Wheatland, MO – Payton Looney became just the second driver from Missouri to win the Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 – Presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com on Saturday Night at Lucas Oil Speedway. The 26-year-old from Republic, Missouri earned $20,000 for his richest career win in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Lucas Oil MLRA co-sanctioned event.
Looney and Shanon Buckingham swapped the lead back-and-forth in the early going. Looney led the first seven circuits of the race, until Buckingham forged ahead on lap eight. Buckingham was out in front until lap 22 when Looney passed him for the top spot. After the only caution of the race on lap 28 Looney pulled away from Buckingham and led the rest of the way to become the 14th different winner this year on the LOLMDS tour.
Kyle Strickler made up ground late on Looney using the top line of the track. Strickler got to within 1.67 seconds of Looney at the finish line. Buckingham came home in third. Chris Ferguson got around Ricky Thornton Jr. to claim the fourth finishing position. Thornton, Jr. rounded out the top five.
Looney was joined by his family in Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the biggest win of his racing career before his home state fans. “I was fading really bad,” said Looney. “I was just kind of a sitting duck or whatever you want to call it. I guess I burned up my right rear. I don’t know I haven’t even looked at the tires yet. Once it cleaned up and I went to the bottom like that, I just can’t park like those other guys can. They can go in and get stopped and get going better than I can. I need to be able to use the racetrack and get momentum. That’s what I kind of did early on. I was just riding around out there, and then I saw Shanon get by me. It didn’t really change anything I was doing. I just kind of ran my race a little bit. Once that top kind of cleaned up I knew I could circle back by him.”
“My guy was giving me signals and I knew what kind of lead I had. I was content to ride around the bottom behind Bronson in the closing laps. It just all worked out. I have changed my mindset a lot this year. I have put a lot of pressure on myself. I have a beautiful wife and kids. There are always more races, but this one is special,” said Looney. He now joins the 1999 winner, Terry Phillips, as the only winners of the crown jewel event from the Show-Me State of Missouri.
Strickler’s late race heroics almost paid off, but he fell just short of the biggest win of his late model career. “First off, this in an absolutely amazing facility. This is the first time I have been here, and I am sure I will be back. I just needed a little more on the top. I think those guys up front with me burned it up a little too much. So much of this is patience. Being a modified guy, we don’t get too many 100-lap races. To bounce back after last night at Tri-City and the misfortune we had there feels good.”
Buckingham was impressive all race long. He stayed in the top three the entire distance, leading to the third-position payday. “I guess I am a little more of a finesse driver. When I first started racing, we didn’t have the money to tear stuff up and knock down the walls. My dad always said bring it home in one piece so you can race next week. I think I learned that way and I think I erred on the safety side too much. This track just suits me. I like the slick and I like momentum racing where the right foot makes the difference.”
The winner’s Capital Race Car is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and sponsored Atnip Express, Atnip Motorsports, Duvall Electric, and Swift Springs.
Completing the top ten were Rick Eckert, Jimmy Owens, Tyler Erb, Tanner English, and Chad Simpson.
-Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Press Release
-Photo credit: GS Stanek Racing Photography
Lucas Oil Feature Finish (100 Laps):
Pos Start Car # Competitor Hometown Pay
1 1 15L Payton Looney Republic, MO $20,000
2 3 8 Kyle Strickler Mooresville, NC $10,000
3 4 50 Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN $6,000
4 5 22F Chris Ferguson Mt. Holly, NC $4,000
5 2 20RT Ricky Thornton Jr Adel, IA $3,500
6 16 0E Rick Eckert York, PA $2,500
7 11 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $2,100
8 7 1T Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX $2,000
9 15 81E Tanner English Benton, KY $1,800
10 6 1C Chad Simpson Mt. Vernon, IA $1,750
11 17 1 Earl Pearson Jr Jacksonville, FL $1,650
12 21 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA $1,600
13 10 25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA $1,550
14 18 14 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $1,500
15 24 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL $1,450
16 13 1ST Johnny Scott Las Cruces, NM $1,400
17 19 21 Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR $1,350
18 27 58 Jeremiah Hurst Dubuque, IA $1,300
19 14 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $1,250
20 25 16 Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA $100
21 8 75 Terry Phillips Springfield, MO $1,200
22 9 0 Jesse Stovall Billings, MO $1,200
23 23 9 Devin Moran Dresden, OH $1,200
24 22 1V Will Vaught Crane, MO $1,200
25 20 21M Billy Moyer Sr Batesville, AR $1,200
26 28 56 Tony Jackson Jr Lebanon, MO $1,200
27 12 15V Kolby Vandenbergh Ashland, IL $1,200
28 26 2S Stormy Scott Las Cruces, NM $100