WAYCROSS, Ga. – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will hold it’s annual Championship Awards Banquet next month on Dec. 12 at the Lucas Estate in Carmel, Ind.
Along with honoring Jimmy Owens as the 2013 National Champion and Billy Moyer Jr. as the JRi Shocks Rookie of the Year, the series will hand out a copious amount of cash and product awards to the various point category winners of the 2013 season.
The series will honor the Ohlin’s Chassis Builder of the Year, Bloomquist Chassis, winning the title for the fifth year in a row and will receive a cash and product award from Ohlins Shocks. Seven different drivers won feature events using a Bloomquist Chassis giving the manufacturer 19 wins on the series in 2013.
In the quest for the COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Year Award, Cornett Racing Engines won the prestigious award for the fifth time in a row and recorded 12 feature wins on the series in 2013. Cornett Racing Engines will receive a cash award and several product awards from COMP Cams, Edelbrock, CV Products, Roush Yates Performance Parts and Dyer’s Top Rods.
As the series champion, Jimmy Owens will not only collect the lion’s share of the series points fund money, but will also collect several cash bonuses and product awards – boosting his banquet awards to over $104,000 for 2013.
Owens won the Sunoco Race For Gas point category and will receive a cash bonus from Sunoco Race Fuels. At the banquet, he will also receive an additional cash bonus from Sunoco for winning the Lucas Oil Show-Me 100, as a Sunoco driver, under the Sunoco Road to Wheatland program. Owens will receive a cash award for winning the Sweet Mfg. TV Points Challenge – Presented by E3 Spark Plugs for earning the most points in the TV races this year. Owens also will receive a cash bonus for earning the most points under the ASi Crown Jewel Cup – Presented by DirtonDirt.com point category.
In a new point category this year to the series, The Keyser Mfg. Points Leader Challenge, Owens will earn an additional cash and product award from Keyser Manufacturing for earning the most points under this category. Owens will also receive a product award from Dyer’s Top Rods for winning the series championship.
Earl Pearson Jr. will be honored as the Allstar Performer of the Year for winning this category based on top performances during the season. Pearson will receive a cash and product award from Allstar Performance. Pearson also earned the most RED BUCK Fast Time points and he will receive a cash award from RED BUCK at the banquet.
Dennis Erb Jr. will receive a cash award for winning the Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Year award, after earning the most points in this category during the season. Erb clinched this award at the last race of the season by advancing 18 positions in the feature event at the DTWC.
Steve Francis will receive a cash award for winning the most heat races on the series in 2013. Francis won 12 heat races in 2013 just edging out Owens with 11 heat race wins. John Blankenship will receive an impressive diamond ring from Dan Robinson of Lucas Oil Speedway for winning this year’s Diamond Nationals.
Outerwears will honor two crew chiefs this year with cash awards. Heather Lyne will receive the Outerwears “Outstanding Crew Chief of the Year” award (Erb) and Chris Fox will be honored once again and will receive a check as the “Champion Crew Chief” (Owens) in 2013.
“The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is incredibly honored to have so many companies involved with the series and offering incentives and special awards to drivers that follow the series. We want to thank all of our kind sponsors for their commitment and support of the series and for their willingness to reward drivers that follow our series throughout the year,” stated Ritchie Lewis, Director of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.