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Late Model stars return to Lucas Oil Speedway for 10th annual CMH Diamond Nationals on Saturday

	Scott Bloomquist (0) and Jesse Stovall (00) were second and third, respectively, at the Show-Me 100. (Chris Bork photo)

Scott Bloomquist (0) and Jesse Stovall (00) were second and third, respectively, at the Show-Me 100. (Chris Bork photo)

Wheatland, Missouri (July 12, 2016) – Nearly 7,000 fans left Lucas Oil Speedway buzzing after the 24th edition of the Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com, having witnessed one of the best dirt Late Model races in recent memory.

Now seven weeks later, the stars and cars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series return to Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday night, ready to fire it back up at the 10th annual CMH Diamond Nationals. The winner of the 50-lap feature receives $12,000 and a diamond ring.

“I think everybody who witnessed the Show-Me 100 will talk about that race for years to come,” Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Dan Robinson said. “Now we’re ready for a renewal that great action. This is always one of our biggest events of the season and, after the great Show-Me 100, anticipation is higher than ever for the CMH Diamond Nationals.”

It was at the Show-Me 100 on May 28 that Jimmy Owens prevailed over Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., and Jesse Stovall of Billings after a late restart. On lap 89, the big crowd was on its feet and cheering loudly when Bloomquist, Owens and Bobby Pierce – after starting at the rear of the field – jockeyed for the lead.

Bloomquist, just seconds after making the pass, lost his left rear wheel in turn one. Pierce, in line to inherit the lead, soon had to pit to replace a flat tire.

Owens, of Newport, Tenn., went on to win his fourth Show-Me 100 and this Saturday, he will shoot for his fourth Diamond Nationals triumph.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., will be going for a Diamond Nationals repeat after beating Bloomquist to the finish line in last year’s race. Those two are at it again this year in fighting it out atop the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championship standings.

Bloomquist leads Davenport, the reigning series champ, by 245 points. Bloomquist is on a recent hot streak that includes a three-race winning streak interrupted Saturday at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Tennessee as Dale McDowell prevailed.

Davenport will be looking to get back into victory lane for the first time since May 26 when he won the Cowboy Classic at Lucas Oil Speedway.

The CMH Diamond Nationals is co-sanctioned by the Lucas MLRA and the usual array of local standouts is expected, including Stovall, Springfield Terry Phillips and Lebanon’s Tony Jackson Jr.

For complete schedule, results and standings for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt series visit LucasDirt.com. For a rundown of the MLRA schedule, results and standings go to MLRARacing.com.

The USRA Modifieds also are scheduled to run for a $750 winner’s check courtesy of Hermitage Lumber. Eric Turner of Hermitage has been on a roll in the division, with three wins in the last four races and he’s closed to within 20 of Bolivar’s Jeff Cutshaw in the points race.

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Gates open Saturday at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7:30 pm and qualifying for the Late Models to follow.

Admission prices are:

Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (6 to 15) $10
Kids (5 and under) Free
Family Pass $50 (Click Here for more information)
Pit Pass $40

To purchase tickets or to inquire about the availability of suites for upcoming races, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.

For complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and schedule information for the season, visit lucasoilspeedway.com

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With it’s entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click www.LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway.

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