With eventual winner Scott Bloomquist tucked into third,
Don O'Neal and #18 Shannon Babb launch the annual "Topless 100" at Batesville Speedway. O'Neal and Babb
failed to go the distance, and Bloomquist scored the $40,000 win. (Ron
Lucas Oil Series: Bloomquist Claims
Fourth "Topless 100" Trophy at Batesville
- Aug. 21. A one day delay in the 19th annual Comp Cams "Topless 100" didn't slow down Scott Bloomquist as he
claimed the win in the annual classic at Batesville Speedway Sunday afternoon. It was his fourth event win, one
that netted the Mooresburg, Tenn. driver $40,000.
Rain abruptly halted the 100-lap event after 12 laps of the feature on Saturday. The race resumed
on a steamy Sunday afternoon at the 3/8-mile oval. Before the green ever waved, bad luck struck fifth
place runner, Dale McDowell. His left front tire rolled away from his #17 Clint Bowyer Motorsports Rocket.
He ducked into the hot pit to get the tire reattached, but had to join the tail of the field.
California teenager Tyler Reddick set fast time among 55 entries and finished an
impressive fifth at Batesville. (Ron Mitchell)
As the action finally resumed,
Bloomquist led the field back to the green flag with Jimmy Owens, Shannon Babb, Jared Landers, and Bub McCool
in tow. Bloomquist quickly extended his advantage to five lengths as Owens tried to keep pace. The caution
flag was displayed on lap 15 as fourth place runner, Babb, spun out in turn three. The top five after the
restart consisted of Bloomquist, Owens, Landers, McCool, and Steve Francis.
By lap 36, Landers had made his
way around Owens and was alongside Bloomquist for the lead, but Bloomquist soon motored away from Landers and
the remainder of the field. Over the next several laps Bloomquist built a straightaway lead over the pack, as
the top five running order remained the same.
Ray Cook rolled his #53 car
just before rain forced Saturday's remaining 88 laps to be postponed until Sunday. (Ron
A series of cautions had little
effect on the running order amongst the leaders until McCool relinquished the fifth position on lap 74 as his
right rear tire went down to bring out the final caution of the event. As Bloomquist continued to maintain a
sizeable lead, the battle for the second spot began again to intensify, and Owens used lapped traffic to his
advantage to move past
Jimmy Owens (20) tracked Scott Bloomquist in second at the finish line on
Sunday. (Ron Mitchell)
Landers for second on
lap 89. Over the course of the next six laps, drama began to build as Owens erased Bloomquist’ straightaway
lead. He trailed the leader by only one car length at the flag stand with five laps to go, but
despite espite his
best efforts, Owens was unable to overtake Bloomquist.
With Bloomquist’s tenth tour
triumph of the 2011 season,Owens saw his lead in the LOLMDS standings trimmed to 140 points
Wendell Wallace won his heat race and put in a tenth place showing at
Batesville. (Ron Mitchell)
Batesville Speedway Topless
1) Scott Bloomquist, 2) Jimmy Owens, 3) Jared
Landers, 4) Steve Francis, 5) Tyler Reddick, 6) John Blankenship, 7) Earl Pearson, Jr. (prov.), 8)
Jonathan Davenport, 9) Steve Casebolt, 10) Wendell Wallace, 11) Jack Sullivan, 12) Eric Wells, 13)
Dale McDowell, 14) Bub McCool, 15) Brad Neat (prov.), 16) Robbie Stuart, 17) Frank Heckenast, Jr.
(prov.), 18) Billy Moyer, Jr., 19) Jesse Stovall, 20) Jeremy Payne, 21) Shannon Babb, 22) Billy
Moyer, 23) Terry Phillips, 24) Ray Cook, 25) Don O'Neal
Fast Time (55 entries): Reddick
(13.869); Heat winners: Wells, Bloomquist, Owens, O’Neal, Babb, Wallace.
Mark Bochiardy photo