The Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association (MLRA) and the COMP Cams Super Dirt Series (CCSDS) will hook horns in the fifth annual Lucas Oil Fall Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway. On Friday and Saturday, October 12-13 two of the top Dirt Late Model regional series will see their drivers go head-to-head in pursuit of big money, bragging rights, and ever-so-important championship points.
The upcoming doubleheader weekend will mark the third such co-sanctioned event on the season for the regional super late model touring series. Those prior events averaged 35 cars, highlighted by a strong 40-car field at the Legit Motor Speedway, something that series officials hope to duplicate or better.
Chad Simpson holds a 24-point advantage over Will Vaught in the Lucas Oil MLRA standings entering the weekend, while Jack Sullivan has a commanding lead in the CCSDS battle.
Entering the weekend the CCSDS contingent has seen an impressive 15 different winners in 25 events. CCSDS Director Chris Ellis, is proud of the parity his Arkansas based series brings to the starting line. “It’s kind of been our formula over the years, we have been fortunate to have a variety of winners. It’s good to have a number of different winners because it gives encouragement to more drivers that they can win with the series,” said Ellis.
Due to scheduling conflicts in 2017 the CCSDS was not able to be a part of the Fall Nationals as in past years, which was something that both sides wanted to change.
Ellis is excited to again give his drivers the opportunity to compete at LOS and commented, “Dan (Robinson) and Ernie (Leftwich) worked it out this year to move it to the second weekend in October so we could be a part of this event, and we really wanted to be a part of it again. Two years ago we had like 63 cars there for this event, with the World 100 being rescheduled we may not do that, but I definitely think it’s got a chance to be a really good weekend.”
Both nights will feature complete Late Model shows. Fridays 40 lapper will pay $3,000 to the winner, while Saturday will offer a 50 lap “A” Main with $5,000 on the line. Saturday night’s winner will also earn a special $500 bonus in memory of Ron Jenkins, the original builder of Wheatland Raceway, making it a $5,500 to win finale.
In addition to the Late Model showdown, fans will witness the Inaugural B-Mod Clash of Champions. Drivers will compete in a double heat qualifying format Friday night, setting the stage for Saturday nights $3,000 to win finale.