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Daily Dirt 02/24/2024 07:52:29

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August 11
C.J. Speedway,
Columbus Junction, IA
Sanction: Lucas Oil Midwest LateModel Racing Association - $8,000
Information provided by: Mike Ruefer, series and track reports (last updated August 12, 2:59 am)
Jackson tops Diercks for $8,000 C.J. victory
  1. Tony Jackson Jr.
  2. Spencer Diercks
  3. Chris Simpson
  4. Frank Heckenast Jr.
  5. Daniel Hilsabeck
  6. Chad Simpson
  7. Rickey Frankel
  8. Kolby Vandenbergh
  9. Johnathan Huston
  10. Jay Johnson
  11. Sawyer Specht
  12. Steve Stultz
  13. Gary Webb
  14. Brandon Queen
  15. Derrick Stewart
  16. Tim Simpson
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Spencer Diercks (29) and winner Tony Jackson Jr. (56) battle for the lead.
What won the race: Driving a brand new car, two-time and reigning series champ Tony Jackson Jr. of Lebanon, Mo., overtook polesitter and race-long leader Spencer Diercks on the 24th of 30 laps Thursday at C.J. Speedway for an $8,000 victory on the Lucas Oil Midwest LateModel Racing Association.
Quotable: "I was trying to pace. Just bigger races and longer races, I've used my stuff up and and I've got to good spots and fell back," Jackson said. "Tonight I was like, 'If I get the lead, I'll pace myself if not, I'm just gonna pace off him.' And I seen the flagman (signal 10 laps to go) so now I knew that I needed to make something happen. So luckily for me, the caution landed at the right time. I felt like we had a really maneuverable car. I felt like we was quite a bit better and lapped traffic. But I was just kind of kind of waiting."
Key notes: Jackson earned his 12th career MLRA victory. ... Runner-up Spencer Diercks fell one spot shy of his first career MLRA victory. ... Five-time race winner and MLRA points leader Johnny Scott of Las Cruces, N.M., was a no-show at C.J., allowing Chad Simpson so grab the points lead. ... The track hosted the the Lucas Oil MLRA for the first time, an event originally set for July 1 but rained out. … C.J. opened Iowa's tripleheader weekend for MLRA competitors. … Originally slated as a $5,000-to-win feature, additional money from fans and sponsors upped the winner’s share to $8,000. … Other prize money included a $500 hard charger award. ... The series heads to Davenport Speedway on Friday and Maquoketa Speedway on Saturday.
On the move: Hometown driver Johnathan Huston started 16th and finished ninth.
Winner's sponsors: Jackson’s TJR Motorsports Capital Race Car is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and sponsored by Willard Quarries, Lebanon Ready-Mix, Penske Racing Shocks, Gorsuch Performance Solutions and Eibach Springs.
Points chase: After C.J.: 1. Chad Simpson (2,805); 2. Johnny Scott (2,635); 3. Kolby Vandenbergh (2,545); 4. Daniel Hilsabeck (2,400); 5. Steve Stultz (2,100).
Current weather: Overcast, 70°F
Car count: 16
Fast qualifier: Spencer Diercks
Time: 17.543 seconds
Heat race winners: Spencer Diercks, Tony Jackson Jr.
Next series race: August 12, Davenport Speedway (Davenport, IA) $5,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Diercks, Jackson
Row 2: Chris Simpson, Heckenast
Row 3: Frankel, Hilsabeck
Row 4: Vandenbergh, Chad Simpson
Row 5: Johnson, Specht
Row 6: Queen, Stultz
Row 7: T. Simpson, Webb
Row 8: Stewart, Huston

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