CHILLICOTHE, OHIO (April 11, 2019) – Jimmy Owens recovered from mechanical issues early on Thursday night to win the 5th Annual Buckeye Spring 50 at Atomic Speedway. The three-time National Champion led all 50 laps of the event for his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season.
Owens broke a fan blade in hot laps, which relegated him to his back-up car. His backup entry proved to be the best of the night as he dominated the main event. Brandon Sheppard tried to track down Owens but came home in second-place. Jonathan Davenport came home in third. Tim McCreadie finished fourth and Earl Pearson took fifth at the finish.
Owens started third and quickly darted to the lead on the opening lap with Tyler Erb following. Having won a pair of events last September at the Ohio Speed plant, Erb was looking for his third straight win at Atomic. Erb held the second spot until Sheppard got around him. A furious battle behind Owens ensued for the runner-up slot between Sheppard and several drivers, lasting several laps. Pearson went to the outside and briefly took second from Sheppard at the halfway mark. Sheppard came back a lap later to regain the position.
Owens was set on cruise control for most of the race and was rolling around the 3/8ths mile track with as much as a straightaway lead at times. A caution flag with 43 laps complete appeared to set up a dash to the finish between Owens and Sheppard, but Owens pulled away to become the seventh different winner this year on the tour.
The 47-year-old Owens was ecstatic to finally breakthrough with his first series win of 2019. “We fixed everything on the main car this week from last Saturday. We broke a fan blade in hot laps. Then we had to get our back-up car out. My hat is off to the crew for getting this car prepared. They busted their rear ends tonight. We had a quick turnaround time to get it in line just to qualify.”
“The crew gave me a good car that I could feel confident in,” Owens added. “We had second quick time in our group and then we went out and won our heat race and so here we are in Victory Lane. We have a good car, a great team, and we are just as capable as anybody to run up front night in and night out. Thanks to the fans for coming tonight to watch a good show and thanks to the track crew for a well-prepared track.”
Sheppard congratulated Owens on his win. “We had a really good race tonight. Jimmy and his crew are really rolling. It is a lot of fun running against these Lucas Oil guys. Everybody races each other clean and it was getting exciting. Thanks for all of the fans for coming out on a Thursday night. Thanks to Mark Richards and Steve Baker for giving me this opportunity.”
Davenport was seeking his fifth series win of the season. “I tried to slide Brandon there once and couldn’t quite clear him. I wanted to try again but I didn’t have him cleared enough to do so and I wasn’t going to take both of us out. We didn’t take off like we wanted to,” said the defending series champion who heads to Sharon Speedway on Friday night maintaining his points lead.
The winner’s Ramirez Motorsports Rocket Chassis is powered by a Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by: Boomtest Well Service, Rhino Ag, Reece Monument Company, Tommy Pope Construction, FK Rod Ends, Keyser Manufacturing, Integra Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, and Red Line Oil.
Completing the top ten were Devin Moran, Tyler Erb, Steve Casebolt, Hudson O’Neal, and Colton Burdette.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Thursday, April 11, 2019
5th Annual Buckeye Spring 50
Atomic Speedway – Chillicothe, Ohio
Miller Welders Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Kyle Bronson / 13.459 seconds
Fast Time Group B: Josh Richards / 13.267 seconds (overall)
Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): RJ Conley, Tyler Erb ®, Kyle Bronson, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Stormy Scott, Freddie Carpenter, Ryan King, Derek Davis, Jackie Boggs
FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Don O’Neal, Steve Casebolt, Billy Moyer, Jr., Rod Conley, Chris Garnes, Colten Burdette, Jason Brennan
Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Josh Richards, Brandon Sheppard, Earl Pearson, Jr., Tyler Carpenter, Shanon Buckingham, Gregg Satterlee, Jonathan Henry, Kyle Thomas
Lucas Oil Products Penetrating Oil Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Devin Moran ®, Jonathan Davenport, Hudson O’Neal, Tim McCreadie, Kody Evans, Jason Jameson ®, Todd Brennan, Colton Flinner
Lucas Oil Products Red “N” Tacky Spray Grease B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Colten Burdette, Stormy Scott, Rod Conley, Jackie Boggs, Freddie Carpenter, Ryan King, Jason Brennan, Derek Davis, Chris Garnes
FAST Shafts B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Shanon Buckingham, Kody Evans, Jason Jameson ®, Jonathan Henry, Gregg Satterlee, Kyle Thomas, Todd Brennan, Colton Flinner
Lucas Oil Feature Finish (50 Laps):
FINISHSTARTCAR #DRIVER NAMEHOMETOWNEARNINGS1320Jimmy OwensNewport, TN$12,800261SBrandon SheppardNew Berlin, IL$5,5003849Jonathan DavenportBlairsville, GA$4,60041639Tim McCreadieWatertown, NY$3,4505101Earl Pearson, Jr.Jacksonville, FL$3,050641MDevin Moran ®Dresden, OH$2,600751TTyler Erb ®New Waverly, TX$2,200811C9Steve CaseboltRichmond, IN$1,30091271Hudson O’NealMartinsville, IN$1,900101744BColten BurdetteParkersburg, WV$1,100111850Shanon BuckinghamMorristown, TN$1,0751275Don O’NealMartinsville, IN$1,850131399JRFrank Heckenast, Jr.Frankfort, IL$1,02514192sStormy ScottLas Cruses, NM$1,00015244BJackie BoggsGrayson, KY$1,000161428Tyler CarpenterParkersburg, WV$1,00017231GkRyan KingSeymour, TN$1,000181521Billy Moyer, Jr.Batesville, AR$1,70019171CRJ ConleyWheelersburg, OH$1,00020940BKyle BronsonBrandon, FL$1,700212212JJason Jameson ®Lawrenceburg, IN$1,700222171RRod ConleyWheelersburg, OH$1,00023214Josh RichardsShinnston, WV$1,90024204GKody EvansCamden, OH$1,000
Lap Leaders: Jimmy Owens (Laps 1 – 50)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Jimmy Owens
Margin of Victory: 1.124 seconds
Cautions: Don O’Neal (Lap 19); Josh Richards (Lap 22); Billy Moyer Jr. (Lap 27); Kyle Bronson (Lap 32); Jason Jameson (Lap 43)
Series Provisionals: Jason Jameson
Miller Welders Fast Time Provisionals: Jackie Boggs
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Tim McCreadie (Advanced 12 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Ryan King
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Jimmy Owens
Eibach Springs Rookie of the Race: Devin Moran
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Durham Race Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Jeff Strope (Jimmy Owens)
Dirty Girl Racewear Fastest Lap of the Race: Jimmy Owens (Lap #47 – 14.6378 seconds)
Hot Rod Processing Tough Break of the Race: Josh Richards
STEEL-IT Most Laps Led: Jimmy Owens (50 Laps)
PFC Brakes Pole Award: RJ Conley
Time of Race: 25 minutes 46 seconds
Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:
POSCAR #DRIVER NAMEHOMETOWNPOINTSEARNINGS149Jonathan DavenportBlairsville, GA1860$72,42521TTyler Erb ®New Waverly, TX1690$53,35031Earl Pearson, Jr.Jacksonville, FL1675$43,97541MDevin Moran ®Dresden, OH1560$26,425514Josh RichardsShinnston, WV1475$25,500639Tim McCreadieWatertown, NY1445$19,500720Jimmy OwensNewport, TN1400$31,35075Don O’NealMartinsville, IN1400$24,650971Hudson O’NealMartinsville, IN1355$23,4001040BKyle BronsonBrandon, FL1265$18,8501121Billy Moyer, Jr.Batesville, AR1220$12,2501212JJason Jameson ®Lawrenceburg, IN1200$12,950131GkRyan KingSeymour, TN1180$9,1001450Shanon BuckinghamMorristown, TN1175$9,850152sStormy ScottLas Cruses, NM1075$8,300
*Results are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*
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