The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be making its first Indiana appearance of the season tonight at Lawrenceburg Speedway located at the Dearborn County Fairgrounds.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series has a hotly contested points battle going on right now between three drivers — Josh Richards, Tim McCreadie and three-time and defending champion Scott Bloomquist.

Those three drivers are just separated by just 145 points. Don O’Neal of Martinsville is fourth in points, followed by Jimmy Owen. Gregg Satterlee leads 16-year-old sensation Hudson O’Neal of Martinsville by 25 points in the race for the Rookie of the Year crown.

Bloomquist is the defending race winner in the Whiskey City 60 at Lawrenceburg and is the latest Lucas Oil Series winner Sunday at Batesville Motor Speedway in Arkansas, where he captured the 25th annual COMP Cams Topless 100 that paid $40,000 to win.

Pit gates open at 3 p.m. today, with the main gates opening at 5 p.m. Hot laps are to begin at 6 p.m., with opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. There will be a complete show for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series with hot laps, time trials, B-mains and the 60-lap main event paying $12,000 to win and $1,000 to start. Also on the docket will be a $1,000-to-win open wheel modified feature race. For more info, visit lawrenceburgspeedway.com

Sullivan wins at Brownstown

Columbus’ Colton Sullivan won his second super stock feature of the year on Aug. 19 at Brownstown Speedway. Sullivan led Jason Hehman of Brownstown and Mike Fields of Scottsburg across the finish line. Current points leader Jamey Wilson of Seymour was fourth, and Jack Frye of Bloomington took fifth.

Keaton Streeval of Edinburgh took his first pure stock feature of the year, outdueling Jason Combs of Seymour and Tim Rivers of Salem. Zachary Stalker of Heltonville was fourth, with Derek Clegg of Nabb rounding out the top-five drivers.

Tyler Neal of Paragon won his first career crate late model feature over Shelby Miles of Bloomington, Marty O’Neal of Spencer, Chad Stapleton of Edinburgh and Tyler Cain from Seymour.

Tanner English of Benton, Kentucky, took his third Brownstown late model feature of the season with his $3,000 victory Aug. 19. Cody Mahoney of Madison was second in the Bowman Motorsports entry, with Victor Lee of Danville, Kentucky, taking third. Adam Bowman of Seymour and Tripp Gerrald of Nicholasville, Kentucky, completed the top five.

Matt Boknecht of Seymour captured his third modified main event of the year at Brownstown. Boknecht finished ahead of Tim Prince of Heltonville, Peyton Harlow of Glasgow, Kentucky; John DeMoss of Bloomington and Jug Wethington of Morgantown.

Brownstown will be back in action tonight with a full slate of Indiana pro late models, modifieds, super stocks, pure stocks and MMDS mini-sprints. For more info, visit brownstownspeedway.com

Petro wins at Twin Cities

Randy Petro of Columbus remains the hottest driver in the super stock division at Twin Cities Raceway Park in Vernon as the veteran driver won the main event on Aug. 19. Troy Clark of North Vernon finished in second, with Scipio’s Danny Hupp taking third. Ross Smith of Columbus took fourth, and Davey Waggoner Jr. of North Vernon was fifth.

Joey Jones of Borden won his first crate late model feature over Skyller Lewis of Brownstown, Trent Low of North Vernon, Curt Bennett of Clarksville and Paul Ortman of Crothersville.

Jacoby Hines won his second straight modified feature at Twin Cities. Lee Hobbs of Mitchell was second, with North Vernon’s Jeremy Owens finishing third. Dustin Golden of Bedford was fourth, and Jerry Adams of Elizabethtown took fifth.

Gregg O’Neill II of Mooresville put an end to Donnie Modesty’s winning streak in the hornet class. Cody Perry of North Vernon finished behind Modesty, who hails from Seymour. Jacob Owens of North Vernon came home fourth, with Tony Napier Sr. also of North Vernon crossing the line in fifth.

Troy Clark, who finished second in the super stock feature, returned to win the pure stock feature at Twin Cities. Houston Roark of Dupont finished second to Clark with Ryan Layman of North Vernon, Charles Newby and Mickey Hines of Scipio completing the top-five drivers.

Twin Cities is racing tonight with a regular race program consisting of crate late models, super stocks, pure stocks, RaceSaver sprints and hornets. For more information, visit twincitiestrack.com.

Hopkins wins Gentry Classic

A.J. Hopkins of Brownsburg won the Leon Gentry Classic for sprint cars on Aug. 18 at Bloomington Speedway. Kyle Cummins of Princeton was second, with Kevin Thomas Jr. from Cullman, Alabama, taking third. Jeff Bland Jr. of Bedford was fourth, and Logan Seavey of Sutter, California, was fifth.

Jacoby Hines won the modified main event at Bloomington over Bradley Sterrett of Bloomington, Roy Bruce Jr. of Bloomington, Devin Gilpin of Columbus and Chad Combs of Bloomington.

Andy Bradley of Bloomington won the RaceSaver sprint car feature ahead of Ryan Tusing of Santa Claus, Terry Arthur of Bloomington, Ethan Barrow of Unionville and John Paynter Jr. of Bloomington.

Ballou wins Gaines Memorial

Robert Ballou won the Dick Gaines Memorial on Aug. 19 at Lawrenceburg Speedway. Kevin Thomas Jr. was second, with Jarett Andretti grabbing third place. Shawn Westerfeld was fourth, and Dickie Gaines was fifth.

Josh Rice won the modified main event at Lawrenceburg over Brad Wieck, Kyle Schornick, Jason Hollon and Matt Hamilton.

Other winners at Lawrenceburg were Dalton Smith (hornets) and Don Grace (pure stocks).

This week in racing history

From 50 years ago in 1967 at Bloomington Speedway, there were two feature events ran for the supermodifieds. Bob Kinser won the regularly scheduled feature over Roy Young, Jim Johnson, Leon Rose and Dave Bastin. Don Hobbs won the make-up feature over Jim Johnson, Don Jackson, Ezra Bastin and Allen Mitchell.

From 40 years ago in 1977, Dick Gaines won the sprint car feature at Bloomington. Johnny Krebbs was second, with Ron Dorsett, Keith Ford and Randy Kinser completing the top five.

Also at Bloomington, Russ Petro of Columbus won the hobby stock main event over Steve Bowlen, John Mull, Gary Harden of Nashville and Darrell Smallwood of Columbus.

From 1977 at Paragon Speedway, Dick Gaines won the sprint car feature over Chuck Amati, Randy Kinser, Mike Johnson and Chet Johnson.

This weekend in 1977 at Brownstown, it was Ira Bastin taking the late model feature victory over Terrence Johnson and Ray Godsey. Mack Pace won the hobby stock main event over Darrell Smallwood and Tony Moore.

At Twin Cities Raceway 40 years ago, Dee Kramer won the hobby stock feature over Phil Fultz of Clifford, Troy Burton of Columbus, Gary Herbert and Herman Burton of Columbus.

From 1987, Kevin Huntley won the sprint car feature at Bloomington over Andy Hillenburg, Greg Staab, Randy Kinser and Art Wendt. Larry Harris won the street stock feature.

From this weekend in 1987, Jim Ruddick won the late model feature at Twin Cities. Jim Beeman of North Vernon was second, with Darrell Smallwood of Columbus placing third. Completing the top five were Robert Brison of North Vernon and Tony Godsey.

Phil Fultz of Clifford won the hobby stock main at Twin Cities over Mark Barber of North Vernon, Mark Clark of North Vernon, Rolla Millspaugh and Frank Douglas of North Vernon.

From 30 years ago at Brownstown, Ray Godsey won the late model feature over Steve Barnett, Bob Pierce, John Gill and Paul Shafer,

Randy Petro of Columbus won the street stock feature at Brownstown over Larry Harris, Steve Kimberlin, and North Vernon drivers Joe Johnson and Ray Hughes.

James Essex writes a motorsports notebook for The Republic. Send comments to sports@therepublic.com.