WHEATLAND, Missouri (July 25, 2019) – Along with the regulars who are fighting for points in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Street Stocks division, there could be some intriguing visitors over the final month of the regular season to Lucas Oil Speedway.
Street Stock drivers throughout the region already are starting to focus on the 6th annual Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt, set for Oct. 3-5. The $10,000-to-win event is sure to draw a stellar field from several states.
In fact, a couple of hard-hitting out-of-state drivers dropped in two weeks ago to tune up for the Big Buck 50. Kyle Slader of Muskogee, Oklahoma, and 2017 Big Buck 50 winner Tony Anglin of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, finished 1-2 in the July 14 O’Reilly Auto Parts Street Stocks 30-lap feature which was a part of the CMH Diamond Nationals.
“We were using tonight as a test session for the Big Buck 50 and it went as well as it could,” Slader said after the victory.
This Saturday night offers the Street Stock competitors a chance to run for extra money with $750-to-win the 25-lap feature. It’s the headliner on the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series program on Ozarks Food Harvest Food Drive Night at the Races. Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7:05.
Points will become important for the Street Stocks as Lucas Oil Speedway will award provisionals to the Big Buck 50 starting lineup to the two highest-finishing Street Stock drivers in track points who don’t otherwise qualify for the race.
Format for the Big Buck 50 will find practice and time trials on Thursday, Oct. 3; qualifying heat races, along with a full Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Model program on Oct. 4; last-chance qualifiers before the main event, plus a full ULMA Late Model program on Oct. 5.
The 2017 Big Buck 50 drew 96 entries. Last year’s even was canceled due to poor weather. Entry fee is $100 is received before Oct. 1 and $125 after.
The winning driver also will receive a free entry (valued at $3,000) into the prestigious mid-Missouri Whitetail Trophy Hunt, Nov. 16-18. The hunt is limited to 230 people and has been sold out since last December. The hunt winner will earn $15,000 so, potentially, the Big Buck 50 winner could make a gigantic haul. Plus, the five year Show-me Showdown is in its last year for the 2019 hunt. This promotion will provide an additional cash bonus prize fund that can go up to $55,000.
Over $4.5 million in cash and prizes has been awarded over 30 years to many fortunate whitetail hunters over the years. Visit WhiteTail.net for more info.
Whitetail Trophy Hunt owner Craig Danuser is a long-time supporter of area racing and said the goal, when he partnered with Lucas Oil Speedway, was to make the Big Buck 50 one of the biggest Street Stock races in the country.
“I think that Lucas Oil Speedway is the nicest place that I’ve ever been to,” Danuser said. “If you’re going to have one of the biggest Street Stock races in the United States, it needs to be at the nicest race track.”
Danuser said the Street Stock division appeals to him because fans can easily identify with the cars.
“They look like regular cars,” he said of the body styles. “That Street Stock might have started out as a Camaro or a Monte Carlo. People can identify with them.”
A look at the Big Buck 50 rules:
(All cars must go through pre-tech)
– Must bring your track rules
– Cars must meet Lucas Oil Speedway 2019 Street Stock rules or Factory Stock/Street Stock track rules utilizing OEM type suspensions, i.e: no fabricated 3-link cars, front clip/tube chassis leaf cars, etc. Unsprung weight may be added to axle tube “only” and must be approved by tech. No titanium, magnesium, carbon fiber or tungsten products. No rotating weight allowed. Aluminum wheel spacers only. No enlarged spacers, bolt pattern size only. Frame must be stock and unaltered.
a. 2-barrel carb rule only, no more than 500 cfm, maximum 1-11/16″ throttle bore. Carb must pass all top & bottom “no go” gauges including boosters. 604 crate engine and Lucas Oil Speedway 360 Spec engine option may use 4-barrel.
b. GM Performance Crate Motors “must” be sealed and meet all GM factory crate motor specs.
c. Rear suspension points must use OEM type rubber bushings. No mono ball or spherical bearing type control arm bushings, or leaf spring bushings. No wedge noses, no flat or dished roofs.
d. Bert, Brinn, Falcon and Mitchell Machine Bullet Transmissions are allowed. No Ball Spline allowed.
e. American racer G-60, Hoosier G-60 IMCA modified tires, Hoosier H-500, or 10-inch Hoosier asphalt takeoffs (10.0 / 27.0 0-15). Tires MUST durometer minimum 55 hardness. Softening is not allowed. May run 15-inch diameter and 8 or 10-inch width wheels. May re-groove tires.
f. NESMITH Street Stocks, USRA and IMCA Stock Cars allowed under their rules, and may run Hoosier H-500or 10-inch Hoosier asphalt take offs (10.0 / 27.0 0-15).
– PROVISIONALS – Two Lucas Oil Speedway Provisionals will be added to the field based on final 2019 LOS Season Points Standings. Car must be 100 percent track class legal.
Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt
Weekend Event Schedule
Thursday, October 3
4 p.m. – Gates open
6-9 p.m. – Open practice for Street Stocks and ULMA Late Models9 p.m. – Street Stocks qualifying time trials
Friday, October 4
4 p.m. – Gates open
6:30 p.m. – Hot laps
7:05 p.m. – Racing begins. 10-lap heat races for Street Stocks, plus a full program for Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models.
Saturday, October 5
4 p.m. – Gates open
6:30 – Hot laps
7:05 – Racing begins. Last-chance races for Street Stocks before the 50-Lap, $10,000 to win main event. Warsaw Auto, Marine & RV ULMA Late Models with a full show with $2,000 going to the feature winner.
For questions about tickets or camping for any event at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at [email protected].
Lucas Oil Speedway General ManagerOffice: (417) 282-5984 [email protected]