After a season’s worth of action it all comes down to the final weekend, as the Lucas Oil MLRA wraps up it’s 26th consecutive season of racing, in the ABC 17 Fall Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri. Mt. Vernon, Iowa standout Chad Simpson is showing the way, and a pair of runs, with no trouble, will likely secure the championship.
Simpson has put together an unbelievably consistent season, with finishes inside of the top ten in every points race this year. His nine top three and 14 top five runs are good enough for a 71 point lead over Terry Phillips. While not mathematically eliminated, Phillips will need two excellent nights and a little help from Simpson and the Brinkman Motorsports camp to pull off the title. Simpson is a two time Lucas Oil MLRA winner at Lucas Oil Speedway as well.
“It’s been kind of a busy week for us, but we’re loaded and ready to go,” stated Simpson. He and his wife Katie welcomed a new addition to the family Tuesday. “Our little girl, Skyler, is happy and healthy and mom is doing well too.”
Simpson has felt more season ending pressure in the past, but knows anything can happen. “We’re certainly glad the gap is 70 points and not 10 or less, that’s for sure. I don’t take anything for granted and know that anything can happen. We are just approaching it as another race and will take things as they come.”
“It all just fell in line for us this season to run for the championship,” said Simpson. “Regardless of how it turns out, I’m glad we went for it this year. We have had intentions in the past, and it just didn’t work out. We got to see several new tracks and it was good in a way, because we weren’t able to second guess ourselves.”
This is a new race for Lucas Oil Speedway and the anticipation has been building over the past few weeks, with a diverse and extremely talented field of drivers expected. Among others in attendance will be Henderson, Colorado pilot Scott Lewis. Lewis has wrapped up the Sunoco Race Fuels Rookie of the Year crown and will be looking to end the year strong.
The title is worth $15,000 to the winner. It will be paid out along with the rest of the points fund and contingencies the following evening, at the season ending championship banquet, held at the Old Kinderhook Resort at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Thursday evening from 6-9 PM, practice will commence for drivers wishing to turn a few extra laps ahead of the weekend.
Lucas Oil Speedway Information 10/10/14 & 10/11/14
Gates: 5:00 PM (Friday), 4:00 PM (Saturday)
Racing: 7:30 PM (Friday), 6:30 PM (Saturday)
Admission: Adults (16 and up) $15, Seniors (62 and up) $12, Youth (6-15) $5, Kids (5 and under) FREE, Family Pass $30, Pit Pass $30 (Friday), Adults (16 and up) $20, Seniors (62 and up) $15, Youth (6-15) $5, Kids (5 and under) FREE, Family Pass $40, Pit Pass $35 (Saturday)
Support Classes: Factory Stocks & USRA B-Mods
Don’t forget to check out this year’s RacingJunk.com Hard Luck Award winners.