Jimmy Owens and Owens Jr. in Victory Lane at Smoky
Mountain. (Michael Moats)
Jimmy Owens closes in on a fading leader Chad Ogle midway
through Saturday's Southern All Stars main event at Smoky Mountain Speedway. (Michael Moats)
Stars: Owens' Trip Home Worth
MARYVILLE, Tenn. - April 16. After engine problems prevented Jimmy Owens from making the field
at the "Commonwealth 100" at Virginia Motor Speedway, he and his crew sprinted back to Tennessee for Saturday's
Southern All-Stars event at Smoky Mountain Speedway. The trip turned out to be worth $5,000.
Twenty-seven drivers were on hand at the 4/10-mile track located outside of Maryville. Owens
started the night by blistering the track record with a time of 15.187 seconds. That topped the old record set
by Ivedent Lloyd by almost 1/2-second.
Coming on strong late in the race, #201 Billy Ogle, Jr. moves by #22 William Thomas.
Ogle went after second running Ray Cook in the late laps, but Cook was able to hold him to third.
The race started with Owens actually giving chase to outside pole sitter Chad Ogle. Ogle used
the high side to vault to the lead and began to put distance on Owens. As Ogle reached the tail of the field,
Owens reeled in in the leader and began to pressure Ogle for the lead until a caution on lap 11 slowed the
As Chad Ogle's #10 continues to fade on wearing tires, #53 Ray Cook and #22 William
Thomas look for a way by. (Michael Moats)
On the restart, Ogle again shot out to a sizeable lead over Owens. As the track dried out,
Ogle's tires began to fade and Owens chased down Ogle. On lap 21, Owens passed Ogle for the lead. A few laps
later Ogle lost more spots as Ray Cook and William Thomas each got around Ogle.
Meanwhile, another Ogle was making a charge to the front. Billy Ogle Jr. began passing
cars from his 10th place starting spot. Ogle had moved into fifth place by lap 36 when the race's final caution
waved. From there, Ogle continued passing cars and eventually caught second place Ray Cook. Ogle looked under
Cook for the second with three laps to go, but could not make the pass.
|Georgetown, Tenn. veteran Skip Arp makes some
adjustments to his mount at Maryville. (Michael
Up front, Owens was on cruise control as he took the checkered flag. Cook held off Ogle Jr. for
second, Thomas was fourth, and Mike Marlar finished fifth.
Riley Hickman gets bit by the wall during the B-Main at Smoky Mountain
Speedway. (Michael Moats)
Southern All Stars - Smoky Mountain Speedway
1) Jimmy Owens, 2) Ray Cook, 3) Billy Ogle, Jr., 4) William
Thomas, 5) Mike Marlar, 6) Steve Smith, 7) Mike Weeks, 8) Mark Vineyard, 9) Tommy Kerr, 10) Scott
Creel, 11) Tony Knowles, 12) Brian Reese, 13) Ross White, 14) Brandon Kinzer, 15) Chad Ogle, 16)
Bobby Giffin, 17) Skip Arp, 18) David Payne, 19) Todd Marrow, 20) Mark Douglas, 22) Sammie Russell,
22) Kayne Hickman, 23) Duane Treadwell, 24) David Crabtree
Fast Time (27 entries): Jimmy
Owens (15.187 secs. - NTR)