Marlar Conquers Independence 50 at Portsmouth

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Marlar Conquers Independence 50 at Portsmouth

Story By: Jeremy Shields/LOLMDS

Photo By: Heath Lawson/LOLMDS

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (July 4, 2019) – Mike Marlar ran away with the Independence 50 on Thursday night at Portsmouth Raceway Park – earning his third Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season.

At the drop of the green flag, Marlar sprinted to a comfortable lead and held the point for the entire race. Marlar had to withstand a 5-lap shootout to the finish with second-place running Josh Richards and Jimmy Owens after a lap-45 caution.

Richards moved into the second spot on lap four and tried to stay within striking distance of Marlar, but at stages during the race Marlar held a more than a straightaway advantage over Richards. Owens, who started sixth moved into third past Hudson O’Neal on lap 33 as he tried to track down Richards inside the last ten laps of the race before settling for the third spot. O’Neal and Jonathan Davenport completed the top five.

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for twelfth time in his career, Marlar commented that his third heat race win over his good friend Owens is what set the stage to get the victory tonight. “I want to thank Jimmy for running me clean in that heat race. We went back-and-forth for most of the race. It was probably one of the best heat races you will ever see. Jimmy could be standing here right now if he would’ve won that race. He had a really good race car tonight as well.”

“These Rocket XR1 chassis are stout. This track has been kind of tough on us for a while now, but it feels good to win in front of this crowd. The track crew did a great job with the track today. It was fast all over, it was probably the best I have seen this place. This car could go anywhere I drove it on the track. Thanks to the entire crew for their help. My wife Stacy is from Ohio and a lot of her family is here this weekend.”

Owens was elated with the win. “We have been coming here a long time and I would say it’s the best I have seen this place. I had a good race with Hudson and then I thought I could catch Josh then that caution with five to go came out. I am not sure if it helped me or not. But we hung in there and got another good finish.”

Richards continued his string of strong finishes at Portsmouth. “This place has been really good to me over the past two years. The track was in really good shape tonight. We had the car set-up for the top and it really paid off. Congratulations to Mikey on the win, he was just too good tonight for anybody. We have been running really well and I hope the momentum carries over to Tyler County tomorrow. It is one of my top five favorite tracks. I will have a lot of friend and family there.”

The winner’s Ronnie Delk-owned, Rocket Chassis is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and sponsored by: Marathon Oil, Mark Martin Timber and Farms. Franklin Enterprises, RS Equipment Sales and Rentals, Integra Shocks, and VP Fuels.

Completing the top ten were Zack Dohm, Tyler Erb, Tim McCreadie, Shanon Buckingham, and Michael Norris.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Thursday, July 4, 2019
Independence 50
Portsmouth Raceway Park – Portsmouth, Ohio

Miller Welders Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Devin Moran / 14.456 seconds (overall)
Fast Time Group B: Jimmy Owens / 14.561 seconds

Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Devin Moran ®, Tyler Erb ®, Zack Dohm, Doug Drown, Jason Jameson ®, Jackie Boggs, Audie Swartz, Earl Pearson, Jr.

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Josh Richards, Jonathan Davenport, Chris Ferguson, Gregg Satterlee, Jacob Hawkins, Michael Norris, Matt Cosner

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Mike Marlar, Jimmy Owens, Hudson O’Neal, Shannon Thornsberry, Stormy Scott, Steve Casebolt , Jared Hawkins

Lucas Oil Products Penetrating Oil Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Shanon Buckingham, Tim McCreadie, Rod Conley, Billy Moyer, Jr., RJ Conley, Kyle Bronson, Kevin Wagner

Lucas Oil Products Red “N” Tacky Spray Grease B-Main Finish (12 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Jason Jameson ®, Jacob Hawkins, RJ Conley, Jackie Boggs, Steve Casebolt , Michael Norris, Kyle Bronson, Stormy Scott, Audie Swartz, Matt Cosner, Jared Hawkins, Kevin Wagner, Earl Pearson, Jr.

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (50 Laps):
FINISH
START
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
EARNINGS
1
2
157
Mike Marlar
Winfield, TN
$12,000
2
3
14
Josh Richards
Shinnston, WV
$6,300
3
6
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
$4,300
4
10
71
Hudson O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$3,450
5
7
49
Jonathan Davenport
Blairsville, GA
$3,350
6
9
17d
Zack Dohm
Cross Lanes, WV
$1,800
7
5
1T
Tyler Erb ®
New Waverly, TX
$2,300
8
8
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
$2,000
9
4
50
Shanon Buckingham
Morristown, TN
$1,900
10
22
5
Michael Norris
Sarver, PA
$1,100
11
13
12d
Doug Drown
Wooster, OH
$1,075
12
18
8
Jacob Hawkins
Fairmont, WV
$1,050
13
12
71R
Rod Conley
Wheelersburg, OH
$1,025
14
16
21
Billy Moyer, Jr.
Batesville, AR
$1,700
15
1
1M
Devin Moran ®
Dresden, OH
$1,700
16
23
1
Earl Pearson, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL
$1,900
17
24
40B
Kyle Bronson
Brandon, FL
$1,700
18
14
17T
Shannon Thornsberry
Martin, KY
$1,000
19
25
2s
Stormy Scott
Las Cruses, NM
$1,700
20
11
22F
Chris Ferguson
Mount Holly, NC
$1,000
21
21
C9
Steve Casebolt
Richmond, IN
$1,000
22
19
71C
RJ Conley
Wheelersburg, OH
$1,000
23
15
22
Gregg Satterlee
Indiana, PA
$1,000
24
17
12J
Jason Jameson ®
Lawrenceburg, IN
$1,000
25
20
4B
Jackie Boggs
Grayson, KY
$1,000

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