Jimmy Owens Conquers General Tire Clash at the Mag

Filed in 2020 Results on June 20, 2020
Jimmy Owens picks up his eighth overall win of 2020 at Magnolia. (Chris McDill photo)

Earning $15,000 with his win at Magnolia Motor Speedway, current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Point Leader Jimmy Owens won Saturday Night’s General Tire Clash at the Mag – presented by Big River Steel. Owens’ 67th career series victory also marks his first career win in the annual event that has been held since 2009. This event was co-sanctioned with the COMP Cams Super Dirt Series Presented by Lucas Oil. 

The 100-lap main event saw three different leaders, with Owens regaining the top spot from Shane Clanton on lap 23. After several breakaway runs, Owens held off Clanton at the finish for his third Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the year. Clanton finished just ahead of Josh Richards who came home in third. Bobby Pierce and Tyler Erb rounded out the top five drivers. 

As the initial green flag dropped, Owens took the lead and Erb ran second for the first 13 circuits of the race. Clanton started fifth and made an early race challenge by climbing to the second spot around Erb on the 14th lap. Erb would pass both Clanton and the race leader, Owens on lap 16 to gain the top spot.  Clanton then became the third new leader of the race as he went to the point on lap 18, but 4 laps later Owens powered around the leader, regaining the lead after a lap 22 restart. 

Clanton and Erb chased down Owens as the leader was battling traffic. With the top three nose to tail and Clanton threatening to retake the lead, a caution came with 18 laps remaining. Clanton’s hopes for the win faded in the final laps as Owens went on to take the victory over Clanton by .570 seconds at the finish. 

“This car was really just flawless this weekend,” said Owens in Lucas Oil Victory Lane. “We were so close to making it a sweep for the weekend. Thanks to all the fans who came out. When the track is slick like this, I think it makes for some better racing. We have a hard-working crew and it paid off in the end. Consistency is the key to our program this year. We’ve ended the last couple of seasons running great and we are really excited for the whole season. It is a whole lot better when you are running good.  Maybe 2020 will be the year for car number 20.”

Clanton led five laps early in the race and again got close to Owens with 18 laps to go when a caution flag came out. He finished in the runner-up spot for the second time this season. “We had a good weekend. We have worked awful hard the last two weeks on the car and it shows. We’re getting better.  To come here and run good feels good. Every time you run good like this, it helps the morale of the team.  We are not giving up. If it weren’t for Greg and Tyler Bruening, I probably couldn’t be here.” 

Richards came home in third in the 100-lap finale. “We did not touch the car tonight. I couldn’t steer it like I wanted too. I couldn’t turn in at all. Once we had some fuel burn-off then I could steer it a little bit better. I would have liked to have won for Big River Steel, but Jimmy’s been really tough. I feel if we could have had the car a little better we might have had something for him.” 

The winner’s Ramirez Motorsports Rocket Chassis is powered by a Vic Hill Racing Engine and sponsored by Reece Monument Company, Tommy Pope Construction, Boomtest Well Service, General Tire, Red Line Oil, Ohlins, and Champion Spark Plugs. Completing the top ten were Kyle Bronson, Devin Moran, Jesse Stovall, Tanner English, and Tim McCreadie.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 
Race Summary 
General Tire Clash at the Mag – presented by Big River Steel
Saturday, June 20th, 2020
Magnolia Motor Speedway – Columbus, MS

B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer):  1. 4M-Michael Arnold[2]; 2. 11J-Drew Armstrong[1]; 3. 16-Tyler Bruening[5]; 4. 14M-Morgan Bagley[6]; 5. 00-Jesse Stovall[16]; 6. 36-Logan Martin[11]; 7. 92M-Chad Mallett[15]; 8. 6R-Robbie Stuart[12]; 9. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[9]; 10. 81E-Tanner English[8]; 11. 33-Scott Dedwylder[4]; 12. 21B-Chris Brown[3]; 13. G4-Shelby Sheedy[13]; 14. (DNS) 54-David Breazeale; 15. (DNS) Z6-Zach Combs; 16. (DNS) 1G-Devin Gilpin; 17. (DNS) R5-Hunter Rasdon; 18. (DNS) 111-Steven Roberts; 19. (DNS) 34-Doug Sanchagrin

B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 50-Shanon Buckingham[1]; 2. 1ST-Johnny Scott[6]; 3. 86B-Brian Rickman[2]; 4. 86R-Rick Rickman[4]; 5. 86-Kyle Beard[5]; 6. 1C-Chad Thrash[15]; 7. 2S-Stormy Scott[8]; 8. 84-Austin Smith[7]; 9. 31-Nick Thrash[12]; 10. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[3]; 11. 14G-Joe Godsey[11]; 12. 25M-Justin Mcree[17]; 13. 7D-David Payne[13]; 14. (DNS) 33C-Eric Cooley; 15. (DNS) 3-Luke Bennett; 16. (DNS) 48-Jamie Elam; 17. (DNS) 212-Josh Putnam; 18. (DNS) 1BJ-BJ Robinson

Feature Finish (100 Laps):

PosStartCar #CompetitorHometownPay
1120Jimmy OwensNewport, TN$15,900
2525Shane ClantonZebulon, GA$7,700
3414Josh RichardsShinnston, WV$5,800
4332Bobby PierceOakwood, IL$4,000
521TTyler ErbNew Waverly, TX$4,200
61040BKyle BronsonBrandon, FL$3,200
7139Devin MoranDresden, OH$2,950
8250Jesse StovallBillings, MO$2,000
92481ETanner EnglishBenton, KY$2,600
10639Tim McCreadieWatertown, NY$2,500
11818XMichael PageWinston, GA$1,700
121199JRFrank Heckenast JrFrankfort, IL$1,600
1318C8Timothy CulpPrattsville, AR$1,500
142050Shanon BuckinghamMorristown, TN$1,450
151771Hudson O'NealMartinsville, IN$2,100
16151BRoss BailesClover, SC$1,350
172816Tyler BrueningDecorah, IA$400
182636Logan MartinWest Plains, MO$1,250
19221STJohnny ScottLas Cruces, NM$1,200
201421XXXNeil BaggettColumbus, MS$1,150
212111JDrew ArmstrongAlexander, AR$1,100
22949Jonathan DavenportBlairsville, GA$2,050
23721MBilly Moyer SrBatesville, AR$1,000
24194MMichael ArnoldHattiesburg, MS$1,000
25271Earl Pearson JrJacksonville, FL$900
261611HSpencer HughesMeridian, MS$1,000
271210JJoseph JoinerMilton, FL$1,000
282321Billy Moyer JrBatesville, AR$1,700
29292SStormy ScottLas Cruces, NM$100

Crate Racin’ USA Late Models Feature Finish:
1. Jeremy Shaw 1S Millport, Al.
2. Evan Ellis 73 Plantersville, Ms.
3. Monte Skinner 00M Saraland, Al.
4. Randall Beckwith 84 Kilmichael, Ms.
5. Jamie Tollison 327 Kosciusko, Ms.
6. Hunter Carroll 147 Columbus, Ms.
7. Jamey Boland 232 Cuba, Al.
8. Ryan Colby 21C Chatham, Ms.
9. Russ Brasel 72 Mooreville, Ms.
10. Shay Knight 3K Steens, Ms.
11. Jason Jarrell 20J Hattisburg, Ms.
12. Mark Fields 26F Lawrenceburg, Tn.
13. Kody Barber 21K Bogalusa, La.
14. Jim Paxton 6 Isola, Ms.
15. Kyle McMahon 45 Mt Vernon, Il.
16. Blake Martin 63 Milton, Fl.
17. Dg Hawkins 96
18. Cliff Ross 20C Florence, Ms.
19. Seth McCormack 4S Muscle Shoals, Al.
20. Jason Henry 10H Brandon, Ms.
21. Steven Holcomb 17H Sante Fe, Tn.
22. Trent Lloyd 2 Jacksonville, Fl.
23. Greg Wilhite 7W Moulton, Al.
24. Joshua Patterson 64 Rolling Fork, Ms.

Glenn’s BBQ and Fish Late Model Sportsman Feature Finish:
1. Tyler Burgess 2B Quitman, Ms.
2. Brett White 44 Kosciusko, Ms.
3. Nick Thrash 01 Merdian, Ms.
4. Colby Ponds 51 Caledonia, Ms.
5. Chance Inman 14C Bruce, Ms.
6. Matt Grable 27 Mathiston, Ms.
7. Tony Shelton 3S Steens, Ms.
8. Mike Pickard 18P Steens, Ms.
9. Terrell Harris 16 Nettleton, Ms.
10. Tody Ratcliff 87 Meridian, Ms.
11. Zack Owens 8 Pearl, Ms.
12. Jeremy Reedwood 7R Columbus, Ms.
13. Covy Parsons 28 Iuka, Ms.
14. Cody Chism 33C Abredeen, Ms.
15. Caleb Pickard 5 Columbus, Ms.
16. Lance Johnson 1A Columbus, Ms.
17. Jody Guest 24 West Point, Ms.
18. Phillip Gibson 21G Ridgeland, Ms.
19. Dawson Simpson 25S Enterprise, Ms.
20. Allen Simmons 50M West Point, Ms.
21. Brian Jones 22 Richand, Ms.
22. David Henson 7H Jasper, Al.
23. Jacob Wooten 20J Pheba, Ms.
24. Chase Williams 11CJR Star, Ms.
25. Chance Duckworth 28D Winfield, Al.

Mississippi Street Stock Series Feature Finish:
1. Chad Thrash 54 Meridian, Ms.
2. Carl Kilgore 999 Greenville, Ms.
3. Johnny Stokes 1S Columbus, Ms.
4. T J Herndon 1H Atwood, Tn.
5. Heath Minor 15 Northport, Al.
6. Hunter Holloway 11H Gordo, Al.
7. Shay Knight 3K Steens, Ms.
8. Matt Byram 4B Sebastopol, Ms.
9. Rodney Wing 11W Meridian, Ms.
10. Bo Minor 1M Ralph, Al.
11. Lee Ray 2 Columbus, Ms.
12. Hunter Runions 11 Duck River, Tn.
13. Hayden Matthew Moran 41M Covington, La.
14. Jamie Sudduth 11J Millport, Al.
15. Mark Thorne 24M Gallion, Al.
16. Justin Pugh 15P Milan, Tn.
17. David Williamson 28 Seminary, Ms.
18. Brandon Hill 22 Amory, Ms.
19. Race McMahon 45 Mount Vernon, Il.
20. Justin McRee 7 West Blocton, Al.
21. Chad Winkles 23 Hartselle, Al.
22. T K King 6 Columbus, Ms.
23. Jason Baker 41 Addison, Al.
24. Brian Hansford 2B Altha, Fl.