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November 13, 2021

Bill Allen receives Forrest Lucas Lifetime Achievement Award during Lucas Oil Speedway's Championship Banquet

Lucas Oil Speedway's Postseason Awards Banquet was held on Saturday night at Margaritaville Lake Resort Lake of the Ozarks. Bill Allen received the Forrest Lucas Lifetime Achievement Award from speedway General Manager Danny Lorton.
OSAGE BEACH, MO. (Nov. 13, 2021) - Lucas Oil Speedway paid tribute to its stars of the 2021 season plus one of the iconic figures in Ozarks racing history during its annual Championship Banquet and Awards Presentation on Saturday night at Margaritaville Lake Resort Lake of the Ozarks.
Bill Allen, who's spent more than 60 years in the sport, was named the fifth recipient of the Forrest Lucas Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions both on and off to the track.
Meanwhile, driver Dillon McCowan of Urbana not only was recognized for his championship in the Cedar Creek Beef Jerky USRA Modified division, the 17-year-old star won fan voting for Most Popular Driver along with having Best Appearing Race Car as determined by speedway personnel.
"It was a great way to conclude our season, recognizing all of those who not only won championships but finished in the top 10 of points," Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager Danny Lorton said. "Congratulations to all who made it another successful season at Lucas Oil Speedway."
McCowan edged O'Reilly Auto Parts USRA Stock Cars driver Darren Phillips by one vote in Most Popular Driver voting to win that award for the first time. Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod driver JC Morton was third.
Other division champions recognized were Cole Henson of Russellville, a repeat winner in the ULMA Late Models; Lebanon's Kris Jackson, celebrating his sixth Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod title and Waynesville's David Hendrix in the O'Reilly Auto Parts USRA Stock Cars.
The program concluded with the announcement of Allen as winner of the Forrest Lucas Lifetime Achievement Award. Allen, a Wheatland native, has done a little of everything on the racing scene as a driver, track owner and promoter while known as someone who always had a passion for the sport.
Allen's racing story began more than 60 years ago while he began racing a 1953 Ford with the No. 13 on its side at the old Humansville Speedway. Later, the baby blue No. 1 would become his signature.
The early racing run was brief as Allen enlisted at age 25 and went to fight for his country in the Vietnam war. He returned home to Wheatland after his service was complete and, after a nine-year break from racing, resumed a successful and winning career.
One of his best years came in 1972 when he won every race at Humansville. He loved racing at the Springfield Fairgrounds where he raced with other greats during the track's glory years of competition, including his friend Rex Merritt until about 1983.
Allen also competed at Lebanon and Bolivar and was a regular on both dirt and asphalt. He competed at the Bolivar Speedway for parts of four decades.
About 1996, he bought 20 acres in Urbana and told wife Patty he planned to build a race track. Dallas County Speedway opened in July of 1997 and has been a staple of the area racing scene ever since.
As a track owner and promoter, Allen helped introduce the Ozarks to B-Mod racing as an alternative to the higher-cost Modified division. Bill was honored by the Ozarks Area Racers Foundation Hall of Fame in 2009.
Bill's son, Scotty Allen, has had three words on every race car he's ever run - "God, Family, Racing" - saying those were the most important lessons he learned from his father.
Allen joins previous Forrest Lucas Lifetime Achievement Award winners Rex Merritt (2017), Jim Ruble (2018), Kevin Fletcher (2019) and Kent Smith (2020).
Top 10 points for 2021 Lucas Oil Speedway season
ULMA Late Models
1, Cole Henson, Russellville. 2, Johnny Fennewald, Appleton City. 3, Tucker Cox, Jefferson City. 4, Larry Ferris, Nevada. 5, Dalton Imhoff, Jamestown. 6, Todd droppable-1636862067811McCoin, Barnett. 7, Larry Jones, El Dorado Springs. 8, Matt Becker, Rich Fountain. 9, Chad Richwine, Raymore. 10, JC Morton, Springfield.
Cedar Creek Beef Jerky USRA Modifieds
1, Dillon McCowan, Urbana. 2, Jason Pursley, Hermitage. 3, Ryan Middaugh, Fulton. 4, Paden Phillips, Chanute, Kansas. 5, Chase Jones, El Dorado Springs. 6, Tracy Wolf, Buffalo. 7, Kyle Thompson, Joplin. 8, Chase Domer, Nevada. 9, Lucas Dobbs, El Dorado Springs. 10, Donny Fellers, Wheatland.
Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods
1, Kris Jackson, Lebanon. 2, JC Morton, Springfield. 3, Andy Bryant, Fort Scott, Kansas. 4, JC Newell, Buffalo. 5, Dayton Pursley, Hermitage. 6, Shawn Whitman, Fair Grove. 7, Jerry Ellis, Richland. 8, Quentin Taylor, Wheatland. 9, Eric Turner, Hermitage. 10, Wesley Briggs, Lebanon.
O’Reilly Auto Parts USRA Stock Cars
1, David Hendrix, Waynesville. 2, Robert White, Lebanon. 3, Darren Phillips. 4, Christopher Sawyer, Buffalo. 5, Craig Wright, Arma, Kansas. 6, Ed Griggs, Pleasant Hill. 7, Scott Johnson, Nevada. 8, Burl Woods, Republic. 9, Derek Brown, Stoutland. 10, Doug Keller, Easton.
Lucas Oil Speedway recently announced its tentative 2022 schedule. The season fires up with an Open Test & Tune on April 16 and the season-opening 9th annual Lucas Oil MLRA Spring Nationals set for April 22-23.
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Danny Lorton
Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager
Office: (417) 282-5984 
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Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five racing facilities in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just an hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, the "Diamond of Dirt Tracks" lives up to its 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. This year marks the ninth season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, "Lake Lucas." New for 2017 was all-purpose built Off Road facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.
Lucas Oil Speedway's dirt oval track plays host to some of the largest and most-popular events in the Midwest with national and regional touring series appearing frequently including: 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. 
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