MARYVILLE, Tenn. — For the second time this season, Jimmy Owens dominated the competition at one of his home state tracks, winning Saturday night’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Mountain Moonshine Classic at Smoky Mountain Speedway.
Owens grabbed the lead at the start of the 60-lap main event and led all the way before a packed grandstand.
Brandon Overton was looking for his second straight LOLMDS win and charged from the eighth starting spot to finish second, while Scott Bloomquist overtook series points leader Josh Richards late in the race to finish third.
Richards came home in fourth and Darrell Lanigan rounded out the top five.
Owens wrestled the lead away from polesitter Ray Cook at the start of the race and bolted away from the field. The only thing that slowed Owens was a lone caution, which came out on lap six.
From there, Owens held more than a straightaway lead over the field for the remainder of the race.
“Man, I can’t thank my crew enough, they have worked their tails off on this car,” Owens said. We have been away from home the last week or two and we needed to get things sorted out. It’s good to know a lot of hard work has paid off. Thanks to Shannon and Jeff for making this car go.”
“The track was in great shape; the pits … I am not so sure of, and we may have the hauler stuck out there. But after the rain they had this afternoon, it was good to see the sunshine and the great crowd on hand. I didn’t want to see a caution after that first one they had. I am glad I didn’t have to contend with the 116 [Overton] car at the end.”
Overton made another late race charge, but this time came one spot short of victory.
“Yes, I would have like to have had a caution there at the end, but that’s the way it goes sometimes,” Overton said. “Congrats to Jimmy on the win. We just got it going too late tonight to win it. But to run second with these guys, it’s all well worth it.”
Bloomquist rebounded for a third-place finish, passing Richards to gain valuable championship points and trim his deficit to a scant 10 markers.
“Overton was really good at the end,” Bloomquist admitted. “We got a little bit tight at the end and we just had to hang in there. It looked like one time we were coming on, but then we picked up a push. I am sure if we would have had a caution, we might have had something for them. Everything is running good again so hopefully we will be back up front again.”
RESULTS: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series; Smoky Mountain Speedway; July 8, 2017
A-Main (60 laps): 1. Jimmy Owens, 2. Brandon Overton, 3. Scott Bloomquist, 4. Josh Richards, 5. Darrell Lanigan, 6. Dale McDowell, 7. Ray Cook, 8. Casey Roberts, 9. Dennis Erb Jr., 10. Shanon Buckingham, 11. Earl Pearson Jr., 12. Hudson O’Neal, 13. Michael Chilton, 14. Tim McCreadie, 15. Gregg Satterlee, 16. Robby Moses, 17. Boom Briggs, 18. Dusty Carver, 19. Steve Francis, 20. Tommy Kerr, 21. Donald McIntosh, 22. Tyler Millwood, 23. Don O’Neal, 24. Steven Roberts.
CREDIT: Lucas Communications