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GAFFNEY, SC (July 8, 2016) – Scott Bloomquist won his third straight Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event on Friday Night at Cherokee Speedway by leading all but one lap of the main event. After a 4-hour rain delay, the standing room only crowd saw Bloomquist take the win in the Grassy Smith Memorial, also marking his 70th career LOLMDS win.

Casey Roberts came home in second, followed by Johnny Pursley, Brandon Sheppard, and 18th-starting Jonathan Davenport.

Chris Madden managed to lead lap 18, marking the only lead change throughout the long battle between himself and Bloomquist. Madden took the lead in heavy traffic much to the pleasure of his home-track crowd, but under the ensuing caution Madden’s right rear tire went flat and he was forced to pit. He never returned to the track.

“I know we have finished later at some tracks,” said the winner after the race that ended at about 3:20 am local time. “At the start, I kind of just settled in on the bottom. I really couldn’t see where the cushion was. I think we were still fast enough and could have gotten it done.”

“The track crew did a good job getting the track back into shape. It’s tough getting that initial glaze off the track. Once we started back up again it was good. The track was smooth; you could race all over it. We stayed up high most of the race and when we went down low, it was no problem.”

“This Sweet-Bloomquist car ran superbly. The Andy Durham engine ran great as well. I would like to thank Mike Reece of Reece Monument Company, Crop Production Services, Mark Martin Automotive, Horton Coal, Sorbera Chiropractic, Petroff Towing, Dyna Gro Seed, and Penske Shocks.”

Roberts and Pursley tried their best after several caution flags to stay with Bloomquist, but both drivers were pleased with their podium finishes.

“I probably had a third place car here tonight,” said Roberts. “The track was super-fast after the rain. It was really smooth. They did a good job getting it back in shape. It was a really good race early-on with Scott, Chris, and Johnny. Our car worked better on the bottom, but Scott was just too tough. We are happy with second and we will head to Smoky Mountain tomorrow and see what we can do.”

It was the best career LOLMDS finish for the home-state driver Pursley as he held off a torrid battle with Brandon Sheppard to place third. “To be able to stick with these guys tonight says a lot about our team. We sometimes struggle here. But tonight we had a car that ran third against this caliber of drivers that was an honor. I have been coming here a long time and that was the biggest crowd I think I have ever seen here.”

Completing the top ten were Brett Hamm, Dennis Erb Jr., Steve Francis, Chris Ferguson and Don O’Neal.
In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time amongst the 26 entrants with a lap of 14.804 seconds. Scott Bloomquist, Chris Madden, and Casey Roberts won their respective heat races. Donald Bradsher won the B-Main.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Friday, July 8th, 2016
18th Annual Grassy Smith Memorial
Cherokee Speedway – Gaffney, SC

Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Scott Bloomquist / 14.804 seconds
Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Brett Hamm / 15.222 seconds

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Johnny Pursley, Ross Bailes, Steve Francis, Dennis Erb, Jr., Earl Pearson, Jr., Donald Bradsher, Josh Langley, Dustin Mitchell

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Chris Madden, Brett Hamm, Brandon Sheppard, Jimmy Owens, Don O'Neal, Tim McCreadie, Jared Landers, Anthony Sanders, Colton Flinner

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Casey Roberts, GR Smith, Dennis Franklin, Chris Ferguson, Darrell Lanigan, Jonathan Davenport, Doug Sanders, Kenny Collins

Fast Shafts B-Main Finish (12 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Donald Bradsher, Jared Landers, Anthony Sanders, Josh Langley, Kenny Collins, Dustin Mitchell, Colton Flinner, Doug Sanders

Feature Finish (50 Laps):

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN EARNINGS
1 1 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $11,000
2 3 101 Casey Roberts Toccoa, GA $5,500
3 4 9 Johnny Pursley Clover, SC $3,500
4 8 B5 Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL $3,450
5 18 6 Jonathan Davenport Mount Airy, NC $3,250
6 5 18 Brett Hamm Newberry, SC $1,800
7 13 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL $2,200
8 10 15F Steve Francis Bowling Green, KY $1,300
9 12 22F Chris Ferguson Mount Holly, NC $1,200
10 14 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN $1,900
11 17 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $1,775
12 21 421 Anthony Sanders Spartanburg, SC $1,050
13 15 15L Darrell Lanigan Union, KY $1,725
14 19 93 Donald Bradsher Burlington, NC $1,000
15 7 87 Ross Bailes Clover, SC $950
16 11 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $1,725
17 23 75 Colton Flinner Allison Park, PA $1,000
18 24 42 Doug Sanders McAdenville, NC $875
19 20 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR $1,550
20 6 22* GR Smith Statesville, NC $825
21 2 44 Chris Madden Gaffney, SC $800
22 9 2F Dennis Franklin Gaffney, SC $800
23 22 7L Josh Langley Lancaster, SC $800
24 16 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL $1,600


Race Statistics
Entrants: 26
Lap Leaders: Scott Bloomquist (1-17); Chris Madden (Lap 18); Scott Bloomquist (Laps 19 – 50)
Cautions: Earl Pearson Jr. (Lap 1); Ross Bailes (Lap 18); Chris Ferguson (Lap 20); Jared Landers (Lap 22); Jared Landers (Lap 31)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Colton Flinner
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a
Miller Welders Fast Time Provisional: Doug Sanders
Wrisco Feature Winner: Scott Bloomquist
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Jonathan Davenport (Started: 18th; Finished: 5th; Advanced 13 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Scott Bloomquist
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Chris Ferguson
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Jonathan Davenport
Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: Colton Flinner
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Andy Durham Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Kevin Rumley (Jonathan Davenport)
Fastest Lap of the Race: Scott Bloomquist (Lap #5 – 15.1154 seconds)
Most Laps Led: Scott Bloomquist (49 Laps)
PFC Brakes Tough Break Award: Chris Madden
Time of Race: 38 minutes 12 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS EARNINGS
1 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 4420 $204,425
2 6 Jonathan Davenport Mount Airy, NC 4260 $146,500
3 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 3955 $81,025
4 B5 Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL 3950 $74,975
5 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 3820 $61,875
6 15L Darrell Lanigan Union, KY 3780 $63,925
7 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL 3750 $56,275
8 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 3680 $63,675
9 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 3670 $92,950
10 15F Steve Francis Bowling Green, KY 3455 $41,625
11 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 3440 $55,575
12 75 Colton Flinner Allison Park, PA 2475 $16,425

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


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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Official Sponsors Include:

ASi Racewear - "The Official Merchandise Vendor" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Bad Boy Mowers - "The Official Mower" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Carlyle Tools by NAPA - "Official Sponsor" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Dunn Benson Ford - "The Official Pace Truck" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
E3 Spark Plugs - "The Official Spark Plug" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Fast Orange - “The Official Hand Cleaner” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
GEICO - "The Official Insurance" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
General Tire - "The Official Tire" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Hoosier Tire - "The Official Race Tire" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
K&N Engineering - "Official Sponsor" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Lucas Oil Products - "The Official Oil" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Lucas Oil Racing TV - "Official Sponsor" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
MAVTV Motorsports Network - "The Official TV Network" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Miller Welders - "The Official Welder" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Optima Batteries - "The Official Battery" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
ProtectTheHarvest.com - "Official Sponsor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
RhinoAg - “Official Sponsor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Sunoco Race Fuels - "The Official Fuel" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Super Clean - “Official Sponsor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Marketing Partners Include:

Allstar Performance, Andy Durham Race Engines, AR Bodies, Barry Wright Race Cars, Black Diamond Chassis, Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars, BRODIX, Clements Race Engines, COMP Cams, C&R Racing Inc., CV Products, DirtonDirt.com, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, FK Rod Ends, Georgia Boot, Heath Lawson Photography, Hot Rod Processing, Hot Rod Tracker, JRi Shocks, Keyser MFG, Longhorn Chassis, Midwest Sheet Metal, Öhlins Shocks, Outerwears, Performance Bodies, Penske Shocks, PFC Brakes, Pierce Race Cars, Pro Power Racing Engines, QA1, Rocket Chassis, Simpson Race Products, WELD Racing, Wrisco Aluminum, 5150 Race Trailers

About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

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

About Lucas Oil Racing TV

The Future of Motorsports is HERE! Get Lucas Oil Racing TV and experience racing excitement like you've never seen! Lucas Oil Racing TV is the online app for all your favorite devices and Smart TVs. No matter where you are or when you want to watch, you can stream the best and most exciting motor racing on the planet!

Lucas Oil Racing TV has all your favorite motorsports - from grass roots to international competition, as well as exclusive LIVE EVENTS and behind the scenes interviews and footage that you won't see anywhere else! But that's just the beginning! Lucas Oil Racing TV brings you some of motorsports greatest broadcasters and build specialists... from Dave Despain to the mechanics of Two Guys Garage, as well as all the latest news, reviews, and interviews from every genre of racing.

Lucas Oil Racing TV is the Exclusive, Unlimited, 24/7 All-Access Motorsports App and it's available NOW! For more information or to sign up, go to: www.LucasOilRacing.TV.

About MAVTV Motorsports Network

Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. MAVTV offers an unparalleled line-up of exclusive motorsports, that includes prestigious events such as the Chili Bowl, The AMA Pro Motocross series, the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup and NHRA Drag Racing. But MAVTV goes far beyond the national mainstream events and also covers multitudes of grassroots series' from across the globe: Drag boats, sprint boats, drag racing, pro pulling, rally racing, drifting, dirt racing, ice racing and everything in between.

MAVTV also knows you don't have to be a race fan to be an automotive enthusiast, which is why we have developed a package of automotive reality and custom build shows that is truly second to none. If it has a motor, it's on MAVTV...MAVTV is THE motorsports network. To learn more about MAVTV go to: www.MAVTV.com.

About Lucas Oil Products

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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Championship Standings

 

lmd dlUpdated: 09/17/17

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POS CAR# DRIVER POINTS
1 1R Josh Richards 7200
2 39 Tim McCreadie 7110
3 0 Scott Bloomquist 7045
4 20 Jimmy Owens 6535
5 5 Don O'Neal 6450
6 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. 6350
7 14 Darrell Lanigan 6295
8 28 Dennis Erb, Jr. 6065
9 71 Hudson O'Neal 5850
10 22 Gregg Satterlee 5840

Sunoco Race for Gas Points

sunoco-standings

Updated: 09/19/17

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POS CAR# DRIVER POINTS
1 1R Josh Richards 233
2 20 Jimmy Owens 194
3 5 Don O'Neal 191
4 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. 174
5 14 Darrell Lanigan 161
+Sunoco Race for Gas Points