WAVERLY, OH – Scott Bloomquist took the lead on lap 48 from Brandon Sheppard and then held off the field in a three-lap dash to the finish to win in the Buckeye Nationals Saturday Night at Atomic Speedway.   Bloomquist earned $50,000 for his fourth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season.
Scott Bloomquist takes the checkered flag at Atomic (OH). (Heath Lawson photo)

Scott Bloomquist takes the checkered flag at Atomic (OH). (Heath Lawson photo)

Jonathan Davenport came home in second and maintains his series points lead. Josh Richards was third after starting 15th. In his first appearance in ten years at Atomic, Chris Madden was fourth, and 12th-starting Dennis Erb Jr. edged out Steve Francis at the finish line for fifth.

“We’re pretty satisfied with this car, to say the least. We’ve only run this car twice. Those guys [Sheppard and Davenport]; they drive hard and they make you work for it,” said the winner, who took his third LOLMDS victory in the last four events.
An exciting first half of the race saw Sheppard lead the initial lap. Madden then took over the point until Bloomquist grabbed the lead on lap seven. Bloomquist then held the point until the crowd came to its feet when Sheppard darted out front on lap 16.
Sheppard and Bloomquist then set a torrid pace, pulling away from third place running Madden, and the rest of the pack. Jimmy Owens got up to fourth and was challenging Madden for third when mechanical issues struck, ending his night.
Sheppard maintained the lead until Bloomquist was able to maneuver around him on lap 48. Bloomquist pulled away from Sheppard and the rest of the field. Sheppard’s night ended up in smoke on lap 72 when he brought out the last caution of the race. Bloomquist held on over the last three circuits to score the 66th win of his LOLMDS career.
When asked about the last three laps of green flag racing after the caution, Bloomquist responded. “Well I can’t really say what I was thinking because when I saw his [Davenport’s] number on the scoreboard in second I knew I had to really get tough and not make any mistakes, and we didn’t.”
Bloomquist; in his Reece Monument Company/Crop Production Services/Petroff Towing/Sorbera Chiropractic/Horton Coal/Mark Martin Honda/Durham-powered Sweet-Bloomquist entry; kept Davenport at bay in the final three circuits to take his second crown jewel win of the season.
Davenport had won the last two LOLMDS events at Atomic Speedway and just could not muster enough to challenge Bloomquist.
“We went a little softer on tires, and I don’t know if it was a gamble. Congrats to Scott on the win. We have two wins and a second here. I am so thankful for Kevin and Lee Roy Rumley, and Brian Liverman. Thanks to Troy Baird of Baird Transport, Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, Elite Concrete, and thanks to all the fans for coming out in this cold and rainy weather.”
Richards has four LOLMDS wins this season and came home in third place. “I just got the team in a hole yesterday in the heat race. I think I just used my stuff up getting to the front. We went a little softer than Jonathan and some others. I thought I might have something at the end for those guys, but we didn’t,” said the driver of the Mark Richards Racing/Valvoline/Seubert Calf Ranches/Rocket House Car.
Completing the top ten were Steve Francis, Eddie Carrier Jr., Earl Pearson Jr., Tim McCreadie and Darrell Lanigan.
In preliminary action, Brandon Sheppard set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 49 entrants, with a lap of 14.047 seconds. Steve Francis set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 14.493 seconds. Brandon Sheppard, Chris Madden, Scott Bloomquist, Steve Francis, Jimmy Owens and Darrell Lanigan won their respective heat races. Eric Wells and Mason Zeigler won their respective B-Mains. Gregg Satterlee won the Ten-Not-In Non-Qualifiers Race.
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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Saturday, May 14th, 2016
Buckeye Nationals
Atomic Speedway – Waverly, OH
Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Brandon Sheppard / 14.047 seconds

Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Steve Francis / 14.493 seconds

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Brandon Sheppard, Jonathan Davenport, Dale McDowell, Eric Wells, Gregg Satterlee, Greg Johnson, Nick Latham, Kirk Phillips

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Chris Madden, Delmas Conley, Josh Richards, Tim McCreadie, Steve Casebolt, Scott James, Jason DuPont, Kenneth Howell-DNS
Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, RJ Conley, Don O’Neal, Jake O’Neil, Jackie Boggs, Brian Shirley, Greg Oliver, Freddie Carpenter, Jared Landers
QA1 Heat Race #4 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Steve Francis, Earl Pearson, Jr., Eddie Carrier, Jr., Mason Zeigler, Shannon Babb, Mike Benedum, Jason Montgomery, Daniel Williams
DirtOnDirt.com Heat Race #5 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Tim Dohm, Rod Conley, Kent Robinson, Mike Marlar, Billy Gullion, Kody Evans, Ben Adkins
ASi Racewear Heat Race #6 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Darrell Lanigan, Dennis Erb, Jr., Devin Gilpin, Devin Moran, Duane Chamberlain, Jeremy Hines, Chris Shannon, Colton Flinner
Fast Shafts B-Main #1 Finish (15 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Eric Wells, Steve Casebolt , Gregg Satterlee, Greg Johnson, Tim McCreadie, Jake O’Neil, Scott James , Greg Oliver, Jason DuPont, Jared Landers, Nick Latham, Kirk Phillips, Jackie Boggs, Brian Shirley-DNS, Freddie Carpenter-DNS, Kenneth Howell-DNS
Keyser MFG B-Main #2 Finish (15 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Mason Zeigler, Devin Moran, Kent Robinson, Mike Benedum, Mike Marlar, Duane Chamberlain, Jeremy Hines, Jason Montgomery, Kody Evans, Chris Shannon, Daniel Williams, Billy Gullion, Ben Adkins, Shannon Babb, Colton Flinner
Ten-Not-In: (20 Laps): Gregg Satterlee, Kent Robinson, Greg Johnson, Mike Benedum, Gregg Oliver, Scott James, Duane Chamberlain, Jake O’Neil, Jason Montgomery, Chris Shannon
Feature Finish (75 Laps):
FINISH
START
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
EARNINGS
1
5
0
Scott Bloomquist
Mooresburg, TN
$50,800
2
7
6
Jonathan Davenport
Mount Airy, NC
$16,100
3
15
1R
Josh Richards
Shinnston, WV
$8,000
4
3
44
Chris Madden
Gaffney, SC
$6,000
5
12
28e
Dennis Erb, Jr.
Carpentersville, IL
$4,700
6
2
15F
Steve Francis
Bowling Green, KY
$3,900
7
14
28
Eddie Carrier, Jr.
Salt Rock, WV
$3,800
8
8
1
Earl Pearson, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL
$4,500
9
24
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
$4,300
10
6
15L
Darrell Lanigan
Union, KY
$4,200
11
13
17m
Dale McDowell
Chickamauga, GA
$3,400
12
23
777
Jared Landers
Batesville, AR
$4,050
13
16
71r
Rod Conley
Wheelersburg, OH
$3,300
14
1
B5
Brandon Sheppard
New Berlin, IL
$4,050
15
25
75
Colton Flinner
Allison Park, PA
$400
16
19
18E
Eric Wells
Hazard, KY
$3,150
17
4
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
$3,900
18
21
C9
Steve Casebolt
Richmond, IN
$3,050
19
22
99m
Devin Moran
Dresden, OH
$3,000
20
11
71c
RJ Conley
Wheelersburg, OH
$3,000
21
10
6t
Tim Dohm
Charleston, WV
$3,000
22
18
1G
Devin Gilpin
Columbus, IN
$3,000
23
20
25Z
Mason Zeigler
Chalk Hill, PA
$3,000
24
9
71d
Delmas Conley
Wheelersburg, OH
$3,000
25
17
5
Don O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$3,800
Race Statistics
Entrants: 49
Lap Leaders: Brandon Sheppard (Lap 1); Chris Madden (Laps 2 – 7); Scott Bloomquist (Laps 8 – 15); Brandon Sheppard (Laps 16 – 47); Scott Bloomquist (Laps 48 – 75)
Cautions: Don O’Neal; Colton Flinner (Lap 21); Debris (Lap 31); Brandon Sheppard (Lap 72)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Jared Landers, Tim McCreadie
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: Colton Flinner
Wrisco Feature Winner: Scott Bloomquist
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Tim McCreadie (Started: 24th; Finished: 9th; Advanced 15 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Eddie Carrier Jr.
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Jonathan Davenport
Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: Colton Flinner
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Durham Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Bloomquist Race Cars
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Heather Lyne (Dennis Erb Jr.)
Fastest Lap of the Race: Brandon Sheppard (Lap #2 – 14.0769 seconds)
Most Laps Led: Scott Bloomquist (36 Laps)
PFC Brakes Tough Break Award: Brandon Sheppard
Time of Race: 33 minutes 34 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
POINTS
SEASON EARNINGS
1
6
Jonathan Davenport
Mount Airy, NC
2685
$108,250
2
0
Scott Bloomquist
Mooresburg, TN
2605
$128,550
3
777
Jared Landers
Batesville, AR
2335
$45,850
4
15L
Darrell Lanigan
Union, KY
2315
$34,150
5
B5
Brandon Sheppard
New Berlin, IL
2260
$36,725
6
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
2225
$33,200
7
28e
Dennis Erb, Jr.
Carpentersville, IL
2210
$32,950
8
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
2135
$33,875
9
1
Earl Pearson, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL
2110
$36,125
10
5
Don O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
2105
$35,925
11
15F
Steve Francis
Bowling Green, KY
1990
$22,650
12
75
Colton Flinner
Allison Park, PA
1315
$6,075

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

Story By: LOLMDS PR

Photo Credit: Heath Lawson

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