(Tom Partin drove his Grave Digger paint schemed Legend Car to the Billy Bob feature win Sunday at Tyler County Speedway / Photo Credit : Hidden Gem Motorsports)
Peebles, OH : Sunday of Labor Day Weekend for the Ohio Valley Roofers Legend Car Series is spent at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, WV and in 2018, the series joined the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series once again for the 50th Hillbilly 100! The Billy Bob 20 Feature Event for the Legend Cars Preludes the 100 Lap $50,000 to win Late Model feature, and if its an unpredictable finish the fans wanted, they received all that and more on Sunday Night. The regular stars of the OVRLCS were on site along with Central PA Legends stars Austin Bellemare and Jorjie Sweger, Tennessee’s Jacob Owens as well as Legend Cars of Australia’s Dan Morris. Each driver making the trip to battle for the famously hand painted Milk Can trophy that goes home to the Billy Bob 20 winner.
20 cars converged on the state of West Virginia in search of the Milk Can and the glory of winning the Billy Bob 20. Hot Lap sessions also served as Qualifying for the night as drivers tried to lay down their best times. A small painted can was awarded to the Fastest Qualifier. Kurri Kurri, NSW, AUS native Dan Morris claimed the can with a fastest lap of 17.101 Seconds. Rounding out the Top 5 Qualifiers were Jerren Perdue (17.115), Jacob Owens (17.209), Matt Isaac (17.360) and Tom Partin (17.418).
The Heat Races then Lined up from Qualifying Times. The 8 Lap Heat Races were won by Tom Partin (Heat 1) and Jerren Perdue (Heat 2). After the heat races, Heat 1 Winner Tom Partin drew the invert for the feature event lineup. Partin Pulled out a 5 meaning he would have to Start 5th and the remainder of the field would be inverted respectively. This would set Dan Morris back on the pole position for the Start of the 20 Lap Main event.
Drivers followed Late Model B-Mains onto the track for a feature event the fans of Tyler County, WV wont soon forget. Morris jumped out to an early lead with Jacob Owens, Jerren Perdue and the rest of the field following. Early cautions slowed the main event allowing drivers to re-plan their attack on Morris. After a late race restart, Jacob Owens and Tom Partin stalked Morris coming into the final lap. Morris held onto the lead down the final trip of the back stretch when Owens made one last bid for the lead. Owens dove low and couldn’t hold the car down. Owens’ #8 Coupe drifted slightly up into Morris’ #59 Sedan in Turn 4 before the checkered flag causing both to spin. 3rd Place running Tom Partin capitalized on the wild last lap tangle to take home his first Milk Can and become the 4th Different Winner in 4 Years of the Billy Bob 20!
Although tempers were expected to flair, both Morris and Owens took the final lap incident as well as one possibly could in the incident. The 2018 Billy Bob 20 was also a Legend Car Dirt Track World Championship Qualifier for those outside the Top 15 in Series Points. The Top 5 finishers in the Billy Bob 20 would get an automatic lock into the Dirt Track World Championship regardless of Points Position at the end of the season.
The Top 5 were Tom Partin, John Gutman, Gerad Miller, Jorjie Sweger and Ashley Tackett! Partin, Gutman and Tackett all sit in Points Positions high enough to gain entry to the DTWC however, Gerad Miller in just his 6th Race of 2018 on Tour and Jorjie Sweger in her very first race of 2018 with the series have locked themselves into the Legend Car Dirt Track World Championship on October 19th at Portsmouth Raceway Park!
Two big “firsts” were experienced for the OVRLCS in the 4th Running of the Billy Bob 20 on Sunday:
- 1st event to have a driver from outside the United States to compete (Dan Morris, NSW, AUS)
- 1st event to have 2 Females (Jorjie Sweger and Ashley Tackett) Finish in the Top 5
To allow the dust to settle from the action on Sunday, the series will sit idle until Saturday September 22nd when drivers will take on the Ona Speedway in Ona, WV for a Non-Points asphalt shootout and then will return to Points racing on Friday October 5th at Atomic Speedway where the Top 4 Championship Contenders will be locked in for the Championship Battle on October 19th at Portsmouth Raceway Park.
For more information on the Ohio Valley Roofers Legend Car Series and its overseeing Sanctioning Body, the National Legend Car Association, visit www.nationallegendcars.com. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/brushcreeklegends.
Remaining Tour Schedule 2018:
- Saturday September 22nd – Ona Speedway (Non-Points Asphalt Exhibition)
- Friday October 5th – Atomic Speedway (Championship Contender Cutoff Race)
- Saturday October 6th – Brushcreek Motorsports Complex (Championship Decider if October 19th is Cancelled)
- Friday October 19th – Portsmouth Raceway Park (2018 Legend Car Dirt Track World Championship/Championship Decider)
- Saturday November 3rd – Brushcreek Motorsports Complex (Non-Points Fall FunDay)
– Hidden Gem Motorsports press release