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CHATSWORTH, GA (June 15, 2007)-Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN led all 40 laps of the Harris-Sutton Chevrolet 40 on Friday Night at the North Georgia Speedway as he became the 12th different winner in 15 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events held this season.  Owens’ second career Lucas Oil Series win earned himself and car owner Mike Reece $7,000.  Wendell Wallace of Batesville, AR passed Brad Neat of Dunnville, KY with five laps to go to finish second.  Neat took third for his best career finish with the series.  Shane Tankersley of Morganton, GA and Robert Gant of Flat Rock, AL rounded out the top five.

 

Owens and Tankersley started on the front row of the event, which was the first time the series had visited the Monty Morrow promoted facility.  Owens quickly grabbed the lead with Wallace, Neat, Tankersley and defending North Georgia track champion, Gary McPherson, the top five in the running order, with one lap in the books.

 

The top five would remain the same until the first caution came out on lap ten for Billy Drake, who slowed the track.  On the Delaware double file restart, Owens would have a clear race track in front because, right before the yellow, he had closed in on the tail end of the field, allowing Wallace and Neat to close in on him.

 

On the restart, Neat, who had begun to reel in Wallace in the race for second, had a good restart and passed Wallace to go to second.  Meanwhile, up front, Owens had stretched out his lead over the field and by the 15th lap, had built a six car length lead.  When the drivers got the crossed flags at the 20 lap halfway mark it was all Owens, but he was about to catch back up to some traffic which again would allow both Neat and Wallace to chop down his lead.

 

On lap 21, the second caution would come out for LifeLong Locks Fast Qualifier, Benji Cole, who was trying to come to the infield pit, but missed the exit and stopped just passed the opening.  On the restart Neat and Wallace would continue a torrid battle for second with Owens creeping away once again. 

 

With 30 laps complete, Owens had bolted to a ten car length advantage over Neat and Wallace, with another nice race going between Tankersley, McPherson and Robert Gant.  Gant would pass McPherson to take over the fifth spot on the 30th circuit.

 

Owens, with his healthy lead over the field, would once again run up on the back of the field with less than ten laps to go.  But, Owens would handle the lapped traffic with ease as he would go on to score a convincing win.  The race for second went down to the final five laps with Wallace getting back by Neat on lap 35 to regain the second slot.  Wallace then held off Neat at the finish line to garner runner-up honors.

 

In the Lucas Oil victory lane, Owens had just won his first series race since September 5th, 2005 at Tazewell, TN Speedway and commented to the packed house on hand for the event.  “We had a good track tonight and the car was great.  I want to thank my crew. They rallied back after one of them got sick last night and everything went good for us tonight.  Lapped traffic wasn’t too big of a problem out there.  You could run three wide around the track.”  Owens said everything was better for his brother and crew chief, Chris, who was in attendance at North Georgia.  Chris had taken ill on Thursday night at Duck River and the team decided to head back home for his medical attention.

 

The 35 year old Owens was behind the wheel of the Reece Monuments/Gantt Auctions/Redline Oil/Performance Rod and Custom/Byrd’s Radiators/VP Racing Fuels/Cornett Racing Engines/Bloomquist Race Cars Ford Fusion. 

 

Wallace took his best series finish of ’07 in the Garrett Racing/Davison Transport/GRT Ford Fusion.  Neat, with his best career finish, was third at the pay window in the Greg Neat/Neat’s Service Center/MasterSbilt Monte Carlo.  Tankersley, a former O’Reilly Southern All-Star Champion, was fourth in his King of the Road Custom Coaches/C.J. Rayburn Taurus with Gant recording his best career Lucas Oil finish with a fifth in his James Gant/Carl Gregory Ford/MasterSbilt Taurus.

 

Completing the top ten were:  Gary McPherson, Dale McDowell, Steve Casebolt, Garrett Durrett and Randy Weaver.

 

In preliminary action, Benji Cole took the LifeLong Locks Fast Time Award with a lap of 13.030 seconds.  The Hawk Brake and Quarter Master sponsored Heat Races were won by:  Shane Tankersley, Wendell Wallace, Jimmy Owens and Brad Neat.  The Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno and Penske Shocks sponsored B-Mains were won by Freddy Smith and Billy Ogle, Jr.  The Edelbrock Hard Charger of the Race was Scott James, who had to take a series provisional, forcing him to start 23rd on the grid and he raced his way to the 11th finishing spot advancing 12 positions.  The K&N Clean Pass Award went to Brad Neat.

 

Race Summary

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

North Georgia Speedway-Chatsworth, GA

Friday Night, June 15, 2007

 

LifeLong Locks Fast Qualifier:  Benji Cole  13.030 seconds

 

Hawk Brake First Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance):  Shane Tankersley, Randy Weaver, Shawn Chastain, Benji Cole, Damon Eller, Jake Knowles, Todd Morrow, Billy Mayo, Brandon Kinzer, Jamie Oliver, Ricky Arms, Larry Boutwell, Ray Cook

 

Quarter Master Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance):  Wendell Wallace, Gary McPherson, Dale McDowell, Steve Casebolt, Freddy Smith, Tommy Kerr, Skip Arp, Dan Schlieper, Scott James, Ivedent Lloyd, Jr., Derek Ellis, Tony Morris, Sam Ruff

 

Hawk Brake Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance):  Jimmy Owens, Donnie Moran, Justin Rattliff, Terry English, Garrett Durrett, Michael England, Jesse Lay, Keith Frazier, Frank Ingram, Rick Rogers, David Payne, Brian Hickman, Jeff Madden

 

Quarter Master Fourth Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance):  Brad Neat, Robert Gant, Billy Drake, Earl Pearson, Jr., Billy Ogle, Jr., Joe Armes, Gar Dickson, Kelly Hanvey, Lee Sutton, Scott Knowles, Johnny Chastain, Tyler Landers

 

Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock First B-Main (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance):  Freddy Smith, Skip Arp, Todd Morrow Brandon Kinzer, Billy Mayo, Ricky Arms, Tommy Kerr, Dan Schlieper, Damon Eller, Ivedent Lloyd, Jr., Jake Knowles, Tony Morris, Sam Ruff, Scott James

 

Penske Shocks Second B-Main (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance):  Billy Ogle, Jr., Garrett Durrett, Michael England, Frank Ingram, Jesse Lay, David Payne, Kelly Hanvey, Joe Armes, Gar Dickson, Rick Rogers

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Harris-Sutton Chevrolet 40 Feature Finish (40 Laps):  Jimmy Owens, Wendell Wallace, Brad Neat, Shane Tankersley, Robert Gant, Gary McPherson, Dale McDowell, Steve Casebolt, Garrett Durrett, Randy Weaver, Scott James, Billy Ogle, Jr., Earl Pearson, Jr., Justin Rattliff, Dan Schlieper, Michael England, Skip Arp, Donnie Moran, Shawn Chastain, Terry English, Todd Morrow, Freddy Smith, Benji Cole, Billy Drake

 

Race Statistics:

 

Entries: 53

Yellow Flags:  2

Lap Leaders:  Jimmy Owens 1-40

Edelbrock Hard Charger Award:  Scott James (Started 23rd and Finished 11th-Advanced 12 Positions)

Allstar Performance Performer of the Race:  Garrett Durrett

K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race:  Brad Neat

COMP Cams Rookie of the Race:  Brad Neat

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals:  Scott James and Dan Schlieper

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WHEEL, TN (June 14, 2007)-Scott James of Lawrenceburg, IN led every lap of a hard fought Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event on Thursday Night at Duck River Speedway.  The series’ first ever visit to the track yielded wire to wire racing action as James had to hold off Billy Drake after a caution with four laps to go that bunched the field up. James earned $7,000 for his second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory of ’07 and with the win moved him into second place in the championship point’s standings.  The team made the switch to American Racer Tires for the start of the series’ Southern Swing which paid off handsomely as the 35 year old second generation driver outgunned Drake, Dale McDowell, Dan Schlieper and Wendell Wallace for his third career series win.

 

Drake and James would make up the front row for the 40 lap feature with James gaining the early lead over Drake, Schlieper, Jerry Owens and Terry English.  The tight battle around the ¼ mile bullring would see the first caution come out on lap two for leading COMP CAMS “Rookie of the Year” candidate Justin Rattliff who stopped in turn number two.  There would be two more cautions after lap three and four were scored that would keep the field bunched up behind James who still held the point.

 

After the third caution the race settled down with James going to a six car length lead on the pack on the cars behind him that were slicing and dicing around the race track.  Schlieper had moved into the second position back on lap five with Drake, English and Owens in the top five running order.  With James holding his lead at a steady distance the battle for second would be a classic duel between Schlieper and Drake.

 

Those two drivers would run side by side on occasion for at least four circuits with Schlieper just nipping Drake at the scoring line.  Veteran Skip Arp would move from eighth to the top five as he would put his name in the hat as a possible contender for the win.  With 18 laps in the books James was still showing the way with Schlieper, Drake, English, Arp and Dale McDowell all on the same straightaway.

 

By the 20th lap McDowell had made his way past Arp for fifth just as James was about to enter lapped traffic.  Schlieper would then pull within striking distance of James taking the high route around the track, but Drake would keep things interesting as was about to wrestle second from Schlieper using the inside line on lap 27.

 

The fourth caution of the race for Damon Eller came out on lap 26 and that would only temporarily slow down the intense racing for the lead.  On the Delaware double file restart James would maintain his lead with Drake and Schlieper coming on strong again.  McDowell then moved into fourth and he began to challenge for second as on a couple of occasions those drivers would go three wide in the race for second place.

 

By lap 31 Drake was all over James for the lead first trying the low line and then moving back up against the wall.  But James was driving a near perfect race as he was keeping Drake at bay.  The fifth and final caution would come out on lap 36 for Daniel Miller and this would set up a four lap dash to the finish line.

 

On the restart James would get off to a great start as his car fired at the cone.  Drake again was all over James waiting for a possible mistake to get by him, but in the four breathtaking laps that ensued James would keep his line and not make a mistake as he would drive to the finish line taking a close victory in his first ever appearance at the track.  Drake would come home in second followed by McDowell who had gotten by Schlieper with three laps remaining.  Schlieper would wind up fourth followed by Wendell Wallace who quietly snuck into the top five at the pay window.

 

In victory lane James was highly complementary of his American Racer Tires and his Rocket Chassis powered by a Jay Dickens Racing Engine as he thanked the huge crowd of spectators that was on hand for the event.  “You couldn’t have written a better script tonight, first time on American Racer Tires and what an awesome tire, we made the mutual decision between everybody on the team to run their tires and it really paid off tonight.  We took the Rocket up to the top side and it worked great and the Jay Dickens Racing Engine was just terrific as well.” said James before an appreciative crowd many which had never seen him race before.

 

“I seen the five to go sign and I knew there might be somebody there who would do slid job or something to get by me, but we just held our line and brought home the win.  I want to thank this big crowd for coming out tonight, this is a very racy place and I want to thank the promoters for reworking the track after time trials to make it nice for the drivers and fans.”

 

Drake’s second place finish was his best of the season with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and he thought he had something for James. “I really had a good car there, if it could have stayed green there we thought we had a real good shot at getting by him, but those cautions kind of hurt us.  His car was working good up top and mine was working good on the top, bottom and wherever on the race track, it was a good run for us so hopefully we can build on this finish and move up in the points,” said the runner-up finisher afterwards. 

 

Completing the top ten were Terry English, Steve Casebolt, Skip Arp, Jesse Lay and Donnie Moran.

 

In preliminary action Dan Schlieper earned the LifeLong Locks Fast Time Award with a quick lap of 12.633 seconds among the 54 entrants on hand for the event.  The Hawk Brake and Quarter Maser sponsored heat races were won by Dan Schlieper, Scott James, Billy Drake and Jerry Owens.  The Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno and Penske Shock B-Main winners were Ray Cook and Todd Morrow.  The Edelbrock Hard Charger of the Race was taken by Jesse Lay. 

 

Race Summary

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Duck River Speedway-Wheel, TN

Thursday Night, June 14, 2007

 

LifeLong Locks Fast Qualifier:  Dan Schlieper 12.633 seconds

 

Hawk Brake First Heat: (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance):  Dan Schlieper, Brandon Kinzer, Steve Casebolt, Freddy Smith, Tony Morris, Byron Michael, Tommy Lawwell, Mark Haddon, Brad Neat, Dewayne Waid, Tyler Landers, Kevin Gibson

 

Quarter Master Second Heat: (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance):  Scott James, Terry English, Dale McDowell, Earl Pearson, Jr., Ray Cook, Corey Posey, Steven Ashby, Ben Kittrell, Dwayne Britton, Jack Daughtry, Jeremy Owens, Billy Harris, Michael England, Anthony Burroughs

 

Hawk Brake Third Heat: (10 Las-Top 4 Advance):  Billy Drake, Donnie Moran, Wendell Wallace, Damon Eller, Garrett Durrett, Jesse Lay, Mark Mears, David Brannon, Brandon King, Shawn Roberts, David Gentry

 

Quarter Master Fourth Heat: (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance):  Jerry Owens, Skip Arp, Daniel Miller, Jay Brinkley, Todd Morrow, Scott Cook, Shannon Davis, Bub McCool, Justin Rattliff, Shane Echols, Michael Walker

 

Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno First B-Main (Top 3 Advance):  Ray Cook, Tony Morris, Michael England, Dewayne Waid, Ben Kittrell, Steven Ashby, Corey Posey, Mark Haddon, Jeremy Owens, Byron Michael, Tommy Lawwell, Brad Neat

 

Penske Shocks Second B-Main (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance):  Todd Morrow, Garrett Durrett, Jesse Lay, Shannon Davis, Scott Cook, Mark Mears, David Gentry, David Brannon, Shawn Roberts, Shane Echols, Joe Denby, Justin Rattliff, Michael Walker, Brandon King, Larry Landers, Bub McCool, Jimmy Tucker, Jimmy Nowlin

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Feature Finish (40 Laps):  Scott James, Billy Drake, Dale McDowell, Dan Schlieper, Wendell Wallace, Terry English, Steve Casebolt, Skip Arp, Jesse Lay, Donnie Moran, Brandon Kinzer, Earl Pearson, Jr., Damon Eller, Jerry Owens, Tony Morris, Dewayne Waid, Daniel Miller, Todd Morrow, Garrett Durrett, Brad Neat, Justin Rattliff, Michael England, Jay Brinkley, Ray Cook

 

Race Statistics

 

Entries:  54

Yellow Flags:  5

Lap Leaders:  Scott James 1-40

Edelbrock Hard Charger Award:  Jesse Lay (Started 22nd and Finished 9th-Advanced 13 Positions)

Allstar Performance Performer of the Race:  Billy Drake

K&N Clean Pass:  Freddy Smith

Comp Cams Rookie of the Race:  Damon Eller

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals:  Justin Rattliff and Brad Neat

Track Provisional:  Dewayne Wad

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UNION, KY (June 2, 2007)-In a race for the ages Steve Casebolt of Richmond, IN came from his eighth starting spot taking the lead from Mike Marlar on lap 35 and then roared away from the field to score the biggest win of his racing career on Saturday Night at the Florence (KY) Speedway winning the 21st Annual “Ralph Latham Memorial” race for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.  The victory was worth $10,000 to the 28 year old racer and his car owner, Dale Beitler.  Marlar who led for 29 laps during the race was second followed by Don O’Neal, 15th starting Jimmy Mars and LifeLong Locks Fast Qualifier, Scott Bloomquist.

Marlar would jump to the lead from his outside front row starting spot as the 50 lap main event got underway.  O’Neal who started on the pole would fall in line in second with current Florence points leader, Audie McWilliams, six time Florence track champion, Steve Landrum and Bloomquist the top five with one lapped scored.

O’Neal then would stick his car on the inside of the track as Marlar was running the middle of the well prepared track.  O’Neal pulled alongside Marlar and was challenging him for the lead of the race by the second time around the half mile oval.  O’Neal would then race past Marlar and grabbed the point on the third lap.  Those two then would go side by side again for three laps with Marlar taking his car to a length lead over O’Neal by the eighth lap.

Marlar then started to pull way slightly from O’Neal with a heated battle going on for third between McWilliams, Bloomquist and Landrum.  Bloomquist had moved to the top side of the racing surface and went by Landrum back on lap six and then he and McWilliams staged a side by side tussle for four consecutive laps until Bloomquist was able to get in front of McWilliams on lap 14.

A car slicing through the field was 16th starting Jimmy Owens.  Using the same line as Bloomquist Owens’ top side exploits quickly had him moving up a position lap after lap. Owens was up to fifth by lap 16, and then two circuits later he had the fourth spot sub planting McWilliams from that position.

Owens then closed on Bloomquist and by the halfway marked appeared to have the fastest car on the track.  At the same time 18th place starter Scott James was moving to the front as he was up to seventh at the halfway point.

The first caution of the race came out on lap 27 when Steve Shaver slowed on the race track.  This would wipe out a ten car length lead that Marlar had built up over O’Neal, but it also cleared traffic that Marlar had closed up on.

On the Delawaredouble file restart Marlar would keep his lead with an epic battle for second going on between O’Neal and Bloomquist.  The restart was a huge break for Steve Casebolt, who had started eighth and hung around that spot the entire race up to this point.  But he picked up the pace and roared into fourth after the restart with Owens being relegated to fifth.

With 30 laps scored it was Marlar showing the way followed by O’Neal, Bloomquist, Casebolt and Owens.  James had closed right on Owens and was making a bid to take the fifth spot from Owens until his tire went flat forcing him to slow bringing out the third and final caution of the race on lap 31.

On the final restart it would be the turning point of the race.  The top two would remain the same with Marlar leading and O’Neal running in second.  Casebolt again was the benefactor of a restart as he bolted by first Bloomquist and then O’Neal as he was scored in second on the 32nd lap.  Marlar would then start to receive his first serious challenge for the lead in quite some time as Casebolt was not going to be denied.  Casebolt worked his way up to Marlar and then on lap 35 he nosed him out at the start-finish line to lead that lap.

Behind Casebolt and Marlar there was some more three wide racing for third with O’Neal, Bloomquist and Owens each giving the other plenty of racing room on the track.  Casebolt with ten laps to go was sprinting away from Marlar and opened up a healthy eight car length lead.  With no caution flags to slow him Casebolt would get by a couple of lapped cars and take his advantage to ten car lengths with less than five laps to go. 

Over the last laps it was all Casebolt as he would cruise on the record the biggest win of his racing career.  Prior to his triumph on Saturday Night Casebolt’s biggest career win was a $7,000 to win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at Elkins (WV) Speedway. This occurred on July 23, 2005.  Casebolt’s second career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win enabled him to become the 11th different winner in the first 13 events in 2007.

In victory lane Casebolt was elated as he did the SPEED Channel post race interview and then addressed the fans.  “I had a lot of fun out there, we really enjoy coming here to race, I’ve got to thank my car owner, Dale Beitler for giving me a chance to drive his car, and Robbie Allen my crew chief did a heck of a job.”  Casebolt drew a loud applause from the large contingent of fans who stayed for the post race interview when he said “I hope the fans saw a good show here tonight.”  No doubt the fans did as Casebolt went on to tell about his strategy during the race.  “We really didn’t have much of a strategy to start with, we were just hanging on there at the beginning and I guess I really didn’t realize we had as good of a car as we did.  On the restarts the American Racers fired real well I think that was the key to our success and I went by Bloomquist on the restart and I kind of knew we had a shot at Marlar and we finally were able to catch up to him and pass him.”

Casebolt’s winning Reliable Painting/Sunoco Race Fuels/Arizona Sport Shirts/T.C. Race Cars/Allstar Performance/American Racer Tires sponsored Cornett Racing Engines Powered/Rocket GTO vaulted him into second place in the championship point’s standings.

Mike Marlar of Winfield , TN second place finish came aboard the Stephens Motorsports/S&B Cattle Company/Estes Race Engines/C.J. Rayburn GTO with third place finisher Don O’Neal of Martinsville , INpiloting the Jerry Jones Racing/Jones Core/Jay Dickens Racing Engines/C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo.  Jimmy Mars of Menomonie , WI earned the Edelbrock Hard Charger of the Race in his Deppe Enterprises/Pro Power Engines/MasterSbilt from Mars Monet Carlo with Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg , TNin his Miller Brothers Coal/Vic Hill Racing Engines/Bloomquist Race Cars Chevrolet rounding out the top five.

The rest of the top ten finishers were Jimmy Owens, Bart Hartman, Wendell Wallace, Rod Conley and Ray Cook.

In preliminary action Scott Bloomquist was the LifeLong Locks Fast Qualifier with a lap of 15.948 seconds.  The Hawk Brake and Quarter Master sponsored heat races went to Steve Landrum, Don O’Neal, Mike Marlar and Audie McWilliams.  The Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno and Penske Shocks B-Mains were taken by Earl Pearson, Jr. and Scott James.

The next Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Events will take place on June 14, 15 and 16 at Duck River (TN) Speedway , North Georgia (GA) Speedwayand Talladega (AL) Short Track.  For more information you can log on to www.lucasdirt.com.

Race Summary Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Florence

Speedway-Union, KY Saturday, June 2, 2007

LifeLong Locks Fast Qualifier:  Scott Bloomquist 15.948 seconds

Hawk Brake First Heat: (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance):  Steve Landrum, Scott Bloomquist, Josh McGuire, Ray Cook, Brad Neat, Steve Shaver, Justin Rattliff, Donnie Moran, Wayne Chinn, Timmy Yeager, Rick Corbin, Bryan Barber, Billy Vaughan

Hawk Brake Second Heat:  (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance):  Don O’Neal, Jesse James Lay, Matt Miller, Wendell Wallace, Earl Pearson, Jr., Mike Jewell, Dan Schlieper, Josh Williams, Eric Jacobsen, Robby Hensley, Jeff Alsip, Mike Amell, David Spille

Quarter Master Third Heat:  (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance):  Mike Marlar, Damon Eller, Bart Hartman, Jimmy Mars, Dale McDowell, Jerry Rice, Freddy Smith, Jason Keltner, John Rhoades, Larry Pickelheimer, Jr., Rick Combs, Joey Tackett, Gary Engle

Quarter Master Fourth Heat: (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance):  Audie McWilliams, Steve Casebolt, Rod Conley, Jimmy Owens, Scott James, Victor Lee, Billy Drake, Terry English, John Mason, Duane Chamberlain, Garrett Durrett, Devin Sebree, Michael England

Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno First B-Main: (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance):  Earl Pearson, Jr., Brad Neat, Steve Shaver, Justin Rattliff, Mike Jewell, Josh Williams, Eric Jacobsen, Wayne Chinn, Dan Schlieper, Rick Corbin, Donnie Moran, Bryan Barber, Timmy Yeager, David Spille, Jeff Alsip, Mike Amell, Robby Hensley, Billy Vaughan

Penske Shocks Second B-Main: (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance):  Scott James, Dale McDowell, Freddy Smith, Jason Keltner, Billy Drake, Terry English, Garrett Durrett, Duane Chamberlain, Victor Lee, John Mason, Joey Tackett, Rick Combs, Gary Engle, Larry Pickelheimer, Jr., Devin Sebree, Jerry Rice, John Rhoades

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 21st Annual “Ralph Latham Memorial” Feature Finish: (50 Laps):  Steve Casebolt, Mike Marlar, Don O’Neal, Jimmy Mars, Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Bart Hartman, Wendell Wallace, Rod Conley, Ray Cook, Audie McWilliams, Scott James, Josh McGuire, Brad Neat, Earl Pearson, Jr., Robby Hensley, Damon Eller, Steve Landrum, Freddy Smith, Dan Schlieper, Terry English, Steve Shaver, Dale McDowell, Jesse James Lay, Matt Miller

Race Statistics: Entries: 52 Caution Flags: 3 Lap Leaders: Mike Marlar 1-2, Don O’Neal 3-7, Marlar 8-34, Steve Casebolt 35-50 Edelbrock Hard Charger of the Race: Jimmy Mars (Started 15th and Finished 4th, Advanced 11 Positions) Allstar Performer of the Race: Scott James K&N Filters Clean Pass Award: Steve Casebolt COMP Cams Rookie of the Race: Brad Neat Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Terry English and Dan Schlieper

Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Standings (After 6/2/07)

1)      Don O’Neal (Martinsville , IN) 1525 2)      Steve Casebolt (Richmond , IN) 1495 3)      Earl Pearson, Jr. (Jacksonville , FL) 1455 4)      Billy Moyer (Batesville , AR) 1440 5)      Scott James (Lawrenceburg , IN) 1410 6)      Terry English (Benton , KY) 1395 7)      Steve Shaver (Vienna , WV) 1310  8)      Dan Schlieper (Sullivan , WI) 1245 9)      Donnie Moran (Dresden , OH) 1190 10)    Justin Rattliff (Campbellsville , KY) 1135

Current COMP Cams Rookie of the Year Points Standings (After 6/2/07)

1)      Justin Rattliff (Campbellsville , KY) 1135 2)      Damon Eller (Crumpler, NC) 1080 3)      Brad Neat (Dunnville , KY) 945 4)      Garrett Durrett (Simsboro , LA) 390 5)      Mike Mataragas (De Kalb , IL) 355 6)      Ricky Arms (Moss, TN) 180

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La SALLE, IL (May 19, 2007) - Making his first ever appearance at La Salle Speedway and in front of a jammed packed grandstand 20 year old Justin Rattliff of Campbellsville, KY passed race leader Don O'Neal on the 28 th lap of the 50 lap "Spring Shootout" and then went on to hold off O'Neal by just one car length to capture the $10,000 to win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event on Saturday Night.  For Rattliff who is competing in just his second full year of late model racing it marked the biggest win of his brief career as he became the 10 th different winner in 12 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events in 2007 and he took over the lead in the COMP Cams "Rookie of the Year:" chase as well.  Trailing Rattliff and O'Neal to the finish line was Rick Eckert, Jimmy Mars and Brian Birkhofer.

O'Neal and Rattliff who were among the four heat race winners drew the front row for the main event.  Right from the start O'Neal looked like he was going to dominate the race as he sprinted to a five car length lead by the second lap.   Rattliff was running in second with Eckert, series points leader, Billy Moyer and Mars in the top five after two laps were in the books.

Mars would make the first pass inside the top five as he got by Moyer for fourth on the third circuit.  Meanwhile up front O'Neal had increased his lead to eight car lengths now as he was showing what a perfectly set up race car could do.   O'Neal's big lead would go away because of the only caution flag of the race coming out on lap six as Steve Casebolt and Donnie Moran came to a halt on the main straightaway.

When the race resumed with the Delaware double file restart O'Neal with a clear track in front of him would start to pull away from Rattliff and the other cars as the top five in the running order would remain the same with O'Neal, Rattliff, Eckert, Mars and Moyer holding their spots.   By the 15 lap mark O'Neal was up to a ten car length lead as the rest of the top five were bumper to bumper.

By lap 21 O'Neal had started to catch the tail end of the field as the tight battle for second was still going on.  Rattliff then broke loose from the fierce race for second on back as he was alone in second for the time being.   O'Neal would then start to loose his lead as Rattliff would start to close on him just past the halfway point of the race.

So in a race where O'Neal had gone unchallenged from the start Rattliff was making a bid to for the lead with 27 laps in the books as he had closed right behind O'Neal.   Not only did Rattliff close rapidly on O'Neal but the rest of the top five were closing as well.

Rattliff was able to make the pass on O'Neal as O'Neal left the door open on the inside as Rattliff went by coming off of turn number two on the 28 th lap.  Rattliff then would pull slightly ahead of O'Neal by two car lengths but there would be more traffic ahead for the youngster and the race would be determined how well he handled himself in lapped traffic.   Rattliff would close on two cars with one moving up the track and out of his way as he made the pass to keep O'Neal at bay.

Rattliff would then tuck in behind Kerry Hansen who was the last car on the lead lap as the top five were all on the same straightaway with less than 10 laps to go.   Rattliff would have O'Neal get right on his left rear quarter panel as O'Neal was hoping that Rattliff would slip up out of the groove if he was going to have a chance to pass him in the waning laps.

O'Neal stayed right on Rattliff with less than five laps to go and there was a couple of times where it looked like Rattliff was going to slid up just enough to let the door open for O'Neal to regain the lead.   But Rattliff was able to control his car and drive with a calm that enabled him to keep O'Neal behind him on a track that had become one lane and that enough for him to cross the finish in first for the biggest win of his racing career.

Rattliff who turned 20 exactly one month ago on April 19 would take his James Rattliff owned, Jeff Gullett crew chiefed #16 to victory lane one night after recording his best ever series finish with a 10 th place at Farley, IA.  The C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo with a Pro Power Engine is sponsored by Rattliff Motors, Inc. /Save a Lot/Dr. Ewing Ear, Nose and Throat/Medicine Centre/Tobacco Shed/Cox Wrecker Service/Wavelength Hair Salon/Gowens Auto Glass/Kirby Auctions/Grant Lee Farms/Williams and Tucker Auto Parts/B&W Auto Salvage/Freiji Auctioneers/Mill/s Real Estate and Auction, Co and Jet Pressure Washing.

Rattliff's story is even more interesting because he won with a car that they had not even planned on racing with at La Salle.  The night before at Farley the fan blade broke in his new style Rayburn so the team unloaded the back up older style car and finished 10 th.  At La Salle an expected parts replacement failed to come to fruition as the parts did not fit in the proper spot in the engine compartment.  So the team was left with no other option but to run the backup car.  

"It's an unbelievable feeling to win one of these Lucas Oil races," said the former open wheel modified driver who started his late model career in the late 2004 season and who's biggest win was a $2,000 victory before his win at La Salle.   "I just want to thank my dad (James) and Jeff Gullett; he is one of the best in the business and all of my great sponsors we couldn't be here without them."

After the race Rattliff received congratulations from several drivers and team members in the pit area as he talked about the race he just won beating some of the best that dirt late model racing has to offer.   "The track took rubber on the low side and I saw Donnie (O'Neal) was still trying to run the middle groove so I just stuck to the bottom and we caught him pretty quick there and I was able to pass him, he gave me plenty of room there and didn't crowd me at all."   Once in front Rattliff kept his cool and that was one thing he was concerned about.  "Once I got the lead I started to get excited so I just told myself to settle down and drive the same lap after lap, I knew with the track the way it was, it was going to be tough for anybody to get back around me, I thought a couple of times about bumping the 25 car but I didn't and I was able to hang on for the win."

O'Neal who led 27 laps in the race finished second, but he felt good about his effort in the Jerry Jones/Jones Core/Jay Dickens Racing Engines/C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo.   Afterwards O'Neal said "It started to take rubber around the bottom and I stayed up in the middle of the race track a little too long and I let him get around him, the boy (Rattliff) did a heck of a job out there and I want to congratulate him and his crew it's got to be special for them.   Unless he messed up and got out of the groove it wasn't going to happen (to pass him back). 

Eckert finished third in his Raye Vest/Raye Vest Excavating/MasterSbilt Ford Fusion with Mars in his own Deppe Enterprises/Pro Power Engines/MasterSbilt from Mars Monte Carlo SS finishing fourth just ahead of Birkhofer in his J&J Steel/Pro Power Engines/Rocket Chevrolet.

Completing the top ten were Billy Moyer, Darren Miller, Earl Pearson, Jr., Scott James and Steve Shaver.

In preliminary events Don O'Neal was the LifeLong Locks Fast Qualifier for the 39 entrants on hand with a lap of 12.773 seconds.  The Hawk Brake and Quarter Master Heat Race winners were Don O'Neal, Justin Rattliff, Rick Eckert and Billy Moyer.   The first place finishers in the Mason Racin' Rebel Shock Dyno and Penske Shocks presented B-Mains were Eddie Carrier, Jr. and Damon Eller.  The K&N Filters "Clean Pass of the Race" went to a deserving Justin Rattliff for his pass for the lead on lap 28.

The next Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event is in two weeks on Saturday, June 2 at the King Family promoted Florence Speedway in Union, KY as the 21 st Annual "Ralph Latham Memorial" will take place offering a purse of $10,000 to win.  The cameras of SPEED Channel will be on hand to tape the event.  For more information you can go to www.florencespeedway.com and www.lucasdirt.com,

Race Summary Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series La Salle Speedway-La Salle, IL Saturday, May 19, 2007

LifeLong Locks Fast Qualifier:  Don O'Neal 12.773 seconds

Hawk Brake First Heat: (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance):  Don O'Neal, Brian Birkhofer, Brady Smith, Terry English, Ryan Dauber, Kerry Hansen, Kevin Weaver, Scott Schmitt, Dennis Erb, Jr.

Hawk Brake Second Heat:  (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance):  Justin Rattliff, Jimmy Mars, Scott James, Dan Schlieper, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Donnie Moran, Freddy Smith, Brad Neat, Mike Provenzano, George Scheffler

Quarter Master Third Heat:  (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance):  Rick Eckert, Steve Shaver, Shannon Babb, Brian Shirley, Damon Eller, Steve Casebolt, Ray Cook, Tony Izzo, Jr., Billy Drake

Quarter Master Fourth Heat: (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance):  Billy Moyer, Darren Miller, Earl Pearson, Jr., Jeep VanWormer, Mike Mataragas, Andrew McKay, Rich Bell

Mason Racin' Rebel Shock Dyno First B-Main: (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance):  Eddie Carrier, Jr., Donnie Moran, Kerry Hansen, Kevin Weaver, Brad Neat, Freddy Smith, Dennis Erb, Jr., Scott Schmitt, Mike Provenzano, George Scheffler, John Clemmons

Penske Shocks Second B-Main: (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance):  Damon Eller, Steve Casebolt, Ray Cook, Billy Drake, Andrew McKay, Mike Mataragas, Tony Izzo, Jr., Rich Bell

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series "Spring Shootout" Feature Finish (50 Laps):  Justin Rattliff, Don O'Neal, Rick Eckert, Jimmy Mars, Brian Birkhofer, Billy Moyer, Darren Miller, Earl Pearson, Jr., Scott James, Steve Shaver, Brady Smith, Jeep VanWormer, Dan Schlieper, Brian Shirley, Brad Neat, Billy Drake, Terry English, Kerry Hansen, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Ray Cook, Damon Eller, Shannon Babb, Donnie Moran, Steve Casebolt

Race Statistics:

Entries:  39 Caution Flags: 1 Lap Leaders:  Don O'Neal 1-27, Justin Rattliff 28-50 Edelbrock Hard Charger Award:  Brad Neat (Started 24th and Finished 15th-Advanced 9 Positions) Allstar Performer of the Race: Don O'Neal K&N Filters Clean Pass Award:  Justin Rattliff COMP Cams Rookie of the Race:  Justin Rattliff Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals:  Billy Drake and Brad Neat

Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Standings (After 5/19/07)

1)      Billy Moyer (Batesville, AR) 1440 2)      Don O'Neal (Martinsville, IN) 1305 3)      Earl Pearson, Jr. (Jacksonville, FL) 1300 4)      Terry English (Benton, KY) 1270 5)      Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN) 1245 6)      Scott James (Lawrenceburg, IN) 1240 7)      Steve Shaver (Vienna, WV) 11858)      Dan Schlieper (Sullivan, WI) 1115 9)      Donnie Moran (Dresden, OH) 1100 10)  Brian Birkhofer (Muscatine, IA) 1075

Current COMP Cams Rookie of the Year Points Standings (After 5/19/07)

1)      Justin Rattliff (Campbellsville, KY) 1015 2)      Damon Eller (Crumpler, NC) 935 3)      Brad Neat (Dunnville, KY) 785 4)      Mike Mataragas (De Kalb, IL) 355 5)      Garrett Durrett (Simsboro, LA) 280 6)      Ricky Arms (Moss, TN) 180

Upcoming Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Events

June 2- Florence Speedway-Union, KY ($10,000 to Win) www.florencespeedway.com

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FARLEY, IA (May 18, 2007) - After Friday Night’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at Farley Speedway, the “Palace of Speed,” Earl Pearson, Jr. of Jacksonville, FL came from the 15th starting spot to win the 50 lap $10,000 to win event.  The first three finishers all came from deep in the stating grid as second place finisher Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA roared from 17th and Richmond, IN native Steve Casebolt used a provisional to start 23rd and wound up third in the final rundown. 

Pole sitter Steve Shaver grabbed the point at the start of the main event with Donnie Moran and Don O’Neal escaping from a three wide race into turn one to take the second and third spots as the first lap was scored.  O’Neal would follow Moran for one more circuit before he would execute the pass on Moran on lap three.  O’Neal would then start to hound Shaver for the lead as Shaver was running only the second race of his career at Farley.  Coming off turn two on the ninth lap, a slowing car would cut down on O’Neal causing an accident that would eliminate the driver who came into the race second in points.

On the restart Shaver was still showing the way with Darren Miller now on the move.  Miller would hold the second slot until a three wide tango for second between Miller, Brian Birkhofer and Earl Pearson, Jr. would take place on lap 15.  At this point of the race Shaver was comfortably out front and looked like the car that everyone was going to have to beat.  The second caution of the race on lap 18 for Brad Neat bunched the field back up for a Delaware double file restart.

Pearson gained the advantage on the restart moving up to second place, as the top five were now all within close quarters of each other.  With 20 laps in the books Pearson was staying right with Shaver in the race for the lead.  Caution number three would come out for Billy Drake on lap 21 and that would set up another double file restart behind Shaver.

When the green came out again Pearson would go door to door with Shaver in a great battle for the lead.  At the halfway mark, the race for the lead was tight with Pearson all over Shaver.  Birkhofer was holding down third with Steve Casebolt up from his inside row 12 starting spot getting by Billy Moyer for fourth two laps earlier.

The fourth caution would come out on lap 27 and that unfortunately would be for race leader Steve Shaver, who’s MSD cap had come off forcing him to lose power in his engine.  Shaver would be pushed to the pit area and a strong bid for a win was out the window, as Shaver would park his car for the rest of the evening.

Pearson would then inherit the lead with Birkhofer, Casebolt, Moyer and Miller the rest of the top five.  On the restart Casebolt would drive his car hard into the corner and get by Birkhofer for second on lap 28 bringing Moyer with him into third.  A few laps later Birkhofer would mount another challenge on the top shelf claiming the second spot back from Casebolt on lap 32.  A lap later the final caution of the race would come out for 10th place running Scott James who came to a halt in turn number four.

With 18 laps to go Pearson was the man to beat and despite a car that had been smoking from the start of the race.  Pearson would quickly build a seven-car length lead over Birkhofer with ten laps to go.  Birkhofer then started to pick up the race with less than ten to go as he would cut the advantage that Pearson held in half with five to go.  Birkhofer would then close to just two car lengths as Pearson’s lead would become precariously in jeopardy.

But in the last few laps Pearson’s car would hold together as he would take the checkered flag first to earn his seventh career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event win.  The two-time and defending series champion had started in the 15th spot.  In victory lane a relieved Pearson was glad the race was over.  “I’ll tell you what, it was a big gamble on tires tonight, we started so far back we dug our self a hole qualifying and I hated it for Steve Shaver tonight and I didn’t know if I could’ve got by him” said the 35 year old second generation racer.

“It was a heck of a job by my crew tonight, Jason Fitzgerald and all the guys do a great job with this team and I want to thank Bobby Labonte, Larry Wallace, LifeLong Locks and Lucas Oil they’re great sponsors, we’ve been kind of down and out this month but we are going to survive, there was oil coming out on the breathers, but we’ll get back to the pit area and check out what exactly it was.”

Pearson driving the Bobby Labonte Racing/LifeLong Locks/MOPAR/Lucas Oil Products/Sunoco Race Fuels/Allstar Performance/Dunn Benson Motor sports/Larry Wallace Racing Engines/MasterSbilt Dodge Charger took his second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event of the year vaulting him to fourth place in the Championship points standings. 

Second place finisher Brian Birkhofer, in his Simon Trucking/Pro Power Engines/Rocket Chevrolet, started in the row behind Pearson and like Pearson advanced through the field in a rapid fashion early in the race.  “We put harder tires on and we just kind of gambled on running the top, it panned out, it was kind of brutal up there but congratulations to Earl and his team they needed a good run.”

Third place finisher Steve Casebolt, in the Dale Beitler Racing/Reliable Painting/Rocket GTO, also stirred the crowd’s interest with his run from 23rd to third despite loosing the left front wheel on his as the cars came out on the track for the feature.  Casebolt’s car was actually towed to the pit area where the wheel was put back on as he then took his place on the tail as the parade lap was taking place on the race track.  “I would have never thought we would have come out of here third after taking a provisional we were terrible in the heat, but we got it together and we had the right tires on (American Racers).”

Terry English of Benton, KY barely edged out series points leader Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR to claim fourth.  English was behind the wheel of his Triple AAA Fence/ARC Race Engines/C.J. Rayburn Monte and Moyer was in the Car City/Pro Power Engines/C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo.

Completing the top ten were Darren Miller, Damon Eller, Brady Smith, Steve Ihm and Justin Rattliff.  A total of 40 cars were on hand for the Simmons Promotions, Inc. promoted event.

In preliminary action Donnie Moran was the LifeLong Locks Fast Qualifier for the 40 entrants with a lap of 18.692 seconds.  The Hawk Brake and Quarter Master Heat races were won by Dan Schlieper, Billy Moyer, Darren Miller and Steve Shaver.  The Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno and Penske Shocks B-mains were taken by Brian Birkhofer and Brad Neat.  The K&N Clean Pass of the Race went to Terry English for his at the finish line pass of Billy Moyer to finish fourth and move into second place behind Moyer in the points chase.

Race Summary Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Farley Speedway- Farley, IA Friday Night, May 18, 2007

LifeLong Locks Fast Qualifier:  Donnie Moran/18.692 seconds

Hawk Brake First Heat: (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance)  Dan Schlieper, Donnie Moran, Damon Eller, Scott James, Brian Birkhofer, Chad Simpson, Adam Hensel, Kerry Hansen, Denny Eckrich

Quarter Master Second Heat:  (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance)  Billy Moyer, Don O’Neal, Terry English, Tyler Bruening, Brady Smith, Billy Drake, Curt Martin, Steve Casebolt, Mike Mataragas, Jeff Larson

Hawk Brake Third Heat:  (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance)  Darren Miller, Terry Casey, Justin Rattliff, Earl Pearson, Jr., Chris Simpson, Steve Ihm, Scott Lemke, Jason Rauen, Jill George, Andrew McKay

Quarter Master Fourth Heat:  (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance)  Steve Shaver, Jay Johnson, Andy Eckrich, Dave Eckrich, Todd Shute, Freddy Smith, Brad Neat, Eric Pember, Darin Duffy, Ray Cook

Mason Racin’ Rebel Shocks Dyno First B-Main : (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance) Brian Birkhofer, Brady Smith, Billy Drake, Adam Hensel, Chad Simpson, Kerry Hansen, Denny Eckrich, Jeff Larson, Jacob Murray, Steve Casebolt, Mike Mataragas 

Penske Shocks Second B-Main: (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance) Brad Neat, Freddy Smith, Steve Ihm, Chris Simpson, Scott Lemke, Andrew McKay, Todd Shute, Darin Duffy, Ray Cook, Jill George, Jason Rauen, Eric Pember

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Main Event Finish: (50 Laps) Earl Pearson, Jr., Brian Birkhofer, Steve Casebolt, Terry English, Billy Moyer, Darren Miller, Damon Eller, Brady Smith, Steve Ihm, Justin Rattliff, Donnie Moran, Freddy Smith, Dan Schlieper, Tyler Bruening, Ray Cook, Scott James, Steve Shaver, Terry Casey, Billy Drake, Brad Neat, Andy Eckrich, Dave Eckrich, Jay Johnson, Don O’Neal

Race Statistics

Entries:  40 Yellow Flags: 5 Lap Leaders:  Steve Shaver 1-27, Earl Pearson, Jr. 28-50 Edelbrock Hard Charger Award:  Steve Casebolt (Started 23rd and Finished 3rd-Advanced 20 Positions) Allstar Performance Performer of the Race: Earl Pearson, Jr.    K&N Clean Pass:  Terry English Comp Cams Rookie of the Race: Damon Eller Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals:  Steve Casebolt and Ray Cook  

Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Standings (After 5/18/07)

1. Billy Moyer (Batesville, AR) 1240 2. Terry English (Benton, KY) 1125 3. Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN) 1120 4. Earl Pearson, Jr. (Jacksonville, FL) 1110 5. Don O’Neal (Martinsville, IN) 1065 6. Scott James (Lawrenceburg, IN) 1055 7. Steve Shaver (Vienna, WV) 1005 8. Donnie Moran (Dresden, OH) 975 9. Dan Schlieper (Sullivan, WI) 950 10. Brian Birkhofer (Muscatine, IA) 870

Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series COMP Cams Rookie of the Year Points Standings (After 5/18/07)

1. Damon Eller (Crumpler, NC) 810 2. Justin Rattliff (Campbellsville, KY) 765 3. Brad Neat (Dunnville, KY) 63 4. Garrett Durrett (Simsboro, LA) 280 5. Mike Mataragas (De Kalb, IL) 240 6. Ricky Arms (Moss, TN) 180

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Updated: 05/20/19 - After 300 Raceway

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POS CAR# DRIVER POINTS
1 49 Jonathan Davenport 2610
2 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. 2280
3 1T Tyler Erb ® 2240
4 1M Devin Moran ® 2130
5 14 Josh Richards 2100
6 39 Tim McCreadie 1995
7 20 Jimmy Owens 1965
8 71 Hudson O'Neal 1920
9 5 Don O'Neal 1850
10 40B Kyle Bronson 1815
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