World of Outlaws: Bloomquist
Earns Outlaw Sweep With Second Volusia Victory
BARBERVILLE, Fla. - Feb. 19. Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., completed an unprecedented sweep of the
World of Outlaws Late Model Series events during the 40th DIRTcar Nationals by University of Northwestern Ohio,
holding off Brady Smith of Solon Springs, Wis., to capture Saturday's 50-lap A-Main at Volusia Speedway Park.
Duplicating his triumphant performance in the tour's season opener on Thursday, Bloomquist advanced from the
fourth starting spot to pass Billy Moyer for the lead on lap 31 and was never headed. He spent the final 15
circuits repelling intense pressure from Smith to become the first driver to win both WoO LMS features that are
annually part of the mid-winter racing extravaganza at the half-mile oval outside Daytona Beach.
"This is a tough field,"”Bloomquist said after pocketing $10,000 for his 21st WoO LMS victory since 2004. "This
is a tough place this week - very demanding on the car, drivers, engines. It feels good to do what we've done this
Smith, 33, settled for his second consecutive runner-up WoO LMS finish to the builder of his Team Zero car. The
winner of last year's World of Outlaws finale during the DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH was just 0.637 of a second
behind Bloomquist at the checkered.
The 53-year-old Moyer slipped to third in the final rundown after surging forward from the third starting spot
to lead laps 1-30. Dan Schlieper of Sullivan, Wis., who started 13th, scored a DCN-best placing of fourth.
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Of the top six finishers, only Moyer was not behind the wheel of a Team Zero chassis constructed by Bloomquist.
That fact added even more significance to Bloomquist's victory.
"It makes me feel good,"”said Bloomquist, who owns four career WoO LMS wins at Volusia. "If I would've gotten
beat by one of my own cars - hey, so be it. I really like the group of guys that I've got and enjoy working with
them, and I enjoy the respect that they give me back.
Bloomquist, 47, had to withstand an especially strong assault from Smith, who started sixth, overtook Moyer for
second on lap 33, and two circuits later, began bidding for the lead. Smith made repeated attempts to pass
Bloomquist over the late stages of a race that ran caution-free from lap seven to the finish. He drew to the
outside of Bloomquist at least twice and even got close enough to bump the rear bumper of the 2004 series
champion's car rounding turn four on lap 37, but Bloomquist stuck to the inside groove and didn't make a
"I think I was faster on that end (turns three and four) but on this end (one and two) he was a little bit
better than I was,"”said Smith. "The bottom had more traction than the middle or the top. I drove as hard as I
could - that's how I race," he added. "I felt like we had a car that could do it, but at the same time I feel like
I did everything I could do, so maybe we were the second-place car".”
Four caution flags and one red flag slowed the race - all by lap seven. The most significant crash was a
multi-car incident on lap seven in which Jack Sullivan of Greenbrier, Ark., rolled once in turn four, but wasn't
injured. Series regular Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., tour Rookie of the Year contender Pat Doar of New
Richmond, Wis., Dan Stone of Thompson, Pa., and Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., were also involved in the
Feb. 19 - World of Outlaws DirtCar
1) Scott Bloomquist, 2) Brady Smith, 3) Billy Moyer, 4) Dan Schlieper, 5) Rick Eckert, 6) Chris
Madden, 7) Don O'Neal, 8) Josh Richards, 9) Austin Hubbard, 10) Brent Robinson, 11) Eddie
Carrier, Jr., 12) Clint Smith, 13) Dennis Erb, Jr., 14) Jonathan Davenport, 15) Darrell Lanigan,
16) Tim McCreadie, 17) Tyler Reddick, 18) Tim Fuller (prov.), 19) Steve Francis (prov.), 20)
Jason Feger, 21) Brandon Sheppard, 22) Chub Frank (prov.), 23) Shane Clanton (prov.), 24) Ricky
Weiss, 25) Dan Stone, 26) Jack Sullivan (prov.), 27) Mike Marlar, 28) Pat Doar, 29) Jimmy Mars
(prov.), 30) Ryan Unzicker.
Fast Time (60 entries): Marlar (16.142 seconds); Heat
winners: Feger, Sheppard, Moyer, Carrier, Brady Smith. B-Mains winners: Marlar, Lanigan, Clint
Smith; Dash winner: Vic Coffey
Michael Moats photo