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HOOSIER DRIVERS DOMINATE LUCAS OIL DIRT TRACK WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
10-23-2012

Jimmy Owens rides on Hoosiers to another win!PORTSMOUTH, OH (October 20, 2012) -- The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series concluded its 2012 season this past weekend at Carl Short’s 2012 Dirt Track World Championship at Portsmouth Raceway Park. 

Jimmy Owens led 99 of 100 race laps en route to claiming the $50,000 top prize while riding on Hoosier tires. 

Owens had already wrapped up the 2012 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championship but wanted to end the season in grand fashion with his seventh win of the season. 

The $50,000-to-win event attracted 94 of the country's best late model dirt drivers with 78 of them opting to ride on Hoosier tires. 

Scott Bloomquist and Jimmy Owens led the purple parade by setting fast time in qualifying in their respective groups using Hoosier’s 1300 compound. 

All six heat races and all three B-mains were captured by Hoosier-shod drivers including Delmas Conley who was the most veteran driver in the field at 70-years-young.  

When the preliminary racing was over, all 24 cars that raced their way into the 100-lap main event did so on Hoosier tires. 

Scott Bloomquist led the feature's first lap before giving way to the 40-year-old Jimmy Owens who started the race alongside Bloomquist in the front row. 

Owens would defend the top spot for the next 99 circuits to claim the $50,000 top prize using a Hoosier 1425 left-rear, 1600 right-rear combination.

Owens stated after the race, "I have to thank my crew. We went with the right tire choice. The Cornett Engine ran strong and our goal was to win this race one day and we got it done."

Bloomquist finished in second place followed by last year's winner, Don O'Neal, in third. 

O'Neal was followed by Josh Richards and local favorite Ben Adkins to round out the list of top five finishers.

Hoosier Late Model Dirt Product Manager Shanon Rush attended the event and commented after the race, "The tremendous history of this event always makes it an important one to win and we are very pleased Jimmy not only claimed today's win on Hoosiers but also the series championship." 

Rush added, "We would also like to thank the strong contingent of UMP modified customers who supported the Hoosier brand during the 2012 Dirt Track World Championship."

For more information please visit the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series website at www.lucasdirt.com

      

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