Lucas Oil Speedway. (GS Stanek Racing Photography)

Lucas Oil Speedway Opens Season This Weekend

WHEATLAND, Mo. — Drivers are down to the final days of finishing touches and last-minute preparations before a new racing season roars to life on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway.

The Hermitage Lumber Late Models will be in the spotlight, running a special $1,000-to-win 25-lap feature as the 2023 season lifts off with the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series Spring Opener. Joining the late models will be the Cedar Creek Beef Jerky USRA Modifieds, Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods and O’Reilly Auto Parts USRA Stock Cars.

In the Hermitage Lumber Late Models, defending track champion Larry Ferris will be looking for a successful start to his title defense. Ferris posted four feature victories last season as he outlasted Tucker Cox by 80 points at season’s end for his first Lucas Oil Speedway championship.

The other divisions find Kris Jackson returning after earning his fourth straight and seventh overall Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod track title in 2022. The closest points race a year ago came in the O’Reilly Auto Parts USRA Stock Cars, where Bryan White edged his father, Rob White, by just eight points.

There will be a new track champion in the Cedar Creek Beef Jerky USRA Modifieds this season after Dillon McCowan, who won the last two, has plans to move into open late models this season. McCowan has indicated his plans to chase the Lucas Oil MLRA Rookie of the Year with that circuit kicking off March 31-April 1 at Lucas Oil Speedway for the 10th annual MLRA Spring Nationals.