KLMS Back in Action; Tanner English Wins LM Feature!
(April 12, 2014) Hometown favorite Tanner English won the UMP Late Model feature race Saturday night as Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway reopened after three years of inactivity. English, of nearby Benton, Ky., led all the way in the 20-lap main event. His father, 2000 UMP national champion Terry English, made a last-lap pass of Clayton Miller to take second place. Terry English was the track’s first Late Model champion in 1998.

Another local driver from the racing family from Marshall County, Troy English of Calvert City, won the Pro (Crate) Late Model feature, with Tait Davenport of Benton, Ky., second and Jeff Walston of Paducah, Ky., third. Trent Young of Hopkinsville, Ky., won the Modified feature. He finished ahead of Clayton Miller, of Elkton, Ky., who did double-duty in the Late Model and open-wheel classes. Michael Turner was third.

Tony Cruse of Paducah, Ky., captured the Stock Car feature ahead of Michael Hendrickson and Kassidi Gibbs. The 3/8-mile dirt oval reopened under new ownership with a field of 64 cars in four divisions. A sizable crowd was on hand to watch the event. | full results

Attention Drivers! Send Us Your Profile Information!!!
(April 9, 2014) As the 2014 season opener nears at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway, track officials are asking drivers to send in your profile information for a drivers section in the new KLMS website, which will launch soon. Simply send an email to klms@jbtt.net including your name, class, car number, hometown, and a picture of yourself. Thank you for your help in this matter!!!

Ticket Prices Confirmed for April Races; Details Announced for Opener!
(April 3, 2014) Regular-event ticket prices will be in effect for the first two racing programs at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway on April 12 and 19, with grandstand admission set at $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 60 and older and no charge for children 10 and under. For the grand opening special Bluegrass Nationals on April 26, grandstand admission will be $25, with seniors admitted for $15 and free admission for children 10 and under. Pit admission for all three events will be $45 for driver and car and $30 for individuals.

For the April 12 and 19 events, the pit gate will open at 3 p.m. and spectator gate at 4. The drivers meeting is scheduled for 5, with practice and qualifying to get under way at 5:30. The schedule of events for the Bluegrass Nationals will be announced in the near future.

The same four divisions – UMP Late Model, UMP Modified, UMP Pro (Crate) Late Model and UMP Stock Car – will fill out the field for all three nights of racing. In the first two programs, Late Model competitors will race for $1,000 to win in a 25-lap main event that will be the feature attraction of regular weekly programs. The Modified feature will be 25 laps, with $700 to the winner; Pro Late Models will run 20 laps for a $600 first-place payoff; and Stock Cars will run 20 laps with $500 going to the winner.

The Bluegrass Nationals will offer first-place prize money of $10,000, $5,000, $3,000 and $2,500 to the four classes, respectively. Parking is free and overnight camping on the speedway grounds is available at no charge. There are no facilities for campers.

KLMS to Open with Three April Events; Bluegrass Nationals to Pay $10k
(March 28, 2014) Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway will resume operation with a pair of regular Saturday night programs scheduled for April 12 and 19 and will present a grand opening special, the Bluegrass Nationals, on April 26. The Bluegrass Nationals will be headlined by a 40-lap race for UMP Late Model stock cars paying $10,000 to the winner.

“We wanted to make up for the big race that we had to cancel,” track co-owner Ronnie Jones said, referring to a Bluegrass Nationals race program that was originally slated for March 27-29. “But we wanted to get a few regular programs under our belts first to make sure the track was what we wanted it to be for the big event.”

Late Model competitors will race for $1,000 to win in a 25-lap main event that will be the feature attraction of regular weekly programs, including the events scheduled for April 12 and 19.

UMP Modified, Pro (Crate) Late Models and Stock Cars will also be on each of the three programs. In the Bluegrass Nationals event, the Modified feature will be a 30-lapper with $5,000 first-place prize money. Pro Late Models will run 25 laps for $3,000 to win and Stock Cars will have a 20-lap main event paying $2,500 to the winner. In the track’s regular weekly program, those classes will run for first-place payoffs of $700, $600 and $500, respectively.

Each week, two classes will be chosen at random to qualify in time trials to determine starting positions, while the other two classes will draw for starting positions in preliminary heat races, with the finishing order in the heats determining the feature lineup. As many as 30 cars will start each feature race, and all 30 positions will earn prize money.

For the Bluegrass Nationals, Late Model will be one of the two classes to run time trials. The fastest qualifier will receive a $500 payoff. More information about the three races and other plans for the season will be released soon!

Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway Secures UMP Sanction
(March 18, 2014) Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway is set to join the United Midwest Promoters (UMP) as a sanctioned track. General manager Tommy House announced Monday evening that negotiations had been finalized with UMP. The agreement links the speedway with Concord, N.C.-based DIRTcar Racing.

Drivers competing at the track will earn points for track and national UMP points and will be eligible for season championship prize money. KLMS will also be eligible for special events sanctioned by UMP.

NDRL Bluegrass Nationals Event Canceled...
(March 17, 2014) The National Dirt Racing League’s Bluegrass Nationals race at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway, announced March 12 as postponed, has been canceled. The NDRL posted on its website today that the event had been canceled.

“It is extremely unfortunate that we won’t be able to have the Bluegrass Nationals,” NDRL series director Kelley Carlton said. "The series is off to a strong start in early events this year. We are very limited on available dates, so to lose a good one is tough,” Carlton went on to say. “And at this point, it would really hard to reschedule at a different venue and be able to do a good job of promoting to have a successful event.”

The race was scheduled for March 27-29. KLMS management agreed with the decision, citing the extreme weather conditions that have prevented restoration of the 3/8-mile track, which has been inactive for three years. Speedway management hopes to begin racing as soon as possible, but only after conditions allow proper preparation of the track.

NDRL Bluegrass Nationals at KLMS Postponed...
(March 12, 2014) The National Dirt Racing League’s Bluegrass Nationals race at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway has been postponed. Track co-owner Ronnie Jones said NDRL President John Kennedy needed to know whether the track would be ready for the event, scheduled two weeks away on March 27-29.

“I told him, I just didn’t think we could have the racetrack ready,” Jones said. “The weather just has not cooperated with us. We had one great day [Tuesday] and now it’s blowing and raining again, and we just didn’t want to take a chance.”

The NDRL staged two non-points events in January at Tucson, Ariz., and El Paso, Texas, and opened its championship season Feb. 27-March 1 at East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City, Ala. A second race was held March 6-8 at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn. The Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway program was to be the third on the NDRL schedule. Next up for the series is a one-night event at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway in Imperial, Pa.

Jones said the track and the NDRL will work to reschedule the event at a later date. No advance ticket sales were made, but Jones said fans who have already made reservations for luxury VIP boxes will be contacted individually. Jones said he hopes an opening event can be held as soon as Saturday, April 5, but he repeated the desire to not cut any corners just to get the track back into operation.

“If it stays cold and wet, we just won’t be able to get the track ready for racing, and we’re not going to try to race on it until it is ready,” he said. The 3/8-mile dirt oval has been idle the past three years and has had very limited activity since 2009, which means that the racing surface has to be almost entirely rebuilt. “It was one of the best tracks in America,” Jones said, “and we don’t want to do anything but make it even better than it was.”

Weather Hampers Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway Re-Opening
(March 10, 2014) The management of Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway wish they could give a definite answer to the question many fans have posed: When will the track re-open? Unfortunately, the answer to that question is as clear as – well, mud. There’s a lot of moisture left behind by the melting away of all the snow and ice that fell on the region, and on the 3/8-mile dirt oval, in recent weeks.

“We’re pedaling as fast as we can,” co-owner Ronnie Jones said. “But we can’t control the weather.”

A three-day event sanctioned by the National Dirt Racing League has been penciled in on the KLMS calendar for several weeks, but Jones said it depends on the weather if the race will be run as scheduled or if will have to be postponed. Jones, co-owner Jim Hale and track general manager Tommy House are united in feeling that they’d rather wait than try to run on a track that is anything less than ready for racing.

“You only get one chance to make a first impression,” said House, a 25-year veteran of the NASCAR organization. “We hope fans will be patient and understand that we can’t make the mud dry up,” House said. “We don’t want to just present a program. We want to present a first-class program that racers and spectators can enjoy.”

The situation is different from tracks that have been operating on a regular basis in recent years, House pointed out. A great deal more track preparation is required at KLMS, which has set idle and unattended for the better part of the last five years, and with no activity at all the past there years. Jones and Hale purchased the speedway at auction in June for $990,000. Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway was built by Dwight and Keith Greer and opened in 1997. It is considered by fans and racers as one of the finest short tracks in America.

Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway Names Announcer & Starter
(February 13, 2014) Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway has named Billy Egeler as track announcer and John Westerfield as starter. Both are from Owensboro, Ky.

Egeler, 40, has worked as an announcer in various motor sports events at tracks such as Kentucky Motor Speedway in Owensboro, Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green, Soggy Bottom Raceway (now Cedar Ridge Speedway) in Morgantown, Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., and Paducah International Raceway. For the past nine years, he has worked as host of an auto racing radio program, Radio Goes Racing, on WKTG-FM in Madisonville. He has also promoted racing events and previously worked as a volunteer crew member for local racers.

Westerfield, 28, is following in the footsteps of his father, Les Westerfield, a 27-year veteran official with NASCAR who is presently race director of the K&N Pro East Series and also works with NASCAR’s Research and Development department.
He began work as a flagman in 2005 at Windy Hollow Speedway in Owensboro and has served in that job the past three years at Western Kentucky Speedway in Nebo in northern Hopkins County.

2014 KLMS Rules will be Based on UMP’s Top Four Classes!
(January 6, 2014) Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway will field at least four classes of racecars competing under regulations based on United Midwest Promoters (UMP) rules, general manager Tommy House has announced. Super Late Model, Pro (Crate) Late Model, Modified and Street Stock will be on the regular Saturday night programs, all featuring UMP-legal cars.

House responded to inquiries from competitors who are making plans for the 2014 season, and emphasized that KLMS intends to be a user-friendly venue for racers who have been competing at area racetracks such as Paducah International Raceway.

“If you have a car that you were able to race at Paducah, you will be able to race it here,” House said. "Other classes that may compete on a regular or infrequent basis are still under consideration. No agreement with any other sanctioning body has been reached at this time."

No specific opening date has been announced, House said, because of the impact of inclement weather on work to make renovations and repairs to the track and its infrastructure after some five years of limited of no activity. The intention is to race on a weekly basis beginning in March and lasting through October.


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