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Lucas Oil Series: Clanton Rumbles at Rome For "Showdown" Win

James Essex

ROME, Ga. - Oct. 10. Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga. won his third career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event on Sunday at Rome Speedway.  The 35-year-old second generation racer earned $10,000 for his win in the “Rome Showdown”.  Clanton took the lead on lap 26 from Don O’Neal and went unchallenged the rest of the way for the win over Chris Madden, Steve Francis, Brady Smith, and O’Neal.

Shane Clanton - Rome Speedway Lucas Oil Late Model Series Showdown

Shane Clanton.(Michael Moats photo)

“I went with a little softer left rear tire than anybody else, O’Neal was strong early on, but once we were able to get some heat in the tire we were able to catch him and get by him,” said Clanton. “I have to give a big thanks to Marshall Green for this win; he came over before the feature and changed some things on the car. He has a lot of laps here, and the changes he made are why we are here in victory lane. I want to thank Rocket Chassis, Brad Malcuit at Malcuit Race Engines, RSD Enterprises, SAE Parts, VP, and Allstar Performance for their support. It’s good to get a win here in front of the homestate crowd.”   

Chris Wall - Josh Richards - Lucas Oil Late Model Series

Josh Richards (#25) picked up sixth place at Rome's "Showdown", while Chris Wall's weekend in Georgia completed his run at a Lucas Oil Series "Rookie-of-the-Year" title. (Michael Moats)

O’Neal and Francis started on the front row of the 50-lap main event. O’Neal quickly jumped to the lead.  O’Neal put on a dominating performance in the early stages of the race. He held a six-car length advantage over Clanton, who started fourth.  Clanton slowly reeled in O’Neal as the leader slipped out of the racing groove with 20 laps complete. 

Clanton and O’Neal came across the scoring line dead-even at the halfway mark.  Clanton charged ahead a lap later as O’Neal fell to second.  O’Neal then gave up the second position to Madden on lap 34. 

Steve Francis - Rome Speedway Lucas Oil Late Model Series

Steve Francis posted a third place finish at Rome. (Michael Moats)

Clanton had to withstand two cautions in the final 14 circuits to secure the win. He became the 13th different winner of the season on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tour.  Madden came home in second over Francis, while Smith barely nipped O’Neal at the finish line for fourth. 

Bloomquist entered the event as the 2010 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Champion by virtue of his win on Saturday at Dixie Speedway.  Bloomquist will pocket $75,000 for his second consecutive series championship. Jimmy Owens will take home second place in the final series standings for the second year in a row, followed by four-time series winner, Earl Pearson, Jr., Don O’Neal, and Ray Cook. 

Chris Madden - Rome Lucas Oil Late Model Series

Chris Madden claimed a runner up finish to Clanton at Rome.(Michael Moats)

Chris Wall of Springfield, La. clinched the Quarter Master “Rookie of the Year” after his performance in the Lucas Oil “Dixie Shootout”.  Wall will earn $10,000 for his feat.

The event held at Rome Speedway concluded the 2010 racing season for the series.  The series will hold its’ annual awards banquet on November 20th at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. 

Oct. 4 - Lucas Oil Series - Rome Speedway

1) Shane Clanton, 2) Chris Madden, 3) Steve Francis, 4) Brady Smith, 5) Don O'Neal, 6) Josh Richards, 7) Scott Bloomquist, 8) Jimmy Owens, 9) Dan Schlieper, 10) Steve Casebolt, 11) Jonathan Davenport, 12) John Blankenship (prov.), 13) Randy Weaver, 14) David Payne, 15) Brad Neat (prov.), 16) Eric Wells, 17) Tim Isenberg, 18) Chris Wall, 19) Ray Cook, 20) Earl Pearson, Jr., 21) Aaron Ridley, 22) Dale McDowell, 23) Bub McCool, 24) Shannon Babb
Fast Time (47 entries): Don O'Neal (13.327); Heat winners: O'Neal, Madden, Francis, Clanton; B-Main winners: Wells, Cook

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Lucas Oil FINAL Championship Point Standings 

POS 

CAR # 

DRIVER NAME 

HOMETOWN 

POINTS 

Scott Bloomquist 

Mooresburg, TN 

7625 

20 

Jimmy Owens 

Newport, TN 

7295 

44 

Earl Pearson, Jr. 

Jacksonville, FL 

7135 

71 

Don O'Neal 

Martinsville, IN 

6745 

53 

Ray Cook 

Brasstown, NC 

6625 

17m 

Dale McDowell 

Chickamauga, GA 

6410 

71w 

Chris Wall 

Springfield, LA 

5890 

c9 

Steve Casebolt  

Richmond, IN 

5795 

23 

John Blankenship 

Williamson, WV 

5765 

10 

s9 

Dan Schlieper 

Sullivan, WI 

5655 

11 

18e 

Eric Wells 

Hazard, KY 

5585 

12 

41n 

Brad Neat 

Dunnville, KY 

5570 

13 

9t 

Tim Isenberg 

Marshfield, WI 

4900 

14 

11t 

Tyler Reddick 

Corning, CA 

4420

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