LASALLE, Ill. — Brady Smith edged out fellow Wisconsin driver Jimmy Mars by just a few inches at LaSalle Speedway Saturday night in winning the Jeff’s Enginemasters Spring Shootout.
It was Smith’s first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win since 2008. Trailing Smith and Mars to the finish line in the $10,000-to-win race were John Blankenship, Chris Simpson and Don O’Neal.
“I have to thank Jimmy (Mars) for racing me clean that was quite a race, we are happy to be here in Lucas Oil victory lane. We haven’t been racing much this year, I had knee surgery back in March and it took a while to recover from that,” said Smith. With the win Smith became the seventh different winner in 11 LOLMDS events in 2013.
Mars was seeking his first LOLMDS victory since the ’09 North/South 100 at Florence (Ky.) Speedway, but fell just short of the win.
“Congratulations to Brady, I hope the fans enjoyed that race, to run 50 laps here without a yellow says something about the track and the drivers in this race,” Mars said. “We got boxed in there behind another car and Brady was able to get around me. I thought that on the final lap, I was going to get him. I saw him slide up the track and he left and opening, but we came up just short.”
Brady Smith, Jimmy Mars, John Blankenship, Chris Simpson, Don O’Neal, Jimmy Owens, Eddie Carrier Jr., Brian Birkhofer, Steve Francis, Randy Korte, Scott Bloomquist, Earl Pearson Jr., Dennis Erb Jr., Shannon Babb, A.J. Diemel, Billy Drake, Ray Guss Jr., Jared Landers, Bobby Pierce, Brandon Sheppard, Jerry Lierly, Austin Hubbard, Billy Moyer Jr., Jason McBride, Kent Robinson.