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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Blankenship Tackles Tazewell and Florence with Lucas Oil Series!
(May 31, 2014) John Blankenship and his #23 team concluded the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series doubleheader tonight at the venerable Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky, as another $10,000 top prize was on the line in the 28th edition of the 'Ralph Latham Memorial.' John timed in fifteenth quickest in Group A during qualifying and later advanced up to fifth in his stacked heat race. After scoring the victory in his B-Main, John started the 50-lap feature from the inside of the ninth row. The Williamson, West Virginia native, who currently finds himself seventh in the LOLMDS point standings, then rallied past twelve competitors during the 'Ralph Latham Memorial' to claim a strong fifth place effort behind only victor Jimmy Owens, Darrell Lanigan, Don O'Neal, and Scott Bloomquist!

(May 30, 2014) The Number 23, Inc. team followed the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series trail to the bad-fast Tazewell Speedway in Tazewell, Tennessee tonight for another pivotal points battle. The 'Toyota Knoxville 50' drew a gigantic standing-room-only crowd to the "Taz" to witness the $10,000 to win spectacular. John Blankenship clicked off the second fastest lap during the qualifying session and later finished second in his loaded heat race behind only prelim winner Jimmy Owens. Early in the 50-lapper; however, John was unfortunately caught up in a wreck that left his #23 Rocket Chassis badly damaged and relegated him to a disappointing sixteenth place performance.

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22nd Annual Show-Me 100 Weekend Nightly Results...
(May 24, 2014) Things wrapped up tonight at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri, as the final night of the 22nd Annual Lucas Oil 'Show-Me 100' took place in front of a huge crowd and a host of television cameras. John Blankenship won his consolation race tonight to advance into the $30,000 to win crown jewel event. After starting from the outside of the tenth row in the 100-lap feature, John steadily moved forward throughout the race and picked off nine competitors en route to an eleventh place effort. The Williamson, West Virginia native currently sits seventh in the latest version of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series point standings following this year's edition of the 'Show-Me 100.'

(May 23, 2014) The stakes were raised tonight at Lucas Oil Speedway, as preliminary action was held for the 22nd edition of the Lucas Oil 'Show-Me 100,' which boasts a hefty $30,000 payday. A total of 65 drivers took part in time trials tonight for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association (MLRA) co-sanctioned event at the Wheatland, Missouri facility. John Blankenship posted the sixth fastest time in Group B during the qualifying session and later ran fourth in his stacked heat race behind only prelim winner Jimmy Owens, Billy Moyer, Jr., and Shannon Babb. John will roll off from the outside of the front row in B-Main #2 tomorrow evening.

(May 22, 2014) The 22nd Annual Lucas Oil 'Show-Me 100' kicked off tonight at the state-of-the-art Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri with the inaugural running of the 'Cowboy Classic.' The Lucas Oil MLRA Series presided over the glorified tune-up race and a $5,045 winner's check was on the line. John Blankenship timed in only twenty-ninth fastest in Group A during qualifying, but was then able to march up to fourth in his loaded heat race. After grabbing the second and final transfer spot through his B-Main, John started the 45-lap feature event from the outside of the eleventh row. At the conclusion of the 'Cowboy Classic,' the Williamson, West Virginia native found himself in the twentieth finishing position.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Spring Shootout Nightly Results...
(May 17, 2014) Mother Nature finally cooperated tonight at LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois and night two of the 'Spring Shootout' went off without a hitch. A strong 37 car field was on hand tonight in the Land of Lincoln to vie for the $10,000 top prize. John Blankenship finished third in the third heat race behind only prelim winner Scott Bloomquist and runner-up Don O'Neal and later started the 50-lap 'Spring Shootout' from the outside of the fifth row. The Williamson, West Virginia ace, who currently sits seventh in the latest version of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series point standings, was then able to move up three spots during the A-Main to claim a respectable seventh place performance.

(May 16, 2014) Night one of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 'Spring Shootout' at LaSalle Speedway - scheduled for later tonight - has been canceled due to inclement weather and a poor evening forecast. With a more favorable forecast projected for tomorrow, the $10,000 to win program for Saturday night at the LaSalle, Illinois 1/4-mile oval will proceed as scheduled!

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NDRL Atomic Blast at Atomic Speedway a Complete Washout...
(May 10, 2014) Persistent rain showers over the May 9-10 weekend at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, Ohio forced track and National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) officials to postpone the pair of high-profile events. The track formerly known as K-C Raceway was set to host a $5,000 to win 'Atomic Blast' opener on Friday night and a $15,000 to win finale on Saturday evening. A rain-date for the lucrative doubleheader has been established for July 25-26.

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Lanigan Leads "WIZARD" Rankings After April; Bloomquist Closing!
Wizard(May 5, 2014) With a rainy month of April now come and gone, the newest "WIZARD" rankings have been released for all to see! Since the completion of "Speedweeks 2014," Union, Kentucky star Darrell Lanigan has been on top of the "WIZARD" rankings and this month is no different. Darrell has a total ranking of 110.81 and has a schedule difficulty of 101.20. Number two on the list heading into the month of May is Scott Bloomquist, who has a total ranking of 106.37 and a schedule difficulty of 101.30. The top five in the April "WIZARD" rankings is rounded out by Jonathan Davenport, Chris Madden, and Brandon Sheppard. | View '14 April Rankings

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Midwest Tripleheader Results...
(May 3, 2014) The #23 team wrapped up their busy tripleheader weekend with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tonight at Paducah International Raceway in Paducah, Kentucky, as another $10,000 winner's check was up for grabs. John Blankenship posted the ninth fastest lap in Group A during the qualifying session and later grabbed the fourth and final transfer spot through his heat race behind only Billy Moyer, Don O'Neal, and Brian Birkhofer. John then started thirteenth on the grid in the 50-lap main event, but was unfortunately involved in an early wreck. The driver known as the "West Virginia Wizard," who currently sits seventh in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings, was eventually paid for a twenty-first place finish tonight at PIR.

(May 2, 2014) The middle event of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tripleheader weekend took place tonight at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois. John Blankenship notched the eighth quickest lap in Group B during time trials and later wound up third in his heat race behind only prelim victor Don O'Neal and runner-up Randy Korte. After lining up from the outside of the sixth row when the $10,000 to win feature event started, John pointed his Rocket machine towards the front of the stellar field. The Williamson, West Virginia star eventually worked his way past seven competitors during the 50-lapper to claim a strong fifth place outing behind only race winner Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Randy Korte, and Don O'Neal.

(May 1, 2014) After a rain-soaked weekend out east, the Number 23, Inc. team roared back into Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series action tonight at the mighty Macon Speedway in Macon, Illinois. The tiny 1/5-mile oval played host to the national touring series for the first time and a $12,000 top prize was on the line in the 'St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100.' John Blankenship timed in seventh quickest in Group B during the qualifying session and later ran second in his heat race behind only prelim winner Bobby Pierce. After starting the 100-lapper from the outside of the third row, John ran amongst the top five early in the race before sliding back a few spots as the laps counted down. At the end of the 'St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100,' John brought his #23 Rocket racecar home in the ninth position.

 

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