First Look: 2016 Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series Slate

The Lucas Oil ASCS is set to embark on their 25th season.

The Lucas Oil ASCS is set to embark on their 25th season.

The 2016 season for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network represents a milestone for the nation’s largest Sprint Car sanctioning body, as it marks the 25th year of action across the United States. At the first look, 41 dates have been confirmed with a handful of additional stops in the works with news of those coming in the next month.

A 15 place, $250,000 point fund will again be in place with the winner of the 2016 edition again receiving a check for $60,000. Along with guaranteed point fund, tow money packages will again be in place for the Top 12 teams with several crown jewel events in line, as well as the addition of the Lucas Oil ASCS Triple Crown which will consist of the Arnold Motor Supply ASCS 360 Knoxville Nationals, the second annual High Roller Classic, and the sixth annual Hockett/McMillin Memorial. Details on the Triple Crown will be released in the coming weeks.

ascs_logoSlated to kick off with a double header weekend between the Golden Triangle Raceway Park in Beaumont, Texas on Friday, March 11 and Battleground Speedway in Highlands, Texas on Saturday, March 12, the start to the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour’s 25th year correlates with the kick off to the Griffith Truck and Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region presented by Southern Trailer Works 15th year of competition.

Followed up with the series debut at the Heart O’ Texas Speedway in Waco, Texas on Thursday, March 17, the 43rd annual Devil’s Bowl Spring Nationals follows the next two nights. The following Saturday adds another new facility at the Bronco Raceway Park in Cleveland, Texas.

April is in the works as the Rock ‘N Roll 50 presented by TBJ Promotions ends out the month. May welcomes the series return to the second of three TBJ Promotions events on the calendar with the series third attempt at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. on Thursday, May 5. The date correlates with NASCAR at the Kansas Speedway. A staple of the National Tour lineup since 1993, Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway follows on Saturday, May 7.

One of the biggest shifts in the National Tour’s lineup is the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. Normally a single night affair in the month of September, the Texas World Dirt Track Championship on Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 14 will now include the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series along with the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Red River Region presented by Smiley’s Racing Products. Sprint Cars will still be a part of the September U.S. Dirt Track Championship, but will be a single night affair with the AmeASCS 130rican Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Red River Region presented by Smiley’s Racing Products.

Ending out May with the series return to the Belleville High Banks in Belleville, Kan. The month of June begins with a Trio of new facilities as Plymouth Speedway in Plymouth, Indiana welcomes the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series into the Hoosier State for the first time since the year 2000 on Wednesday, June 1.

Taking on Michigan’s finest open wheel talent for the first time on Friday, June 3, the National Tour heads for the Hartford Speedway in Hartford, Mich. with a quick jog back to Indiana for the series debut at the Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Ind.

ASCS Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek follows with the Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo, Texas welcoming the series back for the first time since 2003 on Saturday, June 11. A date that has been at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway the past few years, the tricky half-mile will test the waters of a Tuesday night show. Lawton Speedway in Lawton, Okla. follows on Wednesday, then it’s off to Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla., then Salina Speedway in Salina, Kan. and finally the finale at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo.

From the Midwest to the Northwest, the first crown jewel of the season lies at the Skagit Speedway with $15,000 to win Dirt Cup No. 45 happening June 23 through June 25 at the famed oval in Alger, Wash. The second annual Fred Brownfield Classic the following Independence Day Weekend, series officials are working closing with several tracks along the west coast with plans of an additional three to four nights before making the turn east.

July 15 at the Electric City Speedway in Great Falls, Mont. with the Billings Motorsports Park the following night, the series keeps the trek back towards Knoxville with stops at the Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, S.D. on Friday, July 22 and Gillette Thunder Speedway on Saturday, July 23.

To the legendary Knoxville Raceway for the now $15,000 to win Arnold Motor Supply ASCS 360 Knoxville Nationals on August 4, 5, and 6 at the famed half-mile, the next new addition of the history books hits just after the Knoxville Nationals at Farmington, Missouri’s Saint Francois County Speedway on Saturday, August 20 which takes the lead in into the second annual $15,000 to win Casey’s General Store High Roller on Sunday, August 21.

With dates still in the works throughout September, the month will end with the expanded sixth annual Jesse Hockett / Daniel McMillin Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway. Going to three nights of action on September 22, 23, and 24 the finale will see the winner walk away with $10,000.

A quick trip to Colorado sees the series’ first trip to the Fairground Speedway in Cortez, Colorado with the ASCS Southwest Region on Friday, September 30 followed by the second annual Joe Herrera Memorial at the Aztec Speedway on October 1, marking the first time the National Tour has seen the quarter-mile since 2003. As of now, the Devil’s Bowl Winter Nationals ends out the 2016 lineup on October 14 and 15.

Along with the all new Lucas Oil Racing TV, MAVTV has picked up an aggressive broadcast schedule for the 2016 season which will cover the 2016 ASCS Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek in its entirety for the first time, giving tracks like Route 66 Motor Speedway, Lawton Speedway, Creek County Speedway, and the Salina Speedway their debut on the nation’s home of Motorsports Action. Dirt Cup at the Skagit Speedway, the Fred Brownfield Classic, the ASCS 360 Knoxville Nationals, and the Hockett/McMillin Memorial are also on the tentative lineup for MAVTV broadcasts.

Matt Ward will again head up the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network as the National Coordinator and Competition Director.

First Look: 2016 Lucas Oil ASCS Lineup:

Date – Track – Location
* 3/11/2016 – Golden Triangle Raceway Park – Beaumont, Texas
* 3/12/2016 – Battleground Speedway – Highlands, Texas
* 3/17/2016 – Heart O’ Texas Speedway – Waco, Texas
* 3/18/2016 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway – Mesquite, Texas
* 3/19/2016 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway – Mesquite, Texas
* 3/25/2016 – TBA
* 3/26/2016 – Bronco Raceway Park – Cleveland, Texas
* 4/30/2016 – Riverside International Speedway – West Memphis, Arkansas
* 5/5/2016 – Lakeside Speedway – Kansas City, Kansas
* 5/7/2016 – I-30 Speedway – Little Rock, Arkansas
* 5/13/2016 – Texas Motor Speedway – Fort Worth, Texas
* 5/14/2016 – Texas Motor Speedway – Fort Worth, Texas
* 5/29/2016 – Belleville High Banks – Belleville, Kansas
* 6/1/2016 – Plymouth Speedway – Plymouth, Indiana
* 6/3/2016 – Hartford Speedway – Hartford, Michigan
* 6/4/2016 – Brownstown Speedway – Brownstown, Indiana
* 6/11/2016 – Route 66 Motor Speedway – Amarillo, Texas**
* 6/14/2016 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway – Mesquite, Texas**
* 6/15/2016 – Lawton Speedway – Lawton, Oklahoma**
* 6/16/2016 – Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, Oklahoma**
* 6/17/2016 – Salina Speedway – Salina, Kansas**
* 6/18/2016 – Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, Missouri**
* 6/23/2016 – Skagit Speedway – Alger, Washington**
* 6/24/2016 – Skagit Speedway – Alger, Washington**
* 6/25/2016 – Skagit Speedway – Alger, Washington**
* 7/1/2016 – Grays Harbor Raceway – Elma, Washington**
* 7/2/2016 – Grays Harbor Raceway – Elma, Washington**
* 7/6/2016 – TBA
* 7/8/2016 – TBA
* 7/9/2016 – TBA
* 7/15/2016 – Electric City Speedway – Great Falls, Montana
* 7/16/2016 – Billings Motorsports Park – Billings, Montana
* 7/22/2016 – Black Hills Speedway – Rapid City, South Dakota
* 7/23/2016 – Gillette Thunder Speedway – Gillette, Wyoming
* 7/31/2016 – TBA
* 8/4/2016 – Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, Iowa
* 8/5/2016 – Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, Iowa
* 8/6/2016 – Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, Iowa**
* 8/20/2016 – St. Francois County Raceway – Farmington, Missouri
* 8/21/2016 – Missouri State Fair Speedway – Sedalia, Missouri
* 8/24/2016 – TBA
* 8/26/2016 – TBA
* 8/27/2016 – TBA
* 9/22/2016 – Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, Missouri**
* 9/23/2016 – Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, Missouri**
* 9/24/2016 – Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, Missouri**
* 9/30/2016 – Fairgrounds Speedway – Cortez, Colorado
* 10/1/2016 – Aztec Speedway – Aztec, New Mexico
* 10/14/2016 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway – Mesquite, Texas
* 10/15/2016 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway – Mesquite, Texas

*Subject to change without notice.
**Tentative dates for MAVTV production

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Ben Shelton

Ben got his start at historic Riverside International Speedway. His accomplished motorsports media career includes journalist, race announcer, and on-air personality.
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