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Featured12_2-18.jpg   TAMPA, FL (February 18, 2012) – Steve Francis of Ashland, KY outdueled defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion, Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN in an exciting finish at East Bay Raceway Park. Francis picked up $10,000 for his win in the finale of the 36th Annual DART Winternationals. He scored his second win of the week, in doing so. The duo was followed by Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN; Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN; and Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, IL.   Erb earned the week-long DART Winternationals Championship. He won $5,000 for his efforts.

He had to withstand Owens’ repeated efforts over the last four laps after a caution came out for Jason Riggs. On the restart Owens tried the inside of Francis several times, but Francis repelled him at each turn. Francis also won the Thursday night installment of the Winternationals. O’Neal was able to get by Bloomquist on the 60th and final lap to claim third after pitting for fresh tires on lap 27.

“I want to apologize to Donnie (Moran) for getting into him. I knew we had a good car in open air, I was trying not to make a mistake and let Scott or Jimmy get by me. We were just looking for a caution to clear the track in front of us. I can’t say enough about Barry and Lance Wright. This team got together so late in the game, we have had to work our tails off to get ready. I was racing in Australia just a few weeks ago,” said Francis, who captured his tenth career win at East Bay.   “The Barry Wright Race Cars and the Clements Engines have been great this week. We could’ve won a couple more of these without the flat tires, but we’ll never know. Luckily they all held air tonight,” said the 44-year-old driver embarking on his second year with the LOLMDS. “I want to thank VP Race Fuels, Valvoline, Nichols Plumbing, AES Racing, Jri Shocks, and Mathis Farms.”   Completing the top ten were Duke Whiseant of Texarkana, AR; Scott Creel of Franklinton, LA; Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL; Austin Hubbard of Seaford, DE; and Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA.   In preliminary action John Blankenship took the Red Buck Cigars Fast Time award amongst the 41 entrants. Heat races were won by Donnie Moran, Randy Korte, Terry Casey, and Steve Francis. Duke Whiseant and Austin Hubbard won the B-Mains. Rookie Late Model driver, Shelby Miles captured the PRC Strawberry Dash.   The next Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event will be on Saturday Night, March 24th at Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, IN. The “Indiana Icebreaker” will pay $10,000 to win. For more information log on to www.brownstownspeedway.com.   For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com.   Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race Summary Saturday Night, February 18, 2012 36th Annual DART Winternationals East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL   Red Buck Cigars Fast Time:  Donnie Moran / 14.440 seconds (Group A) John Blankenship / 14.398 seconds (Group B and Overall)   Wiles Driveshafts First Heat (8 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Donnie Moran, Scott Bloomquist, Don O'Neal, Jonathan Davenport, Duke Whiseant, Tyler Reddick, Mark Andersen, Danny Mitchell, Justin Rattliff, Todd Frank, Roger Hammond   U. S. Steel Second Heat (8 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Randy Korte, Jared Landers, Shannon Babb, Scott James, Jackie Nosbisch, Chris Brown, Josh McGuire, Leon Henderson, Eric Jacobsen, James O'Hara   Simpson Performance Products Third Heat (8 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Terry Casey, John Blankenship, Jimmy Owens, Chad Stapleton, Morgan Bagley, Earl Pearson, Jr., Austin Hubbard, Eric Wells, Shane Cottle, Scott Creel   HAWK Brakes Fourth Heat (8 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Steve Francis, Ray Cook, Dennis Erb, Jr., Jason Riggs, Bobby Pierce, Shelby Miles, Dillan White, Chad Hollenbeck, Travis Varnadore, Victor Lee-DNS   JRi Shocks First B-Main (10 Laps- Top 3 Advance): Duke Whiseant, Jackie Nosbisch, Tyler Reddick, Josh McGuire, Chris Brown, Mark Andersen, Justin Rattliff, Danny Mitchell, James O'Hara, Todd Frank, Roger Hammond, Leon Henderson-DNS, Eric Jacobsen-DNS   PAC Racing Springs Second B-Main (10 Laps- Top 3 Advance): Austin Hubbard, Morgan Bagley, Bobby Pierce, Dillan White, Shelby Miles, Chad Hollenbeck, Travis Varnadore, Shane Cottle, Earl Pearson, Jr.-DNS, Eric Wells-DNS, Scott CreeL-DNS, Victor Lee-DNS   PRC Strawberry Dash Presented by DirtonDirt.com (6 Laps- Winner Advances): Shelby Miles, Shane Cottle, Chris Brown, James O’Hara, Travis Varnadore, Chad Hollenbeck   Feature Finish – 60 Laps:

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN
1 4 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
2 10 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
3 9 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN
4 5 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN
5 12 28e Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL
6 17 A1 Duke Whiseant Texarkana, AR
7 25 31 Scott Creel Franklinton, LA
8 23 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL
9 18 11h Austin Hubbard Seaford, DE
10 13 15d Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA
11 15 81 Scott James Lawrenceburg, IN
12 21 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA
13 3 81x Randy Korte Highland, IL
14 14 32s Chad Stapleton Edinburgh, IN
15 6 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
16 24 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY
17 1 99 Donnie Moran Dresden, OH
18 22 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL
19 19 01 Jackie Nosbisch Valrico, FL
20 16 81JR Jason Riggs Harrisburg, IL
21 7 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
22 8 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC
23 20 14m Morgan Bagley Tyler, TX
24 26 76 Shelby Miles Bloomington, IN
25 2 42c Terry Casey New London, WI
26 11 18 Shannon Babb Mowequa, IL

 

Race Statistics Entrants: 41 Lap Leaders: Donnie Moran (Laps 1 – 24); Steve Francis (Laps 25 – 60) Caution Flags: Tyler Reddick (Start); Duke Whiseant (Lap 11); Austin Hubbard (Lap 27); Pile Up (Lap 27); Jonathan Davenport (Lap 37); Jason Riggs (Lap 56) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Earl Pearson Jr., Eric Wells DirtonDirt.com Fast Time Provisional: Scott Creel Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: n/a Performance Bodies First Non-Qualifier: Shane Cottle Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Scott Creel (Started 25th; Finished 7th; Advanced 18 positions) Allstar Performer of the Race: Duke Whiseant Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Jimmy Owens ASi Racewear Challenge Finisher: Steve Francis Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Austin Hubbard 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 Time of Race: 56 minutes 58 seconds

  DART Winternationals Point Standings:

POS CAR# DRIVER HOMETOWN POINTS
1 28e Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL 1265
2 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY 1255
3 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 1210
4 81x Randy Korte Highland, IL 1125
5 53 Ray Cook Dresden, OH 1120
6 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV 1110
7 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 1095
8 42c Terry Casey New London, WI 1015
9 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY 980
10 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA 970

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS
1 28e Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL 455
2 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 420
3 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY 415
4 81x Randy Korte Highland, IL 395
5 15d Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 390
5 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA 390
7 11h Austin Hubbard Seaford, DE 385
8 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 360
8 99 Donnie Moran Dresden, OH 360
10 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 345
10 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV 345
12 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 335
12 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY 335
14 32s Chad Stapleton Edinburgh, IN 320
14 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC 320
16 31 Scott Creel Franklinton, LA 315
17 81 Scott James Lawrenceburg, IN 310
18 42c Terry Casey New London, WI 300
19 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 275
20 18 Shannon Babb Mowequa, IL 270
21 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 265
22 81JR Jason Riggs Harrisburg, IL 255
23 A1 Duke Whiseant Texarkana, AR 250
23 76 Shelby Miles Bloomington, IN 250
23 41 Josh McGuire Grayson, KY 250
26 14m Morgan Bagley Tyler, TX 240
27 85 Mark Andersen Blanchard, MI 235
28 54W Dillan White Crofton, KY 230
29 5J Eric Jacobsen Watsonville, CA 225
30 4-Ds Chad Hollenbeck Montrose, PA 220

2012results_2-17.jpg TAMPA, FL (February 17, 2012) – Battling back from an early caution, Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, IL had the fans on their feet as he captured Friday night’s exciting 50-lap DART Winternationals event. Erb took the lead on lap 48 and roared to the finish in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned race.   Erb originally started 14th on the grid, but tangled with Austin Hubbard on lap three. This brought out the first caution of the race. Erb pitted, changed a tire, and restarted in 23rd position. He then charged through the field, and passed Randy Korte of Highland, IL on lap 47. Erb got around both Korte and Tyler Reddick at the same time. He powered away and took his Bloomquist Race Cars #28 to victory lane for the second time in his career at East Bay.   “I still can’t believe it,” said Erb in Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the second time ever. He was shell-shocked as he spoke with series announcer, James Essex.   “I saw what (Steve) Francis did the night before and decided my car would work up top as well. I drove around them on the high side, and was able to carry my momentum passed them. I want to thank McBride Mack, PRC, Allstar Performance, Petersen Aluminum, Ohlins, and VP Fuels for their support.”   “The deal earlier in the race with Hubbard, it was just a racing thing. I decided to pit and bolt on a new tire, knowing that I was taking a gamble, and it paid off. I knew my car was working pretty well this week and the Vic Hill Racing Engine performed flawlessly. Heather (Lyne) has been working hard and I am really pleased how things turned out tonight.”   Korte was in the hunt for his first ever series and East Bay win. He looked like he was headed for victory lane until a caution came out with 47 laps complete. Korte had worked his way up from starting 12th in the Riggs Motorsports, Clearwave Communications, Rocket Chevrolet. He took the lead from Steve Francis with less than five laps to go. Korte came home in second, his best career finish in LOLMDS competition.   Reddick wound up third in the Broken Bow Records, Gaerte Racing Engines, Bloomquist Race Cars mount. He was followed by Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA. Davenport had led the first 33 laps until Francis passed him. He grabbed fourth in the Bowyer Motorsports, Roush-Yates Racing Engines, Barry Wright Toyota. Donnie Moran of Dresden, OH rounded out the top five in his Custom Cutters, Malcuit Racing Engines, and MasterSbilt Chevrolet.   Completing the top ten were Austin Hubbard of Seaford, DE; Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC; Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN; Eric Wells of Hazard, KY; and John Blankenship of Williamson, WV.   In preliminary action Steve Francis was the Red Buck Cigar’s Fast Qualifier amongst the 42 entrants. Heat race winners were Terry Casey, Jonathan Davenport, Don O’Neal, and Shelby Miles. Eric Wells and Eric Jacobsen captured the B-mains.   The final night of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 36th Annual DART Winternationals is set for Saturday night, February 18th. There will be a $10,000 payday on the line for the winner of the 60-lap feature. Hot laps will begin at 6 PM, followed by Red Buck Cigar Time Trials, and Heat Race action at 7 PM. For more information, log on to www.eastbayracewaypark.com.  

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race Summary Friday Night, February 17, 2012 36th Annual DART Winternationals East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL

Red Buck Cigars Fast Time:  Terry Casey / 14.501 seconds (Group A) Steve Francis / 14.119 seconds (Group B and Overall)

Wiles Driveshafts First Heat (8 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Terry Casey, Jared Landers, Tyler Reddick, Ray Cook, Josh McGuire, Bobby Pierce, Scott Creel, Jimmy Owens, Chris Brown, Todd Frank Doug Blashe

U. S. Steel Second Heat (8 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Don O'Neal, Shannon Babb, Austin Hubbard, Donnie Moran, Eric Wells, Jason Riggs, Danny Mitchell, Morgan Bagley, Roger Hammond, Earl Pearson, Jr.

Simpson Performance Products Third Heat (8 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Jonathan Davenport, Scott Bloomquist, Steve Francis, Dennis Erb, Jr., Eric Jacobsen, Mark Andersen, Kevin Cole, Dillan White, Shane Cottle, Chad Hollenbeck, Justin Rattliff

HAWK Brakes Fourth Heat (8 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Shelby Miles, Scott James, Randy Korte, John Blankenship, James O'Hara, Chad Stapleton, Leon Henderson, Travis Varnadore, Duke Whiseant, Victor Lee

JRi Shocks First B-Main (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Eric Wells, Josh McGuire, Jason Riggs, Bobby Pierce, Scott Creel, Jimmy Owens, Morgan Bagley, Roger Hammond, Chris Brown, Todd Frank, Earl Pearson, Jr., Danny Mitchell, Doug Blashe

PAC Racing Springs Second B-Main (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Eric Jacobsen, Mark Andersen, Victor Lee, Chad Stapleton, Kevin Cole, James O'Hara, Dillan White, Chad Hollenbeck, Shane Cottle, Leon Henderson-DNS, Travis Varnadore-DNS, Duke Whiseant-DNS, Justin Rattliff-DNS

Feature Finish – 50 Laps:

FINISH

START

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

1

14

28e

Dennis Erb, Jr.

Carpentersville, IL

2

12

81x

Randy Korte

Highland, IL

3

9

11T

Tyler Reddick

Corning, CA

4

2

15d

Jonathan Davenport

Blairsville, GA

5

15

99

Donnie Moran

Dresden, OH

6

11

11h

Austin Hubbard

Seaford, DE

7

13

53

Ray Cook

Brasstown, NC

8

25

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

9

17

18e

Eric Wells

Hazard, KY

10

16

23

John Blankenship

Williamson, WV

11

18

5J

Eric Jacobsen

Watsonville, CA

12

26

44

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

13

1

42c

Terry Casey

New London, WI

14

24

32s

Chad Stapleton

Edinburgh, IN

15

10

15

Steve Francis

Ashland, KY

16

5

5

Jared Landers

Batesville, AR

17

7

18

Shannon Babb

Mowequa, IL

18

22

4L

Victor Lee

Danville, KY

19

8

81

Scott James

Lawrenceburg, IN

20

19

41

Josh McGuire

Grayson, KY

21

3

71

Don O'Neal

Martinsville, IN

22

4

76

Shelby Miles

Bloomington, IN

23

6

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

24

23

32

Bobby Pierce

Oakwood, IL

25

21

81JR

Jason Riggs

Harrisburg, IL

26

20

85

Mark Andersen

Blanchard, MI

Race Statistics Entrants: 42 Lap Leaders: Jonathan Davenport (Laps 1 – 35); Steve Francis (Laps 34 – 46); Randy Korte (Lap 47); Dennis Erb Jr. (Laps 48 – 50) Caution Flags:  Dennis Erb Jr., Tyler Reddick (Lap 3); Stacy Miles (Lap 23); Don O’Neal (Lap 31); Eric Jacobsen, Josh McGuire (Lap 32); Eric Jacobsen (Lap 38); Jimmy Owens (Lap 41); John Blankenship (Lap 43); Steve Francis (Lap 47); Victor Lee (Lap 47) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Jimmy Owens, Earl Pearson Jr. DirtonDirt.com Fast Time Provisional: n/a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: n/a Performance Bodies First Non-Qualifier: n/a Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Jimmy Owens (Started 25th; Finished 8th; Advanced 17 positions) Allstar Performer of the Race: Donnie Moran Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Donnie Moran ASi Racewear Challenge Finisher: Dennis Erb Jr. Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Jonathan Davenport COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Vic Hill Racing Engines Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Bloomquist Race Cars Sweet Mfg Crew Chief of the Race: Heather Lyne (Dennis Erb Jr.) Time of Race: 49 minutes 10 seconds

DART Winternationals Point Standings:

POS

CAR#

DRIVER

POINTS

1

28e

Dennis Erb, Jr.

1060

2

15

Steve Francis

1005

3

53

Ray Cook

995

4

71

Don O'Neal

990

5

81x

Randy Korte

960

6

23

John Blankenship

945

7

5J

Eric Jacobsen

890

7

42c

Terry Casey

890

9

0

Scott Bloomquist

885

10

18e

Eric Wells

830

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

POINTS

1

28e

Dennis Erb, Jr.

Carpentersville, IL

250

2

81x

Randy Korte

Highland, IL

230

3

11T

Tyler Reddick

Corning, CA

220

4

15d

Jonathan Davenport

Blairsville, GA

210

5

99

Donnie Moran

Dresden, OH

205

6

11h

Austin Hubbard

Seaford, DE

200

7

53

Ray Cook

Brasstown, NC

195

8

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

190

9

18e

Eric Wells

Hazard, KY

185

10

23

John Blankenship

Williamson, WV

180

11

5J

Eric Jacobsen

Watsonville, CA

175

11

42c

Terry Casey

New London, WI

175

13

44

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

170

14

15

Steve Francis

Ashland, KY

165

15

32s

Chad Stapleton

Edinburgh, IN

160

16

5

Jared Landers

Batesville, AR

150

17

18

Shannon Babb

Mowequa, IL

145

18

4L

Victor Lee

Danville, KY

140

19

81

Scott James

Lawrenceburg, IN

135

20

41

Josh McGuire

Grayson, KY

130

21

71

Don O'Neal

Martinsville, IN

125

21

76

Shelby Miles

Bloomington, IN

125

21

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

125

21

32

Bobby Pierce

Oakwood, IL

125

21

81JR

Jason Riggs

Harrisburg, IL

125

21

85

Mark Andersen

Blanchard, MI

125

2012results_2-16.jpg   TAMPA, FL (February 16, 2012) – Steve Francis passed Austin Hubbard coming off of turn four on the final lap of tonight’s 35-lap DART Winternationals feature. Francis took home $7,000 for his win. In a thrilling finish, Hubbard finished second, followed by Dennis Erb Jr., Don O’Neal, and Jared Landers. With the win, Francis notched his ninth career victory at East Bay Raceway Park and his sixth career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series triumph.

The main events have been packed with excitement all week. Tonight fans saw another “barn-burner” of a main event. Hubbard was poised to win his first-ever win at East Bay and his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory when he took the lead on lap 13 from Erb.

The young driver led the field for most of the race until a caution came out on lap 33. This set up a two-lap showdown between Hubbard and Francis. Hubbard dashed out in front of Francis on the restart and led until the final turn. Francis took to the outside groove of the track and powered out of turn four. The crowd jumped to their feet and roared with excitement as the pair came across the finish line with Francis barely ahead of Hubbard.

“I have to thank my Crew Chief Lance Wright, under that last caution he signaled for me to go to the top of the track. It looked like there was enough moisture in the track tonight, even at the end, so I knew Lance was right. I was able to get into three and four really well. He (Hubbard) left a small opening on the outside, I took it and was just fortunate enough to get by him,” said the 44-year old.

“I want to thank Barry Wright and everybody at the race shop, Clements Race Engines, Valvoline, Nichols Plumbing, JRi Shocks, Mathis Farms, and AES Racing for all of their support. The deal for me to drive for Barry didn’t come together until mid-December, and I am really glad that it did.”

Francis will be following the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series full-time again this year. His 2012 season is off to an excellent start with this win. “It’s good to finally be back in victory lane here at East Bay, it’s been a few years. One thing’s for certain, we aren’t going winless this year,” said a smiling Francis. “The track has been in excellent shape all week thanks to Al, Todd, and the entire crew here at East Bay.  They have finished in a timely fashion and had some great racing.”

Completing the top ten were Wednesday Night’s winner Ray Cook, Terry Casey, Donnie Moran, John Blankenship, and Shannon Babb.

In preliminary action Shannon Babb was the Red Buck Cigar’s Fast Qualifier amongst the 44 entrants. Heat races were won by Donnie Moran, Steve Francis, Dennis Erb Jr., and Austin Hubbard. Bobby Pierce and Eric Jacobsen recorded B-main wins. Earl Pearson Jr. captured the PRC Strawberry Dash.

Up next at the DART Winternationals will be a $10,000 to win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned event on Friday night, February 17th at the famed “Clay by the Bay”. Hot laps will begin at 6:00PM followed by Red Buck Cigar Time Trials. Heat race action is slated to get underway at 7 PM, followed by B-Mains, and the 50-lap main event.   For more information, check out www.eastbayracewaypark.com.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com or call the series’ office at (951) 532-2503.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race Summary Thursday Night, February 16, 2012 36th Annual DART Winternationals East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL

Red Buck Cigars Fast Time:  Ray Cook / 14.615 seconds (Group A) Shannon Babb / 14.561 seconds (Group B and Overall)

Wiles Driveshafts First Heat (8 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Ray Cook, Donnie Moran, Randy Korte, John Blankenship, Jonathan Davenport, Josh McGuire, Chad Hollenbeck, Earl Pearson, Jr., Shane Cottle, Todd Frank, Doug Blashe

U. S. Steel Second Heat (8 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Steve Francis, Don O'Neal, Jared Landers, Bobby Pierce, Dillan White, Mark Andersen, Scott Creel, Victor Lee, Leon Henderson, Pat Ehlert, Terry Naugle-DNS

Simpson Performance Products Third Heat (8 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Dennis Erb Jr., Shannon Babb, Terry Casey, Scott James , Eric Jacobsen, Scott Bloomquist, Duke Whiseant, Chris Brown, Travis Varnadore, James O'Hara, Jackie Nosbisch

HAWK Brakes Fourth Heat (8 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Austin Hubbard, Shelby Miles, Eric Wells, Tyler Reddick, Kevin Cole, Morgan Bagley, Jason Riggs, Danny Mitchell, Justin Rattliff, Chad Stapleton-DNS, Jimmy Owens-DNS

JRi Shocks First B-Main (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Bobby Pierce, Josh McGuire, Victor Lee, Chad Hollenbeck, Mark Andersen, Jonathan Davenport, Todd Frank, Doug Blashe, Earl Pearson, Jr., Scott Creel, Shane Cottle, Leon Henderson, Terry Naugle

PAC Racing Springs Second B-Main (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Eric Jacobsen, Scott Bloomquist, Jason Riggs, Duke Whiseant, Morgan Bagley, Chris Brown, Travis Varnadore, MPat Ehlert, James O'Hara, Jimmy Owens, Kevin Cole, Danny Mitchell, Justin Rattliff, Jackie Nosbisch-DNS, Chad Stapleton-DNS

PRC Strawberry Dash Presented by DirtonDirt.com (3 Laps- Winner Advances): Earl Pearson Jr., Jimmy Owens, Chris Brown

Feature Finish – 35 Laps:

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN
1 3 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
2 4 11h Austin Hubbard Seaford, DE
3 2 28e Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL
4 7 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN
5 11 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
6 5 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC
7 10 42c Terry Casey New London, WI
8 1 99 Donnie Moran Dresden, OH
9 9 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
10 6 18 Shannon Babb Mowequa, IL
11 8 76 Shelby Miles Bloomington, IN
12 16 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA
13 12 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY
14 13 81x Randy Korte Highland, IL
15 26 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL
16 15 54W Dillan White Crofton, KY
17 18 5J Eric Jacobsen Watsonville, CA
18 19 41 Josh McGuire Grayson, KY
19 20 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN
20 25 15d Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA
21 21 4L Victor Lee Danville, KY
22 23 4-Ds Chad Hollenbeck Montrose, PA
23 24 A1 Duke Whiseant Texarkana, AR
24 14 81 Scott James Lawrenceburg, IN
25 17 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL
26 22 81JR Jason Riggs Harrisburg, IL

 

Race Statistics Entrants: 43 Lap Leaders: Dennis Erb Jr. (Laps 1 – 12); Austin Hubbard (Laps 13 – 34); Steve Francis (Lap 35) Caution Flags: Scott James (Lap 29); Duke Whiseant (Lap 33) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: n/a DirtonDirt.com Fast Time Provisional: Johnanthan Davenport Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: n/a Performance Bodies First Non-Qualifier: Jimmy Owens Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Earl Pearson Jr. (Started 26th; Finished 15th; Advanced 11 positions) Allstar Performer of the Race: Jared Landers Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Austin Hubbard ASi Racewear Challenge Finisher: Steve Francis Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: n/a COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Clements 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: 17 minutes 42 seconds

DART Winternationals Point Standings:

POS CAR# DRIVER POINTS
1 71 Don O'Neal 865
2 15 Steve Francis 840
3 28e Dennis Erb, Jr. 810
4 53 Ray Cook 800
5 23 John Blankenship 765
6 0 Scott Bloomquist 760
7 81x Randy Korte 730
8 42c Terry Casey 715
8 5J Eric Jacobsen 715
10 18e Eric Wells 645

2012results_2-15.jpg   TAMPA, FL (February 15, 2012) - Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC returned to victory lane at East Bay Raceway Park on Wednesday Night after an action packed 35-lap feature. The win was his first in 12 years at the track. Cook took the lead for good on lap 31 from Steve Francis of Ashland, KY to win night number three of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned DART Winternationals.

Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA passed Francis on the final lap to finish second. Francis ran the last several laps of the race with a flat right front tire. He barely edged out Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN for third. Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, IL rounded out the top five.

In a spirited race for the top spot, three drivers took turns at leading the event. Davenport led the first four laps until Francis took over the lead. Francis then held the “point” until Cook got by on lap 15. Cook rallied from his fourth place starting spot to hold the lead until Francis forged back ahead on lap 23. Cook kept pace with Francis, constantly applying pressure for the lead. Cook finally managed to get by Francis, after the right front tire on Francis’ car began to go flat.

"It just goes to show you that anything is possible with the Lord," said the elated Cook in Lucas Oil Victory Lane. "These MasterSbilt Race Cars have run well the first three nights down here with O'Neal winning twice and now us. This whole team has been working extremely hard to get us here tonight. I would to thank Gary Winger with Integra Shocks, American Racer Tires, and everyone that supports this team," said Cook. This was his tenth career win in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series competition.

Reminiscing on his first and only win at East Bay that came 12 years ago, Cook said, "We started 21st and it was a 100-lapper. Even though we started fourth tonight, it sure wasn’t any easier, given the quality of the competition down here this time. We've started off great this season and we hope to continue the momentum for the rest of the year," said the 40-year-old driver.

A+ Moving and Storage, VP Racing Fuels, Keyser Mfg., GW Performance, PRC, Hicks & Ingle Company, and Superior Cleaning sponsor Cook’s D&R Motorsports number 53.

Don O'Neal was trying to win three in a row this week. He jumped the cushion in turn two on the first lap and slipped back to fifth. Cook started behind O’Neal and took advantage of O'Neal's slip. "Any time you get a chance to get by O'Neal, you take it. He's been running so well this week."

Davenport secured a second place finish for the Clint Bowyer Motorsports, Roush-Yates Racing Engines, Barry Wright Toyota. Francis hung on to finish third in the Valvoline, Clements Racing Engines, Barry Wright Chevrolet. Bloomquist made a last lap surge to get around the fading Francis, but came up just short. He finished fourth in the Hawkeye Trucking, Roush-Yates Racing Engines, Bloomquist Race Cars Ford. Erb, who started 14th, finished fifth in his McBride Mack, Vic Hill Racing Engines, Bloomquist Race Cars entry.

Completing the top ten were Eric Jacobsen of Seacliffe Beach, CA; John Blankenship of Williamson, WV; Terry Casey of New London, WI; Donnie Moran of Dresden, OH; and Randy Korte of Highland, IL.

In preliminary action Don O'Neal was the Red Buck Cigar’s Fast Qualifier amongst the 46 entrants. Heat race winners were Jonathan Davenport, Don O'Neal, Steve Francis, and Ray Cook. Duke Whiseant and Chris Brown took the B-mains. Josh McGuire won the PRC Strawberry Dash.

There will be another $7,000 to win show for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series DART Winternationals at East Bay on Thursday night, February 16th.

Don O’Neal leads Scott Bloomquist in the weeklong DART Winternationals points chase after the first three events.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com or call the series' office at (951) 532-2503.

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Race Summary

Wednesday Night, February 15, 2012

36th Annual DART Winternationals

East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL

Red Buck Cigars Fast Time:  

Jonathan Davenport/ 14.820 seconds (Group A)

Don O’Neal / 14.694 seconds (Group B and Overall)

Wiles Driveshafts First Heat (8 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Jonathan Davenport, Terry Casey, Austin Hubbard, Dillan White, Bobby Pierce, Jackie Nosbisch, Jay Morris, Scott James, Danny Mitchell, Doug Blashe, Todd Frank, Justin Rattliff

U. S. Steel Second Heat (8 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Steve Francis, Eric Jacobsen, Mark Andersen, Kevin Weaver, Duke Whiseant, Chad Hollenbeck, Jared Landers, Travis Varnadore, James O'Hara, Shannon Babb, Pat Ehlert

Simpson Performance Products Third Heat (8 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Don O'Neal, Scott Bloomquist, Randy Korte, Dennis Erb, Jr., Daniel Stone, Eric Wells, Victor Lee, Tyler Reddick, Shane Cottle, Scott Creel, Tim Lance, Shelby Miles

HAWK Brakes Fourth Heat (8 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Ray Cook, John Blankenship, Jason Riggs, Donnie Moran, Chris Brown, Brandon Sheppard, Morgan Bagley, Leon Henderson, Terry Naugle, Chad Stapleton, Josh McGuire

JRi Shocks First B-Main (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Duke Whiseant, Dillan White, Bobby Pierce, Jared Landers, Chad Hollenbeck, James O'Hara, Doug Blashe, Todd Frank, Scott James , Pat Ehlert, Travis Varnadore, Danny Mitchell, Shannon Babb-DNS, Jay Morris-DNS, Justin Rattliff-DNS

PAC Racing Springs Second B-Main (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Chris Brown, Eric Wells, Daniel Stone, Tyler Reddick, Brandon Sheppard, Scott Creel, Victor Lee, Leon Henderson, Josh McGuire, Shane Cottle, Tim Lance, Chad Stapleton, Terry Naugle, Morgan Bagley, Shelby Miles

PRC Strawberry Dash Presented by DirtonDirt.com (Laps- Winner Advances): Josh McGuire, Scott Creel, Tim Lance, Travis Varnadore, Pat Ehlert, Leon Hernderson.

Feature Finish – 35 Laps:

FINISH

START

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

1

4

53

Ray Cook

Brasstown, NC

2

1

15d

Jonathan Davenport

Blairsville, GA

3

3

15

Steve Francis

Ashland, KY

4

6

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

5

14

28e

Dennis Erb, Jr.

Carpentersville, IL

6

7

5J

Eric Jacobsen

Watsonville, CA

7

8

23

John Blankenship

Williamson, WV

8

5

42c

Terry Casey

New London, WI

9

16

99

Donnie Moran

Dresden, OH

10

10

81x

Randy Korte

Highland, IL

11

11

85

Mark Andersen

Blanchard, MI

12

23

5

Jared Landers

Batesville, AR

13

13

01

Jackie Nosbisch

Valrico, FL

14

19

54W

Dillan White

Crofton, KY

15

20

18e

Eric Wells

Hazard, KY

16

21

32

Bobby Pierce

Oakwood, IL

17

18

21CB

Chris Brown

Spring, TX

18

25

b5

Brandon Sheppard

Berlin, IL

19

2

71

Don O'Neal

Martinsville, IN

20

22

21d

Daniel Stone

Thompson, PA

21

15

B12

Kevin Weaver

Gibson City, IL

22

24

11T

Tyler Reddick

Corning, CA

23

26

41

Josh McGuire

Grayson, KY

24

17

A1

Duke Whiseant

Texarkana, AR

25

12

81JR

Jason Riggs

Harrisburg, IL

26

9

11h

Austin Hubbard

Seaford, DE

Race Statistics

Entrants: 46

Lap Leaders: Jonathan Davenport (Lap 1 – 5); Steve Francis (Laps 5 – 14); Ray Cook (Laps 15 – 22); Steve Francis (Laps 23 – 30); Ray Cook (Laps 31 – 35);

Caution Flags:  Austin Hubbard (Lap 5)

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: n/a

DirtonDirt.com Fast Time Provisional: Brandon Sheppard

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: n/a

Performance Bodies First Non-Qualifier: Scott Creel

Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Jared Landers (Started 23rd; Finished 12th; Advanced 11 positions)

Allstar Performer of the Race: Steve Francis

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Donnie Moran

ASi Racewear Challenge Finisher: Ray Cook

Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: n/a

COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Race Engine Design

Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: MasterSbilt Race Cars

Sweet Mfg Crew Chief of the Race: John Sexton (Ray Cook)

Time of Race: 16 minutes 47 seconds

DART Winternationals Point Standings:

POS

CAR#

DRIVER

POINTS

1

71

Don O'Neal

655

2

0

Scott Bloomquist

625

3

53

Ray Cook

590

3

15

Steve Francis

590

3

28e

Dennis Erb, Jr.

590

6

23

John Blankenship

580

7

5J

Eric Jacobsen

570

7

81x

Randy Korte

570

9

42c

Terry Casey

520

10

21d

Daniel Stone

495

2012results_2-14.jpg   TAMPA, FL (February 14, 2012) – Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN captured $5,000 tonight with his second win at the DART Winternationals East Bay Raceway Park on Tuesday Night. O’Neal took command of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned event and stormed on for his 14th career win at the 1/3 mile oval. John Blankenship of Williamson, WV passed Austin Hubbard of Seaford, DE on the final lap to place second. Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN and Steve Francis of Ashland, KY rounded out the top five.   The race got off to rough start with a false start. Then O’Neal and Shannon Babb, who started on the front row alongside each other, got together heading into turn number one on the second attempt to start the race. Babb suffered substantial damage, ending his night.  In Victory Lane, O’Neal was subdued after the contact with Babb. “Man I hated that, Shannon and I are friends. I got in there and we got together, I drove it in wide-open. I think I blistered my tires again tonight as well. My hat’s off again to this MasterSbilt crew, they’ve built a great race car, and thanks to Jay Dickens for building us such a stout engine. We are off to a great start this season,” said the 47-year-old, who captured his 21st win in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series competition.   O’Neal led all 25 laps, but a heated battle lasted the entire distance for second. All eyes were on Blankenship and Hubbard. Those two swapped the second spot four times during the race with Blankenship in the Coal America’s Energy, Cornett Racing Engines, Rocket Chassis going to the high-side, passing Hubbard coming off of turn number two on the final lap to capture the runner-up spot. Hubbard wound up third in the Tim Logan Racing, Trinity Logistics, Rocket Chassis Chevrolet.   O’Neal, who is fourth all-time in LOLMDS series wins, rode the cushion for most of the race and at times it appeared that both Blankenship and Hubbard were gaining ground on him. Once O’Neal reached traffic he was able to take command of the race. “Our goal is to win the Lucas Oil Series title this year and even though this doesn’t count toward the season-long points we are going to be ready for Friday and Saturday for sure.”   Bloomquist took fourth in his Hawkeye Trucking, Roush-Yates Racing Engines, Bloomquist Race Cars Ford. Francis grabbed fifth in the Valvoline, Clements Racing Engines, Barry Wright Race Cars Chevrolet.   Completing the top ten were Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, IL; Randy Korte of Highland, IL; Duke Whiseant of Texarkana, AR; Dillan White of Crofton, KY; and Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA.   In preliminary action, O’Neal was the Red Buck Cigars Fast Qualifier among the 43 entrants with a lap of 14.402 seconds. Heat races were won by O’Neal, Terry Casey, Shannon Babb, and John Blankenship. The B-main winners were Eric Jacobsen and Dillan White. The PRC Strawberry Dash was taken by Brandon Sheppard.   Coming up on Wednesday Night, February 15th will be night number three of the 36th Annual DART Winternationals for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series with a complete show featuring a $7,000 to win main event. For more information log on to www.eastbayracewaypark.com.   For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com or call the series’ office at (951) 532-2503.   Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race Summary Tuesday Night, February 14, 2012 36th Annual DART Winternationals East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL   Red Buck Cigars Fast Time:  Don O’Neal / 14.402 seconds (Group A) Shannon Babb / 14.654 seconds (Group B and Overall)   Wiles Driveshafts First Heat (8 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Don O’Neal, Scott Bloomquist, Jared Landers, Jonathan Davenport, Eric Jacobsen, Scott James, Ray Cook, Morgan Bagley, Chris Brown, Terry Naugle, Robert Geiger-DNS   U. S. Steel Second Heat (8 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Terry Casey, Steve Francis, Randy Korte, Eric Wells, Scott Creel, Jason Riggs, Jackie Nosbisch, Danny Mitchell, Leon Henderson, Mark Andersen   Simpson Performance Products Third Heat (8 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Shannon Babb, Duke Whiseant, Dennis Erb, Jr., Daniel Stone, Justin Rattliff, Chad Stapleton, Chad Hollenbeck, James O'Hara, Todd Frank, Shane Cottle   HAWK Brakes Fourth Heat (8 Laps- Top 4 Advance): John Blankenship, Austin Hubbard, Josh McGuire, Bobby Pierce, Dillan White, Brandon Sheppard, Tyler Reddick, Travis Varnadore, Victor Lee, Doug Blashe   JRi Shocks First B-Main (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Eric Jacobsen, Scott Creel, Scott James, Jason Riggs, Ray Cook, Danny Mitchell, Morgan Bagley, Jackie Nosbisch, Leon Henderson, Chris Brown, Mark Andersen   PAC Racing Springs Second B-Main (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Dillan White, Justin Rattliff, Chad Hollenbeck, Tyler Reddick, Brandon Sheppard, Victor Lee, Shelby Miles, James O'Hara, Doug Blashe, Chad Stapleton, Todd Frank, Travis Varnadore   PRC Strawberry Dash Presented by DirtonDirt.com (Laps- Winner Advances): Brandon Sheppard, Victor Lee, Shelby Miles, Doug Blashe, James O’Hara  

Feature Finish – 25 Laps:

FINISH

START

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

1

1

71

Don O'Neal

Martinsville, IN

2

4

23

John Blankenship

Williamson, WV

3

8

11h

Austin Hubbard

Seaford, DE

4

5

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

5

7

15

Steve Francis

Ashland, KY

6

10

28e

Dennis Erb, Jr.

Carpentersville, IL

7

11

81x

Randy Korte

Highland, IL

8

6

A1

Duke Whiseant

Texarkana, AR

9

18

54W

Dillan White

Crofton, KY

10

13

15d

Jonathan Davenport

Blairsville, GA

11

14

21d

Daniel Stone

Thompson, PA

12

25

53

Ray Cook

Brasstown, NC

13

12

41

Josh McGuire

Grayson, KY

14

17

5J

Eric Jacobsen

Watsonville, CA

15

20

16

Justin Rattliff

Campbellsville, KY

16

22

4-Ds

Chad Hollenbeck

Montrose, PA

17

15

18e

Eric Wells

Hazard, KY

18

16

32

Bobby Pierce

Oakwood, IL

19

19

31

Scott Creel

Franklinton, LA

20

3

42c

Terry Casey

New London, WI

21

21

81

Scott James

Lawrenceburg, IN

22

24

11T

Tyler Reddick

Corning, CA

23

26

b5

Brandon Sheppard

Berlin, IL

24

23

81JR

Jason Riggs

Harrisburg, IL

25

9

5

Jared Landers

Batesville, AR

26

2

18

Shannon Babb

Mowequa, IL

Race Statistics

Entrants: 43

Lap Leaders: Don O’Neal (Laps 1 – 25)

Caution Flags:  Shannon Babb (Lap 1); Jared Landers (Lap 1); Eric Wells (Lap 7)

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: n/a

DirtonDirt.com Fast Time Provisional: Ray Cook

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: n/a

Performance Bodies First Non-Qualifier: Victor Lee

Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Ray Cook (Started 25th; Finished 12th; Advanced 13 positions)

Allstar Performer of the Race: Austin Hubbard

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Austin Hubbard

ASi Racewear Challenge Finisher: Don O’Neal

Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: n/a

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: Tom Buckingham

Time of Race: 18 minutes 16 seconds

DART Winternationals Point Standings:

1

71

Don O'Neal

510

2

0

Scott Bloomquist

415

3

81x

Randy Korte

390

4

23

John Blankenship

385

4

28e

Dennis Erb, Jr.

385

6

18

Shannon Babb

375

7

15

Steve Francis

370

7

5J

Eric Jacobsen

370

9

21d

Daniel Stone

365

10

53

Ray Cook

340

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2020 Championship Points

Points as of 9/25/2020
Pos Competitor Points
1stJimmy Owens (#20)7500
2ndTim McCreadie (#39)6925
3rdJonathan Davenport (#49)6770
4thJosh Richards (#14)6765
5thTyler Erb (#1T)6555
6thShane Clanton (#25)6260
7thDevin Moran (#9)6195
8thKyle Bronson (#40B)6195
9thTanner English (#81E)5905
10thBilly Moyer (#21)5890

Live Timing

Television Schedule

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9:00 PM
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- Wheatland, MO
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