Steve Shaver after
Friday's victory in the "Grassy Smith Memorial" at Cherokee Speedway. (George Missita)
Lucas Oil Series: Shaver Clips Cook For "Grassy Smith Memorial" Win at
GAFFNEY, S.C. – June 17. Steve Shaver of Vienna, W.V. edged out Ray Cook of
Brasstown, N.C. to win the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned 13th "Grassy Smith Memorial" on
Friday at Cherokee Speedway. Shaver, who started fifth, took over the lead on lap 44 when race leader
Jonathan Davenport pitted for a flat tire.
Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn. finished third; followed by 23rd starting Don
O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., and Steve Casebolt of Richmond, Ind.
Jimmy Owens restarts outside of Tyler Reddick before padding his points lead with a
third place run at Cherokee. (George
Chris Ferguson led the first six laps until Davenport took over the top spot on
lap seven. Rookie contender Jared Landers then used the high-side to his advantage as he moved into second
on lap nine. Landers and Bloomquist then ran side-by-side for several laps and Ferguson fell to
Davenport was holding the lead through heavy traffic until the red flag came out
on lap 23. Bloomquist and Landers went door-to-door in turn three and Bloomquist flipped in turn four, bringing
out the red. Bloomquist went pitside and returned to the race, staying on the lead lap.
Steve Casebollt races #15 Steve Francis before
Casebolt went on to finish fifth at cherokee, putting his early season slump on hiatus.
Davenport then held off Shaver for several laps until a caution came out on lap
43. During the caution flag, Davenport’s right rear tire went flat and he went pitside for a tire
change. Shaver then took over the lead as Owens and Cook battled it out for second
Cook went by Owens on the top shelf with two laps to go. Cook then tracked down
Shaver in a hurry and pulled even with Shaver in the final two circuits. Shaver slammed the door on Cook
as he went on to become the tenth different winner in LOLMDS action this season.
Scott Bloomquist and #777 Jared Landers race for position before the pair came
together and Bloomquist flipped his mount. (George
In Lucas Oil Victory Lane, the 47-year-old Shaver said he didn’t know if he had
enough left at the end. “There’s probably not any tread left on either rear tire, I tried to baby them
there at the end, but to hold Ray off, he’s a clean racer and a great driver and to win this race means a lot
to me and my race team,” said Shaver, who drives for the Greensboro, NC based K&L Rumley Team.
Cook finished second by a car length,
while Owens maintained his points lead with a third place finish.
June 17 - Cherokee Speedway Lucas Oil Series
1) Steve Shaver, 2) Ray Cook, 3) Jimmy Owens, 4) Don O'Neal
(prov.), 5) Steve Casebolt, 6) Dennis Franklin, 7) John Blankenship (prov.), 8) Steve Francis, 9)
Brad Neat, 10) Jonathan Davenport, 11) Johnny Pursley, 12) Tyler Reddick (prov.), 13) Frank
Heckenast, Jr., 14) Scott Bloomquist, 15) Chris Madden, 16) Mike Marlar, 17) Mike Gault, 18) Bub
McCool, 19) Earl Pearson, Jr. (prov.), 20) Chris Ferguson, 21) Eric Wells, 22) Jared Landers, 23)
Dale McDowell, 24) Eric Jacobsen, 25) Jeff Smith, 26) John Henderson
Fast Time (37
entries): Ferguson (15.413); Heat winners: Ferguson, Davenport, Pursley, McDowell. B-Main winners:
Scott Miller photo