WHEATLAND, Mo.—The Inaugural Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series event next July highlights the tentative Lucas Oil Speedway 2017 schedule, announced on Thursday by Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson.
The new Off Road track, which is under construction southeast of the dirt track, will bring a new form of racing to Lucas Oil Speedway—and to this part of the country—in a big two-day show, July 22-23.
Otherwise, fans will find the schedule similar to last year's with at least one special event each month plus 13 weekly shows featuring the USRA Modifieds, Out-PAce USRA B-Mods, Street Stocks and ULMA Late Models.
"We're excited about what's in store for our fans and drivers in 2017 with a schedule that has a little bit of everything," Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. "We run the gamut with our weekly series to big late model specials, the open-wheel shows, drag boats, pro pulling, monster trucks and, of course, the much-anticipated first off road weekend on the new track.
Engines will fire for the first time on April 1 with an open Test and Tune for all four divisions. The season goes green on April 8 with the first Weekly Championship Series program presented by KOLR 10 and Z 27 with the ULMA Late Models featured in a $1,000-to-win feature.
The first special of the season is set for April 14-15 with the 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals presented by RacingJunk.com. The USRA Modifieds and Street Stocks join the MLRA Late Models.
July finds the 11th annual CMH Diamond Nationals for the Lucas Oil Model Dirt Series and MLRA Late Models July 15. The Off Road weekend includes a Weekly Series program on July 22.
August commences with national touring Modifieds in the spotlight, for the 8th annual USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout on Aug. 5. The month concludes—as does the regular season—with the Weekly Series Season Championship Night on Aug. 26 as the four division champs are crowned.
Labor Day Weekend is arguably the busiest of the season, with the three-day 7th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals Sept. 1-3 and the Lucas Oil MLRA Larry Phillips Memorial on the dirt track Sept. 2. Out-Pace USRA B-Mods join the Late Models in the big Saturday-night program after action on Lake Lucas earlier in the day.
Season passes, along with Show-Me 100 three-day passes, will go on sale later this winter. Look for that information at LucasOilSpeedway.com and on Lucas Oil Speedway's Facebook page.
Below is the tentative 2017 Lucas Oil Speedway schedule:
April 1 - Open Test & Tune.
April 8 - Weekly Series Show No. 1, Presented by KOLR 10 and Z27 (USRA Modifieds, USRA B-Mods, Street Stocks, ULMA Late Models).
April 14-15 - 4th annual MLRA Spring Nationals Presented by RacingJunk.com (MLRA, USRA Modifieds, Street Stocks).
April 22 - Weekly Show No. 2, Presented by Springfield News-Leader Media Group. $uper $aver $pecial Night .
April 29 - Weekly Show No. 3, $5 Dollar Night at the Races, Presented by KOLR 10 & Z 27.
May 6 - 6th annual Impact Signs, Awnings & Wraps Open Wheel Showdown (ASCS Warrior/Red River Region Sprints, POWRi Midgets, WAR Sprints).
May 13 - Weekly Show No. 4, NMI Night at the Races Presented by Wild Animal Safari.
May 20 - Weekly Show No. 5, Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Night at the Races Presented by KOLR 10 and Z 27.
May 25-27 - 25th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com (LOLMDS/MLRA Late Models, USRA Modifieds).
June 3 - No racing unless otherwise scheduled.
June 9-11 - 6th annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic.
June 10 - Weekly Show No. 6, Presented by the Networks of Mid-Missouri.
June 17 - ASCS Bob Westphal Memorial Cup Sizzlin' Speedweek Finale (ASCS Winged Sprints, WAR Sprints).
June 24 - Weekly Show No. 7, Bolivar Herald-Free Press Mid-Season Championships.
June 29 - Weekly Show No. 8, Casey's General Store Thursday Night Thunder Presented by KY3 for Kids Night plus Fireworks.
July 1 - No racing unless otherwise scheduled.
July 8 - Weekly Show No. 9, Veterans and Military Appreciation Night Presented by Springfield News-Leader Media Group.
July 15 - 11th annual CMH Diamond Nationals (LOLMDS/MLRA Late Models, USRA Modifieds).
July 22 - Weekly Show No. 10, National Wild Turkey Federation Race to Save the Hunt Night $uper $aver $pecial Night.
July 29 - Weekly Show No. 11, Ozarks Food Harvest Food Drive Night Presented by KOLR 10 and Z 27.
Aug. 5 - 8th annual USMTS Slick Mist Show-Me Shootout Presented by Foley Equipment (USMTS, Street Stocks, USRA B-Mods, Battle of the Badges).
Aug. 12 - No racing unless otherwise scheduled.
Aug. 19 - Weekly Show No. 12, TA/Petro Fan Appreciation Night Presented by the Ozarks CW and Ozarks Sports Zone Night at the Races.
Aug. 26 - Weekly Show No. 13, Bill Roberts Chevrolet-Buick Season Championship Night Presented by KYOO Your Country 99 & KPOW Power 97.7.
Sept. 1-3 - 7th annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals.
Sept. 2 - MLRA Larry Phillips Memorial Presented by G2 Gemini Apparel (MLRA, USRA B-Mods).
Sept. 9 - No racing unless otherwise scheduled.
Sept. 15-16 - Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Nationals.
Sept. 21-23 - 7th annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial (ASCS Sprints, WAR Sprints).
Sept. 30 - No racing unless otherwise scheduled.
Oct. 6-7 - 4th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals and Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt (MLRA and Street Stocks).
Oct. 14 - No racing unless otherwise scheduled.
Oct. 21 - Monster Truck Nationals-Eve of Destruction.
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. 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 YouTube at www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway.