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UNION, KY (August 10, 2017) – Jimmy Owens survived a fierce battle with Darrell Lanigan to win the Sunoco Race Fuels North/South Shootout - presented by Lucas Oil on Thursday night at Florence Speedway. Owens and Lanigan swapped the lead several times before the halfway mark, with Owens gaining the lead for good on lap 16, though never comfortably ahead of the pack.

Lanigan stayed close and finished right on Owens’ bumper as the checkers fell. Tim McCreadie finished a close third with polesitter, Hudson O’Neal taking fourth. Bobby Pierce charged from 17th to finish fifth.

It was Owens’ third LOLMDS win of the season, but his first outside of his homestate of Tennessee where he had recorded wins earlier this season at Tazewell and Smoky Mountain.

The 3-time North/South 100 winner was elated in Lucas Oil Victory Lane. “It was a good show tonight. I was thankful to get the lead on the bottom when I did. The lapped traffic was a bear. I had a hard time getting around Scott [Bloomquist]. Wherever I went, he went, but that’s part of it. Maybe we can run good in the heat races tomorrow and get a good starting spot for Saturday.”

“I really felt like I needed to get off the top. I saw O’Neal up there and I figured he was running the cushion. I didn’t think I could catch the lapped cars on the bottom so that is why I stayed up top. I had to look over my shoulder there at the end to see who was there, especially on a track like tonight the guy running in second has the advantage. You never know where to be. Hats off to the track crew for a doing a great job on the track,” said the 3-time LOLMDS National Champion.

“I really wasn’t leaning on the cushion much. There is $50,000 on the line Saturday night so I wanted to keep it off of the wall. There was an awesome turnout tonight of drivers and fans. It’s great to have everybody come support us. This makes such a prestigious race even better.”

The Ramirez Motorsports, Rocket Chassis driven by Owens is powered by an Andy Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by E3 Spark Plugs, Red Bone Fishing and Rental, Power Rig LLC, Red Line Oil, Boomtest Well Service, Keyser and Integra.

Lanigan debuted a new car and was in the hunt the entire 50-lap distance. “We struggled last week in Illinois and Wisconsin so we came home and built a new one. I love coming home and running here. The fans are great. Hopefully we can finally win this race. We have tried for a long-time to win the North/South 100. We have run second 3 or 4 times. So hopefully we can bring this I-Racing.com entry home with the win for Clint Bowyer and all the guys.”

McCreadie had a great points night with his third-place finish. “It was definitely top-dominated. Jimmy did a good job there and I thought well maybe we could get around him, but Darrell was there and we all had a heck of a race going. I am happy with a third-place. I think we can get some more out of it.”

Completing the top ten were Earl Pearson Jr., Brandon Overton, Don O’Neal, Josh Richards, and Zack Dohm.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Thursday, August 10th, 2017
Sunoco North/South Shootout - Presented by Lucas Oil
Florence Speedway – Union, KY

Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Hudson O’Neal / 15.402 seconds
Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Darrell Lanigan / 15.872 seconds

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Hudson O'Neal, Josh Richards, Austin Hubbard, Tyler Erb, Shanon Buckingham, Steve Francis, Chad Stapleton, Brandon Kinzer, John Whitney, James Rice, Jason Jameson, Billy Green

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Brandon Overton, Chris Ferguson, Don O'Neal, Michael Page, Steve Casebolt , Gregg Satterlee, Mason Zeigler, Jeep VanWormer, Jeff Alsip, John Gill, Roger Williams

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Mike Marlar, Bobby Pierce, Dale McDowell, Scott Bloomquist, Joey Moriarty, Paul Stubber, Jesse Lay, Zak Blackwood, Austyn Mills, Colin Green

QA1 Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Darrell Lanigan, Earl Pearson, Jr., Michael Chilton, Devin Moran, Billy Moyer, Jr., Jonathan Davenport, Jason Miller, Craig Vosbergen, Ray Cook, Devin Gilpin, Kyle Bronson

Sunoco Heat Race #5 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Tim McCreadie, Dennis Erb, Jr., RJ Conley, Scott James , Cody Mahoney, Dustin Nobbe, Trevor Landrum, Jackie Boggs, Kody Evans, Connor Meade, Robby Hensley

ASi Racewear Heat Race #6 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Rick Eckert, Zack Dohm, Kent Robinson, Timothy Culp, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Brian Shirley, Boom Briggs, Nick Latham, Adam Bowman, Tommy Bailey, Steve Landrum

Penske Racing Shocks B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Tyler Erb, Michael Page, Dale McDowell, Steve Casebolt , Mason Zeigler, Joey Moriarty, Steve Francis, Zak Blackwood, James Rice, Jesse Lay, Roger Williams, Gregg Satterlee, John Whitney, Jason Jameson, Jeep VanWormer, John Gill, Austyn Mills, Billy Green, Scott Bloomquist, Shanon Buckingham, Jeff Alsip, Paul Stubber, Brandon Kinzer, Chad Stapleton, Colin Green-DNS

Fast Shafts B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Devin Moran, Scott James , Billy Moyer, Jr., Cody Mahoney, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Jonathan Davenport, Brian Shirley, Craig Vosbergen, Timothy Culp, Jackie Boggs, Boom Briggs, Trevor Landrum, Jason Miller, Ray Cook, Dustin Nobbe, Nick Latham, Devin Gilpin, Connor Meade, Adam Bowman, Tommy Bailey, Kody Evans, Kyle Bronson, Steve Landrum, Robby Hensley

Feature Finish (50 Laps):

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN EARNINGS
1 5 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $10,100
2 2 14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY $5,500
3 4 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $3,500
4 1 71 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN $2,950
5 17 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL $2,250
6 8 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL $1,800
7 3 116 Brandon Overton Evans, GA $1,500
8 15 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN $1,300
9 7 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $1,300
10 12 17d Zack Dohm Cross Lanes, WV $1,100
11 20 9 Devin Moran Dresden, OH $1,075
12 10 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL $1,050
13 11 157 Mike Marlar Winfield, TN $1,025
14 6 7 Rick Eckert York, PA $1,000
15 23 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $950
16 18 7R Kent Robinson Bloomington, IN $925
17 13 11 Austin Hubbard Bridgeville, DE $900
18 24 22 Gregg Satterlee Rochester Mills, PA $875
19 16 71c RJ Conley Wheelersburg, OH $850
20 27 33 Jesse Lay Walton, KY $825
21 22 83 Scott James Lawrenceburg, IN $800
22 25 15 Steve Francis Bowling Green, KY $100
23 21 18x Michael Page Villa Rica, GA $800
24 9 22F Chris Ferguson Mount Holly, NC $800
25 14 97 Michael Chilton Salvisa, KY $800
26 19 91 Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX $800
27 26 99B Boom Briggs Bear Lake, PA $100


Race Statistics
Entrants: 67
Lap Leaders: Darrell Lanigan (Laps 1 – 9); Jimmy Owens (Laps 10 – 11); Darrell Lanigan (Lap 12); Jimmy Owens (Lap 13); Darrell Lanigan (Lap 14); Jimmy Owen (Laps 15 – 50)
Cautions: n/a
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Scott Bloomquist, Gregg Satterlee
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: Steve Francis, Boom Briggs
Florence Speedway Track Provisional: Jesse Lay
Wrisco Feature Winner: Jimmy Owens
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Bobby Pierce (Started: 17th; Finished: 5th; Advanced 12 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Josh Richards
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Devin Moran
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 #2 – 17.6543 seconds)
Safecraft Most Laps Led: Jimmy Owens
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Hudson O’Neal
Time of Race: 19 minutes 46 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS EARNINGS
1 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 6235 $175,300
2 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 6040 $188,425
3 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 5990 $168,325
4 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 5590 $105,600
5 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 5545 $113,325
5 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 5545 $108,775
7 14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY 5405 $89,500
8 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL 5235 $74,575
9 71 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN 5010 $69,600
10 22 Gregg Satterlee Rochester Mills, PA 4955 $79,525
11 15 Steve Francis Bowling Green, KY 4865 $61,675
12 99B Boom Briggs Bear Lake, PA 4525 $50,250

*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
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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
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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

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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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