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Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series showcases the talents of the top dirt late model drivers from across the country. In 2023, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will sanction 56 events across 16 states, including some of the biggest marquee events in the industry, providing dirt slinging, sideways, door-to-door racing action lap after lap. 

 The series receives national exposure through a television package streamed live via MAVTV on FloRacing, with select broadcasts on MAVTV Motorsports Network.  

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Moran Earns Career-Best Payday in Silver Dollars Nationals at Huset’s

 

BRANDON, SD (July 20, 2024) – Devin Moran took the lead at the start of the 14th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals Presented by MyRacePass on Saturday night Huset’s Speedway and led all 80-laps to pick up a career-best $53,000 for his victory in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned event.

 

It was Moran’s first career win in the crown jewel event that was held at I-80 Speedway in Nebraska for 12 years before moving to the South Dakota facility.

 

Moran fought off two former Silver Dollar Nationals winners, Bobby Pierce and Brandon Sheppard, to take the win.

 

Pierce, the Silver Dollar Nationals winner in 2019 and Sheppard who won in 2020 and 2023, trailed Moran across the finish line. Tyler Erb, who started 13th finished fourth with another former Silver Dollar Nationals winner, Tim McCreadie rounding out the top five drivers. 

 

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the sixth time this season, Moran celebrated with his team after taking the biggest win of his career. Moran’s previous best finish in the race was third in 2022.

 

“I guess this officially is the biggest race I ever won you know. In the last 25 laps I was literally ripping every straightaway. I am out of breath. I knew Bobby and Sheppy were ripping, and I was just doing everything I could to stay in front. I saw Sheppy just keep poking, keep poking. I tried to run on the bottom, but I felt so slow. That was a workout,” said the driver who has now recorded 14 consecutive top four finishes since mid-June.

 

“Roger Sellers put his faith in myself and my great crew you know. He got us on board last year and it was a little shaky to start with, but we just kept working and working,” said the Dresden, Ohio native who became the tenth different winner of the race that began in 2011.

 

Pierce, who led every lap the previous two preliminary nights came home in second earning a $20,000 payday after he and Sheppard swapped the second spot on several occasions during the race.

 

“I really don’t know what more I could have done. Devin was good and I think we just missed a little on the right front set-up. It was kind of bouncing around in the corner and we scared ourselves out when we hot lapped, we kind of had a different set-up on. The track just a got a little more characteristic in it than we thought and going through the corner I guess just how the car bounced is how I went. I had my hands full for a while. It was fun battling with Brandon and Devin. He [Moran] drove a heck of a race there at the very end.”

 

Sheppard, who was attempting to become just the second driver to win three Silver Dollar Nationals, rounded out the Big River Steel Podium in third. He was asked if he could have done anything differently during the 80-lap affair as he collected $10,000 for third.

 

“I don’t know. I like to think I should have picked the bottom on that first restart when I got to second. After I got second back later in the race, I picked the bottom where I thought I needed to be, and I didn’t take off as good and I bounced coming out the corner. I think I got up on the berm a little bit too much and that allowed Bobby to get back by me. All-in-all we had a good weekend; really it had just awesome balance. It was a pleasure to drive.”  

     

The winner’s Roger Sellers, Double Down Motorsports, Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and sponsored by Big River Steel, C&W Trucking, Lazydays RV, McHugh Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram, CarSourceAuto.com, Red Oak Pub, Smoky Mountain Speedway, Lincoln Smith Racing, Pee Wee’s Wrecker Service, Southeastern Equipment, and Haulin’ Haskell’s.

 

Completing the top ten were Mike Marlar, Hudson O’Neal, Garrett Alberson, Daulton Wilson, and Jonathan Davenport.

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 

Race Summary 

14th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals Presented by MyRacePass

Saturday, July 20, 2024

Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, SD


 

Fast Shafts B-Main Race #1 Finish (12 Laps, All Transfer): 1. 20-Jimmy Owens[1]; 2. 157-Mike Marlar[3]; 3. 7-Ross Robinson[2]; 4. 6-Clay Harris[4]; 5. 99B-Boom Briggs[5]; 6. 07-Ben Sukup[7]; 7. 10-Junior Coover[8]; 8. 37-Scott Ward[10]; 9. 15C-Curt Schroeder[9]; 10. (DNS) 93-Cory Lawler


 

14th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals Presented by MyRacePass Feature Finish (80 Laps):

Race Statistics  

Entrants: 26

Victory Fuel Pole Sitter: Bobby Pierce

Lap Leaders: Devin Moran (Laps 1-80)

Wieland Feature Winner: Devin Moran

Arizona Sport Shirts Crown Jewel Cup Feature Winner: Devin Moran

Brandon Ford TV Challenge Feature Winner: Devin Moran

Margin of Victory: 0.816 seconds 

Dave Warren Powersports Cautions: Clay Harris (Lap 11); Mike Marlar, Curt Schroeder (Lap 32); Ross Robinson (Lap 33); Carson Ferguson (Lap 44); Blair Nothdurft (Lap 62); Jimmy Owens (Lap 67)

Series Provisionals: n/a

Fast Time Provisional: n/a

Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a

Track Provisional: n/a

Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Devin Moran, Bobby Pierce, Brandon Sheppard

Penske Shocks Top 5: Devin Moran, Bobby Pierce, Brandon Sheppard, Tyler Erb, Tim McCreadie

Todd Steel Buildings Hard Charger of the Race: Mike Marlar (Advanced 12 Positions) 

PEM 4th Place Feature: Tyler Erb

Wilwood Brakes Lucky 7th Place Feature: Hudson O’Neal

Deatherage Opticians Lucky 13th Place Feature: Ricky Thornton, Jr.

MD3 Most Laps Led: Devin Moran (80 Laps) 

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Tim McCreadie

Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Ricky Thornton, Jr.

O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Race: Brenden Smith

Coltman Farms Fastest Lap of the Race: Brandon Sheppard (Lap 4 | 13.373 seconds) 

Slicker Graphics Slickest Move of the Race: Devin Moran

Miller Welders Hard Luck Award: Ross Robinson

Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Chuck Kimble (Devin Moran)

ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Cornett Racing Engines

Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis

Dirt Draft Fastest in Hot Laps: Ross Robinson (12.834 seconds)

Time of Race: 34 minutes 59 seconds


 

Big River Steel Chase for the Championship Presented by ARP Point Standings:

 


 

ierce Goes Back-to-Back in Preliminary Action at Huset’s

BRANDON, SD (July 19, 2024) – Bobby Pierce held off a hard-charging Devin Moran in the final laps to win back-to-back with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at Huset’s Speedway. Pierce was in control from the start of Friday’s 40-lap main event but a stumble in turn four allowed Moran to close in the final laps.

 

Pierce would cross the finish line in first for his seventh win in his last eight starts. Moran finished in second by 0.615 seconds as he recorded his 13th consecutive top four finish. Tim McCreadie rounded out the Big River Steel Podium with his third place run after passing Daulton Wilson on the final lap dropping Wilson to fourth at the finish. Current Lucas Oil Late Model Championship points leader Ricky Thornton Jr. rounded out the top five.

 

For the second night in a row, Pierce jumped out to the lead this time from the Victory Fuel pole. McCreadie moved into second on lap one and stayed behind Pierce for several laps until Wilson took the runner-up spot away from McCreadie on lap 20.

 

Wilson held the runner-up spot behind Pierce until lap 28 when Moran was able to clear him. At that point, Moran was several car lengths back from Pierce until Pierce rode the berm on lap 33 allowing Moran to cut a full second off his lead. Pierce was able to hold off Moran in the closing laps to pick up his second straight win at Huset’s.

 

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane, for the 19th time in his career, Pierce had to breathe a sigh of relief after a heart-stopping moment in turn four that nearly cost him the race.

 

“It woke me up, that’s for sure,” said the Oakwood, Illinois driver whose sizable lead nearly evaporated with seven laps to go. “It was getting choppy on entrance in three and I think I just bottomed out, and when it started, I couldn’t get it back and was stuck up there for a second. I didn’t think I was ever going to get out. I finally realized it was Devin [Moran] in second and I didn’t know what he had on for tires, but whatever he did he was gaining on us for sure and he was the best car at the end, so we got lucky.”

 

Moran, who has not finished outside of the top four in any race since June 20th at Lernerville, came home in second.

 

“We were running fourth at about the halfway point. I kept trying to look at the scoreboard, but you are always on the wheel here. I got by Daulton [Wilson] and then a few laps later I was able to get by Timmy [McCreadie]. When Bobby got up on that cushion, I thought I had a real chance to catch him. We were good off turn two and I was able to gain more ground on him. Our car was more maneuverable I think at end than he [Pierce] was. I can’t wait for Saturday night,” said Moran who will be seeking his first career Silver Dollar Nationals.

 

McCreadie was able to sneak by Wilson on the final lap to get to third. 

 

“We were good early and then we got shuffled back a few spots on those restarts. We were able to finally get rolling again there at the end. We just needed it to stay green longer than it did there a couple of times. I was able to roll to the outside of the 18D car there on the last lap. We are getting closer. Hopefully Saturday night we can bring home a win for the team and all the sponsors.”

 

The winner’s Bobby Pierce Racing, Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Vic Hill Racing Engine and sponsored by Low Voltage Solutions, Hoker Trucking, Churchill Transport, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Rio Grande Waste Services, Toyota of Danville, Collins Brothers Towing, Carnaghi Towing and Repair, Ted Brown’s Quality Paint and Body Shop, Olde Tyme Ice Cream, A Plus Vacuum, Leka Tree Service, and VP Race Fuels.

 

Completing the top ten were Brandon Sheppard, Garrett Alberson, Blair Nothdurft, Brendan Smith, and Hudson O’Neal.

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 

Race Summary 

14th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals Presented by MyRacePass

Friday, July 19, 2024

Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, SD


 

Allstar Performance Time Trials

Overall Fast Time: Bobby Pierce | 12.8024 seconds


 

Penske Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (8 Laps, All Transfer): 1. 32P-Bobby Pierce[1]; 2. 1-Tim McCreadie[4]; 3. 20-Jimmy Owens[2]; 4. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[5]; 5. B5-Brandon Sheppard[3]; 6. 99B-Boom Briggs[6]; 7. 93F-Carson Ferguson[8]; 8. 37-Scott Ward[7]; 9. 10-Junior Coover[9]


 

Summit Racing Products Heat Race #2 Finish (8 Laps, All Transfer): 1. 58-Garrett Alberson[1]; 2. 99-Devin Moran[2]; 3. 17SS-Brenden Smith[5]; 4. 7-Ross Robinson[3]; 5. 111-Max Blair[7]; 6. 157-Mike Marlar[4]; 7. 15C-Curt Schroeder[9]; 8. 49-Jonathan Davenport[6]; 9. (DNS) 93-Cory Lawler


 

Earnhardt Technologies Heat Race #3 Finish (8 Laps, All Transfer): 1. 76N-Blair Nothdurft[1]; 2. 18D-Daulton Wilson[3]; 3. 25C-Chad Simpson[2]; 4. 7T-Drake Troutman[5]; 5. 71-Hudson O'Neal[7]; 6. 6-Clay Harris[4]; 7. 1T-Tyler Erb[6]; 8. 07-Ben Sukup[8]


 

14th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals Presented by MyRacePass Feature Finish (40 Laps):

Race Statistics  

Entrants: 26

Victory Fuel Pole Sitter: Bobby Pierce

Lap Leaders: Bobby Pierce (Laps 1-40)

Wieland Feature Winner: Bobby Pierce

Arizona Sport Shirts Crown Jewel Cup Feature Winner: n/a

Brandon Ford TV Challenge Feature Winner: n/a

Margin of Victory: 0.615 seconds 

Dave Warren Powersports Cautions: Jimmy Owens, Tyler Erb (Lap 8); Curt Schroeder, Scott Ward, Cory Lawler, Mike Marlar (Lap 9); Curt Schroeder (Lap 15); Ross Robinson (Lap 17)

Series Provisionals: n/a

Fast Time Provisional: n/a

Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a

Track Provisional: n/a

Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Bobby Pierce, Devin Moran, Tim McCreadie

Penske Shocks Top 5: Bobby Pierce, Devin Moran, Tim McCreadie, Daulton Wilson, Ricky Thornton, Jr.

Todd Steel Buildings Hard Charger of the Race: Jonathan Davenport (Advanced 8 Positions) 

PEM 4th Place Feature: Daulton Wilson

Wilwood Brakes Lucky 7th Place Feature: Garrett Alberson

Deatherage Opticians Lucky 13th Place Feature: Max Blair

MD3 Most Laps Led: Bobby Pierce (40 Laps) 

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Tim McCreadie

Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Ricky Thornton, Jr.

O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Race: n/a

Coltman Farms Fastest Lap of the Race: Bobby Pierce (Lap 4 | 13.056 seconds) 

Slicker Graphics Slickest Move of the Race: Devin Moran

Miller Welders Hard Luck Award: Drake Troutman

Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Bob Pierce (Bobby Pierce)

ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Vic Hill Racing Engines

Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis

Dirt Draft Fastest in Hot Laps: Devin Moran (13.0591 seconds)

Time of Race: 29 minutes 31 seconds 


 

14th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals Presented by MyRacePass Point Standings After Night 2:

14th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals Presented by MyRacePass Saturday B-Main Lineup | All Cars Transfer:

14th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals Presented by MyRacePass Saturday A-Main Lineup:

 


 

Pierce Earns First Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Win of ‘24 at Huset’s

 

BRANDON, SD (July 18, 2024) – Bobby Pierce led wire-to-wire on Thursday night at Huset’s Speedway as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series kicked off the three-day, 14th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals - Presented by MyRacePass.

 

Pierce’s win was his first of 2024 with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series - scoring the $10,000 victory for his sixth win in his last seven late model feature starts. The win is Pierce’s 21st overall in 2024.

 

Pierce was in control for all 40 laps as he beat fellow Illinois driver and defending Silver Dollar Nationals winner Brandon Sheppard to the checkers by 2.224 seconds. Daulton Wilson, the Victory Fuel polesitter finished in third rounding out the Big River Steel Podium. Devin Moran was fourth followed by Hudson O’Neal, whose two-race Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win streak was snapped, in fifth.

 

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the 18th time in his career, the 2019 Silver Dollar Nationals winner who finished second a year-ago to Sheppard is looking for a $53,000 payday on Saturday night.

 

“I don’t know what it is, but I was beat up last year after the race and I am again. You have got to stay on the wheel I think like literally the whole time around this racetrack with how it’s shaped and with how the banking flattens off in certain spots. The second you relax is when you push and make a mistake, things happen very fast here. It’s very mentally challenging because you come off the corners in turn four and it tightens up. The only time I got the wall was off of turn four down the straightaway.”

 

Sheppard, a two-time winner of the Silver Dollar Nationals, took over second from Wilson on lap four and trailed Pierce the rest of the way.

 

“The engine got a little bit more on the warmer side than I like it. Thanks to Huset’s Speedway for giving us a great racetrack tonight. We had a pretty good car all night long, we didn’t qualify as good as we needed to. We’ve been working on this thing trying to get a little bit better. We keep finishing second to Bobby. His stuff is really good right now and hats off to them guys, they do a really good job.”

 

Wilson who held the second spot for the first three circuits of the race, which saw only one caution flag slow the action, rounded out the Big River Steel Podium.

 

“This is a big deal for us. This place has definitely kicked my butt over the years. We were probably the only one on hard tires tonight, so we messed up a little bit there. My guys have been busting their tails and to get a night under our belt on hard tires is not a bad thing either so to be up here is a great thing.”

 

The winner’s Bobby Pierce Racing, Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Vic Hill Racing Engine and sponsored by Low Voltage Solutions, Hoker Trucking, Churchill Transport, Toyota of Danville, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Rio Grande Waste Service, Collins Brothers Towing, A Plus Vacuum, Leka Tree Service, Carnaghi Towing and Repair, and Ted Brown’s Quality Paint and Body Shop.

 

Completing the top ten were Tim McCreadie, Drake Troutman, Jonathan Davenport, Ricky Thornton Jr., and Carson Ferguson.

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 

Race Summary 

14th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals Presented by MyRacePass

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, SD


 

Allstar Performance Time Trials

Overall Fast Time: Daulton Wilson | 13.4955 seconds

 

Penske Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (8 Laps, All Transfer): 1. 18D-Daulton Wilson[1]; 2. B5-Brandon Sheppard[3]; 3. 7T-Drake Troutman[2]; 4. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[4]; 5. 20-Jimmy Owens[6]; 6. 99B-Boom Briggs[5]; 7. 111-Max Blair[7]; 8. 07-Ben Sukup[8]; 9. 10-Junior Coover[9]

 

Summit Racing Products Heat Race #2 Finish (8 Laps, All Transfer): 1. 32P-Bobby Pierce[1]; 2. 1-Tim McCreadie[2]; 3. 49-Jonathan Davenport[3]; 4. 7-Ross Robinson[4]; 5. 25C-Chad Simpson[6]; 6. 76N-Blair Nothdurft[5]; 7. 93-Cory Lawler[7]; 8. 15C-Curt Schroeder[8]

 

Earnhardt Technologies Heat Race #3 Finish (8 Laps, All Transfer): 1. 99-Devin Moran[1]; 2. 71-Hudson O'Neal[2]; 3. 93F-Carson Ferguson[4]; 4. 17SS-Brenden Smith[8]; 5. 1T-Tyler Erb[6]; 6. 157-Mike Marlar[5]; 7. 6-Clay Harris[7]; 8. 58-Garrett Alberson[3]

 

14th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals Presented by MyRacePass Feature Finish (40 Laps):

Race Statistics  

Entrants: 25

Victory Fuel Pole Sitter: Daulton Wilson

Lap Leaders: Bobby Pierce (Laps 1-40)

Wieland Feature Winner: Hudson O’Neal

Arizona Sport Shirts Crown Jewel Cup Feature Winner: n/a

Brandon Ford TV Challenge Feature Winner: n/a

Margin of Victory: 2.224 seconds 

Dave Warren Powersports Cautions: Debris (Lap 23)

Series Provisionals: n/a

Fast Time Provisional: n/a

Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a

Track Provisional: n/a

Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Bobby Pierce, Brandon Sheppard, Daulton Wilson

Penske Shocks Top 5: Bobby Pierce, Brandon Sheppard, Daulton Wilson, Devin Moran, Hudson O’Neal

Todd Steel Buildings Hard Charger of the Race: Garrett Alberson (Advanced 7 Positions) 

PEM 4th Place Feature: Devin Moran

Wilwood Brakes Lucky 7th Place Feature: Drake Troutman

Deatherage Opticians Lucky 13th Place Feature: Chad Simpson

MD3 Most Laps Led: Bobby Pierce (40 Laps) 

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Hudson O’Neal

Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Ricky Thornton, Jr.

O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Race: n/a

Coltman Farms Fastest Lap of the Race: Bobby Pierce (Lap 1 | 13.164 seconds) 

Slicker Graphics Slickest Move of the Race: Devin Moran

Miller Welders Hard Luck Award: Mike Marlar

Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Bob Pierce (Bobby Pierce)

ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Vic Hill Racing Engines

Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis

Dirt Draft Fastest in Hot Laps: Bobby Pierce (13.1250 seconds)

Time of Race: 12 minutes 34 seconds


 

14th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals Presented by MyRacePass Point Standings After Night 1:

 


 

 

O’Neal Wins Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Debut at Eagle

 

EAGLE, Neb. (July 15, 2024) – The first ever visit by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series to Eagle Raceway did not disappoint. The 1/3-mile’s first national touring late model event in 20 years saw Hudson O’Neal return to Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the first time since February 6.

 

O’Neal, the reigning Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion, took the lead for good on lap 13 from Ricky Thornton Jr. to win the Malvern Bank High Bank Heist worth $10,000. Thornton finished in second followed by Jonathan Davenport, Devin Moran, and Tim McCreadie.

 

O’Neal, who started third snared the lead on the opening lap as polesitter Garrett Alberson drifted high in turn two which opened the door for O’Neal. O’Neal held the point until Thornton charged around him to take over the top spot on lap five.

Thornton, the current LOLMDS points leader, led the way for eight laps until O’Neal passed him back for the lead on lap 13. O’Neal led the rest of the way in a torrid battle amongst the top five drivers who were on the same straightaway at one point contesting for the lead.

 

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the 28th time in his career O’Neal stood atop the Big River Steel Podium for the first time since East Bay in February.

 

“It feels awesome. I don’t know if I breathed the last 15 laps or so. It’s so awesome to be back up here again after everything that I have went through this year with the decisions I have made and other decisions or whatever. Man, it’s just awesome to be back up here and be able to represent all of my guys and SSI Motorsports. Hopefully we can continue to build on it. We will just do the best we can and go and try to win the next one.”

 

Thornton, who leads the series with 11 wins this year was in the hunt the entire 40 laps falling 1.516 seconds short of his 40th career series win.

 

“The car was really good. I want to thank everyone with Koehler Motorsports. My crew has been working their tails off. We weren’t exactly sure how this place was going to do. Heck, I thought it raced pretty good and hopefully we get to come back next year. I want to thank all of the fans for coming out to support us. This has been pretty awesome.”

 

Davenport, who never ran outside of the top four during the race rounded out the Big River Steel Podium in third.

 

“My car was pretty good. It was a lot better than it has been. I haven’t had much racing luck lately. It was a race to get by the 58 car he was a little more on harder tires than us three was. Ricky picked the bottom, and I got him on the restart. I was running the top and then the caution came back out and we switched after the next caution. It just wasn’t our night as far as luck goes. At least we didn’t go backwards tonight.”

 

O’Neal’s Todd and Vickie Burns, SSI Motorsports, Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by Big River Steel, Wheeler Metals, Professional Concrete Cutting and Drilling, West Side Tractor Sales, Dyno One Inc., Merrill Bonding Company, Bobcat of Batesville, Bob and Tammy Burton, Indiana USSSA Fast Pitch Softball, Paragon Speedway, O’Neal’s Salvage and Recycling, and Sub-Surface of Indiana.

 

Completing the top ten were Jimmy Owens, Max Blair, Ross Robinson, Drake Troutman, and Blair Nothdurft.

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 

Race Summary 

Malvern Bank Presents High Bank Heist

Monday, July 15, 2024

Eagle Raceway – Eagle, NE


 

Allstar Performance Time Trials

Fast Time Group A: Garrett Alberson | 13.292 seconds (overall)

Fast Time Group B: Boom Briggs | 13.609 seconds


 

Penske Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (8 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): 1. 58-Garrett Alberson[1]; 2. 49-Jonathan Davenport[2]; 3. 99-Devin Moran[3]; 4. 157-Mike Marlar[5]; 5. 7D-Dusty Leonard[7]; 6. 35D-Dylan Sillman[6]; 7. 93F-Carson Ferguson[4]; 8. 17SS-Brenden Smith[8]; 9. 45D-Dan Battaglia[9]


 

Summit Racing Products Heat Race #2 Finish (8 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[1]; 2. 99B-Boom Briggs[2]; 3. 20-Jimmy Owens[6]; 4. 43S-Derrick Stewart[3]; 5. 04-Tad Pospisil[7]; 6. 93-Cory Lawler[4]; 7. 51-Logan Seavey[5]; 8. 6-Clay Harris[9]; 9. 53-Andrew Kosiski[8]


 

Earnhardt Technologies Heat Race #3 Finish (8 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): 1. 71-Hudson O'Neal[2]; 2. 76N-Blair Nothdurft[1]; 3. 18D-Daulton Wilson[5]; 4. 1-Tim McCreadie[3]; 5. 111-Max Blair[6]; 6. 7-Ross Robinson[4]; 7. 7T-Drake Troutman[9]; 8. 6H-Al Humphrey[7]; 9. 10-Junior Coover[8]


 

Fast Shafts B-Main Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 93F-Carson Ferguson[1]; 2. 7T-Drake Troutman[3]; 3. 51-Logan Seavey[2]; 4. 53-Andrew Kosiski[8]; 5. 6-Clay Harris[5]; 6. 10-Junior Coover[9]; 7. 45D-Dan Battaglia[7]; 8. 6H-Al Humphrey[6]; 9. 17SS-Brenden Smith[4]


 

Malvern Bank Presents High Bank Heist Feature Finish (40 Laps):

Race Statistics  

Entrants: 27

Victory Fuel Pole Sitter: Garrett Alberson

Lap Leaders: Hudson O’Neal (Laps 1-4); Ricky Thornton, Jr. (Laps 5-12); Hudson O’Neal (Laps 13-40)

Wieland Feature Winner: Hudson O’Neal

Arizona Sport Shirts Crown Jewel Cup Feature Winner: n/a

Brandon Ford TV Challenge Feature Winner: n/a

Margin of Victory: 1.516 seconds 

Dave Warren Powersports Cautions: Clay Harris (Lap 1); Daulton Wilson (Lap 21); Mike Marlar (Lap 21 restart); Dylan Sillman (Lap 34); Boom Briggs (Lap 34 restart)

Series Provisionals: Clay Harris; Brenden Smith

Fast Time Provisional: n/a

Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a

Track Provisional: n/a

Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Hudson O’Neal, Ricky Thornton, Jr., Jonathan Davenport

Penske Shocks Top 5: Hudson O’Neal, Ricky Thornton, Jr., Jonathan Davenport, Devin Moran, Tim McCreadie

Todd Steel Buildings Hard Charger of the Race: Drake Troutman (Advanced 11 Positions) 

PEM 4th Place Feature: Devin Moran

Wilwood Brakes Lucky 7th Place Feature: Max Blair

Deatherage Opticians Lucky 13th Place Feature: Logan Seavey

MD3 Most Laps Led: Hudson O’Neal (32 Laps) 

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Hudson O’Neal

Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Ricky Thornton, Jr.

O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Race: Drake Troutman

Coltman Farms Fastest Lap of the Race: Ricky Thornton, Jr. (Lap 5 | 13.770 seconds) 

Slicker Graphics Slickest Move of the Race: Hudson O’Neal

Miller Welders Hard Luck Award: Daulton Wilson

Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Anthony Burroughs (Hudson O’Neal)

ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Clements Racing Engines

Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis

Dirt Draft Fastest in Hot Laps: Ricky Thornton, Jr. (14.1368 seconds)

Time of Race: 23 minutes 06 seconds 

 

Big River Steel Chase for the Championship Presented by ARP Point Standings:

 


 

Lucas Oil Speedway’s Diamond Nationals Rained Out

WHEATLAND, Mo. (July 13, 2024) – Saturday’s 18th Annual CMH Diamond Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment, at Lucas Oil Speedway, has been rained out.

 

Unexpected morning thunderstorms that produced heavy rain, and the forecast for rain continuing throughout the early afternoon with mostly cloudy skies wouldn’t allow sufficient time for crews to prepare the track for competition.

 

The event will not be rescheduled. Fans who purchased tickets in advance will automatically be refunded.

 

The Series is bound for Nebraska’s Eagle Raceway on Monday, July 15, before returning to the Hawkeye State on Tuesday, July 16, for a stop at Shelby County Speedway. Both tracks are new to the circuit.

 

Monday’s 40-lap Malvern Bank High Bank Heist at Eagle Raceway boasts a $10,000 grand prize. Shelby County Speedway pays tribute to the Kosiski Family, founders of the Silver Dollar Nationals, on Tuesday with a 53-lap, $10,053 to win feature event.

 

For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.com.

 


 

 

Moran Goes Back-to-Back with Slocum 50 Triumph at 34

BURLINGTON, Iowa (July 11, 2024) – Coming off a dominating performance last Saturday night at his home track, Devin Moran went back-to-back in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series - winning Thursday night’s 16th Annual Brent Slocum 50 Presented by Roederer’s Pit Stop. 

 

Moran’s fifth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season was worth $15,555 for the event honoring the 2004, 34 Raceway track champion Brent Slocum, who passed away in 2005 at the age of 28.

 

There were four lead changes among two drivers with Moran taking the lead for good on lap 16 from Tim McCreadie. Moran pulled away for a 2.547 second victory over defending series champion, Hudson O’Neal, who finished second in his return to SSI Motorsports.

 

McCreadie led the opening lap until Moran passed him on lap two to gain the lead for the first time in the race. However, McCreadie didn’t give up as he forged ahead of Moran on lap 11 but couldn’t hold off the Ohio racer. Moran seized control on lap 16 - a lead which he never relinquished.

 

Daulton Wilson came from his ninth place starting spot to round out the Big River Steel Podium in third. The current Big River Steel Chase for the Championship presented by ARP points leader Ricky Thornton Jr., in his start for Koehler Motorsports, finished fourth after starting 13th. Garrett Alberson rounded out the top five.

 

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the 13th time in his career, Moran will maintain third-place in the points heading to Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday night for the Diamond Nationals.

 

“We are right on track. I feel like we have really hit our stride here in the last couple weeks. I think that’s eight or nine podium finishes in a row. That’s just a testament to how great my crew guys are and how great my car owner and this whole team is. I have watched the Slocum 50 the last eight or ten years on DirtonDirt, and I never got to race it because it’s so far from home. It’s just cool to come out here and race in front of this crowd and the Slocum family. I have never met them, but I am sure I will get the privilege too,” said the Moran, who became the sixth different winner in six Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series races at 34 Raceway.

 

O’Neal, who started sixth battled with McCreadie before finally clearing him on lap 22.

 

“There are no words to describe the sense of relief I have. I told them guys that it feels like I’ve won almost after the week it’s been. Over the last few months, it’s just been in general my racing career has been a little up-and-down and it just feels good to get back to rolling pretty good. I felt like I had a really good racecar there I just missed a little bit of balance right there at the end. I just couldn’t roll the bottom like he [Moran] could there the last half of the race.”

 

Wilson was one of the fastest cars on the track throughout the mid portion on the race, but his momentum stalled out once he got to third as he challenged O’Neal for several laps before finishing third.

 

“The way it’s been going here lately I am tickled to death. I thought I had a shot at second for a minute then I really hurt my left rear tire bad running around the top of one and two down there, so I had to get down. Huddy never left the door open for me and the lapped cars were tricky to get around.”

 

The winner’s Roger Sellers, Double Down Motorsports, Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and sponsored by Big River Steel, C&W Trucking, Lazydays RV, Southeastern Equipment, Red Oak Pub, Haulin’ Haskell’s, Smoky Mountain Speedway, CarSourceAuto.com, Pee Wee’s Wrecker Service, Bilstein Shocks, Lincoln Smith Racing, and McHugh Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram.

 

Completing the top ten were Tim McCreadie, Carson Ferguson, Jonathan Davenport, Mike Marlar, and Drake Troutman.

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 

Race Summary 

Slocum 50 Presented by Roederer’s Pit Stop

Thursday, July 11, 2024

34 Raceway – West Burlington, IA


 

Allstar Performance Time Trials

Fast Time Group A: Garrett Alberson | 15.131 seconds (overall)

Fast Time Group B: Devin Moran | 15.508 seconds


 

Penske Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 1-Tim McCreadie[2]; 2. 58-Garrett Alberson[1]; 3. 18D-Daulton Wilson[3]; 4. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[4]; 5. 99B-Boom Briggs[5]; 6. 6-Clay Harris[7]; 7. 50-Kayden Clatt[6]; 8. W56-Gary Webb[8]


 

Summit Racing Products Heat Race #2 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[2]; 2. 29-Spencer Diercks[1]; 3. 20-Jimmy Owens[6]; 4. 7-Ross Robinson[4]; 5. 157-Mike Marlar[3]; 6. 17SS-Brenden Smith[5]; 7. 93J-Jay Johnson[7]; 8. (DNS) 33F-Rickey Frankel


 

Earnhardt Technologies Heat Race #3 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 99-Devin Moran[1]; 2. 71-Hudson O'Neal[2]; 3. 7T-Drake Troutman[3]; 4. 111-Max Blair[5]; 5. 78S-Steve Stultz[4]; 6. 21B-Rich Bell[8]; 7. 93-Cory Lawler[7]; 8. 42-Johnathan Huston[6]

 

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #4 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 49-Jonathan Davenport[1]; 2. 43S-Derrick Stewart[2]; 3. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[4]; 4. 25C-Chad Simpson[3]; 5. 93F-Carson Ferguson[5]; 6. 51-Matt Furman[6]; 7. 17-Tim Simpson[7]


 

Fast Shafts B-Main Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): 1. 157-Mike Marlar[3]; 2. 6-Clay Harris[5]; 3. 99B-Boom Briggs[1]; 4. 17SS-Brenden Smith[7]; 5. 93F-Carson Ferguson[4]; 6. 21B-Rich Bell[6]; 7. 51-Matt Furman[8]; 8. 93-Cory Lawler[10]; 9. 50-Kayden Clatt[9]; 10. 42-Johnathan Huston[14]; 11. 93J-Jay Johnson[11]; 12. 78S-Steve Stultz[2]; 13. W56-Gary Webb[13]; 14. 17-Tim Simpson[12]; 15. (DNS) 33F-Rickey Frankel


 

Slocum 50 Presented by Roederer’s Pit Stop Feature Finish (50 Laps):

Race Statistics  

Entrants: 31

Victory Fuel Pole Sitter: Tim McCreadie

Lap Leaders: Tim McCreadie (Lap 1); Devin Moran (Laps 2-9); Tim McCreadie (Laps 10-13); Devin Moran (Laps 14-50)

Wieland Feature Winner: Devin Moran

Arizona Sport Shirts Crown Jewel Cup Feature Winner: n/a

Brandon Ford TV Challenge Feature Winner: n/a

Margin of Victory: 2.547 seconds 

Dave Warren Powersports Cautions: n/a

Series Provisionals: Cory Lawler

Fast Time Provisional: Kayden Clatt

Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a

Track Provisional: n/a

Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Devin Moran, Hudson O’Neal, Daulton Wilson

Penske Shocks Top 5: Devin Moran, Hudson O’Neal, Daulton Wilson, Ricky Thornton, Jr., Garrett Alberson

Todd Steel Buildings Hard Charger of the Race: Carson Ferguson (Advanced 13 Positions) 

PEM 4th Place Feature: Ricky Thornton, Jr.

Wilwood Brakes Lucky 7th Place Feature: Carson Ferguson

Deatherage Opticians Lucky 13th Place Feature: Chad Simpson

MD3 Most Laps Led: Devin Moran (45 Laps) 

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Hudson O’Neal

Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Ricky Thornton, Jr.

O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Race: Carson Ferguson

Coltman Farms Fastest Lap of the Race: Tim McCreadie (Lap 7 | 15.873 seconds) 

Slicker Graphics Slickest Move of the Race: Devin Moran

Miller Welders Hard Luck Award: Jimmy Owens

Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Chuck Kimble (Devin Moran)

ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Cornett Racing Engines

Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis

Dirt Draft Fastest in Hot Laps: Devin Moran (15.6745 seconds)

Time of Race: 14 minutes 22 seconds 

 

Big River Steel Chase for the Championship Presented by ARP Point Standings:


 

 

Moran Defends Home Turf with Muskingum County Triumph

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (July 6, 2024) – Hometown driver Devin Moran thrilled the capacity crowd on Saturday night at Muskingum County Speedway - leading all the way to win the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned Freedom 60 worth $20,000.

 

Moran’s win was his fourth of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season, but his first series win since 2013 at the track promoted by his father, Hall-of-Famer Donnie Moran and his family.

 

Ricky Thornton Jr. came from fifth to finish second as he trailed Moran by 3.185 seconds at the finish. Max Blair was third followed by Jonathan Davenport and Matt Cosner.

 

The stats will show that Moran led all 60 laps, but three different drivers took their best shot at him during the race with Tim McCreadie, Tyler Carpenter, and Thornton all holding the runner-up spot at some point.

 

McCreadie, who started alongside on the front row held the second spot for the first nine laps of the race until Carpenter got going on the top and moved past McCreadie on lap ten. Carpenter was able to keep Moran in his sights until a lap 30 restart when McCreadie and Thornton got by him.

 

McCreadie, looking for his first win in the Rocket1 House Car, yielded the second spot to Thornton on lap 41 as Blair joined the party and he began to put the pressure on Thornton for second.

 

With no caution flags in the last 25 laps, Moran had to navigate heavy traffic that allowed Thornton and Blair to close briefly, but Moran would ultimately pull away.

 

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the 12th time in his career, the racer who scored his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win at the same track 11 years ago, climbed from his #99 to the cheers from the massive crowd on hand to witness the event that carried an $80,000 feature purse.

 

“Man, this is just awesome. All the glory to God and these great race fans. I love coming here! We only get to come here once or twice a year. It was an awesome night and I’m glad to be back in victory lane with the Lucas Oil guys. It took a while to get around those guys in the back. Our car was so good. I just want to give my car owner, Roger Sellers, a huge shoutout as he drove all the way up from Tennessee to be here tonight. Thanks to my dad, my mom and my whole family they put on a great event tonight.”

 

Thornton came home in second and will maintain the series points lead heading to Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri next week. 

 

“I needed to win the heat race to be able to stand where Devin is tonight. I felt like I was pretty decent there. It’s tough to start fifth and pass here. It was so top dominant there forever. I just never got myself in a good enough position and then I got a couple of lucky restarts there and I thought I could run him [Moran] down and the lapped cars were racing harder than I was for the lead. It was one of those deals, we’ll take second and head on down the road.”

 

For the second year in a row, at Muskingum County, Blair rounded out the Big River Steel Podium with his third-place finish.

 

“This track races like Eriez, Pa and like a lot of tracks back home. I am much more familiar and comfortable with tracks like this. That was a lot of fun. I thought I was going to have Ricky there for a long time, I think we raced about 20 laps side-by-side and we never touched. This crowd was awesome tonight especially on the Fourth of July weekend, because it’s tough, there is so much racing going on everywhere so for the crowd to be this good that is pretty cool.” 

 

The winner’s Roger Sellers-owned, Double Down Motorsports, Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and sponsored by Big River Steel, C&W Trucking, Lazydays RV, McHugh Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Ram, CarSourceAuto.com, Bilstein Shocks, Red Oak Pub, Smoky Mountain Speedway, Lincoln Smith Racing, Pee Wee’s Wrecker Service, and Haulin’ Haskell’s.

 

Completing the top ten were Tim McCreadie, Tyler Carpenter, Spencer Hughes, Daulton Wilson, and Hudson O’Neal.

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 

Race Summary 

Freedom 60

Saturday, July 6, 2024

Muskingum County Speedway – Zanesville, OH


 

Allstar Performance Time Trials

Fast Time Group A: Devin Moran | 15.543 seconds (overall)

Fast Time Group B: Jonathan Davenport | 15.887 seconds


 

Penske Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 99-Devin Moran[1]; 2. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[2]; 3. 156-James Dennis[5]; 4. 6-Clay Harris[4]; 5. 4T-Tripp Gerrald[3]; 6. 93J-Donovan Jackson[6]; 7. 20B-Todd Brennan[7]; 8. 144-Anthony Kinkade[8]


 

Summit Racing Products Heat Race #2 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 58-Garrett Alberson[1]; 2. 111-Max Blair[3]; 3. 53C-Colten Burdette[4]; 4. 19M-Spencer Hughes[2]; 5. 17SS-Brenden Smith[6]; 6. 128-Cory Workman[5]; 7. 93-Cory Lawler[7]; 8. 88-Dustin Smith[8]


 

Earnhardt Technologies Heat Race #3 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 1-Tim McCreadie[2]; 2. 49-Jonathan Davenport[1]; 3. 7T-Drake Troutman[4]; 4. 93F-Carson Ferguson[3]; 5. 20-Jimmy Owens[6]; 6. 10L-Nathon Loney[5]; 7. 0-Steve Prince[8]; 8. 25B-Mike Benedum[9]; 9. 17V-Tim Vance[7]


 

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #4 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 28C-Tyler Carpenter[1]; 2. 66C-Matt Cosner[2]; 3. 71-Hudson O'Neal[5]; 4. 7-Ross Robinson[4]; 5. 157-Mike Marlar[3]; 6. 18D-Daulton Wilson[6]; 7. 99B-Boom Briggs[7]; 8. 6C-Travis Carr[8]; 9. K11-George Klintworth[9]


 

Fast Shafts B-Main Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 4T-Tripp Gerrald[1]; 2. 17SS-Brenden Smith[2]; 3. 93-Cory Lawler[6]; 4. 144-Anthony Kinkade[7]; 5. 88-Dustin Smith[8]; 6. 93J-Donovan Jackson[3]; 7. 128-Cory Workman[4]; 8. (DNS) 20B-Todd Brennan


 

UNOH B-Main Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 157-Mike Marlar[2]; 2. 20-Jimmy Owens[1]; 3. 18D-Daulton Wilson[4]; 4. 10L-Nathon Loney[3]; 5. 0-Steve Prince[5]; 6. 99B-Boom Briggs[6]; 7. 25B-Mike Benedum[7]; 8. 17V-Tim Vance[9]; 9. 6C-Travis Carr[8]; 10. K11-George Klintworth[10]


 

Freedom 60 Feature Finish (60 Laps):

Race Statistics  

Entrants: 36

Victory Fuel Pole Sitter: Devin Moran

Lap Leaders: Devin Moran (Laps 1-60)

Wieland Feature Winner: Devin Moran

Arizona Sport Shirts Crown Jewel Cup Feature Winner: n/a

Brandon Ford TV Challenge Feature Winner: n/a

Margin of Victory: 3.184 seconds 

Dave Warren Powersports Cautions: Clay Harris (Lap 6); Ross Robinson (Lap 28); Garrett Alberson (Lap 30); Garrett Alberson, Brenden Smith (Lap 35)

Series Provisional: Boom Briggs

Fast Time Provisional: Nathon Loney

Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a

Track Provisionals: Todd Brennan; Anthony Kinkade

Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Devin Moran, Ricky Thornton, Jr., Max Blair

Penske Shocks Top 5: Devin Moran, Ricky Thornton, Jr., Max Blair, Jonathan Davenport, Matt Cosner

Todd Steel Buildings Hard Charger of the Race: Daulton Wilson (Advanced 13 Positions) 

PEM 4th Place Feature: Jonathan Davenport

Wilwood Brakes Lucky 7th Place Feature: Tyler Carpenter

Deatherage Opticians Lucky 13th Place Feature: Carson Ferguson

MD3 Most Laps Led: Devin Moran (60 Laps) 

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Ricky Thornton, Jr.

Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Ricky Thornton, Jr.

O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Race: Carson Ferguson

Coltman Farms Fastest Lap of the Race: Tyler Carpenter (Lap 11 – 16.285 seconds) 

Slicker Graphics Slickest Move of the Race: Max Blair

Miller Welders Hard Luck Award: Drake Troutman

Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Chuck Kimble (Devin Moran)

ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Cornett Racing Engines

Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis

Dirt Draft Fastest in Hot Laps: Jonathan Davenport (15.1132 seconds)

Time of Race: 29 minutes 32 seconds 

 

Big River Steel Chase for the Championship Presented by ARP Point Standings:

 


 

Independence 50 at Portsmouth Canceled, Muskingum County Still On For Saturday

BATAVIA, Ohio (July 5, 2024) – With the strong chances for rain forecasted at race time, Portsmouth Raceway Park and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series officials have canceled Friday night’s Independence 50.

 

The event will not be rescheduled. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series returns to Portsmouth Raceway Park, Saturday, August 31, for the River Days Rumble.

 

Saturday’s Freedom 60 at Muskingum County Speedway is still on as scheduled. The pit gate opens at 2:00 PM with the general admission gates opening at 3:00 PM and on-track action beginning at 6:30 PM.

 

A full program of Dirt Draft Hot Laps, Allstar Performance Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and a 60-lap, $20,000 to win main event is in store during the annual Freedom 60. In addition to the thrilling action of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, the 604 Late Models, Modifieds, and 4-Cylinders will also be in competition on Saturday.

 

Muskingum County Speedway will also have the largest display of fireworks the area has to offer following the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series main event.

 

Muskingum County Speedway is located at 7985 Frazeysburg Road in Dresden, Ohio, just north of Zanesville. To learn more about Muskingum County Speedway, visit www.muskingumcountyspeedway.com.

 

For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.com.

 

 


Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Invading Huset’s Speedway

BATAVIA, Ohio (July 18, 2024) – All eyes are on Huset’s Speedway as the high-banked oval prepares to host the 14th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals Presented by MyRacePass, July 17-20.

 

Over a quarter-million dollars is up for grabs throughout the week.

 

The action will kick start on Wednesday, July 17 with a complete program for the Tri-State Late Model Series and the IMCA Stock Cars.

 

Then, the Lucas Oil Late Model Series will take center stage with a complete program of Dirt Draft Hot Laps, Allstar Performance Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and a 40-lap, $10,000 to win A-Main both Thursday and Friday.

 

Drivers will earn points in each of the two preliminary events, with the combined total determining Saturday’s line-up. The top sixteen drivers in preliminary night points will be locked in to the 80-lap finale, while the balance of the field will have to compete in a B-Main.

 

Saturday’s 14th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals presented by MyRacePass will pay $53,000 to win, $2,000 to start. The first twenty non-transfers will be eligible to run the non-qualifiers race which pays $2,000 to the winner, and $553 to start.

 

The Tri-State Late Model Series returns with another full program on Thursday. Then, the Malvern Bank Super Late Model Series (SLMR) joins the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on Friday and Saturday with a complete program on tap each night.

 

Huset's Speedway, carved from a soybean field in 1953, is located between Sioux Falls and Brandon, South Dakota on Highway 11. Take I-90 east of Sioux Falls to exit 406, then go south three miles on SR 11. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, please visit www.husetsspeedway.com.

 

Ricky Thornton Jr. leads the Big River Steel Chase for the Championship presented by ARP. Jonathan Davenport is second and Devin Moran is third. Hudson O’Neal is now fourth with Tim McCreadie rounding out the top five in the current championship standings.

 

Drake Troutman is now 15 points ahead of Clay Harris in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Year chase.

 

For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.com.

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Purses:

Thursday, July 18: 1. $10,000, 2. $5,500, 3. $3,500, 4. $2,700, 5. $2,500, 6. $2,300, 7. $2,200, 8. $2,100, 9. $2,050, 10. $2,000, 11. $1,600, 12. $1,400, 13. $1,200, 14. $1,000, 15. $950, 16. $925, 17. $900, 18. $875, 19. $850, 20. $825, 21. $800, 22. $800, 23. $800, 24. $800 = $48,575

 

Friday, July 19: 1. $10,000, 2. $5,500, 3. $3,500, 4. $2,700, 5. $2,500, 6. $2,300, 7. $2,200, 8. $2,100, 9. $2,050, 10. $2,000, 11. $1,600, 12. $1,400, 13. $1,200, 14. $1,000, 15. $950, 16. $925, 17. $900, 18. $875, 19. $850, 20. $825, 21. $800, 22. $800, 23. $800, 24. $800 = $48,575

 

Saturday, July 20 – Silver Dollar Nationals: 1. $53,000, 2. $20,000, 3. $10,000, 4. $8,000, 5. $7,000, 6. $6,000, 7. $4,500, 8. $4,000, 9. $3,800, 10. $3,600, 11. $3,400, 12. $3,200, 13. $3,000, 14. $2,500, 15. $2,400, 16. $2,300, 17. $2,200, 18. $2,100, 19. $2,000, 20. $2,000, 21. $2,000, 22. $2,000, 23. $2,000, 24. $2,000 = $153,000

 

Saturday, July 20 – Non-Qualifiers Race: 1. $2,000, 2. $1,500, 3. $1,400, 4. $1,300, 5. $1,200, 6. $1,150, 7. $1,100, 8. $1,090, 9. $1,080, 10. $1,070, 11. $1,060, 12. $1,053, 13. $1,053, 14. $853, 15. $753, 16. $553, 17. $553, 18. $553, 19. $553, 20. $553 = $20,427

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Tire Rule:

Left Front - Hoosier (90) NLMT2, (90) NLMT3, (90) W30s

Right Front/Left Rear - Hoosier (90) NLMT3, (90) W30s

Right Rear - Hoosier (92) NLMT3, (92) W30s, (92) NLMT4

 

Previous Silver Dollar Nationals Winners:

2023 - Brandon Sheppard

2022 - Jonathan Davenport

2021 - Kyle Bronson

2020 - Brandon Sheppard

2019 - Bobby Pierce

2018 - Jonathan Davenport

2017 - Tim McCreadie

2016 - Jonathan Davenport

2015 - Scott Bloomquist

2014 - Scott Bloomquist

2013 - Jimmy Owens

2012 - Brian Birkhofer

2011 - Don O'Neal

 


 

Summit Racing Equipment “Super Twelve” Next Bonus in Chase for the Championship

BATAVIA, Ohio (July 17, 2024) – The Summit Racing Equipment “Super Twelve” awarded the top twelve drivers in the Big River Steel Chase for the Championship presented by ARP - each earning a cash bonus based on their position in the championship point standings.

 

The Summit Racing Equipment Super Twelve is the second of four bonus rounds in the Big River Steel Chase for the Championship presented by ARP. The Summit Racing Equipment Super Twelve recognizes the top twelve drivers in their chase for the record points fund of over $1,000,000.00. The series champion will receive $200,000, with the top four drivers in the final series point standings earning a minimum of $100,000.

 

Rick Thornton Jr. earned $5,000 from a total of $16,000 paid out to the top twelve drivers in the championship standings. Second through twelfth - each receiving $1,000 - in the championship standings were Jonathan Davenport, Devin Moran, Tim McCreadie, Hudson O’Neal, Mike Marlar, Daulton Wilson, Garrett Alberson, Jimmy Owens, Max Blair, Clay Harris, and Drake Troutman.

 

Summit Racing Equipment Super Twelve Payout: 1. $5,000, 2. $1,000, 3. $1,000, 4. $1,000, 5. $1,000, 6. $1,000, 7. $1,000, 8. $1,000, 9. $1,000, 10. $1,000, 11. $1,000, 12. $1,000 = Total $16,000

 

For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.com.

 

About Summit Racing Equipment:

It was 1968, and a young engineer owned a big block-powered 1967 Corvette roadster with a 427. He made some connections to get hop-up parts at a discount, and it wasn't long before his drag racing buddies found out and wanted the same deal. From such humble beginnings Summit Racing Equipment was born. Fast-forward to 2021 and that one-man startup is now the World's Speed Shop® the go-to parts source for thousands of gearheads around the globe.

 

To learn more about Summit racing Equipment visit www.summitracing.com.

 

Nebraska-Iowa Doubleheader Next for Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

BATAVIA, Ohio (July 15, 2024) – The busy Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series summer stretch continues with another exciting doubleheader to kickstart the week.

 

The Series is bound for Nebraska’s Eagle Raceway on Monday, July 15, before returning to the Hawkeye State on Tuesday, July 16, for a stop at Shelby County Speedway. Both tracks are new to the circuit.

 

The field will compete is a full program both nights, which includes Dirt Draft Hot Laps, Allstar Performance Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and their respective A-Mains.

 

Monday’s 40-lap Malvern Bank High Bank Heist at Eagle Raceway boasts a $10,000 grand prize. Shelby County Speedway pays tribute to the Kosiski Family, founders of the Silver Dollar Nationals, on Tuesday with a 53-lap, $10,053 to win feature event.

 

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be joined by IMCA Stock Cars at Eagle Raceway on Monday, then IMCA Late Models at Shelby County Speedway on Tuesday.

 

At Eagle Raceway, the pit gate will open at 2:00 PM with the general admission gate opening at 5:00 PM. On track action will begin at 6:30 PM.

 

The pit gate at Shelby County Speedway will open at 1:00 PM. The general admission gate will open at 4:00 PM. Hot Laps begin at 6:30 PM.

 

Eagle Raceway is a 1/3-mile oval located just two miles east of Eagle, Nebraska on U.S. 34, often referred to as the “World’s Fastest Third Mile.” Additional information can be found by visiting www.eagleraceway.com.

 

Shelby County Speedway is also a 1/3-mile oval located on the Shelby County Fairgrounds in Harlan, Iowa. To find more information about Shelby County Speedway, visit www.racescs.com.  

 

Ricky Thornton Jr. leads the Big River Steel Chase for the Championship presented by ARP. Jonathan Davenport is second, followed by Devin Moran, Tim McCreadie, and Hudson O’Neal rounding out the top five in the current championship standings.

 

Clay Harris leads the O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Year chase by just 5 points over Drake Troutman.

 

For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.com.

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Purses:

Eagle Raceway – July 15: 1. $10,000, 2. $5,500, 3. $3,500, 4. $2,700, 5. $2,500, 6. $2,300, 7. $2,200, 8. $2,100, 9. $2,050, 10. $2,000, 11. $1,600, 12. $1,400, 13. $1,200, 14. $1,000, 15. $950, 16. $925, 17. $900, 18. $875, 19. $850, 20. $825, 21. $800, 22. $800, 23. $800, 24. $800 = $48,575

 

Shelby County Speedway – July 16: 1. $10,053, 2. $5,500, 3. $3,500, 4. $2,700, 5. $2,500, 6. $2,300, 7. $2,200, 8. $2,100, 9. $2,050, 10. $2,000, 11. $1,600, 12. $1,400, 13. $1,200, 14. $1,000, 15. $950, 16. $925, 17. $900, 18. $875, 19. $850, 20. $825, 21. $800, 22. $800, 23. $800, 24. $800 = $48,628

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Tire Rule:

Left Rear/Fronts - Hoosier (90) NLMT2, (90) NLMT3

Right Rear - Hoosier (92) NLMT3, (92) NLMT4

 


 

Remnants of Hurricane Beryl Wash Out Lucas Oil Stop at Tri-City

BATAVIA, Ohio (July 10, 2024) – Due to the intense rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Beryl, Tri-City Speedway and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series officials have been forced to postpone Friday’s NAPA Know How 50.

 

Track and series officials are exploring options for a make-up date. Any information regarding the rescheduling of the event will be announced at a later date.

 

“This is disappointing. However, the over five-inches of rain the grounds took would make it nearly impossible to prepare the facility for a safe night of racing,” said Tri-City Speedway promoter Kevin Gundaker. “Tri-City Speedway has been a staple on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series schedule for 20 years and the NAPA Know How 50 has become one of our biggest events of the season.”

 

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events on Thursday, July 11, at 34 Raceway and Saturday, July 13 at Lucas Oil Speedway are still on as scheduled.

 

For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.com.

 

 


 

Thornton Leads Brandon Ford TV Race Challenge to Diamond Nationals

BATAVIA, Ohio (July 9, 2024) – Ricky Thornton Jr. leads the charge for the Brandon Ford TV Challenge to Lucas Oil Speedway, July 13, for the 18th Annual CMH Diamond Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment.

 

Thornton holds a 100-point advantage over Jonathan Davenport in the current Brandon Ford TV Challenge standings. Devin Moran is third, followed by Daulton Wilson and Garrett Alberson.

 

The Brandon Ford TV Challenge is a mini-series within the 2024 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series schedule that will award points to drivers at the thirteen (13) tape-delayed events airing on MAVTV.

 

The driver that earns the most Brandon Ford TV Challenge points and maintains perfect attendance on the tour will receive a $15,000 cash award at the year-end awards banquet. Second place will earn $5,000 and third place will receive $2,000.

 

For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.com. To learn more about MAVTV visit https://www.mavtv.com.

 

2024 Brandon Ford TV Race Challenge Schedule:

Date – Track – City, State – To Win – Winner

Sat. Jan. 27 – Golden Isles Speedway – Waynesville, GA - $25,000 – Ricky Thornton Jr.

Sat. Feb 10 – East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL - $15,000 – Daulton Wilson

Thur. May 23 - Lucas Oil Speedway- Wheatland, MO - $10,000 – Ricky Thornton Jr.

Fri. May 24 - Lucas Oil Speedway- Wheatland, MO - $10,000 – Ricky Thornton Jr.

Sat. May 25 – Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, MO - $50,000 – Jonathan Davenport

Sat. Jun. 22 – Lernerville Speedway – Sarver, PA - $50,000 – Ricky Thornton Jr.

Sat. Jul. 13 – Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, MO - $20,000

Sat. Jul. 20 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, SD - $53,000

Sat. Aug. 10 – Florence Speedway – Union, KY - $75,000

Sat. Aug. 24 – Port Royal Speedway – Port Royal, PA - $50,000

Sat. Sep. 21 – Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, IA - $50,000

Sat. Oct 12 - East Bay Raceway Park- Tampa, FL- $50,000

Sat. Oct. 21 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH - $100,000

 

About Brandon Ford:

Brandon Ford, located in Tampa, FL, has won Ford’s prestigious President’s Award for 20 consecutive years, saluting the top-performing Ford and Lincoln dealerships that pursue excellence in the highest levels of customer satisfaction in both sales and service. Brandon Ford has one of the largest inventories of new and pre-owned vehicles in the nation. Brandon Ford is centrally located just minutes away from the Crosstown, I-75 and I-4. They are located at the corners of State Roads 301 and 60, with entrances at both sides. Their hours are posted on their website for your convenience, as well as contact phone numbers for each of their departments.

 

To learn more about Brandon Ford or if you are interested in purchasing a vehicle, visit: www.BrandonFord.com.

 

 

 

Midwest Tripleheader Upcoming for Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

BATAVIA, Ohio (July 8, 2024) – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is returning to the Midwest this weekend for three showdowns at three unique venues across three different states.

 

The weekend kicks off on Thursday, July 11, at 34 Raceway for the Slocum 50 presented by Roederer’s Pit Stop – a 50-lap, $15,555 to win feature event.

 

Joining the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at 34 Raceway are the Modifieds and Stock Cars.

 

The pit gate will open at 2:00 PM with the general admission gate opening at 5:00 PM. On track action will begin at 6:30 PM.

 

34 Raceway, often referred to as Southeast Iowa’s Premier Place to Race, is located in West Burlington, Iowa and has hosted numerous prestigious national events since its inception in 1966. One of the most notable events still going to this day is the Slocum 50, in memory of the late, Brent Slocum.

 

To learn more about 34 Raceway or to purchase Slocum 50 tickets in advance, visit www.34raceway.com.  

 

From there, the Series moves to Tri-City Speedway for the 50-lap, $12,000 to win, NAPA Know How 50.

 

The Modified and B-Mods are also on the racing card at Tri-City Speedway, each vying for a $1,000 top prize.

 

At Tri-City Speedway, the pit gate will open at 2:00 PM with the general admission gate opening at 5:00 PM. On track action will begin at 6:30 PM.

 

Tri-City Speedway is a 3/8-mile oval located just across the Mississippi River 8 miles from Downtown St. Louis, MO in Granite City, IL. For more information, please visit www.tricityspeedway.net.

 

The 18th Annual CMH Diamond Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment will close out the weekend on Saturday, July 13. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Lucas Oil Midwest Latemodel Racing Association (MLRA) co-sanctioned event will see a significant purse increase in 2024 – now boasting $20,000 to the winner of the 50-lap main event.

 

The USRA Modifieds will be in action gunning for a top prize of $1,000. The USRA Stock Cars will also be in action gunning for $750 to win.

 

The pit gates at Lucas Oil Speedway will remain open all day, closed and cleared at 3:30 PM, and re-opened at 4:00 PM. The general admission gate will open at 5:00 PM. Hot Laps begin at 6:30 PM.

 

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at the intersection of Highway 83 and Highway 54 in Wheatland Missouri, about an hour North of Springfield and only about an hour and a half from Kansas City. For advance ticket purchases or more information about Lucas Oil Speedway, visit www.lucasoilspeedway.com.

 

The 18th Annual CMH Diamond Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment will be the next bonus round in the Big River Steel Chase for the Championship Presented by ARP. The Summit Racing Equipment Super Twelve will award each driver within the top twelve in the championship standings a share of a $16,000 payout.

 

Summit Racing Equipment Super Twelve Payout: 1. $5,000, 2. $1,000, 3. $1,000, 4. $1,000, 5. $1,000, 6. $1,000, 7. $1,000, 8. $1,000, 9. $1,000, 10. $1,000, 11. $1,000, 12. $1,000 = Total $16,000

 

Ricky Thornton Jr. leads the Big River Steel Chase for the Championship presented by ARP. Jonathan Davenport is second, followed by Devin Moran, Tim McCreadie, and Mike Marlar rounding out the top five in the current championship standings.

 

Clay Harris leads the O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Year chase by 35 points over Drake Troutman.

 

For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.com.

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Purses:

34 Raceway – July 11: 1. $15,555, 2. $7,000, 3. $5,000, 4. $4,000, 5. $3,000, 6. $2,500, 7. $2,400, 8. $2,300, 9. $2,200, 10. $2,100, 11. $2,000, 12. $1,800, 13. $1,600, 14. $1,500, 15. $1,400, 16. $1,300, 17. $1,200, 18. $1,100, 19. $1,000, 20. $1,000, 21. $1,000, 22. $1,000, 23. $1,000, 24. $1,000, = Total $63,955

 

Tri-City Speedway – July 12: 1. $12,000, 2. $6,000, 3. $3,500, 4. $2,800, 5. $2,500, 6. $2,300, 7. $2,200, 8. $2,100, 9. $2,050, 10. $2,000, 11. $1,600, 12. $1,400, 13. $1,200, 14. $1,100, 15. $1,050, 16. $1,000, 17. $1,000, 18. $1,000, 19. $1,000, 20. $1,000, 21. $1,000, 22. $1,000, 23. $1,000, 24. $1,000 = $52,800

 

Lucas Oil Speedway – July 13: 1. $20,000, 2. $10,000, 3. $6,500, 4. $5,000, 5. $4,000, 6. $3,500, 7. $3,000, 8. $2,500, 9. $2,400, 10. $2,300, 11. $2,200, 12. $2,000, 13. $1,900, 14. $1,800, 15. $1,700, 16. $1,500, 17. $1,300, 18. $1,200, 19. $1,200, 20. $1,200, 21. $1,200, 22. $1,200, 23. $1,200, 24. $1,200 = $80,000

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Tire Rule:

Left Rear/Fronts - Hoosier (90) NLMT2, (90) NLMT3

Right Rear - Hoosier (92) NLMT3, (92) NLMT4

 


 

 

 

Lucrative Doubleheader Kicks Off Busy July for Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

 

BATAVIA, Ohio (July 2, 2024) – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will kick off a busy July with a lucrative doubleheader in the Buckeye State – Friday, July 5 at Portsmouth Raceway Park and Saturday, July 6 at Muskingum County Speedway.

 

The action this weekend will get started on Friday, July 5 with a stop at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio for the return of the Independence 50. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will compete in a full program of Dirt Draft Hot Laps, Allstar Performance Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and a 50-lap, $20,000 to win main event.

 

The Limited Late Models and Sport Modifieds are also on the racing card for Friday, July 5 at Portsmouth Raceway Park. The pit gate will open at 2:00 PM. The general admission gates will open at 4:00 PM, with on-track action beginning at 7:00 PM.

 

Portsmouth Raceway Park is located at 25648 State Route 73 in Portsmouth, Ohio. For more information about Portsmouth Raceway Park, please call (740) 858-4972 or visit the track’s webpage at www.portsraceway.com.

 

The following night, July 6, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series returns to Muskingum County Speedway. Another full program of Dirt Draft Hot Laps, Allstar Performance Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and a 60-lap, $20,000 to win main event is in store during the annual Freedom 60.

 

The pit gate opens at 2:00 PM with the general admission gates opening at 3:00 PM and on-track action beginning at 6:30 PM. In addition to the thrilling action of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, the 604 Late Models, Modifieds, and 4-Cylinders will also be in competition on Saturday.

 

Muskingum County Speedway will also have the largest display of fireworks the area has to offer following the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series main event.

 

Muskingum County Speedway is located at 7985 Frazeysburg Road in Dresden, Ohio, just north of Zanesville. Tickets to the Freedom 60 can be purchased in advance by visiting https://www.myracepass.com/tracks/2184/tickets. To learn more about Muskingum County Speedway, visit www.muskingumcountyspeedway.com.

 

Ricky Thornton Jr. continues to lead the Big River Steel Chase for the Championship presented by ARP. Jonathan Davenport is second, followed by Devin Moran, Tim McCreadie, and Mike Marlar rounding out the top five in the current championship standings.

 

Clay Harris leads the O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Year chase by just 20 points over Drake Troutman.

 

For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.com.

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Purses:

Portsmouth Raceway Park – July 5: 1. $20,000, 2. $10,000, 3. $6,500, 4. $5,000, 5. $4,000, 6. $3,500, 7. $3,000, 8. $2,500, 9. $2,400, 10. $2,300, 11. $2,200, 12. $2,000, 13. $1,900, 14. $1,800, 15. $1,700, 16. $1,500, 17. $1,18. $1,200, 19. $1,200, 20. $1,200, 21. $1,200, 22. $1,200, 23. $1,200, 24. $1,200 = $80,000

 

Muskingum County Speedway – July 6: 1. $20,000, 2. $10,000, 3. $6,500, 4. $5,000, 5. $4,000, 6. $3,500, 7. $3,000, 8. $2,500, 9. $2,400, 10. $2,300, 11. $2,200, 12. $2,000, 13. $1,900, 14. $1,800, 15. $1,700, 16. $1,500, 17. $1,300, 18. $1,200, 19. $1,200, 20. $1,200, 21. $1,200, 22. $1,200, 23. $1,200, 24. $1,200 = $80,000

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Tire Rule:

Left Rear/Fronts - Hoosier (90) NLMT2, (90) NLMT3

Right Rear - Hoosier (92) NLMT2, (92) NLMT3, (92) NLMT4

 

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Lucas Oil MLRA Hits The Track For 18th Annual Diamond Nationals

Greg Stanek

Wheatland, Missouri (July 9, 2024) – For the first time in over a month, the Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association (MLRA) will roar back to life this weekend with another Crown Jewel opportunity as teams converge upon the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO.

 

The 18th Annual CMH “Diamond Nationals” Presented by Summit Racing Equipment will take center stage, pairing the best of the MLRA with their counterparts from the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) in this annual co-sanctioned classic. This year’s Diamond Nationals will also see an increase from the previous $15,000 top prize, as the winner will now take home $20,000 for their efforts.

Jonathan Davenport not only enters the weekend as the defending winner after topping a 40-car field in 2023, but the Blairsville, GA driver is also a 4-time winner of the coveted Diamond Ring which goes to the winner. Other recent winners of note include Johnny Scott in 2022, Chris Ferguson in 2020, and Jimmy Owens in 2019.

 

A total of 13 nights remain on the 2024 Lucas Oil MLRA schedule, and with five of those nights taking place at the Lucas Oil Speedway, the Diamond of Dirt Tracks is likely to play a major role in determining the series championship. Here is the Midseason breakdown of the top ten MLRA drivers heading into this weekend’s action.  

BREAKDOWN: MLRA MID-SEASON TOP 10

1.) CHAD SIMPSON (Point Leader) — The four-time series Champ continues to stand on top of the Midwest Sheet Metal Point Leader Challenge Standings, as he tries to track down a third consecutive crown. Engine troubles plagued Simpson in his last MLRA outing at the Callaway Raceway, but the Mt. Vernon, Iowa driver still managed to nurse his ride home to a valuable 8th place finish, something that could loom large come October. And the fact he has more MLRA wins to date (4) at Lucas Oil Speedway than any other active driver int the top ten, could spell trouble for those trying to take the crown away from the defending champ.  

 

2.) GORDY GUNDAKER (-10 points) — In his first full season with the MLRA, Gundaker has positioned himself well into the Championship Conversation. Despite an 18th place run in the season opener, the former WoO regular has rebounded with a podium run at the Adams County Speedway (IL) followed by another top five at the Callaway Raceway. The big boost for the St. Charles, MO driver came in the Show-Me 100 as he topped the MLRA regulars and wrestled his Longhorn Chassis to a strong 8th place finish.

 

3.) CHRIS SIMPSON (-15 points) — Yes, this makes three drivers separated by just 15 points. The defending MLRA runner-up continues to hang around stalking the top spot by virtue of his 4 top ten finishes, including a podium at Callaway Raceway. A 16-time career MLRA winner, Simpson is yet to find his way to victory lane at Wheatland, but he was the highest finishing MLRA regular during both qualifying nights for this year’s Show-Me 100, proving that he has the speed should he decide to go after what would be his first series championship since winning the 2016 Corn Belt Clash title.

 

4.) TREVOR GUNDAKER (-90 points) — The runner-up in last season’s SUNOCO Rookie of the Year Battle, Gundaker has already doubled up on his top ten finishes from all of last year with the MLRA. The former MLRA winner also had an impressive 11th place finish in the Show-Me 100 that helped him stay well within striking distance of the lead trio of drivers. Adding in another 3 top tens finishes in recent weeks following the Summer Nationals Tour and the 21 year old will be one to keep an eye on down the stretch as long as the MLRA heads to his home track Tri-City Speedway for the finale.

 

5.) DILLON MCCOWAN (-90 points) — After a rocky start to his MLRA season, the defending Sunoco Rookie of the Year has bounced back as of late, collecting his first career MLRA win at the Callaway Raceway to firmly put him back into the Championship discussion. With 5 races remaining in his playground of the Lucas Oil Speedway, and the fact he quite possibly has more seat time thus far in 2024 than any other MLRA driver, don’t take your eyes off this 20-year-old. After finishing no better than 15th in his first 3 MLRA starts of the season, if this team can continue their current string of strong runs it could make for a storybook ending to his sophomore campaign. 

 

6.) TONY JACKSON JR. (-125 points) — The two-time Lucas Oil MLRA Champion started the season with the Championship point lead following a strong 5th place run in the season opener in April. Since then, he has a trio of finishes that come just outside the top ten.  After a mid-season break in 2022, the Lebanon, MO driver returned to the track winning 4 of the next 6 MLRA races in his transition to Capital Chassis. As Jackson and company continue to search for more speed, it would not be a surprise to see him once again go on a late summer rampage and close the gap as he looks for MLRA title # 3.

 

7.) EARL PEARSON JR. (-140 points) — **Hurricane Warning** After failing to make the starting field in the season opener, Pearson looked more like a strong “Category 5” in recent weeks, recording runner-up finishes in the last two regular MLRA events to close in on championship leaders. The 4-time LOLMDS Champion has 4 MLRA wins to his credit, with three of those coming at the Lucas Oil Speedway.    

 

8.) JEFF HERZOG (-215 points) — After recording a trio of top 10’s in his first full season a year ago, Herzog is still on the hunt for his first top ten of 2024. Two of those top tens came at tracks the MLRA will visit in the second half of the season in the Davenport Speedway(7th) and Moberly Motorsports Park(6th). Typically one of MLRA’s top qualifiers, and a former quick timer at the Lucas Oil Speedway, Herzog looks to be a strong “second half team” that has high potential for making some noise down the stretch.

 

9.) CLAYTON STUCKEY (-270 points) — The Shreveport, LA driver has been a pleasant addition to the MLRA in 2024. A 12th place run at the Adams County Speedway in May, followed by an MLRA career best 7th place run at the Callaway Raceway has help to vault the Black Diamond race team inside the top ten, and well into contention for a share of the MLRA’s $60,000 season ending point fund. 

 

10.) AARON MARRANT (-290 points) — The MLRA’s leader in the Sunoco Race Fuels Rookie of the Year category checks in at the # 10 spot. A large portion of the remaining MLRA schedule sets up nicely for the Richmond, MO driver will stop’s close to home at Lakeside Speedway and Moberly Motorsports Park. In his last MLRA stop at Lakeside in 2022, Marrant recorded his best MLRA finish to date with a 3rd place run. Add in a win last Saturday at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 and the confidence should be on the rise for the 1x team.

Lucas Oil Speedway: Wheatland, MO “Diamond Nationals" -- Saturday 7/13/24

Pits Open: 4:00 PM, Gates Open: 5:00 PM

Racing: Hot Laps - 6:30 PM, Racing - 7:05 PM

Admission: Adults (13+) $30, Seniors (62+)/Military $27, Youth (6-12) $10, Kids (5 & Under) FREE, Family Pass $70, Pit Pass $45 

Support Classes: USRA Modifieds/$1,000 Win & USRA Stock Cars/$750 Win

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