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Satterlee wins Pittsburgher

September 13, 2014

Davey Johnson posted the fastest time in the qualifying runs, with a lap time of 20.202.  Qualifying determined how the 4 heats were lined up.  During qualifying, Tony Musolino had to retire to the pits for the night after the front end of his car sustained some serious damage.  Johnson, Gregg Satterlee, Mason Ziegler and Jared Miley all finished in the top spot in their heats.  Heat 2 saw Michael Davis take a hard turn into the wall coming out of turn 3 thus ending his chances to take the win in the feature event.  Satterlee started on the outside pole as the green flag waved and quickly moved to the top spot and maintained that position to easily lead all 50 laps in the Diehl of Robinson Super Late Model Pittsburgher 26.  At one point, PPMS track champion Alex Ferree made an impressive charge to try and pass Satterlee, but he couldn't quite complete the pass and ended up finishing 2nd.  Lynn Geisler worked his way through the pack and finished 3rd after starting in the 13th spot.  Dylan Yoder and local track favorite Jared Miley rounded out the top five.

Super Late Models
Feature Finish: 1. Gregg Satterlee, 2. Alex Ferree, 3. Lynn Geisler, 4. Dylan Yoder, 5. Jared Miley, 6.  Jared Hawkins, Michael Norris, 8. Davey Johnson, 9. Keith Barbara, 10. Brandon Burgoon, 11. Keith Berner, 12. Jon Hodgkiss, 13. Jim Stephans, 14. Chad Hollenbeck, 15. Steve Baker, 16. Dennis Neideriter, 17. Mason Zeigler, 18. Colton Flinner, 19. Matt Urban, 20. Ed Ferree, 21. Ben Miley, 22. John Flinner, 23. John Mollick, 24. Mike Johnson, 25. Tommy Beck, 26. Mark Banal.

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MOTHER NATURE PUSHES BACK SMALL CAR NATIONALS UNTIL SUNDAY

HAGERSTOWN, MD: With a wet Saturday forecast for a week, Mother Nature held true to her prediction and now has forced Hagerstown Speedway/Dirt Capitol to reschedule the 8th Annual Small Car Nationals until tomorrow, which was the scheduled Rain Date.

Racing gets back under way Sunday with Pit Gates opening at 3 p.m., Grandstands at 4 p.m., Warm-ups are at 5:30 and racing gets underway at 6 p.m. Forecast is Mostly Sunny with 70 degrees.

Aside from the B-Mains that were on today’s schedule to complete fields for Late Model Sportsman and Pure Stocks, qualifying was complete with lineups already posted for the Four Cylinders, Hobby Stocks and Rookie Cars.

Bobby Beard set fast time for the Late Model Sportsman with a 19.772 second lap while Mike Walls came in with a lap of 22.937seconds for the Pure Stocks. The top four in both Late Model Sportsman and Pure Stocks were locked into the feature lineups.

Late Model Sportsman are competing for $2,500 in a 35-lap event, $2,000 for 25 laps in the Pure Stocks, $1,000 for Four Cylinders 15 laps, $650 for Hobby Stocks 20 laps and $400 for Rookie Cars 15 laps. Those features will be followed by a Four Cylinder Demo Derby paying $500.

Defending winners are Justin Weaver, Late Model Sportsman; Mike Corbin, Pure Stocks; Gary Proctor, Hobby Stocks and Cody Kershner, Four Cylinders.

Follow the speedway on Twitter and Facebook. The latest news, results, photos, schedule or rule changes can found be on the speedway’s website: www.hagerstownspeedway.com.  Also check website for any changes in in weather conditions that may delay or cancel the program or contact the speedway office at 301-582-0640.

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RUSSELL KING BECOMES 6TH STRAIGHT DIFFERENT SWEENEY RUSH LATE MODEL TOUR WINNER WITH HIS 1ST "GARY KNOLLINGER MEMORIAL" VICTORY AT SHARON

September 12, 2014

(By Mike Leone) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hartford, OH...The RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series returned to Sharon Speedway for the second and final appearance of the season on a special Friday night as part of the annual "Apple Festival Nationals".  The fourth annual "Gary Knollinger Memorial" drew 35 cars from all over Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and New York.
 
Making just his second start of the season, Russell King captured the prestigious "Gary Knollinger Memorial" event at the speedway he grew up at.  King became the fourth different winner in the four years the event has been held at Sharon.  King also became the Series' sixth straight different winner after Chad McClellan and Rick Singleton started the season off winning the first six events!  King held off veteran Alan Dellinger in late race lapped traffic for the $1,500 win and the beautiful "Gary Knollinger Memorial" statue trophy.

"Anytime you can beat that guy (Dellinger) no matter what you're racing it's a pretty big accomplishment," expressed the 25-year-old Bristolville, Ohio driver.  "I didn't get a chance to know Gary (Knollinger) very well, but from everything I've heard from the Blairs, Montgomery, and the people involved- he sounded like a really down to earth guy and I'm glad to win this race in his memory."  

The race got off to a rough start when a five-car accident ensued in turn one on the opening lap collecting Series stars Singleton, Jason Rider, Cody Dawson along with Jeremy Adamik.  When racing got underway, King used the outside to power into the lead past John Waters with Dellinger, Ryan Montgomery, and Russ Byler in tow.

On lap two, Byler got by Montgomery for third.  Dellinger, who has three Sweeney Weekly Series wins at Sharon this year on the $135 Bilstein "sealed" spec shocks, got under and by Waters for second down the backstretch on lap three.  Byler, who is in his first full season of Late Model racing, looked strong as he ran down Waters.  The two battled hard side-by-side on laps five and six before making contact.  The two got crossed up in turns three and four and were sideways through the infield before Waters spun to bring out the caution with six laps recorded.   Byler would later retire and was awarded the TBM Brakes "Tough Brake of the Night" award.

When racing resumed, another multi-car accident took place in turn one- this one including McClellan, who had worked his way forward past nine cars running the top side.  He would restart at the tail.  The final 19 laps would go caution-free.

Back under green, Max Blair made a great move to pass both Eric Wilson and Sharon point leader Will Thomas III to take over fifth.  The pass earned him his first Driven Racing Oil "Slick Move of the Night" honor.

In the ensuing green flag laps, past Knollinger Memorial winner, Montgomery, pressured Dellinger for second, while King opened up his lead.  The only thing that was going to slow King was lapped traffic.  That would come into play on lap 18 as King had a half-straightaway lead.  

King maintained his advantage up until two laps to go when Dellinger cut into the lead.  On the last lap, Dellinger really closed in as King was dealing with heavy traffic, but when the checkered flag waved King held on by 0.468 of a second for his second career Sweeney RUSH Tour victory in the Bob Diver-owned, Diver Steel City/King Sanitary Services/Race 1-sponsored #23.  It was King's first ever Crate Late Model win at Sharon, which adds to his six career DIRTcar Big-Block Modified victories.     

"Bob Diver bought the car off of us and I take care of it for him," continued King.  "I bring it out here periodically for him to run then he lets me have fun at these bigger shows.  I have to thank him and his dad for letting me do this.  It's a blast with really good people.  I have to thank my mom and dad, grandparents, my wife Ashley, all my crew guys, and sponsors.  I got to watch my brother (Rex King, Jr.) beat up on everyone this year (DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds) so I'm glad to finally win one year."

Dellinger, who made his fourth Sweeney Tour start of the season was a season best second as he's yet to finish worse than eighth.  Dellinger also has a pair of fourth place finishes in Bob Williams' #8.  "We needed to go 30 (laps)," stated the 50-year-old Hermitage, Pa. veteran.  "It was just started to get fun there then it was over.  I was like 'darnit'!  Everyone that finishes second always wants more laps."

Montgomery was a close third- less than three tenths of a second behind Dellinger.  The 17-year-old took a big step forward toward his first career Sweeney Tour championship as coupled with John Waters' 15th place finish, now has a 70-point lead heading into his favorite track on Saturday at Pittsburgh.

"I would have loved to win this race again, but I'm glad Russell won it," stated the Fairmont, West Virginia racer.  "A couple weeks ago we came from 25th to fifth.  Wins are always nice to get.  The track was good, but my tire never came in when I needed it to.  I was riding right behind Alan the whole time.  I have thank all of my sponsors for making this possible."

Seventh starting Andrew Wylie beat out 11th starting Blair for fourth at the finish by just 0.006 of a second as the two battled pretty much the final 19 laps!  It was a good run by Wilson to finish sixth at his home track as he moved into a fourth place tie in the Sweeney Tour standings with Jason Rider.  Joe Martin, Thomas, Bobby Rohrer, and Josh Double completed the top 10.  

Max Lux finished just outside the top 10 in 11th in his first start of the season driving a team car to Dennis Lunger, Jr.  Lux started 19th and that earned him the $100 Precise Racing Products "Pedal Down Hard Charger" gift card.  Robby Marhefka was right behind in 12th after starting 20th and that netted him an Accelerator-1 carb spacer compliments of Crate Innovations.  

Joel Prosser once again brought his #38K Gary Knollinger tribute car to the event.  Prosser, of New Martinsville, West Virginia, was a good friend of his late fellow West Virginia racer.  Making his first RUSH start of the season, Prosser was the last car on the lead lap in 19th and received the Moroso custom fit plug wire set also compliments of Crate Innovations.

Heat race winners were Byler, Wylie, Dellinger, and Thomas, while Lunger and McClellan won the last chance B mains.  Rick Singleton won his fourth K&N "Cold Air Induction" Dash to extend his K&N Dash Championship point lead.  Singleton received a $100 K&N certificate over Double, who received a $50 K&N certificate, while the third and fourth place finishers of Eric Andrus and W.L. Stile received an extra $25 cash.

RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series Race #12 "Gary Knollinger Memorial" (25 laps, $1,500 to-win): 1. RUSSELL KING (Diver 23)  2. Alan Dellinger (Williams 8)  3. Ryan Montgomery (12)  4. Andrew Wylie (84)  5. Max Blair (111)  6. Eric Wilson (27W)  7. Joe Martin (55)  8. Will Thomas III (9)  9. Bobby Rohrer (11)  10. Josh Double (38)  11. Matt Lux (Schwartz 21L)  12. Robby Marhefka (99FM)  13. Bobby Whitling (7W)  14. Rick Singleton (Enyeart 99*)  15. John Waters (LeBarron 11)  16. Ralph Morgan, Jr. (Powell 100)  17. Jason Rider (Wade 76)  18. Jamie Wrightsman (21J)  19. Joel Prosser (77)  20. Chad McClellan (119)  21. Jeremy Adamik (7J)  22. W.L. Stile (1W)  23. Russ Byler (Hoover 00H)  24. Dennis Lunger, Jr. (Schwartz 71L)  25. Eric Andrus (54)  26. Cody Dawson (36).  Note: Cody Dawson took a Series provisional and Jamie Wrightsman took a Track provisional)

DNQ: Joe Long (71), Bryan Salisbury (126), Bobby Pifer III (6P), Mike Laughard (38L), Chris Frank (49), Russell Baird, Jr. (17), Lon Emerick (3), Jeff Haynes (27J), Matt Latta (21).

Car Count: 35
Feature Margin of Victory: 0.468
Feature Lap Leaders: Russell King (1-25)

The Sweeney Tour will be in action next on Saturday (September 12) at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway for the rescheduled "Steel City Roulette" as part of the "Pittsburgher".  The event will pay $1,200 to-win; however, all feature starting cars will receive bonus monies ranging from $50 to $1,000 based on a random draw!  Pits open at 3 p.m. with warm-ups at 4:30 and racing at 6.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series  Heads to Brownstown, IN for the  35th Annual Jackson 100

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

WAYCROSS, GA (September 10, 2014) - One of the Midwest's traditional and most popular events, The Jackson 100 is set for Friday and Saturday, September 19th and 20th at Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, IN.  This annual event, promoted by Jim Price, will take place at the ¼ mile bull ring at the Jackson County Fairgrounds.  This year's event will pay $20,000 to win and $1,200 to start.  Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN is the defending race winner and has won this event four (4) times.

Racing action begins Friday night, September 19th, with Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series hot laps and Miller Welders Time Trials.  Support classes running in conjunction with the LOLMDS includes: Crate Late Models, Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks and Hornets.  Pit gates will open at 2 PM, with General Admission gates opening at 4 PM on Friday.  On Saturday, pit gates and grandstand gates will open at 3PM, with a special driver's autograph session from 4:30 to 5:15 and racing action beginning at 6PM.  The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Heat Races, B-Mains, and the 35th Annual Jackson 100 are scheduled for Saturday night. Modifieds and Super Stocks will also be on the card for Saturday night as support classes.

Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN, who sits atop the series championship point standings, will lead the stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series into Brownstown IN.  Owens, the defending LOLMDS Champion, leads the series with the most wins, with eight, in 2014. Don O'Neal, coming off a win at the Hillbilly Hundred in Ripley, WV, has seven wins on the season and is only 25 points out of first place in the chase for the series championship.  Scott Bloomquist sits in third, followed by Steve Francis and Eddie Carrier Jr., who round out the top five in the championship point standings.  Jason Hughes leads the chase for the 2014 Dunn-Benson Ford Rookie of the Year title over Jason Papich.

"The series is excited to head back to Brownstown Speedway and sanction an event with such great tradition and history.  The fans in that area are very loyal and passionate about the Jackson 100 and it's always a great turn out for this event.  Jim Price and his staff have been really great to work with and we look forward to another action packed weekend at Brownstown Speedway", stated Ritchie Lewis, Director, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

For tickets and more information on the 35th Annual Jackson 100 visit the track's website at www.brownstownspeedway.com.

For the latest breaking news about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the 2014 tour schedule, TV schedule, drivers, sponsors and all the information about the series, visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com.

Follow the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on the social media outlets at:   www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and https://twitter.com/lucasdirt

Track Information
Brownstown Speedway
476 East CR 100, Brownstown, IN 47220
Track Phone #: (812) 358-5332
Promoter: Jim Price - (812) 620-0751
Website: www.brownstownspeedway.com

Tire Rule
Left Rear/Fronts- Hoosier Rib 1350
Right Rear - Hoosier   03, 06, LM40,

Jackson 100 Event Purse
1. $20,000, 2. $10,000, 3. $6,000, 4. $4,000, 5. $3,500, 6. $2,500, 7. $2,100, 8. $2,000, 9. $1,800, 10. $1,750, 11. $1,650, 12. $1,600, 13. $1,550, 14. $1,500, 15. $1,450,16. $1,400, 17. $1,350, 18. $1,300, 19. $1,250, 20. $1,200, 21. $1,200, 22. $1,200, 23. $1,200, 24. $1,200

Head & Neck Restraint Notice
The use of a head and neck restraint device/systems, certified to SFI Spec 38.1 is required, per the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rule Book. This rule went into effect on September 1st, 2010. Any driver that has not entered in an LOLMDS competition or has not reached their three-race grace period after this rule went into effect will still receive the three-race grace period or the remainder thereof, but must comply once they have exceeded the grace period.

JACKSON 100 PAST WINNERS
*1980-Charlie Swartz
*1981-Paul Crockett
*1982-Russ Petro
*1983-Russ Petro
*1984-Kenny Simpson
*1985-Kenny Brightbill
*1986-Jack Boggs
*1987-Billy Moyer
*1988-Jim Curry
*1989-Jeff Purvis
*1990-Scott Bloomquist
*1991-Scott Bloomquist
*1992-Billy Moyer
*1993-Davey Johnson
*1994-John Gill
*1995-Jack Boggs
*1996-John Gill
*1997-Rick Aukland
*1998-Jim Curry
*1999-Billy Moyer
*2000-Don O'Neal
*2001-Brian Birkhofer
*2002-Billy Drake
*2003-Jim Curry
*2004-Don O'Neal
*2005-Billy Drake
*2006-Don O'Neal
*2007-Matt Miller
*2008-Tim McCreadie
*2009-Earl Pearson Jr.
*2010-Scott Bloomquist
*2011-Scott Bloomquist
 2012-Jimmy Owens
 2013-Don O'Neal

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Event Preview: Lanigan Eyes Record-Breaking Victory at Berlin Raceway's Keyser Manufacturing Down & Dirty Weekend Presented By NAPA

Bloomquist & Mars among Series Interlopers Expected to Compete; Recent WoO LMS Winner Roberts Leads Strong Home-State Contingent

MARNE, Mich. - Sept 10 - Darrell Lanigan can make history this weekend at Berlin Raceway with the 7/16-mile oval once again covering its pavement surface with clay for the third annual Keyser Manufacturing Down & Dirty Weekend Presented by NAPA.

With 15 victories thus far on the 2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Series, the two-time series champion and current points leader enters the national tour's doubleheader weekend needing one more victory to break his own single-season WoO LMS wins record.

If Lanigan's past performance at Berlin is any indication of how he will fare this weekend, there's a good chance that he will indeed break the record with a victory in one or even both of the two programs Berlin has set for Friday and Saturday. The 44-year-old Union, Ky., driver is perfect in two previous trips to Berlin, claiming both the 2012 and 2013 Down & Dirty A-Mains.

"That would be pretty cool," Lanigan said of the idea of breaking the record he set in 2012 en route to his second WoO LMS championship. "Anytime you can break a record, especially beating your own record, it's pretty neat. To get 15 wins on the season is definitely pretty awesome, but I'd always like to get more."

Lanigan will have two chances break the record this weekend with the event being ran as two complete programs for the first time. After being staged as a single two-day, $20,000-to-win race in its first two years, the event has been split into an $8,000-to-win program on Friday featuring a 40-lap A-Main and a $12,000-to-win program on Saturday with a 60-lap A-Main.

Whatever the format, Lanigan enjoys visiting Berlin Raceway. As shown in his previous results, the sprawling track fits his driving style and suits his Club 29 Race Car very well.

"The place races good. You can usually race all over it and it's a pretty neat place to go to," Lanigan said "Our program fits well with the big tracks like that. We definitely should run well up there this weekend."

One thing that could also work in Lanigan's favor is his substantial advantage in the WoO LMS standings. At 284 points ahead, Lanigan needs only to start each of the four remaining A-Mains to clinch his third series title.

Knowing the championship is essentially locked up, Lanigan doesn't have to race conservatively in order to protect his points lead and can instead go out and drive as hard as he needs to try to win each race, which is exactly what he plans to do in the tour's final four races.

"All we have to worry about is going out to win every race," said Lanigan, who also owns the record for most career WoO LMS wins at 68 victories. "I think that shows. We've won 15 races so far and hopefully we'll win four more. We just go out every week trying to win races."

Bloomquist Leads Stout List of Challengers

Lanigan will have to overcome some extra competition to remain perfect at Berlin, including the winner of the prestigious World 100 this past weekend at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

Fresh off his last-to-first run at Eldora, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., will make his first appearance at the Down & Dirty Weekend. The 50-year-old National Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer and former WoO LMS champion is looking for his first series victory since winning at Volusia Speedway Park during 2013's Florida Speedweeks action.

Other notable non-series regulars who have indicated intentions to compete at Berlin include Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis., Kent Robinson of Bloomington, Ind., and Steve Casebolt of Richmond, Ind.

Mars, 42, has been one of the most successful non-series regulars in WoO LMS action this season with two victories in 12 appearances. He claimed the open round of the Wild West Tour July 10 at Hibbing (Minn.) Raceway and won the USA Nationals preliminary night feature at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., on July 31.

The 27-year-old Robinson competed full time on the WoO LMS tour in 2012 but has scaled back his traveling in recent seasons. He has made four WoO LMS appearances this year with a best finish of eighth coming during June's Firecracker 100 weekend at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa.

Casebolt, 36, has just two previous WoO LMS appearances this season with finishes of 20th and 13th at 201 Speedway in Sitka, Ky., and Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, Tenn.

Competitive Home-State Contingent

The most recent WoO LMS trip to the Wolverine State produced one of the biggest upset victories ever on the series with Curtis Roberts of Coleman, Mich., claiming a popular home-state victory Aug. 22 at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa.

However, if another home-state driver is to break through at Berlin, he'll have to overcome the strong hold WoO LMS regulars have had on the top spots in Berlin's previous two series events. The tour's travelers filled the top five in last year's Down & Dirty 100 and claimed four top-five spots in 2012.

Roberts, who will make his first Down & Dirty appearance this weekend, leads a strong list of home-state drivers looking to buck that trend. He'll be joined by Jeep Van Wormer of Pinconning, who claimed the most recent of his two career WoO LMS victories at Winston Speedway in Rothbury, Mich., in 2013.

Other notable Michigan drivers expected to compete include Rich Neiser of Fruitport, who finished 11th in last year's Down & Dirty A-Main, Brandon Thirlby of Traverse City, Eric Spangler of Lake City, Mich., and more.

Down & Dirty Weekend Info

Complete programs of time trials, heat races, B-Mains and an A-Main will be contested on both Friday night and Saturday night. Friday's 40-lap A-Main pays $8,000 to the winner while Saturday's 60-lap feature pays $12,000.

Racing action is scheduled to kick off at 6:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. There will be an open practice 4-8 p.m. on Thursday.

Support division action will include racing for street stocks, VORES 4-Cylinders and Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds. The Grand Raggidy Roller Girls Roller Derby Team will be skating on the concourse.

Tickets are available now for online purchase at https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?w=5e4207bb7d05b282b07dd1e9e7aaa904&t=tix .

General admission prices for Friday are just $18 for adults, $10 for students ages 12-17 and $5 for children ages 8-11. For Saturday, general admission is $25 for adults, $12 for students ages 12-17 and $5 for children ages 8-11. Camping spots are available at the track for $60 for all three days or $25 per day.

More information for the event is available on the track's website at www.berlinraceway.com.

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Bloomquist Charges Through The Field At Eldora Speedway To Claim Fourth Career World 100 Victory

Tennessee Racer Overcomes Penalty to Score $47,000 Crown Jewel Triumph

ROSSBURG, OH - Sept. 6, 2014 - Nothing could stop Scott Bloomquist from claiming his fourth World 100 trophy Saturday night at Eldora Speedway. Not a lap-19 penalty that dropped him from the lead to the tail of the field. Not a steady Dale McDowell looking for an Eldora crown jewel sweep. And not slower traffic during the race's closing laps.

Bloomquist's No. 0 Sweet-Bloomquist machine was unstoppable at the historic half-mile oval as it carried the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer through the field for a $47,000 victory in the 44th running of the DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned event.

"I believe everybody got to witness the fastest race car in the world right there," Bloomquist, 50, of Mooresburg, Tenn., told the Eldora Speedway crowd, which for once was nearly unanimous in applauding a driver who usually polarizes fans. "We talked this week in the shop; I told everybody I was gonna win this race this weekend and here it is."

Advancing from his fifth starting spot, Bloomquist first took the lead from McDowell on lap 19 only to be penalized for an unapproved window net and sent to the tail of the field when the caution waved on the following lap.

That only made things more interesting.

Bloomquist stormed back to the front and retook the lead from McDowell on lap 72 of the 100-lap race. He continued his torrid pace through the remaining distance, again knifing through traffic until he crossed the finish line with a half-track advantage.

McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., settled for the runner-up finish while 22nd-starting Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., made a late charge to finish third. Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., and Matt Miller of Whitehouse, Ohio, rounded out the race's top five finishers.

Bloomquist was penalized for using a Lexan-supported window net. After opposing crew members protested that the piece could assist aerodynamics, officials ruled the window net was an unapproved device. It was removed from Bloomquist's car and he was sent to the tail of the field for the restart.

That didn't faze Bloomquist. Restarting in the 29th position, he quickly began his march back to the front. He worked his way into the top 15 by lap 35 and was up to eighth by halfway. He cracked the top five on lap 55 and after grabbing fourth a few laps later, was elevated to second when 21st-starting Mason Zeigler of Chalk Hill, Pa., spun while attempting to take the lead from McDowell on lap 61 and collected third-running Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis.

Bloomquist made sure the Eldora crowd new his plan under the ensuing caution by pumping his fist and making the cowabunga hand signal out of the driver's window of his race car as he drove down the front straightaway.

"The car was just so good and I was so confident," said Bloomquist, who scored his sixth consecutive top-10 finish in the World 100. "I knew there was plenty of laps left and I knew the car would work anywhere on the racetrack. Anyone that would try to run the bottom like I did, they could get in there, but as soon as they'd throttle they'd push out of it, which would just leave me the whole racetrack."

If not for Bloomquist, McDowell, 48, would have been the star of the show. Starting from the outside pole, he pulled his Team Dillon Racing Warrior ahead of polesitter Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., on the start of the race and controlled the early laps.

He gave up the lead after a lengthy side-by-side battle with Bloomquist, but was quickly reestablished to the point after Bloomquist's penalty. McDowell again pulled away through the race's middle portions until Zeigler began making his bid for the top spot.

McDowell was given a brief relive when Zeigler got into turn three too hard on lap 61 and spun his machine to avoid making contact with the leader. But that only cleared the way for Bloomquist to move to second for the restart and to eventually take the lead 11 laps later.

In falling one position short of his second World 100 victory, McDowell, who claimed a $100,000 payday in Eldora's Dirt Late Model Dream in June, missed out on becoming just the third driver to win both of Eldora's crown jewel events in the same season.

"I think I overworked my tire running that high side," McDowell said. "I was just free - just a little bit too free. But that's part of it. We'll go to work a little bit and try to come back here in June and repeat the Dream maybe."

Bloomquist's charge through the field was the main highlight on a night that featured plenty of passing around Eldora's high banks. Besides the charges by Bloomquist, Zeigler and Owens, Terry Phillips of Springfield, Mo., charged from 17th to ninth, Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., advanced from 29th to 10th and John Blankenship of Williamson, W.Va., moved from 32nd to 12th.

The racy track surface didn't go unnoticed by drivers, including the victor.

"This is the best Eldora I've ever seen," said Bloomquist, who claimed his first World 100 trophy in 1988. "I gotta take my hat off for everyone that worked on (the track). You can see it's from the top to the bottom wall. I know there was a few times I wasn't sure if I wasn't rubbing the inside wall with the left front."

The main event was slowed by four cautions. The first was the lap-19 yellow that waved when Jared Landers of Batesville, Ark., slowed. Heat race winner Jackie Boggs of Grayson, Ky., slowed to bring out a lap-30 caution and Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., dropped from the fifth spot to cause a lap-53 yellow. The final caution was for Zeigler's lap-61 spin that collected Mars.

World 100 A-Main Results (Finish/Start/Driver/Lap Completed/Earnings):
1. (5) Scott Bloomquist/100 $47,000
2. (2) Dale McDowell/100 $15,000
3. (22) Jimmy Owens/100 $10,000
4. (7) Jason Feger/100 $7,500
5. (9) Matt Miller/100 $6,000
6. (4) Kent Robinson/100 $5,000
7. (8) Rick Eckert/100 $4,000
8. (15) Gregg Satterlee/100 $3,500
9. (17) Terry Phillips/100 $3,000
10. (29) Shannon Babb/100 $2,500
11. (3) Chris Madden/99 $2,475
12. (32) John Blankenship/99 $2,450
13. (26) Billy Moyer/99 $2,425
14. (25) Jonathan Davenport/99 $2,400
15. (27) Dennis Erb Jr./99 $2,375
16. (16) Darrell Lanigan/99 $2,350
17. (1) Mike Marlar/99 $2,325
18. (13) Jason Hughes/99 $2,300
19. (20) Brandon Overton/99 $2,275
20. (19) Jeff Babcock/97 $2,250
21. (24) R.J. Conley/71 $2,225
22. (21) Mason Zeigler/61 $2,220
23. (11) Jimmy Mars/61 $2,175
24. (18) Wendell Wallace/61 $2,150
25. (10) Bobby Pierce/52 $2,125
26. (28) Shane Clanton/42 $2,100
27. (14) Jared Landers/$2,090
28. (31) Tim McCreadie/35 $2,080
29. (6) Jackie Boggs/29 $2,065
30. (23) Dustin Linville/18 $2,050
31. (12) Eddie Carrier Jr./2,025
32. (30) Brandon Kinzer/0 $2,000

Heat No. 1 (15 laps - Top 3 Transfer): 1. Jackie Boggs, 2. Jason Feger, 3. Jason Hughes, 4. Dennis Erb Jr., 5. John Blankenship, 6. Don O'Neal, 7. Josh Adkins, 8. Brandon Sheppard, 9. Rusty Schlenk, 10. Tanner English, 11. Doug Drown, 12. McKay Wenger, 13. Jerry Bowersock, 14. Tommy Bailey. 15. Bryant Dickinson, 16. Morgan Bagley, 17. Greg Johnson, 18. Vic Hill, 19. Jeff Babcock. Did not start: Andrew Gordon.

Heat No. 2 (15 laps - Top 3 Transfer): 1. Scott Bloomquist, 2. Rick Eckert, 3. Jared Landers, 4. Bub McCool, 5. Jonathan Davenport, 6. Mason Zeigler, 7. Nick Latham, 8. Brian Ruhlman, 9. Curtis Deisenroth, 10. Tim McCreadie, 11. Jay Johnson, 12. Austin Hubbard, 13. Brandon Overton, 14. Don Hammer, 15. Rodney Hamblin, 16. Jon Henry, 17. Brian Birkhofer, 18. Brian Gray. Did not start: Billy Ogle Jr., Walker Arthur.

Heat No. 3 (15 laps - Top 3 Transfer): 1. Kent Robinson, 2. Matt Miller, 3. Gregg Satterlee, 4. Tyler Reddick, 5. Earl Pearson Jr., 6. Dustin Linville, 7. Chris Brown, 8. Shannon Babb, 9. Randy Weaver, 10. Steve Casebolt, 11. Jason Riggs, 12. Mike Spatola, 13. David Breazeale, 14. Tim Lance, 15. Jason Welshan, 16. Curtis Roberts, 17. J.T. Conley, 18. Scott Knepley, 19. Don Gordon, 20. Mack McCarter.

Heat No. 4 (15 laps - Top 3 Transfer): 1. Chris Madden, 2. Bobby Pierce, 3. Darrell Lanigan, 4. Jimmy Owens, 5. R.J. Conley, 6. Billy Moyer, 7. Cody Mahoney, 8. Frank Heckenast Jr., 9. Billy Moyer Jr., 10. Devin Moran, 11. Timothy Culp, 12. Steve Lance Jr., 13. Ross Nicastri, 14. Dan Schlieper, 15. Casey Noonan, 16. Charles LaPlant, 17. George Lee, 18. Tim Sabo. 19. Ryan Gustin. Did not start: Ernie Cordier.

Heat No. 5 (15 laps - Top 3 Transfer): 1. Dale McDowell, 2. Jimmy Mars, 3. Terry Phillips, 4. Shane Clanton, 5. Eric Wells, 6. Brandon Kinzer, 7. Chad Ruhlman, 8. Donald McIntosh, 9. Chase Junghans, 10. Shannon Thornsberry, 11. Jon Hodgkiss, 12. Mark Dotson, 13. Cecil Eunice. 14. Terry Wolfenbarger, 15. Randy Korte, 16. Steve Francis, 17. Delmas Conley, 18. James Rice, 19. Bill Lewis. Did not start: Chris Nash.

Heat No. 6 (15 laps - Top 3 Transfer): 1. Mike Marlar, 2. Eddie Carrier Jr., 3. Wendell Wallace, 4. Brian Shirley, 5. Duane Chamberlain, 6. Brad Neat, 7. Rod Conley, 8. Rodney Melvin, 9. Jacob Hawkins, 10. Chris Simpson, 11. Wayne Chinn, 12. Aaron Scott, 13. Jim Shereck, 14. Jeep Van Wormer, 15. Brian Diveley, 16. Austin Smith. Did not start: Scott James, Ron McQuerry, Butch Kruckeberg.

B-Main 1 Finish (20 laps - Top 5 Transfer to A-Main): 1. Mason Zeigler, 2. Dustin Linville, 3. Jonathan Davenport, 4. Dennis Erb Jr., 5. Shannon Babb, 6. Bub McCool, 7. Don O'Neal, 8. John Blankenship, 9. Tyler Reddick, 10. Brandon Sheppard, 11. Brian Ruhlman, 12. Austin Hubbard, 13. Jason Riggs, 14. Rusty Schlenk, 15. Randy Weaver, 16. Jon Henry, 17. Jay Johnson, 18. Tanner English, 19. Doug Drown, 20. Chris Brown, 21. Nick Latham, 22. Josh Adkins, 23. Curtis Deisenroth. 24. Steve Casebolt, 25. Tim McCreadie. Did not start: Earl Pearson Jr. B-Main 1 'Scramble' winner: Don O'Neal.

B-Main 2 Finish (20 laps - Top 5 Transfer to A-Main): 1. Jimmy Owens, 2. R.J. Conley, 3. Billy Moyer, 4. Shane Clanton, 5. Brandon Kinzer, 6. Brian Shirley, 7. Chad Ruhlman, 8. Brad Neat, 9. Frank Heckenast Jr., 10. Rod Conley, 11. Donald McIntosh, 12. Billy Moyer Jr., 13. Devin Moran, 14. Cody Mahoney, 15. Jacob Hawkins, 16. Timothy Culp, 17. Chase Junghans, 18. Duane Chamb. 19. Rodney Melvin, 20. Chris Simpson, 21. Wayne Chinn, 22. Shannon Thornsberry, 23. Jon Hodgkiss. B-Main 2 'Scramble' winner: Brian Shirley.

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Davenport & Miller Claim 25-Lap Victories During Eldora SpeedwayÂ’s Second Night Of World 100 Preliminary Action

ROSSBURG, Ohio - Sept. 4, 2014 - Jonathan Davenport and Matt Miller added their names to the list of likely contenders for Eldora Speedway's coveted World 100 globed trophy by claiming $5,000 victories Friday evening during the second night of preliminary action for the 44th annual World 100.

With the event's 120-car field split in half by time-trial results, Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., led every lap of the first of two Twin 25-lap DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned A-Mains to claim his first career Eldora Speedway victory. Miller, the Whitehouse, Ohio, driver who won Eldora's Dirt Late Model Dream in 2005, took the lead on lap 13 of the second A-Main and led the remaining distance to add another accomplishment to his stellar Eldora Speedway resume.

Davenport and Miller will both attempt to parlay their impressive preliminary performances into a crown jewel triumph when Eldora host the $47,000-to-win World 100 finale on Saturday.

Both drivers were tested in claiming their Friday night victories. After advancing from third to first on the opening lap of the feature for odd-numbered qualifiers, Davenport withstood a mid-race challenge from Eldora veteran Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., amid traffic, and later pulled away after a late-race restart.

The victory was a welcomed breakthrough for Davenport, who has been plagued by poor luck in his recent trips to Eldora.

"This is definitely big. Even though it's against half the field, we held off one of the fastest guys here all weekend," said Davenport, who drives the AES Racing Longhorn Chassis for car owners Kevin and Lee Roy Rumley. "It was good for us to get this win and finally get the monkey off our back we've had for so long here at these big races."

Bloomquist, a three-time World 100 winner, settled for second with fellow former World 100 winners Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, Iowa, and Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., taking third and fourth respectively. Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., was fifth.

In claiming the main event for even-numbered qualifiers, Miller had to outduel retiring driver and cancer survivor Randy Korte of Highland, Ill., who was gunning for an emotional victory in his final visit to the historic half-mile oval. The two front-row starters put on a thrilling performance with Miller holding off a resurgent Korte in the closing laps.

"My buddy Randy there, I know it's his last time and I hate to take it from him," said Miller, who drives a Rick Delong-owned Rocket Chassis. "But it's a race and we need it as bad as he does."

Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., ran just behind Miller and Korte for most of the race in finishing third, while R.J. Conley of Wheelersburg, Ohio, and Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., rounded out the top five.

With Saturday night's six 15-lap Dream heat races aligned by each driver's best lap time from the two rounds of qualifying, Jeff Babcock's fast time on Friday earned him overall fast time honors for the World 100 weekend. Babcock of Wayne, Ohio, and second-fast qualifier Brandon Overton of Appling, Ga., are guaranteed starting spots in Saturday's World 100 A-Main thanks to the two provisionals that go to the two fastest qualifiers who fail to make the A-Main through a heat race or last chance race.

Babcock's fast time earned him a visit to the Eldora stage during Friday's program to spin the inversion wheel. It stopped on '6,' setting up a 36-car invert and leaving Babcock starting sixth in a heat race that will transfer the top-three finishers to the World 100.

The World 100 weekend will conclude on Saturday night with World 100 heat races, last chance races and the 100-lap, $47,000-to-win A-Main. The first heat is scheduled to get under way at 7 p.m.

Fans can obtain tickets and information for the World 100 by going online to www.EldoraSpeedway.com or contacting the Eldora offices at 937-338-3815. Fans who can't make it to Eldora in person this weekend can still watch all the action live by purchasing the live Pay-Per-View video broadcast of all three nights of action that is available at www.EldoraSpeedway.com.

For more information on DIRTcar Racing, visit www.dirtcar.com.

Odd-Number Qualifiers Feature Finish (25 laps): 1. Jonathan Davenport, 2. Scott Bloomquist, 3. Brian Birkhofer, 4. Billy Moyer, 5. Chris Madden, 6. Billy Moyer Jr., 7. Dennis Erb Jr., 8. Eddie Carrier Jr., 9. Chris Simpson, 10. Dale McDowell, 11. Devin Moran, 12. Jimmy Owens, 13. Mason Zeigler, 14. Randy Weaver, 15. Jimmy Mars, 16. Brad Neat, 17. Frank Heckenast Jr., 18. Ryan Gustin, 19. Shannon Babb, 20. Bobby Pierce, 21. Duane Chamberlain, 22. Jeff Babcock, 23. Jeep Van Wormer, 24. Brian Shirley.

Even-Number Qualifiers Feature Finish (25 laps): 1. Matt Miller, 2. Randy Korte, 3. Tim McCreadie, 4. R.J. Conley, 5. Darrell Lanigan, 6. John Blankenship, 7. Brandon Sheppard, 8. Brandon Overton, 9. Tyler Reddick, 10. Eric Wells, 11. Gregg Satterlee, 12. Chris Brown, 13. Terry Phillips, 14. Doug Drown, 15. Kent Robinson, 16. Jason Feger, 17. Shane Clanton, 18. Chad Ruhlman, 19. Mike Spatola, 22. Rodney Melvin, 21. Nick Latham, 22. Mack McCarter, 23. Wendell Wallace, 24. Earl Pearson Jr.

Time Trials:
1. Jeff Babcock 15.611; 2. Brandon Overton 15.616; 3. Randy Weaver 15.619; 4. Darrell Lanigan 15.649; 5. Jimmy Mars 15.653; 6. Brad Neat 15.705; 7. Kent Robinson 15.726, 8. Frank Heckenast Jr. 15.755, 9. Steve Francis 15.767; 10. Duane Chamberlain 15.773; 11. Jackie Boggs 15.793; 12. Rick Eckert 15.814; 13. Tyler Reddick 15.816; 14. Bobby Pierce 15.819; 15. Wendell Wallace 15.825; 16. Dennis Erb Jr. 15.831; 17. Austin Hubbard 15.852; 18. Shannon Babb 15.853; 19. R.J. Conley 15.860; 20. Dale McDowell 15.864; 21. John Blankenship 15.867; 22. Brian Shirley 15.879; 23. Morgan Bagley 15.888; 24. Brian Birkhofer 15.898; 25. Tim McCreadie 15.922; 26. Gregg Satterlee 15.940; 27. Chris Madden 15.945; 28. Shannon Thornsberry 15.948; 29. Jason Hughes 15.988; 30. Shane Clanton 15.993; 31. Jonathan Davenport 15.995; 32. Earl Pearson Jr. 15.997; 33. Casey Noonan 16.008; 35. Randy Korte 16.021; 36. Eddie Carrier Jr. 16.024; 37. Brandon Sheppard 16.039; 38. Scott Bloomquist 16.040; 39. Chris Brown 16.047; 40. Billy Moyer 16.050; 41. Eric Wells 16.059; 42. Rod Conley 16.065; 43. Doug Drown 16.072; 44. Billy Ogle Jr. 16.073; 45. Mike Spatola 16.077; 46. Ryan Gustin 16.080; 47. Chad Ruhlman 16.083; 48. Jon Henry 16.091; 49. Matt Miller 16.091; 50. Brandon Kinzer 16.108; 51. Aaron Scott 16.127; 52. Don O'Neal 16.130; 53. Jay Johnson 16.184; 54. Chris Simpson 16.188; 55. Tim Lance 16.203; 56. Rusty Schlenk 16.219; 57. Jared Landers 16.219; 58. Wayne Chinn 16.226; 59. Ross Nicastri 16.237; 60. Mark Dotson 16.239; 61. Jeep Van Wormer 16.250; 62. Nick Latham 16.270; 63. Jimmy Owens 16.280; 64. Delmas Conley 16.289; 65. Billy Moyer Jr. 16.303; 66. Mike Marlar 16.306; 67. Josh Adkins 16.324; 68. Cody Mahoney 16.324; 69. Mack McCarter 16.330; 70. Devin Moran 16.331; 71. Donald McIntosh 16.332; 72. Jacob Hawkins 16.333; 73. Jason Feger 16.345; 74. Walker Arthur 16.346; 75. Steve Lance 16.349; 76. Jason Riggs 16.349; 77. Greg Johnson 16.362; 78. Dustin Linville 16.367; 79. Brett Wyatt 16.368; 80. Bub McCool 16.397; 81. Steve Casebolt 16.414; 82. Chase Junghans 16.420; 83. George Lee 16.432; 84. James Rice 16.448; 86. Jim Shereck 16.458; 86. McKay Wenger 16.488; 87. Brian Ruhlman 16.494; 88. Jason Welshan 16.526; 89. Terry Phillips 16.544; 90. Charles LaPlant 16.598; 91. Terry Wolfenbarger 16.601; 92. Brian Diveley 16.612; 93. Curtis Roberts 16.678; 94. Jerry Bowersock 16.722; 95. Dan Schlieper 16.741; 96. Cecil Eunice 16.786; 97. Curtis Deisenroth 16.810; 98. Austin Smith 16.820; 99. Andrew Gordon 16.874; 100. J.T. Conley 16.925; 101. Don Hammer 16.951; 102. Vic Hill 16.977; 103. Tanner English 16.991; 104. Jon Hodgkiss 17.038; l05. Rodney Melvin 17.114; 106. Tommy Bailey 17.156; 107. Timothy Culp 17.183; 108. Mason Zeigler 17.209; 109. Brian Gray 17.228; 110. Don Gordon 17.367; 111. Tim Sabo 17.435; 112. Bill Lewis 17.458; 113. Ron McQuerry 18.004; 114. Bryant Dickinson 18.179; 115. Rodney Hamblin 18.187; 116. Scott Knepley 18.255; 117. Ernie Cordier 18.467; 118. David Breazeale 20.757. No time: Chris Nash, Butch Kruckeberg, Scott James.

Odd-Number Qualifiers Heat Race Results
Odd Heat No. 1 (8 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Brian Birkhofer, Jeff Babcock, Rick Eckert, Jeep Van Wormer, Brandon Kinzer, Austin Smith, Walker Arthur, McKay Wenger, Don Gordon.

Odd Heat No. 2 (8 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Chris Madden, Billy Moyer, Randy Weaver, Bobby Pierce, Jimmy Owens, Don O'Neal, Jason Welshan, Steve Lance Jr., Bill Lewis, J.T. Conley.

Odd Heat No. 3 (8 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Dennis Erb Jr., Chris Simpson, Jimmy Mars, Mike Marlar, Dustin Linville, Rod Conley, Vic Hill, Jason Hughes, Charles LaPlant, Bryant Dickinson.

Odd Heat No. 4 (8 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Jonathan Davenport, Billy Moyer Jr., Brad Neat, Shannon Babb, Billy Ogle Jr., Cody Mahoney, Bub McCool, Brian Diveley, Jon Hodgkiss, Scott Knepley.

Odd Heat No. 5 (8 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Ryan Gustin, Dale McDowell, Devin Moran, Frank Heckenast Jr., Jared Landers, Casey Noonan, Chase Junghans, Curtis Deisenroght, Tommy Bailey. Did not start: David Breazeale.

Odd Heat No. 6 (8 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Eddie Carrier Jr., Mason Zeigler, Brian Shirley, Duane Chamberlain, Jacob Hawkins, Jon Henry, Dan Schlieper, James Rice, Ross Nicastri. Did not start: Butch Kruckeberg.

Even-Number Qualifiers Heat Race Results

Even Heat No. 1 (8 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Brandon Overton, Gregg Satterlee, Tyler Reddick, Chris Brown, Jason Riggs, Nick Latham, Aaron Scott, Andrew Gordon, Brian Ruhlman, Tim Sabo.

Even Heat No. 2 (8 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Darrell Lanigan, Eric Wells, Wendell Wallace, Terry Phillips, Delmas Conley, Shannon Thornberry, Don Hammer, Greg Johnson, Ron McQuerry, Jay Johnson.

Even Heat No. 3 (8 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Tim McCreadie, Doug Drown, Shane Clanton, Josh Adkins, Tanner English, Terry Wolfenbarger, Tim Lance, Rodney Hamblin, Austin Hubbard. Did not start: Brett Wyatt.

Even Heat No. 4 (8 laps - Top 3 Transfer): R.J. Conley, Earl Pearson Jr., Kent Robinson, Mike Spatola, Rodney Melvin, Mack McCarter, Rusty Schlenk, Steve Casebolt, Curtis Roberts, Ernie Cordier.

Even Heat No. 5 (8 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Randy Korte, John Blankenship, Chad Ruhlman, Timothy Culp, George Lee, Wayne Chinn, Donald McIntosh, Steve Francis, Jerry Bowersock. Did not start: Chris Nash.

Even Heat No. 6 (8 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Matt Miller, Brandon Sheppard, Jason Feger, Morgan Bagley, Mark Dotson, Jim Shereck, Brian Gray, Cecil Eunice. Did not start: Jackie Boggs.

Odd-Number Qualifiers B-Main Results
Odd B-Main No. 1 (10 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Bobby Pierce, Jeep Van Wormer, Jimmy Owens, Dustin Linville, Rick Eckert, Don O'Neal, Mike Marlar, Rod Conley, Brandon Kinzer, Vic Hill, Jason Hughes, Steve Lance Jr., Austin Smith, McKay Wenger, Walker Arthur, J.T. Conley, Charles LaPlant. Scratched: Bill Lewis, Jason Welshan.

Odd B-Main No. 2 (10 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Shannon Babb, Frank Heckenast Jr., Duane Chamberlain, Billy Ogle Jr., Bub McCool, Jacob Hawkins, Jared Landers, Chase Junghans, Jonn Henry, Casey Noonan, James Rice, Dan Schlie;er, Jon Hodgkiss, Brian Diveley, Cody Mahoney, Curtis Deisenroght, Tommy Bailey. Scratched: Ross Nicastri.

Even-Number Qualifiers B-Main Results
Even B-Main No. 1 (10 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Terry Phillips, Chris Brown, Nick Latham, Josh Adkins, Don Hammer, Austin Hubbard, Tanner English, Delmas Conley, Brian Ruhlman, Terry Wolfenbarger, Shannon Thornsberry, Tim Lance, Aaron Scott, Greg Johnson, Jason Riggs, Tim Sabo. Ron McQuerry, Andrew Gordon. Scratched: Rodney Hamblin.

Even B-Main No. 2 (10 laps - Top 3 Transfer):
Mike Spatola, Mack McCarter, Rodney Melvin, Mark Dotson, Jim Shereck, Timothy Culp, Rusty Schlenk, Curits Roberts, Wayne Chinn, Morgan Bagley, Jerry Bowersock, Brian Gray, George Lee, Cecil Eunice, Donald McIntosh. Scratched: Steve Casebolt, Steve Francis, Jackie Boggs.

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MARKHAM CROWNED ATTICA RACEWAY PARK/ NAPA WAYNE COUNTY SPEEDWAY LATE MODEL SERIES CHAMPION

Orrville, Ohio


Monday, September 1, 2014

By Mike Swanger

Being consistently good will go a long way in winning championship’s and that was the key for Ashland’s Ryan Markham as he takes the crown for the Attica Raceway Park and NAPA Wayne County Speedway’s Late Model Series. Starting the opening week-end with a fourth place finish on May 2nd in Attica and his only series win the next night at NAPA WCS, Markham would take the points lead for good following his second place finish on May 24th at the Orrville speedplant. With finishes of sixth, fourth, 15th and third in the last four races to go along with his four heat race wins, which earned him the Innovative Graphics Award for most heat race wins, no one could challenge Markham for the title and the $1500 and $200 Fultz Fabrication Gift Card.

Mike Bores’ second place finish on the last night edged him past Shane McLoughlin for second place in the series by just two points. McLoughlin finished 13th in the last feature to finish third in the points. Both Bores and McLoughlin recorded feature wins in the series but both also did not make a feature.

Larry Kingseed missed the next to last race of the series but still ended up fourth in the points with a best finish of third in the series. Missing the opening week-end, Keith Berner won the last two features to grab the fifth position in points.

Filling out the top ten were Matt Irey, John Bores, Doug Drown, Ryan Missler and JR Gentry.

Drivers will receive their awards at their home track awards banquet.

ATTICA RACEWAY PARK/ NAPA WAYNE COUNTY SPEEDWAY LATE MODEL SERIES TOP 10
                                             Points     Wins     Top 3    Heat wins
  1.  Ryan Markham              391          1           3             4
  2.  Mike Bores                    344          1           2             2
  3.  Shane McLoughlin        343          1           1             1
  4.  Larry Kingseed             314           0          1              1
  5.  Keith Berner                  309          2           3             2
  6.  Matt Irey                         227          0           1             1
  7.  John Bores                    199          0           0             0
  8.  Doug Drown                  184          0           3             2
  9.  Ryan Missler                 177          0           1             1
10.  JR Gentry                      169          1           2             1

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Don O'Neal Wins Thriller at I-77 Raceway Park and Earns First Hillbilly Hundred Victory
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

RIPLEY, WV (August 31, 2014) - In a tremendous finish between the top two in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship points standings, Don O'Neal held off Jimmy Owens to win the 46th Annual Hillbilly Hundred on Sunday Night at I-77 Raceway Park. O'Neal fought off some tough challenges to claim the $25,000-victory in America's oldest crown jewel event. The event was also part of the ASi Crown Jewel Cup presented by Dirtondirt.com and awarded valuable points towards the year end $10,000 cash award.

Steve Francis driving the Clint Bowyer Racing team car to O'Neal charged back from the tail to finish third after spinning out early while running second. 12th starting Dennis Erb Jr., finished fourth and Jonathan Davenport rounded out the top five.

"This is a pretty fun and interesting track to race on," said the winner, who now sits just 25 points behind Owens in the race for the LOLMDS title. "There were so many caution flags out there. I felt like they hurt me because I'd get my rhythm going and then we would have another caution. Jimmy came up there near the end and made it closer than I wanted it to become. It feels good to win such a prestigious race; a lot of great drivers have won this one, and to win this for Clint Bowyer, Barry and Lance Wright, Jeremy Justice, and Tony Trent is a great way to top off the weekend."

Mason Zeigler led the first nine laps from his pole starting spot. O'Neal passed Zeigler for the lead on lap ten. O'Neal then held the top spot until Francis charged to the point on lap 15. The frantic race for the lead continued with O'Neal surging back ahead with 19 laps scored.

"Early on, that was a great race for the lead. I was trying to keep the car on the bottom as I was working my way up there. These corners are so tight. This is such a demanding track, physically, and you have to be up on the wheel at all times that for sure. I have to thank Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Crawford Supply/Traeger Grills, Cometic Gasket, Ohlins, Georgia Boot, Toyota, and Clements Racing Engines."

Francis and Scott Bloomquist dueled side-by-side for second until Francis brought out a caution on lap 42 as he spun in turn number two. Carrier eventually unseated Bloomquist for the second spot on lap 73. Owens then got by Bloomquist and moved up to second around Carrier just two circuits later. With 76 laps complete Bloomquist suddenly slowed with a problem as he went pit-side. The race was under a red-flag on lap 82 when the 2-time Hillbilly Hundred winner, Mike Marlar, flipped in turn three. He escaped uninjured after the crash.

Several cautions in the remaining 18 laps kept the field bunched up. O'Neal and Owens then went at it tooth-and-nail to the checkers as Owens pulled even with O'Neal several times in turn four, but could never clear O'Neal to take over the lead.

"I ran the car hard into four, but left him plenty of room. I wasn't going to wreck either one of us. That was a heck of finish. I hoped the fans enjoyed the race. I think we all put on a pretty good show," said the driver of the Mike Reece-owned, Reece Monument Company, Club 29 Ford.

Francis restarted 24th after his spin and recovered nicely to finish a close third. "I really messed up by spinning, but I was able to drive through the field. I thought for a while that we might have a shot at winning this thing. We have tried so long to win this race. I go back to the Pennsboro days in trying to win this. We had a car good enough to win tonight, but it's another podium finish for the Georgia Boot #15."

Completing the top ten were Devin Moran, Tim Dohm, Eddie Carrier Jr., Corey Conley, and John Blankenship.

In preliminary action, Eddie Carrier Jr. set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 42 entrants, with a lap of 13.044 seconds. Steve Francis set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 13.444 seconds. Mason Zeigler, Earl Pearson Jr., Don O'Neal, and Scott Bloomquist won their respective heat races. Jared Landers and John Blankenship won their respective B-Mains.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Sunday Night, August 31st, 2014
I-77 Raceway Park - Ripley, WV

Feature Finish (100 Laps): 1. Don O'Neal, 2. Jimmy Owens, 3. Steve Francis, 4. Dennis Erb, Jr., 5. Jonathan Davenport, 6. Devin Moran, 7. Tim Dohm, 8. Eddie Carrier, Jr., 9. Corey Conley, 10. John Blankenship, 11. Jeremy Berwanger, 12. Zack Dohm, 13. Jared Hawkins, 14. Jared Landers, 15. Jason Hughes, 16. Kenny Newhouse, 17. Harold Redman, Jr., 18. Earl Pearson, Jr., 19. Davey Johnson, 20. Jason Papich, 21. Scott Bloomquist, 22. Mike Marlar, 23. Mason Zeigler, 24. Chris Garnes, 25. Steve Shaver, 26. Freddie Carpenter, 27. Jackie Boggs.

Race Statistics
Entrants: 42
Lap Leaders: Mason Zeigler (Laps 1 - 9); Don O'Neal (Laps 10 - 14); Steve Francis (Laps 15 - 18); Don O'Neal (Laps 19 - 100)
Time of Race: 1 hour 21 minutes 23 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings
1. Jimmy Owens 6720
2. Don O'Neal 6695
3. Scott Bloomquist 6395
4. Steve Francis 6060
5. Eddie Carrier, Jr. 5855
6. Earl Pearson, Jr. 5775
7. John Blankenship 5565
8. Jared Landers 5475
9. Dennis Erb, Jr. 5160
10. Jason Hughes 4665

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

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Late Model/358 Modified Doubleheader at Little Valley Set for September 13th

LITTLE VALLEY, NY –
The final event on a rain-plagued Little Valley Speedway schedule, with 40% of the season lost to the elements, is slated for Saturday, September 13th when the Super Late Models and 358 Modifieds share top billing in the annual Super Late Model/358 Modified Doubleheader, sponsored by Killbuck Outlet. The Super Lates will race 30 laps for $3,000 to win, while the Modifieds will run 25 laps for $2,000 to win. Also on the busy card will be the BRP Cam 360 Late Model Series, paying $1,000 to win, the Crate Late Models vying for a $750 first place check, and the Street Stocks, running for $500 to win. The Crates were a late addition and do not appear on the original schedule The rain date for this event is Sunday, September 14th.

Gates open at 3:30, with hot laps at 5:30 and racing at 6:30. Adult admission is $14, with those under 12 admitted free. Little Valley Speedway is located on the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds on Rt. 353 in Little Valley, NY. The facility is just a few miles north of the Salamanca exit of I-86, and eight miles west of the resort town of Ellicottville on US Rt. 219. Other attractions in the area are the Seneca Casino in Salamanca, Alleghany State Park, the jewel of the New York State Park system, and the Kinzua Dam and reservoir, known for its boating, fishing, and camping.

Fan amenities at the Speedway include free camping with hookups, a covered grandstand with stadium seats, and great food, including the famous Campi's Pizza, with its generous slices and two-hand fried dough. To its legion of followers, Campi's was missing from the previous show on Sunday, August 24th, due to the change in schedule, but will be raring to go on the 13th.

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ANDERSON POSTS $3,000 DIRT CAPITOL LATE MODEL WIN

Justin Weaver wins Late Model Sportsman Small Car Qualifier

HAGERSTOWN, MD: Andy Anderson became the third different leader in the $3,000 to win Late Model event at Hagerstown Speedway/Dirt Capitol on J.G. Cochran Auctioneer Night while becoming the 12th different winner this season. It also was a career 19th triumph at Hagerstown triumph and first since June 2009 for the Bunker Hill, WV driver.

“I’ve picked up wins just about everywhere with Jack Bland, except for here,” Anderson said. “We’ve come up short two or three times this year.  I’m just glad he gave me the opportunity to run late models.”

Justin Weaver reclaimed the Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Late Model Sportsman lead and led the final two laps of the Small Car Qualifier to guarantee a starting spot in the Nationals in two weeks. It was his fourth win of the season.  

Another small car qualifying event winner was Mike Corbin in the K. Lynn Management Pure Stocks but as he won a qualifier earlier in the year, second place Darrin Younker was given the qualifying position. The win was Corbin’s 12th of the season. Jason Sarver’s second consecutive win was the qualifier for the Mason Dixon Auto Auction Hobby Stocks while Frankie Gordon’s first ever Hagerstown win was the Cochran Associates Four Cylinder qualifier.    

Gary Stuhler charged around the topside of turn two to speed away with the Late Model lead over Trever Feathers with Steve Axtell Jr. advancing from fifth into the runner up spot following a third lap restart.

Following the caution, Stuhler continued to set the pace while Axtell, Feathers and Andy Anderson were battling for the next positions as Axtell closed on Stuhler to get under and take the top spot on the 11th circuit.

Anderson got under Stuhler on the 15th spot and lined up the challengers behind him, Feathers, Stuhler and Kyle Hardy who had closed on front runners after coming from ninth.

With the green flag still waving, Anderson saw an opportunity as they were going into the rear cars and charged around the top of turn four when Axtell got slowed behind one as Anderson went ahead on the 28th lap. Axtell rebounded quickly but Anderson saw $3,000 dollar signs and sped past the checkered by .235 second to the good. Feathers ended third with Stuhler and Hardy next. Feathers and Stuhler were the heat winners.

“I was in the right place at the right time,” Anderson said. “I was running the top and he got around me on the bottom and I knew the bottom was way better. I moved up in the middle of the race and could run with him a little bit but then he got away from me. I had to get back to the bottom. I run him back down and then I just played the lapped car in my favor.”

The Late Model Sportsman feature went off with a four car invert with Kyle Lee taking charge from the outside over Jeff King, Justin Weaver and Chad Myers. Weaver moved into the runner up spot on the fourth lap while Lee was out front nearly a half straightaway. Lee had to surrender the advantage when the caution was displayed on lap 13 and Paul Cursey quickly grabbed the lead but Weaver was on the gas and pulled past him to lead the 15th lap while Scott Palmer was up from 13th and passed Cursey when another yellow came out with three to go. Palmer grabbed the lead as Weaver again went on offense and came back to lead the final two and hold Palmer off by .565 seconds. Lee held onto the third position over Cursey and Charlie Schaffer who came from 14th.  

“I just made the passes at the right time,” Weaver said. “This thing was awesome on the bottom.  I knew Scott has been fast for weeks. I knew if I could stay to his door and getting up off the corner this thing was so good, we could hang in there. I had to get up on the wheel the last couple laps.”

Myers, Cursey and Lee were the heat winners.

HAGERSTOWN SPEEDWAY/DIRT CAPITOL LLC RESULTS

Late Models, 25 Laps:
1.Andy Anderson, 2.Steve Axtell Jr., 3.Trever Feathers, 4.Gary Stuhler, 5.Kyle Hardy, 6.Roy Deese Jr., 7.Marvin Winters, 8.Devin Friese, 9.Tanner Kerr, 10.Ross Robinson, 11.Tyler Castle, 12.Wayne Johnson, 13.Barry Miller, 14. Frankie Plessinger

Late Model Sportsman, 20 Laps:
1.Justin Weaver, 2.Scott Palmer, 3.Kyle Lee, 4.Paul Cursey, 5.Charlie Schaffer, 6.Chad Myers, 7.Kris Eaton, 8.Jonathan DeHaven, 9.Bobby Beard, 10.Mike Walls, 11.Bruce Kane, 12.Jamie Lichliter, 13.Keith Walls, 14.Richard Walls, 15.Scott Cline, 16.Jeff King, 17.Elwood Sord, 18.Joe Westerman Jr., 19.Brayden Anderson, 20.Kyle Martin, 21.Steve Lowery, 22.Terry Flaherty, 23.Rick Hulson, DNS - Kyle Lear

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Jackie Boggs Blasts to Lucas Oil Victory on Saturday Night at Portsmouth Raceway Park
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

PORTSMOUTH, OH (August 30, 2014) -
Jackie Boggs blasted from third to first on a late restart and went on to win the Pepsi 50 River Days Rumble on Saturday Night at Portsmouth Raceway Park. Scott Bloomquist was in control of the race before a caution with 40 laps complete, setting up a thrilling finish in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned event.

Bloomquist had the dominant car from the start of the event, then over the last ten laps he developed fuel-pressure issues. He gave up the lead to Boggs on lap 43. Boggs brought the huge crowd to its feet with his high-side pass of Bloomquist as he pulled away for his third career LOLMDS victory. Steve Francis finished second for the third consecutive time in LOLMDS competition. Jared Landers finished third, followed by Eddie Carrier Jr., and Bloomquist, who faded to fifth at the finish.

"This car was just a frame on Monday morning, we worked all-week on this new Swartz car and I will tell you, this thing is fast," said the winner, afterwards. "I think the paint just dried on the car today," Boggs excitedly said. "We had gone so long without a caution. I was just content to hang on for third. But then the caution came out with ten to go and I thought well maybe we had another chance at Bloomquist."

"I am not sure what happened to him [Bloomquist], but Steve [Francis] and I stayed right with him. His car was either not running right or it had a tire going down, not sure, but we went to the top and drove around him. It's great win for our team, and I see from the crowd reaction, they liked it too. I can't wait until the Dirt Track World Championship Race here in October. We had a real good car here last year and nearly won it... I think this car is better. I want to thank Audie Swartz, Kenny Hemman Racing Engines, McCoy Brothers Logging, Samuel Coal, Brown Medical, Matney's Truck and Trailer, The Weld Shop and BPM Performance."

Francis, who continues his late-season surge, backed up his runner-up finishes at Lawrenceburg and Attica at one of his favorite venues tonight. "We had another solid finish tonight for the Clint Bowyer Racing Team. If I could have gotten by Scott sooner, I might have had a chance at Jackie, but he was gone by the time I cleared Scott. I have to thank Georgia Boot, Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Barry Wright Race Cars, and all of my crew. We are going to get back to victory lane here soon."

Landers rallied to a third-place finish in the last few laps. "We had a good car all night. I really liked that cushion up top. We keep digging here and we are going to get a win. I have to thank Crop Production Services, Bad Boy Mowers, Mark Martin Automotive, and Big Dog Motorsports."

Completing the top ten were John Blankenship, Don O'Neal, Jimmy Owens, Brian Birkhofer, and Earl Pearson Jr.

In preliminary action, Jackie Boggs set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the 34 entrants, with a lap of 14.394 seconds. Earl Pearson Jr. set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 14.427 seconds. Scott Bloomquist, Steve Francis, Jackie Boggs, and Jimmy Owens won their respective heat races. Chris Combs and Don O'Neal won their respective B-Mains.

Feature Finish (50 Laps):
1. Jackie Boggs, 2. Steve Francis, 3. Jared Landers, 4. Eddie Carrier Jr., 5. Scott Bloomquist, 6.  John Blankenship, 7. Don O'Neal, 8. Jimmy Owens, 9. Brian Birkhofer, 10. Earl Pearson Jr., 11. Jason Papich, 12. Rod Conley, 13. Dennis Erb Jr., 14. Jason Hughes, 15. Steve Lucas, 16. Mason Zeigler, 17. RJ Conley, 18. Shannon Thornsberry, 19. Chris Combs, 20. Delmas Conley, 21. Jason Montgomery, 22. Kevin Wagner, 23. Kenneth Howell, 24.  Audie Swartz.

Race Statistics
Entrants: 34
Lap Leaders: Scott Bloomquist (Laps 1 - 42); Jackie Boggs (Laps 43 - 50)
Time of Race: 24 minutes 13 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:
1. Jimmy Owens 6490
2. Don O'Neal 6445
3. Scott Bloomquist 6270
4. Steve Francis 5830
5. Eddie Carrier Jr. 5655
6. Earl Pearson Jr. 5635
7. John Blankenship 5385
8. Jared Landers 5315
9. Dennis Erb Jr. 4950
10. Jason Hughes 4510

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

Bloomquist survives late-race charge for Attica win

ATTICA, OH (August 29, 2014) -
Making his first ever visit to Attica Raceway Park, Scott Bloomquist survived a two-lap dash to the finish for his fifth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory of the season. Bloomquist led all 50-laps in his Ole Smoky Moonshine, Lucas Oil Products sponsored Sweet-Bloomquist entry. Bloomquist earned his 51st career LOLMDS victory out dueling Steve Francis, Earl Pearson Jr., Jimmy Owens, and Mason Zeigler to round out the top five.

"This is our first time here; everyone knows our winning percentage at new tracks in my career is pretty good. This is really a nice track. I hoped the fans enjoyed this show," said the 50-year-old veteran. "The front-stretch had some issues early in the night, but they went out and tried to fix it. I thought I felt a vibration or something going wrong on that last restart. We sure didn't need that final caution. The car fired great nonetheless and we were able to pull away."

"We are a little short of help this weekend, but everybody did a great job. I had to groove the tires and do some other things, but overall the car handled so well all night long. We have been so close to winning other races this year; I was determined to win this tonight. I have to thank Ole Smoky Moonshine, Penske Shocks, Hawkeye Trucking, Base Fuels, Lucas Oil Products, and Durham Race Engines."

Both Francis and Pearson took a shot at Bloomquist in the final two circuits, but they came up short of going to victory lane. "It's our second straight runner-up finish," said Francis, who brought his Clint Bowyer Racing, Georgia Boot, Barry Wright Race Cars entry across the line for another podium finish. "We are really running well here lately. It's great to be back in the mix for a win. Scott was too tough tonight. I slipped back to fifth at one point, and the car was so much better up top. We just didn't have anything for Scott on that final restart. The way it turned out, we were fortunate to hold off Earl for second."

Pearson finished third in his Bobby Labonte Racing, Lucas Oil Products, Longhorn Chevrolet. "With the way our season has gone this year, I didn't know what was going to happen on that final restart. The car was good all race long, it would run better down low on the track. I thought I was going to get by Steve there a couple of times, but we will take this finish and head to Portsmouth tomorrow night."

Completing the top ten were Don O'Neal, Brian Birkhofer, John Blankenship, Eddie Carrier Jr. and Jared Landers.

In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 31 entrants, with a lap of 14.329 seconds. Steve Francis set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 14.563 seconds. Scoot Bloomquist, Earl Pearson Jr., Steve Francis, and Jimmy Owens won their respective heat races. Jason Papich won the B-Main.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Friday Night, August 29th, 2014
Attica Raceway Park - Attica, OH
Feature (50 laps):
1. Scott Bloomquist, 2. Steve Francis, 3. Earl Pearson Jr., 4. Jimmy Owens, 5. Mason Zeigler, 6. Don O'Neal, 7. Brian Birkhofer, 8. John Blankenship, 9. Eddie Carrier Jr., 10. Jared Landers, 11. Dennis Erb Jr., 12. Jason Hughes, 13. Ryan Markham, 14. Matt Irey, 15. Jason Papich, 16. Chris Keller, 17. Devin Moran, 18. Shane McLoughlin, 19. Mike Bores, 20. Jeff Babcock, 21. Rocky Owens, 22. Ryan Missler, 23. Larry Kingseed, 24. John Bores, 25. Steve Casebolt.

Race Statistics
Entrants: 31
Lap Leaders: Scott Bloomquist (1 - 50)
Time of Race: 26 minutes 38 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:
1. Jimmy Owens 6300
2. Don O'Neal 6250
3. Scott Bloomquist 6065
4. Steve Francis 5600
5. Earl Pearson Jr. 5445
5. Eddie Carrier Jr. 5445
7. John Blankenship 5185
8. Jared Landers 5095
9. Dennis Erb Jr. 4785
10. Jason Hughes 4350
 
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Carolina Clash Set to Run Three Races in Seven Days; Opens with Cherokee Speedway "Hall of Fame" Celebration

Clary's Speedway Friday, September 5 then Fayetteville Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 6, 2014

By Mark Huey, Carolina Clash PR

The Cherokee Speedway will host the Carolina Clash for the second round of the chase for the 2014 championship, this Sunday, September 1, 2014, as they induct a new slate of Hall of Fame members for the Gaffney, SC track. The Carolina Clash Super Late Models will pay $4000 to win, while an excellent slate of support class features will add much excitement to the already exciting evening of racing paying large winners purses. The SECA Late Models compete for $2000 to win ($100 entry, paying $200 to start), Crate Sportsman $800 (HLQ & Heats), Stock 4 $1000 (HLQ & Heats), Young Guns RWD & FWD, Extreme 4 NC/SC State FWD Championship $800 to win. (Highest race finish average between Harris Speedway Sat. nite & Cherokee Speedway Sun. nite= $200 bonus)

Zack Mitchell, who is currently 7th in chase points (trails Franklin by 11), was the 2013 winner of the Carolina Clash Hall of Fame Race at Cherokee Speedway. Mitchell hopes to repeat that success and close the gap on the top two in the point standings.

Gates open 4:00- Drawing and Registration 5:00-6:30- Drivers Meeting 7:00

Hall of Fame Ceremony starts at 5:40.
 
Clary's Speedway and Fayetteville Motor Speedway Double-header

Clary's Speedway will host the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series for the first time in eight years on Friday Night, September 5, 2014, at the 3/10 mile oval located near Littleton, NC, in the rural community of Brinklyville, NC. The last time the Carolina Clash visited Clary's was on June 28, 2008 when Ray Tucker captured the checkered-flag in the 26-car field. Prior to that event, Booper Bare captured the win on May 28, 2006 in a thrilling last-lap pass over Jack Pennington. The event on August 2, 2014 was cancelled due to rain. Clary's Speedway, traditionally a Friday night venue, is a 3/10 mile oval, dirt track located in Brinkleyville, NC.

The series will then move to Fayetteville Motor Speedway on September 6, 2014 for the third race of the season there. Luke Roffers took top honors in the second event of 2014 at Fayetteville. Jonathan Davenport picked up the win at the Ed Gibbons Memorial Race in April, in a surprise visit by the K&L Rumley #6 AES Racing Longhorn top Fayetteville, the second in a row at that time.

Points contention heats up after Lancaster Super Speedway event

Recently, Dennis Franklin has surged to the top of the Carolina Clash point standings after picking up two wins in a row on the tour. Franklin entered the chase for the championship in sixth in points, but emerged as the point leader after a triumph at the opening chase race at Lancaster.

Franklin is the only driver in the championship contest with a feature win on the season, which rewarded him with bonus points for his two wins in the regular season. The other drivers who attended every race in the regular season, were also given bonus points for loyalty. The top five received bonus points for their successful finishes during the regular season.

Kennie Compton was the regular season points leader, but is now sitting in third, behind Johnny Pursley and Dennis Franklin. Pursley trails Franklin by one point.

The 2014 Rookie of the Year by Renegade Race Fuels points competition became very competitive after the Lancaster event, as Kevin Wilson claimed two Safety-Kleen Hard Charger of the Race awards in a row, giving him two bonus points for each award.

Anthony Sanders is now leading the point contention for the rookie of the year at 255 points. Jonathan Edwards had led the points all season, but a terrible stretch of bad luck in the previous two events derailed his great run thus far. Edwards has 252 points, while Kevin Wilson is closing strong with 245 points.

For more information about the Carolina Clash series history and statistics, visit www.carolinaclash.com
Carolina Clash Tire Rule: (www.carolinaclash.com)
22. Tires: (Tire Rules) (A) The following tire rule is in effect for 2014:
American Racer racing tires - 44, 48, 56 (both front and rear)
Hoosier racing tires - 1300, 1350, 1600 (both front and rear)

Steel-block - steel-head engines (365 cubic inch maximum) & Brodix SUPR SPEC head engines (365 cubic inch maximum), CT 525, GM 602, GM 604 - American Racer SPEC 12 and Hoosier SPEC 1250 ARE ALLOWED - both front and rear.

Carolina Clash Championship Chase
Dennis Franklin 1039
Johnny Pursley 1038
Kennie Compton, Jr. 1035
Kevin Wilson 1033
Kyle Pierce 1032
Anthony Sanders 1029
Zack Mitchell 1028
Scott Shirey 1025
Doug Sanders 1019
Jonathan Edwards 1014

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Berck Leads NCRA Late Models to Belleville This Sunday Night

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Park City, Kansas – August 26, 2014 -
Former two time series champion Kyle Berck of Marquette, Nebraska leads the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products late model division to their annual Labor Day, Sunday (August 31) appearance at the Belleville High Banks in Belleville, Kansas this coming weekend.

Also competing will be the series’ sprint car and modified divisions in an “all NCRA” event. Also, late models utilizing spec heads will also be welcome to compete.

Through the eight events that have been completed thus far this season, Berck has claimed four feature victories, bringing his career total to thirty – 29 behind all time feature winner Kelly Boen. Only other driver to have reached victory lane have been Ryan Gustin (3) and Chase Junghans, who won here at the Belleville High Banks when the series last visited back over the 4th of July weekend.

Berck has a commanding 415 point lead over Jeremy Petty with just two races remaining. Chris Kratzer currently sits third in the standings, followed by Wylan Petrie and Bill Layton.

Gates open Belleville High Banks at 5:00 PM with race time slated for a 7:30 PM start time. The Belleville High Banks is located 2.0 miles north of US 36 on US 81, then 0.4 mile southeast on M St. to 7th St., then 0.1 mile east (near the water tower, at the North Central Kansas Fairgrounds). Grandstand general admission is just $20 for adults and $10 for kids.

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Don O'Neal Wins Whiskey City 50 at Lawrenceburg Speedway
 
LAWRENCEBURG, IN (August 23, 2014) -
Don O'Neal returned to his home-state of Indiana on Saturday Night and won the Whiskey City 50 at Lawrenceburg Speedway. It was O'Neal's sixth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season, and is continues to close the gap on current point leader, Jimmy Owens, who came home sixth.

O'Neal grabbed the lead on lap four from his Clint Bowyer Racing teammate, Steve Francis, and charged to his 39th career LOLMDS victory. Francis finished second followed by pole-sitter, Scott Bloomquist. Steve Casebolt drove by Earl Pearson Jr. on the final lap to take fourth, as Pearson Jr. would round out the top five.

"The car was on a rail tonight, no doubt," said O'Neal. "I have to thank Lance and Barry Wright, Jeremy Justice, and Tony Trent for all of the hard work they do. Clint's going to be real happy with this one-two finish here tonight."   

"We started fifth and the bottom was working real well there early on. I had a few moments there in traffic, but everybody gave each other plenty of room. It's good to come back here and win, especially after missing last year's race. I didn't know how far Steve (Francis) was behind me, I was just concentrating on the traffic ahead."

"We had a pretty good car last week at Batesville, led a lot of laps, but finished fifth. Then Thursday Night, we wound up sixth. We took last night off and the crew went over everything on the car. It handled really well tonight from start to finish. I am real proud of everyone with the CBR Team. I have to thank Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Crawford Supply-Traeger Grills, Cometic Gasket, Ohlins, Georgia Boot, Toyota, Clements Racing Engines and of course, Barry Wright Race Cars."

Francis, who was victorious in this race a year ago, was extremely happy with his second place finish. "We had a really good car tonight. Our setup was not all that different from Don's. Congrats to him on the win, and he deserves it. He ran a really good race. We tried to stay with him and I thought I may have a shot at him in traffic, but he was able to get through it cleanly. I want to thank Georgia Boot, Peak Antifreeze, Crawford Supply, and everyone else on the CBR Team. We hope to finish up the season strong."

In victory lane, Bloomquist commented on his podium finish, "Another third place finish, what else can I say. The track was really good. Don always runs well here. I think I had something for Steve, but he got away from me in traffic and I lost sight of him. It was another strong finish for the Ole Smoky Moonshine, Sweet-Bloomquist car. We'll go home and get ready for next weekend."

Completing the top ten were Jimmy Owens, Jared Landers, Dennis Erb Jr., Scott James, and John Blankenship.

In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time amongst the 28 entrants, with a lap of # seconds. Scott Bloomquist, Steve Francis, and Jared Landers won their respective heat races. Mike Marlar won the B-Main.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Saturday Night, August 23rd, 2014
Whiskey City 50
Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, IN

Feature Finish (50 Laps):
  1. Don O'Neal, 2. Steve Francis, 3. Scott Bloomquist, 4. Steve Casebolt, 5. Earl Pearson Jr., 6. Jimmy Owens, 7. Jared Landers, 8. Dennis Erb Jr., 9. Scott James, 10. John Blankenship, 11. Duane Chamberlain, 12. Eric Jacobsen, 13. Jason Hughes, 14. Brandon Overton, 15. Dustin Linville, 16.  Eddie Carrier Jr., 17. Brandon Kinzer, 18. Dan Schlieper, 19. Jason Papich, 20. Zak Blackwood, 21. Bill Blair Jr., 22. Kent Robinson, 23. Mike Marlar, 24. Ted Nobbe.  

Race Statistics
Entrants: 28
Lap Leaders: Steve Francis (1 - 3); Don O'Neal (4 - 50)
Cautions: Mike Marlar (Lap 3)
Time of Race: 15 minutes 43 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings
1. Jimmy Owens 6090
2. Don O'Neal 6050
3. Scott Bloomquist 5805
4. Steve Francis 5360
5. Eddie Carrier Jr. 5260
6. Earl Pearson Jr. 5225
7. John Blankenship 4995
8. Jared Landers 4915
9. Dennis Erb Jr. 4610
10. Jason Hughes 4180

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

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WITH TIME REMAINING, ELDORA’S WORLD 100 PRE-ENTRY LIST AT 82

Monday is Deadline to Take Advantage of Money-Saving Offer for September 4, 5,  & 6 Event

ROSSBURG, OH (August 21)
–With Monday’s (August 25) money-saving pre-entry deadline still several days away, 82 drivers have already submitted their intentions of competing in Eldora Speedway’s 44th annual running of the famous World 100, September 4, 5 and 6.

The intrigue of capturing dirt Late Model’s highest honor, the famed globed trophy, has attracted entries from 19 states and two foreign countries to date; with Illinois leading the way at 18.   While the celebrated trophy is the ultimate goal,  just earning one of the 32 starting positions into Saturday’s (September 6) century grind over a talent-laden field of entrants is considered a victory by many drivers.   A total of 35 of the pre-registered drivers to date will be shooting to etch their name into the World 100 history books for the first time.

Drivers filing prior to the August 25 deadline are entitled to a complimentary three-day World 100 pit pass, valued at $89, plus save $25 on the entry fee over those that file after August 25; representing a savings of $114.  Entry forms may be downloaded from the track’s website www.EldoraSpeedway.com and can be faxed or mailed as per the instructions on the form.

Tickets and campsites for the World 100 and remaining 2014 Eldora events, including the Baltes Classic presented by Coors Light on the Sunday prior to the World 100, are available by going online to www.EldoraSpeedway.com. Additionally, tickets and campsites may be purchased through the Eldora offices during normal business hours by calling (937) 338-3815 or on race day.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Heads to Tennessee and Indiana this Week  
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

WAYCROSS, GA (August 19, 2014) -
The premier national touring series for super dirt late models will visit the states of Tennessee and Indiana this week.  The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will compete at a special mid-week show on Thursday, August 21st in East Tennessee at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, TN.  The LOLMDS will sanction the 11th Annual "Scorcher"- Presented by Reece Monument Co. of Tazewell and O'Reilly Auto Parts.  This annual event is run in conjunction with the NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway, just up the road from Volunteer Speedway.  Activities will include LOLMDS Hot-Laps, Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-mains and a 50-Lap $10,000 to win feature event.  The Modified Hobby Class will run as a support class to the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

Previous winners of the "Scorcher" are: Randle Chupp (2004), Rick Eckert (2005), Scott Bloomquist (2006), Chris Madden (2007), Jimmy Owens and Shane Clanton (2008), Tim McCreadie (2009), Jimmy Owens and Scott Bloomquist (2010), Jimmy Owens winning his third Scorcher in 2011,Billy Ogle Jr. winning in 2012 and Chris Madden winning in 2013.  For tickets and more information about the event and Volunteer Speedway visit www.volunteerspeedway.com or call the business office at (423) 378-5942.

Following Thursday night's show at Volunteer Speedway, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will travel to the state of Indiana and visit Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, IN on Saturday August 23rd. The LOLMDS sanctioned event "Whiskey City 50 - Presented by Sign-A-Rama will be the seventh appearance at the immaculate facility promoted by Dave and Kim Rudisell.  In the previous five races at "The Burg", there have been six different winners including:  Darren Miller, Brian Birkhofer, Dale McDowell, Don O'Neal, Jimmy Owens and last years winner Steve Francis.  The event Saturday at Lawrenceburg Speedway will be taped by the award winning, Lucas Oil Production Studios, to be aired on MAVTV later this year.

Saturday's event at Lawrenceburg Speedway will include LOLMDS Hot-Laps, Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-mains and a 50-Lap $10,000 to win feature event.  The Budweiser Modified division will run as a support class to the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.  For tickets and more information about the event and Lawrenceburg Speedway visit www.lawrenceburgspeedway.com or call 812-539-4700.

"The series is looking forward to racing in front of the loyal fans of the East TN region this Thursday night and in the Tri-State area of IN, OH and KY this coming Saturday night.  We encourage everyone to attend these two exciting events and see some great racing action at both tracks", stated Ritchie Lewis, Director, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN will lead the stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series into TN Thursday. Owens, the defending LOLMDS Champion, leads the series with the most wins with eight in 2014 and sits atop the series championship point standings.  Don O'Neal currently sits in second, followed by Scott Bloomquist, Steve Francis and Eddie Carrier Jr., who round out the top five in the championship point standings.  Jason Hughes leads the chase for the 2014 Dunn-Benson Ford Rookie of the Year title over Jason Papich.

Track Information- Thursday August 22nd
Volunteer Speedway
Track Phone #: (423) 235-5020
Promoters: Joe & Phyllis Loven - (423) 378-5942
Location: 14095 W Andrew Johnson Hwy., Bulls Gap, TN 37711
Website: www.volunteerspeedway.com

Tire Rule
Left Rear/Fronts - Hoosier Rib 1300, 1350
Right Rear - Hoosier 01, 03, 05, LM30S

Event Purse $10,000 to win- 1. $10000, 2. $5500, 3. $3500, 4. $2750, 5. $2250, 6. $1800, 7. $1500, 8. $1300, 9. $1200, 10. $1100, 11. $1075, 12. $1050, 13. $1025, 14. $1000, 15. $950, 16. $925, 17. $900, 18. $875, 19. $850, 20. $825, 21. $800, 22. $800, 23. $800, 24. $800.

Track Information- Saturday August 24th
Lawrenceburg Speedway  
Track Phone #: (812) 539-4700
Promoter: Dave Rudisell - (812) 539-4700
Location: 351 E. Eads Parkway, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
Website: www.lawrenceburgspeedway.com

Tire Rule
Left Rear/Fronts - Hoosier Rib 1300, 1350
Right Rear - Hoosier 01, 03, 06, LM40

Event Purse $10,000 to win- 1. $10000, 2. $5500, 3. $3500, 4. $2750, 5. $2250, 6. $1800, 7. $1500, 8. $1300, 9. $1200, 10. $1100, 11. $1075, 12. $1050, 13. $1025, 14. $1000, 15. $950, 16. $925, 17. $900, 18. $875, 19. $850, 20. $825, 21. $800, 22. $800, 23. $800, 24. $800.

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Lucas Oil Late Model
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1. Jimmy Owens 6490
2. Don O'Neal 6445
3. Scott Bloomquist 6270
4. Steve Francis 5830
5. Eddie Carrier Jr. 5655
6. Earl Pearson Jr. 5635
7. John Blankenship 5385
8. Jared Landers 5315
9. Dennis Erb Jr. 4950
10. Jason Hughes 4510
 
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