(LEBANON, Mo.) – When this Saturday arrives, the calendar will transition from the dog days of August into the fall breezes of September. At Lebanon I-44 Speedway, the heated on-track action will resemble the opposite as the time has come for drivers to elevate their urgency – just three weeks remain in the 2012 campaign and the biggest race of the season lies on the horizon. On Labor Day Weekend, O’Reilly Auto Parts ASA Late Model drivers will have to go to work as touring stars from across the Midwest travel to I-44 to take on local favorites and duke it out for the first annual ‘High Banks 100’ crown and the highest payday in over a decade at Missouri’s only asphalt oval.
“I don’t say this lightly: this is the biggest race in over ten years at I-44,” said Lebanon I-44 Speedway promoter Kevin Greven. “Consider the implications of both a track and ASA National Championship hanging in the balance, the $2000 payday to the winner, the trophy and pride that comes with winning the inaugural ‘High Banks 100’. This one’s really got it all and we’re excited to bring it to Mid-Missouri racing fans.”
Running alongside the O’Reilly Auto Parts ASA Late Models will be the Budweiser Modifieds and the Hardee’s Sportsman, both with expanded paydays and extended features as well. This unique event only came about after I-44 and the ASA Midwest Tour were forced to cancel their scheduled event on the same night, paving the way for Greven to put together a show centered around his local talent while potentially attracting big-time Midwestern drivers and young guns in the process.
“There were a lot of factors that went into putting off that ASA Midwest show until 2013,” said Greven. “It was an unfortunate situation but I immediately set about finding a way to fill that void on the schedule and we’re all excited with what we were able to put together. This is going to be one heck of a show for the fans and the drivers. We’ve been able to put something together for local guys like Mike Slone, Matt Wallace, and Ken Dickinson while securing commitments from drivers like Cole Williams and potentially Blake Sanford along with many drivers from many states that we haven’t seen at Lebanon I-44 Speedway as of yet. It’s an exciting event.”
Drivers will have had two weeks to prepare for the event after rain forced the cancelation of Saturday night’s scheduled event. They’ll likely need it as they prepare to go 100 laps on the high banks of the 3/8th-mile asphalt oval. Points leader Mike Slone will need a strong run if he hopes to fend off the late-season charge of young 16-year-old Matt Wallace on the way to collecting a potential ASA National Championship to go with what would be a second track championship. The Budweiser Modifieds will feature a spirited duel in the standings and on the track between teenagers Tyler Scott and Payton Lucas while the Hardee’s Sportsman offer some of the best racing at I-44.
Spectator gates are slated to open at 5 p.m and fans can look forward to the penultimate “Budweiser Pre-Race Party” before the first green flag waves at 7:30 p.m. Lebanon I-44 Speedway offers an alcohol-free grandstand, featuring aluminum seating with seat-backs, along with tier parking for cars, pickup trucks and RV’s where patrons may park, tailgate and view the races. Known amongst I-44 race fans as the ‘Budweiser Wild Side’, beer may be brought in by fans to the tier parking areas, while full food and non-alcoholic beverage concessions are available in both the grandstands and tier parking, along with a souvenir and track apparel stand.
Admission prices are a bargain at $20 for Adults, ages 16 and older, in the grandstands while Adult admission on the ‘Budweiser Wild Side’ costs just $25.
Discounted admission will be offered in both locations for Military members with an ID present, as well as Seniors (ages 65 and older) and Juniors (ages 11-15), and Children (ages 10 and younger) will be admitted for free. A grandstand Family Pass for two Adults and two Juniors plus any number of Children is available for $45, while six Adults entering in the same vehicle on tiered parking will be admitted to the ‘Budweiser Wild Side’ for $120. Fans can visit any local O’Reilly Auto Parts location to pick up advance tickets at a discounted price.
“We think that for what fans are going to be seeing on Saturday night, ticket prices are truly a bargain,” said Greven. “We’re confident that fans will get their money’s worth and then some. Drivers are not going to be holding anything back at this point in the season, especially with what’s on the line, so fans are going to really get to see short-track racing at its finest this Saturday at Lebanon I-44 Speedway.”
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 approximately 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 on the facility’s official website, www.i44speedway.net, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Lebanon-I-44-Speedway, and on Twitter (@i44Speedway).
A limited number of Central Bank VIP Suites are available for the Saturdays racing action. Please call the track at (417) 532-2060 or email email@example.com for more information.
Lebanon I-44 Speedway is Missouri’s only weekly Asphalt Racing Oval and is settled nearly 300 miles from any other. Located in Lebanon, Missouri, along Interstate 44 adds easy access from any direction. Just about 45 minutes to the West of Springfield, Missouri on I-44 and just 2 hours East of St. Louis on I-44 as well as just 30 minutes south of Lake of the Ozarks.
Lebanon I-44 Speedway has a history of producing great racecar drivers, and some of the biggest stars in American motorsports honed their skills on our tracks high banked 3/8-mile asphalt oval. Legends such as the great Larry Phillips, the only 5-time national champion in NASCAR’s weekly racing series, along with NASCAR stars like Mike Wallace, Jamie McMurray, Carl Edwards, the late Tony Roper and Tony Stewart have either won races or even track championships over the years.
Lebanon I-44 Speedway has perhaps the smoothest racing surface of any weekly racing facility in the nation along with the newest aluminum backed Monster Energy grandstand seating, Budweiser “Wild Side” tier parking that you can pull up in your car or tailgate in your pickup and enjoy all of the racing from a great view and our latest addition is the new Central Bank VIP Suites in the middle of the front stretch.
Lebanon I-44 Speedway runs many special events throughout the race season as well as an exciting weekly show that consists of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Late Models, Budweiser Modifieds, Hardee’s Sportsman, Hoosier Tire Road Warriors and the Coca-Cola Chargers with special appearances by the United States Super Truck Series, Pro National Baby Grand Cars, ASA Racing special events and various Concerts.
For the latest information always visit www.lebanoni44speedway.net
Saturday September 1st Event Information
Pit Gates 3 pm
Spectator Gates Open 5 pm
Hot Laps 5:45pm
Monster Energy Grandstands
Adults (16 and up) $20.00
Seniors (62 and up) $17.00
Military (Any with Military ID) $17.00
Juniors (Age 11 to 15) $14.00
Kids (10 and under) FREE
Family Pass (2 Adult/2 Junior) $45.00
Budweiser Wild Side
Adults (16 and up) $25.00
Seniors (62 and up) $21.00
Military (Any with Military ID) $21.00
Juniors (Age 11 to 15) $17.00
Kids (10 and under) FREE
6 Pack (6 Adults) $120.00
Central Bank VIP Suite
Race Fan $30.00
Pit Pass (Adult) $30.00
2012 Lebanon I-44 Speedway Official Partners:
Budweiser – Official Beer
Caddy Shack Golf Cars – Official Golf Cars
Central Bank – Official Bank
Cintas – Official Uniform Rental Service Company
Hardee’s – Official Fast Food Restaurant
Hoosier Tire – Official Race Tire
Missouri Eagle – Official Beer & Energy Drink Supplier
Monster Energy – Official Energy Drink
Munger Moss – Official Motel
O’Reilly Auto Parts – Official Auto Parts Store
Ozarks Coca-Cola / Dr. Pepper Bottling Company – Official Soft Drink, Water & Sports Drink Supplier
Racing Electronics – Official Radio Supplier
Safety-Kleen – Official Environmental Services Company
Sunoco – Official Race Fuel
2012 Lebanon I-44 Speedway Supporting Partners:
Commerce Bank, Contingency Connection, Dickies Barbeque, Energy Companies, E-Z Disposal, Graven Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Headley’s Value Tire Center, Helton’s Home Furnishings, Heritage Bank, Lebanon Ready Mix, Lindsay Chevrolet, McGunegill Engine Performance, Missouri Arrive Alive Program, Missouri Tool & Automation, Shadel’s Colonial Chapel, Starnes Auto, Totally You, United Insurors, Waffle House, Whelen Engineering, Willard Asphalt, 107.9 The Coyote
Lebanon I-44 Speedway
24069 Route 66
Lebanon, MO 65536
Track (417) 532-2060
Cell (417) 399-5756
Fax (417) 532-7624
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