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August 10
Florence Speedway,
Union, KY
Sanction: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (North-South 100 second semifeature) - $5,000
Information provided by: Todd Turner, series and track reports (last updated August 11, 12:05 pm)
Marlar masters Thursday's second $5,000 prelim
North-South 100 second semifeature
  1. Mike Marlar
  2. Kyle Bronson
  3. Brandon Overton
  4. Jonathan Davenport
  5. Spencer Hughes
  6. Tyler Bruening
  7. Tim McCreadie
  8. Earl Pearson Jr.
  9. Dale McDowell
  10. Hudson O'Neal
  11. Logan Roberson
  12. Trevor Landrum
  13. Daulton Wilson
  14. Kye Blight
  15. Eddie Carrier Jr.
  16. Stormy Scott
  17. Ricky Thornton Jr.
  18. Ross Robinson
  19. Kent Robinson
  20. Josh Dietz
  21. Kyle Strickler
  22. Dustin Nobbe
  23. Jim Couch
  24. Jason Jameson
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Mike Marlar waves the checkers after the second semifeature.
What won the race: Tenth-starting Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., overtook Ricky Thornton Jr. at the perfect time entering turn three on lap 16 and survived three late-race restarts to win Thursday's second $5,000 semifeature at Florence Speedway. Marlar recorded his second victory of the month in Thursday's preliminary event for Saturday's 41st annual Sunoco North-South 100 presented by Lucas Oil.
Quotable: “I wish I did (know that I had a car capable of winning from 10th), but with this kind of competition you just never know,” Marlar said. “Sometimes it goes and sometimes it don’t, today it did. I started off really good in our heat, I was a little bit off, we stayed pretty close to the gameplan there and it came back to life for the feature. Definitely cool to win, you know, a tough field. When everyone is here it’s a big race and it’s awesome to win these.”
Key notes: Sixth-starting Kyle Bronson used an inside move out of turn four to claim the runner-up position on the last lap, finishing 2.510 seconds back. ... Brandon Overton held second from a lap-17 restart until making slight contact with the turn-four wall on the final lap, allowing Bronson to edge him at the line. He settled for third. ... Eighth-starting Jonathan Davenport gained a couple of spots in the final laps, finishing fourth. ... Tim McCreadie and Dale McDowell each advanced eight positions, finishing seventh and ninth. ... Hudson O'Neal led the first 12 laps from the pole before a flat left rear tire brought him under caution to change it; O'Neal rebounded to finish 10th. ... Ricky Thornton Jr. inherited the lead on the lap-13 restart and led laps 14 and 15 before getting too high entering turn three and making contact with the wall, handing the lead to Marlar; Thornton pitted under caution a lap later with a flat right-rear tire, then spun on the ensuing restart attempt to draw the race's third yellow. ... Kyle Strickler drew two cautions (flat left rear tire on lap 16 and a solo spin from 16th on lap 21) before finishing 21st. ... Jason Jameson caused the first yellow with a flat left rear on lap 12, just as O'Neal discovered his flat; Jameson called it a night. ... Thursday's second 25-lap semifeature lasted 18 minutes with 23 drivers completing the distance and running at the finish.
On the move: Winner Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., started 10th.
Winner's sponsors: Marlar’s Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and carries sponsorship from Delk Equipment, Petroff Towing, Tri-Rivers Enterprise (Mark and Kim Dotson), Can-Am Auto Salvage, Auto Parts 4 Less, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Capital Capsigns, VP Racing Fuels, Stanley Best Heating & Air, Midwest Sheet Metal and Bilstein.
Points chase: Before Florence: 1. Ricky Thornton Jr. (5,540); 2. Hudson O’Neal (5,220); 3. Jonathan Davenport (4,925); 4. Brandon Overton (4,890); 5. Tim McCreadie (4,865); 6. Devin Moran (4,775); 7. Tyler Erb (4,400); 8. Max Blair (4,385); 9. Daulton Wilson (4,380); 10. Earl Pearson Jr. (4,330).
Current weather: Clear, 72°F
Car count: 61
Fast qualifier: Mike Marlar
Time: 15.350 seconds
Polesitter: Hudson O'Neal
Heat race winners: Hudson O'Neal, Earl Pearson Jr., Ricky Thornton Jr., Brandon Overton
Consolation race winners: Josh Dietz
Next series race: August 11, Florence Speedway (Union, KY) $5,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff reports

UNION, Ky. (Aug. 10) — Updates and results from Thursday’s preliminary night of the Sunoco North-South 100 weekend, including a pair of split-field $5,000-to-win semifeatures on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (results unofficial):

Feature

Tenth-starting Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., passed Ricky Thornton Jr. at the perfect time entering turn three on lap 16 and survived three late-race restarts to win Thursday's second $5,000 split-field semifeature at Florence Speedway. Marlar recorded his second victory of the month in Thursday's preliminary event for Saturday's 41st annual Sunoco North-South 100 presented by Lucas Oil. Sixth-starting Kyle Bronson used an inside move out of turn four to claim the runner-up position on the last lap, finishing 2.510 seconds back.

Feature lineup

(25 laps)
Row 1: Hudson O'Neal, Ricky Thornton Jr.
Row 2: Earl Pearson Jr., Brandon Overton
Row 3: Spencer Hughes, Kyle Bronson
Row 4: Jason Jameson, Jonathan Davenport
Row 5: Tyler Bruening, Mike Marlar
Row 6: Kye Blight, Kyle Strickler
Row 7: Logan Roberson, Daulton Wilson
Row 8: Tim McCreadie, Stormy Scott
Row 9: Dale McDowell, Kent Robinson
Row 10: Trevor Landrum, Dustin Nobbe
Row 11: Josh Dietz, Eddie Carrier Jr.
Row 12: Ross Robinson, Jim Couch

Consolation race results

(10 laps; top four transfer)

Finish: Josh Dietz, Eddie Carrier Jr., Ross Robinson, Jim Couch, Brandon Hardgrove, Blake Creech, Austin Lay. Scratched: Brent Cornette, Jesse Lay, Tristan Chamberlain

Heat race recap

A track soaked with overnight rain remained fast in the second round of heats. … While otherwise dominating the opening heat, Hudson O’Neal got out of shape exiting turn two for a brief scare. “Maybe I won’t spin out in this feature,” said O’Neal, who said he was confused by signals from crew members. “I about did there.” … Earl Pearson Jr., a 20-time North-South 100 starter without a victory, won the second heat from outside the front row. … Ricky Thornton Jr., a two-time Florence winner this season, won the third heat. … In a duel between last year’s first- and second-place finishers last year in the North-South 100, Brandon Overton reversed the finish with a victory over Jonathan Davenport.

Heat race results

(Eight laps; top five transfer)

First heat: Hudson O'Neal, Spencer Hughes, Tyler Bruening, Logan Roberson, Dale McDowell, Eddie Carrier Jr., Ross Robinson, Blake Creech.

Second heat: Earl Pearson Jr., Jason Jameson, Kye Blight, Tim McCreadie, Trevor Landrum, Brent Cornette, Brandon Hardgrove.

Third heat: Ricky Thornton Jr., Kyle Bronson, Mike Marlar, Daulton Wilson, Kent Robinson, Austin Lay, Jesse Lay, Tristan Chamberlain.

Fourth heat: Brandon Overton, Jonathan Davenport, Kyle Strickler, Stormy Scott, Dustin Nobbe, Josh Dietz, Jim Couch.

Pre-race notes

The preliminary format splits the 61-car field into two groups. Each group will run four heat races (transferring five cars) and one consolation (transferring four cars) followed by 25-lap semifeatures paying $5,000-to-win. … A similar program will be run Friday. … While no Lucas Oil points are awarded Thursday or Friday, the series is using its usual points system from preliminary nights to determine lineups for Saturday’s heat races. … There will be a four-car inversion in Saturday night heat races (three transfer). Two consolations will follow and a non-qualifiers’ race is scheduled for after Saturday’s $75,000-to-win main event. … Garrett Smith of Eatonton, Ga., is back in his Rocket Chassis at Florence. His team is entering its Longhorn Chassis with veteran engine builder Vic Hill of Mosheim, Tenn., behind the wheel. … Donnie Jeschke of Dayton, Ohio, is making his Late Model debut at Florence. He’s driving a former Best Performance Motorsports Rocket Chasssis. The 53-year-old has an extensive racing background in quarter-midgets, asphalt Late Models, sprint cars and most recently the stock car division at Eldora Speedway. … David Breazeale of Four Corners, Miss., is carrying No. 222 on his doors in honor of multitime Mississippi state champ Mike Boland of Cuba, Ala., who is among drivers being inducted into the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Saturday. … Last year’s North-South podium finishers — Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Overton and Dale McDowell — are among five Georgia entrants (Garrett Smith and Donald McIntosh are the others). ... Aug. 10's Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series qualifying bonuses are in memory of Doug Lee with the night's fast qualifier receiving $534 and the 34th fastest qualifier receiving $1,034.

Time trials

Driver (car no.), hometown, time (unofficial)
Group B1

  1. Hudson O’Neal (1H), Martinsville, Ind., 15.464
  2. Kye Blight (31aus), Katanning, W. Australia, 15.556
  3. Spencer Hughes (11), Meridian, Miss., 15.706
  4. Earl Pearson Jr. (46), Jacksonville, Fla., 15.732
  5. Tyler Bruening (16), Decorah, Iowa, 15.793
  6. Tim McCreadie (39), Watertown, N.Y., 15.805
  7. Dale McDowell (17m), Chickamauga, Ga., 15.832
  8. Jason Jameson (12), Lawrenceburg, Ind., 15.837
  9. Logan Roberson (89), Waynesboro, Va., 15.882
  10. Trevor Landrum (18), Florence, Ky., 16.008
  11. Eddie Carrier Jr. (66jr), Salt Rock, W.Va., 16.103
  12. Brent Cornette (22c), Greenville, Tenn., 16.109
  13. Ross Robinson (7), Georgetown, Del., 16.287
  14. Brandon Hardgrove (H22), Burnside, Ky., 16.473
  15. Blake Creech (317), Richmond, Ind., 16.522

Group B2

  1. Mike Marlar (157), Winfield, Tenn., 15.350
  2. Brandon Overton (76), Evans, Ga., 15.440
  3. Ricky Thornton Jr. (20rt), Chandler, Ariz., 15.637
  4. Jonathan Davenport (49), Blairsville, Ga., 15.656
  5. Daulton Wilson (18D), Fayetteville, N.C., 15.672
  6. Stormy Scott (2s), Las Cruces, N.M., 15.731
  7. Kent Robinson (7R), Bloomington, Ind., 15.744
  8. Kyle Strickler (8k), Mooresville, N.C., 15.769
  9. Kyle Bronson (40B), Brandon, Fla., 15.833
  10. Dustin Nobbe (5n), Batesville, Ind., 15.852
  11. Austin Lay (33aj), Florence, Ky., 15.926
  12. Josh Dietz (9), Hebron, Ky., 16.117
  13. Tristan Chamberlain (20tc), Richmond, Ind., 16.218
  14. Jim Couch (41), Hamilton, Ohio, 16.307
  15. Jesse Lay (33), Walton, Ky., no time

Thursday’s schedule

(All times local)

3 p.m. - Pits open
6 p.m. - Grandstands open
6:30 p.m. - Drivers' meeting
7 p.m. - On-track activity
- Late Model hot laps
- Modified hot laps
- Late Model time trials (2 laps)
Opening ceremonies
- Late Model heat races (8 laps)
- Modified heat races (8 laps)
- Late Model consolations (10 laps)
- Modified consolations (10 laps)
- First Late Model semifeature (25 laps)
- Second Late Model semifeature (25 laps)
- Modified feature (20 laps)

Feature lineup

Row 1: O'Neal, Thornton Jr.
Row 2: Pearson Jr., Overton
Row 3: Hughes, Bronson
Row 4: Jameson, Davenport
Row 5: Bruening, Marlar
Row 6: Blight, Strickler
Row 7: Roberson, Wilson
Row 8: McCreadie, S. Scott
Row 9: McDowell, K. Robinson
Row 10: Landrum, D. Nobbe
Row 11: Dietz, Carrier Jr.
Row 12: R. Robinson, Couch

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