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March 30, 2021

Season begins Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway with Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series opener

Lucas Oil Speedway's 2021 season begins Saturday night with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series Spring Opener. (GS Stanek Racing Photography)
WHEATLAND, MO. (March 30, 2021) - After a successful test and tune last weekend, all systems are set on go as Lucas Oil Speedway fires up a new season with Saturday night’s Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series Spring Opener Presented by Benne Media.
 
The first of 14 points programs for the Cedar Creek Beef Jerky USRA Modifieds, Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, O'Reilly Auto Parts USRA Stock Cars and Missouri Metal Buildings ULMA Late Models will find hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7:05. Gates open at 4 p.m.
 
“We had a great test and tune last Saturday and everyone is excited to get the new season underway,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Danny Lorton said. “Opening night always has an extra buzz in the air and this year will be no exception.”
 
If there’s anything certain, it will be another competitive and fun season in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod division.
 
Three former USRA B-Mod national champions - JC Morton, Kris Jackson and Andy Bryant - are Lucas Oil Speedway regulars. There also are veterans like Ryan Gillmore and Eric Turner who always are threats to win and up-and-coming younger drivers such as Dillon McCowan and JC Newell.
 
“They’re coming up through the ranks and getting better and better each year,” Morton said of the youngsters. “It’s tough. It’s hard to get into the top five some nights. Everybody’s continually getting better.”
 
Morton, a two-time Lucas Oil Speedway champion, finished just five points behind Jackson in the points chase a year ago as Jackson claimed his fifth track championship. Morton, from Springfield, will have momentum and a new chassis as the season begins.
 
Driving a new Allen Autosports chassis, Morton won the Battle at the Bullring at Humboldt Speedway last weekend with Jackson in second. After a heat-race mishap, Morton came from the C and B mains to earn a 20th-starting position in the main event.
 
“We kind of kept digging,” Morton said. “We made it through the C and then the B and started in the back of the A. I kind of bought some time early and finally, by the end of the night we were at the front.”
 
Robbie Reed returns in pursuit of a third straight Lucas Oil Speedway Cedar Creek Beef Jerky USRA Modified title and Cole Henson is set to defend the Missouri Metal Buildings ULMA Late Model crown after he broke Johnny Fennewald's three-year streak as champ. The Late Models will be the featured class this Saturday with a 25-lap, $1,000-to-win main event courtesy of HICKAMO Country Store.
 
Making their debut as a points division will be the O’Reilly Auto Parts USRA Stock Cars, which is expected to bring several new faces to the speedway along with some familiar names who competed in the Street Stock division in past years.
 
Drivers who have not yet done so are encouraged to register much of their paperwork information ahead of time with MyRacePass at
myracepass.com/tracks/1865/registrations/3584. Upon entering the basic information, drivers will be able to bypass almost all paperwork at the track.
 
Drivers can also save time at check in by printing off the driver registration paperwork, including a W-9, from the Lucas Oil Speedway website, completing it ahead of time and bringing it in with them.
USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Mods and USRA Stock Car drivers all have to purchase their USRA Licenses directly from USRA prior to the first event, with only temporary licenses sold at the track. ULMA Late Model drivers can purchase their licenses in advance or at the speedway office.
 
Ticket Prices:
Adults (16 and over) $12
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $9
Youth (ages 6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Pit pass $30
 
Suite available for opening night: A 18-seat suite on the third level, offering prime viewing from inside or outside, is available for opening night. Individual seats are $24 with food and drinks not included, though a host/hostess will be available to take food and drink orders. Call the speedway office at (417) 282-5984 for more information.
 
For ticket information for any event during the 2021 Lucas Oil Speedway season, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com. Fans also can use the online ticketing system.
 
CONTACT:
Danny Lorton
Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager
Office: (417) 282-5984 
 
Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived race recaps, previews and driver features, along with ticket information and schedules 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  
 
 
About Lucas Oil Speedway 
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the "Diamond of Dirt Tracks" lives up to its title.
 
Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the ninth season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, "Lake Lucas." New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.
 
Lucas Oil Speedway's dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA. 
 
In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Weekly Racing Series features the ULMA Late Models, USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods.
 
 
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2021 Lucas Oil Speedway Supporters Include:
Advanced Automotive Repair, AM Pyrotechnics, Angler's Resort, Arizona Sport Shirts, Ash Grove Aggregates, Ball Tree Service, Benton County Tire, Berry Tractor and Equipment Co., Big Adventure RV, Big O Tires, Bill Roberts Chevrolet-Buick, Bolivar Auto Sales & Detailing, Bolivar Farmers Exchange-MFA, Boone's BBQ Barn, Boubin Tire/American Racer, Branstetter & Lightfoot LLC, Bridal Cave, BWI Sanitation, Camden on the Lake Resort, Candlelight Creations-Dick's Wild Root Horseradish, Casey's General Stores, Cedar Creek Beef Jerky, Central Life Sciences, Citizens Memorial Healthcare, City Magnet, Clearlight Inn, Comfort Inn-Bolivar,DirtonDirt.com, Dixie Chopper, Eibach Springs, Evans Pipe & Steel Co., Farmers Insurance Agent Kristy Reynolds, Fast Shafts by Axle Exchange, 54 Buildings and More, Foley Equipment-Cat Rental Store, Frog Signs, Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare, Hermitage Lumber, HICKAMO Country Store, Highway 54 RV Park, Hobbytime Motorsports, Hoosier Race Tires, Impact Racing, Inc.; Impact Signs Awnings Wraps, In the Garden of Eden, Kettle Treats, Keyser Manufacturing, Kluhsman Racing Components, Kona Ice, LimeBank, Lucas Cattle Company, McClaren, Merck Animal Health, Midwest Sheet Metal, Miller Welding, Missouri Metal Buildings, Missouri One Call System, Missouri Welding Institute (MWI), MyRacePass, Nemo Quarry, NMI/VMG Marketing Group, OakStar Bank, O'Bannon Bank, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Ozark Golf Cars, Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper, Ozarks Community Health Center, PFI Western Store, Pitts Homes, Pitts Realty, Pitts Cattle, ProThings Apparel, RACEceiver, Racinboys.com, RacinDirt.com, RacingJunk.com, Rains Ice Company, Real Racing Wheels, Rod End Supply, Ron Jenkins Accounting & Tax Service, Rugged Radios, Ryan E. Murphy Law Firm LLC, SBU Athletics, Safety Kleen, Schlesselman Fencing, Scott Furniture, Sidetrack RV Park, Southwest Electric Cooperative, Stillwater Resort, Stover Milling, Sunoco Race Fuels, Sunflower Resort, Superior Products, TA/PETRO, US Army Corps of Engineers-Pomme de Terre, Wheatland Motel, Wheeler Livestock Auction, White's Marine Center, Wild Animal Safari, Windsor Livestock Auction, Woods Supermarkets, Wrisco Industries.