Owens & Marlar To Lead Pittsburgher Field

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Jimmy Owens (LOLMDS photo)

IMPERIAL, Pa. — Jimmy Owens and Mike Marlar will make up the front row for Saturday night’s 30th annual Pittsburgher 100 at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.

Owens earned the pole starting spot for the $20,000 main event by easily winning heat race No. 1 on Friday night. The three-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series national champion sprinted to the lead at the start of the 10-lap heat race and was unchallenged the entire distance.

The Miller Welders overall fast qualifier, Michael Norris finished second, earning his spot in the main event. Mason Zeigler grabbed third, with first-time Pittsburgh visitor Frank Heckenast Jr. taking the fourth and final transfer spot.

The second heat race saw five-time Pittsburgher 100 winner, Scott Bloomquist starting on the pole alongside Pennsylvania racer Dan Angelicchio.

Bloomquist bolted to the lead at the drop of the green flag and never looked back. Defending Pittsburgher 100 champion, Don O’Neal came from fifth to finish third in the race. Gregg Satterlee took the fourth and final spot out of heat two.

The third heat race winner earned the outside front-row starting spot for tomorrow Saturday’s Pittsburgher 100. Mike Marlar took the lead from the first lap and held off a furious charge by Josh Richards and Bobby Pierce for the win. Richards, a two-time Pittsburgher 100 champion, withstood the challenges of Pierce, who was entering his first event at the half-mile oval. Chub Frank, the 2001 Pittsburgher 100 winner edged out Alex Ferree for the fourth and final transfer position.

The final Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series heat saw a torrid battle throughout as Brandon Sheppard would get the win after dominating for most of the race. Sheppard, a five-time winner on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tour in 2018, took the win over points leader Jonathan Davenport, Dennis Erb Jr. and Earl Pearson Jr.