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Bloomquist Wins Lawrenceburg’s Whiskey City 60

August 31st, 2016

LAWRENCEBURG, IN) – For the second night in a row Scott Bloomquist led every lap of a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned event, winning Saturday night’s Whiskey City 60 at Lawrenceburg Speedway. His win at Lawrenceburg was his 12th series win of the season as he continues to stand atop the championship standings.
Earl Pearson Jr.; in the Dunn-Benson Ford/Lucas Oil/Longhorn Chassis; finished second, followed by Brandon Sheppard in the Best Performance Motorsports/Rocket Chassis. Completing the top five were Gregg Satterlee, and Dennis Erb Jr.

Bloomquist set a new track record for Late Models at Lawrenceburg in Miller Welders Time Trials, then went on to dominate his heat race, before finally capturing his second career win at the facility. “I lost my power steering near the end. We didn’t dare get up on that cushion. We could lean on it, but without power steering it’s extremely difficult to drive these cars. It takes about everything you have. I am glad that one’s over!” “We made sure that we had some traction coming off of turn four. If you slide across there, it wasn’t too bad. The cautions somewhat helped keep the engine cooled down. We got to about 230 or 240 degrees. The humidity tonight didn’t help with some of the issues the other drivers had.”

Jimmy Owens and Bloomquist started on the front row as Bloomquist took the lead at the start of the race. Jonathan Davenport had moved up from ninth to third in the early going, but a blown tire would end his race. Bloomquist waited through several caution flags as Pearson and Sheppard were hotly contesting the second position. The two went back and forth several times with Pearson emerging from the battle with the runner-up position at the finish.

“We changed engines this afternoon. The car was really good all night long. Me and B-Shepp had a great race for second. We both were up on the wheel. We tried our best to stay with Scott, but he is back on one of those rolls he gets on and it’s hard to beat him,” said Pearson. Sheppard tried the highest line on the race track in turns one and two. But in three and four he would lose what he had gained on Pearson. “We kept trying that line until I think I wore it out. It blackened up going into one and I couldn’t quite steer it like I had in some of the previous laps. It is always great to race against Earl, he gives you plenty of room and he’s a good clean driver.” Completing the top ten were Colton Flinner, Nick Hoffman, Darrell Lanigan, Steve Francis, and Kent Robinson.

In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time and new Lawrenceburg Speedway Track Record (Group B) amongst the 35 entrants, with a lap of 13.827 seconds. Jared Hawkins set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 14.036 seconds. Jimmy Owens, Earl Pearson Jr., Scott Bloomquist, and Cody Mahoney won their respective heat races. Don O’Neal and Duane Chamberlain won their respective B-Mains.

Meseraull Takes Ten Grand with Lawrenceburg “Fall Nationals” Triumph

October 21st, 2015

Thomas Meseraull of San Jose, California won Saturday night’s “Fall Nationals” USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway. (David Nearpass Photo)

Lawrenceburg, Indiana…….Thomas Meseraull made it back-to-back AMSOIL National Sprint Car wins with Saturday night’s Lawrenceburg Speedway “Fall Nationals.” The San Jose, California native picked up ten grand with a dominant drive to victory by 2.899 seconds aboard the Marion Underground Construction – Zeller Construction #66 DRC/Dynotech.

“I’ve had a tough couple weeks in other cars since we won Eldora, so it feels good to be back in the Amati Racing #66 and beat all these guys who are at the top of the game. I have so many laps here, and thanks to Todd Keen for letting me race here so much, that it felt good to be back at the Burg. (Crew chief) Donnie Gentry was not afraid to get it tight enough, and it was money from the start. It’s surreal; I’ve been coming to USAC shows for a few years and getting beat, and now I feel like I should be up there and I’ve got a car capable of winning these races,”
Meseraull said.

Brady Bacon took the lead from outside the front-row as Meseraull snuck past polesitter Scotty Weir off turn-two to take second. Meseraull slid past Bacon on lap two and brought Kevin Thomas, Jr. with him on lap two, but Dave Darland slowed to a stop on the backstretch to bring out a caution. Bacon reverted to the lead. Meseraull did not waste time, as he entered turn-one on the restart with a slidejob for the lead, and he rocketed away from the field. Thomas also moved past Bacon and tried to keep Meseraull in sight while setting a blistering pace into lapped
traffic.

ProSource “Fast Qualifier” C.J. Leary, who received an extra $1,000 from the Lawrenceburg safety team in memory of Bill Hall, was also on the move and finally cleared Bacon for third on lap fourteen. He tried to join the top duo as they carved through traffic over the last half of the race.

As the track started to take rubber through turns three and four, Thomas closed slightly on the leader but could never get close enough to take a shot at Meseraull, who continually put lapped cars behind him, eventually lapping up to 13th.

Thomas was unchallenged behind him and came home second in the Griffin’s Propane – Bakken Concrete #17RW Maxim/Fisher. “It’s such a confidence booster to be running so well of late. Mike Dutcher, A.J. Bray, and Charlie Fisher all got together and have us in a really good spot right now. We were in striking distance again tonight, but just needed things to fall our way a little better. He was able to clear another lapped car every time I got him in sight, so he was tough to catch. We just ran out of laps on that one,” Thomas said.

Leary wound up third in the Leary Construction Company – Green Tech Lubricants #30 DRC/Claxton.

“Meseraull got to the lead so fast, so it was tough to keep pace with him starting from sixth. We were good as the race went on and turned our fastest lap late in the race after some rubber came in, but we would have needed a yellow to get a shot at them. It would have been hairy to make something happen with them, but I’d have liked to get a shot. We’ve got some momentum again before we go out west, so hopefully we can get a win out there again this year,” Leary said. Bacon came home fourth in the Hoffman Auto Racing – Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar, and Chris Windom charged from 14th to finish fifth in the Rick Pollock – Bates Commodities #21x Maxim/Advanced.

Robert Ballou picked up the B&W Auto Mart “Hard Charger” while holding onto his National point lead while going from 21st to finish tenth. Brady Bacon won the Indy Race Parts/Spike Products bonus as the highest average finisher between Saturday night’s event and the World of Outlaws event on Friday, and Shane Stewart was awarded the Priority Aviation bonus as as WoO full-time competitor in the night’s event, although his night ended early after a flip during qualifying.

THE PIT BOARD
**Thomas Meseraull became just the 12th driver to follow up his first career USAC National Sprint Car feature win with his 2nd career feature victory in the very next race. The other drivers to achieve this include: Parnelli Jones (1961), Jud Larson (1964), Gary Bettenhausen (1968), Tom Sneva (1973), Marvin Carman (1975), Kenny Jacobs (1987), Gene Lee Gibson (1989), Andy Michner (1996), Michael Lewis (2003), Kevin Swindell (2008) and Chase Stockon (2012).
**Thomas Meseraull became just the second different driver to win back-to-back features in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car action this season: Robert Ballou (Lakeside & Eldora) and (New Egypt, Port Royal & Susquehanna).
**The “Fall Nationals” marked the first USAC National Sprint Car appearance by Bixby, Oklahoma’s Shane Stewart since May 7, 2004 at Memphis Motorsports Park.
**Brady Bacon and Shane Stewart were the only two drivers to compete in both Lawrenceburg Sprint Car events this weekend: Friday night (World of Outlaws) & Saturday night (USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship).
**Thomas Meseraull won his 2nd series feature of the season.
**Brady Bacon has now led 133 laps in the series on the season. Thomas Meseraull has now led 56.
**C.J. Leary earned his first series ProSource fast qualifying time of the season and first since the Budweiser “Oval Nationals” at Perris Auto Speedway on November 7, 2014.

**Robert Ballou won his 12th heat race of the year in the series, Brady Bacon his 9th, 6th for Chris Windom, and 5th for Logan Jarrett. **Kody Swanson won his first semi-feature of the year in the series.

UPCOMING EVENT INFO

DATE: Thursday, November 12, 2015
SERIES: AMSOIL USAC Sprint Car National Championship & AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
TRACK: Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, California) – 1/2 mile, semi-banked clay oval
EVENT: 20th Annual Budweiser “Oval Nationals”
TRACK ADDRESS: 18700 Lake Perris Dr, Perris, CA 92571
TRACK PHONE: (951) 940-0134
TRACK WEBSITE: www.perrisautospeedway.com

DATE: Friday, November 13, 2015
SERIES: AMSOIL USAC Sprint Car National Championship & AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
TRACK: Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, California) – 1/2 mile, semi-banked clay oval
EVENT: 20th Annual Budweiser “Oval Nationals”
TRACK ADDRESS: 18700 Lake Perris Dr, Perris, CA 92571
TRACK PHONE: (951) 940-0134
TRACK WEBSITE: www.perrisautospeedway.com

DATE: Saturday, November 14, 2015
SERIES: AMSOIL USAC Sprint Car National Championship & AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars
TRACK: Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, California) – 1/2 mile, semi-banked clay oval
EVENT: 20th Annual Budweiser “Oval Nationals”
TRACK ADDRESS: 18700 Lake Perris Dr, Perris, CA 92571
TRACK PHONE: (951) 940-0134
TRACK WEBSITE: www.perrisautospeedway.com

Lawrenceburg’s Fall Nationals Postponed to October 17th

October 5th, 2015

Lawrenceburg, IN……..Adverse weather conditions, including persistent rain and cold temperatures, have forced postponement of Saturday night’s AMSOIL USAC National Sprint race at Lawrenceburg Speedway. The “Fall Nationals” race has been reset for Saturday night, October 17. It will be the final 2015 USAC Sprint Car event in the Midwest.

Spice Saturday’s “Fall Nationals” at Lawrenceburg

October 3rd, 2015

BIG FAST TIME BONUS, SUPER LICENSE, JARRETT RETURN
The final AMSOIL USAC National Sprint race in the Midwest this season promises to offer a number of interesting battles as the series visits Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway for Saturday night’s $10,000-to-win “Fall Nationals.”

To kick things off, the ProSource Fast Time Award, which has been a season-long tradition, has grown to a $1,000 bonus with the additional support of a number of contributors. Drivers Chase Stockon, Kody Swanson, Dave Darland and Brady Bacon are also eyeing the season-ending ProSource Fast Time Challenge bonus of $2,500 which goes to the driver posting the most fast times in 2015 USAC National racing. Stockon has seven so far, while Swanson has six and Darland and Bacon have five. The return of Logan Jarrett, the Kokomo driver who has been absent since mid-August, is also expected to demand attention, since he won the Lawrenceburg feature in April.

Darland and Kevin Thomas Jr. continue to battle for the 2015 Mike Curb Super License bonus of $5,000, which will be awarded at the USAC National Awards Dinner to the driver who amasses the most USAC National points between the Silver Crown, Sprint and Midget series. Thomas has a 36-point lead over Darland entering the Lawrenceburg race with 74 points available Saturday. Thomas Meseraull comes to Lawrenceburg fresh from his initial AMSOIL USAC National Sprint victory after capturing last week’s “4-Crown Nationals” at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

Don’t forget the battle for USAC’s AMSOIL National Championship too! Robert Ballou has a slim 25-point lead over Stockon and is only 35 points ahead of Darland. Again, 74 points are available Saturday. Only seven races remain on the 2015 calendar. Ballou has totaled 10 feature wins already this season and would like to add Lawrenceburg to his total.

Jon Stanbrough hopes to tie Darland as the winningest USAC driver in Lawrenceburg history. He has five career wins there, while Darland has six. Tracy Hines, who has announced his intention to curtail his full-time racing career, hopes to land his initial USAC feature victory of the season, which would mark the 20th consecutive year he has won at least one USAC National race.

Bloomquist Wins “Whiskey City 50″ at Lawrenceburg Speedway

August 24th, 2015

LAWRENCEBURG, IN – Scott Bloomquist scored his first career win at Lawrenceburg Speedway on Saturday night with his victory in the “Whiskey City 50.” Bloomquist took the lead from Steve Francis on lap 17 and led the rest of the way for the win in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned event. The current LOLMDS points leader, Jonathan Davenport, moved to second on lap 17 and stayed there the rest of the way. Jimmy Owens came from ninth to finish third, followed by Eddie Carrier Jr., and 18th starting Dennis Erb Jr. rounding out the top five finishers.

“We have been here a number of times and it’s the first time for us to win here. Our car was very maneuverable the whole night. I was worried a bit in that heat race. We fell back to third. I didn’t realize it was that greasy on the bottom and the top was that fast.”

“For the feature, we made some adjustments and the car took off really well. We had a good race with Francis for a while. We got by him and I just held my line the rest of the way. We have worked really hard on this car to get it back where it belongs.”

Francis was looking for his second win in his last three starts Lawrenceburg, and bolted to the lead at the start of the race. He led the first 17 laps of the race until he suffered a right-rear flat tire, relinquishing the top spot to Bloomquist. A caution with ten laps to go bunched the field up one more time, but Bloomquist maintained a pace that kept Davenport at bay for the remainder of the race. “I would like to thank Mike Reece of Reece Monument Company, Mark Martin Auto Group, Crop Production Services, Dyna Gro, Hawkeye Trucking, Sorbera Chiropractic, Petroff Towing, Horton Coal, Lucas Oil, Base Fuels, Penske Shocks, and Andy Durham Racing Engines.”

Davenport was pleased with his runner-up finish. “This is only the second time we have been here, so to finish second is pretty good. I’d like to thank Kevin and Lee Roy Rumley and all my sponsors. It was a good point’s night so we will head to Pittsburgh next week and try to win that one.” Owens finished third and said that starting too far back was too much to overcome.

“We hung in there the best we could. We hauled it up there to third, but I just couldn’t keep my line on the bottom. My hat’s off to those guys [Bloomquist and Davenport]. We will go get them next time!” Completing the top ten were Jason Jameson, Earl Pearson Jr., Brandon Sheppard, Don O’Neal, and Jared Landers.

In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the 32 entrants, with a lap of 14.436 seconds. Jared Landers set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 14.317 seconds. Steve Francis, Earl Pearson Jr., Scott Bloomquist, and Jonathan Davenport won their respective heat races. Dustin Linville won the B-Main.

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Bacan Repels Ballou for Sprint Week Win at Lawrenceburg

July 14th, 2015

Lawrenceburg, Indiana…Brady Bacon benefited from some Hoffman Auto Racing home-cooking on Sunday night as he captured his first-ever “Indiana Sprint Week” feature win and the 90th win in the history of the famous Cincinnati-based team at nearby Lawrenceburg Speedway. He tracked down early leader Aaron Farney and held off the late advances of Robert Ballou to take his fourth win of the season in the Hoffman Auto Racing – Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar.

“To win a USAC race here at Lawrenceburg, the Hoffmans’ home track, is really great. It seemed like a really long race, being a sitting duck there out front in traffic for so long. It’s so easy to get behind in these races this week, and so many good cars to make it tough on you, so you gotta grab them when you can. I woulda liked to gone to the outside in traffic, but they were racing pretty hard, and Landon (Simon) got a little bottled up there and I got in the back of him, but luckily we were able to get in the race track and get back by both of them. It was a tough
race, and I’m glad we came out on top,” Bacon said.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. led from the pole but Farney was charging on the high side right off the bat, and he pulled Thomas down the fronstretch to lead lap-two, as Thomas bounced and lost brakes early in the event. Farney was running the high side as Bacon sliced from his row-three starting spot to challenge for the lead, taking command on lap six. Meanwhile, Ballou took third from Thomas. A lap later, the only caution after the initial start appeared with 23 laps to go.

From there, Bacon took off and Ballou worked past Farney for the second spot. The lead duo ran away from the field, while Thomas fought for a top-five spot with Justin Grant. Inside the final ten laps, the leaders encountered thick traffic, with cars racing side-by-side. Ballou tried the high side, but he couldn’t take his momentum past Bacon. On lap 23, Bacon entered turn-three on the bottom behind Simon, who bobbled slightly as Bacon got into his back bumper. Those two scattered as Ballou grabbed the lead on the high side, but Bacon squared off turn-four and powered back to the lead as they hit the stripe.

Bacon then went to the high side to clear a couple lapped cars and distance himself from Ballou, who regained the National Sprint Car point lead with his runner-up finish aboard the Blakesley Auto – Twister X #12 Maxim/Ott. “Nights like tonight, as bad as I want to win, you also don’t want to do something stupid. This week-long deal puts a lot of pressure on people, but you just have to put yourself in good positions. We want to win all the races we can this week and this year, so if we can get that done, everything should take care of itself. Brady was running pretty hard up there and wanted that one pretty bad – we had a shot but had to take second. I’m glad to get tonight in with all the rain we’ve had, and luckily they worked hard to get it ready so we could race,” Ballou said. On the final lap, Justin Grant slipped underneath Farney for the third spot in the Mark Hery Motorsports – Dick’s Paint & Body #40 DRC/Claxton.

“We kinda found something there in the middle to work and get around guys. I don’t think we had anything for those top-two guys, but were were solid. You start legging it pretty hard in the closing laps, and I saw Farney up there. He’s a young kid and doing a great job, but you know going into traffic that you can capitalize on his inexperience. A couple bad lane choices cost him some, and we were able to squeak by him. He’ll learn from those and figure it out next time,” Grant said.

Darland edged Farney at the line in a photo finish for the fourth spot, as Darland’s drive from 11th earned him the B&W Auto Mart “Hard Charger Award.” Farney claimed the final top-five position in the DCT Racing – Brettnacher Farms #15F Maxim/Ott. Shawn Westerfeld won the night’s ProSource “Fast Time Award” to start the night. Chase Stockon, who came in as the National & Sprint Week point leader, flipped after bouncing through turn-three while in a transfer spot in the Semi-Feature. He was forced to use a provisional to start the feature, which did not earn him Sprint Week points.

Don O’Neal Wins Whiskey City 50 at Lawrenceburg Speedway

August 25th, 2014

LAWRENCEBURG, IN – Don O’Neal returned to his home-state of Indiana on Saturday Night and won the Whiskey City 50 at Lawrenceburg Speedway. It was O’Neal’s sixth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season, and is continues to close the gap on current point leader, Jimmy Owens, who came home sixth.

O’Neal grabbed the lead on lap four from his Clint Bowyer Racing teammate, Steve Francis, and charged to his 39th career LOLMDS victory. Francis finished second followed by pole-sitter, Scott Bloomquist. Steve Casebolt drove by Earl Pearson Jr. on the final lap to take fourth, as Pearson Jr. would round out the top five.

“The car was on a rail tonight, no doubt,” said O’Neal. “I have to thank Lance and Barry Wright, Jeremy Justice, and Tony Trent for all of the hard work they do. Clint’s going to be real happy with this one-two finish here tonight.”

“We started fifth and the bottom was working real well there early on. I had a few moments there in traffic, but everybody gave each other plenty of room. It’s good to come back here and win, especially after missing last year’s race. I didn’t know how far Steve (Francis) was behind me, I was just concentrating on the traffic ahead.”

“We had a pretty good car last week at Batesville, led a lot of laps, but finished fifth. Then Thursday Night, we wound up sixth. We took last night off and the crew went over everything on the car. It handled really well tonight from start to finish. I am real proud of everyone with the CBR Team. I have to thank Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Crawford Supply-Traeger Grills, Cometic Gasket, Ohlins, Georgia Boot, Toyota, Clements Racing Engines and of course, Barry Wright Race Cars.”

Francis, who was victorious in this race a year ago, was extremely happy with his second place finish. “We had a really good car tonight. Our setup was not all that different from Don’s. Congrats to him on the win, and he deserves it. He ran a really good race. We tried to stay with him and I thought I may have a shot at him in traffic, but he was able to get through it cleanly. I want to thank Georgia Boot, Peak Antifreeze, Crawford Supply, and everyone else on the CBR Team. We hope to finish up the season strong.”

In victory lane, Bloomquist commented on his podium finish, “Another third place finish, what else can I say. The track was really good. Don always runs well here. I think I had something for Steve, but he got away from me in traffic and I lost sight of him. It was another strong finish for the Ole Smoky Moonshine, Sweet-Bloomquist car. We’ll go home and get ready for next weekend.”

Completing the top ten were Jimmy Owens, Jared Landers, Dennis Erb Jr., Scott James, and John Blankenship.

In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time amongst the 28 entrants, with a lap of # seconds. Scott Bloomquist, Steve Francis, and Jared Landers won their respective heat races. Mike Marlar won the B-Main.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and follow the series on www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and www.twitter.com/lucasdirt.

A Doubleheader for Tracy Hines in USAC Midwest Opener

April 6th, 2014

NEW CASTLE, Ind.–Baseball had its opening day earlier this week, which is a quasi-holiday to many. Now it’s time for the racing crowd to celebrate the traditional USAC “Midwest Opener,” also viewed by many as a holiday of sorts. Expanded in 2014, a pair of races will mark the occasion this weekend, as both the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series and Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Series are in action in the Hoosier state. For Indiana native and two-time USAC champion Tracy Hines, it’s one of the weeks he anticipates the most each year.

The weekend will begin for Hines on Saturday, April 5 at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway with the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series and a full night of racing is on tap. On Sunday, April 6, action will shift to the historic Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track for the running of the Sumar Classic for the Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Series.

“To have two races in two types of cars this weekend has us really pumped up,” said Hines. “It seems like forever since we raced in Florida, with the winter we’ve had here in Indiana. Spring in the Midwest is always a gamble for sure, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed and hopefully can get both full shows in.”

Hines raced four times at Lawrenceburg Speedway last year, with three of those coming in Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series events, and the fourth with the Honda USAC National Midget Series. The veteran driver finished a season-best 10th at the three-eighths-mile during Indiana Midget Week. In the spring with the USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car Series, Hines was 12th at the venue, turning the fastest lap in qualifying of the 40 entries to earn his first quick time award of the season. He also finished 12th in July during Indiana Sprint Week.

“We’re looking to carry the momentum from Florida into this weekend at Lawrenceburg,” he noted. “We were fast right out of the box down there and led laps and contended both night and that’s all you can ask for. The sprint car field with USAC is as tough as ever right now and you have to qualify in the right spot and put yourself in a position to be able to contend for the win. Lawrenceburg is a fast place and in the spring, depending on the weather, can be even faster. We feel good about our engine package heading over there.”

Hines, who pilots The Carolina Nut Company DRC, opened the 2014 Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series campaign with a runner-up finish at Bubba Raceway Park in Florida in February, after leading 16 laps of the 30-lap main event. The next night he came home sixth, which currently has him fourth in points, just eight markers out of the lead as he chases his second series title.

The veteran driver will be teamed with Lightfoot Racing for the fifth consecutive year in the Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Series. The familiar No. 16 will again be a Chevy-powered Beast, with backing from Hugh Brothers and Midwest Sheet Metal.

Hines made three starts at the Terre Haute Action Track in 2013, two with the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series and one with the Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Series. He finished fourth in the Sprint Car in October in the Tony Hulman Classic and followed that up with a fifth-place showing the next night aboard the Silver Crown machine.

Hines has three career USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car series wins at Terre Haute in 1999, 2001 and the most recent in 2003. He also claimed the 2001 Hut Hundred with the Honda USAC National Midget Series at the half-mile.

With the Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Series last year, the 2000 titlist was victorious at the Belleville High Banks and finished third in points. Hines recorded six top-10 finishes in eight starts. In addition to his win, Hines finished on the podium in the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and at Pikes Peak. He set fast time at Belleville and qualified among the top-five in five of the eight races.

“It’s been a few years since we’ve had a Silver Crown race this early in the year, so that has us chomping at the bit to see how we stack up this year,” said Hines. “From what I’ve been hearing, it sounds like there will be a strong field on-hand. Other than a couple races where we had some bad luck last year, we were pretty strong each time out in the Silver Crown car. We were strong last fall in both the Silver Crown and Sprint Car at Terre Haute, so we feel like we have a good baseline going into this weekend.”

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Francis is Fantastic, Wins Whiskey City 50 at Lawrenceburg Speedway

August 26th, 2013

LAWRENCEBURG, IN- Steve Francis claimed his second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season on Saturday Night at Lawrenceburg Speedway. Francis held off fellow Kentucky driver, Brad Neat for the win. Jimmy Owens finished third followed by Jared Landers and John Blankenship.

“They made us work hard for this win tonight. The car got a little hot and it was quite a battle! I had guys running on the inside of me, outside of me, and they were everywhere! The track was in great shape tonight,” said Francis, who remains second in the LOLMDS Championship Points Standings.

Early on, Francis battled with Eddie Carrier Jr. Duane Chamberlain who caught up to the leaders, and a three-wide battle for the lead ensued. Chamberlain last led on lap 17 until Francis forged ahead.

Neat ran second for three circuits early in the race before falling back but later charged back into the runner-up slot on lap 25. Owens, who started eighth, made his way into the top five near the end after battling side-by-side with Landers for third in the final laps.

Francis also thanked a multitude of sponsors and others in victory lane. “I have to thank Clint Bowyer for giving me this opportunity. I would also like to thank Barry, Lance, Tommy, and Brian. We all put our heads together and the car was just
right! My daughter and wife couldn’t be here tonight, so I guess they will have to watch it on television. We have a lot of great sponsors of course, Georgia Boot, Peak Motor Oil, Cometic Gasket, Toyota, VP, Allstar Performance, Clements Racing Engines, and Barry Wright Race Cars.”

Neat had his best LOLMDS finish of the season, “Congrats to Steve on the win! We both run Barry Wright Race Cars, but his was just a bit better tonight. It’s an honor to run against these guys, and they are the best in the business.”

Owens settled for third. “We had a good race with Jared! We just couldn’t get up to those first two guys. Only with a caution could we would have had a shot!”

Completing the top ten were Greg Johnson, Earl Pearson Jr., Scott James, Dustin Linville, and Tim Isenberg. In preliminary action, Justin Rattliff set the overall time (Group B) amongst the 28 entrants, with a lap of 14.426 seconds. John Blankenship set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 14.525 seconds. Brad Neat, Steve Francis, and Jared Landers won their respective heat races. John Blankenship won the B-Main.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will return to action next weekend with a triple-header lined up for Labor Day Weekend. On Friday, August 30th, the series will make it’s first-ever appearance at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, OH. Then, on Saturday, August 31st, the series heads over to Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, OH for the River Days Rumble. Rounding out the weekend, on Sunday, September 1st, will be the Hillbilly Hundred at I-77 Raceway Park in Ripley, WV. For more information on these three tracks, please log on to: www.atticaracewaypark.com, www.portsraceway.com, and www.racei77.com.

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O’Neal Owns Lawrenceburg , Wins Race on Friday Night

August 28th, 2011

LAWRENCEBURG, IN – Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN charged to the lead on lap 32, passing Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA. He went on to win Friday Night’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at Lawrenceburg Speedway. O’Neal earned $10,000 for his second series win of the season. Birkhofer finished second with Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN barely edging out Jared Landers of Batesville, AR. Landers was fourth and 15-year-old Tyler Reddick of Corning, CA was fifth.

Birkhofer won the LOLMDS event at the track back in 2009. He sprinted to the lead at the start of the 50-lap main event in front of a packed front stretch grandstand. Birkhofer, Bloomquist, and O’Neal ran three-wide for the lead for several laps before
the caution appeared on lap six. Birkhofer held his lead through several cautions. O’Neal started fourth and made a run for second on Bloomquist, passing the Hall of Famer on lap eight. With 15 laps complete, it was Birkhofer, O’Neal, Shane Clanton, Bloomquist and Earl Pearson Jr. out front.

Birkhofer managed to keep his lead for most of the race, but O’Neal started to put the pressure on him for the lead about halfway through the race. O’Neal slipped up, and Bloomquist got by him for second on lap 25 as a three-car chase for the lead was continuing. O’Neal drove around Bloomquist to regain second on lap 30 and two laps later took over the top spot from Birkhofer before a thunderous home-state crowd. O’Neal began to pull away from Birkhofer and Bloomquist, increasing his margin until he claimed the victory. “Birkhofer had a really great race car at the start. I drove ours (the car) for all it was worth, the cushion was rugged up there in two, I was just hanging on there at the end, I hope the fans enjoyed that one,” said the 47-year-old who collected his 16th career series victory.

“I kept trying that top groove and it finally paid off. We had to battle those lapped cars there at the end, it was really hard racing between the three of us for the lead. I was clean racing and I can’t thank Tader Masters enough, Cody Mahoney,
and everybody else on the crew, it’s nice to win here in Indiana,” said the winner. O’Neal’s MasterSbilt Chevrolet is sponsored by Magnaflow Exhaust, Superior Cleaning, Jones Core, Independence Lumber, Second Chance Livestock, Janowski Insurance and VP Racing Fuels. His car is powered by Jay Dickens Racing Engines.

Birkhofer finished second in the J&J Steel, Pro Power Engines, MB Customs. He said, “O’Neal had the better car. Don drove the wheels of it, he passed me clean, that was a great race for the lead, I was hoping to hang in there, but he found that top groove and drove right by me.”

Bloomquist in his Hawkeye Trucking, Roush-Yates, Bloomquist Race Cars Ford beat Landers to the line by a half a car length for third. “The track was racy all night, you could run high, low, in the middle, we all three had different tires on. That was an exciting race for the fans, we all raced each other hard and clean, we’ll take third and head to Bluegrass tomorrow night.”

Landers still leads the Quarter Master Rookie of the Year standings and came home fourth in the Crawford Supply, ECR Race Engines, Rocket Chevy. Reddick, who started tenth, placed fifth in the Broken Bow Records, Gaerte Race engines, Bloomquist Race Cars entry.

Completing the top ten were Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN; Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, GA; Steve Casebolt of Richmond, IN; Steve Francis of Ashland, KY; and Eric Wells of Hazard, KY.

In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist was the Red Buck Cigars Fast Qualifier among the 31 entrants. Heat races were won by Bloomquist, Jared Landers, Brian Birkhofer, and Don O’Neal. The B-mains went to Dale McDowell and John Blankenship.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will conclude its’ three-race swing this weekend at Bluegrass Speedway in Bardstown, KY on Saturday Night for the Cornett Racing Engines Bluegrass Classic. For more information, log onto www.bluegrass-speedway.com.

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