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June 6
Eldora Speedway,
Rossburg, OH
Sanction: UMP DIRTcar special events (non-touring) (Dream Friday even) - $5,000
Information provided by: Staff reports (last updated June 7, 4:07 am)
Gutsy lane choice helps McDowell outrun Lanigan
Dream Friday even
  1. Dale McDowell
  2. Darrell Lanigan
  3. Jason Feger
  4. Scott Bloomquist
  5. Chris Madden
  6. John Blankenship
  7. Jonathan Davenport
  8. Jeep Van Wormer
  9. Matt Miller
  10. Eddie Carrier Jr.
  11. Shane Clanton
  12. Wendell Wallace
  13. Ryan Gustin
  14. Jeff Babcock
  15. Brandon Overton
  16. Michael Asberry
  17. Tim McCreadie
  18. Jason Hiett
  19. Wayne Chinn
  20. Jason Riggs
  21. Jared Landers
  22. Jeff Provinzino
  23. Jon Henry
  24. Jimmy Owens
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Dale McDowell heads to a 25-lap victory at Eldora.
What won the race: Fourth-starting Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., pulled past race-long leader and outside front-row starter Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., on the backstretch of the 14th lap and led the rest of Friday's second 25-lap preliminary feature for a $5,000 victory.
Key notes: DirtonDirt.com and Eldora Speedway have teamed up for a live pay-per-view production of this weekend's Dream. ... Click the related story link in the left column for blog-style live updates and results. ... A lap-23 caution for Jason Riggs Jr. allowed Lanigan start alongside McDowell on the ensuring restart, but the Club 29 boss could not keep pace over the final two laps. ... Lanigan led the first 13 circuits. ... Thursday prelim winner Jimmy Owens worked from 12th to seventh in the first ten laps, but retired abruptly while battling for sixth not long after. ... Friday's card included two complete racing programs headlined by twin 25-lap, $5,000-to-win preliminary features; the field was divided by even and odd time trial results. ... Second-quickest qualifier Brad Neat scratched for the evening with motor trouble, but he does intend to race on Saturday and is guaranteed a spot in the feature with a fast-time provisional. ... The Dream is celebrating it's 20th anniversary. ... In total, $306,625 in purse money is up for grabs this weekend at The Big E; Saturday's winner pockets $100,000. ... Ferris Commercial Mowers is the event's presenting sponsor.
On the move: Scott Bloomquist charged forward for the second straight night, finishing fourth after starting 10th.
Winner's sponsors: McDowell’s Team Dillon Racing Warrior Race Car is powered by a Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engine and carries sponsorship from Bad Boy Buggies, Big Dog Motorsports, Cometic Gasket, Ferris Commercial Mowers, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, National Boiler Services, UNOH, WTW Enterprises and YouAreHollywood.com.
Car count: 78
Fast qualifier: Mike Marlar
Time: 15.777 seconds
Polesitter: Jason Feger
Heat race winners: Dale McDowell, Shane Clanton, Darrell Lanigan, Jason Feger
Consolation race winners: Eddie Carrier Jr., Brandon Overton
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Todd Turner
DirtonDirt.com managing editor

ROSSBURG, Ohio (June 5) — Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., thought he’d done the hard work when he overtook race-long leader and outside front-row starter Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., on the 14th of 25 laps Friday night at Eldora Speedway.

But when a caution flew with two laps remaining in Friday’s second preliminary feature during the weekend for Dream XX by Ferris Mowers, the 48-year-old McDowell knew his work wasn’t quite done with Lanigan restarting alongside.

“I was like, 'Are you kidding me?' A caution with two laps to go and Darrell as good as he is here?,” McDowell said. “I picked the bottom and just hoped there was enough traction maybe to get the jump on him, and just drive in the corner deeper.”

Going against conventional wisdom, McDowell’s inside-lane choice for the lap-23 restart paid off as he kept Lanigan in check the final two laps for a $5,000 victory that establishes McDowell as among the favorites in Saturday’s $100,000-to-win program.

“Everything was good, everything turned out. It was our night. I hope it’s our night tomorrow night.”

Lanigan, the 2003 Dream winner who led the first 13 laps, settled for second with polesitter Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., in third on the second of three nights of UMP DIRTcar-sanctioned Late Model action at the legendary half-mile oval. Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., improved six positions to finish fourth and Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., rounded out the top five.

“We had a pretty good car tonight, just a little free there in the feature,” Lanigan said. “I kind of just need to go a different direction in the feature tomorrow night and just tighten up a little bit more, but all in all, it was a pretty good car.”

Lanigan grabbed the lead from Feger at the outset and set sail with McDowell quickly working his way into second. When the frontrunners reached lapped traffic by halfway, McDowell drew closer to Lanigan and made the winning pass on the backstretch.

Ready for the checkered flag, McDowell’s victory was delayed when 10th-running Jason Riggs of Harrisburg, Ill., spun in turn four.

Lanigan licked his chops in lining up outside McDowell when the green flag reappeared, but McDowell beat him into turn one and slid back into the catbird’s seat.

“I really thought when he gave me that outside I could roll it down there,” Lanigan said, “but he got some pretty good digs on that start on the bottom down there and got beside me. He did what he had to do to win it.”

McDowell hopes his Friday performance is a sign of things to come Saturday.

“I think we learned just a few things tonight about the car in the slick,” McDowell said. “I think it’s helping everybody though to be able to run two nights before the big race, so everybody’s got the same advantage. Or, if you’re pretty good, you can dial yourself out. We’re just going to stay baseline with what we’ve been the past couple of nights and hope for the best.”

Preliminary results

First heat: Dale McDowell, Jason Riggs, Wendell Wallace, John Blankenship, Bobby Pierce, Jon Henry, Justin Rattliff, Scott James, Michael Asberry. Scratched: Brad Neat.

Second heat: Shane Clanton, Chris Madden, Scott Bloomquist, Matt Miller, Eddie Carrier Jr., Wayne Chinn, Vic Hill, Aaron Scott, Brandon Kinzer. Scratched: Delmas Conley.

Third heat: Darrell Lanigan, Jeep Van Wormer, Jeff Babcock, Jared Landers, Jason Hiett, Jeff Provinzino, Brian Gray, Josh Adkins, Tim McCreadie. Scratched: Dustin Neat.

Fourth heat: Jason Feger, Jonathan Davenport, Jimmy Owens, Ryan Gustin, Brandon Overton, Brandon Sheppard, Dennis Erb Jr., Matt Irey. Scratched: Jerry Bowersock.

First consolation: Eddie Carrier Jr., Wayne Chinn, Michael Asberry, Jon Henry, Justin Rattliff, Vic Hill, Brandon Kinzer, Scott James, Aaron Scott. Scratched: Bobby Pierce, Brad Neat.

Second consolation: Finish: Brandon Overton, Jason Hiett, Tim McCreadie, Jeff Provinzino, Brandon Sheppard, Dennis Erb Jr., Dustin Neat, Josh Adkins, Matt Irey, Brian Gray. Scratched: Jerry Bowersock.

Time trials

  1. Brad Neat (16n), Dunnville, Ky., 15.790
  2. Eddie Carrier Jr. (28), Salt Rock, W.Va., 15.815
  3. Tim McCreadie (39), Watertown, N.Y., 15.865
  4. Jonathan Davenport (6), Blairsville, Ga., 15.894
  5. Jason Riggs (81jr), Harrisburg, Ill., 15.930
  6. Wayne Chinn (1), Bradford, Ohio, 15.946
  7. Darrell Lanigan (29), Union, Ky., 15.967
  8. Brandon Overton (5), Appling, Ga., 16.004
  9. Dale McDowell (17m), Chickamauga, Ga., 16.036
  10. Shane Clanton (25), Zebulon, Ga., 16.053
  11. Jason Hiett (1), Oxford, Ala., 16.105
  12. Jason Feger (25), Bloomington, Ill., 16.116
  13. Bobby Pierce (32), Oakwood, Ill., 16.132
  14. Chris Madden (44), Gray Court, S.C., 16.142
  15. Jeep Van Wormer (55), Pinconning, Mich., 16.212
  16. Jimmy Owens (20), Newport, Tenn., 16.255
  17. Jon Henry (15), Ada, Ohio, 16.286
  18. Matt Miller (3), Whitehouse, Ohio, 16.326
  19. Devin Moran (99m), Dresden, Ohio, 16.382
  20. Morgan Bagley (14m), Longview, Texas, 16.412
  21. Chase Junghans (18), Manhattan, Kan., 16.428
  22. Rusty Schlenk (11), Weston, Ohio, 16.447
  23. Eric Wells (18), Hazard, Ky., 16.506
  24. Kyle Bronson (40B), Brandon, Fla., 16.551
  25. Jimmy Mars (28), Menomonie, Wis., 16.623
  26. Vic Hill (1), Mosheim, Tenn., 16.674
  27. Josh Adkins (19m), Talladega, Ala., 16.779
  28. Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 16.836
  29. Scott James (83), Lawrenceburg, Ind., 16.853
  30. Brandon Kinzer (18), Allen, Ky., 16.917
  31. Jeff Provinzino (28), Hibbing, Minn., 16.960
  32. Matt Irey (36), Mansfield, Ohio, 17.111
  33. Wendell Wallace (1), Batesville, Ark., 17.264
  34. Aaron Scott (33), Newark, Ohio, 17.424
  35. Brian Gray (3), Hamilton, Ohio, 18.377
  36. Jerry Bowersock (95j), Wapakoneta, Ohio, 19.016
  37. John Blankenship (23), Williamson, W.Va., no time
  38. A.J. Diemel (58), Elk Mound, Wis., no time
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