Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tn. built up a big enough lead over Georgian Shane Clanton Saturday night to earn the $15,000 payday for the "Clash at the Mag" feature with the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model series. Dropping back to third once during the 100 lapper race, when a slower race car stalled his momentum, Owens (# 20) rallied a few laps later and never looked back en-route to his 8th overall victory on the season. Owens altogether picked up nearly $23,000 over the weekend at Magnolia Motor Speedway for three nights of competition, finishing 2nd (Thursday), and 1st both Saturday and Friday nights. Josh Richards, Tyler Erb and Bobby Pierce (Thursday's winner) finished behind Owens and Clanton respectfully.
In Tennessee at the Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap North of Knoxville, Dale McDowell (# 17M) of Chickamauga, came up one position shy of the $10,000 World of Outlaws Late Model series win Saturday night. In front of the largest crowd ever reported at the Ultra-High Banked dirt track, South Carolina racer Zack Mitchell (# 57) dominated the weekend finale for his biggest career victory ever. Kentucky's Darrell Lanigan (# 29) was third behind McDowell with Tennessean Scott Bloomquist and Georgian Brandon Overton rounding out the Top 5 finishers. Friday's winner Brandon Sheppard was eighth overall Saturday.
At local tracks Colton Profitt (# 617) of Crossville won his first Crate Late Model race at I-75 Raceway Saturday. Blake Brown (# 99) of Corbin, Ky. took the Brucebilt Iron-man Open Wheel Modified special event Saturday at I-75 over 20 other competitors. At Mountain View Raceway in Dayton/Spring City just north of Chattanooga, Lil' John Ownbey (# j0) of Cleveland picked up the Late Model feature over Knoxville's Josh Collins and Bryan Pritchard of Harrison. The weekend was highlighted with a Throwback theme of vintage race cars (# 79 and # 71) from the area.
In Alabama, 18-year-old Jake Green of Dalton/Lafayette put his (# 41) CVR Sportsman race car in Victory Lane Saturday night at Fort Payne Motor Speedway. Ooltewah's Andy Pickelsimer (# 1) picked up win #2 in the Super Late Model feature. FPMS and many other tracks around the area are gearing up for the 4th of July holiday weekend coming up in two weeks, which will see most facilities hosting special events which usually include firework displays to commemorate the events.