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GAFFNEY, SC (March 7, 2010) - Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN passed race leader Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA in turn four of the final lap as he outsprinted McDowell to the checkered flag in winning the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned March Madness race Sunday at Cherokee Speedway.  Randy Weaver of Crossville, TN crossed the stripe in third followed by 16th starting Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN and Chris Madden of Gaffney, SC rounded out the top five.

A wild first lap saw Bub McCool and Ray Cook get together on the backstretch with Cook suffering heavy damage to his car.  Cook went pit-side and fell several laps down as his crew made repairs to the car.  While the race was under red outside front row starter Dan Schlieper went to the pits for the night after fluid began leaking out from under his car.  So that put Madden to the outside of polesitter John Blankenship. The second time would be a charm to get the race underway. Madden took the lead, followed by McDowell, Blankenship, Chris Wall, and Johnny Pursley.  Wall, who was making his first appearance at Cherokee, climbed to third on lap three as Blankenship fell to fourth.

McDowell then started to put the heat on Madden for the lead pulling even with him on lap ten as the two crossed the start-finish line.  McDowell pulled ahead of Madden on lap 11 as Wall maintained third.  The second caution of the race flew on lap 12 as McCool slowed on the backstretch.

The restart saw McDowell on the point of the Delaware double-file restart as Madden and Wall lined up side-by-side ready for the return of chief starter Bruce Coyle's green flag.  McDowell showed his power; but Madden did not giving up easily as the hometown favorite closed to the bumper of McDowell's mount with 16 laps complete. Bloomquist, who started seventh, was now in the hunt. He was running in the fourth spot bringing Randy Weaver with him.  Bloomquist and Weaver then began to pressure Wall for third, but Wall, who was the Red Buck Cigars fast qualifier for the night was doing a good job in fighting off the challenges of the two.

McDowell continued to show the way as he and Madden raced through traffic through the mid-point of the race.  Madden then pulled dead even with McDowell on lap 27 as the crowd came to its collective feet.  McDowell led lap 28, but a circuit later Madden was scored as the race leader. The torrid battle for the lead had all eyes on the two frontrunners. Madden then took a five-car length lead over McDowell on lap 32 as it looked like he was going to be the car to beat in the remaining laps of the race, but McDowell re-grouped and closed quickly on Madden as the two continued to race through some heavy lapped traffic.

With ten laps to go Madden was still showing the way, followed by McDowell.  Bloomquist and Weaver had managed to get around Wall back on lap 38 to take over third and fourth places, but they looked to be too far out of it to make a run in the final laps. Bloomquist was out to prove the naysayers wrong as he put on a charge in the last five laps that would give him a shot at the win.

Bloomquist went around Madden on lap 45 as he set his sights on McDowell.  A caution with four laps to go for Casey Roberts bunched the field for a four-lap shootout to the finish.  McDowell was under constant pressure from Bloomquist as the two went side-by-side coming off of turn number two. McDowell managed enough momentum to maintain the lead. As the two drivers took the white flag, McDowell was a car length ahead of Bloomquist and going into turn number two he moved up just enough out of the groove to allow Bloomquist room on the bottom to pull even with him as Bloomquist carried that momentum as the two were still side-by-side in turn three.

Bloomquist slid up in front of McDowell in turn four and led him on a drag race down the frontstretch as the two headed to the checkered flag. Bloomquist got the win by one car length as a stunned crowd looked on as Bloomquist had recorded another come from behind victory for his third Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the year.

In the Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the 20th time in his Hall of Fame Career, the reigning series champion was out of breath in his post-race interview.  "Well the car was super, it just got better and better as the race went on, everything went well today for us, Chris (Madden)is good at this place, we share a lot of information, if he would have had my tire combination on he would have won," said the 46-year-old driver who is quickly approaching 500 career wins.

"We had out a Jay Dickens Engine in today, what can I say, everything went good for us. Dale and I had a great race, we raced each other clean, before that last caution I was catching them and I didn't know if the caution was good or bad for us, the car just fired up real good on the restart, this race track was real good today, everybody was giving each other room, there was some good racing going on out there. Dale and I have raced together several times in the past and it was going to be tough to get around him," said the winner who continues to lead the series points standings heading into the next event on March 27th at Brownstown (IN) Speedway.

Bloomquist' Jay Dickens Racing Engine powered Bloomquist Race Cars Monte Carlo SS is sponsored by Miller Brothers Construction, Hawkeye Trucking, Sweet Mfg, VP Racing Fuels, Hoosier Tires, Arizona Sport Shirts, Ohlins and Lane Automotive.

McDowell in the Clint Bowyer Racing/Dollar General/Warrior Race Cars Impala SS moved to third in the points after his runner-up finish.  Weaver was third in the BKW Disaster, Recovery and Rebuilding/Race Engine Design/Bloomquist Race Cars Corvette.  Fourth went to the hard charger of the race Don O'Neal in the Superior Cleaning/Jay Dickens Racing Engines/MasterSbilt Monte Carlo SS as Madden took fifth in the Century Plastics/Cornett Racing Engines/Bloomquist Race Cars Monte Carlo SS.

Completing the top ten were Chris Wall of Holden, LA, Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, IL, Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN, Clint Smith of Senoia, GA and Johnny Pursley of Clover, SC.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race Summary Sunday Night, March 7th, 2010 "March Madness VIII" Cherokee Speedway - Gaffney, SC   Red Buck Cigars Fast Time: Chris Wall / 16.381 seconds   Wiles Driveshaft's First Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): John Blankenship, Jimmy Owens, Casey Roberts, Jeff Smith, Mike Marlar, Jonathan Davenport, Eric Jacobsen, Freddy Smith, Tim Isenberg, Justin Rattliff, Wayne Chinn   AFCO Racing Products Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advances): Johnny Pursley, Scott Bloomquist, Eric Wells, Dennis Erb Jr., Steve Casebolt, Steve Shaver, Chris Ferguson, Jordan Bland, Ray Cook, Brent Dixon, Danny Howell   Allstar Performance Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Dan Schlieper, Dale McDowell, Chris Wall, Clint Smith, Jason Feger, Will Vaught, Tyler Reddick, Donald Bradshear, Jim Rasey, Brad Neat, Michael Walker   Wrisco Aluminum Fourth Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Chris Madden, Jeff Cooke, Randy Weaver, Don O'Neal, Bub McCool, Mike Collins, Earl Pearson Jr., Daniel Baggerly, Mike Gault, Tim Rivers, John Henderson   Hawk Brake First B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Transfers): Mike Marlar, Steve Shaver, Jonathan Davenport, Eric Jacobsen, Steve Casebolt, Freddy Smith, Tim Isenberg, Ray cook, Chris Ferguson, Justin Rattliff, Wayne Chinn, Jordan Bland, Brent Dixon, Danny Howell   Performance Rod and Custom (PRC) Second B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Transfers):  Jason Feger, Will Vaught, Bub McCool, Tyler Reddick, Jim Rasey, Daniel Baggerly, Mike Gault, Tim Rivers, Mike Collins, Donald Bradsher, Michael Walker, Earl Pearson Jr.-DNS, Brad Neat-DNS, John Henderson-DNS  "March Madness VIII" Feature Finish - 50 Laps

Finish - Start - Car Number - Driver Name - Hometown

 

1

7

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

2

6

17m

Dale McDowell

Chickamauga, GA

3

12

116

Randy Weaver

Crossville, TN

4

16

71

Don O'Neal

Martinsville, IN

5

4

44m

Chris Madden

Gaffney, SC

6

10

71w

Chris Wall

Holden, LA

7

15

28e

Dennis Erb, Jr.

Carpentersville, IL

8

5

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

9

14

44c

Clint Smith

Senoia, GA

10

3

09

Johnny Pursley

Clover, SC

11

17

157

Mike Marlar

Winfield, TN

12

1

23

John Blankenship

Williamson, WV

13

8

99c

Jeff Cooke

Gaffney, SC

14

19

6

Steve Shaver

Vienna, WV

15

21

49

Jonathan Davenport

Blairsville, GA

16

13

18m

Jeff Smith

Gastonia, NC

17

20

1

Will Vaught

Crane, MO

18

26

00

Freddy Smith

Seymour, TN

19

23

44

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

20

11

18e

Eric Wells

Hazard, KY

21

25

41n

Brad Neat

Dunnville, NC

22

22

57j

Bub McCool

Vicksburg, MS

23

9

101

Casey Roberts

Toccoa, GA

24

18

25f

Jason Feger

Bloomington, IL

25

24

53

Ray Cook

Brasstown, NC

26

2

s9

Dan Schlieper

Sullivan, WI

Race StatisticsEntrants: 39 Lap Leaders: Chris Madden (Laps 1-10); Dale McDowell (Laps 11-28); Chris Madden (Laps 29-41); Dale McDowell (Laps 42-49); Scott Bloomquist (Lap 50) Caution Flags: Bub McCool, Ray Cook (Start); Bub McCool (Lap 12); Casey Roberts (Lap 46) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Earl Pearson Jr., Ray Cook Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: Brad Neat PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race:  Don O'Neal (Started 16th; Finished 4th; Advanced 12 positions) Ohlin's Shocks Performer of the Race: Dale McDowell K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Scott Bloomquist Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: none Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Jay Dickens Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award: Dan Schlieper DirtonDirt.com Crew Chief of the Race: Tommy Hicks E3 Spark Plugs TV Challenge All stars: n/a Time of Race: 35 minutes, 41 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings: 1. #0 Scott Bloomquist - Mooresburg, TN 700 2.  #71 Don O'Neal - Martinsville, IN 595 3. #17m Dale McDowell - Chickamauga, GA 585 4. #71w Chris Wall - Holden, LA 575 4. #53 Ray Cook - Brasstown, NC 575 6. #20 Jimmy Owens - Newport, TN 570 7. #s9 Da n Schlieper - Sullivan, WI 545 7. #28 Dennis Erb - Carpentersville, IL   545 9. #44 Earl Pearson Jr. - Jacksonville, FL 500 10. #c9 Steve Casebolt - Richmond, IN 375

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BULLS GAP, TN (March 6, 2010) - Taking the lead on lap 36, Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC raced to the win on Saturday Night at Volunteer Speedway. Cook outdueled Chris Madden of Gaffney, SC in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned Spring Thaw 60. Cook, along with car owners Danny Dishman and Ronald Ivey earned $10,000 for their first Lucas Oil Series win of 2010.  Trailing Cook and Madden to the checkers were Skip Arp of Georgetown, TN; Dan Schlieper of Sullivan, WI; and Steve Casebolt of Richmond, IN.   Arp and Madden earned front row starting spots by virtue of their heat race victories. Madden sprinted out to the early lead over Arp and Casebolt.  Madden quickly opened up a three-car length advantage over Arp, who was running his first event of the season.  The battle for third was close with Casebolt, holding off Cook, who had started fifth. Madden started to pick-up the tail end of the field by lap 11, allowing the trailing cars of Arp, Casebolt, Cook, and Schlieper to close ground on him.  The race for first was heating up as Cook went by Casebolt for third on lap 17 and then he tracked down Arp a lap later, going side-by-side with the veteran.   The first caution of the race came out with 20 laps complete as Mike Marlar came to a halt on the frontstretch to bring out the yellow.  On lap 20 Cook had made his way around Arp to take over the second spot, lining up there for the restart. Madden continued to show his strength on the restart, bolting out to a two-car length lead over Cook. A caution slowed the action on lap 22 for John Blankenship.  The restart again saw Madden on the point followed by Cook, Arp, Casebolt and Schlieper.   On this restart Cook was able to stay close to Madden as the two were running two different lines around the high-banked oval.  Cook kept the pressure on Madden as two again picked up the tail end of the field with 30 laps in the record books. The halfway mark showed the top seven cars all on the same straightaway. Cook dove low in the corners and took a peek at Madden several times leading up to his pass on lap 36 which put him in the lead for good.    Cook and Madden would still have lapped traffic to contend with as they were having trouble getting by the cars on the tail of the lead lap.  Cook changed his lines several times in closing the door on Madden as the duo fought a spirited and clean race for the lead. Madden tried the high line on the track in an attempt to overhaul Cook. Madden tried lap after lap in the final ten laps, but every time Cook thwarted Madden's moves as he held him off to take his sixth career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win and his first ever at Bulls Gap. The win also moved Cook into a first-place tie in the Lucas Oil Championship Points standings with reigning series champion, Scott Bloomquist, who finished sixth.   In the Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the first time in 2010, Cook thanked a multitude of people.  "It's great to get our first win here at Bulls Gap, my car owners are from Tennessee, John King from Fairway Ford is here, thanks to him and Tader Masters for such a great race car, he (Madden) fired well on the restart, I think our right front tire was better than his, our car was better on the long runs," said the 38-year old Cook, who is coming off the best year of his racing career in 2009 when he won 12 feature events including a career-high purse in winning the Hillbilly 100.   "As far as the points are concerned we are taking them week-to-week, you never know what could happen tomorrow you might fall out of a race and drop back in points, we've got an awesome race team, car, engine, tires, shocks, I mean the whole thing is just clicking right now, I'm just real fortunate just to be able to drive the car. It's fun when you are running this well , you just have to enjoy it while you can, cause it could change the next race, thanks to the fans for coming out tonight, the show was well run and we're glad to be in victory lane."   Cook's D&R Racing Team #53 MasterSbilt Race Cars Monte Carlo SS is powered by Race Engine Design motor and sponsored by Hicks & Ingle Co General Contracting, PRC, A+ Moving and Storage, American Racer Tires, Wyatt Builders, Integra Racing Shocks, Star Grafix, PPM, VP Race Fuels, K&N Filters, Real Racing Wheels, B&M Concrete and Fairway Ford.   Madden took second in his Xtreme Custom and Cycles/Cornett Engines/Bloomquist Race Cars Monte Carlo SS with Arp finishing third in his Stanley Best Heating and Air/Vic Hill Racing Engines/GRT.  Completing the top five were Schlieper in his Rockstar Energy Drink/Pro Power Racing Engines/Bloomquist Race Cars Ford Fusion and Casebolt in the Bob Harris/Dixie Chopper/Rocket GTO.   Rounding out the top ten were Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN; Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN; Stacy Boles of Clinton, TN; Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA; and Eric Wells of Hazard, KY.   To find out more about 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, March 6th, 2010 "Spring Thaw 60" Volunteer Speedway - Bulls Gap, TN  Red Buck Cigars Fast Time: Jimmy Owens / 12.522 seconds   Wiles Driveshaft's First Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Skip Arp, Ray Cook, Dale McDowell, Chris Wall, Clint Smith, Brad neat, Bub McCool, tim Rivers, Eric Jacobsen, Dennis Erb Jr, David Crabtree   AFCO Racing Products Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advances): Steve Casebolt, Will Vaught, Randy Weaver, Rick Rogers, Tyler Reddick, Shanon Buckingham, Shon Flanary, Jason Feger, Tim Isenberg, Michael Walker   Allstar Performance Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Chris Madden, Dan Schlieper, Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Mike Marlar, Kerry Jones, Don O'Neal, Steve Smith, Justin Rattliff, Michael Smith, Mark Douglas   Wrisco Aluminum Fourth Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Stacy Boles, Eric Wells, Tommy Kerr, John Blankenship, Earl Pearson Jr., Mark Vineyard, Vic Hill, Scott Sexton, Mike Collins, Chad Ogle, Jordan Bland   Hawk Brake First B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Transfers): Clint Smith, Brad Neat, Bub McCool, Tyler Reddick, Shon Flanary, Tim Isenberg, Eric Jacobsen, Jason Feger, Dennis Erb Jr., Michael Walker, Shanon Buckingham, Tim Rivers-DNS, David Crabtree-DNS   Performance Rod and Custom (PRC) Second B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Transfers):  Earl Pearson Jr., Mike Marlar, Kerry Jones, Vic Hill, Justin Rattliff, Mike Collins, Chad Ogle, Mark Vineyard, Mark Douglas, Don O'Neal, Michael Smith, Steve Smith, Scott Sexton, Jordan Bland-DNS  Spring Thaw 60 Feature Finish - 60 Laps

Finish (Start) Car Number Driver Name - Hometown

1

5

53

Ray Cook

Brasstown, NC

2

2

44m

Chris Madden

Gaffney, NC

3

1

31

Skip Arp

Georgetown, TN

4

6

s9

Dan Schlieper

Sullivan, WI

5

3

c9

Steve Casebolt

Richmond, IN

6

10

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

7

14

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

8

4

11b

Stacy Boles

Clinton, TN

9

9

17m

Dale McDowell

Chickamauga, GA

10

8

18e

Eric Wells

Hazard, KY

11

11

116

Randy Weaver

Crossville, TN

12

13

71w

Chris Wall

Holden, LA

13

12

4T

Tommy Kerr

Maryville, TN

14

7

1

Will Vaught

Crane, MO

15

23

71

Don O'Neal

Martinsville, IN

16

15

44x

Rick Rogers

Knoxville, TN

17

18

44

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

18

17

44c

Clint Smith

Senoia, GA

19

20

157

Mike Marlar

Winfield, TN

20

19

41n

Brad Neat

Dunnville, KY

21

24

5

Eric Jacobsen

Seacliffe Beach, CA

22

21

57j

Bub McCool

Vicksburg, MS

23

22

6

Kerry Jones

Bristol. TN

24

16

23

John Blankenship

Williamson, WV

25

25

64

Michael Walker

Franklin, TN

Race Statistics Entrants: 43 Lap Leaders: Chris Madden (Laps 1-35); Ray Cook (Laps 36-60) Caution Flags: Lap 20 (Mike Marlar); Lap 22 (John Blankenship) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Don O'Neal, Eric Jacobsen Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: Michael Walker PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Don O'Neal (Started 23rd; Finished 15th; Advanced 8 positions) Ohlin's Shocks Performer of the Race: Ray Cook K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Ray Cook Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: none Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Race Engine Design Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award: Jimmy Owens DirtonDirt.com Crew Chief of the Race: Chris Fox (Jimmy Owens) E3 Spark Plugs TV Challenge All stars: n/a Time of Race: 22 minutes, 13 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings: 1. #0 Scott Bloomquist - Mooresburg, TN 455 2. #53 Ray Cook - Brasstown, NC 450 3. #s9 Da n Schlieper - Sullivan, WI 430 4.  #71 Don O'Neal - Martinsville, IN 390 5. #20 Jimmy Owens - Newport, TN 385 6. #c9 Steve Casebolt - Richmond, IN 375 7. #71w Chris Wall - Holden, LA 370 7. #44 Earl Pearson Jr. - Jacksonville, FL 370 9. #17m Dale McDowell - Chickamauga, GA 360 10. #18e Eric Wells - Hazard, KY 355

TAMPA, FL (February 12, 2010) - For the sixth consecutive year, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned the 34th Annual DART Winternationals at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL. At the end of the six days of racing, Dennis Erb Jr. had claimed his second DART Winternationals Points Championship.  The 37-year-old, second generation racer from Carpentersville, IL earned a check for $5,000 and a nice trophy for his accomplishments.  Erb also won the title back in 2006. ...

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Don O'Neal Rallies for Victory in the Final Night of the 34th Annual DART Winternationals at East Bay

TAMPA, FL (February 6, 2010) – Taking the lead on lap 40 when race leader Scott Bloomquist jumped the cushion in turn one, Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN led the remaining 35 circuits to win the final night of the 34th Annual DART Winternationals for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at East Bay Raceway Park. He earned $12,000 for the win. Dan Schlieper of Sullivan, WI finished second, followed by Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN; Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, IL; and Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, WI. Erb tallied the most DART Winternationals Championship Points for the week to earn a $5,000 bonus from DART Machinery.

Red Buck Cigar Fast Qualifier and new track record holder, Chris Wall earned the pole starting position. Alongside Wall was the Zero machine of Scott Bloomquist, who was coming off a win in the afternoon event that preceded the night's finale. Bloomquist stormed to the point from the drop of the green over Wall, O'Neal and Schlieper. By the seventh lap Bloomquist had opened up a straightaway lead over the field and he began approaching the tail end of the field.

Bloomquist moved into traffic by lap nine. O'Neal was hounding Wall for second as the two went go side-by-side for a lap until O'Neal made the pass on Wall for second on the tenth circuit. Justin Rattliff remained in the thick of things holding the fourth spot followed by tenth place starter, Mike Marlar; who was on the move as a caution came out for debris on the track with 14 laps complete. O'Neal got sideways coming out of turn two on lap 20 as well as Wall, who spun to avoid running into O'Neal. Wall lost five spots in the running order. Mark Andersen slowed on the frontstretch with 21 laps complete to bring out caution number three.

Bloomquist remained in front, followed by O'Neal, Schlieper, Erb and Jimmy Mars. The top five remained the same until Erb got by Schlieper for third on lap 28. Erb then slip out of the groove allowing both top five newcomer Ray Cook and Mars to get by him with 30 laps down. O'Neal was dancing a treacherous top line around the track and on lap 31 he lost three spots, falling from second to fifth in a matter of one lap. Up front, Bloomquist was almost a straightaway ahead of Schlieper, who was now second with Cook running in third followed by Mars and O'Neal. A red flag came out with 39 laps complete for a multi-car pileup on the frontstretch. The incident eliminated the cars of Brady Smith and Ricky Weiss.

On the fateful lap 40 restart, Bloomquist headed into turn one and jump the cushion. Both O'Neal and Schlieper went him as Bloomquist was relegated to third place. O'Neal pounded the gas with Schlieper in tow. Another caution waived, this time for Justin Rattliff, who pulled out of the race. O'Neal jumped at the chance to lead the race; Bloomquist and Schlieper went at it for second. Bloomquist moved back into the runnerup slot on lap 44.

O'Neal stretched his lead to ten car lengths over Bloomquist and Schlieper. Steve Francis was now in the hunt for the first time in the race. He finally climbed from his 19th starting spot to run fourth by lap 46.  Cook then rebounded; passed Francis for fourth.  O'Neal was looking solid and was comfortably in front of Bloomquist when the caution came out for Francis on lap 57. The top five stayed in that running order as O'Neal looked to be on cruise control. Following O'Neal was a terrific battle for second between the cars of Bloomquist, Schlieper and Erb. Bloomquist jumped the cushion in turns one and two again. Schlieper slipped by him on lap 64.  Schlieper then started to track down O'Neal who had no traffic in front of him, but Schlieper slowly closed the gap with five laps to go. O'Neal sped on to pick the big check for his not only his 13th career win at East Bay, but his 13th career win on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tour.

In the Lucas Oil Victory Lane the 45-year-old racer who has twice finished runner-up in the Lucas Oil Series; was happy to be there. He thought he had thrown the chance away when he jumped the cushion back on lap 31. "I thought I had really messed up there, we had a really good car from the start and I thought I had lost my chance to win. 75 laps is a lot of laps here, things can happen so quick here; people come and go to the front so often that you lose and gain track position all the time. When I saw Scott jump the cushion up there on that restart, I thought this was my chance to redeem myself," said O'Neal.

"That cushion was tough, but after we got out in front I tried to avoid as many of the rough spots as possible and keep the car straight so we wouldn't lose a tire out there. Man it feels good to get back to victory lane here at East Bay, we've always run well here and I have to thank my crew, Tader, Doug, Mark and Tim for all their help. It's a good win for MasterSbilt and Jay Dickens," said O'Neal who won before the cameras of SPEED Channel. SPEED was on hand to film the event to be shown at a later date.

The rest of the sponsors on O'Neal's car include; Superior Cleaning, O'Neal Mulch, Independence Lumber, Jones Core, Hanzo Logistics, Sunoco Race Fuels, Ohlins Shocks, Budda Bert Transmissions and Brownstown Speedway and Hoosier Racing Tires.

Schlieper came across the line in second his Rockstar Energy Drink/DART Machinery/Bloomquist Race Cars Ford Fusion; followed by Bloomquist in his miller Brothers Construction/Vic Hill Racing Engines/Bloomquist Race Cars Monte Carlo SS. The rest of the top finishers were Erb in his Thomason Express LLC/Vic Hill Racing Engines/Rayburn Impala SS and Mars in the Ernie and Connie Davis/Ernie D's/Rocket Impala SS.

Completing the top ten were Jason Feger of Bloomington, IL who pitted for a flat tire and returned to finish sixth followed by Steve Francis of Ashland, KY; Rick Eckert of York, Pa; Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC; and Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL.

By virtue of his fourth place finish, Erb captured the 2010 34th Annual DART Winternationals Championship. Erb took home a $5,000 check for his efforts during the week as won by a 55-point margin over O'Neal.

Race Summary

Saturday Night, February 6th, 2010
"34th Annual DART Winternationals"
East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL

  • Red Buck Cigars Fast Time: Chris Wall / 14.022 seconds ***New Track Record***
  • Wiles Driveshaft's First Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Chris Wall, Ray Cook, Dennis Erb, Jr., Tim McCreadie, Jimmy Owens, Matt Miller, Shannon Babb, Austin Hubbard, Dale McDowell, Kyle Berck, Robert Geiger, Earl Pearson, Jr., Shan Smith
  • AFCO Racing Products Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advances): Don O'Neal, John Blankenship, Rick Eckert, Jason Feger, Steve Francis, Dillan White, Eric Jacobsen, Billy Moyer, Steve Casebolt, Travis Varnadore, Tim Dohm, Lee Thomason 
  • Allstar Performance Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Scott Bloomquist, Dan Schlieper, Mike Marlar, Ricky Weiss, Jason McBride, Brad Neat, Tim Fuller, Tim Isenberg, Bub McCool, Jordan Bland, Mike Collins, Leon Henderson
  • Wrisco Aluminum Fourth Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Justin Rattliff, Brady Smith, Jimmy Mars, Mark Andersen, Eric Wells, Daniel Stone, Russ King, Tyler Reddick, Danny Mitchell, Michael Walker, James O'Hara, Tommy Kerr
  • Hawk Brake First B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Transfers): Matt Miller, Steve Francis, Shannon Babb, Dillan White, Eric Jacobsen, Billy Moyer, Austin Hubbard, Tim Dohm, Dale McDowell, Travis Varnadore, Steve Casebolt, Robert Geiger, Earl Pearson, Jr., DNS Kyle Berck, Shan Smith
  • Performance Rod and Custom (PRC) Second B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Transfers): Daniel Stone, Eric Wells, Tim Fuller, Bub McCool, Michael Walker,  Leon Henderson, Mike Collins, Russ King, Tim Isenberg, Jason McBride, Danny Mitchell, James O'Hara, Lee Thomason, Brad Neat, Tyler Reddick, DNS Jordan Bland, Tommy Kerr 
  • PRC Strawberry Dash (Track Provisional Winner Transfers): Steve Casebolt, Tim Dohm, Tim Isenberg, Travis Varnadore, DNS Jason McBride, Eric Jacobsen, Dale McDowell, Billy Moyer
  • 34th Annual DART Winternationals Saturday (Night) Feature Finish (75 Laps): Don O'Neal, Dan Schlieper, Scott Bloomquist, Dennis Erb, Jr., Jimmy Mars, Jason Feger, Steve Francis, Rick Eckert, Ray Cook, Earl Pearson, Jr., Chris Wall, John Blankenship, Tim Fuller, Eric Wells, Eric Jacobsen, Tim McCreadie, Justin Rattliff, Brady Smith, Matt Miller, Ricky Weiss, Daniel Stone, Shannon Babb, Mark Andersen, Mike Marlar, Steve Casebolt, Jimmy Owens, Dillan White

Finish Start Driver Name Hometown
1 3 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN
2 6 Dan Schlieper Sullivan, WI
3 2 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN
4 9 Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL
5 12 Jimmy Mars Menomonie, WI
6 15 Jason Feger Bloomington, IL
7 19 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
8 11 Rick Eckert York, PA
9 5 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC
10 24 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL
11 1 Chris Wall Holden, LA
12 7 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
13 22 Tim Fuller Watertown, NY
14 20 Eric Wells Hazard, KY
15 27 Eric Jacobsen Seacliffe Beach, CA
16 13 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY
17 4 Justin Rattliff Campbellsville, KY
18 8 Brady Smith Solon Springs, WI
19 17 Matt Miller Waterville, OH
20 14 Ricky Weiss Winnipeg, Manitoba
21 18 Daniel Stone Thompson, PA
22 21 Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL
23 16 Mark Andersen Blanchard, MI
24 10 Mike Marlar Winfield, TN
25 26 Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN
26 23 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
27 25 Dillan White Crofton, KY

Race Statistics

  • Entrants: 49
  • Lap Leaders: 1-39 Scott Bloomquist, 40-75 Don O'Neal
  • Caution Flags: (Lap 18) Mike Marlar; (Lap 28) Debris; (Lap 29) Daniel Stone; (Lap 38) Eric Wells; (Lap 39) Brady Smith, Ricky Weiss, Earl Pearson, Jr.; (Lap 43) Justin Rattliff; (Lap 57) Steve Francis; (Lap 63) Jason Feger
  • Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Jimmy Owens, Earl Pearson, Jr.
  • Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: Eric Jacobsen
  • DART Fast Pass Provisional: Dillan White
  • PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Earl Pearson, Jr. (Started 24th; Finished 10th; Advanced 14 positions)
  • Ohlin's Shocks Performer of the Race: Dan Schlieper
  • K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Don O'Neal
  • Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: None
  • Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Jay Dickens Racing Engines
  • Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award: Dale McDowell
  • DirtonDirt.com Crew Chief of the Race: Tader Masters (Don O'Neal)
  • E3 Spark Plugs TV Challenge All stars: Don O'Neal, Dan Schlieper, Scott Bloomquist
  • Time of Race: 52 minutes, 43 seconds

TAMPA, FL (February 6, 2010) – Leading all 50 laps, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN held off Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN by two car lengths to win Saturday afternoon's Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at East Bay Raceway Park. The $10,000 to win race was washed out on Friday and rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader of action during the 34th Annual DART Winternationals. Trailing Bloomquist and Owens to the finish was Eric Jacobsen of Seacliffe Beach, CA; Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR; and Rick Eckert of York, PA.

Bloomquist and Owens started on the front row of the 26 car starting field. Bloomquist quickly opened up a three-car length advantage over Owens, current DART Winternationals point's leader Dennis Erb Jr., Shannon Babb, and Eric Jacobsen. Jacobsen then dueled side-by-side with Babb for two laps before finally clearing the veteran racer to take over the fourth position. Just as Bloomquist was picking up the tail end of the field on the track. The first caution came out for Jimmy Mars, who came to a halt in the middle of backstretch. Mars was pushed off the track, becoming the first car out of the event.

On the restart, Bloomquist held the point as the race went green for a lap until the next caution came out for Tyler Reddick. The third restart still had Bloomquist in front, just ahead of Owens, Erb, Jacobsen and Babb.

The top five remained the same until Jacobsen was able to make a pass on Erb for third on lap 21. Owens was able to chase down Bloomquist as the race for the lead was getting interesting. He pulled even with Bloomquist on a couple of occasions after lap 23. All that seemed to accomplish was wake Bloomquist up as he started to open up some distance between himself and Owens.

On lap 29, the third and final caution flew for Michael Walker who stopped in turn one. The final restart had the field line up single file behind Bloomquist who had led every lap until this point of the race. The trio of Bloomquist, Owens and Jacobsen continued to show their superiority pulling away from the rest of the running order with 20 laps to go.

The distance between the top three was basically even with four-to-five car lengths separating the trio of Bloomquist, Owens and Jacobsen. Behind those three was an excellent battle between several drivers as Erb, Babb, Billy Moyer and Earl Pearson, Jr. were jockeying for a spot in the top five.

With ten laps to go, things were looking good for Bloomquist as he was comfortably out in front of Owens and Jacobsen. With 44 laps down Moyer charged to fourth in front of Erb, but he was running out of time to catch the cars in front of him. With five laps remaining, Owens started to pick up the pace closing the gap on Bloomquist as the fans were anticipating another close finish like the Wednesday and Thursday Night had provided as Owens closed to within four lengths of Bloomquist with two to go.

Owens then reduced the lead to two lengths on the white flag lap as another last lap charge looked imminent, but Bloomquist got into and out of turn four with no problems. He held off Owens by two lengths to record his second victory of the week and his fourth ever at the one-third mile oval.

In the Lucas Oil Victory Lane for 19th time in his Hall of Fame career, the 2009 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion Bloomquist commented that the track was a lot racier than he thought it would be, "for a daytime race it was good, we knew tire selection was going to be critical. I was just hoping we had made the right choice, Jimmy, I figured was right there and I guess Eric ended up third, so that makes us feel good, to win here twice in one week is something we've never done before an it's a great way to get the season started," said the 46-year-old driver who has seven national touring titles to his credit.

"I have to thank Bob and Barb Miller for all their support through the years and my crew did a great job preparing this car we've come awfully close to winning a third time this week so we'll give it a shot tonight and try to end the week on a solid note," said Bloomquist, who drives his own Bloomquist Race Cars Monte Carlo SS powered by a Vic Hill Racing Engine and sponsored by Miller Brothers Construction, Hawkeye Trucking, Sweet Mfg, Ohlins, VP Racing Fuels, Arizona Sport Shirts, Lane Automotive and Hoosier Racing Tires.

Owens, in the Reece Monument Company/Cornett Racing Engines/Bloomquist Race Cars Ford Fusion finished second followed by Jacobsen in his VP Racing Fuels/Bell Helmets/Bloomquist Race Cars Monte Carlo SS. Completing the top five in the finishing order were 13th starting Billy Moyer in the Henderson Motorsports/Cornett Racing Engines/Moyer Victory Circle M1 Ford Mustang GT and Eckert in the J&K Salvage/Jay Dickens Racing Engines/Bloomquist Race Cars Corvette to give Bloomquist built-cars four of the top five spots.

Completing the top ten were Dennis Erb, Jr. of Carpentersville, IL. Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, IL, Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL, Brady Smith of Solon Springs, WI and Tim McCreadie of Watertown, NY.

Race Summary

Saturday Day, February 6th, 2010
"34th Annual DART Winternationals"
East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL

  • Red Buck Cigars Fast Time: Steve Francis / 14.403 seconds
  • Wiles Driveshafts First Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Scott Bloomquist, Dennis Erb, Jr., Steve Francis, Billy Moyer, Jimmy Mars, Ray Cook, Travis Varnadore, Jason McBride, Tim Isenberg, Jordan Bland, Leon Henderson, Danny Mitchell, Brandon Thirlby 
  • AFCO Racing Products Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Shannon Babb, Rick Eckert, Jason Feger, Justin Rattliff, Tim fuller, Tyler Reddick, Russ King, Dillan White, Brad Neat, Mark Andersen, James O'Hara, Chad Hollenbeck 
  • Allstar Performance Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Jimmy Owens, Eric Jacobsen, Don O'Neal, Earl Pearson Jr., Brady Smith, Mike Marlar, Daniel Stone, Dale McDowell, Steve Casebolt, Lee Thomason, Tim Dohm, DNS Mike Collins
  • Wrisco Aluminum Fourth Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Dan Schlieper, Austin Hubbard, Tim McCreadie, Chris Wall, John Blankenship, Eric Wells, Matt Miller, Tommy Kerr, Kyle Berck, Bub McCool, Shan Smith, Michael Walker
  • Hawk Brake First B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Transfers): Tim Fuller, Jimmy Mars, Tyler Reddick, Ray Cook, Tim Isenberg, Dillan White, Russ King, Jordan Bland, Danny Mitchell, Brad Neat, Travis Varnadore, Leon Henderson, Mark Andersen, James O'Hara, DNS Jason McBride, Chad Hollenbeck, Brandon Thirlby
  • Performance Rod and Custom (PRC) Second B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Transfers): John Blankenship, Brady Smith, Mike Marlar, Daniel Stone, Eric Wells, Matt Miller, Tim Dohm, Bub McCool, Steve Casebolt, Tommy Kerr, Michael Walker, Lee Thomason, Shan Smith, Kyle Berck, DNS Dale McDowell, Ricky Weiss, Mike Collins 
  • PRC Strawberry Dash (NO DASH- Random Draw): Michael Walker
  • 34th Annual DART Winternationals Saturday (Day) Feature Finish (50 Laps): Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Eric Jacobsen, Billy Moyer, Rick Eckert, Dennis Erb Jr., Shannon Babb, Earl Pearson Jr., Brady Smith, Tim McCreadie, Chris Wall, Dan Schlieper, Steve Francis, Don O'Neal, John Blankenship, Ray Cook, Justin Rattliff, Austin Hubbard, Jason Feger, Dillan White, Dale McDowell, Michael Walker, Mike Marlar, Tyler Reddick, Tim Fuller, Jimmy Mars

Finish Start Car Number Driver Name Hometown
1 1 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN
2 2 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
3 6 5 Eric Jacobsen Seacliffe Beach, CA
4 13 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR
5 7 24 Rick Eckert York, PA
6 5 28e Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville, IL
7 3 18 Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL
8 14 44 Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville, FL
9 20 2 Brady Smith Solon Springs, WI
10 12 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY
11 16 71w Chris Wall Holden, LA
12 4 s9 Dan Schlieper Sullivan, WI
13 9 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
14 10 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN
15 18 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
16 24 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC
17 15 16 Justin Rattliff Campbellsville, KY
18 8 11 Austin Hubbard Laurel, DE
19 11 25f Jason Feger Bloomington, IL
20 25 54w Dillan White Crofton, KY
21 23 71m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA
22 26 64 Michael Walker Franklin, TN
23 22 34 Mike Marlar Winfield, TN
24 21 11t Tyler Reddick Corning, CA
25 17 19t Tim Fuller Watertown, NY
26 19 25 Jimmy Mars Menomonie, WI

Race Statistics

  • Entrants: 50
  • Lap Leaders: 1-50 Scott Bloomquist
  • Caution Flags: (Lap 9) Jimmy Mars; (Lap 10) Tyler Reddick; (Lap 29) Michael Walker
  • Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Dale McDowell, Ray Cook
  • DART Fast Pass Provisional: Dillan White
  • PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Brady Smith (Started 20th; Finished 9th; Advanced 11 positions)
  • Ohlins Shocks Performer of the Race: Eric Jacobsen
  • K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Billy Moyer
  • Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: None
  • Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Vic Hill Racing Engines
  • Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award: Brandon Thirlby
  • DirtonDirt.com Crew Chief of the Race: Tommy Hicks (Scott Bloomquist)
  • Time of Race: 25 minutes, 22 seconds

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2019 Championship Points

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POS CAR# DRIVER POINTS
1 49 Jonathan Davenport 6195
2 14 Josh Richards 5625
3 39 Tim McCreadie 5575
4 1T Tyler Erb ® 5515
5 20 Jimmy Owens 5435
6 1M Devin Moran ® 5420
7 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. 5410
8 71 Hudson O'Neal 5275
9 50 Shanon Buckingham 4755
10 40B Kyle Bronson 4705