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OWENS TAKES DOMINATING WIN IN THE JASPER ENGINES CRATE RACIN' USA WORLD
CHAMPIONSHIP RACE PRESENTED BY AMERICAN RACE TIRE



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:



                TAMPA, FL - Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN held off all
challengers early in the race, and went on to win the Jasper Engines Crate
Racin' USA World Championship Race Presented By American Race Tire for the
StormPay.com Dirt Late Model Series Saturday night at East Bay Raceway Park.



                Owens led 99 of the 100 laps to collect the $10,000 top
prize driving the Goddard Performance Warrior "house car" for Sanford
Goddard.



                "It really helps the profit margin when you can win $10,000
with a $4,800 GM Performance crate engine," Owens said.  "That with a
perfectly set up Warrior chassis put us here in victory lane tonight."



                Rodney Melvin of Benton, IL led the only lap Owens didn't
led, but had to settle for second in the Rick's Towing Rayburn.  Scott
Sexton of Pigeon Forge, TN finished third in the Southern Plastering and
Drywall TNT, and fourth went to Jimmy Sharpe of Vidalia, GA in the McCurry
Heating and Air Rocket.



                NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Ken Schrader of Fenton, MO rounded
out the top five in the Federated Auto Parts Rayburn.  Fast qualifier John
Anderson of Omaha, NE was sixth in the Bill Koons Motorsports Rocket, and
Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN was the Hard Charger of the Race after
starting 24th and finishing seventh in the Miller Brothers Coal Warrior.



                Marshall Green of Woodstock, GA drove the Concrete II
Construction GRT to an eighth-place finish, and Shannon Buckingham of
Morristown, TN finished ninth in the S&S Millwright Barry Wright.  Ed
Kosiski of Ralston, NE rounded out the top ten in the Dodge Motorsports
Warrior.



                The initial start was short-lived when the 2005 StormPay.com
Dirt Late Model Series National Champion Denny Slayton of Rossville, GA spun
the Windstar Homes GRT in turn one.  Owens took the lead on the complete
restart from his outside front row starting spot followed by the polesitter
Melvin, Sexton, Schrader, and Sharpe.



                On lap three, Sharpe was able to make an inside move by
Schrader coming off the fourth turn to take over the fourth spot.  The
second caution flag of the race came out on lap five when Jeff Purvis of
Clarksville, TN in the StormPay.com Rayburn got together with Josh Peacock
of Dover, FL in the Peacock Farms GRT in turn one.  Purvis spun, but was
able to continue.



                Melvin was able to get under Owens on the restart, and took
the lead coming off the fourth turn to lead lap five.  Owens came right back
after Melvin, driving by him on the backstretch to reclaim the lead he would
never relinquish.  By the time Owens started to encounter lapped traffic on
lap 12, he had pulled away to a half-straightaway lead over Melvin.



                Owens dodged a big bullet on lap 22 when Jeff Mathews of
Tampa, FL spun his Mathews Racing Rocket in front of him in turn one.  Owens
took off on the restart, and pulled out to another half straightaway lead
over Melvin by lap 25.  By the one-quarter point in the race, everyone
seemed to settle into a race pace.



                Green did make a big move on lap 33 when he jumped from the
ninth spot to seventh place.  Peacock stalled in turn two on lap 38 to bring
out the fourth caution flag of the race, and Slayton spun for a second time
in turn two on lap 47.  The restart three laps short of the halfway point
had 20 of the 26 cars that started the race still running.



                Owens led Melvin down the restart with Sexton, Sharpe,
Schrader, Anderson, Green, Buckingham, Stacey Roberts of Sylvester, GA in
the Sunbelt Ford Barry Wright and Devin Dixon of Riverview, FL in the Blue
Ribbon Tomatoes Rocket rounding out the top ten.



                Behind the top ten cars, Kosiski, Jake Knowles of Tyrone,
GA, Johnson, and Frank Ingram of Acworth, GA were waging a tight battle for
the eleventh spot.  Knowles got by Kosiski on the restart, and moved up to
the top ten on lap 48.  Ingram drove his Ledford Landscaping Rayburn by
Knowles' M&S Concrete Rocket on lap 53 for the tenth spot.



                Ingram and Knowles carried their battle right up to the
ninth spot, and began to challenge Roberts for the position.  The trio of
drivers came off the fourth turn three-wide on lap 64.  All three drivers
made contact with each other, and Ingram hit the front straightaway wall to
bring out the caution flag.



                Roberts and Knowles also pitted during the caution period,
and only Knowles was able to return to action.  That action moved Kosiski,
and Johnson up to the ninth and tenth spots respectively for the restart.



                Owens pulled away the rest of the distance and drove
challenge free, while Johnson found a groove he liked on the high side of
the race track.  Johnson passed Kosiski for the ninth spot on lap 65, got
around Buckingham for eighth on lap 70, and then moved by Green for seventh
on lap 98.



                Danny Jolly of Christopher, IL in the Thomason
Transportation Rayburn, Scott Hutchinson of Johnston City, IL in the Bonnie's
Camelot Kennels Rocket, and Mathews won the three 20-lap B-Mains.  Melvin,
Owens, Sexton, Sharpe, Schrader, and Roberts won the six 15-lap heat races
on Friday night.



                Anderson out timed the 64 car field during Friday night's
Qualifications with a lap around the 1/3-mile clay oval in 16.673 seconds
for an average speed of 71.973 miles per hour.  Anderson had a GM
Performance 602 steel-headed crate engine under the hood.



                The next event for the StormPay.com Dirt Late Model Series
will be the 2006 season opener during the Talladega Short Track Ice Bowl in
Eastaboga, AL on January 5, 6, and 7.  For more information about the
StormPay.com Dirt Late Model Series visit the series web site at
www.stormpayracing.com.



OFFICIAL RESULTS OF THE JASPER ENGINES CRATE RACIN' USA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
RACE PRESENTED BY AMERICAN RACE TIRE AT EAST BAY RACEWAY PARK IN TAMPA, FL
ON 12/3/05:



POS       STRT                CAR #                DRIVER
HOMETOWN                     LAPS                $ WON
1.             2                20                Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN                          100                $10,000

2.             1                59                Rodney
Melvin                    Benton, IL                            100
$5,000

3.             3                8s                Scott Sexton
Pigeon Forge, TN                100                $3,000

4.             4                X                Jimmy Sharpe
Vidalia, GA                          100                $2,000

5.             5                99                Ken Schrader
Fenton, MO                         100                $1,750

6.             7                0k                John Anderson
Omaha, NE                           100                $1,500

7.             24                5                Ronnie Johnson
Chattanooga, TN                100                $1,300

8.             8                40                Marshall Green
Woodstock, GA                   100                $1,200

9.             9                44                Shannon Buckingham
Morristown, TN                 100                $1,100

10.          14                9d                Ed Kosiski
Ralston, NE                           100                $1,000

11.          15                38                Chris Mullinax
Birmingham, AL 100                $800

12.          13                41                Tim Busha
Boaz, AL                          100                $700

13.          18                15                Jeff Purvis
Clarksville, TN                    100                $600

14.          11                2                Devin Dixon
Riverview, FL                      100                $500

15.          26                32                Roger Crouse
Plant City, FL                 99                $450

16.          16                3                Mike Collins
Council Bluffs, IA                82                $440

17.          23                27                Pete Cochran
Villa Rica, GA                                78                $430

18.          17                66                Jake Knowles
Tyrone, GA                          77                $420

19.          10                9                Frank Ingram
Acworth, GA                        63                $400

20.          6                11r                Stacey Roberts
Sylvester, GA                      63                $400

21.          22                01                Jack Pennington
Winston, GA                        46                $400

22.          25                99s                Denny Slayton
Rossville, GA                      42                $400

23.          12                P1                Josh Peacock
Dover, FL                           36                $400

24.          20                13h                Scott Hutchinson
Johnston City, IL                27                $400

25.          21                007                Jeff Mathews
Tampa, FL                           21                $400

26.          19                U2                Danny Jolly
Christopher, IL                    16                $400



ENTRIES:  64

PROVISIONALS:  Slayton and Crouse

LEAD CHANGES: 2

LAP LEADERS:  Owens, 1-4; Melvin, 5; Owens, 6-100

LAPS LED:  Owens, 99; Melvin, 1

HARD CHARGER:  Johnson (started 24th and finished 7th)

CAUTIONS:  8

TIME OF THE RACE:  59 Minutes, 21.220 Seconds



 

   
   
   
   
   
   

 

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