Illinois’ LaSalle Speedway will host the opening weekend of the 30th Anniversary season for the Lucas Oil MLRA Series for the first time ever. The series will launch March 29- 31 with the 7th annual incarnation of the Hoker Trucking “Thaw Brawl.”
Thursday evening will start things off with a practice session, followed by Friday night’s $5,000-to-win MLRA main event. The weekend will wrap up Saturday as drivers Brawl for the top prize of $15,000 in a 75-lap main event.
LaSalle Speedway Promotor, Tony Izzo Jr., said he’s confident that his family’s ¼ mile high banked facility will deliver another amazing event. “We listened to the drivers and not only are we paying $15,000 to the winner of Saturday’s main event, we are going to pay $1,500 just to qualify for that feature event.”
The total purse will be the largest offered in the seven-year history of the “Thaw Brawl,” making qualifying for the weekends two MLRA main events an important accomplishment with a large field of quality cars and drivers expected.
“The addition of the MLRA will bring something new to this year’s event,” Izzo commented. “Bringing the MLRA to LaSalle has been on the radar for a long time and something we have wanted to do. This year we were finally able to work with Ernie and his staff and get each of our schedules matched up to make it work.”
The LaSalle Speedway crew got an early start with a break in the weather in late February, allowing them plenty of time to work on the track.
The deadline for fans to purchase discounted tickets for the “Thaw Brawl” has been extended to Tuesday March 20. This discounted option will also allow fans to “Click and Pick” their seats online prior to race day by visiting the track website at LASALLESPEEDWAY.COM.
Action will get underway both Friday and Saturday with Hot Laps at 6:30 pm and racing directly to follow. IMCA Modifieds along with IMCA Sportmods will also be on the card each night with increased purses for drivers in both divisions.