As has become the custom in recent years, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series released its schedule for the next season this past weekend at the 2019 series finale Dirt Track World Championship in Portsmouth, Ohio. As expected, the 56-race slate features some of Dirt Late Model racing’s biggest events. But at the same time, there will be traditional venues and new stops on the tour while some previously visited facilities will no longer be a part of the action in 2020.
Keeping with recent tradition, the LOLMDS tour will kick off Georgia-Florida SpeedWeeks and the 2020 season with a trip to the Golden Isles Speedway in Brunswick, GA highlighted buy a pair of $12,000 features. At that point, the tour will officially be underway. And from there teams will head to another traditional stop with a week being spent at the Winternationals in Tampa, Fla. at East Bay Raceway Park. The final two events in that seven-night run will feature by a two points-paying $12,000-to-win contests.
At the point the series will pull into its first new venue of the year. With Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. no longer being a part of the tour, All-Tech Raceway in Lake City, Fla. will join the fray with a $10,000-to-win main event as a close for the LOLMDS portion of Georgia-Florida SpeedWeeks.
Another change within the early part of the schedule will be evident on the first weekend in April. The stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will make their second trip to the 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, TN but will then head to Talladega Short Track in Eastabooga, AL for the first time the following evening. Both of those races will offer $12,000-to-win purses.
As has been previously documented on this site, traditional east Tennessee tour stop Tazewell Speedway has been left of the slate for the first time since the inception of the series in 2005.
As is always the case, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will sanction a number of the sport’s biggest races.
Late in May the $30,000-to-win Show-me 100 at the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo. will begin the run of major races that will play out over the course of the summer and fall of 2020.
Traditional crown jewel events such as the Silver Dollar Nationals at Nebraska’s I-80 Speedway, the North-South 100 at Kentucky’s Florence Speedway, the Topless 100 at Batesville(AR) Motor Speedway, the Hillbilly 100 at West Virginia’s Tyler County Speedway, the Knoxville Late Model Nationals at Knoxville(Iowa) Raceway and the traditional season ending Dirt Track World Championship at Portsmouth(OH) Raceway Park once again populate the series schedule with races that will allow teams to collect monster payouts.
The Dirt Million at Mansfiled(OH) Motor Speedway, which has paid out six-figure winning purses over the past two years, is no longer listed as part of the tour. However, a new major race has been added with the $50,000-to-win Dirt Track Throwback at Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway making its first appearance on the schedule.
As can be seen by looking at the full schedule below, the competitors on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be very busy in 2020 but there will also be plenty of money on the line throughout the course of the tour.
|Date||Track||Location||Event Title||To Win|
|30-Jan||Golden Isles Speedway||Brunswick, GA||Super Bowl of Racing||Practice|
|31-Jan||Golden Isles Speedway||Brunswick, GA||Super Bowl of Racing||$12,000|
|1-Feb||Golden Isles Speedway||Brunswick, GA||Super Bowl of Racing||$12,000|
|2-Feb||East Bay Raceway Park||Tampa, FL||44th Annual Winternationals||Practice|
|3-Feb||East Bay Raceway Park||Tampa, FL||44th Annual Winternationals||$5,000|
|4-Feb||East Bay Raceway Park||Tampa, FL||44th Annual Winternationals||$5,000|
|5-Feb||East Bay Raceway Park||Tampa, FL||44th Annual Winternationals||$7,000|
|6-Feb||East Bay Raceway Park||Tampa, FL||44th Annual Winternationals||$7,000|
|7-Feb||East Bay Raceway Park||Tampa, FL||44th Annual Winternationals||$12,000|
|8-Feb||East Bay Raceway Park||Tampa, FL||44th Annual Winternationals||$12,000|
|9-Feb||All-Tech Raceway||Lake City, FL||$10,000|
|20-Mar||Atomic Speedway||Chillicothe, OH||Buckeye Spring 50||$12,000|
|21-Mar||Brownstown Speedway||Brownstown, IN||23rd Annual Indiana Icebreaker||$12,000|
|3-Apr||411 Motor Speedway||Seymour, TN||Tennessee’s Action Track 50||$12,000|
|4-Apr||Talladega Short Track||Eastaboga, AL||E-Z-GO 50||$12,000|
|18-Apr||Hagerstown Speedway||Hagerstown, MD||39th Annual Stanley Schetrompf Classic||$12,000|
|19-Apr||Port Royal Speedway||Port Royal, PA||The Rumble by the River||$10,000|
|24-Apr||Tri-City Speedway||Granite City, IL||Hoker Trucking Best in the Business 50||$12,000|
|25-Apr||Macon Speedway||Macon, IL||$12,000|
|1-May||Ponderosa Speedway||Junction City, KY||16th Annual John Bradshaw Memorial||$12,000|
|2-May||Florence Speedway||Union, KY||34th Annual Ralph Latham Memorial||$12,000|
|14-May||34 Raceway||Burlington, IA||TruAcre 50||$10,000|
|15-May||300 Raceway||Farley, IA||Truck Country 50||$12,000|
|16-May||Deer Creek Speedway||Spring Valley, MN||NAPA North Star Nationals||$12,000|
|21-May||Lucas Oil Speedway||Wheatland, MO||7th Annual Cowboy Classic||$6,000|
|22-May||Lucas Oil Speedway||Wheatland, MO||Tribute to Don & Billie Gibson||$6,000|
|23-May||Lucas Oil Speedway||Wheatland, MO||28th Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100||$30,000|
|12-Jun||Cherokee Speedway||Gaffney, SC||22nd Annual Grassy Smith Memorial||$12,000|
|13-Jun||Smoky Mountain Speedway||Maryville, TN||Big Daddy 60||$15,000|
|18-Jun||Magnolia Motor Speedway||Columbus, MS||Clash at the Mag||$5,000|
|19-Jun||Magnolia Motor Speedway||Columbus, MS||Clash at the Mag||$5,000|
|20-Jun||Magnolia Motor Speedway||Columbus, MS||Clash at the Mag||$15,000|
|3-Jul||Muskingum County Speedway||Zanesville, OH||$12,000|
|4-Jul||Portsmouth Raceway Park||Portsmouth, OH||Independence 50||$12,000|
|10-Jul||Jackson Motorplex||Jackson, MN||$12,000|
|11-Jul||Jackson Motorplex||Jackson, MN||$15,000|
|17-Jul||Tri-City Speedway||Granite City, IL||NAPA Know How 50||$12,000|
|18-Jul||Lucas Oil Speedway||Wheatland, MO||14th Annual Diamond Nationals||$12,000|
|23-Jul||I-80 Speedway||Greenwood, NE||Malvern Bank Go 50||$12,000|
|24-Jul||I-80 Speedway||Greenwood, NE||10th Annual Imperial Tile Silver Dollar Nationals||Prelim|
|25-Jul||I-80 Speedway||Greenwood, NE||10th Annual Imperial Tile Silver Dollar Nationals||$53,000|
|13-Aug||Florence Speedway||Union, KY||Sunoco North/South Shootout Presented by Lucas Oil||$10,000|
|14-Aug||Florence Speedway||Union, KY||38th Annual Sunoco North/South 100 Presented by Lucas Oil||Prelim|
|15-Aug||Florence Speedway||Union, KY||38th Annual Sunoco North/South 100 Presented by Lucas Oil||$50,000|
|20-Aug||Batesville Motor Speedway||Batesville, AR||28th Annual COMP Cams Topless 100||$5,000|
|21-Aug||Batesville Motor Speedway||Batesville, AR||28th Annual COMP Cams Topless 100||$5,000|
|22-Aug||Batesville Motor Speedway||Batesville, AR||28th Annual COMP Cams Topless 100||$40,000|
|28-Aug||Port Royal Speedway||Port Royal, PA||Dirt Track Throwback||Prelim|
|29-Aug||Port Royal Speedway||Port Royal, PA||Dirt Track Throwback||$50,000|
|5-Sep||Portsmouth Raceway Park||Portsmouth, OH||Bob Miller Memorial||$12,000|
|6-Sep||Tyler County Speedway||Middlebourne, WV||52nd Annual Hillbilly Hundred||$30,000|
|17-Sep||Knoxville Raceway||Knoxville, IA||17th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals||$7,000|
|18-Sep||Knoxville Raceway||Knoxville, IA||17th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals||$7,000|
|19-Sep||Knoxville Raceway||Knoxville, IA||17th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals||$40,000|
|25-Sep||Kokomo Speedway||Kokomo, IN||Kokomo Late Model Shootout||$12,000|
|26-Sep||Brownstown Speedway||Brownstown, IN||41st Annual Jackson 100||$15,000|
|2-Oct||Raceway 7||Conneaut, OH||Great Lakes 50||$12,000|
|3-Oct||Pittsburgh Motor Speedway||Imperial, PA||32nd Annual Pittsburgher 100||$20,000|
|10-Oct||Dixie Speedway||Woodstock, GA||Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout||$12,000|
|11-Oct||Rome Speedway||Rome, GA||Rome Showdown||$10,000|
|16-Oct||Portsmouth Raceway Park||Portsmouth, OH||40th Annual Dirt Track World Championship||Prelim|
|17-Oct||Portsmouth Raceway Park||Portsmouth, OH||40th Annual Dirt Track World Championship||$100,000|