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2012results_6-22.jpg   GAFFNEY, SC (June 22, 2012) – Steve Francis of Ashland, KY held off a late-race charge from Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA to win the 14th Annual Grassy Smith Memorial on Friday Night at Cherokee Speedway. Francis earned his third Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned win of 2012 while piloting the Valvoline, Barry Wright House Car. He is taking home $10,000 for the victory. It is also Francis’ first ever win at the track.

Steve Shaver of Vienna, WV, got around Davenport near the end, to finish second. Davenport had passed Francis for the lead heading down the backstretch with five laps remaining, but a caution flag sent him back to the second spot, taking away the potential winning pass. Davenport got out of the groove in turn two on the ensuing restart which allowed Shaver to get by. Mike Marlar of Winfield, TN finished fourth, followed by 2-time series champion, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN.

Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN led the first 18 laps of the race. Francis passed him in heavy traffic on lap 19. O’Neal then suffered driveline failure on the restart, forcing his car to slow dramatically on the frontstretch. Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN, the current series point’s leader, suffered a flat tire and pitted, giving up fifth position in the race.   Owens had run as high as second until his tire started to go flat.

Francis went on to lead the rest of the event and took the victory at his car owner and chassis builder, Barry Wright’s home turf. “To win for Barry and Lance Wright here at their home track is just terrific! I couldn’t wait until this race was over, because I wasn’t sure how much right rear tire we had left. We held on, and I had to get up on the wheel at the end when Jonathan pressured me on the outside,” said the 44-year-old racer.

“We have been coming here a long-time and to finally win here is something we can be proud of, the Clements Engine ran great and the car was just superb, I was saving my tires. I got a little too conservative there, we caught a break on that yellow when he (Davenport) got by me.”

Completing the top ten were Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA; Jeff Smith of Gastonia, NC; Dennis Franklin of Gaffney, SC; Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN; and Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL.

In preliminary action, Mike Marlar set the Red Buck Cigars Fast Time amongst the 28 entrants with a lap of 15.541 seconds. Heat races were taken by: Jimmy Owens, Steve Shaver, Don O’Neal, and Steve Francis. Johnny Pursley and Ross Bailes won their respective B-Mains. The series heads to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia tomorrow, Saturday June 23rd, for the Inaugural “Blue Ridge 50” at Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, VA. The event will include Red Buck Cigars Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and the 50-lap main event. For more information, log onto www.wytheraceway.com.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race Summary Friday Night, June 22nd, 2012 14th Annual Grassy Smith Memorial Cherokee Speedway – Gaffney, SC

Red Buck Cigars Fast Time:  Jonathan Davenport / 15.652 seconds (Group A and Overall) Mike Marlar / 15.541 seconds (Group B)

Wiles Driveshafts First Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Jimmy Owens, Jonathan Davenport, John Blankenship, Eric Wells, Johnny Pursley, Freddy Smith, John Pursley

U. S. Steel Second Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Steve Shaver, Casey Roberts, Tyler Reddick, Austin Hubbard, Jeff Smith, Ty Dillon, Chris Madden-DNS

Simpson Performance Products Third Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Don O'Neal, Jared Landers, Mike Marlar, Dale McDowell, Ross Bailes, Tim Rivers, Dennis Franklin

HAWK Brakes Fourth Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Steve Francis, Scott Bloomquist, Chris Ferguson, Earl Pearson, Jr., Mike Gault, Donald Bradsher, Brent Dixon

JRi Shocks First B-Main (12 Laps – Top 3 Advance): Johnny Pursley, Jeff Smith, Ty Dillon, John Pursley, Freddy Smith-DNS, Chris Madden-DNS

PAC Racing Springs Second B-Main (12 Laps – Top 3 Advance): Ross Bailes, Mike Gault, Donald Bradsher, Dennis Franklin, Tim Rivers, Brent Dixon

Feature Finish – 50 Laps

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN
1 4 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
2 3 6s Steve Shaver Vienna, WV
3 5 15d Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA
4 10 5b Mike Marlar Winfield, TN
5 8 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN
6 14 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA
7 19 18m Jeff Smith Gastonia, NC
8 24 37c Dennis Franklin Gaffney, SC
9 1 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
10 16 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL
11 13 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY
12 20 17 Mike Gault Gaffney, SC
13 18 87 Ross Bailes Clover, SC
14 17 B-4 Johnny Pursley Clover, SC
15 15 11h Austin Hubbard Seaford, DE
16 11 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA
17 23 1d Brent Dixon Elberton, GA
18 21 41 Ty Dillon Lexington, NC
19 7 101 Casey Roberts Toccoa, GA
20 22 93 Donald Bradsher Burlington, NC
21 25 16 Freddy Smith Seymour, TN
22 6 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
23 9 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
24 2 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN
25 12 22 Chris Ferguson Mount Holly, NC

 

Race Statistics Entrants: 28 Lap Leaders: Don O’Neal (Laps 1 -18); Steve Francis (Laps 19 – 50) Caution Flags: Ross Bailes (Lap 19); Earl Pearson Jr., Ross Bailes, John Blankenship (Lap 19); Eric Wells (Lap 27); Ty Dillon (Lap 44); Austin Hubbard (Lap 45); Tyler Reddick (Lap 49) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: none Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: none Red Buck Cigars Fast Time Provisionals: Brent Dixon, Dennis Franklin Cherokee Speedway Track Provisional: Freddy Smith Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Dennis Franklin (Started 24th; Finished 8th; Advanced 16 positions) Allstar Performer of the Race: Steve Francis Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Steve Shaver ASi Racewear Challenge Finisher: Steve Francis Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Jonathan Davenport COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Roush-Yates Racing Engines Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Barry Wright Race Cars Sweet Mfg Crew Chief of the Race: Lance Wright (Steve Francis) Time of Race: 40 minutes 59 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS
1 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 3540
2 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 3240
3 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 3210
4 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY 3160
5 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 3025
6 15d Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 2985
7 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV 2840
8 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA 2795
9 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 2775
10 11h Austin Hubbard Seaford, DE 2700
11 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY 2690

 

*Points are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*

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TAZEWELL, TN (June 3, 2012) – Two-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Champion, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN led all 50-laps of tonight’s Toyota Knoxville 50 at Tazewell Speedway.   Bloomquist completed a sweep of the night’s racing activities. He started out by setting a new track record in time trials, winning his heat, and taking his third LOLMDS win of the season. He earned $10,000 for the victory.   Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN gave chase to Bloomquist for most of the race as he wound up in second followed by Billy Ogle Jr. of Knoxville, TN, John Blankenship of Williamson, WV and Ear Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL.   “The car was just phenomenal tonight,” said Bloomquist, who earned his 45th career win on the LOLMDS tour. “The Roush Yates Racing Engine ran perfect and the car handled so well, right from hot laps on. I want to thank my crew, sponsors, and everybody with my race team. Hopefully we can get on a roll again.”   “The traffic is always an issue here, we ran up on some cars and I backed off the throttle a little. I didn’t know how close Don (O’Neal) was, but I had to be careful. I want to thank Bob and Barb Miller, they are here tonight and they have been long supporters of us. I want to also thank Hawkeye Trucking, Base Racing Fuel, Lucas Oil Products, Optima Batteries, Sweet Mfg, Ohlins, Weld Racing, and Lane Automotive.”   Bloomquist held a good-sized lead for most of the race, as only two cautions slowed the event. On each restart, Bloomquist pulled away from the field. O’Neal tried to track Bloomquist down in the final laps but ran out of time. Ogle briefly held the second-spot after the first restart, but O’Neal eventually got him back, and chased down the leader.   Rounding out the top ten were; Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA; Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN; Steve Francis of Ashland, KY; Vic Hill of Mosheim, TN; and Eric Wells of Hazard, KY.         In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set a blistering pace in Red Buck Cigars Time Trials and clocking a New Track Record, 10.822 seconds. Heat races were taken by: Scott Bloomquist, Don O’Neal, and John Blankenship.   The series will take a couple weekends off and return to action on Friday and Saturday Night’s June 22nd and 23rd at Cherokee Speedway and Wythe Raceway. Both events will pay $10,000-to-win and feature Red Buck Cigars Time Trials, Heats, B-Mains, and 50-Lap Main Events. For more information, log onto www.cherokeespeedway.com and www.wytheraceway.com.   For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and be sure to follow the series at www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and www.twitter.com/#!/lucasdirt.   Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race Summary Sunday Night, June 3rd, 2012 Toyota Knoxville 50 Tazewell Speedway – Tazewell, TN   Red Buck Cigars Fast Time:  Scott Bloomquist / 10.822 seconds (Group A and Overall) ***New Track Record*** John Blankenship / 11.073 seconds (Group B)   Wiles Driveshafts First Heat (10 Laps): Scott Bloomquist, Billy Ogle, Vic Hill, Steve Francis, Ray Cook, Brad Neat, Rick Rogers, Tyler Reddick-DNS   U. S. Steel Second Heat (10 Laps): Don O'Neal, Jonathan Davenport, Jared Landers, Eric Wells, Austin Hubbard, Dennis Erb, Jr., Mike Weeks   Simpson Performance Products Third Heat (10 Laps): John Blankenship, Earl Pearson, Jr., Jimmy Owens, Steve Smith, Bryan Hendrix, Jeff Wolfenbarger, Jason Trammell       Feature Finish – 50 Laps

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN
1 1 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN
2 2 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN
3 4 201 Billy Ogle Knoxville, TN
4 3 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
5 6 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL
6 5 15d Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA
7 9 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
8 10 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
9 7 1v Vic Hill Mosheim, TN
10 11 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY
11 16 41n Brad Neat Dunnville, KY
12 8 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
13 18 28 Jeff Wolfenbarger Clinton, TN
14 15 5h Bryan Hendrix Knoxville, TN
15 22 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA
16 13 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC
17 17 28e Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL
18 12 3 Steve Smith Powell, TN
19 20 22 Mike Weeks Lenior City, TN
20 21 90J Jason Trammell Knoxville, TN
21 19 25 Rick Rogers Knoxville, TN
22 14 11h Austin Hubbard Seaford, DE

 

  Race Statistics Entrants: 22 Lap Leaders: Scott Bloomquist (Laps 1 – 50) Caution Flags: Jared Landers (Lap 28); Tyler Reddick, Terry Wolfenbarger (Lap 32) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: none Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: none Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Brad Neat (Started 16th; Finished 11th; Advanced 5 positions) Allstar Performer of the Race: Scott Bloomquist Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Earl Pearson Jr. ASi Racewear Challenge Finisher: Don O’Neal Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Jonathan Davenport COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Roush-Yates Racing Engines Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Bloomquist Race Cars Sweet Mfg Crew Chief of the Race: Tommy Hicks (Scott Bloomquist) Time of Race: 19 minutes 26 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS
1 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 3355
2 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 3085
3 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 3035
4 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY 2910
5 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 2845
6 15d Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 2755
7 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV 2715
8 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 2650
9 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA 2645
10 28e Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL 2590
11 11h Austin Hubbard Seaford, DE 2545
12 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY 2515

 

*Points are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*

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  UNION, KY (June 2, 2012) – Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN took the lead at the start of the 26th Annual Ralph Latham Memorial and went unchallenged in taking the $10,000 victory.  It was O’Neal’s second consecutive win in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned event at Florence Speedway. Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN came home second; followed by Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN; Eddie Carrier Jr. of Salt Rock, WV; and Steve Francis of Ashland, KY.   O’Neal dominated the event from start to finish. O’Neal had little difficulty, effortlessly racing though traffic as he went on for his eighth LOLMDS triumph of 2012.   “You know, we always seem to run well here. This MasterSbilt Race Car was solid all-night long. I could drive it anywhere on the track! I have to thank all of my crew and sponsors for making this possible. Thanks to the fans for coming out tonight as well,” said O’Neal.   O’Neal’s Keith and Tader Masters-owned car is sponsored by Optima Batteries, Independence Lumber, Seubert Calf Ranches, Superior Cleaning Services, Jones Core, Budda Bert Transmissions, Dragon Race Fuel, Ohlins, Tarpy Trucking, and O’Neal Mulch. A Jay Dickens Racing Engine powers the car.   Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC had a solid run going, running second for the first 29 laps of the race until he broke something, causing a caution flag. Owens picked up the second spot, but could never muster enough of a challenge to make it close at the finish in his Reece Monument Company, Cornett Racing Engines, Bloomquist Race Cars, Ford.   Bloomquist and Carrier had a good battle for third over the last half of race with Bloomquist edging out Carrier at the finish line. Francis followed closely in fifth.   Completing the top ten were: Steve Casebolt of Richmond, IN; John Blankenship of Williamson, WV; Brad Neat of Dunnville, KY; Tyler Reddick of Corning, CA; and Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA.   In preliminary action, Don O’Neal set the Red Buck Cigars Fast Time amongst the 41 entrants with a lap of 17.308 seconds. Heat races were taken by: Don O’Neal, Scott Bloomquist, Ray Cook, and Jimmy Owens. Darrel Lanigan and Josh Williams won their respective B-Mains.      The series will make its way back to the hills of Tennessee tomorrow night as the stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series converge on Tazewell Speedway in Tazewell, TN tomorrow night, June 3rd. The Toyota Knoxville 50 will pay $10,000-to-win, with Red Buck Cigars Time Trials, Full Heat Races, B-Mains, and the 50-Lap main event. For more information, log onto www.tazewellspeedway.com.   For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and be sure to follow the series at www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and www.twitter.com/#!/lucasdirt.   Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race Summary Saturday Night, June 2nd, 2012 Ralph Latham Memorial Florence Speedway – Union, KY   Red Buck Cigars Fast Time:  Don O’Neal / 17.308 seconds (Group A and Overall) Ray Cook / 17.384 seconds (Group B)   Wiles Driveshafts First Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Don O'Neal, Joe Janowski, John Blankenship, Jonathan Davenport, Darrell Lanigan, Dennis Erb, Jr., Chad Stapleton, Rod Conley, Dennis Roberson, Steve Landrum   U. S. Steel Second Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Scott Bloomquist, Brad Neat, Greg Johnson, Earl Pearson, Jr., Mike Jewell, Robby Hensley, Tim Rivers, Nick Latham, Troy Cruse, Scott James   Simpson Performance Products Third Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Ray Cook, Steve Casebolt, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Brian Birkhofer, Josh Williams, John Gill, Eric Wells, Stephen Breeding, Jared Landers, David Spille, Mason Combs-DNS   HAWK Brakes Fourth Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Jimmy Owens, Steve Francis, Tyler Reddick, Austin Hubbard, Dustin Neat, Chad Smith, Barry Doss, James Rice, Greg Kendall, Jesse Lay

JRi Shocks First B-Main (12 Laps – Top 3 Advance): Darrell Lanigan, Mike Jewell, Dennis Erb, Jr., Robby Hensley, Chad Stapleton, Rod Conley, Tim Rivers, Nick Latham, Dennis Roberson, Steve Landrum, Troy Cruse, Scott James-DNS PAC Racing Springs Second B-Main (12 Laps – Top 3 Advance): Josh Williams, Dustin Neat, Chad Smith, John Gill, Jared Landers, Barry Doss, Stephen Breeding, James Rice, David Spille, Greg Kendall, Eric Wells, Jesse Lay, Mason Combs     Feature Finish – 50 Laps

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN
1 1 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN
2 4 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
3 3 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN
4 10 28 Eddie Carrier, Jr. Salt Rock, WV
5 8 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
6 6 c9 Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN
7 9 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
8 7 41n Brad Neat Dunnville, KY
9 12 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA
10 14 15b Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA
11 17 29 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY
12 23 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
13 15 41P Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL
14 16 11h Austin Hubbard Seaford, DE
15 13 15d Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA
16 5 6J Joe Janowski Carmel, IN
17 18 JJ2 Josh Williams W. Harrison, IN
18 11 24H Greg Johnson Bedford, IN
19 21 28e Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL
20 24 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY
21 20 25n Dustin Neat Dunnville, KY
22 22 19c Chad Smith Centerville, OH
23 2 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC
24 19 9J Mike Jewell Scottsburg, IN
25 25 81 Scott James Lawrenceburg, IN

 

  Race Statistics Entrants: 41 Lap Leaders: Don O’Neal (Laps 1 – 50) Caution Flags: Jared Landers, Mike Jewell, Darrel Lanigan, Earl Pearson Jr. (Lap 4); Jared Landers (Lap 11); Dustin Neat (Lap 23); Ray Cook (Lap 29) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Jared Landers, Eric Wells Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: none Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Jared Landers (Started 23rd; Finished 12th; Advanced 11 positions) Allstar Performer of the Race: Don O’Neal Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Jimmy Owens ASi Racewear Challenge Finisher: Don O’Neal Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Austin Hubbard COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Jay Dickens Racing Engines Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: MasterSbilt Race Cars Sweet Mfg Crew Chief of the Race: Cody Mahoney (Don O’Neal) Time of Race: 24 minutes 28 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS
1 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 3160
2 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 2855
3 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 2775
4 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY 2720
5 41P Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 2640
6 15d Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 2555
7 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV 2495
8 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA 2490
9 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 2480
10 28e Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL 2445
11 11h Austin Hubbard Seaford, DE 2420
12 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY 2335

 

*Points are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*

WHEATLAND, MO (May 26, 2012) – Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN successfully defended his DART Show-Me 100 Presented by ProtectThe Harvest.com crown on Saturday Night at Lucas Oil Speedway. Owens earned $30,000 for his second consecutive series victory. In a hard-fought race that went down to the final lap, Owens held off 27th starting John Blankenship of Williamson, WV and Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, IL for the win. The event was co-sanctioned with the Lucas Oil MLRA.

With high-flying passes on nearly every lap of the entire event, it was anyone’s race to win. Owens started from the pole position and took the lead at the start of the race. Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR; a 3-time winner of the event; challenged Owens for the lead early on. Tyler Reddick of Corning, CA, the 16-year-old phenom, made his presence known early. He was going to a contender for the win as he came from his seventh starting spot to pass both Moyer and Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN to take over the second spot.

Reddick then put the heat on Owens for the lead, diving to the bottom of the track Reddick gained ground on Owens and was gunning for the lead when his engine popped with 16 laps scored. Bloomquist inherited the second position after Reddick’s night ended.

Jared Landers of Batesville, AR quickly became one of the wild-cards of the race. Landers started 25th and powered through the field, running third by lap 19. The top three of Owens, Bloomquist, and Landers then pulled away from Erb, who was fourth at this point. The leaders experienced heavy traffic with 30 laps in the books and ten circuits later they were nose-to-tail.

A caution on lap 48 for Will Vaught bunched the field up. On the restart, Landers went for the lead and took over the top spot, passing Owens on lap 49. Landers then led two more laps until his power steering started to go out. Owens regained the point from Landers on lap 53.

Landers then started to fade as several cars passed him. Bloomquist moved into second and he and Erb started to challenge Owens for the lead. Owens began to push in the turns as the cushion became a bit treacherous. He had trouble entering turn two and exiting turn four, allowing both Bloomquist and Erb to stay close.

Cautions for Kevin Sather on lap 74 and Bloomquist on lap 76, only added to the mix of exciting restarts. Erb picked up the challenge for the lead, racing Owens hard until the final caution of the race came out for Eric Wells with 89 laps scored. The field was set-up for the final free-for-all, with everyone gunning for the top spot with only 11 laps to go.

On the restart Blankenship; who had surged through the field, slid up in turn two, directly in front of Owens to briefly take the lead. But Owens dove down beneath Blankenship, and the two went door to door down the back stretch. Owens hung on to just edge out both Blankenship and Erb at the finish line.

"That was an awesome race, I think maybe we broke something on the left rear, I don’t know, the car was a handful all night! If I could stay up on that cushion, I knew I couldn't let those guys get by me, I couldn’t even take off good on the restarts," said the 40-year-old who won for the 31st time in his LOLMDS career.

"They could get a good run on me on the restarts, and luckily we were able to hang on. John (Blankenship) passed me there after that last restart, and I thought, well we have got to cross back over and kind of return the favor. My hat's off to John he had a great car, and made a great run."

"I have to thank my car owner Mike Reece, my sponsors Reece Monument Company, Sunoco Race Fuels, Gantte Appraisals, Red Line Oil, Midwest Sheet Metal, Ohlins, Hoosier, Keyser and C&C Tucking." The Bloomquist Race Cars entry that Owens drives is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine.

For the fourth time in the last five races, Blankenship earned the title of Hard Charger of the Race in the Coal America’s Energy, Cornett Race Engines, Rocket. Erb bounced back with a solid third place finish in his JL Scrap Metals, Bloomquist Race Cars, Chevrolet.

Austin Hubbard of Seaford, DE also made a strong run. He started dead last in 29th place and worked his way up to a fourth place finish in his first ever appearance at Lucas Oil Speedway. Hubbard’s run came in the Trinity Logistics, Cornett Race Engines, Rocket Chevrolet. Moyer completed the top five in his Banner Valley Hauling, Clements Race Engines, Moyer Victory Circle Chevy.

Completing the top ten were Steve Francis of Ashland, KY; Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA; Earl Pearson of Jacksonville, FL; Eric Turner of Hermitage, MO ; and John Anderson of Omaha, NE.

In preliminary action, Jimmy Owens set the Red Buck Cigars Fast Time amongst the 55 entrants with a lap of 15.513 seconds. Heat races were taken by: Jimmy Owens, Scott Bloomquist, Don O’Neal, and Billy Moyer. Billy Moyer Jr. and Jesse Stovall won their respective B-Mains.

The series will make its way back to the hills of Tennessee and to Kentucky next weekend as the stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series converge on Tazewell Speedway in Tazewell, TN and Florence Speedway in Union, KY on Friday and Saturday Nights, June 1st and 2nd. Both events will pay $10,000-to-win, with Red Buck Cigars Time Trials, Full Heat Races, B-Mains, and 50-Lap main events. For more information on each track, check out www.tazewellspeedway.com and www.florencespeedway.com.

Race Summary

Saturday Night, May 26th, 2012
20th Annual DART “Show-Me 100” Presented by Protect The Harvest Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, MO

Red Buck Cigars Fast Time:

  • Jimmy Owens / 15.513 seconds (Group A and Overall)
  • Steve Francis / 16.158 seconds (Group B)

Wiles Driveshafts First Heat (20 Laps- Top 4 Advance):

Jimmy Owens, Eric Turner, Wendell Wallace, Chad Simpson, Billy Moyer, Jr., Earl Pearson, Jr., Tony Jackson, Jr., Tommy Weder, Robert Baker, Jerry Lierly, Charlie McKenna, Morgan Bagley, Chris Wall, Brian Birkhofer

U. S. Steel Second Heat (20 Laps- Top 4 Advance):

Scott Bloomquist, Tyler Reddick, Eric Wells, Shannon Babb, AJ Diemel, Austin Hubbard, John Blankenship, Duke Whiseant, Mark Dotson, Brian Shirley, Jason Rauen, Josh McGuire, Shane Harris, Scott Lewis

Simpson Performance Products Third Heat (20 Laps- Top 4 Advance):

Don O'Neal, Jimmy Mars, Jonathan Davenport, Steve Francis, Eric Jacobsen, Terry Phillips, John Anderson, Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, Bryon Allison, RC Whitwell, Brandon McCormick, Tim Rivers, BJ Robinson, Timothy Culp

HAWK Brakes Fourth Heat (20 Laps- Top 4 Advance):

Billy Moyer, Dennis Erb, Jr., Kevin Sather, Will Vaught, Brad Neat, Jesse Stovall, Tim Isenberg, Chris Simpson, David Turner, Brad Looney, Jake Meier, Mike Stadel, Jared Landers

U. S. Steel Manufacturers Dash Presented by Fast Shafts:

Brian Shirley, Brad Looney, Steve Francis, Don O’Neal, Jimmy Owens, Earl Pearson Jr., Tony Jackson Jr., Brandon McCormick

Crawford Supply Race of Champions Presented by Traeger Grills:

Billy Moyer, Terry Phillips, Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Wendell Wallace, Brian Birkhofer JRi Shocks First B-Main (15 Laps – Top 4 Advance): Billy Moyer, Jr., Earl Pearson, Jr., Duke Whiseant, AJ Diemel, Austin Hubbard, John Blankenship, Tony Jackson, Jr., Charlie McKenna, Robert Baker, Jason Rauen, Mark Dotson, Shane Harris, Brian Birkhofer, Jerry Lierly, Tommy Weder, Scott Lewis, Morgan Bagley, Josh McGuire, Brian Shirley-DNS, Chris Wall-DNS

PAC Racing Springs Second B-Main (15 Laps – Top 4 Advance):

Jesse Stovall, Eric Jacobsen, Terry Phillips, John Anderson, Bryon Allison, Tim Isenberg, Timothy Culp, Jared Landers, Brad Neat, David Turner, Brad Looney, Jake Meier, Tim Rivers, RC Whitwell, Chris Simpson, Mike Stadel, Ronny Lee Hollingsworth-DNS, Brandon McCormick-DNS, BJ Robinson-DNS

Feature Finish – 100 Laps

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN
1 1 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
2 27 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
3 8 28e Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL
4 29 11h Austin Hubbard Seaford, DE
5 4 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR
6 14 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
7 10 15d Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA
8 19 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL
9 5 33x Eric Turner Hermitage, MO
10 24 2a John Anderson Omaha, NE
11 20 5J Eric Jacobsen Watsonville, CA
12 11 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY
13 3 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN
14 12 3E Kevin Sather Des Moines, IA
15 25 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
16 17 21JR Billy Moyer, Jr. Batesville, AR
17 16 1v Will Vaught Crane, MO
18 9 6m Wendell Wallace Batesville, AR
19 21 A1 Duke Whiseant Texarkana, AR
20 28 56 Tony Jackson, Jr. Lebanon, MO
21 18 00S Jesse Stovall Galena, MO
22 23 58 AJ Diemel Elkmound, WI
23 6 28m Jimmy Mars Menomonie, WI
24 26 15T David Turner Creighton, MO
25 7 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA
26 2 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN
27 13 25c Chad Simpson Mt. Vernon, IA
28 15 18 Shannon Babb Mowequa, IL
29 22 75 Terry Phillips Springfield, MO

Race Statistics

  • Entrants: 55
  • Lap Leaders: Jimmy Owens (Laps 1 – 48); Jared Landers (Laps 49 – 51); Jimmy Owens (52 – 100)
  • Caution Flags: Tyler Reddick (Lap 16); Kevin Sather (Lap 18); Wendell Wallace (Lap 33); Will Vaught (Lap 48); Kevin Sather (Lap 75); Scott Bloomquist (Lap 76); Eric Wells (Lap 89)
  • Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Jared Landers, John Blankenship
  • Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: Austin Hubbard Lucas Oil MLRA Provisionals: Eric Turner, Tony Jackson Jr.
  • Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: John Blankenship (Started 27th; Finished 2nd; Advanced 25 positions)
  • Allstar Performer of the Race: John Blankenship
  • Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Jimmy Owens
  • ASi Racewear Challenge Finisher: Jimmy Owens
  • Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Austin Hubbard
  • COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Cornett Racing Engines
  • Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Bloomquist Race Cars
  • Sweet Mfg Crew Chief of the Race: Brian Leonberg (Jared Landers)
  • Time of Race: 48 minutes 10 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS
1 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 2930
2 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 2595
3 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 2555
4 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY 2515
5 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 2475
6 15d Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 2400
7 28e Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL 2310
7 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 2310
9 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA 2305
10 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV 2300
11 11h Austin Hubbard Seaford, DE 2260
12 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY 2205

*Points are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*

LOCUST GROVE, AR (May 19, 2012) – The defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion, Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN finally got his breakthrough victory on Saturday Night at Batesville Motor Speedway, after having finished 2nd seven times.

Owens fought off the challenges from Hall-of-Fame drivers, Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR and Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN to capture the Inaugural Bad Boy 98. The race paid $10,000 to win and Owens also claimed a 2012 Chevy Camaro from Mark Martin Chevrolet as his trophy. Moyer chased down Owens late in the race, but fell short of victory. Moyer did earn a $20,000 payday for second. Bloomquist came home third, followed by Wendell Wallace of Batesville, AR and Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN.

Moyer entered the race leading the nation, with ten feature wins, and was looking for his first-win in seven years at his home track. He grabbed the lead at the start of the 98-lap affair. O’Neal challenged him early on. Owens regrouped and passed O’Neal for second on lap nine, then quickly began gaining ground on the leader.

Owens set up Moyer for a few laps and eventually got by him for the lead on lap 12. Meanwhile Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA quickly made his way up to third. With 20 laps scored, the running order was Owens, Moyer, Birkhofer, O’Neal and Steve Francis of Ashland, KY in the top five.

On lap 24 Earl Pearson Jr.’s car went up in smoke heading into turn number one, causing a chain reaction wreck involving several cars. By lap 47 Bloomquist made it a three-way battle for the lead. Both Moyer and Bloomquist closed on Owens in heavy traffic, but a caution for Austin Hubbard on lap 70 cleared the track for Owens in the remaining 28 circuits. Owens pulled away on the restart as Moyer and Bloomquist battled hard for second.

Owens had a commanding lead with ten laps to go, but Moyer cut that deficit in half by five to go. Owens had to contend with traffic to the finish. Moyer sliced the lead to three-car lengths, but couldn’t get any closer as the two took the white flag. Moyer made one last stab at the lead, but Owens headed to the finish line for his first series win of 2012.

"I have to thank Mike Reece for giving me the opportunity to drive his car, the crew did a great job this weekend, we were geared up for the long run tonight and it paid off! To hold off two of the best drivers to ever race Late Models is quite an accomplishment," said the 40-year-old Owens, who remains out in front of this year’s Lucas Oil Championship Points Standings.

"I have to thank all of my great sponsors Reece Monument Company, Gantte Appraisals, Sunoco Race Fuels, Red Line Oil, C&C Trucking, and Midwest Sheet Metal, it feels good to finally get back to Lucas Oil Victory Lane. With all the second-place finishes this year, we knew eventually we would get here, thanks to the fans for coming out tonight, and I am going to give this new car to my 3-year-old son Nathan, so he can drive it when he gets old enough," said Owens, who drives a Bloomquist Race Cars Ford powered by a Cornett Racing Engine.

Owens was teamed with fan, Matt McRae of Quitman, AR and the 19-year-old will drive away with a new 2012 Ford Mustang from Mark Martin Ford. “I can’t believe it,” said McRae. "I am now the biggest Jimmy Owens fan."

Completing the top ten were Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, WI; John Blankenship of Williamson, WV; Steve Francis of Ashland, KY; Jared Landers of Batesville, AR; and Billy Moyer Jr. of Batesville, AR.

In preliminary action, Billy Moyer set the Red Buck Cigars Fast Time amongst the 48 entrants with a lap of 13.011 seconds. Heat races were taken by: Billy Moyer, Don O’Neal, Jimmy Owens, and Steve Francis. Earl Pearson Jr. and Jesse Stovall won their respective B-Mains.

Next weekend the stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series head to the “DART Show Me 100.” The prestigious 20th annual event will take place from May 25th to 26th. For more information on the crown-jewel “Show-Me 100” at the “Diamond of the Dirt Tracks”, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO, log onto www.lucasoilspeedway.com.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Friday Night, May 18th, 2012
“Bad Boy 98”
Batesville Motor Speedway – Batesville, MO

Red Buck Cigars Fast Time:
Billy Moyer / 13.011 seconds (Group A and Overall)
Jimmy Owens / 13.032 seconds (Group B)

Wiles Driveshafts First Heat (12 Laps- Top 4 Advance):
Billy Moyer, Jack Sullivan, Dennis Erb, Jr., Scott Bloomquist, Terry Phillips, Eric Wells, Eric Jacobsen, Morgan Bagley, Ray Moore, Klint Byars, Jerry Lierly, Joseph Long

U. S. Steel Second Heat (12 Laps- Top 4 Advance):
Don O'Neal, Jared Landers, Brian Birkhofer, Billy Moyer, Jr., John Blankenship, Jimmy Mars, Earl Pearson, Jr., Timothy Culp, RC Whitwell, Tanner English, Nick Black, John Anderson-DNS

Simpson Performance Products Third Heat (12 Laps- Top 4 Advance):
Jimmy Owens, Shane Clanton, Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, Tyler Reddick, Stacy Taylor, Jesse Stovall, Duke Whiseant, Eric Turner, Chris Wall, Jon Kirby, Bill Frye, Tommy Weder

HAWK Brakes Fourth Heat (12 Laps- Top 4 Advance):
Steve Francis, Wendell Wallace, Jonathan Davenport, Brad Neat, BJ Robinson, Austin Hubbard, AJ Diemel, Robert Baker, Jeff Chanler, Jeff Floyd, Brandon Smith, Shane Harris

JRi Shocks First B-Main (15 Laps – Top 3 Advance):
Earl Pearson, Jr., Jimmy Mars, Morgan Bagley, Ray Moore, Klint Byars, Tanner English, RC Whitwell, Timothy Culp, Nick Black, Jerry Lierly, Eric Jacobsen, John Blankenship, Terry Phillips, Eric Wells, Joseph Long-DNS, John Anderson-DNS

PAC Racing Springs Second B-Main (15 Laps – Top 3 Advance):
Jesse Stovall, Austin Hubbard, BJ Robinson, AJ Diemel, Robert Baker, Eric Turner, Jon Kirby, Shane Harris, Chris Wall, Tommy Weder, Stacy Taylor, Duke Whiseant, Jeff Chanler, Brandon Smith, Jeff Floyd-DNS, Bill Frye-DNS

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN
1 2 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
2 1 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR
3 13 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN
4 8 6m Wendell Wallace Batesville, AR
5 3 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN
6 19 28m Jimmy Mars Menomonie, WI
7 25 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
8 4 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
9 7 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
10 15 21JR Billy Moyer, Jr. Batesville, AR
11 14 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA
12 20 11h Austin Hubbard Seaford, DE
13 12 15d Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA
14 9 28e Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL
15 24 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY
16 10 18H Ronny Lee Hollingsworth Northport, AL
17 21 14m Morgan Bagley Tyler, TX
18 22 F5 BJ Robinson Shreveport, LA
19 11 15b Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA
20 16 41n Brad Neat Dunnville, KY
21 5 1s Jack Sullivan Greenbrier, AR
22 6 25c Shane Clanton Fayetteville, GA
23 17 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL
24 18 00S Jesse Stovall Galena, MO

Race Statistics

Entrants: 48
Lap Leaders: Billy Moyer (Laps 1 – 11); Jimmy Owens (Laps 12 – 98)
Caution Flags: Jimmy Mars (Lap 13); Shane Clanton (Lap 19); Earl Pearson Jr., Austin Hubbard, Tyler Reddick, Jesse Stovall (Lap24); Austin Hubbard (Lap 70); Brian Birkhofer (Lap 75)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Eric Wells, John Blankenship
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: none
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: John Blankenship (Started 24 th; Finished 7th; Advanced 18 positions)
Allstar Performer of the Race: Scott Bloomquist
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Jimmy Owens
ASi Racewear Challenge Finisher: Jimmy Owens
Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Austin Hubbard
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Cornett Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Bloomquist Race Cars
Sweet Mfg Crew Chief of the Race: Chris Fox (Jimmy Owens)
Time of Race: 47 minutes 37 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

OS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS
1 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 2670
2 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 2470
3 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 2390
4 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY 2305
5 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 2285
6 15d Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 2205
7 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA 2180
8 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 2155
9 28e Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL 2090
10 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV 2070
11 11h Austin Hubbard Seaford, DE 2050
12 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY 2035

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2020 Championship Points

Points as of 7/4/2020
Pos Competitor Points
1stJimmy Owens (#20)4015
2ndJonathan Davenport (#49)3595
3rdTyler Erb (#1T)3535
4thTim McCreadie (#39)3475
5thDevin Moran (#9)3465
6thJosh Richards (#14)3435
7thKyle Bronson (#40B)3365
8thShane Clanton (#25)3275
9thBilly Moyer (#21)3130
10thTanner English (#81E)3000

Live Timing

Television Schedule

All times are Eastern. Subject to change.
Friday, July 10
7:00 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Union, KY
Saturday, July 11
7:00 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Union, KY
Monday, July 13
7:30 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Farley, IA
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