OWENS SLOWED BY MECHANICAL TROUBLE
17, 2019) Jimmy Owens and Ramirez Motorsports returned
to the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series scene on March 15-16, as
the national touring series schedule heated back up with a pair
of $12,000 to win programs in the states of Ohio and Indiana. Following
a rain-out of the annual 'Buckeye Spring 50' during qualifying on
Friday night at Atomic Speedway in Alma, Ohio, the dirt-slinging
action quickly shifted to the legendary Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown,
Indiana on Saturday evening for the 22nd edition of the 'Indiana
Icebreaker.' Jimmy notched the fifth quickest lap in Group B during
qualifying before running second in his loaded heat race. Jimmy,
who sits eleventh in the latest LOLMDS point standings, had climbed
up inside of the top five in the 50-lap headliner before a busted
transmission dropped the Newport, Tennessee star to twenty-fourth
in the final finishing order. Full results from Brownstown can be
viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
DIRTCAR NATIONALS RESULTS FROM VOLUSIA
16, 2019) Jimmy Owens wrapped up the 48th edition of the
'DIRTcar Nationals' tonight at Volusia (FL) Speedway Park, as another
$10,000 winner's check was up for grabs for the 45 car field. Jimmy
ran eighth in his loaded heat race prior to recording the fourth
and final transfer spot through his B-Main. After starting the 50-lap
grand finale from the outside of the twelfth row, Jimmy retired
after only 31 circuits and settled for a twenty-fifth place performance
in his final Georgia/Florida "Speedweeks" start.
(February 15, 2019) The penultimate event of the
2019 'DIRTcar Nationals' at Volusia Speedway Park took center stage
in the Dirt Late Model world tonight and the World of Outlaws Morton
Buildings Late Model Series presided over another $10,000 to win
spectacular. Jimmy Owens unfortunately narrowly missed out on transferring
into the 50-lap feature after finishing fourth in his heat race
and third in his B-Main.
(February 14, 2019) Valentine's Day for the #20
team was headlined by another $10,000 to win World of Outlaws Morton
Buildings Late Model Series shootout tonight at Volusia Speedway
Park in Barberville, Florida. Jimmy Owens timed in twentieth fastest
in Group B during the qualifying session prior to finishing fourth
in his heat race. Following a B-Main triumph, Jimmy drove past nine
competitors during the 50-lapper on his way to a twelfth place effort.
(February 13, 2019) The World of Outlaws Morton
Buildings Late Model Series returned to competition tonight at Volusia
Speedway Park and a $10,000 top prize was on the line for the stellar
44 car field. Jimmy Owens - making his first start of the week at
the Daytona Beach-area facility - qualified sixth fastest in Group
B during qualifying before running third in his stacked heat race.
Jimmy then slipped back a few spots during the 50-lap main event
and settled for a fifteenth place showing.
(February 12, 2019) Tonight's DIRTcar-sanctioned
program at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida has been
washed out from afternoon showers with more rain on the way. The
$7,000 to win 'DIRTcar Nationals' showdown at the Daytona Beach-area
oval will not be rescheduled. Action will get back underway at VSP
tomorrow, as the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series
will preside over a 50-lapper, which will boast a $10,000 payday.
BUBBA ARMY WINTER NATIONALS RAINED
10, 2019) A $10,000 to win throwdown at Bubba Raceway Park
in Ocala, Florida was scheduled for tonight to wrap up the Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series portion of "Speedweeks" in
Georgia and Florida. However, the annual 'Bubba Army Winter Nationals'
was rained-out shortly before hot laps started and the program,
which was set to be highlighted by a 50-lap main event, will not
WINTERNATIONALS RESULTS FROM EAST
9, 2019) The final round of the 'Winternationals' at East
Bay Raceway Park paid out another $12,000 top prize tonight. A strong
field of 41 competitors signed in at the pit gate at the Gibsonton,
Florida facility to do battle in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
special. Jimmy Owens - who rolled out a new XR1 Rocket Chassis -
knocked down the third quickest time in Group A during qualifying
and later ran second in his heat race. The Newport, Tennessee star
then started the 50-lap grand finale from the inside of the third
row and ran as high as fourth late in the distance before wrapping
up his East Bay experience with a solid sixth place performance.
Jimmy leaves the "Clay by the Bay" tenth in the latest
version of the LOLMDS point standings.
(February 8, 2019) Night five of the 'Winternationals'
at East Bay Raceway Park drew a huge crowd and the live MAVTV television
cameras. The $12,000 to win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series program
marked the first points paying event of the busy week at the Tampa-area
venue. Jimmy Owens clicked off the seventh fastest time in Group
B during qualifying before finishing second in his heat race. After
rolling off from the outside of the third row in the 50-lap main
event, Jimmy unfortunately slipped out of the top ten early and
pitted several times under caution to make adjustments to the #20
machine before he was eventually paid for a sixteenth place showing.
(February 7, 2019) The fourth leg of the 43rd
annual 'Winternationals' greeted Team 20 tonight at East Bay Raceway
Park and another $7,000 paycheck was on the line for the cars and
stars racing with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. In qualifying
at the Gibsonton, Florida oval tonight, Jimmy Owens started his
evening by notching the tenth fastest time in Group B. After running
second in his heat race, Jimmy started the 40-lapper from the outside
of the fourth row. He slipped back in the opening laps and used
the rest of the contest as a glorified test session, eventually
winding up eighteenth in the final finishing order.
(February 6, 2019) Round three of the 'Winternationals'
at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Florida took place earlier
tonight and all eyes in the pit area were on capturing the $7,000
payday. Jimmy Owens logged the eighth quickest time in Group B during
qualifying and later placed second in his stacked heat race. After
starting the 40-lap main event from the outside of the fifth row,
Jimmy had a solid run going (in seventh) until he was spun by another
competitor on lap 22 and then wiped out by Mike Benedum in a grinding
wreck. The heavy damage to his #20 mount dropped the Newport, Tennessee
star to a disappointing twenty-second place effort.
(February 5, 2019) Another $5,000 windfall was
up for grabs with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tonight at
East Bay Raceway Park. The Gibsonton, Florida facility drew a stout
56 car field and Jimmy Owens started his night off by clicking off
the second quickest lap in Group B during time trials. Jimmy then
secured a heat race triumph to earn the outside of the second row
for the start of the 30-lap sprint. The Newport, Tennessee native
then raced all over the top ten during the contest and fell back
to as far as ninth before charging back up to fifth at the checkers
to finish behind only race winner Tyler Erb, Earl Pearson, Jr.,
Dennis Erb, Jr., and Brandon Sheppard!
(February 4, 2019) The 43rd annual 'Winternationals'
kicked off tonight at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Florida
and 53 competitors showed up to do battle for the $5,000 winner's
check. Jimmy Owens stopped the clock twelfth fastest in Group B
during Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series qualifying before blasting
up to second in his heat race. Jimmy then started the 30-lap headliner
from the outside of the sixth row, but retired after only 16 circuits
and was officially placed twenty-fourth in the final finishing order
of the non-points race.
SUPER BOWL OF RACING RESULTS FROM
2, 2019) Another $12,000 payday was on the line with the
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tonight in the 'Super Bowl of Racing'
finale at Golden Isles Speedway. A stout 37 car field signed into
the pit area at the Brunswick, Georgia-area oval and a large crowd
was on hand to witness all of the ground-pounding action. Jimmy
Owens knocked down the third quickest time in Group B during qualifying
and later scored a victory in his loaded heat race. After starting
from the outside of the front row and leading the first nine circuits
in the 50-lapper, Jimmy was involved in a lap ten wreck when Scott
Bloomquist slid up and slowed directly in front of him battling
for the point. The "Newport Nightmare" later retired with
overheating problems and was relegated to a disappointing twenty-first
(February 1, 2019) The 2019 edition of the Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series season got underway tonight in the 'Super
Bowl of Racing' opener at Golden Isles Speedway near Brunswick,
Georgia. Most of the $12,000 to win racing program was completed
this evening, but the final B-Main and the 50-lap headliner were
pushed to Saturday afternoon after inclement weather struck the
southern Georgia speedplant. Jimmy Owens posted the fourth fastest
time in Group A during qualifying prior to slipping back to third
in heat race action. During the daytime main event, Jimmy started
eleventh and was battling for a spot in the top five before contact
with Jonathan Davenport took him out of contention. The Newport,
Tennessee ace then restarted at the tail of the field and salvaged
a thirteenth place showing.
OWENS READY FOR 2019; WELCOMES REECE
31, 2019) When Jimmy Owens unloads his #20 machine this
afternoon at Golden Isles Speedway near Brunswick, Georgia for tonight's
practice session leading into this weekend's season-opening 'Super
Bowl of Racing' events, a familiar sponsor will adorn the rear quarter
panels of his Ramirez Motorsports XR1 Rocket Chassis. Reece Monument
Company - located in Tazewell, Tennessee - is back on board with
Jimmy for the first time since the 2014 racing season. Jimmy would
like to sincerely thank Mike Reece for his support of Ramirez Motorsports
during the 2019 campaign!
The Newport, Tennessee driver will once again follow the ultra-competitive
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series throughout 2019 gunning to capture
his fourth National Championship (2011, 2012, & 2013). Armed
once again with a ground-pounding Andy Durham Ford engine, Jimmy's
black/green #20 ride will receive primary sponsorship from Boomtest
Well Service, Red Bone Fishing & Rental, Reece Monument Co.,
RhinoAg, Tommy Pope Construction, and Red Line Oil. Catch the popular
driver known as the "Newport Nightmare" in Speedweeks
action at Golden Isles Speedway (February 1-2), East Bay Raceway
Park (February 4-9), Bubba Raceway Park (February 10), and Volusia
Speedway Park (February 11-16). Keep up on Ramirez Motorsports all
season long by pointing your Internet browser to www.JimmyOwens20.com.
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