The 18th Annual DART Show-Me 100 Presented by Lucas Oil Products is now just Three (3) short weeks away and reserved tickets are going fast! This year's DART Show-Me 100 will once again feature the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and will take place for the first time ever at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri on May 27th-29th, 2010. The Lucas Oil MLRA will also be on the card as they go head to head with the stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. The "Newport Nightmare" Jimmy Owens has been tearing up the track with his Bloomquist Racecar as of late with wins at both Brownstown, Indiana and Bedford, Pennsylvania and looks to be one of the favorites leading up to this years DART Show-Me 100. Brasstown, North Carolina's Ray Cook and the 2009 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Champion Scott Bloomquist have also captured wins on the Lucas Dirt trail this Spring and will be top contenders to watch. Mooresburg, Tennesee's Bloomquist sits atop the current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points.
The man to beat at Lucas Oil Speedway in recent years has been Muscatine, Iowa's Brian Birkhofer and many would think that this year would be no exception but "Birky" has struggled out of the gate in 2010 with no wins and a best finish of 2nd at Bedford, Pennsylvania on April 23rd. Other top names expected to contend include the Multi-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Champion, Earl Pearson Jr. driving the Bobby Labonte Motorsports entry, "The Real Deal" Don O' Neal from Martinsville, Indiana, and 2010's top Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie at this point in the season, Chris "the Intimigator" Wall.
With a purse approaching $90,000, including $30,000 to the winner, and $1,200 just to start the event, all the top drivers will be in attendance including "Mr. Smooth" Billy Moyer, the "Batesville Bullet" Wendell Wallace, Chickamauga, Georgia's Dale McDowell driving the Clint Bowyer Motorsports entry,, the All-Time MLRA Win Leader Terry Phillips out of Springfield, Missouri, Bill Frye, Steve Casebolt, Dennis Erb, John Anderson, Jimmy Mars, Dan Schlieper, and MLRA Champion Al Purkey.
A limited number of 2-Day Reserved tickets for the event are still available and can be ordered by calling the Lucas Oil Speedway office at (417) 282-5984 Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm. Reserved front stretch seating is priced at $55 for the event. Lucas Oil Speedway also offers a picturesque camping area with brand new Shower and Bathroom facilities built in 2009. All Dry camping is FREE for this event in 2010 and includes the use of the shower and bathroom facilities. Dry Camping spots in designated areas will be on a first come first served basis. A limited number of spots with water and electric have already been sold out and are not available for this event. Plans are under way to add more power spots for 2011.
Show-Me 100 weekend gets underway on Thursday, May 27th with the traditional practice night and barbecue. Grandstand admission for Thursday night's practice is FREE. Adult general admission for Friday night is $20 for Adults (16 and up), Seniors (62 and up) & Active Military are just $15, Youth (age 6-15) are just $10, and race fans 5 and under are free. Adult general admission for Saturday night is $25 for Adults (16 and up), Seniors (62 and up) & Active Military are $20, Youth (age 6-15) are just $10, and children 5 and under are free. Pit admission is $25 on Thursday night and $35 on Friday and Saturday night. Family Passes are available on Friday night for $40 and on Saturday night for $50. All Lucas Oil Speedway Tickets are Non-Refundable. Your Show-Me 100 ticket becomes your rain check and can be used a later date on the 2010 schedule. Detailed information about this event and all events at the Lucas Oil Speedway are available at www.LucasOilSpeedway.com.
In addition to all of the activities on track, the off-track activities scheduled to appear include the U.S. Air Force Viper Tour, the AAA NASCAR Show Car and Simulator display featuring Sam Hornish Jr.'s AAA sponsored NASCAR Sprint Cup Car, as well as multiple apparel trailers, racing simulators, vendor displays, and a short Fireworks Show on Saturday night. A driver autograph session will take place on the vendor Midway on Saturday afternoon prior to the on track activities. A Show-Me 100 would not be complete without "Gus the Mule" and fans won't be disappointed as Gus will be in attendance all weekend. Vendors that are interested in reserving spots should call the Speedway at (417) 282-5984 as soon as possible as space is limited and filling up fast.
The on track activities for the 18th Annual Show-Me 100 start on Thursday, May 27th with the traditional Late Model practice from 7 pm to 9:30 pm. The popular BBQ Dinner with the drivers and crews will follow. The dinner is FREE to everyone with a pit pass and grandstand spectators are welcome to join for $10.00.
Friday night May 28th will get underway at 7:05 pm and will feature time trials and six heat races for the Super Late Models. The top three finishers in each heat race will move on to Saturday night's main event. The balance of the field in each of the heats will move on to Super Late Model consolation events on Saturday night. The Comp Cams Race of Champions Presented by Quarter Master will also be revived in 2010 and is scheduled to take place during the Friday night portion of the show. The Pitt's Homes A-Modifieds will be featured as the support class running a complete show on Friday night with $500 going to the winner. The Pitt's Homes A-Modifieds will also hold a qualifying session on Friday night to lock in the first 8 rows for Saturday's Main Event. Those that don't qualify in the Top 16 will move on to B-Mains on Saturday night. New Vision Graphics jumps on board as the Presenting Sponsor for both nights of the A-Modifieds.
On Saturday night, the Late Model Chassis Manufacturer's Dash, and Consolation Events will be held for the Super Late Models in addition to the 100 lap Show-Me finale. Open Wheel Modifieds will be featured as the support class and will compete for $500 to win. Racing action will start at 7:05 following Pre-Race Ceremonies featuring the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard. Don and Billie Gibson have been named the Grand Marshalls for the event and plans call for them to wave the green flag to get the 18th Annual DART Show-Me 100 underway!
Driver Entry Fee will be the standard Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series fee of $110. The event tire rule as recently announced by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be as follows:
5/28 & 29 Lucas Oil Speedway - Wheatland, MO
American Racer SD44, SD48, MD53, MD56
Hoosier 1300, 1350, 1600, LM20, LM40, WRS-2
***No Crate Tires***
To find out more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log on to www.lucasdirt.com or call the series office at (951) 532-2503.To find out more about the Lucas Oil MLRA Dirt Late Model Series, please visit www.mlraracing.com or call the series office at (816) 650-5063. For information on DART Machinery, please click www.DARTheads.com, and for information about Lucas Oil, please log on to www.LucasOil.com.