Dunn Benson Ford Wayne Gray Sr. Memorial Thursday
WAYCROSS, GA (September 26, 2016) - The stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series are set to return to Fayetteville Motor Speedway in Fayetteville, NC on Thursday, September 29th. The lightning-fast, 4/10-mile oval will host the Dunn Benson Ford Wayne Gray Sr. Memorial - boasting a $10,000 top prize.
The Dunn Benson Ford Wayne Gray Sr. Memorial will include a complete program of: Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and the 50-lap, $10,000-to-win main event for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. The night will also feature: Fayetteville Motor Speedway Late Models, Modifieds, Pure Stocks, and U-Car divisions.
Jonathan Davenport will return as the defending champion of the Dunn Benson Ford Wayne Gray Sr. Memorial. In 2015, Davenport assumed the point from Earl Pearson Jr. on lap-27 and went on to win his fourth consecutive Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event. Pearson Jr. finished second, followed by Steve Francis, Steve Casebolt, and Ross Bailes.
Scott Bloomquist Bags Jackson 100 at Brownstown
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BROWNSTOWN, IN (September 24, 2016) - Scott Bloomquist led 97 of the 100 laps on Saturday Night at Brownstown Speedway, winning his sixth career Jackson 100. He earned $20,000 for winning the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned event. Bloomquist passed Dennis Erb Jr. for the lead early in the race and was briefly challenged by Darrell Lanigan and Jimmy Owens.
Bloomquist's Crop Production Services, Reece Monument Company, Mark Martin Automotive, Durham Racing Engines, Sweet-Bloomquist Chassis outran Owens, Lanigan, Tim McCreadie, and Chris Simpson for the win.
"The first few times we came here, we didn't make the race, but gradually over time we got better. It's completely different dirt than what we were winning on in the South at that time. The crowd has always been supportive of us up here and it's a track you have to be smooth to drive on," said the winner afterwards in Lucas Oil Victory Lane.
"The car was very good all night long; in the heat race it would handle anywhere on the track. When they went out and worked on the track before the main event, I am sure it helped us. Our car was able to maneuver the entire 100 laps without any difficulty. When we got into traffic late, it was still race-able."
Bloomquist was challenged only on restarts by Lanigan and then by Owens as they were able to stay close to the 52-year-old Hall-of-Famer, seeking his third career LOLMDS title. As the race wore on with several long green flag runs, Bloomquist proved his dominance.
Owens was pleased with his runner-up finish. "We had a good car at Knoxville last week, but didn't get the result we wanted to. This track has always been fun to race on and with the crowd on hand that they had tonight, it makes it ever better. I thought I had a good chance to stay with Scott; and we did for several laps; but a couple of times I skated up the track and that hurt our chances."
Lanigan had one of his best finishes ever at Brownstown and felt that he had a strong car for the entire race. "We keep working on this piece and it just seems to get better and better. To come to Brownstown and run third with these guys tells us how far we have come. I'd like to give a big thanks to everybody at Clint Bowyer Racing and Georgia Boot for their support."
Completing the Top Ten were: Dennis Erb Jr., Don O'Neal, Dustin Linville, Cody Mahoney, and Hudson O'Neal.
In preliminary action, Steve Francis set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 42 entrants, with a lap of 13.219 seconds. Cody Mahoney set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 13.535 seconds. Dennis Erb Jr., Don O'Neal, Darrell Lanigan, and Scott Bloomquist won their respective heat races. Devin Gilpin and Michael Chilton won their respective B-Mains.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Saturday, September 24th, 2016
37th Annual Jackson 100
Brownstown Speedway - Brownstown, IN
Feature Finish (100 Laps): 1. Scott Bloomquist , 2. Jimmy Owens, 3. Darrell Lanigan, 4. Tim McCreadie, 5. Chris Simpson, 6. Dennis Erb Jr., 7. Don O'Neal, 8. Dustin Linville, 9. Cody Mahoney, 10. Hudson O'Neal, 11. Steve Francis, 12. Earl Pearson Jr., 13. Steve Casebolt, 14. Jonathan Davenport, 15. Tyler Erb, 16. Colton Flinner, 17. Michael Chilton, 18. Dustin Nobbe, 19. Kent Robinson, 20. Jared Bailey, 21. Brandon Sheppard, 22. Devin Gilpin, 23. Chad Stapleton, 24. Greg Johnson, 25. Joe Godsey.
Lap Leaders: Dennis Erb Jr. (Laps 1 - 2); Scott Bloomquist (Laps 3 - 100)
Cautions: Lap 5 (Debris); Greg Johnson (Lap 20); Chad Stapleton (Lap 27); Brandon Sheppard (Lap 39)
Time of Race: 39 minutes 57 seconds
Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:
1. Scott Bloomquist 7520
2. Jonathan Davenport 6870
3. Dennis Erb Jr. 6535
4. Brandon Sheppard 6530
5. Tim McCreadie 6520
6. Don O'Neal 6380
7. Darrell Lanigan 6190
8. Earl Pearson Jr. 6015
9. Jimmy Owens 5975
10. Jared Landers 5895
11. Steve Francis 5545
12. Colton Flinner 4505
Francis Tops Jackson 100 Qualifying at Brownstown
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BROWNSTOWN, IN (September 23, 2016) - Hall-of-Fame driver Steve Francis set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time on Friday Night at Brownstown Speedway. Francis was fastest among the 42 entrants on night one of the 37th Annual Jackson 100.
Heat race pole sitters for Saturday Nights' activities will be Francis, Jimmy Owens, Cody Mahoney and Tim McCreadie.
All gates will open 12:00pm (noon) on Saturday. There will be a Dirt Racing Outreach Service from 3:30-4:15pm, followed by a driver's autograph session from 4:30-5:15pm.
Hot laps will kick-off at 6:00pm, followed by a full program of: four LOLMDS Heat Races, two B-Mains and the 100-lap, $20,000-to-win main event.
In preliminary action, Steve Francis set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 42 entrants, with a lap of 13.219 seconds. Cody Mahoney set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 13.535 seconds.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Friday, September 23rd, 2016
37th Annual Jackson 100
Brownstown Speedway - Brownstown, IN
Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Steve Francis / 13.219 seconds
Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Cody Mahoney / 13.535 seconds
Heat Race #1 Line Up (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer):
Steve Francis 15F 6 Jonathan Davenport
Dennis Erb, Jr. 28E 1G Devin Gilpin
Hudson O'Neal 71 B5 Brandon Sheppard
Steve Barnett 89 76 Shelby Miles
Matt Bex 80 75 Colton Flinner
Raymond Humphrey 75H
Heat Race #2 Line Up (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer):
Jimmy Owens 20 5N Dustin Nobbe
Don O'Neal 5 91 Tyler Erb
Jared Bailey 24 77 Adam Bowman
Jesse Lay 33 81W Greg Amick
Steve Casebolt C9 9G Geraid Gault
Heat Race #3 Line Up (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer):
Cody Mahoney 4 15 Darrell Lanigan
Earl Pearson, Jr. 1 14 Chad Stapleton
Joe Godsey 14V 12 Jason Jameson
Michael Chilton 97 15J Scott James
Alan Magner 17Mx 17V Nathan Vawter
Skyller Lewis 22
Heat Race #4 Line Up (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer):
Tim McCreadie 39m D8 Dustin Linville
Scott Bloomquist 0 32 Chris Simpson
Greg Johnson 88 7R Kent Robinson
Jeremy Hines 5H 93 Zak Blackwood
Brandon Kinzer 18k 16 Justin Rattliff
DIEHL AUTOGRAPH NIGHT UP NEXT AT PPMS, SPRINTS AND PITTSBURGHER COMING
Imperial, PA (September 21, 2016) Racing action continues at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 24 with the running of Diehl Automotive Driver Autograph Night. A favorite night of the race teams, fans will be able to visit and get autographs from their favorites on the front stretch during intermission. It will be K&N Air Filter Racer Appreciation Night with prizes given away to selected race teams that have a K&N decal on their cars. The RUSH Late Models will be racing for $1,000 to win, as the open Sportsman, RUSH Modifieds, Open Hobby Stocks, Young Guns, and open Four Cylinders will be on the card.
When weather forced the postponement of last Saturday's racing program, it was the ninth weather related cancellation of the season. The "Racers Request 20" for the winged 410 Sprints paying $2,000 to win and $200 to start, was rescheduled for Saturday, October 1. Also on the program are the RUSH Late Models racing for $1,000 to win, the open Sportsman, RUSH Modifieds, Open Hobby Stocks, Young Guns, and open Four Cylinders. For the RUSH Late Models and Sportsman teams, September 24 and October 1 races will be dubbed as Mini Chase Races, as the driver with the highest point total from those nights that fails to qualify for their events on Pittsburgher weekend will be added to the field as a guaranteed starter. The Sportsman car rules for the two dates will be from the Ed Laboon race that was held back in July. Super Late Model teams are welcome to attend any of the remaining race nights to use as practice sessions.
The Super Late Models will return to end the 2016 season on Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8, with the running of the 28th Annual Pittsburgher 100. Highlighting Saturday's card will be the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, as the 100 lap race will pay $20,000 to the winner. Also in competition on Pittsburgher weekend will be the running of the Bill Hendren Memorial Race for the Sweeney Chevrolet RUSH Dirt Late Model Marquee Touring Series paying $2,500 to the winner, and the Wee Willie White Sportsman Showdown paying $2,055 to the winner. Last Chance Qualifying races and Features will run on Saturday's card, with preliminary qualifying events to be run on Friday night.
For Saturday night's racing program, the gates will open at 5:00, with warm-ups at 6:00 and racing at 7:00. Keep an eye on all developments during race nights on the track's Twitter account at @PAMotorSpeedway including starting and finishing race lineups. The track is located west of the city of Pittsburgh, just south of the Noblestown exit of U.S. Route 22, or 170 Kelso Road in Imperial, PA, for GPS purposes. The track phone is 724-695-3363 on race days, or call 412-279-RACE. For complete information please visit the track website at www.ppms.com .
37th Annual Jackson 100 THIS Weekend
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WAYCROSS, GA (September 20, 2016) - The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will return to Brownstown Speedway, September 23rd-24th for the 37th Annual Jackson 100. The biggest names in dirt late model racing will converge on the 1/4-mile bullring, all vying for the $20,000 top prize.
Jonathan Davenport of Mount Airy, NC will return to defend his Jackson 100 title. In 2015, Davenport took the lead on lap 49 from Brandon Sheppard, and dashed to his first-ever win in the historic event. Trailing Davenport to the finish line was Mike Marlar, Devin Moran, Sheppard, and Don O'Neal. The stars of the LOLMDS are once again set to battle a strong contingent of local and regional standouts.
The festivities will kick off on Friday night, September 23rd with Hot Laps and Miller Welders Time Trials for the LOLMDS. Racing action on Friday night will also include the 4th Annual Bowman 50, which pays $2,000-to-win for Indiana Pro Late Models. A complete program for Pure Stocks, Hornets, and MMSA Mini Sprints is also on tap for Friday night, September 23rd.
The LOLMDS will take center stage on Saturday night, September 24th, featuring Heat Races, B-Mains, and the 100-lap, $20,000-to-win Jackson 100 main event. The Modifieds and Super Stocks will also be in competition on Saturday night.
JACKSON AND MORGAN JR. LEAD LIST OF HAGERSTOWN’S SMALL CAR NATIONAL WINNERS
HAGERSTOWN, MD: There are weekends to remember in the racing world and this past weekend at Hagerstown Speedway was one that will go into the history books as “Legendary”. With two, three, even four wide racing in all divisions, the fans attending the 10th Annual Small Car Nationals witnessed what could have been the best event of the 2016 season.
Keith Jackson set fast time in Friday’s qualifications for the Late Model Sportsman division and earned the pole position for the $2000 to win feature. Jackson jumped out to an early lead but along came Rance Garlock with a second turn inside move to steal the lead on the ninth lap. Garlock continued to show the way until the 21st circuit. However, Jackson regained the lead and never looked back. Ralph Morgan Jr. ended in the runner up position ahead of 13th starter Kyle Lee.
“I need to thank the Weaver family for this opportunity,” Jackson said. “Cautions helped me. Garlock was strong.”
Doing double duty, Kyle Lee started on the pole for the Crate Late Models feature and pulled ahead to lead the first three laps when Allen Brannon assumed control and continued to lead until the 23rd lap. It was then that eighth starting Ralph Morgan Jr., also doing double duty, charged past while Lindsay Barton got past Brannon to chase Morgan to the finish. Brannon held on to finish third.
10th Annual Small Car Nationals
Late Model Sportsman 30-Lap Feature: 1.Keith Jackson, 2.Ralph Morgan Jr., 3.Kyle Lee, 4.James Lichliter, 5.Shaun Jones, 6.Paul Cursey, 7.Mike Walls, 8.Dan Zechman, 9.Matt Nailor, 10.Elwood Sord, 11.Rodney Walls, 12.Jimmy Richards, 13.Eddie Cornett, 14.Andy Fries, 15.John Rowland, 16.Rance Garlock, 17.Cody Kershner, 18.Alan Sagi, 19.Brayden Anderson, 20.Kurt Zimmerman, 21.Derick Quade, 22.Steve Kent, 23.Kyle Lear, 24.Wes Bonebrake
Crate Late Models 25-Lap Feature: 1.Ralph Morgan Jr., 2.Lindsay Barton, 3.Allen Brannon, 4.Kyle Lee, 5.Tanner Kerr, 6.Scott Sweeney, 7.Steve Lowery, 8.Mike Franklin, 9.Jennae Piper, 10.Jakob Piper, 11.James Sutphin, 12.Wes Brannon, 13.Chuck Bowie, 14.Levi Crowl, 15.Devin Brannon, 16.Dave Friedrich, 17.Ben Bowie, 18.John Sellner, 19.Gunner Kerr, 20.Bud Durboraw, 21.Bryan Benton, 22.Austin Stover
Mike Marlar Wins Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals!
by Eric Arnold
KNOXVILLE, Iowa (September 17, 2016) – It has been the year of the upset winners at Knoxville Raceway and Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tennessee surprised everyone by leading the final 61 laps on his way to a win $40,000 at the 13th annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Store!
Front row starters Jimmy Owens and Josh Richards were the early front runners of the 100 lap event, Owens led the opening ten laps until Richards used lapped traffic to get by Owens and pull away. It appeared that Richards, the four-time runner-up at Knoxville would go on to finally win the Knoxville Nationals. Marlar started in row two and fell to fifth early but was able to claw his way back to the leaders. On lap 40 Marlar made his move and passed Richards.
The event was marred by several caution periods and Marlar was able to hold off challenges by Richards and later from Scott Bloomquist on every restart to drive away and win by 1.188 seconds of Blooquist at the checkered flag.
The win was Marlar’s second of his career at Knoxville who won a Nationals preliminary in 2012. Marlar finished fourth in 2015, third in 2014, and sixth in 2012. The part-time super dirt late model driver was able to put together the winning combination to become the eleventh different winner of the Knoxville Nationals crown jewel event.
Bloomquist started eighth and was running fourth at halfway. His car came alive and was running second by lap 60. Bloomer was able to driver beside Marlar on a few occasions and pass him briefly at one point during the race, but fell short of winning a record third Nationals.
19 year-old Bobby Pierce finished third in his first entry at Knoxville in four years. The youngster looked strong driving from his tenth starting position to stand upon the podium a week after winning the World 100.
Richards was running third when he pulled in with five laps remaining. Jimmy Owens would pull in on lap 46 with mechanical woes as would Jonathan Davenport on lap 79.
In preliminary action Gregg Satterlee won the B Main and Morgan Bagley won the C Main.
A main, 100 Laps, No Time: 1. Mike Marlar (4); 2. Scott Bloomquist (8); 3. Bobby Pierce (10); 4. Shane Clanton (9); 5. Billy Moyer (7); 6. Jimmy Mars (15); 7. Tim McCreadie (14); 8. Kyle Bronson (22); 9. Dennis Erb Jr. (16); 10. Darrell Lanigan (21); 11. Don O'Neal (11); 12. Chad Mahder (27); 13. Tim Lance (28); 14. Josh Richards (1); 15. Rodney Sanders (12); 16. Brandon Sheppard (13); 17. Jonathan Davenport (19); 18. Steve Francis (20); 19. Chad Simpson (26); 20. Shannon Babb (6); 21. Colton Flinner (31); 22. Dale McDowell (3); 23. Earl Pearson Jr. (17); 24. Tyler Erb (18); 25. Chris Simpson (5); 26. Spencer Diercks (32); 27. Jimmy Owens (2); 28. Chase Junghans (23); 29. Joey Moriarty (24); 30. Jason Rauen (30); 31. Kent Robinson (29); 32. Greg Satterlee (25).
Lap Leaders: Jimmy Owens 1-10, Josh Richards 11-39, Mike Marlar 40-100.
1. Scott Bloomquist 7270
2. Jonathan Davenport 6710
3. Brandon Sheppard 6405
4. Dennis Erb Jr. 6335
5. Tim McCreadie 6310
6. Don O'Neal 6185
7. Darrell Lanigan 5970
8. Earl Pearson Jr. 5845
9. Jared Landers 5810
10. Jimmy Owens 5745
11. Steve Francis 5360
12. Colton Flinner 4355
Forecasted Rains Cancel Southern Nationals Bonus Series Butterball Memorial at Richmond Raceway
Contact: Chris Tilley
Southern Nationals Bonus Series P.R. Coordinator
RICHMOND, Ky. - September 17, 2016 - Due to forecasted heavy rains this evening moving ahead of a cold front, the 29th Annual Paul "Butterball" Wooldridge Memorial at Richmond (Ky.) Raceway has been canceled. Series and track officials were unable to come up with a suitable makeup date and cannot return for the track's third try at a makeup date of this event.
The next Southern Nationals Bonus Series event will be Friday Night September 30th for the 13th Annual Tarheel 50 at Ray Cook's Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, N.C paying $4,053-to-win.
Richards Rolls to Friday Night Knoxville Nationals Victory
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KNOXVILLE, IOWA (September 16, 2016) - Josh Richards picked up his fifth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season on Friday Night at Knoxville Raceway. Richards took the lead from Shannon Babb and then pulled away for the win on the second preliminary night. For Richards it was his 26th overall win of the season.
Owens and Babb had a near photo-finish for second at the finish line, with Owens just edging out Babb for the runner-up spot. Dale McDowell came home in fourth, followed by Mike Marlar.
Richards, who has four runner-up finishes in his career in the Saturday Night finale of the Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals, set himself up for a good starting spot, completing a perfect night in points. Richards started seventh and took the lead with nine laps to go from Babb.
Richards; in the Mark Richards Racing/Valvoline/Seubert Calf Ranches/Rocket House Car; was happy with his car's performance. "We had a good point night last night. The track was in good shape tonight with the rain they had overnight. The car was phenomenal, I can't thank my crew enough. Andy Durham builds an awesome race engine."
"We have had an awesome season, but tomorrow night is one that we really want to win. There are a lot of great cars here. We have been so close to winning the big one at Knoxville. It is one that we circle on our calendar every year to come to. You really don't feel that you are in a comfort spot here. It was a handful tonight, but it was a lot of fun."
Owens led the first lap until Babb took over the lead. The two didn't meet up again until the final lap when Owens nipped him at the line. "We made several changes to the car. Shannon was good and then Josh got up there. Most of the time we have a really good race track here. We ran the bottom for several laps and then the top. I want to thank R&W Racing for putting me in good equipment."
Babb, who led several laps of the 25-lap event was pleased with his run. "Absolutely we are tickled to death to get a podium finish. We just wanted to see what our car could do up front. It was definitely strong. It could be a little bit better. I slid up there in four and Jimmy got underneath me. I can't wait until tomorrow night now," said the driver of the Petroff Towing/Rocket.
Completing the ten were Rodney Sanders, Jimmy Mars, Scott Bloomquist, Jonathan Davenport, and Chris Simpson.
In preliminary action, Josh Richards set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 65 entrants, with a lap of 17.090 seconds. Dale McDowell set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 17.402 seconds. Josh Richards, Tim Lance, Brandon Sheppard, Chase Junghans, Dennis Erb Jr. and Chad Mahder won their respective heat races. Gregg Satterlee won the C-Main. Tim McCreadie won the B-Main.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Friday, September 16th, 2016
13th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals - Presented by Casey's General Store
Knoxville Raceway - Knoxville, IA
Feature Finish (25 Laps):
FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN EARNINGS
1 7 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $7,000
2 3 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $4,000
3 1 18b Shannon Babb Mowequa, IL $3,000
4 8 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA $2,000
5 5 157 Mike Marlar Winfield, TN $1,500
6 4 20x Rodney Sanders Happy, TX $1,000
7 16 28m Jimmy Mars Menomonie, WI $900
8 6 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $800
9 12 6 Jonathan Davenport Mount Airy, NC $700
10 9 32 Chris Simpson Oxford, IA $600
11 19 39m Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $780
12 18 33c Chad Mahder Eau Claire, WI $560
13 20 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN $740
14 21 15 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY $720
15 10 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL $500
16 11 51M Joey Moriarty Glendale, AZ $490
17 13 48L Tim Lance Brimfield, IL $480
18 22 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL $670
19 23 15F Steve Francis Bowling Green, KY $660
20 14 29d Spencer Diercks Davenport, IA $450
21 17 7R Kent Robinson Bloomington, IN $440
22 15 B5 Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL $430
23 24 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR $410
24 2 18 Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS $400
Lap Leaders: Jimmy Owens (Lap 1); Shannon Babb (Laps 2 - 18); Josh Richards (Laps 19 - 25)
Lucas Oil Knoxville Nationals Overall Point Standings:
1 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 500
2 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 488
3 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA 488
4 157 Mike Marlar Winfield, TN 484
5 32 Chris Simpson Oxford, IA 483
6 18b Shannon Babb Mowequa, IL 483
7 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR 482
8 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 481
9 25c Shane Clanton Zabulon, GA 479
10 32P Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 476
11 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 474
12 20x Rodney Sanders Happy, TX 474
13 B5 Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL 469
14 39m Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 467
15 28m Jimmy Mars Menomonie, WI 466
16 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL 458
17 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 455
18 91 Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX 452
19 6 Jonathan Davenport Mount Airy, NC 451
20 15F Steve Francis Bowling Green, KY 448
21 15 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY 446
22 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL 442
23 18 Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS 442
24 51M Joey Moriarty Glendale, AZ 441
25 22 Gregg Satterlee Rochester Mills, PA 432
26 33c Chad Mahder Eau Claire, WI 432
27 48L Tim Lance Brimfield, IL 430
28 98 Jason Rauen Farley, IA 426
29 29d Spencer Diercks Davenport, IA 425
30 25 Chad Simpson Mt. Vernon, IA 420
31 7R Kent Robinson Bloomington, IN 412
32 B1 Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN 411
33 25F Jason Feger Bloomington, IL 410
34 99JR Frank Heckenast, Jr. Frankfort, IL 405
35 21JR Billy Moyer, Jr. Batesville, AR 403
36 7 Ricky Weiss Headingley, MB 396
37 96T RC Whitwell Tucson, AZ 392
38 J0 Jake O'Neil Tucson, AZ 388
39 2h Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC 383
40 33X Ricky Thornton Jr. Chandler, AZ 373
41 24 Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL 373
42 31 Jason Utter Columbus Junction, IA 369
43 14m Morgan Bagley Gladewater, TX 363
44 40 Joel Callahan Dubuque, IA 361
45 39 Rob Toland Davenport, IA 360
46 12 Ray Guss, Jr. Milan, IL 357
47 51 Matt Furman Portland, OR 353
48 21B Rich Bell Sheffield, IL 352
49 33 Nick Marolf Moscow, IA 338
50 1V Vic Hill Mosheim, TN 337
51 58 Dave Eckrich Oxford, IA 322
52 32c Chad Holladay Muscatine, IA 322
53 15x Justin Duty Portland, OR 320
54 54 Mike Fryer Freeport, IL 309
55 1M Rob Moss Iowa City, IA 306
56 75 Colton Flinner Allison Park, PA 300
57 93 Jay Johnson W. Burlington, IA 297
58 0KB Kerry King, Sr. Delmar, DE 294
59 25Z Mason Zeigler Chalk Hill, PA 292
60 42 Doug Sanders McAdenville, NC 290
61 1H Jared Hawkins Fairmont, WV 289
62 07 Brian Ledbetter Dallas, NC 287
63 5d John Duty Portland, OR 284
64 74m Mitch McGrath Waukesha, WI 278
65 15d Donny Schatz Fargo, ND 277
66 19R Ryan Gustin Marshalltown, IA 267
67 99 Jesse Sobbing Malvern, IA 265
68 22C Charlie McKenna Clear Lake, IA 242
69 6H Al Humphrey Giltner, NE 238
SATURDAY LINE UPS:
Main (12 Laps, Top 4 Transfer to C-Main):
Jared Hawkins 1H 07 Brian Ledbetter
John Duty 5d 74m Mitch McGrath
Donny Schatz 15d 19R Ryan Gustin
Jesse Sobbing 99 22C Charlie McKenna
Al Humphrey 6H
C-Main Finish (15 Laps, Top 4 Transfer to B-Main):
Morgan Bagley 14m 40 Joel Callahan
Rob Toland 39 12 Ray Guss, Jr.
Matt Furman 51 21B Rich Bell
Nick Marolf 33 1V Vic Hill
Dave Eckrich 58 32c Chad Holladay
Justin Duty 15x 54 Mike Fryer
Rob Moss 1M 75 Colton Flinner
Jay Johnson 93 0KB Kerry King, Sr.
Mason Zeigler 25Z 42 Doug Sanders
B-Main Finish (20 Laps, Top 6 Transfer to A-Main):
Gregg Satterlee 22 33c Chad Mahder
Tim Lance 48L 98 Jason Rauen
Spencer Diercks 29d 25 Chad Simpson
Kent Robinson 7R B1 Brent Larson
Jason Feger 25F 99JR Frank Heckenast, Jr.
Billy Moyer, Jr. 21JR 7 Ricky Weiss
RC Whitwell 96T J0 Jake O'Neil
Nick Hoffman 2h 33X Ricky Thornton Jr.
Ryan Unzicker 24 31 Jason Utter
A-Main Line Up (100 Laps):
Josh Richards 1R 20 Jimmy Owens
Dale McDowell 17m 157 Mike Marlar
Chris Simpson 32 18b Shannon Babb
Billy Moyer 21 0 Scott Bloomquist
Shane Clanton 25c 32P Bobby Pierce
Don O'Neal 5 20x Rodney Sanders
Brandon Sheppard B5 39m Tim McCreadie
Jimmy Mars 28m 28E Dennis Erb, Jr.
Earl Pearson, Jr. 1 91 Tyler Erb
Jonathan Davenport 6 15F Steve Francis
Darrell Lanigan 15 40B Kyle Bronson
Chase Junghans 18 51M Joey Moriarty
B-Main 1st Place 25th 26th B-Main 2nd Place
B-Main 3rd Place 27th 28th B-Main 4th Place
B-Main 5th Place 29th 30th B-Main 6th Place
LOLMDS Provisional 1 31st 32nd LOLMDS Provisional 2
Billy Moyer Wires Field on Night #1 of the Knoxville Late Model Nationals
by Bill Wright
KNOXVILLE, Iowa (September 15, 2016) – Billy Moyer scored his 815th career late model victory Thursday night to open the 13th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores at the Knoxville Raceway. The Des Moines, Iowa native now living in Batesville, Arkansas cashed in $7,000 for his ninth career win at this historic oval. He led all 25 laps in the non-stop event, setting a late model record for time at 8:19.6.
Moyer led Brandon Sheppard, Shane Clanton, Josh Richards and Jimmy Mars early in the 25-lap feature event. The leaders approached lapped traffic at the halfway point on the fast track. Richards and Clanton put on a spirited battle for third, with Richards winning out on the fifteenth round.
Richards would challenge Sheppard briefly late in the going for second. As the two battled, Moyer pulled away for his popular win. Sheppard held onto second, ahead of Richards, Clanton and Mars. Bobby Pierce, Chris Simpson, Don O’Neal, Jonathan Davenport and Tim McCreadie completed the top ten.
Mike Marlar and Kyle Bronson set quick time for their respective groups. Jimmy Owens, Steve Francis, Darrell Lanigan, Moyer, Greg Satterlee and Jason Rauen won heat races. Spencer Diercks won the D main, Jake O’Neil claimed the C main and Mike Marlar took the B main.
Drivers will take the best point total of their two qualifying nights. Richards led tonight’s charge with 489, followed by Chris Simpson (483), Moyer (482), Clanton (479) and Pierce (476).
“We tweaked on the car a little bit and made the right decisions for once,” said Moyer in Victory Lane. “We’ve got to figure out that motor deal…it’s running a little warm. We’ll keep plugging away here. The car was pretty darn good. I never really did try the bottom at all, but I messed around with the middle and top. We’ve got something to work on the rest of the week. I got up over the cushion, and thought I’d thrown the driveshaft out of the thing. It kind of vibrated. When I got down off of it, the next lap I felt o.k.”
A main, 25 Laps, 8:19.6 (NTR): 1. Billy Moyer; 2. Brandon Sheppard; 3. Josh Richards; 4. Shane Clanton; 5. Jimmy Mars; 6. Bobby Pierce; 7. Chris Simpson; 8. Don O'Neal; 9. Jonathan Davenport; 10. Tim McCreadie; 11. Jimmy Owens; 12. Tyler Erb; 13. Darrell Lanigan); 14. Earl Pearson Jr.; 15. Steve Francis; 16. Greg Satterlee; 17. Dennis Erb Jr.; 18. Jason Rauen; 19. Shannon Babb; 20. Jason Feger; 21. Mike Marlar; 22. Rodney Sanders; 23. Brent Larson; 24. Kyle Bronson.
Lap Leader: Moyer 1-25
1. Josh Richards 489
2. Chris Simpson 483
3. Billy Moyer 482
4. Shane Clanton 479
5. Bobby Pierce 476
6. Don O'Neal 474
7. Brandon Sheppard 469
8. Tim McCreadie 467
9. Jimmy Mars 466
10. Earl Pearson Jr. 455
11. Tyler Erb 452
12. Mike Marlar 451
13. Dennis Erb Jr. 449
14. Jonathan Davenport 448
15. Shannon Babb 448
16. Jimmy Owens 446
17. Steve Francis 442
18. Kyle Bronson 442
19. Darrell Lanigan 438
20. Greg Satterlee 432
21. Jason Rauen 426
22. Chad Simpson 420
23. Rodney Sanders 415
24. Brent Larson 411
25. Jason Feger 410
26. Billy Moyer Jr. 403
27. Chase Junghans 397
28. Ricky Weiss 396
29. Frank Heckenast Jr. 391
30. Jake O'Neil 388
31. Nick Hoffman 383
32. Joey Moriarty 382
33. Ricky Thornton Jr. 373
34. RC Whitwell 370
35. Tim Lance 363
36. Kent Robinson 361
37. Rob Toland 360
38. Ray Guss Jr. 357
39. Matt Furman 353
40. Rich Bell 352
41. Morgan Bagley 351
42. Vic Hill 337
43. Chad Mahder 327
44. Chad Holladay 322
45. Nick Marolf 311
46. Justin Duty 310
47. Jason Utter 310
48. Mike Fryer 309
49. Spencer Diercks 303
50. Ryan Unzicker 302
51. Joel Callahan 300
52. Jay Johnson 297
53. Kerry King Jr. 294
54. Dave Eckrich 294
55. Mason Zeigler 292
56. Jared Hawkins 289
57. Dale McDowell 289
58. Mitch McGrath 278
59. Colton Flinner 278
60. John Duty 278
61. Donny Schatz 277
62. Rob Moss 269
63. Jesse Sobbing 265
64. Doug Sanders 246
65. Ryan Gustin 245
66. Brian Ledbetter 242
67. Charlie McKenna 242
68. Al Humphrey 238
Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals THIS Weekend!
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WAYCROSS, GA (September 12, 2016) - The nation's top dirt late model drivers are en route to Knoxville, IA to tackle one of the most highly anticipated events of the season. The 13th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals - Presented by Casey's General Store will take place at Knoxville Raceway Thursday-Saturday, September 15th-17th.
The activities on Thursday and Friday, September 15th-16th 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 2015, Jared Landers claimed his first-career Late Model Knoxville Nationals championship - bolting to the lead on lap 92 and holding off a hard charging Josh Richards in the closing laps. Jimmy Owens finished third, followed by Mike Marlar and Darrell Lanigan.
Numerous off-track activities will take place surrounding this 3-day event. The exposition opens at 1:00pm 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 at 12:00pm (NOON). 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!
WINTERS’ SECOND SUPER LATE MODEL WIN IS A FALL BASH QUALIFIER
HAGERSTOWN, MD: Defending Super Late Model champion Marvin Winters dominated the Hagerstown Speedway’s Super Late Model feature on Saturday and took the Black Bandit to victory lane for the second time of the season with 2016 champion Scott Palmer coming home in the runner up spot. Winters’ win gave him a guaranteed starting position in the Ernie D’s Fall Bash set for October 14-15.
Kyle Lee battled with Paul Cursey in the Late Model Sportsman feature but Lee charged on to post his season fourth win and gain a guaranteed starting position in the Small Car Nationals this weekend (September 14-15)
Also getting Small Car Nationals guaranteed starting positions were Sean Dawson, who gave himself a birthday present with the Pure Stock victory, his first of the season. Shawn Shoemaker posted the Hobby Stock feature while Don Davies in the EMods and Allen Brannon in the Crate Late Models were successful and taking those wins.
Super Late Models: 1. Marvin Winters 2.Scott Palmer 3.DJ Troutman 4.Bryan Bernheisel 5.Roy Deese Jr. 6.James Lathroum 7.Matt Cosner 8.Gary Stuhler 9.Jason Miller 10.Kenny Moreland 11.Daniel J Myers 12.Reese Masiello 13.Tyler Hershey 14.Glenn Elliot 15.Wayne Johnson 16.Brad Omps 17.Randy Burkholder 18.Tom Decker 19.Matt Sponaugle 20.James Myers 21.Michael Steck 22.Rodney Walls 23.Tyler Horst 24.Mark Pettyjohn
Cochran Auctioneers Late Model Sportsman: 1. Kyle Lee….. Feature Finish Not Given For Write Up
Crate Late Models: 1.Allen Brannon 2.Scott Sweeney 3.Ben Bowie 4.Kyle Lee 5.Steve Lowery 6.Lindsay Barton 7.Jakob Piper 8.Devin Brannon 9.Dave Friedrich 10.Michael Ott 11.James Sutphin 12.Chuck Bowie 13.Levi Crowl 14.Matt Quade 15.William Kessler
Paul "Butterball" Wooldridge Memorial at Richmond Raceway Begins Busy Trek for Southern Nationals Bonus Series
RICHMOND, Ky. - September 10, 2016 - The 29th Annual Sunoco Race Fuels-sponsored Paul "Butterball" Wooldridge Memorial at Richmond (Ky.) Raceway will take place on Saturday September 17th as the Southern Nationals Bonus Series competitors will race for the $10,059 top prize. One driver could take home $11,384 if they lead the entire 59-lap distance with the total sponsorship lap money that will be provided.
The September 17th event at Richmond Raceway will start a busy stretch of fall races for the series. The tour has seven races remaining with six of them paying $10,000-to-win or more. The total payouts for the remaining seven events are in excess of $220,000.
In addition to the Super Late Models, the Open Wheel Modifieds will also be on the racing card gunning for $1,259-to-win while the Super Stocks will race for $1,059-to-win and the Four Cylinders will also be in action racing for $759-to-win. Bob Wolter Sr. will put up $100 for the fastest Super Late Model in qualifying and Turner Realty Group will sponsor $100 to a driver in the Super Late Model main event who makes a last-lap pass to win the race.
When the Southern Nationals Bonus Series last visited Richmond Raceway in June for the Iron-Man Classic, Zack Dohm of Cross Lanes, W.V. took the $10,050 payday in a thrilling event that had over five different official lead changes. Greg Johnson, Donald McIntosh, Jason Jameson and Duane Chamberlain rounded out the top-five. The defending Paul "Butterball" Wooldridge Memorial race winner is Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn.
In 28 previous Paul "Butterball" Wooldridge Memorial events, there have been 15 different winners. Mike Jewell of Scottsburg, Ind. is the all-time winner at nine victories. Jason Barrett of Waco, Ky. currently leads the track point standings heading into this Saturday's race. Trailing Barrett is Johnny Wheeler, Chris Ruble, Todd Coffman and Tommy Bailey.
There have been seven different winners in seven races so far this season with the Southern Nationals Bonus Series. David Payne of Murphy, N.C. is the most recent winner as he took the $4,400 payday in the Buddy Rogers Memorial at Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway on September 4th.
An open practice session will be held on Friday Night September 16th from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm. General admission is free while pit passes are $20.00.
On Saturday September 17th, the pits open at 2:00 pm and the grandstand gates open at 3:30 pm. Driver registration will close at 5:30 pm and the drivers meeting will begin at 5:45 pm and practice set to begin at 6:15 pm. All times listed are EDT. Ticket prices in the general admission area will be $25.00 for adults while adult pit passes are $45.00.
The Southern Nationals Bonus Series will offer a $200 bonus for the highest finishing competitor using a Steel Head/SPEC engine and a $200 bonus for the highest finishing competitor utilizing a CT525 power-plant. The Super Late Model division will have an entry fee for this event and it will be $100, while the tire rule for Super Late Models for this event on all four corners of the race cars will be as follows: Hoosier 1300, 1350, and 1600 or American Racer 44, 48, and 56.
The September 17th event will feature a complete show of practice, FK Rod End's Qualifying, Heat Races, Last Chance Races and the 59-lap $10,059-to-win event. Transponders (available at the track for $10.00) will be mandatory for the event.
Paul "Butterball" Wooldridge Memorial Payoff: 1) $10,059, 2) $5,000, 3) $2,500, 4) $2,000, 5) $1,500, 6) $1,100, 7) $1,000, 8) $950, 9) $900, 10) $850, 11) $800, 12) $750, 13) $650, 14) $600, 15) $550, 16) $530, 17) $520, 18) $500, 19) $500, 20) $500, 21) $500, 22) $500.
Paul "Butterball" Wooldridge Memorial Previous Winners:
1988- Brian Asbury (Mitchell, IN)
1989- Jim Curry (Norman, IN)
1990- Ray Godsey (Bedford, IN)
1991- Kevin Claycomb (Vincennes, IN)
1992- Mike Jewell (Scottsburg, IN)
1993- Jack Boggs (Grayson, KY)
1994- Mike Jewell (Scottsburg, IN)
1995- Johnny Wheeler (Campbellsville, KY)
1996- Mike Jewell (Scottsburg, IN)
1997- Mike Jewell (Scottsburg, IN)
1998- Delane Browning (East Bernstadt, KY)
1999- Mike Jewell (Scottsburg, IN)
2000- Mike Jewell (Scottsburg, IN)
2001- Mike Jewell (Scottsburg, IN)
2002- Jimmy Owens (Newport, TN)
2003- Mike Jewell (Scottsburg, IN)
2004- Mike Marlar (Winfield, TN)
2005- Tim Tungate (Campbellsville, KY)
2006- Ben Adkins (West Portsmouth, OH)
2007- Tim Tungate (Campbellsville, KY)
2008- Victor Lee (Danville, KY)
2009- Mike Marlar (Winfield, TN)
2010- Victor Lee (Danville, KY)
2011- Josh McGuire (Grayson, KY)
2012- Josh McGuire (Grayson, KY)
2013- Mike Jewell (Scottsburg, IN)
2014- Billy Moyer, Jr. (Batesville, AR)
2015-Mike Marlar (Winfield, TN)
Richmond Raceway is located at 328 Green Crossing Road in Richmond, KY 40475. For more information on Richmond Raceway, please call (859) 624-5640 or log on to www.Richmond-Raceway.net . You can also contact track promoters Larry Yantz at (606) 510-5331 or Chad Yantz at (606) 510-4836.
Further information on the Spring Nationals, Southern Nationals and Southern Nationals Bonus Series can be obtained by calling Promoter Ray Cook at (828) 360-5353 or Series P.R. Coordinator Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or visit the official website located at www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com .
Current Southern Nationals Bonus Series Points (after Sept. 4, 2016):
1. Donald McIntosh-1,358
2. David Payne-1,308
3. Ryan King-1,066
4. Cory Hedgecock-944
5. Doug Smith-885
6. Billy Ogle Jr.-653
7. Mike Marlar-578
8. Jason Croft-518
9. Jason Welshan-510
10. Anthony White-506
10. John Ownbey-506
Southern Nationals Bonus Series Remaining Schedule:
Saturday September 17-Richmond Raceway-Richmond, KY-$10,059 to win
Friday September 30-Tri-County Race Track-Brasstown, NC-$4,053 to win
Fri/Sat October 7/8-Crossville Speedway-Crossville, TN-$10,000 to win
Fri/Sat October 14/15-Duck River Raceway Park-Lewisburg, TN-$13,000 to win
Saturday November 5-Ponderosa Speedway-Junction City, KY-$10,000 to win
Fri/Sat November 11/12-Senoia Raceway-Senoia, GA-$10,000 to win
Fri/Sat November 18/19-Boyd's Speedway-Ringgold, GA-$10,000 to win
Bloomquist Takes Third Career Hillbilly Hundred at Tyler County
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MIDDLEBOURNE, WV (September 4, 2016) - Scott Bloomquist picked up his third career Hillbilly Hundred win on Sunday night at Tyler County Speedway.
Bloomquist led all 100 laps and scored his 13th LOLMDS win of the season, worth $25,000.
Bloomquist survived the event, despite a broken water pump that nearly derailed his victory. For most of the last half of the race, smoke from Bloomquist's car became more noticeable under each caution flag as he barely made it to the finish. Jonathan Davenport finished in second, followed by Brandon Sheppard.
Completing the top five were home state drivers Mike Benedum and Tim Dohm.
In victory lane Bloomquist said he was fortunate to make it to the finish line. "We either lost the water pump or the front of it broke off. The engine was running hot, and under those caution flags, I was hoping they would hurry up because I knew time was running out on us. It's a good thing Andy Durham builds some stout engines because the temperature was way past what we wanted."
Davenport stayed right with Bloomquist for the entire race, but with everyone running the bottom Davenport tried to step up to the outside after a late-race restart and quickly realized that wasn't going to work. "I thought there might be enough grip to get by Scott, but I had to quickly get down low to save the spot. We have had a good weekend with two wins and a second."
Sheppard tried the outside several times during the mid-part of the race. "I don't think anyone had any tires left after it was over. I could tell Earl's [Pearson] and McCreadie's tires were in bad shape and they may not last. Then they both got flats."
Completing the top ten were Dennis Erb Jr., Don O'Neal, Devin Moran, Michael Lake and Jason Covert.
In preliminary action, Earl Pearson Jr. set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 44 entrants, with a lap of 12.653 seconds. Zack Dohm set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 12.722 seconds. Earl Pearson Jr., Michael Lake, Scott Bloomquist, and Brandon Sheppard won their respective heat races.
Darrell Lanigan and Mason Zeigler won their respective B-Mains.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Sunday, September 4th, 2016
48th Annual Hillbilly Hundred
Tyler County Speedway - Middlebourne, WV
Feature Finish (100 Laps): 1. Scott Bloomquist, 2. Jonathan Davenportiry, 3. Brandon Sheppard, 4. Mike Benedum, 5. Tim Dohm, 6. Dennis Erb Jr., 7. Don O'Neal, 8. Devin Moran, 9. Michael Lake, 10. Jason Covert, 11. Jackie Boggs, 12. Tim McCreadie, 13. Darrell Lanigan, 14. Kyle Thomas, 15. Earl Pearson Jr., 16. Colton Flinner, 17. Steve Francis, 18. Jared Hawkins, 19. Jimmy Owens, 20. Mason Zeigler, 21. Jacob Hawkins, 22. Shane Hitt, 23. Tyler Carpenter, 24. Derek Doll, 25. Corey Conley, 26. Daniel Hill Morgantown.
Lap Leaders: Scott Bloomquist (Laps 1 - 100)
Time of Race: 52 minutes 41 seconds
1. Scott Bloomquist 7040
2. Jonathan Davenport 6565
3. Brandon Sheppard 6255
4. Dennis Erb Jr. 6150
5. Tim McCreadie 6115
6. Don O'Neal 6010
7. Darrell Lanigan 5790
8. Jared Landers 5745
9. Earl Pearson Jr. 5720
10. Jimmy Owens 5620
11. Steve Francis 5220
12. Colton Flinner 4230
*Points are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*
BOTH WINNERS AND CHAMPIONS SHINE AT HAGERSTOWN SPEEDWAY
HAGERSTOWN, MD: Hurricane Hermine potentially was forecast to cause havoc around the area over Labor Day weekend but he stayed to sea and weather wise, racing had one of the most enjoyable nights of the season while Hagerstown Speedway/Dirt Capitol had both new winners and new champions during Championship Night.
In the Hoosier Tire Super Late Models, Matt Cosner, who has been dominating Bedford with four consecutive wins, posted his first ever triumph at Hagerstown after winning his heat and earning the outside pole for the 25-lap feature. Cosner led all the way with all-time feature winner Gary Stuhler trying his best to unseat Cosner with two laps to go but Stuhler was unable to make the pass and settled for the runner up spot. Stuhler, D. J. Myers, Keith Jackson and defending division champion Marvin Winters battled during the race while fourth starting Scott Palmer dropped to sixth.
“We finally did it,” Cosner said. “All year we worked hard to make this happen. I have got to thank all of my team members and sponsors”.
Palmer led Cosner by 11 points going into the final point event and Cosner knew he had to finish 11 positions ahead to claim the championship but Palmer also knew what he needed to advance from the Late Model Sportsman championship last year to the 2016 Super Late Model championship. Palmer’s finish to Cosner’s win separated the two by six points.
“I really don’t know what to say,” Palmer said. ”I have a great team and a ton of family support.”
Palmer ended with 381 points, Cosner – 375, Stuhler -356, Winters – 328, Jackson – 325.
Kyle Lear dominated all 25 laps of the Cochran Auctioneers Late Model Sportsman event to post his first win since August 9, 2014. In contention for the championship, Kyle Lee held down the runner up spot over James Lichliter, Cam Zeigler and Justin Weaver who was involved in an early race caution and restarted 23rd.
“We have spent hours and hours in the shop working of this race car,” Lear said. “I think we finally found something good and are ready for the Nationals. I feel we can win more races this year”.
Lee and Weaver came into the final race tied at 471 points apiece and Lee would succeed with his first series championship by three points over Weaver, the 2013-14 champion.
“I knew I had to hit my marks and finish strong,” Lee said. “I need to thank my team, sponsors, family, friends and fans.”
Lee accumulated 504 points, Weaver – 501, Alan Sagi – 419, Lichliter – 398, Rodney Walls -374.
Chris Ebersole was out of contention to defend his Pure Stock championship but not out of winning contention. Ebersole led all the way to post his eighth overall season win as previous race winner Jamie Zentmyer took runner up honors and also finishing second in the point standings to three time winner, Craig Parrill who finished third. Parrill accumulated 419 points in his first championship while Zentmyer ended with 405. Ebersole had 394, Keith Koontz, 358 and Sean Dawson, 296
Late Models: 1.Matt Cosner, 2.Gary Stuhler, 3.Daniel J Myers, 4.Keith Jackson, 5.Marvin Winters, 6.Scott Palmer, 7.DJ Troutman, 8.Trevor Feathers, 9.Reese Masiello, 10.Brad Omps, 11.Chad Myers, 12.Wayne Johnson, 13.Kevin Palmer, 14.John McLanigan, 15.James Myers
Late Model Sportsman: 1.Kyle Lear, 2.Kyle Lee, 3.James Lichliter, 4.Cam Zeigler, 5.Justin Weaver, 6.Alan Sagi, 7.Mike Walls, 8.Travis Stickley, 9.Paul Cursey, 10.Cody Kershner, 11.Tyler Emory, 12.Brian Lowery, 13.Eddie Cornett, 14.Steve Kent, 15.Kadden Smith, 16.John Rowland, 17.Elwood Sord, 18.Scott Richwine, 19.Craig Smith, 20.Rodney Walls, 21.Joe Westerman, 22.Ronnie Bottenfield, 23.Michael Lauffer
Pure Stocks: 1.Chris Ebersole, 2.Jamie Zentmeyer, 3.Craig Parrill, 4.Keith Koontz, 5.Dwayne Snyder, 6.Brandon Churchey, 7.Wayne Hawbaker, 8.Brian Swiger, 9.Dickie Tharpe, 10.Mike Sanders, 11.Jason Sarver, 12.Troy Kassirs, 13.Drew Fitzsimmons, 14.Tony Catlett, 15.Zane Wright, 16.Jeff Dillon, 17.Carl Biddle, 18.Bob Egley, 19.Jeremy Miller, 20.Robert Nichols, 21.Nick Dibella, 22.Sean Dawson, 23.Shane Wilt
Davenport Dashes to Win at Attica
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ATTICA, OH (September 2, 2016) Defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion Jonathan Davenport returned to his winning form by taking the feature event on Friday night at Attica Raceway Park. Davenport took the lead on lap 14 from Doug Drown, who had led the first 13 circuits.
Dennis Erb Jr. charged from his 12th starting spot to finish second. Doug Drown, the defending track champion at Attica, had the home track fans on their feet for the first part of the race. He eventually came home in third. New track record holder Darrell Lanigan was fourth, and Jimmy Owens; who won the first time the series raced at Attica finished fifth.
Davenport, who is currently second in the series points standings, had not finished the last three LOLMDS events, and was relieved to be back in Lucas Oil Victory Lane.
"It feels good to be here again! I have to thank Kevin [Rumley] and my guys. They have worked their tails off the last two weeks. Everybody knows we haven't been running well lately. We aren't dead, and we are not done yet! We are just going to keep on working to find an edge," said the 32-year-old racer.
Drown bolted from his fourth starting spot to take the lead on the very first lap and held the top spot through the first 13 laps that was peppered with two cautions and a red flag during the first three circuits.
Davenport took advantage of lap-traffic to close the gap on Drown, making the pass for the lead on lap 14. Drown stayed close for a while, but eventually Davenport pulled away. Erb then charged from the outside of the sixth row, challenging Drown for second. The two went side-by-side for several laps as Erb was finally able to forge ahead of Drown on lap 41.
Erb was happy with his performance.
"It was a good run. To start where we did, the cautions helped us a lot tonight. The car was working very well on the bottom. To come up through there like we did was good for us, no doubt. The track was really racy and there were two grooves."
Drown had the car that nearly pulled off the upset. "There was moisture coming up on the track. I thought I had picked the right tire early on. I was looking like a genius for the first part of the race, and then it went away a little bit. Once JD [Davenport] got out in front, it was hard to stay with him. He stayed up top and my car just couldn't stick there. Dennis [Erb] came along and we had a good race as well. To run third with these guys makes us extremely happy."
Completing the top ten were Don O'Neal, Brandon Sheppard, Earl Pearson Jr., Matt Irey, and Devin Moran.
In preliminary action, Darrell Lanigan set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the 28 entrants, with a lap of 14.187 seconds. Jonathan Davenport set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 14.209 seconds. Jonathan Davenport, Devin Moran, Darrell Lanigan, and Doug Drown won their respective heat races.
Craig Vosbergen won the B-Main.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Friday, September 2nd, 2016
Attica Raceway Park - Attica, OH
Feature Finish (50 Laps): 1. Jonathan Davenport, 2. Dennis Erb Jr, 3. Doug Drown, 4. Darrell Lanigan, 5. Jimmy Owens, 6. Don O'Neal, 7. Brandon Sheppard, 8. Earl Pearson Jr., 9. Matt Ireyd, 10. Devin Moran, 11. Mike Boree, 12. Ryan Markham, 13. Steve Francis, 14. Casey Noonan, 15. Craig Vosbergen, 16. Colton Flinner, 17. Scott Bloomquist, 18. Kyle Hardy, 19. Tim McCreadie, 20. Brad Malcuit, 21. Mathew Chapman, 22. Dave Hornikel, 23. Timothy Culpe, 24. Jon Henry.
Lap Leaders: Doug Drown (Laps 1 - 13); Jonathan Davenport (Laps 14 - 50)
Time of Race: 31 minutes 50 seconds
Championship Point Standings:
1. Scott Bloomquist 6480
2. Jonathan Davenport 6075
3. Brandon Sheppard 5890
4. Tim McCreadie 5725
5. Dennis Erb Jr. 5720
6. Don O'Neal 5635
7. Jared Landers 5595
8. Darrell Lanigan 5445
9. Earl Pearson Jr.5345
10. Jimmy Owens 5295