Jimmy Owens after a
dominant win at Brownstown Speedway. (Mike
Owens Routs "Icebreaker" Field at
BROWNSTOWN, Ind. -- March 27. Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn. dominated the
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned 13th annual "Indiana Icebreaker" Saturday at Brownstown Speedway for
his 14th career series win. Owens led all 50 laps.
Owens and first- time Brownstown visitor, Chris Wall, started on the front row of
the $10,000 to win event. Owens got the jump on the field at the drop of chief starter Eric Roll's green flag.
Pearson took the second slot followed by
Shannon Babb slides under Chris Wall as the front row starter's #71 continues to fade back
through the "Indiana Icebreaker" field. (Mike
Wall, Scott Bloomquist, and Bart Hartman. While Owens quickly built his lead,
Pearson and Bloomquist battled for second until the first caution appeared for a three-car pileup in turn two,
involving Dale McDowell, John Blankenship, and Eric Wells.
On the restart, Owens continued to show his prowess as he pulled away from the
field. Bloomquist moved into second as Steve Casebolt climbed to third, just ahead of Pearson. Pearson then
regrouped after the restart as he and Casebolt went door-to-door for two laps before eventually clearing him on lap
12 to retake third.
With 15 laps in the books Owens had a straightaway lead over Bloomquist, and lap
17 saw Owens pick up the tail end of the field, with cars running two and three-wide in front of him. Still,
Bloomquist couldn't gain any ground on Owens, who continued to develop a huge lead with 20 laps remaining.
Bloomquist was still keeping Pearson at bay for second as Bart Hartman ramped up his effort and got by Casebolt to
take over fourth and 13th starting Shannon Babb was beginning to make a charge into the top five.
An early advance by #c9 Steve Casebolt eventually stalled while #71 Bart Hartman blasted his way
to fourth place at Brownstown. (Mike
With 40 laps recorded, Owens was up to a half-lap lead. Pearson kept the heat on
Bloomquist and with five laps to go, finally cleared Bloomquist to take over the runner-up spot. Owens was
still on cruise control as he went on unchallenged to record his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of
2010. Owens had previously won two open wheel modified features at Brownstown and took home his first ever Late
Model win at the historic Jackson County Fairgrounds track.
In the Lucas Oil Victory Lane, Owens emerged in front of the cheering crowd to
talk about his domination from start to finish. "The car was great right of the box, we didn't have to do anything
to it, we put the right tire on, I want to thank Chris (Fox, his crew chief), I want to thank Mike Reece,
Monuments, Gantte Appraisals and all of our other sponsors, we needed this win, we
struggled at Bulls Gap and Cherokee, this crew we've have all been together since we started racing, it means a lot
to win here and it was a good points night," added Owens, who climbed to second behind Bloomquist in the
championship points standings.
With his second place finish, Pearson saw his two-race Lucas Oil Series win streak
at Brownstown end, but with a good points' night in the Bobby Labonte Racing Racing/Lucas Oil
Products/MasterSbilt Dodge Charger.
"Jimmy was gone tonight, we did what we could to stay with him, but we couldn't, I
finally got around Scott there at the end and the way we ran at Bulls Gap and Cherokee a few weeks ago we will
definitely take this finish," Pearson said.
Bloomquist added afterwards. "Congratulations to Jimmy on the win. We had the
same tires on as he did and then elected to change and go to the hard stuff, but Jimmy had us all covered tonight.
We'll just move onto the next one."
Brad Neat was officially credited with an 11th place finish after originally being
scored in 23rd place. A transponder error was found after the finish and his final position was determined to be
Ohio's Matt Miller and Georgia ace Ray Cook dice for position back in the field at
Brownstown. (Mike Ruefer)