Wheatland, Missouri - July 14th, 2013 - Story courtesy of Lucas Dirt PR: John Blankenship dazzled the impressive crowd on-hand at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO tonight in the 7th Annual CMH "Diamond Nationals" co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil MLRA. Blankenship took the point's lead from Jimmy Owens last night, and came into tonight's event a-top the points standings for the first time in his career. He and Owens had a fierce battle for the lead, until lap 28, when Blankenship finally put some distance between himself and the "Newport Nightmare". Blankenship went unchallenged the rest of the way in the race that had no cautions.
Blankenship's third LOLMDS victory of the season also marked his first-ever at the track. He took home $10,000 for the win and put an end to Owens' reign over the facility. Owens entered the event having won six out of the last seven LOLMDS races at Lucas Oil Speedway, including 3 Show-Me 100's.
Trailing Blankenship and Owens to the finish line were Tony Jackson, Jr., Earl Pearson Jr., and Steve Francis.
"I don't know what to say," said the winner in Lucas Oil Victory Lane. "To beat Jimmy here is just unbelievable! He has been so strong here; I didn't think anyone was ever going to beat him here. Our car tonight, once we got going really was fast, to catch Jimmy and then to pass him says a lot about our team and this Rocket Chassis. We have come so close to winning here before, and to finally do it tonight in front of this big crowd, is just tremendous!"
Blankenship started fifth and wrestled the second position away from Dennis Erb Jr. by lap 8. "Dennis and I had a good race going early on. Once we broke free from him, I was finally able to get Jimmy in my vision, he must have had a straightaway lead or better on us by the time we got to second, we slowly tracked him down, and once we got into traffic that was our chance."
"What a way to bring a new sponsor into the sport! GeneratorWorld.com has come on board with us, and along with all of our other great sponsors: Todd Case Trucking, Coal, Bear Cove Village, VP, and Integra. We have also been alternating back-and-forth between the Cornett and Jay Dickens Engines. Tonight we had the Cornett in the car and both engines have been really strong!"
Blankenship forged ahead of Owens for the lead the first time on lap 23. But Owens came back and led the next three circuits, until Blankenship shot by him for good on lap 28 and was never able to seriously challenge the 32-year-old racer for the remainder of the race.
"Congrats to John on the win! I am just as excited for him as he is," said Owens afterwards. "We have been struggling over the last month, and with last night's parts failure, we didn't even get to turn a lap in the feature, but his team works hard! John has gotten so much better as a driver over the last few years, it's scary for the rest of the competition what he could become," said the driver of the Reece Monument Company, Cornett Racing Engines, Bloomquist Ford.
Jackson had his best career LOLMDS finish with a third place finish. Jackson was outside of the top five for the first half of the race, but got going late in the 50-lapper. "I wish we had as good of a car early in the race as we had later on! To have a podium finish against these guys lets us know how far our race team has come in the last year," said the driver of the RLB Financial, Rocket Chassis, Chevrolet. Jackson came into the race as winner in seven events since Memorial Day Weekend.
Completing the top ten were Dennis Erb Jr., Wendell Wallace, Don O'Neal, Jesse Stovall, and Terry Phillips.
In preliminary action, Ryan Gustin set the overall time (Group A) amongst the 38 entrants, with a lap of 16.347 seconds. Jimmy Owens set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 16.398 seconds. Eric Turner, Will Vaught, Jimmy Owens, and Dennis Erb Jr. won their respective heat races. Mark Dotson and Eddie Carrier Jr. won their respective B-Mains.
A special thanks to CMH of Bolivar, Don Babb and all of our great friends at CMH for supporting the 7th Annual Diamond Nationals. The event continues to grow each year and has become very popular with drivers and fans, bringing the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series to Wheatland for a second time each season. Hats off to CMH for providing extraordinary services to our rural community and supporting dirt track racing at Lucas Oil Speedway.
Following the 50 Lap Late Model feature, the Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds rolled onto the Diamond of Dirt tracks for a special 25 lap, $750 to Win feature presented by Hermitage Lumber. The field was stout, packed with some of the regions best modified drivers. After and early caution, John Allen jumped out front to take the lead, as a charging Austin Siebert cruised around competitors making his way to the front of the pack. Jon Sheets and Terry Schultz ran side by side for the second spot as Siebert closed in. He was able to pick off the pair and zone in on Allen. A late race caution gave Siebert one last chance to take over the lead. Siebert made the pass for first and held his position until the checker flew.
John Allen settled for third as Terry Schultz passed him at the line on the last lap. Jason Pursley finished the night fourth with Jon Sheets rounding out the top five. Don't miss all four Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series classes in action on July 20th for KTTS Night plus the Ozarks Food Harvest Food Drive. Admission on July 20th is the donation of (4) non-perishable food items to the Ozarks Food Harvest. For more information and to keep up with all the action at Lucas Oil Speedway visit, www.LucasOilSpeedway.com
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Saturday Night, July 13th, 2013
"CMH Diamond Nationals"
Lucas Oil Speedway - Wheatland, MO
RED BUCK Fast Time Group A: Ryan Gustin/ 16.347 seconds
RED BUCK Fast Time Group B: Jimmy Owens/ 16.398 seconds
Wiles Drive Shafts Heat Race #1 (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Eric Turner, John Blankenship, Steve Francis, Craig Vosbergen, Mark Dotson, Mark Banal, Patrick Johnson, Jay Brunson, Ryan Gustin, Brantlee Gotschall
Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Will Vaught, Jesse Stovall, Wendell Wallace, Jared Landers, Jack Sullivan, Billy Moyer, Timothy Culp, Brandon McCormick, Brad Looney
Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Tony Jackson, Jr., John Anderson, Terry Phillips, Eddie Carrier Jr., Jerry Lierly, Chase Junghaus, Jason Bodenhamer, Travis Dickes, Reid Millard
FK Rod Ends Heat Race #4 (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Dennis Erb Jr., Tyler Reddick, Earl Pearson Jr., Jason Feger, Billy Moyer Jr., Don O'Neal, Tommy Weder, Jason Papich, Larry Jones
CV Products B-Main #1 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Mark Dotson, Jack Sullivan, Billy Moyer, Timothy Culp, Ryan Gustin, Brandon McCormick, Jay Brunson, Patrick Johnson, Mark Banal
Wrisco Aluminum B-Main #2 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Eddie Carrier Jr., Billy Moyer Jr., Don O'Neal, Jerry Lierly, Tommy Weder, Chase Junghaus, Jason Bodenhamer, Travis Dickes, Jason Papich, Reid Millard, Larry Jones
Feature Finish (50 Laps):
|FINISH||START||CAR #||DRIVER NAME||HOMETOWN|
|1||5||23||John Blankenship||Williamson, WV|
|2||2||20||Jimmy Owens||Newport, TN|
|3||6||56||Tony Jackson, Jr.||Lebanon, MO|
|4||16||44||Earl Pearson Jr.||Jacksonville, FL|
|5||9||15||Steve Francis||Ashland, KY|
|6||4||28e||Dennis Erb Jr.||Carpentersville, IL|
|7||11||6m||Wendell Wallace||Batesville, AR|
|8||22||71||Don O'Neal||Martinsville, IN|
|9||7||00s||Jesse Stovall||Billing, MO|
|10||14||75||Terry Phillips||Springfield, MO|
|11||3||1v||Will Vaught||Crane, MO|
|12||10||2a||John Anderson||Omaha, NE|
|13||8||11T||Tyler Reddick||Corning, CA|
|14||1||33x||Eric Turner||Hermitage, MO|
|15||18||28||Eddie Carrier Jr.||Salt Rock, WV|
|16||19||1x||Jack Sullivan||Greenbrier, AR|
|17||17||85d||Mark Dotson||Cameron, MO|
|18||20||21JR||Billy Moyer Jr.||Batesville, AR|
|19||15||5||Jared Landers||Batesville, AR|
|20||26||21T||Travis Dickes||Madison, NE|
|21||13||8||Craig Vosbergen||Western Australia|
|22||23||7L||Jerry Lierly||Camp Point, IL|
|23||24||19R||Ryan Gustin||Marshalltown, IA|
|24||12||25F||Jason Feger||Bloomington, IL|
|25||25||14||Brad Looney||Republic, MO|
|26||21||21||Billy Moyer||Batesville, AR|
RESULTS July 13th, 2013
Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds
Coca-Cola A-Feature:1. Austin Siebert (Grandview, MO), 2. Terry Schultz (Sedalia, MO), 3. John Allen (Chanute, KS), 4. Jason Pursley (Wheatland, MO), 5. Jon Sheets (Nevada, MO), 6. Tad Davis (Mt. Hope, KS), 7. Brandon Givens (Hutchinson, KS), 8. Terry Kirk (Urbana, MO), 9. David Hendrix (Waynsville, MO), 10. Chase Jones (Eldorado Springs, MO), 11. Shawn Nations (Macks Creek, MO), 12. Lucas Dobbs (El Dorado Springs, MO), 13. Stephen Muilenburg (Sparta, MO), 14. Jason Russell (Henley, MO), 15. Scotty Bough (Nevada, MO), 16. Jason Bodenhamer (Centerview, MO), 17. Tyler Brown (Richland, MO), 18. Nathan Vaughn (Lincoln, MO), 19. Brian Ziegler (Bates City, MO), 20. Jeff Cutshaw (Cross Timbers, MO), 21. Jesse Willard (Pleasanton, KS), 22. Paden Phillips (Chanute, KS), 23. Steve Picou (High Ridge, MO), 24. Dennis Bunger (Harrisonville, MO),
B-Feature 1:1. Scotty Bough (Nevada, MO), 2. Jason Bodenhamer (Centerview, MO), 3. Brandon Givens (Hutchinson, KS), 4. Nathan Vaughn (Lincoln, MO), 5. Mickey Burrell (Fair Grove, MO), 6. Nick Whitehead (Highlandville, MO), 7. Tracy Wolf (Buffalo, MO), 8. Chris Tonoli (Hermitage, MO), 9. Steve Twenter (Sedalia, MO), 10. Chris Dunham (California, MO),
B-Feature 2:1. Austin Siebert (Grandview, MO), 2. David Hendrix (Waynsville, MO), 3. Jeff Cutshaw (Cross Timbers, MO), 4. Brian Ziegler (Bates City, MO), 5. Craig Wood (Eldorado Springs, MO), 6. David Ralph (Raymore, MO), 7. Colton Eck (Goddard, KS), 8. Jimmy Dowell (Marshall, MO), 9. Robbie Test (Jefferson City, MO), 10. Clay Langley Jr (Stover, MO), 11. Johnny Fennewald (Appleton City, MO),
Heat 1:1. Tad Davis (Mt. Hope, KS), 2. Terry Schultz (Sedalia, MO), 3. Jason Pursley (Wheatland, MO), 4. Jesse Willard (Pleasanton, KS), 5. Chase Jones (Eldorado Springs, MO), 6. Jason Bodenhamer (Centerview, MO), 7. Tracy Wolf (Buffalo, MO), 8. Steve Twenter (Sedalia, MO), 9. Mickey Burrell (Fair Grove, MO), 10. Chris Tonoli (Hermitage, MO),
Heat 2:1. John Allen (Chanute, KS), 2. Paden Phillips (Chanute, KS), 3. Lucas Dobbs (El Dorado Springs, MO), 4. Shawn Nations (Macks Creek, MO), 5. Robbie Test (Jefferson City, MO), 6. Craig Wood (Eldorado Springs, MO), 7. Jimmy Dowell (Marshall, MO), 8. Brian Ziegler (Bates City, MO), 9. Johnny Fennewald (Appleton City, MO),
Heat 3:1. Jon Sheets (Nevada, MO), 2. Terry Kirk (Urbana, MO), 3. Dennis Bunger (Harrisonville, MO), 4. Jason Russell (Henley, MO), 5. Scotty Bough (Nevada, MO), 6. Brandon Givens (Hutchinson, KS), 7. Colton Eck (Goddard, KS), 8. Chris Dunham (California, MO), 9. Nick Whitehead (Highlandville, MO),
Heat 4:1. Stephen Muilenburg (Sparta, MO), 2. Tyler Brown (Richland, MO), 3. Steve Picou (High Ridge, MO), 4. Nathan Vaughn (Lincoln, MO), 5. Austin Siebert (Grandview, MO), 6. David Hendrix (Waynsville, MO), 7. Jeff Cutshaw (Cross Timbers, MO), 8. Clay Langley Jr (Stover, MO), 9. David Ralph (Raymore, MO),
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