Story credit Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

CONNEAUT, OH (October 4, 2019) – Kyle Bronson took advantage of race leader Jimmy Owens’ misfortune on lap 45 and then went on to win his third career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series race on Friday night at Raceway 7. The event is the biggest dirt late model race in 16 years at the Northeast Ohio facility and was held in front of a packed grandstand. The A-Main saw a dramatic ending as Owens’ dominance of the race came to an end after he slowed suddenly. With four laps to go he pulled pit side, ending his bid for a fifth series victory of the season.

Bronson led the first nine laps of the race before yielding the lead to Owens. Upon inheriting the lead back from Owens’ misfortune, the Florida native then quickly pulled away from second-place-running Tim McCreadie to win the event. With his podium finish, McCreadie maintains second place in the Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings after coming home in the runner-up position. He was followed to the stipe by Josh Richards, Hudson O’Neal, and Jonathan Davenport.

Bronson was several car lengths behind Owens when the 3-time Series Champion slowed suddenly and dropped out of the race. “These races are so tough to win. I feel terrible for Jimmy, he was the class of the field tonight. He was gone and in another zip code. Jimmy and his guys have been helping me a lot lately. I hate it for those guys as well. I knew when they said over race control McCreadie was second, that I just needed to hit my marks and take care of my race car, because he would race me clean.”

In McCreadie’s post-race interview, he was grateful for another podium finish. “Once the track cleaned off in the middle, we couldn’t maneuver anymore. This is one of the smoothest tracks we have been on in a while. We brought the car home in one piece, so we should be ready for tomorrow at Pittsburgh. We finished second in our only other appearance here before (in a Big Block Modified), so I guess that’s the best we could do tonight as well. They filled nearly every seat in the grandstands tonight, so thank you to everyone who came out to support this event.”

With his third-place finish, Richards managed to keep himself just behind McCreadie in the Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings. “I thought we were going to be better than we were tonight. The car was too loose at the start of the race. We had a third or fourth place car, but as the race wore on, we got better. When we got some heat in the right rear tire, we closed on McCreadie, but we didn’t have enough to pass him. We have had a lot of speed near the end of a lot of races this season, but we have just some bad breaks. The last time I was here John Gill was driving for my dad (Mark Richards), so it’s kind of neat to finally race here.”

The winner’s Rocket Chassis is powered by a Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by Brandon Ford, Brandon Collision, All-Florida Real Estate Group, Racecar Engineering, Integra Shocks, VP Fuels, and Valvoline.

Completing the top ten were Mike Marlar, Mason Zeigler, Tyler Erb, Max Blair, and Doug Drown.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Friday, October 4th, 2019
Raceway 7 – Conneaut, OH
Miller Welders Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Don O’Neal / 17.054 seconds (New Track Record)
Fast Time Group B: Devin Moran / 17.115 seconds

Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Josh Richards, Tim McCreadie, Chub Frank, Stormy Scott, Chad Wright, Gregg Satterlee, Earl Pearson, Jr., Don O’Neal

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Mike Marlar, Billy Moyer, Jr., Max Blair, Shanon Buckingham, Ryan Scott, Bump Headman, Charles Powell

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Kyle Bronson, Tyler Erb ®, Devin Moran ®, Jared Miley, Jacob Hawkins, Breyton Santee, Jerry Aber, Ryan Markham

Lucas Oil Products Penetrating Oil Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jonathan Davenport, Hudson O’Neal, Mason Zeigler, Doug Drown, Johnny Scott, Darrell Bossard, Garrett Mott, Austin Hubbard-DNS

Lucas Oil Products Red “N” Tacky Spray Grease
B-Main Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Shanon Buckingham, Gregg Satterlee, Earl Pearson, Jr., Don O’Neal, Chad Wright, Charles Powell, Ryan Scott, Bump Headman

FAST Shafts
B-Main Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Johnny Scott, Jacob Hawkins, Darrell Bossard, Ryan Markham, Breyton Santee, Jerry Aber, Garrett Mott, Austin Hubbard-DNS

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (50 Laps):

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN EARNINGS
1 2 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL $12,700
2 5 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $6,200
3 1 14 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $4,300
4 8 71 Hudson O’Neal Martinsville, IN $3,450
5 4 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA $3,350
6 7 157 Mike Marlar Winfield, TN $1,800
7 12 25Z Mason Zeigler Chalk Hill, PA $1,500
8 6 1T Tyler Erb ® New Waverly, TX $2,100
9 15 111 Max Blair Centerville, PA $1,200
10 16 12d Doug Drown Wooster, OH $1,100
11 10 1m Devin Moran ® Dresden, OH $1,775
12 13 2s Stormy Scott Las Cruses, NM $1,750
13 14 10 Jared Miley South Park, PA $1,025
14 19 22 Gregg Satterlee Indiana, PA $1,000
15 23 5 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN $1,000
16 17 50 Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN $1,700
17 18 1st Johnny Scott Las Cruces, NM $1,000
18 21 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL $1,800
19 22 22b Darrell Bossard Centerville, PA $1,000
20 3 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $1,900
21 11 21 Billy Moyer, Jr. Batesville, AR $1,700
22 9 1* Chub Frank Bear Lake, PA $1,000
23 20 8 Jacob Hawkins Fairmont, WV $1,000
24 24 M1 Chad Wright Springboro, PA $1,000

Race Statistics
Entrants
: 32
Lap Leaders: Kyle Bronson (Lap 1-9), Jimmy Owens (Lap 10-45), Kyle Bronson (Lap 46-50)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Kyle Bronson
Margin of Victory: 1.548 seconds
Cautions: Johnny Scott (Lap 6); Jimmy Owens (Lap 46)
Series Provisional: Don O’Neal
Miller Welders Fast Time Provisional: Chad Wright
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Don O’Neal (Advanced 8 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Hudson O’Neal
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Josh Richards
Eibach Springs Rookie of the Race: Tyler Erb
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Durham Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Tanner Birdwell (Kyle Bronson)
Dirty Girl Racewear Fastest Lap of the Race: Jimmy Owens (Lap #11 – 18.505 seconds)
Hot Rod Processing Tough Break of the Race: Jimmy Owens
STEEL-IT Most Laps Led
: Jimmy Owens (36 Laps)
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Josh Richards
Time of Race: 22 minutes 24 seconds


Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS EARNINGS
1 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 7645 $265,837.60
2 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 7165 $152,515.08
3 14 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 7105 $178,512.57
4 1T Tyler Erb ® New Waverly, TX 7025 $175,266.34
5 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 6930 $213,002.70
6 1m Devin Moran ® Dresden, OH 6810 $125,140.03
7 71 Hudson O’Neal Martinsville, IN 6720 $164,777.59
8 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 6655 $136,486.31
9 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL 6055 $104,190.00
10 50 Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN 6010 $90,320.00
11 2s Stormy Scott Las Cruses, NM 5730 $71,430.00
12 21 Billy Moyer, Jr. Batesville, AR 5450 $65,015.00
13 5 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN 4910 $62,525.00