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Daily Dirt 04/15/2024 14:54:26

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May 23
Lucas Oil Speedway,
Wheatland, MO
Sanction: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (23rd annual Show-Me 100 presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com) - $30,000
Information provided by: Kevin Kovac (last updated May 24, 2:59 am)
Show-Me 100 postponed to Sunday at 4 p.m.
Rick Schwallie/rickschwalliephotos.com
Drivers meet fans during Saturday's autograph session.
Key notes: With rain that arrived halfway through the second of three B-Mains refusing to let up, officials were forced to postpone the Show-Me 100 finale to Sunday with hot laps scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. CT. ... An all-Missouri front row of Tony Jackson Jr. and Jesse Stovall will lead the Show-Me 100 field to the green flag. ... Don O'Neal of Martinsville, Ind., is the defending race champion.
Who to watch: Jesse Stovall of Billings, Mo., who set fast time and won a heat on Friday night. He will seek to become just the second driver from Missouri to win the Show-Me 100.
Points chase: Entering the weekend, Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla., has 2,300 points to lead Don O'Neal (2,210) and Jimmy Owens (2,180).
Car count: 80
Fast qualifier: Jesse Stovall
Time: 15.962 seconds
Polesitter: Jesse Stovall
Heat race winners: Tony Jackson Jr., Jesse Stovall, Brian Shirley, Billy Moyer, Jonathan Davenport, Devin Moran
Consolation race winners: Terry Phillips
Next series race: May 29, Tazewell Speedway (Tazewell, TN) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Kevin Kovac
DirtonDirt.com senior writer

WHEATLAND, Mo. (May 23) — Live blog-style updates of Saturday night’s Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com, a $30,000-to-win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at Lucas Oil Speedway:

Show-Me 100 postponed

With rain refusing to let up, track and series officials announced just before 10 p.m. CT that the finale of the Show-Me 100 weekend has been postponed to Sunday. Gates will open at 2 p.m. CT and hot laps are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. CT.

Rain returns

Just as the situation appeared to be improving with packer trucks bringing the track surface around, rain began to fall again at 8:55 p.m. CT. The moderate shower slickened the track significantly, forcing most of the equipment to stop circling the speedway; as of 9:05 p.m. rain was still falling.

Weather update

With the rain ceased after a significant shower passed through, the track-prep crew began moving onto the speedway surface at 8:35 p.m. CT in hopes of restarting the racing program.

Rain delay

After a caution flag flew on lap 10 of the second B-Main for Cody Holtkamp's spin to the inside of turn four, rain that had begun falling lightly a few circuits earlier intensified enough to force officials to send the field to the pit area. Eddie Carrier Jr. leads Bobby Pierce, Ryan Gustin, Jimmy Mars and Kyle Berck as the program goes into a hiatus for precipitation.

First B-Main

Terry Phillips led the 20-lapper from flag-to-flag, beating Robert Baker to the finish line by 1.321 seconds. Baker came from the eighth starting spot to wrestle second from Jason Utter on lap 14 after the two drivers swapped the spot several times. A caution flag flew on lap nine for a tangle between turns one and two involving J.C. Wyman and Cole Wells, and another was needed on lap 10 when Cliff Morrow stopped on the inside of turn two with nosepiece damage. Three-time Show-Me 100 Jimmy Owens pulled off the track on lap 13 shortly after losing fourth to Randy Roth, forcing him to use a provisional to gain entry to the feature.

Finish (top 2 transfer): Terry Phillips, Robert Baker, Jason Utter, Randy Roth, Randy Timms, Wendell Wallace, Brian Schutt, Jim Shereck, Chris Spieker, Bryon Allison, Jason O'Brien, Timothy Culp, Charles LaPlant, Jimmy Owens, Brandon Sheppard, Kip Hughes, John Driskill, Steve Johnson, Cliff Morrow, J.C. Wyman, Cole Wells.

Early start

With rain threatening the track to the west, officials sent the first B-Main onto the speedway about 20 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of 7:45 p.m. CT to get the program rolling.

Pre-race set up

Saturday evening brings the last night of the 23rd annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com. Three consolation races, a Non-Qualifiers’ Race and the 100-lap main event are on tap for Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series competitors.

Tony Jackson Jr. of Lebanon, Mo., is on the pole position for the feature alongside fellow heat winner and home-state racer Jesse Stovall of Billings, Mo. Other Friday-night heat winners filling the second and third rows are Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., Devin Moran of Dresden, Ohio, and Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark.

The top two drivers from each consolation race transfer to the A-Main while provisional starters will be added to the rear of the starting field. The winner of the Non-Qualifiers’ Race will have the option of taking the $2,000 top prize or tagging the rear of the feature field.

There will also be two Lucas Oil Series points provisionals and two MLRA series points provisionals, and two Lucas Oil Series regulars can use emergency provisionals to start the A-Main.

Racing is scheduled to begin at 7:45 p.m. CT. 

Pre-race notes

Temperatures have risen to around 70 today, but a forecast that includes thunderstorms looms over the evening’s action. Rain appears to be approaching from the west, so track and series officials have rearranged the evening’s schedule to run all Late Model action — B-Mains, Non-Qualifiers’ Race and the Show-Me 100 — before the open-wheel modified events to push the program along as quickly as possible. … The only drivers scheduled to start a B-Main who aren’t on hand are Will Vaught of Crane, Mo., whose Friday-night racing ended due to mechanical trouble in time trials, and Brad Looney of Republic, Mo. … Three heat-race qualifiers are starting their first-ever Show-Me 100: Devin Moran of Dresden, Ohio, Austin Siebert of Grandview, Mo., and Shane Essary of Aurora, Mo., whose second-cousin, Leslie Essary, made Show-Me 100 feature starts in 1993, 1996, 2006 and 2007 at West Plains Motor Speedway. … Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., will keep his perfect record at the Show-Me 100 intact, starting the feature for the 23rd consecutive year. He has won the event five times, but his best finish since the event moved to Lucas Oil Speedway in 2010 is a runner-up placing in ’11. … Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., will make his 19th career Show-Me 100 start. He last won the race in 1996 at West Plains. … Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., and his crew put in plenty of work to get their car ready for tonight’s program after Feger was involved in a heat-race crash on Friday night. The incident bent the rearend of Feger’s car (the use of a Port-A-Power and a welder straightened it up) and ripped apart its nosepiece, forcing Feger to put on new fenders and other bodywork pieces. For his efforts Feger will start in the last row of the third B-Main, so he will have to make a huge charge to salvage a struggle-filled weekend. … Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., was involved in the same accident as Feger and had to pull out his backup car for tonight's competition. He's starting deep in the field for the third B-Main and is looking at using a Lucas Oil Series provisional to start the Show-Me 100. …

B-Main lineups

(15 laps; top 2 transfer)
First B-Main
Row 1: Jason Utter, Terry Phillips
Row 2: Jimmy Owens, Jim Shereck
Row 3: Chris Spieker, Kip Hughes
Row 4: Wendell Wallace, Robert Baker
Row 5: Jason O’Brien, Randy Timms
Row 6: Brandon Sheppard, Cole Wells
Row 7: Timothy Culp, J.C. Wyman
Row 8: Charles LaPlant, J.C. Wyman
Row 9: Randy Roth, Steve Johnson
Row 10: Cliff Morrow, Brian Schutt
Row 11: Bryon Allison
Second B-Main
Row 1: Eddie Carrier Jr., Ryan Gustin
Row 2: Jimmy Mars, Bobby Pierce
Row 3: Brandon McCormick, Hunter Rasdon
Row 4: Jeremy Payne, Cole Farmer
Row 5: Kyle Beard, R.C. Whitwell
Row 6: Kyle Berck, Levi Kissinger
Row 7: Mark Dotson, Jeff Roth
Row 8: Jason Rauen, Matt Johnson
Row 9: Cody Holtkamp, Gavin Landers
Row 10: Junior Coover, Dan Shepherd
Row 11: Will Vaught
Third B-Main
Row 1: Jake O’Neil, Jason Papich
Row 2: Chad Simpson, Scott Lewis
Row 3: Randy Weaver, Chris Simpson
Row 4: Garrett Alberson, Dave Eckrich
Row 5: Jason Bodenhamer, Brantlee Gotschall
Row 6: Austin Rettig, Dustin Walker
Row 7: Brad Looney, Jacob Magee
Row 8: Darin Busch, Colby Johnson
Row 9: Chad Wheeler, Steve Francis
Row 10: Jason Feger, Rick Kimberling

Saturday’s tentative schedule of events

5 p.m.: Driver autograph session in spectator area
6 p.m.: Drivers’ meeting
7 p.m.: Hot laps
7:30 p.m.: Opening ceremonies
7:45 p.m.: Racing begins
• Three Late Model consolations (15 laps; top two transfer)
• Late Model heat-race transfer hot laps
• Intermission/track prep
• Late Model Non-Qualifiers’ Race (20 laps; $2,000 to win)
• Laser show/10-minute call for Show-Me 100 starters
• Late Model driver introductions
• 23rd annual Show-Me 100
• Modified B-Mains
• Modified feature

Show-Me 100 lineup

Row 1: Jackson, Stovall
Row 2: Davenport, Shirley
Row 3: Moran, Moyer
Row 4: Robinson, Moyer Jr.
Row 5: J. Landers, Erb
Row 6: Siebert, Brown
Row 7: Sullivan, Essary
Row 8: O’Neal, Bloomquist
Row 9: Pearson, Babb
Row 10: Phillips, TBA
Row 11: TBA, Baker
Row 12: TBA, TBA
Row 13: Provisional starters
Row 14: Provisional starters

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