Jimmy Owens Gets First Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Win Of ’21 Friday Night At Batesville

Story By: LUCAS OIL LATE MODEL DIRT SERIES – LOCUST GROVE, AR – Jimmy Owens, reigning Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion, picked up his first series win of 2021 on Friday Night at Batesville Motor Speedway.

Owens claimed the 30-lap preliminary night feature to kick off the 29th Annual COMP Cams Topless 100 – presented by Nutrien Ag Solutions.

Owens took the lead at the drop of the green flag and led the entire distance for his 76th career series victory. The event was co-sanctioned with the COMP Cams Super Dirt Series – presented by Lucas Oil.

Tim McCreadie came from the fifth starting spot to take second with Nick Hoffman, Brandon Overton, and Ricky Thornton Jr. rounding out the top five finishers.

In a race slowed by only one caution flag, the 49-year-old Tennessee native raced through traffic at a consistent rate to keep McCreadie at bay. McCreadie and Overton closed slightly on Owens in traffic, but neither could get close enough to challenge for the top spot.

Overton, the Sunoco North-South 100 winner a week ago at Florence Speedway, ran as high as second before crossing the finish line in fourth with left front suspension damage. Nick Hoffman started fourth but faded several positions in the early part of the race before recovering to claim the final podium spot.

Owens has climbed to sixth in the championship points standings, after leaving Florida Speedweeks in 15th, looks forward to defending his COMP Cams Topless 100 title tomorrow night. “This was 30 laps tonight, there wasn’t any sense in taking it easy until the end of the race. The car was good. It’s been good all night long. I want to thank the guys for busting their tails. It’s been a long road to get back up here. The car was flawless tonight, maybe we can carry it into tomorrow.”

“This definitely is a boost of morale for the guys,” Owens added. “It makes it a lot better when you go from one race to the next. It was Becky Ramirez’s birthday a few days ago. This one’s for her.”

McCreadie will enter tomorrow night’s $40,000-to-win event with a good starting spot as well after coming in second Friday Night. “The car wasn’t the greatest at the beginning, but that’s what you’re hoping for at the end to get a little better as the race goes on. We will see if we can make it better for tomorrow night. We had a little luck on our side to run second tonight. We have run second this year in a lot of big races. This is a tough series to be in. We have been the most consistent here lately.”

Hoffman’s comeback during the race netted him a third-place finish. “The race car has been really good. Talking to Scott about this weekend I just felt like this place would fit my driving style. We drive a lot alike. He has won a lot of races here. At the beginning I kind of faded a little bit. A lot of it was me just not being aggressive enough at the beginning and then I got rolling at the end. We were really good.”

The winner’s Ramirez Motorsports, Rocket Chassis is powered by a Vic Hill Racing Engine and sponsored by Boomtest Well Service, Tim Short Auto Group, Reece Monument Company, Red Line Oil, Ohlins Shocks, Sybesma Graphics, Sunoco Race Fuels, and Georgia Arms.

Completing the top ten were Hudson O’Neal, Tyler Erb, Jonathan Davenport, Billy Moyer Jr., and Josh Richards.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Topless 100 Prelim
Friday, August 20, 2021
Batesville Motor Speedway – Locust Grove, AR

Allstar Performance Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Jimmy Owens / 14.734 seconds (overall)
Fast Time Group B: Jonathan Davenport / 14.932 seconds

Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 20-Jimmy Owens[1]; 2. 157-Mike Marlar[2]; 3. 12C-Scott Crigler[3]; 4. 90-Brian Rickman[6]; 5. 11H-Spencer Hughes[4]; 6. 4A-Michael Arnold[5]; 7. 6R-Robbie Stuart[7]; 8. 27-Rayce McCord[8]

Summit Racing Equipment Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 76-Brandon Overton[1]; 2. 21M-Billy Moyer Sr[2]; 3. 40B-Kyle Bronson[3]; 4. 48-Wendell Wallace[6]; 5. 86-Kyle Beard[5]; 6. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[4]; 7. 78S-Steve Stultz[7]; 8. (DNF) 1R-BJ Robinson[8]

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 39-Tim McCreadie[1]; 2. 14-Josh Richards[2]; 3. 2S-Stormy Scott[3]; 4. 18-Shannon Babb[5]; 5. R5-Hunter Rasdon[4]; 6. 21XXX-Neil Baggett[6]; 7. (DNS) J8-Jadon Frame; 8. (DNS) 26R-Cole Farmer

Ohlins Shocks Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[2]; 2. 49-Jonathan Davenport[1]; 3. 97-Cade Dillard[3]; 4. 45-Kylan Garner[7]; 5. 92M-Chad Mallett[5]; 6. 18P-Brayden Proctor[6]; 7. 86R-Rick Rickman[4]; 8. 26H-Dustin Holmes[8]

Fast Shafts Heat Race #5 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 0H-Nick Hoffman[1]; 2. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[2]; 3. 25-Shane Clanton[4]; 4. 75-Terry Phillips[3]; 5. 1ST-Johnny Scott[5]; 6. 997-Travis Ashley[7]; 7. 5A-Austin Vincent[6]; 8. 13N-Derrick Nichols[8]

Lucas Oil Heat Race #6 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 71-Hudson O’Neal[1]; 2. 1T-Tyler Erb[3]; 3. C8-Timothy Culp[2]; 4. 14M-Morgan Bagley[5]; 5. 91-Chris Jones[7]; 6. 36-Logan Martin[6]; 7. 503-Jason Miles[4]

LINE-X B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 48-Wendell Wallace[2]; 2. 90-Brian Rickman[1]; 3. 86-Kyle Beard[5]; 4. 18-Shannon Babb[3]; 5. 11H-Spencer Hughes[4]; 6. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[8]; 7. R5-Hunter Rasdon[6]; 8. 4A-Michael Arnold[7]; 9. 21XXX-Neil Baggett[9]; 10. 1R-BJ Robinson[13]; 11. J8-Jadon Frame[14]; 12. 78S-Steve Stultz[11]; 13. 6R-Robbie Stuart[10]; 14. 27-Rayce McCord[12]; 15. (DNS) 26R-Cole Farmer

UNOH B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 45-Kylan Garner[1]; 2. 75-Terry Phillips[2]; 3. 14M-Morgan Bagley[3]; 4. 86R-Rick Rickman[10]; 5. 1ST-Johnny Scott[5]; 6. 91-Chris Jones[6]; 7. 36-Logan Martin[9]; 8. 18P-Brayden Proctor[7]; 9. 5A-Austin Vincent[11]; 10. 92M-Chad Mallett[4]; 11. 503-Jason Miles[12]; 12. 13N-Derrick Nichols[14]; 13. 26H-Dustin Holmes[13]; 14. 997-Travis Ashley[8]

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (30 Laps):

Pos Start Car # Competitor Hometown Pay
1 1 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $5,000
2 5 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $3,000
3 4 0H Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC $2,000
4 3 76 Brandon Overton Evans, GA $1,500
5 10 20RT Ricky Thornton Jr. Adel, IA $1,250
6 6 71 Hudson O’Neal Martinsville, IN $1,000
7 12 1T Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX $950
8 8 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA $900
9 2 21 Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR $850
10 11 14 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $800
11 14 97 Cade Dillard Robeline, LA $700
12 7 157 Mike Marlar Winfield, TN $600
13 13 12C Scott Crigler Alton, MO $600
14 17 2S Stormy Scott Las Cruces, NM $600
15 18 C8 Timothy Culp Prattsville, AR $600
16 21 90 Brian Rickman Columbus, MS $600
17 19 48 Wendell Wallace Batesville, AR $550
18 15 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL $500
19 9 21M Billy Moyer Sr Batesville, AR $500
20 23 86 Kyle Beard Trumann, AR $500
21 20 45 Kylan Garner Diamond, MO $500
22 22 75 Terry Phillips Springfield, MO $500
23 24 14M Morgan Bagley Gladewater, TX $500
24 16 25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA $500

Race Statistics
Entrants
: 47
Lap Leaders: Jimmy Owens (1-30)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Jimmy Owens
Arizona Sport Shirts CJC – Presented by DirtOnDirt Feature Winner: n/a
Brandon Ford TV Challenge Feature Winner: Jimmy Owens
Margin of Victory: 2.397 seconds
Stop Tech Brakes Cautions: Morgan Bagley (Lap 8)
Series Provisionals: n/a
Fast Time Provisional: n/a
Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a
Track Provisionals: n/a
Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Jimmy Owens, Tim McCreadie, Nick Hoffman
Penske Shocks Top 5: Jimmy Owens, Tim McCreadie, Nick Hoffman, Brandon Overton, Ricky Thornton Jr
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Ricky Thornton Jr (Advanced 5 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Tim McCreadie
Hot Rod Processing Most Laps Led: Jimmy Owens (30 Laps)
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Jimmy Owens
Eibach Springs Rookie of the Race: Ricky Thornton Jr.
Dirty Girl Racewear Fastest Lap of the Race: Jimmy Owens (Lap 1 – 15.374 seconds)
Fast Shafts Tough Break of the Race: Shane Clanton
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Cory Fosvedt (Jimmy Owens)
ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Vic Hill Racing Engine
Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis
Dirt Draft Fastest in Hot Laps: Tim McCreadie (14.956 seconds)
Time of Race: 10 minutes 30 seconds

COMP Cams Topless 100 – Presented by Nutrien Ag Solutions A-Main Lineup (100 Laps):

Car # Driver Car # Driver
20 Jimmy Owens 39 Tim McCreadie
0H Nick Hoffman 76 Brandon Overton
20RT Ricky Thornton Jr. 71 Hudson O’Neal
49 Jonathan Davenport 1T Tyler Erb
21 Billy Moyer Jr 14 Josh Richards
97 Cade Dillard 157 Mike Marlar
12C Scott Crigler 2S Stormy Scott
C8 Timothy Culp 90 Brian Rickman

Line-X B-Main #1 Lineup (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer):

Car # Driver Car # Driver
48 Wendell Wallace 21M Billy Moyer Sr
45 Kylan Garner 14M Morgan Bagley
86R Rick Rickman 11H Spencer Hughes
1 Earl Pearson Jr R5 Hunter Rasdon
4A Michael Arnold 21XXX Neil Baggett
92M Chad Mallett 503 Jason Miles
78S Steve Stultz 6R Robbie Stuart
27 Rayce McCord 26R Cole Farmer

UNOH B-Main #2 Lineup (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer):

Car # Driver Car # Driver
40B Kyle Bronson 86 Kyle Beard
75 Terry Phillips 25 Shane Clanton
18 Shannon Babb 1ST Johnny Scott
91 Chris Jones 36 Logan Martin
18P Brayden Proctor 5A Austin Vincent
1R BJ Robinson J8 Jadon Frame
13N Derrick Nichols 26H Dustin Holmes
997 Travis Ashley

Topless 100 Point Standings (Top 16 Locked Into A-Main):

Pos No. Competitor ShowUp Feature Fast Time Total Best Finish Fastest Time
1 20 Owens, Jimmy 50 200 10 260
2 39 McCreadie, Tim 50 180 0 230
3 0H Hoffman, Nick 50 170 0 220
4 76 Overton, Brandon 50 160 0 210
5 20RT Thornton, Ricky Jr. 50 155 0 205
6 71 O’Neal, Hudson 50 150 0 200 6
7 49 Davenport, Jonathan 50 140 10 200 8
8 1T Erb, Tyler 50 145 0 195
9 21 Moyer, Billy Jr 50 135 0 185
10 14 Richards, Josh 50 130 0 180
11 97 Dillard, Cade 50 125 0 175
12 157 Marlar, Mike 50 120 0 170
13 12c Crigler, Scott 50 115 0 165
14 2s Scott, Stormy 50 110 0 160
15 C8 Culp, Timothy 50 105 0 155
16 90 Rickman, Brian 50 100 0 150
17 48 Wallace, Wendell 50 95 0 145
18 40B Bronson, Kyle 50 90 0 140
19 21M Moyer, Billy Sr 50 85 0 135
20 86 Beard, Kyle 50 80 0 130
21 45 Garner, Kylan 50 75 0 125 21
22 75 Phillips, Terry 50 75 0 125 22
23 14M Bagley, Morgan 50 75 0 125 23
24 25 Clanton, Shane 50 75 0 125 24
25 86R Rickman, Rick 50 70 0 120 4 15.504
26 18 Babb, Shannon 50 70 0 120 4 15.511
27 11H Hughes, Spencer 50 65 0 115 5 15.421
28 1st Scott, Johnny 50 65 0 115 5 15.78
29 1 Pearson, Earl Jr 50 60 0 110 6 15.433
30 91 Jones, Chris 50 60 0 110 6 16.134
31 R5 Rasdon, Hunter 50 55 0 105 7 15.454
32 36 Martin, Logan 50 55 0 105 7 15.985
33 4A Arnold, Michael 50 50 0 100 8 15.494
34 18P Proctor, Brayden 50 50 0 100 8 15.819
35 21XXX Baggett, Neil 50 45 0 95 9 15.679
36 5A Vincent, Austin 50 45 0 95 9 15.972
37 92M Mallett, Chad 50 40 0 90 10 15.693
38 1R Robinson, BJ 50 40 0 90 10 99.99
39 503 Miles, Jason 50 35 0 85 11 15.69
40 J8 Frame, Jadon 50 35 0 85 11 16.01
41 78s Stultz, Steve 50 30 0 80 12 15.99
42 13N Nichols, Derrick 50 30 0 80 12 99.991
43 6R Stuart, Robbie 50 25 0 75 13 15.735
44 26H Holmes, Dustin 50 25 0 75 13 16.382
45 27 McCord, Rayce 50 25 0 75 14 16.038
46 997 Ashley, Travis 50 25 0 75 14 16.076
47 26R Farmer, Cole 50 0 0 50 15
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