also set up a nice weekend for our drivers between there and Davenport, Iowa.”

Jackson County Speedway is a 3/8 mile semi banked oval. You can visit their website to learn more at DarkSidePromo.com [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001rS1bIWvbAQNVkIRYJrnJA_vQcwAbqbm7cCDJSsarz_xKbUc4GXYvuBPsqItWbOiXove-tAa7FcBFd7BNBRD4jya1P3FBohL1nM69NYqHmlsOX9ZNIHlUqD3yKZLQns2_eH-Nj-fqb7SJw-AblLh2bBbymvx4qK2KNRfTLf5t5Uk=&c=PTZUHG-0J77-i1dYI_R60jvuvYbphHJ3HMWHjwpt3VApbX7aQKEHgA==&ch=t0OMZzP2QVzKHZsDd1LGa0ojNKlVbCf694qHTKr2jypwtUbZaTduag==].

Jeremy Payne Dominates Weekend Action at Lucas Oil Speedway with three wins!

April 18th, 2014

Wheatland, MO- The Inaugural FOX 22 Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com is in the books and what a weekend it was especially for Jeremy Payne. Payne kicked things off on Friday night with a convincing win in the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds and then doubled up on Saturday not only winning the USRA Modified feature but he also dominated the field to take the win in the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models.

David Hendrix scored the first main event of the weekend as he set the tone for the season that he would be a force to be reckoned with in the Carson’s Corner Napa Factory Stocks. He settled for second on Saturday however as he tried the slide for life on Burl Woods coming out of turn four on the last lap but Woods turned down to the bottom and narrowly beat him back to the AAA Start/Finish Line to take the win.

In the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds it was all Payne all weekend as he wheeled his popular #186 GRT race car to the wins both nights with power from Andy Durham Racing Engines. 2012 Track Champion Jason Russell had a great weekend as well as finished in the runner up spot both nights.

In Friday’s Lucas Oil MLRA event, the track was wicked fast around the topside and Jesse Stovall did was he does best as he put his foot to the floor in his brand new Victory Circle race car and never lifted as the 30 lap feature went caution free. MLRA point leader Terry Phillips ran second while Elk Mound, Wisconsin’s Jimmy Mars used the weekend for some valuable testing for the upcoming Show-Me 100 on May 22-24th scoring a third place finish.

The final event of the weekend was a 40 lap Lucas Oil MLRA main event and with the track slick and smooth, it was all Payne as he held off numerous restarts and challenges to take a very popular win in the GRT House Car as GRT Owner Joe Garrison and wife Katie celebrated in the RACEceiver Victory Lane. Chris Brown from Spring, Texas crossed the finish line in second while Mount Vernon, Iowa’s Chad Simpson scored a podium finish taking the third spot at the finish.

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Lucas Oil Speedway gets back in action next weekend for the first Budweiser Weekly Racing Series event of the season on KY3 Night at the Races featuring the ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models, the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, the Carson’s Corner Napa Factory Stocks and the debut of the newly sanction Tri-Lakes RV USRA B-Mods. Visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001SN4oLfZIAQEHTcygLNxZG1mjkXhdG8PNdD4rN60WZbt6ZkPqCjP491qETnJcNh_r7NBwHvG8kEc_JhCJSV3rN9WzKU6kzEM0Rw1QfIcgqAvoSgPYGjloSraX5RZL85obJ2JiGY3VvHp_tUPEBrz7NpncWHyYox4VXWQTjzRaJ442doV73Mc-uYyKeyhBUfdUa1OR0TdVAdVHo6TPCs-XdUbzuQKIu2CM3umT1S4ttuTFgckOV3uhENCatbsyoKcgFC_xkrfMrJ5c2IpHW_pB6s4hbfJ5ReYwGwPvYpE65RqhRjCViQnTGVGNn2PS50szYu3Z348FuTVvi47tDQuCoNosOLYrsNW6nULSeIQmYRI=&c=rqZvxdPmnKpx3S1UzH6D9d9bXv51Gs8pjk5FslZD7TwspDOkTdgHVw==&ch=B32Ib7UVNI61MyYbULCX6saNNR6Ymlsv4DEq324SH2ugahmtWj2plg==] for all the details or call the track hotline at (417) 282-5984.

Race fans can go to www.LucasOilSpeedway.com [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001SN4oLfZIAQEHTcygLNxZG1mjkXhdG8PNdD4rN60WZbt6ZkPqCjP491qETnJcNh_r7NBwHvG8kEc_JhCJSV3rN9WzKU6kzEM0Rw1QfIcgqAvoSgPYGjloSraX5RZL85obJ2JiGY3VvHp_tUPEBrz7NpncWHyYox4VXWQTjzRaJ442doV73Mc-uYyKeyhBUfdUa1OR0TdVAdVHo6TPCs-XdUbzuQKIu2CM3umT1S4ttuTFgckOV3uhENCatbsyoKcgFC_xkrfMrJ5c2IpHW_pB6s4hbfJ5ReYwGwPvYpE65RqhRjCViQnTGVGNn2PS50szYu3Z348FuTVvi47tDQuCoNosOLYrsNW6nULSeIQmYRI=&c=rqZvxdPmnKpx3S1UzH6D9d9bXv51Gs8pjk5FslZD7TwspDOkTdgHVw==&ch=B32Ib7UVNI61MyYbULCX6saNNR6Ymlsv4DEq324SH2ugahmtWj2plg==] to view the complete schedule for Lucas Oil Speedway’s 2014 season, find detailed event information, get the latest news, and get complete ticket and campsite information. In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001SN4oLfZIAQEHTcygLNxZG1mjkXhdG8PNdD4rN60WZbt6ZkPqCjP49wmDhH7nmHVIg9P5xX1AxXgTBaZCkt3mM8IKH1ba_uJVEH_c9rNOSkJmir6MSXSRAHlV0eiULWOM2Dm_peOJC1a4XJmpyQMhDQ-8lkETN94upez61gTawfO0SIlfrm0ugg==&c=rqZvxdPmnKpx3S1UzH6D9d9bXv51Gs8pjk5FslZD7TwspDOkTdgHVw==&ch=B32Ib7UVNI61MyYbULCX6saNNR6Ymlsv4DEq324SH2ugahmtWj2plg==] on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway.

Click the link below for the tentative 2014 Lucas Oil Speedway schedule. All events, dates, classes, and payouts are tentative and subject to change.

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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 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. 2014 marks the 4th 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 2014 plus National Boat Racing Association (NBRA) 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 Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Factory Stocks and the Tri-Lakes RV USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

Spring Nationals Finale to Jeremy Payne

April 16th, 2014

Wheatland, MO – Racing from the outside pole Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway, Jeremy Payne worked underneath Tony Jackson Jr. with a lapped car between them and rolled on to Lucas Oil MLRA win in the Fox 22 Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com

Once out front Payne worked the top side of the speedway until a caution waved with 13 laps to go. On the final restart he moved to the bottom and ran out the balance of the feature. It was his first trip to RACEceiver Victory Lane with the MLRA since September 18, 2010.

“We had a good car all night,” said Payne of his GRT Race Car, following the feature. “We’ve been working on this thing and trying things. We finally got it to where we could race it. We were decent in certain situations, but not all of them. I think we got a good start on it. We needed a win like this to get our momentum built up and we’re gonna go from here.”

Chris Brown redrew the inside of the second row for the feature and slipped back a little before working back up to a second place finish. Brown was third on the final restart and Terry Phillips had the choice of restating inside or outside. Phillips chose the outside and Brown knew he had been handed a gift. “When he took the outside on that restart I was very surprised,” stated Brown. “I kind of figured we’d come off in front of him and be in second. Really, Payne had been running the top the whole time as well. I kind of thought maybe I’d have an opportunity to roll by him. I think I showed him or he saw me a little too early because he was able to get down.”

Chad Simpson finished up third with another strong run. Terry Phillips and Jesse Stovall filled out the remaining spots inside of the top five. Early in the night heat race wins went to Chris Brown, Tony Jackson Jr., Jesse Stovall and Jeremy Payne.

There was also a different qualifying format used Saturday. Instead of the traditional passing points system, the competitors drew for heat race pairings and were broken into two groups per heat for time trials. The heats were lined up, heads up, and the four winners redrew frisbees on the front stretch to set the first two rows of the main event

Stovall Dominates Night One of Fox 22 Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com

April 14th, 2014

Wheatland, MO – Friday night at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri, Jesse Stovall shook the monkey off his back as he dominated the 30 lap, LucasOil MLRA main event. Stovall, a former track champion there, in the Modified division, had never been able to crack RACEceiver Victory Lane in the Super Late Model division.
It was a place where he always ran well, just not well enough to win.

“This race car is awesome,” exclaimed Stovall after the race. “Scott Bailey took it home this week, and worked his butt of on it, and changed some things around we had talked about. It was as good at the end of the race, as it was at the start of the race.”

Terry Phillips made his way forward from an eighth place starting spot and continued to ride his good run of momentum with a runner up finish. “I knew I was catching him,” said Phillips of his late surge toward Stovall. “This is the first time we’ve had the Rocket’s here. I’ve kind of struggled here, so we’re pretty pumped about finding a few things we liked here.”

Jimmy Mars was somewhat of a surprise visitor to Lucas Oil Speedway making the long trek from his Menomonie, Wisconsin home. He, like Phillips had to work up to the front of the field, finishing with a strong third place performance. “We struggled here a little bit the last couple of years, so we thought it was a good opportunity to figure a few things out for the Show Me 100,” commented Mars. “We were gaining on them guys. The car was really coming around at the end there so pretty excited about tomorrow.”

Friday’s feature was contested caution free. Heat race winners earlier in the evening were Brad Looney, Jesse Stovall, Chris Brown and Will Vaught.

Saturday the Fox 22 Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com has $3,000 on the line for the winner of night two. Gates open at 5PM. Hot Laps are scheduled for 7PM with Racing action slated for 7:30PM.

Lewis and Wyman to Contend for Sunoco Rookie of the Year Honors

April 11th, 2014

Wheatland, MO – For the second year in a row Sunoco Race Fuels will back the Lucas Oil MLRA Rookie of the Year program. The winner will receive six barrels of Sunoco Race Fuel for the 2015 season and a nice cash payout in addition to other point fund money and contingencies. The top rookie will pocket $2,500, with second earning $1,500 and third place will offer a $500 bonus.

“Sunoco Race Fuels have been a great partner to the Lucas Oil MLRA for many years,” commented Series Director Dan Robinson. “We got a lot of positive feedback from the implementation of this program last year, and we are so glad to be able to offer it again this season.”

There are two solidly confirmed drivers vying for the honor as of this time. Over the winter, Henderson, Colorado’s Scott Lewis was the first to commit. Last weekend, at I-80 Speedway, Griswold, Iowa’s JC Wyman confirmed his intentions as well.

Lewis has twenty years behind the wheel, but the majority of it has come in his home region. “It was really just time for a change in our racing scene and program,” said Lewis. “I need to make myself better and to do that I need to see unfamiliar places and new competitors.” Lewis began with just less than a season in the Factory Stock division and has been in the Late Model division since that point.

2010 was a big year for Lewis as he won the Colorado Motorsports Park championship and the DIRTcar Western Region title too. He knocked down 14 of his approximately 30 career wins during that stretch. He scored the CDM Late Model title in 2011 and same DIRTcar Western Region title in 2013 again. Lewis is appreciative of the help he receives from; Gypsum Express, All Pro Automotive Machine, Mesilla Valley Transportation, BLT Trucking and Custom Race Engines. He pilots the #19 and #99 MasterSbilt Race Car.

JC Wyman is heading into his 15th season on dirt, but only his third in a Late Model. He got started in a modified and raced it until the end of the 2011 season.”We really wanted to just get a change of pace in our racing for 2014,” commented Wyman. “We wanted to travel and see some new places. The majority of the tracks on the Lucas Oil MLRA schedule, I’ve never even seen. I’m really looking forward to seeing Lucas Oil Speedway this weekend. I’ve always wanted to race there.”

Wyman captured the 2012 Adams County Speedway Late Model crown, and like Lewis, estimates he has around 30 feature wins total. He wheels a GRT Race car with help from; Jack McKee & family, JD Wyman Motorsports, Wyman’s Carquest and Kirchoff Welding and Fabrication.

“I’ve had my eye on these two drivers for the past few years,” commented MLRA Race Director Ernie Leftwich. “We’re tickled to have them jump on board and run with us. They both do a really good job and are fun to have at our races. I also want to thank Sunoco Race Fuels for helping make our rookie program possible.”

Practice for the Inaugural Fox 22 Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com is this evening from 6-9 PM at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri. Racing will commence with hot laps at 7:00 PM both Friday and Saturday. Friday will pay $2,000 to win and Saturday the top prize is $3,000.

Lucas Oil Speedway Information Friday 4/11/14 & Saturday 4/12/14

Gates: 5:00 PM Grandstand (Both Days)
Racing: 7:00 PM Hot Laps, 7:30 PM Racing (Both Days)
Admission: Adults $15, Seniors $12, Youth (6-15) $5, Kids (5 and under) FREE Family
Pass $30, Pit Pass $30 (Friday), Adults $20, Seniors $15, Youth (6-12) $5, Kids
(5 and under) FREE Family Pass $40, Pit Pass $35 (Saturday)
Support Classes: USRA Modifieds and Factory Stocks
Website: LucasOilSpeedway.com

Spring Nationals Coming This Weekend to Lucas Oil Speedway

April 11th, 2014

Wheatland, MO – Following a great opening weekend for the 26th straight year of racing, the Lucas Oil MLRA quickly jumps back into action this weekend at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri for the Fox 22 Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com. The two day race will award $2,000 to Friday night’s winner and $3,000 to Saturday’s victor.

Mt. Vernon, Iowa’s Chad Simpson, currently second in the series standings, is a two time winner of the April stop at Lucas Oil Speedway. He will be back this time looking to continue his strong start to the year and gain valuable track time prior to the 22nd Annual Lucas Oil Show Me 100 over Memorial Day weekend.

“We struggled there for a long time,” commented Simpson on his initial outings at the Diamond of the Dirt Tracks. “However, following the first Show Me 100 they had there, we caught wind of some things the winner Ray Cook and runner up Don O’Neal were doing. Running the same brand of car at the time, that information really helped us and we geared our car that direction. It paid off with two wins over a three year stretch.”

However all bets are off for Simpson this time, as a switch to Rocket Chassis will provide an entirely new set of challenges. “The track is unique in that I drive it different than any other place we race,” Simpson shared. “It gets really slick, and once I made the switch in my approach we have been much better.”

Simpson has also begun working with young up and coming driver Spencer Diercks from Davenport, Iowa. The relationship resulted in an engine program switch to Tezar Racing Engines, which are known for exceptional performance out of their Ford based program.

“We’re going to have to throw away all of our notes and start over, but I bet we can get it pretty close,” continued Simpson. “We’re really excited about coming down, and the two day format works really well for us. The Diercks family’s help has been big for our team. We couldn’t do it without all of our partners. I’m hopeful we can knock down a win or two this weekend.”

NASCAR veteran and motorsports personality Ken Schrader will be there both nights competing in his USRA Modified. He will be part of the driver’s autograph session from 5:00-5:45 PM Saturday, prior to the start of the final night.

This will be the only chance for Super Late Models to compete at Lucas Oil Speedway prior to the 22nd Annual Lucas Oil Show Me 100. Coupled with the two day format a large field of cars is expected. There will be a three hour practice session Thursday evening from 6:00-9:00 PM. Grandstand entry will be free, however there will be no concessions available. Pit passes for practice are $20.

1st Annual MLRA Spring Nationals this Fri-Sat, April 11th-12th

April 8th, 2014

WHEATLAND, MO – With the long cold winter squarely in the rearview mirror, the Lucas Oil MLRA Dirt Late Models storm into the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri this Friday and Saturday, April 11th-12th for the 1st Annual FOX 22 MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com! “The Spring MLRA event has always been a great show for our fans here in Wheatland so this year we decided to do it two nights in a row to kick things off for 2014.” stated Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson. “We’re very proud to partner with FOX 22 TV out of Columbia/Jeff City and with RacingJunk.com to put on this great event as both are first time partners here at the speedway.”

Be one of the first 500 fans through the gate both nights receive a free 2014 schedule magnet courtesy of City Magnet. Springfield, Missouri’s Terry Phillips leads the MLRA stars into battle this weekend as the series’ point leader after scoring the opening night win last Saturday at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, NE. Modified standout Rodney Sanders scored the win in Sunday’s nights MLRA finale. Chad Simpson, Brian Birkhofer, Brad Looney, and 2013 MLRA Sunoco Rookie of the Year Travis Dickes round out the top-5 in MLRA points with two events in the books. Chase Junghans, Chris Simpson, Bill Leighton, Tommy Weder Jr., and Dave Eckrich sit sixth through tenth respectively.

Two provisionals are available each night for Lucas Cattle Company ULMA racers as the two highest qualified ULMA legal cars each night that don’t make the field through heats and b-mains will be eligible for a provisionals provided that they are 2014 ULMA Members.

In addition to the MLRA Late Models, NASCAR Star Ken Schrader leads a stellar field of Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds both nights as he makes his first appearance in Wheatland in more than 10 years. The Carson’s Corner Napa Auto Parts Factory Stocks will be in action as well with all three classes running complete shows each night. The USRA Modifieds will run a $500 to win show on Friday followed by a special $1,000 to win show courtesy of Hermitage Lumber on Saturday with both shows counting towards track and national USRA Points. The Factory Stocks hit the dirt for $300 to win on Friday followed by a special $750 to win event courtesy of Elite Auto Repair on Saturday as both shows will also be counted toward 2014 track points.

Saturday night will also include many great attractions and activities for the entire family at Lucas Oil Speedway. A driver autograph session will take place before hot laps with the Lucas Oil MLRA drivers. Bounce Houses from Party Station, Kona Ice, Kettle Treats, Cowgirl Kate, Frog’s Sign Jr. Fan Club, Face Painting, NWTF Raffle, CB Race Photo’s and much more! Don’t miss a minute of the racing action or a second of the fun this Saturday Night at Lucas Oil Speedway!

Be sure to pick your copy of the Souvenir Program this weekend to get a preview of the 2014 season plus check out the special coupons available inside. An open practice session will be held on Thursday evening from 6-9pm. Pit passes are $20 with FREE Grandstand admission. There will be no concessions available but the Diamond Bar will be open after the practice session.

Friday, April 11th, 2014 Information Gates open at 5:00 PM Hot Laps at 7:00 PM and racing at 7:30 PM Adults (16 and up) $15 Seniors (62 and up) $12 Youth (6-15) $5 Kids (5 and under) FREE Family Pass $30 Pit Pass $30 Saturday, April 12th, 2014 Information Gates open at 5:00 PM Hot Laps at 7:00 PM and racing at 7:30 PM Adults (16 and up) $20 Seniors (62 and up) $15 Youth (6-15) $5 Kids (5 and under) FREE Family Pass $40 Pit Pass $35

Show your AAA Member Card at the gate to receive $3 off regular general admission prices. Advanced tickets are also available at www.LucasOilSpeedway.com .

A limited number of VIP Suites are available for Saturday’s event. Please contact LaRay Hankins at (417) 282-5984 or via email at laray@lucasoilspeedway.com .

Race fans can go to www.LucasOilSpeedway.com  to view the complete schedule for Lucas Oil Speedway’s 2014 season, find detailed event information, get the latest news, and get complete ticket and campsite information.

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

Phillips Rolls in Season Opener

April 7th, 2014

Greenwood, NE – After pushing back the start of the 2014 Lucas Oil MLRA season by one day, Saturday at I-80 Speedway it all began. There was a stout field of 43 competitors vying for the $3,000 winner’s check. Terry Phillips was second in passing points and rolled from the outside pole for the 35 lap main event. He was the class of the field in earning the season opening win.

“The car was real good, brand new car here,” said Phillips. “We’ve been working day and night on it. Usually new cars is temperamental. Mark Richards, he got us dialed in. I ain’t screwed a turn on it tonight, so that’s a good night. We got a new motor in it that Hatfield Engines built. It’s an animal.”

Weder earned the DirtOnDirt.com Pole Award and was a strong second. “Right when we got that first caution, I had had a run on him,” comented Weder. “I thought I might get him there in lapped traffic, but the caution played in his favor and not so much mine.” Weder was the dominant car during the heat race portion of the program. He drew a 7th place staring spot and won with relative ease, utilizing a line different than the majority of the field.

Brad Looney kicked off his 25th year behind the wheel with a 3rd place effort in his Capital Race Car. He had John Anderson and Brian Birkhofer breathing down his back for much of the race. Only two cautions slowed the pace of the main event.

Sunday action will get started at 5 PM. The Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models will be racing for $2,000 to win, and Phillips is in line for the Durst Motorplex bonus of $2,500 should he repeat Saturday’s performance.

Spring Meltdown Moved to Saturday and Sunday

April 4th, 2014

WHEATLAND, MO- This weekend marks the start of the 2014 Lucas Oil MLRA  season. Originally scheduled to be a Friday and Saturday weekend, with practice scheduled for Thursday at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, NE, impending inclement weather has turned the tables on the show. It will now be contested Saturday and Sunday.

The Durst Double Down Spring Meltdown will begin with a practice session on Friday evening from 6-9 PM. Saturday will pay the winner $3,000, and Sunday will offer up a $2,000 top prize. If any driver is able to sweep both weekend events they will pocket a $2,500 bonus. There is also the guaranteed starting position in July’s Silver Dollar Nationals for the driver leading the standings once both shows have wrapped up at I-80 Speedway.

One driver looking for big things this weekend is Madison, Nebraska’s Travis Dickes. Dickes fresh off his 2013 Rookie of the Year title, has teamed with Al Humphrey Racing for the coming season. They began the year in Arizona, but will begin the main part of their campaign this weekend.

“I’m really looking forward to this weekend,” said Dickes. “We will have our share of challenges, with a new team, car and engines; however, those are all good challenges. We were able to test just a little bit last weekend, and I really liked how the car felt. We have quite a few laps at I-80 Speedway and won there as recently as last season in an SLMR event. Whoever leaves there with the points lead, and a guaranteed spot in the Silver Dollar Nationals will have earned it. Hopefully it will be us!”

I-80 Speedway always draws a strong field of competitors from all over the region for its Lucas Oil MLRA events. The two day show will help bring some clarity as to the drivers who will vie for the $15,000 champion’s portion of the season ending point’s fund.

I-80 Speedway Information Saturday 4/5/14 & Sunday 4/6/14

Gates: 12:00 PM Pits, 4:00 PM Grandstand (Saturday), 12:00 PM Pits, 3:30 PM Grandstand (Sunday) Racing: 5:30 PM Racing (Saturday), 5:00 PM (Sunday) Admission: Adults $25, Youth (6-12) $5, Kids (5 and under) FREE (Saturday), Adults $20, Youth (6-12) $5, Kids (5 and under) FREE (Sunday) Support Classes: ASCS Midwest Region Sprint Cars and A-Modifieds Website: I-80Speedway.com

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Lucas Oil MLRA adds contingency sponsors Chix Gear, GRT Race Cars, Hooker Harness

March 21st, 2014

WHEATLAND, MO -The Lucas Oil MLRA dirt late model series has signed contingency sponsorship agreements with Chix Gear, GRT Race Cars and Hooker Harness for the 2014 season.

Chix Gear, a Des Moines, Iowa, company that produces apparel for women designed for wearing at the racetrack, will award a $25 certificate to drivers who finish in seventh place in the main event at every MLRA race.

“Seven is my wife’s (Aubry Baldwin) favorite number,” Chix Gear co-owner Brad Baldwin said. “She’s the designer, does all the work behind everything we produce. It’s exclusively for women. My wife got the idea going to the races with me and couldn’t find anything for herself. She has a background in graphic design. We started the business two and a half years ago and we’ve been growing. We decided to get into something as far as a traveling series and we think (MLRA Series Director) Dan (Robinson) does a terrific job.” To view the complete line of Chix Gear apparel and merchandise and to purchase online, click www.ChixGear.com

GRT Race Cars, a Greenbrier, Ark.-based builder of dirt late model and open wheel modified chassis, will award heat race winners a $50 discount off a purchase of $250 or more at all MLRA events.

“GRT has been involved with the MLRA series for a long time and we have won the championship multiple years,” owner Joe Garrison said. “We’re planning to run it full time in 2014 with our house car (driven by Jeremy Payne of Springfield, Mo.). We’re excited to be a part of the series full time this year and offer the contingency awards to drivers running the series. Our hopes are that the award will help the drivers with parts purchases throughout the year.” For the complete line of GRT Race Cars and parts, visit www.TeamGRT.com

Hooker Harness designs and manufactures custom seat belts and shoulder harnesses for racing and the aviation industry. The Freeport, Ill.-based company began producing harnesses for racing in 2000 after starting in aviation in 1972. Its specific award
for 2014 has not been determined.

“We’ve been slowly doing different series and doing more in late models,” Hooker Harness partner Scott McPhillips said. “With the Lucas (Oil) connection, the MLRA seemed like a good fit for us.” Click www.HookerHarness.com for more information.

The MLRA contingency sponsorships provided by Chix Gear, GRT Race Cars and Hooker Harness will help support teams and drivers during 2014.

“We’re very pleased that Chix Gear, GRT Race Cars and Hooker Harness have become contingency sponsors of the MLRA,” Robinson said. “They make a solid contribution to our series.”

The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Iowa and Illinois. The MLRA opens its 26th season on April 4-5 at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb.

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For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at MLRARacing.com or by calling the series office at (417) 282-5984.

Missouri Eagle Distributing’s Budweiser to sponsor 14-event weekly series at Lucas Oil Speedway starting April 19th

March 9th, 2014

WHEATLAND, MO – Missouri Eagle Distributing LLC of Nevada, Mo., will sponsor the 14-event Budweiser Weekly Racing Series, which includes the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, the Carson’s Corner Napa Factory Stocks and Tri-Lakes RV USRA B-Mods, this season at Lucas Oil Speedway.

“We’ve been involved at Lucas Oil Speedway since its inception, but this is the first time we’ve sponsored the weekly racing series and we’re pretty excited about it,” Missouri Eagle Distributing sales manager Tim Holmes said. “Budweiser is tied into racing at all levels and this is a great fit.”

Lucas Oil Speedway will offer specials for Budweiser and make new products produced during the summer months by parent company Anheuser-Busch available throughout the racing season. Missouri Eagle Distributing is the Anheuser-Busch distributor for Southwest Missouri.

“We think we’ve put together a very attractive program for the fans with our weekly racing series and the participation of Missouri Eagle Distributing, its Budweiser brand and other Anheuser-Busch products,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said.

Springfield’s KY3 TV presents the first Budweiser Weekly Racing Series event of the season on April 19th. The ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models will be running a special 25-lap $1,000 to win main event courtesy of ALPS Food Store in Pittsburg, Mo., as the featured class of the evening.

Race fans can go to www.LucasOilSpeedway.com to view the complete schedule for Lucas Oil Speedway’s 2014 season, find detailed event information, get the latest news, and get complete ticket and campsite information.

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

Nine-time NASCAR Nationwide winner Kenny Wallace enters USRA Modifieds at Lucas Oil Speedway on May 22

March 8th, 2014

WHEATLAND, MO- Nine-time NASCAR Nationwide Series winner Kenny Wallace will run his first race at Lucas Oil Speedway in the Pitts Homes USRA Modified event on May 22, the opening night of the 22nd annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com weekend.

The 50-year-old Wallace who has a combined 909 starts in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup (344), Nationwide (550) and Camping World Truck Series (15) will spend most of his time racing his JEGS.com-backed, Toyota-powered modified on dirt tracks this season. He’s happy to put the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” on the list of places he’s raced.

“I’m very excited to race at Lucas Oil Speedway,” Wallace said. “It’s one of the first class facilities in dirt racing. We’ve driven by it on the road going through Wheatland and stopped to see it. That racetrack is on my bucket list.”

“I’ve been working for several years to get Kenny Wallace here and we finally were able to find a date that works this season.” commented Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson. “It’s going to be great to kick off the 22nd Annual Show-Me 100 weekend with a NASCAR star like Kenny Wallace in the house.”

Fans will also be able to purchase copies of Kenny’s new book “Kenny’s Garage” at the speedway’s Track Treasures Gift Shop for $10.

Wallace expects to run 50 to 60 modified races this year.

“It’s early March and we’ve already run 13 this year,” Wallace said. “This is my 10th year of dirt racing. We got addicted to it. My 900 NASCAR starts were not enough to satisfy my urge to race. I looked at A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti and how well rounded they were, how they raced everywhere including on dirt, and I wanted to pattern myself after A.J. and Mario.”

Wallace has gone road racing with NASCAR at Twin-Ring Motegi and Suzuka in Japan, Mexico City and Montreal and three times in the Daytona 24-Hour sports car race.

“Dirt racing was on my bucket list,” Wallace said. “We’ve got about 100 wins and won the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals (2012). It’s tough racing. Twenty to 30 laps on dirt is equal to 200 on pavement.”

Wallace, originally from St. Louis, isn’t retired from NASCAR. He raced in seven Nationwide and two Camping World Truck races last year and has a deal contingent on the team finding sponsorship in place to drive the No. 29 Toyota for RAB Racing this season.

“I’m not retired from NASCAR, I’m retired from trying to find $100,000 to race in the Nationwide Series,” Wallace said. “Trying to find sponsorship took my quality of life away. Racing is still fun for me, but I’m not going to chase sponsors. I’m happy to have Toyota and JEGS.com as my sponsors with the modified.”

Wallace, the younger brother of former NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Rusty and NASCAR regular Mike, also is a well-known television personality. He’ll be returning to it on FOX Sports 1 on June 8.

Race fans can go to www.LucasOilSpeedway.com  to view the complete schedule for Lucas Oil Speedway’s 2014 season, find detailed event information, get the latest news, and get complete ticket and campsite information. In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on \www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway.

Printable 2014 Tentative Schedule

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. 2014 marks the 4th 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 2014 plus National Boat Racing Association (NBRA) 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 Championship Series features, the ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson’s Corner NAPA Factory Stocks and the Tri-Lakes RV USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

MLRA Championship Points Fund Increased for 2014

March 7th, 2014

WHEATLAND, MO – Lucas Oil MLRA series officials are thrilled to announce a sizable bump in the season ending championship point fund. In the past 25 seasons, the highest fund ever paid was $10,000 to the year-end champion. For 2014, the dollar figure at the top has jumped 50 percent to $15,000 to the champion. The hefty Winner’s Circle Program is still in place providing tow money to the top 10 drivers with perfect attendance in point standings. The only adjustment in eligibility requirements for 2014 is participation in 80 percent of the series sanctioned events is required to be eligible for post-season awards including cash and contingencies.

“The Lucas Oil MLRA was extremely solid when we purchased it,” commented Series Director Dan Robinson. “However, we knew with Lucas Oil’s support we would like to add and expand a few of the incentives to follow our tour. Last year we brought on several new marketing partners and this year even more, so we are excited to finally release this bit of news. We knew the schedule would be more demanding this year, and hopefully we will continue to be able to offer more and more incentives to our drivers.”

The schedule currently shows 29 dates with a few yet to be announced, pushing it to around the 32 race mark. The 2014 season begins with back to back action packed race weekends in April. The Spring Meltdown is slated for April 4th and 5th at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska, paying $2,000 and $3,000 to win, respectively. Then, action will move onto Lucas Oil Speedway, April 11th and 12th for the 1st Annual FOX 22 Spring Nationals presented by RacingJunk.com. Tickets are on sale now for the inaugural two-day event and can be purchased at www.LucasOilSpeedway.com .

2014 MLRA Championship Points Fund
1st: $15,000, 2nd: $7,500, 3rd: $5,000, 4th: $4,000, 5th: $3,500, 6th: $3,000 , 7th: $2,500, 8th: $2,000, 9th: $1,500, 10th: $1,000
***All MLRA Member Drivers running 80% or more of 2014 events will receive a minimum of $1,000.

The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Iowa and Illinois. The MLRA opens its 26th season on April 4-5 at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb.

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Casey’s General Stores Inks Three Year Agreement

January 28th, 2014

Wheatland, MO – Last season the Lucas Oil MLRA  welcomed Ankeny, Iowa based Casey’s General Stores to the fold in a brand new marketing partnership. With the success of the initial year, Casey’s recently signed a three year agreement to continue presenting the Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger Award.

Last year three-time series champion John Anderson earned the season long award. “Man, we had a pretty tough season, but we really moved forward in several features, so it was nice to be recognized for it,” commented Anderson. “I really appreciate Casey’s supporting the award, and it’s great to hear they’ll be backing it going forward.” Anderson was awarded $500 at season’s end. This season and beyond, the overall Hard Charger will see a $250 increase to $750.

Casey’s General Stores  currently operates 1772 stores throughout the mid-west. They are staunch supporters of dirt racing in several different capacities. “It’s great to bring new partners on board and show them the value of partnering with us,” said Series Director Dan Robinson. “Our fans and drivers cross paths with Casey’s stores all over the region, so it makes this a natural fit.”

About Casey’s General Stores

In 1959, Founder Don Lamberti leased a store from his father on East 14th and Broadway in Des Moines, Iowa. After nine years of operating this old country store, which he remodeled into a convenience store, Don’s gas supplier and friend Kurvin C. Fish, suggested that Don buy the Square Deal Oil Company.

Don followed his advice and purchased the service station with a three-bay garage in Boone, Iowa. Using the knowledge from his store in Des Moines, Don converted the gas station into a convenience store. The Boone store was named “Casey’s” by using Kurvin C. Fish’s initials.

The third store was built in another small community with a population of only 1,500 – Waukee, Iowa. This was the first Casey’s built totally from scratch and proved to be the best store yet. At this point, Don realized he was on to something and decided to establish the stores in communities with a population of 5,000 or less.

Through the years, Casey’s success has been attributed to our clean stores, restrooms, and the friendly employees who pride themselves in customer service. Casey’s customers have come to know that inside each store they will find dedicated, helpful, and well-trained employees, exceptional prepared food items, and a clean environment in which to shop.

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The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Illinois and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at MLRARacing.com or by calling the series office at (417) 282 5984.

2014 Lucas Oil MLRA Supporters Include: Protect the Harvest, Lucas Cattle Company, Hoosier Racing Tires, CANIDAE, Marriott Properties, Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps, Casey’s General Stores, JRi Shocks, Landrum Performance Springs, Bodee’s Race Bodies, Peterson Fluid Systems, AR Bodies, KRC, Midwest Sheet Metal, Fast Track Photos, RacinDirt.com, BSB Manufacturing, Racing Optics, Eibach Springs, Fast Shaft, Bell Helmets, Outpace Racing Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Schoenfeld Headers, Weld Wheels, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, RACEceiver, Powertrain Industries, Performance Bodies, Intercomp Scales, Keizer Wheels.

MLRA 2014 Tentative Schedule

November 20th, 2013

Wheatland, MO – The Lucas Oil MLRA schedule has taken shape for the 2014 season and boasts a slew of new race tracks, along with a number of tracks fans and drivers are extremely familiar with. “Ernie Leftwich and I have worked extremely hard to put together a quality schedule for 2014,” stated Series Director Dan Robinson. “We worked hard to strike a balance between what works well for our northern and southern contingent of drivers and fans. We are also excited to be able to showcase Lucas Oil and our series at a host of new tracks this year too.”

The 26th season will get underway on April 4th and 5th at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, NE for the Spring Meltdown. Then it will be on to Lucas Oil Speedway for the MLRA Spring Nationals which has been expanded into a two day show. New tracks in Independence and Davenport, Iowa, dot the schedule on May 9th and 10th. The following weekend the first two of four races will be held at Outlaw Motorsports Park in Muskogee, Oklahoma. The Crown Jewel Lucas Oil Show Me 100 will bring down the month of May.

June looks to prove busiest for the Lucas Oil MLRA with six races on the docket. Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa and Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa are primed for races June 12th and 13th. Familiar venues in Kansas, Humboldt Speedway and Thunder Hill Speedway will commence the following weekend. I-80 Speedway and Adams County Speedway will wind up the month.

An Independence Day weekend blowout on July 4th and 5th at the Salina Highbanks Speedway will begin the month of July with a bang. The rest of the month will see the tour compete with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at Tri City Speedway just outside of St. Louis in Granite City, Illinois. They race again with the LOLMDS at both Lucas Oil Speedway for the Diamond Nationals and I-80 Speedway for the Silver Dollar Nationals.

The series final weekend in Nebraska is August 8th and 9th at Junction Motor Speedway for the Annual King of the Hill Challenge. Return trips to Thunder Hill Speedway and Lucas Oil Speedway are also confirmed. Outlaw Motorsports Park picked up dates on both September 19th and 20th. The season is scheduled to end with a new event on October 10th and 11th at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Overall there are 29 confirmed shows with a few more still up in the air. As far as races per state, Missouri leads with eight shows, there are six a piece for Nebraska and Oklahoma. Iowa will hold five events, while there are three visits to tracks in Kansas and a lone stop in Illinois.

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The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at MLRARacing.com or by calling the series office at (417) 282 5984.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank their marketing partners; Lucas Oil Products, MAV TV, Protect the Harvest, Lucas Cattle Company, Hoosier Racing Tires, Geico, iON Cameras, E3 Spark Plugs, CANIDAE, Optima Batteries, Speedco, Sunoco Race Fuels, Marriott Properties, Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps, Casey’s General Stores, JRi Shocks, Bodee’s Race Bodies, Peterson Fluid Systems, KRC, Midwest Sheet Metal, Fast Track Photos, RacinDirt.com, BSB Manufacturing, Racing Optics, Eibach Springs, Bell Helmets, Outpace Racing Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Schoenfeld Headers, Weld Wheels, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Powertrain Industries, Performance Bodies, Intercomp Scales, Keizer Wheels.

Jackson & Dickes Among Banquet Honorees

November 11th, 2013

Wheatland, MO – The Championship Banquet to celebrate the 25th Anniversary season of the Lucas Oil MLRA will take place on Friday November 15th. Again this year it will be held at Harrah’s Casino in Kansas City, Missouri. Tony Jackson Jr. emerged as the point’s leader following the Adams County Speedway stop on June 29th, and held the lead the remainder of the year to capture his first ever Lucas Oil MLRA  Championship.

He led the tour with four wins and eleven finishes inside of the top five. Among his other accomplishments was a third place finish in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series co-sanctioned Diamond Nationals, and a runner up finish a week later in the Silver Dollar Nationals. Jackson will receive a point fund check for $10,000, plus contingencies. He will also be rewarded with an all expense paid trip to the PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis, Indiana, December 12-14.

Travis Dickes will also be recognized as the Sunoco Race Fuels  Rookie of the Year. A season long battle with Chase Junghans came down to the final checkered flag at Lakeside Speedway in October. Dickes finished seventh in the final standings and will not only receive point fund money, but also a $2,500 bonus check and six barrels of Sunoco Race Fuel for the 2014 season.

The banquet doors open at 5:30 PM, with a social hour from 6-7 PM, followed by dinner and the presentation of awards. All of the top point earners form the season will be recognized. Call 417-282-5984 to reserve your seat for the banquet.

Hotel Information
Harrah’s North Kansas City
One Riverboat Drive
North Kansas City, Missouri 64116
816-472-7777
Room: $179.00 plus tax
www.harrahsnkc.com

Fairfield Inn & Suites
4231 N. Corringtion Ave.
Kansas City, Mo. 64117
816-452-6212
Reference to: MLRA
Room:$69.00 plus tax
www.marriott.com

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The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at MLRARacing.com or by calling the series office at (417) 282 5984.

Friday Rain Forces Super Saturday

October 8th, 2013

Kansas City, KS – The Lucas Oil MLRA race Friday at Lakeside Speedway was cancelled due to severe weather and rain. The remainder of Friday’s show will be made up Saturday, before starting the Saturday portion of racing. The feature event was on the track and all preliminary races were completed.For admission purposes, the cancellation made Friday a complete show.

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The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at MLRARacing.com or by calling the series office at (417) 282 5984.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank their marketing partners; Lucas Oil Products, MAV TV, Protect the Harvest, Lucas Cattle Company, Hoosier Racing Tires, Geico, iON Cameras, E3 Spark Plugs, CANIDAE, Optima Batteries, Speedco, Sunoco Race Fuels, Marriott Properties, Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps, Casey’s General Stores, JRi Shocks, Bodee’s Race Bodies, Peterson Fluid Systems, KRC, Midwest Sheet Metal, Fast Track Photos, RacinDirt.com, BSB Manufacturing, Racing Optics, Eibach Springs, Bell Helmets, Outpace Racing Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Schoenfeld Headers, Weld Wheels, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Powertrain Industries, Performance Bodies, Intercomp Scales, Keizer Wheels.

Lakeside Speedway Set To Wrap Up Season

September 20th, 2013

Wheatland, MO – Race fans from all across the Midwest have begun to think about the NASCAR weekend in Kansas City, October 4-5. This year’s weekend will feature the same exhilarating action at Lakeside Speedway everyone has come to expect, but with a twist. For the first time the stars of the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) will join the Lucas Oil MLRA creating a one of a kind experience.

The championship weekend for the series will begin on Friday evening with a $3,000 to win feature and Saturday, the main event will pay $5,000 to the winner. Tony Jackson Jr. has sat atop the standings for the second half of the season, and if he holds serve during the two races, will be crowned the 2013 Lucas Oil MLRA Champion. However, the ink is hardly dry on the check, as Will Vaught is just fifty-five markers back in second. Terry Phillips, who has debuted a new Rocket Chassis, is third, just 30 points back of Vaught, and 85 markers back overall. The positions are still very much in flux through the top ten. To see the complete top twenty.

Vaught won the final night of this race one year ago. Jackson sat on the pole for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series race held there earlier this year. Terry Phillips is the most recent USMTS winner at Lakeside Speedway. All three are extremely tough at the Johnson & Marrs owned oval, and the big cast of competitors expected will not make it easy as they race it out.

The Sunoco Rookie of the Year chase is also close and has been throughout the season. Travis Dickes is clinging to a 38 point lead over Chase Junghans. The two young drivers also sit seventh and eighth in the standings.

Advanced tickets for the weekend are on sale now. More information about the race, including ticket prices, can be obtained here.

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The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at MLRARacing.com or by calling the series office at (417) 282 5984.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank their marketing partners; Lucas Oil Products, MAV TV, Protect the Harvest, Lucas Cattle Company, Hoosier Racing Tires, Geico, iON Cameras, E3 Spark Plugs, CANIDAE, Optima Batteries, Speedco, Sunoco Race Fuels, Marriott Properties, Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps, Casey’s General Stores, JRi Shocks, Bodee’s Race Bodies, Peterson Fluid Systems, KRC, Midwest Sheet Metal, Fast Track Photos, RacinDirt.com, BSB Manufacturing, Racing Optics, Eibach Springs, Bell Helmets, Outpace Racing Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Schoenfeld Headers, Weld Wheels, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Powertrain Industries, Performance Bodies, Intercomp Scales, Keizer Wheels.

MLRA to Offer PRI Champion’s Package to 2013 MLRA Series Champion

September 14th, 2013

Wheatland, MO – With just one race weekend remaining at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, KS on Oct. 4th-5th, 2013 to settle the 2013 Lucas Oil MLRA Championship, MLRA Officials are pleased to announce a special 2013 PRI (Performance Racing Industry) Champion’s Package, which will be awarded to the 2013 MLRA Series Champion. “This is a great opportunity for Lucas Oil Products to showcase and introduce the talented drivers that headline one of the country’s premier regional dirt late model touring series to many of the top manufacturers and personalities in the motorsports
industry but it also give us a chance to showcase the benefits and the reach that
Lucas Oil Products has to our drivers and teams.” stated MLRA Series Director Dan
Robinson

As part of the package, the 2013 MLRA Series Champion will have the opportunity
to be special guests of Lucas Oil Products during the week of the PRI Tradeshow
held at the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN on Dec. 12th-14th,
2013. The Champion and guest will also get an exclusive behind the scenes tour of
Lucas Oil’s impressive Corydon, Indiana bottling and distribution facility as well
as other activities throughout the week.

The package will include a $250 travel gift card, (6) nights at the famed Indianapolis Downtown Marriott, an invitation to attend the championship awards banquet for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on Thursday night Dec. 12th, and a special invitation to the Friday “Lunch with Lucas” media conference at PRI on Dec. 13th. Finally, to cap things off, the 2013 MLRA Champion and guest will have an opportunity to enjoy an Indianapolis Colts Football game on Sunday, Dec. 15th against the Houston Texans from the plush Lucas Oil VIP Suite at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Lebanon, Missouri’s Tony Jackson currently holds a narrow 55 point lead over Crane
Missouri’s Will Vaught in the 2013 Championship standings with two races to go.
Springfield, Missouri’s Terry Phillips, fresh off his Topless 100 win and impressive
sixth place finish at the World 100, sits in the third spot just 85 points out of
the lead. Jesse Stovall and Brad Looney round out the top-5. Defending MLRA Champion
John Anderson is just outside the top-5 in sixth while Rookie of the Year contenders
Travis Dickes and Chase Junghans are seventh and eighth respectively. Justin Asplin
and Mark Dotson complete the top-10.

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The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional
Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma
and Iowa.

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the web at MLRARacing.com or by calling the series office at (417) 282 5984.

Looney Capitalizes at Wheatland

September 2nd, 2013

Wheatland, MO – Saturday night there was a bit of apprehension of the unknown, as Brad Looney unloaded a brand new race car to compete for the first time. Without the benefit of any track time, the team was just hoping for a good night, but really had no idea what to expect in the Lucas Oil MLRA event at Lucas Oil Speedway. It was obvious from the drop of the green he was going to contend. Looney worked the top side of the race track and scored a convincing victory in a brand new Capital Race Car. It is his second ever win in Lucas Oil MLRA competition at Lucas Oil Speedway.

“It just kind of seemed like tonight everything just kind of fell together and went my way,” commented Looney. “You got good quality racers out there tonight, Terry Phillips, Tony Jackson. To keep them behind you puts a lot of confidence in yourself to go out and win again.”

Behind the #14 there was quite a race going on. Chad Simpson looked destined for a runner up finish, but his engine terminated five laps shy of the checkers. Simpson’s misfortune gave Terry Philips and Tony Jackson Jr second and third, where they finished.The two went back and forth several times throughout the forty lap feature.

Jackson was somewhat frustrated at the end of the night as he felt like a conservative setup cost him a chance at the win. “We just got caught up points racing,” said Jackson. “It’s what you shouldn’t do. Usually Vaught is really good here and he was so far back in the feature. It just seemed like the right thing to do, was to be conservative.”

Will Vaught ran right behind Jackson in fourth, so there will not be much of a difference in the points heading into the final two events at Lakeside Speedway in October.

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The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa.

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Vaught Breaks Through in McCool Junction

August 12th, 2013

McCool Junction, NE- Will Vaught was in the right place at the right time Friday night, in the Lucas Oil MLRA King of the Hill event at Junction Motor Speedway, and came away victorious. While running second with nine laps to go, Travis Dickes’ engine expired and Vaught took over the top spot. He then held off Tony Jackson Jr. to score his first Lucas Oil MLRA win of the season.

Vaught fought a tight race car and carburetor issues, but overall was happy to earn the win. “It was good,” stated Vaught. “We’ll take a win anyway we can do it. Tony (Jackson) had a really good car. It was unfortunate for Travis (Dickes) to blow a motor there. He was probably gonna win this deal. Tomorrow night hopefully we can beat them fair and square. We’ve got a little tweaking to do to this thing. If it slows down, we’re gonna be really good.”

Dickes led the first sixteen laps after earning the pole position through heat race passing points. Once in lapped traffic Jackson closed in and briefly took the lead, however a yellow wiped out his pass. On the restart with ten laps left, Terry Phillips and Jackson made contact which allowed Vaught to slide up from third to second.

Jackson raced Vaught tough and came up just a bit short at the checkers, finishing second. The podium was rounded out by Kyle Berck, who went from eighth to third in front of a lively fan base, who cheered his move forward.

Tomorrow the grandstand opens at 5:00 PM with a special driver meet and greet. Make plans to be at the track early and check out your favorite drivers race car and get an autograph or two prior to the show.

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The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at MLRARacing.com or by calling the series office at (417) 282 5984.

Stretch Run Begins at Junction Motor Speedway

August 8th, 2013

Wheatland, MO – A staple of the Lucas Oil MLRA schedule, the King of the Hill Late Model Shootout, fires off this weekend from the beautiful Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, NE. While not new on the schedule, it will be a new track for the top two in the series standings. Friday and Saturday’s races will be scratched off the first time list for both Tony Jackson Jr. and Will Vaught. Jackson comes into the race on the best streak of his career. His eight wins place him 18th in DirtOnDirt.com’s weekly rankings. He is also the most recent winner on the tour with a victory at LA Raceway in La Monte, Missouri, two weeks ago.

Vaught is optimistic about his chances this weekend and in the points chase overall. “We haven’t been bad lately, we just haven’t had anything go our way,” commented the twenty-six year old standout. “We had engine trouble the last time out, right at the beginning of the feature. It was just a parts failure and nothing we could foresee. That’s just the way racing goes sometimes. We had a real good car, but didn’t get to show it.”

While not having a notebook for the track specifically, Vaught did watch a classic battle between Kelly Boen and Kyle Berck on video last week. The Lucas Oil MLRA race was from back in 2011. “I heard the place was big. There aren’t a ton of tracks in the region I haven’t been to yet, but this one will be the third on the schedule for us this season. I like not having to travel from Friday to Saturday too. It should also put us closer to a level playing field Saturday, after racing there Friday.”

Should either driver have trouble this weekend, three time champion John Anderson is lurking just a few markers back in third place. Terry Phillips and Brad Looney round out the top five and are expected this weekend too. With just five races left in the pursuit of the 2013 championship, this stop at Junction Motor Speedway is of utmost importance to the final outcome of the season.

A special treat for the fans on Saturday is the driver meet and greet behind the main grandstand. All fans are welcome out early to see their favorite drivers and cars on display prior to the show that evening. Several of the drivers will have autograph cards available and t-shirts for sale.The main grandstand opens at 5:00 PM Saturday.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank both Strobel Manufacturing and George Brothers Inc. for sponsoring this weekend of racing.

Tire Rule for Junction Motor Speedway

Fronts/LR: Hoosier 1640, WRS D55, LM 40
RR: Hoosier 06, WRS D55, LM 40

Junction Motor Speedway Information Friday 8/9/13
Gates: Pit 4:30 PM, Grandstand 5:30 PM
Racing: 7:30 PM
Admission: Adults $15, Kids 6-12 $5, Kids 5 and under FREE, Pit Pass $30
Support Classes: Cruisers and 4 Cylinders
Website: JunctionMotorSpeedway.com

Junction Motor Speedway information Saturday 8/10/13
Gates: Pit 4 PM, Grandstand 5:00 PM
Racing: 7:00 PM
Admission: Adults $15, Kids 6-12 $5, Kids 5 and under FREE, Pit Pass $30
Support Classes: NASCAR Late Models, Modifieds, B Mods, Hobby Stocks
Website: JunctionMotorSpeedway.com

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Jackson cruises to Lucas Oil MLRA prize at L A Raceway

August 1st, 2013

(LaMonte, MO) – Saturday night at Mike and Carolyn White’s LA Raceway featured exciting action in four divisions headlined by the Lucas Oil MLRA travelers. It was an unusually clear and cool late July evening in which 26 late models competed in three heat races, a b-main event, and the 30-lap Lucas Cattle Company main event.

At the end of the night, a familiar face returned to victory lane as Lebanon, Missouri’s Tony Jackson, Jr. bested the field in a dominating performance on the 3/8th mile semi-banked, smooth and fast surface. It was his third MLRA win of the year and first since late June at Adams County Speedway in Iowa. Jackson’s latest victory was his eighth of the year since Memorial Day weekend.

Jackson sat on the pole alongside fellow front-row starter Will Vaught of Crane, Missouri when the field took the initial green flag. A few early race cautions for minor spins on the track slowed the field but once racing ensued it was clear Jackson had things covered. Vaught’s night came to a heart-breaking in when he suffered mechanical woes at the start of lap two, ultimately ending his night.

Jesse Stovall charged to the front in the early stages of the race after starting from the outside of row four. It didn’t take long for the Billings, Missouri driver to make his way to the front of the field but he never really was able to mount a serious charge on eventual winner Jackson in his new Pierce car.

Jackson said of his win, “The car was great, this is a new Rocket car from Lanigan, and I tried to race it there in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series race at Lakeside last Tuesday but had power steering problems. Jesse’s a real-good racer; we race with him a lot and he’s definitely the one to beat when you come to an MLRA race. I don’t like to set my goals to high but to win eight races when you race with a group of guys like this . we’re having a really good season.”

Jason Bodenhamer had one of his stronger runs of the season going until a lap 17 caution flew as he spun in turn three trying to avoid a stalled car, unfortunately, Bodenhamer was unable to continue and relinquished fourth position on the restart.

With just two laps remaining, then fourth-running Brad Looney of Republic, Missouri, had a heartbreaking end to his night as he left the speedway to give up his strong run for the night. Fourth place was not the place to be as drivers in that position continued to suffer problems when Birch Tree, Missouri’s Justin Asplin, having his strongest run of the year, lost a motor down the front-stretch on the white flag lap.

Jackson ultimately cruised to the win over Stovall. Chase Junghans recorded his best-ever MLRA finish with a strong third, followed by the Hard Charger of the Race, John Anderson. On back, David Turner had a successful return to MLRA racing with a solid fifth-place run. Behind Turner were, Brandon McCormick, Travis Dickes, Matt Johnson, Sonny Findling, and Mark Dotson in the top ten.

Next up for the Lucas Oil MLRA competitors is a two-night jaunt at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska, on August 9th and 10th.

Jackson Snags Third MLRA Win of the Year at LA Raceway

July 30th, 2013

LAMONTE, MO – Saturday night at Mike and Carolyn White’s LA Raceway featured exciting action in four divisions headlined by the Lucas Oil MLRA travelers. It was an unusually clear and cool late July evening in which 26 late models competed in three heat races, a b-main event, and the 30-lap Lucas Cattle Company main event.

At the end of the night, a familiar face returned to victory lane as Lebanon, Missouri’s Tony Jackson, Jr. bested the field in a dominating performance on the 3/8th mile semi-banked, smooth and fast surface. It was his third MLRA win of the year and first since late June at Adams County Speedway in Iowa. Jackson’s latest victory was his eighth of the year since Memorial Day weekend.

Jackson sat on the pole alongside fellow front-row starter Will Vaught of Crane, Missouri when the field took the initial green flag. A few early race cautions for minor spins on the track slowed the field but once racing ensued it was clear Jackson had things covered. Vaught’s night came to a heart-breaking in when he suffered mechanical woes at the start of lap two, ultimately ending his night.

Jesse Stovall charged to the front in the early stages of the race after starting from the outside of row four. It didn’t take long for the Billings, Missouri driver to make his way to the front of the field but he never really was able to mount a serious charge on eventual winner Jackson in his new Pierce car.

Jackson said of his win, “The car was great, this is a new Rocket car from Lanigan, and I tried to race it there in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series race at Lakeside last Tuesday but had power steering problems. Jesse’s a real-good racer; we race with him a lot and he’s definitely the one to beat when you come to an MLRA race. I don’t like to set my goals to high but to win eight races when you race with a group of guys like this … we’re having a really good season.”

Jason Bodenhamer had one of his stronger runs of the season going until a lap 17 caution flew as he spun in turn three trying to avoid a stalled car, unfortunately, Bodenhamer was unable to continue and relinquished fourth position on the restart.

With just two laps remaining, then fourth-running Brad Looney of Republic, Missouri, had a heartbreaking end to his night as he left the speedway to give up his strong run for the night. Fourth place was not the place to be as drivers in that position continued to suffer problems when Birch Tree, Missouri’s Justin Asplin, having his strongest run of the year, lost a motor down the front-stretch on the white flag lap.

Jackson ultimately cruised to the win over Stovall. Chase Junghans recorded his best-ever MLRA finish with a strong third, followed by the Hard Charger of the Race, John Anderson. On back, David Turner had a successful return to MLRA racing with a solid fifth-place run. Behind Turner were, Brandon McCormick, Travis Dickes, Matt Johnson, Sonny Findling, and Mark Dotson in the top ten.

Next up for the Lucas Oil MLRA competitors is a two-night jaunt at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska, on August 9th and 10th.

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SCHEDULE UPDATE: Rained Out at Midway

July 27th, 2013

WHEATLAND, MO – Continual rains have forced officials with the Lucas Oil MLRA to cancel tonight’s action at Midway Speedway in Lebanon, Missouri.

“We carefully watched the radar hoping it would clear off in time to get the track in shape, unfortunately the track has simply taken too much rain and it continues to come down,” shared Competition Director, Ernie Leftwich.

The race at LA Raceway in La Monte, Missouri will go on as scheduled on Saturday, July 27th, 2013.

USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Modifieds, and Street Stocks join the Lucas Oil MLRA to complete the race program. LA Raceway is located at 11649 Highway Y, LaMonte, Missouri, 65337. Call 660-620-1148 or 660-620-1152 for more information or point your browser to www.laraceway.com. Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps at 7, and racing at 7:30. Admission: Adults $18, Senior/Military $16, Age 11-15, $9. Age 10 and Under Free.

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Two-Race Missouri swing up next for MLRA

July 25th, 2013

WHEATLAND, MO – Just days after the highly successful Third-Annual Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska, the Lucas Oil MLRA series makes its way to a pair of Missouri tracks this Friday and Saturday in what is sure to be a pivotal swing in the tight championship points battle.

Fresh off a career best Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series finish of second at I-80 Speedway, Tony Jackson, Jr. has hometown advantage on his peers when the series rolls into Jack and Dana Jones’ Midway Speedway in Lebanon, Missouri on Friday, July 26. Jackson, currently second in the standings behind Terry Phillips, brings a three-point advantage into Friday’s action over third-place, Will Vaught of Crane, Missouri. Since Memorial Day, Jackson has no less than seven super late model victories.

With Phillips expected to compete at the World Modified Dirt Track Championship at Deer Creek Speedway in Minnesota this week, Jackson and Vaught take center stage as title contenders. Former series champion John Anderson and Republic, Missouri’s Brad Looney are also in the hunt heading into the heart of summer and will be looking to tighten things up on the leaders.

Vaught stated, “I ran second at Midway a few years back to Billy Moyer and have found some success there, everybody is on a pretty even playing field when we go back there this week.” Vaught posted a strong sixth-place showing at the Silver Dollar Nationals and went on to say, “We actually found a few things wrong with the car after I-80 and we could have been even better, but we’ll be ready to go this weekend now that we fixed the problem.”

Lebanon Midway Speedway last hosted the series in 2007. On Friday, gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 8. Call 417-588-4430 or visit www.lebanonmidwayspeedway.com for more information. From Lebanon, Midway Speedway is located 6 miles east on Highway 32 and then right on State Highway B, travel one-half mile and the speedway is located on the right.

On Saturday, July 27, teams move north to LA Raceway in LaMonte, Missouri, for a highly anticipated return to the fast, wide, and smooth 3/8 mile clay oval owned and operated by Mike and Carolyn White. A previously scheduled series race at LA Raceway was washed out earlier this year. MLRA first visited the track in 2004 and 2005, twice in 2006 and then returned last year when Billy Moyer, Jr. drove to victory for his first-ever MLRA win.

USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Modifieds, and Street Stocks join the Lucas Oil MLRA to complete the race program. LA Raceway is located at 11649 Highway Y, LaMonte, Missouri, 65337. Call 660-620-1148 or 660-620-1152 for more information or point your browser to www.laraceway.com. Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps at 7, and racing at 7:30. Admission: Adults $18, Senior/Military $16, Age 11-15, $9. Age 10 and Under Free.

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The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa.

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Feger and Owens on SDN Front Row

July 21st, 2013

Greenwood, NE – Jason Feger is coming off his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win and will start on the pole of the Silver Dollar Nationals feature event on Saturday. Two-time series champion, Jimmy Owens will start in the outside-pole position for Saturday’s $27,000-to-win main event at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, NE. Feger and Owens scored the most passing points amongst the 55 competitors in Friday night’s Heat Races. The event is co-sanctioned by the
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil MLRA Series.

Feger started third in his first round heat race and came home the winner. In his second round heat race, Feger came from the ninth starting-spot to finish second. “This is the first time we have ever been here, I really like this place it and
suits my driving style. We are looking forward to tomorrow night and hope to win another Lucas Oil feature event,” said Feger after his heat race win. Owens came from ninth in his first round heat race to finish third. The second round
heat race was a bit easier for him, as he cruised on for the win from his third starting position. “We ran well here last year and we really like the track. It will be good to start up front and hopefully, we stay up there. We hope we can put
on an exciting show for the fans tomorrow night. This is a strong field of drivers, and you have the best in the country here,” stated Owens.

The defending Silver Dollar Nationals winner, Brian Birkhofer, will start sixth in the feature event. The inaugural winner of the event in 2011, Don O’Neal, will start seventh. Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series point’s leader, John
Blankenship, will start 12th in the 80-lap main event. Current Lucas Oil MLRA [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001UwgghLc6PHGaXN1v__TCseB_ZlvhSPkq92tB8D1Snd8WnnkEqbuMOD71MLIKpoUVU89GhZWDBvgSa_P_uUKPoO6EiRngFqSyPgGrBJrW_KqsXUwEfKstxg==] point’s leader, Terry Phillips will start on the front row of the first B-Main. Mike Marlar will start on the pole of the second B-Main. Chris Simpson, Will Vaught, Tim Isenberg, Steve Francis, and Jason Feger won their
respective 1st-round heat races. Don O’Neal, Brian Birkhofer, Tony Jackson Jr., Mike Marlar, and Jimmy Owens won their respective 2nd-round heat races.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will cap-off the ASi Crown Jewel Cup presented by DirtonDirt.com event at I-80 on Saturday, July 20th. There will be two B-Mains, Non-Qualifiers Dash, and the 80-lap Silver Dollar Nationals main event. For more information, visit www.i-80speedway.com
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Silver Dollar Nationals Thursday Practice

July 20th, 2013

Greenwood, NE – A hot and breezy afternoon gave way to a great evening, as the I-80 Speedway held it’s opening night of activities Thursday, for the third Annual Silver Dollar Nationals. It was a night of testing for the competitors of the Lucas Oil MLRA and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, and did they ever test. A session early in the night gave the crowd a preview of sorts for the weekend. However, it was the final session following the completion of the track’s scheduled program that several drivers found invaluable.

There was a nice showing of Lucas Oil MLRA

competitors among the forty plus cars who took to the track.There were twelve drivers in the top twenty points positions, who put their respective hot rods through the paces at I-80 Speedway. They were; Terry Phillips, Tony Jackson Jr., Will Vaught, John Anderson, Travis Dickes, Mark Dotson, Chase Junghans, Tommy Weder Jr., Chad Simpson, Chris Simpson, Justin Zeitner and Bill Leighton.

Tomorrow, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Lucas Oil MLRA will run heat races lined up by pill draw, using the passing points system. Each Late Model competitor will compete in two separate heats on Friday night. The USMTS Modifieds will run a complete show on Friday night, in conjunction with the LOLMDS and MLRA. Then on Saturday night July 20th the Late Models will run B-mains and a Belt Bash Non-Qualifiers Race paying $2,700 to win and $300 to start – to drivers failing to make the feature event. Following the B-Mains and Non-Qualifiers race on Saturday, the stars and cars of the LOLMDS will compete in the 80 lap Silver Dollar Nationals feature event that will pay $27,000 to the winner and $1,300 to start. The USMTS Modifieds will run a full show on Saturday night as well. For tickets and information about I-80 Speedway visit the track website at I-80Speedway.com.

LOLMDS marketing partner Scott Crawford of Crawford Supply/Traeger Grills has posted a special $1,000 cash bonus to the driver that earns the most series points at the Diamond Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway on July 13th and the Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway on July 20th.

Fans unable to attend this weekend’s race can access DirtOnDirt.com for a live pay-per-view of the entire weekend.

Track Information- Thursday-Saturday July 18-20th

I-80 Speedway
Location: 13909 238th St Greenwood, NE 68366
Track Phone #: (402) 342-3453
Website: I-80speedway.com

Tire Rule

Fronts – Hoosier WRS55
Left Rear – Hoosier 1640, WRS55
Right Rear – Hoosier 06, WRS55

Purse for Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway-July 20th

1. $27,000, 2. $12,000, 3. $7,000, 4. $6,000, 5. $5,000, 6. $3,500, 7. $2,500, 8.$2,400, 9. $2,300, 10. $2,200, 11. $2,100, 12. $2,000, 13. $1,800, 14. $1,600, 15.$1,500, 16. $1,400, 17. $1,375, 18. $1,350, 19. $1,325, 20. $1,300, 21. $1,300, 22. $1,300, 23. $1,300, 24. $1,300, 25. $1,300, 26. $1,300, 27. $1,300, 28. $1,300, 29. $1,300, 30. $1,300, 31. $1,300, 32. $1,300

Purse for Belt Bash Non-Qualifiers Race-July 20th

1. $2,700, 2. $1,500, 3. $1,000, 4. $800, 5. $600, 6. $450, 7. $400, 8. $375, 9. $350, 10. $325, 11-20th-$300

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The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank their marketing partners; Lucas Oil Products, MAV TV, Protect the Harvest, Lucas Cattle Company, Hoosier Racing Tires, Geico, iON Cameras, E3 Spark Plugs, CANIDAE, Optima Batteries, Speedco, Sunoco Race Fuels, Marriott Properties, Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps, Casey’s General Stores, JRi Shocks, Bodee’s Race Bodies, Peterson Fluid Systems, KRC, Midwest Sheet Metal, Fast Track Photos, RacinDirt.com, BSB Manufacturing, Racing Optics, Eibach Springs, Bell Helmets, Outpace Racing Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Schoenfeld Headers, Weld Wheels, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Powertrain Industries, Performance Bodies, Intercomp Scales, Keizer Wheels.

Blankenship Breaks Through in Diamond Nationals

July 16th, 2013

Wheatland, MO – John Blankenship dazzled the impressive crowd on-hand at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO tonight in the 7th Annual CMH “Diamond Nationals” co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil MLRA. Blankenship took the point’s lead from Jimmy Owens last night, and came into tonight’s event a-top the points standings for the first time in his career. He and Owens had a fierce battle for the lead, until lap 28, when Blankenship finally put some distance between himself and the “Newport Nightmare”. Blankenship went unchallenged the rest of the way in the race that had no cautions.

Blankenship’s third LOLMDS victory of the season also marked his first-ever at the track. He took home $10,000 for the win and put an end to Owens’ reign over the facility. Owens entered the event having won six out of the last seven LOLMDS races at Lucas Oil Speedway, including 3 Show-Me 100′s.

Trailing Blankenship and Owens to the finish line were Tony Jackson, Jr., Earl Pearson Jr., and Steve Francis.

“I don’t know what to say,” said the winner in Lucas Oil Victory Lane. “To beat Jimmy here is just unbelievable! He has been so strong here; I didn’t think anyone was ever going to beat him here. Our car tonight, once we got going really was fast, to catch Jimmy and then to pass him says a lot about our team and this Rocket Chassis. We have come so close to winning here before, and to finally do it tonight in front of this big crowd, is just tremendous!”

Blankenship started fifth and wrestled the second position away from Dennis Erb Jr. by lap 8. “Dennis and I had a good race going early on. Once we broke free from him, I was finally able to get Jimmy in my vision, he must have had a straightaway lead or better on us by the time we got to second, we slowly tracked him down, and once we got into traffic that was our chance.”

“What a way to bring a new sponsor into the sport! GeneratorWorld.com has come on board with us, and along with all of our other great sponsors: Todd Case Trucking, Coal, Bear Cove Village, VP, and Integra. We have also been alternating back-and-forth between the Cornett and Jay Dickens Engines. Tonight we had the Cornett in the car and both engines have been really strong!”

Blankenship forged ahead of Owens for the lead the first time on lap 23. But Owens came back and led the next three circuits, until Blankenship shot by him for good on lap 28 and was never able to seriously challenge the 32-year-old racer for the remainder of the race.

“Congrats to John on the win! I am just as excited for him as he is,” said Owens afterwards. “We have been struggling over the last month, and with last night’s parts failure, we didn’t even get to turn a lap in the feature, but his team works hard! John has gotten so much better as a driver over the last few years, it’s scary for the rest of the competition what he could become,” said the driver of the Reece Monument Company, Cornett Racing Engines, Bloomquist Ford.

Jackson had his best career LOLMDS finish with a third place finish. Jackson was outside of the top five for the first half of the race, but got going late in the 50-lapper. “I wish we had as good of a car early in the race as we had later on!

To have a podium finish against these guys lets us know how far our race team has come in the last year,” said the driver of the RLB Financial, Rocket Chassis, Chevrolet. Jackson came into the race as winner in seven events since Memorial Day Weekend.

Completing the top ten were Dennis Erb Jr., Wendell Wallace, Don O’Neal, Jesse Stovall, and Terry Phillips.

In preliminary action, Ryan Gustin set the overall time (Group A) amongst the 38 entrants, with a lap of 16.347 seconds. Jimmy Owens set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 16.398 seconds. Eric Turner, Will Vaught, Jimmy Owens, and Dennis Erb Jr. won their respective heat races. Mark Dotson and Eddie Carrier Jr. won their respective B-Mains.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will continue its July Midwest swing next week. On Tuesday, July 16th, the series will make its first appearance at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, KS. Hamilton County Speedway will host its first-ever LOLMDS event on Wednesday, July 17th. Both events will include RED BUCK Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and the 50-Lap, $10,000-to-win main events. For more information, log onto www.lakesidespeedway.net and www.hamiltoncospeedway.com.

The series will round out its July Midwest swing with the Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, NE in a race co-sanctioned with the Lucas Oil MLRA. The event will include a practice session on Thursday, July 18th. There will be two rounds of heats on Friday night, July 19th. Capping off the trip to I-80 on Saturday, July 20th, there will be B-Mains and the 80-lap feature event. For more information, visit www.I-80speedway.com.

Jackson Captures Another Lucas Oil MLRA Win

June 30th, 2013

Corning, IA – Saturday’s Liberty 50 at Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa was the latest in a string of wins for Lebanon, Missouri’s Tony Jackson Jr. Jackson moved around outside polesitter Ryan Gustin on the 15thlap, and held off Chris Simpson late to score the $5,000 payday.

“It was excellent,” exclaimed Jackson of the race. “This race car has been awesome ever since we got it from Darrell (Lanigan). I tried to get Gustin there on the start, and he got by me. He messed up that one time and got off the bottom, and I got him. I just knew that if I could drive my race and stay on the bottom, I’d have to mess up for Chris to get me.”

Simpson closed quick on Jackson with four laps to go, but was never able to pass him. Simpson settled for second. On the final restart, both Terry Phillips and Chad Simpson moved around Gustin and finished third and fourth respectively. Gustin secured fifth.

The series will sit idle next weekend before taking part in the CMH Diamond Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday, July 13th. The race is co-sanctioned with the

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Gustin Wins First Lucas Oil MLRA Feature

June 30th, 2013

Greenwood, NE – With less than 10 total starts in Lucas Oil MLRA competition, Ryan Gustin was poised to knock down a series win sooner rather than later. To those who have watched him race up the ranks, his Friday night performance in the Alphabet Soup feature, at I-80 Speedway, comes as no surprise. Gustin passed four cars, in his heat race, to earn the KRC Top Qualifier Award. However, he led only the opening lap before Tommy Weder Jr. got around him in the feature. Weder led the next 10 circuits, before Gustin passed him for good.

“I knew we had a good car right off the bat,” stated Gustin. “Once we got going, kind of reined him (Weder) back down and got in lapped traffic and used that to our advantage. I just tried not to look back.” The pass for the win came on the twelfth lap and Gustin explained his simple approach. “I was really good on the bottom down there in three and four. So you could really drive it in hard and all that moisture would catch you. I just drove ‘er in there wide open.”

The race went caution free until Brunson Behning spun on lap 33 causing a slowdown. The final three lap shootout reaffirmed the speed Gustin had in his race car. It also allowed Chris Simpson a shot at Tony Jackson Jr, for third, which he took by feet, at the line.

Gustin’s win gives him an automatic provisional in next month’s 3rd Annual Silver Dollar Nationals paying $27,000 to win. Friday’s Alphabet Soup checkers was worth $3,700. Tomorrow the Lucas Oil MLRA will make their one and only visit of the season to Adams County Speedway in Corning, IA for the Liberty 50. It will pay the winner $5,000.

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Lucas Oil MLRA Heads North for Busy Holiday Weekend

June 27th, 2013

Wheatland, MO – A holiday staple on the Lucas Oil MLRA schedule is the two day Independence Day weekend blowout at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska and Adams County Speedway in Corning, IA. These two highly anticipated shows will draw some of the largest crowds on the tour all season. Friday night will be the 12th Annual Alphabet Soup race, paying the winner $3,700. Last year the Adams County Speedway decided to make their date on the Lucas Oil MLRA schedule even bigger.
They began the Liberty 50, which will be contested this Saturday night. It will pay $5,000 to win. The huge fireworks show following the race is the icing on the cake and an Adams County Speedway tradition.

One driver coming into the weekend with experience at both tracks is the current Sunoco Race Fuels Rookie of the Year points leader Travis Dickes. A late addition to the Rookie contender list, Dickes is coming off of a weekend where he scored a pair of top ten finishes. “We started off good in the heat races, but when the track slicks off, we’re off a little,” commented Dickes. “Most of these tracks are brand new for us, and we don’t have any kind of notebook built for them. We’ll just keep trying little adjustments and hopefully get better the next time we hit some of these places.”

With Dickes two SLMR Championships, I-80 Speedway and Adams County Speedway were pivotal stops. He has a lot of experience at both and considers I-80 his home race track. “I like I-80 Speedway a lot. It’s close to home for one. We do need to get faster with our open motor program there. These MLRA guys are tough. We have been pretty good at these tracks, but when MLRA is in town there’s so much competition. There’s not a single slouch in the field. We know as a team, that level of competition is what will make us faster. The rookie bonus put up by the series and Sunoco really
provided a good opportunity for us this year.”

Will Vaught is scheduled to lead in a talented group of racers from across the midwest for this huge weekend. Vaught currently holds a twelve point advantage in the standings over Terry Phillips and Brad Looney. Tony Jackson Jr. and Jesse Stovall are tied for fourth. Three time series champion, John Anderson, is just two markers back of Jackson and Stovall. These six drivers are separated by only 39 points.

I-80 Speedway Information
Gates: 5:30 PM
Racing: 7:15 PM
Admission: Adults $20, Kids 6-12 $5, Kids 5 and under FREE
Support Classes: A Mods, B Mods, Hornets
Website: I-80Speedway.com

Adams County Speedway Information
Gates: 4:30 PM
Racing: 7:00 PM
Admission: Adults $20, Kids high school & jr. high $10, Kids k-6th grade $5, Kids pre school & under FREE
Support Classes: Modifieds, B Mods, Pro Stocks, Hobby Stocks
Website: ACSpeedway.com

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Jackson Earns First Lucas Oil MLRA Victory

June 24th, 2013

Mayetta, KS – Saturday’s Lucas Oil MLRA contest at Thunder Hill Speedway in Mayetta, KS saw the emergence of another first time winner, Tony Jackson Jr. Jackson started on the outside pole and took the lead from Jesse Stovall on the third lap. It was a lead Jackson never relinquished. He stretched his margin over the course of the feature and cruised to a comfortable win.

“It cleaned off and got real racy in the feature,” commented Jackson on the surface for the feature. “(I’m) more than happy with the race car, (it was) excellent. Starting behind Jesse (Stovall), I felt like I needed to do something he wasn’t going to do. So I figured he was going to be committed to the cushion, so we just tightened up to run in the slick and it paid off. I was dreading the five hour drive home, but I bet I make it just fine now.”

The 30 lap feature went caution free and had excellent racing behind Jackson in second though fourth. Jesse Stovall, Brad Looney and Will Vaught were in tight quarters on several occasions throughout the main event. Stovall made a daring move late and split Vaught and Looney to finish second. Looney was third by a slim margin at the checkers over Vaught.

Vaught now holds a twelve point lead in the standings over Terry Phillips. The top six drivers in points are separated by only 37 total points. Next weekend the Lucas Oil MLRA will visit I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, NE for the Alphabet Soup race on Friday June 28th. It will be followed up the next night by a trip to Adams County Speedway in Corning, IA for the Liberty 50.

Stovall Captures Checkers at Humboldt Speedway

June 23rd, 2013

Humboldt, KS – Heading into Friday’s Lucas Oil MLRA stop at Humboldt Speedway, Jesse Stovall had been on winless streak longer than he cared to think about. With the conclusion of the thirty lap main event, it was all a thing of the past for the talented racer from Billings, Missouri. Firing from the outside pole, Stovall jumped out front and never relinquished the lead. His performance netted him the $3,000 top prize.

“It’s a lot harder to stand on top of that hill than it is to stand at the bottom and look up,” said Stovall comparing his outstanding 2012 season to his start of the 2013 season. “I was getting awful frustrated. It’s been along hard fought battle with Scott Bailey helping me. This is kind of a new deal here, JSR Victory Circle has been a little bit or a pain. I just can’t thank him (Bailey) enough for all of the hard work. It’s pretty amazing to come here tonight, and be as bad as we were, and now be in victory lane.”

Behind Stovall there were plenty of capable drivers ready to pounce if he slipped up. Brad Looney and Tony Jackson Jr. went back and forth for a number of laps. Late in the race Jackson got into the wall on the front stretch, and the contact cost him his momentum and a shot at regaining the runner up spot. Mark Dotson and Ryan Gustin filled out the balance of the top five. Two yellows slowed the pace, as did a red flag for Corey Zeitner who turned over in turn four. He was uninjured.

Tomorrow night the Lucas Oil MLRA heads to Thunder Hill Speedway in Mayetta, KS for the second stop of the weekend. Last year’s race was one fans still talk about. Terry Phillips came out on top, after a spirited race with John Anderson. The gates open at 5:00 PM, with hot laps scheduled for 7:00 PM, with racing to follow. Adult admission is just $15, with kids 12 and under free.

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Lucas Oil MLRA Ready for Action in Kansas

June 20th, 2013

Wheatland, MO – With rain hampering the last scheduled Lucas Oil MLRA weekend, everyone is eager to get back after it this weekend with a pair of shows in Kansas. Friday, the series heads into Humboldt, Kansas to the Humboldt Speedway. Last year’s main event ran caution free and Jesse Stovall came out on top.Saturday, the series will roll north to Thunder Hill Speedway in Mayetta, Kansas. Terry Phillips survived a late race duel with John Anderson to capture the checkered flag, in one of the best Lucas Oil MLRA races in recent memory.

One of the drivers to keep an eye on this weekend is Lebanon, Missouri’s Tony Jackson Jr. He ended the month of May with a win and has two since then. He is riding a three race streak and appears to have his program in tip-top shape. “We’ve had a lot of good momentum lately. It started back at the Show Me 100,” said Jackson who ran 4th in the Thursday tune up race and 8th in the 100 lap main event. “This new (Rocket) car really fits me good. We haven’t changed much. I bought it from Darrell Lanigan, and he and I get along real well. He’s easy to talk to. We have some new shocks to try at each track, but other than that we’re not going to be doing anything different this weekend.”

Jackson is in the midst of his best ever season in Super Late Models, but he doesn’t tote a huge notebook for either track this weekend. “I don’t have a ton of experience at either track, but I like racing at both places. The draw is important at Humboldt. Last year the track was real racy early, and you could move forward. Thunder Hill is big and fast. It’ll be a good challenge for me. I haven’t had my new car on a track that big yet.”

There will be a stout field in attendance. Will Vaught is leading the points, with Terry Phillips only two points behind in second. Third through fifth is; John Anderson, Brad Looney and Tony Jackson Jr. Chase Junghans is ahead of Travis Dickes, in the Sunoco
Rookie of the Year Standings, by seven markers.
Tire Rule for 6/21 and 6/22
Right Rear – Hoosier 06, LM40, WRS55
Left Rear/Fronts – Hoosier 1640, LM40, WRS55

6/21/13 Humboldt Speedway Information
Gates: 6:00 PM
Racing: 8:00 PM
Admission: Adults $17, Seniors $15, Youth 6-12 $5, Kids 5 and under FREE
Support Classes: USRA Modifieds, B Mods, Factory Stocks, Pure Stocks
Website: HumboldtSpeedway.com

6/22/13 Thunder Hill Speedway Information
Gates: 5:00 PM
Racing: Hot Laps: 7:00 PM, Racing to Follow
Admission: Adults: $15, Kids 12 and under FREE
Support Classes: IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Northern Sport Mods, IMCA Hobby Stocks
Website: RaceThunderHillSpeedway.com

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Rain Washes Out Weekend of MLRA Action

June 1st, 2013

Wheatland, MO – Heavy rainfall and an unfavorable forecast has forced officials with the Lucas Oil MLRA and LA Raceway to cancel this weekends racing action slated for Saturday, June 1st in La Monte, Missouri. The race at US 36 Raceway was cancelled yesterday, causing a complete weekend wash-out for the series. The next scheduled event for the Lucas Oil MLRA is a double-header at Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, Kansas on Friday, June 21st and Thunderhill Speedway on Saturday,June 22nd. Both nights will pay $3,000 to the winner.

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Too Wet for US 36 Raceway This Weekend

May 3rd, 2013

Wheatland, MO – With heavy rain this week and more forecast through the weekend, US 36 Raceway Officials and Lucas Oil MLRA officials, have been forced to postpone this Friday evening’s race scheduled for US 36 Raceway in Osborn, MO. They are currently working together to see about rescheduling this race for later this season.

As of now, the race scheduled for Saturday at LA Raceway is still on. Any announcement regarding it’s status will be made tomorrow.
LA Raceway Information 6/1/1
Gates: 5: 00 PM
Racing: Hot Laps 7: 00 PM, Racing 7:30 PM
Admission: Adults $17, Kids 13-16 $10, Kids 6-12 $5, Kids 5 and under FREE, Pitpasses $30
Support Classes: USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Mods, Street Stocks

Website: laraceway.com

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Kyle Beard and Ashley Newman Claim Weekend Wins for Upton Motorsports

May 31st, 2013

Mercer, Tennessee – The Memorial Day weekend was an extremely busy time for Upton Motorsports drivers, Kyle Beard & Ashley Newman, as they entered an array of events across the southeast and came away with a pair of wins to show for their efforts.

Kyle Beard and Upton Motorsports competed in the opening round of the 21st Annual Lucas Oil Show Me 100 at Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, Missouri) on Thursday evening with their #86 Greg’s Sawmill/Pierce/Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model.

An extremely talented field of seventy-three Super Late Models registered for battle in the $5,000-to-win program, which was sanctioned by the Lucas Oil MLRA tour. Pill draw determined the heat race line up, and Kyle started second and led early in his heat before settling for a second place finish, which locked him into the fifteenth starting spot for the 40 lap feature. Early in the feature he battled around mid-pack before the handle began to go away on his entry, and he faded to a twenty-fifth place finish. Full results from Thursday’s program are available at www.MLRARacing.com .

On Friday evening the qualifying events for the $30,000-to-win, 21st Annual Show Me 100 were held at Lucas Oil Speedway, and seventy-two entries registered for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) program. Time trials found Beard struggling on a rough track, and as a result he started twelfth in his heat race grid. He advanced to an eighth place finish in his heat, which left him well short of advancing to the feature.

On Saturday night Beard started deep in a b-main, and while he failed to reach a transfer spot to the feature with a fifth place finish he did earn the seventh starting spot in the $2,000-to-win, Midwest Sheet Metal Non-Qualifier’s Race. Early in the 20 lap affair Beard raced to as high as the third position before settling into a fifth place finish behind race winner, Mike Marlar, Travis Dickes, Randy Weaver, and Tanner English. Full results from the event are available at www.LucasDirt.com .

Ashley Newman entered a NeSmith Weekly Crate Late Model program at Clayhill Motorsports (Atwood, Tennessee) on Saturday evening in an event that drew sixteen entries. Mechanical issues in the feature found Newman only being able to manage a thirteenth place finish in the feature. Full results are available at www.ClayhillMotorsports.com .

Sunday night found Upton Motorsports drivers Ashley Newman and Kyle Beard making the trip to Greenville Speedway (Greenville, Mississippi), where Kyle powered to the Super Late Model win over Bo Gordon, Bubba Harrison, Duke Palasini, and Phil Sluder. The win was his second of the year!

Ashley Newman was also victorious on Sunday night at Greenville Speedway as he powered his #73 Upton Motorsports Pierce Crate Late Model to the win in the NeSmith Weekly Crate Late Model event. He started fourth before charging to the lead and the win over Mike Palasini Jr., Greg Fore, Bobby Jordan, and Kody Mea. The triumph marked his first victory of 2013!

Newman closed his weekend on Sunday evening with a NeSmith Weekly Crate Late Model event at Clayhill Motorsports (Atwood, Tennessee), where he recorded a second place finish to race winner, Jeff Glisson. Full results are available at www.ClayhillMotorsports.com .

This Saturday, June 1st Beard and Newman will resume action with the COMP Cams Super Dirt Series Super Late Model Series (CCSDS) Super Late Models at Diamond Park Speedway (Nashville, Arkansas). Beard is currently third in the standings just four points out of the lead, and Newman is tied for fourth in the overall standings and leads the Kuntz & Co. Rookie of the Year standings.

Upton Motorsports would like to thank all of their sponsors including Greg’s Sawmill, 45 Race Shop, Best One Tire & Service, Gary Beard Trucking, Indian Ridge Lumber Co., Bob Pierce Race Cars, Schoenfeld Headers, Real Racing Wheels, Ace Sign Company, Team 5 Enterprise, JFR Graphics, ASC , and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Upton Motorsports, please visit .

Ben Shelton, Owner

The Midsouth Racing Scene – www.MidSouthRacing.com

Action Slated for Pair of Missouri Ovals

May 30th, 2013

Wheatland, MO – Fresh off of a monster weekend of racing in the Lucas Oil Show Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com, the stars of the Lucas Oil MLRA will be in action at a pair of Missouri ovals this weekend. Friday will see the series at Mike Franks’ US 36 Raceway in Osborn, MO, and Saturday racing will commence from Mike and Carolyn White’s LA Raceway in La Monte, MO. John Anderson won last year’s stop at US 36 Raceway, and Billy Moyer Jr. took the checkers at LA Raceway.
Both races will pay the winner $3,000.

Cameron, Missouri’s Mark Dotson is definitely licking his chops in anticipation for the weekend. US 36 Raceway is Dotson’s home track, and a place where he has as many laps as anyone. “US 36 is an extremely fast and banked,” said Dotson. “Typically it’s hooked up but, smooth too. If you like speed, that’s the place to go. When it opened I missed the first couple of years, but have raced there a lot since then.” Most of Dotson’s action has come by way of the Modified division, but he did compete in his Late Model there last July for the Lucas Oil MLRA race.

An April chassis switch to Moyer Victory Circle Race Cars is yielding the veteran racer more confidence. “Our stuff is starting to roll. We were fast over the course of the Show Me 100 weekend, but just had some mechanical things go wrong. I think if we can put a complete night together, we’re about ready to win a race or two.” This confidence bodes well for Dotson’s psyche heading into LA Raceway Saturday. He ran third in the series only visit there in 2012. “La Monte is really racy. If you have a good car, you can get up front and move around. I really enjoy racing there too.”

Dotson will have his hands full, with the best drivers in the midwest set to converge on the Show Me state this weekend. The points are still very close. This weekend will go a long way in determining the players for the 2013 championship.

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Third Straight Show-Me 100 Victory for Owens

May 29th, 2013

Wheatland, MO -Story contributed by Lucas Dirt PR – Jimmy Owens’ dominance of Lucas Oil Speedway continued on Saturday Night as the veteran driver notched his third consecutive Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com. Owens took the lead on lap 11 from Scott Bloomquist and was virtually unchallenged the rest of the way, picking up the $30,000 for his win in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Lucas Oil Midwest Racing Association co-sanctioned event.

Owens now has won six races at the track since 2010. Chris Simpson came home in second; his best career finish in a crown-jewel event. Dennis Erb, Jr. charged from 20th to take third. Brady Smith also made his way to a top five finish, grabbing fourth after starting 22nd. Chad Simpson would round out the top five, climbing from 24th to fifth at the finish.

“I have to thank Lucas Oil, Forrest Lucas, everybody with the series and this speedway, this is an awesome facility and to win this race three years in a row, I don’t know what to say!” said the 2-time and reigning series champion. “Scott (Bloomquist) and I had a really good race for the lead early on, and once I cleared him I pretty much felt like if the car held together it would be our race.”

Owens had to survive a first lap melee in turn two when several drivers got together, forcing a restart. “I thought we were in big trouble there, it was little slimy and Don (O’Neal) got sideways. It wasn’t anyone’s fault, but fortunately we had some quarter-panel and door damage. Nothing got into the tires or suspension,” said the winner, who maintains the LOLMDS points lead after his fourth series win of 2013.

“I want to thank Mike Reece, Reece Monument Company, Gantte Appraisals, Sunoco, Red Line Oil, Ohlins, Cornett Racing Engines, Bloomquist Race Cars and Chris Davis from Midwest Sheet Metal. I want to especially thank Chris for what he does not only for our team, but racing in general.”

Chris Simpson, who was also involved in that first lap incident, maintained his position at the start and he steadily climbed through the field. Simpson took the second spot from Bloomquist inside of 20 laps to go, and with a final caution with only nine laps to go, he took one last shot at his first career crown jewel win. “I thought maybe I had a chance there at the end, but he got out of turn two better than me and that was all she wrote. We are happy with this finish, to finish second in this magnitude of a race means a lot to me and my race team,” said the driver of the Five Star Shop Service, MB Customs Chevrolet.

Erb, coming off of heartbreak last week at Batesville, needed a good finish. “Yes we really needed this run tonight, we had bad luck last week while leading at Batesville. It feels good to run up front with these guys, and to come home in third is awesome.” Erb, who started on the outside of the tenth row, quickly moved into to the top ten early on in the race. He kept picking cars off, lap after lap, eventually getting to third place. On the final restart, with nine laps to go, Erb thought his best chance was to take the high side. “He (Simpson) did what had to do, he is a clean racer, I had a run on him and thought I could clear him on the front-stretch, but he shut the door, and from then on I couldn’t build up my momentum.”

Completing the top ten were Steve Francis, Mike Marlar, Tony Jackson, Jr., Scott Bloomquist and Jason Feger.

In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set the overall time (Group A) amongst the 72 entrants, with a lap of 14.902 seconds. Eric Jacobsen set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 14.934 seconds. Scott Bloomquist, Tyler Reddick, Jesse Stovall, Jimmy Owens, and Steve Francis their respective heat races. Eric Turner won the LucasOilGear.com Manufacturers’ Dash for Cash. Terry Phillips won the Crawford Supply Race of Champions presented by Traeger Grills. Jimmy Mars, Dennis Erb Jr., and Billy Moyer won their respective B-Mains Mike Marlar won the Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge Non-Qualifiers’ Race.

Owens Mastery of Lucas Oil Speedway Continues

May 24th, 2013

Wheatland, MO – In a tune up for the weekend’s Lucas Oil Show Me 100 Presented by Protect the Harvest.com, Newport, Tennessee’s Jimmy Owens dominated the Lucas Oil MLRA main event Thursday evening. The triumph was worth $5,000, and is Owens fifth at the state of the art 3/8 mile oval. “We had a good car all night long,” said Owens. “We were able to capitalize off of a couple of guys mistakes in the heat race. It got us a good starting spot for the feature. They throwed the green and we was able to run high, low. The car was just awesome tonight.”

Tyler Reddick and Steve Shaver had quite a race for second and third, just a few paces behind Owens. Reddick moved around Shaver, after numerous laps neck and neck, and went on to secure the runner up spot. Shaver held on for third in his Bobby Labonte Racing Longhorn Chassis.

When it came to Lucas Oil MLRA series regulars there was a handful in the field, and Tony Jackson Jr did quite well. He passed five cars and finished fourth. The forty lap race was contested without a single caution.

Racing gets underway Friday at 7:30 PM with Time Trials, Heat Races, Manufactures Dash and Race of Champions. Saturday is also slated for a 7:30 PM start time, with last chance consolation races, Midwest Sheet Metal Show Me Challenge, USRA Modified Feature and the 100 lap $30,000 to win finale.

Points Extremely Tight as Show Me 100 Nears

May 16th, 2013

Wheatland, MO – With just a few days left before the running of the prestigious Lucas Oil Show Me 100 Presented by Protect the Harvest, Lucas Oil MLRA teams are busy making final preparations before hitting Lucas Oil Speedway, next Thursday night, May 23rd, for a $5,000 to win Lucas Oil MLRA race.

The points battle is extremely tight and the top two heading into Saturday night’s 100 lap Show Me 100 feature will be guaranteed starting spots. Will Vaught is currently out front, and a good finish Thursday will lock him into the show with the first provisional, though he is likely race his way in on Friday. Positions two through four are another story though, and Thursday’s performance will have a big impact on how the second provisional will be awarded. There are only nine markers separating second place Brad Looney and fourth place John Anderson. Terry Phillips is right between the two veterans in third, just six points behind Looney.

Under a new point structure in 2013, the top five finishers in the heat races are awarded championship points, with the winner earning 10 points. A two point drop in the remaining four positions is how the balance is calculated. This is addition to the A Feature point structure, which is unchanged from previous seasons.

There will be a new incentive for Lucas Oil MLRA competitors though. Every driver who signs in to compete in the $30,000 to win race, will be given 25 appearance points. Lucas Oil MLRA regulars, who race their way into Saturday night’s field will be awarded an additional 15 points, and the two who utilize the series provisionals will be rewarded with 10 additional points.

The weekend promises to be one of the best of the entire season as the race will again be filmed for CBS television. Reserved tickets are on sale and going fast. Visit LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information or call the track office at 417 282 5984.

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The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at MLRARacing.com or by calling the series office at (417) 282 5984.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank their marketing partners; Lucas Oil Products, MAV TV, Protect the Harvest, Lucas Cattle Company, Hoosier Racing Tires, Geico, E3 Spark Plugs, CANIDAE, Optima Batteries, Speedco, Sunoco Race Fuels, Marriott Properties, Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps, Casey’s General Stores, JRi Shocks, Bodee’s Race Bodies, Peterson Fluid Systems, KRC, Midwest Sheet Metal, Fast Track Photos, RacinDirt.com, BSB Manufacturing, Racing Optics, Eibach Springs, Bell Helmets,Outpace Racing Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Schoenfeld Headers, Weld Wheels, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Powertrain Industries, Performance Bodies, Intercomp Scales, Keizer Wheels.

Looney Fastest in Charlie Fulton Memorial

May 1st, 2013

Muskogee, OK – After wet conditions forced the postponement of the 2nd Annual Charlie Fulton Memorial Friday at Thunderbird Speedway in Muskogee, OK, Sunday offered chamber of commerce type weather, much to everyone’s delight. Brad Looney started the Lucas Oil MLRA feature event from the inside of the second row and never looked back. He took the lead
exiting turn two and rolled to his first Late Model win of the season. His Sunday effort was worth $3,000.

“On the start everything just hit perfect,” said Looney. “My car was just extremely good. Once I got into the groove and got some laps going and got by Phillips, it just felt like everything was going to be right tonight.” Sunday’s triumph marks Looney’s first ever visit to victory lane at the 1/2 mile Muskogee oval.

Will Vaught continued his string of consistency, with his second runner up finish of the young season. He now holds a twenty-four point advantage in the standings. Terry Phillips was the KRC Top Qualifier and started on the pole. He was near the front throughout and finished third. Jesse Stovall was in the hunt over the first half of the feature, but he drew a yellow on lap twelve, as he sat in turn four. John Anderson and Mark Dotson competed the top five.

Full Championship Standings, Casey’s Hard Charger Standings and Sunoco Rookie of the Year Standings will be available on MLRARacing.com.

The next race will commence Thursday, May 23rd, at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO as part of the 21st Annual Lucas Oil Show Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com

weekend. It will pay $5,000 to win and $500 to start.

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The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at MLRARacing.com or by calling the series office at (417) 282 5984.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank their marketing partners; Lucas Oil Products, MAV TV, Protect the Harvest, Lucas Cattle Company, Hoosier Racing Tires, Geico, E3 Spark Plugs, CANIDAE, Optima Batteries, Speedco, Sunoco Race Fuels, Marriott Properties, Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps, Casey’s General Stores, JRi Shocks, Bodee’s Race Bodies, Peterson Fluid Systems, KRC, Midwest Sheet Metal, Fast Track Photos, RacinDirt.com, BSB Manufacturing, Racing Optics, Eibach Springs, Bell Helmets, Outpace Racing Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Schoenfeld Headers, Weld Wheels, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Powertrain Industries, Performance Bodies, Intercomp Scales, Keizer Wheels.

Merrill Cracks Lucas Oil MLRA Victory Lane

April 30th, 2013

Pocola, OK – Raymond Merrill had a night to remember Saturday, at Tri State Speedway, in Lucas Oil MLRA competition. Behind the wheel of Wendell Wallace’s #6m, Merrill started on the pole and led all but one lap in the main event. On lap twenty-one, John Anderson moved in front of Merrill in lapped traffic. The pass was short lived however as Merrill took the lead back almost as quickly as he lost it.

“I hadn’t been in a car in seven or eight months, so it helps to make a few laps to get smooth,” stated Merrill. “Getting the lead was so important tonight. I knewit was mine to win or lose. We got in lap traffic, that’s kind of when my rust showed up a little bit.”

Second finishing John Anderson put together a solid night and credited Merrill with having the fastest car of the evening. “I got him in traffic, and he got me in traffic,” stated Anderson of the lead exchange. “We’ve been trying and testing a few things. It’s starting to come around a little bit. What we’ve put together with JRi Shocks, has really improved our program, and we’re really happy with the direction.”

Will Vaught ran as high as second in the feature, before settling into third. Jack Sullivan and Jesse Stovall filled out the balance of the top five.

Notes: The evening’s Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger award went to Brad Looney who rolled off twenty-third and finished seventh. With another top three run, Will Vaught took over the championship point lead. Merrill’s win is his first ever with the Lucas Oil MLRA. Both he and Wallace are planning to attend Sunday’s race at Thunderbird Speedway, but following the race Saturday, there was uncertainty as to who would drive the race car.

Tomorrow the Lucas Oil MLRA rolls into Thunderbird Speedway in Muskogee, OK. Originally scheduled for Friday, rain put a halt to the show. Racing will begin at 5:00 PM. Adult grandstand tickets are just $15.

Thunderbird Postponed to Sunday

April 27th, 2013

Muskogee, OK – With rain falling at the track and more forecast for the remainder of the day, Lucas Oil MLRA and Thunderbird Speedway officials have decided to postpone tonight’s race scheduled at Thunderbird Speedway in Muskogee, OK. The event will be made up Sunday evening, April 28th, with racing set to begin at 5 PM. Saturday, the Lucas Oil MLRA will run at Tri-State Speedway in Pocola, OK, as originally scheduled. Both races pay $3,000 to win.

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The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at MLRARacing.com or by calling the series office at (417) 282 5984.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank their marketing partners; Lucas Oil Products, MAV TV, Protect the Harvest, Lucas Cattle Company, Hoosier Racing Tires, Geico, E3 Spark Plugs, CANIDAE, Optima Batteries, Speedco, Sunoco Race Fuels, Marriott Properties, Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps, Casey’s General Stores, JRi Shocks, Bodee’s Race Bodies, Peterson Fluid Systems, KRC, Midwest Sheet Metal, Fast Track Photos, RacinDirt.com, BSB Manufacturing, Racing Optics, Eibach Springs, Bell Helmets, Outpace Racing Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Schoenfeld Headers, Weld Wheels, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Powertrain Industries, Performance Bodies, Intercomp Scales, Keizer Wheels.

Lucas Oil MLRA Storms into Oklahoma

April 25th, 2013

Wheatland, MO – After a weekend off, the Lucas Oil MLRA heads south this weekend to compete in the state of Oklahoma. Friday racing is scheduled for Thunderbird Speedway in Muskogee, OK, and Saturday the wheels roll onto Tri State Speedway in Pocola, OK. “We wanted to take the series and Lucas Oil into some new markets this year,” commented Dan Robinson Series Director.”It has been several years since MLRA has been to either track. We’re glad to be racing in Oklahoma this weekend.”

It has indeed been several years for each track. The Lucas Oil MLRA last ran at Tri State Speedway on August 5th, 2000, with Leslie Essary claiming the win. It is even further back to the last race at Thunderbird Speedway. The year was 1997, and there were three races contested. A July 13th program was won by Bill Frye. Terry Phillips won on August 1st, and a two-day season finale on Halloween weekend.

Chad Simpson currently leads in the standings, with Will Vaught, Brad Looney, Terry Phillips and Dave Eckrich rounding out the top five. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year battle is close as well, with Chase Junghans holding onto the top spot. Complete standings are available on MLRARacing.com.

Practice will be held on Thursday night, April 25th, at Thunderbird Speedway, for drivers wanting extra laps. Pit passes are just $10. Friday’s race, The Charlie Fulton Memorial, is named after the former owner of the half mile track.

Tire Rule for 4/26 and 4/27

Right Rear – Hoosier 06, LM40, WRS55
Left Rear/Fronts – Hoosier 1640, LM40, WRS55

Thunderbird Speedway Information
Gates: Pits 4:00 PM, Grandstand 5:00 PM
Racing: Hot Laps 7:00 PM, Racing 7:30 PM
Admission: Adults $15, Kids 12 and under FREE, Pit Pass $30
Support Classes: 360 Modifieds, Enduros
Website:ThunderbirdSpeedwayMuskogee.yolasite.com

Tri State Speedway Information
Gates: 5:00 PM
Racing: 7:00 PM
Admission: Adults: $15, Kids 6-11 $5, Military Free with ID, Pit Pass $35
Support Classes: USRA Modifieds, USRA B Mods, Economy Mods, Factory Stocks, Super Stocks
website:Tri-StateSpeedway.com

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The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at MLRARacing.com or by calling the series office at (417) 282 5984.

Late Pass Propels Simpson to Victory

April 16th, 2013

Wheatland, MO – Chad Simpson was fast from the outset of Saturday’s Lucas Oil MLRA feature, but it wasn’t until lap thirty -five he took the lead from Jesse Stovall, at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO.The pair raced to the flag stand off of turn four and Simpson never looked back.

“It was a pretty wild one tonight.” said Simpson following the race. “We’re never going to catch a break on these draws at the beginning of the night. We got to start deep in a heat race just like we were last week. We got up to fourth, and I just knew that wasn’t going to be good enough to get us in the top couple of rows. Starting tenth is pretty tough anywhere you go, especially with the caliber of cars that are here. I just got up on the wheel.” The win comes on the heels of second and third place finishes last weekend for Simpson.

Will Vaught led the opening eleven laps, before Stovall was able to work to the front in lapped traffic. Stovall slowed late in the race with a flat left rear, which ended his shot a solid finish.

The race’s final caution waved with just three laps to go. On the restart it was smooth sailing for Simpson as Vaught and seventeenth starting Eric Turner dueled for second. Vaught held the position at the checkers, with Turner scored in third.

Tony Jackson Jr. debuted a new Club 29 Rocket, and earned the Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger award as he moved from twentieth to fourth. Next up for the Lucas Oil MLRA is an Oklahoma tilt at Thunderbird Speedway and Tri State Speedway, April 26th and 27th.

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The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at MLRARacing.com or by calling the series office at (417) 282 5984.

Three Events Added to 2013 Lucas Oil MLRA Schedule!

April 14th, 2013

Wheatland, MO – Lucas Oil MLRA Officials are excited to announce the addition of three race nights to the 2013 season. Two of the tracks are not on the schedule otherwise, adding some diversity to the tour. Dan Robinson, Series Director, commented “We wanted to give drivers the opportunity to get out to a couple of different tracks and also add in events that can create two-day swings, these additions are a great fit for the series.”

The first of the three events will be at US 36 Speedway in Osborn, MO on Friday, May 31st. “A previously scheduled race at US 36 was removed from the itinerary earlier in the year due to conflicts, this puts us back there for one appearance in 2013,” Robinson stated. Saturday, June 1st, the Lucas Oil MLRA will invade LA Raceway in La Monte, MO for the first of two visits. These two back-to-back nights of racing will both pay $3,000 to the winner, follow the Show-Me 100, and will kick off the month of June with a bang.

The next addition is Friday, July 26th at Midway Speedway in Lebanon, MO. This is the only night for the series at the 1/4 mile track. From Lebanon, the series will trek northwest and return to LA Raceway for the second and final time in 2013, as previously scheduled.
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Don’t forget Spring Thunder this Saturday, April 13th at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO!
Lucas Oil Speedway Information 4/13/13
Gates: 4:00 PM
Racing: Hot Laps: 6:00 PM, Racing 6:30 PM
Admission: Adults (16 and up) $20, Seniors (62 and up) $15, Youth (6-15) $5, Kids (5 and under) FREE, Family Pass $40, Pit Pass $30
Support Classes: Carson’s Corner NAPA Factory Stocks ($750 to win), Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds ($750 to win)
Website: LucasOilSpeedway.com

Spring Thunder set for Lucas Oil Speedway

April 13th, 2013

Wheatland, MO – After a great opening weekend at I-80 Speedway in Nebraska, the Lucas Oil MLRA is right back at it this weekend with a show at Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday April 13th. Lucas Oil MLRA “Spring Thunder” promises to bring action and excitement. Plus, it will be the only time to see Super Late Models in Wheatland, Missouri prior to the 21st Annual Lucas Oil Show Me 100 Presented by Protect the Harvest weekend. “This is always a great event and top notch show,” commented Series Director Dan Robinson. “It will open the circle track season at Lucas Oil Speedway with a bang. Our guys put on two great shows in Nebraska last weekend and will do so again on Saturday night.” The brand new Lucas Oil MLRA t-shirts will be unveiled and available for purchase in the Track Treasures gift shop. One of the designs is a commemorative 25th Anniversary t-shirt, you will definitely want to check out. Two provisionals are available for Lucas Cattle Company ULMA racers too. One provisional will go the highest finisher in overall points last year, not already qualified. The other will go to the highest in last year’s track standings, not already qualified. This weekend will also see the phasing in of the new tires for Lucas Oil MLRA competition.

The following compounds are acceptable for the right rear; Hoosier 06, LM40 or WRS55. The following compounds are acceptable for the left rear and fronts; Hoosier 1640, LM40 and/or WRS55. Lucas Oil Speedway Information 4/13/13 Gates: 4:00 PM Racing: Hot Laps: 6:00 PM, Racing 6:30 PM Admission: Adults (16 and up) $20, Seniors (62 and up) $15, Youth (6-15) $5, Kids (5 and under) FREE, Family Pass $40, Pit Pass $30 Support Classes: Carson’s Corner NAPA Factory Stocks ($750 to win), Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds ($750 to win) Website: LucasOilSpeedway.com

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The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at MLRARacing.com or by calling the series office at (417) 282 5984.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank their marketing partners; Lucas Oil Products, MAV TV, Protect the Harvest, Lucas Cattle Company, Hoosier Racing Tires, Geico, E3 Spark Plugs, CANIDAE, Optima Batteries, Speedco, Sunoco Race Fuels, Marriott Properties, Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps, Casey’s General Stores, JRi Shocks, Bodee’s Race Bodies, Peterson Fluid Systems, KRC, Midwest Sheet Metal, Fast Track Photos, RacinDirt.com, BSB Manufacturing, Racing Optics, Eibach Springs, Bell Helmets, Outpace Racing Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Schoenfeld Headers, Weld Wheels, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Powertrain Industries, Performance Bodies, Wilwood

Phillips Wires Field in Meltdown Finale

April 11th, 2013

Greenwood, NE – Terry Phillips started on the pole and led all thirty-five laps to score the win in Lucas Oil MLRA competition at I-80 Speedway. “We tried some new stuff, it worked pretty good,” commented Phillips. “We got a little closer. I’m never satisfied I guess. The car was pretty good and the motor ran real good. It kind of went our way tonight.”

The race was in question for a period of time however, as Chad Simpson closed in on the two-time series champion. Phillips never bobbled and pulled away from him on the final restart, with thirteen laps to go. “I just got to driving to hard,” said Phillips of Simpson’s pursuit. “I finally settled down and got in a rhythm, and I think I got a way just a little bit. He (Simpson) is a good racer. That’s good competition to race against, so I was on my toes.”

The runner up spot went to Simpson, with his brother Chris, finishing third. This weekend marked the first two races of the season for Simpson and the Brinkman Motorsports team.

It was somewhat of an empty feeling for Chris Simpson following the race as an untimely miscue left him wondering what if. Simpson’s team left a block in the car, which they inserted while it was in the pits on jack stands. He told the I-80 Speedway faithful that he was surprised to run as well as he did. Overall it was a solid weekend for him as he continues to fine tune his new MB Customs Race Car.

There was a feverish tilt for fourth through seventh place in the waning stages of the race. Brad Looney, John Anderson, Will Vaught and Jesse Stovall duked it out and left fans talking about their performance on their way out of the track.

Chad Simpson, Brad Looney, Terry Phillips and Chris Simpson all scored heat race wins. Next weekend the tour rolls into Lucas Oil Speedway for the Annual “Spring Thunder.” John Anderson is the defending race winner.

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The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at MLRARacing.com or by calling the series office at (417) 282 5984.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank their marketing partners; Lucas Oil Products, MAV TV, Protect the Harvest, Lucas Cattle Company, Hoosier Racing Tires, Geico, E3 Spark Plugs, CANIDAE, Optima Batteries, Speedco, Sunoco Race Fuels, Marriott Properties, Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps, Casey’s General Stores, JRi Shocks, Bodee’s Race Bodies, Peterson Fluid Systems, KRC, Midwest Sheet Metal, Fast Track Photos, RacinDirt.com, BSB Manufacturing, Racing Optics, Eibach Springs, Bell Helmets, Outpace Racing Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Schoenfeld Headers, Weld Wheels, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Powertrain Industries, Performance Bodies, Wilwood Engineering, Intercomp Scales, R2C Performance Products, Keizer Wheels.

Chris Simpson Wins Season Opener

April 8th, 2013

Greenwood, NE – Oxford, Iowa’s Chris Simpson started on the outside pole, and bettered his finishing position by one spot Friday in Lucas Oil MLRA action. I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska has not been kind to Simpson in recent seasons. “We’ve had a rough couple years here,” said Simpson in Victory Lane. “It’s good to win now. We’ve got a good car. My dad’s here tonight. He told me I was going to come out here and win, so I’m glad I could do it for him.”

Simpson’s shot to lead the feature came with twelve to go, and he seized the opportunity. “We were good, and I knew Kyle (Berck) kept throwing dirt up in my lane. I moved just a little bit lower, and I could get more traction than him off of the corner). I think I feel asleep on the start. I’m glad to get up there and get a win.” Simpson also utilized the lapped car of Justin Mitchell as a type of pick to pin Berck momentarily, as they raced down the back stretch. This is Chris Simpson’s second career Lucas Oil MLRA triumph.

Two yellows slowed the race in the closing stages. A lap twenty-three yellow flew for Corey Zeitner, and three laps later for Jesse Stovall. Terry Phillips started third, and raced hard early with Kyle Berck, before settling into second. Behind Phillips, it was chaos as Will Vaught and Chad Simpson raced close with Berck. Simpson edged the two at the line for third.

Early in the night, heat race wins went to Justin Asplin, Travis Dickes, Jesse Stovall, Dave Eckrich and Chris Simpson. Kyle Berck won the six lap pole dash. Tomorrow racing will resume from I-80 Speedway at 5:55 PM, with a $3,000 to win show.

Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Expanded

March 15th, 2013

Wheatland, MO – The running of the 21st Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com has already received a huge boost for 2013 with the addition of the Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge Non-Qualifiers Race and an increase of $10,000 to the A-Main purse, but is has just gotten even bigger. Lucas Oil Speedway Officials are pleased to announce the addition of a full Lucas Oil MLRA show on Thursday night to kick off the Memorial Day weekend event in lieu of the traditional open practice session. “We are always trying to come up with ways to make the Show-Me 100 even better and more exciting,” commented MLRA Series Director and Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager, Dan Robinson. “The idea of actually racing on Thursday night has always intrigued us, and we felt like the time was right to add the show.”

The race will be sanctioned by the Lucas Oil MLRA, with the 30-lap Main Event paying $5,000 to win and $500 to start. The tire rule for the race will be the same as the Show-Me 100, providing a valuable chance for the Late Model Drivers to dial in their set-ups prior to Friday’s Show-Me 100 qualifying. It will be a full points race for Lucas Oil MLRA competitors. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be given two provisionals as well. “We are hopeful to put an interesting mix of competitors together for the event, in kind of a preview of the big show to come, later in the weekend,” said Robinson.

The USRA Modifieds will also compete on Thursday. The Modified race will be for USRA Points only, as no track points will be awarded. The Modified main event will pay $500 to win on Thursday night. “Our Modifieds always do a terrific job and it’s nice to give them another chance to race in front of a big crowd.” The Friday and Saturday portions of the event remain unchanged, as a limited number of 2-day Reserved Seat Tickets are still available. All tickets for Thursday’s show will be General Admission only.

For ticket pricing and complete event details, visit LucasOilSpeedway.com or call the Lucas Oil Speedway Box Office at (417) 282-5984.

The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at MLRARacing.com or by calling the series office at (417) 282 5984.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank their marketing partners; Lucas Oil Products, MAV TV, Protect the Harvest, Lucas Cattle Company, Hoosier Racing Tires, Geico, E3 Spark Plugs, CANIDAE, Optima Batteries, Speedco, Sunoco Race Fuels, Marriott Properties, Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps, Casey’s General Stores, JRi Shocks, Bodee’s Race Bodies, Afco Racing Products, Peterson Fluid Systems, KRC, Midwest Sheet Metal, Fast Track Photos, RacinDirt.com, BSB Manufacturing, Racing Optics, Eibach Springs, Bell Helmets, Outpace Racing Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Schoenfeld Headers, Weld Wheels, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Powertrain Industries, Performance Bodies, Wilwood Engineering, R2C Performance Products, Keizer Wheels.

2013 Updated Rules

March 7th, 2013

Wheatland, MO – With the opening race for the Lucas Oil MLRA just a few weeks away, series officials have been hard at work finalizing the rules package for the 2013 season. There have been a several changes announced over the off-season,
such as the Sunoco Rookie of the Year program, Casey’s Hard Charger Award, and Winner’s Circle program’s, but the remaining specifics have been addressed and are available for viewing on MLRARacing.com.

Among the major changes are the clarification of the basic car construction rules, which are nearly identical to the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Other updates include adding one pound per lap fuel burnoff, the allowance of a second ignition system, a new weight rule of 2,250 for steel block competitors, and even an updated Season Championship Points Structure. All of the rules can be viewed and printed by clicking here.

There will also be a new tire rule in place for the 2013 Season. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series recently implemented a new 01-06 numbering system for right rear tires and also announced limitations on the other three corners of the car too. For Lucas Oil MLRA purposes, starting with the April 13th race at Lucas Oil Speedway, the L06 tire will be an option on the right rear, while the new Hoosier 1640 will be an optional tire on the left rear and fronts at certain racetracks. Both of these tires are the same basic compound and tire as the typical LM40 but with new labeling.
In addition, these tires are all produced out of the exact same rubber compound as the standard WRS 55. Lucas Oil MLRA events at least through the month of June will continue to allow the WRS 55 tire on any corner. MLRA Officials will evaluate the early progress of the program before releasing final tire rules for the remainder of the races. To see the Lucas Oil MLRA tire rule through the month of June, click here.

To see the entire Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tire rule, click here.

“We’ve spent a lot of time making sure everything is in place once the season gets started,” commented Series Director Dan Robinson. “Basically we’ve brought most things in line with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. We believe the new L06 and 1640 will be a great compliment to our series, but we also wanted to make sure that the WRS 55 remained a suitable option, as we know several competitors that have inventory of the tire. This new tire rule should really help out our drivers who want to compete in the Show-Me 100, Diamond Nationals and Silver Dollar Nationals. In addition, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series implementation of only six compounds will make it more attractive for our competitors to run at Batesville Motor Speedway and other races in this region.”

The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at MLRARacing.com or by calling the series office at (417) 282 5984.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank their marketing partners; Lucas Oil Products, MAV TV, Protect the Harvest, Lucas Cattle Company, Hoosier Racing Tires, Geico, E3 Spark Plugs, CANIDAE, Optima Batteries, Speedco, Sunoco Race Fuels, Marriott Properties, Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps, Casey’s General Stores, JRi Shocks, Bodee’s Race Bodies, Afco Racing Products, Peterson Fluid Systems, KRC, Midwest Sheet Metal, Fast Track Photos, RacinDirt.com, BSB Manufacturing, Racing Optics, Outpace Racing Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Schoenfeld Headers, Weld Wheels, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Powertrain Industries, Performance Bodies, Wilwood Engineering, R2C Performance Products, Keizer Wheels.

Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger Award

February 5th, 2013

Wheatland, MO – The Lucas Oil MLRA is pleased to announce that Ankney, Iowa based Casey’s General Stores has signed on as an Official Sponsor for the 2013 season. With this sponsorship comes the Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger Award. The partnership will consist of the Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger of the Race and Hard Charger of the Year Awards. “We’re thrilled to bring Casey’s General Stores into the series,” stated Lucas Oil MLRA Director Dan Robinson. “Casey’s
has a long and storied tradition in grass roots motorsports, and it’s great to see them rewarding our hard chargers all season.”

Here’s how the program will work. The driver who passes the most cars in each A-Feature, regardless of starting position, will be designated the Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger of the Race. The driver will receive a voucher for a free large single topping pizza. There will be a season long Hard Charger of the Year points chase, which will be tallied and posted on the official series website, MLRARacing.com.

The yearlong winner will receive a $500 cash bonus and Casey’s product package, at the awards banquet.

About Casey’s General Stores – Information from Caseys.com

In 1959, Founder Don Lamberti leased a store from his father on east 14th and Broadway in Des Moines, Iowa. After nine years of operating this old country store, which he remodeled into a convenience store, Don’s gas supplier and friend Kurvin C. Fish, suggested that Don buy the Square Deal Oil Company. Don followed his advice and purchased the service station with a three-bay garage in Boone, Iowa. Using the knowledge from his store in Des Moines, Don converted the gas station into a convenience store. The Boone store was named “Caseys” by using Kurvin C. Fish’s initials. The third store was built in another small community with a population of only 1,500- Waukee, Iowa. This was the first Casey’s built totally from scratch and proved to be the best store yet. At this point, Don realized he was on to something and decided to establish the stores in communities with a population of 5,000 or less. Through the years, Casey’s success has been attributed to our clean stores, restrooms, and the friendly employees who pride themselves in customer service. Casey’s customers have come to know that inside each store they will find dedicated, helpful, and well-trained employees, exceptional prepared food items, and a clean environment in which to shop.

The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at MLRARacing.com or by calling the series office at (417) 282 5984.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank their marketing partners; Lucas Oil Products, MAV TV, Protect the Harvest, Lucas Cattle Company, Hoosier Racing Tires, Geico, E3 Spark Plugs, CANIDAE, Optima Batteries, Speedco, Sunoco Race Fuels, Marriott Properties, Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps, Casey’s General Stores, JRI Shocks, Bodee’s Race Bodies, Afco Racing Products, Peterson Fluid Systems, KRC, AAA Missouri, Midwest Sheet Metal, Fast Track Photos, RacinDirt.com, BSB Manufacturing, Racing Optics, Outpace Racing Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Schoenfeld Headers, Weld Wheels, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Powertrain Industries, Performance Bodies, Wilwood Engineering, R2C Performance Products, Keizer Wheels.

Lucas Oil MLRA Announces Season Point Fund

January 30th, 2013

Wheatland, MO – Recently, the Lucas Oil MLRA put the finishing touches on the points fund payout for the upcoming season. In 2013, the champion will pocket a $10,000 top prize at the series banquet. Points fund payout amounts will be based on the final championship standings. Every driver who meets eligibility requirements will receive a portion of the fund. The minimum an eligible participant will earn is $1,000. Over $50,000 in cash and contingencies will be disbursed among the top performers. A full break down is posted below.

In order to become eligible for the year end prizes, drivers must be paid members of the Lucas Oil MLRA, and attend a minimum of 70% of the scheduled races. “We just wanted to get this information out to all of the competitors, well in advance of the season,” commented Series Director Dan Robinson. “This news, along with our Winners Circle and Sunoco Rookie of the Year programs will lay the foundation for a great 25th Anniversary season.”

2013 Points Fund
1st $10,000
2nd $7,500
3rd $5,000
4th $4,000
5th $3,500
6th $3,000
7th $2,500
8th $2,000
9th $1,500
10th $1,000
*11th and further positions will receive $1,000, so long as the driver meets eligibility requirements.

The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at MLRARacing.com or by calling the series office at (417) 282 5984.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank their marketing partners; Lucas Oil Products, MAV TV, Protect the Harvest, Lucas Cattle Company, Hoosier Racing Tires, Geico, E3 Spark Plugs, CANIDAE, Optima Batteries, Speedco, Sunoco Race Fules, Marriott Properties, Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps, JRI Shocks, Afco Racing Products, Peterson Fluid Systems, KRC, Fast Track Photos, RacinDirt.com, BSB Manufacturing, Racing Optics, Outpace Racing Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Schoenfeld Headers, Weld Wheels, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Powertrain Industries, Performance Bodies, Wilwood Engineering, R2C Performance Products, Keizer Wheels.

Jason Bodenhamer Returning to Duty

January 24th, 2013

Wheatland, MO – It’s been three seasons since Centerivew, Missouri’s Jason Bodenhamer last competed full time on the Lucas Oil MLRA Tour. His last visit to victory lane came back in 2009 at Nevada Speedway. A winner of seven career features with the tour and a series best finish of second in points in 2004, Bodenhamer is undoubtedly excited to hit the road again. “I traveled with the Lucas Oil MLRA for eight or nine seasons, and then after my dad passed away, I went after it hard again for a few more years,” commented Bodenhamer. “I love the competition in the series and all of the tracks we get to race. There’s just so many unknown’s that always make it challenging. When you run well, you’ve definitely earned it.”

Bodenhamer will also be feeling out a new chassis brand as well. He’ll be piloting a Rocket for the first time in his career, after previously racing primarily GRT Race Cars. He purchased one of Kelly Boen’s two primary cars he raced in his final season. “Kelly and I have always been good friends,” said Bodee. “He’s always been open and honest with me. It came down to the fact that I just wanted to try something different, and I have a great resource in Kelly.” Boen retired following the completion of the 2011 season, but still wants to be involved in a smaller capacity. His power will come from an all-aluminum Pro Power engine, but he knows he’ll need more than one to last the entire season. “I’m discussing some different options right now, and I’m not quite sure what I’ll do just yet. I do have to have a bigger one though
for some of the tracks we’ll be at.”

The last three years Bodee has raced closer to home, with several different car owners, in both the Modified and Late Model divisions. He’s won his fair share, but missed racing with the guys he was so accustomed to running with. “What really got me fired up to do this again was the Lucas Oil MLRA show last year at Grain Valley,” Bodee stated. “I took my ULMA legal car and ran fifth. We beat a lot of good cars that night. I’ve got the help of a lot of family and friends, and want to get out and race hard once more before I get too old to do it.” He was also quick to give credit to Lucas Oil Products and Series Director Dan Robinson. “Dan has put out a good schedule, and the new “Winner’s Circle” program will really be able to help us all get up and down the road easier. Lucas Oil has definitely boosted the level of the series already.”

Once again, Bodee’s Race Bodies will also be a contingency partner for the 2013 Lucas Oil MLRA season. He’ll offer up a pair of free sides to the 2013 champion. For the Rookie of the Year, he’ll provide one complete outer body kit. Also every
driver in the final top ten will receive the option to buy one body side and receive one side free.

With the start of the season still a few months out, Bodee is preparing for his 15th Annual Racers Auction and Trade Show at The Matthewson Exhibition Center, on the Missouri State Fairgrounds, in Sedalia this weekend. The Lucas Oil MLRA will
be on hand with information about upcoming races, and encourages both fans and racers to stop by the booth. The doors open at 8:00AM and the auction starts at 9:00 AM both days. For more information visit BodeesRacersAuction.com.

The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at MLRARacing.com or by calling the series office at (417) 282 5984.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank their marketing partners; Lucas Oil Products, MAV TV, Protect the Harvest, Lucas Cattle Company, Hoosier Racing Tires, Geico, E3 Spark Plugs, Canidae, Optima Batteries, Speedco, Sunoco Race Fules, Marriott Properties, Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps, JRI Shocks, Afco Racing Products, Peterson Fluid Systems, KRC, Fast Track Photos, RacinDirt.com, BSB Manufacturing, Racing Optics, Outpace Racing Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Schoenfeld Headers, Weld Wheels, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Powertrain Industries, Performance Bodies, Wilwood Engineering, R2C Performance Products, Keizer Wheels.

Winners Circle Program and Schedule Announced

December 12th, 2012

Wheatland, MO – On the heels of a successful IMIS show in Indianapolis last week, the Lucas Oil MLRA is squarely focused on the 2013 season. At last Friday’s “Lunch with Lucas” event held at the Indiana Convention Center, Series Director Dan Robinson shared a couple pieces of news concerning the future. New this year will be the Lucas Oil MLRA Winners Circle program. Also, a tentative schedule was released for the season.

The Winners Circle program will pay the top ten in Lucas Oil MLRA points an additional $200, per event, unless the event is a multi-day show at one track. In that instancethe driver will receive the bonus just once. This is in addition to all other purse money. Drivers must also maintain perfect attendance to remain eligible throughout the season. For the first race of 2013, the Lucas Oil MLRA will revert to the final 2012 standings for Winners Circle disbursement and operate off of current standings from that point forward. “This is going to be a game changer in the mid-west,” commented Robinson. “We have a great pattern as a business model with the national tour. I’m going to bring the same things to the regional level.” Complete specifications on the entire program will be posted in the rules section on MLRARacing.com.

The schedule, posted below, will begin with a March 30th date at Springfield Raceway in Springfield, MO and conclude with a two day show at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, KS, which takes place on NASCAR weekend. More dates will be finalized in the coming days and a full release on the schedule will be out in the near future.

3/30/12 Springfield Raceway Springfield, MO $3,000
4/5/12 I-80 Speedway Greenwood, NE $2,000
4/6/12 I-80 Speedway Greenwood, NE $3,000
4/12/12 TBA
4/13/12 Lucas Oil Speedway Wheatland, MO $3,000
4/26/12 Thunderbird Speedway Muskogee, OK $3,000
4/27/12 Tri State Speedway Pocola, OK $3,000
5/10/12 US 36 Raceway Osborn, MO $3,000
5/11/12 Springfield Raceway Springfield, MO $3,000
5/23-25/12 Lucas Oil Speedway Wheatland, MO $30,000
6/21/12 TBA
6/22/12 Thunderhill Speedway Mayetta, KS $3,000
6/28/12 I-80 Speedway Greenwood, NE $3,000
6/29/12 Adams County Speedway Corning, IA $5,000
7/12/12 TBA
7/13/12 Lucas Oil Speedway Wheatland, MO $10,000
7/18-20/12 I-80 Speedway Greenwood, NE $27,000
7/26/12 TBA
7/27/12 LA Raceway La Monte, MO $3,000
8/9/12 Junction Motor Speedway McCool Junction, NE $2,000
8/10/12 Junction Motor Speedway McCool Junction, NE $3,000
8/31/12 Lucas Oil Speedway Wheatland, MO $3,000
9/14/12 Springfield Raceway Springfield, MO $3,000
10/4/12 Lakeside Speedway Kansas City, KS $3,000
10/5/12 Lakeside Speedway Kansas City, KS $5,000
11/15/12 Championship Banquet TBA

The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at MLRARacing.com or by calling the series office at (417) 282 5984.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank their marketing partners; Lucas Oil Products, MAV TV, Protect the Harvest, Lucas Cattle Company, Hoosier Racing Tires, Geico, E3 Spark Plugs, Canidae, Optima Batteries, Speedco, Sunoco Race Fules, AAA Missouri, Marriott Properties, Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps, JRI Shocks, Afco Racing Products,
Peterson Fluid Systems, KRC, Fast Track Photos, RacinDirt.com, BSB Manufacturing, Racing Optics, MasterSbilt Race Cars, Outpace Racing Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Schoenfeld Headers, Weld Wheels, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Powertrain Industries, Performance Bodies, Wilwood Engineering, R2C Performance Products, Keizer Wheels.

Lucas Oil MLRA Banquet Friday Evening

November 14th, 2012

Buckner, MO – The wraps will officially be placed on the 2012 season for the Lucas Oil MLRA this Friday night at the annual Awards Banquet. For the third straight year, it will take place at Harrah’s Casino in Kansas City, MO. The evening will be a chance to gather and celebrate the championship of John Anderson, as well as the accomplishments of Mark Dotson, 2012 Rookie of the Year. It will also be a special time, as we thank and honor, Harriett and Cowboy Chancellor, for their sixteen years of dedication and hard work to make the Lucas Oil MLRA a success.

Drivers, owners, crews, sponsors, families and fans are encouraged to attend. The doors open at 6:00 PM, with dinner at 7:30 PM, and the awards presentation to follow. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Contact Harriett Chancellor at 816-650-5063 or 816-305-6572 to reserve your seat.

John Anderson secured his third overall title, with the Lucas Oil MLRA, by scoring five wins, along with an average finish of 4.8 for the season. Heading into the final weekend of competition, his average finish was an astounding 2.9. To go along with the wins, there were six additional times he either finished second or third. Anderson drives for Greg and Pat Junghans, who reside in Manhattan, KS. Junghans owns a stable of MasterSbilt Race Cars powered by Jay Dickens Engines. Anderson currently sits fifth on the all-time Lucas Oil MLRA wins list with twenty-nine checkered flags.

It was a season of learning for Mark Dotson behind the wheel of his Barry Wright Race Car. He has raced for several years, but prior to beginning the season, Dotson had never even tested a Dirt Late Model. It was a trial by fire, and he more than held his own. Dotson raced in the feature event in all but two shows this season. Topping his finish list was a third place effort at LA Raceway in La Monte, MO in early June. There were seven top ten runs along the way for “Fluffy.” In addition to the Rookie of the Year crown, Dotson was third in series points.

The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at www.MLRAracing.com or by calling the series office at (816) 650-5063 or (816) 305-6572.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank the 2012 marketing partners; Lucas Oil Products, AAA Missouri, Hoosier Race Tires, Lucas Cattle Company, AFCO Racing Products, GRT Race Cars, Powertrain Industries, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bodee’s Race Bodies, JRI Shocks, ProtectTheHarvest.com, Outpace Racing Products, Fast Track Photos, Weld Racing Wheels, Impact Signs and Lighting, Racing Optics, Schoenfeld Headers, MAV TV, Kluhsman Racing Components, Performance Bodies, RacinDirt.com, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Day Automotive, Bilstein Shocks, BSB Manufacturing, Keizer Wheels, MasterSbilt Race Cars, R2C Performance Products and Wilwood Engineering.

Vaught Wires Field – Anderson Claims Title

October 21st, 2012

Kansas City, KS – Saturday night in Lucas Oil MLRA action at Lakeside Speedway it was all Will Vaught. He started at the back of his heat race and won. This put him on the pole where he checked out and led every lap, to score his second Lucas Oil MLRA win of the season.

“Starting up front at a place like this means a lot,” commented Vaught. “Our car was perfect. I’m happy for Warrior (Race Cars).”

Vaught got caught up in an accident during his heat. With severe nose damage he was able to regroup during intermission. “I really thought our night was ended,” said Vaught of the damage. Luckily for the team, the damage was isolated to the body and not any of the suspension or steering components. A small army of helpers busily went to work and repaired the #1V.

Brad Looney worked up to the runner up spot early in the race and held off charges form both Kyle Berck and Chris Simpson. Looney was able to narrow the gap between he and Vaught at times, but never challenged for the lead.

Friday night’s winner, Kyle Berck, rolled past seven cars to finish third. He never really had much breathing room as he was constantly around other cars for position. Chris Simpson pushed forward form eleventh to run fourth. In only his second Dirt Late Model feature, Ryan Gustin passed nine cars and rounded out the top five finishers.

The evening’s KRC Hard Charger award went to Woodward, Oklahoma’s Tommy Weder Jr, who knocked off thirteen cars to finish eighth. Jesse Stovall and Mark Dotson came into the weekend battling for the second position in the season long standings. Stovall ran 9th and earned the position by one point, unofficially. Dotson won the evening’s $2,000 Modified feature and secured the Lucas Oil MLRA Rookie of the Year.

It was also the payoff for a long season for the Shop Quik team. John Anderson had some tough luck this weekend, but came into the final two shows with an enormous point lead, due to his on the money, consistently. Anderson scored five wins and had an average finish of 2.9 for the year. The championship is his third and second in a row.

Harrah’s Casino is the site of the Championship Banquet on Friday, November, 16th to honor the Championship team and Rookie of the Year.

Berck Wins Night One at Lakeside Speedway

October 20th, 2012
Kansas City, KS - Kyle Berck claimed the Lucas Oil MLRA's 550th sanctioned race with a convincing win Friday night, at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, KS. The perfectly prepared track drew a tough field of 44 Super Late Models for the Clyde Ellis Late Model Showdown. Jesse Stovall piloted his Moyer   Victory Circle machine to a second place finish, closing the gap on second place in the championship points to a single marker.

Berck is no stranger to victory lane, as this marks his 16th Late Model win of 2012. “The car’s been really good lately,” stated Berck following the race. “I was fighting hard on the bottom and wasn’t getting the job done early on. We just couldn’t keep up. Chad (Simpson) and (Mark) Dotson was getting out on me. We moved up, fell in line in third and ran ‘em back down after a few laps.”

Early in the 30 lap feature, Dotson closed in on race leader Chris Simpson. He eventually settled for a fifth place finish. The Simpson brothers, Chris and Chad worked the field from second and sixth place starting positions, respectively. Chad passed Chris and handful of others and finished third, with Chris in fourth.

A key point in the race came on lap 24 when Berck got into the back of Bill Leighton. Berck changed his line and completed the pass. From that point on he was without challenge, and scored the comfortable win.

Heat race wins went to, Kyle Berck, Mark Dotson, Eric Turner, Jesse Stovall and Chad Simpson. Current Lucas Oil MLRA point’s leader, John Anderson had to race hisway into the starting grid through a B Feature. Anderson finished the B Main in second. He started the feature in 21st, and claimed the KRC Hard Charger award with a sixth place finish in the Lucas Cattle Company A-Main Event.

The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at www.MLRAracing.com or by calling the series office at (816) 650-5063 or (816) 305-6572.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank the 2012 marketing partners; Lucas Oil Products, AAA Missouri, Hoosier Race Tires, Lucas Cattle Company, AFCO Racing Products, GRT Race Cars, Powertrain Industries, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bodee’s Race Bodies, JRI Shocks, ProtectTheHarvest.com, Outpace Racing Products, Fast Track Photos, Weld Racing Wheels, Impact Signs and Lighting, Racing Optics, Schoenfeld Headers, MAV TV, Kluhsman Racing Components, Performance Bodies, RacinDirt.com, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Day Automotive, Bilstein Shocks, BSB Manufacturing, Keizer Wheels, MasterSbilt Race Cars, R2C Performance Products and Wilwood Engineering.

Lucas Oil Acquires Midwest Latemodel Racing Association — Popular Regional Series to be Based at Lucas Oil Speedway

October 15th, 2012

Adding to an impressive line-up of racing series operated under the Lucas Oil banner, company officials today announced the acquisition of the Midwest Latemodel Racing Association, better known as the MLRA. Lucas Oil had been the title sponsor for the series for several years, but will now own and operate MLRA from the offices of its Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO.

Since 1998, the Lucas Oil MLRA has been a regional series under the management team of Harriett and Allen “Cowboy” Chancellor. Beginning in November the sanctioning body will be run by Dan Robinson, who will add the title “series director” to his current role as general manager of the Lucas Oil Speedway, also know as the “Diamond of the Dirt Tracks”. The highly popular series has drawn up to 8,000 spectators to its action-packed races.

While the Lucas Oil MLRA schedule included several yearly stops at the Lucas-owned Speedway, series competitors also hit the dirt bullrings in Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and other parts of Missouri. The series is getting set for its big 2012 season finale on October 19 and 20 at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas in conjunction with the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at nearby Kansas Speedway.

Lucas Oil also runs the more nationally based Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, as well as several other professional motorsports series including Lucas Oil Off Road, Lucas Oil Modified Racing, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling and Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series.

“On behalf of the entire Lucas Oil family, we are honored to help carry on the hard work and passion that Harriett and Cowboy have put into this wonderful Late Model racing series,” said Robinson. “Supporting grassroots racing lies at the heart Lucas Oil’s American success story, and the addition of the Midwest Latemodel Racing Association is the next exclamation point to that commitment. We look forward to executing a seamless transition for our racers, tracks, sponsors and fans.”

For more information visit: www.lucasoil.com

Memorial Race Cancelled by Rain

September 16th, 2012

Buckner, MO – Rain has forced the cancellation of tonight’s “Larry Phillips Memorial” at Springfield Raceway in Springfield, Missouri. Officials with the Lucas Oil MLRA and Springfield Raceway are working to schedule a make-up date. Information about the make-up date will be released when it becomes available.

Visit, www.MLRAracing.com and www.SpringfieldRaceway.com for more information.

The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at www.MLRAracing.com or by calling the series office at (816) 650-5063 or (816) 305-6572.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank the 2012 marketing partners; Lucas Oil Products, AAA Missouri, Hoosier Race Tires, Lucas Cattle Company, AFCO Racing Products, GRT Race Cars, Powertrain Industries, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bodee’s Race Bodies, JRI Shocks, ProtectTheHarvest.com, Outpace Racing Products, Fast Track Photos, Weld Racing Wheels, Impact Signs and Lighting, Racing Optics, Schoenfeld Headers, MAV TV, Kluhsman Racing Components, Performance Bodies, RacinDirt.com, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Day Automotive, Bilstein Shocks, BSB Manufacturing, Keizer Wheels, MasterSbilt Race Cars, R2C Performance Products and Wilwood Engineering.

Larry Phillips Memorial Saturday at Springfield Raceway

September 14th, 2012

Buckner, MO – The fourth and final visit by the Lucas Oil MLRA to Springfield Raceway, this season, will be big. This Saturday is the running of the annual Larry Phillips Memorial. This race honors arguably the greatest short track racer to ever live, and the only five time NASCAR Weekly Racing Series National Champion. With only Lakeside Speedway on the schedule following this weekend, it will be one of the last chances for fans to see the Lucas Oil MLRA in 2012. John
Anderson will lead the Lucas Oil MLRA contingent into action. Anderson has locked up the Lucas Oil MLRA Championship and is also the defending race winner.

2012 Rookie of the Year Mark Dotson is currently second in the standings. He will be looking to grow his slim three point lead over Jesse Stovall, who won the last Super Late Model race at Springfield Raceway. Terry Phillips, who has won this race three times, currently sits fourth. Des Moines, IA Kevin Sather rounds out the top five.

Including the unsanctioned Turkey Classic, there have been four different winners in four Late Model races held at the racy “Quick Quarter” this season. Saturday’s tilt will also be sanctioned by the MARS Series. Seven different drivers have scored Larry Phillips Memorial wins. Aside from Phillips, only Bill Frye can lay claim to more than one victory. John Anderson, Jeremy Payne, Brian Shirley, Wendell Wallace and Tim Swearengin have all won the event once.

Home Pro in Joplin, MO is the title sponsor for the race. Visit their website to see if they can be of service to you.

Springfield Raceway Information
Gates: Pit 3:30 PM, Grandstand 5:00 PM
Racing: 6:30 PM
Admission: $20 Adults, $5 Kids age 6-12, FREE Kids 5 and Under
Support Classes: USRA Modifieds, B Mods, Midwest Modz, Street Stocks, Legends, Young Lions, Pure Stocks
Website: SpringfieldRaceway.com

The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at www.MLRAracing.com

MLRA Fall Shootout Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway

August 30th, 2012

Buckner, MO – This weekend the Lucas Oil MLRA will be in action at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO for the Fall Shootout. It will mark the 4th appearance this season at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks for the series, and the second race as the sole sanction. Back in April, John Anderson survived, and held off a hard charging Jesse Stovall late, to score his first ever Lucas Oil Speedway victory. Since the victory Anderson has stormed to AAA Missouri Victory Lane five more times. Brad Looney won this race last season and is expected to return Saturday night.

A large field of competitors is expected. For drivers wishing to make it a two race weekend, The 42nd Annual 4 State Dirt Track Championship will take place Sunday evening at Monett Speedway in Monett, MO. It will be sanctioned by the MARS Series. Monett Speedway is located just over an hour and a half from Lucas Oil Speedway.

Saturday evening’s race will also feature USRA Modifieds in a $750 to win special event. Lucas Oil Speedway will be buzzing with activity all weekend as the 2nd Annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals will take place on Lake Lucas from Friday through Sunday. For more information on the boat event visit Lucas OilSpeedway.com.

Lucas Oil Speedway Information

Gates: 5:00 PM
Racing: 7:00 PM
All Day Admission:Adults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) $25 *includes admission to Lucas Oil MLRA Saturday Night*, Seniors GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) $20 *includes admission to Lucas Oil MLRA Saturday Night*, Youth GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 6 to 15) $10 *includes admission to Lucas Oil MLRA Saturday Night*, 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), Saturday Spectator Admission *includes admission to Lucas Oil MLRA Saturday Night*

Dirt Track Only Admission After 5 PM: Adults (16 and up) $20, Seniors (62 and up) $15, Youth (6-15) $5, Kids (5 and under) FREE, Family Pass $40, Pit Pass $30

Support Class: USRA Modifieds

Website: LucasOilSpeedway.com

The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at www.MLRAracing.com or by calling the series office at (816) 650-5063 or (816) 305-6572.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank the 2012 marketing partners; Lucas Oil Products, AAA Missouri, Hoosier Race Tires, Lucas Cattle Company, AFCO Racing Products, GRT Race Cars, Powertrain Industries, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bodee’s Race Bodies, JRI Shocks, ProtectTheHarvest.com, Outpace Racing Products, Fast Track Photos, Weld Racing Wheels, Impact Signs and Lighting, Racing Optics, Schoenfeld Headers, MAV TV, Kluhsman Racing Components, Performance Bodies, RacinDirt.com, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Day Automotive, Bilstein Shocks, BSB Manufacturing, Keizer Wheels, MasterSbilt Race Cars, R2C Performance Products and Wilwood Engineering.

Lucas Oil MLRA Cancelled at Sedalia

August 21st, 2012

Sedalia, MO – Racing at the State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, MO was cancelled following two separate unrelated accidents The Missouri State Fair Board made the decision to end the evening following the second incident. The Lucas Oil MLRA sends their thoughts and prayers to those affected.

The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at www.MLRAracing.com or by calling the series office at (816) 650-5063 or (816) 305-6572.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank the 2012 marketing partners; Lucas Oil Products, AAA Missouri, Hoosier Race Tires, Lucas Cattle Company, AFCO Racing Products, GRT Race Cars, Powertrain Industries, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bodee’s Race Bodies,
ProtectTheHarvest.com, Outpace Racing Products, Fast Track Photos, Weld Racing Wheels, Impact Signs and Lighting, Racing Optics, Schoenfeld Headers, MAV TV, Kluhsman Racing Components, Performance Bodies, RacinDirt.com, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Day Automotive, Bilstein Shocks, BSB Manufacturing, Keizer Wheels, MasterSbilt Race Cars, R2C Performance Products and Wilwood Engineering.

Missouri State Fair Championships This Sunday

August 17th, 2012

Buckner, MO – The 110th Missouri State Fair is currently taking place in Sedalia, MO. The final event to close out the 2012 event will be the Missouri State Fair Championships. The Lucas Oil MLRA will be one of four competiting divisions on Sunday August 19th. The event draws a huge crowd and is always a coveted win for whoever is standing in AAA Missouri Victory Lane.

John Anderson has three Missouri State Fair titles. He topped the field in 2007, 2009 and 2011. History says this wouldn’t be his year. However, coming off his sixth win of the 2012 season last Saturday evening at Junction Motor Speedway, Anderson is putting together a remarkable year. He is also in the process of putting the finishing touches on a championship season, again.

Terry Phillips, Jesse Stovall and Will Vaught will certainly provide a challenge for the Shop Quik #2 of Anderson. Phillips hit a hot streak earlier this season and really hasn’t cooled off. Stovall has captured three wins with the Lucas Oil MLRA. One of which was worth 5,000 at Adams County Speedway, the only other true half mile track on the schedule. Vaught has limited experience at Sedalia, but will undoubtedly provide a challenge. Mark Dotson, who currently leads the series rookie standings, will give the big half mile a try for the first time in a Dirt Late Model. Several other drivers are expected to compete as well. Please note, a mention of drivers name does not guarantee attendance.

State Fair Speedway Information
Gates: 3:00 PM Pit, 4:30 PM Grandstand
Racing: 5:30 PM Hot Laps, 6:00 PM Racing
Admission: $18 Adults, $15 Seniors & Military, $8 Kids 6-12, FREE Kids 5 and Under, $25 Pit Passes
Support Classes: A Modifieds (USRA Rules), ASCS Warrior Region Sprint Cars, Battle of the Badge Cars
Website: MissouriStateFairSpeedway.com

The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at www.MLRAracing.com or by calling the series office at (816) 650-5063 or (816) 305-6572.

Anderson Wins King of the Hill Finale

August 13th, 2012

(McCool Junction, NE)- The top three finishers from Friday’s action at Junction Motor Speedway were the top three finishers, with a different winner Saturday. John Anderson started on the pole and led all thirty laps to score the victory in the Lucas Oil MLRA event. “We were pretty good in the heat and it got us a good starting spot,” said Anderson. “We had a pretty good car all weekend; I was just under the weather last night. I got a good night’s sleep and everything went well.All the guys worked hard and that’s why we’re here.” Anderson’s win is his fifth with the Lucas Oil MLRA series this season. His last win at Junction Motor Speedwaycame in 2008.

Jesse Stovall closed late, as the final seventeen laps were ran caution free. He finished in the runner up position both night’s. “It’s always good to finish up in the top three,” commented Stovall. “I feel like if you’re in the top three you’re in the hunt.”

Fresh off of a win the previous night, Kyle Berck flirted with the front, and got as high as second, before settling for third. “John had the best car and that was obvious,” stated Berck following the race. “Early on we thought we could run him down and deal with him. The longer the race went the worse we got.”

Four yellows slowed the race, none were for anything major. Heat race wins went to Jesse Stovall, Mark Dotson and John Anderson. Anderson ran the fastest lap in the feature as he clicked off an 18.1 early in the feature. Next for the Lucas
Oil MLRA will be a Sunday race on August 19th at the Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, MO.

Berck Bests Foes at Junction

August 11th, 2012

(McCool Junction, NE)- Masterfully navigating lapped traffic late in the feature at Junction Motor Speedway, Kyle Berck passed Jesse Stovall with five laps to go and recorded his seventeenth win with the Lucas Oil MLRA. The Nebraska veteran
was greeted by a rousing ovation as he emerged from his car in AAA Missouri Victory Lane. One of Berck’s primary sponsors, Strobel Manufacturing, was the presenting sponsor of the evening’s activities and had a strong presence in the grandstands. “He (Stovall) was running kind of a medium groove nothing trick,” said Berck. “I could go real high or real low, and that was to my advantage. I just went where he wasn’t. Lapped cars played a huge factor into that.” Berck started in the fifth position and dueled with John Anderson early before setting his sights on Stovall.

The runner up finish snapped a two race win streak for Stovall. “My car wasn’t real raceable tonight. You just kind of had to be in that one groove. My car is more raceable in a situation when a track is real slick. All and all it was a good night.” Stovall jumped out to the early lead and paced the field for the first twenty laps of the race.

John Anderson ran as high as second and battled with both Berck and Stovall. At times the three were within inches of each other. Tommy Weder Jr. finished fourth and Travis Dickes completed the top five. Tomorrow action will conclude from Junction Motor Speedway with another complete show. A special driver meet and greet will take place behind the grandstands prior to hot laps.

The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at www.MLRAracing.com or by calling the series office at (816) 650-5063 or (816) 305-6572.

King of the Hill This Weekend

August 9th, 2012

Buckner, MO – The next pair of events on the Lucas Oil MLRA calendar is forthcoming this weekend at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, NE. The Annual King of the Hill Late Model Shootout will run on both Friday August 10th and Saturday August 11th. Each night will see heat races, consolation features and a main event. A special driver meet and greet will take place behind the main grandstand prior to action on Saturday.

A new driver will likely emerge in AAA Missouri Victory Lane this weekend as Kelly Boen hasn’t competed in an event this season. He had won eight of the last eleven Lucas Oil MLRA events and six in a row at Delmar Friesen’s beautiful 3/8 mile oval. John Anderson currently leads the Lucas Oil MLRA competitors in the overall standings and will be a major threat to win this weekend. Mark Dotson and Kevin Sather will continue their extremely tight point battle too. Jesse Stovall enters the weekend as the most recent Lucas Oil MLRA winner. He’ll be competiting is his familiar black #00, owned by Al Humphrey.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank George Brothers and Strobel Manufacturing for sponsoring the King of the Hill. Friday there will be several Off-Road Racing Trucks form the Strobel Motorsports stable on display, as well as an appearance by a nostalgic nitro burning dragster.

Junction Motor Speedway Information

Gates: Friday – Pits: 4:30 PM, Grandstand: 5:30 PM Saturday – Pits: 4 PM, Grandstand: 5:00 PM
Racing: Friday – 7:30 PM Saturday – 7:00 PM

Admission: Friday – Adults $12, Students Age 6-12 $4, Kids Age 5 and Under FREE, Pit Pass $30 Saturday – Adults $15, Students Age 6-12 $4, Kids 5 and Under FREE, Pit Pass $30

Support Classes: Friday: Cruisers, 4 Cylinders Saturday: NASCAR Late Models, Modifieds, B-Mods, Hobby Stocks

Website: JunctionMotorSpeedway.com [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001OH9cvvyOfodipDDl71VREeQ0RGDK_6zgQ1YEBrtY4w2V4cvuVehzv_2_JXXjXZdmHxXZZI2siuN0dpPfayY-0zgeNnqInZF5wJS7CCJmtc81_RRRhmvqkwLsSchyT6xq]

Stovall Sweeps Lucas Oil MLRA Weekend

July 31st, 2012

(Springfield, MO)- Jesse Stovall started on the pole and led all thirty five laps to capture the inaugural Casey’s General Store Summer Meltdown, Saturday at Springfield Raceway, in Springfield, MO. He was challenged early by Tony Jackson Jr. and late by John Anderson. The win is Stovall’s first ever in a Dirt Late Model at Springfield Raceway. “It’s awesome,” said Stovall of his weekend sweep. “To have a weekend like this is just unbelievable. It’s a heck of an opportunity for me and we’ve worked our tails off.”

On a lap twenty five restart, Anderson went from fourth to second, where he finished. Matt Johnson had a good car and scored a third place finish. It was one of Johnson’s best ever runs with the Lucas Oil MLRA. Will Vaught and Tony Jackson Jr. were also among the top five.

The race was slowed by only two cautions. Justin Wells had a flat tire on lap fourteen, and Chris Morelock was sideways in turn two on lap twenty-five. Heat race wins went to Mark Dotson, Jesse Stovall, John Anderson, Matt Johnson and Will Vaught. Next, the Lucas Oil MLRA will be in action at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, NE on August 10th and 11th.

The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at www.MLRAracing.com or by calling the series office at (816) 650-5063 or (816) 305-6572.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank the 2012 marketing partners; Lucas Oil Products, AAA Missouri, Hoosier Race Tires, Lucas Cattle Company, AFCO Racing Products, GRT Race Cars, Powertrain Industries, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bodee’s Race Bodies, ProtectTheHarvest.com, Outpace Racing Products, Fast Track Photos, Weld Racing Wheels, Impact Signs and Lighting, Racing Optics, Schoenfeld Headers, MAV TV, Kluhsman Racing Components, Performance Bodies, RacinDirt.com, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Day Automotive, Bilstein Shocks, BSB Manufacturing, Keizer Wheels, MasterSbilt Race Cars, R2C Performance Products and Wilwood Engineering.

Stovall Rolls to Humboldt Win

July 29th, 2012

(Humboldt, KS) Jesse Stovall paced the field for the entire thirty lap feature Friday night in Lucas Oil MLRA competition at Humboldt Speedway. He jumped to the lead from the outside pole at the drop of the green flag. “The car was really
really good,” said Stovall following the race. “We went last weekend and did a lot of testing. I think we found something. Hopefully we can continue this on to tomorrow night.” The win is Stovall’s second with the Lucas Oil MLRA.

Series point leader John Anderson took the lead from Brad Looney in lapped traffic just past the mid point in the feature. It was another solid finish for the Shop Quik driver. He now has three runner up finishes to go along with four wins.

Brad Looney, who set idle for most of the summer, won his heat early in the night and finished a strong third. Will Vaught and Justin Wells filled out the top five finishing positions.

Early in preliminary action Wells, Stovall and Looney scored heat race wins. The three drivers also occupied the first three feature starting positions. Vaught ran the fastest lap in the feature, at 15.666, on the races final circuit. The caution free feature took just over eight minutes to complete.

Saturday night action moves on to Springfield Raceway in Springfield, MO for the Casey’s General Store Summer Meltdown. The $3,000 to win race will be co-sanctioned with the MARS Series. The gates will open at 5:00 PM, with racing scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM.

Humboldt and Springfield on the Horizon

July 25th, 2012

Buckner, MO – Fresh off of the Silver Dollar Nationals weekend at I-80 Speedway, the Lucas Oil MLRA will race again this Friday and Saturday night. Friday action will take place at Humboldt Speedway. A track widely recognized as one of the top modified tracks in the country, “The Hummer” will scream this weekend with Super Dirt Late Models. 2003 was the last Lucas Oil MLRA event at the Southeastern Kansas oval.

Saturday, the Casey’s General Store Summer Meltdown will run at Springfield Raceway in Springfield, MO. It will mark the third of four visits to the “Quick-Quarter” in 2012 for the Lucas Oil MLRA. Brad Looney and John Anderson have each won features there this season.

John Anderson leads the series points by a comfortable margin, and looks poised to claim his second straight series title. Terry Phillips and Mark Dotson are sitting second and third respectively.

Humboldt Speedway Information
Gates: 6:00 PM
Racing: 8:00 PM
Admission: S18 Adults, Kids 12 & Under FREE
Support Classes: USRA A Modifieds, USRA B Modifieds, Factory Stocks, Pure Stocks Website: HumboldtSpeedway.com

Springfield Raceway Information
Gates: 5:00 PM
Racing: 7:00 PM
Admission: $20 Adults, $5 Kids 6-12, Kids 5 and under FREE
Support Classes: USRA Modifieds, USRA B Modifieds, Legends, Midwest Modz, Pure Stocks, Street Stocks
Website: SpringfieldRaceway.com

The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at www.MLRAracing.com or by calling the series office at (816) 650-5063 or (816) 305-6572.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank the 2012 marketing partners; Lucas Oil Products, AAA Missouri, Hoosier Race Tires, Lucas Cattle Company, AFCO Racing Products, GRT Race Cars, Powertrain Industries, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bodee’s Race Bodies, ProtectTheHarvest.com, Outpace Racing Products, Fast Track Photos, Weld Racing Wheels, Impact Signs and Lighting, Racing Optics, Schoenfeld Headers, MAV TV, Kluhsman Racing Components, Performance Bodies, RacinDirt.com, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Day Automotive, Bilstein Shocks, BSB Manufacturing, Keizer Wheels, MasterSbilt Race Cars, R2C Performance Products and Wilwood Engineering.

Birkhofer Cruises to Silver Dollar Nationals Win

July 23rd, 2012

Greenwood, NE – Brian Birkhofer took the lead for good on lap eleven and sailed to a dominating victory in the 2nd Annual Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway. He survived a couple of close calls with Wendell Wallace and Jonathan Davenport whom he was trying to put a lap down. Birkhofer started the weekend by winning each of his heat races Friday. He accumulated enough passing points to sit on the pole for the 80 lap event. The racing was intense behind Birkhofer, who checked out on every restart.

Scott Bloomquist started seventh and passed Steve Francis late in the event to slide into the runner up position. It was Bloomquist’s first ever race at I-80 Speedway. Steve Francis started and finished third. Tyler Reddick started on the outside pole, but faded, and never factored for the win. Reddick was the only other driver to win two heat races in Friday qualifying.

Next, the Lucas Oil MLRA competitors will run at Humboldt Speedway on Friday July 27th. The following evening the series will travel to Springfield Raceway in Springfield, MO.

Birkhofer and Reddick on Front Row for Silver Dollar Nationals

July 21st, 2012

GREENWOOD, NE – Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA and Tyler Reddick of Corning, CA will start on the front row for Saturday Night’s Second Annual Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Lucas
Oil MLRA sanctioned event will pay $25,000 to win.

Of the ten heat races run on Friday Night, only Birkhofer and Reddick were able to win both of the heats they competed in. The top-18 in passing points after Friday’s preliminaries will make up the first nine rows of the 80-lap main event on Saturday. Both rounds of action-packed heat races were witnessed by a very large crowd.

Reddick came from the farthest back to win his heat race, as he started eighth and captured one of the opening round heats. Steve Francis of Ashland, KY, who won his heat after starting in sixth, will start third in the Silver Dollar Nationals alongside; will be Hall of Famer, Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR. Moyer claimed a heat race win in round two after finishing second in his first heat after starting ninth.

Defending Silver Dollar Nationals winner, Don O’Neal of Martinsville IN will start fifth in the MasterSbilt House Car with veteran Terry Phillips of Springfield, MO lined up next to him. O’Neal, who is currently second in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series point’s standings, leads the series with nine victories in 2012. O’Neal won the only other LOLMDS sanctioned race ever held in the state of Nebraska, when he was victorious at Junction Motor Speedway in 2005.

Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series point’s leader, Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN will start 16th right in front of current Lucas Oil MLRA point’s leader, John Anderson of Omaha, NE, who fires off 18th on the grid.

In preliminary action, Jimmy Owens, Eric Wells, Steve Francis, Tyler Reddick, and Brian Birkhofer won their respective heat races in the first round. Billy Moyer, Brian Birkhofer, Tyler Reddick, Chris Simpson, and Don O’Neal won their respective heat races in the second round.

Tomorrow night, July 21st, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series caps off the “2nd Annual Silver Dollar Nationals” at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, NE. The drivers meeting will take place at 7:00PM, Hot Laps will follow at 7:20PM, and B-Mains will begin at 8:00PM, followed by the 12-lap Al Belt Custom Homes Builders Bash for the non-qualifiers. The 80-Lap Silver Dollar Nationals main event will top off another night of action packed racing at the Joe Kosiski-promoted facility.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and be sure to follow the series at www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and www.twitter.com/#!/lucasdirt.

Anderson Back in AAA Missouri Victory Lane!

July 19th, 2012

Osborn, MO – After having some mechanical trouble in hot laps, John Anderson and the Shop Quik team righted the ship. They scored their fourth Lucas Oil MLRA victory of the season Wednesday night at US 36 Raceway in Osborn, MO. It wasn’t a cakewalk however, as the likes of Billy Moyer, Will Vaught, Terry Phillips and Chris Simpson were all in hot pursuit. “The last couple of weeks we’ve got our tails beat,” commented Anderson on his recent winless streak. “We’ve went back to work and it has paid off tonight.” The win was Anderson’s first since the Alphabet Soup Race at I-80 Speedway over Memorial Day Weekend. It also broke a tie with Alan Vaughn for fifth on the all time series wins list. Anderson has now amassed twenty-eight Lucas Oil MLRA victories.

Will Vaught led the first thirty laps before Anderson got underneath him in turn two and took over the top spot. Chris Simpson charged early and then backed off as his engine got hot. He charged late to finish second. Terry Phillips fired from seventh and gained ground late to end up third. The forty lap feature was only slowed by one caution. Moyer and Vaught got together exiting turn four on lap thirty-five. Moyer pitted and didn’t finish. Vaught restarted second, but lost the handling on the race car, and faded to fourth.

In support action, Jimmy Owens, fresh off his CMH Diamond Nationals win, was behind the wheel of Mark Dotson’s modified. He started on the outside pole and won the race. It was the first time Owens competed in a modified in approximately ten years.

The Lucas Oil MLRA will now head to I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, NE to take part in the running of the 2nd Annual Silver Dollar Nationals. Practice takes place Thursday with dual heat race qualifying on Friday. The eighty lap, $25,000 to win
feature, takes place Saturday evening.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at www.MLRAracing.com or by calling the series office at (816) 650-5063 or (816) 305-6572.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank the 2012 marketing partners; Lucas Oil Products, AAA Missouri, Hoosier Race Tires, Lucas Cattle Company, AFCO Racing Products, GRT Race Cars, Powertrain Industries, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bodee’s Race Bodies,
ProtectTheHarvest.com, Outpace Racing Products, Fast Track Photos, Weld Racing Wheels, Impact Signs and Lighting, Racing Optics, Schoenfeld Headers, MAV TV, Kluhsman Racing Components, Performance Bodies, RacinDirt.com, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Day Automotive, Bilstein Shocks, BSB Manufacturing, Keizer Wheels, MasterSbilt Race Cars, R2C Performance Products and Wilwood Engineering.

US 36 Raceway Coming Up Wednesday

July 18th, 2012

Buckner, MO – It’s going to be a busy week for the Lucas Oil MLRA. Wednesday night action will be taking place at US 36 Raceway in Osborn, MO. It will mark the return of Super Late Models to Mike Franks’ high banked oval for the first
time since 2009. The track is known for an outstanding racing surface, featuring three and four racing grooves consistently.

John Anderson currently leads Lucas Oil MLRA Point Standings and has won three series races thus far in 2012. There is also a tight point battle going on for the Rookie of the Year honors. Mark Dotson is currently fourth in the standings and just twenty three points ahead of Kevin Sather. The two competitors look to go down to the wire in a hotly contested battle.

The A Modified division will also be in action along with the B Modifieds to round out an exciting night of racing on Wednesday. A special thanks goes out to Timberline Traders and US 36 Raceway for increasing the A Modified purse. The winner will receive $750.

Gates: 4:00 PM
Racing: 8:00 PM

Support Classes: A Modifieds and B Modifieds

Website: us36raceway.com

Action will continue Friday and Saturday for the Lucas Oil MLRA as they will take part in the running of the 2nd Annual Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, NE. A co-sanctioned event with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, $25,000 will be up for grabs to the winner of Saturday’s 80 lap feature event. More information about the Silver Dollar Nationals can be found at: I-80speedway.com. A special Thursday practice will let competitors shake down their equipment beforehand. I-80 Speedway will run a regular show with the addition of the SLMR Late Models on Thursday too.

The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at www.MLRAracing.com or by calling the series office at (816) 650-5063 or (816) 305-6572.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank the 2012 marketing partners; Lucas Oil Products, AAA Missouri, Hoosier Race Tires, Lucas Cattle Company, AFCO Racing Products, GRT Race Cars, Powertrain Industries, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bodee’s Race Bodies, ProtectTheHarvest.com, Outpace Racing Products, Fast Track Photos, Weld Racing Wheels, Impact Signs and Lighting, Racing Optics, Schoenfeld Headers, MAV TV, Kluhsman Racing Components, Performance Bodies, RacinDirt.com, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Day Automotive, Bilstein Shocks, BSB Manufacturing, Keizer Wheels, MasterSbilt Race Cars, R2C Performance Products and Wilwood Engineering.

CMH Diamond Nationals This Weekend

July 13th, 2012

Wheatland, MO – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil MLRA will once again meet at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks on Saturday Night. The 6th Annual CMH Diamond Nationals will bring the nation’s top Dirt Late Model Drivers to Wheatland, Missouri for the $10,000 to Win Special Event which also awards the winner a coveted Diamond Ring. The Pitts Homes USRA A-Modifieds will be in action for $750 to Win for a full night of racing!

Jimmy Owens the “Newport Nightmare” from Newport, Tennessee has back to back wins of the Show-Me 100 and currently sits atop the Championship Points with LOLMDS. Owens has a nice cushion over, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tennesse and Don
O’Neal from Martinsville, Indiana who are tied for second in overall points. Bloomquist was the 2011 Diamond Nationals winner. Rookie of the Year stand out, Jonathan Davenport from Blairsville, Georgia leads Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Delaware in the Quarter Master ROY standings.

Omaha, Nebraska native, John Anderson leads the Lucas Oil MLRA points race. Galena, Missouri’s Jesse Stovall is second with Terry Phillips of Springfield, Missouri is in third. Anderson has a comfortable lead over Stovall, and appeared in Victory Lane at Lucas Oil Speedway on Opening Night of the 2012 Season. Phillips has been on a winning streak lately in his Bloomquist Racecar and will be one to keep an eye on. Kevin Sather and Mark Dotson are separated by only 3 points in the Rookie of the Year standings. Sather made it into the Show-Me 100 on his first attempt and recorded a 14th place finish. The rookies will be out to grab spots on the starting grid.

With the stars of the both series in the midst of championship racing and a great field of Pitts Homes USRA A-Modifieds expected, Saturday night’s event is a can’t miss! Many attractions and vendors will fill the Midway area at Lucas Oil Speedway with games, give-a-ways and more for fans of all ages. CMH will have car coasters for the first 1,000 fans in attendance.

Saturday, July 14th, 2012 6th Annual CMH Diamond Nationals

Gates open at 5 p.m.
Hot Laps at 7:30 Racing to follow
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up) $20
Youth (6 to 15) $5
Kids (5 and under) Free
Family Pass $50
Pit Pass $35

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, MO. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With the entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue
to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

The Lucas Oil MLRA (Midwest Latemodel Racing Association) sanctions regional Super Dirt Late Model touring series events in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.

For all the latest news and information on the Lucas Oil MLRA please visit us on the web at www.MLRAracing.com or by calling the series office at (816) 650-5063 or (816) 305-6572.

The Lucas Oil MLRA would like to thank the 2012 marketing partners; Lucas Oil Products, AAA Missouri, Hoosier Race Tires, Lucas Cattle Company, AFCO Racing Products, GRT Race Cars, Powertrain Industries, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bodee’s Race Bodies,
ProtectTheHarvest.com, Outpace Racing Products, Fast Track Photos, Weld Racing Wheels, Impact Signs and Lighting, Racing Optics, Schoenfeld Headers, MAV TV, Kluhsman Racing Components, Performance Bodies, RacinDirt.com, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, ATL Fuel Cells, Day Automotive, Bilstein Shocks, BSB Manufacturing, Keizer Wheels, MasterSbilt Race Cars, R2C Performance Products and Wilwood Engineering.

Stovall Soars in Liberty 50

July 4th, 2012

Corning, IA – Driving David Turner’s race car, Jesse Stovall powered around Jason O’Brien and rolled on to score his first win with the Lucas Oil MLRA in the Liberty 50. “The race car was really good,” Stovall commented on his run
at the Adams County Speedway. “My car kept steering really well. I noticed a lot of the guys, they couldn’t steer through the corner as good. This has been kind of a long weekend. We hurt a motor last night, in our car we had up here for our
primary. Scott Bailey and David Turner were nice enough to let me use it. That’s just an awesome race car.”

Terry Phillips sat on the pole and ran in the runner up position for the majority of the race. Chad Simpson finished third and closed on Phillips late. Prior to Stovall taking the lead, the story of the night was Atlantic, IA Jason O’Brien. He led the first thirty laps before fading to fourth. John Anderson worked up through the field to fifth. He broke the left rear chain on the rear end and wasn’t able to advance further.

Next up for the Lucas Oil MLRA will be the Diamond Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday, July 14th. The following Wednesday, July 18th will find the Lucas Oil MLRA at US 36 Raceway in Osborn, MO.

Phillips Nets Hat Trick

July 2nd, 2012

Greenwood, NE – The Annual Midwest Trifecta proved to be a good one. Terry Phillips used the top side of the I-80 Speedway in turns one and two, and pinned John Anderson to the bottom of turns three and four, to secure the lead,
and his third Lucas Oil MLRA victory in as many races. “A big race track is a little harder on tires,” said Phillips following the win. “(I) kind of saved my stuff to the end. Not that I was saving it a lot. I was having to hustle the car pretty good. When you’re leading you don’t know where to go for sure, and I took advantage of that.” Phillips narrowly escaped a multi car pile up, with 14 laps to go, as Denny Eckrich was sideways in the middle of one and two. Bill Koons and Mark Dotson were also involved. Phillips made contact with Dotson on the right side of his car, but the damage didn’t hinder him.

Anderson and Chad Simpson started on the front row of the thirty-five lap feature. The two veterans worked side by side for the first several laps. Anderson was able to overtake Simpson on lap eight and finish second. Sim