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Eddie Carrier Jr Wins Exciting Winternationals Friday Event at East Bay Raceway Park

GIBSONTON, FL – “That was a great race,” exclaimed Carrier in Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the second time in his career at East Bay. “The track crew did a great job, they moved the tires out in the corners, and we drivers didn’t know what to think, but it worked out real well. It was nice of Devin to let one of us old guys win tonight,” Carrier jokingly said.

“We had to diamond off the corners to get a run down the straight-aways. Both Devin and I had trouble with a lapped car.   I used the outside line to get by him coming off of turn four. He saw what I did and used the same line to get by him. I was fortunate enough to find enough room coming off of turn two to get the lead back.”

“I want to thank my car owner, Carl Grover. He gave me the chance several years ago to drive his cars, and it has been the best thing to ever happen to me other than marrying my wife, Jamie. I have to thank Engines Inc, Optima Batteries, Sunoco Race Fuels and all of my sponsors, my crew, and especially my dad [Eddie Carrier Sr.] for all he does. He works his tail off every day on this car.”

Moran, the 20-year-old son of Hall-of-Fame driver, Donnie Moran equaled his best East Bay finish. Ironically in the last year’s Winternationals opener it was Carrier who denied Moran his first career victory at “The Clay by the Bay.”

Earl Pearson Jr. led the first 23 laps of the race, until contact with a car he was lapping dropped him several spots in the running order. Moran pounced on the opportunity to take the lead.

“Congratulations to Eddie for the win, he deserved it. He was better than me. I hate it for Earl. He was really fast tonight. I just couldn’t get by that lapped car. I could have moved him out of the way, but I don’t drive like that. I was too patient with him. But we will take second after the week we have had. I would like to thank my sponsors, Donnie Moran Driving School, Eddie’s Sunoco, and Performance Bodies, and MasterSbilt Race Cars for all of their assistance.”

Owens; the 3-time LOLMDS National Champion; had his best points finish of the young season. “Our car rolled around the top early on, and we were passing cars. No doubt it’s the best we have run all week. I think I used up the edges of the tires getting to the front, and from then on I couldn’t stay with Eddie and Devin,” said the driver of the Rowland Racing, Widow Wax Car Care Products, Club 29 Ford.

Completing the top ten were Brandon Sheppard, Mason Zeigler, Bobby Pierce, Steve Francis, and Dan Stone.

In preliminary action, Dan Stone set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 41 entrants, with a lap of 15.481 seconds. Eddie Carrier Jr. set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.838 seconds. Scott Bloomquist, Earl Pearson Jr., Jared Landers and Devin Moran won their respective heat races. Billy Moyer Jr. and Tim Dohm won their respective B-Mains.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Friday, February 13th, 2015
39th Annual Winternationals
East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL

Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Dan Stone / 15.481 seconds
Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Eddie Carrier Jr. / 15.838 seconds

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Dan Stone, Ricky Weiss, Dennis Erb, Jr., Billy Moyer, Jr., Davey Johnson, Allen Murray, Jason Papich, Freddie Carpenter, Dan Schlieper, Kenny PettyJohn-DNS

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Earl Pearson, Jr., Jimmy Owens, Steve Francis, Gregg Satterlee, Vic Hill, Kyle Bronson, Dustin Mitchell, Doug Blashe, Nick Davis, Mark Dotson-DNS

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jared Landers, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Sheppard, Don O’Neal, Stormy Scott, Chad Hollenbeck, Terry English, Mike Benedum, James O’Hara

QA1 Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Devin Moran, Billy Moyer, Bobby Pierce, Mason Zeigler, Tim Dohm , Austin Rettig, Chris Brown, Gregg Hill, Wendell Wallace, Steve Casebolt-DNS

Fast Shafts B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Billy Moyer, Jr., Doug Blashe, Allen Murray, Dustin Mitchell, Davey Johnson, Freddie Carpenter, Dan Schlieper, Mark Dotson, Nick Davis, Kyle Bronson, Vic Hill, Jason Papich, Kenny PettyJohn-DNS

Keyser MFG B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Tim Dohm , Don O’Neal, Stormy Scott, Chris Brown, Austin Rettig, Chad Hollenbeck, Terry English, Mike Benedum, Wendell Wallace, Gregg Hill, James O’Hara, Steve Casebolt-DNS

Feature Finish (50 Laps):

FINISH

START

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

1

6

28

Eddie Carrier, Jr.

Salt Rock, WV

2

4

99m

Devin Moran

Dresden, OH

3

7

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

4

2

777

Jared Landers

Batesville, AR

5

10

6

Jonathan Davenport

Mount Airy, NC

6

14

B5

Brandon Sheppard

New Berlin, IL

7

16

25Z

Mason Zeigler

Chalk Hill, PA

8

12

32

Bobby Pierce

Oakwood, IL

9

11

15

Steve Francis

Ashland, KY

10

5

21d

Dan Stone

Thompson, PA

11

8

21

Billy Moyer

Batesville, AR

12

3

1

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

13

22

2s

Stormy Scott

Las Cruses, NM

14

26

21b

Chris Brown

Spring, TX

15

9

7w

Ricky Weiss

Headingley, MB

16

17

21jr

Billy Moyer, Jr.

Batesville, AR

17

23

91p

Jason Papich

Nipomo, CA

18

20

5

Don O’Neal

Martinsville, IN

19

13

28e

Dennis Erb, Jr.

Carpentersville, IL

20

15

22

Gregg Satterlee

Rochester Mills, PA

21

19

1b

Doug Blashe

Marion, WI

22

18

6T

Tim Dohm

Charleston, WV

23

21

2m

Allen Murray

San Antonio, TX

24

1

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

25

25

1J

Davey Johnson

Greensburg, PA

26

24

7H

Vic Hill

Mosheim, TN

Race Statistics
Entrants: 41
Lap Leaders: Earl Pearson Jr. (Laps 1 – 23); Devin Moran (Laps 24 – 30); Eddie Carrier Jr. (Lap 31); Devin Moran (Laps 32 – 43); Eddie Carrier Jr. (Laps 44 – 50)
Cautions: Scott Bloomquist (Lap 1); Ricky Weiss (Lap 5); Allen Murray (Lap 12)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisional: Jason Papich
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a
Miller Welders Fast Time Provisionals: Vic Hill, Davey Johnson
DirtonDirt.com Strawberry Dash Provisional: Chris Brown
Wrisco Feature Winner: Eddie Carrier Jr.
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Chris Brown (Started: 26th; Finished: 14th; Advanced 12 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Earl Pearson Jr.
Allstar Performer of the Race: Devin Moran
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Eddie Carrier Jr.
Rookie of the Race: n/a
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Grover Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Eddie Carrier Sr. (Eddie Carrier Jr.)
CV Products Fastest Lap of the Race: Devin Moran (Lap #9 – 16.933 seconds)
Hot Rod Processing Most Laps Led: Earl Pearson Jr. (23 Laps)
PFC Brakes Tough Break Award: Scott Bloomquist
Time of Race: 37 minutes 33 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

POINTS

1

1

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

650

2

6

Jonathan Davenport

Mount Airy, NC

600

3

777

Jared Landers

Batesville, AR

595

4

28

Eddie Carrier, Jr.

Salt Rock, WV

575

5

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

560

6

B5

Brandon Sheppard

New Berlin, IL

555

6

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

555

8

2s

Stormy Scott

Las Cruses, NM

550

9

99m

Devin Moran

Dresden, OH

520

10

15

Steve Francis

Ashland, KY

510

10

28e

Dennis Erb, Jr.

Carpentersville, IL

510

*Points are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*