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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series to Sanction Knoxville Nationals
02/17/11 at 3:11pm
 
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February 17, 2011

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series to Sanction the  8th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals in 2011

Waycross, GA (February 17, 2011) - The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is excited to announce an agreement has been reached to sanction the 8th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa on September 29, 30th and October 1st. This year's Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals will pay out a total purse of over $260,000 making it the richest paying dirt late model event in 2011. With this mega event added to the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series schedule, the series now has a record 3.2 million dollars in prize monies up for grabs in 2011.

This will be the first year the event has been sanctioned by the series and will consist of the same great fan friendly format of years past. There will be two nights of qualifying events paying $7,000 to win on Thursday and Friday and then the big $40,000 to win finale on Saturday October 1st. This event will also be filmed and broadcasted on SPEED, adding another valuable TV race to the series schedule.

"Knoxville Raceway is proud to be affiliated with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Their professionalism and dedication to the sport aligns perfectly with our efforts in Late Model racing." says Ralph Capitani, Race Director of Knoxville Raceway. Knoxville Raceway has a great history and tradition in the sport of dirt track racing and is considered one of the elite racing facilities in the country.

"Lucas Oil has been a great partner for many years here at Knoxville Raceway. To tie this event in with their series and sanction the event makes sense for everyone involved. We are looking forward to working with their team this year and making this event even bigger and better", stated Brian Stickel, Director of Marketing and Sales.

Adding this crown jewel event to the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series schedule gives the series another big purse event to the schedule for 2011 including the Dart Show-Me 100 paying $30,000 to win, Sunoco North/South 100 paying $50,000 to win, Comp Cams Topless 100 paying $40,000 to win, Hillbilly 100 paying $43,000 to win, Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals paying $40,000 to win and the season finale the Appliancezone.com Dirt Track World Championship presented by Lucas Oil paying $50,000 to win.

"Everyone at Lucas Oil and the series is excited to sanction with Knoxville Raceway for this event. Adding the largest paying dirt late model event of the year to our schedule is huge for our series and just strengthens what Lucas Oil is doing for our sport. To be able to sanction this event with all the history and tradition of the Knoxville Raceway and Ralph Capitani and his staff is simply an honor for us as a series. We're looking forward to working with Knoxville Raceway on this great show for all of the many fans", stated Ritchie Lewis, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series director.

By adding this event to the schedule the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will end the season in 2011 with the $40,000 to win Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals on October 1st, then a pair of $10,000 to win shows - the Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout and Rome Rumble on October 8th and 9th and the series season finale - the $50,000 to win Appliancezone.com Dirt Track World Championship presented by Lucas Oil on October 14-15th, all in a span of 14 days.

Billy Moyer is the defending champion of the Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals winning all three nights events in 2010. Past Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals Winners include:

2010 - Billy Moyer, 21, Batesville, AR
2009 - Scott Bloomquist, 0, Mooresburg, TN
2008 - Tim McCreadie, 39, Watertown, NY
2007 - Brady Smith, 2, Solon Springs, WI
2006 - Brian Shirley, 3s, Chatham, IL
2005 - Scott Bloomquist, 0, Mooresburg, TN
2004 - Brian Birkhofer, 15B, Muscatine, IA

To learn more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals visit the track website at www.knoxvilleraceway.com.

To learn more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit the official website at www.lucasdirt.com or contact the series office and Ritchie Lewis at (951) 532-2503 or email Ritchie at rlewis@lucasdirt.com.
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