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KNOXVILLE, IA (September 18, 2021) – Mike Marlar made history on Saturday Night at the famed Knoxville Raceway. The 43-year-old Tennessee native became the first driver to win three Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals Presented by Brandt Professional Agriculture 100-lap main events.

Marlar started third and picked up the race lead on lap 41 from Tim McCreadie. Marlar was able to hold off the current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series point leader by .514 seconds at the finish, for a career-best $50,000 payday for himself and car owner Ronnie Delk. Ricky Weiss finished in third followed by Earl Pearson Jr., and Brandon Sheppard.

McCreadie jumped to the lead in the richest dirt late model race ran in the history of Knoxville, as he would lead the first nine laps of the race. Tyler Erb, the hottest driver of the week heading into the event, grabbed the lead on lap 11. Erb saw pressure from McCreadie and Marlar as Marlar moved to second on lap 22.

McCreadie regrouped and drove around Marlar by the 29th lap. With Erb out in front looking for his record-tying third win of the week at Knoxville, a rear end gear broke heading to the lap 40 mark. Erb slowed, bringing out the caution. As the field went single-file and headed to the hot pit for the scheduled fuel-stop, Erb would have to restart from the tail.

McCreadie picked up the lead again, but it lasted for just one lap as Marlar blasted around him for the top spot. Marlar and McCreadie had a terrific battle for the race lead until the checkers flew. Erb came back to finish sixth, but his misfortune cost him a chance to equal Hall-of-Famer Billy Moyer as the only driver in the 17-year history of the event to sweep the weekend.

In a triumphant return to Knoxville after a four-year absence for Marlar, the 2016 and 2017 winner picked up his second series win of the year and his second in the state of Iowa in 2021. “The car was good. Once I got out in front, the car was really, really good. My guys got me tuned in good this weekend. It was an awesome race. It was fun racing with Timmy there. He had me on pins and needles at the end of that thing.”

“You know Timmy’s a professional. He raced me as clean as he could without wrecking us both. We were all over each other and we made it through ok. I appreciate him racing me clean. He’s used to running on the hub in those big block modifieds out east. I was just glad to hold him off.”

“My guys, I just can’t thank them enough. I think this is our 23rd day in a row that we have raced or went to the shop and worked. This is a fun week to come up here. We have run so well here and had so much success here. It takes a lot to happen to win here. I feel for Tyler Erb. He was going for something awesome.”

McCreadie will maintain the point leader heading to a three-race weekend in Brownstown, Indiana. “We tried to hot lap something different today and it wasn’t as good, so we went back to what we ran last night. I had a feeling the outside was going to be good for a little bit. I didn’t know (Marlar) was there. Hats off to Mikey, we gave it a shot. I feel bad for Tyler (Erb) because he probably had the best car again tonight.”

Weiss rounded out the podium with a third place run after battling with Earl Pearson Jr. for most of the last half of the event. “Honestly, we got better after the fuel-stop there. It seemed to take about seven laps to get the tires to fire again, then we started to get rolling. We were really good with about 20 laps to go. I was trying to run them down, they were slicing and dicing with the lapped cars. It was a heck of show from where I was. I just ran out of speed there at the end. I think I might have sealed up the tires trying to get there.”

The winner’s Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by Tri-Rivers Enterprise, Rockets Convenient Plus, Delk Equipment, Can-Am Auto Salvage, and Lucas Oil Products.

Completing the top ten were Tyler Erb, Hudson O’Neal, Josh Richards, Chris Simpson, and Chad Simpson.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
17th Knoxville Late Model Nationals – Night 3
Saturday, September 18th, 2021
Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, IA

LINE-X B-Main #1 Finish (15 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 56JR-Tony Jackson Jr[1]; 2. 45-Kyle Hammer[3]; 3. 25F-Jason Feger[2]; 4. 29D-Spencer Diercks[7]; 5. 30-Todd Cooney[5]; 6. 33-Nick Marolf[4]; 7. 93-Mason Oberkramer[8]; 8. 10K-Shawn Kirwin[9]; 9. 51-Matt Furman[6]; 10. 6H-Al Humphrey[11]; 11. (DNS) 14M-Reid Millard; 12. (DNS) 53-Andrew Kosiski

UNOH B-Main #2 Finish (15 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 19R-Ryan Gustin[3]; 2. 59-Garrett Alberson[2]; 3. 22M-Charlie McKenna[5]; 4. 98-Jason Rauen[4]; 5. 22H-Daniel Hilsabeck[11]; 6. 80-Allan Hopp[8]; 7. 1X-Aaron Marrant[7]; 8. 21B-Rich Bell[1]; 9. 21M-Luke Merfeld[6]; 10. 48-Tim Lance[9]; 11. 10-Junior Coover[10]

Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals Feature Finish (100 Laps):

Pos Start Car # Competitor Hometown Pay
1 3 157 Mike Marlar Winfield, TN $50,700
2 1 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $25,800
3 6 7W Ricky Weiss Headingley, MB $10,000
4 7 46 Earl Pearson Jr Jacksonville, FL $9,550
5 5 1S Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL $7,500
6 2 1T Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX $7,700
7 11 71 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN $7,200
8 18 14 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $6,800
9 19 32S Chris Simpson Oxford, IA $5,500
10 14 1C Chad Simpson Mt. Vernon, IA $5,000
11 15 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr Frankfort, IL $4,500
12 17 66 Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL $4,700
13 20 18 Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL $3,500
14 9 20RT Ricky Thornton Jr. Adel, IA $4,200
15 13 18J Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS $3,300
16 21 25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA $3,900
17 12 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $4,100
18 10 16 Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA $3,000
19 4 8 Kyle Strickler Mooresville, NC $3,000
20 28 59 Garrett Alberson Las Cruces, NM $3,200
21 27 45 Kyle Hammer Clinton, IL $3,200
22 16 11H Spencer Hughes Meridian, MS $3,700
23 22 04 Tad Pospisil Norfolk, NE $2,700
24 25 56JR Tony Jackson Jr. Lebanon, MO $2,900
25 30 22M Charlie McKenna Ames, IA $2,700
26 8 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA $3,300
27 24 36 Logan Martin West Plains, MO $2,500
28 26 19R Ryan Gustin Marshalltown, IA $2,700
29 23 41 Jeremiah Hurst Dubuque, IA $2,500
30 29 48J Jason Feger Bloomington, IL $2,700

 

Race Statistics
Entrants
: 48
Lap Leaders: Tim McCreadie (Laps 1-10); Tyler Erb (Laps 11-39); Tim McCreadie (Lap 40); Mike Marlar (Laps 41-88); Tim McCreadie (Lap 89); Mike Marlar (Laps 90-100)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Mike Marlar
Arizona Sport Shirts CJC – Presented by DirtOnDirt Feature Winner: Mike Marlar
Brandon Ford TV Challenge Feature Winner: Mike Marlar
Margin of Victory: 0.514 seconds
Stop Tech Brakes Cautions: Jonathan Davenport (Lap 21); Spencer Hughes, Tad Pospisil (Lap 27); Tyler Erb (Lap 40); Ricky Thornton, Jr. (Lap 74)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: n/a
Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a
Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Mike Marlar, Tim McCreadie, Ricky Weiss
Penske Shocks Top 5: Mike Marlar, Tim McCreadie, Ricky Weiss, Earl Pearson, Jr., Brandon Sheppard
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Josh Richards (Advanced 10 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Tim McCreadie
Hot Rod Processing Most Laps Led: Mike Marlar (59 Laps)
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Earl Pearson, Jr.
Eibach Springs Rookie of the Race: Ricky Thornton Jr.
Dirty Girl Racewear Fastest Lap of the Race: Tim McCreadie (Lap 1 – 18.902 seconds)
Fast Shafts Tough Break of the Race: Jonathan Davenport
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Josh Davis (Mike Marlar)
ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Cornett Race Engines
Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis
Dirt Draft Fastest in Hot Laps: Ryan Gustin (17.772 seconds)
Time of Race: 66 minutes 54 seconds

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Point Standings:

Pos Car # Competitor Hometown Points Pay
1 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 5675 $247,755
2 71 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN 5365 $219,745
3 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 5300 $192,170
4 66 Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL 5090 $158,320
5 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 5010 $126,615
6 1T Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX 4995 $211,745
7 20RT Ricky Thornton Jr. Adel, IA 4930 $119,530
8 14 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 4770 $113,055
9 25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA 4750 $103,340
10 157 Mike Marlar Winfield, TN 4560 $143,740
11 46 Earl Pearson Jr Jacksonville, FL 4305 $82,435
12 2s Stormy Scott Las Cruces, NM 3640 $67,710
13 76 Brandon Overton Evans, GA 2635 $191,600
14 11H Spencer Hughes Meridian, MS 2600 $54,695


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

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Official Sponsors Include:

Allstar Performance - The Official Fast Time of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
ARP - The Official Fastener of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Arizona Sport Shirts - The Original Racing Shirt
Big River Steel - A leading Steel Mill in the flat-rolled steel industry
Brandon Ford - "The Official Pace Truck" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Dirt Draft - "The Official Fantasy Sports Provider" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
DirtonDirt.com - All Late Models. All The Time.
Dixie Chopper - "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
General Tire - Anywhere is Possible
Holmatro - Mastering Power
Hoosier Tire - Tires Designed for Champions
K&N Engineering - "Make your Move" to K&N Performance Filters
Lucas Oil Products - Keep That Engine Alive!
LINE-X - LINE-X Protects
MAVTV - Your motorsports destination
Miller Welders - WE BUILD With You
Nitro-Bee PLUS - "The Official Race Receiver" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
OPTIMA Batteries - The Ultimate Power Source
ProtectTheHarvest.com - Keeping American traditions alive, for future generations
Rugged Radios - “The Official Communications” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Summit Racing Equipment - "Let's Build it Together"
Sunoco Race Fuels - "The Official Fuel" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Super Clean - Super Easy. Super Fast. Super Clean!
UNOH - "The Official Educational Partner" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Whelen Engineering Company - "The Official Emergency Lighting" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Wrisco Industries, Inc. - 100 Years of Industry Experience

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Marketing Partners Include:

Advanced Powder Coating, Allstar Performance, Arizona Sport Shirts, Automotive Racing Products, Big River Steel, Bilstein, Black Diamond Chassis, Boyd Bilt Fabrication, Brandon Ford, Brodix, Capital Race Cars, Cornett Racing Engines, CP Carrillo Pistons, DirtonDirt.com, DirtCarLift.com, Dirt Draft, Dirty Girl Racewear, Dixie Chopper, E3 Spark Plugs, Earnhardt Technologies Group, Eibach Springs, Etchberger Trucking, Fast Shafts, Fox Shocks, General Tire, Heath Lawson Photography, Holmatro, Hoosier Tire, Hot Rod Processing, Keyser Manufacturing, K&N Engineering, LINE-X, Longhorn Chassis, Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV Motorsports Network, Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, Midwest Sheet Metal, Miller Welders, MSD Performance, MyRacePass, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Öhlins Shocks, OPTIMA Batteries, Outerwears, Penske Racing Shocks, Performance Bodies, Pit Stop USA, Pro Power Racing Engines, ProtectTheHarvest.com, Pro Things Apparel, Rocket Chassis, Rugged Radios, Schoenfeld Headers, Simpson Race Products, Slicker Graphics, Sunoco Race Fuels, Super Clean, Swift Springs, Stop Tech Brakes, Summit Racing Equipment, Thermo-Tec Automotive Products, UNOH - University of Northwestern Ohio, Vahlco Wheels, Vic Hill Race Engines, Whelen Engineering Company Inc, Wrisco Aluminum, 5150 Race Trailers

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 2021, the LOLMDS will sanction 59 feature events, at 30 different venues, across 18 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. All 59 feature events will be LIVE Streamed on MAVTV Plus. For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit the official website at: www.LucasDirt.com

About MAVTV Motorsports Network

MAVTV Motorsports Network is the only television network in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to motorsports. MAVTV offers an unparalleled line-up of exclusive and unique events. MAVTV goes beyond the national mainstream motorsports events to include grassroots racing from across the globe: drag racing, pro motocross, sprint boats, rally cars, short course off-road truck racing, sprint cars, pro pulling, drifting, ice racing, and everything in between. MAVTV knows you don't have to be a race fan to be an automotive enthusiast, which is why we have developed a package of automotive reality and custom build shows that are truly second-to-none. From 24/7 automotive and motorsports content on MAVTV Motorsports Network to the free and exclusive content available on MAVTV Select and the on-demand streaming service of MAVTV Plus, if it has a motor, it's probably on MAVTV - The Motorsports Network!
For more information, visit 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 Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil MLRA, and Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO.

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 10/16/2021
Pos Competitor Points
1stTim McCreadie (#39)7355
2ndHudson O'Neal (#71)6815
3rdJonathan Davenport (#49)6640
4thJimmy Owens (#20)6515
5thTyler Erb (#1T)6445
6thKyle Bronson (#40B)6410
7thRicky Thornton (#20RT)6230
8thJosh Richards (#14)6165
9thShane Clanton (#25)5905
10thEarl Pearson (#46)5875

Live Timing

Television Schedule

All times are Eastern. Subject to change.
Thursday, December 2
9:00 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Portsmouth, OH
Saturday, December 25
1:00 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Portsmouth, OH
Sunday, January 2
8:00 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Knoxville, IA
Click here for full TV schedule.