Owens Keeps Rolling Along At Florence
UNION, Ky. — Jimmy Owens led a Club 29 Race Cars sweep of the top two spots Saturday night at Florence Speedway.
Owens took the lead from Duane Chamberlain just past the halfway mark and went on to win his third career Ralph Latham Memorial Race sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.
Darrell Lanigan, who builds the Club 29 Race Cars out of his shop just a few miles from the race track finished second to Owens followed by Don O’Neal, Scott Bloomquist and John Blankenship.
“The car was just rolling,” said Owens, who has won three of out the last four LOLMDS events. “I was thankful they went out and redid the bottom of the race track. Starting seventh, I felt a little bit better at my chances. The fans here always get to see a good show. He (Chamberlain) was running the top and I decided I could run the low line better during the mid-part of the race. Once I got by him, I moved back to the top. Last week we moved to the bottom and it kind of bit us.”
Chamberlain was looking for the biggest win of his racing career. He set overall fast time for the night, and then rocketed to the lead at the start of the main event, looking to continue his momentum. He held the top spot for the first 25 laps of the race until Owens forged ahead.
O’Neal then took over the second spot and ran in that position until Lanigan, who started 12th, passed him with 10 laps to go. Lanigan could not make up any ground on the front-running Owens.
“Congrats to Jimmy on the win. We just started too far back, but when they worked on the track, that helped a lot,” Lanigan said. “It’s good to come here close to home and run well. Our program has been really good this year. Building these cars with Ronnie Stuckey has really kept us at the shop busy over the last year. Hopefully the wins will keep coming and we can have a great year.”
O’Neal maintains to hold on to the series points lead.
“We always seem to be near the front here at Florence,” O’Neal said. “Our car was good tonight, we were just a little bit off. I am sure it was real a good race for the fans to watch. Jimmy has gained a lot of ground on us in the last few weeks. We need to start getting some more wins.”
In preliminary action, Duane Chamberlain set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the 36 entrants, with a lap of 16.479 seconds.
Jimmy Owens, Darrell Lanigan, Don O’Neal, Scott Bloomquist, John Blankenship, Kent Robinson, Steve Francis, Rod Conley, Mike Marlar, Jared Landers, Eddie Carrier Jr., Dustin Linville, Dennis Erb Jr., Jason Papich, Earl Pearson Jr., Ray Cook, Jesse Lay, Jason Hughes, Scott James, Duane Chamberlain, Greg Johnson, Nick Latham, R.J. Conley, Michael Chilton, Justin Ratliff, Randy Weaver.