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ELKINS, WV (July 22, 2005)-Steve Casebolt, Jr. scored the biggest win of his racing career by winning the R.H. Armstrong Memorial for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at Elkins Speedway on Friday night.  The win was also Casebolt, Jr. first ever win with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.  Casebolt, Jr. drove his Seubert Calf Ranches/Arizona Sport Shirts #c9 Rocket Chassis, Dargie Race Engines powered mount to victory. 

Casebolt took the lead at the drop of the green flag and would have Mike Benedum breathing down his neck, with Booper Bare pressuring Benedum from his third spot.  This trio would quietly sneak away from the pack, while Donnie Moran and Rob Blair would battle for fourth.  Benedum would really turn the wick up on Casebolt, Jr. around the lap 15 mark and would pull along side of the leader exiting turn two on lap 17, but Casebolt, Jr. would use slower traffic to keep Benedum at bay.  Bare would finally get by Benedum for second around the midpoint of the 50 Lucas Oil A-Main, while Moran would get by Benedum for third.   

The only caution flag of the race waved on lap 33 when Tim Senic rolled to a stop just over the banking in turn two.  The Delaware double file restart would see Casebolt, Jr. continue his pace at the point, while Moran would move to second past Bare.  Fourteenth starter Matt Miller would begin to flex his muscles at this point and make his way into the top five and begin to battle with Blair for the fourth position.   

The final ten laps would Casebolt, Jr. drive away from the field and work slower traffic to his advantage and drive on the biggest win of his career.  Donnie Moran would take runner-up honors in his PBM Performance Products/Eddie’s Sunoco #99 MasterSbilt Race Car, SMS Race Engines entry.  Bare would drive home in third place in the Cecil B. Arthur General Contractors/ Poske Performance Parts #00 Rocket Chassis, Malcuit Race Engines powered entry.  Miller would drive by Blair on the final lap to take fourth in Dirt Shop, Inc. McCullough Industries/Performance Rod and Custom #7 Rocket Chassis, Russell Baker Race Engines mount, while Rob Blair would round out the top five in his Specialty Products/Bossards’s Used Auto Parts #won11 Rocket Chassis, Draime Race Engines entry.  Completing the top ten were Benedum, Steve Shaver, Paul Wilmoth, 22nd starting Earl Pearson, Jr., and Steve Wilmoth. 

Thirty eight entries representing six states were signed in, with Denny Chamberlain earning the fast time with a 15.520 second lap.  The heat race wins went to Benedum, Bare, Casebolt, Jr., and Moran.  The 1st B-Main was scored by Freddy Smith, with the 2nd B-Main was taken by Scott Rhodes.  Don O’Neal and Earl Pearson, Jr. were Lucas Oil Late Model Series provisionals, with track provisionals going to Shawn Poling and Tim Dohm.  

Race Summary Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Friday July 23, 2005 Elkins Speedway-Elkins, West Virginia 

Fast Time- Denny Chamberlain 15.520

Heat #1- Mike Benedum, Steve Wilmoth, Chamberlain, Tim Senic

Heat #2- Booper Bare, Rob Blair, Scott James, Matt Miller

Heat #3- Steve Casebolt, Jr., Steve Shaver, Mike Balzano, Chuck Harper

Heat #4- Donnie Moran, Jared Hawkins, Paul Wilmoth, Gary Dalton

B-Main #1- Scott Rhodes, Rick Aukland, Robbie Scott, Billy Holbert, Tim Hitt

B-Main #2- Freddy Smith, Bobby Hill, D.J. Cline, Butch McGill, Don O’Neal

Lucas Oil A-Main- Casebolt, Jr., Moran, Bare, Miller, Blair, Benedum, Shaver, Paul Wilmoth, Pearson, Jr., Steve Wilmoth, Balzano, James, Aukland, Hawkins, O’Neal, Smith, Harper, Dohm, Dalton, Chamberlain, Senic, Rhodes, Poling, Hill 

Race Statistics Entries- 38 Lap Leaders-1 (Casebolt, Jr. 1-50) Cautions-1 (Lap 33) Red Flags-None Weld Racing Hard Charger- Pearson, Jr. (22nd to 9th; advances 13 positions) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Year- Scott James Lucas Oil Late Model Series Provisionals- O’Neal, Earl Pearson, Jr. Track Provisionals- Shawn Poling, Tim Dohm

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SALUDA, VA (July 16, 2005)-Rick Eckert of York, PA made his first start with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series since February at East Bay and Saturday Night at Bill Sawyer's Virginia Motor Speedway and came home the winner passing Davey Johnson with just three laps to go to take the $10,000 to win "Dixie Chopper Showdown Presented by Thurston Spring Service"   The 39 year old defending Dirt Track World Champion and former Dream Winner came from the fifth starting spot to take his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win as he became the 12th different winner in 20 events this season.  Eckert was behind the wheel of the Raye Vest owned/Raye Vest Excavating/J&J Steel/Hoosier Tires/Cornett Racing Engines/Rocket Ford Taurus.  Donnie Moran of Dresden, OH finished second after an eventful night.  Moran set fast time for the night then went to a backup car for the main event and started 22nd.  He worked his way through the field to finish second right on Eckert at the checkers.  Moran was driving his PBM Performance Products/SMS/MasterSbilt Monte Carlo.  Third went to Davey Johnson of Greensburg, PA in the Dale Beitler Racing/Reliable Painting/Rocket Grand Prix.  Fourth place was Matt Miller of Waterville, OH in the Dirt Shop, Inc/McCullough Industries/Rocket Grand Prix and Ricky Elliott of Seaford, DE was fifth in the BSW Construction/Pro Power/Rocket Grand Prix.  The event was taped for broadcast on ESPN2 and will shown on Sunday, July 31st at 1 p.m. eastern time. 

Ricky Elliott grabbed the point at the start of the 50 lap main event with Davey Johnson and Matt Miller trailing.  This was the second time the race was started because a multi car pileup in turn two on the start brought out the red flag to clear the track.  Earl Pearson, Jr. would get by Miller to take third a lap later.  Elliott would quickly start to pull away from Johnson as the cars were running a rapid pace around the 1/2 mile dirt track.  With five laps in the books Elliott was showing the way with Johnson holding second followed by Pearson, Miller and fifth place starter, Rick Eckert.  Don O'Neal would suffer a flat tire and bring out the caution with five laps scored.  O'Neal who went to a back up car and started in 23rd restarted on the tail.  When the race resumed it would continue to be all Elliott as the first year dirt late model driver was a rocketship pounding the cushion in the corners and again building his lead over Johnson to four car lengths.  A caution on lap 14 for a stalled Terry Harris would close the field up on the restart.  Elliott would maintain his lead with a change for position in the top five as Eckert and Booper Bare would go by Miller after Miller jumped the cushion in turn two.  Then Elliott would suffer the same fate as he would jump the fourth turn cushion allowing both Johnson and Pearson the get by.  Pearson then started to challenge Johnson for the lead with Elliott close by.  Eckert and Bare were quietly making their way to the front as well. 

With Johnson and Pearson battling for the lead, Eckert would pass Elliott for third on lap 24.  At the halfway mark it was Johnson showing the way with Pearson all over him for the lead with Eckert, Elliott and Bare in the top five.  A lap past the halfway mark Eckert would zoom by Pearson to take the runner-up slot.  Eckert then would dive into the turns pulling alongside Johnson in the race for the lead.  The race for the lead would be slowed on lap 33 when a caution for debris would come out on the track.  On the restart with 16 laps remaining a multi car wreck would take place in turn two bringing out another yellow.  The race would go green for three circuits until Freddy Smith slowed with a flat tire.  With 11 laps to go Johnson was still hanging on to the lead with Eckert in second and Elliott now back into third as he was by Pearson for that spot.  On lap 41 Bare would spin in turn four bringing out the caution flag and Scott James who was running in seventh made slight contact with Bare which broke something in the left front suspension of his race car putting him out of the race. 

That would be the final caution of the race and set up a mad dash to the finish between Johnson and Eckert.  With five laps left Eckert was all over Johnson as the two ran side by side down the straight-aways.  But soon the duo would have company up front as Donnie Moran, who started 22nd after having to go to a backup car after his heat race was flying through the field and just has he has done several times on the ESPN2 programs he was a threat at the end to take the win.  With the five to go signal given Johnson, Eckert and Moran were right together and with the fans on their feet for the final five circuits coming off of turn number four on lap 47 Eckert would get real close to Johnson as the two would drift up against the wall with Eckert squeezing by Johnson to take the lead.  Moran then saw and opportunity as he was hounding Johnson for second he would fly by him as the cars took the white flag.  Moran then tried to drive harder into turn three than Ecker, but Eckert was up to the challenge and would lead Moran to the finish line winning by just one car length for his first ever Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win.  Johnson would finish third followed by Miller and Elliott. 

"The track was real good tonight," said the winner afterwards.  "This is just an awesome facility and hope the fans enjoyed that race."  "You could pass tonight and I just held my own there in the top five for while until I decided to get going after some of the double file restarts, I just want to thank my car owner, Raye Vest and the entire crew for their great help." 

Completing the top ten were Jim Bernheisel, Don O’Neal, Steve Casebolt, Earl Pearson, Jr. and Booper Bare. 

In preliminary events Donnie Moran was the Fast Qualifier for the 23 entrants on hand with a lap of 17:884 seconds.  The Heat Races were won by Ricky Elliott, Matt Miller and Davey Johnson. 

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be back in action this Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23 in the Mountaineer State of West Virginia.  On Friday Night the series will appear for the first time at the Elkins Speedway in Elkins, WV for a $7,000 to win show and then on Saturday Night the series will race at the Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, WV for another $7,000 to win race. 

Race Summary Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series  Saturday Night, July 16, 2005  Bill Sawyer's Virginia Motor Speedway-Saluda, VA 

Fast Time:  Donnie Moran – 17:884 

Heat #1:  Ricky Elliott, Earl Pearson, Jr., Booper Bare, Donnie Moran, Don O'Neal, Mark Pettyjohn, Matt Hubbard, Terry Harris 

Heat #2:  Matt Miller, Rick Eckert, Jim Bernheisel, John Mason, Freddy Smith, Timmy Booth, Steve Casebolt, Jr., Louie Littlepage 

Heat #3:  Davey Johnson, Randle Chupp, Sean Cosgrove, Darryl Hills, Jeremy Miller, Brent Robinson, Scott James 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series "Dixie Chopper Showdown" (50 Laps):  Rick Eckert, Donnie Moran, Davey Johnson, Matt Miller, Ricky Elliott, Jim Bernheisel, Don O’Neal, Steve Casebolt, Earl Pearson, Jr., Booper Bare, John Mason, Sean Cosgrove, Darryl Hills, Terry Harris, Scott James, Freddy Smith, Randle Chupp, Jeremy Miller, Mark Pettyjohn, Brent Robinson, Matt Hubbard  

Race Statistics:  Entries:  23 Cautions:  7 Red Flags:  1 Lap Leaders:  Ricky Elliott 1-14, Davey Johnson 15-46, Rick Eckert 47-50 Weld Wheels Hard Charger of the Race:  Donnie Moran (Started 22nd and finished 2nd) advanced 20 positions Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Race:  Ricky Elliott Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals:  None used

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BUDD'S CREEK, MD (July 15, 2005)-Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN started on the pole of the 50 lap Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series main event on Friday Night, July 15 at the Potomac Speedway, fell to third place early in the race, then he recovered to pass race leader, Ricky Elliott with eight laps to go and went on to win his 7th Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event of 2005 and in doing so extended his series points lead.  O'Neal who is the winningest dirt late model in the country the past three and half years won for the 87th time during that period.  O'Neal was behind the wheel of his A-1 Auto Salvage/Well-Pict Berries/Living Room Centers/All-Star Performance/O'Neal Wood Products/Fast Graphix/Ken Schrader Racing/Hoosier Tires/MasterSbilt Monte Carlo.  Earl Pearson, Jr. of Jacksonville, Fl, who started 8th, drove the Lucas Oil/Dunn Benson Ford/Larry Wallace Racing Engines/MasterSbilt Ford Taurus to a second place finish right behind O'Neal at the finish line.  Third place was the driver who led the most laps during the feature, Ricky Elliott of Seaford, DE in the Warrington Motorsports/BSW Construction/Pro Power/Rocket Grand Prix.  Fourth place was Booper Bare of Rockbridge Baths, VA in the Poske's Performance Parts/Malcuit Engines/Rocket Chassis with Scott James of Lawrenceburg, IN finishing fifth in the Powell Motorsports/Baylor Trucking/Rocket Grand Prix.

O'Neal and fellow Hoosier State driver Scott James started on the first row and when the race went green O'Neal would grab the point for a lap, until Oval Craft Fast Timer for the night; Ricky Elliott would scoot past O'Neal and take the point coming from his third starting hole.  Elliott then started to quickly pull away from O'Neal as James picked up the challenge for second place.  The two would go door to door for a couple of circuits until James got by a full car length on the fifth lap.  Meanwhile Elliott was checking out on the field and by the 10th lap he was starting to pick up the tail end of the field.  James was running in second followed by O'Neal, Darryl Hills and Davey Johnson.  A torrid battle was shaping up for fourth on back with several cars jockeying for position with Booper Bare moving back towards the front.  Bare had started fifth on the grid but slipped back several spots after he corrected his car after a first lap near spin where he lost several positions in the running order.  With 15 laps scored Elliott had built a sizable lead over James and O'Neal, but lapped traffic was really starting to hurt Elliott as James and O'Neat started to close on him.  Earl Pearson, Jr. who was debuting a new MasterSbilt was on the move, after starting in eighth Pearson has climbed now to fourth.  Elliott's lead was starting to evaporate as James, O'Neal and Pearson were tracking him down. 

A caution for stalled car on lap 26 would slow the action momentarily. On the restart O'Neal would go to second by James as Elliott continued to lead the race.  Elliott again would start to open up some distance between himself and the top four runners.  The race was going along smoothly with Elliott on the point, O'Neal in second with James, Pearson and Bare the top five order.  The race for second was really getting heated up with O'Neal, James and Pearson going at it.  Twice during the battle they would go three wide on the race track dicing it out among themselves, while this was going on Elliott was putting more and more distance between himself and the pack.  But Elliott would soon find some company closing on him as traffic again started to play a role in the race.  A caution on lap 34 would be the final one of the race and that would put O'Neal and James right on Elliott's bumper on the restart.  Elliott again got a good restart but this time O'Neal would keep the pressure on Elliott.  Elliott however was up to the challenge maintaining the lead just as he had done from lap two on.  Elliott started to develop a push in his race car and O’Neal, James and Pearson would start to close on him again.  Pearson would pass James for third on lap 36 and start to race with O'Neal for second as the two drivers started to gain on Elliott.

As the race was winding down with 10 laps to go Elliott's car would push up in turn number four thwarting his momentum and O'Neal would jump on that opportunity and pass him on the inside to take the lead as the cars headed to score lap 42.  Elliott then regrouped and challenged O'Neal for the lead as Pearson was hanging tough right on their heels.  Pearson would then get around Elliott on lap 46 and with four to go was eyeing the lead.  O'Neal was the driver he would have to get by if he was going to win his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series race of the season.  Pearson gave it all he had in the closing laps, but O'Neal who had never been to Potomac Speedway before held on by one car length for his 7th series win of 2005.  Pearson, who is up to second in points came home the bridesmaid.  Elliott would finish third despite leading the most laps.  Bare was fourth followed by James.

"The 91 car was real fast tonight, I couldn't really stay with him, the restarts did help us out tonight," said O'Neal in victory lane.  "This is a racy place, and I'd say the 91 car started to push a little there towards the end and I started to catch him and finally got by him," commented O'Neal who claimed Potomac Speedway the third track he has won on this year without ever racing there before.  "I just want to thank my crew, all my sponsors and this MasterSbilt car continues to do well."  O'Neal has won five times in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series competition this year in a MasterSbilt Chassis and twice in his C.J. Rayburn entry. 

Completing the top ten were Darryl Hills, Jim Bernheisel, Matt Miller, Donnie Moran and Jeremy Miller. 

In preliminary events Ricky Elliott was the Fast Timer for the 27 entrants on hand with a lap of 15.435 seconds.  The Heat Race Winners were Ricky Elliott, Scott James and Don O'Neal.  The B-Main was taken by Jeremy Miller.     

Race Summary  Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series  Saturday Night, July 15, 2005  Potomac Speedway-Budds Creek, MD

Fast Qualifier:  Ricky Elliott 15.435 seconds

Heat #1:  Ricky Elliott, Jim Bernheisel, John Mason, Matt Miller, Freddy Smith, Jeremy Miller, Walter Crouch, George Moreland, Ryan Hackett

Heat #2:  Scott James, Booper Bare, Earl Pearson, Jr., Steve Casebolt, Jr., Donnie Moran, Charlie Schaffer, Matt Hubbard, Donnie Marshall, Rick Hulson

Heat #3:  Don O'Neal, Darryl Hills, Davey Johnson, Sean Cosgrove, David Williams, Deane Guy, Barry Lear, Sr., Paul Cursey, Jeff Pilkerton

B-Main:  Jeremy Miller, Charlie Schaffer, Walter Crouch, Rick Hulson, Ryan Hackett, Matt Hubbard, Deane Guy, Barry Lear , Sr.

A-Main Event (50 Laps):   Don O'Neal, Earl Pearson, Jr., Ricky Elliott, Booper Bare, Scott James, Darryl Hills, Jim Bernheisel, Matt Miller, Donnie Moran, Jeremy Miller, Freddy Smith, Davey Johnson, David Williams, John Mason, Steve Casebolt, Jr., Walter Crouch, Sean Cosgrove, Charlie Schaffer, Deane Guy, Matt Hubbard, Rick Hulson, Ryan Hackett  

Race Statistics  Entries:  27 Caution Flags:  2 Red Flags:  0 Lap Leaders:  Don O'Neal 1, Ricky Elliott 2-41, O'Neal 42-50 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Race:  Scott James Weld Wheels Hard Charger of the Race:  Earl Pearson, Jr. (started 8th and finished 2nd) advanced 6 positions Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals:  None used Track Provisional: Deane Guy

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CHILLICOTHE, OH (July 9, 2005)-Donnie Moran of Dresden, OH passed race leader, Steve Shaver with nine laps to go and went on to win his second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event of the season on Saturday Night, July 9 at Jim Nier's K-C Raceway in Chillicothe, OH.  Moran, who started seventh on the grid took full advantage of the double file restarts as he roared past Shaver three laps after the last restart and went on to take the $7,000 win in "The Night the Stars Come Out" 50 Lap Main Event.  Moran was driving the PBM Performance Products/Eddie's Sunoco/SMS Race Engines/MasterSbilt Chevrolet Monte Carlo.  Shaver of Vienna, WV who led 40 of the 50 laps was second in the Richard Construction/Draime Engines/Rocket Monte Carlo with Bart Hartman of Zanesville, OH a close third in the Urgent Cash/Cornett Engines/Rocket Grand Prix.  Finishing fourth was Earl Pearson, Jr. of Jacksonville, FL in the Dunn Benson/Lucas Oil/Larry Wallace Racing Engines/Rocket Ford Taurus with Hall of Famer Freddy Smith of Seymour, TN taking fifth in the White Oaks Motorsports/Gaerte Engines GRT Dodge Intrepid.

Steve Shaver was the man early in the race grabbing the point right from the start of the 50 lap affair as he immediately began to stretch out his lead over the field.  Rod Conley would run in second with Freddy Smith in third.  Those three would run that way until Bart Hartman picked up the pace and passed Smith for third on lap seven. Up front it was all Shaver, as the veteran driver was motoring around the 3/8ths mile high banked oval extending his lead lap after lap and was lapping cars by the ninth circuit.  By lap 12 Shaver had built a 10 car length lead over Rod Conley with Hartman running third followed by a close battle between the two Hall of Famers, Freddy Smith and Donnie Moran, who was up to fifth.  While Shaver was working his way through traffic, Rod Conley was running a good race holding down a solid second place until the 26th lap when Hartman went by him for the runner-up slot.

Just past the halfway mark it was all Shaver as the West Virginia pilot was dominating the event. Hartman was in second with Conley third, Smith fourth and Moran in fifth.  By the 33rd circuit Shaver was up to almost a 1/2 a lap lead over Hartman as he was handling traffic with what seemed like ease still dusting the field at this point, but as the case several times in racing it is not over until it is over.  After a caution for the spun car of Jeff Gress, Shaver found himself leading the Delaware double file restart. With Shaver out front on the restart Hartman and Conley would restart side by side behind him.  Hartman would challenge Shaver repeatedly going side by side on several occasions with Shaver in the race for the lead, the final caution would fly after 38 laps were complete when 2004 K-C Raceway Late Model Track Champion, Keith Berner stalled three.

On the final restart Shaver would still be out front but again his huge lead was had now gone and he Hartman and now Moran to deal with.  Moran had moved to third with 12 laps to go and would start alongside Hartman on the restart.  Moran would banzai into turn one when the green came back out again to go racing.  Moran would chase Shaver down the backstretch trying to overtake him.  This would go on for two laps until Moran was finally able to slide up the track going into turn number clearing Shaver with room to spare and that would enough to put him in the lead for good and pull away from Shaver in the final laps to take his second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of '05. 

Shaver who led the most laps would finish second with Hartman a close third.  Earl Pearson, Jr. would make some noise late in the race coming up pass Freddy Smith late in the going to take fourth with Smith taking fifth.

Completing the top ten were Matt Miller, who started 23rd, Scott James, Rod Conley, Don O'Neal and R.J. Conley.

In preliminary action Moran was the Fast Timer for the 32 entrants on hand with a lap of 14.368 seconds.  The Heat Race Winners were Rod Conley, Steve Shaver and Freddy Smith.  The B-Main was won by Rick Aukland.

Coming up this weekend will be back to back Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events on Friday Night, July 15 at the Potomac Speedway in Budds Creek, Maryland will be a $7,000 to win main event and on Saturday Night, July 16 the series will be at the Virginia Motor Speedway in Saluda, Virginia for a $10,000 to win race.  Saturday's race will be taped for broadcast on ESPN2.

Race Summary Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series  Saturday Night, July 9, 2005  K-C Raceway-Chillicothe (Alma), OH

Fast Qualifier:  Donnie Moran  14.368 seconds

Heat #1:  Rod Conley, R.J. Conley, Donnie Moran, Eric Myers, Jason Montgomery, Steve Casebolt, Jr., Matt Miller, Skip Watterman, Rick Aukland, Brett Foster, Jason Flory

Heat #2:  Steve Shaver, Bart Hartman, Keith Berner, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Brady Smith, Tim Dohm, John Mason, Scott Wolfe, Kristin Flory, Tony Throckmorton, Craig Gibson 

Heat #3:  Freddy Smith, Earl Pearson, Jr., Don O'Neal, Delmas Conley, Scott James, Mark Frazier, Chad Smith, Cortney Clewell, Kyle Scheer,. Jeff Gress

B-Main:  Rick Aukland, Chad Smith, Skip Watterman, John Mason, Cortney Clewell, Scott Wolfe, Kristin Flory, Kyle Scherr, Tony Throckmorton, Brett Foster, Craig Gibson, Matt Miller, Jeff Gress

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Main Event:  (50 Laps):  Donnie Moran, Steve Shaver, Bart Hartman, Earl Pearson, Jr., Freddy Smith, Matt Miller, Scott James, Rod Conley, Don O'Neal, R.J. Conley, Steve Casebolt, Jr., Eddie Carrier, Jr., Brady Smith, Eric Myers, Jason Montgomery, Tim Dohm, John Mason, Chad Smith, Delmas Conley, Keith Berner, Jeff Gress, Mark Frazier, Skip Watterman, Rick Aukland

Race Statistics:  Entries:  32 Cautions: 2  Red Flags:  0 Lap Leaders:  Steve Shaver 1-40  Donnie Moran 41-50 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals:  Matt Miller and Jeff Gress Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Race:  Scott James Weld Wheels Hard Charger of the Race:  Matt Miller (started 23rd and finished in 6th) advanced 17 positions

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ZANESVILLE, OH (July 3, 2005)-As the calendar turns to July for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series the hottest driver on the series tour thus far this season Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN picked up his sixth win as the 40 year old racer paid his first ever visit to the Muskingum County Speedway in Zanesville, OH on Sunday Night, July 3 and came away with a hard fought $7,000 win in taking the "Creno's Pizza 50"  The standing room only crowd was on its feet in the final laps of the race as O'Neal fought off repeated challenges from Donnie Moran who finished in second by one car length.  O'Neal would take his Well Pict Berries/O'Neal Wood Products/A-1 Auto Salvage/Living Room Centers/Hoosier Racing Tires/All Star Performance/Ken Schrader Racing/Jay Dickens Racing Engines powered MasterSbilt Monte Carlo to victory lane.  Moran of Dresden, Oh crossed the line in second behind the wheel of his PBM Performance Products/SMS Race Engines/MasterSbilt Monte Carlo as third place was taken by Earl Pearson, Jr. of Jacksonville, FL in the Carlton and Kemp Lamm/Lucas Oil/Larry Wallace Racing Engines/Rocket Ford Taurus.  Completing the top five were Tim Dohm of Cross Lanes, WV in the Dohm's Cycle Sales/Custom Race Engines/Rocket Monte Carlo and Chad Hina of Zanesville, OH in the TLC Adult Car Facility/Platinum Race Engines/MasterSbilt Monte Carlo.  A total of 42 cars were on hand for the series' first ever visit to the Ronnie Moran promoted facility. 

Earl Pearson, Jr. and Don O'Neal would make up the front row to start the 50 lap main event.  A yellow flag before the first lap was scored negated a good start for O'Neal who had jumped out into the lead.  With a complete restart in order O'Neal would again power to the point taking sole possession of first place with a lap in ahead of Pearson and Tim Dohm.  A caution for Mark Banal and Larry Moran coming off of turn number four would slow the action after three circuits had been scored.  When the race went green again Chuck Maloney started to make some noise passing Dohm for third as Scott James moved into fifth place.  Up front O'Neal and Pearson were starting to distance themselves from the rest of the field as Maloney was running in third and behind him a side by side battle for fourth was going on between Dohm and James.  Steve Shaver would slow on back stretch on lap 10 bringing out another caution.  A car heading to the front was Rick Aukland.  Aukland had marched up to the sixth spot after starting in 13th but his night would soon end thereafter as he pulled into the infield and out of the race on lap 11. 

Donnie Moran who had slipped back some spots on the start was starting to get things going as he would challenge James and Dohm for positions.  Moran would go to fourth place on lap 20 and then two circuits later he got by Maloney for third place.  With the halfway mark approaching O'Neal and Pearson would start to close down on the rear of the field.  Moran then would take advantage of this and cut down the lead that O'Neal and Pearson had built up under green flag racing.  Just as O'Neal, Pearson and Moran were about to enter lapped traffic a caution for a slowed Bob Moskey on lap 29 would clear the path in front of O'Neal.  On the double file restart Moran would take full advantage of Pearson choosing the inside line as Moran would go to second on lap 31.  With 33 laps in the books it was O'Neal still showing the way with Moran in second, Pearson running third with Dohm in fourth and John Mason, who took a provisional now up to fifth after starting in 24th. 

With 15 laps to go O'Neal and Moran were about to set up a showdown to decide who would take the win.  Moran would close in on O'Neal as the two would race side by side coming off of turn two seemingly every lap.  O'Neal would always hold the advantage at the start-finish line.  Moran would try different lines reeling in O'Neal and trying to figure out a way to pass him.  With 10 to go Moran was all over O'Neal for the lead with Pearson lurking in third.  The countdown to the finish began with five to go Moran would slide job his car into the lead heading into turn four, but Moran drifted out just enough to the top side of the race track and that would allow O'Neal to five down below Moran and regain the lead which he would never relinquish again.  Moran would valiantly try again to go by O'Neal in the final two laps and as the crowd rose to its feet O'Neal would beat Moran to the finish line by just one car length to claim the win.  Pearson finished a close third with Dohm having a strong run in taking fourth ahead of ninth place starter Chad Hina who came on at the end to finish fifth. 

In victory circle where O'Neal has been quite frequently this year commented on his first ever appearance the track.  "It was bigger than I thought it was going to be, it is real racy and hope the crowd enjoyed the race, that was tough trying to hold off Donnie, because he has so many laps here, but we just held on and I just can't say enough about my crew and this MasterSbilt car, we really have something going on here that is working." 

Completing the top ten in the finishing order were Brady Smith, John Mason, Scott James, Freddy Smith and Chuck Maloney. 

In preliminary action Donnie Moran was the Fast Qualifier with a lap of 16.388 seconds.  The Heat Races were won by Tim Dohm, Jason Flory, Earl Pearson, Jr. and Don O'Neal.  The First B-Main went to Kyle Scheer and the Second B-Main was won by Cortney Clewell. 

The next Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event will be on Saturday Night, July 9 at Jim Nier's K-C Raceway in Chillicothe, OH paying $7,000 to win.  

Race Summary  Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series  Saturday Night, July 3, 2005  Muskingum County Speedway-Zanesville, OH

Fast Qualifier:  Donnie Moran 16.388 seconds 

Heat #1:  Tim Dohm, Donnie Moran, Chad Hina, Rick Aukland, Eric Myers, Mark Banal, Matt Miller, Larry Moran, Keith Berner, Wayne Maffett, Jr., Scott Shelhorn 

Heat #2:  Jason Flory, Scott James, Freddy Smith, Ty Myers, Kyle Scheer, Jeff Gress, Larry Smith, Lance Elson, Bart Hartman, Brandon Russell, Brad Malcuit 

Heat #3:  Earl Pearson, Jr., Steve Shaver, Brady Smith, Charlie Duncan, Cortney Clewell, Don Farmer, Norman Aronholt, Shane McLoughlin, Jay Watson, Brian Barrett 

Heat #4:  Don O'Neal, Chuck Maloney, Doug Dodd, Aaron Scott, John Mason, Matt Lux, Larry BOnd, Paul Devoll, Bob Moskey, Carlton Freeman 

First B-Main:  Kyle Scheer, Eric Myers, Mark Banal, Matt MIller, Bart Hartman, Brad Malcuit, Wayne Maffett, Jr., Larry Moran, Jeff Gress, Scott Shelhorn, Larry Smith, Lance Elson, Brandon Russell, Keith Berner 

Second B-Main:  Cortney Clewell, Larry Bond, Bob Moskey, Don Farmer, Jay Watson, John Mason, Paul Devoll, Shane McLughlin, Matt Lux, Brian Barrett, Norman Aronholt 

"Creno's Pizza 50" A-Main Event: (50 Laps):  Don O'Neal, Donnie Moran, Earl Pearson, Jr., Tim Dohm, Chad Hina, Brady Smith, John Mason, Scott James, Freddy Smith, Chuck Maloney, Eric Myers, Cortney Clewell, Mark Banal, Aaron Scott, Kyle Scheer, Matt Miller, Doug Dodd, Norman Aronholt, Bob Moskey, Larry Bond, Rick Aukland, Jason Flory, Charlie Duncan, Steve Shaver, Larry Moran, Ty Myers  

Race Statistics:  Entries:  42 Cautions:  5 Red Flags:  0 Lap Leaders:  Don O'Neal 1-50 Weld Wheels Hard Charger of the Race:  John Mason (Started 24th and finished 7th-advanced 17 positions) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Race:  Tim Dohm Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals:  Matt Miller and John Mason Track Provisionals:  Larry Moran and Norman Aronholt

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Television Schedule

All times are Eastern. Subject to change.
Thursday, September 26
6:00 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Batesville, AR
Thursday, October 3
6:00 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Batesville, AR
Saturday, October 5
6:30 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Granite City, IL
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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