Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland, MO Lucas Oil Speedway Spotlight: Simpson on brink of second MLRA crown

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    There's an old football adage that the only thing a prevent defense really prevents is victory. Many suggest that a play-it-safe approach also applies to racing, when it comes to protecting a late-season points lead.

    Don't expect Chad Simpson to be in prevent-defense mode this weekend at Lucas Oil Speedway. The veteran driver from Mount Vernon, Iowa, holds a 24-point lead over Will Vaught entering the two-night, season-ending Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals.

    The scenarios for Simpson to win his second MLRA championship are many and can be confusing, depending on how Vaught finishes each night. Simpson doesn't even want to bother with it, preferring to take his normal approach.

    After all, the easiest-to-understand scenario of all when leading a points chase? Win and you're in.

    "A guy has to go out and do his normal deal," Simpson said. "If you get caught up in that points deal and watching it all the time, that's when things tend to slip out of your hands a little bit.

    "So we're going down there with the mindset that we're gonna try to win heat races and win features and go from there."

    The 5th annual MLRA Fall Nationals runs in conjunction with the inaugural B-Mod Clash of Champions. Both divisions have an open practice from 6-9 p.m. Thursday with the Late Models set for a full program Friday with a $3,000-to-win feature and a program on Saturday paying $5,000 to the winner - along with crowning the season champ.

    It's already been quite a season for the 39-year-old Simpson, with two MLRA feature wins and 10 other top-five finishes in the series. Making it extra special is the way the team has performed in the final go with car owners Bud and Denise Brinkman of Marion, Iowa, who are retiring.

    The 15-year run between Simpson and the Brinkmans is an eternity by the sport's usual standards and it's been a good one. Simpson has more than 60 feature wins and 11 regional-touring points titles during the partnership, including the 2014 MLRA championship.

    "Ultimately, our goal has been to finish the season out strong for them and for us," Simpson said. "Just to cap off the season with a championship, that would be kind of the highlight of everything.

    "We've tried to run the operation very professionally. We like to have things done the same way. It's just been a great relationship. Everything we've done, we're of the same mentality that we're not going to go to the track unless we're completely ready. Preparation and all of that stuff, it's all kind of been on the same path and that has kind of kept us going in the right direction."

    That meticulous attention to detail has been on display over the last couple of weeks, with Simpson going over his car with fine-tooth comb in preparation for the MLRA finale. But regardless of what happens this weekend, 2018 has been one of the best Simpson and Brinkman have had. Included is a $10,000 World of Outlaws and two podium finishes in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events.

    "We were sitting back and thinking about that the other day," Simpson said. "We probably haven't won the most races we ever have in a season, but we've won some pretty highlighted races and we've run very consistent wherever we've gone. All in all, this is one of the better years we've had."

    Simpson said he hopes to continue racing Late Models in 2019, but nothing is finalized as of yet.

    "I'm trying to put some things together and see if we can keep doing this. I love the sport," Simpson said. "I probably have as much fun working on the cars as I do driving them. I'm definitely searching and looking and hopefully will talk to some people and get something put together."

    Before moving to the next chapter of his career, Simpson hopes to celebrate one more time with the Brinkmans, this weekend.

    B-Mod Clash of Champions: The B-Mod Clash of Champions will bring together the best of the locals against some top out-of-state invaders, with $3,000 up for grabs to the winner of Saturday night's 40-lap feature.

    Along with some previously announced awards, Dynamic Driveline will award a carbon fiber drive shaft to the winner, along with providing five gift certificates that Lucas Oil Speedway officials will award.

    Ozark Golf Cars will award $500 for the first non-qualifier not to make the main event lineup. Outlaw Race Bodies and owner Mike Striegel will provide $100 for both the Hard Charger Award and the Hard Luck Award.

    Event schedule:
    Thursday
    Open practice for MLRA Late Models and B-Mods - 6-9 p.m. (Live music in Diamond Bar 8-midnight)

    Friday
    Gates open - 4 p.m.
    Hot laps - 6:30 p.m.
    Opening ceremonies - 7 p.m.
    Racing - 7:05 p.m. (Two rounds of B-Mod heat races. Following the second round, the top 14 drivers in passing points will be locked into Saturday night's A Feature. A full Lucas Oil MLRA program with heat races, a B-Main and A-Feature)

    Saturday
    Gates open - 4 p.m.
    Hot laps - 6:30 p.m.
    Opening ceremonies - 7 p.m.
    Racing - 7:05 p.m. ("Alphabet" Mains will be held for the B-Mods with the top 10 out of the B-Main advancing to the 40-lap A-Main headliner. Another full Lucas Oil MLRA program will be held and a season champion determined).

    Admission prices
    Thursday
    Grandstands (all ages) FREE
    Pit pass $25

    Friday
    Adults (16 and over) $15
    Seniors (62 and over)/Military $12
    Youth (ages 6-15) $5
    Kids (5 and under) FREE
    Family pass $30
    Pit pass $35

    Saturday
    Adults (16 and over) $20
    Seniors (62 and over)/Military $17
    Youth (ages 6-15) $10
    Kids (5 and under) FREE
    Family pass $40
    Pit pass $40
    For ticket information on all events at Lucas Oil Speedway in 2018, contact Admission Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can go DLorton@lucasoilspeedway.com

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    The Inaugural B-Mod Clash of Champions is set for this weekend.

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    The Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals are set for Friday and Saturday.


    Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived race recaps, previews and driver features, along with ticket information and 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com.

    Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

    Click LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

    In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking "Like" at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway


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    About Lucas Oil Speedway
    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 8th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, "Lake Lucas." Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series are held annually. 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, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods.


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