BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Two of the most successful race series on the west coast will join forces next season.
The Lucas Oil Modified Series and the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series will both operate under the guidance and sanction of the SRL for 2019 and beyond.
“I’ve been with the modifieds since the series started in 2006, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” stated Lucas Oil Modified Director Greg Scheidecker. “These teams are like family to me, and I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished with the support of Lucas Oil over the past 12 years.
“But, for the past few years I’ve been trying to slow down, and take a look at retirement, but I wanted to leave the Modified Series in good hands. I wasn’t going anywhere until I knew the series and teams were going to be taken care of.”
From the first thought of retirement, the management of the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series was on the top of his list to take over his “pride and joy” and be at the helm of the Modified Series.
“We’ve had a long-standing relationship with both Greg and Lucas Oil and when Greg shared his thoughts about retirement, we understood how hard it would be for him to walk away. However, we were willing to step in and try to fill Greg’s shoes, if that was indeed what he thought was best for his series.” stated the SRL’s Larry Collins.
The talks between the two parties really accelerated during the summer months, with Lucas Oil’s Director of Racing Operations, Ritchie Lewis and Lucas Oil Executive Vice President Bob Patison both joining the conversation. An agreement in concept was finalized on Oct. 23.
“We are now proud to announce that for 2019, the Lucas Oil Modified Series, will be under the new title sponsorship of Spears Manufacturing, and will be officially known as the “Spears Manufacturing Modified Series presented by Lucas Oil,” said Collins.
The 2019 schedule of events will see both the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series and the Spears Manufacturing Modified Series presented by Lucas Oil compete together on the same weekends throughout the year, with six events for both series being nationally televised by MAVTV.
“We look forward to keeping the Modified Series strong and moving forward,” stated Collins. “Our approach with the SPEARS Southwest Tour has always been to listen to the teams and never rest in making improvements to the series, and we will take this same approach with the modifieds.”