Owens Banks Lucas LM Victory No. 50
WHEATLAND, Mo. – Jimmy Owens returned to dominance on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway by winning the eighth annual CMH Diamond Nationals.
With car owner Mike Reece looking on, Owens ran away from Scott Bloomquist to record his 50th career win with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. The event was co-sanctioned with the Lucas Oil MLRA late models.
Both Owens and Bloomquist entered the event with 49 wins each with the series. Owens initially took the lead on lap three from Earl Pearson Jr. and then had to fight off the challenges of Bloomquist. Owens and Bloomquist ran side-by-side for a handful of laps in heavy traffic. Bloomquist led for four laps until Owens pulled ahead for good on lap 19. The race saw only one caution flag and that was for a multi-car accident four laps into the race.
Jesse Stovall charged from the16th starting spot to finish fourth. He survived a torrid battle with Don O’Neal, who entered the event as the LOLMDS points leader and finished fifth.
“Man, I don’t know what to say. The car was super good all night. It’s great to win here in front of my car owner and this tremendous crowd. The track was probably the best I have ever seen it from start to finish. We could run anywhere on it. I don’t know what it is about this place, but for some reason we can get around here pretty good,” said Owens.
“I got by Earl early on, and then we had that one caution. Then I got into some big-time traffic and Scott caught me. We had a heck of a race for a while. Everybody out there was giving everybody plenty of room to maneuver. Once we got back in front, I was hoping the race would stay green and it did. That’s just a testament to the drivers that raced tonight and the track conditions. I have to thank Reece Monument Company, Edge Services, Ohlins, Sunoco, Red Line Oil, FORD, and Keyser. It was a great win for us,” said Owens.