TEAM VP DRIVERS DOMINATE FIRST NIGHTS OF WINTERNATIONALS AT EAST BAY

TAMPA, FL (February 2, 2010)- Mike Marlar and Scott Bloomquist put on clinics Monday and Tuesday nights respectively during the first two nights of the DART Winternationals at East Bay Raceway Park. Each led flag-to-flag and earned $5,000, with Marlar recording his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory since 2004 while Bloomer took his third career win at East Bay and 18th career LOLMDS victory.   VP’s Late Model Plus racing fuel swept the top three Monday night with Tim McCreadie and Ray Cook following Marlar to the finish, while Dennis Erb Jr., Dan Schlieper and Cook followed Bloomquist to give VP four of the top five Tuesday night.

Bloomquist started on the front row alongside of 12-time East Bay winner, Don O'Neal.  Bloomquist jumped to the point, with O'Neal running second, followed by Eric Jacobsen, and Tim Isenberg.  By the fourth lap, Bloomquist was already up to a six-car length advantage over the field as he made quick work of the field early on.  Jacobsen maintained his second spot until lap eight when he and O'Neal go together after both had slowed.  Bloomquist continued to flex his muscle on two subsequent restarts, pulling away from the field to dominate the balance of the race.

In Victory Lane, Bloomquist said of his dominating performance, "We just kicked everybody's butt tonight, we are on top of our game right now, and we are looking forward to a big year, we ran well at Golden Isles and to come here a track we have struggled at in the past it feels real good to out there and do what we did tonight.” Bloomquist owns seven national touring titles in his career including last years' Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship. 

Driving a car that had not been on the race track in over a year, Marlar started alongside McCreadie on the front row of the 30 lap main event Monday. He got the jump on McCreadie, beating him into the first turn to take the lead.  Holding his lead on three subsequent restarts, Marlar led the field to the green flag with McCreadie hot on his heels.  McCreadie dove down low heading into the fourth turn as he kept a close grip on Marlar's #34. Marlar never slipped up in the final circuits as he held off McCreadie to score his first ever win at East Bay and his first Lucas Oil Series event since winning the Hillbilly 100 at Tyler County Speedway in West Virginia in 2004. 

In Victory Lane, Marlar became emotional when talking about his former car owner Owen Stephens, who passed away a few years ago. "I know he was looking down on us tonight, we all miss him and thanks to his wife Mary Lu Stephens for letting me drive the car, we just started working on this car a few weeks ago after it had been sitting around for a year since the last time we raced it here.  I have to thank all the crew guys, my Crew Chief Michael Coffey, and everybody who helped on the car. It feels great to win here at East Bay and thanks to C.J. Rayburn, I know he will be happy about this, Estes Racing Engines and VP Racing Fuels, we had more than enough power and when you can beat someone like Tim McCreadie then you have to be pleased with that," said Marlar who will marry his long-time girlfriend Stacy at the end of the month.