O’Neal over Owens at Brownstown Indiana Icebreaker

Lucas Oil Late Model SeriesBROWNSTOWN, IN (March 24, 2012) – Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN won his fourth career Indiana Icebreaker Presented by Bowman Auto Group on Saturday Night at the Brownstown Speedway. O’Neal started sixth in the 50-lap main event and went on to capture the $10,000 to win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned event in front of a huge crowd.

O’Neal and defending Series Champion Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN traded the lead four times, until O’Neal pulled ahead for good on lap 36. Owens held a good lead over O’Neal until lap 26 when O’Neal reeled Owens in as they went through lap traffic.

“I have to thank all the fans who came out tonight. Even though we had a lot of storms and rain last night, the track was excellent. We hurt the motor in time trials and had to pull out the back-up car and it performed flawlessly,” said the 47-year-old who captured his 22nd career LOLMDS victory. It was O’Neal’s 52nd career win at Brownstown Speedway.

“We started on the tail of the heat and got up to second. To start where we did in the feature, we were lucky. I knew we had a good shot at winning, Jimmy (Owens) is always tough no matter what track we are at, but I don’t know what happened to him once we got by. We started to catch up to him and then went back and forth for the lead. I sure hope the fans enjoyed that race,” said the veteran driver, who began his late model career at Brownstown in 1991.

“I have to thank all of our great sponsors, Optima Batteries, Independence Lumber, Seubert Calf Ranches, Super Cleaning, Jones Core, and Budda Bert Transmissions. A Jay Dickens Racing Engine powers the MasterSbilt house-car that O’Neal drives.

Owens in the Reece Monument Company, Cornett Racing Engines, Bloomquist Race Cars Ford finished second. With his second place showing, Owens is now tied with Dennis Erb Jr. for the series points lead. Greg Johnson of Bedford, IN made a late-race charge in the Jack Rainey, Bedford Transport, C.J. Rayburn Race Cars Chevrolet and passed Steve Francis of Ashland, KY on the final lap to finish third.

Francis in the Valvoline, Clements Racing Engines, Barry Wright Chevrolet came home fourth, just ahead of first-time Brownstown Speedway visitor, Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA in the Bowyer Motorsports, Georgia Boot, Barry Wright Toyota.

Completing the top ten were: Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, IL; Tim Isenberg of Marshfield, WI; Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN; Chris Simpson of Oxford, IA; and Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL. Both Bloomquist and Pearson rallied late in the race to score top ten finishes after taking series provisionals and starting 23rd and 24th.

In preliminary action Steve Francis was the Red Buck Cigars Fast Qualifier with a lap of 13.954 seconds. Heat race winners were Jimmy Owens, Jonathan Davenport, Francis, and Chris Simpson. Josh Richards and Terry Casey won the B-mains.

Coming up next weekend, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be in action on Friday Night, March 30th at Jackson Motor Speedway in Jackson, MS and Saturday Night, March 31st at LoneStar Speedway in Kilgore, TX. Both events will pay $10,000 to win.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Saturday Night, March 24, 2012
Indiana Icebreaker
Brownstown Speedway – Brownstown, IN

Red Buck Cigars Fast Time:
Austin Hubbard / 14.025 seconds (Group A)
Steve Francis / 13.954 seconds (Group B and Overall)
Wiles Driveshafts First Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Jimmy Owens, Austin Hubbard, Bobby Pierce, Tyler Reddick, Josh Richards, Duane Chamberlain, Tim Prince, Justin Rattliff, Shane Cottle, David Ross, Earl Pearson, Jr.

U. S. Steel Second Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Jonathan Davenport, Greg Johnson, Mason Zeigler, Chad Stapleton, Tanner English, Kent Robinson, Zak Blackwood, Tyler Allen, Michael Chilton, Greg Kendall, Jerry Rice

Simpson Performance Products Third Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Steve Francis, Don O’Neal ,Tim Isenberg, Mike Jewell, Dillan White, Ray Cook, Mike Marlar, Jeremy Hines, Joe Janowski, Chris Streeval, Thomas Ramey

HAWK Brakes Fourth Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Chris Simpson, Brad Neat, Dennis Erb, Jr., Jared Landers, Terry Casey, Josh McGuire, Tim Rivers, Matt Pickard, Eric Wells, John Blankenship, Scott Bloomquist

JRi Shocks First B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Advance): Josh Richards, Tanner English, Kent Robinson, Duane Chamberlain, Justin Rattliff, Zak Blackwood, Tyler Allen, Shane Cottle, Greg Kendall, David Ross, Michael Chilton, Earl Pearson, Jr., Tim Prince, Jerry Rice-NR

PAC Racing Springs Second B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Advance): Terry Casey, Dillan White, Mike Marlar, Josh McGuire, Ray Cook, Tim Rivers, Jeremy Hines, Eric Wells, Joe Janowski, Matt Pickard, John Blankenship, Thomas Ramey, Scott Bloomquist, Chris Streeval

Feature Finish – 50 Laps:

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN
1 6 71 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN
2 1 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
3 7 49 Greg Johnson Bedford, IN
4 2 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
5 3 15d Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA
6 12 28e Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL
7 10 9t Tim Isenberg Marshfield, WI
8 23 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN
9 4 32x Chris Simpson Oxford, IA
10 24 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL
11 13 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA
12 17 25 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV
13 16 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
14 14 9J Mike Jewell Scottsburg, IN
15 8 41n Brad Neat Dunnville, KY
16 26 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC
17 25 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
18 5 11h Austin Hubbard Seaford, DE
19 9 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL
20 20 54W Dillan White Crofton, KY
21 15 32s Chad Stapleton Edinburgh, IN
22 19 96 Tanner English Benton, KY
23 21 7R Kent Robinson Bloomington, IN
24 11 25z Mason Zeigler Chalk Hill, PA
25 18 42T Terry Casey New London, WI
26 22 5b Mike Marlar Winfield, TN
27 27 5h Jeremy Hines Seymour, IN

 

 

 

Race Statistics

Entrants: 44

Lap Leaders: Jimmy Owens (Laps 1- 35); Don O’Neal (Laps 36 – 50)

Caution Flags: Jared Landers (Lap 3); Mike Marlar (Lap 9)

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Scott Bloomquist, Earl Pearson Jr.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: John Blankenship, Ray Cook

Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Scott Bloomquist (Started 23rd; Finished 8th; Advanced 15 positions)

Allstar Performer of the Race: Dennis Erb Jr.

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Jimmy Owens

ASi Racewear Challenge Finisher: Don O’Neal

Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Jonathan Davenport

COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Jay Dickens Racing Engines

Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: MasterSbilt Race Cars

Sweet Mfg Crew Chief of the Race: Cody Mahoney (Don O’Neal)

Time of Race: 22 minutes 13 seconds

 

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS
1 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 650
1 28e Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL 650
3 71 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN 625
4 15d Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 620
5 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY 605
6 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA 570
7 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 530
8 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 505
9 11h Austin Hubbard Seaford, DE 500
10 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC 495
11 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 480
12 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV 470

2012 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Schedule 

Venue

Track City, State To Win

13-Feb

East Bay Raceway Park Tampa, FL

$5,000

14-Feb

East Bay Raceway Park Tampa, FL

$5,000

15-Feb

East Bay Raceway Park Tampa, FL

$7,000

16-Feb

East Bay Raceway Park Tampa, FL

$7,000

17-Feb

East Bay Raceway Park Tampa, FL

$10,000

18-Feb

East Bay Raceway Park Tampa, FL

$10,000

24-Mar

Brownstown Speedway Brownstown, IN

$10,000

30-Mar

Jackson Motor Speedway Jackson, MS

$10,000

31-Mar

Lonestar Speedway Kilgore, TX

$10,000

13,14-Apr

Virginia Motor Speedway Saluda, VA

$25,000

20-Apr

Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex Markleysburg, PA

$10,000

21-Apr

Hagerstown Speedway Hagerstown, MD

$10,000

4-May

Tri-City Speedway Pontoon Beach, IL

$10,000

5-May

Paducah International Raceway Paducah, KY

$10,000

11-May

Hartford Motor Speedway Hartford, MI

$10,000

12-May

La Salle Speedway La Salle, IL

$10,000

18,19-May

Batesville Motor Speedway Batesville, AR

$20,000

25,26-May

Lucas Oil Speedway Wheatland, MO

$30,000

1-Jun

Tazewell Speedway Tazewell, TN

$10,000

2-Jun

Florence Speedway Florence, KY

$10,000

22-Jun

Cherokee Speedway Gaffney, SC

$10,000

23-Jun

Wythe Raceway Rural Retreat, VA

$10,000

1-Jul

Portsmouth Raceway Park Portsmouth, OH

$10,000

3-Jul

Muskingum County Speedway Zanesville, OH

$10,000

6,7-Jul

Magnolia Motor Speedway Columbus, MS

$20,000

13-Jul

Tri-City Speedway Pontoon Beach, IL

$10,000

14-Jul

Lucas Oil Speedway Wheatland, MO

$10,000

20,21-Jul

I-80 Speedway Greenwood, NE

$25,000

24-Jul

Stateline Speedway Busti, NY

$10,000

25-Jul

Utica Rome Speedway Vernon, NY

$10,000

26-Jul

Fonda Speedway Fonda, NY

$10,000

28-Jul

Hagerstown Speedway Hagerstown, MD

$10,000

10,11-Aug

Florence Speedway Florence, KY

$50,000

17,18-Aug

Batesville Motor Speedway Batesville, AR

$40,000

23-Aug

Volunteer Speedway Bulls Gap, TN

$10,000

25-Aug

Lawrenceburg Speedway Lawrenceburg, IN

$10,000

31-Aug, 1-Sep

Portsmouth Raceway Park Portsmouth, OH

$20,000

2-Sep

I-77 Raceway Park Ripley, WV

$25,000

14,15-Sep

Virginia Motor Speedway Saluda, VA

$20,000

21,22-Sep

Brownstown Speedway Brownstown, IN

$20,000

27-Sep

Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, IA

$7,000

28-Sep

Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, IA

$7,000

29-Sep

Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, IA

$40,000

6-Oct

Dixie Speedway Woodstock, GA

$10,000

7-Oct

Rome International Speedway Rome, GA

$10,000

19,20-Oct

Portsmouth Raceway Park Portsmouth, OH

$50,000

2012 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 – “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

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

U. S. Steel – “The Official Steel Manufacturer” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

2012 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Supporters Include:

Allstar Performance, American Racer, Banshee Graphics, Barry Wright Race Cars, Bloomquist Race Cars, COMP Cams, Chizmark Larson Insurance, Cornett Racing Engines, Cruise with the Champions, CV Products, DirtonDirt.com, Dyers Top Rods, Edlebrock, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, FK Rod Ends, Gaerte Engines, Hawk Performance, Jay Dickens Racing Engines, JE Pistons, JRi Shocks, Keyser MFG, Longhorn Chassis, MasterSbilt Chassis, Öhlins, Outerwears, PBM/Erson Cams, PAC Racing Springs, Performance Bodies, Pierce Racecars, PRC, 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 Parts, Simpson Performance Products, Sweet Mfg, Vic Hill Race Engines, Weld Racing Wheels, Wiles Drive Shafts, Wrisco, 5150 Race Trailers.

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