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Friday, February 8, 2019
Mixin it up--2018 Sunoco Race Fuels Rookie candidates Payton Looney (15) and Mitch McGrath (74) go door-to-door with eventual series champ Chad Simpson (25). Photo--Lloyd Collins, FastTrack Photos

Wheatland, Missouri (February 8, 2019) - Lucas Oil MLRA series officials are pleased to announce the return of the Sunoco Race Fuels "Rookie of the Year" Award Program for 2019. Drivers will compete at each MLRA sanctioned event for Rookie of the Race honors, leading up the crowning of the series Sunoco Race Fuels Rookie of the Year, which will be awarded at the conclusion of the season.

Payton Looney

Payton Looney captured 2018 MLRA Sunoco Race Fuels Rookie honors.

"Sunoco Race Fuels has been a great partner with the Lucas Oil MLRA for many years and we are glad to again be able to offer this valuable contingency program to our series up and coming stars," said MLRA Series Director Ernie Leftwich. The 2019 series Rookie of the Year will score a $2,500 bonus check from Sunoco Race Fuels along with (6) barrels of race fuel.

Payton Looney piloted his Atnip Motorsports entry to the top of the 2018 Sunoco Race Fuels Rookie battle, while Waukesha, WI native Mitch McGrath came home in the runner-up position. Other recent MLRA drivers who have finished atop the rookie podium include Rodney Sanders, Tad Pospisil, and R.C. Whitwell.

Drivers interested in declaring their intention to compete for the 2019 MLRA Sunoco Race Fuels Rookie of the Year are encouraged to contact Ernie Leftwich at (417) 309-3509 for full registration details.

Sunoco is proud to be supplying drivers from dirt to asphalt and drags to the circle tracks, with a premium race fuel that really makes a difference. Sunoco Race Fuels are available for purchase through a network of Regional Distributors. To locate a distributor near you or your home track visit:

The Lucas Oil MLRA will embark on their 31st season of action at the Lucas Oil Speedway on April 12th & 13th for the 6th annual running of the Spring Nationals. A total of 30 events currently awaits series drivers in 2019, comprised of many traditional MLRA fan favorite venues as well as multiple first time facilities that will leave fans on the edge of their seats with exciting super late model action.

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