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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

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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

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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

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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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TAZEWELL, TN (September 4, 2005)-Before one of the largest crowds in the 40 year history of Tazewell Speedway, Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN led all 75 laps in claiming the "Citizens Bank 75" for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on Sunday Night.  Owens earned $10,000 for the win as he became the 17th different winner in 27 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events in 2005.  Owens was behind the wheel of the Mach 2 Motorsports entry #20 sponsored by Ultra Pro Machining, PPM Racing Products, Carolina Finishing, VP Racing Fuels, Red Line Oil, West Haven Speed Equipment, Cornett Racing Engines, C.J. Rayburn Ford Taurus.  Vic Hill of Morristown, TN was second in the Landair Transport Inc./Vic Hill Racing Engines/GRT Grand Prix with Anthony White of Clinton, TN a close third in the DWB Motorsports/Freddy White Masonry/DWB Race Cars Grand Prix.  Taking the fourth spot at the finish was Brett Miller of Asheville, NC in the Donna Laws/Perg Leg Motorsports/GRT Monte and 24th starting, Tom Dohm of Cross Lanes, WV rounded out the top five in the Dohm Cycle Sales/Custom Race Engines/Rocket Monte Carlo.  A total of 39 cars were on hand for the series' first ever visit to the Tennessee speedplant.

Jimmy Owens and Earl Pearson, Jr. would make up a strong starting contingent for the race as they would start from the front row.  When chief starter Noel Hargis let fly with the green flag to start the race Owens immediately took charge taking the lead from Pearson heading off of turn two down the back straight.  Local favorite Scott Sexton would take second from Pearson on the second lap with Pearson falling to third in front of Anthony White and Billy Ogle, Jr.  Freddy Smith would be the first car out of the race heading pitside on lap three.  Owens had set sail and was dominating the race as he was already picking up the tail end of the 24 car starting field by lap seven.  A torrid battle for second was going on with Sexton and Pearson going at it side by side on several occasions on the super fast track.  By lap 10 there were three cars out of the event with Rex Richey and Tommy Kerr joining Smith in the infield.  Owens was setting a blistering pace working through traffic diving in and out all over the race track in lapping cars.  By the 15th circuit Owens had cleared some heavy traffic and had plenty of free space in front of him on the race track.  The Sexton and Pearson duel would see Pearson get back by Sexton on lap 15 to regain second place, but that race was not over yet as Sexton would mount another charge taking Pearson on the outside two laps later to go back into second.  With Owens in complete control of the race by lap 20 the showdown for second was really exciting as Pearson would fight back and go by Sexton yet again on lap 20.   

With 20 laps in the books it was still Owens showing the way followed by Pearson, Sexton, 8th place starter Mike Marlar and White in the top five.  Owens was starting to pick up the back end of the field again by lap 22 and Pearson and Sexton would start to chop his lead down considerably.  Lucas Oil late Model Dirt Series points leader, Don O'Neal was on the move.  O'Neal had pulled out his backup car after a heat race incident and from the 21st starting spot without the aid of any cautions up until this point he was up to sixth place.  The first caution of the race would wave on lap 22 when Frank Merritt slowed on the main straightaway.  At this same point after the yellow came out Marlar who had just passed Sexton for third saw the coil quit in his car killing his motor which forced White and O'Neal to take evasive action as both cars had to stop to avoid Marlar.  There was contact between the cars with O'Neal suffering some right side body damage on his mount. 

Both O'Neal and White would continue in the race, but Marlar's night was done after making a strong charge to the front.  With the field at caution, it was Owens, Pearson, Sexton, O'Neal and Vic Hill running in the top five order.  On the restart it would be Owens again on a rail sprinting away from the field as the race for second place would keep the interest as Sexton and Pearson would race side by side again with Sexton moving into second once again on lap 25.  O'Neal then would break into the top three on lap 26 getting by Pearson.  O'Neal and Pearson, who are the top two in the series points standings would go neck and neck for several circuits with O'Neal holding the lead at the score line.  With 32 laps in the books Owens was on a mission as he continued to dominate the event building a sizable lead with Sexton, O'Neal, Pearson and new fifth place runner, Scott James trying to catch him. 

A caution on lap 33 for a slowed Brian Smith would be fateful for Sexton as he pulled his overheated machine to the infield pit and retired from the race.  That would move O'Neal into second place on the restart with Pearson, James and Hill.  Owens went to a straightaway advantage over O'Neal and the rest of the pack by lap 42.  White would slow on lap 47 for a flat tire bringing out another yellow flag.  The race would go green for five laps when O'Neal slowed and pitted after climbing to second place.  With 54 laps scored it was Owens, Pearson, James, Hill and White in the top five running order.  A caution for debris on lap 60 would only slow Owens momentarily.  Pearson was a solid second and James had pulled away from Hill and White and was looking for a solid finish, but that would come to an end on lap 67 as he slowed on the race track causing a caution as he dived into the pit area with an overheating car.  James would not return to the race.  Pearson would also have problems and go pitside after a false restart as his night ended as well. 

With eight laps to go and several of his main competitors out of the race Owens was hoping for no more cautions as he rode his mount around the top of the race track with eight perfect laps which took him to the checkered flag for his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win in front of the appreciative crowd.  "The track was great tonight", said the winner on the victory podium.  "We had the car freed up and it performed tremendous, it was little hairy there in traffic for a few laps, but we managed to get through that and really had no problems for the entire race."  Hill the famed engine builder would come home in second followed by White, who despite two pit stops was third followed by Brett Miller and the hard charger of the race, Tim Dohm, who started in the 24th and last starting spot was fifth at the end. 

Completing the top ten were Bobby Giffin, Ricky Arms, David Payne, Michael Smith and Pearson. 

After Tazewell O'Neal holds a 110 point advantage over Pearson in the race for the championship with Donnie Moran, Matt Miller and Scott James rounding out the top five drivers. 

The next Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18 at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway in Pittsburgh, PA for the running of the 17th Annual Pittsburgher 100" paying $22,000 to win. 

Race Summary

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 

Tazewell Speedway-Tazewell, TN 

Sunday Night, September 4, 2005

Fast Qualifier: Jeff Wolfenbarger 11.358 seconds

Heat #1:  Earl Pearson, Jr., Brett Miller, Bobby Giffin, Frank Merritt, Ricky Arms, Don O'Neal, Jeff Wolfenbarger, Tim Dohm, David Payne, Joey McCoy,  

Heat #2:  Billy Ogle, Jr., Anthony White, Donnie Moran, Brian Smith, Ruben Mayfield, Freddy Smith, Jason Trammell, Chris Chandler, Matt Henderson-DNS, Brad Hall-DNS 

Heat #3:  Scott Sexton, Vic Hill, Jeff Neubert, Rex Richey, Marty Calloway, Michael Smith, Steve Carr, Steve Casebolt, Jr., Casey Roberts, Steve Smith-DNS 

Heat #4:  Jimmy Owens, Mike Marlar, Scott James, Terry Wolfenbarger, Tommy Kerr, David McCoy, Jason McCall, Doug Smith, Brandon Williams 

1st B-Main:  Ricky Arms, David Payne, Don O'Neal, Tim Dohm, Ruben Mayfield, Jason Trammell, Joey McCoy, Freddy Smith 

2nd  B-Main:  Tommy Kerr, Michael Smith, Steve Casebolt, Jr., David McCoy, Steve Carr, Jason McCall, Doug Smith, Marty Calloway 

"Citizens Bank 75" Main Event:  Jimmy Owens, Vic Hill, Anthony White, Brett Miller, Tim Dohm, Bobby Giffin, Ricky Arms, David Payne, Michael Smith, Earl Pearson, Jr., Scott James, Terry Wolfenbarger, Don O'Neal, Donnie Moran, Steve Casebolt, Jr., Scott Sexton, Brian Smith, Mike Marlar, Billy Ogle, Jr., Frank Merritt, Tommy Kerr, Jeff Neubert, Rex Richey, Freddy Smith  

Race Statistics: 

Entries:  39

Cautions:  6

Red Flags: 0

Lap Leader:  Jimmy Owens 1-75Weld Wheels Hard Charger of the Race: Tim Dohm (Started 24th and finished 5th) advanced 19 positions

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

Series Provisionals:  Freddy Smith and Tim Dohm

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2019 Championship Points

lmd dlUpdated: 07/15/19 - After Lucas Oil Speedway

POS CAR# DRIVER POINTS
1 49 Jonathan Davenport 4975
2 1T Tyler Erb ® 4550
3 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. 4545
4 14 Josh Richards 4520
5 20 Jimmy Owens 4440
6 39 Tim McCreadie 4385
7 1M Devin Moran ® 4280
8 71 Hudson O'Neal 4180
9 40B Kyle Bronson 3770
10 50 Shanon Buckingham ...