Bronson Storms to Golden Isles Win


Kyle Bronson won Wednesday night at Golden Isles Speedway. (Blake Harris Photo)

May 20, 2020 at Golden Isles Speedway ($7,000 to win)



Recap by Tyson Graves


Night two of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Return to Racing took place at Golden Isles Speedway Wednesday night. Jimmy Owens took night one and the field was gunning to break the hot streak of the one they call “The O Show.”


In Miller Welders qualifying Jonathan Davenport went to the top of the speed charts in group A with a lap of 15.158 seconds. In Group B it was Dresdon, Ohio second generation driver Devin Moran who put down the fastest lap at 15.020 seconds. Devin’s lap made him the overall fast qualifier for the evening as heat race lineups were set.


In heat race number one for the second night in a row Josh Richards picked up the win and locked himself on the pole for the night's feature event. After having to come through a B-Main Tuesday night Jonathan Davenport finished runner up and transferred to the main event. Max Blair and Brandon Overton were the other two drivers who transferred to the feature event.


Jimmy Owens kept up his winning ways as he drove away with the heat race win. Tyler Erb and Kyle Bronson battled for the runner up spot and finished respectively. Tanner English picked up the final transfer spot and moved on to the feature event.


Fast Qualifier Devin Moran held off Shane Clanton to pick up the win in heat race three. Shanon Buckingham and Tuesday night runner up Mason Zeigler moved on to the main event. Point leader Brandon Sheppard struggled and failed to transfer and had to run a B-main.


Iowa driver Tyler Bruening won the fourth and final heat race of the night. Steven Roberts came home runner up. John Barker and Illinois driver Dennis Erb Jr were the other two drivers to move on to the nights feature event.


Veteran driver Rick Eckert took the lead early in B-Main number one. He held on for the win. Series regulars Tim McCreadie and Brian Shirley took the other transfer spots and moved on to the main event.


Brandon Sheppard ran away with the second B-Main. Second generation driver Billy Moyer Jr and Michael Norris took the other transfer spots into the feature event. This left Hudson O’Neal and Earl Pearson Jr to take series provisionals to be able to start in the points paying feature event.


After starting on the front row Devin Moran jumped out to an early race lead and held the field at bay until caution came out on lap 25 for Tanner English who had issues with his nose being folded under. Josh Richards remained in the second position as the field got ready for the restart. On the restart Jimmy Owens was able to get around Josh Richards. One lap later the yellow came out for Max Blair.


As they lined up for the restart Kyle Bronson had moved up in the top five along with Tyler Erb as they hoped to challenge for the win in the closing laps. Josh Richards retook the runner up spot on the lap 26 restart. Four laps later Devin Moran jumped the cushion leading and made contact with the wall and Josh Richards and third place running Kyle Bronson made contact with him. Josh Richards had a flat tire and had to go to the tail after getting a new tire on the right front.


Kyle Bronson inherited the lead as he was able to continue. On the restart Kyle held off Tyler Erb as they went into turn one and down the backstretch. Before the lap was complete Brandon Overton made contact with the wall in turn 3 and 4. Tyler Bruening, Brian Shirley and Hudson O'Neal were involved as well after making contact with Overton.


Kyle Bronson led the field to green on the lap 30 restart. Kyle ran away from Tyler Erb as he used the top to win the feature event. Jimmy Owens rounded out the podium behind Tyler Erb. Home state driver Shane Clanton came home fourth and hard charger Tim McCreadie drove from his 19th starting spot to round out the top 5.


In victory lane Kyle said “We knocked the tow out when he made contact with Moran on lap 30. We felt like we gave some away during speedweeks and happy to get the win here.” It was Kyle’s first win at Golden Isles and his first win of the 2020 season on the Lucas Oil tour.


The final day of racing will take place at Golden Isles Thursday night. All the action can be seen live on Lucas Oil Racing TV or the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Facebook page.


Race Results


A-Main

1 11 Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL 40B

2 7 Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX 1T

3 3 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 20

4 6 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA 25

5 19 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 39

6 8 Steven Roberts Sylvester, GA 111

7 5 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 49

8 14 Mason Zeigler Chalk Hill, PA 25Z

9 18 Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL 1S

10 17 Rick Eckert York, PA 0E

11 23 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN 71

12 16 Dennis Erb Jr Carpentersville, IL 28E

13 20 Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR 21

14 25 Earl Pearson Jr Jacksonville, FL 1

15 21 Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 3S

16 1 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 14

17 10 Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN 50

18 24 G.R. Smith Statesville, NC 89

19 15 Tanner English Benton, KY 81E

20 12 John Baker Norman Park, GA 5B

21 13 Brandon Overton Evans, GA 76

22 4 Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA 16

23 2 Devin Moran Dresden, OH 9

24 9 Max Blair Centerville, PA 111B

25 22 Michael Norris Sarver, PA 72

26 26 Stormy Scott Las Cruces, NM 2S


B-Main 1

1 2 Rick Eckert York, PA 0E

2 3 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 39

3 1 Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 3S

4 6 Donnie Chappell St. Augustine, FL 25DC

5 4 Blake Spencer St Augustine, FL 6S

6 7 Kerry King Delmar, DE KB0

7 11 G.R. Smith Statesville, NC 89

8 10 Chris Ferguson Mt. Holly, NC 22F

9 8 Ryan Scott PITTSFIELD, PA 0R

DNS - Stormy Scott Las Cruces, NM 2S

DNS - Ross Bailes Clover, SC 1B

DNS - Mike Benedum Salem, WV 8B


B-Main 2

1 1 Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL 1S

2 2 Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR 21

3 3 Michael Norris Sarver, PA 72

4 5 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN 71

5 4 Pearson Williams Dublin, GA 2W

6 11 Jeremy Conaway Springfield, IL F15

7 6 Ryan King Seymour, TN 1G

8 7 John Tweed Greeneville, TN 5T

9 10 Earl Pearson Jr Jacksonville, FL 1

10 9 Ken Monahan Lakeland, FL 311

DNS - Jason Fitzgerald Middleburg, FL 7F


Heat 1

1 2 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 14

2 1 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 49

3 3 Max Blair Centerville, PA 111B

4 4 Brandon Overton Evans, GA 76

5 5 Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 3S

6 8 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 39

7 7 Stormy Scott Las Cruces, NM 2S

8 9 Kerry King Delmar, DE KB0

9 6 Ross Bailes Clover, SC 1B

DNS - G.R. Smith Statesville, NC 89


Heat 2

1 1 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 20

2 3 Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX 1T

3 4 Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL 40B

4 6 Tanner English Benton, KY 81E

5 5 Rick Eckert York, PA 0E

6 8 Blake Spencer St Augustine, FL 6S

7 7 Donnie Chappell St. Augustine, FL 25DC

8 9 Ryan Scott PITTSFIELD, PA 0R

9 2 Chris Ferguson Mt. Holly, NC 22F

DNS - Mike Benedum Salem, WV 8B


Heat 3

1 1 Devin Moran Dresden, OH 9

2 3 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA 25

3 5 Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN 50

4 4 Mason Zeigler Chalk Hill, PA 25Z

5 2 Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL 1S

6 6 Michael Norris Sarver, PA 72

7 7 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN 71

8 8 John Tweed Greeneville, TN 5T

9 9 Ken Monahan Lakeland, FL 311


Heat 4

1 1 Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA 16

2 2 Steven Roberts Sylvester, GA 111

3 3 John Baker Norman Park, GA 5B

4 6 Dennis Erb Jr Carpentersville, IL 28E

5 5 Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR 21

6 4 Pearson Williams Dublin, GA 2W

7 10 Ryan King Seymour, TN 1G

8 8 Jason Fitzgerald Middleburg, FL 7F

9 7 Earl Pearson Jr Jacksonville, FL 1

10 9 Jeremy Conaway Springfield, IL F15


Group A Time Trials

1 3 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 49 15.158

2 6 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 20 15.257

3 14 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 14 15.274

4 13 Chris Ferguson Mt. Holly, NC 22F 15.277

5 8 Max Blair Centerville, PA 111B 15.289

6 12 Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX 1T 15.374

7 18 Brandon Overton Evans, GA 76 15.411

8 5 Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL 40B 15.456

9 16 Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 3S 15.475

10 17 Rick Eckert York, PA 0E 15.482

11 2 Ross Bailes Clover, SC 1B 15.532

12 10 Tanner English Benton, KY 81E 15.547

13 15 Stormy Scott Las Cruces, NM 2S 15.558

14 11 Donnie Chappell St. Augustine, FL 25DC 15.627

15 1 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 39 15.640

16 4 Blake Spencer St Augustine, FL 6S 16.201

17 7 Kerry King Delmar, DE KB0 16.292

18 9 Ryan Scott PITTSFIELD, PA 0R 16.585

19 20 G.R. Smith Statesville, NC 89 18.394

DNS - Mike Benedum Salem, WV 8B 18.394


Group B Time Trials

1 16 Devin Moran Dresden, OH 9 15.020

2 12 Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA 16 15.150

3 4 Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL 1S 15.224

4 7 Steven Roberts Sylvester, GA 111 15.226

5 18 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA 25 15.233

6 15 John Baker Norman Park, GA 5B 15.270

7 5 Mason Zeigler Chalk Hill, PA 25Z 15.416

8 2 Pearson Williams Dublin, GA 2W 15.500

9 11 Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN 50 15.524

10 8 Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR 21 15.532

11 9 Michael Norris Sarver, PA 72 15.621

12 19 Dennis Erb Jr Carpentersville, IL 28E 15.733

13 17 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN 71 15.745

14 3 Earl Pearson Jr Jacksonville, FL 1 15.761

15 13 John Tweed Greeneville, TN 5T 15.839

16 10 Jason Fitzgerald Middleburg, FL 7F 15.953

17 14 Ken Monahan Lakeland, FL 311 16.087

18 1 Jeremy Conaway Springfield, IL F15 16.163

DNS - Ryan King Seymour, TN 1G 16.163


Results via My Race Pass


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