One of dirt-track racing’s biggest weekends is growing.
The 24th annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com at Lucas Oil Speedway is adding about $60,000 in total purse money for the three-night event, next May 26-28. A feature on the middle night is being added, meaning two $6,000-to-win preliminary events leading into the $30,000-to-win finale.
Those first two features have more meaning than money. Some details remain to be finalized, but the first 18 starters in the 100-lap Show-Me 100 will be determined by average finish from the Thursday and Friday features. Previously, those positions were set through time trials and heats on a feature-less Friday.
Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson made the announcement at Thursday night’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series awards banquet in Carmel, Indiana. Robinson said total purse for the weekend, which is co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil MLRA, will grow to about about $170,000.
Robinson said the evolution of the Show-Me 100, which included the addition of the popular “Cowboy Classic” on Thursday night in recent years, precipitated the changes. He said Friday’s action, which has consisted of Show-Me 100 time trials, heat races, Manufacturers Dash and Past Champions race – but no main event – left a void.
Robinson said the Thursday race will continue to be named in honor of Allen “Cowboy” Chancellor, former co-owner of the MLRA. The Friday feature will pay tribute to Don and Billie Gibson, former owners of West Plains Motor Speedway where the Show-Me 100 originated.
First place in the Show-Me 100 will remain $30,000, but the payout will increase about $30,000 throughout the remainder of the field. Second will pay $15,000 (an increase of $5,000) with third $10,000 (up from $6,000). Earning a starting spot will guarantee $2,000, up from $1,500.
Up to three B features on Saturday, lined up by average finishes on Thursday and Friday, will determine the remainder of the starting field for the Show-Me 100.
“The Show-Me 100 has a rich history and ranks as one of the most prestigious events to win in dirt late-model racing,” Robinson said. “With the format improvements and purse increases throughout the field, simply making the race will be a huge achievement.”
Robinson – named Innovator of the Year in a presentation by FuelTix earlier this week at the Race Track Business Conference in Indianapolis – said entry fees and pit-pass prices will not increase and the first two nights.
Jonathan Davenport captured the 2015 edition of the Show-Me 100 on his way to his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championship.