MO.) - If Saturday's practice session is any indication, fans and
drivers alike can count on an exciting and unpredictable 2013 season at Lebanon I-44 Speedway. Just months after becoming Missouri's only NASCAR HomeTrack,
I-44 played host to area and regional racers - many including
drivers new to the track - for practice under sunny skies. As suddenly
as last season ended, the new 2013 campaign has rapidly taken shape and
many changes are in store for everyone at the Show-Me State's only
Opening night at
Lebanon I-44 Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, with a full
slate of racing on tap headlined by a strong field of Pro Late Model
challengers eager to contend for a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state
title. Also in action that evening will be Modifieds, Sportsman, Road
Warriors and Chargers, and Lebanon I-44 Speedway promoter Kevin Greven
is expecting tight quarters in the pit area.
"We're just a few
spots away from selling out our 2013 reserved pit spots," Greven said.
"That's just one of the many indicators that signal an
historic season under the NASCAR sanctioning body at Lebanon I-44 Speedway as the
only NASCAR track in Missouri. We've also received strong support from
our sponsors and the Central Bank VIP Suite Tower is sold out on opening
night and 90 percent of our suites are sold for this season. We're
expecting increased car counts in all five classes as our drivers are
showing a renewed enthusiasm in anticipation of what promises to be a
While the action on
track will be heating up with several special events on the 2013
schedule, fans can expect widespread changes outside of the racing that
will help enhance their experience.
suite menus have been updated and expanded, and fans can expect changes
and additions to the concession to help speed up the serving
process and make it more efficient. Over the winter, construction crews
have been working hard to construct a brand new Budweiser Fan Deck
on the main concourse midway and Greven's pleased with the results.
"We had an idea of
what we thought fans wanted," said Greven, "and the way it turned out,
it's going to make the Saturday night racing trip a real experience. The
goal is to make this the cleanest, friendliest and most entertaining
NASCAR weekly racing facility in the region, and I'm confident that with
our experienced staff, exciting racing and tremendous Mid-Missouri fan
base, that can become a reality during the 2013 season. We have looked
at everything from the sound system to the lighting and our racers have
really bought into the program to put the best show possible on the
refurbished restrooms and added display lighting to brighten up the
midway area. The track itself also received improved lighting in
anticipation of a national TV appearance when the NASCAR K&N Pro
Series visits the facility on Sunday, June 9.
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).