Lucas Oil Speedway season opens this weekend with 3rd annual MLRA Spring Nationals

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Wheatland, Missouri (April 5, 2016) - It's time to go racing at Lucas Oil Speedway with green flag waving on the 2016 season this weekend.

Headlining a two-night season-opening program is the Lucas Oil MLRA Series with the 3rd annual MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by Also on Friday and Saturday, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds and Carson's Corner NAPA Street Stocks will have full programs.

"We've made the MLRA Spring Nationals an annual kickoff to our season and the big-show, two-night format has proven a popular way to get things going," Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. "Along with the usual excitement for a new season, it's also the MLRA season opener and that doubles the anticipation.

"The weather forecast, while a little cool on Friday, has no mention of rain. Everything at the speedway is in place and ready to go. We can't wait to see all our great fans as we fire up another season."

Expected to lead the way into the MLRA opener is Springfield's Terry Phillips, who won his 3rd series championship in 2015, and Billings' Jesse Stovall, winning of 10 MLRA features last season.

NASCAR star and Missouri native Ken Schrader will be on hand both nights, competing in the USRA Modified division.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m. both nights. The first 500 fans through the gates each night will receive a free 2016 Lucas Oil Speedway scheduled magnet.

Winner of Friday's 30-lap MLRA feature will receive $2,000. Saturday's 45-lap feature winner will take home $5,000, which includes a $1,500 bonus from Pitts Homes commemorating its 45th year in business and $500 in memory of Ron Jenkins, who built the original Wheatland Raceway.

Saturday's USRA Modified feature winner will collect $750 courtesy of Clearlight Inn. The Street Stock winner gets $500 courtesy of Elite Auto Repair.

After the cancellation of last weekend's scheduled Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Meltdown at I-80 Speedway due to the weather, an open practice is set for 6-9 p.m. Thursday. USRA Mods and Street Stocks also are invited with pit passes $25. There will be limited concessions available and grandstand admission is free.

Friday also marks the first "Free Kids Friday" of the Lucas Oil Speedway season with kids 11-and-under admitted free with a paid adult admission.

Ticket prices for the weekend:

Adults (16 and up) $15
Seniors (62 and up)/military $12
Youth (12-15) $5
Kids (11 and under) FREE with paid adult
Family Pass $30 click here for more information
Pit Pass $35

Adults (16 and up) $20
Seniors (62 and up)/military $17
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $40 click here for more information
Pit Pass $35

A limited number of VIP Suites are available for Saturday's event. Contact LaRay Hankins at (417) 282-5984 or via email at for more info.

Opening night for the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series, with racing in all four weekly divisions, is set for April 16.

Please visit for the most up to date information about "America's New Motorsports Destination," Lucas Oil Speedway.
Three-time Lucas Oil MLRA Series champion Terry Phillips (75) along with Jesse Stovall (00) and Chad Simpson (25) are expected when the season opens this weekend at Lucas Oil Speedway. (Lloyd Collins photo)
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. 
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Dan Robinson
Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager
Lucas Oil MLRA Series Director
Office: (417) 282-5984 
About Lucas Oil Speedway 
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five Race Tracks in the Nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri and just a quick hour and a half from the Kansas City Metro Area, dubbed the "Diamond of Dirt Tracks" Lucas Oil Speedway certainly lives up to the title.
Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2016 marks the 6th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two Nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series will be held in 2016.
Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.  
In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Budweiser Weekly Racing Series features, the ALPS Food Store ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Carson's Corner NAPA Street Stocks and the USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.
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