The Lucas Oil Modified Racing Series, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, will present race number three from their 2011 schedule this Saturday night, May 14th. The 75 lap main event, known as the GEICO 75, will be held at the always challenging three eighths of a mile oval known as "The Bullring" located at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway complex.
This race is the first, of three, series visits to Las Vegas and it's expected to generate a lot of fan excitement as it has during past visits. The GEICO 75 will also be addressing an important question Saturday night: who can stop the Las Vegas driver dominance at Las Vegas?
While the series' season is still young, this Las Vegas driver trend has been highly noticeable during the previous two races. It started with the season opener, March 26th at the Havasu 95 Speedway, when Las Vegas teen driver Dylan Kwasniewski led 74 laps, of the Rockstar 75, to claim his first ever series win.
The trend continued on the evening of April 16th when the series drivers lined up, at the Lucas Oil I 10 Speedway, for the running of the CANIDAE All Natural Pet Food 75. During this event Las Vegas up and coming driver Aaron McMorran led 71 consecutive laps of this race before being overtaken by another silver state driver: Las Vegas modified veteran Doug Hamm who also scored his first series win.
All three of these Las Vegas drivers will be primed and ready to make sure a non Las Vegas driver doesn't park his car in the Sunoco Fuels victory lane. Kwasniewski missed the series' second race opting instead to make his official debut in the NASCAR K&N Filters Pro Series West Series, at the All American Speedway in northern California, where he scored a most impressive fourth place finish. Then on April 30th the Las Vegas teen driver entered his second West Series event in Utah on the Miller Motorsports Park road course. Unfortunately, an accident ruined that effort but Kwasniewski didn't have a lot of time to dwell on it. He made a quick trip to the local airport where he caught an airplane to Las Vegas to compete in a 40 lap super late model race at the Bullring later that same night. After barely getting to his home track in time for this second race of the day, Kwasniewski started dead last in the field and wound up winning the race. He knows the Bullring track like he knows his name and address and he will be a driver to watch when he returns home to race in the Lucas Oil Modified Series Saturday night.
That same sentiment also applies to Doug Hamm, who will be riding a wave of momentum from his first win, when he returns to his home track this weekend. "I can't wait", he said recently adding "a good friend of mine, Dylan, won the first one at Havasu and now we've won one. He'll be back with us in Vegas and I'm sure all of the boys in the series will bring some thunder and we'll have a good time and show them what we can do in Vegas."
Following the conclusion of the race at the Lucas Oil I 10 Speedway, it was extremely apparent that Aaron McMorran was well on his way to becoming a major force in the Lucas Oil Modified Racing Series. He goes into Saturday night second in the championship standing and only ten markers away from first. This young Las Vegas driver is also very excited about the series returning to his home track and said "I won a track championship at Vegas and I've won multiple main events there as well as setting a lot of fast times. That race is definitely in my back yard and we're hoping to bring that one home, for sure."
But there are several drivers in this series who are already planning on parking their modified racers in the Sunoco Fuels victory lane at Las Vegas. Chief among them is southern California's Jim Mardis, the reigning 2010 series champion as well as the current points leader going into Saturday night.
Mardis is already excited about racing at Las Vegas and said "(Dave) Arce (Engines) told me he has a little something special for me so I'm really excited to go there. We run in the top five consistently there. With Arce helping us out there, I would be watching out for us. I think we're going to have something for them."
Also within the group of potential winners are California's Tim Morse who is off to a consistent start this year that finds him in a three way tie for second in the points standings. The Las Vegas Bullring has a special meaning for this driver. He scored his first ever series win there last year. The Morse operation is another team that will be powered by Dave Arce Engines and Morse indicated that he will be bringing "a high powered Arce bullet" to Las Vegas with plans to collect his next win there.
Also on the potential winner's list for Las Vegas is Chris Gerchman who is always a threat to cross under a checkered flag. He found the Sunoco Fuels victory lane six times last year.
Las Vegas could also be the scene of Austin Barnes' first series win Saturday night. This young southern California teen driver spent the majority of the 2010 season riding the learning curve. Those lessons appear to be well learned and, with a years worth of seat time and experience under his belt, this young man is one of the most improved drivers in the series.
Yet another person who is looking forward to racing in Las Vegas Saturday night is Greg Scheidecker, the series promoter. "Las Vegas is bigger and wider," he said adding "you can run more motor and the tire will handle it. But, at the same time, you just watch: driver experience will still prevail."
With the extremely high level of competition that comes with this racing series, it's difficult to predict which one of these drivers are going to be the first to cross under the checkers Saturday night. However, there is one guarantee: the GEICO 75, at the Las Vegas Bullring, is going to one very exciting race that should not be missed by the fans.
The Lucas Oil Modified Racing Series, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, is powered by a highly potent marketing concept known as "Team Lucas." Team Members include: Lucas Oil Products, Magnaflow Exhaust Products, E 3 Spark Plugs, General Tire, K&N Performance Filters, GEICO, CANIDAE All Natural Pet Food, MAV-TV, Dart Machinery, Rockstar Energy Drink and Master Craft Safety Equipment.
The Lucas Oil Modified Racing Series is also strongly supported by a group of series sponsors featuring: Eibach Springs, Hoosier Tire West, Budweiser, Blue Water Resort and Casino, Sunoco Race Fuels, Frank's Radio and Racing Plus.