WHEATLAND, MO. (April 9, 2021) - With thunderstorms in the forecast Friday afternoon and evening, then showers and cold weather on the way Saturday, officials have cancelled the 8th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway.
"Every weather outlet we see has thunderstorms beginning late this afternoon and continuing all night," MLRA Series Director Ernie Leftwich said. "Saturday looks wet, cloudy and cold. While we hate to pull the plug, at least by doing it early it saves a lot of race teams and fans a lot of travel time and expense."
Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Danny Lorton added that several race teams, facing long hauls, have been waiting this morning for a decision.
This will mark the fourth consecutive season that the Lucas Oil MLRA’s Spring Nationals has been cancelled at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks with no plans in place for a make-up date.
Lucas Oil MLRA teams will now turn their attention to the biggest one week swing on the 2021 calendar starting this coming Tuesday night at the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood Nebraska. The “Tuesday Tickler” will pay $5,000 to win followed by a Wednesday night short track event at the ¼ mile Stuart International Speedway in Stuart, IA.
Action will continue on Thursday, once again on the tight quarters of the Davenport Speedway with another $5k up for grabs. This will be the first of two stops at the historic facility located on the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, IA.
The weekend will wrap up on April 16th – 17th with the two day running of the “Slocum 50” at the 34 Raceway in West Burlington, IA. Friday nights prelude event will dish out a $5,000 top prize while Saturday nights traditional “Slocum 50” will send one driver home with the coveted $10,555 winners pay day.