WAYCROSS, GA (May 6, 2013) – The Spring Shootout will be bigger and better than ever this Friday and Saturday, May 10th and 11th at LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, IL. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series looks to double the excitement for fans this weekend. Both nights will include a complete show, packed with RED BUCK Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and $10,000 to win, $800 to start feature events. Over $80,000 in prize money will be up for grabs this weekend at LaSalle Speedway.
“This will be one of the biggest weekends in the history of LaSalle Speedway,” said Tony Izzo, Jr., whose family promotes the 1/3 mile oval track located in North-Central Illinois. “We have our biggest crowds when the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series comes here. With the quality of drivers they have, and the show they put on, I am sure the place will be packed again,” stated Tony Izzo Jr. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be visiting LaSalle Speedway for the tenth time since the series inception in 2005. With a roster full of dirt late model racing’s biggest names, the series is in the midst of a terrific points battle with positions 1-10 separated by only 220 points. In fact, six of the top ten in points have already reached Lucas Oil Victory Lane in 2013 with former LaSalle track champion Dennis Erb, Jr. of Carpentersville, IL, and 2-time series champion, Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN leading the way with three wins, each.
“I believe our new tire rule has been key in the competition we have seen this year,” said Series Director, Ritchie Lewis. The LOLMDS instituted a new tire rule back in March at Brownstown (IN) Speedway and since then no driver has won a race starting from the front row. “We have had six different winners in the first ten races, and we have a tie for the points lead. The Izzo family has promoted every LOLMDS event we have had at LaSalle Speedway and we always look forward to coming back there,” said Lewis.
With the cancellation last month of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at Hartford (MI), the Izzo Family decided to expand the Spring Shootout, an annual event at the track. “We have wanted to make the Spring Shootout into a must-see event for a while, said Izzo. “We hope Mother Nature cooperates with us and the fans will get to see one of the best weekends of racing in Illinois this year.”
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is also very excited to announce that the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Peru, IL; Holiday Inn Express in Ottawa, IL; Fairfield Inn & Suites in Ottawa, IL; Hampton Inn in Ottawa, IL; Best Western in Oglesby, IL; Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Morris, IL, and the Quality Inn in Morris, IL are the Official “Host Hotels” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the May 10th and 11th “Spring Shootout” at LaSalle Speedway in La Salle, IL. These hotels are offering great rates to anyone attending the Spring 50 at LaSalle Speedway. For anyone looking to make a reservation, simply visit www.bookstarvedrockhotels.com or call the individual hotels: Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Peru, IL at (815) 224-2500; Holiday Inn Express in Ottawa, IL at (815) 433-029; Fairfield Inn & Suites in Ottawa, IL at (815) 431-8955; Hampton Inn in Ottawa, IL at (815) 434-6040; Best Western in Oglesby, IL at (815) 883-3535; Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Morris, IL at (815) 941-8700, and the Quality Inn in Morris, IL at (815) 942-6600. These hotels have accommodations to meet your every need!
Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN and Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN, last year’s Spring Shootout winner are currently tied for the points leads heading into this weekend’s event at La Salle. Both drivers will be sporting the Keyser Manufacturing Day-Glo Orange spoiler blade indicating they are the current series championship points leaders. Along with Owens and O’Neal the 2013 LOLMDS stars expected to compete this weekend include Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL; John Blankenship of Williamson, WV; Dennis Erb, Jr. of Carpentersville, IL; Steve Francis of Ashland, KY; Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN; Jared Landers of Batesville, AR; Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, IL; Eddie Carrier Jr. of Salt Rock, WV; Billy Moyer Jr. of Batesville, AR; Austin Hubbard of Seaford, DE; Jerry Lierly of Camp Point, IL; and Jason McBride of Carbondale, IL.
Bobby Pierce, a second generation racer and son of Hall of Famer, Bob Pierce leads a tight battle for the JRi Shocks Rookie of the Year presented by Dunn-Benson Ford. Pierce comes into this weekend’s events sitting tied for 8th place in the series championship point’s standings. Billy Moyer Jr., a third generation racer and son of Hall of Famer, Billy Moyer is currently second in the chase for the Rookie of the Year title and 11th in the series championship point’s standings. Jason McBride of Carbondale, IL sits 3rd in the chase for the JRi Shocks Rookie of the year presented by Dunn-Benson Ford and 14th in the series championship point standings.
For tickets and more information about this weekend’s events at LaSalle Speedway visit their official website at www.Lasallespeedway.com.
For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, visit the series’ website at www.lucasdirt.com.
Follow the series on the social media outlets at www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and www.twitter.com/#!/lucasdirt.
LOLMDS Tire Rule For LaSalle Speedway May 10th -11th
Right Rear – Hoosier 02, 06, LM20, LM40
Left Rear/Fronts – Hoosier 1320, 1640, LM20, LM40
Event Purse (Each Night)
$10,000 to win- 1. $10000, 2. $5500, 3. $3500, 4. $2750, 5. $2250, 6. $1800, 7. $1500, 8. $1300, 9. $1200, 10. $1100, 11. $1075, 12. $1050, 13. $1025, 14. $1000, 15. $950, 16. $925, 17. $900, 18. $875, 19. $850, 20. $825, 21. $800, 22. $800, 23. $800, 24. $800.
578 E US Hwy 6, LaSalle, IL 61301
Track Phone #: (815) 223-6900
Promoter: Kerrianne Izzo – (815) 223-6939
Friday May 10 and Saturday May 11 (Per day)
Kids 11 under $5.00
All Access $65.00 (Includes Pit Pass and Reserved skybox seat with snacks and drinks)
Drivers Meeting 5:45PM
Hot Laps 6:00PM
Racing Starts 7:30PM
Drivers Meeting 5:45PM
Hot Laps 6:00PM
Race Time 7:30PM
LaSalle Speedway has a limited amount of camping spots left for both days.
Reserve a spot for $15 a day or $25 for Friday and Saturday.