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MINERAL WELLS, WV (September 16, 2007)- Undoubtedly the hottest dirt late model driver in the country continues to rack up big win after big win as Newport, TN driver Jimmy Owens rolled to the $20,000 victory in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned "RaceFest World Championship" on Saturday Night at the West Virginia Motor Speedway.  A huge crowd on the hillside at WVMS watched Owens come from the 12th starting spot to take over the lead on lap 31 when race leader Bart Hartman's rear end failed in his racecar forcing him pit side.  Owens then withstood several cautions flags over the last 44 laps of the race to score his third major win in the last month.  Scott Bloomquist finished second followed by current Lucas Oil Series points leader Earl Pearson Jr., 15th place starter Mike Balzano and rookie NASCAR Busch Series driver Tim McCreadie.

 

Hartman grabbed the lead at the start of the 75 lap main event from his outside pole starting spot with McCreadie, pole sitter Donnie Moran, Scott James and Pearson the top five with one lap in the books.  The running order stayed the same until the first caution came out on lap four for a slowing John Blankenship. On the restart Moran gained the second spot from McCreadie, but McCreadie fought back two circuits later to regain the second slot.

 

There were two more cautions that slowed the field again, but on those restarts Hartman quickly opened up his lead over the field as he extended his lead to six car lengths over McCreadie with ten laps scored.  Eddie Carrier Jr., the 2007 Hillbilly 100 winner, slowed on lap 11 for a flat tire which set up another Delaware double file restart.

 

As Hartman crossed the line to complete the 15 lap mark McCreadie was still second, but James was now up to third with defending RaceFest winner Scott Bloomquist now running fourth as they dropped Moran to fifth.  Hartman was still setting a blistering pace as he was unchallenged in the race for the lead as the fifth caution flew on lap 17 for Tim Dohm.  With the field bunched up once more, Hartman continued to open up an advantage over McCreadie who was now having to deal with Owens, who had started 12th on the grid as the battle for the second spot was heating up.

 

With 25 laps scored, it was still Hartman in control followed by McCreadie, Owens, Bloomquist and Pearson.  Hartman was about to enter some lapped traffic as Owens made the move by McCreadie on lap 28 to take over second place.  Just as Hartman was lapping cars he suddenly slowed on the backstretch as Owens raced by to take over the lead.  The culprit was a broken rear end as he took his car pit side as he was done for the night.

 

With Owens inheriting the lead on lap 31 after Hartman's misfortune McCreadie was back to second followed by Bloomquist, Pearson and James.  As Owens was fighting through traffic by the 40th circuit Bloomquist made a daring move on McCreadie as the two went door to door for a half a lap until Bloomquist cleared him to take over second.  Then another caution flag came out for Steve Lucas who was running in sixth place at the time slowed on the track with 41 laps complete.

 

On the restart Owens was out in front by himself with Bloomquist and McCreadie lined up side by side with Bloomquist gaining the position ahead of McCreadie heading into turn number one.  Pearson took the spot from McCreadie on lap 42 garnering the third spot as the race stayed green for four more laps until the seventh caution came out on lap 45.

 

With Owens on the point, the restart became quite interesting with Pearson and Bloomquist racing door to door for two laps until Bloomquist got back around Pearson to regain the second slot.  With a quarter of the race left Owens was holding a sizable advantage over Bloomquist, Pearson, McCreadie and 19th starting Michael England, who was up to fifth.

 

A long stretch of green flag racing saw Owens holding his lead at a healthy margin with several car lengths between himself and Bloomquist.  The eighth and final caution slowed the highflying Owens with 15 laps to go.  So with one last chance to try and get the lead away from Owens on the restart, Bloomquist and Pearson were unable to muster enough speed to get the job done as Owens sprinted away from the pair.

 

Owens handled any situation that came up in the final circuits as he got by lapped cars. He was negotiating with the ease of a veteran as he went on to score his series leading fifth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event of the 2007 season.  For Owens who has earned $110,000 in winnings alone in the last month after winning the North/South 100 at Florence (KY) Speedway, the World 100 at Eldora (OH) Speedway and Saturday Night's RaceFest in West Virginia he just continues to rack up big paydays.  "I just can't thank Scott (Bloomquist) enough. He builds an awesome car, my whole crew, my sponsors and my car owner, Mike Reece. I mean to back this up after winning at Eldora is just unbelievable. I guess we are going to be in a higher tax bracket now," said the 35-year-old racer in the Lucas Oil victory lane.  Hartman's misfortune while leading led to Owens gaining the lead on lap 31.  "I saw him do something on the backstretch and I thought he was going to wreck and then he pulled off the track, so it was a good break for us and bad for him, I didn't know what it was but that happens sometime."

 

Owens' winning Bloomquist Race Cars Ford Fusion is powered by a Cornett Racing Engines and sponsored by Reece Monuments, Ganette Appraisals, Red Line Oil, Performance Rod and Custom, Byrd's Radiators, VP Racing Fuels, Hoosier Tires and Alwee Trucking Company.

 

Bloomquist, who last year ended up in victory circle at WVMS in this event came home second this year in his Miller Brothers Coal/Vic Hill Racing Engines/Bloomquist Race Cars Chevrolet with Pearson's third place finish in his Bobby Labonte Racing/LifeLong Locks/MasterSbilt Dodge Charger putting him 230 points ahead of Scott James in the race for the '07 series title.  Mike Balzano had a strong run, coming from 15th to finish fourth in his Polino Contracting/Cornett Racing Engines/Rocket Monte Carlo with McCreadie finishing fifth in the No Fear/Clements Racing Engines/GRT Monte Carlo.

 

Rounding out the top ten were Michael England, Scott James, Eddie Carrier Jr., Donnie Moran and Steve Casebolt.

 

In preliminary action Earl Pearson Jr. was the LifeLong Locks Fast Qualifier for the 47 cars on hand with a lap of 20.01 seconds around the 5/8ths mile track.  Bart Hartman, Tim McCreadie, Donnie Moran and Scott James won the Hawk Brake and Quarter Master sponsored heat races.  Steve Lucas and Davey Johnson won the Mason Racin' Rebel Shock Dyno and Penske Shocks sponsored B-mains.  Eddie Carrier Jr. took the Edelbrock Hard Charger of the Race as he advanced 14 positions to finish eighth after he started 22nd on the grid.

 

The 2007 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will wrap up its 2007 racing season on Friday and Saturday, October 5th and 6th.  On Friday Night the "Rome Rumble" paying $10,000 will be run at Rome International Speedway and the Annual "Dixie Shootout" takes place on Saturday Night at Dixie Speedway paying $15,000 to win.  For more information you can visit www.dixiespeedway.com and www.lucasdirt.com.

  

Race Summary

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Saturday Night, September 15th, 2007

West Virginia Motor Speedway - Mineral Wells, West Virginia

 

LifeLong Locks Fast Qualifier:  Earl Pearson Jr. 20.01 seconds

 

Hawk Brake First Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance):  Bart Hartman, Earl Pearson Jr., Steve Shaver, Freddy Smith, Michael England, Rod Conley, Paul Wilmoth Jr., Bobby Kitchen, Steve Wilmoth, Chad Hina, Anthony Huber, Jeff Wood

 

Quarter Master Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance):  Tim McCreadie, Billy Drake, Tim Dohm, Jackie Boggs, Steve Lucas, Jared Hawkins, John Blankenship, Corey Conley, Jeff Burdette, Jerry Bowersock, Tre' Martin, Brad Hutson

 

Hawk Brake Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance):  Donnie Moran, Dan Schlieper, Steve Casebolt, Mike Balzano, Mark Banal, Davey Johnson, Jason Flory, Chris Garnes, Danny Mitchell, Charlie George, Chad Todd

 

Quarter Master Fourth Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 advance):  Scott James, Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Justin Rattliff, Terry English, Chuck Harper, Damon Eller, Kenny Riddle, Ricky Elliott, Eddie Carrier Jr., Rick Lucas

 

Mason Racin' Rebel Shock Dyno First B-Main (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance):  Steve Lucas, Michael England, Rod Conley, Jared Hawkins, John Blankenship, Paul Wilmoth Jr., Corey Conley, Bobby Kitchen, Steve Wilmoth, Jeff Burdette, Jerry Bowersock, Chad Hina, Jeff Wood, Tre' Martin, Anthony Huber

 

Penske Shocks Second B-Main (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance):  Davey Johnson, Terry English, Eddie Carrier Jr., Jason Flory, Chuck Harper, Damon Eller, Ricky Elliott, Chris Garnes, Rick Lucas, Charlie George, Danny Mitchell, Chad Todd, Kenny Riddle, Mark Banal (DQ)

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series "RaceFest World Championship" Feature Finish (75 Laps):  Jimmy Owens, Scott Bloomquist, Earl Pearson Jr., Mike Balzano, Tim McCreadie, Michael England, Scott James, Eddie Carrier Jr., Donnie Moran, Steve Casebolt, Billy Drake, Rod Conley, Dan Schlieper, Tim Dohm, Terry English, Justin Rattliff, Steve Lucas, Davey Johnson, Freddy Smith, Damon Eller, Bart Hartman, John Blankenship, Jackie Boggs, Steve Shaver

 

Race Statistics:

 

Entries:  47

Caution Flags:  8

Lap Leaders:  Bart Hartman 1-30, Jimmy Owens 31-75

Edelbrock Hard Charger of the Race:  Eddie Carrier Jr. (Started 22nd and Finished 8th-Advanced 14 Positions)

Allstar Performance Performer of the Race:  Mike Balzano

K&N Clean Pass of the Race:  Michael England

COMP Cams Rookie of the Race:  Justin Rattliff

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals:  Damon Eller and John Blankenship

Time of Race:  55 Minutes

 

Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Standings

 

1)  Earl Pearson Jr. (Jacksonville, FL)-5555

2)  Scott James (Lawrenceburg, IN)-5325

3)  Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN)-5170

4)  Donnie Moran (Dresden, OH)-4760

5)  Terry English (Benton, KY)-4715

6)  Justin Rattliff (Campbellsville, KY)-4505

7)  Billy Drake (Bloomington, IL)-4465

8)  Dan Schlieper (Sullivan, WI)-4330

9)  Damon Eller (Crumpler, NC)-3850

10) Freddy Smith (Seymour, TN)-3640

 

Current COMP Cams Rookie of the Year Points Standings

 

1)  Justin Rattliff (Campbellsville, KY)-4504

2)  Damon Eller (Crumpler, NC)-3850

3)  Brad Neat (Dunnville, KY)-2885

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MIDDLEBOURNE, WV (September 1, 2007)-Eddie Carrier Jr. of Salt Rock, WV Wins the 39th Annual “Hillbilly 100” on Saturday Night at Tyler County Speedway taking home $25,000 for capturing the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned event.  The event which has been contested since 1967 is the oldest dirt late model race in the country and drew 84 competitors to Tyler County and Carrier was the man standing in victory circle at the end of the night.  Carrier had to hold off challenges from Doug Horton over the last half of the race, but Horton’s tire blew on the final lap allowing 23rd place starter Scott James nip him at the finish line. Earl Pearson Jr. finished fourth to maintain his series points lead with two-time Hillbilly 100 winner, Freddy Smith finishing fifth.

 

The 2007 Tyler County track champion, Paul Wilmoth Jr. and Carrier drew the front row starting spots among the six heat race winners. Carrier bolted to the lead at the start on the 100 lap affair as a caution on the second lap would slow the field as Tim Dohm spun in turn number four.  On the restart the second caution came out for slowing Terry English who was running fourth at the time as he took his car pit side and was done for the night.

 

Carrier stayed in front on the restart with pressure from Wilmoth and Steve Casebolt.  Carrier started to pick up traffic by the tenth circuit as Wilmoth and Casebolt closed right on the rear of Carrier as the trio raced through traffic.

 

The race really got interesting as the cars completed the 14th circuit and there was contact between Wilmoth and Casebolt heading into turn number one with both cars stopping on the track.  This jumbled up the top five with only Carrier maintaining his spot in the running order on the restart as the incident moved Earl Pearson Jr. into second followed by Steve Shaver, Steve Weigle and Doug Horton.

 

On the restart the race went ten caution free laps until a multi car pileup ensued on lap 24 with Carrier still showing the way.  On this restart Shaver got by Pearson to move into second as the 1998 Hillbilly 100 winner was gaining ground on the leader, Carrier.  Meanwhile, Horton was on the charge as well as he passed Weigle, the 2006 Tyler County Speedway Late Model Champion for fourth.

 

But Carrier opened up a good lead over Shaver and Pearson after those two went at it for second. Horton then caught up to and passed Pearson on lap 34 as he was applying the heat on Shaver who had fallen six car lengths behind Carrier.

 

Keith Barbara slowed with a flat tire on lap 41 bringing out caution number five.  The restart was to Horton’s benefit because he got by Shaver to take over the second spot.  This portion of the race began several laps of intense racing with no cautions as Horton was staying close to Carrier and had closed to right on his bumper by the halfway mark of the race.  Scott James, who had to take a series provisional and started 23rd on the grid, was making his way through the field as he was up to fourth around Pearson by the 50 lap mark.  Joining James in his march to the front was Dohm, who had to go to tail after bringing out the first caution and Casebolt, who was involved with Wilmoth in the lap 14 incident.  Both Dohm and Casebolt were in the top ten with 50 laps to go in the race.

 

The race went caution-free until lap 70 as Carrier and Horton were in traffic as Mark Banal slowed on the race track bringing out caution number six of the event. The restart saw Horton stay glued to the back of Carrier’s car but as he was trying to find a groove to get by Carrier, Shaver and James were dueling for the third spot.

 

Weigle slowed on lap 80 with a flat tire and that once again set up a nose to tail restart with Carrier still the top car.  With seven laps of green flag racing between the eighth caution on lap 87, Horton was still all over Carrier for the lead, but Carrier was doing his job as he was giving Horton plenty of room, but Horton could not get enough momentum to get by Carrier.

 

With ten laps to go Horton was still within striking distance of Carrier, but just as Carrier moved into some more lapped traffic the ninth caution came out. This set up a hotly contested finish that saw the final caution wave on lap 97 for Shaver. With three laps to go, the green came back out as Carrier stretched the lead to two lengths over Horton and James, who was third. 

 

As the trio took the white flag Horton and James were right there but Carrier showed his skill in maintaining the same line he had run for most of the last half of the race as he went to cross the finish line first for the biggest win of his career. Horton blew a tire coming off of turn four on the final lap and James slipped underneath him to take the second spot.  Horton limped across the line in third with Pearson and Freddy Smith completing the top five. It was the best finish of the season for Smith in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series competition.

 

In victory lane Carrier was overcome with emotion in explaining what had just happened as he collected $25,000 for himself and car owner, Carl Grover of Ona, WV.  “You know I’ve raced a long time and I’ve worked hard at it, I maybe from Kentucky, but I’m from West Virginia now and it sure feels good to win this race,” said the 36 year old driver who moved to West Virginia in 2003 to drive for Grover Motorsports.  “My dad kept showing me under caution that someone was right behind me, so I just wanted to run the same groove on the track and hit my marks and when they came on the RaceCeiver and said we had seven laps to go, I just hammered it down and I wasn’t going to give up the lead easily.”

 

Carrier, who was the 2002 O’Reilly Battle of the Bluegrass Series Champion and the 2007 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year, was especially grateful to his car owner and his crew. “I really want to thank Carl Grover for giving me a chance to drive his car and I can’t thank my crew enough, my dad (Eddie Sr.), Victor and my wife, Jamie, she puts up with alot of stuff, but she has always supported me in racing and I appreciate that.  It’s an honor to win such a prestigious race as the Hillbilly 100 because of all the great names that have won this race and the tradition the race holds.”

 

Carrier’s black number 28 Rocket Chassis Ford Fusion is sponsored by Engines Inc. of Ohio, Railway Equipment Inc./Blue Ridge Machinery Tools/Hess, Stewart and Campbell, Poske’s Performance Parts and VP Racing Fuels. The car is powered by a Grover Ford Racing Engine.

 

James finished second in the Powell Motorsports/Jay Dickens Racing Engines/Rocket GTO and closed to within 195 of the points lead.  Horton in the Bobby Lake Motorsports/Cornett Race Engines/Rocket GTO was third followed by Earl Pearson Jr. in the Bobby Labonte Racing/LifeLong Locks/MasterSbilt Dodge Charger with the Hall of Famer Freddy Smith taking fifth in his White Oaks Motorsports/Dale Meers Racing Engines/Warrior Monte Carlo.

 

Completing the top ten were Steve Casebolt, Donnie Moran, Steve Weigle, Butch McGill and Steve Shaver.

 

In preliminary action Rick Williams topped the 84 car field with a lap of 12.815 seconds taking the LifeLong Locks Fast Time Award.  Steve Casebolt, Terry English, Eddie Carrier Jr., Steve Weigle, Doug Horton and Paul Wilmoth Jr. won the Hawk Brake and Quarter Master sponsored heat races.  The four Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno and Penske Shocks sponsored B-mains were won by Donnie Dotson, Mike Benedum, Charlie George and Butch McGill.  Scott James grabbed the Edelbrock Hard Charger of the Race after coming from the 23rd starting spot to place second.

 

The next Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event will take place on Saturday, September 15 at the West Virginia Motor Speedway in Mineral Wells, WV with the Annual “Race Fest” paying $20,000 to win. 

 

Race Summary

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Tyler County Speedway - Middlebourne, WV

Saturday Night, September 1, 2007

 

LifeLong Locks Fast Qualifier:  Rick Williams 12.815 seconds

 

Hawk Brake First Heat (10 Laps-Top 3 Advance):  Steve Casebolt, Mark Banal, Joe Loudin, Brad Hutson, Rick Williams, Sonny Conley, Rick Lucas, Jason Witherite, Dan Shrigley, K.C. Burdette, Jr. Payne, Brad Clark

 

Quarter Master Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 3 Advance):  terry English, Earl Pearson Jr., Greg Baumberger, Mike Benedum, Booper Bare, Tony Musolino, Dusty Hamrick, Michael Davis, Joel Prosser, Buck Rine, Chad Todd, Paul Baker, Scott Peltz, Scott Alan

 

Hawk Brake Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 3 Advance):  Eddie Carrier Jr., Keith Barbara, Corey Conley, Donnie Dotson, Dan Schlieper, Donnie Moran, George Lee, Chris Carpenter, Richard Frazier, Scott James, Marshall Wiblin, Dwight Henry, Robbie Scott

 

Quarter Master Fourth Heat (10 Laps-Top 3 Advance):  Steve Weigle, Steve Shaver, John Gill, Charlie George, Rickey Conley, Justin Rattliff, D Jay Miller, Kevin Layne, Matt Flesher, Glynn Booth, Darrin McDonald, Dannie Ruza, Justin Powell

 

Hawk Brake Fifth Heat (10 Laps-Top 3 Advance):  Doug Horton, Freddy Smith, Chris Garnes, Butch McGill, Damon Eller, Clint Coffman, Larry Smith, Brian Rush, Nick Corbitt, Danny Wilson, Tony Roush, Zack Dohm

 

Quarter Master Sixth Heat (10 Laps-Top 3 Advance):  Paul Wilmoth Jr., Tim Dohm, Chuck Harper, Jared Hawkins, Dan Morrison, Steve Wilmoth, Billy Drake, Tracie Sampson, Greg Buckland, Rod Gibson, Kris Southern, Roy Roush, Freddie Carpenter

 

Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno First B-Main (12 Laps-Winner Advances):  Donnie Dotson, Booper Bare, Chris Carpenter, Brad Hutson, Sonny Conley, Dwight Henry, Joel Prosser, K.C. Burdette, Brad Clark, Chad Todd, Donnie Moran, Scott James, Dusty Hamrick, Jason Witherite

 

Penske Shocks Second B-Main (12 Laps-Winner Advances):  Mike Benedum, Rick Williams, Michael Davis, Dan Schlieper, Scott Peltz, George Lee, Richard Frazier, Buck Rine, Dan Shrigley, Tony Musolino, Rick Lucas

 

Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno Third B-Main (12 Laps-Winner Advances):  Charlie George, Justin Rattliff, Jared Hawkins, Tracie Sampson, Dannie Ruze, Damon Eller, Larry Smith, Kevin Layne, Glynn Booth, Steve Wilmoth, Tyler Carpenter, Rod Gibson, Nick Corbitt

 

Penske Shocks Fourth B-Main (12 Laps-Winner Advances):  Butch McGill, Billy Drake, Rickey Conley, Dan Morrison, Matt Flesher, Darrin McDonald, Justin Powell, Freddie carpenter, Clint Coffman, D Jay Miller, Greg Buckland, Brian Rush, Danny Wilson, Kris Southern

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 39th Annual Hillbilly 100 Finish:  Eddie Carrier Jr., Scott James, Doug Horton, Earl Pearson Jr., Freddy Smith, Steve Casebolt, Donnie Moran, Steve Weigle, Butch McGill, Steve Shaver, Joe Loudin, Greg Baumberger, Sonny Conley, Tim Dohm, Mark Banal, Mike Benedum, Scott Peltz, Charlie George, Chuck Harper, Corey Conley, Donnie Dotson, John Gill, Keith Barbara, Paul Wilmoth Jr., Terry English, Chris Garnes

 

Race Statistics:

Entries:  84

Yellow Flags:  10

Lap Leaders:  Eddie Carrier Jr. 1-100

Edelbrock Hard Charger of the Race:  Scott James (Started 23rd and Finished 2nd-Advanced 21 Positions)

K&N Clean Pass of the Race:  Steve Casebolt

Allstar Performance Performer of the Race:  Freddy Smith 

COMP Cams Rookie of the Race:  None Awarded

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals:  Scott James and Donnie Moran

Track Provisionals:  Sonny Conley and Scott Peltz

Time of Race: 62 minutes

 

Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Standings (After September 1, 2007)

 

1)     Earl Pearson, Jr. (Jacksonville, FL)-5325

2)     Scott James (Lawrenceburg, IN)-5130

3)     Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN)-4990

4)     Terry English (Benton, KY)-4560

5)     Donnie Moran (Dresden, OH)-4575

6)     Justin Rattliff (Campbellsville, KY)-4355

7)     Billy Drake (Bloomington, IL)-4290

8)    Dan Schlieper (Sullivan, WI)-4165

9)     Damon Eller (Crumpler, NC)-3720

10) Freddy Smith (Seymour, TN)-3505

 

 

Current COMP Cams Rookie of the Year Points Standings (After September 1, 2007)

 

1)  Justin Rattliff (Campbellsville, KY)-4355

2)  Damon Eller (Crumpler, NC)-3720

3)  Brad Neat (Dunnville, KY)-2885

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BARDSTOWN, KY (August 25, 2007)-Maybe Bluegrass Speedway promoters David and Anita Ferrell could consider changing the “Bluegrass Classic” to the “Bloomquist Classic” as 43-year-old Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN won his third consecutive event on Saturday Night.  The $10,000 to win race was sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and it marked Bloomquist’ fourth series win of the season and extended his all-time series wins total to 15.  Bloomquist took the lead from Earl Pearson Jr. on lap 27. Brad Neat drove from the 20th starting spot to finish second followed by 17th starting Billy Drake, Terry English and Justin Rattliff.

 

It would be the Miller Brothers Coal sponsored cars of Dan Schlieper and Scott Bloomquist making up the front row for the 60 lap event which was held before a packed grandstand and the cameras of SPEED Channel.  At the waving of the green flag by honorary starter and former University of Kentucky basketball player, Richie Farmer it was Schlieper who got the jump on the field grabbing the point heading off of turn number two with Mike Marlar quickly moving to second just in front of Bloomquist and Don O’Neal. 

 

O’Neal would drop to fifth as current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series point’s leader Earl Pearson Jr. would pass him for that spot.  Then three laps later O’Neal would bring out the first caution of the race when his car went up in smoke coming down the backstretch on lap five.  With five laps in Schlieper would be on the point for the Delaware double file restart.

 

As the race went green again Schlieper would maintain a slim margin over the Tennessee duo of Marlar and Bloomquist with Pearson holding down fourth and Wendell Wallace was now running in the spot formerly occupied by O’Neal.

 

Scott James, who had started ninth on the grid, was working his way to the front as he raced by Wallace on lap nine to take over the fifth spot.  It was an exciting race for the lead with Schlieper now being challenged by Marlar on the inside by lap 11.  Pearson was on the prowl as well as he went by Bloomquist on the same lap as the caution would wave for Freddy Smith on lap 12.

 

On the restart Schlieper would keep the lead to himself using the top groove on the half-mile oval with Pearson hugging the bottom which enabled him to slip by Marlar on lap 13 to go to second.  Pearson then drag raced Schlieper off the turns as the two would race side by side for three laps much to the enjoyment of the large crowd on hand.

 

Pearson was finally able to clear Schlieper for the lead on lap 18, but Pearson’s lead lasted for only three circuits until Schlieper powered back by on lap 21.  A dandy of race for the lead would see James move up to third as he passed both Bloomquist and Marlar to gain the third spot.  James then looked like he would gain the advantage on either Schlieper or Pearson as he closed to within a car length of them.

 

The third caution would come out on lap 24 for debris on the race track.  The caution marked a dramatic change in the direction of the race as Schlieper would go pit side after a shock had broken and punctured the rear end cap which caused oil to leak out.  So with Schlieper out Pearson would inherit the lead.  At this same point Marlar who was running in third pitted to change a deflating tire.

 

This really mixed up the running order on the restart with Pearson in front now followed by Bloomquist, James, Billy Drake and Brad Neat who both would appear in the top five for the first time in the race.  On the restart Bloomquist would really turn up the wick as he passed Pearson for the lead on lap 27 to gain the lead for the first time in the race.

 

James would then get into the act as he passed Pearson for second.  Johnny Wheeler, who had been quiet for most of the first half of the race then started to show his experience at the Bluegrass Speedway as he came up to third and was challenging James for second going door to door with the driver who is in second in the Lucas Oil Series points.

 

The yellow flag would reappear again on lap 31 for a slowing Dustin Neat on the main straightaway.  On the restart Pearson would clear James and Wheeler and get back into second place behind Bloomquist.  Caution number six would come out for sixth place running Jimmy Owens who spun on lap 33 resulting in yet another restart.

 

On this restart Bloomquist would fire off of turn number four and hold Pearson and James at bay for a couple of laps until he slowly started to pull away from them.  The race would go nine straight green flag racing laps with Drake and Neat getting around Wheeler, who was slipping back at this point in the race.

 

James, who was running third, would give up his third position as he developed a flat tire on lap 42 bringing out caution number seven of the race.  On the restart Neat would really jump on the gas as he sprinted by Drake and Pearson to take over the second slot on lap 43.  Drake then would take the low side of Pearson gaining the third spot by lap 45.

 

By the 48th lap Bloomquist had a comfortable eight car length lead over Neat with Drake in third and Tim Tungate, who was up to fourth in the running order after starting 22nd. With 48 laps scored Pearson would slow with a flat tire ending his possibility for a top five finish as he quickly headed pit side for a new tire.

 

With ten laps to go Bloomquist was showing the way as Neat and Drake staged a side by side duel for the runner-up spot.  Bloomquist stretched his lead out again to about eight car lengths over Neat and Drake with Tungate running in fourth followed by Terry English, who was making a late race bid for a good finish.

 

With five laps left it was still Bloomquist racing unchallenged for the lead with Neat gaining some clearance over second running Drake. On the white flag lap Bloomquist would negotiate the track just as he had done the previous 33 laps and sweep to the checkered flag for his third SPEED Channel win this season.  His other TV wins came at East Bay in Florida and Columbus, MS.  Neat would finish a solid second followed by Neat, English and Justin Rattliff who got the fifth spot on the last lap when Tungate lost several spots with a flat tire.

 

In the Lucas Oil victory lane, Bloomquist was highly complimentary of the track conditions, his crew and his engine builder, Vic Hill who was on hand for the race. “We’ve actually been doing a lot of testing this year with Jimmy Owens, Chris Madden, Brady Smith and Michael England, we built them proven cars like my old one and we’ve been messing with a lot of new stuff, you know our cars have been winning a lot here lately and having gotten beaten by them here lately, all I can say is the game is on” said the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer.  “I love the night races here, its fun to race here and I hope the fans enjoyed the show” stated the ever smiling veteran.

 

Bloomquist victory came in his own self designed Bloomquist Race Cars Chevrolet with a Vic Hill Racing Engine under the hood. His car is sponsored by Miller Brothers Coal, Hawkeye Trucking, Allstar Performance, Arizona Sport Shirts, Sweet Mfg., Hoosier Tires and VP Racing Fuels.

 

Neat was pleased with his second place finish.  “Our team really needed this finish, we qualified horrible and the heat race was nothing to write home about, we were better in the consy and that helped us in the feature,” said the 27 year old University of Kentucky graduate who is 11th in Lucas Oil points.  “I don’t know if we would have had a shot at him (Bloomquist) maybe if we could have got to the front sooner, but we started so far back it was going to be real tough, Billy and I had a good clean race and we got lucky and avoided the flat tires that some of the other guys had.”  Neat was aboard the Greg Neat/Neat’s Service Center/MasterSbilt Monte Carlo.

 

Drake finished third in his Steve Drake/The Wells Family/MasterSbilt GTO with English coming fourth in his Triple AAA Fence/ARC Engines #96 and Rattliff rounded out the top five the James Rattliff/Rattliff Motors/C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo.

 

Completing the top ten were Steve Casebolt, Jason Keltner, Mike Marlar, Damon Eller and Earl Pearson Jr.

 

In preliminary action Earl Pearson Jr. nabbed the LifeLong Locks Fast Time Award with a quick lap of 14.896 seconds in qualifications among the 46 entrants.  Earl Pearson Jr., Dan Schlieper, Scott Bloomquist and Mike Marlar won the Hawk Brake and Quarter Master sponsored heat races.  The Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno and Penske Shocks B-Mains were won by Billy Drake and Freddy Smith.  Brad Neat took the Edelbrock Hard Charger of the Race advancing 18 positions to a second place finish after starting 20th.

 

The next Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event will be on Saturday Night, September 1st with the “Hillbilly 100” from Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, WV.  It is the nation’s oldest dirt late model event having been contested since 1967.  This year’s edition of the race will pay $25,000 to win.  For more information you can visit www.tylercountyspeedway.net and www.lucasdirt.com

 

 

Race Summary

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Bluegrass Speedway-Bardstown, KY

Saturday Night, August 25, 2007

 

LifeLong Locks Fast Qualifier:  Earl Pearson Jr. 14.896 seconds

 

Hawk Brake First Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance):  Earl Pearson Jr., Johnny Wheeler, Scott James, Whitney McQueary, Billy Drake, Aaron Hatton, Jason Keltner, Steve Casebolt, Greg Kendall, Tommy Carlton, Dave Groves Jr., Cody Mahoney

 

Quarter Master Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance):  Dan Schlieper, Don O’Neal, Donnie Moran, Damon Eller, Victor Lee, Bryan Barber, John Gill, Garrett Durrett, Bobby Carrier Jr., Ed Behn, C.J. Rayburn

 

Hawk Brake Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance):  Scott Bloomquist, Wendell Wallace, Jimmy Owens, Dustin Neat, Freddy Smith, Jerry Rice, Tim Tungate, Joey Daniel, Lee DeVasier, D.J. Wells, Larry Greer

 

Quarter Master Fourth Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance):  Mike Marlar, Michael England, Terry English, Justin Rattliff, Jeff Watson, Brad Neat, Mike Jewell, Chris Combs, Jordan Bland

 

Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno First B-Main (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance):  Billy Drake, Victor Lee, Jason Keltner, John Gill, Garrett Durrett, Aaron Hatton, Greg Kendall, Bobby Carrier Jr., Cody Mahoney, Tommy Carlton, Dale Groves Jr., Ed Behn, C.J. Rayburn, Steve Casebolt, Bryan Barber

 

Penske Shocks Second B-Main (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance):  Freddy Smith, Brad Neat, Tim Tungate, Jerry Rice, Chris Combs, Mike Jewell, Jordan Bland, D.J. Wells, Joey Jones, Joey Daniel, Larry Greer

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Bluegrass Classic Finish (60 Laps): Scott Bloomquist, Brad Neat, Billy Drake, Terry English, Justin Rattliff, Steve Casebolt, Jason Keltner, Mike Marlar, Damon Eller, Earl Pearson Jr., Garrett Durrett, Tim Tungate, Donnie Moran, Joey Daniel, Dustin Neat, Freddy Smith, Tommy Carlton, Johnny Wheeler, Wendell Wallace, Scott James, Jimmy Owens, Dan Schlieper, Michael England, Whitney McQueary, Victor Lee, Don O’Neal

 

Race Statistics:

 

Entries:  46

Yellow Flags:  10

Lap Leaders:  Dan Schlieper 1-17, Earl Pearson, Jr. 18-20, Schlieper 21-24, Pearson 25-26, Scott Bloomquist 27-60

Edelbrock Hard Charger of the Race:  Brad Neat (Started 20th and Finished 2nd-Advanced 18 Positions)

K&N Clean Pass of the Race:  Brad Neat

Allstar Performance Performer of the Race:  Billy Drake 

COMP Cams Rookie of the Race:  Brad Neat

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals:  Steve Casebolt and Garrett Durrett

Track Provisionals:  Joey Daniel and Tommy Carlton

Time of Race: 55 min.

 

Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Standings (After August 25, 2007)

 

1)     Earl Pearson, Jr. (Jacksonville, FL)-5115

2)     Scott James (Lawrenceburg, IN)-4900

3)     Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN)-4790

4)     Terry English (Benton, KY)-4435

5)     Donnie Moran (Dresden, OH)-4380

6)     Justin Rattliff (Campbellsville, KY)-4235

7)     Billy Drake (Bloomington, IL)-4170

8)  Dan Schlieper (Sullivan, WI)-4055

9)     Damon Eller (Crumpler, NC)-3620

10) Freddy Smith (Seymour, TN)-3300

Current COMP Cams Rookie of the Year Points Standings (After August 25, 2007)

 

1)  Justin Rattliff (Campbellsville, KY)-4235

2)  Damon Eller (Crumpler, NC)-3620

3)  Brad Neat (Dunnville, KY)-2885

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BROWNSTOWN, IN (August 18, 2007)-Matt Miller of Waterville, Oh ruled the 28th Annual Jackson 100 sponsored by Bob Poynter Ford on Saturday Night at Brownstown Speedway as the 36 year old led all 100 laps in scoring the $15,000 first place victory.  The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned event would be Miller’s fourth career series win as he becomes the 17th different winner in 30 races so far this year.  Josh McGuire had a couple of chances to get by Miller but Miller drove a near perfect race in holding off McGuire for the win.  Steve Francis finished third followed by Donnie Moran and Billy Drake.

 

Francis and Miller would draw the number one and two starting spots out of the six heat race winners as a multi car accident in turn two would negate the first lap.  On the restart Miller would pounce on the second opportunity as he would grab the lead from Francis on the opening circuit with Moran, McGuire and Drake the top five with one lap in the books.

 

McGuire, who started fifth, was up to third by the second go around passing Moran for third. Miller was already building a lead over Francis as the frontrunners approached traffic by lap 11 as that would allow McGuire, who was making his first appearance at Brownstown over the weekend to close on them.

 

McGuire did indeed close up on Miller and Francis and he was able to get by Francis on lap 16 moving into the second spot.  But Miller was opening up an eight car length lead at this point with the top five remaining the same with 25 laps scored.

 

With McGuire facing a eight car length deficit he would start to cut Miller’s lead down lap after lap as he would follow Miller’s tire tracks around the quarter-mile oval as Miller was faced with traffic just in front of him.

 

Ads the drivers took the crossed flags indicating the halfway mark Miller was still sporting the lead with McGuire right on his heels.  Francis, Moran and Drake continued in positions three through five in the running order.

 

Just past the halfway mark of the race the caution flew for debris in turn three, bunching up an already tight race for the first seven spots. On the restart McGuire hung right with Miller as he took a couple of stabs at the former Eldora “Dream” winner running right up to his left rear quarter panel coming off of turn number two for three laps in a row.

 

As those two continued to battle the second caution would come out for Damon Eller’s flat tire on lap 70.  With a clear track in front of him Miller would try and open up some breathing room between himself and McGuire, but the youngster was not going away as he continued to hound Miller for the lead.  The final caution for a slowing Rick Aukland would come out on lap 89 and that would set up an eleven lap race to the finish.

 

Miller would get a good restart and stretch his lead out by three car lengths over McGuire as the laps wound down.  McGuire would stay two to three car lengths behind Miller as the two took the white flag, but McGuire was not close enough to Miller to try a last lap move to try and overtake Miller.  Miller would negotiate the final circuit just like he had done on the previous 99 laps as he would exit turn four to score his biggest win since taking the $100,000 to win Dream in 2005. 

 

Miller would be fortunate because after taking the checkered flag his right rear tire would go flat causing him to spin in turn number one.  Miller was able to drive his familiar #7 to the scale and make weight to officially make him the champion of the biggest race at Brownstown. 

 

In the Lucas Oil victory lane, Miller did his post race interview the with SPEED Channel who was on hand to tape the race and felt relieved the race was over because with one more lap he would not have made it.  “We had a real good car tonight, we got the lead on the start and I learned a long time ago how to be smooth in the rubber and it paid off tonight,” said Miller who had not raced much in the last two months due to car owner Larry Moring’s business commitments.  “I want to thank Larry Moring, Randall Walker and Ronnie Stuckey for all of their help and assistance, we haven’t run as much as would have like to, but this is a big win for the team and hopefully we can keep up the momentum here at the end of the season.”

 

Miller’s win in the Moring Motorsports MasterSbilt by Stuckey Enterprises is powered by a Larry Wallace Racing Engine and sponsored by MDI Environmental/Freeport Recycling Centers/Graphic Arts Design/Performance Rod and Custom/Sunoco Race Fuels/Lo-Temp Brazing and Banshee Graphics.

 

McGuire in his best career finish on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series was very happy with his performance at Brownstown.  “I feel really good, it’s great to get to run up front in a big race like this, this is only about my third 100 lap race of my career and the experience I gained will pay off in the future.”  The 26 year old Grayson, KY driver was honored to finish second to Miller a driver he has followed for several year.  “He’s won the “Dream” before, I mean he’s good, I followed him for most of the race and I’m telling you he only messed up once that I can think of, but we’ll take second to him and go on down the road and maybe get one of these big paydays soon.”  McGuire’s second place finish earned him $7,500 which was a career high for one night of winnings.

 

McGuire’s runner up performance came in the Expert Glass and Door/GCP Racing Engines/C.J. Rayburn #41.  Francis took third in the Tim Logan Racing/Morehead Auto Truck Parts Sales/Rocket Monte Carlo with Moran in the Custom Cutters/Vic Hill Racing Engines/MasterSbilt Impala SS finishing fourth followed by Drake in the Steidinger Construction/Mullvain Motors/MasterSbilt GTO.

 

Completing the top ten were Earl Pearson, Jr., Dan Schlieper, Greg Johnson, Patrick Sheltra and John Gill.

 

In preliminary action Mike Marlar took the LifeLong Locks Fast Time award among the 56 entrants with a lap of 16.194 seconds around the quarter-mile oval.  Billy Drake, Steve Francis, Earl Pearson, Jr., Matt Miller, Donnie Moran and Josh McGuire won the Hawk Brake and Quarter Master sponsored heat races.  The Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno and Penske Shocks B-mains went to Steve Casebolt and Scott James.  The Edelbrock Hard Charger of the Race was Scott James, who started 20th and finished 11th, advancing nine positions.

 

With seven points races remaining in the 2007 season for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Pearson has a 155 point lead over James with Steve Casebolt, Terry English and Donnie Moran the top five in points headed to the next event which will be on Saturday Night, August 25th at the Bluegrass Speedway in Bardstown, KY for the Seventh Annual “Bluegrass Classic” paying $10,000 to win.  The cameras of SPEED Channel will be on hand to tape the event which will be shown on a date and time to be announced in the future.  For more information you can visit www.bluegrass-speedway.com and www.lucasdirt.com.

 

 

Race Summary

Lucas Oil Lat

e Model Dirt Series

Brownstown Speedway-Brownstown, Indiana

Saturday Night, August 18, 2007 

  LifeLong Locks Fast Qualifier:  Mike Marlar 16.194 seconds

 

Hawk Brake First Heat (10 Laps-Top 3 Advance):  Billy Drake, Freddy Smith, Bart Hartman, Mike Marlar, Steve Casebolt, Terry Casey, Victor Lee, Joe Godsey, Wayne Chinn, Jason Smith

 

Quarter Master Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 3 Advance):  Steve Francis, Dennis Erb, Jr., Steve Barnett, Bryan Barber, Justin Rattliff, Joe Janowski, Jesse Lay, Scottie Jones, Dustin Neat, Frankie Coomer

 

Hawk Brake Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 3 Advance):  Earl Pearson, Jr., Greg Johnson, Rohn Moon, Brandon Kinzer, Justin Blackwell, Jason McBride, Zach Carney, Rickey Riggle, Marty O’Neal

 

Quarter Master Fourth Heat (10 Laps-Top 3 Advance):  Matt Miller, Rick Aukland, John Gill, Scott James, Don O’Neal, Tim Tungate, John Mason, Derek Ramp, Tim Prince

 

Hawk Brake Fifth Heat (10 Laps-Top 3 Advance):  Donnie Moran, Dan Schlieper, Mike Jewell, Damon Eller, Jim Curry, Brian Wilhite, Justin Shaw, Chad Stapleton, Jacob Webber

 

Quarter Master Sixth Heat (10 Laps-Top 3 Advance):  Josh McGuire, Patrick Sheltra, Cody Mahoney, Terry English, Rick Corbin, Greg Kendall, C.J. Rayburn, Shannon Reed

 

 

Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno First B-Main (12 Laps-Top 2 Advance):  Steve Casebolt, Mike Marlar, Brandon Kinzer, Justin Rattliff, Terry Casey, Victor Lee, Jason McBride, Justin Blackwell, Wayne Chinn, Joe Janowski, Zach Carney, Jesse Lay, Marty O’Neal, Scottie Jones, Jason Smith, Rickey Riggle, Joe Godsey, Bryan Barber

 

Penske Shocks Second B-Main (12 Laps-Top 2 Advance):  Scott James, Terry English, Don O’Neal, Tim Tungate, Damon Eller, Rick Corbin, Jim Curry, C.J. Rayburn, Shannon Reed, Brian Wilhite, John Mason, Jacob Webber, Derek Ramp, Justin Shaw, Chad Stapleton, Greg Kendall, Tim Prince

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Jackson 100 Finish (100 Laps): Matt Miller, Josh McGuire, Steve Francis, Donnie Moran, Billy Drake, Earl Pearson, Jr., Dan Schlieper, Greg Johnson, Patrick Sheltra, John Gill, Scott James, Mike Marlar, Steve Casebolt, Mike Jewell, Justin Rattliff, Rohn Moon, Damon Eller, Terry English, Steve Barnett, Freddy Smith, Rick Aukland, Dennis Erb, Jr., Cody Mahoney, Shannon Reed, Bart Hartman

 

Race Statistics:

 

Entries:  56

Yellow Flags:  3

Lap Leaders:  Matt Miller 1-100

Edelbrock Hard Charger of the Race:  Scott James (Started 20th and Finished 11th-Advanced 9 Positions)

K&N Clean Pass of the Race:  Josh McQuire

Allstar Performance Performer of the Race: Matt Miller 

COMP Cams Rookie of the Race:  Justin Rattliff

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals:  Justin Rattliff and Damon Eller

Track Provisional:  Shannon Reed

Time of Race: 40 minutes

 

 

Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Standings (After August 18, 2007)

 

1)     Earl Pearson, Jr. (Jacksonville, FL)-4925

2)     Scott James (Lawrenceburg, IN)-4770

3)     Steve Casebolt (Richmond, IN)-4590

4)     Terry English (Benton, KY)-4225

5)     Donnie Moran (Dresden, OH)-4215

6)     Justin Rattliff (Campbellsville, KY)-4030

7)     Billy Drake (Bloomington, IL)-3950

8)  

Dan Schlieper (Sullivan, WI)-3930

9)     Damon Eller (Crumpler, NC)-3435

10) Freddy Smith (Seymour, TN)-3150

 

 

Current COMP Cams Rookie of the Year Points Standings (After August 18, 2007)

 

1)  Justin Rattliff (Campbellsville, KY)-4030

2)  Damon Eller (Crumpler, NC)-3435

3)  Brad Neat (Dunnville, KY)-2655

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KANKAKEE, IL (August 17, 2007)-The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series made their first ever visit to the Kankakee Motor Speedway on Friday Night and it will turn out to be a night that the race fans will not soon forget as some of the best racing seen anywhere this year took place as two-time and defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion, Earl Pearson, Jr. of Jacksonville, FL used the bottom line to come from the 13th starting spot to win his fifth series event of the season.  Pearson took the lead with 15 laps to go as he had to withstand a three wide battle for the lead.  Scott James, who is second in points finished in the runner-up spot followed by Mike Marlar, Dan Schlieper and Billy Drake.

 

Jason Feger competing in his first Lucas Oil event of the season roared to the lead from his outside pole starting spot with James, Marlar, Frank Heckenast, Jr. and LifeLong Locks Fast Timer, Terry Casey in hot pursuit.  By the second time around Marlar had raced past James to grab the second slot with three and sometimes four wide racing standard in the early going.

 

The first caution would come out on lap five when Richie Hedrick and Russ Scheffler would get together in turn number four putting the race under a red flag to clean up the wreckage as both cars were severely damaged and were done for the night.  Both drivers checked out o.k. after the incident.  During this time Heckenast who was running in fourth went to the pits and gave up his spot when he returned to the race track.

 

On the restart Feger was looking strong with Marlar, James and Casey putting on a show for second.  Casey climbed to third on lap six and went door to door with James until James got back by him on the tenth lap.  It was truly an exciting first ten laps of the race as drivers were jockeying for position lap after lap, but all were seeing the back of Feger’s car as he looked to be the prime contender for the race win.

 

With a fast and furious 15 laps in the books veteran Kevin Weaver would spin in turn one with a flat tire forcing him pit side after he had a top ten run going.  On the restart Feger would be out in front, but for the first time in the race there would be a new leader when lap 16 was scored and it was a fast moving Marlar.  Marlar overhauled Feger going down the backstretch putting his #34 in front by a car length.

 

Casey then put the pedal to the metal hugging the bottom side of the racy track as he moved up to second on lap 17 as Feger slipped back to third.  Pearson, who started on the inside of row number seven then quietly worked the bottom shelf entering the top five for the first time on lap 17.

 

With 20 laps in the books Marlar was still showing the way with Casey in second.  Pearson had moved up to third by Feger by then and was setting his sights on the two frontrunners.  But Pearson had to contend with Casey who was running his same preferred line on the track.  The two were nip and tuck in the race for second while all along not letting Marlar get away from them.  At the halfway mark Marlar was flying on the outside lane of the track with Casey and Pearson duking it out for second with Feger in fourth followed closely by James.

 

Just after the 25th lap was scored Steve Casebolt spun to a stop on the front stretch bringing out the third and what would be the final caution of the race. Casebolt would pit and re-enter the race on the tail.  On the last Delaware double file restart of the race Marlar still had the point with Pearson finally getting by Casey for second on the restart.

 

With 30 laps in the books it still a hotly contested race for the lead with Marlar in front as Pearson and now James who was back in the hunt going three wide for the lead on several occasions coming off of turn four.  The wide and ultra fast surface was giving the large grandstand crowd on hand quite a performance as Marlar would see James come from third to lead lap 34, but a lap later Pearson would power into the lead taking over the point for the first time on lap 35.

 

Pearson would stay glued to the bottom of the track as James and Marlar were throwing slide jobs at each other seemingly every lap until the finish.  With no caution flags and very little lapped traffic in front of him Pearson kept the hammer down as he pulled away in the final ten laps to open up enough breathing room between himself and the torrid battle for second.

 

James and Marlar would go back and forth much to the delight of the crowd as Marlar looked like he was going to finish second, but James was able to clear him on the final lap to nail the second place finish.  With Pearson winning it would open up a 130 point lead for Pearson over James with eight point’s races left in the season.

 

Dan Schlieper, who started eighth and Billy Drake, who started 11th made their bid for a top five finish in the last 15 laps of the race as they joined in on the excitement as they made their way to fourth and fifth at the pay window.

 

In the Lucas Oil Victory Lane Pearson climbed on the door of his Bobby Labonte owned #44 to the cheers of the crowd.  “Right before the feature we talked about and decided to change to a softer tire and I want to thank my crew for this win, because it was their call and worked out great, my car was set up to run the inside of the track and really had to work for that one, the people in the stands surely had to like that, that was a great race,” said the 35 year old racer looking for a record fourth consecutive national championship. “I got up to third there and was watching the race between Scott James and Marlar as they were using the middle and top side, so I just kept it down low where the car seemed to work the best and it paid off.  I want to thank Bobby Labonte, my crew chief Jason Fitzgerald and Matt Langston and everybody with the team it was a team victory and I couldn’t have done it without them.”

 

Second place finisher Scott James also felt like he had a car to win.  “That was one heck of  race, Earl was good on the bottom and my car was super up top, that’s where I like to run here, I just got caught up there in the race with Marlar and it cost me a shot at the win, because Earl just went by both of us, I thought we had a great chance for the win where we were starting at (on the pole), but we’ll take second, we were hoping to gain some more points on Earl, but we’ll be right there at the end I feel.”

 

Marlar in his best finish with the Lucas Oil Series this season was extremely happy with the performance of his car.  “We were right there for the win,” said Marlar who led 18 laps in the feature.  “Scott and I were going back and forth and we didn’t even touch, I felt I raced him clean, but Earl just snuck in there and passed both of us.”

 

Pearson and Labonte’s winning MasterSbilt Dodge Charger is powered by a Larry Wallace Racing Engine and sponsored by LifeLong Locks, MOPAR, Lucas Oil Products, Sunoco Race Fuels, Allstar Performance and Dunn Benson Motorsports.  It was Pearson’s tenth career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory which moved him into second place all-time in series career wins.

 

James behind the wheel of his familiar Powell Motorsports/Jay Dickens Racing Engines/Rocket GTO finished second for the fifth time this season in series competition.  Marlar took third in the Stephens Motorsports/Estes Racing Engines/C.J. Rayburn GTO.  Schlieper came home fourth in his Miller Brothers Coal/Pro Power Engines/C.J. Rayburn Ford Fusion with Drake picking up fifth in the Creative Kitchens and Baths/Mullvain Motorsports/MasterSbilt GTO.

 

Completing the top ten were Jason Feger, Steve Francis, Donnie Moran, Terry Casey and Terry English.

 

Terry Casey took the LifeLong Locks Fast Time Award with a quick lap of 13.772 second among the 36 entries on hand.  John Provenzano, Scott James, Jason Feger and Mike Marlar won the Hawk Brake and Quarter Master sponsored heat races.  The Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno and Penske Shocks B-Mains were won by Scott Schmitt and Richie Hedrick.  Earl Pearson, Jr. took the Edelbrock Hard Charger of the Race passing twelve cars on his way to his win.

 

 

Race Summary

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Kankakee Motor Speedway-Kankakee, Illinois

Friday Night, August 17, 2007

 

LifeLong Locks Fast Qualifier:  Terry Casey 13.772 seconds

 

Hawk Brake First Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance):  John Provenzano, Terry Casey, Kevin Weaver, Earl Pearson, Jr., George Scheffler, Scott Schmitt, Ted Loomis, Eric Kwasigroh, Don Hilleary

 

Quarter Master Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance):  Jason Feger, Terry English, Billy Drake, Damon Eller, Richie Hedrick, Mike Mataragas, Kerry Mathew, Steve Dimmick

 

Hawk Brake Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance):  Scott James, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Steve Francis, Steve Casebolt, Russ Scheffler, Justin Rattliff, Tony Izzo, Jr., Rusty Pleasant

 

Quarter Master Fourth Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance):  Mike Marlar, Dan Schlieper, Donnie Moran, Ryan Dauber, Mike Provenzano, Ryan Unzicker, Garrett Slager, Matt Schultz, Shawn Toczek

 

Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno First B-Main (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance):  Scott Schmitt, Russ Scheffler, George Scheffler, Tony Izzo, Jr., Eric Kwasigroh, Ted Loomis, Don Hilleary, Justin Rattliff, Steve Thorsten

 

Penske Shocks Second B-Main (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance):  Richie Hedrick, Shawn Toczek, Mike Mataragas, Kerry Mathew, Ryan Unzicker, Mike Provenzano, Garrett Slager, Matt Schultz, Freddy Smith, Steve Dimmick

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Steel Mart Feature Finish (50 Laps):  Earl Pearson, Jr., Scott James, Mike Marlar, Dan Schlieper, Billy Drake, Jason Feger, Steve Francis, Donnie Moran, Terry Casey, Terry English, Justin Rattliff, Steve Casebolt, Shawn Toczek, Damon Eller, George Scheffler, Mike Provenzano, Ryan Dauber, Frank Heckenast, Jr., John Provenzano, Kevin Weaver, Freddy Smith, Mike Mataragas, Scott Schmitt, Russ Scheffler, Richie Hedrick

 

Race Statistics:

 

Entries:  36

Yellow Flags:  3

Lap Leaders:  Jason Feger 1-15, Mike Marlar 16-33, Scott James 34, Earl Pearson, Jr. 35-50

Edelbrock Hard Charger of the Race:  Earl Pearson, Jr. (Started 13th and Finished 1st-Advanced 12 Positions)

K&N Clean Pass of the Race:  Earl Pearson, Jr.

Allstar Performance Performer of the Race:  Scott James

COMP Cams Rookie of the Race:  Justin Rattliff

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals:  Justin Rattliff and Freddy Smith

Track Provisional:  Mike Provenzano

Time of Race:  23

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2019 Championship Points

lmd dlUpdated: 07/15/19 - After Lucas Oil Speedway

POS CAR# DRIVER POINTS
1 49 Jonathan Davenport 4975
2 1T Tyler Erb ® 4550
3 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. 4545
4 14 Josh Richards 4520
5 20 Jimmy Owens 4440
6 39 Tim McCreadie 4385
7 1M Devin Moran ® 4280
8 71 Hudson O'Neal 4180
9 40B Kyle Bronson 3770
10 50 Shanon Buckingham ...