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Wheatland, Missouri (April 9, 2019) - For the 31st time in its storied history, the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Model Series will take the green flag this weekend April 12th -13th at Wheatland, Missouri's Lucas Oil Speedway. The double header weekend will feature complete $3,000 to win shows both nights, setting the stage for the tour's thirty-one race date schedule.
Saturday's feature payout will also include a special $750 Bonus to the winner in memory of Ron Jenkins, the original builder of Wheatland Raceway, making the actual winners take $3,750.
With cool evening temperatures being forecasted, speedway and series officials have moved up the start times both days with hot laps hitting the track at 5:30 pm and racing at 6:05 pm sharp.
This 6th Annual "Spring Nationals" presented by RacingJunk.com has historically provided fans a large field of cars, comprised of many of the Midwest best regional late model drivers. Defending and two-time series champion Chad Simpson captured the season finale last October in Wheatland and will look to go back to victory lane, as will 2018 series runner-up Will Vaught, when action gets under way Friday.
One year ago Vaught put on a clinic over the course of the 2nd half of the MLRA schedule, racking up five wins in an eight race span to go along with a runner-up finish and an impressive 4th place run with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series during the "Diamond Nationals."
Vaught's run to the finish line came close to erasing a near 140 point deficit to eventual series champion Simpson, but for the second time since 2013 he fell just short of the elusive series crown coming home the series runner-up. When Vaught unloads his Rocket Chassis XR1 this weekend it will be for one reason- to win.
A sluggish start in 2018 to a point proved beneficial for the team. Removing the typical stresses associated with racing for a championship, it gave them the ability to simply focus on winning races and being "# 1". Vaught attributes much of that success a year ago to a single element--hard work. "We are a small budget team and we work really hard to get better. We weren't running for a championship last year even though we were at every race, we just wanted to win races," commented Vaught.
Vaught, who is a 13-time winner on the MLRA tour, found the momentum swing he enjoyed last year to be different than years past. "We had so many guys chasing our back bumper instead of it being the other way around it was kind of nice."
The 32-year old Vaught understands how valuable team chemistry is in relation to his on track success. Crew chief Eric Barnes was awarded the 2018 MLRA Crew Chief of the Year Award, Presented by Mittler Bros. Machine & Tool. Of the team's success in 2018 he noted, "When you get on top you feel good about your team and car, and it can be hard to beat."
Family is also a very important ingredient to Vaught's recent success, something that is evident in his victory lane celebrations. "Maddox and Mallory are very involved at the shop and they like to get out there
and work, and they enjoy when we are victorious--they sure really like to be in the middle of that," commented Vaught of his eldest children. "It's a pretty good tradition, and hopefully we have to replace the roof again this year."
Plans are to open the season leaving the new car in the box for the first few weeks, noting that he feels they already have the car where they want it from a year ago which will present a better opportunity for winning on night one. "We would be stupid not to run last year's car as well as it ran mid-season to the end of last year," he stated.
Vaught, who picked up the MLRA opener in 2017 at Lucas Oil Speedway said of the "Diamond of Dirt Tracks", "We've always ran good there. The last several years we have been able to put both nights together and kind of figured out how we needed to go about adjusting the car throughout the nights. We are confident with that place anymore".
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Giovanni Scelzi Maneuvers to Top-10 Result During KWS-NARC Season Opener
Inside Line Promotions - BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (April 9, 2019) - Giovanni Scelzi produced his fifth top-10 finish of the year during his debut in his family owned sprint car last Saturday at Kern County Raceway Park.
Scelzi maneuvered to a sixth-place outing at the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Series season opener. It marked the third different team he has captured a top-10 finish with in a dozen starts this year.
"When I go back to the Midwest next week hopefully we'll be comfortable and can consistently run up front in Bernie Stuebgen's car as well," he said.
Last Saturday night began with Scelzi qualifying 12th quickest. That put him on the pole of a heat race, which he won to lock into the 12 th starting position for the main event. Scelzi made a couple of late passes to secure the sixth-place run.
"I was free on entry and tight on exit," he said. "After the race we dynoed the left rear shock and it wasn't right. I think if we started up front I could have hustled to a podium because 30 laps goes by quick when you're hustling as hard as you can. We built a brand new car and that was the first night on it. You can't expect much going out there like it. We've seen it on the track and talked about what was wrong with it so hopefully it will be better this week."
Scelzi will return to action in his family owned sprint car this Friday and Saturday at Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif., during the Asparagus Cup. He has earned a top-five finish at the track during each of the last two years.
QUICK RESULTS -
April 6 - Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif. - Qualifying: 12; Heat race: 1 (1); Feature: 6 (12).
SEASON STATS -
12 races, 1 win, 2 top fives, 5 top 10s, 6 top 15s, 7 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Friday and Saturday at Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif., for the Asparagus Cup
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"Bernie and Betsy Stuebgen have become really close friends since I've gotten to know them," Scelzi said. "They've always given me a fast race car and it's been a lot of fun driving for their team. I really appreciate the opportunity they've provided."
Scelzi would also like to thank Whipple Superchargers, Scelzi Enterprises, Roth Motorsports, Fuel Delivery Services, Inc., Red Rose Transportation, Inc., Panella Trucking, NAPA Auto Parts, Red Line Oil, Schoenfeld Headers, K&N Filters, FK Rod Ends, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Weld Wheels, KSE Racing Products, Sparco, Simpson Race Products, Worldwide Bearings, Todd Jorgensen, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Meridian Steel, Kenny's Components, Auto Meter, Allstar Performance, DJS Safe Seats and Arctic Cat for their continued support.
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Brian Brown Posts Top Five During Final Spring Weekend in the West
Inside Line Promotions - QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. (April 9, 2019) - Brian Brown closed the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series spring swing throughout the west with a top-five finish last weekend in Arizona.
April 5 - USA Raceway in Tucson, Ariz . - Qualifying: 4; Heat race: 1 (2); Dash: 5 (5); Feature: 5 (5).
"It was an efficient night," Brown said. "We got back to qualifying well, which put us on the front row of a heat race. We won that to make the dash. That is what sets you up to have a successful night. We felt like we were pretty good. We got into heavy traffic in the middle of the feature. We were right there with the leaders. They had a double-file restart and it was stop and go. I ran into the back of (David) Gravel and it knocked my nose wing back. To hold onto a top five was good. At this point it's about building some confidence."
April 6 - Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz . - Qualifying: 9; Heat race: 3 (3); Feature: 19 (9).
"We qualified decent and were in position to get into the dash during the heat race, but I made a couple of bad laps and let Gravel by," Brown said. "Then in the feature we lost our brakes right away. Sometimes when it's like that you can ride around. There never was a caution to go to the work area. We were getting into some heavy traffic. There was no sense of tearing anything up so I just pulled off.
"On a positive note it was two great turnouts for FVP customers and employees on Friday and Saturday. It's good to get out to that region to see some of the returning and new customers and the same for the employees."
SEASON STATS - 13 races, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 4 top 10s, 4 top 15s, 7 top 20s
"It was a boost for our team to get back into the top five before we return to the Midwest," Brown said. "It definitely helps our team to be racing in Florida to start the season and then in the west the last month. We've been able to make more laps out there the last few years so we're making headway, but the one thing we've always noticed is that it helps us get off to a strong start once racing begins in the Midwest."
UP NEXT - Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa
"Knoxville Raceway is the best track in the country so we're looking forward to the season starting there this weekend," Brown said. "That's what is the good part of our schedule. We can have some good nights and have our teeth kicked in. We'll go out to Knoxville and hopefully get our confidence and then go back out with the Outlaws. It's the best of both worlds."
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