2017news 05 06

UNION, KY (May 6, 2017) - Defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion, Scott Bloomquist picked up his fourth-career Ralph Latham Memorial victory on Saturday Night at Florence Speedway. Bloomquist led all 60 laps, but traffic at the end of the race allowed both Tim McCreadie and Josh Richards to make it a close finish.

Bloomquist won the event one-year ago on its 30th Anniversary - and maintains his Championship Points lead with the victory. McCreadie got around Richards on the final lap to finish in second. In his first Florence appearance in five years, Richards was third at the finish line. Clint Bowyer Racing teammates, Don O’Neal and Darrell Lanigan, finished fourth and fifth respectively.

“With all of the rain they had this week, we all thought the track would be rough or different than it is most of the time. With the no cutting or siping rule on the right-rear tire, you would hit a slick spot and you didn’t know where the car would go. I got to those last few cars towards the end and I went to the outside of them. I was just hoping I didn’t leave the door open for someone else.”

Bloomquist saw Earl Pearson Jr. mount a challenge early in the race. McCreadie started sixth, and then climbed through the field to pressure Bloomquist for the lead. Several times McCreadie would have an opportunity to get close to Bloomquist, but each time a caution thwarted his run. With less than five laps to go, Richards closed to within a car length as Bloomquist was attempting to lapped traffic in front of him.

Bloomquist veered to the outside and cleared them enough to gain the victory. McCreadie went to the top side of the track with two laps to go in turns one and two and that enabled him to squeeze by Richards on the final lap for second.

“We had a good car all race long. We need to keep tweaking on it during the night to get it better. We are almost there. We are challenging for the wins now and in this type of solid field of cars it’s tough to do night in and night out,” said McCreadie who maintains second place in the championship points.

After tonight’s solid performance, Richards seemed ready to come back to Florence again soon, “I thought I had a shot there when he [Bloomquist] went to the outside of those cars. We didn’t do bad considering we hadn’t raced here in five years. When we come back for the North-South 100 we should be better.”

Completing the top ten were Earl Pearson Jr., Steve Casebolt, Devin Gilpin, Hudson O’Neal, and Shanon Buckingham.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Saturday, May 6th, 2017
31st Annual Ralph Latham Memorial
Florence Speedway – Union, KY

Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Kody Evans / 17.427 seconds
Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Scott Bloomquist / 17.494 seconds

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Shanon Buckingham, Kody Evans, Steve Casebolt , Jimmy Owens, Boom Briggs, Colin Green, Zak Blackwood, Roger Williams, Jesse Lay, Trevor Landrum

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Michael Chilton, Josh Richards, Nick Latham, Gregg Satterlee, Colton Flinner, Adam Bowman, Robby Moses, Steve Landrum, Michael Hensley

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Tim McCreadie, Jackie Boggs, Hudson O'Neal, Jared Bailey, Dennis Erb, Jr., Jason Jameson, Ethan Burgess, Cody Mahoney

QA1 Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Earl Pearson, Jr., Don O'Neal, Darrell Lanigan, Devin Gilpin, Robby Hensley, Steve Francis, Dustin Nobbe, John Gill, Austyn Mills

Penske Racing Shocks B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Colton Flinner, Adam Bowman, Boom Briggs, Steve Landrum, Robby Moses, Trevor Landrum, Colin Green, Zak Blackwood, Michael Hensley, Roger Williams, Jesse Lay-DNS

Fast Shafts B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Robby Hensley, Steve Francis, Jason Jameson, Dennis Erb, Jr., Austyn Mills, Dustin Nobbe, John Gill, Jared Bailey, Ethan Burgess, Cody Mahoney-DNS

Feature Finish (60 Laps):

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN EARNINGS
1 2 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $13,100
2 6 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $6,200
3 7 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $4,200
4 8 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN $3,550
5 12 14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY $2,950
6 4 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL $2,600
7 9 C9 Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN $1,500
8 16 1G Devin Gilpin Columbus, IN $1,300
9 14 71 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN $2,000
10 1 50 Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN $1,100
11 13 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $1,875
12 15 22 Gregg Satterlee Rochester Mills, PA $1,750
13 21 99B Boom Briggs Bear Lake, PA $1,725
14 19 77 Adam Bowman Seymour, IN $1,000
15 11 31 Nick Latham Winchester, OH $1,000
16 3 97 Michael Chilton Salvisa, KY $1,000
17 20 15 Steve Francis Bowling Green, KY $1,700
18 5 4G Kody Evans Camden, OH $1,100
19 18 21X Robby Hensley Walton, KY $1,000
20 10 4B Jackie Boggs Grayson, KY $1,000
21 23 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL $1,700
22 17 75 Colton Flinner Allison Park, PA $1,000
23 24 4 Cody Mahoney Hanover, IN $1,000
24 22 16 Jason Jameson Lawrenceburg, IN $1,000
25 25 75g John Gill Mitchell, IN $1,000


Race Statistics
Entrants: 37
Lap Leaders: Scott Bloomquist (Laps 1 – 60)
Cautions: Dennis Erb Jr. (Lap 19); Robby Hensley (Lap 35); Michael Chilton (Lap 38); Boom Briggs (Lap 40)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisional: Dennis Erb Jr.
Miller Welders Fast Time Provisional: Cody Mahoney
Florence Speedway Track Provisional: John Gill
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a
Wrisco Feature Winner: Scott Bloomquist
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Devin Gilpin (Started: 16th; Finished: 8th; Advanced 8 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Scott Bloomquist
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Tim McCreadie
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Josh Richards
Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: Hudson O’Neal
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Durham Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Phillip Snellen (Tim McCreadie)
Fastest Lap of the Race: Scott Bloomquist (Lap #4 – 17.4305 seconds)
Safecraft Most Laps Led: Scott Bloomquist (60 Laps)
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Shanon Buckingham
Time of Race: 33 minutes 03 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS EARNINGS
1 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 2520 $81,225
2 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 2370 $64,200
3 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 2330 $65,525
4 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 2190 $45,925
5 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 2150 $41,000
6 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 2130 $35,825
7 14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY 2075 $33,375
8 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL 2015 $27,500
9 15 Steve Francis Bowling Green, KY 1865 $22,925
10 71 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN 1825 $19,225
11 22 Gregg Satterlee Rochester Mills, PA 1795 $23,000
12 99B Boom Briggs Bear Lake, PA 1720 $17,475
13 75 Colton Flinner Allison Park, PA 1485 $10,325

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


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ASi Racewear - "The Official Merchandise Vendor" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
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Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nation’s premier dirt late model sanctioning organization.  In 2016, the LOLMDS will sanction 53 events in 19 states.  The series is owned by the parent company Lucas Oil Products Inc. and receives national exposure through a TV package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios.  LOLMDS events will be broadcast on four TV Networks including CBS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network and the MAVTV Motorsports Network.  For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit the official website at: www.LucasDirt.com

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Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes, problem-solving additives, and car-care products.  Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil has established itself as a worldwide leader in the lubrication industry.  Motorsports has always been part of the Lucas Oil culture and the cornerstone of the company's marketing strategy.  Such passion for motorsports has inspired Lucas Oil to sponsor many race teams, events and series at all levels, including, NHRA, IRL, ASCS, NASCAR, IHRA and many more.  Lucas Oil has also taken ownership and operational control of a number of high profile racing properties, such as: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. and the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, CA.

In 2007 Lucas Oil founded its own production house, Lucas Oil Production Studios, dedicated to producing high action motorsports television.  Currently Lucas Oil Production Studios produces over 300 hours of original programming for networks such as CBS, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and MAVTV.  More information about Lucas Oil Products, Inc. visit the company website at:  www.LucasOil.com

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