Rasdon leads Comp Cams Super Dirt Series into Wheatland

Wheatland, Missouri (October 5, 2016) - A big part of the 3rd Annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals this weekend is the first time appearance to be made by the Comp Cams Super Dirt Series Presented by Lucas Oil. Racing primarily in the Mid South Region, the series has not contested an event in the state of Missouri since 2011.

"We're thrilled to welcome in the drivers and staff which make up the CCSDS," commented Lucas Oil MLRA Series Director Dan Robinson. "Chris Ellis has done a good job growing the tour and we couldn't be happier to have them here in Wheatland running alongside the Lucas Oil MLRA. It will help make for a great weekend. Our fans are sure to see some drivers not typically at Lucas Oil Speedway."

Back in the 2006 season, Arkansas Driver Jeff Floyd called Chris Ellis after traveling a long distance to get rained out at a facility for the third time that year. The jest of the conversation was, there were several Arkansas drivers who felt like they needed to race closer to home. Ellis, was gathered with several Batesville Motor Speedway Officials at the time, including the legendary Mooney Starr. Starr told Ellis it would never work. The next spring, the Mid South Racing Association was formed and in business.

The tour operated for two seasons before Memphis, Tennessee based Comp Cams became involved with the tour. Following the third year of racing, Comp Cams entered into a multi-year marketing agreement and the tour was renamed the Comp Cams Super Dirt Series, which obviously still exists to this day.

"We started out very humbly," commented owner Chris Ellis. "It was never really hard for us to get races in the beginning, but the funding to run it and pay the points fund has always been a challenge. We have a great group of friends who have really supported us. I can't thank Chris Douglas with Comp Cams enough for the continued support. They have been great for our series. Also, Lucas Oil for getting involved with us a few years back too. There are so many other folks who just want to see the series operate and they continue to support it. I have an immense amount of appreciation for everyone who keeps it running. It's a team effort for sure."

By day, Ellis is the Athletic Director for the Beebe, Arkansas School District and his time commitments mean his series staff often has to run the events or at the least get weekend's started. They began with a staff of three and have grown to five or seven depending on particular event needs.

On the racing side of things, Joey Mack won the first two series championships in 2007 and 2008. Billy Moyer Jr. took the crown in 2009. 2010 belonged to Bill Frye, and in 2011 Brandon Smith sat at the top of the heap. 2012 came down to a tiebreaker scenario and Jon Mitchell was the winner. 2013 and 2014 went to Kyle Beard, while Jack Sullivan captured his first crown last year.

This season there is a little separation at the top, but not much. Jonesboro, Arkansas native Hunter Rasdon holds a 34 point lead over Beard and a 37 marker advantage over Sullivan.

"We planned to run the Comp Cams deal last year, but had trouble early," commented Rasdon. "We came back determined to follow it this year for points and have made it to the last weekend. Ronnie Stuckey with Black Diamond is also giving away a new Black Diamond Chassis to the highest finishing car in points running his cars. That was appealing to our team as well."

Rasdon has been a quick study in the Late Model ranks. It is only his second full year and he has knocked down five wins on the tour. As for this week, Rasdon has raced at Lucas Oil Speedway three times in the past; Show Me 100 (2015 & 2016) and Diamond Nationals (2015).

"I have never been real good at Wheatland," said Rasdon. " I hope we can get rid of that monkey on our back this weekend. I stayed home from the Gumbo Nationals last weekend just to go over both race cars so I knew we were prepared. We'll be there Thursday night to practice. Hopefully we will be a little better there."

Wendell Wallace leads the series all-time wins list with 20 trips to victory Lane. Jack Sullivan and Billy Moyer Jr. are second and third respectively. 11 drivers have at least five wins in the 178 total races contested in its history.

More information about the series can also be found on their website CompDirt.com.

Action gets started Friday night at Lucas Oil Speedway and concludes Saturday. Champions for both the Lucas Oil MLRA and Comp Cams Super Dirt Series Presented by Lucas Oil will be crowned in this blockbuster final weekend for 2016.

Also on the card will be the Big Buck 50 Street Stock race. Attracting talent from all over the Midwest and South, this race is the fastest growing street stock special event in the country. It will provide awesome entertainment and edge of your seat action. The top prize this year for the Big Buck 50 is $5,000.

Lucas Oil Speedway Information 10/7/16 & 10/8/16

Gates: Friday 5:00 PM -- Saturday 4:00 PM
Racing: Friday - Hot Laps 7:00 PM Racing 7:30 PM -- Saturday - Hot Laps 6:00 PM Racing 6:30 PM
Admission: Friday - Adults $15, Seniors (62 and up) and Military $12, Youth (12-15) $5, Kids (11 and under) FREE, Family Pass $30, Pit Pass $35 -- Saturday - Adults $20, Seniors (62 and up) and Military $17, Youth (12-15) $5, Kids (11 and under) FREE, Family Pass $40, Pit Pass $35
Support Class: Big Buck 50 ($5,000 to win Street Stock Special Event)
Website: LucasOilSpeedway.com

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Dan Robinson
Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager
Lucas Oil MLRA Series Director
Office: (417) 282-5984

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