by Don Martin 6.3.2019
Below are the STLRacing.com Top 25 Dirt Late Model Rankings as we enter the 25th Annual Dream at Eldora Speedway. This past weekend Brandon Sheppard and Jonathon Davenport continued their winning ways. Sheppard picked up the World of Outlaw win at Lancaster while Davenport picked up a preliminary win at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Mississippi. These two are clearly shoulders above everyone at this time.
It was nice to see Josh Richards pick up a preliminary win at Magnolia, and how about Tim McCreadie racking up three-runner up spots. Tim seems to be picking up some momentum entering the Dream. Don’t forget he won the World 100 last year at Eldora in dominant fashion.
Ross Bailes, Brandon Overton, and Ricky Weiss continue to be contenders each week. Yes I know Overton and Bailes both are racking up good finishes in familiar territory but they are still getting the job done. It is obvious Barry Wright must have a good car because Bailes has won Lucas and World of Outlaw events.
Mike Marlar won the Magnolia 100 last weekend and bolted his way into the Top 10 in the rankings. Marlar is one of the most talented drivers in the country and can line up just about anywhere in the country.
25th Annual DREAM 100 – Preview
This week is one of the biggest races of the year and Eldora is the place to be for the 25th Annual Dream 100. The event kicks off Thursday and Friday with a pair of $10,000 to win feature events each night. Saturday feature this year will pay $125,000 to win.
You can expect anywhere between 80-100 late models on the property including the return of Scott Bloomquist. Zero has made the show 21 out of 24, and has won the race a staggering 8 times including 2 runner-ups. Everyone like him or hate him has to be curious of what to expect this week. The guy has not been in a race car since Daytona Speedweeks back in February.
Darrell Lanigan stats are crazy 19 Dream starts – 1 win and 7 Podium finishes for the Union, Kentucky driver.
I have put some notes next to each of the drivers in our Top 25 in regards to Dream history.
STLRacing.com Top 25 Super Dirt Late Model Rankings 2019 6.3.2019
1 Brandon Sheppard 3 Dream Starts best finish 2nd.
2 Jonathan Davenport 9 Dream starts has won the event 1 time
3 Tyler Erb 1 Dream Start
4 Jimmy Owens 12 Dream starts – 1 win
5 Bobby Pierce 3 Dream starts
6 Ross Bailes looking for first Dream start
7 Brandon Overton made the Dream 3 out of 4.
8 Ricky Weiss 1 Dream Start.
9 Earl Pearson Jr. 10 Dream starts best finish 2nd.
10 Mike Marlar 8 Dream starts only has one top 10 finsih.
11 Dale McDowell 16 Dream starts – 2 podium finishes
12 Josh Richards 8 Dream starts best finish 2nd.
13 Devin Moran made 5 out of last 6 Dreams.
14 Michael Page 1 Dream Start
15 Tim McCreadie 10 Dream feature starts – 2 top 10’s
16 Chase Junghans looking for first Dream Start
17 Hudson O’Neal 1Dream Start
18 Chris Madden 13 Dream Starts – 2 top 5’s
19 Don O’Neal 14 Dream Starts – 1 win
20 Brian Shirley 5 Dream Starts
21 Donald McIntosh Looking for his first Dream start
22 Rick Eckert 10 Dream Starts – 1 win
23 Mason Zeigler 4 Dream starts
24 Darrell Lanigan 19 Dream starts – 1 win and 7 podium finishes.
25 Scott Bloomquist 21 Dream Starts and 8 wins.
Other notable Dream past contenders
Shannon Babb 14 Dream Starts
Brian Birkhofer 10 Dream starts finished 2nd twice.
Shane Clanton 12 Dream starts with 1 win.
Dennis Erb Jr. 8 Dream Starts 1 win.
Jimmy Mars 11 Dream Starts 1 win
Billy Moyer 17 Dream Starts 1 win
Kent Robinson 6 Dream Starts
Scott James 7 Dream Starts
Chris Simpson 5 Dream Starts
Jeep Van Wormer – 11 Dream Starts
Steve Casebolt 6 Dream Starts – 1 win
Matt Miller 11 Dream Starts- 1wn
Gregg Satterlee- 3 Dream Starts
STLRacing.com Dream pick for 2019 is Newport Nightmare Jimmy Owens !!