ONE FOR THE BOOKS
The CMH Late Model Showdown this past Saturday was one for the books, as they say. There was a huge crowd on hand as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the O’Reilly MLRA prepared to get to it.
“That was the best race I have ever seen,” said a fan as he passed by me and several others in the precession to the parking lot shouted in agreement to the old man’s comment.
After 50 laps of wild two, three and four wide racing and five or six lead changes, Bart Hartman of Zanesville, OH finally took the win and made the turn for the AAA Winner’s Circle with a flat right rear. The 39-year-old, second generation racer picked up his first win of 2008, and first series win since 2005, which vaulted him into second place in the Lucas Oil Championship Points Standings.
Hartman’s thrilling win allowed him to become the 19th different winner of the LOLMDS season. Hartman led Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL; Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA; Terry Phillips of Springfield, MO; and Terry Casey of New London, WI to the finish line for the $10,000 triumph.
“It was an amazing night of racing,” said Kevin Greven. “The Lucas Oil Late Models, O’Reilly MLRA and Pitt’s Homes Racers always put on a great show, I am just glad the weather finally allowed fans to get out here and see it. They were definitely not disappointed tonight!”
From amidst the wild racing through out the field came Terry Phillips as he charged to the front from an 18th place start to finish 4th. “The track was really starting to come to me,” said Phillips from the AAA Winner’s Circle, “We just had the wrong tire combination at the end.”
In the Pitt’s Homes “A” Modifieds it was Phillip’s Team Mate Eric Turner also charging through the field from a 17th place start to finish second. Johnny Bone Jr. took the feature win, his second this season at the Diamond of Dirt Tracks. Justin Folk joined the two in the AAA Winner’s Circle. Steve Martin and Johnny Fennewald rounded out the top 5.
For complete results and more of the story from the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Models, log on to www.lucasdirt.com. For complete results from the Pitt’s Homes “A” Mods check out the driver results section on the Home page at LucasOilSpeedway.com.
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