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September 18
I-80 Speedway,
Greenwood, NE
Sanction: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (I-80 Nationals) - $7,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated September 19, 8:32 am)
I-80 prelim gives Owens $7,000, 11th series win
I-80 Nationals
  1. Jimmy Owens
  2. Tim McCreadie
  3. Brandon Overton
  4. Devin Moran
  5. Darrell Lanigan
  6. Ricky Thornton Jr.
  7. Ryan Gustin
  8. Kyle Strickler
  9. Josh Richards
  10. Brandon Sheppard
  11. Tanner English
  12. Hudson O'Neal
  13. Bobby Pierce
  14. Billy Moyer
  15. Chris Madden
  16. Chase Junghans
  17. Jared Landers
  18. Chad Simpson
  19. Frank Heckenast Jr.
  20. Kyle Bronson
  21. Tad Pospisil
  22. Tyler Erb
  23. Stormy Scott
  24. Chris Simpson
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Winner Jimmy Owens and his son Nathan with I-80 Speedway’s Joe Kosiski (left) and Steve Kosiski (right).
What won the race: Winning his series-leading 11th race, Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., overtook Tim McCreadie with four laps remaining Friday at I-80 Speedway for a $7,000 preliminary victory in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series I-80 Nationals. Owens took the checkers in the 30-lapper 0.947 seconds ahead of McCreadie, who took the lead from polesitter and third-place finisher Brandon Overton on a lap-10 restart.
Key notes: Thursday and Friday prelims set the lineups for Saturday’s $30,000-to-win finale. ... The weekend event was added to the series schedule to fill the void left by the cancellation the Knoxville Late Model Nationals.
On the move: Tanner English of Benton, Ky., started 22nd and finished 11th.
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: Before I-80 Friday: 1. Jimmy Owens (7,110); 2. Tim McCreadie (6,485); 3. Jonathan Davenport (6,405); 4. Josh Richards (6,305); 5. Tyler Erb (6,175); 6. Shane Clanton (5,960); 7. Kyle Bronson (5,880); 8. Devin Moran (5,835); 9. Billy Moyer Jr. (5,630); 10. Tanner English (5,575); 11. Earl Pearson Jr. (5,420); 12. Tyler Bruening (4,970).
Current weather: Clear, 64°F
Car count: 43
Fast qualifier: Brandon Overton
Time: 17.529 seconds
Polesitter: Brandon Overton
Heat race winners: Brandon Overton, Tyler Erb, Josh Richards, Chris Simpson
Consolation race winners: Jared Landers, Billy Moyer
Next series race: September 19, I-80 Speedway (Greenwood, NE) $30,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From series reports

GREENWOOD, Neb. — Jimmy Owens won a $7,000 game of a Duck Duck Goose on Friday at I-80 Speedway on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

Polesitter Brandon Overton was the first sitting duck who lost the lead to fellow front-row starter Tim McCreadie when the groove at the 4/10-mile oval shifted. Then McCreadie was the second sitting duck when Owens found an even better line, taking the lead with four laps remaining for a preliminary victory in the three-night Al Belt Custom Homes I-80 nationals.

"The track was just moving around," Owens said in victory lane after his tour-leading 11th victory of the season. "And for once, we were in the catbird's seat."

The third-starting Owens took the checkers 0.947 seconds ahead of McCreadie as the second night of prelims at I-80 set up the lineup for Saturday's $30,000-to-win main event as Owens continues his march toward his fourth series championship.

Overton, who led the first nine laps before McCreadie went by on the race's lone restart, settled for a third-place finish with Devin Moran of Dresden, Ohio, and Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., rounding out of the top five finishers in the 30-lap preliminary feature.

Owens found himself in the perfect position to talk the front-row starters, finding a faster groove on the high side in the final laps to make an outside pass on lap 27, narrowly edging McCreadie at the flagstand and then edging away.

"Timmy was kind of like a sitting duck up yonder. He didn't know where to be on the track. I was able to move around back and forth and get this Ramirez Rocket up front," Owens said, thanking his supporters, sponsors and crew. "It's awesome to get a win here. It gives us plenty of momentum for tomorrow night."

Things weren't looking for Owens so good a week earlier in non-series action at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, as various woes forced him to miss three consecutive feature starts. But his team regrouped at the shop and continued their Lucas Oil assault.

"It just says a lot for our crew. They busted their tails all weekend. We had to go back home after Eldora when we'd planned on heading out this way," Owen said. "We had to work for three days getting everything ready to come out here, and it's just a long driver and all that stuff — it's like 16 hours — but everybody pulled together and got everything done, and here we are."

McCreadie, a distant second in the points chase to Owens, found a faster line than Overton early, but Owens turned the tables on him in the closing laps.

"It's just hard to lead here," McCreadie said. "It's such a big track and wide, and the grooves come and go. You know, Brandon's out there leading the way, leading the way, so he's probably not going to change much up. I figure, well, on the restart, it looked like that little bit of dust off of (turn) two had cleaned up where it wasn't just dirty no more, and I figured ’Let's just see if I can roll the middle to the top and see what it does.’ We were good for a while, it's just the same deal. It took a strip of rubber up there late, and I didn't find it until after I got passed."

McCreadie gets a chance to get the better of Owens in an 80-lapper on Saturday.

"We work hard every night and try to get better. We took a stab at it again tonight," he said. "I don't know if it's what we'll run tomorrow. I'm pretty comfortable. I just had a little trouble in traffic, and I've had that issue a little bit, but all in all, I wish there'd have been another 10 more laps, because it probably couldn't happened (to Owens, too). But that's OK. Hat's off to Jimmy and them guys, and for our team we'll try again tomorrow."

Overton was gunning for a clean sweep of Friday's action after setting fast time and winning the first heat — overcoming a six-car inversion. While he was in solid command early in the main event, he couldn't find enough to regain the positions he lost on laps 10 and 11.

"I think, you know the top up there in (turns) one and two and three and four, it was a fine line up there," Overton said."It started cleaning up pretty good, and when Timmy moved up, and he got me there. Jimmy kind of got me getting into (turn) three. I just got up there too late. But our car was good. It's way better than it was yesterday, so we've got something to work with at least, and we'll go on to tomorrow.

"It sucks starting on the pole sometimes. You're just out there a sitting duck. Like I said, the main thing is ... we should be locked in tomorrow and have us a good starting spot. It's just that these guys are the best. So you can't ever miss. If you miss just a little bit, they get you. But hat's off to all my crew and sponsors for getting us out here, and we'll give ’em hell tomorrow."

Notes: Owens notched his 75th career Lucas Oil Series victory. ... The 30-lapper's lone caution appeared on the ninth lap when 12th-running Tyler Erb stopped with a flat right-rear tire and headed pitside. ... Fifteenth-place finisher Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., turned the quickest lap of the race at 18.485 seconds on the final circuit. ... Thursday's runner-up Shane Clanton was leading the fourth and final heat when he pulled up lame with a broken driveline in turn two after two laps; he failed to make Friday's main event. ... Making a start as a second driver for Double L Motorsports, Jared Landers broke an oil line in Thursday's main event. He qualified for Friday's preliminary feature with a consolation victory and finished 17th. ... Three drivers who competed Thursday didn't race Friday. Dylan Schmer of Aurora, Neb., and Tyler Smith of Gibbon, Neb., scratched with mechanical problems while Chris Spieker of Massena, Iowa, missed the event because crew members had high school football commitments.

Consolation results

(12 laps; top three transfer)

First consolation: Jared Landers, Frank Heckenast Jr., Stormy Scott, Tyler Bruening, Daniel Hilsabeck, Justin Zeitner, Ben Schaller, Jason Rauen, Corey Zeitner, Reid Millard, Junior Coover.

Second consolation: Billy Moyer, Tanner English, Chris Madden, Jonathan Davenport, Earl Pearson Jr., Billy Moyer Jr., Andrew Kosiski, Spencer Diercks, Mike Collins, Jeremy Grady, Blair Nothdurft, Larry Clawson.

Heat race results

(10 laps; points system determines transfers)

First heat: Brandon Overton, Darrell Lanigan, Kyle Bronson, Frank Heckenast Jr., Tad Pospisil, Stormy Scott, Tyler Bruening, Andrew Kosiski, Jason Rauen, Blair Nothdurft. Scratched: Corey Zeitner.

Second heat: Tyler Erb, Chase Junghans, Jimmy Owens, Brandon Sheppard, Hudson O'Neal, Billy Moyer, Jeremy Grady, Daniel Hilsabeck, Justin Zeitner, Jake Neal, Larry Clawson.

Third heat: Josh Richards, Tim McCreadie, Bobby Pierce, Chad Simpson, Kyle Strickler, Jared Landers, Earl Pearson Jr., Billy Moyer Jr., Spencer Diercks, Mike Collins, Junior Coover.

Fourth heat: Chris Simpson, Devin Moran, Ricky Thornton Jr., Ryan Gustin, Chris Madden, Jonathan Davenport, Tanner English, Ben Schaller, Reid Millard, Shane Clanton.

Time trials (unofficial)

Group A
Driver (car no.), hometown, time

  1. Brandon Overton (76), Evans, Ga., 17.529
  2. Jimmy Owens (20), Newport, Tenn., 17.547
  3. Darrell Lanigan (29), Union, Ky., 17.590
  4. Brandon Sheppard (1), New Berlin, Ill., 17.611
  5. Tad Pospisil (04), Norfolk, Neb., 17.665
  6. Hudson O’Neal (71), Martinsville, Ind., 17.672
  7. Stormy Scott (2), Las Cruces, N.M., 17.826
  8. Billy Moyer (21), Batesville, Ark., 17.852
  9. Jason Rauen (98), Farley, Iowa, 17.853
  10. Chase Junghans (18), Manhattan, Kan., 17.895
  11. Kyle Bronson (40B), Brandon, Fla., 17.943
  12. Tyler Erb (1), New Waverly, Texas, 17.946
  13. Tyler Bruening (16), Decorah, Iowa, 17.960
  14. Justin Zeitner (62), Malvern, Iowa, 17.970
  15. Frank Heckenast Jr. (99jr), Frankfort, Ill., 17.997
  16. Daniel Hilsabeck (22), Earlham, Iowa, 18.011
  17. Andrew Kosiski (53), Omaha, Neb., 18.014
  18. Jeremy Grady (43), Story City, Iowa, 18.064
  19. Blair Nothdurft (76), Sioux Falls, S.D., 18.223
  20. Jake Neal (14j), Omaha, Neb., 18.251
  21. Corey Zeitner (26jr), Omaha, Neb., 18.393
  22. Larry Clawson (L88), Kansas City, Mo., 19.136

Group B

  1. Tim McCreadie (39), Watertown, N.Y., 17.554
  2. Devin Moran (9), Dresden, Ohio, 17.559
  3. Kyle Strickler (8), Mooresville, N.C., 17.642
  4. Ryan Gustin (19), Marshalltown, Iowa, 17.677
  5. Bobby Pierce (32), Oakwood, Ill., 17.875
  6. Ricky Thornton Jr. (20rt), Chandler, Ariz., 17.877
  7. Jared Landers (777), Batesville, Ark., 17.898
  8. Jonathan Davenport (49), Blairsville, Ga., 17.977
  9. Chad Simpson (25), Mount Vernon, Iowa, 17.988
  10. Shane Clanton (25), Zebulon, Ga., 17.996
  11. Josh Richards (14), Shinnston, W.Va., 18.041
  12. Chris Simpson (32), Oxford, Iowa, 18.125
  13. Earl Pearson Jr. (1), Jacksonville, Fla., 18.158
  14. Chris Madden (44), Gray Court, S.C., 18.195
  15. Billy Moyer Jr. (21jr), Batesville, Ark., 18.246
  16. Tanner English (96), Benton, Ky., 18.263
  17. Ben Schaller (98), Omaha, Neb., 18.352
  18. Spencer Diercks (29D), Davenport, Iowa, 18.399
  19. Mike Collins (3), New Orleans, La., 18.616
  20. Reid Millard (14R), Jefferson City, Mo., 19.513
  21. Junior Coover (10c), Norfolk, Neb., 19.621

Feature lineup

Row 1: Overton, McCreadie
Row 2: Moran, Owens
Row 3: Lanigan, Sheppard
Row 4: Gustin, Pierce
Row 5: Thornton, Strickler
Row 6: Junghans, Erb
Row 7: Richards, Chr. Simpson
Row 8: Pospisil, O'Neal
Row 9: Bronson, Cha. Simpson
Row 10: Landers, Moyer
Row 11: Heckenast, English
Row 12: Scott, Madden

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