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CALVERT CITY, KY (October 29, 2005)-Randy Korte of Highland, IL inherited the lead on lap 24 after leader Don O'Neal suffered a flat tire and then went on to hold off repeated challenges from Matt Miller at the end to claim his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win on Saturday Night at the Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway as he won the 9th Annual "Commonwealth Cup". The 40 year old Korte took home $10,000 in becoming the 20th different driver to win a series event in 2005.  The race closed out the season for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Earl Pearson, Jr. won the series championship by 65 points over Don O'Neal.  Korte behind the wheel of the Mid Continental Fuels, Inc., Seubert Calf Ranches, T.E. Motorsports, TMCI Transportation, Rick's Towing, Banshee Graphics, Hoosier Tires, Performance Rod and Custom, RaceTek Race Engines sponsored Rocket Chassis Grand Prix won by just one car length over Matt Miller of Waterville, OH in the DSI/Denny Thornton/McCullough Industries/Rocket Grand Prix.  The rest of the top five all finished on the same straightaway with Brian Shirley of Chatham, IL placing third in the Petroff Towing/Pro Power/C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo just ahead of Terry English of Benton, KY in the AAA Fence/Runion Engines/C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo and Oval Craft Fast Timer, Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN in the Mach 2 Motorsports/Cornett Engines/C.J. Rayburn Ford Taurus.  A total of 65 cars were on hand for the event in front of a large audience. 

It would be Randy Korte and Brian Shirley starting on the front row for the 50 lap event with Shirley taking the point heading into turn one at the drop of the green flag.  Korte would settle into second with Tim Tungate in third.  Those three would run in that order for the first 11 laps of the race as the fast and furious pace would see Korte's eight car length lead wiped off because of Tungate's flat tire on the 11th circuit which brought out the first caution of the race.  On the lap 12 restart it would be Korte showing the way with Shirley in second now followed by Matt Miller and Don O'Neal.  O'Neal who started the race in 12th was on a march to the front as his thoughts were on not only winning the race, but the series championship at the same time.  With O'Neal in fourth and points leader, Earl Pearson, Jr. taking a provisional and starting 22nd, Pearson would be up to 16th at the first caution.  But O'Neal was not done yet.  On lap 12 Miller would go by Shirley for second and a lap later O’Neal displaced Shirley another spot dropping the young charger to fourth.  The three car race for the lead was hot and heavy with Korte, Miller and O’Neal putting on a show for the large and appreciative crowd.  Another car making his presence known was Jimmy Mars.  Mars who started eighth on the grid was up to fourth making it a four car tussle for the lead.   

Dennis Erb, Jr. would slow on the track bringing out the second caution on lap 16 which would set up an incredible restart to begin lap 17.  When the race restarted it would become another four car battle for the point with O'Neal going to outside of Korte, Miller and Mars who were all side by side coming off of turn four.  O’Neal would just squeeze by on the outside against the wall to take the lead at the flagstand.  With O'Neal in front and Pearson still mired in mid pack, O'Neal now had visions of the not only winning the race but taking the points title.  By lap 23 O'Neal was still showing the way with Korte, Miller, Mars and Shirley still in the thick of things.  On a fateful lap 24 for O'Neal heading into turn four his right rear tire went down putting him up on the cushion and bringing out the third caution of the race.  O'Neal's chances for the win and points title would take a big hit as he pitted for a new tire rejoining the field at the back with still 27 laps to go. 

After O'Neal's untimely flat, Korte would pick back up the lead with Shirley, Mars, Miller and now Terry English in the top five.  Korte would pull out to a three car length advantage with Shirley, Mars and Miller racing three wide for a couple of laps for second.  Miller would jump into second on lap 28 and with 22 circuits to go he set his sights on the high flying, Korte.  With 20 laps to the top five was Korte, Miller, Shirley, Mars and fast qualifier, Jimmy Owens who was up to fifth.  As far as the points chase was concerned at this point Pearson was in front of O'Neal as O'Neal was making very little progress after pitting to replace a flat tire.  If they stayed in that running order Pearson had the title locked up.  But suddenly coming off of turn four Pearson showed a puff of smoke from his racer and for a brief time tense moments for his fans, crew and himself who thought maybe the championship hopes were gone with that smoke.  But it turned out to be the power steering hose breaking and after losing a couple of positions he regained full power and still held positions in front of O'Neal. 

Over the last 20 laps of the race Korte and Miller would put on a show for the fans as they chased each other around the 3/8ths mile high banked track pulling away from Shirley and everyone else.  With the race up front exciting a three car race for third was going on between Shirley, Owens and English.  With five laps to go that trio was hunting down Korte and Miller who had nearly picked up the back of the field in the closing laps.  Miller was all over Korte pulling alongside him heading into and coming off of the corners but Korte still held the lead down the straight-aways.  As Shirley, English and Owens reeled in the leads it was going to possibly turn into a five car showdown for the win.  As the cars took the white flag Miller would give it all he had this time diving to the outside going down the backshute trying to surprise Korte with an outside move.  As the two entered turn three Korte took the inside route and Miller went to the very top trying to take that momentum past Korte.  Miller got right alongside Korte's right rear quarter coming off of four and slight contact took place as Korte drifted up the track.  As the two headed to the checkers Korte would get a little sideways but straightened back up to cross the line in first just one car length ahead of Miller.  Shirley, English and Owens would bear down on the leaders at the finish as all five cars finished on the same straightaway. 

In victory circle after the race Korte was emotional after taking one of the biggest wins of his career.  "I was thinking about my brother, who passed away a couple of years ago and about what he would say about that race, I know he was riding with me in the last few laps."  Korte said of the challenges by Miller.  "I know Matt's a great racer and I felt comfortable racing with him, you can't say that about everyone, but I knew he would race me clean, I think we touched coming off of four, but we were racing hard to the flag, I just glad the race was over at that point." 

Also after the race a relieved Pearson and his crew was elated over taking the 2005 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series despite coming home 16th two spots ahead of O'Neal.  "Oh man, what a long night, I about wrecked qualifying, then someone ran over my nose in the heat, we had to take a provisional and then the power steering hose came off, but somehow we survived and brought home this championship for Carlton and Kemp Lamm, Lucas Oil Products, Dunn-Benson Ford and all my guys on the crew.  During his post race interview O'Neal came over to congratulate Pearson on his title.  "Don O'Neal is a great race car driver, he showed his class by coming over him to congratulate us, we've raced each other hard this year and either one of us would have made a great champion." 

Completing the top ten in the final Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series race of the season was Darren Miller, who came from the tail after changing a flat tire, Jimmy Mars, Steve Casebolt, Jr., Greg Johnson and Tim Dohm. 

In preliminary events Jimmy Owens was the Oval Craft Racing Aluminum Products Fast Qualifier with a lap of 14.016 seconds for the 66 entries on hand.  The five VP Fuels Makin' Power Heat Races were won by Brian Shirley, Tim Tungate, Greg Johnson, Billy James and Randy Korte. The Mason Racin' Rebel Shock Dyno First B-Main went to Tim Dohm, the PPM Racing Products B-Main was taken by Eddie Carrier, Jr. and the Real Wheels third B-main was won by Steve Casebolt, Jr. 

Race Summary 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 

Saturday Night, October 29, 2005 

Kentucky Lake Motor SpeedwayCalvert City, KY

Fast Time:  Jimmy Owens 14.016 seconds 

Heat #1:  Brian Shirley, Matt Miller, Jimmy Owens, Rodney Melvin, Shannon Babb, Duane Mahder, John Tindal, Caley Emerson, Sandy Goddard, Johnny Johnson, Wendell Wallace, Rod Reed 

Heat #2:  Tim Tungate, Brad Neat, Don O'Neal, Dennis Erb, Jr., Justin Rattliff, Duane Chamberlain, Joe Morris, Matt Taylor, Charles LaPlant, Jack Sullivan, Earl Pearson, Jr., Brett Chappell, Todd Bennett 

Heat #3:  Greg Johnson, Jimmy Mars, Brian Birkhofer, Steve Casebolt, Jr., Tim Brown, Donnie Moran, Johnny Wheeler, Michael Chilton, Michael Bradley, Jordan Bland, Joe Mike, Jerry Buck 

Heat #4:  Billy James, Darren Miller, Terry English, Tim Dohm, Ray Cook, Frank Shickel, Jr., Freddy Smith, Terry Hicks, Scotty Earl, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Jarryd Holshouser, Chuck Proctor 

Heat #5:  Randy Korte, Billy Faust, Scott James, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Chris Combs, Tait Davenport, Randy Sellars, Dylan Thompson, Michael England, Kevin Cole, Michael Steele, Jeff Larson, Jeff Sloan 

First B-Main:  Tim Dohm, Chris Combs, Rodney Melvin, Donnie Moran, Justin Rattliff, Freddy Smith, John Tindal, Michael Bradley, Matt Taylor, Dylan Thompson, Earl Pearson, Jr., Michael Steele 

Second B-Main:  Eddie Carrier, Jr., Dennis Erb, Jr., Michael Chilton, Jack Sullivan, Duane Mahder, Scotty Earl, Frank Shickel, Jr., Randy Sellars, Sandy Goddard, Tim Brown, Joe Morris, Rod Reed, Joe Mike, Todd Bennett, Jeff Sloan 

Third B-Main:  Steve Casebolt, Jr., Ray Cook, Duane Chamberlain, Johnny Wheeler, Terry Hicks, Caley Emerson, Tait Davenport, Jordan Bland, Charles LaPlant, Jeff Larson, Jarryd Holshouser, Michael England 

9th Annual Commonwealth Cup Main Event: (50 Laps):  Randy Korte, Matt Miller, Brian Shirley, Terry English, Jimmy Owens, Darren Miller, Jimmy Mars, Steve Casebolt, Jr., Greg Johnson, Tim Dohm, Brad Neat, Brian Birkhofer, Eddie Carrier, Jr., John Tindal, Billy James, Earl Pearson,Jr., Dennis Erb, Jr., Don O'Neal, Scott James, Donnie Moran, Chris Combs, Ray Cook, Billy Faust, Tim Tungate 

Race Statistics: 

Entries:  66

Cautions:  3

Red Flags: 0

Lap Leaders:  Brian Shirley 1, Randy Korte 2-16, Don O'Neal 17-23, Korte 24-50

Weld Wheels Hard Charger of the Race:  Steve Casebolt, Jr. (started 18th and finished 8th) advanced 10 positions

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Race:  Tim Dohm

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Earl Pearson, Jr. and Donnie Moran

Track Provisional:  John Tindal


WOODSTOCK, GA (October 8, 2005)-Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, IL held off Earl Pearson, Jr. and Jake Knowles to win the 16th Annual Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout Presented by Coca-Cola on Saturday Night at the Dixie Speedway. For the 31 year old Babb, the 2004 NARA DirtCar Series Champion he earned $10,000 in purse money for winning plus an additional $5,000 bonus that was offered for being a former Dixie Shootout champion who could win the 50 lap main event.  Friday Night's "Jimmy Mosteller Classic" was cancelled due to all day rains and will not be made up. 

Babb was the third different leader of the highly competitive feature as he took the lead on the 11th lap and led the rest of the way.  Babb was behind the wheel of the Arkansas Motors/Car City/J&J Steel/Watters Autoland/Performance Rod and Custom/Wicks Racing Products/Platinum Motors/G&C Engineering/All-Star Performance/Hoosier Tires/RaceTek Race Engines sponsored C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo has he scored his 22nd win overall this year and became the 19th different driver to win a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series race in 2005.   

Earl Pearson, Jr. of Jacksonville, FL finished a close second in the Carlton and Kemp Lamm/Lucas Oil Products/MasterSbilt Ford Taurus and in doing so took over the series points lead from Don O'Neal with one race left. Pearson leads O'Neal by 55 points heading into the series finale at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway on October 29th.  12th place starter and 20 year old Jake Knowles of Tyrone, GA was third in the Mike Stuart/M&S Concrete/Rocket Monte Carlo.  Completing the top five was Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC in the Engines Inc/MasterSbilt Ford Taurus and Darren Miller of Chadwick, IL in the Out Pace/Pro Power Engines/Rocket Ford Taurus.  A total of 69 cars were on hand for the yearly event. 

The 50 Lap Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout saw Randy Weaver and Ray Cook start on the front row as both drivers were looking to score their first career Dixie Shootout victory.  In fact the first three rows were made up of drivers seeking to etch their names for the first time on the Dixie Speedway win list for this popular event.  On the initial start there would be a three car pileup in turn two which would force a complete restart.  Once the race got going it was Cook looking like to man to beat as the veteran driver pull out in front with Weaver and Earl Pearson, Jr. who started third in close pursuit.  Gary McPherson would bring out the caution on lap 3 slowing the action.  Pearson by then had gotten around Weaver and was running in second.  On the Delaware double file restart Cook would again show the way with Pearson all over him for the lead.  Eighth place starter and defending Dixie Shootout champion, Shannon Babb would be a force to be reckoned with.  Coming on strong through the field was Babb as he went by Weaver on lap six to take over third place.  Pearson then would go to the front of the field passing Cook on lap eight to take over the point. 

The race really started to heat up on lap 9 as Babb overhauled Cook using the top side to go to second.  Babb then pulled alongside Pearson and the two would race side by side by two laps until Babb was finally able to forge ahead on lap 11. By lap 16 the running order was Babb, Pearson, Cook, Weaver and former Shootout winner, Wendell Wallace.  Wallace however would see a good run go awry on lap 19 with a spin forcing him to the tail.  On the restart the fastest car appeared to be young gun, Jake Knowles.  Knowles, who started in 12th was making his debut in the Dixie Shootout and drove like a seasoned veteran.  Knowles was up to fourth at this point and was all over Cook for third.  Up front Babb and Pearson had pulled away from Cook and Knowles and started to enter lapped traffic again.  At the halfway mark Babb was still in front with Pearson starting to pressure him again.  Cook was receiving heavy pressure from Knowles for third and Darren Miller was now in fifth. 

With half the race in books the last 25 laps would be a true shootout in the race for the lead.  By lap 31 Babb and Pearson were racing in heavy traffic when 2005 Dixie Speedway Late Model Track Champion, Tim Day would bring out the third caution in turn four.  The race would go green for two more laps until the fourth and final caution would come out for a stalled Wendell Wallace on lap 34.  On what would be the final restart of the race Babb, Pearson, Cook, Knowles and Miler would set sail in the final 16 laps to decide who would be the 2005 Shootout winner.  Knowles would fire the first shot passing Cook on lap 44 to take third.  With six laps to go it looked like it would come down to Babb and Pearson, but the youngster, Knowles would have something to say about that.  With more traffic in the last five circuits Pearson was able to close on Babb.  Pearson took a couple of shots at passing Babb for the lead in the final few laps pulling alongside of Babb, but Babb would fight off all of Pearson's best efforts as he would go on to take his second consecutive Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout victory.  Pearson finished second by one car length with Knowles right on the front runners at the end as he just simply ran out of laps in his bid to upset the field.  Cook finished fourth followed by Miller. 

In victory lane a relieved Babb spoke of his battle with Pearson.  "That was a tough one to win here tonight, the competition was stout and I figured it was Earl on me hard a couple of times trying to pass me.  The traffic was little tedious and it kind of held me up a bit, but the track was well prepared and you could race on it anywhere."  "We went back to some notes we took here last year after winning and it paid off tonight, because the track was real similar last year and we set the car up to run the top side and it worked out great."   

Completing the top ten were Frank Ingram, Billy Ogle, Jr., Freddy Smith, Randy Weaver and 24th place starter, Scott James. 

Pearson came into the race 25 points behind Don O'Neal in the race for the 2005 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship.  After setting fast time for the night Pearson had earned the 10 bonus points for that feat and the lead was now down to 15 points as the two started the feature. Pearson started third and O'Neal started in 19th.  In the final rundown Pearson as mentioned, finished 2nd and O’Neal was 14th after running as high as seventh in the race.  Heading to the final race of '05 at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway in Calvert City, KY on October 29 Pearson now leads O'Neal by 55 points.

Race Summary

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Dixie Speedway-Woodstock, GA

Saturday Night, October 8, 2005

Fast Qualifier:  Earl Pearson, Jr. 14.723 seconds 

Heat #1:  Earl Pearson, Jr., Wendell Wallace, Marshall Green, Don O'Neal, Brandon Rose, Donnie Moran, Kenneth Westmoreland, Steve Warren, Jerry Bradley, Phil Coltrane 

Heat #2:  Darren Miller, Shannon Babb, Shane Tankersley, Tim Dohm, Rodney Martin, Jody Davis, Don Farmer, Ronnie Payne, Devin Sebree, Brady Smith, Steve Casebolt, Jr., Chuck Laney 

Heat #3:  Skip Arp, Freddy Smith, Wayne Echols, Mike Marlar, David Payne, Kent Hicks, Scotty Chatham, Bryan Sumner, Lamar Haygood, James Roulette 

Heat #4:  Randy Weaver, Billy Ogle, Jr., Gary McPherson, Ricky Williams, Jeff Smith, Laddie Fulcher, Vic Hill, Shane Fulcher, Tracy Pearson, Craig Scott 

Heat #5:  Tim Day, Frank Ingram, Jonathan Davenport, Joe Armistead, Jr., Jeff Cooke, Brett Wyatt, Sam Ruff, Tyson Herrell, Derrick Rainey, Bobby Turner 

Heat #6:  Ray Cook, Jake Knowles, Aaron Ridley, Dale McDowell, Mark Douglas, Rex Richey, mike Head, Matt Hubbard, Johnny Chastain, Scott James 

First B-Main:  Don O'Neal, Tim Dohm, Donnie Moran, Mike Marlar, Rodney Martin, David Payne, Brandon Rose, Kenneth Westmoreland, Kent Hicks, Don Farmer, Chuck Laney, Scotty Chatham, Devin Sebree, Jody Davis, Lamar Haygood, Ronnie Payne, Steve Casebolt, Jr. 

Second B-Main:  Ricky Williams, Dale McDowell, Joe Armistead, Jr., Rex Richey, Jeff Smith, Jeff Cooke, Vic Hill, Laddie Fulcher, Mike Head, Derrick Rainey, Brett Wyatt, Tyson Herrell, Shane Fulcher, Craig Scott, Tracy Pearson, Matt Hubbard, Sam Ruff, Johnny Chastain, Scott James, Mark Douglas 

16th Annual Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout Feature Finish:  Shannon Babb, Earl Pearson, Jr., Jake Knowles, Ray Cook, Darren Miller, Frank Ingram, Billy Ogle, Jr., Freddy Smith, Randy Weaver, Scott James, Jonathan Davenport, Skip Arp, Ricky Williams, Don O'Neal, Donnie Moran, Marshall Green, Shane Tankersley, Tim Day, Aaron Ridley, Tim Dohm, Gary McPherson, Wendell Wallace, Dale McDowell, Wayne Echols 

Race Statistics: 

Entries:  69

Cautions:  4

Red Flags: 0

Lap Leaders:  Ray Cook 1-7, Earl Pearson, Jr. 8-10, Shannon Babb 11-50Weld Wheels Hard Charger of the Race:  Scott James (started 24th and finished 10th) advanced 14 positions

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Race:  Scott James

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals:  Donnie Moran and Scott James


Mineral Wells, WV (September 25, 2005)-Earl Pearson, Jr. of Jacksonville, FL roared to his second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season on Sunday Night at the West Virginia Motor Speedway as the 33 year old racer captured the $10,000 to win "Legends of the Fall 50" leading all 50 laps in dominating fashion.  Pearson driving the Carlton and Kemp Lamm owned, Lucas Oil Products, Dunn-Benson Ford, Sunoco Fuels, K&N Engineering, All Star Performance, Larry Wallace Racing Engines, MasterSbilt Ford Taurus now closes to within 25 points of series points leader, Don O'Neal heading to Dixie Speedway on October 7 and 8.  Darren Miller of Chadwick, IL finished second in the Ideal Ready Mix/Pro Power Engines/Rocket Ford Taurus and Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN came home third in the A1 Auto Salvage/Jay Dickens Racing Engines/MasterSbilt Monte Carlo.  Completing the top five was Jackie Boggs of Grayson, KY in the Miller Brothers Coal/Cropper Racing Engines/Swartz Monte Carlo and Bart Hartman of Zanesville, OH in the Urgent Cash/Cornett Engines/Rocket Grand Prix.  A total of 54 cars were on hand for the second night of racing during the weekend at West Virginia Motor Speedway. 

Pearson was one of the six VP Fuels heat race winners and drew the coveted number two starting spot for the main event.  Darren Miller would draw the pole and those two would lead the 24 car starting field to the green flag, but three times the race had to be restarted due to incidents with the last one seeing one of the top contenders, Scott Bloomquist, who started third pull to the inside of the race track and stop in turn one with mechanical issues sidelining him for the rest of the race without a lap being scored.  When the race finally picked up the pace Pearson would take the lead with Miller going to second followed by Don O’Neal, Jackie Boggs and Mike Balzano.  By the 11th circuit scored Pearson had already picked up the back of the field which would allow Miller and the rest of the top five to close somewhat on Pearson.  In traffic O'Neal would make a move on Miller passing him on lap 16 to take second so that meant the top two in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series would occupy the top two spots at this time.  As the cars would complete the halfway mark lap with 25 laps scored it was Pearson still showing the way in a strong performance up to that point followed by O'Neal, Miller, Boggs and Balzano.  On lap 26 Rick Aukland would slow on the 5/8ths mile track bringing out the caution flag.   

When the race restarted Miller would dive to the inside of turn one and coming off the corner he would pass O'Neal and go back into second place on the 28th circuit.  Miller tried to run down Pearson at this juncture of the race, but Pearson was already extending his lead out by lap 30.  The final caution of the race would fly on lap 33 when fifth place runner, Mike Balzano and sixth place driver, Davey Johnson would both stop in turn four with the result being both drivers would exit the event.  On the final restart of the race with 17 laps to go Pearson would immediately flex his muscle building a lap that would be insurmountable dominating the final 17 laps to pick up his second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the '05 season.  In doing so Pearson now sits just 25 points behind Don O'Neal in the battle for the series championship.  Miller, who finished second the World 100 this year would run a solid second place and in doing so gained enough points to move into the top ten of the series standings after the race at WVMS.  O'Neal would take third place after winning one of the most exciting heat races of the year to gain a starting spot in the main event.  Jackie Boggs would pick up fourth as he would challenge O'Neal several times in the last half of the race for third.  Hartman who was the previous night's winner was fifth. 

"This is a big win for the Lucas Oil, Dunn-Benson Ford Team," said Pearson.  "The race car was perfect from the get go today and it feels good to get another Lucas Oil Series win and we gained some valuable points on O'Neal."  "This Larry Wallace Race Engine and MasterSbilt Chassis really got around this place tonight and I want to thank Keith and Tader Masters for their help and all the fans that came out tonight as well for their support." 

Rounding out the top five was Scott James, Aaron Scott, Josh Richards, Matt Miller and Eddie Carrier, Jr. 

The next two Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events will be at the Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA on October 7 and 8 with each night paying $10,000 to win with bonus money up for grabs. 

Race Summary

Lucas Oil Late Model Series

West Virginia Motor Speedway-Mineral Wells, WV

Sunday Night, September 25, 2005 

Fast Qualifier: Donnie Moran  22.160 seconds 

Heat #1:  Scott Bloomquist, Donnie Moran, Aaron Scott, Rick Aukland, Brian Eaton, Chris Combs, Chris Garnes, Larry Moran, Brandon Russell 

Heat #2:  Jackie Boggs, Bart Hartman, Freddy Smith, Corey Conley, Freddie Carpenter, Jared Hawkins, Greg Buckland, Jason Brookover, Jeff Gress, Greggie Oliver 

Heat #3:  Earl Pearson, Jr., Steve Shaver, Josh Richards, Matt Miller, Tim Dohm, Jimmy Owens, Greg Lucas, Keith Barbara, Tony Lombardi  

Heat #4:  Mike Balzano, Scott James, Steve Casebolt Jr., Steve Francis, Mark Banal, Eric Myers, D.J. Miller, Roy Roush, Gary Knollinger 

Heat #5:  Darren Miller, Davey Johnson, Chuck Harper, Randle Chupp, Brad Eitniear, Chuckie May, Sonny Conley, Jason Edge, Rodney Combs 

Heat #6:  Don O'Neal, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Chad Hina, Brad Malcuit, Barry Bragdon, Ben Adkins, Anthony Adams, Frank Wilson, Jr., Joe Ramey 

First B-Main:  Corey Conley, Matt Miller, Rick Aukland, Jimmy Owens, Tim Dohm, Brian Eaton, Freddie Carpenter, Greg Lucas, Chris Combs, Keith Barbara, Jared Hawkins, Chris Garnes, Greg Buckland, Jason Brookover, Brandon Russell, Larry Moran, Tony Lombardi, Jeff Gress 

Second B-Main:  Steve Francis, Mark Banal, Randle Chupp, Barry Bragdon, Brad Malcuit, Brad Eitniear, Eric Myers, Chuckie May, Anthony Adams, Sonny Conley, Ben Adkins, Rodney Combs, Frank Wilson, Jr., Gary Knollinger, Roy Roush 

"Legends of the Fall 50" Main Event:  Earl Pearson, Jr., Darren Miller, Don O'Neal, Jackie Boggs Bart Hartman, Scott James, Aaron Scott, Josh Richards, Matt Miller, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Freddy Smith, Steve Francis, Steve Casebolt, Jr., Chuck Harper, Tim Dohm, Donnie Moran, Chad Hina, Mark Banal, Mike Balzano, Davey Johnson, Corey Conley, Steve Shaver, Rick Aukland, Scott Bloomquist  

Race Statistics:

Entries:  54

Cautions:  2

Red Flags: 0

Lap Leader:  Earl Pearson, Jr. 1-50

Weld Wheels Hard Charger of the Race:  Matt Miller (started 21st and finished 9th) advanced 12 positions

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Race:  Scott James

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Tim Dohm and Rick Aukland


Mineral Wells, WV (September 24, 2005)-Bart Hartman of Zanesville, OH became the 18th different winner of  a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event in 2005 as he captured the $7,000 to win “Tribute 30” on Saturday Night at the West Virginia Motor Speedway.  Hartman drove his Hartman Racing/Urgent Cash/Gress Oil/Imler’s Poultry/Banshee Graphics/Hoosier Tires/Jarrett’s Body Shop/All Star Performance/Cornett Racing Engines/Rocket Pontiac Grand Prix to victory lane after starting in the fourth position.  Donnie Moran of Dresden, Oh finished second in his PBM Performance Products/SMS Race Engines/MasterSbilt Monte Carlo.  Coming home in third was Rick Aukland of Zanesville, OH in the K&E Trucking/Malcuit Racing Engines/MasterSbilt Grand Prix.  Fourth place was Steve Shaver of Vienna, WV the Bland Motorsports/Draime Racing Engines/Rocket Monte Carlo with Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN taking fifth in the Miller Brothers Coal/All Star Performance/Bloomquist Race Cars entry.  A total of 62 cars were on hand for the first of two nights of racing at the 5/8ths mile speedplant.

Donnie Moran and Rick Aukland started on the front row of the 30 lap main event with Aukland grabbing the point on the opening lap.  Aukland’s lead was short lived as Bart Hartman would come from his fourth starting spot to take the over the lead on lap 2.  Moran who slipped to third on the first lap came back to second by Aukland on lap three.  With five laps in the books Hartman was showing the way with Moran, Aukland, Steve Shaver and Matt Miller in the top five. The first caution of the race came out on lap five when Steve Lucas lost a wheel coming down the back stretch.   On the restart Moran would take a stab at the lead diving to the inside in turn two trying to pass Hartman for the lead, but Hartman would pull away from Moran and start to stretch is lead out. 

Hartman started to enter lapped traffic by lap 13 with Moran still holding second spot ahead of Aukland, Shaver and Miller who were tightly bunched up.  Hartman would handle lapped traffic well enough keeping Moran at bay and maintaining his lead at the halfway mark of the race.  A couple of more cautions would bunch the field up with Hartman still maintaining the lead. Moran would try on every restart slide job Hartman in turn two, but Hartman just too strong as he held off every challenge put forth by Moran.  With five laps to go the final caution flag would come giving Moran one last shot at Hartman, but it was not to be as Hartman again pulled away in the final five circuits to score his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win becoming the 18thdifferent winner in 29 events in 2005.  Moran would record his eighth second place finish of the season on the series tour with Aukland having a consistent race taking third at the pay window.  Steve Shaver would finish fourth with Scott Bloomquist getting by Matt Miller in the final laps to finish fifth. 

An elated Hartman said in victory circle that it was a team effort.  “The car was excellent tonight, my crew chief, Jerry Farmer had his Rocket Chassis set up to perfection, it was rough in three and four, but the car held up real well and we are happy to win this Lucas Oil Late Model race, because they are a tough group of drivers to outrun.” 

Completing the top ten were Matt Miller, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Darren Miller, Aaron Scott and Tim Dohm.

Race Summary

Lucas Oil Late Model Series

West Virginia Motor Speedway-Mineral Wells, WV

Saturday Night, September 24, 2005 

Fast Qualifier:  Donnie Moran 22.00 seconds 

Heat #1:  Donnie Moran, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Jimmy Owens, Brad Malcuit, Mark Banal, Chuckie May, Randle Chupp, Roy Roush, Audie Swartz, Scott Lyon, Jason Edge 

Heat #2:  Rick Aukland, Don O’Neal, Scott James, Steve Casebolt, Jr., Jared Hawkins, Paul Davis, Keith Berner, Robbie Scott, Sonny Conley, Greg Buckland 

Heat #3:  Matt Miller, Chuck Harper, Davey Johnson, Earl Pearson, Jr., Ralph Withem, Patrick Sheltra, Chad Hina, Steve Wilmoth, Ed Shuman, Brad Eitniear 

Heat #4:  Steve Shaver, Scott Bloomquist, Jackie Boggs, Matt Urban, Larry Moran, John Brown, Gary Knollinger, Keith Barbara, Paul Wilmoth 

Heat #5:  Steve Lucas, Tim Dohm, Corey Conley, Freddy Smith, Brian Eaton, Freddie Carpenter, Tony Lombardi, Ben Adkins, D.J. Miller, Jeff Gress  

Heat #6:  Bart Hartman, Darren Miller, Aaron Scott, Eric Myers, Chris Garnes, Frank Wilson, Jr., Larry Smith, Joel Prosser, Greggie Oliver, Rodney Combs 

First B-Main:  Earl Pearson, Jr., Steve Casebolt, Jr., Mark Banal, Brad Malcuit, Chuckie May, Chad Hina, Keith Berner, Randle Chupp, Ralph Withem, Brad Eitinear, Greg Buckland, Ed Shuman, Jared Hawkins, Paul Davis, Roy Roush, Steve Wilmoth, Audie Swartz, Sonny Conley, Scott Lyon, Jason Edge 

Second B-Main:  Freddy Smith, John Brown, Rodney Combs, Gary Knollinger, Tony Lombardi, Frank Wilson, Jr., Joel Prosser, Freddie Carpenter, Ben Adkins, Larry Smith, Chris Garnes, Jeff Gress, Eric Myers, Brian Eaton, Greggie Oliver, Matt Urban, Larry Moran, D.J. Miller 

“Tribute 30” Main Event:  Bart Hartman, Donnie Moran, Rick Aukland, Steve Shaver, Scott Bloomquist, Matt Miller, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Darren Miller, Aaron Scott, Tim Dohm, Earl Pearson, Jr., Chuck Harper, Don O’Neal, Freddy Smith, John Brown, Jimmy Owens, Scott James, Jackie Boggs, Corey Conley, Davey Johnson, Eric Myers, Jeff Gress, Steve Casebolt, Jr., Steve Lucas 

Race Statistics: 

Entries:  62

Cautions:  4

Red Flags:  0

Lap Leaders:  Rick Aukland 1, Bart Hartman 2-30Weld Wheels Hard Charger of the Race:  Aaron Scott (started 18th and finished 9th) advanced 9 positions

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Race: Tim Dohm

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals:  Jeff Gress and Eric Myers


IMPERIAL, PA (September 18, 2005)-Donnie Moran of Dresden, OH inherited the lead on lap 82 after race leader Matt Miller developed a flat tire and then he went on to lead the last 18 laps of the 17th Annual "Pittsburgher 100" sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on Sunday Night at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.  Moran won $22,000 for his second career Pittsburgher win.  His first came in 1991. 

Moran driving his familiar #99 MasterSbilt Monte Carlo sponsored by PBM Performance Products, Eddie's Sunoco, Sunoco Race Fuels, Balderson Dodge, Muskingum County Speedway with power under the hood from SMS Race Engines.  Brad Malcuit of Strasburg, OH finished a strong second in his Malcuit Race Engines/MOPAR/C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo.  Third went to Gary Stuhler of Greencastle, PA in the Glen Nininger owned/Nininger's Tire and Auto Center/MasterSbilt Grand Prix. Completing the top five was 2005 PPMS Track champion, John Flinner of Zelienople, PA in the Flinner Signs and Decals/Rocket Monte Carlo and Lou Bradich of Chester, WV in the H&F Trucking/Bill Kell Racing Engines/Rocket Grand Prix.  A total of 54 cars were on hand for the event.

 Alex Ferree and Lou Bradich would make up the front row for the event as Bradich would get the early advantage over Ferree grabbing the point right from the start.  Ferree would run second with Tim Hitt, Matt Miller and Mark Banal in the top five after one lap was completed.  The first caution appeared on lap four for a slowed Jared Miley who left the race with damage to the front end of his race car.  At this time current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points leader, Don O'Neal made his first of several pit stops for an apparent water pump issue.  Bart Hartman would make his way into the top five on lap four and then get by Miller a lap later for fourth, but soon after on lap seven Hartman would develop suspension problems as he went pitside and out of the race.  Hartman was trying to become the first back to back winner in the history of the event.  With 10 laps in the books Bradich was still showing the way with Ferree in second followed by two time Pittsburgher 100 winner, Tim Hitt, Miller and Steve Casebolt, Jr.  The race would run green until lap 14 when debris was spotted on the racing surface and the yellow came out. 

Two drivers on the move early in the race were 2005 Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway track champion, John Flinner and Jackie Boggs.  Flinner and Boggs who started 15th and 16th respectfully in the stout field were up to fourth and fifth in the running order after 16 laps were recorded.  Miller would make a move for second on lap 17 passing Ferree for the runner-up slot.  A yellow came out for Tim Hitt on lap 18 and at this time O'Neal would leave the race for good calling it a night.  On the restart Ferree would head for the point going from third to first in just one lap around the big half mile track.  Ferree then started to pull away from the pack of cars behind him that would see Bradich and Miller duel side by side for second.  Boggs then went to third on lap 23 putting Bradich to fourth with Flinner in fifth.  As the cars completed lap 30 Ferree was leading the race with Miller tracking him down.  Boggs then reached Miller and started to battle with him for position. Flinner would slide by Bradich for fourth on lap 31.  Up front action was heating up as Ferree would see his lead shrink as Miller and Boggs had caught up to him.  Ferree would slip up out of the groove on lap 35 allowing Miller to get by for the lead.  On lap 43 Boggs would go to second with Ferree falling to third.  As the cars headed towards the 50 laps fuel break Miller and Boggs were in charge of the field now.  At the halfway mark the running order was Miller, Boggs, Ferree, Davey Johnson and Flinner. 

Over the last 50 laps of the race Miller looked to be the man to beat despite having Boggs all over him.  Donnie Moran was headed to the front.  Moran, who started 17th was up to third by lap 55 and went by Ferree on the outside to take over third place.  Ferree would slow and exit the race on lap 64 after a strong effort.  With 30 laps to go it was now a three car battle for the lead with Miller, Boggs and Moran putting on a show.  Moran would pull alongside Boggs on several occasions but could not pass him for second.  Boggs then slowed with a flat tire on lap 75 as he would head pitside for a tire change.  With 25 laps left it was Miller, Moran, Malcuit, Gary Stuhler and Casebolt in the top five.  Boggs would come back out and last two laps until his car went up in smoke causing another caution flag.  Miller and Moran were racing hard and clean for the lead until Miller developed a flat tire slowing on lap 82 while leading.  Miller would bring out the caution as he pitted for a tire change.  On lap 83 Casebolt would get a little sideways in turn four with cars scrambling to get by.  Ed Ferree would stop on the main straight bringing out the caution.  After Miller had the flat Moran was now the car to beat.  His two main competitors at the end were Malcuit and Stuhler. 

With 10 circuits to go Moran held a six car length advantage over Malcuit.  Malcuit tried to cut down Moran's lead in the final circuits but Moran was just too strong and would take the checkers first followed by Malcuit, Stuhler, Flinner and Bradich.

"We are very happy to get this win," said Moran in victory circle after being interviewed by Army Armstrong for the ESPN2 telecast which will be shown at a date and time to be announced.  "What can I say, Keith and Tader Masters build a great car, my crew worked hard all weekend getting this car right and we just took our time at the start and the car was working real well and we just kept passing cars."  "That was a tough break for Matt, he was running well, I was just hoping that my tires would hold up and I don't know how many more laps I could have lasted, but we did." 

Completing the top ten were 25th starting, Freddy Smith, Steve Casebolt, Jr., Davey Johnson and Earl Pearson, Jr.  By virtue of Pearson's 10th place finish and O'Neal DNF there is just a 65 point lead for O'Neal heading into this weekend's racing action at West Virginia Motor Speedway. 

The next Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events will be on Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25 at the West Virginia Motor Speedway in Mineral Wells, WV.  On Saturday there will be a complete show with a $7000 first place prize up for grabs and Sunday's event will also see a complete show and $10,000 to win to top off the West Virginia Hall of Fame Weekend.  

Race Summary 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 

Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway - Imperial, PA 

Saturday and Sunday, September 17 & 18 

Fast Qualifier:  Don O'Neal 18.903 seconds 

First Heat:  Alex Ferree, Don O'Neal, Earl Pearson, Jr., John Mason, Bill Cunningham, Keith Berner, Keith Rodriguez, Jon Hodgkiss, Larry Moran 

Second Heat:  Matt Miller, Steve Casebolt, Jr., Lynn Geisler, Gary Stuhler, Bob Close, Rick Aukland, Mike Johnson, Scott Gunn, Freddy Smith 

Third Heat:  Mark Banal, Brad Malcuit, John Flinner, Steve Baker, Brian Ruhlman, Rich Apolito, Keith Barbara, Todd Andrews, Jim Lepro 

Fourth Heat:  Bart Hartman, Jeep VanWormer, Jackie Boggs, Tim Dohm, Brent Rhebergen, Rodney Sweitzer, D.J. Miller, Tony Musolino, Mark Moats 

Fifth Heat:  Tim Hitt, Ed Ferree, Donnie Moran, Lance Elson, Dave Hess, Danny Rich, Chad Ruhlman, Ben Miley, Dave Wade 

Sixth Heat:  Lou Bradich, Jared Miley, Davey Johnson, Scot James, Al Atallah, Jim Kutas, George Kowatic, Rick Biggs, Tim Gould 

First B-Main:  Gary Stuhler, Steve Baker, John Mason, Bill Cunningham, Bob Close, Brian Ruhlman, Keith Berner, Keith Barbara, Mike Johnson, Rick Aukland, Freddy Smith, Rich Apolito, Scott Gunn, Jon Hodgkiss, Keith Rodriguez, Jim Lepro, Larry Moran 

Second B-Main:  Scott James, Tim Dohm, Lance Elson, Brent Rhebergen, Al Atallah, Dave Hess, D.J. Miller, Tony Musolino, Rodney Sweitzer, Chad Ruhlman, Danny Rich, Jim Kutas, Dave Wade, Rick Briggs, Ben Miley, Tim Gould 

17th Annual "Pittsburgher 100" Finish:  Donnie Moran, Brad Malcuit, Gary Stuhler John Flinner, Lou Bradich, Freddy Smith, Steve Casebolt, Jr., Scott James, Davey Johnson, Earl Pearson, Jr., Ed Ferree, Steve Baker, Jeep VanWormer, Matt Miller, Tim Dohm, Lance Elson, Jackie Boggs, John Mason, Alex Ferree, Lynn Geisler, Tim Hitt, Rick Aukland, Scott Gunn, Don O'Neal, Mark Banal, Bart Hartman, Dave Wade, Jared Miley  

Race Statistics: 

Entries:  54

Cautions:  10

Red Flags:  0

Lap Leaders:  Lou Bradich 1-18, Alex Ferree 19-34 Matt Miller 35-82, Donnie Moran 83-100

Weld Wheels Hard Charger of the Race:  Freddy Smith (Started 25th and finished 6th) advanced 19 positions

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Race:  Scott James

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals:  Freddy Smith and Rick Aukland

Track Provisionals:  Dave Wade and Scott Gunn

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2021 Championship Points

Points as of 9/4/2021
Pos Competitor Points
1stTim McCreadie (#39)5445
2ndJonathan Davenport (#49)5175
3rdHudson O'Neal (#71)5170
4thKyle Bronson (#40B)4920
5thJimmy Owens (#20)4865
6thTyler Erb (#1T)4795
7thRicky Thornton (#20RT)4770
8thShane Clanton (#25)4600
9thJosh Richards (#14)4580
10thMike Marlar (#157)4310

Live Timing

Television Schedule

All times are Eastern. Subject to change.
Thursday, September 23
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Brownstown, IN
Thursday, September 23
9:00 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Greenwood, NE
Friday, September 24
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Brownstown, IN
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