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From first feature win to Lucas Oil Speedway Street Stock track championship, Ott enjoyed a memorable 2017

WHEATLAND, Missouri (November 14, 2017) - Among the four track champions in 2017 at Lucas Oil Speedway, perhaps there was no more popular one among the local fans than Toby Ott in the Big O Tires Street Stocks.

The long-time hometown racer from Wheatland, after a few weeks to reflect on a first championship that included five feature victories, said the title "means a heck of a lot more than I ever thought it would."

Ott said the prizes and perks are obviously wonderful, but said the handshakes and pats on the back - often from strangers - top everything.

"I've had responses from fans and people that are somewhat local, people that I didn't even realize were race fans," Ott said. "I've had people say, 'I never really cared about the races, but you were running there so I started going.' That's pretty neat."

Ott, who has been racing dirt since 2002, began the season with the goal of capturing a track championship. This despite never winning a feature on his hometown oval before finally breaking through - after many near-misses - for the first time on May 13.

Winning soon became a habit as Ott added four more feature triumphs and opened a comfortable points lead heading into the home stretch of the schedule. He finished 74 points in front of runner-up Kenny Carroll.

"The first win taught me what it takes to win," Ott said. "It's one thing to be leading the whole race, but it's another thing to close the deal. Once I figured that out, it pretty much opened the door. I didn't keep making the same mistakes.

"You learn a tremendous amount when you win. There's a lot of people who have led a lot of laps that haven't been able to completely close the deal with the end result. So it makes a tremendous difference getting that first one under your belt."

Ott cited a couple of other keys to his season. One was opening himself to accepting support from others. While that might sound simple, he said that wasn't the case for someone who always preferred "to do most everything myself."

"I found out that it takes help and support. You can't be successful by trying to do everything, yourself, all the time," Ott said.

Specific help came from Trey Rutherford, his dad Bob Ott and Don Howe. Even Chris Davis of sponsor Midwest Sheet Metal sometimes pitched in on race nights and always provided moral support.

Another key was the commitment to running a GM crate motor in 2017. Ott said the crate costs less than half of the open motors a lot guys in the Street Stock division run. While sacrificing some horsepower, the crate proved a great fit to Ott's driving style and pocketbook.

"I've always tried to do more, with less," he said. "I wanted to give the crate deal a shot. From what I understood about it, I knew how dependable and reliable it is. (Modified racer) Mike Striegel made me a really good deal on it. I bought it used from him, so I have to give Mike a big thanks as well. He knew what it could do."

Ott's sponsors include Jeff Freeman and Hobbytime Motorsports, where Ott is a service manager. He also gets support from Midwest Sheet Metal, TNT Quick Shop, Striegel's Outlaw Race Bodies, Buck's Service Center and Loehr Auto Sales and Construction.

Looking ahead, Ott is uncertain about making a run at a repeat championship because the commitment to points race is so intense. But he always will have the title "track champion" alongside his name from now on. That never can be erased.

Complete Lucas Oil Speedway event information, archived stories, ticket info and the tentative 2018 schedule can be found by visiting LucasOilSpeedway.com.

Lucas Oil Speedway is located at Highways 83 and 54 in Wheatland, Missouri. A campground with shower and bathroom facilities is also available. With its entrance located just outside the pit gate this sprawling scenic camping facility will continue to enhance the racing experience at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks.

Click LucasOilSpeedway.com for more information and detailed directions to the speedway or call the Track Hotline at (417) 282-5984.

In addition, fans can get social with Lucas Oil Speedway by following @LucasSpeedway on Twitter, clicking "Like" at www.facebook.com/LucasOilSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/LucasOilSpeedway

Wheatland's Toby Ott won his first-ever feature at Lucas Oil Speedway on May 13, then went on to win four more times in 2017. (Kenny Shaw photo)


Dan Robinson
Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager
Lucas Oil MLRA Series Director
Office: (417) 282-5984


About Lucas Oil Speedway
Lucas Oil Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the top five race tracks in the nation. Located in Wheatland, Missouri, approximately an hour from Springfield, Missouri, and just a quick hour and a half from the Kansas City metro area, dubbed the "Diamond of Dirt Tracks," Lucas Oil Speedway certainly lives up to the 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. 2017 marked the 7th season for the Liquid Quarter Mile Drag Racing Lake, Lake Lucas. Two nationally televised Drag Boat Races featuring the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series were held in 2017. New for 2017 was all new purpose build Off Road Racing facility featuring the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as well as a host of other regional events.

Lucas Oil Speedway hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Midwest! National and regional touring series appear frequently for Special Events on the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. 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.

In addition to the incredible Special Events, the Lucas Oil Speedway Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series features the Warsaw Auto Marine & RV ULMA Late Models, Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds, Big O Tires Street Stocks and the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mods, racing weekly.

2017 Official Lucas Oil Speedway Marketing Partners
Bill Roberts Chevrolet-Buick
"The Official Truck" of Lucas Oil Speedway

Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper
"The Official Soft Drink" of Lucas Oil Speedway

E3 Spark Plugs
"The Official Spark Plug" of Lucas Oil Speedway

"The Official Insurance" of Lucas Oil Speedway

General Tire
"The Official Tire" of Lucas Oil Speedway

Lucas Oil Products
"The Official Oil" of Lucas Oil Speedway

"The Official Television Network" of Lucas Oil Speedway

Optima Batteries
"The Official Battery" of Lucas Oil Speedway

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Spartan Mowers
"The Official Mower of Lucas Oil Speedway"

Sunoco Race Fuels
"The Official Fuel" of Lucas Oil Speedway

2017 Lucas Oil Speedway Supporters Include:
Advanced Automotive Repair, ALPS Food Store, AM Pyrotechnics, American Broadband, American Racer Race Tires, Andy's Frozen Custard, AR Bodies, Ash Grove Aggregates, ASI Racewear, The BarnWood Inn, Benton County Tire, Berry Tractor and Equipment Co., Big Adventure RV, Big O Tires, Bill Roberts Chevrolet-Buick, Bolivar Farmers Exchange-MFA, Bridal Cave, BWI Sanitation, Candlelight Creations-Dick's Wild Root Horseradish, Carson's Corner Napa Auto Parts, Casey's General Stores, Chix Gear Racewear, Citizens Memorial Healthcare, Clearlight Inn, Comfort Inn-Bolivar, Crappie Hole Bar & Grill, DirtonDirt.com, Dr. Petteway-D.D.S, Eibach Springs, Elite Auto Repair, Fast Shafts by Axle Exchange, Foley Equipment-Cat Rental Store, FORR-Local 27, Frogs Signs, Happy Trails RV Center, Hermitage Lumber, Hobbytime Motorsports, Hoosier Race Tires, Impact Signs Awnings Wraps, inthepits.net, In the Garden of Eden, Jake's Corner Cafe, JH Custom Wheel & Accessory, Kenny Carroll Excavating, Kettle Treats, Keyser Manufacturing, Kluhsman Racing Components, Kona Ice, Lawless Harley-Davidson, Lucas Cattle Company, Midwest Low-E Insulation, Midwest Sheet Metal, National Wild Turkey Federation, Nemo Quarry, NMI/VMG Marketing Group, OakStar Bank, O'Bannon Bank, Old Kinderhook Golf Resort, Oil & Octane Shop, Out-Pace Racing Products, Ozark Golf Cars, Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper, Ozarks Insurance Agency, Petro Stopping Centers, Pitts Homes, Pitts Realty, Pitts Cattle, PolyDock Products, Presto-X, QC Moto, RACEceiver, RaceNote, Racinboys.com, RacinDirt.com, RacingJunk.com, Rains Ice Company, Real Racing Wheels, Ron Jenkins Accounting & Tax Service, Route 66 Biker Gear, S & H Farm Supply, SBU Athletics, Scott Furniture, Shadow Lake Golf Course, Sidetrack RV Park, Sleep Inn-Camdenton, Southwest Electric Cooperative, Spartan Mowers, Stillwater Resort, Sunoco Race Fuels, Sunflower Resort, Tom & Jenn's Discount Cigarettes & Liquor, Travel Centers of America, US Army Corps of Engineers-Pomme de Terre, Warsaw Auto Marine & RV, Wheatland Motel, Wheeler & Sons Livestock Auction, White's Marine Center, Whitetail Trophy Hunt, Wild Animal Safari.

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