were battling for the third position. McCool slowed on lap seven and dropped out the race, giving
up his top five spot. Will Vaught, who started eight then moved into a top five position and began challenging the
third place running Davenport.
Kenny Compton, #53 Ray
Cook, and #17 Dale McDowell scramble for position during their heat race at Wythe Raceway. (Michael Moats)
Up front the battle for the lead was heating up as Pearson and Owens went toe to toe for six laps until Owens
finally cleared Pearson for the lead on lap ten. The first caution of the race came out with ten complete for a
slowing Dennis Franklin. On the restart, Owens was out in front for the double-file restart with Pearson and
Vaught; who had climbed to third in the race; lined up side-by-side heading to the green flag.
Owens quickly pulled out to a two-car length lead as Vaught made a move on Pearson taking the second spot on lap
12. Pearson fought back, regaining the position from Vaught two laps later as the torrid battle continued for the
spot, but on lap 16 Vaught snatched second away from Pearson again.
McDowell offers a late challenge to Earl Pearson, Jr.'s second position at
Wythe. McDowell would have to settle for third. (Michael Moats)
Meanwhile Owens was on cruise control as he stretched his lead out over Vaught and Pearson as Dale McDowell and
Steve Casebolt maintained the fourth and fifth positions. The top five remained the same until lap 27 when Vaught
broke a rear-end, ending his night..
Owens encountered traffic with eight laps to go, but cleared it easily and went on unchallenged the rest of the way
to score his record-tying third straight series victory, the 16th of his career.
In the Sunoco Race Fuels Road to Wheatland Victory Lane, Owens was beaming ear-to-ear in the Mike Reece owned
Bloomquist Race Cars Ford Fusion; powered by a Cornett Racing Engine. “Man I have to thank the crew again, they did
a great job as usual, and everything’s clicking right now, they made us earn it tonight, we started fifth but the
car took off real well and we got off to a good start, it didn’t take long to get up there and Earl and I had a
great race going, we gave each other plenty of room and I was fortunate enough to get by him,” said Owens who
scored his second ever win at the Fred Brown promoted facility and his first there since 2007.
America's busiest driver to date, Dennis Erb, prepares to take practice laps at
Wythe Raceway. (Rick Schwallie)
With the win, Owens took over first place in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Standings for
the first time in his career. He now leads defending series champion, Scott Bloomquist by 30 points. “We are just
worried about the wins right now, we are really on a hot streak and if we keep winning, the points will come
along,” said the 38-year-old driver.
Jimmy Owens at Wythe
Raceway after his fourth win in his last five outings. (Michael Moats)
The Red Buck Cigars Fast Time award went to Chris Wall (16.823 secs.), while heat wins went to McCool, Franklin,
Pearson, and Davenport. B-Main winners were Schlieper and Jeff Smith.