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    O’Neal Owns Lawrenceburg , Wins Race on Friday Night

    Lucas Oil Late Model SeriesLAWRENCEBURG, IN (August 26, 2011) – 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.

    For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com or call the series’ office at (951) 532-2503.

    Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
    Race Summary
    Friday Night, August 26th, 2011
    Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN

    Red Buck Cigars Fast Time:
    Scott Bloomquist / 14.149 seconds (Group A and Overall)
    Tyler Reddick / 14.157 seconds (Group B)

    Wiles Driveshafts First Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Scott Bloomquist, Shane Clanton, Jimmy Owens, Eric Jacobsen, Dale McDowell, Brad Neat, Joe Janowski, Dustin Neat

    Wiles Driveshafts Second Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Jared Landers, Justin Rattliff, Steve Casebolt, Dan Schlieper, Dustin Linville, Michael Chilton, Casey Noonan, Steve Francis

    Sweet Manufacturing Third Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Brian Birkhofer, Daniel Stone, Reddick, Robinson, Mike Marlar, Ray Cook, Tim Rivers, Jerry Rice
    HAWK Brakes Fourth Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Don O’Neal, Earl Pearson Jr., Eric Wells, Frank Heckenast Jr., John Blankenship, Greg Johnson, Jason Jameson

    JRi Shocks First B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Advance): Dale McDowell, Brad Neat, Dustin Neat, Steve Francis, Dustin Linville, Michael Chilton, Casey Noonan, Joe Janowski-DNS

    Wrisco Aluminum Second B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Advance): John Blankenship, Mike Marlar, Greg Johnson, Ray Cook, Jason Jameson, Jerry Rice, Tim Rivers

    Feature Finish – 50 Laps

    FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN
    1 4 71 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN
    2 2 15b Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA
    3 1 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN
    4 3 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
    5 10 11t Tyler Reddick Corning, CA
    6 13 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
    7 5 25c Shane Clanton Locust Grove, GA
    8 11 c9 Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN
    9 23 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
    10 12 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY
    11 16 99jr Frank Heckenast, Jr. Frankfort, IL
    12 19 41n Brad Neat Dunnville, KY
    13 24 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC
    14 20 5b Mike Marlar Winfield, TN
    15 21 25n Dustin Neat Dunnville, KY
    16 8 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL
    17 14 7R Kent Robinson Bloomington, IN
    18 6 2 Daniel Stone Thompson, PA
    19 7 16 Justin Rattliff Campbellsville, KY
    20 25 12 Jason Jameson Lawrenceburg, IN
    21 9 5 Eric Jacobsen Watsonville, CA
    22 18 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
    23 17 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA
    24 22 24h Greg Johnson Bedford, IN
    25 15 s9 Dan Schlieper Sullivan, WI

    Race Statistics
    Entrants: 31
    Lap Leaders: Brian Birkhofer (Laps 1 – 31); Don O’Neal (Lap 32 – 50)
    Caution Flags: Dan Schlieper (Lap 2); John Blankenship (Lap 5); Eric Jacobsen, Jason Jameson, Kent Robinson (Lap 6); Jason Jameson (Lap 10); Daniel Stone (Lap 10); Dustin Neat (Lap 17); Earl Pearson Jr. (Lap 24); Earl Pearson Jr. (Lap 29)
    Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Steve Francis, Ray Cook
    Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: none
    Lawrenceburg Speedway Track Provisional: Jason Jameson
    PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Steve Francis (Started 23rd; Finished 9th; Advanced 14 positions)
    Allstar Performer of the Race: Brian Birkhofer
    K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Don O’Neal
    Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Jared Landers
    COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Jay Dickens Racing Engines
    Janowski Insurance Feature Winner: Don O’Neal
    Outerwears Challenger of the Race: Steve Francis
    Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award: John Blankenship
    DirtonDirt.com Crew Chief of the Race: Cody Mahoney (Don O’Neal)
    Time of Race: 37 minutes 03 seconds

    Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

    POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS
    1 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 5280
    2 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 5130
    3 71 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN 4665
    4 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY 4380
    5 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 4175
    6 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 4150
    7 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV 4025
    8 41n Brad Neat Dunnville, KY 4000
    9 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC 3995
    10 11t Tyler Reddick Corning, CA 3855
    11 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA 3585
    12 57J Bub McCool Vicksburg, MS 3485
    13 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY 3460
    14 99jr Frank Heckenast, Jr. Frankfort, IL 3275

    NETWORK AIR DATE AIR TIME VENUE EVENT NAME LOCATION EVENT DATE
    SPEED 9/4/11 11:00 AM Florence Speedway 29th Annual Sunoco Race Fuels North/South 100 Presented by Lucas Oil Florence, KY 8/13/11
    SPEED 9/17/11 2:00 PM Lawrenceburg Speedway Lawrenceburg, IN 8/26/11
    SPEED 10/2/11 1:00 PM Portsmouth Raceway Park River Days Rumble Portsmouth, OH 9/3/11
    SPEED 10/9/11 1:00 PM Virginia Motor Speedway ASi Racewear USA 100 Saluda, VA 9/17/11
    SPEED 10/23/11 6:00 PM Brownstown Speedway 32nd Annual Jackson 100 Brownstown, IN 9/24/11
    SPEED 10/30/11 3:00 PM Dixie Speedway Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout Woodstock, GA 10/8/11
    VERSUS 12/18/11 6:00 PM Florence Speedway 29th Annual Sunoco Race Fuels North/South 100 Presented by Lucas Oil Florence, KY 8/13/11
    MavTV 12/29/11 9:00PM Florence Speedway 29th Annual Sunoco Race Fuels North/South 100 Presented by Lucas Oil Florence, KY 8/13/11
    SPEED TBA TBA Knoxville Raceway 8th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals Knoxville, IA 10/1/11
    MavTV TBA TBA Dixie Speedway Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout Woodstock, GA 10/8/11
    VERSUS TBA TBA Dixie Speedway Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout Woodstock, GA 10/8/11

    2011 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Sponsors

    ASI Racewear – “The Official Merchandise Vendor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

    Canidae Pet Foods – “The Official Pet Foods” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

    DART Machinery – “The Official Engine Components” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

    E3 Spark Plugs – “The Official Spark Plug” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

    Geico Power Sports – “The Official Insurance” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

    General Tire – “The Official Tire” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

    Hoosier Tire – “The Official Race Tire” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

    K&N Filters – “The Official Filter” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

    Lucas Oil Products – “The Official Oil” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
    Magnaflow Exhaust – “The Official Exhaust” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

    MavTV – “The Official Men’s Network” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

    R&L Carrier – “The Official Carrier” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

    Rockstar Energy Drink – “The Official Drink” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

    Speedco – “The Official Truck Lube and Tire Center” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

    Sunoco Race Fuels – “The Official Fuel” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

    2011 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Supporters Include:

    Allstar Performance, American Racer, Banshee Graphics, Bloomquist Race Cars, COMP Cams, Cornett Racing Engines, Cruise with the Champions, CV Products, DirtonDirt.com, Dominator Race Products, Dyers Top Rods, ECR Race Engines, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, Gaerte Engines, GRT Race Cars, Hawk Performance, Hypercoil, Janowski Insurance, Jay Dickens Racing Engines, JE Pistons, JRi Shocks, Keyser MFG, Longhorn Chassis, MasterSbilt Chassis, Öhlins, Outerwears, PBM/Erson Cams, Performance Bodies, Pierce Racecars, Pro Power Racing, Quarter Master, Race Engine Design, Red Buck Cigars, Rhyne Race Engines, Rick Schwallie Photography, Ringers Gloves, Rocket Chassis, Roush Yates Engines, Roush Yates Performance, Safety Solutions, Sweet Manufactuing, Vic Hill Race Engines, Warrior Race Cars, Weld Racing Wheels, Wiles Drive Shafts, Wrisco, 5150 Race Trailers.

    James Essex, Public Relations Coordinator, jessex@lucasdirt.com

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