After severe storms barreled through south central Missouri on Monday night, a possible tornado caused serious damage to local famed 3/8-mile dirt track Lucas Oil Speedway.
According to track officials, a storm that moved into the area shortly before midnight on Monday damaged several buildings, destroyed the grandstands at the off road track and also damaged some of the grandstands. There also was damage in the campground and debris was scattered throughout the facility. Several vehicles on-site were toppled, including some campers that had arrived for the weekend.
There were also several injuries reported at the RV park located nearby, but no fatalities. This storm also forced officials to make the very difficult decision to reschedule this weekend’s “Crown Jewel of Dirt Late Model” races – the Show Me 100, presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com – to be postponed.
“Our first thoughts are for the people of the Wheatland community and the area and we are thankful that there were no fatalities,” said Lucas Oil Director of Racing Operations Dan Robinson in an official statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who were affected.”
Despite the extensive damage, fans and local residents are pitching in on the cleanup and we hope to see racing resume at this track very soon. Stay tuned to RacingJunk.com for the latest on this developing story.