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A Long-Time Comin’; Cummins Finally Breaks Through for First Haubstadt USAC Win

September 20th, 2016

Haubstadt, Indiana………It took Kyle Cummins a decade to kick open the door that separated him from his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win back in July at Kokomo Speedway’s “Indiana Sprint Week” round.
It would only take another two months for the Princeton, Indiana native to break through for that elusive first USAC victory at his home track – Tri-State Speedway.

Just one year after he saw his bid for a first USAC victory at Tri-State slip through his fingers after being caught up in an accident with a stopped car just five laps from the end, Cummins refused to let this one get away after taking the lead near the halfway point. Cummins was then able to gracefully navigate his way through traffic without incident and withstood a late caution that bunched up the field to take the victory in his Rock Steady Racing/ProGlide Bearings – Tim Mason ReMax/Mach-1/Cummins in Saturday night’s “Haubstadt Hustler” co-sanctioned by MSCS.

“We had the car a little looser than we planned on,” Cummins said. “I knew I couldn’t get Tyler (Courtney) off the middle to bottom. I ran with him up top and adjusted on the shocks and tried the bottom again. I could hang with him, but I couldn’t pass him. I just started hammering the top and, when he made a mistake, we were
there to pounce.”

“The track was tricky,” Cummins added. “The cushion was built up probably a foot tall, so I backed the corner up a lot and tried to just catch it on the exit. As soon as it hit on exit, the car would launch and I knew there was no way somebody was going to get around us. I just kept trying to hit my marks and get through the
lapped cars. I got into a rhythm for a little bit and just tried to keep clicking them off. I’ve had a yellow with one to go on both races I’ve won, so that makes it nerve-racking, but tonight was great and we took home a little bit of money. I can’t complain.”

Cummins would start fifth in the 23-car starting field for the series’ second 40-lap feature of the season while Carson Short, Tri-State’s “Indiana Sprint Week” winner two months prior, began the race from the pole position and shot out to the early lead. It was smooth sailing for Short early on as he looked to replicate his most recent USAC visit to the southwestern Indiana quarter mile paperclip after cruising to a healthy ten-car-length lead in the opening laps over Tyler Courtney in the second spot. But on the eighth lap, Short’s dream of a repeat performance came to a rest upside down in the second turn after he bicycled on the high side of the racetrack, making slight wall contact with his right rear tire that tipped him over. Incredibly, Short
restarted from the tail and worked his way back to a strong seventh place finish at the checkered!

Courtney inherited the lead at that point, but he had a hungry Cummins right on his tail tank for the lap eight restart. Cummins went low while Courtney utilized the top side to pull away a bit from Cummins initially, but a bobble on the cushion in turns three and four by Courtney allowed Cummins to close, initiating an intense side-by-side duel between the two that lasted lap-after-lap. Each time Cummins was able to edge ahead underneath Courtney exiting turns two and four, Courtney was able to successfully use the downhill momentum off the banking to beat Cummins to the stripe by a half-car length on laps 9-11. By lap 20, Courtney was able to extend his lead to six-car-lengths over Cummins, but he would suffer nearly the same fate as did early race leader Short, banging his right rear Hoosier off the turn one cushion, biking the car off of its left side wheels before all four pieces of rubber came back to Earth.

As Courtney scrambled to regain control of his machine, that’s when Cummins saw the light peeking through the cracked-open door as he darted to the bottom of Courtney to sprint into the lead off of the second turn. One lap later, at the halfway point, ProSource Fast Qualifier Tyler Hewitt escaped injury after getting upside down in turn two. The damage was minimal to Hewitt’s car, allowing him to restart from the tail of the field.
Closing in on ten laps to go, Cummins found himself with a fairly comfortable lead up front, but that certainly didn’t present an opportunity to relax as lapped traffic beckoned.

Opposed to last year’s “Haubstadt Hustler,” luck would play into Cummins’ hands this time around as misfortune found Brady Short, whose night went up in a plume of smoke in the second turn on lap 31. The caution gave Cummins a clear field of vision void of obstacles, leaving just him vs. the racetrack to settle their longstanding score. Additional assistance was found with the lapped car of Dakota Jackson serving as a buffer between Cummins and second-running Courtney on the restart with ten laps to go, thus allowing Cummins to make a clean getaway out of the gate as soon as Tom Hansing’s green flag flew. In the late stages, a new player emerged near the front of the pack in Sikeston, Missouri’s Daron Clayton, who was making his first start since the 2015 “Haubstadt Hustler.” Clayton, a five-time USAC Sprint winner at Tri-State, had steadily moved his way to third with five laps to go, climbing his way forward from the 17th starting spot in his patented thrilling style.

Princeton, Indiana’s Kyle Cummins won his second career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature in Saturday night’s “Haubstadt Hustler” at Tri-State Speedway.

Yet, Clayton’s ride to the front ended nearly as soon as he entered the top-three, getting way out of shape in turn two with three laps to go, thus allowing Shane Cottle to capitalize and rip the third spot away to reclaim the final spot on the podium.

As Cummins eyed a surefire victory on the final lap, fourth-running Clayton encountered trouble, sliding sideways through the second turn once again, but this time coming to a stop to bring out the yellow. Cummins would have to survive one last round before this fight was over, having to withstand a green-white-checkered race to the finish. Cummins dug down deep on the lap 39 restart, hammering the throttle to pull away from Courtney at the drop of the green. As Cummins cruised away to his second career USAC victory, the battle was on for second as Courtney and Cottle waged war for the final pair of laps.

As the two came out of turn four locked wheel-to-wheel for the checkered, Courtney was able to muster up enough power on the outside to beat Cottle to the line by less than a tenth of a second to grab the runner-up spot over Cottle with Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Chase Stockon rounding out the top-five.

It was yet another solid result for second-place finisher Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Indiana, who drove the TOPP Motorsports/Maxim/Chevy to his seventh top-five and 13th top-ten finish in 14 USAC Sprint starts during the 2016 season. “This is my fourth year coming here and this is the most frustrating place I’ve ever ran,” Courtney lamented. “It’s almost more of a relief to have a good run here. We usually have fast cars, but it’s taken me a while to figure it out as a driver. To nail it both on the setup and as a driver tonight is really rewarding. It gives me confidence that when we come back here next year, we’re going to be in the hunt. I’ve never even finished a race on the lead lap here, so running second to Kyle Cummins – one of the best ever down here – is nothing to hang our heads about.” Shane Cottle came within mere feet of taking second away from Courtney on the final lap, but settled for a fine third-place run in his Paul Hazen/Kercher Engines – Physical Medicine Consultants/DRC/Kercher. It was the Kokomo, Indiana driver’s best run in the series since scoring a third at Putnamville, Indiana’s Lincoln Park Speedway in July of 2014.

“I was too tight to run the top, so we committed to the bottom,” Cottle explained. “Then, it got technical down there too as the moisture kept creeping down towards the tires. It feels great to have a good run. We’ve had a handful of issues this year with motors and other things breaking; we’ve just been having all-around bad luck. To run strong tonight is a great morale booster as we get ready to head to Eldora next weekend.”

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway included Tyler Hewitt (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Shane Cottle (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Dakota Jackson (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Winner), Aaron Farney (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Winner), C.J. Leary (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat), Jon Stanbrough (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Brian Karraker (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 24 – Rossburg, Ohio – Eldora Speedway – 35th “4-Crown Nationals”

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Tri-City To Host Rescheduled $45K Late Model MFG Night

September 10th, 2016

(Franklin, PA)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series resumes action in a big way this Sunday afternoon (September 11) at Tri-City Raceway Park for the popular “Manufacturers Night” presented by MSD Performance. Not only will the event be a “Marquee” Tour event paying $2,000 to-win, but over $35,000 in products will be distributed as each participating racer will take home a valuable prize! The event was originally scheduled for August 14 before being rained out and postponed until this Sunday. Racing begins early at 4 p.m.

Throughout the years, Series director Vicki Emig has strategically scheduled “Manufacturers Night” at various speedways throughout the region to ensure that all RUSH racers get an opportunity to participate in the event at some point. Sunday marks the fifth annual “Manufacturers Night”, but first time ever held at Tri-City. Emig also ensures that each racer at the events walk away with an item valued at the very minimum of $200. Past locations with car counts in parentheses are Sharon Speedway in 2012 (57), Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway in 2013 (40), McKean County Raceway in 2014 (43), and Eriez Speedway in 2015 (47). As the Series has grown so has the value of “Manufacturers Night”; the inaugural event in 2012 distributed $20,000 as the 2016 edition is set to exceed over $45,000 in cash and contingencies.

Three of the major prizes Sunday include a Yamaha Electric Start Generator and Wheel Kit from Alternative Power Sources ($2,200 value), four F3 Tornado Brake Calipers from TBM Brakes ($1,800) value, and a full custom driver’s suit from Velocita-USA ($1,000). Companies such as Beyea Headers, MSD Performance, FK Rod Ends, and ARbodies have stepped up as Major Contingency Sponsors to offer over $1,500 in prizes for the night. The complete list of prizes to date is posted below.

What makes “Manufacturers Nights” unique and such a valuable promotional event for both the hosting RUSH-sanctioned speedway and their racers is that the racers receive actual products and not certificates toward the purchase of products. Any certificates of that type that are given by manufacturers are dispersed over and above the actual product giveaways. Combined, the Series’ four individual “Manufacturers Night”
events for each of the divisions will disperse over $70,000 of extremely useful items to the race teams! Couple that with the other numerous RUSH contingency programs and RUSH racers will collect over $106,000 in actual product for their efforts throughout the 2016 race season.

“It has always been my goal to make sure every racer receives a useful and valuable product on this night.” said Emig. “Every racer has the same chance of winning all of the items posted through a random draw. There have been instances over the years where a racer who may not have fared so well in the actual touring event that night left the facility with more value than the driver who actually won the race. It’s really great to see everyone go home with something you know they can utilize in their racing efforts.” ”

“We are blessed with numerous nationally recognized and regional corporate marketing partners who believe not only in RUSH, but the various concepts that have helped us build the Series,” continued Emig. “Being able to award tens of thousands of dollars in actual product via our sponsors directly into the hands of our racers
in the long run helps RUSH stay healthy and viable. This concept provides a trickledown effect to all of our RUSH partners, racers, speedways, and of course our sponsors who through everyone’s efforts along with their own continue to have race cars to sell their products to; our Manufacturers Nights simply would not be possible without their support.”

Matt Latta has been participating in the annual “Manufacturers Night” ever since it began. “I love it,” he said. “It’s a huge help for the teams. Let’s face it, everyone knows about the financial difficulties involved with racing. You have good years and some bad years. We’ve been fortunate enough to win sheet metal, an ARbodies nose kit, and $500 Rocket certificate in recent years. Vicki has designed it so every driver leaves with something; no one walks away empty handed. Vicki and Mike (Leone) understand that every little piece helps their teams and to offer these types of items helps us greatly. It also helps them (sponsors) by getting more business down the road from the drivers who have been helped or received prizes
from them.”

Sunday will be Tri-City’s third event of the season. The Sweeney Tour appeared at the Franklin, Pa. oval on June 19 with Bryce Davis capturing his first ever win at the track, worth $2,000. Tri-City held their second event on July 31 as a big crowd watched the RUSH Late Models coupled with the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars. On this night, Mike Pegher, Jr. got by Max Blair on a late race restart for the $1,000 Sweeney Weekly Series victory.

Davis, who has won three of the last four Marquee events, leads the Sweeney Tour to Tri-City with a six-point lead over two-time winner, John Waters. The Knowles Brothers, Jason and Brian who have dominated Sweeney Weekly Series action at Outlaw Speedway, have moved into third and fourth in points as the duo both look for their first career Tour wins. Will Thomas III, who finished second at the last Tri-City Tour race, is fifth in points as Dave Lyon, Eric Wilson, Bruce Hordusky, Jr., Mike Pegher, Jr., Alan Dellinger, Tony White, and Brian Swank complete the top 12 points paying positions. The Touring Series has featured eight different winners this year!

Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock Qualifying and Beat the Heat” will be utilized meaning the fastest qualifier will receive $100 and all heat race winners will earn $25. The K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash will be run paying a $100 K&N certificate to win, $50 K&N certificate for second with $25 cash for third and fourth place. The K&N Dash will also set the beginning of the 30-lap feature lineup for the top two finishers in the heat races if there are less than five heats or for the heat winners if there are five or more heats.

Precise Racing Products will award a $100 gift card for the “Pedal Down” Hard Charger that passes the most cars in the feature. The TBM Brakes “Tough Brake of the Night” will award three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate for a discount off any TBM Brakes purchase.

RUSH Officials will choose the “Maxima Performance” Award for a driver that exhibits a performance worthy of such. The winner will receive a free case of either Maxima Semi-Syn High Performance Racing Oil or Maxima Performance Racing Oil of your choice.

In addition, the winner will receive one can of SC-1 clear coat, one 16-oz bottle of Maxima Cool-Aide concentrate, one 32-oz quart of Maxima PSF power steering fluid, and a Maxima t-shirt. The value of this prize package is $170! Also, CrateInsider.com will award a $25 gift certificate to the driver that finishes last on the lead lap at the finish.

NOTE: drivers must be 100% legal to RUSH rules and attempt to compete to be eligible for the product drawings. Also, certificates are non-transferable and must be redeemed by 12/31/16 with the exception of Classic Ink, On Time Body & Graphics, and Race 1 prizes, which must be redeemed by 3/31/17.
Feature payoff:1. $2,000 2. $1,000 3. $650 4. $550 5. $470 6. $435 7. $410 8. $370 9. $340 10. $310 11. $280 12. $270 13. $260 14. $250 15. $240 16. $230 17. $220 18-24. $210.
Non-Qualifier: 1. $175 2. $150 3. $140 4. $135 5. $130 6. $125 7. $120 8. $115 9. $110 10-24. $105. Tow $100.

You do not have to a member of RUSH to compete. The red AMB transponders are required at Tri-City. RACEceivers are always mandatory. The entry fee is $100. Pit passes are $35. Pits open at 1 p.m. with warm-ups slated for 3:20 followed by Late Model qualifying at 3:45 and racing at 4. Tri-City Raceway Park is a ½-mile dirt track located at 3430 Route 417, Franklin, PA 16323. For more information, check out their website at www.tricityracewaypark.com or call 814-676-2894 on race day. Like their Facebook by searching Tri-City Raceway Park and follow them on Twitter @TriCityRaceway.

RUSH Late Model marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, TBM Brakes, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, FK Rod Ends, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, Rocket Chassis, Bobby Lake Motorsports High Gear Speed Shop, CrateInsider.com, B.R.A.K.E.S., RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

Bloomquist Charges Late to Win NAPA Know How 50

July 18th, 2016

GRANITE CITY, ILLINOIS- Scott Bloomquist passed Earl Pearson Jr. with three laps-to-go to win the NAPA Know How 50 on Friday Night at Tri-City Speedway.

The current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Leader went on for his ninth series win of the season and he extended his points lead. Pearson was looking for his first LOLMDS win of the season, and appeared to be heading to victory lane, but a lapped car slowed his momentum and allowed Bloomquist to make the late-race pass. Don O’Neal finished in third, followed by 14th-starting Brandon Sheppard, and Dennis Erb Jr.

Bloomquist and fellow Hall-of-Famer, Billy Moyer staged a terrific race for second during the first half of the race. After the half-way mark, Bloomquist began to close-in on Pearson and with five laps to go was within striking distance of the leader. Pearson got trapped behind a lapped car and could not get around him when Bloomquist snuck under both of them to snag the lead.

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the 71st time in his career, the 52-year-old Bloomquist breathed a sigh of relief in taking the win. “Earl was pretty good tonight. He would hit a hole or two in the track like all the rest of us. We just kept digging and moving around a lot. We had to get it going late. The laps were winding down and it was time to go. That lapped car definitely gave us an advantage. We were catching him [Pearson] anyway.” “With all the rain they had this week, they did the best they could with the track.

The track crew worked hard tonight on it, but it was definitely choppy in the corners. I never lost the wheel during the race. It was hard on me because I have a torn rotator cuff and both shoulders are actually really bad. The Andy Durham engine ran great. Thank you to all of my sponsors: Crop Production Services, Reece Monument Company, Dyna-Gro Seed, Base Fuels, Lucas Oil, Sweet Mfg., Horton Coal, Hoosier Tires, Sorbera Chiropractic and Petroff Towing.”

Pearson was happy with his runner-up finish. It was his best of the year, but he knows that he let one slip away at the end. “I couldn’t get off the bottom. He [lapped car] was running right around the bottom as well. It was good finish for the Lucas Oil Racing TV car. I hope everyone back home and here at the track enjoyed the show.”

“I just couldn’t do anything with that lapped car. I married myself to the bottom and when I tried to move up I lost grip and Scott went by us. It was a tough way to lose one like that. To run second to Scott feels good, especially with the way he has been running lately. We were consistent all night from start to finish, so hopefully it’s something to build on for the rest of the season.”

O’Neal, like Pearson was seeking his first LOLMDS win of the year, and also came up short in the Clint Bowyer Racing, Peak Antifreeze Motor Oil, Club 29 Race Car. “We had a new race car tonight; it was really fun to drive. I tried to stay up top, away from the holes. I thought maybe a few times there we had a shot at those top-two guys. I almost lost third to Brandon [Sheppard], but got back around him. Thank you to my crew for giving me a good hot-rod tonight.” Completing the top ten were Jonathan Davenport, Tim McCreadie, Jared Landers, Billy Moyer, and Billy Drake.

In preliminary action, Billy Moyer set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the 32 entrants, with a lap of 14.557 seconds. Dennis Erb Jr. set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 14.636 seconds. Earl Pearson Jr., Tim Manville, Billy Moyer, and Scott Bloomquist won their respective heat races. Jeff Herzog and Michael Kloos won their respective B-Mains.

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

Tri-City Cancels July 1st Program

June 29th, 2016

PONTOON BEACH, IL — In an effort to honor an agreement between local race tracks, and to avoid conflict with the Summer Nationals, Tri-City Speedway owners, Kevin and Tammy Gundaker have cancelled racing for Friday night, July 1.

MOWA Sprint Cars and USAC Midgets were slated to appear and every effort will be made to reschedule this event and a new date will be announced as soon as possible. “We apologize for the last minute change to the schedule and hope everyone will enjoy the holiday weekend.”

Bloomquist Best in Budweiser 50 at Tri-City Speedway

May 1st, 2016

GRANITE CITY, IL- Scott Bloomquist took the lead on the 42nd lap of the Budweiser 50 on Friday Night at Tri-City Speedway, and then went on to win the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned event. Bloomquist and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points leader, Jonathan Davenport, went toe-to-toe for several laps until Bloomquist pulled away at the end. The 50-lap race went caution free as Bloomquist notched his third LOLMDS victory of the season. Davenport finished second despite losing his brakes and suffering a flat left rear tire. Dennis Erb Jr. came home in third, followed by Don O’Neal and Tim McCreadie.

One week after getting passed on the final lap at Hagerstown Speedway by Gregg Satterlee, Bloomquist made sure he crossed the finish line first tonight. “We had a good run.

He [Davenport] got off to a good start and ran the top really well. I tried to make the bottom work, and I might have also gone too soft on tires. I took it kind of easy, because the car was rotating so well. I just tried to stay focused and get by the lapped cars,” said the winner. Bloomquist now has 65 career LOLMDS wins, “this track was awesome tonight. They did a great job in prepping it after all the rain this week. There were several lanes to run on.” Davenport bolted from his outside front row starting spot to grab the lead at the start of the race. Bloomquist started right behind Davenport and caught up to the high flying Davenport in heavy lapped traffic. Bloomquist took the lead for the first time in the race on lap 18. Davenport then fought back while banging the outside wall several times in retaking the lead on lap 19. Davenport held the point until eight laps to go, when Bloomquist forged back ahead for the final time. “I want to thank my sponsors: Crop Production Services, Reece Monument Company,

Mark Martin Automotive, and everybody else with our race team. We cut into Davenport’s points lead and we will just continue to improve as the season goes along.” Bloomquist’ Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car is powered by an Andy Durham Racing Engine. When Davenport went to the scales after crossing the finish line, his left rear tire was completely flat. “With this tire going flat, I’m just glad we finished when we did. About halfway through I lost brakes, so I had to run the bottom. We are working on some stuff with these cars. I think it’s going to be really good.”

“I was just trying to take it easy when I lost my brakes. He [Bloomquist] showed me his nose. I split a couple of cars. I was trying to be aggressively patient. We pulled back away from him and it just got worse and worse and then the tire started going down. I couldn’t hold him [Bloomquist] off. Good run for Scott and Dennis. It is always great to come here and race in front of such a large crowd!” Erb was looking for a clean sweep of the night’s activities as he set the Miller Welders Fast Time and won his heat race, but fell just short of the sweep. He passed Don O’Neal on the final lap to get third. “The car was good all night, and starting up front sure makes things a lot easier. I sort of lost track of the top two. We worked really hard on this car all week long, and we are making strides,” said the driver of the Vomac Truck Sales and J.R. McBride Leasing Black Diamond Chassis. Completing the top ten were Darrell Lanigan, Shannon Babb, Jimmy Owens, Bobby Pierce, and Jared Landers.

In preliminary action, Dennis Erb Jr. set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 35 entrants, with a lap of 14.350 seconds. Jonathan Davenport set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 14.508 seconds. Dennis Erb Jr., Jeff Herzog, Jonathan Davenport and Scott Bloomquist won their respective heat races. Jim Shereck and Billy Laycock won their respective B-Mains. For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the latest series standings, 2016 tour schedule, driver information, and more visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com

About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nation’s premier dirt late model sanctioning organization. In 2016, the LOLMDS will sanction 53 events in 19 states. The series is owned by the parent company Lucas Oil Products Inc. and receives national exposure through a TV package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios. LOLMDS events will be broadcast on four TV Networks including CBS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network and the MAVTV Motorsports Network. For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit the official website at: www.LucasDirt.com.

About Lucas Oil Racing TV
The Future of Motorsports is HERE! Get Lucas Oil Racing TV and experience racing excitement like you’ve never seen! Lucas Oil Racing TV is the online app for all your favorite devices and Smart TVs. No matter where you are or when you want to watch, you can stream the best and most exciting motor racing on the planet! Lucas Oil Racing TV has all your favorite motorsports – from grass roots to international competition, as well as exclusive LIVE EVENTS and behind the scenes interviews and footage that you won’t see anywhere else! But that’s just the beginning! Lucas Oil Racing TV brings you some of motorsports greatest broadcasters and build specialists… from Dave Despain to the mechanics of Two Guys Garage, as well as all the latest news, reviews, and interviews from every genre of racing. Lucas Oil Racing TV is the Exclusive, Unlimited, 24/7 All-Access Motorsports App and it’s available NOW! For more information or to sign up, go to: www.LucasOilRacing.TV

About MAVTV Motorsports Network
Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. MAVTV offers an unparalleled line-up of exclusive motorsports, that includes prestigious events such as the Chili Bowl, The AMA Pro Motocross series, the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup and NHRA Drag Racing. But MAVTV goes far beyond the national mainstream events and also covers multitudes of grassroots series’ from across the globe: Drag boats, sprint boats, drag racing, pro pulling, rally racing, drifting, dirt racing, ice racing and everything in between. MAVTV also knows you don’t have to be a race fan to be an automotive enthusiast,which is why we have developed a package of automotive reality and custom build shows that is truly second to none. If it has a motor, it’s on MAVTV…MAVTV is THE motorsports network. To learn more about MAVTV go to: www.MAVTV.com.

About Lucas Oil Products
Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes, problem-solving additives, and car-care products. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil has established itself as a worldwide leader in the lubrication industry. Motorsports has always been part of the Lucas Oil culture and the cornerstone of the company’s marketing strategy. Such passion for motorsports has inspired Lucas Oil to sponsor many race teams, events and series at all levels, including, NHRA, IRL, ASCS, NASCAR, IHRA and many more. Lucas Oil has also taken ownership and operational control of a number of high profile racing properties, such as: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. and the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, CA.

In 2007 Lucas Oil founded its own production house, Lucas Oil Production Studios, dedicated to producing high action motorsports television. Currently Lucas Oil Production Studios produces over 300 hours of original programming for networks such as CBS, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and MAVTV. More information about Lucas Oil Products, Inc. visit the company website at: www.LucasOil.com

Jake Griffin Teams with Vatterott College Ken Schrader Racing

September 23rd, 2015

Quincy, Illinois- 16-year-old, Jake Griffin is eagerly preparing for the 11th Annual Summit Racing Equipment UMP Modified Mania Dirt Nationals at Tri City Speedway (Pontoon Beach, Illinois), where he will team with Ken Schrader Racing and Vatterott College to compete in all three Modified events.

“This is a really exciting opportunity,” Griffin said with a smile. “The folks with Vatterott College have been big supporters of my racing program, especially in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and Ken Schrader is a hero of mine. To get to pilot one of his race cars is a true honor.”

Griffin will pilot the Federated Auto Parts #9 Vatterott College/Impressive Chassis Modified in the 11th Annual Summit Racing Equipment UMP Modified Mania Dirt Nationals at Tri City Speedway on September 24th-26th. Thursday’s
event pays $3,000-to-win, while Friday posts a $4,000 top prize, and Saturday rewards the victor with a $5,000 check. The mega-event traditionally attracts a star-studded field of competitors to the Gundaker-owned, 3/8 mile oval. For more information on the event, please visit http://www.TriCitySpeedway.net.

In addition to sponsoring Griffin, Vatterott College will be the presenting sponsor of Friday night’s racing program.
Vatterott College is a vocational school specializing in Automotive, Trades, Medical, Business, Technology, and Legal professions. For more information on Vatterott College, please visit http://www.Vatterott.edu.

Last weekend Jake competed in the NASCAR Pro Late Model division at Lebanon I-44 Speedway (Lebanon, Missouri), where he qualified 2nd fastest before winning the fast dash. After starting 14th on the grid for the Salute to 75 and turning some of the fastest laps of the event he advanced to a 4th place finish despite only one caution flag in the 75 lap finale. Griffin crossed the finish line behind race winner, Kyle Donahue, Mike Slone, and JC Newell. Full results from the event are available at http://www.i44Speedway.net.

For more information on Jake Griffin Racing, please visit http://www.jakegriffin.net/.

Sweeney Rush Late Models Head To Pittsburgh Saturday for the 1st Time in a Bazell/Sunoco

September 18th, 2015

(Pulaski, PA)…After a rainy Saturday and Sunday last weekend, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series will hope for better weather this Saturday and Sunday (September 19-20). Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway will host their first and only Bazell/Sunoco Race Fuels Southern Late Model Touring Series event on Saturday night, while Tri-City Raceway Park will then conclude the weekend on Sunday afternoon with their first ever RUSH Sportsman Mod race in a Bicknell Tour event. Saturday’s 25-lap Bazell/Sunoco Southern Tour feature will pay $1,200 to-win at the “Monster Half-Mile”. The Sweeney RUSH Late Models will be featured on Saturday night along with the “410″ Sprint Cars. Last year, Pittsburgh held two Sweeney Tour events with champion Ryan Montgomery winning the first and Colton Flinner earning his first career Tour feature at this event last year.

Max Blair enters Pittsburgh still in control of the $10,000 pot of gold for the sweep of the Bazell/Sunoco Southern Tour, the Insinger/Sunoco Northern Tour, and the Sweeney Combined Touring Series titles. The Centerville, Pa. driver has yet to finish worse than sixth in any of the point events to date with eight victories including the last three! Blair leads Eric Wilson, who is coming off a career best runner-up finish on September 6 at Wayne County Speedway, by 72 points in the Southern Tour and Jason Knowles by 144 in the Combined Tour points. Pittsburgh has held 17 Sweeney Weekly Series events in 2015. Ironically, four racers have captured a trio of wins including track champion Josh Holtgraver, Daryl Charlier, Ben Policz, and Colton Flinner. Tommy Schirnhofer, Jr. and Kyle Lukon have a pair of victories, while Michael Reft won his first career RUSH race on August 8. Schirnhofer’s victories have comes on the $135 Bilstein sealed, spec shocks. Schirnhofer is currently second in the “Bilstein Bandits” points, which would earn him $2,500 if he can maintain that position.

The Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modifieds completed their first season as being a weekly division at Sharon and averaged 15 cars per night. This weekend, the RUSH Mods will race in their first Bicknell Racing Products Touring Series event at Sharon for $800 to-win. Earlier this season New York racers Greg Martin and Adam Hilton won the Tour events at Expo and Lernerville Speedways. Martin captured the Sharon track championship over Nick Ritchey, who won the Sportsman’s Speedway trackchampionship.

On Sunday afternoon, the RUSH Sportsman Mods will try again to head to Tri-City Raceway Park for the first time ever after last Sunday’s rain out. This will also be a Bicknell Tour event as $600 will go to the feature winner of the 20-lap event. Sunday will be Tri-City’s “Apple Fest”. There will also be a Bicknell Weekly Series event on Saturday at Lernerville Speedway.

Veteran Larry Kugel is the current Bicknell Tour point leader by just two over Kole Holden, who won his third feature of the season last Sunday at Sportsman’s and continues to lead the Bicknell “Futures Cup” points.

“Hopefully the weather cooperates this weekend for us,” stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig. “The Miley Family are strong supporters of our RUSH program and the Tour events at Pittsburgh are always exciting on the monster half-mile. The local Pittsburgh racers have a distinct advantage over the outsiders, which makes the competition even stronger. Our Sportsman Modified racers have really been anxious to get to race at Tri-City. Some of the guys have taken in their practice sessions, and it will be a new challenge for most of our racers. It was a shame last Sunday rained out, but we’re appreciative Tri-City rescheduled and the weather is looking conducive for Sunday.”

For both Tour events, the K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash will be run for the first four drivers that finish outside of the feature redraw spots and will pay $100 K&N certificate to win, $50 K&N certificate for second with $25 cash going to the third and fourth place finishers.

For both divisions, Precise Racing Products will award a $100 gift card for the “Pedal Down” Hard Charger that passes the most cars in the feature. The TBM Brakes “Tough Brake of the Night” will award three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate for a discount off any TBM Brakes purchase in all events this weekend.

RUSH Officials will choose the “Maxima Performance” Award for a driver that exhibits a performance worthy of such for both divisions. The winner will receive a free case of either Maxima Semi-Syn High Performance Racing Oil or Maxima Performance Racing Oil of your choice. In addition, the winner will receive one can of SC-1 clear coat, one 16-oz bottle of Maxima Cool-Aide concentrate, one 32-oz quart of Maxima PSF power steering fluid, and a Maxima t-shirt. The value of this prize package is $170!

The driver that finishes last on the lead lap in both divisions will receive a $25 gift certificate from CrateInsider.com. The first driver that fails to qualify for the Late Model feature on Saturday will receive the ARbodies “Nosed Out” nose kit valued at $260.

For the Sportsman Modified Series, RUSH Officials will determine the Sherwood Racing Wheels “Man of Steel” award winner as one that bounced back from an earlier mishap to finish the event strongly. The selected driver will receive a certificate for a free Sherwood Racing Wheel.

You do not have to a member of RUSH to compete. The red AMB transponders will be used at Tri-City. Transponders are not used at Tri-City. RACEceivers will be mandatory. The entry fee for the Late Models at Pittsburgh is $50. The entry fee for the Sportsman Modifieds is $25 at Tri-City.

Warm-ups will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday with a drivers meeting scheduled for 6:30 and racing at 7. Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway is a ½-mile dirt track with a GPS address of 170 Kelso Rd, Imperial PA 15126, which is located just off the Noblestown exit on Routes 22/30. For more information, check out their website at www.ppms.com or call 412-279-7223. The track number on race day is 724-695-3363 or 724-695-0393. As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PittsburghsPennsylvaniaMotorSpeedway or follow them on Twitter @PAMotorSpeedway.

On Sunday at Tri-City, gates open at 2 p.m. with a drivers meeting at 3, warm-ups at 3:15 and racing at 4. Tri-City Raceway Park is a ½-mile dirt track located at 3430 Route 417, Franklin, PA 16323. For more information, check out their website at www.tricityracewaypark.com or call 814-676-2894 on race day. Like their Facebook by searching Tri-City Raceway Park and follow them on Twitter @TriCityRaceway.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail
mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax
is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like
our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

Thorson Dominant to Open Gold Crown Midget Nationals

September 7th, 2015

Granite City, Illinois…Tanner Thorson made a statement on Friday night with a resounding victory in the night’s 25-lap Honda National Midget main event to kick off the “Gold Crown Midget Nationals.” The Minden, Nevada driver was on top of points after heat races and qualifying races, which included finish and passing points, to earn the pole of the feature. From there, he took off and was largely unchallenged on his way to a 3.378-second victory in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Toyota TRD #67 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

“Meseraull and I have a bit of a rivalry going, so I got him off the start and knew he’d bring some big restarts at us late in the race, so I had to hit one and two as hard as I could. He definitely ran it in hard, and I knew I had to run it in hard and hit the cushion and come off with the wheels up. I searched around a little bit early and through the middle of the race, but we got the momentum going around the top and were really strong as the race went on. It’s good to be sitting well for tomorrow and get ourselves a really good win tonight,” Thorson said.

Thorson saw two different bids for his lead during the race, with the early one being Steve Buckwalter. Buckwalter used the low side to take second in the early laps and move underneath Thorson by lap-four, but the leader dropped low and pulled away from Buckwalter.

On lap 8, contact between Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Darren Hagen while racing for eighth ended with National point leader Thomas, Jr. in the frontstretch wall and out of the race.

Second-running Thomas Meseraull then lined up to take his shot at Thorson, and he held with him for the first few laps after the restart. Behind him, Buckwalter was having a battle with eleventh-starting Tyler Thomas, who had jumped to fourth in the first few laps. Jerry Coons, Jr., Tracy Hines, and Zach Daum were battling hard behind them.
With ten to go, Chris Windom spun from the tenth spot, and this time Meseraull was geared up for the restart. He fired to the inside of Thorson into turn-one but slid up behind him. Buckwalter and Thomas continued to go at it for third, as Daum finally took fifth and Dave Darland started to enter the fray on the very bottom. A final caution with six laps to go for Andrew Felker, who stopped to relinquish the tenth spot, set up one final chance for Meseraull. He nailed the restart again and slid all the way up in turn-two, nearly making contact with Thorson who was in the throttle and powered through to keep the lead as they exited turn-two. He pulled away in the closing laps to take his second victory of the season.

Tanner Thorson took the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian #67 to his second USAC Honda National Midget feature win of the season Friday night at Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, Illinois). Meseraull brought home the Great Clips – Shane’s S.P.A.R.K. #56 Triple X/Esslinger in the second spot.

“I really wanted to get him. I know our engines take off well, and we had a chance at him on the restarts. Our car was really good, but we lost brakes about halfway through. This is the first time in this car over here, so it’s nice to start off strong and give ourselves a good chance at tomorrow,” Meseraull said. Buckwalter fended off Thomas and Daum in the closing laps to round out the podium in the Buckwalter’s Roofing – VRP Shocks #25 Elite/Ott by Deppe.

“In the beginning, I thought I might have something on the bottom. They just got twisted up on the top, and I went up there, but my motor just wouldn’t pull us off the top quite as well as we needed to. We had some great battles back and forth, really going at each other all the way through the race. Our car was pretty good, and it was fun racing those guys,” Buckwalter said.

Daum came from ninth to claim fourth at the line in the Daum Crop Insurance – Weld Wheels #5D Eagle/Stanton Toyota, and Tyler Thomas rounded out the top-five in the American Racing Custom Wheels – BT Machine #91T Spike/Esslinger.

UPCOMING EVENT INFO

DATE: Saturday, September 5, 2015
SERIES: Honda USAC National Midget Championship
TRACK: Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, Illinois) – 3/8 mile, semi-banked dirt oval
EVENT: DuPont presents the 7th Annual “Gold Crown Midget Nationals” featuring the USAC Honda National Midgets and the MOWA Winged Sprint Cars
STARTING TIMES: Grandstands open at 5:30pm
TRACK ADDRESS: 5100 Nameoki Rd, Granite City, IL 62040
TRACK PHONE: (618) 931-7836
MEDIA COVERAGE: Both Friday and Saturday night’s events of the “Gold Crown Nationals” will be streamed LIVE on www.thecushion.com
TRACK WEBSITE: www.tricityspeedway.net

Gold Crown Midget Nationals Await Tracy Hines at Tri-City Speedway in Illinois

September 5th, 2015

NEW CASTLE, Ind.- The 2015 Honda USAC National Midget Series season is in the homestretch, as just a handful of races remain, making each one that much more important. For Tracy Hines, that means five more opportunities to pick up a win and gain points, as he chases his first Honda USAC National Midget Series title. Next on the docket is the DuPont Gold Crown Midget Nationals, which has become of the marque events on the midget racing calendar each season.

The Seventh Annual DuPont Gold Crown Midget Nationals open on Friday, September 4 at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Illinois. The two-night event concludes on Saturday, September 5, with $10,000 awaiting the winner.

“They moved the Gold Crown up a month this year, which should help weather-wise,” said Hines. “When you get to October it’s usually pretty iffy in the Midwest, kind of like it is in the spring, so I think it’s a great move to shift it to Labor Day Weekend. With the long weekend, fans can come from a bit further away and not have to worry quite as much about hurrying back home, since they’ll have an extra day.”

The veteran driver was victorious during the opener of the 2012 edition of the Gold Crown Midget Nationals. In his career, Hines has two Honda USAC National Midget Series wins at Tri-City Speedway, with his first win coming in 2003, when the track was still a half-mile. Last year, the DuPont Gold Crown Midget Nationals fell to inclement weather.

“It’s been a couple of years since we’ve gotten to race at Granite City (Tri-City Speedway), so we’ll have to look back at our notes at the beginning of the weekend,” shared Hines. “There is usually a good car count there, so as always time trials will be very important. We’ve timed in pretty well at most all the races this year and that has put us in a good spot when the feature rolls around.”

Hines enters competition this weekend, just 10 points out of the lead in the battle for the 2015 Honda USAC National Midget Series title. In his most recent two starts with the series in Pennsylvania last month, Hines finished third and sixth. A third race that was scheduled for the East Coast Swing was rained out and not rescheduled.

This season, Hines has 10 top-10 finishes in 12 starts with the Honda USAC National Midget Series, with seven of those being top-five performances. He finished a season-best second on opening night at Kokomo Speedway in his home state of Indiana and also has finished on the podium at Lincoln Park Speedway and Plymouth Speedway, both in Indiana, Solomon Valley Raceway in Kansas and Lincoln Speedway in Pennsylvania.

“We’ve been so close to winning a couple of times this year in the midget and we really want to get a couple of wins before the season ends,” said Hines. “With how tight the points are right now, you don’t want to take too many chances, but at the same time you have to go for it, because wins help a lot in the standings.”

Last week, Hines raced four times at Kokomo Speedway in his home state of Indiana with the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series. In the completion of the Indiana Sprint Week event that was postponed by rain in July, Hines finished ninth. In the opener of the three-night Sprint Car Smackdown IV, he had mechanical issues as the main event pushed off and was unable to take the green flag, finishing 24th. The second night of the Sprint Car Smackdown saw Hines finish fourth and he was 10th in the finale.

Tracy Hines Racing would like to thank: Parker Machinery, Powered by Toyota, Turbines, Inc., Afco Racing Shocks, Schoenfeld, Stanton Racing Engines, Daum Motorsport, Indiana Underground, Hoosier, Bell and Drivin Racing Oil.

For more information on Tracy Hines Racing, visit http://cts.vresp.com/c/?ShortTrackRacingPR/91af7e0d15/84def2fbf4/638d224814 -http://cts.vresp.com/c/?ShortTrackRacingPR/91af7e0d15/84def2fbf4/82c2e86e71 . Follow Tracy on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/TracyHinesRacin -http://cts.vresp.com/c/?ShortTrackRacingPR/91af7e0d15/84def2fbf4/b826ad7603 and “Like him” on Facebook at: http://cts.vresp.com/c/?ShortTrackRacingPR/91af7e0d15/84def2fbf4/c8807ad40d .

Friday’s Event at Tri-City Speedway Canceled

July 11th, 2015

GRANITE CITY, IL- Friday night’s “Battle at the Beach 50″ at Tri-City Speedway has been canceled. Widespread area flooding earlier today and an additional three inches of rain this evening has forced Speedway and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series officials to cancel the event.

“We hate to lose another event to Mother Nature. The weather has been tough on us this season. It’s always a pleasure to work with Kevin and Tammy Gundaker. We are looking forward to continuing our long-standing relationship with Tri-City Speedway in 2016,” stated Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Director Ritchie Lewis.

On Saturday night, July 11th the Series returns to Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO for the annual CMH “Diamond Nationals.” This blockbuster weekend of racing comes to a close on Sunday night, July 12th with the completion of the 23rd Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 – Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com.

For the latest breaking news concerning the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the latest series standings, 2015 tour schedule, driver information, and more visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com.

Follow the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on your favorite Social Media outlets at: www.facebook.com/lucasdirt, www.twitter.com/lucasdirt, and www.instagram.com/lucasdirt.

About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nation’s premier dirt late model sanctioning organization. In 2015, the LOLMDS will sanction 50 events in 19 states. The series is owned by the parent company Lucas Oil Products Inc. and receives national exposure through a TV package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios. LOLMDS events will be broadcast on four TV Networks including CBS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network and the MAVTV. For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit the official website at:
www.Lucasdirt.com

Lucas Oil Late Models Return to the Midwest!

July 9th, 2015

WAYCROSS, GA (July 6, 2015) – The premier national touring series for dirt late models will return to the Midwest this weekend for a triple shot of racing action. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will visit Tri-City Speedway on Friday, July 10th before heading to Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday-Sunday, July 11th-12th. Tri-City Speedway, in Granite City, Illinois, will host the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the second time in 2015. The “Battle at the Beach 50″ includes a complete show of: Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win main event. In 2014, Don O’Neal held off Scott Bloomquist and Jimmy Owens after a three-way battle for the top spot to claim the victory. The UMP Modifieds and B-Modifieds will also be in action at Tri-City Speedway on July 10th. For tickets and more information, visit: www.tricityspeedway.net

The Series will then travel to Lucas Oil Speedway, in Wheatland, Missouri, for two action-packed days of racing. The festivities will kick off on Saturday, July 11th with the 9th Annual CMH “Diamond Nationals” which includes a complete show of: Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win main event.Jimmy Owens dominated the event in 2014, recording his third career “Diamond Nationals” victory. The USRA Modifieds will run as the support division on July 11th. The action will ratchet up on Sunday, July 11th with the completion of the 23rd Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 – Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com. The final night of the Show-Me 100 was postponed due to rain on May, 23rd. With only one B-Main complete, the Saturday portion of the program will continue, as originally scheduled. Eddie Carrier Jr. currently leads the second of three Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt
Series B-Mains, with 10 of 20 laps complete.

For more information concerning Lucas Oil Speedway, call the track office at: (417) 282-5984 or visit: www.lucasoilspeedway.com

The renowned Lucas Oil Production Studios will be on hand to film all three events for air on multiple television networks later in 2015. A complete television schedule is available at: www.lucasdirt.com/schedule/tv-schedule

Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA continues to lead the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship standings over four-time champion, Earl Pearson Jr. Defending champion, Don O’Neal is third, followed by three-time champion, Jimmy Owens. Two-time champion, Scott Bloomquist rounds out the top five in series standings. Sixth through twelfth include: Dennis Erb Jr.; Brandon Sheppard; Steve Francis; Jared Landers; Devin Moran; Eddie Carrier Jr. and Chris Brown. Fresh off his recent victory, Brandon Sheppard leads the Lucas Oil Products Rookie of the Year chase over Chris Brown.

Track Information
Tri-City Speedway
Phone Number: 618-931-7836
Track Promoters: Kevin & Tammy Gundaker
Location: 5100 Nameoki Road, Granite City, IL 62040
Website: www.tricityspeedway.net

Lucas Oil Speedway
Phone Number: 417-282-5984
General Manager: Dan Robinson
Location: 700 E Hwy 54, Wheatland, MO 65779
Website: www.lucasoilspeedway.com

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Tire Rules:
Tri-City Speedway – July 10th
Left Rear/Fronts – Hoosier 1320, LM20
Right Rear – Hoosier 02, LM20, 06, LM40
Lucas Oil Speedway – July 11th-12th
Left Rear/Fronts – Hoosier Rib 1640, LM40, WRS55
Right Rear – Hoosier 06, LM40, WRS55
Battle at the Beach 50 Event Purse: $10,000 to win- 1. $10,000, 2. $5,500, 3. $3,500, 4. $2,750, 5. $2,250, 6. $1,800, 7. $1,500, 8. $1,300, 9. $1,200, 10. $1,100, 11. $1,075, 12. $1,050, 13. $1,025, 14. $1,000, 15. $950, 16. $925, 17. $900, 18. $875, 19. $850, 20. $825, 21. $800, 22. $800, 23. $800, 24. $800.

Diamond Nationals Event Purse: $10,000 to win- 1. $10,000, 2. $5,500, 3. $3,500, 4. $2,750, 5. $2,250, 6. $1,800, 7. $1,500, 8. $1,300, 9. $1,200, 10. $1,100, 11. $1,075, 12. $1,050, 13. $1,025, 14. $1,000, 15. $950, 16. $925, 17. $900, 18. $875, 19. $850, 20. $825, 21. $800, 22. $800, 23. $800, 24. $800.

23rd Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 – Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com Event Purse: $30,000-to-win- 1. $30,000, 2. $10,000, 3. $6,000, 4. $4,000, 5. $3,000, 6. $2,500, 7. $2,400, 8. $2,300, 9. $2,200, 10. $2,100, 11. $2,000, 12. $1,975, 13. $1,950, 14. $1,925, 15. $1,900, 16. $1,875, 17. $1,850, 18. $1,825, 19. $1,800, 20. $1,750, 21. $1,700, 22. $1,650, 23. $1,600, 24. $1,550, 25. $1,500, 26. $1,500, 27. $1,500,28. $1,500, 29. $1,500

For the latest breaking news concerning the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series,including the latest series standings, 2015 tour schedule, driver information, and more visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com

Follow the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on your favorite Social Media outlets at: www.facebook.com/lucasdirt,
www.twitter.com/lucasdirt, and www.instagram.com/lucasdirt.

About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nation’s premier dirt late model sanctioning organization. In 2015, the LOLMDS will sanction 50 events in 19 states. The series is owned by the parent company Lucas Oil Products Inc. and receives national exposure through a TV package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios. LOLMDS events will be broadcast on four TV Networks including CBS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network and the MAVTV. For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit the official website at:
www.Lucasdirt.com

About MAVTV
Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. MAVTV offers an unparalleled line-up of exclusive motorsports, that includes prestigious events such as the Chili Bowl, The AMA Pro Motocross series, the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup and NHRA Drag Racing. But MAVTV goes far beyond the national mainstream events and also covers multitudes of grassroots series’ from across the globe: Drag boats, sprint boats, drag racing, pro pulling, rally racing, drifting, dirt racing, ice racing and everything in between. MAVTV also knows you don’t have to be a race fan to be an automotive enthusiast, which is why we have developed a package of automotive reality and custom build shows that is truly second to none. If it has a motor, it’s on MAVTV…MAVTV is THE motorsports network. To learn more about MAVTV go to: www.mavtv.com.

About Lucas Oil Products
Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes, problem-solving additives, and car-care products. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil has established itself as a worldwide leader in the lubrication industry. Motorsports has always been part of the Lucas Oil culture and the cornerstone of the company’s marketing strategy. Such passion for motorsports has inspired Lucas Oil to sponsor many race teams, events and series at all levels, including, NHRA, IRL, ASCS, NASCAR, IHRA and many more. Lucas Oil has also taken ownership and operational control of a number of high profile racing properties, such as: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. and the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, CA.

In 2007 Lucas Oil founded its own production house, Lucas Oil Production Studios, dedicated to producing high action motorsports television. Currently Lucas Oil Production Studios produces over 300 hours of original programming for networks such as CBS, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and MAVTV. More information about Lucas Oil Products, Inc. visit the company website at: www.lucasoil.com

Busy Weekend for Tri-City

June 18th, 2015

(Pulaski, PA)…One week after the inaugural “Crate Racin’ USA Nationals” at Winchester Speedway, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series will pick right back up with a busy two-race weekend. Sunday (June 21) will feature the “Bill Emig Memorial” for the Insinger Performance/Sunoco Race Fuels Northern Tour at Tri-City
Raceway Park in Franklin, PA., and then on Monday (June 22) Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio will host a Bazell/Sunoco Southern Tour event.

For the first time ever, Tri-City Raceway Park will host the annual “Bill Emig Memorial”. This year’s event will feature a $2,000 to-win feature along with $100 Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock” Qualifying, and $25 to-win heat races in addition to the $100 to-win K&N Cold Air Induction “John Buzzard Memorial” Dash. One driver could earn $2,225 with a clean sweep of the night!

Sunday’s event at Tri-City marks the return of racing to the big half-mile oval for the first time in four years under the new ownership of Mark Tatalovic and management by his son Sam along with Chad Wagner.

“Bringing my dad’s Memorial to Tri-City on Father’s Day is really special and completes the circle of regional speedways where his cars competed throughout the years that have hosted the event,” explained RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig. “I know if he was here today he would tell you that some of his greatest memories as a car owner were watching Lou Gentile battle against the V-8 powered semi-lates with the six-cylinder on the big half-mile against the likes of Lou Steadman, Les Myers, Mark Weaver and many more. His cars won numerous feature events and track championships at Tri-City in both the Semi-Late and Six-Cylinder Modified divisions with the highlight being 1978 Semi-Late Track Championship.”

Past “Bill Emig Memorial” winners in the Crate Late Models include Chad McClellan (Lernerville) & Rick Singleton (Sharon) in 2014, Mike Pegher, Jr. (Lernerville) & Ryan Montgomery (Sharon) in 2013, Max Blair (won bon events at Sharon) in 2012, and Max Blair (Lernerville) & Josh Holtgraver (Sharon) in 2011.

On Monday, the Sweeney RUSH Late Models will join up with Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars in the 33rd Annual Ohio Speedweek event at Wayne County Speedway. Wayne County is in its first year of running the RUSH Late Models on a weekly basis, and have completed three events with Charlie Duncan victorious twice and Pennsylvania racer Dennis Lunger, Jr. once. Wayne County scheduled a RUSH Tour event last year over Labor Day Weekend with the All Stars, but that event was rained out.

Monday’s event marks the first of three appearances by the Bazell/Sunoco Southern Tour at Wayne County- all paying $1,500 to-win . The Series returns to Orrville, Ohio in a couple weeks on Saturday, July 4 for the Sweeney/Pace GM Engine Giveaway then again with the All Stars on Sunday, September 6.

“We have to thank Jason and Kristin Flory for allowing RUSH to be showcased at their big events,” stated RUSH Co-Director Mike Leone. “They are doing their best to introduce Crate Late Model racing to the fans and racers of Ohio. The Speedweek event is always run in front of a huge crowd so this will be great opportunity for our racers in a new market. Wayne County is located only hour and a half from Pennsylvania, so we hope some of our Pennsylvania teams make the trip over.”

The Sweeney RUSH Series has completed seven Tour events to date so far with three in the North and four in the South. Max Blair of Centerville, Pa. leads the way with three victories, while Walker Arthur swept the “Mid-Atlantic States Classic” weekend at Potomac and Winchester last month. Bryce Davis won the “Ron Baker Memorial” at Freedom earlier this month, and Allen Brannon won over $6,000 last weekend at Winchester. Blair of course leads both Tour points and the combined points. He’ll look to keep the lead in all three points in his bid for the $10,000 sweep.

The K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash will be run each night. Sunday’s Dash will be the “John Buzzard Memorial” paying $100 in cash with runner-up receiving a $100 K&N certificate, third place a $50 K&N certificate, with fourth place receiving an extra $25 cash. The Dash will determine the first four starting spots in the feature. Buzzard was a former racer for the late Emig, who lost his life in an accident at Expo Speedway in 1975. Some of his greatest moments in racing came at Sharon on the blacktop as he was part of the famous weekly David and Goliath battles that pitted his Emig Ford six-cylinder against the V-8 powered Chevrolet of Jim Lewis out of Cleveland, Ohio. Their exciting duals resulted in Buzzard and Lewis being named co-champions of Sharon’s 1973 Stock Car Division.

Monday’s K&N Dash will be run for the four drivers that finish outside of the feature redraw spots and will pay $100 K&N certificate to win, $50 K&N certificate for second with $25 cash going to the third and fourth place finishers.

Precise Racing Products will award a $100 gift card for the “Pedal Down” Hard Charger that passes the most cars in both Sunday and Monday’s A feature. The TBM Brakes “Tough Brake of the Night” will award three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate for a discount off any TBM Brakes purchase each night.

Each night, RUSH Officials will choose the “Maxima Performance” Award for a driver that exhibits a performance worthy of such. The winner will receive a free case of either Maxima Semi-Syn High Performance Racing Oil or Maxima Performance Racing Oil of your choice. In addition, the winner will receive one can of SC-1 clear coat, one 16-oz bottle of Maxima Cool-Aide concentrate, one 32-oz quart of Maxima PSF power steering fluid, and a Maxima t-shirt. The value of this prize package is $170!

On Sunday at Tri-City, the first driver that fails to qualify for the feature will receive the ARbodies “Nosed Out” nose kit valued at $260.

Tri-City Feature payoff:1. $2,000 2. $1,000 3. $650 4. $550 5. $470 6. $435 7. $410 8. $370 9. $340 10. $310 11. $280 12. $270 13. $260 14. $250 15. $240 16. $230 17. $220 18-24. $210.

Tri-City Non-Qualifier: 1. $175 2. $150 3. $140 4. $135 5. $130 6. $125 7. $120 8. $115 9. $110 10-24. $105. Tow $100.

Wayne County Feature payoff: 1. $1,500 2. $800 3. $550 4. $410 5. $375 6. $340 7. $325 8. $295 9. $285 10. $280 11. $255 12. $250 13. $230 14. $225 15. $200 16. $195 17. $190 18-24. $185.

Wayne County Non-Qualifier: 1. $150 2. $125 3. $115 4. $110 5. $105 6. $100 7. $95 8. $90 9. $85 10-24. $80. $75 to any driver failing to start either feature.

You do not have to a member of RUSH to compete. The red AMB transponders will be used at Tri-City. The red AMB or yellow Westhold transponders can be used at Wayne County. RACEceivers will be mandatory. There will be a $100 entry fee for Tri-City and $75 for Wayne County. Pit passes are $30 for Tri-City and $35 for Wayne County.

On Sunday at Tri-City, pits open at 3 p.m. with a drivers meeting at 5, warm-ups at 5:20 followed by qualifying and racing at 6. On Monday at Wayne County, pits open at 3 p.m. with a drivers meeting at 5:30. Warm-up and heat race times will be determined.

Tri-City Raceway Park is a ½-mile dirt track located at 3430 Route 417, Franklin, PA 16323. For more information, check out their website at www.tricityracewaypark.com or call 814-676-2894 on race day. Like their Facebook by searching Tri-City Raceway Park and follow them on Twitter @TriCityRaceway.

Wayne County Speedway is a 3/8-mile dirt track located at 1083 North Carr Road, Orrville, OH 44667. For more info, check out their website at www.waynecountyspeedway.com, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/waynecountyspeedway and follow them on Twitter @wcsohio. The track phone number is 330-465-2365.

RUSH Late Model marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Ignition, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, TBM Brakes, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Crate Innovations Inc., Moroso Performance Products, Velocita-USA, High Gear Speed Shop, CrateInsider.com, B.R.A.K.E.S., RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

Haws’ Hot Streak Continues With Third CARS Tour Win

June 17th, 2015

YOUNGSVILLE, N.C.– For the third time in five races in the inaugural CARS Late Model Stock tour, Brayton Haws stood tall in victory lane Friday night at Tri-County Motor Speedway. The 15-year-old put an exclamation point on the series’ first half of its inaugural season with an impressive performance that further extended his point lead.

“Our goal coming into this series was championship, experience and wins,” Haws said following his win at the North Carolina bullring. “So far we are proving we are really tough competition on the track for wins and the championship. I think we have a great shot at winning this championship and I’d really love to be the one to say I was the first champion of this series.”

The day got off to a positive, albeit soggy, start for Haws and the No. 41 Rheem/ Mechanical HVAC Services Ford team. Haws believed that his car was fast enough to win the pole in qualifying, but he didn’t get the chance to prove that when qualifying was rained out thanks to a brief shower. Haws still started up front by virtue of being the points leader.

The track position helped the young driver continue to learn the tight confines of Tri-County Motor Speedway in his first race there. Haws also became a student of the intricacies of restarts as late yellow-flag periods played a major role in the finish.

“Throughout the first 50 laps I was running the inside, but then when Deac McCaskill and Myatt Snider got by me I moved to the outside and felt really comfortable up there,” Haws said. “The high groove I felt like on restarts I could get the biggest runs off the corners and I could just pull them down the straightaways. I did mess up one restart when I took the inside and that’s when Deac and Myatt got past me, but we learned from that and stuck to the outside and came out with a win.”

Haws did have one scary moment to contend with late in the race when McCaskill and Snider got together racing for the lead in turn three. Haws was able to scoot by to take back the lead and eventually the race win.

“I kind of thought something was going to happen because they were racing really hard going into turns one and two. I was running the low line going into three and Myatt got a little loose there in the middle groove. He slid up into Deac and they took each other out.”

While the contact resulted in Haws taking his third win of the season, he was quick to point out that he would’ve rather earned it by battling with Snider and McCaskill to the checkered flag.

“That’s not the way I’d like to win the races,” he said. “I’d like to compete with everyone. But I did have really good racing with Jamey Caudill, so thank you to him for racing me clean. It was a really intense race tonight.”

Now that the 10-race season is in its second half, the attention now turns towards the championship for Haws and his Hawk McCall Racing team. The next step towards that goal will come on July 11 at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Virginia.

For more information on Brayton Haws, visit his website at www.braytonhaws.com [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001zP8xuUh517eG58aLXBDp4vIgeBxsMjE53ZM5foNYHhxIHHa82J4cL5_iT_0uRzXr2NdI23yQ8XOBfcTZRT1mw4fyIovKo8zFVsdnDmWxyREDz-N5744szhIhEo58nLvx0gqePwACq_4MlL7a5_sWWaq4zVshcsGtNysF16kgrkDlfvCviMyoMQ==&c=fbCIkKebPRamihjE2jms4pQkZdldM-cr33tob7bwE5ZuPIEIAz5s5w==&ch=5WNBHOjCzk_NupS5emEvWQ5soqfUgM6-q_Iv1jnSduHhEwMwn14tDw==]
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Tri-City’s Greased Pig pays $1,055 to IMCA Modified winner

June 12th, 2015

AUBURN, Mich. – Version 5.0 of the annual Greased Pig special at Tri-City Motor Speedway pays the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature winner $1,055.

The Friday, June 12 feature will be 37 laps, pays a minimum of $135 to start and is a qualifying event for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Dirt Works Eastern Region, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded.

There is no entry fee. Pit gates at Auburn open at 5 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m., hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7:55 p.m.

Carload Night admission is $40 for passenger cars, pickups, vans or SUVs; regular grandstand admission is $14 for adults, $13 for seniors ages 55 and over, $8 for kids ages 7-13 and free for six and under. Pit passes are $28.

More information about the Greased Pig 5.0 is available by calling 989 316-6804 and at the track website, www.tricityracetrack.com.

Scott Bloomquist Banks Tri-City Speedway Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Win

May 4th, 2015

GRANITE CITY, IL – Scott Bloomquist reached Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory lane for the first time this season on Friday Night. Bloomquist held on to win the “Spring Spectacular” at Tri-City Speedway after taking the lead from Bobby Pierce on lap 37, and fighting off a late-race surge from Earl Pearson Jr.

The win is the 55th of his career in LOLMDS competition. He becomes the ninth different winner this season on the tour. Earl Pearson Jr. made a last lap run on Bloomquist but came up a car length short at the checkered flag. Brandon Sheppard raced his way from eighth to finish third, followed by Clint Bowyer Racing teammates, Don O’Neal and Steve Francis.

“I have to thank my crew and all of my sponsors. We changed cars last night after Macon and we came here. This car ran just spectacular. The car was great tonight. Kevin Gundaker and his crew do an outstanding job prepping this track.”

Bloomquist started third and had a front row seat for the first 35 laps of the race while a terrific battle for the lead among the top five was going on. “I was just sitting there enjoying the way the race was unfolding. I am sure the crowd really was enjoying it was well. We got to second couple of times, then we faded back to third or fourth.”

With 35 laps complete, the first and only caution of the race came out. Up until that point, Pierce had been in front from the third lap on and looked to have a handle on the field. Just a lap after the restart, Pierce started to fade as his hopes of going to victory lane were rapidly disappearing.

Bloomquist was able to wrestle the lead from Pierce on lap 37. Pearson slowly climbed from his ninth starting spot throughout the race and was now running second. Bloomquist battled through lapped traffic in the last five laps holding off Pearson at the finish line.

“I would like to thank Crop Production Services and Dyna-Gro for coming on board in the last week. I also want to thank Reece Monument Company, Mark Martin Automotive, Penske Shocks, Base Racing Fuel, Lucas Oil Products, Horton Coal, and Sorbera Chiropractic,” said the 51-year-old Hall-of-Fame driver who drives a Sweet-Bloomquist Chassis powered by an Andy Durham Racing Engine.

Pearson re-gained the points lead over Jonathan Davenport with his runner-up finish. “I’d like to thank Carlton and Kemp Lamm, Dunn-Benson Ford, Lucas Oil Products, and Black Diamond Chassis. It’s a team effort and those people make it possible to do this.”

Sheppard kept his car glued to the top of the track for most of the 50 laps to secure his third place finish. “Yes it was a real good points night. We just didn’t have enough for Scott and Earl there at the end. I have to thank my dad and grandpa for making this possible and a big thanks to Valvoline, Kid’s Castle Learning Center, Champion Spark Plus, and Mark Richards at Rocket Chassis.”

Completing the top ten were Jimmy Mars Dennis Erb Jr., Ryan Unzicker, Jonathan Davenport, and Billy Laycock. In preliminary action, Shannon Babb set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 45 entrants, with a lap of 14.794 seconds. Dennis Erb Jr. set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.232 seconds. Shannon Babb, Scott Bloomquist, Dennis Erb Jr., and Bobby Pierce won their respective heat races. Jason Feger and Chris Brown won their respective B-Mains.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and follow the series at www.facebook.com/lucasdirt, www.twitter.com/lucasdirt, and www.instagram.com/lucasdirt.

PA Tri-City Set to Reopen in 2015

February 2nd, 2015

(Franklin, PA)…One of the most exciting, recent announcements in the western Pennsylvania region for motorsports enthusiasts has been the completed purchase, renovation, and 2015 scheduled reopening of the former Tri-City Speedway. New owner Mark Tatalovic and crew have been hard at work getting the facility back in shape for 2015, and have announced that Tri-CityRacewayPark will have the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Series sanction its Crate Late Model for the upcoming season.

Tri-City is in the process of completing their schedule, which should be released soon. All Crate Late Model events held will be contested under the Sweeney RUSH banner, which will include the Sweeney Tour “Bill Emig Memorial” on Sunday, June 21. One additional Sweeney Tour event is also possible this season.

Tatalovic’s son, Sam, along with Chad Wagner will oversee the operation of the half-mile facility in VenangoCounty. Tri-City was heavily vandalized since its closing in mid-2011. The restoration has been underway including replacing much of the grandstand seating along with rewiring the electrical system, and numerous other improvements.

“To be able to add Tri-City to our tremendous group of RUSH-sanctioned speedways is another huge step in unifying the entire Northeast region under one banner,” stated RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig. “The facility was instrumental in our early days of developing the Crate Late Model concept and the wide sweeping turns proved extremely conducive to some of our most exciting events. Factor in its central location to our entire region and there is no doubt that Tri-City will once again become a favored gathering point for some of the Northeast’s most talented RUSH racers.”

RUSH member racers will be able to participate at Tri-City in 2015 and be eligible for all of the programs including the Sweeney Weekly Series Championship, the Pace Performance Summer Chase, along with the Bilstein Bandits and the “Futures Cup” for those eligible racers. While membership is not mandatory to compete in any RUSH-sanctioned event, membership will again include a $100,000 excess participant accident policy which is over and above drivers’ health insurance and speedways’ participant accident policy.

“It’s very sentimental to now bring the ‘Bill Emig Memorial’ to Tri-City for the first time ever, especially because it’s Father’s Day,” stated Emig. “My Dad campaigned his cars here for numerous years with driver Lou Gentile winning many track championships and feature events. Some of my fondest memories are here, especially in the late 70s, when Lou battled weekly in the Semi-Late division with our six-cylinder against the V8′s capturing the 1978 track championship. He followed that with several others in the Six-Cylinder Modified division. I know my Dad will be smiling down on all of us that night and enjoying this RUSH event that will be held in his memory.”

Tri-City ran its first race on July 11, 1954 and created a strong legacy of racing over the past 60 years. Over the years, Tri-City featured Sprint Cars, Big-Block Modifieds, and Super Late Models. Crate Late Models became popular in the region and flourished at the speedway from 2008 until it’s closing during the 2011 season. Tri-City has hosted national events such as the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars and Late Models, the National Sprint Tour, All Star Circuit of Champion Sprint Cars, Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series and much more.

Max Blair, who was the 2013 Sweeney RUSH Weekly Series and Pace Performance “Summer Chase” Champion, was a three-time track champion in 2008-2010. Max’s father Robbie also had success in the crates. Drivers like Mike Pegher, Jr., Joe Martin, David Scott, Bobby Powell, Bud Watson, Josh Holtgraver, Damian Bidwell, Carl McKinney, Alan Dellinger, Jim Frank, hometown racer Bobby Whitling, and many others had success at the half-mile oval.

In addition to dirt track racing, Tri-City will host go-kart racing on their infield track along with truck and tractor pulling throughout the season as well. For more information, check out their website at www.tricityracewaypark.com or contact them at 814-967-2175. You can also like their Facebook page by searching Tri-City Raceway Park and follow them on Twitter @TriCityRaceway.

RUSH Late Model marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, MSD Ignition, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, The Brake Man, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Crate Innovations Inc., Moroso Performance Products, Velocita-USA, High Gear Speed Shop, CrateInsider.com, B.R.A.K.E.S., RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

O’Neal Wins Terrific Battle at the Beach at Tri-City Speedway Friday Night

July 13th, 2014

GRANITE CITY, IL – A day after celebrating his birthday, current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points leader, Don O’Neal gave himself quite a present by winning the Battle at the Beach 50 on Friday Night at Tri-City Speedway. O’Neal took the lead from his teammate Steve Francis on lap 26 and withstood challenges from Jimmy Owens and Scott Bloomquist for the win.

In a battle amongst the top three in LOLMDS points standings, O’Neal held on for his fifth series win of the season. Bloomquist snuck by Owens at the end to finish second. Owens came home third, followed by 12th starting, Brian Birkhofer, and Francis rounded out the top five.

“What a win for this Clint Bowyer Race Team tonight! I saw Jimmy pull alongside a few times and I thought I had better get going. That top line was going away. The car handled really well whether we ran low, in the middle, or the top. It got pretty loose there at the end. I kept my pace pretty good, there were a few lapped cars that actually helped up keep the lead. The track was in excellent shape tonight, and I hope the fans got their money’s worth,” said the winner.

“Steve [Francis] got off to a good start. He had a really good car. I just kept digging and digging, and was finally able to get by him. I want to thank my crew chief Jeremy Justice, Tony, Trent, Barry and Lance Wright. Lance couldn’t be here tonight. He is with his daughter who just had surgery. Thanks to Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Crawford Supply, Traeger Grills, Cometic Gasket, Ohlins, Georgia Boot, Toyota, and Clements Race Engines.”

Bloomquist was able to overcome a few early setbacks; falling to fifth at one point; to collect the second place money. “We had a really good car; the track was just spectacular all night. I had a run there a few times, and I thought I was going to get both Don and Jimmy for the lead. Another second place finish for us tonight. It feels good knowing we have a car capable of winning every time out. I have to thank Ole Smoky Moonshine, Penske Shocks, Base, Andy Durham Engines and Randy Sweet. We will head to Wheatland tomorrow night and hopefully come home with a victory.”

Owens was in the hunt trying to make it back-to-back wins after a stunning run from 17th place to win at 201 last Saturday. “Wow what a race, at one point there was five of us racing for the lead. I tried a few times to slide up there in front of him [O'Neal], but I was going to race him clean. Then I got into the wall and that ended any chance I had of passing him for the win. Then here comes Scott and he got underneath me for second. We had a good point’s night and we’ll head down to Wheatland tomorrow and try to get us another win there. Thanks my Mike Reece, Reece Monument Company, Sunoco, FORD, and everybody else on this car.”

Completing the top ten were Jared Landers, Ryan Gustin, Chad Simpson, Billy Moyer Jr., and Terry Phillips.

In preliminary action, Jim Shereck set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 37 entrants, with a lap of 14.733 seconds. Steve Francis set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.066 seconds. Billy Moyer Jr., won their respective heat races. Jimmy Owens and Shannon Thornsberry won their respective B-Mains.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and follow the series on www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and www.twitter.com/lucasdirt.

Tony Jackson Jr. Tops Tri City; Holiday Weekend Action Next

July 6th, 2014

Lebanon, Missouri – Tony Jackson Jr. powered his #56 TJR Motorsports/ RLB Financial/Rocket/Cornett Racing Engine Super Late Model to his second win of 2014 over the weekend with a triumph at Tri City Speedway.

Tony Jackson Jr. set out to enter a pair of Lucas Oil MLRA events over the weekend, but Mother Nature would intervene as both programs were nixed by rain.

As a result the team motored their way back east in time to catch a UMP Weekly Racing Series event at Tri-City Speedway (Pontoon Beach, Illinois). Twenty Super Late Models entered the event, and a fifth to second run in heat race action earned Tony a spot in the evening’s dash. Jackson Jr. went on to finish second in the dash after starting fifth, locking him into the second starting spot for the finale. In the main event Tony raced to his second victory of the season, which came over Tim Manville, Billy Laycock, Mark Voigt, and Scott Weber. Complete results from the event are available at www.TriCitySpeedway.net .

“The rain definitely made for a bad start to the weekend, but we were able to make the most of the situation and got a win at Tri City,” commented Jackson Jr. “We still have a lot to learn about this new car, but so far we are making a lot of strides, and I really like it.”

The current Mid America Racing Series (MARS) point leader will go into battle in a trio of events with the series this weekend. On Thursday night a $3,000-to-win event will be held at Monett Speedway (Monett, Missouri) before action shifts to Salina Highbanks Speedway (Salina, Oklahoma) on Friday and Saturday with a $3,000-to-win and $5,000-to-win affair, which will also be sanctioned by the Lucas Oil MLRA. For more information on the events please visit www.MARSRacingSeries.com .

Tony Jackson would to like to thank all of his marketing partners, which include Cornett Race Engines, RLB Financial, Keyser Manufacturing, Integra Shocks, Eibach Springs, Phil Harris Motorsports, Tony Jackson Jr. Motorsports, Bill Frye Motorsports, R2C Performance, Longacre Racing Products, Champion Oil, Supermoon Graphics, Midwest Sheet Metal, Willard Quarries, Fast Shafts, AFCO Brake Systems, Simpson Race Products, Off Axis Paint, VP Heartland Fuels, Hoosier Tire Midwest, Performance Bodies, Butlerbuilt, KRC Power Steering, Lone Oak Printing, and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.

For more information on Tony Jackson Jr. Motorsports, please visit his official internet home at www.TonyJacksonJr.com as well as the team’s Facebook Fan Page at www.facebook.com/pages/Tony-Jackson-Jr/497367940564 .

Historic tracks await MOWA series during Indiana trip Series to make first stop at Bloomington Speedway, return trip to Tri-State Speedway

June 21st, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Midwest Open Wheel Association Sprint Car Series presented by Casey’s General Stores makes its first ever stop at Bloomington Speedway, Bloomington, Ind., Friday, June 21. It follows that up with an appearance at Tri-State Speedway, Haubstadt, Ind., Saturday. It will be the second stop in as many seasons for the series at Tri-State Speedway. Friday’s action sees the series at Bloomington Speedway, with pit gates opening at 4:30 p.m., hot laps are 6:30 and heat races are scheduled for 7:30 at the weekly home of non-wing sprint cars. The “World’s Fastest Red Clay ¼ Mile” should provide some great, tight, racing with the MOWA series.

Much like the racing is expected to be at Bloomington Speedway, point leader Joey Moughan is in a tight point battle holding just a 6 point lead in the MOWA Sprint Car Series presented by Casey’s General Stores championship chase, three-time and defending series champion Jerrod Hull in second spot. Hull has a series high three wins in 2014, while Moughan has not picked up a win this season. A.J. Bruns is a distant third in points, while Chris Urish is fourth and Ben Wagoner rounds out the top five.

With the series returning to Tri-State Speedway, as part of the Southern Indiana Sprint Stampede, Bruns returns as the highest finishing series regular, after picking up a second place finish one year ago. Shane Stewart got the win in the series’ first appearance at the famed ¼ mile. Greg Wilson was third, while Hull was fourth and Jimmy Hurley rounded out the top five.

Hot laps are at 6:30 with racing at 7:30 for the event which features winged and non-winged sprints. Grandstand tickets are $20 for adults, students $15 and children 12 and under are free.

For more information on these events go to www.midwestopenwheel.com or follow the series on Twitter @mowasprints. To check out the events at each track visit www.bloomingtonspeedway.com or www.tristatespeedway.com

Bloomquist Blasts to Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Win at Tri-City Speedway

May 4th, 2014

PONTOON BEACH, IL – Scott Bloomquist led all 100 laps to win tonight’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Spring Classic at Tri-City Speedway. Bloomquist was only challenged a few times by runner-up Jimmy Owens as he won for the second time in the last three LOLMDS races. Trailing Bloomquist and Owens to the finish line were Randy Korte, Don O’Neal, and John Blankenship.

“Our Sweet-Bloomquist car has been strong all year long, we struggled a little last night, but tonight was a different story. It has been awhile since we have won here. Kevin (Gundaker) and everybody here does a great job with this track, they have built a nice facility here,” said the winner afterwards.

“With the rain they had this week, the track was pretty good, there were some rough patches in three and four. I tried to go above them but didn’t want to lose my momentum. I saw Jimmy once, and that really got me going. I have to thank Andy Durham of Durham Racing Engine, Ole Smoky Moonshine, Penske Shocks, Base Fuel, Lucas Oil Products, Hawkeye Trucking and all of my other sponsors.”

Bloomquist started on the outside of the front row and held a steady advantage for the entire race. Owens pulled close a couple of times after restarts, but could not maintain the pace that Bloomquist set. Bobby Pierce, who started 11th and was looking for his sixth straight win at Tri-City, made it up to third spot, but hit the wall on the 27th lap, ending his night. Pierce had been pressuring Owens for second when his solid run came to an abrupt halt.

Korte, in his final year of driving, came into the event as the tracks current points’ leader. He started eighth in the race and worked his way past Earl Pearson Jr. and O’Neal when Pearson broke on lap 34. Korte would finish a solid third at the checkers.

Completing the top ten were Billy Moyer, Brandon Sheppard, Brian Birkhofer, Eddie Carrier Jr. and Brian Shirley.

In preliminary action, Jimmy Owens set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 34 entrants, with a lap of 14.299 seconds. Scott Bloomquist set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 14.323 seconds. Jimmy Owens, Billy Moyer, Scott Bloomquist, and Don O’Neal won their respective heat races. Steve Francis and Dewayne Kiefer won their respective B-Mains. Craig Smith, driver of the #826, was disqualified from this evening’s event for actions unbecoming of a competitor during tonight’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and follow the series on www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and www.twitter.com/lucasdirt

Bacon gets first career 410 winged win with MOWA at Tri-City

April 24th, 2014

PONTOON BEACH, Ill. – Tri-City Speedway always seems to bring a few big names to the party, and a surprise or two, when the Midwest Open Wheel Association Sprint Car Series presented by Casey’s General Stores makes an appearance at the 3/8th mile speedway, in Pontoon Beach, Ill.

Friday was no different, as Brady Bacon made the haul to race with the wing, while Christopher Bell made his first 2014 appearance with the series driving a Keith Kuntz owned 67 410 sprinter in its maiden voyage. Bacon would eventually take his first career winged 410 Sprint Car feature win, in the first of four stops for the series at the famed track this season, but the win didn’t come without high drama and a little luck, to go along with an extremely fast racecar.

Neither Bell or Bacon were able to win a heat race, but Bell found himself in the six car, six lap, dash which sets the front three rows of the feature event. Both were actually in the same heat race, finishing second and third respectively behind A.J. Bruns in the third heat.

Bell would go on to dominate the dash. In just six laps he was within a few car lengths of sixth place running Ryan Kempin, on his way to winning the event and giving himself the pole starting position for the main event.

While the heats and dash had very little in the way of drama, the feature made up for it right from the start, when Paul Nienhiser, who started eighth, spun in turn one collecting Ian Madsen and Cole Wood, both of whom got upside down.

Madsen, a former winner with the series at Tri-City, and Wood were both able to put new wings on and fix their cars and rejoin the field. Nienhiser was able to do the same, after a caution on the next attempt to start the race bought him enough time to finish repairs on his machine. Nienhiser brought out his second caution on lap four when he spun in turns three and four, to end his night.

On that restart, Madsen, who had already climbed to near the 10, clipped Ryan Bunton entering turn one sending Madsen upside down top
first into the outside retaining wall. Madsen was fine, but the car was done for the night, as was Bunton’s machine which suffered a
broken front end in the incident.

While all that was going on, Bell was dominating out front, but began showing a little smoke just a few laps into the event. Bell entered lapped traffic on lap six and by lap 13 had lapped up to 10th place in the 30-lap, 22-car field. Just one lap later, as he worked to complete lap 14, Bell quickly pulled off the track in turn 4. The smoke had become heavier throughout the event, and finally forced the 67 machine out of the race. Afterward, Bell acknowledged that an oil line had come loose on the car, forcing him from the event. With Bell dropping out of the event, Bacon took command. He had started seventh, and was nearly as dominating as Bell. Bacon ran away, picking up right where Bell had left off, leaving the rest of the field to battle for second. By the end of the 30-lap race, Bacon had lapped all the way up to seventh place, as he passed Scotty Neitzel coming out of turn four to the checkered flag.

Jimmy Hurley, who set his car up a little too loose for the early stages of the race, faded some at the start, but his ride came to life in the second half of the event. Hurley had a good battle with Bruns eventually getting by with about five laps to go to take the second spot.

Bruns then was forced to hold off the advances of Joey Moughan to take the third spot. Moughan, who finished fourth, had started 17th. Moughan was fast throughout the event and battled over the last five laps with Bruns, but could not get around to take a podium spot. The only other major incident of the evening came in the first heat race of the night, when Jimmy Bridgeman and Jim Perricone got together in turns three and four. Both cars got upside down and both were done for the evening.

John Dines, the leading rookie point gatherer for 2013 with the MOWA series, had engine trouble in hot laps, and was also forced to retire for the evening.

Francis Gets First Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Win of the Season at Tri-City

July 14th, 2013

PONTOOON BEACH, IL – Steve Francis won his first feature of the season on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tonight at Tri-City Speedway. Francis started third in the $10,000 to win “Battle at the Beach”. He took the lead on lap nine and was challenged all the way to the checkers by John Blankenship, who finished second. Trailing Francis and Blankenship to the finish were Chris Simpson, Don O’Neal, and Billy Moyer.

Francis; claimed six series wins last year; recorded his 12th career LOLMDS victory. He also became the 12th different winner on the tour in 2013. Blankenship, in the Coal World’s Energy Rocket stayed within striking distance until the end, and came up just short of his third win of the year. With his second place finish, Blankenship took over the series points lead from Jimmy Owens, who failed to make a lap in the main event due to transmission issues.

“The team worked really hard for this win,” said Francis, who registered his first ever win at Tri-City. “I told Kevin (Gundaker) earlier that I liked the old half-mile better, but not now! We had a meeting this week with Clint (Bowyer) and decided we wanted to finish the season strong, this is a very good start to that goal!”

Blankenship bolted to the lead and led the first eight circuits until Francis took to the outside and dashed by him. The race was slowed by three caution flags and remained close all the way with Blankenship cutting the lead on the final lap to less than one-car length. “Congrats to Steve, he drove a heck of a race! We switched cars before the night, and went with the car that had the smaller motor in it, Tom (Buckingham) made the right call on that and it nearly paid off! I didn’t even know Owens did not run a lap,” said Blankenship who leads the series points for the first time in his career.

Francis thanked a multitude of people in Lucas Oil Victory Lane and hopes the win can vault the team to bigger things. “Our goal every year is to win the championship. I have to thank all the crew, along with Lance and Barry Wright, Clint Bowyer, and everybody back at the shop. It’s a big win for my sponsors: Georgia Boot, Peak Motor Oil, Cometic Gasket, Toyota, VP, Clements Racing Engines, and of course Barry Wright Race Cars.”

Simpson, who was the runner-up in the Show-Me 100 back in May at Lucas Oil Speedway came home in another solid run. “Congrats to Steve for his win! John and I battled hard for second; we never touched the whole race! It’s great to able to compete with these guys, they do it on a weekly basis, we are getting our program to where we are a threat to win each time out,” said the driver of the Simpson Farms, Five Star Shop Service, MB Customs Chevrolet.

Completing the top ten were Brian Birkhofer, Billy Moyer Jr., Randy Korte, Jason Feger, and Tyler Reddick. In preliminary action, Billy Laycock set the overall time (Group A) amongst the 33 entrants, with a lap of 15.506 seconds. Michael Kloos set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.774 seconds. John Blankenship, Steve Francis, Chris Simpson, and Jimmy Owens won their respective heat races. Craig Smith and Tim Manville won their respective B-Mains.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be back in action tomorrow night, July 13th. The series will head to the “Diamond of the Dirt Tracks” Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO for the annual running of the “CMH Diamond Nationals”. The event will include RED BUCK Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and the 50-Lap, $10,000-to-win main event. For more information, log onto www.lucasoilspeedway.com.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Kicks off Busy Month of May in Illinois and Kentucky

May 1st, 2013

WAYCROSS, GA- The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series resumes its 2013 racing schedule on Friday Night, May 3rd at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, IL and Saturday Night, May 4th at Paducah International Raceway in Paducah, KY. Both events will kick-off a busy month of May for the nations’ premier dirt late model series with events scheduled every weekend. There will be a complete show at both events this weekend, packed with RED BUCK Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and 50-lap $10,000-to-win feature events that pay $800 to start.

The event on Friday, May 3rd, will be the first of two visits at Tri-City Speedway in 2013 and will mark the tenth time that the series has competed at the track. In the nine previous appearances at the Kevin and Tammy Gundaker promoted facility, Hall of Famer, Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR has captured three series sanctioned events at the 3/8ths mile track. LOLMDS regulars Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL and Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN have each collected series wins twice at Tri-City Speedway. Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, IL and Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA have visited Lucas Oil Victory Lane at Tri-City Speedway as well. Some of the toughest regional competitors are expected to compete against the stars of the LOLMDS and offer fans an exciting event to attend in the Midwest. For tickets and more information on the May 3rd event at Tri-City Speedway call the track office at (618) 931-7836 or visit their website at www.tricityspeedway.net.

The series will then travel to Paducah International Speedway on Saturday Night May 4th to complete its double-header weekend. The Bob Sargent promoted high-banked 3/8ths mile facility will host its third LOLMDS event. Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA won a very exciting series sanctioned event in 2009 and Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR won last year’s event and added to his lengthy list of victories in the Midwest. To order tickets for this event and more information call the track office at (270) 898-7469 or visit the track website at www.paducahracing.com.

Two-time and reigning Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion, Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN and Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN will come into this weekends events tied atop the championship point standings with 1275 points each. At Tri-City Speedway on May 3rd, both drivers will be sporting the Keyser Manufacturing Day-Glo orange spoiler so everyone can identify that they are leading the series national championship points standings. The series points leader gets an additional cash bonus at each race while leading the point standings. The LOLMDS point’s battle has remained extremely close early this season, with only 220-points separating first through tenth place. Six of the top ten drivers in the LOLMDS national points standings have won at least one series event so far in 2013. Only two drivers have captured multiple wins thus far in 2013. Jimmy Owens, Newport, TN and Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, IL have both managed to capture three wins and are vying for more

Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, IL leads a tight battle for the JRi Shocks Rookie of the Year presented by Dunn-Benson Ford . Pierce comes into this weekends events sitting tied for 8th place in the series championship points standings. Billy Moyer Jr., of Batesville, AR is currently second in the chase for the Rookie of the Year title and 11th in the series championsh points standings. Jason McBride of Carbondale, IL sits 3rd in the chase for the JRi Shocks Rookie of the year presented by Dunn-Benson Fordand 14th in the series championship points standings.

“The LOLMDS is very excited about coming to Tri-City Speedway and Paducah International Speedway! The level of competition at series events has been intense, to say the least, so far in 2013. The Midwest has some of the toughest competitors anywhere in the country, and race fans are in store for an exciting weekend of racing at both tracks,” exclaimed Director, Ritchie Lewis.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, visit the series’ website at www.lucasdirt.com.
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Information on both venues, including: tire rules, event purses, location, and contact information for both events is listed below.

Moyer Takes Battle at the Beach 50 at Tri-City Speedway

July 15th, 2012

PONTOON BEACH, IL – Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR took the gloves off, and is taking home the trophy for the Battle of the Beach 50 at Tri-City Speedway. He led the first 17 laps of the race until O’Neal powered ahead of him, coming from
his 12th starting spot to take the lead on lap 18. O’Neal then led Moyer until his left rear tire went flat on lap 27.

Moyer and pole setter Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN paced the field for the first 13 circuits of the race. The first caution of the race came out for Billy Moyer Jr. on lap 13, and momentarily halted a good battle for the lead in traffic between
and the defending series champion, Owens and Moyer. On the restart, O’Neal, who was up to fifth place, shot to the bottom of the track and took over second on lap 14.

With O’Neal’s demise from the lead Moyer paced the field over the last 22 laps of the race. He saw a green-white-checkered finish when Tyler Reddick brought out the final caution with two laps remaining. Moyer then held off Owens for his second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series triumph of 2012 and his 15th career LOLMDS victory.

“We always like coming here, ever since they reconfigured the race track a few years ago. It’s just the perfect size, and to win here again is just tremendous! Kevin (Gundaker) and his staff do a great job here,” said the Hall of Fame driver.

Moyer also took notice when O’Neal passed him for the lead. “I knew he started way back, but he must have come up through the field awfully fast! The next thing I knew, he was in the lead. I thought I saw his tire starting to go down, don’t know if he ran over something or what, and then he slowed in front of me,” said the 54-year-old Moyer, who had to take evasive action when O’Neal slowed in front of him.

“It has been a pretty good year, and to beat these Lucas Oil guys is quite an accomplishment. I want to thank all the fans for coming out tonight, I think they saw a pretty good show,” said Moyer to the loud applause from the big crowd on hand to witness the event.

For Moyer, it was his 14th overall win of the season, which tops all dirt late model drivers in the country. His Moyer Victory Circle Chevrolet is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by Banner Valley Hauling, L&D Trucking, Watters Auto Land, and Sunoco Race Fuels.

Owens maintains the points lead with his second place finish in the Reece Monument Company, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bloomquist Race Cars Ford. Pearson in the Bobby Labonte, Lucas Oil Products, Longhorn Dodge edged out Steve Francis of Ashland, KY in the Valvoline, Barry Wright Race Cars Chevrolet. The young 15-year-old Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, IL had his best career finish in LOLMDS competition, coming home in fifth in the American Metal Supply, Pierce Race Cars, Chevrolet.

Completing the top ten were: Chris Simpson of Oxford, IA; Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN; O’Neal; Wendell Wallace of Batesville, AR; and Eric Wells of Hazard, KY.

In preliminary action, Brian Birkhofer set the Red Buck Cigars Fast Time amongst the 30 entrants with a lap of 14.552 seconds. Heat races were taken by: Jimmy Owens, Jared Landers, Billy Moyer, and Jonathan Davenport. Scott Bloomquist and Randy Korte won their respective B-Mains. \

Tomorrow night, Saturday July 14th, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series heads back to the “Diamond of the Dirt Tracks”, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO, for the 6th Annual CMH Diamond Nationals. The event will include Red Buck Cigars Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and the $10,000 to win, 50-lap feature.

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.

Tri-City’s Greased Pig 2.0 pays $1,212 to IMCA Modified winner

June 13th, 2012

AUBURN, Mich. – The numbers are out of the ordinary but the winner of Tri-City Motor Speedway’s Greased Pig 2.0 special for IMCA Modifieds won’t raise an eyebrow over the amount of the check.

The Friday, June 15 feature is a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier and pays $1,212 to win and a minimum of $142 to start. Forty-two laps will be the distance.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Eastern Region, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded.

Pit gates and the grandstand at Auburn both open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m., time trials are at 7:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7:55 p.m.

The driver setting fast time gets $100, plus another $100 if they can break the track record of 15.021 seconds set on opening night in May by Dan Minikey Jr.

Spectator admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors 55 and over, $8 for students ages 7-13 and free for kids six and under. Dads get in for six bucks when accompanying a paying child to the pre-Father’s Day event.

Coolers, but no glass bottles, are allowed. Pit passes are $25.

More information is available by calling 989 316-6804 and at the www.tricityracetrack.com website.

O’Neal is Outstanding in Winning Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at Tri-City

May 6th, 2012

PONTOON BEACH, IL – It took Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN just four laps to gain the lead as he went on to take the $10,000 to win Spring Classic 50. O’Neal knew he had a good race car when he won the first heat race to earn the pole for Friday Night’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at Tri-City Speedway.

Tyler Reddick of Corning, CA tried to chase down O’Neal in the closing laps as he settled for his best LOLMDS finish of the year to place second. Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN held off point’s leader, Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN for third. Wendell Wallace of Batesville, AR came home in fifth.

O’Neal came into the race tied for second in Lucas Oil Championship Points and made it to Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the fifth time behind the wheel of the Tader and Keith MasterSbilt house car. “The car was awesome tonight, we didn’t qualify like we wanted to, but winning that first heat sure made us feel like we had a great shot at winning here tonight. (Brian) Shirley fired off real good, but our car was so good on the bottom,” said O’Neal, who trailed Shirley for the first three laps of the race.

“Our last race in Pennsylvania was not good at all, I think we finished 18th. If we are going to win the championship this year, we can’t have finishes like that! This is definitely a step in the right direction. I have to thank Keith, Tader, and the crew. The car was just on a rail tonight,” said the 47-year-old. The victory marks the 24th career series win of O’Neal’s career.

O’Neal’s Jay Dickens Racing Engines powered car is sponsored by Optima Batteries, Independence Lumber, Tarpy Trucking, O’Neal Mulch, Seubert Calf Ranches, Superior Cleaning Services, Jones Core, and Budda Bert Transmission.

O’Neal had very little difficulty maintaining his lead, only once in traffic was Bloomquist able to close ground on him, but after several cautions O’Neal had the dominant car the rest of the race. Reddick was able to wrestle second away from
Bloomquist with 15 laps to go.

“We had a really good car tonight, I think if we could have won that first heat we might have been the car to beat tonight. I didn’t have anything for Don, but Scott and I had a really good race, we will take this finish, it was our best of the year and head to Paducah,” said the driver of the Broken Bow Records, Stoney Creek Records, Bloomquist Race Cars Chevrolet.

Completing the top ten were Brad Neat of Dunnville, KY; Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, WI; Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL; John Blankenship of Williamson, WV; and Austin Hubbard of Seaford, DE.

In preliminary action Tyler Reddick was the Red Buck Cigar Fastest Qualifier among the 48 entrants. Heat races were by Don O’Neal, Brad Neat, Brian Shirley, and Scott Bloomquist. Jimmy Owens and Jared Landers won the B-Mains.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be at Paducah International Raceway in Paducah, KY on Saturday Night, May 5th for a $10,000 to win event. For more information log on to www.paducahracing.com.

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Billy Moyer Jr. Claims Fifth Win of 2011; Busy Labor Day Weekend

August 31st, 2011

Batesville, Arkansas – Billy Moyer Jr. powered his #21jr Henderson Motorsports/Car City/Imperial Motors/Victory Circle M1 Chassis By Moyer/Pro Power Racing Engine Super Late Model to his fifth win of the year by claiming top honors on Friday night at Tri City Speedway (Pontoon Beach, Illinois).

Jr. Motorsports entered three events over the course of the weekend. The team traveled to the 1/4 mile oval at Highland Speedway (Highland, Illinois) on Thursday night for a $5,000-to-win, UMP Vs. MARS Dirt Car event. Thirty-six Super Late Models entered the event and via heat race action, Billy locked into the 12th starting spot for the main event. In the feature, Moyer Jr. would slip back as far as the 15th position early in the event before mounting a strong charge through the field to a seventh place finish at the checkered flag. Full results are available at www.DirtOnDirt.com.

Friday night was a great outing for the team as they made the trip to Tri City Speedway (Pontoon Beach, Illinois) for a UMP Weekly Racing Series Event. A strong field of 23 Super Late Models entered the event, and Billy started the night by winning the third heat race to earn the third starting spot in the pole-sitter’s dash. After finishing second in the dash, Moyer Jr. earned the second starting spot for the feature alongside pole-sitter, Bobby Pierce Jr.

As the race went green Billy would quickly jump to the lead and went on to claim the win over Bobby Pierce Jr., Brandon Sheppard, Chad Zobrist, and Dewaine Kiefer. The win marked his fifth triumph of the 2011 season! Full results are available at www.TriCitySpeedway.net.

Billy concluded his three race weekend on Saturday night at I-55 Raceway (Pevely, Missouri) in another $5,000-to-win, MARS/UMP DIRTCar Super Late Model event. On the heels of finishing third in his heat race, Moyer Jr. earned the 11th starting spot for the feature. However, after battling an ill-handling car early in the main event Billy would retire to a 23rd place finish. Full results are available at www.MARSRacingSeries.com.

Billy Moyer Jr. is preparing for a busy upcoming schedule that will include five nights of racing in the next ten days.

Bloomquist, Birkhofer, Pearson and O’Neal Take Heat Race Wins at Tri-City

July 17th, 2011

PONTOON BEACH, IL – Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN; Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA; Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL; and Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN captured Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series heat races on preliminary night at Tri-City Speedway. Those four drivers will re-draw for the first two rows in tomorrow night’s $20,000 to win “Battle at the Beach”. It is the richest race in the track’s history.

Activities on Friday will get underway with a Dirt Racing Outreach Service in the midway area from 4:15-4:45 PM. Following the DRO Service will be an autograph session. Action on the track will begin with two LOLMDS B-Mains and will be capped off with the 100-lap Battle at the Beach. The event will be taped by Lucas Oil Production Studios and will air on SPEED at 1 PM on Saturday, August 7th.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com or call the series’ office at (951) 532-2503.

Big Weekend of Racing Awaits Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at Tri-City and Lucas Oil Speedways

July 14th, 2011

WAYCROSS, GA – A big weekend of racing is on tap for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series this weekend with visits to Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, IL and Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO.

The biggest race in the history of Tri-City Speedway will take place starting Wednesday, July 13th with a special practice session from 6-9 PM. On Thursday Night, July 14th the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series cars take to the track for Red Buck Cigar Time Trials and Heat Races. On Friday Night, July 15th will be B-Mains and the 100-lap Budweiser-sponsored “Battle at the Beach” paying $20,000 to win and $1,000 to start. The famous “Big Foot” Monster Truck will be on display both days at Tri-City Speedway as well. The event will be taped by Lucas Oil Studios and shown on the SPEED Channel on August 7th at 1 PM Eastern.

On Saturday Night, July 16th it will be the Fifth Annual CMH “Diamond Nationals” paying $10,000 to win. There will be a complete show for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Model competitors. With Red Buck Cigar Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains and the Main Event. The event will be taped by Lucas Oil Studios and shown on SPEED at a date and time to be announced in the future.

For more information on this historic event at Tri-City Speedway visit www.tricityspeedway.net or you can call (636) 448-9111. Information regarding Lucas Oil Speedway can be found at www.lucasoilspeedway.com or by calling (417) 282-5984.

The series has a tights point’s battle on its hands with Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN holding a 15-point margin over 2-time and defending series champion, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN. Bloomquist has won the last three LOLMDS events heading into this weekend. Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN holds down third place in the championship points standings followed by Steve Francis of Ashland, KY and Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL.

Jared Landers of Batesville, AR is currently resting atop the Quarter Master Rookie of the Year points followed by Bub McCool of Vicksburg, MS, Tyler Reddick of Corning, CA, and Frank Heckenast Jr. of Frankfort, IL.

The 19thAnnual Rockstar Energy Drink Show-Me 100 presented by DART Machinery from Lucas Oil Speedway that was broadcasted on CBS June 19th is now on the website www.Youtube.com for fans to view. To view the entire CBS Broadcast of the event log onto this link at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66YUQ-KYvnY&feature=share.

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Joe Martin Continues Winning Ways at Tri-City and Dog Hollow

June 24th, 2011

Ringgold, PA – JM2 Motorsports and third year driver Joe Martin of Ringgold, PA captured his fourth and fifth wins of the 2011 season on Friday, June 10 at Tri-City Speedway in Franklin, PA and on Friday, June 17 at Strongstown, PA’s Dog Hollow Speedway.

June has been a busy month for Martin as he’s competed in three different states and five different tracks while chasing weekly Fastrak points and Fastrak Northeast Touring Series points. Joe currently sits third in Fastrak Northeast points behind
Fastrak standouts Max Blair and Mike Pegher Jr. after a seventh place finish at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, WV on Saturday, June 11 and a 15th place finish at McKean County Speedway in Smethport, PA on Saturday, June 18.

‘It’s been a really good season for us so far,’ Martin said from his race shop. ‘If someone would have told me that we’d have five wins through June, I wouldn’t believe them.’ ‘Business’ is about to pick up for the JM2 Motorsports team as the ‘Cross the Borders Speedweek’ is just around the corner for the Fastrak Northeast Touring Series.

‘We’re looking forward to the Speedweek after we go to Sharon this Saturday (June 25), we’ve been pretty good at Sharon this year (three wins at Sharon Speedway in 2011) and we feel confident that we can contend for another win there.’ Joe continued, ‘Then we’ll get into the Speedweek and it seems the more we race, the better we get. Hopefully we can come out of that with a few good runs, maybe a win or two, and contend for the Northeast championship. Max (Blair) and Mike (Pegher Jr.) are really good and will be tough to beat, but if we can gain some momentum during the speedweek, we’ll have a shot at it.’

Up next for Joe and the JM2 Motorsports team is Dog Hollow on Friday, June 24 and the Fastrak Northeast event at Sharon Speedway on Saturday, June 25. After that the team will hit the road for the ‘Cross the Borders Speedweek’ sanctioned by the Fastrak Northeast Touring Series.

Fastrak Northeast Touring Series ‘Cross the Border Speedweek’ Schedule
Wednesday, June 29 – Expo Speedway, Cortland, OH $2,000
Thursday, June 30 – McKean County Speedway, Smethport, PA $1,200
Friday, July 1 – Raceway 7, Conneaut, OH $1,200
Saturday, July 2 – Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway, Imperial, PA $1,200
Sunday, July 3 – Eriez Speedway, Hammett, PA $2,000

For more information on these events please visit www.dog-hollow.net, www.sharonspeedway.com , and www.fastraknortheast.com

For more information on Joe Martin and the JM2 Motorsports team please visit www.joemartin55.com
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Vanderbeek Victorieous in USMTS Debut at Tri-City Speedway

June 5th, 2009

PONTOON BEACH, ILL. – Zack VanderBeek passed Jason Hughes on lap 21 Friday night, then held off Dereck Ramirez over the final 14 laps in winning the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour main event in the Inaugural Event presented by Budweiser at Kevin and Tammy Gundaker’s historic Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Ill.

From the outside of the front row, Hughes followed polesitter Kelly Shryock for the first circuit before capturing the lead the second time around. Two laps later, Dereck Ramirez grabbed the top spot and held it until lap 12 when Hughes again powered to the point.

Looking to garner his sixth Hughes USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour victory of the season, Hughes paced the next eight laps before seventh-starting VanderBeek slipped past to lead lap 21.

From there, VanderBeek held a four-car-length advantage over Ramirez to the finish of the 35-lapper while Hughes failed to finish the Sunoco “A” Main due to mechanical troubles.

For VanderBeek, the win was worth $2,000 and was his second triumph in eight days.

Shryock hung on to the third spot, followed by Michael Long, who got as high as third before settling for a fourth-place finish ahead of Rodney Sanders.

Long, however, pocketed the PBM Performance Products Hard Charger after passing 13 competitors from his 17th starting position.

Jon Tesch, 22nd-starting Terry Phillips, Marty Smith Jr., Steve Lach and Dustin Boney rounded out the top-10.

Hughes now holds a slim 11-point lead in the Bear Tire Mo-Kan Region points over Shryock (717 to 706), while Sanders is third with 700. Fourth is VanderBeek (687), with Johnny Bone Jr. (684), Boney (659), Ramirez (635), Bryan Rowland (604), Scott Green (590) and Tesch (563) sitting sixth through tenth, respectively.

Brian Birkhofer Remains Unstoppable in May, Takes Home Fedex 50 at Tri City Speedway

May 29th, 2009

PONTOON BEACH, IL – Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA reeled off another Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win on Sunday Night as he captured the $10,000 to win FedEx 50 at Tri-City Speedway. Birkhofer battled the weather conditions and tough competition in scoring his third consecutive LOLMDS victory after starting sixth. Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN rallied from his 12th starting spot to finish second followed by 17th starting Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL, 14th place starter Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR and 13th starting Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA.

Eric Jacobsen and Steve Casebolt led the stout field of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series cars to the green flag to start the event. A quick yellow on the first lap as two cars got together in turn four which relegated the field to a complete restart. On the second attempt to start the race Jacobsen grabbed the lead as he would lead the initial lap ahead of Steve Casebolt and Don O’Neal.

Casebolt then grabbed the lead on lap two as O’Neal came along with him as the two Hoosier State drivers were now first and second in the running order. They remained that way until Birkhofer got his car rolling as he moved from sixth to third as he hounded O’Neal for several laps finally clearing him on lap ten to take over second.

Birkhofer who was using the bottom groove started to close on Casebolt who was hooked upon the top groove. Casebolt and Birkhofer then battled it out side-by-side for three straight laps before Birkhofer took over the lead on the 15th circuit. Casebolt fell to second with O’Neal running in third just ahead of Jimmy Mars and Billy Moyer Jr.

Birkhofer, coming off his first Show-Me 100 victory the night before in West Plains again was on a mission. He stretched his lead out over the field as he was moving into lapped traffic by lap 17. Mars, who started eighth passed O’Neal for third and then set his sights on the second place car of Casebolt. Mars trailed Casebolt for two laps before getting by him on lap 19 to take over second.

A caution for top ten running Scott James, who blew a tire on lap 23 slowed the frenetic pace of the race. On the Delaware double-file restart, Mars did not get a good start and there was contact from behind with another car with resulted in crumpled sheet metal damage which started to rub on his tire.

Mars lasted two laps until he slowed with a left rear flat on lap 25 as he exited the race for good at the halfway mark. On the next restart Birkhofer took off again putting distance between himself and O’Neal who was now in the runner-up position. O’Neal stayed in second for a one circuit until Billy Moyer moved past him for second on lap 27.

The battle for second was hot and heavy with Moyer, Bloomquist and O’Neal dicing it out for second as Birkhofer was pulling away from them. Birkhofer then would see a caution with 14 laps to go for a slowing Brad Neat on the track, something
Birkhofer did not need.

On the final restart of the race Birkhofer was out in front by himself with the two Hall of Famers Moyer and Bloomquist lined up side-by-side directly behind him. Over the final 14 laps Birkhofer would do just as he had done before the caution pull away from the field as Moyer and Bloomquist would race hard for second place.

Earl Pearson Jr. was on the hunt in the late goings in the race climbing to third with four laps remaining in the race. Meanwhile Birkhofer saw Bloomquist digging hard on the bottom part of the track as Bloomquist was looking to steal the win from Birkhofer in the closing laps, but it was not to be as Birkhofer streaked across the finish line for the win.

Bloomquist finished second in his Miller Brothers Coal/Vic Hill Racing Engines/Bloomquist Race Cars Monte Carlo SS as he maintained the points lead heading into the event at Florence on May 30th. Pearson came home third in the Bobby Labonte Racing/Lucas Oil Slick Mist/Rocket Chassis followed by Moyer in his Banner Valley Hauling/Clements Racing Engines/Moyer Victory Circle M1 Chassis as McDowell came on late in the race to grab fifth in the Clint Bowyer Racing/Chevrolet/Warrior Chassis Impala SS.

In Lucas Oil victory lane Birkhofer was extremely pleased with his car’s performance yet again. “We are on a roll right now, no doubt about it, but I can’t get cocky or too overconfident because the next time out we may not run worth a darn, but what can I say about this MB Custom Chassis and Pro Power Engines, when you outrun two of the best that there have ever been in this sport, then you’ve done something, thanks to the fans for sticking it out tonight with the rain, Kevin Gundaker for a great track, the Lucas Oil people and Jeff Roby, man this is unbelievable right now and I hope it continues on,” said the 37-year-old driver.

Birkhofer’s winning mount is sponsored by J&J Steel, Daufeldt Transport, Etchenberger Trucking, S&S Concrete, 34Raceway.com, Port City Racing, Hoosier Tires, VP Racing Fuels, Integra Racing Shocks, Asi Racewear, McDonald’s of the Quad Cities, Baileigh Industrial, Muscatine Tire and Wheel and VP Racing Fuels.

Completing the top ten were Don O’Neal, Jimmy Owens, Eric Jacobsen, Steve Casebolt and Brad Neat.

In preliminary action Billy Moyer was the PRC Fast Timer among the 40 cars entered with a lap of 14.384 seconds. Heat race winners were Eric Jacobsen, Billy Moyer Jr., Steve Casebolt and Don O’Neal. The B-Mains went to Earl Pearson Jr. and Brad
Neat.

To find out more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log on to http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102590113012&s=461&e=001S_Yhg2hZuOaulV4o0yBx4ZPRB0-nSjq_BSS3BPUhPD76TMbwClYA_37OgD-rypFA3uUI8p6vKEiHNilExqq8BAIkWbiWMEChryCv5agKA_5cs5yUt7wR4A== or call the series office at (951) 532-2503.

Big Weekend Awaits USMTS Warriors

April 10th, 2009

PONTOON BEACH, ILL. – The long-awaited debut of America’s premier dirt Modified drivers at the Tri-City Speedway is just days
away.

The stars and cars of the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour invade the historic 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval this Friday, April 10, for the Inaugural Frostbuster at Kevin and Tammy Gundaker’s famed speedplant.

The $2,000-to-win event will be the fifth of the season for the touring USMTS titans in the too-tough-to-tame Bear Tire Mo-Kan Region. Fresh off a clean sweep at the West Siloam Speedway last weekend, Jason Hughes of Westville, Okla., headlines the list of entries.

Other mud-slinging masters race fans can expect to see include Dustin Boney, Jon Tesch, Rodney Sanders, Johnny Bone Jr., Kelly Shryock, Steve Holzkamper, Scott Green, Zack VanderBeek, Chad Wheeler, Bryan Rowland, Dereck Ramirez, Tommy Myer, Kip Hughes, Jason Krohn, Don Crnkovich, Tate Cole, Tim Shields, Tony Jackson Jr. and many more.

Also competing against the “best of the best” in the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour will be NASCAR veteran Kenny Wallace.

As if that weren’t enough, also on the racing card will be a $10,000-to-win Late Model program, with names like Shannon Babb, Brian Birkhofer, Scott James, Don O’Neal, Jeep VanWormer, Jimmy Mars, Randy Korte, Brian Shirley, Dennis Erb, John Anderson, Kevin Weaver and many more already pre-entered.

Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. with grandstand gates opening at 4 p.m. and racing getting underway at 7 p.m.

The Tri-City Speedway is located 0.5 mile south of I-270 (Exit 4) on SR 203 in Pontoon Beach, Ill. For more information, call the track offices at 636-448-9111 or 618-931-7836 for raceday updates. The track’s website is online at www.tricityspeedway.net.

On Saturday, April 11, the 24 Raceway in Moberly, Mo., hosts the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour for the second straight season. Last year’s event drew national attention with a first-ever tie to end a USMTS main event as Jon Tesch and Zack VanderBeek crossed the stripe in a dead heat.

Officials are confident they have removed the limitations of human sight from deciding the outcome as AMB Timing & Scoring will be used at 24 Raceway, and at all USMTS events in 2009.

Gates will open at 4 p.m., with hot laps slated for 6:15 and the first green flag scheduled to wave at 7 p.m.

USRA Stock Cars will join the local Sportsman class and compete for national points in the American Racer USRA Weekly Racing Series. B-Mods, Hobby Stocks and 4-Cylinders will also be on the racing card.

The 24 Raceway is a 4/10-mile high-banked clay oval located 3.5 miles east of US 63 on US 24. For more information, call 573-881-8861 or visit www.24racewayinmoberly.com[2] on the World Wide Web.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, call the headquarters at (515) 832-7944 or visit www.usmts.com[3] online for the latest news and information from the USMTS.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Announces Schedule Changes

January 9th, 2009

Corona, CA – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series officials have announced a few changes to the 2009 tour schedule. LOLMDS officials have been in contact with the promoters of Tri-City Speedway and Brownstown Speedway in regards to the “Colossal 100″ at The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The series has the best interest of the promoters and competitors in mind and Brownstown Speedway has opted to move the “Indiana Icebreaker” from its traditional weekend to Saturday Night March 21st. The series has sanctioned this event at the Legendary Brownstown Speedway since it’s beginning in 2005. The “Indiana Icebreaker” has become a must see event and is best known for being the season opener in the northern part of the country.

“We were told by the staff at Lowes Motor Speedway that they would continue to use their mid-April date as normally scheduled, prior to the release of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series ’09 schedule,” stated Series Director, Ritchie Lewis; “since then, we found out that Lowes Motor Speedway had other scheduling conflicts that caused them to move their event off of its traditional weekend.”

Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Illinois had originally scheduled a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned event for March 27th. After the recent scheduling conflicts, the Gundaker family and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series officials have chosen not to run the March 27th scheduled event. Tri-City Speedway will instead host its regular season opener on March 27th. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is again very proud to be making its annual visit to the St. Louis area speedway on July 17th for the $10,000 to win event, which will again be taped live in front of the SPEED High-Def cameras. This event is in conjunction with the “Nationwide” races at Gateway International Speedway and will be a definite crowd pleaser. The fans get the best dirt racers in the country and the best “Nationwide” drivers in the country for a great mid-summer event.

The final schedule announcement isn’t a date change, but rather a venue change. Long time racer and promoter Johnny Stokes has announced that he will promote his LOLMDS event across town from the traditional Columbus Speedway. Stokes, in 2009 will take the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series to the beautiful Magnolia Motor Speedway which will host a $10,000 to win main event on Saturday Night July 11th. This inaugural event is a must see. The cameras of SPEED will also be on hand for the event, capturing all the exciting racing action in High Definition.

“We realize that our schedule needs to be out for everyone to look at as soon as they can so they can plan vacation time from work and to make their travel arrangements around our races,” stated Series Project Manager Rick Schwallie. “We worked hard to pre-plan our schedule and we made contact with numerous promoters so we could release our schedule in early October. Since its release, we are making a few tweaks to accommodate our promoters and competitors”.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will kick off the ambitious 2009 campaign at the 33rd Annual DART Winternationals February 2 – 7, 2009. The weeklong late model extravaganza marks the fifth year in a row that the series has started the season at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Florida.

For more information on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com or call the series office at (951) 532-2503.

2009 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Sponsors
ASI Racewear – “The Official Merchandise Vendor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Dixie Chopper – “The Official Mower” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
E3 Spark Plugs – “The Official Spark Plug” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Fatheadz Sunglasses – “The Official Eyewear” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
General Tire – “The Official Tire” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Hoosier Tire – “The Official Race Tire” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt SeriesJasper Engines – “The Official Engine” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Jim Beam - Drink Smart - “The Official Beverage” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
K&N Filters – “The Official Filter” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Lucas Oil Products – “The Official Oil” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
R&L Carrier - ”The Official Carrier” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Sunoco Race Fuels – “The Official Fuel” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
SuperClean – “The Official Degreaser” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

2008 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Supporters Include: 5150 Race Trailers, Afco Racing Products, Allstar Performance, American Racer Tire, Banshee Graphics, Bloomquist Race Cars, CJ Rayburn Race Cars, Comp Cams, Cornett Racing Engines, Cruise with the Champions, Dart Machinery, Duralite Racing Wheels, Dyers Top Rods, Erson Cams, GRT Race Cars, Hawk Performance Brake Pads, Hyperco, Integra Shocks, Jay Dickens Racing Engines, Malcuit Racing Engines, Mason Racin’, Mullvain Motorsports, Ohlins, On the Edge Graphics, PBM, Penske Shocks, Performance Bodies, Performance Rod & Customs, Pro Power Racing, Quarter Master, Rick Schwallie Photography, Rocket Chassis, Tiger Rearends, Vic Hill Racing Engines, Victory Circle Chassis, WD Enterprises, Wiles Driveshafts, and Wrisco Aluminum

Cole Lewis, Event Coordinator, cole@lucasdirt.com