In a battle of two home-state Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series rivals, Scott Bloomquist fought off all challenges by Jimmy Owens to win the Toyota Knoxville 50 at Tazewell Speedway on Friday.
Scott Bloomquist in vcitory lane in the LOLMDS. (Heath Lawson photo)

Scott Bloomquist in vcitory lane in the LOLMDS. (Heath Lawson photo)

Bloomquist led every lap; the only exception that his car was not in front of the pack is when Owens made a slide job in turn 2 with 12 laps-to-go to briefly take the lead. Owens could not make his car stick and Bloomquist went back around him to regain the top spot.

Trailing Bloomquist and Owens to the checkers were 12th place starter Steve Francis, Dennis Erb Jr., and Don O’Neal. O’Neal rallied after suffering a flat tire while running in fourth early in the race.
Bloomquist went to Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the fifth time this year and extended his all-time series win total to 67 victories. “We were just trying to be careful through traffic and then we went for it. Jimmy [Owens] did a little too much of a slide there and it took him a while to gather his momentum back up. We just turned under him and got back around him,” said the 52-year-old Hall of Famer.
“The Sweet-Bloomquist car ran so well, the Andy Durham Engine ran great, and everything was pretty smooth tonight. We didn’t qualify as well as we wanted to.   It was too tight. Beating Jimmy was big for us in that heat. We made some adjustments for the feature. Traffic wasn’t too big of a deal tonight because of all of the cautions. The race track was really good tonight. You could race two-wide without any issues.”
Bloomquist also closed on point leader Jonathan Davenport, who failed to finish the event as he dropped out of the race with two laps remaining.
“I am glad that Mike Reece is here tonight. Thanks to all of our other sponsors, Crop Production Services, Mark Martin Automotive, Dyna-Gro Seed, Base Fuels, Penske Shocks, Lucas Oil, Petroff Towing, Horton Coal, and Sorbera Chiropractic.”
Owens was looking for his second straight LOLMDS victory after last weekend’s Show-Me 100 victory. “We had a good car tonight, but Scott was just a tick better. I slid by him that one time, but I just couldn’t get it straightened back out quick enough and he got back around me. I want to thank everybody for coming out tonight. This R&W Motorsports Team is really clicking right now. Scott beat us in that heat race and that was a big difference. I felt like we had a car that could have won, but to finish second here we will take that and head to Florence tomorrow night,” said Owens.
Francis; in the Optima Batteries/Black Diamond entry; charged from the outside of the sixth row to finish third. “We lost our brakes out there. It is tough enough here with brakes to run where we did. But the car handled really well and to come up through the field against these guys, we earned that finish for sure.”
“We had a good finish last week in the Show-Me and to carry the momentum over to tonight is a boost to our team. Thanks to Tim Logan and everybody who helps us out. We feel like we are building for a strong finish to the season.”
Completing the top ten were Jared Landers, Chad Ogle, Billy Ogle Jr., Brandon Sheppard and Donald McIntosh.
In preliminary action, Jimmy Owens set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time amongst the 25 entrants, with a lap of 11.380 seconds. Scott Bloomquist, Don O’Neal and Jonathan Davenport won their respective heat races.
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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Friday, June 3rd, 2016
Toyota Knoxville 50
Tazewell Speedway – Tazewell, TN
Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Jared Landers / 11.672 seconds

Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Jimmy Owens / 11.380 seconds

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, All Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Donald McIntosh, Darrell Lanigan, Billy Ogle Jr., Tommy Bailey, Colton Flinner, Steve Smith, Josh Henry-DNS

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, All Transfer): Don O’Neal, Mack McCarter, Dennis Erb, Jr., Jeff Wolfenbarger, Earl Pearson, Jr., Dakotah Knuckles, Chad Ogle, Brian Smith-DNS
Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, All Transfer): Jonathan Davenport, Tim McCreadie, Jared Landers, Steve Francis, Jordon Horton, Brandon Sheppard, Chris Barton, Mitchell Burke
Feature Finish (50 Laps):
FINISH
START
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
EARNINGS
1
1
0
Scott Bloomquist
Mooresburg, TN
$10,800
2
4
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
$6,400
3
12
15F
Steve Francis
Bowling Green, KY
$3,500
4
8
28E
Dennis Erb, Jr.
Carpentersville, IL
$3,450
5
2
5
Don O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$3,050
6
9
777
Jared Landers
Batesville, AR
$2,500
7
20
10
Chad Ogle
Sevierville, TN
$1,500
8
13
201
Billy Ogle Jr.
Knoxville, TN
$1,300
9
18
B5
Brandon Sheppard
New Berlin, IL
$1,900
10
7
7
Donald McIntosh
Dawsonville, GA
$1,100
11
6
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
$1,775
12
17
21K
Dakotah Knuckles
Ewing, VA
$1,050
13
16
11B
Tommy Bailey
Corbin, KY
$1,025
14
14
1
Earl Pearson, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL
$1,800
15
11
28w
Jeff Wolfenbarger
Clinton, TN
$950
16
3
6
Jonathan Davenport
Mount Airy, NC
$2,025
17
5
51
Mack McCarter
Maryville, TN
$900
18
19
75
Colton Flinner
Allison Park, PA
$975
19
10
15L
Darrell Lanigan
Union, KY
$1,550
20
21
144
Chris Barton
Middlesboro, KY
$825
21
15
56H
Jordon Horton
New Tazewell, TN
$800
22
22
3s
Steve Smith
Powell, TN
$800
23
24
7b
Brian Smith
Barbourville, KY
$800
24
23
54
Mitchell Burke
Tazewell, TN
$800
Race Statistics
Entrants: 25
Lap Leaders: Scott Bloomquist (Laps 1 – 50)
Cautions: Don O’Neal (Lap 10); Tim McCreadie (Lap 11); Jeff Wolfenbarger (Lap 18); Debris (Lap 19); Darrell Lanigan (Lap 26); Jonathan Davenport (Lap 47)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: none
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: none
Wrisco Feature Winner: Scott Bloomquist
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Chad Ogle (Started: 20th; Finished: 7th; Advanced 13 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Don O’Neal
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Jimmy Owens
Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: Colton Flinner
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Andy Durham Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Cody Mallory (Scott Bloomquist)
Fastest Lap of the Race: Scott Bloomquist (Lap # 5 – 12.1016 seconds)
Most Laps Led: Scott Bloomquist (50 Laps)
PFC Brakes Tough Break Award: Steve Smith
Time of Race: 38 minutes 6 seconds
Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:
POS
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
POINTS
EARNINGS
1
6
Jonathan Davenport
Mount Airy, NC
3300
$135,725
2
0
Scott Bloomquist
Mooresburg, TN
3140
$164,075
3
777
Jared Landers
Batesville, AR
2885
$65,675
4
B5
Brandon Sheppard
New Berlin, IL
2870
$61,525
5
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
2865
$52,775
6
15L
Darrell Lanigan
Union, KY
2840
$45,650
7
28E
Dennis Erb, Jr.
Carpentersville, IL
2750
$47,025
8
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
2665
$80,825
9
5
Don O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
2645
$51,075
10
1
Earl Pearson, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL
2565
$46,325
11
15F
Steve Francis
Bowling Green, KY
2410
$34,500
12
75
Colton Flinner
Allison Park, PA
1740
$12,125

*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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