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LaSalle, IL (May 21, 2016) – Brandon Sheppard became the second home-state driver in two nights to visit Lucas Oil Victory Lane with his victory at LaSalle Speedway on Saturday Night. The 23-year-old Illinois native led all 60 laps of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned, Spring Shootout.

The driver of the Best Performance Motorsports/Rocket took his first LOLMDS win of the season over Tim McCreadie, who crossed the line in second in his Sweeteners Plus/Longhorn. McCreadie and Don O’Neal had a terrific battle for second for most of the race. O’Neal came home in third as he narrowly beat current LOLMDS points leader, Jonathan Davenport to the finish line. Shannon Babb was fifth.

“The track was pretty good for most of the race. The cushion got a little treacherous, but overall it was pretty racy. Most of the guys I was coming up on were on the bottom. I stayed up top the whole race. Hats off to the track crew for working on this track all night. Thanks to Tony Izzo Jr. for putting on all of these races this weekend.”

“I had a really good car. The Rocket Chassis and Dargie Engine were on point tonight. We have been really good the last few nights. We just haven’t had things go our way. Everything is looking up for us. Last week we had a bottom radiator hose blow out on us at Atomic while we were running in second.”

“Thanks to Randall Edwards and all of the crew for what they do. Eric Brock, my car owner and everyone at Best Performance Motorsports. The traffic was pretty crazy near the end. They were all over the place. It feels amazing to win here in my home state. I wish there could be more Lucas Oil races in Illinois.”

McCreadie got around O’Neal for second on lap 26 and then tried to chase down Sheppard in traffic. McCreadie closed to within four car lengths of Sheppard in the final ten laps, but Sheppard made his way through lapped traffic in a timely fashion to get to the finish line first.

“That was really a fun race,” said McCreadie, who is in his first full year with the LOLMDS. “I could see him up there in traffic, but he made a move on a couple of cars and that was it. I just couldn’t get close enough to throw a slider on him. We’re happy with the result. We love doing this. We love coming to Illinois to race. This year I will get to go to a lot of tracks I haven’t ever been to or been too in a while.”

“There were three guys up front who like to be aggressive. But it’s amazing we never touched each other. To run that hard and not run over each other says a lot about how talented these guys are. We will take second and head to I-80 and Wheatland next week.”

O’Neal, like Sheppard and McCreadie, was looking for his first series win of the season. “We really wanted to win badly for the Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil/ Clint Bowyer Team. We thought we had a great chance to win. We started on the pole and rolled the nose underneath the car early on, but we fought back and got a good finish.”

Completing the top ten were Chris Simpson, Brian Shirley, Dennis Erb Jr., Nick Anvelink, and Jason Feger.

In preliminary action, Brandon Sheppard set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the 34 entrants, with a lap of 12.572 seconds. Jared Landers set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 12.577 seconds. Don O’Neal, Brandon Sheppard, and Dennis Erb Jr. won their respective heat races. Jimmy Mars and Rich Bell won their respective B-Mains.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Saturday, May 21st, 2016
Spring Shootout
LaSalle Speedway – La Salle, IL

Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Jared Landers / 12.577 seconds
Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Brandon Sheppard / 12.572 seconds

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Don O'Neal, Brian Shirley, Shannon Babb, Jared Landers, Jimmy Mars, Jimmy Owens, Mike Mullen, Mike Fryer, Colton Flinner

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Tim McCreadie, Scott Schmitt, Chris Simpson, Darrell Lanigan, Ryan Unzicker, Spencer Diercks, Lyle Zanker, Kolby Vandenbergh

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (12 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Brandon Sheppard, AJ Diemel, Billy Moyer, Jr., Billy Moyer, Brent Larson, Rich Bell, Guy Volk, Mark Larson, Scott Bloomquist-DNS

QA1 Heat Race #4 Finish (12 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Dennis Erb, Jr., Jonathan Davenport, Nick Anvelink, Jason Feger, Steve Francis, Mike Mataragas, RC Whitwell, Earl Pearson, Jr.

Fast Shafts B-Main #1 Finish (15 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Jimmy Mars, Jimmy Owens, Ryan Unzicker, Mike Mullen, Kolby Vandenbergh, Mike Fryer, Spencer Diercks, Colton Flinner, Lyle Zanker

Keyser MFG B-Main #2 Finish (15 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Rich Bell, Mike Mataragas, Steve Francis, Brent Larson, Guy Volk, Mark Larson, Scott Bloomquist, RC Whitwell, Earl Pearson, Jr.-DNS

Feature Finish (60 Laps):

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN MONEY EARNED
1 2 B5 Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL $12,800
2 3 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $6,200
3 1 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN $4,300
4 8 6 Jonathan Davenport Mount Airy, NC $3,850
5 9 18 Shannon Babb Mowequa, IL $2,250
6 11 32X Chris Simpson Oxford, IA $1,800
7 5 3s Brian Shirley Chatham, IL $1,500
8 4 28e Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL $2,000
9 12 15A Nick Anvelink Bonduel, WI $1,200
10 16 25F Jason Feger Bloomington, IL $1,100
11 14 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR $1,075
12 13 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR $1,750
13 15 15L Darrell Lanigan Union, KY $1,725
14 10 21jr Billy Moyer, Jr. Batesville, AR $1,000
15 23 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $1,800
16 22 15F Steve Francis Bowling Green, KY $1,000
17 18 21B Rich Bell Sheffield, IL $1,000
18 24 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL $1,800
19 19 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $1,800
20 25 75 Colton Flinner Allison Park, PA $100
21 6 58 AJ Diemel Elk Mound, WI $1,000
22 7 10 Scott Schmitt Tonica, IL $1,000
23 17 28m Jimmy Mars Menomonie, WI $1,000
24 20 1m Mike Mataragas DeKalb, IL $1,000
25 21 24x Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL $1,000


Race Statistics
Entrants: 34
Lap Leaders: Brandon Sheppard (Laps 1 – 50)
Cautions: Darrell Lanigan, Jimmy Mars, Scott Bloomquist, Ryan Unzicker, Colton Flinner, Jared Landers (Start); Scott Schmitt (Lap 18); AJ Diemel (Lap 22); Debris (Lap 25)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Scott Bloomquist, Earl Pearson Jr.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: Colton Flinner
Wrisco Feature Winner: Brandon Sheppard
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Chris Simpson (Started: 11th; Finished: 6th; Advanced 5 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Chris Simpson
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Don O’Neal
Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: Colton Flinner
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Pro Power Race Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Randall Edwards (Brandon Sheppard)
Fastest Lap of the Race: Brandon Sheppard (Lap #35 – 13.4684 seconds)
Most Laps Led: Brandon Sheppard (50 Laps)
PFC Brakes Tough Break Award: Jared Landers
Time of Race: 32 minutes 09 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS SEASON MONEY
1 6 Jonathan Davenport Mount Airy, NC 3095 $116,300
2 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 2910 $132,375
3 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 2735 $52,000
4 B5 Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL 2725 $52,475
5 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 2675 $42,950
6 15L Darrell Lanigan Union, KY 2670 $37,875
7 28e Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL 2565 $36,775
8 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 2520 $42,525
9 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 2415 $37,375
10 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 2410 $39,825
11 15F Steve Francis Bowling Green, KY 2215 $23,650
12 75 Colton Flinner â Allison Park, PA 1580 $7,125


*Points are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*


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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Official Sponsors Include:

ASi Racewear - "The Official Merchandise Vendor" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
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GEICO - "The Official Insurance" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
General Tire - "The Official Tire" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Hoosier Tire - "The Official Race Tire" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
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Lucas Oil Products - "The Official Oil" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Lucas Oil Racing TV - "Official Sponsor" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
MAVTV Motorsports Network - "The Official TV Network" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Miller Welders - "The Official Welder" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Optima Batteries - "The Official Battery" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
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Sunoco Race Fuels - "The Official Fuel" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Super Clean - “Official Sponsor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Marketing Partners Include:

Allstar Performance, Andy Durham Race Engines, AR Bodies, Barry Wright Race Cars, Black Diamond Chassis, Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars, BRODIX, Clements Race Engines, COMP Cams, C&R Racing Inc., CV Products, DirtonDirt.com, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, FK Rod Ends, Georgia Boot, Heath Lawson Photography, Hot Rod Processing, Hot Rod Tracker, JRi Shocks, Keyser MFG, Longhorn Chassis, Midwest Sheet Metal, Öhlins Shocks, Outerwears, Performance Bodies, Penske Shocks, PFC Brakes, Pierce Race Cars, Pro Power Racing Engines, QA1, Rocket Chassis, Simpson Race Products, WELD Racing, Wrisco Aluminum, 5150 Race Trailers

About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nation’s premier dirt late model sanctioning organization.  In 2016, the LOLMDS will sanction 53 events in 19 states.  The series is owned by the parent company Lucas Oil Products Inc. and receives national exposure through a TV package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios.  LOLMDS events will be broadcast on four TV Networks including CBS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network and the MAVTV Motorsports Network.  For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit the official website at: www.LucasDirt.com

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The Future of Motorsports is HERE! Get Lucas Oil Racing TV and experience racing excitement like you've never seen! Lucas Oil Racing TV is the online app for all your favorite devices and Smart TVs. No matter where you are or when you want to watch, you can stream the best and most exciting motor racing on the planet!

Lucas Oil Racing TV has all your favorite motorsports - from grass roots to international competition, as well as exclusive LIVE EVENTS and behind the scenes interviews and footage that you won't see anywhere else! But that's just the beginning! Lucas Oil Racing TV brings you some of motorsports greatest broadcasters and build specialists... from Dave Despain to the mechanics of Two Guys Garage, as well as all the latest news, reviews, and interviews from every genre of racing.

Lucas Oil Racing TV is the Exclusive, Unlimited, 24/7 All-Access Motorsports App and it's available NOW! For more information or to sign up, go to: www.LucasOilRacing.TV.

About MAVTV Motorsports Network

Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. MAVTV offers an unparalleled line-up of exclusive motorsports, that includes prestigious events such as the Chili Bowl, The AMA Pro Motocross series, the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup and NHRA Drag Racing. But MAVTV goes far beyond the national mainstream events and also covers multitudes of grassroots series' from across the globe: Drag boats, sprint boats, drag racing, pro pulling, rally racing, drifting, dirt racing, ice racing and everything in between.

MAVTV also knows you don't have to be a race fan to be an automotive enthusiast, which is why we have developed a package of automotive reality and custom build shows that is truly second to none. If it has a motor, it's on MAVTV...MAVTV is THE motorsports network. To learn more about MAVTV go to: www.MAVTV.com.

About Lucas Oil Products

Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes, problem-solving additives, and car-care products.  Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil has established itself as a worldwide leader in the lubrication industry.  Motorsports has always been part of the Lucas Oil culture and the cornerstone of the company's marketing strategy.  Such passion for motorsports has inspired Lucas Oil to sponsor many race teams, events and series at all levels, including, NHRA, IRL, ASCS, NASCAR, IHRA and many more.  Lucas Oil has also taken ownership and operational control of a number of high profile racing properties, such as: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. and the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, CA.

In 2007 Lucas Oil founded its own production house, Lucas Oil Production Studios, dedicated to producing high action motorsports television.  Currently Lucas Oil Production Studios produces over 300 hours of original programming for networks such as CBS, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and MAVTV.  More information about Lucas Oil Products, Inc. visit the company website at:  www.LucasOil.com

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Championship Standings

 

lmd dlUpdated: 05/24/17

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POS CAR# DRIVER POINTS
1 0 Scott Bloomquist 3345
2 39 Tim McCreadie 3200
3 1R Josh Richards 3135
4 5 Don O'Neal 3020
5 20 Jimmy Owens 2910
6 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. 2905
7 14 Darrell Lanigan 2870
8 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. 2730
9 15 Steve Francis 2585
10 22 Gregg Satterlee 2575

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Updated: 05/09/17 

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POS CAR# DRIVER POINTS
1 1R Josh Richards 88
2 5 Don O'Neal 80
3 20 Jimmy Owens 77
4 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. 69
5 14 Darrell Lanigan 55
+Sunoco Race for Gas Points