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MARYVILLE, TN (July 8, 2017) For the second time in 2017, Jimmy Owens dominated the competition at one of his home-state tracks by winning the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Mountain Moonshine Classic on Saturday Night at Smoky Mountain Speedway.

Owens grabbed the lead at the start of the 60-lap main event and led all the way before a packed grandstand. Brandon Overton was looking for his second straight LOLMDS win and charged from the eighth starting spot to finish second. Scott Bloomquist overtook Series point-leader, Josh Richards late in the race to finish third. Richards came home in fourth and Darrell Lanigan rounded out the top five.

Owens wrestled the lead away from pole-sitter Ray Cook at the start of the race and Owens bolted away from the field. The only thing that slowed Owens was the only caution of the race, which came out on lap six. Owens held more than a straightaway lead over the field for the remainder of the race.

“Man, I can’t thank my crew enough, they have worked their tails off on this car. We have been away from home the last week or two and we needed to get things sorted out. It’s good to know a lot of hard work has paid off. Thanks to Shannon and Jeff for making this car go.”

With a multitude of Owens’ supporters on hand, the three-time LOLMDS National Champion responded to their support. “Without the fans we are nothing, they are what makes this sport great. We love them all and appreciate their support over the years.”

“The track was in great shape; the pits, those I am not so sure of, and we may have the hauler stuck out there. But after the rain they had this afternoon it was good to see the sunshine and the great crowd on hand. I didn’t want to see a caution after that first one they had. I am glad I didn’t have to contend with the 116 [Overton] car at the end.”

The Ramirez Motorsports, Rocket Chassis entry is powered by an Andy Durham engine and sponsored by: E3 Spark Plugs, Red Bone Fishing and Rental, Power Rig LLC, Red Line Oil, and Boomtest Well Service.

Overton; the previous night’s LOLMDS winner at Cherokee Speedway; made another late race charge, but this time came one spot short of victory. “Yes, I would have like to have had a caution there at the end, but that’s the way it goes sometimes. Congrats to Jimmy on the win. We just got it going too late tonight to win it. But to run second with these guys, it’s all well worth it.”

Bloomquist rebounded for a third-place finish - passing Richards to gain valuable championship points. “Overton was really good at the end. We got a little bit tight at the end, we just had to hang in there. It looked like one time we were coming on, but then we picked up a push. I am sure if we would have had a caution, we might have had something for them. Everything is running good again so hopefully we will be back up front again.”

Completing the top ten were Dale McDowell, Ray Cook, Casey Roberts. Dennis Erb Jr, and Shanon Buckingham.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Saturday, July 8th, 2017
Mountain Moonshine Classic
Smoky Mountain Speedway – Maryville, TN

Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Darrell Lanigan / 15.820 seconds
Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Jimmy Owens / 15.806 seconds

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Ray Cook, Darrell Lanigan, Casey Roberts, Dennis Erb, Jr., Steven Roberts, Robby Moses, Forrest Trent, Bobby Giffin

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Earl Pearson, Jr., Shanon Buckingham, Steve Francis, Donald McIntosh, Tommy Kerr, Carder Miller, Kenny Cobble, Billy Ogle Jr.

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Scott Bloomquist, Don O'Neal, Hudson O'Neal, Tyler Millwood, Tim McCreadie, Skip Arp, Chicky Barton

QA1 Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Josh Richards, Brandon Overton, Dale McDowell, Gregg Satterlee, Michael Chilton, Dusty Carver, Boom Briggs, Chad Ogle

Penske Racing Shocks B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Steven Roberts, Tommy Kerr, Robby Moses, Carder Miller, Billy Ogle Jr., Forrest Trent, Bobby Giffin, Kenny Cobble

Fast Shafts B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Michael Chilton, Tim McCreadie, Tyler Millwood, Dusty Carver, Chicky Barton, Chad Ogle, Skip Arp, Boom Briggs-DNS

Feature Finish (60 Laps):

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN EARNINGS
1 2 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $13,000
2 8 116 Brandon Overton Evans, GA $5,500
3 6 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $4,500
4 4 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $3,550
5 5 14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY $2,950
6 12 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA $1,800
7 1 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC $1,500
8 9 101 Casey Roberts Toccoa, GA $1,300
9 13 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL $1,900
10 7 50 Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN $1,100
11 3 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL $1,875
12 14 71 Hudson O'Neal ® Martinsville, IN $1,850
13 18 97 Michael Chilton Salvisa, KY $1,025
14 20 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $1,700
15 16 22 Gregg Satterlee ® Rochester Mills, PA $1,700
16 21 21 Robby Moses Maryville, TN $1,000
17 23 99B Boom Briggs ® Bear Lake, PA $1,700
18 24 9c Dusty Carver Englewood, TN $1,000
19 11 15 Steve Francis Bowling Green, KY $1,700
20 19 4T Tommy Kerr Maryville, TN $1,000
21 15 7m Donald McIntosh Dawsonville, GA $1,000
22 22 31T Tyler Millwood Kingston, GA $1,000
23 10 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN $1,800
24 17 111 Steven Roberts Jesup, GA $1,000


Race Statistics
Entrants: 32
Lap Leaders: Jimmy Owens (Laps 1 – 60)
Cautions: Steven Roberts (Lap 6)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Boom Briggs
Miller Welders Fast Time Provisional: Dusty Carver
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a
Wrisco Feature Winner: Jimmy Owens
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Brandon Overton (Started: 8th; Finished: 2nd; Advanced 6 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Josh Richards
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Brandon Overton
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Jimmy Owens
Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: Hudson O’Neal
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Durham Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Jeff Strope (Jimmy Owens)
Fastest Lap of the Race: Jimmy Owens (Lap #7 – 16.2769 seconds)
Safecraft Most Laps Led: Jimmy Owens (60 Laps)
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Ray Cook
Time of Race: 21 minutes 14 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS EARNINGS
1 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 4895 $126,750
2 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 4885 $141,950
3 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 4735 $116,075
4 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 4450 $84,600
5 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 4435 $92,925
6 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 4405 $89,875
7 14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY 4250 $67,575
8 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL 4155 $61,200
9 22 Gregg Satterlee ® Rochester Mills, PA 4070 $66,850
10 15 Steve Francis Bowling Green, KY 3950 $50,625
11 71 Hudson O'Neal ® Martinsville, IN 3790 $49,950
12 99B Boom Briggs ® Bear Lake, PA 3650 $41,600


*Points are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*


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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Official Sponsors Include:

ASi Racewear - "The Official Merchandise Vendor" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Bad Boy Mowers - "The Official Mower" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Dunn Benson Ford - "The Official Pace Truck" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
E3 Spark Plugs - "The Official Spark Plug" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Fast Orange - “The Official Hand Cleaner” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
GEICO - "The Official Insurance" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
General Tire - "The Official Tire" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Hoosier Tire - "The Official Race Tire" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
K&N Engineering - "Official Sponsor" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Lucas Oil Products - "The Official Oil" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Lucas Oil Racing TV - "Official Sponsor" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
MAVTV Motorsports Network - "The Official TV Network" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Miller Welders - "The Official Welder" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Nitro-Bee PLUS - "The Official Race Receiver" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Optima Batteries - "The Official Battery" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
ProtectTheHarvest.com - "Official Sponsor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Ram Mounts - “Official Sponsor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
RhinoAg - “Official Sponsor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Rugged Radios - “The Official Communications” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Safecraft - "The Official Fire Suppression System" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Sunoco Race Fuels - "The Official Fuel" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Spray Nine - “Official Sponsor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Super Clean - “Official Sponsor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
United Rentals - “Official Sponsor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Wrisco Aluminum - “Official Sponsor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Zotto - “Official Sponsor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Marketing Partners Include:

Allstar Performance, Andy Durham Race Engines, AR Bodies, Black Diamond Chassis, Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars, Boyd Bilt Fabrication, BRODIX, Capital Race Cars, COMP Cams, Cornett Racing Engines, CV Products, DirtonDirt.com, Earnhardt Technologies Group, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, FK Rod Ends, Heath Lawson Photography, Hot Rod Processing, JRi Shocks, Keyser MFG, Longhorn Chassis, Midwest Sheet Metal, Öhlins Shocks, Outerwears, Performance Bodies, Penske Shocks, PFC Brakes, Pierce Race Cars, Pro Power Racing Engines, QA1, Rocket Chassis, Simpson Race Products, Sweet Manufacturing, Wallace Engines, WELD Racing, 5150 Race Trailers

About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nation’s premier dirt late model sanctioning organization.  In 2016, the LOLMDS will sanction 53 events in 19 states.  The series is owned by the parent company Lucas Oil Products Inc. and receives national exposure through a TV package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios.  LOLMDS events will be broadcast on four TV Networks including CBS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network and the MAVTV Motorsports Network.  For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit the official website at: www.LucasDirt.com

About Lucas Oil Racing TV

The Future of Motorsports is HERE! Get Lucas Oil Racing TV and experience racing excitement like you've never seen! Lucas Oil Racing TV is the online app for all your favorite devices like Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Android Devices and more! No matter where you are or when you want to watch, you can stream the best and most exciting motor racing on the planet!

Lucas Oil Racing TV has all your favorite motorsports - from grass roots to international competition, as well as exclusive LIVE EVENTS and behind the scenes interviews and footage that you won't see anywhere else! But that's just the beginning! Lucas Oil Racing TV brings you some of motorsports greatest broadcasters and build specialists... from Dave Despain to the mechanics of Two Guys Garage, as well as all the latest news, reviews, and interviews from every genre of racing.

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About MAVTV Motorsports Network

Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. MAVTV offers an unparalleled line-up of exclusive motorsports, that includes prestigious events such as the Chili Bowl, The AMA Pro Motocross series, the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup and NHRA Drag Racing. But MAVTV goes far beyond the national mainstream events and also covers multitudes of grassroots series' from across the globe: Drag boats, sprint boats, drag racing, pro pulling, rally racing, drifting, dirt racing, ice racing and everything in between.

MAVTV also knows you don't have to be a race fan to be an automotive enthusiast, which is why we have developed a package of automotive reality and custom build shows that is truly second to none. If it has a motor, it's on MAVTV...MAVTV is THE motorsports network. To learn more about MAVTV go to: www.MAVTV.com.

About Lucas Oil Products

Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes, problem-solving additives, and car-care products.  Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil has established itself as a worldwide leader in the lubrication industry.  Motorsports has always been part of the Lucas Oil culture and the cornerstone of the company's marketing strategy.  Such passion for motorsports has inspired Lucas Oil to sponsor many race teams, events and series at all levels, including, NHRA, IRL, ASCS, NASCAR, IHRA and many more.  Lucas Oil has also taken ownership and operational control of a number of high profile racing properties, such as: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. and the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, CA.

In 2007 Lucas Oil founded its own production house, Lucas Oil Production Studios, dedicated to producing high action motorsports television.  Currently Lucas Oil Production Studios produces over 300 hours of original programming for networks such as CBS, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and MAVTV.  More information about Lucas Oil Products, Inc. visit the company website at:  www.LucasOil.com

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