Lucas Late Models Target Texas

Bobby Pierce (32) and Dennis Erb Jr. battle during Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series competition at Indiana's Brownstown Speedway. (Mike Ruefer photo)
Bobby Pierce (32) and Dennis Erb Jr. battle during Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series competition at Indiana’s Brownstown Speedway. (Mike Ruefer photo)

WAYCROSS, Ga. — The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will take Easter weekend off following a successful and exciting Indiana Icebreaker at Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway last weekend.

Following the short break, the series will be heading south to Mississippi and Texas April 5-6. The LOLMDS will sanction a pair of $10,000-to-win events that will host the nation’s top dirt late model drivers and some of the strongest regional racers in the country.

On Friday night, April 5th, the series will make its first stop at Jackson Motor Speedway in Byram, MS before heading to Lonestar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas, on Saturday night April 6. There will be a complete show both nights with RED BUCK Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and $10,000 to win 50-lap feature events.

In last year’s inaugural visit to the Don Cliburn-promoted Jackson Motor Speedway, Don O’Neal withstood a strong field of entrants before a record-setting crowd and won the event. O’Neal passed Jimmy Owens with 12 laps to go to take the $10,000 victory.

Last year at Lonestar Speedway, Jared Landers got by Jimmy Owens on the final lap to take his only LOLMDS win of 2012 at the Sam Hafertepe Jr. promoted facility.

Last weekend’s Icebreaker, which was won by Dennis Erb Jr., marked the first event since the series instituted the new tire rule as drivers competed at Brownstown Speedway. Numerous drivers gave raved reviews and spoke highly about the new tire rule and the racing action.

“The new tires worked just fine,” Erb said. “We hit on everything just right, and once the track cleaned up, you could race all over it.”

“We love the new tire rule that the series put into place. We feel everyone is on a level playing field now and the fact you don’t need to carry nearly as many tires as we had been carrying really helps us lower budget race teams to be able to compete with these national stars,” said Greg Johnson, who finished third at Brownstown.