latemodelamerica.com - July 27 - Fonda Speedway NY
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Lucas Oil Series: Owens Rolls Out New Car For

Jimmy Owens (Rick Schwallie)
Fonda Checkers

James Essex

FONDA, N.Y. - July 27. Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn. debuted a new race car and captured the $10,000 to win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event on Wednesday at Fonda Speedway. Owens took the lead on lap ten from Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn. and then went on to dominate most of the race.

John Blankenship of Williamson, WV had his second straight series runner-up finish, followed by Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL; Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN; and Jared Landers of Batesville, AR.

“I can’t thank the crew enough, we took last weekend off to get this car ready, we have worked day and night and it sure paid off! I really like this track, to come here two years in a row and win is just fantastic, there are a lot of fans who don’t get to see us race much. The car was good right from the start, once we got by Scott, I knew it would be tough for him to get back by us,” said the 39-year-old Owens, who regained the Lucas Oil Championship Points lead by five points over Bloomquist.

Bloomquist led the first nine laps of the race, until Owens, who had fallen back to third early on regained his momentum and blasted by Bloomquist on lap ten for the race lead. Bloomquist was unable to challenge Owens even as they battled with lapped traffic on the fast track. Owens was able to move all over the track and sailed through traffic, steadily building himself an increasing large lead over Bloomquist.

“They reworked the top before the feature, and it helped a lot, it was a little bumpy out there, but the car was just so fast and really pretty racy. I just felt good the entire race, I saw Blankenship pull up beside under caution there at the end, those guys are running real well, and it’s just a matter of time before they get a win!” said Owens who’s win was his fourth with the LOLMDS in 2011.

Bloomquist, who came into the race with a 60-point lead over Owens, was running second on lap 44 when his left rear wheel came off as he exited turn four. Bloomquist went spinning down the front stretch and came to a stop as several drivers avoided hitting him. Bloomquist went pit side for a new tire, he then came back out and finished in ninth.

“I have to thank Mike Reece, my car owner, Reece Monument Company, Gantte Appraisals, Red Line Oil, Ohlins, Hoosier Tire South and Cornett Racing Engines,” said Owens. He recorded the 25th win of his series career, and celebrated the milestone in victory lane with his son, Nathan at his side.

Blankenship equaled the best finish of his LOLMDS career with a second in the XCoal Resources, Cornett Racing Engines, Rocket Chassis. Blankenship was also the PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race after starting 13th. Pearson was third in the Bobby Labonte Racing, Lucas Oil Products, Longhorn Dodge. O’Neal came home fourth in the Magnaflow Exhaust, Jay Dickens Racing Engines, MasterSbilt Chevrolet.

Landers, who continues to the lead the Quarter Master Rookie of the Year chase, placed a solid fifth in the Lance Landers, Crawford Supply, Rocket Chevrolet.

July 27 - Lucas Oil at Fonda Speedway
1) Jimmy Owens, 2) John Blankenship, 3) Earl Pearson, Jr., 4) Don O'Neal, 5) Jared Landers, 6) Steve Francis, 7) Ray Cook, 8) Dale Planck, 9) Scott Bloomquist, 10) Bub McCool, 11) Brad Neat, 12) Jim Bernheisel, 13) Daniel Stone, 14) Frank Heckenast, Jr., 15) Brent Rhebergen, 16) Aaron Jacobs (prov.), 17) Billy Decker, 18) Tyler Reddick, 19) Eric Wells, 20) Dylan Yoder, 21) Larry Wight, 22) David Zona, 23) Alan Fink (prov.), 24) D.J. Myers
Fast Time (28 entries): Owens (18.367); Heat winners: Bloomquist, McCool, Owens, Decker; B-Main winners: Myers, Bernheisel

Drew England photo

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