Jimmy owens outlasts competition in winning lucas oil dixie shootout

WOODSTOCK, GA (October 6, 2012) - Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN, won Saturday night's 23rd Annual Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout at Dixie Speedway. Owens, who started 13th on the grid, inherited the lead when Chris Madden of Gaffney, SC, broke a wheel and spun in turn four while leading with three laps remaining in the race. Owens then cruised on for the victory for the first time in the annual event sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA, took the Clint Bowyer Racing Team entry across the finish line in second followed closely by John Blankenship of Williamson, WV, in the Coal America's Energy ride. Eric Wells of Hazard, KY, was fourth and Tony Knowles of Tyrone, GA, was the top finishing home-state driver grabbing the fifth spot.

Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC, was looking to sweep the activities for the night as he was the Red Buck Fast Qualifier and dominated his heat race, then led the first five laps until he left the race under caution with left front suspension issues.

Madden, who started fourth, was running second when Cook exited the race and inherited the lead. A massive pile-up occurred twice, both times in turn two, which heavily damaged several contenders including former Shootout winners Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN, and Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN. Steve Francis of Ashland, KY, last week's winner at Knoxville (IA) Raceway, was also involved suffering severe damage to his Barry Wright Race Cars entry.

After a couple of restarts, Madden was the man to beat as he held a comfortable lead over Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, GA, and Owens, who were running second and third. Owens was able to get around Clanton on lap 34. Threelaps later, the caution flew when Clanton ended up in the turn-four wall ending his night.

Madden and Owens then had a spirited battle for the point as the two raced around the D-shaped oval. Owens was all over Madden, but with three laps to go, Madden lost control of his car in turn four when his wheel broke, eliminating him from contention

"We didn't run that well in our heat race," said Owens, who claimed his 35th career LOLMDS victory, which is second all-time to Scott Bloomquist's 45 wins. "Chris (Madden) was running awful well tonight and I don't know if I could have passed him, both he and Ray (Cook) were going to be the cars to beat tonight."

"Our goal now for the rest of the year is to win each race, the points are pretty well over, it's good to win here, and this is a prestigious race here in the Southeast, we finally got that trophy. I want to thank my car owner, Mike Reece, my crew and all the fans for coming out tonight," said the 40-year-old driver.

"I have to thank Reece Monument Company, Gantte Appraisals, Red Line Oil, Sunoco Race Fuels, Midwest Sheet Metal, C&C Trucking, Hoosier, Keyser and Ohlins, Scott (Bloomquist) builds a good car and Jack Cornett builds some great engines."

Completing the top ten were Tyler Reddick of Corning, CA; Steve Casebolt of Richmond, IN; Billy Ogle of Knoxville, TN; Chris Madden of Gaffney, SC; and Johnny Chastain of Murphy, NC.

Tomorrow night, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series heads over to Rome International Speedway in Rome, GA, for the Lucas Oil "Rome Rumble." The event will feature RedBuck Time Trials, heats, B-Mains, and the 50-lap, $10,000-to-win "Rome Rumble Feature" For more information, log on to www.dixiespeedway.com/Rome.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Race Summary

Saturday Night, October 6th, 2012
Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout
Dixie Speedway - Woodstock, GA

RedBuck Fast Time Group A: David Payne / 14.698 seconds

RedBuck Fast Time Group B: Ray Cook / 14.469 seconds

Wiles Driveshafts First Heat (10 Laps - Top 4 Transfer): Tony Knowles, David Payne, Jonathan Davenport, Jimmy Owens, Eric Jacobsen, Jake Knowles, Casey Roberts, Tyler Millwood, Eddie Blackmon, Brian Reese, Vic Hill, Michael Asberry, Frank Ingram-NR

U. S. Steel Second Heat (10 Laps - Top 4 Transfer): Shane Clanton, Jared Landers, Scott Bloomquist, John Blankenship, Steve Casebolt , Pat Doar, Dillon Wood, Michael Page, Dale Thurman, Scott Hall, Casey Barrow, Tracy Pearson

Simpson Performance Products Third Heat (10 Laps - Top 4 Transfer): Ray Cook, Clint Smith, Earl Pearson, Jr., Chip Brindle, Jody Knowles, Jason Croft, Jacob Grizzle, Glenn Morris, Tim Day, Marty Lunsford, Steve Francis, Mike Marlar

HAWK Brakes Fourth Heat (10 Laps - Top 4 Transfer): Chris Madden, Tyler Reddick, Billy Ogle Jr., Eric Wells, Derek Ellis, Johnny Chastain, Don O'Neal, Luther Jenkins, Gary McPherson, Lamar Haygood, Mike McConnell, Ricky Williams

JRi Shocks First B-Main (12 Laps - Top 3 Transfer): Steve Casebolt , Pat Doar, Jake Knowles, Eric Jacobsen, Casey Roberts, Tyler Millwood, Dillon Wood, Dale Thurman, Eddie Blackmon, Scott Hall, Tracy Pearson, Vic Hill, Michael Page, Casey Barrow, Brian Reese-NR, Michael Asberry-NR, Frank Ingram-NR

PAC Racing Springs Second B-Main (12 Laps - Top 3 Transfer): Derek Ellis, Jody Knowles, Johnny Chastain, Don O'Neal, Jacob Grizzle, Jason Croft, Ricky Williams, Gary McPherson, Mike McConnell, Luther Jenkins, Glenn Morris, Lamar Haygood, Tim Day, Marty Lunsford-NR, Steve Francis-NR, Mike Marlar-NR

Feature Finish – 50 Laps

FINISH

START

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

1

13

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

2

9

15d

Jonathan Davenport

Blairsville, GA

3

15

23

John Blankenship

Williamson, WV

4

16

18e

Eric Wells

Hazard, KY

5

1

26

Tony Knowles

Tyrone, GA

6

8

11T

Tyler Reddick

Corning, CA

7

17

c9

Steve Casebolt

Richmond, IN

8

12

201

Billy Ogle Jr.

Knoxville, TN

9

4

44m

Chris Madden

Gaffney, SC

10

22

00c

Johnny Chastain

Murphy, NC

11

3

25c

Shane Clanton

Fayetteville, GA

12

5

8

David Payne

Murphy, NC

13

10

44

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

14

24

15

Steve Francis

Ashland, KY

15

21

66

Jake Knowles

Tyrone, GA

16

23

71

Don O'Neal

Martinsville, IN

17

7

5

Jared Landers

Batesville, AR

18

18

99

Derek Ellis

Chatsworth, GA

19

6

44c

Clint Smith

Senoia, GA

20

11

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

21

14

24

Chip Brindle

Chatsworth, GA

22

2

53

Ray Cook

Brasstown, NC

23

20

66J

Jody Knowles

Tyrone, GA

24

19

11

Pat Doar

New Richmond, WI

 

Race Statistics

Entrants: 49

Lap Leaders: Ray Cook (Laps 1 – 5); Chris Madden (Laps 6 – 47); Jimmy Owens (Laps 48 – 50)

Caution Flags: Chris Madden (Lap 5); Scott Bloomquist, John Blankenship, Chip Brindle, Johnny Chastain, Don O’Neal, Clint Smith (Lap 5); Jared Landers, Derek Ellis, Steve Francis, Chip Brindle, Jake Knowles, Don O’Neal, Clint Smith, Scott Bloomquist (Lap 6); Shane Clanton (Lap 37); Johnny Chastain (Lap 40); Chris Madden (Lap 47)

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Don O’Neal, Steve Francis

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: none
RedBuck Fast Time Provisional: none

Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Jimmy Owens (Started 13th; Finished 1st; Advanced 12 positions)

Allstar Performer of the Race: John Blankenship

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Jimmy Owens

ASi Racewear Challenge Finisher: Jimmy Owens

Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Jonathan Davenport

COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Cornett Racing Engines

Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Bloomquist Race Cars

Sweet Mfg Crew Chief of the Race: Chris Fox (Jimmy Owens)

Time of Race: 42 minutes 45 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

POINTS

1

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

7690

2

71

Don O'Neal

Martinsville, IN

7215

3

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

7160

4

15

Steve Francis

Ashland, KY

7025

5

23

John Blankenship

Williamson, WV

6630

6

44

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

6475

7

15d

Jonathan Davenport

Blairsville, GA

6300

8

11T

Tyler Reddick

Corning, CA

6135

9

5

Jared Landers

Batesville, AR

6015

10

18e

Eric Wells

Hazard, KY

5965