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The Annual Pre-Season Test and Tune is set to take place this Saturday April 2nd, at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri. The Pit Gates are set to open at 10:00am with open practice scheduled from Noon until approximately 6pm. The Two-Day Rex Merritt Racing School will also take place this weekend with classroom sessions on Saturday starting at 9:00am and on track activities on Sunday also scheduled to begin at 9am. Grandstand Admission will be FREE on Saturday with Pit Passes set at only $15, a limited number of Pit Side Concessions will be available. Technical Inspectors and Officials will be on hand for Pre-Season Technical Inspection.

Final reservations for the racing school are currently being accepted by calling the Lucas Oil Speedway office at (417) 282-5984 or by emailingThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This school is for drivers in all types of cars including Late Models, Modifieds, Factory Stocks and Hobby Stocks and is taught by one of the best in the business, Rex Merritt. Rex brings a wealth of racing knowledge and experience to the school not only as an extremely successful veteran racer on both dirt and asphalt but he is also a Shock and Spring Specialist for Bilstein Shock Absorbers. Modified hot shoe Jason Hughes from West Plains, Missouri will assist during the school. Don't miss out, reserve your spot today!

Day one of the racing school involves primarily classroom work at the beautiful Lucas Oil Speedway facility in Wheatland, Missouri. Topics on Day One include Front Suspension, Rear Suspension, Braking, Maintenance & Scaling, Shocks & Springs, and Tires. The cost for Day One only of the class is $175.

Day Two takes to the racetrack for expert advice on driving techniques including heavy vs. slick track, tight vs. loose conditions, how to pass, using the brakes for traction, outthinking your competition and differences in driving the cushion vs. the bottom of the racetrack. The cost for day two of the school is $75. Both days are only $200 but space is limited so reserve your spot today by calling (417) 282-5984 or please visitwww.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information. Classes start both days at 9:00am.

About Rex Merritt
Rex has over 500 career feature wins in 30 plus years of racing. Accomplishments include over 36 Track Championships including the 2008 Lucas Oil Speedway Modified Crown, and Championships in IMCA Modifieds, NASCAR Modifieds, Dirt Late Models, and Asphalt Late Models. Rex is a 3 TIME "World Series of Asphalt" Winner in New Smyrna Beach Florida, past IMCA Asphalt Supernationals Champion, 3-Time Winternationals Champion, 3-time IMCA Supernationals "Race of Champions" Winner, and IMCA Iron Man Award Winner. Rex has been featured in many Motorsports Magazines including: Speedway Illustrated, Circle Track Magazine, Stockcar Racing, Big "O" Sports, and Dirt Late Model. He has also been featured on ESPN, SPEED Channel, and Prime Network Racing Television Shows along with local sports programs. 

The biggest season in Lucas Oil Speedway's history kicks off on Saturday, April 9th, as the Lucas Oil MLRA Dirt Late Model Series invades Wheatland, Missouri for the first time in 2011. A huge field of Pitt's Homes A-Modifieds is also expected for this first mega event of the 2011 Season at the "Diamond of Dirt Tracks." Al Purkey scored his first ever Lucas Oil Speedway MLRA win at last season's Lucas Oil Speedway opener on his way to his Seventh MLRA title. Special attractions on Opening night include a special performance and post race concert by the band Rideshy along with the Rockstar Energy Drink Dirt Late Model Simulator, Kids Inflatables on the Midway, a special guest appearance by Miss Missouri Erika Hebron plus a special bonus Fireworks Display by AM Pyrotechnics! Advanced Tickets are available by clicking http://lucasoilspeedway.showclix.com/

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