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PHENIX CITY, AL (March 24, 2018) – Brandon Sheppard piloted the Mark Richards Racing, Rocket Chassis House Car to his third Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season on Saturday night. Sheppard held off a hard-charging Scott Bloomquist en route to Victory Lane in the 21st Annual Bama Bash at East Alabama Motor Speedway.

Sheppard bolted to the lead at the start of the 50-lap main event before Don O’Neal took over the point on lap two. O’Neal maintained the lead until Sheppard forged ahead again on lap nine. Bloomquist moved ahead of O’Neal for second on lap 12.

Several restarts made the racing action wild and exciting as two, three, and four-wide battles ensued throughout the field. In the midst of the excitement, O’Neal managed to hold off Bloomquist until ten laps to go when Bloomquist retook the runner-up position. Bloomquist was gaining on Sheppard late in the race before a caution thwarted his efforts. Bloomquist’s New Direction Ag, Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car finished second for the second consecutive night as the three-time LOLMDS National Champion continues to gain valuable points.

“There is a lot of great competition on the Lucas Oil Series,” said the 25-year-old Sheppard who is a former series rookie-of-the-year. “I have only followed it once before, and that was two years ago. I was driving harder than I probably should have been. The track developed a black streak and that helped as I was leading. Overall, I can’t thank Mark Richards, Steve Baker and everybody at Rocket Chassis enough for giving me this opportunity. It’s a dream come true for me.”

“At the start of the race I knew the track was real slippery and the tire wear was no big deal. Once I felt it latch up a little bit in three and four I knew to back down out of it. Luckily it worked out for us. I want to thank my crew. They work hard all of time on the car, so I can stay at home with my family. I really appreciate their help it means a lot.”

Bloomquist was hoping for a longer stretch of green-flag racing near the end of the race. “Sometimes it goes fine and sometimes not. It kind of rubbered in three and four just enough where you couldn’t move much. I don’t think Don [O’Neal] picked up on that soon enough, but he [O’Neal] had some serious restarts no doubt. We’ve got our program going good right now. We are just going to keep on trucking and see what happens when we head to Batesville in two weeks.”

O’Neal had his best finish of the season with a third in the Peak Antifreeze and Coolant, Club 29 entry for Bowyer Dirt Motorsports. “That was a good race. Those restarts were something else. All-in-all it was good night for us. We struggled during Speedweeks and last night. But I think after tonight we know we can run up there with these guys. I wish we would have won this race. On the restarts at times, the bottom would be better and other times the top would be.”

Sheppard’s ninth-career LOLMDS victory came aboard the Andy Durham-powered Rocket Chassis is sponsored by: Valvoline, Seubert Calf Ranches, Gunter’s Honey, Ace Metal Works, Sallack Well Service, Keyser, Integra, and Sunoco Race Fuels.

Completing the top ten were Bobby Pierce, Hudson O’Neal, Darrell Lanigan, Josh Richards, and Earl Pearson Jr.,

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Saturday, March 24th, 2018
21st Annual Bama Bash
East Alabama Motor Speedway – Phenix City, AL

Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Josh Richards / 14.373 seconds
Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Jimmy Owens / 14.385 seconds

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Don O'Neal, Josh Richards, Earl Pearson, Jr., Hudson O'Neal, Ryan King, Jeff Mathews, Kyle Bronson, Jason Jameson, Zach Leonhardi

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Tim McCreadie, Ivedent Lloyd, Jr., Darrell Lanigan, Chris Madden, Austin Tyler Smith, Jonathan Davenport, Michael Maresca, Jason Hiett-DNS, Jimmy Sharpe, Jr.-DNS

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Brandon Sheppard, Billy Moyer, Jr., Jimmy Owens, Brandon Overton, Ross Bailes, Mason Zeigler, Boom Briggs, Dalton Cook, Gregg Satterlee

QA1 Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Ricky Weiss, Bobby Pierce, Joey Coulter, Dennis Erb, Jr., Dale McDowell, Bubba Pollard, Blake Spencer, Justin Duty-DNS

Penske Racing Shocks B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Jonathan Davenport, Michael Maresca, Austin Tyler Smith, Ryan King, Jeff Mathews, Kyle Bronson-DNS, Jason Jameson-DNS, Zach Leonhardi-DNS, Jason Hiett-DNS, Jimmy Sharpe, Jr.-DNS

Fast Shafts B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Dale McDowell, Dennis Erb, Jr., Ross Bailes, Mason Zeigler, Boom Briggs, Dalton Cook, Gregg Satterlee, Bubba Pollard, Justin Duty, Blake Spencer

Feature Finish (50 Laps):

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN EARNINGS
1 2 1s Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL $12,700
2 4 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $6,300
3 1 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN $3,500
4 18 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA $2,750
5 8 7w Ricky Weiss Headingley, MB $2,250
6 12 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL $1,800
7 13 71 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN $2,200
8 11 14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY $2,000
9 5 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $2,300
10 9 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL $1,900
11 15 44 Chris Madden Gray Court, SC $1,075
12 14 116 Brandon Overton Evans, GA $1,750
13 10 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $1,825
14 17 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA $1,900
15 23 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL $1,700
16 20 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL $1,000
17 22 87 Ross Bailes Clover, SC $1,000
18 25 99B Boom Briggs Bear Lake, PA $100
19 19 7MM Michael Maresca Hannawa Fallls, NY $1,000
20 26 25Z Mason Zeigler Chalk Hill, PA $100
21 21 84 Austin Tyler Smith Rome, GA $1,000
22 24 22 Gregg Satterlee Indiana, PA $1,700
23 6 21JR Billy Moyer, Jr. Batesville, AR $1,000
24 16 2C Joey Coulter Troutman, NC $1,000
25 7 21L Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. Ocala, FL $1,000
26 3 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $1,700


Race Statistics
Entrants: 36
Lap Leaders: Brandon Sheppard (Lap 1); Don O’Neal (Laps 2 – 8); Brandon Sheppard (Laps 9 – 50)
Cautions: Mason Zeigler (Lap 9); Debris (Lap 17); Boom Briggs (Lap 25); Ross Bailes, Joey Coulter (Lap 29); Joey Coulter (Lap 32); Dennis Erb Jr. (Lap 36); Mason Zeigler (Lap 43)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Kyle Bronson, Gregg Satterlee
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: Boom Briggs, Mason Zeigler
Wrisco Feature Winner: Brandon Sheppard
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Dale McDowell (Started: 18th; Finished: 4th; Advanced 14 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Dennis Erb Jr.
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Brandon Sheppard
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: Danny White (Brandon Sheppard)
Fastest Lap of the Race: Scott Bloomquist (Lap #50 – 16.051 seconds)
STEEL-IT Most Laps Led: Brandon Sheppard (42 Laps)
Dirty Girl Racewear Farthest Traveler: Justin Duty
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Don O’Neal
Time of Race: 35 minutes 10 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS EARNINGS
1 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 1455 $43,300
2 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 1450 $46.875
3 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 1425 $33,750
4 1s Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL 1410 $38,700
5 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL 1285 $29,025
6 71 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN 1275 $20,675
7 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 1265 $26,225
8 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 1260 $16,825
9 116 Brandon Overton Evans, GA 1200 $23,950
10 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 1185 $15,025
11 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 1175 $14,500
11 14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY 1175 $12,150
13 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 1140 $12,925
14 22 Gregg Satterlee Indiana, PA 1105 $16,725
15 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL 1100 $13,550
16 99B Boom Briggs Bear Lake, PA 1020 $8,775
17 25Z Mason Zeigler Chalk Hill, PA 970 $7,450
18 21JR Billy Moyer, Jr. Batesville, AR 855 $9,150
19 12J Jason Jameson Lawrenceburg, IN 810 $5,125
20 1G Ryan King Seymour, TN 795 $2,050


*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, August 30
6:00 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Granite City, IL
Saturday, September 1
4:00 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Granite City, IL
Thursday, September 6
6:00 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Wheatland, MO
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2018 Championship Standings

 

lmd dlUpdated: 08/13/18 - After Florence

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POS CAR# DRIVER POINTS
1 49 Jonathan Davenport 6460
2 0 Scott Bloomquist 6305
3 1R Josh Richards 6265
4 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. 6065
5 39 Tim McCreadie 5970
6 32 Bobby Pierce 5900
7 20 Jimmy Owens 5880
8 5 Don O'Neal 5860
9 71 Hudson O'Neal 5825
10 14 Darrell Lanigan 5390
11 22 Gregg Satterlee 5335
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Sunoco Race for Gas Points

sunoco-standingsUpdated: 08/14/18 - After Florence

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POS CAR# DRIVER POINTS
1 49 Jonathan Davenport 6360
2 1R Josh Richards 6165
3 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. 5965
4 71 Hudson O'Neal 5825
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