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   This past weekend Portsmouth Raceway Park welcomed what is believed to be the largest crowd in the 24-year history of the track, as the Coleman-Family-owned facility hosted the 34th Annual Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship presented by NAPA Auto Parts.
   Mooresburg, TN’s Scott Bloomquist captured the $50,000-dollars-to-win Lucas Oil Late Model Series finale.  Martinsville, IN’s Don O’Neal held off Newport, TN’s Jimmy Owens to win the Lucas Oil Points.  Fairmont, WV’s Jake Hawkins won the Modified A-Main, and several local drivers represented themselves well in both the Late Model and Modified Divisions.
   In total, 173 race teams rolled into Portsmouth for The DTWC.  There were 89 Late Models and 84 Modifieds.  The Late Model car count was PRP’s highest for a single event.  It was the second highest car count of any major Late Model race in 2014, second only to Eldora’s World 100.
   The weekend full of racing began on Thursday night with the Modifieds.  In addition to time trials, there were six Modified heats, four B-Mains, and a non-qualifiers race.  On Friday, the Late Models took to the track for time trials and six 20-lap heat races.
   Saturday’s slate was rained out and postponed until Sunday where racing got underway at 1 p.m. with three 20-lap Late Model B-Mains, a 30-lap Modified feature, The Jim Dunn Memorial Late Model Non-qualifiers Race, and the 100-lap Late Model DTWC.
   The Late Model feature witnessed hard racing throughout, as all 30 drivers who started the race took the initial green with hopes of pocketing the $50,000-dollar prize.  There were four different leaders and five lead changes in an event that witnessed six cautions.
   The race was made up of drivers representing 10 different states (OH, KY, WV, NC, IN, PA, AR, TN, IL, and GA).  Wheelersburg racers Delmas, Rod, and R.J. Conley all raced their way in.  The 2014 PRP Track Champ Ben Adkins of West Portsmouth received a track provisional as did Grayson, KY’s Jackie Boggs for winning the 2014 Boone Coleman Memorial “Gator 50” back in May.
   Pole-sitter Eddie Carrier, Jr. led early but was quickly overhauled by Billy Moyer.  Owens took the lead away from Moyer on Lap 39.  Three laps later Bloomquist captured the lead from Owens.  Owens charged back to the front on Lap 54, but on Lap 61 Bloomquist powered back out front to stay.
   After fading midway through the race, Carrier rebounded for a second-place finish.  Owens nabbed third.  O’Neal captured fourth, and Jason Feger rounded out the top 5.  Billy Moyer was sixth.  Dennis Erb, Jr. charged from 24th to seventh.  Dale McDowell finished eighth.  Ashland, KY native Steve Francis was ninth, and Tim McCreadie capped the top 10.
   The highest finishing PRP regular was Rod Conley, who came in 16th earning $2,200.  Jackie Boggs fought his way up from 28th to 13th but had issues on Lap 70 and wound up pulling out of the race 30 laps shy of the finish.
   One of the most breath-taking moments of the feature occurred off of turn 4 on lap 98, as O’Neal got way crossed up.  The veteran made a nice save and avoided an accident which could’ve cost him the Lucas Championship.
   Friday night’s Late Model Heats were all entertaining.  They all went 20 laps with the top three coming out of each.  Jonathan Davenport, Gregg Saterlee, and R.J. Conley all transferred from the first.  Moyer, Mason Zieglar, and Rod Conley came out of the second.  Bloomquist, Josh Richards, and Brandon Shepphard transferred out of the third.  O’Neal, Feger, and Frank Heckenast, Jr. came out of the fourth.  Owens, John Blankenship, and Doug Drown were the top three in Heat 5.  Carrier, Steve Casebolt, and Delmas Conley came out of Heat 6.
   The three B-Mains were each 20 laps.  The top two transferred from those.  Earl Pearson, Jr. and Tim McCreadie came out of the first B.  Brandon Overton and Dale McDowell transferred from B-Main #2, and Dustin Linville and Dennis Erb, Jr. came out of the third B.        
   Scott James won The Jim Dunn Memorial but chose to leave with a secure $3,000 rather than opting to tag the tail of the feature which would’ve given him the chance at $50,000 but only guaranteed him $2,000.
   R.J. Conley was the Late Model Fast Qualifier Friday night.  He wound up pulling out of the feature on Lap 25 after his fan blade came off.  The former PRP champion finished the A-Main in 29th.
   As for the Modified portion of the show, Jake Hawkins led the feature from flag to flag, but a couple of late cautions made things very interesting.  Nevertheless, Hawkins held off K.C. Burdette by less than two tenths of a second to take the win.  Joey Kramer rounded out the top 3.
   Two-time reigning PRP track champion Todd Robinson from South Point battled his way from 16th to fourth.  Ironically, he would’ve not been able to race had Saturday’s action not have gotten pushed back to Sunday.  The extra night enabled him and his crew to repair some mechanical issues to his car.
   Another two-time PRP track champion, Tim Tribbey, also charged hard up through the field.  The Waverly native started 26th and raced his way up to an eighth-place finish.
   Weasel Rhoades was the Modified quick qualifier on Thursday but had a flat in his heat and suffered rear-end damage in his B-Main which prevented him a shot at making the field.
   The 2015 Dirt Track World Championship will return to PRP and will pay a DTWC record $100,000 to the Late Model winner!!!

2014 Season Finale on Tap for the Lucas Oil Late Models at Portsmouth Raceway Park

WAYCROSS, GA (October 14, 2014) – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season finale will take place this weekend in Portsmouth, OH on October 17th and 18th with the running of the 34th Annual Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship – Presented by NAPA Auto Parts.  This event, held at Portsmouth Raceway Park, is promoted by hall of fame promoter Carl Short, along with track promoters Donna Rayburn and Tim Coleman. The Dirt Track World Championship event has been Carl’s signature event, over the years, which have been filled with great history, thrilling racing action, hall of fame winners and numerous facilities hosting the event in the past 33 years.  This year’s DTWC will, once again, pay $50,000 to win and $2,000 to start.

In the previous 33 DTWC events, there have been 24 different drivers to visit victory lane and capture this crown jewel event.  Dating back to the inaugural running in 1981, there have been five drivers that have won the prestigious event more than once.  Hall of Famer Freddy Smith of Seymour, TN leads the way with five wins, followed by the late Jack Boggs of Grayson, KY, who won the race three times.  Two time winners of the DTWC include:  Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR;  Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN and Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, IL.  Some of the sport’s biggest names have won the DTWC at least once over the 33 years of the event, including names like: Larry Moore (’87); Donnie Moran (’88); Steve Francis (’99); Darrell Lanigan (’03); Rick Eckert (’04); Chub Frank (’07);  Brian Birkhofer (’08);  Jimmy Mars (’09); Earl Pearson Jr. (’10); Don O’Neal (’11), Jimmy Owens (’12) and the youngest driver to ever win the event, Brandon Sheppard in 2013.

Included among the many activities at the DTWC is a $3,000 to win Jim Dunn Memorial Non-Qualifiers Race-Presented by DirtonDirt.com.  The top 26 drivers that fail to transfer into the DTWC feature event through a heat race or B-Main get to compete for a chance to earn additional prize money through this race. The winner of this event can elect to forfeit the $3,000 first place prize money and start on the tail of the DTWC feature event for a chance to win the $50,000.  In honor of Jim Dunn and his legacy of being the very first winner of the DTWC, Carl Short added the  non-qualifiers race to the DTWC event schedule as a tribute to the late Jim Dunn and his family.

The 34th Annual Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship - Presented by NAPA Auto Parts will once again be filmed by the award winning Lucas Oil Production Studios.  This event will air on NBC Sports and on the MAVTV American Real Networks in 2014.  “We really feel partnering with the Lucas Oil Series has helped to grow the event even more with the TV coverage they bring to this event.  I’m looking forward to this year’s event and enjoy working with the great staff at Portsmouth Raceway Park”, stated Carl Short, promoter of the DTWC.

Activities for the 34th Annual Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship - Presented by NAPA Auto Parts will get underway on Thursday, October 16th with Modified Qualifying, Heat Races and Consolation races.  On Friday, October 17th the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will take to the track for Hot-Laps, Miller Welders Time Trials and Heat Races.  Also, on Friday night there will be a Non-Qualifiers race for the Modifieds.  Then, on Saturday, October 18th the schedule will include the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series B-Mains, the Modified Feature event, the $3,000 to Win Jim Dunn Memorial Non-Qualifiers Race-Presented by DirtonDirt.com and the $50,000 to win/$2,000 to start DTWC 100-lap feature.

To purchase tickets for this event visit www.dirttrackworldchampionship.net/tickets.htm or call 740-858-6661. To learn more about the event go to www.dirttrackworldchampionship.net or visit the track website at www.portsraceway.com. If you have any questions, contact the DTWC office at (740) 858-6661 or you can email Carl Short at carlshort2007@gmail.com or call at (865) 945-3423 or (865) 712-9303.

For the latest breaking news about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the 2014 tour schedule, TV schedule, drivers, sponsors and all the information about the series visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com.

Follow the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on the social media outlets at www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and https://twitter.com/lucasdirt

Track Information

Portsmouth Raceway Park
Track Phone #: (740) 354-3278 or Office – (740) 858-6661
Promoter: Donna Rayburn – (740) 259-3408 / (740) 821-1161
Location: 25648 State Route 73, West Portsmouth, OH 45663
Website: www.portsraceway.com

Tire Rule for the DTWC

Left Rear/Fronts – Hoosier Rib 1300, 1425 (no white dots)
Right Rear – Hoosier 01, 04, 06, LM40
Event Purse

Dirt Track World Championship Purse:

1. $50,000,  2. $15,000,  3. $10,000,  4. $7,000,  5. $5,000, 6. $3,500,  7. $3,200,  8. $3,000,  9. $2,800, 10. $2,500, 11. $2,450, 12. $2,400,  13. $2,350,  14. $2,300, 15. $2,250,  16. $2,200,  17. $2,150,
18. $2,100,  19. $2,075,  20. $2,060,  21. $2,050,  22. $2,040, 23. $2,030,  24. $2,020,  25. $2,010,
26. $2,000.

Jim Dunn Memorial Non Qualifiers Race-Presented by DirtonDirt.com

1. $3,000,  2. $1,500,  3. $1,250,  4. $1,000,  5. $900, 6. $800, 7. $750,  8. $700,  9. $650,  10. $600,
11. 500, 12. $400, 13. $350, 14. $300, 15. $250, 16. $200, 17. $200, 18. $200, 19. $200, 20. $200,
21. $200, 22. $200, 23. $200, 24. $200, 25. $200, 26. $200.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Official Sponsors Include:

ASi Racewear - "The Official Merchandise Vendor" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
E3 Spark Plugs - "The Official Spark Plug" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Fast Orange- “The Official Hand Cleaner” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
GEICO - "The Official Insurance" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
General Tire - "The Official Tire" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Hoosier Tire - "The Official Race Tire" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
iON Cameras – “The Official Camera” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Lucas Oil Products - "The Official Oil" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
MAVTV “American Real” - "The Official TV Network" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Optima Batteries - "The Official Battery" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Ole Smoky Moonshine – “The Official Moonshine” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
ProtectTheHarvest.com-"The Official Protect the Harvest Campaign” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Super Clean- “Official Cleaner-Degreaser” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Sunoco Race Fuels - "The Official Fuel" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Marketing Partners Include:

Allstar Performance, AR Bodies, Bad Boy Mowers, Barry Wright Race Cars, Black Diamond/Club 29 Chassis, Bloomquist Race Cars, Brodix, Clements Race Engines, COMP Cams, Cornett Racing Engines, C&R Racing Inc., Crawford Supply, CJ Rayburn Race Cars, CV Products, DirtonDirt.com, Dunn-Benson Ford, Dyers Top Rods, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, Fast Orange, Fuel Safe Fuel Cells, FK Rod Ends, Georgia Boot, Grover Race Engines, Hawk Performance, Hedman Hedders, Hot Rod Processing, Hot Rod Tracker, Industrial Pressure Washers (IPW), Jay Dickens Racing Engines, JRi Shocks, Keyser MFG, Kuntz Race Engines, Longhorn Chassis, MasterSbilt Chassis, Midwest Sheet Metal, Miller Welders, Öhlins Shocks, Outerwears, Performance Bodies, Pierce Racecars, Pro Power Racing Engines, RaceTec Pistons, Revelution Race Cars, Rick Schwallie Photography, Rocket Chassis, Roush Yates Parts, Simpson Race Products, Total Seal, Traeger Grills, Vic Hill Race Engines, Weld Racing Wheels, Wrisco, 5150 Race Trailers

Previous Dirt Track World Championship Winners

1981 – Jim Dunn
1982 – Charlie Swartz
1983 – Freddy Smith
1984 – Jack Boggs
1985 – Freddy Smith
1986 – Billy Moyer
1987 – Larry Moore
1988 – Donnie Moran
1989 – John Mason
1990 – Jack Boggs
1991 – Freddy Smith
1992 – Ronnie Johnson
1993 – Freddy Smith
1994 – Ronnie Johnson
1995 – Jack Boggs
1996 – Billy Moyer
1997 – Marshall Green
1998 – Freddy Smith
1999 – Steve Francis
2000 – Wendell Wallace
2001 – Bart Hartman
2002 – Shannon Babb
2003 – Darrell Lanigan
2004 – Rick Eckert
2005 – Scott Bloomquist
2006 – Shannon Babb
2007 – Chub Frank
2008 – Brian Birkhofer
2009 – Jimmy Mars
2010 – Earl Pearson Jr.
2011 – Don O’Neal
2012 – Jimmy Owens
2013 -  Brandon Sheppard

2014 Miss Dirt Track World Championship Announced

WAYCROSS, GA (October 7, 2014) – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and famed promoter Carl Short are pleased to announce the 2014 Miss Dirt Track World Championship, Katelynne Newton.  She will be assisting sponsors and staff during the 34th Annual Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship race weekend.   

Katelynne is the daughter of Gerald and Carissa Newton and is a freshman at Indiana State University.  She is a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and actively gives back to her community by volunteering with Susan G. Komen for Breast Cancer Awareness and The American Heart Association as a National Youth Heart Health Advocate. 

This past year she served as Miss Teen Indiana International and competed on the International stage for the title of Miss Teen International.  She was voted online fan favorite among 39 other contestants this past July.  Katelynne also serves as the current reigning Miss Gotta Race for Arizona Sport Shirts and has held numerous other titles in past years.

Katelynne will be attending and representing The 34th Annual Optima Batteries DTWC – Presented by NAPA Auto Parts at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio on October 16th through 18th.  The three-day event is the final event for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 2014 season and will conclude with the 100-lap $50,000 to win feature event on Saturday night October 18th.
An avid race fan, Katelynne has been attending dirt racing events since the age of six weeks old.  She has grown up around racing and loves to attend when she can.  She will be available for autographs and photos throughout the event weekend at the Arizona Sport Shirts trailer.

To conclude the weekend events, Katelynne will assist The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and promoter Carl Short in awarding the trophy and check to the 2014 DTWC race winner.
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To learn more about 2014 MISS DTWC-KATELYNNE NEWTON, visit her official website at:  www.katelynnenewton.com or her Facebook Page www.facebook.com/katelynnen

Optima Batteries and NAPA Auto Parts to Sponsor the 34th Annual Dirt Track World Championship

WAYCROSS, GA (July 23, 2014) – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and famed promoter Carl Short are pleased to announce the title and presenting sponsors of the 34th Annual Dirt Track World Championship. The Optima Batteries DTWC - Presented by NAPA Auto Parts will once again take place at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio on October 16th through 18th.  The three day event is the final event for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 2014 season and will conclude with the 100-lap $50,000 to win feature event on Saturday night October 18th.

Optima Batteries with corporate offices in Milwaukee, WI, has a 40-year history of technological innovation and engineering. OPTIMA® products offer unstoppable power for extreme enthusiasts and others who require the ultimate in power source batteries. Optima batteries were the first high‐performance AGM automotive batteries in existence and revolutionized the industry with the unique SPIRALCELL TECHNOLOGY®.

Optima Batteries has been a Team Lucas Partner for several years and the title sponsor of the Optima Batteries Hard Charger Award on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the past two years.  Optima Batteries has increased their involvement with the Late Model Dirt Series this year and is excited about the opportunity to title sponsor the prestigious Dirt Track World Championship.  As the title sponsor of the season finale, Optima Batteries looks to increase their brand in this market and gain new customers both from racers and the race fans. To learn more about Optima Batteries, visit their website at www.optimabatteries.com. Optima batteries can also be found on the social media sites www.facebook.com/optimabatteries and on twitter at www.twitter.com/optimabatteries.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is also please to announce that NAPA Auto Parts has signed on as the Presenting Sponsor of this year’s Dirt Track World Championship.  NAPA Auto Parts, with over 85 years of existence, has 6,100 stores nationwide and 64 strategically located distribution centers serving all 50 states. NAPA Auto Parts has the most extensive inventory in the industry and helps you find the exact part you need.  To learn more about NAPA Auto Parts visit their website at www.napaonline.com. NAPA can also be found on the social media pages www.facebook.com/NAPAKNOWHOW and on twitter at www.twitter.com/NAPAKNOWHOW.

“We are excited to have two great companies involved with the DTWC this year.  Optima Batteries has been a Team Lucas Partner for several years and has seen the value with the Late Model Dirt Series. Becoming the title sponsor of the DTWC and the season finale gives Optima Batteries a huge presence in our sport of Dirt Late Model Racing and fits their demographics and target audience.  In addition, having NAPA Auto Parts come on board as the presenting sponsor just gives the entire event credibility and increased exposure nationally by having such a well known brand associated with the event.  We are thrilled to have two great partners for our season finale and look forward to working with everyone at Optima Batteries and NAPA”, stated Ritchie Lewis, Director, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

Activities for the 34th Annual Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship - Presented by NAPA Auto Parts will get underway on Thursday, October 16th with Modified Qualifying, Heat Races and Consolation races.  On Friday, October 17th the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will take to the track for Hot-Laps, Miller Welders Time Trials and Heat Races.  Also on Friday night there will be a Non-Qualifiers race for the Modifieds.  Then on Saturday, October 18th the schedule will include the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series B-Mains, the Modified Feature event, the $3,000 to Win DirtonDirt.com Jim Dunn Memorial Non-Qualifiers race and the $50,000 to win/$2,000 to start DTWC 100-lap feature.

To purchase tickets for this event visit www.dirttrackworldchampionship.net/tickets.htm or call 740-858-6661. To learn more about the event go to www.dirttrackworldchampionship.net or visit the track website at www.portsraceway.com. If you have any questions, contact the DTWC office at (740) 858-6661 or you can email Carl Short at carlshort2007@gmail.com or call at (865) 945-3423 or (865) 712-9303.

For the latest breaking news about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the 2014 tour schedule, TV schedule, drivers, sponsors and all the information about the series visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com.

Follow the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on the social media outlets at www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and https://twitter.com/lucasdirt

Track Information

Portsmouth Raceway Park
Track Phone #: (740) 354-3278 or Office – (740) 858-6661
Promoter: Donna Rayburn – (740) 259-3408 / (740) 821-1161
Location: 25648 State Route 73, West Portsmouth, OH 45663
Website: www.portsraceway.com

Event Purse

Dirt Track World Championship Purse: 1. $50,000,  2. $15,000,  3. $10,000,  4. $7,000,  5. $5,000,  
6. $3,500,  7. $3,200,  8. $3,000,  9. $2,800,  10. $2,500, 11. $2,450, 12. $2,400,  13. $2,350,  14. $2,300, 15. $2,250,  16. $2,200,  17. $2,150,  18. $2,100,  19. $2,075,  20. $2,060,  21. $2,050,  22. $2,040,  
23. $2,030,  24. $2,020,  25. $2,010, 26. $2,000.

Jim Dunn Memorial Non Qualifiers Race: 1. $3,000,  2. $1,500,  3. $1,250,  4. $1,000,  5. $900,  
6. $800, 7. $750,  8. $700,  9. $650,  10. $600, 11. 500, 12. $400, 13. $350, 14. $300, 15. $250,  
16. $200, 17. $200, 18. $200, 19. $200, 20. $200, 21. $200, 22. $200, 23. $200, 24. $200, 25. $200,
26. $200.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Official Sponsors Include:

ASi Racewear - "The Official Merchandise Vendor" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
E3 Spark Plugs - "The Official Spark Plug" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Fast Orange- “The Official Hand Cleaner” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
GEICO - "The Official Insurance" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
General Tire - "The Official Tire" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Hoosier Tire - "The Official Race Tire" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
iON Cameras – “The Official Camera” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Lucas Oil Products - "The Official Oil" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
MAVTV “American Real” - "The Official TV Network" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Optima Batteries - "The Official Battery" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Ole Smoky Moonshine – “The Official Moonshine” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
ProtectTheHarvest.com-"The Official Protect the Harvest Campaign” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Super Clean- “Official Cleaner-Degreaser” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Sunoco Race Fuels - "The Official Fuel" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Marketing Partners Include:

Allstar Performance, AR Bodies, Bad Boy Mowers, Barry Wright Race Cars, Black Diamond/Club 29 Chassis, Bloomquist Race Cars, Brodix, Clements Race Engines, COMP Cams, Cornett Racing Engines, C&R Racing Inc., Crawford Supply, CJ Rayburn Race Cars, CV Products, DirtonDirt.com, Dunn-Benson Ford, Dyers Top Rods, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, Fast Orange, Fuel Safe Fuel Cells, FK Rod Ends, Georgia Boot, Grover Race Engines, Hawk Performance, Hedman Hedders, Hot Rod Processing, Hot Rod Tracker, Industrial Pressure Washers (IPW), Jay Dickens Racing Engines, JRi Shocks, Keyser MFG, Kuntz Race Engines, Longhorn Chassis, MasterSbilt Chassis, Midwest Sheet Metal, Miller Welders, Öhlins Shocks, Outerwears, Performance Bodies, Pierce Racecars, Pro Power Racing Engines, RaceTec Pistons, Revelution Race Cars, Rick Schwallie Photography, Rocket Chassis, Roush Yates Parts, Simpson Race Products, Total Seal, Traeger Grills, Vic Hill Race Engines, Weld Racing Wheels, Wrisco, 5150 Race Trailers

Brandon Sheppard Shocks the Field and Wins the Dirt Track World Championship

PORTSMOUTH, OH (October 19, 2013) - Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, IL captured the biggest race of his young career winning the 33rd Annual RED BUCK Dirt Track World Championship at Portsmouth Raceway Park on Saturday Night.  Sheppard at age 20 became the youngest driver in the history of the DTWC to win the crown jewel event. Sheppard earned $50,000 as he became the 24th different driver to win the DTWC and captured his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory.

Sheppard piloting the #1 Mark Richards Racing, Rocket House Car charged through the field from his seventh starting position using the very top groove to pass Scott Bloomquist for the lead on lap 43. Sheppard would motor away from the field after each restart through the middle stages of the race fending off challenges from several seasoned veterans en route to his victory in front of a capacity crowd. Steve Francis of Ashland, KY advanced from his 15th starting position to finish second at the checkers and clinching second place in the final LOLMDS Championship Points Standings. Jackie Boggs of Grayson, KY took home third followed by 14th starting Jason Feger of Bloomington, IL. Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN rounded out the top five.  With his fifth place finish Owens was crowned the 2013 Lucas Oil late Model Dirt Series National Champion for the third year in a row.

Sheppard, who was subbing for Josh Richards in the Rocket Chassis House car this weekend, was stunned with his accomplishment in victory lane.  "It hasn't sunk in yet," said Sheppard in victory lane.  "To come here in this car and win this race is just unbelievable, we had a great weekend, we set fast time last night, and almost won our heat race, but to come from seventh tonight and win was just unbelievable. And to beat the caliber of drivers in this field and the history of this event is just awesome. We've really had such a good year with our own Rocket car as well and I have to thank my dad and grandpa for all of their help this season.  I also want to thank all the sponsors on the number one car, Valvoline, Seubert Calf Ranches, Ernie D's, Ace Metal Works, Sunoco Race Fuel and Roush-Yates Engines', stated Sheppard.

Francis driving the #15 Clint Bowyer Racing, Georgia Boot entry grabbed the second spot on lap 79 from Boggs.  But over the final 21 laps of the race Francis could not catch Sheppard.  "Congrats to those guys on the win, Brandon and Mark they did a great job all weekend.  I thought maybe I had enough to chase him down at the end, but we finished the year strong and got second in the Lucas Oil points. We had a good battle all season with Jimmy (Owens) and congrats to him and his team on their championship. We'll be back next year with Clint Bowyer Racing and Georgia Boot to try and win this championship again", stated Francis.

Jackie Boggs, whose hall of fame father was the late Jack Boggs, won the DTWC three times in his career. Jackie was in the hunt for his first DTWC win over the last half of the race, but came up just short in finishing a solid third place.  "The nose of our car was digging in the track at times and I couldn't get off the corners like I wanted to. But we had a real good set-up for the feature and was hoping all the laps I've ran here would pay off with a win. To run third with these guys is still great", stated Boggs, driver of the #4B with sponsorship from Quick Response Environmental and Industrial Services and Swartz Race Cars.

Completing the top ten were Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN; Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR; Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, IL; Eric Wells of Hazard, KY, and Steve Shaver of Vienna, WV.

In preliminary action, Brandon Sheppard set the overall time (Group A) amongst the ­79 entrants, with a lap of 14.575 seconds. Jackie Boggs set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 14.755 seconds. Earl Pearson, Jr., Steve Shaver, Eric Wells, Jackie Boggs, Scott Bloomquist and Billy Moyer won their respective heat races.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and follow the series on www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and www.twitter.com/#!/lucasdirt. 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Race Summary

Saturday Night, October 19th, 2013
33rd Annual RED BUCK Dirt Track World Championship presented by Borrowed Blue
Portsmouth Raceway Park - Portsmouth, OH

RED BUCK Fast Time Group A: Brandon Sheppard  / 14.575 seconds

RED BUCK Fast Time Group B: Jackie Boggs/ 14.755 seconds

Wiles Drive Shafts Heat Race #1 Finish (20 Laps, Top 3 Transfer):

Earl Pearson Jr., Brandon Sheppard, Don O'Neal, Tim Dohm, Chris Wilson, Jared Hawkins, Mark Frazier, KC Burdette, Stephen Breeding, Paul Davis, Tommy Bailey, Mike Unger, Duane Chamberlain

Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 Finish (20 Laps, Top 3 Transfer):

Steve Shaver, Jeep VanWormer, Steve Francis, Jared Landers, Davey Johnson, DJ Wells, Andrew Reaume, Dennis Robinson, JT Conley, Lee Logan, Shannon Thornsberry, Josh Bocook

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (20 Laps, Top 3 Transfer):

Eric Wells, Dale McDowell, Will Vaught, Jimmy Mars, Greg Johnson, Dustin Linville, Nick Bocook, Michael Chilton, Kenny Howell, Jeff Arnold, Richie Edwards, Jeff Babcock


FK Rod Ends Heat Race #4 Finish (20 Laps, Top 3 Transfer):

Jackie Boggs, John Blankenship, Jason Feger, RJ Conley, Billy Moyer Jr., Jeff Provinzino, Donnie Moran, Russ Frohnapfel, Bobby Pierce, Delmas Conley, Zack Dohm, Mike Marlar, Billy Ogle Jr.


ASi Racewear Heat Race #5 Finish (20 Laps, Top 3 Transfer):

Scott Bloomquist, Eddie Carrier Jr., Jonathan Davenport, Mason Zeigler, Josh McGuire, Devin Moran, Walker Arthur, Tim Fuller, Billy Gullion, Wayne Chinn, DJ Miller, Chris Garnes


DirtOnDirt.com Heat Race #6 Finish (20 Laps, Top 3 Transfer):

Billy Moyer, Jimmy Owens, Shane Clanton, Chris Combs, Dennis Erb Jr., Gregg Satterlee, Steve Casebolt, Rod Conley, Steve Lucas, David Webb, Charlie Jude


CV Products B-Main #1 (20 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Davey Johnson, Jared Hawkins, Andrew Reaume, Tim Dohm, Duane Chamberlain, Stephen Breeding, Tommy Bailey, Josh Bocook, Lee Logan, KC Burdette, Chris Wilson, JT Conley, Shannon Thornsberry, Mark Frazier, Dennis Roberson, DJ Wells, Jared Landers, Paul Davis


Wrisco Aluminum B-Main #2 (20 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Jimmy Mars, Dustin Linville, RJ Conley, Billy Moyer, Jr., Donnie Moran, Nick Bocook, Greg Johnson, Zack Dohm, Delmas Conley, Jeff Babcock, Jeff Provinzino, Kenny Howell, Jeff Arnold, Michael Chilton, Mike Marlar, Russ Frohnapfel

 

Borrowed Blue B-Main #3 (20 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Mason Zeigler, Chris Combs, Josh McGuire, Dennis Erb, Jr., Steve Casebolt, Rod Conley, Chris Garnes, Gregg Satterlee, Tim Fuller, Billy Gullion, Charlie Jude, Wayne Chinn, DJ Miller, Devin Moran, Steve Lucas, Sam Hobbs

 

Jim Dunn Memorial Non-Qualifiers Race: RJ Conley, Tim Dohm, Andrew Reaume, Donnie Moran, Josh McGuire, Stephen Breeding, Nick Bocook, Zack Dohm, Mike Marlar, Chris Garnes, Delmas Conley, Duane Chamberlain, Jeff Babcock, Tommy Bailey, Jeff Provinzino, Greg Johnson, Billy Gullion, DJ Miller, Billy Moyer, Jr., Gregg Satterlee, Lee Logan, Josh Bocook, Steve Casebolt, Kenny Howell

RED BUCK DTWC Feature Finish (100 Laps)

FINISH

START

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

1

7

1bs

Brandon Sheppard

Berlin, IL

2

15

15

Steve Francis

Ashland, KY

3

6

4b

Jackie Boggs

Grayson, KY

4

14

25F

Jason Feger

Bloomington, IL

5

12

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

6

13

71

Don O'Neal

Martinsville, IN

7

4

21

Billy Moyer

Batesville, AR

8

26

28e

Dennis Erb Jr.

Carpentersville, IL

9

3

18e

Eric Wells

Hazard, KY

10

1

6s

Steve Shaver

Vienna, WV

11

5

44

Earl Pearson Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

12

16

49

Jonathan Davenport

Blairsville, GA

13

8

23

John Blankenship

Williamson, WV

14

21

25Z

Mason Zeigler

Chalk Hill, PA

15

28

71R

Rod Conley

Wheelersburg, OH

16

25

5

Jared Landers

Batesville, AR

17

2

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

18

28

71c

RJ Conley

Wheelersburg, OH

19

22

37

Jared Hawkins

Fairmont, WV

20

17

1G

Will Vaught

Crane, MO

21

23

D8

Dustin Linville

Lancaster, KY

22

10

28

Eddie Carrier Jr.

Salt Rock, WV

23

11

17m

Dale McDowell

Chickamauga, GA

24

19

2J

Davey Johnson

Greensburg, PA

25

9

55

Jeep VanWormer

Pinconning, MI

26

20

28m

Jimmy Mars

Menomonie, WI

Race Statistics

Entrants: 79

Lap Leaders: Scott Bloomquist (1-42); Brandon Sheppard (43-100)

Caution Flags: Jared Landers (lap 21); Davey Johnson (lap 40); Scott Bloomquist (lap 44); Will Vaught (lap 53); Jonathan Davenport (lap 64); Debris (lap 79)

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Dennis Erb, Jr. and Shane Clanton

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: N/A
Portsmouth Raceway Park Track Provisional: Rod Conley

Jim Dunn Memorial Non-Qualifiers Race Winner: RJ Conley

Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Dennis Erb, Jr.

Keyser Mfg Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jimmy Owens
Allstar Performer of the Race: Jason Feger

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Brandon Sheppard

JRi Shocks/Dunn Benson Ford Rookie of the Race: Billy Moyer Jr.

COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Roush-Yates Engines

Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis

Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Tommy Grecco (Steve Francis)
HAWK Performance Fastest Lap of the Race: Scott Bloomquist - Lap 7 - 15.574

Time of Race: 49 minutes 15 seconds 



 

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