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Lucas Oil Speedway Spotlight: Kansas teen Walburn ready for more after impressive Wheatland B-Mod debut

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WHEATLAND, MO. (May 4, 2022) - Krew Walburn's first appearance at Lucas Oil Speedway was an impressive one. The 19-year-old from Emporia, Kansas, ran third in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod feature behind a pair of former USRA national champions, Andy Bryant and Kris Jackson.

"The competition there is stiff," Walburn said this week. "When you go there, you're literally running with the best of the best in the B-Mod class. That's what I told my dad I wanted to do. I wanted to see how we are running with the big dogs."

Walburn plans a return visit this Saturday as the B-Mods are the featured class, running a 25-lap main event for $750 to win courtesy of Clearlight Inn.

Vietti Marketing Group and Wild Animal Safari team up to present Round 2 of the Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series with all Moms admitted free to commemorate Mother's Day weekend, courtesy of Vietti Marketing Group.

Walburn, a second-generation racer who began competing at age 11 in the Factory Stock division on Kansas dirt tracks, hopes to be in contention again this weekend. He said the team learned some things in their first trip to Wheatland with the B-Mod.

"The track has some character," Walburn said. "We didn't expect it to slick off like it did, real fast, in the heat races. They tilled it up before the feature, which was fine. We could have done a few more things to get the car better."

Walburn followed in the footsteps of his dad, Brian Walburn who drove Modifieds during his racing days. Krew moved from Factory Stocks into a Midwest Mod and wound up driving both divisions the same season as Humboldt Speedway.

"It went pretty well and we finished second in points (Midwest Mod) and third in points with the Factory Stock," Walburn said, noting his goals this season are to win Rookie of the Year honors at Humboldt and finish as high as possible in USRA B-Mod national points.

The large B-Mod car counts at Lucas Oil Speedway should help his cause in the national points. Last week, he drove from 10th to fourth in his heat race, which gave him enough passing points to earn a good starting position for the feature.

"The A Mod competition is pretty stiff, but it seems us B-Mod guys bring more of a car count now unless it's a big USMTS event," Walburn said. "I'd like to crack the top five in national points. That would be a good accomplishment."

With five top-five runs already to his credit at various tracks this year, Walburn is making a name for himself. And speaking of names, what about his unique one of Krew?

"It is kind of a unique first name," he said. "When I went to the Wild West Shootout two years ago in Arizona, one of my sponsors, he started calling me 'Krewster.' After that, a lot of people have been calling me that."

"Krewster" attends Flint Hills Technical College and works for his dad's roofing business, keeping his schedule busy. He wouldn't mind following in the footsteps of Emporia's biggest racing name. That's Clint Bowyer, who Krew has gotten to know over the years. Flint Hills Towing, owned by Bowyer's dad Chris, is one of Krew's B-Mod sponsors along with Clint Bowyer Racing.

"Clint says work hard for what you want to go after. He's an amazing role model," Walburn said. "He made it from dirt racing here in Emporia and took it to the next level. He's been really supportive."

Other sponsors include Walburn's Roofing, Hodges Farms and Dredging, Murphy Agra, Cadillac Style Trucking, Charlie's Place, Journey's INC, Snap-On Tools and Kris Jackson at J2 Race Cars.

"They feel like family to me," Walburn said of Jackson, the six-time Lucas Oil Speedway track champion, and the J2 team.

The Hermitage Lumber Late Models, Cedar Creek Beef Jerky USRA Modifieds and the O'Reilly Auto Parts USRA Stock Cars also will be in action Saturday night and Pure Stocks will be on the program as a special guest class, running for $300 to win.

It's part of a big day-night racing doubleheader coming to Lucas Oil Speedway as during the day, the first of four UTV Short Course Off-Road Racing program on the speedway's Off Road course is scheduled.

Spectator gates at Off Road will open at 9 a.m. with practice at 10 a.m. and heat races starting at noon on the off road track. Classes in action will include Pro N/A, Pro, Youth 1000, Youth 570, Youth 170 Mod, Youth 170 Stock, Sportsman, Women's and Mini Stock Truck.

Other event dates are scheduled on July 23rd, August 20th and October 15th. Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Danny Lorton said points will be earned at each event in each class with champions crowned after the Oct. 15 event.

UTV Off Road drivers can check out the rules & registration forms on the Driver Dashboard portion of the Lucas Oil Speedway website.

Spectator and pit gates to the dirt track will open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and racing at 7:05. Fans purchasing tickets to the off road action will be admitted free to the dirt track program.

Tentative Off Road Schedule:
8 a.m. - Pit gate opens
9 a.m. - Spectator gates open
9:30 a.m. - Drivers' meeting
10 a.m. - Registration closes, Practice sessions
Noon - Heats begin
(Awards follow final feature race)

Off Road Admission:
(Off Road admission includes FREE admission to dirt track)
Adults GA/Pit Pass Combo (16 and up) - $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military GA/Pit Pass Combo (62 and up) - $22
Youth GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 6 to 15) - $10
Kids GA/Pit Pass Combo (age 5 and under) - FREE
Family Pass GA/Pit Pass Combo - $60 Includes Admission for 2 Adults and Up to 3 Kids Ages (6-15)
Racer Pit Pass - $30

Dirt Track Admission:
(FREE with Off Road ticket purchase)
Advance discount tickets online only (16 and up) - $12
Adults (16 and up) - $15
Seniors (62 and over)/Military - $12
Youth (ages 6-15) - $5
Kids (5 and under) - FREE
Family pass (click here for more information) - $35
Pit pass - $30

To purchase tickets for any event on Lucas Oil Speedway's schedule, or get ticket information for the Show-Me 100 or 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.

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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

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2022 Lucas Oil Speedway Supporters Include:
AM Pyrotechnics, Arizona Sport Shirts, Ash Grove Aggregates, 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, 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, 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, Lucas Cattle Company, Margaritaville Lake Resort, Midwest Sheet Metal, Miller Welding, Missouri Department of Tourism, Missouri Division of Tourism, 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, PEM, 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, Scott Furniture, Simpson Racing Products, Southwest Electric Cooperative, Stillwater Resort, Sunoco Race Fuels, Sunflower Resort, TA/PETRO, US Army Corps of Engineers-Pomme de Terre, Vietti Marketing Group, Wheatland Motel, White's Marine Center, Wild Animal Safari, Woods Supermarkets, Wrisco Industries.