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Dale McDowell - Tim Isenberg - Lawrenceburg Speedway Lucas Oil Series

Dale McDowell pulls away from #9 Tim Isenberg after the start of the Lucas Oil Series event at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway. (Rick Schwallie)

Lucas Oil Series: McDowell Puts First One on the Books For 2010 at Lawrenceburg

James Essex

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. - Aug. 27. Leading all 50-laps, Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Georgia held off a furious late-race charge from Brian Birkhofer and Jimmy Owens to take home his first win of the season Friday at Lawrenceburg Speedway.  

“Man it feels good to finally make it to victory lane this year,” said the 44-year-old veteran, who drives for NASCAR’s Clint Bowyer.  “Caleb [Baker] and Tommy [Grecco] have worked their tails off this year and they deserve much of the credit for this win."

Brian Birkhofer - Tim Isenberg - Lucas Oil Series at Lawrenceburg Speedway

Brian Birkhofer drives under Tim Isenberg and #11 Tyler Reddick and was ready tp pounce into second when Don O'Neal brushed the wall on lap 33. (Rick Schwallie)

McDowell bolted to the lead over Don O’Neal and ran one-two for the first 33 laps of the race until O’Neal brushed the wall in turn four, causing the #71 MasterSbilt house-car to lose several spots in the running order.  The winner of last year’s event at Lawrenceburg, Brian Birkhofer, started tenth and was up to second after O’Neal’s brush with the wall.     

Jimmy Owens - Tyler Reddick - Lawrenceburg Speedway Lucas Oil Series

13th starting Jimmy Owens drives by #11 Tyler Reddick on his way to third place at Lawrenceburg. (Rick Schwallie)

Owens made tremendous headway through the pack and joined the leaders as the 13th starter battled Earl Pearson Jr. until clearing him for third with 11 laps to go.  Joining McDowell and Birkhofer, the three frontrunners made the crowd rise to its feet as they battled around the 3/8ths mile oval. McDowell took the win by two car lengths over Birkhofer.

Shane Clanton - Eddie Carrier Jr - Lucas Oil Series at Lawrenceburg Speedway
Shane Clanton and #28 Eddie Carrier, Jr. mix it up back in the field. (Rick Schwallie)

“I was racing hard there with Jimmy at the end,” said Birkhofer, who drives the J&J Steel, MB Customs sponsored machine.  “I pulled alongside of Dale, but I just couldn’t get enough momentum on the bottom to pass him. That was a very good race and I hope the fans enjoyed that.” Owens came home third and cut the Lucas Oil Championship points lead of Scott Bloomquist down to only 140 points. 

Dale McDowell VL at Lawrenceburg Speedway

Georgia veteran Dale McDowell is no longer the only winless racer on the season among the nation's top 25 drivers. (Rick Schwallie) 



 

Aug. 27 - Lucas Oil - Lawrenceburg Speedway
1) Dale McDowell, 2) Brian Birkhofer, 3) Jimmy Owens, 4) Earl Pearson, Jr., 5) Eric Wells, 6) Don O'Neal, 7) Shane Clanton, 8) Scott Bloomquist, 9) Ray Cook, 10) Tim Isenberg, 11) Steve Casebolt, 12) Dan Schlieper, 13) John Blankenship, 14) Tyler Reddick, 15) Brad Neat, 16) Justin Rattliff, 17) Chris Wall, 18) Zack Dohm, 19) Eddie Carrier, Jr., 20) Brandon Kinzer, 21) Victor Lee, 22) Mike Marlar (prov.), 23) Matt Miller, 24) Scott James (prov.)
Fast Time (39 entries): McDowell (14.826 secs.) Heat winners: McDowell, Reddick, Isenberg, O'NealB-Main winners: Neat, Wall

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Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings   

POS 

CAR # 

DRIVER NAME 

HOMETOWN 

POINTS 

1 

0 

Scott Bloomquist 

Mooresburg, TN 

5800 

2 

20 

Jimmy Owens 

Newport, TN 

5660 

3 

44 

Earl Pearson, Jr. 

Jacksonville, FL 

5615 

4 

53 

Ray Cook 

Brasstown, NC 

5235 

5 

71 

Don O'Neal 

Martinsville, IN 

5145 

6 

17m 

Dale McDowell 

Chickamauga, GA 

4975 

7 

s9 

Dan Schlieper 

Sullivan, WI 

4520 

8 

c9 

Steve Casebolt  

Richmond, IN 

4515 

9 

71w 

Chris Wall 

Springfield, LA 

4445 

10 

18e 

Eric Wells 

Hazard, KY 

4435 

11 

23 

John Blankenship 

Williamson, WV 

4380 

12 

41n 

Brad Neat 

Dunnville, KY 

4145 

13 

9t 

Tim Isenberg 

Marshfield, WI 

3720 

14 

11t 

Tyler Reddick 

Corning, CA 

3330

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