Marlar Rockets to Cherokee Score

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Marlar Rockets to Cherokee Score

Story By: Jeremy Shields/LOLMDS

Photo By: Heath Lawson/LOLMDS

GAFFNEY, S.C. (June 14, 2019) – Mike Marlar ran away with the 21st Annual Grassy Smith Memorial on Friday night at Cherokee Speedway. Marlar led flag-to-flag for his second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season.

A terrific battle for the second spot took place between several drivers in the last five laps of the race. Davenport held Ross Bailes to secure the second spot finish at the checkers. Jimmy Owens came from the eighth starting position to finish in third. Completing the top five were Tim McCreadie and thirteenth starting, Don O’Neal, with Bailes slipping back to sixth on the final lap.

Marlar’s previous trip to Lucas Oil Victory Lane this season, came just two weekends ago in the Clash at the Mag at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Mississippi. Tonight, he stamped his eleventh career series win in front of a packed grandstand at Cherokee Speedway.

The 41-year-old Marlar was ecstatic in Lucas Oil Victory Lane. “We got a good qualifying lap here tonight and it just set us up for success. I don’t feel like I drove my best race. I made a few mistakes out there. The cautions really helped me. They cleared out the lapped traffic. The guy leading here is really at a disadvantage because the cars in the back are just as fast as you are.”

“Devin [Moran] showed me a lane and it really helped me,” Marlar added. “At the end of the race I felt like I was running really well. I came out here to race five or six years ago and I thought this place was awesome. It has been really good to me. It is a really technical race-track. There is always a ton of support around here.”

Davenport, who has yet to finish outside the top-five this season, recorded another podium finish. “We had to burn our stuff up a little too much. Ross and I had a good race for a long time. I am not sure what happened to him at the end. The cautions didn’t go in our favor tonight. I thought maybe Mikey would come to us when we got into traffic, but it just wasn’t meant to be.”

Owens charged through a pack of cars to get to third and was challenging Davenport for second when the checkered flag came out. “The middle was really good. I was able to move around well. I went to the top there a few times and I thought I was going to end up in the wall. It really sneaks up on you here. Moving down there was really good for the car. I didn’t want to burn off the right rear, but we ended up with plenty of tire left.”

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, and VP Race Fuels.

Completing the top ten were Ross Bailes, Chris Ferguson, Brandon Overton, Josh Richards, and Tyler Erb.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Friday, June 14, 2019
21st Annual Grassy Smith Memorial
Cherokee Speedway – Gaffney, S.C.

Miller Welders Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Mike Marlar / 14.937 seconds
Fast Time Group B: Ross Bailes / 14.909 seconds (overall)

Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Mike Marlar, Dennis Franklin, Shanon Buckingham, Don O’Neal, Josh Richards, Chris Madden, Hudson O’Neal, Donald Bradsher

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jonathan Davenport, Tim McCreadie, Brandon Overton, Derrick Ramey, Devin Moran ®, Dustin Mitchell, Jeff Smith, Stormy Scott

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Ross Bailes, Earl Pearson, Jr., Zack Mitchell, Billy Moyer, Jr., Adam Yarbrough, Doug Sanders, David Yandle, Scott Bloomquist

Lucas Oil Products Penetrating Oil Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Chris Ferguson, Jimmy Owens, Tyler Erb ®, Michael Brown, Kyle Bronson, Benji Hicks, Trent Ivey

FAST Shafts B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Josh Richards, Chris Madden, Kyle Bronson, Devin Moran ®, Adam Yarbrough, Hudson O’Neal, Doug Sanders, Benji Hicks, Jeff Smith, Dustin Mitchell, Donald Bradsher, Trent Ivey, David Yandle, Scott Bloomquist-DNS, Stormy Scott-DNS

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (50 Laps):
FINISH
START
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
EARNINGS
1
1
157
Mike Marlar
Winfield, TN
$12,000
2
3
49
Jonathan Davenport
Blairsville, GA
$6,600
3
8
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
$4,300
4
7
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
$3,450
5
13
5
Don O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$3,050
6
2
87
Ross Bailes
Clover, SC
$1,800
7
4
22F
Chris Ferguson
Mount Holly, NC
$1,500
8
11
2
Brandon Overton
Evans, GA
$1,300
9
17
14
Josh Richards
Shinnston, WV
$2,000
10
12
1T
Tyler Erb ®
New Waverly, TX
$1,900
11
9
50
Shanon Buckingham
Morristown, TN
$1,775
12
5
2F
Dennis Franklin
Gaffney, SC
$1,050
13
6
1
Earl Pearson, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL
$1,825
14
19
40B
Kyle Bronson
Brandon, FL
$1,700
15
10
57
Zack Mitchell
Enoree, SC
$1,000
16
22
71
Hudson O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$1,700
17
18
27
Chris Madden
Gray Court, SC
$1,000
18
23
2s
Stormy Scott
Las Cruses, NM
$1,000
19
14
21
Billy Moyer, Jr.
Batesville, AR
$1,700
20
20
1M
Devin Moran ®
Dresden, OH
$1,800
21
21
57Y
Adam Yarbrough
Denver, NC
$1,000
22
16
79
Michael Brown
Lancaster, SC
$1,000
23
15
91
Derrick Ramey
Huntersville, NC
$1,000
24
24
0
Scott Bloomquist
Mooresburg, TN
$1,000

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