Spring means all kinds of great things in Central Indiana, but one of my favorites is the return of racing to Hendricks County. The 2017 season at Lucas Oil Raceway kicks off soon, and there's a great mix of everyone's favorite events and some new races to enjoy. Here are some of the highlights for this season:USAC Racing will return to Lucas Oil Raceway in 2017.

The season kicks off with the CRA Cabin Fever Championship on April 2. This is the first race of the 2017 Oval Track season and a great way to welcome back racing to Brownsburg.

A new, three-day truck event is also headed to Lucas Oil Raceway in April! Come see who gets called out and who has the fastest truck at the Ultimate Callout Challenge, April 21-23.

The massive car show and music festival known as Slamology returns for another year on June 10-11. This two-day event is perfect for anyone who likes cars and music and includes live bands, club games, vendors and many other activities.

The oval will host an exciting two nights of racing on the Thursday and Friday leading up to Brickyard weekend. On July 20, the next generation of talent will take over the track during the USAC Silver Crown Hall of Fame Classic. Then, the next night on July 21, the ARCA Racing Series will put on a show of exciting short track racing on the paved surface.

This year is also bringing lots of great drag racing to LOR. The Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) comes to the track July 14-15. This race will feature multiple classes and a large Pro-Mod competitor base. The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series will also make two visits to Lucas Oil Raceway, with events April 28-30 and Aug. 11-13. The April event is part of the Ray Skillman Spectacle of Speed.

Drag racing at U.S. Nationals is a highlight of every racing season.And of course, the two most well-known and celebrated racing events at Lucas Oil Raceway will be back!

The USAC Carb Day Classic returns to Lucas Oil Raceway on May 26. Kick off the biggest weekend in racing with this exciting oval track event. If you've never been before, make this the year you check it out!

Labor Day weekend is well-known for the biggest and best NHRA Drag Racing event of them all, the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. This race is full of noise, speed, and excitement, and there is nothing quite like it! Mark your calendar now for Aug. 30-Sept. 4 and get your sunscreen and ear protection ready! 

You can see a full calendar of events at Lucas Oil Raceway here. And you can always keep up with all of the happenings in Hendricks County by using the Visit Hendricks County Event Calendar.