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One of open-wheel racing's crown jewels returns to Lucas Oil Speedway with 3-day Hockett-McMillin Memorial

9/18/2019
One of open-wheel racing's crown jewels returns to Lucas Oil Speedway with 3-day Hockett-McMillin Memorial

By Lyndal Scranton (Wheatland, MO) -- One of the biggest weeks of the year for dirt sprint-car racing has arrived, with the 9th annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial set for a Thursday-through-Saturday run at Lucas Oil Speedway.

The three-night open-wheel major features the Lucas Oil ASCS Winged Sprint Cars and POWRi WAR Sprints. Full programs for all the ASCS Winged Sprints are set for Thursday and Friday, paying $3,000 to win the features and helping set the field for Saturday's $10,000-to-win feature. Total purse for the ASCS cars is just over $60,000.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kenny Shaw

With a large number of entries expected for the POWRi WAR Sprints, the fields will be split with half running on Thursday and half on Friday. Drivers will be competing for points every time they hit the track to gather points for Saturday, when the feature will pay $3,077. The features on Thursday and Friday will pay $1,377 to win.

"I know fans across the country mark this one on their calendars and we're looking forward to seeing everyone this week," Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Danny Lorton said. "It's a big event on so many levels as top sprint-car drivers, in both the winged and wingless divisions, chase the prestigious Hockett/McMiillin trophy.

"It's not only top-quality open-wheel racing, but a time to pay tribute to two of the icons of the sport in this part of the country. Jesse and Daniel impacted the sport in so many positive ways and it's an honor for us to recognize their contributions through this event."

Hockett, from Warsaw, Missouri, was a star in both the winged and non-winged sprint divisions when he lost his life in a shop accident in 2010. His cousin and crew chief, Daniel McMillin, was killed in an automobile accident in 2006.

The Hockett/McMillin Memorial quickly grew into a major event. Last year, Sam Haftertepe of Sunnyvale, Texas, captured his first Hockett/McMillin victory to make it back-to-back wins in the event. Haftertepe is leading the ASCS points with a 148-point margin over Blake Hahn of Sapulpa, Oklahoma.

In the wingless division, Kyle Cummings of Princeton, Indiana prevailed a year, leading all 30 laps in the final-night feature. A trio of Missouri drivers lead the WAR championship chase in 2019,w ith Riley Kreisel of Warsaw 11 points in front of Springfield's Kory Schudy with Wesley Smith of Nixa 192 behind. Schudy scored his first career WAR win earlier this year at the Open Wheel Showdown at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Following a successful introduction of split preliminary nights a year ago for the WAR Sprints, the Thursday and Friday portion will remain the same with the current 59-car field divided into two and racing on one of the two nights. The prelims will again feature group qualifying, heat races, qualifiers, semi mains and a 25-lap feature.

Switching from last year's dual C-Main and dual B-Main format on Saturday, this year's championship-night program will feature the addition of Rocket Races and a Non-Qualifiers Feature, offering racers and fans more excitement.

The top 10 in combined points from preliminary nights will lock-in for the Pole Shuffle, which brought fans to their feet in thrilling fashion when it debuted last year. Positions 11th and beyond in points will split into four Rocket Races - essentially heat races that offer the top two finishers a transfer to the main event.

From there, the bottom 10-12 in points will run a special Non-Qualifiers Feature with extra money on the line, while all those in between will split into B-Mains where the final few feature spots will be filled. Finall;y, the 24-car field will battle it out for 30 laps in the $3,077-to-win and $400-to-start A-Feature.

The ASCS Sprints will have full programs the first two nights with heat races, qualifiers, B Features and the 25-lap A-Feature. Both the ASCS and WAR will run 30-lap main events on Saturday.

For more information on the series, including full schedules and point standings, visit ASCSracing.com or POWRi.com.

Thursday-Friday Schedule
4 p.m. - Gates open
6 p.m. - Hot laps
7 p.m. Opening ceremonies
7:05 p.m. - Racing begins

Thursday-Friday Admission
Adults (16 and over) $20
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $17
Youth (6-15) $5
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $45
Pit Pass $35
3-day Pit Pass $100

Saturday's Schedule
4 p.m. - Gates open
5:30 p.m. - Hot laps
6:30 p.m. - Opening ceremonies
6:35 p.m. - Racing begins

Saturday's Admission
Adults (16 and over) $25
Seniors (62 and over)/Military $22
Youth (6-15) $10
Kids (5 and under) FREE
Family Pass $60
Pit Pass $40
3-day Pit Pass $100

For questions about tickets or camping for any event at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at Nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.

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