Owens Finally Wins Dixie Shootout


WOODSTOCK, Ga. — Jimmy Owens won Saturday night’s 23rd annual Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout at Dixie Speedway.

Owens, who started 13th on the grid, inherited the lead when Chris Madden broke a wheel and spun in turn four while leading with three laps remaining in the race. Owens then cruised on for the victory for the first time in the annual event sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

Jonathan Davenport took the Clint Bowyer Racing Team entry across the finish line in second followed closely by John Blankenship. Eric Wells was fourth and Tony Knowles was the top finishing home-state driver grabbing the fifth spot.

Madden and Owens then had a spirited battle for the point as the two raced around the d-shaped oval. Owens was all over Madden, but with three laps to go, Madden lost control of his car in turn four when his wheel broke, eliminating him from contention

“We didn’t run that well in our heat race,” said Owens, who claimed his 35th career LOLMDS victory, which is second all-time to Scott Bloomquist’s 45 wins. “Chris (Madden) was running awful well tonight and I don’t know if I could have passed him, both he and Ray (Cook) were going to be the cars to beat tonight.

“Our goal now for the rest of the year is to win each race, the points are pretty well over, it’s good to win here, and this is a prestigious race here in the Southeast, we finally got that trophy.”

The finish:

Jimmy Owens, Jonathan Davenport, John Blankenship, Eric Wells, Tony Knowles, Tyler Reddick, Steve Casebolt, Billy Ogle Jr., Chris Madden, Johnny Chastain, Shane Clanton, David Payne, Earl Pearson Jr., Steve Francis, Jake Knowles, Don O’Neal, Jared Landers, Derek Ellis, Clint Smith, Scott Bloomquist, Chip Brindle, Ray Cook, Jody Knowles, Pat Doar.