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RAMIREZ MOTORSPORTS BACK ON LUCAS TOUR AT FLORENCE
(August 12, 2017)
In front of a standing-room-only crowd tonight at Florence (KY) Speedway, Jimmy Owens started the 100-lap 'North/South 100' from the outside of the front row and grabbed the lead at the drop of the green flag. After pacing the stellar field for the first eighteen circuits, Jimmy gave way to polesitter Scott Bloomquist and battled a tight racecar throughout the remainder of the distance. At the checkers, the Newport, Tennessee star was in the fourth position behind only $50,000 winner Tim McCreadie, Bobby Pierce, and Scott Bloomquist! Jimmy now finds himself fifth in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings exiting the crown jewel extravaganza in northern Kentucky.

(August 11, 2017) Preliminary action for the 35th Annual 'North/South 100' got underway tonight at Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky with a double set of qualifying heat races. Jimmy Owens advanced up to third in his first heat race to finish behind only Scott Bloomquist and Zack Dohm, while he dominated his second and final prelim to score the victory over Jason Jameson, Darrell Lanigan, and Josh Richards. By virtue of those finishes, Jimmy racked up the second most passing points and will roll off from the outside of the front row in tomorrow night's $50,000 to win 'North/South 100,' as he shoots for his fourth title in the storied crown jewel event!

(August 10, 2017) Jimmy Owens recorded his third Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series triumph of 2017 tonight at the venerable Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky in the 'North/South Shootout!' Jimmy knocked down the third quickest lap in Group A during qualifying at the undersized 1/2-mile oval before picking up a heat race victory. After rolling off from the inside of the third row in the 50-lap feature event, Jimmy quickly made his way to the front of the field and swapped the top spot with Darrell Lanigan a couple of different times before grabbing the point for good on the fifteenth circuit. The popular driver known as the "Newport Nightmare" then held off Lanigan, Tim McCreadie, Hudson O'Neal, and Bobby Pierce to bag the $10,000 windfall! (Heath Lawson Photo)

OWENS AND TEAM 20 TRECKS NORTH FOR USA NATIONALS
(August 5, 2017)
The 30th edition of the 'USA Nationals' concluded tonight at the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin and each driver had their sights firmly set on capturing the whopping $50,000 windfall. Jimmy Owens tripped the clock fifth fastest in Group A during time trials last night prior to recording an impressive heat race triumph. After starting the 100-lap 'USA Nationals' from the outside of the front row and leading the first seven circuits, Jimmy hung around the front of the stellar field before slipping back to fifth at the finish line behind only race winner Don O'Neal, Mike Marlar, Bobby Pierce, and Brandon Sheppard!

(August 4, 2017) The 'USA Nationals' finally kicked off tonight at Cedar Lake Speedway and a $6,000 payday was on the line in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series show at the New Richmond, Wisconsin facility. Jimmy Owens knocked down the fifth quickest lap in Group A during the qualifying session prior to grabbing the fourth and final transfer spot through his loaded heat race. The Newport, Tennessee star then chose to pull off the aggressive racing surface after only nine circuits in the 30-lapper and was eventually placed eighteenth in the final finishing order.

(August 3, 2017) Tonight's $6,000 to win 'USA Nationals' preliminary event at the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin has been rained-out and rescheduled for tomorrow evening. Also on tap tomorrow at CLS with the entire rain-postponed prelim program will be the regularly scheduled time trial session and heat races for Saturday's 'USA Nationals' headliner, which once again boasts a gigantic $50,000 winner's check.

JIMMY OWENS BATTLES BACK TO ELEVENTH IN PDC
(July 30, 2017)
With the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sitting idle over the July 28-29 weekend, Jimmy Owens and Ramirez Motorsports found themselves at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois for the 28th edition of the 'Prairie Dirt Classic,' which was sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series and boasted a $30,000 windfall. On Friday night during preliminary action, Jimmy clicked off the fourteenth fastest lap in Group B during the qualifying session before blasting up to third in his $2,500 to win prelim feature to finish behind only victor Mike Marlar and runner-up Tim McCreadie. After starting Saturday's 100-lap PDC from the outside of the sixth row, Jimmy was unfortunately caught up in an opening lap incident and was forced to restart from the tail end of the field. The Newport, Tennessee superstar then rallied back through the pack to salvage a solid eleventh place performance at the 1/4-mile bullring. Full results from FALS can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.

OWENS BLASTS TO TOP FIVE SHOWING AT MACON!!!
(July 26, 2017)
A hectic stretch for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series across the Midwest wrapped up on Tuesday night, July 25 in the $12,000 to win 'St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100' at the tiny Macon Speedway in Macon, Illinois. A stout field of 25 competitors signed into the pit area at the 1/5-mile oval. Jimmy Owens posted the twenty-first fastest lap during the qualifying session prior to running sixth in his loaded heat race. After starting the 100-lap main event from the outside of the ninth row, Jimmy stormed through the pack and passed thirteen competitors on his way to an impressive fifth place showing. The "Newport Nightmare" trailed only victor Josh Richards, Shannon Babb, Darrell Lanigan, and Jason Feger at the checkered flag. Full results from last night at Mighty Macon can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.

BROKEN BALL JOINT ENDS $53,000 SDN FOR TEAM 20
(July 23, 2017)
Following the mid-week special in South Dakota, the #20 team crossed through the pit gate at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska on July 21-22 for the 7th edition of the 'Silver Dollar Nationals.' The two-day Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series spectacular, which paid a record high $53,000 to the winner, started on Friday night with two rounds of qualifying heat races. Jimmy Owens placed fourth in his first heat race of the evening and ninth in his final prelim. After running seventh in Saturday's B-Main, Jimmy utilized a series provisional to gain access into the 80-lap headliner. The Newport, Tennessee star was then making his way towards the top ten before a broken ball joint effectively ended his night and relegated him to a twenty-first place effort. Jimmy currently sits sixth in the latest LOLMDS point standings exiting the Cornhusker State. Full results from I-80 Speedway can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.

OWENS ADVANCES TO SIXTH IN FIRST ABERDEEN VISIT
(July 19, 2017)
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series made their first-ever visit to Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, South Dakota on Tuesday evening, July 18 for the 'Bullet Sportswear Shootout,' which boasted a $10,000 winner's check. Jimmy Owens knocked down the seventh fastest time in Group B during qualifying prior to grabbing the fourth and final transfer spot through his stacked heat race. After starting the 50-lap feature from the outside of the seventh row, Jimmy was on the move during the headliner by picking off eight competitors on his way to a strong sixth place performance behind only winner Scott Bloomquist, Josh Richards, Tim McCreadie, Hudson O'Neal, and Brandon Sheppard. Full results from last night in South Dakota can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.

JO FIFTH AT GRANITE CITY; LEADS MOST OF DIAMOND NAT'LS
(July 16, 2017)
Jimmy Owens and his #20 team continued their hectic month of July with two more Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series programs at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois and the state-of-the-art Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri on July 14-15. On Friday night in the $10,000 to win 'NAPA Know How 50' at Granite City, Jimmy won his heat race and was up to second in the 50-lap feature event before settling for a strong fifth place effort behind only winner Josh Richards, Tim McCreadie, Don O'Neal, and Brian Shirley. At Wheatland on Saturday evening in the 'CMH Diamond Nationals,' which boasted a $12,000 payday, Jimmy once again scored a victory in his heat race prior to leading the first 51 circuits in the 60-lapper. Unfortunately, the Newport, Tennessee star spun while trying to re-take the lead from eventual winner Josh Richards on lap 57 and wound up fifteenth in the final finishing order. Full results from the doubleheader weekend can be located online at www.lucasdirt.com.

OWENS SWEEPS SMOKY MOUNTAIN FOR $12,000 WIN!!!
(July 9, 2017)
The Ramirez Motorsports team celebrated in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory lane for the second time in 2017 on Saturday evening, July 8 at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee! Jimmy Owens swept the night's racing activities at the 4/10-mile speedplant by earning Fast Time honors in qualifying, winning his heat race, and later leading all sixty circuits in the 'Mountain Moonshine Classic.' At the end of the race, Jimmy nabbed the $12,000 paycheck by besting Brandon Overton, Scott Bloomquist, Josh Richards, and Darrell Lanigan!

Earlier in the tripleheader weekend, the #20 team competed in $10,000 to win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series specials at Fayetteville Motor Speedway in Fayetteville, North Carolina and Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina. On Thursday at Fayetteville, Jimmy placed fourth in his loaded heat race and tenth in the 50-lap headliner. At Cherokee on Friday night, Jimmy won his heat race and battled for the lead late in the 'Grassy Smith Memorial' before settling for a strong third place podium showing behind only race winner Brandon Overton and runner-up Josh Richards. The Newport, Tennessee superstar now finds himself sixth in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings. Full results from the long weekend in the Southeast can be viewed by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com. (Heath Lawson Photo)

JIMMY OWENS GRABS TRIO OF TOP TENS IN OHIO!
(July 4, 2017)
Jimmy Owens and the #20 team were back in competition with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series from July 1-3 in a triple shot of holiday racing action in the Buckeye State of Ohio. On Saturday in the annual running of the 'Independence 60' at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio, Jimmy started his weekend off by running second in his heat race at PRP, which landed him the inside fifth row starting spot for the $12,000 to win headliner. Jimmy then hung around the front of the stellar field during the 60-lapper and eventually guided his XR1 Rocket Chassis to a solid sixth place showing behind only winner Josh Richards, Tim McCreadie, Gregg Satterlee, Darrell Lanigan, and Don O'Neal.

The tripleheader then concluded with specials at Mansfield Motor Speedway in Mansfield, Ohio and Muskingum County Speedway in Zanesville, Ohio. Jimmy placed third in his heat race at Mansfield on Sunday evening before knocking down an eighth place performance in the $10,000 to win feature event. At Zanesville on Monday night in a $12,000 to win program, Jimmy finished third in his stacked heat race and ninth in the attrition-filled 60-lap main event. The Newport, Tennessee star currently finds himself seventh in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings. Full results from the dirt-slinging competition leading into Independence Day can be viewed by logging onto www.lucasdirt.com.

OWENS CLIMBS TO SIXTH IN $10,000 FLORENCE SPECIAL
(June 25, 2017)
Jimmy Owens and the Ramirez Motorsports team invaded the venerable Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky on Saturday evening, June 24 for a $10,000 to win special event, which was sanctioned by the Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series. Jimmy timed in second fastest in Group A during the qualifying session prior to grabbing the third transfer spot in heat race action. After starting the 50-lap headliner from the inside of the sixth row, Jimmy vaulted up inside of the top five before his soft tire combination caused him to slip back to sixth at the finish behind only victor Eddie Carrier, Jr., Jason Jameson, Michael Chilton, Steve Casebolt, and Zach Dohm. Full results from last night at Florence Speedway can be viewed online at www.southernnationalsseries.com.

STEERING WOES COST OWENS IN CLASH AT THE MAG...
(June 18, 2017)
Next up for the #20 team was a visit to Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Mississippi on June 16-17 for the annual running of the 'Clash at the Mag.' Following a rain-out of Friday's action, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series biggie was condensed into a single-day shootout on Saturday evening. Jimmy Owens tripped the clock second quickest in Group A during qualifying prior to running second in his stacked heat race. The Newport, Tennessee ace then started seventh on the grid in the $12,000 to win main event and was gaining on the leaders early in the 60-lapper before steering problems eventually caused him to retire from the 'Clash at the Mag' in the twenty-second position. Jimmy now finds himself seventh in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings. Full results can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.

JIMMY OWENS TACKLES DIRT LATE MODEL DREAM...
(June 11, 2017)
Ramirez Motorsports traveled to the Buckeye State of Ohio from June 8-10 for the 23rd edition of the 'Dirt Late Model Dream.' A stellar field of 79 Super Late Model competitors signed in at the hallowed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio and all eyes were focused on the whopping $100,000 winner's share. Things kicked off at the "Big E" on Thursday and Friday with a pair of preliminary programs, which paid $5,000 and $10,000 to win respectively in Twin 25 lap sprints.

Jimmy Owens unfortunately failed to record an official time during qualifying for both prelims, but rallied to finish third in his heat race and fifteenth in Thursday's main event and ran seventh in his heat race, third in his B-Main, and sixteenth in Friday's 25-lapper. Jimmy was then spun in his heat race on Saturday evening and was only able to advance up to eleventh in his consolation event. Unfortunately, the Newport, Tennessee superstar was unable to transfer into the 100-lap 'Dirt Late Model Dream,' which was eventually won by Scott Bloomquist. Comprehensive coverage from the crown jewel extravaganza over the weekend at Eldora can be viewed by pointing your web browser to www.eldoraspeedway.com.

OWENS RUNNER-UP IN WOOLMS VISIT TO TAZEWELL!
(June 4, 2017)
Jimmy Owens, of Newport, Tennessee, headed to the bad-fast Tazewell Speedway in Tazewell, Tennessee and Senoia Raceway in Senoia, Georgia on June 2-3 for a pair of World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series duals. On Friday night in a $10,000 to win show at "The Taz," Jimmy earned Fast Time honors during qualifying prior to picking the victory in his heat race and finishing runner-up in the 50-lapper behind only victor Shane Clanton. Behind the wheel of Tod Darda's #91 machine on Saturday evening at Senoia in the $10,025 to win 'Billy Clanton Classic,' Jimmy experienced mechanical troubles early in the night before battling back to run second in the B-Main and fourteenth in the 50-lap feature. Full results from both venues can be viewed online at www.woolms.com. (Chad Wells Photography)

JIMMY OWENS ON PODIUM IN SHOW-ME 100 PRELIMS!
(May 30, 2017)
Following I-80, the #20 team ventured to the pristine Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri from May 25-28 for the 25th Annual 'Show-Me 100,' which was co-sanctioned by both the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil MLRA Series. Jimmy Owens won his heat race and finished third in Thursday's $6,000 to win preliminary program behind Earl Pearson, Jr. and Scott Bloomquist, while he won his heat race and placed second in Friday's $6,000 to win prelim behind only victor Tim McCreadie. After the $30,000 to win crown jewel spectacular was pushed back to Sunday night due to inclement weather, Jimmy ran amongst the top five through much of the 100-lapper before fuel pump problems late in the distance dropped him to a disappointing nineteenth place effort.

After a long overnight haul, the Ramirez Motorsports team found themselves in the pit area at the ultra-fast Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tennessee on Monday, May 29 for an Ultimate Super Late Model Series special, which boasted a $10,000 winner's check. Jimmy qualified well and later ran second in heat race action, which earned him the rights to the inside of the third row for the start of the 50-lap headliner. The Newport, Tennessee superstar then fought valiantly for a top five at "The Gap" before settling for a solid sixth place showing behind only winner Dale McDowell, Brandon Overton, Ross Bailes, Shanon Buckingham, and Vic Hill. Full results from the hectic holiday weekend can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com and www.ultimatesupers.com. (Chad Wells Photography)

OWENS RUNS INTO TROUBLE DURING GO 50...
(May 24, 2017)
The cars and stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series rolled into I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska on Tuesday, May 23 for a special mid-week battle, as a $10,000 winner's check was on the line in the inaugural running of the 'Go 50.' Jimmy Owens knocked down the quickest lap in Group B during qualifying prior to running second in his loaded heat race. Jimmy then started the 50-lapper from the outside of the third row and was knocking on the door to the top five when he slowed with problems on the 29th circuit. The Newport, Tennessee star eventually wound up fourteenth in the final finishing order in the rough and tumble 'Go 50.' Full results from last night at I-80 Speedway can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.

JIMMY OWENS HEADS TO UPPER MIDWEST WITH LOLMDS
(May 21, 2017)
With last night's rain-out of the inaugural 'NAPA North Star Nationals' at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota, the #20 team wound up competing in a pair of $10,000 to win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tilts on May 18-19 in the states of Illinois and Wisconsin. On Thursday night at LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois, Jimmy Owens ran fourth in his loaded heat race prior to moving up to seventh in the 50-lap headliner. In the first-ever series visit to Luxemburg Speedway in Luxemburg, Wisconsin on Friday evening, Jimmy unfortunately spun during his heat race, but battled back to finish third in his B-Main and fifteenth in the 50-lap feature event. The Newport, Tennessee superstar still sits fifth in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings following the weekend in the Upper Midwest. Full results can be viewed by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.

OWENS VICTORIOUS AT TAZEWELL TO POCKET $10,000!
(May 8, 2017)
Jimmy Owens found Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory lane for the first time in 2017 on Sunday evening, May 7 in front of a packed house at the bad-fast Tazewell Speedway in Tazewell, Tennessee! Jimmy knocked down the second quickest lap overall during qualifying prior to winning his stacked heat race. During the course of the 'Toyota of Knoxville 50' headliner, Jimmy paced the stellar field from green to checkers to score the $10,000 windfall over Don O'Neal, Earl Pearson, Jr., Shanon Buckingham, and Tim McCreadie!

On Saturday night, May 6, the cars and stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series were on hand at the venerable Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky for the annual running of the 'Ralph Latham Memorial.' Jimmy timed in seventh fastest in Group A during the qualifying session before grabbing the fourth and final transfer spot through his heat race. The Newport, Tennessee star then fought valiantly for a top ten effort in the $12,000 to win feature event before settling for a respectable eleventh place performance in the 60-lapper. Jimmy now finds himself fifth in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings exiting the first weekend in May. Full results from both shows can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com. (MRM Racing Photo)

 

 

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