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November 11
East Alabama Motor Speedway,
Phenix City, AL
Sanction: Unsanctioned special events (National 100 prelim) - $5,000
Information provided by: Robert Holman (last updated November 12, 7:28 am)
Repeating Owens adds another $5,000 at EAMS
National 100 prelim
  1. Jimmy Owens
  2. Tim McCreadie
  3. Chris Madden
  4. Jonathan Davenport
  5. Scott Bloomquist
  6. Joey Coulter
  7. Kyle Bronson
  8. Ross Bailes
  9. Dennis Erb Jr.
  10. Mark Whitener
  11. Terrance Nowell
  12. Ashton Winger
  13. Eric Cooley
  14. Kenny Collins
  15. Chris McElhenney
  16. Dalton Cook
  17. Ryan Crane
  18. Steven Roberts
  19. Booger Brooks
  20. Matt Perry
  21. Chad Marchman
  22. Dale McDowell
  23. Patrick Michel
  24. Mike Nasworthy
  25. Brandon Overton
  26. Brent Larson
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Heath Lawson/heathlawsonphotos.com
Jimmy Owens talks about his win in Saturday's first prelim.
What won the race: Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., overtook Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., on lap 27 and captured his second preliminary feature in a 12-hour span at East Alabama Motor Speedway. Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., finished second after shuffling Madden to third on lap 28. Owens collected his second $5,000 check of the day in winning a race that helps set the starting lineup for Sunday's 43rd annual National 100.
Key notes: After postponing Friday’s 43-lap preliminary feature to Saturday afternoon, East Alabama Motor Speedway held two 43-lap features on Saturday, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. … The two preliminary features paid $5,000-to-win each and are used to help set the starting lineup for Sunday’s 43rd annual National 100. … For Friday and Saturday Super Late Model action, the top eight qualifiers from each of two qualifying groups are locked into the first eight rows of the feature lineup; four drivers apiece from each of two consies fill out the 24-car fields. ... Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., swept both preliminary features last season. … Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill., is the defending National 100 champion.
Winner's sponsors: Owens drives a Ramirez Motorsports Rocket Chassis powered by an Andy Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by Redbone Fishing & Rental, Power Rig, Red Line Oil, E3 Spark Plugs, Midwest Sheet Metal, Integra Shocks and Boomtest Well Service.
Points chase: Dana Eiland is the East Alabama Motor Speedway Limited Late Model track champion.
Car count: 26
Fast qualifier: Chris Madden
Time: 16.242 seconds
Polesitter: Chris Madden
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Robert Holman
DirtonDirt.com weekend editor

PHENIX CITY, Ala. — It took awhile, but drivers finally got a track surface a little closer to what they expected at East Alabama Motor Speedway. The change from a rough-and-tumble, up-on-the-wheel surface to a slicker track in need of a little more finesse did little to slow down Jimmy Owens though. Picking up where he left off 12 hours earlier, Owens, of Newport, Tenn., notched his second preliminary feature victory of the day to secure the pole for Sunday’s 43rd annual National 100.

“It was a lot slicker. We didn’t have as much cushion and the track wasn’t near as rough,” Owens said. “They did a heck of a job prepping everything. We looked at the track to begin with there and I (thought) this thing’s gonna slicken over. Then they ran the other class and it looked like it bled back and I’d already made my changes and we went out and I was like, ‘Uh oh, we might of messed up.’ But the track started blowing off and we had a good car there at the end.”

Owens overtook polesitter Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., as they raced through traffic on lap 27 and led the rest of the way to close out a dominating Saturday at East Alabama. He collected $5,000, running his total to $10,000 on the day.

Tim McCreadie shuffled Madden back to third on lap 28 and chased Owens to the finish for his second podium of the day, assuring that the Watertown, N.Y., driver will start alongside Owens on the front row of Sunday’s 100-lap, $20,000 to win feature. Madden held on to claim third, a solid rebound after finishing 25th in the first prelim. Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., finished fourth, with Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., finishing fifth.

“We’ll just go back and look at some notes and hopefully we’re competitive enough (Sunday) and we get a good starting spot were we can hold ‘em back,” McCreadie said. “There’s a lot of good cars. Leading’s not very good here because when you catch guys, you’re kind of a sitting duck. You get out of that little bit of traction and the guy behind you doesn’t and he gets such a run. I don’t know, being the leader isn’t always fun right now.”

Second-starting Kyle Bronson of Brandon, Fla., led the first 13 laps before giving way to Madden. Bronson slipped to seventh at the finish, but that, combined with his runner-up finish in the first prelim, will put him third to start Sunday’s race.

Madden led some 14 laps and looked as though he was headed for a runaway victory midway through. His third-place finish leaves him tied with four other drivers with the 10th-most prelim points. Considering his misfortune in the first prelim, Madden’s mid-pack starting spot for Sunday’s feature isn’t terrible.

“We had a bad experience in the first race there,” Madden said. “We tore a water pump off the front of the motor, so we really was just shootin’ in the dark there for what we needed in the feature. We had a good car, but about halfway through, I don’t know, I sealed the right rear tire up or whatnot and I got (too) free. (After) a couple of cautions I got back going again. So I think we’ve got a good car for tomorrow.”

The race was slowed by six cautions, the last appearing on lap 36 of the 43-lap affair. Owens bolted away on the restart and built a comfortable advantage over McCreadie. With five laps remaining he led by 1.298 seconds before winning by a 1.181-second margin.

Final preliminary points

1. Jimmy Owens - 200
2. Tim McCreadie - 194
3. Kyle Bronson - 186
4. Jonathan Davenport - 176
5. Ross Bailes - 174
6. Mark Whitener - 168
7. Terrance Nowell - 158
8. Dennis Erb Jr. - 158
9. Dale McDowell - 150
10. Ryan Crane - 148
11. Chris Madden - 148
12. Chris McElhenney - 148
13. Scott Bloomquist - 148
14. Brandon Overton - 146
15. Kenny Collins - 144
16. Brent Larson - 140
17. Joey Coulter - 136
18. Eric Cooley - 130
19. Ray Cook - 130
20. Steven Roberts - 124
21. Ashton Winger - 124
22. Casey Roberts - 120
23. Dalton Cook - 120
24. Clint Smith - 110
25. Dane Dacus - 108
26. Shane Clanton - 108
27. Michael Page - 106
28. Matt Perry - 104
29. Booger Brooks - 104
30. Chad Marchman - 104
31. Chase Junghans - 100
32. Patrik Michel - 100
33. Austin T. Smith - 94
34. Mike Nasworthy - 94
35. Jason Hiett - 84
36. Randy Holder - 42

Saturday evening preliminaries:

Pre-race notes

Drivers rolled to the frontstretch for the main event at 11:57 p.m. ... With 10 drivers scratching from Saturday’s second program, drivers will start straight up from their qualifying times with the first group occupying the inside row and the second group filling the outside row. … With no consolation race, 26 drivers will start the A-main. … Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., bounced back from a 25th-place finish in Saturday’s first feature by setting the overall fast time and grabbing the pole for the day’s second main event. … Nearly 10 hours went by from the finish of the first 43-lap feature to the 10-minute call of the second 43-lap preliminary feature. … Drivers scratching from the second program: Jason Hiett, Casey Roberts, Ray Cook, Clint Smith, Michael Page, Shane Clanton, Chase Junghans, Austin T. Smith and Dane Dacus.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Chris Madden, Terrance Nowell
Row 2: Jonathan Davenport, Kyle Bronson
Row 3: Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens
Row 4: Dale McDowell, Brandon Overton
Row 5: Dennis Erb Jr., Tim McCreadie
Row 6: Steven Roberts, Joey Coulter
Row 7: Ryan Crane, Ashton Winger
Row 8: Dalton Cook, Chris McElhenney
Row 9: Brent Larson, Patrik Michel
Row 10: Kenny Collins, Matt Perry
Row 11: Booger Brooks, Mike Nasworthy
Row 12: Ross Bailes, Eric Cooley
Row 13: Mark Whitener, Chad Marchman

Qualifying results

Driver (car no.), hometown, time
First group
Chris Madden (44), Gray Court, S.C., 16.242
Jonathan Davenport (49), Blairsville, Ga., 16.435
Scott Bloomquist (0), Mooresburg, Tenn., 16.436
Dale McDowell (17m), Chickamauga, Ga., 16.657
Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 16.724
Steven Roberts (111), Jesup, Ga., 16.909
Ryan Crane (10), Panama City, Fla., 17.053
Dalton Cook (1D), Columbus, Ga., 17.181
Brent Larson (B1), Lake Elmo, Minn., 17.185
Kenny Collins (21), Colbert, Ga., 17.186
Booger Brooks (60), Chattanooga, Tenn., 17.219
Mike Nasworthy (0), Gray, Ga., 17.253
Ross Bailes (40), Clover, S.C., 17.387
Eric Cooley (33c), Fulton, Miss., 17.512
Mark Whitener (2), Middleburg, Fla., 17.885
Chad Marchman (27M), Lagrange, Ga., 18.253
Austin T. Smith (84), Rome, Ga., N/T
Dane Dacus (54), Lakeland, Tenn., N/T
Second group
Terrance Nowell (27), Phenix City, Ala., 16.634
Kyle Bronson (40B), Brandon, Fla., 16.698
Jimmy Owens (20), Newport, Tenn., 16.729
Brandon Overton (116), Evans, Ga., 16.877
Tim McCreadie (39), Watertown, N.Y., 16.920
Joey Coulter (2), Concord, N.C., 17.280
Ashton Winger (12), Fayetteville, Ga., 17.471
Chris McElhenney (27x), Decatur, Miss., 17.718
Patrik Michel (1USA), Belle Chase, Ga., 17.933
Matt Perry (1P), Graceville, Fla., 18.458
Jason Hiett (1), Oxford, Ala., no time
Casey Roberts (101), Toccoa, Ga., no time
Ray Cook (53), Brasstown, N.C., no time
Clint Smith (85), Senoia, Ga., no time
Michael Page (18x), Douglasville, Ga., no time
Shane Clanton (25), Zebulon, Ga., no time
Chase Junghans (18), Manhattan, Kan., no time

Saturday’s schedule

2 p.m.: Hot laps
- 602 Sportsman
- Limited Late Model
- Hobby
- Crate Late Model
- Hot shots
Hot laps/time trials/heats
- 602 Sportsman (10 laps)
- Limited Late Model (10 laps)
- Crate Late Model (10 laps)
- Super street (10 laps)
- Street stock (10 laps)
- Hot shots (10 laps)
- Hobby (10 laps)
5:30 p.m.: Time trials/heats/features
- Super Late Model hot laps
- Mini stock consolations (as needed)
- Modified consolations (as needed)
- Cruiser consolations (as needed)
- Super Late Model time trials (two laps)
- Mini stock feature (25 laps)
- Modified feature (25 laps)
- Super Late Model consolations (10 laps)
- Cruiser feature (25 laps)
- Super Late Model feature (43 laps)

Feature lineup

Row 1: Madden, Nowell
Row 2: Davenport, Bronson
Row 3: Bloomquist, Owens
Row 4: McDowell, Overton
Row 5: Erb Jr., McCreadie
Row 6: S. Roberts, Coulter
Row 7: Crane, Winger
Row 8: D. Cook, McElhenney
Row 9: Larson, Michel
Row 10: Collins, Perry
Row 11: Brooks, Nasworthy
Row 12: Bailes, Cooley
Row 13: Whitener, Marchman

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