2015news 09 17

WAYCROSS, GA (September 17, 2015) - One of the most anticipated crown jewel events of the season is just around the corner. The 12th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals - Presented by Casey’s General Store will take place at Knoxville Raceway Thursday-Saturday, September 24th-26th.

The activities on Thursday and Friday, September 24th-25th will feature a complete program of: Hot Laps, Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, D, C, B-Mains, and a 25-lap, $7,000-to-win main event. Drivers will earn points in each of the two preliminary nights that will determine the line-ups for Saturday night’s finale. Saturday night’s program will include: Hot Laps, D-Main, C-Main, B-Main, and the 100-lap, $40,000-to-win Knoxville Nationals main event.

In 2014, Brian Birkhofer made history with his thrilling pass on Scott Bloomquist off turn four on the final lap. Birkhofer announced his retirement after claiming the $40,000 payday in front of a massive home-state audience. Mike Marlar made a late race charge to finish third after starting 23rd. Jimmy Mars advanced from 18th to finish fourth, while Don O’Neal rallied from 31st to round out the top five.

Numerous off-track activities will take place surrounding this 3-day event. The fan and trade show will run from 1:00pm to 7:00pm each day with exhibits on the Midway behind the main grandstand. The Hall of Fame Auction will take place at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum behind turn two on Saturday. A driver meet and greet session will be held on Saturday at 3:00pm in the Dyer-Hudson Hall off the Midway. Last year, the event ran for over two hours as hundreds of fans lined up to meet, talk, and get pictures and autographs from the drivers. Fans are encouraged to bring their favorite apparel and photos for the drivers to autograph!

This 1/2-mile speed-plant is located within the Marion County Fairgrounds in the heart of Knoxville, IA, just a short drive from Des Moines. Knoxville Raceway has provided some of the best racing in the country for over 60 years. A grandstand seating capacity of over 24,000, suites, paved pit area, Jumbo Tron screen, huge vendor area, camping, and numerous other amenities make Knoxville Raceway a must-see for both races and fans alike.

For tickets and more information on the 12th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals - Presented by Casey’s General Store, visit: www.knoxvilleraceway.com.

Fans can watch LIVE video coverage of Friday and Saturday night’s preliminary events at DirtonDirt.com. The LIVE coverage of this mega event will include continuous on track action for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Single and two-day packages are available, to order visit: https://www.dirtondirt.com/liveOrder.php?id=41.

The award-winning Lucas Oil Productions Studios will be on hand to capture all the action from Saturday night’s finale with multiple camera angles, driver interviews, on-board cameras, and various technical segments. The event will air on MAVTV Motorsports Network and NBC Sports Network at a later date, in 2015.

Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Georgia holds a 90-point lead over two-time champion, Scott Bloomquist in a tight battle for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Championship. Three-time champion, Jimmy Owens is third, followed by four-time champion, Earl Pearson Jr. Defending champion, Don O’Neal completes the top five in series standings. Sixth through eleventh are: Brandon Sheppard, Dennis Erb Jr., Eddie Carrier Jr., Steve Francis, Jared Landers, and Chris Brown.

Track Information:
Knoxville Raceway
Phone Number: 641-842-5431
Location: 1000 N. Lincoln St., Knoxville, IA 50138
Website: www.knoxvilleraceway.com

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Tire Rule:
Fronts - Hoosier Rib 1320, LM20, 1640, LM40, WRS55
Left Rear - Hoosier Rib 1640, LM40, WRS55
Right Rear - Hoosier 06, LM40, WRS55

Thursday & Friday Preliminary Feature Event Purse: 1. $7,000, 2. $4,000, 3. $3,000, 4. $2,000, 5. $1,500, 6. $1,000, 7. $900, 8. $800, 9. $700, 10. $600, 11. $580, 12. $560, 13. $540, 14. $520, 15. $500, 16. $490, 17. $480, 18. $470, 19. $460, 20. $450, 21. $440, 22. $430, 23. $410, 24. $400

Saturday Main Event Purse: 1. $40,000, 2. $20,000, 3. $10,000, 4. $8,750, 5. $7,500, 6. $7,000, 7. $6,500, 8. $6,000, 9. $5,500, 10. $5,000, 11. $4,500, 12. $4,000, 13. $3,500, 14. $3,400, 15. $3,300, 16. $3,200, 17. $3,100, 18. $3,000, 19. $2,900, 20. $2,800, 21. $2,700, 22. $2,600, 23. $2,500, 24. $2,500, 25. $2,500, 26. $2,500, 27. $2,500, 28. $2,500, 29. $2,500, 30. $2,500

Previous Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals Winners:
2004 - Brian Birkhofer
2005 - Scott Bloomquist
2006 - Brian Shirley
2007 - Brady Smith
2008 - Tim McCreadie
2009 - Scott Bloomquist
2010 - Billy Moyer
2011 - Don O'Neal
2012 - Steve Francis
2013 - Darrell Lanigan
2014 - Brian Birkhofer

For the latest breaking news concerning the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the latest series standings, 2016 tour schedule, driver information, and more visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com.

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About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nation’s premier dirt late model sanctioning organization.  In 2015, the LOLMDS will sanction 50 events in 19 states.  The series is owned by the parent company Lucas Oil Products Inc. and receives national exposure through a TV package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios.  LOLMDS events will be broadcast on four TV Networks including CBS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network and the MAVTV American Real Network.  For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com

About MAVTV American Real Network

MAVTV was founded in 2002 by four former Showtime Network executives and was originally geared towards a male dominated audience. In 2011, Lucas Oil Products, an automotive lubricant manufacturer with a history in television production, purchased MAVTV.  Lucas Oil was eager to employ the same growth strategies to transform MAVTV into a premier cable network that it employed to grow the lubricants business.  MAVTV aims to become a broader scoped network, geared towards the modern American family. Lucas Oil is investing in programming, an updated on-air look, and increased production quality, all to add more value to the viewer experience.  MAVTV is an acronym that stands for Movies, Action and Variety. MAVTV brings you plenty of never-before-seen high definition exclusives, including Comedy, Movies, Action Sports, Adventure and More, all in fantastic HD detail.  MAVTV is no ordinary television network.  It’s a 24/7, high-definition entertainment extravaganza, featuring everything from blockbuster films, high octane motorsports, MMA fighting, gaming, gut busting comedy, original reality shows and scripted dramas.  Learn more about MAVTV American Real go to:  www.mavtv.com.  

About Lucas Oil Products

Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes, problem-solving additives, and car-care products.  Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil has established itself as a worldwide leader in the lubrication industry.  Motorsports has always been part of the Lucas Oil culture and the cornerstone of the company's marketing strategy.  Such passion for motorsports has inspired Lucas Oil to sponsor many race teams, events and series at all levels, including, NHRA, IRL, ASCS, NASCAR, IHRA and many more.  Lucas Oil has also taken ownership and operational control of a number of high profile racing properties, such as: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. and the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, CA.  In 2007 Lucas Oil founded its own production house, Lucas Oil Production Studios, dedicated to producing high action motorsports television.  Currently Lucas Oil Production Studios produces over 300 hours of original programming for networks such as CBS, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and MAVTV.  More information about Lucas Oil Products, Inc. visit the company website at:  www.lucasoil.com

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Official Sponsors Include:

ASi Racewear - "The Official Merchandise Vendor" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Bad Boy Mowers - "The Official Mower" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
E3 Spark Plugs - "The Official Spark Plug" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Fast Orange- “The Official Hand Cleaner” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
GEICO - "The Official Insurance" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
General Tire - "The Official Tire" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Hoosier Tire - "The Official Race Tire" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
K&N Engineering-“The Official Filter” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Kawasaki - “Official Sponsor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Lucas Oil Products - "The Official Oil" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
MAVTV “American Real” - "The Official TV Network" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Optima Batteries - "The Official Battery" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
ProtectTheHarvest.com-"Official Sponsor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Sunoco Race Fuels - "The Official Fuel" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Super Clean- “Official Sponsor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Marketing Partners Include:

Allstar Performance, Andy Durham Race Engines, AR Bodies, Barry Wright Race Cars, Black Diamond/Club 29 Chassis, Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix, Clements Race Engines, COMP Cams, Cornett Racing Engines, C&R Racing Inc., CV Products, DirtonDirt.com, Dunn-Benson Ford, Dyers Top Rods, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, FK Rod Ends, Georgia Boot, Grover Race Engines, Heath Lawson Photography, Hot Rod Processing, Hot Rod Tracker, Jay Dickens Racing Engines, JRi Shocks, Keyser MFG, Longhorn Chassis, Midwest Sheet Metal, Miller Welders, Öhlins Shocks, Outerwears, Performance Bodies, Penske Shocks, PFC Brakes, Pierce Race Cars, Pro Power Racing Engines, QA1, Rocket Chassis, Simpson Race Products, WELD Racing, Wrisco Aluminum, 5150 Race Trailers

2020 Championship Points

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

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