Mike Marlar Captures CJ Rayburn Memorial,
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BROWNSTOWN SPEEDWAY - 09/22/2023 "CJ Rayburn Memorial" / "Bowman Famiy 50"

BROWNSTOWN, IN (September 22, 2023) – Mike Marlar and the late C.J. Rayburn were long time friends and on Friday Night he paid the best tribute he could to one of his racing mentors - winning the 40-lap 2nd Annual C.J. Rayburn Memorial at Brownstown Speedway. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned event drew 45 cars to the historic Southern Indiana venue.

Marlar grabbed the lead from Nick Hoffman on lap nine when Hoffman slipped off the frontstretch. Marlar then went on to take the $10,000 victory ahead of Ricky Thornton Jr., Devin Moran, Jonathan Davenport, and Hoffman. The race went green to checkers without any caution flags.

Hoffman jumped to the lead at the start of the race and held the top spot for the first eight circuits until he got off the track on the frontstretch allowing Marlar to take over. Hoffman held the second spot behind Marlar for several laps with Brandon Overton, Thornton, and Moran all in the hunt. Thornton outdueled Overton moving to third and then passed Hoffman for second.

Thornton then caught Marlar bringing Moran and later Davenport into the fray. At one point the top four were separated by mere seconds as Marlar would fight off challenges for the win - the 21st Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory of his career.

Marlar’s third win this season with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series was arguably the most emotional of his racing career. “I will try to keep it together, C.J.’s special to us and when he passed away, I took it as hard as when my granddad or anybody. I fought hard there, I didn’t have the best car, but he [C.J.] was up there helping me out. I was just making it happen. I am just glad that C.J.’s family and all of these supporters of Brownstown Speedway were here. He [C.J.] means so much to all of us and we hated to lose him, but nobody ever lived as good as he did. So, I just really miss him, and miss him everyday honestly and I was glad to get this race won. It’s definitely one of the biggest ones for sure.”

Thornton looking for his series-leading 21st win of the season pulled alongside Marlar on several occasions but settled for second. “He [Marlar] was good we had a couple of shots and just got ran off the racetrack. But we’ll try again tomorrow congrats to him [Marlar] he had a really good car. I was watching him at the beginning, and he could just fire off better than any of us. But I felt like in the longer race our race will be pretty good tomorrow, overall, the track was pretty good I am glad they did something to it.”

Moran, who was in the thick of things in the waning laps rounded out the Big River Steel Podium in third. “They finally widened the track out enough and you could get on the bottom. The track was really good. We could race all over it. Congrats to Mikey I know him and C.J. were pretty tight, so it was cool to see him win.”

The winner’s Ronnie Delk-owned Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by Can-Am Auto Salvage, Delk Equipment, Petroff Towing, Bilstein Shocks, Paulson-Stussy Construction, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Midwest Sheet Metal, Capital Race Decals, Delk-Marlar Racing Development.

Completing the top ten were Brandon Overton, Tim McCreadie, Jason Jameson, Josh Rice, and Daulton Wilson.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary - 2nd Annual CJ Rayburn Memorial - Friday, Sept. 22, 2023 - Brownstown Speedway - Brownstown, IN

Allstar Performance Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Brandon Overton | 13.465 seconds (overall)
Fast Time Group B: Nick Hoffman | 13.990 seconds

Penske Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 76-Brandon Overton[1]; 2. 11R-Josh Rice[3]; 3. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[5]; 4. 97-Michael Chilton[6]; 5. 96V-Tanner English[4]; 6. 10-Garrett Smith[2]; 7. 29J-Jordan Wever[8]; 8. 23-Cory Hedgecock[7]; 9. 76M-Shelby Miles[9]; 10. 18B-Chase Burda[10]; 11. 33M-Dallas Miller[12]; 12. 14-Quentin White[11]

Summit Racing Products Heat Race #2 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[1]; 2. 39-Tim McCreadie[2]; 3. 12-Jason Jameson[3]; 4. 20TC-Tristan Chamberlain[4]; 5. 15-James Rice[5]; 6. 11-Spencer Hughes[7]; 7. 1T-Tyler Erb[6]; 8. 42-Terry Casey[8]; 9. 68-Adam Stricker[9]; 10. 22-Skyller Lewis[11]; 11. 93-Zak Blackwood[10]

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 9H-Nick Hoffman[1]; 2. 99-Devin Moran[3]; 3. 58-Garrett Alberson[2]; 4. 111B-Max Blair[4]; 5. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[5]; 6. 88-Greg Johnson[6]; 7. 24-Jared Bailey[8]; 8. 13W-David Webb[7]; 9. 71R-Rod Conley[9]; 10. 23K-Keegan Cox[10]; 11. 11J-Jarod Fleetwood[11]

AP1 Insurance Heat Race #4 Finish (8 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 157-Mike Marlar[1]; 2. 49-Jonathan Davenport[3]; 3. 18D-Daulton Wilson[2]; 4. 7-Ross Robinson[4]; 5. 1H-Hudson O'Neal[6]; 6. 32-Chad Stapleton[5]; 7. 18-Trevor Landrum[7]; 8. 1CJ-Justin Shaw[11]; 9. 1G-Devin Gilpin[9]; 10. 99B-Boom Briggs[8]; 11. 28S-Jeffrey Shackelford[10]

Fast Shafts B-Main Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 15-James Rice[2]; 2. 11-Spencer Hughes[4]; 3. 96V-Tanner English[1]; 4. 1T-Tyler Erb[6]; 5. 29J-Jordan Wever[5]; 6. 10-Garrett Smith[3]; 7. 68-Adam Stricker[10]; 8. 76M-Shelby Miles[9]; 9. 22-Skyller Lewis[12]; 10. 93-Zak Blackwood[14]; 11. 18B-Chase Burda[11]; 12. 33M-Dallas Miller[13]; 13. 14-Quentin White[15]; 14. 23-Cory Hedgecock[7]; 15. 42-Terry Casey[8]

UNOH B-Main Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 1H-Hudson O'Neal[2]; 2. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[1]; 3. 32-Chad Stapleton[4]; 4. 1CJ-Justin Shaw[8]; 5. 88-Greg Johnson[3]; 6. 24-Jared Bailey[5]; 7. 18-Trevor Landrum[6]; 8. 71R-Rod Conley[9]; 9. 23K-Keegan Cox[11]; 10. 99B-Boom Briggs[12]; 11. 11J-Jarod Fleetwood[13]; 12. 28S-Jeffrey Shackelford[14]; 13. (DNS) 13W-David Webb; 14. (DNS) 1G-Devin Gilpin

2nd Annual CJ Rayburn Memorial Feature Finish (40 Laps):
Pos Start Car # Competitor Hometown Pay
1 4 157Mike Marlar Winfield, TN $10,000
2 3 20RT Ricky Thornton Jr. Martinsville, IN$5,500
3 6 99Devin Moran Dresden, OH $3,500
4 8 49Jonathan DavenportBlairsville, GA$2,700
5 2 9HNick HoffmanMooresville, NC $3,000
6 1 76Brandon OvertonEvans, GA $2,800
7 7 39Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $2,800
8 11 12Jason Jameson Lawrenceburg, IN $2,100
9 5 11RJosh Rice Verona, KY $2,050
10 12 18DDaulton Wilson Fayettville, NC $2,000
11 18 1HHudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN$2,200
12 9 46Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville, FL $1,400
13 10 58Garrett Alberson Las Cruces, NM $1,450
14 13 97Michael Chilton Salvisa, KY $1,700
15 14 111BMax Blair Centerville, PA $950
16 16 7Ross Robinson Georgetown, DE $925
17 21 96VTanner English Benton, KY $1,400
18 17 15James Rice Verona, KY $1,175
19 20 28Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville, IL $850
20 19 11Spencer Hughes Meridian, MS $825
21 15 20TCTristan Chamberlain Richmond, IN $800
22 23 1TTyler Erb New Waverly, TX $800
23 25 22Skyller Lewis Brownstown, IN $800
24 22 32Chad Stapleton Edinburgh, IN $800
25 26 1GDevin Gilpin Columbus, IN $800
26 24 99BBoom Briggs Bear Lake, PA $800

Race Statistics
Entrants: 45
Terminal Maintenance & Construction Pole Sitter: Brandon Overton
Lap Leaders: Nick Hoffman (Laps 1-8); Mike Marlar (Laps 9-40)
Wieland Feature Winner: Mike Marlar
Arizona Sport Shirts Crown Jewel Cup Feature Winner: n/a
Brandon Ford TV Challenge Feature Winner: n/a
Margin of Victory: 0.803 seconds
Gorsuch Performance Solutions Cautions: n/a
Series Provisionals: Tyler Erb; Boom Briggs
Fast Time Provisional:?n/a
Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a
Track Provisional: Skyller Lewis
Brownstown Hall of Fame Race Provisional: Devin Gilpin
Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Mike Marlar, Ricky Thornton, Jr., Devin Moran
Penske Shocks Top 5: Mike Marlar, Ricky Thornton, Jr., Devin Moran, Jonathan Davenport, Nick Hoffman
Todd Steel Buildings Hard Charger of the Race: Hudson O’Neal (Advanced 7 Positions)
Wilwood Brakes Lucky 7th Place Feature: Tim McCreadie
Deatherage Opticians Lucky 13th Place Feature: Garrett Alberson
Earnhardt Technologies Most Laps Led: Mike Marlar (32 Laps)
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Ricky Thornton, Jr.
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Ricky Thornton, Jr.
O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Race: Max Blair
Etchberger Trucking Fastest Lap of the Race: Nick Hoffman (Lap 2 – 14.480 seconds)
MD3 Tough Break of the Race: Boom Briggs
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Josh Davis (Mike Marlar)
ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Clements Race Engines
Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis
Dirt Draft?Fastest in Hot Laps: Hudson O’Neal (13.244 seconds)
Time of Race: 10 minutes 39 seconds

"P3 Graphix" ILMS Pro Late Models "Bowman Family 50" (31 Entries)

HEAT ONE: Chad Stapleton, Jug Wethington, Tyler Collins, Patrick Shumaker, John Mayer Jr., Nolan Wells, Josh Reed, Conner Mertens

HEAT TWO: Tyler Cain, Zack Burton, Dwight Smith, Tory Collins, Brian Wilhite, Houston Roark, Mike Bechelli, Terry Holbert

HEAT THREE: Marty O'Neal, Steve Peeden, Shelby Miles, Alan Magner, Caleb Schryer, Robert Rainey, Derrick Huber, James Huff

HEAT FOUR: Tyler Neal, Derek Groomer, Elliott Despain, Rohn Moon, Skylar Marlar, Keaton Streeval, Dakota Kibel

B-MAIN: Skylar Marlar, Keaton Streeval, Caleb Schryer, Brian Wilhite, Dakota Kibel, Robert Rainey, Nolan Wells, Houston Roark, Conner Mertens, James Huff, Derrick Huber, John Mayer Jr., Terry Holbert, Josh Reed, Mike Bechelli

FEATURE "Bowman Family 50": Tyler Cain, Tyler Neal, Marty O'Neal, Jug Wethington, Derek Groomer, Tyler Collins, Steve Peeden, Chad Stapleton, Shelby Miles, Zack Burton, Dwight Smith, Rohn Moon, Alan Magner, Patrick Shumaker, Elliott Despain, Brian Wilhite, Caleb Schryer, Tory Collins, Skylar Marlar, Keaton Streeval, Robert Rainey