Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland, MO Lucas Oil Speedway Spotlight: Vaught in racing sweet spot entering Diamond Nationals

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    Will Vaught has settled into a racing sweet spot in 2018.

    No longer consumed by full-time racing as he was a decade ago or rarely climbing behind the wheel the past two years, the 31-year-old from Crane, Missouri, seems to have found a perfect middle ground.

    "I had a lot of fun when I was racing for a living," Vaught said. "But now, it's fun but it's a different kind of fun I guess you could say."

    Such as last weekend when Vaught swept both ends of a Lucas Oil MLRA Series doubleheader at Lake Ozark Speedway, giving him three for the season. Vaught's family including wife Ashtin, son Maddox (8), daughter Mallory (7) and six-month old son Myles joined him in victory lane.

    "We got to celebrate together," Vaught said. "That was more fun than anything. The kids were excited, maybe more than I was. They're getting to the age where they understand things and how racing is and how hard it is to win.

    "So it's still a lot of fun. We've just made it into a different kind of fun, an all-around different feeling than it used to be."

    Vaught would enjoy nothing more than another family celebration on Saturdaynight at the 12th annual CMH Diamond Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Lucas Oil MLRA come together for a single-night program awarding $12,000 plus a diamond ring to the feature winner.

    "We're kind of getting settled with this new car," Vaught said of the Rocket XR1 chassis. "It's taken us a little longer than I expected to get a good balance with it. They asked me after we won (at Lake Ozark) Friday night, 'well, I know you want to duplicate this win.' I didn't really expect us to win again (Saturday) against some really good cars. Racing has so many circumstances.

    "But everything just kind of fell our way and we were blessed to win Saturday as well. Going into Wheatland, we're confident with the race car. Lake Ozark, it's not just like Wheatland, but I think it races similar. Hopefully it will fall into place for us again."

    Vaught said he's raced about 15 times this year, which is about his total amount of outings in 2016 and 2017 combined. He took a step back those years as Maddox and Mallory were growing up and he was getting a business in his hometown up and running.

    "Just a lot of things that were a priority at that time," Vaught said. "This year, I have some good guys at the shop (Johnson's Service Center) where I can leave a little early on Fridays to go race."

    Maddox and Mallory both are involved in quarter-midget racing and Maddox is playing summer baseball. Watching their endeavors has provided further balance to Vaught's racing and business ventures.

    His most-recent success also can be attributed to a different mindset on the race track. He laughed about a late June three-race MLRA swing in which he compiled two fourth-place finishes and a sixth.

    "It was almost pleasing," Vaught said of the competitive, but non-winning outings. "We've never been like that. We've always been guys that raced to win. I told Eric (crew chief Eric Barnes) 'I don't know what our deal was, but we were pretty pleased with fourth.' And I was like, 'I'm done with this. I'm ready to win.'

    "I guess you could say that was a little motivating last weekend. We worked hard and the car was good."

    So don't expect Vaught, even though he plans to follow the MLRA circuit throughout, to worry a lot about the points chase. He enters the Diamond Nationals event 76 behind Chad Simpson of Mount Vernon, Iowa and 14 in back of second-place Tony Jackson Jr.

    "We'll just go race and have fun and try to win," said Vaught, whose sponsors include Johnson's Service Center, Wright Asphalt Products, Keyser Manufacturing, Integra Racing Shocks and GW Performance.

    Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Georgia, leads the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt championship standings. Defending Diamond Nationals winner and reigning series champion Josh Richards of Shinnston, West Virginia, enters this weekend 120 points behind.

    Also on tap Saturday is a full Pitts Homes USRA Modified program, paying $1,000 to win. Darron Fuqua of Mayetta, Kansas has won six USRA Modified features at Lucas Oil Speedway this season.

    Grandstand gates open at 4 p.m. on Saturday with hot laps at 6:30 and opening ceremonies at 7.

    Admission prices:
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    Seniors (62 and over)/Military $27
    Youth (6-15) $10
    Kids (5 and under) FREE
    Family pass $60
    Pit pass $40

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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 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.

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