Ross Bailes Claims First-Career Lucas Oil Victory

SEYMOUR, TENN (April 5, 2019) – Ross Bailes rolled to his first-career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory on Friday night at 411 Motor Speedway. The 29-year-old, South Carolina native led all 50 laps of “Tennessee’s Action Track 50” en route to one of the biggest wins of his career. Bailes took the lead at the start of the race, withstood several cautions, and managed to hold off a late race charge from three other drivers to become the sixth different winner of the 2019 season. Donald McIntosh took second over Jimmy Owens. Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series point leader, Jonathan Davenport finished in fourth followed by Dale McDowell. “This seems unbelievable,” said Bailes. “We have tried for so long to win one of these and we just couldn’t get it done. To come to a new place like this and to get it done here is just unimaginable. I felt good on the bottom and then when I got to lapped traffic I was slowing down. I knew I needed to search around and do something different. My crew guys told me to move up and when I did the car felt really good up there.” Bailes added: “This place is awesome. I think if we would have run another 50 laps it would have been even better. I was happy with it. There was grip on the bottom . I didn’t have to worry about the top for the first half of the race and then it got racy all over. This win is now at the top of my list for sure. Maybe we can get another one tomorrow night at North Georgia. I want to thank Barry and Lance Wright, Ronnie McCarter and all of my crew it was a great team win that’s for sure.” McIntosh, also looking for his first career Lucas Oil win, settled for second at the line. “Our car was pretty good. I had it prepared to run the top. I was just biding my time out there. I thought I could get up to him [Bailes] and make a run for the win. I am blessed to be back at Blount Motorsports and maybe we can get that first Lucas Oil win tomorrow night at North Georgia.” “I don’t think he [Bailes] knew the top was there. “We had a great race for second with Jimmy [Owens]. I think I showed him [Bailes] the top one time and he moved up there in traffic. Racing with these guys and from where we started that’s a pretty awesome run,” said McIntosh who started sixth. Owens finished third after a late-race charge. “We have been pretty good in East Tennessee so far this year. We have had good race cars all year long. It feels good to finally finish a Lucas Oil race. Last year we had such terrible misfortune. This year seemed like it was going to start off the same way but we just aren’t going to let that happen. McIntosh had a good car, and he was up on the wheel. I felt like we could have gotten second, but we are just happy to finish on the podium.” The winner’s Barry Wright Race Cars ICON Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by: Felony Farms, Service Transport Inc., Bailes Construction, Big A’s Custom Graphics, C&H Paving, Bobby Taylor Oil, Nichols Plumbing, Penske Shocks, Hoosier Tire South, Fred Caldwell Chevrolet, and Viper Risk Management Group. Completing the top ten were Kyle Bronson, Ryan King, Josh Richards, Tyler Erb, and Earl Pearson Jr. Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 
Race Summary 
Friday, April 5, 2019   
Tennessee’s Action Track 50
411 Motor Speedway – Seymour, Tenn.

Miller Welders Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Ryan King 13.348 seconds (overall)
Fast Time Group B: Donald McIntosh 13.587 seconds

Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 
Ross Bailes, Ryan King, Jonathan Davenport, Michael Chilton, Cory Hedgecock, Jason Jameson, Chicky Barton, Jacob Hawkins (DNS)

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 
Josh Richards, Billy Moyer Jr, Tim McCreadie, Kyle Bronson, Vic Hill, Don O’Neal, Ryan Scott

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 
Dale McDowell, Donald McIntosh, Earl Pearson Jr, Stormy Scott, Shanon Buckingham, Cla Knight, Bobby Giffin

Lucas Oil Products Penetrating Oil Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 
Jimmy Owens, Robby Moses, Tyler Erb, Devin Moran, Hudson O’Neal, David Crabtree, Pierce McCarter

Lucas Oil Products Red “N” Tacky Spray Grease B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): 
Cory Hedgecock, Shanon Buckingham, Vic Hill, Jason Jameson, Hudson O’Neal, Don O’Neal, David Crabtree, Jacob Hawkins, Cla Knight, Chicky Barton, Ryan Scott, Bobby Giffin

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (50 Laps):FINISHSTARTCAR #DRIVER NAMEHOMETOWNEARNINGS1187Ross BailesClover, SC$12,000267mDonald McIntoshDawsonville, GA$5,5003420Jimmy OwensNewport, TN$4,3004949Jonathan DavenportBlairsville, GA$3,8505217mDale McDowellChickamauga, GA$2,25061540BKyle BronsonBrandon, FL$2,500751GkRyan KingSeymour, TN$1,5008314Josh RichardsShinnston, WV$2,1009121TTyler Erb ®New Waverly, TX$2,00010101Earl Pearson, Jr.Jacksonville, FL$1,900111139Tim McCreadieWatertown, NY$1,77512821mRobby MosesMaryville, TN$1,050131397Michael ChiltonSalvisa, KY$1,025142012JJason Jameson ®Lawrenceburg, IN$1,70015191VVic HillMosheim, TN$1,00016721JRBilly Moyer, Jr.Batesville, AR$1,00017142sStormy ScottLas Cruses, NM$1,00018161MDevin Moran ®Dresden, OH$1,700191850Shanon BuckinghamMorristown, TN$1,00020225Don O’NealMartinsville, IN$1,80021179Cory HedgecockLoudon, TN$1,000222171Hudson O’NealMartinsville, IN$1,800232451Pierce McCarterSeymour, TN$1,0002423C5David CrabtreeMaryville, TN$1,000 Race Statistics
Entrants: 28 
Lap Leaders: Ross Bailes (1-50)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Ross Bailes 
Margin of Victory: 0.773 seconds
Cautions: Jason Jameson (lap 2); Shanon Buckingham (lap 7); Vic Hill (lap 17); Hudson O’Neal (lap 20); Shanon Buckingham (lap 25); Stormy Scott (lap 46); Cory Hedgecock (lap 47) 
Miller WeldersFast Time Provisionals: David Crabtree, Pierce McCarter
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Kyle Bronson (Advanced 9 Positions) 
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Michael Chilton
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Jimmy Owens 
Eibach Springs Rookie of the Race: Tyler Erb
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Clements Race Engines 
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Barry Wright Race Cars 
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Jeff Strope (Jimmy Owens)
Dirty Girl Racewear Fastest Lap of the Race: Ross Bailes (Lap #6 – 13.9007 seconds)
Hot Rod Processing Tough Break of the Race: Hudson O’Neal
STEEL-IT Most Laps Led: Ross Bailes (50 Laps)
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Ross Bailes 
Time of Race: 30 minutes 27 seconds
Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:POSCAR #DRIVER NAMEHOMETOWNPOINTSEARNINGS149Jonathan DavenportBlairsville, GA1390$54,62521TTyler Erb ®New Waverly, TX1310$49,25031Earl Pearson, Jr.Jacksonville, FL1265$37,87541MDevin Moran ®Dresden, OH1150$20,275514Josh RichardsShinnston, WV1120$19,300639Tim McCreadieWatertown, NY1045$14,05075Don O’NealMartinsville, IN1000$16,500820Jimmy OwensNewport, TN985$16,725971Hudson O’NealMartinsville, IN970$19,0001040BKyle BronsonBrandon, FL950$15,3751012JJason Jameson ®Lawrenceburg, IN950$9,5501221JRBilly Moyer, Jr.Batesville, AR885$6,9501350Shanon BuckinghamMorristown, TN870$6,975141GkRyan KingSeymour, TN865$7,050150Scott BloomquistMooresburg, TN810$12,350162sStormy ScottLas Cruses, NM770$6,300
*Results are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*

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