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    Jimmy Owens Wins First Night of Lucas Oil Knoxville Nationals

    Lucas Oil Late Model SeriesKNOXVILLE, IA (September 30, 2011) – Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN captured the opening night of the 8th Annual Lucas Oil Knoxville Nationals Presented by Casey’s General Stores on Thursday Night at Knoxville Raceway. Owens took the lead from Darrell Lanigan of Union, KY to score his first ever win at the historic oval. Austin Hubbard of Seaford, DE placed third followed by Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA and Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, IL.

    Lanigan grabbed the lead at the start of the 25-lap main with Chad Simpson and Owens in tow. Owens, who started third on the grid quickly moved into contention for the lead as he raced past Simpson and began to challenge Lanigan for the top spot. Lanigan and Owens then battled it out for the race lead as Owens grabbed the point on lap nine. A circuit later, Lanigan charged back around Owens to regain the lead. Lanigan was only out in front for two more laps until Owens made the pass on the outside on lap 12.

    Owens pulled away from a terrific battle for second between Lanigan, Hubbard, and Birkhofer. Owens made it look easy in the final laps as he took the Mike Reece-owned Bloomquist Race Cars to victory lane. “We’ve been here for the last two or three years, we’ve been decent, almost won here once before and Darrell (Lanigan) passed us late to win. To get a win here is special, this is such a nice place, we qualified kind of bad, but the invert helped us tonight,” said the 39-year-old driver.

    “We were pretty good in the heat; we made some changes for the feature. We came here with a completely different motor program from Cornett, we were able to capitalize on that restart and we were able to pass Darrell for the win, if they can keep this track in this kind of shape for the rest of the weekend, it would be great. We are using the same setup as before, we jumped down to the bottom after getting by Darrell, it was a great win for us,” said Owens.

    “We have to thank all of sponsors for their support, Reece Monument Company, Gantte Appraisals, Red Line Oil, Midwest Sheet Metal, Ohlins Shocks, C&C Trucking and Hoosier Tires, without them it would be difficult to do this.”

    Lanigan claimed second in the Mark Richard Enterprises, Kentucky Fuel, Rocket Chassis Chevrolet with Hubbard in one of his best runs of the year, taking third in the Dale Beitler, Reliable Painting, Rocket Chassis. Birkhofer in the J&J Steel, Pro Power Racing Engines, MB Customs entry came from seventh to finish fourth just ahead of Babb in the Petroff Towing, Pro Power Racing Engines, Moyer Victory Circle Chevrolet.

    Completing the top ten were Scott James of Lawrenceburg, IN, Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR, Will Vaught of Crane, MO, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN and Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA.

    In preliminary action Scott Bloomquist was the Red Buck Cigars Fast Qualifier among the 64 entries. Heat races were won by Bloomquist, Brian Birkhofer, Austin Hubbard, Steve Francis and Jimmy Mars.

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    Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
    Race Summary
    Thursday Night, September 29th, 2011
    8th Annual Lucas Oil Knoxville Nationals
    Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, IA

    Red Buck Cigars Fast Time:
    Scott Bloomquist / 17.335 seconds (Overall)

    Wiles Driveshafts First Heat (12 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Scott Bloomquist, Chris Simpson, Chad Simpson, Brad Neat, Jared Landers, Tim McCreadie, Denny Eckrich, Brian Harris, Kevin Sather, Tim Lance, Al Humphrey, Chad Chenoweth, Chris Spieker

    Wiles Driveshafts Second Heat (12 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Brian Birkhofer, Will Vaught, Shannon Babb, Eric Wells, Charlie McKenna, Rich Bell, John Duty, Paul Glendenning, Curt Schroeder, Steve Casebolt, Bub McCool, Matt Furman, Mike Marlar

    Sweet Manufacturing Third Heat (12 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Austin Hubbard, Billy Moyer, Scot James, Jimmy Owens, Tyler Reddick, Kent Robertson, Jeremiah Hurst, Nick Marlof, Mike Fryer, Alonzo Grosse, Billy Moyer Jr.
    HAWK Brakes Fourth Heat (12 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Steve Francis, John Blankenship, Brian Shirley, Dan Schlieper, Rob Moss, Brady Smith, Kerry Hansen, Andy Eckrich, Jay Johnson, Dave Eckrich, Scot Lewis, Ray Cook, Mike Wallace

    Swee Manufacturing Fifth Heat (12 Laps – Top 4 Transfer): Jimmy Mars, Dale McDowell, Darrel Lanigan, Jason Rauen, Jason Feger, Earl Pearson Jr., Jill George, Tyler Bruening, Darrel DeFrance, Junior Coover, Jason Utter, Don O’Neal

    Wrisco Aluminum C-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Advance): Chris Spieker, Jack Sullivan, Ray Cook, Dave Eckrich, Mike Fryer, Darrell DeFrance, Tim Lance, Al Humphrey, Kevin Sather, Mike Wallace, Billy Moyer Jr., Scott Lewis, Jay Johnson, Alonzo Grosse, Nick Marlof, Junior Coover, Curt Schroeder, Chad Chenoweth

    JRi Shocks B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Advance): Jason Feger, Tim McCreadie, Tyler Reddick, Jared Landers, Kent Robinson, Rob Moss, Earl Pearson Jr., Andy Eckrich, Frank Heckenast Jr., John Duty, Jeremiah Hurst, Brian Harris, Chris Spieker, Kerry Hansen, Jack Sullivan, Tyler Bruening, Rich Bell, Charlie McKenna, Dave Eckrich, Jill George, Brady Smith, Ray Cook, Paul Glendenning, Denny Eckrich

    Feature Finish 25 Laps

    Jimmy Owens, Darrel Lanigan, Austin Hubbard, Brian Birkhofer, Shannon Babb, Scott James, Billy Moyer, Will Vaught, Scott Bloomquist, Dale McDowell, Chris Simpson, Tyler Reddick, Chad Simpson, Tim McCreadie, Jimmy Mars, Jason Feger, Brad Neat, John Blankenship, Jared Landers, Dan Schlieper, Jason Rauen, Eric Wells, Steve Francis, Brian Shirley

    Race Statistics
    Entrants: 64
    Lap Leaders: Darrel Lanigan (Laps 1 – 8); Jimmy Owens (Lap 9); Darrel Lanigain (Laps 10 -11); Jimmy Owens (Laps 12 – 25)
    Caution Flags: Steve Francis (Lap 7); Jason Rauen (Lap 13)
    Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: none
    Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: none
    Red Buck Cigars Fast Time Provisionals: none
    PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Tyler Reddick (Started 23rd; Finished 12th; Advanced 11 positions)
    Allstar Performer of the Race: Scott James
    K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Jimmy Owens
    Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Tyler Reddick
    COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Cornett Racing Engines
    Janowski Insurance Feature Winner: Jimmy Owens
    Outerwears Challenger of the Race: Tyler Reddick
    Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award: Steve Francis Crew Chief of the Race: Chris Fox (Jimmy Owens)
    Time of Race: 54 minutes 02 seconds

    Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

    ***These are the Points after Jackson 100 at Brownstown Speedway
    – Points will be re-calculated after Feature on Saturday of Knoxville Nationals

    1 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 6350
    2 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 6310
    3 71 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN 5695
    4 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY 5355
    5 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 5070
    6 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 4965
    7 41n Brad Neat Dunnville, KY 4925
    8 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV 4910
    9 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC 4715
    10 11t Tyler Reddick Corning, CA 4680
    11 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA 4590
    12 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY 4255
    13 57J Bub McCool Vicksburg, MS 3990
    14 99jr Frank Heckenast, Jr. Frankfort, IL 3625
    15 c9 Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN 3575


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    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,, 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,

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