WAYCROSS, GA (May 9, 2012) – The stars and cars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be in action this weekend with a first time trip to Hartford (MI) Motor Speedway on Friday Night, May 11th. Then on Saturday Night May 12th the series will travel to the LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, IL for the second exciting race of the weekend in the upper Midwest. Each event will pay $10,000 to the winner and $800 to start.
The Lane Automotive 48 Presented by Allstar Performance will highlight the Michigan ½ mile at Hartford Motor Speedway this Friday night. Hartford will become the 61st track the series has sanctioned since its inception. John Berglund and everyone at Lane Automotive have been strong supporters of this Hartford Speedway. Lane Automotive is honored to celebrate 48 years of business by sponsoring this event. As special part of their sponsorship, Lane Automotive will host an open house at their beautiful facility on Friday May 11th from 9am till 4pm. Both fans and racers are invited to the open house at their place of business located close to Hartford Motor Speedway just off of I-94 exit 41. For more information about the open house contact John Berglund at (269) 463-4113
The LOLMDS will race at LaSalle Speedway for the ninth time in its history, as the Spring Shootout will take place this Saturday night May 12th. The LaSalle Speedway has been owned and operated by the famed Izzo family since 1992. Over the years they have made numerous improvements and renovations to the ¼ mile speed plant making it one of the most exciting bullrings in the country! For more information on these LOLMDS sanctioned events this weekend, you can visit each tracks official website at www.hartfordmotorspeedway.net and www.lasallespeedway.com.
“We are very excited to take the LOLMDS to the state of Michigan for the first time this weekend. Hartford Speedway has a rich racing history and support from Lane Automotive who will be in attendance this weekend. It should be an amazing night of racing at Hartford and we look forward to entertaining all of the great race fans from the area on Friday night”, stated Ritchie Lewis, Series Director. “Then on Saturday night, we visit the the fans at LaSalle Speedway, who have always been very welcoming to the LOLMDS and the drivers. The Izzo family does an outstanding job and we look forward to yet another successful event at their venue. These should be fun-filled events for the fans of the LOLMDS this weekend”, Ritchie Lewis went on to say. Further, we continue to pray for Mr. Jim Borden and his family.
Among the entrants this weekend for the Lucas Oil late Model Dirt Series will be the defending series champion, Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN, 4-time series champion, Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL, 2-time series champ, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN, Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN and Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA.
Also on hand will be series regulars Steve Francis of Ashland, KY, Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, IL, Tyler Reddick of Corning, CA, Jared Landers of Batesville, AR, John Blankenship Williamson, WV, Austin Hubbard of Seaford, DE, and Eric Wells of Hazard, KY. Numerous other stars in dirt late model racing will also be on hand as many of the top regional and local racers will be competing as well.
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About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series: Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nations’ premier dirt late model sanctioning organization. It currently sanctions 46 events in 19 states in 2012 and receives national exposure through taped-delayed series events that are shown on CBS, CBS Sports, SPEED, NBC Sports and MAVTV.
About Lucas Oil Products: Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes, problem-solving additives, and car-care products. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil has established itself as a worldwide leader in the lubrication industry. Motorsports has always been part of the Lucas Oil culture and the cornerstone of the company’s marketing strategy. Such passion for motorsports has inspired Lucas Oil to sponsor many race teams, events and series at all levels, including, NHRA, IRL, ASCS, NASCAR, IHRA and many more. Lucas Oil has also taken ownership and operational control of a number of high profile racing properties, such as: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. and the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, CA.
In 2007 Lucas Oil founded its own production house, Lucas Oil Production Studios, dedicated to producing high action motorsports television. Currently Lucas Oil Production Studios produces over 300 hours of original programming for networks such as CBS, NBC Sports, SPEED, and MAVTV. More information on Lucas Oil Products, Inc. can be found by visiting www.LucasOil.com.