Lucas Oil Raceway will again be a hub for motorsports entertainment throughout the spring, summer and fall in 2021. Lucas Oil Raceway's amenities include a popular oval track and a drag strip. If you want more information about everything happening on the oval track in 2021, I covered it all last month which you can find by clicking here.
But today, I want to focus on the drag strip. And while signature racing events like the NHRA U.S. Nationals will once again create a roar out at the track later this year, this venue will also host many other events including one that has nothing to do with any type of car.
Here's my list of top events on the drag strip in 2021:
The track plans to kick off its popular Wild Wednesdays beginning in less than a week on April 7. This weekly event which continues to grow in popularity allows anyone with a vehicle to take runs down the track. And believe me, the participants who come out run the gamut. From minivans to high-performance sports cars and dragsters, you never know what you might see.
The track has scheduled 13 Wild Wednesdays throughout 2021, and some nights as many as 200 vehicles show up. Nothing is off limits in terms of the vehicle you can bring to race down the track. Track organizers set aside this night every week to get people off the streets racing side-by-side legally and safely.
Scheduled for May 1, be prepared as this event will blow your mind!
This will mark the first time Cleetus McFarland will bring his crazy car show to the Midwest. Expect lots of hijinks and fun on both the drag strip and oval as his crew takes over the entire Lucas Oil Raceway complex.
Some of the highlights of Cleetus & Cars include demolition drag racing and a burnout competition unlike anything you've ever seen.
One of the largest diesel events you will find anywhere arrives May 21-23 at Lucas Oil Raceway.
The Ultimate Callout Challenge will bring at least 200 diesel drag racers to the legendary drag strip for a fifth year. That makes it the second largest event on LOR's drag strip in 2021 behind only U.S. Nationals. In addition to drag racing, this three-day event also includes sled pulling and much more.
Single-day or weekend passes are available to be part of this fun event.
The self-proclaimed World's Largest Car Audio Show returns June 12-13 to Lucas Oil Raceway.
Slamology is a massive custom car show and music festival that attracts auto enthusiasts from all over the country and even the world to show off their cars, enjoy live music and compete for prizes. If you have a hot rod to show off or even if you're just a fan, there's lots to enjoy during this fun-filled weekend.
Some of the contests at the event include auto limbo competition, a hydraulics demonstration and a car stereo contest.
For the first time ever, a portion of the popular Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration will occur at Lucas Oil Raceway on June 16.
Indiana Black Expo organizers contacted the track searching for outdoor locations with permanent seating within the region to create more space for the Summer Celebration's free concert because of the pandemic. The concert will feature Keith Sweat, Stephanie Mills, Johnny Gill and El Debarge, and is free to the general public but will have VIP seating available for $50.
Track organizers are excited to host the event and will have a few cars on display and a welcome message from NHRA driver Antron Brown as they potentially introduce the track to people who have never been there.
Always an annual favorite, this summer event scheduled for July 23-24 allows participants to bring their cars right off the street to compete in different classes throughout the weekend.
Street Car Takeover generally brings in a younger crowd of racers and various styles of cars and attracts 3,000-5,000 fans in the stands as well. This also is where Cleetus McFarland of Cleetus & Cars was introduced to the Lucas Oil Raceway facility as he had become a regular at this event.
Back from making Lucas Oil Raceway a stop on the tour in 2019, the Hot Rod Power Tour returns to the track on Aug. 25 as it celebrates its 27th anniversary.
The tour ventures across the Midwest every summer boasting more than 750 cars and trucks providing a car show atmosphere so visitors can see these pristine vehicles up close as well as each vehicle taking a run down the drag strip before heading off to their next stop.
Don't let the new sponsor in the name fool you. This remains the signature event on the NHRA circuit. The Big Go! The most prestigious event in all of drag racing that every participant wants to have on their resume as a champion returns Sept. 1-5 at Lucas Oil Raceway.
We will have much more about U.S. Nationals in the months to come, but one change from last year that will stick this year is barring a weather delay, the event will end on Sunday not Labor Day Monday like in the past.
Other than that, expect the same heart-pounding, teeth-chattering and ear-piercing action you have come to expect where a ticket is also a pit pass. This truly remains an event for the entire family and a bucket-list attraction for so many.
After a multi-year hiatus, this mechanic-driven, street-car event returns Sept. 15 to Lucas Oil Raceway.
Hot Rod Drag Week provides a showcase for street cars that mechanics have spent hundreds of hours building and perfecting in their own garages just to go through a grueling six days traveling to and performing in four states including Indiana.
This event tends to be less about racing and more about the performance of the vehicle as each participant makes a couple of passes down the drag strip before moving on to the next event.
The National Muscle Car Association's World Street Finals has remained a mainstay at the track for the past decade. Scheduled for Sept. 24-26 this year, it features everything from a manufacturer's midway, giant car show and swap meet to autograph sessions and of course non-stop action on the drag strip.
If you love American-made muscle cars, this is truly the event for you.