Lucas Oil: Bloomquist Sails to "Icebreaker" Win at Brownstown
BROWNSTOWN, Ind. – April 9. Scott Bloomquist passed Steve Francis on lap eight and went on to lead
the rest of the way in capturing the 14th annual "Indiana Icebreaker" for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt
Series Saturday at
|Don O'Neal (right) with Ray Cook before O'Neal raced
to second on one of his "home" tracks. (Rick
Brownstown Speedway. Bloomquist, who won his 500th career feature race last September at
Brownstown, earned $10,000 for the win. Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind. finished second as he held
off 18th starting Earl Pearson, Jr. for the runner-up spot.
In victory lane Bloomquist gave thanks and to his pit crew and the track preparers at Brownstown, after
the event was held despite nearly two inches of rain which fell earlier in the day. “The car was superb
out there tonight, you could run anywhere, we went with the Chevrolet powered Roush-Yates engine tonight and it
didn’t miss a beat, this was a brand new car, we’ve always enjoyed coming up here to race, and with all
the rain they had I didn’t know how it would turn out, but it was racy all night, we had a good race there with
Francis for a while, and I was hoping there wouldn’t be any cautions the way we were running, we handled
traffic pretty well, and everybody gave each other plenty of room,” said Bloomquist.
Scott Bloomquist scoots underneath Steve Francis on lap
eight of the "Indiana Icebreaker" at Brownstown Speedway. (Rick
As he advances toward fourth place, #15 Brian Birkhofer leads a tight pack that
includes #53 Ray Cook, Dale McDowell, and Jimmy Owens. (Rick Schwallie)
Bub McCool started on the pole and led the first two laps until Steve Francis took over the
point. Francis held the lead for five circuits, until Bloomquist, who started third grabbed the lead using
the inside line of the race track. Francis ran second just ahead of Mike Marlar for several laps until
Marlar took second on lap 18. O’Neal then charged to the front passing both Francis and Marlar as he
grabbed the second slot on lap 20.
Four-wide racing with #18 Shannon Babb, #c9 Steve Casebolt, Greg Johnson, and Joe
Janowski. (Rick Schwallie)
Bloomquist had built a sizable lead over O’Neal and Marlar. With twenty laps to go, he was firmly in
command of the race. Bloomquist then started to pick-up heavy traffic, allowing both O’Neal and Earl
Pearson Jr., who was on the move after starting on the outside of the ninth row.
O’Neal and Pearson had quite a battle for second for the remainder of the race. O’Neal was able to
edge Pearson at the finish line for second place.
Lucas Oil Series - Brownstown
1) Scott Bloomquist, 2) Don
O'Neal, 3) Earl Pearson, Jr., 4) Brian Birkhofer, 5) Jimmy Owens, 6) Mike Marlar, 7) Bub McCool, 8)
Brad Neat, 9) Dale McDowell, 10) Chris Wall, 11) Ray Cook, 12) Dennis Erb, Jr., 13) Steve Francis,
14) Shannon Babb, 15) John Blankenship, 16) Jared Landers, 17) Scott James, 18) Tim Isenberg
(prov.), 19) Steve Casebolt (prov.), 20) Dillan White, 21) Greg Johnson, 22) Dan Schlieper (prov.),
23) Tyler Reddick (prov.), 24) Eric Wells, 25) Joe Janowski, 26) Brent Robinson, 27) Dustin
Fast Time (49 entries): Rohn Moon / 14.264; Heat winners: McCool, Bloomquist,
Francis, O’Neal; B-Main Winners: Blankenship, Pearson.