On Wednesday, Scott Bloomquist was announced as one of the “ringers” for the inaugural season of Superstar Racing Experience (SRX), as he will climb behind the wheel at Knoxville Raceway on June 19. While Bloomquist has established himself as one of the all-time greats in Dirt Late Model racing with more than 600 career feature victories, he is looking forward to the new challenge this summer.
“I think it’ll be exciting,” said Bloomquist. “I’ve always really excelled any time I’ve done something new. I’ve got more experience than some people realize. I’ve been to a couple of road race schools and been pretty versatile, even enjoyed some success in what little asphalt racing I’ve done.”
While neither Bloomquist nor the other drivers unveiled on Wednesday, Scott Speed and Greg Biffle, have turned laps in the new SRX machine, Bloomquist is pleased but what video and footage he has seen of the car.
“Looking at the cars and watching some of the footage, it looks like it’s going to be exciting. It looks like the horsepower-to-traction ratio is really good, like it has a really good foot. We’re going to do all we can.”
Bloomquist’s appearance will take place at one of the truly historic dirt tracks in America, a place where he has twice won the Late Model Knoxville Nationals.
“This whole thing is really big. It’s going to be very interesting to see how diverse these drivers are, all the other drivers. I’m looking forward to Knoxville, obviously. Eldora would have been a great one for me. I would have enjoyed having an opportunity at a road course. I’ve been to a couple of road racing schools in my life.
I think it’s going to get a lot of people’s blood flowing. Even if I wasn’t part of it, it would definitely be exciting and I’d stay tuned into the entire thing. – Scott Bloomquist
Bloomquist’s incredibly successful Dirt Late Model career has kept him plenty busy over the years. He admits that, as a result, he doesn’t have a lot of familiarity with the competition he will face when he shows up at Knoxville on June 19.
“The funny thing about it, I build my own cars and stay so consumed with every aspect that I’m involved in my sport. I don’t know a lot of history about these individuals, which is probably a good thing. I’m used to going in with an open mind.
“I’ll probably do a little research before I go to these events, try to know more about who I’m racing against. Either way, I think we’re all going into it with a great attitude and looking forward to racing each other. Obviously, we all want to win.”
Bloomquist is a two-time Late Model Knoxville Nationals winner, with victories in 2005 and 2009 in the event.
Bloomquist will get his first chance to look at the SRX machine next week when he goes into the shop for a seat fitting, and he plans on inspecting the car as closely as possible to begin preparing mentally for the Knoxville race.
“I’m planning on going over on Tuesday to get fitted in the seat. That’ll be my first time to actually be up close and personal, looking at the cars. I’m curious to see what tires it’s going to run.
“I’ll definitely be doing a couple of laps around the car. I’m looking forward to checking them out and looking forward to racing them.”
He is looking forward to the new challenge, especially considering his track record of success when facing new tracks and even new cars. From going to new tracks with his Dirt Late Model to winning in a NASCAR Late Model Stock Car and nearly doing the same in the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series in 1994, there’s not much Bloomquist hasn’t seen.
“It’s been a little while, but I actually had someone build a car, and I ran a NASCAR Late Model Stock race. The first one I went to, I ended up winning the race. In my first All Pro race, we ran second. I plan on adapting, I enjoy new things. This is really exciting for me.
“I’ve got over a 70-something winning percentage my first visit at a racetrack in my whole career. Even at Eldora, in my first trip to the World 100 I won there. I adapt quickly, I pay attention a lot. I’ll be asking a lot of questions and I’ll be on top of things.”
Despite his long list of accomplishments and championships, Bloomquist admitted being invited to SRX is still one of the high points of his career in his eyes.
I’ve raced 41 years. To have an opportunity to be involved in this, it’ll be one of the highlights of my career. I hope I can represent the dirt world very well.
“I hope to make it tough on the rest of them. Hey, I might get humbled myself. There’s no way to know.”
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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