Bloomquist Bags First Victory of 2018

CHILLICOTHE, OH (April 13, 2018) – Scott Bloomquist lead flag-to-flag to win the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned, Buckeye Spring 50 at Atomic Speedway. The 54-year-old, Hall-of-Famer became the seventh different winner this season on the LOLMDS tour.
Don O’Neal and Tim McCreadie tracked down Bloomquist late in the race as the leader was negotiating lapped traffic, but Bloomquist pulled away in the last few laps for the victory. O’Neal had his best LOLMDS finish of the season with tonight’s second-place showing for the Clint Bowyer Dirt Motorsports, Peak Antifreeze and Coolant, Club 29. McCreadie finished third in the Sweeteners Plus, Pro Power, Longhorn. Completing the top five were Brandon Sheppard and Jonathan Davenport. Davenport was also the Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race, after starting 23rd.
Don O’Neal and Bloomquist started on the front row together. Bloomquist stormed to the lead at the start. The race for second-place lasted all 50-laps as O’Neal and McCreadie swapped the position several times during the race.
McCreadie was taking a run at Bloomquist until a caution came out on the 20th circuit. After each caution flag, Bloomquist managed to pull away from the field. No one got close to him until the final six laps when O’Neal and McCreadie were gaining on him in lapped traffic. Neither could get close enough to challenge Bloomquist for the win in the waning laps.
“We had a good night. We started out good in qualifying and the rest of the night the car was just awesome. The track got pretty slick and blacked off. At the end I just decided to set it high and let it sail. The car got through traffic pretty good. All-in-all I can’t say enough about the car and engine combination. Everything was great. This Sweet-Bloomquist car was sweet tonight and the Andy Durham Engine ran perfect. It was another good points night.”
“It was a good solid run, but definitely not what we wanted,” said O’Neal who has now garnered two podium finishes in the last two events. “The zero car was just better than us. He was better through traffic. My team’s been working hard. We are making progress no doubt. McCreadie and I had a lot of good restarts. You didn’t know whether to pick the inside or the out on the restart. We all were pretty equal it was just the case whoever got out in front was going to win.”
“It was nice to be near the front tonight,” said McCreadie afterwards. “This run is a credit to all the guys back at the shop and all the hard work they do. We’ve been looking for some things since they massaged the rules a little bit. We had to change our stuff around. Hopefully that’s all over with it and now we can show what we can do the rest of the season.”
The winner’s car is sponsored by New Direction Ag, Reece Monument Company, Sweet Manufacturing, Sorbera Chiropractic, Penske Shocks, Valvoline, All-Star Performance, Cross-Fit by Overton, Petroff Towing, and Catspot.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Friday, April 13th, 2018
Buckeye Spring 50
Atomic Speedway – Chillicothe, OH

Miller Welders Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Earl Pearson Jr. / 13.763 seconds
Fast Time Group B: Scott Bloomquist / 13.501 seconds (overall)

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Don O’Neal, Earl Pearson, Jr., Jared Hawkins, Mason Zeigler, Tyler Carpenter, Kyle Bronson, Kody Evans, Mark Frazier

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Tim McCreadie, Jimmy Owens, Hudson O’Neal, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Michael Maresca, RJ Conley, Dennis Erb, Jr.

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Gregg Satterlee, Bobby Pierce, Josh Richards, Jeep VanWormer, Darrell Lanigan, Boom Briggs

QA1 Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Devin Moran, Dave Hess, Jr., Brandon Sheppard, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Steve Casebolt, Jackie Boggs, Jonathan Davenport, Rod Conley

Penske Racing Shocks B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Tyler Carpenter, Kyle Bronson, Darrell Lanigan, Jackie Boggs, Rod Conley, Dennis Erb, Jr., Michael Maresca, Jonathan Davenport, Jeep VanWormer, Kody Evans, Mark Frazier, Boom Briggs, Steve Casebolt , RJ Conley-DNS

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (50 Laps):

FINISH
START
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
EARNINGS
1
2
0
Scott Bloomquist
Mooresburg, TN
$12,900
2
1
5
Don O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$6,300
3
3
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
$4,200
4
12
1s
Brandon Sheppard
New Berlin, IL
$3,450
5
23
49
Jonathan Davenport
Blairsville, GA
$3,150
6
4
9
Devin Moran
Dresden, OH
$1,800
7
14
1R
Josh Richards
Shinnston, WV
$2,500
8
10
32
Bobby Pierce
Oakwood, IL
$2,000
9
7
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
$2,000
10
13
25Z
Mason Zeigler ®
Chalk Hill, PA
$1,200
11
16
10C
Eddie Carrier, Jr.
Salt Rock, WV
$1,075
12
6
22
Gregg Satterlee
Indiana, PA
$1,050
13
21
71R
Rod Conley
Wheelersburg, OH
$1,025
14
9
11H
Jared Hawkins
Fairmont, WV
$1,000
15
11
71
Hudson O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$1,700
16
22
28E
Dennis Erb, Jr.
Carpentersville, IL
$1,000
17
24
99B
Boom Briggs
Bear Lake, PA
$1,000
18
18
40B
Kyle Bronson ®
Brandon, FL
$1,700
19
25
7MM
Michael Maresca
Hannawa Fallls, NY
$100
20
26
44F
Mark Frazier
Chillicothe, OH
$1,000
21
15
99JR
Frank Heckenast, Jr.
Frankfort, IL
$1,000
22
20
4B
Jackie Boggs
Grayson, KY
$1,000
23
5
1
Earl Pearson, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL
$1,800
24
19
14
Darrell Lanigan
Union, KY
$1,700
25
17
28C
Tyler Carpenter
Parkersburg, WV
$1,000
26
8
44
Dave Hess, Jr.
Waterford, PA
$1,000
Race Statistics
Entrants: 30
Lap Leaders: Scott Bloomquist (Laps 1 – 50)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Scott Bloomquist
Margin of Victory: 1.211 seconds
Cautions: Tyler Carpenter (Lap 4); Dave Hess (Lap 14); Hudson O’Neal (Lap 17); Earl Pearson Jr., Darrell Lanigan (Lap 17); Kyle Bronson (Lap 20); Frank Heckenast Jr. (Lap 27)

Series Provisionals: Jonathan Davenport, Boom Briggs
Series Emergency Provisionals: Mike Maresca
Atomic Speedway Provisional: Mark Frazier
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Jonathan Davenport (Advanced 18 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Hudson O’Neal
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Don O’Neal
Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: Mason Zeigler
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: Cody Mallory (Scott Bloomquist)
Fastest Lap of the Race: Scott Bloomquist (Lap #3 – 14.5591seconds)
STEEL-IT Most Laps Led: Scott Bloomquist (50 Laps)
Dirty Girl Racewear Farthest Traveler: Kyle Bronson
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Don O’Neal
Time of Race: 33 minutes 53 seconds

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