Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland, MO Fletcher named Forrest Lucas Lifetime Achievement Award winner at Lucas Oil Speedway banquet

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    Announcer Fletcher receives Forrest Lucas Lifetime Achievement Award at Lucas Oil Speedway banquet


    Lucas Oil Speedway celebrated the 2019 season on Saturday night with its annual Championship Banquet and Awards at Camden on the Lake Resort.

    Division champions from the four Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series classes honored were Robbie Reed of Mexico (Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds), Kris Jackson of Lebanon (Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods), Appleton City's Johnny Fennewald (Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models) and Toby Ott of Wheatland (O'Reilly Auto Parts Street Stocks).

    Three special awards also were announced, including veteran announcer Kevin Fletcher as recipient of the 3rd annual Forrest Lucas Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the sport on and off the track. He joins previous winners Rex Merritt (2017) and Jim Ruble (2018).

    "This is the biggest thing I've ever received from announcing," Fletcher said. "It means a lot to me."

    Fletcher began announcing races at Lucas Oil Speedway a year after Forrest Lucas bought the old Wheatland Raceway and opened the modern facility in 2006. The Springfield native has announced at several dirt tracks in Missouri and the four-state area for a little more than 30 years, starting at the Airport Speedway in Springfield.

    Included was an assignment to do a NASCAR Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway. He also was voice of the Midwest Late Model Racing Association for several years and also called some drag races, motorcycle races and truck and tractor pulls.

    Fletcher is a member of the Ozarks Area Racers Foundation Hall of Fame as a Pioneer and also a past president of the organization. He even drove race cars himself for a couple of years before staring his announcing career.

    "Through racing he has made many lifetime friends over the year and many memories," Fletcher's wife, Barb.

    Other award winners included Robbie Reed for "Best Appearing Race Car" as selected by track photographer Kenny Shaw and speedway staff. For the third straight year, ULMA Late Model driver Kaeden Cornell of Willard was named "Most Popular Driver" after online fan voting.

    Fennewald captured his third straight ULMA Late Model track championship while Jackson earned his fourth Lucas Oil Speedway B-Mod crown. Ott captured his second Street Stocks championship and Reed his first USRA Mod track title.

    Here are the top 10 drivers in each division who were honored at the banquet:

    Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds: 1, Robbie Reed. 2, Jason Pursley. 3, Paden Phillips. 4, Chase Domer. 5, Lucas Gibbbs. 6, Ryan Middaugh. 7, Jon Sheets. 8, Donnie Fellers. 9, Tracy Wolf. 10, Chase Jones.

    Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models: 1, Johnny Fennewald. 2, Aaron Marrant. 3, Kaeden Cornell. 4, Larry Ferris. 5, Chad Richwine. 6, Tucker Cox. 7, Lane Ehlert. 8, Ryan Johnson. 9, Larry Jones. 10, Cole Henson.

    Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods: 1, Kris Jackson. 2, JC Morton. 3, Andy Bryant. 4, Taylor Moore. 5, Dillon McCowan. 6, Austin Joplin. 7, Robbe Ewing. 8, Mark Long. 9, Mitchell Franklin. 10, Dayton Pursley.

    O'Reilly Auto Parts Street Stocks: 1, Toby Ott. 2, Johnny Coats. 3, Cody Frazon. 4, Bob Barnett. 5, James Flood. 6, Brad Gideon. 7, Steve Scott. 8, Aaron Poe. 9, Brian Brown. 10, John Scott.

    Look for the tentative 2020 Lucas Oil Speedway schedule to be released soon.

    Robbie Reed was recognized for "Best Appearing Race Car" during Lucas Oil Speedway's 2019 Awards Banquet. (Kenny Shaw photo)

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    Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the "Diamond of Dirt Tracks" lives up to its title.

    Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the ninth season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, "Lake Lucas." New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

    Lucas Oil Speedway's dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

    In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, O'Reilly Auto Parts Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.

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