CORNETT IN THE NEWS...

November 26, 2013 | The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will hold it’s annual Championship Awards Banquet next month, on Thursday, December 12th, at the magnificent Lucas Estate in Carmel, IN. Along with honoring Jimmy Owens as the 2013 National Champion and Billy Moyer Jr. as the JRi Shocks Rookie of the Year – Presented by Dunn-Benson Ford, the series will hand out a copious amount of cash and product awards to the various point category winners of the 2013 season.

In the quest for the COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Year Award, Cornett Racing Engines won the prestigious award for the sixth time in a row and recorded 12 feature wins on the series in 2013. Cornett Racing Engines will receive a cash award and several product awards from COMP Cams, Edelbrock, CV Products, Roush Yates Performance Parts, and Dyer’s Top Rods!

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May 28, 2013 | Craig Reece and his No. 74 National Title Pawn stock car celebrated the Memorial Day weekend with a trio of top-five performances. The highlight of the holiday ‘tripleheader’ was a dominating effort Sunday evening at Rome (GA) Speedway. Reece – the 2012 Crate Late Model Division season champion at the track – picked up where he left off last year winning his heat race before blistering the competition with a start-to-finish victory in the evening’s main event.

“I started fifth and my heat race and I knew right away that our car was really fast,” Reece stated. “It took me until last turn to do it, but I took the lead there and was able to win the heat.

“In the feature, I stated on pole and it was light’s out,” Reece continued. “I led wire-to-wire over a great field of cars. It was a solid victory for us and an awesome win for our new Ford 347SR Crate Engine. I can’t believe how good this engine was all weekend. It never skipped a beat - especially at Rome where it really dominated. The more I race it, the more I really love this Ford engine.” [more]

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November 7, 2012 | Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN captured his second consecutive Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Championship in 2012. Owens, also known as the “Newport Nightmare” capped off another great season on the series by winning the season’s final event, the “Red Buck Dirt Track World Championship” and the $50,000 first place prize money. The Reece Monument Racing Team, owned by Mike Reece, put up some amazing stats during the 2012 LOLMDS season and will take home the $75,000 points check, along with numerous other awards at the series year-end awards banquet on December 6th.

Owens won seven Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events during the 2012 season. His wins came at Batesville Motor Speedway (AR) in May; Lucas Oil Speedway (MO) in May and July; Lawrenceburg Speedway (IN) in August; Brownstown Speedway (IN) in September; Dixie Speedway (GA) in October and Portsmouth Raceway Park (OH) again in October. Owens also recorded eleven (11) runner-up finishes in 2012 and an amazing 37 top ten finishes out of 38 points paying series events in 2012. The lone finish out of the top ten was a 16th place finish at Rome Speedway, only after leading most of the event to suffer a flat tire that set him back in the field out of the top ten. Owens took over the series championship points lead after the March 30th event at Jackson Motor Speedway (MS) and never relinquished the points lead the remainder of the season, beating out Don O’Neal by 470 points!

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November 4, 2012 | Darrell Lanigan's dream season on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series officially came to a close on Sunday night. The 42-year-old star from Union, Ky., was crowned the 2012 champion of the renowned national tour – and collected a $100,000 points-fund check – during Sunday's annual WoO LMS 'Night of Champions' Awards Banquet at the Great Wolf Lodge.

Lanigan rewrote the circuit's record book en route to becoming the second two-time WoO LMS titlist since 2004. He established new standards for wins in a single season (15), consecutive victories (six) and alltime triumphs (41), leaving the typically reserved driver even more at a loss for words.

"Wow...what a year!" Lanigan told a filled ballroom when he was called to the stage to accept his championship honors. "Unbelievable, just unbelievable. That's all I can say."

Lanigan seized the points lead with a victory in the 2012 season opener on Feb. 11 at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga., and never relinquished it, becoming the first driver to remain atop the standings from start-to-finish. His final championship margin of 228 points over 2011 titlist Rick Eckert of York, Pa., was the largest in series history!

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July 12, 2012 | A member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and owner of a successful NASCAR racing team expressed sadness upon learning of the death Tuesday of “Red’ Cornett, owner-founder of Cornett Machine Shop and Cornett Racing Engines. Jack Roush, founder, CEO and co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing, called Cornett “a prince of a fellow.”

“Cornett built the engine for my first serious race car in 1966,” said Roush, who has won 32 championships and more than 400 races in drag racing, sports and stock car racing. Roush Fenway Racing is headquartered in Concord, North Carolina.

Roush, a member of Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, got acquainted with Cornett at Berea College and “ ... after college I interviewed for a job with him.” [full story]

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July 11, 2012 | Pulaski County, the state, the nation and the world have lost a champion. Ira Jackson Cornett, better known as “Red,” founder of Cornett Machine Shop, died yesterday morning at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. He was 95.

“Red” Cornett was probably the most talented; the most dedicated man to his business and his family; the hardest worker Pulaski County has ever known. Who among us, like “Red,” will report to work every day as we pass our 95th birthday and, even at that age, personally care for a loved one, like Mary Elizabeth, his beloved wife of more than 70 years?

“He was a good man,” said his son, Jack. “He cared about people, especially about people in need. He always wanted to help people in need.” [full story]

 

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