31, 2013 - John Blankenship took home his first ever win at
Tazewell Speedway on Friday Night capturing the Toyota Knoxville
50. Blankenship picked up his second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt
Series win of 2013 after taking over the lead on lap nine, when
race leader Scott Bloomquist went pitside. Blankenship then
held off several challenges from Jimmy Owens as he pulled away
at the end. Owens nursed a smoking car home in second followed
by Earl Pearson Jr., Dennis Erb Jr. and Steve Francis.
"Yes that was a tough race, Francis got me on the restart
and then we were finally able to make it stick. I saw Jimmy's
nose a couple of times, I got a little excited, but we kept
at it and it feels good to win so close to our race shop in
Knoxville," said the winner. "I am glad that Bobby's
(Pierce) ok, I saw Scott (Bloomquist) slide in there, he must
have gotten a lot of damage, because I saw him pull out of the
Blankenship inherited the lead with Owens, following closely
in second. Blankenship and Owens put on a terrific battle for
the lead for several circuits with Owens actually being credited
with leading lap 20. Blankenship regained the top spot a lap
later and went on to lead the rest of the way. Owens started
fading in the final ten laps as smoke was pouring out of his
"I have to thank all of my sponsors, Coal, Todd Case Trucking,
Bear Cove Village, VP, Integra, Cornett Racing Engines and Rocket
Chassis. My crew has been outstanding lately; we came into this
season looking to win the championship and with a win tonight
it sure helps! Two wins out of the last three, so we hope to
keep the momentum going at Florence tomorrow night, that's a
track we need to improve our performance at."
Owens, with his second place finish, maintained his points lead.
"We were just hanging on there at the end. I don't know
if it was an oil leak or what, fortunately we were far enough
ahead of those other guys, but we will go through the car and
get ready for Florence. The track was racy tonight, there must
have been a full-moon or something, and I want to thank all
the fans for coming out tonight."
Completing the top ten were Eddie Carrier Jr., Billy Ogle, Jr.,
Jared Landers, Brad Neat and Billy Moyer, Jr.
In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set the overall time
(Group A) amongst the 21 entrants, with a lap of 10.966 seconds.
Jeff Wolfenbarger set the fastest time in Group B with a time
of 11.109 seconds. Scott Bloomquist, Chris Madden, and Steve
Francis won their respective heat races.
Oil Late Model Dirt Series Toyota Knoxville 50
1. 23 John Blankenship
2. 20 Jimmy Owens
3. 44 Earl Pearson Jr.
4. 28e Dennis Erb Jr.
5. 15 Steve Francis
6. 28 Eddie Carrier Jr.
7. 201 Billy Ogle Jr.
8. 5 Jared Landers
9. 41 Brad Neat
10. Billy Moyer Jr.
11. 11 Tommy Bailey
12. 25 Josh Henry
13. 7L Jerry Lierly
14. 23B Jay Brunson
15. 44M Chris Madden
16. 0 Scott Bloomquist
17. 71 Don O'Neal
18. 32 Bobby Pierce
19. 28 Jeff Wolfenbarger
20. 5H Bryan Hendrix
21. 14 Terry Wolfenbarger
Sportsman action Keith Chapman of Powell, TN picked up his fourth
win of the season in the A-1 Storage Trailers, JRT Promotions,
Sun Electric Company, Trammell Construction, Fast Lane Signs
and Graphics, Hatmaker Holdings sponsored Warrior Studebaker
SS. Chapman set fast time and battled door to door with Heath
Alvey several time early in the feature.
1. 97 Keith Chapman
2. 7 Heath Alvey
3. 56H Jordon Horton
4. 01 Jerry Hux
5. 46 Derrick Shockley
6. 2C Ryan Coppock
7. J7 Jody Horton
DNS 88 Billy Gordon
Blanken of Morristown, TN set fast time among the Modified Street
entries and held off Robbie Buchanan for his third win of the
season on the Britt's Welding, Morristown Towing and Automotive,
Sonny's Collision Monte Carlo. A protest was issued on Blanken's
engine and was deemed legal after a post race inspection.
1. 5 Gary Blanken
2. P21 Robbie Buchanan
3. 56 Tony Horton
4. 33 Warren McMahan
5. 4 Clyde Overholt
6. 52 Michael Boyd
7. 54 Larry Burke
8. 21K Dakotah Knuckles
DNS 1 David Clark
Dyke of Newport pulled out to an early lead in the 4 Cylinder
feature with his friend and fellow racer Chuck McMahan in tow.
Dyke would lead most of the feature until and overheating engine
ended his strong run. Chuck McMahan would inherit the lead and
capture his sixth win in a row. Round Boy Motorsports, Lowes
Auto Parts, Jim Ford Automotive Ford Mustang.
1. 99 Chuck McMahan
2. 44J Jeromy Collins
3. 14 Chad Manning
4. 19 Travis Dawson
5. 40 Chris Evans
6. 72 Rufus Collett
7. 007 Hayston Collett
8. 111 Randy Dyke
9. 1 Jason Turner
DNS 21 Chris Reichert
This Saturday night June 8th Tazewell Speedway will present
the Pure Street Clash with double features. Also in action will
be our Tazewell Late Models, Sportsman, Modified Street, 4 Cylinder
and Classic Cars divisions. For more info please visit www.TazewellSpeedway.net
or call 423.218.6167.