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   A Look Ahead: Previewing the 2013 Season at LEBANON I-44 SPEEDWAY


(LEBANON, MO.) - Lebanon I-44 Speedway



By Jordan Kuehne


LEBANON - With the winter doldrums in the rearview mirror (hopefully), spring finally upon us, and racing season ready to rev up its engine, Lebanon I-44 Speedway is set to begin its first season under the NASCAR HomeTracks banner. With plenty of changes completed or on their way, the 2013 season at Missouri's only asphalt oval promises to be one full of storylines and fresh faces, rivalries and old standbys, as car counts are expected to rise in each class at I-44. Before tonight's racing action begins, take the time to preview this season with a division-by-division glimpse into what might lie ahead.


O'Reilly Auto Parts NASCAR Pro Late Models: Mike Slone owned this class last season, en route to his second title in three years, but there were a host of competitors that ran well and challenged for wins every weekend including Matt Wallace, the championship runner-up. Slone will be back this season, eager to collect the first Missouri NASCAR state title that may come with a win in this division, but he'll have to fend off a talented pack of drivers that includes last season's Sportsman champion, Lil' J.C. Newell, along with Louisville, Kentucky-area driver Cole Williams. The 16-year-old Williams made the long trek to I-44 on several occasions last season, recording a pair of big wins and marking himself as a contender for this season and beyond. A driver to keep an eye on is young Cory Dueser, who will be making the transition from a traveling class to try and steal a title at I-44. The usual suspects and others that finished in the top ten in points from 2012 include Jimmy Vanzandt, Dale Roper Jr., Brian Brown, Steve Holt, Ken Dickinson, Austin Fullerton, Jim Reaves, Grant Sharp and Brennon Willard will be in the mix as well in what could be the deepest and most exciting Late Model class in years.


Budweiser NASCAR Modifieds: Much like Slone owned the Pro Late Models, Tyler Scott dominated the Budweiser Modifieds in 2012. With a new season on the horizon, Scott is eager to prove that last year was no fluke, and he'll bring a new car and the same fiery attitude with him that helped him earn a title last year. While Scott won the title with relative ease over young gun Payton Lucas, the top driver in the class during the second half of last season was the 'Iceman', Ricky Icenhower. Cool, calm and collected and a past NASCAR Regional Champion, Icenhower will look to add more trophies to his mantle, with an eye on the biggest one of all, a championship. Veteran hotshoe David Bates will also be a contender for wins throughout the year along with other 2012 front runners Stephen Counterman, Chris Johnson, Rocky Rash, Jay Bates, Terry Taylor, J.D. Kelley, Scotty Allen and Coca-Cola Chargers top dog Paul Jepson, who's making the jump.


Monster NASCAR Sportsman: The first class without a 2012 champion bidding for a repeat is the Monster Sportsman. As Lil' J.C. Newell moves up to battle the big boys in the Pro Late Models class, the best driver of the latter stages of the year, Robert Reeves, and his son, 2012 Road Warriors champion Dustin Reeves, will be looking to go 1-2 in a class that will be filled with action and excitement thanks to the new Outlaw bodies. Newell's grandpa, J.C. Newell, will be in action looking to prevent the family domination that the Reeves recorded in separate classes last season along with drivers with experience at the high banks of Lebanon I-44 Speedway such as Jon Higdon, Darin Owens, Aaron Douglas, Chuck Higdon, Daulton Greven and Randy Besser will also be drivers to contend with and should find their way to victory lane on multiple occasions this season.


Hoosier Tires NASCAR Road Warriors: Dustin Reeves is gone, and for every other driver in the Hoosier Tire Road Warriors, that is a major relief. The class should be wide-open, although veteran Les Mallard, who scored his first win last year, and Justin Blake could be designated the favorites in the early stages. Any one driver could emerge in 2013 though, as Gary Ball, Michael Juergensen, Steve Shaw, Shawn Jones, Mike Funcannon, Riley Sharp and Alan Ellis, a newcomer sporting Reeves' championship ride, might just be the darkhorse pick to rocket to a championship.


Coca-Cola NASCAR Chargers: With Jepson on his way up the ranks into the Modifieds, Lauren Buhr, who controlled the last month of the 2012 season, should be able to get off to a hot start. Buhr, whose car was so fast that her father was able to pilot it to a victory late last year, has the car to beat and the driving talent to back it up. The Chargers have a reputation of being the toughest division to peg at I-44, however, and that may be the case this season. A host of new drivers and cars made it out to practice sessions throughout April and any one of those wheelmen could emerge as a serious contender along with 2012 strong runners such as Jimmy Poindexter, Richard Lewis, Jordan Nesbitt, Jesse Poindexter, Nick Cherry and Amanda Page.


Lebanon I-44 Speedway is located four miles east of the Lebanon city limits on Historic Route 66 and Missouri's only NASCAR sanctioned facility. Patrons using Interstate 44 may take Exit 135 and then drive approximately one mile east on Route 66 to the track's main entrance. Additional information about this event, including a full schedule of events, the rules being enforced, and a purse distribution, will be released on the facility's official website, www.i44speedway.net in the coming weeks. Keep up with news about Lebanon I-44 Speedway on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Lebanon-I-44-Speedway, and on Twitter (@i44Speedway).




About Lebanon I-44 Speedway


Lebanon I-44 Speedway is Missouri's only weekly Asphalt Racing Oval settled nearly 300 miles from any other and is Missouri's only NASCAR sanctioned facility. Located in Lebanon, Missouri, along Interstate 44 adds easy access from any direction. Just about 45 minutes to the West of Springfield, Missouri on I-44 and just 2 hours East of St. Louis on I-44 as well as just 30 minutes south of Lake of the Ozarks.


Lebanon I-44 Speedway has a history of producing great racecar drivers, and some of the biggest stars in American motorsports honed their skills on our tracks high banked 3/8-mile asphalt oval. Legends such as the great Larry Phillips, the only 5-time national champion in NASCAR's weekly racing series, along with NASCAR stars like Mike Wallace, Jamie McMurray, Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart and the late Tony Roper have either won races or even track championships over the years.     


Lebanon I-44 Speedway has perhaps the smoothest racing surface of any weekly racing facility in the nation along with new aluminum backed Monster Energy grandstand seating, Budweiser "Wild Side" tier parking that you can pull up in your car or tailgate in your pickup and enjoy all of the racing from a great view, the new Central Bank VIP Suites in the middle of the front stretch and entering turn one is the newest addition, the Budweiser Fan Deck.


Lebanon I-44 Speedway runs many special events throughout the race season as well as an exciting NASCAR weekly show that consists of Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Road Warriors and the Chargers with special appearances by the United States Super Truck Series, Pro National Baby Grand Cars, NASCAR racing special events and various Concerts.


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2013 Lebanon I-44 Speedway Official Partners:
NASCAR - National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing

Budweiser - Official Beer

Caddy Shack Golf Cars - Official Golf Cars

Central Bank - Preferred Banking Partner 

Consolidated Fire & Safety - Preferred Fire & Safety Provider

Green Earth technologies - Preferred "Totally Green" Clean Tech Company 

Hampton Inn / Lebanon - Preferred Hotel Partner

Holiday Inn & Suites / Lebanon - Preferred Hotel Partner

Hoosier Tire - Official Race Tire

K&N Engineering - Preferred Performance Filter

Mercy - Official Health Care Provider

Missouri Eagle - Official Beer & Energy Drink Supplier

Monster Energy - Official Energy Drink

O'Reilly Auto Parts - Preferred Auto Parts Store

Ozarks Coca-Cola / Dr. Pepper Bottling Company - Official Soft Drink, Water & Sports Drink Supplier

Racing Electronics - Official Radio Supplier

Safety-Kleen - Preferred Environmental Services Company

Sunoco - Official Race Fuel

Super 8 / Lebanon - Preferred Hotel Partner


2013 Lebanon I-44 Speedway Supporting Partners:

Advanced Electric & Communications, Auto Body Supply, Auto Meter, Commerce Bank, Cometic Gaskets, Contingency Connection, Dickies Barbecue, Energy Companies, ESPN Radio, E-Z Disposal, Graven Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Headley's Value Tire Center, Helton's Home Furnishings, Heritage Bank, Independent Stave Inc., JEGS, KZNN Superstation, Lebanon Ready Mix, Liberty Tire, Lindsay Chevrolet, McGunegill Engine Performance, Missouri Tool & Automation, Owens Sandblasting, Ozarks Harley Davidson, Regional Radio - KJEL, Reliable Toyota, Rock Auto, Royal Purple, Shadel's Colonial Chapel, Show Me Guns, Sprint, Starnes Auto, Totally You, Toyota Motorsports, Unilever, United Insurers, Waffle House, Whelen Engineering, Willard Asphalt, Z102.3 Radio, 107.9 The Coyote

Lebanon I-44 Speedway

Kevin Greven 

General Manager 


24069 Route 66

Lebanon, MO 65536 

Track (417) 532-2060

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Lebanon I-44 Speedway

Jordan Kuehne
I-44 Speedway Public Relations Director
I-44 Speedway Writer/Trackside Announcer

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