WAYCROSS, Ga. – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series has expanded an already aggressive 2016 schedule. The updated tour schedule now features a record-breaking 53 events at 33 different venues across 19 states. Among the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned races will be the Bob Miller Memorial at 201 Speedway. The Johnson County track will host the Bob Miller Memorial on July 1.
The Bob Miller Memorial ranks as one of Kentucky’s top racing events.
Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, Fla.) will host its first-ever Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event on Sunday, February 14. The 50-lap, $10,000-to-win Winternationals becomes the 10th event on the 2016 Georgia-Florida Speedweeks docket.
Sharon Speedway (Hartford, Ohio) will also host its first-ever Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event. The Steel Valley 50 will be a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win event on Friday, April 22. The Steel Valley 50 precedes the 35th Annual Stanley Schetrompf Classic, a 60-lap, $12,000-to-win event, on Saturday, April 23 at Hagerstown Speedway in Maryland.
Atomic Speedway (Chillicothe, Ohio) will host its biggest event in the 60-plus year history of the 3/8-mile oval. The inaugural Buckeye Nationals will take place May 13-14 and boast an impressive $50,000 payday. This blockbuster weekend will kick off on Friday, May 13 with time trials and heat races for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.
The action on Saturday, May 14 will include B-Mains, followed by the “10 Not In” Non-Qualifier Race. The top 10 drivers that did not transfer into the Buckeye Nationals (via preliminary events) will be eligible to start the $3,000-to-win, $300-to-start, non-qualifiers race – held prior to the main event. The winner of the “10 Not In” has the choice of keeping their $3,000 winnings, or forfeiting their earnings to start last in the main event. The 75-lap, $50,000-to-win, $3,000-to-start, Buckeye Nationals main event will cap off the weekend action.
I-80 Speedway (Greenwood, Neb.) will host its first of two Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events on Tuesday, May 24.
The 24th Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 – Presented by ProtectTheHarverst.com will see a bigger, richer format in 2016. The new format features the 3rd Annual Cowboy Classic, on Thursday, May 26th and the Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson on Friday, May 27. Both events will be 40 laps, paying $6,000-to-win, $600-to-start, followed by the 100-lap, $30,000-to-win Show-Me 100 on Saturday, May 28. The preliminary features will have more meaning than money. While some details remain to be finalized, the first 18 starters in the Show-Me 100 will be determined by the average finish from Thursday and Friday. Previously, those positions were set through time trials and heat races on a feature-less Friday.
The total purse for the weekend, which is co-sanctioned with the Lucas Oil Midwest Latemodel Racing Association (MLRA), will grow to nearly $170,000.
“The evolution of the Show-Me 100, which included the addition of the popular Cowboy Classic on Thursday night, in recent years, precipitated the changes. Friday’s action, which has consisted of Show-Me 100 time trials, heat races, Manufacturers Dash and Past Champions race – but no main event – left a void,” said Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager, Dan Robinson.