Jimmy Owens Routs Field in Winning Indiana Icebreaker.
by James Essex, Public Relations Coordinator, email@example.com
BROWNSTOWN, IN (March 27, 2010) - Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN dominated the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned 13th Annual Indiana Icebreaker on Saturday Night at Brownstown Speedway for his 14th career series win. Owens led all 50 laps. Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL finished second, followed by series points leader, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN; Bart Hartman of Zanesville, OH; and Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN.
Owens and first- time Brownstown visitor, Chris Wall started on the front row of the $10,000 to win event, which was held before a standing room only crowd. Owens got the jump on the field at the drop of chief starter Eric Roll's green flag. Pearson took the second slot followed by Wall, Bloomquist and Hartman.
Owens quickly built his lead over the field as Pearson and Bloomquist battled for second. Owens had a five-car length lead as the first caution appeared for a three-car pileup in turn two. On the restart, Owens continued to show his prowess as he pulled away from the field. Bloomquist moved into second as Steve Casebolt climbed to third, just ahead of Pearson.
Pearson then regrouped after the restart as he and Casebolt went door-to-door for two laps before eventually clearing him on lap 12 to re-take third. With 15 laps in the books Owens had a straightaway lead over Bloomquist, who was still running second with Pearson third followed by Casebolt and Hartman. By Lap 17, Owens picked up the tail end of the field as he now battled cars running two and three wide in front of him. Bloomquist could'nt gain any ground on Owens..
At the halfway mark Owens was putting on a clinic has he developed a huge lead over the field with 20 laps remaining. Bloomquist was still keeping Pearson at bay for second as Hartman ramped up his effort and got by Casebolt to take over fourth. Thirteenth starting Shannon Babb was beginning to make a charge into the top five.
With 40 laps recorded, Owens was up to a half-a-lap lead over Bloomquist as Owens was still fighting his way through traffic. Pearson was pressuring Bloomquist for second with ten to go. Pearson kept the heat on Bloomquist and with five laps to go, Pearson finally cleared Bloomquist to take over the runner-up spot.
Owens was still on cruise control as he went on unchallenged to record his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of 2010. Owens had previously won two open wheel modified features at Brownstown and took home his first ever Late Model win at the historic Jackson County Fairgrounds track.
In the Lucas Oil Victory Lane, Owens emerged in front of the cheering crowd to talk about his domination from start to finish. "The car was great right of the box, we didn't have to do anything to it, we put the right tire on, I want to thank Chris (Fox, his crew chief), I want to thank Mike Reece, Reece Monuments, Gantte Appraisals and all of our other sponsors, we needed this win, we struggled at Bulls Gap and Cherokee, this crew we've have all been together since we started racing, it means a lot to win here and it was a good points night," said Owens who climbed to second behind Bloomquist in the championship points standings.
Owens' Mike Reece owned Bloomquist Race Cars Ford Fusion and Cornett Racing Engines powered entry is sponsored by Reece Monument Company, Gantte Appraisals, Red Line Oil, VP Racing Fuels, Byrd's Radiator and C&C Trucking.
Pearson, who finished second, saw his two-race Lucas Oil Series win streak at Brownstown end also wound with a good points' night in the Bobby Labonte Racing Racing/Lucas Oil Products/MasterSbilt Dodge Charger. "Jimmy was gone tonight, we did what we could to stay with him, but we couldn't, I finally got around Scott there at the end and the way we ran at Bulls Gap and Cherokee a few weeks ago we will definitely take this finish,"
Bloomquist finished third, he said afterwards. "Congratulations to Jimmy on the win, we had the same tires on as he did and then elected to change and go to the hard stuff, but Jimmy had us all covered tonight, we'll just move onto the next one," said the 2009 series champion in his Miller Brothers Construction/Vic Hill Racing Engines/Bloomquist Race Cars Monte Carlo SS.
Hartman in his first race of the season placed fourth in The912Project.com/Cornett Racing Engines/Rocket Aero followed by O'Neal in the Superior Cleaning/Jay Dickens Racing Engines/MasterSbilt Monte Carlo SS put on a late race charge to take fifth.
the top ten were Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, IL, Greg Johnson of Bedford, IN, Wayne Chinn of Bradford, OH, Mike Marlar of Winfield, TN and Steve Casebolt of Richmond, IN.
Brad Neat was officially credited with an 11th place finish after originally being scored in 23rd place. A transponder error was found after the finish and his final position was determined to be 11th Place.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary - Saturday Night, March 27th, 2010
"13th Annual Indiana Icebreaker"
Gilpin, Hillman, and Streeval Winners.
Brownstown Speedway - Brownstown, IN
Red Buck Cigars Fast Time: Jimmy Owens / 15.418 seconds
Wiles Driveshaft's First Heat (10 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Jimmy Owens, Steve Casebolt, Shannon Babb, Dale McDowell, Wayne Chinn, Dennis Erb Jr., Mike Collins, Brad Neat, Scott James, Sammy Epling, Brandon Webber
AFCO Racing Products Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 3 Advances): Earl Pearson Jr., Josh McGuire, Matt Miller, Tyler Reddick, Chad Stapleton, Ryan Unzicker, Dillan White, Brandon Thirlby, Marty O'Neal, Brian Wilhite
Allstar Performance Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Scott Bloomquist, Tim Isenberg, Eric Wells, Steve Barnett, Jeep VanWormer, Patrick Sheltra, Dona Marcoullier, Brad Eitinear, Michael Walker, Mitchell Lankford
Wrisco Aluminum Fourth Heat (10 Laps-Top 3 Advance):Chris Wall, Jason Feger, Rohn Moon, Will Vaught, Mike Marlar, Bub McCool, Dustin Neat, Tim Rivers, Kevin Weaver, Jimmy Fairbanks
Wiles Driveshaft's Fifth Heat (10 Laps-Top 3 Transfer): Bart Hartman, Don O'Neal, Dan Schlieper, John Blankenship, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Eric Jacobsen, Jason Smith, Joe Janowski, Tim Prince, Tim Dohm
AFCO Racing Products Sixth Heat (10 Laps-Top 3 Transfer): Eddie Carrier Jr., Greg Johnson, Ray Cook, Justin Rattliff, Zack Dohm, Chris Streeval, Mike Jewell, Mark Andersen, Doug Dodd, Kenny Carmichael
Hawk Brake First B-Main (12 Laps- Top 2 Transfers): Dale McDowell, Wayne Chinn, Steve Barnett, Mike Collins, Chad Stapleton, Jeep VanWormer, Dillan White, Ryan Unzicker, Dennis Erb Jr., Brandon Thirlby, Dona Marcoullier, Tyler Reddick, Brad Eitniear, Michael Walker, Patrick Sheltra, Brandon Webber, Brad Neat, Marty O'Neal, Brian Wilhite, Scott James
Performance Rod and Custom (PRC) Second B-Main (12 Laps- Top 2 Transfers): Mike Marlar, Will Vaught, Bub McCool, Justin Rattliff, Chrs Streeval, Kevin Weaver, Frank Heckenast Jr., Jason Smith, Mark Andersen, Sammy Epling, John Blankenship, Joe Janowski, Tim Rivers, Tim Dohm, Mike Jewell, Dustin Neat, Eric Jacobsen, Mitchell Lankford, Tim Prince, Kenny Carmichael, Doug Dodd, Zack Dohm, Jimmy Fairbanks
"13th Annual Indiana Icebreaker" Feature Finish (50 Laps): Jimmy Owens, Earl Pearson Jr., Scott Bloomquist, Bart Hartman, Don O'Neal, Shannon Babb, Greg Johnson, Wayne Chinn, Mike Marlar, Steve Casebolt, Brad Neat, Josh McGuire, Will Vaught, Dan Schlieper, Dennis Erb Jr., Jason Feger, Matt Miller, Dale McDowell, Chris Wall, Rohn Moon, Steve Barnett, Ray Cook, Tim Isenberg, Eddie Carrier Jr., John Blankenship, Eric Wells
Lap Leaders: Jimmy Owens (Laps 1-50)
Caution Flags: Lap 7 (Dale McDowell, Eric Wells, John Blankenship)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Dennis Erb Jr., John Blankenship
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: Brad Neat
Brownstown Speedway Track Provisional: Steve Barnett
PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Wayne Chinn (Started 21st; Finished 8th; Advanced 13 positions)
Ohlin's Shocks Performer of the Race: Don O'Neal
K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Earl Pearson Jr.
Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Will Vaught
Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Cornett Racing Engines
Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award: Eric Wells
DirtonDirt.com Crew Chief of the Race: Chris Fox
E3 Spark Plugs TV Challenge All stars: Jimmy Owens
Time of Race: 17 minutes, 19 seconds
Gilpin, Hillman, and Streeval Winners.
by Chris Nunn
Robbie Gullion and Devin Gilpin paced the field for the 20 lap UMP Modified main event with Gilpin leading lap one. Matt Hamilton took the second spot after a four wide battle coming out of turn two. Matt Bex and Rob Fuqua ran third and fourth. The battle for third started to heat up on lap four, as Fuqua ran side by side with Bex. Bex edged ahead of Fuqua on lap five by a half car length. Up front, Hamilton snagged the lead away from Gilpin on lap six, with Gilpin taking the lead back on lap seven by a nose. Hamilton snuck under Gilpin once again on lap eight to regain the lead. Gilpin and Hamilton diced side by side at the halfway point with Gilpin taking the lead at the crossed flags. Behind them, Ryan Thomas had moved his way up to the third spot and was quickly reeling in the top two cars of Gilpin and Hamilton. Thomas nosed under Hamilton to wage war for the second spot on lap 13, only to see the caution fly for Matt Boknecht who spun off the backstretch. On the restart, Bex moved under Thomas for the third spot coming out of turn two. Thomas then lost fourth to Clint Demoss. Demoss them moved ahead of Bex for third, as the field completed lap 14. With four to go Gilpin had pulled out to a four car length advantage over Hamilton. Hamilton would not be able to catch Gilpin, as Gilpin took home his second win in a row at Brownstown ahead of Hamilton, Demoss, Thomas, and Bex.
Jay Deckard and Chris Hillman led the 20 lap UMP Super Stock feature event to the green with Hillman leading lap one ahead of Deckard. Tyler Cain crossed in third with Jeremy Hines right behind him. Cain moved to the outside of Deckard to battle for second, as Steve Peeden made it a three way battle for a split second. Peeden saw Hines move back around him for fourth as the field completed lap three. By lap five, Hillman held a half straight lead over Deckard and Cain. Peeden had moved back around Hines for the fourth position on the same lap. On lap seven, Cain moved around Deckard for the runner up position. A three way battle for third began to shape up at halfway between Hines, Deckard, and Peeden just as the caution flew for debris on lap ten. A multi car accident brought back the restart as a pileup ensued in turn four. Hillman led the field to the green on the restart, only to see Cain run door to door for the lead with him on lap 11. Hillman was able to hold him off as the field clicked off lap 12. Behind them, Hines and Peeden battled for fourth, with Hines keeping the spot. Hines then ducked under Deckard to battle for third on lap 14. Hines took the position, putting Deckard back to fourth. The caution then flew for debris on the frontstretch, slowing the field. With just six laps to go, Hillman brought the field to the restart with Cain in tow. Peeden and Hines dueled door to dorr for third, with Peeden taking the position on lap 16. Peeden then moved to second on lap 17, getting around Cain. Peeden wouldn’t be able to catch Hillman however, as Hillman took his first ever win at Brownstown.
Keaton Streeval and Scott Dunlap made up the front row for the Bomber main event. The original start would be brought back due to a spin involving Dave Waggoner, Jr. and Brandon Reed in turn two. The second attempt at a start was successful, as Streeval led lap one ahead of Jesse Simmons. The caution flew on lap two, as Jake Sabens spun in turn four. On the restart, Streeval took a two car length lead to the line to complete lap three before the caution flew again, this time for a driveshaft on the backstretch. The restart was brought back for a caution for Bubba Woods. Woods had stalled off the turns three and four banking. On the lap three restart, Kevin Applegate took the second spot away from Simmons, and began to show signs of smoke from the back of the car. Simmons then was passed by Josh Turner for third. The caution flew once again on lap five for the spun car of Dunlap. Streeval took the field to the green on the restart, and opened up a six car length advantage over the field. Applegate, who was running second, began to fall backwards, losing several positions. Turner now ran second with Darrell Burton moving up to third after starting in the back of the field. At the halfway point, it was Streeval, Turner, Burton, Aaron Fields, and Applegate rounding out the top five. On lap 11, Fields moved around Burton to take the third position coming out of turn two. Up front, Streeval was enjoying a full straightaway lead over Turner with six laps to go. Disaster struck Burton, as he slowed coming down the backstretch with four laps to go, and pulled out of the race and stopped outside of turn one. This would bring out the yellow flag with just four to go. When racing resumed, Streeval opened up his lead once again over Turner to about three car lengths. Behind them Applegate had moved back up to the third position, getting around Fields. With two laps to go, Streeval still held on to a three car length advantage over Turner. Unfortunately for Streeval, the caution flew on lap 18 as Jake Sabens spun in turn four. With two laps to go, raindrops began to fall on the speedway, but not enough to hamper the track. Streeval hit the gas on the restart, and once again pulled away from Turner. Streeval was able to hold off Turner to pick up his first ever career win at Brownstown speedway.
March 27, 2010
UMP MODIFIEDS (73 ENTRIES)
HEAT ONE: Robbie Gullion, Justin Coulter, Brian Shaw, Tom Bell, Mike Spatola, Corey Partin, Brad Wilson, Chad Maurer, Marc Kurth, Greg Socha, Michael Fox, Rich Robinson, Jr.
HEAT TWO: Devin Gilpin, Kent Robinson, John Demoss, Elliott Despain, Jimmy Hayden, Ronnie Falloway, Will Nedderman, Travis Cooley, Brandon McComas, Lawrence Sprague, Jr., Steve Sheeks, Mike Sullivan
HEAT THREE: Rob Fuqua, Steve Godsey, Nick Allen, Brad Barrow, Joey Kramer, Zeke McKenzie, Derrick Hufford, Dennis Boknecht, Pat Ehlert, Chad Scott, Bill Lewis, Andy Mefford
HEAT FOUR: Matt Hamilton, Clint DeMoss, Bob Pohlman, Dave Daughtery, Daryl Herbert, Dustin Webber, Ken Smith, Keaton Streeval, Jacob Webber, Brad Harden, Josh Harris, Jim Shipman
HEAT FIVE: Ryan Thomas, Shelby Miles, Jamie Lomax, Jared Bailey, Rodney Cooper, Lynn Johns, Jim Haager, Tony Blair, Randy Whitten, Jeremy Holman, Brady Short
HEAT SIX: Matt Bex, Richie Lex, Jacoby Hines, Doug Adkins, Matt Boknecht, JP Hume, Ryan Cripe, Billy Cooper, Bryan Fiscus, David Baker, Nick Hodges, Brian Przepiora
CONSI ONE: Mark Kurth, Tom Bell, Mike Spatola, Daryl Herbert, Ken Smith, Jacob Webber, Michel Fox, Greg Socha, David Daughtery, Brad Harden, Brad Wilson, Josh Harris, Rich Robinson Jr, Keaton Streeval, Dustin Webber, Rick Gokee, Chad Maurer
CONSI TWO: Jared Bailey, Jimmy Hayden, Elliott Despain, Will Nedderman, Lynn Johns, Jimmy Haager, Randy Whitten, Steve Sheeks, Lawrence Sprague Jr, Brandon McComas, Mike Sullivan, Travis Cooley, Tony Blair, Rodney Cooper, Jeremy Holman, Ronnie Falloway, Brady Short
CONSI THREE: Matt Boknecht, Brad Barrow, Doug Adkins, Joey Kramer, JP Hume, Dennis Boknecht, Zeke McKenzie, Derrick Hufford, Brian Przepiora, Bill Lewis, Pat Ehlert, Andy Mefford, Billy Cooper, Ryan Cripe, David Baker, Chad Scott, Nick Hodges, Brian Fiscus
FEATURE: Devin Gilpin, Matt Hamilton, Clint Demoss, Ryan Thomas, Matt Bex, Richie Lex, Nick Allen, Shelby Miles, Jamie Lomax, Robbie Gullion, Marc Kurth, John Demoss, Bob Pohlman, Justin Coulter, Jimmy Hayden, Brian Shaw, Tom Bell, Matt Boknecht, Rob Fuqua, Kent Robinson, Jacoby Hines, Steve Godsey, Jared Bailey
UMP SUPER STOCKS (34 ENTRIES)
HEAT ONE: Jay Deckard, Lee Hobbs, Winston Howe, Brad Cummings, Greg Roberts, Duane Brown, Jamie Ruddick, Jerry Adams, Clay Ellison
HEAT TWO: Chris Hillman, Tyler Cain, Brad Hancock, Bobby Davis, Tim Schumpe, David Huff, Kevin Jones, Tom Ault, Justin Hammond
HEAT THREE: Larry Booher, David Brewer, Butch Toosler, Randy Petro, Ryan Hehman, Tim Green, Kody Weisner, Ervin Turner
HEAT FOUR: Jeremy Hines, Steve Peeden, Mike Cawood, Tim Clark, Troy Clark, Jamey Wilson, Jeremy Wilson, Aaron Fields
CONSI ONE: Greg Roberts, Jerry Adams, Tim Schumpe, Kevin Jones, Tom Ault, David Huff, Jamie Ruddick, Clay Ellison, Duane Brown
CONSI TWO: Troy Clark, Jamey Wilson, Ryan Hehman, Jeremy Wilson, Tim Green, Ervin Turner, Aaron Fields
FEATURE: Chris Hillman, Steve Peeden, Tyler Cain, Jeremy Hines, Tim Clark, Troy Clark, Jamey Wilson, Lee Hobbs, Randy Petro, Greg Roberts, Bobby Davis, Brad Hancock, David Brewer, Butch Toosler, Jay Deckard, Mike Cawood, Larry Booher, Brad Cummings, Winston Howe, Jerry Adams
UMP BOMBERS (26 ENTRIES)
HEAT ONE: Keaton Streeval, John Lock, Kevin Applegate, Brent Lee, Rob Brillhart, David Waggoner Jr, Darrell Burton, Brandon Reed, Darren Crawhorn
HEAT TWO: Scott Dunlap, Josh Turner, Aaron Fields, Ryan Goss, Josh Hayes, Mitch Wetzel, Lawson Allen, Travis Davis, Mark Smith
HEAT THREE: Jesse Simmons, Dan Londeree, Nathan Baker, Bubba Woods, Jake Sabens, Todd McDonald, Bryan Sabens, Kamron Burch
CONSI: Darrell Burton, Brandon Reed, Dave Waggoner Jr, Todd McDonald, Bryan Sabens, Lawson Allen, Travis Davis, Mitch Wetzel
FEATURE: Keaton Streeval, Josh Turner, Aaron Fields, Kevin Applegate, Nathan Baker, Brent Lee, Ryan Goss, Bryan Sabens, Jesse Simmons, Todd McDonald, Jake Sabens, Dan Londeree, Darrell Burton, Scott Dunlap, Bubba Woods, John Lock, Josh Hayes, Brandon Reed, Dave Waggoner Jr