Don O'Neal Wins His Fourth Jackson 100
BROWNSTOWN, IN (September 21, 2013) - Don O'Neal picked up his fourth career Jackson 100 victory, at the historic Jackson County Fairgrounds bullring. O'Neal took the lead from defending race winner, Jimmy Owens after a lap 68 restart and pulled away from the field for the $15,000 win in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned event. The 34th Annual Jackson 100 at Brownstown Speedway was also part of the ASi Crown Jewel Cup Presented by DirtonDirt.com.
Dustin Linville charged from his ninth starting spot to finish second. John Blankenship came home third, followed by Owens and 23rd starting, Steve Francis rounding out the top five.
"I can't believe it," said O'Neal, who had missed almost a month of the LOLMDS season after suffering a back injury in August. "This is my home track; it's great to win here in front of these fans. The track was a little rough with the rain, but it was extremely racy. After that last caution, I don't know what happened to the 20 car, but once we were out front, it was smooth sailing," said O'Neal in Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the 33rd time in his career.
"I just took a deep breath on that caution, Jimmy was running a good line there, and it was going to be tough to catch him and pass him. When the race restarted I just went by him, and then found a fast line. I have to thank Tader Masters, MasterSbilt Race Cars, Jay Dickens Racing Engines, Optima Batteries, Seubert Calf Ranches, Tarpy Trucking, Superior Cleaning, and Independence Lumber and all of our great product sponsors that make this possible."
O'Neal now ties Scott Bloomquist as the only 4-time winner of the track's most prestigious race. The win also marked O'Neal's 53rd career win at Brownstown, trailing only Jim Curry and John Gill on the track's all-time win list.
Owens grabbed the lead at the start of the 100-lap main event and held the point until he and O'Neal swapped the lead during laps 16-19. Once out in front, Owens looked to be on his way to back-to-back Jackson 100 wins until a fateful caution on lap 68. Owens lost several spots on the restart, dropping back to fifth at one point. Owens rebounded to finish fourth, just ahead of Francis at the finish line.
Linville had his best ever LOLMDS finish and was extremely pleased with his effort. "I have to thank Audie Swartz from Swartz Race Cars, Bullock Engines and everybody else for all of their help. To run with Don and to pass the World 100 winner (Blankenship) is just unbelievable. I just love to come up here and race. The track crew did a great job with all the rain they have had in the last couple of days."
Blankenship ran as high as second in the race and had a couple of opportunities to steal the win away from O'Neal, but his main focus was trying to hold off the youngster, Linville. "He (Linville) drove a heck of race; I don't know where he came from. Jimmy looked like the car to beat there for a while. Once Don got out in front, we were all chasing him."
Francis amazed the capacity-crowd with a Top-5 finish, after his car nearly flipped during his heat race. He was taken to the hospital for tests and was then cleared to race. He took a provisional and started 23rd and came home in fifth.
Completing the top ten were Greg Johnson, Scott Bloomquist, Steve Shaver, Dennis Erb Jr., and Earl Pearson Jr.
In preliminary action, John Blankenship set the overall RED BUCK fast time (Group A) amongst the 46 entrants, with a lap of 14.506 seconds. Scott Bloomquist set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 14.549 seconds. Jimmy Owens, Earl Pearson Jr., Don O'Neal, and Dale McDowell won their respective heat races. Greg Johnson and Billy Moyer won their respective B-Mains.
Race Summary -Saturday Night, September 21st, 2013 - Jackson 100
RED BUCK Fast Time Group A: John Blankenship / 14.506 seconds
RED BUCK Fast Time Group B: Scott Bloomquist / 14.549 seconds
Wiles Drive Shafts Heat Race #1 (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jimmy Owens, John Blankenship, Dustin Linville, Steve Shaver, Greg Johnson, Dustin Neat, Justin Rattliff, Jeremy Hines, Greg Kendall, Steve Barnett, Tim Rivers, Jeff Herbert
Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Earl Pearson Jr., Jared Landers, Duane Chamberlain, Billy Moyer Jr., Michael Chilton, Chad Stapleton, Mike Jewell, Brad Neat, Edgar Godsey, Tim Prince, Zak Blackwood
Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Don O'Neal, Eddie Carrier Jr., Scott Bloomquist, Dennis Erb Jr., Billy Moyer, Mike Marlar, Chris Simpson, Dennis Roberson, Tyler Allen, Joe Janowski, Walker Arthur, Tom Ault
FK Rod Ends Heat Race #4 (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Dale McDowell, Kent Robinson, Wayne Chinn, Victor Lee, Josh McGuire, James Rice, Shelby Miles, Jason Smith, Jeff Babcock, Steve Godsey, Steve Francis
CV Products B-Main #1 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Greg Johnson, Michael Chilton, Chad Stapleton, Brad Neat, Steve Barnett, Zak Blackwood, Justin Rattliff, Jeff Herbert, Jeremy Hines, Dustin Neat, Tim Rivers, Edgar Godsey, Mike Jewell, Greg Kendall
Wrisco Aluminum B-Main #2 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Billy Moyer, Josh McGuire, Mike Marlar, Chris Simpson, James Rice, Dennis Roberson, Jeff Babcock, Shelby Miles, Joe Janowski, Tyler Allen, Jason Smith, Steve Godsey, Tom Ault
Feature Finish (100 Laps):
, Dustin Linville
, John Blankenship
, Jimmy Owens
, Steve Francis
, Greg Johnson
, Scott Bloomquist
, Steve Shaver
, Dennis Erb Jr.
, Earl Pearson Jr.
, Wayne Chinn
, Billy Moyer Jr.
, Eddie Carrier Jr.
, Chad Stapleton
, Michael Chilton
, Jared Landers
, Dale McDowell
, Victor Lee
, Duane Chamberlain
, Billy Moyer
, Josh McGuire
, Tim Rivers
, James Rice
, Kent Robinson
, Mike Marlar
Gilpin and Boknecht Winners Again
Lap Leaders: Jimmy Owens (Laps 1 - 15); Don O'Neal (Laps 16 - 18); Jimmy Owens (Laps 19 - 68); Don O'Neal (Laps 69 - 100)
Caution Flags: Eddie Carrier Jr. (Lap 7); Billy Moyer (Lap 23); Jared Landers (Lap 27); Greg Johnson (Lap 67); Duane Chamberlain, Jared Landers (Lap 68); Greg Johnson (Lap 82)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Steve Francis
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: none
RED BUCK Fast Time Provisionals: James Rice
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Steve Francis (Started: 23rd, Finished: 5th, Advanced: 18 positions)
Keyser Mfg Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jimmy Owens
Allstar Performer of the Race: Steve Francis
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Jimmy Owens
JRi Shocks/Dunn Benson Ford Rookie of the Race: Billy Moyer Jr.
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Jay Dickens Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: MasterSbilt Race Cars
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Tader Masters (Don O'Neal)
HAWK Performance Fastest Lap of the Race: Jimmy Owens (Lap # 3; 14.783 seconds)
Time of Race: 46 minutes 32 seconds
UMP MODIFIEDS (46 Entries)
HEAT ONE: Chad Combs, Bill Wagner, Jared Bailey, Jeff Stith, Ryan Bross, Aaron Cox, Mark Bechelli, Ben Burton, Brad Barrow, Mike Bechelli, Corey Hausfeld, David McWilliams
HEAT TWO: Tyler Jones, Derek Groomer, Greg Amick, Josh Rice, Matt Hamilton, Clayton Perry, Jim Haager, Randy Tarter, Jr Pace, Sam Lee, Dustin Foster, Camron Marlar
HEAT THREE: Dayrl Herbert, Joe Godsey, Jacoby Hines, Jeremy Owens, Kyle Schornick, Shawn Brown, Andrew Corbin, Blake Davis, Pete Holt, Billy Haager, Josh Walker
HEAT FOUR: Richie Lex, Devin Gilpin, Jeff Babcock, Dennis Boknecht, Elliot Despain, Earl Plessinger, Bryson Clark, Kris Johnson, Nathan Mensendiek, Kevin Cable, Eli Johnson
B-MAIN ONE: Kyle Schornick, Pete Holt, David McWilliams, Ryan Bross, Andrew Corbin, Aaron Cox, Corey Hausfeld, Billy Haager, Shawn Brown, Mike Bechelli,
Mark Bechelli-DNS, Ben Burton-DNS, Blake Davis-DNS, Brad Barrow-DNS, Josh Walker-DNS
B-MAIN TWO: Earl Plessinger, Elliot Despain, Matt Hamilton, Randy Tarter, Kevin Cable, Dustin Foster, Sam Lee, Eli Johnson, Nathan Mensendiek, Kris Johnson,
Clayton Perry, Jim Haager, Bryson Clark, Jr Pace-DNS, Camron Marlar-DNS
FEATURE: Devin Gilpin, Jeff Babcock, Derek Groomer, Jeff Stith, Bill Wagner, Greg Amick, Jacoby Hines, Jeremy Owens, Josh Rice, Dennis Boknecht,
Pete Holt, Chad Combs, Jared Bailey, Dayrl Herbert, Elliot Despain, Tyler Jones, Earl Plessinger, Richie Lex, Kyle Schornick, Joe Godsey-DNS
SUPER STOCKS (32 Entries)
HEAT ONE: Matt Boknecht, Rick Gumm, Jason Combs, Jim Ruddick, Paul Ortman, Sean Mikels, Jeff Helton, Marty Cooper
HEAT TWO: Travis Butler, Bobby Davis, Steve Hollars, Kenneth Niflis, Aubrey Eagan, David Brewer, Davey Waggoner, Greg Owens
HEAT THREE: Tyler Cain, Aaron Fields, Jason Hehman, Lindsay Wade, Jim Pfeiffer, John Trowbridge, Justin Jeffries, Michael Maxie
HEAT FOUR: Josh Turner, Danny Hupp, Levi Lokey, Jerry Adams, William Burton, Tim Schumpe, Jeremy Helton, Duane Brown
B-MAIN ONE: Tim Schumpe, William Burton, Jim Pfeiffer, Marty Cooper, Duane Brown, Sean Mikels, John Trowbridge, Jeremy Helton, David Brewer, Aubrey Eagan, Justin Jeffries,
Michael Maxie, Davey Waggoner, Paul Ortman-DNS, Jeff Helton-DNS, Greg Owens-DNS
FEATURE: Matt Boknecht, Travis Butler, Tyler Cain, Jason Hehman, Aaron Fields, Steve Hollars, Josh Turner, Jason Combs, Rick Gumm, Marty Cooper, Levi Lokey,
Jim Ruddick, Kenneth Niflis, Bobby Davis, Jerry Adams, Tim Schumpe, Jim Pfeiffer, Danny Hupp, Lindsay Wade, William Burton