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Long-time racing supporter Chris Davis named Forrest Lucas Lifetime Achievement Award winner at Lucas Oil Speedway banquet
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12/2/2023

12/2/2023

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Long-time racing supporter Chris Davis named Forrest Lucas Lifetime Achievement Award winner at Lucas Oil Speedway banquet

SPRINGFIELD, MO. (Dec. 1, 2023) - Lucas Oil Speedway paid tribute to the stars of its 2023 Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series season and honored one of the biggest contributors to dirt-track racing on Friday night at the annual Lucas Oil Speedway Championship Banquet.

Chris Davis, the owner/operator of Midwest Sheet Metal located in Springfield, who has been a friend of the sport from the local, grassroots level to the national scene with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, received the Forrest Lucas Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions on and off the track.

Announcement of the award came at the conclusion of the banquet, which was held at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds Center Hall in Springfield. The award is always a highlight of the banquet and this was no exception as Davis was stunned when he was announced as the award winner.

"We're pleased to recognize Chris Davis as the seventh recipient of the Forrest Lucas Award for all Chris has done for the sport," Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Danny Lorton said. "He's a great friend of motorsports for all he has done, whether it's for the local racer who does it as a hobby or the best of the best on the highest level of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series."

Davis has been around racing most of his life as his father, Bill, sponsored several drivers with his Trux Trailers business. Chris' long-time friend Scott Bass began racing in 1988 and Chris soon followed, started his racing career in on the dirt and pavement in a Street Stock running at Bolivar, Lebanon and Monett. He won races on both surfaces, in the same car.

In 1990 Chris built a Late Model and competed on the asphalt at Bolivar Speedway USA and Lebanon I-44 Speedway. In the early 1990s, Chris met future wife Jan and they were married in 1994 and purchased Midwest Sheet Metal from Jan's father, Dave. Devoting himself to the business and raising a family, Chris retired from driving a race car in 1995.

But his connection to the sport was far from over. He began building custom race-car parts for local racers. During a trip to the Chili Bowl in Tulsa, Chris met racer Jimmy Owens that started a long-time friendship with the driver who would go on to become one of the top names in Late Model racing.

That friendship led to Chris meeting the top drivers on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, where he's known as a friend to all on the circuit.

Chris and Jan Davis also have sponsored the Midwest Sheet Metal Challenge since 2013. The event is one of the most-exciting of Show-Me 100 weekend in giving drivers a last shot at qualifying for the Show-Me 100 main event while also providing some cash for the non-qualifiers.

"I'm rarely a loss for words," Davis said. "This is huge. This is Forrest Lucas and he's a good friend of mine and, gosh, I don't know. This means so much. There are so many people I forgot to thank when I was up there (on stage). The Lucas family, everyone at the speedway and so many others.

"Behind every person who is a success is a hidden hero and mine is my wife, Jan," Davis added. "I love her to death."

Davis said he takes pride in helping out racers, no matter what class they compete in.

"The Street Stock guys, the Hobby Stock Guys, Go-Kart guys ... they're all customers and friends," Davis said. "If one says, 'hey, I can't get this car to turn' then I will usually try to help them get the car to turn. My wife says I'm a natural at getting things to work and people appreciate that, or at least some do. The ones that do appreciate it, you've made a friend for life."

Meanwhile, Weekly Racing Series track champions Justin Wells (Hermitage Lumber Late Model), Ryan Middaugh (Cedar Creek Beef Jerky Modifieds), Bobby Williams (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods) and Mason Beck (O'Reilly Auto Parts USRA Stock Cars) received their awards.

The Most Popular Driver Award for track regular competitors, determined through online fan voting, went to Mitchell Franklin from the USRA B-Mod division. Franklin, from Camdenton, drives the F1 car and picked up his first Lucas Oil Speedway feature win during the 2023 season to earn one of the biggest ovations of the season.

Track photographers Greg and Stacy Stanek of GS Stanek Racing Photography expanded the Best Appearing Race Car Award to one winner in each division. Those winners were Tucker Cox (Hermitage Lumber Late Models), Greg Scheffler (Cedar Creek Beef Jerky Modifieds), JC Newell (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods) and Waylon Dimmitt (O'Reilly Auto Parts USRA Stock Cars).

"Congratulations to all our award winners after another great season and we look forward to seeing everyone again in 2024," Lorton said.

Lucas Oil Speedway recently unveiled its tentative 2024 schedule with Open Test & Tune set to kick things off on March 30. The speedway has gift cards available for purchase as a Christmas-gift option and also has season pass renewals for the 2024 season available at a discount through the end of the year.

Season passes for the 2024 season are available now at a $50 discount for renewals from 2023. Contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or email her at nmcmillan@lucasoilspeedway.com for more information.

Season Pass Renewals before Dec. 29th, 2023:

Adults (Age 16-61) $700 (dirt-track only)

Seniors (Age 62 and up) $600 (dirt-track only)

Season Passes beginning Jan. 15th, 2024:

Adults (Age 16-61) $750 (dirt-track only)

Senior (Age 62 and up) $650 (dirt track only)

Each season pass holder is entitled to one reserved stadium-style seat, complete with high backs and armrests located in the top six rows of the main grandstand of the dirt track.

Meanwhile, Lucas Oil Speedway gift cards are available in any dollar amount. Gift cards can be used in all departments including in the ticket office, pit office, camp shack, concessions, gift shop, suites and the Diamond Bar.

Lorton added that the gift shop is remaining open year-round, during week-day business hours, for those interested in stopping by the track and shopping for items.

For ticket information about any future event at Lucas Oil Speedway contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or email her at nmcmillan@lucasoilspeedway.com for more information.

CONTACT:

Danny Lorton

Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager

Office: (417) 282-5984

DLorton@lucasoilspeedway.com
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. The Lucas Oil Speedway EZ Texting number is (417) 804-4141.

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 12th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, "Lake Lucas." New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring a host of 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 Late Models, USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods.

2023 Official Lucas Oil Speedway Marketing Partners

Arizona Sport Shirts
"The Official Merchandise Provider" of Lucas Oil Speedway

Bill Roberts Chevrolet-Buick
"The Official Truck" of Lucas Oil Speedway

Dixie Chopper
"The Official Mowers of Lucas Oil Speedway"

General Tire
"The Official Tire" of Lucas Oil Speedway

Lucas Oil Products
"The Official Oil" of Lucas Oil Speedway

MAVTV
"The Official Television Network" of Lucas Oil Speedway

Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper
"The Official Soft Drink" of Lucas Oil Speedway

RacingJunk.com
"The Official Classifieds" of Lucas Oil Speedway

Rugged Radios
"The Official 2-Way Communications Provider" of Lucas Oil Speedway

Summit Racing Equipment
"The Official Sponsor" of Lucas Oil Speedway

Sunoco Race Fuels
"The Official Fuel" of Lucas Oil Speedway

Super Clean
"The Official Sponsor" of Lucas Oil Speedway

2023 Lucas Oil Speedway Supporters Include:
AM Pyrotechnics, Alliance Sport Marketing, Arctic Food Equipment, Arizona Sport Shirts, Berry Tractor and Equipment Co., Big Adventure RV, 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, Cedar Creek Beef Jerky, Citizens Memorial Healthcare, City Magnet, Clearlight Inn, Dirt Track Specialist, Dixie Chopper, Eagle Vision Paving LLC, Eibach Springs, Farmers Insurance Agent Kristy Reynolds, Fast Shafts by Axle Exchange, Foley Equipment-Cat Rental Store, Frog Signs, Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare, Hermitage Lumber, HICKAMO Country Store, Hobbytime Motorsports, Impact Signs Awnings Wraps, In the Garden of Eden, KC Bobcat, Kettle Treats, Keyser Manufacturing, Kluhsman Racing Components, Kona Ice, Lucas Cattle Company, MD3, Midwest Sheet Metal, Miller Welding, Missouri Division of Tourism, MyRacePass, Nutrien Ag Solutions, OakStar Bank, O'Bannon Bank, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Ozark Golf Cars, Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper, Ozarks Community Health Center, PEM, Pitts Homes, Pitts Realty, Pitts Cattle, Pomme de Terre Resort, ProThings Apparel, RACEceiver, Racinboys.com, RacinDirt.com, RacingJunk.com, Rains Ice Company, Real Racing Wheels, Reed Environmental, River's End Motel & RV Park, Rod End Supply, Ron Jenkins Accounting & Tax Service, Rugged Radios, Ryan E. Murphy Law Firm LLC, SBU Athletics, Safety Kleen, Scott Furniture, Sidetrack RV Park, Simpson Racing Products, SMC, Southwest Electric Cooperative, State Tech, Stillwater Resort, Summit Racing Equipment, Sunoco Race Fuels, US Army Corps of Engineers-Pomme de Terre, Vietti Marketing Group, Wasoba Seed & Trucking, Wheatland Motel, White's Marine Center, Wieland, Wild Animal Safari, Woods Supermarkets.


Article Credit: By Lyndal Scranton, Lucas Oil Speedway

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