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Smith, Reinbold, Paulus score Open Wheel Showdown wins at Lucas Oil Speedway
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5/5/2024

5/5/2024

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Smith, Reinbold, Paulus score Open Wheel Showdown wins at Lucas Oil Speedway

WHEATLAND, MO. (May 4, 2024) - Wesley Smith of Nixa led all 25 laps to capture the POWRi WAR Sprint League feature victory Saturday night, turning a close battle into a runaway late as he beat Jack Wagner by 2.8 seconds.

The victory, at the 13th annual Impact Signs Awnings & Wraps Open Wheel Showdown at Lucas Oil Speedway, moved Smith into second place in all-time POWRi WAR wins with 14. Smith is 2-for-2 in 2024, adding to a feature win in the season opener at I-70 Speedway.

"I think they put some new dirt on this surface and definitely for the better," Smith said of Lucas Oil Speedway. "It's definitely a little tricky. It's not the smoothest or the fastest surface I've ever raced on, but it's one of the funnest. It seems the WAR Series is putting on some great shows."

Smith started up front and led the opening lap as Kory Schudy moved into second before a caution flew on lap two. Wagner, of Lone Jack, moved around Schudy for the second spot two laps after the restart.

The order remained that way as the laps ticked by with Smith maintaining a quarter-second lead over Wagner. Those two waged a tremendous battle for the lead as the race reached lap 12 when Wagner couldn't quite pull off a slider for the lead. No matter what Wagner tried, Smith was up to the challenge and he was able to use lapped traffic to expand his lead to close out the wire-to-wire victory.

"Man, that was a fun race," Smith said, noting Wagner's near-pass eight eight laps remaining. "I told him after the race 'if you'd have waited one more corner and one more lap, you'd have passed me.'"

Schudy, of Battlefield, Mo., finished third with Keith Martin of Cleburne, Texas, coming home in fourth.

In other divisions of the Open Wheel Showdown:

Reinbold earns first POWRi Midget League victory: Hayden Reinbold of Chandler, Ariz., dominated from start to finish for his first POWRi National and West Midget league career victory.

The 20-year-old Reinbold started on the pole and rolled to the lead in a race slowed by only one early caution. He opened a 2.2-second command over Shannon McQueen by lap nine and maintained consistent laps the rest of the way to lead all 15 circuits.

McQueen, of Bakersfield, Calif., held off 15-year-old Gunnar Setser of Columbus, Ind., for the runner-up positions. Broc Elliott of California, Mo., finished fourth.

"We've been struggling a little bit lately, so we came down here to run POWRi and we had a lot of fun," Reinbold said. "It was a bummer we were rained out last night (at Callaway Raceway) but we were super happy to show that we have some speed.

"This place is awesome. The facility is nice," Reinbold said of Lucas Oil Speedway. "I've been here once before and I crashed, but I had a lot of fun (tonight). This place is sick."

POWRi Ozark Region 360 Sprints: Miles Paulus overtook Randy Martin with three laps remaining and went on to score his first POWRi Ozark Region 360 Sprint feature victory.

Paulus, of Marshall, started fourth and gave chase to Martin most of the way before finally reeling him in and making the decisive pass. Paulus wound up beating sixth-starting Gunner Ramey and Paulus at the checkers.

Martin sprinted to the lead from the start as Paulus gave chase and had a one-second lead over Paulus 10 laps into the feature. As the race continued under green, Paulus cut the lead to .090 of a second by lap 16.

Paulus completed his march to the front by sliding past Martin in turn two on lap 17 with Ramey, from Sedalia, right behind. Once out in front, Paulus pulled away as Martin, of California, Mo., and Ramey went back-and-forth for second. Paulus finished 3.06 seconds in front of Ramey with Martin settling for third.

"Everybody on the side of this car ... I get to stand here and say that I won, but we won as a team," Paulus said. "I'm very grateful for their support. It's a team effort."

LUCAS OIL SPEEDWAY UNOFFICIAL RESULTS (May 4, 2024)

13th annual Impact Signs Awnings & Wraps Open Wheel Showdown

POWRi WAR Sprints

TRD Feature - 1. 44-Wesley Smith[1]; 2. 77-Jack Wagner[4]; 3. 28-Kory Schudy[3]; 4. 79-Keith Martin[6]; 5. 73-Samuel Wagner[5]; 6. 21K-Kobe Simpson[7]; 7. 11W-Wyatt Burks[8]; 8. F5-Riley Kreisel[15]; 9. 13-Chase Howard[12]; 10. 33-Bryson Smith[9]; 11. 9M-Matt Fox[11]; 12. (DNF) 79X-Kyle Jones[16]; 13. (DNF) 88G-Garrett Hulsey[17]; 14. (DNF) 45-Jesse Bebee[14]; 15. (DNF) 9-Cody Baker[2]; 16. (DNF) 26-Zachary Clark[10]; 17. (DNF) 52-Dean Bowers[13]

Flying A Motorsports Heat 1 - 1. 44-Wesley Smith[7]; 2. 9-Cody Baker[9]; 3. 21K-Kobe Simpson[1]; 4. 33-Bryson Smith[3]; 5. 79-Keith Martin[8]; 6. 13-Chase Howard[4]; 7. 45-Jesse Bebee[2]; 8. (DNF) F5-Riley Kreisel[6]; 9. (DNS) 88G-Garrett Hulsey

Engler Machine & Tool Heat 2 - 1. 77-Jack Wagner[1]; 2. 73-Samuel Wagner[2]; 3. 28-Kory Schudy[7]; 4. 11W-Wyatt Burks[4]; 5. 26-Zachary Clark[6]; 6. 52-Dean Bowers[3]; 7. 9M-Matt Fox[8]; 8. (DNF) 79X-Kyle Jones[5]

POWRi Midgets

TRD Feature - 1. 19AZ-Hayden Reinbold[1]; 2. 7-Shannon McQueen[2]; 3. 43-Gunnar Setser[5]; 4. 00-Broc Elliott[6]; 5. 44-Branigan Roark[4]; 6. 89-Todd McVay[3]; 7. 00X-Mark Elliott[7]

Flying A Motorsports Heat 1 - 1. 89-Todd McVay[1]; 2. 7-Shannon McQueen[4]; 3. 19AZ-Hayden Reinbold[7]; 4. 44-Branigan Roark[2]; 5. 43-Gunnar Setser[5]; 6. 00-Broc Elliott[6]; 7. (DNS) 00X-Mark Elliott

POWRi Ozark 360 Sprints

TRD Feature - 1. 98P-Miles Paulus[4]; 2. 21-Gunner Ramey[6]; 3. 14-Randy Martin[1]; 4. 2B-Garrett Benson[3]; 5. 2-Chase Porter[5]; 6. 5T-James Turnbull[8]; 7. 73-Samuel Wagner[10]; 8. 77-Jack Wagner[12]; 9. 99D-Tucker Daly[9]; 10. 14E-Kyle Bellm[2]; 11. (DNS) 31-Casey Wills; 12. (DNS) 52D-Skyler Daly

Flying A Motorsports Heat 1 - 1. 98P-Miles Paulus[1]; 2. 14-Randy Martin[4]; 3. 14E-Kyle Bellm[6]; 4. 5T-James Turnbull[2]; 5. (DNS) 52D-Skyler Daly; 6. (DNS) 73-Samuel Wagner

Engler Machine & Tool Heat 2 - 1. 2-Chase Porter[1]; 2. 21-Gunner Ramey[3]; 3. 2B-Garrett Benson[6]; 4. 31-Casey Wills[4]; 5. 99D-Tucker Daly[5]; 6. (DNS) 77-Jack Wagner

Impact Signs Awnings & Wraps, Inc., headquartered in Sedalia, Mo., offers a wide array of products and services ranging from custom in-house design, fabrication and installation of custom signs and electronic displays, to a full line of printed products and custom wraps. Visit Impact4800.com for more info.

Weekly Championship Series resumes May 11 with all Moms admitted free: The Big Adventure RV Weekly Championship Series is set to resume Saturday, May 11th as Vietti Marketing Group offers FREE admission to all mothers. The Arctic Food Equipment USRA Modifieds will run a special 25-lap, $1,000-to-win main event.

Pits open at 4 p.m. with grandstands at 4:30, hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, May 11th admission:
(All Mothers FREE courtesy Vietti Marketing Group for Mothers Day)
Advance discount tickets online only - $12
Adults (13 and up) - $15
Seniors (62 and up)/Military - $12
Youth (ages 6-12) - $5
Kids (5 and under) - FREE
Family pass - $35
Pit pass - $35

For ticket information about any event on the 2024 Lucas Oil Speedway schedule, fans can contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 295-6043 or via email at nmcmillan@lucasoilspeedway.com for more information about any event on the 2024 Lucas Oil Speedway scheduled.

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.

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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

"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

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, Bolivar Auto Sales & Detailing, Bolivar Farmers Exchange-MFA, Boone's BBQ Barn, Boubin Tire/American Racer, Bridal Cave, BWI Sanitation, Candlelight Creations-Dick's Wild Root Horseradish, Casey's, Citizens Memorial Healthcare, City Magnet, Clearlight Inn, Dixie Chopper, Eibach Springs, Farmers Insurance Agent Kristy Reynolds, Fast Shafts by Axle Exchange, Foley Equipment-Cat Rental Store, 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, Racinboys.com, RacinDirt.com, Rains Ice Company, RCR Designs, 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, Turn 1 Bar & Grill, 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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