(LEBANON, Missouri) A salute to Laclede County area Schools, and free admission for all students who redeem a special ticket available at the Lebanon, Conway and Stoutland area schools, will highlight the ASA-sanctioned stock car racing show this Saturday night, May 19, at Lebanon I-44 Speedway. Spectator gates are will open at 5:00 pm, with the five-division stock car racing program scheduled to start at 7:30 on the track’s 3/8-mile high banked asphalt oval.
“We are delighted to offer this special ‘free ticket’ opportunity to students in the Laclede County school systems” said I-44 Speedway promoter Craig Armstrong. “We really want to honor and salute these young people, especially the graduating seniors, but also the hard-working students at all grade levels that are advancing to the next grade. We are committed to encouraging kids to stay in school and strive for academic excellence, and this is our way to thank them for their commitment as well.”
Headlined by the fast and powerful O’Reilly Auto Parts Late Models, Saturday’s show at the only asphalt oval track in Missouri will also spotlight the Budweiser Modifieds, which are stock silhouette racecars with open wheels, the Hardee’s Sportsman class, which includes full-frame, steel bodied stock cars as well as ‘perimeter-style’ late models, the Hoosier Tire Road Warriors – big, steel bodied pure stocks – and a four-cylinder subcompact class of cars called the Coca-Cola Chargers.
In addition to the family-friendly, alcohol-free Monster Energy Grandstands, Lebanon I-44 Speedway features tier parking for cars, pickup trucks and RV’s around the turn one and backstretch areas, where patrons may park, tailgate and view the races. Known as the ‘Budweiser Wild Side’, beer may be brought in by fans in the tier parking areas, or purchased ‘on draft’ from the Pulaski County Shrine Club in a special Bud Light Beer Garden. Full food and non-alcoholic beverage concessions are available in both the grandstands and tier parking, along with a Souvenir and track apparel booth.
Grandstand admission is $10 for Adults, ages 16 and older, while Adult admission in the tier parking area is $15. Discounted admission for Seniors (ages 65 and older), Military personnel, and Juniors (ages 11-15) is offered in both locations. A grandstand Family Pass for 2 Adults and 2 Juniors, plus any number of Kids 10 and younger, is available for $25, while six Adults entering in the same vehicle on tier parking can join the party on the ‘Budweiser Wild Side’ for $75. A limited number of ‘public passes’ to one of the luxury boxes in the Central Bank VIP Suite Tower are available for $25 apiece.
Lebanon I-44 Speedway is located four miles east of the Lebanon city limit on Historic Route 66. Patrons using Interstate 44 may take Exit 135, and then drive one mile east on Route 66 to the track’s main entrance. Additional information about the track’s 2012 ‘Kickin’ Asphalt’ racing schedule may be found of the facility’s official website, www.i44speedway.net, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Lebanon-I-44-Speedway, and on Twitter (@i44Speedway).