- Aug. 25 - Volunteer Speedway by Sam Holbrooks


Dale McDowell and Jimmy Owens at Volunteer Speedway

Jimmy Owens pressures leader Dale McDowell on the first lap, but made the winning pass on lap 42 and and led the final eight circuits of Thursday's Lucas Oil Late Model Series event at Volunteer Speedway. (Michael Moats)
Lucas Oil Series: Series Title Gets Closer as Owens Nails Volunteer Victory
James Essex
BULLS GAP, Tenn. – Aug. 25. Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn. took the lead from Dale McDowell on lap 42 and led the rest of the way to win Thursday's Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned Reece Monument "Scorcher 50" at Volunteer Speedway. McDowell, of Chickamauga, Ga., finished second. followed by Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind. Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., and John Blankenship of Williamson, W.V.
McDowell took the lead at the start of the $10,000 to win race, while Owens slipped to third on the opening lap. O’Neal moved into second to challenge McDowell early on, but Owens passed O’Neal for second on lap 15. With only one caution flag to slow the action, McDowell and Owens then had a terrific two-car race for the lead.
Jared Landers and Ray Cook at Volunteer Speedway
McDowell teammate and fast qualifier Jared Landers gives up ground to #53 Ray Cook, who took a seventh place finish at Volunteer. (Michael Moats)
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The Bobby Labonte Racing team continued to struggle at Volunteer, with Earl Pearson, Jr. (right) out of contention early and Brad Neat (left) taking 15th after winning a B-Feature. (Michael Moats)
Owens stalked McDowell for several laps until he dove underneath of McDowell at the flag stand to complete lap 41. Owens then took the lead heading into turn one. Owens raced through heavy lapped traffic as he went on to score his sixth series win of 2011 and extending his points lead over Bloomquist.
“It’s good to win here in front of the fans. My car owner was here, Mike Reece and he sponsored the race, which makes it even more amazing to be able to bring home the win,” said Owens. “Dale had a real good car tonight, we slipped up there in turn four on that first lap, but we got it back in line and ran down O’Neal and then had a really great race with Dale.”
Scott Bloomquist and Don O'Neal at Volunteer Speedway Lucas Oil Late Model Series
Don O'Neal (71) prevailed over Scott Bloomquist in the duel for third place at Volunteer. (Michael Moats) 
“The track was really racy tonight, you could run anywhere on it. The lapped cars are always an issue here, but we just took our time and we were fortunate enough to get by Dale. He’s had a tough year and I’m sure he is trying hard to get that first win. Thanks to everybody for coming out tonight, I hope they enjoyed the show.”
Owens drives a Bloomquist Race Cars Ford sponsored by Reece Monument Company, Gantte Appraisals, Midwest Sheet Metal, Red Line Oil, VP Race Fuels, Hoosier Tires and is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine.
Billy Ogle Jr and Dan Schlieper at Volunteer Speedway
Back at midfield, area ace Billy Ogle, Jr. and #9 Dan Schlieper race in tight traffic. (Michael Moats)
McDowell in one of his best runs of the year was grateful for his second place finish. “We are thrilled with second; Jimmy had the best car tonight. We led for a long time and I thought tonight maybe the night. With Clint Bowyer in the house, it would have been nice to get the win, but we’ll settle for second and head to the next race.”
Vic Hill and Michael Chilton at Volunteer Speedway
Local standout Vic Hill and Kentucky visitor Michael Chilton at Volunter Speedway. (Michael Moats) 
O’Neal started on the pole for the last two series events came home third. “We’ll take it, after the last two weeks, it feels good to finish up front. We didn’t get the results we wanted in the last two races, but we’ll take this and head to Indiana tomorrow.”
In preliminary action Jared Landers was the Red Buck Cigars Fast Qualifier among the 31 entrants. Heat races went to Dale McDowell, Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, and Don O’Neal. The B-Mains went to Brad Neat and Dan Schlieper.

Lucas Oil Series - Volunteer Speedway
1) Jimmy Owens, 2) Dale McDowell, 3) Don O'Neal, 4) Scott Bloomquist, 5) John Blankenship, 6) Steve Francis, 7) Ray Cook, 8) Vic Hill, 9) Chris Madden, 10) Shane Clanton, 11) Michael Chilton, 12) Steve Casebolt, 13) Jared Landers, 14) Dan Schlieper, 15) Brad Neat, 16) Billy Ogle, 17) Eric Wells (prov.), 18) Tyler Reddick, 19) Tommy Kerr, 20) Chris Ferguson, 21) Earl Pearson, Jr., 22) Frank Heckenast, Jr. (prov.), 23) Mark Douglas, 24) Mark Vineyard

Fast Time (31 entries): Landers (12.180); Heat winners: McDowell, Bloomquist, Owens, O’Neal; B-Main winners: Neat, Schlieper

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