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Lucas Oil Speedway Preseason Spotlight: Griggs gears up for another run in USRA Stock Cars

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WHEATLAND, MO. (April 7, 2022) - When it comes to variety, Ed Griggs' resume probably stands above most other Lucas Oil Speedway drivers.

Since beginning his racing career in 1993, Griggs has driven about every type of car on dirt imaginable.

"Late Models, Modifieds, Stock Cars, Dwarf Cars, Mini Sprints and Micro Sprints. I've raced all of those over the years," Griggs said. "And this year, I'm going to race a non-winged Sprint for the first time."

But Griggs' primary focus in 2022 again will be the O'Reilly Auto Parts USRA Stock Cars at Lucas Oil Speedway, which he debuted in a year ago. The Pleasant Hill driver wound up sixth in track points with a pair of second-place feature finishes among six top-five runs.

Most of the strong runs came in the final few weeks of the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series season.

"It was really good," Griggs said of his first season in the USRA Stock Cars. "I had never driven a Stock Car before last year so it was kind of a learning curve. We missed some shows at the beginning of year, otherwise we would have had a lot better points position.

"We learned a lot. The class is stepping up this year, so that's what we plan to do also with the new car. I don't know if we're gonna step up enough or not, but we'll see."

Griggs said getting seat time led to a strong second half of 2021, where he was knocking on the door of getting his first Stock Car feature win.

"I could win lots of heat races and lead a lot of laps. It's a matter of leading the final lap that was tough," he said. "You have to figure who we're running against with (James) McMillin, Scotty Allen and (David) Hendrix. They have hundreds of feature wins in Stock Cars and I don't have that experience yet.

"Those cars are a blast to drive. The racing is so clean. Lucas leads to lots of multi-lane racing, where you can run the bottom, middle or the top. It makes for a lot of fun. It's kind of a drivers' track in a Stock Car. You can find a line that suits you."

Coming from a racing family, Griggs started running Micro Sprint at the old Sweet Springs dirt track in 1993 then switched to Modifieds and made nearby Warrensburg his home track for several years.

Griggs got involved in Mod Lite racing in recent years and won the Mod Lite Stars national championship in 2019. He traveled mostly alone, covering about 17,000 miles that season from Florida to Arizona and points between.

Now he's sold the Mod Lite to add a non-winged Sprint to his stable. He plans to race it on a semi-regular basis when he isn't competing in the Stock Car.

"My Dad raced Sprint cars when I was growing up and it's always been my dream to do that," Griggs said. "It's really the only reason I'm doing that now at 52 years old, to do it before I get too old to do it."

Both cars are sponsored by Josh Crump, with Crump Construction and True Grit Excavating & Concrete. Griggs would welcome additional sponsorship on the Stock Car.

"I think we're gonna have as good a car as there is out there, so hopefully we can provide some value with a good car and some up-front running," he said. "To be able to be on TV (MAVTV Motorsports Network and MAVTV Plus) at Lucas Oil is awesome. It's something most tracks don't have."

Lucas Oil Speedway roars to life for the first time in 2022 on Saturday, with an Open Test and Tune scheduled for 2-6 p.m.

Competitors in each of the four Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series classes - Cedar Creek Beef Jerky USRA Modifieds, Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, O'Reilly Auto Parts USRA Stock Cars and Hermitage Lumber Late Models - plus any others from the region are invited to participate.

Grandstand admission is free and pit passes are $25 ($10 for ages 5 and under). Concessions behind the pit-side grandstand will be open with a limited menu. Race fuel, tires and Lucas Oil products also will be available for sale.

Another Test and Tune is set for April 16 from 4-6 p.m. prior to the Easter Bowl 150. Enduro cars will not be allowed to be a part of the Test and Tune.

The 9th annual Pitts Homes MLRA Spring Nationals are set for April 22-23. The Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series Spring Opener opener is scheduled for April 30.

Enduro Easter Bowl 150 entries remain open: Entries remain open for the inaugural Enduro Easter Bowl 150 with the early registration deadline is set for Saturday.

Entry fee is $100 for early entries and $150 after April 9. The entry list for the race is updated daily on the Lucas Oil Speedway Facebook page.

Drivers can call into the speedway office at (417) 282-5984 and pay the entry fee via credit card or print off the entry form from the website and mail in with the fee. The starting position will be based on order of paid entries received, but drivers can run any car number of their choice.

Entries will be capped at 100 for the 150-lap race, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. following a Test and Tune for Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series drivers from 4-6 p.m. that day.

The Easter Bowl 150 winner will earn $1,500 with prize money paid to the top 10 finishers with other payouts: 2nd - $800; 3rd - $500. 4th - $300. 5th - 200. 6th - $175. 7th - 150. 8th - $125. 9th - $100. 10th - $100.

Entry forms also can be mailed to:
Lucas Oil Speedway
P.O. Box 8
Wheatland, MO 65779

For ticket information for any future event at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 295-6043 or via email at nichole@lucasoilspeedway.com.

Danny Lorton
Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager
Office: (417) 282-5984

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Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived race recaps, previews and driver features, along with ticket information and schedules can be found by visiting 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 its 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 LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984. The Lucas Oil Speedway EZ Texting number is (417) 804-4141.

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About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the "Diamond of Dirt Tracks" lives up to its title.

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. This year marks the 12th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, "Lake Lucas." New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring a host of regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway's dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.

In addition to the special events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Weekly Racing Series features the Late Models, USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods.

2022 Official Lucas Oil Speedway Marketing Partners

Bill Roberts Chevrolet-Buick
"The Official Truck" of Lucas Oil Speedway

Dixie Chopper
"The Official Mowers of Lucas Oil Speedway"

General Tire
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Lucas Oil Products
"The Official Oil" of Lucas Oil Speedway

"The Official Television Network" of Lucas Oil Speedway

Optima Batteries
"The Official Battery" of Lucas Oil Speedway

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"The Official Soft Drink" of Lucas Oil Speedway

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"The Official 2-Way Communications Provider" of Lucas Oil Speedway

Sunoco Race Fuels
"The Official Fuel" of Lucas Oil Speedway

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"The Official Sponsor" of Lucas Oil Speedway

2022 Lucas Oil Speedway Supporters Include:
Advanced Automotive Repair, AM Pyrotechnics, Angler's Resort, Arizona Sport Shirts, Ash Grove Aggregates, Ball Tree Service, Benton County Tire, Berry Tractor and Equipment Co., Big Adventure RV, Bill Roberts Chevrolet-Buick, Bolivar Auto Sales & Detailing, Bolivar Farmers Exchange-MFA, Boone's BBQ Barn, Boubin Tire/American Racer, Branstetter & Lightfoot LLC, Bridal Cave, BWI Sanitation, Camden on the Lake Resort, Candlelight Creations-Dick's Wild Root Horseradish, Casey's, Cedar Creek Beef Jerky, CED Electric, Central Life Sciences, Citizens Memorial Healthcare, City Magnet, Clearlight Inn, Comfort Inn-Bolivar,DirtonDirt.com, Dixie Chopper, eBay Motors, Eibach Springs, Evans Pipe & Steel Co., Farmers Insurance Agent Kristy Reynolds, Fast Shafts by Axle Exchange, Foley Equipment-Cat Rental Store, Frog Signs, Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare, Heritage Tractor Inc., Hermitage Lumber, HICKAMO Country Store, Highway 54 RV Park, Hobbytime Motorsports, Hoosier Race Tires, Impact Signs Awnings Wraps, In the Garden of Eden, Kettle Treats, Keyser Manufacturing, Kluhsman Racing Components, Kona Ice, LimeBank, Lucas Cattle Company, Margaritaville Lake Resort, McCoy Logging LLC, Merck Animal Health, Midwest Sheet Metal, Miller Welding, Missouri Land Co. LLC, MyRacePass, Nutrien Ag Solutions, OakStar Bank, O'Bannon Bank, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Ozark Golf Cars, Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper, Ozarks Community Health Center, PFI Western Store, Pitts Homes, Pitts Realty, Pitts Cattle, ProThings Apparel, RACEceiver, Racinboys.com, RacinDirt.com, RacingJunk.com, Rains Ice Company, Real Racing Wheels, Rod End Supply, Ron Jenkins Accounting & Tax Service, Rugged Radios, Ryan E. Murphy Law Firm LLC, SBU Athletics, Safety Kleen, Schlesselman Fencing, Scott Furniture, Sidetrack RV Park, Simpson Racing Products, Southwest Electric Cooperative, Square B Ranch, Stillwater Resort, Stover Milling, Sunoco Race Fuels, Sunflower Resort, Superior Products, TA/PETRO, Transportation Distribution Co. (TDC), US Army Corps of Engineers-Pomme de Terre, Vietti Marketing Group, Wheatland Motel, White's Marine Center, Wild Animal Safari, Windsor Livestock Auction, Woods Supermarkets, Wrisco Industries, ZINPRO Performance Minerals.