Wheatland, MO- (July 14th, 2014)- Jimmy Owens returned to dominance on Saturday Night at Lucas Oil Speedway by winning the 8th Annual CMH Diamond Nationals. With car owner Mike Reece looking on, Owens ran away from Scott Bloomquist to record his 50th career win with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. The event was co-sanctioned with the Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models.
Jeff Cutshaw scored the win in the Pitts Homes USRA Modified 25-lap main event as he held off a hard charging Matt Dotson and John Allen. Cutshaw earned $750 for the win with 38 USRA Modifieds in the pit area. Chase Jones had a great run to take the fourth spot while Jason Russell rounded out the top-5.
Both Owens and Bloomquist entered the event with 49 wins, each, in series history. Owens initially took the lead on lap three from Earl Pearson, Jr. and then had to fight off the challenges of Bloomquist. Owens and Bloomquist ran side-by-side for a handful of laps in heavy traffic. Bloomquist led for four laps until Owens pulled ahead for good on lap 19. The race saw only one caution flag and that was for a multi-car accident four laps into the race.
Jesse Stovall charged from the16th starting spot to finish fourth. He survived a torrid battle with Don O'Neal, who entered the event as the LOLMDS points leader and finished fifth.
"Man, I don't know what to say. The car was super good all night. It's great to win here in front of my car owner and this tremendous crowd. The track was probably the best I have ever seen it from start to finish. We could run anywhere on it. I don't know what it is about this place, but for some reason we can get around here pretty good", stated Jimmy Owens in victory lane.
"I got by Earl early on, and then we had that one caution. Then I got into some big-time traffic and Scott caught me. We had a heck of a race for a while. Everybody out there was giving everybody plenty of room to maneuver. Once we got back in front, I was hoping the race would stay green and it did. That's just a testament to the drivers that raced tonight and the track conditions. I have to thank Reece Monument Company, Edge Services, Ohlins, Sunoco, Red Line Oil, FORD, and Keyser. It was a great win for us", Owens concluded. With his sixth series victory of 2014, Owens moved ahead of O'Neal in the series championship point standings by just five points heading into Tuesday's event at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas.
Bloomquist recorded yet another second -place finish, but could not keep pace with Owens over the last half of the race. "He [Owens] was really good tonight; I kind of made some adjustments on the car that didn't turn out liked I had hoped. The car has been solid no doubt. The track was just outstanding to race on tonight. Everyone could race from the bottom to the top. We needed to be a little freer with the car. But man one spot again, that's all we need. We have a few days off to regroup before we head to Lakeside, so we will hope for better results then. I have to thank Ole Smoky Moonshine, Penske Shocks, Andy Durham Race Engines, and Randy Sweet."
Pearson led the first two circuits, and then managed to stay in the top three for the rest of the race, coming home third behind Owens and Bloomquist. "What a great crowd tonight! Having Forrest Lucas was here tonight was a real honor. The track was just was superb tonight. Gary Hubert and his crew are really doing a great job with the track prep. We were good early on and could stay up there with those two, but I went to the top and got faster, but I had lost so much ground to them, I wasn't going to able to catch them without a caution flag. I have to thank Bobby Labonte, Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV American Real, Sunoco and everyone else on the team."
Completing the top ten were Steve Francis, Will Vaught, John Blankenship, Brandon Overton, and Terry Phillips.
In preliminary action, Justin Asplin set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 41 entrants, with a lap of15.263 seconds. Scott Lewis set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.439 seconds. Earl Pearson Jr., Jimmy Owens, Scott Lewis, and Scott Bloomquist won their respective heat races. Jeremy Payne and Josh Hughes won their respective B-Mains.
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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race Summary Saturday Night, July 12th, 2014 CMH Diamond Nationals Lucas Oil Speedway - Wheatland, MO
Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Justin Asplin / 15.263 seconds Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Scott Lewis/ 15.439 seconds
Fast Shafts Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Earl Pearson, Jr., Justin Asplin, Dennis Erb, Jr., Don O'Neal, Austin Rettig, Chad Simpson, Jack Sullivan, Austin Siebert, Craig Vosbergen, Clay Fisher, Jason Sivils-DNS
Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Brandon Overton, Terry Phillips, Mark Dotson, Jeremy Payne, Garrett Alberson, Reid Millard, Mark Daye, Farrel Skelton, Larry Jones
Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Scott Lewis, Will Vaught, Tony Jackson, Jr., Jason Hughes, Jason Hughes, Jared Landers, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Josh Hughes, Jason Papich, John Blankenship
FK Rod Ends Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Steve Francis, Ryan Gustin, Jesse Stovall, Brantlee Gotschall, Travis Dickes, Jason Bodenhamer, Brandon McCormick, Cody Holtkamp, Gavin Landers
JRi Shocks B-Main #1 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer) Finish: Jeremy Payne, Chad Simpson, Garrett Alberson, Austin Rettig, Jack Sullivan, Austin Siebert, Clay Fisher, Mark Daye, Reid Millard, Farrel Skelton, Larry Jones
CV Products B-Main #2 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer) Finish: Josh Hughes, Travis Dickes, Jason Bodenhamer, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Brantlee Gotschall, Jared Landers, Jason Hughes, Brandon McCormick, Jason Papich, Cody Holtkamp, John Blankenship, Gavin Landers
Feature Finish (50 Laps):
|FINISH||START||CAR #||DRIVER NAME||HOMETOWN|
|1||3||20||Jimmy Owens||Newport, TN|
|2||4||0||Scott Bloomquist||Mooresburg, TN|
|3||1||44||Earl Pearson, Jr.||Jacksonville, FL|
|4||16||00s||Jesse Stovall||Billing, MO|
|5||13||5||Don O'Neal||Martinsville, IN|
|6||8||15||Steve Francis||Ashland, KY|
|7||6||1V||Will Vaught||Crane, MO|
|8||24||23||John Blankenship||Williamson, WV|
|9||7||5e||Brandon Overton||Appling, GA|
|10||11||75||Terry Phillips||Springfield, MO|
|11||19||25c||Chad Simpson||Mt. Vernon, IA|
|12||9||28e||Dennis Erb, Jr.||Carpentersville, IL|
|13||12||19R||Ryan Gustin||Marshalltown, IA|
|14||10||56||Tony Jackson, Jr.||Lebanon, MO|
|15||27||777||Jared Landers||Batesville, AR|
|16||5||77A||Justin Asplin||Birch Tree, MO|
|17||23||28||Eddie Carrier, Jr.||Salt Rock, WV|
|18||14||12||Jason Hughes||Watts, OK|
|19||18||7H||Josh Hughes||West Plains, MO|
|20||20||6T||Travis Dickes||Madison, NE|
|21||28||91p||Jason Papich||Nipomo, CA|
|22||25||16||Austin Siebert||Grandview, MO|
|23||21||43||Garrett Alberson||Las Cruces, NM|
|24||26||14m||Reid Millard||Jefferson City, MO|
|25||2||99L||Scott Lewis||Henderson, CO|
|26||17||186||Jeremy Payne||Springfield, MO|
|27||15||85d||Mark Dotson||Cameron, MO|
|28||22||2b||Jason Bodenhamer||Centerview, MO|
Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds 7/12/2014
A-Feature:1. Jeff Cutshaw (Cross Timbers, MO), 2. Matt Dotson (Clark, MO), 3. John Allen (Chanute, KS), 4. Chase Jones (Eldorado Springs, MO), 5. Jason Russell (Henley, MO), 6. Stephen Muilenburg (Sparta, MO), 7. Terry Kirk (Urbana, MO), 8. Justin Rexwinkle (S. Coffeeville, OK), 9. Nathan Vaughn (Lincoln, MO), 10. Tim Setzer (Archie, MO), 11. Dylan Hoover (Mexico, MO), 12. Shad Badder (Oak Grove, MO), 13. Lucas Conley (Springhll, KS), 14. Lucas Dobbs (El Dorado Springs, MO), 15. Lance Town (Louisburg, KS), 16. Brandon Givens (Hutchinson, KS), 17. Craig Wood (Eldorado Springs, MO), 18. Gene Nichols (Lowell, MO), 19. Jon Sheets (Nevada, MO), 20. Paul Cates (Spavinaw, OK), 21. Scotty Bough (Nevada, MO), 22. Chris Powell, 23. David Ralph (Raymore, MO), 24. Ryan Edde (Urbana, MO),
B-Feature 1:1. Chris Powell, 2. David Ralph (Raymore, MO), 3. Scotty Bough (Nevada, MO), 4. Lucas Conley (Springhll, KS), 5. Mitch Keeter (Webb City, Mo), 6. Johnny Bone, JR (Pea Ridge, AR), 7. Dylan Cantwell (Salina, OK), 8. Brennon Willard (Lebanon, MO), 9. Robert Heydenreich (Bolivar, MO), 10. Robbie McClain (Hot Springs , AR), 11. Brent Greenstreet (El Dorado Springs, MO),
B-Feature 2:1. Tim Setzer (Archie, MO), 2. Paul Cates (Spavinaw, OK), 3. Ryan Edde (Urbana, MO), 4. Brandon Givens (Hutchinson, KS), 5. John Fellers (Flemington, MO), 6. Donnie Fellers (Wheatland, MO), 7. Colton Eck (Goddard, KS), 8. Mike Streigel (Wheatland, MO), 9. Jason Pursley (Hermitage, MO), 10. Chris Tonoli (Hermitage, MO),
Heat 1:1. John Allen (Chanute, KS), 2. Gene Nichols (Lowell, MO), 3. Matt Dotson (Clark, MO), 4. Chase Jones (Eldorado Springs, MO), 5. Paul Cates (Spavinaw, OK), 6. Tim Setzer (Archie, MO), 7. Brandon Givens (Hutchinson, KS), 8. Scotty Bough (Nevada, MO), 9. Dylan Cantwell (Salina, OK), 10. Brennon Willard (Lebanon, MO),
Heat 2:1. Justin Rexwinkle (S. Coffeeville, OK), 2. Craig Wood (Eldorado Springs, MO), 3. Jon Sheets (Nevada, MO), 4. Stephen Muilenburg (Sparta, MO), 5. Robbie McClain (Hot Springs , AR), 6. Lucas Conley (Springhll, KS), 7. Johnny Bone, JR (Pea Ridge, AR), 8. Colton Eck (Goddard, KS), 9. Donnie Fellers (Wheatland, MO),
Heat 3:1. Jeff Cutshaw (Cross Timbers, MO), 2. Nathan Vaughn (Lincoln, MO), 3. Shad Badder (Oak Grove, MO), 4. Terry Kirk (Urbana, MO), 5. Ryan Edde (Urbana, MO), 6. David Ralph (Raymore, MO), 7. Brent Greenstreet (El Dorado Springs, MO), 8. Robert Heydenreich (Bolivar, MO), 9. Mitch Keeter (Webb City, Mo),
Heat 4:1. Jason Russell (Henley, MO), 2. Lucas Dobbs (El Dorado Springs, MO), 3. Dylan Hoover (Mexico, MO), 4. Lance Town (Louisburg, KS), 5. Chris Powell, 6. John Fellers (Flemington, MO), 7. Jason Pursley (Hermitage, MO), 8. Chris Tonoli (Hermitage, MO), 9. Mike Streigel (Wheatland, MO),
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