OWENS AND ROBINSON OPEN DIRT LATE MODEL DREAM WEEKEND WITH TWIN-25 VICTORIES

From DirtonDirt.com reports

ROSSBURG, Ohio (June 5) — A pair of Club 29 Race Car drivers showed the way Thursday as Eldora Speedway opened the weekend for the 20th annual Dirt Late Model Dream presented by Ferris Mowers with a pair of Twin 25-lap features.

Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., led the final 10 laps of the opening feature while Kent Robinson of Bloomington, Ind., led all the way in the finale. The drivers earned $2,500 apiece and will be among nearly 80 drivers gunning for Saturday’s $100,000 payday. Twin 25-lappers paying $5,000-to-win are scheduled for Friday.

With the track splitting the field for two complete programs, Owens came out on top in the opening feature event.

Combining patience with an impeccably handling machine, Owens ran down and passed race-long pacesetter Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., for the lead on lap 15 and rolled to victory.

“It’s good to come up here and win and have a pretty versatile car,” said Owens, a past winner of Eldora’s Dream (2009) and World 100 (’07, ’11). “I was pretty good wherever I wanted to go actually — I could run high, through the middle and on the bottom. I was really pleased.”

Owens, 42, failed to jump out to the lead at the initial green flag from his pole position starting spot, but that was the only blemish on his run. He glided by the 17-year-old Pierce, who started second, just after the halfway mark and controlled the remainder of the distance to pocket a $2,500 check.

Feature One winner Jimmy Owens

Feature One winner Jimmy Owens

Pierce settled for a runner-up finish, 1.441 seconds behind Owens. Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., earned a career-best Eldora finish of third after surging past Jacob Hawkins of Fairmont, W.Va., on the restart following the race’s only caution flag, on lap 22. John Blankenship of Williamson, W.Va., also passed Hawkins on the final restart to place fourth, leaving Hawkins fifth at the checkered flag.

Pierce fell short of kicking off the Dream weekend with his 12th overall win of his spectacular 2014 season.

“I kind of wish some of those lapped cars would’ve gotten out of the way a little bit better when they got the move-over flag,” said Pierce, who drove a car that sported a retro graphics scheme resembling the Dependable Carburetors No. 32 his father Bob ran in the early ‘90s. “But you gotta race ‘em — and it’s good practice for the 100-lap race. I kind of realized how you gotta work those (lapped) guys and maybe use the right side (to pass them) if I have to.”

In the second feature, Robinson captured what he called the biggest Late Model victory of his career.

“Any time you get on the stage here, it’s a big deal,” the 27-year-old driver said. “It might not have paid the highest (purse) I’ve ever won, but it definitely means the most to me.”

The polesitter jumped into the early lead in the caution-free event and built a comfortable half-straightaway margin on second-running Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., a six-time Dream winner.

But as the frontrunners approached traffic after 10 laps, Robinson’s margin narrowed and it appeared as if Bloomquist might track him down. Instead, Robinson turned up the wick amid the slower cars, stretching his lead and giving his No. 7r a cushion of three lapped cars as Bloomquist vainly tried to keep up.

“When you get to dirty air, it really makes your car handle different. I knew I had a big lead. I was getting signs, a big enough lead, but I had to press hard enough to get around those guys to put some cars in between me and Scott,” Robinson said. “The car was really maneuverable. Once the tires fired off, it was really good — spot on. I don’t know if it could’ve gotten better, but that’s a good feeling. It makes my job a lot easier.”

Feature Two winner Kent Robinson

Feature Two winner Kent Robinson

Robinson ran unchallenged the rest of the way to take the checkers nearly three seconds ahead of Bloomquist, who started fourth and took the second spot from outside front-row starter Jonathan Davenport on the third lap. Chris Simpson of Oxford, Iowa, who started fifth, advanced two positions for his best Eldora performance while Rick Eckert of York, Pa., rallied from 11th to finish fourth in the Rocket Chassis house car.

Duane Chamberlain of Richmond, Ind., improved three positions to give the Bill Dues-owned St. Henry Nite Club team its second top five finish of the night. Davenport slipped back to seventh at the finish.

The Dream XX by Ferris weekend continues on Friday night (June 6) with a second preliminary night of competition. Time trials will again split the field into two groups for heat races, B-Mains and 25-lap features that will pay $5,000 to win.

Heat races for Saturday night’s Dirt Late Model Dream by Ferris Mowers will be aligned using drivers’ best qualifying laps from time trials on Thursday and Friday, putting plenty of importance on the second round against the clock on Friday night.

Hot laps are scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. on Friday with time trials to follow. Racing will get the green flag at 8 p.m.

Fans can obtain tickets information for the Dream XX by going online to www.EldoraSpeedway.com or contacting the Eldora offices at 937-338-3815.

Fans who can’t make it to Eldora in person this weekend can still watch all the action live by purchasing the live Pay-Per-View video broadcast of all three nights of action that is available at www.EldoraSpeedway.com and www.DirtonDirt.com 

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DIRT LATE MODEL DREAM – NIGHT 1
Date: June 5, 2014

UMP DIRTcar Late Models

TIME TRIALS – 1. 28C-Eddie Carrier Jr [16.433]; 2. 157-Mike Marlar [16.553]; 3. 25F-Jason Feger [16.631]; 4. 17M-Dale Mcdowell [16.681]; 5. 6D-Jonathan Davenport [16.740]; 6. 15B-Brian Birkhofer [16.740]; 7. 7R-Kent Robinson [16.765]; 8. 777-Jared Landers [16.768]; 9. 29-Darrell Lanigan [16.804]; 10. 44-Earl Pearson, Jr [16.849]; 11. 1B-Jeff Babcock [16.938]; 12. 15-Steve Francis [16.980]; 13. 55-Jeep Vanwormer [16.987]; 14. 1WC-Wayne Chinn [17.000]; 15. 44M-Chris Madden [17.006]; 16. 25Z-Mason Zeigler [17.025]; 17. 39-Tim Mccreadie [17.055]; 18. 32-Chris Simpson [17.061]; 19. 18W-Eric Wells [17.137]; 20. 1H-Jason Hiett [17.165]; 21. 21-Billy Moyer [17.182]; 22. 32P-Bobby Pierce [17.196]; 23. 9R-Curtis Roberts [17.213]; 24. 20-Jimmy Owens [17.224]; 25. 20C-Duane Chamberlain [17.234]; 26. 58D-Aj Diemel [17.266]; 27. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr [17.338]; 28. 16N-Brad Neat [17.481]; 29. 0-Scott Bloomquist [17.502]; 30. 1E-Rick Eckert [17.515]; 31. 40B-Kyle Bronson [17.535]; 32. 95J-Jerry Bowersock [17.619]; 33. 18K-Brandon Kinzer [17.648]; 34. 6-Dustin Neat [17.656]; 35. 75P-Terry Phillips [17.684]; 36. 71C-R J Conley [17.684]; 37. 28-Dennis Erb Jr [17.708]; 38. 5-Don Oneal [17.731]; 39. 28P-Jeff Provinzino [17.732]; 40. 33-Aaron Scott [17.768]; 41. 12-Jason Hughes [17.796]; 42. 1J-Davey Johnson [17.803]; 43. 5E-Brandon Overton [17.824]; 44. 81S-Brian Shirley [17.843]; 45. 1W-Wendall Wallace [17.880]; 46. 99M-Devin Moran [17.898]; 47. 25C-Shane Clanton [17.898]; 48. 18J-Chase Junghans [17.931]; 49. 28M-Jimmy Mars [17.938]; 50. 15H-Jon Henry [17.957]; 51. 18-Shannon Babb [17.977]; 52. B5-Brandon Sheppard [18.011]; 53. 81JR-Jason Riggs [18.074]; 54. 360-Michael Asberry [18.077]; 55. 14M-Morgan Bagley [18.090]; 56. 71-Delmas Conley [18.109]; 57. 1N-Casey Noonan [18.161]; 58. 3-Matt Miller [18.179]; 59. 00K-Randy Korte [18.237]; 60. 11S-Rusty Schlenk [18.273]; 61. 16R-Justin Ratliff [18.304]; 62. 25B-Mike Benedum [18.356]; 63. 83-Scott James [18.381]; 64. 31-Nick Latham [18.477]; 65. 23-John Blankenship [18.502]; 66. 1V-Vic Hill [18.557]; 67. 75M-Dusty Moore [18.695]; 68. 93-Jay Johnson [18.764]; 69. 20H-Jacob Hawkins [18.909]; 70. 19M-Josh Adkins [18.952]; 71. 36-Matt Irey [18.961]; 72. 98S-Tim Sabo [19.016]; 73. 3G-Brian Gray [19.229]; 74. 4C-Ernie Cordier [20.278]; 75. 3C-Charlie Laplant [99.991]; 76. 22S-Gregg Satterlee [99.992]; 77. 19R-Ryan Gustin [99.993]; 78. 11W-Rob Williams [99.994];

ODD HEAT 1 – 1. 20H-Jacob Hawkins [5]; 2. 23-John Blankenship [9]; 3. 28M-Jimmy Mars [7]; 4. 28C-Eddie Carrier Jr [3]; 5. 39-Tim Mccreadie [1]; 6. 58D-Aj Diemel [4]; 7. 1N-Casey Noonan [8]; 8. 3G-Brian Gray [10]; 9. 29-Darrell Lanigan [2]; 10. 12-Jason Hughes [6];

ODD HEAT 2 – 1. 18W-Eric Wells [1]; 2. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr [4]; 3. 18-Shannon Babb [7]; 4. 1B-Jeff Babcock [2]; 5. 25F-Jason Feger [3]; 6. 1J-Davey Johnson [9]; 7. 81S-Brian Shirley [6]; 8. 18K-Brandon Kinzer [5]; 9. 00K-Randy Korte [DNS]; 10. 3C-Charlie Laplant [DNS];

ODD HEAT 3 – 1. 32P-Bobby Pierce [1]; 2. 55-Jeep Vanwormer [2]; 3. 15B-Brian Birkhofer [4]; 4. 75P-Terry Phillips [5]; 5. 5-Don Oneal [3]; 6. 81JR-Jason Riggs [7]; 7. 1W-Wendall Wallace [6]; 8. 16R-Justin Ratliff [8]; 9. 93-Jay Johnson [9]; 10. 11W-Rob Williams [10];

ODD HEAT 4 – 1. 20-Jimmy Owens [1]; 2. 44M-Chris Madden [2]; 3. 1H-Jason Hiett [4]; 4. 25C-Shane Clanton [6]; 5. 28P-Jeff Provinzino [5]; 6. 777-Jared Landers [3]; 7. 83-Scott James [8]; 8. 14M-Morgan Bagley [7]; 9. 36-Matt Irey [9];

EVEN HEAT 1 – 1. 0-Scott Bloomquist [3]; 2. 32-Chris Simpson [1]; 3. 157-Mike Marlar [2]; 4. 44-Earl Pearson, Jr [4]; 5. 15H-Jon Henry [7]; 6. 1V-Vic Hill [9]; 7. 3-Matt Miller [8]; 8. 5E-Brandon Overton [6]; 9. 95J-Jerry Bowersock [5]; 10. 4C-Ernie Cordier [10];

EVEN HEAT 2 – 1. 21-Billy Moyer [1]; 2. 15-Steve Francis [2]; 3. 17M-Dale Mcdowell [3]; 4. 16N-Brad Neat [4]; 5. B5-Brandon Sheppard [7]; 6. 71C-R J Conley [6]; 7. 11S-Rusty Schlenk [8]; 8. 6-Dustin Neat [5]; 9. 75M-Dusty Moore [9]; 10. 22S-Gregg Satterlee [DNF];

EVEN HEAT 3 – 1. 6D-Jonathan Davenport [3]; 2. 1WC-Wayne Chinn [2]; 3. 1E-Rick Eckert [4]; 4. 9R-Curtis Roberts [1]; 5. 99M-Devin Moran [6]; 6. 19R-Ryan Gustin [10]; 7. 28-Dennis Erb Jr [5]; 8. 360-Michael Asberry [7]; 9. 19M-Josh Adkins [9]; 10. 25B-Mike Benedum [8];

EVEN HEAT 4 – 1. 7R-Kent Robinson [3]; 2. 20C-Duane Chamberlain [1]; 3. 25Z-Mason Zeigler [2]; 4. 40B-Kyle Bronson [4]; 5. 33-Aaron Scott [5]; 6. 71-Delmas Conley [7]; 7. 18J-Chase Junghans [6]; 8. 98S-Tim Sabo [9]; 9. 31-Nick Latham [8];

ODD B-FEATURE 1 – 1. 39-Tim Mccreadie [1]; 2. 58D-Aj Diemel [3]; 3. 29-Darrell Lanigan [9]; 4. 25F-Jason Feger [2]; 5. 1J-Davey Johnson [4]; 6. 81S-Brian Shirley [6]; 7. 1N-Casey Noonan [5]; 8. 18K-Brandon Kinzer [8]; 9. 12-Jason Hughes [11]; 10. 3G-Brian Gray [7]; 11. 00K-Randy Korte [DNS]; 12. 3C-Charlie Laplant [DNS];

ODD B-FEATURE 2 – 1. 5-Don Oneal [1]; 2. 777-Jared Landers [4]; 3. 81JR-Jason Riggs [3]; 4. 14M-Morgan Bagley [8]; 5. 1W-Wendall Wallace [5]; 6. 16R-Justin Ratliff [7]; 7. 36-Matt Irey [10]; 8. 93-Jay Johnson [9]; 9. 83-Scott James [6]; 10. 11W-Rob Williams [11]; 11. 28P-Jeff Provinzino [DNF];

EVEN B-FEATURE 1 – 1. 15H-Jon Henry [1]; 2. 3-Matt Miller [5]; 3. 71C-R J Conley [4]; 4. 22S-Gregg Satterlee [12]; 5. 5E-Brandon Overton [7]; 6. B5-Brandon Sheppard [2]; 7. 11S-Rusty Schlenk [6]; 8. 1V-Vic Hill [3]; 9. 75M-Dusty Moore [10]; 10. 6-Dustin Neat [8]; 11. 4C-Ernie Cordier [11]; 12. 95J-Jerry Bowersock [DNF];

EVEN B-FEATURE 2 – 1. 99M-Devin Moran [1]; 2. 19R-Ryan Gustin [3]; 3. 360-Michael Asberry [7]; 4. 71-Delmas Conley [4]; 5. 33-Aaron Scott [2]; 6. 31-Nick Latham [10]; 7. 25B-Mike Benedum [11]; 8. 19M-Josh Adkins [9]; 9. 28-Dennis Erb Jr [5]; 10. 18J-Chase Junghans [6]; 11. 98S-Tim Sabo [DNF];

ODD A FEATURE  - 1. 20-Jimmy Owens [1]; 2. 32P-Bobby Pierce [2]; 3. 18W-Eric Wells [3]; 4. 23-John Blankenship [5]; 5. 20H-Jacob Hawkins [4]; 6. 44M-Chris Madden [8]; 7. 15B-Brian Birkhofer [11]; 8. 55-Jeep Vanwormer [7]; 9. 28C-Eddie Carrier Jr [13]; 10. 18-Shannon Babb [10]; 11. 39-Tim Mccreadie [17]; 12. 81JR-Jason Riggs [22]; 13. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr [6]; 14. 28M-Jimmy Mars [9]; 15. 14M-Morgan Bagley [24]; 16. 29-Darrell Lanigan [21]; 17. 5-Don Oneal [18]; 18. 1H-Jason Hiett [12]; 19. 1B-Jeff Babcock [14]; 20. 75P-Terry Phillips [DNF]; 21. 58D-Aj Diemel [DNF]; 22. 25C-Shane Clanton [DNF]; 23. 777-Jared Landers [DNF]; 24. 25F-Jason Feger [DNF];

EVEN A FEATURE  - 1. 7R-Kent Robinson [1]; 2. 0-Scott Bloomquist [4]; 3. 32-Chris Simpson [5]; 4. 1E-Rick Eckert [11]; 5. 20C-Duane Chamberlain [8]; 6. 17M-Dale Mcdowell [10]; 7. 6D-Jonathan Davenport [2]; 8. 21-Billy Moyer [3]; 9. 157-Mike Marlar [9]; 10. 25Z-Mason Zeigler [12]; 11. 15-Steve Francis [6]; 12. 16N-Brad Neat [14]; 13. 71C-R J Conley [24]; 14. 19R-Ryan Gustin [20]; 15. 3-Matt Miller [19]; 16. 22S-Gregg Satterlee [23]; 17. 44-Earl Pearson, Jr [13]; 18. 15H-Jon Henry [17]; 19. 9R-Curtis Roberts [15]; 20. 71-Delmas Conley [21]; 21. 40B-Kyle Bronson [16]; 22. 360-Michael Asberry [22]; 23. 99M-Devin Moran [18]; 24. 1WC-Wayne Chinn [DNF];

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