- July 17 - Lucas Oil Speedway by Sam Holbrooks


Jimmy Owens - Tyler Reddick - Lucas Oil Speedway

Chris Wall - Scott Bloomquist - Lucas Oil Speedway

After finishing a meager third in his heat race, Chris Wall turned up the wick and reeled in #0 Scott Bloomquist and most everybody else en route to second place, where he challenged leader Jimmy Owens in the late going. Bloomquist finished sixth on the night. (Lloyd Collins)

Lucas Oil Series: Owens Holds Back Wall Charge For a Gem of a Win at Lucas Oil Speedway  

James Essex

WHEATLAND, Mo.  – July 17. Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn. held off a late-race charge from Chris Wall of Springfield, La. to win the Fourth Annual CMH “Diamond Nationals” on Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway.  Owens took home

Jimmy Owens at Lucas Oil Speedway. (Mike Musslin)
$10,000 for his seventh Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season. Earl Pearson, Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla. finished third, followed by Billy Moyer and Brady Smith. The event was co-sanctioned with the Lucas Oil MLRA.

“I want to thank the fans for coming out tonight, it was hot today and I hope they saw a great show; the cautions killed us, we would get a big lead and a yellow would come out,” said the 38-year-old Owens.  “I want to thank my car owner, Mike Reece, Reece Monument Company, Gantte Appraisals, Cornett Racing Engines, and Bloomquist Race Cars.”

Steve Casebolt - John Blankenship - Billy Moyer Jr - Lucas Oil Speedway

Steve Casebolt, #21 Billy Moyer, Jr., and #23 John Blankenship race at mid-field before Moyer makes an early exit.. (Lloyd Collins)

Owens led all 50 laps and was in control for most of the event. He was challenged by Pearson mid-way through the race and by Wall in the waning laps.  Wall managed to close to within a car length of the leader when he bobbled on the white flag lap. Owens managed to recover and hold off the last lap charge from Wall. 

Earl Pearson - Billy Moyer - Lucas Oil Speedway

Earl Pearson, Jr. gets some heavy pressure from #21 Billy Moyer before rolling to third place at Lucas Oil Speedway. (Ron Mitchell)

Wall, who recorded his best Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series finish of the year, was elated afterwards.  “I have to thank my crew, it’s an honor to finish second to Jimmy, I thought for a moment I might get by him, but he’s too tough, and we’re extremely happy with this finish.” 

Owens’ victory tonight marked his 19th career win on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tour. He also ended Pearson’s win streak at four.  “It’s been a great run over the last two weeks,” said Pearson. “The crew worked hard and things were clicking, we got to Jimmy a couple of times, but he had the best car of the night; he outran us in the heat, and he deserved to win.”

Bub McCool - Lucas Oil Speedway

For Bub McCool, it'll be a long ride back to Vicksburg, Mississippi after his #57 gave up tie rod early and left him 27th in the rundown. (Ron Mitchell)

Lucas Oil Speedway “CMH Diamond Nationals”
1) Jimmy Owens, 2) Chris Wall, 3) Earl Pearson, Jr., 4) Billy Moyer, 5) Brady Smith, 6) Scott Bloomquist, 7) Ray Cook, 8) Dale McDowell, 9) Brian Birkhofer, 10) Brad Neat, 11) Wendell Wallace, 12) John Blankenship, 13) Steve Casebolt, 14) Tim Isenberg (prov.), 15) Dan Schlieper (prov.), 16) Al Purkey (prov.), 17) Tyler Reddick (prov.), 18) Eric Wells, 19) Pat Doar, 20) Brad Looney (prov.), 21) Jeremy Payne, 22) Jimmy Mars, 23) Billy Moyer, Jr, 24) Don O'Neal, 25) Stacy Taylor, 26) Terry Phillips, 27) Bub McCool
Fast Time (43 entries): Jimmy Owens (15.812 secs.); Heat winners: Bloomquist, O’Neal, Owens, Wells. B-Main winners: Cook, Phillips.

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