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Kentuckiana Motorsports Presented by Lucas Oil

Time is running out to register for the FREE KMS and Lucas Oil Giveaway. We have some fun autographs, including one from the 2023 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series winner over the Memorial Day weekend at Charlotte...Louisville's Ben Rhodes! Just go to the KMS Giveaway page to register!

This is one of the biggest weekends of the racing season for the Sportsdrome Speedway! On Saturday, the giant school buses take to the flat short track in Jeffersonville (Off Interstate 65 just 5 minutes from Downtown Louisville)! It is the summer School Bus Figure 8 Showdown. And before all the racing action begins, kids get to ride in the big buses. Sportsdrome Owner-Operator Mike Gibson urges fans to arrive early. It is expected to be standing room only. Many other events are scheduled too including the Sportsman Ford Oval Classic and the Ford Figure 8 Fifty (50) Lapper! Check out for more info and the Sportsdrome Facebook page for specials and last minute changes. The Salem Speedway's has a huge race on Saturday. It is a CRA Saturday! Expect strong action. Remember, mother nature can play games with racing and force events to be re-scheduled. Check track social media for last minute changes. And that includes the Ohio Valley Dragway. It is a 1/8th mile track about 25 minutes from Louisville along Dixie Highway in West Point, Kentucky. The Ponderosa Speedway is another great track, and its known as "Kentucky's Baddest Bullring". It is a short dirt track in central Kentucky at Junction City near Danville (About an hour and fifteen minutes southeast of Louisville). Drive south to Bowling Green (KY) and you'll enjoy Beech Bend. There is an amusement park, camping, and racing. The Beech Bend dragstrip brings in the fans and has a wide range of events. By the way when you go to local tracks, there is a good chance you'll see a Lucas Oil logo somewhere!

It was the Penske Double over the Memorial Day Holiday weekend. In the Indianapolis 500, Josef Newgarden finally won the Greatest Spectacle in Racing with many bold late race moves including the last lap. In 11 previous attempts, he came up short. It is Roger Penske’s 19th Indy 500 win and his first as owner of the historic track. In Charlotte after several rain delays, Ryan Blaney, also driving a Penske machine, won the Coca Cola 600. The 29 year old Cup racerr broke a near 60 race winless streak. This Sunday the stars of the NASCAR Cup Series battle at the World Wide Technology Raceway in St. Louis. The Indy Car Series takes to the streets of Detroit this weekend.

A couple incidents stand out at Charlotte in the Cup Series. Denny Hamlin accused fellow driver Chase Elliott of intentionally clipping his car and sending it spinning. Other drivers experienced ill handling cars at select spots on the track. Elliott is mild-mannered and is voted the most Popular Driver every year. That doesn’t mean he can push the limit. Elliott claimed his car got loose. NASCAR agreed with Hamlin and suspended Elliott for one race. Both are great drivers. Time will tell if they can resolve their differences. Aric Almirola was very clear in his displeasure towards Bubba Wallace. During the race, Almirola said Wallace flipped him off. During one of the rain delays, Almirola confronted Bubba and asked him, why the middle finger? Aric claims Wallace used profanities at him. Aric said enough of that, and pushed and attempted to go after Bubba. Observers will tell you Wallace has a temper and can get feisty. He’s blown opportunities on the track because of his temper before. As for Almirola, he normally stays clear of trouble. Smart veteran driver. One has to figure he had enough of Wallace’s antics and let him know about it. Let’s hope Wallace learns from this incident.

A huge shout out to Louisville’s Ben Rhodes. Before the extensive rains hit the Xfinity and Cup Series races at Charlotte, Rhodes won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. He celebrated in style. Ben has matured. We know money buys most NASCAR rides these days. Ben has earned a full-time Cup ride. He is the 2021 Truck Series Champion. Time will tell. Congrats to Ben!

The summer racing season is underway! Thousands will travel on vacations across the country. Be sure to put Lucas Oil Products in your car or truck. They do so much for racing communities across America. Other sponsors of KMS include PNC Bank (Sponsor of Scott Dixon's Indy Car Series Car), Sportsdrome Speedway (Celebrating more than 77 years of Racing!), locally owned Bright Pest Control and Bright Retail in Louisville, (Offering Do-It-Yourself Professional Pest Products with a retail store), and Knox Ford in Radcliff, Kentucky) (It also has a sister dealership, Tri-County Ford in Oldham County, KY). KMS friends also include: VoiceTel Kentucky (Offering telephone service for low as $25.00 a line per month), Temco Roofing, Jim Ellis/Attorney At Law, ICA Dumpsters, Kentucky Raceway Ministries, Nimlok Kentucky, Dynamic Healthcare, Lyndon Mower Repair, and Kentucky Medicare Plans (Serving Kentucky and Southern Indiana with Health and Medicare plans). We also thank our media connections in all series, NASCAR and with NASCAR Media, Indy Car, Monster Jam, ARCA, and NHRA for helping us bring the sport to the fans!

Over the summer, more people will be getting outside. When out traveling or on vacation, we encourage you to look around. See the farms and ranches in America. Our farmers and ranchers are doing work hard and need support. Protect the Harvest backs them. It is a Lucas Oil backed initiative. Learn more at:

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