Wheatland, MO - Lucas Oil Speedway is revving up for the first race of 2012. In just thirty days Spring Thunder will roll into Wheatland, Missouri for Opening Night, featuring the Lucas Oil MLRA on April 14th, 2012. The countdown is on! The Diamond of Dirt Tracks is buzzing with excitement and anticipation, while preparing the entire facility for the big night. The Lucas Oil MLRA will storm the track with some of the best Late Model drivers in the region. In addition to the MLRA, Lucas Oil Fuel Saving 10W-30 presents a special $750 to Win race for the Pitts Homes A-Modifieds plus $500 to win for the Carson's Corner Napa Factory Stocks presented by Elite Auto Repair. Opening Night will set the bar high for the 2012 season at Lucas Oil Speedway. Advanced Discount Tickets for the event are on sale now! Check out ShowClix to get your tickets to the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.
Omaha, Nebraska's, John Anderson claimed the 2011 Lucas Oil MLRA Championship by a narrow margin over seven time series champion, Al Purkey. Anderson and his #2 Shop Quick team are expected to lead the charge into the 2012 season. Chad Simpson from Mt. Vernon, Iowa topped a field of 55 Late Models last April for Spring Thunder at Lucas Oil Speedway to take the win over Galena, Missouri's, Jesse Stovall in the double zero. Simpson is expected to run for the Lucas Oil MLRA Championship this year along with a salty field of veterans and rookies. Brad Looney from Republic, Missouri claimed his first ever win at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks last August, when the Lucas Oil MLRA returned for the Summer Shootout.
In addition to bringing in the top drivers from the MLRA, track officials have partnered with the ULMA Late Model sanctioning group to count this as a ULMA points race with (2) guaranteed provisional starting spots. ULMA drivers who do not race their way into the feature can qualify through these provisionals. One provisional for the April 14th race will be given to the highest finishing driver in Lucas Oil Speedway Late Model Track Championship points in 2011, not already qualified for the feature. The other provisional will be given to the highest finishing driver in ULMA Championship Points from 2011, not already in the feature.
For the September 1st race, one provisional will be granted to the current driver highest in ULMA points standings, not already qualified for the feature. The second provisional will go to the driver highest in Lucas Oil Speedway ULMA point standings, not already qualified for the feature. This partnership also means ULMA will award full points at both events. Dan Robinson, General Manager at Lucas Oil Speedway commented, "We are pleased to further our relationship with ULMA to give our weekly ULMA Late Model drivers and others in the area, a chance to compete in these two Lucas Oil MLRA series events. It also allows two more opportunities for ULMA drivers to earn valuable ULMA Championship points at Lucas Oil Speedway." For more information please visit www.ULMAracing.com.
April 14th, begins an onslaught of racing action at Lucas Oil Speedway. The Lucas Oil Speedway Weekly Championship Series chase will kick off on April 21st with the Weekly Series Season Opener presented by FindItHere.com. All four weekly racing classes will hit the track. The ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models will race for $1000 to Win presented by Lucas Marine Products. April 21st is also Kids Night, with the first 500 kids in attendance receiving a Diecast Racecar from Ron's Racing Collectibles. The MOChip ID Program will hold a FREE identification and safety program beginning at 2 PM through 8 PM on Kids Night. Parents are encouraged to bring children of all ages for this extensive safety program to receive a FREE MOChip ID kit for each child. April 28th is KDKD and the Eagle Night at the Races for the Lucas Oil Speedway Weekly Championship Series highlighted by $750 to Win A-Modifieds presented by Clearlight Inn. April 28th is also the first $uper $aver $pecial night which includes any 4 Admissions, 4 Hot Dogs, and 4 Coke Drinks for just $30, must arrive by 6:30 PM to purchase.
May 5th will bring a new and exciting event to Lucas Oil Speedway. The Impact Signs, Awnings and Wraps Open Wheel Showdown will feature the ASCS Warrior Region Winged Sprints, the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series and the DJ's RV B-Modifieds. $500 will go to the winner of the DJ's RV B-Modifieds courtesy of MavTV. May 12th is Coyote 107.9 Night plus the 3rd Annual Business Expo. All tickets are just $5 which includes FREE admission to the Business Expo. The Lucas Oil Speedway Weekly Championship Series will run with $500 to Win, for the Carson's Corner Napa Factory Stocks. May 19th is Bolivar Herald Free Press Night. Discount tickets will be available in the Bolivar Herald-Free Press. The winner in the DJ's RV B-Modifieds will claim $500 presented by Rocky Top Marine.
Special events and weekly shows keep things going all summer long at Lucas Oil Speedway. June 8th-10th will be the first of two Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series events on Lake Lucas. The John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic will make waves all weekend long. This is the first race scheduled for the LODBRS in 2012, a large number of boat pilots and teams are expected to make a splash at Lake Lucas. Friday, June 8th, Nashville recording artist, Jason Sturgeon will be in concert performing some of his latest songs off of his new album. Saturday night, June 9th the Lucas Oil Products Weekly Racing Series will be in action on the dirt track for 93.5 Rocks Lucas Oil Speedway with $500 to Win Factory Stocks from TNT Quick Shop. June 23rd the ASCS National Tour will kick up the heat for the ASCS Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek Finale presented by Midwest LOW-E. The ALPS Food Stores Late Models and the DJ's RV B-Mods will run in addition to the ASCS Winged Sprints and the WAR Non-Winged Sprints.
The 6th Annual CMH Diamond Nationals will bring the bad boys of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Lucas Oil MLRA back to the Diamond of Dirt Tracks on July 14th. Also racing will be the Pitts Homes A-Modifieds, $750 to win. July 28th the E3 Spark Plugs Monster Truck Nationals Presented by Lucas Oil smash their way to Wheatland, Missouri. The first appearance of Monster Trucks at Lucas Oil Speedway will feature Big Foot, Star Marshall, The General, Lucas Oil Stabilizer and Chalkboard Chuck crashing around the track. Look for more details next week about special ticket offers and details.
As the season plows past the Monster Trucks, the USMTS Hunt for the Championship returns on August 11th. Over the Labor Day Holiday the 2nd Annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals will be held at Lake Lucas, with the Lucas Oil MLRA and Pitts Homes A-Modifieds highlighting the dirt track. The camera's of CBS will roll on the 2nd Annual Event, as well as for the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League appearance on September 15th. One last weekend of racing will end the 2012 season, the 2nd Annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial will be held September 28th - 29th featuring the ASCS Winged Sprints plus WAR Non-Winged Sprints.