BLOOMQUIST WINS LUCAS OIL LATE MODEL DIRT SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP
WOODSTOCK, GA (OCTOBER 9, 2010) – Tennessee racer, Scott Bloomquist, clinched his second consecutive Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Title by winning his fifth Lucas Oil "Dixie Shootout" on Saturday Night at Dixie Speedway. Using VP Racing Fuels’ LATE MODEL PLUS BLEND, Bloomquist also collected the 501 st win of his career and his eighth championship.
The dirt track stayed out in front of the pack, taking the final 41 laps of the race to claim his $10,000 prize. Shane Clanton tried to make a pass on Bloomquist late in the game but the veteran wasn’t having it.
An excited winner he was saying, "This is what we worked for all year long, to win this Lucas Oil Championship again," said Bloomquist. "I have to thank my crew and my sponsors for their help all year. My family has been great through all of this, and the championships and such are something to look back on someday when you're retired. I have to thank Miller Brothers Construction, Hawkeye Trucking, VP Racing Fuels, Hoosier Tires, and Allstar Performance and of course. I'd also like to thank Roush-Yates Engines, the motor was super once again," said the appreciative champ.
Bloomquist and 4-time series champion, Earl Pearson Jr. started on the front row of the event held before one of the largest crowds since the 1990's for the Shootout. Pearson took the pole for the first 8 laps until he developed a right rear flat tire under caution. Pearson pitted for his new tire, but was relegated to the rear of the field for the restart.
Bloomquist capitalized on Pearson’s pit and led the pack, including Clanton, Chris Madden, Don O'Neal and Randy Weaver to the green flag. O'Neal, who was running strong laps at the beginning of the game started to fade as he developed suspension problems on his front right side. O’Neal yielded to Weaver and Steve Francis in the running order.
Bloomquist had a six-car length lead over Clanton as the final caution flew on lap 36 when Steve Casebolt contacted the front stretch wall. On the restart Clanton was not about to give up the chase for his first career Shootout victory. Clanton made one-last lap ditch effort as he closed to a car length and a half on Bloomquist, but Bloomquist held him off. It was a well fought fight, but Bloomquist went to the top spot of the “Dixie Shootout” podium receiving honors of the national title as well as his 501 st career win.
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