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2013results_7-13.jpg   WHEATLAND, MO (July 13, 2013) – John Blankenship dazzled the impressive crowd on-hand at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO tonight in the 7th Annual CMH “Diamond Nationals” co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil MLRA. Blankenship took the point’s lead from Jimmy Owens last night, and came into tonight’s event a-top the points standings for the first time in his career. He and Owens had a fierce battle for the lead, until lap 28, when Blankenship finally put some distance between himself and the “Newport Nightmare”. Blankenship went unchallenged the rest of the way in the race that had no cautions.  

Blankenship’s third LOLMDS victory of the season also marked his first-ever at the track. He took home $10,000 for the win and put an end to Owens’ reign over the facility. Owens entered the event having won six out of the last seven LOLMDS races at Lucas Oil Speedway, including 3 Show-Me 100’s.  

Trailing Blankenship and Owens to the finish line were Tony Jackson, Jr., Earl Pearson Jr., and Steve Francis.   “I don’t know what to say,” said the winner in Lucas Oil Victory Lane. “To beat Jimmy here is just unbelievable! He has been so strong here; I didn’t think anyone was ever going to beat him here. Our car tonight, once we got going really was fast, to catch Jimmy and then to pass him says a lot about our team and this Rocket Chassis. We have come so close to winning here before, and to finally do it tonight in front of this big crowd, is just tremendous!”  

Blankenship started fifth and wrestled the second position away from Dennis Erb Jr. by lap 8. “Dennis and I had a good race going early on. Once we broke free from him, I was finally able to get Jimmy in my vision, he must have had a straightaway lead or better on us by the time we got to second, we slowly tracked him down, and once we got into traffic that was our chance.”

“What a way to bring a new sponsor into the sport! GeneratorWorld.com has come on board with us, and along with all of our other great sponsors: Todd Case Trucking, Coal, Bear Cove Village, VP, and Integra. We have also been alternating back-and-forth between the Cornett and Jay Dickens Engines. Tonight we had the Cornett in the car and both engines have been really strong!”   Blankenship forged ahead of Owens for the lead the first time on lap 23. But Owens came back and led the next three circuits, until Blankenship shot by him for good on lap 28 and was never able to seriously challenge the 32-year-old racer for the remainder of the race.   

“Congrats to John on the win! I am just as excited for him as he is,” said Owens afterwards. “We have been struggling over the last month, and with last night’s parts failure, we didn’t even get to turn a lap in the feature, but his team works hard! John has gotten so much better as a driver over the last few years, it’s scary for the rest of the competition what he could become,” said the driver of the Reece Monument Company, Cornett Racing Engines, Bloomquist Ford.  

Jackson had his best career LOLMDS finish with a third place finish. Jackson was outside of the top five for the first half of the race, but got going late in the 50-lapper. “I wish we had as good of a car early in the race as we had later on! To have a podium finish against these guys lets us know how far our race team has come in the last year,” said the driver of the RLB Financial, Rocket Chassis, Chevrolet. Jackson came into the race as winner in seven events since Memorial Day Weekend.

Completing the top ten were Dennis Erb Jr., Wendell Wallace, Don O’Neal, Jesse Stovall, and Terry Phillips.

In preliminary action, Ryan Gustin set the overall time (Group A) amongst the 38 entrants, with a lap of 16.347 seconds. Jimmy Owens set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 16.398 seconds. Eric Turner, Will Vaught, Jimmy Owens, and Dennis Erb Jr. won their respective heat races. Mark Dotson and Eddie Carrier Jr. won their respective B-Mains. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will continue its July Midwest swing next week. On Tuesday, July 16th, the series will make its first appearance at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, KS. Hamilton County Speedway will host its first-ever LOLMDS event on Wednesday, July 17th. Both events will include RED BUCK Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and the 50-Lap, $10,000-to-win main events. For more information, log onto www.lakesidespeedway.net and www.hamiltoncospeedway.com. The series will round out its July Midwest swing with the Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, NE. The event will include a practice session on Thursday, July 18th. There will be two rounds of heats on Friday night, July 19th. Capping off the trip to I-80 on Saturday, July 20th, there will be B-Mains and the 80-lap feature event. For more information, visit www.I80speedway.com.   For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and follow the series on www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and www.twitter.com/#!/lucasdirt. Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race Summary Saturday Night, July 13th, 2013 “CMH Diamond Nationals” Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, MO   RED BUCK Fast Time Group A: Ryan Gustin/ 16.347 seconds RED BUCK Fast Time Group B: Jimmy Owens/ 16.398 seconds Wiles Drive Shafts Heat Race #1 (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Eric Turner, John Blankenship, Steve Francis, Craig Vosbergen, Mark Dotson, Mark Banal, Patrick Johnson, Jay Brunson, Ryan Gustin, Brantlee Gotschall Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Will Vaught, Jesse Stovall, Wendell Wallace, Jared Landers, Jack Sullivan, Billy Moyer, Timothy Culp, Brandon McCormick, Brad Looney

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Tony Jackson, Jr., John Anderson, Terry Phillips, Eddie Carrier Jr., Jerry Lierly, Chase Junghaus, Jason Bodenhamer, Travis Dickes, Reid Millard FK Rod Ends Heat Race #4 (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Dennis Erb Jr., Tyler Reddick, Earl Pearson Jr., Jason Feger, Billy Moyer Jr., Don O'Neal, Tommy Weder, Jason Papich, Larry Jones CV Products B-Main #1 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Mark Dotson, Jack Sullivan, Billy Moyer, Timothy Culp, Ryan Gustin, Brandon McCormick, Jay Brunson, Patrick Johnson, Mark Banal Wrisco Aluminum B-Main #2 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Eddie Carrier Jr., Billy Moyer Jr., Don O'Neal, Jerry Lierly, Tommy Weder, Chase Junghaus, Jason Bodenhamer, Travis Dickes, Jason Papich, Reid Millard, Larry JonesFeature Finish (50 Laps):

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN
1 5 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
2 2 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
3 6 56 Tony Jackson, Jr. Lebanon, MO
4 16 44 Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville, FL
5 9 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
6 4 28e Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville, IL
7 11 6m Wendell Wallace Batesville, AR
8 22 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN
9 7 00s Jesse Stovall Billing, MO
10 14 75 Terry Phillips Springfield, MO
11 3 1v Will Vaught Crane, MO
12 10 2a John Anderson Omaha, NE
13 8 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA
14 1 33x Eric Turner Hermitage, MO
15 18 28 Eddie Carrier Jr. Salt Rock, WV
16 19 1x Jack Sullivan Greenbrier, AR
17 17 85d Mark Dotson Cameron, MO
18 20 21JR Billy Moyer Jr. Batesville, AR
19 15 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
20 26 21T Travis Dickes Madison, NE
21 13 8 Craig Vosbergen Western Australia
22 23 7L Jerry Lierly Camp Point, IL
23 24 19R Ryan Gustin Marshalltown, IA
24 12 25F Jason Feger Bloomington, IL
25 25 14 Brad Looney Republic, MO
26 21 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR

   

Race Statistics   Entrants: 38 Lap Leaders: Jimmy Owens (Laps 1 – 22); John Blankenship (Lap 23); Jimmy Owens (Laps 24 – 27); John Blankenship (Laps 28 – 50) Caution Flags: none Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Jerry Lierly Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: none RED BUCK Fast Time Provisionals: Ryan Gustin Lucas Oil Midwest Latemodel Racing Association Provisionals: Brad Looney; Travis Dickes Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Don O’Neal (Started: 22nd, Finished: 8th, Advanced: 14 positions) Allstar Performer of the Race: John Blankenship Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Jimmy Owens JRi Shocks/Dunn Benson Ford Rookie of the Race: Billy Moyer Jr. COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Cornett Racing Engines Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Tom Buckingham (John Blankenship) HAWK Performance Fastest Lap of the Race: Jimmy Owens (Lap # 2; 17.106 seconds) Time of Race: 20 minutes 41 seconds   Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS
1 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV 3535
2 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 3485
3 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY 3440
4 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 3365
5 44 Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville, FL 3330
6 28e Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville, IL 3275
7 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 3060
8 28 Eddie Carrier Jr. Salt Rock, WV 2995
9 21JR Billy Moyer Jr. Batesville, AR 2720
10 7L Jerry Lierly Camp Point, IL 2455

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

2013results_7-12.jpg   PONTOOON BEACH, IL (July 12, 2013) – Steve Francis won his first feature of the season on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tonight at Tri-City Speedway.  Francis started third in the $10,000 to win “Battle at the Beach”. He took the lead on lap nine and was challenged all the way to the checkers by John Blankenship, who finished second. Trailing Francis and Blankenship to the finish were Chris Simpson, Don O’Neal, and Billy Moyer.

Francis; claimed six series wins last year; recorded his 12th career LOLMDS victory. He also became the 12th different winner on the tour in 2013.  Blankenship, in the Coal World’s Energy Rocket stayed within striking distance until the end, and came up just short of his third win of the year.  With his second place finish, Blankenship took over the series points lead from Jimmy Owens, who failed to make a lap in the main event due to transmission issues. “The team worked really hard for this win,” said Francis, who registered his first ever win at Tri-City.  “I told Kevin (Gundaker) earlier that I liked the old half-mile better, but not now! We had a meeting this week with Clint (Bowyer) and decided we wanted to finish the season strong, this is a very good start to that goal!” Blankenship bolted to the lead and led the first eight circuits until Francis took to the outside and dashed by him.  The race was slowed by three caution flags and remained close all the way with Blankenship cutting the lead on the final lap to less than one-car length.  “Congrats to Steve, he drove a heck of a race! We switched cars before the night, and went with the car that had the smaller motor in it, Tom (Buckingham) made the right call on that and it nearly paid off!  I didn’t even know Owens did not run a lap,” said Blankenship who leads the series points for the first time in his career. Francis thanked a multitude of people in Lucas Oil Victory Lane and hopes the win can vault the team to bigger things.  “Our goal every year is to win the championship. I have to thank all the crew, along with Lance and Barry Wright, Clint Bowyer, and everybody back at the shop. It’s a big win for my sponsors: Georgia Boot, Peak Motor Oil, Cometic Gasket, Toyota, VP, Clements Racing Engines, and of course Barry Wright Race Cars.” Simpson, who was the runner-up in the Show-Me 100 back in May at Lucas Oil Speedway came home in another solid run.  “Congrats to Steve for his win! John and I battled hard for second; we never touched the whole race! It’s great to able to compete with these guys, they do it on a weekly basis, we are getting our program to where we are a threat to win each time out,” said the driver of the Simpson Farms, Five Star Shop Service, MB Customs Chevrolet. Completing the top ten were Brian Birkhofer, Billy Moyer Jr., Randy Korte, Jason Feger, and Tyler Reddick. In preliminary action, Billy Laycock set the overall time (Group A) amongst the 33 entrants, with a lap of 15.506 seconds. Michael Kloos set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.774 seconds. John Blankenship, Steve Francis, Chris Simpson, and Jimmy Owens won their respective heat races. Craig Smith and Tim Manville won their respective B-Mains.  The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be back in action tomorrow night, July 13th. The series will head to the “Diamond of the Dirt Tracks” Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO for the annual running of the “CMH Diamond Nationals”. The event will include RED BUCK Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and the 50-Lap, $10,000-to-win main event. For more information, log onto www.lucasoilspeedway.com.  For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and follow the series on www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and www.twitter.com/#!/lucasdirt.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race Summary Friday Night, July 12th, 2013 “Battle at the Beach” Tri-City Speedway – Pontoon Beach, IL

RED BUCK Fast Time Group A: Billy Laycock / 15.506 seconds RED BUCK Fast Time Group B: Michael Kloos / 15.774 seconds Wiles Drive Shafts Heat Race #1 (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): John Blankenship, Don O'Neal, Billy Laycock, Tyler Reddick, Craig Smith, Jeff Herzog, Jason Zobrist, Steve Lampley Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Steve Francis, Billy Moyer, Billy Drake, Jason Feger, Jerry Lierly, Chris Fetter, Jared Landers, Jason Papich

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Chris Simpson, Brian Birkhofer, Michael Kloos, Eddie Carrier Jr., Tim Manville, Dennis Erb Jr., Craig Vosbergen, Derek Fetter FK Rod Ends Heat Race #4 (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Earl Pearson Jr., Randy Korte, Billy Moyer Jr., Timothy Culp, Scott Weber, Chris Shelton, Chad Zobrist CV Products B-Main #1 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Craig Smith, Jerry Lierly, Jared Landers, Jeff Herzog, Chris Fetter, Jason Zobrist, Jason Papich, Steve Lampley Wrisco Aluminum B-Main #2 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Tim Manville, Timothy Culp, Scott Weber, Dennis Erb Jr., Craig Vosbergen, Derek Fetter, Chris Shelton, Chad Zobrist, Jason Zobrist, Jason Papich, Steve LampleyFeature Finish (50 Laps):

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN
1 3 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
2 1 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
3 2 32x Chris Simpson Oxford, IA
4 5 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN
5 7 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR
6 6 15b Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA
7 16 21JR Billy Moyer Jr. Batesville, AR
8 12 81K Randy Korte Highland, IL
9 15 25F Jason Feger Bloomington, IL
10 13 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA
11 14 28 Eddie Carrier Jr. Salt Rock, WV
12 8 44 Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville, FL
13 23 28e Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville, IL
14 11 75 Billy Drake Bloomington, IL
15 9 82 Billy Laycock Marine, IL
16 19 7L Jerry Lierly Camp Point, IL
17 25 15x Chris Fetter Troy, MO
18 26 32F Derek Fetter Troy, MO
19 21 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
20 20 C8 Timothy Culp Prattsville, AR
21 17 8x Craig Smith Godfrey, IL
22 18 33T Tim Manville Highland, IL
23 10 6k Michael Kloos Trenton, IL
24 22 92w Scott Weber Festus, MO
25 24 11 Jeff Herzog Herculaneum, MO
26 4 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN

Race Statistics   Entrants: 33 Lap Leaders: John Blankenship (Laps 1 – 8); Steve Francis (Laps 9 – 50) Caution Flags: Michael Kloos (Lap 29); Craig Smith (Lap 36); Jared Landers (Lap 45) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Dennis Erb Jr. Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: none RED BUCK Fast Time Provisionals: Jeff Herzog Tri City Speedway Track Provisionals: Chris Fetter, Derek Fetter Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Billy Moyer Jr. (Started: 16th, Finished: 7th, Advanced: 9 positions) Allstar Performer of the Race: Steve Francis Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Billy Moyer JRi Shocks/Dunn Benson Ford Rookie of the Race: Billy Moyer Jr. COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Cornett Racing Engines Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Barry Wright Race Cars Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Tommy Grecco (Steve Francis) HAWK Performance Fastest Lap of the Race: Don O’Neal (Lap # 19; 16.514 seconds) Time of Race: 32 minutes 35 seconds Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS
1 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV 3285
2 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 3245
3 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY 3235
4 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 3175
5 44 Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville, FL 3120
6 28e Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville, IL 3075
7 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 2925
8 28 Eddie Carrier Jr. Salt Rock, WV 2840
9 21JR Billy Moyer Jr. Batesville, AR 2580
10 7L Jerry Lierly Camp Point, IL 2330

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

2013results_7-3.jpg   ZANESVILLE, OH (July 3, 2013) – Devin Moran led all 50 laps in a hotly contested Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Budweiser 50 on Wednesday Night at Muskingum County Speedway. The 18-year-old son of Hall of Fame driver, Donnie Moran charged ahead of the pack and delivered a career-best $10,000 victory.    The second-generation racer crossed the finish line to the cheers of the home-track crowd just as his dad flipped in turn number two. The elder Moran escaped the flip uninjured and joined his son in victory lane. Earl Pearson Jr. finished second followed by Doug Drown, Steve Francis, and John Blankenship.   “I can’t believe it, I can’t thank my dad and grandpa enough for all of their support! This is a dream come true to win one of these Lucas Oil races! These guys are the best of the best, and to win here on my home track is super special,” said the youngster in Lucas Oil Victory Lane.    “The car was really good in one and two, but at one point, I thought I had given it away. I hit a rut and it almost took me over the bank in turn four. There were a lot of cautions and it was nerve-wracking, but the car handled so well all night. Hopefully one day we can run this Lucas Oil Series full-time! I have to thank all the fans who came out tonight and survived the rain.”   “I have to thank all my sponsors Custom Cutters, Bazell Race Fuels, Eddie’s Sunoco, Cameron Oil and Gas, Malcuit Engines, and MasterSbilt Race Cars.”   Completing the top ten were Don O’Neal, Eddie Carrier Jr., Jared Landers, Jimmy Owens and Dennis Erb, Jr. In preliminary action, Earl Pearson Jr. set the overall time (Group A) amongst the 35 entrants, with a lap of 15.130 seconds. Doug Drown set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.189 seconds. Devin Moran, Steve Francis, Doug Drown, and Jacob Hawkins won their respective heat races. Josh McGuire and Jimmy Owens won their respective B-Mains.    The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be back in action tomorrow night, Thursday, July 4th, with the “Independence 50” at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, OH. The event will include RED BUCK Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and the 50-Lap, $10,000-to-win main event. For more information, log onto www.portsraceway.com.   For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and follow the series on www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and www.twitter.com/#!/lucasdirt. Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race Summary Wednesday Night, July 3rd, 2013 “Budweiser 50” Muskingum County Speedway – Zanesville, OH   Red Buck Fast Time Group A: Earl Pearson Jr. / 15.130 seconds Red Buck Fast Time Group B: Doug Drown / 15.189 seconds Wiles Drive Shafts Heat Race #1 (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Devin Moran, Earl Pearson Jr., Mike Marlar, Eddie Carrier Jr., Zack Dohm, JT Conley, Joe Ramey, Bryan Casey, Brad Malcuit Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Steve Francis, John Blankenship, Jason Papich, Billy Moyer Jr., Josh McGuire, Rod Conley, Dennis Erb Jr., Coby Bartram

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Doug Drown, Donnie Moran, Don O'Neal, Wayne Chinn, Jerry Lierly, Craig Vosbergen, Scott Peltz, Michael Holmes, Doug Kenworthy, Danny Mitchell FK Rod Ends Heat Race #4 (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jacob Hawkins, RJ Conley, Jared Hawkins, Jared Landers, Jimmy Owens, K.C. Burdette, Shane McLoughlin ,Steve Prince, Todd Brennan CV Products B-Main #1 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Josh McGuire, Rod Conley, Zack Dohm, JT Conley ,Joe Ramey, Coby Bartram, Dennis Erb Jr., Bryan Casey, Brad Malcuit-DNS Wrisco Aluminum B-Main #2 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Jerry Lierly, Todd Brennan, Michael Holmes, K.C. Burdette, Craig Vosbergen, Shane McLoughlin, Doug Kenworthy, Steve Prince, Danny Mitchell, Scott PeltzFeature Finish (50 Laps):

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN
1 1 99m Devin Moran Dresden, OH
2 5 44 Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville, FL
3 2 63 Doug Drown Wooster, OH
4 3 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
5 7 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
6 10 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN
7 13 28 Eddie Carrier Jr. Salt Rock, WV
8 16 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
9 18 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
10 23 28e Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville, IL
11 21 17d Zack Dohm Charleston, WV
12 15 21JR Billy Moyer Jr. Batesville, AR
13 6 99 Donnie Moran Dresden, OH
14 20 7L Jerry Lierly Camp Point, IL
15 17 41 Josh McGuire Grayson, KY
16 14 1c Wayne Chinn Bradford, OH
17 19 71R Rod Conley Wheelersburg, OH
18 11 91P Jason Papich Nipomo, CA
19 4 20H Jacob Hawkins Fairmont, WV
20 9 5b Mike Marlar Winfield, TN
21 12 37 Jared Hawkins Fairmont, WV
22 22 30 Todd Brennan Zanesville, OH
23 8 71c RJ Conley Wheelersburg, OH
24 24 2r Joe Ramey Ironton, OH
25 25 83 Steve Prince Newark, OH

    Race Statistics   Entrants: 35 Lap Leaders: Devin Moran (Laps 1 – 50) Caution Flags: RJ Conley (Lap 1); Joe Ramey (Lap 8); Doug Drown (Lap 9); Jason Papich (Lap 13); Todd Brennan (Lap 19); Jared Hawkins (Lap 21); Jacob Hawkins (Lap 25); Jason Papich (Lap 27); Jerry Lierly (Lap 38) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Dennis Erb Jr. Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: none RED BUCK Fast Time Provisionals: Joe Ramey Muskingum County Speedway Track Provisional: Steve Prince Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Dennis Erb Jr. (Started: 23rd, Finished: 10th, Advanced: 13 positions) Allstar Performer of the Race: Devin Moron Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Earl Pearson Jr. JRi Shocks/Dunn Benson Ford Rookie of the Race: Billy Moyer Jr. COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Cornett Racing Engines Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: MasterSbilt Race Cars Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Matt Langston (Earl Pearson Jr.) HAWK Performance Fastest Lap of the Race: Steve Francis (Lap # 4; 15.511 seconds) Time of Race: 43 minutes 20 seconds Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS
1 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 3120
2 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV 3055
3 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY 2985
4 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 2965
5 44 Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville, FL 2950
6 28e Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville, IL 2910
7 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 2790
8 28 Eddie Carrier Jr. Salt Rock, WV 2665
9 21JR Billy Moyer Jr. Batesville, AR 2385
10 7L Jerry Lierly Camp Point, IL 2180

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

2013results_6-22.jpg   RURAL RETREAT, VA (June 22, 2013) – Four-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion Earl Pearson Jr. passed race leader John Blankenship on the white flag lap, to win the Blue Ridge 50 on Saturday night at Wythe Raceway. Pearson pulled away on the final circuit for his second LOLMDS win of the year and the 26th of his career.   Blankenship, the winner a year ago at Wythe came home second followed by Steve Shaver, Jared Landers, and Steve Francis.   “I have to thank all the fans for coming out here tonight at Wythe, this place is packed! I had a second-place car, I didn’t think I could pass John (Blankenship), I just took a different line after the caution and found enough moisture, and I just went for it,” said the driver of the Bobby Labonte Racing, Longhorn Chevrolet.    The frantic last 8 laps of the race was set-up when sixth-place running Don O’Neal slowed with a flat tire. On the restart Blankenship was able to pull away from Pearson. It took Pearson just a few laps to rebound his momentum as he drove his car harder into the turns.   “I don’t know what happened to Davenport there. He was leading and then he slowed, he was probably the car to beat tonight, we are glad that Terry Labonte was here tonight to see, we finished first and third in these Longhorns, so all the work that Kevin Rumley has done on these cars is really paying off.”   Davenport held the lead for the first 19 laps of the race when he suddenly slowed coming off of turn two. His car came to a stop in turn four and had to be pushed back to the pit area.   “My crew has worked their butts off, we thought we were going to get one Thursday night at Swainsboro. It’s been an up-and-down roller-coaster ride this year, but we may finally be on the right track. I have to thank Lucas Oil, MAVTV, Sunoco Race Fuels, CV Products, PRC and Allstar Performance, and of course Kevin and Leroy Rumley for the Chevrolet Horsepower.”   Blankenship, who had a sterling run a year ago in winning at Wythe, looked like he was going to take the victory two years in a row. “I didn’t even know he (Pearson) was there, he came out of no where, the car took off really well after that last caution and I just tried to hit my marks lap-after-lap, but obviously it wasn’t good enough. Congrats to him on the win, we gained some more points tonight on Jimmy (Owens),” said the driver of the Coal World’s Energy Rocket Chevrolet.   Completing the top ten were Eddie Carrier Jr., Chris Ferguson, Jimmy Owens, Dennis Erb Jr., and Ty Dillon. In preliminary action, Jonathan Davenport set the overall time (Group A) amongst the 21 entrants, with a lap of 16.207 seconds. Dale McDowell set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 16.303 seconds. Jonathan Davenport, Dale McDowell, and Earl Pearson Jr. won their respective heat races.   The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series celebrate the Fourth of July in traditional action at Muskingum County Speedway in Zanesville, OH on Wednesday, July 3rd, and Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, OH on Thursday, July 4th. Both events will feature RED BUCK Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and 50-Lap, $10,000-to-win main events. For more information on these two events, check out: www.themuskingumcountyspeedway.com and www.portsraceway.com.   For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and follow the series on www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and www.twitter.com/#!/lucasdirt. Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race Summary Saturday Night, June 22nd, 2013 “Blue Ridge 50” Wythe Raceway – Rural Retreat, VA   RED BUCK Fast Time Group A: Jonathan Davenport / 16.207 seconds RED BUCK Fast Time Group B: Dale McDowell / 16.303 secondsWiles Drive Shafts Heat Race #1 (10 Laps, All Transfer): Jonathan Davenport, John Blankenship, Chris Ferguson, Dennis Erb Jr., Eddie Carrier Jr., Justin Labonte, Craig Vosbergen   Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 (10 Laps, All Transfer): Dale McDowell, Steve Francis, Jared Landers, Ricky Weeks, Daniel Baggerly, Jerry Lierly, Kennie Compton   Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 (10 Laps, All Transfer): Earl Pearson Jr., Casey Roberts, Steve Shaver, Don O'Neal, Jimmy Owens, Ty Dillon, Billy Moyer Jr.

Feature Finish (50 Laps):

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN
1 3 44 Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville, FL
2 4 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
3 9 6s Steve Shaver Vienna, WV
4 8 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
5 5 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
6 13 28 Eddie Carrier Jr. Salt Rock, WV
7 7 21 Chris Ferguson Mount Holly, NC
8 15 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
9 10 28e Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville, IL
10 18 41 Ty Dillon Lexington, NC
11 14 1w Ricky Weeks Rutherfordton, NC
12 20 7L Jerry Lierly Camp Point, IL
13 12 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN
14 21 21JR Billy Moyer Jr. Batesville, AR
15 19 8 Craig Vosbergen Western Australia
16 6 101 Casey Roberts Toccoa, GA
17 17 10c Kennie Compton Rocky Gap, VA
18 1 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA
19 2 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA
20 11 16b Daniel Baggerly Rural Retreat, VA
21 16 44L Justin Labonte Trinity, NC

    Race Statistics   Entrants: 21 Lap Leaders: Jonathan Davenport (Laps 1 – 19); John Blankenship (Laps 20 – 48); Earl Pearson Jr. (Laps 49 – 50) Caution Flags: Daniel Baggerly (Lap 15); Dale McDowell (Lap 16); Jonathan Davenport (Lap 20); Don O’Neal (Lap 41) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: none Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: none RED BUCK Fast Time Provisionals: none Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Jerry Lierly (Started: 20th, Finished: 12th, Advanced: 8 positions) Allstar Performer of the Race: Earl Pearson Jr. Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Earl Pearson Jr. JRi Shocks/Dunn Benson Ford Rookie of the Race: Billy Moyer Jr. COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Cornett Racing Engines Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Matt Langston (Earl Pearson Jr.) HAWK Performance Fastest Lap of the Race: Jonathan Davenport (Lap# 3; 17.130 seconds) Time of Race: 31 minutes 43 seconds Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS
1 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 2935
2 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV 2850
3 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY 2775
4 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 2765
5 28e Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville, IL 2730
6 44 Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville, FL 2710
7 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 2600
8 28 Eddie Carrier Jr. Salt Rock, WV 2470
9 21JR Billy Moyer Jr. Batesville, AR 2215
10 7L Jerry Lierly Camp Point, IL 2020

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

2013results_6-21.jpg   GAFFNEY, SC (June 21, 2013) – Hometown driver Chris Madden led all the way on Friday night to win the Grassy Smith Memorial at Cherokee Speedway. Madden took home $10,000 for his third career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory. Madden had tough competition early from Brent Dixon and Chris Ferguson until those two drivers experienced problems. The defending race winner, Steve Francis finished second followed by Dennis Erb Jr., Don O’Neal, and Dale McDowell.   “It feels great to win here at Cherokee, it has been a while. The car was super tonight, we had a few problems there in traffic, but overall, after that last caution, I could drive it anywhere on the track. I have a lot of friends here tonight. My wife and kids left for vacation, I will join them tomorrow,” said the winner afterwards.   Madden battled with Ferguson and Dixon for the first several circuits. Dixon got by Ferguson on lap 16 and then pursued Madden for the lead. Dixon and Ferguson were able to stay close to Madden as the race for the lead began to heat up as the trio got into lapped traffic.   Dixon nearly took the lead from Madden before a caution came out as the two split a lapped car. Madden then slipped in turn two drifting up the track on the restart and again Dixon nearly gained the lead. Dixon held second until three laps remained when he slowed suddenly bringing out the final caution of the race.   Madden then cruised on for the victory after Dixon was through for the night. “I have to thank Clements Racing Engines, Bloomquist Race Cars, Hamrick’s of Gaffney, Henderson Amusement, KC Transport and all of my other great sponsors for making this possible, the track was real good tonight it had two distinct grooves and I hope the fans enjoyed the show.”   Francis and Erb, who battled for fourth and fifth for most of the last half of the race, were the beneficiaries after Dixon left the race, but neither driver had anything for Madden in the final laps. Last year’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Year, Jonathan Davenport was running third when he lost his fuel cell on lap 42 bringing out a red flag.   Completing the top ten were Jared Landers, Earl Pearson Jr., John Blankenship, Jimmy Owens and Chris Ferguson. In preliminary action, Steve Shaver set the overall time (Group A) amongst the 27 entrants, with a lap of 15.021 seconds. Casey Roberts set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.073 seconds. Chris Madden, Chris Ferguson, and Brent Dixon won their respective heat races. Tim Allen won the B-Main.    The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will round out the weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains at Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, VA on Saturday, June 22nd. The event will feature RED BUCK Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and the 50-Lap $10,000-to-win “Blue Ridge 50”. For more information, visit www.wytheraceway.com.   For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and follow the series on www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and www.twitter.com/#!/lucasdirt. Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race Summary Friday Night, June 21st, 2013 15th Annual “Grassy Smith Memorial” Cherokee Speedway – Gaffney, SC   Red Buck Fast Time Group A: Steve Shaver / 15.021 seconds Red Buck Fast Time Group B: Casey Roberts / 15.073 seconds Wiles Drive Shafts Heat Race #1 (10 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Chris Madden, Dennis Franklin, Earl Pearson Jr., Dale McDowell, Craig Vosbergen, Billy Moyer Jr., Tim Allen, Kevin Wilson, Steve Shaver   Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 (10 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Chris Ferguson, Don O'Neal, Steve Francis, Eddie Carrier Jr., Ricky Weeks, Johnny Pursley, Jimmy Owens, Jerry Lierly, Joe Ramey   Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 (10 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Brent Dixon, Casey Roberts, Dennis Erb Jr., Jonathan Davenport, John Blankenship, Jared Landers, Zack Mitchell, Ty Dillon, Jeff Smith   CV Products B-Main #1 (12 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Tim Allen, Steve Shaver, Jeff Smith, Ty Dillon, Kevin Wilson, Joe Ramey, Jimmy Owens-DNS, Jerry Lierly-DNS, Zack Mitchell-DNS

Feature Finish (50 Laps):

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN
1 1 44m Chris Madden Gaffney, SC
2 8 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
3 9 28e Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville, IL
4 5 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN
5 10 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA
6 18 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
7 7 44 Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville, FL
8 15 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
9 23 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
10 2 21 Chris Ferguson Mount Holly, NC
11 11 28 Eddie Carrier Jr. Salt Rock, WV
12 13 8 Craig Vosbergen Western Australia
13 16 21JR Billy Moyer Jr. Batesville, AR
14 14 1w Ricky Weeks Rutherfordton, NC
15 19 17 Tim Allen Kannapolis, NC
16 24 7L Jerry Lierly Camp Point, IL
17 3 1d Brent Dixon Elberton, GA
18 12 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA
19 22 41 Ty Dillon Lexington, NC
20 4 2 Dennis Franklin Gaffney, SC
21 20 6s Steve Shaver Vienna, WV
22 21 70 Jeff Smith Gastonia, NC
23 17 09 Johnny Pursley Clover, SC
24 6 101 Casey Roberts Toccoa, GA

    Race Statistics   Entrants: 27 Lap Leaders: Chris Madden (Laps 1 – 50) Caution Flags: Dennis Franklin (Lap 15); Ty Dillon (Lap 41); Debris (Laps 42); Brent Dixon (Lap 47) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Jimmy Owens, Jerry Lierly Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: none RED BUCK Fast Time Provisionals: none Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Jimmy Owens (Started: 23rd, Finished: 9th, Advanced: 14 positions) Allstar Performer of the Race: Steve Francis Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Earl Pearson Jr. JRi Shocks/Dunn Benson Ford Rookie of the Race: Billy Moyer Jr. COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Kuntz Racing Engines Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Bloomquist Race Cars Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Heather Lyne (Dennis Erb Jr.) HAWK Performance Fastest Lap of the Race: Chris Madden (Lap# 17;15.801 seconds) Time of Race: 30 minutes 50 seconds Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS
1 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 2745
2 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV 2620
3 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 2600
4 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY 2570
5 28e Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville, IL 2545
6 44 Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville, FL 2460
7 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 2390
8 28 Eddie Carrier Jr. Salt Rock, WV 2270
9 21JR Billy Moyer Jr. Batesville, AR 2055
10 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 2005
11 7L Jerry Lierly Camp Point, IL 1850

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

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2020 Championship Points

Points as of 10/17/2020
Pos Competitor Points
1stJimmy Owens (#20)7940
2ndTim McCreadie (#39)7560
3rdJonathan Davenport (#49)7375
4thJosh Richards (#14)7295
5thTyler Erb (#1T)7110
6thShane Clanton (#25)6780
7thDevin Moran (#9)6690
8thKyle Bronson (#40B)6690
9thTanner English (#81E)6455
10thEarl Pearson (#1)6390

Live Timing

Television Schedule

All times are Eastern. Subject to change.
Thursday, October 22
9:00 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Greenwood, NE
Thursday, October 29
9:00 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Union, KY
Sunday, November 1
3:30 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Batesville, AR
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