Owens Claims Victory At 201 Speedway
SITKA, Ky. – Jimmy Owens roared from his 17th starting spot to win the Hatfield and McCoy Feuding 50 on Saturday Night at 201 Speedway.
Owens, the three-time and reigning Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Champion survived a three-wide battle for the lead with five laps to go for his 49th career series win.
Don O’Neal, the current LOLMDS points leader finished second, followed by Eddie Carrier, Jr. who came home third despite leading 45 of the 50 lap feature. John Blankenship was fourth followed by Jackie Boggs.
“I messed up qualifying,” said Owens, who closed to within ten points of O’Neal in the race for the 2014 title. “We came out in the B-main and felt a whole lot better. Starting where we did, we gambled on tires. The track came to us. We started picking off cars every lap and I thought I was going to have to settle for third behind Eddie and O’Neal. Then after that last caution, we went into turn one and were three wide and I was fortunate to come out ahead.”
“I want to thank my car owner, Mike Reece, Reece Monument Company, Sunoco, and everybody else with our team. It was a good win for us.”
Carrier held the point from the start and looked like the car to beat. O’Neal slowly closed the gap on Carrier as the laps wound down. O’Neal was turning laps two tenths of a second faster than the leader when the caution came out on lap 44. On the restart Carrier, O’Neal, and Owens went three-wide into turn one as Owens came out ahead.
“I didn’t want to see that last caution flag for sure,” said O’Neal. “I was ‘diamonding’ off the corners and catching him [Carrier]. When that caution came out, it hurt the momentum we had built up.”
Carrier was disappointed with his third place finish after having led the most laps. “I felt like we had the car to win tonight. I feel bad for all my family and friends that were here tonight. I badly wanted to win tonight, but we came up short. We now know we had a car capable of running up front,” said the driver of the Optima Batteries Rocket Ford.