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Mount Hope, WV (July 1, 2010) – Making his first career start at Beckley Motorsports Park, Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC fought off Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN in the final ten laps to win the first ever Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at BMP on Thursday Night.  Cook’s third series win of 2010 moved him into fourth place in the series points’ standings.  Owens finished a close second, followed by fast qualifier, Josh Richards of Shinnston, WV; series points leader, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN; and Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA.

Richards and Cook started on the front row of the 50 lap main event. Cook quickly grabbed the early lead over Richards, Bloomquist, Owens and Eric Wells. The first movement inside the top five was on lap six when McDowell moved past Wells for fifth. Cook held a healthy lead over Richards with ten laps scored as the two drivers started to enter heavy traffic.  Richards, Bloomquist, and Owens all gained ground on Cook in traffic as Cook narrowly avoided disaster on lap 13. On that lap the cars of Tim Isenberg and John Blankenship got hooked together in turn two, bringing out the first caution of the race. Cook was able to maneuver his car to the inside of the track around the wreckage and kept moving.

Cook looked strong as he pulled away from a two-car battle for second between Richards and Owens.  At the halfway mark, Cook was in control followed by Richards, Owens, Bloomquist, and Tim Dohm. As Cook approached traffic again, Richards and Owens steadily gained more ground on the race leader. Lap after lap Owens tried the low line to get around Richards; the two went at it tooth-and-nail as Owens eventually crept in front of Richards as the duo headed down the back chute. A caution came out for two pieces of debris on the racetrack with 38 laps scored. The race restarted and went green for four laps until a caution came out for Earl Pearson Jr. in turn one.  The caution set up an eight lap dash to the finish as five more laps went green with Owens all over Cook for the lead until the final caution of the race came out on lap 47 for Tim Dohm.

The three-lap chase to the checkers was exciting as Owens tried repeatedly to get around Cook. Cook managed to hold the slightest advantage at the start-finish line as he and Owens raced side-by-side off of turn for to the checkers. Cook held off Owens to take the win, his ninth career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory and his eighth in the last two years.

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane, Cook thanked the fans for coming out to support the series at Beckley and his crew for the job they did in preparing his car.  “First off, I have to thank the Good Lord for what he has done and my crew for preparing such a great race car. This is my first time here and I didn’t know what to expect but the MasterSbilt Chassis, the Race Engine Design motor and the American Racer Tires all worked exceptionally well tonight, the race with me and Jimmy, that just shows you how good that guy is to race with. We were within inches of each other at those high speeds and never touched one another, that tells you something,” said the 38-year old driver.

“I was glad for a few of those cautions there that cleared out lapped traffic, our car could handle real well where we were running and I saw no reason to change my line, when Jimmy got up there I knew if I kept my line, it was going to be tough to beat him, but what a race,   I hoped the fans enjoyed that,  I really like coming here to West Virginia, we won the Hillbilly at Tyler for my biggest win and we come here tonight and win, it’s like a second home for me.”

Cook’s #53 is owned by Danny Dishman and Ronald Ivey and sponsored by Hicks and Ingle Company General Contracting, A+ Moving and Storage, PRC, Wyatt Builders, Integra Racing Shocks, Star Grafix, PPM, VP, K&N Filters, Real Racing Wheels, B&M Concrete and Fairway Ford.

Owens finished second, and is now 115 points behind points’ leader, Scott Bloomquist.  Owens drives the Reece Monument Company/Cornett Racing Engines/Bloomquist Ford Fusion.  Third place went to Richards in the Ernie D’s Salvage/Roush-Yates Racing Engines/Rocket Mustang. Bloomquist was fourth in his Miller Brothers Construction/Roush-Yates Engines/Bloomquist Race Cars entry followed by McDowell in the Clint Bowyer Racing/Cheerios/Warrior Impala SS.

Completing the top ten were Eric Wells of Hazard, KY; Kennie Compton Jr, of Bland, VA; Hard Charger of the Race, Brad Neat of Dunnville, KY; Eddie Carrier Jr of Salt Rock, WV; and Chris Wall of Holden, LA.

For the latest breaking news on 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   Thursday Night, July 1st, 2010 Beckley Motorsports Park – Mount Hope, WV

Red Buck Cigars Fast Time: Josh Richards / 13.496 seconds

Wiles Driveshaft’s First Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Josh Richards, Eric Wells, Josh McGuire, Kennie Compton, Don O’Neal, Henry Hornsby, Justin Rattliff

AFCO Racing Products Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Scott Bloomquist, Dale McDowell, Eddie Carrier, Earl Pearson Jr., Chris Wall, Dan Schlieper, Brad Neat

Allstar Performance Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Ray Cook, Steve Casebolt, Rick Williams, Chris Meadows, Zack Dohm, Tim Isenberg, Billy Holbert

SuperFlow Fourth Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Jimmy Owens, Tim Dohm, Jeff Smith, Chuck harper, Tyler Reddick, John Blankenship, Brad Jarrell

Hawk Brake First B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Transfer): Chris Wall, Don O’Neal, Dan Schlieper, Brad neat, Justin Rattliff, Henry Hornsby

Performance Rod and Custom (PRC) Second B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Transfer):  Zack Dohm, Tyler Reddick, Tim Isenberg, John Blankenship, Billy Holbert, Brad Jarrell-DNS

Feature Finish - 50 Laps

FINISH

START

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

1

2

53

Ray Cook

Brasstown, NC

2

4

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

3

1

25

Josh Richards

Shinnston, WV

4

3

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

5

7

17m

Dale McDowell

Chickamauga, GA

6

5

18e

Eric Wells

Hazard, KY

7

13

10c

Kennie Compton

Bland, VA

8

24

41n

Brad Neat

Dunnville, KY

9

11

28

Eddie Carrier, Jr.

Salt Rock, WV

10

17

71w

Chris Wall

Holden, LA

11

21

s9

Dan Schlieper

Sullivan, WI

12

6

c9

Steve Casebolt

Richmond, IN

13

19

71

Don O'Neal

Martinsville, IN

14

20

11t

Tyler Reddick

Corning, CA

15

16

00h

Chuck Harper

Beverly, WV

16

8

6T

Tim Dohm

Cross Lanes, WV

17

15

44

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

18

18

25D

Zack Dohm

Cross Lanes, WV

19

23

23

John Blankenship

Williamson, WV

20

12

18m

Jeff Smith

Gastonia, NC

21

22

9t

Tim Isenberg

Marshfield, WI

22

10

12w

Rick Williams

Beckley, WV

23

9

41

Josh McGuire

Grayson, KY

24

14

33

Chris Meadows

Crab Orchard, WV

Race StatisticsEntrants: 28 Lap Leaders: Ray Cook (Laps 1-50) Caution Flags: Tim Isenberg, John Blankenship, Chris Meadows (Lap 13); Debris (Lap 38); Earl Pearson Jr. (Lap 42); Tim Dohm (Lap 47) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: John Blankenship, Brad Neat Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: none PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Brad Neat (Started 24th; Finished 8th; Advanced 16 positions) Ohlin’s Shocks Performer of the Race: Ray Cook K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Jimmy Owens Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Eric Wells Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Race Engine Design Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award: John Blankenship DirtonDirt.com Crew Chief of the Race: Danny Dishman (Ray Cook) Time of Race: 28 minutes, 09 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

POINTS

1

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

3300

2

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

3185

3

44

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

2945

4

53

Ray Cook

Brasstown, NC

2865

5

71

Don O'Neal

Martinsville, IN

2850

6

17m

Dale McDowell

Chickamauga, GA

2640

7

c9

Steve Casebolt

Richmond, IN

2580

8

71w

Chris Wall

Holden, LA

2535

8

s9

Dan Schlieper

Sullivan, WI

2535

10

18e

Eric Wells

Hazard, KY

2475

11

41n

Brad Neat

Dunnville, KY

2360

12

23

John Blankenship

Williamson, WV

2310

13

157

Mike Marlar

Winfield, TN

1995

14

9t

Tim Isenberg

Marshfield, WI

1895

15

11t

Tyler Reddick

Corning, CA

1800

 

 

 

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