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Lucas Oil Series at Cherokee Speedway - 6/17 Results
06/17/11 at 10:09pm
 
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Cherokee Speedway
June 17, 2011
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Shaver Fights off Cook to Win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Event at Cherokee

by James Essex
GAFFNEY, S.C. (June 17) - Steve Shaver of Vienna, WV edged out Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC to win the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned 13th Grassy Smith Memorial on Friday Night at Cherokee Speedway. Shaver, who started fifth, took over the lead on lap 44 when race leader Jonathan Davenport pitted for a flat tire. Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN finished third; followed by 23rd starting Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN and Steve Casebolt of Richmond, IN.

Chris Ferguson led the first six laps until Davenport took over the top spot on lap seven. Rookie contender Jared Landers then used the high-side to his advantage as he moved into second on lap nine. Landers and Bloomquist then ran side-by-side for several laps and Ferguson fell to fourth.

Davenport was holding the lead through heavy traffic until the red flag came out on lap 23. Bloomquist and Landers went door-to-door in turn three and Bloomquist flipped in turn four, bringing out the red. Bloomquist went pitside and returned to the race, staying on the lead lap.

Davenport then held off Shaver for several laps until a caution came out on lap 43. During the caution flag, Davenport's right rear tire went flat and he went pitside for a tire change. Shaver then took over the lead as Owens and Cook battled it out for second place.

Cook went by Owens on the top shelf with two laps to go. Cook then tracked down Shaver in a hurry and pulled even with Shaver in the final two circuits. Shaver slammed the door on Cook as he went on to become the tenth different winner in LOLMDS action this season.

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane, the 47-year-old Shaver said he didn't know if he had enough left at the end. "There's probably not any tread left on either rear tire, I tried to baby them there at the end, but to hold Ray off, he's a clean racer and a great driver and to win this race means a lot to me and my race team," said Shaver, who drives for the Greensboro, NC based K&L Rumley Team.

Shaver's Rocket Chassis is sponsored by GPS Supply Company, CV Products, Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Racing Tires, and is powered by a Rumley Racing Engine.

Cook finished second by a car length in the Rockstar Energy Drink, MasterSbilt entry. Owens maintained his points lead with a third place finish in the Reece Monument Company, Bloomquist Race Cars Ford. O'Neal, who started in 23rd, finished fourth in the Magnaflow Exhaust Products, MasterSbilt Chevy, with Casebolt placing fifth in his Rockstar Energy Drink, MasterSbilt Car.

Completing the top ten were Dennis Franklin of Gaffney, SC; John Blankenship of Williamson, WV; Steve Francis of Ashland, KY; Brad Neat of Dunnville, KY; and Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA.

Chris Ferguson was the Red Buck Cigars Fast Qualifier among the 37 entries on hand. Heat race winners were Ferguson, Davenport, Johnny Pursley, and Dale McDowell. The B-Mains went to Frank Heckenast Jr. and Eric Jacobsen.

Coming up on Saturday Night, June 18th the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be in action at Fred Brown's Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, VA for a $10,000 to win event. For more info log on to www.wytheraceway.com.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com or call the series' office at (951) 532-2503.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
13th Annual Grassy Smith Memorial
Cherokee Speedway - Gaffney, SC

A-Main  
1 6 Steve Shaver Vienna, WV $10,000
2 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC
3 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
4 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN
5 c9 Steve Casebolt  Richmond, IN
6 2 Dennis Franklin Gaffney, SC
7 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
8 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
9 41n Brad Neat Dunnville, KY
10 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA
11 09 Johnny Pursley Clover, SC
12 11t Tyler Reddick Corning, CA
13 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr Orland Park, IL
14 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN
15 44M Chris Madden Gaffney, SC
16 1G Mike Marlar Winfield, TN
17 17 Mike Gault Gaffney, SC
18 57J Bub McCool Vicksburg, MS
19 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL
20 22 Chris Ferguson Mt Holly, NC
21 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY
22 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
23 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA
24 5 Eric Jacobsen Seacliff Beach, CA
25 18M Jeff Smith Dallas, NC
26 2X John Henderson Aiken, SC

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B-Main #1  
1 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr Orland Park, IL
2 c9 Steve Casebolt  Richmond, IN
3 2 Dennis Franklin Gaffney, SC
4 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
5 71w Chris Wall Springfield, LA
6 57 Zack Mitchell Enoree, SC

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Heat #1  
1 22 Chris Ferguson Mt Holly, NC
2 6 Steve Shaver Vienna, WV
3 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC
4 18M Jeff Smith Dallas, NC
5 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr Orland Park, IL
6 71w Chris Wall Springfield, LA
7 57 Zack Mitchell Enoree, SC
8 2 Dennis Franklin Gaffney, SC

Heat #2  
1 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA
2 1G Mike Marlar Winfield, TN
3 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY
4 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
5 c9 Steve Casebolt  Richmond, IN
6 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
7 11t Tyler Reddick Corning, CA

Heat #3  
1 09 Johnny Pursley Clover, SC
2 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
3 17 Mike Gault Gaffney, SC
4 2X John Henderson Aiken, SC
5 5 Eric Jacobsen Seacliff Beach, CA
6 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
7 16B Daniel Baggerly Rural Retreat, VA
8 1 Brent Dixon Elberton, GA
9 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN

Heat #4  
1 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA
2 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN
3 44M Chris Madden Gaffney, SC
4 41n Brad Neat Dunnville, KY
5 57J Bub McCool Vicksburg, MS
6 44C Clint Smith Senoia, GA
7 21B Chip Brindle Chatsworth, GA
8 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL

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Qualifying Results
1 22 Chris Ferguson Mt Holly, NC 15.413
2 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 15.514
3 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 15.530
4 2 Dennis Franklin Gaffney, SC 15.582
5 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 15.597
6 09 Johnny Pursley Clover, SC 15.624
7 44M Chris Madden Gaffney, SC 15.635
8 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 15.659
9 6 Steve Shaver Vienna, WV 15.692
10 1G Mike Marlar Winfield, TN 15.694
11 17 Mike Gault Gaffney, SC 15.701
12 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA 15.704
13 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC 15.739
14 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 15.768
15 11t Tyler Reddick Corning, CA 15.802
16 41n Brad Neat Dunnville, KY 15.805
17 18M Jeff Smith Dallas, NC 15.835
18 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY 15.844
19 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr Orland Park, IL 15.867
20 101 Casey Roberts Toccoa, GA 15.871
21 1 Brent Dixon Elberton, GA 15.882
22 57 Zack Mitchell Enoree, SC 15.908
23 21B Chip Brindle Chatsworth, GA 15.916
24 2X John Henderson Aiken, SC 15.933
25 44 Clint Smith Senoia, GA 15.945
26 c9 Steve Casebolt  Richmond, IN 15.951
27 71w Chris Wall Springfield, LA 15.966
28 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV 15.981
29 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY 16.015
30 57J Bub McCool Vicksburg, MS 16.029
31 5 Eric Jacobsen Seacliff Beach, CA 16.062
32 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 16.106
33 6P Furman Parton Union Mills, NC 16.206
34 16B Daniel Baggerly Rural Retreat, VA 16.398
35 32 Russell Brandon Gaffney, SC 16.679

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