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Scott Bloomquist Extends Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Points Lead with Win at Dixie

Lucas Oil Late Model SeriesWOODSTOCK, GA (October 8, 2011) – Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN picked up a big win on Saturday night at Dixie Speedway. The victory marked his sixth career Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout, in front of the near-record crowd. With the $10,000 to win triumph, Bloomquist extended his Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points lead to 65-points over Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN,]; who finished fourth.

Bloomquist grabbed the lead at the start of the race with Don O’Neal and Ray Cook behind him. O’Neal developed problems on the second lap as his car began having handling problems which forced him out of the race.

When the race resumed Bloomquist held the point with Cook in the runner-up slot. Bloomquist pulled away from Cook as the race progressed. Bloomquist started to hit heavy traffic with 13 laps complete. With heavy traffic to deal with for the leader, Cook and Casebolt started to close on him at the halfway mark of the race. Casebolt moved into second on lap 28 passing Cook as the trio of Bloomquist, Casebolt and Cook were all battling for the lead.

Casebolt tried a repeatedly to get underneath Bloomquist for the lead as they continued to race through traffic. With 37 laps scored a caution came out for 2011 Dixie Speedway Track Champion, Michael Page who slowed on the front stretch. During the caution Casebolt relinquished his second place running position as he headed to the pits with axle issue in his car.

Cook then moved into second with Chris Madden now running third. On the restart Madden took over second as Cook dropped to third. Madden ran second until he fell out of the race with just two laps remaining.

Bloomquist cruised to the finish unchallenged in the final laps as he secured his 15th Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of 2011. His victory comes in his Roush-Yates Ford powered Bloomquist Race Cars entry. “It was a good points night for us, we set fast time in our group and led every lap here tonight in the heat and feature. There are still two more races to go so it’s not over yet. I know Jimmy will fight all the way to end next week at KC.”

Cook, in one of his best Lucas Oil Series finishes of the year took second in the Rockstar Energy Drink/ Makita, Race Engine Design, MasterSbilt Chevrolet. Clanton placed third in the Ronnie Dobbins, SAE Parts, Rocket Chevrolet. Owens, who started 11th, came home fourth in the Mike Reece Monument Company, Bloomquist Race Cars Ford. Reddick had his second consecutive top five finish in the Broken Bow Records, Gaerte Racing Engines, Bloomquist Race Cars Chevrolet.

Completing the top ten were: Aaron Ridley of Chatsworth, GA; Brad Neat of Dunnville, KY; Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA; Steve Francis of Ashland, KY; and Clint Smith of Senoia, GA.

In preliminary action Don O’Neal was the Red Buck Cigars Fast Qualifier among the 52 entrants. Heat race winners were Scott Bloomquist, Ray Cook, Don O’Neal, and Aaron Ridley. Chip Brindle and John Blankenship won the B-mains.

Coming up Sunday night, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series heads to Rome Speedway in Rome, GA for the Rome Showdown paying $10,000 to win. For more information visit www.raceromespeedway.com.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Saturday Night, October 8th, 2011
“Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout”
Dixie Speedway – Woodstock, GA

Red Buck Cigars Fast Time:
Scott Bloomquist / 15.160 seconds (Group A and Overall)
Don O’Neal / 15.109 seconds (Group B)

Wiles Driveshafts First Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Scott Bloomquist, Mike Marlar, Tyler Reddick, Steve Francis, Frank Ingram, Chip Brindle, Eric Jacobsen, Derek Ellis, Scott Hall, Jay Smith, Paul Holloway, Kurt English

Wiles Driveshafts Second Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Ray Cook, Steve Casebolt, Jimmy Owens, Brad Neat, Chris Brown, Tommy Kerr, Luther Jenkins, Casey Roberts, Craig Scott, Jody Knowles, Eddie Blackmon, Tracy Watson, William Thomas – DNS

Sweet Manufacturing Third Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Don O’Neal, Chris Madden, Dale McDowell, Clint Smith, John Blankenship, David Payne, Jacob Grizzle, Ricky Williams, Tony Knowles, Chris Ferguson, Shawn Chastain, Johnny Chastain – DNS
HAWK Brakes Fourth Heat (10 Laps- Top 4 Advance): Aaron Ridley, Shane Clanton, Jonathan Davenport, Billy Ogle, Jr., Michael Page, Jared Landers, Jake Knowles, Eric Wells, Todd Morrow, Lee Sutton, Wayne Echols, Lavon Sparks, Jordy Nipper – DNS

JRi Shocks First B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Advance): Chip Brindle, Chris Brown, Eric Jacobsen, Derek Ellis, Frank Ingram, Luther Jenkins, Casey Roberts, Eddie Blackmon, Tracy Watson, Paul Holloway, Jay Smith, Earl Pearson, Jr., Scott Hall, Kurt English, Tommy Kerr, Jody Knowles, Craig Scott – DNS, William Thomas – DNS
Wrisco Aluminum Second B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Advance): John Blankenship, David Payne, Michael Page, Jacob Grizzle, Jared Landers, Jake Knowles, Eric Wells, Todd Morrow, Lee Sutton, Tony Knowles, Chris Ferguson, Ricky Williams, Wayne Echols, Lavon Sparks, Shawn Chastain – DNS, Vic Hill – DNS, Johnny Chastain – DNS, Jordy Nipper – DNS

Feature Finish – 50 Laps:

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN
1 1 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN
2 3 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC
3 8 25c Shane Clanton Locust Grove, GA
4 11 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
5 9 11t Tyler Reddick Corning, CA
6 4 81 Aaron Ridley Chatsworth, GA
7 15 41n Brad Neat Dunnville, KY
8 12 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA
9 13 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
10 14 44c Clint Smith Senoia, GA
11 18 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
12 20 8 David Payne Murphy, NC
13 16 201 Billy Ogle Knoxville, TN
14 19 21CB Chris Brown Cleveland, TX
15 23 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
16 17 21B Chip Brindle Chatsworth, GA
17 24 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL
18 6 44m Chris Madden Gaffney, SC
19 21 5 Eric Jacobsen Watsonville, CA
20 5 5b Mike Marlar Winfield, TN
21 7 c9 Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN
22 22 18x Michael Page Douglasville, GA
23 25 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY
24 10 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA
25 2 71 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN

Race Statistics
Entrants: 53
Lap Leaders: Scott Bloomquist (Laps 1 – 50)
Caution Flags: Don O’Neal (Lap 2); Michael Page (Lap 37); Mike Marlar (Lap 38)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Jared Landers, Earl Pearson Jr.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: Eric Wells
Dixie Speedway Track Provisional: none
PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Brad Neat (Started 15th; Finished 7th; Advanced 8 positions)
Allstar Performer of the Race: Ray Cook
K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Steve Casebolt
Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Tyler Reddick
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Roush Yates Racing Engines
Janowski Insurance Feature Winner: Scott Bloomquist
Outerwears Challenger of the Race: John Blankenship
Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award: Steve Casebolt
DirtonDirt.com Crew Chief of the Race: Danny Dishman (Ray Cook)
Time of Race: 30 minutes 15 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS
1 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 6790
2 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 6725
3 71 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN 6080
4 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY 5770
5 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 5395
6 41n Brad Neat Dunnville, KY 5245
7 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV 5235
7 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 5235
9 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC 5100
10 11t Tyler Reddick Corning, CA 5095
11 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA 4840
12 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY 4510

NETWORK AIR DATE AIR TIME VENUE EVENT NAME LOCATION EVENT DATE

SPEED 10/2/11 1:00 PM Portsmouth Raceway Park River Days Rumble Portsmouth, OH 9/3/11
SPEED 10/9/11 1:00 PM Virginia Motor Speedway ASi Racewear USA 100 Saluda, VA 9/17/11
SPEED 10/23/11 6:00 PM Brownstown Speedway 32nd Annual Jackson 100 Brownstown, IN 9/24/11
SPEED 10/30/11 3:00 PM Dixie Speedway Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout Woodstock, GA 10/8/11
VERSUS 12/18/11 6:00 PM Florence Speedway 29th Annual Sunoco Race Fuels North/South 100 Presented by Lucas Oil Florence, KY 8/13/11
MavTV 12/29/11 9:00PM Florence Speedway 29th Annual Sunoco Race Fuels North/South 100 Presented by Lucas Oil Florence, KY 8/13/11
SPEED TBA TBA Knoxville Raceway 8th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals Knoxville, IA 10/1/11
MavTV TBA TBA Dixie Speedway Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout Woodstock, GA 10/8/11
VERSUS TBA TBA Dixie Speedway Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout Woodstock, GA 10/8/11

2011 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Sponsors

ASI Racewear – “The Official Merchandise Vendor” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Canidae Pet Foods – “The Official Pet Foods” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

DART Machinery – “The Official Engine Components” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

E3 Spark Plugs – “The Official Spark Plug” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Geico Power Sports – “The Official Insurance” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

General Tire – “The Official Tire” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Hoosier Tire – “The Official Race Tire” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

K&N Filters – “The Official Filter” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Lucas Oil Products – “The Official Oil” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Magnaflow Exhaust – “The Official Exhaust” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

MavTV – “The Official Men’s Network” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

R&L Carrier – “The Official Carrier” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Rockstar Energy Drink – “The Official Drink” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Speedco – “The Official Truck Lube and Tire Center” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Sunoco Race Fuels – “The Official Fuel” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

2011 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Supporters Include:

Allstar Performance, American Racer, Banshee Graphics, Bloomquist Race Cars, COMP Cams, Cornett Racing Engines, Cruise with the Champions, CV Products, DirtonDirt.com, Dominator Race Products, Dyers Top Rods, ECR Race Engines, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, Gaerte Engines, GRT Race Cars, Hawk Performance, Hypercoil, Janowski Insurance, Jay Dickens Racing Engines, JE Pistons, JRi Shocks, Keyser MFG, Longhorn Chassis, MasterSbilt Chassis, Öhlins, Outerwears, PBM/Erson Cams, Performance Bodies, Pierce Racecars, Pro Power Racing, Quarter Master, Race Engine Design, Red Buck Cigars, Rhyne Race Engines, Rick Schwallie Photography, Ringers Gloves, Rocket Chassis, Roush Yates Engines, Roush Yates Performance, Safety Solutions, Sweet Manufactuing, Vic Hill Race Engines, Warrior Race Cars, Weld Racing Wheels, Wiles Drive Shafts, Wrisco, 5150 Race Trailers.

James Essex, Public Relations Coordinator, jessex@lucasdirt.com

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