By admin | June 1, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
UNION, KY (May 31, 2014) – Jimmy Owens led a Club 29 Race Cars sweep of the top two spots Saturday Night at Florence Speedway. Owens took the lead from Duane Chamberlain just past the half-way mark and went on to win his third career Ralph Latham Memorial Race sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.
Darrell Lanigan, who builds the Club 29 Race Cars out of his shop just a few miles from the race track finished second to Owens followed by Don O’Neal, Scott Bloomquist, and John Blankenship.
“The car was just rolling,” said the winner who has now captured three of out the last four LOLMDS events. “I was thankful they went out and re-did the bottom of the race track. Starting seventh, I felt a little bit better at my chances. The fans here always get to see a good show. He (Chamberlain) was running the top and I decided I could run the low line better during the mid-part of the race. Once I got by him, I moved back to the top. Last week we moved to the bottom and it kind of bit us.”
“What a weekend we have had! Winning at Tazewell last night and here tonight, it’s been just awesome. I have always liked running here. I want to thank my car owner, Mike Reece and my sponsors: Reece Monument Company, Edge Services, Sunoco, Midwest Sheet Metal, Keyser, Ohlins, C&C Trucking, Cornett Engines, and FORD. It’s been great working with Darrell on these cars. We had a great race here in April between us. He builds a nice car. The maneuverability is just tremendous the last two nights I could run anywhere on the race tracks we have raced on.’
Chamberlain was looking for the biggest win of his racing career. He set overall fast time for the night, and then rocketed to the lead at the start of the main event, looking to continue his momentum. He held the top spot for the first 25 laps of the race until Owens forged ahead. O’Neal then took over the second spot and ran in that position until Lanigan, who started 12th, passed him with ten laps to go. Lanigan could not make up any ground on the front-running Owens.
“Congrats to Jimmy on the win. We just started too far back, but when they worked on the track, that helped a lot. It’s good to come here close to home and run well. Our program has been really good this year. Building these cars with Ronnie Stuckey has really kept us at the shop busy over the last year. Hopefully the wins will keep coming and we can have a great year.”
O’Neal maintains to hold on to the series points lead as the series takes a weekend off. He was trying to expand his lead a-top the standings and also looking for his third-straight win in the annual event. “We always seem to be near the front here at Florence. Our car was good tonight, we were just a little bit off. I am sure it was real a good race for the fans to watch. Jimmy has gained a lot of ground on us in the last few weeks. We need to start getting some more wins.”
Completing the top ten were Kent Robinson, Steve Francis, Rod Conley, Mike Marlar, and Jared Landers.
In preliminary action, Duane Chamberlain set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the 36 entrants, with a lap of 16.479 seconds. RJ Conley set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 16.568 seconds. RJ Conley, Don O’Neal, Duane Chamberlain, and Steve Francis won their respective heat races. John Blankenship and Rod Conley won their respective B-Mains.
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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Saturday Night, May 31st, 2014
Florence Speedway – Union, KY
Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: RJ Conley / 16.568 seconds
Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Duane Chamberlain/ 16.479 seconds
Fast Shafts Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): RJ Conley, Kent Robinson, Randy Weaver, Eddie Carrier, Jr., John Blankenship, Dustin Linville, Eric Wells, Brad Neat, Jeff Alsip
Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Don O’Neal, Jimmy Owens, Scott Bloomquist, Justin Rattliff, Jesse Lay, Ethan Burgess, Robby Hensley, Dennis Erb, Jr., Dustin Neat-DNS
Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Duane Chamberlain, Ray Cook, Scott James, Jason Papich, Nick Latham, Steve Landrum, Earl Pearson, Jr., Jason Hughes, Terry Lanigan-DNS
FK Rod Ends Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Steve Francis, Mike Marlar, Darrell Lanigan, Greg Johnson, Michael Chilton, Rod Conley, Steve Casebolt, Jared Landers, James Rice-DNS
JRi Shocks B-Main #1 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): John Blankenship, Jesse Lay, Dustin Linville, Ethan Burgess, Eric Wells, Robby Hensley, Jeff Alsip, Dennis Erb, Jr., Dustin Neat, Brad Neat
CV Products B-Main #2 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Rod Conley, Nick Latham, Michael Chilton, Jason Hughes, Steve Landrum, Steve Casebolt , Earl Pearson, Jr.-DNS, Jared Landers-DNS, Terry Lanigan-DNS, James Rice-DNS
Feature Finish (50 Laps):
Eddie Carrier, Jr.
Salt Rock, WV
Dennis Erb, Jr.
Earl Pearson, Jr.
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