WAYCROSS, GA (March 28, 2011) – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will make their first appearance in the state of Texas this Friday and Saturday, April 1st and 2nd at the Lonestar Speedway in Kilgore, TX.
Activity at the newly re-designed 3/8ths mile high-banked will get underway with a special practice session on Thursday Night, March 31st. On Friday Night, April 1st the stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will feature Time Trials and Heat Races, then on Saturday Night, April 2nd the consolation races along with the $20,000 to win/$1,000 to start feature event will take place.
With the postponement this past weekend of the Indiana Icebreaker until April 9th, the event at Lonestar Speedway will now mark the first stop after the DART Winternationals on the Sunoco Race Fuels Road to Wheatland in 2011 as 15 drivers with perfect attendance will be eligible for the $700 winners circle money once again as they make their way across America, heading to the 19th Annual DART Show-Me 100 at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO.
Among the expected entrants for this weekend at Lonestar Speedway will be two-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN, 4-time series champion, Earl Pearson Jr., who drives for Bobby Labonte Racing, current series points leader, Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN, Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC, Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN, Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA, who drives for NASCAR’s Clint Bowyer, and a new full-time driver to the series, Steve Francis of Ashland, KY, who has announced his intentions to race on the series tour for the rest of 2011.
Also expected to be on hand to contend for the $20,000 top prize if last year’s series rookie-of-the-year, Chris Wall of Springfield, LA, Brad Neat of Dunnville, KY, Steve Casebolt of Richmond, IN, John Blankenship of Williamson, WV, Ronny Lee Hollingsworth of Northport, AL, Wendell Wallace of Batesville, AR, Billy Moyer Jr. of Batesville, AR, Eric Wells of Hazard, KY, Mike Marlar of Winfield, TN, Eric Jacobsen of Sea Cliffe, CA and Tim Isenberg of Marshfield, WI.
A strong contingent of 2011 Quarter Master Rookie of the Year contenders will be hand at Lonestar Speedway including Bub McCool of Vicksburg, MS, Frank Heckenast Jr. of Frankfort, IL, Jared Landers of Batesville, AR and 15-year-old sensation Tyler Reddick of Corning, CA, who already owns a series win this year.
The tire rule for this weekend’s visit by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series to Lonestar will be as follows; American Racer SD44 or any compound harder, SD44 must punch a minimum of 40, and Hoosier 1300 or any compound harder, 1300 must punch a minimum of 40.
For ticket information on the first ever appearance by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in the state of Texas you can log onto www.lonestarspeedway.com or call (903) 986-9731.
For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series please visit our website at www.lucasdirt.com or you can call the series office at (951) 532-2503.
2011 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Event Results:
East Bay (FL) Raceway Park – Scott Bloomquist (Winner)
East Bay (FL) Raceway Park – Tyler Reddick (Winner)
East Bay (FL) Raceway Park – Billy Moyer (Winner)
East Bay (FL) Raceway Park – Brad Neat (Winner)
East Bay (FL) Raceway Park – Jimmy Owens (Winner)
East Bay (FL) Raceway Park – Tim McCreadie (Winner)
Upcoming Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Schedule
April 1st-2nd – Lonestar Speedway, Kilgore, TX ($20,000 to win)
April 9th – Brownstown Speedway, Brownstown, Indiana ($10,000 to win)
April 29th – Bedford Speedway, Bedford, PA ($10,000 to win)
April 30th – Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, Markleysburg, PA ($10,000 to win)