Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway to Present Double Points Night this Saturday
by Dave Grayson
BLYTHE, Calif. -- When the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway opens its gates January 31st, for the latest round of their Winter Blast Racing Series, the fans will be treated to double action from three double points features presented by race sponsor Domino's Pizza. The quarter mile paved oval, located at the Colorado River Fairgrounds in Blythe-California, will feature Domino's double points racing from the Colorado River Late Model Series, the Legends and the JJ&B Racing Bandoleros. Also on the schedule will be action from the Factory Fours and the always fun Factory Stocks.
The Colorado River Late Model Series is a special championship series hosted by the Lucas Oil I 10 Speedway and the Arizona based Havasu 95 Speedway. This Saturday will be the series' sixth race of the current winter season and the championship run has already generated a lot of excitement. Three very good late model drivers are only separated by a mere 14 points going into this Saturday's race.
Austin Murphy will be one of the drivers to keep a sharp eye on this Saturday night. In five races the young teen driver has one feature win and five top five finishes. His worst finish so far this season has been a third and he will arrive in Blythe this weekend as the series' points leader. However veteran driver Mark Schriner, no stranger to late model track championships,also has one win and five top fives, is only ten points behind Murphy.The third major player in this championship run is veteran driver Ron Daniel. With two feature wins, four top fives and one top ten Daniel is only 14 markers away from the leader going into Saturday night. With double points on the line fans can expect to see some hard racing from this trio of potential champions .
It's also a safe bet that all three of these drivers will be wondering if driver Danny Gay will be at the Lucas Oil I 10 Speedway this Saturday night. The late model veteran is running a limited schedule with the series but every time he shows up for a visit he winds up playing the role of spoiler for the top three drivers. In two appearances so far Gay has a win and a second. His presence at Saturday night's race could make things very interesting.
Also racing for the Dominos double points will be the speedway's Legend Cars who will be making their second appearance of the current winter blast season. The division's points standings are currently based on the results of that first race and shows Brecken Snow with a two point lead over Cody Kutzner. Following him are drivers Mitchell Thorpe, Bob Blackman, Brandon Snow and Tyler Fabozzi. There are only ten points separating the top six in the division standings.
The JJ&B Racing Bandoleros also features a special track championship with the Havasu 95 Speedway. The youngsters in their small, but very fast, Bandolero cars will also be racing for Dominos double points in the midst of a very close championship run. Alex Morgan, with two feature wins and five top fives, leads the series standings with 240 points. However he only has a 14 point lead over Kyle Niquette who has five top fives so far this season. Also very much involved in this mix is Tommy Kelly. With a feature win, four top fives and a top ten Kelly is third in the standings and only 18 markers away from the leader.
But the one driver in this division that will bear a great deal of scrutiny will be Shelby Orosco who has won the series' last two features in a row. She also has three top five finishes and a top ten so far this season. Orosco is fourth in the standings, 54 points away from first, but that's only because she missed the opening race of the season last October. If she can continue her current hot streak Saturday night during a double points race then she will be become a major player in the title picture.
Making a highly anticipated visit to the Lucas Oil I10 Speedway will be the always exciting Factory Four division. This division features four cylinder compact cars and mini pick up trucks. Their racing is often door to door and very exciting. This particular division is headquartered at the Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino but in recent months they decided to go on the road and visit other venues and have been treating the fans at these other speedways to some high quality racing.
Completing Saturday night's schedule will be the always fun Factory Stocks. This fan favorite entry level into racing is slam bang action from green flag to checkered flag and often keeps the fans on their feet during their races.
The weekend at the Lucas Oil I 10 Speedway actually begins on Friday night when teams will be invited to participate in a test and tune session from 6 to 9 pm. This practice session is free of charge to the public. On Saturday race day the gates will open at 4pm with the racing getting underway at 6 pm. Tickets for Saturday are $10 for adults and $8 for senors 55 and up, military personnel along with the handicapped. Tickets for teens are $5 for ages 13 to 17 while kids tickets, ages 6 to 12, are $3. Children 5 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. The speedway also offers a family pack that admits two adults and two kids 17 and under for $20.
For out of town teams and fans the Best Western Flying J Inn, located in Ehrenberg-Arizona, is the official motel of the Lucas Oil I 10 Speedway and offers spacious accommodations, affordable rates and is just a short drive away from the speedway. Call 800 292 9711 for reservations. Online reservations are also available.
For more information about Dominos' Double Points night you can dial up the official website at www.i10speedway.com.