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Eddie Carrier Jr. Earns Biggest Win of His Career in North South 100
Earning the biggest win of his career, Eddie Carrier Jr. took home $50,000 for winning 32nd Annual North South100 Presented by Lucas Oil on Saturday Night at Florence Speedway. Carrier, in the Carl Grover Motorsports, Optima Batteries, Rocket Ford led the final three laps to take the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned crown jewel event. Scott Bloomquist led the first 73 laps of the race and finished second, followed by Jimmy Mars, John Blankenship and Jared Landers rounded out the top five.
"I can't believe I just won the North South 100," exclaimed Carrier. "I have been coming to this race for years. I've watched my dad run pretty good in this race and one day I wanted to say I was a North/South 100 Champion, and now I can," said Carrier, who was given a standing ovation in victory lane from the huge crowd on hand. Carrier was powered to victory by VP Racing Fuels Late Model Plus.
Bloomquist led almost three-quarters of the race until Jimmy Owens took the lead away from Bloomquist on lap 74 and started to pull away from the field. Owens was looking to become the first 4-time winner of the race until a caution with 89 laps scored changed the complexion of the race for Carrier.
Tim McCreadie slowed on the track with a flat tire as Bloomquist and Mike Marlar got together in turn four while battling for second. Another caution ensued and Carrier came from fifth to second in the skirmish. On the restart, Carrier stayed with Owens as the crowd began to sense something big was about to happen. Owens and Carrier put on a fantastic duel for the lead as the two raced side-by-side for several circuits. The crowd came to its feet as the two drivers rubbed several times as they raced for the lead. Carrier led lap 94, but a lap later Owens retook the lead as the crowd cheered at every pass for the lead.
The two went door-to-door in turn number one with 97 laps complete, Owens drifted up the track and made contact with the turn two wall as Carrier roared pass Owens down the back straight away and retook the lead. Owens right rear tire went flat as they raced into turn four and Owens brought out a caution. Owens had to pit for a new tire and rejoined the field on the tail as his chances for victory were now gone.
Carrier pulled away on the restart and prevented any late race heroics from Bloomquist, Mars, and Blankenship over the final laps. Carrier crossed the finish line to earn his richest payday of his career. "I have to thank my car owner, Carl Grover; he gave me a chance to drive his car ten or 12 years ago. He has stuck with me through thick and thin and to win this race, I am sure he is proud. I also have to thank my dad [Eddie Sr.]. He tried for several years to win this race. He did a great job in setting up the car. All these fans that came out here, this is just unbelievable. I know that maybe Jimmy and I touched a few times, but it was good hard racing. We were going for $50,000 and I wasn't backing out of it."
Bloomquist was not happy with Marlar after the contact with his fellow Tennessee driver which dashed his hopes for a win. "He [Marlar] came in there all bonsai and hit me. We had a really good car for most of the race. Even when Jimmy passed me, I thought maybe with a caution or something, I still had a chance. Congratulations to Eddie and his dad, I have known them a long time. He drove a heck of race," said the driver of the Ole Smoky Moonshine, Sweet-Bloomquist entry.
Mars, a former winner of the event, came on late in the race to get around Blankenship and finish third. "We had a really good car. It took a while to get going. I really like running here. We have been running strong here lately," said Mars, who started tenth.
Completing the top ten were Steve Francis, Randy Weaver, Dennis Erb Jr., Dustin Linville, and Owens.
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