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Owens wins Lucas Oil race in Cleveland

By admin | June 18, 2010


CLEVELAND, TN (June 17, 2010) – Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN outlasted a hotly contested battle for the lead with Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN. He went on to collect his fourth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the year on Thursday Night at Cleveland Speedway in the 4th Annual Car Smart Race for the Cure [Juvenile Diabetes]. Owens and Bloomquist went back and forth for the lead in the first 22 laps of the race until Owens forged ahead on lap 23. He went on to win the $10,000 first place prize. Chris Madden of Gaffney, SC passed Bloomquist with ten laps to go to finish second followed by Bloomquist, Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC; and Randy Weaver of Crossville, TN.

Owens and Bloomquist made up the front row for the 4th Annual Car Smart “Race for the Cure” for Juvenile Diabetes 50 lap main event. The event was held before a packed grandstand. Bloomquist took the early lead with Owens, Earl Pearson Jr., Madden, and Dale McDowell in the top five early on in the race.

Owens dove to the inside of Bloomquist repeatedly during the first two circuits until he gained the lead for the first time on lap three. Bloomquist came back strong and regained the top spot a lap later. As the two leaders were dueling it out, Pearson and Madden were having their own battle for the third spot.

The first caution came out on lap seven for Chris Wall and Jonathan Davenport; the pair got together in turn number two. The restart saw Bloomquist on the point, followed by Owens and Pearson. Bloomquist quickly opened up a three-car length advantage over Owens, with Madden challenging Pearson in the race for third. Bloomquist began to enter traffic by lap 17, allowing Owens to close to within a car-length of him. Owens finally squeezed by Bloomquist for the lead coming off of turn number four on lap 23.

Just as the leaders crossed the start-finish line, the yellow came out for Steve Casebolt. On the restart, Madden made the move for third around Pearson on lap 27 after the two had battled side-by-side for two laps. Meanwhile Owens started to break away from Bloomquist stretching his lead out over the reigning series champion. Bloomquist and Madden slowly reeled in Owens with ten laps to go, but Owens was up to the task. He used lapped traffic to clear some distance between himself and the duo of Bloomquist and Madden. Madden saw his opportunity to pass Bloomquist on lap 40, but by then Owens was well ahead of him and without the benefit of any cautions it was Owens’ race to lose.

Owens was joined in victory lane by car owner Mike Reece and told the fans that it was quite a race in his eyes. “I hoped the fans enjoyed that one, we had a real good race going with Scott. Once we got out into the lead, our car was just on a rail. I have to thank my crew, we have struggled a little bit lately, but they have worked real hard this week and gave me a good car tonight. Thanks to Mike Reece for being here and all the fans for coming out tonight,” said the 38-year-old racer.

The number 20, Bloomquist Race Cars Ford Fusion, powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and sponsored by Reece Monument Company, Gantte Appraisals, Red Line Oil, VP Racing Fuels, Byrd’s Radiator, C&C Trucking, Alwee Trucking, and Ohlins.

Madden was second in the Xtreme Customs and Cycles/Cornett Racing Engines/Bloomquist Race Cars entry followed by Bloomquist in the Miller Brothers Construction/VP Racing Fuels/Bloomquist Race Cars Monte Carlo SS. Ray Cook came home in fourth in the D&R Racing/Hicks and Ingle Company General Contracting/MasterSbilt Monte Carlo with Weaver finishing fifth in the BKW Disaster and Recovery/Bloomquist Race Cars entry.

Completing the top ten were Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL; Dan Schlieper of Sullivan, WI; Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN; Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA; and John Blankenship of Williamson, WV.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log on to www.lucasdirt.com or call the series office at (951) 532-2503.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Race Summary

Thursday Night, June 17th, 2010

“4th Annual Car Smart Race for the Cure [Juvenile Diabetes]“

Cleveland Speedway – Cleveland, TN

Red Buck Cigars Fast Time: Scott Bloomquist / 13.086 seconds

Wiles Driveshaft’s First Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Jimmy Owens, Dale McDowell, Brad Neat, Tony Knowles, Brandon Kinzer, Eric Jacobsen, Gabe Wilson, John Winge, Tim Isenberg, Steve Casebolt, Brett Wyatt

AFCO Racing Products Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Chris Madden, John Blankenship, Tyler Reddick, Shawn Chastain, Lee Sutton, Jeff Neubert, Matt Helbing, Derek Ellis, Michael Walker, Freddy Smith

Allstar Performance Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Scott Bloomquist, Randy Weaver, Don O’Neal, Mike Marlar, Chris Wall, Kayne Hickman, Steve Smith, David Payne, Chris Brown, Jamie Oliver, John Mason

SuperFlow Fourth Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Earl Pearson Jr., Dan Schlieper, Jonathan Davenport, Tommy Kerr, Rick Rogers, Todd Morrow, Frank Ingram, Eric Wells, Johnny Chastain, Donal Bradsher, Casey Roberts-DNS

Hawk Brake First B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Transfer): Eric Jacobsen, Steve Casebolt, Lee Sutton, Brett Wyatt, Brandon Kinzer, Shawn Chastain, Gabe Wilson, Jeff Neubert, John Winge, Matt Helbing, Freddy Smith, Michael Walker, Tim Isenberg-DNS, Derek Ellis-DNS

Performance Rod and Custom (PRC) Second B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Transfer): Chris Wall, Eric Wells, Todd Morrow, Rick Rogers, Chris Brown, John Mason, Frank Ingram, Jamie Oliver, Johnny Chastain, Kayne Hickman, Donald Bradsher, David Payne, Steve Smith-DNS, Casey Roberts-DNS

Finish – Start – Car Number – Driver Name – Hometown

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN
1 1 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
2 3 44m Chris Madden Gaffney, SC
3 2 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN
4 7 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC
5 6 116 Randy Weaver Crossville, TN
6 4 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL
7 8 s9 Dan Schlieper Sullivan, WI
8 14 71 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN
9 5 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA
10 11 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
11 16 4T Tommy Kerr Maryville, tn
12 20 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY
13 10 157 Mike Marlar Winfield, TN
14 12 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA
15 17 5 Eric Jacobsen Watsonville, CA
16 9 41n Brad Neat Dunnville, KY
17 18 71w Chris Wall Holden, LA
18 15 11t Tyler Reddick Corning, CA
19 23 9t Tim Isenberg Marshfield, WI
20 19 c9 Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN
21 21 L7 Lee Sutton Taylorsville, GA
22 13 26 Tony Knowles Tyrone, GA
23 22 T1 Todd Morrow East Ridge, TN
24 24 64 Michael Walker Franklin, TN


Race Statistics
Entrants: 44
Lap Leaders: Scott Bloomquist (Laps 1- 3); Jimmy Owens (Lap 3); Scott Bloomquist (Laps 4-22); Jimmy Owens (Laps 23-50)
Caution Flags: Chris Wall, Jonathan Davenport (Lap 7); Steve Casebolt (Lap 23)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Tim Isenberg, Michael Walker
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: none
PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Eric Wells (Started 20th; Finished 12th; Advanced 8 positions)
Ohlin’s Shocks Performer of the Race: Ray Cook
K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Jimmy Owens
Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Eric Wells
Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Cornett Racing Engines
Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award: Michael Walker
DirtonDirt.com Crew Chief of the Race: Richard Davis (Eric Wells)
Time of Race: 26 minutes, 38 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS
1 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 2650
2 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 2530
3 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 2445
4 71 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN 2315
5 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC 2195
6 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA 2110
7 c9 Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN 2025
8 s9 Dan Schlieper Sullivan, WI 1995
9 71w Chris Wall Holden, LA 1960
10 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY 1915
11 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV 1880
12 41n Brad Neat Dunnville, KY 1810
13 157 Mike Marlar Winfield, TN 1775
14 9t Tim Isenberg Marshfield, WI 1510
15 28e Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL 1475
16 11t Tyler Reddick Corning, CA 1360
17 25f Jason Feger Bloomington, IL 1265
18 57J Bub McCool Vicksburg, MS 1215
19 64 Michael Walker Franklin, TN 1190

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