Bloomquist Takes Fourth-Career Ralph Latham Memorial Victory

UNION, KY (May 6, 2017) – Defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion, Scott Bloomquist picked up his fourth-career Ralph Latham Memorial victory on Saturday Night at Florence Speedway. Bloomquist led all 60 laps, but traffic at the end of the race allowed both Tim McCreadie and Josh Richards to make it a close finish.
Bloomquist won the event one-year ago on its 30th Anniversary – and maintains his Championship Points lead with the victory. McCreadie got around Richards on the final lap to finish in second. In his first Florence appearance in five years, Richards was third at the finish line. Clint Bowyer Racing teammates, Don O’Neal and Darrell Lanigan, finished fourth and fifth respectively.
“With all of the rain they had this week, we all thought the track would be rough or different than it is most of the time. With the no cutting or siping rule on the right-rear tire, you would hit a slick spot and you didn’t know where the car would go. I got to those last few cars towards the end and I went to the outside of them. I was just hoping I didn’t leave the door open for someone else.”
Bloomquist saw Earl Pearson Jr. mount a challenge early in the race. McCreadie started sixth, and then climbed through the field to pressure Bloomquist for the lead. Several times McCreadie would have an opportunity to get close to Bloomquist, but each time a caution thwarted his run. With less than five laps to go, Richards closed to within a car length as Bloomquist was attempting to lapped traffic in front of him.
Bloomquist veered to the outside and cleared them enough to gain the victory. McCreadie went to the top side of the track with two laps to go in turns one and two and that enabled him to squeeze by Richards on the final lap for second.
“We had a good car all race long. We need to keep tweaking on it during the night to get it better. We are almost there. We are challenging for the wins now and in this type of solid field of cars it’s tough to do night in and night out,” said McCreadie who maintains second place in the championship points.
After tonight’s solid performance, Richards seemed ready to come back to Florence again soon, “I thought I had a shot there when he [Bloomquist] went to the outside of those cars. We didn’t do bad considering we hadn’t raced here in five years. When we come back for the North-South 100 we should be better.”
Completing the top ten were Earl Pearson Jr., Steve Casebolt, Devin Gilpin, Hudson O’Neal, and Shanon Buckingham.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Saturday, May 6th, 2017
31st Annual Ralph Latham Memorial
Florence Speedway – Union, KY

Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Kody Evans / 17.427 seconds
Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Scott Bloomquist / 17.494 seconds

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Shanon Buckingham, Kody Evans, Steve Casebolt , Jimmy Owens, Boom Briggs, Colin Green, Zak Blackwood, Roger Williams, Jesse Lay, Trevor Landrum

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Michael Chilton, Josh Richards, Nick Latham, Gregg Satterlee, Colton Flinner, Adam Bowman, Robby Moses, Steve Landrum, Michael Hensley

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Tim McCreadie, Jackie Boggs, Hudson O’Neal, Jared Bailey, Dennis Erb, Jr., Jason Jameson, Ethan Burgess, Cody Mahoney

QA1 Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Earl Pearson, Jr., Don O’Neal, Darrell Lanigan, Devin Gilpin, Robby Hensley, Steve Francis, Dustin Nobbe, John Gill, Austyn Mills

Penske Racing Shocks B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Colton Flinner, Adam Bowman, Boom Briggs, Steve Landrum, Robby Moses, Trevor Landrum, Colin Green, Zak Blackwood, Michael Hensley, Roger Williams, Jesse Lay-DNS

Fast Shafts B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Robby Hensley, Steve Francis, Jason Jameson, Dennis Erb, Jr., Austyn Mills, Dustin Nobbe, John Gill, Jared Bailey, Ethan Burgess, Cody Mahoney-DNS

Feature Finish (60 Laps):

FINISH
START
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
EARNINGS
1
2
0
Scott Bloomquist
Mooresburg, TN
$13,100
2
6
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
$6,200
3
7
1R
Josh Richards
Shinnston, WV
$4,200
4
8
5
Don O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$3,550
5
12
14
Darrell Lanigan
Union, KY
$2,950
6
4
1
Earl Pearson, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL
$2,600
7
9
C9
Steve Casebolt
Richmond, IN
$1,500
8
16
1G
Devin Gilpin
Columbus, IN
$1,300
9
14
71
Hudson O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$2,000
10
1
50
Shanon Buckingham
Morristown, TN
$1,100
11
13
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
$1,875
12
15
22
Gregg Satterlee
Rochester Mills, PA
$1,750
13
21
99B
Boom Briggs
Bear Lake, PA
$1,725
14
19
77
Adam Bowman
Seymour, IN
$1,000
15
11
31
Nick Latham
Winchester, OH
$1,000
16
3
97
Michael Chilton
Salvisa, KY
$1,000
17
20
15
Steve Francis
Bowling Green, KY
$1,700
18
5
4G
Kody Evans
Camden, OH
$1,100
19
18
21X
Robby Hensley
Walton, KY
$1,000
20
10
4B
Jackie Boggs
Grayson, KY
$1,000
21
23
28E
Dennis Erb, Jr.
Carpentersville, IL
$1,700
22
17
75
Colton Flinner
Allison Park, PA
$1,000
23
24
4
Cody Mahoney
Hanover, IN
$1,000
24
22
16
Jason Jameson
Lawrenceburg, IN
$1,000
25
25
75g
John Gill
Mitchell, IN
$1,000
Race Statistics

Entrants: 37
Lap Leaders: Scott Bloomquist (Laps 1 – 60)
Cautions: Dennis Erb Jr. (Lap 19); Robby Hensley (Lap 35); Michael Chilton (Lap 38); Boom Briggs (Lap 40)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisional: Dennis Erb Jr.
Miller Welders Fast Time Provisional: Cody Mahoney
Florence Speedway Track Provisional: John Gill
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a
Wrisco Feature Winner: Scott Bloomquist
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Devin Gilpin (Started: 16th; Finished: 8th; Advanced 8 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Scott Bloomquist
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Tim McCreadie
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Josh Richards
Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: Hudson O’Neal
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Durham Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Phillip Snellen (Tim McCreadie)
Fastest Lap of the Race: Scott Bloomquist (Lap #4 – 17.4305 seconds)
Safecraft Most Laps Led: Scott Bloomquist (60 Laps)
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Shanon Buckingham
Time of Race: 33 minutes 03 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
POINTS
EARNINGS
1
0
Scott Bloomquist
Mooresburg, TN
2520
$81,225
2
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
2370
$64,200
3
1R
Josh Richards

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