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June 19
Magnolia Motor Speedway,
Columbus, MS
Sanction: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (General Tire Clash at the Mag) - $5,000
Information provided by: Series reports (last updated June 20, 4:07 pm)
Owens repels Richards, plucks Magnolia prelim
General Tire Clash at the Mag
  1. Jimmy Owens
  2. Josh Richards
  3. Tyler Erb
  4. Frank Heckenast Jr.
  5. Michael Page
  6. Shane Clanton
  7. Tim McCreadie
  8. Devin Moran
  9. Jonathan Davenport
  10. Bobby Pierce
  11. Billy Moyer
  12. Kyle Bronson
  13. Joseph Joiner
  14. Brian Rickman
  15. Chris Brown
  16. Spencer Hughes
  17. Drew Armstrong
  18. Kyle Beard
  19. Neil Baggett
  20. Morgan Bagley
  21. Billy Moyer Jr.
  22. Devin Gilpin
  23. Michael Arnold
  24. Scott Dedwylder
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Ramirez Motorsports team members with winner Jimmy Owens.
What won the race: Series points leader Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., repelled a late charge from Josh Richards in Friday's General Tire Clash at the Mag prelim at Magnolia Motor Speedway to earn $5,000 and his third Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory of 2020. Richards, who led only the 19th lap, finished 1.021 seconds behind at the checkers.
Key notes: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned General Tire Clash at the Mag weekend continues with a $5,000-to-win feature on Friday with 52 Late Models and 157 race cars on the grounds. … Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., won Thursday’s $5,000-to-win opener. … The weekend wraps up with a $15,000-to-win 100-lap finale on Saturday. … The event, which is presented by Big River Steel and co-sanctioned by the Comp Cams Super Dirt Series, expanded to three days in 2019 and continues with that format for this year’s 12th annual Clash at the Mag. ... Event points accumulated through Thursday and Friday programs determine the lineups for Saturday night's finale. The top 18 in points will be locked into the feature, while the rest of the field will line up in consolations to determine the rest of the lineup.
On the move: Michael Page of Douglasville, Ga., started 17th and finished fifth.
Winner's sponsors: Owens drives a Ramirez Motorsports Rocket Chassis powered by a Vic Hill Racing Engine and sponsored by Boomtest Well Service, Reece Monument, Tommy Pope Construction, Redbone Fishing & Rental, Power Rig, Redline Oil and General Tire.
Points chase: Lucas Oil Series before Friday: 1. Jimmy Owens (2,775); 2. Tim McCreadie (2,685); 3. Jonathan Davenport (2,635); 4. Tyler Erb (2,555); 5. Devin Moran (2,510); 6. Kyle Bronson (2,485); 7. Josh Richards (2,455); 8. Shane Clanton (2,410); 9. Billy Moyer Jr. (2,550); 10. Tanner English (2,075).
Current weather: Clear, 72°F
Car count: 52
Fast qualifier: Jimmy Owens
Time: 14.994 seconds
Polesitter: Jimmy Owens
Heat race winners: Jimmy Owens, Chris Brown, Josh Richards, Tyler Erb, Billy Moyer, Spencer Hughes
Consolation race winners: Joseph Joiner, Devin Gilpin, Bobby Pierce
Next series race: June 20, Magnolia Motor Speedway (Columbus, MS) $15,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

COLUMBUS, Miss. — When Josh Richards overtook Jimmy Owens with six laps remaining Friday at Magnolia Motor Speedway, it appeared he might have found a way to beat the red-hot Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points leader.

But when Richards left the middle lane open on the next lap, Owens raced back past to grab a $5,000 payday and his third series race of the season in the General Tire Clash at the Mag 25-lap prelim.

“I just wish I’d done one little move a little bit differently,” Richards lamented after the race, “but hopefully we’ll be there tomorrow.”

Indeeds, Richards along with Owens and Thursday winner Bobby Pierce will be chasing the weekend’s biggest payday in Saturday’s 100-lap finale with the first nine rows of the feature based on points accrued in prelims. Owens will unofficially be on the pole position after adding Friday’s victory to his runner-up finish Thursday.

“A hundred laps is a long way to go,” he said. "I don’t know what we’re going to get with the track. They’re doing a great job prepping it. You don’t know where to run, that makes it real tough, especially if you’re up front.”

Richards finished 1.021 seconds behind Owens on Friday while Tyler Erb of New Waverly, Texas, posted a third-place finish. Frank Heckenast Jr. of Frankfort, Ill., improved three spots to finish fourth and Michael Page of Douglasville, Ga., charged from his 17th starting spot to round out the top five.

Owens was glad he had room to regain the lead from Richards as he led every lap except the 19th, the circuit Richards briefly slipped ahead.

“The track, with them prepping the track and stuff, you didn’t know whether to go high, low or middle,” Owens said. “I knew the middle of the track was going to be pretty good there. But you know, Josh was behind me and he had a great car and was able to surge here and there, and whenever he passed me there, he kind of scooted up and left the bottom back open for me, and we were able to capitalize on it.

“Right now everything’s really good, and like I said, we just can’t get enough. Maybe it’ll keep rolling for us.”

Richards, who won a Clash at the Mag prelim last season, immediately regretted the move he made after taking the lead.

“I moved up there and got the lead on Jimmy in (turns) three and four, and I should’ve rolled the middle in one and two, but by the time I went back to the top, the track was done. It had died,” Richards said. “Once we got (back) to him, we just rode the middle and rode it out. Jimmy’s been great, those guys have done a great job this year.”

He’ll go back to work in Saturday’s long-distance affair at the 3/8-mile oval.

“I think it was good for us last night to start in the back, and I could maneuver and really see what the car had and what it would do … the track was a lot different tonight, it was a lot slower, and kind of laned up there the last five or six laps. I’m sure they’re going to work (hard on the track) and hopefully we’ll have a good race. I know we have a really solid piece and hopefully we can keep it intact and get a win tomorrow.”

Erb, whose third-place finish on Friday was two slots better than Thursday’s performance, couldn’t quite get into the lead battle up front.

“Jimmy, he’s one of the best cars around right now, and Josh, he’s not no slouch. I thought the top would be a little bit better, like it was last night, it really wasn’t,” Erb said. “The track, it raced all right there and kinda locked down at the end. If we’re a little bit better tomorrow, that’d be good.”

Crediting his Best Performance Motorsports crew for making him “really fast,” Erb knows he needs to be “a little bit better,” Saturday. “I think the best car won tonight. Josh got by him there and just slipped up and Jimmy got right back by him. I hope they get it a little bit wetter tomorrow so it’s a good race for all the fans.”

Four cautions in the first half of the race slowed the action.

On the fourth lap, Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas, slowed on the frontstretch and pulled pitside after apparently getting into the outside wall. Two laps later, another yellow appeared when Scott Dedwylder spun in turn three, collecting fellow home-state driver Michael Arnold, who spun again on the 10th lap. The final yellow appeared when Devin Gilpin lost fire on the 12th lap.

Notes: Jimmy Owens has finished in the top-five in 11 straight series starts. …. Ninth-starting Devin Moran of Dresden, Ohio, got up to fourth, but he faded to eighth in the second half of the race. … Thursday’s winner Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., made a 21st-to-10th charge in the 25-lapper. … Promoter Johnny Stokes took time for an extensive reworking of the track before the main event, which started about 12:20 a.m. and concluded about 12:35 a.m. … Kyle Beard made his way into the feature by nipping Shanon Buckingham for the final transfer spot in heat action. A tire change in the main event dropped him from contention … Jesse Stovall is guaranteed a Comp Cams provisional Saturday, but he's looking for a car to drive after having problems in his No 00. ... Luke Bennett of Ethel, La., broke a motor Thursdays and plans to drop to the Crate division. … Doug Sanchagrin couldn’t compete because his car’s lift gate broke.

Preliminary results:

Consolation results

(12 laps; top two transfer)

First consolation: Joseph Joiner, Drew Armstrong, Shanon Buckingham, Earl Pearson Jr., Johnny Scott, Steven Roberts, Timothy Culp, Logan Martin, B.J. Robinson, Chad Mallett. Scratched: Chad Thrash, Hunter Rasdon.

Second consolation: Devin Gilpin, Neil Baggett, Tyler Bruening, Rick Rickman, Robbie Stuart, Justin McRee, Eric Cooley, Shelby Sheedy, David Payne, Jamie Elam. Scratched: David Breazeale.

Third consolation: Bobby Pierce, Billy Moyer Jr., Austin Smith, Stormy Scott, Hudson O'Neal, Tanner English, Joe Godsey, Nick Thrash, Josh Putnam, Ross Bailes. Scratched: Jesse Stovall.

Heat race results

(10 laps; top three transfer)

First heat: Jimmy Owens, Frank Heckenast Jr., Kyle Beard, Shanon Buckingham, Drew Armstrong, Earl Pearson Jr., Johnny Scott, B.J. Robinson, Chad Mallett.

Second heat: Chris Brown, Devin Moran, Jonathan Davenport, Joseph Joiner, Timothy Culp, Steven Roberts, Logan Martin, Chad Thrash. Scratched: Hunter Rasdon.

Third heat: Josh Richards, Scott Dedwylder, Michael Page, Devin Gilpin, Robbie Stuart, Shelby Sheedy, Rick Rickman, Justin McRee.

Fourth heat: Tyler Erb, Shane Clanton, Michael Arnold, Neil Baggett, Eric Cooley, Tyler Bruening, David Breazeale, David Payne, Jamie Elam.

Fifth heat: Billy Moyer, Tim McCreadie, Morgan Bagley, Stormy Scott, Bobby Pierce, Ross Bailes, Austin Smith, Joe Godsey. Scratched: Jesse Stovall.

Sixth heat: Spencer Hughes, Brian Rickman, Josh Putnam, Kyle Bronson, Billy Moyer Jr., Tanner English, Hudson O'Neal, Nick Thrash.

Time trials (unofficial)

Group A
Driver (car no.), hometown

  1. Jimmy Owens (20), Newport, Tenn., 14.994
  2. Devin Moran (9), Dresden, Ohio, 15.010
  3. Josh Richards (14), Shinnston, W.Va., 15.104
  4. Chris Brown (21B), Spring, Texas, 15.196
  5. Kyle Beard (86), Trumann, Ark., 15.246
  6. Joseph Joiner (10), Milton, Fla., 15.266
  7. Scott Dedwylder (33), Vossburg, Miss., 15.286
  8. Robbie Stuart (6R), DeRidder, La., 15.292
  9. Shanon Buckingham (50), Morristown, Tenn., 15.319
  10. Timothy Culp (C8), Prattsville, Ark., 15.342
  11. Frank Heckenast Jr. (99jr), Frankfort, Ill., 15.394
  12. Michael Page (18x), Douglasville, Ga., 15.417
  13. Drew Armstrong (11J), Alexander, Ark., 15.445
  14. Jonathan Davenport (49), Blairsville, Ga., 15.447
  15. Devin Gilpin (1G), Columbus, Ind., 15.469
  16. Logan Martin (36), West Plains, Mo., 15.586
  17. Justin McRee (25m), Tuscaloosa, Ala., 15.649
  18. Earl Pearson Jr. (1), Jacksonville, Fla., 15.706
  19. B.J. Robinson (1), Shreveport, La., 15.716
  20. Shelby Sheedy (G4), French Camp, Miss., 15.723
  21. Johnny Scott (1st), Las Cruces, N.M., 15.744
  22. Chad Thrash (1), Meridian, Miss., 15.821
  23. Steven Roberts (111), Jesup, Ga., 15.846
  24. Rick Rickman (86), Columbus, Miss., 15.980
  25. Chad Mallett (92M), Greenbrier, Ark., 15.985
  26. Hunter Rasdon (R5), Jonesboro, Ark., no time

Group B

  1. Tyler Erb (1), New Waverly, Texas, 15.110
  2. Billy Moyer (21), Batesville, Ark., 15.202
  3. Spencer Hughes (11H), Meridian, Miss., 15.283
  4. Michael Arnold (4),  Hattiesburg, Miss., 15.382
  5. Ross Bailes (1), Clover, S.C., 15.449
  6. Brian Rickman (90), Columbus, Miss., 15.459
  7. Tyler Bruening (16), Decorah, Iowa, 15.463
  8. Tim McCreadie (39), Watertown, N.Y., 15.527
  9. Josh Putnam (212), Florence, Ala., 15.527
  10. Shane Clanton (25), Zebulon, Ga., 15.547
  11. Austin Smith (84), Rome, Ga., 15.564
  12. Hudson O’Neal (71), Martinsville, Ind., 15.565
  13. Neil Baggett (21xxx), Columbus, Miss., 15.575
  14. Morgan Bagley (14m), Longview, Texas, 15.590
  15. Tanner English (81E), Benton, Ky., 15.625
  16. Eric Cooley (33), Fulton, Miss., 15.626
  17. Stormy Scott (2), Las Cruces, N.M., 15.631
  18. Kyle Bronson (40B), Brandon, Fla., 15.640
  19. David Breazeale (54), Four Corners, Miss., 15.654
  20. Bobby Pierce (32), Oakwood, Ill., 15.741
  21. Billy Moyer Jr. (21jr), Batesville, Ark., 15.748
  22. Nick Thrash (31), Enterprise, Miss., 16.125
  23. Jamie Elam (48), Senatobia, Miss., 16.229
  24. Joe Godsey (14G), Centerton, Ark., 16.295
  25. David Payne (7), Cabot, Ark., 17.422
  26. Jesse Stovall (00), Billlings, Mo., no time

Friday’s schedule

2 p.m.: Pit gates open
4 p.m.: Grandstands open
7 p.m.: Drivers’ meeting
7:30 p.m.: Hot laps
- Crate Late Models
- Super Late Models
Opening ceremonies
- Crate Late Model time trials
- Super Late Model time trials
- Crate Late Model consolations
- Crate Late Model hot laps (locked in cars)
- Super Late Model heats (10 laps)
- Street stock hot laps
- Factory stock hot laps
- Super Late Model consolations (12 laps)
- Street stock heats
- Super Late Model feature (25 laps)
- Factory stock heats
- Street stock consolations
- Factory stock consolations
- Crate Late Model feature
- Street stock feature
- Factory stock feature

Feature lineup

Row 1: Owens, Erb
Row 2: Brown, Moyer Sr.
Row 3: Richards, Hughes
Row 4: Heckenast, Clanton
Row 5: Moran, McCreadie
Row 6: Dedwylder, B. Rickman
Row 7: Beard, Arnold
Row 8: Davenport, Bagley
Row 9: Page, Putnam
Row 10: Joiner, Gilpin
Row 11: Pierce, Armstrong
Row 12: Baggett, Moyer Jr.

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