5.24.14 Lucas Oil Late Models Results - Dirt Racing Report

5.24.14 Lucas Oil Late Models Results

After the final caution on lap 57, O’Neal found himself battling Owens who made his way around O’Neal to take over the lead. O’Neal over took Owens for the final time on lap 64, then pulled away from Owens and never relinquished the lead again. O’Neal earned $30,000 for the win in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Lucas Oil Midwest Latemodel Racing Association co-sanctioned event.

Earl Pearson Jr. held the fans attention for most of the race as he came from the 24th starting spot to finish second. Bobby Pierce made his way to third in his second ever Show-Me 100 after starting 12th. Scott Bloomquist made his way around Owens in the final laps to grab fourth spot. Owens faded to finish fifth in the final run-down.

“I finally did it,” shouted O’Neal, who started the event for the 16th time in his career. “The car was great from the start of the race and we took our time getting to the front. I was hoping to save on tire wear for all 100 laps by running in the bottom. When Jimmy got around me on that last restart I said ‘oh no’ here we go again. That guy is pretty much unbeatable at this race track.”

In a race that saw five different leaders and six lead changes, O’Neal first took the lead from Tony Jackson Jr. on lap five, but the two exchanged the top spot a few more times until O’Neal forged ahead. “We have been trying to win this race for so long, and we finally got it done tonight. I have to thank my car owner, Clint Bowyer, my crew chief, Jeremy Justice, Lance and Barry Wright, and the entire team; they did a great job all weekend. I have to thank Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Crawford Supply/Traeger Grills, Cometic Gasket, Toyota, Ohlins, and Georgia Boot. This Clements Race Engine was just tremendous as well.”

Pearson made an amazing charge from the 24th starting spot and finally got around Owens for second with 23 laps remaining in the race. “Hats off to Don O’Neal, he drove a great race. Our car was just excellent, we were able to roll through the corners fine and our straightaway speed was really good. I thought I was sitting in a pretty good spot on that last restart, and then here comes Jimmy. We have seen it so many times here before. Once he is in front, he usually wins. We had to race some lapped traffic there, but overall I hope the fans enjoyed that race,” said the driver of the Bobby Labonte Racing, Lucas Oil Products, and Longhorn Chassis

Pierce made a solid run tonight in the main event. “We battled carburetor problems all-night; I didn’t think I was going to make it to the end. I probably could have used a caution there towards the end, but we had pretty good momentum there when we went by Bloomquist and Owens for third. Overall, it is a great honor to race with these guys, this just a fabulous facility, the race track was well-prepared and we look forward to coming back here next year for this race,” said the driver of the Champion Spark Plugs, Pro Power Racing Engines, and Pierce Race Cars entry.

Completing the top ten were Mike Marlar, Jesse Stovall, Steve Francis, Shannon Babb, and Ryan Gustin.

In preliminary action, Ryan Gustin set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 65 entrants, with a lap of 15.144 seconds. Jimmy Owens set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.442 seconds. Jesse Stovall, Tony Jackson Jr., Don O’Neal, Jimmy Owens, Mike Marlar, and Scott Bloomquist won their respective heat races. Don O’Neal won the HotRod Tracker Manufacturers Dash and Brian Birkhofer won the Crawford Supply Traeger Grills Race of Champions. Jason Feger, John Blankenship, and Brian Shirley won their respective B-Mains. Tommy Weder won the Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge Non-Qualifiers’ Race and elected to start 32nd in the main event.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Saturday Night, May 24th, 2014
22nd Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com
Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, MO

Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Ryan Gustin/15.144 seconds
Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Jimmy Owens/ 15.442 seconds

Fast Shafts Heat Race #1 Finish (20 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Jesse Stovall, Ryan Gustin, Terry Phillips, Steve Francis, Wendell Wallace, Steve Casebolt, Dave Eckrich, Randy Roth, Scott Lewis, Reid Millard, Dustin Walker

Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 Finish (20 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Tony Jackson, Jr., Garrett Alberson, Jason Bodenhamer, Jason Feger, Austin Siebert, Chris Brown, Austin Rettig, Junior Coover, Gavin Landers, Richard Kimberling, Joey Smith

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (20 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Don O’Neal, Rodney Sanders, Will Vaught, Matt Furman, Bub McCool, Timothy Culp, Mark Dotson, Raymond Merrill, Jon Driskill, Scotty Bough, Justin Asplin-DNS

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #4 Finish (20 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Billy Moyer, Jr., Shannon Babb, John Blankenship, Chris Simpson, Brady Smith, Travis Dickes, Jack Sullivan, Bill Koons, David Deetz, John Anderson

Fast Shafts Heat Race #5 Finish (20 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Mike Marlar, Robert Baker, Billy Moyer, Earl Pearson, Jr., Jason Hughes, Chad Simpson, Jared Landers, Brantlee Gotschall, Brian Birkhofer, JC Wyman, Bryon Allison

Eibach Springs Heat Race #6 Finish (20 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Bobby Pierce, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Brian Shirley, Jeremy Payne, Jason Papich, Tommy Weder, Dennis Erb, Jr., Jeff Roth, Kyle Beard

HotRod Tracker Manufacturers Dash Finish (10 Laps): Don O’Neal, Jesse Stovall, Bobby Pierce, Ryan Gustin, Will Vaught, Rodney Sanders, Garrett Alberson, Billy Moyer, Scott Bloomquist, Wendell Wallace, Jeremy Payne

Crawford Supply Traeger Grills Race of Champions Finish (10 Laps): Brian Birkhofer, Earl Pearson Jr., Jimmy Owens, Scott Bloomquist, Shannon Babb, Terry Phillips, John Anderson, Wendell Wallace, Tony Jackson Jr., Billy Moyer

JRi Shocks B-Main #1 (20 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Jason Feger, Chris Brown, Steve Francis, Scott Lewis, Junior Coover, Joey Smith, Austin Siebert, Randy Roth, Richard Kimberling, Steve Casebolt, Wendell Wallace, Dave Eckrich, Austin Rettig, Gavin Landers, Reid Millard, Dustin Walker-DNS

CV Products B-Main #2 (20 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): John Blankenship, Matt Furman, Chris Simpson, Bub McCool, Jack Sullivan, Brady Smith, Mark Dotson, Raymond Merrill, Bill Koons, David Deetz, Travis Dickes, Jon Driskill, Scotty Bough-DNS, Justin Asplin-DNS, John Anderson-DNS, Timothy Culp-DNS

JRi Shocks B-Main #3 (20 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Brian Shirley, Earl Pearson, Jr., Jason Hughes, Chad Simpson, Jeremy Payne, Jason Papich, Tommy Weder, Dennis Erb, Jr., Brantlee Gotschall, Brian Birkhofer, JC Wyman, Jeff Roth, Kyle Beard, Jared Landers, Bryon Allison-DNS

Midwest Sheet Metal Show-Me Challenge Non-Qualifiers’ Race Finish (20 Laps): Tommy Weder, Jack Sullivan, Chris Simpson, Jason Hughes, Brian Birkhofer, Brady Smith, Austin Siebert, Brantlee Gotschall, Jeff Roth, Scott Lewis, Raymond Merrill, Mark Dotson, Joey Smith, Junior Coover, Richard Kimberling, Kyle Beard, Bill Koons, Dave Eckrich, Bub McCool

22nd Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Feature Finish (100 Laps):

1 3 5 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN
2 24 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL
3 12 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL
4 5 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN
5 6 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
6 2 157 Mike Marlar Winfield, TN
7 4 00s Jesse Stovall Billing, MO
8 25 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
9 17 18 Shannon Babb Mowequa, IL
10 10 19R Ryan Gustin Marshalltown, IA
11 20 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
12 18 28 Eddie Carrier, Jr. Salt Rock, WV
13 7 43 Garrett Alberson Las Cruces, NM
14 27 28e Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL
15 21 81 Brian Shirley Chatham, IL
16 26 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
17 28 91p Jason Papich Nipomo, CA
18 11 20x Rodney Sanders Happy, TX
19 8 17m Robert Baker Bryant, AR
20 22 21b Chris Brown Spring, TX
21 14 1V Will Vaught Crane, MO
22 29 25c Chad Simpson Mt. Vernon, IA
23 15 75 Terry Phillips Springfield, MO
24 13 2b Jason Bodenhamer Centerview, MO
25 9 21jr Billy Moyer, Jr. Batesville, AR
26 1 56 Tony Jackson, Jr. Lebanon, MO
27 23 51 Matt Furman Columbus, OH
28 19 25F Jason Feger Bloomington, IL
29 16 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR
30 32 02 Tommy Weder Woodward, OK
31 31 1 Wendell Wallace Batesville, AR
32 30 6T Travis Dickes Madison, NE

Race Statistics
Entrants: 65
Lap Leaders: Tony Jackson Jr. (Laps 1 – 4); Don O’Neal (Laps 5 – 6); Tony Jackson Jr. (Laps 7 – 8); Don O’Neal (Laps 9 – 31); Scott Bloomquist (Laps 32 – 33); Jesse Stovall (Laps 34 – 46); Don O’Neal (Laps 47 – 59); Jimmy Owens (Laps 60 – 64); Don O’Neal (Laps 65 – 100)
Caution Flags: Tony Jackson Jr. (Lap 31); Billy Moyer Jr. and Terry Phillips (Lap 34); Jared Landers (Lap 57)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Steve Francis, Jared Landers
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: Dennis Erb Jr., Jason Papich
Lucas Oil Midwest Latemodel Racing Association Provisionals: Chad Simpson, Travis Dickes
Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Past Champions Provisional: Wendell Wallace
Wrisco Feature Winner: Don O’Neal
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Earl Pearson Jr. (Started: 24th; Finished: 2nd; Advanced 22 Positions)
Ole Smoky Moonshine Runner of the Night: Earl Pearson Jr.
Keyser Mfg Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Don O’Neal
Allstar Performer of the Race: Don O’Neal
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Don O’Neal
Dunn Benson Ford Rookie of the Race: Jason Papich
Midwest Sheet Metal Highest Finishing Rookie: Jason Papich
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Clements Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Barry Wright Race Cars
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Jeremy Justice (Don O’Neal)
HAWK Performance Fastest Lap of the Race: Jesse Stovall (Lap # 34 – 15.287 seconds)
Time of Race: 44 minutes 18 seconds

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