ATTICA, OH - Making his first ever visit to Attica Raceway Park, Scott Bloomquist survived a two-lap dash to the finish for his fifth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory of the season. Bloomquist led all 50-laps in his Ole Smoky Moonshine, Lucas Oil Products sponsored Sweet-Bloomquist entry. Bloomquist earned his 51st career LOLMDS victory out dueling Steve Francis, Earl Pearson Jr., Jimmy Owens, and Mason Zeigler to round out the top five.

 

"This is our first time here; everyone knows our winning percentage at new tracks in my career is pretty good. This is really a nice track. I hoped the fans enjoyed this show," said the 50-year-old veteran. "The front-stretch had some issues early in the night, but they went out and tried to fix it. I thought I felt a vibration or something going wrong on that last restart. We sure didn't need that final caution. The car fired great nonetheless and we were able to pull away."

 

"We are a little short of help this weekend, but everybody did a great job. I had to groove the tires and do some other things, but overall the car handled so well all night long. We have been so close to winning other races this year; I was determined to win this tonight. I have to thank Ole Smoky Moonshine, Penske Shocks, Hawkeye Trucking, Base Fuels, Lucas Oil Products, and Durham Race Engines."

 

Both Francis and Pearson took a shot at Bloomquist in the final two circuits, but they came up short of going to victory lane. "It's our second straight runner-up finish," said Francis, who brought his Clint Bowyer Racing, Georgia Boot, Barry Wright Race Cars entry across the line for another podium finish. "We are really running well here lately. It's great to be back in the mix for a win. Scott was too tough tonight. I slipped back to fifth at one point, and the car was so much better up top. We just didn't have anything for Scott on that final restart. The way it turned out, we were fortunate to hold off Earl for second."

 

Pearson finished third in his Bobby Labonte Racing, Lucas Oil Products, Longhorn Chevrolet. "With the way our season has gone this year, I didn't know what was going to happen on that final restart. The car was good all race long, it would run better down low on the track. I thought I was going to get by Steve there a couple of times, but we will take this finish and head to Portsmouth tomorrow night."

 

Completing the top ten were Don O'Neal, Brian Birkhofer, John Blankenship, Eddie Carrier Jr. and Jared Landers.

In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 31 entrants, with a lap of 14.329 seconds. Steve Francis set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 14.563 seconds. Scoot Bloomquist, Earl Pearson Jr., Steve Francis, and Jimmy Owens won their respective heat races. Jason Papich won the B-Main.

 

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Race Summary
Friday Night, August 29th, 2014
Attica Raceway Park - Attica, OH

 

Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Scott Bloomquist / 14.329 seconds

Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Steve Francis / 14.563 seconds

Fast Shafts Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Mason Zeigler, Don O'Neal, Dennis Erb, Jr., Jason Papich, Matt Irey, Larry Bellman, Steve Sabo

 

Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Earl Pearson, Jr., Jared Landers, Jason Hughes, Rocky Owens, Shane McLoughlin, Douglas Baird, Devin Moran, Steve Casebolt

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Steve Francis, Brian Birkhofer, John Blankenship, Larry Kingseed, Ryan Missler, Ross Nicastri, Cody Scott, Chris Keller

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Jeff Babcock, Ryan Markham, Devin Shiels, John Bores, Mike Bores

JRi Shocks B-Main #1 (12 Laps, Top 6 Transfer) Finish: Jason Papich, Shane McLoughlin, Devin Moran, Ryan Missler, Chris Keller, Matt Irey, Devin Shiels, Larry Bellman, John Bores, Ross Nicastri, Steve Sabo, Douglas Baird, Mike Bores, Cody Scott, Steve Casebolt-DNS

Feature Finish (50 Laps):

FINISH

START

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

1

1

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

2

2

15

Steve Francis

Ashland, KY

3

3

44

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

4

4

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

5

5

25Z

Mason Zeigler

Chalk Hill, PA

6

9

5

Don O'Neal

Martinsville, IN

7

6

15b

Brian Birkhofer

Muscatine, IA

8

10

23

John Blankenship

Williamson, WV

9

8

28

Eddie Carrier, Jr.

Salt Rock, WV

10

7

777

Jared Landers

Batesville, AR

11

13

28e

Dennis Erb, Jr.

Carpentersville, IL

12

11

12

Jason Hughes

Watts, OK

13

16

5m

Ryan Markham

Ashland, OH

14

22

36

Matt Irey

Mansfield, OH

15

17

91p

Jason Papich

Nipomo, CA

16

21

00

Chris Keller

Adrian, MI

17

19

99m

Devin Moran

Dresden, OH

18

18

9m

Shane McLoughlin

Nashport, OH

19

24

15bx

Mike Bores

Bellevue, OH

20

12

1b

Jeff Babcock

St. Marys, OH

21

15

29

Rocky Owens

Mansfield, OH

22

20

50Y

Ryan Missler

Bellevue, OH

23

14

21

Larry Kingseed

Castalia, OH

24

25

48

John Bores

Bellevue, OH

25

23

c9

Steve Casebolt

Richmond, IN

 

 

 

Race Statistics

Entrants: 31

Lap Leaders: Scott Bloomquist (1 - 50)
Cautions: Ryan Markham (Lap 12), Jared Landers (Lap 14), Rocky Owens (Lap 16), Jason Papich (Lap 48)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: n/a
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a
Miller Welders Fast Time Provisionals: Steve Casebolt, Mike Bores
Attica Raceway Park Provisional: John Bores
Wrisco Feature Winner: Scott Bloomquist

Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Don O'Neal (Started: 9th; Finished: 6th; Advanced 3 Positions)
Keyser Mfg Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jimmy Owens
Allstar Performer of the Race: Eark Pearson Jr.

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Earl Pearson Jr.

Dunn Benson Ford Rookie of the Race: Jason Hughes
Midwest Sheet Metal Highest Finishing Rookie: Jason Hughes

COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Durham Racing Engines

Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Bloomquist Chassis

Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Tommy Grecco (Steve Francis)

HAWK Performance Fastest Lap of the Race: Scott Bloomquist (Lap #3 - 15.665 seconds)

Time of Race: 26 minutes 38 seconds

 

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:
 

POS

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

POINTS

1

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

6300

2

5

Don O'Neal

Martinsville, IN

6250

3

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

6065

4

15

Steve Francis

Ashland, KY

5600

5

44

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

5445

5

28

Eddie Carrier, Jr.

Salt Rock, WV

5445

7

23

John Blankenship

Williamson, WV

5185

8

777

Jared Landers

Batesville, AR

5095

9

28e

Dennis Erb, Jr.

Carpentersville, IL

4785

10

12

Jason Hughes

Watts, OK

4350

11

91p

Jason Papich

Nipomo, CA

4195


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

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