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UNION, KY (June 4, 2005)- Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN came from his seventh starting position and got by race leader Earl Pearson, Jr. with just three laps remaining to win the 19th Annual "Ralph Latham Memorial" race for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on Saturday Night, June 4 at the Florence Speedway. O'Neal earned $10,000 for his win which was his third this season for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series as he became the 15th different driver to win in 19 "Ralph Latham Memorial" races and he is the third Hoosier State driver to win this event in the last three years.  O'Neal was driving the A1 Auto Salvage/Living Room Centers/O'Neal Wood Products/All-Star Performance/Fast Graphix/Well Pict Berries/Ken Schrader Racing/Hoosier Tires/MasterSbilt Monte Carlo.  Earl Pearson, Jr. of Jacksonville, FL was second by one car length in the Carlton and Kemp Lamm owned/Lucas Oil/Rocket Ford Taurus.  Right behind O'Neal and Pearson at the finish was third place runner, Matt Miller of Waterville, OH in the Dirt Shop, Inc/McCullough Industries/Rocket Grand Prix.  15th starting Scott James of Lawrenceburg, IN was gaining rapidly on the frontrunners when the checkered fell in the Powell Motorsports/Baylor Trucking/Rocket Grand Prix as he would come in fourth with Bart Hartman of Zanesville, OH nabbing fifth in the Urgent Cash/Cornett Engines/Rocket Grand Prix.  A total of 64 cars were on hand for the 19th annual event.

It would be Earl Pearson, Jr. grabbing the lead at the start of the 50 lap main event on the well prepared half-mile oval with Brad Neat going to second.  Matt Miller showed his strength early going by Neat for second a lap further into the race.  Pearson and Miller then started to pull away from the stout field of 25 starters with O'Neal on the prowl from his seventh starting slot up to fourth to challenge Neat passing the young KY driver for third on lap five.  The race was moving along at a quick pace with two and three wide racing commonplace throughout the field.  Donnie Moran would be the first car out of the race heading pitside on lap nine.  Up front it was Pearson, Miller and O'Neal now in a three way race for the lead as O'Neal had rapidly caught up to them.  Neat was settled in fourth with Bart Hartman in fifth at the 15 lap mark.  At this point the frontrunners had picked up the back of the field tightening things up even further in the battle for the lead.  Heavy traffic was playing a role in the race as Pearson, Miller and O'Neal were all right together on the race track.  All three would slice and dice through traffic with Miller and O’Neal putting the heat on Pearson for the top spot.  A car on the move at the juncture was Scott James.  James had started in the 15th spot and with his experience at Florence Speedway starting to show he would race his way around Neat and Hartman for take fourth on lap 25, the halfway mark of the race, trying very hard to put himself in a position to chase down the leaders.

With 25 to go Pearson, Miller and O'Neal were putting on quite a show for the fans using every bit of the race track to try and gain an advantage over the other.  O'Neal would finally slide by Miller coming off turn four on lap 31 to take over second and with Pearson right in front of him he saw an opportunity to take over the lead and win this race.  Pearson and O'Neal then would set up a 15 lap showdown for the ages going door to door several times throughout the later half of the race.  It seemed like Pearson would have the strength down the straightaways and O'Neal would handle a touch better in the corners.  While those two were duking it out for the lead, Miller was still in the hunt keeping his car right there to take a stab at the leaders in the final laps.  James was really starting to track down the leaders and after being more than a half a lap down in the early part of the race, James was now on the same straightaway as the top three runners, but he was running out of laps.

With five to go the crowd was on its feet as Pearson and O'Neal kept battling to see who would come out victorious in this hard fought race.  Miller lurked in third waiting for any opportunity he could find to steal with way away from Pearson or O'Neal.  O'Neal was diving into the turns trying to slide by Pearson coming off of those turns and finally on lap 48 coming off of turn two O'Neal went wide forcing Pearson to lift and O'Neal would take the lead, but Pearson fought back heading into three going to the outside of O'Neal and pulling even with him, but off of four O'Neal would now show the way with two to go.  Pearson was valiant in his return volley as he would stay within one car length of O'Neal to the finish as Pearson's last lap pass on the outside failed to materialize falling just one length short.  Miller was right on Pearson at the finish and James had closed to the bumper of Miller as the race concluded.  The appreciative crowd gave all four drivers a standing ovation after the race to say they enjoyed the racing that went on between those men.

Completing the top ten were Rick Aukland, Brad Neat, Wendell Wallace, Ray Cook and Jerry Rice.

In preliminary action at Florence, Don O'Neal was the Fast Qualifier at 16.421 seconds.  The Heat Races were won by Matt Miller, Davey Johnson, Earl Pearson, Jr., Bart Hartman, John Gill and Brad Neat.  The First B-Main went to Eddie Carrier, Jr. and the PBM Racing Products Second B-Main was won by Mike Balzano.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will next be in action on June 17 and 18 at the Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, WI for a pair of $10,000 to win races.

Race Summary  Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series  Saturday Night, June 4, 2005  Florence Speedway-Union, KY

Fast Qualifier:  Don O'Neal 16.421 seconds

Heat #1:  Matt Miller, Don O'Neal, Ray Cook, Mike Marlar,, Keith Berner, John Mason, Tim Dohm, Barry Doss, Spensor Watson, David Spille, Donnie Moran

Heat #2:  Davey Johnson, Rick Aukland, Darrell Lanigan, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Josh Williams, Ted Nobbe, John Whitney, Bill Blair, Jr., Joe Rice, Scotty Earl

Heat #3:  Earl Pearson, Jr., R.J. Conley, Scott James, Terry English, Steve Hillard, Eric Myers, Steve Casebolt, Jr., Chris Combs, Devin Sebree, Michael England, Sandy Goddard

Heat #4:  Bart Hartman, Wendell Wallace, Jerry Rice, Dennis Erb, Jr., Jesse James Lay, Audie McWilliams, Brady Smith, Rick Combs, Rodney Combs, Larry Pickelheimer, Jr., Ronnie Douglas

Heat #5:  John Gill, Freddy Smith, Mike Jewell, Mike Balzano, Roger Williams, Rick Corbin, Mike Johnson, Kyle Scheer, Chad Smith, Adrian Nichols

Heat #6:  Brad Neat, Steve Landrum, Rod Conley, Tim Hitt, Dan Hoard, Bryan Barber, Aaron Hatton, Robert Hensley, Blake Chinn,, Anthony Adams

1st B-Main:  Eddie Carrier, Jr., Mike Marlar, Eric Myers, Terry English, Keith Berner, Steve Hillard, Ted Nobbe, Bill Blair, Jr., John Mason, Steve Casebolt, Jr., John Whitney, Joe Rice, Spensor Watson, Donnie Moran, Tim Dohm, Scotty Earl, Sandy Goddard, David Spille, Devin Sebree, Chris Combs, Michael England, Josh Williams, Barry Doss

2nd B-Main:  Mike Balzano, Dennis Erb, Jr., Jesse James Lay, Tim Hitt, Roger Williams, Rick Corbin, Audie McWilliams, Brady Smith, Dan Hoard, Bryan Barber, Rick Combs, Robert Hensley, Kyle Scheer, Mike Johnson, Blake Chinn, Adrian Nichols, Chad Smith, Anthony Adams, Ronnie Douglas, Larry Pickelheimer, Jr.

19th Annual "Ralph Latham Memorial" Main Event: (50 Laps):  Don O'Neal, Earl Pearson, Jr., Matt Miller, Scott James, Bart Hartman, Rick Aukland, Brad Neat, Wendell Wallace, Ray Cook, Jerry Rice, Davey Johnson, Freddy Smith, Mike Jewell, John Gill, Terry English, Eddie Carrier, Jr., R.J. Conley, Mike Balzano, Roger Williams, Rod Conley, Darrell Lanigan, Dennis Erb, Jr., Mike Marlar, Steve Landrum, Donnie Moran

Race Statistics: Entries:  64 Time of Race: 17 minutes Cautions:  0 Red Flags:  0 Lap Leaders:  Earl Pearson, Jr. 1-47, Don O'Neal 48-50 Weld Wheels Hard Charger of the Race:  Scott James (started 15th and finished 4th) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Race:  Scott James Series Provisionals:  Terry English and Donnie Moran Track Provisional:  Roger Williams


LaSalle, IL (May 21, 2005)- In one of the best Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events so far in 2005, Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound, WI came from his 14th starting spot to win the Jeff's Enginemasters "Spring Shootout" on Saturday Night, May 21 at the LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, IL.  Mars took the lead with just three laps to go from Donnie Moran and then proceeded to be the first driver across the finish stripe and collecting $10,000 for his efforts.  Mars piloted his Deppe Enterprises, T.L. Sinz Plumbing, Heeg Well Drilling, Keyes Chevrolet, Hoosier Racing Tires, Pro Power Engines, MasterSbilt Monte Carlo to the win as the 33 year old racer earned his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win.  Moran finished second in his PBM Performance Products/SMS/MasterSbilt Monte Carlo.  Third place finisher Don O'Neal in the A1 Auto Salvage/Jay Dickens/C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo edged out fourth place runner, Brian Shirley in the Jayco Construction/Capitol Machine/C.J. Rayburn entry with Brady Smith finishing fifth in the AMSOIL/Pro Power/MasterSbilt Monte Carlo. 

The 50 lap main event would see Donnie Moran grabbing the point from his pole starting spot with Matt Miller going to second and Brian Birkhofer in third.  Moran would hold a steady car length lead over Miller until the first caution of the race came out on lap four for Shannon Babb.  On the restart Kerry Hansen and Jay Fiene got together with another caution flying.  On the restart Moran still held the point with Miller in second, a car heading to the front was that of Brady Smith.  Smith who started fourth began to put the heat on Miller for second as Moran would pull out to a three to four car length advantage by the 10th circuit.  Brian Shirley, who then showed some strength as he would join the mix moving up to race with the leaders.  Smith would get by Miller on lap 15 for second as the race for the top five was getting exciting.  Moran still was showing the way with Smith in second followed by Miller, Shirley and Don O'Neal.  A caution on lap 18 for Jason Feger would momentarily halt the action.  On the lap 19 restart Moran would fend off all challengers again keeping the lead, but after the restart Miller and Moran would make contact coming off of turn two and continuing into turn three with Moran spinning into the infield.  Officials placed Moran back at the head of the field and Miller had to go to the tail.  With Moran back on the point, Shirley became his chief concern as the young Illinois driver was knocking on the door several laps trying to get by Moran, but the four time World 100 champion was not letting go of his lead as Shirley fought tooth and nail with him.  Smith was now fending off handling problems on his racer as O'Neal stepped up to the top of the race track and went to third on lap 22.  A lap later a fast moving, O'Neal would go around Shirley using the same outside line.  But Shirley would take notice and get on the gas even harder going back into second a lap later.  

At the halfway mark Moran was still leading with a torrid race for second behind him with Shirley, O'Neal, Smith and now Jimmy Mars, who had started 14th now in the hunt.  Those five remained in the same running order until a caution for a slowed Scott James on lap 29 would set up quite a shootout in the remaining 21 laps.  Moran would get no father than a one to two car length lead over Shirley on the restart.  With O'Neal and Mars running the top side and Moran and Shirley hugging the bottom, there were now four cars racing for the win and Smith not that far behind them in fifth.  With 13 laps to go Brian Birkhofer stopped in turn two bringing out the final caution of the race.  On the restart Moran would be in front just as he had been the entire race, but now O'Neal and Mars looked like they would be able to go right by Moran and Shirley using the top groove.  Moran, Shirley, O'Neal and Mars would put on quite a finish for the packed grandstand as the fans were on their feet the last 10 laps of the race.  O'Neal had second on lap 41 with him and Mars racing hard trying to overtake Moran.  The cars would slide back and forth around the quarter-mile oval putting on a spectacular race for the money.  Mars would sweep past O'Neal in the waning laps and then with three laps to go he would finally get around Moran for the lead.  Mars would then take his mount to the checkers first securing a thrilling win.  Moran was second with O'Neal taking home third followed by Shirley and Smith.

Afterwards, Mars said, "We're still trying to figure out these new Hoosier Tires, we really haven't been that good here on the top, there were cars swooping past our nose and side by side and the tires really started to work good and the car handled real well and we were able to have a good race there with O'Neal and we got by him and the 3 car and Moran, the fans surely enjoyed that one."  "We have had some bad luck this year, so hopefully we are getting it turned around now said the soft-spoken driver.

Completing the top ten were Dennis Erb, Jr., Tim Hamburg, Billy Drake, Earl Pearson, Jr. and Matt Miller.

In preliminary events the Fast Qualifier for the 36 entries on hand was Dennis Erb, Jr. with a lap of 12.682 seconds.  The Heat Race Winners were Donnie Moran, Brady Smith, Brian Birkhofer and Matt Miller.  The First B-Main the Mason Racin' Rebel Shock Dyno B-Main was Jay Fiene and the PPM Racing Products Second B-Main was won by Frank Reaber.

The next Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event will be on Saturday Night, June 4 at the Florence Speedway in Union, KY paying $10,000 to win.

Race Summary  LaSalle Speedway-LaSalle, IL  Saturday Night, May 21, 2005  Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Fast Qualifier:  Dennis Erb, Jr. 12.682 seconds

Heat #1:  Donnie Moran, Darren Miller, Michael Glynn, Dennis Erb, Jr., Jay Fiene, John Mason, Mike Miller, Brian Harris, Jerry Pitts, Jr.

Heat #2:  Brady Smith, Don O'Neal, Kerry Hansen, Jimmy Mars, Freddy Smith, Jason Feger, Rich Bell, Dan Sorce, Gary Wetsel

Heat #3:  Brian Birkhofer, Tim Dohm, Skip Martin, Earl Pearson, Jr., Terry English, Frank Reaber, Tim Hamburg, Edward Williams

Heat #4:  Matt Miller, Brian Shirley, Shannon Babb, John VanDenBerg, Scott James, Billy Drake, Jason Jaggers, Darin Furar, Steve Oeder

B-Main #1:  Jay Fiene, Jason Feger, Freddy Smith, John Mason, Mike Miller, Brian Harris, Dan Sorce, Rich Bell, Gary Wetsel, Jerry Pitts, Jr.

B-Main #2:  Frank Reaber, Scott James, Tim Hamburg, Billy Drake, Jason Jaggers, Darin Furar, Steve Oeder, Edward Williams, Bart Schwartz

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series "Spring Shootout" A-Main (50 Laps):  Jimmy Mars, Donnie Moran, Don O'Neal, Brian Shirley, Brady Smith, Dennis Erb, Jr., Tim Hamburg, Billy Drake, Earl Pearson, Jr., Matt Miller, Terry English, Darren Miller, Brian Birkhofer, Michael Glynn, John Mason, John VanDenBerg, Tim Dohm, Frank Reaber, Jay Fiene, Scott James, Freddy Smith, Jason Feger, Kerry Hansen, Shannon Babb

Race Staistics: Entries:  36 Cautions:  4 Lap Leaders:  Donnie Moran 1-47  Jimmy Mars 48-50 Weld Wheels Hard Charger of the Race:  Billy Drake (Started 23rd and finished 8th) Lucas Oil Late Model Series Rookie of the Race:  Brady Smith Series Provisionals:  Billy Drake and John Mason


FARLEY, IA (May 20, 2005)- Off to the best start in his racing career, Scott James of Lawrenceburg, IN continues to impress race fans across the country as the 33 year old second generation driver came from the 12th starting spot to win the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event on Friday Night, May 20 at the "Palace of Speed" the Farley Speedway in Farley, IA. 

James became the new leader of the race on lap 44 when leader Shannon Babb went pitside with motor problems.  James then went on to hold off Brady Smith for his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event win.  James earned $10,000 driving the Powell Motorsports, Baylor Trucking, Whitewater Laser Auto Wash, Welsh Excavation, VP Racing Fuels, James Art Design, Hoosier Racing Tires, Jay Dickens powered Rocket Pontiac Grand Prix to the win in the series' first ever visit to the Hawkeye State.  Brady Smith of Solon Springs, WI was second in the AMSOIL/Pro Power/MasterSbilt Monte Carlo for his best career Lucas Oil finish.  Third place went to Donnie Moran of Dresden, OH in the PBM Performance Products/SMS Engines/MasterSbilt Monte Carlo.  Finishing fourth was Terry English of Benton, KY in the AAA Fence Inc/Runion Engines/C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo and completing the top five was Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN driving the Well Pict Berries/Jay Dickens Race Engines/C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo.

Earl Pearson, Jr. would grab the lead at the start of the 50 lap main event from his outside front row starting spot.  Pearson would lead Don O'Neal, Terry English and Kerry Hansen across the stripe for the first scored lap of the race.  Jimmy Marts would quickly find the upper groove on the race track going to fourth around Hansen on lap two bringing Brian Birkhofer along with him.  The first five would remain in the same running order as the cars were quickly making their way around the half-mile track.  The first caution of the race took place on lap 14 when fifth place running Birkhofer stopped in turn two with front end suspension damage ending his night.  One of the cars on the move before the caution was Darren Miller.  Miller had driven from the 16th starting slot up to sixth at the time of the caution.  On the restart Shannon Babb, who began the race in the ninth hole made some unbelievable moves jumping on the gas and sprinting past four cars after the green came out zooming all the way up to second to immediately challenge Pearson for the lead.  A caution for a slowed Donnie Moran on lap 15 would slow the field momentarily, but things were about to heat up.  Miller's fine run ended at this time as he would go to his pit with brake problems.

On the second restart Pearson would lead a circuit, but Babb was up to the challenge passing Pearson on lap 17 to take over the point.   Pearson would go to second with English in third followed by Mars and Scott James, who was up from his 12th starting position.  The exciting racing action would continue as English went by Pearson for second on lap 20 and then started to close the gap on Babb.  English would try several times on the outside of the racy oval to get by Babb with the two running side by side in the corners.  A caution on lap 22 for Mars who stopped in turn two would briefly half the terrific battle for the lead.  On the restart it would be Babb in front with English, Pearson, James and O'Neal the top five drivers.  James would benefit from the Delaware double file restarts as he would get to third on lap 23.  At the halfway point of the race it was still anyone's guess as to who would bring home the top prize among the top five drivers.  Babb would hold off repeated challenges from English with James peering at English's car. The top five would remain in the same running order as the race settled down.  James would make his move for second passing English on lap 34 to gain that spot.  Babb was still in good shape at the point holding a four to five car length advantage over James, English, Pearson and O'Neal.  A caution on lap 42 for Ron Barker would bring the field under the watchful eye of chief starter, Noel Hargis for a restart.  Up front Babb had pretty much held his own and looked to be on his way to the win, but under caution Babb's mount started to show more and more smoke from under the hood as his car was starting to get overheated.  With eight laps to go the green came back out again, but it would be a brief run as someone got into Pearson's left front causing him to lose the steering capabilities of his race car coming out of turn two.  Pearson's car would drift across the race track and Ace Ihm would clip the left side of Pearson's car with result being a racing incident that saw Ihm go flipping several times down the backstretch.  Ihm would emerge uninjured in the wreck, but his car was destroyed.  Ihm had ventured into the top ten and was heading to the front when the unfortunate incident occurred.

With eight laps to go Babb now had several concerns.  Under the red flag for Ihm's wreck Babb pitted with crew members putting more water in the engine trying to cool it down.  Babb would come back out on the track before the yellow was displayed and according to series rules he would return to the front of the field.  On the restart Babb not only had to worry about his motor, but James was now right on him.  Babb would last one more circuit in front until he couldn't go anymore pulling into the pits seeing a good possibility of a win now gone.  James would pick up the lead, but had a fast moving Donnie Moran and Brady Smith to contend with.  Moran had pitted twice during the race, once to change a broken shock and was charging through the field as was Smith, who had also pitted during the race under caution flag.  Moran and Smith would then give James all he wanted in the closing laps as Smith would step up it up to go under and by Moran for second with two laps remaining.  Smith then set sail for James would was only about three car lengths in front of him.  Smith would slice the lead down to one length on the final lap, but James would hold him off for the win in a close finish concluding an exciting race.  Moran finished third followed by English and O'Neal.

A jubilant James and his crew celebrated in victory lane afterwards.  "I want to thank Ron Powell and everyone for making this happen," said the winner afterwards.  "This Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is tough to win on, there are a lot of great drivers running this deal and we are happy to get this win and this is only the second time we had ever run here." ”At the start of the race I think I fell back to something like 16th out there after some contact with another car on the rear of my race car, but we just settled down and everything fell into place for us.  "I feel bad for Shannon because he drove a good race and I don't know if I would have gotten by him even if he had stayed out there."

Completing the top ten in the running order was Dennis Erb, Jr., Tim Dohm, Kerry Hansen, Dan Shelliam and Shannon Babb.

In preliminary events at Farley, Matt Miller was the Fast qualifier for the 30 entries on hand with a lap of 18.999 seconds.  The Heat Race Winners were Terry English, Earl Pearson, Jr. and Don O'Neal.  The B-Main was taken by Ace Ihm.

Race Summary  Farley Speedway-Farley, Iowa  Friday Night, May 20, 2005  Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Fast Qualifier: Matt Miller 18.999 seconds

Heat #1:  Terry English, Brady Smith, Brian Birkhofer, Matt Miller, Tim Dohm, Darren Miller, Steve "Ace" Ihm, Jeff Tharp, Gary Webb, Bobby Moyer, Rusty Patterson

Heat #2:  Earl Pearson, Jr., Kerry Hansen, Jimmy Mars, Dennis Erb, Jr., John Vandenberg, Caley Emerson, Mike Fryer, Todd Davis, Steve Boley, Mike Miller

Heat #3:  Don O'Neal, Donnie Moran, Shannon Babb, Scott James, Curt Martin, Freddy Smith, Dan Shelliam, Johnny Johnson, Matt Mish, Ron Barker

B-Main:  Ace Ihm, Jeff Tharp, Dan Shelliam, Ron Barker, Mike Fryer, Johnny Johnson, Mike Miller, Gary Webb, Bobby Moyer, Rusty Patterson, Steve Boley

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series A-Main (50 Laps):  Scott James, Brady Smith, Donnie Moran, Terry English, Don O'Neal, Dennis Erb, Jr., Tim Dohm, Kerry Hansen, Dan Shelliam, Shannon Babb, Earl Pearson, Jr., Ace Ihm, Ron Barker, Curt Martin, Jeff Fryer, Jimmy Mars, John VanDenBerg, Matt Miller, Jeff Tharp, Darren Miller, Brian Birkhofer, Johnny Johnson, Caley Emerson, Freddy Smith

Race Statistics:  Entries:  30 Cautions: 3; Red Flags: 1 Lap Leaders:  Earl Pearson, Jr. 1-16, Shannon Babb 17-43, Scott James 44-50 Weld Wheels Hard Charger of the Race:  Scott James (Started 12th and finished 1st) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Race:  Scott James Provisionals:  None


BROWNSTOWN, IN (April 16, 2005)- In what turned out to be Matt Miller's heartbreak was Terry English's elation as English would take advantage of Miller's flat tire with 12 laps to go as the 42 year old Benton, KY driver would inherit the lead and go on to win the 22nd Annual Hoosier Dirt Classic on Saturday Night at the Brownstown Speedway in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series action.  English earned $7,000 for his second career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season and his first ever at Brownstown. 

English drove his familiar number 96 C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo sponsored by AAA Fence, Inc., Larry Seay Chevrolet, Buick, Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep, Murtco Incorporated, Wild Side Custom Trailers, Garner Inc., Hoosier Tires and with power from Runion Race Engines.  Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN charged from the 16th starting spot to finish second in the Well Pict Berries/Jay Dickens Race Engines/C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo.  Third was Dennis Erb, Jr. of Carpentersville, IL behind the wheel of the Petroff Towing/Malcuit Engines/C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo with fourth place going to defending NARA champion, Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, IL in the Car City/J&J Steel/C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo.  Rounding out the top five was Billy Drake of Bloomington, IL in the Steidinger Construction/Mullvain Engines/MasterSbilt Grand Prix.  A total of 51 cars were on hand for the event with a standing room crowd in attendance.

The 50 lap Hoosier Dirt Classic main event would turn out to be an exciting one as two and three wide racing was commonplace through out the race.  The race started off with veteran drivers John Gill and Mike Jewell on the pole as the two former Hoosier Dirt Classic winners and Brownstown track champions would go side by side for the lead for the first six laps of the race.  Gill would have the lead at the scoring line barely nipping Jewell each time they crossed.  Jewell would be scored the leader on lap seven, then a lap later Gill emerged back with the point.  As those two went side by side lap after lap, Bart Hartman was lurking in third with Darrell Lanigan and Terry English staying close.  Jewell would clear Gill for good by the 10th lap opening up a slight advantage over Gill, but Hartman would make his presence known as the pair of number 75 drivers went door to door in the battle for second Hartman would grab the second slot on lap 13 and start to close on Jewell.  As the field approached the 15 laps completed mark, Jewell was within two laps of picking up the tail end of the lead pack of cars, but a caution for debris in turn two would allow for a clear path restart for Jewell.  With double file restarts the norm for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Jewell would be out front by himself with Hartman and a new challenger in Matt Miller lined up behind Jewell.  Miller, who started seventh would quickly go to the outside of the race track and move by the race leader, Jewell on lap 17.  Miller then started to get away from Jewell, who would see Hartman get by him for second place a lap later.  English, who started fifth, was quietly hanging around the top four at this point of the race.

With the halfway mark shown it was Miller on the point with Hartman running second followed by English, Dennis Erb, Jr. and Don O'Neal, who had started in 16th.  Miller was working his way beautifully around the 1/4 mile track maintaining a comfortable margin over Hartman.  The top five would remain in the same running order, until disaster struck for the race leader, Miller on lap 37.  The header on Miller's car had come off and he ran over it causing a flat tire, which forced him to stop in turn four.  Miller quickly darted to the pits under caution to change the tire, but his dream for a big win at Brownstown was now gone.  With the lineup realigned on the restart English, who had passed Hartman a lap before Miller's misfortune to gain second was now the new race leader.  On the restart English would be out in front by himself, but had tough contenders Erb and O'Neal on his doorstep.  With 13 laps to go English would bolt into turn one with Erb and O'Neal staying right with him.  A caution with seven laps to go would momentarily halt the furious action up front.  The three way race for the lead would pick back up again after this final caution of the race.  O'Neal would go to the outside of Erb passing him with six to go, he would then move alongside of English coming off of the turns, but English would maintain his lead on the straight-aways.  O'Neal just could not get enough grip to overtake English in the final handful of laps as the top two drivers in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series would cross the finish line with English taking his first ever win at Brownstown and O'Neal earning the hard charger kudos for coming from 16th to second.  Erb would finish a close third with Babb taking fourth and 10th place starter, Billy Drake taking fifth.

"It feels good to get a win here at Brownstown," said English in victory circle.  "We've been coming here since 1989 and been close a couple of times, but just couldn't break through, with the competition here tonight it is really satisfying to win this race."  "I don't think anybody had anything for Miller once he was in the lead, but that was a bad break for him and I guess good for us, but I just had to drive harder in the final laps cause I knew those two guys behind me (O'Neal and Erb), were coming on."   "I want to thank Lucas Oil and everybody with this series, my crew, family, sponsors and of course, C.J. Rayburn, who is here tonight, I am glad to win for him as well."

Completing the top ten were Bart Hartman, Earl Pearson, Jr., Steve Shaver, John Gill and Tim Tungate.

In preliminary action English, would be the first of the 51 cars to qualify and his time of 14.582 seconds would stand up throughout time trials as the fastest for the Fast Time Award.  The four Heat Race winners were John Gill, Darrell Lanigan, Mike Jewell and Bart Hartman.  The First B-Main went to Scott James and PBM Performance Products Second B-Main was won by R.J. Conley.

The next event for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be on Saturday Night, May 14 the Tazewell Speedway in Tazewell, Tennessee.

Race Summary Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series  Brownstown Speedway-Brownstown, Indiana  Saturday Night, April 16, 2005

Fast Time:  Terry English 14.582 

Heat #1:  John Gill, Terry English, Greg Johnson, Earl Pearson, Jr., Donnie Moran, Brent Londeree, Steve Barnett, Frankie Coomer, Scott Graham, Tim Prince, Justin Shaw, Jordan Bland, Shannon Reed

Heat #2:  Darrell Lanigan, Shannon Babb, Billy Drake, Steve Shaver, Scott James, Tim Dohm, Bryan Barber, Steve Hillard, Michael England, Mark Barber, Rickey Riggle, Gary Harden, Derek Ramp

Heat #3:  Mike Jewell, Matt Miller, Tim Tungate, Brad Neat, John Mason, Brad Barrow, Dan Sturgeon, Justin Blackwell, Doug Ault, Joe Godsey, Brian Wilhite, Mike Bechelli 

Heat #4:  Bart Hartman, Dennis Erb, Jr., Mike Marlar, Don O'Neal, R.J. Conley, C.J. Rayburn, Johnny Wheeler, Freddy Smith, Jeff Wilson, Brad Erwin, Greg Ault, Ryan Eads

Shock Dyno First B-Main:  Scott James, Donnie Moran, Brent Londeree, Steve Barnett, Tim Dohm, Steve Hillard, Tim Prince, Scott Graham, Frankie Coomer, Mark Barber, Shannon Reed, Michael England, Gary Harden, Rickey Riggle, Derek Ramp, Bryan Barber, Jordan Bland, Justin Shaw

Second B-Main:  R.J. Conley, Freddy Smith, Brad Barrow, Dan Sturgeon, John Mason, C.J. Rayburn, Brad Erwin, Doug Ault, Joe Godsey, Justin Blackwell, Jeff Wilson, Greg Ault, Brian Wilhite, Ryan eads, Mike Bechelli, Johnny Wheeler

22nd Annual Hoosier Dirt Classic Main: (50 Laps):  Terry English, Don O'Neal, Dennis Erb, Jr., Shannon Babb, Billy Drake, Bart Hartman, Earl Pearson, Jr., Steve Shaver, John Gill, Tim Tungate, Matt Miller, Freddy Smith, Greg Johnson, R.J. Conley, Mark Barber, John Mason, Brad Neat, Tim Dohm, Brent Londeree, Mike Jewell, Mike Marlar, Brad Barrow, Donnie Moran, Darrell Lanigan, Scott James

Race Statistics:  Entries:  51 Cautions:  5 Red Flags: None Lap Leaders:  John Gill 1-6, Mike Jewell 7, Gill 8-9, Jewell 10-16, Matt Miller 17-37, Terry English 38-50 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals:  Tim Dohm and John Mason Track Provisional:  Mark Barber Weld Racing Wheels Hard Charger of the Race:  Don O'Neal (started 16th and finished second) advanced 14 positions

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2020 Championship Points

Points as of 10/17/2020
Pos Competitor Points
1stJimmy Owens (#20)7940
2ndTim McCreadie (#39)7560
3rdJonathan Davenport (#49)7375
4thJosh Richards (#14)7295
5thTyler Erb (#1T)7110
6thShane Clanton (#25)6780
7thDevin Moran (#9)6690
8thKyle Bronson (#40B)6690
9thTanner English (#81E)6455
10thEarl Pearson (#1)6390

Live Timing

Television Schedule

All times are Eastern. Subject to change.
Thursday, December 10
9:00 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Port Royal, PA
Saturday, December 12
1:30 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Portsmouth, OH
Thursday, December 17
9:00 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Port Royal, PA
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