3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM I-10 to highlight Colorado River Fair fun on Saturday
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The Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway, presented by Next Era Energy Resources, will open its gates this Saturday night, March 23, for the latest round of their Winter Blast Racing Series. The quarter-mile paved oval, located at the Colorado River Fairgrounds in Blythe, will be a part of the special entertainment during the annual Colorado River Fair this weekend.
Dave Grayson Special to the Times
BLYTHE - The Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway, presented by Next Era Energy Resources, will open its gates this Saturday night, March 23, for the latest round of their Winter Blast Racing Series. The quarter-mile paved oval, located at the Colorado River Fairgrounds in Blythe, will be a part of the special entertainment during the annual Colorado River Fair this weekend. Saturday night racing at the fair is being sponsored by Larry Green Auto Group and the River Run Sports Bar.
Highlighting the on-track action will be resolution of the points championships for the Legend Cars and Bandolero divisions. There will also be plenty of racing excitement provided by the Street Stock, Factory Stock and Pony Stock divisions as well.
The Legend Car division has been a fan favorite at local Saturday night tracks for over 20 years now. The cars are powered by motorcycle engines and resemble 1930s and '40s era roadsters. Their extreme light weight allows them to literally fly around a race track often turning in lap times compatible to full size late models.
The Legends will be running a 50-lap feature Saturday night with the result being the crowning of the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway's 2012-2013 division champion. Dylan Capello leads the standings with 100 points based on a pair of feature wins. This title run is still too close to call because Legend Car veteran Chad Schug is only eight points behind the leader. Also still in the championship profile is Ricky Schlick, who is ranked third in the standings and just 14 points away from the leader.
The youngsters in their small but very fast Bandolero Cars will also be settling championship aspirations Saturday night. This title run is all about drivers named Rodgers.
Blake Rodgers leads the standings with 150 points, based on a pair of feature wins, and holds a 24-point advantage over Brock Rodgers going into the final race.
The Street Stocks will be running a 30-lap feature Saturday night with many of teams gunning for division points leader Kirk Almquist who has been on fire this season.
Almquist holds a 36 points advantage over Rick Boone in the standings. Some other possible race spoilers for Almquist in the starting field could include family members Steve and Clint Almquist along with Dylan Schriner, who scored his first division win last month, and reigning Street Stock champion Chris Vindhurst.
The fan favorite Factory Stocks will be bringing a very close points battle to the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway Saturday night. Ethan Miller, a two time feature winner, leads the division's points standings but only holds a four point lead over feature winner John Lowrence.
Robert Spivey is ranked third in the standings and is only seven points away from the leader in a title run that could go down to the final lap of the final night of the season next month.
The Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway's special guest division will be the Pony Stocks, who will be treating local race fans to a 35-lap main event.
Comprised mainly of Ford Pintos, the drivers of these small cars puts on a great show for their fans. Once the field receives the green flag it's go time with drivers running door to door and their right foot slammed all the way to the floorboard.
In the name of being a good neighbor, and to accommodate the Colorado River Fair's schedule of events, there will be some slight adjustments to the speedway's traditional schedule this weekend.
First off, the Friday night test and tune session will not be held. There will be no on-track activity on Saturday until the conclusion of the FFA Auction, held at the livestock pens, which is located very close to the race track.
A driver's meeting will be held in the speedway's pit area at 4:30 p.m. Following that meeting, the track will be open for a practice session to allow the race teams to make pre-race shakedown runs.
On Saturday, Larry Green Auto Group-River Run Sports Bar race day, the spectator gates will open at 5 p.m. with racing getting underway at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 and $8 for seniors, military personnel and the handicapped.
Teen tickets, ages 13-17, are $5, tickets for kids 6-12 are $3 while kids 5 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paid adult. Palo Verde High School students can receive a $1 discount by presenting their ASB cards at the ticket gate. The speedway also offers a budget friendly family package which admits two adults and two kids, 17 and under, for $20.
For out of town race teams and fans, the America's Best Value Inn is the official motel of the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway. Located at 850 W. Hobsonway, they offer beautiful and spacious rooms at very affordable rates.
Call 760-922-5145 for reservations which can also be made online. Also make it a point to mention the special discount code: LUCAS OIL.
Speedway Promoter and General Manager Greg Scheidecker made it a point to invite everyone to the annual Colorado River Fair this weekend.
"We are very pleased to again put on a special racing show as part of the fair's entertainment schedule," he said. "Lucas Oil has always prided themselves on being a good neighbor and we're very proud to be a part of the Blythe community. Come out this Saturday, enjoy the fair activities and then come see us for some great stock car racing at our speedway."
Using the theme "Fun-Tier Days", the Colorado River Fair will be in full swing through Sunday evening.
For more information regarding the Winter Blast Racing Series, dial up the official website at www.i10speedway.com