Congratulations Jimmy Owens for your win on Hypercoils!

Owens Back in Victory Lane at Lucas Oil Speedway

WHEATLAND, MO (May 25, 2018) – Jimmy Owens claimed his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory of the season in the Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson on Friday night at Lucas Oil Speedway.

A torrid five-car battle for the lead took place in the first 13 laps of the 40-lap main event. Zeigler led the first 13 laps until Owens, who started eighth roared to the lead. Owens then maintained a steady pace until the finish holding a comfortable margin over tenth-place starter, Brian Shirley who would finish in second place.

Scott Bloomquist, who won the second B-Main of the night despite heavily damaged left-front suspension, made his way from 20th to take third at the checkered flag. Current series points leader, Jonathan Davenport came home in fourth and Bobby Pierce, the defending Show-Me 100 winner was fifth.

Owens, who is the second all-time winningest driver in series history, now has 59 career wins and becomes the ninth different winner of the 2018 season.

“It was just crazy tonight, the first several laps of that race you had a bunch of cars running for the lead. I have to thank all of my family, everyone back home who was watching on TV and my fans, without them I couldn’t do this. They keep me going up and down the road. I feel like we had a really good car yesterday and I just sealed the tires over after that one caution we had. I couldn’t get took off on the restart and it cost us a good finish,” said the 46-year-old in Lucas Oil Victory Lane.

Shirley in the Bob Cullen Racing, Thomason Express, Rocket was pleased with his runner-up finish. “I don’t know if I could have caught Jimmy. He is one of the best. We had a good car. The car was well-balanced. I want to thank Bob and Lisa Cullen, they give us the funding to do this. Thanks to Chris Davis at Midwest Sheet Metal and Ted Brown. I have got to thank my wife and kids and everyone back home who is watching. It was a good night, and this should set us up for a good starting spot tomorrow night.”

Bloomquist advanced 17 spots in the main event to secure a podium finish. “One of our boys really dug us a hole for tonight. We didn’t get to qualify. We were up for the challenge tonight, but it was hard on the car. I didn’t have enough time to get everything fixed like I wanted to for the feature. It was hurry-up and get back out on the race track. But all-in-all the car ran well, the engine ran cool. We will get everything fixed for tomorrow night.”

The winner’s Ramirez Motorsports Rocket Chassis is powered by an Andy Durham Racing Engines and sponsored by E3 Spark Plugs, Boomtest Well Service, Tommy Pope Construction, Red Bone Fishing and Rental, Power Rig LLC, Red Line Oil, Midwest Sheet Metal and Cheap Cars.

Completing the top ten were Mike Marlar, Hudson O’Neal, Dennis Erb Jr., Mason Zeigler and Kyle Bronson.

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