DES MOINES, Iowa – Officials with the Lucas Oil MLRA have revealed the event schedule for the 2017 campaign.
Twenty-seven nights of racing comprise a cross section of tracks across the Midwest region. Every speedway on the docket has previously hosted a Lucas Oil MLRA event, so there is a lot of familiarity to fans and competitors.
The biggest addition this year is the return of the Mid America Speedway in South Coffeyville, Okla. Under the guidance of seven-time Lucas Oil MLRA champion Al Purkey, his home track is slated to host a pair of $10,000-to-win two-day shows.
“We want to bring Mid America Speedway back to a place it once was on the MLRA schedule,” said Purkey. “We want to step up and show everyone our commitment to the sport and MLRA. A pair of $10,000 to win shows is a great way to do that.”
The speedway was recently purchased by Oklahoma businessman John Fiore. Plans call for a renovation of the facility that will take place in stages. The venue has sat idle for the past two seasons. Purkey has been hired to fill the promoter’s role of a place he is extremely fond of.
“Mid America is going to have a new look, attitude and plan. We’re really excited for all of the great race fans in the region to come see what we’re all about. I’ve been involved in racing my whole life and am ready to step to the other side of the fence,” Purkey said.
The schedule includes the annual Show-Me 100, which pays $30,000 to the winner, and the Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway, which offers $53,000 to the winner. Both events will be co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.
2017 Lucas Oil MLRA Schedule
March 31-April 1 – I-80 Speedway – Greenwood, Neb.
April 14-15 – Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, Mo.
May 4 – Lee County Speedway – Donnellson, Iowa
May 5 – Davenport Speedway – Davenport, Iowa
May 6 – TBA – TBA
May 25-27 – Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, Mo.
June 1 – TBA – TBA
June 2 – Lee County Speedway – Donnellson, Iowa
June 3 – Randolph County Speedway – Moberly, Mo.
June 23 – TBA – TBA
June 24 – Adams County Speedway – Corning, Iowa
June 30-July 1 – Salina Highbanks Speedway – Salina, Okla.
July 7-8 – Mid America Speedway – South Coffeyville, Okla.
July 15 – Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, Mo.
July 21-22 – I-80 Speedway – Greenwood, Neb.
Aug. 11-12 – Junction Motor Speedway – McCool Junction, Neb.
Sept. 1 – Lakeside Speedway – Kansas City, Kan.
Sept. 2 – Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, Mo.
Sept. 22-23 – Mid-America Speedway – South Coffeyville, Okla.
Oct. 6-7 – Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, Mo.