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July 24, 2018

Fans bringing four non-perishable food items admitted free Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway

Ozarks Food Harvest Night at Lucas Oil Speedway
The annual Ozarks Food Harvest Food Drive Night is this Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway. Fans bringing four non-perishable food items will be admitted free. (Kenny Shaw photo)

Wheatland, Missouri (July 24, 2018) - This Saturday night's edition of the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series will allow fans an opportunity to gain free admission while helping neighbors in need.

As OnMedia/DISH/DirecTV present the action in the four weekly classes, it will be Ozarks Food Harvest Night. Fans bringing four non-perishable food items to the front gate will get to see the racing action for free. The Big O Tires Street Stocks will be the featured class, running a special 25-lap, $750-to-win main event.

"We're honored to again partner with our friends at Ozarks Food Harvest," Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. "Our fans always rise to the occasion and we thank them for their willingness to help out so many in need, while at the same time taking in a terrific night of racing."

Last year, fans donated 7,813 pounds of food at the event, providing 6,510 meals to people in need according to Sara Roelke, communications coordinator for Ozarks Food Harvest. Since the event at Lucas Oil Speedway started in 2008, more than 54,000 pounds of non-perishable food has been collected to provide more than 45,000 meals.

"This is one of our largest one-day food drives of the year," said Denise Gibson, director of development and communications at Ozarks Food Harvest. "We are so grateful for the generous support of Lucas Oil Speedway and we appreciate all of the fans who come out and choose to donate during the event."

Ozarks Food Harvest serves approximately 30,000 individuals per week, distributing more than 17 million meals annually through its network of 270 organizations and programs in 28 counties. Hickory County C.A.R.E.S. Food Pantry in Wheatland benefits from weekly deliveries by Ozarks Food Harvest. The pantry will receive a portion of the donations from Saturday's food drive.

More information about The Food Bank can be found at ozarksfoodharvest.org.

In the spirit of giving, last Saturday on the Lucas Oil Speedway midway the American Red Cross Bloodmobile collected 11 units of blood. Those units can help as many as 33 patients in need.

On the race track, championship chases will resume in all four classes. David Hendrix of Waynesville leads the Big O Tires Street Stocks in points with Aaron Marrant of Richmond in front of the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Springfield's JC Morton pacing the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and Darron Fuqua of Mayetta, Kansas topping Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds.

Drivers entering this week's action will receive 50 free admission tickets for the Season Championship races on Aug. 25.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. Saturday with hot laps at 6:30 and opening ceremonies at 7.

Admission prices:
(Free with four non-perishable food items)
Adults (16 and over) $12
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $9
Youth (ages 6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family pass $25
Pit pass $30

Earlier on Saturday, the Kansas City Off Road Racing Association will be in action at the Lucas Oil Speedway Off Road track. Race classes will include 170 kids UTV, 1000 UTV, Unlimited/Turbo UTV, 1600 limited Buggy, Super Buggy, Formula 4X4 and Mini Stock/Bro Lite trucks. Gates will open at 9 a.m. with practice at 10 a.m., the first round of racing at noon and the final round at approximately 3 p.m. Times are subject to change based on number of entries.

Off Road admission prices
(Includes dirt-track admission)
Adults (16 and over) $15
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $12
Youth (ages 6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Racer pit pass $30

For ticket information on all events at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2018, contact admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can go online to purchase tickets for any event on the 2018 schedule.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket information and 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking "Like" at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway.