Monday, June 4, 2012
Lucas Oil Modifieds to Take on The Blythe Challenge Saturday Night
by Dave Grayson
BLYTHE, Calif. -- The Lucas Oil Modified Racing Series, presented by 1 800 Loan Mart, will be presenting round four of their open wheel racing intensity this Saturday night, June 9th, at the Lucas Oil I 10 Speedway in Blythe-California with the running of the CANIDAE All Natural Pet Food 75. This tightly wound quarter mile paved oval, with a slight hint of a dog leg just past the start/finish line, has always been a challenge to the series' drivers that produces some very close quarter racing. More of the same is expected from this speedway on Saturday night. By the way, the CANIDAE 75 will be a full 75 laps of green flag racing. This series does not count yellow caution laps.
However this series does count wins and championship points. With three races, in the 2012 season, already logged on the record books, there are two stand outs in the points standings. The first is Austin Barnes. The high school student, from Escondido-California, leads the standings with 160 points based on two wins and a second place finish. Barnes has been red hot in the series over the last year. In addition to his two wins this year, he won the final six events during the 2011 season. He also understands the fast way around the Lucas Oil I 10 Speedway having won there last year.
Second in the standings is Chris Gerchman who is only 12 points out of first based on a win, at Blythe earlier this year, and a pair of second place finishes. A member of the famed Gerchman racing family, out of Lake Havasu City-Arizona, Chris Gerchman now resides in the state of Texas and flies to the series' race tracks. He also knows the fast way around the Lucas Oil I 10 Speedway and has won several features and a track championship there.
There will be plenty of other drivers to watch during Saturday night's CANIDAE 75. That lists includes Aaron McMorran, the Las Vegas driver whom many think is due for his first series win. Also don't overlook Doug Hamm, another Las Vegas driver, who won a series race last year at the Lucas Oil I 10 Speedway. You certainly can't overlook the presence of the series' reigning, and two time, champion Jim Mardis.
In addition to championship points, there's another set of numbers associated with this race that the drivers will be racing for Saturday night. The purse for the CANIDAE 75 is a hefty $10,000 with $1,500 of it going to the driver who can park his car in the Sunoco Fuels victory lane. Any driver who makes the starting line up for the race is guaranteed a minimum $300 for just taking the green flag.
Most of all the CANIDAE 75 will be about hard racing from the leaders all the way to the back of the pack. It's a major part of the series' tradition and why the series has such a strong fan base. Commenting on the upcoming race, Series General Manager Greg Scheidecker recently said: "when our series returns to Blythe, the racing is going to be a lot tighter on what is basically a one groove race track, But, at the same time, our modified drivers are a class act. We have several track champions in our field and the cream always seems to rise to the top. We've got some really good guys racing with us and I'm really looking forward to coming back to the Lucas Oil I 10 Speedway in Blythe."
For more information regarding this outstanding racing series dial up their official website at www.lucasoilmodifieds.com .
The Lucas Oil Modified Racing Series is powered by a highly potent marketing concept known as "Team Lucas." Team members include: Lucas Oil Products Inc, E3 Spark Plugs, General Tire, GEICO, CANIDAE All Natural Pet Food, MAV TV, Speedco Truck Lube and Tires/Firestone and Optima Batteries.
The series is also strongly supported by an outstanding group of associate sponsors featuring: Eibach Springs, Hoosier Tire West, Budweiser, Blue Water Resort and Casino, Sunoco Race Fuels, Frank's Radio, Racing Plus, Dart Machinery Ltd, Go Pro Cameras and 1 800 Loan Mart.