Jimmy Owens Pockets $5,000 for Friday Night Magnolia Win

Filed in 2020 Results on June 19, 2020
Jimmy Owens takes the checkered flag at Magnolia Motor Speedway. (Chris McDill photo)

Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Point Leader Jimmy Owens won a battle with Josh Richards on Friday Night of the General Tire Clash at the Mag – presented by Big River Steel, at Magnolia Motor Speedway to take his second series win of the season. Owens yielded the lead to Richards on the 19th lap, but one circuit later he was back in front. He pulled away from Richards to take his 66th career series win. 

Richards finished second followed by Tyler Erb, Frank Heckenast Jr., and the Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race, Michael Page in fifth. 

Richards started fifth on the grid and vaulted to the second spot on the opening lap behind Owens and battled with Tyler Erb for the runner-up slot. Richards and Erb went back-and-forth, with Richards gaining the advantage with 11 laps scored. Richards began to pull away from Erb and started challenging Owens for the lead soon thereafter, especially after the fourth and final caution of the race with 12 laps complete. 

Richards tried several times to get by Owens as the two were using every available line around the 3/8th mile oval. Richards dropped to the inside of Owens coming off turn to take lead as the two Rocket Chassis drivers completed the 19th circuit. Richards slid high in turn one, opening the door for Owens to regain the lead for the final time. 

“After they prepped the track tonight before the feature, you didn’t know whether to go high or low. I knew the middle of the track was going to be good. I knew Josh was behind me and he’s got a great car, and also that he would challenge me hard. When he passed me and he scooted up the track, he left me the room I needed to get by,” said the 48-year-old Tennessee native, Jimmy Owens. 

Owens said he is ready for the challenge of Saturday Night’s $15,00 to win race. “Tomorrow night’s 100 laps is a long way to go. I don’t know what we are going to get with the track. They are doing a great job prepping it. We don’t know where to run  and that makes it tough if you’re running out front. Hats off to the track prep crew and hats off to the fans for sticking this one out.” 

Richards; like Owens; was seeking his second series win of the year and was pleased with his second place run in the Clint Bowyer Racing-owned car. “When I got the lead on Jimmy, I should have rolled the middle in one and two but got too far up the track and left him too much room. Jimmy’s been great this year, congrats to him and his team on the win. It was good for us to start in the back last night. I could maneuver and really see what the car could do when the track gets slower. I am sure they are really going to work the track good tomorrow and we are going to have a good race.” 

Erb came home third for his second straight top-five performance. “Jimmy had the best car tonight. I thought the top was going to be better. The track was really racy for a long-time time, but those two got away from me. I was just trying to hang on for third. It should set us up for tomorrow night with a good starting position.” 

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 Shocks, and Champion Spark Plugs. 

Completing the top ten were Shane Clanton, Tim McCreadie, Devin Moran, Jonathan Davenport, and Bobby Pierce.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 
Race Summary 
General Tire Clash at the Mag – presented by Big River Steel
Friday, June 19th, 2020
Magnolia Motor Speedway – Columbus, MS

Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Jimmy Owens / 14.994 seconds (overall)
Fast Time Group B: Tyler Erb / 15.110 seconds 

Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer):  1. 20-Jimmy Owens[1]; 2. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[2]; 3. 86-Kyle Beard[3]; 4. 50-Shanon Buckingham[4]; 5. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[6]; 6. 11J-Drew Armstrong[5]; 7. 1ST-Johnny Scott[8]; 8. 1BJ-BJ Robinson[7]; 9. 92M-Chad Mallett[9]

Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer):  1. 21B-Chris Brown[2]; 2. 9-Devin Moran[1]; 3. 49-Jonathan Davenport[5]; 4. 10J-Joseph Joiner[3]; 5. C8-Timothy Culp[4]; 6. 111-Steven Roberts[7]; 7. 36-Logan Martin[6]; 8. 1C-Chad Thrash[8]; 9. (DNS) R5-Hunter Rasdon

Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 14-Josh Richards[1]; 2. 33-Scott Dedwylder[2]; 3. 18X-Michael Page[4]; 4. 1G-Devin Gilpin[5]; 5. 6R-Robbie Stuart[3]; 6. G4-Shelby Sheedy[7]; 7. 86R-Rick Rickman[8]; 8. 25M-Justin Mcree[6]

Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 1T-Tyler Erb[1]; 2. 25-Shane Clanton[4]; 3. 4M-Michael Arnold[2]; 4. 21XXX-Neil Baggett[5]; 5. 33C-Eric Cooley[6]; 6. 16-Tyler Bruening[3]; 7. 54-David Breazeale[7]; 8. 7D-David Payne[9]; 9. 48-Jamie Elam[8]

Heat Race #5 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 21M-Billy Moyer Sr[1]; 2. 39-Tim McCreadie[3]; 3. 14M-Morgan Bagley[5]; 4. 2S-Stormy Scott[6]; 5. 32-Bobby Pierce[7]; 6. 1B-Ross Bailes[2]; 7. 84-Austin Smith[4]; 8. 14G-Joe Godsey[8]; 9. (DNS) 00-Jesse Stovall

Heat Race #6 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 11H-Spencer Hughes[1]; 2. 86B-Brian Rickman[2]; 3. 40B-Kyle Bronson[6]; 4. 212-Josh Putnam[3]; 5. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[7]; 6. 81E-Tanner English[5]; 7. 71-Hudson O’Neal[4]; 8. 31-Nick Thrash[8]

B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer):  1. 10J-Joseph Joiner[2]; 2. 11J-Drew Armstrong[5]; 3. 50-Shanon Buckingham[1]; 4. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[3]; 5. 1ST-Johnny Scott[7]; 6. 111-Steven Roberts[6]; 7. C8-Timothy Culp[4]; 8. 36-Logan Martin[8]; 9. 1BJ-BJ Robinson[9]; 10. 92M-Chad Mallett[11]; 11. (DNS) 1C-Chad Thrash; 12. (DNS) R5-Hunter Rasdon

B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 1G-Devin Gilpin[1]; 2. 21XXX-Neil Baggett[2]; 3. 16-Tyler Bruening[6]; 4. 86R-Rick Rickman[7]; 5. 6R-Robbie Stuart[3]; 6. 25M-Justin Mcree[9]; 7. 33C-Eric Cooley[4]; 8. G4-Shelby Sheedy[5]; 9. 7D-David Payne[10]; 10. 48-Jamie Elam[11]; 11. (DNS) 54-David Breazeale

B-Main #3 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 32-Bobby Pierce[3]; 2. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[4]; 3. 84-Austin Smith[7]; 4. 2S-Stormy Scott[1]; 5. 71-Hudson O’Neal[8]; 6. 81E-Tanner English[6]; 7. 14G-Joe Godsey[9]; 8. 31-Nick Thrash[10]; 9. 212-Josh Putnam[2]; 10. 1B-Ross Bailes[5]; 11. (DNS) 00-Jesse Stovall

Feature Finish (25 Laps):

PosStartCar #CompetitorHometownPay
1120Jimmy OwensNewport, TN$5,000
2514Josh RichardsShinnston, WV$3,000
321TTyler ErbNew Waverly, TX$2,000
4799JRFrank Heckenast JrFrankfort, IL$1,500
51718XMichael PageWinston, GA$1,250
6825Shane ClantonZebulon, GA$1,000
71039Tim McCreadieWatertown, NY$950
899Devin MoranDresden, OH$900
91549Jonathan DavenportBlairsville, GA$850
102132Bobby PierceOakwood, IL$800
11421MBilly Moyer SrBatesville, AR$700
121840BKyle BronsonBrandon, FL$600
131910JJoseph JoinerMilton, FL$600
141286BBrian RickmanColumbus, MS$600
15321BChris BrownSpring, TX$600
16611HSpencer HughesMeridian, MS$600
172211JDrew ArmstrongAlexander, AR$550
181386Kyle BeardTrumann, AR$500
192321XXXNeil BaggettColumbus, MS$500
201614MMorgan BagleyGladewater, TX$500
212421Billy Moyer JrBatesville, AR$500
22201GDevin GilpinColumbus, IN$500
23144MMichael ArnoldHattiesburg, MS$500
241133Scott DedwylderVossburg, MS$500

Saturday B-Main #1 Line-Up (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer):

RowInside Outside 
111JDrew Armstrong - Alexander, AR4MMichael Arnold - Hattiesburg, MS
221BChris Brown - Spring, TX33Scott Dedwylder - Vossburg, MS
316Tyler Bruening - Decorah, IA14MMorgan Bagley - Gladewater, TX
41GDevin Gilpin - Columbus, IN81ETanner English - Benton, KY
51Earl Pearson Jr - Jacksonville, FL111Steven Roberts - Sylvester, GA
636Logan Martin - West Plains, MO6RRobbie Stuart - Deridder, LA
7G4Shelby Sheedy - French Camp, MSR5Hunter Rasdon - Jonesboro, AR
892MChad Mallett - Greenbrier, AR0Jesse Stovall - Billings, MO
954David Breazeale - Four Corners, MS34Doug Sanchagrin - Florence, MS

Saturday B-Main #2 Line-Up (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer):

RowInside Outside 
150Shanon Buckingham - Morristown, TN86BBrian Rickman - Columbus, MS
221Billy Moyer Jr - Batesville, AR86RRick Rickman - Columbus, MS
386Kyle Beard - Trumann, AR1STJohnny Scott - Las Cruces, NM
484Austin Smith - Rome, GA2SStormy Scott - Las Cruces, NM
5212Josh Putnam - Florence, AL33CEric Cooley - Fulton, MS
614GJoe Godsey - Edinburgh, IN31Nick Thrash - Meridian, MS
77DDavid Payne - Cabot, AR1BJBJ Robinson - Bossier City, LA
81CChad Thrash - Meridian, MS48Jamie Elam - Senatobia, MS
925MJustin Mcree - Tuscaloosa, AL3Luke Bennett - Ethel, LA

Saturday General Tire Clash at the Mag – presented by Big River Steel A-Main Line Up (100 Laps):

RowInside Outside 
120Jimmy Owens - Newport, TN1TTyler Erb - New Waverly, TX
232Bobby Pierce - Oakwood, IL14Josh Richards - Shinnston, WV
325Shane Clanton - Zebulon, GA39Tim McCreadie - Watertown, NY
421MBilly Moyer Sr - Batesville, AR18XMichael Page - Winston, GA
549Jonathan Davenport - Blairsville, GA40BKyle Bronson - Brandon, FL
699JRFrank Heckenast Jr - Frankfort, IL10JJoseph Joiner - Milton, FL
79Devin Moran - Dresden, OH90Neil Baggett - Columbus, MS
81BRoss Bailes - Clover, SC11HSpencer Hughes - Meridian, MS
971Hudson O'Neal - Martinsville, INC8Timothy Culp - Prattsville, AR

Crate Racin’ USA Late Models Feature Finish:
1. Jeremy Shaw 1S Millport, Al.
2. Randall Beckwith 84 Kilmichael, Ms.
3. Monte Skinner 00M Saraland, Al.
4. Bryant Marsh 1M Cornith, Ms.
5. Hunter Carroll 147 Columbus, Ms.
6. Cliff Ross 20C Florence, Ms.
7. Jamie Tollison 327 Kosciusko, Ms.
8. Dg Hawkins 96
9. Jason Markowitz 1 Green Hill, Al.
10. Evan Ellis 73 Plantersville, Ms.
11. Bobby Jordan 8J Mccarley, Ms.
12. Mathew Brocato 78 Muscle Shoals, Al.
13. Steven Holcomb 17H Sante Fe, Tn.
14. Russ Brasel 72 Mooreville, Ms.
15. Ryan Colby 21C Chatham, Ms.
16. Sid Scarbrough 33S Florence, Ms.
17. Trent Lloyd 2 Jacksonville, Fl.
18. Jamey Boland 232 Cuba, Al.
19. Mike Pickard 18P Steens, Ms.
20. Shay Knight 3K Steens, Ms.
21. Luke Bennett 3B Ethel, La.
22. Jason Henry 10H Brandon, Ms.
23. Stephen Brantley 02 Monroeville, Al.
24. Tyler Burgess 2B Quitman, Ms.

Ranch House Diner Factory Stocks Feature Finish:
1. Aidan Fletcher 14 Columbus, Ms.
2. Scooter Ware 911 West Point, Ms.
3. Justin King 182 Ethel, La.
4. John A Beard Jr 22 Columbus, Ms.
5. John Johnson Iv 4J Ethelsville, Al.
6. Jarrett Jones 17 Guntown, Ms.
7. Dusty Richardson 25R Hillsboro, Al.
8. Johnny Pannell 18 Baldwyn, Ms.
9. Brandon Carter 6 Amory, Ms.
10. Jacob Beard 18B Tupelo, Ms.
11. Robert Eaton 16E Northport, Al.
12. Lawrence Hutchinson 21H Sturgis, Ms.
13. Brock Otts 16 Sullingent, Al.
14. Shayne Grant 81FL Smithvlle, Ms.
15. Dallas Thompson 44 Addison, Al.
16. Thomas Gable 12 West Point, Ms.
17. Trevor Yates 27 Brandon, Ms.
18. Nathan Page 16P Tupelo, Ms.
19. Dustin Rushing 5 Indianola, Ms.
20. Noah Bailey 54 Vossburg, Ms.
21. Daniel Wiggins 47D Starkville, Ms.
22. Randy Harmon 25 Nettleton, Ms.
23. Bobby Barksdale 26B Columbus, Ms.
24. Coby Mullins 44m Coila, Ms.
25. Corey Adank 14A Meridian, Ms.

Mississippi Street Stock Series Feature Finish:
1. Hayden Matthew Moran 41M Covington, La.
2. Chad Winkles 23 Hartselle, Al.
3. Chad Thrash 54 Meridian, Ms.
4. T J Herndon 1H Atwood, Tn.
5. Shay Knight 3K Steens, Ms.
6. Lee Ray 2 Columbus, Ms.
7. Jamie Sudduth 11J Millport, Al.
8. Bo Minor 1M Ralph, Al.
9. Rodney Wing 11W Meridian, Ms.
10. Dewayne Estes 1K Sturgis, Ms.
11. Johnny Stokes 1S Columbus, Ms.
12. Hunter Runions 11 Duck River, Tn.
13. Russ Gabbert 11G Woodstock, Al.
14. Damon Crump 18 Charlotte, Nc.
15. Mark Thorne 24M Gallion, Al.
16. Race McMahon 45 Mount Vernon, Il.
17. Brian Hansford 2B Altha, Fl.
18. Carl Kilgore 999 Greenville, Ms.
19. T K King 6 Columbus, Ms.
20. Jason Baker 41 Addison, Al.
21. Brandon Hill 22 Amory, Ms.
22. Chase Cooper 27 Gulfport, Ms.
23. Jason Hollis 5H Ethelsville, Al.
24. Garrett McDonald 23G Pace, Fl.