Owens outlasts Marlar for $15,000 at Magnolia
Special to DirtOnDirt.com

October 28, 2012, 6:16 am
From correspondent reports

COLUMBUS, Miss. (Oct. 27) — Adding even more luster to his already impressive season, Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., led every lap of Saturday night’s Southern Belle Cotton Pickin’ 100 main event at Magnolia Motor Speedway, turning back a pair of challengers late in the race to earn $15,000 for his first victory in the unsanctioned special event.

The pole-starting Owens dominated much of the 100-lapper, but was tracked down by Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., and Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., as the leaders raced through heavy lapped traffic with just under 10 laps remaining. But Owens successfully navigated the slower traffic and pulled away from his challengers in the closing laps to earn his ninth overall victory of the season.

“Our Bloomquist car was really good tonight. I was maneuverable,” said Owens, whose victory came one week after wrapping up his second consecutive Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championship with a $50,000 victory in the prestigious Dirt Track World Championship. “I could run high, I could run low. We’d get to lapped traffic and I could get through traffic really good.

“I just kept moving around the track because I knew (Marlar and Moyer) were moving around and swapping positions. I knew the track had to be pretty racy, but I didn’t know where I needed to be on the track. Where I felt the worse I was actually the fastest.”

Moyer, a three-time Cotton Pickin’ 100 winner, scored the runner-up finish while Marlar settled for third after a flat left-front tire suffered from contact with an infield U-tire with two laps remaining caused him to fade just as he was catching Owens in the final laps. Scott Bloomquist of Moorseburg, Tenn., suffered a flat tire early in the race, but rallied back to finish fourth ahead of Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind.

Moyer trailed Owens for the majority of the race, but often faded a few car lengths behind the leader. He close on Owens multiple times in traffic but never could get a run strong enough to make the pass.

“We could close him on him there a couple times. The track was in great shape and was fun to run on. We just needed to be a little bit better,” Moyer said. “Jimmy’s had a heck of a year. To stay within a couple car lengths of him is pretty good right now.”

The 11th-starting Marlar raced through the field to get to third midway through the race, but struggled to get around Moyer for second as the two drivers battle well back of Owens throughout the second half of the race.

After both drivers closed in on Owens around lap 90, Marlar finally cleared Moyer for good a couple laps later and appeared to have car capable of challenging Owens in the final laps. But Marlar’s bid to win was abrubtly ended when he entered turn one too low on lap 99, making contact with the tire used to mark the infield and limping to a third-place finish.

“Jimmy could get off the corner better, and I was making up ground getting in. But I just nicked that tire,” Marlar said. “Jimmy and Billy are two of the best guys in racing. It’s an honor to get to race with them.”

Notes: Owens drives a Mike Reece-owned Bloomquist Race Car with a Cornett Racing Engine and sponsorship from Reece Monument, Gantte Appraisals, Red Line Oil, FK Rod End and Sunoco Race Fuels. … The victory was Owens’ fourth of the season in a 100-lap race. … Among the race’s cautions was a mid-race tangle between Dane Dacus and Billy Moyer Jr. … Prelims for the event were held Friday night with fast qualifier Klint Byars lowering the track record. … Recent race winners Jonathan Davenport (2011) and Brian Birkhofer (2010) were not at the event. … Fifty-two Crate Late Models competed in a $3,000-to-win undercard event with Riley Hickman scoring the victory.

Magnolia Motor Speedway
Southern Belle Cotton Pickin' 100 Results Magnolia Motor Speedway
October 27th, 2012

Super Late Model
1- 20 Jimmy Owens
2- 21 Billy Moyer
3- 5 Mike Marlar
4- 0 Scott Bloomquist
5- 71 Don O'Neal
6- 25 Shane Clanton
7- 21jr Billy Moyer Jr
8- 116 Randy Weaver
9- 18 Eric Wells
10- 28 Dennis Erb Jr.
11- 5 Klint Byars
12- 1s Jack Sullivan
13- 18 Ross Camponova
14- 17 Robert Baker
15- 56 David Gentry
16- 33b Eric Cooley
17- 54 Dane Dacus
18- 14 Morgan Bagley
19- 7 Kent Robinson
20- 1c Chad Thrash
21- 57j Bub McCool
22- 71 Chris Wall
23- 54 David Breazeale
24- 86 Rick Rickman
25- 4c Scott Dedwyler
26- 44 Clint Smith

Crate Late Models
1-1 Riley Hickman
2- 6 TK King
3- 73 Ashley Newman
4- 38 Chase Washington
5- 2s Kyle Shaw
6- 55 Montana Dudley
7- 1s Jeremy Shaw
8- 18 Tait Davenport
9- K9 Steve Bryan
10- 232 Jamey Boland
11- 14 Jason Hughes
12- 19 Marcus Minga
13- 35 Tony Gray
14- 27 Hunter Carroll
15- 01 Nick Thrash
16- 33g Greg Dedwyler
17- 110 Brent Barrett
18- 25 Jay Burchfield
19- 47 Shannon Lee
20- 09 Daniel Bridgman
21- 73 Evan Ellis
22- 11 Tim Dees
23- 17 Justin McRee
24- 44 Brent White

Street Stock
1- 86 Marty Holtman
2- 15 Mark Barnett
3- 0 Jeremy Flurry
4- 8 Bradon Nobles
5- 4 Marvin Beard
6- 24 Tony Silvestri
7- 5 Trey Bright
8- 41 Bill Sudduth
9- 82 Andrew Earnest
10- 44 Adam Cheeks
11- 19 Michael Williams
12- 01 Greg Wilkins
13- 45 James Elfring
14- 00 Jimmy Nolen
15- 15 Tony Cantrell
16- 777 Brandon Leftrich
17- 51 Rodney Barber
18- 74 Scott Vowel
19- 26 Doug Dodd
20- 2B2 Carl Kilgore
21- 48 Craig Barham
22- X Wes Gray
23- 53 James Ware
24- 21 Ryan Colby

Mini Stock
1- 10 John Smartt
2- 15 Heath Minor
3- 58 John Tilghman
4- 85 Clayton Grooves
5- 25 James Head
6- 13 James McAlpin
7- 42 Allen Gilreath
8- 1 PJ Williams
9- 12 Garrett Taylor
10- R1 Greg Ruffin
11- 117 Richard Townsend
12- 07 Justin Massey
13- 21 Nick Deese
14- 3 Quintez Ponds
15- 46 Michael Butler
16- 25 Randy Harmon DQ
17- 12 David Nichols DQ
18- 15 Carl Cyr DQ
19- 1 Bo Minor DNS
20- 83 Brian Price DNS