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About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series showcases the talents of the top dirt late model drivers from across the country. In 2023, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will sanction 56 events across 16 states, including some of the biggest marquee events in the industry, providing dirt slinging, sideways, door-to-door racing action lap after lap. 

 The series receives national exposure through a television package streamed live via MAVTV on FloRacing, with select broadcasts on MAVTV Motorsports Network.  

 The in your face excitement of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is second to none in motorsports. For more information, including the latest news, tour schedule, driver information, and more, visit the official website at: www.LucasDirt.com.


 

Daulton Wilson Earns First Lucas Oil Victory in Wieland Winternationals Finale at East Bay

TAMPA, Fla. (February 10, 2024) – After nine career runner-up finishes in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Daulton Wilson finally broke through for his first career victory. The $15,000 triumph on Saturday night concluded the 48th Annual Wieland Winternationals – Presented by Lucas Oil at East Bay Raceway Park. It was the final Winternationals for the 3/8 oval that is scheduled to permanently close at the end of the 2024 season.

 

Wilson, who started sixth powered to the lead around Tyler Erb on lap 16 and led the rest of the way to become the 90th different winner in the 20-year history of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Wilson had to withstand a three-lap shootout at the finish after a caution came out, but he pulled away for a 1.454 second advantage at the finish over Brandon Sheppard who passed Erb on the final lap to take the second position. Erb rounded out the Big River Steel Podium in third. Rounding the top five were Garrett Smith and Devin Moran.

 

Wilson, a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina became the eighth different winner in the first 12 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events of 2024 and emotional in Lucas Oil Victory Lane after scoring the win. “I don’t know what to say. This is a dream come true. My whole family is right here they sacrificed everything for me, they believed in me 100%, my guys, my car owners James, Jennifer and Justin Rattliff, [Jeff] Gullett, [Tim] Tungate, just everybody who believed in me and gave me an opportunity and everybody at home who gave me a chance. I can’t thank everyone enough.”

 

Wilson thought he had given the race away near the end, but the caution with 47 laps complete allowed him to regain his composure. “I thought I had given it away down there in turn four when I hopped the cushion before the caution ever came out. We have been digging on this thing all week. We got off there a little bit during the middle of the week, but we hunkered back down. The racetrack threw us a little bit of a curveball before the feature. This thing could probably drive itself right now. I am just the lucky guy who gets to hold the steering wheel.”

 

Sheppard, who started ninth moved into contention before the halfway mark and got underneath of Erb coming off of turn four on the final lap to take second. “Our biggest downfall this week was qualifying. We kind of struggled there all week. We raced really well all week. We just about had a catastrophic situation there in the heat race and we were able to come out of that with just a flat tire. We got it changed and come back to second in the heat. So, the way the night started and the way it ended we couldn’t be more tickled about it.”

 

Erb, who has led in four of the six races during the week at East Bay came home in third at the finish after running either first or second during 49 of the 50 laps. “He [Wilson] has been really fast and I think it’s taken him like three years and I can feel that pain so I know what it feels like to win. Yeah, this is a heck of a place to win your first race too, congrats to him and his team and family. I have gotten real close to Daulton in the last three years. If there is anybody that could win, I would have liked to see him win for sure.”

 

The winner’s James Rattliff-owned, Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by MGL Auto Sales, JRR Trucking, The Auto Outlet, Keltner Contracting, Earnhardt Technologies, Grant Lee Farms, Innovative Community Solutions, New Point Lighting, B&L Construction, and Worldwide Custom Car Haulers.

 

Completing the top ten were Jonathan Davenport, Jimmy Owens, Ricky Thornton Jr., Drake Troutman, and Hudson O’Neal.


 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 

Race Summary 

48th Annual Wieland Winternationals | Night 6

Saturday, February 10, 2024

East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL


 

Allstar Performance Time Trials

Fast Time Group A: Tyler Erb | 14.357 seconds (overall)

Fast Time Group B: Boom Briggs | 14.410 seconds


 

Penske Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 1T-Tyler Erb[1]; 2. 89-Mike Spatola[5]; 3. 174-Ethan Dotson[3]; 4. 76N-Blair Nothdurft[2]; 5. 187-David McCoy[7]; 6. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[6]; 7. S21-Seth Daniels[8]; 8. 6H-Ross Bailes[9]; 9. 47W-Brandon Weigle[10]; 10. 4S-Danny Snyder[11]; 11. 75-Daniel Adam[4]


 

Summit Racing Products Heat Race #2 Finish (8Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 58-Garrett Alberson[2]; 2. B5-Brandon Sheppard[3]; 3. 17SS-Brenden Smith[10]; 4. 39-Tim McCreadie[7]; 5. 33-Jeff Mathews[4]; 6. 71R-Rod Conley[8]; 7. 07-Brian Ledbetter[11]; 8. 71C-RJ Conley[6]; 9. 1-Hudson O'Neal[1]; 10. 81-Jason Riggs[5]; 11. 6B-Adam Boyd[9]


 

Earnhardt Technologies Heat Race #3 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 20-Jimmy Owens[1]; 2. 49-Jonathan Davenport[2]; 3. 40B-Kyle Bronson[6]; 4. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[3]; 5. 18-Chase Junghans[5]; 6. 6T-Tim Dohm[8]; 7. 31-Tyler Millwood[7]; 8. 81J-Jack Riggs[4]; 9. 93-Cory Lawler[9]; 10. 2*-Logan Hitt[10]; 11. 6-Clay Harris[11]


 

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #4 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 99B-Boom Briggs[1]; 2. 10-Garrett Smith[2]; 3. 8-Dillon McCowan[8]; 4. 111-Max Blair[10]; 5. 157-Mike Marlar[5]; 6. 214-Haiden Cowan[7]; 7. 51-Brandon Carpenter[11]; 8. 12R-Ryan Payne[9]; 9. 6JR-Parker Martin[4]; 10. 3S-Brian Shirley[6]; 11. 7T-Drake Troutman[3]


 

Lucas Oil Heat Race #5 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 15K-Jensen Ford[1]; 2. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[6]; 3. 12-Ashton Winger[4]; 4. 69-Brandon Thirlby[5]; 5. 1Z-Logan Zarin[8]; 6. 27-Michael Lake[10]; 7. 7-Ross Robinson[3]; 8. 29-Larry Grube[9]; 9. 20B-Todd Brennan[2]; 10. 4G-Bob Gardner[7]; 11. (DNS) 9-Levi Yetter


 

Lucas Oil Heat Race #6 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 18D-Daulton Wilson[1]; 2. 99-Devin Moran[3]; 3. 96V-Tanner English[2]; 4. 25-Tony Jackson Jr[7]; 5. 5-Mark Whitener[10]; 6. 11C-Trevor Collins[6]; 7. 19M-Spencer Hughes[4]; 8. 3-Brennon Willard[9]; 9. 32-Jason Jack[5]; 10. 14X-Wil Herrington[8]


 

Fast Shafts B-Main Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 76N-Blair Nothdurft[1]; 2. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[5]; 3. 33-Jeff Mathews[4]; 4. 71R-Rod Conley[6]; 5. S21-Seth Daniels[7]; 6. 47W-Brandon Weigle[11]; 7. 187-David McCoy[3]; 8. 07-Brian Ledbetter[8]; 9. 75-Daniel Adam[15]; 10. 6B-Adam Boyd[16]; 11. 4S-Danny Snyder[13]; 12. 1-Hudson O'Neal[12]; 13. 39-Tim McCreadie[2]; 14. (DNS) 6H-Ross Bailes; 15. (DNS) 71C-RJ Conley; 16. (DNS) 81-Jason Riggs


 

UNOH B-Main Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[1]; 2. 111-Max Blair[2]; 3. 157-Mike Marlar[4]; 4. 18-Chase Junghans[3]; 5. 6T-Tim Dohm[5]; 6. 31-Tyler Millwood[7]; 7. 93-Cory Lawler[11]; 8. 214-Haiden Cowan[6]; 9. 51-Brandon Carpenter[8]; 10. 7T-Drake Troutman[16]; 11. (DNS) 81J-Jack Riggs; 12. (DNS) 12R-Ryan Payne; 13. (DNS) 6JR-Parker Martin; 14. (DNS) 2*-Logan Hitt; 15. (DNS) 3S-Brian Shirley; 16. (DNS) 6-Clay Harris


 

MyRacePass B-Main Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 5-Mark Whitener[4]; 2. 25-Tony Jackson Jr[2]; 3. 19M-Spencer Hughes[8]; 4. 4G-Bob Gardner[13]; 5. 32-Jason Jack[12]; 6. 1Z-Logan Zarin[3]; 7. 3-Brennon Willard[10]; 8. 69-Brandon Thirlby[1]; 9. 11C-Trevor Collins[6]; 10. 27-Michael Lake[5]; 11. 20B-Todd Brennan[11]; 12. 7-Ross Robinson[7]; 13. 29-Larry Grube[9]; 14. (DNS) 14X-Wil Herrington; 15. (DNS) 9-Levi Yetter


 

48th Annual Wieland Winternationals | Night 6 Feature Finish (50 Laps):

Race Statistics  

Entrants: 65

Victory Fuel Pole Sitter: Tyler Erb

Lap Leaders: Tyler Erb (Laps 1-15); Daulton Wilson (Laps 16-50)

Wieland Feature Winner: Daulton Wilson

Arizona Sport Shirts Crown Jewel Cup Feature Winner: n/a

Brandon Ford TV Challenge Feature Winner: Daulton Wilson

Margin of Victory: 1.454 seconds 

Dave Warren Powersports Cautions: Garrett Alberson (Lap 5); Mike Spatola (Lap 18); Jensen Ford (Lap 21); Dillon McCowan (Lap 28); Boom Briggs (Lap 47)

Series Provisionals: Hudson O’Neal; Tim McCreadie

Fast Time Provisional: n/a

Series Emergency Provisionals: Spencer Hughes; Ross Robinson; Mike Marlar; Drake Troutman

Track Provisional: n/a

Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Daulton Wilson, Brandon Sheppard, Tyler Erb

Penske Shocks Top 5: Daulton Wilson, Brandon Sheppard, Tyler Erb, Garrett Smith, Devin Moran

Todd Steel Buildings Hard Charger of the Race: Drake Troutman (Advanced 21 Positions) 

Wilwood Brakes Lucky 7th Place Feature: Jimmy Owens

Deatherage Opticians Lucky 13th Place Feature: Kyle Bronson

MD3 Most Laps Led: Daulton Wilson (35 Laps) 

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Ricky Thornton, Jr.

Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Ricky Thornton, Jr.

O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Race: n/a 

Coltman Farms Fastest Lap of the Race: Daulton Wilson (Lap 24 – 15.334 seconds) 

Slicker Graphics Slickest Move of the Race: Daulton Wilson

Miller Welders Hard Luck Award: Jensen Ford

Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Nick Hardie (Daulton Wilson)

ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Clements Racing Engines

Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis

Dirt Draft Fastest in Hot Laps: David McCoy (14.7107 seconds)

Time of Race: 35 minutes 38 seconds 


 

Big River Steel Chase for the Championship Presented by ARP Point Standings:

 


 

Davenport Gets First Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Win of the Year at East Bay

TAMPA, Fla. (February 9, 2024) - Jonathan Davenport became the seventh different winner in the first eleven Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events of 2024. The three-time series champion picked up his 74th career series win during the 48th Annual Wieland Winternationals – Presented by Lucas on Friday night at East Bay Raceway Park. 

 

Hudson O’Neal, the defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion finished in second followed by Daulton Wilson, Garrett Alberson, and Ashton Winger completed the top five drivers.

 

Davenport jumped to the lead at the start of the 50-lap main event and led until he got too high in turn two, turning the lead over to Tyler Erb. Erb then led the next 16 circuits until Davenport was able to catch back up to Erb, retaking the lead for good on lap 28 despite being challenged by the ninth place starting O’Neal who briefly pulled even with Davenport at one point in the closing laps. 

 

Davenport in Lucas Oil Victory for the first time this season led 34 of the 50 laps to claim the victory. “It’s a great car all my guys give me for sure. I thought I gave it away when I messed up in one and two. We made one little shock adjustment before the feature that made this thing a bear to handle. We know not to do that no more. I just kept trying to be patient when I lost the lead, I just tried to stay in his [Tyler Erb’s] tire tracks and just know that I was probably running a little wide on the throttle than he was just trying to save my tires. When I got back to him, I thought I had a good run and at the last second, I kind of slowed up. I don’t know if went over the cushion or not, because I figured he would go right back by me on the outside there. We rubbed a little bit.”

 

“This place is so tricky. The black is so black and then like there is a lot of grip in the brown and if you get too far in the brown like it’s slimy. I would get to high down there and wheel-spin too much. When I moved down to get more grip the car started to push.”

 

O’Neal, who was looking for his fourth series win of the young season came home in second. “I tried every inch of this racetrack trying to get by him [Davenport]. I thought it was a great race. We raced all over it. I started to keep pace a little bit there at the end and I thought I had some hope to run that bottom and just by the end of it we had a right rear tire so hot there from running around that top that it was hard to move around and get off the cushion. Man, what a race track East Bay gave us tonight and hopefully we can put on another great show tomorrow night for all the fans.”

 

Wilson rounded out the Big River Steel Podium for the third time this season. “We didn’t want to see a caution for sure. We needed ten more laps. We had a really good car tonight. We kind of went forward and then fell back. We put on a charge there towards the end. Once we got to move around the racetrack a little bit I had a really good car like I said.”

 

The winner’s Lance and Darla Landers-owned, Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by Nutrien Ag Systems, Dyno Gro Seed, Lucas Oil Products, Bilstein Shocks, ASC Warranty, Mark Martin Automotive, VP Fuels, and Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas.

 

Completing the top ten were Ricky Thornton Jr., Brandon Sheppard, Clay Harris, Jimmy Owens, and Dennis Erb Jr.


 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 

Race Summary 

48th Annual Wieland Winternationals | Night 5

Friday, February 9, 2024

East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL


 

Allstar Performance Time Trials

Fast Time Group A: Blair Nothdurft | 14.167 seconds (overall)

Fast Time Group B: Jonathan Davenport | 14.170 seconds


 

Penske Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 5-Mark Whitener[2]; 2. 76N-Blair Nothdurft[1]; 3. 6-Clay Harris[3]; 4. 3S-Brian Shirley[5]; 5. 39-Tim McCreadie[8]; 6. 69-Brandon Thirlby[4]; 7. 97-Cody Overton[7]; 8. 6T-Tim Dohm[10]; 9. 51-Dean Carpenter[9]; 10. 48-Tim Lance[11]; 11. 187-David McCoy[6]; 12. 07-Brian Ledbetter[12]


 

Summit Racing Products Heat Race #2 Finish (8Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 1T-Tyler Erb[1]; 2. 1-Hudson O'Neal[2]; 3. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[3]; 4. 12-Ashton Winger[6]; 5. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[4]; 6. 33X-Brandon Overton[7]; 7. 18-Chase Junghans[5]; 8. 71R-Rod Conley[8]; 9. 81-Jason Riggs[9]; 10. 12R-Ryan Payne[10]; 11. 81F-Jadon Frame[11]; 12. 82B-Jason Milam[12]


 

Earnhardt Technologies Heat Race #3 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 20-Jimmy Owens[2]; 2. 58-Garrett Alberson[4]; 3. 99B-Boom Briggs[6]; 4. 15K-Jensen Ford[1]; 5. 25-Tony Jackson Jr[5]; 6. 75-Daniel Adam[3]; 7. 6JR-Parker Martin[9]; 8. 17SS-Brenden Smith[8]; 9. 47W-Brandon Weigle[7]; 10. 4S-Danny Snyder[11]; 11. 93-Cory Lawler[10]; 12. (DNS) K&B-Kerry King


 

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #4 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 49-Jonathan Davenport[1]; 2. 18D-Daulton Wilson[2]; 3. 99-Devin Moran[5]; 4. 20B-Todd Brennan[8]; 5. 89-Mike Spatola[6]; 6. 71C-RJ Conley[4]; 7. 29-Larry Grube[3]; 8. 96V-Tanner English[10]; 9. 174-Ethan Dotson[7]; 10. 3-Brennon Willard[9]; 11. 11C-Trevor Collins[11]; 12. 214-Haiden Cowan[12]


 

Lucas Oil Heat Race #5 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 7-Ross Robinson[1]; 2. 19M-Spencer Hughes[2]; 3. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[3]; 4. 157-Mike Marlar[4]; 5. 14X-Wil Herrington[5]; 6. 4G-Bob Gardner[8]; 7. 1Z-Logan Zarin[6]; 8. 7T-Drake Troutman[10]; 9. 8-Dillon McCowan[9]; 10. 00-Carson Ferguson[7]; 11. 32-Jason Jack[11]; 12. 6B-Adam Boyd[12]


 

Lucas Oil Heat Race #6 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 10-Garrett Smith[1]; 2. 2*-Logan Hitt[5]; 3. 33-Jeff Mathews[2]; 4. 6H-Ross Bailes[7]; 5. B5-Brandon Sheppard[9]; 6. 40B-Kyle Bronson[8]; 7. 31-Tyler Millwood[4]; 8. 9-Levi Yetter[10]; 9. 111-Max Blair[12]; 10. S21-Seth Daniels[11]; 11. 30-Ryan Gustin[6]; 12. 81J-Jack Riggs[3]


 

Fast Shafts B-Main Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 12-Ashton Winger[2]; 2. 3S-Brian Shirley[1]; 3. 39-Tim McCreadie[3]; 4. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[4]; 5. 6T-Tim Dohm[9]; 6. 71R-Rod Conley[10]; 7. 18-Chase Junghans[8]; 8. 81-Jason Riggs[12]; 9. 81F-Jadon Frame[16]; 10. 51-Dean Carpenter[11]; 11. 187-David McCoy[15]; 12. 12R-Ryan Payne[14]; 13. 82B-Jason Milam[18]; 14. 33X-Brandon Overton[6]; 15. 48-Tim Lance[13]; 16. (DNS) 69-Brandon Thirlby; 17. (DNS) 97-Cody Overton; 18. (DNS) 07-Brian Ledbetter


 

UNOH B-Main Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 15K-Jensen Ford[1]; 2. 25-Tony Jackson Jr[3]; 3. 20B-Todd Brennan[2]; 4. 174-Ethan Dotson[12]; 5. 96V-Tanner English[10]; 6. 75-Daniel Adam[5]; 7. 6JR-Parker Martin[7]; 8. 3-Brennon Willard[14]; 9. 4S-Danny Snyder[13]; 10. 93-Cory Lawler[15]; 11. 89-Mike Spatola[4]; 12. 71C-RJ Conley[6]; 13. 17SS-Brenden Smith[9]; 14. 29-Larry Grube[8]; 15. 47W-Brandon Weigle[11]; 16. 11C-Trevor Collins[16]; 17. (DNS) K&B-Kerry King; 18. (DNS) 214-Haiden Cowan


 

MyRacePass B-Main Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 157-Mike Marlar[1]; 2. 14X-Wil Herrington[3]; 3. B5-Brandon Sheppard[4]; 4. 40B-Kyle Bronson[6]; 5. 6H-Ross Bailes[2]; 6. 4G-Bob Gardner[5]; 7. 1Z-Logan Zarin[7]; 8. 9-Levi Yetter[10]; 9. 31-Tyler Millwood[8]; 10. 7T-Drake Troutman[9]; 11. S21-Seth Daniels[14]; 12. 32-Jason Jack[15]; 13. 6B-Adam Boyd[17]; 14. 111-Max Blair[12]; 15. 00-Carson Ferguson[13]; 16. (DNS) 8-Dillon McCowan; 17. (DNS) 30-Ryan Gustin; 18. (DNS) 81J-Jack Riggs


 

48th Annual Wieland Winternationals | Night 5 Feature Finish (50 Laps):

Race Statistics  

Entrants: 72

Victory Fuel Pole Sitter: Mark Whitener

Lap Leaders: Jonathan Davenport (Laps 1-12); Tyler Erb (Laps 13-28); Jonathan Davenport (Laps 29-50)

Wieland Feature Winner: Jonathan Davenport

Arizona Sport Shirts Crown Jewel Cup Feature Winner: n/a

Brandon Ford TV Challenge Feature Winner: n/a

Margin of Victory: 1.000 seconds 

Dave Warren Powersports Cautions: Garrett Smith (Lap 7); Wil Herrington (Lap 15); Ross Robinson (Lap 16)

Series Provisionals: Ricky Thornton, Jr.; Tim McCreadie

Fast Time Provisional: n/a

Series Emergency Provisionals: Max Blair; Brandon Sheppard; Drake Troutman; Bob Gardneer

Track Provisional: n/a

Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Jonathan Davenport, Hudson O’Neal, Daulton Wilson

Penske Shocks Top 5: Jonathan Davenport, Hudson O’Neal, Daulton Wilson, Garrett Alberson, Ashton Winger

Todd Steel Buildings Hard Charger of the Race: Brandon Sheppard (Advanced 21 Positions) 

Wilwood Brakes Lucky 7th Place Feature: Brandon Sheppard

Deatherage Opticians Lucky 13th Place Feature: Drake Troutman

MD3 Most Laps Led: Jonathan Davenport (34 Laps) 

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Hudson O’Neal

Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Ricky Thornton, Jr.

O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Race: n/a 

Coltman Farms Fastest Lap of the Race: Jonathan Davenport (Lap 1 – 14.810 seconds) 

Slicker Graphics Slickest Move of the Race: Jonathan Davenport

Miller Welders Hard Luck Award: Tyler Erb

Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Cory Fostvedt (Jonathan Davenport)

ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Clements Racing Engines

Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: LonghornChassis

Dirt Draft Fastest in Hot Laps: Garrett Smith (14.3467 seconds)

Time of Race: 25 minutes 52 seconds 

 

Big River Steel Chase for the Championship Presented by ARP Point Standings:

 


 

Jimmy Owens Returns to Lucas Oil Victory Lane with East Bay Triumph

Jimmy Owens went to the lead for good on lap 13 after a side-by-side battle with Garrett Smith. The four-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion picked up the $10,000 victory on Thursday night during the 48th Annual Wieland Winternationals – Presented by Lucas Oil at East Bay Raceway Park.

 

For Owens it was his 81st career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win and his first at East Bay since 2013. Jonathan Davenport made a late-race charge to finish second, falling 0.314 seconds at the finish. Garrett Alberson rounded out the Big River Steel Podium in third. Ricky Thornton Jr. and Hudson O’Neal rounded out the top five.

 

Owens and pole-sitter Garrett Smith had a good race for the lead in the first 12 laps until Owens was finally able to get away from the Georgia youngster. Davenport would move into second on lap 18 as he held that spot until Alberson passed him on lap 23. Alberson then was able to challenge Owens for the lead as he closed on him, but Owens kept him at bay.

 

Davenport then mounted an electrifying run to the outside and appeared to be primed to take over the lead, but a caution with two laps to go forced a single-file restart as Owens would cross the line 0.314 seconds ahead of Davenport at the finish.

 

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the first time since June of 2022, Owens became the fifth different winner this year in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. “I don’t even remember the last time I won a race at East Bay, I never did win one here in these conditions. The car has been flawless all night and you know it was good from qualifying to the heat race to the feature. Me and Garrett [Smith] had a heck of a race that was fun. It was a good night.”

 

When reminded that it was 11 years ago for his last win at East Bay, Owens responded with “I can’t remember back that far. You know I have to thank Bobby Koehler for giving us good equipment. I want to give a shout out to everyone back home. It’s good to win a race. It’s very humbling to hear this crowd response tonight. It feels really good. I appreciate all of you guys and thank you all so much.”

 

Davenport could not regain his momentum with a green-white-checkered finish falling just short at the end. “I never took it off the wood in those final laps. I had a really good car and I had saved enough tire to the very end. It just didn’t work out in our favor and that’s ok, we’ve got a good hot rod. We will continue to work on this thing. We have changed it every night just trying something different. I think we found something a little different for later. It’s obviously not as slick as what it was the first East Bay races we were here.”

 

Alberson got right up to Owens, but lost ground to the Tennessee native as Davenport got around him late in the race. “I think we have turned the corner. We have really worked hard. Ken [Roberts] has put a lot into this program and my group has just never given up on me. We are really close. I just need to position myself better at the end. It blows my mind still to this day how hard these guys run.”   

 

The winners Bobby and Jessica Koehler-owned, Rocket Chassis is powered by a Vic Hill Racing Engine is sponsored by Reece Monument Company, Ultimate Towing and Recovery, Tim Short Auto Group, Capital Electric TN, Boomtest Well Service, Red Line Oil, Goodridge Fluid Transfer Systems, 5* Metal Buildings, Fox Shocks, and Sunoco Race Fuels.

 

Completing the top ten were Brandon Sheppard, Mike Marlar, Devin Moran, Garrett Smith, and Tim McCreadie.


 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 

Race Summary 

48th Annual Wieland Winternationals | Night 4

Thursday, February 8, 2024

East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL


 

Allstar Performance Time Trials

Fast Time Group A: Garrett Smith | 14.164 seconds (overall)

Fast Time Group B: Hudson O’Neal | 14.323 seconds


 

Penske Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 10-Garrett Smith[1]; 2. 14X-Wil Herrington[4]; 3. B5-Brandon Sheppard[3]; 4. 157-Mike Marlar[6]; 5. 111-Max Blair[7]; 6. 174-Ethan Dotson[10]; 7. 20B-Todd Brennan[8]; 8. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[13]; 9. 3-Brennon Willard[11]; 10. 12-Ashton Winger[5]; 11. 6JR-Parker Martin[2]; 12. 21-Kenny Howell[12]; 13. (DNS) 15-Blake McClain


 

Summit Racing Products Heat Race #2 Finish (8Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 5-Mark Whitener[1]; 2. 71C-RJ Conley[5]; 3. 39-Tim McCreadie[7]; 4. 1Z-Logan Zarin[2]; 5. 4G-Bob Gardner[10]; 6. 82B-Jason Milam[11]; 7. 81L-Jake Little[12]; 8. 25-Tony Jackson Jr[4]; 9. 15K-Jensen Ford[3]; 10. 81-Jason Riggs[6]; 11. 29-Larry Grube[8]; 12. 32-Jason Jack[9]


 

Earnhardt Technologies Heat Race #3 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 58-Garrett Alberson[3]; 2. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[2]; 3. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[4]; 4. 1T-Tyler Erb[1]; 5. 7T-Drake Troutman[5]; 6. 6T-Tim Dohm[8]; 7. 31-Tyler Millwood[10]; 8. 27-Michael Lake[9]; 9. 51-Dean Carpenter[12]; 10. 33-Jeff Mathews[11]; 11. 81J-Jack Riggs[6]; 12. 69-Brandon Thirlby[7]


 

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #4 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 20-Jimmy Owens[2]; 2. 99-Devin Moran[3]; 3. 1-Hudson O'Neal[1]; 4. 96V-Tanner English[5]; 5. 66C-Matt Cosner[7]; 6. 6H-Ross Bailes[12]; 7. 30-Ryan Gustin[6]; 8. 11C-Trevor Collins[11]; 9. 12R-Ryan Payne[10]; 10. 75-Daniel Adam[8]; 11. S21-Seth Daniels[4]; 12. 21M-Tre Martin[13]; 13. 42-Terry Casey[9]


 

Lucas Oil Heat Race #5 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 6-Clay Harris[2]; 2. 76N-Blair Nothdurft[1]; 3. 40B-Kyle Bronson[6]; 4. 18-Chase Junghans[3]; 5. 3S-Brian Shirley[5]; 6. 99B-Boom Briggs[7]; 7. 7-Ross Robinson[4]; 8. 8-Dillon McCowan[12]; 9. 187-David McCoy[8]; 10. 25B-Mike Benedum[10]; 11. 93-Cory Lawler[9]; 12. 71R-Rod Conley[11]


 

Lucas Oil Heat Race #6 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 49-Jonathan Davenport[1]; 2. 19M-Spencer Hughes[4]; 3. 33X-Brandon Overton[2]; 4. 18D-Daulton Wilson[3]; 5. 2*-Logan Hitt[7]; 6. 97-Cody Overton[9]; 7. 47W-Brandon Weigle[6]; 8. 9-Levi Yetter[5]; 9. 17SS-Brenden Smith[10]; 10. 00-Carson Ferguson[8]; 11. 4S-Danny Snyder[12]; 12. 48-Tim Lance[11]


 

Fast Shafts B-Main Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 157-Mike Marlar[1]; 2. 111-Max Blair[3]; 3. 20B-Todd Brennan[7]; 4. 4G-Bob Gardner[4]; 5. 25-Tony Jackson Jr[10]; 6. 174-Ethan Dotson[5]; 7. 82B-Jason Milam[6]; 8. 3-Brennon Willard[11]; 9. 21-Kenny Howell[17]; 10. 32-Jason Jack[18]; 11. 81-Jason Riggs[14]; 12. 15K-Jensen Ford[12]; 13. (DNS) 1Z-Logan Zarin; 14. (DNS) 81L-Jake Little; 15. (DNS) 28-Dennis Erb Jr; 16. (DNS) 12-Ashton Winger; 17. (DNS) 6JR-Parker Martin; 18. (DNS) 29-Larry Grube; 19. (DNS) 15-Blake McClain


 

UNOH B-Main Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 1T-Tyler Erb[1]; 2. 96V-Tanner English[2]; 3. 7T-Drake Troutman[3]; 4. 66C-Matt Cosner[4]; 5. 6H-Ross Bailes[6]; 6. 6T-Tim Dohm[5]; 7. 30-Ryan Gustin[8]; 8. 31-Tyler Millwood[7]; 9. 27-Michael Lake[9]; 10. 51-Dean Carpenter[11]; 11. 11C-Trevor Collins[10]; 12. 75-Daniel Adam[13]; 13. 69-Brandon Thirlby[16]; 14. S21-Seth Daniels[15]; 15. 21M-Tre Martin[17]; 16. (DNS) 12R-Ryan Payne; 17. (DNS) 81J-Jack Riggs; 18. (DNS) 42-Terry Casey


 

MyRacePass B-Main Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 18D-Daulton Wilson[2]; 2. 99B-Boom Briggs[5]; 3. 18-Chase Junghans[1]; 4. 7-Ross Robinson[7]; 5. 3S-Brian Shirley[3]; 6. 97-Cody Overton[6]; 7. 187-David McCoy[11]; 8. 8-Dillon McCowan[9]; 9. 17SS-Brenden Smith[12]; 10. 71R-Rod Conley[17]; 11. 47W-Brandon Weigle[8]; 12. 9-Levi Yetter[10]; 13. 93-Cory Lawler[15]; 14. 4S-Danny Snyder[16]; 15. 33-Jeff Mathews[19]; 16. 00-Carson Ferguson[14]; 17. 2*-Logan Hitt[4]; 18. 48-Tim Lance[18]; 19. (DNS) 25B-Mike Benedum


 

48th Annual Wieland Winternationals | Night 4 Feature Finish (40 Laps):

Race Statistics  

Entrants: 74

Victory Fuel Pole Sitter: Garrett Smith

Lap Leaders: Garrett Smith (Laps 1-4); Jimmy Owens (Laps 5-6); Garrett Smith (Laps 7-12); Jimmy Owens (Laps 13-40)

Wieland Feature Winner: Jimmy Owens

Arizona Sport Shirts Crown Jewel Cup Feature Winner: n/a

Brandon Ford TV Challenge Feature Winner: n/a

Margin of Victory: 0.314 seconds 

Dave Warren Powersports Cautions: Mark Whitener (Lap 2); RJ Conley (Laps 2 restart); Boom Briggs (Lap 9); Boom Briggs (Lap 38)

Series Provisionals: Ross Robinson; Brian Shirley

Fast Time Provisional: n/a

Series Emergency Provisionals: Drake Troutman; Ethan Dotson; Cory Lawler; Bob Gardner

Track Provisional: n/a

Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Jimmy Owens, Jonathan Davenport, Garrett Alberson

Penske Shocks Top 5: Jimmy Owens, Jonathan Davenport, Garrett Alberson, Ricky Thornton, Jr., Hudson O’Neal

Todd Steel Buildings Hard Charger of the Race: Brian Shirley (Advanced 13 Positions) 

Wilwood Brakes Lucky 7th Place Feature: Mike Marlar

Deatherage Opticians Lucky 13th Place Feature: Brian Shirley

MD3 Most Laps Led: Jimmy Owens (30 Laps) 

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Garrett Alberson

Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Ricky Thornton, Jr.

O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Race: n/a 

Coltman Farms Fastest Lap of the Race: Jimmy Owens (Lap 11 – 14.673 seconds) 

Slicker Graphics Slickest Move of the Race: Jonathan Davenport

Miller Welders Hard Luck Award: Mark Whitener

Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Kurt Owens (Jimmy Owens)

ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Vic Hill Race Engines

Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis

Dirt Draft Fastest in Hot Laps: Wil Herrington (15.4666 seconds)

Time of Race: 20 minutes 59 seconds 


 

Big River Steel Chase for the Championship Presented by ARP Point Standings:

 


Brandon Sheppard Wins Monday Make-Up at East Bay

THURSDAY February 8th... Brandon Sheppard became the fourth and final leader of an exciting 30-lap feature on Thursday night at East Bay Raceway Park. The New Berlin, Illinois native went to the Wieland Winternationals winner’s circle for the tenth time at the “Clay by the Bay.”

The race was originally scheduled for Monday night but was postponed to three segments during the week after rain wiped out the Monday program.

 

Sheppard battled with his fellow Illini state driver from lap 18 on until Sheppard was able to open some distance between himself and Brian Shirley. Shirley took second and Devin Moran rounded out the Big River Steel Podium in third. Tyler Erb was fourth and Ross Robinson rounded out the top five drivers.

 

Former Dirt Track World Champion, Garrett Smith paced the first two laps of the race until Moran took over the point. Moran then held the top spot until Shirley got by him using the bottom groove by the halfway mark. Shirley would lead on two different occasions during the race as he finally relinquished the lead to Sheppard for good on lap 20. Sheppard went on to win by 1.491 seconds.

 

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the 32nd time in his career, Sheppard became the sixth different winner this year and claimed his first victory of 2024.

 

“Man, you just never know, the competition is so tough right now, all these guys do such a good job, and the racetrack is so much different each night. Hats off to everyone here at East Bay for giving us such a good racetrack again here tonight. When you have highs and lows like this it takes a lot of good people being together to be able to stick it through. Man, I hate it that I had to pass my old buddy, Shirley for the win. I know he’s needed a good run this week too. It feels really good.” 

 

Sheppard who started ninth surged the lead for good on lap 20 after a back-and-forth battle between himself and Shirley. “Honestly after the first feature tonight I knew we had a really good car and things just didn’t fall my way. I think we started 11th and came all the way sixth. We raced with this car last night, but in the first feature we ran a different car and the guys wanted to run it in this feature, but I wanted to give this old girl a chance. It is one of our older cars from last year.”

 

Shirley, who has never won a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event, nor a Georgia-Florida Speedweeks race came agonizingly close to ending those streaks. “That hole was there in one for the entire 40 laps in the first feature and 30 laps that race. I just hit it the wrong way with about five or six to go there. I tried my best to crowd him [Sheppard] to try and get by him. It just wasn’t good enough. That one stings, you only have two mores tries here this week. I would definitely like to put my name in the record books here.”

 

Moran, who led multiple laps until the halfway mark yielded the lead to Shirley on lap 15 and fell to third behind both Shirley and Sheppard. “I felt really good when I could run the top down in three and four and bottom on the other end of the track. The car was really good underneath me and I kind of migrated to the bottom and I just couldn’t run the bottom like those guys. We’ve been making progress on it, and we just need to keep on working on it and we will see what we can do for tomorrow and Saturday. It obviously had a lot more character that people wanted, but I know Al [Varnadore] will get it smoothed back out for tomorrow.”

 

The winner’s Sheppard-Riggs Racing, Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by Hoist IV level Hydration, Realtree Outdoors, Coltman Farms, Valvoline, I-Beam Sliding Doors, UNOH, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Paulson-Stussy Construction, and Bilstein Shocks.

 

Completing the top ten were Tyler Erb, Daulton Wilson, Jason Riggs, Ethan Dotson, and Tanner English.


 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 

Race Summary 

48th Annual Wieland Winternationals | Night 1 Make-Up

Monday, February 5, 2024

East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL


 

Allstar Performance Time Trials

Fast Time Group A: Jason Riggs | 15.607 seconds

Fast Time Group B: Ross Bailes | 14.698 seconds (overall)


 

Penske Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 10-Garrett Smith[3]; 2. 81-Jason Riggs[1]; 3. 71C-RJ Conley[5]; 4. 7T-Drake Troutman[4]; 5. 14X-Wil Herrington[9]; 6. 8-Dillon McCowan[2]; 7. 2*-Logan Hitt[8]; 8. 20B-Todd Brennan[7]; 9. 33-Jeff Mathews[11]; 10. 69-Brandon Thirlby[6]; 11. 07-Brian Ledbetter[10]


 

Summit Racing Products Heat Race #2 Finish (8Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 99-Devin Moran[2]; 2. B5-Brandon Sheppard[5]; 3. 49-Jonathan Davenport[3]; 4. 71R-Rod Conley[4]; 5. 66C-Matt Cosner[7]; 6. 15-Blake McClain[10]; 7. 29-Larry Grube[9]; 8. 15K-Jensen Ford[6]; 9. 81F-Jadon Frame[1]; 10. 25-Tony Jackson Jr[8]


 

Earnhardt Technologies Heat Race #3 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 3S-Brian Shirley[4]; 2. 7-Ross Robinson[3]; 3. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[5]; 4. 1Z-Logan Zarin[1]; 5. 4-Amanda Robinson[7]; 6. 27-Michael Lake[2]; 7. 9-Levi Yetter[8]; 8. 21-Kenny Howell[6]; 9. 4S-Danny Snyder[9]; 10. (DNS) 75-Daniel Adam


 

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #4 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 1T-Tyler Erb[8]; 2. 76N-Blair Nothdurft[2]; 3. 6H-Ross Bailes[1]; 4. 111-Max Blair[3]; 5. 39-Tim McCreadie[5]; 6. 6-Clay Harris[4]; 7. 4G-Bob Gardner[9]; 8. 82B-Jason Milam[7]; 9. 17SS-Brenden Smith[6]; 10. 51-Dean Carpenter[10]; 11. (DNS) 99B-Boom Briggs


 

Lucas Oil Heat Race #5 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 174-Ethan Dotson[3]; 2. 18D-Daulton Wilson[1]; 3. 96V-Tanner English[2]; 4. 12-Ashton Winger[7]; 5. 187-David McCoy[6]; 6. 6T-Tim Dohm[8]; 7. 3-Brennon Willard[5]; 8. S21-Seth Daniels[4]; 9. 81J-Jack Riggs[9]; 10. 12R-Ryan Payne[11]; 11. (DNS) 18-Chase Junghans


 

Lucas Oil Heat Race #6 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 1-Hudson O'Neal[2]; 2. 19M-Spencer Hughes[1]; 3. 58-Garrett Alberson[7]; 4. 40B-Kyle Bronson[5]; 5. 25B-Mike Benedum[4]; 6. 214-Haiden Cowan[3]; 7. 11C-Trevor Collins[9]; 8. 31-Tyler Millwood[6]; 9. 47W-Brandon Weigle[8]; 10. (DNS) 46-Earl Pearson Jr


 

Fast Shafts B-Main Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 14X-Wil Herrington[3]; 2. 66C-Matt Cosner[4]; 3. 71R-Rod Conley[2]; 4. 8-Dillon McCowan[5]; 5. 2*-Logan Hitt[7]; 6. 15-Blake McClain[6]; 7. 07-Brian Ledbetter[15]; 8. 33-Jeff Mathews[11]; 9. 29-Larry Grube[8]; 10. 7T-Drake Troutman[1]; 11. 20B-Todd Brennan[9]; 12. (DNS) 15K-Jensen Ford; 13. (DNS) 81F-Jadon Frame; 14. (DNS) 69-Brandon Thirlby; 15. (DNS) 25-Tony Jackson Jr


 

UNOH B-Main Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 111-Max Blair[2]; 2. 1Z-Logan Zarin[1]; 3. 27-Michael Lake[5]; 4. 6-Clay Harris[6]; 5. 39-Tim McCreadie[4]; 6. 4-Amanda Robinson[3]; 7. 4S-Danny Snyder[11]; 8. 17SS-Brenden Smith[12]; 9. 4G-Bob Gardner[8]; 10. 9-Levi Yetter[7]; 11. 21-Kenny Howell[9]; 12. 82B-Jason Milam[10]; 13. (DNS) 51-Dean Carpenter; 14. (DNS) 75-Daniel Adam; 15. (DNS) 99B-Boom Briggs


 

MyRacePass B-Main Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson[2]; 2. 12-Ashton Winger[1]; 3. 187-David McCoy[3]; 4. 6T-Tim Dohm[5]; 5. 11C-Trevor Collins[8]; 6. 31-Tyler Millwood[10]; 7. 81J-Jack Riggs[11]; 8. 3-Brennon Willard[7]; 9. 214-Haiden Cowan[6]; 10. 25B-Mike Benedum[4]; 11. S21-Seth Daniels[9]; 12. 47W-Brandon Weigle[12]; 13. (DNS) 12R-Ryan Payne; 14. (DNS) 18-Chase Junghans; 15. (DNS) 46-Earl Pearson Jr


 

48th Annual Wieland Winternationals | Night 1 Feature Finish (30 Laps):

Race Statistics  

Entrants: 63

Victory Fuel Pole Sitter: Garrett Smith

Lap Leaders: Garrett Smith (Laps 1-2); Devin Moran (Laps 3-14); Brian Shirley (Laps 15-17); Brandon Sheppard (Lap 18); Brian Shirley (Lap 19); Brandon Sheppard (Laps 20-30)

Wieland Feature Winner: Brandon Sheppard

Arizona Sport Shirts Crown Jewel Cup Feature Winner: n/a

Brandon Ford TV Challenge Feature Winner: n/a

Margin of Victory: 1.491 seconds 

Dave Warren Powersports Cautions: Ashton Winger (Initial Start); Wil Herrington (Restart); Garrett Smith (Lap 17)

Series Provisionals: n/a

Fast Time Provisional: n/a

Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a

Track Provisional: n/a

Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Brandon Sheppard, Brian Shirley, Devin Moran

Penske Shocks Top 5: Brandon Sheppard, Brian Shirley, Devin Moran, Hudson O’Neal, Ross Robinson

Todd Steel Buildings Hard Charger of the Race: Ashton Winger (Advanced 13 Positions) 

Wilwood Brakes Lucky 7th Place Feature: Daulton Wilson

Deatherage Opticians Lucky 13th Place Feature: Wil Herrington

MD3 Most Laps Led: Brandon Sheppard (12 Laps) 

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Hudson O’Neal

Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Ricky Thornton, Jr.

O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Race: n/a 

Coltman Farms Fastest Lap of the Race: Devin Moran (Lap 2  – 15.006 seconds) 

Slicker Graphics Slickest Move of the Race: Brandon Sheppard

Miller Welders Hard Luck Award: Wil Herrington

Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Randall Edwards (Brandon Sheppard)

ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Durham Racing Engines

Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis

Dirt Draft Fastest in Hot Laps: n/a

Time of Race: 14 minutes 44 seconds

 


 

Tyler Erb Returns to Victory Lane at East Bay.

Tyler Erb earned a hard-fought victory on Wednesday night during the 48th Annual Wieland Winternationals – Presented by Lucas Oil at East Bay Raceway Park. Erb pulled away from a trio of cars who were battling for second to take a 2.653 second advantage at the finish line for his 21st career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win.

Mike Marlar, who started 23rd edged out Davenport at the finish line for second to earn the Todd Steel Buildings Hard Charger of the Race. Davenport rounded out the Big River Steel Podium finishing third. Daulton Wilson and Dennis Erb Jr. completed the top five drivers.

 

The action was fast and furious in the first 20 laps of the 40-lap main event as Davenport led the first 11 circuits until Erb rolled around him on the outside to take the lead on lap 12. Erb, Davenport, and Daulton Wilson were battling nearly 3-wide for the lead as Wilson took his only lead of the race on lap 20. 

 

Davenport then came back to hold the point until Erb powered by him on lap 26. From there, Erb stormed away to pick up a convincing victory.

 

Erb in taking his fifth career East Bay victory fought back after a disappointing race on Tuesday night where he finished sixth after leading in the early part of the race. “I think just racing a little smarter today. I chased JD [Davenport] and was really patient and finally got by him. On the restart they obviously started running the top or something to get such a really good run. I just had to hunker down and fight back. I have got an awesome car and an awesome group of people helping me. I love East Bay it produces some of the greatest racing and it was a really good race.”

 

“I can’t believe JD left the top open down there in one and two,” said the New Waverly, Texas driver who became the fourth different winner this year on the tour. “His [Davenport’s] car was really good. That was fun, that’s East Bay that’s how it’s supposed to be where you can run all over the place. Honestly the first 20 laps I never really spun my tires, so I knew I had a lot left in the tank. I just had to find the right place on the racetrack to use it.”

 

Marlar had the drive of the night coming from the inside of the last row to nip Davenport at the line to finish in second. “We have just been struggling the whole trip. We kind of figured out we had a bent rear end in the car. I was kind of bad early in the night, but I got it going for the feature. I want to thank Greg Bruening for giving me this opportunity. I hope we put on a good show there. There at the end I got to rolling the top. They knew I was coming.”

 

Davenport finished third for the second night in a row. “The lane moved several times there. My guys gave me the best car they could. Congratulations to Tyler [Erb] and Mikey [Marlar]. The last second, I heard him [Marlar], so I turned to the left so hopefully that helped us both in these heat races coming up, so we don’t have a lot to fix.”

 

The winner’s Best Performance Motorsports, Rocket Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by Bulk Material Lift, Anthony’s Pizza, First Class Septic, Base Fuels, Keyser Manufacturing, Roberts Bee Company, Integra Racing Shocks, JRR Trucking, and Sani-Weld.

 

Completing the top ten were Jimmy Owens, Tim McCreadie, Brian Shirley, Kyle Bronson, and Garrett Smith.


 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 

Race Summary 

48th Annual Wieland Winternationals | Night 3

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL


 

Allstar Performance Time Trials

Fast Time Group A: Jensen Ford | 14.281 seconds

Fast Time Group B: Jonathan Davenport | 14.221 seconds (overall)


 

Penske Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 15K-Jensen Ford[1]; 2. 76N-Blair Nothdurft[3]; 3. 14X-Wil Herrington[4]; 4. 4-Amanda Robinson[6]; 5. 25-Tony Jackson Jr[5]; 6. 18-Chase Junghans[9]; 7. 7T-Drake Troutman[8]; 8. 19M-Spencer Hughes[2]; 9. 82B-Jason Milam[11]; 10. 25B-Mike Benedum[10]; 11. 51-Dean Carpenter[12]; 12. 07-Brian Ledbetter[13]; 13. 2*-Logan Hitt[7]


 

Summit Racing Products Heat Race #2 Finish (8Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 18D-Daulton Wilson[2]; 2. 58-Garrett Alberson[1]; 3. 40B-Kyle Bronson[3]; 4. 3S-Brian Shirley[5]; 5. 6T-Tim Dohm[4]; 6. 12R-Ryan Payne[8]; 7. 1Z-Logan Zarin[7]; 8. 96V-Tanner English[6]; 9. 21-Kenny Howell[12]; 10. 81J-Jack Riggs[9]; 11. 3-Brennon Willard[11]; 12. 15-Blake McClain[10]; 13. (DNS) 21M-Tre Martin


 

Earnhardt Technologies Heat Race #3 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 7-Ross Robinson[1]; 2. 6-Clay Harris[2]; 3. 75-Daniel Adam[3]; 4. 71C-RJ Conley[6]; 5. 97-Cody Overton[7]; 6. S21-Seth Daniels[4]; 7. 214-Haiden Cowan[5]; 8. USA1-Chris Hawkins[8]; 9. 4S-Danny Snyder[12]; 10. 93-Cory Lawler[9]; 11. 42-Terry Casey[10]; 12. 48-Tim Lance[11]


 

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #4 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 49-Jonathan Davenport[1]; 2. 99-Devin Moran[3]; 3. 1-Hudson O'Neal[2]; 4. 157-Mike Marlar[4]; 5. 12-Ashton Winger[5]; 6. 187-David McCoy[7]; 7. 47W-Brandon Weigle[6]; 8. 66C-Matt Cosner[9]; 9. 31-Tyler Millwood[11]; 10. 33-Jeff Mathews[8]; 11. K&B-Kerry King[12]; 12. 71R-Rod Conley[13]; 13. (DNS) 111-Max Blair


 

Lucas Oil Heat Race #5 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 1T-Tyler Erb[1]; 2. 76-Brandon Overton[2]; 3. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[4]; 4. 81-Jason Riggs[5]; 5. 10-Garrett Smith[6]; 6. 17SS-Brenden Smith[7]; 7. 8-Dillon McCowan[9]; 8. 27-Michael Lake[8]; 9. 128-Kylan Garner[11]; 10. 29-Larry Grube[10]; 11. 69-Brandon Thirlby[12]; 12. (DNS) 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr


 

Lucas Oil Heat Race #6 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 20-Jimmy Owens[1]; 2. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[3]; 3. 39-Tim McCreadie[4]; 4. 174-Ethan Dotson[5]; 5. 99B-Boom Briggs[6]; 6. 6H-Ross Bailes[7]; 7. 9-Levi Yetter[12]; 8. 11C-Trevor Collins[10]; 9. 20B-Todd Brennan[11]; 10. B5-Brandon Sheppard[2]; 11. 30-Ryan Gustin[8]; 12. (DNS) 4G-Bob Gardner


 

Fast Shafts B-Main Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 3S-Brian Shirley[2]; 2. 7T-Drake Troutman[7]; 3. 18-Chase Junghans[5]; 4. 1Z-Logan Zarin[8]; 5. 6T-Tim Dohm[4]; 6. 82B-Jason Milam[11]; 7. 81J-Jack Riggs[14]; 8. 21-Kenny Howell[12]; 9. 12R-Ryan Payne[6]; 10. 3-Brennon Willard[16]; 11. 25B-Mike Benedum[13]; 12. 51-Dean Carpenter[15]; 13. 07-Brian Ledbetter[17]; 14. 15-Blake McClain[18]; 15. 4-Amanda Robinson[1]; 16. (DNS) 25-Tony Jackson Jr; 17. (DNS) 19M-Spencer Hughes; 18. (DNS) 96V-Tanner English; 19. (DNS) 2*-Logan Hitt; 20. (DNS) 21M-Tre Martin


 

UNOH B-Main Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 71C-RJ Conley[1]; 2. 157-Mike Marlar[2]; 3. 12-Ashton Winger[4]; 4. 97-Cody Overton[3]; 5. 47W-Brandon Weigle[8]; 6. S21-Seth Daniels[5]; 7. 66C-Matt Cosner[10]; 8. 187-David McCoy[6]; 9. USA1-Chris Hawkins[9]; 10. 33-Jeff Mathews[14]; 11. 31-Tyler Millwood[12]; 12. 4S-Danny Snyder[11]; 13. K&B-Kerry King[16]; 14. 93-Cory Lawler[13]; 15. 111-Max Blair[19]; 16. (DNS) 214-Haiden Cowan; 17. (DNS) 42-Terry Casey; 18. (DNS) 48-Tim Lance; 19. (DNS) 71R-Rod Conley


 

MyRacePass B-Main Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 174-Ethan Dotson[2]; 2. 10-Garrett Smith[3]; 3. 99B-Boom Briggs[4]; 4. 8-Dillon McCowan[7]; 5. 81-Jason Riggs[1]; 6. 17SS-Brenden Smith[5]; 7. 27-Michael Lake[9]; 8. 6H-Ross Bailes[6]; 9. 20B-Todd Brennan[12]; 10. B5-Brandon Sheppard[14]; 11. 9-Levi Yetter[8]; 12. 69-Brandon Thirlby[15]; 13. 128-Kylan Garner[11]; 14. 11C-Trevor Collins[10]; 15. (DNS) 29-Larry Grube; 16. (DNS) 30-Ryan Gustin; 17. (DNS) 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr; 18. (DNS) 4G-Bob Gardner


 

48th Annual Wieland Winternationals | Night 2 Feature Finish (40 Laps):

Race Statistics  

Entrants: 75

Victory Fuel Pole Sitter: Jensen Ford

Lap Leaders: Jonathan Davenport (Laps 1-11); Tyler Erb (Laps 12-18); Jonathan Davenport (Lap 19); Daulton Wilson (Lap 20); Jonathan Davenport (Laps 21-26); Tyler Erb (Laps 27-40)

Wieland Feature Winner: Tyler Erb

Arizona Sport Shirts Crown Jewel Cup Feature Winner: n/a

Brandon Ford TV Challenge Feature Winner: n/a

Margin of Victory: 2.652 seconds 

Dave Warren Powersports Cautions: Earl Pearson, Jr. (Lap 17); Garrett Alberson, Brandon Overton (Lap 17 restart); Devin Moran (Lap 21); Hudson O’Neal (Lap 23); Jensen Ford (Lap 30)

Series Provisionals: n/a

Fast Time Provisional: n/a

Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a

Track Provisional: n/a

Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Tyler Erb, Mike Marlar, Jonathan Davenport

Penske Shocks Top 5: Tyler Erb, Mike Marlar, Jonathan Davenport, Daulton Wilson, Dennis Erb, Jr.

Todd Steel Buildings Hard Charger of the Race: Mike Marlar (Advanced 21 Positions) 

Wilwood Brakes Lucky 7th Place Feature: Tim McCreadie

Deatherage Opticians Lucky 13th Place Feature: Hudson O’Neal

MD3 Most Laps Led: Tyler Erb (21 Laps) 

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Tim McCreadie

Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Ricky Thornton, Jr.

O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Race: n/a 

Coltman Farms Fastest Lap of the Race: Jonathan Davenport (Lap 1 – 15.590 seconds) 

Slicker Graphics Slickest Move of the Race: Tyler Erb

Miller Welders Hard Luck Award: Devin Moran

Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Kody Karl (Tyler Erb)

ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Clements Racing Engines

Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis

Dirt Draft Fastest in Hot Laps: Ricky Thornton, Jr. (14.674 seconds)

Time of Race: 26 minutes 06 seconds


O’Neal Takes Wieland Winternationals Opener at East Bay

Tuesday February 6th – Hudson O’Neal won the opening round of the 48th Annual Wieland Winternationals – Presented by Lucas Oil on Tuesday night at East Bay Raceway Park. 

TAMPA, Fla. (February 6, 2024) – Hudson O’Neal won the opening round of the 48th Annual Wieland Winternationals – Presented by Lucas Oil on Tuesday night at East Bay Raceway Park. 

 

O’Neal picked up right where he left off, ending last year’s Winternationals at East Bay winning the Thursday and Friday night programs as Saturday’s finale was rained out. O’Neal battled with Tyler Erb for the first 10 laps of the race until taking the lead for good on lap 11.

 

Daulton Wilson tracked down O’Neal on occasion, but never got the opportunity to pass O’Neal as O’Neal raced through traffic towards the end of the race to score his 27th career win on the tour. Wilson finished second followed by Jonathan Davenport, Ashton Winger, and the Todd Steel Buildings Hard Charger of Race, Devin Moran who came from the 18th starting spot to round out the top five drivers.

 

O’Neal went to Lucas Oil Victory for the fifth time ever at East Bay and for the third time this year with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. “It looked like they shoved those tires in three and four a little bit. I knew that if I could just stay patient enough eventually that top was going to go away. Tyler [Erb] went down there in front of me one time and it came down to a crucial pass coming off of two he just missed the bottom a little bit and let me sneak in. We rubbed some doors, but I knew that was probably going to be the only chance I had to get back by him. We had a little different tire on I feel like that the rest of the field, but it ended up working out.”

 

Wilson finished second for the ninth time in his career in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series competition. “The racetrack was pretty bottom dominant and starting sixth I knew we had to get to the front quickly. It was a great night for us, we had good speed and moved moved forward tonight. We brought home everything in one piece. Since we went to this new car it’s really easy to drive. I feel like I can go wherever I want to. Hats off to my guys for building a great race car.”

 

Davenport who came into the final Winternationals at East Bay with eight career wins at the “Clay by the Bay” rounded out the Big River Steel Podium in third. “I would have bet this thing would had rubbered in no time and it never did for sure. I don’t know why it didn’t. We went a little harder on tire. I lost my grandpa today. He was probably one of the pioneers of the sport that nobody knows about. He probably owned a car for 40 or 50 years. We hate that we lost him but he lived a great life, he was 94 years old. We was hoping we could win one for him and hopefully tomorrow night we can do that.”

 

The winner’s Mark Richards Racing, Rocket Chassis is powered by Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by Valvoline, Seubert Calf Ranches, Performance Grading, Ace Metal Works, Stiles Marine and Maintenance, Wheeler Metals, O’Neal’s Salvage and Recycling, Professional Concrete Cutting and Drilling, Gunter’s Honey, Fox Shocks, WR1 Sim Chassis and Sunoco Race Fuels.

 

Completing the top ten were Tyler Erb, Chase Junghans, Brandon Sheppard, Ricky Thornton Jr., and Spencer Hughes.


 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 

Race Summary 

48th Annual Wieland Winternationals | Night 2

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL


 

Allstar Performance Time Trials

Fast Time Group A: Hudson O’Neal | 14.666 seconds (overall)

Fast Time Group B: Tyler Erb | 15.004 seconds


 

Penske Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 1-Hudson O'Neal[1]; 2. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[4]; 3. 19M-Spencer Hughes[2]; 4. 111-Max Blair[3]; 5. 2*-Logan Hitt[10]; 6. 11C-Trevor Collins[7]; 7. 82B-Jason Milam[11]; 8. 7T-Drake Troutman[5]; 9. 9-Levi Yetter[6]; 10. 42-Terry Casey[8]; 11. 6H-Ross Bailes[9]; 12. 45D-Dan Battaglia[13]; 13. (DNS) 214-Haiden Cowan


 

Summit Racing Products Heat Race #2 Finish (8Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 12-Ashton Winger[3]; 2. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[1]; 3. 99B-Boom Briggs[2]; 4. 25-Tony Jackson Jr[9]; 5. 76N-Blair Nothdurft[4]; 6. 128-Kylan Garner[6]; 7. 17SS-Brenden Smith[7]; 8. 71C-RJ Conley[8]; 9. 4G-Bob Gardner[10]; 10. 29-Larry Grube[11]; 11. 21M-Tre Martin[12]; 12. 81J-Jack Riggs[5]; 13. (DNS) K&B-Kerry King


 

Earnhardt Technologies Heat Race #3 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 10-Garrett Smith[1]; 2. B5-Brandon Sheppard[6]; 3. 58-Garrett Alberson[3]; 4. 14X-Wil Herrington[2]; 5. 4-Amanda Robinson[7]; 6. 81F-Jadon Frame[4]; 7. 6T-Tim Dohm[5]; 8. 187-David McCoy[11]; 9. 51-Dean Carpenter[8]; 10. 22M-Sean Mattingly[12]; 11. 12R-Ryan Payne[9]; 12. (DNS) 21-Kenny Howell


 

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #4 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 1T-Tyler Erb[1]; 2. 18-Chase Junghans[4]; 3. 20-Jimmy Owens[3]; 4. 6-Clay Harris[2]; 5. 40B-Kyle Bronson[5]; 6. 7-Ross Robinson[8]; 7. 3-Brennon Willard[9]; 8. 69-Brandon Thirlby[6]; 9. 20B-Todd Brennan[7]; 10. 27-Michael Lake[11]; 11. 71R-Rod Conley[10]; 12. 07-Brian Ledbetter[13]; 13. 32-Jason Jack[12]


 

Lucas Oil Heat Race #5 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 49-Jonathan Davenport[1]; 2. 66C-Matt Cosner[2]; 3. 1Z-Logan Zarin[3]; 4. 75-Daniel Adam[6]; 5. 81-Jason Riggs[4]; 6. 47W-Brandon Weigle[7]; 7. 8-Dillon McCowan[9]; 8. S21-Seth Daniels[10]; 9. 48-Tim Lance[8]; 10. USA1-Chris Hawkins[12]; 11. 15K-Jensen Ford[5]; 12. (DNS) 33-Jeff Mathews


 

Lucas Oil Heat Race #6 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 18D-Daulton Wilson[1]; 2. 3S-Brian Shirley[2]; 3. 99-Devin Moran[9]; 4. 39-Tim McCreadie[4]; 5. 96V-Tanner English[3]; 6. 31-Tyler Millwood[7]; 7. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[8]; 8. 93-Cory Lawler[6]; 9. 4S-Danny Snyder[12]; 10. 25B-Mike Benedum[10]; 11. 174-Ethan Dotson[5]; 12. 15-Blake McClain[11]


 

Fast Shafts B-Main Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 111-Max Blair[1]; 2. 25-Tony Jackson Jr[2]; 3. 11C-Trevor Collins[5]; 4. 76N-Blair Nothdurft[4]; 5. 82B-Jason Milam[7]; 6. 7T-Drake Troutman[9]; 7. 17SS-Brenden Smith[8]; 8. 128-Kylan Garner[6]; 9. 2*-Logan Hitt[3]; 10. 9-Levi Yetter[11]; 11. 71C-RJ Conley[10]; 12. 4G-Bob Gardner[12]; 13. 214-Haiden Cowan[19]; 14. 21M-Tre Martin[16]; 15. 29-Larry Grube[14]; 16. 42-Terry Casey[13]; 17. (DNS) 6H-Ross Bailes; 18. (DNS) 45D-Dan Battaglia; 19. (DNS) 81J-Jack Riggs


 

UNOH B-Main Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 14X-Wil Herrington[1]; 2. 40B-Kyle Bronson[4]; 3. 6-Clay Harris[2]; 4. 81F-Jadon Frame[5]; 5. 7-Ross Robinson[6]; 6. 4-Amanda Robinson[3]; 7. 187-David McCoy[9]; 8. 6T-Tim Dohm[7]; 9. 51-Dean Carpenter[11]; 10. 71R-Rod Conley[16]; 11. 27-Michael Lake[14]; 12. 3-Brennon Willard[8]; 13. 21-Kenny Howell[17]; 14. 07-Brian Ledbetter[18]; 15. 22M-Sean Mattingly[13]; 16. 20B-Todd Brennan[12]; 17. 69-Brandon Thirlby[10]; 18. (DNS) 12R-Ryan Payne; 19. (DNS) 32-Jason Jack


 

MyRacePass B-Main Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 39-Tim McCreadie[2]; 2. 31-Tyler Millwood[6]; 3. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[8]; 4. S21-Seth Daniels[9]; 5. 81-Jason Riggs[3]; 6. 96V-Tanner English[4]; 7. 174-Ethan Dotson[16]; 8. 48-Tim Lance[11]; 9. 8-Dillon McCowan[7]; 10. 25B-Mike Benedum[14]; 11. 4S-Danny Snyder[12]; 12. 47W-Brandon Weigle[5]; 13. 15K-Jensen Ford[15]; 14. USA1-Chris Hawkins[13]; 15. 93-Cory Lawler[10]; 16. 75-Daniel Adam[1]; 17. (DNS) 15-Blake McClain; 18. (DNS) 33-Jeff Mathews


 

48th Annual Wieland Winternationals | Night 2 Feature Finish (30 Laps):

Race Statistics  

Entrants: 75

Victory Fuel Pole Sitter: Hudson O’Neal

Lap Leaders: Hudson O’Neal (Laps 1-3); Tyler Erb (Laps 4-10); Hudson O’Neal (Laps 11-30)

Wieland Feature Winner: Hudson O’Neal

Arizona Sport Shirts Crown Jewel Cup Feature Winner: n/a

Brandon Ford TV Challenge Feature Winner: n/a

Margin of Victory: 0.654 seconds 

Dave Warren Powersports Cautions: n/a

Series Provisionals: n/a

Fast Time Provisional: n/a

Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a

Track Provisional: n/a

Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Hudson O’Neal, Daulton Wilson, Jonathan Davenport

Penske Shocks Top 5: Hudson O’Neal, Daulton Wilson, Jonathan Davenport, Ashton Winger, Devin Moran

Todd Steel Buildings Hard Charger of the Race: Devin Moran (Advanced 13 Positions) 

Wilwood Brakes Lucky 7th Place Feature: Chase Junghans

Deatherage Opticians Lucky 13th Place Feature: Max Blair

MD3 Most Laps Led: Hudson O’Neal (23 Laps) 

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Hudson O’Neal

Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Ricky Thornton, Jr.

O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Race: n/a 

Coltman Farms Fastest Lap of the Race: Hudson O’Neal (Lap 2 – 16.417 seconds) 

Slicker Graphics Slickest Move of the Race: Hudson O’Neal

Miller Welders Hard Luck Award: Daniel Adam

Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Danny White (Hudson O’Neal)

ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Durham Racing Engines

Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis

Dirt Draft Fastest in Hot Laps: Jonathan Davenport (14.765 seconds)

Time of Race: 8 minutes 48 seconds


 

Rain Forces Monday Night East Bay Winternationals Postponement

monday February 5th...The Monday night portion of the 48th Annual Wieland Winternationals – Presented by Lucas Oil at East Bay Raceway Park has been postponed

Monday’s $5,000 to win program for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be made up in segments at the conclusion of each regularly scheduled program over the course of the next three nights at East Bay Raceway Park.

 

At the conclusion of Tuesday night’s program, Time Trials for Monday night’s program will be contested. On Wednesday, Heat Races and B-Mains for Monday will be contested at the conclusion of Wednesday night’s regularly scheduled program. Finally, on Thursday the 25-lap A-Main from Monday night will take place following Thursday night’s program.

 

For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.com.


mcCreadie Breaks Through for First Lucas Oil Win of 2024 at All-Tech

LAKE CITY, Fla. (February 3, 2024) – Tim McCreadie completed a perfect night of racing on Saturday night at All-Tech Raceway. The two-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion set the overall fastest time in qualifying, won his heat race, and then led all 50 laps to earn the $15,000 victory in the main event.

 

McCreadie was able to hold off his only challenger, Daulton Wilson to become the third different winner this season. Wilson finished second with Ryan Gustin rounding out the Big River Steel Podium in third. The remainder of the top five finishers were Tyler Bruening and Clay Harris.

 

McCreadie bolted to the lead at the start of the race from his outside front row starting spot. Wilson, who started on the pole moved into second on the opening lap. McCreadie and Wilson pulled away from the field opening a huge margin over the rest of their competitors.

 

Wilson started to surge closer to McCreadie before the only caution of the race came for a slowing Mike Marlar with 26 laps complete. On the restart McCreadie set sail widening the gap between himself and Wilson, but when McCreadie caught the tail end of the field Wilson again pulled close. As the two battled through traffic, Wilson pulled within two car lengths. However, as McCreadie worked his way through traffic, Wilson fell several car lengths back in the final 10 circuits.

 

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the 37th time in his career, McCreadie was all smiles after his dominating performance. “It’s just a pleasure to be out here with these guys. You take it for granted and 20 years fly by just like that. I am just happy to get to do it and I want to thank Donald and Gena Bradsher for giving me great equipment. Scott Fegter, my crew chief, built this car at Wesley Page’s. It’s amazing to drive a car like this that does what you want it to do. It maneuvers great so hopefully it’s just the beginning, because it used to be that I just couldn’t drive much anymore and now I am feeling pretty saucy out here in the rough stuff.”

 

“I thought I had better not move off the cushion. It was just so sticky all night and I honestly just eased getting into one and backed my car up a little bit through the hole a little better. I always feel like somebody is always behind me the whole race. I always give 100% all of the time out there,” said the winner, as he moved into sixth place in the championship points heading to East Bay.

 

Wilson, who closed the gap twice on McCreadie during the race came up just short of his first ever Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win. “I had just got to Timmy there when the caution came out and then I thought lapped traffic was going to help me out and there at the end I was with Timmy and the lapped car was racing us pretty hard. Maybe we’ll get one next week at East Bay. We just need to keep building as the night progresses. We’ve got speed early in the night and the last couple of nights we have been able to maintain and go forward.”

 

Gustin, who posted his best finish with the series this year, rounded out the podium in third after starting 15th. “To be honest with you I didn’t realize we were up that far until they called me to the droop check. It was elbows up style tonight, so it was usually what we run good on. I knew it was time to get up on the wheel and that’s what we did. I wish we would have seen a caution there at the end because I think we had something for them.”

 

The winner’s Paylor Motorsports, Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and sponsored by Mega Plumbing HVAC, Baker Mitchell Company Inc., Armslist.com, Bilstein Shocks, Brad Benton Trucking, Inc., Wesley Page Racing, and Mark 4.

 

Completing the top ten were Ashton Winger, Kyle Bronson, Brandon Sheppard, Dennis Erb Jr., and Devin Moran.

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 

Race Summary 

Winter Nationals | Night 2

Saturday, February 3, 2024

All-Tech Raceway – Lake City, FL

 

Allstar Performance Time Trials

Fast Time Group A: Tyler Bruening | 17.259 seconds

Fast Time Group B: Tim McCreadie | 17.141 seconds (overall)


 

Penske Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 18D-Daulton Wilson[4]; 2. 16-Tyler Bruening[1]; 3. 76N-Blair Nothdurft[2]; 4. 96V-Tanner English[5]; 5. 6-Clay Harris[6]; 6. 4G-Bob Gardner[7]; 7. 23-Cory Hedgecock[10]; 8. 388-Jackson Hise[9]; 9. 10-Joseph Joiner[12]; 10. USA1-Chris Hawkins[11]; 11. 7T-Drake Troutman[8]; 12. (DNS) 75-Daniel Adam


 

Summit Racing Products Heat Race #2 Finish (8Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 12-Ashton Winger[1]; 2. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[4]; 3. 157-Mike Marlar[2]; 4. 19R-Ryan Gustin[3]; 5. 8-Dillon McCowan[6]; 6. 14JR-Trey Mills[5]; 7. 111-Max Blair[8]; 8. 1T-Tyler Erb[7]; 9. B5-Brandon Sheppard[9]; 10. 3S-Brian Shirley[11]; 11. 4S-Danny Snyder[12]; 12. 128-Kylan Garner[10]


 

Earnhardt Technologies Heat Race #3 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 39-Tim McCreadie[1]; 2. 97-Cody Overton[2]; 3. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[4]; 4. 20-Jimmy Owens[6]; 5. 25-Tony Jackson Jr[3]; 6. 58-Garrett Alberson[5]; 7. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[7]; 8. 99B-Boom Briggs[8]; 9. 18-Chase Junghans[9]; 10. 79-Donald McIntosh[11]; 11. 93-Cory Lawler[10]; 12. 51-Chad Tuten[12]


 

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #4 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 49-Jonathan Davenport[2]; 2. 44-Chris Madden[1]; 3. 40B-Kyle Bronson[3]; 4. 19M-Spencer Hughes[4]; 5. 174-Ethan Dotson[8]; 6. 99-Devin Moran[5]; 7. 7-Ross Robinson[7]; 8. 17Z-Seth Zacharias[9]; 9. 17SS-Brenden Smith[11]; 10. 1-Hudson O'Neal[6]; 11. (DNS) 11-Austin Smith


 

Fast Shafts B-Main Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 6-Clay Harris[1]; 2. 8-Dillon McCowan[2]; 3. 14JR-Trey Mills[4]; 4. 111-Max Blair[6]; 5. 388-Jackson Hise[7]; 6. 1T-Tyler Erb[8]; 7. 4G-Bob Gardner[3]; 8. 3S-Brian Shirley[12]; 9. B5-Brandon Sheppard[10]; 10. 10-Joseph Joiner[9]; 11. USA1-Chris Hawkins[11]; 12. 4S-Danny Snyder[14]; 13. 75-Daniel Adam[15]; 14. 128-Kylan Garner[16]; 15. (DNS) 23-Cory Hedgecock; 16. (DNS) 7T-Drake Troutman


 

UNOH B-Main Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 25-Tony Jackson Jr[1]; 2. 99-Devin Moran[4]; 3. 174-Ethan Dotson[2]; 4. 58-Garrett Alberson[3]; 5. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[5]; 6. 18-Chase Junghans[9]; 7. 17Z-Seth Zacharias[8]; 8. 93-Cory Lawler[13]; 9. 17SS-Brenden Smith[10]; 10. 1-Hudson O'Neal[12]; 11. 7-Ross Robinson[6]; 12. 99B-Boom Briggs[7]; 13. (DNS) 79-Donald McIntosh; 14. (DNS) 51-Chad Tuten; 15. (DNS) 11-Austin Smith


 

Winter Nationals | Night 2 Feature Finish (50 Laps):

Race Statistics  

Entrants: 47

Victory Fuel Pole Sitter: Daulton Wilson

Lap Leaders: Tim McCreadie (Laps 1-50)

Wieland Feature Winner: Tim McCreadie

Arizona Sport Shirts Crown Jewel Cup Feature Winner: n/a

Brandon Ford TV Challenge Feature Winner: n/a

Margin of Victory: 2.456 seconds 

Dave Warren Powersports Cautions: Mike Marlar (Lap 26)

Series Provisionals: Hudson O’Neal; Tyler Erb

Fast Time Provisional: n/a

Series Emergency Provisionals: Max Blair; Earl Pearson, Jr.; Brandon Sheppard; Garrett Alberson

Track Provisional: n/a

Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Tim McCreadie, Daulton Wilson, Ryan Gustin

Penske Shocks Top 5: Tim McCreadie, Daulton Wilson, Ryan Gustin, Tyler Bruening, Clay Harris

Todd Steel Buildings Hard Charger of the Race: Brandon Sheppard (Advanced 19 Positions)

Wilwood Brakes Lucky 7th Place Feature: Kyle Bronson

Deatherage Opticians Lucky 13th Place Feature: Chris Madden

MD3 Most Laps Led: Tim McCreadie (50 Laps) 

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Tim McCreaide

Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Ricky Thornton, Jr.

O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Race: n/a 

Coltman Farms Fastest Lap of the Race: Tim McCreadie (Lap 2 – 18.053 seconds) 

Slicker Graphics Slickest Move of the Race: Tim McCreadie

Miller Welders Hard Luck Award: Ricky Thornton, Jr.

Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Scott Fegter (Tim McCreadie)

ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Cornett Racing Engines

Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis

Dirt Draft Fastest in Hot Laps: Cody Overton (18.488 seconds)

Time of Race: 19 minutes 14 seconds 


 

Big River Steel Chase for the Championship Presented by ARP Point Standings:

 


 

 

 

Thornton Earns Third Victory of 2024 at All-Tech

 

LAKE CITY, Fla. (February 2, 2024) – The final summary of Friday night’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at All-Tech Raceway will show that Ricky Thornton Jr. led all 50 laps. However, it ended up being a hard-earned $12,000 victory as the Martinsville, Indiana resident fought off several challengers for his third series win of 2024.

 

At least five different drivers held the second spot during the race, but Thornton who got the win at All- Tech a year ago during the Winter Nationals held them all off for the win. Devin Moran finished in second followed by Hudson O’Neal, Tyler Bruening, and Jimmy Owens. Bruening captured the Todd Steel Buildings Hard Charger of the Race after gaining 13 positions.

 

Thornton and Owens started from the front row as those two ran first and second for the first four laps of the race until O’Neal, who started sixth, got by Owens to take second. The first caution of the race flew with 13 laps scored for last year’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Year, Max Blair who slowed coming off of turn two.

 

When the race went green again Joseph Joiner started to make moves as the Florida native, who started fifth moved into the second spot to challenge Thornton for the race lead, twice Thornton and Joiner crossed the loop almost dead even as Thornton was hanging onto the top spot.

 

By lap 20 O’Neal had moved back into second moving Joiner to third. Moran, who started fourth then got going climbing to second on lap 27. Moran and O’Neal then dueled it out for second and third, but the car on the move was Garrett Alberson. The former Rookie of the Year vaulted from fourth to second in the span of a lap. Alberson then started to close on Thornton as the race for the lead was starting to heat up again, but Alberson’s night ended as he got into the turn two concrete with 41 laps complete.

 

The final caution appeared with 47 laps complete with Thornton leading Moran, O’Neal, and Owens. On the restart Thornton pulled away from Moran to take the win by 1.178 seconds. 

 

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the 31st time in his career, Thornton breathed a sigh of relief that the race was over. “Man, I didn’t know if I needed to go around the top or the bottom. You could look on the scoreboard and you could see guys moving and then going back. So, I figured the line had to be moving around quite a bit. I had restarted every other time around the bottom, and I didn’t want to take off and hit the fence. It worked out for us. I think at one point down the backstraightaway he [Joiner] cleared me. He got down there, and I felt like I was running as hard, but still trying to save my right rear tire. I actually found a pretty good line around one and two. I split two lapped cars and I felt like I got a really good run, so I kept that in the back of my mind to do that again because it was a line nobody else was running.”

 

Moran, who was runner-up in last year’s championship standings came home in second after getting close to Thornton on a few occasions. “They figured out a way to give a good track to run on for the feature. I know it’s a little later, but it ended up being a really good race. I love racing in Florida and everybody knows that. Thanks to all of the fans for coming out tonight.”

 

O’Neal, the defending series champion rounded out the Big River Steel Podium in third. “I just got lost a little bit on the racetrack there about three-quarters of the way through and let Devin get back by me and Alberson as well. I had a couple fall out which helped me get back to the podium. We were able to get to second early on. This place just changes so fast, you are up, down, up, down I swear I changed my line 15 times throughout the race.” 

 

The winner’s Todd and Vickie Burns-owned, SSI Motorsports, Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by Big River Steel, Hoker Trucking, Coltman Farms, Dyno One Inc., West Side Tractor Sales, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, ad EMD Wraps.

 

Completing the top ten were Joseph Joiner, Kyle Bronson, Daulton Wilson, Brandon Sheppard, and Spencer Hughes.


 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 

Race Summary 

Winter Nationals | Night 1

Friday, February 2, 2024

All-Tech Raceway – Lake City, FL


 

Allstar Performance Time Trials

Fast Time Group A: Ricky Thornton, Jr. | 18.537 seconds

Fast Time Group B: Jimmy Owens | 18.169 seconds (overall)


 

Penske Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[1]; 2. 44-Chris Madden[2]; 3. 7-Ross Robinson[3]; 4. 18D-Daulton Wilson[7]; 5. 157-Mike Marlar[5]; 6. 93-Cory Lawler[9]; 7. 18-Chase Junghans[8]; 8. 99B-Boom Briggs[6]; 9. 75-Daniel Adam[4]


 

Summit Racing Products Heat Race #2 Finish (8Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 19M-Spencer Hughes[1]; 2. 58-Garrett Alberson[2]; 3. 25-Tony Jackson Jr[6]; 4. 388-Jackson Hise[4]; 5. 8-Dillon McCowan[3]; 6. 79B-Kyle Bryant[7]; 7. 17SS-Brenden Smith[5]; 8. (DNS) 128-Kylan Garner


 

Earnhardt Technologies Heat Race #3 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 10-Joseph Joiner[1]; 2. B5-Brandon Sheppard[2]; 3. 16-Tyler Bruening[5]; 4. 174-Ethan Dotson[7]; 5. 49-Jonathan Davenport[6]; 6. USA1-Chris Hawkins[8]; 7. 79-Donald McIntosh[4]; 8. 51-Chad Tuten[3]


 

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #4 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 20-Jimmy Owens[1]; 2. 97-Cody Overton[4]; 3. 39-Tim McCreadie[2]; 4. 1T-Tyler Erb[5]; 5. 7T-Drake Troutman[3]; 6. 96V-Tanner English[6]; 7. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[7]; 8. 17Z-Seth Zacharias[8]


 

Lucas Oil Heat Race #5 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 99-Devin Moran[1]; 2. 111-Max Blair[4]; 3. 6-Clay Harris[3]; 4. 12-Ashton Winger[2]; 5. 23-Cory Hedgecock[5]; 6. 76N-Blair Nothdurft[6]; 7. 4G-Bob Gardner[7]; 8. 4S-Danny Snyder[8]


 

Lucas Oil Heat Race #6 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 1-Hudson O'Neal[1]; 2. 3S-Brian Shirley[4]; 3. 40B-Kyle Bronson[2]; 4. B2-Brian Booze[7]; 5. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[6]; 6. 11-Austin Smith[5]; 7. 19R-Ryan Gustin[3]; 8. 14JR-Trey Mills[8]


 

Fast Shafts B-Main Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 18D-Daulton Wilson[1]; 2. 174-Ethan Dotson[3]; 3. 157-Mike Marlar[4]; 4. 388-Jackson Hise[2]; 5. 49-Jonathan Davenport[6]; 6. 18-Chase Junghans[10]; 7. 99B-Boom Briggs[13]; 8. 17SS-Brenden Smith[11]; 9. USA1-Chris Hawkins[9]; 10. 8-Dillon McCowan[5]; 11. 51-Chad Tuten[14]; 12. 79-Donald McIntosh[12]; 13. 75-Daniel Adam[15]; 14. 93-Cory Lawler[7]; 15. 79B-Kyle Bryant[8]; 16. (DNS) 128-Kylan Garner


 

UNOH B-Main Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 1T-Tyler Erb[1]; 2. 96V-Tanner English[7]; 3. 23-Cory Hedgecock[5]; 4. 12-Ashton Winger[2]; 5. 7T-Drake Troutman[4]; 6. 76N-Blair Nothdurft[8]; 7. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[6]; 8. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[10]; 9. 11-Austin Smith[9]; 10. B2-Brian Booze[3]; 11. 4G-Bob Gardner[11]; 12. 4S-Danny Snyder[14]; 13. 14JR-Trey Mills[15]; 14. 17Z-Seth Zacharias[13]; 15. (DNS) 19R-Ryan Gustin


 

Winter Nationals | Night 1 Feature Finish (50 Laps):

Race Statistics  

Entrants: 49

Victory Fuel Pole Sitter: Ricky Thornton, Jr.

Lap Leaders: Ricky Thornton, Jr. (Laps 1-50)

Wieland Feature Winner: Ricky Thornton, Jr.

Arizona Sport Shirts Crown Jewel Cup Feature Winner: n/a

Brandon Ford TV Challenge Feature Winner: n/a

Margin of Victory: 1.178 seconds 

Dave Warren Powersports Cautions: Max Blair (Lap 13); Chris Madden (Lap 34); Tony Jackson, Jr. (Lap 41); Garrett Alberson (Lap 41 Restart); Cody Overton (Lap 47)

Series Provisionals: Jonathan Davenport; Earl Pearson, Jr.

Fast Time Provisional: n/a

Series Emergency Provisionals: Boom Briggs; Mike Marlar; Brenden Smith; Bob Gardner

Track Provisional: n/a

Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Ricky Thornton, Jr., Devin Moran, Hudson O’Neal

Penske Shocks Top 5: Ricky Thornton, Jr., Devin Moran, Hudson O’Neal, Tyler Bruening, Jimmy Owens

Todd Steel Buildings Hard Charger of the Race: Tyler Bruening (Advanced 13 Positions) 

Wilwood Brakes Lucky 7th Place Feature: Kyle Bronson

Deatherage Opticians Lucky 13th Place Feature: Chris Madden

MD3 Most Laps Led: Ricky Thornton, Jr. (50 Laps) 

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Ricky Thornton, Jr.

Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Ricky Thornton, Jr.

O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Race: n/a 

Coltman Farms Fastest Lap of the Race: Ricky Thornton, Jr. (Lap 5 – 19.085 seconds) 

Slicker Graphics Slickest Move of the Race: Garrett Alberson

Miller Welders Hard Luck Award: Garrett Alberson

Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Anthony Burroughs (Ricky Thornton, Jr.)

ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Clements Racing Engines

Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis

Dirt Draft Fastest in Hot Laps: Chris Madden (19.970 seconds)

Time of Race: 32 minutes 02 seconds


 

Big River Steel Chase for the Championship Presented by ARP Point Standings:

 

 


O’Neal Tops Ocala for Second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Win of 2024

 

OCALA, Fla. (January 31, 2024) – Hudson O’Neal, the reigning Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion picked up his second series win of the 2024 season on Wednesday night at Ocala Speedway.

 

O’Neal led 30 of the 40 laps for his 26th career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory earning $10,000 for the win. Clay Harris who led 10 laps during the race finished second 1.093 seconds behind the winner. For Harris, who has made only four career starts in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (all this year) in was followed by Brian Shirley who rounded out the Big River Steel Podium in third. Ricky Thornton Jr. and Kyle Bronson rounded out the top five finishers.

 

O’Neal grabbed the lead at the start of the race and led the first seven laps of the event. Harris, who was looking for his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win then challenged O’Neal for the lead getting past him down the back stretch on lap eight. The race was slowed multiple times with five caution flags over a three-lap span.

 

The final caution of the race came out with 10 laps complete as Harris still was showing the way. Harris tried to stretch his lead out over the field but as he approached the tail end of the field, O’Neal was able to squeeze by him coming off of turn four to regain the lead on lap 18. O’Neal then went on for the win, his second of the year after scoring an opening night win at Golden Isles last Thursday.

 

It was O’Neal’s first ever win at Ocala, which was formerly known as Bubba Raceway Park. “I just got behind a lapped car down here and he kind of pinched me and I just completely messed up and about spun out. I just tried to move to get by those lapped cars and just couldn’t move you know. I was lucky the caution came back out and let us get back to second there and give it a run. Man, that Clay [Harris] drove a good race and I was just able to sneak by him. There was one time he kind of messed up and got up there and I think he grabbed the backstretch wall.”

 

“That bottom was just really wet, and it just never gave up especially down here in one. No matter how many laps we ran it never really changed colors. So, it just worked out and we were able to get the lead back and just hold on and I was just trying to not miss that bottom the best I could going into one because you really had to slow down and be patient,” said the 23-year-old Martinsville, Indiana native.    

 

Harris, who had only attempted one Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series start in his career before this year, came home in the runner-up spot. “I should have hugged the bottom there, you know at first, I thought I could run up high and do something, because last night you could. I should have known better, in fact that’s when I passed him the first time. I still think it was good run. We’ve run four races this year and made every show so far. We only did a handful of super racing last year. So, I think it is a win in our book.”

 

Shirley has his best finish of 2024 coming home in third. “We haven’t been giving our sponsors what they deserve here the last couple of weeks, but that’s the good thing about Bob [Cullen] and them guys behind me is that they don’t give up on me. They just let me keep doing what I do and keep racing here and get into the groove. We are just trying to play catch up.”

 

The winner’s Mark Richards Racing, Rocket Chassis is powered by a Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by Valvoline, Seubert Calf Ranches, Performance Grading, Ace Metal Works, WR1 Sim Chassis, Stiles Marine and Maintenance, Wheeler Metals, O’Neal’s Salvage and Recycling, Gunter’s Honey, Professional Concrete Cutting and Drilling, Fox Shocks, and Sunoco Race Fuels.

 

Completing the top ten were Devin Moran, Ashton Winger, Tim McCreadie, Brandon Sheppard, and Tyler Erb.


 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 

Race Summary 

Winter Nationals | Night 2

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Ocala Speedway – Ocala, FL


 

Allstar Performance Time Trials

Fast Time Group A: Hudson O’Neal | 14.012 seconds (overall)

Fast Time Group B: Blair Nothdurft | 14.263 seconds


 

Penske Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 1-Hudson O'Neal[1]; 2. 3S-Brian Shirley[4]; 3. 7T-Drake Troutman[3]; 4. 40B-Kyle Bronson[7]; 5. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[6]; 6. 17SS-Brenden Smith[5]; 7. 7-Ross Robinson[8]; 8. 2*-Logan Hitt[11]; 9. 20-Jimmy Owens[2]; 10. 28B-Carson Brown[10]; 11. 30-Ryan Gustin[9]


 

Summit Racing Products Heat Race #2 Finish (8Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 6-Clay Harris[2]; 2. 49-Jonathan Davenport[1]; 3. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[3]; 4. 39-Tim McCreadie[5]; 5. 5-Mark Whitener[7]; 6. B5-Brandon Sheppard[4]; 7. 66C-Matt Cosner[6]; 8. 4G-Bob Gardner[9]; 9. 81J-Jack Riggs[10]; 10. 93-Cory Lawler[8]; 11. 81F-Jadon Frame[11]


 

Earnhardt Technologies Heat Race #3 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 76N-Blair Nothdurft[1]; 2. 12-Ashton Winger[4]; 3. 25-Tony Jackson Jr[2]; 4. 99B-Boom Briggs[3]; 5. 58-Garrett Alberson[5]; 6. 79-Donald McIntosh[8]; 7. 99-Devin Moran[6]; 8. 111-Max Blair[9]; 9. 0-Ryan Scott[11]; 10. 75-Daniel Adam[10]; 11. 1T-Tyler Erb[7]


 

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #4 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 18D-Daulton Wilson[1]; 2. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[3]; 3. 157-Mike Marlar[2]; 4. 96V-Tanner English[5]; 5. 97-Cody Overton[6]; 6. 19M-Spencer Hughes[4]; 7. 174-Ethan Dotson[7]; 8. 11C-Trevor Collins[9]; 9. 128-Kylan Garner[8]; 10. 8-Dillon McCowan[10]


 

Fast Shafts B-Main Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. B5-Brandon Sheppard[4]; 2. 5-Mark Whitener[2]; 3. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[1]; 4. 17SS-Brenden Smith[3]; 5. 66C-Matt Cosner[6]; 6. 7-Ross Robinson[5]; 7. 4G-Bob Gardner[8]; 8. 2*-Logan Hitt[7]; 9. 81J-Jack Riggs[10]; 10. 81F-Jadon Frame[14]; 11. 93-Cory Lawler[12]; 12. 28B-Carson Brown[11]; 13. (DNS) 20-Jimmy Owens; 14. (DNS) 30-Ryan Gustin


 

UNOH B-Main Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 97-Cody Overton[2]; 2. 58-Garrett Alberson[1]; 3. 79-Donald McIntosh[3]; 4. 174-Ethan Dotson[6]; 5. 111-Max Blair[7]; 6. 19M-Spencer Hughes[4]; 7. 11C-Trevor Collins[8]; 8. 8-Dillon McCowan[12]; 9. 0-Ryan Scott[9]; 10. 75-Daniel Adam[11]; 11. 128-Kylan Garner[10]; 12. (DNS) 99-Devin Moran; 13. (DNS) 1T-Tyler Erb


 

Winter Nationals | Night 2 Feature Finish (40 Laps):

Race Statistics  

Entrants: 43

Victory Fuel Pole Sitter: Hudson O’Neal

Lap Leaders: Hudson O’Neal (Laps 1-7); Clay Harris (Laps 8-17); Hudson O’Neal (Laps 18-40)

Wieland Feature Winner: Hudson O’Neal

Arizona Sport Shirts Crown Jewel Cup Feature Winner: n/a

Brandon Ford TV Challenge Feature Winner: n/a

Margin of Victory: 1.093 seconds 

Dave Warren Powersports Cautions: Tanner English (Lap 8); Blair Nothdurft (Lap 8 Restart); Drake Troutman, Mike Marlar (Lap 9); Tony Jackson, Jr., Garrett Alberson (Lap 10); Donald McIntosh, Mike Marlar, Mark Whitener (Lap 10 Restart)

Series Provisionals: Devin Moran; Tyler Erb

Fast Time Provisional: n/a

Series Emergency Provisionals: Max Blair, Spencer Hughes, Ross Robinson, Bob Gardner

Track Provisional: n/a

Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Hudson O’Neal, Clay Harris, Brian Shirley

Penske Shocks Top 5: Hudson O’Neal, Clay Harris, Brian Shirley, Ricky Thornton, Jr., Kyle Bronson

Todd Steel Buildings Hard Charger of the Race: Devin Moran (Advanced 17 Positions) 

Wilwood Brakes Lucky 7th Place Feature: Ashton Winger

Deatherage Opticians Lucky 13th Place Feature: Boom Briggs

MD3 Most Laps Led: Hudson O’Neal (30 Laps) 

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Hudson O’Neal

Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Ricky Thornton, Jr.

O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Race: n/a 

Coltman Farms Fastest Lap of the Race: Hudson O’Neal (Lap 1 – 15.176 seconds) 

Slicker Graphics Slickest Move of the Race: Hudson O’Neal

Miller Welders Hard Luck Award: Blair Nothdurft

Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Danny White (Hudson O’Neal) 

ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Durham Racing Engines

Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis

Dirt Draft Fastest in Hot Laps: Devin Moran (14.159 seconds)

Time of Race: 31 minutes 35 seconds 


 

Big River Steel Chase for the Championship Presented by ARP Point Standings:

 


 

 

Late Race Pass Nets Thornton Tuesday Victory at Ocala

 

 

OCALA, Fla. (January 30, 2024) – Ricky Thornton Jr. passed Tyler Erb coming to the white flag on Tuesday night at Ocala Speedway to score his second consecutive Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season in thrilling fashion.

 

Erb made one last lap attempt as the duo entered turn three, but Thornton was able to hold him off for his 30th career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory. Erb finished just 0.448 seconds behind at the line after he had led laps 3-38. Devin Moran charged from the eighth starting spot to finish third with pole sitter Jonathan Davenport coming home in fourth. Mike Marlar rounded out the top five.

 

Davenport took the lead at the start of the 40-lap race and led the first two circuits until Erb made a daring move for the lead heading into the third turn on lap three. Erb held a several car length lead during the race as cautions would allow the rest of the field to stay close on restarts. 

 

The final caution of the race came out with 27 laps scored. Erb then managed to again stretch his lead out over the field, but without the assistance of a caution flag, Erb was having to contend with the back of the field. With five laps to go Erb had two cars running side-by-side in front of him which allowed Thornton to close the gap in the waning laps.

 

Thornton had cut which was at one point a ten car-length lead for Erb down to one car length. As the two came off of turn four heading to the white flag Thornton was able to sneak to the inside to take the lead which he held for another circuit around the 3/8ths mile oval for the $10,000 victory.

 

Thornton who won $25,000 on Saturday night at Golden Isles in the finale of the General Tire Super Bowl of Racing knew he was in a dog fight at Ocala as he earned a hard-fought victory.

 

“Man, I felt like I was stretching so much there in three and four. I felt like the top came in and the bottom cleaned up a little bit. He [Erb] got stuck behind that one lapped car there once off four and really without that I don’t think I would have gotten to him. We got into turn two and I got close and then in three he kind of shoved a little bit. I knew if I could get under him down the front straightaway you’ve got to throw a bomb down there. I watched him throw a bomb on JD down there. I didn’t’ know if it would work out for us. It’s pretty awesome.”

 

Erb, who looked to break through early in 2024 with the a win came home in second. “I don’t know. Maybe I should have punted four lapped cars. I hit one getting into one there halfway through the race. It wasn’t our night. We are leaps and bounds better than we have been. We are going to win a race before its all said and done. I lost on the white flag tonight. It’s not a good feeling for sure. I got through traffic five or six different times and then just right there at the end when I caught traffic in like three laps. They [the traffic] were just side-by-side and Ricky got a good run on me. I tried to cross him over in one and two, but there wasn’t much you could do.”

 

Moran, who last won at Ocala in 2022 rounded out the Big River Steel Podium in third. “Kudos to Bubba and his whole crew for working on this place. I have always liked coming here and racing. They have worked really hard in getting the crown off the racetrack. You know a lot of tracks we go to have that problem. They need to take notes when they do this. It makes for some awesome racing. It was a good race. I felt like I dug myself a hole early and we got this car up towards the front.”

 

The winner’s Todd and Vickie Burns-owned, SSI Motorsports, Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by Big River Steel, Hoker Trucking, Coltman Farms, Dyno One Inc., West Side Tractor Sales, Bilstein Shocks, MD Wraps, and Sunoco Race Fuels.

 

Completing the top ten were Tim McCreadie, Garrett Alberson, Hudson O’Neal, Drake Troutman, and Earl Pearson Jr.


 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 

Race Summary 

Winter Nationals | Night 1

Saturday, January 30, 2024

Ocala Speedway – Ocala, FL


 

Allstar Performance Time Trials

Fast Time Group A: Tanner English | 13.881 seconds (overall)

Fast Time Group B: Blair Nothdurft | 13.909 seconds


 

Penske Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 49-Jonathan Davenport[2]; 2. 96V-Tanner English[1]; 3. 18D-Daulton Wilson[3]; 4. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[4]; 5. B5-Brandon Sheppard[5]; 6. 79-Donald McIntosh[7]; 7. 111-Max Blair[6]; 8. 99B-Boom Briggs[8]; 9. 81F-Jadon Frame[9]; 10. 93-Cory Lawler[10]


 

Summit Racing Products Heat Race #2 Finish (8Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[1]; 2. 39-Tim McCreadie[4]; 3. 58-Garrett Alberson[2]; 4. 6-Clay Harris[3]; 5. 3S-Brian Shirley[5]; 6. 81J-Jack Riggs[6]; 7. 5-Mark Whitener[7]; 8. 17SS-Brenden Smith[8]; 9. 4G-Bob Gardner[9]; 10. 0-Ryan Scott[10]


 

Earnhardt Technologies Heat Race #3 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 1T-Tyler Erb[2]; 2. 1-Hudson O'Neal[3]; 3. 7T-Drake Troutman[4]; 4. 76N-Blair Nothdurft[1]; 5. 66C-Matt Cosner[5]; 6. 40B-Kyle Bronson[7]; 7. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[6]; 8. 25-Tony Jackson Jr[8]; 9. 8-Dillon McCowan[10]; 10. 28B-Carson Brown[9]


 

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #4 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 157-Mike Marlar[1]; 2. 99-Devin Moran[5]; 3. 7-Ross Robinson[6]; 4. 19M-Spencer Hughes[3]; 5. 174-Ethan Dotson[8]; 6. 20-Jimmy Owens[4]; 7. 75-Daniel Adam[7]; 8. 2*-Logan Hitt[10]; 9. 97-Cody Overton[2]; 10. 128-Kylan Garner[9]


 

Fast Shafts B-Main Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. B5-Brandon Sheppard[1]; 2. 79-Donald McIntosh[3]; 3. 111-Max Blair[5]; 4. 5-Mark Whitener[6]; 5. 81J-Jack Riggs[4]; 6. 81F-Jadon Frame[9]; 7. 17SS-Brenden Smith[8]; 8. 4G-Bob Gardner[10]; 9. 0-Ryan Scott[12]; 10. 93-Cory Lawler[11]; 11. 99B-Boom Briggs[7]; 12. 3S-Brian Shirley[2]


 

UNOH B-Main Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. B5-Brandon Sheppard[1]; 2. 79-Donald McIntosh[3]; 3. 111-Max Blair[5]; 4. 5-Mark Whitener[6]; 5. 81J-Jack Riggs[4]; 6. 81F-Jadon Frame[9]; 7. 17SS-Brenden Smith[8]; 8. 4G-Bob Gardner[10]; 9. 0-Ryan Scott[12]; 10. 93-Cory Lawler[11]; 11. 99B-Boom Briggs[7]; 12. 3S-Brian Shirley[2]


 

Winter Nationals | Night 1 Feature Finish (40 Laps):

Race Statistics  

Entrants: 40

Victory Fuel Pole Sitter: Jonathan Davenport

Lap Leaders: Jonathan Davenport (Laps 1-2); Tyler Erb (Laps 3-38); Ricky Thornton, Jr. (Laps 39-40)

Wieland Feature Winner: Ricky Thornton, Jr.

Arizona Sport Shirts Crown Jewel Cup Feature Winner: n/a

Brandon Ford TV Challenge Feature Winner: n/a

Margin of Victory: 0.449 seconds 

Dave Warren Powersports Cautions: Donald McIntosh (Lap 19); Daulton Wilson, Kyle Bronson (Lap 19 restart); Ross Robinson (Lap 27)

Series Provisionals: Boom Briggs; Brian Shirley

Fast Time Provisional: n/a

Series Emergency Provisionals: Dillon McCowan; Bob Gardner; Cory Lawler; Brenden Smith

Track Provisional: n/a

Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Ricky Thornton, Jr., Tyler Erb, Devin Moran

Penske Shocks Top 5: Ricky Thornton, Jr., Tyler Erb, Devin Moran, Jonathan Davenport, Mike Marlar

Todd Steel Buildings Hard Charger of the Race: Brian Shirley (Advanced 11 Positions) 

Wilwood Brakes Lucky 7th Place Feature: Garrett Alberson

Deatherage Opticians Lucky 13th Place Feature: Brian Shirley

MD3 Most Laps Led: Tyler Erb (36 Laps) 

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Ricky Thornton, Jr.

Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport; Hudson O’Neal; Ricky Thornton, Jr.

O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Race: n/a 

Coltman Farms Fastest Lap of the Race: Tyler Erb (Lap 21 – 15.563 seconds) 

Slicker Graphics Slickest Move of the Race: Tyler Erb

Miller Welders Hard Luck Award: Ross Robinson

Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Anthony Burroughs (Ricky Thornton, Jr.) 

ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Clements Racing Engines

Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis

Dirt Draft Fastest in Hot Laps: Devin Moran (14.0437 seconds)

Time of Race: 20 minutes 37 seconds


 

Big River Steel Chase for the Championship Presented by ARP Point Standings:

 

 

 

Thornton Takes Final Night of the Super Bowl of Racing at Golden Isles

 

WAYNESVILLE, Ga. (January 27, 2024) – Ricky Thornton Jr. picked up his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season on Saturday night at Golden Isles Speedway on the final night of the General Tire Super Bowl of Racing. Thornton earned $25,000 for his 29th career series win.

 

Thornton won by 0.425 seconds over Chris Madden, who finished second with Jonathan Davenport rounding out the Big River Podium in third. Brandon Overton came home in fourth followed by Devin Moran.

 

Thornton grabbed the early lead in the 60-lap feature with Mike Marlar tucking in behind him. Those two ran first and second and as they raced through heavy traffic. Marlar made a move for the lead as he drove to the outside of Thornton in turn four on lap 37. The two made contact as they exited turn four side-by-side and Davenport would sneak by both of them to take the lead on lap 37.

 

Davenport, who started fifth, then held the lead until lap 48 when Thornton regained the top spot. It appeared Thornton’s time back in front again would be short-lived however as both Madden and Davenport challenged for the position. One circuit later, a slowing Tim McCreadie exiting turn four would bring out the first caution of the race before the lap was officially scored, putting Thornton out front again.

 

The race would go green for three more laps when tenth running Tyler Erb slowed with a flat tire bringing out the second and final caution of the race. 

 

The final restart with eight laps remaining saw Thornton maintain his grip on the bottom to hold off Madden for the win.

 

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane, Thornton voiced his displeasure with a couple of his fellow competitors. “When I got passed, I didn’t think I was going to get back to the front. I am not quite sure why the 49 and the 157 kept racing there. Mikey drove across my right front in three and is mad at me, and with JD I tried to cross him, and I probably shouldn’t have tried to stuff it in there. Everyone is already counting us out after one night, maybe the rest of the week will be elbows up.”

 

Madden, who climbed from the sixth spot was in position to take the lead in the race when the caution flew. “I saw Timmy [McCreadie] up there slowing down, but he was still rolling and still going so I felt like we shouldn’t have had the caution thrown yet, but it is what it is. At that time, we were just getting what we could get, but they [Thornton and Davenport] had slipped up and I had a chance to go for the lead. I just want to thank Lucas Oil for getting this race in tonight with the weather upon us and they rushed us on through here.”

 

Davenport came home in third and gave his opinion on what happened between the front runners. “The 20RT and the car running second, the 157 they got together, and I passed them both I thought clean and then we come down the back straightaway and the 20RT jacked me up and about spun me out getting into three. I then ran the rest of the race there and kind of protected the bottom and then obviously he [Thornton] got a big run on me and took the left side of the car off and knocked us up the track and Madden got by us that time.”

 

The winner’s Todd and Vickie Burns, SSI Motorsports, Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by Big River Steel, Hoker Trucking, Coltman Farms Racing, Dyno One Inc., West Side Tractor Sales, Bilstein Shocks, and Sunoco Race Fuels.

 

Completing the top ten were Mike Marlar, Ryan Gustin, Hudson O’Neal, Brandon Sheppard, and Ross Robinson.


 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 

Race Summary 

General Tire Super Bowl of Racing | Night 3

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Golden Isles Speedway – Waynesville, GA


 

Allstar Performance Time Trials

Fast Time Group A: Garrett Smith | 15.146 seconds (overall)

Fast Time Group B: Hudson O’Neal | 15.328 seconds


 

Penske Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 10-Garrett Smith[1]; 2. 7-Ross Robinson[2]; 3. 58-Garrett Alberson[4]; 4. 97-Cody Overton[5]; 5. 17M-Dale McDowell[3]; 6. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[7]; 7. 99B-Boom Briggs[6]; 8. 93-Cory Lawler[8]; 9. (DNS) 388-Jackson Hise


 

Summit Racing Products Heat Race #2 Finish (8Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 157-Mike Marlar[1]; 2. B5-Brandon Sheppard[3]; 3. 18D-Daulton Wilson[4]; 4. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[5]; 5. 75-Daniel Adam[6]; 6. 17SS-Brenden Smith[7]; 7. 81J-Jack Riggs[8]; 8. (DNS) 96V-Tanner English


 

Earnhardt Technologies Heat Race #3 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 49-Jonathan Davenport[1]; 2. 76-Brandon Overton[4]; 3. 39-Tim McCreadie[3]; 4. 111-Max Blair[2]; 5. 81-Jason Riggs[7]; 6. 19M-Spencer Hughes[5]; 7. 214-Haiden Cowan[6]; 8. 4G-Bob Gardner[8]


 

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #4 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[2]; 2. 1-Hudson O'Neal[1]; 3. 1T-Tyler Erb[6]; 4. 40B-Kyle Bronson[3]; 5. 66C-Matt Cosner[5]; 6. 14JR-Trey Mills[4]; 7. 16-Tyler Bruening[7]; 8. 3-Brennon Willard[8]


 

Lucas Oil Heat Race #5 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 20-Jimmy Owens[1]; 2. 6-Clay Harris[2]; 3. 79-Donald McIntosh[3]; 4. 7T-Drake Troutman[4]; 5. 3S-Brian Shirley[7]; 6. 111R-Steven Roberts[8]; 7. 25-Tony Jackson Jr[6]; 8. 28B-Carson Brown[5]


 

Lucas Oil Heat Race #6 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 44-Chris Madden[2]; 2. 99-Devin Moran[1]; 3. 19R-Ryan Gustin[4]; 4. 76N-Blair Nothdurft[5]; 5. 5-Mark Whitener[6]; 6. 14X-Wil Herrington[3]; 7. 174-Ethan Dotson[8]; 8. 8-Dillon McCowan[7]


 

Fast Shafts B-Main Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 97-Cody Overton[1]; 2. 111-Max Blair[3]; 3. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[2]; 4. 17M-Dale McDowell[4]; 5. 75-Daniel Adam[5]; 6. 214-Haiden Cowan[12]; 7. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[7]; 8. 81-Jason Riggs[6]; 9. 19M-Spencer Hughes[9]; 10. 93-Cory Lawler[13]; 11. 81J-Jack Riggs[11]; 12. 4G-Bob Gardner[15]; 13. 99B-Boom Briggs[10]; 14. (DNS) 17SS-Brenden Smith; 15. (DNS) 96V-Tanner English; 16. (DNS) 388-Jackson Hise


 

UNOH B-Main Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson[1]; 2. 76N-Blair Nothdurft[3]; 3. 3S-Brian Shirley[5]; 4. 7T-Drake Troutman[2]; 5. 16-Tyler Bruening[10]; 6. 174-Ethan Dotson[12]; 7. 66C-Matt Cosner[4]; 8. 5-Mark Whitener[6]; 9. 25-Tony Jackson Jr[11]; 10. 14JR-Trey Mills[7]; 11. 8-Dillon McCowan[15]; 12. 3-Brennon Willard[13]; 13. 14X-Wil Herrington[9]; 14. (DNS) 111R-Steven Roberts; 15. (DNS) 28B-Carson Brown


 

General Tire Super Bowl of Racing | Night 3 Feature Finish (60 Laps):

Race Statistics  

Entrants: 49

Victory Fuel Pole Sitter: Garrett Smith

Lap Leaders: Ricky Thornton, Jr. (Laps 1-37); Jonathan Davenport (Laps 38-48); Ricky Thornton, Jr. (Laps 49-60)

Wieland Feature Winner: Ricky Thornton, Jr.

Arizona Sport Shirts Crown Jewel Cup Feature Winner: n/a

Brandon Ford TV Challenge Feature Winner: Ricky Thornton Jr.

Margin of Victory: 0.425 seconds 

Dave Warren Powersports Cautions: Tim McCreadie (Lap 49); Tyler Erb (Lap 52)

Series Provisionals: Earl Pearson, Jr.; Spencer Hughes

Fast Time Provisional: n/a

Series Emergency Provisionals: Boom Briggs; Drake Troutman; Daniel Adam, Brian Shirley

Track Provisional: n/a

Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Ricky Thornton, Jr., Chris Madden, Jonathan Davenport

Penske Shocks Top 5: Ricky Thornton, Jr., Chris Madden, Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Overton, Devin Moran

Todd Steel Buildings Hard Charger of the Race: Ryan Gustin (Advanced 11 Positions) 

Wilwood Brakes Lucky 7th Place Feature: Ryan Gustin

Deatherage Opticians Lucky 13th Place Feature: Garrett Alberson

MD3 Most Laps Led: Ricky Thornton, Jr. (49 Laps) 

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Ricky Thornton, Jr.

Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Hudson O’Neal

O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Race: n/a 

Coltman Farms Fastest Lap of the Race: Ricky Thornton, Jr. (Lap 4 – 16.024 seconds) 

Slicker Graphics Slickest Move of the Race: Jonathan Davenport

Gorsuch Performance Max Air Cool Move of the Race: Devin Moran

Miller Welders Hard Luck Award: Tyler Erb

Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Anthony Burroughs (Ricky Thornton, Jr.) 

ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Clements Racing Engines

Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis

Dirt Draft Fastest in Hot Laps: Garrett Smith (15.442 seconds)

Time of Race: 24 minutes 40 seconds 


 

Big River Steel Chase for the Championship Presented by ARP Point Standings:

 

 


 

O’Neal Takes Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Opener at Golden Isles

WAYNESVILLE, Ga. (January 25, 2024) – The defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion, Hudson O’Neal started his title defense by winning the tour’s season opener. O’Neal led all but one lap to win the General Tire Super Bowl of Racing on Thursday night at Golden Isles Speedway.

 

O’Neal yielded the lead for one lap to Jonathan Davenport on lap 22 but fought back to regain the point and go on to win the 40-lap race by 0.633 seconds. Davenport held on for second over Brandon Overton who won four of the previous six Super Bowl races at Golden Isles.

 

Overton came home in third followed by Ricky Thornton Jr. and Brandon Sheppard who rounded out the top five drivers.

 

O’Neal started on the Victory Fuel Pole and grabbed the lead at the start of the race. Jimmy Owens, looking for his 81st career win with the series, ran in second for the first six laps until yielding the spot to Davenport.

 

The race was a hotly contested battle for most of the 40 laps as several drivers were in contention to pick up the opening night win. O’Neal stumbled slightly in turn two, opening the door for Davenport to take the lead on lap 22, but O’Neal came right back to regain the point from the three-time champion.

 

With cautions on lap 27 and lap 30, the field stayed bunched up behind O’Neal for the restarts, but when O’Neal stayed on the high-side to hold off Davenport and Overton at the end as the final 10 laps went caution-free.

 

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the 25th time in his career, O’Neal has his sights set on a second consecutive Lucas Oil National Championship after scoring his first win at Golden Isles.

 

O’Neal was asked about the lap that nearly led to his downfall. “The top was just blowing a lot of crumbs across it. If you didn’t get set enough you would lose the front end halfway through the corner. Jonathan got back by me and did the exact same thing and let me get back by him. Things just worked out in our favor, and I thought that one mistake I made it was going to be it, but fortunately he made a little bobble over there in two and got us back in it.”

 

“The restarts actually calmed me down a little bit,” said the Martinsville, Indiana resident who earned an industry record $200,000 from the over one million dollar point fund the series offered in 2023. “I was nervous whenever we got to lapped traffic, because I didn’t know where to go. Whenever the cautions come out it actually gave me a little bit of a clean racetrack again for a few laps. My race car was awesome all night long.”

 

Davenport, entered the event with 72 career LOLMDS wins, saw his one chance to take control of the race slip away on lap 23. “I just kind of slid for the lead there and I knew he (O’Neal) would be coming back the next corner. He made a mistake over there. I wish I was a little bit further behind because once he started coming left, I knew he was going to block the bottom, but I was already to his inside. I wish I was a couple of feet behind because I could have went to the outside and maybe got a run off of four on him. I just didn’t capitalize on his one mistake he made.”

 

Overton rounded out the Big River Steel Podium with his third-place finish as the driver who has dominated at Golden Isles over the past few seasons was in the thick of things until the end. “Our car was actually good. These guys are good. It is what it is. They are the best in the business. It was a heck of a race for a while. This is just the first night. I am looking forward to tomorrow. I am sure we can do a couple of things to speed up the car a little bit.” 

 

The winner’s Mark Richards Racing Rocket Chassis is powered by a Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by Valvoline, Seubert Calf Ranches, Performance Grading, Ace Metal Works, Stiles Marine and Maintenance, Wheeler Metals, Gunter’s Honey, O’Neal’s Salvage and Recycling, Professional Concrete Cutting and Drilling, Fox Shocks, and Sunoco Race Fuels.

 

Completing the top ten were Jimmy Owens, Kyle Bronson, Devin Moran, Daulton Wilson, and Dennis Erb Jr.

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 

Race Summary 

General Tire Super Bowl of Racing | Night 1

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Golden Isles Speedway – Waynesville, GA


 

Allstar Performance Time Trials

Fast Time Group A: Hudson O’Neal | 15.166 seconds (overall)

Fast Time Group B: Jonathan Davenport | 15.299 seconds


 

Penske Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 1-Hudson O'Neal[1]; 2. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[2]; 3. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[5]; 4. 39-Tim McCreadie[3]; 5. 157-Mike Marlar[4]; 6. 214-Haiden Cowan[6]; 7. 3-Brennon Willard[7]; 8. 111R-Steven Roberts[9]; 9. 93-Cory Lawler[8]


 

Summit Racing Products Heat Race #2 Finish (8Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 20-Jimmy Owens[1]; 2. 99-Devin Moran[3]; 3. 6-Clay Harris[2]; 4. 19M-Spencer Hughes[4]; 5. 3S-Brian Shirley[9]; 6. 99B-Boom Briggs[5]; 7. 8-Dillon McCowan[8]; 8. 17SS-Brenden Smith[7]; 9. 388-Jackson Hise[6]


 

Earnhardt Technologies Heat Race #3 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 76-Brandon Overton[3]; 2. 44-Chris Madden[1]; 3. 58-Garrett Alberson[2]; 4. 111-Max Blair[5]; 5. 76N-Blair Nothdurft[4]; 6. 81-Jason Riggs[7]; 7. 66C-Matt Cosner[6]; 8. 81J-Jack Riggs[8]


 

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #4 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 49-Jonathan Davenport[1]; 2. B5-Brandon Sheppard[3]; 3. 79-Donald McIntosh[2]; 4. 5-Mark Whitener[7]; 5. 97-Cody Overton[4]; 6. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[8]; 7. 174-Ethan Dotson[5]; 8. 19R-Ryan Gustin[6]; 9. 28B-Carson Brown[9]


 

Lucas Oil Heat Race #5 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson[3]; 2. 17M-Dale McDowell[1]; 3. 7T-Drake Troutman[2]; 4. 96V-Tanner English[6]; 5. 25-Tony Jackson Jr[5]; 6. 14X-Wil Herrington[4]; 7. 99T-Dylan Thompson[7]; 8. (DNS) 42-Terry Casey


 

Lucas Oil Heat Race #6 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 18D-Daulton Wilson[2]; 2. 10-Garrett Smith[1]; 3. 1T-Tyler Erb[4]; 4. 7-Ross Robinson[5]; 5. 14JR-Trey Mills[6]; 6. 4G-Bob Gardner[8]; 7. 75-Daniel Adam[7]; 8. 16-Tyler Bruening[3]


 

Fast Shafts B-Main Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 157-Mike Marlar[4]; 2. 39-Tim McCreadie[1]; 3. 111-Max Blair[3]; 4. 3S-Brian Shirley[5]; 5. 99B-Boom Briggs[8]; 6. 76N-Blair Nothdurft[6]; 7. 19M-Spencer Hughes[2]; 8. 214-Haiden Cowan[7]; 9. 8-Dillon McCowan[11]; 10. 111R-Steven Roberts[13]; 11. 66C-Matt Cosner[12]; 12. 81J-Jack Riggs[15]; 13. 17SS-Brenden Smith[14]; 14. 93-Cory Lawler[16]; 15. 388-Jackson Hise[17]; 16. 81-Jason Riggs[9]; 17. 3-Brennon Willard[10]


 

UNOH B-Main Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 5-Mark Whitener[1]; 2. 7-Ross Robinson[3]; 3. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[7]; 4. 96V-Tanner English[2]; 5. 97-Cody Overton[4]; 6. 25-Tony Jackson Jr[5]; 7. 14X-Wil Herrington[8]; 8. 19R-Ryan Gustin[13]; 9. 174-Ethan Dotson[10]; 10. 14JR-Trey Mills[6]; 11. 4G-Bob Gardner[9]; 12. 28B-Carson Brown[14]; 13. 75-Daniel Adam[12]; 14. (DNS) 99T-Dylan Thompson; 15. (DNS) 42-Terry Casey; 16. (DNS) 16-Tyler Bruening


 

General Tire Super Bowl of Racing | Night 1 Feature Finish (40 Laps):

Race Statistics  

Entrants: 51

Victory Fuel Pole Sitter: Hudson O’Neal

Lap Leaders: Hudson O’Neal (Laps 1-21); Jonathan Davenport (Lap 22); Hudson O’Neal (Laps 23-40)

Wieland Feature Winner: Hudson O’Neal

Arizona Sport Shirts Crown Jewel Cup Feature Winner: n/a

Brandon Ford TV Challenge Feature Winner: n/a

Margin of Victory: 0.633 seconds 

Dave Warren Powersports Cautions: Donald McIntosh (Lap 6); Daniel Adam (Lap 27); Tyler Erb (Lap 30)

Series Provisionals: Max Blair; Earl Pearson, Jr.

Fast Time Provisional: n/a

Series Emergency Provisionals: Boom Briggs; Tony Jackson, Jr., Daniel Adam

Track Provisional: n/a

Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Hudson O’Neal, Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Overton

Penske Shocks Top 5: Hudson O’Neal, Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Overton, Ricky Thornton, Jr., Brandon Sheppard

Todd Steel Buildings Hard Charger of the Race: Ross Robinson (Advanced 8 Positions) 

Wilwood Brakes Lucky 7th Place Feature: Kyle Bronson

Deatherage Opticians Lucky 13th Place Feature: Mark Whitener

MD3 Most Laps Led: Hudson O’Neal (39 Laps) 

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Hudson O’Neal

Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Hudson O’Neal

O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Race: n/a 

Coltman Farms Fastest Lap of the Race: Jonathan Davenport (Lap 34 – 15.570 seconds) 

Slicker Graphics Slickest Move of the Race: Hudson O’Neal

Gorsuch Performance Max Air Cool Move of the Race: Kyle Bronson

Miller Welders Hard Luck Award: Tyler Bruening

Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Danny White (Hudson O’Neal) 

ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Durham Race Engines

Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis

Dirt Draft Fastest in Hot Laps: Jimmy Owens (15.469 seconds)

Time of Race: 20 minutes 54 seconds 


 

Big River Steel Chase for the Championship Presented by ARP Point Standings:

 


Coltman Farms Racing to Sponsor Sportsmanship Driver of the Year

BATAVIA, Ohio (February 6, 2024) – Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series officials are excited to announce Coltman Farms Racing has signed on to sponsor the series in 2024. As part of the agreement, Coltman Farms Racing will serve as the sponsor of a new year-end award.

 

The Coltman Farms Racing Sportsmanship Driver of the Year award will pay $2,500 cash at the year-end awards banquet to the driver that demonstrates the definition of sportsmanship. The award will be based on, but not limited to their treatment of others as well as how they deal with and overcome adversity. The recipient will be the one that best exemplifies a championship attitude on the track, while being a hero and positive role model off the track. Only drivers that maintain perfect attendance and follow the series in 2024 will be eligible for this award.

 

Coltman Farms Racing will also be the title sponsor of the Fastest Lap of the Race for each feature event in 2024. The driver that records the fastest lap of the feature event will be named the Coltman Farms Racing Fastest Lap of the Race winner.

 

Coltman Farms Racing, owned by Brett Coltman, is a Dirt Super Late Model Race Team based in Maysville, Georgia, that fields drivers who are not only champion drivers on the racetrack, but also heroes and positive role models off the race track. Led by Drivers David McCoy and Ethan Dotson, Coltman Farms Racing competes in Super Late Model events all across the United States. To learn more about Coltman Farms Racing visit www.facebook.com/ColtmanFarmsRacing.

 

“We’re excited to add this new category to our long list of incentives for drivers to follow the Lucas Oil LMD Series. A sportsmanship driver of the year category exemplifies the professionalism and integrity the series brings to the industry and shines light on the stars that follow the series. We appreciate all that Brett Coltman does for the entire sport and now adding additional awards to the Lucas Oil Series,” stated Wayne Castleberry, Corporate Sales, and Marketing for Lucas Oil Motorsports.

 

For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.com.

 


 

 

 

 

The End of an Era: Final East Bay Winternationals on Deck

BATAVIA, Ohio (February 4, 2024) – The East Bay Raceway Park Winternationals have been a staple on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series schedule since the tour inception in 2005. This year, that long standing tradition is slated to come to an end.

 

The Mosaic Co., a Fortune 500 company that mines potash and phosphate that it processes into crop nutrients, is poised to complete its purchase of the property following the 2024 season.

 

The 48th Annual Wieland Winternationals – Presented by Lucas Oil kicks off with an open practice on Sunday, February 4. The pit gates will open at 2:00PM with practice slated from 6:00PM to 9:00PM. The general admission area will be open free of charge. Fans are encouraged to visit East Bay Raceway Park for a sneak peek at the top dirt late model drivers expected.

 

A full program is scheduled for each of the six nights, which includes: Dirt Draft Hot Laps, Allstar Performance Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series main event.

 

Monday and Tuesday, February 6 and 7, teams will compete for a $5,000 top prize. Wednesday, February 8 will see drivers gunning for $7,000 in top prize money. On Thursday, February 9 the winner’s prize increases to $10,000 before the stakes get even higher on Friday, February 10, with teams competing for a $12,000 paycheck. The week will end on Saturday, February 11, boasting a $15,000 top prize.

 

Each day, the pit gate will open at 2:00PM followed by general admission gates at 5:00PM. The on-track action is scheduled to begin with Hot Laps at 5:30PM. All times are eastern time.

 

For ticket and camping information, visit www.ebrp.co.

 

For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.com.

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Purses:

Mon. Feb. 5 – 1. $5,000, 2. $3,000, 3. $2,000, 4. $1,500, 5. $1,000, 6. $800, 7. $750, 8. $700, 9. $650, 10. $600, 11. $550, 12. $500, 13. $500, 14. $500, 15. $500, 16. $500, 17. $500, 18. $500, 19. $500, 20. $500, 21. $500, 22. $500, 23. $500, 24. $500, 25. $500, 26. $500 = $24,050

 

Tues. Feb. 6 – 1. $5,000, 2. $3,000, 3. $2,000, 4. $1,500, 5. $1,000, 6. $800, 7. $750, 8. $700, 9. $650, 10. $600, 11. $550, 12. $500, 13. $500, 14. $500, 15. $500, 16. $500, 17. $500, 18. $500, 19. $500, 20. $500, 21. $500, 22. $500, 23. $500, 24. $500, 25. $500, 26. $500 = $24,050

 

Wed. Feb. 7 – 1. $7,000, 2. $3,500, 3. $2,000, 4. $1,500, 5. $1,400, 6. $1,300, 7. $1,200, 8. $1,100, 9. $1,000, 10. $950, 11. $900, 12. $850, 13. $800, 14. $750, 15. $725, 16. $700, 17. $700, 18. $700, 19. $650, 20. $625, 21. $625, 22. $600, 23. $600, 24. $600, 25. $600, 26. $600 = $31,975

 

Thurs. Feb. 8 – 1. $10,000, 2. $5,500, 3. $3,500, 4. $2,700, 5. $2,500, 6. $2,300, 7. $2,200, 8. $2,100, 9. $2,050, 10. $2,000, 11. $1,600, 12. $1,400, 13. $1,200, 14. $1,000, 15. $950, 16. $925, 17. $900, 18. $875, 19. $850, 20. $825, 21. $800, 22. $800, 23. $800, 24. $800, 25. $800, 26. $800 = $50,175

 

Fri. Feb. 9 – 1. $12,000, 2. $6,000, 3. $3,500, 4. $2,800, 5. $2,500, 6. $2,300, 7. $2,200, 8. $2,100, 9. $2,050, 10. $2,000, 11. $1,600, 12. $1,400, 13. $1,200, 14. $1,100, 15. $1,050, 16. $1,000, 17. $1,000, 18. $1,000, 19. $1,000, 20. $1,000, 21. $1,000, 22. $1,000, 23. $1,000, 24. $1,000, 25. $1,000, 26. $1,000 = $54,800

 

Sat. Feb. 10 – 1. $15,000, 2. $7,000, 3. $5,000, 4. $4,000, 5. $3,000, 6. $2,500, 7. $2,400, 8. $2,300, 9. $2,200, 10. 2,100, 11. $2,000, 12. $1,800, 13. $1,600, 14. $1,500, 15. $1,400, 16. $1,300, 17. $1,200, 18. $1,100, 19. $1,000, 20. $1,000, 21. $1,000, 22. $1,000, 23. $1,000, 24. $1,000, 25. $1,000, 26. $1,000 = $65,400

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Tire Rule:

Left Front – Any (90) Hoosier Tire

Right Front/Left Rear – Hoosier (90) NLMT2

Right Rear – Hoosier (92) NLMT2, (92) NLMT3

 

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busy Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Speedweeks Continue at All-Tech

 

BATAVIA, Ohio (February 1, 2024) – The nation’s top dirt late model drivers continue their trek through Florida-Georgia Speedweeks with a visit to All-Tech Raceway in Lake City, Florida.

 

The All-Tech Raceway Winter Nationals begins Thursday, February 1 with an Open Practice followed by two complete nights of racing. On Friday, February 2 teams will be vying for $12,000-to-win while Saturday, February 3 will offer competitors a top prize of $15,000. Both nights A-Main events will be 50-laps in distance.

 

Dirt Draft Hot Laps, Allstar Performance Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and an A-Main event will take place each day for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. The 604 Late Model division will also be in action both days with the All-Tech Raceway Crown Vics added to Saturday’s racing program.

 

The pit gates will open at 2:00PM on Thursday, February 1, with practice scheduled from 6:00PM to 10:00PM. On Friday and Saturday, the pit gates will open at 2:00PM, followed by general admission gates at 3:00PM. Hot laps will begin at 5:30PM each day. All times are eastern time.

 

All-Tech Raceway is conveniently located just off I-75, Exit 414 at 1024 SW Howell Road in Lake City, Florida. For ticket prices, camping and event information, and more, please visit www.alltechraceway.com.

 

Ricky Thornton Jr. continues to lead the Big River Steel Chase for the Championship – Presented by ARP. Hudson O’Neal is just ten points behind in second, followed by Jonathan Davenport, Devin Moran, and Brandon Sheppard rounding out the top five.

 

For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.com.

 

All-Tech Raceway Purses:

Fri. Feb. 2: 1. $12,000, 2. $6,000, 3. $3,500, 4. $2,800, 5. $2,500, 6. $2,300, 7. $2,200, 8. $2,100, 9. $2,050, 10. $2,000, 11. $1,600, 12. $1,400, 13. $1,200, 14. $1,100, 15. $1,050, 16. $1,000, 17. $1,000, 18. $1,000, 19. $1,000, 20. $1,000, 21. $1,000, 22. $1,000, 23. $1,000, 24. $1,000 = $52,800

 

Sat. Feb. 3: 1. $15,000, 2. $7,000, 3. $5,000, 4. $4,000, 5. $3,000, 6. $2,500, 7. $2,400, 8. $2,300, 9. $2,200, 10. $2,100, 11. $2,000, 12. $1,800, 13. $1,600, 14. $1,500, 15. $1,400, 16. $1,300, 17. $1,200, 18. $1,100, 19. $1,000, 20. $1,000, 21. $1,000, 22. $1,000, 23. $1,000, 24. $1,000 = $63,400

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Tire Rule:

Left Front – Any (90) Hoosier Tire

Right Front/Left Rear – Hoosier (90) NLMT2

Right Rear – Hoosier (92) NLMT2, (92) NLMT3

 

 

 


 

 

Ocala Speedway Next Stop for Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

 

BATAVIA, Ohio (January 29, 2024) – The previously named Bubba Raceway Park, now re-branded as Ocala Speedway is the next stop on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Speedweeks slate.

 

Team’s will tackle the 3/8-mile oval beginning Monday, January 29 for an Open Practice. The pit gates will open at 2:00PM with practice slated from 6:00PM to 9:00PM. The general admission area will be open free of charge. Fans are encouraged to visit Ocala Speedway for a sneak peek at the top dirt late model drivers expected.

 

The action will ratchet up on Tuesday and Wednesday with a complete program of Dirt Draft Hot Laps, Allstar Performance Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and a 40-lap, $10,000-to-win main event each night. The Thunder Stocks are also on the racing card for Tuesday and Wednesday at Ocala Speedway.

 

The pit gates will open at 2:00PM each day, followed by general admission gates at 5:00PM. The on-track excitement is slated for 5:30PM each day with Hot Laps. All times are eastern time.

 

Ocala Speedway is the longest continuously running dirt track in the state of Florida, beginning operations in 1952. Ocala Speedway is located at 9050 N.W. Gainesville Road in Ocala, Florida, just minutes from I-75 at Exit 354. For more information, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com.

 

After two events, Ricky Thornton Jr., Hudson O’Neal, and Jonathan Davenport are tied for the top spot in the Big River Steel Chase for the Championship – Presented by ARP. Brandon Overton is fourth with Devin Moran completing the top five.

 

For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.com.

 

Bubba Raceway Park Purses:

Tues. Jan. 30: 1. $10,000, 2. $5,500, 3. $3,500, 4. $2,700, 5. $2,500, 6. $2,300, 7. $2,200, 8. $2,100, 9. $2,050, 10. $2,000, 11. $1,600, 12. $1,400, 13. $1,200, 14. $1,000, 15. $950, 16. $925, 17. $900, 18. $875, 19. $850, 20. $825, 21. $800, 22. $800, 23. $800, 24. $800 = $48,575

 

Wed. Jan. 31: 1. $10,000, 2. $5,500, 3. $3,500, 4. $2,700, 5. $2,500, 6. $2,300, 7. $2,200, 8. $2,100, 9. $2,050, 10. $2,000, 11. $1,600, 12. $1,400, 13. $1,200, 14. $1,000, 15. $950, 16. $925, 17. $900, 18. $875, 19. $850, 20. $825, 21. $800, 22. $800, 23. $800, 24. $800 = $48,575

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Tire Rule:

Left Front – Any (90) Hoosier Tire

Right Front/Left Rear – Hoosier (90) NLMT2

Right Rear – Hoosier (92) NLMT2, (92) NLMT3

 


UNOH Returns as “Official Educational Partner” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

 

BATAVIA, Ohio (January 25, 2024) – Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH), are pleased to announce they will renew their partnership with the series as the “Official Educational Partner” for 2024. The new agreement will also include implementing several scholarship programs over the course of the year. The University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH), located in Lima, Ohio, is known worldwide as a leader in the Automotive, Diesel, and High-Performance education industries. UNOH also offers world class degree programs in Business, Health, Marketing, Information Technology, Robotics, and many other fields of study.

 

As the “Official Educational Partner” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, UNOH hopes to educate those who have a passion for racing and turn it into the career of their dreams. UNOH’s Drive for Excellence™ aligns with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series’ goal to bring racing entertainment to fans of all ages. UNOH’s state-of-the-art facilities and curriculum provides students with the opportunity to get a degree and be involved in the motorsports industry at the same time.

 

"We are thrilled to renew our partnership with Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in 2024. This partnership goes beyond motorsports, shedding light on the exceptional degree programs offered at UNOH,” stated Dr. Jeffrey A. Jarvis, President of UNOH. “From diesel and automotive technology to HVAC and hybrid vehicle technology, our students have access to education in industries that are in high demand. We believe that this partnership with Lucas Oil will benefit our students through various work experiences in the Late Model Dirt Series and provide an avenue for the development of educational opportunities in industries that are fundamental to business operations today.” 

 

The UNOH / Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Internship program has been a huge asset to both UNOH Students and series race teams. Recent success stories include former interns and UNOH Graduates Mason Bevard (Devan Moran) and DJ Williams (Ricky Thornton JR). Recognizing the impact of the intern program and the importance of attracting more talent to the sport, UNOH and Longhorn Chassis have partnered up to offer a $2,500 Scholarship to support a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt fan on their path to success! Applications will be accepted throughout the Lucas Oil GA-FL Speedweeks and the winner will be notified the week of March 4th, 2024. APPLY NOW: UNOH | Longhorn Chassis Scholarship.

 

Another UNOH Scholarship program that will roll out after speedweeks, titled the “Buzz Through Education Scholarship Program” in association with Buzz Electric Bicycles, will award a $5,000 scholarship to one individual at the season finale DTWC at Eldora Speedway. The Grand Prize Scholarship Winner will be drawn from all the applicants throughout the year-long contest by registering online or the special QR code sign displayed on the vendor midway by the UNOH pit cart at series events.

 

“Were thrilled to have UNOH continue their partnership with the series. The internship program has been well received with the race teams looking for additional crew help. UNOH will offer several scholarship programs this year in association with their partnership with the series so parents can offer their students a chance to learn and possibly find a career path that they didn’t have before. I’m looking forward to seeing new students learn at UNOH,” stated Wayne Castleberry, Sales and Marketing for Lucas Oil Motorsports.

 

For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.com.

 


 

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Announces 20th Season Marketing Partners

BATAVIA, Ohio (January 25, 2024) – Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will officially kick off their 20th season of racing at Golden Isles Speedway on Thursday January 25. This milestone season for the tour will bring exciting competition, new marketing partners, record purses, and points fund for drivers competing on the tour in 2024.

 

The Big River Steel Chase for the Championship - Presented by ARP will pay out over one million dollars in points fund again in 2024. Drivers will also compete for increased payouts at series events including twelve (12) events paying $50,000 to win or more, plus another nine (9) events that will pay $20,000 to win or more in 2024. The season will conclude with the Dirt Track World Championship at Eldora Speedway that will pay a whopping $100,000 to win.

 

The record payouts and points fund would not be possible without great marketing partners. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series would like to THANK all the partners including both Official and Associate Sponsors of 2024:

 

Official Partners: Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV, FLOracing, Protect The harvest, General Tire, E3 Spark Plugs, Big River Steel, Sunoco Face Fuels, ARP, Arizona Sport Shirts, Summit Racing Equipment, UNOH, MyRacePass, Hoosier Tire, Wieland, Whelen, Holmatro, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Miller Welders, Rugged Radios, Buzz Electric Bikes, Dave Warren Powersports, Brandon Ford, Todd Steel Buildings, Allstar Performance, Nutrien Ag Solutions, ARMSLIST.com, DirtDraft, and ProThings Apparel.

 

Associate Partners: Advanced Powder Coating, ATC Bolts, Behrent's Performance Warehouse, Bilstein Shocks, Black Diamond Chassis, Boyd Bilt Fabrication, Brodix, Capital Race Cars, Clements Racing Engines, Coltman Farms Racing, Cornett Racing Engines, Deatherage Opticians, DirtCar Lift, Earnhardt Technologies Group, Fast Shafts, FOX Shocks, Gorsuch Performance Solutions, Heartbeat Hot Sauce, Heath Lawson Photography, Keyser Manufacturing, Kryptonite Race Cars, Longhorn Chassis, MD3, Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, Midwest Sheet Metal, MSD, MyRacePass, Outerwears, Penske Racing Shocks, Poskes Performance Parts, Pro Power Racing Engines, Rocket Chassis, Schoenfeld Headers, Simpson Race Products, Slicker Graphics, Strange Oval, Swift Springs, Thermo-Tec Automotive Products, Vic Hill Race Engines, Victory Fuel, Wilwood, Xceldyne, and 5150 Race Trailers.

 

“With 2024 being the 20th season for the Lucas Oil Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, we want to thank ALL our partners that continue to support the series. The numerous categories and awards that each company sponsors is vital to the success and continued growth as the premier national touring series for dirt late models. We are extremely fortunate to have so many great companies and individuals that believe and support what the series is all about,” stated Wayne Castleberry, Corporate Sales, and Marketing for Lucas Oil Motorsports.

 

The 2024 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season will launch with the Georgia-Florida Speedweeks from January 24 to February 10 with visits to Golden Isles Speedway, Ocala Speedway, All-Tech Raceway, and East Bay Raceway Park.

 

For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.com.

 


Enter to Win a Segway UT 10 E with Dave Warren Powersports in 2024

BATAVIA, Ohio (January 24, 2024) – Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series officials are excited to announce a new partnership with Dave Warren Powersports in 2024. Dave Warren Powersports based in Westfield, New York will also be an associate sponsor of the No. 99 Briggs team that will follow the tour in 2024.


 

Dave Warren Powersports has launched a campaign that will award one lucky Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series fan a new 2024 Segway UT 10 E. Fans may register by visiting http://lucasdirt.info/win-a-segway or scanning the QR code on the Dave Warren Powersports sing in the fan zone at any Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event. The grand prize winner will be drawn at the season finale at Eldora Speedway on October 19. To learn more about the Segway UT 10 E, visit https://www.segwaypowersports.us/ut10.


 

“We are proud to play a small part in supporting a legend like Boom Briggs, Briggs Transport, and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, we can only aspire to build the same type of winning legacy built on hard work and having fun that Boom and his entire team represent. We are excited about this fun high energy opportunity to align motor enthusiasts across multiple brands and sports. In the process we look forward to making a few new friends and giving away an awesome 2024 Segway Side by Side UTV!” stated Dave Warren, owner of Dave Warren Powersports. “We hope everyone will sign up for an opportunity to win the Dave Warren Power Sports Segway Give-A-Way. We look forward to presenting the Segway to the lucky winner at the close of the season during the Dirt Track World Championship at the Eldora Speedway October 19th, 2024."


 

“We are thrilled to have a company like Dave Warren Powersports invest in dirt late model racing. His partnership with the series and Boom Briggs shows his commitment and love for the sport. We look forward to collaborating with him and giving away a new Segway to a lucky fan at Eldora Speedway,” stated Wayne Castleberry, Sales, and Marketing for Lucas Oil Motorsports.


 

The 2024 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season will launch with the Georgia-Florida Speedweeks from January 24 to February 10 with visits to Golden Isles Speedway, Ocala Speedway, All-Tech Raceway, and East Bay Raceway Park.


 

For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.com.


 

About Dave Warren Powersports

Nestled in the vibrant heart of Westfield, NY, Dave Warren Motors stands as a beacon for power sports enthusiasts and vehicle aficionados alike. More than just a dealership, we pride ourselves on being an integral part of the community, extending our services to the broader regions of Chautauqua County, including notable areas like Jamestown, Dunkirk, Fredonia, Falconer, and even reaching out to our neighbors in Erie PA. Come experience selection like no other with great brands in many power sports sectors like Golf Carts from Bintelli, Vivid, and Club Cru, E-Bikes and Vespa Style Motorcycles from Bintelli, Unique Amphibious Recreational Vehicles and Commercial Work Vehicles for remote and seemingly impossible projects by Argo, the amazing ATV’s, SUV’s, and UTV designs of Segway Power Sports, Toy haulers and trailers for transporting your recreational and commercial vehicles from point A to B. You will even find unique services like rustproof protection by Krown and the ultimate in Personal Vehicle Customization like 4x4 lift kits built for beauty and durability by DWAG Customs. Motocross enthusiasts, outdoor adventurers, farmers, first responders, and commercial construction workers alike will find exactly what they are looking for at Dave Warren Motors. Visit https://davewarrenmotors.com.

 

 

 


 

Sunoco Road to Wheatland Rewards Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Drivers in 2024

 

BATAVIA, Ohio (January 24, 2024) – Sunoco Race Fuels, the Official Fuel of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will reward drivers that maintain perfect attendance at all Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned events through May 25th.

 

The Sunoco Road to Wheatland program has been a long-standing incentive that pays cash bonuses to the top 15 drivers in the series point standings at the Show-Me 100 at Lucas Oil Speedway in May. The series point leader will receive a $2,500 cash bonus at the Show-Me 100 with 2nd through 15th in series point standings receiving a cash award as well.

 

Today, Sunoco Race Fuels has expanded the reach of its racing fuels line around the world to include all types of professional motor sports and other activities where premium race fuels like DXP 116 make the difference. With its unsurpassed innovations and years of experience, it’s easy to understand why more and more engine builders, racers, tracks, and sanctioning bodies choose Sunoco Race Fuels over all other racing gasoline combined. As the largest manufacturer of racing gasolines in the world, Sunoco has a 40-year track record of winning performances. To learn more about DXP 116 visit https://www.sunocoracefuels.com/fuels/fuel/dxp.”

 

“We can’t thank Sunoco Race Fuels enough for their continued support of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Road to Wheatland program. Following the series full time takes a lot of resources and a huge commitment from drivers and teams. Sunoco’s Road to Wheatland program rewards those drivers that make that commitment. We commend Sunoco for stepping up and giving generously to the racers that support the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series,” stated Wayne Castleberry, Sales and Marketing for Lucas Oil Motorsports.

 

The 2024 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season will launch with the Georgia-Florida Speedweeks from January 24 to February 10 with visits to Golden Isles Speedway, Ocala Speedway, All-Tech Raceway, and East Bay Raceway Park.

 

For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.com.

 

 


 

Big River Steel Chase for the Championship – Presented by ARP Begins at Golden Isles

 

 

BATAVIA, Ohio (January 23, 2024) – The quest for the Big River Steel Chase for the Championship- presented by ARP begins at Golden Isles Speedway, Thursday January 25. The massive fund of over one million dollars will continue in 2024 with a slight twist to the format.

 

The year-long format will continue to award teams cash prizes at four different intervals throughout the season. However, bonus points will not be awarded after each round. Drivers can still move up in points after each bonus round and be eligible for additional bonuses as the season winds down.

 

The Big River Steel Big Four will now be determined at the 20th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals on September 21. From there, the four championship contenders will battle for the 20th Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Championship at the remaining seven races of the season.

 

The modified title format is already driving up purses for the new season. Sept. 28’s Jackson 100 at Brownstown Speedway and Oct. 5’s Pittsburgher now pay $50,000-to-win, both up from $30,000-to-win in 2023, simply because those crucial events are now part of the seven-race chase for the title.

 

“It’s seven points events to determine the Series Championship among those four drivers. With a unique set of race-tracks no one driver will have an advantage. Huge Thanks goes to Big River Steel, ARP, Sunoco Race Fuels, Summit, and UNOH for their support of this format and the bonus money they all are putting into the points fund. We look forward to another exciting battle for the Championship at Eldora Speedway again this year,” stated Wayne Castleberry, Sales and Marketing for Lucas Oil Motorsports.

 

The Four Bonus Rounds and Payouts Based on Point Standings after each round:

 

Sunoco Road to Wheatland: May 25 at Lucas Oil Speedway; 32nd Annual Show-Me 100: 1. $2,500, 2. $1,500, 3. $1,500, 4. $1,500, 5. $1,500, 6. $1,000, 7. $1,000, 8. $1,000, 9. $1,000, 10. $1,000, 11. $500, 12. $500, 13. $500, 14. $500, 15. $500 = $16,000


 

Summit Racing Equipment Super Twelve: July 13 at Lucas Oil Speedway: 18th Annual Diamond Nationals: 1. $5,000, 2. $1,000, 3. $1,000, 4. $1,000, 5. $1,000, 6. $1,000, 7. $1,000, 8. $1,000, 9. $1,000, 10. $1,000, 11. $1,000, 12. $1,000 = $16,000


 

UNOH Great Eight: August 24 at Port Royal Speedway; The Rumble by the River: 1. $7,500, 2. $1,500, 3. $1,500, 4. $1,500, 5. $1,500, 6. $1,500, 7. $1,500, 8. $1,500 = $18,000


 

Big River Steel Big Four: September 21 at Knoxville Raceway; Late Model Knoxville Nationals: 1. $10,000, 2. $2,000, 3. $2,000, 4. $2,000 = $16,000

 

Big River Steel Big Four Championship Events:

Date – Venue – Event – To Win

Sept. 27 – Brownstown Speedway – 3rd Annual CJ Rayburn Memorial - $10,000

Sept. 28 – Brownstown Speedway – 45th Annual Jackson 100 - $50,000

Oct. 1 – Atomic Speedway – The Night the Stars Come Out - $20,000

Oct. 4 – Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway – 36th Annual Pittsburgher - $10,000

Oct. 5 – Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway – 36th Annual Pittsburgher - $50,000

Oct. 10 – East Bay Raceway Park – The Grand Finale (Prelim; Non-Points) - $5,000

Oct. 11 – East Bay Raceway Park – The Grand Finale (Prelim; Non-Points) - $5,000

Oct. 12 – East Bay Raceway Park – The Grand Finale - $50,000

Oct. 18 – Eldora Speedway – 44th Annual Dirt Track World Championship (Prelim; Non-Points)

Oct. 19 – Eldora Speedway – 44th Annual Dirt Track World Championship - $100,000

 

2024 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Point Fund:

1. $200,000

2. $150,000

3. $125,000

4. $100,000

5. $75,000

6. $60,000

7. $50,000

8. $45,000

9. $40,000

10. $35,000

11. $30,000

12. $25,000

   Chase Bonuses: $66,000

   Point Fund: $935,000

   Total: $1,001,000

 

For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.com.

 


New Partner for 2024 Buzz Electric Bicycles Offers a Contest to Win a Bike

BATAVIA, Ohio (January 23, 2024) - Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and new series partner, Buzz Electric Bicycles, have put together a contest for a chance to win a new Buzz ebike in 2024. The Buzz ebike giveaway contest will allow fans to enter the contest by scanning the QR code on the banner ad on the series website, or the Buzz QR code sign on the vendor midway at series events. After scanning the QR code it will direct you to a landing a page to register for a chance to win a new Buzz Centris folding ebike. The contest will begin at the first event on January 25th with the grand prize winner drawn at the season finale at Eldora Speedway on October 19th.

 

As part of their new partnership, Buzz will also award the Series Champion with a sleek Buzz ebike at the annual awards banquet. These ebikes, already a hit at racetracks and campgrounds around the country, offer a stylish, efficient way to navigate facilities. They're perfect for race fans with RVs, allowing easy exploration of series events and easily fold into storage compartments. Crew members and drivers also find them ideal for moving swiftly and conveniently around the paddock and track. Compact and easy to store, Buzz ebikes combine functionality with flair, enhancing the race day experience. "Just like the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series pushing the boundaries on the track, Buzz is driving innovation wherever drivers, teams, and fans Buzz through life! We are thrilled to be the official ebike of this electrifying series,” said Kris Parlett, Vice President of Brand and DTC Marketing. “Both Buzz and the Dirt Series share a passion for cutting-edge technology and leaving the competition in our dust (or dirt!), so it's a perfect match.”

 

“We are thrilled to have new partner Buzz Electric Bicycles come on board in 2024. Their partnership will bring a new product to the motorsports arena that will be popular with fans that camp at events, racers and crew members that need to commute at the track and fans looking to explore and create new adventures. Buzz offers great products that we feel everyone can enjoy. We look forward to our new partnership with them and giving away a new FC1 Buzz Electric Bike at the season finale at Eldora Speedway,” stated Wayne Castleberry, Corporate Sales, and Marketing for Lucas Oil Motorsports.

 

To enter the Buzz Electric Bicycles give away contest click this link https://www.tfaforms.com/5104972.

 

The 2024 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season will launch with the Georgia-Florida Speedweeks from January 24 to February 10 with visits to Golden Isles Speedway, Ocala Speedway, All-Tech Raceway, and East Bay Raceway Park.

 

For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.com.

 


 

 

Brandon Ford Returns as Official Pace Truck and Sponsor of TV Race Challenge

BATAVIA, Ohio (January 21, 2024) – Brandon Ford returns as the “Official Pace Truck” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and title sponsor of the Brandon Ford TV Race Challenge in 2024.

 

The Brandon Ford TV Race Challenge is a mini-series within the 2024 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series schedule that will award points to drivers at the thirteen (13) tape-delayed events airing on the MAVTV Motorsports Network.

 

The driver that earns the most Brandon Ford TV Race points and maintains perfect attendance on the tour will receive a $15,000 cash award at the year-end awards banquet. Second place will earn $5,000 and third place will receive $2,000.

 

“Having Brandon Ford return as a partner and provide the Official Pace Truck for the series and sponsor the TV Race Challenge is tremendous for the series and the racers that follow the tour. Having additional money for the racers to shoot for adds to the excitement of our TV package and puts the series and drivers in front of new fans when our events air on the MAVTV Network. The drivers always want to perform at their best when the TV cameras are on, but having the added cash incentives to compete for during TV races makes every position count,” stated Wayne Castleberry, Corporate Sales, and Marketing for Lucas Oil Motorsports.

 

The 2024 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season will launch with the Georgia-Florida Speedweeks from January 24 to February 10 with visits to Golden Isles Speedway, Ocala Speedway, All-Tech Raceway, and East Bay Raceway Park.

 

For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.com. To learn more about the MAVTV Motorsports Network visit https://www.mavtv.com.


 

2024 Brandon Ford TV Race Challenge Schedule:

Sat. Jan. 27 – Golden Isles Speedway – Waynesville, GA - $25,000

Sat. Feb 10 – East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL - $15,000

Thur. May 23 - Lucas Oil Speedway- Wheatland, MO- $10,000

Fri. May 24- Lucas Oil Speedway- Wheatland, MO- $10,000

Sat. May 25 – Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, MO - $50,000

Sat. Jun. 22 – Lernerville Speedway – Sarver, PA - $50,000

Sat. Jul. 13 – Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, MO - $20,000

Sat. Jul. 20 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, SD - $53,000

Sat. Aug. 10 – Florence Speedway – Union, KY - $75,000

Sat. Aug. 24 – Port Royal Speedway – Port Royal, PA - $50,000

Sat. Sep. 21 – Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, IA - $50,000

Sat. Oct 12 - East Bay Raceway Park- Tampa, FL- $50,000

Sat. Oct. 21 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH - $100,000

 

About Brandon Ford:

Brandon Ford, located in Tampa, FL, has won Ford’s prestigious President’s Award for 20 consecutive years, saluting the top-performing Ford and Lincoln dealerships that pursue excellence in the highest levels of customer satisfaction in both sales and service. Brandon Ford has one of the largest inventories of new and pre-owned vehicles in the nation. Brandon Ford is centrally located just minutes away from the Crosstown, I-75 and I-4. They are located at the corners of State Roads 301 and 60, with entrances at both sides. Their hours are posted on their website for your convenience, as well as contact phone numbers for each of their departments.

 

To learn more about Brandon Ford or if you are interested in purchasing a vehicle, visit: www.BrandonFord.com.

 


General Tire Super Bowl of Racing Kickstarts 2024 Season at Golden Isles

BATAVIA, Ohio (January 22, 2024) – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will kick off the 2024 season with the General Tire Super Bowl of Racing at Golden Isles Speedway in Waynesville, Ga. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday January 25-27 with an open practice on Wednesday, January 24.

 

On Wednesday, January 24, the pit gates will open at 2:00PM followed by open practice from 6:00PM to 9:00PM.

 

A complete program is on the docket each night for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, with Thursday’s 40-lap A-Main event paying $10,000-to-win, Friday’s 50-lap A-Main paying $12,000-to-win, and Saturday’s 60-lap finale boasting $25,000 to the winner. Additionally, the 602 and 604 Late Models, Mini Late Models, and Enduros will be part of the racing card.

 

The remainder of the weekend, the pit gates will open at 2:00PM each day, followed by general admission gates at 3:00PM. The on-track excitement is slated for 5:30PM each day with Hot Laps. All times are Eastern Time.

 

Golden Isles Speedway is a 4/10-mile red clay oval located off U.S. Hwy. 82 in Waynesville, Ga. just 14 miles west of I-95. To purchase tickets or find more information about Golden Isles Speedway, please visit www.gisdirt.com.

 

The General Tire Super Bowl of Racing begins the next evolution of the Big River Steel Chase for the Championship – Presented by ARP. The nation’s top dirt late model drivers will battle all season for their share of the over $1,000,000 point fund. The 2024 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion will take home an industry leading $200,000.

 

For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.com.

 

General Tire Super Bowl of Racing Purses:

Thursday, Jan. 25 - 1. $10,000, 2. $5,500, 3. $3,500, 4. $2,700, 5. $2,500, 6. $2,300, 7. $2,200, 8. $2,100, 9. $2,050, 10. $2,000, 11. $1,600, 12. $1,400, 13. $1,200, 14. $1,000, 15. $950, 16. $925, 17. $900, 18. $875, 19. $850, 20. $825, 21. $800, 22. $800, 23. $800, 24. $800 = $48,575

 

Friday, Jan. 26 - 1. $12,000, 2. $6,000, 3. $3,500, 4. $2,800, 5. $2,500, 6. $2,300, 7. $2,200, 8. $2,100, 9. $2,050, 10. $2,000, 11. $1,600, 12. $1,400, 13. $1,200, 14. $1,100, 15. $1,050, 16. $1,000, 17. $1,000, 18. $1,000, 19. $1,000, 20. $1,000, 21. $1,000, 22. $1,000, 23. $1,000, 24. $1,000 = $52,800

 

Saturday, Jan. 27 - 1. $25,000, 2. $10,000, 3. $6,000, 4. $4,000, 5. $3,500, 6. $2,700, 7. $2,500, 8. $2,300, 9. $2,200, 10. $2,100, 11. $2,000, 12. $1,900, 13. $1,800, 14. $1,700, 15. $1,600, 16. $1,500, 17. $1,500,18. $1,500, 19. $1,500, 20. $1,500, 21. $1,500, 22. $1,500, 23. $1,500, 24. $1,500 = $82,800

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Tire Rule:

Left Front – Any (90) Hoosier Tire

Right Front/Left Rear – Hoosier (90) NLMT2

Right Rear – Hoosier (92) NLMT2, (92) NLMT3

 

About General Tire:

General Tire for over 100 years has offered a complete quality line of ultra-high performance, passenger, light truck, off-road, and commercial tires to meet all your needs. To learn more about General Tire, visit: www.generaltire.com.

 


Nutrien Ag Solutions Increases Support of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in 2024

BATAVIA, Ohio (January 22, 2024) – Nutrien Ag Solutions, the retail division of Nutrien® Ltd., the world’s largest crop inputs company, has expanded their partnership with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in 2024.

 

In 2024, the “Nutrien Ag Solutions Start Zone” will highlight the pulse-pounding action when drivers smash the pedal on their 900+ horsepower engines at the start of every Heat Race, B-Main, and A-Main. The Nutrien Ag Solutions Start Zone will be approximately 2-3 car lengths in distance, with the driver on the pole setting the pace and starting the race within the designated start zone. If the driver on the pole has not accelerated by the end of the start zone, the second place (outside front row) driver may start the race.

 

“We are proud to sponsor the Start/ Restart Zone with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in 2024.We believe strongly in supporting grass roots dirt racing along with the National Touring Series. Nutrien Ag Solutions looks forward to a great partnership with the tour,” stated spokesperson Steve Martin.

 

“We are very excited to have Nutrien Ag Solutions and Steve Martin expand their partnership with the tour in 2024. Their company is a great fit for the start zone category as the field comes to the green flag. Many racers and fans are connected to the agricultural industry making the Nutrien Ag Solutions brand a great fit while increasing their brand recognition. We look forward to working with Steve Martin and the Nutrien Ag Solutions company,” stated Wayne Castleberry, Corporate Sales and Marketing for Lucas Oil Motorsports.

 

The 2024 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season will launch with the Georgia-Florida Speedweeks from January 24 to February 10 with visits to Golden Isles Speedway, Ocala Speedway, All-Tech Raceway, and East Bay Raceway Park.

 

For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.com.

 

About Nutrien Ag Solutions

Nutrien Ag Solutions is the retail business of Nutrien, the world’s largest provider of crop inputs and services. The brand was established in 2018 after Nutrien was formed through the merger of PotashCorp and Agrium.

 

Though the Nutrien Ag Solutions name is still relatively young, the company can trace its roots to predecessors that began operating as early as 1859. Prior to the launch of the new brand, the company was known in the U.S. as Crop Production Services, the retail arm of Agrium. Crop Production Services, which itself had been formed through a merger of four different companies, had long established a reputation as one of the leading crop input retailers in the country, with more than 900 retail locations and 7,500 employees.

 

Much has changed in agriculture since Nutrien Ag Solutions’ humble 19th-century beginnings. Advancements in technology allow for more effective growing methods that minimize environmental impacts. Under the Nutrien umbrella, the company has expanded its product and service offerings and is part of a global network of retailers spanning three continents.Despite these changes, the people of Nutrien Ag Solutions have never lost sight of the American farmers and the work they do. Decade after decade, we are here to provide the best technologies, tools, and products so you can focus on what you do best: grow. To learn more visit https://nutrienagsolutions.com.

 


 

Sunoco Extends Partnership as Official Fuel of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

 

BATAVIA, Ohio (January 20, 2024) – Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series officials are thrilled to announce a new long-term contract with Sunoco Race Fuels, an industry powerhouse for high-performance racing fuels. Sunoco will continue their exclusive partnership as the “Official Fuel” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, through 2026.

 

As the “Official Fuel” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Sunoco will continue to offer several incentives for racers that follow the national tour – including the Sunoco Road to Wheatland loyalty program. The Sunoco Road to Wheatland program will award a cash bonus to the top 15 drivers in the championship point standings, with perfect attendance, at the Show-Me 100 in May.

 

Sunoco will once again reward drivers that use Sunoco Race Fuels, exclusively, under the “Race for Gas” program. Any driver utilizing Sunoco Race Fuels exclusively will be eligible for cash awards at the year-end awards banquet. The driver that finishes the highest in the Championship points standings using Sunoco Race Fuels exclusively will be crowned the Sunoco Race for Gas Champion and receive a $3,000 cash bonus. Second-place in the Sunoco Race for Gas standings will earn a $2,000 cash bonus, while third place receives $1,000.

 

Sunoco Race Fuels also remains the title sponsor of the North/South 100 weekend, held annually in August, at Florence Speedway in Union, Ky. The event has grown into one of the must attend crown-jewel events of the year, for drivers and fans alike. The Sunoco Race Fuels North/South 100 pays a whopping $75,000 to win and will have an increase in the total purse of more than $30,000 in 2024.

 

“Sunoco Race Fuels is proud to extend for another 3 years and our 19th year in partnership with Lucas Oil and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Lucas Oil’s professionalism and innovation has led the way in support of participating drivers and providing our fans with the most competitive and entertaining Late Model racing in the country,” stated Ritchie Lewis, Partnership Sales Manager for Sunoco Race Fuels.

 

Sunoco Race Fuels has also led the way with our recently introduced DXP fuel providing power and durability over a long season of racing. DXP has been put to the test and fueled the 2023 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion, Hudson O’Neal. Take the Lead with Sunoco DXP and check it out at https://www.sunocoracefuels.com/fuels/fuel/dxp.

 

“Sunoco Race Fuels is one of the longest partnerships we have going with the series,19 years. We are very grateful for their continued partnership and their friendship. We look forward to continuing their Official Fuel partnership,” stated Wayne Castleberry, Corporate Sales, and Marketing for Lucas Oil Motorsports.

 

The 2024 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season will launch with the Georgia-Florida Speedweeks from January 24 to February 10 with visits to Golden Isles Speedway, Ocala Speedway, All-Tech Raceway, and East Bay Raceway Park.

 

For the latest news, results, championship standings and more about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.lucasdirt.com.