Diamond Nationals Expand To Fill Gap Of Canceled Show Me 100

Repercussions continue to be felt at Lucas Oil Speedway following the storm damage sustained last week. Damage from a tornado on Monday, May 20 forced the facility to postpone the upcoming, 27th Annual Show Me 100.

With no suitable reschedule date for the mega event, officials announced a backup plan on Tuesday evening. The 13th annual CMH Diamond Nationals will now expand to two nights on July 13-14 with $15,000-to-win Late Model features each night. The event was originally scheduled to be a stand-alone $12,000-to-win program on Saturday, July 13.

Damage at Lucas Oil Speedway on May 20 forced the 2019 Show Me 100 to be postponed.

“We looked at all our options for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, the Lucas Oil MLRA, for Lucas Oil Speedway and for our television partners and feel this is the best option for everyone,” said Danny Lorton, Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager.

Efforts to find suitable dates for all the involved series and keep the Show-Me 100 in its original three-day format were not able to be worked out.

“We had hoped to be able to reschedule as a three-day event, but it just wasn’t practical,” Lorton said. “On the plus side, we see the two-night Diamond Nationals as being a terrific weekend of racing at Lucas Oil Speedway with a top field of cars after the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series holds events on Thursday and Friday that weekend at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois.”

Damage at Lucas Oil Speedway from the May 20 storm.

The award-winning Lucas Oil Production Studios will be on hand to capture all the action from Lucas Oil Speedway with multiple camera angles, driver interviews, on-board cameras, and various technical segments. Additional information, including air dates, show times and networks will be announced.

“It’s unfortunate that the Show-Me 100 will not be contested this year,” said Rick Schwallie, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Director.  “We appreciate everyone’s understanding as we’ve dealt with the impact the storm had on Lucas Oil Speedway. The Show-Me 100 and Memorial Day weekend are traditional, and we look forward to returning to that tradition in 2020.

Lucas Oil Speedway

“The expanded Diamond Nationals will be two thrilling events and we’re proud to offer these lucrative purses to the race teams.”

Those who purchased advanced tickets to the Show-Me 100 will receive refunds, as will all those who had reserved camping spots for the Show-Me 100.

About the author

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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