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BULLS GAP, TN (June 19, 2010)- Reigning Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN won his fifth series event of 2010 on Saturday Night at Volunteer Speedway. It was night number two of the Scorcher 100 Presented by Reece Monument Company.  Bloomquist inherited the lead when race leader Dale McDowell broke a bolt in the lift bar on lap 32 after he had led the first 31 laps of the race.  Chris Madden of Gaffney, SC finished second followed by Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA; Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC; and Eric Wells of Hazard, KY.

Bloomquist inherited the outside front row of the 50 lap feature event and started alongside McDowell.  Originally, Dan Schlieper, the fast qualifier for the night, was scheduled to start outside of the front row but he had to withdraw from the race after being transported to a local hospital for a medical issue.

McDowell grabbed the point at the start of the race followed by Bloomquist, Wells, Steve Casebolt and Ray Cook.  Madden started eighth and was making headway early on as he climbed to fifth around Cook on lap two.  Madden was then able to corral Casebolt and pass him on lap four to take over the fourth position.

Up front, McDowell was setting a blistering pace. By the ninth lap he had already caught the tail-end of the field.  Bloomquist was able to close some ground on McDowell as they had a lapped car between them when the first caution of the race came out on lap eleven for Texas driver, Chris Brown.

On the restart, Wells looked like he was going to beat Bloomquist into turn for the second spot, but Bloomquist through a slidejob at Wells in turn two to regain the position.

McDowell was looking solid as he was seeking his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory of the year in the Clint Bowyer owned car.  McDowell built a six-car length lead over Bloomquist by lap 23 as more traffic was playing havoc with the frontrunners.

Bloomquist was able to cut into McDowell’s lead, narrowing it to two lengths with 28 laps scored.  Meanwhile Wells, who had held the third spot from the beginning of the race, dropped two spots in the running order as both Madden and Davenport passed him on lap 28 as he would fall to fifth.

With 30 laps complete it was still McDowell holding a three-car length margin over Bloomquist, Madden, Davenport and Wells.  McDowell led lap 31, but sparks appeared from the back-end of his car as the bolt in the lift bar broke. 

Bloomquist picked up the lead of the race with Madden moving into second followed by Davenport, Wells and Casebolt.  With no caution flags on the horizon Bloomquist looked to have clear sailing to the finish line, but again traffic would enter into the equation as Bloomquist was being held up and that would allow both Madden and Davenport to gain on him.

Bloomquist was able to keep a four-car length advantage over the two in the closing laps as he was able to win without receiving any late race pressure.  For Bloomquist the win was his 22nd series win of his career which ranks him first all-time and he also extended his points lead over Jimmy Owens, who finished 14th after having to run his back-up car after he collided with the backstretch wall in his primary car during time trials.

In Lucas Oil victory lane for the fifth time this year, Bloomquist scored his first win for his new engine builders, Roush-Yates out of North Carolina.  “No doubt, the engine worked real well tonight, we went home and worked on the car from last night and everything worked great, the track was real good tonight, they worked on it, I saw sparks coming from Dale’s car and I knew he was in trouble, we hadn’t won one here in a while and it was a good points night to go along with the win,” said the 46-year-old Bloomquist who was joined in victory lane by his crew chief, Tommy Hicks.

“I have to thank Jay Dickens he put this together (the Roush-Yates deal) and they have worked real hard on it, we obviously are pleased so far with the program and hope to get many more wins,” said Bloomquist who drives his own self-designed Bloomquist Race Cars Chassis sponsored by Miller Brothers Construction, Hawkeye Trucking, Sweet Mfg, VP Racing Fuels, Hoosier Tires, Arizona Sport Shirts, Ohlins and Lane Automotive.  The win for Bloomquist was the 491st of his career.

Madden who finished second in the 4th Annual Car Smart Race for the Cure [Juvenile Diabetes] on Thursday Night at Cleveland (TN) Speedway claimed his second runner-up finish of the weekend in the Century Plastics/Hamrick’s of Gaffney/Bloomquist Race Cars Monte Carlo SS followed by Davenport in the Baird Transport/Clements Racing Engines/Barry Wright Race Cars entry.  Cook came home fourth in the D&R Racing/Hicks and Ingle Company general Contracting/MasterSbilt Monte Carlo SS with Wells gaining the fifth spot in the Cox Wrecker Service/Custom Race Engines/Rocket Monte Carlo SS.

Completing the top ten were Steve Casebolt of Richmond, IN, Vic Hill of Morristown, TN, Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN, Brad Neat of Dunnville, KY and Chris Wall of Holden, LA.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log on to www.lucasdirt.com or call the series office at (951) 532-2503.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race Summary Saturday Night, June 19th, 2010 “7th Annual Scorcher 100” Presented by Reece Monument Co. Volunteer Speedway – Bulls Gap, TN

Red Buck Cigars Fast Time: Dan Schlieper / 13.525 seconds

Wiles Driveshaft’s First Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Dale McDowell, Vic Hill, Brad Neat, Shanon Buckingham, Mark Vineyard, Mark Douglas, Brandon Kinzer, Donald Bradsher, Lee Sutton, Jeff Smith, Tony Schrimsher AFCO Racing Products Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Eric Wells, Don O’Neal, Michael Smith, Tyler Reddick, Terry Wolfenbarger, Tim Isenberg, Jordan Bland, Dean Bowen, Chad Ogle, John Blankenship, Michael Walker-DNS

Allstar Performance Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Dan Schlieper, Steve Casebolt, Chris Madden, Chris Wall, Jared Landers, Earl Pearson Jr., Steve Smith, Jimmy Owens, Rick Rogers, Kerry Jones, Tommy Kerr

SuperFlow Fourth Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Scott Bloomquist, Ray Cook, Jonathan Davenport, Jeff Maupin, Eric Jacobsen, Randy Weaver, Chris Brown, Jeff neubert, Jeff Wolfenbarger, Mike Marlar

Hawk Brake First B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Transfer): Mark Vineyard, Terry Wolfenbarger, Tim Isenberg, mark Douglas, Jordan Bland, Brandon Kinzer, Donald Bradsher, John Blankenship, Lee Sutton, Dean Bowen, Jeff Smith, Chad Ogle, Tony Schrimsher-DNS, Michael Walker-DNS

Performance Rod and Custom (PRC) Second B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Transfer):  Eric Jacobsen, Jared Landerson, Randy Weaver, Chris Brown, Steve Smith, Rick Rogers, Jeff Neubert, Tommy Kerr, Kerry Jones, Jeff Wolfenbarger, Earl Pearson Jr., Mike Marlar, Jimmy Owens-DNS

Feature Finish - 50 Laps

FINISH

START

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

1

2

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

2

8

44m

Chris Madden

Gaffney, SC

3

10

49

Jonathan Davenport

Blairsville, GA

4

6

53

Ray Cook

Brasstown, NC

5

3

18e

Eric Wells

Hazard, KY

6

4

c9

Steve Casebolt

Richmond, IN

7

7

71

Don O'Neal

Martinsville, IN

8

9

41n

Brad Neat

Dunnville, KY

9

12

71w

Chris Wall

Holden, LA

10

13

50

Shanon Buckingham

Morristown, TN

11

18

777

Jared Landers

Lexington, NC

12

16

5

Eric Jacobsen

Watsonville, CA

13

23

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

14

25

23

John Blankenship

Williamson, WV

15

17

4v

Mark Vineyard

Powell, TN

16

24

44

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

17

14

0m

Jeff Maupin

Greeneville, TN

18

15

11t

Tyler Reddick

Corning, CA

19

21

9t

Tim Isenberg

Marshfield, WI

20

1

17m

Dale McDowell

Chickamauga, GA

21

20

116

Randy Weaver

Crossville, TN

22

11

4s

Michael Smith

Rogersville, TN

23

19

14

Terry Wolfenbarger

Powell, TN

24

22

21b

Chris Brown

Cleveland, TX

25***

5

1v

Vic Hill

Mosheim, TN

***Disqualified due to tire tests.

 

Race StatisticsEntrants: 43 Lap Leaders: Dale McDowell (Laps 1-31); Scott Bloomquist (Laps 32-50) Caution Flags: Lap 11 (Chris Brown) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Jimmy Owens, Earl Pearson Jr. Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: John Blankenship PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: John Blankenship (Started 25th; Finished 15th; Advanced 10 positions) Ohlin’s Shocks Performer of the Race: Eric Wells K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Ray Cook Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Eric Wells Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Roush Yates Engines Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award: Dan Schlieper DirtonDirt.com Crew Chief of the Race: Tommy Hicks (Scott Bloomquist) Time of Race: 19 minutes, 02 seconds

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