Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals Hosts Richest Purse and Open Entries at Knoxville

Lucas Oil Late Model SeriesWAYCROSS, GA (September 24, 2012) – The largest total purse in dirt late model racing awaits participants for the 9th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, IA on September 27, 28, and 29. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned event has a total purse over $260,000 with two-$7,000 to win preliminary events and a $40,000 to win championship race on Saturday night.

For the first time since the event has been sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, there is no limit on the number of entries accepted. This years mega-event is open to all dirt late model participant who would like to race on the hallowed grounds of Knoxville Raceway. No restrictions on entries for this year’s event.

“This event has truly grown in stature over the years,” said Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Director, Ritchie Lewis. “It is a great honor to be able to sanction this race at Knoxville Raceway. It is one of the great venues in dirt track racing and the fans love the action the Late Models have provided. With this year having unlimited entries, we should see several drivers come to Knoxville who have not raced here for a few years or never turned a lap here.”

Numerous activities will take place for fans attending the three day mega event. The pit infield will open to spectators at 10AM each day and will not require a pit pass until after 2:30PM. The huge vendor/midway will open at noon each day with racing action beginning at 6:45 each night. On Saturday, there will be a special driver autograph session in the Dyer Hudson Hall building directly behind the main grandstands.

For more information about the 9th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals, area hotels, restaurants, and general information about Knoxville, IA, visit the track website at: www.knoxvilleraceway.com.

For ticket information on the 9th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals go to the track’s website at www.knoxvilleraceway.com or you can call the track office during normal business hours at (614) 842-5431.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals Event Purse

Thursday and Friday 30-Lap Featue Events ($7,000-to-win):

1. $7,000, 2. $4,000, 3. $3,000, 4. $2,000, 5. $1,500, 6. $1,000, 7. $900, 8. $800, 9. $700, 10. $600, 11. $580, 12. $560, 13. $540, 14. $520, 15. $500, 16. $490, 17. $480, 18. $470, 19. $460, 20. $450, 21. $440, 22. $430, 23. $410, 24. $400

Saturday 100-Lap Feature Event ($40,000-to-win):

1. $40,000, 2. $20,000, 3. $10,000, 4. $8,750, 5. $7,500, 6. $7,000, 7. $6,500, 8. $6,000, 9. $5,500, 10. $5,000, 11. $4,500, 12. $4,000, 13. $3,500, 14. $3,400, 15. $3,300, 16. $3,200, 17. $3,100, 18. $3,000, 19. $2,900, 20. $2,800, 21. $2,700, 22. $2,600, 23. $2,500, 24. $2,500, 25. $2,500, 26. $2,500, 27. $2,500, 28. $2,500, 29. $2,500, 30. $2,500

Previous Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals Winners

2004 – Brian Birkhofer
2005 – Scott Bloomquist
2006 – Brian Shirley
2007 – Brady Smith
2008 – Tim McCreadie
2009 – Scott Bloomquist
2010 – Billy Moyer
2011 – Don O’Neal

About Lucas Oil Products: Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes, problem-solving additives, and car-care products. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil has established itself as a worldwide leader in the lubrication industry. Motorsports has always been part of the Lucas Oil culture and the cornerstone of the company’s marketing strategy. Such passion for motorsports has inspired Lucas Oil to sponsor many race teams, events and series at all levels, including, NHRA, IRL, ASCS, NASCAR, IHRA and many more. Lucas Oil has also taken ownership and operational control of a number of high profile racing properties, such as: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. and the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, CA.

In 2007 Lucas Oil founded its own production house, Lucas Oil Production Studios, dedicated to producing high action motorsports television. Currently Lucas Oil Production Studios produces over 300 hours of original programming for networks such as CBS, NBC Sports, SPEED, and MAVTV. More information on Lucas Oil Products, Inc. can be found by visiting www.LucasOil.com.

About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series: Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nations’ premier dirt late model sanctioning organization. It currently sanctions 46 events in 19 states in 2012 and receives national exposure through taped-delayed series events that are shown on CBS, CBS Sports, SPEED, NBC Sports and MAVTV.

James Essex, Public Relations Coordinator, jessex@lucasdirt.com