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August 13
Florence Speedway,
Union, KY
Sanction: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (North-South Shootout) - $10,000
Information provided by: Series and staff reports (last updated August 14, 11:54 am)
Marlar rubs past Overton for $10,000 Florence win
North-South Shootout
  1. Mike Marlar
  2. Brandon Overton
  3. Zack Dohm
  4. Jimmy Owens
  5. Tim McCreadie
  6. Josh Richards
  7. Stormy Scott
  8. Tyler Erb
  9. Dale McDowell
  10. Josh Rice
  11. Earl Pearson Jr.
  12. Devin Moran
  13. Ricky Weiss
  14. Shane Clanton
  15. Jonathan Davenport
  16. Tyler Carpenter
  17. Jason Jameson
  18. Shanon Buckingham
  19. Billy Moyer Jr.
  20. Tyler Bruening
  21. Tanner English
  22. Mason Zeigler
  23. Scott Bloomquist
  24. Kyle Bronson
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Mike Marlar won in a Late Model at Florence for the first time.
What won the race: Coming from nowhere amid a late-race shuffle of leaders, Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., rubbed past Brandon Overton in turn one on the final lap and grabbed a $10,000 victory Thursday in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at Florence Speedway. Overton finished second with Zack Dohm third as Wednesday's winner Jimmy Owens led 45 laps before fading at the finish.
Key notes: Tyler Erb picked up $2,034 for fast time from donations in memory of Doug Lee, a late Florence supporter. ... Officials announced Sunoco has signed a three-year renewal as official fuel of the series and North-South 100 sponsor.
On the move: Zack Dohm of Cross Lanes, W.Va., started ninth and finished third.
Winner's sponsors: Marlar’s Rocket Chassis is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and sponsored by Dell Equipment Sales, Rockets Convenience Plus, BruceBilt Performance, Tri-Rivers Logging and RS Equipment Sales & Rentals
Points chase: After Florence Thursday: 1. Jimmy Owens (5,730); 2. Jonathan Davenport (5,265); 3. Tyler Erb (5,185); 4. Josh Richards (5,155); 5. Tim McCreadie (5,145); 6. Kyle Bronson (4,900); 7. Shane Clanton (4,900); 8. Devin Moran (4,870); 9. Billy Moyer Jr. (4,625); 10. Tanner English (4,495); 11. Shanon Buckingham (4,385); 12. Earl Pearson Jr. (4,320); 13. Tyler Bruening (3,4.045).
Current weather: Broken Clouds, 82°F
Car count: 52
Fast qualifier: Tyler Erb
Time: 16.355 seconds
Polesitter: Kyle Bronson
Heat race winners: Kyle Bronson, Devin Moran, Tim McCreadie, Jimmy Owens, Josh Richards, Mike Marlar
Consolation race winners: Billy Moyer Jr., Dale McDowell
Provisional starters: Tanner English, Tyler Bruening
Next series race: August 14, Florence Speedway (Union, KY) $50,000
Editor's note: Corrects winner's engine builder and updates sponsors.
From contributor and series reports

UNION, Ky. — What initially appeared to be another cruise to victory lane for Jimmy Owens on Thursday at Florence Speedway turned into a free-for-all late in the 50-lap North-South Shootout.

And it was Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., coming out on top of the late scramble, diving under Brandon Overton entering turn one on the final lap and rubbing past the leader to grab a $10,000 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory and the first of his career at the half-mile oval, one of his favorite tracks.

The sixth-starting Marlar scored his second overall victory of the season and first on the Lucas Oil Series since July 4, 2019, at Portsmouth (Ohio) Raceway Park.

“Racing’s a humbling sport, and when you can get a win, it’s a nice lift,” Marlar said in victory lane.

Evans, Ga.’s Overton, who discovered he had a deflating tire after the race, settled for second with ninth-starting Zack Dohm of Cross Lanes, W.Va., in third.

Owens, the Newport, Tenn., driver who led 50 laps a night earlier at Florence for his eighth Lucas Oil victory of the season, was dominating again Thursday until late in the race when his pursuers caught him. Marlar said it appeared Owens had a badly vibrating wheel that dropped him to fourth at the finish, one spot ahead of 11th-starting Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y.

Polesitter Kyle Bronson of Brandon, Fla., was running second on the 15th lap when when he pulled up lame on the frontstretch with a broken J-bar and was pushed to the infield for the race’s lone caution.

Marlar battled with Dohm and Josh Rice for the fifth spot most of the race, and it was a worthwhile battle to watch with Owens cruising out front with two- and three-second margins over the second-running Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., much of the race.

But things got interesting on lap 41 when Overton slid into Richards exiting turn two with neither driver giving an inch. Overton escaped with the second spot while Richards showed left-front damage that hampered him the rest of the way in finishing sixth.

Marlar and Dohm were among drivers taking advantage of the Overton-Richards scrape, and soon enough all the pursuers were gaining on Owens, who until then hadn’t been challenged.

With Owens losing his potency, Overton grabbed the lead on the 46th lap with Marlar and Dohm following suit. The high-running Marlar moved in to pressure Overton in the race’s waning moments, then dove underneath the leader, rubbing past in turn one and leading only the 50th lap.

“I knew I was a lot faster around the outside, and I didn’t want to do that crossover move because I was afraid we’d rub, and I really knew I could pass him down there on the last lap,” said Marlar, who was afraid Overton’s crew would signal him to move higher on the track to block his winning move.

“I just took advantage of it. I hate that I rubbed him and he rubbed me a little bit earlier in the race … when you race hard like that, stuff happens. I really didn’t think I was going to rub him there.

“We had a heckuva race either way. Jimmy got something in his wheel and it got to vibrating there, and I seen that and I knew I needed to do something to get by him, because he was going to be backing up. It was an awesome race. The cushion, I didn't think there was anything left up there, but there was a little bit.”

Overton, whose summer hot streak included a $50,000 USA Nationals victory Saturday on the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series at Wisconsin’s Cedar Lake Speedway, was disappointed with second but glad to improve on his 10th-place run a night earlier.

“I don’t know, I’m looking right there, we’ve got a tire going down,” Overton said, gesturing toward his car. “I don’t know if when me and Josh got together, it started going down then.

“Hats off to Mike. I know he didn’t do anything with intention, just hard racing. We hit a little bit, but congratulations to them, and definitely a better night than what we had last night. We had to totally redo our car and it’s a lot better, so I’m proud of that.”

Dohm wasn’t quite within striking distance of the leaders, but his methodical run in the low groove paid dividends.

“We seem to do better in the longer races. I’m pretty excited for (Saturday's 100-lapper. We’ve gotta get in it first. We struggle more qualifying and all that than we actually do with the racing part. So I guess that’s a good problem to have” Dohm said. “I was back there racing with (Marlar and Rice), and I felt like they were kind of in my way, but I didn’t really. I don’t like to rough people up or anything like that. I try to keep my nose clean, and hopefully it’ll pay off later in the race. They started coming back to us and we were going up through there, then Mike run (into) Brandon. I’m sure that tire going down probably had a little bit to do with it. We caught them three leaders real quick. I wish this race would’ve been 10 more laps, I know that.”

Action continues at Florence on Friday with preliminaries for the Sunoco Race Fuels North-South 100 with a double-heat race format. Saturday’s action concludes four nights of racing at the half-mile oval with the $50,000-to-win main event.

Notes: Marlar, who drives for car owner Ronnie Delk, has 13 career Lucas Oil Series victories. … He'd previously won at Florence in the modified division, but not in Late Models. ... His only previous 2020 victory came in WoO action at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn. “We know we’re a capable team. We’ve just taken off a lot this year, but we’re back. We’ve really hit it hard this last month and I can tell my driving’s a lot better and I’m getting my car better, and a lot of things are working for us here.” … Tyler Erb picked up $2,034 for fast time from donations in memory of Doug Lee, a late Florence supporter. ... Officials announced Sunoco has agree to a three-year renewal as official fuel of the series and North-South 100 sponsor. … Drivers at Florence on Thursday who didn't enter Wednesday: Devin Gilpin, Kent Robinson and Shannon Thornsberry. ... Jonathan Davenport, Tim McCreadie and Devin Moran brought new Longhorns to Florence for the weekend. … Jensen Ford of Piney Flats, Tenn., making his debut at Florence, has scratched for the week because of engine problems. He never took a competitive lap on the track.

Correction: Fixes Owens losing lead on lap 46, not lap 47.

Consolation race results

(12 laps; top two transfer)

First consolation: Billy Moyer Jr., Ricky Weiss, Chris Ferguson, Tanner English, Kyle Strickler, Kyle Hardy, Devin Gilpin, Ricky Thornton Jr., Vic Hill, Jason Miller, Robby Hensley, Jesse Lay, Connor Meade, Shannon Thornsberry, Kent Robinson. Scratched: Brian Mullins, Jensen Ford.

Second consolation: Dale McDowell, Mason Zeigler, Tyler Bruening, Ross Bailes, Billy Green, Hudson O'Neal, Bobby Pierce, Chad Stapleton, Colton Horner, Daulton Wilson, Drew Armstrong, Tim Vance, Skyller Lewis, Kirk Phillips, Scott James, Todd Brennan. Scratched: Joey Moriarty.

Heat race results

(10 laps; top three transfer)

First heat: Kyle Bronson, Tyler Erb, Scott Bloomquist, Billy Moyer Jr., Vic Hill, Kent Robinson, Shannon Thornsberry, Ricky Thornton Jr., Brian Mullins.

Second heat: Devin Moran, Zack Dohm, Jonathan Davenport, Tanner English, Kyle Strickler, Devin Gilpin, Connor Mead, Robby Hensley. Scratched: Jensen Ford.

Third heat: Brandon Overton, Tim McCreadie, Shanon Buckingham, Kyle Hardy, Chris Ferguson, Ricky Weiss, Jason Miller, Jesse Lay.

Fourth heat: Jimmy Owens, Josh Rice, Tyler Carpenter, Dale McDowell, Ross Bailes, Colton Horner, Chad Stapleton, Todd Brennan, Scott James.

Fifth heat: Josh Richards, Stormy Scott, Jason Jameson, Tyler Bruening, Hudson O'Neal, Billy Green, Daulton Wilson, Joey Moriarty. Scratched: Kirk Phillips.

Sixth heat: Mike Marlar, Earl Pearson Jr., Shane Clanton, Mason Zeigler, Bobby Pierce, Skyller Lewis, Drew Armstrong, Tim Vance.

Time trials (unofficial)

Group A
Driver (car no.), hometown

  1. Tyler Erb (1), New Waverly, Texas, 16.355
  2. Devin Moran (9), Dresden, Ohio, 16.357
  3. Brandon Overton (76), Evans, Ga., 16.481
  4. Scott Bloomquist (0), Mooresburg, Tenn., 16.579
  5. Jonathan Davenport (49), Blairsville, Ga., 16.621
  6. Shanon Buckingham (50), Morristown, Tenn., 16.637
  7. Kyle Bronson (40B), Brandon, Fla., 16.663
  8. Tanner English (81E), Benton, Ky., 16.669
  9. Kyle Hardy (79), Stephens City, Va., 16.755
  10. Vic Hill (1), Mosheim, Tenn., 16.793
  11. Zack Dohm (17), Cross Lanes, W.Va., 16.807
  12. Ricky Thornton Jr. (20rt), Chandler, Ariz., 16.880
  13. Devin Gilpin (1G), Columbus, Ind., 16.885
  14. Tim McCreadie (39), Watertown, N.Y., 16.896
  15. Chris Ferguson (22), Mount Holly, N.C., 16.933
  16. Billy Moyer Jr. (21jr), Batesville, Ark., 16.968
  17. Kyle Strickler (8), Mooresville, N.C., 17.012
  18. Jason Miller (94), Winchester, Va., 17.118
  19. Kent Robinson (7R), Bloomington, Ind., 17.196
  20. Ricky Weiss (7W), Headingley, Manitoba, 17.243
  21. Connor Meade (1), Clay City, Ky., 17.243
  22. Shannon Thornsberry (17), Martin, Ky., 17.303
  23. Robby Hensley (21H), Walton, Ky., 17.315
  24. Jesse Lay (33), Walton, Ky., 17.419
  25. Brian Mullins (626), Cincinnati, Ohio, 18.230
  26. Jensen Ford (83), Piney Flats, Tenn., no time

Group B

  1. Jimmy Owens (20), Newport, Tenn., 16.536
  2. Josh Richards (14), Shinnston, W.Va., 16.585
  3. Shane Clanton (25), Zebulon, Ga., 16.672
  4. Josh Rice (11), Verona, Ky., 16.773
  5. Stormy Scott (2), Las Cruces, N.M., 16.913
  6. Mike Marlar (57), Winfield, Tenn., 16.928
  7. Ross Bailes (58), Clover, S.C., 16.946
  8. Tyler Bruening (16), Decorah, Iowa, 16.966
  9. Mason Zeigler (25z), Chalk Hill, Pa., 16.978
  10. Tyler Carpenter (28), Parkersburg, W.Va., 16.980
  11. Jason Jameson (12), Lawrenceburg, Ind., 16.999
  12. Earl Pearson Jr. (1), Jacksonville, Fla., 17.016
  13. Dale McDowell (17m), Chickamauga, Ga., 17.105
  14. Hudson O’Neal (71), Martinsville, Ind., 17.123
  15. Bobby Pierce (32), Oakwood, Ill., 17.185
  16. Colton Horner (56jr), Katy, Texas, 17.230
  17. Daulton Wilson (18D), Fayetteville, N.C., 17.375
  18. Drew Armstrong (11j), Alexander, Ark., 17.509
  19. Chad Stapleton (32), Edinburgh, Ind., 17.538
  20. Joey Moriarty (51), Phoenix, Ariz., 17.746
  21. Skyller Lewis (22), Brownstown, Ind., 17.792
  22. Scott James (83), Bright, Ind., 17.833
  23. Billy Green (49), Walton, Ky., 17.844
  24. Tim Vance (25), Clover, S.C., 18.022
  25. Todd Brennan (20), Zanesville, Ohio, 18.151
  26. Kirk Phillips (21), Ashland, Ky., no time

Feature lineup

Row 1: Bronson, Owens
Row 2: Moran, Richards
Row 3: Overton, Marlar
Row 4: Erb, Rice
Row 5: Dohm, Scott
Row 6: McCreadie, Pearson
Row 7: Bloomquist, Carpenter
Row 8: Davenport, Jameson
Row 9: Buckingham, Clanton
Row 10: Moyer Jr., McDowell
Row 11: Weiss, Zeigler
Row 12: English, Bruening

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