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February 5
All-Tech Raceway,
Ellisville, FL
Sanction: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (General Tire Winter Nationals) - $15,000
Information provided by: Robert Holman (last updated February 6, 12:45 am)
Owens wins late duel, nabs All-Tech’s $15,000
General Tire Winter Nationals
  1. Jimmy Owens
  2. Tim McCreadie
  3. Jonathan Davenport
  4. Devin Moran
  5. Brandon Sheppard
  6. Ricky Thornton Jr.
  7. Ashton Winger
  8. Joseph Joiner
  9. Tyler Erb
  10. Shane Clanton
  11. Brandon Overton
  12. Brian Shirley
  13. Chris Madden
  14. Hudson O'Neal
  15. Spencer Hughes
  16. Earl Pearson Jr.
  17. Tyler Bruening
  18. Kyle Bronson
  19. Stormy Scott
  20. Daulton Wilson
  21. Garrett Alberson
  22. Carson Ferguson
  23. Dennis Erb Jr.
  24. Mike Marlar
  25. Mark Whitener
  26. Jake O'Neil
  27. Ross Robinson
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Jimmy Owens (20) goes around Tim McCreadie (39) to take command.
What won the race: Winning a thrilling three-car duel amid traffic, Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., led the final eight laps Saturday at All-Tech Raceway in the 50-lap General Tire Winter Nationals presented by Line-X finale at All-Tech Raceway. The fourth of four leaders earned $15,000 as Owens stalked Tim McCreadie and red-hot Devin Moran before a winning outside move on lap 43 in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series main event.
Key notes: Owens has 78 career Lucas Oil Series victories, second on the all-time list. ... Tyler Erb led the first eight laps but slipped back to fourth on a lap-10 restart and never contended again. ... Devin Moran, whose fourth-place finish was his worst in seven starts, led laps 8-14 and 29. ... Tim McCreadie led laps 15-28 and 30-42. ... Five cautions slowed the action. ... Most series competitors will head to East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Fla., for Sunday evening practice. ... Series competition resumes with six straight nights of action at the Clay by the Bay beginning Monday.
On the move: Runner-up Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., started 11th; Ricky Thornton Jr. of Chandler, Ariz., started 14th and finished sixth.
Winner's sponsors: Owens drives a Ramirez Motorsports Rocket Chassis powered by a Vic Hill Racing Engine and sponsored by Reece Monument, Boomtest Well Service, Tim Short Auto Group, Red Line Oil, Georgia Arms, Midwest Sheet Metal and Ohlins Shocks.
Points chase: After All-Tech Saturday: 1. Devin Moran (1,220); 2. Brandon Sheppard (1,145): 3. Tim McCreadie (1,085); 4. Ricky Thornton Jr. (1,050); 5. Tyler Erb (1,020); 6. Hudson O’Neal (950); 7. Earl Pearson Jr. (935); T8. Jimmy Owens (925); T8. Ashton Winger (925); 10. Dennis Erb Jr. (895).
Current weather: Overcast, 50°F
Car count: 44
Fast qualifier: Devin Moran
Time: 16.645 seconds
Polesitter: Devin Moran
Heat race winners: Devin Moran, Jimmy Owens, Tyler Erb, Tyler Bruening
Consolation race winners: Daulton Wilson, Jake O'Neil
Provisional starters: Shane Clanton, Stormy Scott, Spencer Hughes, Ross Robinson, Garrett Alberson
Next series race: February 7, East Bay Raceway Park (Gibsonton, FL) $5,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff reports

ELLISVILLE, Fla. — Sizzling series points leader Devin Moran and reigning tour champ Tim McCreadie swapped the lead multiple times Saturday in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series competition for their second thrilling back-and-forth battle of the week.

Leave it to Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., to spoil the party.

Capturing the finale of All-Tech Raceway's General Tire Winter Nationals presented by Line-X as the frontrunners dueled amid traffic, Owens dispatched the pole-starting Moran on lap 42, then grabbed the lead from McCreadie on lap 43 and raced to a $15,000 at the slippery 4/10-mile oval.

Reaching victory lane for the first time since September, Owens deadpanned in victory lane that "it was fun racing up front for a change" after starting the season with six Lucas Oil runs of 10th or worse.

The driver who turned 50 two days earlier grabbed his 78th career Lucas Oil Series victory in taking the checkers 2.841 seconds ahead of McCreadie, the Watertown, N.Y., driver who rallied from 11th to grab the lead after 15 laps before settling for second in a race with five lead changes among four leaders.

Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., improved five positions to finish fourth while Dresden, Ohio's Moran, who had finished first or second in six consecutive series events, ended up fourth after leading seven laps. Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., rounded out the top five finishers.

The race's first leader, Tyler Erb of New Waverly, Texas, faded after leading the first seven laps, ending up ninth.

Moran took the lead from Erb on a lap-eight restart, but the charging McCreadie was quickly in the mix and took over on lap 15. As the 50-lapper entered the middle stages, it appeared another showdown was brewing between McCreadie and Moran, who slammed together exiting turn four on the final lap Monday at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., with McCreadie dramatically regaining the lead and grabbing a victory.

Six nights later at All-Tech, Moran slid ahead on the 29th circuit to regain the point, but McCreadie quickly answered on lap 30 as the frontrunners desperately sought the best groove to maneuver past several slower cars.

Suddenly the third-starting Owens found his way into the mix, snagging the second spot from Moran on the 35th lap while McCreadie stayed in command. Moran took second from Owens on lap 41, but Owens quickly regained the spot and when McCreadie dropped to the low groove a lap later, Owens sailed into the lead and pulled away.

"It was just a tricky track tonight. There was a lot of grooves in different areas and you just had to slide in the right spot," Owens said, dedicating the victory to team owner Leon Ramirez. "But the car was working good, I was able to keep up with the guys, especially when we got to lapped traffic. With a track like this, when you're out front like, you're kind of a sitting duck because the (pursuers) can move around."

Owens notched his ninth career Georgia-Florida Speedweeks victory, but acknowledged the winter racing hasn't always been productive.

"It's always awesome to come down here and get a win," he said. "This is one of our better tracks in Florida. We do a little better here, which isn't very spectacular ..."

McCreadie kept his head up in victory lane, knowing how poorly his night started after struggling in Thursday's All-Tech action.

"The other night were really bad and we just put our heads together today and we ran three different setups from hot laps to qualifying to (the heat race). We found one thing that seemed to help and hats off to all my guys. ... this was all them," McCreadie said. "I sat back after hot laps and said 'I really don't even know what to tell you. I get around here not as good as I'd like to. I can't work my gas and (brake) right, so it's time for you guys to do what maybe I would do to help this car like what do you guys say?' And (they)  put their heads together and every decision they made is the reason we're up front."

Davenport duplicated his third-place finish from Sheppard's victory Thursday, but he was fortunate to avoid an early spin by Tyler Bruening.

"We was just lucky to be there at the end. We had a scare with Bruening and Erb (when they) got together there," he said. "I think I hit Bruening in that tire at the same time when I slid by there, but we just got lucky there.

"But our car was pretty good. We fell back early. I just got the wrong line and I picked up a huge push off one of the restarts and almost got into the wall and let three or four get by me. But we battled back and our car was really good and clean air and it's just, you know, we run Jimmy back down there at one time and Timmy, but they got through the lapped traffic a little better than we did.

Five cautions slowed the action, the first on the fourth lap for Jake O'Neil's turn-four spin and again four laps later when ninth-running Chris Madden slowed with a flat left-rear tire.

Two cautions appeared on the 10th lap when O'Neil spun again and then Mark Whitener's smoking car slowed on the ensuing restart.

The fifth caution appeared a few laps later for the fourth-running Tyler Bruening, who spun while battling Erb. Bruening had run as high as second in the early laps.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Devin Moran, Tyler Erb
Row 2: Jimmy Owens, Tyler Bruening
Row 3: Carson Ferguson, Brandon Sheppard
Row 4: Kyle Bronson, Jonathan Davenport
Row 5: Chris Madden, Mark Whitener
Row 6: Tim McCreadie, Brian Shirley
Row 7: Dennis Erb Jr., Ricky Thornton Jr.
Row 8: Earl Pearson Jr., Hudson O’Neal
Row 9: Daulton Wilson, Jake O’Neil
Row 10: Ashton Winger, Joseph Joiner
Row 11: Mike Marlar, Brandon Overton
Row 12: Shane Clanton, Stormy Scott
Row 13: Spencer Hughes, Ross Robinson
Row 14: Garrett Alberson

Pre-race notes

Jake O’Neil of Tucson, Ariz., won his consolation race to transfer into his first feature of Georgia-Florida Speedweeks. … Brennon Willard of Lebanon, Mo., joined the field Saturday. Willard was on the property Thursday, but did not compete. … Also joining the program was Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa, who has started three Georgia-Florida Speedweeks events this season with a best finish of 13th. …. Dalton Cook of Columbus, Ga., was at All-Tech on Thursday, but left Friday and headed to the Southern All Stars event at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga. … For the second night in a row, Fayetteville, N.C.’s Daulton Wilson is piloting the car normally driven by Justin Ratliff. Wilson won his consolatioin race. … Garrett Smith of Eatonton, Ga., smacked the turn two wall during time trials, damaging a plethora of chassis components, including his car’s J-bar, lift-bar and driveshaft. … Mother Nature continues to play jokes on Speedweeks’ competitors, specifically carburetor tuners. After a balmy 83-degree day on Thursday and a rainout on Friday, Saturday’s temperature peaked at 54, with an occasional rain shower passing through. … With Friday’s event getting rained out early, Mark Whitener of Middleburg, Fla., made the three-hour trek to East Bay Raceway Park, finishing 12th in the Crate Racin’ USA feature.

Consolation results

(10 laps; top three transfer)

First consolation: Daulton Wilson, Ashton Winger, Mike Marlar, Johnny Scott, Stormy Scott, Spencer Hughes, Colton Flinner, Spencer Hughes, Garrett Smith Todd Cooney, Ryan Markham, Brennon Willard, Ross Robinson, Garrett Alberson. Scratched: Logan Zarin.

Second consultation: Jake O’Neil, Joseph Joiner, Brandon Overton, Drake Troutman, Shane Clanton, Ryan Gustin, Blair Nothdurft, Dan Stone, Matt Cosner,  Deshawn Gingerich, Jason Miles, Trey Mills, Austin Kirkpatrick. Scratched: Max Blair.

Heat race results

(Eight laps; top four transfer)

First heat: Devin Moran, Carson Ferguson, Chris Madden, Dennis Erb Jr., Daulton Wilson, Mike Marlar, Ross Robinson, Colton Flinner, Ryan Markham, Logan Zarin, Brennon Willard.

Second heat: Jimmy Owens, Kyle Bronson, Tim McCreadie, Earl Pearson Jr., Ashton Winger, Garrett Alberson, Johnny Scott, Stormy Scott, Todd Cooney, Spencer Hughes, Garrett Smith.

Third heat: Tyler Erb, Brandon Sheppard, Mark Whitener, Ricky Thornton Jr., Jake O’Neil, Shane Clanton, Brandon Overton, Blair Nothdurft, Trey Mills, Matt Cosner, Max Blair.

Fourth heat: Tyler Bruening, Jonathan Davenport, Brian Shirley, Hudson O’Neal, Dan Stone, Drake Troutman, Joseph Joiner, Deshawn Gingerich, Ryan Gustin, Austin Kirkpatrick, Jason Miles.

Time trials

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

  1. Devin Moran (9), Dresden, Ohio, 16.645
  2. Ashton Winger (89), Hampton, Ga., 16.937
  3. Chris Madden (44), Gray Court, S.C., 17.033
  4. Jimmy Owens (20), Newport, Tenn., 17.065
  5. Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 17.090
  6. Earl Pearson Jr. (46), Jacksonville, Fla., 17.151
  7. Carson Ferguson (93), Lincolnton, N.C., 17.161
  8. Tim McCreadie (39), Watertown, N.Y., 17.206
  9. Colton Flinner (48), Allison Park, Pa., 17.245
  10. Spencer Hughes (11), Meridian, Miss., 17.260
  11. Ryan Markham (C02), Ashland, Ohio, 17.324
  12. Garrett Alberson (58), Las Cruces, N.M., 17.412
  13. Daulton Wilson (16D), Fayetteville, N.C., 17.437
  14. Kyle Bronson (40B), Brandon, Fla., 17.457
  15. Mike Marlar (157), Winfield, Tenn., 17.474
  16. Todd Cooney (30), Des Moines, Iowa, 17.508
  17. Ross Robinson (7), Georgetown, Del., 17.606
  18. Johnny Scott (1st), Las Cruces, N.M., 17.663
  19. Logan Zarin (1Z), Moon Township, Pa., 18.059
  20. Stormy Scott (2s), Las Cruces, N.M., 18.302
  21. Brennon Willard (3w), Lebanon, Mo., 20.695
  22. Garrett Smith (10), Eatonton, Ga., 24.308

Group B

  1. Brandon Sheppard (1), New Berlin, Ill., 17.281
  2. Jonathan Davenport (49), Blairsville, Ga., 17.459
  3. Ricky Thornton Jr. (20rt), Chandler, Ariz., 17.661
  4. Tyler Bruening (16), Decorah, Iowa, 17.822
  5. Tyler Erb (1), New Waverly, Texas, 17.836
  6. Dan Stone (2), Thompson, Pa., 17.841
  7. Mark Whitener (58), Middleburg, Fla., 17.910
  8. Brian Shirley (3s), Chatham, Ill., 17.936
  9. Max Blair (111), Centerville, Pa., 17.978
  10. Drake Troutman (7T), Hyndman, Pa., 17.998
  11. Shane Clanton (25), Zebulon, Ga., 18.000
  12. Hudson O’Neal (71), Martinsville, Ind., 18.159
  13. Brandon Overton (76), Evans, Ga., 18.173
  14. Ryan Gustin (19r), Marshalltown, Iowa, 18.225
  15. Jake O’Neil (0), Tucson, Ariz., 18.277
  16. Deshawn Gingerich (0), Dover, Pa., 18.322
  17. Matt Cosner (66), Ridgeley, W.Va., 18.350
  18. Joseph Joiner (10), Milton, Fla., 18.417
  19. Blair Nothdurft (76), Sioux Falls, S.D., 18.870
  20. Austin Kirkpatrick (11), Ocala, Fla., 18.906
  21. Trey Mills (14JR), St. Augustine, Fla., 19.099
  22. Jason Miles (503), Glenwood, Ark., 19.563

Saturday's schedule

2-4:45 p.m - Technical inspection and pill draw
1:30 p.m. - Pit gates closed; pits cleared
2 p.m. - Pits reopen
3 p.m. - Grandstands open
5 p.m. - Drivers’ meeting
5:30 p.m. - On-track action begins
- Super Late Model hot laps
- Street Stock hot laps
- Super Late Model time trials (two laps)
7 p.m. - Invocation and national anthem
7:10 p.m.
- Street stock heats (8 laps)
- Super Late Model heats (10 laps)
- Super Late Model consolation races (10 laps)
- Super Late Model feature (50 laps)
- Street stock feature (20 laps)

Feature lineup

Row 1: Moran, T. Erb
Row 2: Owens, Bruening
Row 3: Ferguson, Sheppard
Row 4: Bronson, Davenport
Row 5: Madden, Whitener
Row 6: McCreadie, Shirley
Row 7: D. Erb Jr., Thornton Jr.
Row 8: Pearson Jr., O’Neal
Row 9: Wilson, O’Neil
Row 10: Winger, Joiner
Row 11: Marlar, Overton
Row 12: Clanton, S. Scott
Row 13: Hughes, Robinson
Row 14: Alberson

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