Don O'Neal Gets Fifth Indiana Icebreaker...
BROWNSTOWN, IN (March 22, 2014) - Don O'Neal raced to his fifth career Indiana Icebreaker win on Saturday Night at Brownstown Speedway. It was O'Neal's first triumph for Clint Bowyer Racing and his 34th Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory and his 54th career win at Brownstown Speedway. O'Neal took the lead from Eddie Carrier, Jr. on lap eleven and led the remainder of the race. Carrier finished second followed by Steve Francis, Scott Bloomquist, and Kent Robinson. The 50-lap feature went caution-free.
"It's always good to come here and win at Brownstown. This is where I started my Late Model career and it's the first time I have won here in a Barry Wright Race Car. I want to thank the fans for coming out tonight. I would say they saw a great feature race. I have to thank Clint Bowyer, Lance and Barry Wright, my crew chief Jeremy Justice, and everybody else on the crew. The car was phenomenal!" exclaimed O'Neal in Lucas Oil Victory Lane. "I have to thank all of my sponsors, Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Crawford Supply, Traeger Grills, Cometic Gasket, Ohlins, Georgia Boot and Clements Racing Engines."
Carrier was seeking his first ever win at the quarter-mile track. He paced the field early on and was a strong contender for the win, but O'Neal made his way around Carrier on lap eleven. "To run second here to Don O'Neal is quite a statement," said Carrier, who was looking for a clean sweep of the racing activities at Brownstown. "This Rocket car has been good all-year long at Golden Isles, East Bay, and here tonight. I thought we could get it done! We set fast time, won our heat, and led early, but O'Neal was just too tough. I have to thank Carl Grover for giving me this opportunity; we are off to a real good start this season."
While O'Neal and Carrier were firmly entrenched in first and second a terrific battle for third, fourth, and fifth was ongoing throughout the entire race. Francis, who started 11th, climbed to third after a torrid battle between Bobby Pierce and Scott Bloomquist allowed Francis to clear both of them with 17 laps remaining.
"We got it going a little too late," said Francis afterwards. "We probably needed a couple of cautions early-on to help us. To run first and third for Clint Bowyer Racing is awesome. We will take this success and head to the next race. This Georgia Boot Team needed a good run tonight and we got it."
Completing the top ten were Pierce, Jeep VanWormer, Earl Pearson Jr., Ray Cook, and Devin Moran. With his win tonight, O'Neal took over the series championship point lead for the first time in 2014.
In preliminary action, Eddie Carrier Jr. set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the ¬45 entrants, with a lap of 14.533 seconds. Scott Bloomquist set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 14.989 seconds. Eddie Carrier Jr., Don O'Neal, Scott Bloomquist, and Earl Pearson Jr. won their respective heat races. Duane Chamberlain and Shelby Miles won their respective B-Mains.
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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (45 Entries)
Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Eddie Carrier Jr./ 14.533 seconds
Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Scott Bloomquist/14.989 seconds
Fast Shafts Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Eddie Carrier, Jr., Steve Casebolt, Bobby Pierce, Jason Jameson, Chad Stapleton, Duane Chamberlain, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Dustin Linville, John Gill, Adam Bowman, Zak Blackwood, Steve Barnett
Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Don O'Neal, Kent Robinson, Steve Francis, Devin Moran, Billy Moyer, Jr., Jeremy Hines, Jimmy Owens, Randy Weaver, Tim Prince, Justin Rattliff, Shannon Babb
Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Jeep VanWormer, Tim Dohm, Tim Rivers, Jason Hughes, Shelby Miles, Marty O'Neal, John Blankenship, Greg Johnson, Dennis Erb, Jr., Terry Casey
FK Rod Ends Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Earl Pearson, Jr., Ray Cook, Jared Landers, Brian Shirley, Michael Chilton, Mike Benedum, Ricky Weiss, Jason Riggs, Joe Janowski, Casey Noonan, Jason Papich
JRi Shocks B-Main #1 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Duane Chamberlain, Billy Moyer, Jr., Jimmy Owens, Chad Stapleton, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Randy Weaver, Jeremy Hines, John Gill, Tim Prince, Shannon Babb, Dustin Linville, Steve Barnett, Justin Rattliff, Adam Bowman, Zak Blackwood
CV Products B-Main #2 (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Shelby Miles, Michael Chilton, Jason Hughes, Jason Riggs, John Blankenship, Dennis Erb, Jr., Mike Benedum, Jason Papich, Greg Johnson, Marty O'Neal, Casey Noonan, Joe Janowski, Ricky Weiss, Terry Casey-DNS
Brownstown Speedway Track Provisional Dash (6 Laps, Winner Transfers): Jeremy Hines,
17th INDIANA ICEBREAKER: Don O'Neal, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Steve Francis, Scott Bloomquist, Kent Robinson,
Bobby Pierce, Jeep VanWormer, Earl Pearson, Jr., Ray Cook, Devin Moran,
Steve Casebolt, Tim Dohm, Jason Jameson, Duane Chamberlain, Billy Moyer, Jr.,
Jared Landers, Tim Rivers, Jimmy Owens, Brian Shirley, Dennis Erb, Jr.,
John Blankenship, Jason Hughes, Jeremy Hines, Shelby Miles, Michael Chilton,
Randy Weaver, Ricky Weiss
Saturday Night, March 22nd, 2014
Lap Leaders: Eddie Carrier Jr. (Laps 1 - 8); Don O'Neal (Lap 9); Eddie Carrier (Lap 10); Don O'Neal (Laps 11 - 50)
Caution Flags: none
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: John Blankenship, Dennis Erb Jr.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: Randy Weaver, Ricky Weiss
Wrisco Feature Winner: Don O'Neal
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Steve Francis (Started: 11th; Finished: 3rd; Advanced: 8 positions)
Keyser Mfg Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Earl Pearson Jr.
Allstar Performer of the Race: Eddie Carrier Jr.
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Don O'Neal
Dunn Benson Ford Rookie of the Race: Will begin after RoY registration deadline.
Midwest Sheet Metal Highest Finishing Rookie: Will begin after RoY registration deadline.
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Clements Race Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Barry Wright Race Cars
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Jeremy Justice (Don O'Neal)
HAWK Performance Fastest Lap of the Race: Eddie Carrier Jr. - 1 Lap - 15.696 seconds
Time of Race: 16 minutes 11 seconds
UMP MODIFIEDS (44 Entries)
HEAT ONE: Jeff Curl, Richie Lex, Dennis Boknecht, Travis Stemler, Jay Ledford, Mike Bowersox, Aj Clark, Brandon Reed, Kyle Schornick, Joel Jenson, Scotty Kincaid, Brad Deyoung
HEAT TWO: Derek Losh, Nick Allen, Joe Godsey, Wes Leigh, Bill Bradley, Darren Crawhorn, Dustin Beck, Pat Ehlert, Aaron Cox, Richie Shirey, Devin Gilpin
HEAT THREE: Michael England, Roy Bruce Jr., David Mielke, Broc Burton, Kevin Deyoung, Dave Brandenburg, Ryan Ramseyer, Eli Johnson, Elliott Despain, Mike Bechelli, Bryson Clark
HEAT FOUR: Brad Barrow, Steven Brooks, Jamie Lomax, Ryan Thomas, Jimmy Lennex, Jeffrey Ledford, Tyler Stump, Steve Peeden, Tom Bell, Grant Hagan, Michael Patrick
B-MAIN ONE: Jay Ledford, Elliott Despain, Kevin Deyoung, Kyle Schornick, Scotty Kincaid, Mike Bowersox, Brandon Reed, Aj Clark, Joel Jenson, Ryan Ramseyer,
Eli Johnson, Dave Brandenburg, Bryson Clark, Brad Deyoung, Mike Bechelli-DNS
B-MAIN TWO: Bill Bradley, Jimmy Lennex, Richie Shirey, Dustin Beck, Grant Hagan, Michael Patrick, Steve Peeden, Aaron Cox, Pat Ehlert, Tom Bell, Tyler Stump,
Jeffrey Ledford, Darren Crawhorn, Devin Gilpin-DNS
FEATURE: Jeff Curl, Nick Allen, Derek Losh, Michael England, Jamie Lomax, Brad Barrow, Ryan Thomas, Joe Godsey, Richie Lex, Dennis Boknecht,
Wes Leigh, Travis Stemler, Roy Bruce Jr., Broc Burton, Jimmy Lennex, Steven Brooks, Elliott Despain, Bill Bradley, David Mielke, Jay Ledford
PURE STOCKS (22 Entries)
HEAT ONE: Josh Sternberg, Mickey Hines, Dennis Freeland, Brad Kemp, Tyler Neal, Ross Smith, Alan Cook, Austin Fordyce, Branden Carr, Cody Bennett, Landon Miller-DNS
HEAT TWO: Dusten Carr, Chris Mccoy, Bodi Henry, April Walton, Rick Zimmerman, Johnny Smith, Drew Wilkerson, Mike Malcomb, Mike Epplett, David Shepherd, Willie Sallee
FEATURE: Bodi Henry, Josh Sternberg, Dusten Carr, Brad Kemp, Chris Mccoy, April Walton, Drew Wilkerson, Tyler Neal, Ross Smith, Rick Zimmerman, Mickey Hines, Alan Cook,
Austin Fordyce, Johnny Smith, Mike Epplett, David Shepherd, Willie Sallee, Mike Malcomb, Dennis Freeland, Branden Carr, Cody Bennett, Landon Miller-DNS