GREENWOOD, Neb. – In what will go down as one of the best races of 2013, Jimmy Owens wins the third annual Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway Saturday night. Owens fought hard for the $27,000 payday, battling several drivers throughout the race.
He took the lead for the final time on lap 56 when race leader Ryan Gustin fell out after hitting the turn one wall following a restart. Gustin had charged all the way from his 34th starting spot, to grab the lead on lap 47. The event was co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil MLRA.
Tony Jackson Jr. started 14th, and charged to a second place finish. Current LOLMDS point’s leader, John Blankenship came from 12th to take third ahead of Jason Feger and Billy Moyer.
“I don’t know what to say,” said Owens afterwards as he took several deep breathes on a hot night in Nebraska. “The car was awesome all weekend. The track slicked off from top to bottom and we could run anywhere on it. Gustin had the car to beat. Once he passed me, I thought he was going to win it. I have seen what he can do in a modified, but to do it against these guys tonight, speaks highly of the talent he has.”
Feger started on the pole and led the first nine circuits until Owens forged ahead. Owens and Feger swapped the lead numerous times, as they raced their way through traffic. Gustin climbed to third behind Owens and Feger and on the lap 45 restart he bolted past Feger and take over second. A lap later Gustin took the lead from Owens.