There are a couple of things that Jimmy Owens hasn’t accomplished in his racing career, and in one race he scratched two of them off of his list.
“The Newport Nightmare” took the lead on lap 12 from Jason Papich to win his first Wild West Shootout Late Model A-Main and his first ever main event win in the State of Arizona on Saturday night at USA Raceway in Tucson, Arizona.
Owens held off his teammate Stormy Scott to get the cowboy hat, a bundle of money worth $3,000 and six shooters.
“To finally get a good draw and a heat win and come home with a feature win tonight is pretty exhausting but pretty cool,” Owens said the crowd at USA Raceway and to the viewers on the dirtondirt.com pay-per-view broadcast. “I had a good maneuverable car. I could run low or up high and I figured the high side was the best way around but it was kind of treacherous up there and I didn’t want to tear stuff up. I came home with a win and Stormy got second, this is a great night for the team.”
Scott tried to get by his teammate in the final 10 laps but tapped the wall with a couple laps to go allowing Owens to cruise the win by 0.599 seconds in the caution-free race that took only took nine minutes and 54 seconds.
Jimmy Mars finished third with Papich in fourth. A.J. Diemel rounded out the top five.
Darrell Lanigan, who came into Saturday’s event as the Wild West Shootout point leader, had a rough night. He hit the wall in the heat race and had right rear damage. He would finish second in the first B-Main but fell out of the A-Main on lap three to finish last.
Sanders was 37 points behind Lanigan coming into the Saturday night action, leaving a tight battle for the Sunday night finale that will pay $10,000 to win.
“The Rocket” Rodney Sanders continued his hot streak by taking another Modified A-Main feature win on Saturday night. Sanders almost didn’t get the win as he was almost held up by lap traffic on the final lap but Ricky Thornton couldn’t take advantage as Sanders wheeled around the lapped car to score the win. Sanders started fifth and took the lead on lap 14 from Jake Gallardo.
Thornton was second with Ryan Gustin in third with Gallardo in fourth. Mike Stearns rounds out the top five. Gustin didn’t go to the scales after the race and was disqualified.
Scott Bintz picked up his third main event victory of the week and a $500 check by winning the X-Modifieds A-Main feature. Ron Schreiner got by Chad Olson on the last lap to finish second. Tyler Peterson and Lance Schill round out the top-five.
The ninth annual Keyser Engineering Wild West Shootout will conclude on Sunday at USA Raceway in Tucson, Arizona with a $10,000 Shootout Finale for the Late Models. The finale can be seen live on DirtOnDirt.com’s pay-per-view broadcast. For more information or to order and watch, click here.
Ninth Annual Keyser Engineering Wild West Shootout Late Model Results
Saturday, January 17, 2015
- 1. Jimmy Owens
- 2. Stormy Scott
- 3. Jimmy Mars
- 4. Jason Papich
- 5. A.J. Diemel
- 6. Billy Moyer
- 7. Chris Simpson
- 8. Rodney Sanders
- 9. Jason Krohn
- 10. Ricky Weiss
- 11. Billy Moyer Jr.
- 12. Tony Jackson Jr.
- 13. Jake O’Neill
- 14. Tyler Erb
- 15. Garrett Alberson
- 16. Clay Daly
- 17. Pat Doar
- 18. Hunter Rasdon
- 19. Kyle Beard
- 20. Donny Schatz
- 21. Anthony Burroughs
- 22. Jeremy Keller
- 23. Terry Phillips
- 24. Darrell Lanigan
– Kevin Ramsell, Speed51.com Director of Business/Midwest Editor. Twitter: @KevinRamsell
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