Welcome, Guest. Please
11/22/19 at 8:24pm
Lucas Oil Series at Knoxville Raceway - 10/1 Results (Read 7463 times)
Lucas Oil Series at Knoxville Raceway - 10/1 Results
10/01/11 at 7:23pm
Lucas Oil Late Model Nationals
October 1, 2011
Don O'Neal Takes $40,000 Victory in Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals
by James Essex
KNOXVILLE, IA (October 1) - Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN took over the lead from a faltering Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN on lap 96 as he went on to capture the $40,000 to win 8th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Nationals Presented by Casey's General Stores on Saturday Night at Knoxville Raceway. O'Neal took the win over Steve Francis of Ashland, KY; Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA; Tyler Reddick of Corning, CA; and Owens, who slipped to fifth at the finish.
Austin Hubbard started off the first of the 100 laps of racing by leading the first 23 circuits. O'Neal then charged from his eighth starting spot to grab the lead on the 24th lap. O'Neal and Hubbard ran first and second until lap 56 when Owens made his presence known and moved into second around Hubbard.
Owens shot by O'Neal for the lead on the 60th lap as O'Neal dropped to second followed by Hubbard, Jimmy Mars, and Birkhofer. Owens built a huge lead over the field as he began lapping cars at a rapid pace. One of the cars that Owens lapped was Scott Bloomquist, who had pitted.
With 25 laps to go, it was all Owens leading O'Neal, Mars, Hubbard, and Birkhofer. Hubbard then caught up to O'Neal and passed him for second on lap 79. O'Neal charged back by Hubbard to regain the position with 15 laps remaining.
Mars then came to a halt in turn number two with 88 laps complete. The restart turned out to be wild and crazy with Owens holding the lead with pressure from O'Neal. O'Neal made the move into turn number three to take the lead, but the caution came out for a metal wheel cover that was stuck in the track in turn number two.
The final restart of race proved to be exciting as Owens once again shut the door on O'Neal down the front stretch. But O'Neal was not done yet. Owens started to slow as he hooked the berm, which affected the handling on his car. O'Neal then took the lead off of turn number four passing Owens, who had lost his momentum.
O'Neal powered away from the field to score the victory in his first visit to Knoxville in seven years. The cars of Francis, Birkhofer and Reddick all got by Owens in the final laps. "That cushion bit me a couple of times," said the 47-year-old in Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the fourth time in 2011. "I was lucky to hang on for second as long as I did. There at the end, it finally got him (Owens), he raced me clean on those restarts, I would have done the same thing to him, and it was a great race."
"I have to thank Magnaflow Exhaust for being on the car and MasterSbilt Race Cars, Larry Moring and Ronnie Stuckey for all of their help. Also, thanks to my regular car owner, Tader Masters and everybody else. We've had a good year in this car as well as our regular ride. It feels great to come back here and win after what happened to us the last time here when I got hurt," said O'Neal.
The MasterSbilt Chevrolet is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by Freeport Recycling Center, MDI Environmental Systems, Graphic Arts Express, Hoosier Tires, and Ohlins.
Francis charged from his 12th starting spot to finish second at the line. "We had a real good car, after the year we have had it feels good to be here on the podium with these guys. We had a pretty wild finish there, Jimmy had a great car, he was long gone it looked like it. I don't know if he hit the cushion or what, but we will definitely take this second place and go from here," said the driver of the Valvoline, Roush-Yates, MasterSbilt Ford. Birkhofer, who won on Friday Night placed third in the J&J Steel, Pro Power Racing Engines, MB Customs entry. Reddick in his best ever run at Knoxville came home fourth in the Broken Bow Records, Gaerte Racing Engines, Bloomquist Race Cars Chevrolet. Owens limped across the finish line for fifth in the Reece Monument Company, Cornett Racing Engines, Bloomquist Race Cars Ford.
The remainder of the top ten were Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR; Austin Hubbard of Seaford, DE; Brady Smith of Solon Springs, WI; Bub McCool of Vicksburg, MS; and Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN.
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be in action next weekend with events on Saturday Night, October 8th at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA and Sunday Night, October 9th at Rome Speedway in Rome, GA. Both events will pay $10,000 to win.
For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto
or call the series' office at (951) 532-2503.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Saturday Night, October 1st, 2011
8th Annual Lucas Oil Knoxville Nationals
Knoxville Raceway - Knoxville, IA
1 71 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN $40,000
2 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
3 15B Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA
4 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA
5 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, IN
6 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR
7 19 Austin Hubbard Laurel, DE
8 2 Brady Smith Solon Springs, WI
9 57J Bub McCool Vicksburg, MS
10 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN
11 3s Brian Shirley Chatham, IL
12 777 Jared Landers Welcome, NC
13 5B Mike Marlar Winfield, TN
14 25F Jason Feger Bloomington, IL
15 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC
16 23 John Blankenship Morristown, TN
17 27H Brian Harris Davenport, IA
18 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr. Frankfurt, IL
19 28M Jimmy Mars Menomonie, WI
20 18E Eric Wells Hazard, KY
21 50 Denny Eckrich Oxford, IA
22 1 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY
23 1V Will Vaught Crane, MO
24 44 Earl Pearson Jr. Trinity, NC
25 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY
26 18 Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL
27 98 Jason Rauen Farley, IA
28 81 Scott James Lawrenceburg, IN
29 25 Chad Simpson Mount Vernon, IA
30 32 Chris Simpson Marion, IA
31 41 Brad Neat Trinity, NC
32 56 Andy Eckrich Iowa City, IA
33 1m Rob Moss Iowa City, IA
1 23 John Blankenship Morristown, TN
2 2 Brady Smith Solon Springs, WI
3 18E Eric Wells Hazard, KY
4 27H Brian Harris Davenport, IA
5 50 Denny Eckrich Oxford, IA
6 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr. Frankfurt, IL
7 7R Kent Robinson Bloomington, IN
8 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC
9 3 Kevin Sather Ankeny, IA
10 21B Rich Bell Sheffield, IL
11 51 Matt Furman Columbus, OH
12 5m Mike Fryer Freeport, IL
13 25H Kerry Hansen Spencer, WI
14 21JR Billy Moyer Jr. Batesville, AR
15 93 Jay Johnson West Burlington, IA
16 41 Brad Neat Trinity, NC
17 33 Nick Marolf Moscow, IA
18 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
19 5 John Duty Happy Valley, OR
20 22M Charlie McKenna Clear Lake, IA
21 48 Tim Lance Peoria, IL
22 44 Earl Pearson Jr. Trinity, NC
23 58 Dave Eckrich Oxford, IA
24 s9 Dan Schlieper Sullivan, WI
1 3 Kevin Sather Ankeny, IA
2 51 Matt Furman Columbus, OH
3 48 Tim Lance Peoria, IL
4 93 Jay Johnson West Burlington, IA
5 16 Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA
6 56x Chris Spieker Massena, IA
7 99D Darrel DeFrance Marshalltown, IA
8 22 Jill George Cedar Falls, IA
9 6 Al Humphrey Giltner, NE
10 8 Mike Wallace Carter Lake, IA
11 99 Scott Lewis Brighton, CO
12 15c Curt Schroeder Ames, IA
13 7c Chad Chenoweth Huron, SD
14 44zo Alonzo Grosse Council Bluffs, IA
Back to top
Re: Lucas Oil Series at Knoxville Raceway - 10/1 Results
Reply #1 -
10/02/11 at 4:05am
Lucas Oil Late Model Nationals
October 1, 2011
Photos courtesy of John Vass
Back to top
» Powered by
© 2000-2008. All Rights Reserved.