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Lucas Oil Speedway Season Opener Featuring MLRA Late Models and A-Mods this Saturday, April 9th!

Lucas Oil SpeedwayPlus Music by Rideshy, Rockstar Late Model Simulator, Kids Inflatables, Fireworks, and a Special Guest Appearance by Miss Missouri!

Wheatland, MO (April 9th, 2011)- The 2011 Lucas Oil Speedway Season shifts into high gear this Saturday, April 9th, as the Lucas Oil MLRA Dirt Late Model Series invades Wheatland, Missouri for the first time in 2011. Al Purkey scored his first ever Lucas Oil Speedway MLRA win at last season’s Lucas Oil Speedway opener on his way to his Seventh MLRA title. Special attractions on Opening night include a special performance and post race concert by the band Rideshy along with a Special Appearance by Miss Missouri Erika Hebron, the Rockstar Energy Drink Dirt Late Model Simulator and Kids Inflatables on the Midway plus a special bonus Fireworks Display by AM Pyrotechnics! A huge field of Pitt’s Homes A-Modifieds is also expected for this first mega event of the 2011 Season at the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks.”

Spectator Gates will open at 5:00pm on Saturday with Hot Laps set to get under way at 6:30pm and the first big race of the night at 7:05pm. Adult Admission at the gate will be just $20 with Seniors and Active Military only $15. Juniors (6-15) will be $5 and Kids 5 and under are always FREE at Lucas Oil Speedway. Advanced Tickets are available by clicking http://lucasoilspeedway.showclix.com/. Show Your AAA Membership Card at the gate and receive $3 off any Adult or Senior General Admission Ticket. Pit Pass pricing is set at $30.

Family Passes are priced at only $40 for this event, which includes entry for two adults (age 16 and up) and up to three youth (ages 6-15), discounts on kids meals, gift shop merchandise, and funnel cakes.

The Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, MO. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s 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 www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

48 Cars jammed the pit area at last Saturday’s Lucas Oil MLRA Season Opening Event at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska as Republic, Missouri’s Brad Looney scored his first MLRA win in almost 10 seasons. Marquette, Nebraska’s Kyle Berck followed Looney across the stripe to finish in the second spot with Chris and Chad Simpson finishing in third and fourth respectively. Oxford, Iowa’s Denny Eckrich scored a solid Top-5 finish as he rallied to finish in the fifth spot. Defending Lucas Oil MLRA Champion Al Purkey was sixth followed by Springfield, Missouri veteran Terry Phillips in seventh. Adrian, Missouri’s David Turner was eighth at the finish followed by 2010 Lucas Oil Speedway Pitt’s Homes A-Modified Champion Jesse Stovall in ninth and former multi-time MLRA Champion Alan Vaughn in tenth.

Coffeyville, Kansas’ veteran Al Purkey captured the 2010 MLRA Championship by just two points over Republic, Missouri’s Brad Looney in a battle that came down to the wire in the season finale. Both veteran Late Model drivers are expected to once again vie for the coveted Lucas Oil MLRA Championship in 2011. Oxford, Iowa’s Dave Eckrich challenged the leaders throughout the season but faded to third at the finish while Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer Joe Kosiski finished up 2010 with a strong fourth place finish. Springfield, Missouri ace Terry Phillips came home in fifth place in the final 2010 standings. Rounding out the Top-10 were Phillip’s teammate Jeremy Payne in sixth, Cross Timbers, Missouri Rookie of the Year Evan Hubert in seventh, Birch Tree, Missouri’s Justin Asplin in eighth, Henderson, Colorado’s Kelly Boen in ninth, and Omaha, Nebraska’s Bill Koons in tenth.

For more information on the Lucas Oil MLRA, please visit the all new www.MLRAracing.com.

About Lucas Oil Speedway
The Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by Industry Insiders to be one of the top five Race Tracks in the Nation. Located in Wheatland Missouri, about an hour north of Springfield and only about an hour and a half from Kansas City. It’s called “The Diamond of Race Tracks” and it certainly lives up to that title. Twenty one luxury suites, a giant HD Jumbo Tron Screen, Musco Sports lighting, a Bose Stadium Sound System, Go Kart Track for all ages, The Diamond Bar, the best track food in the country, and the nicest pits in dirt track racing are just a few of the amenities that set us apart. New for 2011 will be Championship Drag Boat Racing at the Brand New Liquid Quarter Mile scheduled for completion Mid-Summer 2011.

We host some of the largest dirt track events in the Midwest featuring some of the biggest names in racing including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, The Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, Casey’s General Stores USMTS Modifieds, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series, ASCS Sprint Cars, and The Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the awesome special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway hosts the “Rockstar Energy Drink Championship Series” of weekly racing featuring the TNT Quick Shop Late Models, the Pitt’s Homes A-Modifieds, and the Carson’s Corner Napa Factory Stocks. The National Race Media has called these shows, “some of the Best Weekly Racin’ in the Nation!”

Last season the speedway boasted over 7 Nationally Televised Events on MavTV, SPEED CHANNEL and the Versus Network. CBS Sports comes on board for (3) huge events this season including the 19th Annual DART Show-Me 100, the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Truck and Tractor Pull, and the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Event scheduled for July 2011. For complete information including this seasons schedule, log on to www.LucasOilSpeedway.com

Click Here for a Printable 2011 Lucas Oil Speedway Schedule

2011 Lucas Oil Speedway Sponsors

AAA of Missouri- “The Official Title Sponsor of the Start/Finish Line” of Lucas Oil Speedway

Bill Roberts Chevrolet- “The Official Truck” of Lucas Oil Speedway

Canidae Pet Foods – “The Official Pet Foods” of the Lucas Oil Speedway
DART Machinery – “The Official Engine Components” of the Lucas Oil Speedway

E3 Spark Plugs – “The Official Spark Plug” of the Lucas Oil Speedway

Geico Power Sports – “The Official Insurance” of the Lucas Oil Speedway

General Tire – “The Official Tire” of the Lucas Oil Speedway

K&N Filters – “The Official Filter” of the Lucas Oil Speedway

Lucas Oil Products – “The Official Oil” of the Lucas Oil Speedway

Magnaflow Exhaust – “The Official Exhaust” of the Lucas Oil Speedway

MavTV – “The Official Men’s Network” of the Lucas Oil Speedway

Rockstar Energy Drink – “The Official Energy Drink” of the Lucas Oil Speedway

Speedco – “The Official Truck Lube and Tire Center” of the Lucas Oil Speedway

Sunoco Race Fuels – “The Official Fuel” of the Lucas Oil Speedway

2011 Lucas Oil Speedway Supporters Include: AAA of Missouri, A-1 Disposal, A & G Electric, Advanced Automotive Repair, American Broadband, American Racer Race Tires, Andy’s Frozen Custard, Bank of Urbana, Barnes Well Drilling, Big Surf Water Park, Bill Roberts Chevrolet/Buick, Bobbie’s Cafe, Budweiser, Carson’s Corner Napa Auto Parts, Casey’s General Stores, Citizens Memorial Healthcare, Fast Shafts, Gathering Place, GM Performance Parts, Hermitage Lumber, Hoffman Racecars, Hoosier Race Tires, Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps, inthepits.net, Lucas Cattle Company, Lucas Slick Mist, MFA Bolivar, Maples Ford, Midwest Low-E Insulation, Midwest Sheet Metal, Nemo Quarry, O’Bannon Bank, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper, Petro Truck Stops, Pitt’s Homes, Pitt’s Realty, Pitt’s Cattle, Racinboys.com, Racindirt.com, Reliable Chevrolet, SBU Athletics, Shadow Lake Golf, Sunflower Resort, TravelCenters of America, TNT Quick Shop, White’s Marine Center

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