Scott Bloomquist raced to his 47th career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win on Saturday Night at ARK-LA-TEX Speedway in thrilling fashion. Bloomquist took the lead on the 48th lap and led Ray Moore and Ryan Gustin to the checkered flag in a close finish. Bloomquist took over the second spot on lap 20 and trailed Moore until the two entered lapped traffic in the final ten laps when he began closing on Moore’s rear bumper.
“This is our first time here,” said Bloomquist, who became the 10thdifferent winner in 11 LOLMDS races this season. “I heard the racing would be two and three wide easily here. Well it is definitely true! I hope the crowd enjoyed that one. Our Sweet-Bloomquist car has been good all year. I have to thank Hawkeye Trucking, Durham Racing Engines, Lucas Oil Products, and Penske Shocks.”
“The track in the heat races was great and we could run anywhere, then the top started getting dominant during the feature. We set up our car for the end with our tire choice. When we caught him (Moore), there were a few cars in front of us, and I just picked the right line to get by him. He drove a heck of a race, we had just enough laps to catch him and pass him,” said Bloomquist afterwards.
Moore and Gustin battled with Bloomquist to the very end. “This would have been the biggest win of my career with the competition that was here tonight. We won the Pelican here and that was huge for us. Scott is just too good. Once he got by me; I knew I was in trouble. I was trying to hang on for second ahead of Gustin,” said the driver of the Moore Wireline, MB Customs entry. “I really wanted to win for the home-state fans as well as they have been behind me since I started my racing career. We came up a little short tonight, but we will be back and try again” stated Moore.
Gustin, in his first-full year of Late Model racing nearly stole the win at the end. “We were coming up quickly in the final five laps. The top was going away, and our car just didn’t work as well on the bottom to middle part of the track. To run third against these guys says a lot about our team as we continue to grow. We have a lot to learn about these cars, but I think once we get the hang of it, we are going to get some big wins,” said the driver of Gressel Racing, Rocket Chassis, #19G.
Jimmy Owens, the 3-time and reigning series champion charged from 18th to fourth and fast qualifier, Don O’Neal rounded out the top five. Completing the top ten were Chris Wall, Brian Shirley, Tim McCreadie, Ray Cook, and Earl Pearson Jr.
In preliminary action, Don O’Neal set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the 51 entrants, with a lap of 13.607 seconds. Ryan Gustin set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 14.095 seconds. Morgan Bagley, Eddie Carrier Jr., Tim McCreadie, Ray Moore, Scott Bloomquist, and Billy Moyer won their respective heat races. Kyle Bronson and Earl Pearson Jr. won their respective B-Mains.
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Tomorrow night’s event at Outlaw Motorsports Park has been postponed due to impending weather being forecast for tomorrow evening. Officials of Outlaw Motorsports Park and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series hope to find a suitable make-up date for this season, if not it will be tentatively rescheduled for 2015.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Saturday Night, April 5th, 2014
Ark-La-Tex Speedway – Vivian, LA
Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Ryan Gustin / 14.095 seconds
Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Don O’Neal / 13.607 seconds
Fast Shafts Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Morgan Bagley, Ryan Gustin, John Blankenship, Jon Mitchell, Jeff Chanler, Brett Frazier, Odie Green, Tommy Surrett, Rick Hearnsberger
Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Eddie Carrier, Jr., Ray Cook, Shane Hebert, Kyle Bronson, Billy Moyer, Jr., Bub McCool, Robbie Stuart, Lee Davis
Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Tim McCreadie, Jack Sullivan, Randy Weaver, Dennis Erb, Jr., Clay Fisher, Chandler Petty, Kody Mea, Shannon Scott
FK Rod Ends Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Ray Moore, Don O’Neal, Jesse Stovall, Kyle Beard, Anthony Burroughs, Allen Murray, Steve Francis, Chris Brown, Kevin Ray
Fast Shafts Heat Race #5 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Chris Wall, Brian Shirley, Earl Pearson, Jr., Robert Baker, BJ Robinson, Wendell Wallace, Brandon Smith, Lynn Beach
Eibach Springs Heat Race #6 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Billy Moyer, Jason Papich, Jimmy Owens, Jared Landers, Jason Hughes, Timothy Culp, Raymond Merrill, David Payne
JRi Shocks B-Main #1 (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Kyle Bronson, Dennis Erb, Jr., Jon Mitchell, Bub McCool, Jeff Chanler, Tommy Surrett, Clay Fisher, Billy Moyer, Jr., Robbie Stuart, Brett Frazier, Kody Mea, Shannon Scott, Rick Hearnsberger, Lee Davis, Odie Green, Chandler Petty-DNS
CV Products B-Main #2 (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Earl Pearson, Jr., Kyle Beard, Jared Landers, Robert Baker, Jason Hughes, Steve Francis, Anthony Burroughs, Timothy Culp, BJ Robinson, Wendell Wallace, Raymond Merrill, Brandon Smith, Lynn Beach, Kevin Ray, Chris Brown, Allen Murray, David Payne
Feature Finish (50 Laps):
1 0 Scott Bloomquist
2 93m Ray Moore
3 19R Ryan Gustin
4 20 Jimmy Owens
5 5 Don O’Neal
6 71w Chris Wall
7 81 Brian Shirley
8 39 Tim McCreadie
9 53 Ray Cook
10 44 Earl Pearson, Jr.
11 28e Dennis Erb, Jr.
12 14m Morgan Bagley
13 91p Jason Papich
14 12 Jason Hughes
15 86 Kyle Beard
16 23 John Blankenship
17 777 Jared Landers
18 28 Eddie Carrier, Jr.
19 40b Kyle Bronson
20 116 Randy Weaver
21 9 Shane Hebert
22 99 Clay Fisher
23 47 Chandler Petty
24 21jr Billy Moyer, Jr.
25 21 Billy Moyer
26 15 Steve Francis
27 00s Jesse Stovall
28 11 18 Jack Sullivan
Lap Leaders: Ray Moore (Laps 1 – 47); Scott Bloomquist (Laps 48 – 50)
Caution Flags: Randy Weaver (Lap 9); Kyle Bronson, Chanler Petty, Jesse Stovall, Jack Sullivan (Lap 11); Kyle Bronson (Lap 21)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Steve Francis, Jared Landers
COMP Cams Series Provisionals: Chanler Petty, Clay Fisher
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: Jason Hughes, Billy Moyer Jr.
Wrisco Feature Winner: Scott Bloomquist
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Jimmy Owens (Started: 18th; Finished: 4th; Advanced: 14 positions)
Keyser Mfg Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Don O’Neal
Allstar Performer of the Race: Jimmy Owens
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Jimmy Owens
Dunn Benson Ford Rookie of the Race: Jason Papich
Midwest Sheet Metal Highest Finishing Rookie: Jason Papich
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Durham Race Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Bloomquist Race Cars
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Matt Salmons (Scott Bloomquist)
HAWK Performance Fastest Lap of the Race: Jimmy Owens – 48 Lap – 14.785 seconds
Time of Race: 23 minutes 21 seconds