TN (August 21, 2009) - The top two drivers in the Lucas Oil
Late Model Dirt Series thrilled the partisan crowd on Friday
Night at Tazewell Speedway as Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN outran
Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN in winning the Toyota of
Knoxville 75. Owens passed Bloomquist in traffic on lap 21 and
then held off the current series point's leader down the stretch
to score his third series win of the season. Bloomquist finished
second as he now holds a 215 point lead over Owens with eight
races remaining. Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN finished third
followed by Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA and 14th starting
Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC.
Shanon Buckingham and Bloomquist started on the front row for
the 75 lap main event as Bloomquist jumped to the point at the
drop of the green flag. An early caution for Shon Flanary would
bunch the field up for the first restart of the race as Bloomquist
was on the point followed by Owens, who had started third, Buckingham,
PRC Fast Qualifier John Blankenship and 4-time track champion,
The race went green for five laps until a three car accident
in turn two halted the action. Bloomquist would again lead the
field on the restart, but two green flags would end with a caution
for a slowing Chad Ogle, who was leaking fluid on the race track.
Bloomquist and Owens then sprinted away on the restart with
Blankenship holding down third followed by Buckingham and Rogers.
The two frontrunning cars of Bloomquist and Owens then entered
traffic with 15 laps scored and when Bloomquist got boxed in
behind a slower car Owens made the move for the lead coming
off of turn number two going by Bloomquist on the top groove
to take over the lead on lap 21.
Owens was in front for two laps when Steve Casebolt's flat tire
slowed his pace and allowed Bloomquist to restart on his tail.
Owens and Bloomquist again showed their strength and a green
flag stretch of five laps would already result in the duo entering
more traffic as they picked up the back of the pack.
By lap 32 there were four cars in front of Owens as he was hanging
on for the lead as Bloomquist was putting on a charge again
for the lead. Blankenship was still running by himself in third
as Buckingham got shuffled back to eighth on lap 34 after fourth
from the start of the race.
Owens kept Bloomquist at arm's length, holding a three to four
car length lead at the halfway mark of the race. Blankenship
was now getting pressure for the first time in the race for
his position as O'Neal was up from his eighth starting spot
to challenge Blankenship for third.
The sixth caution of race for Eric Jacobsen on lap 54 would
bunch the field up again and on the restart O'Neal was finally
able to pass Blankenship for third after several laps of trying.
With 60 laps complete it was still the high flying show between
Owens and Bloomquist as they were still setting a quick pace
around the high-banked oval.
The seventh and last caution of the race would come out for
Blankenship who slowed with a flat tire with eleven laps remaining
in the race. The final restart of the race would have the capacity
crowd on their feet as Owens and Bloomquist would battle it
out to the finish.
Owens shot to a three-car length advantage over Bloomquist with
five laps to go. Bloomquist kept trying a lower groove off of
turn one to try and slice Owens' lead, but Owens hit his marks
in the closing laps as he went on to score the win over his
In the Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the third time in 2009 Owens
as he always does thanked a multitude of supporters including
his car owner, Mike Reece, who hails from Tazewell and was on
hand to watch his driver win. "I glad that we can win here
in front of Mike and all the great fans we have, Scott and I
had a real good race out there, it seemed like we got into traffic
quite a bit which happens a lot here, but we got a timely yellow
when we needed it, the lapped cars did a great job of letting
us by, it's tough out there on this track with traffic, but
our car was just really good on the restarts," said the
37-year old driver as he recorded his 12th career Lucas Oil
Late Model Dirt Series win.
The Mike Reece owned winning Bloomquist Race Cars Ford Fusion
is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and is sponsored by Reece
Monument Company, Gantte Appraisals, PRC, Ohlins Shocks, VP
Racing Fuels, Red Line Oil, Hoosier Tires, Byrd's Radiator and
Bloomquist had his third straight second place finish to keep
his points lead over Owens which stands at 215 points with eight
races remaining on the schedule. Bloomquist in his Miller Brothers
Coal/Sweet Mfg/Bloomquist Races Monte Carlo SS still is winless
on the Lucas Oil Series tour in 2009. O'Neal claimed third in
the Racing United Marketing/Superior Cleaning/MasterSbilt Race
Cars followed by McDowell in the Clint Bowyer Racing/Dollar
General/Warrior Impala SS and Ray Cook in the D&R Racing/Hicks
and Ingle General Contracting/MasterSbilt Monte Carlo SS.
Completing the top ten were PBM/Erson cams Hard Charger of the
Race, Billy Ogle Jr. of Knoxville, TN, Rick Rogers of Knoxville,
TN, Shanon Buckingham of Morristown, TN, Brad Neat of Dunnville,
KY and Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Friday Night, August 21st, 2009
Toyota Knoxville 75
Tazewell Speedway - Tazewell, TN
PRC Fast Time: John Blankenship/ 11.116 seconds
Hawk Brake First Heat (10 Laps-Top 6 Advance): Shanon
Buckingham, John Blankenship, Vic Hill, Bryan Hendrix, Tommy
Kerr, Billy Ogle Jr., Eric Jacobsen, Justin Rattliff, Brian
Smith, Jeff Wolfenbarger
Hawk Brake Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 6 Advance): Scott
Bloomquist, Rick Rogers, Don O'Neal, Chad Ogle, Ray Cook, David
Breazeale, Steve Casebolt, Marty Calloway, Shon Flanary
AFCO Racing Products Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 6 Advance):
Jimmy Owens, Earl Pearson Jr., Dale McDowell, Brad Neat, Steve
Smith, Brent Dixon, Freddy Smith, Michael Smith, Michael Walker,
Mason Racin' Rebel Shock Dyno First B-Main (12 Laps-Top 6
Advance): Eric Jacobsen, Freddy Smith, Steve Casebolt, Shon
Flanary, Marty Calloway, Justin rattliff, Brian Smith, Michael
Walker, Michael Smith, Dan Schlieper, Jeff Wolfenbarger-DNS
Toyota Knoxville 75 Feature Finish:
Finish (Start) Car Number Driver Name
1. (3) #20 Jimmy Owens
2. (2) #0 Scott Bloomquist
3. (8) #71 Don O'Neal
4. (9) #17M Dale McDowell
5. (14) #53 Ray Cook
6. (16) #201 Billy Ogle Jr.
7. (5) #44x Rick Rogers
8. (1) #50 Shanon Buckingham
9. (12) #41N Brad Neat
10. (6) #44 Earl Pearson Jr.
11. (17) #54 David Breazeale
12. (21) #c9 Steve Casebolt
13. (19) #5 Eric Jacobsen
14. (10) #5H Bryan Hendrix
15. (4) #23 John Blankenship
16. (22) #98 Shon Flanary
17. (18) #1D Brent Dixon
18. (13) #4t Tommy Kerr
19. (15) #3 Steve Smith
20. (20) #00 Freddy Smith
21. (7) #1v Vic Hill
22. (11) #10 Chad Ogle
23. (24) #64 Michael Walker
24. (23) #s9 Dan Schlieper
Lap Leaders: Laps 1-20 (Scott Bloomquist); Laps 21-100 (Jimmy
Caution Flags: Lap 1 ( Tommy Kerr and Shon Flanary); Lap 6 (Michael
Walker and Shon Flanary); Lap 8 (Chad Ogle); Lap 22 (Steve Casebolt);
Lap 38 (Eric Jacobsen); Lap 54 (Eric Jacobsen); Lap 64 (John
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Dan Schlieper,
Emergency Provisional: none
PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Billy Ogle Jr.
Allstar Performance Performer of the Race: Dale McDowell
K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Don O'Neal
Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: David Breazeale
Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Cornett Racing Engines
Time of the Race: 54 minutes 07 seconds
Petty of Tazewell set fast time in Modified Street with a lap
of 13.678 seconds and would line up beside Jody Horton for the
twenty lap feature. On the second circuit Horton would take
the lead from Petty. The first caution came for a wild wreck
on the front stretch as Leonard Bray tagged the outside wall
and flipped, eventually ending up on his top in turn one. After
a few tense moments Bray would emerge under his own power. After
the field was reset Petty would pull pitside with mecahnical
troubles. Horton would hold on to the lead over Brad Davis and
Greg Estes until lap eight when he would spin in turn four giving
the lead over to Davis in the Petty's Wrecker Service, West
Haven Speed Equipment, Bill Curl Racing Engines powered Camaro.
Davis would easily hold off Estes and lead the remainder of
the race. Davis's win was protested and after having his motor
inspected was found to be legal. Greg Estes was disqaualified
as he refused to have his motor further inspected.
Street Finishing Order
31 Greg Estes
the first time ever on the high banks of Tazewell Speedway the
Classic Cars were showcased. These cars are powered by modified
four cylinder engines and have bodies modeled after the coupes
and sedans of the 1930's. Thirteen cars signed in with Drew
Kennedy posting fast time. In the feature Logan Dukes of Knoxville
in the Carolina Furniture, Carway Auto Sales, Shields Electronics,
American Race Tire sponsored Ford Coupe would record the first
Classic Car win at The Taz.
Car Finishing Order
Joe Hotrod Keck
the Pure Street Feature Jonathan Miracle picked up his third
win in four weeks in the Thomas Noah Racing Monte Carlo.