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Weekly Winners 9/11/18 - 9/17/18 September 17, 2018

Weekly Winners 9/11/18 - 9/17/18

Congratulations to:

Jimmy Owens – Knoxville Raceway

Brandon Sheppard – Knoxville Raceway

Tyler Erb – Knoxville Raceway

Jeep Van Wormer – Berlin Raceway

AJ Diemel – Cedar Lake Speedway

Max Blair – Freedom Motorsports Park

Paul Banghart – Tucson Speedway

Ron Barker – Lafayette County Speedway

James Dennis – Ohio Valley Speedway

Joss Moffatt – Lawrenceburg Speedway

Duane Howard – Grandview Speedway

Mitch McGrath – Plymouth Dirt Track

Clint Smith – Senoia Raceway

Jason Genco – Genesee Speedway

David Scott – Hummingbird Speedway

Mike Maresca – Thunder Mountain Speedway

Logan Roberson – 411 Motor Speedway

Tyler Bare – Beckley Motorsports Park

Tim Fuller – Mohawk International Raceway

Matt Sheppard – Brewerton Speedway

Jack Sullivan – Batesville Speedway

Cruz Skinner – Senoia Raceway (pictured)

Jonathan Taylor – Bedford Speedway

Kevin Smith - Skagit Speedway

Shaun Mayea - Madras Speedway

Jordan Grabouski - Junction Motor Speedway

Brandon Beckendorf - Park Jefferson Speedway

Clint Hatlestad - Arlington Raceway

 

Owens Conquers Late Model Knoxville Nationals September 15, 2018

Owens Conquers Late Model Knoxville Nationals

 Three-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series champion walked away with a $40,000 check after ruling the 15th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Store.

Owens took the lead on lap 41 from Brandon Sheppard and held off a charging Bobby Pierce to score his first Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals victory. Don O’Neal fought off a late-race challenge from Josh Richards to finish second. Richards came home in third, followed by Scott Bloomquist and 28th starter Brian Shirley.

Gaining momentum from a lap 38 restart, Owens powered on lap 41. Owens stretched his lead to a full straightaway mid-race before encountering lapped traffic on lap 75, opening the door for Pierce. The duo crossed the line door-to-door on the 80th circuit before Pierce slipped over the berm and lost his momentum, relinquishing the spot to Owens.

Don O’Neal moved into second after a lap-82 restart, shuffling Pierce to third. The final caution waved on lap 88 when O’Neal and Pierce made contact while battling for second. Owens sailed away in the final laps to become the twelfth different winner of the annual event.

“This is awesome,” Owens said. “I have to thank Leon Ramirez and all of my friends and family for believing in me. Thanks to God for a safe race and to all of the fans. I hope Leon, and everyone was watching tonight cheering me on. They have had enough heartbreak like I have this year. It’s awesome to get this win and thanks to my crew for busting their tails.”

“When Bobby [Pierce] got up beside me it didn’t change how I was running,” Owens added. “We a good car. The lapped cars were running three and four wide and I knew those guys behind me were going to close in on me. I was expecting some sort of pass from someone. It was so hard to maneuver through traffic because the track was so good tonight.”

O’Neal was looking for his second-career Late Model Nationals victory. “The cushion was really treacherous especially at the end of the race. We would fall back a spot or two on the restarts. We have had a little bad luck and been off a few times, but we got things turned around here tonight and it helps the morale of the Peak Antifreeze team.”

Richards, who has earned four, second-place finishes in the event was happy with his podium finish. “I had a blast out there. We had some problems yesterday that got us behind. We could have gotten some more points last night, but thanks to everyone on the Best Performance team for working hard on the car. I think we were a little better than Don [O’Neal] at the end I just couldn’t quite squeeze by him. We had a fun race there.”

Owens’ Ramirez Motorsports-owned Rocket Chassis is powered by a Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by: E3 Spark Plugs, Boomtest Well Service, Tommy Pope Construction, Red Bone Fishing and Rental, Power Rig, LLC, Red Line Oil, Keyser, Hypercoil Springs, Midwest Sheet Metal and Cheap Cars.

Completing the top ten were Brandon Sheppard, Bobby Pierce, Tyler Erb, Chad Simpson and Earl Pearson Jr.

For more news visit www.lucasdirt.com

Howard Takes Checkers In Freedom 76 at Grandview Speedway September 15, 2018

Howard Takes Checkers In Freedom 76 at Grandview Speedway

Duane Howard, behind the wheel of the Norm Hansell owned Norm’s Save Station No. 357, has had his share of problems throughout the 2018 season on Saturday nights at Grandview Speedway, but the team never gave up. They continued to try different venues to put the Carroll Hine powered mount in Grandview’s Saturday night victory lane – a place he had not stood in during the regular season since August 20, 2016.

The table finally turned for the five-time point champion during the running of the 48th Annual Freedom 76-lap T.P. Trailers Modified feature – a race Howard previously won four times.

Starting fifth through the luck of the draw, in a field of 34 cars Howard battled with Ryan Godown, runner-up and leader for 16 laps prior to the 31st lap restart when Howard took the lead.

Dealing with heavy lap traffic numerous times, Howard changed lanes to weave through the cars and this allowed Godown to reel him in, but Godown couldn’t make the move to the front and ran second the rest of the way while having to deal with third-place finisher Craig Von Dohren in the later stages.

When things were all set and done Howard picked up his biggest win of the season for a payday of $25,000 plus lap money, $250 from TP Trailers, products from VP Fuel providing he met the necessary requirements plus the Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie. A winner of the event in 1993, 1997, 1999 and 2011 plus now this year, Howard is now tied with Craig Von Dohren at five wins in the prestigious event.

Richie Pratt put the Kyle Borror-owned No. B4 into the early lead at the drop of the green from starter Ray Kemp with Kyle Weiss, Godown, Howard and Brian Hirthler in pursuit.

The red was thrown with eight laps in the books when Ryan Krachun’s car caught fire in turn four. He was uninjured, but out of the race. Pratt continued his pace with Godown making his presence known.

Godown put the Searock No. 26 at the head of the pack on the 15th circuit while Pratt, Howard, Weiss and Mike Gular jockeyed for positions.

On the 20th lap Stewart Friesen, who came straight from Las Vegas after competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck race the previous night, Ryan Grim and Brian Papiez tangled between turns one and two right in front of the leaders and the other front runners bringing out the yellow. Godown narrowly missed the cars, but Pratt wasn’t as fortunate and got caught up in the melee which forced him to restart in the rear of the field. Godown held his pace when action resumed with pressure now coming from Howard, Gular, Weiss and Jeff Strunk, the defending race winner of the race the past two years.

Godown’s comfortable lead was erased when the red was thrown for a 10-car pile-up in which Pratt rolled and Billy Pauch Jr. was also involved. Several cars were eliminated. It was still Godown as the race leader when action resumed.

On the 30th lap while battling for positions, newly crowned 2018 NASCAR Modified point champion Mike Gular and Strunk made contact in the third turn with Strunk making contact with the wall erasing his chances of making the event a three-peat. Also involved was Skylar Sheriff, who hit the front end of Strunk’s car and hit the fourth turn wall with heavy impact. Sheriff was shaken up a bit and complained of leg pain.

While this took place Godown and Ray Swinehart, who were running first and third using alcohol while the others used gas, were allowed a fuel stop without losing their positions. When the race went green this time Howard took command trailed by Godown, Anthony Perrego, Gular and Swinehart.

By the 57th lap the race for the lead was a three-way one between Howard, Godown and Von Dohren, who started deep in the pack in 29th having to get in through the Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20.

With ten laps to go and Howard encountering heavy lap traffic the order behind him was now comprised of Godown, Von Dohren, Jared Umbenhauer and Friesen, who came from the back of the pack several times.

Howard overcame all obstacles and held off all the competitors’ challenges to chalk up a well-earned win. Chasing him across were Godown, Von Dohren, who earned the Bobby Gunther Walsh and sponsors Hard Charger award worth $1,000, Umbenhauer and Friesen.

Meme DeSantis and Ray Swinehart, who finished ninth and 16th received a $100 bonus from Donnie and Patti Miller in memory of their son Chad who lost his life on September 16.

Alan Johnson, Frank Yankowski, Kenny Gilmore, Pratt, Perrego and Scott Albert won the five 12-lap heats.

T.J. Lilly, Alex Yankowski, Doug Manmiller, Don Norris Jr., Rich Rutski and Mike Lisowski qualified through the consolation races to get into the Schaeffer Motorsports Minuteman 20 – the last chance to get into the Freedom 76.

Rick Laubach won the event and dedicated the win to car owner Lori Hermann who recently lost her battle with cancer. Finishing second was Friesen followed by Von Dohren, Papiez and Manmiller.

Strunk won the 10-lap Cash Dash worth $1,000.

For more news visit www.grandviewspeedway.com

Weekly Winners 9/4/18 - 9/10/18 September 10, 2018

Weekly Winners 9/4/18 - 9/10/18

Congratulations to:

Brandon Overton – Screven Motor Speedway (pictured)

Jimmy Owens – Eldora Speedway

Shaun Sewell – Fayetteville Motor Speedway

Jimmy Park Jr. – Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Corey Madden – Boone Speedway

Michael Lake – Thunder Mountain Speedway

Danny Johnson – Autodrome Drummond

Tim Fuller – Can-Am Motorsports Park

Jeremy Smith – Thunder Mountain Speedway

Ryan Susice – Ransomville Speedway

Jimmy Phelps – Le RPM Speedway

Tom Sprague Jr. – Thunderbird Speedway

 

 

Jimmy Phelps Wins at Le RPM Speedway September 8, 2018

Jimmy Phelps Wins at Le RPM Speedway

Saint-Marcel-de-Richelieu, QUE – September 8, 2018 – HBR Motorsports veteran driver Jimmy Phelps stole his second win of the season with a late-race pass on defending Champion Matt Sheppard at Le RPM Speedway. After starting eleventh, Phelps picked his way to the front with precision moves and calculated risks. It seemed as though Sheppard would hold him off, but on a restart, Phelps went low and came out ahead of the no. 9s going down the backstretch. For the remaining laps, Phelps made his Modified very wide to prevent the counter attack. Fellow sixth row starter Danny Johnson also had a strong charge to the front and finished in second place. Defending Series Championship Matt Sheppard lead the most laps, but he could not match Phelps’ determination in getting to the front.

 

Two young guns aiming for their first Super DIRTcar Series Championships started on the front row for the 100-lap event. Max McLaughlin started on the pole, while Erick Rudolph took the start on the outside of row one. Rudolph currently sits second in overall Championship points and McLaughlin rides in third. As it would turn out, neither would be in Championship form on the tricky Le RPM Speedway. McLaughlin immediately lost the lead to Rudolph and faded deep into the top 10. After taking the lead, Rudolph was soon swallowed up by Matt Sheppard, who looked to have the car to beat.

From then on Matt Sheppard kept the field in check on long green-flag runs. Unfortunately for Sheppard, his car needed a few laps to come alive and a lap 90 caution flag resulted in a restart he could not recover from.

“I just wasn’t that good after cautions. It took me a few laps to get rolling. I feel like we were rolling pretty good there before that lap 90 caution. Every time we go green I felt like it was on ice for two or three laps and unfortunately that was enough for Jimmy to get by me.”

Sheppard defended against charges from Steve Bernard and Danny Johnson, but failed to hold off Jimmy Phelps. Phelps was proud to get a win at Le RPM Speedway but even he knows there is room for improvement: “One thing I don’t think I did as good as them was run the middle to the top, but I could get a good run on the bottom in turns one and two. We were just really fortunate to make some really good moves. We didn’t feel really that good early and made a bunch of changes. We made some shock changes and set-up changes and tire changes. The guys worked their tails off over there. It’s good to finally get a win here. We had podiums both years and it seems like we always played bridesmaid so it feels good to finally get one.”

Danny Johnson drove all the way to the front from the 12th starting spot, right along side race winner Jimmy Phelps. Johnson has had great finishes since jumping back into a Troyer chassis and racing for Ray Graham. Despite the strong run, Danny Johnson is never satisfied with anything but a win. “It was really great. We came up a little bit short today, but I’m really proud of my team for giving us the opportunity to come here today and run as good as we did.”

For more news visit www.superdirtcarseries.com

Jimmy Owens Wins World 100 Prelim at Eldora Speedway September 6, 2018

Jimmy Owens Wins World 100 Prelim at Eldora Speedway

The Biggest Dirt Race In The World, the 48th annual World 100 commenced with the first of two Prelim Nights at the famed ½ (0.500) mile high-banked dirt oval of Eldora Speedway (OH), located just east of the Indiana/Ohio state line in Rossburg, Ohio on Thursday, September 6th. The first of three full nights of racing for the “Granddaddy of them all” featured the popular “Every Lap Matters” format highlighted by twin 25-lap features paying $10,000 to win each. An even 100 cars were in the pits and a pair of former Globe winners stood in victory lane at the end of a very long evening that had two rain delays totaling over five hours with the final checkered flag falling at 3:53a.m.

In the Even Feature, 2007 World 100 winner, Jimmy Owens, also one of just seven drivers to have won both tracks’ crown jewel events, the World 100 and the Dirt Late Model Dream, started on the pole and made no mistake the entire race in his #20 Ramirez Motorsports / Rocket XR1 Chassis / Durham Racing Engines ride. The Newport, TN veteran fended off consistent strong challenges from another former World 100 winner, Brian Birkhofer (2002 & 2012) to secure his second Prelim Night Feature victory of his career to move into the 46-year-old into five-way tie for second all-time in that category.

“We had a good car all night long except for Qualifying. I don’t know what I did there, but we missed it real bad. But in the heats, we were good, a couple of things went our way. Then we made a couple of changes for the Feature and we had a good hot rod.” Offered Owens in victory lane. “I felt like I could run through the middle of the race track a lot better than when I was going around the top. You could get some good momentum off the corners by just touching that right rear up in the stuff.” He added.

It would be Owens and Birkhofer leading the field to the green flag for the Even Feature and it was Owens rocketing out to the front of the field. Now a two-time and reigning DIRTcar Summer Nationals Champion, Brian Shirley slipped past Birkhofer for second from his fourth starting spot and tried to pressure Owens who held the point. Owens would keep a safe piece of real estate between himself and Shirley as the second-place driver was being pressured himself from Birkhofer who was looking to reclaim the runner-up spot.

With nine laps to go, Birkhofer got past Shirley and set his sights on Owens for the race lead. He was able to get close but couldn’t quite muster up a charge as Owens would hang on to lead all 25 laps for the $10,00 paycheck. Birkhofer settled

for second as Zack Dohm, who started 12th, completed the podium finishers in third. Shirley fell back to fourth as Tim McCreadie completed the top five. Two-time and defending race winner, Jonathan Davenport started 14th and came through with a sixth place showing while Chad Simpson, Jimmy Mars, Chris Ferguson and 2006 World 100 winner, Earl Pearson Jr., would finish off the top 10.

For additional news visit www.eldoraspeedway.com