Optima Batteries and NAPA Auto Parts to Sponsor the 34th Annual Dirt Track World Championship

WAYCROSS, GA (July 23, 2014) – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and famed promoter Carl Short are pleased to announce the title and presenting sponsors of the 34th Annual Dirt Track World Championship. The Optima Batteries DTWC - Presented by NAPA Auto Parts will once again take place at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio on October 16th through 18th.  The three day event is the final event for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 2014 season and will conclude with the 100-lap $50,000 to win feature event on Saturday night October 18th.

Optima Batteries with corporate offices in Milwaukee, WI, has a 40-year history of technological innovation and engineering. OPTIMA® products offer unstoppable power for extreme enthusiasts and others who require the ultimate in power source batteries. Optima batteries were the first high‐performance AGM automotive batteries in existence and revolutionized the industry with the unique SPIRALCELL TECHNOLOGY®.

Optima Batteries has been a Team Lucas Partner for several years and the title sponsor of the Optima Batteries Hard Charger Award on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the past two years.  Optima Batteries has increased their involvement with the Late Model Dirt Series this year and is excited about the opportunity to title sponsor the prestigious Dirt Track World Championship.  As the title sponsor of the season finale, Optima Batteries looks to increase their brand in this market and gain new customers both from racers and the race fans. To learn more about Optima Batteries, visit their website at Optima batteries can also be found on the social media sites and on twitter at

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is also please to announce that NAPA Auto Parts has signed on as the Presenting Sponsor of this year’s Dirt Track World Championship.  NAPA Auto Parts, with over 85 years of existence, has 6,100 stores nationwide and 64 strategically located distribution centers serving all 50 states. NAPA Auto Parts has the most extensive inventory in the industry and helps you find the exact part you need.  To learn more about NAPA Auto Parts visit their website at NAPA can also be found on the social media pages and on twitter at

“We are excited to have two great companies involved with the DTWC this year.  Optima Batteries has been a Team Lucas Partner for several years and has seen the value with the Late Model Dirt Series. Becoming the title sponsor of the DTWC and the season finale gives Optima Batteries a huge presence in our sport of Dirt Late Model Racing and fits their demographics and target audience.  In addition, having NAPA Auto Parts come on board as the presenting sponsor just gives the entire event credibility and increased exposure nationally by having such a well known brand associated with the event.  We are thrilled to have two great partners for our season finale and look forward to working with everyone at Optima Batteries and NAPA”, stated Ritchie Lewis, Director, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

Activities for the 34th Annual Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship - Presented by NAPA Auto Parts will get underway on Thursday, October 16th with Modified Qualifying, Heat Races and Consolation races.  On Friday, October 17th the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will take to the track for Hot-Laps, Miller Welders Time Trials and Heat Races.  Also on Friday night there will be a Non-Qualifiers race for the Modifieds.  Then on Saturday, October 18th the schedule will include the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series B-Mains, the Modified Feature event, the $3,000 to Win Jim Dunn Memorial Non-Qualifiers race and the $50,000 to win/$2,000 to start DTWC 100-lap feature.

To purchase tickets for this event visit or call 740-858-6661. To learn more about the event go to or visit the track website at If you have any questions, contact the DTWC office at (740) 858-6661 or you can email Carl Short at or call at (865) 945-3423 or (865) 712-9303.

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Track Information

Portsmouth Raceway Park
Track Phone #: (740) 354-3278 or Office – (740) 858-6661
Promoter: Donna Rayburn – (740) 259-3408 / (740) 821-1161
Location: 25648 State Route 73, West Portsmouth, OH 45663

Event Purse

Dirt Track World Championship Purse: 1. $50,000,  2. $15,000,  3. $10,000,  4. $7,000,  5. $5,000,  
6. $3,500,  7. $3,200,  8. $3,000,  9. $2,800,  10. $2,500, 11. $2,450, 12. $2,400,  13. $2,350,  14. $2,300, 15. $2,250,  16. $2,200,  17. $2,150,  18. $2,100,  19. $2,075,  20. $2,060,  21. $2,050,  22. $2,040,  
23. $2,030,  24. $2,020,  25. $2,010, 26. $2,000.

Jim Dunn Memorial Non Qualifiers Race: 1. $3,000,  2. $1,500,  3. $1,250,  4. $1,000,  5. $900,  
6. $800, 7. $750,  8. $700,  9. $650,  10. $600, 11. 500, 12. $400, 13. $350, 14. $300, 15. $250,  
16. $200, 17. $200, 18. $200, 19. $200, 20. $200, 21. $200, 22. $200, 23. $200, 24. $200, 25. $200,
26. $200.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Official Sponsors Include:

ASi Racewear - "The Official Merchandise Vendor" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
E3 Spark Plugs - "The Official Spark Plug" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Fast Orange- “The Official Hand Cleaner” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
GEICO - "The Official Insurance" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
General Tire - "The Official Tire" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Hoosier Tire - "The Official Race Tire" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
iON Cameras – “The Official Camera” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Lucas Oil Products - "The Official Oil" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
MAVTV “American Real” - "The Official TV Network" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Optima Batteries - "The Official Battery" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Ole Smoky Moonshine – “The Official Moonshine” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series"The Official Protect the Harvest Campaign” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Super Clean- “Official Cleaner-Degreaser” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Sunoco Race Fuels - "The Official Fuel" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Marketing Partners Include:

Allstar Performance, AR Bodies, Bad Boy Mowers, Barry Wright Race Cars, Black Diamond/Club 29 Chassis, Bloomquist Race Cars, Brodix, Clements Race Engines, COMP Cams, Cornett Racing Engines, C&R Racing Inc., Crawford Supply, CJ Rayburn Race Cars, CV Products,, Dunn-Benson Ford, Dyers Top Rods, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, Fast Orange, Fuel Safe Fuel Cells, FK Rod Ends, Georgia Boot, Grover Race Engines, Hawk Performance, Hedman Hedders, Hot Rod Processing, Hot Rod Tracker, Industrial Pressure Washers (IPW), Jay Dickens Racing Engines, JRi Shocks, Keyser MFG, Kuntz Race Engines, Longhorn Chassis, MasterSbilt Chassis, Midwest Sheet Metal, Miller Welders, Öhlins Shocks, Outerwears, Performance Bodies, Pierce Racecars, Pro Power Racing Engines, RaceTec Pistons, Revelution Race Cars, Rick Schwallie Photography, Rocket Chassis, Roush Yates Parts, Simpson Race Products, Total Seal, Traeger Grills, Vic Hill Race Engines, Weld Racing Wheels, Wrisco, 5150 Race Trailers

Brandon Sheppard Shocks the Field and Wins the Dirt Track World Championship

PORTSMOUTH, OH (October 19, 2013) - Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, IL captured the biggest race of his young career winning the 33rd Annual RED BUCK Dirt Track World Championship at Portsmouth Raceway Park on Saturday Night.  Sheppard at age 20 became the youngest driver in the history of the DTWC to win the crown jewel event. Sheppard earned $50,000 as he became the 24th different driver to win the DTWC and captured his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory.

Sheppard piloting the #1 Mark Richards Racing, Rocket House Car charged through the field from his seventh starting position using the very top groove to pass Scott Bloomquist for the lead on lap 43. Sheppard would motor away from the field after each restart through the middle stages of the race fending off challenges from several seasoned veterans en route to his victory in front of a capacity crowd. Steve Francis of Ashland, KY advanced from his 15th starting position to finish second at the checkers and clinching second place in the final LOLMDS Championship Points Standings. Jackie Boggs of Grayson, KY took home third followed by 14th starting Jason Feger of Bloomington, IL. Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN rounded out the top five.  With his fifth place finish Owens was crowned the 2013 Lucas Oil late Model Dirt Series National Champion for the third year in a row.

Sheppard, who was subbing for Josh Richards in the Rocket Chassis House car this weekend, was stunned with his accomplishment in victory lane.  "It hasn't sunk in yet," said Sheppard in victory lane.  "To come here in this car and win this race is just unbelievable, we had a great weekend, we set fast time last night, and almost won our heat race, but to come from seventh tonight and win was just unbelievable. And to beat the caliber of drivers in this field and the history of this event is just awesome. We've really had such a good year with our own Rocket car as well and I have to thank my dad and grandpa for all of their help this season.  I also want to thank all the sponsors on the number one car, Valvoline, Seubert Calf Ranches, Ernie D's, Ace Metal Works, Sunoco Race Fuel and Roush-Yates Engines', stated Sheppard.

Francis driving the #15 Clint Bowyer Racing, Georgia Boot entry grabbed the second spot on lap 79 from Boggs.  But over the final 21 laps of the race Francis could not catch Sheppard.  "Congrats to those guys on the win, Brandon and Mark they did a great job all weekend.  I thought maybe I had enough to chase him down at the end, but we finished the year strong and got second in the Lucas Oil points. We had a good battle all season with Jimmy (Owens) and congrats to him and his team on their championship. We'll be back next year with Clint Bowyer Racing and Georgia Boot to try and win this championship again", stated Francis.

Jackie Boggs, whose hall of fame father was the late Jack Boggs, won the DTWC three times in his career. Jackie was in the hunt for his first DTWC win over the last half of the race, but came up just short in finishing a solid third place.  "The nose of our car was digging in the track at times and I couldn't get off the corners like I wanted to. But we had a real good set-up for the feature and was hoping all the laps I've ran here would pay off with a win. To run third with these guys is still great", stated Boggs, driver of the #4B with sponsorship from Quick Response Environmental and Industrial Services and Swartz Race Cars.

Completing the top ten were Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN; Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR; Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, IL; Eric Wells of Hazard, KY, and Steve Shaver of Vienna, WV.

In preliminary action, Brandon Sheppard set the overall time (Group A) amongst the ­79 entrants, with a lap of 14.575 seconds. Jackie Boggs set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 14.755 seconds. Earl Pearson, Jr., Steve Shaver, Eric Wells, Jackie Boggs, Scott Bloomquist and Billy Moyer won their respective heat races.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Race Summary

Saturday Night, October 19th, 2013
33rd Annual RED BUCK Dirt Track World Championship presented by Borrowed Blue
Portsmouth Raceway Park - Portsmouth, OH

RED BUCK Fast Time Group A: Brandon Sheppard  / 14.575 seconds

RED BUCK Fast Time Group B: Jackie Boggs/ 14.755 seconds

Wiles Drive Shafts Heat Race #1 Finish (20 Laps, Top 3 Transfer):

Earl Pearson Jr., Brandon Sheppard, Don O'Neal, Tim Dohm, Chris Wilson, Jared Hawkins, Mark Frazier, KC Burdette, Stephen Breeding, Paul Davis, Tommy Bailey, Mike Unger, Duane Chamberlain

Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 Finish (20 Laps, Top 3 Transfer):

Steve Shaver, Jeep VanWormer, Steve Francis, Jared Landers, Davey Johnson, DJ Wells, Andrew Reaume, Dennis Robinson, JT Conley, Lee Logan, Shannon Thornsberry, Josh Bocook

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (20 Laps, Top 3 Transfer):

Eric Wells, Dale McDowell, Will Vaught, Jimmy Mars, Greg Johnson, Dustin Linville, Nick Bocook, Michael Chilton, Kenny Howell, Jeff Arnold, Richie Edwards, Jeff Babcock

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #4 Finish (20 Laps, Top 3 Transfer):

Jackie Boggs, John Blankenship, Jason Feger, RJ Conley, Billy Moyer Jr., Jeff Provinzino, Donnie Moran, Russ Frohnapfel, Bobby Pierce, Delmas Conley, Zack Dohm, Mike Marlar, Billy Ogle Jr.

ASi Racewear Heat Race #5 Finish (20 Laps, Top 3 Transfer):

Scott Bloomquist, Eddie Carrier Jr., Jonathan Davenport, Mason Zeigler, Josh McGuire, Devin Moran, Walker Arthur, Tim Fuller, Billy Gullion, Wayne Chinn, DJ Miller, Chris Garnes Heat Race #6 Finish (20 Laps, Top 3 Transfer):

Billy Moyer, Jimmy Owens, Shane Clanton, Chris Combs, Dennis Erb Jr., Gregg Satterlee, Steve Casebolt, Rod Conley, Steve Lucas, David Webb, Charlie Jude

CV Products B-Main #1 (20 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Davey Johnson, Jared Hawkins, Andrew Reaume, Tim Dohm, Duane Chamberlain, Stephen Breeding, Tommy Bailey, Josh Bocook, Lee Logan, KC Burdette, Chris Wilson, JT Conley, Shannon Thornsberry, Mark Frazier, Dennis Roberson, DJ Wells, Jared Landers, Paul Davis

Wrisco Aluminum B-Main #2 (20 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Jimmy Mars, Dustin Linville, RJ Conley, Billy Moyer, Jr., Donnie Moran, Nick Bocook, Greg Johnson, Zack Dohm, Delmas Conley, Jeff Babcock, Jeff Provinzino, Kenny Howell, Jeff Arnold, Michael Chilton, Mike Marlar, Russ Frohnapfel


Borrowed Blue B-Main #3 (20 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Mason Zeigler, Chris Combs, Josh McGuire, Dennis Erb, Jr., Steve Casebolt, Rod Conley, Chris Garnes, Gregg Satterlee, Tim Fuller, Billy Gullion, Charlie Jude, Wayne Chinn, DJ Miller, Devin Moran, Steve Lucas, Sam Hobbs


Jim Dunn Memorial Non-Qualifiers Race: RJ Conley, Tim Dohm, Andrew Reaume, Donnie Moran, Josh McGuire, Stephen Breeding, Nick Bocook, Zack Dohm, Mike Marlar, Chris Garnes, Delmas Conley, Duane Chamberlain, Jeff Babcock, Tommy Bailey, Jeff Provinzino, Greg Johnson, Billy Gullion, DJ Miller, Billy Moyer, Jr., Gregg Satterlee, Lee Logan, Josh Bocook, Steve Casebolt, Kenny Howell

RED BUCK DTWC Feature Finish (100 Laps)









Brandon Sheppard

Berlin, IL




Steve Francis

Ashland, KY




Jackie Boggs

Grayson, KY




Jason Feger

Bloomington, IL




Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN




Don O'Neal

Martinsville, IN




Billy Moyer

Batesville, AR




Dennis Erb Jr.

Carpentersville, IL




Eric Wells

Hazard, KY




Steve Shaver

Vienna, WV




Earl Pearson Jr.

Jacksonville, FL




Jonathan Davenport

Blairsville, GA




John Blankenship

Williamson, WV




Mason Zeigler

Chalk Hill, PA




Rod Conley

Wheelersburg, OH




Jared Landers

Batesville, AR




Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN




RJ Conley

Wheelersburg, OH




Jared Hawkins

Fairmont, WV




Will Vaught

Crane, MO




Dustin Linville

Lancaster, KY




Eddie Carrier Jr.

Salt Rock, WV




Dale McDowell

Chickamauga, GA




Davey Johnson

Greensburg, PA




Jeep VanWormer

Pinconning, MI




Jimmy Mars

Menomonie, WI

Race Statistics

Entrants: 79

Lap Leaders: Scott Bloomquist (1-42); Brandon Sheppard (43-100)

Caution Flags: Jared Landers (lap 21); Davey Johnson (lap 40); Scott Bloomquist (lap 44); Will Vaught (lap 53); Jonathan Davenport (lap 64); Debris (lap 79)

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Dennis Erb, Jr. and Shane Clanton

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: N/A
Portsmouth Raceway Park Track Provisional: Rod Conley

Jim Dunn Memorial Non-Qualifiers Race Winner: RJ Conley

Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Dennis Erb, Jr.

Keyser Mfg Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jimmy Owens
Allstar Performer of the Race: Jason Feger

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Brandon Sheppard

JRi Shocks/Dunn Benson Ford Rookie of the Race: Billy Moyer Jr.

COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Roush-Yates Engines

Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis

Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Tommy Grecco (Steve Francis)
HAWK Performance Fastest Lap of the Race: Scott Bloomquist - Lap 7 - 15.574

Time of Race: 49 minutes 15 seconds 


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