Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland, MO Meet the Lucas Oil Speedway Staff: Harnden and his public safety staff are there to serve

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    Steve Harnden wants Lucas Oil Speedway fans to know that his staff is about more than dealing with an occasional rowdy customer.

    "We are there to help the public. If somebody has a question, we answer those questions," said Harnden, Lucas Oil Speedway's Public Safety Director the last several years. "We've tried to broaden it to where people aren't scared of us. We're not just security."

    Harnden's team mans the front gate, pit gate, turn two entrance to the track, the backstretch connection between the grandstands and pit area and the stairs and elevator leading to the VIP suites. About a dozen-person strong for a typical race night, they also patrol the pit area and are available to help coordinate evacuation in case of severe weather.

    "We would coordinate that with Safety Steve (Emergency Engineer in Charge Steve Keller) and direct people to the shelters," Harnden said. "Fortunately, we've only had to do that once."

    Harnden moved to Weaubleau in 2012 after a 20-year career working for the California Department of Corrections. His wife, Anna, has family the couple live there, along with grandson Alex, who is six.

    Harnden, who also oversees the go-kart track and Environmental Services Crew, said he was more of a NASCAR fan than a dirt-racing fan when he relocated. Those allegiances have flipped over the last few years and he enjoys the clientele of Lucas Oil Speedway.

    "It's become more of a family atmosphere and is really family friendly," he said.

    The move to Missouri also has satisfied another of Harnden's post-law-enforcement-career passions. He is co-owner of Weaubleau Creek Outfitters and enjoys guiding deer and turkey hunts, along with fishing expeditions.

    "I love taking first-time people hunting," Harnden said. "I don't care if I kill anything anymore. I'd just as soon take somebody else and help them have that experience. It's a lot of fun for me."

    The 2019 Lucas Oil Speedway season kicks off March 30 with an open test and tune. The Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series begins April 6 with action in all four of the weekly divisions - Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models and O'Reilly Auto Parts Street Stocks.

    To inquire about tickets, VIP suites or camping, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at

    Danny Lorton
    Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager
    Office: (417) 282-5984

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    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.

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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 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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