|A victorious Dale MCDowell emerges from his race car at Portsmouth. (Rick Schwallie)|
Lucas Oil Series: McDowell Ramps Up Late Season With Portsmouth "River Days Rumble" Win
PORTSMOUTH, Oh. – Sept. 4. Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga. claimed the $20,000 victory in the Pepsi 75 "River Days Rumble" on Saturday at Portsmouth Raceway Park. McDowell inherited the lead when Eric Wells shredded a right rear tire with seven laps to go and led the remaining laps. Brad Neat of Dunnville, Ky. finished second, followed by 18th starting Eddie Carrier Jr. of Salt Rock, W.V.
“I want to thank the fans for
coming out tonight, they saw a very entertaining race,” said the 44-year-old veteran
driver. “It was a tough break for Wells and we were just in the right place at the right
time. I have to thank Clint Bowyer, the crew and all of my sponsors on the car."
Tyler Reddick, the 14-year-old sensation from Corning, Ca, took the lead at the start of the race and led the first ten circuits. McDowell got around Reddick for the lead on lap 11. McDowell then pulled away from the field as Josh McGuire, who started 17th, came through the pack to take over second on lap 19.
Chris Wall and #41 Brad Neat race under #1 Josh Bocook before Neat got the edge and advanced to second at Portsmouth. Wall took a fifth place finish to somewhat ease a recent cool streak. (Rick Schwallie)
McGuire challenged McDowell for several laps in an exciting battle for the lead until McGuire got sideways in turn two on lap 36, ending up in the wall. With McGuire out of the race, Quarter Master Rookie of the Year candidate Eric Wells surged by Neat and closed quickly on the leader.
Wells caught and passed McDowell on lap 42 to take the lead. He broke away from McDowell, despite racing with a broken shock mount. Wells built a substantial lead over the pack by lap 60. As the duo of McDowell and Neat
Doug Drown (#12), Billy Guillion (#11), and Josh Bocook race like there's no tomorrow at Portsmouth. (Rick Schwallie)
rebounded, they started to reel in the leader with ten laps to go. On lap 68, Wells’ right rear tire blew, ending the young rookie’s hopes for the richest payday of his career.
With McDowell out in front for the second time of the race, he managed to hold off Neat and Carrier for the win. It was McDowell’s second LOLMDS win in the last three events. The win also marked his fifth career series victory.
Series points leader, Scott Bloomquist broke a left front spindle on lap three while running in fourth. His crew made repairs and Bloomquist returned on lap 36. He finished 17th in the final rundown.