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WINCHESTER, VA (August 1, 2008) – Taking the lead on the fourth lap, Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL picked up his third Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event of 2008 running away with the $7,000 to win event at Winchester Speedway on Friday Night.  Pearson’s third LOLMDS win of the season extended his points lead as well.  Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN came from the 18th starting spot to finish second, followed by 12th starting Steve Francis of Ashland, KY, the previous night’s winner at Bedford finished third, with Donnie Moran of Dresden, OH coming home fourth, and Steve Casebolt of Richmond, IN took the fifth finishing position at the finish.

The initial start of the 40 lap event saw a multi-car pileup in turn four, which involved at least five race cars.  Once the green flag came back out, Moran would bolt to the lead with Pearson, who re-started fourth after initially starting sixth, but moved to the outside of row number two after Terry Casey was unable to continue after the first lap wreck.

Moran would then see Pearson use the middle groove on the track to pull even with Moran on lap three as the two drivers came across the start-finish line dead even with Pearson.  Pearson then immediately took over the top spot from Moran, stretching it to six car lengths by the ninth lap.

Booper  Bare spun in turn two, bringing out a caution with ten laps complete, saving the tail of the field from being reeled in by the leaders. On the restart, Pearson had the advantage of a clear track in front of him. Again, Pearson would show his strength pulling out to a four-car length lead over Moran and third place Justin Rattliff.  The third caution for slow for the top-ten running Darryl Hills with 16 laps in the books would once again allow Moran and Rattliff a shot at Pearson.

On the restart, Pearson really picked up the pace, holding his largest margin of the race, a ten-car length lead with 20 laps in the books.  Moran was still running in second followed by Rattliff, Casebolt, and Francis, who worked his way up to fifth after starting 12th.

Another car on the move was Jimmy Owens, coming from all the way back in his 20th starting position. Experiencing problems, Rattliff slowed on the backstretch and pulled out of the race on lap 32, ending a strong run for the youngster.

Francis and Owens then continued their march to the front. Pearson remained out front with more than a straightaway lead over Moran. The duo of Francis and Owens had split Rattliff as the he slowed as that would move Owens into third with Francis now running in fourth.

In the final five laps, Owens caught up to Moran, and managed to get by him on lap 38. Francis quickly followed suit on the final lap to take third away from Moran.  Pearson managed to keep an insurmountable lead to finish with the win in his first ever appearance at Winchester Speedway.

In the Lucas Oil Victory Lane, Pearson thanked a multitude of people including his crew and car owner Bobby Labonte.  “I didn’t know what was going to happen in the feature after the heat races, everybody was running around on the bottom and I guess we were bound and determined to make the middle to top groove work and it did fortunately for us.  I want to say hello to my mom back home, she was not feeling well today and I hope this makes her feel better.”

Pearson drove the Bobby Labonte Racing/Larry Wallace Racing Engines/MasterSbilt Dodge Charger sponsored by LifeLong Locks/Lucas Oil Products and Sunoco Race Fuels, followed by Jimmy Owens, Steve Francis, Donnie Moran, and Steve Casebolt.

Completing the top ten were Jamie Lathroum, Billy Drake, Andy Anderson, Wayne Chinn and D.J.Myers.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be back in action on Saturday Night, August 2nd at Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, MD for a $10,000 to win event.  The event will be broadcasted live on www.RaceTalkLive.com with your host, Dustin “DJ” Jarrett at 8 PM Eastern Time.

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, August 1, 2008

Winchester Speedway – Winchester, VA

PRC Fast Time:  Ricky Elliott/ 16.189 seconds

                        

Hawk Brake First Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Jamie Lathroum, Billy Drake, Andy Anderson, Ricky Elliott, Booper Bare, Dan Schlieper, Tony Crim, Steve Shaver, Kristopher Eaton, Jonathon DeHaven, Brian Tavenner, Scott Merryman – DNS

Hawk Brake Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Terry Casey, Earl Pearson Jr., Darryl Hills, Gary Stuhler, David Williams, Dan Stone, Devin Friese, Frank Plessinger, Ronnie DeHaven Jr., Freddy Smith, Chris Cromer, Leon Lloyd – DNS

AFCO Racing Products Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Justin Rattliff, Bart Hartman, DJ Myers, Jason Covert, Jimmy Owens, Walter Crouch, Gerald Davis, John Mason, Wayne Chinn, Brad Omps, James Richards, Jeremy Miller

Tiger Rear Ends Fourth Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Donnie Moran, Steve Casebolt, Steve Francis, Scott James, Josh Richards, Michael Hardy, Mark Pettyjohn, Roland Mann, Matt Hardy, Matt Quade, Lewis Hudson

Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno First B-Main (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Booper Bare, Dan Schlieper, David Williams, Dan Stone, Frank Plessinger, Tony Crim, Devin Friese, Jonathan DeHaven, Kristopher Eaton, Ronnie DeHaven Jr., Brian Tavenner, Chris Cromer, Freddy Smith, Steve Shaver, Scott Merryman – DNS, Leon Lloyd – DNS

Quarter Master Second B-Main (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Jimmy Owens, Josh Richards, Walter Crouch, Mark Pettyjohn, Michael Handy, Wayne Chinn, Gerald Davis, John Mason, Brad Omps, Roland Mann, Matt Hardy, Lewis Hudson, James Richards, Jeremy Miller, Matt Quade

“Shootout Finale” Feature Finish (40 Laps): Earl Pearson Jr., Jimmy Owens, Steve Francis, Donnie Moran, Steve Casebolt, Jamie Lathroum, Billy Drake, Andy Anderson, Wayne Chinn, DJ Myers, Bart Hartman, Jason Covert, Gary Stuhler, Josh Richards, Booper Bare, Scott James, Ricky Elliott, Freddy Smith, David Williams, Justin Rattliff, Darryl Hills, Dan Schlieper, Terry Casey, Walter Crouch, Gerald Davis

Race Statistics

Entries:  47

Caution Flags: 3

Lap Leaders: Donnie Moran 1-3, Earl Pearson Jr. 4-40

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Freddy Smith, Wayne Chinn

Winchester Speedway Track Provisional:  Gerald Davis

PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Jimmy Owens (Started 18th and finished 2nd —advanced 16 positions)

Allstar Performance Performer of the Race: Wayne Chinn

K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Jimmy Owens

Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Wayne Chinn

ASI Racewear Lucky 7 Award: Billy Drake

Integra Shocks Crew Chief of the Race: Jason Baltazar (Wayne Chinn)

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

Time of the Race: 23 minutes

Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Standings

1)    Earl Pearson Jr. (Jacksonville, FL) 5240

2)    Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN) 4740

3)    Bart Hartman (Zanesville, OH) 4685

4)    Billy Drake (Bloomington, IL) 4425

5)    Justin Rattliff (Campbellsville, KY) 4240

6)    Terry Casey (New London, WI) 4175

7)    Dan Schlieper (Sullivan, WI) 4160

8)    Scott James (Lawrenceburg, IN) 4070

9)    Freddy Smith (Seymour, TN) 3755

10)  Wayne Chinn (Bradford, OH) 3490

Quarter Master Rookie of the Year Points Standings

1)     Terry Casey (New London, WI) 4175

2)     Wayne Chinn (Bradford, OH) 3490

3)     John Blankenship (Williamson, WV) 745

4)     Tony Knowles (Tyrone, GA) 425

5)     Eric Jacobsen (Seacliffe Beach, CA) 245

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BEDFORD, PA (July 31, 2008) - In a race cut short by six laps due to severe fog blanketing the track, Steve Francis of Ashland, KY became the 20th different driver to win a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event on Thursday Night at Bedford Speedway.  Francis, in the Dale Beitler owned Rocket GTO, led all 24 laps in winning the $7,000 to win the inaugural “Paul Beamer Memorial Race” sponsored by Bedford Valley Petroleum.  Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL finished second followed by Josh Richards of Shinnston, WV, Jeremy Miller of Gettysburg, PA and Rick Eckert of York, PA.

The start of the A-main was delayed due to a pop-up shower, but after about two hours and after running the track back in, the race was ready to go, with Francis and Richards starting on the pole.  Third-place starter Bart Hartman slowed on the initial start bringing out the caution, which negated the start and forced a restart.  Hartman took to the pits and not return to the race until the twelfth lap.

Francis managed to motor ahead of the field, as he led all 24 scored laps with a nice battle for second taking place between Richards and Pearson.  Francis opened up a seven car length lead in the early stages of the race until lapped traffic would allow both Richards and Pearson to gain on him.

With ten laps down, Richards and Pearson had closed on Francis’ rear bumper as the first three cars were running nose to tail.  Francis was able to put a lapped car between himself and the race for second as the first caution came out on lap 12.

On the restart, Francis would again extend his lead over Richards and Pearson as Pearson was all over the rear decklid of Richards’ car.  With 15 laps down, Francis was on a rail, stretching his lead over the duo of Richards and Pearson with Jeremy Miller and Rick Eckert in a tight battle for fourth.

As the halfway mark was given, fog started to overtake the race track as Jeff Rine slowed for the third caution on lap 20.  With ten laps to go, there was enough visibility for the drivers to continue as they would only be able to race for four more laps until Nick Dickson stopped in turn two bringing out the caution.

During the caution period, the drivers stopped on the frontstretch and relayed to the Lucas Oil officials and track officials that it was unsafe to resume the race.  The decision was made to wave the checkered flag as the cars came back around the frontstretch and the race was officially ruled complete.

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane, for the first time since July 2007, Francis said the decision made was the right one for driver’s safety.  “No doubt it was the right call, it’s easy for me to say being in front but when the second place guy and back says they can’t see you have to go with that,” Francis said as he thanked his crew who have turned around his fortunes on recent weeks.  “The American Racer tires are good here and for them to get the track back in the shape they did after the rain my hats off to them, now we can go and hopefully run well the next two nights and then set our sights on Florence for next week, that’s a race I’d really like to win.”

The 40-year-old driver helmed the Dale Beitler Racing owned, Cornett powered Reliable Painting/Duralite Racing Wheels/Integra Shocks, Valvoline sponsored Rocket Chassis GTO.

Pearson extended his points lead in the Bobby Labonte Racing/Lifelong Locks/MasterSbilt Dodge Charger by virtue of his second place finish.  Richards who was the PRC fast timer in qualifications among the 51 cars on hand drove the Ernie Davis/Ernie’s Towing and Hauling/Rocket Monte Carlo SS.

Completing the top five were Jeremy Miller in the Buckler Motorsports/Complete Flooring/Rocket GTO and Rick Eckert in the Raye Vest Excavating/Custom Engines/GRT Cadillac.

Rounding out the top ten Steve Shaver, Terry Casey, Ricky Elliott, Billy Drake and Steve Casebolt.

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 31st, 2008

Bedford Speedway, Bedford, PA

PRC Fast Time: Josh Richards / 20.223 seconds

Hawk Brake First Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Josh Richards, Earl Pearson Jr., Chuck Clise, Justin Rattliff, Jeff Rine, John Mason, Wayne Chinn, Steve Everhart, Freddy Smith, Shawn Claar, DJ Myers, Bo Feathers, Tom Decker Sr.

Hawk Brake Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Rick Eckert, Steve Shaver, Jason Covert, Steve Casebolt, Gary Stuhler, Scott Haus, Randy Burkholder, Dan Schlieper, Greg Fetters, Wayne Johnson, Matt Parks, TJ Wright, Tom Decker Jr.

AFCO Racing Products Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Steve Francis, Jeremy Miller, Billy Drake, Dan Stone, Jim Yoder, Nick Dickson, Tyler Armstrong, Scott LeBarron, Brian Booze, Shane Beegle, Jimmy Owens, Andy Martz, Chris Harr.

Tiger Rearend Fourth Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Bart Hartman, Terry Casey, Donnie Moran, Ricky Elliott, Jeff Miller, Tyler Hershey, Alan Sagi, Jack Pencil, Scott James, JT Spence, Scott Rhodes, Doug Ishler.

Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno First B-Main (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Gary Stuhler, Jeff Rine, Scott Haus, John Mason, Randy Burkholder, Dan Schlieper, DJ Myers, Freddy Smith, Greg Fetters, Wayne Chinn, Steve Everhart, Wayne Johnson, Matt Parks, Tom Decker Sr., Shawn Claar, TJ Wright, Bo Feathers (DNS), Tom Decker Jr(DNS).

Quarter Master Second B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Advance): (Finished after 8 Laps Due to Rain Delay): Jeremy Miller, Jack Pencil, Nick Dickson, Tyler Hershey, Scott Rhodes, Tyler Armstrong, Scott LeBarron, Brian Booze, Alan Sagi, Shane Beegle, Jim Yoder, Scott James, JT Spence (DNS), Jimmy Owens (DNS), Anndy Martz (DNS), Doug Ishler (DNS), Chris Harr (DNS).

“Inaugural Paul Beamer Memorial” (30 Laps): Steve Francis, Earl Pearson Jr.,  Josh Richards, Jeremy Miller, Rick Eckert, Steve Shaver, Terry Casey, Ricky Elliot, Billy Drake, Steve Casebolt, Donnie Moran, Scott Haus, Jason Covert, Chuck Clise, Gary Stuhler, Scott James, Jeff Miller, Nick Dickson, Dan Stone, Jeff Rine, Justin Rattliff, Tyler Hershey, Jack Pencil, Steve Everhart, Freddy Smith, Bart Hartman.

Race Statistics

 

Entries:  51

Caution Flags: 5

Lap Leaders: Steve Francis 1-24 (Ended Due to Extreme Fog)

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Scott James, Freddy Smith Bedford Speedway Track Provisionals: Steve Everhart, Tyler Hershey

PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Scott Haus

Allstar Performance Performer of the Race: Scott James

K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Steve Casebolt

Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Terry Casey

ASI Racewear Lucky 7 Award: Terry Casey

Integra Shocks Crew Chief of the Race: Kevin Miller

Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Cornett Racing Engines

Time of the Race: start: 1:02am finish: 1:30am

Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Standings

1)    Earl Pearson Jr – 4990

2)    Steve Casebolt – 4535

3)    Bart Hartman – 4510

4)    Billy Drake – 4230

5)    Justin Rattliff – 4110

6)    Terry Casey – 4050

7)    Dan Schlieper – 4035

8)    Scott James – 3920

9)    Freddy Smith – 3615

10)  Wayne Chinn - 3305

Quarter Master Rookie of the Year Points Standings

1)    Terry Casey - 4050

2)    Wayne Chinn - 3305

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WHEATLAND, MO (July 19, 2008) – It will be a race that everyone in attendance will remember for years to come.  There was a huge crowd on hand for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series “CMH Showdown” Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway. Several lead changes, multiple  three-wide battles for the lead, and Bart Hartman of Zanesville, OH ending up in victory lane made up one of the most exciting nights in racing to date. The 39-year-old, second generation racer picked up his first LOLMDS win of 2008, and first series win since 2005, which vaulted him into second place in the Lucas Oil Championship Points Standings.

 

Hartman’s thrilling win allowed him to become the 19th different winner of the LOLMDS season. Hartman led Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL; Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA; 18th starting Terry Phillips of Springfield, MO; and Terry Casey of New London, WI to the finish line for the $10,000 triumph.

 

Hartman started from the pole of the 50 lap “CMH Showdown,” alongside PRC Fast Qualifier Dan Schlieper of Sullivan, WI.  Schlieper would overtake Hartman at the start with Pearson, Birkhofer and Casey in tow after the initial start was negated as a caution came out for Chris Smyser.

 

Schlieper held a one-car length lead advantage over Hartman in the early going with Casey on the move, quickly advancing up from his seventh starting spot into the top five with one lap in the books, merely two circuits later he passed Birkhofer for fourth.

 

Hartman kept pace with Schlieper, following the former World 100 winner closely. Pearson was gaining ground on the frontrunners, and an exciting battle going on in the top five between Casey and Birkhofer who swapped the fourth spot another time on lap six.

 

Schlieper and Hartman started entering lapped traffic by the tenth circuit, which was just the opportunity that Hartman needed to overhaul Schlieper for the lead on lap ten.  Working his way through traffic, Birkhofer would join the fray as he passed Pearson for third and then dove under Schlieper for second on the 11th lap.

 

Entering turn number one, the leaders went three wide for the top spot with Hartman, Birkhofer and Schlieper battling with the two lapped cars in an incredible display of driving talent.  Coming off of turn two Hartman would keep the lead, with Birkhofer hot on his heels. With 15 laps in the books, it looked as if it was a matter of time before Birkhofer would wrestle the lead away from Hartman.

 

The packed grandstand was buzzing; Hartman and Birkhofer would go door-to-door for two consecutive laps with Casey roaring around the top of the track, passing both Schlieper and Pearson for third on lap 17.

 

The caution came out for a slowing Scott James with 17 laps recorded.  On the restart, Hartman would be in front with a double-file formation behind him.  Hartman vaulted away from the field when the green re-appeared with Birkhofer and now Pearson jockeying for second.

 

With the halfway mark coming up, the action was outstanding as another three-wide race developed for the lead with Hartman, Birkhofer and Pearson dueling it out.  Hartman’s car was performing well on the top side, but on lap 28 he jumped the cushion in turn four, allowing Birkhofer an avenue on the inside to go by to take over the lead. 

 

Hartman would fight back on the top side, as he whipped by Birkhofer on lap 30 to regain the top spot.  With 20 laps to go, the top three of Hartman, Birkhofer and Pearson continued to put on quite a show with 18th starting Terry Phillips and Casey maintaining a solid fourth and fifth in the running order.

 

With multiple grooves on the 3/8ths mile track, Pearson hugged the bottom once more and pulled even with Birkhofer, who was working the middle line, for second.  After the two ran side-by-side for a remarkable four straight laps, Pearson finally was able to clear Birkhofer for second on lap 36.

 

With 14 laps to go, Pearson began to close the gap on Hartman, as Hartman jumped the turn four cushion, allowing Pearson to slide by him on the bottom to take the lead for the first time in the race.  Pearson then opened up a three-car length lead.

 

The son of five-time USAC Stock Car Champion, Butch Hartman, rebounded nicely, not giving up on the top line around the track as he rocketed back by Pearson as the two were heading down the back chute to re-gain the lead with ten laps remaining.

 

Hartman then turned the wick up on his Rocket Monte Carlo, building his lead in the closing laps enough so that Pearson would not be able to make a last-lap run at him. He went on to collect his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win since September 24, 2005 at West Virginia Motor Speedway.  With the win, Hartman now takes over second place in the Lucas Oil Championship Points Standings, heading into an off weekend for the LOLMDS.

 

In the Lucas Oil Speedway victory lane, a relieved Hartman, who is following the LOLMDS for the first time was glad to be there after several strong runs this season.  “Brian was really tough after the caution, Earl was good on the bottom, we just ran our own race and thanks to Austin (Hargrove, his crew chief) he’s worked his butt off this weekend, the car was super good up top and there’s where it worked the best,” said the former Dirt Track World Champion and North-South 100 winner.

 

“Thanks to these great fans for coming out here tonight, we hope we put on a show for them, this is by far the best facility I’ve ever raced at, we’ve run good here lately, we wished we could have picked some wins earlier, but there’s a lot of big races left, “ Hartman said after thanking his sponsors; Rocket Chassis, Cornett Engines, Imler’s Poultry, Lendx Check Chasing and Loans, Hoosier Tires, Sunoco Race Fuels, All-Star Performance, Lucas Oil Products and Ohlins.

 

Second place finisher Earl Pearson Jr. congratulated Hartman on his win in victory lane.  “His car was really good up top, the bottom was real good for us there early on when we closed on them guys (Hartman and Birkhofer), but the bottom started to go away and we were just hanging on there, cause he (Hartman) had his car set-up to run up there and we gambled on tires and obviously he picked the right ones.”  Pearson was driving the Bobby Labonte Racing/LifeLong Locks/MasterSbilt Dodge Charger.

 

Brian Birkhofer, who has two LOLMDS wins at Lucas Oil Speedway in the last two years said coming home third was too bad considering the two drivers he was racing against.  “Bart deserved the win, I’m glad to see him get one of these (Lucas Oil) races, you can race against him and Earl for lap after lap and they’ll race you clean every time, that one caution killed me on the tires,” said the driver who wheels the J&J Steel/Pro Power Engines/Mars ‘n Hofer Monte Carlo SS.

 

Terry Phillips, who recorded his 90th career win on the O’Reilly MLRA Series last weekend in Moberly, MO made a valiant run from 18th to finish a solid fourth in his Andy’s Frozen Custard/Hatfield Racing Engines/GRT by Phillips GTO.  “This new car has been real good since we started running it, we went with the soft tires and they helped early on, but once we got up into fourth we couldn’t get any further up there, I used them up getting there, but we’ll take fourth against this type of competition.”

 

Terry Casey, who leads the Quarter Master “Rookie of the Year” chase, continues to impress as he picked up the fifth spot in the Arnie Ranta Motorsports/Pro Power Engines/C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo.  Casey’s top five run at Wheatland marked his fourth top five finishes in the month of July.

 

Completing the top ten were Steve Casebolt, Dan Schlieper, Justin Rattliff, Billy Moyer and Wayne Chinn.

 

In preliminary action at Lucas Oil Speedway, Dan Schlieper was fastest qualifier among the 33 entries in the PRC Time Trials, with a lap of 14.805 seconds.  The heat races were won by Schlieper, Brian Birkhofer, Bart Hartman and Earl Pearson Jr.  The B-Mains went to David Turner and Terry Phillips.

 

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will take next weekend off before resuming with a gigantic stretch of events.  The series will next be on action on Thursday Night, July 31st at Bedford Speedway in Bedford, PA, Friday Night, August 1st at Winchester Speedway in Winchester, VA and Saturday Night, August 2nd at Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, MD.

 

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

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race SummarySaturday Night, July 19, 2008 Lucas Oil Speedway - Wheatland, Missouri   PRC Fast Time:  Dan Schlieper/14.805 seconds   Hawk Brake First Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Dan Schlieper, John Mason, Justin Rattliff, Billy Moyer, David Turner, JD Hubert, Randy Zimmerman, Rylan Long, Jeremy Payne   Hawk Brake Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Brian Birkhofer, Denny Eckrich, Steve Casebolt, John Anderson, Chris Smyser, Eric Turner, Larry Clawson, Chad Frewaldt   AFCO Racing Products Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Bart Hartman, Terry Casey, Wayne Chinn, Freddy Smith, Will Vaught, Denny Woodworth, Larry Jones, Rickey Frankel   Tiger Rear Ends Fourth Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Earl Pearson Jr., Scott James, Billy Drake, Jason Bodenhamer, Terry Phillips, Reid Millard, PJ Haskins, Brantlee Gotschall   Mason Racin' Rebel Shock Dyno First B-Main (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance): David Turner, Jeremy Payne, JD Hubert, Eric Turner, Chris Smyser, Randy Zimmerman, Rylan Long, Chad Frewaldt, Larry Clawson - DNS   Quarter Master Second B-Main (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Terry Phillips, Denny Woodworth, Will Vaught, Larry Jones, Rickey Frankel, Brantlee Gotschall, Reid Millard, PJ Haskins   "CMH Showdown" Feature Finish (50 Laps): Bart Hartman, Earl Pearson Jr., Brian Birkhofer, Terry Phillips, Terry Casey, Steve Casebolt, Dan Schlieper, Justin Rattliff, Billy Moyer, Wayne Chinn, Billy Drake, Denny Eckrich, Scott James, Will Vaught, John Anderson, Jason Bodenhamer, John Mason, Chris Smyser, Freddy Smith, JD Hubert, Jeremy Payne, Eric Turner, Brantlee Gotschall, Larry Clawson, Denny Woodworth, David Turner  Race Statistics  Entries:  33 Caution Flags: 2 Lap Leaders: Dan Schlieper 1-9, Bart Hartman 10-35, Earl Pearson Jr. 36-39, Hartman 40-50 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Chris Smyser, Eric Turner Midwest Late Model Racing Association Series Provisionals: Brantlee Gotschall, Larry Clawson PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Terry Phillips (Started 18th and finished 4th -advanced 14 positions) Allstar Performance Performer of the Race: Terry Phillips K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Bart Hartman Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Terry Casey ASI Racewear Lucky 7 Award: Dan Schlieper Integra Shocks Crew Chief of the Race: Austin Hargrove (Bart Hartman) Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race:  Cornett Racing Engines Time of the Race: 30 minutes  Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Standings

1)    Earl Pearson Jr. (Jacksonville, FL) 4760 2)    Bart Hartman (Zanesville, OH) 4385 3)    Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN) 4355 4)    Billy Drake (Bloomington, IL) 4045 5)    Justin Rattliff (Campbellsville, KY) 3985 6)    Dan Schlieper (Sullivan, WI) 3925 7)    Terry Casey (New London, WI) 3855 8)    Scott James (Lawrenceburg, IN) 3770 9)    Freddy Smith (Seymour, TN) 3490 10)  Wayne Chinn (Bradford, OH) 3210  Quarter Master Rookie of the Year Points Standings

1)     Terry Casey (New London, WI) 3855 2)     Wayne Chinn (Bradford, OH) 3210 3)     John Blankenship (Williamson, WV) 745 4)     Tony Knowles (Tyrone, GA) 425 5)     Eric Jacobsen (Seacliffe Beach, CA) 245

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PONTOON BEACH, IL (July 18, 2008) – Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR repelled the challenges of three other drivers during the nine-lap shootout near the end of the “Budweiser 50” on Friday Night at Tri-City Speedway.  The record books will show the Hall of Famer leading all 50 laps, but the fans were on the edge of the seats until the checkered flag fell, with Moyer hanging on to the lead. The win would mark his fourth already in 2008 on the historic $2.9 million dollar LOLMDS tour, and 14th overall this year.  Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL, local driver Billy Faust of Lebanon, IL and Billy Drake of Bloomington, IL all had a shot at stealing the win from Moyer in the closing laps, but the trio came up short in their bids to defeat Moyer.  Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA finished fifth but was several car lengths behind the top four finishers.

Brian Shirley and Moyer would start on the front row of the 50 lap main event which was taped in front of the cameras of SPEED Channel.  Shirley would get a good jump on Moyer and lead him through turns one and two and down the backstretch, but Moyer would rebound quickly passing Shirley coming off of turn number four to lead the opening lap of the race.

Moyer saw Shirley fall to second with Faust, Pearson and Drake holding the top five spots early on.  Moyer opened up a slight advantage over the field as a three-car tussle for second between Shirley, Faust and Pearson would see the trio go three-wide for two laps on laps five and six.

Moyer, who set a track record in qualifying at Tri-City two weeks ago, entered lapped traffic on lap nine as his five car length advantage began to take a hit by Shirley. The driver of the #3s machine would start to close the gap between the two.  With Moyer fighting his way through traffic Shirley and then Faust, Pearson and Drake would close to Moyer’s decklid as the top four ran nose to tail with no lapped cars between them.

As all eyes were on the developing race for the lead, the first caution came out for a slowing Wayne Chinn that would halt the action for the first time with 15 laps complete.  On the restart, Moyer would fire off of turn four as Shirley, Faust, Pearson and Drake were racing hard as each was using a different route around the 15 degree banking on the 3/8ths mile track. 

Moyer, with a clear track in front of him would again open up his lead over the torrid battle for second. At the halfway mark it appeared Moyer still had the car to beat as Shirley remained in second with a three-wide race continuing for third between Faust, Pearson and Drake with 18th starting Kevin Claycomb now in the hunt as he was up to sixth place.

On lap 27 the race for second would get even tighter with Shirley receiving pressure from the three drivers behind him as Pearson would pass Faust for third on lap 28.  Pearson would switch to the top groove and that would give him the advantage over Shirley after trying for at least five laps to pass him as Pearson finally was able to get around him on lap 34.

 Pearson’s momentum gained by running the very top of the track saw him gain of Moyer in a hurry with 38 laps in the books.  But Pearson also had to contend with Drake who used the very bottom of the racing surface to pull even with Pearson for three consecutive laps starting with lap 39.

Steve Casebolt would slow on the track with 41 laps recorded and that would bring out the final caution of the race which would set up a nine-lap dash to the finish.  Moyer got another great restart as Pearson, Drake and Faust would be his main contenders in the closing circuits.

With five laps to go, Pearson would go again to the outside and it looked like he would have an avenue to pass Moyer on the outside with five laps to go.  Pearson would pull alongside Moyer twice in the final five laps, but he could never clear Moyer to take the lead.  Both Moyer and Pearson then had to worry about Faust as the local hotshoe was picking up the pace as he was making a late race bid to take an upset win.

With the crowd on its feet, Faust, with two laps to go, looked like he could do coming off of turn number two but his car would not stick into turn three and he slide up the track just enough to lose the momentum he had built up as Moyer and Pearson would lead him to the finish line as he would miss out on a chance to win his first ever LOLMDS event.

In the Lucas Oil victory lane Moyer would do a quick interview for SPEED and then breathed a sigh of relief that the race was over.  “If they didn’t like that, then they don’t like racing,” said the 50-year-old.  “I was all for making this track shorter, you can race anywhere on it and Kevin (Gundaker) has done a great job here,” said Moyer who didn’t change anything on the car after track prep was done on the racing surface before the feature.  “Sometimes you change things and you outsmart yourself so Steve (Norris) and the crew kept the same setup on the car and it worked out great.”

Moyer’s Victory Circle Chassis Monte Carlo SS is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by Banner Valley Hauling ,BSB Manufacturing, J&J Steel, Car City, Watters Auto Land, Karl Chevrolet, Redline Oil, PRC, Universal Concrete, Minx Show Palace and Imperial Motors/

Pearson in the Bobby Labonte Racing/LifeLong Locks/MasterSbilt Dodge Charger said afterwards his car was good in turns one and two, but Moyer was able to hold the advantage in three and four.  “Billy did what he had to do, the track was just super you could race anywhere on it, so congratulations to Billy he knows what he’s doing and to run second to him is no shame.”

Faust in the Kehrer Racing/Kehrer Farms Rocket almost had enough to pull the upset but settled for third. “I just got too excited there, we had two laps to go and I thought I had the car to pass them on the outside, but I slide up in three and that cost me, when you run against these guys you can’t make any mistakes and I learned a valuable lesson out there, but we’re happy with third against this field of cars.”

After a strong run all night long, Drake finished 4th in his Executive Homes/Mullvain Motors/MasterSbilt GTO with his fourth place finish and Brian Birkhofer took fifth in his Simon Trucking/Pro Power Engines/Rocket Monte Carlo SS.

Completing the top ten were Brian Shirley; Scott Bloomquist, who managed to fight his way up to 7th after having to start on the tail due to a pre-race rules infraction; Kevin Claycomb; Bart Hartman; and Freddy Smith.

In preliminary action Dan Schlieper would be the PRC Fast Qualifier with a 15.266 second lap in time trials.  Heat race winners were Billy Faust, Brian Shirley, Billy Drake and Billy Moyer.  Chad Zobrist and Kevin Claycomb won the B-Mains.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be in action on Saturday Night, July 19th at the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO for the “CMH Late Model Showdown” with the O’Reilly MLRA Late Models.  For more information on the $10,000 to win event, log onto www.LucasOilSpeedway.com and www.lucasdirt.com or call the series office at (951) 532-2503.

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 18, 2008

Tri-City Speedway – Pontoon Beach, IL

PRC Fast Time:  Dan Schlieper/15.226 seconds

Hawk Brake First Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Billy Faust, Randy Korte, Dan Schlieper, Scott James, Bryan Collins, Mark Voigt, John Mason, Dewayne Kiefer, Lee Thomason, Claude Walker

Hawk Brake Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Brian Shirley, Earl Pearson Jr., Brian Birkhofer, Mike Marlar, Chad Zobrist, Tim Manville, Ryan Dauber, Chad Smyser, Michael Kloos

AFCO Racing Products Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Billy Drake, Steve Casebolt, Terry Casey, Freddy Smith, Mark Oller, Kevin Cole, Wayne Chinn, Steven Unterbrink, Reid Millard, Chris Fetter

Tiger Rear Ends Fourth Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Billy Moyer, Bart Hartman, Scott Bloomquist, Justin Rattliff, Kevin Claycomb, Rodney Melvin, Rusty Griffaw, Billy Laycock, Denny Eckrich

Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno First B-Main (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Chad Zobrist, Bryan Collins, Mark Voigt, Tim Manville, John Mason, Michael Kloos, Dewayne Kiefer, Chris Smyser, Claude Walker, Ryan Dauber, Lee Thomason

Quarter Master Second B-Main (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Kevin Claycomb, Rodney Melvin, Kevin Cole, Denny Eckrich, Mark Oller, Billy Laycock, Wayne Chinn, Reid Millard, Steven Unterbrink, Rusty Griffaw, Chris Fetter

“Budweiser 50” Feature Finish (50 Laps): Billy Moyer, Earl Pearson Jr., Billy Faust, Billy Drake, Brian Birkhofer, Brian Shirley, Scott Bloomquist, Kevin Claycomb, Bart Hartman, Freddy Smith, Dan Schlieper, Scott James, Terry Casey, Justin Rattliff, Steve Casebolt, John Mason, Mark Voigt, Mike Marlar, Wayne Chinn, Bryan Collins, Rodney Melvin, Chad Zobrist, Rusty Griffaw, Randy Korte, Kevin Cole

Race Statistics

Entries:  38

Caution Flags: 3

Lap Leaders: Billy Moyer 1-50

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Wayne Chinn, John Mason

Tri-City Speedway Track Provisional: Rusty Griffaw

PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Kevin Claycomb (Started 18th and finished 8th—advanced 10 positions)

Allstar Performance Performer of the Race: Billy Faust

K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Freddy Smith

Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Terry Casey

ASI Racewear Lucky 7 Award: Scott Bloomquist

Integra Shocks Crew Chief of the Race: Carri Mason (John Mason)

Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race:  Clements Racing Engines

Time of the Race: 25 minutes

Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Standings

1)    Earl Pearson Jr. (Jacksonville, FL) 4530

2)    Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN) 4155

3)    Bart Hartman (Zanesville, OH) 4135

4)    Billy Drake (Bloomington, IL) 3870

5)    Justin Rattliff (Campbellsville, KY) 3795

6)    Dan Schlieper (Sullivan, WI) 3720

7)    Terry Casey (New London, WI) 3650

8)    Scott James (Lawrenceburg, IN) 3605

9)    Freddy Smith (Seymour, TN) 3355

10)  Wayne Chinn (Bradford, OH) 3030

Quarter Master Rookie of the Year Points Standings

1)     Terry Casey (New London, WI) 3650

2)     Wayne Chinn (Bradford, OH) 3030

3)     John Blankenship (Williamson, WV) 745

4)     Tony Knowles (Tyrone, GA) 425

5)     Eric Jacobsen (Seacliffe Beach, CA) 245

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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