CORONA, California - "Yes we are going to race on Saturday," those were the words that race fans and drivers were waiting to hear from K-C Raceway promoter, Jimmy Nier whose track hosts the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series $10,000 to win "Glockner 50" this Saturday Night, April 12th.
Rain passed through the area Thursday Night and Friday, but the prospects for racing Saturday Night at K-C have improved over the last several hours. "For fans and drivers driving a distance, it looks good at this point; I see no reason why we won't race on Saturday. It looks like the rain has passed us and is moving out." said Nier.
There was a large turnout of people at Glockner Toyota in Portsmouth, OH on Friday afternoon as Zanesville, OH native and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series competitor Bart Hartman enjoyed a meet and greet session with the fans. Radio station WPAY 104.1 was on hand for the event as they did a live remote from Glockner Toyota.
"Jimmy Nier, his staff and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series are looking forward to Saturday Night's show. We will have SPEED TV on hand to tape the event and fans and drivers can look forward to another well run show by everyone involved," commented Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Director, Ritchie Lewis.
Owner and Promoter Jim Nier, who took over the track after one event in 2002 has done a lot of work to the facility over the off-season. "We've put a lot of work into the facility this winter when the weather permitted. We've added additional lighting to the track, added some clay, remodeled the pit concessions, and purchased some new equipment in an effort to make this year our best yet. We are looking forward to seeing the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series race at K-C on April 12 and I'm sure it's going to be very exciting," said Nier, who still races a sprint car on occasions when his busy schedule permits.
In 2005 K-C Raceway also became the host to one of dirt late model racings' crown jewel events as Carl Short brought his "Dirt Track World Championship" race to K-C. The annual $50,000 to win event has become a must see over the years for race fans and Saturday's visit by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series gives drivers additional track time on the high banks leading up to the annual October showcase event.
The series trip to K-C featuring the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be the next event that 20 drivers will be eligible for the "Winners Circle Program" and the "Jasper Engines Road to Wheatland bonus monies. This is an incentive program that will pay the top ten drivers in the 2008 Championship Points an extra $600 each with perfect attendance throughout 2008. The "Jasper Engines Road to Wheatland" Program will also pay an additional $600 to each of the ten highest points drivers from the final 2007 Championship Points standings that follow the Road to Wheatland with perfect attendance but are not in the current top ten in points. The SuperClean "Diamond Nationals" at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO is slated for May 9th and 10th and will pay $40,000 to win this year.
On Saturday April 12th at K-C pit gates will open at 4:00 pm with grandstand gates opening at 4:30 PM. Hot laps are set to begin at 6:30 PM with PRC Time Trials for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series to start at 7:00 PM. General grandstand admission will be $25 with children ages 7-12 admitted for $5 with kids 5 and under free. Pit passes will be $35.
K-C Raceway is located 12 miles south of Chillicothe, OH on State Road 23, two miles off of Blain Highway in Alma, OH. For more information you can visit www.kc-raceway.com or call the track office at (740) 663-4141.
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tire rule for the race will be Hoosier 1300, D35/1425, 1600 and LM20/40 and American Racer SD44, SD48 and MD56. For more information on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series you can go to www.lucasdirt.com or call the series office at (951) 532-2503.
Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Standings (After April 6, 2008)
1) Terry Casey (New London, WI) - 1070
2) Earl Pearson Jr (Jacksonville, FL) - 1005
3) Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN) - 980
4) Justin Rattliff (Campbellsville, KY) - 940
5) Bart Hartman (Zanesville, OH) - 930
6) Scott James (Lawrenceburg, IN) - 870
7) Donnie Moran (Dresden, OH) - 870
8) Dan Schlieper (Sullivan, WI) - 825
9) Billy Drake (Bloomington, IL) -715
10)Don O'Neal (Martinsville, IN) - 695
11)Wayne Chinn (Bradford, OH) - 690
12)Freddy Smith (Seymour, TN) - 645
13)Ray Cook (Brasstown, NC) - 825
14)John Mason (Millersburg, OH) - 605
15)Damon Eller (Crumpler, NC) - 585
Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Quarter Master Rookie of the Year Points Standings (After April 6, 2008)
1) Terry Casey (New London, WI) - 1070
2) Wayne Chinn (Bradford, OH) - 690
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series April Racing Schedule
April 12 - KC Raceway-Chillicothe, OH ($10,000 to win)
April 25 - Bedford Speedway-Bedford, PA ($7,000 to win)
April 26 - Hagerstown Speedway-Hagerstown, MD ($10,000 to win)
2008 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Sponsors Arizona Sport Shirts - "The Official Merchandise Vendor" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Dixie Chopper - "The Official Mower" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series E3 Spark Plugs - "The Official Spark Plug" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Fatheadz Sunglasses - "The Official Eyewear" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series General Tire - "The Official Tire" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Hoosier Tire - "The Official Race Tire" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Jasper Engines - "The Official Engine" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Jim Beam - Drink Smart - "The Official Beverage" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series K&N Filters - "The Official Filter" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Lucas Oil Products - "The Official Oil" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
R&L Carrier - "The Official Carrier" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Sunoco Race Fuels - "The Official Fuel" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series SuperClean - "The Official Degreaser" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 2008 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Supporters Include: 5150 Race Trailers, Afco Racing Products, Allstar Performance, American Racer Tire, ARC Engines, ASI Racewear, Banshee Graphics, Bloomquist Race Cars, CJ Rayburn Race Cars, Comp Cams, Cornett Racing Engines, Cruise with the Champions, Dart Machinery, Duralite Racing Wheels, Dyers Top Rods, Erson Cams, GRT Race Cars, Hawk Performance Brake Pads, Hyperco, Integra Shocks, Jay Dickens Racing Engines, Malcuit Racing Engines, Mason Racin', Mullvain Motorsports, Ohlins, On the Edge Graphics, PBM, Penske Shocks, Performance Bodies, Performance Rod & Customs, Pro Power Racing, Quarter Master, Rick Schwallie Photography, Rocket Chassis, Tiger Rearends, Vic Hill Racing Engines, Victory Circle Chassis, WD Enterprises, Wiles Driveshafts, and Wrisco Aluminum.