Owens Conquers Late Model Knoxville Nationals

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (September 15, 2018) – Three-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series champion walked away with a $40,000 check after ruling the 15th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Store.
Owens took the lead on lap 41 from Brandon Sheppard and held off a charging Bobby Pierce to score his first Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals victory. Don O’Neal fought off a late-race challenge from Josh Richards to finish second. Richards came home in third, followed by Scott Bloomquist and 28th starter Brian Shirley.
Gaining momentum from a lap 38 restart, Owens powered on lap 41. Owens stretched his lead to a full straightaway mid-race before encountering lapped traffic on lap 75, opening the door for Pierce. The duo crossed the line door-to-door on the 80th circuit before Pierce slipped over the berm and lost his momentum, relinquishing the spot to Owens.
Don O’Neal moved into second after a lap-82 restart, shuffling Pierce to third. The final caution waved on lap 88 when O’Neal and Pierce made contact while battling for second. Owens sailed away in the final laps to become the twelfth different winner of the annual event.
“This is awesome,” Owens said. “I have to thank Leon Ramirez and all of my friends and family for believing in me. Thanks to God for a safe race and to all of the fans. I hope Leon, and everyone was watching tonight cheering me on. They have had enough heartbreak like I have this year. It’s awesome to get this win and thanks to my crew for busting their tails.”
“When Bobby [Pierce] got up beside me it didn’t change how I was running,” Owens added. “We a good car. The lapped cars were running three and four wide and I knew those guys behind me were going to close in on me. I was expecting some sort of pass from someone. It was so hard to maneuver through traffic because the track was so good tonight.”
O’Neal was looking for his second-career Late Model Nationals victory. “The cushion was really treacherous especially at the end of the race. We would fall back a spot or two on the restarts. We have had a little bad luck and been off a few times, but we got things turned around here tonight and it helps the morale of the Peak Antifreeze team.”
Richards, who has earned four, second-place finishes in the event was happy with his podium finish. “I had a blast out there. We had some problems yesterday that got us behind. We could have gotten some more points last night, but thanks to everyone on the Best Performance team for working hard on the car. I think we were a little better than Don [O’Neal] at the end I just couldn’t quite squeeze by him. We had a fun race there.”
Owens’ Ramirez Motorsports-owned Rocket Chassis is powered by a Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by: E3 Spark Plugs, Boomtest Well Service, Tommy Pope Construction, Red Bone Fishing and Rental, Power Rig, LLC, Red Line Oil, Keyser, Hypercoil Springs, Midwest Sheet Metal and Cheap Cars.
Completing the top ten were Brandon Sheppard, Bobby Pierce, Tyler Erb, Chad Simpson and Earl Pearson Jr.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Saturday, September 15, 2018
15th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals – presented by Casey’s General Stores
Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, Iowa

FAST Shafts C-Main Finish (15 Laps, Top 4 Transfer to B-Main): Scott James, Morgan Bagley, Gregg Satterlee, Brent Larson, Rob Toland, JC Wyman, Mike Fryer, Al Humphrey, Brian Harris, Justin Zeitner, Junior Coover, Lyle Zanker, Zach McMillan-DNS, Jay Johnson-DNS, Jonathan Brauns-DNS, Joel Callahan-DNS

Penske Racing Shocks B-Main Finish (20 Laps, Top 6 Transfer to A-Main): Ricky Thornton Jr., Jared Landers, Dennis Erb, Jr., Brian Shirley, Scott James , Darrell Lanigan, Jason Feger, Jeremiah Hurst, Justin Duty, Jake Neal, Mike Mataragas, Morgan Bagley, Chris Spieker, Joey Moriarty, Scott Ward, Matt Furman, Austin Rettig, Gregg Satterlee, Brent Larson, Dave Eckrich, Nick Marolf, Spencer Diercks

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (100 Laps):

FINISH
START
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
EARNINGS
1
7
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
$40,800
2
4
5
Don O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$20,800
3
21
1R
Josh Richards
Shinnston, WV
$11,000
4
3
0
Scott Bloomquist
Mooresburg, TN
$5,800
5
28
3s
Brian Shirley
Chatham, IL
$4,000
6
1
1S
Brandon Sheppard
New Berlin, IL
$3,750
7
22
32
Bobby Pierce
Oakwood, IL
$4,200
8
5
91
Tyler Erb
New Waverly, TX
$3,000
9
6
25s
Chad Simpson
Mt. Vernon, IA
$2,800
10
2
1
Earl Pearson, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL
$3,500
11
9
49
Jonathan Davenport
Blairsville, GA
$3,400
12
27
28
Dennis Erb, Jr.
Carpentersville, IL
$3,300
14
8
99JR
Frank Heckenast, Jr.
Frankfort, IL
$2,350
14
20
18J
Chase Junghans
Manhattan, KS
$2,300
15
25
20RT
Ricky Thornton Jr.
Sedgwick, KS
$2,250
16
30
14
Darrell Lanigan
Union, KY
$3,100
17
14
16T
Tyler Bruening
Decorah, IA
$2,150
18
18
25Z
Mason Zeigler ®
Chalk Hill, PA
$2,925
19
12
76
Brandon Overton
Evans, GA
$2,100
20
10
32S
Chris Simpson
Oxford, IA
$2,075
21
24
21
Billy Moyer
Batesville, AR
$2,050
22
32
25F
Jason Feger
Bloomington, IL
$2,025
23
17
18
Shannon Babb
Mowequa, IL
$2,000
24
15
25C
Shane Clanton
Zebulon, GA
$2,000
25
31
22
Gregg Satterlee
Indiana, PA
$3,200
26
13
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
$2,700
27
11
40B
Kyle Bronson ®
Brandon, FL
$2,000
28
16
28m

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