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Lucas Oil Speedway GM Lorton named finalist for ARPY Regional Promoter of the Year award


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Lucas Oil Speedway GM Lorton named finalist for ARPY Regional Promoter of the Year award

WHEATLAND, MO. (Jan. 11, 2024) - Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Danny Lorton has been named a regional finalist for the 48th annual Auto Racing Promoter of the Year Award as one of five nominees in Region 5.

Lorton has been with Lucas Oil Speedway since December of 2015, when he was named Assistant General Manager. He was promoted to General Manager in September of 2018.

Joining Lorton as Region 5 finalists are Brad Stevens and Jessi Mynatt, 34 Raceway; John McCoy, Knoxville Raceway; Scotty Allen, Dallas County Speedway and John Allen of 81 Speedway.

"I'm honored and humbled to be nominated for this prestigious award and included with some outstanding people," Lorton said. "It's a tribute to our team at Lucas Oil Speedway for all their hard work."

Along with overseeing the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series, Lorton guided a 2023 season with several highlights, including another successful running of the Show-Me 100, the first visit by the Camping World SRX Series with more than 8,000 fans in attendance and four visits by the Kentucky Drag Boat Association to Lake Lucas.

Fans can vote for a nominee in each region in online balloting at All regions must be voted for and ballots may be rejected if not completed. One vote per email address is permitted. Voting continues through midnight on Feb. 24 to determine award winners, plus the ARP Event of the Year award.

Region 1 Nominees: Paul Cole, Land of Legends Raceway, NY; Brett Deyo, Fonda and Utica Rome Speedway, NY; Kolten Gouse, BAPS Motor Speedway, PA; Alicia Hughes & Jay Fitzgerald, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, NY; Steve O’Neal, Port Royal Speedway, PA; CV Elms & April May Preston, Bear Ridge Speedway, VT; The Arute Family, Stafford Motor Speedway, CT.

Region 2 Nominees: Tim Bryant, Five Flags Speedway, FL; Keely Dubensky & Jack McNelly, CARS Tour, NC; Scott Tripp, Lakeview Speedway, SC; Garrett Mitchell, Freedom Factory, FL; Wendall Durrance, All-Tech Raceway, FL; William Scoggin, Clarksville Speedway, TN.

Region 3 Nominees: Randy Maggio, Painesville Speedway/Lorain County Speedway, OH; Kevin Gundaker, Tri City Speedway, IL; The Deery Family, Rockford Speedway, IL; Larry Boos, Montpelier Motor Speedway & Rumble at Fort Wayne, IN; Jerry Gappens, Eldora Speedway, OH; Kim and Randy Smart, Midvale Speedway, OH.

Region 4 Nominees: Todd Thelen, Slinger Super Speedway, WI; Wayne Brevik, Marshfield Motor Speedway, WI; Terry Tucker, Jefferson Speedway, WI; Steve Sinclair, IRA Sprint Car Series, WI; Toby Kruse & Ratajczak Family, 141 Speedway, WI; Cole Queensland & Queensland Family, Deer Creek Speedway, MN; Doug Johnson, Huset’s Speedway, SD.

Region 5 Nominees: Brad Stevens and Jessi Mynatt, 34 Raceway, Iowa; John McCoy, Knoxville Raceway, Iowa; Scotty Allen, Dallas County Speedway, MO; John Allen, 81 Speedway, Kansas; Danny Lorton, Lucas Oil Speedway, MO.

Region 6 Nominees: Scott & Kim Russell, Placerville Speedway, CA; Dennis Gage, Marysville Raceway, CA; Peter Murphy, Skagit Speedway, WA; Kevin Sustaire, Rocket Raceway Park, TX; Brad Whitfield, Cocopah Speedway, AZ; Tim Huddleston, Irwindale Speedway, CA.; Jeremy Anders, Wenatchee Valley Super Oval, WA; Michelle Lackey Maynor, Alaska Raceway Park, AK.

Outstanding Event Nominees: Gerald Haers Memorial, Land of Legends Raceway, NY; Sean Lias Memorial, Penn Can Speedway, PA; Rockford Speedway’s Last Lap Season, Rockford Speedway, IL; Eldora Sprint Million, Eldora Speedway, OH; The Marvin Smith Memorial, Cottage Grove Speedway, OR; Buckeye Figure 8 Nationals, Painesville Speedway, OH; Fall Classic, 141 Speedway, WI.

For ticket information about any future event at Lucas Oil Speedway contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 295-6043 or email her at for more information.


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

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 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.

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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.

2024 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


"The Official Television Network" of Lucas Oil Speedway

Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper

"The Official Soft Drink" 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

2024 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, Candlelight Creations-Dick's Wild Root Horseradish, Casey's, Citizens Memorial Healthcare, City Magnet, Clearlight Inn, 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, 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,,, 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, Scott Furniture, Sidetrack RV Park, Simpson Racing Products, Southwest Electric Cooperative, State Tech, Stillwater Resort, Summit Racing Equipment, Sunoco Race Fuels, US Army Corps of Engineers-Pomme de Terre, Vietti Marketing Group, Wheatland Motel, White's Marine Center, Wieland, Wild Animal Safari, Woods Supermarkets.

Article Credit: By Lyndal Scranton, Lucas Oil Speedway

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