Marlar Provides Some July 4 Fireworks at Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — Mike Marlar ran away with the Independence 50 on Thursday night at Portsmouth Raceway Park – earning his third Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season.


At the drop of the green flag, Marlar sprinted to a comfortable lead and held the point for the entire race. Marlar had to withstand a 5-lap shootout to the finish with second-place running Josh Richards and Jimmy Owens after a lap-45 caution.


Richards moved into the second spot on lap four and tried to stay within striking distance of Marlar, but at stages during the race Marlar held a more than a straightaway advantage over Richards. Owens, who started sixth moved into third past Hudson O’Neal on lap 33 as he tried to track down Richards inside the last ten laps of the race before settling for the third spot. O’Neal and Jonathan Davenport completed the top five.


In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for twelfth time in his career, Marlar commented that his third heat race win over his good friend Owens is what set the stage to get the victory tonight. “I want to thank Jimmy for running me clean in that heat race. We went back-and-forth for most of the race. It was probably one of the best heat races you will ever see. Jimmy could be standing here right now if he would’ve won that race. He had a really good race car tonight as well.”


“These Rocket XR1 chassis are stout. This track has been kind of tough on us for a while now, but it feels good to win in front of this crowd. The track crew did a great job with the track today. It was fast all over, it was probably the best I have seen this place. This car could go anywhere I drove it on the track. Thanks to the entire crew for their help. My wife Stacy is from Ohio and a lot of her family is here this weekend.”


Owens was elated with the win. “We have been coming here a long time and I would say it’s the best I have seen this place. I had a good race with Hudson and then I thought I could catch Josh then that caution with five to go came out. I am not sure if it helped me or not. But we hung in there and got another good finish.”


Richards continued his string of strong finishes at Portsmouth. “This place has been really good to me over the past two years. The track was in really good shape tonight. We had the car set-up for the top and it really paid off. Congratulations to Mikey on the win, he was just too good tonight for anybody. We have been running really well and I hope the momentum carries over to Tyler County tomorrow. It is one of my top five favorite tracks. I will have a lot of friend and family there.”


The winner’s Ronnie Delk-owned, Rocket Chassis is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and sponsored by: Marathon Oil, Mark Martin Timber and Farms. Franklin Enterprises, RS Equipment Sales and Rentals, Integra Shocks, and VP Fuels.


Completing the top ten were Zack Dohm, Tyler Erb, Tim McCreadie, Shanon Buckingham, and Michael Norris.


Lucas Oil Feature Finish (50 Laps):

1 2 157 Mike Marlar Winfield, TN $12,000
2 3 14 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $6,300
3 6 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $4,300
4 10 71 Hudson O’Neal Martinsville, IN $3,450
5 7 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA $3,350
6 9 17d Zack Dohm Cross Lanes, WV $1,800
7 5 1T Tyler Erb ® New Waverly, TX $2,300
8 8 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $2,000
9 4 50 Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN $1,900
10 22 5 Michael Norris Sarver, PA $1,100
11 13 12d Doug Drown Wooster, OH $1,075
12 18 8 Jacob Hawkins Fairmont, WV $1,050
13 12 71R Rod Conley Wheelersburg, OH $1,025
14 16 21 Billy Moyer, Jr. Batesville, AR $1,700
15 1 1M Devin Moran ® Dresden, OH $1,700
16 23 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL $1,900
17 24 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL $1,700
18 14 17T Shannon Thornsberry Martin, KY $1,000
19 25 2s Stormy Scott Las Cruses, NM $1,700
20 11 22F Chris Ferguson Mount Holly, NC $1,000
21 21 C9 Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN $1,000
22 19 71C RJ Conley Wheelersburg, OH $1,000
23 15 22 Gregg Satterlee Indiana, PA $1,000
24 17 12J Jason Jameson ® Lawrenceburg, IN $1,000
25 20 4B Jackie Boggs Grayson, KY $1,000


-Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Press Release

-Photo credit: Heath Lawson

Marlar Provides Some July 4 Fireworks at Portsmouth