Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series results from Tazewell Speedway on May 7th, 2017
Hidden within the hills of Tazewell, TN is this tiny 1/3 mile bullring dirt track. This is one that’s been highlighted, circled and stared on my calendar, for months. Tonight, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series heads up those hills and unloads in Bloomquist Country and Owens Nation.
View full Tazewell Speedway results below.
However, Scott Bloomquist had issues right off the bat. He pulled in during hot laps. Mechanical issued of some sort.
Darrell Lanigan blazed around the fishbowl at 11.281 seconds. Problems continued for Scott Bloomquist in qualifying. His qualifying partner spun out, that forced a yellow on the 2nd lap for Scott Bloomquist. He was given the opportunity to ran another lap.
Pole sitter Darrell Lanigan won heat race #1. Scott Bloomquist ran 2nd for awhile. However, slight contact with Don O’Neal on the exit of turn 4, he slipped to 3rd.
The other hometown hero, Jimmy Owens, won heat #2. Josh Richards won the 3rd and final heat.
No B-Mains tonight, every car makes the feature. Darrell Lanigan and Jimmy Owens lined up on the front row.
Tazewell Speedway features a 50 lap main event. The winner will collect a $10,000 check.
During the parade laps, Bloomquist has more problems. The points leader has had issues every time he touches the track. As the field lines up for the four-wide salute, Bloomquist is already in the pits.
He’s hand-motioning toe or steering issues to the crew. The team goes to work on the zero machine, they send him out just in time for the green flag. The point leader will start in the tail, in his home race.
Green flag. Darrell Lanigan looks to the bottom. Jimmy Owens picks the high-side. 3 wide row after row behind them.
Big pile up in turn 2. The dirt late model field has turned into a dirt late model parking lot. At least 7 cars are stuck together. They’ve blocked all grooves of the race track.
Green. Jimmy Owens checks out immediately. Josh Richards and Tim McCreadie are both inside the top five. They are going to have a really good night with the current points leader in the back of the pack with issues. Yellow, Bloomquist is back in the pits. This time, the crew is adding power steering fluid.
The next caution was for the 3rd place runner of Josh Richards. Flat right-rear tire on the #1 machine. He hits the pits, the Best Performance Motorsports crew get it changed and send him back up with plenty of time to spare. However, he will no start in the back with Bloomquist. He’ll only have a few laps to climb back through the field.
At nearly the same point in the race, Lanigan has issues. He was running 2nd. Now he’s sitting in the pits. Don O’Neal and Earl Pearson Jr are the new challengers to Jimmy Owens.
Nobody has anything for Jimmy Owens. He disappears into the distance as soon as the green flag drops.
Jimmy Owens wins the Toyota Knoxville 50 at Tazwell Speedway! He leads every lap in route to his hometown win.
Don O’Neal and Earl Pearson Jr complete the podium finish. Shanon Buckingham runs 4th. Tim McCreadie completes the top 5.
The winner comments from victory lane, “The crowd they had here tonight is awesome, this place is absolutely packed!”
Jimmy Owens continues, “These are some of the best fans in the country and it’s good to see all here to support us. We have had a lot of ups and downs. We have a good car here, but I haven’t shown it any justice. Once we get our ducks in a row, maybe we can come home with a few more wins.”
Josh Richards climbed through the field to 8th. Scott Bloomquist has a tough points night at his hometrack, he finished 10th. Though, 10th is far better than a DNF, he was nearly the first car out of the race.
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series returns on May 18th at LaSalle Speedway. The following night the tour heads to Luxemburg Speedway. The weekend trip concludes on May 20th at Deer Creek Speedway.
Author: Shane Walters
Jimmy Owens Photos
May 7th, 2017
Miller Welders Overall Fast Time: Darrell Lanigan 11.281 seconds
May 7th, 2017
Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, All Transfer): Darrell Lanigan, Don O’Neal, Scott Bloomquist, Chris Barton, Billy Ogle Jr., Steve Smith, Dakotah Knuckles
May 7th, 2017
FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, All Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Earl Pearson, Jr., Hudson O’Neal, Boom Briggs, Gregg Satterlee, Robby Moses, Chad Ogle, Michael Chilton
May 7th, 2017
Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, All Transfer): Josh Richards, Shanon Buckingham, Dennis Erb, Jr., Tim McCreadie, Brian Smith, Colton Flinner, Steve Francis, Ethan Burgess
Tazewell Speedway Results
May 7th, 2017
Feature Finish (50 Laps):
|FINISH||START||CAR #||DRIVER NAME||HOMETOWN||EARNINGS|
|1||2||20||Jimmy Owens||Newport, TN||$10,900|
|2||4||5||Don O’Neal||Martinsville, IN||$6,300|
|3||5||1||Earl Pearson, Jr.||Jacksonville, FL||$4,300|
|4||6||50||Shanon Buckingham||Morristown, TN||$2,750|
|5||12||39||Tim McCreadie||Watertown, NY||$2,950|
|6||21||15||Steve Francis||Bowling Green, KY||$2,500|
|7||14||22||Gregg Satterlee ®||Rochester Mills, PA||$2,300|
|8||3||1R||Josh Richards||Shinnston, WV||$2,000|
|9||1||14||Darrell Lanigan||Union, KY||$1,900|
|10||7||0||Scott Bloomquist||Mooresburg, TN||$2,100|
|11||15||7b||Brian Smith||Barbourville, KY||$1,075|
|12||8||71||Hudson O’Neal ®||Martinsville, IN||$1,750|
|13||11||99B||Boom Briggs ®||Bear Lake, PA||$1,725|
|14||17||21||Robby Moses||Maryville, TN||$1,000|
|15||10||144||Chris Barton||Middlesboro, KY||$950|
|16||19||21K||Dakotah Knuckles||Ewing, VA||$925|
|17||13||201||Billy Ogle Jr.||Knoxville, TN||$900|
|18||23||99BX||Ethan Burgess||Sharonville, OH||$875|
|19||9||28E||Dennis Erb, Jr.||Carpentersville, IL||$1,550|
|20||22||97||Michael Chilton||Salvisa, KY||$825|
|21||18||75||Colton Flinner||Allison Park, PA||$800|
|22||16||3s||Steve Smith||Powell, TN||$800|
|23||20||10||Chad Ogle||Sevierville, TN||$800|
Lap Leaders: Jimmy Owens (Laps 1 – 50)
Cautions: Steve Francis, Dakotah Knuckles, Steve Smith, Brian Smith, Michael Chilton, Colton Flinner, Robby Moses (Lap 3); Dennis Erb (Lap 8); Josh Richards (Lap 35); Scott Bloomquist (Lap 39); Hudson O’Neal (Lap 44)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: n/a
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a
Wrisco Feature Winner: Jimmy Owens
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Steve Francis (Started: 23rd; Finished: 6th; Advanced 15 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Scott Bloomquist
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Darrell Lanigan
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Jimmy Owens
Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: Gregg Satterlee
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Durham Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Jeff Strope (Jimmy Owens)
Fastest Lap of the Race: Jimmy Owens (Lap #4 – 11.4497 seconds)
Safecraft Most Laps Led: Jimmy Owens (50 Laps)
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Darrell Lanigan
Time of Race: 33 minutes 16 seconds
Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:
|POS||CAR #||DRIVER NAME||HOMETOWN||POINTS||EARNINGS|
|1||0||Scott Bloomquist||Mooresburg, TN||2700||$83,325|
|2||39||Tim McCreadie||Watertown, NY||2575||$67,150|
|3||1R||Josh Richards||Shinnston, WV||2520||$67,525|
|4||5||Don O’Neal||Martinsville, IN||2420||$52,225|
|5||20||Jimmy Owens||Newport, TN||2390||$46,725|
|6||1||Earl Pearson, Jr.||Jacksonville, FL||2370||$45,300|
|7||14||Darrell Lanigan||Union, KY||2270||$35,275|
|8||28E||Dennis Erb, Jr.||Carpentersville, IL||2150||$29,050|
|9||15||Steve Francis||Bowling Green, KY||2065||$25,425|
|10||71||Hudson O’Neal ®||Martinsville, IN||1995||$20,975|
|11||22||Gregg Satterlee ®||Rochester Mills, PA||1990||$25,300|
|12||99B||Boom Briggs ®||Bear Lake, PA||1885||$19,200|
|13||75||Colton Flinner||Allison Park, PA||1610||$11,125|
*Points are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*