Page, Lanigan Take Georgia LODLMS Wins At Dixie, Rome

Michael Page (left) and Darrell Lanigan (right) scored Georgia victories in Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series action over the weekend. Page took the win on Saturday night at Dixie Speedway, while Lanigan was the winner on Sunday night at Rome Speedway. Photos: LODLM Media/Twitter

Michael Page and Darrell Lanigan scored wins in Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series action in Georgia over the weekend.

Page scored the biggest win of his career on Saturday night by winning the Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout in front of a packed-grandstand at Woodstock, Georgia’s Dixie Speedway.

On Sunday, it was Lanigan sweeping to the win in the Lucas Oil Rome Showdown at Georgia’s Rome Speedway.

On Saturday night, Page, who has raced most of his career at the 3/8-mile oval, has grown up dreaming of winning this race at his home track. It became a reality as he became the 17th different winner this season in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series competition.

Page pocketed $12,000 for his first career LOLMDS victory. Don O’Neal led the first 22-laps of the race and finished second. Scott Bloomquist came home in third. Completing the top five were Chris Madden and Jimmy Owens.

O’Neal was in control of the event in the early going, before Page tracked him down in lapped traffic. On the restart after the final caution of the race on lap 46, Page saw O’Neal pull alongside him and threaten to retake the lead, but Page held off every challenge that O’Neal had for him to take the win.

“I figured if I was ever going to win it, tonight was it. It has been an up-and-down season and I am about wore out. I do what I can with a little team here,” said the emotional winner, who was surrounded in Victory Lane with dozens of well-wishers. “When these Lucas Oil guys come here, you have to do something and tonight we did it.

“I really didn’t want to move up on that last restart. I wasn’t worried about the right rear like I was the right front here. I just wasn’t pushing it too early. I was hoping he (O’Neal) would burn his stuff up and I think it worked out. I had a very good car here tonight. I want to thank Troy Baird and Stinger Race Cars. I am the only one here with one. It is a good race car. Thanks to all my help, my team, my mom and dad. Thanks to all of the fans here tonight and to those that believed in me, this one’s for you.”

O’Neal was seeking his first Dixie Shootout win in 14 years.

“I thought I had a shot to get back around him on that last restart,” O’Neal said. “He did what he had to do he moved up there and blocked me. We were just two free getting into the turns. It was good run for us and hats off to him (Page) for the win.”

Bloomquist moved to second in championship points with his podium finish.

“It was a great points night for us,” he said. “Hopefully we can get the lead at Rome and extend it out over these last three races. The car was good all night. I thought I could get by Don (O’Neal). He was running the same line I was wanting to run. It killed our momentum there at the end.”

Shane Clanton, Devin Gilpin, Casey Roberts, Steve Francis and Dale McDowell rounded out the top ten.

On Sunday night, Darrell Lanigan swept all activities he participated in at Rome Speedway. Lanigan set the overall fastest time of the night in qualifying, he won his heat race in convincing fashion, and he led all 50 laps en route to the Rome Showdown victory.

Lanigan’s teammate, Don O’Neal finished in the second position for the second night in a row. Tim McCreadie started seventh and charged to third place finish, which enabled him to take over the season championship point standings. Chris Madden was fourth and Earl Pearson Jr. drove to a fifth place finish.

Lanigan started on the outside of the front row and was cruising along until Brandon Overton started his charge for the lead. Overton closed to within a car-length on Lanigan, but on lap 20 Overton suddenly slowed in turn four, bringing out the first caution of the race. Overton would pit, but he was never a factor after that.

On the restart, Lanigan pulled away from the field as several competitors took their shot at second place. O’Neal finally made it to second as he had to battle McCreadie in the final ten laps to take second.

Lanigan was extremely happy with the performance of his race team.

“Last night I jumped the cushion at Dixie and it cost us a good finish,” he said. “Tonight, the car was just perfect from the time we unloaded it. Brian, Richie, and the entire crew have done a great job all year. We have had bad luck that knocked us out of some more wins. We are here to win.”

O’Neal continued his late season surge.

“Thanks to Clint Bowyer and everybody on the team,” he said. “We have really got a good set-up on this car in the last month. We were running second at Knoxville and had a fan blade come off, and that knocked the water pump off. We were up to second at Brownstown last week and now two podium finishes this weekend. We are looking forward to Pittsburgh next weekend.”

McCreadie will enter the Pittsburgher 100 next weekend as the new series points leader.

“It feels great to be the point leader, but now we have to close it out strong. This team has worked so hard all year. Now it has come to crunch time. This is what we all work so

Scott Bloomquist, Dale McDowell, Donald McIntosh, Devin Gilpin and Michael Page rounded out the top ten.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Dixie Speedway – Woodstock, GA
Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout – Sept. 30, 2017

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN EARNINGS
1 4 18x Michael Page Villa Rica, GA $12,100
2 1 5 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN $6,400
3 5 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $4,500
4 2 44 Chris Madden Gaffney, SC $2,750
5 9 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $3,050
6 13 25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA $1,800
7 3 1G Devin Gilpin Columbus, IN $1,500
8 10 101 Casey Roberts Toccoa, GA $1,300
9 21 15 Steve Francis Bowling Green, KY $1,900
10 11 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA $1,100
11 19 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $1,775
12 24 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL $1,750
13 15 7m Donald McIntosh Dawsonville, GA $1,025
14 25 71 Hudson O’Neal Martinsville, IN $900
15 12 40 Ross Bailes Clover, SC $1,000
16 23 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $1,800
17 16 16 Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA $1,000
18 14 31T Tyler Millwood Kingston, GA $1,000
19 18 8 David Payne Murphy, NC $1,000
20 7 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL $1,800
21 26 22 Gregg Satterlee Rochester Mills, PA $800
22 22 119 Mike McConnell Ballground, GA $1,000
23 17 22F Chris Ferguson Mount Holly, NC $1,000
24 6 14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY $1,700
25 20 99B Boom Briggs Bear Lake, PA $1,700
26 8 41 T.J. Reaid Acworth, GA $1,000

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Rome Speedway – Rome, GA
Lucas Oil Rome Showdown – Oct. 1, 2017

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN EARNINGS
1 2 14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY $10,900
2 4 5 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN $6,300
3 7 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $4,200
4 10 44 Chris Madden Gaffney, SC $2,750
5 18 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL $3,050
6 14 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $2,800
7 9 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA $1,500
8 1 7m Donald McIntosh Dawsonville, GA $1,300
9 8 1G Devin Gilpin Columbus, IN $1,200
10 16 18x Michael Page Villa Rica, GA $1,100
11 21 22 Gregg Satterlee Rochester Mills, PA $1,875
12 6 116 Brandon Overton Evans, GA $1,050
13 15 84 Austin Tyler Smith Rome, GA $1,025
14 24 71 Hudson O’Neal Martinsville, IN $1,700
15 5 41 TJ Reaid Acworth, GA $950
16 20 15 Steve Francis Bowling Green, KY $1,625
17 17 9 Jason Croft Woodstock, GA $900
18 12 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $1,675
19 13 22R Will Roland Jasper, GA $850
20 23 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL $1,525
21 3 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $1,600
22 19 16 Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA $800
23 11 25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA $800
24 22 22F Chris Ferguson Mount Holly, NC $800
25 25 99B Boom Briggs Bear Lake, PA $800

 

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