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DUBUQUE, IA (August 8, 2006)- Muscatine, IA's Brian Birkhofer defended his home turf once more against some of the best dirt late model drivers in the nation on Tuesday Night at the Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway as he won his third Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event of '06 pocketing another $10,000 paycheck.  Birkhofer started sixth in the strong field of entrants and grab the lead from Steve Boley with five laps to go for the win.  Birkhofer then had to hold off up and coming driver, Jeremiah Hurst for the win.    34 year old Birkhofer took his J&J Steel/Simon Trucking Driver Recruitment/ Daufeldt Transport/TB&Company/Bryant Roofing/McDonald's of the Quad Cities/S&S Concrete/Pratt Motorsports/ASI Racewear/Community Bank of Muscatine/J.C. Dubil Race Parts/Pro Power Engines/Rocket Chevrolet to victory lane just one car length in front of Hurst who hails from Dubuque, IA and drives the Capri College/Dubuque Federation of Labor/Rocket Monte Carlo as he came from the 19th starting spot to claim second.  Steve Boley of West Liberty, IA who led the most laps in the feature was third in the Iowa-Illinois Taylor Insulation/Triple R Performance Engines/MasterSbilt Ford Taurus with Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN coming back from a pit stop to take fourth in the Randall Eller Motorsports/Independence Lumber/MasterSbilt Monte Carlo and Donnie Moran would complete the top five in the Donnie Moran Racing/Custom Cutters/MasterSbilt Monte Carlo. A total of 28 cars were on hand for the series' first ever vist to the Simmons Promotions, Inc. promoted facility.  The event was sponsored by J.P. Schermann Inc. of Farley, IA and Bobcat of Waterloo.   Steve Francis and Don O'Neal made up the front row for the 50 lap A-Main, but they would not stay there long as Steve Boley roared from his third starting spot to grab the lead from O'Neal on the second go round. Earl Pearson, Jr. was already up to second with O'Neal falling to third as Francis and Brian Birkhofer would be the top five with four laps scored.  A caution after four laps was scored would slow the fast paced action round the speedy 3/8ths mile high banked track.   There would be two more green flag laps until another yellow came out for Francis, who was running fourth at the time as he suffered a flat tire.  On the restart Steve Casebolt would get crossed up as he had to check up for another car and that would bring out the yellow once more.  It would cause a huge jumble in the top five running order as Pearson who was running in second and O'Neal who was in third both pitted and rejoined the field on the tail.  That would move Birkhofer into second behind Boley.    Scott Bloomquist, who started eighth, was one of the benefactors of Pearson and O'Neal pit stops as he would be third on the restart in front of Scott James and Ace Ihm.  As the green flag racing action would pick back up again as Boley would pull away from Birkhofer on the restart.  The fifth caution for a slowing Pearson would once again stop the hotly contested event on lap 11.  On the restart James would get by Bloomquist for third with Ihm hot on their heels.  With 15 laps down it was Boley still showing the way with Birkhofer, James, Bloomquist and the 15th starting Ihm trying to track down Boley.   By the 16th lap Boley's lead had disintegrated as Birkhofer was now right on him in the race for the lead.  But once Birkhofer began to challenge on the top side Boley would pull back away from Birkhofer using the low line on the race track and extend his lead to three car lengths by lap 19.  Lap traffic would start to enter the picture as Boley picked up the tail end of the field for the first time in the race by lap 21.  Boley would handle traffic very well and in fact he would stretch his lead over Birkhofer to six lengths.  The sixth caution of the event would come out on lap 23 when the high flying Ihm would lose fluid on the race track and see his night end on the back of a wrecker after a strong effort.   At the halfway mark Boley was still the man in charge as the veteran driver would hold onto to the lead with Birkhofer still running in second, Bloomquist now back to third and O'Neal and Francis back from the tail to enter the top five.  Boley by the 27th circuit was on a roll extending his lead to as many as ten car lengths over Birkhofer.  O'Neal would slid past Bloomquist for third on the 27th lap and two laps later the seventh caution of the race would come out for a flat tire on James' car.   On the restart to begin lap 30 O'Neal would get by Birkhofer for second with Francis now up to fourth.  A car on the move was that of Jeremiah Hurst as the local driver who was making his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series start was on the charge from 19th as he would be running fifth by lap 32.  Hurst was not done yet as he whipped past Francis a lap later for fourth place.  The ninth and final caution of the race for a Francis flat on lap 37 would set the stage for an exciting finish.   On the final restart Boley would again sprint ahead of the field as Birkhofer continued to work the outside groove.  By lap 39 Boley was at a two car length advantage over Birkhofer.  O'Neal who was passed by Birkhofer after the final restart would see Hurst all over him for third.  Hurst would get by O'Neal on lap 41 for the third spot.  As the cars crossed the line to complete lap 44 Birkhofer was all over Boley in the race for the lead with Hurst closing quickly on the leaders. Birkhofer would switch lines on the race track and slid to the inside of Boley as the cars began lap 45.  Birkhofer would make the slid job work as he took the lead coming off of turn number two.   Hurst would then pass Boley for second with four to go and start to track down Birkhofer.  As the cars came off of turn four headed to the finish line Hurst would try the inside route but come up just one car length short of a career best win after a valiant effort. Boley would finish in third with O'Neal and Donnie Moran getting by Pearson with three laps to go to take a top five finish.   "That was crazy" said the former World 100 winner in a post race interview. "Steve Boley was great the whole race and I didn't know if we could get him or not, there at the end we changed lines and that made the difference, because he was going to commit to the bottom no matter what," said Birkhofer.  "On the slide job, I don't think I touched him and he gave me room and I appreciate that," said Birkhofer who was joined in victory lane by his wife Allysa and sons Cruz and Creed.  "That Jeremiah Hurst is some kind of racer, he's going to be real good, I thought he might get me there on that last lap but hats off to him for driving a great race."   The rest of top ten in finishing order were, Earl Pearson, Jr., Curt Martin, Andy Eckrich, Gary Webb and Frank Heckenast, Jr.   In preliminary action Scott James nabbed the Comp Cams Fast Qualifier Award with a quick lap of 15.65 seconds among the 28 entrants.  The PBM Performance Products Heat Races went to Don O'Neal, Steve Francis and Steve Boley.  The Mason Racin' Rebel Shock Dyno B-Main was won by Michael England.    The K&N Engineering "Clean Pass of the Race" went to Brian Birkhofer for his winning slide job pass of Steve Boley with just five laps to go in the feature.  The K&N Engineering "Clean Pass of the Race" is awarded at each and every Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series show in 2006 and can be awarded for a pass in the heat race, B-main or the feature event.   The next Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event will take place on Saturday Night, August 19 at the Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, IN for the 27th Annual Jackson 100 which will pay $15,000 to win.  The cameras of SPEED Channel will be on hand to tape the event.  It will be shown on a date and time to be announced in the future.  Race Summary Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Tuesday Night, August 8, 2006 Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway-Dubuque, IA   Comp Cams Fast Time:  Scott James - 15.65 seconds   PBM Performance Products First Heat:  (10 Laps-Top 5 Advance):  Don O'Neal, Earl Pearson, Jr., Scott James, Matt Miller, Curt Martin, Jason Rauen, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Gary Webb, Rick Wendling, Matt Leibfried   PBM Performance Products Second Heat:  (10 Laps-Top 5 Advance):  Steve Francis, Kerry Hansen, Scott Bloomquist, Dennis Erb, Jr., Andy Eckrich, Ron Barker, Michael England, Matt Furman, Jeff Larson   PBM Performance Products Third Heat:  (10 Laps-Top 5 Advance):  Steve Boley, Brian Birkhofer, Steve Casebolt, Freddy Smith, Steve "Ace" Ihm, Donnie Moran, Boone McLaughlin, Bobby Moyer, Jeremiah Hurst   Mason Racin' Rebel Shock Dyno B-Main:  (12 Laps-Top 7 Advance):  Michael England, Ron Barker, Donnie Moran, Jeremiah Hurst, Boone McLaughlin, Gary Webb, Jason Rauen, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Bobby Moyer, Rick Wendling, Jeff Larson, Matt Furman   Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series A-Main:  (50 Laps):  Brian Birkhofer, Jeremiah Hurst, Steve Boley, Don O'Neal, Donnie Moran, Earl Pearson, Jr., Curt Martin, Andy Eckrich, Gary Webb, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Matt Furman, Boone McLaughlin, Steve Francis, Scott Bloomquist, Dennis Erb, Jr., Matt Miller, Steve Casebolt, Scott James, Steve "Ace" Ihm, Freddy Smith, Jason Rauen, Michael England, Kerry Hansen, Ron Barker  Race Statistics Entries:  28 Caution Flags:  9 Red Flags:  0 Lap Leaders:  Don O'Neal 1  Steve Boley 2-44  Brian Birkhofer 45-50 Allstar Performance Performer of the Race:  Jeremiah Hurst (Started 19th and finished 2nd-advanced 17 positions) K&N Engineering Clean Pass of the Race:  Brian Birkhofer Hawk Brake Tough Break:  Freddy Smith Quarter Master Move of the Race:  Donnie Moran On the Edge Graphics Fastest Non Qualifier:  Matt Leibfried Weld Wheels Award:  Matt Miller Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Race:  Steve Casebolt Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals:  Frank Heckenast, Jr. and Matt Furman  Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Standings (After August 8) 1.  Earl Pearson, Jr. (Jacksonville, FL)-4385 2.  Don O'Neal (Martinsville, IN)-4155 3.  Donnie Moran (Dresden, OH)-3960 4.  Matt Miller (Waterville, OH)-3745 5.  Scott James (Lawrenceburg, IN)-3480 6.  Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN)-3360 7.  Freddy Smith (Seymour, TN)-2865 8.  Scott Bloomquist (Mooresburg, TN)-2650 9.  Michael England (Glasgow, KY)-2600 10. Darren Miller (Chadwick, IL)-2230  Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Year Standings (After August 8) 1.  Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN)-3360 2.  Michael England (Glasgow, KY)-2600 3.  Brady Smith (Solon Springs, WI)-2035 4.  Corey Conley (Wellsburg, WV)-1690 5.  Damon Eller (Crumpler, NC)-1175

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NEW RICHMOND, WI (August 3, 2006)- Darren "The Thriller" Miller led from start-to-finish Thursday night to win the Masters 50, a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series co-sanctioned event at Cedar Lake Speedway. The event originally schedule as part of the traditional Masters weekend in June, but was postponed due to rain following the completion of qualifying races.   The Milledgeville, Illinois driver started on the inside pole and flawlessly worked through lapped traffic over the final circuits to score his first career Lucas Oil Dirt Series win.   We had a good race car again tonight, commented Miller.  Since we came up here in June and won at Menomonie (June 14), weve had top threes and top fives every night out in this car. Actually, the car was a little too tight to run through the black well, added the winner.  But overall, I would say it was right for tonight.   Millers NAPA Auto Parts/Rocket/Pro Power Ford Taurus powered to the advantage at the drop of the green flag, with outside front row starter Brian Birkhofer running in his tracks as the pair raced through turns one and two on the opening circuit.   A three-car tangle, involving Brady Smith, Chris Simpson and Al Humphrey, slowed the field on lap two, but when racing resumed, Miller again darted to the advantage, with Birkhofer, Indiana driver Scott James, and Brian Harris in hot pursuit.   The front-runners moved in on slower traffic by lap ten, with Miller continuing to hold a slim advantage over the second-place running Birkhofer.  The pair used the top side of the well-groomed three-eights mile race track to move through traffic, with Miller racing to an advantage of a half-dozen car lengths by the races midpoint.   With Miller continuing to widen his lead in congested traffic, local favorite Jimmy Mars, who had started eleventh, powered to the inside of James to grab third on lap 26.   By lap 30, the 29-year old Illinois chauffer had roared to a seemingly comfortable advantage of ten car lengths, before Birkhofer began a late-race charge in his Daufelt Transport/Rocket/Pro Power Chevrolet Monte Carlo.  With a half-dozen laps remaining, Birkhofer pulled in behind the race leader as the duo powered through turns three and four, and then, with a pair of laps to go, mounted a strong run out of turn two to challenge Miller in heavy traffic in turn three.   Miller was able to use the slower cars to his advantage though, and stormed out of turn four a pair of car lengths ahead of Birkhofer as the white flag was displayed.   You never know whats going on behind you, noted Miller of Birkhofers late-race challenge.  Its always easier to run second than be out there in the lead.   We were in such heavy traffic there and you hate to get into trouble with lapped cars, he added.  Its way easier chasing a guy than leading in that situation and I really dont know if he (Birkhofer) was better in the end or if we were better, but we got the paycheck and thats what counts.   Miller took the checkers a short distance ahead of Birkhofer to grab the $10,000 win, with Mars finishing a comfortable distance ahead of James and Donnie Moran for third.   The event was co-sanctioned by the World Dirt Racing League.  Race Summary Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, WI August 3, 2006   Mason Racin' Rebel Shock Dyno First B-Main:  (12 Laps-Top 2 Advance): 1. Kerry Hansen (Spencer, WI), 2. Jimmy Owens (Newport, IN), 3. Scott Cramer (Random Lake, WI), 4. Brent Laursen (Osceola, WI), 5. Steve Hucovski (Maple Grove, MN), 6. Mike Nutzman (New Richmond, WI), 7. Al Humphrey (Giltner, NE), 8. Eric Pember (Pittsville, WI), 9. Denny Eckrich (Tiffin, IA), 10. Rob Moss (Iowa City, IA), 11. Andrew McKay (Edina, MN), 12. Tom Nesbitt (Thunder Bay, ON), 13. Jeff Provanzino (Hibbing, MN), 14. Brent Larsen (Lake Elmo, MN).   Penske Shocks Second B-Main:  (12 Laps-Top 2 Advance):1. Pat Doar (New Richmond, WI), 2. Lance Matthees (Winona, MN), 3. Jeep VanWormer (Pinnconing, MI), 4. Brady Smith (Solon Springs, WI), 5. Scott Bloomquist (Mooresburg, TN), 6. Dan Schlieper (Sullivan, WI), 7. Chris Simpson (Marion, IA), 8. John Seitz (Bemidji, MN), 9. Michael England (Slick Rock, KY), 10. Jeff Keeney (River Falls, WI), 11. Stewart Hayward (Calgary, AB), 12. Jason Utter (Columbus Junction, IA), 13. Trent Follmer (Elk River, MN), 14. Mike Hesselink (Deer Park, WI).   Pole Dash: 1. Darren Miller (Milledgeville, IL), 2. Brian Birkhofer (Muscatine, IA), 3. Brian Harris (Davenport, IA), 4. Scott James (Bright, IN), 5. Steve Laursen (Cumberland, WI), 6. Donnie Moran (Dresen, OH), 7. Matt Miller (Waterville, OH), 8. Justin Fegers (Mound, MN).   Masters 50: 1. Darren Miller, 2. Birkhofer, 3. Jimmy Mars (Menomonie, WI), 4. James, 5. Moran, 6. Earl Pearson, Jr. (Jacksonville, FL), 7. Harris, 8. Matt Miller, 9. Owens, 10. Steve Laursen, 11. Fegers, 12. Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN), 13. Joey Jensen (Forest Lake, MN), 14. Kyle Berck (Marquette, NE), 15. Dave Eckrich (Cosgrove, IA), 16. Denny Eckrich, 17. Doar, 18. Hansen, 19. Freddy Smith (Seymour, TN), 20. Matthees, 21. Brady Smith, 22. England, 23. Bloomquist, 24. Don O'Neal (Martinsville, IN), 25. Humphrey, 26. Simpson.  Race Statistics: Number of Entrants: 47 Lap Leaders: Darren Miller (1-50) Time of Race: 22:30.603 Margin of Victory: .791 Caution Flags: 1 (lap 2) Red Flags: 1 (lap 2) All-Star Performance Performer of the Race: Darren Miller K&N Engineering Clean Pass of the Race: Jimmy Owens Weld Wheels Award: Michael England Hawk Brake Tough Break Award: Jason Utter Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie-of-the-Race: Steve Casebolt Lucas Oil Provisionals: Brady Smith, Michael England (Based on June 16 Series Points) WDRL Provisionals: Denny Eckrich, Al Humphrey (Based on June 16 Series Points) Track Provisionals: Scott Bloomquist, Chris Simpson (Based on August 3 Points)

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PONTOON BEACH, IL (July 30, 2006)- The "Moweaqua Missile" Shannon Babb from Moweaqua, IL proved once again why he is one of the best dirt late model drivers in the nation as he captured the "Miller-Lite 50" Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event on Sunday Night at the Gundaker family promoted Tri-City Speedway. The 32 year old racer dominated from lap six until a pair of late cautions allowed Chub Frank to pass him with two laps to go. Babb valiantly fought back and grabbed the lead down the backstretch and brought home the $10,000 victory in front of a jubilant crowd. Babb piloting the Arkansas Motors/Car City/Petroff Towing/J&J Steel/Waters Auto Land/Performance Rod and Custom/Wicks Racing Products/Hoosier Tires by Smash/Platinum Enterprises/G&C Enterprises/Allstar Performance/Karl Chevrolet/Outlaw Factory Pilot/Jay Dickens Racing Engines/C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo earned his second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of 2006 beating Frank to the line. Frank of Bear Lake, PA was second in his Lester Buildings/Custom Race Engines/Rocket Monte Carlo with Earl Pearson, Jr. of Jacksonville, FL in the Lucas Oil Products/Dunn-Benson Ford/MasterSbilt Ford Taurus just nipping out Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN at the wire to grab third. O'Neal in the Randall Eller Motorsports/Independence Lumber/MasterSbilt Monte Carlo was fourth and Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN was fifth in the Miller Brothers Coal/Vic Hill Racing Engines/Bloomquist Race Cars Chevrolet. Chub Frank and Earl Pearson, Jr. would make up the front row for the 50 lap feature with Pearson who won the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at Tri-City Speedway in 2005 taking the point at the drop of the green flag with Frank and fifth place starting Shannon Babb in hot pursuit. Babb would pass Frank for second on the third circuit with Randy Korte the winningest dirt late model driver in the nation so far in '06 with 23 feature wins taking the third spot from Frank a lap later. The first caution of the race came out for 2005 Tri-City Speedway track champion Steve Sheppard in turn number three. On the restart Babb would get the advantage on Pearson and take the lead with six laps scored. Pearson was second with a high flying Darren Miller now up to third. Babb would immediately start to pull away from the field opening up a six car length advantage within a few laps. With ten laps in the books Babb was still performing a commanding performance with Miller running second after he had passed Pearson three circuits earlier. Pearson was third with Scott James up from his eighth starting slot to run fourth just ahead of Frank. Babb then would see his lead up to eight seconds ahead of Miller as trafic would be just in front of him as the cars completed 15 laps. The top five remained the same until the 21st lap when 11th starting Don O'Neal cracked the top five passing both Frank and James. O'Neal then was in a bigger hurry as he raced past the series points leader Pearson on lap 23 for third. At the halfway mark it was all Babb with Miller in second followed by O'Neal, Pearson and Frank. Babb would be in top form around the half mile oval putting almost a half a track on Miller as they would fight through traffic. On lap 35 the third caution of the race came out for debris on the racing surface. With Babb's huge lead wiped out it looked like an opportunity for Miller, O'Neal, Pearson and Frank to see what they had for the former NARA DirtCar Series Champion. But on the restart after the debris caution Babb again would put the hammer down and build a six car length lead up. Caution number four of the race for Freddy Smith on lap 40 would set up a potential ten lap dash to the finish. With ten laps remaining Babb would still be in total control of the race with Miller in second. On the restart Frank would get back in the thick of the battle coming up to third after O'Neal brushed the guardrail in turn two. With the five to go signal given Babb would see Miller and Frank stay with him this time around and both drivers were taking their best shot. The fifth and sixth cautions would come out back to back with 47 laps in the books. Right before the caution Miller's nice run would end as he pulled his car into the pit area ending his charge. Coming to complete lap 48 Babb slipped up high in turn four and Frank would come to the line as the new leader of the race. As the cars exited off of turn number two Babb would take the high side and rocket back around Frank to regain the lead. Babb would then see the white flag first and he would lead the final circuit bringing home the win. Frank would take a close second followed by Pearson, who got by O'Neal at the flag stand for third, with Bloomquist who had to take a series provisional and starting 23rd, finishing in fifth. On the victory podium a relieved Babb was glad the race was over. "The car started to push and I had all kinds of trouble there in turn four a couple of times," said the winner. "I want to say thanks to Chub (Frank) for racing me clean coming off of turn two, he gave me plenty of room and I appreciate that." "During the middle part of the race the car was flawless, I mean I could drive it anywhere and it would work great, but there after those last two restarts we were fighting it a little bit and that kept those other guys on me." Completing the top ten were Matt Miller, Randy Korte, Ken Schrader, Chris Smyser and Billy Laycock. In preliminary action Donnie Moran was the Comp Cams Fast Qualifier with a lap of 20.523 seconds. The PBM Performance Products Heat Races went to Earl Pearson, Jr., Michael England and Chub Frank. The Mason Racin' Rebel Shock Dyno B-Main was taken by Mark Voigt. The K&N Engineering "Clean Pass of the Race" went to none other than Shannon Babb for his move to retake the lead with two laps to go from Chub Frank. The K&N Engineering "Clean Pass of the Race" is awarded at each Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event and can take place during a heat, consy or feature event. The next Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event will take place on Thursday Night, August 3 at the Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, WI. The event will be the completion of the 8th Annual "Masters" race that was postponed from June 16. There are two B-mains to be run yet and the feature event will then commence with a $10,000 winners purse on the line. The series will then race on Tuesday Night, August 8 at the Dubuque Speedway in Dubuque, IA for a $10,000 to win payoff. For more information you can log onto to the series website at www.lucasdirt.com.

Race Summary Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Sunday Night, July 30 Tri-City Speedway-Pontoon Beach, IL Comp Cams Fast Time: Donnie Moran 20.523 seconds PBM Performance Products First Heat: (10 Laps-Top 5 Advance): Earl Pearson, Jr., Randy Korte, Donnie Moran, Steve Casebolt, Steve Sheppard, Jayme Zidar, Billy Laycock, Kyle Steffens, Reid Millard, Brian Shirley PBM Performance Products Second Heat: (10 Laps-Top 5 Advance): Michael England, Shannon Babb, Scott James, Don O'Neal, Matt Miller, Craig Smith, Bryan Collins, Butch Kruckeberg PBM Performance Products Third Heat: (10 Laps-Top 5 Advance): Chub Frank, Darren Miller, Michael Kloos, John Mason, Freddy Smith, Chris Smyser, Mark Voigt, Mike Hammerle, Ken Schrader Mason Racin' Rebel Shock Dyno B-Main: Mark Voigt, Jayme Zidar, Chris Smyser, Billy Laycock, Ken Schrader, Bryan Collins, Brian Shirley, Kyle Steffens, Reid Millard, Butch Kruckeberg, Mike Hammerle, Craig Smith, Scott Bloomquist "Miller-Lite 50" A-Main: Shannon Babb, Chub Frank, Earl Pearson, Jr., Don O'Neal, Scott Bloomquist, Matt Miller, Randy Korte, Ken Schrader, Chris Smyser, Billy Laycock, Freddy Smith, Bryan Collins, John Mason, Mark Voigt, Reid Millard, Donnie Moran, Darren Miller, Scott James, Michael Kloos, Jayme Zidar, Michael England, Steve Casebolt, Brian Shirley, Steve Sheppard, Craig SmithRace Statistics Entries: 28 Yellow Flags: 6 Red Flags: 0 Lap Leaders: Earl Pearson, Jr. 1-5, Shannon Babb 6-47, Chub Frank 48, Babb 49-50 Allstar Performance Performer of the Race: Scott Bloomquist (Started 23rd and finished 5th, advanced 18 positions) K&N Engineering Clean Pass of the Race: Shannon Babb Hawk Brake Tough Break Award: Darren Miller Quarter Master Move of the Race: Chub Frank On the Edge Graphics Fastest Non-Qualifier: Kyle Steffens Weld Wheels Award: Matt Miller Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Race: Michael England Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Scott Bloomquist and Reid MillardLucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Standings (After July 30) 1. Earl Pearson, Jr. (Jacksonville, FL) 3985 2. Don O'Neal (Martinsville, IN)-3820 3. Donnie Moran (Dresden, OH)-3550 4. Matt Miller (Waterville, OH)-3405 5. Scott James (Lawrenceburg, IN)-3120 6. Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN)-3045 7. Freddy Smith (Seymour, TN)-2600 8. Scott Bloomquist (Mooresburg, TN)-2375 9. Michael England (Glasgow, KY)-2350 10. Darren Miller (Chadwick, IL)-1980Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Year Points Standings (After July 30) 1. Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN)-3045 2. Michael England (Glasgow, KY)-2350 3. Brady Smith (Solon Springs, WI)-1910 4. Corey Conley (Wellsburg, WV)-1640 5. Damon Eller (Crumpler, NC)-1125

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LA SALLE, IL (July 29, 2006)- On a hot and humid Saturday Night at La Salle Speedway no one was hotter than Mooresburg, TN driver Scott Bloomquist who picked up his sixth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of 2006 as he captured the annual “Illinois Valley Challenge” worth $10,000 at the Izzo Family promoted facility. Bloomquist took the lead on the seventh lap and never looked back in taking the win in his Miller Brothers/Hawkeye Trucking/Allstar Performance/Sweet Mfg/Ohlins/K-B Carburetors/VP Racing Fuels/Vic Hill Racing Engines/Bloomquist Race Cars Chevrolet #0. Jeep VanWormer of Pinconning, MI who started 17th on the grid finished second in his Bayline Fire Protection/Cornett Racing Engines/MasterSbilt Ford Taurus and 14th starting Darren Miller of Chadwick, IL took third in his Ernie Bates Country Companies/Ideal Ready Mix/Rocket Ford Taurus. Completing the top five were Earl Pearson, Jr. of Jacksonville, FL in the Lucas Oil Products/Larry Wallace Racing Engines/MasterSbilt Ford Taurus and Scott James of Lawrenceburg, IN in the Powell Motorsports/Jay Dickens Racing Engines/Rocket GTO. Shannon Babb and Earl Pearson, Jr. would make up the front row starting grid in front of the cameras of SPEED on hand with Babb firing the first shot grabbing the lead at the start of the 50 lap race. Pearson jumped to second until Bloomquist, who started fourth would pass him. Bloomquist then would take up the challenge of pressuring Babb for the lead. Pearson, Donnie Moran and Steve Casebolt were the rest of the top five with five circuits complete. Babb and Bloomquist would duel for the lead with Babb hanging on as Bloomquist was trying every groove to get by the May Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series winner at La Salle. Finally on the seventh lap Bloomquist was able to clear Babb in the race for the lead with Casebolt passing Moran for fourth on the same lap. A caution on lap eight for the 10th place running Jeep VanWormer would slow the action. On the restart Bloomquist would sprint ahead of Babb and Pearson with Moran going back by Casebolt in a battle for fourth. Pearson would pull up alongside Babb as the two would race side by side for second for three laps. Bloomquist was now up to a six car length advantage with 15 laps scored he would continue to build on that lead. Babb would regain the second slot with Pearson, Matt Miller and Donnie Moran racing side by side for fourth place. By the 16th lap Bloomquist was starting to enter some heavy traffic and that would allow Babb and Pearson to close the margin. Bloomquist was fighting through traffic Babb really started to close coming to within two car lengths of Bloomquist. With the crossed flags signaling the half way mark of the race Bloomquist was able to put at least three cars between himself and Babb as he was starting to develop some breathing room. The yellow flew after lap 25 was scored when Billy Drake made contact with Don O’Neal forcing a caution flag. On the restart Bloomquist would have Babb and Pearson lined up behind him side by side on the restart with Miller and new top fiver, Scott James who started 10th now up to fifth place. The top five would remain in the same running order until Darren Miller would charge from his 14th starting slot to go to fifth. Matt Miller would get back in the chase passing Darren Miller for fifth on lap 31. There were two cautions within three laps of each for debris on lap 33 and 35 which would bunch up the field for a restart. On the restart to lap 36 Pearson would speed by Babb to take over second as Bloomquist was again pulling away. Babb would spin into the infield on lap 37 ending his night while running third. Bloomquist stretched his lead to a full straightaway over Pearson with VanWormer making a tremendous recovery now in third, from his lap eight caution flag in which he had to restart on the tail of the field. With ten to go Bloomquist was cruising along with VanWormer and Darren Miller all over Pearson for second. VanWormer would make the top line of the racing surface work as he went by Pearson in a flash for second on the 42nd lap. Darren Miller would then follow suit racing by Pearson on the top groove a lap later. With five to go Bloomquist was not threatened for the lead as VanWormer and Darren Miller were hoping for a caution flag to have a shot at stealing the win from Bloomquist who had been dominant the event up front to this point. Bloomquist would go on to easily cross the finish line in first to take his sixth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season and his 12th overall of ’06. VanWormer’s performance in coming from the back earned him a runnerup check with Darren Miller a close third. Pearson and Scott James would complete the top five.

Race Summary Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Saturday Night, July 29, 2006 La Salle Speedway-La Salle, Illinois Comp Cams Fast Time: Shannon Babb 12.377 seconds PBM Performance Products First Heat: (10 Laps-Top 5 Advance): Shannon Babb, Scott Bloomquist, Matt Miller, Scott James, Jim Partipilo, Mike Mataragas, Jeep VanWormer, Michael England, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Brian Claudnic PBM Performance Products Second Heat: (10 Laps-Top 5 Advance): Earl Pearson Jr., John Mason, Jason Feger, Ryan Dauber, Darren Miller, Skip Martin, Tim Hamburg, Kevin Weaver, Jay Fiene, Tony Izzo, Jr. PBM Performance Products Third Heat: (10 Laps-Top 5 Advance): Steve Casebolt, Donnie Moran, Bret Sievert, Freddy Smith, Jason Jaggers, Travis Rokey, Billy Drake, Don O’Neal, Dennis Erb, Jr., Dan Schlieper Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno B-Main: (12 Laps-Top 7 Advance): Mike Mataragas, Jeep VanWormer, Billy Drake, Skip Martin, Kevin Weaver, Dan Schlieper, Dennis Erb, Jr., Jay Fiene, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Michael England, Travis Rokey, Tim Hamburg, Don O’Neal “Illinois Valley Challenge” A-Main: (50 Laps): Scott Bloomquist, Jeep VanWormer, Darren Miller, Earl Pearson, Jr., Scott James, Matt Miller, Dennis Erb, Jr., Donnie Moran, Ryan Dauber, Jason Feger, Don O’Neal, Steve Casebolt, John Mason, Skip Martin, Mike Mataragas, Michael England, Freddy Smith, Shannon Babb, Bret Sievert, Billy Drake, Kevin Weaver, Jason Jaggers, Dan Schlieper, Jim PartipiloRace Statistics: Entries: 30 Yellow Flags: 6 Red Flags: 0 Lap Leaders: Shannon Babb 1-6 Scott Bloomquist 7-50 Allstar Performance Performer of the Race: Jeep VanWormer (Started 17th and finished second, advanced 15 positions) K&N Engineering Clean Pass of the Race: Steve Casebolt Hawk Brake Tough Brake Award: Shannon Babb Quarter Master Move of the Race: Darren Miller On the Edge Graphics Fastest Non Qualifier: Tony Izzo, Jr. Weld Wheels Award: John Mason Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Race: Steve Casebolt Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Don O’Neal and Michael England

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WHEATLAND, MO (July 22, 2006)- Coming off of an impressive win on Friday Night at Knoxville (IA) Raceway Brian Birkhofer picked up his second $10,000 victory of the weekend on Saturday Night as he won the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at the "Diamond of Dirt Tracks" Lucas Oil Speedway. Birkhofer survived a three wide race for the lead with one lap to go and came home the winner barely edging out Don O'Neal and Scott Bloomquist for the victory before a jam-packed audience. The 34-year-old Muscatine, IA native piloted his J&J Steel/Simon Trucking Driver Recruitment/Daufeldt Transport/TB and Company/Bryant Roofing/Pratt Motorsports/ASI Racewear/Community Bank of Muscatine/JC Dubil Race Parts/McDonald's of the Quad Cities/Pro Power Engines/Rocket Chevrolet to the winner's circle for his fourth career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win. O'Neal of Martinsville, IN was second in the Randall Eller/Independence Lumber/MasterSbilt Monte Carlo with Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN finishing third in his Miller Brothers Coal/Vic Hill Racing Engines/Bloomquist Race Cars Chevrolet. Completing the top five were 16th starting Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, WI in the Deppe Enterprises/Heeg Well Drilling/MasterSbilt from Mars Monte Carlo and Terry Phillips of Springfield, MO in the Presley's Country Jubilee/Hatfield Racing Engines/GRT. A total of 42 cars were on hand at the Forrest Lucas owned facility, which hosted the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the very first time. The event was also a points race for the O'Reilly Auto Parts MLRA Series. The 50 lapper, which was taped before the cameras of SPEED Channel, would see Birkhofer start from the pole alongside Don O'Neal. O'Neal would be credited with leading the opening lap with Birkhofer, Terry Phillips, Matt Miller and Ronny Lee Hollingsworth the top five. However by the second go round Birkhofer would be the new man in the lead with O'Neal in second. The top five drivers would remain in the same running order up until the ninth circuit. At this point in the race Birkhofer was steadily holding a two to three car length advantage over O'Neal. Positions changed in the top five on the ninth lap with Phillips getting by O'Neal for second and 10th place starting Scott Bloomquist passing Hollingsworth for fifth. By lap 17 Birkhofer was starting to pick up the tail end of the field with Phillips and O'Neal slicing into his lead. But Birkhofer would manage to slip away from Phillips and O'Neal in traffic as he was up to a half a straightaway lead by the 23rd lap. On that same lap O'Neal was able to get back around Phillips in the race for second. At the halfway mark it was still Birkhofer showing the way followed by O'Neal, Phillips, Miller and Bloomquist. While the battle for second was good Miller and Bloomquist were putting on their own show for fourth running side-by-side lap after lap until Bloomquist would take the fourth spot on lap 30. With 20 circuits to go and with Birkhofer seemingly comfortable in front, O'Neal and Phillips would again start to track down the leader in traffic. With no cautions to clear the track in front of him, Birkhofer was encountering a little more difficult task this time around with traffic as O'Neal and Phillips would close right behind him with ten laps remaining in the race. Just when O'Neal was making a bid to take over the top spot the first and only caution of the race would come out with 46 laps complete. On the restart it would be Birkhofer, O'Neal, Phillips, Miller, Bloomquist and 16th starting Jimmy Mars in a four-lap shootout to see who would take the win. When the green flag flew to restart the race it would signal the beginning of a tremendous last four laps for the capacity crowd on hand. O'Neal would go to the very bottom of the race track just as he had done for most of the race with Bloomquist going to the middle and top groove in their attempts to overhaul Birkhofer for the lead. Mars went to fourth with three laps to go as he was now in the battle for the win. With the cars coming off of turn four for the white flag, they were three wide for the lead with O'Neal on the bottom, Bloomquist in the middle and Birkhofer up top. Coming off of turn number two on the final lap Birkhofer would get the run on O'Neal and Bloomquist and head out of turn four to the checkers to take a very close win over O'Neal and Bloomquist. Mars would finish fourth followed by Phillips. "Man what a race," proclaimed Birkhofer afterwards. "I just want to thank Johnny Johnson of J&J Steel and Jeff Daufeldt of Daufeldt Transport for all of their help." "The year didn't start like we wanted to, we've really struggled at times, but lately this Rocket Chassis has been running really well." "I mean to beat guys like O'Neal and Bloomquist here tonight says alot about our team that we can get the job done." "Don raced me hard and clean and I know Scott was there as well, man what a weekend!" Completing the top ten were Matt Miller, Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, Steve Casebolt, Donnie Moran and Earl Pearson, Jr. The preliminary action would see Kerry Hansen take the Comp Cams Fast Time at 16.351 seconds. The PBM Performance Product Heats Races went to Matt Miller, C.J. Lyle, Brian Birkhofer and Don O'Neal. The Mason Racin' Rebel Shock Dyno First B-Main winner was Scott Drake and the Penske Shocks Second B-Main was taken by Al Purkey. The K&N Engineering "Clean Pass of the Race" went to Birkhofer whose last lap pass of Steve Casebolt in heat race number three put him in a scenario where he would be in the heat race winner draw in which he drew the pole position for the feature. The K&N Engineering "Clean Pass of the Race" is awarded at each Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event and can take place during a heat race, b-main or the feature event. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will next be in action in the Illini State of Illinois with back-to-back races this upcoming weekend. On Saturday Night, July 29 the series will be at the Izzo Family promoted La Salle Speedway in La Salle, IL for the $10,000 to win "Illinois Valley Challenge" and on Sunday Night, July 30 a visit to Kevin and Tammy Gundaker's Tri City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, IL awaits the fans and drivers for the "Miller Lite 50" paying $10,000 to win. Both events will be taped by the cameras of SPEED Channel and shown on a date and time to be announced in the future.Race Summary Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series/O'Reilly Auto Parts MLRA Series Saturday Night, July 22, 2006 Lucas Oil Speedway-Wheatland, MO Comp Cams Fast Time: Kerry Hansen 16.351 seconds PBM Performance Products First Heat: (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Matt Miller, Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, Kerry Hansen, Chris Wall, Michael England, David Turner, Richard Foster, Shad Badder, Justin Wells, Steve Rushin, Gary Stolba PBM Performance Products Second Heat: (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Terry Phillips, C.J. Lyle, Scott Bloomquist, Dewaine Hottinger, Scott Drake, Shane Essary, Scott James, Brandon McCormick, Brady Smith, Reid Millard, Bryon Allison PBM Performance Products Third Heat: (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Brian Birkhofer, Steve Casebolt, Shannon Anastosopolos, Stacy Taylor, Larry Jones, Chris Smyser, Jeff Floyd, Freddy Smith, Johnny Bone, Jr., Earl Pearson, Jr. PBM Performance Products Fourth Heat: (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Don O'Neal, Donnie Moran, Alan Vaughn, Jimmy Mars, Al Purkey, Larry Clawson, David Barker, Jason Bodenhamer, Eric Anderson, P.J. Haskins Mason Racin' Rebel Shock Dyno First B-Main: (12 Laps-Top 2 Advance): Scott Drake, Shane Essary, Michael England, David Turner, Richard Foster, Steve Rushin, Justin Wells, Brandon McCormick, Shad Badder, Reid Millard, Brady Smith, Gary Stolba, Scott James Penske Shocks Second B-Main (12 Laps-Top 2 Advance): Al Purkey, Jeff Floyd, Freddy Smith, Larry Jones, Johnny Bone, Jr., Jason Bodenhamer, Eric Anderson, David Barker, P. J. Haskins, Earl Pearson, Jr., Larry Clawson, Chris Smyser Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series/MLRA Main Event: (50 Laps): Brian Birkhofer, Don O'Neal, Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Mars, Terry Phillips, Matt Miller, Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, Steve Casebolt, Donnie Moran, Earl Pearson, Jr., Alan Vaughn, Al Purkey, Scott Drake, David Turner, Shane Essary, Stacy Taylor, Freddy Smith, Scott James, Dewaine Hottinger, Michael England, Kerry Hansen, Shannon Anastosopolos, Chris Wall, Jeff Floyd, David Barker, C.J. LyleRace Statistics Entries: 42 Yellow Flags: 1 Red Flags: 0 Lap Leaders: Don O'Neal 1, Brian Birkhofer 2-50 Allstar Performance Performer of the Race: Jimmy Mars (started 16th and finished fourth, advanced 12 positions) K&N Engineering Clean Pass of the Race: Brian Birkhofer Hawk Brake Tough Break Award: Chris Wall Quarter Master Move of the Race: Scott Bloomquist On the Edge Graphics Fastest Non Qualifier: Brandon McCormick Weld Wheels Award: Ronny Lee Hollingsworth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Earl Pearson, Jr. and Scott James O'Reilly Auto Parts MLRA Series Provisionals: David Turner and David Barker Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Race: Steve CaseboltCurrent Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Standings (After July 22) 1. Earl Pearson, Jr. (Jacksonville, FL)-3555 2. Don O'Neal (Martinsville, IN)-3435 3. Donnie Moran (Dresden, OH)-3200 4. Matt Miller (Waterville, OH)-3005 5. Scott James (Lawrenceburg, IN)-2775 6. Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN)-2750 7. Freddy Smith (Seymour,TN)-2280 8. Michael England (Glasgow, KY)-2075 9. Scott Bloomquist (Mooresburg, TN)-1920 10. Brady Smith (Solon Springs, WI)-1910 11. Tim Dohm (Cross Lanes, WV)-1810 12. Brian Birkhofer (Muscatine, IA)-1685 13. Corey Conley (Wellsburg, WV)-1640 14. Darren Miller (Chadwick, IL)-1615 15. Jimmy Mars (Menomonie, WI)-1530Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Year Standings (after July 22) 1. Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN)-2750 2. Michael England (Glasgow, KY)-2075 3. Brady Smith (Solon Springs, WI)-1910 4. Corey Conley (Wellsburg, WV)-1640 5. Damon Eller (Crumpler, NC)-1125

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lmd dlUpdated: 05/20/18 - After Deer Creek Speedway

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2 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. 2910
2 1R Josh Richards 2910
4 0 Scott Bloomquist 2900
5 32 Bobby Pierce 2840
6 39 Tim McCreadie 2785
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