Show-Me 100 Spotlight: Home-state driver Oberkramer armed with new car, optimism
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WHEATLAND, MO. (May 25, 2022) - Armed with a new race car and an optimistic outlook, Mason Oberkramer rolls into Lucas Oil Speedway hoping to make at impact at this weekend's 30th annual Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com.
Oberkramer, from Broseley in southeast Missouri, will debut a new Capital Race Car for Thursday night's "Cowboy Classic" program to kick off the three nights of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Lucas Oil MLRA action. He's used a month-long break from regional competition due to rainouts to transition to the new ride from his Rocket.
"We've had a few ups, but more in-betweens and downs than we've had good," Oberkramer said of his 2022 season, which finds one feature win but only two top-five finishes in 21 starts. "Looking forward, we're coming out with a new car for the Show-Me and maybe we'll turn our luck around."
Asked about the switch to Capital, he said company owner Marshall Green has a great reputation for helping those driving his cars. Included on the roster of Capital drivers is Payton Looney of Republic, Missouri, who won the 2020 Show-Me 100.
"I talked a little bit with Marshall Green and it seems like he's gonna put in a lot of effort to help me," Oberkramer said. "It's what I feel I need to help me win. I don't have a lot of time or money to go out and do all the testing and all that stuff.
"I have a family and a business. He can take care of the rest of that stuff and I can just show up, do a little bit of work on the car and hopefully go and win some races."
No race would mean more to Oberkramer, the 2021 MLRA Rookie of the Year, than the Show-Me 100.
"It means a lot, especially watching one of our friends Payton Looney win it," Oberkramer said. "It just gives you a little hope and belief that you don't have to be a guy that runs a national-touring series to win it. If all the cards fall right, it can be your night too, just like it was his (in 2020). It just has to all play in to your hand."
Oberkramer said he's attempted the Show-Me 100 six times and make the feature twice, including one year ago when he wound up 24th.
"Hopefully, with this new combination with me and Marshall, we're sitting in the field ready for a top-10 finish," Oberkramer said. "That's what our goal is."
Rather than being intimidated as some regional racers might be, Oberkramer said he enjoys the challenge of going against the best of the best in dirt Late Model racing.
"It just makes you want to be that much better," he said. "There's no doubt about it. They do it for a living because they're good at it. When you get to go up against them, it makes you try that much harder. But they're human, too. They can be beat. You just have to do everything right and make things work in your favor."
Perhaps the biggest key to weekend success is having a good opening night and earning valuable points toward a starting position on Saturday.
"You have to start the weekend off good," Oberkramer said. "It's hard to get behind against the group of guys we race against. If you don't start off good, you've got some work to do. It can still be done, but it's way easier if you draw a good pill and hopefully get a good time-in slot and maybe go and win a heat race and finish up near the front of the feature that first night to set you up better for the second night."
Oberkramer said he feels confident on the Lucas Oil Speedway oval, where he won his first MLRA feature in 2020, the Labor Day Weekend Ron Jenkins Memorial.
"We've had a lot of speed at Wheatland," he said. "I feel it's one of my better tracks. We just haven't been up to par with the car we've been in lately, but hopefully me and Marshall work well together and we have a good season from here on out."
30th ANNUAL SHOW-ME 100 ORDER OF EVENTS:
Thursday and Friday
Pit gate closes, 1:30 p.m.
Pit gate re-opens, 2 p.m.
General admission gates open, 4 p.m.
Registration and Tech Inspection, 2-5:45 p.m.
Drivers' meeting, 6 p.m.
Hot laps, 6:30 p.m.
MAVTV Plus Streaming Live Broadcast begins, 6:30 p.m. CDT
MAVTV Live Broadcast begins, 9 p.m. CDT
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series/MLRA Hot Laps
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series/MLRA Time Trials (2 laps)
Allstar Performance Fast Time Presentation
National Anthem and Invocation
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series/MLRA Heats (8 laps)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series/MLRA B Mains (10 laps)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series/MLRA A Main (45 laps, 9th annual Cowboy Classic)
USRA Modified Hot laps
USRA Modified Heats (8 laps)
USRA Modified B Mains (12 laps)
USRA Modified A Main (20 laps)
Late Model Purse - 1st $6,000, 2nd $3,000. 3rd $2,000. 4th $1,500, 5th $1,250, 6th $1,000, 7th $950, 8th $900, 9th $850, 10th $800, 11th $700, 12th through 24th $600. Total $26,750.
Pit gate closes, 2:30 p.m.
Pit gate re-opens, 3 p.m.
General admission gates open, 3 p.m.
Dirt Racing Outreach Service, 3:15 p.m.
Drivers' meeting, 5 p.m.
Hot Laps, 5:30 p.m.
MAVTV Plus Stream Broadcast begins, 5:30 p.m. CDT
MAVTV Live Broadcast begins, 9 p.m. CDT
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series/MLRA B-Main Hot Laps
USRA Modified B-Main Hot Laps
National Anthem and Invocation
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series/MLRA B-Mains (15 laps)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series/MLRA A-Main Transfer Hot Laps
USRA Modified B-Mains (12 laps)
USRA Modified A-Main Transfer Hot Laps
Midwest Sheet Metal Lucas Oil Late Model/MLRA Show-Me Challenge (20 laps)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series/MLRA A-Main (100 laps Show-Me 100)
USRA Modified A Main (30 laps)
Previous Show-Me 100 winners:
2021 - Hudson O'Neal, Martinsville, Ind.
2020 - Payton Looney, Republic, Mo.
2019 - Canceled (storm damage)
2018 - Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.
2017 - Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, Ill.
2016 - Jimmy Owens, Newport, Tenn.
2015 - Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, Ga.
2014 - Don O'Neal, Martinsville, Ind.
2013 - Jimmy Owens, Newport, Tenn.
2012 - Jimmy Owens, Newport, Tenn.
2011 - Jimmy Owens, Newport, Tenn.
2010 - Ray Cook, Brasstown, N.C.
2009 - Brian Birkhofer, Muscatine, Iowa
2008 - Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.
2007 - Wendell Wallace, Batesville, Ark.
2006 - Wendell Wallace, Batesville, Ark.
2005 - Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.
2004 - Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.
2003 - Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.
2002 - Wendell Wallace, Batesville, Ark.
2001 - Freddy Smith, Knoxville, Tenn.
2000 - Ray Cook, Brasstown, N.C.
1999 - Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.
1998 - Freddy Smith, Knoxville, Tenn.
1997 - Rick Aukland, Fargo, N.C.
1996 - Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.
1995 - Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.
1994 - Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.
1993 - Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.
The daily ticket breakdown for Show-Me 100 weekend:
May 26: $30 general admission adults, $27 seniors (62 and up) and military; $10 youth (ages 6-15); FREE kids (ages 5-and-under); $70 family pass; $115 three-day reserved; $40 pit pass, $120 3-day pit pass.
May 27: $30 general admission adults, $27 seniors (62 and up) and Military; $10 youth (ages 6-15); FREE kids (ages 5-and-under); $70 family pass; $40 pit pass; $85 2-day pit pass.
May 28: $40 general admission adults, $37 seniors (62 and up) and Military; $10 youth (ages 6-15); FREE kids (ages 5-and-under); $90 family pass; $45 pit pass.
To purchase tickets for the Show-Me 100 or any event on Lucas Oil Speedway's schedule, or to inquire about camping information, contact Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 295-6043 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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