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WHEATLAND, MO (May 29, 2010) – Ray Cook of Brasstown, North Carolina etched his name in the DART Show Me 100 history book for the second time, as he claimed the 18th edition of the event on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri in front of a capacity crowd in what could only be described as possibly one of the greatest races ever.

Jimmy Owens and Earl Pearson Jr. brought the field to the green flag for the 100-lap affair, which was co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) and the Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association (MLRA).  Owens took the lead at the onset of the event with Pearson Jr., Terry Phillips, Don O’Neal, and Dale McDowell in tow.  By the third circuit O’Neal had cracked the top three as Owens began to motor away from the field.

Lap 5 found Jimmy Owens catching the tail of the field as Chad Simpson went down a lap on the sixth circuit.  Owens’ commanding run would come to an abrupt halt exiting turn four on the tenth circuit as Brian Birkhofer got sideways causing Chris Wall to flip in front of the leader.  Owens, with nowhere to go, was caught up in the incident and had to go to the tail of the field.  Wall would be unhurt in the incident and would rejoin the event fourteen laps later to a standing ovation from the crowd.

With Owens tailback, Don O’Neal inherited the lead with Earl Pearson Jr., Billy Moyer, Terry Phillips, and Dale McDowell making up the top five in the running order.  On the ensuing restart O’Neal and Pearson Jr. began to battle for the lead before the caution waved again on lap 12 as Shannon Babb rolled to a stop with a flat tire.  During the caution, Steve Casebolt also headed pit-side, and both drivers rejoined the tail of the field.

With the green flag displayed once again, the action at the front of the pack saw O’Neal motor away from the pack with Pearson Jr. and Moyer continuing to host a spirited battled for the second spot.  Caution would fly again on lap 21 as Dale McDowell relinquished the fifth spot with a flat tire.  He too would head pit-side for fresh rubber before rejoining the field.

At the time of the caution the top five running order consisted of Don O’Neal, Earl Pearson Jr., Billy Moyer, Ray Cook, and Terry Phillips.  As the race resumed Billy Moyer moved past Earl Pearson Jr. for the second spot as the duo began to swap positions lap after lap.

Lap 27 would see the yellow flag in the air again as Scott Bloomquist relinquished the sixth spot with a flat tire.  It would mark the first of two trips to the pit area during the course of the feature for the Mooresburg, Tennessee driver.  With Bloomquist on the tail of the field the race continued as O’Neal jumped to a comfortable lead over Pearson Jr., Phillips, and eleventh starting Ray Cook.

The race would endure a ten lap green flag run with O’Neal still at the point as Phillips and Cook shuffled Pearson Jr. from second to fourth exiting turn two on lap 32.  Two laps later, Billy Moyer Jr. shuffled Pearson Jr. back another spot.

On lap 38, the caution would wave for Chris Simpson, who rolled to a stop on the backstretch, which erased O’Neal’s eight-car length lead.  At the time of the caution Phillips, Cook, Moyer Jr., and Earl Pearson Jr. followed O’Neal.

The restart saw Moyer Jr. and Cook beginning to race side-by-side for the third spot before Cook mounted a charge toward the front of the pack that saw him dispose of Moyer Jr. and Phillips to race his way to second by the race’s midway point.  The next ten laps saw the race slow on various times by the caution flag before it endured another long green flag run.  Cook stalked O’Neal through lapped traffic for several laps before slipping passed him on the high side to take the lead as the field completed the 62nd circuit.

With Cook at the point, O’Neal continued to apply pressure, as 22nd starting Steve Casebolt joined the fray in the third spot.  Another driver on the move was 29th starting, John Blankenship, who was up to the fourth spot by lap 65.  While Cook maintained the lead, O’Neal and Casebolt waged war for the second spot with disaster nearly striking as they completed lap 67 as the pair briefly made contact sending Casebolt into the front stretch wall.  Casebolt would recover after losing several car lengths to O’Neal.  Three laps later he would race passed O’Neal for the lead and set his sights on race leader, Ray Cook.

By lap 73 Cook and Casebolt were battling side-by-side for the lead and Casebolt, became the fourth different leader of the race.  Casebolt quickly extended his lead and would finally be slowed by a caution for John Blankenship, who rolled to a stop with a flat on lap 82.

The ensuing restart saw Casebolt drive away from the field once again, and appeared to be on his way to a comfortable win before bad luck struck on lap 89, when he lost his driveshaft, bringing his night to a disappointing early end.  With Casebolt in the pits, Ray Cook inherited the lead and fought off a late race challenge from Don O’Neal to claim the $30,000 payday in the 18th Annual DART Show Me 100 Presented by Lucas Oil.  Don O’Neal, Terry Phillips, Eric Wells, Dennis Erb Jr., Billy Moyer Jr., Scott Bloomquist, Dan Schlieper, Brad Neat, and Mike Marlar rounded out the top ten finishers.

Earlier in the evening Martinsville, Indiana’s Don O’Neal topped the Manufacturer’s Dash For Cash taking the win over Brian Birkhofer and Billy Moyer.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race Summary Saturday Night, May 29th, 2010 18th Annual DART Show-Me 100 Presented by Lucas Oil Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, MO

Red Buck Cigars Fast Time: Jimmy Owens / 16.037 seconds

Wiles Driveshaft’s First Heat (20 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Jimmy Owens, Jesse Stovall, Jared Landers, Mike Marlar, Tim Isenberg, Brad Looney, Chris Smyser, Al Purkey, Stacy Taylor, Ed Mueller, Dave Eckrich, Joe Kosiski, Michael Walker

AFCO Racing Products Second Heat (20 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Terry Phillips, Jimmy Mars, Will Vaught, Keith Foss, Steve Casebolt, Ray Moore, Jay Johnson, Evan Hubert, Austin Dillon, Justin Asplin, Rylan Long, Bill Koons

Allstar Performance Third Heat (20 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Don O’Neal, Ray Cook, Brad Neat, Jeremy Payne, Jack Sullivan, John Blankenship, Jason Hughes, Chris Brown, Mike Collins, Dewaine Hottinger, Zac Simmons, Chris Spieker

SuperFlow Fourth Heat (20 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Earl Pearson Jr., Scott Bloomquist, Dan Schlieper, Eric Wells, Josh McGuire, Brandon Kinzer, Chris Simpson, Kyle Beard, Gary Christian, Shane Harris, Andrew Kosiski, Chris Hall

Wiles Driveshaft’s Fifth Heat (20 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Dale McDowell, Eric Jacobsen, Wendell Wallace, Dennis Erb Jr., Chris Wall, Jason Feger, John Anderson, Bub McCool, JD Hubert, Jon Kirby, John Mason, Larry Jones

AFCO Racing Products Sixth Heat (20 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Billy Moyer, Billy Moyer Jr., Shannon Babb, Brian Birkhofer, Eric Turner, Chad Simpson, David Turner, Raymond Merrill, Tyler Reddick, Alan Vaughn, Austin Rettig, PJ Haskins

Comp Cams Race of Champions Presented by Quarter Master (12 Laps): Wendell Wallace, Scott Bloomquist, Brian Birkhofer, Ray Cook, Terry Phillips, Billy Moyer

Manufacturers’ Dash for Cash (10 Laps): Don O’Neal, Brian Birkhofer, Billy Moyer, John Blankenship, Al Purkey, Jack Sullivan, Jared Landers, Dennis Erb Jr., Terry Phillips, Ray Cook, Brandon Kinzer

Hawk Brake First B-Main (20 Laps- Top 2 Transfer): Mike Marlar, Steve Casebolt, Tim Isenberg, Keith Foss, Al Purkey, Ray Moore, Dave Eckrich, Stacy Taylor, Bill Koons, Justin Asplin, Austin Dillon, Evan Hubert, Brad Looney, Jay Johnson, Chris Smyser, Rylan Long, Ed Mueller-DNS, Joe Kosiski-DNS, Michael Walker-DNS

Performance Rod and Custom (PRC) Second B-Main (20 Laps- Top 2 Transfer):  Chris Simpson, Josh McGuire, Jack Sullivan, John Blankenship, Dewaine Hottinger, Chris Brown, Kyle Beard, Mike Collins, Gary Christian, Shane Harris, Eric Wells, Jason Hughes, Brandon Kinzer, Jeremy Payne, Zac Simmons, Chris Spieker, Andrew Kosiski-DNS, Chris Hall-DNS

Hawk Brake Third B-Main (20 Laps- Top 2 Transfer): Brian Birkhofer, Dennis Erb Jr., Eric Turner, Jason Feger, Chad Simpson, Tyler Reddick, John Mason, Bub McCool, JD Hubert, Alan Vaughn, Larry Jones, Austin Rettig, Jon Kirby, Chris Wall, John Anderson-DNS, David Turner-DNS, Raymond Merrill-DNS, PJ Haskins-DNS

Feature Finish - 100 Laps

FINISH

START

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

1

11

53

Ray Cook

Brasstown, NC

2

5

71

Don O'Neal

Martinsville, IN

3

3

75

Terry Phillips

Springfield, MO

4

27

18e

Eric Wells

Hazard, KY

5

24

28e

Dennis Erb, Jr.

Carpentersville, IL

6

12

21JR

Billy Moyer, Jr.

Batesville, AR

7

8

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

8

14

s9

Dan Schlieper

Sullivan, WI

9

17

41n

Brad Neat

Dunnville, KY

10

19

157

Mike Marlar

Winfield, TN

11

29

23

John Blankenship

Williamson, WV

12

16

88

Wendell Wallace

Batesville, AR

13

2

44

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

14

26

33

Al Purkey

Coffeyville, KS

15

13

777

Jared Landers

Lexington, NC

16

10

5

Eric Jacobsen

Watsonville, CA

17

9

28m

Jimmy Mars

Menomonie, WI

18

22

c9

Steve Casebolt

Richmond, IN

19

25

71w

Chris Wall

Holden, LA

20

7

00H

Jesse Stovall

Galena, MO

21

20

32x

Chris Simpson

Oxford, IA

22

15

1

Will Vaught

Crane, MO

23

6

21

Billy Moyer

Batesville, AR

24

1

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

25

21

15b

Brian Birkhofer

Muscatine, IA

26

23

41

Josh McGuire

Grayson, KY

27

4

17m

Dale McDowell

Chickamauga, GA

28

18

18

Shannon Babb

Mowequa, IL

29

28

25c

Chad Simpson

Mt. Vernon, IA

Race StatisticsEntrants: 73 Lap Leaders: Jimmy Owens (Laps 1-10); Don O’Neal (Laps 11-61); Ray Cook (Laps 62-72); Steve Casebolt (Laps 73-89); Ray Cook (Laps 90-100) Caution Flags: Lap 10 (Brian Birkhofer, Chris Wall, Jimmy Owens); Lap 11 (Jimmy Owens); Lap 12 (Shannon Babb); Lap 21 (Dale McDowell); Lap 23 (Brad Neat); Lap 27 (Scott Bloomquist); Lap 28 (Eric Jacobsen); Lap 38 (Chris Simpson); Lap 50 (Eric Jacobsen); Lap 52 (Earl Pearson Jr.); Lap 53 (Jared Landers); Lap 56 (Jimmy Owens); Lap 58 (Will Vaught); Lap 65 (Jesse Stovall); Steve Casebolt (Lap 89); Jimmy Mars (Lap 91); Jared Landers (Lap 92) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Chris Wall, Eric Wells Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association Provisionals: Al Purkey, Chad Simpson Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: John Blankenship PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Eric Wells (Started 27th; Finished 4th; Advanced  23 positions) Ohlin’s Shocks Performer of the Race: Eric Wells K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Ray Cook Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Eric Wells Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Race Engine Design Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award: Steve Casebolt DirtonDirt.com Crew Chief of the Race: Danny Dishman (Ray Cook) Time of Race: 96 minutes, 34 seconds

 

 

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

 

POS

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

POINTS

1

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

1960

2

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

1890

3

44

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

1820

4

71

Don O'Neal

Martinsville, IN

1720

5

53

Ray Cook

Brasstown, NC

1675

6

17m

Dale McDowell

Chickamauga, GA

1555

7

71w

Chris Wall

Holden, LA

1525

8

c9

Steve Casebolt

Richmond, IN

1505

9

s9

Dan Schlieper

Sullivan, WI

1480

10

28e

Dennis Erb, Jr.

Carpentersville, IL

1475

11

18e

Eric Wells

Hazard, KY

1425

12

157

Mike Marlar

Winfield, TN

1360

12

23

John Blankenship

Williamson, WV

1360

14

41n

Brad Neat

Dunnville, KY

1290

15

1

Will Vaught

Crane, MO

1285

16

25f

Jason Feger

Bloomington, IL

1265

17

57J

Bub McCool

Vicksburg, MS

1215

18

9t

Tim Isenberg

Marshfield, WI

1120

19

3c

Mike Collins

Council Bluffs, IA

1015

20

11t

Tyler Reddick

Corning, CA

995

21

64

Michael Walker

Franklin, TN

865

22

5

Eric Jacobsen

Watsonville, CA

815

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