The Dominator is Back

Don Martin

Scott Bloomquist did not see much of victory lane in 2009, but he did win the Lucas Oil Championship. This year, he's not only going to probably win the title, but could rack up a serious amount of wins as well.

If you know anything about Scott Bloomquist, you know you'd better get to him early because as the weather usually gets hotter, so does his performance. He has only won three races at East Bay, but he nearly got that last week. Coming off three races at Golden Isles, where he climbed the podium every night and claimed one win, his worst finish was third.

Scott took Monday night off to kick off East Bay and help Californian Eric Jacobsen. Eric finished sixth in the feature that night. Scott tackled the clay at Tampa Tuesday and dominated the event to pick up his second win of the season.

He chose not to race Wednesday - bad pill draw and track conditions were determining factors. It rained almost all day and the night before, and was not a points night. No use tearing anything up; keep it in the trailer and prepare for the Lucas Oil point opener.

Thursday came and Scott would dominate the race until a late yellow, when Earl Pearson made a nice move, taking advantage of Scott’s tires not firing to go on for the win. Even Earl mentioned that, if not for the late yellow, there's no way would he have caught Bloomer. Scott would go on to take second followed by Brad Neat, Don O’Neal, and Dan Schlieper.

Rains hit the track on Friday setting up for a double header on Saturday. The track was in great shape and the racing for a day show was very good. The competitors were very happy. Bloomquist cars swept the podium Saturday afternoon, with the Boss taking the win over Jimmy Owens and Eric Jacobsen. The win was worth $10,000 for the Mooresburg resident.

Don O’Neal took home the finale Saturday night to take home the $12,000 prize. Dan Schlieper in a Bloomquist car finished second in front of Scott. Folks, do you realize that in seven starts to start the season that Scott’s worst finish is THIRD!

Scott did a ton of testing last year while capturing the Lucas title, and it looks like it is all paying off now. Several drivers have mentioned to me already that he looks to be in better shape and his attitude looks to be very hungry. It’s a good thing for them that Scott can’t race at Volusia due to the suspension because he runs better there than East Bay!

At East Bay last week, the car count was the biggest topic. East Bay was down some 20 cars from what it has been in the past. Some will same it’s the economy, but why was Volusia’s car count better that it has ever been?

East Bay has always had a reputation for being hard on equipment and this year was no different. I would say that this was major factor of the low car count and well as tire wear in the past.

I can’t figure out why Jimmy Mars would sub for Josh Richards in the Ernie Davies Rocket machines. Jimmy is one of the best drivers out there, but is not a Rocket guy. The car basically is the Rocket house car, so why not put a Rocket guy in the car - maybe Lanigan or Fuller? Maybe there is a relationship I don’t know about, or maybe they want to pick Jimmy’s brain.

Austin Hubbard, as we all know by now, won the Golden Isles feature and in victory lane, decided he wanted to be Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights. He took off his racing uniform and paraded around on the front stretch. Some feel it was a breath of fresh air, others feel like when you win your first big race you need to act like you have been there before. I have spoke with several drivers since the incident and most feel it was something they would never do.

Other drivers that were impressive at East Bay were Don O’Neal, who picked up one win and a couple of top fives. The "Real Deal" looks to be back in Real Deal form. While the finishes might not reflect it, Eric Jacobsen was fast all week. It just seemed he couldn’t catch a break in avoiding his competition's mishaps.

Finally, the World Racing Group kicked off the season this week at Volusia. The car count is sensational and the racing has been better than ever thus far at Volusia. They have had three different winners in three nights. Darrell Lanigan won the opener over Jimmy Owens and Brian Birkhofer. Brian has even mentioned he is thinking about running the Outlaw tour this year. With the number of big events being lowered in the state of Iowa, it is something he really needs to think about -after all, this is his living and there is nothing wrong with getting a point fund check late in the year to carry you thru the winter. With the addition of Tim McCreadie and possibility of Birkhofer, this tour could be something to watch with the talent in the pits: Eckert, Francis, Lanigan, Richards, Frank, Fuller, Hubbard, and Clanton.

Shannon Babb took home the checkers in the night number two and feels he is starting to get a grasp on his Rocket race cars. Josh Richards took home the opening World of Outlaws feature. Josh now has won the last four WoO openers at Volusia. Congrats to Josh after a miserable ARCA week, where he qualified poorly and was in the middle of a wreck in the opening laps. Hopefully he will get some more opportunities down the road. He is one of the most talented drivers I have ever seen.

There you have it. See you at the races.

Dirty Don

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