BARBERVILLE, Fla. – Scott Bloomquist rebounded Wednesday from misfortunate the previous night as he scored the DIRTcar Late Model Swamp King Championship at the 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals.
Bloomquist, a resident of Mooresburg, Tenn., set the overall quick time during qualifying driving his famous Reec Monument/Crop Production Services No. 0. Bloomquist then continued his strong night by dominating his heat race, putting him in the redraw group for the 40-lap feature event.
Bloomquist drew the fourth starting position with Steve Casebolt selecting pole-position. Casebolt, piloting the Riesbeck’s Food Markets/Lias Tires Racing Division No. C9, lost the lead once the green flag dropped to second place starter Dale McDowell driving the 17M.
Bloomquist quickly charged to the second position, passing Casebolt and placing McDowell in his crosshairs for the lead. A caution on lap 6 brought Bloomquist to the inside of McDowell for the lead, and after a side-by-side battle for two laps, Bloomquist completed the pass on lap 8.
The 52-year-old Bloomquist pulled away from the field after he completed the pass for the lead, but quickly approached the tail end of the 28-car field. A hard-charging, red-hot Jonathan Davenport drove his Baird Transport/Elite Concrete No. 6 to Bloomquist’s back bumper, as the leader began navigating through lapped traffic.
For the second night in a row, a multi-lane racetrack allowed for side-by-side and three-wide racing throughout the field which allowed drivers like Davenport and, Tuesday night’s winner, Josh Richards to make their way to the front of the field. Davenport picked up seven spots to reach the second position and Richards picked up nine spots to get to the fourth position.
As the laps wound down, and lapped traffic subsided, Bloomquist pulled away from Davenport for good with less than 10 laps to go. Bloomquist, much as he did the entire night, dominated the feature event and captured the Swamp King Championship portion of the 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.
“[The car] was really good,” Bloomquist said. “I see we have some things to do to help ourselves in traffic – it took a while for heat to get in the front tires so I’m going to work on that.
“I want to thank my family even though they can’t be out here. I think my wife and daughter are going to come in Saturday and we may stick around a little bit and go to Disney [World] or Sea World.”
Davenport held on to finish second and improved on his third place finish from Tuesday night.
“I keep getting better at this place,” Davenport, a Blairsville, Ga.-native said. “We definitely had a good hotrod tonight. I think we were a little better than Scott [Bloomquist] early until we got to lapped traffic and he could just maneuver better. I got under Jason [Feger] and he slipped out of the groove a little bit and I hit him on the right front and it didn’t quite steer as good after that.
“Finishing second tonight, I couldn’t be happier. I don’t think we have had a finish outside of the top five this year, so we have definitely been one of the most consistent cars in the country.”
McDowell, who led the opening seven laps before handing the lead over to Bloomquist, finished in the third position after losing second to Davenport on lap 12.
“We had a good starting position, but they were better than us,” the Chicamaugua, Ga.-native said. “Tonight was only our second night out so I could see where they were beating us at and what areas we need to work on.”
The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series’ stars invade the 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, continuing their year-long battle for the 2016 series title, while also trying to capture a coveted Gator trophy.
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