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Brandon Sheppard and Jonathan Davenport Strike First At Dream Opener

Wild Action Thrills Large Thursday Crowd; Dirt Late Model Dream by Ferris Mowers Continues Friday and Saturday

ROSSBURG, Ohio (June 9, 2016) – It was a night of extremes Thursday as the first day of the 22nd Annual Dirt Late Model Dream by Ferris Mowers at Eldora Speedway delivered a doubleheader delight for Brandon Sheppard and Jonathan Davenport. While Sheppard dominated the first feature of the night, Jonathan Davenport made a late push to win his A-Feature.

In a 72-car entry list, Sheppard said he thought he underperformed in both his feature race and in qualifying; however, the event format placed him on the outside row of the 24-car Feature race. The New Berlin, Ill. native fended off Terry Phillips in Turn 4 on the opening lap to take command. This is Sheppard’s third win of the season.

“Early in the night we struggled really badly,” Sheppard said. “But we had a really great car in the feature. We did a little homework last year at the World 100 and got better with our older cars. We kind of did some stuff [tonight] that we were doing to them. We’re just really fortunate to come out with the win.”

On lap two, Billy Moyer moved his way up one spot to second place. His early push – like Sheppard’s – was not enough to challenge for the lead spot. Moyer only closed the gap to a 0.848-second margin. But, Moyer did separate himself from the rest of the field by a similar margin. With five laps remaining, Moyer’s strong run faded, leaving the door open for 14th-starting Ricky Thorton Jr. who would work his way into the runner-up position; Moyer managed to hold on to the final podium spot.

Steve Casebolt, who won the Dirt Late Model Dream in 2007, led much of a furious second Feature race that included challenges from Josh Richards, Chris Brown and Jimmy Owens. However, it was the final 15 laps that decided the race.

Jonathan Davenport from Williamston, S.C. darted to the front, swerving top to bottom to find an opening. It took a three-wide maneuver to the bottom of Casebolt and Richards on lap 14 to get the lead. Davenport started sixth.

“Everyone ran a heck of a race,” Davenport said. “Casebolt was running up front for a while, and Josh and I were racing really tight. That was definitely awesome.”

Casebolt blew a rear-right tire late in the race, collecting a quickly closing Bobby Pierce rearranging the podium spots. Davenport maintained a healthy lead for the final laps – returning to the point after the race’s final caution on lap 20. But, the buffer did not come without one last push from Richards, who placed second. Jimmy Owens rounded-out the podium in thrilling fashion, using the restart on lap five to catapult him to a third-place finish.

Both feature winners took home a $5,000 purse.

The 22nd Annual Dirt Late Model Dream by Ferris Mowers returns to action Friday with two $10,000-to-win 25-lap Feature events for the field. Gates open at 12 p.m. with hot laps scheduled to start at 6 p.m. and Heat Races at 8 p.m.

About Eldora Speedway:
Since carved from a cornfield in the natural amphitheater that existed between the Eldora Ballroom and the Wabash River by bandleader Earl Baltes in 1954, Eldora Speedway has grown to be a frontrunner in motorsports growth and stability. Baltes chose to sell the legendary high-banked clay oval to motorsports entrepreneur and NASCAR, IndyCar and USAC champion Tony Stewart in 2004. Celebrating its 63nd season in 2016, Eldora hosts the biggest events in short-track racing including the 22nd annual Dirt Late Model Dream by Ferris Mowers; the 33rd annual Kings Royal Weekend; the fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on dirt – the Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby; and the 46th annual World 100. The complete schedule for Eldora’s 63rd consecutive season, including ticket and campsite information, is available at www.EldoraSpeedway.com and can be requested by phone at (937) 338-3815. Fans can get behind-the-scenes access of Eldora Speedway by following @EldoraSpeedway on Twitter, hitting ‘Like’ at www.facebook.com/EldoraSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/EldoraSpeedwayInc.

RACE RESULTS
EVENT BOX SCORE
DIRTcar UMP Late Models

Time Trials
1.3s-Brian Shirley, 15.310; 2.39-Tim McCreadie, 15.318; 3.21-Billy Moyer, 15.341; 4.1-Josh Richards, 15.348; 5.25C-Shane Clanton, 15.349; 6.5-Don O’Neal, 15.365; 7.3-Matt Miller, 15.384; 8.15-Jon Henry, 15.443; 9.28C-Eddie Carrier Jr. , 15.452; 10.20-Jimmy Owens, 15.478; 11.33x-Ricky Thornton Jr, 15.503; 12.44M-Chris Madden, 15.518; 13.99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr. , 15.558; 14.32-Chris Simpson, 15.583; 15.95J-Jerry Bowersock, 15.592; 16.C9-Steve Casebolt, 15.596; 17.17M-Dale McDowell, 15.607; 18.157-Mike Marlar, 15.633; 19.21H-Robby Hensley, 15.644; 20.15F-Steve Francis, 15.679; 21.7B-Jeff Babcock, 15.698; 22.6-Jonathan Davenport, 15.724; 23.16-Tyler Bruening, 15.738; 24.15L-Darrell Lanigan, 15.744; 25.11RS-Rusty Schlenk, 15.746; 26.6m-Wendell Wallace, 15.748; 27.15J-Scott James, 15.779; 28.32P-Bobby Pierce, 15.779; 29.B5-Brandon Sheppard, 15.780; 30.41R-TJ Reaid, 15.794; 31.97-Michael Chilton, 15.811; 32.21JR-Billy Moyer Jr. , 15.822; 33.5N-Dustin Nobbe, 15.825; 34.25-Jason Feger, 15.827; 35.99M-Devin Moran, 15.847; 36.7R-Kent Robinson, 15.849; 37.777-Jared Landers, 15.850; 38.21B-Chris Brown, 15.851; 39.75P-Terry Phillips, 15.856; 40.76-Brandon Overton, 15.858; 41.50-Shanon Buckingham, 15.859; 42.31-Nick Latham, 15.873; 43.22S-Gregg Satterlee, 15.904; 44.55-Jeep VanWormer, 15.931; 45.18-Shannon Babb, 15.981; 46.18J-Chase Junghans, 15.994; 47.1GK-Ryan King, 16.013; 48.25Z-Mason Zeigler, 16.020; 49.1G-Devin Gilpin, 16.034; 50.20C-Duane Chamberlain, 16.055; 51.28M-Jimmy Mars, 16.056; 52.1B-Mike Benedum, 16.091; 53.11A-Austin Smith, 16.134; 54.77-Gavin Landers, 16.223; 55.33-Tim Manville, 16.269; 56.94-Austin Rettig, 16.290; 57.22-Chris Ferguson, 16.360; 58.28-Dennis Erb Jr. , 16.364; 59.1M-Mike Mataragas, 16.374; 60.20s-Rodney Sanders, 16.430; 61.12-Jason Jameson, 16.484; 62.93-Jay Johnson, 16.528; 63.51-Jason Noll, 16.548; 64.4-Brian Ligon, 16.952; 65.42-Doug Sanders, 17.021; 66.1P-Earl Pearson Jr., 17.148; 67.3c-Charlie LaPlant, 17.219; 68.5*-Bryant Dickinson, 17.232; 69.101-Casey Roberts, 17.855; 70.4G-Kody Evans, 99.999; 71.22*-GR Smith, 99.999; 72.0-Scott Bloomquist, 99.999;

Heat 1 – (10 Laps)
1. 17M-Dale McDowell[2] ; 2. 3s-Brian Shirley[4] ; 3. 1G-Devin Gilpin[7] ; 4. 50-Shanon Buckingham[6] ; 5. 22-Chris Ferguson[8] ; 6. 5N-Dustin Nobbe[5] ; 7. 42-Doug Sanders[9] ; 8. 11RS-Rusty Schlenk[1] ; 9. 28C-Eddie Carrier Jr. [3]

Heat 2 – (10 Laps)
1. 39-Tim McCreadie[4] ; 2. 20-Jimmy Owens[3] ; 3. 6m-Wendell Wallace[1] ; 4. 157-Mike Marlar[2] ; 5. 31-Nick Latham[6] ; 6. 20C-Duane Chamberlain[7] ; 7. 28-Dennis Erb Jr. [8] ; 8. 1P-Earl Pearson Jr.[9] ; 9. 25-Jason Feger[5]

Heat 3 – (10 Laps)
1. 21H-Robby Hensley[2] ; 2. 21-Billy Moyer[4] ; 3. 99M-Devin Moran[5] ; 4. 33x-Ricky Thornton Jr[3] ; 5. 15J-Scott James[1] ; 6. 28M-Jimmy Mars[7] ; 7. 1M-Mike Mataragas[8] ; 8. 22S-Gregg Satterlee[6] ; 9. 3c-Charlie LaPlant[9]

Heat 4 – (10 Laps)
1. 15F-Steve Francis[2] ; 2. 1-Josh Richards[4] ; 3. 32P-Bobby Pierce[9] ; 4. 44M-Chris Madden[1] ; 5. 7R-Kent Robinson[3] ; 6. 20s-Rodney Sanders[8] ; 7. 1B-Mike Benedum[5] ; 8. 55-Jeep VanWormer[6] ; 9. 5*-Bryant Dickinson[7]

Heat 5 – (10 Laps)
1. 7B-Jeff Babcock[2] ; 2. B5-Brandon Sheppard[1] ; 3. 18-Shannon Babb[6] ; 4. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr. [3] ; 5. 777-Jared Landers[5] ; 6. 12-Jason Jameson[8] ; 7. 11A-Austin Smith[7] ; 8. 101-Casey Roberts[9] ; 9. 25C-Shane Clanton[4]

Heat 6 – (10 Laps)
1. 6-Jonathan Davenport[2] ; 2. 21B-Chris Brown[5] ; 3. 4G-Kody Evans[9] ; 4. 32-Chris Simpson[3] ; 5. 18J-Chase Junghans[6] ; 6. 93-Jay Johnson[8] ; 7. 77-Gavin Landers[7] ; 8. 5-Don O’Neal[4] ; 9. 41R-TJ Reaid[1]

Heat 7 – (10 Laps)
1. 97-Michael Chilton[1] ; 2. 75P-Terry Phillips[5] ; 3. 95J-Jerry Bowersock[3] ; 4. 16-Tyler Bruening[2] ; 5. 33-Tim Manville[7] ; 6. 51-Jason Noll[8] ; 7. 1GK-Ryan King[6] ; 8. 22*-GR Smith[9] ; 9. 3-Matt Miller[4]

Heat 8 – (10 Laps)
1. 15L-Darrell Lanigan[2] ; 2. C9-Steve Casebolt[3] ; 3. 15-Jon Henry[4] ; 4. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr. [1] ; 5. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[6] ; 6. 76-Brandon Overton[5] ; 7. 4-Brian Ligon[8] ; 8. 0-Scott Bloomquist[9] ; 9. 94-Austin Rettig[7]

B-Feature 1 (12 Laps)
1. 101-Casey Roberts[11] ; 2. 25C-Shane Clanton[15] ; 3. 11A-Austin Smith[7] ; 4. 12-Jason Jameson[3] ; 5. 51-Jason Noll[4] ; 6. 1GK-Ryan King[8] ; 7. 1M-Mike Mataragas[6] ; 8. 42-Doug Sanders[5] ; 9. 3c-Charlie LaPlant[14] ; 10. 28C-Eddie Carrier Jr. [13] ; 11. 5N-Dustin Nobbe[1] ; 12. 22S-Gregg Satterlee[10] ; 13. 28M-Jimmy Mars[2] ; 14. 11RS-Rusty Schlenk[9] ; 15. 22*-GR Smith[12] ; 16. 3-Matt Miller[16]

B-Feature 2 – (12 Laps
1. 28-Dennis Erb Jr. [5] ; 2. 1B-Mike Benedum[6] ; 3. 76-Brandon Overton[4] ; 4. 20C-Duane Chamberlain[1] ; 5. 1P-Earl Pearson Jr.[9] ; 6. 20s-Rodney Sanders[2] ; 7. 93-Jay Johnson[3] ; 8. 77-Gavin Landers[7] ; 9. 4-Brian Ligon[12] ; 10. 94-Austin Rettig[16] ; 11. 41R-TJ Reaid[15] ; 12. 55-Jeep VanWormer[10] ; 13. 0-Scott Bloomquist[8] ; 14. 25-Jason Feger[13] ; 15. 5-Don O’Neal[11] ; 16. 5*-Bryant Dickinson[14]

A-Main 1 – (25 Laps)
1. B5-Brandon Sheppard[2] ; 2. 33x-Ricky Thornton Jr[14] ; 3. 21-Billy Moyer[3] ; 4. 17M-Dale McDowell[8] ; 5. 75P-Terry Phillips[1] ; 6. 3s-Brian Shirley[4] ; 7. 18-Shannon Babb[11] ; 8. 7B-Jeff Babcock[6] ; 9. 1G-Devin Gilpin[9] ; 10. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr. [15] ; 11. 33-Tim Manville[20] ; 12. 97-Michael Chilton[5] ; 13. 777-Jared Landers[19] ; 14. 25C-Shane Clanton[22] ; 15. 99M-Devin Moran[10] ; 16. 101-Casey Roberts[21] ; 17. 11A-Austin Smith[23] ; 18. 16-Tyler Bruening[16] ; 19. 50-Shanon Buckingham[13] ; 20. 22-Chris Ferguson[17] ; 21. 15J-Scott James[18] ; 22. 21H-Robby Hensley[7] ; 23. 95J-Jerry Bowersock[12] ; 24. 12-Jason Jameson[24]

A-Main 2 – (25 Laps)
1. 6-Jonathan Davenport[6] ; 2. 1-Josh Richards[3] ; 3. 20-Jimmy Owens[4] ; 4. 15-Jon Henry[5] ; 5. 157-Mike Marlar[13] ; 6. 15F-Steve Francis[7] ; 7. 39-Tim McCreadie[8] ; 8. 28-Dennis Erb Jr. [21] ; 9. 15L-Darrell Lanigan[12] ; 10. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr. [16] ; 11. 32-Chris Simpson[15] ; 12. 18J-Chase Junghans[19] ; 13. 4G-Kody Evans[11] ; 14. 44M-Chris Madden[14] ; 15. 7R-Kent Robinson[18] ; 16. 1P-Earl Pearson Jr.[25] ; 17. 76-Brandon Overton[23] ; 18. 1B-Mike Benedum[22] ; 19. 20C-Duane Chamberlain[24] ; 20. C9-Steve Casebolt[1] ; 21. 32P-Bobby Pierce[10] ; 22. 21B-Chris Brown[2] ; 23. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[20] ; 24. 6m-Wendell Wallace[9] ; 25. 31-Nick Latham[17]

 

POINT STANDINGS

Position Car # Driver TOTAL – back Thu Qual Thu Heat Thu Main Fri Qual Fri Heat Fri Main
1 1 Josh Richards 537 0 194 97 246
2 21 Billy Moyer 535 -2 196 97 242
3 3s Brian Shirley 527 -10 200 97 230
4 39 Tim McCreadie 524 -13 198 100 226
5 20 Jimmy Owens 521 -16 182 97 242
6 15 Jon Henry 518 -19 186 94 238
7 33x Ricky Thornton Jr 518 -19 180 92 246
8 6 Jonathan Davenport 508 -29 158 100 250
9 17M Dale McDowell 506 -31 168 100 238
10 157 Mike Marlar 492 -45 166 92 234
11 15F Steve Francis 492 -45 162 100 230
12 B5 Brandon Sheppard 491 -46 144 97 250
13 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr. 482 -55 176 92 214
14 7B Jeff Babcock 482 -55 160 100 222
15 32 Chris Simpson 476 -61 174 92 210
16 25C Shane Clanton 472 -65 192 82 198
17 15L Darrell Lanigan 472 -65 154 100 218
18 44M Chris Madden 468 -69 178 92 198
19 75P Terry Phillips 455 -82 124 97 234
20 97 Michael Chilton 446 -91 140 100 206
21 21JR Billy Moyer Jr. 444 -93 138 92 214
22 C9 Steve Casebolt 441 -96 170 97 174
23 18 Shannon Babb 432 -105 112 94 226
24 21H Robby Hensley 430 -107 164 100 166
25 16 Tyler Bruening 430 -107 156 92 182
26 95J Jerry Bowersock 428 -109 172 94 162
27 99M Devin Moran 420 -117 132 94 194
28 777 Jared Landers 420 -117 128 90 202
29 1G Devin Gilpin 416 -121 104 94 218
30 7R Kent Robinson 414 -123 130 90 194
31 32P Bobby Pierce 410 -127 146 94 170
32 15J Scott James 408 -129 148 90 170
33 18J Chase Junghans 406 -131 110 90 206
34 6m Wendell Wallace 402 -135 150 94 158
35 28C Eddie Carrier Jr. 400 -137 184 82 134
36 76 Brandon Overton 396 -141 122 88 186
37 28 Dennis Erb Jr. 394 -143 86 86 222
38 33 Tim Manville 392 -145 92 90 210
39 50 Shanon Buckingham 390 -147 120 92 178
40 21B Chris Brown 389 -148 126 97 166
41 5 Don O’Neal 388 -149 190 84 114
42 3 Matt Miller 380 -157 188 82 110
43 20C Duane Chamberlain 368 -169 102 88 178
44 11A Austin Smith 368 -169 96 86 186
45 1B Mike Benedum 366 -171 98 86 182
46 31 Nick Latham 362 -175 118 90 154
47 25Z Mason Zeigler 358 -179 106 90 162
48 4G Kody Evans 358 -179 62 94 202
49 11RS Rusty Schlenk 354 -183 152 84 118
50 41R TJ Reaid 354 -183 142 82 130
51 5N Dustin Nobbe 354 -183 136 88 130
52 22 Chris Ferguson 352 -185 88 90 174
53 1GK Ryan King 344 -193 108 86 150
54 1P Earl Pearson Jr. 344 -193 70 84 190
55 101 Casey Roberts 338 -199 64 84 190
56 25 Jason Feger 334 -203 134 82 118
57 22S Gregg Satterlee 326 -211 116 84 126
58 12 Jason Jameson 326 -211 80 88 158
59 55 Jeep VanWormer 324 -213 114 84 126
60 77 Gavin Landers 322 -215 94 86 142
61 20s Rodney Sanders 320 -217 82 88 150
62 51 Jason Noll 318 -219 76 88 154
63 1M Mike Mataragas 316 -221 84 86 146
64 93 Jay Johnson 312 -225 78 88 146
65 28M Jimmy Mars 310 -227 100 88 122
66 94 Austin Rettig 306 -231 90 82 134
67 42 Doug Sanders 300 -237 72 86 142
68 4 Brian Ligon 298 -239 74 86 138
69 3c Charlie LaPlant 288 -249 68 82 138
70 5* Bryant Dickinson 258 -279 66 82 110
71 0 Scott Bloomquist 206 -331 0 84 122
72 22* GR Smith 198 -339 0 84 114
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