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Lucas Oil Series at Tazewell Speedway - 5/31 Results
05/31/13 at 9:59pm
 
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Tazewell Speedway
May 31, 2013
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Blankenship Best in Lucas Oil Toyota Knoxville 50 at Tazewell Speedway



by James Essex
TAZEWELL, TN (May 31) - John Blankenship took home his first ever win at Tazewell Speedway on Friday Night capturing the Toyota Knoxville 50. Blankenship picked up his second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of 2013 after taking over the lead on lap nine, when race leader Scott Bloomquist went pitside. Blankenship then held off several challenges from Jimmy Owens as he pulled away at the end. Owens nursed a smoking car home in second followed by Earl Pearson Jr., Dennis Erb Jr. and Steve Francis.
 
"Yes that was a tough race, Francis got me on the restart and then we were finally able to make it stick. I saw Jimmy's nose a couple of times, I got a little excited, but we kept at it and it feels good to win so close to our race shop in Knoxville," said the winner. "I am glad that Bobby's (Pierce) ok, I saw Scott (Bloomquist) slide in there, he must have gotten a lot of damage, because I saw him pull out of the race."
 
Blankenship inherited the lead with Owens, following closely in second. Blankenship and Owens put on a terrific battle for the lead for several circuits with Owens actually being credited with leading lap 20. Blankenship regained the top spot a lap later and went on to lead the rest of the way. Owens started fading in the final ten laps as smoke was pouring out of his car.
 
"I have to thank all of my sponsors, Coal, Todd Case Trucking, Bear Cove Village, VP, Integra, Cornett Racing Engines and Rocket Chassis. My crew has been outstanding lately; we came into this season looking to win the championship and with a win tonight it sure helps! Two wins out of the last three, so we hope to keep the momentum going at Florence tomorrow night, that's a track we need to improve our performance at."


 
Owens, with his second place finish, maintained his points lead. "We were just hanging on there at the end. I don't know if it was an oil leak or what, fortunately we were far enough ahead of those other guys, but we will go through the car and get ready for Florence. The track was racy tonight, there must have been a full-moon or something, and I want to thank all the fans for coming out tonight."
  
Completing the top ten were Eddie Carrier Jr., Billy Ogle, Jr., Jared Landers, Brad Neat and Billy Moyer, Jr.
 
In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set the overall time (Group A) amongst the 21 entrants, with a lap of 10.966 seconds. Jeff Wolfenbarger set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 11.109 seconds. Scott Bloomquist, Chris Madden, and Steve Francis won their respective heat races.
 
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will return to action tomorrow night, Saturday, June 1st, for the annual Ralph Latham Memorial at Florence Speedway in Florence, KY. The event will be packed with RED BUCK Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and the 50-Lap main event. The event will pay $800 to start the feature, and $10,000 to win.
 
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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Friday Night, May 31st, 2013

Toyota Knoxville 50
1 6 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
2 7 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
3 5 44 Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville, FL
4 17 28e Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville, IL
5 3 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
6 12 28 Eddie Carrier Jr. Salt Rock, WV
7 9 201 Billy Ogle Jr. Knoxville, TN
8 14 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
9 13 41n Brad Neat Dunnville, KY
10 19 21JR Billy Moyer Jr. Batesville, AR
11 18 11 Tommy Bailey Corbin, KY
12 20 25 Josh Henry Newport, TN
13 16 7L Jerry Lierly Camp Point, IL
14 21 23B Jay Brunson Dubberly, LA
15 2 44m Chris Madden Gaffney, SC
16 1 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN
17 4 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN
18 15 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL
19 10 28w Jeff Wolfenbarger Clinton, TN
20 8 5h Bryan Hendrix Knoxville, TN
21 11 14 Terry Wolfenbarger Powell, TN

Race Statistics
Entrants: 21
Lap Leaders: Scott Bloomquist (Laps 1 - 8); John Blankenship (Laps 9 - 18); Jimmy Owens (Lap 19); John Blankenship (Laps 20 - 50)
Caution Flags: Chris Madden (Lap 1); Josh Henry (Lap 3); Jared Landers, Eddie Carrier, Billy Ogle Jr., Jeff Wolfenbarger, Terry Wolfenbarger, Brad Neat, Jerry Lierly (Lap 3); Jared Landers, Terry Wolfenbarger, Jerry Lierly (Lap 4); Bobby Pierce (Lap 8); Jared Landers (Lap 34)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: none
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: none

Heat #1: Scott Bloomquist, Don O'Neal, Jimmy Owens, Jeff Wolfenbarger, Brad Neat, Jerry Lierly, Billy Moyer Jr.
 
Heat #2: Chris Madden, Earl Pearson Jr., Bryan Hendrix, Terry Wolfenbarger, Jared Landers, Dennis Erb Jr., Josh Henry

Heat #3: Steve Francis, John Blankenship, Billy Ogle Jr., Eddie Carrier Jr., Bobby Pierce, Tommy Bailey, Jay Brunson

Fast Time Group A: Scott Bloomquist / 10.966 seconds
Fast Time Group B: Jeff Wolfenbarger / 11.109 seconds

Point Standings
1 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 2160
2 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV 2030
3 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY 1945
4 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 1940
5 44 Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville, FL 1900
5 28e Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville, IL 1900
7 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 1850
8 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 1765
9 28 Eddie Carrier Jr. Salt Rock, WV 1730
10 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 1645
11 21JR Billy Moyer Jr. Batesville, AR 1555
12 7L Jerry Lierly Camp Point, IL 1410

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Re: Lucas Oil Series at Tazewell Speedway - 5/31 Results
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May 31, 2013
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