2019news 09 13

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (September 13, 2019) – Ricky Weiss passed Chris Madden on lap sixteen and went on to record his first career win at Knoxville Raceway on Friday night. The 30-year-old Canadian racer became the 17th different winner on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tour this season.

Weiss started on the pole but fell to second behind Madden on the opening lap - trailing the South Carolina racer for the first fifteen laps of the 25-lap main event. Madden got bogged down in heavy traffic and that allowed Weiss to slip by for the lead.

Madden rallied to make a final attempt to overtake Weiss on the final lap but came up short of his fifth Lucas Oil win of the season. Josh Richards brought the Clint Bowyer Racing, Rocket home in third after starting in eleventh. Iowa native Tyler Bruening recorded his best career finish at Knoxville by taking fourth and Don O’Neal completed the top five.

“It’s awesome to be in Victory Lane here at Knoxville,” said Weiss. “We haven’t been able to capture the big one here yet, but this is our chance. After last night, we were happy with that. We were locked into the show for Saturday and we debated switching cars tonight and trying something. Shawn [Gage] didn’t want to, because he knew this car is good and he has the confidence in me to keep it in one piece.”

Weiss added: “Everytime we touch the track; it gets better and better. I didn’t mind that Chris [Madden] set the pace at the start. We don’t seem to fire like those guys at the start of a race, but we are there at the end. It was good to learn off of him [Madden] to know where we can get better. I used to play this track on a video game and now we are here in Victory Lane.”

Madden came up just short of his first-career win at Knoxville, crossing the line a close second. “We had a good car for the first half of the race, but I got extremely tight and I couldn’t turn across the middle of the corners. I was just trying to bide my time and I was hoping not to get into traffic, that opened the door for Ricky. To have the night we had last night and to bounce back and have the night we had tonight is great. We can tune on it now and be ready for tomorrow night.”

Richards’ stirring run was without the benefit of a single caution flag during the race. “We absolutely needed a caution. I feel like I was running those top two down. We had a fast car. I was relying on the cushion get up there. That was more of an old-school Knoxville with a ledge up there by the wall. It was slick all the way across the track and we could carry speed wherever we wanted to go. I had a lot of fun out there.”

The winner’s Bloomquist Race Cars entry is powered by a Vic Hill Racing Engine and sponsored by: Turk Enterprises, Derrick’s Sandblasting, Kakela Farms, G-Style Transport, J&C Properties, Penske Racing Shocks, Hawkeye Construction, Keewatin Truck Service, Straight Ahead Venture, LG Transport, Red Line Graphix, R.A. Recycling, and Wiesner Trucking.

Completing the top ten were Tyler Erb, Earl Pearson Jr., Brandon Sheppard, Frank Heckenast Jr., and Hudson O’Neal.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Friday, September 13, 2019
Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, Iowa

Miller Welders Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Scott Bloomquist / 18.009 seconds (overall)
Fast Time Group B: Chris Simpson / 18.212 seconds

Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Shannon Babb, Scott Bloomquist, Earl Pearson, Jr., Chase Junghans, Jonathan Davenport, Stormy Scott, Bobby Pierce, Cody Laney, Chad White

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Josh Richards, Ricky Thornton Jr., Tyler Bruening, Tim McCreadie, Brandon Sheppard, Shanon Buckingham, Nick Marolf, Reid Millard, Corey Zeitner

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Ricky Weiss, Tyler Erb ®, Brian Birkhofer, Kyle Bronson, Dave Eckrich, Jeremy Grady, Brent Larson, Jeremiah Hurst, David Webster-DNS

Lucas Oil Products Penetrating Oil Heat Race #4 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Darrell Lanigan, Dennis Erb, Jr., Chris Simpson, Jimmy Mars, Devin Moran ®, Spencer Diercks, Jonathan Brauns, Charlie McKenna, Billy Moyer, Jr.

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #5 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Chris Madden, Don O'Neal, Jason Feger, Shane Clanton, Jimmy Owens, Billy Moyer, Mike Fryer, Dustin Nobbe, Tim Simpson-DNS

Lucas Oil Products Penetrating Oil Heat Race #6 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Frank Heckenast, Jr., Mike Mataragas, Hudson O'Neal, Chad Simpson, Johnny Scott, Jake Neal, JC Wyman, Brian Harris, Junior Coover

Lucas Oil Products Red “N”Tacky Spray Grease B-Main #1 Finish (15 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Sheppard, Kyle Bronson, Stormy Scott, Tim McCreadie, Shanon Buckingham, Chase Junghans, Bobby Pierce, Nick Marolf, Dave Eckrich, Jeremiah Hurst, Cody Laney, Brent Larson, Chad White, Reid Millard, David Webster, Jeremy Grady, Corey Zeitner-DNS

FAST Shafts B-Main #2 Finish (15 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Shane Clanton, Jimmy Owens, Chad Simpson, Devin Moran ®, Jimmy Mars, Billy Moyer, Johnny Scott, Spencer Diercks, Mike Fryer, JC Wyman, Brian Harris, Dustin Nobbe, Charlie McKenna, Jake Neal, Jonathan Brauns, Junior Coover, Billy Moyer, Jr.-DNS, Tim Simpson-DNS

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (25 Laps):

1 1 7w Ricky Weiss Headingley, MB $7,000
2 2 0m Chris Madden Gray Court, SC $4,000
3 11 14 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $3,000
4 3 16T Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA $2,000
5 6 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN $1,500
6 5 1T Tyler Erb ® New Waverly, TX $1,000
7 9 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL $900
8 21 1S Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL $900
9 16 99JR Frank Heckenast, Jr. Frankfort, IL $700
10 10 71 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN $600
11 4 28 Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL $580
12 24 1c Chad Simpson Mt. Vernon, IA $660
13 23 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL $640
14 7 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $520
15 22 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $600
16 8 32s Chris Simpson Oxford, IA $490
17 19 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA $580
18 14 29 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY $470
19 17 20RT Ricky Thornton Jr. Sedgwick, KS $460
20 15 18 Shannon Babb Mowequa, IL $450
21 13 15B Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA $440
22 20 25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA $530
23 18 25F Jason Feger Bloomington, IL $410
24 12 1m Mike Mataragas DeKalb, IL $400

Race Statistics
Entrants: 54
Lap Leaders: Chris Madden (Laps 1 – 15); Ricky Weiss (Laps 16 – 25)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Ricky Weiss
Margin of Victory: 0.760 seconds
Cautions: none
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Brandon Sheppard (Advanced 13 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Jimmy Owens
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Josh Richards
Eibach Springs Rookie of the Race: Tyler Erb
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Vic Hill Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Bloomquist Race Cars
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Anthony Burroughs (Josh Richards)
Dirty Girl Racewear Fastest Lap of the Race: Chris Madden (Lap #1 – 20.172 seconds)
Hot Rod Processing Tough Break of the Race: Billy Moyer Jr.
STEEL-IT Most Laps Led: Chris Madden (15 Laps)
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Ricky Weiss
Time of Race: 8 minutes 59 seconds

SATURDAY Lucas Oil Products Red “N” Tacky Spray Grease C-Main LINE UP:

Charlie McKenna 22C 99 Brian Harris
Cody Laney 32B 54 Mike Fryer
Corey Zeitner 6z 20w Chad White
JC Wyman 4W 22B Jonathan Brauns
Tim Simpson 17 14m Reid Millard
David Webster 44w 10C Junior Coover
Jared Landers 777

Shannon Babb 18 21JR Billy Moyer, Jr.
Brian Birkhofer 15B 1m Mike Mataragas
Tim McCreadie 39 58 Jeremiah Hurst
Jason Feger 25F 18J Chase Junghans
Johnny Scott 1st 28m Jimmy Mars
Dave Eckrich 58E 29d Spencer Diercks
Jeremy Grady 43 21 Billy Moyer
Jake Neal 14J 5N Dustin Nobbe
Brent Larson B1 33 Nick Marolf

Shane Clanton 25 29 Darrell Lanigan
Ricky Weiss 7w 0m Chris Madden
Tyler Erb ® 1T 20RT Ricky Thornton Jr.
Don O'Neal 5 16T Tyler Bruening
Brandon Sheppard 1S 0 Scott Bloomquist
Josh Richards 14 32s Chris Simpson
Chad Simpson 1c 28 Dennis Erb, Jr.
Earl Pearson, Jr. 1 71 Hudson O'Neal
Devin Moran ® 1d 20 Jimmy Owens
Bobby Pierce 32P 40B Kyle Bronson
Frank Heckenast, Jr. 99JR 50 Shanon Buckingham
Stormy Scott 2s 49 Jonathan Davenport

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Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nation’s premier dirt late model sanctioning organization.  In 2019, the LOLMDS will sanction 65 events in 22 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 Motorsports Network.  For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit the official website at: www.LucasDirt.com

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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

2021 Championship Points

Points as of 5/1/2021
Pos Competitor Points
1stTim McCreadie (#39)2210
2ndHudson O'Neal (#71)2165
3rdJonathan Davenport (#49)2090
4thRicky Thornton (#20RT)1995
5thShane Clanton (#25)1990
6thJosh Richards (#14)1985
7thDevin Moran (#9)1975
8thTyler Erb (#1T)1970
9thKyle Bronson (#40B)1945
10thMike Marlar (#157)1910

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