WHEATLAND, Mo.—A banner racing season at Lucas Oil Speedway was celebrated Saturday night with the Postseason Championship Banquet at The Lodge at Old Kinderhook in Camdenton.
About 175 people attended the festive event where the top 10 in points and the champions in each of the four Budweiser Weekly Championship Series classes.
"It was a season to remember at Lucas Oil Speedway for the great racing on the track and the tremendous support of our fans and our sponsors," Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. "We like to set the bar high. While this was a great season, we've already turned our attention to making 2017 even better."
Lucas Oil Speedway attracted 107,518 fans in 2016, the first time the speedway has cracked 100,000 in fans through the gates during a season. Average attendance for weekly programs was 2,353 with an overall average of 3,049.
In the four weekly divisions, 424 race teams unloaded in the pit area in 2016 including 162 Out-Pace USRA B-Mods and 139 USRA Modifieds.
"The quality of our racing, whether it was during the weekly shows or our special events, stands up to any in the nation," Robinson said.
The ultra-consistent Jeff Cutshaw of Bolivar won three features to go with five second-place finishes to run away with the USRA Modified championship. He wound up 178 ahead of Jason Pursley of Hermitage.
"I'd just like to thank Dan (Robinson) and the track staff. They do an awful lot for everybody," Cutshaw said. "I also want to thank all my crew guys who work on (the car) all week long."
Jeff Cutshaw won the USRA Modified track championship.
J.C. Morton parlayed his Lucas Oil Speedway championship into the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod national championship. The Springfield native finished the season in style at Lucas, making a last-lap pass on Season Championship night for his third feature win of the season.
"I just want to thank everybody that helps put this show on. Without them, we wouldn't be able to race week to week," said Morton, who finished 136 points clear of runner-up Tyler Brown of Richland. "I have to thank my sponsors and my family."
J.C. Morton won the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod track championship.
USRA Modified driver Terry Schultz of Sedalia won a drawing for a 2015 Harley-Davidson 883 Sportster, courtesy of Lawless Harley-Davidson of Scott City. The top 10 finishers in points in each of the divisions were eligible.
The tentative 2017 Lucas Oil Speedway schedule was unveiled this week. The season fires up April 1 with an open test and tune. The regular season begins with the first Weekly Championship Series program on April 8. 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.
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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