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WHEATLAND, MO (July 19, 2008) – It will be a race that everyone in attendance will remember for years to come.  There was a huge crowd on hand for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series “CMH Showdown” Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway. Several lead changes, multiple  three-wide battles for the lead, and Bart Hartman of Zanesville, OH ending up in victory lane made up one of the most exciting nights in racing to date. The 39-year-old, second generation racer picked up his first LOLMDS win of 2008, and first series win since 2005, which vaulted him into second place in the Lucas Oil Championship Points Standings.

 

Hartman’s thrilling win allowed him to become the 19th different winner of the LOLMDS season. Hartman led Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL; Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA; 18th starting Terry Phillips of Springfield, MO; and Terry Casey of New London, WI to the finish line for the $10,000 triumph.

 

Hartman started from the pole of the 50 lap “CMH Showdown,” alongside PRC Fast Qualifier Dan Schlieper of Sullivan, WI.  Schlieper would overtake Hartman at the start with Pearson, Birkhofer and Casey in tow after the initial start was negated as a caution came out for Chris Smyser.

 

Schlieper held a one-car length lead advantage over Hartman in the early going with Casey on the move, quickly advancing up from his seventh starting spot into the top five with one lap in the books, merely two circuits later he passed Birkhofer for fourth.

 

Hartman kept pace with Schlieper, following the former World 100 winner closely. Pearson was gaining ground on the frontrunners, and an exciting battle going on in the top five between Casey and Birkhofer who swapped the fourth spot another time on lap six.

 

Schlieper and Hartman started entering lapped traffic by the tenth circuit, which was just the opportunity that Hartman needed to overhaul Schlieper for the lead on lap ten.  Working his way through traffic, Birkhofer would join the fray as he passed Pearson for third and then dove under Schlieper for second on the 11th lap.

 

Entering turn number one, the leaders went three wide for the top spot with Hartman, Birkhofer and Schlieper battling with the two lapped cars in an incredible display of driving talent.  Coming off of turn two Hartman would keep the lead, with Birkhofer hot on his heels. With 15 laps in the books, it looked as if it was a matter of time before Birkhofer would wrestle the lead away from Hartman.

 

The packed grandstand was buzzing; Hartman and Birkhofer would go door-to-door for two consecutive laps with Casey roaring around the top of the track, passing both Schlieper and Pearson for third on lap 17.

 

The caution came out for a slowing Scott James with 17 laps recorded.  On the restart, Hartman would be in front with a double-file formation behind him.  Hartman vaulted away from the field when the green re-appeared with Birkhofer and now Pearson jockeying for second.

 

With the halfway mark coming up, the action was outstanding as another three-wide race developed for the lead with Hartman, Birkhofer and Pearson dueling it out.  Hartman’s car was performing well on the top side, but on lap 28 he jumped the cushion in turn four, allowing Birkhofer an avenue on the inside to go by to take over the lead. 

 

Hartman would fight back on the top side, as he whipped by Birkhofer on lap 30 to regain the top spot.  With 20 laps to go, the top three of Hartman, Birkhofer and Pearson continued to put on quite a show with 18th starting Terry Phillips and Casey maintaining a solid fourth and fifth in the running order.

 

With multiple grooves on the 3/8ths mile track, Pearson hugged the bottom once more and pulled even with Birkhofer, who was working the middle line, for second.  After the two ran side-by-side for a remarkable four straight laps, Pearson finally was able to clear Birkhofer for second on lap 36.

 

With 14 laps to go, Pearson began to close the gap on Hartman, as Hartman jumped the turn four cushion, allowing Pearson to slide by him on the bottom to take the lead for the first time in the race.  Pearson then opened up a three-car length lead.

 

The son of five-time USAC Stock Car Champion, Butch Hartman, rebounded nicely, not giving up on the top line around the track as he rocketed back by Pearson as the two were heading down the back chute to re-gain the lead with ten laps remaining.

 

Hartman then turned the wick up on his Rocket Monte Carlo, building his lead in the closing laps enough so that Pearson would not be able to make a last-lap run at him. He went on to collect his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win since September 24, 2005 at West Virginia Motor Speedway.  With the win, Hartman now takes over second place in the Lucas Oil Championship Points Standings, heading into an off weekend for the LOLMDS.

 

In the Lucas Oil Speedway victory lane, a relieved Hartman, who is following the LOLMDS for the first time was glad to be there after several strong runs this season.  “Brian was really tough after the caution, Earl was good on the bottom, we just ran our own race and thanks to Austin (Hargrove, his crew chief) he’s worked his butt off this weekend, the car was super good up top and there’s where it worked the best,” said the former Dirt Track World Champion and North-South 100 winner.

 

“Thanks to these great fans for coming out here tonight, we hope we put on a show for them, this is by far the best facility I’ve ever raced at, we’ve run good here lately, we wished we could have picked some wins earlier, but there’s a lot of big races left, “ Hartman said after thanking his sponsors; Rocket Chassis, Cornett Engines, Imler’s Poultry, Lendx Check Chasing and Loans, Hoosier Tires, Sunoco Race Fuels, All-Star Performance, Lucas Oil Products and Ohlins.

 

Second place finisher Earl Pearson Jr. congratulated Hartman on his win in victory lane.  “His car was really good up top, the bottom was real good for us there early on when we closed on them guys (Hartman and Birkhofer), but the bottom started to go away and we were just hanging on there, cause he (Hartman) had his car set-up to run up there and we gambled on tires and obviously he picked the right ones.”  Pearson was driving the Bobby Labonte Racing/LifeLong Locks/MasterSbilt Dodge Charger.

 

Brian Birkhofer, who has two LOLMDS wins at Lucas Oil Speedway in the last two years said coming home third was too bad considering the two drivers he was racing against.  “Bart deserved the win, I’m glad to see him get one of these (Lucas Oil) races, you can race against him and Earl for lap after lap and they’ll race you clean every time, that one caution killed me on the tires,” said the driver who wheels the J&J Steel/Pro Power Engines/Mars ‘n Hofer Monte Carlo SS.

 

Terry Phillips, who recorded his 90th career win on the O’Reilly MLRA Series last weekend in Moberly, MO made a valiant run from 18th to finish a solid fourth in his Andy’s Frozen Custard/Hatfield Racing Engines/GRT by Phillips GTO.  “This new car has been real good since we started running it, we went with the soft tires and they helped early on, but once we got up into fourth we couldn’t get any further up there, I used them up getting there, but we’ll take fourth against this type of competition.”

 

Terry Casey, who leads the Quarter Master “Rookie of the Year” chase, continues to impress as he picked up the fifth spot in the Arnie Ranta Motorsports/Pro Power Engines/C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo.  Casey’s top five run at Wheatland marked his fourth top five finishes in the month of July.

 

Completing the top ten were Steve Casebolt, Dan Schlieper, Justin Rattliff, Billy Moyer and Wayne Chinn.

 

In preliminary action at Lucas Oil Speedway, Dan Schlieper was fastest qualifier among the 33 entries in the PRC Time Trials, with a lap of 14.805 seconds.  The heat races were won by Schlieper, Brian Birkhofer, Bart Hartman and Earl Pearson Jr.  The B-Mains went to David Turner and Terry Phillips.

 

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will take next weekend off before resuming with a gigantic stretch of events.  The series will next be on action on Thursday Night, July 31st at Bedford Speedway in Bedford, PA, Friday Night, August 1st at Winchester Speedway in Winchester, VA and Saturday Night, August 2nd at Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, MD.

 

For more information on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, visit us at www.lucasdirt.com or call the series office at (951) 532-2503.

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race SummarySaturday Night, July 19, 2008 Lucas Oil Speedway - Wheatland, Missouri   PRC Fast Time:  Dan Schlieper/14.805 seconds   Hawk Brake First Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Dan Schlieper, John Mason, Justin Rattliff, Billy Moyer, David Turner, JD Hubert, Randy Zimmerman, Rylan Long, Jeremy Payne   Hawk Brake Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Brian Birkhofer, Denny Eckrich, Steve Casebolt, John Anderson, Chris Smyser, Eric Turner, Larry Clawson, Chad Frewaldt   AFCO Racing Products Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Bart Hartman, Terry Casey, Wayne Chinn, Freddy Smith, Will Vaught, Denny Woodworth, Larry Jones, Rickey Frankel   Tiger Rear Ends Fourth Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Earl Pearson Jr., Scott James, Billy Drake, Jason Bodenhamer, Terry Phillips, Reid Millard, PJ Haskins, Brantlee Gotschall   Mason Racin' Rebel Shock Dyno First B-Main (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance): David Turner, Jeremy Payne, JD Hubert, Eric Turner, Chris Smyser, Randy Zimmerman, Rylan Long, Chad Frewaldt, Larry Clawson - DNS   Quarter Master Second B-Main (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Terry Phillips, Denny Woodworth, Will Vaught, Larry Jones, Rickey Frankel, Brantlee Gotschall, Reid Millard, PJ Haskins   "CMH Showdown" Feature Finish (50 Laps): Bart Hartman, Earl Pearson Jr., Brian Birkhofer, Terry Phillips, Terry Casey, Steve Casebolt, Dan Schlieper, Justin Rattliff, Billy Moyer, Wayne Chinn, Billy Drake, Denny Eckrich, Scott James, Will Vaught, John Anderson, Jason Bodenhamer, John Mason, Chris Smyser, Freddy Smith, JD Hubert, Jeremy Payne, Eric Turner, Brantlee Gotschall, Larry Clawson, Denny Woodworth, David Turner  Race Statistics  Entries:  33 Caution Flags: 2 Lap Leaders: Dan Schlieper 1-9, Bart Hartman 10-35, Earl Pearson Jr. 36-39, Hartman 40-50 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Chris Smyser, Eric Turner Midwest Late Model Racing Association Series Provisionals: Brantlee Gotschall, Larry Clawson PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Terry Phillips (Started 18th and finished 4th -advanced 14 positions) Allstar Performance Performer of the Race: Terry Phillips K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Bart Hartman Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Terry Casey ASI Racewear Lucky 7 Award: Dan Schlieper Integra Shocks Crew Chief of the Race: Austin Hargrove (Bart Hartman) Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race:  Cornett Racing Engines Time of the Race: 30 minutes  Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Standings

1)    Earl Pearson Jr. (Jacksonville, FL) 4760 2)    Bart Hartman (Zanesville, OH) 4385 3)    Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN) 4355 4)    Billy Drake (Bloomington, IL) 4045 5)    Justin Rattliff (Campbellsville, KY) 3985 6)    Dan Schlieper (Sullivan, WI) 3925 7)    Terry Casey (New London, WI) 3855 8)    Scott James (Lawrenceburg, IN) 3770 9)    Freddy Smith (Seymour, TN) 3490 10)  Wayne Chinn (Bradford, OH) 3210  Quarter Master Rookie of the Year Points Standings

1)     Terry Casey (New London, WI) 3855 2)     Wayne Chinn (Bradford, OH) 3210 3)     John Blankenship (Williamson, WV) 745 4)     Tony Knowles (Tyrone, GA) 425 5)     Eric Jacobsen (Seacliffe Beach, CA) 245

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PONTOON BEACH, IL (July 18, 2008) – Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR repelled the challenges of three other drivers during the nine-lap shootout near the end of the “Budweiser 50” on Friday Night at Tri-City Speedway.  The record books will show the Hall of Famer leading all 50 laps, but the fans were on the edge of the seats until the checkered flag fell, with Moyer hanging on to the lead. The win would mark his fourth already in 2008 on the historic $2.9 million dollar LOLMDS tour, and 14th overall this year.  Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL, local driver Billy Faust of Lebanon, IL and Billy Drake of Bloomington, IL all had a shot at stealing the win from Moyer in the closing laps, but the trio came up short in their bids to defeat Moyer.  Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA finished fifth but was several car lengths behind the top four finishers.

Brian Shirley and Moyer would start on the front row of the 50 lap main event which was taped in front of the cameras of SPEED Channel.  Shirley would get a good jump on Moyer and lead him through turns one and two and down the backstretch, but Moyer would rebound quickly passing Shirley coming off of turn number four to lead the opening lap of the race.

Moyer saw Shirley fall to second with Faust, Pearson and Drake holding the top five spots early on.  Moyer opened up a slight advantage over the field as a three-car tussle for second between Shirley, Faust and Pearson would see the trio go three-wide for two laps on laps five and six.

Moyer, who set a track record in qualifying at Tri-City two weeks ago, entered lapped traffic on lap nine as his five car length advantage began to take a hit by Shirley. The driver of the #3s machine would start to close the gap between the two.  With Moyer fighting his way through traffic Shirley and then Faust, Pearson and Drake would close to Moyer’s decklid as the top four ran nose to tail with no lapped cars between them.

As all eyes were on the developing race for the lead, the first caution came out for a slowing Wayne Chinn that would halt the action for the first time with 15 laps complete.  On the restart, Moyer would fire off of turn four as Shirley, Faust, Pearson and Drake were racing hard as each was using a different route around the 15 degree banking on the 3/8ths mile track. 

Moyer, with a clear track in front of him would again open up his lead over the torrid battle for second. At the halfway mark it appeared Moyer still had the car to beat as Shirley remained in second with a three-wide race continuing for third between Faust, Pearson and Drake with 18th starting Kevin Claycomb now in the hunt as he was up to sixth place.

On lap 27 the race for second would get even tighter with Shirley receiving pressure from the three drivers behind him as Pearson would pass Faust for third on lap 28.  Pearson would switch to the top groove and that would give him the advantage over Shirley after trying for at least five laps to pass him as Pearson finally was able to get around him on lap 34.

 Pearson’s momentum gained by running the very top of the track saw him gain of Moyer in a hurry with 38 laps in the books.  But Pearson also had to contend with Drake who used the very bottom of the racing surface to pull even with Pearson for three consecutive laps starting with lap 39.

Steve Casebolt would slow on the track with 41 laps recorded and that would bring out the final caution of the race which would set up a nine-lap dash to the finish.  Moyer got another great restart as Pearson, Drake and Faust would be his main contenders in the closing circuits.

With five laps to go, Pearson would go again to the outside and it looked like he would have an avenue to pass Moyer on the outside with five laps to go.  Pearson would pull alongside Moyer twice in the final five laps, but he could never clear Moyer to take the lead.  Both Moyer and Pearson then had to worry about Faust as the local hotshoe was picking up the pace as he was making a late race bid to take an upset win.

With the crowd on its feet, Faust, with two laps to go, looked like he could do coming off of turn number two but his car would not stick into turn three and he slide up the track just enough to lose the momentum he had built up as Moyer and Pearson would lead him to the finish line as he would miss out on a chance to win his first ever LOLMDS event.

In the Lucas Oil victory lane Moyer would do a quick interview for SPEED and then breathed a sigh of relief that the race was over.  “If they didn’t like that, then they don’t like racing,” said the 50-year-old.  “I was all for making this track shorter, you can race anywhere on it and Kevin (Gundaker) has done a great job here,” said Moyer who didn’t change anything on the car after track prep was done on the racing surface before the feature.  “Sometimes you change things and you outsmart yourself so Steve (Norris) and the crew kept the same setup on the car and it worked out great.”

Moyer’s Victory Circle Chassis Monte Carlo SS is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by Banner Valley Hauling ,BSB Manufacturing, J&J Steel, Car City, Watters Auto Land, Karl Chevrolet, Redline Oil, PRC, Universal Concrete, Minx Show Palace and Imperial Motors/

Pearson in the Bobby Labonte Racing/LifeLong Locks/MasterSbilt Dodge Charger said afterwards his car was good in turns one and two, but Moyer was able to hold the advantage in three and four.  “Billy did what he had to do, the track was just super you could race anywhere on it, so congratulations to Billy he knows what he’s doing and to run second to him is no shame.”

Faust in the Kehrer Racing/Kehrer Farms Rocket almost had enough to pull the upset but settled for third. “I just got too excited there, we had two laps to go and I thought I had the car to pass them on the outside, but I slide up in three and that cost me, when you run against these guys you can’t make any mistakes and I learned a valuable lesson out there, but we’re happy with third against this field of cars.”

After a strong run all night long, Drake finished 4th in his Executive Homes/Mullvain Motors/MasterSbilt GTO with his fourth place finish and Brian Birkhofer took fifth in his Simon Trucking/Pro Power Engines/Rocket Monte Carlo SS.

Completing the top ten were Brian Shirley; Scott Bloomquist, who managed to fight his way up to 7th after having to start on the tail due to a pre-race rules infraction; Kevin Claycomb; Bart Hartman; and Freddy Smith.

In preliminary action Dan Schlieper would be the PRC Fast Qualifier with a 15.266 second lap in time trials.  Heat race winners were Billy Faust, Brian Shirley, Billy Drake and Billy Moyer.  Chad Zobrist and Kevin Claycomb won the B-Mains.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be in action on Saturday Night, July 19th at the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO for the “CMH Late Model Showdown” with the O’Reilly MLRA Late Models.  For more information on the $10,000 to win event, log onto www.LucasOilSpeedway.com and www.lucasdirt.com or call the series office at (951) 532-2503.

To find out more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log on to www.lucasdirt.com or call the series office at (951) 532-2503.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Race Summary

Friday Night, July 18, 2008

Tri-City Speedway – Pontoon Beach, IL

PRC Fast Time:  Dan Schlieper/15.226 seconds

Hawk Brake First Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Billy Faust, Randy Korte, Dan Schlieper, Scott James, Bryan Collins, Mark Voigt, John Mason, Dewayne Kiefer, Lee Thomason, Claude Walker

Hawk Brake Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Brian Shirley, Earl Pearson Jr., Brian Birkhofer, Mike Marlar, Chad Zobrist, Tim Manville, Ryan Dauber, Chad Smyser, Michael Kloos

AFCO Racing Products Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Billy Drake, Steve Casebolt, Terry Casey, Freddy Smith, Mark Oller, Kevin Cole, Wayne Chinn, Steven Unterbrink, Reid Millard, Chris Fetter

Tiger Rear Ends Fourth Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Billy Moyer, Bart Hartman, Scott Bloomquist, Justin Rattliff, Kevin Claycomb, Rodney Melvin, Rusty Griffaw, Billy Laycock, Denny Eckrich

Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno First B-Main (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Chad Zobrist, Bryan Collins, Mark Voigt, Tim Manville, John Mason, Michael Kloos, Dewayne Kiefer, Chris Smyser, Claude Walker, Ryan Dauber, Lee Thomason

Quarter Master Second B-Main (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Kevin Claycomb, Rodney Melvin, Kevin Cole, Denny Eckrich, Mark Oller, Billy Laycock, Wayne Chinn, Reid Millard, Steven Unterbrink, Rusty Griffaw, Chris Fetter

“Budweiser 50” Feature Finish (50 Laps): Billy Moyer, Earl Pearson Jr., Billy Faust, Billy Drake, Brian Birkhofer, Brian Shirley, Scott Bloomquist, Kevin Claycomb, Bart Hartman, Freddy Smith, Dan Schlieper, Scott James, Terry Casey, Justin Rattliff, Steve Casebolt, John Mason, Mark Voigt, Mike Marlar, Wayne Chinn, Bryan Collins, Rodney Melvin, Chad Zobrist, Rusty Griffaw, Randy Korte, Kevin Cole

Race Statistics

Entries:  38

Caution Flags: 3

Lap Leaders: Billy Moyer 1-50

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Wayne Chinn, John Mason

Tri-City Speedway Track Provisional: Rusty Griffaw

PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Kevin Claycomb (Started 18th and finished 8th—advanced 10 positions)

Allstar Performance Performer of the Race: Billy Faust

K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Freddy Smith

Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Terry Casey

ASI Racewear Lucky 7 Award: Scott Bloomquist

Integra Shocks Crew Chief of the Race: Carri Mason (John Mason)

Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race:  Clements Racing Engines

Time of the Race: 25 minutes

Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Standings

1)    Earl Pearson Jr. (Jacksonville, FL) 4530

2)    Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN) 4155

3)    Bart Hartman (Zanesville, OH) 4135

4)    Billy Drake (Bloomington, IL) 3870

5)    Justin Rattliff (Campbellsville, KY) 3795

6)    Dan Schlieper (Sullivan, WI) 3720

7)    Terry Casey (New London, WI) 3650

8)    Scott James (Lawrenceburg, IN) 3605

9)    Freddy Smith (Seymour, TN) 3355

10)  Wayne Chinn (Bradford, OH) 3030

Quarter Master Rookie of the Year Points Standings

1)     Terry Casey (New London, WI) 3650

2)     Wayne Chinn (Bradford, OH) 3030

3)     John Blankenship (Williamson, WV) 745

4)     Tony Knowles (Tyrone, GA) 425

5)     Eric Jacobsen (Seacliffe Beach, CA) 245

COLUMBUS, MS (July 12, 2008) – For the second straight night a member of the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame would win a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event, as Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN became the 18th different winner of a LOLMDS event in 2008. Bloomquist captured the $10,000 to win 10th Annual James Nickoles Memorial on Saturday Night at Columbus Speedway.  The event was taped in front of the SPEED Channel cameras as Bloomquist won the event for the second year in a row. Another Hall of Famer, Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR finished second followed by Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN, Chris Wall of Holden, LA and 12th starting Terry Casey of New London, WI.

Bloomquist started on the outside of the front row alongside of his fellow Team Zero driver Jimmy Owens.  Owens took the lead at the drop of the green flag and lead Bloomquist through turns one and two but coming down the back straight Bloomquist  made a move to the inside of Owens, passing him heading in the third turn.

With Bloomquist holding the point, a fierce battle for second behind would begin to take shape.  Owens and Moyer ran nip and tuck in the early going with Billy Drake moving up fast from his fifth starting spot as he took the fourth spot from Earl Pearson Jr. on lap two.

Moyer,  who closely followed Owens for the first 11 laps of the race made the move to take over second on lap 12, and now had Bloomquist in his sights.  The top five would set a blistering pace until lap 15 when the first caution of the race came out slowing what was a terrific race for the lead.

On the restart Bloomquist would be out in front on the Delaware double-file restart with Moyer and Owens lined up side-by-side.  When the green flag came back out to resume the race, Bloomquist still managed to maintain his lead. A side by side battle continued between Moyer and Owens as the drivers neared the half-way mark of the race.

The top five remained on the same straightaway until they were bunched even closer, as another caution came out with 30 laps in the books.  On the restart three more scored laps would be counted until the final caution of the race appeared for a slowing Eddie Rickman on lap 33.

In what would be the final restart of the race, it was the closest Bloomquist’s competitors had gotten to him all night.  That did not deter the race for second as Owens and Moyer again went back and forth in a close knit battle.  Moyer managed to regain the second spot from Owens with less than 15 laps to go, but by then, Bloomquist was well out in front.

Bloomquist would continue to build his lead taking his advantage to almost a full straightaway as Owens would again close the gap on Moyer.  With ten laps to go it was shaping up to be quite a finish for second as Chris Wall, Terry Casey and Billy Drake would challenge Moyer and Owens making it a five-car race for the runner-up slot.

Bloomquist had no problems negotiating traffic down the stretch as he convincingly went on to record his 16th career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory.  Moyer would survive the race-long competitive battle with Owens to finish second in his Banner Valley Hauling/Clements Engines/Moyer Victory Circle Monte Carlo.  Owens in the Mike Reece Monuments/Bloomquist Race Cars Ford Fusion finished third followed by Wall in the C&M Gator Farm/Wall2Wall Performance Engines/MasterSbilt by Stuckey Monte Carlo SS and Casey in the Arnie Ranta Motorsports/Pro Power Engines/C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo who came from the 12th starting spot to record yet another top five finish.

In the Lucas Oil victory Lane, for the first time in 2008, Bloomquist did a brief interview for SPEED and later talked to the large crowd that was on hand for the event.  “The car would run anywhere on the track high, low, in the middle it didn’t matter and really in lapped traffic it was good we could get by the lapped cars pretty easily and track was really racy tonight,” said the 44-year-old driver who in June became the first five-time winner of the Dirt Late Model Dream Race at Eldora Speedway.  “I knew those guys behind me were racing hard with Jimmy and Billy there, but the last part of the race we were able to get away from them and it’s always good to run well in front of the television cameras.”

Bloomquist who drives his own designed Bloomquist Race Cars Chevrolet Monte Carlo is sponsored by Miller Brothers Coal/Hawkeye Trucking/VP Racing Fuels/Hoosier Tires and Sweet Manufacturing is powered by a Vic Hill Racing Engine.

Completing the top ten were Billy Drake, 23rd starting Bart Hartman, Earl Pearson Jr., Wayne Chinn and David Breazeale.

In PRC Time Trials for the 32 entrants on hand Billy Moyer set quick time with a lap of 13.33 seconds.  The heat race winners were Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens and Earl Pearson Jr.  The B-Main went to Bub McCool.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be back in action next weekend with a Friday Night, July 18 visit to Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, IL and Saturday Night, July 19th at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO.  Both events will pay $10,000 to win.

For more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series log on to www.lucasdirt.com or call the series office at (951) 532-2503.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Race Summary

Saturday Night, July 12, 2008

Columbus Speedway – Columbus, MS

PRC Fast Time: Billy Moyer/13.330 seconds

Hawk Brake First Heat (10 Laps-Top 6 Advance): Scott Bloomquist, Billy Moyer, Wayne Chinn, Neil Baggett, Randy Weaver, Jeremy Glasgow, Chad Thrash, Scott James, Anthony Burroughs, Jason Fitzgerald, James Ward

Hawk Brake Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 6 Advance): Jimmy Owens, Billy Drake, Steve Casebolt, Dean Carpenter, Jason Cliburn, Eddie Rickman, Bub McCool, Dane Dacus, Mark Tice, Jamie Elam, Bart Hartman

AFCO Racing Products Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 6 Advance): Earl Pearson Jr., Chris Wall, David Breazeale, Terry Casey, Chris Ragan, John Mason, Freddy Smith, Justin McRee, Justin Rattliff, Chad Washington – DNS

Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno B-Main (12 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Bub McCool, Scott James, Freddy Smith, Chad Thrash, Justin McRee, Anthony Burroughs, Dane Dacus, James Ward, Jason Fitzgerald, Mark Tice, Justin Rattliff – DNS, Jamie Elam – DNS, Bart Hartman – DNS, Chad Washington – DNS

10th Annual “James Nickoles Memorial” Feature Finish (50 Laps): Scott Bloomquist, Billy Moyer, Jimmy Owens, Chris Wall, Terry Casey, Billy Drake, Bart Hartman, Earl Pearson Jr., Wayne Chinn, David Breazeale, Chris Ragan, Freddy Smith, Scott James, Steve Casebolt, Jason Cliburn, Justin Rattliff, Dean Carpenter, John Mason, Eddie Rickman, Neil Baggett, Bub McCool, Jeremy Glasgow, Randy Weaver, Chad Thrash

Race Statistics

Entries:  32

Caution Flags: 4

Lap Leaders: Scott Bloomquist 1-50

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Bart Hartman, Justin Rattliff

PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race:  Bart Hartman (Started  23rd and finished  7th – advanced 16 positions)

Allstar Performance Performer of the Race: Chris Wall

K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Terry Casey

Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Terry Casey

ASI Racewear Lucky 7 Award:  Bart Hartman

Integra Shocks Crew Chief of the Race:  Austin Hargrove (Bart Hartman)

Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Vic Hill Racing Engines

Time of the Race:  30 minutes

Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Standings

1)    Earl Pearson Jr. (Jacksonville, FL) 4300

2)    Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN) 4000

3)    Bart Hartman (Zanesville, OH) 3950

4)    Billy Drake (Bloomington, IL) 3660

5)    Justin Rattliff (Campbellsville, KY) 3635

6)    Dan Schlieper (Sullivan, WI) 3535

7)    Terry Casey (New London, WI) 3485

8)    Scott James (Lawrenceburg, IN) 3435

9)    Freddy Smith (Seymour, TN) 3175

10)  Wayne Chinn (Bradford, OH) 2895

Quarter Master Rookie of the Year Points Standings

1)     Terry Casey (New London, WI) 3485

2)     Wayne Chinn (Bradford, OH) 2895

3)     John Blankenship (Williamson, WV) 745

4)     Tony Knowles (Tyrone, GA) 425

5)     Eric Jacobsen (Seacliffe Beach, CA) 245

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TUSCUMBIA, AL (July 11, 2008) – In one of the most stirring wins in the history of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Hall of Famer Freddy Smith of Seymour, TN won his first ever LOLMDS event on Friday Night at North Alabama Speedway by winning the “Heart of Dixie 40” Presented by Long-Lewis Ford.  The 61-year-old driver earned the 784th win of his illustrious career, as he withstood a last lap challenge from both Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL and Bart Hartman of Zanesville, OH, becoming the 17th different winner in series competition in 2008.  Trailing Smith, Pearson and Hartman battled their way to the finish line followed by Terry Casey of New London, WI and defending race winner Billy Drake of Bloomington, IL.

The race would get off to a ominous start for Smith, who started from the pole for the 40 lapper as he got sideways in turn two and was turned around by another car which forced him to spin in front of the field as he and another car stopped in turn two.  Both drivers resumed their starting spots in the line-up on the restart, with Pearson taking the lead on the second restart of the race.

The yellow would come back out not long thereafter, as new track record holder Dan Schlieper pushed into the front stretch wall and winding up with suspension damage ending his race.  On the restart, the race would go two green flag laps until the caution came out for a two-car incident in turn number two.

After a slow start, the race would pick-up momentum as Pearson continued to show the way with Smith running in second followed closely by Jimmy Owens. Terry Casey, who making his first start at North Alabama stayed in the fourth spot followed by Steve Casebolt with five laps complete.

Pearson was setting a torrid pace as he built what was once just a two-car length advantage over Smith into a six-car length lead with ten laps in the record books.  The top five stayed the same until the lap 25 mark when Hartman surged past Casebolt to take over fifth.

Pearson had extended his commanding lead to ten lengths and at this point it looked like he was going to be unbeatable. But to show there is never a sure thing in dirt track racing, Pearson’s huge lead would be chopped down ever so slowly as he was having to contend with lapped traffic. While encountering traffic on lap 29, Pearson slipped over the turn two embankment and what would happen next would change the complexion of the race.

When Pearson got all four wheels back on the racing surface he would run up on the right rear of Justin Rattliff’s car as the two would then get hooked together as the caution came out when both drivers had to stop in the middle of turn number four.  Pearson would have to restart in front of several lapped cars, and appeared that his hopes for a win had gone by the wayside.

On the lap 30 restart, Owens became the new leader after he had taken over the second spot from Smith just five laps before Pearson’s incident.  Owens would quickly open up a good lead over Smith and Hartman, who was now up to third after misfortune had struck Pearson.

Now with Owens seemingly on his way to his second LOLMDS win of ’08, it looked like the race for second would not be determined until the very last lap.  As Owens completed lap 36 the right rear wheel sheared off and he broke a hub coming out of turn two, leaving Owens helpless on the backstretch, ending his night with just four laps until the finish.

Smith took the lead and with four laps to go, but for him to hang onto it, he was going to have to hold off Hartman and Pearson, who had used the outside groove on the track to get himself back in the picture as he would line up third on the restart.

When the green waved for the final time, Pearson looked like a man on a mission. Pearson cleared Hartman with ease and now had his sights set on Smith.  Pearson looked as if he was not going to be denied, but Smith did what he had to do and was able to hold off Pearson and Hartman as the trio raced to the finish line in front of an entire cheering crowd that would see Smith score his first ever Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win in thrilling fashion.

In victory lane Smith was joined by several well-wishers including his wife, Naomi.  “I thought I was done-for early when I got spun around and got into that tire on the inside of the track, I really enjoy coming here to race and I don’t know what to say, I’ve tried so hard every time to win a Lucas race, we just don’t have the funds that some of the other guys have, but we’re thankful for this win,” said the driver who is the only 5-time winner of the Dirt Track World Championship.  “I couldn’t do this without my wife and of course Jack and Paula, they drive down from Illinois every time we race and they help me out and do a great job,” said the legendary driver who is in his 42nd year of racing.

The famous 00 Warrior Monte Carlo SS is powered by a Dale Meers Racing Engine and sponsored by White Oaks Motorsports/Cliburn Tank Lines/Bradley’s Wrecker Service/King of the Road Customs Coaches and Haulers/Goddard Performance Parts/Hoosier Tires/Ohlins by Gary Wenger and Big Daddy’s Mobile Wraps.

Pearson was disappointed he couldn’t seal the win, but contributed that it was just a racing deal that kept him out of victory lane.  “It wasn’t Justin’s fault,” said Pearson.  “I just ran in there and got into him, we’ll just come out tomorrow night at Columbus and give it another shot, said the driver of the Bobby Labonte Racing/LifeLong Locks/MasterSbilt Dodge Charger.  Hartman took another top five by placing third in his Imler’s Poultry/Cornett Engines/Rocket Monte Carlo SS. Casey continues his resurgence with his fourth place finish in the Arnie Ranta Motorsports/Pro Power Engines/C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo SS with Billy Drake coming home fifth in the Executive Homes/Mullvain Motorsports/MasterSbilt GTO.

Completing the top ten were Steve Casebolt, Eddie Rickman, Justin Rattliff, Chris Ragan and John Mason.

In preliminary results Dan Schlieper set a new track record in PRC Time Trials with a lap of 12.420 seconds.  Heat race winners were Scott James, Terry Casey and Freddy Smith.  Anthony Burroughs took the B-Main.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be back in action on Saturday Night, July 12th at Columbus Speedway in Columbus, MS for the 10th Annual James Nickoles Memorial Presented by Premier Ford, Lincoln Mercury and the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau. For more information you can visit www.columbusspeedway.net.

To find out more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log on to www.lucasdirt.com or call the series office at (951) 532-2503.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Race Summary

Friday Night, July 11, 2008

North Alabama Speedway – Tuscumbia, AL

PRC Fast Time:  Dan Schlieper/12.42 seconds (NTR)

Hawk Brake First Heat (10 Laps-Top 6 Advance): Scott James, Earl Pearson Jr., Scott Bloomquist, Eddie Rickman, Justin Rattliff, Mark Tice, Anthony Burroughs, Jerry Jackson, Dan Schlieper, Chris Wall

Hawk Brake Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 6 Advance): Terry Casey, Jimmy Owens, Jason Fitzgerald, Wayne Chinn, Billy Drake, Chris Ragan, Heath Johnson, Ronald Dunn, Jerry Owens, Dean Carpenter

AFCO Racing Products Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 6 Advance): Freddy Smith, Steve Casebolt, Barth Hartman, Bub McCool, Michael Walker, Josh Putnam, John Mason, Jamie Elam, David Breazeale, Billy Moyer

Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno B-Main (12 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Anthony Burroughs, Jamie Elam, Jerry Jackson, John Mason, Jerry Owens, Chris Wall, Dean Carpenter, Ronald Dunn, Billy Moyer, Heath Johnson – DNS, Dan Schlieper – DNS, David Breazeale – DNS

3rd Annual “Heart of Dixie 40” Feature Finish (40 Laps): Freddy Smith, Earl Pearson Jr., Bart Hartman, Terry Casey, Billy Drake, Steve Casebolt, Eddie Rickman, Justin Rattliff, Chris Ragan, John Mason, Anthony Burroughs, Jimmy Owens, Bub McCool, Billy Moyer, Michael Walker, Mark Tice, Josh Putnam, Jerry Jackson, Jason Fitzgerald, Scott Bloomquist, Wayne Chinn, Dan Schlieper, Jamie Elam, Scott James

Race Statistics

Entries:  30

Caution Flags: 9

Lap Leaders: Earl Pearson Jr. 1-29, Jimmy Owens 30-26, Freddy Smith 37-40

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Dan Schlieper, Bily Moyer

PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race:  John Mason (Started  22nd and finished 10th – advanced 12 positions)

Allstar Performance Performer of the Race: Freddy Smith

K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Billy Drake

Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Terry Casey

ASI Racewear Lucky 7 Award:  Eddie Rickman

Integra Shocks Crew Chief of the Race:  Jack Huppert (Freddy Smith)

Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Dale Mears Racing Engines

Time of the Race: 48 minutes

Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points

1)    Earl Pearson Jr. (Jacksonville, FL) 4110

2)    Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN) 3840

3)    Bart Hartman (Zanesville, OH) 3755

4)    Dan Schlieper (Sullivan, WI) 3535

5)    Justin Rattliff (Campbellsville, KY) 3485

6)    Billy Drake (Bloomington, IL) 3460

7)    Terry Casey (New London, WI) 3280

8)    Scott James (Lawrenceburg, IN) 3270

9)    Freddy Smith (Seymour, TN) 3005

10)  Wayne Chinn (Bradford, OH) 2710

Quarter Master Rookie of the Year Points Standings

1)     Terry Casey (New London, WI) 3280

2)     Wayne Chinn (Bradford, OH) 2710

3)     John Blankenship (Williamson, WV) 745

4)     Tony Knowles (Tyrone, GA) 425

      5)     Eric Jacobsen (Seacliffe Beach, CA) 245

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TAZEWELL, TN (July 6,2008) – Joe Armes of Petros, TN drove the race of his life as he led wire to wire in an exciting Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event on Sunday Night at Tazewell Speedway.  Armes earned $10,000 for the win as he became the 16th different winner on the series tour in 2008. Rick Rogers of Knoxville, TN finished second, and Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN who placed third.  Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN who started 12th on the grid came home in fourth followed by Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL.

Before a packed house at “The Taz” Rogers and Armes would make up the front row of the75 lap main event.  Armes bolted ahead of Rogers and Scott Bloomquist, who started second and third, who were threatening to make the race a runaway in the early going.

Bloomquist challenged Rogers several times as he looked for an avenue around the 4-time Tazewell Speedway Track Champion.  The top three would make their way through heavy traffic as Armes held a three-car length lead with 20 laps in the books.

Brad Hall began to come to the front, as he passed fourth-place running Earl Pearson Jr. on lap 22 and started to close on the three front running cars of Armes, Rogers and Bloomquist.  Rogers and Bloomquist would go back and forth a couple of times in the race for second as Bloomquist briefly held that position on laps 25 and 26.

The race would go green for the first 42 laps of the race until a caution for the stalled car of Tommy Kerr would allow everyone to catch their breaths.  On the restart Armes would still show the way with Rogers and Bloomquist still playing cat and mouse for second place.

With 50 laps completed Armes held a four-car length lead over Rogers, Bloomquist and Jimmy Owens who was now in the hunt for the lead.  On the 54 lap heavy traffic would once again allow the top five runners to be on the same straightaway as Rogers and Bloomquist were all over Armes for the lead.

With 15 laps to go Armes was still high tailing it around the high banks of Tazewell but a caution with nine laps remaining would be of a benefit to him as that would clear the race track in front of him.  On the final restart of the race Armes had clear sailing as he opened up a three-car length lead over Rogers would was continuously seeing Bloomquist on his rear deck lid.

In the final laps Armes just had to hit his marks and the race would be his and he did just that as he went on to score the biggest win of his racing career.  “The car was just superb tonight and I have to thank Dale McDowell and all my crew, the car was really hooked up all night and this is by far is the greatest win that I have ever had and it’s even better to win a Lucas Oil race with the caliber of drivers they have.”

Armes’ drives a GRT Monte Carlo with a Clements Racing Engine and his car is sponsored by Tennessee Valley Excavating, Southeastern Construction, Quality Trucking and East Tennessee Construction.

Completing the top ten were Brad Neat, Victor Lee, Terry Casey, Anthony White and Billy Drake.

In preliminary action Earl Pearson Jr. was the PRC Fast Time Qualifier for the 28 entries on hand with a lap of 11.452 seconds.  The heat race winners were Joe Armes, Rick Rogers and Scott Bloomquist.  The B-main was won by Dale McDowell.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be back on the track next weekend with a pair of events.  On Friday Night, July 11th the series visits North Alabama Speedway in Tuscumbia, AL for the “Heart of Dixie 40” paying $7,000 to win followed by a Saturday Night, July 12th stop for the “James Nickoles Memorial” at Columbus Speedway in Columbus, MS

For information on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com or call the series office at (951) 532-2503.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

 

Race Summary

Saturday Night, July 6, 2008 Tazewell Speedway, Tazewell, Tennessee

PRC Fast Time:  Earl Pearson Jr. / 11.452 seconds

Hawk Brake First Heat (10 Laps-Top 6 Advance): Joe Armes, Earl Pearson Jr., Anthony White, Shon Flanary, Billy Ogle, Dan Schlieper, Brian Smith, Bart Hartman, Wayne Chinn, Justin Rattliff – DNS

Hawk Brake Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 6 Advance): Rick Rogers, Terry Casey, Brad Neat, Scott James, Chad Ogle, Victor Lee, Dale McDowell, Steve Smith, Michael Smith

AFCO Racing Products Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 6 Advance): Scott Bloomquist, Brad Hall, Tommy Kerr, Jimmy Owens, Billy Drake, Vic Hill, Freddy Smith, Steve Casebolt, Tommy Bailey

Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno First B-Main (12 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Dale McDowell, Brian Smith, Bart Hartman, Steve Casebolt, Freddy Smith, Michael Smith, Wayne Chinn, Steve Smith, Tommy Bailey – DNS, Justin Rattliff – DNS

“Toyota Knoxville 75” Feature Finish (75 Laps): Joe Armes, Rick Rogers, Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Earl Pearson Jr., Brad Neat, Victor Lee, Terry Casey, Anthony White, Billy Drake, Billy Ogle, Dan Schlieper, Bart Hartman, Wayne Chinn, Brian Smith, Shon Flanary, Steve Casebolt, Brad Hall, Tommy Kerr, Scott James, Vic Hill, Chad Ogle, Dale McDowell, Freddy Smith

Race StatisticsEntries:  28 Caution Flags: 2 Lap Leaders: 1-75 Joe ArmesLucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Freddy Smith and Wayne ChinnPBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Wayne Chinn (Started 24th and finished 14th - advanced 10 positions) Allstar Performance Performer of the Race: Billy Drake K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Brad Hall Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Terry Casey ASI Racewear Lucky 7 Award: Victor Lee Integra Shocks Crew Chief of the Race: Gene Dover Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Clements Racing Engines Time of the Race: 26 minutes

Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Standings

1)    Earl Pearson Jr. (Jacksonville, FL) 3880

2)    Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN) 3645

3)    Bart Hartman (Zanesville, OH) 3535

4)    Dan Schlieper (Sullivan, WI) 3400

5)    Justin Rattliff (Campbellsville, KY) 3295

6)    Billy Drake (Bloomington, IL) 3255

7)    Scott James (Lawrenceburg, IN) 3145

8)    Terry Casey (New London, WI) 3070

9)    Freddy Smith (Seymour, TN) 2755

10)  Wayne Chinn (Bradford, OH) 2585

Quarter Master Rookie of the Year Points Standings

1)     Terry Casey (New London, WI) 3070

2)     Wayne Chinn (Bradford, OH) 2585

3)     John Blankenship (Williamson, WV) 745

4)     Tony Knowles (Tyrone, GA) 4255)     Eric Jacobsen (Seacliffe Beach, CA) 245

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2019 Championship Points

lmd dlUpdated: 09/18/19 - After Knoxville

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POS CAR# DRIVER POINTS
1 49 Jonathan Davenport 7130
2 39 Tim McCreadie 6520
3 14 Josh Richards 6515
4 20 Jimmy Owens 6395
5 1T Tyler Erb ® 6385
6 1d Devin Moran ® 6205
7 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. 6175
8 71 Hudson O'Neal 6050
9 40B Kyle Bronson 5555
10 50 Shanon Buckingham 5515