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VERNON, NY (July 30, 2009) - Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC roared into the race lead on the 19th lap and then he went on for convincing victory in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series first ever visit to Utica-Rome Speedway on Thursday Night.  Cook took home $10,000 for himself and car owners Danny Dishman and Ronald Ivey for his 2nd Lucas Oil Series win of 2009.  Eric Jacobsen of Seacliffe Beach, CA had his best career series finish by coming home in second followed by John Blankenship of Williamson, WV; Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN; and Dan Stone of Thompson, PA.

Dale McDowell and Earl Pearson Jr. started on the front row of the 50 lapper. Pearson quickly grabbed the lead on the start of the race as he led the opening circuit.  McDowell, Jimmy Owens, Cook, and Blankenship were the top five in the running order early on.

Owens then moved past McDowell for second on lap five as the first caution of the race came out for Steve Cummings who slowed in turn four.  On the restart, Pearson was out in front followed by Owens, Cook, Jacobsen and McDowell.  On the restart Pearson held his position in front as Owens was challenged by Cook for second when the second caution flew for Mike Knight on lap 13.

On the restart Cook, who started fifth on the grid, moved past Owens without a challenge. Blankenship also got a good restart as he moved into third place as Owens started to slip back in the running order. Current series points leader, Scott Bloomquist, moved into the top five for the first time with 17 laps scored. 

Cook then made a pass on Pearson, taking the lead with 19 in the books, as the battle for second went on between Pearson, Jacobsen and Blankenship. The trio battled three-wide for second.  The third caution came out for Steve Casebolt’s flat tire with 22 scored.  Two laps later, Freddy Smith’s mount slowed on the frontstretch bringing out the caution once more.

On the restart, Cook remained strong out in front as the tussle for second continued. Jacobsen climbed to second ahead of Blankenship and Pearson. The fifth and final caution came out for a slowing Austin Hubbard. Hubbard was running in sixth place, but a broken rear end in his race car ended his night as he went pit-side.

On the final restart of the race, Cook led the Delaware double-file restart to the line for the green. Cook quickly opened up the lead over Jacobsen, stretching it to as much as ten car lengths with 15 laps remaining in the race.  Blankenship, Bloomquist, and Dan Stone held their spots accordingly with equal distance between themselves.

With ten laps to go, Cook still remained the car to beat, riding the rim of the race track.  Cook’s high wire act continued on for the remainder of the race. He went on to take his third career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win with his victory. If the event would have been one lap more, he would not have managed the victory. Cook’s oil pump belt broke after taking the checkered flag.

In the Lucas Oil Victory Lane, Cook ended a streak of frustrating finishes as he moved back into sixth place in the Lucas Oil Championship Point’s Standings.  “We are certainly glad to be back in victory lane, I want to thank the Lord for a good, safe race. I don’t think we could’ve made it another lap, we leaked oil all the way to and from the scale, so we will have a busy day tomorrow to go through to make sure it’s ok. We found out we had a broken oil pump belt and the red light was on,” said the 37-year-old racer in front of an appreciative crowd gathered on the frontstretch.

“I want to thank my car owners Danny Dishman and Ronald Ivey, we just decided it was time to turn around our season, it had been so good up until a month ago, but we changed some things on the car and it was real fast tonight. I just about slipped over the bank in turn two a couple of times, I want to thank the promoters here for a really racy track, they worked on it during the break, I thought it might throw all of us a curve ball for the feature, I went softer on the tires and it paid off.  The MasterSbilt Chassis, American Racer Tires and Race Engine Design motor all performed well tonight and thanks to all the fans for coming out tonight, hopefully the series will be back here next year, we had fun tonight.”

Cook’s number 53 machine is also sponsored by Hicks and Ingle Company General Contracting, A+ Moving and Storage Company, Performance Rod and Custom, VP Racing Fuels, PPM Racing Products, Real Racing Wheels, K&N Filters, GW Performance and Integra Racing Shocks.

Jacobsen was extremely happy with second as he concluded the most successful night of his Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series career.  He also set fast time for the first time at a Lucas Oil Series race.  “The changes we’ve made on the car have really turned around our season, to finish second with these guys is tremendous, the Bloomquist car was really hooked up tonight, the other changes we’ve made going with a Custom Race Engine and American Racer Tires has really paid off and we were so close to getting that first win, I think he (Cook) broke after taking the checkered so one more lap we might have had it, but congratulations to him he ran a great race and deserved the win,” said Jacobsen who also receives sponsorship from VP Race Fuels.

Taking third was Blankenship in the Coal America’s Energy/Custom Race Engines/Bloomquist Race Cars Monte Carlo SS with Bloomquist maintaining his points lead by coming home fourth in his Miller Brothers Coal/Sweet Mfg/Bloomquist Race Cars Monte Carlo SS and Stone ran a solid race in finishing fifth in his NEP Wireless/Cornett Racing Engines/Rocket Chassis Impala SS.

Completing the top ten were Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN, Earl Pearson, Jr. of Jacksonville, FL, Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN, Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA and Brad Neat of Dunnville KY.

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 SeriesRace Summary Thursday Night, July 30th, 2009 Utica Rome Speedway – Vernon, NY

PRC Fast Time: Eric Jacobsen / 19.110 seconds    

          

Hawk Brake First Heat (10 Laps-Top 6 Advance): Dale McDowell, Don O’Neal, Eric Jacobsen, Freddy Smith, Jimmy Bernheisel, Austin Hubbard, David Zona, James Cornell, Aaron Jacobs

Hawk Brake Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 6 Advance): Earl Pearson Jr., Ray Cook, Scott Bloomquist, Vic Coffey, Mike Knight, David Breazeale, Steve Casebolt, Steve Cummings, Jon Rohacevich

AFCO Racing Products Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 6 Advance): Jimmy Owens, John Blankenship, Josh Richards, Daniel Stone, Dan Schlieper, Brad Neat, Rich Gardner, Dale Caswell

Feature Finish (50 Laps): Ray Cook, Eric Jacobsen, John Blankenship, Scott Bloomquist, Daniel Stone, Don O’Neal, Earl Pearson Jr., Jimmy Owens, Dale McDowell, Brad Neat, Rich Gardner, Jimmy Bernheisel, Josh Richards, David Breazeale, James Cornell, David Zona, Freddy Smith, Aaron Jacobs, Austin Hubbard, Dan Schlieper, Steve Casebolt, Jon Rohacevich, Mike Knight, Dale Caswell, Steve Cummings

Finish (Start) Car Number Driver Name

1.  (5) #53 Ray Cook 2.  (7) #5 Eric Jacobsen 3.  (6) #23 John Blankenship 4.  (8) #0  Scott Bloomquist 5.  (12) #21D Daniel Stone 6.  (4) #71 Don O’Neal 7.  (2) #44 Earl Pearson Jr. 8.  (3) #20 Jimmy Owens 9.  (1) #17M Dale McDowell 10.  (18) #41N Brad Neat 11.  (21) #1 Rich Gardner 12.  (13) #119 Jim Bernheisel 13.  (9) #25 Josh Richards 14.  (14) #54 David Breazeale 15.  (22) #13B James Cornell 16.  (19) #99z David Zona 17.  (10) #00 Freddy Smith 18.  (25) #16 Aaron Jacobs 19.  (16) #11A Austin Hubbard 20.  (15) #s9 Dan Schlieper 21.  (17) #c9 Steve Casebolt 22.  (23) #24J Jon Rohacevich 23.  (11) #9K Mike Knight 24.  (24) #R19 Dale Caswell 25.  (20) #7 Steve Cummings

Race Statistics

Entries:  26 Caution Flags: Lap 5 (Steve Cummings); Lap 13 (Mike Knight); Lap 22 (Steve Casebolt); Lap 24 (Freddy Smith); Lap 31 (Austin Hubbard) Lap Leaders: Earl Pearson Jr. (Laps 1-18); Ray Cook (Laps 19-50) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: none PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Brad Neat (Started 18; Finshed 10; Advanced 8 positions) Allstar Performance Performer of the Race: Ray Cook K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: John Blankenship Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: John Blankenship Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Race Engine Design Time of the Race:  34 minutes 44 seconds

2009 Championship Points Standings

1.  Scott Bloomquist (Mooresburg, TN) 4765 2.  Dale McDowell (Chickamauga, GA)  4520 3.  Earl Pearson Jr. (Jacksonville, FL)  4510 4.  Jimmy Owens (Newport, TN)  4475 5.  Don O’Neal (Martinsville, IN)  4315 6.  Ray Cook (Brasstown, NC)  4200 7.  Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN) 4120 8.  Brad Neat (Dunnville, KY)  3810 9.  Eric Jacobsen (Seacliffe Beach, CA)  3685 10.  John Blankenship (Williamson, WV)  3520 11.  Dan Schlieper (Sullivan, WI)  3445 12.  David Breazeale (Four Corners, MS)  3225 13.  Freddy Smith (Seymour, TN)  2925 16. Michael Walker (Franklin, TN)  2260

2009 Quarter Master Rookie of the Year Points Standings

1.  John Blankenship (Williamson, WV)  3520 2.  David Breazeale (Four Corners, MS) 3225 3.  Michael Walker (Franklin, TN) 2260 4.  Jeep VanWormer (Pinnconning, MI)  1590

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WHEATLAND, MO (July 18, 2009) – Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL withstood the challenges of Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN to win his second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series race of 2009. The series 4-time champion earned $10,000 for himself and his car owner, NASCAR’s Bobby Labonte on Saturday Night in the CMH Late Model Showdown at Lucas Oil Speedway.  In the event co-sanctioned with the O’Reilly MLRA Late Models, Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, WI finished third followed by John Anderson of Omaha, NE; and Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA who earned the PBM Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race for finishing fifth after starting 17th.

Current Quarter Master Rookie of the Year contender John Blankenship started on the pole alongside Anderson, the defending MLRA Champion.  Anderson jumped to a quick lead as he bolted away to immediately put three car lengths between himself the second place running car of Blankenship.

With Anderson building a commanding lead early on, the first caution of the race came out on lap six for debris betweens turns one and two. This wiped out Anderson’s big lead which had grown to six car lengths.  Anderson restarted on the front with the Delaware double –file restarts in order with Blankenship and Wendell Wallace lined up side-by-side for the restart.

On the restart Anderson saw Wallace make the move for the lead passing at the line for the race lead on lap eight. Only one lap later Anderson regained the lead in a spirited race for the point.  Wallace’s bid for his first ever Lucas Oil Series win came to a halt on lap nine as he suffered a flat tire and stopped just off of the turn one embankment bringing out the second caution of the race.

The race saw two more green flag laps when Pearson, who had started eighth in the lineup roared to the lead on lap eleven just under the wire for a caution brought out when Brad Neat looped his mount in turn two on lap eleven for caution number three.

The restart had Pearson on the point as Anderson and Mars, who had started eleventh was up to third.  Mars then overhauled Anderson on the restart on lap 12 as he made his way around Anderson.  Another car on the move was Don O’Neal who started ninth as he grabbed the third slot on lap 15 from Anderson.

The top three of Pearson, Mars and O’Neal remained the same in the running order as Jimmy Owens started to make some noise using the very top groove on the race track as he was coming on strong moving into fourth and around Anderson.

Owens then started to put the heat on O’Neal for third finally passing him after the two raced side-by-side for two laps.  At the halfway mark Pearson held a good lead over Mars as the two started to battle through traffic.  Pearson put two lapped cars between himself and Mars with 26 laps complete as he held a five car length lead at this point.

With twenty laps to go it was Pearson still showing the way over Mars, Owens, who held steady in third, with O’Neal and Anderson still the top five.   The distance between the top remained the same when the fourth caution for a slowing Will Vaught, who suffered a flat tire with 34 laps in the record books. 

On the restart Pearson led the field to the green, but two scored laps later on lap 36 the fifth caution of the race would come out for Dan Schlieper in turn four.  On the restart there was contact between the cars of Dale McDowell, O’Neal and Bloomquist as O’Neal suffered the worst end of the chain reaction accident as he slid to a stop in turn number one as he had to restart on the tail.

The final restart of the race would still have Pearson on the point, but Owens who got the caution he was hoping for as he lined up side-by-side with Mars, the driver he had just passed before the lap 36 caution to take over second.  On the restart with 14 laps to go Pearson and Owens then set up a shootout to the finish.  Pearson would maintain his running line on the bottom of the racing surface and Owens would have to build up his momentum on the top groove of the track.  It would take Owens a couple of laps before he pulled alongside Pearson for the lead coming off of the corners.

With five laps to Owens would pass Pearson at the flagstand to take a narrow lead, but Pearson fought back to regain the lead a lap later, Pearson then used the car of David Breazeale as a pick as he cleared Breazeale cleanly, but Owens got bogged down behind Breazeale with two laps to go and virtually sealed the deal for Pearson as he went on to pick up his second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of 2009 and his first since winning the Indiana Icebreaker at Brownstown (IN) Speedway back in March.

In Lucas Oil Victory lane for the 16th time in his career which ties him all-time with Scott Bloomquist, Pearson was among several admiring fans.  “The fans they saw a hell of a race, I knew he (Owens) was there all along in the last part of the race, we raced each other clean, I felt like I gave him plenty of him and he likewise, we’ve traveled up and down the road together with the Lucas Oil Series all year long and he’s tough to beat, but we were able to get by Breazeale and got him pinned in there between us and we able to hang on for the win,” said the 37-year old racer.

“I have to thank my crew Matt and Devine for all of their help, the car was just awesome out there, thanks also to Forrest Lucas for this great facility and Gary Hubert who does the track work, the track was traceable all race long and thanks to the fans for coming out here tonight, I am sure they really enjoyed themselves.”

Pearson’s Bobby Labonte Racing MasterSbilt Race Car is powered by a Larry Wallace Racing Engine and sponsored by Lucas Oil Slickmist, Sunoco Race Fuels, Performance Rod and Custom, Allstar Performance and J-4 Liquid Energy.

Owens finished second after quite an effort to get to the front.  “My hat’s off to Earl, he drove a heck of a race out there, we weren’t very good on the bottom tonight, but up top the car was flying it would take me a few laps after those last two cautions to get it going and really thought we were going to pass him, but when the 54 car was there it was just one of those things and he was running my line, but congratulations to Earl on the win and we’ll get ‘em next time,” said the driver f the Reece Monuments/Cornett Racing Engines/Bloomquist Race Cars Ford Fusion.

Taking third was Mars in the Deppe Enterprises/Pro Power Engines/M-B Customs Malibu with a fantastic finish for fourth on back as Anderson edged out McDowell.  Anderson was in the Shop Quick/Jay Dickens Racing Engines/MasterSbilt Cadillac as McDowell gained some more points on Bloomquist in his Clint Bowyer Racing/Custom Racing Engines/Warrior Race Cars Impala SS.

Completing the top ten were Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, A, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN, Steve Casebolt of Richmond, IN, Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, IL and Brad Neat of Dunnville,KY.

In preliminary action Shannon Babb was the PRC Fast Qualifier with a lap of 14.962 seconds among the 48 entrants on hand.  Heat race winners were John Blankenship, Dan Schlieper, John Anderson and Wendell Wallace.  The B-mains were captured by Dale McDowell and Steve Casebolt.

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 SeriesRace Summary Saturday Night, July 18, 2009 “CMH Late Model Challenge”  Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, MO

PRC Fast Time: Shannon Babb / 14.962 seconds  

     

Hawk Brake First Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): John Blankenship, Bub McCool, Don O’Neal, Shannon Babb, Eric Turner, Jason Hughes, John Mason, Jeremy Kelley, Brantlee Gotschall, Reid Millard, Alan Vaughn, Larry Jones

Hawk Brake Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Dan Schlieper, Will Vaught, Jimmy Mars, Brad Neat, Dale McDowell, Ray Cook, Jason Bodenhamer, Michael Walker, Rylan Long, Eric Jacobsen, Zachary Goulden, Larry Clawson

AFCO Racing Products Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): John Anderson, Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Bill Frye, Chris Smyser, Denny Woodworth, Jeremy Payne, Jason Utter, Matt Johnson, Terry Phillips, PJ Haskins, Freddy Smith-DNS

Tiger Rear Ends Fourth Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Wendell Wallace, Earl Pearson Jr., David Breazeale, Brian Birkhofer, Steve Casebolt, Al Purkey, Brandon McCormick, David Turner, Joe Kosiski, Bill Koons, Brett Wood-DNS

Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno First B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Advance): Dale McDowell, Jason Hughes, Ray Cook, Eric Turner, John Mason, Jason Bodenhamer, Larry Jones, Michael Walker, Eric Jacobsen, Larry Clawson, Jeremy Kelley, Reid Millard, Zachary Goulden, Alan Vaughn, Brantlee Gotschall, Rylan Long-DNS

Wiles Drive Shafts Second B-Main (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Steve Casebolt, Eric Turner, Jeremy Payne, Chris Smyser, Jason Utter, Denny Woodworth, Brandon McCormick, Joe Kosiski, Terry Phillips, David Turner, Bill Koons, Matt Johnson, Freddy Smith, PJ Haskins-DNS, Brett Wood-DNS

Feature Finish (50 Laps): Earl Pearson Jr., Jimmy Owens, Jimmy Mars, John Anderson, Dale McDowell, Brian Birkhofer, Scott Bloomquist, Steve Casebolt, Shannon Babb, Brad neat, Don O’Neal, Eric Jacobsen, Ray Cook, John Blankenship, Bill Frye, Will Vaught, Al Purkey, Dan Schlieper, David Breazeale, Michael Walker, David Turner, Jeremy Payne, Wendell Wallace, Alan Vaughn, Jason Hughes, Bub McCool, Freddy Smith

Finish (Start) Car Number Driver Name

1.  (8) #44 Earl Pearson Jr. 2.  (10) #20 Jimmy Owens 3.  (11) #28M Jimmy Mars 4.  (2) #2A John Anderson 5.  (17) #17M Dale McDowell 6.  (16) #15B Brian Birkhofer 7.  (6) #0 Scott Bloomquist 8.  (18) #c9 Steve Casebolt 9.  (13) #18 Shannon Babb 10.  (15) #41N Brad Neat 11.  (9) #71 Don O’Neal 12.  (23) #5 Eric Jacobsen 13.  (21) #53 Ray Cook 14.  (1) #23 John Blankenship 15.  (14) #66 Bill Frye 16.  (7) #1v Wil Vaught 17.  (20) #33 Al Purkey 18.  (3) #s9 Dan Schlieper 19.  (12) #54 David Breazeale 20.  (27) #64 Michael Walker 21.  (26) #15T David Turner 22.  (22) #74 Jeremy Payne 23.  (4) #88 Wendell Wallace 24.  (24) #6 Alan Vaughn 25.  (19) #23H Jason Hughes 26.  (5) #57J Bub McCool 27.  (25) #00 Freddy Smith

Race Statistics

Entries:  47 Caution Flags: Lap 6 (debris); Lap 11 (Brad Neat); Lap 34 (Will Vaught); Lap 36 (Dan Schlieper); Lap 36 (Don O’Neal) Lap Leaders: John Anderson (1-7); Wendell Wallace (8); John Anderson (9-10); Earl Pearson, Jr. (11-44); Jimmy Owens (45); Earl Pearson, Jr. (46-50) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Eric Jacobsen, Freddy Smith MLRA Provisionals: Alan Vaughn, David Turner Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: Michael Walker PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Dale McDowell (started 17th ; finished 5th – advanced 12 positions) Allstar Performance Performer of the Race: Eric Jacobsen K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Earl Pearson, Jr. Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: John Blankenship Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Larry Wallace Racing Engines Time of the Race:  40 minutes 24 seconds

2009 Championship Points Standings

1.  Scott Bloomquist (Mooresburg, TN) 4555 2.  Dale McDowell (Chickamauga, GA)  4335 3.  Earl Pearson Jr. (Jacksonville, FL)  4315 4.  Jimmy Owens (Newport, TN)  4285 5.  Don O’Neal (Martinsville, IN)  4115 6.  Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN) 3995 7.  Ray Cook (Brasstown, NC)  3950 8.  Brad Neat (Dunnville, KY)  3630 9.  Eric Jacobsen (Seacliffe Beach, CA)  3445 10.  Dan Schlieper (Sullivan, WI)  3315 11.  John Blankenship (Williamson, WV)  3300 12.  David Breazeale (Four Corners, MS)  3065 13.  Freddy Smith (Seymour, TN)  2780 16. Michael Walker (Franklin, TN)  2130

2009 Quarter Master Rookie of the Year Points Standings

1.  John Blankenship (Williamson, WV)  3300 2.  David Breazeale (Four Corners, MS) 3065 3.  Michael Walker (Franklin, TN) 2260

4.  Jeep VanWormer (Pinnconning, MI)  1590

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PONTOON BEACH, IL (July 17, 2009) - Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN powered himself to victory in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned Budweiser 50 on Friday Night at Tri-City Speedway. He earned $10,000 for his second series win in the last three events.  Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA finished second followed by Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, IL; 11th starting Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA; and Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, WI.

Babb and Billy Moyer started on the front row of the 50 lap main event. Moyer led the first lap over Babb.  Babb then took over the point a lap later and motored to a half a lap lead at the start-finish line to score lap number two. O’Neal, who started third held his spot followed by McDowell and Erb.

Babb held a two-car length advantage over Moyer as the two combatants were dicing it out for the lead  on a track that had seen its share of rain over the last week.  As Babb and Moyer battled for the point, O’Neal held steady in third and was receiving a challenge from McDowell.

With ten laps in the books, the first caution for debris came out. With the field bunched up for a restart, the top five in the running order were Babb, Moyer, O’Neal, McDowell, and the rim-riding Jason Feger who came from the tenth starting spot to fifth in the first ten circuits.

On the restart Babb still held the point, with O’Neal getting around Moyer to take over second. Moyer then slowed with a flat tire on lap 14 bringing out the second caution of the race.  Moyer pitted and returned to the race on the tail end of the field.

On the restart Babb’s lead was taken away by O’Neal who grabbed the lead on lap 15.  O’Neal and Babb then put on quite a show racing for the lead as the two encountered heavy traffic. Babb re-took the lead on lap 19 after running high up against the wall. 

Babb moved out to a three car length lead over O’Neal as traffic continued to play a major role in the race as Babb’s lead went away on an ill-fated lap 28. He suffered a right rear flat just as he crossed the start-finish line as he slowed heading into turn number one bringing out the third caution of the race.

With Babb going pitside, O’Neal was back in the lead with 22 laps remaining.  McDowell was up to second for the restart with Feger in third followed by Erb. Jimmy Mars maintained fifth spot on the restart.

O’Neal had no problems on the restart. Only three laps into the run, Brad Neat slowed and stopped in turn one. The flat for the Dunnville, KY racer marked the fourth and final caution of the race.  The single file restart saw O’Neal open up a quick two car length over McDowell as the torrid race for third continued on between Feger, Erb and Mars.

With ten laps to go, O’Neal’s lead looked safe. Erb was able to clear Feger to get to third, still in sight of the second place running McDowell.  O’Neal saw McDowell and Erb cut his lead down in the final five circuits as he drove a little more conservative, saving his equipment for the final run. He withstood a final lap charge from both McDowell and Erb to take his 12th career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event.

In the Lucas Oil Victory Lane, O’Neal did an interview with Dave Argabright of SPEED Channel who was on hand to tape the race he was thankful to hold on in the final laps.  “I can’t thank my crew enough, this was a brand new car, first time we’ve had it on the track and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome, me and Babb had a good clean race out there until he had the flat and to hold on out there with the way the track was, I know they did the best they could with the track and with all the rain it was definitely choppy but we survived,” said the 45-year -old racer who last week celebrated his birthday by winning the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at North Alabama Speedway.

“I really like this new track they have over here and we’ve run good everytime we’ve been here, I have to thank Tader Masters, Kirk Loudy from Envy Suspensions, Superior Cleaning out of Iowa, Jay Dickens Racing Engines and everyone on the Racing United Marketing Team for the win,” as he was joined in victory lane by his sons Houston and Hudson.  O’Neal’s number 71 car also receives sponsorship from Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Racing Tires, Hanzo Logistics and Jeff and Buddy Massengill.

McDowell who with his second place finish at Tri-City moved back into second place in the championship points standings in the Clint Bowyer Racing/Cheerios/Warrior Race Cars Impala SS.  “Oh yes we’ll take second place, congratulations to Don for his good run, it was a good finish for us and helps us in points, that’s our goal to win the championship and we just keep inching up there ever so slightly,” said the former World 100 winner as he is within 230 points of Scott Bloomquist, who finished ninth.

Erb coming off his third straight Summernationals title was happy with third against a tough field of cars.  “To run third with these guys that great, we had a really good race with Feger out there we ran I don’t know how many laps side-by-side and there at the end we closed on McDowell, but we just ran out of laps,” said the 2009 DART Winternationals champion who drove his Thomason Express/Rhyne Competition Racing Engines/C.J. Rayburn Impala SS.

Birkhofer was fourth in his S&S Concrete/Pro Power Engines/MB Custom Chassis followed by the other MB Custom Chassis in the field driven by Mars.

Completing the top ten were Jason Feger of Bloomington, IL, 14th starting Wendell Wallace of Batesville, AR, Randy Korte of Highland, IL, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN and Rick Eckert of York, PA.

In preliminary events Shannon Babb was the PRC Fast Qualifier with a lap of 15.242 seconds among the 46 entrants on hand.  Heat races were won by Shannon Babb, Don O’Neal, Billy Moyer and Dale McDowell.  The B-Mains were taken by Rick Eckert and Eric Turner.  Jimmy Owens claimed the PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race.

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 SeriesRace Summary Saturday Night, July 18th, 2009 Budweiser 50 Tri-City Speedway – Pontoon Beach, IL

PRC Fast Time: Shannon Babb / 15.242 seconds           

Hawk Brake First Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Shannon Babb, Dennis Erb Jr., Steve Casebolt, Brad Neat, Rick Eckert, Ray Cook, Earl Pearson Jr., Jimmy Owens, John Blankenship, Chad Zobrist, Chris Fetter, Ron McQuerry

Hawk Brake Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Don O’Neal, Scott Bloomquist, Brian Birkhofer, Will Vaught, Randy Korte, Bub McCool, Dan Schlieper, Terry Casey, Billy Laycock, Dick Taylor, Jason Utter, John Mason

AFCO Racing Products Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Billy Moyer, Jmiiy Mars, Jason Feger, Wendell Wallace, Eric Jacobsen, David Breazeale, Billy Frye, Clint Smith, Mark Voigt, Brian Dively, Freddy Smith

Tiger Rear Ends Fourth Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Dale McDowell, Michael Kloos, Brian Shirley, Rodney Melvin, Eric Turner, Alan Mondus, Ken Schrader, Michael Walker, Craig Smith, Dewayne Keifer, Tim Manville

Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno First B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Advance): Rick Eckert, Randy Korte, Bub McCool, Ray Cook, Dan Schlieper, Jimmy Owens, Billy Laycock, Jason Utter, John Blankenship, John Mason, Dick Taylor, Chris Fetter, Earl Pearson Jr., Chad Zobrist, Ron McQuerry, Terry Casey-DNS

Wiles Drive Shafts Second B-Main (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Eric Turner, Eric Jacobsen, Bill Frye, David Breazeale, Clint Smith, Alan Mondus, Kenny Schrader, Brian Dively, Dewayne Keifer, Michael Walker, Craig Smith, Freddy Smith, Mark Voigt, Tim Manville-DNS

Feature Finish (50 Laps): Don O’Neal, Dale McDowell, Dennis Erb Jr., Brian Birkhofer, Jimmy Mars, Jason Feger, Wendell Wallace, Randy Korte, Scott Bloomquist, Rick Eckert, Jimmy Owens, Steve Casebolt, Earl Pearson Jr., Bub McCool, Eric Jacobsen, Brad Neat, Will Vaught, Ray Cook, Rodney Melvin, Billy Moyer, Brian Shirley, Eric Turner, Shannon Babb, Chad Zobrist, Mark Voigt, Billy Laycock, Michael Kloos, Bill Frye

Finish (Start) Car Number Driver Name

1.  (3) #71 Don O’Neal

2.  (4) #17M Dale McDowell

3.  (5) #38E Dennis Erb Jr.

4.  (11) #15B Brian Birkhofer

5.  (6) #28M Jimmy Mars

6.  (10 #25 Jason Feger

7.  (14) #B1 Wendell Wallace

8.  (19) #00K Randy Korte

9.  (7) #0 Scott Bloomquist

10.  (17) #24 Rick Eckert

11.  (24) #20 Jimmy Owens

12.  (9) #c9 Steve Casebolt

13.  (23) #44 Earl Pearson Jr.

14.  (21) #57J Bub McCool

15.  (20 #5 Eric Jacobsen

16.  (13) #41N Brad Neat

17.  (15) #1v Will Vaught

18.  (26) #53 Ray Cook

19.  (16) #27 Rodney Melvin

20.  (2) #21 Billy Moyer

21.  (12) #3s Brian Shirley

22.  (18) #99T Eric Turner

23.  (1) #18 Shannon Babb

24.  (27) # 78 Chad Zobrist

25.  (25) #30 Mark Voigt

26.  (28) #82 Billy Laycock

27.  (8) #6K Michael Kloos

28.  (22) #66 Bill Frye

Race Statistics

Entries:  46

Caution Flags: Lap 10 (Debris); Lap 14 (Billy Moyer); Lap 28 (Shannon Babb); Lap 34 (Brad Neat)

Lap Leaders: Billy Moyer (Lap 1); Shannon Babb (Laps 2-14); Don O’Neal (Laps 15-18); Shannon Babb (19-28); Don O’Neal (29-50)

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Earl Pearson Jr., Jimmy Owens

Emergency Provisional: Ray Cook

PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Jimmy Owens

Allstar Performance Performer of the Race: Dale McDowell

K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Brian Birkhofer

Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: none

Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Jay Dickens Racing Engines

Time of the Race: 33 minutes 20 seconds

2009 Championship Points Standings

1.  Scott Bloomquist (Mooresburg, TN) 4360 2.  Dale McDowell (Chickamauga, GA)  4130 3.  Earl Pearson Jr. (Jacksonville, FL)  4065 4.  Jimmy Owens (Newport, TN)  4055 5.  Don O’Neal (Martinsville, IN)  3940 6.  Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN) 3805 7.  Ray Cook (Brasstown, NC)  3785 8.  Brad Neat (Dunnville, KY)  3450 9.  Eric Jacobsen (Seacliffe Beach, CA)  3275 10.  Dan Schlieper (Sullivan, WI)  3175 11.  John Blankenship (Williamson, WV)  3140 12.  David Breazeale (Four Corners, MS)  2930 13.  Josh McGuire (Grayson, KY)  2720 14.  Freddy Smith (Seymour, TN)  2655 16. Michael Walker (Franklin, TN)  2130

2009 Quarter Master Rookie of the Year Points Standings

1.  John Blankenship (Williamson, WV)  3140 2.  David Breazeale (Four Corners, MS) 2930 3.  Michael Walker (Franklin, TN) 2130

4.  Jeep VanWormer (Pinnconning, MI)  1590

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COLUMBUS, MS (July 11, 2009) – Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR took his second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of 2009 as he won the Clash at the Mag on Saturday Night at Magnolia Motor Speedway. Moyer’s win was the 710th of his illustrious career.  Moyer fought off a mid-race challenge from Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL and then a hard charging Chris Wall of Holden, LA for the victory in front of a packed grandstand.  Wall, who started 14th, came on strong late in the race to finish second followed by Pearson, Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN; and Steve Casebolt of Richmond, IN.

Moyer and Bub McCool started on the front row on the 50 lap main event, with Moyer grabbing the early advantage over McCool from the onset.  There were two cautions in the first four laps which kept the field tightly bunched on the restarts.  On the lap four restart Moyer had the lead, but McCool and Pearson were closing quick on him as McCool’s attempt at a slide job on Moyer resulted in contact with the leader damaging the right side of McCool’s car. Moyer also suffered some left rear damage but both cars continued on as the race stayed green.

Back to back cautions on lap eight kept Moyer from building his lead over the field.  On the lap restart Pearson made a move on McCool to grab the second spot as the race set in for a long green flag run.  Steve Casebolt, who started eighth, was now in hunt as he climbed to third around McCool as McCool was starting to fade.

Moyer’s lead came in handy as lapped traffic started to enter the picture by lap 17.  That allowed Pearson to close on him as the frontrunners were predominately using the top groove on the race track.  Casebolt was holding the third spot with Dale McDowell running in fourth followed by Chris Wall, who was up to fifth.

Pearson was able to maneuver by Moyer at the halfway mark of the race to momentarily take over the point, but Moyer rebounded to regain the lead a lap later as the two drivers were going at it door to door in the race for the lead.  Once Pearson showed his hand Moyer got on the accelerator and moved out to a five car length lead over Pearson with 28 laps complete.

Casebolt still held the third spot with a terrific five-car battle for fifth going on between Owens, Wall, Don O’Neal, McDowell, and point’s leader Scott Bloomquist, who had started 16th.  Up front Moyer continued to widen his lead over Pearson as the two battled in traffic, but a caution with 15 laps remaining for Jimmy Cliburn, who lost a wheel in turn number one, set up a 15 lap shootout to the finish.

On the final restart of the race Moyer led Pearson and Casebolt to the green as Moyer sprinted out to a lead of ten lengths with five laps to go it looked like clear sailing for Moyer to the checkers.  But Moyer had to contend with traffic; Pearson could not close the gap on Moyer in the last few laps and it looked like Moyer had a safe enough of a lead. Wall came out of nowhere in the last two laps getting by both Casebolt and then the second place running Pearson.

Wall then had one last shot at Moyer on the final lap as he rapidly gained ground on Moyer, but he ran out of time and laps as Moyer flashed across the finish line for his 11th career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series triumph.  With one more lap Wall may have had the car to steal the win on the final lap but he settled for second earning the PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race.

In the Lucas Oil Victory Lane, Moyer did an interview with Dave Argabright of the SPEED Channel who was on hand to tape the event and then told the capacity crowd how the track was too his liking.  “I’ve always liked these slick types of tracks, it’s really a driver’s track, you have to maintain your momentum out there and we just put it up against the wall.  Traffic was a little bit of a problem because they were running two and three wide in front of us sometimes.  That early contact from the 57J car, I am not sure what he was trying to do, it about took both of us out” said the 51-year-old National Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer.

“I can’t thank my crew enough, Steve Norris my crew chief and all the other guys, they work so hard, the car was great all night and drove like a dream, Earl and I had a good race there for a while and I thought it was Earl who was there coming on at the end, but it was Wall, I want to thank all my sponsors especially Cooley Transport who is from near here, Clements Racing Engines and everybody else associated my race team and thanks for the fans coming out here tonight, if it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t be here and to win the race; it means a lot,” said Moyer who claimed his ninth overall win of the 2009 season and his 710th of his career.

“To win that many races, it’s just an awesome feeling; I don’t know what else to say except thanks to all my fans and family,” said Moyer who drives his own Moyer Victory Circle M1 Chassis sponsored by Banner Valley Hauling, J&J Steel, Watters Auto Land, Karl Chevrolet, Minx Show Palace, M&S Concrete, Red Line Oil, Performance Rod and Custom, New Vision Graphics, CarCity.com and Sunoco Race Fuels.

Wall finished second in his C&M Gator Farm/Wall2WallPerformance Engines/MasterSbilt by Stuckey Monte Carlo SS. Pearson took third in the Bobby Labonte Racing/Lucas Oil Slickmist/MasterSbilt Chassis. Completing the top five were Owens in the Reece Monuments/Cornett Engines/Bloomquist Race Cars Ford Fusion, and Casebolt in his Dixie Chopper/Cornett Engines/Rocket Monte Carlo SS.

The remainder of the top ten in the finishing order were Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN; who maintains his points lead;  Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA was seventh; followed by Scott Slay of Clinton, MS; Wendell Wallace of Batesville, AR; and Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN.

In preliminary action, Chris Wall was the PRC Fastest Qualifier with a lap of 15.072 seconds among the 47 cars entered.  Heat race winners were Billy Moyer, Jimmy Cliburn, Bub McCool and Earl Pearson Jr.  The B-mains were taken by John Blankenship and Wendell Wallace.

The visit to Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series marked the 50th different race track the series has raced at.  The facility was promoted by Johnny Stokes and sponsored by the Columbus Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

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

Saturday Night, July 11th, 2009

“Clash at the Mag” @ Magnolia Motor Speedway – Columbus, MS

PRC Fast Time: Chris Wall / 15.072 seconds

Hawk Brake First Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Billy Moyer, Justin McCree, Chad Thrash, Scott Dedwylder, Chris Brown, Jason Cliburn, Bo Gordon, Michael Walker, Ross Camponovo, Mark tice, Brad Neat, Joey Baroni

Hawk Brake Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Jimmy Cliburn, Eric Jacobsen, Don O’Neal, Dan Schlieper, John Blankenship, Christopher Showah, Ray Cook, Eddie Rickman, Clint Byars, Jim McDuffie, Shay Knight, Joey Baroni, Bill Hasselle

AFCO Racing Products Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Bub McCool, Dale McDowell, Jimmy Owens, Chris Wall, Wendell Wallace, Rick Rickman, David Breazeale, Neil Baggett, Robbie Stuart, Chris Hoomes, Clint Logan, Chris Ragan

Tiger Rear Ends Fourth Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Earl Pearson Jr., Steve Casebolt, Scott Slay, Scott Bloomquist, Brian Rickman, Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, Freddy Smith, Scott Creel, Jamie Elam, Leon Henderson, Dane Dacus

Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno First B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Advance): John Blankenship, Chris Brown, Ray Cook, Brad Neat, Jason Cliburn,Clint Byars, Michael Walker, Ross Camponovo, Eddie Rickman, Bo Gordon, Bill Hasselle, Joey Baroni, Jim McDuffie, Shay Knight, Mark Tice-DNS

Wiles Drive Shafts Second B-Main (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Wendell Wallace, Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, Robbie Stuart, Freddy Smith, Rick Rickman, Neil Baggett, Dane Dacus, Brian Rickman, Jamie Elam, Scott Creel, Chris Hoomes, Clint Logan, Leon Henderson, Chris Ragan, David Breazeale

Feature Finish (40 Laps): Billy Moyer, Chris Wall, Earl Pearson Jr., Jimmy Owens, Steve Casebolt, Scott Bloomquist, Dale McDowell, Scott Slay, Wendell Wallace, Don O’Neal, Eric Jacobsen, Chad Thrash, David Breazeale, Scott Dedwylder, Ray Cook, Robbie Stuart, Justin McRee, Dan Schlieper, Bub McCool, Chris Brown, Jimmy Cliburn, Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, Brad Neat, John Blankenship, Michael Walker

Finish (Start) Car Number Driver Name

1.  (1) #21 Billy Moyer

2.  (14) #71 Chris Wall

3.  (4) #44 Earl Pearson Jr.

4.  (10) #20 Jimmy Owens

5.  (8) #s9 Dan Schlieper

6.  (16) #0 Scott Bloomquist

7.  (6) #17M Dale McDowell

8.  (12) #6s Scott Slay

9.  (18) #B1 Wendell Wallace

10.  (11) #71 Don O’Neal

11.  (7) #5 Eric Jacobsen

12.  (9) #1c Chad Thrash

13.  (24) #54 David Breazeale

14.  (13) #33 Scott Dedwylder

15.  (21) #53 Ray Cook

16.  (22) #6R Robbie Stuart

17.  (5) #25 Justin McRee

18.  (15) #s9 Dan Schlieper

19.  (2) #57J Bub McCool

20.  (19) #21B Chris Brown

21.  (3) #88c Jimmy Cliburn

22.  (20) #18 Ronny Lee Hollingsworth

23.  (23) #41N Brad Neat

24.  (17) #23 John Blankenship

25.  (25) #64 Michael Walker

Race Statistics

Entries:  47

Caution Flags: Lap 1 (Brad Neat, Michael Walker); Lap 3 (Brad Neat); Lap 8 (David Breazeale); Lap 8 (Bub McCool); Lap 35 (Jimmy Cliburn)

Lap Leaders: Billy Moyer (Laps 1-24); Earl Pearson Jr. (Lap 25); Billy Moyer (Laps 26-50)

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Brad Neat, David Breazeale

Emergency Provisional: Michael Walker

PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Chris Wall

Allstar Performance Performer of the Race: Jimmy Owens

K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: David Breazeale

Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: David Breazeale

Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Clements Racing Engines

Time of the Race: 42 minutes 18 seconds

2009 Championship Points Standings

1.  Scott Bloomquist (Mooresburg, TN) 4175

2.  Earl Pearson Jr. (Jacksonville, FL)  3900

2.  Dale McDowell (Chickamauga, GA)  3900

4.  Jimmy Owens (Newport, TN)  3880

5.  Don O’Neal (Martinsville, IN)  3690

6.  Ray Cook (Brasstown, NC)  3645

7.  Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN) 3635

8.  Brad Neat (Dunnville, KY)  3300

9.  Eric Jacobsen (Seacliffe Beach, CA)  3120

10.  Dan Schlieper (Sullivan, WI)  3055

11.  John Blankenship (Williamson, WV)  3030

12.  David Breazeale (Four Corners, MS)  2810

13.  Josh McGuire (Grayson, KY)  2720

14.  Freddy Smith (Seymour, TN)  2575

16. Michael Walker (Franklin, TN)  2040

2009 Quarter Master Rookie of the Year Points Standings

1.  John Blankenship (Williamson, WV)  3030

2.  David Breazeale (Four Corners, MS) 2810

3.  Michael Walker (Franklin, TN) 2040

4.  Jeep VanWormer (Pinnconning, MI)  1590

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TUSCUMBIA, AL (July 10, 2009)- Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN celebrated his 45th birthday in grand style on Friday Night as he won the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned “Heart of the Dixie 40” at North Alabama Speedway.  O’Neal became the 19th different winner in 24 races on the LOLMDS 2009 Tour.  Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL finished second followed by Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR; Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN; and Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA.

Pearson and O’Neal started on the front row of the 40 lap main event held before a jammed-packed grandstand.  O’Neal got the early jump on Pearson to take the lead with Owens, Moyer, and McDowell rounding out the top five with a lap scored.  O’Neal, using the top groove on the race track went to a two-car length lead early with Pearson diving to the inside in the turns keeping O’Neal within his sights.

Pearson pulled alongside O’Neal coming off of turn number four on lap nine but could not make the pass on on the leader. O’Neal kept him at bay in a closely contested race for the lead.  Owens then closed up on the two frontrunners pulling up on the decklid of Pearson.

Moyer then picked up the pace and made it a four-car tussle for the lead as the top four were right together on the race track just as they entered heavy traffic on lap 21.  Pearson again tried to make a move on O’Neal. The leader had him by a nose at the start-finish line on lap 22 as the leaders battled through traffic.

With the top four all clustered up the first caution of the race came out for Freddy Smith, last year’s winner of this race on lap 28.  On the restart, O’Neal held his lead with Pearson remained second followed by Moyer, who had passed Owens for third and McDowell, who was still fifth.

With ten laps remaining O’Neal built what would be his biggest lead of the race at a mere four car lengths over Pearson.  Pearson re-grouped and started to close in on O’Neal as they race reach less than five laps to go.  Just as it looked like Pearson would make a final run on O’Neal, the caution came out with three laps to go for Brad Neat, who was running inside the top ten at the time.

The final restart of the race saw Pearson and Moyer keep the pressure on O’Neal, but O’Neal held his line and went on to score his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win since August 7, 2007 at Dubuque Speedway in Dubuque, IA. 

In the Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the 11th time in his racing career, O’Neal said his kids were giving him a hard time about when he was ever going to win another race.  “They were on me pretty good today about not winning in a while, but to win on my birthday is pretty cool, I’ve got to thank Tader Masters and Curt; this MasterSbilt Race Car ran so good, starting on the front row is a big advantage with the type of competition here tonight, I want to thank Jay Dickens, my engine builder who’s here tonight, all my sponsors, it feels good to finally win a Lucas Oil race it seems like forever since we did, but we’re really putting together a good team here and hopefully we’ll win some more of these before the seasons over,” said O’Neal who has finished second twice in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Standings in 2005 and 2006.

O’Neal’s bright yellow number 71 car is sponsored by Superior Cleaning, Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Racing Tires, Jeff and Buddy Massengill and Hanzo Logistics.  With O’Neal’s win he moved into fifth place in the points standings.

Pearson in the Bobby Labonte Racing/J4 Liquid Energy/MasterSbilt continued his strong runs lately in finishing second followed Moyer in his Banner Valley Hauling/Clements Race Engines/Moyer Victory Circle Monte Carlo SS.  Completing the top five were Owens in the Mike Reece/Cornett Engines/Bloomquist race Cars Ford Fusion; and McDowell in the Clint Bowyer Racing/Dollar General/Warrior Race Cars Impala SS.

Completing the top ten were multi-time North Alabama track champion Chris Ragan of Ramer, TN who outdueled Steve Casebolt of Richmond, IN on the final lap to place sixth.  Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN who started 17th finished in eighth to earn the PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race as he maintained his points lead. Eric Jacobsen of Seacliffe Beach, CA finished ninth followed by Bub McCool of Vicksburg, MS.

In preliminary action Earl Pearson Jr. was the PRC Fast Qualifier among the 35 entrants with a lap of 13.632 seconds.  Heat race winners were Earl Pearson Jr., Billy Moyer, Don O’Neal and Jimmy Owens.  The B-main winners were Scott Bloomquist and Ronny Lee Hollingsworth.

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 10th, 2009

“Heart of Dixie 40” @ North Alabama Speedway – Tuscumbia, AL

PRC Fast Time: Earl Pearson Jr. / 13.632 seconds

Hawk Brake First Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Earl Pearson Jr., Dale McDowell, Steve Casebolt, Freddy Smith, Scott Bloomquist, Scott Slay, Chris Brown, John Blankenship, Jerry Owens

Hawk Brake Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Billy Moyer, Brad Neat, Chris Wall, David Breazeale, Anthony Burroughs, Jamie Elam, Wendell Wallace, Jerry Jackson, James Dodson

AFCO Racing Products Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Don O’Neal, Chris Ragan, Eric Jacobsen, Ross Camponovo, Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, Michael Walker, Leaon Henderson, Jamie Flannagan, Dean Carpenter

Tiger Rear Ends Fourth Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Jimmy Owens, Bub McCool, Dan Schlieper, Ray Cook, Mitchell Byars, Jeremy Broadus, Scott Creel, Josh Putnam

Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno First B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Advance): Scott Bloomquist, Anthony Burroughs, Wendell Wallace, Scott Slay, John Blankenship, Chris Brown, Jamie Elam, Jerry Owens, James Dodson

Wiles Drive Shafts Second B-Main (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, Josh Putnam, Jamie Flannagan, Jeremy Broadus, Scott Creel, Leon Henderson, Michael Walker, Mitchell Byars, Dean Carpenter-DNS

Feature Finish (40 Laps): Don O’Neal, Earl Pearson Jr., Billy Moyer, Jimmy Owens, Dale McDowell, Chris Ragan, Steve Casebolt, Scott Bloomquist, Eric Jacobsen, Bub McCool, Chris Wall, Dan Schlieper, Ray Cook, John Blankenship, David Breazeale, Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, Brad Neat, Anthony Burroughs, Michael Walker, Josh Putnam, Freddy Smith, Wendell Wallace, Ross Camponovo, Jamie Flannagan, Jarry Jackson

Finish (Start) Car Number Driver Name

1.  (2) #71 Don O’Neal

2.  (1) #44 Earl Pearson Jr.

3.  (3) #21 Billy Moyer

4.  (4) #20 Jimmy Owens

5.  (5) #17M Dale McDowell

6.  (6) #c16 Chris Ragan

7.  (9) #c9 Steve Casebolt

8.  (17) #0 Scott Bloomquist

9.  (10) #5 Eric Jacobsen

10.  (8) #57J Bub McCool

11.  (11) #71W Chris Wall

12.  (12) #s9 Dan Schlieper

13.  (16) #53 Ray Cook

14.  (23) #23 John Blankenship

15.  (15) #54 David Breazeale

16.  (18) #18 Ronny Lee Hollingsworth

17.  (7) #41N Brad Neat

18.  (19) #121 Anthony Burroughs

19.  (24) #64 Michael Walker

20.  (20) #212 Josh Putnam

21.  (13) #00 Freddy Smith

22.  (21) #B1 Wendell Wallace

23.  (14) #18R Ross Campanovo

24.  (22) #79 Jamie Flannagan

25.  (25) #99J Jerry Jackson

Race Statistics

Entries:  35

Caution Flags: Freddy Smith (Lap 30); Brad Neat (Lap 37)

Lap Leaders: Don O’Neal (1-40)

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: John Blankenship, Michael Walker

PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Scott Bloomquist (Started 17th; Finished 8th – Advanced 9 Postions)

Allstar Performance Performer of the Race: Chris Ragan

K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: John Blankenship

Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: John Blankenship

Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Jay Dickens

Time of the Race: 16 minutes 39 seconds

2009 Championship Points Standings

1.  Scott Bloomquist (Mooresburg, TN) 3975

2.  Dale McDowell (Chickamauga, GA)  3705

3.  Earl Pearson Jr. (Jacksonville, FL)  3680

4.  Jimmy Owens (Newport, TN)  3670

5.  Don O’Neal (Martinsville, IN)  3510

6.  Ray Cook (Brasstown, NC)  3490

7.  Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN) 3430

8.  Brad Neat (Dunnville, KY)  3175

9.  Eric Jacobsen (Seacliffe Beach, CA)  2945

10.  Dan Schlieper (Sullivan, WI)  2915

11.  John Blankenship (Williamson, WV)  2905

12.  Josh McGuire (Grayson, KY)  2720

13.  David Breazeale (Four Corners, MS)  2645

14.  Freddy Smith (Seymour, TN)  2455

17. Michael Walker (Franklin, TN)  1915

2009 Quarter Master Rookie of the Year Points Standings

1.  John Blankenship (Williamson, WV)  2905

2.  David Breazeale (Four Corners, MS) 2645

3.  Michael Walker (Franklin, TN) 1915

4.  Jeep VanWormer (Pinnconning, MI)  1590

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2019 Championship Points

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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