The 2017 USRA B-Mod National Champion will race every Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland this season.

Springfield's Ryan Gillmore will drive an Allen Autosports car built by Scotty Allen and owned by Dennis Choate in the Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod division according to a release from Lucas Oil Speedway.

“It’s somewhere that we’ve wanted to race full time and it just never has worked out,” Gillmore is quoted as saying in the release. “We were going to run there full time in 2020 and we were leading points up until the night of our DQ and that pretty well put me out. Then we went to bouncing around on Saturdays."

The Ozark Golf Cars USRA B-Mod division includes fellow former USRA B-Mod National Champions Kris Jackson, JC Morton, and Andy Bryant.

Gilmore considers committing to full-time racing at Lucas Oil Speedway a new phase of his career. The driver was considering retiring from racing at the end of last season after the death of his father and long-time crew chief Gary "Bucky" Gillmore. Bucky passed away last year after a long illness that prevented him from racing with his son at the track for much of the past two seasons.

What convinced Gilmore to leave long-time friend and car builder Jerry Hoffman and drive an Allen Autosports car for Dennis Choate? Competitor JC Morton who had 14 feature wins last season.

“JC already had fast cars from years ago, but last year he won about everything there was to win,” Gillmore says in the Lucas Oil Press Release. “Me and JC drive a lot of like. We spent a lot of time growing up together and racing together. If mine and his styles are still the same, I think it’ll be OK.”

Lucas Oil Speedway's season gets underway with two test and tunes, the first on Saturday, April 9, followed by another on Saturday, April 16. After the second test and tune the "Easter Bowl 150" Enduro Race will be run.

For tickets and event information at Lucas Oil Speedway check out their website.

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