GRANITE CITY, IL – Scott Bloomquist took the lead on the 42nd lap of the Budweiser 50 on Friday Night at Tri-City Speedway, and then went on to win the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned event. Bloomquist and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points leader, Jonathan Davenport, went toe-to-toe for several laps until Bloomquist pulled away at the end.
The 50-lap race went caution free as Bloomquist notched his third LOLMDS victory of the season. Davenport finished second despite losing his brakes and suffering a flat left rear tire. Dennis Erb Jr. came home in third, followed by Don O’Neal and Tim McCreadie.
One week after getting passed on the final lap at Hagerstown Speedway by Gregg Satterlee, Bloomquist made sure he crossed the finish line first tonight. “We had a good run. He [Davenport] got off to a good start and ran the top really well. I tried to make the bottom work, and I might have also gone too soft on tires. I took it kind of easy, because the car was rotating so well. I just tried to stay focused and get by the lapped cars,” said the winner. Bloomquist now has 65 career LOLMDS wins, “this track was awesome tonight. They did a great job in prepping it after all the rain this week. There were several lanes to run on.”
Davenport bolted from his outside front row starting spot to grab the lead at the start of the race. Bloomquist started right behind Davenport and caught up to the high flying Davenport in heavy lapped traffic. Bloomquist took the lead for the first time in the race on lap 18. Davenport then fought back while banging the outside wall several times in retaking the lead on lap 19. Davenport held the point until eight laps to go, when Bloomquist forged back ahead for the final time.
“I want to thank my sponsors: Crop Production Services, Reece Monument Company, Mark Martin Automotive, and everybody else with our race team. We cut into Davenport’s points lead and we will just continue to improve as the season goes along.” Bloomquist’ Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car is powered by an Andy Durham Racing Engine.
When Davenport went to the scales after crossing the finish line, his left rear tire was completely flat. “With this tire going flat, I’m just glad we finished when we did. About halfway through I lost brakes, so I had to run the bottom. We are working on some stuff with these cars. I think it’s going to be really good.”
“I was just trying to take it easy when I lost my brakes. He [Bloomquist] showed me his nose. I split a couple of cars. I was trying to be aggressively patient. We pulled back away from him and it just got worse and worse and then the tire started going down. I couldn’t hold him [Bloomquist] off. Good run for Scott and Dennis. It is always great to come here and race in front of such a large crowd!”
Erb was looking for a clean sweep of the night’s activities as he set the Miller Welders Fast Time and won his heat race, but fell just short of the sweep. He passed Don O’Neal on the final lap to get third. “The car was good all night, and starting up front sure makes things a lot easier. I sort of lost track of the top two. We worked really hard on this car all week long, and we are making strides,” said the driver of the Vomac Truck Sales and J.R. McBride Leasing Black Diamond Chassis.
Completing the top ten were Darrell Lanigan, Shannon Babb, Jimmy Owens, Bobby Pierce, and Jared Landers.
In preliminary action, Dennis Erb Jr. set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 35 entrants, with a lap of 14.350 seconds. Jonathan Davenport set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 14.508 seconds. Dennis Erb Jr., Jeff Herzog, Jonathan Davenport and Scott Bloomquist won their respective heat races. Jim Shereck and Billy Laycock won their respective B-Mains.
-Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Press Release. Photo credit: Heath Lawson
Feature Finish (50 Laps):
|FINISH||START||CAR #||DRIVER NAME||HOMETOWN|
|1||4||0||Scott Bloomquist||Mooresburg, TN|
|2||2||6||Jonathan Davenport||Mount Airy, NC|
|3||1||28e||Dennis Erb, Jr.||Carpentersville, IL|
|4||12||5||Don O’Neal||Martinsville, IN|
|5||10||39||Tim McCreadie||Watertown, NY|
|6||7||15L||Darrell Lanigan||Union, KY|
|7||6||18||Shannon Babb||Mowequa, IL|
|8||14||20||Jimmy Owens||Newport, TN|
|9||15||32||Bobby Pierce||Oakwood, IL|
|10||23||777||Jared Landers||Batesville, AR|
|11||5||B5||Brandon Sheppard||New Berlin, IL|
|12||9||6k||Michael Kloos||Trenton, IL|
|13||8||33T||Tim Manville||St. Jacob, IL|
|14||3||11H||Jeff Herzog||Herculaneum, MO|
|15||16||15F||Steve Francis||Bowling Green, KY|
|16||13||25F||Jason Feger||Bloomington, IL|
|17||11||24x||Ryan Unzicker||El Paso, IL|
|18||22||R5x||Hunter Rasdon||Jonesboro, AR|
|19||17||17s||Jim Shereck||St. Charles, MO|
|20||19||4G||Bob Gardner||Washington, IL|
|21||24||1||Earl Pearson, Jr.||Jacksonville, FL|
|22||25||75||Colton Flinner||Allison Park, PA|
|23||18||82||Billy Laycock||Marine, IL|
|24||26||11||Gordy Gundaker||St. Charles, MO|
|25||27||10x||Rusty Griffaw||Festus, MO|
|26||20||15V||Kolby Vandenbergh||Ashland, IL|
|27||21||33c||Billy Faust||Lebanon, IL|