Level 5 Off Road UTV Racing Series set for first of three 2018 programs at Lucas Oil Speedway
Wheatland, Missouri (April 25, 2018) - When Ryan Kenaga organized his first off road race a few years ago, it most definitely was a grassroots beginning.
"I started out one summer on some leased farm land and kind of threw together a small track," Kenaga, a resident of northwest Arkansas said.
That first event attracted a surprisingly high number of cars and interest. It grew into what's now the Level 5 Off Road/UTV Racing Regional Championship Series. which Kenaga oversees. Next up is a visit to Lucas Oil Speedway's off road track for the first of three 2018 programs, this Friday and Saturday.
"We're a small organization that's grown like crazy over the last few years," Kenaga said. "Getting the call from Lucas Oil to come up there was incredible. It's like getting the call up to the big leagues to pitch for the Yankees or something. It's just an incredible opportunity."
Move-in is Friday, with no on-track activity that day. Spectator gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday with practice at 10 a.m. and heat races at 11:30 a.m. Opening ceremonies are set for 3 p.m. and precede precede the feature events for all classes - Pro Unlimited, Production 1000, RS1, Sportsman and Youth.
The awards ceremony will be held at approximately 5 p.m. All fans purchasing off road tickets will be admitted free to Saturday night's Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series program next door, which begins with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7.
Kenaga said the Level 5 Off Road Series, and a facility like the one at Lucas, fills a needed void in the central part of the United States for short-course racing. He expects possibly 100 or more entries this weekend, but said he would be pleased with 70-75.
"It's gonna be exciting to race there," he said. "We have the brand-new single-seater RS1s for Polaris. We're one of the few series running a single-seat class, RS1-specific class.
"We pride ourselves on being the premier off road series in the middle part of the country, in this 4-5 state area. It's proven to work out for us so far."
For more information on the series visit Facebook.com/Level5OffRoad.
Saturday off road schedule:
6:30 a.m. - Gates open/move-in
9 a.m. - Spectator gates open
10 a.m. - Practice sessions begin
11:30 a.m.- Heat races begin
3 p.m. - Opening ceremonies
3:15 p.m. - Feature events begin
5 p.m. - Awards
Off road ticket prices (all include FREE admission to dirt track):
Seniors (ages 62 and over) and Military $17
Youth (ages 6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Dirt track ticket prices:
Adults, senior, military and youth $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family pass $25
Pitt pass $30
For ticket information for any event in 2018, including general admission or three-day reserved seats for the 26th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com. Tickets also can be purchased online for any event during the 2018 season.
Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket information and 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com. Fans also can purchase general admission tickets for any 2018 event on the web.
Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.
Click LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.