Birkhofer & Reddick Lead Lucas LMs


GREENWOOD, Neb. — Brian Birkhofer and Tyler Reddick will start on the front row for Saturday night’s second annual Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Lucas Oil MLRA sanctioned event will pay $25,000 to win.

Of the 10 heat races run Friday, only Birkhofer and Reddick were able to win both of the heats they competed in.

The top-18 in passing points after Friday’s preliminaries will make up the first nine rows of the 80-lap main event on Saturday. Both rounds of action-packed heat races were witnessed by a very large crowd.

Reddick came from the farthest back to win his heat race, as he started eighth and captured one of the opening round heats. Steve Francis, who won his heat after starting in sixth, will start third in the Silver Dollar Nationals alongside; will be Hall of Famer Billy Moyer. Moyer claimed a heat race win in round two after finishing second in his first heat after starting ninth.

Defending Silver Dollar Nationals winner, Don O’Neal will start fifth in the MasterSbilt House Car with veteran Terry Phillips lines up next to him. O’Neal, who is currently second in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series standings, leads the series with nine victories in 2012. O’Neal won the only other LOLMDS sanctioned race ever held in the state of Nebraska, when he was victorious at Junction Motor Speedway in 2005.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series point leader, Jimmy Owens will start 16th right in front of current Lucas Oil MLRA point leader John Anderson, who fires off 18th on the grid.

In preliminary action, Jimmy Owens, Eric Wells, Steve Francis, Tyler Reddick, and Brian Birkhofer won their respective heat races in the first round.

Billy Moyer, Brian Birkhofer, Tyler Reddick, Chris Simpson, and Don O’Neal won their respective heat races in the second round.