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Daily Dirt 07/23/2024 15:51:21

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October 11
411 Motor Speedway,
Seymour, TN
Sanction: Castrol FloRacing Night in America - $22,022
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated October 12, 9:51 pm)
Owens continues 411 mastery, earns $22,022
  1. Jimmy Owens
  2. Chris Madden
  3. Mike Marlar
  4. Cory Hedgecock
  5. Bobby Pierce
  6. Brandon Sheppard
  7. Ricky Thornton Jr.
  8. Jensen Ford
  9. Ricky Weiss
  10. Dale McDowell
  11. Hudson O'Neal
  12. Kyle Larson
  13. Garrett Alberson
  14. Donald McIntosh
  15. Victor Lee
  16. John Llewellyn
  17. Spencer Hughes
  18. Eli Beets
  19. Dustin Linville
  20. Cameron Weaver
  21. Clay Coghlan
  22. David Crabtree
presented by
Zach Yost
Jimmy Owens led all 50 caution-free laps at 411 Motor Speedway.
What won the race: Continuing his mastery of 411 Motor Speedway, Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., dominated 50 laps Tuesday in Castrol FloRacing Night in America action for his eighth consecutive victory at 3/8-mile East Tennessee oval. Chris Madden finished 3.467 seconds behind Owens, who started outside the front row in winning the caution-free event.
Key notes: Jimmy Owens was won his last eight visits to 411 stretching back to 2019, including last season's Castrol event (he has two career victories on the 2-year-old tour). ... Owens lapped all but 10 competitors. ... The checkers on the Super Late Model feature fell at 8:55 p.m. ... Greg Martin won the Crate Late Model feature.
On the move: Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., started 10th and finished fifth.
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 411: 1. Brandon Sheppard (636); 2. Bobby Pierce (536); 3. Ricky Thornton Jr. (483); 4. Mike Marlar (449); 5. Tyler Erb (423); 6. Garrett Alberson (390); 7. Hudson O'Neal (366); 8. Brandon Overton (288); 9. Kyle Larson (255); 10. Devin Moran (240).
Current weather: Broken Clouds, 70°F
Car count: 37
Fast qualifier: Jensen Ford
Time: 13.617 seconds
Heat race winners: Mike Marlar, Ricky Thornton Jr., Jimmy Owens, Chris Madden
Consolation race winners: Clay Coghlan, Donald McIntosh
Next series race: November 11, Senoia Raceway (Senoia, GA) $20,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff reports

SEYMOUR, Tenn. — Is eight enough? Probably not, knowing the proficiency of Jimmy Owens at 411 Motor Speedway.

Continuing a remarkable stretch of racing at the 3/8-mile oval just an hour from his hometown of Newport, Tenn., Owens absolutely dominated Tuesday’s 50-lap Castrol FloRacing Night in America event to capture his eighth consecutive visit to the Mitch McCarter-promoted oval.

Launching into the lead from outside the front row and never looking back in the caution-free event, Owens took the checkers 3.467 seconds ahead of runner-up Chris Madden with pole-starting Mike Marlar in third.

“He was plumb out of sight,” Madden rightly surmised of the victorious driver whose streak started with a 2019 victories followed by three victories in 2020, two last season (including in Castrol tour action) and two in the current campaign.

Why is Owens so good at 411 Motor Speedway? “It likes me,” Owens said. “I like it.”

Owens lapped all but 10 competitors in grabbing his second career Castrol tour victory with Madden and Marlar on the podium. Cory Hedgecock of Loudon, Tenn., advanced four positions to finish fourth and 10th-starting Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., rounded out the top five in his 411 debut.

Owen wasn’t sure he had winning car in hot laps, but he settled in during time trials and when he earned an outside front-row starting spot for the third heat he was feeling pretty good.

“I felt like the track would come to us, and it did. So we took off,” Owens said. “I had the perfect spot in the heat race to take off from and same in the feature. Things just played out in our favor.”

Building leads of more than four seconds while Marlar and then Madden gave chase from the second spot, Owens found himself getting a little greedy late in the race as he mowed through slower traffic, including last week’s Castrol FloRacing Night in America winner at Tri-County Racetrack in Brasstown, N.C., Dale McDowell.

“When I got to Dale, I really wanted to lap Dale, because he runs good here, too. I felt good about that. But I got those guys and kind of fizzled out,” Owens said. “My tires started sealing up on me and stuff, and then I was trying to see where the other guys was up (behind) me and I thought, ‘Well, I’m lapping these cars, that’s pretty good.’ But then I looked to the infield and see they're all pulling in, and I thought ‘Well, that ain’t no fair.’ "But it was a fun race. A lot of stiff cars here. Chris Madden, you know to beat him, he's been awesome this year, him and (non-entry Jonathan Davenport). And Mikey (Marlar) has been really, really good. And so there's a lot of good cars here (at 411) and we're proud to have a win.”

Madden notched his fifth consecutive top-five finish overall but he’s looking for his first victory since Aug. 9 during a 14-victory season.

"We had excellent race car. Me and Mikey, we raced hard and raced for a long time out there. Jimmy was able to get out — he was plumb out of sight. But we was able to go back to him, you know, decently there at the end, but I felt really good about what we had tonight,” Madden said, crediting McCarter for providing an “excellent racetrack” for the midweek end. “We've been working hard at home, a lot of time and a lot of late nights. We found a few things that was just overlooked and we've got him back right now and feel really good about our package again.”

Marlar had a tight battle with Madden but knew one of them was going to settle for the runner-up spot with Owens far ahead.

“If Jimmy would’ve stayed at the house, me and Chris would’ve put on a show there, I believe,” Marlar quipped

“The last three or four (Castrol events) have been rough on us, but it's nice to get (on the podium) tonight," Marlar added. "The McCarters have an awesome facility and racetrack here. It was really fun racing out there. Congratulations to Jimmy, he really had an awesome night, and Chris. Fun race, fun night, glad to get this thing back in the top three and quit having having those gremlins.”

Notes: Owens has seven Super Late Model victories (and two Crate Late Model triumphs). … He’s coming off a $5,069 Crate Late Model victory at Sabine Speedway’s Ty Veuleman Memorial in Many, La., behind the wheel of Stacy Veuleman’s car. … His eight straight victories at 411 paid Owens a total of $94,178. … Among drivers failing to make the feature: Cla Knight (a fourth-place Castrol finisher last week at Tri-County Racetrack in Brasstown, N.C.), Will Roland (tangle in consolation race), Parker Martin, Camaron Marlar, Ruben Mayfield and Ellery Leake. … Jason Playter Jr., a Michigan-turned Tennessee driver, got into the turn-two wall on the last lap of the second heat and scratched from his consolation race. ... Greg Martin of Oliver Springs, Tenn., won the Crate Late Model feature.

Feature lineup

Row 1: M. Marlar, Owens
Row 2: Thornton, Madden
Row 3: Sheppard, Ford
Row 4: McDowell, Hedgecock
Row 5: K. Larson, Pierce
Row 6: O'Neal, Weiss
Row 7: Llewellyn, Linville
Row 8: Hughes, Alberson
Row 9: Coghlan, McIntosh
Row 10: Lee, Beets
Row 11: Crabtree, C. Weaver

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