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WEST LIBERTY, IA (July 28, 2005)-Matt Miller of Waterville, OH led all 50 laps while outdueling Donnie Moran to win the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event on Thursday Night at the West Liberty Raceway in West Liberty, Iowa.  The 34 year old 2005 $100,000 Dream Winner rolled to the lead at the start of the 50 lap main event on his way to the $10,000 payday for his second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of '05.  Miller drove the Scott Smith crew chiefed, Dirt Shop, Inc/McCullough Industries/Performance Rod and Custom/Doug Herbert Performance Circle Track Parts/Lo-Temp Brazing/Banshee Graphics/Hoosier Tires/Whaley and Son Collision/McDonald Refrigeration/Russell Baker Racing Engines/Rocket Pontiac Grand Prix #7 to victory circle over Donnie Moran of Dresden, OH in the PBM Performance Products/SMS Race Engines/MasterSbilt Monte Carlo.  Third place went to Andy Eckrich of Iowa City, IA in his first career start with the series as he was driving the Precision Performance/GroveAutomotive/Barry Wright Grand Prix with fourth place going to Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA in the Daufeldt Transport/Pro Power Engines/MasterSbilt Monte Carlo with Earl Pearson, Jr. of Jacksonville, FL in the Lucas Oil/Larry Wallace Racing Engines/MasterSbilt Ford Taurus. Andy Eckrich and Matt Miller would make the front row with 50 laps of racing in front of them it would be very important as to who would get the lead in this race at the start with the stout field on hand.  Miller would be the man to do that as he outpowered the younger Eckrich on the start and blasted into the lead heading into turn number one.  Eckrich would fall in behind Miller for second with Donnie Moran, Brian Birkhofer and Steve Boley making up the top five after one lap was scored. The race would go green until a three car accident in turn two slowed the action.  Once the race resumed Miller was still holding the point and building his lead to six and seven car lengths lap after lap over Eckrich.  Eckrich was receiving heavy pressure from Moran at this point and on lap 10 Moran would scoot by Eckrich to take over second place. Moran would now have Miller in his sights, but it would take a tremendous effort now to track down Miller has he had built a sizable lead.  A caution on lap 16 for a slowed Steve Casebolt Jr would close the field up behind Miller.  The race would then see five more laps of green flag racing with Moran all over Miller for the lead, but Denny Eckrich blew a tire on lap 21 necessitating another caution flag period. Scott James would stop with a flat on lap 24 for another caution as tire wear was becoming a factor among some of the top ten drivers. With the halfway mark given it was still Miller showing the way with Moran in second and a good battle for third between Andy Eckrich and Birkhofer was also taking place.  On the restarts Miller would open up a five car length lead over Moran and it would take Moran several laps to catch back up to Miller.  With 15 laps to go Moran was right on Miller's rear bumper and would close significantly in the corners as Miller would pull away down the straightaways.  A caution for debris on lap 39 would slow the field one more time and set up an 11 lap shootout to the finish line. Miller would again restart with force and get away from Moran as Andy Eckrich was fighting off all challenges from Birkhofer.  With five laps remaining Moran was again right on Miller, but it was going to take a mistake by Miller for Moran to pass him.  Miller would hold his line lap after lap in the closing segment of the race as he would power to win over Moran. Andy Eckrich the current point's leader at West Liberty Raceway would do a nice job all race long in securing the third spot at the pay window. Birkhofer would wind up fourth with Earl Pearson, Jr. coming on strong from his 12th starting spot to pass two cars in the waning laps to finish fifth. "It is real good win for the team," said Miller in victory lane afterwards. "I knew I had to get the jump on the 56 car heading into turn one, because I felt like once we had the lead it would be hard for anyone to pass us out here tonight," said the former Eldora Speedway track champion.  "I knew Donnie would be tough, he always is in the thick of things and I knew he was going to give me a strong effort to try and pass me, but I knew if I held my line it would be tough for him to beat me and on the restarts the car was exceptional and I want to give credit to Scott Smith and everybody with team for giving me such a great race car tonight and thanks to the fans for coming out tonight was well." Completing the top ten were Gary Webb, Don O'Neal, Darren Miller, Chad Simpson and Chris Simpson. In preliminary events for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Don O'Neal was the top qualifier in the Time Trials with a lap of 20.545 seconds among the 30 entrants on hand.  The Heat Race Winners were Matt Miller, Donnie Moran and Andy Eckrich.  The B-Main was taken by Chad Holladay.Race Summary Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Thursday Night, July 28, 2005 West Liberty Raceway-West Liberty, IowaFast Qualifier:  Don O'Neal   20.545 seconds Heat #1:  Matt Miller, Darren Miller, Steve Boley, Don O'Neal, Thomas Christenson, Rob Moss, Chad Holladay, Rick Aukland, Chad Simpson, Boone McLaughlin Heat #2:  Donnie Moran, Brian Birkhofer, Brady Smith, Scott James, Tommy Elston, Chris Simpson, Tim Dohm, Chuck Mayerhofer, Whitney McQueary, Todd Davis Heat #3:  Andy Eckrich, Gary Webb, Denny Eckrich, Earl Pearson, Jr., Dave Eckrich, Steve Casebolt, Jr., Freddy Smith, Jay Johnson, Johnny Johnson B-Main:  Chad Holloday, Tim Dohm, Chuck Mayerhofer, Chad Simpson, Rick Aukland, Johnny Johnson, Whitney McQueary, Boone McLaughlin, Freddy Smith, Todd Davis Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series A-Main:  (50 Laps):  Matt Miller, Donnie Moran, Andy Eckrich, Brian Birkhofer, Earl Pearson, Jr., Gary Webb, Don O'Neal, Darren Miller, Chad Simpson, Chris Simpson, Brady Smith, Tim Dohm, Chad Holloday, Freddy Smith, Steve Casebolt, Jr., Steve Boley, Dave Eckrich, Chuck Mayerhofer, Scott James, Denny Eckrich, Todd Davis, Rick Aukland, Rob Moss, Thomas Christenson, Tommy ElstonRace Statistics:Entries: 30 Cautions:  5 Red Flags: 0 Lap Leaders:  Matt Miller 1-50 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Race:  Brady Smith Weld Wheels Hard Charger of the Race:  Chad Simpson (started 22nd and finished in 9th) advanced 15 positions Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals:  Freddy Smith and Rick Aukland Track Provisionals:  Todd Davis


MIDDLEBOURNE, WV (July 23, 2005)-Twenty-nine year old Robbie Scott of Shinnston, WV scored the biggest of his racing career on Saturday night by winning the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned Earl Hill Memorial at Tyler County Speedway. The payday was worth $7,000 for the Tyler County Speedway regular and came aboard the Bob Scott owned Banshee Graphics/Rocket Chassis sponsored #18 Rocket Chassis, Gary Stanton Race Engines powered entry. 

Scott would take the initial lead at the start of the race, with Freddy Smith giving chase, followed by Scott James, Steve Casebolt, Jr., and Chuck Harper. Steve Shaver would work his way into the top five with a pass of Harper in the early going, while Scott motored away from the field after a lap 3 caution that would see Donnie Moran, Matt Miller, and Paul Wilmoth tangle, with all three going pitside for repairs, with Moran and Miller returning to action. 

This event would see second place not be the place to be as Freddy Smith would have a flat tire while running second on lap 7 and draw the caution flag and pit for fresh rubber.  Scott James would then assume the runner-up slot behind Scott and would pass Robbie Scott for the race lead on lap 17, only to have the pass voided for a stalled Steve Casebolt, Jr. in turn four. Back under green, Scott would have James all over him again, only to see the night go sour for James when a busted oil cooler ended his night one lap after the restart. This would put Tim Dohm into the runner-up slot as this point, while Steve Shaver would go third, with 16th starting and defending Earl Hill Memorial winner Mike Benedum now fourth and Earl Pearson, Jr. fifth.   

Scott and Dohm race for lead for several laps, as Don O’Neal would bring the heat to Pearson, Jr. for the fifth spot with 15 circuits remaining.  Dohm’s run in the second spot would also end around lap 30 when he pulled his mount to the infield with a blown engine.  A final caution flag appeared on lap 38, bunching the bunch back together one final time to give everyone one last shot at the top spot.  Benedum would deal Shaver a slider to take the runner-up slot, with Keith Barbara driving by O’Neal and Harper to break into the top five.

Scott would drive away over the final dozen laps to score the win with defending event winner Benedum finishing second in the Hayhurst Equipment/Benedum and Sons, Inc. Right of Way Cleaning#25 Rocket Chassis, Butch Hixson Race Engines powered entry.  Shaver would finish third in the Bill Bland Motorsports owned Richard Construction/Bland’s Towing #0 Rocket Chassis, Draime Race Engines mount.  Pearson, Jr. would finish fourth in the Lucas Oil Products/Dunn Benson Ford #1 MasterSbilt Race Cars, Larry Wallace Race Engine powered, Carlton Lamb owned entry. Barbara’s Triangle Benefit Services/S and S Auto Repair #17 Rocket Chassis, Rhodes Performance Engines unit would complete the top five.  The remainder of the top ten would be Chuck Harper, Don O’Neal, Matt Miller, Freddy Smith, and Bobby Hill.

Thirty-six entries signed in for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event, with Rob Blair establishing a new track record during time trials with a 12.430 second lap. heat wins went to Smith, Scott, Casebolt, Jr., and James. The 1st B-Main was won by Blair, with Matt Miller winning the 2nd B-Main.  Series provisional starting spots were taken by Rick Aukland and Corey Conley, with track provisionals going to Bobby Hill and Greg Baumberger. 

Race Summary Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Saturday July 23, 2005 Tyler County Speedway – Middlebourne, WV 

Fast Time- Rob Blair - 12.430 (New Track Record)

Heat #1- Freddy Smith, Chuck Harper, Earl Pearson, Jr., Donnie Moran, Rob Blair, Steve Wilmoth, Sonny Conley, Steve Lucas, Mitch Gillian

Heat #2- Robbie Scott, Steve Shaver, Tim Dohm, Mark Banal, Steve Weigle, Rick Aukland, M.T. Hall, Gary Knollinger, Doug Eaton

Heat #3- Steve Casebolt, Jr., Don O’Neal, Mike Balzano, Keith Barbara, Jared Hawkins, Matt Miller, Mike Eaton, D.J. Pellen, Nick Corbitt

Heat #4- Scott James, Tim Hitt, Paul Wilmoth, Mike Benedum, Charlie Maloney, Bobby Hill, Corey Conley, Greg Baumberger, Dave Gorrell

B-Main #1- Rob Blair, Steve Weigle, Rick Aukland, Steve Lucas, M.T. Hall, Mitch Gillian, Gary Knollinger, Sonny Conley, Doug Eaton, Steve Wilmoth

B-Main #2- Matt Miller, Jared Hawkins, Greg Baumberger, Bobby Hill, Dave Gorrell, Mike Eaton, D.J. Pellen, Charlie Maloney, Corey Conley, Nick Corbitt

Lucas Oil A-Main Earl Hill Memorial- Robbie Scott, Mike Benedum, Steve Shaver, Earl Pearson, Jr., Keith Barbara, Chuck Harper, Don O’Neal, Matt Miller, Freddy Smith, Bobby Hill, Steve Weigle, Greg Baumberger, Mike Balzano, Donnie Moran, Tim Dohm, Scott James, Tim Hitt, Steve Casebolt, Jr., Corey Conley, Rick Aukland, Mark Banal, Robbie Blair, Jared Hawkins, Paul Wilmoth  

Race Statistics Total Entries- 36 Race Leaders- 1 (Scott; Lap 1-50) Cautions- 6 Red Flags- None Weld Racing Hard Charger- Mike Benedum (16th to 2nd-advanced 14 positions) Lucas Oil Rookie of the Race- Tim Dohm Series Lucas Oil Late Model Series Provisionals- Rick Aukland, Corey Conley Track Provisionals- Bobby Hill, Greg Baumberger


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


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


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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2021 Championship Points

Points as of 2/2/2021
Pos Competitor Points
1stBrandon Overton (#76)1155
2ndHudson O'Neal (#71)1090
3rdDevin Moran (#9)1065
4thTim McCreadie (#39)1050
5thBrandon Sheppard (#1s)1045
6thKyle Bronson (#40B)1015
7thRicky Thornton (#20RT)1005
8thMike Marlar (#157)1000
9thJosh Richards (#14)990
10thBrian Shirley (#3s)985

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Saturday, March 13
2:00 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
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Sunday, March 21
1:00 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Wheatland, MO
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