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BRUNSWICK, GA (February 2, 2018) - The 2018 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season kicked off in grand fashion on Friday night of the RhinoAg Super Bowl of Racing - presented by General Tire. Defending series champion Josh Richards earned a hard-fought victory over 2017 Rookie-of-the Year, Hudson O'Neal.

Richards took the lead from Jonathan Davenport on lap five and then held off a furious late-race charge from the 15th-place starting O'Neal. O'Neal made what appeared to be a winning pass on Richards in turns three and four on the final lap, but Scott Bloomquist was sitting in the middle of turn four and brought out a caution, negating O'Neal's pass for the lead.

In the end, Richards was able to hold off O'Neal to score his twenty-third career LOLMDS victory. The driver of the Best Performance Motorsports car took the first event of the season over O'Neal, Davenport, Jimmy Owens, and Brandon Sheppard.

Richards and Davenport exchanged the lead three times in the first five laps of the 50-lap main event, with Richards forging ahead. Owens challenged Davenport for third, and finally got by him. Owens ran in second for several laps until O'Neal and Davenport got around him late in the race.

Richards breathed a sigh of relief in Lucas Oil Victory Lane, "I knew I was a sitting duck, I didn't pay attention to the scoreboard. I thought I was protecting the top from Davenport making the pass and here comes Hudson on the bottom. He got to the bottom of the burm in turn three and got by, but then the caution came out."

"We were too tight to steer down off turn two. I thought I had lost the race. Fortunately, the caution came out and we were able to hold him [O'Neal] off on the last lap. It is a great way to start the season. We didn't run Gateway and Arizona like some of the guys did. We were getting ready for this. There really isn't an off-season anymore. If the race stays green, he [O'Neal] would have had us."

While the 17-year-old O'Neal was denied his first career LOLMDS feature, he was happy with his close call. "I just wish we hadn't started so far back. We probably had the fastest car during the race. Yes, it was a desperate pass there on Josh on that final lap and then I saw the caution flag and said oh no. We can build on this. It is just a matter of time before we get that first Lucas Oil win."

Davenport was looking for his fourth career win at Golden Isles, and felt he had a good run for his new race team, owned by Lance Landers. "This is a new engine combo that I haven't run before. It will take a little bit of time to get used to that. I didn't cut up my right rear tire enough. I was hoping some cars would run the top and help clean it off more. It was a great run for us and we will back tomorrow night after making some adjustments."

Completing the top ten were Earl Pearson Jr., Tim McCreadie, Kyle Bronson, Mason Zeigler, and Don O'Neal.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Friday, February 2, 2018
RhinoAg Super Bowl of Racing - Presented by E3 Spark Plugs
Golden Isles Speedway - Waynesville, GA

Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Jonathan Davenport / 16.070 seconds
Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Josh Richards / 16.185 seconds

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jonathan Davenport, Shane Clanton, Don O'Neal, Gregg Satterlee, Tim McCreadie, Shanon Buckingham, Billy Moyer, Jr., Jonathan Rowan, Carder Miller, Mike Benedum, Jason Jameson

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Kyle Bronson, Brandon Overton, Hudson O'Neal, Casey Roberts, Chase Junghans, Boom Briggs, Blake Spencer, Shane Tankersley, Brian Shirley-DNS

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Josh Richards, Earl Pearson, Jr., Darrell Lanigan, Morgan Bagley, Mason Zeigler, Timothy Culp, Ryan King, Jason Fitzgerald, Brian Connor, Donald McIntosh

QA1 Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Brent Larson, Scott Bloomquist, Brandon Sheppard, Bobby Pierce, Tyler Erb, Dennis Erb, Jr., Jeff Mathews, Coleby Frye, Craig Wolford, Steven Roberts

Penske Racing Shocks B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Tim McCreadie, Casey Roberts, Shanon Buckingham, Billy Moyer, Jr., Jason Jameson, Chase Junghans, Boom Briggs, Jonathan Rowan, Mike Benedum, Blake Spencer, Carder Miller, Shane Tankersley, Brian Shirley-DNS

Fast Shafts B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Mason Zeigler, Dennis Erb, Jr., Timothy Culp, Tyler Erb, Brian Connor, Jeff Mathews, Craig Wolford, Ryan King, Steven Roberts, Coleby Frye, Jason Fitzgerald-DNS, Donald McIntosh-DNS

Feature Finish (50 Laps):

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN EARNINGS
1 2 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $10,100
2 15 71 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN $5,500
3 1 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA $3,600
4 3 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $2,750
5 12 1s Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL $2,250
6 6 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL $1,800
7 17 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $1,500
8 7 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL $1,300
9 18 25Z Mason Zeigler Chalk Hill, PA $1,200
10 9 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN $1,100
11 4 B1 Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN $1,075
12 10 14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY $1,050
13 20 28 Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL $1,025
14 21 50 Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN $1,000
15 13 22 Gregg Satterlee Indiana, PA $950
16 23 99B Boom Briggs Bear Lake, PA $925
17 8 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $900
18 16 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL $875
19 11 116 Brandon Overton Evans, GA $850
20 24 12J Jason Jameson Lawrenceburg, IN $825
21 14 14m Morgan Bagley Gladewater, TX $800
22 5 25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA $800
23 22 C8 Timothy Culp Prattsville, AR $800
24 19 101 Casey Roberts Toccoa, GA $800


Race Statistics
Entrants: 41
Lap Leaders: Josh Richards (Lap 1); Jonathan Davenport (Laps 2 - 4); Josh Richards (Laps 5 - 50)
Cautions: Casey Roberts (Lap 8); Jason Jameson (Lap 34); Bobby Pierce (Lap 34); Jason Jameson (Lap 38); Scott Bloomquist (Lap 49)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Boom Briggs
Miller Welders Fast Time Provisionals: Jason Jameson
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: N/A
Wrisco Feature Winner: Josh Richards
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Hudson O'Neal (Started: 15th; Finished: 2nd; Advanced 13 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Josh Richards
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Dennis Erb Jr.
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Josh Richards
Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: N/A
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: Taylon Center (Hudson O'Neal)
Fastest Lap of the Race: Josh Richards (Lap #4 - 15.8044 seconds)
STEEL-IT Most Laps Led: Josh Richards (32 Laps)
Dirty Girl Racewear Furthest Traveler: Brent Larson
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Josh Richards
Time of Race: 31 minutes 09 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS EARNINGS
1 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 260 $10,100
2 71 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN 230 $5,500
2 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 230 $3,600
4 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 210 $2,750
5 1s Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL 205 $2,250
6 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 200 $1,800
7 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 195 $1,500
8 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL 190 $1,300
9 25Z Mason Zeigler Chalk Hill, PA 185 $1,200
10 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 180 $1,100
11 B1 Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN 175 $1,075
12 14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY 170 $1,050
13 28 Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL 165 $1,025
14 50 Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN 160 $1,000
15 22 Gregg Satterlee Indiana, PA 155 $950
16 99B Boom Briggs Bear Lake, PA 150 $925
17 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 145 $900
18 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 140 $875
19 116 Brandon Overton Evans, GA 135 $850
20 12J Jason Jameson Lawrenceburg, IN 130 $825
21 14m Morgan Bagley Gladewater, TX 125 $800
21 25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA 125 $800
21 C8 Timothy Culp Prattsville, AR 125 $800
21 101 Casey Roberts Toccoa, GA 125 $800


*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
Bilstein Shocks - "The Official Shock" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
CatSpot - "Official Sponsor" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
DirtonDirt.com - “Official Sponsor” 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
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
RockAuto.com - “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
Steel-It - "Official Protective Coating" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Sunoco Race Fuels - "The Official Fuel" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Super Clean - “Official Sponsor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Wrisco Aluminum - “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, Boyd Bilt Fabrication, BRODIX, COMP Cams, CV Products, Dirty Girl Racewear, 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, MSD Performance, Öhlins Shocks, Outerwears, Performance Bodies, Penske Shocks, PFC Brakes, Pierce Race Cars, Pro Power Racing Engines, QA1, Rocket Chassis, Schoenfeld Headers, Simpson Race Products, Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars, Sweet Manufacturing, and 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 2018, the LOLMDS will sanction 60 events in 22 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.

Lucas Oil Racing TV is the Exclusive, Unlimited, 24/7 All-Access Motorsports App and it's available NOW! For more information or to sign up, go to: www.LucasOilRacing.TV.

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

Live Timing

Television Schedule

All times are Eastern. Subject to change.
Thursday, July 12
6:00 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Wheatland, MO
Friday, July 13
TBD
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Granite City, IL
Saturday, July 14
TBD
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Wheatland, MO
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2018 Championship Standings

 

lmd dlUpdated: 06/19/18 - After Magnolia Motor Speedway

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POS CAR# DRIVER POINTS
1 49 Jonathan Davenport 3600
2 0 Scott Bloomquist 3360
3 1R Josh Richards 3305
4 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. 3285
5 32 Bobby Pierce 3280
6 39 Tim McCreadie 3190
7 71 Hudson O'Neal 3110
8 5 Don O'Neal 3065
9 20 Jimmy Owens 2930
10 14 Darrell Lanigan 2885
11 40B Kyle Bronson

Sunoco Race for Gas Points

sunoco-standingsUpdated: 06/19/18 - After Magnolia Motor Speedway

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POS CAR# DRIVER POINTS
1 49 Jonathan Davenport 3600
2 1R Josh Richards 3305
3 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. 3285
4 32 Bobby Pierce