Changes, New Events For Lucas Late Models

Scott Bloomquist (0) battles Shannon Babb during Monday's Winternationals opener at East Bay Raceway Park. (Rick Schwallie photo)

WAYCROSS, Ga. – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series has revealed a number of changes and new events ahead of the 2013 racing season.

Series officials have announced that ASI Racewear will be the title sponsor of the expanded crown jewel cup presented by The ASI Crown Jewel Cup presented by will pay a whopping $10,000 to the driver that earns the most points during the nine race mini-series within the LOLMDS schedule in 2013. To be eligible for these cash bonus drivers will have to maintain perfect attendance throughout the 2013 season.

“We’re very excited to announce an increase in the second annual Crown Jewel Cup within the LOLMDS by having ASI Racewear and increase their involvement with this program. The CJC has great growth potential and any companies interested in being involved in this program can contact series Marketing Director Wayne Castleberry at 951-532-5806,” stated Ritchie Lewis, Series Director.

The nine events included in the ASI Crown Jewel Cup presented by will be the $30,000 to win Show-Me 100 in Wheatland, Mo.; $20,000 to win Clash at the Mag in Columbus, Miss.; $27,000 to win Silver Dollar Nationals in Greenwood, Neb.; $50,000 to win Sunoco North/South 100 in Florence, Ky.; $40,000 to win COMP Cams Topless 100 in Batesville, Ark.; $25,000 to win Hillbilly 100 in Ripley, W.Va.; $20,000 to win Jackson 100 in Brownstown, Ind.; $40,000 to win Lucas Oil Knoxville Late Model Nationals in Knoxville, Iowa; and the season finale $50,000 Dirt Track World Championship in Portsmouth, Ohio.

Officials of the LOLMDS announced two additional events added to the series schedule for 2013. The series will return to West Virginia Motor Speedway in Mineral Wells, W.Va., with a one day $10,000 to win show on April 21. The event will be part of a triple-header weekend. The weekend will kick off on April 19 with a 50-lap $10,000 to win event at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg, Pa. On Saturday April 20th, the series will compete at Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, Md. for another 50-lap $10,000 to win event, before heading to West Virginia Motor Speedway on Sunday April 21st.

The series has also added a first-time visit to Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio, on Aug. 30 to the schedule. The 50-lap event will pay $10,000 to win. The series will then head to Portsmouth Raceway Park, in Portsmouth, Ohio, for a $15,000 to win feature event on Saturday August 31st. Then on Sept. 1 the series will travel to I-77 Speedway for the $25,000 to win Hillbilly 100 to cap off a $50,000 to win Labor Day weekend of racing.

LOLMDS officials also announced changes in staff roles beginning with the 2013 season. Long time Lucas Oil employee, Rick Schwallie has been promoted to the role of Assistant Series Director of the LOLMDS. The LOLMDS Series Director, Ritchie Lewis, has taken on the additional role as the Series Director for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series beginning immediately and will direct both the LOLMDS and the LOORRS.

The LOLMDS also announced that Kenny Kenneda has become the newest full time LOLMDS employee, as the Competition/Race Director and will be responsible for tech enforcement/inspections and race direction. The LOLMDS is very proud that A.J. Bingham will remain with the series as well.