Lucas Oil Raceway to feature Must See Racing June 9
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 11:00 PM by Eric Ivie
Do you have a need for speed? Then Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind., is the place to be on Saturday night when Must See Racing's Xtreme Sprint Series comes to the .686-mile oval in Hendricks County for the first time ever. If you were at Lucas Oil Raceway on May 26 for the Night Before the 500 and enjoyed the non-winged USAC Midget Series cars flying around the track at around 115 mph, then you'll absolutely love the winged sprint cars of Must See Racing. These are billed as the "world's fastest short track cars," and at speeds ranging from 130 mph to 150 mph, these drivers take pride in rewriting the record books for the fastest lap at tracks all around the country. How do they do it? Those big wings on top of the cars provide down force, helping to keep the vehicles on the track, even at ridiculously high speeds. Now the drivers have their sights set on the record book of one of the most prestigious short tracks in the nation. “Everyone with our series is buzzed about the idea of racing at Lucas Oil Raceway," said Must See Racing owner Jim Hanks through a press release. "It’s a great facility with a terrific history in open-wheel racing, the type of place where racers feel a strong sense of tradition. It’s a ‘bucket list’ track for anyone in short track racing, that’s for sure. “Our guys are wheeling the fastest short track cars in the world, and fans feel a sense of anticipation everywhere we race. When we come to Lucas Oil Raceway, the anticipation of speed and down force wheel-to-wheel racing is felt by the racers as well as the fans, and that’s what we are all looking forward to.” This is an important race for the drivers, as the current point standings are extremely close. Jacob Wilson leads the pack by just a single point over Jo Jo Helberg. Avon's own Brian Olson is in third place, just six points behind Helberg, and Coatesville's Mike Larrison is tied with Jason Cox, a mere five points behind Olson. In fact, the difference between Wilson and the 9th-place driver right now is just 37 points. Gates open at 5 p.m. on June 9, and fans will be immediately treated to the Championship Racing Association's (CRA) Late Model Sportsman Series cars in practice. For the unfamiliar, late models look kind of like NASCAR vehicles. After practice comes hot laps and qualifying for both the CRA and Must See Racing, followed by a special on-track autograph session from 7:20 to 7:45 p.m. Bring a Sharpie and something to sign so you can meet your favorite drivers and get their autographs. Heat races for both series lead up to the Must See Racing's 10-lap B Main at 8:45 p.m. and the CRA's 30-lap feature race at 9 p.m. It's all capped off by the Must See Racing's 30-lap feature race at 9:30 p.m. If you want to see some really cool cars standing still, Lucas Oil Raceway has that, too, on Saturday night with a cruise-in featuring up to 150 classics from local auto clubs around central Indiana. Reserved tickets for this splendid evening of classic cars and racing are $25 a piece, while general admission is $20. Kids under the age of 12 are free with a paid adult admission. Tickets can be purchased here. See you at the track!