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Batesville Motor Speedway (Batesville, AR) – Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series – Topless 100 – April 18th-19th, 2023. (Heath Lawson photo)


Dale McDowell

McDowell pockets $50,000 Topless 100 at Batesville Motor Speedway

Dale McDowell was $50,000 richer after topping Saturday night’s 31st annual COMP Cams Topless 100 presented by Nutrien Ag Solutions aboard his Shane McDowell Racing / E-Z-GO No. 17m Cometic Gaskets / Klotz Synthetic Lubricants / Connected Strategy Advisors / Team Zero Race Cars / Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model.

From the third-starting spot McDowell took control on lap 35 and never looked back in the 100 lapper en route to his second triumph in the mega event.

“My brother Shane [McDowell] made some awful good adjustments. First off, I need to thank the Good Lord above for allowing me to get through my health issues a couple of years ago and get back and do this. Thank goodness it wasn’t my time to get out of the sport. What a race and what a crowd here for us,” McDowell said in Victory Lane. “To come here and see this crowd, I don’t think I’ve ever seen this big of a crowd here. It’s awesome. I want to thank you race fans for supporting this event and everybody it takes to put on this race. Thank you.”

Shane McDowell Racing returned to action with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) on Friday afternoon at Batesville Motor Speedway (Locust Grove, Ark.) with Dale McDowell piloting the E-Z-GO No. 17m Super Late Model for the 31st running of the COMP Cams Topless 100.

With 64 Late Models on the grounds for the two-day event co-sanctioned with the COMP Cams Super Dirt Series (CCSDS), Dale qualified second-fastest in his 32-car group before picking up an eight-lap heat race victory.

Chasing a $5,000 payday in Friday’s preliminary feature, McDowell lost one spot in the 25-lap affair to register a fourth-place finish. He trailed Ricky Thornton Jr., Tim McCreadie, and Jonathan Davenport across the line with Devin Moran fifth.

Locked into the second row for Saturday night’s COMP Cams Topless 100 finale, McDowell powered ahead of early leader Jonathan Davenport on lap 35 and controlled the remainder of the 100-lapper to claim his ninth win of the season and a second victory in the event after winning the 2004 Topless 100.

He grabbed the $50,000 payday ahead of Jonathan Davenport, Ricky Thornton Jr., Devin Moran, and Tim McCreadie.

Full results from the events are available at www.LucasDirt.com.

The team will be idle this weekend before returning to action on Saturday, Sept. 2 at Rome (Ga.) Speedway with the $15,000-to-win Rome Boss, which will be sanctioned by the Hunt the Front Super Dirt Series.

For more information on the event, please visit www.HTFseries.com .

Article Credit: Heath Lawson photo

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