Lucas Oil Series: Schlieper Ends Winless Period at
HAGERSTOWN, Md. - July 31. Dan Schlieper of Sullivan,
Wis. grabbed the lead on lap 16 and never looked back as he went on to win his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt
Series event since 2008 on Saturday at Hagerstown Speedway. Schlieper earned $10,000 for an emotional
“It’s been a long dry spell,” said the veteran driver in
Lucas Oil Victory Lane. “We’ve had a tough year and it feels great to be back in victory lane, this
track [Hagerstown] has always been a thorn in our side, we put on four new Hoosier tires for the feature after
talking with Scott. I have to thank Rockstar Energy Drink, DART, Pro Power Racing Engines and
Bloomquist Race Cars; and my crew chief, Jason Palubicki.”
Don O’Neal took the lead from
his outside pole starting position and led the first 15 laps of the race. Schlieper fell back to
third early on behind Dan Stone. Schlieper passed Stone after a restart on lap 15 and a lap
later passed O’Neal around the outside coming down the frontstretch to take over the lead.
Schlieper then waited through
one more caution flag as he remained unchallenged over the final 34 laps to take the win. His last
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory was July 3, 2008 at Muskingum County Speedway.
Tonight’s win for Schlieper was the fifth series triumph of his career.
O’Neal in the Independence
Lumber, Roush-Yates Racing Engines, MasterSbilt Monte Carlo SS came home in second. Stone had his
best career series finish in third, followed by Scott Bloomquist and John Blankenship
World of Outlaws - Hagerstown Speedway
1) Dan Schlieper, 2) Don O'Neal, 3) Daniel Stone, 4) Scott Bloomquist,
5) John Blankenship, 6) Earl Pearson, Jr., 7) Jason Covert, 8) Ray Cook, 9) Eric Wells, 10) Dale
McDowell, 11) Jimmy Owens, 12) Vic Coffey, 13) Jamie Lathroum, 14) Tim Isenberg, 15) J.T. Spence, 16)
Brad Neat, 17) Alan Sagi, 18) Steve Casebolt (prov.), 19) Chris Wall (prov.), 20) Frank Plessinger
(prov.), 21) Devin Friese, 22) Brian Booze, 23) Gary Stuhler, 24) Roy Deese, Jr., 25) Ronnie DeHaven,
Fast Time (39 entries): Don O’Neal (19.721 secs.); Heat winners: Schlieper, Stone,
O’Neal, Bloomquist; B-Main winners: Isenberg, Owens.
Michael Moats photo