Local tracks set to host big-money races

Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg will host the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tonight for the “Whiskey City 60,” paying $12,000 to win. Also racing will be UMP Modifieds.

Scott Bloomquist leads the Lucas Oil Series points heading into the series’ first visit this year to the state of Indiana. Defending series champion Jonathan Davenport is second in points, followed by Jared Landers, Brandon Sheppard and Tim McCreadie.

Eldora Dirt Late Model Dream winner Dennis Erb Jr. is sixth in points, followed by Martinsville’s Don O’Neal, Darrell Lanigan, Jimmy Owens and Earl Pearson Jr.

Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. today, and grandstand gates open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are slated to begin at 6 p.m., with opening ceremonies at 7 p.m.

For more information, lawrenceburgspeedway.com and lucasdirt.com.

Two locals among winners at Bloomington

Justin Grant of Piqua, Ohio, won the Sprint Car feature on Aug. 19 at Bloomington Speedway for his first win of the season. Jarett Andretti of Indianapolis was second, with Brent Beauchamp of Avon coming home third. Jeff Bland Jr. of Bedford finished fourth, which allowed him to clinch the 2016 track championship. Veteran Jon Stanbrough was fifth in the main event.

Dakota Jackson of Elizabethtown won the RaceSaver Sprint Car feature over Ethan Barrow of Bloomington; Eric Perrott of Sumner, Illinois; Kendall Ruble of Vincennes and Tyler Waltz of Bloomington. Jackson’s car is sponsored by Big Star Stables. It was his fourth overall win of the year and third at Bloomington.

Bradley Sterrett of Bloomington was victorious in the Modified feature race. Randy Lines of Marion was second. He was followed by Trent Young of Hopkinsville, Kentucky; Josh Harris of Bedford and Jacoby Hines of Nineveh.

Josh Boller of Greencastle won the Super Stock main at Bloomington. Chris Hillman of Camby was second, and Steve Peeden of Paragon was third. Completing the top five were Jamey Wilson of Seymour and Travis Howe of Mitchell.

John Mayer Jr. made it to Victory Lane in the Hornet class. The Edinburgh racer was trailed to the finish line by Chad Taylor, A.J. Hobbs, Davey Waggoner of North Vernon and Jaden Mayhan of Elizabethtown.

Mayer’s car is sponsored by Coffey Auto Enhancement, Hoosier Machine and Welding, Drain Master, Jack’s Garage, Smooth Stone Excavating, Britton Lawn Care, Supreme Customs, Wesley Motorsports, Core Capital, SRT Transmission, M&L Motorsports and The Hornet Factory.

Brownstown, Twin Cities, Paragon rained out

Brownstown Speedway was forced to postpone its Hall of Fame Classic event Aug. 20 due to rain. Coming up tonight will be Tony Stewart’s All-Star Circuit of Champion Sprint Cars, plus the Indiana Pro Late Models and Modifieds will be on the race card. For more info, visit brownstownspeedway.com.

Paragon Speedway will be back in action tonight after last weekend’s rainout. Tonight will be the Mike Johnson Memorial Race for Sprint Cars as the event honors the former racer and track promoter.

Also racing will be Super Stocks, Bombers, Pure Stocks and Hornets. For more info, visit paragonspeedway.com.

Twin Cities Raceway Park in Vernon will run its rescheduled Mark Clark Memorial for Super Stocks tonight. Also on the race program will be 410 Sprints, Modifieds, Pure Stocks, Hornets and B Modifieds. For more info, visit twincitiesracewaypark.net.

This week in racing history

This weekend in 1968 at 25th Street Speedway in Columbus, Ezra Bastin won the Late Model feature over Russ Smiley and Jim Haley.

On this weekend in 1971, Jim Curry won the Late Model feature at Brownstown. Kenny Simpson was second, and Russ Petro of Columbus placed third. Dick Brinegar and Larry Wilcox completed the top five.

From 1976, Phil Fultz of Clifford won the Sportsman feature race at Twin Cities. Bud Seymour was second, with Harold Hanson of Columbus finishing third.

At Brownstown 40 years ago, Paul Crockett won the Late Model feature event. Ray Godsey finished second, followed by Ron Wright, Dennis Bingham and Ira Bastin.

Ed Covey was victorious in the Hobby Stock feature at Brownstown. He was followed by Rick Haven, Gene Minor of Columbus, Darrell Napier and John Mull.

From 30 years ago, Jim Curry won the Late Model feature at Brownstown. Kevin Claycomb finished second, with Steve Barnett coming home third. Gerald Dixon and Barry Magers completed the top five.

In the Modified Street Stock division, there were two features contested, with Steve Trabue and Mike Jewell each winning a main event.

In 1986 at Twin Cities, Mike Gibbs won the Late Model feature race. He was followed to the finish line by Doug Ault, Dill Whittymore, John Warner of Columbus and Jeff Herbert.

Phil Fultz of Clifford won the Street Stock main event. Dennis Barber of North Vernon was second, and Gregg Lyle of Columbus finished third.

Troy Burton of Columbus and Buddy Franks of North Vernon rounded out the top five drivers.