EASTABOGA, AL – John Ownbey was untouchable Wednesday night at Talladega Short Track, as the Cleveland, TN swept the Salute To Freedom 50 for the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series driving the Orr Brother Construction Special.  The win was Ownbey’s second series victory of the season at “The Hornet’s Nest.”


               Brandon Williams of Crossville, TN was the only driver able to get close to Ownbey, as he got a nose under him in turn two on lap 20 in heavy lapped traffic.  Once Ownbey was able to break free of the lapped cars, he set sail, only to reach another pack of lapped cars with five to go. 


Ownbey used patience to stay in front and take the win, leading all 50 laps of the opening race of the Salute To America Nationals for the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series.  Ownbey swept the program by starting off the night with Boyd Bilt Fabrication Fast Time Award with a lap around the 1/3-mile clay oval in 14.706 seconds.


“My crew worked hard all week to get us here, as we had to repair a lot of damage from last Saturday night’s race,” Ownbey said.  “When we got the car ready to come here, we just used the setup we had when we won here in April.  The track conditions were very similar tonight to what they were then, and it all worked out for us.  We will probably use the same set up when we come back here in October.”


Cruz Skinner of Oxford, AL made a last lap pass on Williams to finish second in the Josh Roberts Trucking Special.  That piece of driving earned the 17-year-old driver the VP Racing Lubricants the Slick Move of the Race Award, and he was also the Cruise With The Champions Rookie of the Race.


Williams hung on for the third spot in the Jeff Woods Construction Special, and fourth went to Durrence Layne Chevrolet National point leader Jake Knowles of Rome, GA in the Knowles Race Parts and Bodies Special.  Wil Herrington of Hawkinsville, GA took the fifth spot in the Middle Georgia Roofing CVR and Oakley Johns of Hohenwald, TN was sixth in the Johns Farms Special.


Tyler Wood of Hohenwald, TN finished seventh in the Johns Farms Special and 15-year-old Jake Rainey of Hiram, GA drove the Wren’s Body Shop Special to an eighth-place finish.  Dylan Knowles of Lanett, AL took the ninth spot in the K-Line Logistics Rocket, and Jimmy Elliott of Cleveland, TN rounded out the top ten in the Car Smart Auto Sales Special.


In preliminary action, the two ten-lap KRC Power Steering B-Main races were won by Jimmy Thomas of Phenix City, AL in the Jenwood, Inc. Special and Johns.  With his Boyd Bilt Fabricators Fast Time Award, Ownbey earned the pole position for the main event, and he chose to start on the outside.


Ownbey and Williams raced the first lap side-by-side with Williams leading by a half car-length, but a multi-car tangle in turn four brought out the first the first of three caution flags, and necessitated a complete restart.  Ownbey got the lead on the restart and launched out to a three car-length advantage over Williams, Rainey, Skinner, and Jake Knowles.


Caution flag number two came out on lap three when the ageless legend 86-year-old Red Farmer of Hueytown, AL ended up against the turn four wall just past the pit gate.  Farmer was able to drive away, but his Long-Lewis Ford Rocket had too much damage to continue. 


Ownbey led the field for the Dixie-Style Double-File Restart with Williams, Rainey, Skinner, Jake Knowles, Herrington, Wood, Dylan Knowles, Johns and Thomas doubled up behind him.  When the green bulb flashed on, Skinner raced to the inside of Rainey to take over the third spot.  By lap five, Rainey had faded back to sixth, as Jake Knowles, and Wood got by him for fourth and fifth respectively.


Ownbey had stretched out to a ten car-length advantage over Williams by the time he caught the cars on tail end of the lead lap on the 15th circuit.  Williams was camped out on Ownbey’s back bumper by lap 18, but with lapped cars racing two and three wide in front of them, the leaders were all dressed up with no place to go.


Williams stuck the nose of his race car up to Ownbey’s driver’s door on lap 20, but couldn’t make the pass in the heavy lapped traffic.  Ownbey found an opening on the outside going down the backstretch on lap 26 to break free of the lapped traffic, and left Williams and Skinner trapped behind a pair of lapped cars.


Ownbey had opened up a half straightaway lead on Williams by lap 30, but that was erased on lap 38 when the caution flag came out after Joe Denby of Tullahoma, TN spun his Denby J&J Construction Special in turn four.  The ensuing double-file restart bunched up the field, and cleared out the lapped cars for the dash to the checkered flag.


Ownbey had Williams, Skinner, Jake Knowles, Herrington, Wood, Rainey, Dylan Knowles, Johns, and Marcus Minga in the B&M Salvage Rocket doubled up behind him for the restart.  Ownbey was able to pull away from Williams and Skinner, who were racing side-by-side for the second spot.


Heavy lapped traffic was once again in front of Ownbey with five laps to go.  That enabled Williams and Skinner to close in.  After the white flag signaled one lap to go, Williams pushed up the banking in turn one, and Skinner was able to drive underneath for the second spot.  Skinner was unable to chase down Ownbey, who took the checkered flag with .597 margin of victory.


The second and third rounds of the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Salute To America Nationals will be held at Cochran Motor Speedway in Cochran, GA on Friday night and Saturday night.  The Friday show will pay $2,000-to-win for 40 laps, and the Saturday night event will pay $2,500-to-win for 50-laps.


For complete point standings, more information and rules about the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series, visit the series web site at www.durrencelayneracing.com, or visit the series on Facebook at Durrence Layne Racing.  You can follow us on Twitter @DurrenceLayneRacing.




POS       STRT    CAR #   DRIVER                             HOMETOWN                   LAPS     $ WON
1.            1             J0           John Ownbey                    Cleveland, TN                   50           $2,500
2.            4             85           Cruz Skinner (R)             Oxford, AL                        50           $1,250
3.            2             95           Brandon Williams           Crossville, TN                   50           $850
4.            5             66           Jake Knowles                   Rome, GA                          50           $700
5.            6             14           Wil Herrington (R)         Hawkinsville, GA             50           $650
6.            10           C6          Oakley Johns                    Hohenwald, TN                 50           $550
7.            7             17jr       Tyler Wood                       Hohenwald, TN                 50           $500
8.            3             87           Jake Rainey (R-YG)       Hiram, GA                         50           $450
9.            8             66k        Dylan Knowles                 Lanett, AL                         50           $400
10.          14           J39        Jimmy Elliott                    Cleveland, TN                   50           $375
11.          16           05           T.J. Brittain                      Centre, AL                         50           $350
12.          20           5             Mike Combs                      Odenville, AL                    50           $300
13.          12           19           Marcus Minga                  Shannon, MS                     50           $280
14.          11           J8           Jadon Frame (R)              Decherd, TN                      50           $260
15.          21           67           Joe Denby                          Tullahoma, TN                 49           $250
16.          17           50           Ty Roberts                        Birmingham, AL              47           $250
17.          13           87p        Zach Pilcher                      Rome, GA                          45           $250
18.          22           91           Heath Hindman                Signal Mountain, TN       38           $250
19.          9             22           Jimmy Thomas                 Phenix City, AL                29           $250
20.          19           C66        Donald Johns                    Summertown, TN             20           $250
21.          15           17           Adam Gauldin                  Sylacauga, AL                  13           $250
22.          23           8             Grant Pearl                       Anniston, AL                     11           $250
23.          24           B97        Lee Burdett                       Hueytown, AL                   3             $250
24.          18           F97        Red Farmer                       Hueytown, AL                   3             $250


BOYD BILT FAST QUALIFIER:  Ownbey, 14. 706 Seconds
PROVISIONALS:  Pearl and Burdett

LAPS LED:  Ownbey, 1-50
KNOWLES RACE PARTS AND BODIES HARD CHARGER:  Combs (started 20th and finished 12th)
MARGIN OF VICTORY:  .597 Seconds
TIME OF THE RACE:  30 Minutes, 10.918 Seconds
NEXT EVENT:  July 5, $2,000-To-Win,  Cochran Motor Speedway, Cochran, GA




1 J0 John Ownbey Cleveland, TN Kryptonite 14.706
2 95 Brandon Williams Crossville, TN Capital 14.748
3 87 Jake Rainey (R-YG) Hiram, GA Capital 14.802
4 85 Cruz Skinner – R Oxford, AL Capital 14.802
5 66 Jake Knowles Rome, GA Longhorn 14.891
6 14 Wil Herrington – R Hawkinsville, GA CVR 14.940
7 17jr Tyler Wood Hohenwald, TN Pierce 14.963
8 66k Dylan Knowles Lanett, AL Rocket 14.995
9 22 Jimmy Thomas Phenix City, AL Scorpion 14.997
10 C6 Oakley Johns Hohenwald, TN Pierce 15.002
11 50 Ty Roberts Birmingham, AL Capital 15.003
12 19 Marcus Minga Shannon, MS Rocket 15.020
13 J8 Jadon Frame – R Decherd, TN Capital 15.078
14 05 T.J. Brittain Centre, AL Warrior 15.089
15 17 Adam Gauldin Sylacauga, AL Rocket 15.122
16 J39 Jimmy Elliott Cleveland, TN Longhorn 15.123
17 14p Logan Palmer Acworth, GA Barry Wright 15.127
18 5 Mike Combs Odenville, AL Rocket 15.179
19 87p Zach Pilcher Rome, GA Capital 15.179
20 F97 Red Farmer Hueytown, AL Rocket 15.193
21 67 Joe Denby Tullahoma, TN Capital 15.274
22 14jr Victor Turner Jr. Pell City, AL Rocket 15.277
23 26 Jimmy Sharpe Vidalia, GA Rocket 15.361
24 8 Grant Pearl Anniston, AL Longhorn 15.372
25 K5 David Kay Munford, AL Longhorn 15.380
26 91 Heath Hindman Signal Mountain, TN Coulter 15.451
27 C66 Donald Johns Summertown, TN Pierce 15.472
28 40 David Culver Sylvan Springs, AL GRT 15.526
29 B97 Lee Burdett Hueytown, AL GRT 15.589


KRC B-MAIN RACES (10 Laps – Top 7 Transfer To Main Event):


               1ST B-MAIN:  1. Thomas; 2. Frame (R); 3. Pilcher; 4. Gauldin; 5. Roberts; 6. D. Johns; 7. Denby; 8. Burdett; 9. Sharpe; 10. Palmer; 11. Kay DNS.


               2ND B-MAIN:  1. O. Johns; 2. Minga; 3. Elliott; 4. Brittain; 5. Farmer; 6. Combs; 7. Hindman; 8. Pearl; 9. Turner; 10. Culver.


R – Denotes Cruise With The Champions Rookie of the Year Candidate


YG – Denotes VP Racing Fuels Young Guns Challenge Series Driver



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