Severe storms barreled through south central Missouri on Monday night, causing a number of injuries and heavy damage to the area, including significant damage to Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri, about two hours southeast of Kansas City.
According to a media release from track officials, “The storm moved into the area shortly before midnight and damaged several buildings, destroyed the grandstands at the off-road track and also damaged some of the grandstands at the dirt track. There also was damage in the campground and debris was scattered throughout the facility. Several vehicles on-site were toppled, including some campers that had arrived for the weekend.”
Storm damage at the off-road track at the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri. pic.twitter.com/7BGwdgNSef
— Lexi Spivak (@LexiSpivakTV) May 21, 2019
UPDATE: 11 injured after severe storms hit Wheatland in Hickory Co. Here’s what’s left of the grandstands at Lucas Oil Speedway. @kytv @ksprnews @LexiSpivakTV #stormdamage –#lucasoil #severewx pic.twitter.com/BosHKa7MMX
— Maria Neider (@KY3MariaNeider) May 21, 2019
There were several injuries reported at the RV park located nearby. Investigators were trying to determine if the storm actually spawned a tornado that caused the damage.
The storms left the track without power and forced officials to cancel this weekend’s Lucas Oil Show-Me 100, one of the its biggest races of the year.
Lucas Oil Speedway general manager Danny Lorton said in the media release that this weekend’s racing – which is considered part of the “Crown Jewel of dirt Late Models” – would be rescheduled at a future date. Lorton said the earliest some announcement may be made is Tuesday.
Also in the media release, track racing operations director Dan Robinson noted, “Our first thoughts are for the people of the Wheatland community and the area and we are thankful that there were no fatalities. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who were affected.”
Check out the following social media posts:
— Lucas Oil Speedway (@lucasspeedway) May 21, 2019
Here’s what the newly-covered grandstand at the Lucas Oil Speedway looks like this morning follow severe weather overnight in Wheatland, MO pic.twitter.com/KDqZaedLu7
— Lauren Barnas KOLR10 (@LaurenBarnas) May 21, 2019
Lots of devastating damage over at @lucasspeedway. Hoping everyone is ok. Thank god the guys didn’t pull up in the pit area any further. You can see, just in front of hauler..everything is leveled. ]]>🙏