KLMS Back in Action; Tanner
English Wins LM Feature!
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.
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 email@example.com
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
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
Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway
Secures UMP Sanction
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
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
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
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
“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
“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,
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
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
“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.