BLOOMQUIST HITTING EVERY SPEED BUMP ON HIS WAY TO VICTORY LANE AT CEDAR LAKE
NEW RICHMOND, WI (AUGUST 7, 2010) Scott Bloomquist put it all on the line this weekend overcoming several obstacles to tie a record for winning his fifth USA Nationals trophy on Saturday night at Cedar Lake Speedway. With his eyes on the prize and a tank full of VP’s Late Model Plus, nothing could stop Bloomquist from chasing that $50,000 prize for the champ.
Bloomquist faced his fair share of challenges though. Contact from the back of the pack sent him spinning into the infield just five laps into the race. He recovered nicely though to reach third place by the three-quarter mark. Then, an overheating engine sent Bloomquist to the pit during a caution period on lap 75, but Bloomquist returned to the track just in time to avoid being lapped.
Sitting in eighth place now, Bloomquist hustled and wound up battling with Shannon Babb for second. Babb got into a tight spot and barrel-rolled twice. The car received the brunt of the impact and Babb came out unharmed. Bloomquist unfortunately got tagged for moving illegally during a red flag and was sent back to fifth place.
Bloomquist was a survivor though. He slid back to second when the green flag flew and spent several laps side-by-side for the lead with Billy Moyer. On lap 96 Bloomquist surged ahead and ended this clash of dirt Late Model titans. He took the checkered in a race that seemed simply unforgiving; lasting one hour and 18 minutes and seeing 13 caution flags and one red flag.
“The track was real demanding,” Bloomquist said of the heavy, high-speed surface conditions. “We definitely showed you have to have a strong, tough race car to make it through this thing – and we build some good cars.”