Show-Me 100 kicks off Thursday at Lucas Oil Speedway with home-state hero Looney back as reigning champ
Payton Looney of Republic was only the second Missourian to win the Show-Me 100 when he did so last year. The 29th Annual Show-Me 100, presented by ProtecttheHarvest.com, begins Thursday at Lucas Oil Speedway. (GS Stanek Racing Photography)
WHEATLAND, MO. (May 24, 2021) – For the first time in 21 years, a Missouri driver will attempt to defend the Show-Me 100 Championship when the Late Model’s three-day Crown Jewel event kicks off at Lucas Oil Speedway on Thursday.
But Payton Looney of Republic, who won the pandemic-delayed Show-Me 100 last year when the event was a one-night show in July, is taking an unconventional approach as the 29th annual Show-Me 100 run by ProtecttheHarvest.com is presented, starts.
This will be Looney’s season debut in his Capital Race Car. He’s not chasing MLRA points or points of any kind in 2021. After winning the Show-Me 100 and winning the Lucas Oil MLRA series near championship, Looney has taken a less-is-more approach to his race this season.
“I’ll be racing a lot less than in the past, racing when I want to race and on the tracks that I want to race,” he said. “I personally decided to change my job and career path. I wanted to be at home with my children and not be away so much.
“My oldest boy is getting ready to start T-ball and all that stuff. I just didn’t want to be gone as much as in the past. I just made that decision myself. “
But Looney wonders how it will feel when he pits as the defending champion when the action kicks off Thursday with the Cowboy Classic, a $ 6,000 win program that brings back memories of the past Lucas Oil’s MLRA Series Honors Owner Allen “Cowboy” Chancellor.
“I don’t know how it’s going to feel,” Looney said. “It was a strange time last year anyway when it ran in July and was canceled (in May) due to Covid. I do not know this answer. I think we’ll see Memorial Day Weekend. “
Looney took the lead on lap 28 last July and never gave up command. He finished the race 1.67 seconds ahead of runner-up Kyle Strickler and earned $ 20,000. Along with Terry Phillips (1999) of Springfield, he was the only Show-Me State winner of the race.
The surprising result – at least for many – wasn’t too surprising for Looney, who said he was calmly confident that night.
“I felt good,” said Looney. “I think it was the perfect circumstance and the perfect storm. I felt like I was buckled up for the 100 rounds we were going to win. Everything went just perfectly and I had no doubts like in a normal situation. As they say, if it’s your time, it’s your time. “
Now Looney aims to defend his title while taking to the track for the first time on Thursday evening 2021. He jokes that he “hopes I get home from work in time” to get to the speedway for qualifying.
“We went through the last car in the last few weeks and got everything in order,” said Looney. “Hopefully we can come out on Thursday and have a good performance.
“Thursday and Friday I want to make myself comfortable and get the feeling back. In terms of expectations, it’s the same car and car that we won last year and pretty much the same package. I just want to be competitive and do all 100 laps on Saturday and maybe have a shot at the end of those 100 laps. “
Another driver who has driven frugally this year will be another to watch. This is Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tennessee, who has won six Show-Me 100 records, including the 2018 edition. Others to watch out for include Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series top runner, Tim McCreadie, who is four times that Show-Me 100 Champion Jimmy Owens, three-time LOLMDS Champion Jonathan Davenport and Lucas Oil MLRA points leader Tony Jackson Jr. from Lebanon, Missouri.
The action starts on Thursday with the “Cowboy Classic” for late models as the headliner of the program. The main event, with a profit of $ 6,000 and a start of $ 600, allows drivers to earn valuable points for starting position in the night-night lead event. The Cedar Creek Beef Jerky USRA Modifieds offer a full program that earns the feature winner $ 750.
The Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson on Friday will also feature a $ 6,000 win feature that will earn more points for the starting lineup the next evening. USRA Modifieds are competing for a $ 750-to-Win feature that will earn more points for last night’s Main Event. The Gibsons started the Show-Me 100 in 1993 as the owners of West Plains Motor Speedway.
Saturday night’s program includes B Mains, the Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge, and the 100-Round Main Event for a win of $ 30,000, and a USRA Modified feature for a win of $ 1,500.
Last night will be even bigger as three-time CMA and ACM Country Singer of the Year, Grammy Award winner, and American patriot Lee Greenwood will serve as Grand Marshall for the action on May 29th.
Greenwood will sing the national anthem during the opening ceremonies as well as its iconic song “God Bless the USA” after the driver was introduced just before the green flag fell to start the 100 lap feature.
The daily ticket breakdown for the Show-Me 100 weekend:
May 27th: $ 25 for adults with general admission; $ 22 for seniors (62 years and older) and the military; $ 10 for teenagers (ages 6-15); FREE children (up to 5 years); $ 60 family pass; $ 100 reserved for three days; $ 35 Pit Pass, $ 100 3-Day Pit Pass.
28th of May: $ 25 General Admission Adults, $ 22 Seniors (62 years and older) and Military; $ 10 for teenagers (ages 6-15); FREE children (up to 5 years); $ 60 family pass; $ 100 reserved for three days; $ 35 Pit Pass, $ 100 3-Day Pit Pass.
May 29th: $ 35 for adult general admission, $ 32 for seniors (age 62 and older) and the military; $ 10 for teenagers (ages 6-15); FREE children (up to 5 years); $ 80 family pass; $ 40 pit pass.
For ticket information for any event during the 2021 Lucas Oil Speedway season, contact the Admissions Director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or email [email protected] Fans can also use the online ticket system.