The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will hold it's annual Championship Awards Banquet next month, on Thursday, December 12, at the magnificent Lucas Estate in Carmel, Indiana. Along with honoring Jimmy Owens as the 2013 National Champion, 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.
As the series champion, Jimmy Owens will not only collect the lion's share of the series points fund money, but will also collect several cash bonuses and product awards, boosting his banquet awards to over $104,000 for 2013. Owens won the Sunoco Race For Gas point category and will receive a cash bonus from Sunoco Race Fuels. At the banquet, he will also receive an additional cash bonus from Sunoco for winning the Lucas Oil Show-Me 100, as a Sunoco driver, under the Sunoco Road to Wheatland program. Owens will receive a cash award for winning the Sweet Mfg. TV Points Challenge - Presented by E3 Spark Plugs for earning the most points in the TV races this year. Owens also will receive a cash bonus for earning the most points under the ASi Crown Jewel Cup - Presented by DirtonDirt.com point category. In a new point category this year to the series, The Keyser Mfg. Points Leader Challenge, Owens will earn an additional cash and product award from Keyser Manufacturing for earning the most points under this category. Owens will also receive a product award from Dyer's Top Rods for winning the series championship.
Earl Pearson Jr. will be honored as the Allstar Performer of the Year for winning this category based on top performances during the season. Pearson will receive a cash and product award from Allstar Performance. Pearson also earned the most RED BUCK Fast Time points and he will receive a cash award from RED BUCK at the banquet. Dennis Erb Jr. will receive a cash award for winning the Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Year award, after earning the most points in this category during the season. Erb clinched this award at the last race of the season by advancing 18 positions in the feature event at the DTWC. Steve Francis will receive a cash award for winning the most heat races on the series in 2013. Francis won 12 heat races in 2013 just edging out Owens with 11 heat race wins. John Blankenship will receive an impressive diamond ring from Dan Robinson of Lucas Oil Speedway for winning this year's Diamond Nationals.