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2012results_7-7.jpg   COLUMBUS, MS (July 7, 2012) – Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN dominated the Columbus Convention Center and Visitors Bureau Clash at the Mag on Saturday Night at Magnolia Motor Speedway. O’Neal started ninth and took the lead from Wendell Wallace of Batesville, AR on lap 20 and then outran Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN the rest of the way to capture the $20,000 to win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event.   Bloomquist finished second followed by Scott Dedwylder of Vicksburg, MS who was the highest finishing home state driver. Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL came from 19th to finish fourth. He was the last car on the lead lap. Mike Marlar of Winfield, TN rounded out the top five finishers.   Wallace jumped to lead at the start, passing both Bloomquist and Billy Moyer on the opening circuit. O’Neal got things going early on as he sped from the inside of the fifth row to second place by lap five. O’Neal then patiently waited behind Wallace and jumped on the opportunity to take the lead on lap 20.   Bloomquist, who had dropped back to sixth at one point in the race after starting from the pole, rebounded nicely and marched back towards the front, taking the second spot just one lap after O’Neal had taken the lead. O’Neal and Bloomquist then raced in heavy traffic for a long period during the race as both drivers were lapping cars at a staggering rate.   Bloomquist closed in on O’Neal several times in the last half of the race, but O’Neal had the answer each time. Once Bloomquist got close, he would open up his lead over the two-time series champion. O’Neal then went on to score his ninth series win of 2012 and move into a tie with Bloomquist for second place in the championship points standings.   “The car was terrific, to get the win here in Jay Dickens’ home area is special, he does such a great job with our engine program, thanks to all my crew. I don’t what to say! We struggled a little bit in qualifying and in the heat race, we worked all night long and we went out to hot lap tonight, I knew we going to have a good car,” said O’Neal, who turns 48 on July 10th.   “Wendell was good early, but he got out of the groove there one lap and I was able to get by him. I decided I was going to run the bottom, I tried the top there a lap or two and that wasn’t a good choice, so I got right back there on the bottom, when you lap people like Owens and Moyer, it doesn’t happen very often, it’s just a tribute to the team, Tader Masters, Cody Mahoney, and tonight we had Mike Price with us, they make my job easy.”   “I have to thank all my sponsors, Optima Batteries, Seubert Calf Ranches, Independence Lumber, Tarpy Trucking, Superior Cleaning Services, Jones Core, Budda Bert Transmissions, Dragon Race Fuels, Ohlins and of course MasterSbilt Race Cars! Thanks to all the fans for coming out tonight as well” said O’Neal, who won for the 28th time in his LOLMDS career.   Completing the top ten were Steve Francis of Ashland, KY; Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR; Chris Wall of Springfield, LA; Jared Landers of Batesville, AR; and Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN.   In preliminary action, Jared Landers set the Red Buck Cigars Fast Time amongst the 50 entrants with a lap of 13.852 seconds. Heat races were taken by: Scott Bloomquist, Billy Moyer, Wendell Wallace, and Jimmy Owens. John Blankenship and Eric Wells won their respective B-Mains.      The series will be back in action next weekend at Tri City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, IL and Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO on Friday night, July 13th and Saturday night, July 14th. Both events will feature Red Buck Cigars Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and $10,000-to-win 50-lap main events. For more information on each event, log onto www.tricityspeedway.net and www.lucasoilspeedway.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 Friday Night, July 6th, 2012 “Clash at the Mag” Magnolia Motor Speedway – Columbus, MS   Red Buck Cigars Fast Time:  Jared Landers / 13.852 seconds (Group A) Scott Dedwylder / 14.220 seconds (Group B)   Wiles Driveshafts First Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Scott Bloomquist, Jared Landers, Don O'Neal, Jonathan Davenport, John Blankenship, Jamie Elam, Jimmy Cliburn, Scott Creel, Shane Harris, Joseph Joiner, Chris Hoomes, Bo Gordon, Chris Wall-DNS   U. S. Steel Second Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Billy Moyer, Mike Marlar, Steve Francis, Rick Rickman, Earl Pearson, Jr., Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, Neil Baggett, Dillon Wood, Mark Green, Larry Boutwell, Ray Cook, Jered Smith-DNS   Simpson Performance Products Third Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Wendell Wallace, Klint Byars, Scott Dedwylder, Rodney Wing, Chad Thrash, BJ Robinson, Jason Cliburn, Brian Rickman, Shep Lucas, Ross Camponovo, Mike Palasini, Jr., Cale Finley, Richard Smith   HAWK Brakes Fourth Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Jimmy Owens, Tyler Reddick, Eric Cooley, Billy Moyer, Jr., Eric Wells, Brad Neat, Timothy Culp, Robbie Stuart, Justin McRee, Leon Henderson, Todd Gray, Jason Wilson   JRi Shocks First B-Main (12 Laps – Top 3 Advance): John Blankenship, Earl Pearson, Jr., Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, Chris Wall, Shane Harris, Scott Creel, Chris Hoomes, Mark Green, Larry Boutwell, Bo Gordon, Jamie Elam, Joseph Joiner, Neil Baggett, Dillon Wood, Jered Smith, Jimmy Cliburn-DNS, Ray Cook-DNS   PAC Racing Springs Second B-Main (12 Laps – Top 3 Advance): Eric Wells, Chad Thrash, Brad Neat, Timothy Culp, Jason Cliburn, Robbie Stuart, BJ Robinson, Mike Palasini, Jr., Cale Finley, Todd Gray, Justin McRee, Brian Rickman, Leon Henderson, Shep Lucas, Richard Smith, Ross Camponovo-DNS, Jason Wilson-DNS     Feature Finish – 100 Laps

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN
1 9 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN
2 1 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN
3 10 4c Scott Dedwylder Vossburg, MS
4 19 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL
5 7 5b Mike Marlar Winfield, TN
6 11 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
7 3 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR
8 25 71w Chris Wall Springfield, LA
9 5 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
10 4 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
11 2 6m Wendell Wallace Batesville, AR
12 8 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA
13 13 15d Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA
14 18 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY
15 17 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
16 21 18H Ronny Lee Hollingsworth Northport, AL
17 12 33B Eric Cooley Fulton, MS
18 22 41n Brad Neat Dunnville, KY
19 15 86 Rick Rickman Columbus, MS
20 16 21JR Billy Moyer, Jr. Batesville, AR
21 20 1c Chad Thrash Meridian, MS
22 6 5bx Klint Byars Calhoun City, MS
23 24 31 Scott Creel Franklinton, LA
24 23 57 Shep Lucas McKenzie, AL
25 14 10W Rodney Wing Meridan, MS

 

  Race Statistics Entrants: 50 Lap Leaders: Wendell Wallace (Laps 1 – 19); Don O’Neal (Laps 20 – 100) Caution Flags: Eric Cooley (Lap 4); Jason Wood (Lap 7) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: none Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: none Red Buck Cigars Fast Time Provisionals: Shep Lucas, Scott Creel Magnolia Motor Speedway Track Provisional: Chris Wall Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Earl Pearson Jr. (Started 19th; Finished 4th; Advanced 15 positions) Allstar Performer of the Race: Don O’Neal Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Billy Moyer ASi Racewear Challenge Finisher: Don O’Neal Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Jonathan Davenport 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: 39 minutes 34 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS
1 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 4155
2 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 3885
2 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 3885
4 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY 3830
5 15d Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 3605
6 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 3565
7 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV 3525
8 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA 3355
9 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 3335
10 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY 3260

 

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

2012results_7-3.jpg   ZANESVILLE, OH (July 3, 2012) – Steve Francis of Ashland, KY took the lead on the13th lap from Donnie Moran of Dresden, OH and went on to win the Budweiser 50 on Tuesday Night at Muskingum County Speedway. For Francis, it was his fourth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series triumph of the season. John Blankenship of Williamson, WV finished second. Moran was third, followed by Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN and Mike Marlar of Winfield, TN.   Moran led the first 12 circuits of the race, until giving way to Francis. Francis then battled with Blankenship for the remainder the race, which was slowed by two caution flags. Francis held off Blankenship through heavy traffic in the final five laps of the race to score his ninth career LOLMDS victory.   “Donnie (Moran) and I started on the front row, it was reminiscent of the old days when we ran against each other all the time. It was a real good win for Barry (Wright) and the guys, we made the right tire choice tonight! My daughter was also here tonight, she doesn’t get to come very often, so it was a special night all the way around,” said Francis.    “After they watered the track during the fireworks, we kind of had in our mind what we wanted to do, similar to what Scott (Bloomquist) did here last year in winning the race. I thought O’Neal would give us a race with his tire choice, but Blankenship has been running real good here lately so I knew he would be in the hunt as well. I have to thank Barry Wright Race Cars, Clements Engines, Valvoline, JRi Shocks, Nichols Plumbing, AES Racing, Mathis Farms, and VP Fuels for all of the their help,” said Francis, who remains fourth in the series points standings after his win.   Blankenship, who won the series’ last race at Wythe Raceway in Virginia after starting 14th, came from fourth to challenge Francis for the race win, but came up short in winning on his 31st birthday. He drove the Coal America’s Energy, Cornett Racing Engines, Rocket Chassis. Moran, the home track star, finished third in his Custom Cutters, Malcuit Engines, MasterSbilt Chevy.   Completing the top ten were point’s leader, Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN; Josh McGuire of Ashland, KY; Hard Charger of the Race, Jared Landers of Batesville, AR; Zack Dohm of Cross Lanes; and Eric Wells of Hazard, KY.        In preliminary action, Steve Francis set the Red Buck Cigars Fast Time amongst the 37 entrants with a lap of 15.447 seconds. Heat races were taken by: Steve Francis, Josh McGuire, Donnie Moran, and John Blankenship. Jonathan Davenport and Rod Conley won their respective B-Mains.      The series will be back in action in the “Clash at the Mag” at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS on Friday and Saturday July 6th and 7th. The event will be a two-day $20,000-to-win show and will feature Red Buck Cigars Time Trials and Heat Races on Friday Night. B-Mains, and the 100-lap $20,000 “Clash at the Mag” main event will take place on Saturday. For more information on the event, go to www.magnoliadirt.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, July 3rd, 2012 “Budweiser 50” Muskingum County Speedway – Zanesville, OH   Red Buck Cigars Fast Time:  Steve Francis / 15.447 seconds (Group A) Donnie Moran / 15.484 seconds (Group B)   Wiles Driveshafts First Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Steve Francis, Mike Marlar, Scott Bloomquist, Doug Drown, Tyler Reddick, Eric Myers, Davey Johnson, Chad Hina, Hiram Bachmann, Ross Nicastri   U. S. Steel Second Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Josh McGuire, Don O'Neal, Zack Dohm, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Jonathan Davenport, Devin Moran, Shane McLoughlin, Earl Pearson, Jr., Kyle Bates   Simpson Performance Products Third Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Donnie Moran, Eric Wells, Jason Montgomery , Austin Hubbard, Rod Conley, John Mason, Tim Rivers, Bryan Casey, Todd Brennan   HAWK Brakes Fourth Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): John Blankenship, Jimmy Owens, Doug Dodd, Jared Landers, Mason Zeigler, Brad Malcuit, Steve Prince, Matt Mallett, Russ Frohnapfel

JRi Shocks First B-Main (12 Laps – Top 3 Advance): Jonathan Davenport, Tyler Reddick,Shane McLoughlin, Devin Moran, Eric Myers, Kyle Bates, Hiram Bachmann, Chad Hina, Earl Pearson, Jr., Davey Johnson-DNS, Ross Nicastri-DNS   PAC Racing Springs Second B-Main (12 Laps – Top 3 Advance): Rod Conley, John Mason, Tim Rivers, Russ Frohnapfel, Bryan Casey, Mason Zeigler, Matt Mallett, Todd Brennan, Steve Prince, Brad Malcuit     Feature Finish – 50 Laps

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN
1 1 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
2 4 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
3 2 99 Donnie Moran Dresden, OH
4 7 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN
5 5 5b Mike Marlar Winfield, TN
6 8 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
7 3 41 Josh McGuire Grayson, KY
8 16 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
9 11 17d Zack Dohm Charleston, WV
10 6 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY
11 9 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN
12 14 11h Austin Hubbard Seaford, DE
13 17 15d Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA
14 19 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA
15 15 28 Eddie Carrier, Jr. Salt Rock, WV
16 23 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL
17 13 63 Doug Drown Wooster, OH
18 22 46 Tim Rivers Salem, IN
19 18 71R Rod Conley Wheelersburg, OH
20 10 21m Jason Montgomery Jackson, OH
21 12 12d Doug Dodd Cambridge, OH
22 24 99m Devin Moran Dresden, OH
23 20 72 John Mason Millersburg, OH
24 21 9m Shane McLoughlin Nashport, OH
25 25 83 Steve Prince Newark, OH

 

  Race Statistics Entrants: 37 Lap Leaders: Donnie Moran (Laps 1 – 12); Steve Francis (Laps 13 – 50) Caution Flags: Lap 18 (Shane McLoughlin); Lap 28 (Doug Dodd) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Earl Pearson Jr. Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: none Red Buck Cigars Fast Time Provisional: Devin Moran Muskingum County Speedway Track Provisional: Steve Prince Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Jared Landers (Started 16th; Finished 8th; Advanced 8 positions) Allstar Performer of the Race: Steve Francis Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Jimmy Owens ASi Racewear Challenge Finisher: Steve Francis Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Jonathan Davenport COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Cornett 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: 28 minutes 45 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS
1 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 3975
2 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 3655
3 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 3635
4 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY 3630
5 15d Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 3440
6 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV 3370
7 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 3355
8 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA 3185
9 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 3140
10 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY 3100
11 11h Austin Hubbard Seaford, DE 3065

 

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

2012results_6-23.jpg   RURAL RETREAT, VA (June 23, 2012) – John Blankenship of Williamson, WV was the last driver to arrive to race Saturday at Wythe Raceway, but at the end of the night, he was first to cross the finish line as he collected the win in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series “Blue Ridge 50”. Blankenship started 14th and roared through the field, gaining the lead from Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA on lap 36.   Blankenship then had to race through a green-white-checker finish after a caution came out with two laps to go. He went on to score his second career LOLMDS victory. Davenport finished second in the Clint Bowyer Racing, Georgia Boot, Barry Wright Toyota as he just barely edged our Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA in the Team Dillon Racing, Clements Race Engines, Warrior Chevrolet.   Blankenship; whose first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win came last year at Hagerstown (MD) Speedway after starting 17th; earned $10,000 for the victory in front of the largest crowd in the track’s history. “I can’t thank the crew enough, Tom Buckingham, and everybody did a great job on the car after time trials, we qualified poorly, but we passed some cars in the heat, so I knew we might have a good car for the feature,” said the 30-year-old Blankenship.   “We started on the outside of the seventh row and we had to get by a lot of tough drivers. The car was just awesome from the start,” said Blankenship, who reached the top five by the 20th circuit.   “Once we got to the top five, we rolled around Madden and Dale (McDowell). Then we got to Davenport and I knew it would be a tough race with him, but we raced hard there for a while until I was finally able to clear him off of two. I have to thank my sponsors, Coal America’s Energy, Todd Case Trucking, Fast Lane, VP Race Fuels, Bear Cove Village, Integra Shocks, Cornett Race Engines and Rocket Chassis.”   Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC came from the 20th starting position to claim fourth, just ahead of Kennie Compton Jr. of Bland, VA, who was the highest finishing home state driver.   Completing the top ten were Vic Hill of Morristown, TN; Chris Madden of Gaffney, SC; Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN; Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN; and Eric Wells of Hazard, KY.     In preliminary action, Tyler Reddick set the Red Buck Cigars Fast Time amongst the 29 entrants with a lap of 16.077 seconds. Heat races were taken by: Jonathan Davenport, Vic Hill, Tyler Reddick, and Dale McDowell. Jared Landers and Donald Bradsher won their respective B-Mains.      The series will be back in action on July 1st and 3rd for a pair of $10,000 spectacular “Buckeye State” show-downs. On July 1st, the stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series take to Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, OH for the “Independence 50”. On the eve of Independence Day, Muskingum County Speedway in Zanesville, OH plays host to the series with the “Budweiser 50”. Both events will feature Red Buck Cigars Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and 50-lap main events. For more information on either event, go to www.portsraceway.com and www.themuskingumcountyspeedway.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 23rd, 2012 Inaugural “Blue Ridge 50” Wythe Raceway – Rural Retreat, VA   Red Buck Cigars Fast Time:  Jonathan Davenport / 16.084 seconds (Group A) Tyler Reddick / 16.077 seconds (Group B)   Wiles Driveshafts First Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Jonathan Davenport, Kennie Compton, Scott Bloomquist, Eric Wells, Justin Labonte, Brett Miller, Steve Shaver, Dennis Franklin   U. S. Steel Second Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Vic Hill, Chris Madden, Ty Dillon, Johnny Pursley, Jared Landers, Billy Hicks, Tim Rivers   Simpson Performance Products Third Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Tyler Reddick, Mike Marlar, Chris Ferguson, John Blankenship, Austin Hubbard, Ray Cook, Earl Pearson, Jr.   HAWK Brakes Fourth Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Dale McDowell, Jimmy Owens, Steve Francis, Ricky Weeks, Donald Bradsher, Don O'Neal, Travis Greer

JRi Shocks First B-Main (12 Laps – Top 3 Advance): Jared Landers, Brett Miller, Justin Labonte, Dennis Franklin, Steve Shaver, Billy Hicks, Tim Rivers   PAC Racing Springs Second B-Main (12 Laps – Top 3 Advance): Donald Bradsher, Ray Cook, Austin Hubbard, Don O'Neal, Earl Pearson, Jr., Travis Greer-DNS     Feature Finish – 50 Laps

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN
1 14 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
2 1 15d Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA
3 4 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA
4 20 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC
5 5 10c Kennie Compton Rocky Gap, VA
6 3 1v Vic Hill Mosheim, TN
7 7 44m Chris Madden Gaffney, SC
8 9 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN
9 8 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
10 13 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY
11 16 1w Ricky Weeks Rutherfordton, NC
12 2 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA
13 23 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN
14 12 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
15 10 22 Chris Ferguson Mount Holly, NC
16 11 41 Ty Dillon Lexington, NC
17 22 11h Austin Hubbard Seaford, DE
18 18 93 Donald Bradsher Burlington, NC
19 21 44L Justin Labonte Trinity, NC
20 24 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL
21 15 09 Johnny Pursley Clover, SC
22 6 5b Mike Marlar Winfield, TN
23 19 47 Brett Miller Greenville, TN
24 17 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR

 

  Race Statistics Entrants: 29 Lap Leaders: Jonathan Davenport (Laps 1 –35); John Blankenship (Laps 36 – 50) Caution Flags: Ray Cook (Lap 5); debris (Lap 33); Donald Bradsher (Lap 47) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Don O’Neal, Earl Pearson Jr. Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: none Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Ray Cook (Started 20th; Finished 4th; Advanced 16 positions) Allstar Performer of the Race: John Blankenship Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Jimmy Owens ASi Racewear Challenge Finisher: Jonathan Davenport Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Jonathan Davenport COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Cornett Racing Engines Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis Sweet Mfg Crew Chief of the Race: Tom Buckingham (John Blankenship) Time of Race: 24 minutes 41 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS
1 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 3725
2 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 3430
3 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 3375
4 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY 3320
5 15d Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 3225
6 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 3155
7 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV 3090
8 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA 2975
9 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 2900
10 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY 2870
11 11h Austin Hubbard Seaford, DE 2845

 

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

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.

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 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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2020 Championship Points

Points as of 7/25/2020
Pos Competitor Points
1stJimmy Owens (#20)5250
2ndJonathan Davenport (#49)4950
3rdJosh Richards (#14)4810
4thTyler Erb (#1T)4785
5thTim McCreadie (#39)4730
6thKyle Bronson (#40B)4590
7thDevin Moran (#9)4550
8thShane Clanton (#25)4510
9thBilly Moyer (#21)4335
10thTanner English (#81E)4240

Live Timing

Television Schedule

All times are Eastern. Subject to change.
Saturday, August 15
7:00 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Union, KY
Thursday, August 20
8:30 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Batesville, AR
Thursday, August 20
10:00 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Columbus, MS
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