Four-Race Swing for Lucas Oil Late Models
Story By: Jeremy Shields/LOLMDS
Photos By: Heath Lawson/LOLMDS
BATAVIA, Ohio (July 1, 2019) – Beginning Wednesday, the teams of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will have a busy Independence weekend with four straight nights of racing.
The blockbuster weekend kicks off with the traditional July 3rd event at Muskingum County Speedway, then continues to Portsmouth Raceway Park on Thursday, Tyler County Speedway on Friday, and concludes at Mansfield Motor Speedway on Saturday.
Wednesday’s annual July 3rd event at Muskingum County Speedway, Presented by Kendrick Excavating and Dow Cameron Oil & Gas, will see the pit gate open at 2:00 pm. The General admission gates will open at 3:00 pm, followed by a driver autograph session at 5:00 pm. The drivers meeting is slated for 6:00 pm, with hot laps beginning at 6:30 pm.
In addition to the pulse-pounding action of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Wednesday will also feature Open Wheel Modifieds, Sport Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Four Cylinders – plus the area’s largest fireworks display. For ticket pricing and more information, visit: www.muskingumcountyspeedway.com.
On Thursday, July 4th , Portsmouth Raceway Park will host the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the annual Independence 50. The Open Wheel Modifieds and Limited Late Models will serve as support divisions on Thursday.
The pit gate will open at 2:00 pm at Portsmouth Raceway Park. The general admission gates will open at 4:00 pm, with a driver autograph session set for 5:00 pm. A drivers meeting is set for 6:00 pm, with on-track action beginning at 6:30 pm. For more information, visit: www.portsraceway.com.
The elite drivers of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will invade “The Bullring” on Friday, July 5th. The 25th annual Topless 50, featuring dirt late models without a roof, will give spectators an up-close look as drivers wrestle their 800+ horsepower machines around Tyler County Speedway.
The action at Tyler County Speedway will also feature the Renegades of Dirt Modified tour battling for a $2,000 top prize, along with Crate Late Models and Hotmods. All gates will open at 3:00 pm. The drivers meeting will take place at 6:00 pm, followed by hot laps at 6:30 pm. Additional information is available at: www.tylercountyspeedwayonline.com.
The weekend will conclude on Saturday, at Mansfield Motor Speedway, for the Freedom 50 – Presented by Summit Racing Equipment. The pit gate will open at 2:00 pm, followed by general admission at 4:00 pm. A drivers meeting will take place at 5:30 pm, with hot laps beginning at 6:00 pm.
To purchase tickets or find more information, visit: www.mansfieldmotorspeedway.com.
A sweep of the feature events this weekend could give the victor $48,000. The swing will include four complete programs of: Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and a 50-lap, $12,000-to-win main event – setting up an action-packed weekend with over $190,000 in total purse up for grabs.
Jonathan Davenport leads the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championship standings into the four-race swing. Earl Pearson Jr. is now second, followed by Tyler Erb in third. Josh Richards and Tim McCreadie round out the top five in championship standings.