Marlar Makes Quick Work of Knoxville Field on Friday Night

KNOXVILLE, IA (September 28, 2012) - Scoring his first career win at Knoxville Raceway, Mike Marlar of Winfield, TN completed a 25-lap journey to the checkered flag, leading all the way. Marlar, who started third in the event, bolted to the lead on the opening circuit and never looked back in taking his second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event of the season.

Steve Francis of Ashland, KY came home in second followed by Brady Smith of Solon Springs, WI; Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN; and Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA.

"I have to thank Norman Bryson for giving me this opportunity to drive his race car, we won the Hillbilly 100 after starting last and to come here tonight and win at Knoxville, it's sweet, it is one of the historic tracks in racing and to bring this Rocket Chassis to victory lane here is something I will never forget."

"The car took off great at the start, it felt like it kind of slowed down there a little bit at the end, but I guess I had a big enough of a lead, that it didn't really matter, but it is something to work on for tomorrow night's 100-lapper," said the 34-year-old racer. "I have to thank my sponsors SEG, LLC, Keyser Mfg, Integra Shocks, VP Fuels, GW Performance, Clements Race Engines and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption for all of their support."

Francis, who finished third on Thursday Night, finished one spot higher in Friday's preliminary to set-up a good starting spot for Saturday's $40,000 to win finale. "We have really run well here this week, there are a few things we need to tweak on the car to get it to turn better, it's Barry's (Wright) birthday today and I was hoping to bring home a victory for him said the driver of the Valvoline, Barry Wright Race Cars Chevrolet.

Smith, who won the Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals event back in 2007 was happy with his run in the Big Red Motorsports, Team Zero by Bloomquist entry. "Oh we are real happy with everything tonight, Steve and I had a great race for second, but neither of us had anything for Mike, congrats to him for the victory."

Completing the top ten were Red Buck Fast Qualifier Brian Shirley of Chatham, IL; Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN; Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL; Tyler Reddick of Corning, CA; and Jason Feger of Bloomington, IL.

In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set the Red Buck Fast Time amongst the 80 entrants, with a lap of 17.277 seconds. Brian Birkhofer, Jesse Stovall, Jimmy Mars, Billy Moyer, and Tyler Reddick won their respective Heat Races. Earl Pearson Jr. won the D-main; Frank Heckenast Jr. won the C-Main, and Brady Smith won the B-Main.

We will resume the 9th Annual Lucas Oil "Late Model Knoxville Nationals" at Knoxville Raceway tomorrow night in Knoxville, IA. The event will include Red Buck Time Trials, Heats, Last Chance Races, and another 25-Lap, $7,000-to-win A-Main! On Saturday, the weekend will be capped off with Last Chance Races and the 100-Lap, $40,000-to-win Main Event! For more information, log onto www.knoxvilleraceway.com.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Race Summary

Friday Night, September 28th, 2012
9th Annual Lucas Oil "Late Model Knoxville Nationals"
Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville, IA

Wiles Driveshafts First Heat (12 Laps - Top 4 Transfer):

1

99

Donnie Moran

2

14m

Morgan Bagley

3

5

Jared Landers

4

3s

Brian Shirley

5

25S

Chad Simpson

6

18e

Eric Wells

7

56e

Andy Eckrich

8

89

Mike Spatola

9

71

Don O'Neal

10

21b

Rich Bell

11

58e

Dave Eckrich

12

93

Jay Johnson

13

16b

Tyler Bruening

14

18J

Chase Junghaus

15

56w

Mike Wallace

16

33

Paul Glendenning

U. S. Steel Second Heat (12 Laps - Top 4 Transfer):

1

99

Donnie Moran

2

14m

Morgan Bagley

3

5

Jared Landers

4

3s

Brian Shirley

5

25S

Chad Simpson

6

18e

Eric Wells

7

56e

Andy Eckrich

8

89

Mike Spatola

9

71

Don O'Neal

10

21b

Rich Bell

11

58e

Dave Eckrich

12

93

Jay Johnson

13

16b

Tyler Bruening

14

18J

Chase Junghaus

15

56w

Mike Wallace

16

33

Paul Glendenning

Simpson Performance Products Third Heat (12 Laps - Top 4 Transfer):

1

1v

Will Vaught

2

2s

Brady Smith

3

20

Jimmy Owens

4

13

JR Hotovy

5

11h

Austin Hubbard

6

32C

Bobby Pierce

7

2a

John Anderson

8

15b

Brian Birkhofer

9

3E

Kevin Sather

10

25L

Steve Lance

11

15c

Curt Schroeder

12

22

Jill George

13

5m

Mike Fryer

14

28m

Jimmy Mars

15

56x

Chris Spieker

16

55

Duane Treadwell

HAWK Brakes Fourth Heat (12 Laps - Top 4 Transfer):

1

1v

Will Vaught

2

2s

Brady Smith

3

20

Jimmy Owens

4

13

JR Hotovy

5

11h

Austin Hubbard

6

32C

Bobby Pierce

7

2a

John Anderson

8

15b

Brian Birkhofer

9

3E

Kevin Sather

10

25L

Steve Lance

11

15c

Curt Schroeder

12

22

Jill George

13

5m

Mike Fryer

14

28m

Jimmy Mars

15

56x

Chris Spieker

16

55

Duane Treadwell

Wiles Driveshafts Fifth Heat (12 Laps - Top 4 Transfer):

1

18

Shannon Babb

2

25

Jason Feger

3

11T

Tyler Reddick

4

7R

Kent Robinson

5

31u

Jason Utter

6

32S

Chris Simpson

7

58X

Ray Guss, Jr.

8

98

Jason Rauen

9

5d

John Duty

10

93m

Ray Moore

11

24

Ryan Unzicker

12

72

John Mason

13

20x

Jake Meier

14

7

Chad Chenoweth

15

14w

Dustin Walker

JRi Shocks B-Main (15 Laps - Top 4 Transfer):

1

50

Denny Eckrich

2

15b

Brian Birkhofer

3

99JR

Frank Heckenast, Jr.

4

2a

John Anderson

5

28e

Dennis Erb, Jr.

6

23

John Blankenship

7

18e

Eric Wells

8

11h

Austin Hubbard

9

25S

Chad Simpson

10

89

Mike Spatola

11

51

Matt Furman

12

32C

Bobby Pierce

13

56e

Andy Eckrich

14

58X

Ray Guss, Jr.

15

31u

Jason Utter

16

48

Tim Lance

17

71

Don O'Neal

18

32S

Chris Simpson

19

98

Jason Rauen

20

42c

Terry Casey

21

58e

Dave Eckrich

22

6s

Jesse Stovall



PAC Racing Springs C-Main (15 Laps - Top 4 Transfer):

1

21

Billy Moyer

2

71

Don O'Neal

3

58e

Dave Eckrich

4

21JR

Billy Moyer, Jr.

5

5d

John Duty

6

90

Lance Matthees

7

21b

Rich Bell

8

1m

Rob Moss

9

36

Jeff Larson

10

9t

Tim Isenberg

11

16b

Tyler Bruening

12

20x

Jake Meier

13

3E

Kevin Sather

14

78

Rick Wendling

15

1QT

Brian Diede

16

72

John Mason

17

25L

Steve Lance

18

15c

Curt Schroeder

19

56x

Chris Spieker

20

3x

Skip Frey

21

93

Jay Johnson

22

22

Jill George

23

93m

Ray Moore

24

24

Ryan Unzicker



JRi Shocks First D-Main (12 Laps - Top 4 Transfer):

1

16b

Tyler Bruening

2

36

Jeff Larson

3

56x

Chris Spieker

4

20x

Jake Meier

5

18J

Chase Junghaus

6

55

Duane Treadwell

7

19L

Scott Lewis

8

7

Chad Chenoweth

9

14w

Dustin Walker

10

56w

Mike Wallace

11

44zo

Alonzo Grosse

12

22m

Charlie McKenna

13

10c

Junior Coover

14

33

Paul Glendenning

Feature Finish - 25 Laps

FINISH

START

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

1

3

5b

Mike Marlar

Winfield, TN

2

5

15

Steve Francis

Ashland, KY

3

6

2s

Brady Smith

Solon Springs, WI

4

7

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

5

10

15d

Jonathan Davenport

Blairsville, GA

6

8

3s

Brian Shirley

Chatham, IL

7

11

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

8

18

44

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

9

9

11T

Tyler Reddick

Corning, CA

10

12

25

Jason Feger

Bloomington, IL

11

16

57J

Bub McCool

Vicksburg, MS

12

22

15b

Brian Birkhofer

Muscatine, IA

13

4

7R

Kent Robinson

Bloomington, IN

14

14

18

Shannon Babb

Mowequa, IL

15

13

1v

Will Vaught

Crane, MO

16

2

14m

Morgan Bagley

Tyler, TX

17

19

39

Tim McCreadie

Watertown, NY

18

23

99JR

Frank Heckenast, Jr.

Frankfort, IL

19

1

15R

Mark Burgtorf

Quincy, IL

20

17

5

Jared Landers

Batesville, AR

21

15

99

Donnie Moran

Dresden, OH

22

24

2a

John Anderson

Omaha, NE

23

21

50

Denny Eckrich

Tiffan, IA

24

20

13

JR Hotovy

Hartford, MI



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