Sunday, February 18, 2018

Landers captures 10th annual CMH Diamond Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway

Jared Landers led the final 47 laps of the 60-lap Diamond Nationals. (Chris Bork photo)

Jared Landers led the final 47 laps of the 60-lap Diamond Nationals. (Chris Bork photo)

Wheatland, Missouri (July 17, 2016) – What a difference 24 hours made for Jared Landers.

One night after destroying his primary car in a wild, end-over-end flip, Landers picked up one of the biggest wins of his career in front of a big crowd at Lucas Oil Speedway.

“Man, this is awesome,” Landers said Saturday night after winning the 10th annual CMH Diamond Nationals, earning $12,000 and a diamond ring. Jimmy Owens was second, just falling short of his fourth Diamond Nationals triumph, and Jonathan Davenport was third.

It was Landers’ second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory of the season – the other May 27 at Lucas in the Don and Billie Gibson Memorial on the Show-Me 100 undercard. This one – which was co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil MLRA – came in his backup car after he flipped his Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car in qualifying on Friday at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill.

Landers, of Batesville, Ark., held off Owens in a three-lap shootout at the finish following the race’s fourth caution, on lap 57, Owens was unable to duplicate his victory earlier this year at Lucas Oil Speedway in the Show-Me 100.

“My crew worked their butts off,” Landers said of getting the car ready. “I put them through torture. That car we crashed was brand new. This is a reward for them guys. They deserve it more than I do.”

With a rough area in turn two, Landers said it was imperative not to “mess up” near the finish as Owens, Davenport and Scott Bloomquist gave chase.

Bloomquist restarted third on the final green, but faded to fifth behind Tim McCreadie. Davenport slid past both and into third over the last three laps.

Landers said he was driving with a sore hand after the Friday crash, making it difficult to hang onto the steering wheel at times as the car hit bumps.

“I knew Jimmy and Scott behind me were … waiting for me to mess up and pass me and take advantage of a rough race track,” Landers said. “It’s awesome to out-run these guys. Last time we won here it wasn’t a points night. We’ve been needing one. This is awesome.”

Owens, of Newport, Tenn., said his best hope was for Landers “to jump the cushion a little higher and mess up a little worse than me. But every time he did, I did. Jared got to where he was pushing and I was pushing. He got us tonight.”

“We had a really good hot rod tonight. Our hats are off to Jared and his crew, they did a great job tonight,” Owens added. “Coming back to win tonight after what happened to him last night says a lot about them.”

Davenport, the reigning series champ who hasn’t won since May, said his finish was encouraging. The Blairsville, Ga., driver rallied after falling as far back as ninth after starting in row four.

“We haven’t run good in a long time,” Davenport said. “We’re working on this thing and getting better. We snuck up through there. It almost feels like a win. We haven’t been up there in a while.”

Landers took the lead on lap 14 and never relinquished it. Polesitter Brandon Sheppard led the opening lap before McCreadie took over until Davenport assumed the top spot.

Shepperd, McCreadie, Landers and Owens won the heat races after Robert Baker of Alexander, Ark., set fast time at 15.300 seconds.

Tyler Wolff captured the Pitts Homes USRA Modified feature. (Chris Bork photo)
Wolff earns USRA Mod win: Tyler Wolff held off Jeff Cutshaw to capture the Pitts Homes USRA Modified 30-lap feature, earning $750 courtesy of Hermitage Lumber.

Wolff, of Fayetteville, Ark., started outside of row three and moved to the lead early in the race. Bolivar’s Cutshaw, the season points leader, earned this seventh top-three finish of the season. Mitch Keeter of Webb City slid past John Allen of Chanute, Kan., out of the last turn for third.

Next up: The National Wild Turkey Federation and Lucas Oil Racing TV team up to present the Budweiser Weekly Championship Series next Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway.

It’s the final Super Saver Special Night of 2016 as fans arriving before 6:30 p.m. can receive four admissions, four hot dogs and four 20-ounce Coca-Cola products for $30.

The ALPS Food Stores ULMA Late Models will be featured, running a special $25-lap, $1,000-to-win feature in memory of Ron Jenkins, original builder of Wheatland Raceway. The Ozark Golf Cars B-Mods, Carson’s Corner NAPA Street Stocks and Pitts Homes USRA Modifieds also will be in action.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30.

To purchase tickets or to inquire about the availability of suites for upcoming races, contact admissions director Nichole McMillan at (417) 282-5984 or via email at

CMH Diamond Nationals
Feature – 1, Jared Landers. 2, Jimmy Owens. 3, Jonathan Davenport. 4, Tim McCreadie. 5, Scott Bloomquist. 6, Brandon Sheppard. 7, Tyler Erb. 8, Earl Pearson Jr. 9, Jake O’Neil. 10, Jesse Stovall. 11, Billy Moyer. 12, Don O’Neal. 13, Dennis Erb. Jr. 14, Brantlee Gotschall. 15, Dave Eckrich. 16, Tad Pospisil. 17, Jason Papich. 18, Darrell Lanigan. 19, Colton Flinner. 20, Randy Timms. 21, Tony Jackson Jr. 22, Clay Daly. 23, Terry Phillips. 24, Robert Baker. 25, Brandon Overton. 26, Jim Shereck.

Eibach Springs Heat Race 1 (top 4 transfer) – 1, Brandon Sheppard. 2, Scott Bloomquist. 3, Jake O’Neil. 4, Robert Baker. 5, Randy Timms, 6, Jason Papich. 7, Don O’Neal. 8, Bryon Allison. 9, Rob Hail. 10, Jon Binning. 11, J.C. Wyman.
FK Rod Ends Heat Race 2 (top 4 transfer) – 1, Tim McCreadie. 2, Jonathan Davenport. 3, Tad Pospisil. 4, Earl Pearson Jr. 5, Dave Eckrich. 6, Terry Phillips. 7, Brad Looney. 8, Dennis Erb Jr. 9, Tommy Weder. 10, Josh Poe.
Simpson Race Products Heat 3 (top 4 transfer) – 1, Jared Landers. 2, Clay Daly. 3, Tony Jackson Jr. 4, Tyler Erb. 5, Payton Looney. 6, Austin Siebert. 7, Scott Crigler. 8, R.C. Whitwell. 9, Billy Moyer Jr. 10, Colton Flinner.
QA1 Heat Race 4 (top 4 transfer) – 1, Jimmy Owens. 2, Billy Moyer. 3, Brantlee Gotschall. 4, Jim Shereck. 5, Brandon Overton. 6, Jesse Stovall. 7, Darrell Lanigan. 8, Mark Dotson. 9, Reid Millard. 10, Jacob Magee.
B Main 1 (top 3 transfer) – 1, Eckrich. 2, Timms. 3, O’Neal. 4, Papich. 5, Erb. 6, Weder. 7, Phillips. 8, B. Looney. 9, Allison. 10, Hail. 11, Wyman.
B Main 2 – 1, Overton. 2, Stovall. 3, Lanigan. 4, Siebert. 5, P. Looney. 6, Whitwell. 7, Dotson. 8, Crigler. 9, Flinner. 10, Magee. 11, Millard.

A-Feature: 1. Tyler Wolff (Fayetteville, AR), 2. Jeff Cutshaw (Bolivar, MO), 3. Mitch Keeter (Webb City, Mo), 4. John Allen (Chanute, KS), 5. Jason Bodenhamer (Centerview, MO), 6. Chase Domer (Nevada, MO), 7. Steve Muilenburg (Sparta, MO), 8. Kevin Guinn (Fayetteville, AR), 9. Jason Pursley (Hermitage, MO), 10. Logan Martin (West Plains, MO), 11. Mike Striegel (Wheatland, MO), 12. Nic Bidinger (Perry, KS), 13. Lucas Dobbs (El Dorado Springs, MO), 14. Jared Stiens (Barnard, Mo), 15. Daniel Franklin (Eurika Springs, AR), 16. Myles Newman (Alma, Ar), 17. Daniel Wosoba (El Dorado Springs, MO), 18. Tracy Wolf (Buffalo, MO), 19. Gene Nichols (Lowell, Ar), 20. Lucas Gibbs (Udall, KS), 21. Brian Williams (Fayetteville, AR), 22. Jeremy Chambers (Parsons, KS), 23. Jesse Willard (Mound City, KS).

B-Feature: 1. Kevin Guinn (Fayetteville, AR), 2. Myles Newman (Alma, Ar), 3. John Allen (Chanute, KS), 4. Jesse Willard (Mound City, KS), 5. Daniel Wosoba (El Dorado Springs, MO), 6. Mike Striegel (Wheatland, MO), 7. Jared Stiens (Barnard, Mo), 8. Tracy Wolf (Buffalo, MO), 9. J.C. Mattingly (Springdale, AR), 10. Dylan Hoover (Vandalia, MO), 11. Jamie Wood (Fayetteville, AR), 12. Donnie Fellers (Wheatland, MO), 13. Jirad Blankenship (Mountain Burg, AR), 14. Tony Fincher (Lebanon, MO).

Heat 1: 1. Mitch Keeter (Webb City, Mo), 2. Steve Muilenburg (Sparta, MO), 3. Lucas Gibbs (Udall, KS), 4. Lucas Dobbs (El Dorado Springs, MO), 5. Jeremy Chambers (Parsons, KS), 6. Logan Martin (West Plains, MO), 7. Jesse Willard (Mound City, KS), 8. Daniel Wosoba (El Dorado Springs, MO), 9. Tracy Wolf (Buffalo, MO), 10. Jamie Wood (Fayetteville, AR).
Heat 2: 1. Brian Williams (Fayetteville, AR), 2. Jeff Cutshaw (Bolivar, MO), 3. Daniel Franklin (Eurika Springs, AR), 4. Chase Domer (Nevada, MO), 5. Nic Bidinger (Perry, KS), 6. Kevin Guinn (Fayetteville, AR), 7. Myles Newman (Alma, Ar), 8. Tony Fincher (Lebanon, MO), 9. Mike Striegel (Wheatland, MO), 10. John Allen (Chanute, KS).
Heat 3: 1. Tad Davis (Mt. Hope, KS), 2. Gene Nichols (Lowell, Ar), 3. Tyler Wolff (Fayetteville, AR), 4. Jason Bodenhamer (Centerview, MO), 5. Jason Pursley (Hermitage, MO), 6. J.C. Mattingly (Springdale, AR), 7. Donnie Fellers (Wheatland, MO), 8. Jared Stiens (Barnard, Mo), 9. Dylan Hoover (Vandalia, MO), 10. Jirad Blankenship (Mountain Burg, AR).

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