The Inaugural Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series event next July highlights the tentative Lucas Oil Speedway 2017 schedule, announced on Thursday by Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson.
The new Off Road track, which is under construction southeast of the dirt track, will bring a new form of racing to Lucas Oil Speedway – and to this part of the country – in a big two-day show, July 22-23.
Otherwise, fans will find the schedule similar to last year’s with at least one special event each month plus 13 Weekly Shows featuring the USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Mods, Street Stocks and ULMA Late Models.
“We’re excited about what’s in store for our fans and drivers in 2017 with a schedule that has a little bit of everything,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “We run the gamut with our Weekly Series to big Late Model specials, the Open-Wheel shows, Drag Boats, Pro Pulling, Monster Trucks and, of course, the much-anticipated first Off Road weekend on the new track.
“The Off-Road form of racing, while new to this part of the country, is something that we feel fans will quickly embrace. We’re eager for 2017 to be our biggest, best season yet after a record-breaking 2016.”
Engines will fire for the first time on April 1 with an open Test and Tune for all four divisions. The season goes green on April 8 with the first Weekly Championship Series program Presented by KOLR 10 and Z 27 with the ULMA Late Models featured in a $1,000-to-win feature.
The first special of the season is set for April 14-15 with the 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com. The USRA Modifieds and Street Stocks join the MLRA Late Models.
May begins with the 6th annual Impact Signs, Awnings & Wraps Open Wheel Showdown with the ASCS Warrior/Red River Region Sprints, POWRi Midgets and WAR Sprints.
The month wraps up with the 25th annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com, May 25-27. Three-day passes for the Show-Me 100 will go on sale later this winter.
June finds Lake Lucas firing up June 9-11 with the 6th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic. The ASCS Bob Westphal Memorial Cup Sizzlin’ Speedweek Finale for ASCS Winged Sprints and WAR Sprints is set for June 17.
Before the Off Road weekend, July finds the 11th annual CMH Diamond Nationals for the Lucas Oil Model Dirt Series and MLRA Late Models July 15. The Off Road weekend includes a Weekly Series program on July 22.
August commences with national-touring Modifieds in the spotlight, for the 8th annual USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout on Aug. 5. The month concludes – as does the regular season – with the Weekly Series Season Championship Night on Aug. 26 as the four division champs are crowned.
Labor Day Weekend is arguably the busiest of the season, with the three-day 7th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals Sept. 1-3 and the Lucas Oil MLRA Larry Phillips Memorial on the dirt track Sept. 2. USRA B-Mods join the Late Models in the big Saturday-night program after action on Lake Lucas earlier in the day.
Following a weekend off, the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals are set for Sept. 15-16. Then it’s the three-day Open-Wheel crown jewel, the 7th annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial for ASCS Sprints and WAR Sprints Sept. 21-23.
The season speeds to a conclusion next October with the 4th annual MLRA Fall Nationals and Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt Oct. 6-7. The Monster Truck Nationals-Eve of Destruction wraps the schedule on Oct. 21.
Season passes, along with Show-Me 100 three-day passes, will go on sale later this winter. Look for that information at LucasOilSpeedway.com and on Lucas Oil Speedway’s Facebook page.
Below is the tentative 2017 Lucas Oil Speedway schedule:
April 1 – Open Test & Tune
April 8 – Weekly Series Show No. 1, Presented by KOLR 10 and Z27 (USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Mods, Street Stocks, ULMA Late Models)
April 14-15 – 4th annual MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com (MLRA, USRA Modifieds, Street Stocks)
April 22 – Weekly Show No. 2, Presented by Springfield News-Leader Media Group. $uper $aver $pecial Night
April 29 – Weekly Show No. 3, $5 Dollar Night at the Races, Presented by KOLR 10 & Z 27
May 6 – 6th annual Impact Signs, Awnings & Wraps Open Wheel Showdown (ASCS Warrior/Red River Region Sprints, POWRi Midgets, WAR Sprints)
May 13 – Weekly Show No. 4, NMI Night at the Races Presented by Wild Animal Safari
May 20 – Weekly Show No. 5, Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Night at the Races Presented by KOLR 10 and Z 27
May 25-27 – 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com (LOLMDS/MLRA Late Models, USRA Modifieds)
June 3 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
June 9-11 – 6th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic
June 10 – Weekly Show No. 6, Presented by the Networks of Mid-Missouri
June 17 – ASCS Bob Westphal Memorial Cup Sizzlin’ Speedweek Finale (ASCS Winged Sprints, WAR Sprints)
June 24 – Weekly Show No. 7, Bolivar Herald-Free Press Mid-Season Championships
June 29 – Weekly Show No. 8, Casey’s General Store Thursday Night Thunder Presented by KY3 for Kids Night plus Fireworks
July 1 – No racing unless otherwise schedule
July 8 – Weekly Show No. 9, Veterans and Military Appreciation Night Presented by Springfield News-Leader Media Group
July 15 – 11th annual CMH Diamond Nationals (LOLMDS/MLRA Late Models, USRA Modifieds)
July 22 – Weekly Show No. 10, National Wild Turkey Federation Race to Save the Hunt Night $uper $aver $pecial Night
July 29 – Weekly Show No. 11, Ozarks Food Harvest Food Drive Night Presented by KOLR 10 and Z 27
Aug. 5 – 8th annual USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment (USMTS, Street Stocks, USRA B-Mods, Battle of the Badges)
Aug. 12 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
Aug. 19 – Weekly Show No. 12, TA/Petro Fan Appreciation Night Presented by the Ozarks CW and Ozarks Sports Zone Night at the Races
Aug. 26 – Weekly Show No. 13, Bill Roberts Chevrolet-Buick Season Championship Night Presented by KYOO Your Country 99 & KPOW Power 97.7
Sept. 1-3 – 7th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals
Sept. 2 – MLRA Larry Phillips Memorial Presented by G2 Gemini Apparel (MLRA, USRA B-Mods)
Sept. 9 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
Sept. 15-16 – Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals
Sept. 21-23 – 7th annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial (ASCS Sprints, WAR Sprints)
Sept. 30 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
Oct. 6-7 – 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals and Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt (MLRA and Street Stocks)
Oct. 14 – No racing unless otherwise scheduled
Oct. 21 – Monster Truck Nationals-Eve of Destruction
For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit lucasoilspeedway.com.
Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. 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.