Friday, October 31, 2014

Hi everyone,
Exciting news for lightning sprint racers in Middle America. MLS and MALS have joined forces to become one super group. Last season saw record growth in car count and quality of shows in this area and both groups want to seize on this opportunity to make this area one of the premier lightning sprint groups in the nation. We are in the process of putting together our schedule for the 2015 season and hope to have it finalized within the next couple of months. So far it looks like tracks that are interested in running our class are I-35, CMS, Nevada, Double-X, Humboldt, US-50 and possible Grain Valley. Dues have been reinstated for the 2015 season. The Driver/Owner dues will be $ 50. We have attached a Membership form to be filled out and returned with your dues. Remember dues help pay for expenses the MLS accrues throughout the year in promotional cost, pit pass for workers, printed material and other experiences. Dues should be paid as soon as possible and no later than Jan 1st 2015 as expenses for next season have already began to mount. Make the checks out to Midwest Lightning Sprints.
If you were not at the meeting on Oct. 26th there are a few changes to the engine and chassis rules which will be covered in detail once the 2015 rule book has been finalized on Jan 1st 2015. Other changes for this coming season are appointed officers.
President Tom Frank 816-803-6319 cell
VP Chuck Smith 816-726-1109 cell
Race Director Mike Oskvig 816-898-6978 cell
Tech Coordinator Phil Heavelow 913-371-5212 Office
Promotions Mark Billings 573-289-7708 cell
Promotions Bob Douglas 913-522-5378 cell
As with previous years one show to help promote our class is the World of Wheels Custom Car Show. This show covers 3 days and in order to have our booth manned at all times we need several volunteers and also people to show their car. Setup is Wed Feb 11th or Thur Feb 12th . Car show starts on Fri Feb 13th at 12:00 noon and runs thru Sun at 6:00 pm. We also need volunteers to show their cars at the NKC Snake Parade Sat Mar 14th. Cars must be in the show area at 8:30 on Sat morning. Show ends about 3 pm .
Bob / Mark

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Dear Racers

Unfortunately due to a scheduling conflict at LPCFKC we have had to move our schedule joint MALS/MLS lightning sprint meeting from Nov. 2nd to Oct. 26th. Location, time and agenda have not changed. We are sorry for the confusion and inconvenience. 

Again the new meeting date is Oct 26th at 10am at Liquid and Powder Coat Finishes of Kansas City. Address is 4645 E. 11th Street, Kansas City, MO 64127

Sunday, October 12, 2014

As the dust settles on the final events of the year I think most will agree this has been a great year for our sport in our area. Thanks to the hard work of MALS / MLS and our sponsors we have seen renewed interest in our class with new racers, tracks and potential sponsors. It is never too early to start thinking about next season. Next year our class has the potential of having a 20 car field each and every night we race. As with every New Year there are new challenges and new goals. We would like to start this season on a great note and capitalize on everyone’s participation and hard work this season.

MLS and MALS will be holding a joint area lightning sprint meeting on Sunday Nov. 2nd 2014 at Liquid and Powder Coat finishes of KC at 10am. LPCFKC address is 4645 E. 11th Street, Kansas City, MO 64127, Donuts and drinks will be provided.

You do not have to be affiliated with either group to participate in this meeting. Donuts and Coffee will be provided. Topics to be covered are……
1. How to improve our class to continue its growth
2. Rules
3. Challenges
4. Tracks
5. Goals
6. National Rules
7. Other classes wanting our spot at tracks
8. Tentative Schedule
9. Others, Open floor
We value everyone’s participation and input. Please make every attempt to be present at this meeting as we are all in this sport together and have a vested interest in it as car owner or family members of car owners.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Next races for Mid-America Lightning Sprints presented by Jayhawk Millwright is a special DOUBLE header weekend. Night one will be at Chandler Motor Speedway in Chandler Indiana on Oct 10th then Concluding with the very special Allen Ruppenthal memorial Border Showdown race at Historic Tri-State speedway in Haubstadt Indiana on Oct. 11th for $650 to win!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer as there has been some great racing with great payout to be had for all Mid-America Lightning Sprint races this season. As the season is winding down there are still several shows that you can participate in. The first is this weekend on Aug. 30th for a special Labor Day weekend show at Central Missouri Speedway in Warrensburg MO, which is paying $650 to win and $100 to start. Then how about a road trip to Putnamville Indiana’s Lincoln Park Speedway for the MALS/MMSA Fall Brawl show on Sept. 20th The final show for Mid-America Lightning Sprint presented by Jayhawk Millwright racers this season is our Grand Finally double header weekend at Chandler Motor Speedway on Oct. 10th and then the next night Oct. 11th at the Historic Tri State Speedway, Haubstadt IN. This race is being dubbed the Border War show as this show will showcase the best of the best in this area from MO, IL, IN, OH, WI and other states. Both events are combined again with MMSA.

One schedule update is with possible decreased car counts at both the MALS race and the MSL race at I-35, MALS with consent of the Nevada track owner decided the prudent thing to do is cancel the Sept. 13th race and focus on races there next year.Also don’t forget that November 1st there will be a meeting to discuss the 2015 season’s rules, schedule, promotions and direction of Mid-America Lightning Sprints. Location will be announced in the next few weeks. We hope everyone that has wanted to races with MALS has and the guys who have had issues can come to one of our few remaining shows. If you want to race with the fasted winged Lightning Sprint Cars in Mid-America come race with Mid-America Lightning Sprints presented by Jayhawk Millwright

Monday, August 4, 2014

No time to rest for Mid-America Lightning Sprint drivers as our next $500 to win $125 to start race is this weekend at Nevada Speedway in Nevada MO on Aug. 9th.

This will be another special night for our drivers as they will be lined up onthe front stretch at intermission for another Meet and Greet / Autograph session with kids and fans of all ages. Children of all ages will have a chance to win a real race helmet. On this night Ryan Kent / Kent Transportation will give away his racing helmet to one lucky fan. To participate all the kids have to do is come down on the track and they will be given a ticket. 

After the Mid-America Lightning Sprints Feature is completed the winning driver will pull the winning ticket from a bowl. That lucky child will get to come down on the front stretch and be presented Ryan racing helmet from Ryan himself and celebrate in victory lane.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Mid-America Lightning Sprints Presented by Jayhawk Millwright Results from Central Missouri Speedway Aug. 2nd 2014

By CMS PR (Warrensburg, MO) — Kids Night at Central Missouri Speedway is a family event the fans as well as drivers always look forward to and last night was another special one with a large crowd on hand to witness all the action. The night was even more special for the kids, especially for the boys and girls who left the track with new bikes and backpacks from random drawings along with hundreds of goodie bags filled with various school supplies and race related trinkets.

The Mid-America Lightning Sprints returned to CMS for their second visit of the season. The opening heat race had Phil Heavelow from Buckner taking the win in a close battle with Mark Billings of Columbia, in the final heat race it was Zack Morehead from Grain Valley claiming the victory to set up the main event starting line-up. Ryan Kent was involved in a roll over wreck on the front side of the track in heat one but was okay after the incident.
Heavelow started on the front row with Mike Trent and drove low into turn one coming out of turn two at the start of the sprint feature. Meanwhile, several drivers including Zack Morehead, Billings and Bobby Layne worked hard to maintain positions in the top five. Heavelow never looked back and worked his way through lapped traffic for the Lightning Sprint feature win just in front of Trent, who posted a solid second-place finish. Morehead moved up into third after Billings pulled off for a mechanical issue. Bobby Layne moved took fourth and Luke McGee finished fifth in his first visit to the track.

Full Feature results

1-44 Phil Heavelow Buckner , Mo
2-49T Mike Trent Rocheport , Mo
3- Z8 Zach Morehead Blue Springs, Mo
4- 01 Bobby Layne Kansas City, Mo
5-13 Luke McGee El Dorado Springs, MO
6-30 Ryan Kent Lone Jack, Mo
7- 81 Aj Tice Kansas City, Ks
8- 88t M.K. Billings Kansas City, Mo
9- 85 Ken Billings Kansas City, Mo
10-71 Tony Layne Kansas City, Mo
11-10B Luke Baxter Nausha IA
12-99c Chet Yates Cameron , Mo
13-12b Rick Baxter Nausha IA
14-19 Paden Moreland  Bethany MO
15-60e Mark Billings Columbia MO
16-9s Chris Schofield Raymore MO
17-8 Bird Schofield Chilhowee MO

Heat one Results

1-44 Phil Heavelow Buckner , Mo
2-60e Mark Billings Columbia MO
3-49T Mike Trent Rocheport , Mo
4-01 Bobby Layne Kansas City, Mo
5-13 Luke McGee El Dorado Springs, MO
6-10B Luke Baxter Nausha IA
7-99c Chet Yates Cameron , Mo
8-8 Bird Schofield Chilhowee MO
9-85 MK Billings Kansas City MO

Heat two Results

1-Z8 Zach Morehead Blue Springs, Mo
2-81 Aj Tice Kansas City, Ks
3-12b Rick Baxter Nausha IA
4-85 Ken Billings Kansas City, Mo
5-9s Chris Schofield Raymore MO
6-71 Tony Layne Kansas City, Mo
7-19 Paden Moreland  Bethany MO
8-30 Ryan Kent Lone Jack, Mo