Darrell Lanigan Still Showing the Way in August WIZARD Rankings!!!
Wizard(September 1, 2014) As the "Month of Money" in Dirt Late Model racing concludes and all eyes shift towards this weekend's 'World 100' at Eldora (OH) Speedway, the "WIZARD" has unveiled its newest driver rankings and Darrell Lanigan once again finds himself on top of the standings! With a minimum of twenty-eight qualified races, Lanigan is ahead of Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Don O'Neal, and Jonathan Davenport in the August version of the rankings. Darrell has racked up an amazing sixteen victories, thirty-five Top Five finishes, and thirty-seven Top Ten efforts in the forty-one qualified races that he has entered so far in 2014. The "WIZARD" will be watching throughout the month of September to see if anyone can mount a late season charge to rival Lanigan's impressive 113.71 overall rating! | View '14 August Rankings

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Blankenship Busy Over Labor Day Weekend in Ohio and West Virginia
(August 31, 2014) The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tripleheader over the Labor Day holiday weekend wrapped up tonight with the 46th Annual 'Hillbilly 100' at I-77 Raceway Park in Ripley, West Virginia. John Blankenship started off his evening by posting the tenth fastest lap in Group B during qualifying and later ran fifth in his heat race. After a triumph in his consolation race, John started the $25,000 to win mega-event from the outside of the ninth row. During the course of the 100-lap extra-distance affair, John picked off eight competitors en route to a solid tenth place outing.

(August 30, 2014) Next up on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series grind was a visit to Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio tonight for another $10,000 to win program. John Blankenship notched the second fastest time in Group A during the qualifying session and later finished second in his loaded heat race behind only prelim victor Steve Francis. After rolling off from the inside of the fourth row in the 50-lap headliner, John advanced up to sixth in the 'Pepsi 50 River Days Rumble' at PRP to finish behind only winner Jackie Boggs, Steve Francis, Jared Landers, Eddie Carrier, Jr., and Scott Bloomquist.

(August 29, 2014) John Blankenship and his #23 team kicked off a busy Labor Day holiday weekend with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tonight at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio. John knocked down the fifth quickest lap in Group B during time trials prior to finishing third in his heat race behind only prelim winner Steve Francis and runner-up Brian Birkhofer. After starting the $10,000 to win feature event from the outside of the fifth row, John was able to move up a couple of spots on his way to a solid eighth place showing in the 50-lapper.

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Number 23, Inc. Follows Lucas Oil Series Trail to Bulls Gap & Lawrenceburg
(August 23, 2014) Following a day off, the #23 team strolled north to Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Indiana tonight for the $10,000 to win 'Whiskey City 50,' which was sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. John Blankenship qualified seventh fastest during the time trial session and later placed third in heat race action. After rolling off from the inside of the fourth row in the 50-lap main event, which was taped by the cameras of the Lucas Oil Production Studios, John eventually recorded a respectable tenth place effort in the 'Whiskey City 50.' He still finds himself seventh in the latest LOLMDS point standings following the Bulls Gap/Lawrenceburg doubleheader.

(August 21, 2014) Next up for the cars and stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series was the 11th Annual 'Scorcher' tonight at the ultra-fast Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tennessee. John Blankenship posted the fourth quickest lap overall during the qualifying session and later finished second in his heat race behind only prelim victor Scott Bloomquist. After starting the $10,000 to win feature event from the outside of the second row, John ran second early in the 50-lap race before settling for a strong third place performance. He crossed underneath the checkers tonight at "The Gap" behind only winner Dale McDowell and runner-up Mike Marlar!

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Blankenship Sixth in 22nd Annual Topless 100 at Batesville Motor Speedway
(August 17, 2014) Another weekend and another crown jewel event for Number 23, Inc., as they traveled to Batesville Motor Speedway in Locust Grove, Arkansas on August 15-16 for the 22nd edition of the 'Topless 100.' The biggest roofless event of the season was once again sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and boasted a $40,000 payday. On Friday night, John Blankenship qualified tenth fastest in Group A during time trials and later finished third in his loaded heat race behind only prelim winner Stacy Taylor and runner-up Jimmy Owens. After rolling off from the inside of the seventh row in Saturday's 100-lap headliner, John was able to work his way past seven competitors en route to a strong sixth place showing. At the finish of the 'Topless 100,' John trailed only victor Jimmy Owens, Dale McDowell, Jonathan Davenport, Scott Bloomquist, and Don O'Neal. Full results from Batesville can be located online at www.lucasdirt.com.

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#23 Team Nabs Top Five in 32nd Annual North/South 100 at Florence!
(August 9, 2014) The 32nd Annual 'North/South 100' wrapped up tonight at Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky and all eyes were fixated on the $50,000 payday. John Blankenship ran second in his dash tonight behind Scott Bloomquist, which locked him into the inside of the second row for the start of the 100-lap crown jewel main event. The Williamson, West Virginia standout found himself in the third position throughout the early portion of the 'North/South 100' and ran amongst the top five the entire distance. At the checkers in the televised special, John was in the fourth spot to finish behind only victor Eddie Carrier, Jr., Scott Bloomquist, and Jimmy Mars. He still finds himself seventh in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings following the huge 'North/South 100' weekend.

(August 8, 2014) John Blankenship and his #23 team rolled into the venerable Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky tonight for the start of the 32nd Annual 'North/South 100.' A new format was in place for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series biggie and each driver competed in double heat races tonight instead of qualifying. John ran fourth in his first heat race, while he blasted from the tail of his second prelim to score an impressive heat race triumph. By virtue of his high passing points total, John will start from the outside of the front row in one of tomorrow's dashes at the undersized 1/2-mile facility. No matter where he finishes in that dash, John is locked into the 100-lap crown jewel main event, which boasts a hefty $50,000 top prize!

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Blankenship Travels North to Cedar Lake Speedway for USA Nationals
(August 3, 2014) Number 23, Inc. ventured north to the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin from July 31-August 2 for the 27th edition of the 'USA Nationals.' The action started on Thursday night with a $6,000 to win preliminary program, which was sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. John Blankenship qualified twenty-second fastest in Group B during time trials and later finished sixth in his heat race and fourth in his B-Main. Unfortunately, John was unable to make the start in the 40-lap feature event, which was ultimately won by Jimmy Mars.

On Friday evening at Cedar Lake, John clicked off the thirteenth quickest lap in Group A during WOOLMS qualifying prior to finishing fifth in his loaded heat race. Later in the night, John also ran fifth in the special FANSFund Dash, which paid $2,500 to the winner. When the stakes were raised on Saturday at CLS, the Williamson, West Virginia ace wound up ninth in his B-Main and eleventh in the Last Chance Qualifier. John was not able to transfer his #23 entry into the $50,000 to win 'USA Nationals' headliner, which was won by Jimmy Owens. Complete results from the long weekend in Wisconsin can be accessed online at www.woolms.com.

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Darrell Lanigan Tops Bloomquist, Owens, O'Neal, and Moyer in July Rankings!
Wizard(August 1, 2014) Union, Kentucky superstar Darrell Lanigan continues his stranglehold on top of the "WIZARD" driver rankings following an ultra-busy month of July. The current World of Outlaws Late Model Series point leader has already posted eleven feature wins with the national touring series and has rarely found himself out of the top five all season. Darrell's schedule difficulty is among the best in the country, while his overall rating of 113.70 is over five points better than current second place driver Scott Bloomquist. Jimmy Owens, Don O'Neal, and Billy Moyer round out the top five in the July standings, as the calendar turns to the "Month of Money" in Dirt Late Model racing. The top 55 drivers are shown on this month's ranking, while a total of 1111 drivers have achieved the 24 minimum races needed to qualify for the "WIZARD" driver rankings! | View '14 July Rankings

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Busy Lucas Oil Swing Through Midwest for Number 23, Inc.
(July 19, 2014) The 4th Annual 'Silver Dollar Nationals' wrapped up tonight at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska and a huge crowd was on the grounds to witness the $30,000 to win mega-event. John Blankenship moved up seven spots during his B-Main tonight to finish in the sixth position. After relying on a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series provisional to gain access into the 80-lap feature, John was able to advance past twelve competitors during the 'Silver Dollar Nationals.' At the conclusion of the race, John found himself thirteenth in the final rundown and currently sits seventh in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings.

(July 18, 2014) Number 23, Inc. rolled into I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska tonight for the start of the 4th Annual 'Silver Dollar Nationals,' which is sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and boasts a hefty $30,000 winner's check. Instead of qualifying, the unique, two-day show kicked off tonight with two rounds of heat races in the Cornhusker State. John Blankenship started fifth in his first heat race and advanced up to third to finish behind only prelim victor Chad Simpson and runner-up Scott Bloomquist. Unfortunately, John was forced to scratch from his second heat race due to problems. The Williamson, West Virginia standout will start Saturday's consolation race from the thirteenth position and will be looking to make his way into the 80-lap headliner.

(July 15, 2014) The Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas was next on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series schedule, as the 2nd Annual 'Clash of the Titans' boasted another $10,000 top prize tonight. John Blankenship timed in twelfth fastest in Group B during the qualifying session prior to finishing fifth in his stacked heat race. John then ran second in his B-Main behind Earl Pearson, Jr. to earn the twentieth starting position in the 50-lapper. During the course of the caution-free race, John moved up six spots to earn a fourteenth place effort.

(July 12, 2014) Next up for the #23 team was a trip today to the state-of-the-art Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri for the annual running of the 'CMH Diamond Nationals.' John Blankenship came into the Show-Me State as the defending winner of the 'Diamond Nationals,' as he picked up the $10,000 payday at Wheatland last year. John qualified ninth quickest in Group B during time trials tonight, but later suffered problems in his heat race that dropped him to a tenth place finish. The Williamson, West Virginia star eventually took use of a LOLMDS provisional to gain access into the 50-lap feature and rolled off from the outside of the twelfth row. In front of a healthy crowd and the television cameras of the Lucas Oil Production Studios, John blitzed past sixteen competitors during the 'Diamond Nationals' to salvage a solid eighth place performance.

(July 11, 2014) John Blankenship and Number 23, Inc. started a busy swing through the Midwest with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tonight at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois. The annual 'Battle at the Beach 50' featured a $10,000 winner's check and attracted the television cameras of the Lucas Oil Production Studios. John knocked down the second quickest lap in Group B during qualifying and later finished second in heat race action behind only prelim victor Don O'Neal. After starting the 50-lap headliner from the outside of the fourth row, John was unfortunately involved in a lap 29 caution with Eddie Carrier, Jr. and was relegated to a disappointing twenty-third place finish.

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Blankenship Follows Lucas Oil Tour for Four-Race Extended Holiday Weekend
(July 5, 2014) The quadruple-header weekend with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series wrapped up tonight with a visit to 201 Speedway in Sitka, Kentucky. John Blankenship qualified ninth fastest in Group A during the time trial session prior to finishing third in his heat race behind only prelim victor Tim Dohm and runner-up Steve Francis. John then started the $10,000 to win feature event from the inside of the fifth row and proceeded to pick off five cars during the 50-lapper en route to a strong fourth place effort in his weekend finale. The Williamson, West Virginia star, who currently sits seventh in the latest LOLMDS point standings, trailed only winner Jimmy Owens, Don O'Neal, and Eddie Carrier, Jr. at the finish line!

(July 4, 2014) The #23 team celebrated Independence Day tonight with another Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series battle in the Buckeye State, as the action shifted south to Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio. John Blankenship clicked off the second fastest lap in Group A during time trials, but later slipped back to third in his stacked heat race to finish behind only prelim winner Jackie Boggs and runner-up Don O'Neal. After starting the $10,000 to win headliner from the inside of the sixth row, John charged past five competitors during the 50-lap affair to record a strong sixth place performance. He trailed only winner Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Jackie Boggs, Duane Chamberlain, and Steve Francis at the checkers tonight at PRP.

(July 3, 2014) Next up for the cars and stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series was a visit tonight to Muskingum County Speedway in Zanesville, Ohio for the annual running of the 'Crenos 50.' John Blankenship posted the eighth fastest time in Group A during the qualifying session prior to placing fourth in his loaded heat race. John then started from the inside of the eighth row in the $10,000 to win feature event and was able to ultimately finish twelfth in the final rundown of the 50-lapper.

(July 2, 2014) The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series schedule fired back up tonight and the #23 team invaded Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg, Pennsylvania for the first of four $10,000 to win programs this week. John Blankenship knocked down the fifth quickest lap in Group B during qualifying and later grabbed the fourth and final transfer spot through his heat race. After starting the 50-lap main event from the outside of the seventh row, John was able to move past seven competitors during the race to bring home a solid seventh place effort.

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Lanigan Holds Off Bloomquist to Secure WIZARD Lead Heading into July!
Wizard(July 1, 2014) By virtue of his three World of Outlaws Late Model Series victories last week in the Keystone State of Pennsylvania, Darrell Lanigan still holds the top spot in the latest "WIZARD" driver rankings following a hectic month of June. Scott Bloomquist seemed poised to leap frog the Union, Kentucky superstar, but armed with an impressive 'Firecracker 100' weekend, Darrell once again secured the lead with an overall rating of 112.58. With a minimum of twenty qualified races, Lanigan leads Bloomquist, Don O'Neal, Chris Madden, and Jonathan Davenport in the latest version of the "WIZARD" rankings! | View '14 June Rankings

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8th Annual Firecracker 100 Weekend Nightly Results...
(June 28, 2014) The 8th Annual 'Firecracker 100' wrapped up tonight at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania and John Blankenship had his sights set on the hefty $30,000 winner's check! With the heat race lineups set off of Thursday and Friday's finishes, John went on to score the triumph in his prelim over Rick Eckert and Tim McCreadie. After drawing the ninth starting spot prior to the 100-lap mega-event, John pointed his #23 Rocket Chassis to the front of the stellar field and gradually picked off car after car. He eventually settled for an impressive third place showing in the 'Firecracker 100,' which was cut short by ten circuits due to rain, as he trailed only victor Darrell Lanigan and runner-up Scott Bloomquist!

(June 27, 2014) Night two of the 'Firecracker 100' weekend took place tonight at the storied Lernerville Speedway and another $6,000 top prize was on the line at the Sarver, Pennsylvania facility. John Blankenship posted the nineteenth fastest time in Group A during World of Outlaws Late Model Series qualifying, but later moved up to finish fourth in heat race action. After grabbing the second transfer spot through his B-Main, John started the 30-lap feature from the outside of the eleventh row. The "West Virginia Wizard" then blasted up through the field in the A-Main, as he picked off fifteen competitors en route to a strong seventh place performance.

(June 26, 2014) John Blankenship and the Number 23 Inc. team made the trip to Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania tonight for the start of the huge, three-day 'Firecracker 100' weekend, which is being sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. John clicked off the tenth quickest lap in Group B during the WOOLMS qualifying session and later finished second in his heat race behind only prelim victor Jonathan Davenport. The Williamson, West Virginia native then started the $6,000 to win main event from the outside of the fifth row, but later slipped back a few spots during the 30-lapper to finish in the seventeenth position.

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Number 23 Inc. Follows Lucas Oil Series to Cherokee and Smoky Mountain
(June 21, 2014) The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series made their first-ever visit to Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee tonight and another $10,000 top prize was on the line. John Blankenship qualified seventh fastest overall during the time trial session and later placed third in his stacked heat race behind only prelim winner Scott Bloomquist and runner-up Casey Roberts. After starting the 50-lap feature from the inside of the fourth row, John unfortunately ran into problems during the 'Lucas Oil Ole Smoky Moonshine Classic' and retired in the twenty-first position. John currently finds himself eighth in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings following the Cherokee and Smoky Mountain doubleheader.

(June 20, 2014) The #23 team followed the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series trail to Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina tonight for a $10,000 to win tilt. A total of 28 competitors converged on Cherokee for the 16th Annual 'Grassy Smith Memorial.' John Blankenship knocked down the fourteenth fastest lap during time trials and later placed seventh in his loaded heat race. After a triumph in his B-Main, John started the 50-lap main event from the inside of the tenth row. During the course of the 'Grassy Smith Memorial,' the Williamson West Virginia standout was able to work his way past five competitors on his way to a fourteenth place performance.

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Blankenship Back on Lucas Oil Series Tour at Magnolia Motor Speedway
(June 15, 2014) John Blankenship and the Number 23 Inc. team were back on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series trail over the June 13-14 weekend at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Mississippi! The annual running of the 'Clash at the Mag' once again attracted the Lucas Oil Production Studios television cameras and a strong contingent of cars for the $20,000 to win mega-event. On Friday night during preliminary action, John laid down the ninth fastest lap in Group A during qualifying prior to grabbing the fourth and final transfer spot through his heat race. After starting the 100-lap feature on Saturday from the inside of the seventh row, John unfortunately drew a lap 71 caution and was forced to retire from the 'Clash at the Mag' in the eighteenth position. The Williamson, West Virginia standout still sits seventh in the latest LOLMDS point standings following the weekend visit to Magnolia Motor Speedway. Full results can be found online at www.lucasdirt.com.

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20th Annual Dirt Late Model Dream Nightly Results...
(June 7, 2014) The 20th edition of the 'Dirt Late Model Dream' concluded tonight at the "Big E" and John Blankenship had his sights set on the hefty $100,000 winner's check. John advanced up to fifth in his stacked heat race and later grabbed the second transfer spot through his B-Main into the 100-lap crown jewel main event. The Williamson, West Virginia ace then started the 'Dirt Late Model Dream' from the outside of the twelfth row and immediately started his march towards the front of the pack. John broke into second with a lap 84 pass of Scott Bloomquist and was digging for his second straight big-race win at Eldora Speedway. However, he had used most of his racecar up starting so deep in the field and settled for a strong runner-up effort behind only race winner Dale McDowell!

(June 6, 2014) Night two of the 'Dirt Late Model Dream' weekend took place tonight at Eldora Speedway and a similar Twin 25 program as held at the 1/2-mile speedplant, but each winner received a $5,000 payday tonight. John Blankenship unfortunately got into the wall during his qualifying lap and did not record an official time. He rebounded nicely in his heat race; however, as he vaulted all the way up to fourth from the tail to grab the final transfer position behind only prelim victor Dale McDowell, Jason Riggs, and Wendell Wallace. After rolling off from the inside of the seventh row in the 25-lap feature event, John knocked off seven competitors during the sprint to claim a solid sixth place performance.

(June 5, 2014) The Number 23 Inc. team rolled into the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio tonight for the start of the 20th Annual 'Dirt Late Model Dream.' The first of two prelim nights at the "Big E" was headlined by a pair of Twin 25 lap feature events - each paying $2,500 to the winner. John Blankenship could only muster the 65th fastest lap of the 78 entrants during qualifying, but later scooted past seven competitors in his heat race to record a strong runner-up prelim effort behind only winner Jacob Hawkins. After starting the 25-lap main event from the inside of the third row, John was able to move up to the fourth finishing position, as he trailed only victor Jimmy Owens, Bobby Pierce, and Eric Wells at the checkers.

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Darrell Lanigan Once Again Sits Firmly On Top of WIZARD May Rankings!
Wizard(June 1, 2014) Union, Kentucky superstar Darrell Lanigan once again sits firmly planted on top of the newly-released "WIZARD" rankings following a busy month of May! Darrell, who is currently leading the World of Outlaws Late Model Series point standings, has an overall "WIZARD" rating of 111.44 and a schedule difficulty of 97.74. Meanwhile, his closest competitor Scott Bloomquist has an overall rating of 106.90 and a schedule difficulty of a robust 101.16. These are the only two drivers in the country that enjoy an overall "WIZARD" rating of over 100. Rounding out the top five in the May rankings are Don O'Neal, Jonathan Davenport, and Chris Madden! | View '14 May Rankings

 

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