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Birkhofer Battles Hard to Win Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals
In an incredible finish, Brian Birkhofer passed Scott Bloomquist coming off of turn number four on the final lap to win the 11th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals Presented by Casey's General Stores. Birkhofer; in possibly the last race of his career; earned $40,000 for the win as the huge grandstand crowd came to its feet to cheer on the home-state driver to victory. Birkhofer uses VP Racing Fuels Late Model Plus.
Mike Marlar made a late-race charge to finish third, followed by Jimmy Mars, and 31st starting Don O'Neal, who finished fifth to maintain his Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points lead.
"What a way to go out if this is my last race! Who knows I may be back, but this one here will be hard to top. I got a run out of two on that last lap and I might have lifted for a split second I don't remember. The car stuck on the cushion and I was fortunate enough to get by him. I don't know what happened to him [Bloomquist]. Something might have gone wrong or broke, I'm not sure. In any case, we put our car in victory lane and I couldn't be happier!"
"I want to Mark Richards at Rocket Chassis, and Vic Hill for the help on the engine this weekend. I am sure the crowd really loved that finish! That might be the race of the year, I don't know. The track was so good all night long. We could run anywhere on the track tonight. I hit that berm a few times in turn four and it upset the car a little bit. We had a terrific race there early on with Lanigan. He and I went back-and-forth a few times for the lead there."
Birkhofer led the first 30 laps of the 100-lapper until Lanigan forged ahead. Birkhofer then regained the top spot ten circuits later. Birkhofer stayed in front until Bloomquist took over the point on lap 62. Bloomquist then held a solid lead until Birkhofer and Marlar started to reel him in. Marlar was clocked as the fastest car on the track as he used the top groove of the race track. Just as Birkhofer and Marlar closed to within a few car lengths of Bloomquist, a caution came out with 14 laps to go.
On the restart Bloomquist fired off extremely well as Birkhofer and Marlar lost touch with him. As the laps wound down, Birkhofer started to close the gap. As the two drivers took the white flag, Birkhofer was about 3-4 car lengths behind Bloomquist. As the duo headed down the backstretch, Bloomquist took the low route into turns three and four as Birkhofer stormed to the outside of the track. As the pair came off of turn number four, Birkhofer had the momentum to get by Bloomquist to score the coveted win.
"I have to thank all the fans for their support over the years and thank all of my sponsors, without them I wouldn't be here. I want to thank ASi Racewear, Cheap Cars, Zens Flooring, Ideal Ready Mix, Keyser MFG, Moore Wireline, Holsteen Brothers, Quality Construction Service, and everybody else who helps with the car."
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