By admin | September 7, 2008
By Richard Allen
Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tennessee almost made it two World 100 victories in a row. The 2007 winner of the prestigious dirt late model event finished second behind Shane Clanton in the 2008 version of the race.
Tony Stewartâ€™s Eldora Speedway hosted the 38th annual running of this race. In all, 175 drivers entered the World 100.
Earl Pearson, Jr., driving for Sprint Cup star Bobby Labonte, set an event record in qualifying.
Owens, however, won his heat race and started from the number one position in the 100 lap feature. He got off to a fast start, leading the first 56 laps. Clanton then took over the race lead and held on for the duration on the Rossburg, Ohio track.
Pearson made a late race charge, climbing as high as 2nd place but ultimately fell back to a 9th place finish.
Long time dirt late model super star and Mooresburg, Tennessee native Scott Bloomquist was the first car to drop out of the feature. He finished 28th.
The 1st and 2nd place drivers have been on their own hot streaks of sorts. Clanton and Owens each won during the two day World of Outlaw Late Models â€œScorcherâ€ events held here in east Tennessee at the Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap last month. Owens won the Wednesday night feature at â€œThe Gapâ€ while Clanton took the Thursday version of the event.
Owens also won the recent Hillbilly 100 in West Virginia.
Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.
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