Jimmy Owens Wins In Front Of A Packed Home-State Crowd

(Photos by Jim DenHamer)

At the Smoky Mountain Speedway, Jimmy Owens cashed in big, winning the 13th World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Feature of his career and first since June 2 of last year. 

#20 Jimmy Owens

Owens was almost flawless the entire night, laying down a solid qualifying lap, winning his Drydene Heat Race and redrawing the outside pole. The only man standing in his way in the Morton Buildings Feature was the man gunning for a record-tying six wins in-a-row, Brandon Sheppard. Owens is from around these parts, however, perhaps that home-track experience played the biggest factor in his successful defense of the lead.

Next up for the World of Outlaws stars is the Illini 100 at Farmer City Raceway on April 5 and 6.

#5 Don O’Neal and #157 Mike Marlar

#7 Ricky Weiss and #29 Darrell Lanigan

Qualifying Flight-A 1. 1v-Vic Hill, 17.125; 2. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 17.151; 3. 29-Darrell Lanigan, 17.173; 4. 14-Josh Richards, 17.233; 5. 7-Ricky Weiss, 17.258; 6. 50-Shanon Buckingham, 17.339; 7. 3s-Brian Shirley, 17.414; 8. 2-Brandon Overton, 17.457; 9. 25-Shane Clanton, 17.485; 10. 16-Tyler Bruening, 17.489; 11. 1G-Ryan King, 17.498; 12. 36v-Kyle Hardy, 17.511; 13. 97-Cade Dillard, 17.531; 14. 9-Cory Hedgecock, 17.6; 15. 21-Robby Moses, 17.645; 16. 21k-Dakotah Knuckles, 18.271; 17. 6-Blake Spencer, 18.458

Qualifying Flight-B 1. 49-Jonathan Davenport, 16.954; 2. 44-Chris Madden, 17.083; 3. 20-Jimmy Owens, 17.202; 4. 18-Chase Junghans, 17.286; 5. 157-Mike Marlar, 17.316; 6. 5-Don O’Neal, 17.338; 7. 4T-Tommy Kerr, 17.433; 8. 1m-Devin Moran, 17.462; 9. B1-Brent Larson, 17.549; 10. 28-Dennis Erb, 17.654; 11. 99B-Boom Briggs, 17.675; 12. 97c-Michael Chilton, 17.698; 13. 101-Forrest Trent, 17.787; 14. 215-Patrick Duggan, 17.985; 15. OO-Dalton Polston, 18.021; 16. 29h-Christian Hanger, 18.884

#50 Shanon Buckingham and #2 Brandon Overton

#1 Brandon Shepherd and #20 Jimmy Owens

Drydene Heat #1 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer

1. 29-Darrell Lanigan [2]; 2. 1v-Vic Hill [1]; 3. 7-Ricky Weiss [3]; 4. 3s-Brian Shirley [4]; 5. 97-Cade Dillard [7]; 6. 25-Shane Clanton [5]; 7. 1G-Ryan King [6]; 8. 21-Robby Moses [8]; 9. 6-Blake Spencer [9]

Drydene Heat #2 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer

1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [1]; 2. 50-Shanon Buckingham [3]; 3. 2-Brandon Overton [4]; 4. 14-Josh Richards [2]; 5. 9-Cory Hedgecock [7]; 6. 16-Tyler Bruening [5]; 7. 36v-Kyle Hardy [6]; 8. 21k-Dakotah Knuckles [8]

Drydene Heat #3 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer

1. 20-Jimmy Owens [2]; 2. 157-Mike Marlar [3]; 3. 49-Jonathan Davenport [1]; 4. B1-Brent Larson [5]; 5. 4T-Tommy Kerr [4]; 6. OO-Dalton Polston [8]; 7. 99B-Boom Briggs [6]; 8. 101-Forrest Trent [7]

Drydene Heat #4 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer

1. 1m-Devin Moran [4]; 2. 44-Chris Madden [1]; 3. 18-Chase Junghans [2]; 4. 5-Don O’Neal [3]; 5. 97c-Michael Chilton [6]; 6. 28-Dennis Erb [5]; 7. 29h-Christian Hanger [8]; 8. 215-Patrick Duggan [7]

#5 Don O’Neal and #14 Josh Richards

#1 Devin Moran and #44 Chris Madden

Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer

1. 9-Cory Hedgecock [2][-]; 2. 25-Shane Clanton [3][-]; 3. 97-Cade Dillard [1][-]; 4. 16-Tyler Bruening [4][]; 5. 21-Robby Moses [7][$110]; 6. 36v-Kyle Hardy [6][$110]; 7. 21k-Dakotah Knuckles [8][$110]; 8. 1G-Ryan King [5][]

Last Chance Showdown 2 (10 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer

1. 4T-Tommy Kerr [1][-]; 2. 28-Dennis Erb [4][-]; 3. 97c-Michael Chilton [2][-]; 4. 99B-Boom Briggs [5][]; 5. 215-Patrick Duggan [8][$110]; 6. 29h-Christian Hanger [6][$110]; 7. OO-Dalton Polston [3][$110]; 8. 101-Forrest Trent [7]

Morton Buildings Feature (60 Laps) 1. 20-Jimmy Owens [2][$12,000]; 2. 1-Brandon Sheppard [1][$6,000]; 3. 7-Ricky Weiss [9][$4,500]; 4. 29-Darrell Lanigan [4][$3,500]; 5. 44-Chris Madden [6][$3,000]; 6. 49-Jonathan Davenport [10][$2,500]; 7. 157-Mike Marlar [5][$2,000]; 8. 5-Don O’Neal [16][$1,700]; 9. 25-Shane Clanton [19][$1,500]; 10. 50-Shanon Buckingham [8][$1,350]; 11. 2-Brandon Overton [11][$1,250]; 12. 18-Chase Junghans [12][$1,200]; 13. B1-Brent Larson [14][$1,150]; 14. 1v-Vic Hill [7][$1,100]; 15. 97-Cade Dillard [21][$1,050]; 16. 36v-Kyle Hardy [23][$1,000]; 17. 99B-Boom Briggs [24][$950]; 18. 28-Dennis Erb [20][$900]; 19. 4T-Tommy Kerr [18][$850]; 20. 1m-Devin Moran [3][$800]; 21. 3s-Brian Shirley [13][$800]; 22. 14-Josh Richards [15][$800]; 23. 9-Cory Hedgecock [17][$800]; 24. 97c-Michael Chilton [22][$800] 

Hard Charger: 25-Shane Clanton[+10] Lap Leaders – Jimmy Owens – Lap 1-60

About the author

Bobby Kimbrough

Bobby grew up in the heart of Illinois, becoming an avid dirt track race fan which has developed into a life long passion. Taking a break from the Midwest dirt tracks to fight evil doers in the world, he completed a full 21 year career in the Marine Corps.
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