Newport Nightmare Earns Another Crown
WAYCROSS, Ga. – Jimmy Owens secured his third consecutive Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Championship in 2013.
The “Newport Nightmare” and the Reece Monument Racing Team put up some amazing stats during the 2013 season. Owens will take home $104,000 in cash awards at the Lucas Oil Championship Awards banquet, including the $75,000 first-place prize for winning the series points championship. For the season, Owens will have earned more than $370,000 in winnings, contingency challenges and special bonus awards on the tour in 2013.
Owens won eight Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events during the 2013 season. His wins came at East Bay Raceway Park’s (Fla.) DART Winternationals in February; Lonestar Speedway (Texas) and Hagerstown Speedway (Md.) in April; Lucas Oil Speedway (Mo.) in May; I-80 Speedway (Neb.) and Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex (Pa.) in July; Attica Raceway Park (Ohio) and the “Hillbilly Hundred” at I-77 Motorsports Park (W.Va.) in September.
Owens also recorded 14 top-three finishes in 2013 and an impressive 33 top 10 finishes out of 37 starts on the season. Owens took over the series championship points lead from Don O’Neal after winning the April 20 event at Hagerstown Speedway and continued to battle a stout field of contenders while relinquishing the lead only a few times for remainder of the season.
O’Neal briefly took over the lead again after the May 11 event at LaSalle Speedway. John Blankenship took over the points lead for the first time in his career at Tri-City Speedway on July 12. In the month of July, Owens fell as far back as third in points, but rallied in the month of August to regain the lead after back-to-back wins at the end of month. From that point, Owens never relinquished the lead again, but was never allowed any breathing room for the rest of the year. Coming down to the final event, Owens held on to beat out Steve Francis by 150 points in the series final points standings.
“We had another great season for our team, crew, and all of our sponsors to win the points title for the third time in a row,” Owens said. “O’Neal, Blankenship, and Francis all gave us a tough challenge all year, and we never got too comfortable at the top, knowing we needed to finish strong week in and week out. To win the title again is a huge accomplishment considering the level of talent of all these drivers that follow the LOLMDS. I can’t thank my car owner, Mike Reece, enough for giving me this opportunity to drive these cars and do what I love to do. It was another great year.”
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will honor Jimmy Owens and the remaining class of 2013 at the Lucas Oil Championship Awards Banquet being held at the Lucas Estate in Carmel, Ind., on Thursday evening Dec. 12.