Young racer dies after fiery crash in Southern Ohio

Young racer dies after fiery crash in Southern OhioCharlieFloyd

Last Friday night April 16th at the Southern Ohio Speedway a young man with a passion for life, family and dirt late model racing lost his life after suffering horrendous injuries during a fiery crash at the Speedway.

Charlie Ford headed out to the Speedway looking forward to pushing his #99F Dirt late Model thru the corners and down the straight at the Southern Ohio track fulfilling one of his passions.A horrible accident would take his young life away, this is just so sad. A young man lost from his family and the young family enduring the pain of their broken hearts.

The details of the accidents are to horrific to report here and out of respect for all those involved in the rescue and recovery I will leave it unsaid.In these heart wrenching times when hearts and spirit are forever damaged the wonderful support the Speedway Families steps up with is amazing .No matter where it is groups join with a common good to support in real ways the families that suffer.

A young man lost, partner and small child left behind but because of the love, generosity of support they will find the umbrella of love and support always overhead.While we all share the lost, we can’t for one moment take the pain away. Only time and love will bring happiness back but the loss remains in our hearts forever.

Rest in peace Charlie Ford and May god bless and care for Quinn and baby Liam

Safe in God's care #99forever

Safe in God’s care #99forever

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Davenport digs out late pass on Owens at Nationals

Davenport digs out late pass on Owens at Nationals

Davenport at Knoxville

Davenport at Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, IA -September 24, 2015 Jonathan Davenport digs out late pass on Jimmy Owens to take the win on night one of the Knoxville Nationals for the Late Model.
Sharing the front row with Ricky Weiss Davenport bounced out at the green and lead the race for the first 19 laps .Owens chase hard from his 6th starting position and by the time the pair had reached lapped traffic Owens had managed to find his way into the race lead .Owen could only hold the race lead for 3 laps before Davenport was back into the lead, a lead he would not surrender.

As the Late Models crossed the stripe it was Davenport, Owens and Don O’Neil Earl Pearson Jr and Chris Brown would round out the top five positions.

Driver’s interviews:
Jonathan Davenport “Lapped traffic is so tough here sometimes,” said Davenport, who recorded his 20th overall feature win of the season. I can’t thank Lee Roy Rumley enough for this strong engine. On this big of a track, we need all the horsepower we can get. The track was super-fast tonight. We could run anywhere on it.”

Jonathan Davenport

Jonathan Davenport

Jimmy Owens in the Bryan Rowland, Widow Wax, and Club 29-Ford was pleased with his runner-up position. “Did you see that I passed him [Davenport]? Not a lot of people have been able to pass him this year. We had a really good hot-rod tonight. The crew keeps working really hard. I thought maybe tonight we were going to be able to break through, but it’s a good start to the weekend.”
Don O’Neil “It’s a much better start to the weekend than last year. I want to thank everybody at Clint Bowyer Racing, Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Crawford Supply, Lance and Barry Wright, and a special mention to my crew chief Jeremy Justice, who is backing home recovering from injuries that happened just a few weeks ago.”
Feature Finish (25 Laps):
FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN
1 2 6 Jonathan Davenport Mount Airy, NC
2 6 20k in the Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
3 7 5 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN
4 5 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL
5 4 21BX Chris Brown Spring, TX
6 9 28e Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL
7 22 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN
8 8 25 Chad Simpson Mt. Vernon, IA
9 10 32 Chris Simpson Oxford, IA
10 21 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
11 3 7R Kent Robinson Bloomington, IN
12 20 18b Shannon Babb Mowequa, IL
13 14 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
14 11 99JR Frank Heckenast, Jr. Frankfort, IL
15 12 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV
16 19 29 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY
17 17 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR
18 24 B5 Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL
19 18 14m Morgan Bagley Tyler, TX
20 15 21B Rich Bell Sheffield, IL
21 13 40 Joel Callahan Dubuque, iA
22 16 21jr Billy Moyer, Jr. Batesville, AR
23 1 7w Ricky Weiss Headingley, MB
24 23 28m Jimmy Mars Menomonie, WI

After night one of the Nationals the top 10 in points is:

Overall Pos CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN Night #1 POINTS
1 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 492
2 6 Jonathan Davenport Mount Airy, NC 487
3 5 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN 484
4 21BX Chris Brown Spring, TX 484
5 25 Chad Simpson Mt. Vernon, IA 481
6 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 476
7 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 472
8 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 470
9 28e Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL 462
10 32 Chris Simpson Oxford, IA 460

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World 100 underway at Eldora with 100 Late Models

World 100 underway at Eldora with 100 Late Models

Eldora ready

Eldora ready

Eldora Dirt Track has the 45th World 100 for Late Models underway. Over 100 entrants are on hand all chasing a share of the massive US$318, 850, 00 that is on offer.
The World 100 was first raced at Eldora in 1971 and thanks to the vision of the late Earl Baltes has become one of the stands out events on the Speedway calendar. The World 100 runs over three nights with Saturday night the Championship night with the winner after 100 grueling laps taking home US$48,000 .Back in 1971 Earl Baltes put US$4,000 up as the winner’s purse and on that occasion the late Bruce Gould was first to put his name on the World 100 honor roll.

Scott Bloomquist

Scott Bloomquist

In 2014 Scott Bloomquist had to fight for his fourth World 100 victory after incurring a penalty on lap 19 for an unapproved lexan-backed window net.Bloomquist no stranger to controversy suffered a massive blow after crossing the line first in the 2015 Dream 100 only to be found 25 pounds under weight at the scales . Arguments still rages today on the penalty and how his car could have been passed by the race official during technical inspection earlier in the night.

Josh Richards WoO Credit

Josh Richards
WoO Credit

Jonathan Davenport was declared the race winner much to the disgust of Bloomquist and his team. Bloomquist will have many challengers, no tougher than current WoO point’s leader Shane Clanton and Josh Richards. 100 laps is a long race, many unanswered questions and they will only be answered after 100 tough laps of no nonsense racing

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Late Models head for the 12th annual Knoxville Nationals

Late Models head for the 12th annual Knoxville NationalsLate Model Knoxville National poster. jpg
September 24th thru to September 26th three nights of fender rubbing Late Model action. The Nationals attract the best field of powerful, aggressive Late Model drivers all wanting a share of the US$271,000.0 purse and the prestige of standing on top of the Knoxville podium.

Two preliminary nights of racing over Thursday and Friday to qualify for the Championship race on Saturday with a pay day of US$40,000 to win in the Lucas Oils/Casey General Stores 12th annual Knoxville national.

Shane Clanton gets inside Chub Frank Pic credit WoO

Shane Clanton gets inside Chub Frank
Pic credit WoO

Boasting 10 wins so far in the World Of Outlaws Late Model Championship Shane Clanton is sure to be one of the fancied drivers .Not far behind in support will be Josh Richards ,Scott Bloomquist and Jonathan Davenport .
The defending Late Model Champion is Brian Birkhofer. Interesting fact, Birkhofer and Bloomquist are the only multiple winners of the Knoxville National .Birkhofer in 2004 and 20014 while Bloomquist won in 2005 and 2009. The field for 2015 is full of past winner *

The current entry list for the 12th annual Late Model Nationals
0 Scott Bloomquist -Mooresburg, TN *
1 Earl Pearson, Jr. – Jacksonville, FL
1M Robert Moss – Iowa City, IA
1R Josh Richards – Shinnston, WI
3 Sterling Perkins – Kellerton, IA
3s Brian Shirley – Chatham, IL *
3x Skip Frey – Swisher, IA
5 Don O’Neal – Martinsville, IN *
B5 Brandon Sheppard – New Berlin, IL
6 Jonathan Davenport – Williamston, SC
7R Kent Robinson – Bloomington, IN
8 Sonny Findling – Kirksville, MO
15 Steve Francis – Ashland, KY *
17m Dale McDowell – Chickamauga, GA
18 Chase Junghans – Manhattan, KS
20 Jimmy Owens – Newport, TN
21 Billy Moyer – Batesville, AR *
21 Chris Brown – Spring, TX
21B Rich Bell – Sheffield, IL
21JR Billy Moyer Jr. – Batesville, AR
22 Gregg Satterlee – Indiana, PA
25 Chad Simpson – Mt. Vernon, IA
25 Jason Feger – Bloomington, IL
28 Dennis Erb Jr. – Carpentersville, IL
28 Eddie Carrier Jr. – Salt Rock, WV
28M Jimmy Mars – Menomonie, WI
31 Jason Utter – Columbus Junction, IA
32 Chris Simpson – Oxford, IA
50 Denny Eckrich – Tiffin, IA
54 Mike Fryer – Freeport, IL
56 Chris Spieker – Massena, IA
58 Ray Guss Jr. – Milan, IL
58 Dave Eckrich – Oxford, IA
91P Jason Papich – Nipomo, CA
99M Devin Moran – Dresden, OH
157 Mike Marlar – Winfield, TN
777 Jared Landers – Batesville, AR

The list of past Late Model Champions at Knoxville:
Year – Driver, Number, Hometown

2014 – Brian Birkhofer, 15B, Muscatine, IA
2013 – Darrell Lanigan, 29x, Union, KY
2012 – Steve Francis, 15, Ashland, KY
2011 – Don O’Neal, 71, Martinsville, IN
2010 – Billy Moyer, 21, Batesville, AR
2009 – Scott Bloomquist, 0, Mooresburg, TN
2008 – Tim McCreadie, 39, Watertown, NY
2007 – Brady Smith, 2, Solon Springs, WI
2006 – Brian Shirley, 3s, Chatham, IL
2005 – Scott Bloomquist, 0, Mooresburg, TN
2004 – Brian Birkhofer, 15B, Muscatine, IA
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Bloomquist light at scales Davenport takes the $100K

BlOOMQUIST LIGHT AT SCALES

Bloomquist light at Scales Eldora Rick Schwalker Photo

Bloomquist light at Scales Eldora
Rick Schwalker Photo

 

Bloomquist crossed the stripe ahead of Davenport at Eldora Speedway in the Dirt Late Model Dream 100 lap, but at weigh in he was 25 pounds under weight and forfeits the win to Davenport together with the hundred grand, ouch that hurt.
Bloomquist had to withstand a late race charge from Davenport who ran the topside aggressively over the closing laps.
Bloomquist no stranger to controversy over his career .The question of being overweight at the scales is nothing new in Speedway , many teams has suffered the same penalty and the questions continue .
Shannon Babb in 2005 forfeited his World 100 win when he weight in 10 lbs under weight.
Many race fans over years have called Bloomquist a cheater as many times during his successfully career he has sent confusing messages with his on track antics such as spinning in the mud directly after winning races and before going to scale.
I am not sure just how much mud this action would pick up but its claimed amongst and some competitors that this is to ensure he makes the weight .Opinions is divided among the many fans.

Jonanthan Davenport

Jonanthan Davenport

Bloomquists main problem as I see it is that he is so successful and it is a strange attitude shared by many race fans to criticize the guy because his special talents puts him at the very top of his race category.
Donny Schatz suffers the same from fans who for some reason can’t accept the special talents these guys have .Bloomquist’s record speaks for itself as does Donny Schatz’s
Being under weight is difficult to understand particularly has each race car goes through race inspection before getting cleared to race .Miscalculation of the fuel burn may well be the problem or as some claim a piece of the car fell off during the race, this cause could be easily solved by finding and matching the part to the car .
Away from the end race controversy the race was cracker and it looked like it would run flag to flag but debris in turn two and four brought out the first caution on lap 89. A further caution was out on lap 91 involving Matt Westfall and Gregg Satterlee
Bloomquist was first across the stripe with Davenport settling for second ahead of Earl Pearson Jr and Dennis Erb Jr , Don O’Neil followed after starting on pole in the Dream XX1
Joy turns to despair for Bloomquist when he is called light , crowd erupt as Jonathan Davenport is declared race winner and taked the cheque for $100K The cheque
After the race Bloomquist was not available for comment.
Jonathan Davenport was eager to speak “ “All those heartaches we’ve had, all the bad luck, all the little bitty stuff that has happened here or at other places, all went out the window,” Davenport said. “It’s a breath of fresh air.”
“I thought we had second-place to Scott (Bloomquist),” Davenport said. “And then he gets over there and he’s light. This is definitely not the way I want to win my first crown jewel. I wanted to actually beat that guy. He’s so hard to beat. He’s so good around here. He’s good everywhere.”
Dirt Late Model Dream – (100 Laps)
1. 6-Jonathan Davenport[6] ; 2. 1E-Earl Pearson Jr.[18] ; 3. 28-Dennis Erb Jr. [5] ; 4. 17M-Dale McDowell[10] ; 5. 25C-Shane Clanton[2] ; 6. 11JR-Josh Rice[12] ; 7. 777-Jared Landers[4] ; 8. 5-Don O’Neal[1] ; 9. 20-Jimmy Owens[7] ; 10. 25S-Chad Simpson[28] ; 11. 29-Darrell Lanigan[15] ; 12. 23B-John Blankenship[25] ; 13. 116-Randy Weaver[19] ; 14. 18-Shannon Babb[17] ; 15. B5-Brandon Sheppard[3] ; 16. 22S-Gregg Satterlee[27] ; 17. 7R-Kent Robinson[13] ; 18. 54-Matt Westfall[8] ; 19. 76-Brandon Overton[26] ; 20. F5-Garrett Alberson[24] ; 21. 22-Chris Ferguson[9] ; 22. 39-Tim McCreadie[14] ; 23. C9-Steve Casebolt[16] ; 24. 157-Mike Marlar[20] ; 25. 83-Scott James[22] ; 26. 28M-Jimmy Mars[23] ; 27. 99M-Devin Moran[21] ; 28. 0-Scott Bloomquist[11]

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Lanigan banks $40,000 with Knoxville Late Model Win

Darrell Lanigan banks Knoxville’s $40,000 purse in Late Model Nationals

Late Models salute to the Knoxville Crowd at Knoxville

Late Models salute to the Knoxville Crowd at Knoxville

Knoxville September 29th– The Knoxville Nationals for the Late Model Sedans celebrated the 10th running of this classic and prestige event over three days with fan cracking action.

Jos Richard started off his quest for his first ever Knoxville win after finishing second in the last two classics  with a dominating wins on night one and night two. Richards was spotted in tactical discussions with Outlaws start Donny Schatz , himself a great Late Model Sedan driver. .

How do I win this thing Donny  Photo credit Dave Hill

How do I win this thing Donny
Photo credit Dave Hill

Heading iInto the big money final the Richards team would have been quietly confident of breaking through for his first Knoxville national Title.

The 100 laps around Knoxville is a daunting task and Richards even when second to Lanigan at the 25 lap mark would still have fancied his chances .Lanigan had put behind his recent bad luck and was taking advantage of every caution and during the course of the race there were plenty .

50 down and 50 to run and Lanigan still in control followed by Richards, McDowell, Fegers and a charging Billy Moyer.

Lanigan, Richards and McDowell continued to lead the National through to lap 81 before Moyer shot by Feger for third. Richards was working over Lanigan and finally retook the lead on lap 84 and pair then embarked on  a brutal battle for the National Title as they race through traffic.

Lanigan and Richard race for the Knoxville National

Lanigan and Richard race for the Knoxville National

Richards looked strong but disaster struck soon after when ,  with six laps to go, Eddie Carrier Jr. flipped in turn three, bringing out the red flag. A six lap Dash to the checker.and Richards would now have to battle Lanigan, a battle that would again end with Richards finishing second for third time at Knoxville in the premier Late Model Knoxville Nationals.

The defending Knoxville Nationals Champion Steve Francis came home in 4th place while Jimmy Owen well known to Australian race fans crossed in 9th place.

Darrel Lanigan quote

“It’s one of the bigger ones,” Lanigan said when asked what winning the Knoxville Nationals meant to him. “It ranks right up there with the Dream and all them (other major races). It’s a big event.”

“We just had a little bit of drama (Friday) night which I don’t like,” Lanigan said during the press conference that followed his Saturday-night victory. “Me and Josh race hard and we do get into each other when you’re racing hard like that. When we do (tangle), it’s usually up front.”

Josh Richards

“We still had a phenomenal weekend and our guys did a great job,” said Richards, who was hoping to duplicate his sweep earlier this year of the three-night WoO LMS Firecracker 100 at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa. “I’m just very competitive…and anytime you feel like you should’ve done something different to win the race, that’s just part of it. I try to hide (the emotions) as much as I can, but it’s still frustrating.”

“Shoulda, coulda, woulda – we’ve run second here three times. We’ll get one eventually.”

Lanigan Knoxville LMS National Champion for 2013

Lanigan Knoxville LMS National Champion for 2013

 A main (started), 100 laps, NT: 1. 29x, Darrell Lanigan, Union, KY (3); 2. 1, Josh Richards, Shinnston, WV (2); 3. 39, Tim McCreadie, Watertown, NY (6); 4. 15, Steve Francis, Ashland, KY (22); 5. 21, Billy Moyer, Batesville, AR (14); 6. 23, John Blankenship, Williamson, WV (12); 7. 2, Brady Smith, Solon Springs, WI (21); 8. 0, Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, TN (9); 9. 20, Jimmy Owens, Newport, TN (13); 10. 25x, Chad Simpson, Mt. Vernon, IA (19); 11. 31, Jason Utter, Columbus Junction, IA (15); 12. Ryan Unzicker (29); 13. Dennis Erb Jr. (31, pr.); 14. 25, Jason Feger, Bloomington, IL (5); 15. 71, Don O’Neal, Martinsville, IN (11); 16. 17M, Dale McDowell, Chickamauga, GA (1); 17. 28, Eddie Carrier Jr., Salt Rock, WV (17); 18. 19R, Ryan Gustin, Marshalltown, IA (10); 19. 99JR, Frank Heckenast Jr., Frankfort, IL (24); 20. Denny Eckrich (26); 21. Billy Moyer Jr. (32, pr.); 22. 5, Jared Landers, Batesville, AR (20); 23. 28M, Jimmy Mars, Menomonie, WI (7); 24. 44, Earl Pearson Jr., Jacksonville, FL (8); 25. B5, Brandon Sheppard, Berlin, IL (18); 26. 58D, AJ Diemel, Elk Mound, WI (4); 27. Shannon Babb (27); 28. Morgan Bagley (25); 29. 32s, Chris Simpson, Oxford, IA (23); 30. 57J, Bub McCool, Vicksburg, MS (16); 31. Justin Kay (30); 32. Tony Jackson Jr. (28).

Lap Leaders: Richards 1-6, McDowell 7, Richards 8-19, Lanigan 20-83, Richards 84-94, Lanigan 95-100. Hard-charger: Francis

 

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