LUCAS OIL SPEEDWAY RELEASES TENTATIVE 2011 RACING SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTED BY 3 EVENTS ON CBS SPORTS
Lucas Oil Speedway Officials are pleased to release the tentative 2011 Lucas Oil Speedway Event Schedule. There are several big changes in store for 2011 at the "Diamond of Race Tracks" including the addition of the most talked about event since last season's Show-Me 100, that being the Inaugural Diamond Drag Boat Nationals on the brand new Liquid Quarter Mile currently being constructed just south of the existing dirt track. Barring any unforeseen weather related construction delays, this Inaugural event is scheduled to take place on July 29th-31st with the cameras of CBS Television taping all of the racing action of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series. Facility improvements awaiting fans include a brand new Go-Kart Slick track located just west of the existing grandstand complex as well as a new 2-story bar/party deck facility located in Turns 1 and 2 with an additional 500 seats as well. "The 2011 Season will be be one to remember as we not only have some of the biggest dirt track specials in the history of the speedway but with the addition of the new Drag Boat Lake and the ongoing facility expansion and enhancements, you won't want to miss a moment of the action," stated General Manager Dan Robinson. "We are hoping to make several more announcements concerning programs and sponsorships in the coming weeks as well, so please be sure to visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.comfor all the details."
Returning to the Lucas Oil Speedway after a short hiatus will be one appearance each in 2011 by the POWRi National Midget Series on April 30th and a return of the USMTS Modifieds on Saturday, August 13th. One of Dirt Late Models Racing's Crown Jewel events, the 19th Annual DART Show-Me 100 will once again take place on Memorial Day Weekend along with the 5th Annual Diamond Nationals on July 16th. In addition, the Lucas Oil MLRA opens the season as is tradition on Saturday April 9th and will run a huge event in conjunction with the Drag Boat Weekend on Saturday, July 30th on the Dirt Track. Finally, the season wraps up with the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Truck and Tractor Pull in September along with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour Race on Saturday, September 24th. A full slate of Rockstar Energy Drink Weekly Series Championship action is on tap as one of the Nation's top weekly programs kicks off on April 16th and wraps up on Labor Day weekend with the Crowning of the Class Champions in the TNT Quick Shop Late Models, Pitt's Homes A-Modifieds, and Carson's Corner Napa Factory Stocks respectively. Ticket prices and reservation information will be released soon for the 2011 Special Events.
The 2011 Season gets underway on Saturday, April 9th as the Lucas Oil MLRA invades Wheatland, Missouri for the first time in 2011 along with the Pitt's Homes A-Modifieds. The first "Rockstar Energy Drink Championship Series" race takes place on April 16th, as the TNT Quick Shop Late Models, the Pitt's Homes A-Modifieds, and the Carson's Corner Napa Factory Stocks all begin their chase for the Lucas Oil Speedway Season Championship. The 2nd Rockstar Energy Drink Weekly Series race takes place on Saturday, April 23rd. The POWRi National Midget Series storms into town on Saturday, April 30th with the top open wheel talent in the country taking to the Lucas Oil Speedway for the first time in several seasons. Top stars such as 2010 National Champion Brad Loyet, Brad Kuhn, Nick Knepper, Austin Brown, and Zach Daum are just few of the exciting stars expected to be in attendance.
The month of May kicks off with the first of three big Rockstar Energy Drink Weekly Series Races on Saturday, May 7th along with the 2nd Annual Business Expo and the first of two appearances in 2011 by the Midwest Outlaw Vintage Racing Series. May 14th and May 21st also feature the TNT Quick Shop Late Models, Pitt's Homes A-Modifieds, and Carson's Corner Napa Factory Stocks as the three week swing really sets the stage for the season long points battle. The biggest race of the season kicks off on May 26th as the 19th Annual DART Show-Me 100 rolls into Wheatland for the second time after capacity crowds jammed the facility in 2010. Additional seating in Turns 1 and 2 along with a new two story bar/party deck complex are expected to be completed prior to this event to handle the large crowds and to enhance the fan experience. The traditional Thursday night practice and barbecue takes place on May 26th while Late Model Qualifying, Heat Races, and a full A-Mod Show takes place on Friday, May 27th. Saturday night May 28th is one you won't want to miss as the top Dirt Late Model drivers in the country battle it out for 100 Laps with the cameras of CBS Sports on hand to catch all the action.
We catch our breath on June 4th with an off night before our weekly racers take back to the track on June 11th. The rest is short lived however as the high octane Winged Sprint Cars of the Lucas Oil ASCS Warrior Region blow into town on June 18th for the first of two big Winged Sprint Car Specials in 2011. The newly added Rockstar Energy Drink Mid-Season Championships take place on June 25th as the Mid-Season Champion will be crowned on a special Double Points night. June wraps up with a Special Thursday Night Thunder Edition of Weekly racing on Thursday, June 30th as we also will be kicking off the Independence Day Celebration with the areas first fireworks show of the season.
We take a break on July 2nd so fans can spend time with their families at the local fireworks shows, but racing resumes on Saturday, July 9th as our weekly drivers continue their Championship battle. The second biggest Late Model race of the season hits the track on July 16th as the "The Newport Nightmare" Jimmy Owens and the rest of the stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series come to town for the 5th Annual CMH Diamond Nationals. Quite possibly the biggest weekend in the history of the Speedway takes place on July 29th-31st as the first ever Diamond Drag Boat Nationals take to the Liquid Quarter Mile for the first time ever. This Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series National Event is highlighted by Top Fuel Hydro Boats capable of reaching speeds in excess of 250 miles per hour. A full compliment of Sportsman and Pro Classes will be in action all three days as Friday, July 29th is scheduled as a "Test and Tune" day followed by Qualifying on Saturday, July 30th, and Eliminations on Sunday, July 31st. If that wasn't enough, the Lucas Oil MLRA and the Pitt's Homes A-Modifieds will also take to the "Diamond of Dirt Tracks" on Saturday evening, July 30th. This is going to be one full weekend of racing action! Visit www.LucasOilDragBoats.com for info on the Nation's Premier Drag Boat Racing Series.
August starts off with an off week on August 6th, but we don't stay down for long as the Casey's General Stores USMTS Modified HUNT for the National Championship rolls into town on Saturday, August 13th along with the SportMods, and the Factory Stocks. A stellar field of the best modified drivers in country are expected to be in attendance including 2010 National Champion Jason Hughes, Kelly Shryock, Zach Van Der Beek, Derek Rameriz, Ryan Gustin, and Tommy Meyer just to name a few. Local Stars Jesse Stovall, Shawn Nations, and Jason Pursley are just a few of the Lucas Oil Speedway racers looking to keep the USMTS loot here locally. August 20th kicks off three consecutive nights of Rockstar Weekly Series action as the final push for the Championship wraps up with the crowning of the three class champions taking place on Labor Day Weekend, September 3rd. The Midwest Outlaw Vintage Racing Series makes their second and final appearance of the season on Saturday, August 20th while a Special Double Points night is scheduled for Saturday, August 27th.
Two of the biggest events of the year however are still to come as the CBS Sports Nationally Televised Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Truck and Tractor pull shakes the ground on September 10th followed by the Lucas Oil ASCS National Sprint Car Tour on September 24th along with the Pitt's Homes A-Modifieds. For details about these events including support classes, ticket prices, and event times at the Lucas Oil Speedway, please visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com or call (417) 282-5984.
2011 Schedule (Tentative)
Date Event Classes
APRIL 2nd Rex Merritt Driving School Day One Plus Test & Tune
APRIL 3rd Rex Merritt Driving School Day Two
APRIL 9th Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Thunder plus A-Modifieds
APRIL 16th Rockstar Energy Drink Championship Series-LM, A-Mod, FS
APRIL 23rd Rockstar Energy Drink Championship Series-LM, A-Mod, FS
APRIL 30th POWRi National Midget Series Plus LM and FS
MAY 7th Rockstar Energy Drink Championship Series-LM, A-Mod, FS, Vintage Cars
MAY 14th Rockstar Energy Drink Championship Series-LM, A-Mod, FS
MAY 21st Rockstar Energy Drink Championship Series-LM, A-Mod, FS
MAY 26th-28th 19th Annual DART Show-Me 100-Lucas Late Model Dirt Series plus A-Mods
JUNE 4th No Racing Unless Otherwise Scheduled
JUNE 11th Rockstar Energy Drink Championship Series-LM, A-Mod, FS
JUNE 18th Lucas Oil ASCS Warrior Region Winged Sprint Cars plus ULMA Late Models & Factory
JUNE 25th Rockstar Energy Drink Mid-Season Championships (Double Points)-LM, A-Mod, FS
JUNE 30th Rockstar Energy Drink Thursday Night Thunder plus Fireworks-LM, A-Mod, FS
JULY 2nd No Racing Unless Otherwise Scheduled
JULY 9th Rockstar Energy Drink Championship Series-LM, A-Mod, FS
JULY 16th 5th Annual Diamond Nationals-Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series plus A-Mods
JULY 21rd Rockstar Energy Drink Championship Series- LM, A-Mods, FS
JULY 29th-31st-Inaugural Diamond Drag Boat Nationals-Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series
JULY 30th Lucas Oil MLRA-MLRA Late Models plus A-Mods
AUGUST 6th No Racing Unless Otherwise Specified
AUGUST 13th USMTS Modifieds HUNT for the Championship-USMTS Mods, SportMods, FS
AUGUST 20th Rockstar Energy Drink Championship Series-LM, A-Mod, FS, Vintage Cars
AUGUST 27th Rockstar Energy Drink Championship Series (Double Points Night)-LM, A-Mod, FS
SEPT. 3rd Rockstar Energy Drink Season Championship Night-LM, A-Mod, FS
SEPT. 10th Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Truck & Tractor Pull-Classes TBA
SEPT. 17th No Racing
SEPT. 24th Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car National Tour plus A-Mods
NOVEMBER End of Season Banquet
**The Rockstar Energy Drink Championship Series includes Weekly TNT Quick Shop ULMA Late Models, Pitt's Homes A-Modifieds, and Carson's Corner Napa Factory Stocks. All nights will be points races for those classes including when racing as a support class for Special Events.