February (By Tyson Graves)
Jimmy Owens is one of the greatest to ever compete in dirt late model racing. You would think he has done just about everything there is to do in our sport. But when it came to Volusia Speedway Park and Speedweeks, Jimmy had his challenges in the past.
Jimmy started his 2020 season at Golden Isles and East Bay on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. He started off the season with sub-par finishes for the veteran driver. After leaving All Tech Raceway Jimmy sat eighth in Lucas Oil points and was looking for better success as his team rolled into Volusia. Jimmy ran the first couple DIRTcar Late Model events as well that kicked off a week of action that is highlighted with four World of Outlaw Late Model Series events.
Jimmy started to show some speed on night three of the action in Volusia. Brandon Sheppard took the first night of World of Outlaw action and Jimmy came home fourth after winning his heat race. This set the stage for the final three nights of action to wrap up 2020 Florida Speedweeks. On Thursday night Owens won his heat race that put him lined up on the outside front row for the 40-lap feature event. Jumping out to the lead on lap one Jimmy never looked back as he cruised into victory lane for the $10,000 payday. Believe it or not this was the first time Owens got to hoist a coveted gator in victory lane. During the Volusia Speedweeks drivers are awarded a unique gator trophy.
Jimmy was not done after Thursday. He went on to set fast time and win his second gator in as many nights on Friday. Jimmy would go on to win in dramatic fashion as well on Saturday night. Owens passed Kyle Bronson on the final lap to make it a trio of gator trophies in the trailer on the way home from Florida Speedweeks. This was a spark that Owens needed to kick off one of his more successful seasons of his career. Jimmy going from no gators to three in as many nights made this one of the dramatic moments of the 2020 season.
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