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Lucas Oil LateModel DirtSeries First Ever TX Visit

Lucas Oil LateModel DirtSeries First Ever TX Visit

3/27/2011

WAYCROSS, GA (March 24, 2011) - The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will make its first ever appearance in the state of Texas on Friday and Saturday, April 1st and 2nd. The nation's premier dirt late model series will be making its inaugural visit to Lonestar Speedway in Kilgore, TX.

The two-day extravaganza will kick off on Thursday Night, March 31st with an open practice session. On Friday, April 1st there will be preliminary night action on the track for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series with Red Buck Cigars Time Trials and Heat Races. On Saturday, April 2nd the stars of the LOLMDS take to the track for the B-Mains followed by the 100-lap $20,000 to win feature event.

Lonestar Speedway first opened in 1983 and in November of 2008 Lisa and Sam Hafertepe, Sr. purchased the facility. The track has undergone a major facelift over this past winter as the Hafertepe's converted what was a ½ mile high banked oval down to a 3/8th mile high-banked race track that Lisa Hafertepe said was necessary for the long-term survival of the track.

"We listened to the local racers complain about how hard this track was on their equipment. After long deliberation we decided to shorten it and we are so happy we did," said Lisa Hafertepe. "We ran our first race on the new track a few weeks ago and it was really racy and all the drivers really liked it," said Hafertepe, whose son Sam Jr. is a well-known sprint car driver.

"Having the first race in Texas for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is quite an honor," proclaimed Lisa Hafertepe. "We are looking forward to some great racing by a professional organization, I know the entire area is abuzz about the Lucas Oil Series coming to Lonestar Speedway, the fans have requested it and we want to bring more big dirt late model races to East Texas," commented Lisa Hafertepe, whose track is located about two hours east of Dallas, TX.

"We started conversations with the Hafertepe's last year regarding them bringing the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series to their track, and we felt that in 2011 we would be able to do it. I know that several people affiliated with the series have never been to Texas, and it will give the fans an opportunity to see the great racers that run our series," said Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Director, Ritchie Lewis.

Lonestar Speedway has a seating capacity of 10,000 and when the Hafertepe's took over three years ago it had been stripped of all the wiring, needed new seats, painting needed to be done and now in 2011 they get to spotlight their facility by hosting the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for a $20,000 to win feature event.

For more information on Lonestar Speedway, visit the track's website at www.lonestarspeedway.com.

To keep informed on the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com or 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

March 26th - Brownstown Speedway, Brownstown, IN ($10,000 to win)

April 1st-2nd - Lonestar Speedway, Kilgore, TX ($20,000 to win)

April 29th - Bedford Speedway, Bedford, PA ($10,000 to win)

April 30th - Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, Markleysburg, PA ($10,000 to win)

Practice & BBQ with Drivers on Playday(03/31/11)

3/26/2011

Are you excited, pumped about the races and want to take that next exciting step? Do we have a deal for you...mark your calendar for Thursday March 31, 2011 as LoneStar Speedway presents
more excitement. For $15 per person that entitles you to enter the pits, take pictures and Meet your favorite LUCAS OIL LATE MODEL DIRT SERIES driver before our big (2) day spectacular. This also entitles you to enjoy a delicious barbeque dinner fit for a 'WINNER' as you dine with your favorite LUCAS OIL LATE MODEL DIRT SERIES DRIVER in the cozy Piney
Woods of East Texas. Then, get ready for (2) nites of action packed wheel-to-wheel racing...the perfect end to a glorious weekend...hope to see everyone there. Just wanting to come sit and watch the action from the grandstands before the big 2 night event it will be $10 admission.

USMTS hits LoneStar Speedway

USMTS hits LoneStar Speedway

3/23/2011

The USMTS (United States Modified Touring Series) will be hitting the newly reconfigured dirt at LoneStar Speedway on Saturday, March 26th. The gates will open at 4:00 p.m. and the green flag will fly at 7:30 p.m. Also taking to the dirt will be limited modifieds and factory stocks.

ATTN: LIMITED MODIFIEDS....THE A MAIN WILL START A FIELD OF 20 CARS WITH $600 TO WIN AND $75 TO START.

ATTN: FACTORY STOCKS....THE A MAIN WILL $300 TO WIN.

Ticket Prices are

General Admission (Seniors & Military) $10.00 all ages

Reserved $15.00 all ages

Upper Deck $20.00 all ages

Pit Passes $30.00 all ages

under 10 years of age are free (GENERAL ADMISSION ONLY)

Wright Makes Late Move to Win ASCS LoneStar Opener

Wright Makes Late Move to Win ASCS LoneStar Opener

3/12/2011

Lonnie Wheatley, KILGORE, Texas (March 12, 2011) – National Sprint Car Hall of Fame bound Gary Wright took full advantage of a late caution flag to win Saturday night’s 25-lap season-opening The Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region main event atop the newly reconfigured 3/8-mile Lone Star Speedway clay oval.

Reigning ASCS Lone Star champion Eric Baldaccini paced the initial 21 circuits before a late caution flag set the table for the Hooks, TX, veteran to pounce upon his 16th career ASCS Regional triumph to go along with an all-time best 126 Lucas Oil ASCS National scores.

While Wright tacked another feature win on to his legendary career, the night was highlighted by Travis Rilat’s successful return to the seat after critical burns less than eight months ago. Rilat needed just three laps to race from sixth to win his heat race and then claimed third in the feature behind Wright and Matt Covington.

As Wright started the feature from seventh aboard his No. 9 entry, Baldaccini led the way to the green flag with George White alongside. Gunning into the lead at the outset, Baldaccini was closing in on a fourth career ASCS Lone Star triumph when a caution flew after 21 laps for Jeffrey Newell’s stalled mount.

With Baldanccini’s left rear tire low on air pressure and Wright on his tailtank on the restart, “The Texan” charged into the lead and raced on to the checkered flag as Baldaccini lost several positions in the closing circuits. Covington, a Lucas Oil National Sprint Car winner at Lone Star Speedway last year, claimed runner-up honors with Rilat in the show position. Sam Hafertepe, Jr., climbed from eighth to fourth, with Baldaccini rounding out the top five.

White was sixth, with Martin Edwards, Travis Elliott, Beau Smith and 15th-starter Justin Melton completing the top ten.

Baldaccini, Covington, Rilat and White topped heat race action for the 28-car field, with Newell winning the 12-lap “B” Main.

The Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region Results from Lone Star Speedway:

First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 4-Eric Baldaccini, 2. 14-Michael Lang, 3. 33-Mark Huddleston, 4. 11-Justin Melton, 5. 20-Chad Wilson, 6. 15b-Curtis Wayne Brown, 7. 7w-Dustin Welch.

Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 95-Matt Covington, 2. 15T-Travis Elliott, 3. 51-Beau Smith, 4. 76-John Ricketts, 5. 17w-Brad Welborn, 6. 17-Bruce Griffith, Jr., 7. 12w-Dale Wester.

Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. 29-Travis Rilat, 2. 45-Martin Edwards, 3. 40-Junior Jenkins, 4. 74e-Claud Estes, 5. 11x-Jeffrey Newell, 6. 36-John Pate, 7. 15d-Brady Demeree.

Fourth Heat (8 Laps): 1. 10-George White, 2. 15h-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 3. 9-Gary Wright, 4. 64j-Johnny Miller, 5. 79-Ryan Hall, 6. 14b-Robert Byrom, 7. 54-Evan Pardo.

“B” Main (12 Laps): 1. 11x-Jeffrey Newell, 2. 17w-Brad Welborn, 3. 64j-Johnny Miller, 4. 36-John Pate, 5. 79-Ryan Hall, 6. 14b-Robert Byrom, 7. 15d-Brady Demeree, 8. 54-Evan Pardo, 9. 17-Bruce Griffith, Jr., 10. 7w-Dustin Welch, 11. 15b-Curtis Wayne Brown. DNS: 12w-Dale Wester.

"A" Feature (25 Laps): 1. 9-Gary Wright, 2. 95-Matt Covington, 3. 29-Travis Rilat, 4. 15h-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 5. 4-Eric Baldaccini, 6. 10-George White, 7. 45-Martin Edwards, 8. 15T-Travis Elliott, 9. 51-Beau Smith, 10. 11-Justin Melton, 11. 74e-Claud Estes, 12. 17w-Brad Welborn, 13. 76-John Ricketts, 14. 40-Junior Jenkins, 15. 36-John Pate, 16. 33-Mark Huddleston, 17. 20-Chad Wilson, 18. 14-Michael Lang, 19. 11x-Jeffrey Newell, 20. 64j-Johnny Miller.


The Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Gary Wright 150, 2. Matt Covington 142, 3. Travis Rilat 135, 4. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 130, 5. Eric Baldaccini 125, 6. George White 122, 7. Martin Edwards 119, 8. Travis Elliott 116, 9. Beau Smith 113, 10. Justin Melton 110.

ASCS LoneStar Season Kicks off @ LoneStar Speedway

3/7/2011

ASCS Lone Star Season Kicks Off at Lone Star Speedway!

Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (March 7, 2011) – Unpredictable. That’s the word, as The Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region has been all kinds of unpredictable over the past couple of years. Throw a newly reconfigured Lone Star Speedway into the mix for Saturday night’s season opener and the unexpected is all that can truly be expected.

Kilgore, TX, will be the site of all the lid-lifting action, as The Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region kicks off its 2011 season this Saturday night at Lone Star Speedway.

Billed as “The Fastest ½-Mile Dirt Track in Texas” in recent years, Lone Star Speedway has undergone an off-season transformation. Rather than the scary fast high-banked ½-mile of the past, The Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star forces will be faced with a new challenge atop the new 3/8-mile oval.

While Eric Baldaccini of Keller, TX, reigns as ASCS Lone Star champion, Kolt Walker ranks as the only driver that captured multiple series victories during a 2010 season that featured 14 different winners in 15 events. Walker topped last September’s ASCS Lone Star card at Lone Star Speedway.

Walker’s September 11 score at Lone Star was his second series triumph in a row after a July 24 win at Devil’s Bowl, snapping a string of 13 different winners in as many races dating back to the 2009 season finale.

In addition to Kermit, TX, native Walker, other drivers collecting ASCS Lone Star scores in 2010 included Baldaccini, Claud Estes, Justin Melton, Brian McClelland, Gary Wright, Tommy Bryant, Gary Taylor, Wayne Johnson, Matt Covington, Jason Johnson, Kenneth Walker, Sean McClelland and Ray Allen Kulhanek.

While wins were spread about, 23-year-old Baldaccini rose to the top of the point charts with a half-dozen top-fives and a series’ best 11 top-tens to claim the 2010 championship by 81 markers over Godley’s Claud Estes. Baldaccini’s 2010 series win came at Boyd Raceway on June 11.

While Baldaccini outdistanced Estes for the crown, others among 2010 Lone Star top ten included Melton (Flower Mound, TX), Brandon Corn (Gause, TX), Martin Edwards (Mesquite, TX), John Ricketts (Burleson, TX), Kolt Walker, Brian McClelland (Tulsa, OK), Preston Peebles II (Lubbock, TX) and Scott Reneau (Trinidad, TX).

Among those looking to add his name to the list of ASCS Lone Star winners will be Sunnyvale’s Sam Hafertepe, Jr., who will try to make it two wins in as many weekends after topping Friday night’s ASCS Gulf South card at Beaumont’s Golden Triangle Raceway Park.

Saturday’s action at Lone Star Speedway, the first of two scheduled The Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star events atop the 3/8-mile clay oval with a return engagement set for June 11, gets under way at 7:30 p.m.

Lone Star Speedway is located in Kilgore, TX, off I-20 Exit 583, then 0.5 mile north on SR 135, then one mile east on FM 1252, then 0.5 mile south. For more information, contact the track at 903-986-9731.

The Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region is currently slated for 17 nights of competition at nine different tracks throughout Texas and into Oklahoma in 2011.

Past ASCS Regional Feature Winners at Lone Star Speedway:
9/11/10 – Kolt Walker (Lone Star)
4/9/10 – Matt Covington (Lone Star with National)
5/24/09 – Brandon Berryman (Gulf South)

* - Indicates events held in conjunction with Lucas Oil ASCS National series.


The 2011 season marks the 20th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing for the American Sprint Car Series, with approximately 200 nights of competition at tracks throughout the nation and into Canada. Anchored by the Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters, ASCS also consists of ten different Regions throughout the nation.

Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.