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Fatheadz Signs on as Sponsor for Inaugural Hoosier Classic $100K Challenge

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (October 26, 2020) – Lucas Oil Raceway is proud to announce that Fatheadz Eyewear has been named the official sponsor for the inaugural Hoosier Classic Fatheadz Eyewear $100K Challenge. The 2021 Hoosier Classic will host a trifecta of open-wheel pavement racing, featuring Champion Sprint Cars (Friday), Champion Midgets (Saturday), and the USAC Silver Crown Series (Saturday). Set to take place in conjunction with Brickyard 400 Weekend on Friday, August 13 and Saturday, August 14, 2021, drivers will compete on The Oval at Lucas Oil Raceway for their shot at taking home the top prize of $100K.

“We are thrilled to have the addition of the Fatheadz Eyewear $100K Challenge to the Hoosier Classic weekend, “ said Kasey Coler, Vice President of Track Management & Operations for NHRA. “The addition of these prizes instantly elevates what was going to be the biggest payday in grassroots pavement open-wheel racing to now another stratosphere with a potential winner taking home a total of $132,000 for winning three big races over the course of two days.  With the support of Fatheadz Eyewear in not only the prize, but also helping build the Hoosier Classic into a tent-pole event for fans, drivers and teams, we are beyond excited for the debut of this event.”

“This will be the first time, with fans, that all of these Series have raced together,” said Rico Elmore, Founder and CEO of Fatheadz, Inc. “We’re excited that Indianapolis, the Motorsports Capital of the World, will be the gathering place for these great drivers, and Fatheadz is thrilled to be able to support this historic event.”

Levi Jones, Executive Vice President – United States Auto Club (USAC), shared enthusiasm and support for the partnership:

“It’s fantastic to see Fatheadz Eyewear support an event and track that has been synonymous with USAC racing for the past six decades is raising the bar for pavement racing in 2021. We are looking forward to this highly anticipated event and I know the drivers are pumped to have this opportunity to shoot for the big bonus money.”

Fatheadz Eyewear, founded in Indiana in 2004, began by creating and offering eyewear specifically tailored to customers with heads too large to fit in standard width glasses comfortably. The company has grown to encompass nine distinct lines of eyewear of all sizes for both men and women. Recently, the company shifted production focus in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, has since produced several million pieces of PPE for healthcare workers, and is continuing to offer the products online. 

To learn more about Fatheadz Eyewear, visit their website. You can learn more about USAC here. To view information on upcoming events, visit the Lucas Oil Raceway website.

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About Fatheadz:
Founded in March 2004 under the direction of Rico Elmore, Fatheadz first started by catering to men with heads too large to fit in standard width sunglasses comfortably. To solve this issue, Elmore created a product line with four oversized sunglasses available in varying colors. Fatheadz has now grown to encompass nine distinct lines of eyewear of all sizes for both men and women. With over 1000 unique product offerings, innovation continues to drive Fatheadz’s customer-centric business.


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Brown’s Oil Service ET Bracket Series presented by Comfort Suites Results: October 25

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—The 2020 Lucas Oil Raceway Brown’s Oil Service ET Bracket Series came to an end on Sunday with six non-points winners and a King of the Track crowned.

HUNT AND SONS MEMORIAL SUPER PRO:
Winner: Matthew Means
Runner-Up: Josh Gibbs

M&K SPORT COACH PRO:
Winner: Josh Pickett (King of the Track)
Runner-Up: Zach Manaseri

ALLGAIER PERFORMANCE PARTS SPORTSMAN
Winner: Holden English
Runner-Up: Chad Eaton

DEARRY AUTOMOTIVE JUNIOR MAJOR:
Winner: Kaden Goebel
Runner-Up: Brayton Brackmyer

DEARRY AUTOMOTIVE JUNIOR MINOR:
Winner: Ava Valencia
Runner-Up: Levi Rooksbery


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Joe Ligouri and Family

RT EPISODE 8: Is 2020 Over Yet?

Joe Ligouri and Family

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—No one could have predicted back in January that 2020 would one of the most eventful in recent memory. Through early-October, we have experienced global pandemics, social justice movements, and political turmoil not seen in decades. It seems like those face been the least of Joe Liguori’s concerns this year.

Liguori’s racing career began in go-karts before he made the jump to midgets at 14. He raced around Indiana and his native Tampa, Florida through his teenage years. The day prior to his school graduation, Liguori was racing in Indiana. He flew back in time to walk at graduation before moving to Indiana the next day to pursue his racing career.

Much of Liguori’s racing career can be credited to his grandfather, Ralph Liguori.

“My grandfather started racing in 1949,” Liguori said of his family’s racing background. “He went through the war and grew up in the Bronx. He saw some stock car racing and said ’I am going to go do this.’ The very first race, he went out and spent $40 om the car and won $60 so he thought he could make a living do it.”

Ralph owns the most attempts to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 and never make the field. The open-wheel fan-favorite owns the 50-lap sprint car speed record on a dirt mile when he averaged 104 miles per hour. Racing until 2000, Ralph finally retired at the age of 74. Just six years early, he won a regional midget race at the Indianapolis Speedrome which made him the oldest racer ever to win a USAC feature.

Thanks to his grandfather, the entire Liguori family became involved in the racing world. Joe’s dad and uncles were involved in motocross. There wasn’t much hesitation when it came to Joe when he became old enough to race.

“I’ve won some regional midget races but nothing huge,” Liguori said of his racing resume. “I have won several local dirt sprint car events. Some of my bigger wins came in the Ford Focus midget division. In 2009 and 2010, we won the Midwest Championship and were the highest point man in the country.”

The thing about the racing community is that everyone knows everyone, and they are more like family than friends. Joe’s wife, Lynsey, is a former racer. They raced against each other on multiple occasions before and after they were married. The pair are the only spouses to make the feature at the Rumble in Fort Wayne as well as the first husband and wife to wreck each other in the event.

That tight-knit racing community may have been what helped the Liguori family power through 2020.

“In January, I lost a good friend of mine, Wally Sexton,” Liguori described how is 2020 started. “He was a mechanic of mine and had a lot of health issues. We moved on and come April 15, we had a house fire. The whole garage burned down from an electrical fire and the whole house was smoke damage. We had to take it down to the studs. Then my grandfather passes away.”

All of this happened for Joe and his family during a time when most of the world was worried about public health, job security, and how they were going to pay their bills. For a time, nearly the entire world was locked down to the point of not being able to leave your home. The Liguori family no longer had a home to stay in.

You would never know, that Joe and his family have had one of the worst years imaginable. He has found a way to keep pushing through and does it with a smile or a laugh because as bad as 2020 has been, it could always be worse.

“There are still a lot of goods,” Joe said of how he stays motivated. “Between my daughter, my wife, and my mother-in-law lives with us. She was actually there with my daughter when the fire happened. She was able to get here and the dogs out where no one was hurt. It was a large bad, but there were goods to it.”

None of the 2020 setbacks kept Joe from racing. The fire claimed his house, but his shop was still standings out back. This winter, he plans to build a non-wing sprint to build on both his wing and non-wing programs in 2021. Along with a few silver crown races, Liguori plans to make plenty of local appearances next year.

“Hopefully, in 2021, things return to normal,” Joe said of his plans. “We will get back to our regularly scheduled programs.”


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Angelo Taylor Car

RT EPISODE 7: No Other Car Like This One

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—All drag racing fans remember the legends of the sport. Their achievements. Their sponsors. The cars they drove. The thing is that seldom have multiple legends been behind the wheel of the same car. Almost never have dozens of legends jumped into the driver’s seat of the same car.

Almost

Angelo Taylor purchased a rare 1984 Plymouth Horizon that was one of just 84 made with the same drivetrain as the 1984 Shelby Charger. There were plans to make more than 84 until it was discovered that the car could travel at over 120-mph, but the tires were only rated for 112-mph. Additionally, just one of the 84 was made without a radio in the dash. That one belongs to Taylor.

“I had received a brochure with a silver Horizon on it and promptly threw it in the trash.  A few days later I am taking the trash out and I noticed that on the left side of the brochure it mentioned that it was available with the Shelby HO motor,” Taylor said of how he came to own the rare car. “I called Kokomo Chrysler Plymouth, a sponsor of mine back then. They thought it was a mistake. A few days later, I looked through the order book and it was listed as an option for less than $400!”

Beginning in 1985, Taylor won the track championship at Bunker Hill for five-consecutive years and seven times in eight years including a win at Division 3 ET Finals in 1987 for street. Eventually, Taylor began splitting time between Bunker Hill and Lucas Oil Raceway culminating in a street class track championship at both facilities in 1992.

Taylor has been no stranger to Lucas Oil Raceway since his track championship in 1992. Between NHRA, IHRA, and NMCA, he owns 51 championship crowns. As he puts it, “I don’t count wins, just championships.”

While an incredibly accomplished driver in his own right, Taylor likely does not meet the standard for a drag racing legend. So, who else has sat in Angelo Taylor’s 1984 Plymouth Horizon? Here is just a list of the racers Lucas Oil Raceway was given photo evidence of. There are more. Many more.

Ed “Ace” McCullochCruz PedregonTony “The Sarge” Schumacher
Andrew HinesDon SchumacherScott Palmer
Antron BrownMatt HaganShawn Langdon
“Fast” Jack BeckmanRobert HightTommy Johnson Jr.
Bo Butner IIIJohn ForceTony Pedregon
Ron CappsLeah PruettRoland Leong
Courtney ForceMike SalinasChris Karamesines

Taylor is no stranger to NHRA member tracks, NHRA events, and community events where NHRA racers may be present. His race car is street legal. He can take it anywhere, and he does. When it leaves its destinations, it often does so with a trophy in the back seat or another legend added to the list.

It has more than 321,000 miles on the odometer and dozens of championships to its credit. It’s more than possible, it is likely that more NHRA legends have found themselves behind the wheel of this car than any other racing vehicle.

This 1984 Plymouth Horizon owned by Angelo Taylor is rare because there were only 84 ever built, but there may never be another race car with quite the same story.


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2020 NMCA Promo

NMCA Muscle Car Nationals roll into Lucas Oil Raceway

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2020 NMCA Promo

Kate Powers | Lucas Oil Raceway Marketing Intern

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.–The 19th-Annual NMCA World Street Finals will take place September 24-27, 2020 and will be the final stop on the NMCA national tour.

Please be advised that all spectators, racers, and crew will be required to wear facial covering at all times during all events.

The complete schedules for each day’s events are detailed below

Thursday, September 24th
9:00am: Gates Open
9:00am -7:00pm: Racer Parking/Registration/Tech & Vendor Parking 
1:00pm: Test & Tune Opens (OC, NSS, NMC, NMC, STK/SSTK, RUM, SK, CPS, FAST, PM, FSC, N/A, NPS, SO, XS) 
6:30pm: Lanes Close  
7:00pm: Gates Close / Secure Track  

Friday, September 25th
8:00am: Gates Open  
8:00am – 7:00pm: Racer – Parking/Registration/Tech 
9:00am: Index Test and Tune by Class (OC, NMC, S3, RUM, SK, CPS, FAST) True Street HEMI Shootout, Chevrolet Street Car Challenge Time Trial, Bracket Time Trial, NSS Qualifer #2 
2:00pm: Heads Up Test & Tune by Class (PM, FSC, NA, NPS, SO, XS) NOON DAVE DUELL CLASSIC NSS Class Eliminations 
5:00pm: NMCA & CP Heads Up Qualifying #1 (PM, FSC, N/A, NPS, SO, XS) 
7:00pm: Gates Close
8:00pm: Secure Track 

Saturday, September 26th
8:00am: Gates Open – Racer, Car Show, & Swap Meet Registration/Parking/Tech Opens:  
8:30am: NSS Qualifier #3 NMCA Index Qualifying #2 (OC, NMC, S3, RUM, SK, CPS, FAST)  
11:00am: NMCA HEADS-UP Qualifying #2 (PM, FSC, N/A, NPS, SO, XS) 
1:00pm: Chevy Street Car Challenge Rd #1
4:00pm: NMCA & CP Index Qualifying #3 (PM, FSC, N/A, NPS, SO, XS) 2:30pm Car Show Awards Presentations 
4:00pm: True Street Meeting & Cruise
4:30pm: NMCA Heads Up Qualifying Rd #3 (PM, FSC, N/A, NPS, SO, XS) 
6:00pm: Gates Close
8:00pm: Secure Track

Sunday, September 27th
8:00am: Gates Open – Racer, Car Show, and Swap Meet Registration Opens
8:45am: Chapel Service 8:00am NMCA & CP Index Eliminations Rd. #1 (NSS, OC, NMC, S3, RUM, SK, CPS, FAST) HEMI Quick 8 Eliminations
11:00am: Bracket Time Trial NMCA Heads-Up Eliminations Rd #1 (PM, FSC, N/A, NPS, SO, XS) 
3:30pm: Bracket Race Eliminations Car Show Awards Presentations 
5:00pm: Final Rounds All Eliminations
6:00pm: Aerospace Components Winners Circle Celebration Secure Track

Tickets
Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.nmcadigital.com/2020-event-info/indianapolis-indiana-pricing/
Kids 12 & Under: Free
Single Day Ticket: $25
2-Day Ticket (Sat & Sun): $45
3-Day Ticket (Fri-Sun): $70
4-Day Ticket (Thurs-Sun): $95


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2020 Oval Fan Appreciation

Fan Appreciation Night Set for October 8

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2020 Oval Fan Appreciation
2020 Oval Fan Appreciation

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.–Lucas Oil Raceway is set to host a final test session on the oval track October 8 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. The event will be open to silver crowns, sprint cars, and midgets. As a thank you to fans and their support of the 2020 oval schedule, Lucas Oil Raceway will host a Fan Appreciation Night during the test session. 

Admission to the Fan Appreciation Night is free with the first 100 fans receiving free pizza and drink from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Pit Passes can also be purchased for $15. Fan can also make a $10 down payment towards season tickets to the Oval at Lucas Oil Raceway 2021 schedule which includes Carb Night Classic, Thursday Night Thunder Homecoming, Hoosier Classic, and the Fall Brawl. A $125 value, fans that attend the Appreciation Night and make a $10 down payment will receive tickets to all four events for just $90. 

Click HERE for more information on the Oval at Lucas Oil Raceway 2021 schedule. 

For drivers and teams looking to enter the test session, please reserve your spot by contacting Kasey Coler at 317-506-0305 or kcoler@NHRA.com. The cost is $25 per car/driver and $15 per crew member with limited spots available. 


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RT EPISODE 6: Roger Parks and the Drag Racing Community

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Parks Punisher 2

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—The racing community is as tight-knit as they come. Racers spend an entire spring, summer, and fall pitted next to each. They travel to the same tracks and race for the same trophies and payouts. Do not be mistaken, the competition is there, or racers would not devote so much to the sport. Take it from Roger Parks who loves the sport and knows the value of its community.

Despite being a long-time veteran of Lucas Oil Raceway for more than three decades, Parks has been noticeably missing from the track for more than a year now. To jump straight to why that is the case would be a true disservice to anyone reading this.

To appropriately tell this story, we must take a few steps back.

Parks First Car

“I started racing in 1987 in a 1968 Camaro,” Parks said of his start in drag racing. “It was a streetcar and we had to get used to it. We got beat in the first round every week, but we were learning. It took us about four months to get our first win.”

Parks LUV Truck

With a handful of wins in year-two, Parks was hooked. It was time to go faster. He decided on building a Chevrolet LUV truck. It was a regular at the track for a couple of decades, eventually running 9.24 seconds at more than 140 miles-per-hour. It has since been parked, but Parks still has the old truck.

Time for another change, Parks purchased a dragster about 15 years ago.

“A guy had a dragster for-sale and it was turn-key,” Parks said of how he came to own his popular dragster. “We bought it. It was a 225 hardtail. We put my motor in and it was running 5.0 seconds.”

That dragster has become famous at Lucas Oil Raceway because of the Punisher wrap Parks has on the race car. You would be hard-pressed to find a bigger Punisher fan than Parks.

The next part of Parks’ story proves how close the racing community is.

In 1998, Parks met Henry Van De Voorde, now one of his closest friends. Just two short years later, Van De Voorde discovered he would eventually need a new kidney.

“We didn’t talk about it much, but I always kept it in the back of my mind,” Parks said. “We became better friends the more we were around each other. Then in 2009, he told me he had to have a new kidney. I told him I would get tested.”

There was no hesitation from Parks. Van De Voorde had a few family members that were unable to donate for various reasons, despite their eagerness. Parks turned out to be a perfect match. However, it took four different doctors to give a thumbs up to alleviate all concerns.

It was a smooth process for both Parks and Van De Voorde. Parks cannot tell a difference being short a kidney and Van De Voorde’s kidney condition has improved since.

Parks Punisher

A racer donating a kidney to a fellow racer is a compelling story. It illustrates the comradery and friendship on display at each race on the Lucas Oil Raceway schedule and around the Midwest. Unfortunately for Parks, it is not as important as what happened to him on February 26, 2019.

“I had a stroke,” Parks detailed of the day’s events. “No warning, no symptoms. I just passed out. I was driving running 60 miles per hour. I was out for three or four blocks. I hit a car that pushed a car that pushed a car into a city bus.”

Luckily, no one else was seriously injured in the accident. Even Parks could have suffered more severe results if not for a few good Samaritans involved in the accident.

Multiple people recognized that Parks was not well. Just two blocks from a hospital in Lafayette, he was rushed in before being transferred to Indianapolis. Without the assistance of those involved in the accident and at the scene, Roger Parks’ story could be very different.

Physical therapy and rehab followed for the next few months. A weak right leg and an immobile right arm eventually began to regain some strength. At first, Parks had to stay with friends and family, he had to be with another adult. Eventually, he was able to move back home.

He continued to walk and regain strength until that turned in to biking. Every day, the process became easier and easier. Just shy of a year after the stoke, Parks was ready to drive again. He went and took his driving test and passed on his first try.

What does that mean for his drag racing career?

“I sold my dragster and the motor home,” Parks said. “I just got rid of some things. I will probably go back to the LUV truck, but I am just taking my time.”

More than three decades of racing at Lucas Oil Raceway turned into an incredible friendship. That friendship turned into an act of bravery that potentially saved another racers’ life. Now 18 months into his recovery from a stroke, Parks has been forced to temporarily step away from the community he loves.

Temporarily.

It is a safe bet that he will be back in a race car. When he is ready, the racing community will welcome him back with open arms.


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Lucas Oil Raceway Celebrates 60 Years with Retro Logo

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—Over the next year, Lucas Oil Raceway will use a promotional logo to celebrate 60 years of racing history.

When construction of the facility was completed in the fall of 1960, it was known as Indianapolis Raceway Park. Since the name has changed to Lucas Oil Raceway, but the rich traditions of IRP remain. The promotional logo honors the original facility logo

Today, September 8, 2020, is the 60th anniversary of the first pass down the dragstrip at Lucas Oil Raceway. The test was completed by Red Dyer who was driving the Ray Godman owned “Tennessee Boll Weevil.”

The year 1960 was a historic one for Lucas Oil Raceway and set the framework in creating one of the world’s premier racing facilities. Beginning this fall through the 60th NHRA U.S. Nationals held at Lucas Oil Raceway in 2021 (67th overall), the facility will celebrate some of the most important moments in track history.

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CLICK HERE FOR FACILITY HISTORY

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Lucas Oil Raceway is an auto racing facility in Brownsburg, Indiana 10 miles west of Downtown Indianapolis. It includes a 0.686-mile oval track, a 2.5-mile road course, and a 4,400-foot drag strip which is among the premier drag racing venues in the world.


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RT EPISODE 5: Wes Wells’ Pro Stock Motorcycle Career

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind—Wes Wells is a name that most racers in the Lucas Oil Raceway Brown’s Oil ET Bracket Series presented by Comfort Suites will recognize. A current regular at the track, for more than a decade, Wells was also a regular on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

He races in the bike class and has a Ray Skillman sponsored dragster that he runs in the bracket series and other local events. Most of his opponents are unaware of his complete drag racing career.

“I had won the E.T. Finals in 1993, 1994, and 1995,” Wells said of his decision to make the jump to the Pro Stock Motorcycle ranks. “I guess my head swelled a little and I thought I was as smart as these other guys. It turns out those guys are pretty smart, and they are pretty good riders.”

It took about three years for Wells to get to the point of competition in the highest bike class the NHRA has to offer. By the time he was able to put a bike together, understand the equipment and programs, and obtain all the necessary licenses, Wells was ready for his first national event in time for the 2000 NHRA season.

“At first, I was really nervous,” Wells said of his early days racing Pro Stock Motorcycle. “I remember the first pass; I went out and made the mistake of looking out into the stands. All these people are there and I had to put my head down and really focus on what I was there to do. After that, I learned not to look in the stands.”

Just because Wells was racing in the professional ranks does not mean he had a similar experience as Andrew Hines, Antron Brown, Angelle Sampey, or any of the other top bike racers at that time. Some teams were spending more than $500,000 dollars to run a Pro Stock Motorcycle season while Wells was spending a fraction of that.

There are even stories of frustrated pro racers that were not thrilled with having to park next to Wells at national events. It would be an interesting sight to see Wells, his trailer, and lawn chairs parked next to a team with multiple bikes, multiple rigs, and hospitality set up. Even without the same resources, Wells still found a way to compete.

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“I was pretty decent in 2008 and 2009,” Wells said of his later years racing national events. “I qualified for eight out of 10 races in 2009 and won some rounds. I was having quite a bit of luck and it was really neat because I was spending maybe $30,000 with Ray Skillman’s help.”

Something that most racers do not get is a behind the scenes look at how racers interact when they are not on the bike racing each other. The bracket racing community is a close one, almost like an extended family for some. Competition is important, but those racers spend the entire season around each other at race tracks. There is a sense of community.

The interactions are not all that different in the professional ranks.

“I met a guy named Pete Briggs and he was the only other one driving a Kawasaki at the time,” Wells said of his early friendships made with other drivers. “I went up to him and asked for some pointers and the guy bent over backward to help me. We ended up being great friends.”

After 12 seasons racing Pro Stock Motorcycle, the decision was made to step away from national events. It did not mean the end of Wells’ racing career. Now, just shy of a decade after his last national event, Wells is one of the most competitive bracket racers at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Currently, he is the defending Millennium Trailers Bike class champion. With a ladder set to determine the 2020 champion, Wells is set to be the top seed at the track championships on October 24. He has made plenty of appearances in the Lucas Oil Raceway winner’s circle in both his bike and dragster and shows no signs of slowing down and views bracket racing as a similar challenge to racing on the pro series.

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“Bracket racing is just as tough as what the pro guys do,” Wells said of bracket racing. “Especially nowadays, in Super Pro people monitor transmission pressure and temperature, they are changing converters. These cars are deadly now and you have to run your number.”

There is always one question that a once professional in sports are asked more than any other question. While not retired, Wells is no longer competing at the professional level. He never won a national event and spent a lot of money to race. He only competed for 12 seasons and it has been nearly a decade since his last Pro Stock Motorcycle race.

But does he miss it?

“Stop breathing. See if you miss it.”


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Carb Night Classic and Night Before the 500 Return to Lucas Oil Raceway

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Kate Powers | Lucas Oil Raceway Marketing Intern

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—Lucas Oil Raceway will host a historic weekend of oval track Racing August 21-22. The annual Dave Steele Carb Night Classic headlines Friday night before the return of the Night Before the 500 takes the stage on Saturday.

All spectators, racers, and crew will be required to wear facial covering at all times during both events.

The Dave Steel Carb Night Classic (August 21) will be highlighted by the USAC Silver Crown Series, the Road to Indy USF2000, and the Indy Pro 2000. The complete schedule for the day can be found below.

Pit Gate Opens: Noon
Spectator Gate Opens: 3 p.m.
Silver Crown Practice: 3:00 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.
USF2000 Practice: 3:55 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Indy Pro 2000 Practice: 4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Break (Pace Car Rides): 4:50 p.m.
Silver Crown Qualifying: 5:45 p.m.
USF2000 Race: 6:45 p.m.
Indy Pro 2000 Race: 7:50 p.m.
Silver Crown Race: 9 p.m. 

General admission tickets, which can be purchased at the gate or online, will be $25 for adults and $10 for children age 11-and-under. Pit passes are $35 and will be available on race day only. 

The Night Before the 500 (August 22) has not been run since 2014 and will return to the Lucas Oil Raceway for the 70th running. This long-standing tradition features both pavement sprint cars and pavements midgets. The complete schedule for the day can be found below.

Pit Gate/Credentials Opens: 7 a.m.
Spectator Gate Opens: 10 a.m.
Midget Practice 1: 10 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.
Sprint Car Practice 1: 11 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Midget Practice 2: Noon – 12:55 p.m.
Sprint Car Practice 2: 1 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
Midget Practice 3: 2 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.
Sprint Car Practice 3: 3 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Break: 4 p.m.
Midget Qualifying: 4:30 p.m. – 5:55 p.m.
Sprint Car Qualifying: 6 p.m. – 7:25 p.m.
Opening Ceremonies: 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Midget B-Main – 12 Laps (if necessary): 8 p.m.
Sprint Car B-Main – 10 Laps (if necessary): 8:30 p.m.
Midget A-Main (30 Laps): 8:40 p.m.
Sprint Car A-Main (40 Laps): 9:20 p.m.

Tickets and parking passes are available online.  Admission for the event is $25 for ages 12-and-up, $5 for ages 5-11, and free for children age 4-and-under. Crew admission is $35. 


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    April 3
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