July not only brings warmer temperatures, but a number of big shows to area short tracks across the state. Race fans will have plenty of opportunities to see their favorite local drivers tangle with some of the best from the traveling series’ that are scheduled to make stops throughout the month.
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will close out the month of June in Ohio and open the month of July in the Buckeye State with four shows in as many days. Late Models fans will get to see the series on Friday, June 30 at Portsmouth Raceway Park. The LOLMDS will then travel north for a show at Mansfield Motor Speedway on Monday, July 1, followed by a trip to Sharon Speedway on Tuesday, July 2. The series will close out its swing through Ohio on July 3 with a visit to Muskingum County Speedway. All four events pay $12,000-to-win.
Sprint car fans will see a big week of racing starting on Tuesday, July 10th. Attica Raceway Park will host the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and the 36th Annual Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic. Two nights later the series shifts to Eldora Speedway for the Kings Royal. The Jokers Wild is scheduled for Thursday, July 12, the Knight Before the Kings Royals is Friday, July 13 with the 35th Annual Kings Royal on Saturday, July 14.
The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions have one visit to Ohio in the month of July. Sharon Speedway will host the series on Saturday, July 7 for the 10th Annual Lou Blaney Memorial.
Eldora Speedway won’t be the only Ohio track with a marquee event the weekend of July 14-15. Oakshade Raceway will again host the DIRTcar Racing Summer Nationals. Late models will race for $5,000-to-win on Friday, July 13. The Summer Nationals finale will pay $10,000-to-win on Saturday, July 14. Modifieds will race both nights with compacts joining the action on Saturday.
Sandusky based ThorSport Racing and driver Matt Crafton will look to defend their title at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday, July 18 in the 6th Annual Eldora Dirt Derby. The two-day event starts on Tuesday, July 17 with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice, accompanied by a full show from the modifieds and stocks. Both the modifieds and stocks will take part in an invitational ahead of the 150-lap Eldora Dirt Derby.
NASCAR isn’t the only major series that will visit Ohio in July. The Verizon IndyCar Series will visit the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington on July 28 and 29. Josef Newgarden won at Mid-Ohio in 2017. Ohio native Graham Rahal finished 3rd in 2017 and won at Mid-Ohio in 2015.
Sandusky Speedway will be the center of the supermodified world July 26, 27 and 28 for the Hy-Miler Nationals. The three day event starts on Thursday, July 26 with Fan Appreciation Night. General admission is $1, with $1 hot dogs, $1 Pepsi products and $1 beer. Street stocks, renegades and the CRS Truck Series will be racing. The Hy-Miler Fast 40 for the International Supermodified Association will be held Friday, with the 100-lap Hy-Miler Nationals on Saturday. Modifieds will also race on Friday and Saturday.
Just as the month begins with a number of late model shows, it ends the same way. The 4th Annual Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week kicks off on Wednesday, July 25 at Jackson County Speedway. The remaining dates include Thursday, July 26 at Atomic Speedway, Friday, July 27 at Moler Raceway Park and Saturday, July 28 at Wayne County Speedway. The series will resume in August on the 3 at Brushcreek Motorsports Complex and will conclude on Saturday, August 4 at Portsmouth Raceway Park. The driver who captures the 2018 Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week Championship will also earn a provisional starting spot in the 38th Annual Dirt Track World Championship with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at Portsmouth Raceway Park in October. More news on Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week could be coming soon as a location for the August 2 show has not yet been announced.
There are plenty of great options in July. Be sure to get out to your local track and show your support. Remember to check with each track via their website or social media accounts for times, ticket prices and other important information. If you can’t make any of the events above, check out our composite schedule and support your local track.