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Bloomquist legend grows with latest victory

Jeff Birchfield • May 29, 2018 at 2:54 PM

Hawkins County racing legend Scott Bloomquist scored his sixth feature win in the prestigious Show-Me 100 dirt late model race at Lucas Oil Speedway last Saturday night, but it was his win in the previous night's B-Main which had people talking the most.

The Mooresburg driver moved to the middle of the cars of Jimmy Mars on the bottom of the track and Shannon Babb on the high side. As they exited turn 4 at the Wheatland, Missouri, track, the cars were still three-wide, but Mars made contact that knocked Bloomquist into Babb.

Mars later got into the backstretch wall and when the race resumed under green, the left front wheel on Bloomquist's No. 0 machine was broken. With the wheel not turning, but actually facing the wrong way, Bloomquist completed the rest of the race on three wheels to win.

His crew repaired the tie-rod and wheel in time for that night's A-Main and Bloomquist started 20th, but raced his way up to third.

Another East Tennessee racer, Jimmy Owens, won Friday's A-Main — which was named in honor of Don and Billie Gibson, who started the Show-Me 100 at West Plains Speedway before it was moved to the newer Lucas Oil Speedway racing complex. It was the 59th Lucas Oil Late Model victory for the "Newport Nightmare."

But the following night, no one could stop Bloomquist, who took over the top spot when Owens, a four-time Show-Me winner, had contact with a lapped car on lap 69.

Bloomquist held off Brian Shirley and Mike Marlar for his 90th win in the Lucas Oil Series and his first win in the Show-Me 100 since 2008. Overall, Bloomquist has 597 career feature wins, which includes a victory in the Cowboy Classic on Thursday night.

The three-time Lucas Oil Late Model Series champion currently ranks fourth in the point standings. He won four national championships in the old Hav-A-Tampa Series and another in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series.

After winning a track championship in California where he grew up, Bloomquist was the 1984 Kingsport Speedway champion after moving to Tennessee.

Arguably the greatest dirt late-model driver of all-time, Bloomquist also won a dirt late-model event at Bristol in 2001, and is a four-time winner of the World 100 at Eldora (Ohio) Speedway.

VOLUNTEER FANS NEEDED

Bloomquist and Owens are two of the drivers expected to be at the World of Outlaws Late Model races at Volunteer Speedway this Saturday night.

It's the second of $10,000-to-win races, with the first set for Friday night at 411 Speedway in Seymour.

Saturday's show at Volunteer also features a $1,500-to-win race for the Crate Late Models and features for the Modified Street and Classic divisions. Grandstand gates open at 3 p.m., although hot laps aren't scheduled until 7:15 p.m. Qualifying and racing will follow.

DOUBLE FEATURE FRIDAY

Kingsport Speedway has its normal weekly program scheduled for Friday night with the twist of twin Late Model Stock features.

Johnson City's Zeke Shell still holds the Late Model points lead at the 3/8-mile, concrete oval with defending track champion Kres VanDyke second and Wayne Hale of Bluff City third.

MORE RAIN AT BRISTOL

It was raining again at Bristol this past weekend, meaning the DER Bracket Series got only partially through eliminations Saturday. Sunday's races at Bristol Dragway were also washed out.

The DER Series will try to race again this Saturday and Sunday.

Rain also caused the postponement of racing at Cherokee Raceway Park on Saturday. Races are scheduled again this Saturday and Sunday at the Rogersville track.

FOUR-WHEELER FUN

Round 6 of the ATV MX National Championship is scheduled for this weekend at Muddy Creek Raceway.

Pro qualifying is slated for 10 a.m. Saturday. Opening ceremonies are at 1:40 p.m. and the first Pro moto is at 2 p.m. There is a whole day of amateur racing on Sunday.

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