Lucas Oil Products, yesterday, announced the purchase of the Lucas Oil MLRA from Allen (Cowboy) and Harriett Chancellor. For the past sixteen years, both Harriett and Cowboy have been at the helm of the nation’s second longest, continually operating, Dirt Late Model sanction. “I’ve enjoyed it, we both have,” commented Harriett on their time spent running the series. “Hopefully we’ve done it some good too. We really had to work at it year round. It isn’t just a summer thing for us. We met a lot of fantastic people along the way too.” The Chancellors inherited a series void of a title sponsor following the 1996 season, and quickly brought on O’Reilly Auto Parts. Later they partnered with Lucas Oil Products, first as a presenting sponsor, then for the last three seasons as the title sponsor.
With this upcoming weekend’s two features, the Lucas Oil MLRA will have contested 551 features, good enough for third overall among active Late Model sanctions. Harriett and Cowboy oversaw 355 of those shows. Five different drivers secured championships over their tenure. Leslie Essary and Rex McCroskey each notched one. With this year’s title, John Anderson will have three. Alan Vaughn took four of his five, racing for Cowboy and Harriett. Al Purkey, who was undoubtedly the face of the series for many years, scored all seven of his series Championships in the sixteen year time frame.
“Of all the series I raced, Cowboy and Harriett did it because they loved racing and not for the money,” commented Purkey. “Racers knew they were fair with everybody. They just genuinely loved the sport. It’s going to be a sad time for sure.” Purkey’s forty-nine wins places him second on the Lucas Oil MLRA All-Time Wins list. He plans to compete at Lakeside Speedway this weekend, albeit in his new modified.
Harriett and Cowboy will continue to see the series through the Championship Banquet held November 20, 2012, at Harrah’s Casino in Kansas City, Missouri. Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager, Dan Robinson, was appointed Series Director. He and his staff will operate the series from their Wheatland, Missouri offices.
The last race of the 2012 season will take place this weekend at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. There is always a loaded field for the mega event, encompassing many of the top drivers in the Midwest. The Friday show will pay $3,000 to win, and Saturday will pay the winner $5,000.
Lakeside Speedway Information
Gates: Grandstand 5:00 PM, Pits 11:00 AM Friday
Racing: Hot Laps 6:45 PM, Racing 7:30 PM
Admission: $22 in advance, $25 day of race, limited reserve seating available call 913-299-2040, $40 pit passes or $60 for a two day pit pass
Support Class: Modifieds ($1,500 to win Friday and $2,000 to win Saturday)
Website: Lakeside Speedway.net
by Trenton Berry