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October 17
Portsmouth Raceway Park,
Portsmouth, OH
Sanction: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (Dirt Track World Championship) - $50,000
Information provided by: Alli Collis and Kevin Kovac (last updated October 18, 1:13 pm)
Carrier, Moyer on front row for Saturday's DTWC
Rick Schwallie/rickschwalliephotos.com
Billy Moyer (21) pulled away from Jackie Boggs (4B) and the field in the second heat.
Key notes: Time trials and heat races for the 34th annual crown jewel event were completed Friday. ... Saturday's program includes last-chance races, the 100-lap DTWC and a non-qualifiers’ race known as the Jim Dunn Memorial, honoring the late first winner of the DTWC who rallied from the rear for a stirring victory in 1981 at Pennsboro, W.Va. ... Portsmouth is hosting the Carl Short-promoted DTWC for the third straight year.
Points chase: Entering the Lucas Oil Series season finale, Don O'Neal of Martinsville, Ind., held a 75-point lead over three-time and defending champion Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn. O’Neal can clinch his first-ever tour title by finishing 10th or better in the 100-lap DTWC.
Car count: 89
Fast qualifier: R.J. Conley
Time: 14.706 seconds
Polesitter: Eddie Carrier Jr.
Heat race winners: Jonathan Davenport, Billy Moyer, Scott Bloomquist, Don O'Neal, Jimmy Owens, Eddie Carrier Jr.
Editor's note: Corrects Carrier as polesitter sted Davenport following redraw.
By Alli Collis and Kevin Kovac

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Oct. 17) — Sunoco North-South 100 winner Eddie Carrier Jr. of Salt Rock, W.Va., and veteran Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., will make up the front row of Saturday’s 34th annual Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship at Portsmouth (Ohio) Raceway Park.

Picking up heat race wins, the pair joined Friday’s other preliminary winners in a redraw to lineup the first three rows of Saturday’s $50,000-to-win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points finale. Carrier led all 20 laps of Friday’s sixth heat race and drew the pole for Saturday’s 100-lapper.

“It’s pretty good,” Carrier said after Friday’s redraw. “It seems like we struggle here sometimes at Portsmouth. We made a few changes on the car while we was off and felt pretty good in the heat. We got a little bad at the end, but I think that was a tire. We’re hoping for a good 100-lapper tomorrow. It don’t really matter where you start, it matters where you finish.”

Moyer, winner of the 1996 DTWC, nabbed a victory in Friday’s second heat race after an early battle with polesitter Jackie Boggs of Grayson, Ky. He’ll lineup outside the front row in Saturday’s DTWC.

“We started there on the front and got into second there off the bat,” Moyer said of his heat race. “Jackie (Boggs) is hard to beat here at Portsmouth, so I knew I had my work cut out. But the car was pretty good. We was just able to run a little bit lower than him and got by and then just kind of tried to keep the tires on.”

While he admits he has his work cut out for him, Moyer said he likes the position he’s in going into Saturday’s main event.

“We’re in the right spot for sure,” Moyer said. “But 100 laps is a lot around here. We’ll just try to make the right decisions and get the job done hopefully.”

Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., took the lead on the second lap of the fifth heat race and led the remaining distance to pick up a win over fellow Lucas Oil Series contender John Blankenship of Williamson, W.Va. He drew the third starting spot for Saturday’s feature.

“I had a good car,” Owens said after Friday’s heat race. “Qualified good, probably should of qualified a little better than we did … missed the track a little bit. I was able to get the lead in the heat there and hold them off.”

Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., led every lap of the third heat race and will start fourth in the DTWC. Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., winner of Friday’s first heat, drew the fifth starting spot. Lucas Oil Series points leader Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., will start sixth in Saturday’s feature after charging from the seventh starting spot to win Friday’s fourth heat race.

The top three cars from each heat race transferred to Saturday’s 100-lapper. Consolation races will be contested Saturday to set the lineup for the remainder of the field.


In a redraw among Friday's six heat race winners, Eddie Carrier Jr. pulled the pole for Saturday's 100-lap main event. Billy Moyer will start alongside Carrier, while Jimmy Owens and Scott Bloomquist are scheduled to roll off from the second row. Jonathan Davenport and Don O'Neal redrew the fifth- and sixth-place positions, respectively.

Sixth heat

Polesitter Eddie Carrier Jr. led all 20 laps to win Friday’s final heat race. Third-starting Steve Casebolt advanced one spot to finish second, with second-starting Delmas Conley finishing third to transfer to Saturday’s 100-lapper. Dustin Linville and Jason Hughes tangled in turn four on the first lap; Linville rallied to finish fourth. Steve Lucas rounded out the top five. Audie Swartz was an early retiree.

Finish: Eddie Carrier Jr., Steve Casebolt, Delmas Conley, Dustin Linville, Steve Lucas, Billy Gullion, Chris Wilson, Michael Wright, Lauren Longbrake, Jeremy Berwanger, Audie Swartz, Ralph Withem, Jason Hughes.

Fifth heat

Outside polesitter Jimmy Owens charged past fellow front-row starter Devin Moran on the second lap, topping runner-up finisher John Blankenship in the 20-lap race. Blankenship took the second-place spot from Moran on the seventh lap and held it the rest of the way. Doug Drown nabbed the third-place spot at the checkers after a late-race challenge from fourth-place finisher Scott James. Moran slowed with a flat on the 12th lap while running and rejoined the race at the tail of the field after a trip to the hot pit. Bobby Pierce pulled his smoking No. 32 machine pit side on the lap-12 restart. Steve Shaver drew a caution on lap 16 when he got into the front stretch wall.

Finish: Jimmy Owens, John Blankenship, Doug Drown, Scott James, Dennis Erb Jr., Davey Johnson, Chris Stotts, Derek Fisher, Charlie Jude, Devin Moran, Steve Shaver

Fourth heat

Seventh-starting Don O’Neal overtook outside polesitter Brandon Overton with a highside rally on the seventh lap and led the remaining distance in the caution-plagued fourth heat. Polesitter Jason Feger held on to finish second, with fifth-starting Frank Heckenast Jr. grabbing the final transfer spot. Overton finished fourth, while Jared Landers, who ran as high as second, rounded out the top five. Chris Combs drew a caution on lap four when he slowed on the front straightaway and retired. A second yellow flew when Ben Adkins spun in turn four collecting Chad Hollenbeck. The race was slowed by another caution on lap 12 for a tangle involving Adkins, Hollenbeck, Rick Mardis and Casey Noonan. Maris spun for another yellow on lap 13.

Finish: Don O’Neal, Jason Feger, Frank Heckenast Jr., Brandon Overton, Jared Landers Travis Brookover, Josh Bocook, Chad Hollenbeck, Brian Shirley, Casey Noonan, Brandon Fouts, Rick Mardis, Ben Adkins, Avery Taylo, Chris Combs

Third heat

Polesitter Scott Bloomquist dominated all 20 laps comfortablyl beating runner-up finisher Josh Richards to the checkers. Last year’s DTWC winner Brandon Sheppard finished third, with Dale McDowell running in the fourth-place spot. Lucas Oil Series Rookie of the Year contender Jason Papich rounded out the top five. Mike Marlar got into the wall while racing for fourth on the third lap and retired to the pits. Kenneth Howell spun on the first lap ending his night early.

Finish: Scott Bloomquist, Josh Richards, Brandon Sheppard, Dale McDowell, Jason Papich, Corey Conley, Nick Bocook, Jake Keaton, Mick Sansom, J.T. Conley, Jeep Van Wormer, John Hodgkiss, Mike Marlar, Kenneth Howell, Richie Edwards

Second heat

Front row starters Billy Moyer and Jackie Boggs battled side-by-side for the first five laps, with Moyer eventually pulling away to dominate the second heat. Daniel Williams spun for the first caution on lap seven and sixth-starting Steve Francis charged to the second-place spot on the ensuing restart. Boggs went back by Francis on the ninth lap following a caution for debris on the racetrack. Third-running Francis slowed on the racetrack to draw a caution on lap 17. Boggs and Mason Zeigler made contact on the restart, with Boggs slipping to fifth. Another yellow flew with two laps remaining when Duane Chamberlain and Michael Smith tangled in turn one, bringing the field together once again. Zeigler finished in the runner-up spot with track regular Rod Conley finishing third to transfer to Saturday’s feature. Boggs finished fourth while Tim McCreadie rounding out the top five.

Finish: Billy Moyer, Mason Zeigler, Rod Conley, Jackie Boggs, Tim McCreadie, Chris Garnes, Stephen Breeding, Dennis Barton, Duane Chamberlain, Michael Smith, Steve Francis, Tim Dohm, Daniel Williams

First heat

Third-starting Jonathan Davenport slid by polesitter R.J. Conley on the second lap and led the remaining distance. Sixth-starting Gregg Satterlee nabbed the runner-up spot on the final lap, with Conley holding on to finish third, taking the final transfer spot. Outside polesitter Jimmy Mars slipped to fourth on the initial start and finished fifth. Shannon Thornsberry got into the wall on the first lap and was the first retiree. The first caution flew on lap five for Larry Farrell and Victor Lee when they tangled in turns three and four. A second yellow flew when Rick Bond, Kevin Wagner and Zack Dohm piled up in turns one and two. Lee and Dohm drew another caution on lap 14 when they tangled in turn two.

Finish: Jonathan Davenport, Gregg Satterlee, R.J. Conley, Earl Pearson Jr., Jimmy Mars, Jason Riggs, Tommy Bailey, Mike Meyers, Rick Bond, Zack Dohm, Kevin Wagner, Victor Lee, Larry Ferrel, Shannon Thornsberry

Heat race lineups

First heat
Row 1: R.J. Conley, Jimmy Mars
Row 2: Jonathan Davenport, Earl Pearson Jr.
Row 3: Shannon Thornsberry, Gregg Satterlee
Row 4: Mike Meyers, Jason Riggs
Row 5: Zack Dohm, Rick Bond
Row 6: Kevin Wagner, Victor Lee
Row 7: Tommy Bailey, Larry Farrell
Row 8: Danny McGowan
Second heat
Row 1: Jackie Boggs, Billy Moyer
Row 2: Mason Zeigler, Tim Dohm
Row 3: Tim McCreadie, Steve Francis
Row 4: Chris Garnes, Duane Chamberlain
Row 5: Stephen Breeding, Rod Conley
Row 6: Michael Smith, Josh Hall
Row 7: Daniel Williams, Dennis Barton
Row 8: Tyler Carpenter
Third heat:
Row 1: Scott Bloomquist, Kenneth Howell
Row 2: Brandon Sheppard, Josh Richards
Row 3: Jason Papich, Mike Marlar
Row 4: Dale McDowell, Corey Conley
Row 5: Jeep Van Wormer, J.T. Conley
Row 6: John Hodgkiss, Nick Bocook
Row 7: Jake Keaton, Mick Sansom
Row 8: Richie Edwards
Fourth heat
Row 1: Jason Feger, Brandon Overton
Row 2: Jared Landers, Brandon Fouts
Row 3: Frank Heckenast Jr., Brian Shirley
Row 4: Don O’Neal, Casey Noonan
Row 5: Josh Bocook, Travis Brookover
Row 6: Chad Hollenbeck, Chris Combs
Row 7: Rick Mardis, Avery Taylor
Row 8: Ben Adkins
Fifth heat
Row 1: Devin Moran, Jimmy Owens
Row 2: John Blankenship, Doug Drown
Row 3: Steve Shaver, Bobby Pierce
Row 4: Scott James, Dennis Erb Jr.
Row 5: Derek Fisher, Steve Stollings
Row 6: Charlie Jude, Kenny McCann
Row 7: Lee Logan
Sixth heat
Row 1: Eddie Carrier Jr., Delmas Conley
Row 2: Steve Casebolt, Dustin Linville
Row 3: Billy Gullion, Jason Hughes
Row 4: Steve Lucas, Paul Davis
Row 5: Jeremy Berwanger, Ralph Withem
Row 6: Michael Wright, Chris Wilson
Row 7: Audie Swartz, Lauren Longbrake

Pre-race setup

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series makes its third trip to PRP on the 2014 season for its points finale. The 34th annual Dirt Track World Championship kicked off Thursday night with modified time trials, heat races, consolations and a non-qualifiers' race. 

The Late Model portion of the event will get under way tonight. Friday’s preliminary action will include time trials and heat races that will set a portion of the field for Saturday’s $50,000-to-win 100-lapper. With 89 cars on hand, there will be six heat races with the top three cars transfering to the main event.

Consolation races will be contested Saturday to set the remainder of the feature lineup. Saturday’s schedule also includes the Jim Dunn Memorial non-qualifiers' race.

Pre-race notes

Late Model teams began filling the pits late Thursday evening as the modified program rolled on. … The 2015 National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame class will be announced prior to Saturday’s racing action. The induction ceremony will take place at the North-South 100 in August. … Last year’s DTWC winner Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., will be piloting a second Rocket Chassis house car as a teammate to Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., who is making his second start of the 2014 season after being sidelined with nerve damage to his hands. … Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., and local favorite Jackie Boggs of Grayson, Ky., were winners of the Lucas Oil Series events held at PRP earlier this year. … Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., was the winner of the 2012 DTWC in its inaugural year at PRP. … Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., enters the weekend with a 75-point advantage over Owens in the Lucas Oil standings. … Ben Adkins of West Portsmouth, Ohio, is PRP’s 2014 track champion with three victories at the racetrack this season. … Delmas Conley and R.J. Conley of Wheelersburg, Ohio, are among other 2014 feature winners at PRP expected to be on hand for this weekend’s event. … Doug Drown of Wooster, Ohio, and Victor Lee of Danville, Ky., are among drivers pulling double duty in Late Models and modifieds. ... Steve Shaver of Vienna, W.Va., is driving a Brad Malcuit-owned Rocket machine that was just purchased from Davey Johnson of Latrobe, Pa., and still sports Johnson's colors and sponsors. The only change is an 'S' covering the 'J' after Shaver's No. 1. … The 89-car field is 10 better than last year's turnout but five less than the 94 entries that were on hand for the first DTWC at Portsmouth in 2012. … Jared Landers's car sports a pink No. 777 and accents in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, while John Blankenship has added a red, white and blue color scheme to his bodywork for the weekend. … Tyler Carpenter of Parkersburg, W.Va., is driving his father Freddie's No. c4.


R.J. Conley (71c), Wheelersburg, Ohio, 14.706
Jackie Boggs (4b), Grayson, Ky., 14.822
Scott Bloomquist (0), Mooresburg, Tenn., 14.857
Jimmy Mars (28M), Menomonie, Wis., 14.876
Billy Moyer (21), Batesville, Ark., 14.879
Kenneth Howell (21), Lovely, Ky., 14.908
Jonathan Davenport (6), Blairsville, Ga., 14.93
Jason Feger (25), Bloomington, Ill., 15.015
Devin Moran (99M), Dresden, Ohio, 15.024
Eddie Carrier Jr. (28), Salt Rock, W.Va., 15.038
Brandon Overton (5b), Appling, Ga., 15.058
Mason Zeigler (25z), Chalk Hill, Pa., 15.059
Brandon Sheppard (1), New Berlin, Ill., 15.070
Earl Pearson Jr. (44), Jacksonville, Fla., 15.071
Tim Dohm (A1), Crosslanes, W.Va., 15.074
Jimmy Owens (20), Newport, Tenn., 15.099
Josh Richards (1), Shinnston, W.Va., 15.105
Shannon Thornsberry (17), Martin, Ky., 15.114
Delmas Conley (71), Wheelersburg, Ohio, 15.129
Jared Landers (777), Batesville, Ark., 15.141
John Blankenship (23), Williamson, W.Va., 15.183
Steve Casebolt (c9), Richmond, Ind., 15.185
Steve Francis (15), Ashland, Ky., 15.197
Tim McCreadie (39), Watertown, N.Y., 15.198
Jason Papich (91P), Arroyo Grande, Calif., 15.2
Gregg Satterlee (22), Indiana, Pa.,15.251
Brandon Fouts (81), Kite, Ky., 15.263
Mike Marlar (157), Winfield, Tenn., 15.292
Mike Meyers (10M), Fayetteville, Ohio, 15.299
Don O'Neal (5), Martinsville, Ind., 15.3
Doug Drown (20d), Wooster, Ohio, 15.311
Dustin Linville (d8), Bryantsville, Ky., 15.317
Steve Shaver (1s), Vienna, W.Va., 15.333
Frank Heckenast Jr. (99Jr), Frankfort, Ill.,15.333
Chris Garnes (42), Evans, W.Va., 15.344
Billy Gullion (11), Waverly, Ohio, 15.346
Bobby Pierce (32), Oakwood, Ill., 15.351
Jason Hughes (12), Watts, Okla., 15.372
Dale McDowell (17M), Chickamauga, Ga., 15.378
Jason Riggs (81Jr), Harrisburg, Ill., 15.418
Duane Chamberlain (20c), Richmond, Ind., 15.458
Corey Conley (14), Wellsburg, W.Va., 15.466
Zack Dohm (17), Crosslanes, W.Va., 15.474
Scott James (83), Bright, Ind., 15.487
Stephen Breeding (5), Hazard, Ky., 15.513
Jeep Van Wormer (55), Pinconning, Mich., 15.563
Casey Noonan (1N), Sylvania, Ohio, 15.576
Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 15.578
Rick Bond (007), Mansfield, Ohio, 15.585
Steve Lucas (2), Charleston, W.Va., 15.596
Paul Davis (2), Pilgrim, Ky., 15.596
Josh Bocook (b1), Wheelersburg, Ohio, 15.598
Brian Shirley (81), Chatham, Ill., 15.599
Rod Conley (71R), Wheelersburg, Ohio, 15.607
Davey Johnson (1J), Latrobe, Pa., 15.618
Jerry Berwanger (44J), Murray City, Ohio, 15.629
Travis Brookover (12b), Kenna, W.Va., 15.678
Chris Stotts (s8), Shade, Ohio, 15.706
J.T. Conley (71J), Wheelersburg, Ohio, 15.715
Kevin Wagner (33), Wheelersburg, Ohio, 15.715
Michael Smith (S1), Vienna, W.Va., 15.74
Ralph Withem (15W), Athens, Ohio, 15.769
Jon Hodgkiss (69), Kennedy Twp., Pa., 15.79
Victor Lee (4), Danville, Ky., 15.868
Chad Hollenbeck (4ds), Kingsley, Pa., 15.893
Josh Hall (26), Prestonsburg, Ky.,15.918
Derek Fisher (38), Olympia, Ky., 15.921
Michael Wright (18), Isom, Ky., 15.929
Nick Bocook (1b), Wheelersburg, Ohio, 15.952
Tommy Bailey (11b), Corbin, Ky., 15.971
Chris Combs (47), Isom, Ky., 16.01
Steve Stallings (17), Hazard, Ky., 16.04
Daniel Williams (12d), West Liberty, Ky., 16.046
Jake Keaton (10), Huntington, W.Va., 16.064
Larry Ferrell (48), Southpoint, Ohio, 16.166
Chris Wilson (17W), Louisa, Ky., 16.258
Rick Mardis (88d), W. Lafayette, Ohio, 16.39
Dennis Barton (35), Corbin, Ky., 16.642
Charles Jude (cj1), Inez, Ky., 16.938
Audie Swartz (10), Minford, Ohio, 16.953
Mick Sansom (20), Salt Rock, W.Va., 16.957
Avery Taylor (159), South Shore, Ky., 17.004
Kenny McCann (85), Vanceburg, Ky., 17.228
Danny McGowan (21MC), Huntington, W.Va., 17.854
Lauren Longbrake (27), Columbus, Ohio, 52.102

Feature lineup

Row 1: Carrier, Moyer
Row 2: Owens, Bloomquist
Row 3: Davenport, O'Neal
Row 4: Satterlee, Feger
Row 5: Zeigler, Blankenship
Row 6: Richards, Casebolt
Row 7: R.J. Conley, Heckenast
Row 8: Rod Conley, Drown
Row 9: Sheppard, D. Conley
Row 10: Consy transfers
Row 11: Consy transfers
Row 12: Consy transfers
Row 13: Provisional starters
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