2017 Late Model Nationals results from September 16, 2017 at Knoxville Raceway
Tonight, it’s the final night of the 2017 Lucas Oil Late Model Nationals at Knoxville Raceway. Rain is on the way, the schedule has been bumped up by 30 minutes.
View the full 2017 Late Model Nationals results below.
The C Main was scratched due to pending weather. The program will be rushed tonight. Everyone goes into the B Main.
Jesse Stovall and Steve Francis lead the field to the green flag. 20 laps around Knoxville Speedway. The top 6 will transfer to the tail of the A Main. Light rain drops fall.
Green flag, Jesse Stovall takes the lead on the outside in turn 1. Steve Francis falls to 3rd. Bronson is chasing down the leader.
Caution. Big crash in turn 2. Bob King and Jordan Yaggy are involved. The King car is destroyed. Both drivers are ok.
Green, 15 to go. Stovall get the launch. He drives right to the top in turn 1.
3 wide for 2nd. Tyler Erb is in the middle. He lifts to get out of that situation.
Someone had to. The groove is far too narrow to race 3 wide right now.
8 to go, Stovall is driving away from Kyle Bronson.
5 to go, Stovall is trapped behind a lapped. Bronson and Francis are bumper to bumper with the leader. The lapped pulls in. Stovall begins to drive away.
1 to go, caution. Jake O’Neil.
Green, Stovall holds them off. He takes the win in the B Main.
Just as the A Main was being called to staging the rain had begun to fall. They’ve lost the racetrack rain delay.
A few hour delay… we’re ready to go. Mike Marlar and Jonathan Davenport lead the field to green. The 100 lap Main Event is next, paying $40,000 to the winner.
Green flag, side by side into turn 1. Davenport carries momentum off turn 2, to the lead. He drops to the bottom and takes the inside line away from Mike Marlar.
The track is bad fast after the rain. Most cars are single file but Josh Richards found a way by Mike Marlar for 2nd.
The track is widening out. Two grooves of racing now.
Lap 17, caution. Brian Shirley is in the wall.
Green flag, Josh Richards beat Jonathan Davenport into turn 1. Davenport slams the cushion, the left front lifted a foot off the ground. He had to back out of the throttle. Davenport drops outside the top five.
Lap 27, caution. Chris Simpson has come to a stop on the racetrack.
Green. Caution. Mars to the pit lane, flat right rear.
Green. Josh Richards clears him by the flag stand. Brandon Sheppard is up to 3rd.
Caution. Shannon Babb is stopped on track. Gregg Satterlee hits pit lane, flat right rear.
Green. Josh Richards gets another great jump. Davenport is climbing back through the field, 3rd.
Richards runs the top. Marlar on the bottom. Marlar is hanging within 3 car lengths.
Lap 42, caution. Gregg Satterlee is in the wall in turn 3. Several cars hit the pits, all right rear changes.
Green. Davenport up to 2nd. He’s chasing down Josh Richards.
Mistake! Davenport jumped the cushion off turn 2. the #49 loses a spot, back to 3rd.
Lap 46, Caution.
Green flag. Davenport back to 2nd. Halfway, Davenport is hanging with Richards. Caution. Tyler Erb is slow on track.
This will be the fuel stop. Crews will come on track and funnel fuel into the tanks. Trouble! The right front tire on Jonathan Davenport’s machine has gone flat. He’ll restart at the tail.
Green flag, Josh Richards leads. They are racing hard for 2nd. As Marlar and Sheppard battle side by side, Don O’Neal steals a position from both of them. Don O’Neal to 2nd.
He’s running down Josh Richards. This is the closest anyone has been to the #1 car after a 5 lap run. But, just as I say that Richards begins to pull away.
Lap 58, trouble. Don O’Neal is slow. Caution. He pulls it to the pits and tosses the steering wheel as he climbs from the car.
Green. Tim McCreadie had joined the battle. He’s running side by side with Marlar for 3rd.
24 to go, caution. Rodney Sanders has been smoking the right rear for 10 laps. He pulls to the pits.
Green. Trouble in turn 1. Steve Francis drove to the bottom, slides to the top. He gives a door to Hudson O’Neal. But Brandon Sheppard has bigger problems. Sheppard is slow. Caution. To the pits and back out.
Green. Jared Landers has found a groove. He catches the cushion in turn 1. Around Marlar, Landers to 2nd.
He’s chasing down the leader! He’s there, Landers to the bottom in turn 3. He pulls even but can’t make it stick. Landers slides from the bottom all the way to the wall on exit. Wheel spin, he loses 5 car lengths. Caution.
15 to go, green. Mike Marlar is under Landers in turn 1. He slides to the top and takes Landers’ line away. Now, Marlar is running down Richards.
Marlar had a run off turn 4. Richards thinks about giving him room. He shuts the door at the last second. Marlar dives to the bottom in turn 1. Clear. New leader, Mike Marlar.
Marlar is driving away. Trouble! Josh Richards is in the wall in turn 3 with just 5 laps to go.
Green. Mike Marlar drives away. He wins the 2017 Late Model Nationals at Knoxville Raceway!
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Author: Shane Walters
Mike Marlar: “Tonight makes me feel really good about being a racecar driver. That wasn’t a race, that was a battle right there. With 25 to go, I thought man I need to start going and give it all I had. I let Jared Landers get by me and then I got back by him when he got high in turn one. I thought now I am good. I could run this thing to death. I think I could do it.”
“There was a caution as soon as I got passed by Landers. Luckily, I got back by him on the restart. I don’t think Josh was at his best when I caught him and passed him for the lead. I think he was having an issue. This is awesome. I want to thank Josh and Jerry for their help. Without them I couldn’t do this. They are back at the shop everyday working on the car. My car owner Ronnie Delk and my wife Stacy, thanks for all they do.”
Jonathan Davenport: “I had a plan on that last restart and it just worked out. I wondered where everyone was going. Everybody took off and went to the bottom of the track. They just left the door open for me and I took advantage of it. Our car wasn’t any good in traffic for whatever reason. The best car won the race. Josh must have been pretty good too. He passed me early on. I just to thank my guys for getting me back out there after we pitted.”
Jared Landers: “I hurt my tires by lap 50. I was worried about it. I got up there with Josh and I had some good momentum going and I jumped the cushion and it hurt me. I cost us that spot. I will take a top-three. That was a lot of laps there. I hadn’t raced that hard for a while.”
B Main – LOLMDS
2017 Late Model Nationals
September 16, 2017
Top 6 transfer to A Main: 1. Jesse Stovall; 2. Kyle Bronson; 3. Steve Francis; 4. Tyler Erb; 5. Spencer Diercks; 6. Brent Larson; 7. Tyler Bruening; 8. Matt Furman; 9. Jon Brauns; 10. Joey Moriarty; 11. Ryan Gustin; 12. Jeremiah Hurst; 13. Randy Timms; 14. Joel Gallahan; 15. Jake O’Neil; 16. Mike Fryer; 17. Dennis Erb Jr; 18. Dave Eckrich; 19. Justin Duty; 20. Jason Feger; 21. Jordan Yaggy; 22. Bob King; 23. Boom Briggs; 24. Jay Johnson; 25. Colton Flinner;
Main Event – LOLMDS
2017 Late Model Nationals
September 16, 2017
Feature Finish (100 Laps):
|FINISH||START||CAR #||DRIVER NAME||HOMETOWN||EARNINGS|
|1||1||157||Mike Marlar||Winfield, TN||$40,000|
|2||2||49||Jonathan Davenport||Williamston, SC||$20,000|
|3||7||1777||Jared Landers||Batesville, AR||$10,000|
|4||10||28m||Jimmy Mars||Menomonie, WI||$8,750|
|5||11||20||Jimmy Owens||Newport, TN||$8,300|
|6||4||1S||Brandon Sheppard||New Berlin, IL||$7,000|
|7||22||71||Hudson O’Neal ®||Martinsville, IN||$7,300|
|8||19||32||Bobby Pierce||Oakwood, IL||$6,000|
|9||27||15||Steve Francis||Bowling Green, KY||$6,200|
|10||6||39||Tim McCreadie||Watertown, NY||$5,700|
|11||8||32S||Chris Simpson||Oxford, IA||$4,500|
|12||18||18||Chase Junghans||Manhattan, KS||$4,000|
|13||12||0||Scott Bloomquist||Mooresburg, TN||$4,500|
|14||21||1||Earl Pearson, Jr.||Jacksonville, FL||$4,200|
|15||16||17m||Dale McDowell||Chickamauga, GA||$3,300|
|16||25||0||Jesse Stovall||Billings, MO||$3,200|
|17||30||B1||Brent Larson||Lake Elmo, MN||$3,100|
|18||3||1R||Josh Richards||Shinnston, WV||$3,900|
|19||26||40B||Kyle Bronson||Brandon, FL||$2,900|
|20||20||20S||Rodney Sanders||Happy, TX||$2,800|
|21||23||C8||Timothy Culp||Prattsville, AR||$2,700|
|22||9||14||Darrell Lanigan||Union, KY||$3,300|
|23||17||18B||Shannon Babb||Mowequa, IL||$2,500|
|24||5||5||Don O’Neal||Martinsville, IN||$3,300|
|25||28||91||Tyler Erb||New Waverly, TX||$2,500|
|26||13||25||Chad Simpson||Mt. Vernon, IA||$2,500|
|27||14||22||Gregg Satterlee ®||Rochester Mills, PA||$3,200|
|28||24||7R||Kent Robinson||Bloomington, IN||$2,500|
|29||31||28||Dennis Erb, Jr.||Carpentersville, IL||$3,200|
|30||15||3s||Brian Shirley||Chatham, IL||$2,500|
|31||29||29||Spencer Diercks||Davenport, IA||$2,500|
|32||32||99B||Boom Briggs ®||Bear Lake, PA||$3,200|
Lap Leaders: Jonathan Davenport (Laps 1 – 17); Josh Richards (Laps 18 – 91); Mike Marlar (Laps 92 – 100)
Cautions: Brian Shirley (Lap 17); Chris Simpson (Lap 27); Jimmy Mars (Lap 27); Shannon Babb (Lap 31); Gregg Satterlee (Lap 42); Tyler Erb (Lap 46); FUEL STOP (Lap 50); Don O’Neal (Lap 58); Rodney Sander s (Lap 75); Brandon Sheppard (Lap 77); Kyle Bronson (Lap 84); Josh Richards (Lap 95)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Dennis Erb Jr.; Boom Briggs
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a
Wrisco Feature Winner: Mike Marlar
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Steve Francis (Started: 27th; Finished: 9th; Advanced 16 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Josh Richards
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Jonathan Davenport
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Mike Marlar
Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: Hudson O’Neal
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Cornett Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Zach Frields (Hudson O’Neal)
Fastest Lap of the Race: Jonathan Davenport (Lap #2 – 17.582 seconds)
Safecraft Most Laps Led: Josh Richards (74 Laps)
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Mike Marlar
Time of Race: 84 minutes 57 seconds
Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:
|POS||CAR #||DRIVER NAME||HOMETOWN||POINTS||EARNINGS|
|1||1R||Josh Richards||Shinnston, WV||7200||$206,600|
|2||39||Tim McCreadie||Watertown, NY||7110||$269,625|
|3||0||Scott Bloomquist||Mooresburg, TN||7045||$238,525|
|4||20||Jimmy Owens||Newport, TN||6535||$146,175|
|5||5||Don O’Neal||Martinsville, IN||6450||$126,125|
|6||1||Earl Pearson, Jr.||Jacksonville, FL||6350||$125,215|
|7||14||Darrell Lanigan||Union, KY||6295||$108,150|
|8||28||Dennis Erb, Jr.||Carpentersville, IL||6065||$97,125|
|9||71||Hudson O’Neal ®||Martinsville, IN||5850||$89,460|
|10||22||Gregg Satterlee ®||Rochester Mills, PA||5840||$114,110|
|11||15||Steve Francis||Bowling Green, KY||5710||$77,705|
|12||99B||Boom Briggs ®||Bear Lake, PA||5110||$58,875|
*Points are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*