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Daily Dirt 10/17/2019 15:35:35

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October 4
Raceway 7,
Conneaut, OH
Sanction: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (Great Lakes 50) - $12,000
Information provided by: Staff and series reports (last updated October 5, 9:37 am)
Bronson wins $12,000 tour debut at Raceway 7
Great Lakes 50
  1. Kyle Bronson
  2. Tim McCreadie
  3. Josh Richards
  4. Hudson O'Neal
  5. Jonathan Davenport
  6. Mike Marlar
  7. Mason Zeigler
  8. Tyler Erb
  9. Max Blair
  10. Doug Drown
  11. Devin Moran
  12. Stormy Scott
  13. Jared Miley
  14. Gregg Satterlee
  15. Don O'Neal
  16. Shanon Buckingham
  17. Johnny Scott
  18. Earl Pearson Jr.
  19. Darrell Bossard
  20. Jimmy Owens
  21. Billy Moyer Jr.
  22. Chub Frank
  23. Jacob Hawkins
  24. Chad Wright
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Kyle Bronson takes the checkered flag Friday at Raceway 7.
What won the race: Inheriting the lead from Jimmy Owens on lap 46 after he slowed off pace, Kyle Bronson of Brandon, Fla., rolled to his third career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory in Friday night’s Great Lakes 50 at Raceway 7. Finishing 1.548 seconds ahead of Tim McCreadie, Bronson pocketed $12,000.
On the move: Max Blair of Centerville, Pa., started 15th and finished ninth.
Winner's sponsors: Bronson’s Rocket Chassis is powered by an Andy Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by Brandon Ford, Brandon Collision, All Florida Real Estate Group, Racecar Engineering and Valvoline.
Points chase: After Raceway 7: 1. Jonathan Davenport (7,645); 2. Tim McCreadie (7,165); 3. Josh Richards (7,105); 4. Tyler Erb (7,025); 5. Jimmy Owens (6,930); 6. Devin Moran (6,810); 7. Hudson O’Neal (6,720: 8. Earl Pearson Jr. (6,655); 9. Kyle Bronson (6,055). 10. Shanon Buckingham (6,010). 11. Stormy Scott (5,730); 12. Billy Moyer Jr. (5,450).
Current weather: Cloudy, 50°F
Car count: 32
Fast qualifier: Don O'Neal
Time: 17.054 seconds
Polesitter: Josh Richards
Heat race winners: Josh Richards, Jimmy Owens, Kyle Bronson, Jonathan Davenport
Consolation race winners: Shanon Buckingham, Johnny Scott
Provisional starters: Don O'Neal, Chad Wright
Next series race: October 5, Pittsburgh Pa. Motor Speedway (Imperial, PA) $20,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From series and staff reports

CONNEAUT, Ohio (Oct. 4) — Inheriting the lead when Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., slowed with mechanical issues late-race, Kyle Bronson of Brandon, Fla., led the remaining distance to score a $12,000 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory in the tour’s first-ever stop at Raceway 7.

Winning his heat race to start on the outside pole of Friday’s 50-lap feature, Bronson led the first nine laps before falling to Owens, who quickly stretched his lead to more than a four-second advantage. Running second, Bronson assumed the point when Owens retired on lap 46, going on to capture his third career Lucas Oil Series victory.

“This things are tough to win,” Bronson said. “I feel terrible for Jimmy because he definitely had the car, class of the field. He was gone, in a different zip code. Jimmy’s been helping me a lot with a lot of these different racetracks these last few weeks, teaching me how to drive and stuff like that. Just being around that guy is helping me a ton. Terrible luck for them guys, but I’ll take these wins however I can get it.”

It was just after the five-to-go signal had been shown that Owens fell off the pace, slowing his No. 20 machine after holding a commanding lead in heavy lapped traffic. Bronson charged to the front of the field on the ensuing restart, leading the final five laps and finishing 1.548 seconds ahead of fifth-starting Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., at the checkered flag.

“I don’t know if he broke an axle or something like that,” Bronson said of Owens’s demise. “His car got really out of wack there for a couple of laps. I think he broke an axle … I’m not really sure. But I’ll take it whatever way I can get it. Terrible luck for them guys and I feel sorry. But hopefully I can go win another one tomorrow.”

McCreadie finished runner-up, with polesitter Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., running third. Hudson O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., advanced from the eighth starting spot to finish fourth, with  fourth-starting Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., rounding out the top five.

Unable to seriously challenge Bronson in the final laps, McCreadie finished a comfortable second. With his runner-up finish he continues to sit second in the Lucas Oil Series standings with a 60-point advantage over Richards.

“Once it got a little clean in the middle, we just couldn’t maneuver no more,” McCreadie said. “I really thought once the track got all the dirt off it it would get a lot better. It was probably the smoothest track we’ve been on in a month and a half, so that’s pretty nice. We’ve got a car in one piece to go tomorrow.”

After a tight battle with McCreadie and Davenport through the middle stages of the race, Richards was happy to close the night with a podium finish.

“I thought we were going to be better than we were,” Richards said. “I was just way too loose to start the race. We had a third or fourth-place car. Those guys did a great job. … Towards the middle of the race, I felt like the car got better once the right-rear got a little bit of heat in it. We was actually gaining on McCreadie, but not enough to pass him or anything. We just need to be just a tick better. We missed it a little bit tonight.”

Notes: Bronson scored his second Lucas Oil Series victory of the season, his first coming on June 13 at Fayetteville (N.C.) Motor Speedway. … The race was slowed by two cautions. … Don O’Neal lowered the previous track record in time trials, tripping the clock with a time of 17.054 seconds. … The Lucas Oil Series made its first-ever visit to Raceway 7. … The Great Lakes 50 kicked off the tour’s doubleheader weekend. … The series heads 135 miles south to Imperial, Pa., for the 31st annual Pittsburgher 100 at PPMS on Saturday.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Richards, Bronson
Row 2: Owens, Davenport
Row 3: McCreadie, Erb
Row 4: Marlar, H. O'Neal
Row 5: Frank, Moran
Row 6: Moyer Jr., Zeigler
Row 7: S. Scott, Miley
Row 8: Blair, Drown
Row 9: Buckingham, J. Scott
Row 10: Satterlee, Hawkins
Row 11: Pearson Jr., Bossard
Row 12: D. O'Neal, Wright
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