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BERNHEISEL RACE COMPONENTS ANNOUNCES LOCAL TRACK SUPPORT

Jonestown, PA – Jim Bernheisel, President of Bernheisel Race Components, announced a local track sponsorship program that will provide over $60,000 in awards, parts, and cash to the late models, limited late models and econo late models at five area speedways.

The Super Late Models at Port Royal Speedway and Selinsgrove Speedway, the Limited Late Models at Susquehanna Speedway, Williams Grove Speedway and Grandview Speedway and the Econo Late Models at Port Royal will be part of the Bernheisel Race Components Local Racer’s program including special Superior Products Nights as well as season long programs rewarding champions, hard chargers, rookies of the year and generally weekly racers.

“We have nothing against the touring series late model racing,” commented Jim Bernheisel, “but this is geared to help the local racers and encourage local drivers to support their local tracks. Local racing is the backbone of our sport and we are a local company supporting local racers with this program.”

For each of the six track divisions listed above there will be a BRC Superior Products Night. In each of these nights every competitor in attendance for the division included will be receiving something of real value. Bernheisel will be partnering with parts suppliers and manufacturers to provide real components and parts. The only requirements to the competitors is that on that night they display Bernheisel Race Components decals on the left and right sides of their cars to receive their portion of the $7000 parts to be handed out.

“Sure we build LazerX race cars but this is about all racers no matter the manufacturer of the cars they drive,” continued Bernheisel. “We have a complete warehouse of parts for all cars and we have our powder coating shop as well. These Superior Product Nights are for all drivers.”

In addition to the Superior Products Nights each track has a further specific sponsorship program. The Super Late Models at Port Royal and Selinsgrove Speedways will have their Hard Charger Award sponsored by BRC and the track champion will get $1,000 assuming he also carried a BRC decal on the sides of the car throughout the season. If that champion drove a Lazer to the championship, instead of the $1000 he will receive a new LazerX chassis worth $4000.

In the case of the Econo Late Models at Port Royal, the awards are the same except the champion, if carrying BRC stickers on the car, gets $500 from BRC but if he drives a Lazer, that amount is increased to $1000.

The Limited Late Models at Susquehanna and Williams Grove will have a Bernheisel Race Components Rookie of the Year Award and the track champion will also be treated as the Supers and get $1,000 if he displayed the BRC decal on the sides of the car throughout the season. And again, If that champion drove a Lazer to the title, that $1000 is replaced with a new LazerX chassis worth $4000.

At Grandview Speedway, Bernheisel will again sponsor the Hard Charger Award and will have weekly tire giveaways instead of a champion’s award. Each night a tire will be given away by the luck of the draw of all late models in attendance. A driver can only win one time and at the end of the year, any driver that has participated in all late model events during the season who has not won a tire during the year will be given a tire.

BRC is more than just a chassis and complete car builder. Bernheisel Race Components has an extensive warehouse of wholesale and retail parts plus tubing, aluminum, lexan, plastic, body kits and complete bodies. They have a large walk-in showroom but also do mail order and online order processing. They supply parts for all cars, not just BRC Lazers.

BRC also provides MIG welding services for aluminum and steel and has a shock repair center for all brands featuring a computerized Roehrig shock dyno, digital spring testing and an Accuforce spring smasher for dual stage and bump stops> They also have a sandblasting/powder coating building on site.

Bernheisel Race Components, Inc, and their ‘Ultimate Weapon’ LazerX Chassis have more wins per car built than any other chassis company. They are located at 1 Bordnersville Road just outside of Jonestown, PA at the intersection of PA State Route 72 and Bordnersville Road near the split of Interstate 78 and Interstate 81. They can be reached at (717) 865-3119. The shop opens Monday through Friday at 9AM Eastern Standard Time closing at 6PM on Mondays, 8PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 5PM on Wednesdays and Fridays. The shop is also open Saturday mornings 9AM to noon.

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Tennessee Tipoff Classic for Spring Nationals Series Goes March 12-14 at Smoky Mountain Speedway

By Chris Tilley - Spring Nationals Series P.R. Coordinator

BRASSTOWN, NC (February 22, 2015)-Smoky Mountain Speedway located in Maryville, TN is gearing up for the largest weekend of dirt track racing for the 2015 season. The Ray Cook-promoted Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals Series presented by Schaeffer's Oil will sanction the Second Annual Tennessee Tipoff Classic weekend on March 12-14th as the three-day weekend gets kicked off by an open practice session on Thursday Night March 12th from 6:00-9:00 pm. The Spring Nationals Series Late Models will take to the track on Friday Night March 13th competing for $5,000-to-win (40 laps) while the finale event on Saturday Night March 14th will pay $10,000-to-win (60 laps) making the possibility of one driver walking away with $15,000 in first place money at the weekend's end.

On Thursday Night March 12th there will be an open practice for all divisions from 6:00 pm through 9:00 pm. The cost is $5.00 for stands while Pit Passes will be $25.00. With all paid pit admission prices, an after race pit party will be held with a Meet & Greet session of the Spring Nationals drivers. Complimentary drinks and snacks will be served complimentary of Smoky Mountain Speedway. The Pit Party after practice is only with a paid pit pass.

On Friday Night March 13th the Spring Nationals Late Models along with the Limited Late Models ($1,500 to win) and the Sportsman ($750 to win) will also be on the racing card. The Pit Gates will open at 1:00 pm with the Grandstands & Tier Parking opening at 4:00 pm. The Driver's Meeting will be at 6:00 pm with Hot Laps to follow shortly after. Adult Pit Passes will be $35.00 with Tier Parking $25.00 and Grandstands $20.00. Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga. claimed the 2014 Night One event of the Tennessee Tipoff Classic.

On Saturday Night March 14th the Spring Nationals Late Model finale along with the Crate Late Models ($1,500 to win) and the Street Stock ($750 to win) will also be on the agenda for the night. The Pit Gates will open at 1:00 pm with the Grandstands & Tier Parking opening at 4:00 pm. The Driver's Meeting will be at 6:00 pm with Hot Laps to follow shortly after. Adult Pit Passes will be $40.00 with Tier Parking $30.00 and Grandstands $25.00. Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C. claimed the 2014 Night Two event of the Tennessee Tipoff Classic.

The Super Late Model Series tire rule for the weekend will be as follows: Hoosier 1350, 1450 and 1600 along with the American Racer 48, 53 and 56 compounds allowed.

Other Notes of Interest for the weekend:

Dry camping will be available for $20.00 at the track which is good for all weekend. The Official Host Hotel will be the Hilton Knoxville Airport located at 2001 Alcoa Highway in Alcoa, TN 37701. The rate available to Smoky Mountain Speedway customers will be $89.00 per night with two queen or one king sized rooms available. Call (865) 970-4300 and patrons must mention Smoky Mountain Speedway for the discounted rate. Reserved seating will not be available. Golf Carts and ATV's may be used with an All-Access (Pit Pass) by anyone over 16 years of age. The Gates will be cleared daily for Armband/ticket check. The Smoky Mountain Speedway reserves the right to search Race Haulers and/or campers. Breakfast will be served at the track on Friday and Saturday morning.

The Smoky Mountain Speedway is located at 809 Brickmill Road in Maryville, TN 37801. The track phone number is (865) 856-8989. You can obtain further information on Smoky Mountain Speedway by logging on to www.smokymountainspeedway.com . Be a follower of Smoky Mountain Speedway on Twitter by following @SMOKYMTNSPEED.

For more information on the Spring Nationals Series, please log on to www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com .

Tennessee Tipoff Classic Friday March 13 Purse (40 Laps): 1) $5000, 2) $2500, 3) $1500, 4) $1200, 5) $1000, 6) $800, 7) $750, 8) $700, 9) $650, 10) $620, 11) $570, 12) $540, 13) $520, 14) $450, 15) $400, 16) $350, 17) $325, 18) $325, 19) $300, 20) $300, 21) $300, 22) $300, 23) $300, 24) $300.

Tennessee Tipoff Classic Saturday March 14 Purse (60 Laps): 1) $10000, 2) $5000, 3) $2500, 4) $2200, 5) $1700, 6) $1500, 7) $1400, 8) $1300, 9) $1100, 10) $1050, 11) $950, 12) $875, 13) $800, 14) $725, 15) $650, 16) $600, 17) $550, 18) $550, 19) $500, 20) $500, 21) $500, 22) $500, 23) $500, 24) $500.

2015 Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals Series Schedule:

Friday March 13-Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN-$5,000 to win/40L

Saturday March 14-Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN-$10,000 to win/60L

Thursday April 2-201 Speedway-Sitka, KY-$4,000 to win/40L

Friday April 3-Ponderosa Speedway-Junction City, KY-$4,000 to win/40L

Saturday April 4-Florence Speedway-Union, KY-$5,000 to win/50L

Friday April 17-Swainsboro Raceway-Swainsboro, GA-$6,000 to win/50L

Saturday April 18-Golden Isles Speedway/Brunswick, GA-$10,000 to win/60L

Friday May 1-Cleveland Speedway-Cleveland, TN-$4,000 to win/40L

Saturday May 2-Tazewell Speedway-Tazewell, TN-$6,000 to win/50L

Friday May 22-Boyd's Speedway-Ringgold, GA-$4,000 to win/40L

Saturday May 23-Dixie Speedway-Woodstock, GA-$4,000 to win/40L

Sunday May 24-Rome Speedway-Rome, GA-$6,000 to win/50L

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Bloomquist Masters Volusia Speedway Park To Earn 10th Career DIRTcar Nationals Victory

Veteran Tennessee Driver Earns $10,000 DIRTcar Late Model Victory During Night Three of 44th Annual DIRTcar Nationals

BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 18, 2015 -
Scott Bloomquist rekindled his love affair with Volusia Speedway Park Wednesday night.

The veteran 51-year-old racer from Mooresburg, Tenn., mastered the half-mile oval's tricky clay surface during Wednesday's DIRTcar Nationals A-Main, leading all 40 laps of the caution-free race for a $10,000 DIRTcar Late Model victory.

"I love this racetrack," said Bloomquist, who recorded his 10th career DIRTcar Nationals triumph as Volusia closed out its stretch of DIRTcar-sanctioned action ahead of three straight nights of World of Outlaws Late Model Series programs Thursday through Saturday. "It's so demanding and has so much character. There's nothing like it really anywhere. It's definitely one of my top three racetracks I love coming to."

Bloomquist, who has now claimed at least one DIRTcar Nationals victory in every season since 2011, was nearly untouchable in racing to his first win of the season. He took command from the outside pole and never looked back.

Third-starting Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., briefly closed within striking distance as Bloomquist entered lapped traffic midway through the race, but Bloomquist quickly stretched his advantage once he cleared the slower cars.

"Sometimes a good car drives itself," said Bloomquist, who steered his Durham-powered Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car to the convincing triumph. "But you got to work at this place. I love racetracks that are a challenge."

McDowell settled for the runner-up finish, 1.923 seconds behind Bloomquist. Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas, was third with reigning WoO LMS champion Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., fourth. Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., who won Monday's DIRTcar Nationals opening round feature, was fifth.

Making his first appearance at this year's DIRTcar Nationals, McDowell at times appeared to be able to keep pace with Bloomquist in traffic, but he was never able to mount a serious challenge. The veteran driver, who spent the first week of the DIRTcar Nationals assisting DIRTcar UMP Modified drivers Austin and Ty Dillon, fell just short of claiming his third career DIRTcar Nationals victory.

"It took me a little bit of time there to get going," said McDowell, who hasn't won a DIRTcar Nationals A-Main since winning in back-to-back seasons in 1998-99. "I've been working with modifieds this week and this was our first night out with this thing. We did good. We made some adjustments, but we've got some work to do for tomorrow night.

"We'll work on this thing and see if we can't get it closer to the front - one spot more tomorrow night."

After dropping back to fourth form his pole starting spot, Bagley recovered to take third from Jared Landers of Batesville, Ark., on lap 16 on his way to recording his first DIRTcar Nationals podium finish.

"It wasn't a bad night," said Bagley, whose previous best DIRTcar Nationals performance was a sixth-place finish in 2012. "We finally got qualified good and got to start up front. We just got to work on this thing and get her better so maybe we can get up there and get us a trophy."

Landers slid back to sixth at the finish after pressuring McDowell for second early in the race. Three-time WoO LMS champion Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., advanced from his 17th starting spot to finish seventh with Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., eighth. Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., was ninth with fellow Keystone State driver Gregg Satterlee of Rochester Mills, Pa., rounding out the top 10.

The DIRTcar Nationals continue Thursday at Volusia with the first of three straight nights of $10,000-to-win World of Outlaws Late Model Series programs. More information is available at www.DIRTcarNationals.com.

Results of DIRTcar Late Models DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park (Finishing Position/Driver/Laps Completed):
1. (2) Scott Bloomquist/40
2. (3) Dale McDowell/40
3. (1) Morgan Bagley/40
4. (9) Darrell Lanigan/40
5. (5) Shane Clanton/40
6. (4) Jared Landers/40
7. (17) Josh Richards/40
8. (6) Jonathan Davenport/40
9. (10) Chub Frank/40
10. (7) Gregg Satterlee/40
11. (21) Dennis Erb Jr./40
12. (15) Kent Robinson/40
13. (12) Billy Moyer/40
14. (14) Brandon Sheppard/40
15. (18) Eric Wells/40
16. (22) Kenny Pettyjohn/39
17. (23) Tim McCreadie/39
18. (20) Mason Zeigler/39
19. (19) Tyler Bruening/39
20. (19) Kyle Bronson/39
21. (13) Charles LaPlant/38
22. (26) Ricky Weiss/30
23. (11) Frank Heckenast Jr./29
24. (24) Boom Briggs/26
25. (28) Terry English/19
26. (25) Casey Roberts/12
27. (8) Don O'Neal/8
8. (27) Rick Eckert/6

Time of Race: 12 Mins., 46 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 1.923 Secs.
Yellow Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Bloomquist (1-40)

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Heavy Rain Knocks Out Tuesday's Action at DIRTcar Nationals

Super DIRTcar Big-Blocks join DIRTcar Late Models on Wednesday night

BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 17, 2015 - Heavy afternoon rain at Volusia Speedway Park expected to continue throughout the day forced track officials to cancel Tuesday night's action at the DIRTcar Nationals.

The DIRTcar Nationals will resume on Wednesday night with the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds joining the DIRTcar Late Models.

Three-day ticket holders can mail their tickets to the address on the back for a refund of the Tuesday portion. Fans who purchased a single-day ticket for Tuesday night's races can exchange its value for a ticket to any of the remaining nights, or mail to the address on the back of the ticket for a refund.

For more information and updates on the DIRTcar Nationals, click DIRTcarNationals.com or follow on Twitter at Twitter.com/DIRTcarNats.

For questions about Tuesday's tickets, fans can call the Volusia office at 386-985-4402.

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Billy Moyer Dominates the East Bay Winternationals Finale

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TAMPA, FL (February 14, 2015) - Billy Moyer picked up his third victory of the week in the 39th Annual East Bay Winternationals on Saturday Night. Moyer pulled away late to win for the 26th time in his Hall-of-Fame career at East Bay Raceway Park. Moyer survived a side-by-side tussle with Jimmy Owens to take the win in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned event.

Defending LOLMDS National Champion, Don O'Neal, finished second, followed by Jonathan Davenport, Owens, and Jared Landers.

Owens led the first 28 laps of the 50 lap main event with Moyer following closely the entire time. The two had a fierce battle for the lead for several laps until Moyer was able to forge ahead.   O'Neal, Davenport, and Owens had a closely contested battle for second as Moyer pulled away.

"First off, I have to thank my crew. We broke a rear end on the car on our second lap of qualifying. As quickly as they move the show along here, if we were in the first heat, I don't think we would have been able to make it out," said the winner, who made the call in time to keep his pole-starting spot in the second heat race.

"We are always prepared, we had a spare rear end ready to go. We had my crew and Billy Jr.'s crew there all helping. The track was the best it's been all week. All of us drivers could run anywhere on it. They watered the top more today, and I think that helped me. I could get up there and get some traction," said the 57-year-old in Lucas Oil Victory Lane.

"Jimmy and I had a heck of a race. I mean we were running hard and didn't touch. It just shows you that you can race hard and clean and not tear up everybody's equipment. The way the track was tonight, you could bounce through a hole and hit somebody, but that didn't happen. The track had a lot of character in it, and we're happy to come home with the win."
O'Neal, in the Clint Bowyer Racing, Barry Wright Chassis was real happy with his finish. "We haven't been that good this week, but the crew worked hard on this car, Lance, Barry, Jeremy, and Tony did a great job. Billy was just better than all of us tonight. I want to thank Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Crawford Supply, and Georgia Boot."

Davenport, who won the LOLMDS event last Saturday Night at Golden Isles had his best East Bay finish of the week with a third place. "We kind of got shuffled back on that one restart, but I was able to get the car to work up top better. I ran down Jimmy and Don. I thought I could get Don on the last lap, but we couldn't quite make the pass. The track was real racy tonight. I have to thank Kevin and LeRoy Rumley, Longhorn Chassis, TS Crane Service, Sundance Flowback and Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas."

Completing the top ten were Mike Benedum, Tim Dohm, Devin Moran, Steve Francis and Eddie Carrier Jr.

In preliminary action, Tim Dohm set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 35 entrants, with a lap of 15.103 seconds. Scott Bloomquist set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.368 seconds. Tim Dohm, Billy Moyer, Jimmy Owens and Earl Pearson Jr. won their respective heat races. Stormy Scott and Dan Stone won their respective B-Mains.

Race Summary
Saturday, February 14th, 2015
39th Annual Winternationals
East Bay Raceway Park - Tampa, FL

Feature Finish (50 Laps): 1. Billy Moyer, 2. Don O'Neal, 3. Jonathan Davenport, 4. Jimmy Owens, 5. Jared Landers, 6. Mike Benedum, 7. Tim Dohm, 8. Devin Moran, 9. Steve Francis, 10. Eddie Carrier, Jr., 11. Earl Pearson, Jr., 12. Brandon Sheppard, 13. Stormy Scott, 14. Billy Moyer, Jr., 15. Dan Stone, 16. Dennis Erb, Jr., 17.Bobby Pierce, 18. Chris Brown, 19. Jason Papich, 20.Gregg Satterlee, 21. Scott Bloomquist, 22. Chad Hollenbeck, 23. Ricky Weiss, 24. Terry English, 25. Davey Johnson, 26. Austin Rettig.

Race Statistics
Entrants: 35
Lap Leaders: Jimmy Owens (Laps 1 - 28); Billy Moyer (Laps 29 - 50)
Cautions: Chris Brown (Lap 16); Davey Johnson (Lap 22); Gregg Satterlee (Lap 30)
Time of Race: 24 minutes 15 seconds

POINTS
1. Earl Pearson Jr. 825
2. Jonathan Davenport 820
3. Jared Landers 800
4. Jimmy Owens 770
5. Eddie Carrier Jr. 755
6. Don O'Neal 725
6. Brandon Sheppard 725
8. Stormy Scott 715
9. Devin Moran 710
10. Steve Francis 695

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

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Lanigan Tops Late Battle With Richards To Claim Opening Round Of Bubba Raceway Park’s Bubba Army Winter Nationals

Kentucky Veteran Rebounds From Early-Season Struggles With $5,000 DIRTcar Victory

OCALA, Fla. - Feb. 13, 2015 - Turning around his sluggish start to the season, Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., topped a late duel with Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., during Friday's DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned A-Main at Bubba Raceway Park to earn a $5,000 victory during the opening night of the fourth annual Bubba Army Winter Nationals.

Lanigan, the three-time and defending World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion, rallied after losing the lead to Richards on lap 20 of the 30-lapper and retook command when Richards struggled with traffic on lap 26. The 44-year-old Lanigan pulled away through the race's final four laps, earning his seventh career victory at the 3/8-mile, egg-shaped oval.

Winning the caution-free race was a much-improved performance for Lanigan, who began his quest for a record fourth WoO LMS title with subpar finishes of eighth and 11th during the national tour's season-opening doubleheader Feb. 6-7 at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga. He'll look to keep his Cornett-powered Club 29 Race Car up front on Saturday and Sunday as the Bubba Army Winter Nationals continue with a pair of $10,000-to-win WoO LMS programs.

"We went to Screven and struggled hard and went home and regrouped," Lanigan said of his disappointing performances at Screven's Winter Freeze V. "Instead of sitting down here in a parking lot for three days, we went home and got our notes together and did our homework. We went through everything and just made sure it was all was 100 percent before we came back."

Richards, also a three-time WoO LMS champion, settled for the runner-up finish, crossing the finish line, 1.170 seconds behind Lanigan in the Rocket Chassis house car. Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., drove his Longhorn Chassis from eighth to third, while Morgan Bagley's Black Diamond by Club 29 machine slid back to fourth after leading the race's first 17 laps. Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., rounded out the top five in his MasterSbilt by Huey car.

The first half of the race belonged to Bagley. After charging from third to first on the opening lap, the Longview, Texas, driver dominated the first half of the race while pulling to nearly a straightaway advantage before traffic slowed his pace. The fifth-starting Lanigan was looking under Bagley by lap 17 and used a high-side charge through turns one and two to jump to the lead on lap 18 while Bagley remained pinned behind a slower machine.

Lanigan had his own struggles with traffic a few laps later, allowing the high-running Richards to sweep by him on lap 20 with another top-side run through turns one and two. Richards appeared headed for his third victory in his first six races of the season before his own problems in traffic allowed Lanigan to retake command with yet another high-side pass in turns one and two on lap 26.

"He got by me when I got in a bad position, but then he got himself in a bad position with a lapped car," Lanigan said of the battle with his WoO LMS rival Richards. "I think we both had pretty good cars. It just depended on who got through lapped traffic the best."

Richards' runner-up finish was a recovery from a dismal start to the race that saw the 26-year-old racer drop from the outside pole to sixth in the race's first three laps. He recovered to enter the lead battle by halfway, but traffic didn't play in his favor.

"We did what we could," said Richards, who owns a pair of WoO LMS victories at Bubba Raceway Park. "We had a really good car, but the way lapped traffic played out we just let one get away from us."

Polesitter Boom Briggs of Bear Lake, Pa., slid back to the sixth spot at the finish, while Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., finished seventh after running as high as third. Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., charged from the 24th starting spot to finish eighth with Mark Whitener of Middleburg, Fla., and Rick Eckert of York, Pa., rounding out the top 10.

The Bubba Army Winter Nationals continue Saturday with the first of two $10,000-to-win World of Outlaws Late Model Series events. The three-race weekend concludes Sunday. Hot laps on Saturday begin at 6 p.m., while Sunday's program gets rolling at 5 p.m. More information is available at www.bubbaracewaypark.com.

Results of DIRTcar UMP Late Model Bubba Army Winter Nationals at Bubba Raceway Park (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed):
1. (5) Darrell Lanigan/30
2. (2) Josh Richards/30
3. (8) Chub Frank/30
4. (3) Morgan Bagley/30
5. (7) Brandon Overton/30
6. (1) Boom Briggs/30
7. (6) Shane Clanton/30
8. (24) Tim McCreadie/30
9. (11) Mark Whitener/30
10. (15) Rick Eckert/30
11. (14) Chase Junghans/30
12. (9) Bob Gardner/30
13. (4) Eric Wells/30
14. (17) Dennis Franklin/29
15. (16) Jordan Yaggy/29
16. (20) Billy Ogle Jr./29
17. (22) David Fieber/29
18. (21) Tyler Clem/29
19. (10) Frank Heckenast Jr./14
20. (12) Steve Casebolt/13
21. (13) Austin Kirkpatrick/12
22. (18) Rodney Sanders/10
23. (19) Ivedent Lloyd Jr./3
24. (23) Mike Hammerle/3

Time of Race: 8 Mins., 23 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 1.170 Secs.
Yellow Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Bagley (1-17); Lanigan (18-19, 26-30); Richards (20-25)

Heat No. 1 (10 laps - Top 6 Transfer): Boom Briggs, Eric Wells, Brandon Overton, Frank Heckenast Jr., Austin Kirkpatrick, Jordan Yaggy, Ivedent Lloyd Jr., Tyler Clem, Tim McCreadie. Did not start: Josh Knoll.

Heat No. 2 (10 laps - Top 6 Transfer): Morgan Bagley, Darrell Lanigan, Chub Frank, Mark Whitener, Chase Junghans, Dennis Franklin, Billy Ogle Jr., David Fieber, Charles LaPlant.

Heat No. 3 (10 laps - Top 6 Transfer): Josh Richards, Shane Clanton, Bob Gardner, Steve Casebolt, Rick Eckert, Rodney Sanders, Austin Smith, Scott Groves, Mike Hammerle.

B-Main No. 1 (12 laps - Top 4 Transfer): Lloyd, Ogle, Clem, Fieber, Smith, LaPlant, Groves, McCreadie, Hammerle. DNS: Knoll.

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Billy Moyer Marches into Victory Lane Thursday Night at East Bay Raceway Park

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TAMPA, FL (February 12, 2015) - Billy Moyer took the lead on lap 6 and never looked back as he marched on to his 24th Winternationals win Thursday night at East Bay Raceway Park. Billy Moyer and Brandon Sheppard battled back and forth for several laps until Moyer finally mastered a consistent line around the famed "Clay by the Bay" and set-sail on his way to victory lane. Following Moyer to the stripe were Mike Benedum, Brandon Sheppard, Steve Casebolt, and Dennis Franklin.

"It feels good to get back to victory lane at East Bay, They went out and worked on the track after the B-mains, and it turned out pretty much how I thought it would. We have led every night down here, and we were finally able to get the finish we wanted. I want to thank my crew for all of their hard work."

Sheppard led the first lap, but Moyer charged by him for the lead on the second circuit. Sheppard then fought back to regain the point by lap five as the duo raced side-by-side around the 1/3rd mile clay oval. Moyer finally forged ahead of Sheppard on lap 6 and distanced himself from Sheppard.

Benedum; in his best career run in a LOLMDS event would make it a three-car battle for the lead. Moyer entered heavy traffic by lap 18, and Moyer maneuvered his way through lap-traffic until a caution came out on lap 25 that cleared the way. Benedum got the jump on Sheppard as he pounced on the second spot during the ensuing restart. Moyer darted away from the field and maintained a safe distance the rest of the race to take his first victory of the season, and the 791st of his Hall of Fame career.

"I want to thank all of my sponsors; there are a bunch of them; Henderson Motorsports, Garnant Family Farms, Messilla Valley Transportation, Karl Performance, Clements Racing Engines, Longhorn Chassis, and everyone else who helps with our race team."

Benedum was extremely happy with his finish and was overwhelmed with emotion in victory lane. "To run with guys like Moyer, O'Neal, Owens, and those guys, I am tickled to death. We have switched back-and-forth between the Rocket and Longhorn in the last two weeks. We had the Rocket out here tonight. I can't thank my crew enough; they have worked so hard on the car. This is just unbelievable."

Completing the top ten were; Bobby Pierce, Jared Landers, Stormy Scott, Jimmy Owens, and David Fieber.

In preliminary action, Billy Moyer Jr. set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 44 entrants, with a lap of 15.797 seconds. Brandon Sheppard set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 16.036 seconds. Billy Moyer Jr., Don O'Neal, Brandon Sheppard and Billy Moyer won their respective heat races. Vic Hill and Dennis Franklin won their respective B-Mains.

Feature (45 Laps): 1. Billy Moyer, 2. Mike Benedum, 3. Brandon Sheppard, 4. Steve Casebolt, 5. Dennis Franklin, 6. Bobby Pierce, 7. Jared Landers, 8. Stormy Scott, 9. Jimmy Owens, 10. David Fieber, 11. Jonathan Davenport, 12. Mason Zeigler, 13. Billy Moyer, Jr., 14. Chris Brown, 15. Terry English, 16. Tim Dohm, 17. Austin Rettig, 18. Dennis Erb, Jr., 19. Earl Pearson, Jr., 20. Devin Moran, 21. Don O'Neal, 22. Steve Francis, 23. Jason Papich, 24. Vic Hill, 25. Allen Murray, 26. Davey Johnson.

Race Statistics
Entrants: 44
Lap Leaders: Brandon Sheppard (Lap 1); Billy Moyer (Laps 2 - 4); Brandon Sheppard (Lap 5); Billy Moyer (Laps 6 - 40)
Cautions: Allen Murray (Lap 1); Davey Johnson (Lap 25); Dennis Erb Jr., Earl Pearson Jr., Don O'Neal, Steve Francis (Lap 25)

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
39th Annual Winternationals (Friday Event)
East Bay Raceway Park - Tampa, FL

Heat Race #1
Dan Stone Scott Bloomquist
Ricky Weiss Billy Moyer, Jr.
Dennis Erb, Jr. Davey Johnson
Freddie Carpenter Allen Murray
Dan Schlieper Kenny PettyJohn
Jason Papich

Heat Race #2
Vic Hill Earl Pearson, Jr.
Steve Francis Jimmy Owens
Gregg Satterlee Nick Davis
Mark Dotson Doug Blashe
Dustin Mitchell Kyle Bronson

Heat Race #3
Eddie Carrier, Jr. Brandon Sheppard
Jared Landers Stormy Scott
Don O'Neal Jonathan Davenport
Mike Benedum Chad Hollenbeck
Terry English James O'Hara

Heat Race #4
Bobby Pierce Tim Dohm
Mason Zeigler Devin Moran
Billy Moyer Austin Rettig
Wendell Wallace Chris Brown
Steve Casebolt
Gregg Hill

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
39th Annual Winternationals (Monday Make-Up Event)
East Bay Raceway Park - Tampa, FL

Heat Race #1
Dennis Erb, Jr. Billy Moyer
Devin Moran Kyle Bronson
Stormy Scott Davey Johnson
Terry English James O'Hara

Heat Race #2
Brandon Sheppard Bobby Pierce
Jimmy Owens Tim Dohm
Freddie Carpenter Dan Schlieper
Chad Hollenbeck Gregg Hill

Heat Race #3
Billy Moyer, Jr. Jared Landers
Ricky Weiss Wendell Wallace
Scott Bloomquist Eddie Carrier, Jr.
Dustin Mitchell

Heat Race #4
Gregg Satterlee Jonathan Davenport
Dan Stone Allen Murray
Mike Benedum Jason Papich
Nick Davis Doug Blashe

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Josh Richards Rockets to Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Win at East Bay Raceway Park

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TAMPA, FL (February 11, 2015) - Josh Richards took the lead from Billy Moyer on lap 17 and raced on to take the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win Wednesday Night at East Bay Raceway Park. It was Richards' fourth career win at "The Clay by the Bay." Florida native Mark Whitener had his best career LOLMDS finish by taking second ahead of 25th starting, Steve Francis, Don O'Neal, and Billy Moyer.

Richards started third and rocketed to the lead on the opening lap of the 35-lap event. He led until Moyer passed him for the top spot on lap eight. Moyer then held the advantage over Richards for several laps as the two drivers swapped the lead. Richards retook the lead with 19 laps remaining and never looked back.

"We had a really good car all night. It was tough sitting out most of last year; it makes you appreciate this sport even more. We have always run well here at East Bay. I want to thank all of my crew, my dad, and Steve Baker as well. I also have to thank our sponsors Valvoline, Seubert Calf Ranches, Ace Metal Works, Ernie D's, Petroff Towing, Durham Racing Engines, and of course Rocket Chassis."

"The track was weird like last night. The heats and B-mains were really good. Our car ran better up top in three and four and we had to get down low going into one. These hard tires take some time getting used to. You have to have momentum and be smooth on them. I think the track did a great job with the track."

Whitener was extremely happy with his runner-up finish. "To run second in a Lucas Oil race is just terrific, these guys are the best-of-the-best. I don't really have a whole lot of experience on open motor racing, but we proved as a team we have what it takes to run up front. I have to thank Dave's Towing, Miller Lite, and Barry Wright Race Cars."

Francis broke a rocker arm before his heat race and took a fast time provisional starting spot. Francis would roar from the last row to finish third. "Our car has been fast the last two times out. If we can beat the gremlins, we are going to win some races here soon. I want to thank Clint Bowyer, Georgia Boot and Crawford Supply, and all of our other sponsors for their help."

Completing the top ten were Brandon Sheppard, Tim Dohm, Devin Moran, Earl Pearson Jr., and Jason Papich.

In preliminary action, Tim Dohm set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 43 entrants, with a lap of 14.663 seconds. Steve Francis set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 14.844 seconds. Billy Moyer, Dennis Erb Jr., Devin Moran and Josh Richards won their respective heat races. Jason Papich and Don O'Neal won their respective B-Mains. Dan Stone won the Strawberry Dash.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
39th Annual Winternationals
East Bay Raceway Park - Tampa, FL

Feature Finish (35 Laps): 1. Josh Richards, 2. Mark Whitener, 3. Steve Francis, 4. Don O'Neal, 5. Billy Moyer, 6. Brandon Sheppard, 7. Tim Dohm, 8. Devin Moran, 9. Earl Pearson, Jr., 10. Jason Papich, 11. Eddie Carrier, Jr., 12. Ricky Weiss, 13. Stormy Scott, 14. Jimmy Owens, 15. Gregg Satterlee, 16. Dan Stone, 17. Chris Brown, 18. Dennis Erb, Jr., 19. Jonathan Davenport, 20. Bobby Pierce, 21. Scott Bloomquist, 22. Mason Zeigler, 23. Billy Moyer, Jr., 24. Jared Landers, 25. Kyle Bronson, 26. Terry English

Race Statistics
Entrants: 43
Lap Leaders: Josh Richards (Lap 1); Billy Moyer (Lap 2); Josh Richards (Laps 3 - 7); Billy Moyer (Laps 8 - 16); Josh Richards (Laps 17 - 35)
Cautions: Kyle Bronson (Lap 7); Debris (Lap 20)
Time of Race: 17 minutes 21 seconds
 
POINTS
1. Earl Pearson, Jr. 480
2. Scott Bloomquist 430
3. Donald McIntosh 405
4. Jonathan Davenport 395
5. Stormy Scott 385
5. Jared Landers 385
7. Kenny PettyJohn 380
8. Dennis Erb, Jr. 375
9. Don O'Neal 355
9. Brandon Sheppard 355

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

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Austin Dillon Charges to Victory in Volusia Speedway Park Opener

NASCAR star holds back Hoffman, brother Ty, to kick off DIRTcar Nationals

BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 10, 2015 - NASCAR superstar Austin Dillon held off North Carolina's Nick Hoffman on a green-white-checkered finish to win Tuesday night's DIRTcar Nationals UMP Modified opener at Volusia Speedway Park.

Dillon built a big advantage from the pole as Hoffman and Dillon's brother, Ty, surged forward. A late caution bunched the field, giving Hoffman and Ty Dillon one last shot at victory, but Austin Dillon executed a perfect restart and Hoffman wound up settling for second with Ty Dillon in third.

"It's a great start to our week, it always has been," said Dillon, who drives for his legendary grandfather Richard Childress in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. "I love coming here. It definitely gets your confidence up when you come out the first night and win one. We have a long week ahead of us and hopefully I can get some more wins. I just hope it's not like when you go fishing and you catch one on the first cast."

Jake Hawkins was fourth and Kenny Wallace charged 10 spots to round out the top five.

In other action Tuesday at Volusia, Dave Blaney, the 1995 World of Outlaws champion who has been racing in NASCAR the past two decades, turned the quickest lap of the night in 12.724 seconds at more than 140 mph during sprint car open practice around the half-mile dirt oval.

Nightly doubleheaders at Volusia run Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 21. Wednesday night's action features Tony Stewart's UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions sprint car series joining the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds.

For more information and updates on the DIRTcar Nationals, click DIRTcarNationals.com or follow on Twitter at @DIRTcarNats.

DIRTcar Nationals Statistical Report; Feb. 10, 2015; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.

DIRTcar UMP Modified A-Main (20 Laps) - 1. (3) Austin Dillon ($1,000), 2. (2) Nick Hoffman, 3. (41) Ty Dillon, 4. (13) Jake Hawkins, 5. (36) Kenny Wallace, 6. (1G) Devin Gilpin, 7. (77) Ray Bollinger, 8. (64JR) Billy Workman Jr., 9. (25) Tyler Nicely, 10. (54S) Paul Snyder, 11. (O1) Todd Sherman, 12. (67) Garret Stewart, 13. (9) Ken Schrader, 14. (51G) Brandon Green, 15. (96) Cory Daugherty, 16. (K9) Will Krup, 17. (16C) Josh Harris, 18. (22T) Tony Anderson, 19. (85S) Mike Smith, 20. (85) Kent Robinson, 21. (54B) Larry Burkins, 22. (28) Paul Miles, 23. (51) Justin Allgaier, 24. (17JE) J.E. Stalder.

DIRTcar Nationals Day-by-Day Schedule (Grandstands open at 5 p.m.)
Wednesday, Feb. 11 - UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars & DIRTcar UMP Modifieds
Thursday, Feb. 12 - UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars & DIRTcar UMP Modifieds
Friday, Feb. 13 - World of Outlaws Sprint Cars & DIRTcar UMP Modifieds
Saturday, Feb. 14 - World of Outlaws Sprint Cars & DIRTcar UMP Modifieds
Sunday, Feb. 15 - World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars & DIRTcar UMP Modifieds
Monday, Feb. 16 - DIRTcar Late Models & DIRTcar UMP Modifieds 'Gator Championship'
Tuesday, Feb. 17 - DIRTcar Late Models & DIRTcar UMP Modifieds Triple 20s
Wednesday, Feb. 18 - DIRTcar Late Models & Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds
Thursday, Feb. 19 - World of Outlaws Late Models & Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds
Friday, Feb. 20 - World of Outlaws Late Models & Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds
Saturday, Feb. 21 - World of Outlaws Late Models & Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds

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Dennis Erb Jr. Wins Opening Night of East Bay Raceway Park Winternationals

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TAMPA, FL (February 10, 2015) - Dennis Erb Jr. took the lead on lap ten and won a thrilling feature event on the opening night of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Winternationals at East Bay Raceway Park. Erb's seventh career win at "The Clay by the Bay" was hard fought early on as he and Billy Moyer had a back and forth battle for the lead.

 Earl Pearson Jr. came home second after skating by Moyer on lap 14. Moyer then held off a furious late-race rally from Bobby Pierce to take third. Pierce started 16th on the grid and wound up fourth with Brandon Sheppard coming home in fifth.

"It feels good to get the win on the first night. It seemed like no one could get any traction out there. Turns three and four were slick and one and two were hammer-down. I guess we were just lucky to pull away from those guys. Billy [Moyer] and I had a really good race at the start. I didn't know what was going on behind me. All I know is that turn four was hard to get out of. The fans definitely saw an exciting race, but our cars were a handful to drive," said Erb.

"I would like to thank Barry Wright Race Cars and Jay Dickens Race Engines. It was the first time we've run this combination here. We ran really well on Saturday Night at Golden Isles. I want to thank my crew chief, Heather Lyne, my sponsors, McBride Mack, JR McBride Leasing, Cheap Cars, PRC, Midwest Sheet Metal, Maximum Racing Oils, M&S Concrete, and Ohlins."

The race for the lead between Erb and Moyer was spectacular in the first six laps of the race. Each led three circuits, and then Moyer led three more until Erb wrestled the lead away from him for good on lap ten.

Pearson was happy with his runner-up finish. "Our car was good all night; these hard tires are something to deal with on this race track. It was a pretty good race, and trying to get traction was difficult. I want to thank Lucas Oil Products and Dunn-Benson Ford. We will be back tomorrow night and give it another shot."

Moyer, the winningest Late Model driver in Winternationals history [with 23 victories] was pleased with his third place car. "As it turned out, Dennis had the best car. My car kept jumping in-and-out of gear; I am not making excuses, it just happened. We just have to figure out these tires and go from there. We have had a good start to speedweeks and we hope to continue that momentum here tomorrow night," said the driver the Henderson Motorsports and Garnant Family Longhorn Chassis.

Completing the top ten were Dennis Franklin, Josh Richards, Billy Moyer Jr., Eddie Carrier, Jr. and Jason Papich.

In preliminary action, Dennis Erb Jr. set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 42 entrants, with a lap of 15.177 seconds. Billy Moyer set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.273 seconds. Dennis Erb Jr., Stormy Scott, Billy Moyer and Earl Pearson Jr. won their respective heat races. Jimmy Owens and Mark Whitener won their respective B-Mains. Jason Papich won the Strawberry Dash.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
39th Annual Winternationals
East Bay Raceway Park - Tampa, FL

Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Dennis Erb, Jr., 2. Earl Pearson, Jr., 3. Billy Moyer, 4. Bobby Pierce, 5. Brandon Sheppard, 6. Dennis Franklin, 7. Josh Richards, 8. Billy Moyer, Jr., 9. Eddie Carrier, Jr., 10. Jason Papich, 11. Mike Benedum, 12. Scott Bloomquist, 13. Jimmy Owens, 14. Mark Whitener, 15. Allen Murray, 16. Russell Brown, Jr., 17. Chad Hollenbeck, 18. Stormy Scott, 19. Jonathan Davenport, 20. Kyle Bronson, 21. Devin Moran, 22. Mason Zeigler, 23. Austin Rettig, 24. Davey Johnson, 25. Gregg Satterlee, 26. Dan Stone

Race Statistics
Entrants: 42
Lap Leaders: Dennis Erb Jr. (Laps 1 - 2); Billy Moyer (Lap 3); Dennis Erb Jr. (Laps 4 - 6); Billy Moyer (Laps 7 - 9); Dennis Erb Jr. (Laps 10 - 25)

Cautions: Jimmy Owens, Russell Brown Jr., Chad Hollenbeck (Lap 1); Gregg Satterlee (Lap 5); Devin Moran, Mason Zeigler (Lap 6); Jonathan Davenport (Lap 10); Stormy Scott (Lap 15)

Time of Race: 27 minutes 4 seconds   

POINTS
1. Earl Pearson, Jr.480
2. Scott Bloomquist 430
3. Donald McIntosh 405
4. Jonathan Davenport 395
5. Stormy Scott 385
5. Jared Landers 385
7. Kenny PettyJohn 380
8. Dennis Erb, Jr. 375
9. Brandon Sheppard 355
9. Don O'Neal 355
 
*Points are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*

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Monday's Events at East Bay Raceway Park Have Been Postponed

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TAMPA, FL (February 9, 2014) Officials of East Bay Raceway Park and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series have postponed tonight's events from the 39th Annual Winternationals. Details concerning if or when the race may be made up will be announced by or at the driver's meeting tomorrow, Tuesday February 10th.

Tomorrow night's series event from East Bay Raceway Park will feature a full show, including: Hot Laps [beginning at 6PM], Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, the Strawberry Dash, and a 25-Lap, $5,000-to-win Feature.

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Davenport Wins Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing Finale at Golden Isles Speedway

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BRUNSWICK, GA (February 7, 2015) - Jonathan Davenport finally closed the deal on Saturday Night at Golden Isles Speedway. Davenport had led during both of the previous two nights, but suffered misfortune and was unable to finish either feature. On the final night of the Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing; in front of a record-breaking crowd for the famed speedway; Davenport picked up his fifth career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win.

Friday Night's winner, Earl Pearson Jr. finished second, followed by Brandon Sheppard, Scott Bloomquist, and Ross Bailes rounded out five in an exciting finale to the Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing.

"We finally got it done! We have been fast all weekend, but we've just had some bad luck happen or we could have had three-in-a-row. I love coming down here to race, it's fun to run in front of this size crowd. It's the most people I have ever seen here. It was also special to win for LeRoy Rumley, today is his 79th birthday."

Davenport earned his third straight Miller Welders Fast Time Award of the weekend during time trials earlier in the night and won his heat race. At the start of the 50-lap main event, he stormed to the lead. Ross Bailes settled into second and trailed Davenport, until sixth-place starter Jared Landers got by him.

Landers charged after Davenport for the lead, assuming the point on lap 22. Landers led until his left rear wheel broke on lap 30. Landers slowed right in front of Davenport forcing him to take evasive action. Davenport led the remaining 20 laps of the race to record the victory. A tire and wheel from Mike Benedum's car came off on the final lap, and stacked the field for a final drag race to the checkers. Davenport pulled away and sailed on to the victory in convincing style.

"I was coming to the checkered flag and there was a tire and wheel from somebody's car flying through the air. They threw the caution then. It was a little scary. I was hoping I wouldn't run into it. I'm like darn I have to run one more lap. But anyway, it all worked out for us. I have to thank all my sponsors; TS Crane Service, Sundance Services, Sundance Flowback Well Testing, Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, Longhorn Chassis, and of course, LeRoy and Kevin Rumley for building such good engines."

Pearson moved into second place on lap 31 and stayed there throughout the remainder of the race. Despite three cautions over the last 19 laps of the race, Pearson could never get close enough after the restarts to challenge Davenport. "He [Davenport] has had the fastest car all weekend, no doubt about it. It was another good point's night for us. I want to thank all these fans for coming out tonight. The grandstands and the pits were packed. It's good to see. It's such a good race track. I am glad all the hard work they put in paid off."

"I didn't have anything for Jonathan. Like I said he's been fast all three days. To go home with a win and a second-place finish we have to feel real good about this as a team. Like I said last night, two months ago we had nothing. Carlton and Kemp Lamm have done a great job to build this team back up and being away from the sport for eight years. I have to thank Dunn-Benson Ford and Lucas Oil Products. Ronnie Stuckey from Black Diamond Race Cars and Andy Durham from Durham Racing Engines."

Sheppard, like Davenport had run well the two previous nights without the results to show for it. "We had a tough couple of nights here Thursday and Friday. We felt like we had a car that could have won either night. To finish third tonight after changing engines from last night, we will take it and head to East Bay, said the driver of the Kid's Castle, Valvoline, Rocket Chassis entry.

Completing the top ten were Dennis Erb Jr., Donald McIntosh, Kenny Pettyjohn, Jimmy Owens, and Stormy Scott.

In preliminary action, Jonathan Davenport set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 32 entrants, with a lap of 15.213 seconds. Jared Landers set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.461 seconds. Jonathan Davenport, Ross Bailes, Earl Pearson Jr. and Billy Moyer Jr. won their respective heat races. Kenny PettyJohn and Gregg Satterlee won their respective B-Mains.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Saturday, February 7th, 2015
Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing
Golden Isles Speedway - Waynesville, GA

Feature Finish (50 Laps): 1. Jonathan Davenport, 2. Earl Pearson, Jr., 3. Brandon Sheppard, 4. Scott Bloomquist, 5. Ross Bailes, 6. Dennis Erb, Jr., 7. Donald McIntosh,
8. Kenny PettyJohn, 9. Jimmy Owens, 10. Stormy Scott, 11. Eddie Carrier, Jr., 12. Chris Brown, 13. Billy Moyer, Jr., 14. Don O'Neal, 15. Steve Francis, 16. Mike Benedum, 17. Jared Landers, 18. Kyle Bronson, 19. Jason Papich, 20. Ivedent Lloyd, Jr., 21. Jay Sessoms, 22. Gregg Satterlee, 23. Austin Kirkpatrick, 24. Devin Moran.

Race Statistics

Entrants: 32

Lap Leaders: Jonathan Davenport (Laps 1 - 21); Jared Landers (Laps 22 - 30); Jonathan Davenport (Laps 31 - 50)
Cautions: Chris Brown, Devin Moran (Lap 5); Jay Sessoms (Lap 15); Gregg Satterlee (Lap 20); Jared Landers (Lap 30); Eddie Carrier Jr. (Lap 39); Jared Landers (Lap 41); Mike Benedum (Lap 49)

Time of Race: 44 minutes 31 seconds

POINTS
1. Earl Pearson, Jr. 480
2. Scott Bloomquist 430
3. Donald McIntosh 405
4. Jonathan Davenport 395
5. Stormy Scott 385
5. Jared Landers 385
7. Kenny PettyJohn 380
8. Dennis Erb, Jr. 375
9. Brandon Sheppard 355
9. Don O'Neal 355

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

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Pearson Returns to Victory Lane in Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing at Golden Isles Speedway

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BRUNSWICK, GA (February 6, 2015) - Earl Pearson Jr.'s 29th career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory may have been one of his most memorable. The popular 4-time LOLMDS National Champion raced in front of his hometown fans and friends collected the win on Friday Night at the Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing at Golden Isles Speedway. Pearson reunited with the Dunn-Benson Motorsports team this year. He led the final nine laps of the race to score his first win of 2015 in the Lucas Oil Products Dunn-Benson Ford entry for car-owners Carlton and Kemp Lamm.

Pearson took over top spot from race-leader Ross Bailes, who suffered a flat tire coming off of turn number four with nine laps remaining. Pearson then held off Jared Landers and Scott Bloomquist to take the win. Donald McIntosh had his best career LOLMDS finish with fourth place, followed by Stormy Scott.

"It is great to come back to Golden Isles, which is one of my favorite tracks. To run here in front of all of these people, and then to win it, all I can say is, they saw a heck of a race. Once the five car [Bailes] had that flat, I knew I had a good chance to win."

"The track crew did a great job on the track today. After all the rain they had Wednesday Night, it was very racy and I think we all put on a good show. I have to thank Dunn-Benson Ford, Lucas Oil Products, Midwest Sheet Metal, Moree's Enterprises, Sunoco, and Ohlins. This Black Diamond Race Cars by Ronnie Stuckey and Andy Durham Racing Engines combination is going to be really good this year", stated Pearson.

Jonathan Davenport bolted to the lead early on, but Ross Bailes quickly made it a two-car battle. Bailes pressured Davenport several times, as the ran side-by-side on a few occasions. Davenport officially led the first 36 laps of the race until he ended up on the hook with broken right front suspension. The mishap marked the second straight night that Davenport would leave the race while leading.

Bailes led until lap 42 when he suffered a flat left rear tire. Pearson inherited the lead with Brandon Sheppard and Jared Landers in hot pursuit. On the restart Pearson held off hard-charging Landers for the win with Bloomquist coming in third.

Landers was extremely happy with the performance of his Crop Production Services-sponsored Sweet-Bloomquist car. "I couldn't be happier with the way we ran tonight. The car was good all night. I kind of messed up on the last restart and lost a few spots. We will try to get the car better for tomorrow night. It is a very good way to start the points off," stated Landers.

Bloomquist started 13th, and moved into third place near the end of the race and was really happy for Landers. "He did a good job tonight, I wasn't sure if I was ever going to get into the top five from where we started. After not running the first race last year, we had to play catch-up the rest of the season. I want to thank all of my new sponsors; Reece Monument Company, Mark Martin Automotive, Petroff Towing, and also a big thank you to Ole Smoky Moonshine, Penske Shocks and Hawkeye Trucking."

Completing the top ten were Chris Madden, Don O'Neal, Kenny Pettyjohn, Jason Papich, and Gregg Satterlee.

In preliminary action, Jonathan Davenport set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the 33 entrants, with a lap of 15.388 seconds. Ross Bailes set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 15.431 seconds. Ross Bailes, Stormy Scott, Jonathan Davenport and Jason Papich won their respective heat races. Chris Madden won the B-Main.

Feature Finish (50 Laps): 1. Earl Pearson, Jr., 2. Jared Landers, 3. Scott Bloomquist, 4. Donald McIntosh, 5. Stormy Scott, 6. Chris Madden, 7. Don O'Neal, 8. Kenny PettyJohn, 9. Jason Papich, 10. Gregg Satterlee, 11. Dennis Erb, Jr., 12. Steve Francis, 13. Devin Moran, 14. Kyle Bronson, 15. Jimmy Owens, 16. Mike Benedum, 17. Billy Moyer, Jr., 18. Eddie Carrier, Jr., 19. Brandon Sheppard, 20. Ross Bailes, 21. Jonathan Davenport, 22. Austin Kirkpatrick, 23. Dennis Franklin, 24. Steven Roberts

Race Statistics

Entrants: 33

Lap Leaders: Jonathan Davenport (Laps 1 - 36); Ross Bailes (Laps 37 - 41); Earl Pearson Jr. (Laps 42 - 50)

Cautions: Steven Roberts (Lap 4); Austin Kirkpatrick (Lap 7); Jonathan Davenport (Lap 37); Ross Bailes (Lap 42)

Time of Race: 28 minutes 33 seconds   

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings
1. Earl Pearson, Jr. 250
2. Jared Landers 230
3. Scott Bloomquist 220
4. Donald McIntosh 210
5. Stormy Scott 205
6. Chris Madden 200
7. Don O'Neal 195
8. Kenny PettyJohn 190
9. Jason Papich 185
10. Gregg Satterlee 180

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

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Eddie Carrier Jr Claims Opening Night of Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing

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BRUNSWICK, GA (February 5, 2015) - Eddie Carrier Jr. passed Brandon Sheppard on the final lap to win the first night of the Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing at Golden Isles Speedway on Thursday Night. Carrier picked up the $7,000 first place prize for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned Edwin Coggins Memorial in his Carl Grover Motorsports, Optima Batteries, Rocket Chassis Ford. Brandon Sheppard led for most of the race but made a costly error on the last lap as he rolled his right front nosepiece under his car on the last turn.

Carrier's win in the Edwin Coggins Memorial kicks off three straight nights of racing at the 4/10ths refurbished oval. Stormy Scott finished second, followed by Sheppard, Steve Francis, and Scott Bloomquist.

"I am not really sure what happened on that last lap, but I am happy for the win, he [Sheppard] pushed up the track in turn two and then he got up on the berm in turns three and four and couldn't get out of it. The track workers did a good job with race track tonight; they kept working and working on it. With all the rain they had last night, the track was extremely fast and racy," said Carrier.

"We worked all winter on our race program. Our last race of 2014 was the Dirt Track World Championship at Portsmouth. To come down here and win the first night out, it's just a tremendous honor to race against these guys; they are the best in the business! I was hoping for a Rocket 1-2 finish. I have to thank Carl Grover, Optima Batteries, Engines Inc. of Ohio, Grover Racing Engines. I have to thank Josh McGuire for coming down and working with us. He and his wife just had a baby last month. He was going to fly home before East Bay, but maybe I can get him to stay through next week if he can find a babysitter."

In a wild 30-lap event, Carrier led the first lap before yielding to Sheppard, who roared from his fifth-starting spot to grab the lead. Jonathan Davenport who started on the outside of the front row fell back to third in the early going but picked up the pace as he moved by Sheppard to take the lead on lap seven. Davenport held the top spot until he left the race under caution after ten laps were scored with overheating issues.

Sheppard inherited the top spot as Davenport retired. He was the car to beat for most of the race, but misfortune struck on the last lap as the right front of his nosepiece dug into the track causing him to nearly lose control of his car. As he entered turn three, Sheppard's car rode the cushion as Carrier slipped by underneath of him to take the win.

Stormy Scott also got by Sheppard on the final lap to take the runner-up finish. "That was a crazy finish. I thought I was going to settle for third and then Brandon jumped the cushion out there and we were able to clear him. Man what a finish for us! I have to thank Bryan Rowland Racing, Widow Wax, and Roadrunner Trucking, and Crane", stated Scott.

Sheppard showed his disappointment afterwards. "We had a super-strong car tonight. I thought I had a big enough lead out there. I hit that burm in two and it folded the nosepiece back enough to where I couldn't turn it. You hate to give one away like that. We will try again tomorrow night and give it everything we have again and hopefully get the win."

Completing the top ten were Gregg Satterlee, Kenny Pettyjohn, Devin Moran, Chris Brown, and Mike Benedum.

In preliminary action, Jonathan Davenport set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the 33 entrants, with a lap of 15.172 seconds. Earl Pearson Jr. set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 15.347 seconds. Earl Pearson Jr., Eddie Carrier Jr., Jonathan Davenport, and Steve Francis won their respective heat races. Chris Brown and Devin Moran won their respective B-Mains.

Feature Finish (30 Laps): 1. Eddie Carrier, Jr., 2. Stormy Scott, 3. Brandon Sheppard, 4. Steve Francis, 5. Scott Bloomquist, 6. Gregg Satterlee, 7. Kenny PettyJohn, 8.
Devin Moran, 9. Chris Brown, 10. Mike Benedum, 11. Austin Kirkpatrick, 12. Austin Rettig, 13. Earl Pearson, Jr., 14. Ross Bailes, 15. Donald McIntosh, 16. Don O'Neal,
17. Dennis Franklin, 18. Steven Roberts, 19. Jonathan Davenport, 20. Chris Madden, 21. Russell Brown, Jr., 22. Billy Moyer, Jr., 23. Jimmy Owens, 24. Chris Ferguson.

Race Statistics

Entrants: 33

Lap Leaders: Eddie Carrier Jr. (Lap 1); Brandon Sheppard (Laps 2 - 6); Jonathan Davenport (Laps 7 - 10); Brandon Sheppard (Laps 11 - 29); Eddie Carrier Jr. (Lap 30)

Cautions: Bad Start (on Green Flag); Chris Madden (Lap 10); Donald McIntosh (Lap 24); Ross Bailes (Lap 26)

Time of Race: 19 minutes 23 seconds

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Largest Schedule and Record 3.6 Million Dollars Up for Grabs in 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WAYCROSS, GA (February 5, 2015) - The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is extremely excited to offer racers over 3.6 million dollars in cash and contingency awards, spanning over 50 sanctioned events in 19 different states in 2015. The number of events and cash/contingency awards are both new records for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Since its inception in 2005, the series maintains its place as the premier national touring dirt late model series in the country.  "Everyone at Lucas Oil Products, Lucas Oil Production Studios, MAVTV and the series is proud of the continued growth we have experienced.  We are very thankful of the many great promoters and sponsors that believe in our program and continue to support us each year", stated Ritchie Lewis, Director, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

Drivers that compete on the series in 2015 will be vying for that coveted series championship that will pay $75,000 to the champion, along with a $10,000 prize to the LOLMDS Rookie of the Year.  The 2015 series schedule will include a record eleven (11) events paying $20,000 or more to the winner.  The series will close out the 2015 season in Portsmouth, OH at the Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship-Presented by NAPA, that will pay a record $100,000 to the winner.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series kicks off the 2015 season this weekend at Golden Isles Speedway in Brunswick, Ga for the Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing.  To learn more about the event log on to: www.lucasdirt.com or the track website at:  www.goldenislesspeedway.com.

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PA'S TRI-CITY SET TO REOPEN IN 2015; SWEENEY RUSH TO SANCTION CRATE LATE MODEL EVENTS DURING SPECIALS-ONLY CAMPAIGN; BILL EMIG MEMORIAL TO BE FEATURED EVENT ON JUNE 21

January 27, 2015

By Mike Leone

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Franklin, PA)...One of the most exciting, recent announcements in the western Pennsylvania region for motorsports enthusiasts has been the completed purchase, renovation, and 2015 scheduled reopening of the former Tri-City Speedway.  New owner Mark Tatalovic and crew have been hard at work getting the facility back in shape for 2015, and have announced that Tri-CityRacewayPark will have the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Series sanction its Crate Late Model for the upcoming season.

Tri-City is in the process of completing their schedule, which should be released soon.  All Crate Late Model events held will be contested under the Sweeney RUSH banner, which will include the Sweeney Tour "Bill Emig Memorial" on Sunday, June 21.  One additional Sweeney Tour event is also possible this season.

Tatalovic's son, Sam, along with Chad Wagner will oversee the operation of the half-mile facility in VenangoCounty.Tri-City was heavily vandalized since its closing in mid-2011. The restoration has been underway including replacing much of the grandstand seating along with rewiring the electrical system, and numerous other improvements.

"To be able to add Tri-City to our tremendous group of RUSH-sanctioned speedways is another huge step in unifying the entire Northeast region under one banner," stated RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig.  "The facility was instrumental in our early days of developing the Crate Late Model concept and the wide sweeping turns proved extremely conducive to some of our most exciting events.  Factor in its central location to our entire region and there is no doubt that Tri-City will once again become a favored gathering point for some of the Northeast's most talented RUSH racers."      

RUSH member racers will be able to participate at Tri-City in 2015 and be eligible for all of the programs including the Sweeney Weekly Series Championship, the Pace Performance Summer Chase, along with the Bilstein Bandits and the "Futures Cup" for those eligible racers.  While membership is not mandatory to compete in any RUSH-sanctioned event, membership will again include a $100,000 excess participant accident policy which is over and above drivers' health insurance and speedways' participant accident policy.

"It's very sentimental to now bring the 'Bill Emig Memorial' to Tri-City for the first time ever, especially because it's Father's Day," stated Emig. "My Dad campaigned his cars here for numerous years with driver Lou Gentile winning many track championships and feature events. Some of my fondest memories are here, especially in the late 70s, when Lou battled weekly in the Semi-Late division with our six-cylinder against the V8's capturing the 1978 track championship. He followed that with several others in the Six-Cylinder Modified division. I know my Dad will be smiling down on all of us that night and enjoying this RUSH event that will be held in his memory."

Tri-City ran its first race on July 11, 1954 and created a strong legacy of racing over the past 60 years. Over the years, Tri-City featured Sprint Cars, Big-Block Modifieds, and Super Late Models. Crate Late Models became popular in the region and flourished at the speedway from 2008 until it's closing during the 2011 season. Tri-City has hosted national events such as the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars and Late Models, the National Sprint Tour, All Star Circuit of Champion Sprint Cars, Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series and much more.

Max Blair, who was the 2013 Sweeney RUSH Weekly Series and Pace Performance "Summer Chase" Champion, was a three-time track champion in 2008-2010. Max's father Robbie also had success in the crates. Drivers like Mike Pegher, Jr., Joe Martin, David Scott, Bobby Powell, Bud Watson, Josh Holtgraver, Damian Bidwell, Carl McKinney, Alan Dellinger, Jim Frank, hometown racer Bobby Whitling, and many others had success at the half-mile oval.

In addition to dirt track racing, Tri-City will host go-kart racing on their infield track along with truck and tractor pulling throughout the season as well. For more information, check out their website at www.tricityracewaypark.com or contact them at 814-967-2175.  You can also like their Facebook page by searching Tri-City Raceway Park and follow them on Twitter @TriCityRaceway.

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 Lucas Oil 2015 Points
Feb. 14
1. Earl Pearson Jr. 825
2. J. Davenport 820
3. Jared Landers 800
4. Jimmy Owens 770
5. Eddie Carrier Jr. 755
6. Don O'Neal 725
6. Brandon Sheppard 725
8. Stormy Scott 715
9. Devin Moran 710
10. Steve Francis 695
 

 
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