Cutshaw, Striegel crowned Lucas Oil Speedway track champions
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November 7, 2015

WHEATLAND, Mo.—The Lodge at Old Kinderhook in Camdenton, Mo., became home to over 200 drivers, crew members, sponsors, family and friends on Saturday night as the annual Lucas Oil Speedway champions banquet took place. Lucas Oil Speedway officially crowned the 2015 season champions in each of the four Budweiser Weekly Racing Series classes.

Wheatland native Mike Striegel scored his first Lucas Oil Speedway season championship in the USRA B-Mods while Jeff Cutshaw of Bolivar, Mo., secured his second consecutive championship by showcasing his talents all year long yet again in the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds.

As drivers and their families and friends entered the banquet room, a social hour was underway which gave all in attendance a chance to catch up with friends and reflect on the 2015 season. A stunning highlight video showcasing the best racing of the season produced by Robert Claunch from RCR designs played on the big screens within the banquet hall. Social hour was followed by a touching invocation by Allen Perkins of Raceway Ministries. Dinner was served promptly at 7 p.m. The Lodge at Old Kinderhook went above and beyond as they served a delicious chicken and steak duet with crisp green beans and mashed potatoes.

Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson opened up the formal portion of the awards banquet with a welcome and thank you to all those that make each season possible. Robinson gave some quick stats to give everyone perspective on how their weekly track keeps growing each year. Lucas Oil Speedway produced record car counts, averaging 115 cars weekly, which is up from 109 in 2015. The total attendance through the gates in 2015 was 99,652, which is up from 97,000 in 2014 and 38,000 in 2009.

Robinson announced that the payout for all four weekly classes will increase in 2016. USRA B-Mods will provide $400 to win, $300 for second and $200 for third. USRA Modifieds will now be $600 to win, $500 for second and $400 for third. All classes will see additional increases throughout the field. Robinson noted that the growing success supported this decision and the loyal drivers certainly deserved it.

The first class to receive awards was the USRA B-Mods as the top 10 in points were honored. Striegel received his championship hardware and an outstanding package of cash and contingency awards. Striegel gave an emotional speech, which ended by presenting his son, Tanner Calhoun, with the Crew Chief of the Year Award and thanking him for all of his hard work and contribution to his race program.


USRA B-Mod track champion Mike Striegel with Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson.

Runner-up in the USRA B-Mods was multi-time champion Kris Jackson. 2015 USRA B-Mod national champion Andy Bryant took third followed by Tyler Brown and Jim Cihy. Sixth through tenth began with Logan Martin, followed by Justin Hunt, Robb Ewing, Robert Heydenreich and young Kaeden Cornell.

Cutshaw outlasted a stellar field of Pitts Homes USRA Modified competitors to score his second consecutive Lucas Oil Speedway championship. Racing veterans such as Jason Russell, Eric Turner and Jason Pursley took home honors in second through fifth respectively.


Pitts Homes USRA Modified track champion Jeff Cutshaw with Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson.

Young and successful Logan Martin rounded out the top five after capturing several wins on the season. John Allen, Chase Jones, Terry Schultz, Nathan Vaughn and Chase Domer rounded out the top 10.

In a unique twist to this season's award banquet, the final prizes to be awarded included a brand new Harley-Davidson Street® 750 Motorcycle donated by Lawless H-D in Scott City, Mo., and the Kawasaki Brute Force 300 ATV donated by Hobbytime Motorsports in Bolivar. Robinson took to the stage and first provided some background on how the contest came about. With 38 nervous drivers anxiously waiting, ULMA Late Model driver Jon Melloway's name was called as the winner of the ATV as he excitedly worked his way to stage to check out his new toy. The new Harley was next and it was long-time USRA Modified racer and Skyline School Prinicipal Jason Pursley scoring himself an early Christmas present. At last report, Pursley has several new tattoos, a full assortment of leather riding apparel and reservations at Sturgis for 2016.

Finally, the end of arguably the best LOS banquet yet, renowned comedian Joe Marlotti kept spirits light and many entertained after the completion of formal awards ceremony. Record attendance was a high note of the 2015 banquet as many gathered and couldn't wait to talk about the bigger and better things coming in 2016.

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Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, MO. 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. Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984. In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking "Like" at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway.



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