Casey and Mars would then go side by side for two laps with Mars having the advantage on the sixth scored lap, but Casey would come back and retake the spot a lap later. Dohm was holding down the top spot as the battle behind him would see Richards take to the outside and make it a three car tussle for second. The next caution would come out for Shannon Babb in turn three as his car came to a stop against the wall bringing out the third yellow of the race.
On the restart just as the drivers crossed the start finish to try and score lap 11 a multi car accident on the main straightaway would see Casey, Moyer, Justin Rattliff and others involved. The red flag then came out as the track was blocked as all drivers were okay. The third time to get lap 11 in would see Damon Eller slow in turn two as the yellow waved once again.
Finally there were two good laps in with Dohm still leading followed by Mars, Francis, Adam Hensel and Dan Schlieper as Richards’ night ended as he slowed on the race track bringing out caution number seven. This however would be the last caution of the race as the remainder of the event would go caution free with Dohm maintaining a two to three car length lead over Mars and Francis.
Over the last 15 laps of the race Dohm would be consistent lap after lap as he showed he was going to be the man to beat on this night. Dohm would take his white number 6T to the winner’s circle and celebrate with his two sons and crew his first ever Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series triumph as he became the third different winner in three races at East Bay Raceway this week.
“I can’t believe it, it is a dream come to win one of the races,” said Dohm in victory lane. “I was glad for that one yellow, because Mars had gotten by me, but the lap didn’t count, fortunately foe me.” “I want to thank Mark Richards and everybody at Rocket Chassis for helping me out, it’s been a long time for a win like this.”
Completing the top ten were Don O’Neal, Terry English, Rick Eckert, Brady Smith and Matt Miller.
In preliminary action, Justin Rattliff was the LifeLong Locks Fast Time Award winner with a lap of 14.831 seconds among the 88 entrants. The Hawk Brake and Quarter Master Sponsored Heat Races were won by Justin Rattliff, Billy Moyer, Terry Casey, Jimmy Mars, Josh Richards, Dan Schlieper, Ricky Arms and Tim Dohm. The Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno and Penske Shocks Sponsored B-Mains went to Tim Fuller, Donnie Moran, Jackie Boggs and Kevin Cole. The Performance Rod and Custom Strawberry Dash Winner was Matt Miller, who earned the 25th starting spot in the feature.
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series quickly returns to action at East Bay on Thursday Night, February 8th with a complete show of LifeLong Locks Time Trials, Hawk Brake and Quarter Master sponsored Heat races, Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno and Penske Shocks sponsored B-Mains Performance Rod and Custom Strawberry Dash and the $7,000 to win A- Main.
SOLWOLD SPRINTS TO VOULSIA VICTORY
Jason Solwold opened up the 36th Annual DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Mopar Speedshop on Tuesday night by setting a new track record at Volusia Speedway Park. He bettered that on Wednesday night by winning the second night of racing for the O’Reilly All Star Circuit of Champions, against a stout field of nearly 60 cars.
Solwold, who finished sixth on the opening night of the DIRTcar Nationals started from the pole on
Wednesday in the 25-lap event and led all the way. It was the second career win with the All Stars for
the native of Washington State, who picked up two World of Outlaws preliminary feature wins in 2006.
Fellow World of Outlaws driver Craig Dollansky finished second for the second straight night, after
starting in that same position. Terry McCarl charged from a 10th-place starting spot to come home
third, for his second Top-Five in as many nights.
Joey Saldana, who won the opener on Tuesday night, finished fifth on Wednesday night, with reigning
World of Outlaws Champion Donny Schatz just behind him.
Tony Bruce Jr., who will be contending for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award with the World
of Outlaws this season, came home a very solid seventh.
Tim Kaeding passed more cars than anyone on the night as he came from 24th to finish 11th, with
Chad Kemenah one spot behind him.
Other World of Outlaws drivers that recorded Top-15 finishes included: Justin Henderson in 14th and
Jeremy Campbell in 15th.
Other World of Outlaws drivers that competed in the A-Feature on Wednesday night included: rookie Chad Hillier, Randy Hannagan, Jason Meyers, Jason Martin, and Steve Kinser. Also in action on Wednesday night were Paul McMahan and Daryn Pittman.