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COLUMBUS, MS (July 12, 2008) – For the second straight night a member of the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame would win a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event, as Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN became the 18th different winner of a LOLMDS event in 2008. Bloomquist captured the $10,000 to win 10th Annual James Nickoles Memorial on Saturday Night at Columbus Speedway.  The event was taped in front of the SPEED Channel cameras as Bloomquist won the event for the second year in a row. Another Hall of Famer, Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR finished second followed by Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN, Chris Wall of Holden, LA and 12th starting Terry Casey of New London, WI.

Bloomquist started on the outside of the front row alongside of his fellow Team Zero driver Jimmy Owens.  Owens took the lead at the drop of the green flag and lead Bloomquist through turns one and two but coming down the back straight Bloomquist  made a move to the inside of Owens, passing him heading in the third turn.

With Bloomquist holding the point, a fierce battle for second behind would begin to take shape.  Owens and Moyer ran nip and tuck in the early going with Billy Drake moving up fast from his fifth starting spot as he took the fourth spot from Earl Pearson Jr. on lap two.

Moyer,  who closely followed Owens for the first 11 laps of the race made the move to take over second on lap 12, and now had Bloomquist in his sights.  The top five would set a blistering pace until lap 15 when the first caution of the race came out slowing what was a terrific race for the lead.

On the restart Bloomquist would be out in front on the Delaware double-file restart with Moyer and Owens lined up side-by-side.  When the green flag came back out to resume the race, Bloomquist still managed to maintain his lead. A side by side battle continued between Moyer and Owens as the drivers neared the half-way mark of the race.

The top five remained on the same straightaway until they were bunched even closer, as another caution came out with 30 laps in the books.  On the restart three more scored laps would be counted until the final caution of the race appeared for a slowing Eddie Rickman on lap 33.

In what would be the final restart of the race, it was the closest Bloomquist’s competitors had gotten to him all night.  That did not deter the race for second as Owens and Moyer again went back and forth in a close knit battle.  Moyer managed to regain the second spot from Owens with less than 15 laps to go, but by then, Bloomquist was well out in front.

Bloomquist would continue to build his lead taking his advantage to almost a full straightaway as Owens would again close the gap on Moyer.  With ten laps to go it was shaping up to be quite a finish for second as Chris Wall, Terry Casey and Billy Drake would challenge Moyer and Owens making it a five-car race for the runner-up slot.

Bloomquist had no problems negotiating traffic down the stretch as he convincingly went on to record his 16th career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory.  Moyer would survive the race-long competitive battle with Owens to finish second in his Banner Valley Hauling/Clements Engines/Moyer Victory Circle Monte Carlo.  Owens in the Mike Reece Monuments/Bloomquist Race Cars Ford Fusion finished third followed by Wall in the C&M Gator Farm/Wall2Wall Performance Engines/MasterSbilt by Stuckey Monte Carlo SS and Casey in the Arnie Ranta Motorsports/Pro Power Engines/C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo who came from the 12th starting spot to record yet another top five finish.

In the Lucas Oil victory Lane, for the first time in 2008, Bloomquist did a brief interview for SPEED and later talked to the large crowd that was on hand for the event.  “The car would run anywhere on the track high, low, in the middle it didn’t matter and really in lapped traffic it was good we could get by the lapped cars pretty easily and track was really racy tonight,” said the 44-year-old driver who in June became the first five-time winner of the Dirt Late Model Dream Race at Eldora Speedway.  “I knew those guys behind me were racing hard with Jimmy and Billy there, but the last part of the race we were able to get away from them and it’s always good to run well in front of the television cameras.”

Bloomquist who drives his own designed Bloomquist Race Cars Chevrolet Monte Carlo is sponsored by Miller Brothers Coal/Hawkeye Trucking/VP Racing Fuels/Hoosier Tires and Sweet Manufacturing is powered by a Vic Hill Racing Engine.

Completing the top ten were Billy Drake, 23rd starting Bart Hartman, Earl Pearson Jr., Wayne Chinn and David Breazeale.

In PRC Time Trials for the 32 entrants on hand Billy Moyer set quick time with a lap of 13.33 seconds.  The heat race winners were Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens and Earl Pearson Jr.  The B-Main went to Bub McCool.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be back in action next weekend with a Friday Night, July 18 visit to Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, IL and Saturday Night, July 19th at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO.  Both events will pay $10,000 to win.

For more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series log on to www.lucasdirt.com or call the series office at (951) 532-2503.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Race Summary

Saturday Night, July 12, 2008

Columbus Speedway – Columbus, MS

PRC Fast Time: Billy Moyer/13.330 seconds

Hawk Brake First Heat (10 Laps-Top 6 Advance): Scott Bloomquist, Billy Moyer, Wayne Chinn, Neil Baggett, Randy Weaver, Jeremy Glasgow, Chad Thrash, Scott James, Anthony Burroughs, Jason Fitzgerald, James Ward

Hawk Brake Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 6 Advance): Jimmy Owens, Billy Drake, Steve Casebolt, Dean Carpenter, Jason Cliburn, Eddie Rickman, Bub McCool, Dane Dacus, Mark Tice, Jamie Elam, Bart Hartman

AFCO Racing Products Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 6 Advance): Earl Pearson Jr., Chris Wall, David Breazeale, Terry Casey, Chris Ragan, John Mason, Freddy Smith, Justin McRee, Justin Rattliff, Chad Washington – DNS

Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno B-Main (12 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Bub McCool, Scott James, Freddy Smith, Chad Thrash, Justin McRee, Anthony Burroughs, Dane Dacus, James Ward, Jason Fitzgerald, Mark Tice, Justin Rattliff – DNS, Jamie Elam – DNS, Bart Hartman – DNS, Chad Washington – DNS

10th Annual “James Nickoles Memorial” Feature Finish (50 Laps): Scott Bloomquist, Billy Moyer, Jimmy Owens, Chris Wall, Terry Casey, Billy Drake, Bart Hartman, Earl Pearson Jr., Wayne Chinn, David Breazeale, Chris Ragan, Freddy Smith, Scott James, Steve Casebolt, Jason Cliburn, Justin Rattliff, Dean Carpenter, John Mason, Eddie Rickman, Neil Baggett, Bub McCool, Jeremy Glasgow, Randy Weaver, Chad Thrash

Race Statistics

Entries:  32

Caution Flags: 4

Lap Leaders: Scott Bloomquist 1-50

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Bart Hartman, Justin Rattliff

PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race:  Bart Hartman (Started  23rd and finished  7th – advanced 16 positions)

Allstar Performance Performer of the Race: Chris Wall

K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Terry Casey

Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Terry Casey

ASI Racewear Lucky 7 Award:  Bart Hartman

Integra Shocks Crew Chief of the Race:  Austin Hargrove (Bart Hartman)

Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Vic Hill Racing Engines

Time of the Race:  30 minutes

Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Standings

1)    Earl Pearson Jr. (Jacksonville, FL) 4300

2)    Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN) 4000

3)    Bart Hartman (Zanesville, OH) 3950

4)    Billy Drake (Bloomington, IL) 3660

5)    Justin Rattliff (Campbellsville, KY) 3635

6)    Dan Schlieper (Sullivan, WI) 3535

7)    Terry Casey (New London, WI) 3485

8)    Scott James (Lawrenceburg, IN) 3435

9)    Freddy Smith (Seymour, TN) 3175

10)  Wayne Chinn (Bradford, OH) 2895

Quarter Master Rookie of the Year Points Standings

1)     Terry Casey (New London, WI) 3485

2)     Wayne Chinn (Bradford, OH) 2895

3)     John Blankenship (Williamson, WV) 745

4)     Tony Knowles (Tyrone, GA) 425

5)     Eric Jacobsen (Seacliffe Beach, CA) 245

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TUSCUMBIA, AL (July 11, 2008) – In one of the most stirring wins in the history of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Hall of Famer Freddy Smith of Seymour, TN won his first ever LOLMDS event on Friday Night at North Alabama Speedway by winning the “Heart of Dixie 40” Presented by Long-Lewis Ford.  The 61-year-old driver earned the 784th win of his illustrious career, as he withstood a last lap challenge from both Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL and Bart Hartman of Zanesville, OH, becoming the 17th different winner in series competition in 2008.  Trailing Smith, Pearson and Hartman battled their way to the finish line followed by Terry Casey of New London, WI and defending race winner Billy Drake of Bloomington, IL.

The race would get off to a ominous start for Smith, who started from the pole for the 40 lapper as he got sideways in turn two and was turned around by another car which forced him to spin in front of the field as he and another car stopped in turn two.  Both drivers resumed their starting spots in the line-up on the restart, with Pearson taking the lead on the second restart of the race.

The yellow would come back out not long thereafter, as new track record holder Dan Schlieper pushed into the front stretch wall and winding up with suspension damage ending his race.  On the restart, the race would go two green flag laps until the caution came out for a two-car incident in turn number two.

After a slow start, the race would pick-up momentum as Pearson continued to show the way with Smith running in second followed closely by Jimmy Owens. Terry Casey, who making his first start at North Alabama stayed in the fourth spot followed by Steve Casebolt with five laps complete.

Pearson was setting a torrid pace as he built what was once just a two-car length advantage over Smith into a six-car length lead with ten laps in the record books.  The top five stayed the same until the lap 25 mark when Hartman surged past Casebolt to take over fifth.

Pearson had extended his commanding lead to ten lengths and at this point it looked like he was going to be unbeatable. But to show there is never a sure thing in dirt track racing, Pearson’s huge lead would be chopped down ever so slowly as he was having to contend with lapped traffic. While encountering traffic on lap 29, Pearson slipped over the turn two embankment and what would happen next would change the complexion of the race.

When Pearson got all four wheels back on the racing surface he would run up on the right rear of Justin Rattliff’s car as the two would then get hooked together as the caution came out when both drivers had to stop in the middle of turn number four.  Pearson would have to restart in front of several lapped cars, and appeared that his hopes for a win had gone by the wayside.

On the lap 30 restart, Owens became the new leader after he had taken over the second spot from Smith just five laps before Pearson’s incident.  Owens would quickly open up a good lead over Smith and Hartman, who was now up to third after misfortune had struck Pearson.

Now with Owens seemingly on his way to his second LOLMDS win of ’08, it looked like the race for second would not be determined until the very last lap.  As Owens completed lap 36 the right rear wheel sheared off and he broke a hub coming out of turn two, leaving Owens helpless on the backstretch, ending his night with just four laps until the finish.

Smith took the lead and with four laps to go, but for him to hang onto it, he was going to have to hold off Hartman and Pearson, who had used the outside groove on the track to get himself back in the picture as he would line up third on the restart.

When the green waved for the final time, Pearson looked like a man on a mission. Pearson cleared Hartman with ease and now had his sights set on Smith.  Pearson looked as if he was not going to be denied, but Smith did what he had to do and was able to hold off Pearson and Hartman as the trio raced to the finish line in front of an entire cheering crowd that would see Smith score his first ever Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win in thrilling fashion.

In victory lane Smith was joined by several well-wishers including his wife, Naomi.  “I thought I was done-for early when I got spun around and got into that tire on the inside of the track, I really enjoy coming here to race and I don’t know what to say, I’ve tried so hard every time to win a Lucas race, we just don’t have the funds that some of the other guys have, but we’re thankful for this win,” said the driver who is the only 5-time winner of the Dirt Track World Championship.  “I couldn’t do this without my wife and of course Jack and Paula, they drive down from Illinois every time we race and they help me out and do a great job,” said the legendary driver who is in his 42nd year of racing.

The famous 00 Warrior Monte Carlo SS is powered by a Dale Meers Racing Engine and sponsored by White Oaks Motorsports/Cliburn Tank Lines/Bradley’s Wrecker Service/King of the Road Customs Coaches and Haulers/Goddard Performance Parts/Hoosier Tires/Ohlins by Gary Wenger and Big Daddy’s Mobile Wraps.

Pearson was disappointed he couldn’t seal the win, but contributed that it was just a racing deal that kept him out of victory lane.  “It wasn’t Justin’s fault,” said Pearson.  “I just ran in there and got into him, we’ll just come out tomorrow night at Columbus and give it another shot, said the driver of the Bobby Labonte Racing/LifeLong Locks/MasterSbilt Dodge Charger.  Hartman took another top five by placing third in his Imler’s Poultry/Cornett Engines/Rocket Monte Carlo SS. Casey continues his resurgence with his fourth place finish in the Arnie Ranta Motorsports/Pro Power Engines/C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo SS with Billy Drake coming home fifth in the Executive Homes/Mullvain Motorsports/MasterSbilt GTO.

Completing the top ten were Steve Casebolt, Eddie Rickman, Justin Rattliff, Chris Ragan and John Mason.

In preliminary results Dan Schlieper set a new track record in PRC Time Trials with a lap of 12.420 seconds.  Heat race winners were Scott James, Terry Casey and Freddy Smith.  Anthony Burroughs took the B-Main.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be back in action on Saturday Night, July 12th at Columbus Speedway in Columbus, MS for the 10th Annual James Nickoles Memorial Presented by Premier Ford, Lincoln Mercury and the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau. For more information you can visit www.columbusspeedway.net.

To find out more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log on to www.lucasdirt.com or call the series office at (951) 532-2503.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Race Summary

Friday Night, July 11, 2008

North Alabama Speedway – Tuscumbia, AL

PRC Fast Time:  Dan Schlieper/12.42 seconds (NTR)

Hawk Brake First Heat (10 Laps-Top 6 Advance): Scott James, Earl Pearson Jr., Scott Bloomquist, Eddie Rickman, Justin Rattliff, Mark Tice, Anthony Burroughs, Jerry Jackson, Dan Schlieper, Chris Wall

Hawk Brake Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 6 Advance): Terry Casey, Jimmy Owens, Jason Fitzgerald, Wayne Chinn, Billy Drake, Chris Ragan, Heath Johnson, Ronald Dunn, Jerry Owens, Dean Carpenter

AFCO Racing Products Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 6 Advance): Freddy Smith, Steve Casebolt, Barth Hartman, Bub McCool, Michael Walker, Josh Putnam, John Mason, Jamie Elam, David Breazeale, Billy Moyer

Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno B-Main (12 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Anthony Burroughs, Jamie Elam, Jerry Jackson, John Mason, Jerry Owens, Chris Wall, Dean Carpenter, Ronald Dunn, Billy Moyer, Heath Johnson – DNS, Dan Schlieper – DNS, David Breazeale – DNS

3rd Annual “Heart of Dixie 40” Feature Finish (40 Laps): Freddy Smith, Earl Pearson Jr., Bart Hartman, Terry Casey, Billy Drake, Steve Casebolt, Eddie Rickman, Justin Rattliff, Chris Ragan, John Mason, Anthony Burroughs, Jimmy Owens, Bub McCool, Billy Moyer, Michael Walker, Mark Tice, Josh Putnam, Jerry Jackson, Jason Fitzgerald, Scott Bloomquist, Wayne Chinn, Dan Schlieper, Jamie Elam, Scott James

Race Statistics

Entries:  30

Caution Flags: 9

Lap Leaders: Earl Pearson Jr. 1-29, Jimmy Owens 30-26, Freddy Smith 37-40

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Dan Schlieper, Bily Moyer

PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race:  John Mason (Started  22nd and finished 10th – advanced 12 positions)

Allstar Performance Performer of the Race: Freddy Smith

K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Billy Drake

Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Terry Casey

ASI Racewear Lucky 7 Award:  Eddie Rickman

Integra Shocks Crew Chief of the Race:  Jack Huppert (Freddy Smith)

Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Dale Mears Racing Engines

Time of the Race: 48 minutes

Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points

1)    Earl Pearson Jr. (Jacksonville, FL) 4110

2)    Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN) 3840

3)    Bart Hartman (Zanesville, OH) 3755

4)    Dan Schlieper (Sullivan, WI) 3535

5)    Justin Rattliff (Campbellsville, KY) 3485

6)    Billy Drake (Bloomington, IL) 3460

7)    Terry Casey (New London, WI) 3280

8)    Scott James (Lawrenceburg, IN) 3270

9)    Freddy Smith (Seymour, TN) 3005

10)  Wayne Chinn (Bradford, OH) 2710

Quarter Master Rookie of the Year Points Standings

1)     Terry Casey (New London, WI) 3280

2)     Wayne Chinn (Bradford, OH) 2710

3)     John Blankenship (Williamson, WV) 745

4)     Tony Knowles (Tyrone, GA) 425

      5)     Eric Jacobsen (Seacliffe Beach, CA) 245

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TAZEWELL, TN (July 6,2008) – Joe Armes of Petros, TN drove the race of his life as he led wire to wire in an exciting Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event on Sunday Night at Tazewell Speedway.  Armes earned $10,000 for the win as he became the 16th different winner on the series tour in 2008. Rick Rogers of Knoxville, TN finished second, and Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN who placed third.  Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN who started 12th on the grid came home in fourth followed by Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL.

Before a packed house at “The Taz” Rogers and Armes would make up the front row of the75 lap main event.  Armes bolted ahead of Rogers and Scott Bloomquist, who started second and third, who were threatening to make the race a runaway in the early going.

Bloomquist challenged Rogers several times as he looked for an avenue around the 4-time Tazewell Speedway Track Champion.  The top three would make their way through heavy traffic as Armes held a three-car length lead with 20 laps in the books.

Brad Hall began to come to the front, as he passed fourth-place running Earl Pearson Jr. on lap 22 and started to close on the three front running cars of Armes, Rogers and Bloomquist.  Rogers and Bloomquist would go back and forth a couple of times in the race for second as Bloomquist briefly held that position on laps 25 and 26.

The race would go green for the first 42 laps of the race until a caution for the stalled car of Tommy Kerr would allow everyone to catch their breaths.  On the restart Armes would still show the way with Rogers and Bloomquist still playing cat and mouse for second place.

With 50 laps completed Armes held a four-car length lead over Rogers, Bloomquist and Jimmy Owens who was now in the hunt for the lead.  On the 54 lap heavy traffic would once again allow the top five runners to be on the same straightaway as Rogers and Bloomquist were all over Armes for the lead.

With 15 laps to go Armes was still high tailing it around the high banks of Tazewell but a caution with nine laps remaining would be of a benefit to him as that would clear the race track in front of him.  On the final restart of the race Armes had clear sailing as he opened up a three-car length lead over Rogers would was continuously seeing Bloomquist on his rear deck lid.

In the final laps Armes just had to hit his marks and the race would be his and he did just that as he went on to score the biggest win of his racing career.  “The car was just superb tonight and I have to thank Dale McDowell and all my crew, the car was really hooked up all night and this is by far is the greatest win that I have ever had and it’s even better to win a Lucas Oil race with the caliber of drivers they have.”

Armes’ drives a GRT Monte Carlo with a Clements Racing Engine and his car is sponsored by Tennessee Valley Excavating, Southeastern Construction, Quality Trucking and East Tennessee Construction.

Completing the top ten were Brad Neat, Victor Lee, Terry Casey, Anthony White and Billy Drake.

In preliminary action Earl Pearson Jr. was the PRC Fast Time Qualifier for the 28 entries on hand with a lap of 11.452 seconds.  The heat race winners were Joe Armes, Rick Rogers and Scott Bloomquist.  The B-main was won by Dale McDowell.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be back on the track next weekend with a pair of events.  On Friday Night, July 11th the series visits North Alabama Speedway in Tuscumbia, AL for the “Heart of Dixie 40” paying $7,000 to win followed by a Saturday Night, July 12th stop for the “James Nickoles Memorial” at Columbus Speedway in Columbus, MS

For information on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com or call the series office at (951) 532-2503.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

 

Race Summary

Saturday Night, July 6, 2008 Tazewell Speedway, Tazewell, Tennessee

PRC Fast Time:  Earl Pearson Jr. / 11.452 seconds

Hawk Brake First Heat (10 Laps-Top 6 Advance): Joe Armes, Earl Pearson Jr., Anthony White, Shon Flanary, Billy Ogle, Dan Schlieper, Brian Smith, Bart Hartman, Wayne Chinn, Justin Rattliff – DNS

Hawk Brake Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 6 Advance): Rick Rogers, Terry Casey, Brad Neat, Scott James, Chad Ogle, Victor Lee, Dale McDowell, Steve Smith, Michael Smith

AFCO Racing Products Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 6 Advance): Scott Bloomquist, Brad Hall, Tommy Kerr, Jimmy Owens, Billy Drake, Vic Hill, Freddy Smith, Steve Casebolt, Tommy Bailey

Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno First B-Main (12 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Dale McDowell, Brian Smith, Bart Hartman, Steve Casebolt, Freddy Smith, Michael Smith, Wayne Chinn, Steve Smith, Tommy Bailey – DNS, Justin Rattliff – DNS

“Toyota Knoxville 75” Feature Finish (75 Laps): Joe Armes, Rick Rogers, Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Earl Pearson Jr., Brad Neat, Victor Lee, Terry Casey, Anthony White, Billy Drake, Billy Ogle, Dan Schlieper, Bart Hartman, Wayne Chinn, Brian Smith, Shon Flanary, Steve Casebolt, Brad Hall, Tommy Kerr, Scott James, Vic Hill, Chad Ogle, Dale McDowell, Freddy Smith

Race StatisticsEntries:  28 Caution Flags: 2 Lap Leaders: 1-75 Joe ArmesLucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Freddy Smith and Wayne ChinnPBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Wayne Chinn (Started 24th and finished 14th - advanced 10 positions) Allstar Performance Performer of the Race: Billy Drake K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Brad Hall Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Terry Casey ASI Racewear Lucky 7 Award: Victor Lee Integra Shocks Crew Chief of the Race: Gene Dover Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Clements Racing Engines Time of the Race: 26 minutes

Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Standings

1)    Earl Pearson Jr. (Jacksonville, FL) 3880

2)    Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN) 3645

3)    Bart Hartman (Zanesville, OH) 3535

4)    Dan Schlieper (Sullivan, WI) 3400

5)    Justin Rattliff (Campbellsville, KY) 3295

6)    Billy Drake (Bloomington, IL) 3255

7)    Scott James (Lawrenceburg, IN) 3145

8)    Terry Casey (New London, WI) 3070

9)    Freddy Smith (Seymour, TN) 2755

10)  Wayne Chinn (Bradford, OH) 2585

Quarter Master Rookie of the Year Points Standings

1)     Terry Casey (New London, WI) 3070

2)     Wayne Chinn (Bradford, OH) 2585

3)     John Blankenship (Williamson, WV) 745

4)     Tony Knowles (Tyrone, GA) 4255)     Eric Jacobsen (Seacliffe Beach, CA) 245

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BULLS GAP, TN (July 5, 2008) - Scoring his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win since his victory at Golden Isles back in early April; 3-time and reigning LOLMDS National Champion Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL passed Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN with eight laps remaining as he went on to win the Toyota Tundra 60 on Saturday Night at Volunteer Speedway.  Owens then handed over second place to Dale McDowell after Owens and a lapped car got into it, just after Pearson had passed him for the lead. Trailing Pearson and McDowell across the finish line were Chad Ogle of Sevierville, TN, Rick Rogers from Knoxville, TN and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series regular Bart Hartman of Zanesville, OH.

Rogers and McDowell would start on the front row of the 60 lap main event, with chief starter Kelley Carlton waving the green flag to begin the $10,000 to win race. McDowell would take his Rocket Chassis to the point on the first lap with third-place starter Jimmy Owens edging by Rogers to take second place with one lap in the books.

McDowell, the former World 100 and Hav-A-Tampa Series Champion set sail in the early going as he stretched his lead to six-car lengths by the fourth circuit.  The top five with five laps in the books were McDowell, Owens, Rogers, Scott Bloomquist and Chris Madden.  With McDowell in control of the race, he would start to encounter some lapped traffic by the ninth lap which would impede him just enough that Owens was able to cut his lead down.

McDowell would maintain a six-to-seven car length advantage despite contending with lapped traffic for four laps until Owens sliced it to three lengths with 14 laps recorded.  Owens, then, was all over McDowell as he closed right on his left rear quarter panel a lap later.  Owens made a successful pass for the lead overhauling McDowell in heavy traffic on lap 16.

Owens opened up some distance between himself and McDowell as Bloomquist was now putting the pressure on McDowell after Bloomquist had battled with Rogers for the first 17 laps until he was finally able to overtake the veteran driver on the 18th lap.

Bloomquist continued to hound McDowell as Owens continued to show domination out in front.  Chris Madden began to make some moves as he passed Rogers for fourth on the 22nd lap as he put himself in contention as he closed quickly on the race on front of him for second between McDowell and Bloomquist.

Bloomquist would move into second around McDowell on lap 24 and then without much hesitation he would rapidly gain ground on Owens, as Owens was entering more lapped traffic as the race was caution-free up until this point.  Owens would put two lapped cars between himself and Bloomquist giving him some cushion as the halfway-mark approached.

With 30 laps down Owens still held the point with Bloomquist, McDowell, Madden and Rogers in the top five running order.  Bloomquist would make quick work of the two lapped cars between he and Owens as the 2008 Eldora Dirt Late Model Dream winner closed right on the rear deck lid of Owens’ car.

Coming off of turn four on lap 36 the front of the field would suddenly bunch up in traffic as Madden apparently laid down some fluids on the track which forced the drivers to take evasive action which almost caused a major pileup.  Madden would take his smoking car to the pits relinquishing his fourth place running position.

On the restart Owens would be out in front for the Delaware double-file restart with Bloomquist and McDowell lined up side-by-side behind him.   Bloomquist would be on the outside for the restart and has he accelerated into the first turn he hopped the cushion and slid into the wall with the right front of his car.  Bloomquist would slid down the track just enough as Dan Schlieper would clip the rear of Bloomquist’ car causing further damage. Both cars were done for the night along with Joe Armes’ mount that stopped in turn two along with Brad Neat.

So with one of his main competitors (Bloomquist) out of the race Owens would see the green flag to restart race as the fans were treated to another side-by-side tussle between McDowell and Pearson, who had started seventh in the field.  Pearson was able to clear McDowell on lap 37 to take over the second spot.

Owens extended his lead to three lengths with 20 laps to go and moments later it was a six car length lead as Owens was cruising around the 4/10ths mile track with little difficulty.  With 15 laps to go it was a solid lead for the ’07 World 100 winner, but seemingly in an instance Pearson got the Bobby Labonte Racing #44 up to speed as the widdled down Owens’ lead in a heartbeat as he closed to within a two-car length deficit with 13 laps to go.

Pearson then got right on Owens’ left rear quarter panel and when Owens slid up the track entering turn four on lap 52 that open the door for Pearson to go the inside of Owens and pass him for the lead.  Both Pearson and Owens were contending with a lapped car for several laps and just when Pearson made the move to pass Owens, Owens would get together with the lapped car ramping over the left rear of that car which caused damage to the right front of Owens’ mount and that would end any hopes that Owens had for the win as he slowed on the track and went pitside.

On the restart, Pearson would hold the point for the first time in the event, but a caution after the restart for Vic Hill and Mark Vineyard would slow the field one more time.  Hill who was running sixth at the time did a 360 in turn four and kept his position in the race as he did not stop on the race track.

That would be the last caution of the race and Pearson was up to the task of holding a comfortable lead the rest of the way as he would go on to record his 12th career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory and his second of 2008.

In the Lucas Oil Victory Lane, Pearson was relieved the race was over after seeing two top contenders (Owens and Bloomquist) not finish the race.  “It’s been a long-time coming, our crew has worked their rear ends off, it’s been an up and down season, I’ve flipped, got knocked out and broke my wrist. This is the car that Bobby (Labonte) drove in the Prelude and it ran so good I think I’ll just keep on racing this car so maybe I won’t give it back to him to drive,” said the 36-year old who is in his second year driving for the 2000 NASCAR Champion.  “Those Bloomquist cars are always tough here, I’m not sure what happened to Bloomquist out there, but with Jimmy, he’s a great driver as well and we had a good race with him and you hate to see what happened to him, but we were just in the right place at the right time tonight, I’ve got to thank my crew Randall, Matt and Keith for the great job they do and thanks to all the fans that came out tonight, I hope they enjoyed the show.”

The Bobby Labonte Racing Team #44 based out of Archdale, NC is sponsored by LifeLong Locks, Lucas Oil Products and Sunoco Race Fuels as he MasterSbilt Dodge Charger is powered by a Larry Wallace Racing Engines.

McDowell of Chickamauga, GA finished second in the Base Racing Fuels/Clements Engines/Rocket followed by Chad Ogle who was making his first career LOLMDS start in his Sammy’s Hardware Store/AFCO/GRT Monte Carlo.  Completing the top five were Rick Rogers in the Greeneville Forest Products/Vic Hill Racing Engines/Warrior Monte Carlo as ninth-place starter Bart Hartman in the Imler’s Poultry/Cornett Engines/Rocket Monte Carlo came home fifth.

Completing the top ten were 14th starting Shanon Buckingham, Tommy Kerr, Vic Hill, Ray Cook and Mark Vineyard.

In preliminary racing action Jimmy Owens was the PRC Fast Timer in qualifications with a lap of 12.298 seconds among the 44 entrants on hand.  The heat races were won by Owens, Dale McDowell, Scott Bloomquist and Rick Rogers.  The B-mains went to Tommy Kerr and Dan Schlieper.

In the first B-main of the night LOLMDS driver John Mason of Millersburg, OH was involved in a mishap on the main straightaway that left the Hall of Famer suffering from concussion like symptoms after he  took a hard hit in the wreck  which knocked one of the wheels off the car.  He was later transported to an area hospital in Greeneville, TN.  Mason had complained of arm and neck pain at the track, but x-rays proved negative on those.  The results of a cat-scan showed that Mason had sustained a concussion, with doctors releasing him shortly after.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be back on the track Sunday Night, July 6th at Tazewell Speedway in Tazewell, TN for the Toyota Knoxville 75.  The event was originally scheduled for Friday Night but persistent rain showers forced the event to be postponed until Sunday Night.  For more information you can go to www.tazewellspeedway.net.

To find out more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log on to www.lucasdirt.com or call the series office at (951) 532-2503.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Race Summary

Saturday Night, July 5, 2008

Volunteer Speedway – Bulls Gap, TN

PRC Fast Time:  Jimmy Owens/12.298 seconds

Hawk Brake First Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Jimmy Owens, Chris Madden, Bart Hartman, Joe Armes, Tommy Kerr, Scott James, John Mason, Brad Neat, Brad Hall, Jeff Maupin – DNS

Hawk Brake Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Dale McDowell, Billy Ogle Jr., Vic Hill, Shanon Buckingham. Steve Casebolt, Bryan Hendrix, Wayne Chinn, Randy Weaver, Herman Goddard, Bobby Giffin, J. Allan, Roger Best

AFCO Racing Products Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Scott Bloomquist, Earl Pearson Jr., Ray Cook, John Gill, Michael Smith, Mark Vineyard, Brad Coffey, Steve Smith, Bobby Mays, Mike Jackson, Terry Casey

Tiger Rear Ends Fourth Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Rick Rogers, Shane Roberts, Chad Ogle, Justin Rattliff, Dan Schlieper, Billy Drake, Kerry Jones, Freddy Smith, Jeff Wolfenbarger, John King, Anthony White – DNS

Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno First B-Main (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Tommy Kerr, Bryan Hendrix, Brad Neat, Steve Casebolt, Scott James, Wayne Chinn, Bobby Giffin. Brad Hall, John Mason, Herman Goddard, J. Allan, Randy Weaver – DNS, Roger Best – DNS, Jeff Maupin – DNS

Quarter Master Second B-Main (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Dan Schlieper, Michael Smith, Mark Vineyard, Billy Drake, Freddy Smith, John King, Mike Jackson, Jeff Wolfenbarger, Brad Coffey, Bobby Mays, Steve Smith, Kerry Jones, Terry Casey, Anthony White – DNS

“Toyota Tundra 60” Feature Finish (60 Laps): Earl Pearson Jr., Dale McDowell, Chad Ogle, Rick Rogers, Bart Hartman, Shanon Buckingham, Tommy Kerr, Vic Hill, Ray Cook, Mark Vineyard, Billy Drake, Steve Casebolt, John Gill, Shane Roberts, Michael Smith, Justin Rattliff, Jimmy Owens, Bryan Hendrix, Brad Neat, Scott Bloomquist, Dan Schlieper, Joe Armes, Chris Madden, Billy Ogle Jr.

Race Statistics

Entries:  44

Caution Flags: 4

Lap Leaders: Dale McDowell 1-15, Jimmy Owens 16-52, Earl Pearson Jr. 53-60

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Steve Casebolt, Billy Drake

PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Billy Drake (Started 24th and finished 11th-advanced 13 positions)

Allstar Performance Performer of the Race: Dale McDowell

K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Earl Pearson Jr.

Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: none

ASI Racewear Lucky 7 Award: Tommy Kerr

Integra Shocks Crew Chief of the Race:  Eric Fulwood (Billy Drake)

Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race:  Larry Wallace Racing Engines

Time of the Race: 35 minutes

Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Standings

1)    Earl Pearson Jr. (Jacksonville, FL) 3665

2)    Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN) 3500

3)    Bart Hartman (Zanesville, OH) 3370

4)    Dan Schlieper (Sullivan, WI) 3230

5)    Justin Rattliff (Campbellsville, KY) 3220

6)    Billy Drake (Bloomington, IL) 3075

7)    Scott James (Lawrenceburg, IN) 3015

8)    Terry Casey (New London, WI) 2880

9)    Freddy Smith (Seymour, TN) 2630

10)  Wayne Chinn (Bradford, OH) 2425

Quarter Master Rookie of the Year Points Standings

1)     Terry Casey (New London, WI) 2880

2)     Wayne Chinn (Bradford, OH) 2425

3)     John Blankenship (Williamson, WV) 745

4)     Tony Knowles (Tyrone, GA) 425

5)     Eric Jacobsen (Seacliffe Beach, CA) 245

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ZANESVILLE, OH (July 3, 2008) – Leaving little doubt that he is the hottest dirt late model driver in the nation, Dan Schlieper of Sullivan, WI, took the lead on lap 30 from fellow Wisconsin driver Terry Casey. After which, he went on to claim his third Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event in the last four races as he captured the Creno’s 50 on Thursday Night at Muskingum County Speedway.  Casey from New London, WI finished second after starting 14th.  Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL who had to take a series provisional came from the 23rd starting position to finish third as he passed Bart Hartman of Zanesville, Oh with two laps to go.  Hartman finished fourth followed by Jason Covert of York Haven, PA.

Wayne Chinn and Josh Richards would start on the front row of the 50 lapper with Chinn grabbing the point right from the start of the race.  Chinn would lead the first four circuits until he suddenly slowed coming out of turn number two on lap five.  Chinn would bring out the first caution of the race as he made a pit stop, relegating him to the tail of the restart.

Richards then became the new leader, as he led lap five, but upon entering turn number two he rode the top burm of the track causing him to nearly flip the Ernie Davis car as he came to a halt.  There were two other drivers that became involved as well,all three of whom would start at the back of the field.

With Richards going to the back, Schlieper then picked up the lead of the race with Covert, Donnie Moran, Bart Hartman and Casey running in the top five. Casey then started to put the pressure on Hartman for fourth as he got around the veteran driver on lap eight.  Casey didn’t stop there, as he would overhaul Moran a lap later to takeover third place.

Casey then quickly tracked down Covert, going underneath the two-time MACS Series Champion for second time on the 13th lap.  But Casey was not done yet, as he would complete his climb to the top spot as he passed Schlieper for the lead on lap 15.

Casey then built a commanding lead over the field as Schlieper, Covert, Moran and Hartman were the top five with 24 laps to go.  Casey swiftly worked his way through lapped traffic and was the first car to take the half-way mark of the race.  Casey’s lead however, would evaporate with 29 laps in the books as a caution came out.

On the restart, Schlieper would stay with Casey until another caution for a spun car just a lap later.  This time Schlieper would get a great restart as he hounded Casey for a lap until whipping past him with 20 laps to go.  The final caution of the race would come out on lap 32 as Steve Casebolt who entered the event as the series points leader slowed on the frontstretch as he went pitside ending his night.

The final restart would see Schlieper maintain his lead as he powered his way to a three-car length lead over Casey.  In the waning laps, Casey would try to make up ground on Schlieper as the former World 100 winner was encountering some lapped traffic, but Schlieper would go on to pick up his third LOLMDS victory in the last four events.  Casey, who came into the race leading the Quarter Master Rookie of the Year chase finished second in the Arnie Ranta Motorsports/Pro Power Engines/C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo. Pearson who’s valiant effort in coming from 23rd to third at the finish regained the series points lead in the Bobby Labonte Racing/Larry Wallace Racing Engines/MasterSbilt Dodge Charger.  Hartman’s Imler Poultry/Cornett Racing Engines/Rocket Monte Carlo taking fourth followed by Covert in the Barry Klinedinst Motorsports/Red Wing Shoes/Rocket Chassis.

In the Lucas Oil victory lane once again Schlieper thanked a multitude of people.  “Man I can’t say enough about this Wild Chassis, we’ve been on a roll, I’ve got to thank my crew chief Jason Palubicki, my brothers John and Bill Schlieper with Pro Power Engines, Uncle Buck who’s here tonight, Bob and Barb Miller and all my great sponsors Miller Brothers Coal, Hawkeye Trucking, VP Race Fuels, Integra Shocks, Hoosier Tires I can’t thank them enough,” said Schlieper.

Completing the top ten were Tim Dohm, Donnie Moran, Eddie Carrier Jr., Wayne Chinn and Steve Shaver.

In preliminary action Earl Pearson Jr. was the PRC Fast Time Award winner with a fast lap of 15.608 seconds among the 37 cars on hand.  Heat race winners were: Wayne Chinn, Dan Schlieper, Jason Covert, and Josh Richards.

You can find out more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series by logging on to www.lucasdirt.com or call the series office at (951) 532-2503.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Race Summary Thursday Night, July 3, 2008 Muskingum County Speedway – Dresden, OH

PRC Fast Time: Earl Pearson Jr./15.608 seconds

Hawk Brake First Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Wayne Chinn, Bart Hartman, Steve Casebolt, Tim Dohm, Andy Bond, Cortney Clewell, Kyle Bates, Shane McLoughlin, Earl Pearson Jr.

Hawk Brake Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Dan Schlieper, Donnie Moran, Steve Shaver, Terry Casey, Mark Banal, Matt Lux, Charlie Maloney, Tony Fritter, Brad Malcuit - DNS

AFCO Racing Products Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Jason Covert, Eddie Carrier Jr., Justin Rattliff, John Mason, John Mallett, Jeff Esbenshade, Jeremy Canada, Weston Hutchison, Ryan Markham

Tiger Rear Ends Fourth Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Josh Richards, Robbie Blair, Billy Drake, Scott James, Dave Hess Jr., Cody Parker, Freddy Smith, Ryan Twarog, Mike Knight - DNS

Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno First B-Main (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Matt Lux, Mark Banal, Cortney Clewell, Charlie Maloney, Andy Bond, Kyle Bates, Tracy Fritter, Shane McLoughlin – DNS, Earl Pearson Jr., - DNS, Brad Malcuit – DNS

Quarter Master Second B-Main (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Dave Hess Jr., Ryan Markham, John Mallett, Cody Parker, Weston Hutchison, Jeremy Canada, Jeff Esbenshade, Ryan Twarog, Freddy Smith – DNS, Mike Knight – DNS

Crenos 50 Feature Finish (50 Laps): Dan Schlieper, Terry Casey, Earl Pearson Jr., Bart Hartman, Jason Covert, Tim Dohm, Donnie Moran, Eddie Carrier Jr., Wayne Chinn, Steve Shaver, Josh Richards, Ryan Markham, Freddy Smith, Bily Drake, John Mason, Justin Rattliff, Cortney Clewell, Mark Banal, Shane McLoughlin, Steve Casebolt, Robbie Blair, Scott James, Dave Hess Jr., Matt Lux, John Mallett

Race Statistics

Entries:  36 Caution Flags: 7 Lap Leaders: Wayne Chinn 1-4, Josh Richards 5, Dan Schlieper 6-15, Terry Casey 16-30, Schlieper 31-50Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Earl Pearson Jr., Freddy SmithMuskingum County Speedway Track Provisional: Shane McLoughlin PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Earl Pearson Jr. (Started 23rd and finished 3rd-advanced 20 positions) Allstar Performance Performer of the Race: Tim Dohm K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Bart Hartman Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Terry Casey ASI Racewear Lucky 7 Award: Donnie Moran Integra Shocks Crew Chief of the Race:  Randall Edwards Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race:  Pro Power Racing Engines Time of the Race:  38 minutes

Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Standings

1)    Earl Pearson Jr. (Jacksonville, FL) 3365

2)    Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN) 3275

3)    Bart Hartman (Zanesville, OH) 3115

4)    Dan Schlieper (Sullivan, WI) 3055

5)    Justin Rattliff (Campbellsville, KY) 3020

6)    Billy Drake (Bloomington, IL) 2850

7)    Scott James (Lawrenceburg, IN) 2845

8)    Terry Casey (New London, WI) 2750

9)    Freddy Smith (Seymour, TN) 2460

10)  Wayne Chinn (Bradford, OH) 2260

Quarter Master Rookie of the Year Points Standings

1)     Terry Casey (New London, WI) 2750

2)     Wayne Chinn (Bradford, OH) 2260

3)     John Blankenship (Williamson, WV) 745

4)     Tony Knowles (Tyrone, GA) 425

5)     Eric Jacobsen (Seacliffe Beach, CA) 245

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