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TAZEWELL, TN (June 3, 2012) – Two-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Champion, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN led all 50-laps of tonight’s Toyota Knoxville 50 at Tazewell Speedway.   Bloomquist completed a sweep of the night’s racing activities. He started out by setting a new track record in time trials, winning his heat, and taking his third LOLMDS win of the season. He earned $10,000 for the victory.   Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN gave chase to Bloomquist for most of the race as he wound up in second followed by Billy Ogle Jr. of Knoxville, TN, John Blankenship of Williamson, WV and Ear Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL.   “The car was just phenomenal tonight,” said Bloomquist, who earned his 45th career win on the LOLMDS tour. “The Roush Yates Racing Engine ran perfect and the car handled so well, right from hot laps on. I want to thank my crew, sponsors, and everybody with my race team. Hopefully we can get on a roll again.”   “The traffic is always an issue here, we ran up on some cars and I backed off the throttle a little. I didn’t know how close Don (O’Neal) was, but I had to be careful. I want to thank Bob and Barb Miller, they are here tonight and they have been long supporters of us. I want to also thank Hawkeye Trucking, Base Racing Fuel, Lucas Oil Products, Optima Batteries, Sweet Mfg, Ohlins, Weld Racing, and Lane Automotive.”   Bloomquist held a good-sized lead for most of the race, as only two cautions slowed the event. On each restart, Bloomquist pulled away from the field. O’Neal tried to track Bloomquist down in the final laps but ran out of time. Ogle briefly held the second-spot after the first restart, but O’Neal eventually got him back, and chased down the leader.   Rounding out the top ten were; Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA; Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN; Steve Francis of Ashland, KY; Vic Hill of Mosheim, TN; and Eric Wells of Hazard, KY.         In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set a blistering pace in Red Buck Cigars Time Trials and clocking a New Track Record, 10.822 seconds. Heat races were taken by: Scott Bloomquist, Don O’Neal, and John Blankenship.   The series will take a couple weekends off and return to action on Friday and Saturday Night’s June 22nd and 23rd at Cherokee Speedway and Wythe Raceway. Both events will pay $10,000-to-win and feature Red Buck Cigars Time Trials, Heats, B-Mains, and 50-Lap Main Events. For more information, log onto www.cherokeespeedway.com and www.wytheraceway.com.   For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and be sure to follow the series at www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and www.twitter.com/#!/lucasdirt.   Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race Summary Sunday Night, June 3rd, 2012 Toyota Knoxville 50 Tazewell Speedway – Tazewell, TN   Red Buck Cigars Fast Time:  Scott Bloomquist / 10.822 seconds (Group A and Overall) ***New Track Record*** John Blankenship / 11.073 seconds (Group B)   Wiles Driveshafts First Heat (10 Laps): Scott Bloomquist, Billy Ogle, Vic Hill, Steve Francis, Ray Cook, Brad Neat, Rick Rogers, Tyler Reddick-DNS   U. S. Steel Second Heat (10 Laps): Don O'Neal, Jonathan Davenport, Jared Landers, Eric Wells, Austin Hubbard, Dennis Erb, Jr., Mike Weeks   Simpson Performance Products Third Heat (10 Laps): John Blankenship, Earl Pearson, Jr., Jimmy Owens, Steve Smith, Bryan Hendrix, Jeff Wolfenbarger, Jason Trammell       Feature Finish – 50 Laps

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN
1 1 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN
2 2 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN
3 4 201 Billy Ogle Knoxville, TN
4 3 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
5 6 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL
6 5 15d Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA
7 9 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
8 10 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
9 7 1v Vic Hill Mosheim, TN
10 11 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY
11 16 41n Brad Neat Dunnville, KY
12 8 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
13 18 28 Jeff Wolfenbarger Clinton, TN
14 15 5h Bryan Hendrix Knoxville, TN
15 22 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA
16 13 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC
17 17 28e Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL
18 12 3 Steve Smith Powell, TN
19 20 22 Mike Weeks Lenior City, TN
20 21 90J Jason Trammell Knoxville, TN
21 19 25 Rick Rogers Knoxville, TN
22 14 11h Austin Hubbard Seaford, DE

 

  Race Statistics Entrants: 22 Lap Leaders: Scott Bloomquist (Laps 1 – 50) Caution Flags: Jared Landers (Lap 28); Tyler Reddick, Terry Wolfenbarger (Lap 32) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: none Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: none Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Brad Neat (Started 16th; Finished 11th; Advanced 5 positions) Allstar Performer of the Race: Scott Bloomquist Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Earl Pearson Jr. ASi Racewear Challenge Finisher: Don O’Neal Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Jonathan Davenport COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Roush-Yates Racing Engines Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Bloomquist Race Cars Sweet Mfg Crew Chief of the Race: Tommy Hicks (Scott Bloomquist) Time of Race: 19 minutes 26 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS
1 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 3355
2 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 3085
3 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 3035
4 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY 2910
5 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 2845
6 15d Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 2755
7 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV 2715
8 5 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 2650
9 11T Tyler Reddick Corning, CA 2645
10 28e Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL 2590
11 11h Austin Hubbard Seaford, DE 2545
12 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY 2515

 

*Points are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*

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