Jimmy Owens Dominates Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series At 411

Jimmy Owens started the evening by setting fast time. All photos by Michael Moats

The green waved and the stacked field went screaming into turn one with Owens putting his #20 into the lead. Jonathan Davenport, Donald McIntosh, Shane Clanton, and Shanon Buckingham made up your top five. Cory Hedgecock one of the hottest drivers at 411 showed why he is one of the favorites as he picked up several spots on the start, moving by Buckingham into the top five.

Billy Moyer Jr. leaves on the hook after breaking a driveshaft in hot laps.

Out front, Owens had already rocketed out to a huge lead. The #40 of Kyle Bronson experienced trouble when he went for a wild spin into the infield ending his night early along with David Crabtree who pulled off under caution. When the race went back under green, the battle was on for the third spot as McIntosh and Clanton put on a thrilling battle for real estate.

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Brandon Overton didn’t have the best qualifying lot but he was on a mission as he picked them up one after the other driving to the front. Overton would get into the runner up spot until he got tangled up with the slower car of Kyle Hardy. Overton would have front end damage ending his bid for the win. One final restart would give Cory Hedgecock a shot at the leader but it wasn’t meant to be as Owens picked up his third straight Lucas Oil win.

Earl Pearson Jr. (1) and Josh Richards (14) get together in the second heat race.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race Summary: Tennessee’s Action Track 50.
Friday, June 26th, 2020. 411 Motor Speedway – Seymour, Tennessee.

Lucas Oil Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Jimmy Owens / 13.491 seconds (overall)
Fast Time Group B: Shanon Buckingham / 13.637 seconds

Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer):  1. 20-Jimmy Owens[1]; 2. 23H-Cory Hedgecock[2]; 3. 8-Kyle Strickler[4]; 4. 14-Josh Richards[3]; 5. 39-Tim McCreadie[6]; 6. 1T-Tyler Erb[8]; 7. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[5]; 8. 16-Tyler Bruening[9]; 9. 57M-Cameron Marlar[7]; 10. J0-John Ownbey[10]

Josh Richards goes for a spin in a heat race with contact from Kyle Strickler (8) in the first heat.

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer):  1. 7M-Donald McIntosh[1]; 2. 76-Brandon Overton[5]; 3. 57-Zack Mitchell[4]; 4. 11R-Josh Rice[9]; 5. 81E-Tanner English[7]; 6. 79-Kyle Hardy[3]; 7. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[6]; 8. 5V-Vic Hill[2]; 9. (DNS) 22F-Chris Ferguson

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 49-Jonathan Davenport[2]; 2. 50-Shanon Buckingham[1]; 3. 71-Hudson O’Neal[3]; 4. 17-Logan Roberson[4]; 5. 29-Christian Hanger[6]; 6. 97-Michael Chilton[5]; 7. 61-Caleb Ashby[8]; 8. 51M-Joey Moriarty[7]; 9. 28-Jeff Wolfenbarger[9]; 10. 6S-Blake Spencer[10]

In a preview of things to come, Brandon Overton (76) and Kyle Hardy engage in a tight battle in the third heat race.

Ohlins Shocks Heat Race #4 (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 25-Shane Clanton[2]; 2. 1G-Ryan King[1]; 3. 17M-Dale McDowell[4]; 4. C5-David Crabtree[3]; 5. 40B-Kyle Bronson[6]; 6. 2S-Stormy Scott[8]; 7. 21M-Robby Moses[5]; 8. 9-Devin Moran[7]; 9. 00-Ruben Mayfield[9]

Tiger Rear Ends B-Main #1 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer):  1. 81E-Tanner English[2]; 2. 39-Tim McCreadie[1]; 3. 79-Kyle Hardy[4]; 4. 1T-Tyler Erb[3]; 5. 57M-Cameron Marlar[8]; 6. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[5]; 7. 16-Tyler Bruening[7]; 8. (DNS) 21-Billy Moyer Jr; 9. (DNS) J0-John Ownbey; 10. (DNS) 5V-Vic Hill; 11. (DNS) 22F-Chris Ferguson

FAST Shafts B-Main #2 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson[2]; 2. 97-Michael Chilton[3]; 3. 29-Christian Hanger[1]; 4. 2S-Stormy Scott[4]; 5. 61-Caleb Ashby[5]; 6. 21M-Robby Moses[6]; 7. 51M-Joey Moriarty[7]; 8. 9-Devin Moran[8]; 9. 28-Jeff Wolfenbarger[9]; 10. 00-Ruben Mayfield[10]; 11. 6S-Blake Spencer[11]

The top 3 finishers were Cory Hedgecock (left), Jimmy Owens (middle), and Jonathan Davenport (right).

A-Feature: 1. #20 Jimmy Owens [1]; 2. #23 Cory Hedgecock [5]; 3. #3 Jonathan Davenport [2]; 4. #25 Shane Clanton [4]; 5. #50 Shanon Buckingham [6]; 6. #7 Donald McIntosh [3]; 7. #17M Dale McDowell [12]; 8. #57 Zach Mitchell [11]; 9. #14 Josh Richards [13]; 10. #71 Hudson O’Neal [10]; 11. #8 Kyle Strickler [9]; 12. #1 Tyler Erb [23]; 13. #81 Tanner English [17]; 14. #11 Josh Rice [15]; 15. #9 Devin Moran [24]; 16. #1 Earl Pearson Jr [26]; 17. #21 Billy Moyer Jr [25]; 18. #39 Tim McCreadie [19]; 19. #16 Tyler Bruening [27]; 20. #76 Brandon Overton [7]; 21. #79 Kyle Hardy [21]; 22. #17 Logan Roberson [14]; 23. #1G Ryan King [8]; 24. #97 Michael Chilton [20]; 25. #29 Christian Hanger [22]; 26. #C5 David Crabtree [16]; 27. #40B Kyle Bronson [18].

DNS: #57M Cameron Marlar; #J0 John Ownbey; #5 Vic Hill; #22 Chris Ferguson; #2 Stormy Scott; #61 Caleb Ashby; #21 Robby Moses; #51 Joey Moriarty; #28 Jeff Wolfenbarder; #00 Ruben Mayfield; #6 Blake Spencer.

604 Late Models

The 604 Late Model support class was up next and it turned into a family affair. Brothers Trevor Sise and Zach Sise would lead the field to green for the 25-lap feature event. The older Sise would take the lead on the start with Zach Sise, Rusty Ballenger, Cameron Weaver, and Josh Henry giving chase. As the top two inched away in the early laps the race was on for third on back. Josh Henry had the pressure turned up on Weaver for the position.

Jensen Ford had his work cut out for him to get to the lead. He was in pursuit of Henry and Weaver as they battled in front of him. The caution would wave for the #32 of John Blankenship who went for a spin in turn two slowing the pace. Back under green and Henry was on the move as he put himself into the fourth spot. Trevor Sise was setting a blistering pace out front and found himself catching slower cars. The caution would wave late for the #29 of Dereck Blair who spun in turn two. Trevor Sise would hold off his younger brother to pick up the win.

A-Feature: 1. #73 Trevor Sise; 2. #9 Zach Sise; 3. #29 Rusty Ballenger; 4. #B00 Josh Henry; 5. #83 Jensen Ford; 6. #C16 Cameron Weaver; 7. #98 Jed Emert; 8. #10 Bradley Lewelling; 9. #07 Jason Cardwell; 10. #14 Will Herrington; 11. #23 Ahnna Parkhurst; 12. #97 Bobby Giffin; 13. #A07 Addison Cardwell; 14. #116 Jake Whitehead; 15. #32 William Blankenship; 16. #14 Jerry Green; 17. #52 Shannon Emery; 18. #29 Dereck Blair; 19. #16 Brad Lowe; 20. #08 Bradley Strong; 21. #89 Brandon Miller; 22. #0 Ross White; 23. #8 Chris Chandler.

602 Late Models

David Miley already has a win this season and he would set fast time on the night. Chaos would show it’s ugly head as a multiple-car crash on the first lap involving Bobby Elkins, Dillon Peterman, Michael Courtney Lee Branch, and Michael Woods would bring out the caution.

After a lengthy cleanup, it was back to racing with your top five on the start being Miley, Josh Driskill, Spencer Singleton, Lee Branch, and Jeremy Broome. More trouble for Branch as he would go for a spin in turn two collecting the #66 of Woods. Both drivers would end up being one for the night with front end damage.

Adam Mitchell and Caleb Ashby would have a great battle for position just outside the top five. Driskill had closed in on the race leader but mechanical problems would end his night early. David Miley would go on to pick up his second win of the season.

A-Feature: 1. #71 David Miley; 2. #30 Spencer Singleton; 3. #12 Jeremy Broome; 4. #97 Cody Overton; 5. #50 Adam Mitchell; 6. #61 Caleb Ashby; 7. #5C James Cole; 8. #44 bobby Elkins; 9. #B00 Josh Driskill; 10. #77 Morgen Lambert; 11. #19 Michael Courtney; 12. #85 Lee Branch; 13. 366 Michael Woods; 14. #9 Dillon Peterman.

Classic Car

The final race of the night would be the 20 lap Classic Car feature. Lee Merritt would lead us to green ahead of Will Carey, Adam Engel, Chris Mickenney, and Josh Chesney. The caution would wave early for the #XXX of Chesney who went for a spin in turn four.

Steven Sise started in the rear of the pack because of a driver change so he had to charge his way to the front of the pack. The top three pulled away from the rest of the field who battled it out for positions. Engel seemed to have a long run car as he moved past Carey into the second spot in the later laps. He would get a few looks under Merritt as the final laps ticked off but wouldn’t be able to get by.

Classic Car Feature: 1. #14 Lee Merritt; 2. #51 Adam Engel; 3. #16 Will Carey; 4. #J16 Steven Sise; 5. #35 Mark Sise; 6. #113 Chris McKinney; 7. #37 Shane Taylor; 8. #XXX Josh Chesney; 9. #515 Michael Milsap; 10. #11 Tim Bounds.
DNS: #69 Jesse Hickman

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