July 2, 2024 | By Lyndal Scranton

Lucas Oil Speedway ready for July 4th Thursday Night Thunder

Photo by GS Stanek Racing Photography

WHEATLAND, Mo. — Lucas Oil Speedway resumes Big Adventure RV Weekly Championship Series action this week with a special week-night edition to celebrate youngsters and the July 4th holiday.

The annual Casey's Thursday Night Thunder Kids' Night at the Races Presented by State Tech returns to the speedway for an action-packed night. A Kids' bicycle giveaway is set for intermission with the area's biggest fireworks display following the races.

Bicycles for kids ages 5-through-12 are still needed for the giveaway. Those interested in donating can bring bicycles to the speedway office during business hours or to the pit office before Thursday's races. Cash donations which will be used for the purchase of bicycles also will be accepted.

The kids can sign up at the RCR Designs Jr Fan Club table before intermission for a chance to enter a drawing for the new bicycles of various sizes after the gates open at 4:30 p.m. Also before the racing action, flagman Mike Striegel will lead a group of youngsters on a pit tour. The kids can sign up for a chance to go on the tour, also at the RCR Designs Jr Fan Club table.

Entering Thursday's racing action, the points races are close in three of the four racing classes. Jaylen Wettengel of Topeka, Kan., leads Lebanon's William Garner by just one point in the O'Reilly Auto Parts USRA Stock Cars; Jason Pursley of Hermitage if 14 points in front of Fulton's Ryan Middaught in the Arctic Food Equipment USRA Modifieds and JC Morton of Springfield is 35 ahead of Eric Turner of Hermitage in the Clear Creek Golf Cars USRA B Mods.

Justin Wells of Aurora continues to dominate in the Hermitage Lumber POWRi Late Model division as he's 340 points in front of Jefferson City's Tucker Cox. Wells has won seven of eight feature races at the speedway this season.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m. with grandstands at 4:30, hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7:05.


Thursday Night Thunder admission:

Adults (16 and up) - $20
Seniors (62 and up)/Military - $17
Youth (6-15) - $10
Kids (5 and under) - FREE
Family Pass - $50
Pit Pass - $40

For ticket information on any Lucas Oil Speedway event, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 295-6043 or via email at nmcmillan@lucasoilspeedway.com.

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