Tennessee and Kentucky Stops Next for Lucas Oil Late Models

BATAVIA, OH – The stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series are revving up for events at Tazewell Speedway and Florence Speedway this Friday and Saturday, May 3-4.

Both blockbuster events will feature a complete program of: Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and a 50-lap, $12,000-to-win main event for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

Tazewell Speedway, widely known for its high-banks and lightning fast speeds, produces thrilling, edge of your seat racing action, lap after lap. In addition to the pulse-pounding action of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, the Toyota Knoxville/Secret City Dodge Jeep/Ted Russell Ford 50 will also include Sportsman, Four Cylinders, and Classic Cars.

In 2018, Jonathan Davenport inherited the lead on lap 46 when Tennessee native Jimmy Owens left the race with terminal issues. Davenport later held off a hard-charging Tim McCreadie to claim the win. McCreadie finished a close second, with Don O’Neal coming home in third. Dennis Erb Jr. and Earl Pearson Jr. rounded out the top five.

On Friday, the pit gate will open at 2:00 pm, followed by general admission gates at 5:00pm. A drivers meeting will take place at 7:15pm, with on-track action beginning at 7:45pm. Tazewell Speedway is located just two miles northwest of Tazewell, Tennessee at 1400 Bacchus Road. For additional information, visit www.tazewellspeedway.net or call (423) 626-2222.




On Saturday, the tour will trek to Florence Speedway for the first of two stops this season at the historic half-mile oval. The stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will battle against a talented group of local and regional standouts in honor of the late Ralph Latham. Modifieds and Crate Late Models will also be in competition.

The Ralph Latham Memorial pays tribute to the three-decade standout driver from Cincinnati who lost his battle with cancer in August of 1986. Hudson O’Neal claimed the rain-shortened, 2018 edition of the Ralph Latham Memorial. O’Neal took control on lap six from Kyle Bronson and held the point until rain started to fall, just a few laps shy of the halfway mark. When the race resumed, O’Neal outran Tyler Erb to score the $12,000 victory. Gregg Satterlee, Bobby Pierce, and Josh Richards completed the top five.

At Florence Speedway, the pit gate opens at 3:00pm and grandstands open at 5:30pm. A drivers meeting will also take place at 5:30pm. Hot laps are slated for 6:00pm with racing beginning at 7:30pm.

Florence Speedway is located in Northern Kentucky, approximately 25 miles south of Cincinnati, Ohio on US 42. Additional information can be obtained by visiting www.florencespeedway.com, or call the speedway office at (859) 493-0034.

Lucas Oil Championship Standings:
POS
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
POINTS
DIFFERENCE
1
49
Jonathan Davenport
Blairsville, GA
2110

2
1
Earl Pearson Jr.
Jacksonville, FL
1875
-235
3
1T
Tyler Erb ®
New Waverly, TX
1850
-260
4
1M
Devin Moran ®
Dresden, OH
1730
-380
5
14
Josh Richards
Shinnston, WV
1670
-440
6
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
1650
-460
7
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
1620
-490
8
5
Don O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
1525
-585
9
71
Hudson O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
1510
-600
10
40B
Kyle Bronson
Brandon, FL
1450
-660
11
21
Billy Moyer Jr.
Batesville, AR
1345
-765
12
12J
Jason Jameson ®
Lawrenceburg, IN
1325
-785
13
50
Shanon Buckingham
Morristown, TN
1320
-790
13
1Gk
Ryan King
Seymour, TN
1320
-790
15
2s
Stormy Scott
Las Cruses, NM
1215
-895
16
0
Scott Bloomquist
Mooresburg, TN
1185
-925
® = Rookie of the Year Contenders

Track and Event Information:
Tazewell Speedway
Phone Number: 423-626-2222
Location: 1400 Bacchus Road, Tazewell, TN 37879
Directions: 2 miles NW of Tazewell on US 25-E, then 0.1 mile east, then 1.8 miles north, then 0.8 miles west.
Website: www.tazewellspeedway.net

Florence Speedway
Phone Number: 859-485-7591
Location: 12234 US Hwy 42, Walton, KY 41094
Directions: I-75 to exit 180, then 9.2 miles SW on US 42.
Website: www.florencespeedway.com

Tire Rule for May 3-4:
Left Rear/Fronts – Hoosier Rib 28.5 1350
Right Rear – Hoosier 03, LM40

*Must use the same set of 4 tires for Time Trials, Heat Races, and B-Main.
*For the A-Main, competitors may use a new right rear tire.
*Cutting and/or siping of any tire IS allowed.

Event Purse: 1. $12,000, 2. $5,500, 3. $3,500, 4. $2,750, 5. $2,250, 6. $1,800, 7. $1,500, 8. $1,300, 9. $1,200, 10. $1,100, 11. $1,075, 12. $1,050, 13. $1,025, 14. $1,000, 15. $1,000, 16. $1,000, 17. $1,000, 17. $1,000, 19. $1,000, 20. $1,000, 21. $1,000, 22. $1,000, 23. $1,000, 24. $1,000

Previous Ralph Latham Memorial Winners:
1987 – Bobby Carnes
1988 – Bob Pierce
1989 – John Gill
1990 – Jack Boggs
1991 – Scott Bloomquist
1992 – Jack Boggs
1993 – Jack Boggs
1994 – Billy Moyer
1995 – Donnie Moran
1996 – Billy Moyer
1997 – Steve Francis
1998 – Bart Hartman
1999 – Bart Hartman
2000 – Darrell Lanigan
2001 – R.J. Conley
2002 – Steve Francis
2003 – Scott James
2004 – Mike Jewell
2005 – Don O’Neal
2006 – Scott Bloomquist
2007 – Steve Casebolt
2008 – Jimmy Owens
2009 – Jimmy Owens
2010 – Earl Pearson Jr.
2011 – Don O’Neal
2012 – Don O’Neal
2013 – Rained Out
2014 – Jimmy Owens
2015 – Jonathan Davenport
2016 – Scott Bloomquist
2017 – Scott Bloomquist
2018 – Hudson O’Neal