Bellm seeks "hometown track" breakthrough as ASCS Sprints return to Lucas Oil SpeedwayKyle Bellm of Nixa, Mo., scored a Sizzlin' Speedweek win on the ASCS National Tour on Saturday at Route 66 Speedway in Amarillo, Texas. (Bobby Thomas photo)

Wheatland, Missouri (June 14, 2017) - Coming to Lucas Oil Speedway always is a treat for Kyle Bellm just because it's a little more than an hour's drive for his hometown of Nixa, Mo. Lots of friends and family show up to cheer him on.

"It's always fun to race in front of what for us is a hometown crowd," Bellm said. 'Wheatland is what we consider our hometown track because it's the closest track we race that has Sprint Cars every year."

But recent results there haven't been all that pleasant for the 26-year-old. Bellm might even feel he's due a little good fortune when he returns to Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday for the Lucas Oil ASCS Winged Sprint National Tour's Bob Westphal Memorial Cup Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek Finale.

A little more than a month ago, during an ASCS Warrior Region event at Lucas, Bellm went upside down early in the feature race. A promising night, following a last-to-first heat-race win, quickly was ruined.

"We've had some really good runs in the past at Wheatland," Bellm said. "That last one, we were really fast. We started last in the heat and won it, then redrew the eight unfortunately (feature start invert), then tried a little too hard and made a mistake.

"We had a rocket ship for a race car. It we can take our notes from what we learned from that race and cut out some driver error, we've got a really good shot this time."

Bellm returns to the Ozarks with some momentum. He won Night Two of seven-race Sizzlin' Speedweek Series on Saturday at Route 66 Speedway in Amarillo, Texas, earning $4,000. That snapped a two-year victory drought on the national tour and was a definite shot in the arm.

Action continued Tuesday night at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas., where Bellm was 16th. Other stops before Lucas Oil Speedway are Wednesday at Lawton (Okla.) Speedway; Thursday at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla. and Friday at Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo.

With two top-five finishes in eight starts prior to Wednesday, Bellm ranks 11th in ASCS National Tour points.

"It means a lot," Bellm said of the Saturday win. "It's especially good on a Speedweek like this where you're running seven races. If you have a bad night, it's hard to bounce back. Hopefully we can ride that momentum out for the rest of the week."

Consistency is the biggest thing Bellm said has been lacking.

"When we've run good, we've really run good; when we've had an off night, it's really been off," Bellm said. "We haven't had much in between."

Bellm said that Speedweek can be a grind, both mentally and physically with not only the race schedule but long hauls in between.

"But if you're running good, you can't wait to get to the next one," he said. "If you have a bad night, the best thing you can do is forget about it and move on to the next one. You can get down on yourself pretty easy. You have to start every night like it's a new one."

It's not lost on Bellm what a victory at Lucas Oil Speedway would mean to his team, whose primary sponsor is Resource Asset Management Solutions (RAMS). He's been close there before, with a runner-up a couple of years ago - but never celebrated in front of friends and family in victory lane.

He figures this would be a perfect time to cast aside the recent struggles.

"I've gotten close," he said. "But recently we've been on a little spell there. We didn't have a very good Hockett Memorial last year, then got tangled up earlier this year. So yeah, we're looking forward to some redemption."

Also on hand will be the Lucas Oil POWRi WAR Sprint Car Series, featuring the top non-wing Sprint Car drivers in the region.

Father's Day Recliner Giveaway: On the eve of Father's Day, one lucky dad will win a "Layflat Electric Recliner" courtesy of Scott Furniture in Osecola. Registration will take place at the Protect the Harvest display on the midway with a drawing for the winner held during intermission.

Gates open at 5 p.m. Saturday with hot laps at and racing at 7:35.

(Ticket prices)
Adults (16 and up) $25
Seniors (62 and up)/Military $22
Youth (ages 6-15) $10
Kids (5-and-under) Free
Family Pass $50
Pit Pass $40

For ticket information on all all events at Lucas Oil Speedway, contact admission director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or by email at Nichole@LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

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About Lucas Oil Speedway

Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five race tracks in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just a quick hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, dubbed the "Diamond of Dirt Tracks," Lucas Oil Speedway certainly lives up to the title.]

Twenty-One VIP Luxury Suites, HD Jumbo-Tron Screen, Stadium Style Musco Sports Lighting, a Bose Sound System, Go-Kart Slick Track, The Diamond Bar, Track Treasures Gift Shop, the best track food in the country and paved pits are a few of the spectacular amenities setting the Diamond of Dirt apart. 2017 marks the 7th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series will be held in 2017. New for 2017 will be an all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, POWRi Midget National Series, Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League, United States Modified Touring Series, ASCS Sprint Cars and the Lucas Oil MLRA.   

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

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